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Panzer Commander and The Dreamer are Live Blogging March for Life

January 22, 2007 | By | No Comments

The Dude and The Dreamer will be blogging live today from blogger’s row at the Family Research Council. They will be covering the annual March for Life today in the snows in Your Nation’s Capital.

Watch the live Webcast of the Blogs for Life Conference from FRC.

Blogs for Life is scheduled to coincide with the 34th annual March for Life, during which thousands of pro-life advocates gather in the Nation’s capitol to celebrate life and demand the reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The schedule of speakers for the event includes:

9:00- Tony Perkins, FRC President

9:15- Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Shiavo

9:30- Jill Stanek, pro-life speaker

10:00- Peter Samuelson, President, Americans United for Life

10:30- Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

11:00- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

2:30- Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review

4:00- David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences, Family Research Council

See Panzer Commander.

The Dreamer blogs at A Different Kind of Drama and Black and Red Roses.

Family Policy Councils: The Real Grass Roots Needed for the Next Conservative President

January 9, 2007 | By | One Comment


Policy Review

November & December 1996In the mid-nineties, Charmaine wrote a column for Policy Review magazine. One of her articles reviewed the Family Policy Councils. The FPCs are state based non-profits considered faith-based, cultural and economic conservatives.

A conservative president usually needs Ohio to win. And the embrace of the Family Policy Councils.

These state-based organizations work somewhat with the Family Research Council in DC and Focus on the Family in Colorado.

Originally published in 1996; and even more important today.

State Groups That Fight for Mom and Dad

by Charmaine Crouse Yoest

Rudy Gonzalez, a “cowboy poet” with a handlebar mustache and a home-on-the-range accent, strummed his guitar, then launched into a joke. The crowd relaxed into laughter as he regaled them with tall tales and folk wisdom.

This is the Idaho Family Forum’s annual summer fundraiser, the Spud Bake, where this group of moms and dads marks the end of summer by eating baked potatoes. Lots of them. Followed by spud-shaped ice cream.

But cowboy poetry soon gave way to public policy. U.S. Senator Larry Craig rose to address the group, and the question-and-answer session that followed was brisk and well informed. The Idaho Family Forum (IFF) and its supporters are dedicated to changing cultural trends that are undermining the stability of families — from no-fault divorce to teen pregnancy to chronic welfare dependency.

Led by executive director Dennis Mansfield, a former businessman, the IFF is part of a growing national movement of independent, state-based policy organizations called Family Policy Councils (FPCs). There are now more than 30 such organizations across the country, loosely affiliated by shared goals, common strategies, and mutual support. In order to win the ears of lawmakers, the media, and academics, they prefer research over rallies and education over activism.

Continue reading at the jump


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger served on the Board of Directors for The Family Foundation, a Family Policy Council in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Gerald Ford: Should He Have Pardoned Nixon?

December 27, 2006 | By | 16 Comments


Gerald Ford Pardoning former-President Nixon

Credit: National Archives and Records Administration And Gerald Ford has died, too.

By all accounts, he was a good and decent man. And we were fortunate to have such a man serve as President when history knocked at his door.

It won’t take long for pundits to skip over the “good and decent” and get to the question that ultimately defines his presidency: should he have pardoned Nixon?

On this one, Jack and I actually disagree, which is fairly unusual.

I think Ford did the right thing in using the pardon to get the country moving forward again.

Jack, not surprisingly, says Ford should have held Nixon accountable and emphasized that no man is above the law.

Comments are open.

What's the Difference Between Voting in the WebLog Awards and Voting as a Democrat?

December 15, 2006 | By | One Comment


Weblog Awards 2006
In the WebLog Awards, Anyone can vote as many times as one wants, but only once every 24 hours.

A Democrat can vote as many times as he wants, but only within 24 hours. Vote early and vote often.

Reasoned Audacity is one of the top ten finalists for Best Business Blog.

This is the last day for voting. Please visit The Weblog Awards 2006 at Best Business Blog and vote for Reasoned Audacity.

We will be in your debt.

Please also consider these other finalists:

Blue Star Chronicles

The Corner at NRO

Median Sib

Mary Katherine Ham

Nehring the Edge

Imago Dei

CDR Salamander

Media Blog on NRO

Evangelical Outpost


Democrats are welcome.

