Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ohio Conservatives Grade The 2016 Field

Image of data table from the OLC PollBy the end of the summer, we should know which of the twenty or so potential presidential candidates are in and which are out. Some voters have already hitched their wagon to a particular candidate, and others are still working with a “top five.” How do Ohio conservatives and those involved with the tea party movement feel about these potential candidates?

Last Saturday, about 90 members of the Ohio Liberty Coalition ( gathered and gave grades to 18 Republicans mentioned in the presidential race. Instead of simply voting for a single candidate, this grading method of giving people A+, A, B, C, D and F allows voters to separate their personal top-tier from their mid-tier from their bottom. If you follow Glenn Beck, he has been doing this type of ranking for the last few months. Here are the results of those votes from Ohio’s conservatives.

A: Ted Cruz (39 A+ votes) and Scott Walker (32 A+ votes) are the only two who averaged above the 90% A value. They are both great candidates and bring different things to the table. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) is very clear on conservative ideology who reportedly memorized the Constitution as a child. He defeated a GOP Establishment-backed candidate in the Senate primary in 2010 and has not demonstrated at all that his spine has softened since coming to Washington. Gov. Scott Walker (WI) brings a battle-tested resume having won three gubernatorial elections in four years in the Democrat-heavy, union-friendly state of Wisconsin. Conservatives in the Midwest have not had much reason to cheer with the last two presidential elections, and Walker has proven that the Great Lakes states can still be won.

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Youtube contains material that might be disturbing to some viewers


THE FREE MARKET WARRIOR – Loren Spivack is coming to Lorain County in July!  We here at Totally Engaged Americans are really looking forward to hear Loren speak about one of our favorite subjects, the Free Market.

In preparation for Loren’s talk, we watched a couple of Youtube videos of Loren speaking.  (Beware Keynesians!)  But while watching the videos we noticed something peculiar about the author of the Youtube channel – not the name – rather how he describes the channel:

“This is a conservative youtube channel containing material that might be disturbing to some viewers.”


What in world is disturbing about an economy  based on “free markets”?  Loren spells it out for everyone in a clear and entertaining way.  Watch for yourself.  And be sure to come and hear Loren speak in July.


Politicians Hear no evil, see no evil and certainly don’t speak [of] no evil

monkeys_evil Since I jumped on the Article V Convention of States Project bandwagon, I can’t help but see EVERYTHING in DC (and my state of Ohio) through that lens. Every time one of our politicians thinks they’re smarter than the Framers, and we let them get away with skirting around or stomping on the Constitution we need to stomp back.

The anti-Article V’ers remind me of the “Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil” mantra (remember the three monkeys?), so afraid that things will get worse if we “tamper” with the USC. The Libs and Progressives have been screwing around with and tampering with Constitution for a hundred years and the rest of us – the Duh Kids – hear, see and speak nothing. Well, how’s THAT workin’ for ya?? (I’m channeling Sarah Palin. Boy, did the Repubs screw that up, sending her packing back to Alaska!) My mother had one of those little statues with the three monkeys and since I didn’t understand the significance of the saying I put it in a rummage sale (forgive me, Mom!).

policemanWhen are the Legislators in Ohio going to stand up for us and demand a Convention of the States? In my ignorance I thought you people were going to stand in the gap between me and the federal juggernaut. How about it? Nan Baker, Terry Boose, Ron Young, Ron Amstutz, Marlene Anielski, Mike Dovilla, Kent Smith, Janine Boyd, Bill Patmon, John Barnes, etc., etc., etc. (My disappointment in the way John Kasich has abused his privilege in serving as governor is a topic for another time.)

Are you guys so comfortable in Columbus, too many miles away from Washington DC to stand up for Ohio’s sovereignty? Have you lost your tongues since you ran for office and can no longer speak for us? Or is the money coming in from DC looking too good to Hear or See or Speak?

This reminds of the time when my husband was in the Army and while we were stationed at Ft. Ord, CA, I took flight school training. (My dad and brother were already pilots so why not me?) Well, the book-learning part was tough but as soon as I passed the written test I decided that was good enough. I’d done the hard part, I didn’t need to prove anything else to myself so I never actually learned to fly.

It occurred to me just the other day that being a Representative, a legislator, a councilman, a judge, etc., is not much different than being a policeman. Your job is to confront the bad guys and protect me while you serve your term. I know there’s a police academy where an officer learns the job, and it takes a lot to get through the training. Is there such a thing for you, our government leaders? Is there a class for you BEFORE you run for office? There’s got to be a book somewhere that explains the job, the dangers you’re going to face when you stand up and do the right thing, yes?

