Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Narrowing field

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Fred Thompson and I are in sync on the biggest issues and challenges facing our nation. So even though he has left the race, the finish line hasn’t moved. Fred Thompson’s short list of the biggest issues and challenges faced by our nation today still stands as a good measure for those still in the race.debate

  • The ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism
  • The unresolved economic threat of entitlements
  • The need for lower taxes to ensure our nation remains economically competitive and innovative
  • The need to secure our borders
  • The need to support families and to protect our children from the harder edges of culture
  • The need to remain engaged in the world while remaining true to America’s principles

Just a cursory look has narrowed the field pretty significantly. First, if you’ve read here much, you should know by now there will be no Democrat at the top of my list; socialism just doesn’t solve these issues and in the financial cases doesn’t even acknowledge them as issues. That leaves the list of candidates under my consideration as either those running as Republicans or those on the long list of fringe candidates. Ron Paul running as a Republican is sort of a weird situation, but I quit thinking of him as a potential way back last spring. And Rudy Giuliani? Well pro-choice and pro-domestic partnerships… I said I wasn’t going to consider Democrats.

So realistically, using this elimination process, I’m looking at Mitt Romney, John McCain and Mike Huckabee. The next step is to look at who is the best fit for addressing the list of biggest issues and challenges in our nation today.

For expediencies sake I’m going to set John McCain off to the side on shelf. Due to frequent modulation on issues, I may have to restart my analysis each time he opens his mouth. If neither of the Mitt Romney nor Mike Huckabee pass muster I’ll pull John McCain back off the shelf for a look see. So for Wally, the field has narrowed to two; Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

2008 Candidates on abortion

Friday, January 25th, 2008

This post is an adjunct to Right to Life.

I feel that the right of an unborn child to live is about the most basic right there can be for anyone regardless of nationality, religion etc. Yet our nation’s candidates are split into 2 camps on this issue. In the case of the 3 Democratic Party front runners; Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, they all seem to think that woman’s right to choose supersedes the right of a child to live. Even to the extent that they all oppose banning gruesome partial birth abortions. They say that children who are cruel to pets grow up to be serial killers, but I say that surely at least a few have grown up to be Democrat presidential candidates.

Barack Obama – Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. “I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue for the women and families who make these decisions.

Hillary Clinton – Supports Roe v. Wade; opposes ban on partial-birth abortions; judges should protect women’s rights. “This decision, which is one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul searching decisions a woman and a family can make, is also one in which the government should have no role.

John Edwards – Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposed John Roberts’s nomination, partly based on his abortion views. I believe in a woman’s right to choose…I believe they should have the freedom to make them for themselves.

NYT Election Guide 2008

For myself, I tend to value life over choice and convenience. Also, being number 6 in a family of 8 kids, I am happy my parents valued life as I do. And lastly I am happy that there is a political party that believes the same. The Republican Party has a wide field of candidates all basically for a child’s right to life.

John McCain – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but has been supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; “strict constructionist judges.”

Mike Huckabee – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposes federal funding. I’m pro-life because I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if it’s the life of all.

Fred Thompson – Wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “We’ve had a lot of different kind of issues come up in the Senate from federal funding to stem cell research, Roe versus Wade and the partial birth abortion debate or as former Senator Pat Moynihan of New York used to say it’s more like infanticide than partial birth abortion.”

Mitt Romney – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but was supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. “I’ve always been personally pro-life, but for me there was a great question about whether or not government should intrude in that decision. And when I ran for office, I said I’d protect the law as it was, which is effectively a pro-choice position. About two years ago when we were studying cloning in our state, I said, look, we have gone too far; it’s a brave new world mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us; and I change my mind…I won’t apologize to anybody for becoming pro-life.”

Ron Paul – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “As an obstetrician, I know that partial birth abortion is never a necessary medical procedure. It is a gruesome, uncivilized solution to a social problem.”
NYT Election Guide 2008

If some day it were possible to ask the unborn child how they felt about their impending abortion, I’m reasonably sure they would choose their right to life over your right to choose.

Statement from Sen. Fred Thompson

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

1/22/08 – Statement from Sen. Fred ThompsonMcLean, VA – Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement about his campaign for President:

“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.”

Fred Thompson would have made a stellar president and I’m sorry to see the best man for the job bowing out of the race. There are still other very qualified and capable GOP candidates still competing for the nomination. I’ll be waiting to see if Fred endorses one of them. His opinion will certainly be a big factor in choosing where I put my support. And who knows, perhaps come next fall there will be a ????? / Thompson ticket.

Today, I’m leaning towards Mitt Romney, or perhaps Mike Huckabee, but certainly not John McCain nor Ron Paul at this point. I’ve got a few issues I need to look into before making any firm decisions.

MVP award

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Herald Blogger Sam Taylor deserves the MVP award for the most assists in the recent Slam the GOP Bowl. His copying of the Washington Outsider’s copy of a HorsesAss.org’s original slam on our local rep Doug Ericksen was a stupendous 3 level slam assist. Magnificent play! And did you notice how Sam cleverly dropped the title “The GOP’s legislative strategy is literally full of s***” during the last handoff? Perhaps the only way to push this regular play slam piece into overtime at a reputable blog. Brilliant move!

I jest of course. I’m sure there was no more thought behind this than just stirring things up. What else could it be? After all none the 3 copies actually address any issues. Do we know if any of the players are for or against sex offender registration? Do we know if any of the players are for or against legislating additional costly septic inspections.

For the record: I am for tight monitoring of convicted sex offenders, especially those who are deemed likely to reoffend. I am against less than effective, yet costly septic inspections. As the rule is written, it seems less like a safety precaution and more like a government money grab.

While I am embarrassed for those who seem to just enjoy stirring the pot, I am also heartened that we have representation like Doug Ericksen who actually are working for us.