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Trump, the Ultimate RINO

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2016

Sometime in the not too distant past a new term entered American lexicon; RINO.  Google the word RINO and the following definition appears:

RINO

The definition of RINO is instructive in today’s political environment.  It helps define the current state of the Republican Party and more specifically the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Party’s presidential nominating process.

There is significant discontent within the Republican Party, especially by those who consider themselves conservative.  This discontent emanates not only from the direction the Country is travelling and the fact that conservatives feel marginalized, but also by the Republican Party’s inept response to the Progressive agenda associated with the modern Democratic Party.

President George W Bush’s policies clearly defined him as a RINO.  George W. Bush was no fiscal conservative, not only increasing deficit spending, but also supporting fiscal policies that fed into crony capitalism.  As a result of America’s discontent with the state of the economy and the ill-advised war in Iraq, Americans voted for the charm of Hope and Change and elected a radical Leftist, Barack Obama, president.

The change Obama brought to Washington quickly became unpopular, not only with conservatives, but also more moderate Americans.  Two years after his election, America sent a clear message to Washington giving Republicans an historic majority in Congress, as well as significant gains at the state level.  These gains can in art be attributed to the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party.

As unpopular as Barack Obama’s presidency had become, he was able to secure a second term.  Some of the blame for Obama’s reelection rests with the Republican Party’s inept political strategies and disjointed policies.

The discontent among conservatives and Republicans continued with the 2014 midterm elections.  Once again Republicans saw huge gains, now controlling both houses of Congress and making further advances in statewide elections.  This Republican victory should have resulted in a legislative agenda that promoting the will of more conservative Americans.  Instead, Republicans squandered the advantage.  Conservatives saw no perceptible change in the Country’s direction.  This, in a nutshell, explains discontent that has morphed into outright anger for many Republicans.

Shortly after the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party’s power elite decided to anoint one of its own, Jeb Bush, as the candidate of choice.  A massive war chest was collected that the Party hoped would lead to Jeb Bush’s nomination (coronation?).   The rank and file would have none of this.  Bush’s rejection was total.  The people have spoken and that is a good thing.

As is often the case when people feel marginalized, currently the case amongst many in the Republican Party, emotions overtake common sense.  A large minority in the Republican Party are exhibiting this emotional response by supporting Donald Trump.  Why understandable, this reaction will not promote the policies or values desired by conservatives.

Donald Trump has been a master at understanding and taking advantage of Republican anger.  He in fact may become the Party’s nominee.  This troubles to this Blogger given Trump’s history, irrespective of than contemporary words.  History shows Trump’s disdain for core conservative beliefs on both economic and social issues.  That history shows a man who used crony-capitalism and litigation to achieve success in business.  It shows a man who was more likely to support Progressive policies, rather than the Constitution.  It seems likely that Trump’s supposed conversion in the past year has been made for personal gain, rather than seeing the light.  Finally, it is difficult to believe that if elected president, Trump would not revert back to the same philosophies that made him successful in the business world.

Trump’s often repeated claim is that he will “make America great again”.  Yet there is no substance behind this claim.  In fact, a true conservative would instead say that government can’t make a country great.  Only the People can make a country great.  In this respect Trump’s battle cry sounds eerily similar to Obama’s “Hope and Change” message of eight years ago.

It is ironic that much of the anger currently being exhibited by Republicans at their party is the result of the power elite and RINOS who run the Party.  While Donald Trump is certainly an outsider as it relates to the Republican Party, he is a life-long member of the power elite and certainly the most famous contemporary RINO.

Donald Trump’s rise to power in the current primaries also emanates from the Party being fractured with too many candidates splitting the anti-Trump vote.  For many of us the candidate we would like to see nominated is already out of the race.  It is now crunch time and we are down to two realistic choices; Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  While Ted Cruz is not without warts, he is the last man standing if the Republican Party wants to run a conservative against Hillary Clinton.  That makes the choice easy for this Blogger.

