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Sneaky Obama and the Illegals

Looks like President Obama snuck 760 illegal immigrants into the State of Tennessee and now Governor Bill Haslam and local elected officials are wondering what are we supposed to do with them? 

On Friday, these children landed in the Volunteer State. However, the Governor is claiming no one in his office was even told they were coming and that he learned only after seeing a notice on the Health and Human Services website.  This even after Governor Haslam asked the White House to alert him before they sent any of the estimated 90,000 illegal children who have recently flooded the US/Mexico border.  With more then 120,000 already estimated to be living in Tennessee, taxpayers in Tennessee already pay an estimated $547 million a year to provide public benefits and services to illegal aliens residing in the state. 

According to latest census, Tennessee had already seen a large influx of illegal immigrants. According to data recently released by the Migration Policy Institute, between 2000 and 2012, the five states with the largest percent growth of the immigrant population were South Carolina (91%), Alabama (87%), Tennessee (83%), Arkansas (75%), and Wyoming (74%).  Reports of 1100 illegals being dropped off in the same manner without any warning in Georgia, as well as 350 in South Carolina are starting to surface with others soon to follow. 

In one way, the American people should be flattered that the President treats everyone equally and doesn’t communicate with anyone what is going on.  However, for a President who is constantly complaining that he is learning about events by watching the news, don’t you think he would have enough courtesy to not do the same to other executives in office?  Not to mention, it is highly irresponsible to just drop 700 plus children off without giving any warning to prepare, especially considering most schools in Tennessee start classes within the next two weeks.  

Then again, communication and preparation are the last two elements this administration has been known for since the very beginning unless you are a high dollar donor or have a mean swing as President Obama just finished attending his 75th fundraiser and completed his 81st round of golf just since reelection. 

This is a great opportunity for those “compassionate” Democrat donors to open up their grand estates and welcome these children in.  Instead of donating millions to campaign coffers, I promise the private funding of the education, feeding, healthcare and housing of these children would provide them a much better PR job than a tingle up any mainstream news anchors leg.

Do you think the governor of Tennessee should load the illegals on a bus to D.C. and let them out in front of the White House? Take the Official Tea Party Poll. Click HERE!

You can read the entirety of Gov. Haslam’s letter below.

Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama  from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 25, 2014:

The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

I write to you to express my concern about the number of unaccompanied immigrant children entering this country and the failure of the federal government to notify states in which children are being released.

On July 13, the nation’s governors met with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell during the annual National Governors Association meeting, which I hosted in Nashville this year. We spent a significant amount of time in that meeting discussing the issue of unaccompanied immigrant children. Although this is a complex issue and one that ultimately must be solved at the federal government level, governors are rightly concerned about the impact on states. We emphasized to
Secretary Burwell the need to be informed of any children being relocated to our states.

It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge. Not only was our state not informed prior to any of the children being brought here, I still have not been contacted and have no information about these individuals or their sponsors other than what was posted on the HHS website and subsequently reported by media.

Although solving the border crisis is a federal responsibility, this influx of immigrant children could have a significant impact on state and local governments. Therefore, we strongly believe that the state needs to be informed prior to any additional unaccompanied immigrant children being released in Tennessee, and we also need immediate answers to the following questions:

1. What was the process for determining that these children should be released to sponsors in Tennessee?

2. How did you locate and evaluate the fitness of their sponsors?

3. What medical screenings were the children given prior to their release in Tennessee?

4. What is the official immigration status of these children and their sponsors?

5. In what localities are these children now residing?

6. What are the legal requirements concerning the provision of services for these children while they are in the state?

7. What additional information is available on these children, such as age and health status?

8. How long will these children be in Tennessee?

Tennessee is a diverse and welcoming state, and we also understand that this is a complicated issue. However, an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the state, with little information being made available to the public or to state leaders, creates confusion and could be very problematic. The start of school is approaching for many districts across the state, and the federal government’s actions have caused great uncertainty around this issue.

I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to receiving a response to these urgent questions.


