Principles

CloseUP: Rich Ashooh in CD1 and an even crappier transcript from WMUR

by Skip April 3, 2016

In the second third of CloseUP, Rich Ashooh did his pre-announcement announcement for US Congress in CD-1 and challenging Frank Guinta, the incumbent.  We covered Rich back in 2010 when he ran the first time and I guess the interactions I had with him were favorable – I started calling him “Gentleman Rich” as he was […]

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NH just said: hey, layabouts – we’ll fund your health insurance with other peoples’ money

by Skip March 30, 2016

Gladly, too – these Republicans decided that they know better how to spend your money than you do.  To wit: Shot: States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients …Kansas was one of the first states to reverse that in 2013.  “I believe most Americans and most Kansans think it’s common sense,” said Andrew […]

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Trust is fading that the US Senate Republicans will not cave to Obama on Supreme Court nominee

by Skip February 19, 2016

“Tipping Point“ And the incessant “asks” for money (with little to show for it in terms of the Conservative agenda being being implemented) have become tiresome and irritating.  A ‘Grok reader responds to yet another “ask” with a promise (emphasis mine): Earlier today I received an email from Lauren Lofstrom, national finance director for Ted […]

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Why NH Should Vote for Ted Cruz and not Donald Trump

by Steve MacDonald February 7, 2016
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Ted Cruz knows that you are the best hope for saving America. But to do that you need a president willing to get the government out of the way so that you can. “… just like the left, Donald Trump’s solutions are all built on the “smarts” of certain gifted people and then empowering those […]

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It’s not just Groksters ticked off by US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

by Skip January 31, 2016

I had to run out this morning to do a couple of errands for TMEW and while getting some gas ($1.94/gallon for mid-range!), met up with a long time Republican activist.  After chatting about this primary (we both agreed that this has been the wildest, most upside everyway one we’ve seen with Trump upending all […]

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She lied to the Benghazi families…..she lied to the nation about top secret emails

by Skip January 20, 2016

We all know that almost all politicians “fudge” at times.  However, Hillary’s lies are now several orders of magnitude above “fudge”.  When will Democrats accept that, act on it, and toss her?  Certainly we at the ‘Grok have NO problem in tossing and then constantly mocking Republican  officials (great example: NH State Senator Jeb Bradley […]

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Disqus Doodlings – Enforcing the Platform

by Mike December 30, 2015

And why they fear Cruz, because he just might do it! You know, the Democrats always accuse Republicans, at least since Reagan, of deficit spending, by which they mean cutting or holding the line on taxes while continuing to spend. Of course, every time the Republicans tried to cut spending, the Democrats and their useful […]

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GOPe Whistling From The Graveyard
Exhumes Romney – Again!

by Mike November 13, 2015

Drudge Report went full siren alert this morning over a WaPo report that The GOP elites are SO worried an outsider might win the nomination that they are once again talking of resurrecting Romney. What these chimps chumps don’t realize is that they are the reason why Romney (and McCain) lost, and why the GOP […]

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But Kelly Ayotte is With Us On Everything Else

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2015
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The abandonment of first principles by New Hampshire Republicans in congress is a point of contention and it should be. Speaking for myself, and I’d bet most of the writers here at GraniteGrok, we’re about principles before people or party. With that in mind I recently wrote that Senator Ayotte’s embrace of Obama’s Clean Power […]

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I call them “Republican Republicans for the sake of the Republican Party”

by Skip July 27, 2015

Conservative Review had a good piece on the 3 types of Republicans that are in that cattle herd called Prez Wannabees (reformatted, emphasis mine): Change Agents Reformers Progressives It was this last category that I read twice and went – yup, this is why we are in trouble.  The post gives a definition for each, […]

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A shot across her bow – what will NH GOP Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron do?

by Skip June 13, 2015

“she has a choice: either avoid discussion of the issue or resign.” Will she listen to the people who know her best, Republicans in Cheshire County, and remove her name?  Decisions have consequences and NH State GOP Committeewoman Bergeron is now learning that her decision to sign an amicus brief with other “Republican luminaries” supporting […]

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Open letter to Fergus Cullen and his GOP Establishment

by GrokWatch News Desk March 25, 2015

Kathy Dunton | GrokWatch News Desk I had been hoping that you and your people would have figured it out by now, but I guess it needs to be explained to you, and others that have lost their way. Recently, Presidential Candidate Rand Paul made the comment that NH cannot seem to get a Republican […]

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GrokTALK! at Liberty Forum with Ian Underwood

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2015
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It’s always great to have Ian Underwood joins us and this was no exception.  We’ve got the Shaolin Rifleworks, the serenity of self-defense, the lefts lack of limiting principles, Senator David Pierce (again) this time encapsulating the violence of progressive government; then a great discussion about principles vs outcome. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, […]

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Keep attacking our fundamental values and guess what happens?

by Skip November 25, 2014

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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GrokTALK! The Political Evil In the Room

by Steve MacDonald October 7, 2014
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SNHU Professor Kevin Kervick started a massive debate on Facebook about where we should be directing our energy in the run up to the November Election, which he takes up with us in this segment of GrokTALK!  Do we let the GOP off and focus only on Democrats or should we turn up the heat […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip October 5, 2014