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George Will Speaks of the Present and Future

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 13, 2014

George WIllGeorge F. Will is a well-known brilliant columnist and a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  While Will has a conservative bent, he is a pragmatist.  In a recent interview Will made the following comments concerning important issues facing the United States including the future of America, the breakdown of the American family, the overuse of debt, the abusive government, and immigration.

Future of the United States:

Unlike the Left and its comrades in the mainstream media who demonize the Tea Party as racist and lacking in intelligence, Will correctly sees the Tea Party as a grassroots movement that is the beginning of the Country moving back to its constitutional roots.

Well ever since at about the time of the American founding, Edward Gibbon wrote “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” people have been fascinated by the threat that democracies would decay; that history would be cyclical not linear; that decay and decline was inevitable; that the seeds of destruction were in particular regimes and particularly in democracies.  And clearly the American founders worried about this.  And Lincoln worried about it at Gettysburg, that the question was “Whether we shall long endure this form of government.

“So I think that we’re in a period today comparable to the American founding period in two senses: one, we’re worried about decay — we’re worried about whether we’re squandering our legacy and whether we’re calling into question whether people can really govern themselves — but also because, and this is the heartening part of this, today as never before in my lifetime, Americans have rekindled their interest in the founding era and the founding principles.  Look at the wonderful sales of biographies of the founders: Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison.  Look at the Tea Party, which I think frankly is one of the great events of my lifetime.”

Abusive Government:

Perhaps the most significant prognostication made by Will is his belief that Americans will rebel against what he sees as an abusive federal government.

I’m quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government.  I think that, you know Winston Churchill said, ‘The American people invariably do the right thing after they have exhausted all the alternatives.’  And I think we’re beginning to get to the bottom of the list of alternatives, and to realize that arithmetic is inexorable.  You can’t make 2+2 equal 7, and sooner or later arithmetic is going to force realism upon us.”

Biggest Threats to the United States:

Will proffers the view that the greatest threats to America’s long-term success are the breakdown of the family and the Country’s use of debt to fuel this generation’s selfish needs.

The greatest threat to America today – there are two of them and they’re related: one is family disintegration, the fact that Americans’ babies are born to unmarried women.  We know the importance of a father in the home.  We know that the family is the primary transmitter of what’s called social capital, that is the habits, mores, customs, values, dispositions that make for success in a free society.  So that’s one threat to America.  The other is the simple fact that we will not live within our means.  We are piling up debts for other people to pay.  We used to borrow money for the future.  We won wars for the future.  We built roads, highways, bridges, dams, airports for the future.  Now, we’re borrowing from the future, from the rising generations in order to finance our own current consumption of government services, and that just seems to me as fundamentally and self-evidently wrong as can be.  We used to borrow money for the future.”

On Immigration:

While likely to disappoint some conservatives, Will correctly points out that this Country has and will continue to benefit from the resources brought to it by immigrants.  He therefore calls for realistically integrating the 11 million illegal aliens currently in the Country.  To that, this writer would suggest that the problem is not with the immigrants who seek a better life.  Instead, the problem is an out-of-control federal government that gives benefits to immigrants that none of our grandparents had access to nor needed.

Here’s why: there are 11 million people here illegally.  They’re not going home.  The fact that the American people would not tolerate the police measures necessary to extract these people from our communities, something like 40% have been here five years or more, large numbers have been here 10 years or more, they’ve had children here who are American citizens under the Constitution. 7 million of these people are in the workforce, performing jobs for which the market has a demand.  The American workforce as our population ages needs immigrants, needs immigration. “

Furthermore, immigration is an entrepreneurial act.  These are people who uproot themselves, take a risk, come to a strange country and a new culture and a new language in many cases to try and better themselves.  And I want this to be a continued infusion of energy into America.  And I think immigrants make wonderful patriots because they’re grateful to the country that enables them to help themselves and their families.”

