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Author:  Edward L. Daley
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Date:  May 21, 2006
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A CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION

If you are a conservative who believes that the current leaders of the Republican party are abandoning your core values, and ignoring your opinions on issues like judicial activism, border security, healthcare, public education, the United Nations, Social Security, government spending, and U.S. Energy Policy, then join me in promoting the idea of a conservative political convention in the coming year.

What do I mean by a conservative convention?

Well, in the simplest of terms, what I'm proposing is an alternative to the next Republican convention, one which is composed entirely of genuine right-wing politicians, activists, authors, and public figures who understand that our government has become far too large, bureaucratic and inefficient of late, and who appreciate the fact that the insidious mental disease know as political correctness has reached epidemic proportions in Washington DC.

Why am I making this proposal?

Because I believe that the modern Republican party needs a wake-up call from it's conservative base before the next Presidential election, or we may well lose the White House to the Democrat party in 2008, and be forced to suffer the consequences of at least four years of mind-numbing leftist policies thereafter. I don't think I need to explain to any of you just how detrimental to the United States another Clinton administration would be, especially at a time in our history when we face some of the most dangerous threats ever to our national security from forces both external and internal.

Right now America's best, brightest, and bravest individuals are fighting to secure liberty for millions of people abroad, while simultaneously defending the very way of life that you and I take for granted here at home. But what kind of home will the members of our armed forces come back to in the months and years to come? Will it be a country worthy of their sacrifices; one which promotes traditional family values, rewards hard work and success, adheres to the rule of law, encourages educational excellence, and nourishes the entrepreneurial spirit of all Americans, or will it be a place where moral relativism is the norm, where protecting children's feelings is more important than preparing them for adulthood, and where the desire for "equality of outcome for all" has replaced the desire for true fairness and justice?

In my opinion it is imperative that the demonstrably superior ideology known as conservatism dominate the American political landscape for decades to come, and for that to happen, its most intelligent and well-spoken champions must come together in one place, at one time, and lay their cards on the table for the entire country to see.

I hear people talk about the conservative movement every day, but how much "movement" has there been in our favor recently? I submit to you that the answer to that question is: NOT NEARLY ENOUGH! So what I ask of you today is that you help your fellow conservatives take on the elite power-brokers who currently run the Republican party, and commit to an idea which could, if it's properly nurtured to maturity, shake the very foundation of American politics.

Back in the '80s we had the "Reagan Revolution", and every right-winger old enough to remember those enlightened years must surely be able to appreciate just how powerful the conservative message can be when it's articulated in an honest and forthright manner. Today I know of a great many gifted orators who espouse the very same beliefs as former President Reagan, and I'm willing to bet that their combined efforts could arouse in the hearts of average Americans the same feelings of pride and optimism that the 'Great Communicator' once did.

Right-wing Americans must show their fellow countrymen that the rumor being bandied about by the "mainstream" news media lately, of a fissure developing within the conservative community, is complete hogwash! If anything, conservatives have become more convinced than ever before that their ideology is the ONLY one which can save America from complete collapse in the coming decades, and I'm confident that they are willing to do whatever it takes to assure that one of their own is elected President in thirty months' time.

It is my belief that a conservative convention would be an outstanding vehicle for helping to achieve that end, and I'm hopeful that others of my ideological bent will support me in this endeavor. Of course, pulling off such an ambitious scheme is going to require the cooperation of some of the most influential right-wingers in the United States, yet if everyone who supports my proposal is willing to share it with even a few of the individuals and/or organizations listed below, I see no reason why the idea shouldn't eventually bear fruit.

Keep in mind, however, that this idea is just that... an idea. I've done no real planning to this point, nor have I contacted anyone concerning the matter. After all, I'm just a lowly op-ed writer. I know exactly squat about organizing such events, and I don't have any connections within the upper echelon of the conservative community. Basically, I'm just throwing this proposal out into cyberspace, and waiting to see what sort of reaction it gets.

The fact is that for an event like this to take place, it would require the organizational, fund-raising, and marketing skills of people who've actually been involved in similar projects in the past, or who at least belong to relatively large, well organized, politically active groups.

