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After The Election Conservatives Will Gain Some Control: Food For Thought (Video)

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By Bill Hurst, Let’s take a look at were we stand in this great nation of ours. All great societies (nations of the world) started as protecting individual freedoms, and free enterprise. The fall of the Roman Empire and the Grecian Empire culminated with the burdensome demands of a socialistic and degenerate society…

Republicans, Democrats

A ‘republican’ (a member of what Americans call the Republican Party) favors a form of government referred to as a republic in which elected officials represent the people in governing the nation. It is the most orderly form of government. ‘Republicanism’ also means ‘self government’. American Republicans also are known as conservatives,are on the political ‘right’ and support  the free-market or capitalist economic platform.

A ‘democrat’ (a member of what Americans call the Democrat party) favors a form of government referred to as a democracy in which every member of the population could potentially be involved in voting on every decision that the government makes. This pure form of democracy works in private meetings and small towns, but otherwise is only theoretically possible, and is chaotic compared to the republican way. The word ‘chaos’ is important because it represents the liberal approach to social structure as opposed to Republicans’ sense of order. Democrats also are known as liberals, leftists or socialists and ally themselves with a welfare-state or government-command economic platform.

But there are so-called elections, mock democracies and phony representative governments even under dictatorships. The only meaningful result of any form of government is liberty, and the freedom to live your life without interference from your own government. The achievement and maintenance of liberty is an ‘active’ endeavor undertaken by virtuous and disciplined people living in an ordered reality. Weak, passive and pacifist people are easily subjected to despotism. And in the history of the United States, the longest-lived example of liberty and prosperity in the history of the world, we see the triumph of a capitalist republican culture that is a model for freedom-lovers everywhere.

America is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

Republicans and conservative capitalists favor a small government and low taxes to promote individual initiative and self-reliance so that citizens can provide for themselves. People who vote Republican statistically are better educated, more technologically adept, have closer, happier and bigger families, are more ambitious, and are more prosperous than those who vote otherwise. Thus they do not want or need the government to tell them how to live. The Republican party fares best among the self-reliant people in suburban, small-town and rural America on whose intelligence and discipline our nation – and the world economy – has been built.

The core of conservative ideology is individualism, which the competent, disciplined person is capable of caring for himself or herself, and for the lives of their families. The family itself represents individualism because it is the smallest, most natural and strongest unit of society above the lone person. Conservative individualism is a positive trait deeming that people will work to be self-reliant and positive in outlook; will depend on nobody else; and will contribute to the community through those traits, not expecting anything from the community.

Working together with the concept of individualism is the free-market capitalist economic system of risks and rewards, which says that those who take the risks are eligible for the rewards And while a static, theoretical analysis – on which all socialist theory is based – would consider that a risk/reward system would produce an equal number of winners and losers, history has shown that risk/reward capitalist systems produce high levels of economic growth while risk-less socialist/communist always systems shrink and die, and ultimately provide opportunity for none.

Conservative Republicans believe in everything that America’s Founding Fathers desired – free-market capitalism, individual initiative and reward, private property rights, a moral and religious populace, majority rule, and a rejection of the welfare state and wealth redistribution. And the American Revolution originally was fought in order to free us from unreasonable taxation.

Socialism, however, is an urban and academic phenomenon that seeks higher taxation, and favors the idea that people rely not on themselves but on government for the necessities of life. This is part of the contrary socialist mindset: To disagree with the principles of rational individualist capitalism. Every tenet of socialism is diametrically opposed to the wishes of the Founders of our nation.

One of the core premises of socialism is utterly false, that all people have roughly equal abilities and that it is thus the duty of the government to distribute wealth equally and to ‘level out’ the ‘playing field’ of life so that everyone gets their equal opportunity. Socialism actually is a system in which risk is eliminated by government. But socialism historically has created suffering by failing to account for human nature, by forcing people into theoretical economic systems concocted and operated by urban and academic intellectuals, systems that deprive productive people of the fruits of their labors, and of the natural incentive of simple economic reward.

Socialism represents the institutionalization of mediocrity and conformity. It stifles individual creativity in favor of collectivism and consensus thinking, and thus socialist societies never have and never will produce great art, architecture, literature, philosophy, technology etc.