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Dr. Ben Carson at It Again

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 16, 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson, chief neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, garnered a national attention earlier this year when he lectured Pres. Barack Obama and his fellow Leftists at the National Prayer Breakfast.  That was the subject of this Blog posting of February 8 titled Dr. Benjamin Carson Lectures Washington at National Prayer Breakfast.  This week the good Doctor was at it again making a 24 minute presentation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

In his concluding comments, Dr. Carson said: “It is only the political class that that derives its power by creating friction.  It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction, that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people.  This is not who we are.  We have much more in common with each other than we have apart.”

It is evident that Dr. Carson has bigger future plans than merely garnering national media attention.  As a man of color with Conservative political and Constitutional views, the Left already views Carson as particularly dangerous to their future aspirations and power.  It is likely that Carson will be viciously attacked, as have other African-Americans and women who has preceded him and dared to attack Leftist dogma.  Given Carson’s experiences and intelligence, he is likely up for the task.

 

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Conservative Remorse

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2012

The election is over, but the consternation of Conservatives is just beginning.  It is natural after the election defeat that Republicans and conservatives in particular are feeling low.  Some express the belief that this loss signifies a tipping point, marking the beginning of the end of conservatism in America and will lead the Country towards European type socialism.

Jim Maloney, a contributor to this Blog said: ” Unfortunately the election results show that Obama has made good on his promise (threat) to “fundamentally change the United States”.  We now officially have more people in the wagon than are pulling the wagon.  The country is hanging by a thread and another 4 years of this will leave us with something none of us will recognize.

Bob Lonsberry in his post titled The GOP Died Last Night said:

  • “Somewhere in the suburbs of Cleveland, on the shore of Lake Erie, in the decisions of some suburban voters, the Republican Party stopped being a nationally viable political organization.”
  • “The nation has changed, the values have been replaced, the demographics are different.”
  • “Last night was a tipping point, …..  The margins will grow, the base will shrink, the tide will turn and the day will pass.”
  • “More specifically, America wants liberal.  It wants an activist, empowered government, imposing fairness and supporting entitlement.”
  • “It was the last chance to gain a last national electoral victory over the Democratic coalition – Latinos, blacks, gays, feminists, trade unionists, government employees and welfare beneficiaries.”
  • “Four years from now, more of the older conservative voters will be dead, and more of the younger liberal voters will be registered to vote.”

Both Jim and Bob make valid points.  However, this Blog believes that their dire conclusions are premature.

Too many America’s including corporations and individuals now look to the government for support and betterment.  This offers an advantage to the Democrats who promise the most “treats”.  However, there is an invisible partner working against the Liberals.  The unfailing law of supply and demand will cause disappointment for those looking for government handouts.  The very system and corruption that Liberal politicians use to retain power is top-heavy and will implode, likely during the tenure Barack Obama, due to unsustainable economics.  This will necessitate cuts in benefits to the very constituents that voted the Liberals in power.  At that time the electorate will be open to more sound economic approaches.

Another block of Americans that voted against Romney is Hispanics.  However, this category is an unnatural creation of Progressive government.  Ones language does not connote a culture or political view when the individuals come from varied countries.  Immigrants from Eastern Europe throughout history entered American politics from the Left only to move to the Right as they climb the social ladder.  While improvement is currently more difficult due to Progressive politics, Spanish-speaking citizens will also move the Right as they are forced to pay increasing taxes for others.

While minorities and special interests were major forces behind the President’s victory, Obama won the vote of the Country’s biggest majority; women.  While some voted Democratic because of economic handouts and radically pro-abortion policies, others voted for Obama because of what they perceive as Republican policies that are intrusive to individual woman’s rights.  The Republican Party must return to Libertarian values that limits governmental powers only to those expressly granted under the Constitution.  It is disingenuous for Republicans to castigate the Left for interpreting the Constitution as a living document when they do the same for their pet peeves.