Here is a list of some conservative organizations that might be helpful in getting such a project off the ground.

The American Conservative Union - http://www.conservative.org">http://www.conservative.org
Contact Information - http://www.conservative.org/asp/feedback.asp">http://www.conservative.org/asp/feedback.asp
The Heritage Foundation - http://www.heritage.org">http://www.heritage.org
Contact Information - http://www.heritage.org/about/contact.cfm">http://www.heritage.org/about/contact.cfm
The American Enterprise Institute - http://www.aei.org">http://www.aei.org
Contact Information - http://www.aei.org/about/filter.,contentID.20038142214500071/default.asp">http://www.aei.org/about/filter.,contentID.20038142214500071/default.asp
The Federalist Society - http://www.fed-soc.org">http://www.fed-soc.org
Contact Information - fedsoc@radix.net
The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty - http://www.becketfund.org">http://www.becketfund.org
Contact Information - http://www.becketfund.org/index.php/article/82.html">http://www.becketfund.org/index.php/article/82.html
The Media Research Center - http://www.mediaresearch.org">http://www.mediaresearch.org
Contact Information - mrc@mediaresearch.org
The Heartland Institute - http://www.heartland.org">http://www.heartland.org
Contact Information - think@heartland.org
The Landmark Legal Foundation - http://www.landmarklegal.org">http://www.landmarklegal.org
Contact Information - eric@landmarklegal.org
The Claremont Institute - http://www.claremont.org">http://www.claremont.org
Contact Information - info@claremont.org
The Family Research Council - http://www.frc.org">http://www.frc.org
Contact Information - http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=CONTACT_FRC">http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=CONTACT_FRC
The Young America's Foundation - http://www.yaf.org">http://www.yaf.org
Contact Information - yaf@yaf.org
The Hudson Institute - http://www.hudson.org">http://www.hudson.org
Contact Information - info@hudson.org
The Christian Coalition Of America - http://www.cc.org">http://www.cc.org
Contact Information - http://www.cc.org/contact.cfm">http://www.cc.org/contact.cfm
The Ethics And Public Policy Center - http://www.eppc.org">http://www.eppc.org
Contact Information - Ethics@eppc.org
The National Rifle Association - http://www.nra.org">http://www.nra.org
Contact Information - https://www.nrahq.org/contact.asp">https://www.nrahq.org/contact.asp
The Minuteman Project - http://www.minutemanproject.com">http://www.minutemanproject.com
Contact Information - http://www.minutemanproject.com/contact.html">http://www.minutemanproject.com/contact.html
Citizens Against Government Waste - http://www.cagw.org">http://www.cagw.org
Contact Information - http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Contacts">http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Contacts
Judicial Watch - http://www.judicialwatch.org">http://www.judicialwatch.org
Contact Information - http://www.judicialwatch.org/contact.shtml">http://www.judicialwatch.org/contact.shtml

Here is a list of some conservative talk radio hosts who could be extremely useful in spreading the word about the aforementioned proposal.

