MRC Expresses Gratitude for 3,000+ Facebook Fans

gratitudeHello Fans! On this Thanksgiving morning we here at MRC have much to be thankful for. Having garnered over 1,000 Facebook fans in just the last two weeks shows us that the people haven’t lost sight of that freedom which Pilgrims sought long ago, nor have they forgotten what it will take to preserve it. Grateful we are, to know that there is still passion amongst the good people in this country; passion that continues to unite us behind a good man. We trust that this emerging leader will restore civility, ethics, responsibility, and sound judgment to Washington. In our attempt to bring this to pass, let us share our passion with those that are left with a fading hope – let us do all we can do to share the message of a ‘free and strong‘ America.

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Thank you, happy Thanksgiving, and God bless!

On Thanksgiving Day We Acknowledge Our Dependence


“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” ~ Robert J.McCracken

“Measured by the standards of men of their time, the Pilgrims were the humble of the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came – rejected, despised – an insignificant band; in reality strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world was not worthy, destined to free mankind.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

“No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training — sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur

How grateful we are for our men and women in the military!

“For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet…. Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?” ~Rebecca Harding Davis

May you have a most joyous, fulfilling Thanksgiving Day!



A Thanksgiving Message from Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney thanks soldiers“As we reunite with our families on the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded once again of our military men and women, standing watch in dangerous places to protect our liberties at home. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for their service, and with emotion for the families that mourn an empty place at the table, now filled with tender memories of those who in loving sacrifice have laid down their lives.”

Original post at Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC.

November 24 2009

Thanksgiving_1900While radio host and Townhall columnist Dennis Prager is currently distributing mosquito nets to the poor in Zambia and Zimbabwe, he shares his thoughts on conditions Americans face this Thanksgiving:

A Troubled Thanksgiving 2009
November 24, 2009

I have always loved Thanksgiving. It is my favorite national holiday. It reminds Americans how fortunate we are to be Americans. And it unites Americans around gratitude, the greatest human trait. Gratitude is the mother of both goodness and happiness. The ungrateful cannot be either happy or good.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I write that my mood on this Thanksgiving will not be the same as on any other I have ever experienced.

My gratitude will be marred by a dark cloud.

Not the cloud of economic crisis; Americans have lived through worse economic crises.

Not the cloud of war. America is at war in Afghanistan, and troops remain in Iraq in the war against Islamic terror; but Americans have fought far more bloody wars.

Not the cloud of politics; whatever an American’s political persuasion, every American has lived through political battles and political losses.

No, this is a new cloud. This is the cloud of “transformation.” This is what candidate Barack Obama promised; this is what President Barack Obama seeks to achieve — nothing less than the transformation of America.

But those of us who love America and its unique value system don’t want either America or its value system transformed. The former can always be improved, but should never be transformed. And the latter should always remain what it has been for centuries: the American Trinity — E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust and Liberty — as well as limited government and individualism. It also includes an abiding belief in American exceptionalism, meaning that America has usually known better what is good for the world than any world body, that America’s moral compass is generally more accurate than that of other nations, let alone the United Nations. This is not because Americans are born better or any such nonsense, but because American values have produced a particularly uncynical, idealistic nation, more willing to die for others than any nation in recorded history.

Every element of this is being transformed, perhaps permanently. The American economy and/or its health system may be fatally damaged if either the House or Senate health care bill is passed. America will descend under a mountain of debt that may permanently undermine the power of the dollar. If this happens, America will no longer be the preeminent economic power of the world. The terrible political and human consequences of this will be felt around the globe…

Here is the bottom line: I take nothing good for granted. That includes the future of the blessed country in which I live. A country as good as America is an aberration. There is no reason to believe that it will always remain an aberration; and those in power on Thanksgiving 2009 loathe the idea of America being different from all other nations.

The idea that people should first take care of themselves, then their family, then their neighbors and then other nations is also an American aberration…

Nevertheless, though my mood is dark, it is not pessimistic. The very narrow victories in the House and Senate on health care reform, despite Democrats’ overwhelming majorities in both Houses, tell me that Americans are not ready to abandon the values that make our country unique. And that is something to be thankful for on this troubled Thanksgiving 2009.

Read full article here.

autumn leaves american flagMitt Romney (The Care of Freedom speech - Heritage Foundation June 1, 2009): “We cannot allow the economic crisis to conceal the very real threats to our nation’s security. We cannot ignore the intentions of competitors who would replace America’s leadership with their own, and set back the cause of freedom. Providence has blessed us and trusted us to safeguard liberty; in a time of confusion at home and challenge abroad, let ours be the voice of clarity and good sense—confident in our cause, and faithful in the care of freedom.”

(Emphasis added)

A Letter from Ann Romney

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Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.

This is a busy time of year for all of us. But it’s also a wonderful time for families to get together, socialize with friends, and renew old acquaintances.

