I’ve not been in the mood to post any blog articles for far too long. However, I can’t let the outcome of the MS Senate race pass without sharing my thoughts. As you can tell by the vote count, this election was pretty divisive among the citizens of MS. Even in my own family, I found myself on the opposite side of the position taken by my politically active cousin. He was firmly on the side of the incumbent and I think we needed a change. Obviously, I am not happy with the results; no one likes to lose.
There have been many, including the challenger, who are crying foul because the incumbent’s advisors exercised some “out of the box” thinking and invited the other side to come vote for their guy in the runoff election. Mississippi’s election laws allow open primaries, whereby any voter can vote in a runoff election for any candidate of any political party, as long as he or she didn’t vote for a candidate of the other party in the primary election. The incumbent proved once again that “age and treachery” (Experience) wins over “youth and exuberance” most of the time.
However, my concern is what the long term effects are going to be, specifically to Mississippi and more generally to the GOP as a whole. What message should the establishment GOP take away this election fiasco? What message should the up-and-coming “Tea Party” Republican candidates like Chris McDaniel and Michael Watson take away from this election? For that matter, what should up and coming “Establishment” Republican candidates take away from the election?
The “establishment” GOP should open their eyes and realize that perhaps the bread and butter of the GOP, the middle class working Americans, are tired of “business as usual” at the Good Ole’ Boys club, AKA Congress, where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between a Democrat and Republican. For the most part, I believe that middle class America still possesses the Judea-Christian values that made this country great and continue to persevere despite the continuous battle against them. Perhaps once again, the silent majority is awakening, much like what happened when a gentleman named Ronald Reagan was elected as President.
Up-and-coming “Tea Party” Republican candidates should be encouraged by Mississippi’s runoff election results. It appears that change is beginning to occur in American politics. Average Americans are beginning to grow weary of the foolishness that is taking place in Washington. Average Americans, whether Democrat or Republican, want our representatives and senators to come together and govern for the best interests of the nation and stop pandering to the interests of every little splinter group who has enough money to be heard.
Up-and-coming “establishment” Republicans candidates should heed the same message. The pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction and citizens of the USA are beginning to make their voices heard. The status quo is no longer acceptable. The American citizens are looking for leaders who have the courage to lead. The American citizens are looking for leaders who have the courage to make the difficult decisions that need to be made. The American citizens are looking for leaders who will stand up and boldly state with conviction, “We didn’t get into this mess overnight and we’re not getting out of it overnight, but here is my long-range strategic plan for returning us to greatness”.
I have one closing thought for all up-and-coming candidates, either you believe in term limits or you don’t. It’s not acceptable to speak out for term limits, except for when it’s inconvenient.
I received this via email and think you will enjoy it as much as I did. The email said it was produced by some OSU students and is well worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch.
Thanks, Margaret Yanta!
The president just “secretly” signed into law, a bill, HR347, which will allow prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function with a federal offense, if the Secret Service is on the scene. However, the law stretches to include not just the president’s palatial Pennsylvania Avenue home. Under the law, any building or grounds where the president is visiting — even temporarily — is covered, as is any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”
Section (c) of the act defines the key phrase “restricted buildings” as follows:
The phrase “Restricted buildings or grounds” means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area;
(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance
Under the terms of the existing law amended by this act, the Department of Homeland Security, affectionately referred to as “Big Sis” by Matt Drudge, is tasked with deciding which events will qualify as being of “national significance.”
There have been nearly three dozen events in all which have been considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) since the term was created under President Clinton. Among past events on the DHS-sanctioned NSSE list are Super Bowl XXXVI, the funerals of Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, most State of the Union addresses and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Surely this law will be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court and found to be unconstitutional. While the bill is scarey enough on its own, what’s even more alarming is that it passed with bipartisan support in both houses.