Laura Ingraham - http://www.lauraingraham.com">http://www.lauraingraham.com
Contact Information - http://www.lauraingraham.com/asklaura">http://www.lauraingraham.com/asklaura
Glenn Beck - http://www.glennbeck.com">http://www.glennbeck.com
Contact Information - http://www.glennbeck.com/contact/index.shtml">http://www.glennbeck.com/contact/index.shtml
G. Gordon Liddy - http://www.liddyshow.us">http://www.liddyshow.us
Contact Information - liddyshow2@aol.com
Rush Limbaugh - http://www.rushlimbaugh.com">http://www.rushlimbaugh.com
Contact Information - rush@eibnet.com
Lars Larson - http://www.larslarson.com">http://www.larslarson.com
Contact Information - lars@larslarson.com
Mark Levin - http://www.wabcradio.com/showdj.asp?DJID=12009">http://www.wabcradio.com/showdj.asp?DJID=12009
Contact Information - marklevin@wabcradio.com
Sean Hannity - http://www.hannity.com">http://www.hannity.com
Contact Information - http://www.hannity.com/index/contact-form">http://www.hannity.com/index/contact-form
Howie Carr - http://www.howiecarr.com">http://www.howiecarr.com
Contact Information - howiecarr@wrko.com
Jerry Doyle - http://www.jerrydoyle.com">http://www.jerrydoyle.com
Contact Information - jd@jerrydoyle.com
Bruce Elliott - http://wbal.com/shows/elliott">http://wbal.com/shows/elliott
Contact Information - bruce@wbal.com
Dennis Prager - http://www.dennisprager.com">http://www.dennisprager.com
Contact Information - dennisprager@dennisprager.com
Mike Gallagher - http://www.mikeonline.com">http://www.mikeonline.com
Contact Information - http://www.mikeonline.com/askmike">http://www.mikeonline.com/askmike
Rusty Humphries - http://www.talktorusty.com">http://www.talktorusty.com
Contact Information - http://www.talktorusty.com/askrusty">http://www.talktorusty.com/askrusty
Todd Feinburg - http://www.toddtalk.com">http://www.toddtalk.com
Contact Information - http://www.toddtalk.com/contact.asp">http://www.toddtalk.com/contact.asp
Rick Roberts - http://www.760kfmb.com/rick_blog">http://www.760kfmb.com/rick_blog
Contact Information - rickroberts@kfmb.com

Here is a list of conservative weblogs who's administrators may be interested in becoming involved in the conservative convention project.