Bill Haslam


cc: The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Secretary, HHS

Hollywood Sinks Its Teeth into the Tea Party AGAIN

Did you miss the announcement from Hollywood that it is official ‘Bash the Tea Party Week’? Then again, those of us who watch the Tea Party know that it’s not just one week a year that Hollywood saves its venom to attack this political movement. Rather, it’s whenever it can seize the opportunity and rarely is it in a positive way. 

Earlier this week on the HBO miniseries True Blood, two vampires go undercover at a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and ultimately end up feasting on a guest. On Thursday, famed horror novelist Stephen King started tweeting his disdain for the Tea Party and my guess is either he was given bad PR advice to start issuing provocative tweets or he has relapsed and someone has given him some bad LSD because the day was filled with hate-filled tweets mostly towards, you guessed it, Christians and the Tea Party.

If this were any other political movement group, we would see outrage.  We would see calls for apologies.  We would see demands for bookstores to remove his books and cancel his contracts.  Yet, once again we hear crickets. 

Surprised?  Not at all.  Frustrated?  Completely.  But what can we do?  Simple.  

Send the message with the mighty dollar.   

We have proven the strength of the conservative movement with the support of Chick-fil-A and Duck Dynasty.  Now, let’s show that support for conservative authors and conservative movies.  It’s a known fact that conservatives are the ones buying the books, which was made even more obvious recently by Hillary Clinton’s book and its less than stellar performance in sales.  In theaters right now are two great movies, Persecuted and America, which have great reviews and cast.  Large crowds are being recorded and impressed not only at the story line, but at how relevant the movies are with what is going on in today’s society.  Let’s continue this momentum and, maybe just like DC, Hollywood will learn they need us more than we need them.

The IRS Giveth & the IRS Taketh Away

Obama IRS
I am beginning to think the only way we can ever accomplish anything in politics today is to have every year be an election year for somebody. Sure, that means we might never be able to go to our mailbox again without seeing at least 3 trees worth of glossy mailers mixed in with our bills or we might have to permanently expand the memory on our answering machine to handle all of the robocalls. However, isn’t it worth it if those in office only act right when they know they are just possibly 51 weeks from packing boxes?

It’s not only the politicians who are on extra good behavior during election years, but also the various large bureaucratical beast they have created. The largest and most powerful being the IRS who have just recently tried to appease the growing rumblings of dispproval of opinions from people on both sides of the aisle. These come from everyday Americans, who are tired of hearing about the never ending circus of committee meetings on Capitol Hill and want to see some form of action or solution to the problem created by the IRS targeting scandal.

Hence, why on July 1, 2014 the 1023-EZ Form was put into place. This new 3 page form, which was shrunk from 26 pages, allowed organizations who paid a $400 fee and signed a legal document declaring they brought in an annual income of less than $50,000 and total assets valued less than $250,000 to be granted almost immediate tax exempt status. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? When have you ever heard of Washington actually reducing or simplifying one of its own programs? Our Congress and President deserve a pat on the back for finally doing something right… Wrong! 

If you are not surprised or bothered by the fact that a government application process as important as this was not decided by a large representative body like Congress, then I would hope that you would be at the very least bothered at the fact that it was decided and crafted by a very small group of IRS employees. Most coincidentally, this new form can from the Cleveland, Ohio office. The same organization that had the power to target groups and individuals based upon specific criteria can now grant tax exempt status based upon specific guidelines of their crafting as well. 

Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? Granted, this year the 1023 EZ more than likely will benefit most smaller conservative grassroots organizations. Dan Backer, a prominent attorney for many of the organizations involved in the IRS targeting scandal including, says, “The simplified procedures for small charities is the one right thing the IRS has done lately – I’m amazed they didn’t lose their emails about it – because it will empower the kind of small-scale, local charitable efforts that allow communities to solve their own problems without vast government bureaucracies. Exempt application is a huge barrier to many trying to do good, and this will help those who want to help others do so rather than spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars wading through IRS regulations.”

