Sunday, January 20, 2013


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total
of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.






Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


To my readers:  Please note that I did not compile this summary of Marco Rubio's book "An American Son".  A fellow patriot and longtime online friend is an avid Rubio fan who is actively working on getting Marco Rubio support for the next presidential election.

Dear Fellow Friends of Marco. Following is a 3,900 word summary of Marco Rubio’s 80,000 word memoir, “An American Son,” a truly remarkable book. Obtain the hardcover version through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here's a key excerpt -- please share it:

Marco Rubio in "An American Son" discussing his upset victory against Gov. Charlie Crist for the FL US Senate seat: "I was on the verge of receiving a truly special privilege. The son and grandson of immigrants and exiles, I was entrusted with the hopes of my fellow citizens, with the dreams they had for their children. I carried the stories of the people who had come to believe in me, who didn't care how far behind I was in the polls, who didn't think I was crazy to run against a popular and powerful incumbent governor, who didn't believe anything was inevitable in America. They wanted me to make a difference--to go to Washington and stand up for them . . . . They believed in me, and I believed in them."

Key events in Marco’s life:

Position: US Senator from FL since Jan., 2010

Earlier Positions: Speaker, FL House, 1/02/07 – 1/02/09

Member of FL House, 01/25/2008- 01/02/09

City Commissioner West Miami, FL, 1998-2000

Born: Marco Antonio Rubio, American citizen, 05/28/1971 (now 41)

Place of Birth: Miami, FL

Married to: Jeanette Doubesdes, from Miami, of Columbian descent

Children: 4, two girls (Amanda & Daniella), two younger boys (Anthony & Dominic)

Marco’s Alma Mater: Univ. of FL, BA; Univ. of Miami, Juris Doctor

Religion: Ages 8-11, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (Mormon), now Roman Catholic – also attends Christ Fellowship Protestant Church

Web Site:

In Cuba, Marco’s father, Mario Rubio, at age 22, married Oriales Garcia, age 18, on April 28, 1949, ten years before Castro’s Communist takeover. Lacking education and connections, the Rubios faced the prospects of a life of hardship..

Hearing that jobs were plentiful in America, the Rubios left Cuba in May, 1956, for America. As each family member arrived in America, they would save up to bring another one to America for about $500 each. As Castro was establishing himself in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, grandfather Rubio and other family members emigrated to the U.S.

In October 2011, the St. Petersburg Times and Washington Post reported that Marco’s previous statements that his parents were forced to leave Cuba in 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, were incorrect. They had in fact first left Cuba in 1956 during Fulgenci Batista’s dictatorship.

Marco responded, ". . . [M]y family's story is not about the date my parents first entered the United States. Or even the date they left Fidel Castro's Cuba forever and permanently settled here. The essence of my family story is why they came to America in the first place; and why they had to stay."

The Times and the Post missed the point. The Rubios had left Cuba permanently after Castro came to power. For example, Marco’s grandfather had returned to Cuba after Batista’s fall and “intended to stay there for the rest of his life.” He didn’t.

Also, in the summer of 1960, Marco’s parents arrived back in Cuba from America. But Mr. Rubio’s brother Emilio warned him of Castro’s reign of terror, jailing dissidents, closing opposition newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets. Marco’s father left and never returned again. Marco’s mother returned once and was almost forced to stay in Cuba.

In America, Mr. and Mrs. Rubio experienced what Marco calls “a typical first-generation immigrant experience,” one of “hardship, menial labor, sacrifice, scrimping, and heartache” for the country they’d left behind.

Mr. Rubio worked into his 70s as a banquet bartender, while Mrs. Rubio worked as a hotel maid in Las Vegas and a Kmart stock clerk in Miami.

When his father was 45 and his mother 41, Marco was born in Miami, FL, on May 28, 1971. His sister, Veronica, was born the next year. The older parents doted on the young children.

Marco admits his parents “spoiled” their young children. On the positive side, that gave the children a “sense of stability and security” that can become a lifetime source of confidence. Marco never spent a day not believing he was loved and that he didn’t believe “I could make my life whatever I wanted it to be.”

