Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

As we approach a moment of decision in four months’ time, it’s well worth reflecting on our past, our present and our future. The next election and even more important how the men elected to office behave and the choices they make are going to be crucial in determining what kind of country we become.

It wasn’t so very long ago that Benjamin Franklin, coming out of the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, was asked by a fellow citizen what kind of country our Founders had given us.

“A Republic” Franklin replied, “If you can keep it.”

Can we? Amidst the festivities of celebrating the birth of our beloved Republic, we had best ponder the answer to that question. As another great American famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Ultimately, it’s up to us, just like Ben Franklin said back at the creation.

I and my fellow Council members wish you and yours a wonderful Fourth of July.

Council News:

This week, Ask Marion, Liberty’s Spirit and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

Well then, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions


Remember to tune in next Monday for the Watcher’s Forum question, where the Council and invited guests provide pithy short takes as a roundtable on a major issue… don’t you DARE MISS IT!

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!


Updated VIP Guest List For Today’s Defeat Obama Telethon!

We have an updated list of special guests who will join TODAY’S Defeat Obama Telethon. You can see the updated list below.

Remember – we need to reach the mark of $250,000 raised by Midnight tonight. We’ve just surpassed $75,000. So please, make a contribution online – HERE.

And for anyone who contributes $100 or more, we’ll read your first name, city and state on the air during the Telethon broadcast. So, make a contribution of $100 or more – HERE.

Here are confirmed guests for this historic event:

  • Herman Cain – 2012 Republican presidential candidate and founder of Cain’s Solutions.
  • Congresswoman Sandy Adams – (R) Florida.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio – “America’s Sheriff”
  • David Limbaugh – Author and syndicated columnist.
  • Janine Turner – Radio talk show host, television commentator and actress.
  • Dick Morris – Political analyst, author.
  • Phyllis Schlafly – Founder, Eagle Forum
  • Wayne Allyn Root – 2008 Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold and Tax Cuts” and a television commentator.
  • Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher – Joe The Plumber, Congressional candidate.
  • Melanie Morgan – Radio talk show host, author of “American Mourning” and a television commentator.
  • Jim Labriola – Comedian, cast member from TV’s Home Improvement.
  • Jackie Mason – Comedian and actor.
  • Alveda King – Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Christian minister, pro-life activist and author.
  • Amy Kremer – Chairman, Tea Party Express.
  • Joe Miller – 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate (Alaska) and former federal magistrate.
  • Dr. Gina Loudon – Radio talk show host, tea party activist.
  • Jedediah Bila – Author, television & radio political commentator.
  • Judi McLeod – Editor, Canada Free Press.
  • Judson Phillips – Founder, Tea Party Nation and Director, TheTeaParty.net
  • Floyd Brown – ExposeObama.com
  • Victoria Jackson – Actress, activist and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member.
  • Deroy Murdock – Syndicated columnist and contributing editor for National Review.
  • Debbie Lee – Gold Star Mom – Director, Move America Forward and Founder of America’s Mighty Warriors.
  • William Gheen – President, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
  • Ryan Mauro – National Security Analyst, RadicalIslam.com
  • Teri Christoph – Co-Chair of She-PAC, and Co-Founder and Vice President of Smart Girl Politics.
  • Pamela Geller – Author, blogger, political commentator.
  • Jason Mattera – Editor of Human Events, author.
  • Dr. Melissa Clouthier – Conservative leader on Twitter.
  • Pat Dollard – Former Hollywood agent, patriot and filmmaker.
  • Tabitha Hale – Director of New Media of The Franklin Center.
  • Eric Odom – Director of Interactive Media at Grassfire Nation.
  • Martha Zoller – Radio talk show host and congressional candidate.
  • Danny Tarkanian – Congressional candidate.
  • Terresa Monroe Hamilton – Conservative blogger, “The Progressive Hunter.” NoisyRoom.net
  • Elizabeth Letchworth – D.C. Advisor and Washington Correspondent.
  • Robert Stacy McCain – Owner & operator, R.S. McCain Blog and conservative activist.
  • Ali Akbar – Vice President, Vice & Victory
  • David Codrea – Gun Rights Examiner, broke Fast & Furious scandal.
  • Ted Cruz – Candidate for U.S. Senate, Former Solicitor General of Texas.
  • Dan Riehl – Riehl World View
  • John Ruberry – Marathon Pundit Bog.

All the details on how to tune in to the Telethon are listed below. Please, help us surpass our goal of $250,000 by making a contribution online – CLICK HERE to CONTRIBUTE.


The Telethon will air LIVE from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern.

On the radio we’ll be broadcasting LIVE from the studios of News/Talk 720 AM in Las Vegas and the online stream can be heard from your computer. Just go to: www.KDWN.com

On Television the Telethon will be broadcast live in Las Vegas on Vegas TV 25 – Cable 14, and from Pahrump on KPVM TV 46.3

The video stream of the telecast can be seen online via UStream.tv at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/july-4-defeat-obama-telethon


Update: They love to hate us – drop by and give them a piece of your mind… It’s the patriotic thing to do. Some of these are good guys – most are not.

The Miami New Times: Victoria Jackson, Herman Cain, Joe The Plumber, and Every Other Adorable Right-Wing Kook Team Up For July 4th “Defeat Obama” Telethon

CNN Politics: Conservative telethon aims for big bucks

gayopolis: List of Stars Scheduled for ‘Defeat Barack Obama Telethon’

Democratic Underground: umm, did you know there was an anti-Obama Telethon on today?

American Thinker: Happy Independence Day! Could This Be Our Last?

Monterey County Herald: Editorial: Anti-Obama telethon beyond bad taste


Happy 4th of July 2012!

Hat Tips: Judy W. / BB / TexasVet
Fox Nation

Happy 4th of July 2012! Can’t wait for November 6th. Mandate, mandate, mandate… This post will be added to throughout the day.

The Blaze: 4th Of July Special: Here are the 76 Most American Things Ever


From Allen West:

Happy Birthday to Our Constitutional Republic

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today:

Today we come together as Americans to celebrate the day on which we declared our independence from Great Britain. Fifty-six rebels came together 236 years ago in the heat of a Philadelphia summer to write a declaration the likes of which had never occurred in recorded history.

As lawyers, merchants, farmers and land owners, they had plenty to lose. But as revolutionaries, fighting against an imperial, despotic ruler, they had everything to gain. Their goal was to establish a new form of government which derived its power from the individual and not from the monarch. Our Founders shared a unified vision for our nation. They understood this unity of the many was necessary to uphold the sovereignty of the individual, and the fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Then, they took to the battlefield to secure this liberty. And since the founding of our nation, we have taken to the battlefield on numerous occasions to defend our freedoms and our way of life. Today we remember the men who laid down their lives at Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and Yorktown to secure our freedom, and all service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in all battles throughout our nation’s history to preserve our cherished freedoms.

Founding Father John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail, regarding the signing of the Declaration of Independence “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”

Today from sea to shining sea we will light up the skies with fireworks in a celebration of the longest enduring Constitutional Republic, and in remembrance of the men who mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create the United States of America.