Yes, they hate them some big political money, sure
Tom Steyer is Virginia’s $8 million man.
The California billionaire spent nearly that much from his personal fortune to make an example of Republican Ken Cuccinelli for his arch-conservative views on the environment. The sum is more than three times the investment that’s been previously reported, and it nearly matched what the Republican Governors Association, the largest GOP outside spender, put into the Virginia governor’s race. It is more money, on a per-vote basis, than the famously prolific conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent in the 2012 presidential election.
Remember the Democratic Party is the party of the “working man” and the GOP is the party of the rich man. Just another Leftist lie that suckers fall for. Stacy McCain lays the blame on the Environmental Industrial Complex
On most issues, I am Conservative, I know this because on most issues I agree with other Conservatives. But what of issues where I disagree with the majority of Conservatives? I am Libertarian on those issues? Or are the other Conservatives NOT Conservative on those issues? One such issue is school uniforms. Most Conservatives I hear comment on the topic seem to think school unis are DA BOMB, as the kids say these days. Me? I think school unis are obnoxious and fall into the Collectivist mentality Liberals adore.
I got to pondering this after reading this piece at Chicks on the Right
According to this, the Keller school district in TX has implemented some new dress code policies for its students. Starting with this school year, skirts or shorts must be at mid-thigh and not shorter, yoga pants or leggings have to be covered by a long top, no tank tops are allowed, and undergarments can’t be exposed. Plus, no visible tattoos or piercings (other than ear piercings) are allowed. Hats are banned.
I don’t know about you all, but I think this is kinda awesome. Uniforms would be more awesome, but this is a good first step. Have you SEEN what high schoolers wear nowadays?
Well, I agree in dress codes, and I agree that short skirts, shorts, etc are unfit for school attire. I agree that tank tops ought to be out, and do not get me started on baggy britches that expose drawers. But why would school unis be awesome? To me they take conformity too far, and squash Individualism, which is the backbone of Conservatism. I like people to express themselves, and see no real benefit in everyone looking the same. To me, this is just another sign of one of the problems with today’s America. Everything is scripted, boring, stale, and anyone who strays outside those boundaries is seen as weird, or dangerous somehow.
Yes, I know, unis are good because “discipline”, yeah, so I hear. Working in the restaurant business for years, I have seen first hand that everyone dressing alike does not equal discipline. Neither does demanding that servers and bartender give scripted sales pitches rather than genuine greetings, but that is another rant for another day. You know what does enforce discipline? Having a few simple rules, rules that are enforced. I get a few simple rules on how to dress at school, I get that enforcing those rules works. But seriously, trying to plug everyone into a cookie cutter mentality? No thanks!
But, I am adding Chicks on the Right to my blogroll, because, those ladies do rock, and maybe they will add this blog to theirs. I mean really can you be a truly Conservative blog and NOT link Ed and I?
You want to “sell” Conservatism to Blacks? Hispanics? Young folks? Gays? We will NEVER, I repeat NEVER get there by pandering to these groups. So how will we get there? By coming together, and focusing on the core values that unite Conservatives, Libertarians, and Republicans. 90 Miles From Tyranny posts a good video We need MORE of this
Dana Loesch sums it up very well Skip ahead to 7:30
Sorry to Kincaid, who I really am not too familiar with, I know, shocking that someone might not know such a “legend”, but, what can I say. In the video, Kincaid makes his arguments, some of which I agree with, but, some of it is BS, again, sorry, I am not fond of beating around the bush. Yes, I agree, I want the Boy Scouts to be able to control who joins and who does not. They are a private group, and in America the right of a group to have its standards should be fundamental. Yes, there are Gay activists who are pushing hard for Leftist statutes, and to silence any speech they disagree with. Yes, we ought to fight against those tactics and activists.
Kincaid whines along with the fellow interviewing him, never heard of him either, in the video because some Conservatives are criticizing his piece on Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s site that covers who is tweeting what. They sort of accuse Malkin of “bowing to pressure” and wonder how, oh how could a Malkin site ever dare allow criticism of Kincaid. Well, genius, Twitchy covers who is tweeting what, and from reading the tweets listed a lot of Conservatives disagree with you, I know, how dare they! They are probably all Gay cross dressers who wear real fur to Tea Party rallies, and cling to their guns.
My fault with Kincaid is that whatever legitimate points he has are lost when he says there is no such thing as a Gay Conservative. REALLY? You might want to tell this guy that because he damn sure acts like a Conservative, but, again, what do I know? Sorry Mr. Kincaid, but if someone is pro 2nd amendment, pro-life, for smaller government, lower taxes. fiscal sanity, and votes for Conservatives, they are CONSERVATIVE! If they hold those values they are CONSERVATIVE! Yes, you can be Gay, or an Atheist, or Left-handed or even a midget wrestler and still be Conservative Mr. Kincaid. See, I do not understand Homosexuality. I don’t. I mean how can a guy watch that Salma Hayek dance in that vampire movie and not have thoughts about, well, you know. I do not get that. I also do not know if Gay people are born Gay, or choose to be Gay, or become Gay from watching too many cartoons. I do not know, and I do not really give a flying damn. What they are is not my business, nor is it yours sir.
