Monday, September 20, 2010          

Right Nation 2010 rallies conservatives in Obamaland

An unprecedented Event took place on Saturday, September 18, at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, west of Chicago, Illinois.  Already plans are in the making for a Right Nation 2011. 

Right Nation 2010, www.RightNation2010.com a joint venture of Republicans, conservative, libertarian, free-market and Tea Party independent organizations and individuals, facilitated by the 75-year-old United Republican Fund www.unitedrepublican.com, had sponsors and participants from across the nation, all converging on President Obama’s hometown, with the combined purpose of forging a winning coalition bound together by a shared adversary and focused on a single goal — victory — through sharing RIGHT principles in front of the RIGHT people to reclaim the Midwest and forever change the political landscape.

Five thousand four hundred and sixteen patriots came together throughout the Midwest to attend Right Nation 2010 to celebrate their shared lineage and common purpose.  All proceeds from the event will be plunged into campaigns of conservative candidates in order to negate the avalanche of liberal special interest cash that Democrats always receive in the weeks before an election. 

Right Nation 2010’s core production team consisted of URF Executive Director Dennis LaComb, IR Editor Fran Eaton, Debbie Kraulidis, Sharee Pemberton, Collin Corbett and Elizabeth Van Holt. 

I had the honor of being one of ten individuals selected to be on “Blogger Row” seated on the floor of the Sears Arena with full media access to the Right Nation 2010 Convention.  In my role I was likewise afforded access to the Media Room for interviews with Right Nation 2010 speakers.

It was during my time in the Media Room with Andrew Breitbart, an American webmaster, commentator for the Washington Times, and author, when I heard about his scuffle with 300 protesters dressed in religious drag outside the entrance to the Sears Center Arena when arriving for his speaking gig at Right Nation 2010. 

The group’s chant “Stop the Hate” and another accusation that “Glen Beck lies” were soon rendered ineffective when Mr. Breitbart spoke words of truth back to the protesters asking that just one example be given for each accusation.  But before the SEIU members sent to protest had left the scene in frustration, they had spit on Breitbart and called him a homosexual (Andrew Breitbart has a wife and four children.).   As to be expected, the same protesters, having accused the Tea Party members of being an AstroTurf group, were guilty of the same!

Another interview I attended in the Media Room was with Herman Cain.  Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.  He is also an American newspaper columnist, businessman, politician and a radio talk-show out from Georgia (May it not be considered politically incorrect to mention that Herman Cain is a black, conservative Republican.).

When asked about running for president, Mr. Cain replied that he will make that decision in 2011.  When asked what he would do as president to effect positive change, Cain stated that he would make current tax rates permanent, reduce capital gains rates down to zero, and deal with ObamaCare and financial reform legislation, both of which are causing uncertainty. 

Herman Cain is willing to put social issues in their proper perspective and cautioned single-issue voters to realize that this nation has more than one problem and that no candidate is a perfect.  Mr. Cain was pleased that Christine O’Donnell defeated Mike Castle in Delaware. 

Other speakers in the all-star lineup at Right Nation 2010 included Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity (AFP); Dick Armey, one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990’s when House Majority leader (1995-2003); Phil Kerpen, a conservative policy analyst in Washington, D.C. and policy director at Americans for Prosperity; Pete Hoekstra, Conservative member of Congress from Michigan; John Fund, a political journalist and a conservative columnist for the website of the Wall Street Journal; Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and the National Co-Coordinator for the 9/12 March on D.C.; Bill Brady, candidate for Illinois governor; Aaron Schock, U.S. House District 18; Jason Plummer, Candidate for Lt. Governor of Illinois; Pat Brady, Republican State Party Chairman; and conservative icon Glenn Beck, whose three-hour radio program and recently launched TV program are popular throughout the nation.

Glenn Beck, with his ever-present blackboard, was introduced by singer-songwriter Kevin Chalfant, who proudly and for the first time made the announcement on stage that he was one of us. 

Before the Glenn Beck introduction, Mr. Chalfant performed a song he wrote specifically for the Right Nation 2010 gathering, “All For One.”  This inspirational song can be downloaded at www.Allforonesong.com

In what was an awesome experience, during Kevin’s singing of his song hundreds in the audience waved their activated phones back and forth to produce points of cell phone lights throughout the Sears Center Arena.

Glenn Beck, with passion and enthusiasm, emphasized the importance of values and principles and spoke of restoring three entities which were destroyed over many years of progressive policies, specifically:  1) Churches, 2) History, and 3) our Constitution.  Beck told how these three entities can be restored through the restoration of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Beck further reminded the gathered patriots that they should not feel uncomfortable talking about God, for religious services are held on one day of the week, but God is with us seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

The host of Right Nation 2010 was Cisco Cotto, a well-know conservative radio personalty in Illinois who hosts the Cisco Cotto Show on WLS-AM 890 every weekday morning from 9-11 a.m.  Mr. Cotto has a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Of special note was the opening prayer delivered by Rev. Issac Hayes who is challenging Jesse Jackson, Jr. in U.S. House District 2.

Two large screen by each side of the stage allowed all to see, wherever seated, close-ups of the speakers on the stage.  The screens were also used to show film clips and to display quotes from patriots of times gone past.  Quotes and film clips of Ronald Reagan were frequently uploaded onto the screens.  The back drop of the arena’s stage was appropriately festooned in red, white and blue.

