Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:00

All Is Not Lost

After having some time for last week's election results to set in, it is easy to see a future of doom and gloom.  I have heard it said that we are now a nation of takers, not makers.  It is true that a significant portion of our population is now benefiting from the receipt of a government check in some form.  As that number grows, it is increasingly difficult to see how anyone would willingly back away from the government trough. Perhaps though, all is not lost!

In Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, he postulated that all humans have the same underlying motivations that are prioritized in a hierarchy.  A group of us may share the same external experiences yet react differently because 1) we may each perceive a different prioritized need at risk, and 2) we respond uniquely to the deprivation of these needs based upon our own individual nature and set of life experiences.

Some folks are happy about the election because they feel it will help them realize their needs of achievement, respect, or self-actualization.  Others are upset about the election because they fear in impending deprivation of their needs for achievement, respect, or self-actualization (that's right, the very same things).  In addition, there are many who fear the loss of security, safety, property, and other basic needs.  So, why should you not feel all is lost?

Throughout the history of civilization, there has been advancement then upheaval in alternating shares.  Through it all, human kind has always found some kind of equilibrium and status quo.  At a smaller level, American politics has done the same thing.  Certainly, there are some changes that will become a permanent part of the landscape as we move forward, but sometimes the best cure for wanting something is to get it.

While there is a growing dependent class in this country, not everyone who voted for Obama is a part of it.  Some folks were simply deluded to think that their set of needs would be met by re-electing him.

With the exception of Andrew Johnson (of the National Union party) 28 of the 29 Presidents since Abraham Lincoln have been either Democrat or Republican.  18 were Republicans, and 10 have been Democrats.  88 years have been under Republican rule, 60 years have been under Democrats.

Do you remember that everyone "liked Ike"?  Eisenhower was the only Republican President between 1933 and 1969 - eight years out of 36!  Ironically, though everyone liked Ike, they promptly handed control back to Democrats when he finished his two terms.

The point I'm trying to make is that the national mood has historically swung backwards and forth trying to find a point of equilibrium.  It's been that way throughout history and is likely to be that way as long as we live upon this earth.  We have a lot of folks that just haven't seen the squeeze yet.  Political junkies like us feel our most basic needs are threatened while some haven't had a blip on the radar yet.  We know that the Left's economic policies will fail.  We're already seeing an economic reaction to Obama's re-election.  As more folks get squeezed, we'll see more of them open up to an alternative.  We've just got to make sure we're there with a credible solution and leader to offer them.

This will not be without pain, so get ready.  But, we must continue doing the fundamentals so we're there to catch our nation when she proves this path is unsustainable.  Of the 240 million folks of voting age in this country, little more than half actually turn out to vote.  There's a good place to start our work in getting ready for 2016.

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Saturday, 03 November 2012 13:37

Vote Now!

I've been pretty silent on this blog as the election has drawn near.  It's more important to do than to say.

I pause for this moment to give you some of my picks in North Carolina if you have yet to make up your mind.  This isn't an exhaustive list.

  • Most Important Race - NC Supreme Court - Paul Newby
  • Court of Appeals - David Robinson
  • Court of Appeals - Chris Dillon
  • Court of Appeals - Marty McGee
  • Wake District Court - Dan Nagle
  • Wake District Court - Charles Gilliam
  • Pres/VP - Romney/Ryan
  • 13th Congressional - George Holding
  • Governor - Pat McCrory
  • Lt. Gov - Dan Forest
  • Sec. of State - Ed Goodwin
  • Treasurer - Steve Royal
  • Comm. of Agriculture - Steve Troxler
  • Comm of Labor - Cherie Berry
  • Insurance Comm. - Mike Causey
  • Supt. of Public Instruction - John Tedesco
  • Wake Co. Commissioner - Dale Cooke
  • Wake Co. Commissioner - Paul Fitts

You should be familiar with your local House and Senate Reps.  Email me if you're unsure.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:00

So He Won. What Did He Win?

After a convincing and unprecedented win in the first debate by Romney, we all knew that Obama would have to make up a lot of ground in the second debate.  We saw a taste in the Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.  Personally, I thought Obama would use Joe's performance to recalibrate his own in order to achieve the right level of excitement without going over the top.  I guess that didn't happen...

Obama came out on the attack and Romney rose to match him.  It was an ugly affair, but I don't think Romney had much of a choice but to match Obama's rhetoric and pace.  Of course, all of that is commentary on style, but then again perhaps that's the only reason some folks thought Obama won.