Lastly, you John Birch Society people, those of you who claim you’ve read Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments,” you’re full of it. I’ve read it twice now and nothing you claim about the book can be substantiated… unless, of course, you make the edits yourself. (And, I’ve seen that trick already when I read what Stang of Oathkeepers wrote.) When you can’t make your points without “edits” you’ve lost me.


Dianne Mueller

Practical thoughts on immigration February 2015 edtion of Imprimis featured Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, and her “Practical Thoughts on Immigration.”

“… The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is. … “

Jeb Bush: A Surprising interview


I know, NOT ANOTHER BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE!   I can hear you screaming.

Actually, I’ve said it, too.  But this Focus on the Family interview broadcast today gave me a slightly new perspective on Jeb Bush, the man, and even Jeb Bush the politician.

If there’s a possibility that Bush III gets into the White House it might help hearing this.

From “Cafe Hayek”

… is from page 23 of the 1991 Liberty Fund edition of Bruno Leoni’s remarkable and much-underappreciated 1961 volume, Freedom and the Law (original emphasis):

No solemn titles, no pompous ceremonies, no enthusiasm on the part of applauding masses can conceal the crude fact that both the legislators and the directors of a centralized economy are only particular individuals like you and me, ignorant of 99 percent of what is going on around them as far as the real transactions, agreements, attitudes, feelings, and convictions of people are concerned.  One of the paradoxes of our era is the continual retreat of traditional religious faith before the advance of science and technology, under the implied exigency of a cool and matter-of-fact attitude and dispassionate reasoning, accompanied by a no less continual retreat from the same attitude and reasoning in regard to legal and political questions.  The mythology of our age is not religious, but political, and its chief myths seem to be “representation” of the people, on the one hand, and the charismatic pretension of political leaders to be in possession of the truth and to act accordingly, on the other.

highly recommend the for your daily/weekly dose of the free  market thinking. They have a very nice newsletter, by the way.  Drink up!

Matt Lynch tells it like it is, not the way we’d like it to be…

The Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County, OH, invited former Ohio Representative, Matt Lynch, of Geauga County to speak at our monthly breakfast meeting today, April 11, 2015.

Matt_casual_web2We were there to hear Matt tell us what really happens in the Ohio legislature.  Matt was in the Ohio House for just a single term – three years -but it was long enough to learn how the “sausage” is made in today’s legislative bodies.

The 45+ members and visitors in the audience were a mixed bag of experienced politicos, novices and the in-betweeners – those of us who aren’t afraid of politics because we don’t know enough yet.

We are all on the side of the Constitution and expect our elected officials to love and respect the document as much as we do.  That’s what makes us “Conservatives.”  Matt Lynch is a conservative, like Jim Jordan is a conservative, like Ted Cruz is a conservative and maybe even Rand Paul is a conservative (albeit with very Libertarian tendencies).

After Matt ran us through the “school house rock” version of how a bill is created, he soon went deeper into the weeds to explain the committee and caucus systems, where a thoughtful, painstakingly-crafted and public-oriented bill can meet a brutal end without ever seeing the light of day, or coming up for a vote. Matt wanted us to know there’s a big difference between “what appears to happen and then what actually happens.”

As Chairman Kirsten Hill noted, the “Columbus Dispatch” identified Matt Lynch an “arch Conservative;” the word ‘arch’ normally connotes something evil but in our crowd Matt’s considered a hero.  It was, perhaps, political suicide for Matt to take on the GOP establishment…

…no, that’s not right.  It is the G.O.P. itself, the power of PARTY that either pushes a bill through or kills it where it lays.

We T.E.A. members learned more about the legislative – excuse me, the political process, than we expected to, but isn’t that what we wanted?  Absolutely!

Sure, Matt painted a dismal and disappointing picture of how a Republican committee chairman rules his Committee Kingdom, and then how a Republican House Speaker is ultimately controls what legislation gets through, but in the end it’s the Republican Governor who calls the shots.


As one audience member asked this morning, “What happened to the separation of powers?”   That’s an excellent question to pose to those very same people who, following their election, SWORE to uphold the Constitution – which has a very clearly marked line drawn between the administrative, the legislative and the judicial branches of our governments – AKA “separation of powers.”

Just in case I’ve left out something important from Matt’s talk this morning, and I have – you can listen to it here.

Matt tried not to leave us depressed, rather he wanted us better armed to win these political battles.  We know now who the enemy is and it won’t be as easy to pull the wool over our eyes in the future.

Most importantly, though, We The People owe it to the properly-vetted and upstanding candidates to support them with our time, our $$ as well as our vote.

The Good Ones won’t last, or be able to stand up to the political pressure the matt_lynch_radio_showparty machine puts on them if we don’t stand with them.

Get to know Matt Lynch through his radio program, too. If you can’t listen to his Wednesday 6:30-7:30 PM WHK 1420 Radio program live, all his programs are archived.