• Donations and Defense

    This week the Lincoln Club Board voted to boldly support Republican candidates in two county races: Lynn Compton, running for County Supervisor against Democrat Caren Ray and to Dan Dow, running for County District Attorney. Ray was appointed by Governor Brown to fill the seat vacated by Paul Texeira’s untimely and tragic death; Dow is the only Republican running for District Attorney and is backed by all of the Deputy District Attorney’s and most of the law enforcement associations in the County. Each requested and received $5000 donations from the Lincoln Club.

    Some would argue that the donations were too large, but I would point out that we spent much more than that to keep Ed Waage’s seat on the Pismo City Council when the Democrat Party targeted him with significant party funds to his opponent after his unsuccessful bid to unseat Supervisor Adam Hill. I also remember an event that occurred back in 2008 during Debbie Arnold’s first campaign for County Supervisor. I was in her office on the Friday prior to the election when a check for $10,000 arrived from a generous supporter. The money was appreciated of course, but it was too late to be effectively used in the campaign. Debbie was being subjected to a last-minute “robo-call” smear campaign and she didn’t have the funding available to mount an effective rebuttal. She lost that election but went on in 2012 to unseat Democrat-supported Jim Patterson to win the supervisorial seat for the North County’s 5th District. Keeping a healthy reserve in a bank account may make members feel good about the organization, even earn some interest on our money, but it earns us no political capital. The Lincoln Club exists to help elect Republican candidates to local and state offices. We do that by making larger campaign contributions that have been bundled together from our members, strategically targeted where they will have the most impact. The contributions made this week will enable both candidates to plan ahead and commit resources early, in addition to making a “splash” in the next financial reporting period. It’s sad but a fact that many donors, especially large donors, will lend their support only to perceived winners, “winner” being defined as someone able to raise enough money to have a credible chance of winning.

    Lynn Compton’s campaign is gathering steam and expanding her support base. Her election is imperative as the County Supervisors sit on numerous regulatory boards and commissions beyond that of the County Supervisor’s Office. Land and water use, air pollution regulations and property rights are all under siege in SLO County. If Caren Ray holds onto Paul Texeira’s supervisorial seat, expect an avalanche of burdensome regulations to be implemented upon homeowners, businesses, farms and ranchers, with Supervisors Hill and Gibson enforcing their extreme environmental agenda for the next four years. “Smart Growth” stack and pack high-density housing policies will be ensconced in regulatory cement and virtually impossible to overturn.

    Dan Dow is obviously posing a threat to his Democrat-backed opponent as Dow is being smeared as a “religious extremist” and “tea party” candidate in a recent flyer. If going to church on Sunday makes one an extremist, I guess Dan qualifies as he and his family regularly attend one of the oldest congregations in Atascadero. As for being a Tea Party candidate, Dan is a Republican who listens to all of his constituents, from every political persuasion. No doubt some are members of the Tea Party, some are old guard Republicans, many are independents and some are even Democrats. I think it’s of considerable note that every single Deputy District Attorney in the county is backing Dan Dow for District Attorney. That wouldn’t happen if Dan had anything less than exemplary character. 

    On a national level, we are facing the greatest threat to the survival of the Republic since the Civil War. The Obama administration is implementing the long-desired agenda of the extreme left to dismantle American national security defenses. Yes, everyone is tired after more than a decade of war, but wars end when both sides agree to stop fighting; just quitting the field doesn’t end threats to our national security. I’ve written a number of articles in the Atascadero News about the escalating threats to our national survival and the dangers of a weak, indecisive foreign policy. America is not only largely alone after Obama cast most of our friends adrift; we are now mistrusted by virtually every long-term ally. 

    Obama’s White House staff has repeatedly thrown Israel under the bus by leaking secrets that put Israel’s national security at risk and giving advantage to enemies sworn to destroy her people. We’ve insulted the British and abandoned friends in Eastern Europe who are now forced to face an awakened Russian Bear from its decades-long hibernation. The people of the Ukraine are helpless as their country is being dismantled and Obama threatens another “Red Line” for the Russians not to cross. Somehow, the former KGB Colonel Vladimir Putin is not particularly impressed by Obama’s threat to make another speech before he goes to “happy hour” or the next round of golf. 