Thankyou (foot)notes,

The Vote Early and Vote Often tag line is often attributed to Chicago politics. See

Democrat Richard J. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago,

Gentlemen, get the thing straight once and for all — the policeman isn’t there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.

We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement.

Read the 10 Chicago Rules of Political Fund-Raising at the jump.

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The Personal and the Polis: The Intersection of Individualism, the Family and the State (Part 3 of 3)

December 12, 2006 | By | No Comments


Gozzoli’s Augustine III. The Christian Individual: Augustine

As has been often noted, the problem for Platonic and Aristotelian political theory is that they venerated a social hierarchy with a foundation firmly established on inequality and misogyny. The family could be relegated to meaninglessness because the individuals involved in the institution were consigned to irrelevancy in the classical teleology. In Schochet’s formulation, the family served as the “rudimentary form of association,” but this did not confer value on it – the family was not a “building-block” of society, rather it was the raw material. Since the state was formed by a rudimentary, natural coalition of families, the family and the state were in one sense equivalent. But this was an equivalence much like the relationship between logs and a fire: the logs are used to provide the material for the fire, but they are then consumed in the generation of the heat and the flames.

The rise and spread of Christianity challenged, and ultimately overthrew, this paradigm. With Jesus Christ’s teaching that men and women, slaves and free people are all equal before God, the individual was no longer dispensable. Elshtain argues that Christianity directly challenged Aristotle:

Christianity defied [Aristotle’s] rigid categorical separation of human beings by declaring that the potentia of every single human being was as great as any other and equal in God’s eyes. . . One reason the figure of Jesus remains important to political thought is his insistence that the realm of necessity. . . is not a despised forum for human endeavor. . .


Thank you (foot)notes:

This work was originally published by Charmaine at the University of Virginia.

And be sure to vote for Reasoned Audacity for Best Business Blog.

Also see Part 1

Part 2

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The Personal and the Polis: The Intersection of Individualism, the Family and the State (Part 2 of 3)

December 4, 2006 | By | 2 Comments


Plato and Aristotle by RaphaelII. Classical Political Theory: Plato and Aristotle

While as moderns we tend to congratulate ourselves on having discovered gender equality, and imagine the past to be a wasteland of misogyny and hierarchical patriarchalism, the really radical explorer of equality was one of the earliest political theorists, Plato himself. (It should be noted, however, that this was a theoretical exploration that extended only to elite men and women.) When he constructed his model utopian Republic, Plato envisioned a society marked by a strict equality between men and women, at least among the leadership philosopher and guardian classes. Shorthand descriptions of his schema usually refer to “philosopher-kings,” but Plato himself was careful to underscore that his template for leadership was gender-neutral. After Socrates finished describing the education necessary to produce the leaders of the kallipolis, Glaucon comments: “Socrates, you’ve produced ruling men that are completely fine.” To which Socrates responds: “And ruling women, too, Glaucon, for you musn’t think that what I’ve said applies any more to men than it does to women who are born with the appropriate natures.”


Thank you (foot)notes:

This work was originally published by Charmaine at the University of Virginia.

And be sure to vote for Reasoned Audacity for Best Business Blog.

Also see Part 1

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The Personal and the Polis: The Intersection of Individualism, the Family and the State (Part 1 of 3)

November 28, 2006 | By | No Comments

The family is the foundation of the city and what we might call the ‘seedbed’ of the polity.

Cicero, De Officiis


CiceroThis article intends to examine the ontological status of the individual and the family in society and address the question of how political theory has viewed the family as a societal institution throughout history.

In order to give an over-arching account of the sweep of trends in political thought on the family, this examination will trace the broad contours of shifts in philosophic approaches, rather than examining any one period or thinker in depth.

Contrary to what one might expect, the progression of political thought did not move in a linear progression from a more collectivist, familial-oriented emphasis to a postmodern radical individualism. Although it is true that, in general, historically the family was accepted as a foundational institution more than it is today when even the very definition of a “family” is under review, the legitimacy of the family as an institution has never gone entirely unchallenged. For example, Plato viewed the family as a threat to the unity of the polis, while Aristotle viewed the family as a societal necessity.


Thank you (foot)notes:

This work was originally published by Charmaine at the University of Virginia.

