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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Remember ! ! ! !


As a Star Trek fan, that is what Spock secretly told McCoy as he was dying of radiation poisoning after saving the Star ship Enterprise. Because of that memory, like a phoenix Spock was able to rise again.

Enter Ralph Reed. Remember??? The early 1990’s and the Christian Coalition? Remember Ronald Reagan winning the Presidential nomination and the actual Presidency? That victory for conservatives was made possible through Reed’s efforts at bringing together the different groups of conservatives. In short he built a winning coalition.

Well like the Phoenix Ralph Reed is back and doing some more coalition building which he is so good at. This time he is trying to meld the Christian Evangelicals with the Tea Partiers.

The Tea Party Groups have in the past shied away for the most part from being outright Religious. The Tea Party individual members however for the most part are religious if not “Evangelically” so.

I Remember also the great effect the Tea Party had in influencing the 2008 elections. As a Tea Party member of long standing I also remember how hard it was to even get a small percentage of our groups and members motivated enough to actually get out and do the leg work needed to win elections. This difficulty was due of course to human nature but specifically it was due to the Tea Party’s lack of an overall command structure.

That structure is what Reed provided in the 90’s with the Christian Coalition and is trying to put forth again with his “Faith and Freedom” coalition.

And he is doing it on a grand scale as the link below shows. Ralph Reed is doing what he is good at and that is organizing large events but beyond that he is doing what he loves and that is gathering disparate groups and building a coalition to combat a specific enemy at a specific time. This time it will be to put into office a new President and elect a new Senate.


What stood out to me in that article was how Grover Norquist a leader of the Anti-Tax fiscally conservative branch,a decided secularist; praised "Faith and Freedom" and Ralph Reed. He is also a leader in the field of coalition building. (In fact I copied his idea when I started the "Cozy Conservative Corner").

When I see Norquist giving praise to a “rival”, I was impressed. I realize if you read Grover’s quote “between the lines” it may be a little tongue in cheek, but what he realized and knows is one thing. The Conservative movement needs a hard core organized group to gather as many similarly minded voters together to actually vote.

Mr. Norquist would agree as would most that the Conservatives need an organized group to provide direction and foot soldiers to combat what the Liberals have built in their coalition. Namely the organizational strength of the Unions. The Liberals have bribed, cajoled and outright “thugged” the unions (especially the Public Unions) into being a direct arm for the Democrat party providing money and foot soldiers come election time. As Grover Norquist said {“Faith and Freedom is probably the most important one because what it does is it turns out votes,”}.

The Christian Evangelicals represent the closest thing the Conservatives have to fight this. I hope we are wise enough to gather together NOW before the primary to be sure we get a good candidate and either way gather to fight against the current menace.

The Evangelicals unlike other more “sedate” religious groups are unafraid to be politically incorrect. They are organized. In my stint trying to build coalitions with some great Godly Christian groups such as Pregnancy Centers and some church leaders of the major denominations, they are too afraid to alienate the people in charge because they might lose their tax exempt status to outright say what they believe politically. The same is true with most large organizations. Even the Chamber seems to have succumbed to the financial thuggery of the Left. The Evangelicals are not afraid.

That fearlessness alone make them a good fit with Tea Party People. Their organizational history and experience put together with the Tea Party desires and hopes can be a major factor in changing the course of this country.

As Grover Norquist in his book “Leave Us Alone” so eloquently put it; this country was created to keep government intrusion into our lives at a minimum and our individual freedom to choose at a maximum. That includes the freedom to worship.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.

PS More links to the Faith and Freedom event.

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