Interview with Peter Schweizer

I had the good fortune of interviewing Peter Schweizer on today’s show. He was traveling along the East Coast by train, so his call presented a bit of a challenge. What follows is my monologue from the show:

I almost named this show “A Country Poised to Turn Upside-Down”. When you hear people talk about nearing the “tipping point”, what do YOU think about? It’s scary to think about a country that is different than what we grew up with. After all, we have a bit of history, don’t we? Didn’t we endure a revolutionary war to cement our independence? Didn’t we carve out a Constitution to manage our country in that war’s aftermath? Didn’t we fight a Civil War to end one individual’s dominance over another?

What in God’s name has happened? How did such an honorable endeavor turn into what we see today?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that. I can only give you clues that suggest how we might have gotten here.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Rush Limbaugh. I have to paraphrase it, because he reconfigured his site and the quote is no longer where it was in the past.

“Most people’s historical perspective begins with the day of their birth.”

The reason I like this quote is because it’s true! We all have a great perspective when we look at things in relationship to our past. The issue becomes the fact that our own past should not be the only thing to advise us of our future. We also have 200+ years of history that we must take into account! Sadly, most educational institutions do not teach our youth the facts of our heritage to help broaden their perspective.

We are now witnessing the results of the disenfranchisement of our youth from our history. They no longer champion the entrepreneur. Instead, they villainize him. Why do they not recognize the entrepreneur’s vital contribution to our society? Why do they treat the entrepreneur’s success with disdain? It’s because our educational institutions have taught them to. Moreover the target of their disdain in misplaced by focusing solely on Wall Street or, for that matter, Main Street.

As conservatives, we dedicate our lives to providing for our families. We sacrifice much in the pursuit of a “new idea” that we hope might advance society and improve our family’s well-being. That maxim is now being thwarted by the policies of our federal government in its pursuit of power.

The power to control our lives is tantamount to our existing government’s ability to enrich itself at our expense. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the detrimental effects of government’s insatiable desire to control us. It has unraveled our foundational principles and made us totally subservient to it. It no longer governs as “We the People”.

If you have connections, however, you can game the system to your advantage. As government grows larger and larger, the influence of special interest becomes entwined within the bureaucracy. It’s like allowing Morning Glory to grow in you flower bed. At first, the plant might stay where you put it and help populate your trellis with a blanket of leaves and the morning flowers. Left unchecked, however, it will quickly take over everything within reach and begin altering the intended appearance of your flower bed. If left to go to seed, you will spend the rest of your life trying to keep it from coming up every spring.

Our government has reached the stage of a garden overrun with Morning Glory. It can no longer be contained within its intended boundaries. It has morphed into a hideous weed that threatens to destroy any appearance of a garden. It’s now providing cover for other undesirable elements like rodents and herbivores, which we call lobbyists and legislators. Mosquitoes and bureaucrats hide in the shade of its leaves during the day and then attack us at nightfall.

There is only one answer to correcting such a state. The garden must be completely uprooted an tilled over before you can replant. It might take a few seasons to rid yourself of unwanted growth, but in time, the garden will once again take on its intended appearance. Never again can Morning Glory be allowed to take hold.

As Sarah Palin likes to say, the only answer is sudden and relentless reform.

You can listen to my interview with Peter Schweizer HERE.

Special thanks to Stephen Bannon for arranging this interview. Stephen, you ROCK!

Interview with Stephen Bannon about Grizzly Fest

I had the opportunity to represent the Grizzly Fest organizing effort on Stephen Bannon’s Victory Sessions tonight. I was accompanied by Nicole Coulter, Ian Lazaran, Peter Singleton and Jackie Siciliano to talk about our planned event for Saturday, October 29th from 2-5pm ET at GrizzlyFest.com.

Here is the audio of our interview with Stephen Bannon:

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Grizzly Fest is on the horizon!

Here is my monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:

It’s truly amazing what can happen when you throw out an idea. On this show two weeks ago, I was joined by Stephen Bannon, Nicole Coulter, Peter Singleton and Ron Devito. After a lengthy discussion about what the Palinistas should do do next, Stephen Bannon suggested that we needed to come together and discuss where the Palin movement should go next. I then proceeded to say “…we could be looking at a perfect opportunity…for a good, large, C4P meetup somewhere.”

I didn’t say anything that anyone else wasn’t already thinking about and I’ll bet that a whole bunch of you were thinking about it too. What I’ve learned in my life, is that those thoughts need to be brought out into the open. They are the proverbial “elephant in the room”. Once spoken, they empower others to speak their mind so that you can all move forward, into action.

That show lasted 90 minutes, but it was the last 5 minutes that made a difference. In that last 5 minutes, everyone on the show agreed to discuss the possibility of a “webinar”. We agreed to have a conference call within the following few days. Here is what was said right before I ended the program:

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The conference call took place the following Tuesday, October 11th. Stephen Bannon hosted it and the call lasted for about an hour. After the call was over, we all took off in different directions to explore different possibilities. Some decided to reach out to others about joining a panel discussion. Others reached out to potential volunteers to help with the effort. I left the call with the task of finding an appropriate, online venue for the meet-up we’d all envisioned.

One day later, we all decided to brand the event as “Grizzly Fest”. After investigating numerous ways to host the event, we decided to use BlogTalkRadio. Other options were far too expensive and cumbersome. I decided to purchase an appropriate domain name to host the event. We all continued to pursue our various tasks.

The next day, we were looking at logos that had been proposed by members of the growing team. The creative talent behind this effort was amazing! For me, I went off and acquired the domain main for the event. We had no idea who would host it, but the name “Grizzly Fest” was ours on the Internet.