There is no objective truth in socialism, no ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. For socialists, opinion is everything, and this is why their ideology is prevalent on college campuses, where opinion is all, and thus all opinions are considered valid. This is one of most crucial ways in which leftist socialism works to refute a central principle of rational conservatism which says that there is right and wrong, and that universal truths exist.

Socialism forever is proclaiming itself to be mankind’s savior and a friend of ‘the little guy’ but in fact it is capitalism that repeatedly has turned out that way because capitalism is the only system that creates wealth. Even the anti-capitalist United Nations in its 2002 Human Development Report stated that world poverty fell 20% between 1990 and 1999, an era when aggressive globalization (free-trade capitalism) was spreading at a pace unequaled in the entire 20th century. Poverty fell most markedly in India and China where, respectively, radical socialist and outright communist governments had controlled and smothered the economies for decades.

Socialism creates no wealth; it consumes, dissipates and destroys wealth. It is anti-business. It is a system of government control that only redistributes existing wealth. In fact, every time wealth is created, there is a leftist to complain – environmentalists complain about the pollution; college professors complain about the profit you’ve made; union activists complain about the wages paid. In other words, the focus is on the negative.

Since it creates no wealth, the heart of socialism is the appropriation of wealth through taxation, patronage and cronyism. Since their system creates no wealth, socialists are infinitely more obsessed with wealth than capitalists. And since socialism creates no wealth while its mission is to redistribute wealth, socialism is by nature paradoxical. This is why socialism always produces the opposite result of its stated ideals.

It is crucial to remember always that socialists are interested in helping “the poor” or “the environment” only to the extent that the systems they set up first transfer wealth and power to the socialist élite itself and to its unproductive allies (i.e., government bureaucrats, trial lawyers, environmental organizations and activists etc.) who work to keep the élite in power. This all happens while consuming wealth, not producing it.

Since it creates no wealth, the life force in socialism comes from controlling the lives of other people. Therefore political power is everything to the socialist. That is why they devote their lives to building political machines and winning elections by any means possible, because that is the only way that the socialist can feel that he is contributing to society, by influencing that society through legislation, patronage and bureaucracy.

And this is why the economically declining states in the Northern Tier of the United States from Michigan to Maine increasingly are Democrat. As productive people (conservatives, Republicans) leave for greener pastures in the South and West, Democrats stay behind to keep the bureaucratic government jobs that they are made for, to lord over a weaker and poorer population, without challenge.

And since they create nothing, socialists must take control of as many institutions as possible, once the hard work of building those institutions (corporations, the media, the universities, the arts, the nonpartisan judiciary, churches, foundations) has been completed. One example: Atheist, pro-abortion feminist Patricia Ireland was hired in 2003 as CEO of the Young Women’s Christian Association, an organization started during the Civil War and built on years of good deeds by caring Christian women. Ireland formerly was president of the National Organization for Women. (She was fired on October 20, 2003 after her leadership was deemed inappropriate in light of YWCA history.)

This is how socialists work – one person at a time, they insinuate themselves into healthy, conservative institutions that represent discipline and order. Once like-minded people within those institutions reach a numerical tipping point, socialists begin to dictate those institutions’ policies. Even traditional purely democratic institutions like Vermont’s old-fashioned annual town meetings began to be taken over as far back as the late 1960s by leftists who had moved into the state, primarily from New York City. They turned meetings that once focused in true democratic fashion on local issues like road repairs and town budgets into one-sided harangues over nuclear power, US foreign policy, military spending and all the other favored issues.

Individualism is a bad word to liberals. Yet they preach another type of individualism which is the polar opposite of that espoused by conservatives. It is a feminine self-centeredness or an insecure narcissism, where the person considers himself or herself to be the most important entity in the world exclusive of others and of the community at large, and focuses only on how the world can cater to his or her needs, pleasures, emotions, weaknesses and phobias. This creates an uncertain and dependent society that can be catered to by a centralized élite that manifests these same attributes.

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A Vote For Minnick Is Like Giving Him A Cookie! (Video)

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By Bill Hurst, Minnick claims to be a fiscal conservative! He is dead Wrong!

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View These Articles See Why Minnick Is Not A Fiscal Conservative!

The Financial Stability Act:Huge Government Take Over! (Video)

Minnick Wrong On His Own Voting Record! (video)


Minnick Hyper-Critical Of Congressional Spending On Perks: Then Spends More Than His Counterparts (Video)

Minnick Support Of Failed Stimulus Bills (Video)

Minnick-Democrats F In Economics: Edujobs Stimulus Fix Blows-up In Their Faces (Video)

Minnick does not want to repeal ObamaCare.


