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I always think when I visit this site or attend Republican Party functions, if there is any room for moderate voices in the party? Although, I do have conservative values in most of my thinking, I am not totally entrenched in them. I believe that there is a time to raise taxes. I believe there is a time to limit gun ownership. I believe there is a time to allow abortion. I find it ironic that those who are fervently against abortion in all cases are way past their child bearing days and please understand that I am not making light of this issue as I am generally against abortion.
I thought that after the many recent defeats by the Republicans in local, state wide and federal elections we would start getting smarter, but sometimes I have my doubts.
I hear leaders in our party state that we are making strides in making this party a more diverse party and then I look around the room and feel I am in a corporate board room.
We have an opportunity with the upcoming elections to bring more people in the party with the election of candidates such as Bob McDonnell, but I wonder if we will find a way to screw it up.
I would like to see if others share my views on this or if I am a lone fish in a sea of sharks.

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No decent and honest Republican would work in support of destroying small businesses across the nation in supporting Card Check. No decent and honest Republican would lobby Congress to favor Unions which are destroying industry after industry. No decent and honest Republican would work against what McDonnell and Bolling are fighting to preserve, that is keeping the state of Virginia a Right to Work State. You came on here attempting to convince us that we need to forget about the Social Issues (which is a very important leg of the Reagan Conservative stool) because we can't do anything about it anyway. Brian, I did not besmearch your name, your associations and positions have besmearched your name.

Brian W. Schoeneman said:
Sandy, it is unfortunate that you couldn't stop the attacks even on Easter as we all celebrate.

However, I'm not going to allow you to besmirch my good name and baselessly attack me without some kind of a response. I don't know anything about you, and I would never presume to make guesses about your political stances or to question your honesty. I wish you would give me the benefit of the doubt, but you seem predisposed to judge me for whatever reason .

I am a moderate Republican. I have never voted for a Democrat in a general election in my life. I cross over and vote for weak Democrats in Democratic primaries so that we have the ability to win against them in the fall. I've donated money to Republican candidates for office, and last election I donated to the RNC. I worked for a Republican state legislator in Virginia, and I was Bush Administration appointee, working for Elaine Chao at the Labor Department. I'm a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, I was a delegate to the 2008 State Republican Convention, the 8th District Convention and the Fairfax County convention. I'm a delegate to the 2009 Convention as well. I've walked parades with my old boss, and made phone calls for David Foster. I've hosted fundraisers for Republican members of Congress including Candace Miller from Michigan, Ted Stevens, Trent Lott, Frank LoBiondo, Steve LaTourette, Dave Reichert, and many, many others.

While I was at the union, I revamped their political giving program, and increased their giving to Republican candidates by over 200%. While the rest of the AFL-CIO endorsed John Kerry in 2004, I convinced our leadership to stay neutral, and we actually gave multiple donations to the NRCC and Joint State Victory Committees across the country to help reelect President Bush and elect Republican candidates across the country.

I have dedicated my career to advancing Republican causes, and I am well known in Republican circles in DC as one of the very few Republicans who understand labor and can talk to unions. You may view that as a negative, but I don't. There are millions of good, hardworking union members who are staunch Republicans and believe in all the same things you do. I am not willing to turn my back on them because their organizations tend to be Democratic. I want to change that, but we will never be able to do that so long as people on our side of the aisle view unions has evil, proto-communist organizations who hate America, which is completely wrong.

The GSPM bio on me is out of date. The bio that I have up on this site is accurate. I'm no longer a delegate to the NVCLC, but I still have many good friends there, including the President. I don't always agree with everything they say or advocate.

I was never a union organizer. Union organizers recruit members and try to organize workplaces. I was a lobbyist.

I left that job in 2006. But in the time that I was there, we gave over $175,000 to Republican candidates across the country, not including President Bush's reelection campaign.

I have done more, Sandy, to elect Republicans across Virginia and across the country than many have, and I won't sit back and let you try to smear me with this guilt by association nonsense. Why on earth would I claim to be a Republican if I wasn't? I've given my time and my hard earned money to support Republicans and I refuse to let you spin tales to discredit me.

As I said before, it is a shame that on Easter Sunday, a day when all Christians unite together to celebrate the victory of our risen Savior, you'd prefer to attack someone you've never met and who only drew your ire by respectfully disagreeing with you and trying to defend someone who was being unfairly attacked.
I hope you all are having a wonder Passover and a Happy Easter and will relax a little and remember what binds us and brings us together. I'm all for love, respect and tolerance and hope we can all share some of that.
WOW!! Sandy rules. I am seriously impressed. Rarely have I seen a troll so thoroughly and skillfully called out like that!

