Monthly archives "April 2010"

George Will on Ken Buck and other Conservatives

My wife and I heard George Will speak at the University of Illinois in Champaign on the evening of March 31, 1995.  This is Dr. Will’s home town where he grew up after World War II.  His father was a respected professor of philosophy  at the University.

Some persons are bookish and bright, some bookish and brilliant.   George Will is the latter and one of the most gifted writers one has the privilege of following.    In a May 3rd Newsweek column  he devotes 100 of his 700 words to the GOP U.S. Senate race in CO.  The highlighted quote speaks of the grassroots conservatives in Colorado rebelling against what they call “grass tops” Republicans here in the Centennial State. 

One can tell that Will has done his homework for he notes how conservatives are rallying to District Attorney, Ken Buck.   Meanwhile, Jane Norton, endorsed by John McCain who took only 18% in the 2008 CO Caucuses, is choosing to get on  the August 10 ballot by petition.   George rightly discerns that her campaign fears that at the May 22nd nominating assembly they may not even reach the 30% threshold for ballot access.

The central theme of the George Will essay is that conservatives from California to Utah to Arizona to Colorado to Indiana to Florida are rising up and may take down candidates favored by party leaders.   I give you John McCain’s endorsement of Jane Norton.   He goes on to note that some commentators who do not wish conservatives well speak of the Nortons of Colorado and the Charlie Crists of Florida as “responsible” Republicans.    These are GOP members who play well with the Democrats–“Grass Tops” rather than Grassroots.   Moderates rather than Reagan Conservatives.

This is not a time for playing well with Democrats.   We have elected what many believe to be the most radical President in the nation’s history.   The Far Left is pushing an agenda very dangerous to our liberties.   No, it is not time to play well but rather to win big with  ideals once held to by Democrats like Jack Kennedy–lower taxes and stronger vigilance in national defense.   Rather hard for me to hear President Kennedy calling an AZ attempt to protect themselves dangerous and wrong headed.  Tell that to the family of a murdered rancher.    Kennedy nearly died defending our nation during WWII.   I think he would defend our southern border.

A friend recently pointed me to Isaiah 50:4, “The Lord, the Eternal, has given me a well-trained teacher that I may rightly answer the ungodly.”  Moffatt’s Translation   Dr. George Will, Ph.D. in political science from Princeton, both bookish and brilliant (and a baseball fan besides) is such a teacher.  May we join him in rightly discerning these times.   May we have steel in our backbones and fearlessness of spirit as we confidently elect true Conservatives like Ken Buck to the helm of state.

Eutychus

Ken Buck and Political Stewardship

There is a story of a New York law firm who was engaged to clear title on some property in New Orleans.   They hired a property lawyer from New Orleans to obtain the facts from the records.   After research the lawyer wrote the New York firm and said,  “I can trace the property ownership back to 1803.   It is part of the Louisiana Purchase under Thomas Jeffeson when the U.S. bought the territory of Louisiana from France through the Emperor Napoleon.”    But the New York law firm was not satisfied.   They insisted it be traced back even further.

So the frustrated Southern attorney wrote them a letter:   “Dear Sirs!   Please be advised that France acquired title to Louisiana from Spain by conquest.  The Spanish crown obtained it by discovery under Christopher Colombus, a sailor who had been authorized to sail by Isabella, queen of Spain.    Isabella obtained sanction for this voyage from the Pope who is the vicar of Christ who is the Son of God Almighty who created Louisiana.”

This true story out of history is not as crazy as it may sound.   It is a story of stewardship and a reminder that all ultimately belongs to God Almighty.  The word stewardship means managing something.   It may be management of one’s life, natural resources or money.   The word has humble beginnings.   It is Old English and derived from the term Sty ward–the ward of the sty or keeper of the swine.  The term styward evolved into steward.