By October 15th, less than one week after my show had aired, we had the logo and graphics, the basic outline for the event and a schedule that we all agreed to. We had originally thought about a 2-day event, but decided otherwise. We set it in stone for October 29th. We were all concerned about the need to do something quickly before the various Palin groups began splintering off toward other GOP candidates or just losing interest.

Three days later we had our lead-in music, courtesy of a good buddy of mine here in Texas. We had also gone “live” with the date of the event and the time. We were all committed to make it happen. We started a Facebook page and a Twitter account. We branded them with the graphics that had been created just a few days before. Amazing!

As of last night, we had over 500 followers on Facebook and almost 400 on Twitter. And we don’t even have a web page yet! Unbelievable!

Tomorrow night, I’ll be appearing on Stephen Bannon’s radio show to promote Grizzly Fest. The show is called the Victory Sessions and airs on KABC in LA, but you can listen on the Internet. I’ll be accompanied by Nicole Coulter, Jackie Siciliano, Peter Singleton and others to promote Grizzly Fest. How cool is that?

Anyway, I’ve been kinda busy the last few weeks, so I don’t have a whole lot more to say.

…and that’s NOT my two-cents worth for the week. Those are the facts!
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I was joined on the program by:

Josh Painter – Texans for Sarah Palin
Ron Devito – US for Palin
Peter Singleton – Organize4Palin
Stephen K. Bannon – The Victory Sessions

You can listen to the show HERE.

Here’s a preview of Grizzly Fest:

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The aftermath of Sarah saying NO

Monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:

It’s been a tough week for Palinistas out there, including me. With the exception of a few concerning comments Sarah made in a recent conversation with Greta van Susteren, I still expected her to jump in to the race for the GOP nomination. Instead, she announced on Wednesday that she will not be seeking the GOP nomination, nor would she mount a challenge on a third-party ticket.

In her speech to Liberty University yesterday, she said:

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

She went on to say:

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

So, does that end it?

For me, the answer is NO. Sarah released her statement and, at the very same time, joined Mark Levin at the very beginning of his radio show. During her conversation with Mark, she stressed that fact that she will be out there helping common-sense conservatives get elected and doing everything she can to put an end to the Obama administration. I think that deserves at least one, big fist-pump, don’t you?

Entertaining the thought of running for the Presidency has to be a daunting thing, especially for someone who views public service with “a servant’s heart”. I think we can all attest to the fact that blind ambition fueled the rise of Barack Obama. What’s chilling is the fact that he pursued the Presidency after voting “present” on many, many issues. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, what has he done?

Well, for starters, he gave Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Timothy Geithner free reign to write the trillion-dollar stimulus bill, which, I might add, had absolutely no effect on our economy. After that, he abdicated his leadership and allowed Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to write his own signature legislation, which we now call Obamacare. Now, he expects Congress to pass his jobs bill, which is just more of the same spend, spend, spend mentality!

Today, as we witness the protests on Wall Street and other financial centers throughout the United States, we must keep in mind one thing. Barack Obama’s roots are as a “community organizer”, or, better put, a community agitator. He has purposely supported anti-capitalist protests by giving sympathy to their cause, suggesting that their grievances are legitimate. By so doing, he has supports anti-American sentiment in our own country.

The irony of these protests comes with the death of Steve Jobs, founder and visionary leader of Apple Computers. Steve Jobs exemplified the power of free-market capitalism to transform our lives and yet the protesters want to limit an entrepreneur’s ability to succeed. Their stated goal is to strip the entrepreneur of the rewards of his or her success by levying a heavy tax on a company’s profits. In essence, they want to eliminate the entrepreneur’s motivation to succeed. This is complete madness!

To give these protesters a little history, Apple Computers was started in the garage of Steve Jobs with the help of Steve Wozniak. Together, these two individuals revolutionized the computer industry in ways that historians will look back on in amazement. As of the latest reports on the company, Apple Computers employs 49,400 people, 12,000 at their corporate headquarters alone.

If anything, we should be cheering on the entrepreneur. They are the ones who will bring our economy out of this terrible slump, not government.

Having said that, I think we need to be supportive of Sarah Palin’s decision not to seek the office of the Presidency. There has been a lot of caterwauling by a number of her supporters since her decision was announced. The has to stop. As Sarah said yesterday:

“You trust me to be leader of the free world but you don’t trust my decision? Come on!”

We need to trust Sarah now, as we have in the past. I have no doubt that she’s got some plans up her sleeve that will make us all proud.

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.
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Guests on today’s show:

Peter Singleton
Nicole Coulter
Mr.L
Ron Devito
Stephen K. Bannon

You can listen to the show HERE.

In the aftermath of a blockbuster Sunday show…

As I reflect back on the show from yesterday, I want to let you know what happened during the show and provide my observations of the aftermath. I have to tell you, it is absolutely maddening when something doesn’t go right during a live broadcast, which happened at the start of the show. Of all days to experience an issue, yesterday was not the day I wanted to deal with Murphy’s Law!

As I started the show and began my monologue, I could hear a repeat of what I was saying that followed with a ~10 second delay. At first, I worried that this feedback was being broadcast. I then reasoned that it couldn’t be, because my call-screener was not alerting me to anything wrong. Continue reading

Waiting for Sarah Palin

Monologue from today’s The Roderic Deane Show:

Sarah Palin told us all to keep our powder dry. Who on earth says that?

Well, no commander would tell their troops to keep their powder dry if he (or she) wasn’t intending to use that ammunition for a specific purpose. Despite our best intentions, we do not know what the commander’s plan is, nor should we. If we did, we could subject it to ruin.

Do you remember hearing about one of the public maxims during WWII? “Loose lips sink ships!” This was a reminder to everyone that they, too, had a responsibility for maintaining our security during the war. Such is the reason we trust in our commanders. Continue reading