Can Conservatives Unite in 2016?

Ohio Conservatives United Logo - state of Ohio image imposed on the US constitution encircled by stick figures holding handsA new sense of urgency and dedication has developed among conservatives this year. We will have experienced eight years of the most progressive administration in our lifetime, and for those who now want to swing the pendulum back to the right, the question becomes “What can we do to assure a 2016 victory?” Ohio Conservatives United has the answer.

The 2016 field of presidential will be vast and strong. (Of course I’m talking about the Republican field. Democrats are very welcome to embrace conservatism but unfortunately it seems that 2016 will not be that year.) Candidates on the conservative side seem to include Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson. The establishment/progressive side of the GOP will be represented as well. With such a large field, the winner of the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire may get barely 20% of the vote. The field will certainly thin by the time we vote in Ohio, but it’s possible that 4-5 strong candidates will still remain where the winner may only need just about 30% of the vote.

Additionally, Ohio has moved it’s primary date from March 8 to March 15. Why is this important? Because those states voting March 8 will get proportionally appointed delegates like Ohio did in 2012 where Mitt Romney got 38% of the vote and 35 delegates and Rick Santorum received 37% of the vote and 21 delegates. Instead in 2016, the first-place finisher of Ohio’s March 15 primary will get to name ALL of our state’s 66 delegates. Second place might as well be tenth place as Ohio will be one of the first of the remaining winner-take-all primary states. (Florida and Illinois are also scheduled to vote that day although the complete primary calendar is still in flux.)

If as conservative voters, we split our vote among three or four remaining conservative candidates, then we may allow the establishment/progressive candidate to win. If you want a conservative candidate to receive ALL of Ohio’s delegates, would you be willing to forgo your personal top choice if conservatives across the state of Ohio were trending toward somebody else?

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We Own The Message: Power To The People

red and blue "Power to the People" fistWe were happy to have Michael Gutierrez as a guest speaker on Saturday, May 9 (handout included and audio). Gutierrez was trained in grassroots campaign techniques while he was a liberal working on the cause to protect the environment. He did not go into the details of his conversion from liberal to conservative, however if history and experience are guides then it certainly required thoughtful consideration of public policy consequences.

Encouraging dependency on the government takes power away from the people. Increasing taxes and fees takes power away from the people. Creating excessive regulations and complex laws takes power away from the people. The consequences of progressive government-centered policies have weakened the populace and have caused generations of voters to feel more and more powerless. True limited-government conservatism is the only governing philosophy that ensures and is duty-bound to protect “Power to the People!”

Gutierrez had two principal techniques when communicating to anybody about public policy: be proactive and stay positive.

Too often, those in the Republican Party will be asked to react to respond to what President Obama is doing, or what Hillary Clinton has done, and so on. Following on the adage that “any press is good press,” this conversation, while it might be titillating, prosecutorial, and entirely based in fact, still has Democrat or liberal policies as its focus. The Republican Party and other conservatives should continue to promote their positive agenda even when given the opportunity to disparage the other side.

So what if the question deals with how racist, bigoted, and sexist conservatives are? Dismiss and even ignore those questions and do it with a smile. Gutierrez says that those in the Tea Party and conservative movement should not help perpetuate the negative press, following on the newer social media-based adage “don’t feed the trolls.” Maintaining and presenting a positive attitude is especially important given the excessively negative press that the tea party and conservatives get from the mainstream media, liberal bloggers, and cronies of Republican Senate candidates running for re-election.

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Ohio Conservatives Grade The 2016 Field

Image of data table from the OLC PollBy the end of the summer, we should know which of the twenty or so potential presidential candidates are in and which are out. Some voters have already hitched their wagon to a particular candidate, and others are still working with a “top five.” How do Ohio conservatives and those involved with the tea party movement feel about these potential candidates?

Last Saturday, about 90 members of the Ohio Liberty Coalition ( gathered and gave grades to 18 Republicans mentioned in the presidential race. Instead of simply voting for a single candidate, this grading method of giving people A+, A, B, C, D and F allows voters to separate their personal top-tier from their mid-tier from their bottom. If you follow Glenn Beck, he has been doing this type of ranking for the last few months. Here are the results of those votes from Ohio’s conservatives.

