Politics July 18, 2016: Never Trump’s last stand GOP convention erupts in chaos over rules vote




Never Trumps last stand GOP convention erupts in chaos over rules vote

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Never Trump movement made their last attempt to derail presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s nomination. At almost the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday afternoon, July 18, 2016, Never Trump delegates tried to disrupt the convention rules vote, hoping they could still change the rules to not vote for the presumptive nominee.

During a voice vote for the procedural rules that Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack presided over he determined the procedural vote passed during the first voice vote. Womack took a break walking off the stage and then conducted a second voice vote, which he determined passed. In response, Never Trump delegates starting shouting “Roll call vote” and “USA.”

Utah Sen. Mike Lee commented during the chaos, “I have never in all my life… seen anything like this. There is no precedent for this and parliamentary procedure. There is no precedent for this in the rules of the Republican National Convention. We are now in uncharted territory. Somebody owes us an explanation. I have never seen the chair abandoned like that. They vacated the stage entirely.”

Womack recognized a Utah’s delegate request for a roll vote. However, only six states voted for a roll call, failing the threshold of seven states. Some states dropped off afterward, and Womack determined the vote passed. Womack declared, “The secretary received requests from a total of nine states requesting roll call vote on adoption of report on the committee on rules.” Subsequently, the secretary received withdrawals, which caused three states to fall below the threshold required under the rule. Accordingly, the chair has found insufficient support for the request for a record vote.”

Before the vote, Delegates Unbound believed they had enough support to force a roll call vote. They wanted the rules package to fail to add a rule that allows unbounded pledged delegates to vote their conscious for the nominee rather than Trump, who they were pledged to vote. If the vote had failed, the rules would have gone back to the rules committee for reconsideration.

Delegates Unbound co-founder M. Dane Waters said in a statement, “Despite every obstacle thrown in our way, the movement of all the stakeholders involved in this effort have gained a majority of the delegates in 10 states. Now we take this fight to the floor.” Although the attempt failed, it was still a display of party disunity as the world all had eyes on the Republican Party.

Full Text Political Transcripts January 28, 2014: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Official Republican Response to the 2014 State of the Union Address Transcript Excerpts



Official Republican Response to the 2014 State of the Union Address Excerpts

Source: CBS News, 1-28-14

“The most important moments right now aren’t happening here. They’re not in the Oval Office or in the House Chamber. They’re in your homes. Kissing your kids goodnight. Figuring out how to pay the bills. Getting ready for tomorrow’s doctor’s visit. Waiting to hear from those you love serving in Afghanistan, or searching for that big job interview. After all, ‘We the People’ have been the foundation of America since her earliest days – people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world – people who come to America because here, no challenge is too great and no dream too big.

“So tonight I’d like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision – one that empowers you, not the government. It’s one that champions free markets – and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. It helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable. And it’s one where Washington plays by the same rules that you do. It’s a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American.”

“Because our mission – not only as Republicans, but as Americans, is to once again to ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. It’s the gap we all face: between where you are and where you want to be.”

“Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap…Plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and red tape…Every day, we’re working to expand our economy, one manufacturing job, nursing degree and small business at a time. We have plans to improve our education and training systems so you have the choice to determine where your kids go to school…to help you take home more of your paycheck…with lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health care.

“We’ve all talked to too many people who have received cancellation notices they didn’t expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but the President’s health care law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s. And that whether you’re a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you.”

“As Republicans, we advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional…Our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.”

Political Musings January 24, 2014: Three GOP responses planned to Obama’s State of the Union Address





Three GOP responses planned to Obama’s State of the Union Address

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Not to be outdone this year the Republican Party will have three responses to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the GOP announced the official response…READ MORE

Political Headlines June 5, 2013: House of Representatives Talks on Immigration Reform Near Collapse — Rep. Raul Labrador Abandons House ‘Gang of 8’ Immigration Talks





Rep. Labrador Abandons House ‘Gang of 8′ Immigration Talks

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-5-13

After almost falling apart Wednesday, the House “Gang of 8″ lives on, as a “Gang of 7.”

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, left the group after saying he could not come to an agreement with the other members on health care, sources within the meeting among the bipartisan group of representatives….READ MORE

Immigration Overhaul Hits Bump as Conservatives Brainstorm Next Move

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-5-13

With bipartisan discussions in the lower chamber seemingly on the brink of collapse, six Republican senators met with weary House conservatives on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the prospects of immigration overhaul.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake – both members of the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight – joined Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions to attend a meeting of the Republican Study Committee and debate the options ahead….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines March 14, 2013: Senator Mike Lee’s Speech at CPAC 2013 the 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference





Sen. Mike Lee’s Speech at CPAC

Source: UnitedLiberty.org, 3-14-13

Up in the Pacific Northwest two brothers, Billy and Bobby, decided that they would sell apples. They set up a small fruit stand on the side of a busy road then drove their old pickup out to the farmer’s orchard, where they purchased a truckload of apples at a price of one dollar an apple. They returned to their stand and began selling their apples –for the head-scratching, bargain price of… one dollar an apple.