    The fact is we have few credible military options as the Russians have all of the home court advantages while we have virtually none. Obama has been systematically dismantling our nuclear deterrent since he came into office, cut our ballistic missile defenses, surrendered air superiority for the next generation, is mothballing about a third of our Navy and cutting about a third of the combat power of the Army and Marines. Fighting any war will be extremely difficult and the outcome by no means assured. In WWII, we fielded 16 million troops, 50,000 aircraft and 5000 ships to destroy the Nazi and Japanese juggernauts. Within five years of the end of WWII, we had so demobilized and debilitated our military forces that when the North Koreans attacked South Korea in June, 1950, we were nearly driven off the Korean peninsula into the sea, “a la Dunkirk.” Under General MacArthur’s leadership, we rebounded and re-took the offensive, but it cost 8000 American lives in less than five months. The last time that happened was in the period December, 1941 to April, 1942. The Japanese assault in the Pacific sank 81 American and allied ships of the American Asiatic Fleet in four months while inflicting 25,000 casualties on American forces. In both cases, Korea in 1950 and the Southwest Pacific in 1941-42, we were able to recover and regain the offensive and ultimately achieve a hard-fought victory. We had an enormous industrial base and were unified in purpose. Neither condition exists today; the next war could very well be our last war and the end of the Republic.

    Defeating the democrats by regaining the U.S. Senate is imperative, but it requires retaining our hold on the House of Representatives and a unified effort to capture the Senate. Failure to achieve either objective will mean Obama continues for the remainder of his term to ignore the laws of the land, dismiss the will of the Congress and complete the dismantling of our national defenses. We will be broke and have our military power reduced to that of a third world nation, forced to stand idly by as dictators like Putin of Russia, or the tyrants of North Korea, Iran or China bully and cow the free world into submission. To win, we must put aside our minor differences, unite and act in unison! It’s up to you, me and every American who loves their country to stand united and take back America! Please join us in the Republican Party and make your vote count. We ask for your support; we ask you to join the Lincoln Club or to simply become more active in your community on behalf of candidates that reflect the values that made America a great nation, the values of Faith, Family, Freedom, Hope and Opportunity.

    Al Fonzi
    President, Lincoln Club, SLO County
    Chairman, 5th District, SLOCo Republican Party

  • The Party of Fear

    by Christopher Arend

    This mid-term election year is upon us, and the prospects for Republican success are good.  We Republicans see the important issues confronting this country: the economy, jobs, national defense, a failed foreign policy, adapting Social Security and Medicare so that they can survive and, of course, saving our health care system from Obamacare.  Those are home turf Republican issues.  How can we possibly lose in 2014?

    Conservative euphoria, however, is tempered by the sobering fact that the Democrats have the mainstream media in their pocket and can control the message.  We may bemoan the fact that the Democrats control the mainstream media, but this will not change until conservative investors can buy mainstream media outlets, something that will not happen in the next few years, if ever.  Although Republican issues rank at the top of in the polls,  the mainstream media can be expected, as usual, to draw the debate to the Democratic Party’s presumed strong points.  So get ready for more of the “War on Women”, climate change,  class warfare and that all-time favorite, the race card.

    Our candidates, of course, must be excellent advocates who can eloquently and skilfully represent the conservative position on Republican issues such as the economy and jobs.  However, our candidates must also be able to quickly and competently address the Democratic diversionary tactic of baiting us with their issues.  Unfortunately, many otherwise good conservative candidates are suckered into going off message, getting defensive and finally stumbling over themselves.  Todd Aiken in Missouri and Richard Murdoch in Indiana were well on their way to victory in their 2012 campaigns for the U.S. Senate until they tripped over the abortion issue and fell flat on their faces, also harming Romney’s campaign in the process.  Rick Santorum also reacted poorly with his comments on contraception in general.  Rush Limbaugh’s failed attempt at humor with his “slut” comments about Sandra Fluke aggravated the situation, providing great grist for the mainstream media mill!  The Democrats subsequently scored a clear victory with their “War on Women”.

    In order to win in 2014 and especially in 2016, we must first understand the Democratic strategy, a strategy that has enabled the Democratic Party to win countless elections in a supposedly “center right” country.  In order to understand and counter the Democratic strategy we must identify where our Grand Old Party is genuinely different from the Democratic Party.  The advertising industry uses the term “point of difference” or “POD”.

    Our fundamental principles, standard fare in Republican speeches, do not differentiate the Republican Party from the Democratic Party.  Ask any American about common Republican themes:  “Do you support the Constitution?”  “Do you favor limited government?”  “Are you against excess regulation?”  “Do you support individual liberty?”  “Do you support a strong defense?”  Virtually every American will emphatically answer “Yes!”  I defy you to name any Democratic candidate who expressly says, “I am in favor of excess regulation and against individual liberty.”

