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What Happens Next: Kris Mineau

by: Garrett Quinn

Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 08:27:04 AM EST

( - promoted by Cool Cal)

This Q&A with Massachusetts Family Institute President Kris Mineau is the second in a series of interviews with conservative and libertarian leaders throughout the state. The purpose of the series, What Happens Next, is to gather perspectives on the current state of the Massachusetts Republican Party and Massachusetts politics.

If you would like to suggest someone for an interview or a question please email me!.

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Garrett Quinn :: What Happens Next: Kris Mineau
Garrett: How would the Massachusetts Family Institute describe the state of politics in Massachusetts?

Kris: Despicable! We live in a one-party state where the ultra-liberal Democrat agenda controls everything.

Garrett: Why is the Massachusetts Republican Party in its current position and how does it improve?

Kris: Leaders of the Party have lost their willingness to call the Democrats to task on a variety of issues, and their brand is tarnished-making running as a Republican more difficult than it's ever been before. In many cases, the Party lost it's moorings on traditional family values and fiscal conservatism-even when they had the majority of MA voters on the conservative side of the issues (such as allowing a vote on marriage). When they are no different than the Democrats, people vote for the real Democrat rather than the pseudo-democrat. And in some cases, we have seen Democrats running and winning election who are more conservative than elected Republicans in neighboring districts. To come back, the Party needs to attack the tremendous corruption on Beacon Hill, and raise enough money to get that message out.

Garrett: What is the status of the social conservative movement in Massachusetts?

Kris:  Small in numbers, somewhat fragmented but absolutely dedicated to the cause. We have the potential to make a difference if stay true to our core values and work together. The silent majority of people are with us, but they spend their time working, raising families, and are engaged in their communities and churches. It's the single-mindedness and intensity of activism on the other side that makes ultra-liberal, out-side-the-mainstream victories possible. We need to do more to counter that.

Garrett: Is the condition of the Massachusetts Republican Party related to the condition of the conservative movement in Massachusetts?

Kris: No. We haven't deserted our principles, but in many cases the party has. It's hard for our activists to get excited about pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage Republican candidates. It causes many would-be Republican activists to get discouraged.

Garrett: What role do you see MFI playing in future elections?

Kris: MFI's role has always been issue advocacy, and does not get involved in elections due to its tax status. However, we do send out a candidate questionnaire, evaluating where candidates stand on many issues to educate voters on those facts. Many of us volunteer and coordinate with other organizations, such as MIPAC and the Coalition for Marriage and Family, which play more of a role in elections.

Garrett: What are the short term and long term legislative goals of MFI?

Kris: Oppose the "Transgender Bill," which would grant special rights to cross-dressers, and allow men unfettered access to women's gym locker rooms and public rest rooms. Long term: protect the liberties that are being threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage, such as religious liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience, and the rights of parents to raise their children to have their values without interference and condemnation from state-funded public schools. If possible, reverse the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Garrett: Who is your opposition?

Kris: MassEquality, GLAD, GLSEN, Planned Parenthood, Bay Windows and MassAlliance.

Garrett: What role has the "new media" played in your organization?

Kris: We are constantly improving our capabilities in the electronic media, sending weekly e-alerts, posting on blogs, etc.

Garrett: What are your thoughts on Mass Resistance?

Kris: They are fighting against many of the same culturally disastrous issues as MFI. However, we often differ in our strategic approaches and have different ways of addressing these issues.

Garrett: Is gay marriage here to stay?

Kris: No. We sincerely believe that this is a radical and delusional social experiment that will ultimately fail when people see the tragic results on the traditional family and most of all, children.

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Two observations... (0.00 / 0)
I find this statement a very general sense and not with an the idealogical bias that I have against Kris...

"To come back, the Party needs to attack the tremendous corruption on Beacon Hill, and raise enough money to get that message out."

Sadly that is the system we have...the need for money to make the system work invites the very corruption he (rightfully decries).

Also, if Republicans (nationally and locally) take his advice, you will be a minority party for a very long time.  All I hear are two issues--gay marriage and abortion--and nothing else.  We can debate those issues another time, but if those are the overriding issues for the lose.  Plain and simple.  Given the challenges this state and country have, if this is going to be the focus of the Republcian Party...just turn out the lights and go home.  

A Letter from Kris Mineau (0.00 / 0)

I wouldn't expect you to agree with me, or Kris, on social issues but his issues range far beyond "simply" abortion & traditional marriage.

