A Voice in the Wilderness In Defense of "Mere Conservatism"


Joe Calomino: Americans For Prosperity-IL

On the latest episode of The R.J. Moeller Show, we chatted with the Illinois Director of Americans For Prosperity, Joe Calomino.


From AFP's website:

Joe Calomino has worked in the field of government affairs and state politics for the last 17 years. During his career, Calomino has worked as a government liaison for various state constitutional officers, as a political strategist for state and local officials, and as a grassroots organizer and activist.

Currently, Calomino is the state director for the Illinois chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-IL). Americans for Prosperity is one of the premier grassroots citizen lobbyist organizations in the country with over 900,000 members nationwide. Americans for Prosperity is a citizen watchdog organization focused on promoting the free-market and issues such as budget reform, lower taxes, government transparency and accountability.

For full disclosure's sake, I am a regular contributor to the AFP-IL blog and have enjoyed being a part of the tremendous work they're doing here in Illinois and nationally as well.

After our interview with Joe, we spent some time chatting about everything from Man vs. Wild to my trip to Seattle for The Discovery Institute's Summer conference to new laws in Philly that will ticket pedestrians for "texting while walking."

You can listen live by clicking the Play button below, or by downloading The R.J. Moeller Show on iTunes.



Tea Party Rally In South Central Los Angeles

When you think of "South Central," names like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube come to mind, not Michelle Bachmann and Andrew Breitbart.  While neither Bachmann nor Breitbart were in attendance this past weekend, the Tea Party movement they proudly represent made it presence (and disdain for the NAACP) known at a rally in the heart of Los Angeles.

Some of the anti-Tea Party protestors who showed up expressed their blunt opinions and specifically addressed their, shall we say "disappointment," with fellow black Americans who have the nerve to endorse limited government and fiscal responsibility.

Alright, so this is less than a fair sample size. I admit that.

But, and this is a big "but," we heard the same rhetoric coming from the 20-year pastor of our current president.

Somehow liberal pundits are always able to deftly parse the subtext of any comment a conservative, Republican, or libertarian makes regarding limited government and lower taxes.  They make inferences and take massive illogical leaps to make their primary point: the Right = racist.

More than anything else, my heart breaks for these angry, confused, and wildly mis-informed people.  Barack Obama is one of them.

The day we move past the white guilt that suffocates our society, the day more prominent black men like the president actually begin to use their platform or pulpit to call the African-American community to account for their own actions, will be a blessed one for those lucky enough to see it.


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What is “Mere Conservatism”?

The basic ideas, ideals, and values that generally define and characterize the central tenets of what today might be termed "modern conservative thought."

We believe that a proper understanding of history, economics, and theology leads to certain conclusions. Many of these are the same conclusions our Founding Fathers arrived at in constructing a "more perfect union."

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