Management Training Tip: Every manager should be able to reconstruct, rebuild and restart his business unit, if the building burns down; the essence of ISO 9000. Start with the family album. Your highest priority.

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Charmaine Speaks To The Pew Forum on Religion and Politics

November 22, 2006 | By | One Comment


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

at The Pew Forum on

Religion and Politics Charmaine was invited to give a presentation to The Pew Forum on Religion and Politics last week. She gave an analysis of the mid-term election from her perch as Vice President for Communications at the Family Research Council. She said,

“…In September we had a big event called the Washington Briefing…we moved it to the fall and made it a larger event than it’s been in the past. We had nearly 2,000 attendees, over 200 media outlets, and quite a few prospective presidential candidates coming to talk to values voters. We called it the Values Voters Summit. It was our way of kicking off the election season and saying,

This is an important election. Values voters need to be paying attention, and these are the issues they need to be looking at, and here are some of the potential leaders.”

Alert Readers will remember that a number of speakers at the FRC Summit have presidential ambitions and that,

A lot of people paid attention to the fact that Mitt Romney came and spoke and was warmly received, because they had been saying he wouldn’t be accepted by the values voters.


The Pew Forum


Charmaine’s photos courtesy The Pew Forum


Charmaine Yoest

Read the event transcript Religious Voters and the Midterm Elections.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Vince at WorldViews provided the link to Pew at How will the faithful vote in 2008?

Management Training Tip: Big Events can product a Peak Experience for your team.

Politics in public is a contact sport.

Facing South has a liberal perspective at How faith is impacting elections.

More at the jump.

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Charmaine Debates the Mitt Romney Presidential Bid on FOX

November 20, 2006 | By | 3 Comments


Mitt Romney, AP Charmaine did an interview on FOX tonight with Carl Cameron.

“Nobody really knows how Mormonism will play across the board from the big picture once he gets on the national stage and starts articulating his faith,” said Charmaine Yoest, Vice President of Communications for the Family Research Council.

Charmaine says that Carl Cameron is quite likeable and personable in real life. Not that he’s not on the flat screen.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Visit Mitt Romney’s web site Elect Romney In 2008.

See FOX also.

Romney Wants Gay-Marriage Ban on Mass. Ballot

Political Campaign as Marketing Campaign

November 16, 2006 | By | No Comments


Ruble Hord Ruble Hord has been the top sales guy for the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. He is also an early adopter in doing good and doing well.

(Yep, that’s his real name: Ruble, as in Russian currency. And Hord rhymes with Lord, jokes Hord.)

He ran for elective office a few years ago. He spent $240,000. Of his own money. Real after-tax dollars.

He lost.

Sometime later, after his concession speech, I asked him about his public spirit, his private money.

Ruble, do you feel bad about spending that much money?

No, he says.

No? Here it comes, I thought, now he would turn philosophical.

He is almost smiling. No, There was no way I could lose…

Excuse me? I’m lost. This is not unusual.

I really thought I could win and serve, he explains. But in losing the race I might win…


…more business.

In the public-spirit spirit of John Wanamaker and Ben Franklin, Ruble Hord also demonstrated great dexterity in attempting to make a difference.

And, incidentally, make a buck.

I’m an insurance salesman, says Ruble who has his home phone number listed in the phone book. I want people to know about me.

They certainly do now, I venture.

The money spent was the cheapest marketing I could buy, says Ruble. Even in losing, all was not lost.

Even though he didn’t plan on losing the political race, he was still a winner. Ruble Hord is a master salesman and a master marketer.

Your Business Blogger has always thought that lawyers were natural political candidates because lawyers, well, knew law, I supposed.

But no. Lawyers, as small business owners being well ahead of the trend, would run for office. The political campaign is little different from a marketing campaign. Lawyers and insurance salesmen would either pick up votes.

Or clients.

Business owners have a passion for making a difference in their neighborhoods. Running for office might be another avenue to serve.

To serve the citizens. To serve your customers.


Management Training Tip: If you really want to learn how to sell intangibles — to sell “air” — take a seminar on political campaigns. This is the most challenging product to peddle: Yourself.

Thank you (foot)notes:Ruble Hord, served as Chair, 2006, for the Alexis de Tocqueville, Society. More at the jump.

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