The following quote of Ronald Reagan was especially appropriate for those attending Right Nation 2010:

“We as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom. .. On you depend the fortunes of America.”

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 – Illinois Review

MSM scorns rather than respects Right Nation 2010Thorner by Nancy Thorner

The heading in the Tribune the day after the “Right Nation 2010” event on Saturday night at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates read, Beck rally draws tea party crowd.  The headline in the Sun-Times wasn’t any better:  We are 40 days from. . . changing America — Beck whips up conservatives, mocks Michelle. 

As one of 5,416 patriots to attend “Right Nation 2010,” and who had the honor of being seated in “Blogger Row” to cover the event, it would be extremely unwise for Democrats and liberal-leaning organizations to treat tea party followers as a loony group of malcontents and a force to be dismissed. (Pictured two Right Nation 2010 bloggers — Paul Mitchell and Nancy Thorner)

As with most of the reporting about “Right Nation 2010,” tea party followers are treated with disdain, a part of the crazy radical fringe, when in truth they are just ordinary citizens whose desire is to direct their energy and enthusiasm in November to reverse the course of this nation back to the tenants valued by a majority of the American people and established by our Founding Fathers in this nation’s Constitution and Declaration of Independence:  Freedom, liberty, economic prosperity, and the ability to choose and direct our own destinies so that the American Dream can be realized and passed along to future generations of Americans.

The Founding Fathers were wise in understanding that at some point in history this nation would become lost and fail its people.  It was with great foresight that “We the People” appears as the first three words of the Constitution to warn future generations that government should not rule over the will of the people.  

The cords to the three branches of government have been pulled repeatedly since the signing of our Constitution over 222 years ago.  The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches all have failed. The Tea Party movement represents the fourth cord and the only cord remaining to be pulled.  The  mission of the Tea Party and its members is to reclaim their government in order to alter the political landscape of this nation from becoming hopelessly ensnared and radically changed by a radical leftist agenda.

More and more Americans no longer trust government or politicians and have come to realize that the hope and change peddled before the 2008 election, and still being pushed by the Obama administration and the Pelosi Congress, represents the extreme end of the political spectrum and not the Tea Party groups.

This quote by Ronald Reagan captures the spirit of the Tea Party movement and of all Americas who have had it and won’t take it any more!:

“We as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom. . . On you depend the fortunes of America.” 

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Lipstick on health care won’t make it more palatable
9/19/2010 8:48 AM   -Letters to the Editor – Madison/St. Clair Record

To the Editor:

With the November elections drawing near, there is a definite nationwide backlash against one of the most oppressive measures in the history of our nation, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” commonly referred as ObamaCare.

For the first time ever Congress has enacted a law which will force Americans to purchase health insurance from a private company or face a penalty by claiming that the “Commerce Clause” of the Constitution gives them the power to regulate the lives of individuals, rather than the power to only regulate Commerce among the states.

Stop and imagine what it would mean if Congress had such power. Government would have the power to fix every perceived problem by forcing the American people to buy or do something just because government thinks the idea is a good one.

Many Democrat congressional candidates, realizing the strong national backlash against ObamaCare, have come up with a new message for voters. Their message: “We know you don’t like ObamaCare so we’ll fix it.”

The impetus for Democrat legislators to distance themselves from the president became even more pronounced after 84 year-old TV icon Andy Griffith was unable to turn the tide this summer as the pitch man for the Obama administration. His TV spots promised lots of good things coming the way of seniors as a result of the new health care law, for which the Obama administration bought $700,000 worth of ad time.

But how can a bill be fixed that will cause massive reductions in Medicare payments to senior citizens resulting in higher out of pocket costs, reduced benefits, and fewer health care choices for America’s seniors; ration the current health care received by most Americans; force up to 25 percent of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to operate in the red; and cause many employers to stop buying health insurance for its employees, but instead pay the fine? The list goes on and on…

And yes there are “death panels”!

Section 1311 of the new health care legislation gives the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and her appointees the power to establish care guidelines that your doctor must abide by or face penalties and fines. Doctors will no longer be in charge of your health care decisions, which will destroy the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.

If the bill is too flawed to be fixed, what else is possible? Many states are going the route of declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional based foremost on the claim that the Commerce Clause does not give Congress power to enact such a draconian law that requires all to purchase “minimum essential health care coverage.”

But even if Republicans should take over the House in November (all Republicans voted against ObamaCare), any attempt to repeal ObamaCare would face a veto by President Obama. For to repeal ObamaCare would require Republican control of the House, the Senate, and the presidency.

State lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare will work their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, thereby offering the best way to stop it.

Even so, it’s important to elect candidates who believe in limited government, less spending, and who will protect our personal liberties as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

When going to the polls, remember that the future of our nation is at stake. If we fail to stop the transformation of American into a socialist nation, Liberty will die and so will this nation.

Monday, September 20, 2010

An unprecedented Event took place on Saturday, September 18, at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, west of Chicago, Illinois.  Already plans are in the making for a Right Nation 2011. 

Right Nation 2010, www.RightNation2010.com a joint venture of Republicans, conservative, libertarian, free-market and Tea Party independent organizations and individuals, facilitated by the 75-year-old United Republican Fund www.unitedrepublican.com, had sponsors and participants from across the nation, all converging on President Obama’s hometown, with the combined purpose of forging a winning coalition bound together by a shared adversary and focused on a single goal — victory — through sharing RIGHT principles in front of the RIGHT people to reclaim the Midwest and forever change the political landscape.