After selling the entire load the brothers drove back to the orchard and bought another truckload of apples for the price of… one dollar an apple. Back at the fruit stand, apples were flying off the shelf – again at the price of… one dollar per apple. In no time they sold every apple and enthusiastically raced back for another load.  They filled their truck and paid the farmer one dollar an apple.  Sweaty and exhausted from their efforts, the two brothers hopped back in their truck and hurried toward their stand.

As they drove, Billy said to Bobby, “Ya know, I’ve been thinkin’….  We’ve been working really hard today and sold two truck loads of apples – but it doesn’t seem like we’re making any progress in our business.”

Bobby thought about it then replied, “You know what? You’re right… He thought long and hard, then asked,… “Do you think we need a bigger truck?”

When it comes to the size, cost and scope of the federal government, I am here to tell you that we Do Not need a bigger truck.  Like Billy and Bobby, we instead need to stop and rethink what it is we are trying to accomplish and how best to achieve it.  Unfortunately we have a president who not only wants a bigger truck, he wants a truck with a personalized license plate, heated leather seats, a tricked out stereo system and a rack – no, not a gun rack – at least not without a universal background check – so maybe a rack for his golf clubs!

Did you listen to the President’s inaugural address in January?  It was an extended info-mercial for the biggest and most expensive truck in the world.  In soaring rhetoric, no 60-second truck commercial could ever match, the President rattled off a myriad of big Government solutions, which were each touted as the latest and greatest way for every American to have a bigger truck filled with massive government programs and the promise of utopia.  Of course no mention was ever made about the price of the truck, the size of the debt or how or when the payments would be made.

(And by the way, I am pretty sure he violated many standards of truth in advertising.  He should have hired the fast-talking voice-over guy who races through the disclaimers at the end of an ad, to say something like – this big truck you are buying will not solve your problems, will not pay your mortgage, will not provide you healthcare or give you a job or provide for your retirement.  Your truck loan, and that of your neighbors is payable to the Chinese government and will be painfully extracted from you today and from your children tomorrow.)

But here is what kills me.  As conservatives, instead of focusing on the real issues and the real goals for our society, we have been sucked into debating about what size of truck we really need!  We argue that we need a smaller truck, a smarter truck, a limited purpose truck, a more efficient truck, or even just a better truck.  I repeat – It is not about the truck.

It is time for us as Conservatives to reframe the debate.  It is time to focus on the principles that will lead us to the kind of country and society we want for ourselves and our future.

Here is the principle I am asking conservatives to understand – The opposite of bad government is NOT good government.  It isn’t even just limited government.  The opposite of bad government is Civil Society. A free and strong civil society is built on the innate desire of Americans to freely contribute to the betterment of the community.  Civil Society is the result of the relationships that connect, bind and strengthen us.  It is what drives each of us to do our part to help those around us.

Civil Society is where free individuals thrive and communities flourish.  The interconnection of local communities has always been at the heart of our nation.  I am also convinced that our future success will be found in a return to that connectedness that has driven the American dream from the beginning.  We see civil society when a parent instills values in a child, when a doctor heals a patient, when a teacher stays late to help a student learn to read, when a neighbor stops to help a neighbor– these are the bonds that will restore our faith in the institutions of civil society and move us away from reliance on bureaucratic, centralized decision-making. “We, the people” does not mean a collective adherence to the agenda of the ruling class.  It instead means as Americans we share basic values and principles that when viewed as a whole help form and protect a more perfect union.

Conservatives’ belief in civil society is grounded in the bedrock principles of freedom, self-reliance and self-governance and is manifest in the form of historic American institutions including the family, schools, churches, private groups and civic organizations.  These institutions of civil society teach the morals, values and behaviors that instill faith, confidence and trust between individuals, communities and even government.  The Constitution of this great nation provides the framework that ennobles the vision of the individual while enabling the value of the institutions to create an environment where people prosper and society succeeds.

Government cannot create a civil society, but it can kill it.  Over the past 80 years the federal government has expanded well beyond its constitutional limits.  The history of progressivism demonstrates that as the power of the federal government increases, the ability to self-govern diminishes. And as self-governance decreases, so does the influence of the institutions of civil society. Soon the ability to instill faith, confidence and trust among individuals and communities is replaced by the false promises of big government. And the more our citizens look to big government for solutions, the more the strength of civil society is sapped away, and our collective muscle as a nation – the very muscle that has forged the greatest civilization the world has ever known – atrophies.