However, Christina Sirois, who serves as counsel to exempt organizations with DB Capitol Strategies PLLC was quick to point out a crucial point. She said, “Only small organizations, whose annual gross receipts will not exceed $50,000 in the next three years, are eligible to use the new IRS form 1023. While this expedited process may help small organizations move through the approval process much quicker, it will likely open the door to an increase of applications by fraudulent organizations.”

So has the IRS potentially just opened the door for more fraud in the future on purpose?

Remember, this is an election year and the IRS can change their policies at any point with little discussion or notice. Therefore, I am sure once they realize any mistakes they have missed they will be quick to correct…unless it’s to their benefit to remain broken.

Which makes me wonder, whose job is it to oversee the rules and policies of the IRS and how much accountability do they really have in regards to Congress? As we have seen lately, it looks as though the policy up until now has been to act now and ask forgiveness later which, as we have found out, can be extremely dangerous. Even more scary is with this being the same organization being charged with overseeing the Affordable Healthcare Act, it’s hard to ask forgiveness when you are sick or dead. 

Therefore, what decisions and what debates are we paying Congress to make these days and how much power do bureaucracies like the IRS really have? Last time I checked, we the people did not elect people to the IRS. We elect people to Congress. I don’t want to be completely negative as the House just recently unanimously passed Arizona Representative Gosar’s Amendment, which if passed by the Senate would cut the IRS budget by 3% and set it back to its 2007 budget total. This, however, is not enough as those elected in Congress should also be the ones making these rules and regulations not a small group around a conference table. This is not a private corporation. The IRS is not using private funds. Any rules regarding the collection or non-collection of these funds should be done by the representatives of the people.

Let’s send the message to Congress. The Constitution designates only 3 branches of hovernment and unless they start actually doing their job, and rein in the powers of the beast they created called the IRS, they might find themselves replaced by their own creation.

Houston Mother Angry at Obama Over Immigration

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Sometimes the truth hurts however what can hurt more is the messenger. While we might not know exactly the President’s motivation for pushing through immigration reform, like everything else he has done, it is easy to see this latest push is for appealing to the Hispanic voting community.

But as Houston resident Bernadette Lancelin told My Fox Houston 26, she is very upset that the unaccompanied minors who are flooding the borders are not being sent back home.

Lancelin, a mother herself, was obviously upset at the President promising billions of dollars to take care of the illegal children and their families.

First heard nationally today on The Rush Limbaugh Show, the audio of Lancelin telling the Fox26 reporter, “What about the kids here? In our neighborhood? In our country? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country.

All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back?

I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care.

I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood.

Am i the only one in this community that’s out here that watches the news this morning.

Oh, my god! I feel alone right now this this, and I’m very saddened by it.”

President Obama himself might be at a border crossing amongst his own voting base and in the near distant future might have to decide whose vote he values more.

Watch the full video here

Walk This Way.. Illegally


Wouldn’t $3.7 Billion better be used to build a concrete wall across the border of the United States?  The fence that the American people were promised when President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 saying “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”

The Fence Act passed the Senate 80-19 and approved $1.2 billion to be used to build a physical barrier more than 700 miles along the Mexico-United States border.

Therefore, with 3x the budget being spent to care and detain unaccompanied children, overtime for border patrol officers and legal aid, wouldn’t it be make more sense to actual fulfill the law in place and eliminate the majority of the problem?

At this point, anything built would be better then what we have now. Santa Cruz, Arizona Sherriff Tony Estrada addressed this on the Dan Maduri Show on NewsTalk Florida by stating that the border fence is simply non-existent and people “can literally walk into the United States.”

In a press conference on Wednesday night, President Obama refused to acknowledge the fact that his “Dream Act,” as well as his 2012 Executive Order of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is what motivated this surge of illegal children.  The President continued his normal pass the blame policy putting the blame on the Republican led House of Representatives for the problem because they have not passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Specifically calling out the Texas delegation, President Obama pushed for his supplemental bill to be passed immediately with comprehensive reform to closely follow.