So, what exactly did Obama win?  The CBS News poll shows that 37% of respondents thought Obama won the debate overall, 30% thought Romney won, and 33% hailed it a tie.  It's within the margin of error, but let's give it to Obama.  A 7-point victory still pales in comparison to the 24-point victory Romney garnered in the same poll for the first debate.  It's doubtful even on face value that the 2nd debate will halt or turn around the momentum Romney is enjoying at the moment.

If you look at the "crosstabs" of the poll, you'll find even more devastating news for Obama.  While he barely edged out Romney among people who thought he "won" the debate, it's a completely different story when you go issue-by-issue.  When looking at the other questions within the poll, we find that while folks may have thought Obama won the debate (style), they gave Romney the nod when it came to issues (substance).  Romney won huge points over Obama on the Economy, besting him by over 30 points (65%-34%)! Romney logged similar wins among debate-watchers for Taxes (51-44), the Deficit (59-36), Leadership (49-46), and even Obama's signature territory - Healthcare (49-46).

I would credit him if I could find the article again, but one commenter suggested the result of this poll was like one team scoring all the points, but the other team winning because they looked good in their uniforms.  The Democrats are all out metaphorically carrying Obama through the streets on their shoulders celebrating a "big win".  However, the folks out there aren't going to vote for someone based on how they did in a debate, but where they stand on the issues.  An old phrase echoes in my ears - "It's the economy, stupid!"

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Monday, 24 September 2012 18:00

How Can That Many People Be So Wrong?

So I was looking at Real Clear Politics online and saw that Obama is currently leading Romney in their poll average 48.6% to 44.9%.  They show Obama leading in 11 out of 12 of the top battleground states by a margin of 1% to 8.9%.  Intrade has Obama with a 71.6% chance of being re-elected.

Today is September 24.  There are 43 days until the election.  We have just been through a busy news cycle over the last couple of weeks in which a U.S. Ambassador was killed in Libya under circumstances that point to ineptitude by the administration.  While Romney made a statement about 47% of the country not likely to vote for him, Obama called the death of our Ambassador and the surrounding unrest "bumps in the road".

Unemployment remains over 8% and his inauguration day remains the record for lowest unemployment during Obama's reign.  There has been no appreciable rebound in the economy for the average American, and our debt has increased astronomically and sits at over $16 Trillion.  Welfare rolls have doubled under Obama with Food Stamps approaching similar numbers.  The dollar is declining, median income has declined every successive year in his regime, and we're facing the largest tax increase in the history of the world come January.  Even though our law requires it, there has not been even one budget since Obama took office.

Obama's campaign has recycled the promises and rhetoric from the '08 campaign and he even made the statement that he couldn't change Washington from the inside.  In essence, his campaign statements have amounted to, "it could have been worse".

So, why would Americans be at a point right now where they prefer Obama to continue being our President by a margin of almost 4%?  Perhaps the question is, "do they really?"  Knowing what we do about the accomplishments (or lack of) of this administration how is it conceivable that a majority of Americans in any poll could favor Obama over nearly any other candidate?  Perhaps it is because the polling is skewed.  As blatantly portrayed in the image above, most of the main stream media no longer hides their love of Obama.  Most of the pollsters are lefties.  If you're the one creating the poll, you have certain leeway to skew it to your ideology without most people catching on.

Rasmussen, who is regarded as the most accurate pollster, has the race much closer.  When you get into the cross tabs, you'll find that more people polled say that they'll definitely vote for Romney than those who will definitely vote for Obama.  At this stage in the 1980 campaign between Reagan and Carter, the pollsters had Carter ahead of Reagan by 4-8 percentage points.

Perhaps the polls are a result of wishful thinking by the left, or perhaps they're moderately accurate.  We hope (and there are plenty of indicators to back it up) that the polling is simply padded for Obama.  After all, how could the people we live and work with be so willingly ignorant?  But, if the numbers are even close, how can that many people be so wrong?

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Well, that's where Obama started his political career for one reason. Where would we be today if the good folks of Illinois had weeded him out in '96? Instead they were worried about Bob Dole and Slick Willie. People were concerned about making a "principled" vote for Ross Perot because "Dole would be just as bad as Clinton", and most of them didn't even know who else was running for anything that year.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think it's important to make the right decision on the President, but I think it's just as important to know the rest of your ballot like the back of your hand! In the history of this great country, we've only had three Presidents that held no prior political office (note I didn't say they had no political experience). They were Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Each one of them were previously military Generals. That means every other President could have had their Executive aspirations squashed by a more local group of people who would have (should have) known them best. Other than a few of our first Presidents who served in the Continental Congress, the rest filtered up through a state political system with several even starting in municipal government.