Here is a Letter From Kris Mineau as found over at

Letter from Kris Mineau

Dear Friend:

We live in a time of unparalleled prosperity and unprecedented chaos. In Massachusetts, we have a rich cultural heritage extending from our critical role in the American Revolution. Yet for most, family life today is more challenging and disturbing than the revolutionary era that forged our hard-fought freedoms. The legalization of same-sex "marriage" graphically portrays the seismic shift occurring in today's culture.

Parenting has always been a difficult, time-consuming task; but is unquestionably life's most rewarding. Parenting is still the hardest job in the world, and our modern world makes it tougher. Consider:

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Massachusetts ranks at the top of the list of least affordable U.S. states to live in.

Fathers and mothers are working harder and longer in jobs that are ever changing and more stressful.

Single parents have the toughest job of all, serving as both mother and father, working long hours on the job while keeping the household and family intact.

Many very young children are spending too much time away from their parents in day care and after school care settings, often lacking the kind of direct supervision and love that parents desire to give their young children.

The values esteemed and promoted by our modern culture, entertainment industry, and even our government, are too often at odds with our historic Judeo-Christian principles of human behavior.

External threats that war against the safety and well-being of our children include:

Internet dangers and adult online predators

The lack of strong communities where many adults have a stake in the safety and success of children

School violence and the rise of child-against-child crimes.

When I talk to families and community leaders, the message I often hear is that parents are having a difficult time keeping pace with the tidal-wave of social and economic changes. They are anguished that long-recognized support structures are not supporting them anymore. In fact, they are upset that the very values they try to instill in their children are often undone by the violence, sexuality and addictive behaviors glorified in video games, movies, music and television. Now homosexuality and same-sex marriage are being affirmed and taught in our public schools. Parents often feel helpless and powerless to give their children the kind of life they want for them, and they fear for their children's physical and emotional health.

The Massachusetts Family Institute exists to strengthen families and help parents navigate the changes needed to raise strong, healthy children. Our research focuses on the causes of family decline and our educational resources help families respond to the turbulent environment we face. We speak on family issues in the public policy arena and work with government and religious leaders to help families who want to enjoy those freedoms secured by our founding fathers. MFI believes that society and culture are renewed from the bottom up. MFI exists to support and strengthen the family, that most basic and strategic unit of our society, so that the next generation may enjoy the same liberties we have enjoyed.

That's what our work is about - research, resources and a public voice to strengthen families. I invite you to link arms with us! Please let us know how we may serve you.


Kristian M. Mineau

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MFI Mission & Overview (0.00 / 0)
Mission & Overview

Recognizing that healthy families are indispensable to the preservation of a strong and free society, the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) is dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which it is based. Established in 1991, MFI is a non-partisan public policy organization dedicated to strengthening families in Massachusetts. MFI engages in research and education on a wide range of public policy issues to strengthen the well-being, health and safety of families - its individual members and the collective unit.

An overwhelming number of research studies over the past decade have proven that strong families comprised of a mother and father in the home produce a healthier society. Similarly, a large body of social science data points to family decline as a major contributing factor behind of some of the most serious problems confronting Massachusetts and the nation, including child poverty, violent crime, substance abuse, and depression.

While many of the issues in which MFI engages are complex, we believe that the best solutions are found through a system of valuing the life and well being of every child, woman and man. To that end, we seek to reduce barriers that threaten family stability and to create a political and social environment where families can thrive and prosper.

MFI has been a proactive, public voice on a number of issues including:

Educating families and children about the dangers of unsafe Internet use
Preventing sexual abuse of children
Enforcing statutory rape laws
Strengthening, protecting, and preserving marriage between a man and a woman
Restricting gambling within the Commonwealth
Providing resources to help fathers meet the financial and emotional needs of their young families
Educating children and adults on the spread of dangerous sexually transmitted diseases, and the benefits of sexual abstinence
MFI is an independent, not-for-profit organization and supported through the generosity of our contributors.

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My point is, and you reaffirmed it with these postings... (0.00 / 0)
...that the focus is SOLEY on social issues.  In his letter, Kris mentions the economic challenges facing families, but the main thrust is the social challenges facing families (many of which I would agree with...but certainly not all).  Again, if this is the direction some people suggest the Republican PArty go...I certainly won't agrue against it.  Great, more power to you.

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Well no kidding... (5.00 / 2)
Gee, MFI focuses on social issues.  I'm shocked SHOCKED I tell you!!!  Next you'll tell me that the Citizens for Limited Taxation & Government focuses on fiscal issues!  :)

BTW - Gun Owner's Action League of Massachusetts focuses upon Second Amendment Rights but sssshhhhhh!!!  It's a secret.  