Yet there’s a negative side to being the apple of your parents’ eyes. Marco admits he’s struggled, as an adult “to learn to subordinate [his] own desires to the needs of others – a quality indispensable to a mature and lasting happiness.”

He adds, “I can still be selfish with my time and attention . . . But [his wife] Jeanette wouldn’t indulge my bad behavior . . . She lets me know instantly when I am shirking my most important responsibility [to his family]. At times, Marco can be his own worst critic, an unusual trait for a major political figure.

His older brother Mario had been a star quarterback at high school football powerhouse Miami High. Marco loved the Miami Dolphins as a child – and still does.

At age 8, when the Rubios lived in Las Vegas, Marco and some members of his family attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (Mormon). At age 11, Marco returned to the Roman Catholic Church. It was not a rejection of the LDS Church, but rather an almost gravitational/spiritual/familial pull toward Catholicism.

Marco observes, “[T]he Mormon Church provided the sound moral structure my mother had wanted for us, and a circle of friends from stable, God-fearing families. When we left the church, we did so with gratitude for its considerable contribution to our happiness . . . .”

Devoutly Roman Catholic, Marco also attends Southern Baptist services [Christ Fellowship Church] with his wife and daughters. That's true, and it suggests this man (and his family) is more complicated spiritually than your garden-variety political figure.

On experiencing different faith traditions, Marco says, “I don't think you can go to church too often or spend too much time in fellowship with other Christians, whatever denomination they confess.". . .

Marco played football in high school on a team with mostly Black athletes. He also played football on scholarship at a small college in Missouri – Tarkio. Then, he returned to Florida, where he attended Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida in Gainesville. Later, he attended the University of Miami Law School, where he graduated cum laude (with honors) with a “juris doctor” degree.

While studying at Miami Law, Marco in 1996 ran the Dole presidential campaign office in Miami’s Little Havana. Once, he served as a Dole surrogate in a debate on a Miami Spanish-language radio station. Inexperienced in debates, he was ill-prepared and performed poorly. Learning from failure, Marco vowed in the future to make certain he “was the best-prepared person in the room.” No more failures.

Marco’s boyhood ambition had been to be an NFL football player for his beloved Miami Dolphins. That hope took a strange twist when Jeanette, winning over many competitors, made the Dolphins’ cheerleading squad. Marco’s wry response: “When we have kids, I can tell them that ONE of their parents had made it onto an NFL field.”

On Marco and Jeanette’s marriage: “Marriage [is] a real-world union in which two people agree before God to share . . . all of themselves with each other, the good and the bad. . . . Jeanette and I have faced the bad as well as the good.” He adds, “She has accepted a [political] life she never wanted, only because she believes the influence I can have on important issues is worth the sacrifice she makes.”

Always fascinated by politics, Marco decided in 1998 to run for a town council seat in West Miami, a town of 5,000 residents, the vast majority of them Cuban-Americans. The best way for a relative unknown like Marco to reach the people was by walking neighborhoods and knocking on every door. This was the beginning of Marco’s one-on-one politics, an approach at which he excels.

In talking to hundreds of older Cuban-Americans, Marco realized he was doing more than discussing issues. The exiles, he says, “had lost everything: their youth, their culture, [and] their country.” Now, they were asking themselves about the meaning and purpose of their lives.

Who was this young, ambitious Marco Rubio to West Miamians? He discovered: “My success, and the success of any Cuban American of my generation, was their answer.”

In his West Miami days, Marco believed – as he does not – that Big Government “crowds out the individual initiative and risk-taking entrepreneurism that are the engine(s) of our prosperity and the essence of Americans’ problem-solving genius.” Government functions best “when it listens to the people, and responds to their concerns effectively . . . .”

In 2000, Marco was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. In a tough run-off primary for the seat, he found himself outside a polling place on Election Day bone-tired and uncertain of his chances. He retreated to his car “for a few minutes [to] feel sorry for myself.” He looked out the window and saw Jeanette – six month’s pregnant – asking one voter after another to vote for her husband..