In this country results matter.  And when it comes to the dismal and even dreadful outcomes delivered by the promises of big government – no rhetoric can cover the reality of the results.

We must remember that whenever government becomes too involved in anything, bad things happen.  Is it any wonder that the vast majority of Americans have little to no confidence in government?  (and they have even less confidence in congress as manifest in congress’s current approval rate of 15% – which makes members of congress a little more popular than Raul Castro and little less popular than the influenza virus.)

The current angst and apprehension among Americans originates, in part, because it is easy to forget where to look for solutions, strength and certainty.  I suggest that a return to civil society – engaged, self-reliant, free individuals building and strengthening communities – is the answer.

America is extraordinary, not because of who we are, but because of what we do.  Despite the current crushing weight of our bloated federal bureaucracy, we can still see the strength of our nation’s fabric through the intertwining actions of the genuine heroes around us.  They are often disguised as the daily deeds that everyday citizens perform, every single day.  Again, we see civil society when a neighbor stops to help a neighbor, when a 5th grader stands up to a bully for a classmate, when a pastor inspires faith in a troubled soul.  It is often the small and seemingly insignificant things we can and should do each day that ultimately determine the greatness of America.

When we look within and to each other, instead of looking to Washington and government, we will see the greatness of our country reemerge.

Today we are witnessing what happens at the end of the progressive, big government approach.  After the promises of federal solutions have eroded our faith in the institutions of family, school, church and community and having spent our nation to the brink of bankruptcy progressives simply shrug their shoulders, throw up their hands and say, “it isn’t my fault, it isn’t my job and it isn’t my responsibility.”  That is a very un-American approach to a challenge.

I saw this attitude once on a trip through southern Utah with my family.  We had stopped at fast-food restaurant for lunch.  Because my wife Sharon was with me, I thought it would look good if I chose to go to the salad bar instead of buying a hamburger.  I went down the salad bar getting bits of healthy greens and nutritious looking vegetables.  I was very uninspired at my prospects for an appetizing lunch when to my great surprise and delight, at the very end of the salad bar I found… chocolate pudding!  I immediately scooped a large blob of it on my plate, trying to hide it by fluffing up my greens around it.  Suddenly I was feeling very good about lunch.  Looking very healthy, but still getting desert – a lot of it.

Sitting down, I mentally complimented myself for the ingeniousness of what I was about to pull off.  Smiling at the thought, I took a large bite of the chocolate pudding, only to find that it was completely rancid, rotten and spoiled.  It was awful!  I immediately set out to find an employee of the restaurant so I could warn them of the spoiled pudding at the salad bar.  I approached one young lady who worked there and said, “Excuse me, I just want to let you know that the pudding at the salad bar is spoiled.”  She gave me a deer-in-the-headlights blank stair.  I clarified, “The chocolate pudding is rancid and rotten and should be removed before someone eats it and gets sick.” She proceeded to roll her eyes and deliver that deep, soul-crushing sigh that teenagers have perfected and said – “I’m not on salad!”   ….. and walked away.

Instead of that type of shoulder shrugging, what we need in this nation and especially in this town is some serious shoulder squaring in the spirit of civil society.  You see we are all “on salad.”

We are all:
On helping someone in need.
On dealing with the debt.
On building our communities.
On upholding the Constitution.
On restoring the greatness of this nation.

I invite each of you to square your shoulders and be “on salad.”  The synergy, connection and strength that comes from civil society is not only what has made and preserved us a nation, but what will lead us toward a bright future and better days to come….

In order to move forward on this path to a flourishing civil society I invite you to join me on a journey back… back to a place and time not unlike our own…It was a turbulent time of deep division within our young republic.

George Washington recorded the events of March 4th 1797 – the last day of his second term as President of the United States.  Washington wrote, “It was with a heavy heart that I left my room today, thinking not so much of myself as of our country…

Walking out onto Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Washington continued, “ I was plain George Washington now, neither General nor President. Suddenly I realized I was not alone.  People were following me, at first only a few, then a swelling crowd.

“For a long moment, I stood face to face with them – the young cobbler, the carpenter, the storekeeper, the laborer.  All of them stood facing me.  They said not a word.  I realized that Providence was showing me a vision of America, of what it would become.  I could feel assured that, come what may, whether it be political bickering…, or any other evil in government,… our country rests in good hands, in the [hands] of its people. …”

A similar crowd has gathered here today at CPAC.  Political strife divides our country.  Government is expanding in ways that would shock the Founding generation…  As I look out at this crowd, I don’t see cobblers and shopkeepers but scientists and school teachers, web designers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers and friends. I am also confident that our country rests in good hands – the hands of its people.

Hand in hand, acting on the instincts of our better angels and connected in the principle of civil society, we the people, not we the government, will form a more perfect union and ensure that the vision of George Washington becomes the destiny of the nation…

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