I usually do not mind being around Conservatives. We have many common values, we usually dress similarly, and we generally have good manners. With Conservatives I usually can expect certain things. Before I go on I need to say I am referring to the Conservatives in Brit Hume’s documentary “Right, all along” on Fox News and I am not adding my note on that, which isn’t bad. : ) I also need to add that I feel there are others who like the Conservative, and also Libertarian, Look. They are not Conservatives’ friends, allies perhaps. We all face the need for ‘political’ decisions. Enough said on that.
As I mentioned I usually expect certain things while in Conservative company. I know on some things there will be, sometimes very strong, disagreements. I know that sometimes I may not like what they may be empowered to do, as it can be for them when others are in that position. I know that, for the most part, we share many principles among them decency, due respect, and a minimum of civility. In other words I have a good idea what I am really dealing with or working with. One doesn’t always get that. I should also mention I am aware of the usual bag of tricks that most of us hopefully have.
In the current arena I found I have to pick my battles. My top two priorities right now are the Earmarks Ban, focusing on Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and her follow-up on signing on to the Ban as well as repealing Government Funding of NPR. In terms of another ongoing issue, supporting the struggle against the practice of abortion I follow a long standing practice which includes prayer, limited financial assistance, taking turns at Forty Days for Life at the local abortion clinic and, incidentally, other times of the year. I sometimes make prayers for the condemned though, frankly, not a lot. In general I am opposed to the death penalty with one inconsistency which is high treason and, if a penalty, for breaking an oath to a group.
I now have an additional one now, which is defeating Representative Joe Strauss, unless there is a very public repudiation of his current status in the Right to Life issue, which I doubt.
I am tentatively advocating for Representative Ken Paxton because so far I like what I see. I used several criteria for this decision. One of those is Mr. Strauss’s popularity with NARAL. I cannot support that. Nor I can I support a representative that aids such an individual to the Speakership of the Texas State Legislature. The outcome is beyond my personal control. My political activities are not.
On another popular issue, the Gay Agenda* I have a definite position but that is a side issue to me. I am very steadfast in it and have been for years. I doubt’ I will change. Discussing the issue with the exception of an ‘as simple as possible explanation’ of one’s position after the original dissertation is a futile pursuit at this time. Other things are simply more important.
On border issues I have no disagreement with handling the Border Issue as sternly as need be until this situation has reached a steady and effective management status. I keep apprised of this because of my geographical proximity to the Problem. This has always been a major issue I have had with the LP. I advocate generally for the decency of treatment for illegal aliens while in detention, I do not feel that the problems that exist in some homelands are going to be cured by the citizens running away. Some shelter, proper ideological instruction, and weaponry training and a ‘free-to-them’ ride back home sure, but in this economy folks need to come up with their own stuff for the most part. I also understand the need to make some cash. Both as a Texan and an American I insist on a ‘carta verde’ (green card) for any long time employment. I also feel, other than emergency medical treatment, that services that are difficult for citizens to get should not be available to illegal non-citizens. I believe this is the source of much, much budget woe.
My primary concern is the National Budget overall right now and I feel that is an incredibly issue. I do not buy into the arguments relating to proportion of budget. Things add up.
I have confidence at this point in my Congressman. He is a person who I feel is solid in that regard to the issues I previously mentioned. I never had any significant disagreement with any of his positions though I am sure there is some variance somewhere. It is not important enough to even think about at this point.
The next looming concern to me is Infrastructure, which I feel this area of concern transcends ideological squabbles. This, to me, is a matter of high importance. In many places there are woeful problems and abuse. Once budget concerns are addressed then I feel the issues of infrastructure need to be the next thing on the agenda. There are many other areas of agreement as well as disagreement on many other issues. One last shared value I would like to mention before I close is the concept of Good Citizenship. While interpretations may vary it is yet another value and shared area of interest we have.
These previously mentioned items, I believe, are some of the common values and areas of interest that I have with many who identify as Conservative. Right now I am a Border and Budget Libertarian as well as a long term Right to Lifer.
The flipside of this one.
This is a revised version of another diary on a still popular topic, at least on Fox News
My wish list for the 2012 Presidential
These last days of 2010 are a busy time both up in Washington, D.C. as well as for folks cleaning up messes on the local level like here in TX 27. In stressful times the mind seeks relief and one pleasant temptation is to turn one’s thoughts to 2012. There is nothing wrong with planning ahead and sensible recreation actually contributes to good job performance. So keeping that in mind and not trying to put the cart before the horse, I would like to share my ‘dream tickets’ for 2012.
