Winning issues for 2016 GOP WH candidates?

March 24, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dove into the 2016 Republican presidential pond (video) —- without a teleprompter —-  Monday, telling his audience, “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”

That’s a winning message right out of the chute.

Not to be eclipsed, others will follow in short order. Campaign fundraising on this level is not for the faint-of-heart and Jeb Bush’s exploratory campaign is already raking in the big bucks from establishment types based on his squishy bipartisan views such as “overhauling immigration” and “income inequality.”  Bush, whose wife is Mexican-born, regards illegal immigration as “an act of love.”

Cruz is the conservative contender at this point, though the field will widen. The MSM is already hard at work marginalizing him as integral to the “tea party” it abhors and even questioning his credentials to run since he was born in Canada to an American mother.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are likely the top-tier contenders giving serious consideration to seeking the GOP nomination.

But none of them can get to the White House without us —- the Republican base. What are the defining issues that your support hinges on? Here are some —- you may think of others:  Economic growth, educational choices, dealing with burgeoning global terror, military readiness, actually securing our porous border, reducing the national debt, instituting a balanced budget, energy independence, healthcare that values patients and doctor interactions, minus federal intrusion?

 Who are you leaning toward and why?  


McCain’s mean machine gearing up

March 23, 2015

Amid rampant speculation of potential congressional challengers to John McCain, it looks like a long shot that any of them will step up to the task. In fact, they are peeling off faster than a cheap auto paint job in the Phoenix sun. 

Schweikert‘s officially out. Gosar won‘t take on the fight. Franks has no reason to give up the seat on which he has a lock, and it will be a shocker of monumental proportions if Salmon decides to run against John McCain.

None of these Arizona congressmen are willing to subject themselves and their families to the brutality of the McCain political apparatus, that relies on opposition research —- often with manufactured results —- to decimate challengers. Having access to money to wage such internecine battles is not a problem for one who has been in D.C. since what seems like the dawn of time —- 1983. On the other hand, six six-year terms is more than Arizonans should have to endure.

Enter a strong opponent. A woman and a family physician, two-term state Sen. Kelli Ward is considering contesting McCain. Dr./Sen. Ward is impressive, which is why the long knives of McCain’s surrogates are out early.

Moreover, she is not playing coy, but acknowledges her interest in mounting a challenge in this email to supporters: “By now, many of you have heard the rumors about my considering a run for the U.S. Senate,” Ward recently wrote. “Those rumors are, in fact, true. I am seriously considering a primary challenge to Senator John McCain in 2016.”

Over the weekend, McCain’s sycophant reporter at the daily newspaper delved into Ward’s potential challenge by interviewing a blustering McCain crony who diminished her as “not a viable candidate.”  The task at hand is to reconfigure McCain’s decades in D.C. as “experience” rather than an excessive, imperial overstay in the office that the nation’s Founders envisioned as a part-time job and not a decades-long career. Citizen legislators came to Washington a few weeks in the winter —- prior to planting season, since many were farmers —- and tend to the nation’s business before returning home to attend to their own.

McCain, who resides in an exclusive penthouse condo, is no farmer, but his ability to liberally spread leftwing manure has earned him repeated censures from the elected Republican state and county committeeman who have had their fill of his RINO ways. (video under link.)  At the statutory meeting this past January, both John McCain and Jeff Flake were greeted with boos and turned backs, while other state committeemen walked out on their speeches. In retaliation, his operatives have worked diligently to purge the precinct committeeman rolls of conservatives.

Fearful of losing, he bought his last election by spending most of the nearly $30 million from the taxpayer-funded matching funds left in his presidential war chest to flood the Arizona market with advertising —- attracting low information voters, who recognize his name but are unfamiliar with his deceptive deeds.

McCain will celebrate his 80th birthday in 2016. Conservative Kelli Ward, 46, will be a welcome change. 


Minorities voting Dem disenfranchise themselves

March 21, 2015

While addressing the Impact Symposium* at Vanderbilt University in Nashville this past week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he believed every black American should vote Republican in one election to let the political parties know the African-American population wasn’t pledged to one party’s control.

“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” he said. “Black folks in America are telling one party, “We don’t give a damn about you.” They’re telling the other party, “You’ve got our vote.” Therefore, you have labeled yourself “disenfranchised” because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”

Smith went on to say that no one in the Republican Party would feel the need to cater to African-American needs if they felt it was impossible to earn black votes, and voting Republican would be akin to “shopping around.”

The black community is not alone in being taken for granted by the Democrat party to which they hold unwavering allegiance, and are therefore given little consideration.  Hispanics favor Democrats over Republicans by a roughly 2-to-1 margin, according to this 2013 Gallup poll

Pew Research Center has also found that 75 percent of Hispanics prefer a “bigger government providing more services,” and only 19 percent prefer a smaller government. Pew also reported that more than half (52 percent) of Asians prefer “bigger government providing more services,” and only 36 percent prefer a smaller government. So it’s no surprise that in 2012, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians voted for Obama.

The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief noted in 2013 that “the two fastest-growing ethnic groups — Latinos and Asian-Americans — are decidedly liberal.” Factor in religion and the dynamic remains the same with Jewish voters supporting the Democrat in presidential elections in far higher numbers than any other religious group. The most politically conservative faith-based group remains the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Gallup polling here.

What do Black, Asian, Hispanic and Jewish voters all have in common?  Stephen A. Smith nailed it in his speech at Vanderbilt —- they have all made themselves politically irrelevant by their bonding to the Dems, who exert no energy to win any of them over since they are considered reliably tucked away in the Democrat’s back pocket.

Members of these groups should heed Stephen A. Smith’s wise counsel. He got it right.