A: Ted Cruz (39 A+ votes) and Scott Walker (32 A+ votes) are the only two who averaged above the 90% A value. They are both great candidates and bring different things to the table. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) is very clear on conservative ideology who reportedly memorized the Constitution as a child. He defeated a GOP Establishment-backed candidate in the Senate primary in 2010 and has not demonstrated at all that his spine has softened since coming to Washington. Gov. Scott Walker (WI) brings a battle-tested resume having won three gubernatorial elections in four years in the Democrat-heavy, union-friendly state of Wisconsin. Conservatives in the Midwest have not had much reason to cheer with the last two presidential elections, and Walker has proven that the Great Lakes states can still be won.

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Youtube contains material that might be disturbing to some viewers


THE FREE MARKET WARRIOR – Loren Spivack is coming to Lorain County in July!  We here at Totally Engaged Americans are really looking forward to hear Loren speak about one of our favorite subjects, the Free Market.

In preparation for Loren’s talk, we watched a couple of Youtube videos of Loren speaking.  (Beware Keynesians!)  But while watching the videos we noticed something peculiar about the author of the Youtube channel – not the name – rather how he describes the channel:

“This is a conservative youtube channel containing material that might be disturbing to some viewers.”


What in world is disturbing about an economy  based on “free markets”?  Loren spells it out for everyone in a clear and entertaining way.  Watch for yourself.  And be sure to come and hear Loren speak in July.


Politicians Hear no evil, see no evil and certainly don’t speak [of] no evil

monkeys_evil Since I jumped on the Article V Convention of States Project bandwagon, I can’t help but see EVERYTHING in DC (and my state of Ohio) through that lens. Every time one of our politicians thinks they’re smarter than the Framers, and we let them get away with skirting around or stomping on the Constitution we need to stomp back.

The anti-Article V’ers remind me of the “Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil” mantra (remember the three monkeys?), so afraid that things will get worse if we “tamper” with the USC. The Libs and Progressives have been screwing around with and tampering with Constitution for a hundred years and the rest of us – the Duh Kids – hear, see and speak nothing. Well, how’s THAT workin’ for ya?? (I’m channeling Sarah Palin. Boy, did the Repubs screw that up, sending her packing back to Alaska!) My mother had one of those little statues with the three monkeys and since I didn’t understand the significance of the saying I put it in a rummage sale (forgive me, Mom!).

policemanWhen are the Legislators in Ohio going to stand up for us and demand a Convention of the States? In my ignorance I thought you people were going to stand in the gap between me and the federal juggernaut. How about it? Nan Baker, Terry Boose, Ron Young, Ron Amstutz, Marlene Anielski, Mike Dovilla, Kent Smith, Janine Boyd, Bill Patmon, John Barnes, etc., etc., etc. (My disappointment in the way John Kasich has abused his privilege in serving as governor is a topic for another time.)

Are you guys so comfortable in Columbus, too many miles away from Washington DC to stand up for Ohio’s sovereignty? Have you lost your tongues since you ran for office and can no longer speak for us? Or is the money coming in from DC looking too good to Hear or See or Speak?

This reminds of the time when my husband was in the Army and while we were stationed at Ft. Ord, CA, I took flight school training. (My dad and brother were already pilots so why not me?) Well, the book-learning part was tough but as soon as I passed the written test I decided that was good enough. I’d done the hard part, I didn’t need to prove anything else to myself so I never actually learned to fly.

It occurred to me just the other day that being a Representative, a legislator, a councilman, a judge, etc., is not much different than being a policeman. Your job is to confront the bad guys and protect me while you serve your term. I know there’s a police academy where an officer learns the job, and it takes a lot to get through the training. Is there such a thing for you, our government leaders? Is there a class for you BEFORE you run for office? There’s got to be a book somewhere that explains the job, the dangers you’re going to face when you stand up and do the right thing, yes?

Lastly, you John Birch Society people, those of you who claim you’ve read Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments,” you’re full of it. I’ve read it twice now and nothing you claim about the book can be substantiated… unless, of course, you make the edits yourself. (And, I’ve seen that trick already when I read what Stang of Oathkeepers wrote.) When you can’t make your points without “edits” you’ve lost me.


Dianne Mueller

Practical thoughts on immigration February 2015 edtion of Imprimis featured Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, and her “Practical Thoughts on Immigration.”

“… The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is. … “

Jeb Bush: A Surprising interview


I know, NOT ANOTHER BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE!   I can hear you screaming.

Actually, I’ve said it, too.  But this Focus on the Family interview broadcast today gave me a slightly new perspective on Jeb Bush, the man, and even Jeb Bush the politician.

If there’s a possibility that Bush III gets into the White House it might help hearing this.