Freedom Leadership Conference Prepares 2015 Series in Northern Virginia

Conference sponsor Gun Owners of America provided one of the most popular of the monthly series of Freedom Leadership Conference in northern Virginia in the 2013-2014 series, Larry Pratt, its Executive Director (listen to his remarks at our youtube section), shown here on Fox News.

Conference sponsor Gun Owners of America provided one of the most popular of the monthly series of Freedom Leadership Conference in northern Virginia in the 2013-2014 series, Larry Pratt, its Executive Director (listen to his remarks at our youtube section), shown here on Fox News.

The Freedom Leadership Conference has issued its first call for co-sponsor organizations for its new monthly series to begin in April, 2015 in Northern Virginia at the Fair Oaks Marriott Hotel at Rt. 66 and Rt. 50.

The annual conference founded 16 years ago as the Western Conservative Conference, operated in southern California for three years with primary sponsors that included major conservative organizations and support publications such as The Washington Times National Weekly Edition, plus Human Events, Young Americans for Freedom, Gun Owners of America, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Accuracy in Media, Judicial Watch, Leadership Institute, Legal Affairs Council, Traditional Values Coalition, US Justice Foundation and many more.

After having the conference in Miami, Florida, it was moved northeast to a location near historic Camp David, MD for several years and finally to Northern Virginia, where in 2013 it was changed to a monthly conference held on weeknights and sponsored by a single sponsor organization which provided the keynote speaker.

Organizations which co-sponsored Conferences in 2013-2014 include American Border Control*, Fairfax County Taxpayer Alliance, GrasstopsUSA, Religious Freedom Coalition, Thomas Jefferson Institute, Understanding the Threat, U.S. Intelligence Council*, Secure America Alliance (*=original founding, primary sponsors 16 years ago).

There is still uncertainty as to whether it is worthwhile to hold conferences during the summer time (June-July-August) and nearly unanimous not to hold a conference in December.  Therefore, a total of only five conference slots may be available for the balance of 2015 for full sponsorship.

Since there appear to be more organizations which may wish to sponsor the conference, the following change has taken place: the organization which is able to be a SPONSOR ($500 donation towards conference expenses including advertising & promotion) will have the twenty-minute agenda, keynote remarks and headline the five preferred conference dates on a first come, first serve basis – April, May, September, October, November.

We urge those interested to call us immediately.  An organization CO-SPONSOR will be mentioned with their topic and speaker in all conference promotions, and there is as when the first monthly series of conferences was instituted in 2013-2014, no fee or cost for this lower cost alternative.  They are allocated 5 minutes for their speaker and topic and are referred to in all conference advertising and promotions.

The conference is expected to again be held at the Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks, northern Virginia, which was a popular choice of the several venues where it was held in the past monthly series, ranging from Tysons Corner to Fairfax, Virginia.

An invitation memorandum directed to key conservative cause organizations which appeal to coalition-minded conservatives – such as attendees at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, is HERE.

To find out more about this you may explore this website or directly email your inquiry to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org.

Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) has already committed to speak in behalf of one of the original sponsor organizations of the conference back in 1999 – the United States Intelligence Council, which sponsored one of the 2013-2014 conferences with a legislator from the Republic of the Philippines to speak about the growing threat of Red China in that region of the world.  USIC plans to be a PRIMARY SPONSOR (the highest level, as it has done before).

We urge conservative cause organizations which appeal to grassroots conservative coalition activists to consider a prompt reply to this first call for co-sponsors, sponsors or primary sponsors of the Freedom Leadership Conference new 2015 monthly series in Northern Virginia at the Marriott Hotel in Fair Oaks, VA.  Once the five available monthly slots for the conference – late April, May, Sept., October and November are filled, only the less desirable summer months and December will remain and only for Sponsor and Primary Sponsor level conference participants.

And for those interested in subscribing to the free email newsletter you may email RSVP@FreedomLeadershipConference for a free subscription which includes full text of keynote conference speakers, links to the video of their remarks, notice of meetings and articles about past and future sponsor organizations.

The leadership meeting at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on 2/27/15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center began the process of organizing the renewal of the monthly series of the Freedom Leadership Conference to, with further details to be announced in the e-newsletter and in in this space.

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CPAC: Gathering Place for Coalition Conservatives?

Is the Conservative Political Action Conference still the top networking opportunity for all three legs of the conservative movement?

I have written nearly 100 columns here at REDSTATE from the perspective of what is popularly called the “social wing” of the conservative movement for the past several years but I have also never made any secret of the fact that personally, I am more of a “coalition conservative” whose views are in keeping with all three “legs” of our cause.  During the Reagan campaigns for President he united all three of those groups, campaigning for the GOP nomination with the active support of defense conservative, economics conservatives and the so-called “social” issue conservatives.”

(This is a guest column originally appearing at the top online resource for conservatives, REDSTATE.com, reprinted with permission.  CPAC serves similar purposes to the Freedom Leadership Conference, whose founders have been co-sponsors, speakers, attendees and enthusiasts of CPAC from its very origins)  

Unlike many GOP politicians of the past several decades, Ronald Reagan never said you should campaign to the right to grab the GOP nomination, then swing to the center to appeal to the “center-right” voters after you had secured the nomination.  What usually goes unsaid by advocates of that old Nixon-Dole-McCain-Romney strategy, is that once you get elected of course, you swing even more “to the center” so that you can “effectively govern.”

Lets call it what it is, despite the fact that it will make moderate-establishment GOP friends howl.  When you run “to the right” and then you “swing to the center” it means this.  You persuaded all those GOP primary voters that you were on their side on the issues of interest and concern to them.  Now that they know you are in their corner, you then focus on winning by GOING TO THE LEFT.  How else if you are on the right and you want to go to the center can you do it, unless you GO LEFT?  And then when you win the election (which doesn’t happen as often as centrist/moderate GOP advocates claim) you go FURTHER to the center – which means you GO LEFT.

Ronald Reagan has in common with the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, that he was never an advocate of this GO LEFT as you get closer to winning philosophy.  From the very start of CPAC until the end of his Presidency Reagan spoke at the CPAC’s and like those in attendance, he did not “swing left” as he got closer to election day.  Reagan ran briefly for and lost the GOP nomination in 1968, more vigorously in 1976 and then ran and won the nomination and the Presidency in 1980, never moving left through 20 years of Presidential campaigns.  While he knew how to compromise with opponents and strike bargains and deals to get his agenda enacted, he never advocated for liberal-left positions, and never failed to excite conservatives, especially CPAC conservatives.

So as a RedState, Human Events, CPAC conservative and fan of Ronald Reagan, I am pleased and happy to see that CPAC continues year after year.  In recent years there has been some criticism that the conferences are more focused on making money from very large checks handed to them by their biggest sponsors.

Last year one of the CPAC attendees who was there at the very start of CPAC some 50 years ago, complained to me that he was shocked for his $2,000 fee paid (for the couple) there was only one single banquet, and the event was closed down and deserted by late afternoon on Thursday and Friday.  In the past the banquets those evenings were the highlight of the conference and instead of closed Exhibit Halls they were totally packed with people and exhibitors of most of the major (and many minor) conservative cause organizations, publications and vendors.

In fact, this source – a member of the informal Young Americans for Freedom alumni group on google groups, told me that many of the other YAF alumni he usually ran into in that Exhibit Hall, could only be met by attending their off-site lunch three blocks away from CPAC and that he used to get a far better deal for 25% of the price in years past.  This is one source of many I have who go back over 20, 30 and even 40 and more years attending and even organizing and leading CPAC as exhibitors, sponsors and attendees.

There is a major case to be made that the old CPAC-Human Events conservatives might be a lot better off and have to spend a lot less money, if they simply attended the annual gathering of another of the many competing annual conferences aimed to appeal to them – such as the gathering of REDSTATE, clearly the top online resource for coalition, movement conservatives.  One of my sources told me he actually spoke to REDSTATE honcho Erick Erickson at CPAC last year so of course if you could only attend ONE conference in a year, I’m sure he’d suggest you get more bang for your buck at the REDSTATE event.  But for the largest crowd and the largest number of speakers, albeit for a much, much higher price, CPAC still appears to be a “must attend” event for serious conservatives.

In writing about CPAC in the near future – it takes place in Washington DC area on Feb. 25-28 this year – I will be focused especially on those speakers and organizations participating from what I prefer to call the “right vs wrong” segment of the conservative movement, seeking out leaders and activists from that group to share their views of what they see and hear there.

I will also be making some effort to look into and report further on the “coalition conservative” aspect of CPAC – from personal observation and from speaking to my sources (not all of whom wish to be named) because it has for so many years been the number one best place to network with and be inspired by the conservative movement, its leaders, its best activists, its finest organizations.  Is it still?

(For more information about the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 25-28 follow the link)

(the monthly Freedom Leadership Conference which was conducted during 2013-2014, is being planned to begin again in March, 2014 after CPAC.  Organizations who wish to be Co-sponsors are invited to inquire at EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org.  The co-sponsor proves the main speaker at each monthly, weeknite conference, while other speakers are allocated a small segment of the remaining time)

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Roman Buhler of Madison Coalition to speak on “Liberty Amendments” this Wed. 11/13

Freedom Leadership Conference also announces Roger Aronoff of Accuracy in Media on “Phony Bengazi Scandal?” at Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks at 7 PM

Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan, USMC (Ret.) gives advance preview of Uniformed Services League sponsored conference

Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan, USMC (Ret.) gives advance preview of Uniformed Services League sponsored conference

Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan, USMC (Ret.) gives a preview at our last Freedom Leadership Conference about what is planned for the Conference this Wednesday evening with its “Salute to our Servicemembers” theme and keynote remarks by the top conservative U.S. Congressman from Pennyslvania, Scott Perry (also an active duty Colonel).  Lt. Colonel Hanigan’s brief remarks last month touch on the importance of the “core values” that are instilled in military leaders, which are so often very much at odds with the absence of such core leadership values in so many of today’s political and even some of the newer military leaders.  Lt. Colonel Hanigan will speak and will introduce another military veteran at this Wednesday evening, 7 PM conference– active duty in fact – at this Conference, Colonel Scott Perry, who happens to also be the top rated conservative Congressman from Pennsylvania according to Heritage Action.  The Conference will be meeting for the 2nd consecutive month at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks Mall and welcomes new attendees.

Register to attend (free with $5 suggested donation at the door) HERE.

(Conference members and new Provisional Members may attend the dinner, 5 to 7 PM, register above)

The Conference Sponsor this month is Uniformed Services League, which is concerned about increasing threats to U.S. military forces around the world, including the international criminal court.

Lt. Colonel Hanigan and Congressman Perry will be part of a very crowded agenda at this final conference of the monthly series in Northern Virginia started in later 2012 after 14 years as an annual event.

Another speaker announced today is Roger Aronoff of Accuracy in Media, which is one of the original conference sponsors from over a dozen years ago when it was still called Western Conservative Conference in southern California.  He will speak on “Benghazi: A Phony Scandal?”

As announced yesterday, Roman Buhler of the Madison Coalition will speak on part 2 of the series, The Liberty Amendments Proposal of Mark Levin.

We will have someone who was on the scene to further report on the incident we have already reported to you that took place during the hearings to determine which Provisional Ballots to approve and which to reject, “”Democrat Vote-Count Intimidation in Virginia?”.  There will be the Saul Alinsky Award announcement, a review of the best part of “The Thurmont Statement of Conservative Principles” (according to the speaker), and the popular “Volunteer Conservatives Lightning Round (where up to 6 speakers will explain how they have volunteered their time or funds for the conservative cause).

The conference statement of conservative principles, Thurmont Statement, is HERE.

For more info about the November Freedom Leadership Conference go HERE.

To register to attend the conference (7 to 9 PM – no charge but a $5 suggested donation is asked at the door to pay for coffee, tea and dessert during the first half hour “social” time) go HERE.

To make application to become a conference member (allowing for you to attend future pre-conference dinners, usually held 5 to 7 PM at the same or nearby venue), or to become a subscriber (complementary) to the free conference newsletter, go HERE.

To “like” the Conference facebook page go HERE.

Conference flyer (8 ½ by 11 PDF) HERE.

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“Democrat Vote-Count-Intimidation in Virginia?” added to Agenda of Freedom Leadership Conference

Fairfax County Democratic Party General Counsel John Farrell just before his right hand is videotaped in a strike at GOP volunteer.

Fairfax County Democratic Party General Counsel John Farrell just before his right hand is videotaped in a strike at GOP volunteer.

Mark Levin “Liberty Amendments” also on agenda at Wed. 11/13 Conference

Post Veterans Day “Salute” to be led by Congressman Scott Perry, sponsored by Uniformed Services League

A new topic has been added to the agenda of the Freedom Leadership Conference this Wednesday (register HERE): “Democrat Vote-Count Intimidation in Virginia?”  The Democrats’ propensity for cheating in elections is a growing concern.  The photo above shows Fairfax County Democrat Party General Counsel John Farrell as he prepares to lunge forward with his right hand to strike at a Republican volunteer.

The photo is taken from the videotape of him yelling at a Republican Party member.  Farrell appears to either strike him or threaten to strike him, during the vote audit process leading up to a voter recount.  It seems very clear that the Democratic official would prefer that no Republicans be in the room, nor any signs for Obenshain be in the room (leaving only Democrat signs) while they determine which provisional votes will be counted, and which will be disallowed in the close Virginia election.  

We present here the video of the incident for you to judge for yourself, click image below or HERE.

While Freedom Leadership Conference does not advocate for or against candidates for office, with the election over now it is no secret that virtually every conference attendee voted for, donated to, and/or worked for the election of Mark Obenshain to be Attorney General of Virginia, in a race where the outcome is still too close to call.   Additional information about this incident can be found HERE.

(note: attendance is free but advance registration is required, and a voluntary donation of $5 to help pay for conference expenses is requested at the door.  Register for the 7 to 9 PM conference, or if you are a member, for the 5 to 7 PM dinner, HERE)

The attempt to intimidate Republicans and even force them out of the entrance to the room where hearings are being conducted to determine the status of Provisional ballots, may only be an isolated incident.  But our sources – at least one of whom will report on this matter on Wednesday at this Freedom Leadership Conference – fear that it is symptomatic of Democrats’ plan to cheat in order to steal the close and contested Attorney General election in Virginia.

The Freedom Leadership Conference also announces Roman Buhler to speak on the subject of the Mark Levin “Liberty Amendments” – a proposal in his bestselling book – to curb the growth of federal government power at the expense of the states.

This will be part 2 of the series, this month featuring Roman Buhler, speaking for the Madison Coalition, which has fine-tuned the specifics of how this proposal can be implemented, and which has been a longtime advocate of the idea of curbing federal government power to return to the original intent of the founders.

Another speaker will address and add to the topic originally covered in our earlier and widely recirculated report, Top Eleven reasons to ignore liberal whining about GOP loss in Virginia.

Congressman Scott Perry will be the featured, keynote speaker at the Conference this Wednesday, see earlier report, Top Conservative Congressman from Pennsylvania to receive Freedom Leadership Award.

Congressman Perry – labeled as the highest rated conservative in the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation by Heritage Action – has requested to be allowed time for “Questions and Answers” at the conference.  There is sure to be at least one question on his vote against the funding of Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling in October, the stand of the majority of House GOP members.

Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan (USMC, Ret.) will be the “moderator” of a panel of retired military to join Congressman Scott Perry in both thanking those who have served in our military in this post Veterans day “salute” and also focus attention on the expanding threat to Americans servicemembers in the world.

Ralph Hubbard, who did a splendid job explaining the monthly “Saul Alinsky Smear conservatives” award at last month’s conference and announcing the award winner, has been asked to do an encore performance.

Informal discussion will take place during the Conference dinner, including remarks by any of our Conference Dinner Hosts (which are those who make an additional donation to help fund the conference.  The dinner is open to those who are either Conference Members or have been approved as Conference Provisional Members.  The Conference Rules have been altered to allow anyone to attend the actual conference itself, from 7 to 9 PM, provided that they advance register and agree to abide by the conference rules (see elsewhere on this website).

This is the last of the monthly series of Freedom Leadership Conference events, started one year ago after 14 years as an annual event, originally started in southern California as Western Conservative Conference.

Organizations which wish to sponsor one of the 2014 monthly Conference events should write to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org.  There is no fee or charge for such sponsorship, which allocates 30 minutes for the sponsor, including 14 minutes for the keynote speaker and the other 16 minutes to be used at the discretion of the sponsor (either Q&A, or extension of remarks, or another speaker).  In the event the sponsor organization wishes to sponsor a conference at an upgraded location, such as this month’s Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall, there is a fee that must be paid directly to the hotel.

The Freedom Leadership Conference Board of Directors will meet just before this month’s conference to begin discussion about whether to continue the series as a monthly in 2014, change to quarterly, or revert back to an annual Conference, as the 15th year begins.

The conference statement of conservative principles, Thurmont Statement, is HERE.

For more info about the November Freedom Leadership Conference go HERE.

To register to attend the conference (7 to 9 PM – no charge but a $5 suggested donation is asked at the door to pay for coffee, tea and dessert during the first half hour “social” time) go HERE.

To make application to become a conference member (allowing for you to attend future pre-conference dinners, usually held 5 to 7 PM at the same or nearby venue), or to become a subscriber (complementary) to the free conference newsletter, go HERE.

To “like” the Conference facebook page go HERE.

Conference flyer (8 ½ by 11 PDF) HERE.

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Top Conservative Congressman from Pennsylvania to receive Freedom Leadership Award

Congressman Scott Perry spoke at 2nd annual summer picnic of the Philippine American Heritage Council this past summer, which is a past co-sponsor of Freedom Leadership Conference

Congressman Scott Perry spoke at 2nd annual summer picnic of the Philippine American Heritage Council this past summer, which is a past co-sponsor of Freedom Leadership Conference

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry to be Keynote Speaker in Fairfax, Virginia next Wednesday to “Salute our Servicemembers”

The top conservative Congressman from Pennsylvania – as rated by Heritage Action – will be visiting Northern Virginia to receive the “Freedom Leadership Award” and deliver keynote remarks at a post Veterans Day “Salute to our Servicemembers” at the Freedom Leadership Conference at the Fairfax, Marriott at Fair Oaks, Virginia next Wednesday evening, November 13.  The Conference this month is sponsored by Uniformed Services League and will also include a panel of retired military officers led by Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan, USMC (Ret.).

Congressman Perry will also speak about the continuing and increasing threats to those who wear the uniform and serve the United States as their work brings them around the world.  One such threat of special concern to the sponsor organization, Uniformed Services League, is the International Criminal Court, where the rights of American servicemembers accused of a crime in a foreign country are not protected.

At his request, the schedule has also been opened up to allow for a “Questions and Answers” from the audience after Congressman Perry’s remarks.  One question sure to be asked is about the Congressman’s “no” vote on funding Obamacare and increasing the debt limit in October.

The conference is free but requires advance registration (and a suggested donation for conference expenses of $5 at the door), which may be done online HERE.  A flyer with more details about the conference is HERE, and the more detailed announcement story is HERE.

First term Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) voted with the majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives and with leading conservative Republican Senators against the recent Obama debt increase and Obamacare funding proposals, which passed and was signed into law in October.  You can thank him by “liking” his Facebook page or better yet, by attending the Conference and thanking im in person next Wednesday, register HERE.

“Those who voted for Obamacare in October literally own it,” said Richard Buck, Freedom Leadership Conference Event Coordinator.  He continued, “As the mess grows, and as more and more people realize how Obamacare is hurting them, Congressman Perry will be able to stand tall knowing he did the right thing in October.  We are proud to recognize him for his courage and doing what he was elected to do, with the Freedom Leadership Award.”

We present two articles about this topic for those who wish to know more about Representative Perry – one a story in a local district newspaper about him and the second, the text of his remarks following his “no” vote on funding Obamacare and the debt increase.

Rep. Scott Perry says shutdown, debt ceiling deal avoids tough decisions

He voted no on legislation to end shutdown, raise debt limit

By Ed Mahon (at York Daily Record, 10/18/13)

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, said he thinks Congress took more blame than it deserved for the partial federal government shutdown and the nation coming close to breaching the debt ceiling. He said he thinks that will influence future debates.

“I think the spectre of shutdown is behind us,” Perry said in a phone interview Thursday. “… I think that takes that off the table for the Congress.  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It gives the administration an upper hand.”

Perry on Wednesday voted against legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the government’s borrowing limit. The legislation passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 285-144.

Continue reading the York Daily Record article, HERE.

We are pleased to present the full text of the statement by Congressman Perry, issued after his voting “no” on funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit without corresponding spending cuts, below.

We Can’t Keep Spending Money We Don’t Have

(official Press Release of 10/16/13) – by Representative Scott Perry (PA-4)

“Collectively, Washington has once again avoided the tough decisions needed to reduce our unsustainable debt and strengthen the economy for all Americans. This is a clear failure of leadership on behalf of the Obama Administration and Congress.

During my first month in office, I supported a clean debt ceiling extension without condition because I sincerely wanted to give all parties time to reach a reasonable compromise to avoid default and start addressing both our near-term spending and long-term debt crisis. The lack of willingness on behalf of the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats to engage whatsoever in that process leads me to believe they have no sincere interest in addressing these pressing issues. As a result, the legislation before us tonight is tantamount to accepting the failed policy of endless borrowing from China, Japan and the Social Security Trust Fund to satisfy an ever expanding government bureaucracy.  I can’t support that.

Although we’ll all be glad when this current impasse is over, the fundamental issues at hand remain unchanged:  we’re nearly $17 trillion in debt and are in the process of bankrupting programs like Social Security and Medicare. Democrats and Republicans must finally end the process of kicking these difficult issues down the road for someone else to deal with. Our debt is hurting our ability to create family-sustaining jobs right now, it’s a national security threat and it’s making us uncompetitive globally. We simply can’t keep spending money we don’t have.

In the last few days, I’ve been called an extremist for advocating ideas that President Obama and Senate Democrats said they would not accept. Yet the U.S. House has said we’d no longer ignore our skyrocketing national debt. That didn’t stop President Obama from sending us unbalanced budgets that not only failed to address this crisis, but exacerbated it – budgets that didn’t even receive reliable support from fellow Democrats. Only House Republicans offered a credible plan to address these issues. Yet, somehow driving our nation into the abyss of unrecoverable debt and handing the bill to future generations isn’t considered extreme.  That’s incredible to me.

Since my first day in office, I’ve sought opportunities to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address these issues. I supported common-sense solutions to control spending on the fastest-growing parts of our budget, grow our economy and create opportunity for all Americans, while reducing government regulation of small businesses and our healthcare. Most of these proposals had the support of Democrats and Republicans.

Much of this recent debate centered on House Republican opposition to Obamacare. I supported efforts to repeal and defund the law because countless local small business owners told me it would cost jobs in our district. The vast majority of my constituents shared their opposition.

While I strongly advocated for my constituents’ concerns, I understood the political reality of what was possible, and worked with my colleagues to seek a compromise. That’s why, prior to the government shutdown, I supported legislation that kept the federal government open and called for a one-year delay of the Obamacare mandate that every American citizen must buy health insurance. This came months after President Obama, without Congressional approval, unilaterally delayed the employer mandate for a year; it’s reasonable to ask that individual citizens be given the same protection that has already been granted to big business. The President and Senate Democrats refused to even consider this proposal.

It’s time to get America moving again. I have never pretended to have a monopoly on good ideas and remain willing to work with anyone who has a credible proposal to spur economic growth, create jobs and address the crushing debt burden we’re mounting for ourselves and for future generations.

I strongly encourage all citizens to remain engaged in this process and demand leadership from their elected officials, including me.”

The Freedom Leadership Conference was founded 14 years ago in southern California as the Western Conservative Conference.  It moved west and was renamed Freedom Leadership Conference and was held at Thurmont, Maryland for several years, where the Thurmont Statement of Conservative Principles was adopted.  In late 2012 the conference moved to Northern Virginia as a monthly event.

The Conference board will shortly decide whether to continue as a monthly, a quarterly or an annual conference in 2014.  Organizations which may wish to sponsor one of the monthly conferences in 2014 if that is continued, may write to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org.

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Top Eleven reasons to ignore liberal whining about GOP loss in Virginia

GOP nominee for Governor Ken Cuccinelli with Jon Moseley, Freedom Leadership Conference Board member and regular speaker.

GOP nominee for Governor Ken Cuccinelli with Jon Moseley, Freedom Leadership Conference Board member and regular speaker.

Did Democrats win Virginia because Ken Cuccinelli too conservative?  Should GOP primary voters choose more moderate candidates in 2014?

One of the Democratic Party’s most accomplished operatives and ally of Hillary Clinton beat conservative Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia, ushering in two new post-election certainties.   First, we will hear from Democrats how this means the repudiation of the anti-Obamacare efforts by Republicans and the endorsement of the President’s “stay the course” message.  Second, the victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe means that Republicans had better nominate candidates far more moderate in the 2014 election season, now begun.

To be more specific.  We conservatives – and this writer is certainly one – made two major mistakes and we had better learn our lesson, they will warn.  First, we had better not stand in the way of the Obama agenda in the future, whether it is spending issues or Obamacare, or else we will lose more elections.  Second, we had better not ever again nominate someone as principled a conservative as Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.

Certainly there will be sub themes.  One example is the argument “we just don’t agree with the tactics of conservatives.”

Another sub theme is where eager campaign consultants will speak of whatever mistakes they can find to point to and blame either Cuccinelli personally or someone or other in the campaign who they hate or are competing with.  Losing campaigns always see the “long knives” come out the next day or even the same evening.

But make no mistake about it: the longest knives of all will be reserved for anyone in America who is or has ever been identified as a conservative or Tea Party sympathizers.  They’d best recant now or else they will be driven out of the Party, thrown under the bus or best of all, burned screaming, at the stake for all to see.  It begins now.

Look for the days and nights ahead leading to the primary elections of 2014 to be full of pundits cautioning conservatives to not repeat these mistakes, like a mantra, over and over, aimed at conservative and GOP voters: do not oppose Obama on important issues, compromise today and fight later, next year, and do not ever again follow crazy rightwing conservatives – who will be named – such as Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and the GOP House Majority not to mention people like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Michelle Malkin, Ann Copulter, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, etc.

What will be a surprise to newer conservatives, newer Tea Party members and old time conservative and Republican Party voters with an early case of Alzheimers is this: many of the arguments you will be hearing are very, very old.  They are not brand new ideas.

For example, after moderate and liberal Republicans fought the nomination of Barry Goldwater in 1964 they continued to attack him after the primary, until he lost the election.  Then they said “see we warned you.”  They issued the same warnings against Ronald Reagan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and many more – who went ahead and won the general election after GOP primary voters ignored the liberals and nominated a conservative.

What you will be hearing over and over is not new: the claim that there was a “sudden lurch” to the right and the party had best nominate more moderate candidates, has been urged on the GOP faithful all the way back to Taft vs Eisenhower in 1964.  Often, the threat by moderates works, the conservative candidate loses and the more moderate candidate wins the nomination and like Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, they lose to the liberal Democrat after floundering around with a virtually issueless, conservative-less campaign.

Has anybody ever noticed that with those loses, there are NO repeated stories about the “lesson the GOP should learn” to never, ever again nominate moderate candidates weak on the issues of concern to most Americans and motivating to conservatives?

So lets go over the conservative rebuttal as the “long knives” for us conservatives come out today, in the following, “Top Eleven reasons to ignore liberal whining about GOP loss in Virginia.”

One.  As indicated, this whining isn’t new.  They should stop pretending.  They are repeating the same junk they always say.  We conservatives should ignore such silly, bad advice to nominate more liberal candidates, and reject conservatives.

Two.  It is Democrats and their frightened moderate Republican friends who always offer this advice to not nominate conservatives, and to not fight the liberals so strongly on issues.  Why should we listen to Democrats?  For that matter, any Republican whose strategy comes from the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Media Matters, is the one who should be ignored by Republican primary voters.  Why don’t they tell THEM (Democrats) to nominate candidates who are strong and principled conservatives like Ken Cuccinelli in the future, instead of always telling us to nominate candidate closer to the philosophy of Barack Obama?

Three.  Early polls showed McAuliffe with a huge, insurmountable lead.  The only question to media pundits was how big a margin that the Democratic would win by.  When they keep repeating this over and over, it tends to cause many who would have voted for the conservative, to stay home, not bother to vote (certainly not strong conservatives like me and most of my readers here).  Every couple percentage points counts my friend!  And as it turns out, Ken Cuccinelli lost by only two percentage points, not the 8 or more the liberal-left influenced media kept chanting about in the days before Tuesday.

Four.  Ken Cuccinelli and his slate do not represent a “lurch to the right.”  They are in fact, the mainstream of the Republican Party, who are as representative of the wishes, hopes and aspirations of the party faithful today, as Ronald Reagan ever was when he ran for Governor in California and President.

Five.  Democrats are deceptive campaigners.  To put it less charitably (and more accurately) they lie their heads off in elections in order to win.  The President came to Virginia to campaign for Terry McAuliffe as did Hillary Clinton and many other big Democrats.  Why didn’t they speak up about Obamacare and their plans to spend more and more money than they collect in taxes?  Why didn’t they admit that Obamacare will cause people to lose their insurance and be forced to pay more insurance with higher deductibles?  This lying has helped them win elections.  In the long run, will it continue to work?  Should GOP voters stop calling them out on their lies, or worse, join in the lies and stop standing in the way of this “change”?

Six.  A Republican Governor restored voting rights for convicted felons, who vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.  The fact is, there aren’t many conservative Republicans in the ranks of convicted felons.  Convicted felons vote Democrat and they voted for McAuliffe.  Many thousands of votes were added to the voter rolls thanks to this action of GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell – potentially enough to swing the two percentage points of victory margin for the Democrat (source: CNS News).

Seven.  Under a Republican Governor, Virginia just enacted the largest tax increase in commonwealth history.  This $6.4 billion dollar tax increase was enacted as are all such tax increases by citing all the good things that government would do for people.  This did two things.  It depressed voting and donations for the Republicans – who were fielding a slate against the top fundraiser for Bill Clinton and the Democrats lets remember.  And, it boosted the vote turnout for the Libertarian protest candidate.  All by itself, this was MORE than enough to tip the election to the Democrats or, to put it more accurately THROW the election.  (Source: Bearing Drift).

Eight. The Democrats funded the LINO candidate (Libertarian in name only) who siphoned off MORE than enough votes all alone, to cause Ken Cuccinelli to lose.  Robert Jarvis garnered 6.58% (142,062) of the vote.  Cuccinelli lost by 47.57,(1,027,517) to 45.42% (981,124).   Cuccinelli lost by 46,393 votes and the LINO pulled away 142,062 votes.  One Democrat donor made this possible: Joseph Liemandt.   “Liemandt, a software entrepreneur from Texas who had a net worth of $1.5 billion in 2000, gave the Libertarian Booster PAC $150,000 in January 2013. Breitbart News searched Federal Election Commission records and discovered that Liemandt donated $4,090 to the Virginia Democratic Party just three months earlier on October 17, 2012.” (Source: Breitbart News)

“Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot” (source: The Blaze).

Nine. In the final weeks before election day, news reports of the illegal, unreported, large gifts to the Republican Governor by a donor, dominated the news.  The defense that it was just his wife and he didn’t know, was silly at best or seen as a lie, at worst.  It was a fine gift to the Democrat candidate by the outgoing Republican Governor.  It was of course, seized upon eagerly by Democrats and their news media allies  (see Daily Caller).

Aside from this gift to Democrats, a second effect of this controversy crippled Ken Cuccinelli’s fundraising advantage, resulting in him being outspent by the Democrat “ace” fundraiser by a ten-to-one margin and shrinking his army of volunteers.  “The governor he depended on to rally the troops disappeared into a fog of scandal. Many of the money men who had provided oomph in past elections vanished.” (Washington Post)

Ten. Moderates such as Lt. Governor Bill Bolling continued to take pot shots at GOP nominee Cuccinelli and his slate.  Bolling, who wanted the nomination but quit after polls showed he had no chance at a GOP convention against Ken Cuccinelli, “publicly mulled over an independent bid and then said he wouldn’t endorse anyone in the race” (Washington Post).  It got worse: “it appeared that Bolling had tried to help persuade an influential business PAC to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II (ibid).

Eleven.  Moderate Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cast the tie breaking vote to postpone having the voter ID law take effect until 2014.  Those who claim to be voters – such as illegal aliens – could once again vote in Virginia without fear that they would be required to show proof of their identity as an American citizen.  More Democrat votes in 2013.  Thanks Bill.

In summary, there’s nothing new here.  But there is a lesson to be learned, especially for newer conservatives.   We Conservatives need to learn better how to play hardball so that when we nominate principled conservatives like Ken Cuccinelli, they go forward and win.  At all costs, we should shun “rule or ruin” GOP opportunists and liberals (who are two different groups – and the latter ALWAYS denies being liberal – all the way back to “progressive” Nelson Rockefeller in New York and they always makes alliances with other GOP members of the “stop the conservatives” crowd).

The old advice repeated by this writer many times over many years since I was there to hear it and also by other conservatives such as Fox TV’s Sean Hannity from Ronald Reagan after the 1974 election losses at the Conservative Political Action Conference of 1975, bears repeating now after this loss in Virginia.  Said Reagan to you, me and conservatives, in words that apply just as much today as back then: “our people look for a cause to believe in…a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”

The eleven reasons cited here, are proof positive that the close election loss by Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia against such terrible odds, does not give us reason to turn our back on him and on Ronald Reagan.  I thank Ken Cuccinelli and all those who stood by him as our standard bearer and champion in this election.  We appreciate you – all of you.  Thank you very much and God bless you, in behalf of conservatives from all across America.  This article is dedicated to you.

I say to fellow conservatives, there is a lesson to be learned from what happened yesterday in Virginia with the loss of Republican nominee for Governor, conservative Cuccinelli.  I hope you will listen to me, a fellow conservative, and not our enemies what that lesson is.  Pass the word, stand for principles, refuse to follow week kneed establishment Republicans who won’t fight, praise the Lord, pass the ammunition and soldier on … and we’ll win in 2014.

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Glenn Ryt posts articles in support of coalition minded conservatives and the monthly Freedom Leadership Conference in northern Virginia.  The Conference does not endorse the views expressed here but is thankful for all support given to its regular monthly program.  The next such conference will be on Wednesday, November 13 at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall on Route 50 near I-66.  The keynote speaker will be Colonel Scott Perry, the number one conservative Congressman in his first term from Pennsylvania (according to Heritage Action).  There will also be remarks by Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan (USMC, Ret.) as moderator of a panel of retired military officers (if you are one write to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org).  Since the conference changed to a monthly event in late 2012 after 14 years, each monthly event is sponsored by a different conservative organization. 

The November Conference is sponsored by Uniformed Services League as a post Veterans day “Salute to our Servicemen” and “Save our Servicemen” rally.  The conference will also focus attention on the Liberty Amendments proposal of Mark Levin (which is also his bestselling book), part 2 of the series. 

Glenn Ryt has many sources within the conservative movement that he has been a part of for many years, and aims to edify all parts of the conservative coalition, particularly those who focus on networking and coalition building at the Freedom Leadership Conference, which now includes over 60 different conservative cause organizations over 14 years.

For more info about the November Freedom Leadership Conference go HERE.

To register to attend the conference (7 to 9 PM – no charge but a $5 suggested donation is asked at the door to pay for coffee, tea and dessert during the first half hour “social” time) go HERE.

To make application to become a conference member (allowing for you to attend future pre-conference dinners, usually held 5 to 7 PM at the same or nearby venue), or to become a subscriber (complementary) to the free conference newsletter, go HERE.

To “like” the Conference facebook page go HERE.

Conference flyer (8 ½ by 11 PDF) HERE.

(permission is granted to reprint this article so long as this entire ending is also included – which may be done in smaller print.  This is the only form of “payment” the writer asks for his work).

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Should Virginia Tax Code be Changed?

Michael Thompson of Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy was keynote speaker at last month's Freedom Leadership Conference.

Michael Thompson of Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy was keynote speaker at last month’s Freedom Leadership Conference.

“Rising Tide Lifts all Ships” says Mike Thompson at Freedom Leadership Conference sponsored by Thomas Jefferson Institute

With election day tomorrow in Virginia, we know that somebody may soon be repeating the old refrain “elections have consequences” so we begin this report with a reminder to vote and to urge your like minded friends to vote too.  But, regardless of who wins in Virginia, do ideas matter at all?  If they do, a proposal made at the October Freedom Leadership Conference by Michael Thompson, speaking in behalf of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy – where he serves as President – should be considered by the Governor and state legislators.  The proposal is HERE (under speeches – Mr. Thompson did not provide the text of his remarks) and the video of his remarks posted to youtube is HERE.

While the idea of tax cuts and helping business are considered by many to be the domain of the Republican Party, Mike Thompson and his non-partisan Institute propose ideas that will benefit the economy of Virginia by streamlining the tax burden on business, and putting those same taxes elsewhere – including on those providing services.

Video of Thompson remarks – click HERE or on image below.

The good news first: in Thompson’s remarks he says that many thousands of new jobs would result in Virginia, and the old idea of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan – a “rising tide lifts all boats” – would happen in the Commonwealth with enactment of any of the several “scenarios” for how to use the revenue collected.  This increase would happen in spite of the crashing economy across America as conservative attempts to stop Obamacare appear to have failed.

Since his proposal is “revenue neutral – it will not increase taxes – he says conservatives and liberals alike should have no problem with the idea being proposed in his study.

Thompson emphasized several major points as he spoke of his proposal.  No change to healthcare services which would continue to be spared any sales taxes.  No new business to business tax.  End user taxes only would be affected.

The proposal Thompson spoke of does away with the gross receipts tax, among others.  Counties and cities revenue in Virginia does not change under this proposal.  The “constant” in the proposal is that services as well as products will be taxed.  The variable in the different scenarios, is how this tax revenue collected, will be left with business, so as to boost business revenue.

Mr. Thomson’s name for this tax increase is “broadening the tax base” so as to include those who provide services, rather than exclude them as is the case today.  That savings is then passed on to those who operate business, which will no longer face the current taxes.

Mike Thompson explained the various options at the October conference, which his organization sponsored at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks Mall, one of the four “upgrade” events of the past year thanks to their donation.

The October event was headlined as a “Conservative Change Conference” to discuss various changes offered by conservatives.

The Freedom Leadership Conference does not endorse candidates for office nor the proposals offered by organizations which sponsor each month’s conference.  The study done by the Thomas Jefferson Institute emphasized fairness, being revenue neutral, being sellable to both conservatives and liberals, and having the goal of a tax cut to boost business in Virginia.

It is business in America which invests for future business expansion – using profits to finance extra advertising, hiring of new employees, better physical plant such as equipment.  This is the very heart of the difference between capitalism and socialism, where government officials always speak of how they will invest tax dollars instead of letting investors and business owners with capital, do the investing.  Anything which reduces the tax burden of business will increase their profit and enable them to expand.  The proposal of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy focuses on the simple fact that if you increase revenue available to business, then you will expand the economy and help everyone.

Some conservatives at the conference remained concerned that the proposal offered would mean an increase in taxes for many businesses which are not incorporated and offer services.  “Why should the consultant who comes to my small business to fix my broken computer, be taxed, while the big corporation down the street that my business competes with, has a full time employee doing the same work at his company, not be taxed?  It seems to give an unfair advantage to big business,” said this critic.

Thompson’s remarks, despite reservations by some attendees about instituting taxes on those providing services, were very well received at the conference, which his organization sponsored this past month.  Thompson has been involved in Republican politics for many years, and has also been an officer of the conservative youth group, Young Americans for Freedom, over 40 years ago.

The other principal speaker at the October Freedom Leadership Conference was Michael O’Neill, Assistant General Counsel of Landmark Legal Foundation, whose General Counsel, Mark Levin, recently wrote a new bestseller, “The Liberty Amendments.”  We will have a report on his enthusiastically received remarks in a future report.

Congressman Scott Perry to be keynote speaker at November 13 Conference

Congressman Scott Perry to be keynote speaker at November 13 Conference

Congressman Scott Perry to speak Wed., November 13

Congressman Scott Perry will be keynote speaker at the post-Veterans Day “Salute to Our Servicemen” & “Save our Servicemen” rally of Freedom Leadership Conference on Nov. 13, 2013, sponsored this month by Uniformed Services League as a “post Veterans Day “Thank You” to American heroes who have served in the military.  Representative Perry is also a Colonel, U.S. Army National Guard & an Iraq war veteran and the Number One rated Congressman from Pennsylvania according to Heritage Action.  To read more details about this conference (a past article at this website) go HERE.

To register to attend the free conference ($5 suggested donation at the door) which begins with a 30 minute “social” time with coffee, tea and dessert, go HERE.

(Note: those who are Conference Members, or who wish to apply for complementary Provisional Conference Membership HERE, are also invited to join us for Dinner with Congressman Perry, 5 to 7 PM; advance registration and approval of your Membership Application required).

To see the conference flyer (8 ½ by 11 – easy to print if you wish) go HERE.

The Freedom Leadership Conference started as an annual event in 1999 in southern California as the Western Conservative Conference.  It was changed to a monthly conference held in Northern Virginia starting late 2012 and has had over 60 different conservative, patriotic, traditional organizations as sponsors during its 14 year history.  Free subscription to its newsletter is available HERE.

The Conference Board of Directors is reviewing suggested changes and will make a determination of whether to continue the monthly series of the Freedom Leadership Conference in 2014, or change to a quarterly conference, or return to the original annual format.  If your organization wishes to sponsor a monthly conference, which requires no fee or donation, you may write to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org.  For those organizations which desire an upgrade location such as the Marriott Hotel sponsored last month by Thomas Jefferson Institute and again this month by Uniformed Services League, there is a donation (payable directly to the hotel) to make this possible.

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Does National Review still speak for most conservatives?

National Review Editor William F. Buckley with President Ronald Reagan (1988)

National Review Editor William F. Buckley with President Ronald Reagan (1988)

One author raises questions worth discussing in debate on the role of issues in political campaigns

Argument continues among Republicans whether the stand by Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and some GOP Senate Conservatives, and the majority of GOP House Republicans, was counter productive after it led to the shutdown of the government and the major effort by President Obama and his allies to blame Republicans.

The fact remains that the uncompromising conservatives who attempted to defund Obamacare and were then pilloried by President Obama’s allies and by GOP moderates, were correct in saying that a one year delay ought to be enacted.  And the entire country knows this position ONLY because of their courageous stand.

Conservatives who called for this sort of uncompromising stance believe strongly that Ronald Reagan was right in 1975 when he told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the GOP strategy ought to be to hold up “a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people”.

Moderates Republicans today who hate what the Senate and House conservatives did, say “it was all for nothing” as the Democrats in the Senate and in the House aided by Speaker John Boehner and a minority of GOP House members defeated them to raise the debt limit and implement Obamacare “on schedule” on October 1 (pun intended).

But is this an example of what Ronald Reagan was speaking of in 1975?

Reagan was reacting to the frustration of conservatives after the 1974 election defeat.  The unelected President, Gerald Ford, had appointed the nemesis of movement conservatives, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, as his Vice President, and then run an issueless, establishment Republican campaign in the wake of Watergate and mistrust of government, which resulted in the loss.

The Publisher of National Review, the very thoughtful and always proper William Rusher, had written “The Making of the New Majority Party” and conservatives were discussing in 1975 his proposal to abandon the GOP and start their own, new political party because many believed the Party process was too rigged to allow GOP conservatives to prevail in primaries against entrenched GOP incumbents.

With that backdrop, Reagan replied to what he knew was being discussed by conservatives at that 1975 CPAC, stating plainly that no, we conservatives should not leave the GOP but stay and fight, and boldly propose conservative answers to the issues of the day.

Reagan did that in 1976, so well that he nearly won the nomination for President, coming to within only 100 delegate votes of defeating the incumbent GOP President.

William Rusher and conservatives stopped discussing the idea of abandoning the GOP but decided to stay and fight.  Those who followed Reagan’s 1975 advice at CPAC, were proven right in in 1978 and in 1980 when they started winning GOP primaries for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Presidency and emerged in leadership positions in GOP organizations at all levels across America.

The use of conservative “bold colors” instead of “pale pastels” of the GOP moderates, proved it could win, ultimately gaining the Presidency, Senate and House.

One of the premier and indeed founding organizations on the right which helped unite conservatives of different camps, starting in the 1950’s and continuing until the triumph of the Reagan revolution, was William F. Buckley’s National Review.  NR’s publisher, the late William Rusher, moved away from his 1975 idea to start a “new majority party” and with Editor William Buckley, were part of the conservative Reagan revolution, which used our “bold issues” to win electoral victory.

As conservatives debate some of the very same issues and tactics today that were discussed and debated 40 years ago – whether we should moderate our views to win future elections, or continue with the Reagan “no pale pastels but bold colors” strategy clearly embraced by Senators Cruz and Lee and colleagues and the House GOP majority, questions now arise as to where does National Review stand in the current debate?

Addressing this question is Charles G. Mills, one of the original leaders of an organization nearly as old as National Review, Young Americans for Freedom.  He has not been active in YAF for many years and does not speak for them nor even for this writer.  But the views he expresses here do very much fit into the current debate and with his kind permission, are reprinted below.  My purpose is to focus thoughtful attention on our purpose as conservatives, with Charles’ able assistance.  Why?

At the recent Freedom Leadership Conference in northern Virginia, one of the speakers and founders of the new monthly version of the conference, Tom Cranmer, mentioned in his remarks how the local GOP leaders he had spoken to appeared to have no interest in issues.  Like Charles Mills, Tom Cranmer is an alumus of the 1960′s Young Americans for Freedom, having even attended the blockbuster rally for Barry Goldwater in 1962 at Madison Square Garden in New York City with 18,000 people (and his wife is also a YAF alumnus).