It is undeniable that Tuesday’s election results are a repudiation of Republican and conservative policies.  However, to conclude that this is a sign of the end of conservatism in America is premature.  Let us remember that it was only two years ago that the Tea Party dominated the midterm elections.  Still later, the Scott Walker recall was soundly defeated in Wisconsin.  It was

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Election is Over, The People have Spoken

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 7, 2012

The 2012 presidential election is history.  It is now left to history and commentators, including this Blogger, to interpret and bring meaning to an election that some estimate cost in excess of $2 billion.

For any election it is to interpret the will of the people.  With this election, some Americans expressed there will by not voting.  It is reported that as many as 10 million less Americans voted for a presidential candidate in 2012 than in 2008.  This lack of participation indicates a lack of interest in the choice offered and a less than enthusiastic reception for either candidate.  It also suggests disenfranchisement, which hurts the legitimacy of elected governments.

Approximate 120 million Americans voted in this presidential election.  While the election was not a blowout, the voters’ message was clear, indicating the following:

  • Many Americans desire the continued growth of the nanny state and government intervention.
  • The majority of Americans are not yet willing to address the out-of-control deficit of the Country.
  • The Country is heading in a Leftward political direction. In addition, a large portion of the voters who call themselves independents are currently Leftward leaning.

While the will of the people is clear, governmental policies cannot be disconnected from economic realities.  The economic challenges facing the United States remain unchanged from the day before the election.  America’s out-of-control spending for entitlements and crony capitalism will limit the ability of the government, i.e. President Obama, to offer additional handouts to constituent businesses and individuals.  This will create a disconnect between many who voted for the President and the policies he will be able to implement.

Mitt Romney also did not connect with many voters who call themselves independents.  This in part due to his campaigning style.  More significantly, his message was poorly defined.  While Romney moved to the right to satisfy the Party base in the primaries, he is a centrist who believes in big government, although with a different tone Obama’s vision of big government.  In fact, Romney’s positions on many issues are similar to Obama’s.  As a result, Obama’s “likability” factor overcame many of the policy failures of his first term.  Given similar policy stances, many voters felt more comfortable with the devil they knew.

While the Right is disappointed with this election’s results, it has a silver lining.  The significant economic issues the Country faces are not resolvable at this time, irrespective of who won last night’s election.  A close Romney victory would not have been a mandate.  Tackling the Country’s deficit and other structural problems requires broad support of Americans, a support they are not yet willing to offer.  That support will become available only after more significant economic problems occur, which are inevitable giving the dysfunctional nature of Washington and governmental interventions that the Obama Administration will expand in his second term.

What does this election mean for the conservative movement?  It offers opportunity.  During the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican Party was energized and defined by the conservative and grass roots Tea Party movement.  That resulted in historic gains in those elections.  Unfortunately, the Party reverted back to centrist positions in a failed effort to unseat Barack Obama.  The nomination of Mitt Romney was a further push towards the center.

The opportunity now exists for a younger generation of Republicans, such as Marco Rubio and Chris Christie, to hone conservative and libertarian positions that will be in demand as the government interventions and programs fall apart in the next few years.  This could lead to a Ronald Reagan like conservative emerging, one who can rally the people to redirect the direction of the Country.

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Conservatives May Win Elections, But not the War

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 26, 2010

Many Conservatives are already in a lather about the prospects of a Right turn in our government after the upcoming elections.  This excitement is premature, even if the Tsunami unfolds as desired.

Let us remember that so-called “Conservatives” held significant power beginning in the 1994 Congressional elections and had total power for six years during the Bush-II Administration.  Instead of focusing on the real issues facing the Country and within the framework of their Constitutional powers, this group went after a President for lying about his sex life, interjected itself into a state’s rights issue, i.e. the Terri Schiavo matter, spent like drunken sailors, bailed out all sorts of folks for bad behavior, and led the Country to the physiological state where it was willing to vote for our current President, a man who had no experience and a history of disliking what is America.