Five thousand four hundred and sixteen patriots came together throughout the Midwest to attend Right Nation 2010 to celebrate their shared lineage and common purpose.  All proceeds from the event will be plunged into campaigns of conservative candidates in order to negate the avalanche of liberal special interest cash that Democrats always receive in the weeks before an election. 

Right Nation 2010’s core production team consisted of URF Executive Director Dennis LaComb, IR Editor Fran Eaton, Debbie Kraulidis, Sharee Pemberton, Collin Corbett and Elizabeth Van Holt. 

I had the honor of being one of ten individuals selected to be on “Blogger Row” seated on the floor of the Sears Arena with full media access to the Right Nation 2010 Convention.  In my role I was likewise afforded access to the Media Room for interviews with Right Nation 2010 speakers.

It was during my time in the Media Room with Andrew Breitbart, an American webmaster, commentator for the Washington Times, and author, when I heard about his scuffle with 300 protesters dressed in religious drag outside the entrance to the Sears Center Arena when arriving for his speaking gig at Right Nation 2010. 

The group’s chant “Stop the Hate” and another accusation that “Glen Beck lies” were soon rendered ineffective when Mr. Breitbart spoke words of truth back to the protesters asking that just one example be given for each accusation.  But before the SEIU members sent to protest had left the scene in frustration, they had spit on Breitbart and called him a homosexual (Andrew Breitbart has a wife and four children.).   As to be expected, the same protesters, having accused the Tea Party members of being an AstroTurf group, were guilty of the same!

Another interview I attended in the Media Room was with Herman Cain.  Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.  He is also an American newspaper columnist, businessman, politician and a radio talk-show out from Georgia (May it not be considered politically incorrect to mention that Herman Cain is a black, conservative Republican.).

When asked about running for president, Mr. Cain replied that he will make that decision in 2011.  When asked what he would do as president to effect positive change, Cain stated that he would make current tax rates permanent, reduce capital gains rates down to zero, and deal with ObamaCare and financial reform legislation, both of which are causing uncertainty. 

Herman Cain is willing to put social issues in their proper perspective and cautioned single-issue voters to realize that this nation has more than one problem and that no candidate is a perfect.  Mr. Cain was pleased that Christine O’Donnell defeated Mike Castle in Delaware. 

Other speakers in the all-star lineup at Right Nation 2010 included Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity (AFP); Dick Armey, one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990’s when House Majority leader (1995-2003); Phil Kerpen, a conservative policy analyst in Washington, D.C. and policy director at Americans for Prosperity; Pete Hoekstra, Conservative member of Congress from Michigan; John Fund, a political journalist and a conservative columnist for the website of the Wall Street Journal; Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and the National Co-Coordinator for the 9/12 March on D.C.; Bill Brady, candidate for Illinois governor; Aaron Schock, U.S. House District 18; Jason Plummer, Candidate for Lt. Governor of Illinois; Pat Brady, Republican State Party Chairman; and conservative icon Glenn Beck, whose three-hour radio program and recently launched TV program are popular throughout the nation.

Glenn Beck, with his ever-present blackboard, was introduced by singer-songwriter Kevin Chalfant, who proudly and for the first time made the announcement on stage that he was one of us. 

Before the Glenn Beck introduction, Mr. Chalfant performed a song he wrote specifically for the Right Nation 2010 gathering, “All For One.”  This inspirational song can be downloaded at www.Allforonesong.com

In what was an awesome experience, during Kevin’s singing of his song hundreds in the audience waved their activated phones back and forth to produce points of cell phone lights throughout the Sears Center Arena.

Glenn Beck, with passion and enthusiasm, emphasized the importance of values and principles and spoke of restoring three entities which were destroyed over many years of progressive policies, specifically:  1) Churches, 2) History, and 3) our Constitution.  Beck told how these three entities can be restored through the restoration of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Beck further reminded the gathered patriots that they should not feel uncomfortable talking about God, for religious services are held on one day of the week, but God is with us seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

The host of Right Nation 2010 was Cisco Cotto, a well-know conservative radio personalty in Illinois who hosts the Cisco Cotto Show on WLS-AM 890 every weekday morning from 9-11 a.m.  Mr. Cotto has a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Of special note was the opening prayer delivered by Rev. Issac Hayes who is challenging Jesse Jackson, Jr. in U.S. House District 2.

Two large screen by each side of the stage allowed all to see, wherever seated, close-ups of the speakers on the stage.  The screens were also used to show film clips and to display quotes from patriots of times gone past.  Quotes and film clips of Ronald Reagan were frequently uploaded onto the screens.  The back drop of the arena’s stage was appropriately festooned in red, white and blue.

The following quote of Ronald Reagan was especially appropriate for those attending Right Nation 2010:

“We as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom. .. On you depend the fortunes of America.”

September 20, 2010

There have been many reports about the unprecedented event that took place on Saturday, September 18, at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates — Right Nation 2010.    Obvious in the mainstream Chicagoland reporting of Right Nation 2010 were tones of liberal bias, not surprising as conservative Republican sponsors and participants from across the nation had converged on President Obama’s hometown with a combined purpose of forging a winning coalition in November through sharing the RIGHT principles in front of the RIGHT people to reclaim the Midwest and forever change the political landscape. 

The host of Right Nation 2010 was Cisco Coto, well-known in Illinois as a conservative radio personality who hosts the Cisco Cotto Show on WLS-AM 890 every weekday morning from 9 – 11 a.m. 

