Mar 20, 2012
A majority of Americans continue to consider themselves ‘conservative.’ They feel that attacks in defense of conservative values are justified. Yes, they are frustrated by lack of progress on a broad range of issues, but they don’t blame people like Rush Limbaugh.
• The central issue in this economy remains the economy. Reproductive rights are a ‘hot button’ for a minority of Americans, but a secondary issue for the majority.
• The people we talked to considered the response to Limbaugh over-the-top and disproportionate to the offense.
• We saw no evidence that talk show listeners were turned off by Rush’s comments. Based on what our participants said, there wasn’t even a temporary negative impact, let alone a lasting one.
Summing up, Harker found that the controversy gave those who already hated Rush one more reason to hate him, while those who shared, or at least respected, Limbaugh’s viewpoint were unaffected by the events.
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Mar 16, 2012
Please sign the following Petition to Keep Rush Limbaugh on Armed Forces Radio at the Grassfire Nation Website. The White House and the Left are also running a petition drive and the reason is clear---the truth is a threat to their agenda. I first became aware of Rush Limbaugh through Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Naples, Italy in 1993 as a musician in the CINC South Band. I was already a conservative, but had never heard anyone articulate some of the thoughts and feelings I had held for years about politics and the world in general. The Military is a diverse group and all points of view need to be heard. At the moment radical liberal voices like Ed Shultz are being heard with little opposition, so there seems to be no reason why Rush can't be heard as well.
Mar 9, 2012
Mar 3, 2012
Limbaugh, who yesterday summed up what happened using the format of a classic joke: “ A woman walks into a congressional hearing (instead of a woman walks into a bar) and says she’s having so much sex, she’s going broke and wants a new entitlement program.”
Fluke went on to tell the committee that surveys taken at Georgetown showed 40% of Georgetown’s coed’s were paying as much as $1000 per year on contraceptives and therefore needed to be put on welfare.
When reacting to the story Limbaugh followed his patented style of illustrating the absurd with the absurd that his show is famous for. With a straight face he commented on Miss Flukes statements saying: “What do you call a woman who wants us to pay for her sexual activity? Answer: a prostitute and a slut.. And then suggested that if we did indeed end up funding a new entitlement program to help the Flukes of the world satisfy their sexual appetites at the taxpayer’s expense, then shouldn’t we be allowed to watch videos of them using the contraceptives. After all aren’t customers who pay for a sexual act entitled to participate in the sexual act? Well of course he wasn’t being serious but it doesn’t matter anymore.
They think they finally have Limbaugh where they want him, in a position that will make him less credible. Of course it’s going to take a lot more than that to cause his 20 million strong audience to abandon him. In fact the initial reaction to his public apology statement released today shows the faithful closing ranks behind him in support and the incident more than likely will increase his audience rather than diminish it. The following is the apology statement issued by Rush earlier today:
Over the years since he started his radio show in 1988, the liberal establishment has thought they had him on the ropes many times only to realize he was growing stronger and I’m sure that will be the case this time, because of his honesty and refusal to back down against the absurdities and mischievousness of the extreme left.
The following apology was isuued on Saturday.
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
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Mar 2, 2012
True Massachusetts Conservatives have a big election coming up on Tuesday, Mar 6 on the Massachusetts South Coast for Republican State Committee members. If you live in the following Masssachusetts cities or towns you'll be able to vote for Linda Rapoza and Timothy Sullivan: Fall River, Westport, Somerset, Swansea, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester. Both candidates need your support as they are true conservatives and are therefore despised by the RINO's that run the MA GOP and have been targeted for defeat. The country clubbers that are responsible for a GOP that only controls 11% of all registered voters in the state are content with attending their coctail parties that masquerade as meetings and their permanet minority status. Content not to make any waves, the establishment has pulled out all stops to stop both of these true conservative candidates from being in a position to try to change the status quo. The following is a letter by the present incumbent, Linda Rapoza on behalf of both her and Timothy Sullivan _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Linda J. Rapoza
Republican State Committeewoman
February 7, 2012
Dear Voter of the 1st Bristol & Plymouth State Senate District,
March 6th, 2012 is Super Tuesday. Along with presidential primary candidates, Republican State Committee candidates will also be on the ballot. As the incumbent State Committeewoman for the District (which includes Westport, Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Freetown, Lakeville, and Rochester), I’m seeking re-election to continue the work begun by a conservative coalition created by a handful of us in that body back in 2008.
From my work in many Republican campaigns including Jeff Beatty’s bid for the Senate in 2008; to my participation in the 2009 “9/12 March on the Capitol” in Washington D.C.; to getting back on the bus for D.C. in November of that same year to protest the “Healthcare Bill”; to organizing against Rep. Barney Frank in 2010; to rounding up volunteers for the “Brown Brigade”; to helping to coordinate stand-outs and phone calls for Rep. Keiko Orrall’s election, (a candidate outside of my own Rep. District for whom victory was imperative), I’ve worked continuously for the regeneration of the Republican base and it’s conservative principles.
I’ve also experienced the same frustration as many of you who worked hard to help Republicans get elected to office only to watch helplessly as they abused our trust by capitulating to Democrats for worthless compromise which gained us nothing of value in return.
