Welcome to this week’s ForAmerica mailbag – the inaugural mailbag! My name is David Bozell, Executive Director of ForAmerica – but my real title is Makes-trains-run-on-time guy. I’m kind of a sports nut and I see a lot of sports websites do mailbags and the writers have a lot of fun with it. And I don’t know of any political or news websites that do it, so we’ve decided to give it a try here. I suppose there is always Twitter but I gotta tell you: I’m scared to death of Twitter. I don’t trust myself on that thing. I created an account on it years ago and promptly (purposefully) lost my password.
So we wanted to give folks another outlet to connect with us at ForAmerica. A little bit about FA: We started the FA facebook page in late 2010 because within the conservative movement, there really was no effective social media operation. And the Left has been using this medium with incredible success. So we set out to prove that conservatives did live and breathe on social media and the response has overwhelmed even us. We just passed the 5 million fan mark a few weeks ago. The level of engagement with our messaging is through the roof, among the best of any operation on Facebook’s entire platform. We affectionately call our 5 million fans, “The Army” and its activism is second-to-none. Day in and day out we try to provide engaging content with a conservative bent. Sometimes we marry pop culture to a conservative message. We’ve got games, apps, and videos to keep people engaged, entertained and educated. When we need the army to makes its voice heard, it responds in droves.
I’ll share more about FA and what we’re up to in the weeks and months ahead. For now, let’s get right to your questions! (If you didn’t give a name, I just went with the first part of your email address)
Are you related to Brent Bozell III of Media Research Center?
I didn’t get the red head or red beard genes, but yes, I am related to Brent. I am his oldest son. He’ll never say this publicly, but I am his favorite of his five children. Again, I’m quite certain you’ll never hear him say that publicly, but just trust me; it’s true.
Is there anyone out there who will make a case for conservatism? It seems to me that if people heard a good common sense approach to why conservatism serves everyone better and thus would help lift the country out of this sea of lies, liberals could not keep winning elections. Is the Republican establishment so ensconced in its cushy lifestyle that its members have forgotten what the nature of this country is? If so, they must all go.
Lots of people make the case for conservatism every day. We have our heroes in talk radio, Senators Cruz and Lee, good governors like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and Mike Pence in Indiana to name a few. There are think tanks a plenty doing fabulous work educating millions of people like Heritage Action, Freedom Works or the Club for Growth.
But it’s the GOP Leadership in both the House and Senate that have the bully pulpit and if I had to guess, you’re frustrated with Leadership more than anything; not with the aforementioned. Leadership’s election strategy is to go on prevent defense for the remainder of the year. (This was their strategy in 2012, too. To avoid a fight, they gave Obama essentially every penny he wanted to expand his disgustingly large bureaucracy. They ran out the clock convinced that Romney would win. Sound familiar?)
It’s a pretty simple remedy when you get down to it. The GOP needs to pass a conservative agenda early and often; then utilize present day earned and paid media tactics to make its case to the country. You go into it knowing that the big, bad bullies in the liberal media aren’t going to like you. That’s fine. You don’t need them anyways. You go around them. Go local. Use social media effectively. Obama has the network press in his back pocket, but even then he goes to social media and does local press routinely. The war of ideas is taking place on the Internet and the GOP and conservatives alike need to be on the battlefield. Doing FoxNews Sunday once a quarter, with all due respect to FoxNews Sunday, ain’t gonna cut it.
And one other thing, wouldn’t it be nice if the top Republican in the Senate and the top Republican in the House were on the same page? Neither McConnell or Boehner can seem to agree on what the priorities are or what the strategy should be. It’s keystone cops. My dream scenario is to see two committed conservatives run for Leadership posts, one each from the House and the Senate, and run together. Unite the movement on a gameplan on how you will advance the conservative agenda, inch by inch, yard by yard, bill by bill. Everyone gets on the same page as to what the goals are, and what the tactics will be to advance toward those goals. It would be a beautiful thing and not that hard.
Where do you stand on the “Separation of Church and State?”