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And based on this interview... (0.00 / 0)
...that should be the focus of the Republican Party...and I say more power to them.

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Simple Flaw (0.00 / 0)
There is only 1 simple flaw in your thinking... I don't even know if Kris Mineau is a Republican.  It honestly doesn't matter to me.  I know that at the various MFI related meetings & events that I've attended there has indeed been a wide cross section of Massachusetts residents: Republican, Democrat, & unenrolled.

Actually, I dare say that there were probably many, many more independents than Republicans.  Probably, there were more Democrats as well.

Republican activists may tend to be more socially conservative than are activist Democrats but social conservatism can be & is often strong among the "silent majority."  

What Kris Mineau & the Mass Family Institute do simply isn't partisan but rather, it's all embracing & all encompassing.  The values & morals transcend petty partisanship.  I dare say we're all the better for it.

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I'm reacting to Kris' comments in this interview... (0.00 / 0)
...which are clearly about what the Republcian Party must do in the future.  

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And the focus of the Democratic Party (0.00 / 0)
Dems should have nominated Kucinich or Gravel, you know, the only two Democratic Party candidates that were pro-gay marriage.

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I'll take Festus's bait (0.00 / 0)
and say that I don't think lower taxes or gun rights are winning issues, but marriage and social issues are.  Just look at the last election: the guy who said he'd raise taxes on the rich and insulted "clinging" gun owners won, but meanwhile marriage went three for three, and McCain's numbers were never better than when Palin was introduced as a "hockey mom" with heterosexual family values.  And even the Democrats were opposed to gay marriage and talking about the need to reduce abortions, etc.

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A Gentleman's Gentleman (0.00 / 0)
Kris Mineau is truly a class act & a gentleman's gentleman - something not often found in the dirty business of politics.  I first got to know Kris during the height of the traditional marriage amendment campaign and I've been involved with him & and the Mass Family Institutes efforts ever since.  He's someone I'm very proud to call a friend.    

Kris & I may not share the same Christian denomination but he is a rock of faith & spirituality put into action.  Even if you severely disagree with Kris on social issues, I dare say that anyone who is honest with themselves cannot help but admit that the public discourse & our Commonwealth would be better if we had more people like Kris Mineau engaged in the process.

MFI Staff

Kris Mineau

A Massachusetts native and decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Mineau served the nation on numerous global assignments, attaining the rank of Colonel in a distinguished military career that spanned the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War.

A fighter pilot in both the F-4 "Phantom" and F-15 "Eagle" aircraft, Mr. Mineau is a veteran of 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and one of the very few pilots in the world to have survived a supersonic ejection. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters.

Mr. Mineau is a graduate of Worcester Academy and received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Science. He also holds a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and taught engineering calculus at the Air Force Academy. Following his military career, he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton and served as a pastor in his hometown of North Reading, Massachusetts at Trinity Evangelical Church before joining MFI.

Kris and his wife, Laura, also a native of North Reading, Massachusetts, have four married children and ten grandchildren. They are frequently featured as motivational speakers concerning their ministry travels to Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as their involvement with key social issues affecting the Commonwealth and the nation.

Good interview but....... (4.00 / 1)
Good interview but...this is not the type of message that the Republican Party in MA needs to be selling to the public at the moment.  

Clearly a majority of voters in our state are not yet ready to embrace the major tennants of what the Mass Family Instute is peddling.  That being, an all powerful government that has no problem telling a women what she can or can  not do with her body. Or using the  legislative process to  take away constitutional rights currently enjoyed by gay and lesbian couples in Massachusetts.

Hardly a positive agenda for the GOP in Massachusetts. Is this the best that the GOP can do to attract new people to  join the party?

If so, the GOP will never be able to get a majority of the voters to side with it in this state. Clearly at least, 70% of voters in this state reject the government having this much power. Worse yet,independent minded voters look at the agenda of groups like the Mass Family Institute as nothing more than organized efforts to hijack the government to achieve religious goals.

Maybe the MFI agenda would be a plus or politicial advantage in a place like Utah,  but it just does not play here in Massachusetts.

In order to win the public over to the Republican cause, in this most blue of blue states the GOP needs to have a big tent on social issues but focus like a laser beam on fiscal and ethical issues.

Hopefully that is what will happen next.

Screw the big tent-why compromise one's principals ?. (5.00 / 1)
Anyone seen Bill Weld lately ? Oh,that's right, he is lobbying for a position in the Obama white house.  

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