Rev. Issac Hayes delivered the opening prayer.  He is challenging Jesse Jackson,  Jr. in U.S. House District 2. 

Two large screens at both sides of the stage allowed all to view the images of speakers wherever seated in the Sears Center Arena.  The screens were also used to show film clips and to display quotes from patriots of times gone past.  The back drop of the arena’s stage was appropriately festooned in red, white and blue. 

This quote from Ronald Reagan was especially appropriate for those in attendance at Right Nation 2010:

“We as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.  On you depend the fortunes of America.”

I had the honor of being one of ten individuals selected to be on “Blogger Row” seated on the floor of the Sears Arena with full media access to the Right nation 2010 Convention.  Given my role, I was likewise afforded access to the Media Room for interviews with Right Nation 2010 speakers.

It was during my interview time in the Media Room with Andrew Brietbart that I heard about his scuffle with 300 protesters dressed in religious drag outside the entrance to the Sears Center Arena when arriving for his speaking gig at Right Nation 2010.  The “Stop the Hate” and “Glenn Beck lies” accusations were soon rendered ineffective when Mr. Brietbart spoke words of truth back to the protesters, but not before Andrew Breitbard had been spit upon and called a homosexual by SEIU members who were sent by bus to protest.  As to be expected, the same protesters, having accused the Tea Party members of being AstroTurf, were guilty of the same.

Another interview period was spent with Herman Cain who is best know as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza (May it not be considered  politically incorrect to mention that Herman Cain is a black, conservative Republican.).  Herman Cain is thinking of running for president in 2012 and will make the final decision in 2011. 

The line-up of speakers was quite impressive.  Glenn Beck, as a conservative icon, drew the most attention.  I’ve chosen key points to report about each of the featured speakers at Right Nation 2010.  For the sake of brevity I will skip Andrew Brietbart and Harman Cain

Tim Phillips,  president of the state-based organization, Americans for Prosperity, with its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., told of President Obama’s recent attack on Americans for Prosperity for an ad that raised the hackles of Obama.  Phillips’ emphasized what is at stake in the November elections – our freedom and the kind of country we want to leave our grandchildren.

Dick Army, as House Majority leader (1995-2003) and one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990′s, told how liberty is the greatest gift of all given by the Lord God Almighty, that it is the duty of government to protect that liberty, that liberty can be lost when a nation becomes too big “for its britches,” and that those in attendance were tasked with taking our nation back from our greedy government.

Phil Kerpen, a conservative policy analyst in Washington, D.C., and policy director at Americans for Prosperity, directed his message at  two “accomplishments” of the Obama administration,  both of which are poison to this nation:  ObamaCare and its financial regulation policies.  Kerpen expressed worry about the “Lame Duck” session after the November elections when Democrats, using the votes of defeated Democrats, might attempt to pass “Cap and Trade,” Card Check, and the largest tax hike in the history of this country.

Peter Hoekstra, a conservative member of Congress from Michigan, spoke words which resonated with the assembled patriots, that the spending must stop and the messing in our lives, that legislators can’t take us for granted any more, and that legislators need to listen and if not the people will defeat government.  Hoekstra reminded attendees that it was the people who said “no” to housing Gitmo terrorists in Michigan and Illinois, resulting in Gitmo remaining open and in reversing other national security issues.

 John Fund, an American political journalist and a conservative columnist for the website of the Wall Street Journal, proclaimed that we are the voice of the new politics and of becoming involved in the upcoming elections because it’s too important not too.  Fund spoke in detail about Republicans taking charge two times before in 1978 and 1994 and of making  2010 the third out of three times.

Jenny Beth Martin, as National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and the National Co-Coordinator for the 9/12 march on D.C., spoke about what our Founding Fathers risked to give us what we enjoy in this nation today.

Bill Brady, as candidate for governor, welcomed all to the “New Illinois” in November.  He told of energizing the free-market system to bring  jobs to Illinois, of balancing the budget without raising taxes on families and businesses, and of imposing term limits.  Brady promised that if we elect the right people to office, better days ahead will folllow.

Aaron Schock, a congressman in U.S. House District 18, and the first member elected to Congress born in the 1980′s, applauded the Republican U.S. House leadership for rallying every Republican to vote against the Democrat’s massive stimulus bill.  Schock stated that “more people believe Elvis is still alive than jobs were produced by the stimulus bill.”   The “silver lining,” according to Aaron Schock, is that we still live in a country where something can be done to reverse destructive policies and legislation.

Pat Brady, the Republican State Party Chairman, spoke of wanting to restore honor to Illinois.  Brady mentioned getting rid of Democrat House Speaker Michae Madigan as being paramount to making Illinois a state to be proud of once again.

Glenn Beck, the much anticipated conservative icon, with passion and enthusiasm and using his ever-present blackboard, emphasized the importance of values and principles.  Beck spoke of restoring three entities which were destroyed through years of progressive policies.  They were 1) Churches, 2) History, and 3) our Constitution, all of which can be restored again through the restoration of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Beck told the patriots gathered that they should not feel uncomfortable talking about God, for religious services are held one day of the week, but God is with us seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

I would be remiss not to mention the individual who introduced Glenn Beck to the Right Nation 2010 audience, singer-songwriter Kevin Chalfant, who proudly and for the first time made the announcement that he was one of us.  Prior to introducing Glenn Beck, Mr. Chalfant performed a song he wrote specifically for the Right Nation 2010 gathering, “All for One.”  Kevin Chalfant’s inspirational song can be downloaded at Allforonesong.com. 