It caused him to look back to the homily at his wedding, when the priest had said that love is not a feeling, but rather an action. Marco says, “I saw Jeanette’s love in action, and I knew if I lost that night, I would be fine.” He went back to join Jeanette. .

In 2004, as a member of the Florida House on his way to becoming Speaker, Marco closed his political committee, which had become “an accounting mess.” A rather sloppy record-keeper, he realized that the money pouring in after he had gained the votes necessary to be speaker “had to be carefully accounted for and wisely spent.”

In addition, Rubio listened to House members frustrated over how the House had been managed – and their lack of influence on policies. The members insisted on an end to top-down management – and Rubio listened. He says, “I agreed with them, and assured them that as speaker I would leave it to members to create and pursue policy priorities, while I oversaw the management of their agenda.”

Marco devised a leadership structure that would give members more power. He note, “I was influenced by Jim Collins’ book GOOD TO GREAT and his advice that a leader’s most important function was to get the right people on the bus and assign them seats where there they would make the best use of their talents.”

He continues, “I also wanted the House to become a vibrant laboratory of ideas, a place that conceived and pursued big, bold policy ideas,” with Marco says, “I traveled the state over the next two years, joining other members at events with voters we called ‘Idearaisers.’ “

“We picked the best ideas [the voters]offered and turned them into a contract with Florida, which later [was] published and titled ‘100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.’” The Florida legislature ended up passing 57 of the 100 ideas into law.

Speaker of the Florida House was an important position, but soon, Marco had something bigger in mind: the U.S. Senate.

Marco was thinking about politics on a national level. He believed in the Obama Era “that the country needed to return to the principles of limited government and the American free-enterprise system. . . . [T]he Republican Party needed to make that argument and counter the president’s policies.”

Marco began speaking to every Republican Group that would have him. One invitation led to another. He says, “I felt like a preacher on the circuit, delivering the Republican sermon on small government and free enterprise.” It was a message that resonated with Republicans.

On top of the banking and insurance industry bailouts, the Stimulus “was one step too many toward an era of big government and potential financial ruin.” Marco’s opposition to the Stimulus Bill led to his being asked to speak to the new “Tea Party” groups, libertarian and conservative activists committed to reducing federal spending.

Marco and the Tea Partiers hit it off very well. He says, “My experience has been that the vast majority of the people you will meet at Tea Party rallies are regular folks from all walks of life . . . [and] were genuinely frightened by the country’s direction and felt compelled to speak out in opposition.”

The Tea Party’s influence was fuelled by the rise of social media. That gave activists “the means to communicate [their] fears and organize their opposition” without operating within the confines of traditional political parties. Using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and texts, anyone could become a political organizer.

Marco needed every resource, organizational and financial, he could get. His opponent in the Republican Primary would be Florida’s 800-pound gorilla, political powerhouse and Governor Charlie Crist.

Should Marco run for the U.S. or for a high state office – perhaps attorney-general or perhaps governor? But in his speeches and thoughts, he found himself increasingly drawn to national issues – especially Obama’s bloated $800 billion Stimulus Package. Marco saw in the legislation too many “typical pork barrel excesses that wouldn’t do anything to encourage economic growth.” In contrast, Gov. Charlie Crist was a big supporter of the Stimulus Bill.

As Governor, Crist made a crucial mistake. When Obama came to Ft. Myers, FL, touting the Stimulus, Charlie was there leading the cheers. He also gave Obama a big hug. That image – called “The Hug” -- would be used repeatedly by Marco in the Senate campaign.

But did Marco have a chance to defeat Florida’s political powerhouse, Gov. Crist? Most of the experts – and nearly every member of the GOP establishment – said, “No!” Marco was relatively unknown; he lacked a fundraising network; he’d never run a statewide campaign – whereas in one decade Crist had won four statewide races. If Marco ran and lost, his political career probably would come to an unhappy end.

At the beginning of his Senate campaign, Marco couldn’t avoid a negative assessment of his chances. Frankly, he didn’t think he could raise enough money to win, especially in a state where heavy – and costly -- media advertising is essential.

