Friday, May 19, 2006

Activists don't get it

Liberal activists live or die by their support of the Democratic Party-- and not by any principle. Winning elections is really the only thing important to a liberal activist. And when an election is won they go to sleep to rise up later if there is an election that matters. Clinton is a case in point. Clinton is a Democrat. Therefore, a roaring unbalanced economy that favored rich stock moguls was a good thing to a liberal activist. Veto Kyoto. That's ok. It was a Democrat.

And the current case in point is the New Orleans election. Rather than break out of a shell of Democratic institutionalized control of that city, somehow the Democrats maintain an iron grip of control by blaming outsiders for their own internal problems. The only race that matters is the race between two Democrats in a primary for mayor. Who are the candidates? The first option is the guy who was running the city before and during what Democrats characterize as a horribly managed hurricane preparation and response. Except, instead of blaming themselves-- even for one thing-- the blame goes to other Federal officials. Therefore, the first option is to keep the status quo. The second option is a family name that has controlled Louisiana politics for decades. In fact, 30 some years ago the contenders father was mayor of New Orleans. Another family member is the state senator.

The activist, of course, ardently supports either of these candidates. So, its status quo and entrenched power that liberal activists support. Change will indeed come some day to New Orleans and Louisiana and this country. But it won't be led by liberal activists leading a dominant establishment party. You need to look the other way. That doesn't necessarily mean Republicans, but the easy way for a liberal activist is to piggy-back off the money and funding of the Democratic establishment to support the Democratic Party. And change ain't going to happen the easy way.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

2006 Election Analysis

Here is a broad observation. It is clear the MSM is pulling out all the stops so far this year. Every poll they can find that paints their story-- they publish it. They poll 8,000 different ways and publish the poll with the nuanced words that get the result to fit their headline. "Republicans Doomed" "Public Losing Confidence in Republicans" "Bush Poll Numbers at new all-time low", Republicans can't do this. Republicans can't do that. Americans dont' trust conservatives. On and on. Especially where I live-- inside the Beltway in Washington, DC it is everywhere. A total onset for shaping public opinion. Turn on NPR there is more of it there.

Yet, through it all, it's really not much different than 2004 and 2002 and 2000. They throw everything they can at Republicans. They throw everything they can at Bush. And yet Republicans pull through in the actual election.

The reality is that people are smarter than know-it-all journalists and editors give them credit for. All of these stories have a common theme. It is some liberal, ivory tower elitist trying to (not so) subtly tell neandrathals (like me) who to vote for. Basically, they are saying 'the world is doomed unless they get power' and people like me just aren't yet knowledgeable enough to understand why. People may disagree with Bush, or the general direction of things, but at the end of the day-- voters seem to be thinking, like me, that better a disconnected Republican Party with no clear hierarchy than a top-down, never-do-nothing-wrong, elitist opposition party. The Republican Party is more of grass roots, bottom up effort. There are dissenting views and tough dialogue in the Republican party. The people complain to their republican representatives about their viewpoints and the Republicans adjust. This is quite contrary to the top-down drum-beating of the newspapers and ac tivist groups that are determined to tell everyone how they should vote, how they should view the world, and who we all must vote for.

It would be one of the most amazing upsets in the world for the Republicans to win this November against all odds and every effort. I for one, am rooting for a Republican upset victory this November to prove, to me, that the little guy runs politics in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Republican Party

One of the things I have grown to respect about the Republican Party is that it is a band of disparate interests and parts. And, the Party permits very public debate among even the biggest heads of the party. The Republican Party is not a top down hierarchy.
Now, because it has, say, 3 or 4 major 'spokes' none of the 'spokes' gets everything they want. It's not an "all-or-none" party. It's an incremental party. It's a win-win party. You get a little, I get a little.
And this leads to the point of this particular post.
Michelle Malkin (and her new outfit, Hot Air) is a trailblazing news analyst/columnist/commentator. She gets really fired up about one issue in particular-- immigration. Illegal immigration. She gets so wrapped up that she forgets the best thing about the Republican Party-- it delivers a little something for you on your issues.
I don't get everything I want out of the Republican Party. But most of the spokes are heading in my direction. The spokes by the way are: lower taxes/smaller government; conservative values; constitutional principles and judges; pro-military; immigration reform.
All of these issues can move forward a little because they pull together a generally unified band of people. It is difficult to get full tilt support for your particular plank. But you can't blame the world just because you get part of your issue and not the whole enchilada.
George W. Bush hit it out of the ballpark with his speech on immigration reform. It is a difficult issue. It is up there with one of the most difficult issues ever faced by a president. As someone pointed out to me the other day-- immigration reform affects 11 million people. There are a lot of issues wrapped up in immigration reform. For example, it needs to stem from a bottom line recognition of the rule of law and the fact these immigrants illegally entered the country. But breaking the law (in any manner) results in a penalty. That penalty is being determined. And it is only a penalty. Illegally entering the country does not mean a death sentence. It deserves more than a slap on the wrist. But, anyways, its being figured out.
And George W. Bush delivered a great, balanced speech. He even mentioned the term 'middle ground' which I remember thinking before the speech. There's got to be a middle ground that Bush can just call it like it is.
He totally did that. Bush is great under pressure. That is one thing we all know. And this was a pressure issue-- with illegal immigrants demanding full rights and Michelle Malkin bashing away at him to send all the immigrants back home immediately. Through all that pressure-- Bush delivered.
And it is a great reminder for me of my continued optimism for this country. And it is a reminder of why I support the Republican Party. There is robust debate within the party. And, there is clearly a leveling force that ensures no spoke gets too far ahead of itself. America is changing for the better every day. And its the health of debate within the Republican Party-- and the principles behind each stoke of the debate that are the building block for America's future.

Monday, May 15, 2006


As I was hoping and thinking, I believe Bush hit it out of the park tonight.
Illegal immigration is a tough issue. There are a lot of opposing views to take into account. Clearly, U.S. laws must be upheld. And we really need to be a country with a common language of all citizens. This isn't an anti-Spanish position. I took Spanish in school. It's just a sensible position. What about people of other countries and other languages? That's why you have to have one common language. It could be anything-- it happens to be english.
Now, on the other hand, with the hard work of immigrants and their legitimate desires at a better life, there needs to be a way to blend the two competing forces together. We have had poor enforcement of borders and immigration issues which has created this situation. And, by some form of penalty, you can move forward. You can't just say, fine, here's the keys to all the cars the next morning. There has to be a penalty.
Getting all of the illegal immigrants that are here, documented and above board makes many things possible. It increases the amount of people paying taxes. This both reduces the burden on government, and it also makes it possible for perhaps more, and certainly sustainable, tax cuts. Documentation also increases national security. And documentation establishes a baseline.
President George W. Bush can pull all of these forces together and really move this country optimistically forward. Certainly the 25% of liberal lunatics that hate everything Bush ever says will never be able to agree with anything so sensible. And there will be those on the other side, such as Michelle Malkin, who go off the deep end as well.
But, when the going gets tough, Bush rises to the occasion. And this is a tough one. Perhaps the toughest issue out there. Really. And from what I can tell by just reading a few bits of the speech-- Bush did it. He rose to the occasion. He called some spades, spades. And he carved out a way forward. Tough. Realistic. Compassionate.
Classic George W. Bush under pressure.