How many Governors and Senators have run for President over the years? An even better question - how many of our local folks have run for Governor or Senator? Just in this primary for the Republican nomination, there have been six Governors and one Senator run. At the same time, we saw an uncharacteristic number of House members run (4 - Paul, Gingrich, Bachmann, and McCotter). Herman Cain flew the lone flag as a true political outsider.

So, here locally we're looking to elect George Holding to serve the 13th Congressional District. What if you knew he was planning to run for President in a few years? A total of 37,341 North Carolinians voted for him in the May 8 Republican primary. See where I'm going with this?

In relation to my previous post, there are folks who quit because they can't save the world and they forget to save their neighbor.

Don't give up because somebody running for President has become "political". Don't be surprised if they have powerful connections and you have absolutely no influence over them. That may be true, but there's more at stake than that.

By all means, make the right choice this November for President. But, remember they all start out somewhere. Find out who's running locally and get to know them. The life (and prosperity) you save may be your own!
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

Moving Forward

God. Family. Government. In that order.

The most powerful reasons that anyone could ever aspire to attempt something great on this earth are contained in the pictures of my Cover and Profile photos above. My family, friends (many new ones we met along the journey), and the leading of Almighty God are the only reasons I ever undertook this task to try to make a difference.

We cherish the friends we have made along the way. The course we had charted arrived at an early destination Tuesday night, but the journey continues. Until we truly return, as a nation, to government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people, we must not rest. The only way we will fundamentally change government is if we fundamentally change ourselves. Freedom is not free. It takes hard work, but the reward is worth dying for. Just ask the 56 signers of our Declaration of Independence. 

We must accept the responsibility that is ours in this Representative Republic. Do not shy away, but embrace it! To have leaders that act responsibly, we must hold them accountable. The reins of government were always meant to be in our hands. Somewhere along the way, we threw them to the horses and let them run. To save our nation, we must take them back. It is not easy, but it is required. The price of freedom is getting off the couch and doing something. Doing the right things for the right reasons.

May history judge this generation as the one that took our country back. Our present course has come to an end, but the journey continues. Will you join me?
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Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

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Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Imperfect Presidential Candidates

All four are flawed candidates. (If you agree with "your guy" 100% of the time, you'd better check up. Reagan aptly pointed out that if you agreed with someone 75% of the time, you'd found a good friend)

I think we would all like to see the perfect candidate rise up and run, but the current societal climate illustrates why the "perfect" candidate has better things to do than subject themselves to this process.

To that end, we are left with less than perfect choices. Given this scenario, how should we best move forward? May I postulate the following:

While campaign rhetoric would suggest this one or that one is no better than Obama, a realistic assessment would show that all of the current Republican field would support the basic Republican platform far better than Obama. When problem solving, the priority is generally first to stop moving in the wrong direction, then start to swing around toward the right direction. If true, then any of the current candidates would, at the very least, be a step in the right direction.

So then, do we take a step in the right direction even if it's not with our preferred candidate, or is it better to continue spiraling in the wrong direction because we have the moral high ground to blame it on the Democrats and we'll just wait until the perfect candidate comes along?
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The Democrats have given their 2012 platform a slogan - "Moving America Forward".

In reading the 32 page document, I find it full of things that will not move us "forward" at all!  Among them are:

  • They show a complete misunderstanding of economics and pass it all off with divisive language that ultimately blames Republicans.  They seek to 'double-down' on their failed 'trickle-up' economics.  Even a cursory reading reveals that they are long on hyperbole and short on details. They are focused on fear and ignorant of solutions.
  • They propose billions in new programs, but offer no credible way to fund them.
  • They believe abortion should have no restrictions.
  • They are for gay marriage and support stripping away every state and federal power to suggest or enforce "Defense of Marriage" laws.
  • They want to limit the 2nd amendment and pursue aggressive gun control laws.
  • They want to give carte blanch to Unions.
  • While they make a passe mention of "faith", they virtually leave God out of it altogether.  The only time God is mentioned in the entire document and that is on page 2 when it claims to support all of us living up to our "God-given potential"  This marks a continued effort on their part to rid themselves of God.  In 2004, their platform mentioned God 7 times.  You will have heard that the delegates actually booed when (under pressure) it was suggested that they put "God" and "Jerusalem" back into the platform

This platform simply reinforces what we all know about the Democrats and their intentions to make major alterations to the fabric of America.  What may have been a bit unexpected was the bloodlust in the delegates to pursue such an out-of-the-mainstream platform.

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As we come into the last few days of the primary, you can get more up-to-date information by visiting our Facebook page. Come and "like" Duane!