Sandy Cope said:
You know Brian, Donald had you pegged right from the beginning. With every comment you have made, and with every nonsensical response you have made to Donald's questions, and mine, it should have jumped right out in everyones face that not only are you not a Republican, but, you are on this site weakly claiming to be a "Moderate Republican." You sir are a loser and a Liberal. How do I know that, I have plenty of proof. See Below-

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Brian W. Schoeneman serves as Executive Director of the American Maritime Congress, a maritime trade association and research organization representing American ship operators in the international and domestic trades that have collective bargaining agreements with the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (AFL-CIO). He has served in this capacity since August 2006. Prior to his recent appointment, Schoeneman served as Director of Government Affairs for the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, the nation's oldest maritime Union. He previously served as the union's Assistant Political Director. While at MEBA, he was responsible for overseeing the Union's political and legislative departments, including their political action committee.

He is a 2004 graduate of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is a 2001 graduate of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. He currently serves as the MEBA delegate to the Northern Virginia Central Labor Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington University Alumni Association. He is also active in a number of maritime related organizations, including the Propeller Club of the United States, the National Defense Transportation Association, the Navy League, and the United States Naval Institute. He resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.



Let's start with the above info stating that "he was responsible for overseeing the Union's political and legislative departments, including their political action committee." Not only are you a Union Organizer, but, you are a freaking Union Lobbyist. I ask, just how much in donations did your Marine Engineer's Benefical Association give to the Union loving current Liberal/Communist presidential campaign?

And then let's go here- "He currently serves as the MEBA delegate to the Northern Virginia Central Labor Council." Didn't take much research to find the website for the above organization, which is pushing for the "EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT." Take a look everyone-

http://www.unionvoice.org/novaclc/home.html

So, we are pushing hard for McDonnell and Bolling to win in November, and, one of their greatest positions is in keeping Virginia a Right To Work State-

McDonnell ad Bolling stand up for Virginia's Right to Work Law
http://www.billbolling.com/index.php?page=news&views=000000791


I gotta give it to you Brian, you have some big ones coming on a site that is doing everything it can to be successful in electing Republicans to take back our great state of Virginia from the Socialist/Communists, claiming to be a moderate, and chastizing those of us that really are Republicans/Conservatives, and telling us that with our attitudes we will cost Republicans elections. You are one of the worst kinds of trolls. Seems like if I go and take a look at the Daily Kos website, I will see your fancy picture there also.

You have used the word "compassionate" in your comments many times, yet you would see Virginia, who is a business friendly state (before Kaine and will be after Kaine), to lose the small businesses that are the life blood of any economy, so that you can redistribute the wealth away from those that provide jobs, to your Union Goons that will break the backs of every small business, with your support for the CARD CHECK legislation. God is good, on Easter Sunday he showed me the way to bring to light one of the most dangerous people commenting on this website. You should be banned jerk!
Despite the traditionally Kumbayah glow of Easter and all--and I say this in the spirit of truth, as opposed to political correctness--Jesus Christ was probably at times the harshest and most confrontational dude in all of human history. Those who forget that seem to have never gotten the real message. He Himself stated often and in different ways that His mission was/is to be a divider, not a uniter. I'm an apostate myself, but I know enough doctrinal Christian theology to point certain things out.

That said, cheers to all.

Nick Skias said:
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter. As we sit back on what should be a peaceful day, I wanted to reflect what the meaning of Easter is. Well for millions of Christians, "it is a way of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him." Whether you are a Christian, atheist, Jewish or a Muslim, I find some significance in this day as Republicans. Can we all agree that this is an opportune time for the resurrection of the Republican Party, some sort of resurrection from the dead?
It is unfortunate that some people still take the time on this holy day to show their intolerance to other views instead of reflecting on how we can join together and make this a greater party. However, I am resigned to the fact that there are some people that just will not compromise and would rather see the collapse of an institution stead of working together to make it stronger.
That being said, I again wish everyone a Happy Easter.
Right Brian- And I rode on Santas sleigh this past Christmas, and helped him deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls.
THE EAGLE HAS SOARED, THE US NAVY HAS ROARED; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL SURVIVE AND KEEP THE WORLD SAFE FOR FREEDOM AGAIN!!

AMERICA 20, MUSLIM RAGHEAD PIRATES -3 USA USA USA USA

Brian gets a pass from me today, all day, because it's Easter and because of his merely being associated with our Merchant Marine or the maritime commies whatever the hell it is, who the hell cares, we are all gonna be okay, Obongo will be impeached at some point and/or jailed, deported, hung, shot, whatever--we are going to make it!!!!

Sandy Cope said:
Right Brian- And I rode on Santas sleigh this past Christmas, and helped him deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls.
Donald, I'm sure you will be misintrepreted as talking bad about our Lord. I understand what you mean about Jesus being a Divider, not a Uniter. He wanted to divide those that did not believe in God, that laughed at him and ridiculed him, from those that believed in him and his teachings. He knew of the terrible evil of Greed, see Pontius Pilate, who forsaked him for a bag of Gold, to those that were in fear of his miraculous deeds and powers. It sure reminds me of what we are seeing today with the evil greed, corruption and obnoxious need for cmplete control over everyone. Yes, the Liberals should be in fear, just as the King was back then, because eventually the truth always comes into the sunshine.

