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5 Reasons Shane Osborn is bad for Nebraska

April 23, 2014

1.  The last thing the U.S. Senate needs is another weak-principled Republican. With John McCain and Lindsey Graham as two of his main supporters, it’s clear Shane Osborn would tow the Washington line and suck up to Obama just like the people endorsing him.

2. Mitch McConnell, the same man who has declared a war on conservatives and chose to fund ObamaCare, has thrown his support behind Osborn.  With the likes of Mitch McConnell endorsing him, who do you think Shane Osborn would side with in the Senate? HINT: Not the conservatives McConnell wants to “crush.”

3. Leading conservative voices all believe Shane Osborn is a bad choice for Nebraska. In fact, ForAmerica is joined by Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee and Sarah Palin in supporting Osborn’s opponent Ben Sasse.

4. Two of the college funds Shane Osborn managed as State Treasurer were rated on the “List of the Worst Performers.”

5. Shane Osborn’s campaign circulated a fake memo to undercut criticism of his crash landing of a Navy spy plane in China in 2001.

Shane Osborn has been handpicked by Washington insiders to go to DC because they recognize him as one of their own – someone who will fall in line and not rock the boat. Nebraska deserves a true leader who will stand up and fight for them, not Shane Osborn.

 

 

Another Reason to Dump the Leadership

April 22, 2014

Make sure you check out this great piece titled, “But Seriously, Just How Slow-Witted is John Boehner?” It’s no surprise that more and more people are catching on, given how obvious it is, that Speaker Boehner kowtows and retreats at every demand or challenge issued by the Obama Administration and their liberal allies. It’s time for a change. It’s time for someone who actually fights for conservative values to take control. It’s time to dump the leadership.

 

Inaugural Mailbag – Friday April 18th

April 19, 2014

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?
– Aloutte8

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.
-Charlotte

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?
– Carroll

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….
– Roland

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!!!
– Lorayne

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.

Sold!

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?
– Richard

Amen.

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?
– Ken

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.

–Clifton1727

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!
–Mary

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 david.bozell@foramerica.org.

Happy Easter, everyone!

 

Best,

David

 

 

 

Bozell Applauds RNC Lawsuit Against the IRS

April 15, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III today made the following statement regarding the Republican National Committee’s lawsuit against the IRS.

“I applaud Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee for fighting back against IRS abuse today. President Obama’s army of bureaucratic thugs has been waging a war of suppression and censorship on law-abiding Americans who dare challenge him, and conservative groups have had an IRS target on their backs since day one. The RNC is right to challenge the IRS for stonewalling its inquiry into the agency’s targeting scandal. We cannot allow President Obama and his IRS to shred the Constitution in order to further his political agenda.”

ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

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Brent Bozell Letter to Majority Leader Eric Cantor Regarding MainStreet PAC

April 8, 2014

Dear Majority Leader Cantor:

Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives. Worse still, this event is sponsored in part by ultra-liberal financier/activist George Soros and organized labor – both of which have openly, repeatedly – and often viciously – waged war on conservatives and Republicans for years.

What has possessed you to headline this event? Do you think so little of conservatives that you would directly insult them by attending?

Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election a substantial rift has opened between the GOP’s congressional leadership and rank-and-file Republicans, grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters – the very activists who provided the energy, enthusiasm and mobilization that fueled the historic Republican victory in 2010 and gave you and your colleagues the House majority you hold today. You would not be Majority Leader today but for Tea Party conservatives. And you’re headlining an event sponsored by a leftist organization committed to its destruction.

As we head in to midterm elections later this year, it would seem incumbent upon Republican leaders to do everything they can to actually heal this rift. Instead you are widening it further.

It is our understanding that Speaker John Boehner had planned to attend but is no longer doing so. We expect no less from you. Attending this event shows you are siding with the Democrat donors, unions, and other Soros-backed groups who have contributed over $1 million to attack conservatives.

Your position makes you one of the top Republican leaders in the country and places extraordinary responsibility upon you to honor the commitments you made to those who worked so hard to provide Republicans the majority, and you the position of Majority Leader. Aligning yourself with extreme opponents of the Republican Party would be an astonishing turn of events — with consequences.