Two factors kept Marco from dropping out. One was Jeanette, not a fan of politics but a big believer in her husband what he stands for.

Another was his belief that God should be the ultimate determinant of our important life choices. Marco says, “[God] wanted me to believe that whatever happened He loved me and would give me the strength and peace of mind to endure it."

Many people looked at Florida as a “moderate” state in a country that was itself becoming increasingly moderate. Marco, a conservative, begged to differ. He “was frustrated . . . by the failure of Republicans to counter the left-ward drift in Washington with distinctly conservative solutions to our national problems. He didn’t believe that to win Republicans had to become more like Democrats.

He believes conservatism is the solution to our nation’s problems. “Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about allowing people to catch up.”

Marco Rubio clearly recognized that Crist and what he represented was not his only opponent. He was also running against – especially in a policy sense – the other participant in “The Hug”: Barack Hussein Obama. He firmly believed that, despite Obama’s big win in 2008, the American people still believed in limited government and a free market economy.

When Spanish language channel Univision asked him why he thought he could win, Marco said, “Races of this magnitude are decided by who presents a clearer picture of the future, and I intend to do that.” Marco believes that a strong messages leads to growing support, which leads to contributions. History has proven he’s right.

Just before Gov. Crist announced for the FL Senate seat, the Rubio Campaign released a web video saying: “An election coming into focus. A choice for Florida’s future. Some politicians support trillions in reckless spending, borrowed money from China and the Middle East, mountains of debt for our children and a terrible threat to a fragile economy. Today, too many politicians embrace Washington’s same old broken ways. [Cue image of Crist embracing Obama.] But this time, there is a leader who won’t. Let the debate begin. Marco 2010.”

When he saw the commercial, Marco sent an e-mail to his political consultants. It said, “I just ran this on my computer and three things happened. 1. I got chills. 2. My wife and children painted themselves up in blue face like Braveheart. 3. I went to the closet and got out my costume from Gladiator, and I could hear the crowd chant: Maximus! Maximus! Maximus!”

Early in the Senate battle, Marco demonstrated once again that he is a relentless campaigner. He traveled every day but Sunday. He stayed in supporters’ guest rooms to save money. He talked on his cell phone so much that he developed a sore on his ear. Meanwhile, Crist was raising huge amounts of money and chalking up a seemingly endless list of endorsements.

His run for the Senate seat often seemed to be a hopeless cause. But he vowed to be as tenacious and courageous as his grandfather and father had been. He thought of his crippled grandfather looking for work, “rejected humiliated, ignored. He had never quit. He had never given in to self-pity.”

With the pundits almost uniformly saying he couldn’t win, Marco reflected, “Maybe I couldn’t be a U.S. Senator . . . . But I could be something more. I could be more like the better men who had raised me and taught me what it takes to be a good man.”

Marco’s story of his courageous immigrant parents and grandfather became a major theme of his campaign. Presumably, it would also be so in his campaign for the presidency.

As always, whenever Marco got too “up” or too “down,” his wife Jeanette helped him temper his emotions with her tough love. For example, Marco heard George Will on ABC predict that he would win the primary. “Jeanette came into the room and I excitedly told her the news. ‘That’s nice,’ she said, then handed me a bag of garbage and asked me to take it outside.”

Marco’s view is that he is never “good enough.” He’s fixated on his need to keep getting better – to learn from his mistakes and to reduce his weaknesses. For example, here’s how he saw himself early in the Senate campaign.

“After a miserable month of sharp attacks and tough scrutiny, I had performed well in my first debate. In preparing for it, I had been forced to recognize my deficiencies and try to become a better candidate and person.

He continues, “I learned to listen to tough criticism and take it in stride without losing my temper. Our tough campaign was making me a better candidate, and if I won, it would have prepared me to be a better leader. It began to occur to me that God might be using the campaign to make me aware of my weaknesses and more humble because of them.”

What makes “An American Son” a unique political book is that Marco consistently takes a hard look at himself – his character and his resolve. On several occasions, he doesn't like what he sees. He understands his weaknesses and imperfections. He wants to get better – as a political leader, a husband, a father, a human being, and as a child of God.