My dream ‘Dream Ticket’ would be a one term working honorarium type Presidency for Dr. Ron Paul in tribute to his service to our country and in deference to his years at it. For Vice President on this ticket my choice is Governor Gary Johnson.
Dr. Paul enjoys wide popularity outside of the Party and the Movement, sometimes in surprising places. One that really surprised me was in the African American community. He is also appealing to the usual Libertarian fringe element.
Governor Johnson will probably attract growing attention and did really well that time I saw him on Sean Hannity. Also the above ticket can have any of these following folks in the second position and still be just as effective. My second choice on this one in the VP slot would be Secretary Condolezza Rice or Governor Sarah Palin.
My second, but not by far, selection is: Speaker Newt Gingrich / Governor Sarah Palin. To me, this is the A1 choice as far historical continuity and enthusiasm are concerned. Speaker Gingrich provides a vast body of Congressional and Governmental experience and knowledge. Frankly he has the necessary gravitas and dignity for the office compared to the probable opponent. Governor Palin is certainly worthy of the office. I feel that since she still has younger members in her family, a VP slot might be less strenuous at this time. There would still be opportunities to support the movement, maintain standing, as well as have other relevant experiences to holding a Federal office. It would take less time away from a young family while still offering opportunities in the area of public life. She and her husband, Mr. Palin, have been models of living the Right to Life ideal and also a good example of family. Governor Palin has shown signs of having an exceptional level of vitality. I might be able to bring home some rabbits or a javelina, but a moose? We don’t have moose in Texas. I’d be lost. Governor Palin is exuberant, as well as insightful with a good deal of potential for the future. This is a powerful team.
Just as a quick side bar, if demographic concerns arise a good running mate for either spot, for all of the male candidates would be Secretary Condoleezza Rice. People often get excited about the achievements of others from their home communities. I know I do. Expressions of congratulations are understandable and should not be considered a reflection of integrity.
It’s always good to have back up. Here is my choice for Plan B: ‘Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann / Congressman Jeb Hensarling’ –This is a potent match as far as hardcore Conservative candidates go. Only some closet Progressive or a total reactionary would have a problem with them on this side. I would be seriously afraid of these two if I had that ‘progressive’ chromosome some folks wrote articles about here. I could see these candidates doing some damaging smack downs. One good thing about this ticket is that you could have either candidate in each slot and it would be just as effective. Both of these folks walk and talk. Just saying.
If you want to get as serious as a heart attack with the rest of America then you might try my own governor, Texas Governor Rick Perry and add Congresswoman Michelle Bachman. I don’t even feel the need to go in to that one. It speaks for itself. I personally think Governor Rick does best here in Texas. Texas could get rough in the days ahead but hey if the Country needs him I don’t think I have any problems with that. I doubt anyone can seriously convince me that Congresswoman Bachmann would not be well qualified for the Vice President spot. It would just be a waste of time. Speaking of which, you just got yours back.
Some strategy suggestions on the 2012 (think of it like barn dancing).
Elder Statesman/ Iron Lady
Dr Ron Paul / Secretary Condolezza Rice
Speaker Newt Gingrich /Governor Sarah Palin (technically a momma grizzly), Secretary Rice or Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.
Stateswoman / Gunslinger
Secretary Rice/ Governor Rick Perry or Congressman Jeb Hensarling
Congresswoman Bachmann / Congressman Hensarling
Governor Perry / with any of the ladies.
Governor Sarah Palin / Congressman Hensarling
One for the Ladies. – Any of the any of the gents except Dr. Paul and Speaker Gingrich who are sages. Sages always take the higher seat.
The Black Folks – Dr. Paul and Secretary Rice
Secretary Rice / with any of the gentlemen excepting Dr. Paul.
Southern racial reconciliation play - Governor Jeb Bush / Secretary Rice –with executive experience and policy expertise.
The Big Tent play; Gay Folks, Black Folks and pot smokers - (most of whom will vote for most of the rest of the stuff Conservatives want.) - Dr. Ron Paul and Governor Gary Johnson and possibly Secretary Rice or Governor Palin.
Remember Folks balance the Ticket.
* Thoughts and suggestions on the Queer Homo Agenda; setting some folks straight.