Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Right Issue TV show now on the internet

My friends Nita Maggio, Bill Voelp, Mykel Harris and a top notch crew produce a weekly television show called The Right Issue which includes thoughtful discussion on all things conservative and presents a multitude of special guests ranging from elected officials from throughout Maryland to lowly bloggers like yours truly.

Until now, you needed to be a Comcast Cable viewer in Anne Arundel county to see the show (Channel 99 Tuesday and Friday at 6pm).

But now, there is an online archive of previous shows for your viewing pleasure at

These folks are doing their part to spread the conservative message in Maryland. Please do check out their work.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Name Stays I Guess

I began this blog soon after the 2006 elections when the GOP had a terrible day both nationally and here in Maryland. For two years, we have been talking about branding (don't tell Michele Malkin I used that word) and where the party needs to go looking forward.

I think there were few illusions that 2008 was going to be another tough year. The national Republican party had not hit bottom and while the new Democratic Congress was racking up historically low approval ratings, George Bush was leading the party fast onto the shoals of American politics. Fair or not, too many Americans blamed the current difficulties our country is facing on a Republican President and to some extent all things Republican.

Only now can that begin to change in earnest.

There is plenty of evidence, however, that the nation has not taken a hard turn to the left or that any sort of liberal establishment in Washington can long endure. More voters still identify themselves as conservative than liberal. Traditional values like marriage still hold tremendous sway even in such liberal bastions as California.

This is 1992 all over again. Luckily, Republicans do not face the centrist control of a reasonable majority party intent on solving America's challenges. We face the democrats. They will overreach almost immediately with cardcheck, fairness doctrine, tax increases, etc.

The Obama camp claims they studied the first two Clinton years that led to the first GOP Congress in 40 years. If that is true, then they see the light in the tunnel and know it is a runaway train. I have every confidence in the Democrats lack of self-restraint and reasonable tendencies. They cannot help themselves. They will try to blow it as they have before.

Which means that conservatives and Republicans will have opportunities. Taxes on small business owners will generate resources and enthusiasm for pro-business Republican policies. The reality of tax increases, rather than cuts, for many Americans (ever get that Clinton tax cut?) will spoil them quickly. An all out assault on traditional values through the courts, conservative talk radio through the fairness doctrine and greater efforts to nationalize more and more of the economy will rally and energize the conservative base and the true leaders who can effectively articulate our message.

After 1992, we did not become more moderate. We did not deny the Reagan model for success. We did not abandon principle for "bipartisanship". We recommitted ourselves to fundamental principles, outlined them in the Contract for America, zealously fought higher taxes, nationalized health care and Congressional corruption. Our party became advocates for a conservative vision of America. Our reward was control of Congress then the White House.

We know what works. We know what is right. Let us learn from history and be that party that reshaped American based on timeless principles. Let us support, elect and insist upon leaders who share our values and are willing to fight for them not only on the campaign trail but in office.

In the meantime, we will be discussing all of this here at the Conservative Refuge.

Hang in there! We will get there!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Refuge Podcast # 65 - 2008 Election Preview

A final thought before the historic 2008 vote, it is the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

In our opening segment, a discussion of the school board issues on the Anne Arundel County ballot. I share some news reports about the grassroots effort to vote "No" against Tricia Johnson and unregistered democratic lobbyist Teresa Milio Birge. You will want to hear this discussion of what is at stake in this vote for the future of real voter input into the school board selection process.

Our blogger roundtable convenes to discuss the slots referendum. Will the voters support this slots plan? What will be the consequences for 2010 if the vote passes or fails? Our blogger contributors share their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I share some final thoughts about what is at stake for the conservative movement in this election and preview the work that remains ahead as we focus toward 2010.

Share your thoughts and feedback!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

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