This Blog is concerned that the new Conservative wave will lose its way after the elections, as politicians seek to maintain new-found power and have their witch hunt on the Progressives who will be kicked out of Washington.  There are troubling signs.  For example, the Conservatives running for office preach fiscal conservatism and less governmental spending.  While a need for the Country, few of these politicians have shared with the People the pain that must come with or without fiscal austerity.

In addition, momentum is against a Conservative victory having a meaningful impact on reinvigorating America.  The slippery slop that we have traveled down in recent decades has created unintended consequences, not the least of which is Americans’ pervasive entitlement mentally.  The consequences of these structural changes in America are the subject of an article posted yesterday by David Deming in the American Thinker.  Deming is an associate professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.  His profound thesis is linked in its entirety below.  But before, here are some points made by Deming.

  • The midterm elections will solve nothing.  The plain fact is that conservatives have lost the battle for America.  The country that many of us were born in has ceased to exist.  And we have no one to blame but ourselves.  Nothing can or will change until we come to terms with the grim reality of moral degeneration.
  • Every day, the news brings a startling new incident of moral corruption.  A few days ago it was reported that an eighteen-year-old geology student at Arizona State University had starred in an online pornographic film in which she performed “explicit and degrading” sex acts for a one-time payment of $2,000.  The young woman explained that she needed the money to supplement her scholarship, and then inexplicably proclaimed, “I have morals!
  • We are a nation of gluttons.  About one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese.  …..  After ruining our health through gluttony, we then go to our physicians and demand a quick fix in the form of a pill.  Pharmaceutical companies are glad to oblige.  And the government must pay, because free health care is now a “right.”
  • There is no better index for America’s moral degradation than television programming.  ….  The networks are locked in a downward spiral to see who can provide the most outrageous and offensive programming.  It’s not their fault.  They’re just giving the American people what they want.
  • Children are not as smart as their parents.  The average child today spends thirteen hours watching television for every hour he spends reading.
  • Our popular music is a painful cacophony of obnoxious dissonance.  The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.  We have Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga.
  • People incessantly demand entitlements and handouts.  Every government intervention in the free-market system creates a fresh problem that demands another ruinous intervention with unintended consequences.
  • In this brave new world, everyone has the right to not be offended, and no one can be held accountable for anything.  The fundamental unit of human civilization, the family, has been caustically eroded by feminism.

Deming concludes with: “The nation that began with freedom of religion has progressed to freedom from religion, freedom from moral constraint, and freedom from responsibility.”  Said, but true!  We have gone a long way baby.

America Is Gone, By David Deming; American Thinker October 24, 2010

 

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Defining Conservatism; A Narrative

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 27, 2010

It is ironic that while the majority of Americans have right of center political views that we elected in President Obama a liberal with such deep Socialist views.  The current polls indicate that many with right of center views who voted for Obama now have regrets.  How did this happen so quickly and so strongly?  How was it that so many Americans saw in Obama so much that he was not?

Today we have a guest article from Jim Mahoney that is not only thought provoking, but also explores major philosophical differences between Conservatives and Liberals.  For those that believe in the power of the individual over government, it is a must read.

Outside the Box, Jim Mahoney

Back before Steve invited me to post here as a guest blogger, I used to send out thought pieces periodically to friends of mine who were both liberal and conservative in order to spark debate.  A few months ago I sent out a description of an actual conversation I had with a liberal friend that really exposed the hypocrisy of the left on such things as the GM (General Motors) bailout, the rule of law and several other things liberals used to be concerned about when George Bush was president.  I received the following response to the article from another friend of mine who said:

“Folks may line up on one side or the other over a single issue.  But when it comes to the big picture, the average American doesn’t fit neatly into the boxes that the Becks and Olbermanns and Limbaughs want them to.  Those boxes serve only to garner ratings and create fringe elements incapable of even understanding, let alone accepting, views contrary to their own.  That’s a roundabout way of saying:  I’m your “liberal friend.”  And yet, I doubt that I’m anywhere near the lock-step thinker you had in mind when you created that little self-argument.  …I only read about half of your essay before setting it aside because it was obvious you’d fallen into the “everyone belongs in a box” trap.  They don’t. I know, because I don’t.”