President Obama, trying to appeal to conservatives, touted that he had a very productive meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry and that he has deported more than 2 million people, which is more than any other administration.  The truth is that President Obama has also halted the deportations of spouses, children, and parents of Armed Forces personnel as well with the DACA. If an illegal is granted status, then they can stay here for two years. But there’s no promise it will last and no way to citizenship. But for the hundreds of thousands illegals who already who have it, it is a huge start.

If this President really wanted to solve this crisis, he could immediately activate the National Guard to the border saying this is a National Security threat and then turn around and ask Congress to continue the funding to keep the troops in place until the fence was completed.

However, that would be considered creating solutions not playing politics, something this President is not known for doing.

Assault & Flattery: My Take On Katie Pavlich’s New Book


Come this fall, students at universities across the United States will be starting their new school year. They’ll attend classes with names like “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies,” “Women & Gender Studies,” or “Feminism and the Fate of the Planet.” In fact, most universities now offer multiple fields of study in feminism, gender, and women’s studies. They have more loony course options about sex and sexuality than math and science.

And in almost every case, those students will be lied to. About the victimization of women at the hands of Republicans. About the God-given differences between men and women. About the importance of the family.

In 1969 Cornell University offered the country’s first accredited “Women’s Studies” course. Now you can earn a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at more then 16 institutions across the United States.. It’s all part of an effort to promote “understanding” “diversity,” and “tolerance.” And in the process, they’re being shielded from any point of view that dissents from the dogma of radical feminism.

This is where conservative women in America today have a higher calling to educate society. And most importantly, it’s where women of a younger generation have an especially crucial role in debunking this false history, in advancing the truth about the Left and how the real culprits in the War on Women are Democrats and liberals. Boldly stepping up to the plate is one of the Conservative movements most well known ladies Katie Pavlich and her new book, Assault and Flattery.

Like Katie herself, the book title and the words within are sharp, factual, and hard-hitting but with a gloss of feminine polish. Assault & Flattery takes on how the conservative movement has been smeared and falsely accused of taking “sexist” stances on gun control and abortion. Assault and Flattery masterfully documents how the left has twisted the narrative to portray only one side of the story – the side of the story that demonizes members of the GOP.

Just as important, Assault and Flattery gives specific examples of how hypocritical the left is and where Democrat leaders like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are actually the ones most guilty of limiting the role of women in society by treating them as sex-crazed sluts in urgent need of free birth control and government-subsidized abortions. It downgrades the most sacred role of society—that of mother, that of child-rearing — by making women cheap political props.

The left bases most of their arguments on distortions and manipulated facts. There’s only one antidote: the truth. If you arm yourself with the information found within Pavlich’s latest book, anyone who repeats the left’s tired talking points about the GOP’s War on Women is going to find themselves quickly silenced with the facts.

Opinion: Boehner Is the Most Intelligent Man Today in Politics

For the past few years, I have felt almost sorry for the Speaker of the House. I thought of him as a sensitive fellow who needed a good shrink to help him deal with his emotions almost as much as he needed a good tanning consultant. ow, however my opinion has drastically changed as it is obvious Speaker of the House is the most intelligent man in Congress today.

Who else could get an entire Party to basically guarantee his reelection in two years by bringing the most sought after Republican dance to his home state. While winning his Primary with 74% of the vote, this is the lowest percentage that Boehner has been reelected by and with his attack on the Tea Party as well as almost every Conservative initiative, it is not to far off to think the Speaker was getting a bit worried. Plus, with the recent ousting of his second in command Eric Cantor, I can see why Boehner might be feeling a little insecure.

Insecure enough that almost within days of Cantor’s ousting did Boehner introduce the rumor of suing the President. Talk, which seemed very aggressive and strong but left most scratching their head at the vagueness of what specifically the lawsuit would be based on. However, weeks later, just after the leadership vote occurred and the House decided to put another moderate back as 2nd in Command, Boehner’s bluff is being called as he has once again fallen back to his weak ways and says he disagrees with the beginning of an impeachment trials for the President. “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines,” Sarah Palin said in an interview on Sean Hannity regarding the influx of illegals over the U.S. border calling it “the last straw” and adding that a message needed to be sent to President Obama that he is “not an imperial president.”