* H/T Video: National Review


McCain vulnerable in 2016: All eyes on Sen. Kelli Ward

March 14, 2015

Breitbart News runs this “Exclusive” report titled, “GOP Primary campaign against weakened John McCain by AZ Republicans increasingly likely.”  Conservative Republicans living in Arizona have grown ever more dissatisfied with the liberal antics of this over-the-hill self-anointed “maverick” who has not represented us for decades. The ire has erupted into censure resolutions at various county meetings and at the annual state Republican Statutory meeting of elected delegates —- who clearly have had their fill of John McCain.

Matthew Boyle, writing for Breitbart, muses that U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ CD-5) is eyeing a challenge to McCain. When Salmon considered such a run in 2010, the word in political circles was he had gotten the horse’s-head-in-the-bed message and prudently left his aspirations unfulfilled. McCain is nothing if not ruthless when confronted and has no compunctions about lying to briefly configure himself as a conservative when election season rolls around.  It would be a major stunner if Salmon throws caution to the winds this time around.

McCain wins with the votes of the state’s senior population and newcomers who recognize his ubiquitous name and have little other information. His key advantage is the disengaged, apathetic voter.

Sen. Kelli Ward is another story. An accomplished woman —- a physician —- serving her second term in the Arizona senate, she has been traveling the state, sizing up her support. Unlike McCain, who receives jeers, boos and turned backs, she has been met with enthusiastic crowds who see her conservative perspective as manna from political heaven.

Ward told Breitbart News she thinks Congress needs more doctors like her, “people in the trenches who actually want to fight Obamacare not ‘yes men’ who want to keep socializing our medical system and leading to single-payer, that’s no good for patients, no good for doctors, no good for anybody.”

Kelli Ward’s husband Mike is a surgeon as well as a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard where he serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon. The couple have three children and reside in Lake Havasu City, where Sen. Ward  represents Legislative District 5.

Over two weeks ago we posted “AZ 2016 U.S. Senate race takes bright, right turn,” detailing the emergence of KelliPAC, an  Independent Expenditure Committee put together by supporters of Kelly Ward, hoping to coax her into taking on McCain.

Seeing Red AZ shares their enthusiasm. It’s time to move forward with a conservative winner.


GOP 2016 hopefuls engage on issues in Iowa

March 10, 2015

Under the Obama regime, we are on the verge of losing our Second Amendment rights* as well as our country — 2016 is vitally important

Potential Republican presidential candidates assembled at the Iowa Ag Summit to take the pulse of America’s heartland.

The Des Moines Register live streamed the interactions and has excerpted what it calls some of the best of the conversations with prospective 2016 presidential candidates.

The Iowa Ag Summit is a forum on issues facing American farmers featuring national politicians.  Watch best excerpts with those currently weighing their chances at grabbing the 2016 presidential nomination. The videos include chats with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Wisconsin Gov.  Scott Walker, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and others.  Walker showed up in his shirtsleeves — presumably indicating he was ready to get to work —- and Santorum mercifully ditched his ubiquitous Jimmy Carter-like sweater vest.

Take a gander and size them up. Each opportunity to see the candidates in action is revealing. Although there is a brief commercial proceeding each interview, it’s worth the short wait.

The Des Moines Register’s coverage, “8 things to watch for at the Iowa Ag Summit,“ can be read under link.

*Article from the Washington Examiner


Fed. Judge stalls Obama’s amnesty executive order

February 18, 2015

Obama unable to suspend deportations

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s opinion and order cuts to the chase from page one of the 123-page document as he delivers a blow to Barack Obama‘s executive order on illegals, defining the issue in these terms:

This is a case in which twenty-six states or their representatives are seeking injunctive relief against the United States and several officials of the Department of Homeland Security to prevent them from implementing a program titled “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.” This program is designed to provide legal presence to over four million individuals who are currently in the country illegally, and would enable these individuals to obtain a variety of both state and federal benefits. It continues here.

Judge Hanen noted that the Department of Homeland Security “legislated a substantial rule without complying with the procedural requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act” because the executive amnesty provisions did not undergo “notice-and-comment rule making procedure.” He concluded that the Department of Homeland Security is “not rewriting laws,” but actually “creating them from scratch.” He also determined that Obama’s executive amnesty is a “complete abdication” of immigration enforcement.

Hanen said that if the program were allowed to proceed at this point, “The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle.”  This video montage of Obama mocking the very executive orders he has been working to implement leaves no doubt he knew he was acting outside the framework of the law.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is no stranger to suing the Obama administration, having filed more than 30 lawsuits while serving as Texas‘ Attorney General. In this case, he filed the lawsuit challenging Barack Obama‘s executive order and was  joined by numerous other states. The collective Plaintiffs include the States of Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin., Michigan, Mississippi, Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee and Nevada.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.


Dad protests Islamic indoctrination in school, files lawsuit

February 11, 2015

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) refers to itself as the Christian response to the ACLU, as it defends and promotes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values —-  including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It provides its services pro bono.

Among the key issues and numerous cases TMLC has taken on is this one that needs to stay in the spotlight. It falls under the heading of Common Core, a topic Seeing Red AZ has covered extensively and one which TMLC has devoted considerable effort in exposing.

The Michigan-based group is representing firefighter and former Marine John Kevin Wood, and his wife, Melissa, in their battle with La Plata High School in Maryland over the Islamic indoctrination of their 11th-grade daughter in her World History class. Their daughter was required to complete assignments in which she had to affirm that “There is no God but Allah” and the other Five Pillars of Islam. Wood defended freedom in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. When he protested the curriculum, he was banned from the school property. 

Late in 2014, TMLC reported, “Marine Dad Banned from School Property; Daughter Gets Failing Grade for Refusing Islamic Indoctrination,” as it announced its representation of the Wood family in a lawsuit. We urge you to read the post. This study program could be coming to a school near you.


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