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The Choice Is Clear Who The Real Conservative Is, November is when we need to make a move on Washington D.C., and Elect the True Conservative Raul Labrador!

Idahoans and our out-of-state friends the Grass Roots Campaign Of Raul Labrador is working hard to defeat Idaho’s Liberal, posing as a conservative.

The campaign can use your financial help Please Donate Today!

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Minnick Hyper-Critical Of Congressional Spending On Perks: Then Spends More Than His Counterparts (Video)

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By Bill Hurst, Minnick, posing as a conservative, has a history of criticizing during campaigns then turns around and does what he is critical of!

Let’s explore Minnick’s criticism of congressional spending on travel and franking privileges (the right of Senators and Representatives to send job-related mail without paying postage.)

In 2009 Minnick has spent almost $102,000.00 in travel related expenses. While Idaho’s other Representative has spent about $67,000 on travel. While campaigning for his run to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, Minnick had concerns over the lack of accountability and transparency in the Federal Government.

From Minnick’s website

I believe our nation’s budgets should be balance, but am gravely concerned about the lack of fiscal accountability and responsibility in Washington D.C. We must go back to paying for what we spend, for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

Minnick states that we are all required to demand accountably for our tax dollars so that every penny is spent in the most cost-effective way. He went on to say that wasteful spending is the wrong approach to spending taxpayer dollars

Yes Walt, Let’s Stop The Spending  For Our Children Sake!

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It seems like Minnick has taken his cue from Obama and his platform of openness and transparency in government. Well it was fine to say it to get elected, but the follow through lacks any semblance of reality. As a matter of fact it has gotten worse.

Here is what I said about Obama’s and the Democrats so-called transparency in my blog titled:

Pelosi’s Power Over So Called “Blue Dog” Democrats:Predicts Dems To Retain Control (video)

The Republicans have asked about transparency that Obama has promised to protect us from the evils of government. While spreading the rhetoric, Obama has let Pelosi work behind the proverbial “Oz Curtain.”  This allows Pelosi’s Congress to have the control over the committee chairman to concoct an array of free-enterprise busting bills behind the cloaked curtain. The new bill will be ceremoniously presented to the House floor and passed without the benefit of thought-provoking debate. This newly passed bill will be moved on down the street with haste and the “transparency” President Obama will put his rubber stamp on the new piece of liberal-socialistic law. This was undoubtedly what the endorsers of Obama’s “hope and change” were expecting.

I won’t go into a lot of detail myself about the franking privileges that Minnick has taken advantage of and will let the article from the IDAHOREPORTER.com speak to

Minnick used $150,000 in franking dollars in his first 15 months in office

that subject. I will however, comment on Minnick’s mailing on August 3rd of this year, Minnick used the congressional “franking” privilege to send 100,000 mailers to registered voters at a cost of $59,000. The postcard is headlined “Idaho Voting Laws Have Changed.” The 2010 Legislature passed a law, effective July 1, requiring voters to produce photo ID at the polls.

Minnick took the task on, to inform Idaho voters of something the State enacted. It appears that Minnick does not think that the media, county clerks, Secretary of States Office, the local political parties, will do an adequate job of informing local voters of the new ID requirement for voting!

From IDAHOREPORTER.com:

In 1996 when then-citizen Walt Minnick ran to unseat then-Sen. Larry Craig, Minnick took exception with Craig running as a “fiscal conservative” while using the congressional franking privileges to send out more than $132,000 worth of taxpayer-funded mailings to constituents. Minnick, during his first year in Congress, has used more than $150,000 for taxpayer dollars to frank, though his campaign spokesman points out that he has used that money for more direct forms of communication as well, such as telephone town hall meetings. Staffers for Minnick’s electoral opponent, Republican Raul Labrador, say that Minnick is using the franking privilege for political purposes.

Read More Here Minnick criticized Craig in 1996 for franking privileges he now uses:

Idaho Feedom Foundation: Franking Privilege Comes With A Cost

Also Visit: Out Of Control Government Spending

Walt Minnick is right there with all the other big spenders [HQ]

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The Choice Is Clear Who The Real Conservative Is, November is when we need to make a move on Washington D.C., and Elect the True Conservative Raul Labrador!