Mr. Leader: Don’t aid and abet sworn opponents of conservatives. If you do it will cause irreparable damage. If your position is that grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters no longer belong in the Republican Party then it will permanently destroy any credibility you have left with conservatives. Without conservatives the GOP will also collapse. Leader Cantor, back out of this event.

Sincerely,

L. Brent Bozell III

Chairman, ForAmerica

Amelia Island

April 7, 2014

ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell has sent a letter to GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor warning that he should back out of the secretive Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC retreat on Amelia Island, Florida this weekend or permanently destroy any credibility he has left with conservatives.

“Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives” said Bozell. He went on to say “Mr. Leader: Don’t aid and abet sworn opponents of conservatives. If you do it will cause irreparable damage. If your position is that grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters no longer belong in the Republican Party then it will permanently destroy any credibility you have left with conservatives.”

The letter is part of a multi-faceted campaign drawing attention to the event and the hypocrisy of Republicans who are members of this group. Matthew Boyle of Breitbart’s Big Government points out that “At issue is Cantor’s decision to attend and speak at a conference this weekend on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. The event is being hosted by ‘Main Street Advocacy,’ a group headed by former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, whom the New York Times described as ‘one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party.’”

If Rep. Cantor has even an ounce of conservatism in him, he will back out of this event.

Bozell: Conservatives Delivered Important Victory in Battle Against the IRS

April 4, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica today released a statement from Chairman L. Brent Bozell III in response to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s admission that proposed regulations aimed at curbing the free speech of millions of Americans won’t be enacted this year.

“This is an important victory in a much broader war to expose and beat back the Obama Administration’s unprecedented, unconstitutional attack on the American people through outrageous over-the-top regulations and targeting Americans based on political opinion or religious beliefs. The IRS is their weapon. Clearly, we have won a good victory with this announcement, but we cannot become complacent in the broader battle to hold the IRS accountable and ultimately repeal it and never replace it. ForAmerica’s army of conservatives visited the IRS’ comment page nearly 99,000 times and contributed overwhelming to the record-breaking 150,000 comments the IRS received. This should serve as a fair warning to all those intent on limiting our freedoms: ForAmerica and our conservative allies will not tolerate being bullied and muzzled. Our voices will be heard, and you can be sure, come November, our votes will be counted. Conservatives helped win this battle and we will continue to fight against anyone who threatens the core principles this great nation was founded on. This form of fascism must never be enacted by this government.”

To stay updated on ForAmerica’s End IRS Abuse Campaign, visit http://foramerica.org/end-irs-abuse.

ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

 

Obama’s DHS Releases 68,000 Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Convictions

April 2, 2014

The Hill newspaper has revealed another not-so-shocking report from the Department of Homeland Security that states nearly 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions were released by Obama Administration immigration agents. It’s worth noting that these are not people with mere traffic citations, but actual hardened criminals who’ve been convicted in a court of law. This comes as an obvious blow to President Obama’s attempt to lie and claim he is a tough enforcer of the existing immigration laws on the books. To make matters worse, the President’s overt attempts to relax immigration laws and authorize an amnesty for all illegal immigrants currently in the country, essentially negates the need for a border at all. We might as well save the money and eliminate what little border enforcement we have left. This all serves as further evidence that the Obama Administration seeks to rid America of any sort of excellence. We no longer take the best, brightest, and most deserving of the world, we now actively lay out the welcome mat for the worst: convicted criminals.

Read more here:http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/202142-dhs-document-68000-illegal-immigrants-with-criminal-convictions-released-in

 

Bozell: GOP Leadership Trying to Destroy Conservative Movement

March 27, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica today released a statement from Chairman L. Brent Bozell III regarding the House Republican leadership’s participation in the upcoming Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC retreat in Amelia Island, FL.

“Having the GOP leadership headline an event for a left wing organization funded by George Soros and Big Labor Unions, with a stated mission to destroy the conservative movement is stunning. The Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC makes no bones about it. Their stated goal is to ‘bolster our incumbents who are under attack from the far right, and ensure that we hold on to seats represented by pragmatic Republicans that we would otherwise loose [sic] if there was an ultra-conservative in the general runoff.’ And at their upcoming meeting on the ultra-exclusive Amelia Island in Florida, their announced headliners are GOP Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy.