In what was an awesome experience, during Kevin’s singing of “All for One,” hundreds in the audience went ahead and downloaded “All for One” on their cello phones and proceeded to wave their activated phones back and forth to produce points of cell phone lights throughout the Sears Center Arena. 

A Straw Poll was conducted among Right Nation 2010 attendees.  The results of the Straw Poll will be announced on Monday, September 20th at 10 a.m. and will  be posted at www.RightNation2010.com.

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There have been many reports about the unprecedented event that took place on Saturday, September 18, at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates — Right Nation 2010.    Obvious in the mainstream Chicagoland reporting of Right Nation 2010 were tones of liberal bias, not surprising as conservative Republican sponsors and participants from across the nation had converged on President Obama’s hometown with a combined purpose of forging a winning coalition in November through sharing the RIGHT principles in front of the RIGHT people to reclaim the Midwest and forever change the political landscape. 

The host of Right Nation 2010 was Cisco Coto, well-known in Illinois as a conservative radio personality who hosts the Cisco Cotto Show on WLS-AM 890 every weekday morning from 9 – 11 a.m. 

Rev. Issac Hayes delivered the opening prayer.  He is challenging Jesse Jackson,  Jr. in U.S. House District 2. 

Two large screens at both sides of the stage allowed all to view the images of speakers wherever seated in the Sears Center Arena.  The screens were also used to show film clips and to display quotes from patriots of times gone past.  The back drop of the arena’s stage was appropriately festooned in red, white and blue. 

This quote from Ronald Reagan was especially appropriate for those in attendance at Right Nation 2010:

“We as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.  On you depend the fortunes of America.”

I had the honor of being one of ten individuals selected to be on “Blogger Row” seated on the floor of the Sears Arena with full media access to the Right nation 2010 Convention.  Given my role, I was likewise afforded access to the Media Room for interviews with Right Nation 2010 speakers.

It was during my interview time in the Media Room with Andrew Brietbart that I heard about his scuffle with 300 protesters dressed in religious drag outside the entrance to the Sears Center Arena when arriving for his speaking gig at Right Nation 2010.  The “Stop the Hate” and “Glenn Beck lies” accusations were soon rendered ineffective when Mr. Brietbart spoke words of truth back to the protesters, but not before Andrew Breitbard had been spit upon and called a homosexual by SEIU members who were sent by bus to protest.  As to be expected, the same protesters, having accused the Tea Party members of being AstroTurf, were guilty of the same.

Another interview period was spent with Herman Cain who is best know as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza (May it not be considered  politically incorrect to mention that Herman Cain is a black, conservative Republican.).  Herman Cain is thinking of running for president in 2012 and will make the final decision in 2011. 

The line-up of speakers was quite impressive.  Glenn Beck, as a conservative icon, drew the most attention.  I’ve chosen key points to report about each of the featured speakers at Right Nation 2010.  For the sake of brevity I will skip Andrew Brietbart and Harman Cain

Tim Phillips,  president of the state-based organization, Americans for Prosperity, with its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., told of President Obama’s recent attack on Americans for Prosperity for an ad that raised the hackles of Obama.  Phillips’ emphasized what is at stake in the November elections — our freedom and the kind of country we want to leave our grandchildren.

Dick Army, as House Majority leader (1995-2003) and one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990’s, told how liberty is the greatest gift of all given by the Lord God Almighty, that it is the duty of government to protect that liberty, that liberty can be lost when a nation becomes too big “for its britches,” and that those in attendance were tasked with taking our nation back from our greedy government.

Phil Kerpen, a conservative policy analyst in Washington, D.C., and policy director at Americans for Prosperity, directed his message at  two “accomplishments” of the Obama administration,  both of which are poison to this nation:  ObamaCare and its financial regulation policies.  Kerpen expressed worry about the “Lame Duck” session after the November elections when Democrats, using the votes of defeated Democrats, might attempt to pass “Cap and Trade,” Card Check, and the largest tax hike in the history of this country.

Peter Hoekstra, a conservative member of Congress from Michigan, spoke words which resonated with the assembled patriots, that the spending must stop and the messing in our lives, that legislators can’t take us for granted any more, and that legislators need to listen and if not the people will defeat government.  Hoekstra reminded attendees that it was the people who said “no” to housing Gitmo terrorists in Michigan and Illinois, resulting in Gitmo remaining open and in reversing other national security issues.

 John Fund, an American political journalist and a conservative columnist for the website of the Wall Street Journal, proclaimed that we are the voice of the new politics and of becoming involved in the upcoming elections because it’s too important not too.  Fund spoke in detail about Republicans taking charge two times before in 1978 and 1994 and of making  2010 the third out of three times.

Jenny Beth Martin, as National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and the National Co-Coordinator for the 9/12 march on D.C., spoke about what our Founding Fathers risked to give us what we enjoy in this nation today.

Bill Brady, as candidate for governor, welcomed all to the “New Illinois” in November.  He told of energizing the free-market system to bring  jobs to Illinois, of balancing the budget without raising taxes on families and businesses, and of imposing term limits.  Brady promised that if we elect the right people to office, better days ahead will folllow.

