A Call to Reason

“There is too much at stake to allow pride or passion to influence your decision.  Never for a moment believe that the great body of the citizens of any State or States can deliberately intend to do wrong.  They may, under the influence of temporary excitement or misguided opinions, commit mistakes; they may be misled for a time by suggestions of self interest; but in a community so enlightened and patriotic as the people of the United States argument will soon make them sensible of their errors, and when convinced they will be ready to repair them.”

President Andrew Jackson circa 1830
as quoted by Jon Meacham in “American Lion”

Tea Party Voice in Door County

If you thought, as I  have, that Republicans in Door County were mostly of the relatively moderate breed, then you may change your mind after checking out their local website, http://door.wisgop.info/. There you will find one article after another of radical Tea Party rant — misquotes, conspiracy theories, intransigent politics, Bachmann support, and deference to the elite 1%.  In a link dated July 23rd, Jim Diment claims “There’s no more room for compromise. When Republicans and Democrats worked together in the past, the result was almost always a bigger, more expensive government.

What ever happened to center-right Republicanism?  Their voices seem squelched — or perhaps, center-right attitudes only exist within the Democratic Party these days.


How Do You Handle Defeat?

Defeat may test you; it need not stop you.  If at first you don’t succeed, try another way.  For every obstacle there is a solution.  Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  The greatest mistake is giving up.

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We Will Not Win Without YOU

Some people seem to be under the impression that if they do not volunteer to help, we can win this election.  This is NOT true!  I promise you that if YOU do not help, we will not win. 

YOU can make calls from home, YOU can have a coffee for your neighbors, YOU can work in the office, YOU can go door-to-door talking to your neighbors who are undecided how to vote or even whether or not to vote. 

EVERY VOTE will count.  The Republicans know this and are spending millions of $ mobilizing.  To counter their $ we need millions of hours of volunteer time including yours.  Trainings are held at the Sturgeon Bay office.

We always need more volunteers!

provided by Allin Walker

Republican Presidential Qualification: “able to sign bills”

The qualifications for President are heatedly debated every four years, this year being no exception. However, Grover Norquist (of No Tax Increase Pledge fame) espouses a new and unique approach. He envisions a President that is little more than a tool of Congress and has whittled Presidential qualifications down to one – the ability to hold a pen. Speaking at “Americans for Tax Reform – CPAC 2012” on February 11, 2012 he proclaimed the following (emphasis added):

      “All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a President to tell us what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan Budget, which cuts spending $6 trillion.


      … The Republicans in the House have passed 24 plus bills that create jobs and opportunity and strip out regulations.

We just need a President to sign this stuff



      We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. … The leadership for the conservative movement will be coming out of the House and the Senate for the next 20 years. So, focus on picking the most conservative Republican who could win for each House seat and the most conservative Republican who could win for each Senate seat.

“And then, pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become President of the United States. [laughter & applause] … This is a change for Republicans to realize that body of where we are going to be is the House and Senate doing the work with the President signing the bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

This is not a hoax. This is not an interpretation or caricature of his speech. These are his words. You can hear him on YouTube delivering, in person, the full text of this speech.

Although Presidential qualifications are important, Democrats would do well to review the later half of the first paragraph. Note the emphasis Norquist places upon the U.S. House and U.S Senate races, where conservatives expect the heart of their battle will be waged for the next several decades. Imagine what President Obama will face if Republicans hopes for Congress come true. Scary? Then image the same result with a President Romney, a President with the prerequisite Norquest qualification!

Stand Your Ground in Wisconsin?

Did you know that Wisconsin has a “Stand Your Ground” law (also called The Castle Doctrine) similar to the one in Florida that has been in the news since February?  It’s true.  It passed the Assembly and Senate in November 2011, signed into law by Governor Walker and published last December,  It started out as Assembly Bill 69 and ended as 2011 Wisconsin Act 94.  Our Assemblyman, Garey Bies, voted in favor of it.  So did our Senator, Frank Lasee, who also is a cosponsor.

Laws of this subject are heavily promoted by the NRA and based upon model legislation developed by American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.), a conservative organization comprised of politicians and corporations including Walmart (a major gun retailer).


Ike Warned

“How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence.” The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959


I recently heard someone on the news use the phrase Liberal-Ideologue.  It sounded strange.  Look at the definitions:

Ideologue (n); a person who zealously advocates the body of doctrine, belief, or dogma, etc. that guides an individual, a movement, or a large group.

Liberal (n); a person (or group) who is open-minded or tolerant especially free of, or not bound, by traditional or conventional ideas, values, or ideology, etc.

Obviously, the phrase Liberal-Ideologue is an oxymoron.  By definition they are contradictory terms.