On Monday Sen. DeMint was blocked by Senate Democrat Leadership from having a vote on his amendment to audit the Federal Reserve. His amendment is based on a bill authored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in the House, H.R. 1207, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Senate, S. 604.

This video says it all..

At least we have a few Senators who are trying to do the right thing.

Evidence of the struggle between true conservatives and neocons in the GOP has never been more apparent than it is right now.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently announced he would seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Mel Martinez. Christ, who advocates big government, supported Obama’s “stimulus”, the TARP bailouts and routinely gets behind McCain and crew’s progressive legislation, was immediately endorsed by the National Republican party.

Does this give true conservatives any confidence the GOP is really moving back to principled positions on which the party was founded, or does it appear to be business as usual for the Republicans?

It’s refreshing to see that Jim DeMint isn’t on the same page as the GOP elite. He’s backing a much better candidate in the eyes of true conservatives, Marco Rubio.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) isn’t just backing Florida Republican Marco Rubio to rally the conservative base. He’s convinced the upstart can actually win.

“He can win, should win, and will help lead our party out of the void into the waiting arms of America,” DeMint said at an outdoor Tuesday afternoon news conference near the Senate.

But DeMint’s support of Rubio over establishment pick Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, was a direct jab at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has chosen to back a moderate,  yet potentially more electable, Republican in Crist.

The Florida primary is already being cast as test case of whether GOP voters in a critical swing state will go with someone with statewide name recognition and a moderate record, or tack to the party’s conservative roots with a newcomer like Rubio. link

Another example of “progressive creep” that has infected the GOP is the Eight Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey climate bill. They are…

Notice the neocons who actually voted for this flawed and misguided legislation are from “progressive” states. The same states which are currently teetering on bankruptcy.  I urge all of the constituents of these representatives to hold them accountable for their actions in the voting booth.

True conservatives must keep in mind is that neocons are actually moderate progressives who are masquerading as conservatives.

If there is any hope left for the GOP, or indeed for America, we need to move away from the progressive and destructive policies being promoted by our representatives and move back to the principles of liberty, freedom and self-reliance as set forth in the constitution.

If the Democrats or the GOP aren’t willing to do this, it may be time to look toward a 3rd political party. We can only hope it’s not too late for America.

I took the little trip down the road to Columbia to check out the Taxed Enough Already rally at the statehouse. The event was organized by the SC Fair Tax folks, an organization and idea that I support.

I’d estimate there were around 2000k citizens rallying at the event. It was hot though, in the 90s, so there were a lot of people hugging the shade, rather than crowding around the front of the stage. You couldn’t stand there on the concrete in front of that stage for long but there were plenty of trees and they had a good PA so hearing wasn’t a problem. I found a good spot under a tree just to the left of the stage, with a clear view and a nice breeze blowing. I’m sure the crowd would have been larger if it were not for the heat and the fact that many people vacation and cook-out on the 4th.

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What’s a rally in South Carolina without a confederate soldier carrying a confederate flag?

The speakers were very good. John Perna from the SC fair tax group rallied the crowd to his cause.

The best speaker was Talbert Black from the Campaign for Liberty, who made a really good speech promoting a move toward freedom and liberty, with less government intrusion.

DeMint was there but he didn’t speak long. It was too damn hot. He was mainly there to stand up for the cause of liberty and freedom, and for a book signing to promote his new book: Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America’s Slide into Socialism.

Here’s a little video of DeMint..

One of things I really liked about this rally is that I didn’t hear anyone mention political parties, except to criticize them, and rightly so. This event had little to do with political party affiliation. It was all about coming to together to promote liberty, freedom, smaller government and lower taxes, no matter your political party affiliation.

I had a great time, the traffic was light and I chowed down on some great seafood. Lots of fun!! I’ll be back for the next one.