In the movie Papillon the main character was imprisoned for life for crimes against the French state.   While in prison he had a dream of standing before a tribunal for a crime.  He said to the judge that he was not guilty of the crime for which he was being tried.   The judge replied that he was not being tried for that crime but for another that was the most heinous of the human race.    Papillon asked what crime that was.   The judge answered “The crime of a wasted life.”      Papillon wept, “Guilty, guilty.”   The judge pronounced death for poor stewardship of life and resources.

I have not met many who believe that Washington, D.C. is a place of good stewardship of the national resources and national life.  There was much talk by the President and his party that Health Care Reform was going to save the nation money.   I cannot recall a D.C. program that cost less than projected.   On the contrary.   Polls show the American people understand this and a strong majority oppose the bill.   This is one of the reasons that the President keeps trying to sell this dangerous monster–well after it passed.

Now we come to 2010 and the U.S Senate race here in CO.   Like other places the GOP here is running on good Fiscal policy–stewardship.  And much is being made on some blogs about how much more Jane Norton has raised in campaign funds than Ken Buck.   Herein lies a very interesting fact.   With about 1/4 of the monetary resources Ken Buck defeated Jane Norton in the March 16 CO caucuses.   Greater resources do not always defeat hard work and good stewardship of limited resources.

It would seem that Mr. Buck’s campaign is demonstrating what true conservative leaders might do if they are given the levers of power in Washington–better results with less money.    In short, the Buck campaign is living out good stewardship.   In contrast, the Norton campaign manifests the Establishment practice of less being done with more.   This was her record as Lt. Governor where she was part of raising taxes on citizens of Colorado.   Higher taxes means more money and power in the State and less of both for the citizenry.   Jane Norton talks good Fiscal policy.    Ken Buck lives it.

Friends, this is no time for Democrat Light.    It is time to elect good stewards of our national treasure who show us that they can do more with less.   Even sensible Democrats recognize that we are on a path to national bankruptcy.    Independents have known this for some time.    And Reagan Republicans like Ken Buck know this instinctively and, equally important, act on their convictions.  Their lives, their campaigns prove that this way works.   They walk their talk.    This is why RedState, Michelle Malkin and Senator Jim DeMint have all endorsed Ken.    Let us do the same with good stewardship of resources entrusted to us and with our voices and our votes.

Eutychus

Scapegoaters in Chief

Blaming others is as old as the Garden of Eden.   Adam blamed Eve and God for the fall into sin.   He said to God, “The woman You gave me.”   In essence, it is her fault and Your fault.   Comedian, Dick Gregory, says if there had been a black man in the Garden they would have blamed him.   The President and the Press have perfected blaming others, especially conservatives, in our time.

To be sure there have been Democrats who stood up and took responsibility.    Harry Truman had his famous desk plaque, “The buck stops here.”   When the Bay of Pigs blew up in his face (though set up by others and a plan of assured success according to the Joint Chiefs)  Jack Kennedy stood tall and said, “I am Commander in Chief.  I gave the order.   I am responsible.”

After the fiery invasion of the Branch Davidian cult on April 19, 1993 in Waco, TX, and the death of men, women, and children, President Clinton was asked how this happened.   He stood tall and said, “Ask Attorney General Janet Reno.”   When health care failed, he suggested the press “talk to the First Lady.”    After the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, Clinton blamed talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh.   Yet Timothy McViegh openly said this happened two years to the day after Waco in revenge for that act of government irresponsibility.   Who was to blame for Waco?    Janet Reno according to Bill Clinton.    Certainly no, “The Buck Stops Here” for this President.

Barack Obama has really perfected this.   Any problem is no problem for him.   He inherited this mess.   Blame Bush.   Of course, success in Iraq redounds to claimed success for Biden and Obama.   It matters not that Biden called for trisecting Iraq and Obama voted against the surge which is leading to victory.   No credit is given to President Bush.   Only blame.

All this blaming and scapegoating is aided by what Bernie Goldberg calls “The Lamestream Press” of the tingling leg when the President speaks.   A case in point is a column by Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post Writers Group.   She implies that the Tea Party could be a legacy of Timothy McVeigh.   She notes the militaristic language of Sarah Palin.  You know, “targeting the oppositon,” and “don’t retreat, reload.”   Wonder if she ever heard about James Carville’s “War Room” during the Clinton campaigns.  Of course, she adds Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck as persons of “heckling language” that could “become explosive.”

