Things Are Changing in 2012

Russ Steele

Ellen and I attended the Republican Women Federated’s 60th Birthday party last night with 150 of our like minded friends, including the Booth’s, Buhler’s, Rebane’s, and Yaksick’s at our table. The Republican ladies really know how to throw a great party. This theme was the 1950s, with many of those attending dressed for the times, poodle  skirts, T-shirts with cigarettes pack rolled up in the sleeve, leather jackets and Elvis wigs.

Many of the regions political leaders showed, Congressman McClintock,  Retiring Congressman Herger, Congressional Candidate Doug La Malfa,  Brian Dahle running for CA District 1 Assembly and Dan Logue our current CA Assemblyman.

Sue Horne, Nevada County Assessor was the only County level political leader attending, a true leader in our community.  With Supervisor elections in the bag, I guess they thought why bother showing up.

While all the political leaders had encouraging words for this Republican gathering, I think that Congressman Tom McClintock was the most positive, noting the strong influence of the Tea Party in Congress following the 2010 election cycle. Here are some of Tom’s thoughts on defeating Obama:

There is something going on out there among the American people that the polls are simply not picking up.  We catch glimpses of it every now and then.  We got a glimpse of it in West Virginia a few weeks ago, where the president of the United States finds himself on the Democratic ballot with a convicted felon currently serving time in Texas, and everybody knows that.  The convicted felon serving time in Texas wins 41 percent of the Democratic votes in the primary in West Virginia against the incumbent Democratic president.

Two weeks later, we see the same percentage in Arkansas.  The same day in Kentucky, Obama’s on the ballot by himself, but in Kentucky you can vote “uncommitted,” and 42 percent of the Democrats in Kentucky voted for “uncommitted” over the incumbent president of their own party.  We saw the same thing in Wisconsin, where things were supposed to be neck-and-neck, and it turns out that Walker wins by at least 7 points.  So there’s something going on out there that the polls are not picking up.

Tom concluded it is our generations responsibility to return our nation to the principles of our founding fathers, a return to Constitutional government.

Even though I’m a bit more pessimistic over the next year or two because of the policies now in place, I’m much more optimistic about the long-term future of our country.  This is not the first time that our country has drifted away from its founding principles.  But the farther it drifts, the stronger those principles begin to pull us back.  We’re seeing that dynamic again in our own time, and I can’t imagine a more exciting period to be alive in our country than right now because I believe this generation is going to be the one to restore those principles.

It was a great party, with food of the 50s, and thoughts for our political future.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Things Are Changing in 2012

  1. Sorry I had to miss it but it looks like it was fun. In the 50’s decade I was too young to vote, born in 50, but I do remember my grandad and my dad talking politics and it was usually with higher voices. My grandad was a WW1 vet and dad was a WW2 vet and they usually spoke of the wars as the defense of freedom and our way of life. Eisenhower kept the place calm and America was doing great. The liberals were doing their best to wreck the pace then as they are now and they still make fun of the way of life then. It seems the libs think the 60’s were so wonderful since they had free love and dope and mom and dad paid for their schooling so they could protest and yell about the “establishment”. They are still in the 60’s since their brains were fried in place by all the ganja and dope, LSD and vino. It is nice to see our electeds who actually care about their constituents show up. We have a great crew of conservatives representing us even in Truckee!

    • Russ says:

      Guess I was not paying enough attention to the re-districting. According to Tom McClintock, Truckee is in his new district and that in past election he had been making inroads in this liberal bastion. Sorry that you missed the party. It was a huge success. Lots of happy people, sharing their future dreams of restoring our county to greatness.

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