Saturday, February 28, 2009

No More Suffering Fools Easily.

They’re Our Children Stupid

We love our children more than you love them. So don’t be telling me what to do with them.

We know what education they need to get ahead in this world.
We don’t want the education you give them that only seems to let you get ahead in your world.

We are just as fed up with funding a failed education system as we are at funding and enabling bad financial decisions. We love and respect our children enough to demand they do the work necessary to succeed.
Why do you expect us to demand less from our paid officials? What should we demand of our government?

We’re tired of suffering fools easily.

It’s time to suffer them hard.

We don’t want to saddle our children with Trillions in debt so we can get bigger government.

As John Boehner was called disrespectful when he threw the 1,000 page stimulus bill on the floor of the Senate. He said in effect he respects his children and grandchildren too much to do anything else.

Click on the video linked below.
----From CPAC hat tip to Politico.-----
I wish I could get Boehner’s whole speech. The above was just the beginning. He was just getting warmed up. I thought he gave one of the best speeches of the Conference. He was fired up. Of that there was no doubt.

CPAC has been an uplifting event for me. I think like others that I was alone in what I thought and believed. To see and hear from all the people I’ve looked to for leadership was heartening. I felt better, I felt maybe we can do something to change things after all. I am not alone.

Two college age women were singled out by CPAC to receive the Ronald Reagan Award. These ladies echoed my feeling. When accepting the award, they said that they were inspired when they attended a previous CPAC to go back to college and speak their mind. They were tired of being bullied by teachers and students for their conservative views. They thought they were alone until the went to CPAC.

They decided to sue Georgia Tech over their speech code. After I believe 4 years they won.!! They were not alone. They picked up support from other Conservative groups along the way.

We have friends out there. We just have to work harder now to find them. We have been beaten down for so long, that the wheat is being separated from the chaff.

In our own way at the local level we take inspiration from the likes of those two young ladies. From any individuals going against the grain because of what they believe. Whether they win or not.

Across the country “Boston” Tea Parties were held protesting the stimulus bill and big government in general.

(edited) This just in from Right Michigan. A collection of blogs from around Michigan about the Lansing Tea Party.
-----new edited link-----

We must shed our reluctance to do such “activist” type of things. We join civic groups like the Lions etc, we donate to foundations and worthy causes. I think it is time that we start to blow our own horn and take our heads out from under the bushel. It’s time we become a little more proactive.

Perhaps we need to stand up for our beliefs, in public. We through CPAC and other events are starting to generate a much needed “in your face” Republicanism. I think people will respect that.

I’m proud to be a Republican, I think it is time to tell the world.

Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Friday, February 27, 2009

Wow Ain't this high tech stuff grand?

I’ve been glued to the computer. Not blogging, or networking or all the other stuff I usually do. I’ve been seeing top conservatives, one right after the other. Day after day.

Yep. You guessed it. I’ve been watching the streaming video feed from CPAC 2009 brought to us by

Great stuff. Great speakers and thinkers of the Right. All the names were there. It was a freakin love in for Conservatives. I have the video feed on the top of my side bar on all my blogs.

Here is a link with the agenda for Sat.
If you want to see who was there earlier, (if you can stand to see who you missed) go to the top of the page and click on the day you want.

What a gathering of talent. Saul from my home state of Mi. was there too. Not only talent but interspersed throughout the agenda are workshops and seminars on different topics. Also Tributes to warriors recently past and those not so recent.

I was mesmerized. Liberty and Freedom and the importance of the individual were highlighted and seemed to be the common thread throughout. Just heard Gov. Sanford give a good speech on the importance of the individual.

The speakers by in large seemed to reflect what he said so well. We in America are at a crossroads. An Alamo moment or a Pearl Harbor time when what we as people do will alter the future for good or for bad.

Gov. Sanford talked of the key ingredient to winning was the willingness to lose. Of how it is important to fight for your principles, what you believe, what you told the voters you believed in.

He also talked about the importance of a vision to keep in front of you to help remind yourself of why you are fighting. Why you are willing to lose, what makes it alright to go down swinging. How sometimes you lose more by going along to get along. You lose enough of your self until you and the voter don’t know or care what you stand for.

He talked of Tom Coburn with awe. Much like I look at a Jim McCormick in my neck of the woods. Or Anyone when knowing they don’t stand a chance in you know what, will jump into the fray anyway. Not at all what seasoned practical people should do. Deadly to the career politician.

Just way too much. I’ve seen enough to know that I’ve seen too much. I’m putting tomorrow on hold as I want to see Pawlenty talk. I believe he’s on at 9:30.

I don’t know if they had this streaming video thing before, if they did I missed it. This is great. I had recently cut out my cable tv. This just filled me up.

Don’t know how much it costs and I know the trip to DC and lodging would be out of my league. But I still can dream. And now I can actually see the live action.

I’m pumped.

Be A Happy Warrior
Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Ps. If anyone has a link to the streaming video from the past or the whole thing. Please let me know. Silly me I had to work yesterday and today and missed a lot.

Thanks LD

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hard Work Freedom Is

I recently read an article at Right Michigan
Seems like a group of Citizens in Traverse City got together with the city’s blessing to form a group to study the reasons why the City seemed to be paying an un proportional amount for infrastructure compared to surrounding areas they serviced.

My daughter plays disc golf professionally and Traverse City is a hot bed for this fledgling sport. I am also a conservative so when I saw the article I paid attention. When I read that an unpaid group of citizens was studying the policies of a City Government, well my adrenalin started pumping.

Jgillman of the same family of the author of the above article posted a link to the study in the comment section of the article. I thank him and I repost it here.

The study is long and I’ve just started to read it let alone study it.
When I first got into studying local politics and started peeking under the curtain (wizard of Oz style). I started to understand that policy is derived from the bureaucracy down. Most policy is simply a rubberstamp of the concerned division of government. Staff formulates a plan it is sent to the elected officials and it is usually accepted. On the face of it all is well. But keep in mind the budget allowance for the division involved is directly tied to what they do and how much they do. It is in their favor to do as much and ask for as much as they can. To expect other wise is to go against the natural law of survival.

Hence less Government the better.

Hence the vaccum that creates needs to be filled by citizens doing things on their own. It is as hard and as simple as saying no to government money and offers of help. They ask what do you want, then offer it free of charge with few strings attached. At least for now. Let me toot my horn now.

I am a big proponent of “Unpaid” citizen involvement. I get worried when I see a paid civilian security force being talked about. Being funded equal to the army. I know it sounds preposterous. But so did a lot of today’s realities 20 years ago. Not to mention 233 years ago.

The difference between paid and unpaid volunteers is the difference between freedom and dictatorship.

Many will say I stretch the analogy to thin when I say that accepting or not accepting stimulus money equals the same difference. By not accepting the money we are forcing ourselves to try to fix the problem ourselves. To assert the idea that we as citizens are capable of doing that better than the bureaucracy.

I know it is probably an urban legend, but I seem to have heard that a nation was founded on that idea.

When we are willing to do the work necessary to assure our freedom, that we then in the doing, begin to earn it. The Gillman’s in Traverse City have started to earn theirs. I will try to earn mine. I hope others will do likewise.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.

Ps. Can’t I talk anyone else in Musk. to go to the Lansing Tea Party? I still need a ride. Time is short. This Friday High Noon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Check It Out

Here is a link I just got.
Looks like fun. If anyone wants to car pool please let me know. More than happy to split the gas.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative