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.

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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.

Conference Members are in general agreement with the Thurmont Statement of conservative principles, originally adopted in Thurmont, Maryland.  The agenda for the 2014 year is being drawn up now, after one year of monthly conferences starting in late 2012.  If you are interested in being a conference sponsor (organizations only) there is no charge or fee except if you wish to “upgrade” to a better location such as this month’s Marriott Hotel (which charges more).  Please write to EventCoordinator@FreedomLeadershipConference.org if you are interested in being a conference sponsor.

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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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Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Poll Announced

Freedom Leadership Conference will award a "Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives" Award Thursday - who should it be?

Freedom Leadership Conference will award a “Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives” Award Thursday – who should it be?

Who do you Choose? Vote now, Award to be announced Thursday!

The Freedom Leadership Conference this Thursday evening, October 17, has a record breaking number of nominees to win the “Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives Award” under consideration for this month (register to attend HERE).  While Democrats dominate the nomination list there are several Republicans who have been suggested for the award.  Those who attend the Conference dinner will help decide the eventual winner to be announced after the conference starts at 7 PM at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel at Fair Oaks, VA.

A new Poll to allow conservatives who may not attend the conference to vote, is hereby announced with the poll results to be announced at the conference dinner.   While the Conference is not bound by the poll results, organizers said that it will be a major and new influence on choosing the “Alinsky” Award nominee.

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Additional nominees are also welcome –and written comments are welcome as to who the winner should be – which can be sent to RSVP@FreedomLeadershipConference.org or may be marked in the Alinsky survey.

Click here to take survey

Most of the attacks on conservatives in recent weeks have been the result of the “defund Obamacare” debate in the Senate and the House.  The liberal mainstream media have also played up the attacks on conservatives by Republicans such as Karl Rove, Senators John McCain, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Richard Burr and others.  As they have done since the Goldwater-Rockefeller fight literally 50 years ago the news media act like it is a brand new idea, that majority GOP conservatives fight entrenched establishment Republicans.

Without a doubt, the most hateful things said about conservatives in recent weeks have been said by liberal to leftist Democrats even with some GOP leaders joining in.

“…this strategy of defunding Obamacare was an ad hoc strategy laid out without consulting with his fellow senators…”

The monthly Freedom Leadership Conference award is named after Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” teaches leftists to “demonize and pulverize” conservatives rather than debate issues with them.  The result of such a strategy is that it always confuses and demoralizes many of the followers of those so targeted, turns off the middle voters against the target, leaves the conservative target stunned, and mobilizes and arouses the leftist army for battle.  There are always some Republicans and even some conservatives who, either out of confusion or an ambition to seize media attention, join in the attack on the conservative so attacked by the left.

Register to attend HERE

Another example of the result this earns for the left in recent days and weeks are when generally conservative Fox TV Commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Mike Huckabee refer to the “broken” system in Washington and blame both political parties equally for the “gridlock” they decry.  As Huckabee said on Fox TV this past Saturday night, he wants politicians who “will make the system work.”

Do Huckabee and O’Reilly suggest that Republicans can best ‘fix” things by giving in to the Democrats on Obamacare and on spending or whatever else Democrats demand?  Have they any specific suggestions as to how you negotiate with a White House which says it will not negotiate or even talk to House leaders?  Have they suggestions as to how the House should react when specific compromise bills are rejected one after another by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid without even scheduling debate or a vote?  No.

“reckless and irresponsible” …  “they take hostages…they extort” …  “We need to act like adults, not like squealing political pigs” … “a banana Republican mindset” … 

The “Alinsky” methods were taught by then attorney, Barack Obama, as he started his leftwing political career in Chicago.  The “Alinsky” methods were also the subject of a college thesis by Hillary Clinton, which earned her a similar offer to come to Chicago and teach the techniques she had shown a clear mastery of.

Who should win the “Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives” Award this month, in your view?  Please take a moment to vote in the survey, click HERE to make your choice.

“…legislative arsonists.  They’re there to burndown what we should be building up” … “people who have a bomb strapped to their chest” … “is political terrorism” …

One view among conservatives is that despite the despicable things being said by some Republicans about fellow Republicans, the focus ought to be on the liberal Democrats, not Republicans jockeying for internal partisan advantage against conservatives.

The other view is that a major problem of the GOP has been that too many aren’t willing to stand up to Barack Obama and the Democrats, and that those attacking conservatives should be criticized – including noted Republicans like John McCain, Karl Rove and others.

Where do you stand?

If you attend the Freedom Leadership Conference you’ll know our answer when the “Saul Alinsky Smear Conservatives” award is announced this Thursday.

Freedom Leadership Conference, Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013, 7 to 9 PM

Freedom Leadership Conference, Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013, 7 to 9 PM

If you are a Conference Member you have the option of attending the conference dinner which precedes the conference – from 5 PM (dinner served 5:30 PM) til 7 PM – where this matter will be discussed and decided after the “Alinsky Survey” is tabulated and announced.

In recent years, conservatives have come under increasingly bitter and acrimonious attack by leftists.  Human Events named Daily Kos, for example, as the #6 worst hate site in America, while websites such as Media Matters and Huffington Post give them a good run for the money.

Conservative candidates for President have been especially smeared and tarnished by the liberal-left attack machine, all apparently good students of Saul Alinsky.  This includes Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, to name several.

Here are what some of this month’s nominees have said which earned them nomination.  In the case of Karl Rove, it is his second nomination for his attacks on conservatives.  None of these nominees has yet earned the award this year.

“This is reckless and irresponsible.  Republicans are not focused on what’s best for you.   They’re playing political games.”  President Barack Obama

“You cannot negotiate when they take hostages and when they extort, period.”  Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

“We need to act like adults, not like squealing political pigs.”  Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)

“This is a six-week funding bill, all it is, six weeks.  If you cannot pass this, we are truly entering a banana Republican mindset.” Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

“I call them legislative arsonists.  They’re there to burn down what we should be building up.”  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“Do you stand for your country, or do you want to take it down this evening?  Stand up for your country!”  Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT)

“What we’re not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.”  Dan Pfeiffer (Senior White House Advisor)

“The only phrase that describes it is political terrorism.”  Al Gore (Former Vice President)

“the wacko birds” … “a dark strain in the American political psyche” … “the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position” … “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” … 

“…it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone. I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They’re not.” (referring to Senator Paul Rand and Senator Ted Cruz).  “one of the McCain’s advisers said “He fu**ing hates Cruz.””   Senator John McCain (R-Az)

(conservative Senator Ted Cruz has) “tapped into a dark strain in the American political psyche.”  Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

“I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count — the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position.”  Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

“I think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”  Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

“Well, this strategy of defunding Obamacare was an ad hoc strategy laid out without consulting with his fellow senators and at every step of the way, it’s been sort of cobbled together on the fly.”  Karl Rove

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The Freedom Leadership Conference this month is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, whose President, Michael Thompson, will deliver keynote remarks on the tax reform proposal of the Institute.   That proposal includes a plan to abolish several of the taxes which inhibit business growth in Virginia, such as the gross receipts tax, and would generate 80,000 new jobs, they report.  the previous story on this topic is here:   Conservative Change Conference set for October 17, 2013; Michael Thompson to speak at Freedom Leadership Conference on new tax proposal for Virginia; Liberty Amendments proposal of Mark Levin to be featured

A second principal speaker will also address the conference this Thursday, see earlier article here:  Mike O’Neill to speak on “The Liberty Amendments” Proposal of Mark Levin at October 17 Conference; Assistant General Counsel of Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation to speak at Freedom Leadership Conference at Marriott at Fair Oaks, VA, billed as “Conservative Change Conference”

Advance registration is required to attend, see  Conservative Change Conference Registration.

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Can Obama Summoned National Guard Really be Closing I-495 Today?

Our reporter on the scene at Tysons Corner, VA, shown here.

Our reporter on the scene at Tysons Corner, VA, shown here.

A Sunup Eyewitness Report from the scene

(written before sunup, 7:15 AM, 10/11/13).  While there are those whose scholarship, wit, wisdom and all around smarts will make them better commentators of what is happening on the national scene during the days of the “government shutdown” in Washington DC and around the nation, there is nonetheless, a strong appetite for first hand and eyewitness reports from less erudite sources who are both timely and personal in their observations.  This may be considered one such report, offered early in the morning following yesterday’s report of a Department of Transportation plan to close the Capital Beltway using National Guard soldiers to stifle the Trucker ‘ring around the beltway” protest of the policies of Barack Obama, see Obama DOT Plans use of National Guard to close I-495 Capital Beltway tomorrow?

4:00 AM, Friday, 10/11.  The sun was still not scheduled to come up for a few hours as John, a Tea Party activist, pulled up his car at Tysons Corner near one of the entrance ramps to I-495 (photo sent in, above), the capital beltway.  He’d been one of the over 50,000 estimated conservative, libertarian and Tea party activists who had forwarded yesterday’s article about rumors that a Department of Transportation plan to close down the capital beltway would be implemented at dawn on Friday morning.  He used his twitter account, emailed the link to friends and used his Facebook account to help spread the word.  And he contacted this writer and agreed to this collaboration.

The article John read at REDSTATE yesterday, generated more “facebook like” signals than the top ten articles there combined, and also finished in first place by other measures of comparison, such as the number of tweets sent out, number of other methods to recommend to friends.  John had plenty of company in other words, in helping pass the word.

John is one of many who uses an “alias” rather than his real name at Redstate and with his twitter account and at Facebook.  “I don’t need to pay my accountant for an audit with the IRS thank you,” he wrote to me, the author of yesterday’s article, which was cross posted at the website of the Freedom Leadership Conference, where it generated a record breaking 25,000 “hits” there (of which 66 were from the Redstate website, and most of the rest were from Facebook sites and other websites that had carried the story).  He also has no patience to see his real name maligned “by some leftist punk student wearing pajamas and using the smart phone his parents paid for.”

All told, yesterday’s article about the possible threat to close the I-495 Beltway circling Washington, appears to have been read and then circulated onward by no less than 50,000 people, including several thousand who posted it at websites and blogs, and at least 100,000 to 150,000 readers.  Until this date, the undersigned has never posted anything which generated but a small fraction of this readership and this massive activist outpouring.

I’m rather new to the twitter world too, although I’ve been a writer and activist for conservative causes for many years.  John has promised to report to me “live” via twitter what – if anything – he sees with the supposed plan to close down the capital beltway on Friday morning, from his perch at busy Tysons Corner near one of the Route 123 entrance ramps for I-495.

A longstanding conservative activist, John has also donated to several conservative organizations, although he hasn’t yet mentioned which ones.  He has identified himself as “Tea Party friendly” and has worked in several political campaigns as a volunteer in the past few years.  He is my “on the scene” reporter today, my eyes and ears on the ground.  We hope there’ll be nothing to report, actually – both of us – before it will be time for him to head to work in Tysons Corner after 8:30 AM.  I appreciate his couple hours early head start on his day to enable me to post this eyewitness account.

No reports from either the Department of Transportation or the White House have confirmed that such a plan actually does exist, or has been approved at the highest levels of the executive branch, as was reported in yesterday’s highly circulated offering.

Did the President or the Executive Branch, really manage to call up National Guardsmen from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, to close the I-495 Beltway at or about dawn today, supposedly because of the government shutdown?  Stay tuned.

The “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” plans to do a slowdown around the I-495 Washington DC beltway starting this morning – and expects 10,000 drivers to participate, more than enough to bring traffic to a standstill, especially with it being a busy Friday, and with rain expected.  Will the Obama Administration use the pretext of the government shutdown to shut down I-495 and this protest?

In a few hours, at the latest, we should know.  I’m planning to stay tuned at my computer, prepared to post as soon as anything breaks.  In fact, to prepare for this post, I am actually transcribing my notes as we go, right into the blog.  With one “enter” click this will be posted, whenever I think I have enough to stop and post.  Or, if there’s nothing to post, it will stay but a draft, never to be published.

John is on station near the Tysons Corner, Virginia entrance ramp to 495 with his thermos of coffee.  It is now 4:15 AM as I write this.  Nothing happening there, John advises.  Time for me to make a pot of coffee for myself.  Be right back.

4:35 AM.  Fresh coffee on my desk, I note another tweet, saying simply, “nothing.”

4:45 AM.  “Traffic startg to pick up.  A few trucks included,” says John’s tweet.

5:03 AM.  “plain car parked illegally on side of entrance ramp, 4 in uniform got out, looking around.”

5:10 AM.  “clearly one of them is officer in charge. Others clearly defer to him.  Cannot tell rank.  They seem to be waiting.”

5:15 AM.  Am aware it is now 2 hours until sun is scheduled to come up, and I am starting to wonder, how close is John to those four men in uniform?  Did he think to bring a camera with a good lens and is he close enough to catch anything with it?  Is it too dark for photographs?  Wondering how long before another message, what is happening there?

5:25 AM.  John reports in.  “1 of them came over to ask me.  Reply am waitg for someone to go to work with.  He sed, best find a legal parking spot, cant stay here.  Had to move car.”

5:40 AM.  “harder to see as much from this distance.  Humvee with 6 in uniform has arrived, also truck with cargo cannot see.”

6:04 AM.  “Humvee left 2 soldiers with rifles, several barriers from truck, then both departd onto 495.  Watching.”

6:15 AM.  “Total 6 in uniform, 5 doing the work, other guy must be officer.  barriers now up blocking 495 entrance.  Can this really be happening in America?”

6:25 AM.  “traffic is really bad now, clearly these are the National Guardsmen we thought we’d never see, blocking 495.”

6:35 AM.  “one guy got out of his car clearly shouting, was immediately cuffed, is now sitting on ground.”

6:42 AM.  “2 more joined him cuffed on ground, I see a radio in use.  Large vehicle pulling up to load prisoners.”

As I use cut/paste and some typing my coffee and my blood are both cold, thinking of John by himself watching these events unfold.  Is this more or less of a shock than the story of them closing the World War II memorial a few days ago?  Can the President really order an Interstate Highway closed, stifle our freedom of speech?  What else is John seeing at that entrance ramp to I-495 at Tysons Corner, Virginia?

6:50 AM.  Dawn is not far off, and I am wondering, how many other entrance ramps is this happening at, circling around Washington, DC?  Is the trucker “strike” scheduled to start today, “dead on arrival”?  And what is happening to our freedom of speech?  Same?

6:56 AM.  John says, “sky is lighting, sunup is close.  Am going to walk over to ask them what they are doing.  Cannot believe this is really happening.  Will report back.”

7:00 AM.  I begin to wonder, will John be OK?  I have no backup observer there.  Sure wish I did.  If only I’d thought to ask John, do you have a friend who can sit in a different car, bring a good camera?  Perhaps a video camera?

7:05 AM.  Am really starting to worry.  I know.  Should allow more time before I get worried.  But who would have thought any of this is possible?  Can the President really shut down first empty monument and memorial grounds and now an interstate highway circling the nation’s capital?

7:15 AM.  The sun is now up there, and also here where I am also on the east coast, although not very close to Tysons Corner.  I have heard nothing.  It occurs to me that if John is arrested, they will surely take his phone.  I can very easily be tracked.  Will I have visitors to ask me some questions?  “Hello we’re from the government and we have some questions for you.”  How will being accused affect my life, my job, my friendships?  What will happen to John, and to me, and to all those who challenged this administration?  What happened to the First Amendment?

At this point, I am reminded of the story of the War of the Worlds from 1938.  The conclusion of that story, carried live to its terrifying conclusion, is as follows, and very relevant to this morning’s story, ironically, also being told near Halloween:

“This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character to assure you that The War of The Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be. The Mercury Theatre’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying Boo! Starting now, we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night. . . so we did the best next thing. We annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the C. B. S. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. . .it’s Hallowe’en.”

And, also going “out of character” now this is Glenn Ryt here to assure you Dear Reader, that yesterday’s article and this one this morning, have no further significance than to put you on alert and make you think.  It could have been true.  It isn’t so far fetched.  No more so, than the idea that could also have been – but wasn’t – suggested a few weeks ago, that we have a President and Executive Branch of government, that would use the government shut down to put barriers up at open air monuments and memorials to block Americans, such as happened at the World War II memorial to block aging World War II veterans.  And as has happened at other open air parks such as Gettysburg battlefield.

At Valley Forge, a jogger was given a $100 ticket on returning to his parked car with two Park Rangers waiting for him.  He saw no signs indicating he was breaking any law when he parked his car but, what a surprise when he returned from his jog through the scenic public parkland.

The point I wish you to consider is this.

First, this President and his Executive Branch of government have gone well beyond their constitutional limits in many different ways, and even though there is no plan we know of to shut down the capital beltway to stifle the free speech protest of truckers planning to drive for three days, it is no longer so hard to picture this happening as it once was.

Second, yesterday’s story – and today’s – used sources that you cannot track, cannot double check.  The “mainstream” media does this all the time.  Typically, a New York Times or Washington Post reporter will write such a story, and then dozens and then hundreds of other reporters will see that and write similar stories.  Other reporters and news organizations do not question the unnamed, secretive sources.  They just run with the pack, and pretty quickly, everybody in America knows this story, and thinks it must be true, cause where’s there’s smoke, there must be fire.

Very often, such tactics are used to smear a conservative or somebody who is standing in the way of the Obama Administration, such as happened recently to Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Rand Paul and as happened repeatedly to conservatives like Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum in the past.

What’s sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Or, the worm has turned.

In this case, I used such tactics in this two day story, but unlike the liberals I left clues all over the place as to what I was doing – such as the headline and subheadline of the original article having a QUESTION MARK and other indications that these are UNCONFIRMED REPORTS.  And most important, I came clean and admitted it was a satire, by early afternoon, and without delay, right here in this second in the series article.

Thurmont Statement.

This is a conference for full spectrum conservatives or those wishing to associate with them.  Most specifically, I want to encourage people who live in Northern Virginia to attend the monthly conferences or if they do not, then to accept a complementary subscription to the email newsletter of the conference, which sends links to speakers’ remarks on issues of national concern, to conservatives all around America (subscribe free, HERE).

The Conference this month is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, whose President, Michael Thompson, will be the keynote speaker to address the Institute’s proposals for tax reform in Virginia to boost business and bring 80,000 new jobs to the Commonwealth.  An example of a tax that inhibits the growth of business is the very unpopular “gross receipts tax” which Thompson will propose abolishing.

The second principal speaker at the conference one week from today is Michael O’Neill, the assistant general counsel of Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation, who will address Levin’s proposed “Liberty Amendments” detailed in the new bestselling book by the same name.

The Thursday evening, October 17 event is being billed as a “Conservative Change Conference.”

The Freedom Leadership Conference functions have been reserved for members only since they changed to a monthly function in late 2012, having started as an annual function fourteen years ago.  Sponsored by a different conservative organization each month, there have now been over 60 sponsor organizations in the past 14 years.

Admission now is open to anyone interested, although only those who advance register will be admitted.  Those interested in attending the free October 17 conference may reserve their tickets to the conference, which begins with a coffee, tea and dessert social at 7 PM, via the internet, HERE.

Previous stories about plans for the October 17 conference are headlined Mike O’Neill to speak on “The Liberty Amendments” Proposal of Mark Levin at October 17 Conference and the earlier article, Conservative Change Conference set for October 17, 2013: Michael Thompson to speak at Freedom Leadership Conference on new tax proposal for Virginia.

The Wednesday, November 13 Freedom Leadership Conference will be sponsored by Uniformed Services League, featuring a “Salute to Our Servicemen” (SOS) rally with keynote speaker, U.S. Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA), who is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard who has already served in Iraq.   The November conference will also be an “open” conference (new attendees welcome) and also at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks Mall.

This article is cross posted at REDSTATE online and at the Freedom Leadership Conference.  To receive the free email newsletter (including alerts to columns such as this and remarks of speakers – including text and video) about the Freedom Leadership Conference click HERE.

I have been asked by the Conference Event Coordinator, Richard Buck, to note that articles written and posted by the undersigned, are solely the opinion of the undersigned, and are not meant to represent the views or policy of the Freedom Leadership Conference (FLC). Similarly, each month’s conference sponsor and speaker remarks are not the views or policy of the conference.  The undersigned, the sponsors and the speakers endorse the conference by their specific reference to it, but the conference only provides them a hospitable forum to express their views, which remain theirs.

To stay in conformance with our perception of the policy at Redstate, there is a disclaimer placed AT THE VERY START of the article, which does NOT APPEAR at the website of Freedom Leadership Conference, until here, at the end.

If you wish to circulate a copy of this story WITHOUT that disclaimer at the start, then use the conference website version (where I repeat: it is the END of the article as Orson Welles did in his War of the Worlds radio broadcast of 1938), not the REDSTATE version where it is at both the start and the end.  If the Editors of Redstate think this is going too far in trying to be cautious – and trying to conform to their policy – I would be pleased if they decided to remove this from the start of this article and be satisfied that it is posted at the end as Orson Welles did in 1938).

Merriam-Webster explains Satire: “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn; trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly.”  Satire has been used many times through history (for example, Jonathan Swift and more recently, Bob Beckel’s “tongue in cheek” endorsement yesterday of Ted Cruz for President on “the 5″ on Fox TV) to influence public perception and public policy.  If satire offends you please do not read this.

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