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Samuel Adams

American Patriot & Politician

1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Will The Real Base Please Stand Up
It is Human Nature to perceive the Universe as revolving around a central point, ourselves.

I am determined

You are stubborn.

They are obstinate.

This issue comes to the front quite often in politics.

An attempt to define political purity oft assumes our own perceptions are the the touchstone with which all others are weighed.

Sometime ago I realized that a Political Party composed of Me, My Shadow and My Reflection in a Mirror would not lead to many victorious elections.

I was forced since so many of you seem to be determined to want to think for yourselves to find what common ground I might have with others.

There are some who seem to have a difficulty with this mode of thought.

They continuously focus on differences rather than similarities.

Thus we are often lectured on exactly what, is and what is not, True Conservatism or  Real Republicans.

Not that long ago that was illustrated in a comment on this website.
Comment:A brief review of past and present Iowa GOP and National Platforms would show that Iowa Republicans and the Party as a whole are solid supporters of LIFE and MARRIAGE.  Why should we support those who differ from this position simply because they want to wear a "Republican" label?  They are not in the "mainstream" of the party and if they were truly honest, might find themselves "happier" with those folks on the other side of the aisle.

On the surface that would appear to be true, leaving out the term "whole".

We also have Conservatives who are solid supporters of Fiscal Responsibility, the Constitution, Free Trade and are dead set against Socialism.

They may or may not agree on the issues of Life and Marriage to the extent this gentleman may require.

I also recall at the last County Convention an individual who was as vehement as the gentleman above on the subjects of Life and Marriage,

BUT he seemed to think that BIG GOVERNMENT was the solution to all our problems even to the extent of allowing the State to determine a Fair and Equitable distribution of Air Time on Issues.

So the question is which one is a REAL Republican?

Either?  Neither?

Does one have to stand firm on EVERY issue?

Because if we are going to Cherry Pick out of our common ideologies it is obvious that either of the two could find grounds to exclude the other.

Which brings us to the subject of excluding others.

Iowa’s Scheffler supports GOP ‘purity test’

Iowa Christian Alliance President and Republican National Committee member Steve Scheffler is among 10 co-sponsors of a resolution being circulated that aims to impose a conservative litmus test on potential GOP candidates.

The resolution, dubbed a “purity test” by the media, became public Monday. It lists 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they “espouse conservative principles and public policies” that are in opposition to “Obama’s socialist agenda.”

Any Republican candidate who breaks with the guidelines of the resolution on three or more of these issues would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.

 See, that is where I diverge from Mr Scheffler.  I may not agree with the results of an election, but I will fully support the right of voters to choose those who represent them.

NO Party official should have the right to withhold Party Funds from the winner of a Primary.  The Voters determine who their nominee should be.

Recently the same dubious "Not A Real Republican" charge was levied against Halley Barbor of Mississippi.  A man respected by many who obviously are also not considered REAL Republicans,

The Results?

In Des Moines County a motion to ask for his resignation.  If failed with only two votes in favor.

But in Linn County, the motion passed

 Be it resolved that for his intimidation of Republicans considering and/or seeking political office, we call on Iowa's Republican National Committeeman, Steve Sheffler, to resign his position. 

passed at the Linn County Republican Central Committee by a vote of 20 to 11.

Resolution introduced by William Dahlsten, Pct. 41

For some reason when I  insist that no one has the right to decide if another is a REAL Republican there as some who take affront, as if I were declaring that THEY are not REAL Republicans

They are not listening.

I don't think they have that right, I don't claim that right for myself and I reject the right of anyone else to make that decision for either of us.

I don't dispute the validity of Mr Schefflers ideals, I agree with most of them.

What I dispute is whether it is right and fitting for him to impose those on others and use his office in the RPI to punish those who do not agree with him

And it would appear by a ration of about 2:1 those who attended the Linn County Central Committee last night agree with me.

I myself did not vote.

I am an Associate Committee person, according to our By-Laws I may be heard from the floor and that I was, I did speak in favor of the motion.

But I have no vote, except in the absence of one of the two elected Committee Persons.

While one from my Precinct was absent there was another Associate Committee Person who has been attending Meetings far longer than I.

I looked them up and informed them that they should be voting.

They voted against the motion,

One gentleman who spoke against the Motion mentioned the dangers of a House divided,

That is so true, and we cannot afford to drive out of our Party Good Conservatives who do not agree with us on EVERY issue.

That is not my desire,  I do not wish to drive anyone out, nor do I wish to stand by silent, while others do.


 UPDATE: Audio File of the Debate and Voting

Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 4:48 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 25 June 2010 5:46 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 - 6:42 AM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

'Zackly. I spoke in favor of this resolution for the very same reason.

Mr. Sheffler has confused his duty to this party with his causes and it's time for that to end. This party exists for all of us to come together, find our common ground, and cooperate to promote our shared goals.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 - 10:41 PM CDT

Name: "TM"

It is sad a bad apple like Sheffler can spoil the batch, and ruin the field for the rest of us who are working hard to build this party and repair it.  While he attempts to destroy it for his own personal gain.  Sheffler do us a favor and resign

Saturday, 19 June 2010 - 12:48 AM CDT

Name: "Calvin Busch"

 Now that I have a better understanding of what this was all about I feel I can better comment. The bottom line in this resolution passed with a 20 -11 vote was not really about "so and so being toast", but rather about the resolution by 10 Iowa Republicans putting forth a resolution that says IF a candidate dosn't support 70% (remember 70% in school? that was the passing grade) of the top ten principals of the Republican Party then they would not be supported or financed by the Republican Party. I don't see anything wrong with this. If you can't support these ten values then we conservatives don't want to support hour "centrist" or "moderate" or "liberal" values.

     It means that you are already 30+ percent away from the values that we fought a revolution against the British for in 1776. You can pick any one or two of these values to differ on, but that additional 10% is the "straw that brakes our backs. This country has always been generally a conservative country and America is now facing destruction from within due to the fact that we have strayed from these basic core beliefs. Do we want you to be republican? Of coarse we do. But these are core values, not suggestions. If you can not support even the basic 10 American values, then you need to go read a few more soldiers headstones to remind you that THEY fought the British for these basic core beliefs that basically keeps the government small and out of our lives.

     Please review again the "offending views" you voted against. 



 (1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama's "stimulus" bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers' right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further


Calvin Busch CR7 

Saturday, 19 June 2010 - 1:16 AM CDT

Name: "Dan Kauffman"

I agree with all of those Calvin what I Do  NOT agree with is anyone including myself FORCING any idelogy on the Voters of a Poltical District


I feel when they decide in a Primary to elect someone to be their nominee, then no one, not me, not you, not Mr Scheffler has the right to negate that choice.

 It was about this Litmut Test and Mr Scheffflers opinion that a well respected Republican such as Halley Barbor did not measure up to HIS required level of Conservative that makes me wonder who would be left if the gentleman were the sole arbitrator of what constitutes a REAL Republican,

Thursday, 24 June 2010 - 10:24 PM CDT

Name: ky/kentuckydan
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It also occurs to me that the signatories have taken a public stance that they WOULD support a candidate who only  espoused larger government and abortion  items 1 & 9

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