Wonder if Ms. Parker was concerned when Nancy Pelosi likened the dissent of the Tea Party to the Nazis.   Was that explosive language?   Pelosi and others called dissent the highest form of patriotism.   This, however,  was dissent against George Bush.   Did Kathleen write a column then saying the ugly language of the Left  might be a legacy of Timothy McVeigh?   I do not recall reading anything like that.  But this was directed at President Bush.

Parker closes, “When politicians and pundits use inflammatory language, condemn them,” and she calls for “exposing the unhinged.”   Did she mean Al Gore’s speaking of the “Extra chromosome Right,” or Barack Obama’s, “The Harvard Police acted supidly.”   Perhaps she was thinking of Jack Murtha’s accusing our marines of being murderers, or Jack Kerry saying our troops were behaving like terrorists, or Dick Durbin’s likening our soldiers to the Nazis. When she calls for exposing the unhinged, is she thinking of the Far Left’s destructive behavior at St. Paul, MN during the Republican National Convention?   Rather hard to tell as she notes none of this but manages to mention the Tea Party five times in disparaging language in her 700 word column.

Kathleen Parker has won a Pulitzer.   Wonder what it takes to win that prize today.   Apparently not fair and balanced.

Eutychus

  

What is a Titan?

Titan is defined in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as “One that stands out for greatness of achievement.”    In January of 1969, Joe Namath, quarterback of the New York Jets (a team once known as the Titans) of the American Football League stood out for greatness of achievement.   The Jets defeated the mighty Baltimore Colts of the National Football League in the Super Bowl.   Joe Namath was a Titan.

Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator from South Carolina,  is becoming a Titan in the conservative movement.    The Fix in the Washington Post describes DeMint as the emerging leader of this movement–a tide that may sweep Republicans into power in Congress in 2010 not unlike what happened in 1994.  And not just Republicans, but Conservative Republicans of the Ronald Reagan type.   The Far Left of Obama and the Democrats fear this.   That is why they smear the Tea Party which is an important part of the phenomenon that is unfolding before us. 

Previously DeMint has endorsed Marco Rubio who is leading the Florida Establishment candidate for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist, by a wide margin.   Now, the senator from South Carolina has endorsed Weld County D.A., Ken Buck, for the U.S. Senate from CO over Establishment Jane Norton.   This is the Jane Norton who has decided to petition her way on to the Republican primary ballot in CO.

The response of DeMint’s endorsement of Buck by the Norton campaign is to appear unimpressed.   They note that some 25 Republican leaders have endorsed their candidate.  But they are not titans in the conservative movement.    Jim DeMint is a Titan.  And DeMint adds of the Ken Buck campaign:   “I have not seen anything like what is happening in Colorado since Marco Rubio of Florida.”   Meanwhile Norton is petitioning to get on the primary ballot, and  Ken Buck is going to the state convention.

At the end of Giuseppe Verdi’s worst opera, the standing ovation of the audience was nearly drowning out the orchestra.   But Verdi wisely looked through the rows of people to his contemporary composer, Gioachino Rossini, who was sitting silent in his stall.   One wise man’s verdict out weighs all the fools.

Twenty-five to one is a great discrepancy and one to twenty-five is rather overwhelming.   But when that one is a
Titan. . .I like the odds.

Eutychus

The Campaign Sprint

The Greeley Tribune carried an interesting below the fold story on Sunday, April 11, about Weld County District Attorney, Ken Buck (who has been endorsed for the U.S. Senate by RedState’s Erickson and by Michelle Malkin), and his primary run for the GOP nomination.   The Tribune Opinion for the day was also on the theme of balancing work as D.A. with campaigning.