Those of you who read the Fall River Herald News and/or the New Bedford Standard Times know who I am and what I stand for. My principles will not be compromised, even in the face of “establishment” criticism. I’ve been consistently committed to the conservative grassroots movement which led to national Republican election victories in 2010, and have always felt that in order to bring fiscal and cultural sanity to our state, Republicans must stop serving merely as the Right Arm of the Democrat Party.
The good news is the tide is turning. Conservative Republicans and Independents are refusing to be taken for granted. They’re prepared to fight the good fight to turn this ship around by supporting candidates who understand that when moderate Republicans control the Party at the bottom, socialists end up in control of our government at the top.
The State Committee recently had its Chairman’s election. I was one of the 21 who voted for former U.S. Attorney Frank McNamara to lead our Party. As an honorable man with a history of leadership qualities, he would’ve become a catalyst for a new, more energetic and effective Republican Party that has grown stale and irrelevant, plummeting to 11% registration under an elitist and out-of-touch leadership.
Instead, a majority of State Committee members voted for Robert Maginn in exchange for promised “campaign aid”. You may have heard of the new leader of the MassGOP. He was the Republican who contributed the maximum donations allowed to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Democrat Deval Patrick during the 2010 election cycle while our own statewide Republican candidates were struggling to keep their campaigns afloat. This is unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated, but it is.
I humbly ask for your vote as State Committeewoman, and am also requesting that you give your vote for State Committeeman to someone I will be able to work with to get things accomplished for the 1st Bristol & Plymouth District. That candidate for State Committeeman is Timothy R. Sullivan.
Tim worked hard for Republican candidates throughout 2010, and spent a great deal of time and effort campaigning for (newly-elected) Republican State Representative, Keiko Orrall. He’s been successful in bringing attention to the fact that establishment Republican policies are hurting us all by making it difficult to see the real differences between Republicans and Democrats.
He believes, as I do, that conservatives should never be hounded from involvement in the Republican Party, nor should they be intentionally discouraged from running for office. Tim will be a valuable asset in helping to organize solid local Republican committees with people who are genuinely dedicated to fighting for the Republican Party’s basic principles, and not just fighting for their place in line at the trough. His partnership will be beneficial in building on the strengths of the Republican Party for the purpose of improving our communities, and not for the “rewards” of personal and political advancement.
Tim and I will make a good team for the 1st Bristol & Plymouth State Senate District, able to make significant strides in a State Committee that must cease its current operation as a “Country Club” for political cronyism.
The Massachusetts Republican State Committee must become the barometer for a stronger, more respected and effective Republican Party from the tenants of our Platform (which was recently transformed into a canned environmental group-hug), to the support and election of decent and honorable Republican candidates who are willing to lead with their campaign promises once elected.
The troubles our nation now faces are quickly filtering down through our state and local governments. The Republican Party must face this challenge head-on with determination and vigor, with our aim squarely in the direction of genuine fiscal responsibility and cultural sanity. With your help, we will be closer to getting this accomplished.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter and hopefully your support.
Linda J. Rapoza, Candidate for Re-election,
Republican State Committeewoman, 1st Bristol & Plymouth State Senate District
Mar 1, 2012
I knew when President Obama said you could keep your own health care under Obama Care it was all BS. He left out the part, that the strategy was always designed to squeeze private health insurance companies completely out of existence, while he arrogantly lied to our faces and told us we could keep our own health plans.
This fear was confirmed by Health Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who told the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday that the days of private health insurance are coming to an end in the United States. The private market is in a death spiral, she said, confirming my worst fears that destroying the private health insurance plans has been the plan all along.
Even in the domain of military healthcare where significant increases in Tricare fees for active duty personnel and military retirees are being proposed, the same strategy seems to be at work. According to a frightening article about the attack on tricare, Trashing Tricare, administration officials told congress that one goal of the increased fees is to force military retirees to reduce their involvement in Tricare and eventually opt out of the program in favor of alternatives established by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
When they talked to us, they did mention the option of health exchanges under Obamacare. So its in their mind, said a congressional aide involved in the issue
The more the veil is pulled back on OBamaCare, which was passed into law before anyone could read it, by a partisan vote in the Democrat Controlled Congress, the more our fears are being confirmed on an almost daily basis.
According to the article entitled Obama Cabinet Secretary: The Private Market is in a Death Spiral, Sebelius said the next important step in implementing the president’s health care plan is to establish essential health benefits __the basic package of coverage that the federal government will order all health insurance plans to cover. The Affordable Care Act outlines 10 areas of basic coverage, including preventive services, prescription drugs, pediatric care and hospital services. The preventive services area is the one under which the administration has already ordered that all health insurance plans must cover sterilization and all FDA approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions, without charging any fees or co-payment to insured workers and their dependents.
This latest move is what was interpreted by the Catholic Church as an attack on the religious liberty guaranteed by the US Constitution, by allowing their employees to receive services that they find objectionable. The compromise reached with the administration in the aftermath of the battle, which OBama started, not Rick Santorum or the Catholic Church, turned out to be a farce, by passing the costs on to the insurance companies which cover the policy. By doing so the administration seemed to miss the point entirely that the President simply does not have the authority to force a religious institution to do anything against it's beliefs or doctrines.