This is a message that Speaker Boehner can virtually ignore just like he has been ignoring the conservative opinion for the past few years. With the announcement that the RNC will be held in Cleveland, it’s safe to say the City of Glee was sold to the convention committee with the idea that this would increase the chances of coloring the crucial state of Ohio red in the 2016 election cycle.

Nothing against my friends in Ohio, but truth be told, the RNC is beginning to have as much luck as the Heisman Trophy. Just look at the past host cities of Tampa, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego and New York City. How many times is the convention committee going to fall for this song and dance before they realize that, unfortunately, this is not the best reasoning to choose a host city? Then again, this same leadership is probably the same geniuses (insert sarcasm) who have continuously put moderates like Romney, McCain and Dole at the top of the ticket and scratched their heads in absolute amazement when we lost over and over again.

Now with the RNC announcing their convention in Cleveland, the next two years are going to be a breeze for Boehner to continue his leadership of destroying the Republican Party from within by distancing themselves farther and farther from the center Right. What is surprising to me that after the conservatives gave the Majority of House seats to the GOP in 2010, those in the House continue to put him in the Captain’s chair.

Which brings me back to my original point that Speaker Boehner has to be the most intelligent man in politics today.   Whatever he is saying or doing in regards to his fellow House members is obviously working as they choose time and time again to put him back in command with little to no resistance.

Then again, do you think the people on the Titanic would vote to oust the Captain of the ship the night before it sunk either?

The RNC Must Condemn Thad Cochran's Dirty Tricks

Reince Priebus Thad Cochran
I woke up this morning in Mississippi with questions – lots of them.  After last night’s defeat of Chris McDaniel, I realized that there is no limit to what politicians might do to get elected or stay in office.  Maybe it’s quaint, maybe it’s naïve, but there’s been a line that even the most ambitious of politicians never crossed, at least among Republicans.

Chicago-style politics and voter intimidation at voting precincts, like what we saw by members of the Black Panthers at polling sites in 2008, were only tactics used by those on the left.  Until yesterday.

Letters and robocalls targeted Urban Democrat voters telling them it was ok for them to vote in the runoff election even if they voted Democrat in the past was ok. They were also told they could go back to voting Democrat in the November General Election. These have no been made public.  Rumors of Black Pastors encouraging voters in Democrat strong counties to vote for Thad Cochran are growing stronger.  Fliers passed around social media spread fear that the Tea Party is going to be intimidating folks not to vote at the polls were not only widely spread, but completely false.

There are hundreds of GOP campaign consultants and lobbyists who are today patting each other on the back or toasting each other with champagne at their victory.  But at the risk of spoiling their merriment, I have one question to ask them: Do you understand the Pandora’s box you might have just opened? 

The tactics deployed by liberals are now apparently used by Republicans like Thad Cochran.   Whenever conservatives and Republicans call out voter intimidation and corrupt politics in the future, we’ll be rightfully called out for throwing stones at our opponents from a glass house. We know Democrats use machine politics and corruption to manipulate results, but just like they have done with the issue of infidelity and are quick to throw the name of Mark Sanford into any article on family values, we can expect the same to occur in regards to the issue of integrity at the voter box.

There is very little doubt that Thad Cochran and the Beltway Bandits won this round, but only because they turned out Democrats in an open primary. Instead of Republicans deciding the Republican nominee, we had pandering to big government spending and earmarks to attract Democrats.

After Tuesday night’s runoff election and the way in which the Cochran campaign resorted to votes, party unity is as far away as it has ever been. 

What type of Republican Party has been spawned when we now know that those in leadership would rather recruit Democrats than those within their own Party?  It will take a superhero, someone even more compelling than a Ronald Reagan, to heal these divisions, and to put the Republican Party back together, to pull it out of the Mississippi mud in which it will remain bogged.