Pretty much sums up what we at GraniteGrok are all about (emphasis mine): We write about a set of principles and compare everyone to them, regardless of party. Without principles as a litmus there are no limits to what any elected official can or will do. We also write about Republican principles outlined in their own […]

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Being Constitutional is everybody’s business and concern – not just the Judiciary

by Skip June 27, 2014

NH State Rep. Sandra Keans (R, now D): “I don’t try to justify anything by the Constitution, it’s not my job and I don’t want to do it”. NH State Rep. Susan Almy (D): “Well, you don’t get to decide what is Constitutional and I don’t get to decide what is Constitutional, the judiciary decides […]

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It looks like NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn’s Unity demand to vote for Scott Brown is being ignored by the troops

by Skip June 24, 2014

That would not be the Elite troops that all want us to be Gene Chandler type Republicans (“Anyone with an R after their name is a good Republican”), just us “regular” troops.  Rather, this is yet another email that has come across my transom that shows that her message is rather “revolting” (name redacted to […]

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For U.S. Navy Rear Admiral William H. McRaven, it’s the little things that show the Principles at UT Commencement speech

by Skip May 23, 2014

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral William H. McRaven is also the Commander of the US Navy’s SEAL special operator forces.  And a SEAL himself so he knows of what he speaks: I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.  Basic SEAL […]

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Notable Quote – Tom DeWeese

by Skip April 22, 2014

“Freedom.” We use that word a lot. Do we all really know what that word means? It’s used in so many different ways. Do we understand how it is attained? Most importantly, do we understand how it is used by some to actually take freedom away?  Simply put, freedom is the ability to act without […]

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Disqus Doodlings – The Results of Gubmint Education..

by Mike April 8, 2014

The Las Vegas Review Journal has an article about the Federales rounding up cattle belonging to a rancher whose family had grazed their herd on the same public land in Nevada for generations, because the rancher believed that his longstanding usage pre-empted any attempt by the Bureau of Land Management to impose fees upon a […]

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Brown Heads NH Poison Poll
Why Vote For A Lesser Evil?

by Mike April 2, 2014

Just got mail from ‘Grok friend Scott McGrath, commiserating on our recent experience with Scott Brown. (Honestly, Scott M., on the personal level they were fine.) What got my attention was the absolute refusal to vote for Brown! The visitors to my recent house party were divided: Those who were happy to see a well-funded […]

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One does wonder if they can really see themselves

by Skip March 22, 2014

Neil Cavuto is not everyone’s cup of tea (I like him, TMEW does not); even though he is known as a biz reporter, he has to be up on the politics as Government has put itself into all aspects of pretty much all businesses (after all, we individuals can’t deal with companies on our own […]

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Sunday talking head show Doodlings: That is only the prerequisite, sir!

by Skip February 16, 2014

“It is because the base no longer Trusts what happens after “winning” that this is an issue.” On This Week with “Mr.  wContraceptive in Presidential Debates” (that would be George Stephanopolous, Clinton’s Vonderkind, turned Democrat “journalist”) was this clip from NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Our party’s priority should be on winning. Not winning the argument.  […]

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“Whale Wars” Republicans? Yes – but which one?

by Skip December 15, 2013

Or “why does the Republican Party keep acting like Captain Luis Manuel Pinho?” Translation: “Are you willing to die to save the life of a whale?” So which Captain do we see in the Establishment Republican wing of the Party? I have to admit that I’ve been watching this “reality show” for quite some time.  […]

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The Party Exists Because of the Principles, Not the Other Way Around

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2013
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Free association in any group is based on the presumption that those who choose to join will promote the groups “charter.’  They will support its mission.  That those charged with leading that mission will develop and deploy strategies to advance those shared goals. The current leadership of the GOP and the NHGOP has a platform […]

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Consistency and Trust – Will the Republican Party wake up?

by Skip October 10, 2013

Consistency yields Trust yields Votes.  Simple, eh?  While I’ve been saying this for a while as to the disaffection of voters for the Republican Party, it doesn’t seem to be getting traction.  That is, at least in Republican circles.  Rarely do I even hear this idea mentioned – only that “We have to win (even […]

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Or better put “I used to be your base – now I’ll be someone else’s”

by Skip September 24, 2013

This is one of those few times that I will reprint an entire post.  Yet, I am hearing similar things more and more: “why should I fight and support a Party that more and more is Democrat-like versus Freedom and Constitution loving?  Why should my time, my valuable time, be spent defending a Platform that […]

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If only ALL elected (AND appointed) officials would keep this uppermost:

by Skip September 24, 2013

A senior Washington Post congressional reporter found it “interesting” that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told him that he answers to his constituents and the grassroots instead of the leaders in the Republican leadership who make up the permanent political class. On Tuesday, Paul Kane said that in an interview in August, Cruz told him that […]

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Scott Brown – problem?

by Skip August 27, 2013

I think a lot of Northeast Republicans were fairly happy when Scott Brown won the special election from “Marsha” Coakley  in MA to fill the Senatorial seat left empty upon the death of Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy a few years ago now.  Occupying “the Peoples’ Seat” (as opposed to the “Kennedy Family Seat”), he pretty […]

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