Renew America - http://www.renewamerica.us">http://www.renewamerica.us
Contact Information - editor@renewamerica.us
The Conservative Woman - http://theconservativewoman.org">http://theconservativewoman.org
Contact Information - contact@theconservativewoman.org
Insight Magazine - http://www.insightmag.com">http://www.insightmag.com
Contact Information - jkuhner@washingtontimes.com
The Omega Letter - http://www.omegaletter.com">http://www.omegaletter.com
Contact Information - http://www.omegaletter.com/ol_staff.asp">http://www.omegaletter.com/ol_staff.asp
The American Chronicle - http://www.americanchronicle.com">http://www.americanchronicle.com
Contact Information - http://www.americanchronicle.com/notices/submit_work.asp">http://www.americanchronicle.com/notices/submit_work.asp
The Capitol Hill Coffee House - http://capitolhillcoffeehouse.com">http://capitolhillcoffeehouse.com
Contact Information - editor@capitolhillcoffeehouse.com
Republican Operative - http://republicanoperative.com">http://republicanoperative.com
Contact Information - http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/sendmessage.ph">http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/sendmessage.php
News Busters - http://www.newsbusters.org">http://www.newsbusters.org
Contact Information - newsbusters@mediaresearch.org
Chron Watch - http://www.chronwatch.com">http://www.chronwatch.com
Contact Information - chronwatch@aol.com
The New Media Journal - http://www.newmediajournal.us">http://www.newmediajournal.us
Contact Information - contactnmj@newmediajournal.us
Ether Zone - http://mailto:www.etherzone.com">http://mailto:www.etherzone.com
Contact Information - bob@etherzone.com
The Dionysus Post - http://www.dionysuspost.com">http://www.dionysuspost.com
Contact Information - ChrisHartsock86@aol.com
Red State - http://www.redstate.com">http://www.redstate.com
Contact Information - http://contact.redstate.com">http://contact.redstate.com
The Conservative Voice - http://www.theconservativevoice.com">http://www.theconservativevoice.com
Contact Information - editor@theconservativevoice.com
Conservative Life - http://conservativelife.com">http://conservativelife.com
Contact Information - admin@conservativelife.com
News By Us - http://newsbyus.com">http://newsbyus.com
Contact Information - posts@newsbyus.com
Lady Liberty's Constitution Clearinghouse - http://www.ladylibrty.co">http://www.ladylibrty.com
Contact Information - ladylibrty@ladylibrty.com
The Common Voice - http://www.commonvoice.com">http://www.commonvoice.com
Contact Information - http://www.commonvoice.com/submitfeedback.asp">http://www.commonvoice.com/submitfeedback.asp
The Small Government Times - http://www.smallgovtimes.com">http://www.smallgovtimes.com
Contact Information - http://www.smallgovtimes.com/thenest/contact/index.html">http://www.smallgovtimes.com/thenest/contact/index.html
Mich News - http://www.michnews.com">http://www.michnews.com
Contact Information - michnews@michnews.com
Black Anthem - http://www.blackanthem.com/Home/index.html">http://www.blackanthem.com/Home/index.html
Contact Information - http://www.blackanthem.com/communications/index.html">http://www.blackanthem.com/communications/index.html
Conservative Discussion - http://conservativediscussion.com">http://conservativediscussion.com
Contact Information - http://www.richardmullenax.com">http://www.richardmullenax.com
Mullenax News - http://www.richardmullenax.com">http://www.richardmullenax.com
Contact Information - http://www.richardmullenax.com/?page=contact">http://www.richardmullenax.com/?page=contact
News Bull - http://www.newsbull.com">http://www.newsbull.com
Contact Information - info@Newsbull.com
The American Thinker - http://www.americanthinker.com">http://www.americanthinker.com
Contact Information - editor@americanthinker.com
The Intellectual Conservative - http://www.intellectualconservative.com">http://www.intellectualconservative.com
Contact Information - feedback@intellectualconservative.com
Mens News Daily - http://www.mensnewsdaily.com">http://www.mensnewsdaily.com
Contact Information - editor@mensnewsdaily.com
Land Of The Free - http://www.thelandofthefree.net">http://www.thelandofthefree.net
Contact Information - landofthefree@comcast.net
GOPUSA - http://www.gopusa.com">http://www.gopusa.com
Contact Information - http://www.gopusa.com/company/contact.shtml">http://www.gopusa.com/company/contact.shtml
The American Daily - http://www.americandaily.com">http://www.americandaily.com
Contact Information - editor@americandaily.com
We Hold These Truths - http://weholdthesetruths.org">http://weholdthesetruths.org
Contact Information - http://weholdthesetruths.org/modules/contact">http://weholdthesetruths.org/modules/contact
The Capitol Hill Coffee House - http://capitolhillcoffeehouse.com">http://capitolhillcoffeehouse.com
Contact Information - editor@capitolhillcoffeehouse.com
The Reality Check - http://therealitycheck.org">http://therealitycheck.org
Contact Information - http://therealitycheck.org/contacts.htm">http://therealitycheck.org/contacts.htm
Opinion Editorials - http://www.opinioneditorials.com">http://www.opinioneditorials.com
Contact Information - opeds@opeds.com
Right Conservative - http://www.rightconservative.com">http://www.rightconservative.com
Contact Information - http://www.rightconservative.com/contact.html">http://www.rightconservative.com/contact.html
Radio Free West Hartford - http://www.dondodd.com">http://www.dondodd.com
Contact Information - http://www.dondodd.com/comment/comments.html">http://www.dondodd.com/comment/comments.html
The Common Conservative - http://commonconservative.com">http://commonconservative.com
Contact Information - CommConsEditor@aol.com
Orbusmax - http://www.orbusmax.com">http://www.orbusmax.com
Contact Information - orbusmax@orbusmax.com
TYSK News - http://www.tysknews.com">http://www.tysknews.com
Contact Information - tysk@tysknews.com
WebCommentary - http://www.webcommentary.com">http://www.webcommentary.com
Contact Information - http://www.webcommentary.com/feedback.htm">http://www.webcommentary.com/feedback.htm
Conservatown News - http://www.conservatown.com">http://www.conservatown.com
Contact Information - http://www.bloggingman.org/contact-us.html">http://www.bloggingman.org/contact-us.html
Conservative Battleline - http://www.acuf.org/issues/index.asp">http://www.acuf.org/issues/index.asp
Contact Information - info@conservativebattleline.com

Here is a list of people who, in my estimation, would be well suited to address a large assemblage of conservative conventioneers.

