Political Arena

Your inescapable role as a citizen: talking politics with friends and family

By John Biver

It’s perfectly normal to have an aversion to politics – especially the petty and power-grubbing side of it. But with the culture what it is today – and the size of government, government spending, debt, and unfunded liabilities, one of the most important things we can do is share with those we know what we have learned – and from where we get good information.

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On Politics and Citizenship

By John Biver

Click here for more articles tagged “Political Arena.” Before linking to my articles, here are two links to an important project of the American Enterprise Institute: The AEI Program on American Citizenship What So…

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The task ahead – most grassroots activities aren’t glamorous

By John Biver

The new TEA party and 9/12 type groups need to shift into a different gear – from protests and rallies to genuine campaign work. There are also plenty of county, township, and ward GOP organizations that lack purpose because their “agenda” lacks punch. Parades and small fundraisers are nice. But again, the question that always needs to be front and center is: How many people are we really reaching and how persuasive is the information we’re delivering?

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The task ahead – political structure counts

By John Biver

Yesterday I started writing on the topic of just how big the job ahead is for reform-minded Republicans. If the goal is to really implement policies based on a traditional values/limited government platform, a lot has to change for those on the political right. It’s going to take an army of activists who are in it for the long term.

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The task ahead – success is impossible without effective grassroots activity

By John Biver

Repealing and replacing ObamaCare is only one of many things that must now be on the agenda for the Republican Party nationally. There is a long list of policy problems existing at the state and local governmental level that also are in dire need of attention. Let’s focus on one issue in Washington, D.C. – that of “defusing the federal debt bomb.”

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New Book: Obama Zombies

By John Biver

I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my short list. Author Jason Mattera was a guest on Dennis Miller’s radio show the other day and he sounds like someone who might well help…

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Some forgotten or never-learned political basics

By John Biver

With the government takeover of health care in Washington there’s a lot of talk about how Americans are even more dependent on the federal government. This culture of dependency is destructive. Democracy without personal responsibility is impossible.

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Concerns from a new Illinois Republican Precinct Committeeman (Part 3)

By John Biver

Continuing with the discussion, let me report to you what often happens on the inside of many of these political planning meetings in campaigns, party, or independent organizations: To varying degrees, committees meet, plans are drafted, events are held, and when it’s all over, still not enough voters have been impacted.

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Concerns from a new Illinois Republican Precinct Committeeman (Part 1)

By John Biver

Last June this column posted a few exchanges with a smart young lady who raised some very good points about what is often the difficulty and undesirability of getting involved in a local Republican organization. This past Monday I received a note from a brand new Republican Precinct Committeeman and his comments are worth highlighting. He has agreed to let me post what he wrote. Because of the nature of his comments, he requested anonymity. Not everyone takes constructive criticism well, especially when it’s posted on an oft-visited website.

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Holding people accountable is an ugly process

By John Biver

Holding people accountable is an ugly process – especially in politics. It’s never fun to have to deal with the negative realities and consequences of bad behavior and bad policy. What brings this topic to mind is a recent post by Laurie Higgins – it includes her statement to the District 113 School Board this past Tuesday evening.

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Marco Rubio Republicans

By John Biver

An Associated Press report back in February had this headline: “U.S. debt will keep growing even with recovery.”

Two sentences from the article: “The government already has made so many promises to so many expanding ‘mandatory’ programs. Just keeping these commitments, without major changes in taxing and spending, will lead to deficits that cannot be sustained.”

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Local GOP orgs could help stop government controlled health care

By John Biver

We’re at flood tide when it comes to the amount of fantastic materials available to anyone who wants to understand the health care reform debate. Truly it is a thing of beauty to watch countless issue advocacy organizations sending out top shelf analysis.

If you want it in brief, you can find it summed up in dozens of places. If you want to delve deeper, there are books and white papers and detailed plans with explanations of why the Democrats’ path to health care reform is exactly the wrong path to follow.

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A cold assessment of the GOP 2010 starting line

By John Biver

A friend sent a link to a news item with the following note: “Independents swinging against Dems – but not too thrilled with Republicans, either. 22% approval? Down 10% since January? Shouldn’t Pelosi get some sort of achievement award for that? How about a hearing aid? Note the bit at the end about only 40% of voters supporting their incumbent – unlike the usual pattern of complaining about Congress in general, but not about their own representative.”

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