Idahoans and our out-of-state friends the Grass Roots Campaign Of Raul Labrador is working hard to defeat Idaho’s Liberal, posing as a conservative.

The campaign can use your financial help Please Donate Today!

Let’s Take Back Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, and VOTE For A Real Conservative Raul Labrador.

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Leno Takes A Stab At Keynesian Economics

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Keynesian economics ( Keynesian Economics Defined (video) ) has failed the country in thirties during the “Great Depression” and is worsening the current fragile economy, that the country is experiencing at this present time.  This liberal administration, with Minnick’s votes, are either going to keep raising the national debt by borrowing and eventually will have to raise taxes to pay down the debt. Don’t be fooled, this is why the Democrats are bringing back the so-called “Death Tax” or the Estate Tax at the highest rates. This tax is “invisible”  to the average taxpayer. Taxpayers are not  involved with tax on an annual basis however, this tax brings in billions to the U.S. Treasury.  Those tax rates will have consequences even a medium-sized farming operations or a small businesses. This will put a heavy tax burden (which is due, in cash, within 9 months of death) on the owner’s, families and business associates. More on Minnick’s hand in the economic decline at: Minnick-Democrats F In Economics: Edujobs Stimulus Fix Blows-up In Their Faces (Video)

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Minnick Voted To Bring Back The Estate Tax At High Rates

Minnick Supported Obama & Pelosi:Gingrich Explains Why Democrats Are Dodging (Video)

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By Bill Hurst, Can you really trust Walt Minnick, to represent your conservative values, and hopes for a better business climate?

The vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House on the Democrat side, it appeared that Pelosi would lose. She was able to hold the vote open and began calling in her markers to pull her over the top.

It was found that Idaho’s own Walt Minnick was among those who owed favors to Nancy Pelosi. Minnick caved-in like a house of cards and voted for Pelosi during the Democrat caucus and voted for Pelosi in the final against Republican front-runner John Boehner, that vote was 255 Pelosi to 174 Boehner.

Minnick has frequently and intentionally casts votes to deceive  his conservative voting constituency. Those votes are called “throw-away” votes that were not needed at that time to push forward the liberal agenda of Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, Obama, just to name a few of Minnick’s friends in Washington D.C.  Casting a “nay” vote on the high-profile liberal-socialist legislation, would give vulnerable so-called “Blue dog” Democrats like Minnick a false appearance of being “conservative” for the folks back home.

As I have previously stated, this is simply absurd given that Minnick scored a dismal 44% from the American Conservative Union, despite his much touted opposition to Obama’s big agenda items.  Any congressman from Idaho should score nothing less than 100% conservative.

In summery, how many “markers” does Walt Minnick have floating around out there in the world of liberal politics? How many quid pro quo deals does he have with the Unions, lobbyist, and liberal-socialist groups, Idaho’s stealth liberal hangs out with?  I guess then the main questions Idaho’s 1st Congressional voters have to ask themselves; does Walt Minnick really have my conservative values? Can Walt Minnick effectively represent my hopes and dreams for the future?

What Has Walt Minnick Done, While Posing As A Conservative, NOT Much, But Here Are a Few Things To Consider:

Pelosi organized a fundraiser event for Minnick, used her mansion in San Fransisco as the venue.

Where Have All The Liberals Gone…It’s Election Time! (Video)

Minnick Shows His Progressive Colors… By John Anderson, Tea Party Boise, Inc.Minnick Voted For “The Financial Stability Act”…Huge Government Take Over

Minnick Voted For “The Financial Stability Act”…Huge Government Take OverMinnick Vague On Answers To Tough Questions

Minnick Wrong On His Own Voting Record! (video)

Minnick Vague On Answers To Tough Questions

Minnick Won’t Even Say He’s A Democrat!

Minnick Support Of Failed Stimulus Bills

Gingrich Explains Why Democrats Are Running For Cover

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Democrats Fleeing Obama,

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Minnick Endorsed Obama Early On
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The Choice Is Clear Who The Real Conservative Is, November is when we need to make a move on Washington D.C., and Elect the True Conservative Raul Labrador!

Idahoans and our out-of-state friends the Grass Roots Campaign Of Raul Labrador is working hard to defeat Idaho’s Liberal, posing as a conservative.

The campaign can use your financial help Please Donate Today!

Let’s Take Back Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, and VOTE For A Real Conservative Raul Labrador.