“These men, who claim to be ‘leaders’ of the Republican Party, know what they’re doing. They’ve joined forces with left-wing billionaires like George Soros against their own base. What they don’t seem to understand, however, is that they’re committing political suicide. It’s just a shame they are dragging down the entire Republican Party with them. Frankly, this is what the GOP deserves with leaders like these.

“Conspiring against their most committed supporters is precisely why ForAmerica has launched the Dump the GOP Leadership campaign. The last thing these Washington Republican elites want is for conservatives to learn what they’re actually doing while they’re not giving all those conservative speeches. Guess what? We have five million members and I am going to make sure every single one learns about this betrayal.”

To stay updated on ForAmerica’s efforts to dump the GOP Leadership, visit www.foramerica.org.

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ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

 

GOP Leaders Broke Their Pledge to America

March 26, 2014

When House Republicans penned their Pledge to America in 2010, they convinced American voters they would advance a conservative agenda if they regained control of the House that year. Four years later, what promises have they actually delivered?

ObamaCare is still intact, our national debt has grown by $3 trillion, and Republicans have capitulated to Democrats on every issue from the debt ceiling to the budget. Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate have failed conservatives and have failed to keep their Pledge to America.

Let’s examine how the GOP pledge has fallen flat.

Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010 Despite countless meaningless votes to repeal ObamaCare, Republican leaders had an actual chance to undo the disastrous healthcare law in 2013 by refusing to fund ObamaCare. Instead of putting their words into action, GOP Leaders in the House and Senate caved to Democrats, refused to fight, and allowed funding for ObamaCare to pass.

Rein in the Red Tape Factory; Rein in Government Waste and Duplication In 2013, a Congressional Research Service report showed the number of federal rules actually increased the year after the House GOP made their Pledge to America. In 2012, $23.5 billion in new regulatory costs were caused by 25 new rulemakings. I’d call that the opposite of reining in red tape and weeding out waste.

Act Immediately to Reduce Spending; Make it Easier to Cut Spending; Cut Congress’ Budget; Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels – Republican leaders can play all the games they want with spending cuts, like voting for cuts they know will never be enacted, but they can’t argue they kept these promises when our national debt skyrocketed from $14 trillion in January 2011 when the GOP regained the House to over $17 trillion now.

Reform the Budget Process When both chambers of Congress haven’t agreed on a budget since before the iPad existed (as pointed out by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy himself) and our government has been operating off of continuing resolutions, the only reform that’s happening is for the worst. Even the newest budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is an utter disaster  increasing spending and caving on critical issues. Republicans even failed to publish the bad budget deal online at least three days before voting on it despite their pledge to do so.

The list of broken pledges goes on and on.

There was the promise to give small business a tax deduction, which the House passed but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell killed in a fiscal cliff deal with Democrats.

Despite voting to repeal ObamaCare and the employer mandate 50 times, the GOP never put any serious weight behind their promise to “repeal job-killing small business mandates.”

Republicans have failed to limit legislation to single issues, failed to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and have repeatedly caved to Democrats on raising the debt ceiling.

Their pledge to “end TARP once and for all” was a moot point, as PolitiFact points out since all of the money that could have been loaned under the program was already gone by the time the House acted on repealing it.

And despite pledging to “permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion,” they did not stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

While the Pledge to America may have originated in the House, its broken promises are indicative of the broader culture of lies and deception in Washington and the failure by both the House and Senate GOP leadership to keep the very promises that got them elected.

In 2010, the GOP also picked up six seats from Democrats in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell described the Republican Senate victories as Americans having “buyers’ remorse” over the state of affairs in Washington. Fast forward four years and it appears Senator McConnell was foreshadowing the remorse Americans would have for him.

McConnell once promised to repeal ObamaCare, rein in government, and stand up to Obama’s assault on our economy. Now the only thing he’s promising to do is “crush” conservative grassroots. We should have known all along he would sell out when it came time to fight.

This cycle of saying one thing to voters at home and then doing the opposite in Washington must end. Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress are failing us.

Here’s a pledge Americans can count on – we can have the leaders we deserve in Congress. We just have to dump the current ones. They failed to keep their Pledge to America and now it’s time for them to go.

David Bozell is executive director of ForAmerica, the largest active online conservative network with 5 million supporters.

 

Link to op-ed on Breitbart website: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/25/GOP-Leaders-Broke-their-Pledge-to-America