CPAC 2014 - Ralph Reed, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Ralph Reed, Founder and Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, speaks at CPAC 2014 on March 7, 2014. Recorded at the Conservative Political Action Confer...

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Comment by Sharon USN (ret) on March 9, 2014 at 10:06am

Ralph Reed gave an excellent speech. I already support his Faith & Freedom Coalition and will continue to do so.  I especially enjoyed his comments on why we should NOT vote for Republicans that have caved in to pressure under the "get along to go along" just to get re-elected. I pray we will really see change in this election back to the America we love and support. And hopefully, that our troops will be supported both now and when they come home. God Bless America!

Comment by Fisherman Pat on March 8, 2014 at 9:30pm

I read each of the comments thus posted  and agree.  I was so taken aback with the election of Jimmy Carter that I used to tell people:  "The American People are so smart, they're stupid"!  Smart enough to vote, and stupid when to comes to knowing what the candidates stand for!  NOBODY should vote just Democrat because you're a Democrat - NOBODY should vote just Republican because you're a Republican. Voters should educate themselves, and stop taking the easy way out by voting Party only. That's why we vote in private, if not, all one would have to do is sign a roll saying I'm a Democrat or a Republican and add it up.  WE are given the opportunity to vote for WHOM EVER WE WANT.  That opportunity has to change so that the first vote cast should be for the very best candidate regardless of affiliation.  And all other votes cast. should be for a corner stone candidate that sees this Nation as a WHOLE, and who's reason for getting elected is to Preserve, Protect, and Lead this Country for the GOOD OF ALL PEOPLE. If a candidate can be bought BEFORE they are elected - all you have to do is look around to see that those same candidates will sell YOU AND ME OUT WHEN ELECTED!!!!     

Comment by Patricia Eden on March 8, 2014 at 1:12pm

He has hit the nail on the head with all articles he spoke about and YES please, God Bless America, but more importantly America Bless GOD!

Comment by Michael Lewis on March 8, 2014 at 1:03pm

If non-profits incorporated as media corporations they would be exempt from campaign laws.

From 1791 to 1975 speech, press and assembly were the individual rights of flesh and blood citizens. The New York Times had the right to print because it employed people.

After Watergate, campaign laws were passed:
• But media corporations were exempted creating a State approved press. Is it any wonder news media are among the biggest promoters of campaign law?
• Regulations limited citizen’s donations to politicians. This made it unlikely challengers, who would benefit more from large sums from a few, can defeat incumbents.
• Lawyers have gotten rich defending clients against infractions of myriad, incomprehensible and unconstitutional laws.

The 1st Amendment is not a loophole in campaign laws. Campaign laws are abridgements of 1st Amendment rights.

"The love of liberty is so natural to the human heart, that unfeeling tyrants think themselves obliged to accommodate their schemes as much as they can to the appearance of justice and reason, and to deceive those whom they resolve to destroy, or oppress, by presenting to them a miserable picture of freedom, when the inestimable original is lost." – John Dickinson
However, freedoms of speech, press and assembly are inalienable rights not privileges. The 1st Amendment does not say unless you assemble as for-profit, non-profit, church, political party, media Corporation or unincorporated group. The 1st Amendment does not limit how much you can spend as an individual or like minded group or require reporting donations and expenditures to the Federal government. The 1st Amendment does not say candidates give up the right to associate with or coordinate with like minded citizens or groups.

Our focus should be restoring 1st amendment rights rather than defending privileges or equal restrictions.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell had the solution in July 1998 but he did not follow through. Follow the hyperlink to see what Senator Mitch McConnell said to me in his letter http://amendment10.tripod.com/mitch4.htm

“Section 431(9)(B)(i) makes a distinction where there is no real difference: the media is extremely powerful by any measure, a “special interest” by any definition, and heavily engaged in the “issue advocacy” and “independent expenditure” realms of political persuasion that most editorial boards find so objectionable when anyone other than a media outlet engages in it. To illustrate the absurdity of this special exemption the media enjoys, I frequently cite as an example the fact that if the RNC bought NBC from GE the FEC would regulate the evening news and, under the McCain-Feingold “reform” bill, Tom Brokaw could not mention a candidate 60 days before and election. This is patently absurd

Had the senate debate on the McCain Feingold bill advanced to the point of amendments, among the first I offered would have been one to delete section 431 (9) (B) (i). Whenever the opportunity presents itself in the future, I look forward to doing just that. I believe that it would be an enlightening discussion."

A free press is the right to use a printing press t without a license from government.

Other than who pays for it, there is no difference between an editorial, slanted news story and a political ad?

Call Senators and Congressmen and demand they amend the press exemption, 2 U.S.C. 431 (9) (B) (i), to include citizens and groups!

Comment by Richard Lewis on March 8, 2014 at 9:30am

The “HALF HEARTED EFFORTS” to protect 501c3 and 501c4 “Income and Influence” has not and will not defeat the “WHOLE HEARTED EFFORTS” of those who have stolen our our “Free Speech and Free Press Rights”!

Comment by Viperkat on March 8, 2014 at 8:58am

These candidates are, after all, "Politicians" and they tell you what they think you want to hear.  There is not one, eligible candidate that I would trust further than I could toss my truck.  There are no present politician that I would vote for, today, that I respect enough to look at twice.  I'm sorry if this may upset some folks but if the GOP, or the Tea Party cannot, or will not, support people of faith, people of integrity, and people that love this Country more than they love themselves, then I cannot, in good faith, support either party.

I gave up 4 years of my youth to defend and protect this Country from the very people occupying the White House and the people that support that kind of trash.  My time in service was to the Country, not an individual, but to all citizens of this Great Country, regardless of color, religion or predilections.  I will not support this present Administration, nor anyone that espouses it's merits.

So Help Me, God.

Comment by Linda miller on March 8, 2014 at 8:28am

WHAT KARL ROVE AND THE REST OF THE NEO-CONS CHOSE FOR US TO VOTE ON KEEPS THIS ONE PARTY SYSTEM GOING..WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE CONSTITUION AS THE SOLUTION ALLOWING THE BIBLE TO BE OUR DIRECTION THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO TURN THIS COUNTRY BACK TO IT INTENDED BEGINNINGS.

Comment by Linda miller on March 8, 2014 at 8:25am

I AGREE AND APPLAUD HIM FOR SAYING WHAT HE DID.  IT IS TIME THAT THE GOP STOP GIVING US NOTHING BUT NEO-CONS TO VOTE FOR AND UNFORTUNATLEY THERE WAS NEO-CONS AT THIS CONVENTION AS CHRIS CHRISTY AND OTHERS.  WE MUST HAVE SOLID BIBICAL MINDED PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR. WE DO NOT NEED KARL ROVE MAKING A CHOICE TO KEEP THIS ONE PARTY SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED.

Comment by Silverback on March 8, 2014 at 8:19am
Salon magazine is horrified at what they say was Ralph's comparison of barrack Obama to Jim Crow. I thought it was very applicable. I could easily support any sincere Christian leader for President. I do however see a problem that the media would do their utmost to destroy that candidate and many people would lose backbone in the face of criticism.
Comment by Johnny Smith on March 8, 2014 at 8:10am

Easy Kenneth. You would have a government run by people who were there for the good of the country and would act in such a manner. They would be honorable people with the desire simply to serve.

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ALERT ALERT

YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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