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The Forgotten Man – Jon McNaughton (video)

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Must See Video!

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Other Interesting Articles and Videos:

Pelosi’s Power Over So Called “Blue Dog” Democrats:Predicts Dems To Retain Control (video)

What Others Are Saying About Minnick’s & Dems Attach Ads: Possible Motives Behind Them (Video)

Idaho’s Minnick Supported Obama & Pelosi:Gingrich Explains Why Democrats Are Dodging (Video)

Raul Labrador Has A Clear & Precise Stance On Immigration (video) « The “Troublesome” Conservative

The Choice Is Clear Who The Real Conservative Is, November is when we need to make a move on Washington D.C., and Elect the True Conservative Raul Labrador!

Idahoans and our out-of-state friends the Grass Roots Campaign Of Raul Labrador is working hard to defeat Idaho’s Liberal, posing as a conservative.

The campaign can use your financial help Please Donate Today!

Let’s Take Back Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, and VOTE For A Real Conservative Raul Labrador.

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Minnick Flub With Friend Hoyer:Part Of The Liberal Crowd (Video)

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By Bill Hurst, Minnick, posing as a conservative, has strong ties to Congressman Steny Hoyer. Minnick meets Hoyer in the foyer for funds:

Hoyer has contributed substantially to Minnick’s campaigns through AmeriPAC: -The Fund for a Greater America- Affiliate: Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md). Pelosi (and Steny Hoyer (D-MD)) published an op-ed in USA Today, labeling institutionalized health care protesters as “UN-American.” This is just more of the Democrats favorite strategy of triangulation.  Steny Hoyer is a Liberal-Progressive who has voted with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time! That tells you a lot about Steny Hoyer!

From Jason Manttera:

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer, who appears to have bought Jason’s momentary nice-guy approach. That sympathy rapidly disappears when it’s obvious that Hoyer really has no good answer for allowing alleged tax cheat Charlie Rangel to write these new tax laws that will force Americans to pay fines if the IRS doesn’t approve of their health-insurance coverage, with tax cheat Tim Geithner ultimately in charge of those efforts. If Hoyer and the Democratic leadership can’t feel shame over that sorry record, the least they can feel is embarrassment.

In a speech to the progressive think tank, The Third Way, House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the audience that increases in taxes to the middle class may be coming. With the Bush tax cuts ending in January, there had been talk of extending the cuts to the middle class. But with out of control spending programs, massive debts and declining revenues, Hoyer says that taxes will likely rise. Currently, the Bush tax cut saves the average middle class household about $2,000 a year.

Hoyer said:

As the House and Senate debate what to do with the expiring Bush tax cuts in the coming weeks, we need to have a serious discussion about whether we can afford to permanently extend them before we have a real plan for long-term deficit reduction.

Hoyer proposes a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to lower budget deficits. He favors cuts in defense and increasing the retirement age for Social Security. However he does state that we need a:

More progressive Social Security and Medicare benefits and a stronger safety net for Americans who need it most.

Hoyer takes the liberal line, we will increase taxes and we will cut spending, that’s fine but, they inevitably forget the spending cuts. It feels like another round of tax and spend.  It will be more of the same failed stimulus bills, more Keynesian economics [Keynesian Economics Defined (video)], with the redistribute wealth with the “Three-Card Monte.” Yes, it will be easy to save Social Security if you raise the retirement age to 90! With ongoing threats form the middle-east and North Korea, the question is now the time to weaken our national defense?

From voices.IdahoStatesman.com Submitted by Dan Popkey on Mon, 08/30/2010 – 6:22pm:

Minnick flub plays into Simpson’s talk of ‘Speaker Hoyer’

Idaho Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick tripped up and called House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer “Mr. Speaker” while Hoyer was in Boise Monday campaigning for Minnick in his race against GOP nominee Raul Labrador.

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson has advised Minnick that if Democrats retain the House, he could be part of a small cabal to force out Speaker Nancy Pelosi and replace her with Hoyer.

Read the entire article here:

Minnick flub plays into Simpson’s talk of ‘Speaker Hoyer’

Idahoans and our out-of-state friends the Grass Roots Campaign Of Raul Labrador is working hard to defeat Idaho’s Liberal, posing as a conservative. The campaign can use your financial help Please Donate Today!

Let’s Take Back Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, and VOTE For A Real Conservative Raul Labrador.