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Archive for November 20th, 2006

Repainting the Map

Posted by Sal on November 20, 2006

Much has been made of the Red State / Blue State divide in the past two Presidential elections.  One of the tactical advantages for the Democrats in 2006 was the fact that they ran credible candidates (albeit of the Blue-dog variety) in the Southern “Red” states.  Additionally, in this election, moderate and liberal Republican incumbents in blue states lost big, especially in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire. 

For the Conservative agenda to be spread effectively and to create a truly national movement, the Republican Party must attempt to make inroads into blue states by running good, credible, conservative candidates and back them with effective campaign finances and muscle.  Conservatives can win in blue states. 

All three members of the Axis of Right originally hail from Rhode Island.  I have lived in New York, and have now settled in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.  I’ve had the privilege of voting against both She Who Must Not Be Named and the Senior Balloon.  Gauvin has lived in both RI and New York, and Ryan in RI and New Jersey.  The reason Republicans don’t win in these states is due mostly to poor organization and the watering down of principles. 

Conservatives can and do win in blue states.  Gov. Mitt Romney in MA, and two-time elected Gov. Don Carcieri in RI are prime examples of this.  As Gauvin has said, most Rhode Islanders are Conservatives who think they’re moderates and vote for liberals, and I think this applies to most blue states, with the exception of some areas of New York and California.  The people vote for Democrats, yet if you peg them on issues from Government spending to taxes, they instinctively lean towards conservatism. 

The problem is that in these states there is basically no organized Republican Party, or a poorly-run party (as in New Jersey).  This year, for example, the Republicans in Massachusetts ran a candidate against the Senior Balloon that I hadn’t heard of until I saw his name on the ballot.  Kerry Healy, the Lt. Gov. of the state, was a good conservative candidate, but lost a badly-run campaign to Deval Patrick, who had absolutely nothing to say of substance the entire campaign except for catch-phrases like “Hopes and Dreams”, “Magic can Happen”, and “Together we can!” 

The field is ripe for the picking.  Republicans need to focus on building the party by electing Republican state legislatures in these states.  From here, a party could be built that could challenge the Democratic establishment and color the blue states red.   

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Fox News Comedy Show

Posted by Mike on November 20, 2006

Newsmax reports that the Fox News Channel is planning a Saturday night comedy show which will target the left’s “sacred cows.”

I like this idea, but are they going to make every episode about She Who Must Not Be Named?

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Avoid That Russian Tea Room

Posted by Mike on November 20, 2006

It is well established that democracy is not an integral part of Russian tradition. For centuries, Russians favored strong, centralized leadership in the form of a tsar. After the monarchy fell, Communism was imposed on the people by one political party. Some Russians even today wax nostalgic for Stalin. Today, people are increasingly concerned that Vladimir Putin represents a return to Russia’s anti-democratic past.

The family of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko recently released photos of the former agent suffering from the effects of thallium poisoning. Litvinenko, a known critic of Vladimir Putin, recently fled Russia for London. While in London, Litvinenko investigated the recent murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskya, also a well-known Putin critic. Apparently, Litvinenko met with Russian agents for tea on November 1, 2006 prior to his meeting with a member of “the Italian underground” who allegedly provided Litvinenko with information concerning Politkovskya’s murder.

Naturally, accusations are flying from Putin opponents that the Kremlin was somehow behind the poisoning. They point to the long list of Putin opponents who have met unfortunate incidents. These include Litvinenko, Politkovskya, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. That Clinton list is looking less impressive every day. (That was a joke, we do not subscribe to the Clinton list theory).

At this point there is no evidence that Putin or the Kremlin was behind the poisoning. In fact, they vehemently deny it. However, one would think that Putin would gain much credibility by getting to the bottom of these incidents.

Source and Photo: BBC

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Obrador Doing a Job Mexicans Didn’t Want Him to Do

Posted by Mike on November 20, 2006

Still not over his election defeat on July 2, 2006, Mexican socialist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “was “sworn in” today as Mexico’s “legitimate” president.  And you thought Al Gore was nuts.  Undoubtedly a sore loser, at least Gore’s parallel presidency was limited to his bathroom mirror, Daily Kos, and NJ teacher union thugs.       

Democracy requires losers to accept the will of the people.  Otherwise, it cannot function and may not survive.  In Gore’s case, American democracy was too well established to overcome.  Mexico, however, is only beginning to overcome its tradition of fragile democracy.  Thankfully, it appears that most Mexicans refuse to give Obragore the time of day.  Of course, stay away from Oaxaca


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Constitutional Options

Posted by Sal on November 20, 2006

Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate, is making a major issue of the MA Legislature’s failure to vote on a proposed amendment that would ban same sex marriage.  Romney is initiating a lawsuit with the
Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), claiming the Legislatures violated the constitution by not having an up-or-down vote on the matter.  The lawsuit is probably doomed to failure, however, as it was the SJC that forced same-sex marriage on the Commonwealth in 2003.  Odds are, unfortunately, that Same-sex marriage is here to stay in the People’s Republic, without ever having been voted on by the people or their representatives. 
So much for Democracy. 

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Return of the Draft?

Posted by Sal on November 20, 2006

Rep. Charles Rangal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, is again introducing a bill to reinstate the draft.  He reasons that America would not have gone to war had a draft been in place, as it is easier to send other people’s sons and daughters to war.  This ignores some very basic facts: 

  1.  An all-volunteer armed services has been nothing but beneficial for the country.  Because of it, we have the best trained, most capable, and most intelligent military personnel in the world (despite what John Kerry thinks). 
  2. The all-volunteer armed services ensures that those who are there want to be there. 
  3. Troop levels are up in an all-voluteer military, in spite of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

This is another example of more brilliant legislation from the Democrats.  The next two years are going to be a wild ride. 

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