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Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Cutlip Wins HUGE in Wake Co. Straw Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 22, 2012

CUTLIP WINS WAKE COUNTY STRAW POLL
IN HOUSE DISTRICT 35 BY HUGE MARGIN

Cutlip takes in nearly 75% of the vote!

 

Wendell, North Carolina – Duane Cutlip, Republican candidate for the newly drawn North Carolina State House District 35, won the largest straw poll to be held in Wake County among Republicans. There were several hundred Wake County delegates, activists, and observers in attendance to hear Herman Cain speak and participate in the straw poll. The margin of victory was almost 75% for Cutlip, with the remaining 25% going to Wake Forest resident Chris Malone.

The local Republican Convention features delegates from every precinct across Wake County who gather to organize, take care of county-level Republican business, and select delegates to move on to the state convention.

 "I am humbled to have the support of my peers”, said Cutlip, who has been active in grassroots Wake County politics for much of the last decade. Cutlip continued, "The overwhelming margin of victory is quite an honor and I am pleased to have their confidence behind my bid to represent House District 35".

This is the second straw poll conducted in Wake County that has included the contest in House District 35. Cutlip won the Moccasin Creek Minutemen straw poll in February with almost 94% of the vote with Malone taking the remaining 6%. While the GOP poll included voters from all over Wake County, ehe Moccasin Creek Minutemen poll primarily featured voters from eastern Wake County in the area of House District 35.

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Duane Cutlip, a Rolesville area family man, has worked with finances in several small businesses across North Carolina. He was the Republican nominee for North Carolina State House district 39 in 2008 and 2010. Duane’s campaign is rooted from his personal experience in that small businesses are the engine of our economy. Visit www.DuaneCutlip.com.


The Duane Cutlip Steering Committee

Claude Pope, Jr.
Former Chairman
Wake County Republican Party

Marilyn Avila
Representative, NC House Dist. 40

Russell Killen
Mayor of Knightdale

Frank Eagles
Mayor of Rolesville

Gene Schulze
Mayor Pro Tempore of Apex

Ron & Fannie Stell
Wingtip Farms

Tommy Massey
Wakefield Nursery & Landscaping

Paul Fitts

Paul Terrell, III

Phil Matthews
Wake County Commissioner

Deborah Prickett
Wake Co. School Board Member

Dustin Tripp
Knightdale Town Councilman

Bryan Hicks
Rolesville Town Manager

Christie Adams
Wendell Town Commissioner

Phil Jeffreys
Former Wake County Commissioner

Vinnie DeBenedetto
Former Holly Springs Town Councilman

John Lewis

Larry Schug

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:00

Straw Poll

Why Duane?


Because of What He Believes
• God. Family. Government. In that order. Our Government has it backwards. Let’s get it right and reign in government together!
• Small Business is the engine of our economy. Let’s lower taxes, eliminate punitive regulation, and end corporate welfare to attract new business and let our job creators do what they do best!
• Life and Liberty are precious. Without them, we can’t pursue happiness. Let’s protect the unborn, get government out of our lives, and restore personal responsibility.
• Let parents choose their children’s schools, let people choose their own healthcare, and let illegal immigrants choose to go home as we stop the government dole for lawbreakers.

Because of What He Has Done
• Democrats spent $500,000 over two elections to keep Duane out of a seat where they held over 50% of the registered voters!
• Duane walked neighborhoods and talked to over 20,000 voters at their doorstep or at local restaurants and events, garnering 1/3 of his votes from Democrats and Unaffiliateds!
• Duane has worked in the grassroots for candidates at every level. He has made calls, knocked on doors, and worked polls to help get Republicans elected across Wake County.
• Duane has served as a Precinct Chairman, District Chairman, and Vice-Chairman for our County Party.

Because of Who is Supporting Him
• Duane is Proudly Endorsed By:

Claude Pope, Jr.
Former Chairman
Wake County Republican Party

Marilyn Avila
Representative, NC House Dist. 40

Russell Killen
Mayor of Knightdale

Frank Eagles
Mayor of Rolesville

Gene Schulze
Mayor Pro Tempore of Apex

Ron & Fannie Stell
Wingtip Farms

Tommy Massey
Wakefield Nursery & Landscaping

Paul Fitts

Paul Terrell, III

Phil Matthews
Wake County Commissioner

Dustin Tripp
Knightdale Town Councilman

Bryan Hicks
Rolesville Town Manager

Christie Adams
Wendell Town Commissioner

Phil Jeffreys
Former Wake County Commissioner

Vinnie DeBenedetto
Former Holly Springs Town Councilman

John Lewis

Larry Schug

 

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