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Welcome to the Asylum. This is a site devoted to politics and current events in America, and around the globe. The THREE lunatics posting here are unabashed conservatives that go after the liberal lies and deceit prevalent in the debate of the day. We'd like to add that the views expressed here do not reflect the views of other inmates, nor were any inmates harmed in the creation of this site.

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Who are we? We're a married couple who has a passion for politics and current events. That's what this site is about. If you read us, you know what we stand for.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An Endorsement For Change

Since last week, Thomas and I have been going over the possible candidates for the House leadership of the Republican party. And while our list quickly went out the window, it did not go without at least one person from that list making a move to position himself for the new position. That would be Mike Pence. A stalwart conservative who is not one to back down in the face of Democrat aggression, Mr. Pence would serve the party responsibly, and (hopefully) make a return to conservative principles possible.

The other key name on our list who decided to opt out of the leadership race is John Shadegg from our home state of Arizona. While he is not running for the leader position, he is challenging Roy Blunt for the whip position. The Asylum joins with Captain's Quarters, Red State, Right Wing News, and the vast majority of the center-right blogosphere in endorsing both Mike Pence and John Shadegg for their respective positions.

It is, without argument, necessary that a change is needed in the GOP leadership within the House. Not only must they rein in their wayward practices (lack of control on spending, lack of reform regarding lobbyists and earmarks, lack of action on immigration reform, etc.), but this is game time.

They must dig in their heels, and hold the Democrats fast. The only way that they have a chance in regaining the trust of the American public is to hold true to their conservative ideals, and prevent the Democrats from pushing an inherently liberal agenda right down the taxpayer's throats. And for those who do not believe that the Democrats would be that stupid, think again.

Remember Nancy Pelosi's 100 hours pledge. That involves a raise in the minimum wage, a push for national health care, and a "reexamination" of the president's tax cuts. No offense, ladies and gentlemen, but if you all thought that the Republicans had a problem with overspending, you have not seen anything yet.

The current leadership, which includes Rep. John Boehner and Rep. Roy Blunt dropped the ball during their tenure. And I know a lot of people do not believe that it is proper to blame Rep. Boehner, as he was elected only earlier this year upon Tom DeLay's departure, we counter back with this: While he was majority leader he did notthing to curtail the Republican party's nearly incestuous relationship with lobbyists and pork spending. So yes, we hold him as culpable as Dennis Hastert; a fact that Rep. Hastert understood when he opted out of the leader race.

Changes are needed. We cannot say this enough. And with Mel Martinez now the head of the RNC, House and Senate Republicans will have their work cut out for them to regain the trust of America. Starting out on two left feet--Martinez in the RNC, and a return to the past leadership--is no way to accomplish the overall task of regaining both Houses in 2008.

So, call your representives at 202-225-3121 and tell them to vote in favor of Mike Pence and John Shadegg. Leadership starts at the top, and both of these men are definitely on top of their game.



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