Donald Joy said:
Despite the traditionally Kumbayah glow of Easter and all--and I say this in the spirit of truth, as opposed to political correctness--Jesus Christ was probably at times the harshest and most confrontational dude in all of human history. Those who forget that seem to have never gotten the real message. He Himself stated often and in different ways that His mission was/is to be a divider, not a uniter. I'm an apostate myself, but I know enough doctrinal Christian theology to point certain things out.

That said, cheers to all.

Nick Skias said:
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter. As we sit back on what should be a peaceful day, I wanted to reflect what the meaning of Easter is. Well for millions of Christians, "it is a way of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him." Whether you are a Christian, atheist, Jewish or a Muslim, I find some significance in this day as Republicans. Can we all agree that this is an opportune time for the resurrection of the Republican Party, some sort of resurrection from the dead?
It is unfortunate that some people still take the time on this holy day to show their intolerance to other views instead of reflecting on how we can join together and make this a greater party. However, I am resigned to the fact that there are some people that just will not compromise and would rather see the collapse of an institution stead of working together to make it stronger.
That being said, I again wish everyone a Happy Easter.
I just read that Donald. The Captain has been rescued, and 3 Pirates have been slain. No thanks to Obama, but with every thank you immaginable to our United States Navy. Thank you God and Lord! It is a good day.

Donald Joy said:
THE EAGLE HAS SOARED, THE US NAVY HAS ROARED; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL SURVIVE AND KEEP THE WORLD SAFE FOR FREEDOM AGAIN!!

AMERICA 20, MUSLIM RAGHEAD PIRATES -3 USA USA USA USA

Brian gets a pass from me today, all day, because it's Easter and because of his merely being associated with our Merchant Marine or the maritime commies whatever the hell it is, who the hell cares, we are all gonna be okay, Obongo will be impeached at some point and/or jailed, deported, hung, shot, whatever--we are going to make it!!!!

Sandy Cope said:
Right Brian- And I rode on Santas sleigh this past Christmas, and helped him deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls.
Uncle Sam put your name
at the top of his list
and the statue of liberty started shakin' her fist
and the Eagle will fly
and there's gonna be hell
when you hear Mother Freedom start ringin' her bell
and it'll feel like the whole wide world is rainin' down on you

BROUGHT TO YOU COURTESY OF THE RED WHITE AND BLUE

Donald Joy said:
THE EAGLE HAS SOARED, THE US NAVY HAS ROARED; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL SURVIVE AND KEEP THE WORLD SAFE FOR FREEDOM AGAIN!!

AMERICA 20, MUSLIM RAGHEAD PIRATES -3 USA USA USA USA

Brian gets a pass from me today, all day, because it's Easter and because of his merely being associated with our Merchant Marine or the maritime commies whatever the hell it is, who the hell cares, we are all gonna be okay, Obongo will be impeached at some point and/or jailed, deported, hung, shot, whatever--we are going to make it!!!!

Sandy Cope said:
Right Brian- And I rode on Santas sleigh this past Christmas, and helped him deliver toys to all the good little boys and girls.
AMEN TO THAT!! HOOOWAAAHHHH!!

Brian W. Schoeneman said:
Donald and Sandy, you and I may not agree on many things, but we can all agree that this was the best Easter present any of us could have asked for.

Three dead pirates, one brought to justice, and our fellow American safe. God bless the United States Navy! Hooyah, boys!
Donald and Brian- It was the Navy Seals that made this happen, along with the bravery of the Captain. I am always in awe of what our Special Operations forces can and will do. Yes, it is a good day to be an American, thanks to our Navy Seals. Couldn't have had a better outcome.

Donald Joy said:
AMEN TO THAT!! HOOOWAAAHHHH!!

Brian W. Schoeneman said:
Donald and Sandy, you and I may not agree on many things, but we can all agree that this was the best Easter present any of us could have asked for.

Three dead pirates, one brought to justice, and our fellow American safe. God bless the United States Navy! Hooyah, boys!
Brian W. Schoeneman said:
Ed, when it comes to these kinds of decisions - decisions to engage in behavior that some consider immoral, but is not illegal - I think free will has everything to do with it.

Really? So what your saying is that abortion just *seems* immoral to some. How about starvation of babies after they are born with a particular defect that does not allow food to go from the esophagus to the stomach? Apparently, denying life-saving out-patient surgery and then starving a baby is legal, and only seems immoral to some of us.

I think most of have watched as things that at one time *worked* being systematically ruined in the name of some particular social good. How exactly did we get saddled with so many under-performing public schools? The liberal response is always "we need more money" and "end non-public schools" while of course school vouchers offer choice and rescue kids from horrible environments.

The problem with moderates is that they never take stands unless victory is assured and it only seems to be assured when they are doing the bidding of the enemy. Witness the ousting of Jeff Frederick.

"It's not that liberals are ignorant -- just everything they know is wrong" -- Ronald Reagan

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