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Morning Briefing for October 17, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 17, 2011

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1. What the GOP Must Do: Finding Common Ground With the Occupiers

A friend of mine chastised me the other day. He said I was being too hostile toward the occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere. He conceded that many of them are the ragtag group of hippies, hipsters, and communists I’ve said they were. But he also said that around the country there are also a lot of angry, unemployed people who just think the deck is stacked against them. They don’t want to punish the top 1%. They don’t want “free” anything. These people, he said, are reachable. And they are open to listen to anyone who is willing to take on Wall Street. We shouldn’t let unwashed hippies be the only people they hear speaking to their concerns.This touches on something I’ve written about before and think the time is right for a Republican candidate to take up the cause of populism against Wall Street.Most of the common ground with most of these damn dirty communists is superficial. But let’s presume there are some people out there who are reachable. We on the right should not be as dismissive of what is happening in this movement the way the left, to their determine, wholly dismissed the tea party movement. There is, in fact, some shared ground even beyond the superficial ground I’ve already covered.What’s the message?First of all, the message is not punishment and retribution for success.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The President Is Not Going to Africa To Kill Christians

It is ridiculous that I’m even having to write about this, but I am.In the past 72 hours, I have gotten lots of emails from lots of people who should know better asking me if I’ve heard about Barack Obama sending American troops to Africa to go after the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The people hearing the name assume it is a Christian group fighting radical Islamists in the Sudan or some such.It is no such thing.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. RedState Endorses Tom Cotton for Congress

RedState is proud to issue its first Congressional endorsement for 2012: RedState supports Tom Cotton for Congress in Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District.Tom Cotton has perhaps the most compelling story of any new Congressional candidate this election season. This profile in the Weekly Standard lays it out in detail and is well worth the read. By way of summary, Cotton grew up in Southwest Arkansas, went to Harvard undergrad and Harvard Law, and was headed for a lucrative career as a high-profile attorney. However, along the way, 9/11 happened. Cotton decided that he needed to serve his country, so after completing his judicial clerkship and paying off his student loans, Cotton enlisted in the military. Cotton was offered a commission as a Captain in the Army JAG corps, but refused this position because he wanted to enlist in the infantry. He served combat tours as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan.What sort of person leaves a cushy job with a huge salary for the privilege of being shot at by terrorists? The sort of person we need more of in the United States Congress.Please click here for the rest of the post.