The article by Sharon Dunn noted a Linda Schreiber as saying that she has become a staunch supporter of Buck’s opponent, Jane Norton, because he is now going after something “for personal gain.”  I rather thought the Senate was a place of public service.   I realize Linda may have limited experience which could lead to her thinking that the House and Senate of Pelosi and Reid is the norm.  But that can be changed with a strong GOP presence in both bodies.   Reid appears headed home to the backside of the Nevada desert and hopefully Nancy will soon be minus her private jet and just another voice in the lower House.

So far as Schreiber’s being a Norton supporter that is probably where she belongs–Norton who was hand picked to run by that old conservative stalwart, John McCain.   And Jane was also part of raising taxes out of sight in CO.   Of course, she is now Madame Conservative as that fits the time.   Personally I prefer a solid Reagan conservative like Ken Buck who remained so when David Brooks, Colin Powell and  Peggy Noonan said the era of Reagan was over and Republicans should go Democrat Light.   Nonsense!  Give me a fearless candidate of core principles any day of the week.  I have no respect for weathervane candidates.

Former Weld District Attorney,  Al Dominguez,  was also quoted on this issue.   He said of Mr. Buck,  “Make a decision.   Be my District Attorney or be a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but you can’t be both.”   Really?    The Tribune opinion piece disagrees noting that persons holding one office run for another quite often.   They also mention that while Betsy Markey is still our representative in the House she is spending much time here at home running for reelection.   With wisdom the editorial closes by stating:  “We don’t fault any public office holder for campaigning while in office.”

I am a native of CO six generations deep but my wife and family and I lived in the Springfield, IL area for six years.   We had ample opportunity to observe a State Senator by the name of Barack Obama close up.    On tough votes he said neither “Aye” nor “Nay” but rather “Present.”   As a sidenote I am glad for a D.A. who does not take a pass.

For three years Obama was our Senator.   He managed to show up for work all of 140 days and did little to distinguish himself other than opposing the surge, voting against Roberts and Alito, and for higher taxes.  The other days he was running for President and blasting Hillary and Bill Clinton and George Bush.   And in the Senate he could not turn over the reigns to an assistant D.A. as Mr. Buck can.    We simply were not represented. 

But,  the Tribune is right.   This is the way of the world and it paid off for Barack Obama.   I would say to Ms. Schreiber and Mr. Dominguez, what is fair for the liberal goose is fair for the conservative gander.

Eutychus

The Campaign Sprint

The Greeley Tribune carried an interesting below the fold story on Sunday, April 11, about Weld County District Attorney, Ken Buck (who has been endorsed for the U.S. Senate by RedState’s Erickson and by Michelle Malkin), and his primary run for the GOP nomination.   The Tribune Opinion for the day was also on the theme of balancing work as D.A. with campaigning.

The article by Sharon Dunn noted a Linda Schreiber as saying that she has become a staunch supporter of Buck’s opponent, Jane Norton, because he is now going after something “for personal gain.”  I rather thought the Senate was a place of public service.   I realize Linda may have limited experience which could lead to her thinking that the House and Senate of Pelosi and Reid is the norm.  But that can be changed with a strong GOP presence in both bodies.   Reid appears headed home to the backside of the Nevada desert and hopefully Nancy will soon be minus her private jet and just another voice in the lower House.

So far as Schreiber’s being a Norton supporter that is probably where she belongs–Norton who was hand picked to run by that old conservative stalwart, John McCain.   And Jane was also part of raising taxes out of sight in CO.   Of course, she is now Madame Conservative as that fits the time.   Personally I prefer a solid Reagan conservative like Ken Buck who remained so when David Brooks, Colin Powell and  Peggy Noonan said the era of Reagan was over and Republicans should go Democrat Light.   Nonsense!  Give me a fearless candidate of core principles any day of the week.  I have no respect for weathervane candidates.

Former Weld District Attorney,  Al Dominguez,  was also quoted on this issue.   He said of Mr. Buck,  “Make a decision.   Be my District Attorney or be a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but you can’t be both.”   Really?    The Tribune opinion piece disagrees noting that persons holding one office run for another quite often.   They also mention that while Betsy Markey is still our representative in the House she is spending much time here at home running for reelection.   With wisdom the editorial closes by stating:  “We don’t fault any public office holder for campaigning while in office.”