Another Conference member at the October function, said that he had also spoken to a top GOP official with his county organization (different area from Tom’s), and found the same problem.  “I asked him what issues he was using to fight the liberal Democrats and he said that wasn’t his department, it was up to the candidates to speak about issues.”  Pressed further, I was told that the response was “my position is whatever the local Congressman says.”

What Charles G. Mills is saying in this offering (below) almost sounds as if National Review has moved ever closer to being a GOP house organ, than one which can always be counted on to criticize any moves by the GOP establishment which abandons our cause.  Even worse, they now appear to embrace the position of William Buckley’s and National Review’s opponents from the 1950′s and 1960′s.

Having been a subscriber in the past, I’d very much regret such movement by National Review.  Having been a lifetime registered Republican who votes regularly in primaries, I very much regret such a “pale pastels,” colorless sort of campaign that was decried at last month’s Freedom Leadership Conference. which searches for and reviews issues each month.

Charles Mills raises thoughtful questions about issues.  Implicit in the article I recommend to you now, is the notion that issues and ideas do matter, not as a replacement for sound campaign tactics and strategy, but as the reason for them.

His questions will no doubt be promptly dismissed by establishment Republicans fearful of issues and of those whose loyalty is to their conservative principles first, and to the Party only second, and only as a vehicle to implement their philosophy.  Charles reminds us that for us conservatives, our reason for participating in the GOP at all, is merely as a vehicle to implement our ideas.

I highly recommend this thoughtful and short article, and reproduce it below with permission.

National Review Repudiates Its Heritage
by Charles G. Mills
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GLEN COVE, NY — National Review recently turned its back on its origins by publishing a cover story praising President Eisenhower as a conservative. Eisenhower was exactly the kind of enemy of conservatism that National Review was founded to fight.

The first issue of National Review was dated November 19, 1955 and went to press the day Eisenhower came home from the hospital after his heart attack. Its masthead contained the names of real conservatives who would not be tolerated at today’s National Review, such as L. Brent Bozell, Medford Evans, Russell Kirk, Eugene Lyons, Frank S. Meyer, and Freda Utley.

The issue was naturally graceful to Eisenhower as a recovering heart attack patient. After all, in those days, a heart attack was often considered to be permanently disabling. In its lead editorial, however, it said that in that issue and future issues it would be critical, sometimes sharply so, of Eisenhower’s policies with which it disagreed.

The issue also contained an article by L. Brent Bozell, in which he pointed out that liberal Republicans could not start campaigning for President until they knew whether their leader Eisenhower would run for a second term. This article went on to say that Nixon was the only one the liberal Republicans were worried about. The article suggested a coalition of Senators Knowland, McCarthy, Dirksen, Bricker, and Bridges as an alternative to the Eisenhower Liberals.

Just two weeks short of National Review‘s first anniversary, Eisenhower showed the true extent of his depravity when he allowed the Soviets to overrun Hungary and kill thousands of people. Eisenhower did not extract a single concession in favor of the freedom of the Hungarian people.

Simultaneously, Eisenhower destroyed the career of the intelligent British Conservative Prime Minister, Anthony Eden, and he forced Christian Britain and France to turn the Suez Canal over to the socialist Moslem dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In retrospect, none of this should have surprised us. After all, in 1945, Eisenhower sent 2 million anticommunist refugees back across the Iron Curtain, often to certain death.

When Richard Nixon became President in 1969, National Review began to compromise. In the March 1969 issue of Triumph, L. Brent Bozell, no longer with National Review, charged that the “conservative movement” had abandoned antistatism, nationalism, anticommunism, and constitutionalism. Bozell did not mention National Review, but National Review obviously felt stung by the charge. It unleashed a petulant and intemperate attack on Triumph.

Eventually two movements arose, neo-conservatism and big government conservatism. These movements were not antistatist, anticommunist, nationalist, or constitutionalist. They simply tried to harness the energies of American conservatism for their purposes — sometimes conservative, sometimes clearly not conservative.

Few places were more influenced by the neo-conservatives and the big government conservatives than National Review. National Review no longer seeks to restore state sovereignty, repeal the New Deal, bring back public piety, or free Cuba or mainland China. Far from it. It now embraces the very thing it was founded to fight — liberal Eisenhower Republicanism. One of National Review’s finest moments was the 1964 Republican Convention. Now it wants to toss out that moment with the trash.

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Confession.  Glenn Ryt knew and admired the late William F. Buckley and William Rusher.  They have not been involved in the operation of National Review for many years before they both passed away.  This article should not be construed as a criticism of these two– and all of those who have labored with them and who try to carry on their tradition today at National Review.   But this writer does believe that the questions raised by Charles Mills are worthy of discussion among conservatives.

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Glenn Ryt posts articles in support of coalition conservatives and the monthly Freedom Leadership Conference in northern Virginia.  The next such conference will be on Wednesday, November 13 at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall on Route 50 near I-66.  The keynote speaker will be Colonel Scott Perry, the number one conservative Congressman in his first term from Pennsylvania (according to Heritage Action).  Since the conference changed to a monthly event in late 2012 after 14 years, each monthly event is sponsored by a different conservative organization. 

The November Conference is sponsored by Uniformed Services League as a post Veterans day “Salute to our Servicemen” and “Save our Servicemen” rally.  The conference will also focus attention on the Liberty Amendments proposal of Mark Levin (which is also his bestselling book), part 2 of the series. 

Glenn Ryt has many sources within the conservative movement that he has been a part of for many years, and aims to edify all parts of the conservative coalition, particularly those who focus on networking and coalition building at the Freedom Leadership Conference.

For more info about the November Freedom Leadership Conference go HERE.

To register to attend the conference (7 to 9 PM – no charge but a $5 suggested donation is asked at the door to pay for coffee, tea and dessert during the first half hour “social” time) go HERE.

To make application to become a conference member (allowing for you to attend future pre-conference dinners, usually held 5 to 7 PM at the same or nearby venue), or to become a subscriber (complementary) to the free conference newsletter, go HERE.

To “like” the Conference facebook page go HERE.

Conference flyer (8 ½ by 11 PDF) HERE.

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Charles Mills, whose column is reprinted here today, writes a regular column he calls “The Confederate Lawyer.”  The Confederate Lawyer column is copyright © 2013 by Charles G. Mills and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfBooks.com. All rights reserved. This column may be forwarded, posted, or published if credit is given to Charles Mills and fgfBooks.com.  Charles G. Mills is the Judge Advocate or general counsel for the New York State American Legion. He has forty years of experience in many trial and appellate courts and has published several articles about the law.  See his biographical sketch and additional columns here.

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Your comments about this article would be welcomed and may be reprinted (with a reply) in a future column and will also be shared with Charles Mills (unless  you request that this not be done).  You may write RSVP@FreedomLeadershipConference.org and it will be forwarded to this writer. The views expressed by Glenn Ryt are his alone and do not represent the views of the Freedom Leadership Conference or the sponsor of any of the monthly conferences (which is different each month).

 

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U.S. Congressman Scott Perry to speak at “Salute Our Servicemen” Rally Nov. 13, 2013

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The Liberty Amendments of Mark Levin also on the Agenda

Congressman Scott Perry will be keynote speaker at the post-Veterans Day “Salute to Our Servicemen” & “Save our Servicemen” rally of Freedom Leadership Conference on Nov. 13, 2013, sponsored this month by Uniformed Services League as a “post Veterans Day “Thank You” to American heroes who have served in the military.  Representative Perry is also a Colonel, U.S. Army National Guard & an Iraq war veteran and the Number One rated Congressman from Pennsylvania according to Heritage Action.

