The only way conservatives can defeat incumbents is for them to have a clear message.  Ed Martin has been presenting his vision for the nation using town hall meetings where the people help him shape tell his story.  The focus of Martin’s message on Wednesday’s gathering was that  that America must liberate itself from the bonds of the “Entitlement” society.  This is not just government entitlements, but the big E notion that people are entitled to stuff just because they want it.

Martin is running against Russ Carnahan in the Third Congressional District.  As before Carnahan was invited to attend but was not there.  In his place was a copy of the 2000 page bill that passed the house with Carnahan’s name on it.  That image will probably be more compromising than anything that he would have said at the town hall meeting. 

Martin  reemphasized the urgency of the situation, stating that he shared the people’s frustration at the continued attempts to pass this bill that the people do not want.  He showed that he was in tune with their anger.  Martin even discussed concerns that it might be difficult to reverse the legislation once passed, a subject that is somewhat touchy for some hopeful Republican candidates.

The people asked him questions and made comments that were centered around accountability and entitlement.  The first person who spoke read a heart felt encouragement for Martin to stay connected to his constituency once he won.  He ended the statement with “we will be watching”.  This phrase would eliminate the concerns on “can we trust you”. 

Instead of voting for self-important slogan heavy ideologues and brither truther purists for the purposes of making a statement, we can look for talented candidates you know they will be held accountable fro day one.

We are not supposed to trust them, we are supposed to pay attention to what they are doing and make our pleasure or displeasure known.  Up until very recently, we have not been doing this enough. 

We also discussed the truth behind the health care imperative that Team Obama is pushing.  Throughout the last decade this cabal has dangled the notion that young people will be alleviated from the burdens of paying for their own health care.  They tended to use “universal health care”interchangably with “universal health coverage”, and “free health care” with “free health coverage”.  This misdirection has been amplified by films like Michael Moore’s “Sicko”, where many Generation X’ers have been taught that you can seperate the $4 prescriptions that they can get in Cuba with the oppressive economic and political system.  (obviously they haven’t been to Wal-Mart lately).

Martin recognized that at some point Congress needs to tell the people that we cannot afford any of this.  He also pointed out that Carnahan’s brother received 90 million dollars of Stimulus money, much of it for projects like the construction of windmills.  That cronyism is reminiscent of the USSR back door dealings that allowed its leaders to get wealthy behind the Iron Curtain. 

The Greyfalcon did not support J D Hayworth, even though he was seen as the “better” conservative than John McCain.  Though we did not endorse McCain either, we found Haywoth’s message unclear because he seemed to constantly come with “John has been in Washington too long.” And his choice to feed into the “Is Obama a citizen” made him more of a distraction than a viable candidate. 

And we just did not like him.

At the Martin town hall, conservative blogger and activist Adam Sharp responded to an earlier comment referring to Obama’s birth certificate.  Adam retorted “I have done the research, and Obama is a citizen.” Sharp said that the brither nonsense is hurting the credibility of the movement, and he is right.  Sharp suggested that “He was born in Hawaii, and that he pulls that certificate out everyday and laughs”.  Sharp continues “I do not like him”, but he fells that there are so many other issues to defeat Obama on that throwing out the brither thing is only to our disadvantage.

In every appearance, Ed Martin hits with these issues right out of the gate, setting a positive yet tough tone for his campaign. 

The Greyfalcon endorses Ed Martin for US Congress.

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