The RNC Spring Meeting in Los Angeles was an important meeting in many regards. Our conservative caucus met for a dinner and breakfast before the meetings, and where there only used to be a handful of members in this caucus, we are now over 100 (a clear majority of the 168-member committee).
First of all there was, and still is, much consternation over the 2012 rules. Rule 16 was changed; the net effect of those changes is:

  • No presidential candidate (including a presumptive nominee) shall have the power to remove a duly-elected convention delegate
  • Duly-elected delegates shall vote as they are bound (per state party rules) until the binding conditions no longer apply; to do otherwise results in the delegate being deemed as having resigned (and the state party chairman having the authority to override the vote)
  • Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for President in a primary, caucus, or convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention

However, there is yet a push to take another look at several other rules for the RNC meeting this summer.
I met with Reince Priebus, Morton Blackwell and a few others prior to the regular meetings to broker a deal in an attempt to satisfy those who felt disenfranchised by the 2012 rules changes. We were about 85% in agreement until a break was called, and I had to leave earlier for the resolutions committee meeting where my Core Resolution was being taken up. Talks broke down after the break and Blackwell was not willing to compromise any further, so his original rule change (to strip out all 2012 changes and go back to the 2008 rules) was placed before the rules committee, where it failed 25-28.
My Core Values Resolution was passed out of committee unanimously and brought to the floor for the full RNC vote, where the voice vote was unanimous as well. I felt this was important to distinguish us from the democrat platform in order to show a vast difference between us and the democrats (the full text of all adopted resolutions is here). In short this resolution reaffirmed:

  1. That our rights come from God – remember that the democrats tried to remove God from their national platform.
  2. That we remain committed to the sanctity of life – the democrats favor abortion, followed by infanticide if the child survives the abortion attempt.
  3. That we will not tolerate further infringement on the second amendment – the democrats want to take your guns away.
  4. That marriage is properly defined as being between one man and one woman – the democrats favor homosexual marriage.
  5. The value of legal immigration, but remain opposed to illegal immigration – the democrats favor amnesty.

Five dramatic differences, five reasons to vote Republican, and five reasons our base will stay with us and vote for us. Too many have said there is little difference between the two parties; this ought to help draw that line a little more clearly.
As you may recall, I ran for the RNC because I’m of the opinion that the party has been continually drifting to the left, and that we need to reverse this trend and pull it back to the right. My goal is to get constitutional, fiscal, and moral conservatives elected, and to return the Republican Party back to its founding philosophy. I stand on these principles. As former Congressman Colonel Allan West said at the Los Angeles meeting, “When it comes to principles we plant our feet like a rock.” Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.
A Final Thought: Facts, honestly presented, are often uncomfortable truths in a society that prefers to live a lie. Given all of the dust-up over an article that I posted on my facebook page, I thought it might be useful for you to have access to the complete story. With that in mind, I’d like you to go to my website and check out “The Case for Traditional Marriage” page. You’ll find more than a few articles there regarding the negative effects of homosexuality, grouped by source. I think you’ll find it worth a read.

For Liberty,

Dave Agema
National Committeeman

Noteworthy Articles

Republican National Committee unanimously reaffirms commitment to 2012 platform (including traditional marriage)

A resolution introduced by Michigan committeeman Dave Agema to reaffirm the party’s commitment to upholding the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman passed the full RNC by a unanimous voice vote and without debate. A second resolution reaffirming “core values” of the party and commitment to the 2012 national platform – including opposition to same-sex marriage – was also passed.

Read more at: “RNC 2012 National Platform” and “RNC Growth & Opportunity Project 2013” (Both of my resolutions are available at this link.)

RNC Research: The Big Fail (Obama Budget Edition)

Obama’s Budget has more spending, more taxes, and accounting gimmicks instead of fundamental tax and entitlement reform. Obama said that “There’s not a lot of smoke and mirrors” in his FY 2014 Budget. However, the baseline the administration uses to calculate that figure assumes the sequester was never started. If the sequester is included in the baseline, the Obama budget would only reduce the deficit by about $600 billion over 10 years.

Read more at: “Obama’s Budget By The Numbers

RNC Research: The Big Fail (Tax Day Edition)

While Obama advertised his budget as one that raised “only” $580 Billion in taxes, the actual number exceeds $1 Trillion. In 2008, Obama promised he wouldn’t raise any taxes on families earning less than $250,000 a year, yet this is now generally considered as “promise broken.” Nearly twice as many likely voters preferred the kinds of fiscal policies embraced in the House GOP Budget – no tax increases, significant spending cuts, and a balanced budget – than those embraced in the Senate Democrat Budget.

Read more at: “Obama’s Day To Collect

Chairman Priebus in RedState

In Washington, D.C., in state capitals, in big cities and small towns, Tax Day Tea Party rallies are sounding a refrain that we must keep shouting: “Taxed Enough Already.” That cry began four years ago when everyday Americans finally had enough with Washington liberals’ tax-and-spend ways and wanted to do something about it. They got attention and gained a following. Since then, they’ve helped refocus American politics on the principles that matter: a constitutionally limited government, states’ tenth amendment rights, and less government spending.