    The situation is the same if you ask any American questions about how they stand on common Democratic issues:  “Do you favor supporting those Americans who cannot support themselves?”  “Do you support protecting the environment?”  “Are you against discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual preference?”  “Are you concerned about income inequality?”  Again, virtually every American will answer these questions with a strong, “Yes!”

    If the basic principles of both political parties are not “points of difference”, what is the fundamental appeal of the Democrats?  It can’t be their actual policies, for the Democrats have demonstrated an astonishing level of incompetence in virtually every area.  Since the Democrats cannot rely on an objective analysis of their policies, the Democrats necessarily rely on emotion.

    The main weapon in the Democratic Party arsenal is the emotion of fear.  Simply the word “war” in the phrase “War on Women” is intended to trigger a sense of fear in women.  The race card is another blatant ploy to convince ethnic minorities to place themselves under the protective hand of the Democratic Party.  Of course, the Democratic Party can always rely on its standard fare of class warfare against the middle class, a tactic they used very successfully in the last presidential election, especially after Mitt Romney’s unfortunate 47% comment.  The Democrats also appeal to the primordial fear that not only our lives are in danger, but that all humanity is at risk due to “climate change”, as “global warming” is now called.

    In each instance, the Democratic Party paints a vivid picture of the presumed threat and then says that they are the only ones who can save the American people if we just give them enough power and money.  This tactic, of course, is not new to the Democratic Party and is instead a common tool employed by virtually every demagogue throughout human history.  The tactic is quite simple.  Draw the people’s attention to a threat, regardless of whether real or imaginary, use propaganda to make the people shake in fear at the supposed threat and then convince them that only you can defeat the threat and save them.

    Fear is one of the strongest human emotions, for it has its source in the survival instinct.  Fear can be justified and rational, such as when we hear a warning on the car radio while driving on the freeway that another driver is headed the wrong way.  When a fear is justified and rational, for example, after the USA was attacked on 9/11, the American people also display a great deal of unity.  Fear is often, however, irrational such as when a small child is afraid of monsters in the closet.  As we saw with the “War on Women”, the Democrats are experts at exploiting irrational fear.

    How do we defend against the Democratic strategy of fear?  Just as we ease the child’s fear by turning on the light and showing the child that there are no monsters in the closet, we must counter the Democratic Party’s use of fear by showing that there is no rational basis for the fear.  Indeed, the weapon of fear can even be turned against the Democratic Party if the electorate realizes that the Democrats are knowingly engaged in deception.  Nobody likes to be played for a fool, and nobody likes to appear cowardly.

    There is no shortage of candidates who can spew platitudes on either side of an issue.  The Democrats can win elections with ranting fools such as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee because they rely on an emotional appeal.  The game is much more difficult for conservatives because showing that there is no rational basis for fear requires an excellent understanding of the relevant facts and arguments, and that requires substantial study and analysis.

    This article is the first in a series that will address the irrational fear cultivated by the Democrats on various issues and show how conservatives can allay the fear with knowledge about the facts and the right arguments.  The next article will look at the “War on Women” and especially the issue of abortion.  The series will then continue with climate change.  In the meantime, I suggest that you keep the fear tactic in mind as you follow the Democratic efforts, especially in the mainstream media.  You might also evaluate Republican candidates in the primary not so much on how well they can spew fiery conservative rhetoric and instead on their ability to handle especially the awkward issues.


    1- This article is based on several speeches the author made to Republican organizations on the Central Coast in the fall of 2013.

    2 – The author, born and raised in California, is a lawyer admitted in California (inactive status) and Germany who practiced international corporate and finance law in Germany before moving to the Central Coast at the end of 2004.  He is a director in the Lincoln Club of San Luis Obispo County and also a member of the Central Committee of the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County.

    3 – Results of a PEW poll in January 2014 showing priorities assigned to issues athttp://www.people-press.org/2014/01/27/deficit-reduction-declines-as-policy-priority/ .

    4 – The Democrats held an all-nighter about climate change in the Senate on 10 March.

    5 – Obama got 56 % of the female vote in 2012 compared to 44 % for Romney (http://www.gallup.com/poll/158588/gender-gap-2012-vote-largest-gallup-history.aspx ).