While I generally don’t have a problem being taken to task, the source of this critique gave me pause.  It came from a friend I have known for many years.  He and I share the same views about personal responsibility, education, raising children and our mutual loyalty and respect is unquestioned.  We have ridiculed political correctness, the self-esteem movement in education and every touchy-feely management theory that has come out in the last decade.  I have always considered him to be Conservative to Libertarian in his philosophy, and I wondered how I could have misread him so drastically.  When I asked him about it, he told me that he objected to the stereotyping of people into either liberal or conservative boxes.  He described himself as a moderate who will order from either side of the political menu depending on the situation.  He noted that this often leads him to sometimes take positions that could be considered liberal and that this would lead some commentators to automatically declare that he was wishy-washy in his beliefs.

Let’s face facts; Barack Obama did not get into office with the liberal vote alone.  He was elected by convincing a large block of moderate voters that he was something he was not and that he would govern from the center.  The American people are generally fair and broadminded and don’t like to see themselves described as extremists.  As our political climate has become increasingly polarized in recent years, the terms “Liberal” and “Conservative” have become political shorthand that pundits from both sides of the aisle lob at each other like mortar shells.  If we are to have any hope of reversing the current situation we must use facts and logic to persuade these same moderate voters to join us.

We all know that you can’t be a little bit pregnant, but can you be a little bit Liberal?  Furthermore, does what you believe in have to have a label in order for you to identify with it?  For example, I believe Social Security in its present form is doomed to bankruptcy and the only long term solution is one that will transform it from the current entitlement program to a system of private accounts.  However, I also have parents who are in their 80’s and I adamantly believe that they and the other members of their generation are entitled to receive every benefit that has been promised to them under the current system.  The only workable long term solution is one that will take care of those who are currently collecting, while providing an exit strategy that will permit us to wean future recipients off the system.  Does that make me a Liberal or does it make me a conservative who is practical and fair?

So what is the tipping point?  What is the line in the sand for your uncompromised defining principle of conservatism?  One of the clearest distillations of the difference between Liberalism vs. Conservatism I’ve seen is at the TYSK website and I would strongly encourage you to read the entire piece. (http://www.tysknews.com/TyskWorks/what_is_conservatism.htm)

The author uses the simple graphic which I have reproduced to the left.  In the illustration, the DC at the hub represents Washington, DC, or another government entity.  The arrows represent the American people with red arrows being liberals and the blue arrows being conservatives.  You will immediately notice that in all cases liberals look to government for solutions to any of society’s problems, while conservatives will always look away from government and toward empowering the individual.

For example, imagine we are proposing solutions for education.  Once again, all of the liberal red arrows will look inward at a common point of government control while all of the conservative blue arrows will be looking outward, but often at many different points.  That’s why some conservatives will favor school vouchers, some home schooling and others will favor another solution altogether.  This diversity of thought explains why conservatism includes Christian fundamentalists, Libertarians and Constitutionalists who will employ different approaches to the same problem, while embracing the general idea that the answer to the problem does not lie with government.

In his best selling book “Liberty & Tyranny”, Mark Levin writes that the Modern Liberal believes in the supremacy of the state.   In this regard, Modern Liberalism promotes what French Historian Alexis de Tocqueville called soft tyranny, which becomes increasingly more oppressive and eventually leads to hard tyranny.  In its classic meaning, the word “liberal” is the opposite of authoritarian, so it is more accurate to characterize the Modern Liberal as a Statist.  I like this definition since it provides a clear cut way to identify someone who believes in the supremacy of the state in our lives.