The Conference will also feature a panel of retired Military Officers with Panel Moderator, Lt. Colonel Tim Hanigan, USMC (Ret.).  In addition, there will be a speaker on the subject of the Liberty Amendments proposed by popular conservative commentator Mark Levin, whose book by the same name is a national bestseller (speaker to be announced).  The Conference is free to attend, at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel Fair Oaks Mall, Virginia on Route 50 near I-66, with a requirement for advance registration and limited seating (suggested $5 donation at the door).  The private dinner with the Congressman and other guest speakers and conference leaders is only open to members.  Advance registration is HERE.

Conference sponsor Uniformed Services League explained, “With American servicemen facing the threat not only of enemy bombs and bullets wherever they are deployed around the world, they are also in danger from possible accusations of war crimes instigated by anti-America, leftist and pro-terrorist forces under the International Criminal Court.  Such trials would mean the traditional rights of American citizens would be denied any American so accused.”

The sponsor of the “SOS2” conference is Uniformed Services League, which notes that in addition to threats abroad to U.S. servicemen they face increasing threats in America.  The fact that American military bases are “gun free” zones encourages terrorists and lunatics to see this as a “safe zone” to murder American servicemen, as happened at Fort Dix, N.J. (2007), Fort Hood (2009) and more recently the Washington Navy Yard (Sept. 2013).  This makes a “Salute to Our Servicemen” and a “Save our Servicemen” rally on Nov. 13 all the more timely.

Congressman Perry was the keynote speaker at a picnic function of the Philippine-American Heritage Council of New Americans by Choice, a sponsor of the Freedom Leadership Conference this past summer.  He addressed the group about the upcoming debt battle with the Obama Administration and saluted those who made a sacrifice to come to America, and was very well received by the group.

With a career as a business owner and state legislator, first term U.S Congressman Scott Perry (GOP 4th District PA) has already become the top conservative in the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation with a strong 89% rating by Heritage Action.

He voted against the recent debt ceiling increase together with the overwhelming majority of GOP House members against the united front of all Democrat Congressmen and a minority of House Republicans.  He explained, “the legislation before us tonight is tantamount to accepting the failed policy of endless borrowing from China, Japan and the Social Security Trust Fund to satisfy an ever expanding government bureaucracy. I can’t support that.”

Scott began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and graduated Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Va., as a technical drafting specialist. He graduated as the president of his officer candidate school and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch. Lieutenant Colonel Perry served as the Commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion,which deployed to Iraq from January 2009-January 2010. In February 2011, Scott was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and recently assumed garrison command of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Site.  He is a graduate of the US Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

A flyer (PDF) of the November “Salute to Servicemen” and “Save our Servicemen” Rally and Conference is HERE.

The Freedom Leadership Conference started as an annual event in 1999 in southern California as the Western Conservative Conference.  It was changed to a monthly conference held in Northern Virginia starting late 2012 and has had over 60 different conservative, patriotic, traditional organizations as sponsors during its 14 year history.  Free subscription to its newsletter is available HERE.

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Should Senator Barbara Boxer get “Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award” tomorrow?

Barbara Boxer: Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award at Freedom Leadership Conference?

Barbara Boxer: Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award at Freedom Leadership Conference?

Freedom Leadership Conference set to hear from Mike Thompson on Virginia Tax Reform, and Mike O’Neil on the Mark Levin “Liberty Amendments” at Fairfax Marriot at Fair Oaks, VA, Thurs. 10/17/13

Senator Barbara Boxer this week said on the floor of the U.S. Senate that GOP conservatives are acting the same way as those who abuse their spouse by physically beating them.

Does Barbara Boxer go to the head of the pack to win the SAUL ALINSKY SMEAR CONSERVATIVES AWARD for October?

You may vote in the poll directly below:

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Barbara Boxer’s words were blasted by Fox TV’s new co-host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who chided the “mainstream press” for ignoring her words.  The conservative commentator said “You know who should be infuriated? Women who have suffered from domestic abuse.”  Blasting Boxer, Hasselbeck said “How dare she minimize the abuse that so many women struggle with.”

The new poll will only run 24 hours so if you wish to have your vote counted and considered for the award decision to be made on Thursday you must vote immediately.

There is already a poll query underway with a record breaking nine nominees for the award, named after the author of Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky, who said his leftist followers should “demonize and pulverize” conservatives, not debate them on the issues.

That earlier poll can be accessed HERE:

Many conservatives who voted in the poll, asked about their vote, admitted they had voted for the politician they dislike the most, not the one whose recent WORDS were most in keeping with Alinsky’s teachings.

The Conference leadership and board will make the decision about the award winner this Thursday evening at the conference dinner just before the October monthly Freedom Leadership Conference at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks, Virginia (on Route 50 near I-66).  The poll and the discussion among dinner attendees will influence that vote.

One of the Conference leaders and regular speakers – who will also speak at this Thursday’s conference – is Tom Cranmer – and it is his nomination and endorsement of BARBARA BOXER to win this month’s award which has caused us to create a new poll for you to vote in on this subject.  Cranmer is also Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Taxpayer Association, which was a sponsor of one of the monthly conferences earlier in this year (see text of remarks on this website and video on youtube HERE).

The “Conservative Change Conference” theme this Thursday has two principal speakers and is sponsored this month by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.  The Institute’s President, Michael Thompson, will be the keynote speaker on the subject of their proposed changes to the Virginia tax system designed to boost business and jobs by such measures as eliminating the gross receipts tax.

A second principal speaker is Mike O’Neill, the Assistant General Counsel of the Landmark Legal Foundation, who will speak on Mark Levin’s proposed “Liberty Amendments” and the growth of federal power at the expense of the states, contrary to the intentions and purposes of America’s founding fathers.  O’Neill will explain how the “Separation of Powers” doctrine was created by the founders to put limits on government power, which was in their mind, the key to preventing future tyranny.

“The President and the Federal Judiciary have all failed to respect their Constitutional roles,” Mike will tell the conference (prepared remarks which will later be placed on the conference website and on youtube).

Registration for the conference – required for admission – is open until 11:30 PM tonight (Wed. 11/16) to attend the Conference, HERE.

Register to attend HERE

The newer poll – if the YES answer wins – will immediately supercede the older, earlier poll, which has Senator Harry Reid leading.  You may still vote in that poll if you wish but you should consider what the nominees said to earn their being listed as a nominee for a Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award.

What they said to be nominated for Alinsky Award

“reckless and irresponsible” (Barack Obama)… 

“they take hostages… they extort” (Charles Schumer)… 

“We need to act like adults, not like squealing political pigs” (Richard Durbin)…

“a banana Republican mindset” (Harry Reid)…

“…legislative arsonists.  They’re there to burn down what we should be building up” (Nancy Pelosi)…

“people who have a bomb strapped to their chest” (Dan Pfeiffer)…

“it is political terrorism”(Al Gore) …

“the wacko birds” (John McCain)…

“a dark strain in the American political psyche”(Peter King) …

“the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position” (Bob Corker)…

“the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” (Richard Burr)…

“this strategy of defunding Obamacare was an ad hoc strategy laid out without consulting with his fellow senators” (Karl Rove)

Read the earlier story about the Alinsky award HERE.

We want to remind readers who participate in this poll, it isn’t about who you dislike the most.  It is about whose words are most in the evil spirit of Saul Alinsky, whose goal was to use hateful words to smear conservatives rather than engage in political discourse.

The Daily KOS – cited by Human Events as the 6th worst hate site in America – and Media Matters – are just two examples of the many leftwing websites that follow the Alinsky smear conservatives strategy.  The national news media provides an “echo chamber” for the smears that are routinely launched by lefting darlings such as the nine “Alinsky Award” nominees this week and now Barbara Boxer.

“Who should win the Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award this month?”

To vote YES or NO on Barbara Boxer (which would supercede the older poll) go HERE.

To vote for one of the nine candidates we listed earlier (see their quotes above) go HERE.

Yes you may vote in both polls but we tabulate on Wednesday and announce at the Conference, on Thursday … and you may enter a free subscription to our email newsletter to stay informed of the results HERE.

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