I am a native of CO six generations deep but my wife and family and I lived in the Springfield, IL area for six years.   We had ample opportunity to observe a State Senator by the name of Barack Obama close up.    On tough votes he said neither “Aye” nor “Nay” but rather “Present.”   As a sidenote I am glad for a D.A. who does not take a pass.

For three years Obama was our Senator.   He managed to show up for work all of 140 days and did little to distinguish himself other than opposing the surge, voting against Roberts and Alito, and for higher taxes.  The other days he was running for President and blasting Hillary and Bill Clinton and George Bush.   And in the Senate he could not turn over the reigns to an assistant D.A. as Mr. Buck can.    We simply were not represented. 

But,  the Tribune is right.   This is the way of the world and it paid off for Barack Obama.   I would say to Ms. Schreiber and Mr. Dominguez, what is fair for the liberal goose is fair for the conservative gander.

Eutychus

Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama

The worst curse of the 20th century was communism.   Soviet communism lasted 74 years.   It is estimated that over 150 million people were killed under the evils of communism.  Soviet boss, Joseph Stalin, said that one murder is a tragedy but that millions of murders are simply statistics.

In the 1970’s the West seemed in retreat as communists expanded their power.  Some American intellectuals were willing to accept Soviet advancement and Western decline.   Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith, wrote in 1984, “The Russian system succeeds, in contrast with the Western industrial economies, because it makes full use of its manpower.”    Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (intellectual in residence to President John Kennedy) said, “Those in the U.S. who think the Soviet Union is on the verge of economic and social collapse are only kidding themselves.”

But there was one voice that proved them all wrong.   His name is Ronald Reagan.   He said free markets work better than bureaucrats and that American individualism and liberty are something of which to be immensely proud.  Unlike his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who called for the Federal Reserve to print money  (sound familiar?),  President Reagan supported the Feds in tightening the money supply and inflation disappeared.  He capped tax rates and the economy  boomed and so did employment.

Reagan intensified pressure on the Soviet Union with our military build up.   The Russian economy was Third World.  They could not keep up which led to their stunning collapse.   British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, put it right when she said, “Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.”

My what a contrast!   Today we have a President who seems determined to cut our nation down to a size he finds acceptable.   His economic policies leave unemployment at just under 10 %.   His Administration has taken over the auto industry, the banking system, health care, student loans and he is pushing cap and trade which will further cripple our economy.   If Congress won’t do it he will turn to the EPA.   Domestically he is a disaster.

In foreign policy he has distanced himself from Israel and seems helpless in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat.  George Bush had promised Poland further missile defense.   Obama did not move forward with this, apparently hoping the Russians would join him in sanctions against Iran.    Russia did not comply so we got nothing for this but a more insecure Poland and friends wondering if they can count upon us anymore.

Now President Obama has signed a nuclear reduction treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.   This week 47 nations are coming to Washington to discuss nuclear nonproliferation.   Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is not among them.    Speaking on condition of anonymity, Israeli officials say it is because they see this only as an opportunity for Muslim states to call for Israel to give up their supposed nuclear weapons.   In short, Israel will be beaten up and they seem not to have a friend in the White House to stand with them.   Netanyahu was basically snubbed by Obama in a recent trip to D.C.   There were no photos and no joint appearances.

What to do?   The Senate should be in no hurry to ratify the treaty between Obama and Medvedev.   And in 2010 we must elect a House and Senate that reflects the wisdom, backbone and common sense of Ronald Reagan.   My vote will be Reagan Conservative, Ken Buck, for Senate and anyone but Cap n Trade Betsy for the House.   We must have a counter to Jimmy Carter Redux.   And in 2012 we must elect a President who understands the dangers of the world, a leader who has run something , who understands business, and who knows friend from foe, and most of all, someone who is proud of his nation.   It would also be good if they can speak without a teleprompter and can name at least one player on their faviorite baseball team.

Eutychus