Marco Rubio as -- improbably -- he moved ahead in the polls for the FL US Senate seat Eventually, Crist, recognizing the handwriting on the wall, dropped out as a Republican. Polls had shown that his only chance was to run as an Independent. So much for Florida’s “Mr. Republican.”

When Crist made personal attacks – and he did so regularly – Marco hit back hard. For instance, when Crist went after him on Social Security, Marco calls the attack “shameful.” He adds, “You know my mom is a beneficiary of Social Security—you’ve met her. And you know why I know it’s shameful, Governor? You can’t even look at me as I tell you these things.”

The debate with Crist on Oct. 15, where Crist tried to label Marco an extremist as opposed to his own supposedly “centrism” Marco’s response: “The notion, Governor, that you switched to become an independent because you’re some kind of centrist who’s looking out for the betterment of the country, quite frankly, is a fairy tale that only you believe. You’re running as an independent not because you took a principled stand on the issues; you’re running as an independent because you took a poll.”

When Crist kept constantly interrupting him during the debate, Marco turned to his opponent and said: “I’ve never had a heckler at the debate. I’ve always had them in the audience.”

“Upon hearing the heckler line, the panel, the audience, and even Kendrick [Meek, the Democrat running for Senate]] broke out into laughter. Crist appeared as if the frustrations of the entire campaign had finally gotten the best of him and erupted in one singular moment.”

One of the keys to Marco winning the Senate race was to keep his Democrat opponent, Cong. Kendrick Meek, from dropping out – and endorsing Crist. Marco explains, “The better he [Meek] did, the happier we were. I attacked him for being a left-wing, consistently liberal Democrat. To some observers that seemed like a boilerplate partisan attack. But its purpose was to rally Democrats to Kendrick’s defense. The more I went after him, the more Democratic voters would see him as their guy.”

message would be in a presidential race: “This election is about the people watching whose country is going in the wrong direction, who understand that, if we keep doing what we are doing now, we are going to be the first Americans in history to leave our children worse off than ourselves. That’s what this election is about.”

Marco won the Florida Senate election by a huge margin – 1.038 million over Crist and substantially more over Kendrick Meek.

Marco is optimistic about the future, both for America and his Party. Speaking on immigration, he notes that many Hispanics regularly vote for Democrats, but he sees growing numbers that may be open to voting Republican – largely because they’re concerned about “the influence of our hyper-sexualized secular pop culture” on children. They’re attracted by Republicans’ “support for traditional cultural values.”

Marco says it’s important to understand why people lawfully immigrated to America: “for the economic opportunities available here . . . and to escape the hardships caused by . . . government-dominated economies.” In short, they recognize the value of the free-enterprise system.

On the day before he was sworn in as Senator, Marco, family, and friends visited – all for the first time – George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon. His first thought was how different his family was from the one that lived at Mt. Vernon. But then he began to recognize the similarities with the Founders.

He says, “They had made a nation where you could be whatever your talents and industry allowed you to be. No matter the circumstances of your birth or your parents were financially and socially established. I looked at the little assembly of my family and friends, and observed there was not a millionaire among them. There were no Ivy Leaguers present, no one who could trace their lineage to the Mayflower . . . . We looked and sounded different from the descendants of George Washington’s generation. But we embodied everything America’s founding generation had hoped America would become.”

At the age of 41, Marco Rubio already has a great past in American politics. But with Marco, most believe the best is yet to come.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


I recently came across this post on Facebook, posted by a fellow patriot, Jennifer H.  The article caught my eye because I have been saying for weeks that we are outnumbered.  The person that wrote below article got it right.

This is long, and I have not validated the source but is well worth the read.

Laura Hollis is:

Current: Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate
Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame.
Past: Director at Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Associate
Director and Clinical Professor at University of Illinois at
Education: University of Notre Dame Law School , University of Notre Dame.
Summary: She has 20+ years' experience in curriculum and other program
development and delivery.
Laura Hirschfeld Hollis

I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents.
Here goes:

1. We are outnumbered. We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we saw in the election was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered. For the moment. It's just that simple.

