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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Second Chances

Second Chances

As a Conservative I’ve always believed in the doing of things as directly as possible. I believe for example in donating my time and money directly to a candidate and not some nebulous National Campaign Committee.

This method not only gives the candidate the full use of my time and money without it being filtered and siphoned off by some bureaucratic apparatus; but it gives me more leverage with the candidate in question and helps me to get involved with all my senses and not just those required to write a check.

Having said that however; as a Conservative I believe in the Constitution, which is after all a blueprint for the formation of some nebulous government. So, as did our Founding Fathers I understand the benefit of a national organization, albeit strictly limited to certain concrete purposes. I also understand the efficiencies of scale that a larger group can offer.

I write this as a preamble to making a plea to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF).

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For further information on the SCF, go to

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I have a system to my donating to political things. Roughly I split it up 50/50. Half of the money goes to local candidates and the rest to the big boys. Before I would donate almost all my efforts to local candidates; however this time due to the historic nature of this election, I’ve decided to give to some national causes. As to the Historic nature, I’m talking about not only having the Republicans win back the House and hopefully the Senate, but to have Conservative Principles at the core of that resurgence. To have insurgent Conservatives elected in large enough numbers to force a debate on changing how this Nation will be run. In fact I believe that resurgence can’t happen without those coalescing Conservative Principles.

We need the Why before the How.
This is paraphrasing Paul Chaney's marketing blog


Again prarphrasing, "Unless you understand why you’re doing something, it makes little sense to learn how." What I'm talking about is politics and politics is all about people. We can't get lost in the consultants spreadsheets or we will lose track of the Why people need to hear to make the effort to get out and vote. Politicians forget this as they get lost in the How of elections.

Conservatives are all about the Why. If we keep focused on that we will not find ourselves in front of the cart.

As a Conservative I have learned that donating to the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) does not guarantee that my donation will go to conservative causes. The opposite in fact appears to be the case a lot of the time. That is why I was intrigued by Sen. Jim DeMint and his efforts to set up a PAC exclusively for the purpose of electing Conservatives to the Senate – not just Republicans in name only, but those who believe and are willing to fight for Conservative principles.

I first donated when Sen. DeMint got behind Marco Rubio in Florida. I hoped this would grow and it has. SCF is now backing around 10 Conservative Candidates. There have been many upsets of the Political Class along the way and as we just learned with the two victories in Alaska and Delaware, we are on the crest of a wave. These Primary victories are what I’m calling our first chance and by and large we did well.

Our second chance comes with the general elections in November. The damage inflicted so far has been within the Republican Party. The paradigm the Mass Media, the Democrats and establishment Republicans state is that we were able to win some of the primaries but we will lose the general election because the voters en mass do not support Conservative Ideals.

Now we have our second chance to prove them wrong. In order to do that however we need to find ways to donate our time and money to honest Conservative Candidates. If we think we can overcome the wealth and manpower of the Unions, trial lawyers etc with a check for $10 – Forget about it.

This anger at Big Government and all the meddling they do in our lives has given rise to the Tea Party movement and other Conservative groups. These groups have made a huge difference in the primaries; however they carry with them the danger of becoming too large and too orientated on growing the group vs. the hard work of enacting the causes they believe in. One is way easier than the other. Promoting the group involves a keyboard, and endless planning committee meetings, the actual work of enacting causes takes time and money and arguing on street corners and in the local restaurants etc.

We as Conservative need to concentrate our energies on principle based policies then back candidates who will enact those policies. On a national scale the Senate Conservatives Fund above does just that. Senator DeMint has set up a PAC with one goal in mind. Elect Conservative Senators by raising money and giving it directly to their campaigns. I’m in – Hope you are too.

Six weeks till November and the time we’ll Remember.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

PS. Locally, don’t forget your candidates from State offices on down to County Commissioners. They all would welcome your help in time and or money.
Give them a call.

*** Caution Alert ***
We must be careful not to get complacent and work smart and together.


In this excellent Wall Street Journal article Steve Malenga writes about the “Why” of Chris Christie’s election in NJ and how it is resonating wherever else it is used as in Califorinia. The warning not to be complacent comes with the dollar amount that the unions are going to put into this election - $100 million and all the boots on the ground that will buy.

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Of course even with its influence waning, labor can be a powerful electoral force. The AFL-CIO, SEIU and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have announced plans to spend about $100 million on the November elections. While that's less than 2008, when unions gave $73 million in direct contributions to candidates and spent another $80 million independently on campaigns, the money represents a formidable commitment that could be a factor in close races.
Still, what we are seeing this year may mark a historic shift in American politics. If candidates around the country can repeat Mr. Christie's strategy of winning office by taking on public unions, we could be witnessing a change akin to what happened in the late 1970s, when tax revolts in a handful of states created a nationwide momentum that eventually elected Ronald Reagan.

Bottom line we now have a wedge into the union vote led by the Christie model, we need to use it.

Again Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

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