In poll after poll it is clear that America is a Center-Right country politically.  As the President’s poll numbers continue to drop as Americans learn the disastrous details of his health care plan, amnesty for illegal aliens and takeover of the financial markets, we are likely to see more and more Obama supporters begin to distance themselves from him.  In their hearts they realize they made a huge mistake in voting for Obama and his agenda.  They now need an exit strategy that allows them to save face.  Self-describing as moderates allows them to see themselves as being broadminded and above “food-fight” politics.  Our job is to lay out the facts in a calm, clinical and non-judgmental way that allows them to see that they share more in common with conservatives.  You need to reach out to your moderate friends, but whatever you do – don’t put them in a box.

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America: a Great Country with Great People – Colonel Allen West

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 31, 2010

Sometimes those of us who are concerned with that direction America has taken in the last couple of decades lose sight of the larger picture.  We see the growing public deficits and loss of moral courage in government and the private sector and allow them to cloud our view of the overriding good that is America.

Today, two associates shared with me separate items that helped put things in a more realistic perspective and I would like to share them with you.  First, a quoted from the Associated Press by e:

“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears”.

Let us not get lost in the fear of what Pelosi, Reid, Obama and the rest of the Progressives continue to preach.  Let us instead need to focus on implementing positive change and that brings me to a video that has gone viral on You Tube, a speech by Colonel Allen West who is running for Congress in Florida, linked below.

The Republican Party has lost its way since the mantle was passed by Ronald Reagan.  We need new blood with a passion to bring this country back to the correct path.  With a younger generation like Colonel West starting to “percolate”, there is reason for optimism.  Remember, it took the high-priest of Progressivism, Jimmy Carter, to bring us President Reagan.

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Real Conservative Beliefs, Values and Principles

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2010

Faith in big government and the Progressive movement are on the vane.  This movement is self-destructing not because of planned opposition, but because its programs have failed.  For opening the country’s eyes to the flaws of Progressivism we have Barack Obama and the current Democrats to thank.

Progressives slowly gained power by nipping at the edges; adding a government program here and there overtime.  These programs grew, robbing from Americans of individual freedoms and not accomplishing their promised results.  The incremental governmental intrusions by both political parties seemed unstoppable, as the programs promised benefits at seemingly no cost.  How could the people turn down a free lunch?

Bring on Barack Obama and his grand vision for changing the basic fabric of America.  With a combination of arrogance and audacity, sweeping changes were implemented in the past year that has educated the populace on the failings of big government.  Bail out the banks and while the economy stagnates, banker bonuses reach new heights.  Spend nearly a trillion dollars on a Stimulus Package and the unemployment rate shoots up to over 10%.  Ram through Cap & Trade bill to find that the man-made climate changing theories have been rigged.  The examples seem endless.

It is not enough for those that see the failings of big government and the Progressive agenda to wait for their downfall.  Even with the failings, Obama and the Progressives are now trying to ram through a healthcare bill that few Americans want and will further rob from individual freedoms and make government even bigger.  We need a vision that can bring this country back to its Constitutional roots.  Below is The Mount Vernon Statement in full, as well as the website address that includes it.  It is worth the read as this is the type of simple statement of purpose that many Americans would agree with.  If you are one of them, go to the website and sign their petition.

http://www.themountvernonstatement.com/

The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the
    rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
    politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
    economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
    and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
    end.
  • It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
    community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

February 17, 2010

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center

Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union

David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

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Governor Mitch Daniels; A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 3, 2009

On September 22, this Blog reviewed the positive attributes of Senator Evan Bye, Democrat of Indiana  has taken a fiscally responsible stance and publicly called on his Party to get control of its spending.  The governor of that same state, Republican Mitch Daniels, deserves similar kudos for his management style and fiscal conservatism.

Mitch DGovernor Daniels is something of a rarity these days; a popular Republican.  He was reelected by a landslide on the same day that Barrack Obama won the state in the presidential election.  The people of Indiana give him an approval rating of 70%.  Let’s look at some of his accomplishments. Read the rest of this entry »

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