Now we know it’s not the easiest time of year to be asking for your generous financial support, as we’re sure your attention is starting to turn toward buying gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. But we’ve come up with a great way at Mitt’s PAC for you to help us and help yourself.

Holiday Package

Holiday Package

The Free and Strong America PAC recently launched a new online store where you can obtain all sorts of fun gear, for yourself and for all your gift-giving needs. And here’s the best part — 100% of every purchase you make at the store counts as a contribution to the PAC, which will go directly to helping Mitt stay active on the political scene. The store makes it easier than ever before to order multiple items and quantities, as well as send gifts directly to your friends and family.

This month, in addition to fleece pullovers, t-shirts, hats, and many of the other items that have been offered in the past, the PAC is also featuring limited edition “Holiday Packages,” from which you can choose to get a Free and Strong America PAC knit blanket and his-and-her mug set for a contribution of $150, the mug set alone for $50, or a single mug for $30. The knit blanket is a great way to keep warm as we head into the winter months!

We wish you and your family happy and safe holidays and we look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Best,

Ann Romney


P.S. Even if you don’t want to contribute toward official PAC gear, we hope you will nevertheless consider making a contribution toward our efforts today. We need to start preparing now for 2010.

Possible Senate Vote on Health Care Tomorrow – Can Republicans Successfully Filibuster?

A couple of weeks ago the House passed PelosiCare, now it seems the Senate is ready to take a test vote on their own 2000+ page HarryCare-y bill. The test vote, otherwise know as a cloture vote, will determine whether the bill will be brought to the Senate floor, where it will almost certainly be passed. Senator Harry Reid has called for the vote to take place Saturday night at 8 PM.

The Democrats have 58 seats in the Senate, plus there are 2 Dem caucusing Independents. A full 60 votes is required for cloture, so all 60 will be required to bring it to debate. Several Democrats have registered their opposition to the bill based on their aversion to the pro abortion or pro public option elements. The bill is forever changing in order to garnish just enough votes. I couldn’t even tell you what it has in it, as I’ve heard conflicting reports on a daily basis: The public option is in, now it’s out, now it’s called the community option… etc. Whether or not the Senate bill has a clause to prevent federal funding of abortion the House will attempt to re-insert it when it goes to a joint committee to iron out the wrinkles between the two bills.

In any case this bill is bad for health care, bad for our economy, bad for the individual rights and liberties of U.S. citizens. This bill must be defeated!

Here’s what we need to do: GOP.com has identified 9 Democrat Senators who have signaled opposition to the HarryCare-y bill. These Senators, though opposed to the bill, may essentially allow it to pass by voting for cloture. We need to let them know that a vote for cloture is a vote for the actual bill.

Call these Senators and tell them to vote no on cloture on the health care bill Saturday night.

Update: GOP.com further identifies Senators Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson (listed below) as “critically important to defeating Saturday’s vote.” Give them special attention.

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What is a filibuster? From Wikipedia:

The term first came into use in the United States Senate, where Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless a 3/5ths of the Senate (60 out of 100 Senators elected and sworn), brings debate to a close by invoking cloture. (For changing of senate rules the pre-1975 rule of a super-majority of senators present, i.e. 67 senators at most, is still used).

In current practice, Senate Rule 22 permits filibusters in which actual continuous floor speeches are not required, although the Senate Majority Leader may require an actual traditional filibuster if he or she so chooses. This threat of a filibuster where no floor speech and no quorum is required may, therefore, be more powerful than an actual filibuster, which would require attendance by a quorum of Senators as well as the physical presence of the Senators speaking.

Previously, the filibustering senator(s) could delay voting only by making an endless speech. Currently, they only need to indicate that they are filibustering, thereby preventing the Senate from moving on to other business until the motion is withdrawn or enough votes are gathered for cloture.

Preparations for a traditional filibuster can be very elaborate. Sometimes cots are brought into the hallways or cloakrooms for senators to sleep on. While in a filibuster the senator talking must remain in the same spot and is only allowed to filibuster twice in a legislative day. A legislative day lasts until the debate is adjourned, which can take days. According to Newsweek:

They used to call it ‘taking to the diaper,’ a phrase that referred to the preparation undertaken by a prudent senator before an extended filibuster. Strom Thurmond visited a steam room before his filibuster in order to dehydrate himself so he could drink without urinating. An aide stood by in the cloakroom with a pail in case of emergency.

Filibusters have become much more common in recent decades. Twice as many filibusters took place in the 1991-1992 legislative session as took place in the entire nineteenth century.

~Nate G.

ACORN Undercover Video Saga Continues in Los Angeles

No one could answer.

No one could answer.

The handy undercover video work of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles continues to amaze me. My wife is quite impressed and intrigued as well. In fact, she says that if we were to have another baby we’ll name it James or Hannah.

The undercover escapade continues, this time in Los Angeles. This episode is revealed in four parts:

Part 1: Andrew Breitbart attends an anti-FOX protest by ACORN employees in LA. Their behavior after their dispirited dispersal leads him to determine that they are “common street thugs, the dregs of society”.

