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Posts Tagged ‘Conservatism’
Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009
Posted by Liberty on February 4, 2009
“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”
Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009
I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General. It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM. Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee. And yes, he is an African-American. That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style. Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”
Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top. He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism. Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.” That’s our guiding plan, guys. He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena. I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele. I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.
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Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009
Check your freedoms at the door and whip out that checkbook–the Washington State legislature’s back in town. If you’re still in the mood for New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest that you make 2009 the year that you really keep tabs on what’s happening in Olympia? State lawmakers have been running roughshod over the citizenry of Washington State for a little too long. One resource for the latest action in the state capitol is the Washington Policy Center’s website, WashingtonVotes.org.
You can search for legislation by keyword or bill number and you can also pull up specific legislators to check out what bills they’re introducing and sponsoring, along with how they’re voting. From there, it’s easy to click directly to your legislator’s e-mail address so you can drop them a little note and let them know how they can serve you better.
I’m also going to recommend the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and their terrific blog, Liberty Live. While WashingtonVotes.org is non-partisan, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has more of a Conservative flavor to it. Just read the opening line of their mission statement:
“Our mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.”
With that positive, Conservative message in mind, steel your resolve to watch what your legislator is doing this session. When they’re right, contact them and let them! When they’re wrong, do the same!
And, on that note, here’s a little re-cap of some of the important issues they were working on in 2008, courtesy of Mike Reitz at Liberty Live.
“Eyebrow-raising laws from 2008
- Sellers of raw huckleberries are required to obtain a state permit.
- Individuals who inadvertently discover skeletal human remains must immediately call the coroner and the police.
- Antifreeze has apparently become more refreshing since my childhood, prompting the legislature to require the addition of a bitter-tasting chemical to the antifreeze distributed in Washington. Manufacturers must now ‘render the product unpalatable.'”
The list goes on from there so peek at Mike’s blog to see them all.
Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Posted by Liberty on December 17, 2008
According to former Washington GOP chair, Chris Vance, “the key is to appeal to secular suburban moderates.” While there are little bits and pieces within this article that I basically agree with like:
“Republicans need to compete for every vote…”
“What matters is competence, results, solving problems.”
“Republicans need to seek out better, more articulate candidates at every level.”
But, there are significant flaws to Mr. Vance’s argument.
“…Republican leaders need to remember that American politics is about assembling and holding together coalitions. Republicans need to secure their conservative base, while winning back secular suburban moderates who will support Republicans on non-values based issues.”
Wasn’t McCain’s campaign all about targeting moderates? And how did that work out for him? The GOP has a choice. They can continue to chase the moderate vote, testing the wind before every speech or decision, fragmenting voters into little groups and and crafting a message for each one. Or they can articulate Conservatism. You know which one I’d choose.
Vance also lays a lot of the blame for the 2008 election at the feet of President George W. Bush, while ignoring effects of the Obama cult of personality and extreme left-wing media bias.
“Personal qualities matter and too often Democratic candidate are simply more impressive and articulate than those offered by the GOP. Saturday Night Live is never going to do a skit implying Barack Obama isn’t intelligent.”
Yeah, SNL is pretty impartial about Barack Obama. I wonder if Vance is trying to say, in a roundabout way, that Sarah Palin was skewered on SNL because she is unintelligent.
Vance is correct when he says that Republicans
“need to present clear alternatives on issues like education, transportation, health care, energy, and the environment. Most importantly, they need to explain why they have a better idea when it comes to growing the economy and creating jobs. Republicans should support low taxes and pro-growth policies, but then they need to complete their sentence.”
but he’s wrong to assume that Conservatives will turn out for the GOP if their candidates focus on chasing moderates and independents. The 2008 election proves that. I have an idea. Let’s just be Conservatives…not “secular suburbanites” or “rural values voters” or “Wal-Mart voters.” Let’s have one message, clear and simple. We should be able to explain it in different ways and relate it to different lifestyles but our core philosophy of Conservatism should remain steadfast.
Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008
“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008
“President-elect Barack Obama and vanquished rival John McCain met for the first time since the November 4 election on Monday, pledging to work together to face the financial crisis and other national challenges.”
“McCain, when asked generally whether he was hoping to help the Democratic president-elect, replied: ‘Obviously.'”
Senator McCain, this is exactly why Conservatives were not enthusiastic about voting for you and why many of them stayed home. We did not trust that you would be faithful to Conservatism.