Monday, June 3, 2013

Morning Briefing: Disruptors


Morning Briefing

For June 3, 2013

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1.  WANTED: Disruptive Candidates

This year will be the 5th RedState Gathering. We will meet the first weekend in August in New Orleans, LA. Five years ago we introduced the nation to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, Michael Williams, Ken Cuccinelli, Karen Handel, and more.

In 2010, we worked hard for Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ken Buck, and others.

This year I am struggling to find good, disruptive candidates to challenge the established ways of Washington. The 2012 defeat, which some of us had predicted back in 2011, has gone exactly as I thought it would. Good candidates have turned their backs and gone to focus on their families and what's left of their businesses.

We're going to have awesome speakers: Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Ken Cuccinelli, Jim Bridenstine, and more. But they are elected already. Where are the disruptive outsiders who want to join their ranks? They are much harder to find now than in 2010 or even 2012. (By the way, have you registered for the Gathering yet?)

Most of the candidates running in 2014 are running because they want to go to Washington, not because they want to go blow up the system.

The secret of Washington, DC is that the leadership of both parties collaborate within the same system. Both parties are tools of big business. Both parties are tools of banks. Both parties want to pick winners and losers. The rhetoric of the Republican leadership in Washington is that the problem is Democrats in charge of government and not government itself.

The ideas peddled by the Republican leadership in Washington are small and unoriginal. Their preference in policy and politics is for the voters to let Republicans manage the leviathan that Democrats create, instead of slaying the leviathan. There are multiple paths forward as conservative populists, but the GOP would rather manage than lead.

The only way to change this is to find disruptive candidates. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

2.  The Annual Birthday Request

Today is my 38th birthday. Every year I put up a post like this. Short of filling in behind the golden EIB microphone or getting one of those Ralph Lauren Writer's Chairs with accompanying ottoman, there isn't much I want. But people ask and here's what you can do if you want to make an impact to better the country today.

Give to one or more of these groups, all of which I support myself, and all of which seek out and support disruptive candidates:

Senate Conservatives Fund
Heritage Action for America
Madison Project
Club for Growth

and then make a commitment to some self-education and subscribe to the Transom. Put it to you this way — it's so worth it that I had a complimentary subscription and still paid to subscribe just to ensure it can keep going. It is that worth it.

If you donate and subscribe, you can be confident that today you advanced freedom.

Oh, and lastly, consider going to the RedState Gathering.

Thanks in advance. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  White House: Will no Democrat ask us to fire this meddlesome AG?

This is what we in the business call a hint. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  The paranoid style of Obama politics

Eyebrows have been raised by the announcement that US Attorney Bill Killian, in the company of FBI Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Moore, will soon address a Muslim council in Tennessee about "how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media."

"This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion.  This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are," Killian said ominously. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5.  Shale Oil Boom Rattles OPEC

At a critical Friday meeting in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will set production policy. For the first time, they will be grappling with the challenges of shale oil, even none of the member states are major shale oil producers.

The shale boom began in the U.S. as a ripple in North Dakota and Texas. Some thought its impact would be limited and regional, not global. Now that uptick on our domestic production curve has triggered a tsunami with geopolitical implications.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

6.  A Note on Bridging the Gap Between Conservative Theory and Practice

"I blame conservatives–ourselves–myself. Our failure, as one Conservative writer has put it, is the failure of the Conservative demonstration. Though we Conservatives are deeply persuaded that our society is ailing, and know that Conservatism holds the key to national salvation–and feel sure the country agrees with us–we seem unable to demonstrate the practical relevance of Conservative principles to the needs of the day. We sit by impotently while Congress seeks to improvise solutions to problems that are not the real problems facing the country, while the government attempts to assuage imagined concerns and ignores the real concerns and real needs of the people." . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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