Aaron Schock, a congressman in U.S. House District 18, and the first member elected to Congress born in the 1980’s, applauded the Republican U.S. House leadership for rallying every Republican to vote against the Democrat’s massive stimulus bill.  Schock stated that “more people believe Elvis is still alive than jobs were produced by the stimulus bill.”   The “silver lining,” according to Aaron Schock, is that we still live in a country where something can be done to reverse destructive policies and legislation.

Pat Brady, the Republican State Party Chairman, spoke of wanting to restore honor to Illinois.  Brady mentioned getting rid of Democrat House Speaker Michae Madigan as being paramount to making Illinois a state to be proud of once again.

Glenn Beck, the much anticipated conservative icon, with passion and enthusiasm and using his ever-present blackboard, emphasized the importance of values and principles.  Beck spoke of restoring three entities which were destroyed through years of progressive policies.  They were 1) Churches, 2) History, and 3) our Constitution, all of which can be restored again through the restoration of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Beck told the patriots gathered that they should not feel uncomfortable talking about God, for religious services are held one day of the week, but God is with us seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

I would be remiss not to mention the individual who introduced Glenn Beck to the Right Nation 2010 audience, singer-songwriter Kevin Chalfant, who proudly and for the first time made the announcement that he was one of us.  Prior to introducing Glenn Beck, Mr. Chalfant performed a song he wrote specifically for the Right Nation 2010 gathering, “All for One.”  Kevin Chalfant’s inspirational song can be downloaded at Allforonesong.com. 

In what was an awesome experience, during Kevin’s singing of “All for One,” hundreds in the audience went ahead and downloaded “All for One” on their cello phones and proceeded to wave their activated phones back and forth to produce points of cell phone lights throughout the Sears Center Arena. 

A Straw Poll was conducted among Right Nation 2010 attendees.  The results of the Straw Poll will be announced on Monday, September 20th at 10 a.m. and will  be posted at www.RightNation2010.com.

I was rather surprised to read,  not that a “Latinos for Bill Brady” event was taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Harley Davidson Illinois in Berwyn, but that the Special Guest was listed as Linda Chavez. 

The following rather lengthy announcement arrived in my Inbox on the eve of the scheduled Berwyn event:

Come celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage month with Republican Candidate for Governor Bill Brady

Special Guest: Linda Chavez
 Linda Chavez (born in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American author, commentator, and radio talk show host. She is also a Fox News analyst, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has a syndicated column that appears in newspapers nationwide each week, and sits on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 1000 companies: Pilgrims Pride and ABM Industries Inc. Chavez was the highest-ranking woman in President Ronald Reagan‘s White House, and was the first Latina ever nominated to the United States Cabinet.
What: 
 Latinos for Bill Brady
 When: 
 Wed, Sept 15th, 2010
 Time:
  3:30pm – 5:00pm
 Where :
Harley Davidson Illinois
1301 Harlem Ave
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 788-1300 
Host Committee
Sen.Christine  Radogno, Minority Leader
Sen. Matt Murphy
Sen. John Millner
Robert Enriquez/ Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State
DuPage County Broad Member, Michael McMahon
Joe Birkett, Dupage County States Attorney
Frank Aguilar (Former State Representative/24th Dist )
Elio  Montenegro/ LAMA Chamber of Commerce
Craig Pesek, Republican Committeeman
 Lou Sandoval
Hector Rico
David Vallejo/ Cicero Mexican Culture Committee
John M. Aguilar
Rene Morales
Angel Garcia RNHA/ Cook County President
Christian Gutierrez
Juan Chavez, Jel- Sert, Vice President
Steve Orlando RHNA/ Will County President
Vaughan Papanicholas / Papanicholas Coffee
Boyd Ingemunson
Ivan Fernandez, Cuban Chamber of Commerce
Mark Aguilara RNHA, Cook County, Vice President
If you have any questions please contact John M. Aguilar at 630-201-1244

Curious to know more about “Latinos for Bill Brady,” I called John M. Aguilar the day of the event, only to be told that Linda Chavez had canceled out in the early morning due to illness.

During a congenial and quite lengthy conversation,  I found out that it was John who had invited Linda Chavez to speak at the Berwyn event as a friend of Chavez.

Concerned over the selection of Linda Chavez, I asked John why he had initially chosen Linda Chavez to be Guest Speaker given some of her pro-illegal alien diatribe?  Continuing, I asked John whether it had been wise of him to select Linda Chavez to fire up the Hispanic base for gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady? 

My concerns about Linda Chavez, despite her impressive background, follow: 

1.  On May 1st Chavez questioned why Arizona felt it needed to pass the toughest anti-illegal immigrant law in the country when fewer illegal immigrants were in the state than there were two years ago?

2.  At the same time Chavez warned that politicians who decide to jump on this Arizona bandwagon are in for a bumpy ride.

3.  Reported by Kevin D. Williamson was this Chavez quote in The Corner of National Review Online:  “Yes, illegal immigrants, by definition, have violated our immigration laws, but those laws are outdated and do not allow sufficient numbers of legal immigrants or temporary workers to enter the United States to fill jobs that Americans aren’t taking.”

4.  Also noted in the same on-line National Review article by Kevin Williamson is the appropriation for Linda Chavez to use Nazi imagery for the U.S. immigration debate, when there is no link between American immigration policy and Nazi atrocities 

5.  Chavez has also criticized the “slow, steady harassment” of illegal aliens. 

John Aguilar assured me that Linda Chavez will carry the banner of the Republican Party and that even within the ranks of the Republican Party all are not united on the  illegal immigration issue.

