White House Staff Don’t Understand They Work for ALL Americans, Not Just the Democrats

Today’s minor pundit upset is over the President’s choice to NOT attend the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Sesquicentennials are important milestones. The Gettysburg Address is one of the few speeches that the everyday American knows at least a part of. It was a rather important moment.
Gettysburg Memorial
As stated in Wikipedia:

Abraham Lincoln’s carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens] Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality

Lincoln was from Illinois, as is Obama. Obama has many times tried to cloak himself with the mantle of greatness that is Lincoln’s legacy. He likes to compare himself to Lincoln as often as he can. Also, Obama is known to favor attending big events and making speeches, and if he can make the event “about Obama” all the more wonderful that would be! Why the heck WOULDN’T he go? It just seems an odd choice.

IRS-Political-Groups[1]So, a few pundits asked that very question, via twitter. They chose to ask the President’s advisor, Dan Pfeiffer.

The question: Serious question: What is on his schedule that is more important than Gettysburg anniversary?

The reply: Oh, I don’t know, there’s this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the Dem Party

Note that…the reply is snarky rather than respectful, juvenile rather than adult. Does he really mean to imply that Obama is coding on the website? Really??? And note that his concern is for the Democrat Party, he mentions the harm that the damaged website would do to a political party, rather than any kind of effect on the American people.

Dan Pfeiffer is not a paid Democrat Party official. He is Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor. He is on the staff of the White House. Paid $172,200 of our tax dollars every year. He is supposed to represent the White House, as the Executive Branch of the Government of the ENTIRE United States.

His boss, Barack Obama, has behaved for many years as if he is only concerned about himself, and secondarily the Democrat Party. This attitude is clearly widely held in all of his staff. Republicans and Libertarians have long complained that we are not represented as Americans, that the nation has been further polarized along political party lines at every turn.

I have seen nothing to contradict that complaint.

These casual off-the-cuff remarks from the Senior Advisor in fact CONFIRM my opinion that they see themselves as representing only the Democrats.

Monday Evening Podcast: Focus First! Then Restore, Renew, Rebuild.

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The topic this evening is: FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS. Sort of like the real estate agent’s mantra of Location, Location, Location. Up until November of 2014 we really should focus on two things, and two things only: Overcoming Obamacare, and Restoring, Renewing, and Rebuilding  the GOP. After a brief discussion of the need for focus and the distractions to expect, I want to begin the discussion of Restoring the GOP. My co-blogger Krewe Maynard has coined the phrasing

Restore. Renew. Rebuild.
Restore our freedoms.
Renew our spirit.
Rebuild our country.

I love it, and I think before we can apply it to the nation, we need to apply it in our party. We can, we must. I have some ideas (well, I’ll share the ideas I got from other people, that’s close enough, right?)

Hey Texans! Go Vote!!!

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Early voting ends Friday, election day is Tuesday

Turnout will be low – your vote will REALLY count. The tax money you save may be your own!!!!

Unions, incumbents, and those who stand to benefit from cronyism and corporatism will go vote – they have an incentive.

Do YOU have as much incentive to go save money?

It won’t take much of your time. It really is about the very least you can do and still call yourself a responsible Texan.

This is what’s up for a vote:

  • 9 Constitutional Amendments
  • City and School District Races

Off year voting is weird. There’s not much news about it, there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about. But EVERY election counts. There are “bond issues” every time, because there is ALWAYS some group or another who just HAS to borrow a big wad of money to build some fancy thing or other. And they’ll get all of their potential partners and friends to go vote for it, while you stay home, thinking nothing important is going on. Then you wonder – hey, I thought Texas was doing so well, and such a conservative place, how did all this stupid stuff happen?

Go vote – stop the stupid stuff.

But I don’t have TIME!!! Seriously? You’re gonna whine to me about that? You have exactly the same amount of time as every other person on the planet. And voting in an off year election will take next to ZERO time. Just go do it – it will take less time than you’d spend in the Whataburger Drive Thru.

But I haven’t researched the ISSUES!!! OK, that’s a valid one, but here’s the deal, if you’re reading this post, you’re already more informed and better able to make a snap judgment about politics than most of the people who will also be voting, so…just go do it, but first, here are the guidelines I use, I call it my…

Lazy-person’s voting strategy

If you don’t have time to research anything…

  • VOTE NO. Read the wording carefully enough that you catch it if they messed with it so that “no is yes”. but for the most part…just say no
    (Some stuff seems “nice” to vote for – like special treatment for veterans and stuff, but carveouts and special classes of people are anathema to equal justice, so…say no)
  • Bond issues – always vote no, even if you research it
  • Non-party races and primaries – vote against the incumbent unless you have researched and found the challenger to be a terrorist or something
  • Party races – vote for the GOP guy unless you’re sure that the Dem can’t win, then it’s safe to vote for the libertarian as a signal to the gop guy to not get cocky

Harris County Voting Plan

So for me, in Harris County, outside the city limits, what does this mean? Well, I don’t vote for Mayor or City Council or any of the Houston stuff, so that’s easy, I ignore it.

State Constitutional Amendments

YES to #2, NO to everything else

Harris County Bonds

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, HELL NO, YOU DON’T NEED TO BORROW ANY MORE DAMN MONEY JUST MAKE DO LIKE THE REST OF US, NO

Cy-Fair ISD

Only one race is even contested, and I’m just voting for the one who isn’t the incumbent, so I’m voting for Shaik Ahmed

Let’s foil the plans of the cronies and corporatists and union thugs, and go vote, and get our family members, coworkers, friends, and dead relatives neighbors to vote.

Here are some sites to look at to find out what you’re voting on:
http://www.kingwoodteaparty.com/
http://www.clearlaketeaparty.com/voter_s_guide_to_texas_constitutional_amendment_election_nov_5
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3080596/posts
http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-constitutional-amendments-2013-libertarian-party-releases-voting-guide
http://www.lwvtexas.org/
http://www.hardhatters.com/2013/10/2013-voters-guide-texas-constitutional-amendments/
http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/Our-take-on-the-proposed-constitutional-amendments-4898399.php
http://progresstexas.org/blog/progress-texas-2013-constitutional-ballot-guide
Texas GOP has NOTHING about this election, NOTHING – bunch of LOSERS!
http://www.harriscountygop.com/ElectionsNov13.asp

Get Voting info from the TX Secretary of State site: VoteTexas.gov - Make Your Mark on Texas