As to Gay marriage, I would say let the states decide. Yes, Mr. Kincaid, that is Federalism, either you believe in it or not pick a side or shut up. I would also say let the federal government mandate that no states, nor Gay activists may sue other states to force that state to adopt or recognize Gay marriage. Or maybe the very best thing is to get the government out of marriage, I have never believed that taxes ought to be used to reward or punish certain behaviors. Really why should your marital status have any effect on your tax rate?
What I DO care about is this. People like you, who think they can judge someone’s Conservatism based on one aspect of their life agitate me. You agitate me because you make us all look like idiots. People who wish to have certain moral standards that every Conservative MUST AGREE ON really agitate me. Sorry Mr. Kincaid, but Conservatism is not a religion, although many Christians are Conservative in their political ideals. Sorry Mr. Kincaid, but you have a phobia, or a fetish, or something going on there. As a final point I wonder what other issues Mr. Kincaid would dismiss someone from being a Conservative over? Maybe my Daley Babe posts disqualifies me? Maybe all the work Ed and I put into this blog do not count because we like attractive women? Maybe I should check with Mr. Kincaid, who, apparently is the sole arbiter of who is and is not Conservative? Or maybe I should just chalk up Kincaid to being an ass hat? Yep, option B works for me.
Let’s face it folks, too many big names, like Karl Rove, care more about their $$$ than moving Conservatism forward. It is not really about doing what is best for the country, it is about establishing, then preserving their place in the pecking order. There are some very dedicated Conservatives out there that put principles over politics, and personal fame. Many of those are bloggers. And yes, bloggers can engage in self-promotion, nothing wring with that. It is when self-promotion starts to dictate what you say or write that it becomes problematic, can you hear me Ann Coulter?. And, most bloggers I link and like are more concerned with helping the country than helping themselves. I am honored to be amongst those who do this every day, each in their own way, not as much for themselves, but for America.
Another blogger who I think balances self-promotion with sincere patriotism is Stacy McCain, and he has some solid advice on how to deal with Karl Rove and his Super-Pac
Until we get down to cases — in a clear-cut situation where a Republican primary pits a solid conservative against a Establishment RINO type hand-picked by Karl Rove — there’s no point getting all angry or frightened about it. Look for an opportunity to beat one of Rove’s picks, to teach the Establishment a lesson, but in the meantime, keep your powder dry.
Great advice. I had my fill of White Board Rove a while back. I always distrust people who seem to be concerned with pimping themselves than anything else. That and Rove always struck as one of those people that gets way too much credit for greatness. One of those people that makes you ask yourself “How in the Hell did they get where they’re at?”
Stacy McCain also notes that one of the critics of Rove is Newt Gingrich. Newt? Really, I guess Dede Scozzafava is just a distant memory, sort of like Newt’s wedding vows to his first wife.
No doubt that Conservatives will agree with that headline, and why wouldn’t they? I mean Conservatism’s main message is the smaller the government the better. But, as with any rule, there are the exceptions, and some “Social” Conservatives are all for the government sticking its nose out of their business, until, of course, they are offended by something, and then, well they cannot wait for the FCC or some other agency to save them from some offense. Rob Port at Say Anything links to Roger Simon’s piece that I think hits the right tone
Roger Simon writes that those who truly value limited government should stop seeking government solutions to social problems.
It’s interesting how some of those who most vociferously object to government interference in our economic affairs are most desirous of government interference in our personal ones.
I’m referring of course to social conservatives, who want to legislate our morals and values according to their views. …
The social issues, whatever your position, are best dealt with outside the governmental realm.
I realize this is an unattainable goal and that government will always intrude in our private lives to some degree, but we must fight against it as much as possible for several reasons.
To begin with, social conservatives will be vastly more successful at having their views accepted if they make their case extrinsic of government.
To clarify here, I do not think most Social conservatives want the government to get involved, but certainly many do, and they are not doing anyone any favors by abandoning their Conservative brains. Rob Port sums it up nicely
Conservatives would do better to embrace the idea that individuals are allowed to make decisions, even if the decisions made are ones we necessarily like.
Exactly! Freedom does mean that some will make decisions we dislike, or that offend us, that is part of a free society. And things like using taxes to punish, or reward certain behaviors is something a government ought never do. Likewise, every “Blue Law” ought to be repealed, as should sodomy laws, what consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is their business not yours, or mine, and certainly none of government’s business. And remember this, some of the biggest nanny state type laws come from city councils and county commissions, or from state legislatures.