In the meantime, while we wait for our modern day Reagan to emerge, it should be the job of the RNC, led by Chairman Reince Priebus and the committeemen and women, to quickly bring order back to the chaos which has now been allowed to emerge within our Party. They need to publicly express their official disproval of recruiting Democrat voters to manipulate a Republican primary. While it might be too late for the McDaniel campaign to receive justice, their loss Tuesday night would not be in vain, as it might be the perfect lightning bolt to jolt our Party back so that we may remain the Grand Ole Party of honesty and true representation.

The Diversity of the Tea Party Standing Together in Mississippi


Wayne Dupree a/k/a NewsNinja

What do you call a Jew, a Black person and a woman in Mississippi? 

Simple. A Tea Party Rally. But wait, I thought the Tea Party was only made of white sexist males, especially in a Southern State?

This is exactly the lie the left and those in the lamestream media want to continue to paint of the Tea Party movement and yet like everything else they try and spin, it could not be farther from the truth.

Today, the Tea Party Express ‘Elect Chris McDaniel’ bus tour rolls into both Tupelo and Pearl, Mississippi for two separate rallies on Day 2 of the tour. The lineup of speakers truly exhibits the diversity of the movement. Unlike most conventions of the left, most Tea Party events are anything but cookie cutter.

“The makeup of the speakers traveling with the Tea Party Express this weekend exhibits the best in American culture. Liberals speak on how they represent America, but quickly dismiss the conservative side when the show the same collaboration,” says Wayne Dupree a conservative political commentator and one of the speakers on the tour. 

Stereotypes exist on both sides of the aisle, however those within the Tea Party respect and appreciate the cultural differences within our movement and unlike those on the left who simply glorify the differences superficially, those chosen by the Tea Party are given the spotlight not based on their DNA but rather because of their merits. That is truly what the concept of the American dream should be.

“The concepts of fiscal responsibility and limited government should be attractive to all Americans, not just those in a particular race, gender or religion,” says Andy Surabian, Political Director for The Tea Party Express.

Tune in live today at 11:30AM Central time for the broadcast of the rally in Tupelo, MS (Tupelo City Hall; 71 East Troy St., Tupelo, MS) or for the second rally in Pearl, MS at 6:00PM Central time (City Hall; 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Pearl, MS) 

Today’s lineup includes the same group from Day 1 featuring Talk Radio Host Lars Larson, Dallas Tea Party Board Member Katrina Pierson, Investigative reporter Charles Johnson, Tea Party Express’s Donlyn Turnball, music provided by Rivoli Review with the addition of former Libertarian President nominee Wayne Allen Root. I am honored to be speaking as well alongside these patriots who fight in the battle daily for a constitutionally limited government and freedom in America. Join us. Your voice and support make a difference.

Thad Cochran has been in office 42 years. Do you think that is too long for someone to be in office?  Take the Official Tea Party Poll. Click HERE!

Nobody Puts Mississippi in a Box

Thad.Cochran.Chris.McDaniel.000Drama.  Something we hoped we left behind in High School but, unfortunately in the world of politics, learning to play nice in the sandbox was never taught.  This week, the name of our sandbox is Mississippi and the two children fighting over the toys’ names are Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. 

Now, I am not disrespecting either man as we all know its ludicrous to refer to grown men as children. However, for image sake, I believe a playground is the most accurate way to describe the political environment of the Senate Primary Runoff in Mississippi. 

Whether you want to throw mud at the McDaniel campaign for a blogger taking a picture in a nursing home or kick dirt in the face of Farmer Thad  who had a farm and on that farm he did  “indecent things with animals.”  Regardless, its obvious the media is being given a plethora of opportunities for juicy and entertaining pieces on both candidates.

But while we love the drama for the snark factor, is it really what the voters of Mississippi need to be focusing on when they go to the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote in the runoff?  Is enough emphasis being put on how the candidates differ on the issues at hand that affect not only Mississippians, but also all Americans? 