When I asked John what he thought about the Arizona immigration law which has overwhelming support among Republicans nation-wide, Mr. Aguilar told me that some parts of the Arizona law were troubling to him.  Mentioned specifically was the ability to stop Hispanics to request driver licenses to check for illegal status. 

 John found checking driving licenses distasteful, as a proud U.S. citizen, because of his own Mexican heritage.  He expressed concern over what the ramifications might be for those of Hispanic ancestry who did abide by the law. 

I further questioned John whether the pro-illegal alien positions taken by Linda Chavez were really representative of  how most Republicans in Illinois feel about  illegal immigration?   John and I did agreed that the problem of illegal immigration must be addressed, that amnesty is not the solution, and that the problem should have been addressed 40 years ago before the Hispanic population became the largest minority population in the U.S.

Discussed were these facts about the impact of illegal immigration here in Illinois:

  • Federal data for 2o09 estimates the number of illegals living in Illinois at 540,o000.
  • Illinois ranks 5th in the nation in a breakdown of dollars spent at $4.6 billion.
  • Illinois taxpayers absorb most of the financial burden along with local government.
  • Chicago, Addison, Cicero, and Evanston are “Sanctuary Cities” which protect illegals.

Consideration of the above brought us back to candidate Bill Brady. 

 Unfortunately Bill Brady’s past record on illegal immigration legislation is quite troubling given that a majority of Illinois Republicans do support the Arizona law and want tough law enforcement and a secured border

 As the Republican standard bearer for governor in the November elections, it would be wise for Bill Brady  to step forward to inform voters how he would deal with the illegal immigration issue once elected.   Up until now Bill Brady has refused to address questions about  illegal immigration.

Don’t voters have a right to know how a candidate stands on an issue of great importance here in Illinois before that candidate is elected?   In so doing there is time to request that the candidate rethink and modify unacceptable views.  It’s way too late to do so after an election.

Are you listening Bill Brady and other Illinois Republican candidates who are unwisely holding back any discussion of  an issue of great importance here in Illinois.  The illegal immigration issue will not go away. 

Is it your desire for Illinois to  becomes a protective and welcoming  haven for illegal aliens when the state’s finances are already hopelessly in the tank and its unimployment level keeps rising?  I certainly hope not!

Thanks to the Alice in Wonderland world of “green” energy policy, Illinois electricity customers are going to be paying more, while a reliable and inexpensive source of clean power will be destroyed. It is now official that what used to be an imposing Lake Michigan lakefront landmark for the City of Zion, and a source of most of its local tax revenue, will now be dismantled over the next decade.    

On September 1st Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, the nation’s biggest nuclear generator and owner and operator of six other Illinois nuclear plants, transferred the dual Zion Nuclear Plant licenses to EnergySolutions of Utah. 

Lost forever from the Midwest electrical grid is Zion’s massive electrical generating power capacity (2,100 megawatts), even as electric rates were increased by ComEd, the Chicago area utility subsidiary of Exelon, by 17% this summer.

What could have prompted Exelon Corporation to decommission (tear down) the Dual Zion Nuclear Plant, already paid for by rate payers in the billions of dollars to construct in the 70’s, along with its $1 billion decommissioning cost, which, according to Exelon, is about half the estimated cost to restart Zion?

Part of the puzzle fell into place when I came across the obit in the Chicago Tribune of James T. Ramey, 95, an advocate for nuclear energy, who was first appointed by John F. Kennedy as a commissioner of the Atomic Energy Commission.  

But even before his appointment by Kennedy, Ramey worked with Adm. Hyman Rickover in 1952 to draft the contract for the world first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus.  Ramey was also instrumental in obtaining the Zion site for Argonne National Laboratory, which began developing reactors for the nation’s nuclear program.  Argonne no longer has a nuclear energy program.  Its present research centers on the development of green energy sources.  Throughout Ramey’s long career until his retirement in 1974, he was a public advocate of the safety of nuclear generation.

It was Three Mile Island in March of 1979 which put unnecessary fear in the hearts of Americans about the safety of nuclear energy.

Moving ahead to the year 2000 was the publication of Al Gore’s book Earth in the Balance.  It took until 2006, however, for Al Gore’s campaign to take flight.  It was then that his documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, was released as a means to educate citizens about Global Warming by raising public awareness.  At the same time Gore re-energized the environmental movement. 

By the time of Barack Obama’s election in 2008, man-made Global Warming (or Climate Change) had become “fact” and was not open to question, despite thousands of scientists world-wide who disputed the claim that the world is heating up and will self-destruct if there isn’t a reduction into the atmosphere of CO2 caused by fossil fuels.  Subsequently EPA declared CO2 as a pollutant.  Going “green” had now become a fashionable, sexy thing to do. 

Now enter Chicago-based Exelon Corporation.  As reported in a Tribune editorial on Monday, Sept. 6th, Exelon’s John Rowe is one of the leading local advocates for “Cap and Trade.”  Accordingly, Exelon has made forays in both wind and solar power during this past summer, neither of which would qualify as investments of substance for Exelon if not for federal and state subsidies and local real estate and federal tax incentives.  CEO John Rowe is also looking ahead to that time when Exelon Corporation will be able to sell solar and wind renewable energy credits.