Part 2: Before the rally, camera man Gary Hewson audio records a shocking statement by an an ACORN ” community organizer”, who refers to ACORN’s “undeclared” efforts to “put in Obama”.

Part 3: An L.A. ACORN employee who’s willing to overlook the prostitution business for a home loan application actually draws the line when James and Hannah mention under-age girls. He is the ONLY one in the nation-wide operation to do so, and for that James awards him the ACORN Employee of the Year award.

Part 4: Another ACORN employee is not only is OK with the importation under-age sex slaves, but recommends they get involved with someone who does that sort of thing on an international level, and suggests that she could do some independent research for them.

THE BEST PART OF ALL:
In an interview with Sean Hannity, Breitbart explains his frustration that even though some steps have been taken in congress to defund ACORN, there has been no call to have a congressional investigation into ACORN. Breitbart sends a warning to Attorney General Eric Holder that if there is not an investigation into ACORN they will reveal more tapes just before the 2010 elections. Hannity asks if there are indeed more tapes to which Breitbart exclaims “Oh my goodness there are! Not only are there more tapes, it’s not just ACORN.” Breitbart also mentions yet to be disclosed documentation of countless ACORN whistle blowers who want to come forward but are fearful of retribution from the organization.

Yes dear, I kind of like the names James and Hannah too.

~Nate G.

Necessary update: No, I’m am not having another kid. Just making that clear.

New Romney Op-Ed at Politico: The Cost of On-the-Job Training

Governor Romney has published his newest op-ed. This one was published at Politico.com and it’s a good one. Here’s a sampling:

In March, not long after taking office, President Obama explained his convictions regarding the conflict. He charged that “the terrorists who planned and supported the Sept. 11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Further, “if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban, that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.” And he concluded: “To succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban’s gains and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.” What followed this bold and definitive goal was the classic failing of people without real leadership experience: the inability to do what is necessary to achieve one’s objective.

The president refused to focus on what was most important. He took on so many tasks that he underinvested in the most critical ones. The restructuring of the entire health care system and his cap-and-trade proposal eclipsed the economy and the war. Investor Warren Buffett, the “sage of Omaha,” counseled him against such a foolhardy agenda, but Buffett’s wisdom was no match for the heady prospect of all-encompassing change.

So it was that in the first 100 days after his appointment in June of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Obama met with the general only once. After the press took note of it, the president squeezed in a mere 25 minutes for McChrystal when he was in Copenhagen to pitch Chicago’s Olympics bid. In the annals of American history, it is certain that no wartime president has ever spent less time with his generals than Obama has.

Emphasis mine. Click here to read the entire article at Politico.com.

~Nate G.

Mitt Romney’s PAC Continues Rapid Fundraising in October

The Free and Strong America PAC posted its second highest monthly receipts for 2009 in October. Monthly FEC filings for Mitt Romney and Co. show that the PAC brought in $440,000 last month, while expending $211,000. This month’s total also pushes the PAC’s year-to-date total above $3 million, and leaves them with almost $1.2 million on hand. October’s high numbers follow on the heels of strong fundraising numbers for September as well.

How does this compare to other potential candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012? Well, it’s always hard to tell because the Free and Strong America PAC files monthly while the Sarah PAC and Huck PAC have opted to file bi-annually, and Tim Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC is newly formed and has not yet made any filings.

July 1st of this year is the only point we can compare similar time frames. At that point it stood as following:
Romney: $1,908,000
Palin: $733,000
Huckabee: $304,000

A few points to add these sums: My guess is that Romney has by far and away continued to raise the most since July. Sarah Palin’s PAC was not formed until February, and she also raised funds for a defense fund. She is also focusing much of her attention in promoting her new book. Even so her numbers for the second half of the year will be much more telling. Mike Huckabee, though he has dismal fundraising numbers, has had extreme benefit from his show on FOX as well as his radio program. That kind of exposure probably has more monetary value than all of the $3 million Romney has been able to raise this year. On the downside, if he can’t translate increased name recognition and exposure into shear fundraising number he will have a hard time in the general election when he can no longer depend on his TV show.

Month by month fundraising and disbursement totals for the FSA PAC:
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~Nate G.
(Cross-posted at Race42012.com)

Romney talks about the state of Obama on Hannity

From GOPToast:
This is what a president should sound like. This is what a 2012 contender should sound like. In twelve minutes, Mitt Romney tackles just about every subject America is dealing with today, from the stateside trial of a terrorist mastermind to the economy to Afghanistan … to Sarah Palin. And he does it all without sounding petty or childish. Sarah Palin, this is how you move beyond 2008. Mike Huckabee, this is how you grow up and stop trying to start immature fights with people in your own party.

How many months away does everyone think we are from Romney finally confirming that he’s a candidate in 2012? After the elections next November? End of 2010?

Thanks to ComMITTed to Romney for landing to the audio.

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