Wouldn’t you think this should be more of the focus considering that this should be a referendum on who deserves more seats at the table?  The so-called Republican Establishment has continued to lose most of their national battles where a single Tea Party candidate is matched up to an Establishment candidate.   David Brat, Joni Ernst, Ben Sasse and almost all of the races in Texas have seen Tea Party victories when the ballot was just a clear one on one competition.  Yet, the Establishment likes to continuously boast of their win in South Carolina, where Lindsey Graham went up against three Conservatives, and the reelection of John Boehner as the death of the Tea Party.

According to Gallup, Mississippi is ranked as the 2nd most Conservative state in the United States with only Wyoming beating them by 3 percentage points, with 51% of Wyoming residents identifying themselves as Conservatives.  Notice, that I am saying the word Conservative.  Not Republican.. Conservative.  Big difference and the people of Mississippi are intelligent enough to realize right now there is a difference between the two words.

So, if 48% of Mississippians consider themselves to be Conservatives, what exactly does that mean on key issues and who aligns more with the Conservative viewpoint on the issues? 

According to a study just released by the Brookings Institute on the future of a political movement, more then 38% of those within the Establishment are rooting for failure of the President’s policies as compared to 78% of Tea Party Conservatives.   Let’s highlight 3 of the President’s most aggressive policies he has pursued.

On health care, Cochran voted in 2013 to end the debate which allowed Senate Democrats to re-insert funding for Obamacare into the Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government.  He might have voted against the final bill. However, that was just a political play since he knew that voting for cloture was in essence a de facto vote to fund Obamacare since it ended the debate and allowed a party line vote by Senator Reid. 

In exact contrast, Chris McDaniel commented “We must commit ourselves towards the complete removal of Obamacare.”  While in the State Legislature, McDaniel supported legislation requiring that Mississippi agencies not to participate in the government healthcare scheme.  He was lead council on behalf of several Mississippians to sue the Federal Government based upon the belief that the individual mandate was unconstitutional. He also fought against federal attempts to expand Medicare in the state. 

On the Education platform, Senator Cochran voted for the federal takeover of the Department of Education. He was even one of the few still in Congress today who helped establish the department under President Carter.  Later in his Congressional career, he voted for the failed No Child Left Behind in 2001.

In the State Senate, McDaniel, however, sponsored the SB 2633 “The Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act,” which was designed to protect students who wanted to express their religious viewpoints. The bill also allowed for students to offer prayer at a school event if they wished.  State Senator McDaniel also voted yes to pass SB2189 which expanded Charter School authority and authorized public non-charter schools to apply to become public charter school. The bill also required public charter schools to be composed of at least 80% of “underserved students” of the district where the school is located, truly a community based school system.

On most issues, the two candidates have actions and votes starkly different from each other. This is seen more clear on the issue of Immigration, a subject which might be what sent Eric Cantor packing back to his district in Virginia.

Thad Cochran, besides voting to raise the Federal minimum wage in 2007, wants to put more of a strain on the American job market by voting YES on giving guest workers a path to citizenship and encouraging more illegal immigrants by co sponsoring a bill which covered illegal children under Medicaid and the SCHIP.   The US Border Patrol gave Cochran a 50% rating indicating a mixed record on open borders.

There is nothing mixed about McDaniel’s position on immigration.  McDaniel was the first to sign the new anti-amnesty pledge.  In an interview with Breitbart’s Matt Boyle, McDaniel stated,

“What we’ve seen over the past several years is a combination of wage stagnation, growth in welfare programs and even shrinking workforce participation. That comes in large part because of out of control illegal immigration but also because of increased numbers of legal immigration,” McDaniel said. “We have millions of Americans who don’t have a job, plus we have millions who are on public benefits,” he said. “How about we find a way to put those people back to work?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

These are just 3 of the top issues that I look for in my candidates. However, just like the people of the 7th District of Virginia, I encourage the voters themselves to take the time and look at the actions of their candidates and not just the glossy mailers or well produced campaign commercials.

Let’s save the drama for the sandbox, the reality show for the TV box, and the truth for the voter box.