2. It wasn't the candidate(s). Some are already saying, "Romney was the wrong guy"; "He should have picked Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get [someplace else]." With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect. Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit harder on Benghazi . But for those who would have loved that, there are those who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost. See #1, above.

3. It's the culture, stupid. We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that is not where the battle really is. We abdicated control of the culture - starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions - education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the government to undermine the institutions that instill good character - marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are, at least two full generations later - we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every election goodbye from here on out. And much more.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are, as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.

But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending. This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there, whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you." It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those circumstances arrive.

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote. It's the subject matter of another column in its entirety to point out, one by one, all of the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the Democrats this year. Suffice it to say that the only "war on women" was the one waged by the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to their "lady parts," comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama, trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth control. For a significant number of women, this was appealing. It might call into question the wisdom of the Nineteenth Amendment, but for the fact that large numbers of women (largely married) used their "lady smarts" instead. Either way, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are rolling over in their graves.

6. It's not about giving up on "social issues" No Republican candidate should participate in a debate or go out on the stump without thorough debate prep and a complete set of talking points that they stick to. This should start with a good grounding in biology and a reluctance to purport to know the will of God. (Thank you, Todd and Richard.)

That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible.

We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. We defend family - mothers, fathers, marriage, children - because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80 percent. When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, many thought that the abortion cause was lost. Forty years later, ultrasound technology has demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality. More American than ever define themselves as "pro-life." What is tragic is that tens of millions of children have lost their lives while Americans figure out what should have been obvious before.. There is no "giving up" on social issues. There is only the realization that we have to fight the battle on other fronts. The truth will win out in the end.

7. Obama does not have a mandate. And he does not need one. I have to laugh - bitterly - when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama "has to know" that he does not have a mandate, and so he will have to govern from the middle. I don't know what they're smoking. Obama does not care that he does not have a mandate. He does not view himself as being elected (much less re-elected) to represent individuals. He views himself as having been re-elected to complete the "fundamental transformation" of America , the basic structure of which he despises. Expect much more of the same - largely the complete disregard of the will of half the American public, his willingness to rule by executive order, and the utter inability of another divided Congress to rein him in. Stanley Kurtz has it all laid out here.

8. The Corrupt Media - is the enemy too strong? I don't think so. I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate, not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elitist snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was professional malpractice and fraud. They need to go. Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives need to be prepared to play hardball with the Pravda press from here on out. And while we are at it, to defend those journalists of whatever political stripe (Jake Tapper, Sharyl Atkisson, Eli Lake) who actually do their jobs. As well as Fox News and talk radio. Because you can fully expect a re-elected Obama to try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in term 2.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst For all the blather about "Wall Street versus Main Street ," Obama's statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which - as with
the public sector unions - are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama's health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor
laws. It will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it's personal. I've been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time. Not just for me. I've received messages from other conservatives who are saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees - even when they have been our friends. It isn't just about "my guy" versus "your guy." It is my view of America versus your view of America - a crippled, hemorrhaging, debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness, or vulgarity, so with each dumb "tweet" or FB post by one of my happily lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me. Delete. What does this portend for a divided Congress? I expect that Republicans will be demoralized and chastened for a short time. But I see them in a bad position. Americans in general want Congress to work together. But many do not want Obama's policies, and so Republicans who support them will be toast. Good luck, guys.

11. It's possible that America just has to hit rock bottom. I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for. Most simply believe him when he says that all he really wants is for the rich to pay "a little bit more." So reasonable! Who could argue with that except a greedy racist? America is on a horrific bender. Has been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere - too many to mention. We need only look at other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is in store.

For the past four years - but certainly within the past campaign season - we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even when all of the events that have transpired during Obama's presidency - unemployment, economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural disasters - can be tied directly to Obama's statist philosophies, and his decisions.

What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see the country I love headed toward its own "rock bottom," and I cannot seem to reach those who are taking it there.

Laura Hollis

In my opinion,  We need to take this and build an action plan!