Just where does this leave nuclear power here in Illinois with the unnecessary dismantling of the Zion Plant’s massive power capacity, given a state mandate prohibiting the building of new nuclear plants until the national storage problem is solved, and with General Assembly legislation which mandates that 25% of electricity be generated from clean, renewable energy sources by 2025?  

Exelon Corporation shareholders should care about Exelon’s decision to waste Zion, but, as is so often the case, Exelon shareholders seem indifferent to Exelon’s business decisions as long as the Corporation is making a profit, even if Exelon’s decision to decommission Zion adversely affects the pocket book of Illinois electric rate payers and puts the state at a disadvantage for future energy needs. 

Exelon’s CEO John Rowe must know that Nuclear Energy is a clean and green form of energy and that it gives the biggest bang for the buck!  Because profit margin is all important, Exelon is unwilling to spend the money to restart Zion, but instead is open to accepting government money —  taxpayers’ money — to  invest in wind and solar power now and in future renewable energy deals. 

The whole world is nuking up while the USA is nuking down.  This nation will have a serious energy crisis if the current trend continues. 

If renewables were so great, why the need for government subsidies?  The present emphasis on green and renewable energy sources as the way of the future, while treating increased nuclear development as a step-child, is certain to keep energy prices inflated, production at a disadvantage, and economic growth curtailed, for electric power is the engine that fuels the economy.

It is now official that what used to be an imposing Lake Michigan lakefront landmark for the City of Zion, and a source of most of its local tax revenue, will now be dismantled over the next decade. 

September 1st was the date when Chicago-based Exelon Corporation transferred the dual Zion Nuclear Plant licenses to Energy Solutions out of Utah, resulting in the wasting of Zion’s massive 2,100 megawatt electrical power capacity from the Mid-west power grid.  This is after ComEd, the Chicago area utility subsidiary of Exelon, increased its electric rates by 17% this summer.

What makes Exelon’s decision all the more disturbing is that electric rate payers have already paid billions to construct Zion and additionally $1 billion into  its decommissioning fund.  According to Exelon, the $1 billion is half the amount needed to restart Zion.

Rather perplexing, with the Zion decision looming, is that Exelon Corporation made forays over the summer into the wind and solar energy fields, neither of which would qualify as investments of substance for Exelon if not for federal and state subsidies received and real estate and federal tax breaks.  

Might it be because CEO John Rowe, as reported in a Tribune editorial on Sept. 6th, is one of the leading local advocates of “Cap and Trade?”  Might John Rowe be dreaming of that day down the road when Exelon can sell solar and wind renewable energy credits?

Illinois state legislators are also guilty for their lack of foresight in approving a mandate that prohibits the building of new nuclear plants and also for legislation passed in 2007 which mandates that 25% of electricity be generated from clean, renewable energy sources by 2025.  

How will this nation and this state be able to satisfy future energy needs if the unreasonable fear of Climate Change (Global Warming) — which is rightly considered a hoax by many — continues to influence the passing of legislation targeted at reducing CO2, but which will have no effect other than to harm the economy. 

Nuclear energy is safe, clean, green, and gives the biggest bang for the buck.  Going green might be the fashionable thing to do, but if renewables were so great why the need for government subsidies?

The promotion of green, renewable energy sources might make people feel good, but it’s nuclear power that offers the way forward.   The continued push toward renewable sources of energy is certain to keep energy prices inflated, production at a disadvantage, and economic growth curtailed.

The actions of Exelon’s CEO John Rowe and Springfield legislators is unacceptable, unwise, and bodes ill for Illinois.  For while the whole world is nuking up, Illinois and this nation is treating nuclear energy as an unwanted stepchild.
 

Don’t waste Zion Nuclear Station
8/29/2010 6:42 AM   -Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

On Aug. 23, it was disconcerting to read of Exelon’s “massive spending program” in Crain’s Chicago Business, which included the decommissioning of the Dual Zion Nuclear Station in Lake County.

After devoting so much of my life in the past two years in advocating for the reopening of the Zion nuclear facility, writing numerous letters to Springfield legislators serving on the Energy and Environmental Committees in both the House and the Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, I rightfully asked myself if all my time and effort had been in vain?

There is no better alternative for electrical-power generation than nuclear energy. It provides the safest, cleanest and the most inexpensive and potentially most plentiful and useful energy in human history.

How does shutting down the Zion facility for which Illinoisans paid billions for in order to waste the facility, thereby withholding supply from the market so electric market clearing prices might be kept higher for its other generation units and consumer prices high, benefit anyone but Exelon?

The news release by Exelon attempts to imply that its announcement should be considered virtuous by Zion residents and Illinoisans. My antenna tells me that whenever a utility goes to such great lengths to dress something up as virtuous, you can be sure it is trying to distract the public from something more sinister it wishes to hide.

The facility is capable of producing 2,100 megawatts of power. The decommissioning of the Zion plant will forever remove its massive 2,100 megawatts of power from the Midwest electrical grid. Is this a wise move by Exelon when electricity prices continue to soar?

There is still time to get involved as the nail in the proposed Zion coffin is still not tightly fastened. Exelon has not been forthcoming in explaining why Zion was closed prematurely and without cause in 1998, or why decommissioning now makes sense.

Through electric rates, citizens have already paid in the billions of dollars to construct the Zion plant. Questions must be asked of Exelon before it it too late.

It is but a pipe dream to believe that Illinois can meet future energy needs through investing in wind and solar power.

The only viable form of clean energy is nuclear.