Read more at: “Keep Shouting ‘Taxed Enough Already’

Michael Sullivan for U. S. Senate (to fill John Kerry’s vacant Massachusetts seat)

Republicans appear to be coalescing around former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, an unabashed social and economic conservative with strong credentials in fighting crime and terrorism, who currently leads in polls in a three man primary race that will be decided on April 30th. The winner will proceed to the special general election, to be held on June 30th, against the Democrat primary winner.

Read more at: “Massachusetts Republicans Leaning to Sullivan for Senate Choice

Reid’s Gun Control Bill is Dead On Arrival on U. S. Senate Floor

S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act (actual text of the bill here), introduced and sponsored by Harry Reid (D-NV) – with no co-sponsors – has been tabled, and given a 19% chance of enactment by the GovTrack website, following the failure of multiple key amendments on the Senate floor last Wednesday. In rapid succession, a “bipartisan compromise” to expand background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons, and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines all failed to get the 60 votes needed under an agreement between both parties. Senators also turned back Republican proposals to expand permission to carry concealed weapons and to focus law enforcement efforts on prosecuting gun crimes. That President Obama’s Rose Garden press conference following Wednesday’s votes conveyed more outrage than all of his speeches regarding the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon, combined, is very telling regarding where this joker’s priorities lie. The Hill has a series of blog articles on each of the nine amendments, and the New York Times has the actual roll call for each amendment. Those nine amendments are presented following, in the order of the Senate vote:

  • Senate rejects background checks on gun purchases in 54-46 vote (Manchin-Toomey): Senate Vote 97 – Defeats Manchin-Toomey Background Checks Proposal, Amendment 715 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate rejects GOP gun control alternative on 52-48 vote (Grassley-Cruz): Senate Vote 98 – Rejects Grassley-Cruz Substitute for Background Check Proposal, Amendment 725 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Gun trafficking amendment fails to clear 60-vote threshold (Leahy-Collins): Senate Vote 99 – Rejects Leahy Proposal on Straw Purchases and Trafficking, Amendment 713 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate rejects conceal, carry gun reciprocity amendment (Cornyn): Senate Vote 100 – Rejects Cornyn Concealed Carry Reciprocity Proposal, Amendment 719 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate rejects assault weapons ban on 40-60 vote (Feinstein): Senate Vote 101 – Rejects Feinstein Proposal to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban, Amendment 711 to S. 649
  • Amendment to protect gun rights of veterans fails to get 60 votes (Burr): Senate Vote 102 – Rejects Burr Proposal On Veterans Gun Ownership Rights, Amendment 720 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate votes 46-54 against banning high capacity ammunitions clips (Blumenthal- Lautenberg): Senate Vote 103 – Rejects Lautenberg Proposal to Limit Magazine Size, Amendment 714 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate passes first amendment to gun control bill (Barrasso): Senate Vote 104 – Imposes Penalties On States for Releasing Gun Ownership Data, Amendment 717 to S. 649 (vote roll call)
  • Senate votes 95-2 for bipartisan mental health amendment (Harkin-Alexander): Senate Vote 105 – Reauthorizes Mental Health Treatment Program, Amendment 730 to S. 649 (vote roll call)

Taking Over The Party Isn’t The Real Objective

A certain political entity is playing for keeps within American society, and it’s using the bogus left-right political paradigm as cover for an agenda that does not bode well for the United States as a free nation. The socialist-progressives’ strategy of choice is incrementalism, convincing we the sheeple that communism is dead as a political ideology, while at the same time using active ideological subversion to accomplish the next step toward demoralizing and destabilizing the United States. And if we are going to become serious about reclaiming America on behalf of liberty itself, then we need to abandon all pretense of playing nice, start thinking the way these villains think, and become patient enough to beat them at their own game.

Read more at: “Planning For The Long Haul

GOP Voters Oppose Legalizing Aliens; U.S. Oil Production Set Record in 2012; British Plan Curbs Disability Scams

79 percent of Republicans would be less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports giving legal status to undocumented aliens, a new survey reveals, and 88 percent said they strongly or somewhat support the approach of: “enforcing immigration laws including requiring employers to check the legal status of workers, fortifying the border, and getting the cooperation of local police.”
Due to innovations in drilling technology, U.S. oil production rose by an average of 790,000 barrels per day in 2012, the largest annual increase in American oil production since it began in 1859. This year the Energy Information Administration expects production to rise by 815,000 barrels a day, setting another record.
Social Security disability insurance was originally designed for workers over age 50 who became physically incapable of performing their current job or any other job compatible with their skills. But the program has been expanded over the years, and less than one-half of 1 percent of disabled individuals ever return to work, due in large part to a lack of accountability. That’s where the United States could take a cue from Britain in reducing the rolls of disability beneficiaries suspected of gaming the system.

Read these articles and more at: “Insider Report from Newsmax” (Sunday, 14 Apr 2013)