– Fritz, Irvine, CA
In my view the phrase has been turned upside down. What once was used to protect the freedom of religion, among our most cherished liberties, is now used to inflict the state’s will over religious expression. America needs more religion and less state, don’t you think?
I have been hearing talk about a constitutional convention to make changes to our constitution. I have heard Mark Levin talk about this and he seems to think it’s a good idea. What is your opinion on this? Should Americans fear a constitutional convention or embrace it?
I’ve heard the pros and cons on a constitutional convention, from good conservatives on both sides, and I’ve decided to go with my gut on this one: Whatever Mark Levin wants, Mark Levin should get.
Why is does Obamacare still exist? You can not sell a law on lies and expect it to remain law….
Because, sadly, Republicans in Congress continue to fund it. That’s why.
Why does it take so long to get things moving faster in all of these scandals–when a certain agency–like the IRS–is told to give up certain documents and they don’t why aren’t they held in contempt right away instead of waiting months for anything else to happen?
– Mimi Northglenn, CO
Because Congress doesn’t scare the living daylights out this administration. The government is funded to the tilt. Republicans don’t exercise its “power of the purse.” Oversight Cmte Chairman Darrell Issa is trying his best, but he gets little-to-no support from the upper echelons of Republicans in Congress. If the bank window closed, you’d see these agencies and departments get their acts together in a hurry.
David, the greatest concern and question among those of us on Medicare is:
Can Obamacare be repealed?
We are hearing pundits say (Brit Hume, for instance) that the ACA can only be tweaked, adjusted, that it’s here to stay. All our friends on Medicare–and that’s many–want it completely repealed. We seniors want to vote for the person who says it will be, can be, repealed!!!
Careful, Loryane. Every politician with an “R” next to their name is promising repeal. You’re going to have to go deeper in your vetting process. Yes, I think it can be. Anything can be repealed, replaced, defunded, you name it.
But it comes down to will. For instance, earlier this year the GOP had its Congressional retreat up in Maryland. Coming out of the retreat, the message was that the House was going to vote on a replacement to ObamaCare. Huzzah! Finally!
Then reporters starting asking some basic questions. What will be in your replacement bill? Answer: Not sure yet. When will you have this vote? Answer: maybe in a couple of months. Maybe. Will you attach your bill to must-pass legislation? Answer: No.
Sigh. They’ve had four plus years to figure this out. This is why the GOP Leadership needs an overhaul.
If the House has control of the PURSE, why don’t they DEFUND executive functions and Agencies to bring Obama to heel?
I’m concerned that any genuine conservative candidate that we put forward won’t have enough broad appeal among Republicans and Independents to get elected. Are we going to have to support a more moderate Republican to stand any chance for victory in the general election?
Didn’t we try this recently? With this guy? And this guy? And him? And her? And this one? And that one?
Two of the country’s largest “Veterans” motorcycle clubs (Rough Riders, and Disabled Veterans ) are open for membership to male Veterans only. Female Veterans are not welcome, and cannot become members. How can this be in this day and age? Do we really condone the creation of two classes of American Military Veterans? Both clubs also have 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.
I don’t know if what’s claimed in your question is true, but what’s the point anyways? That because the motorcycle clubs are c4s, they have to allow women? That doesn’t bother me in the least. Let guys be guys. It’s healthy in the grand scheme of things. And God knows our male veterans have earned it. With regards to the Disabled Veterans motorcycle club, perhaps these guys have disabilities they don’t want to share with ladies? If you really want motorcycle club for men and women, go ahead and start one. I’m sure it’s easy enough.
Why is the Media so Liberal and so Biased??? They are a disgrace!
You gotta ask him.
OK, tis all for now. I’ve got some eggs to hide for the Great Easter Egg Hunt of 2014. There were lots of questions about BLM and the ranchers in Nevada, plus I want to get to some specific questions about the potential 2016 field and so-called civil war between conservatives and the establishment. Will get to them next week. Feel free to fire away at me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Easter, everyone!