Newt Gingrich
http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=15">http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=15
Contact Information - http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=2709 or speeches@newt.org">http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=2709 or speeches@newt.org
Thomas Sowell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell
Contact Information - http://www.creators.com/opinion_writetheauthor.cfm?pg=write&columnsname=tso">http://www.creators.com/opinion_writetheauthor.cfm?pg=write&columnsname=tso
Rush Limbaugh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh
Contact Information - rush@eibnet.com
Stuart Butler
http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/WilliamBeach.cfm">http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/WilliamBeach.cfm
Contact Information - staff@heritage.org
David Horowitz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Horowitz">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Horowitz
Contact Information - http://www.frontpagemag.com/Contact/Contact.asp">http://www.frontpagemag.com/Contact/Contact.asp
Douglas Besharov
http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.5,filter.all/scholar.asp">http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.5,filter.all/scholar.asp
Contact Information - DBesharov@aei.org
Mark Levin
http://www.answers.com/topic/mark-levin">http://www.answers.com/topic/mark-levin
Contact Information - markrlevin@aol.com
Chuck Donovan
http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BY05F04">http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BY05F04
Contact Information - Attention Charles A. Donovan - https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=CONTACT_FRC&step=2&iss=ACTIVE">https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=CONTACT_FRC&step=2&iss=ACTIVE
Alan Keyes
http://www.renewamerica.us/keyes/whois.htm">http://www.renewamerica.us/keyes/whois.htm
Contact Information - akeyes@worldnetdaily.com
Dinesh D'Souza
http://www.dineshdsouza.com/more/about.html">http://www.dineshdsouza.com/more/about.html
Contact Information - dineshjdsouza@aol.com
Joseph Bast
http://www.heartland.org/SpeakersBureauArticle.cfm?sbrId=1">http://www.heartland.org/SpeakersBureauArticle.cfm?sbrId=1
Contact Information - jbast@heartland.org
William Bennett
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1034">http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1034
Contact Information - http://www.bennettmornings.com/askbill">http://www.bennettmornings.com/askbill
Tom Schatz
http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_schatz">http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_schatz
Contact Information - tschatz@cagw.org
Ann Coulter
http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/content.cgi?name=bio">http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/content.cgi?name=bio
Contact Information - http://www.townhall.com/opinion/contact/18.html">http://www.townhall.com/opinion/contact/18.html
Hillel Fradkin
http://www.futureofmuslimworld.com/scholars/scholarID.9/scholar_detail.asp">http://www.futureofmuslimworld.com/scholars/scholarID.9/scholar_detail.asp
Contact Information - RPerle@aei.org
Richard Perle
http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.49,filter.all/scholar.asp">http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.49,filter.all/scholar.asp
Contact Information - RPerle@aei.org

And here is a list of pontential subjects to be addressed at the proposed event.

Judicial Activism And The Supreme Court
Border Security And Illegal Immigration
The Threat Of Terrorism And Nuclear Rogue Nations
Healthcare Reform
The American Left's Assault On Christianity
Public Education Reform
International Free Trade Agreements And America's Manufacturing Base
Social Security Reform
The Plague Of Political Correctness
Harnessing Government Spending And Regulation
Overturning Roe V. Wade
America's Foreign Oil Dependency And Future Energy Needs
Tax Reform And The IRS

In closing I would just like to add that I welcome any constructive input concerning this article from any American who embraces a right-wing philosophy, and I thank in advance those of you who are willing to lend your time and energies to this cause. Even though garnering enough support from the sort of individuals who are capable of organizing so grand an event will likely prove to be difficult in the extreme, I'm still willing to give it my best shot. After all, the worst thing that can happen if this endeavor proves to be a failure is pretty much the same thing that I've come to expect from the Republican party lately... which is nothing.

Edward L. Daley
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Biography - Edward L. Daley

Edward Daley was born to American parents on a U.S. military base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada, and moved to the United States as an infant. He became active in politics in 1984, the first year he was old enough to vote for the President of the United States. He is currently a political op-ed columnist for upwards of 38 on-line conservative journals and magazines, and a landlord of rental property. Edward has been a salesman, bar doorman, typesetter, and security guard. He is a college graduate with a number of hobbies and interests, including reading, writing poetry and short stories, web designing, watching professional football, and drinking 12-year-old single malt scotch.


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