Category Archives: Conservatism

A discussion of socialism

How can anyone not know that free stuff isn't really free? The question is do you have control over how much you pay and what you get or does some bureaucrat determine those factors? Central planning doesn't work. Who is trying to move into North Korea? Government dictating prices, payments and services offered by doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes is not good. It wouldn't be any better at the college level. Why would we want to turn our collegiate system into the wonderfully ineffective and inferior system of a public high school? The first semester and often the first term at most public colleges for a large percentage of students is bridging them from high school. Most people no longer graduate in 4 years partially due to this fact. Free is expensive in that either the quality will go down as it becomes almost universal or the cost will go up to accommodate those who are Read more

John Boehner’s Term underappreciated

When Speaker John Boehner announced his retirement, the loudest cheers came from his fellow conservatives. One would have thought that he was an adversary, instead he was one of us. He left a nice record of accomplishment which I will recap. So why the frustration aimed at him? Frankly it is 3 fold. First and foremost is that he was a deal making, tactical pragmatist when we needed a visionary leader who could lay out alternatives to the Obama administration and make a case to the people. He was not the right man for the time. Instead of passing an alternative to Obama Care that most Republicans could live with, he wanted the perfect bill. It was unnecessary because the President would have vetoed it or the Democrats in the Senate would have filibustered it. They could have developed stronger alternatives as they went along. You don't like this one, try this one. Put all 6 Republican Read more

The Battle for the Heart of Conservatism

What is conservatism? In the last four years there is a battle for defining the movement that has reached a fever pitch. The late Russell Kirk said, The great line of demarcation in modern politics, Eric Voegelin used to point out, is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other. No, on one side of that line are all those men and women who fancy that the temporal order is the only order, and that material needs are their only needs, and that they may do as they like with the human patrimony. On the other side of that line are all those people who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal. The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata. It is almost true that a conservative may be defined Read more

CLUB for Growth Blasts Trump

The Club for Growth thinks they are the arbiter of who is a conservative. I don't believe they are. They are part of the problem with trade and encouraging an atmosphere of nitpicking and distortion. They undermine the best ideas with an orthodoxy that favors big business over American families. I do not support Donald Trump. I do not think he has the right temperament, constitutional understanding, or experience. I would vote for him if he were the nominee. Unlike the Club for Growth, I think he would be a huge improvement. Any of the 16 would be. I do think the idea of parsing every statement for the last 30 years and only highlighting the ones you want even when those positions have been repudiated publicly for years is why we are in such a mess. Purity tests and purges destroyed the French Revolution. If we allow the Club for Growth types to do the same to Conservatism, it will Read more

Why Chivalry is on life support: Male Rape Victim Expelled

John Doe had a girlfriend, he was not looking for another. John was drunk. John was not so drunk that he forgot his chivalry, when his girlfriend's roommate--Jane Roe, who was at the same party needed someone to walk her back to the dorm, he did it. Sadly for him, he was so drunk that when he sat down in their room, he passed out. The young woman was upset that her guy friend would not come over to have sex. She decided to take advantage of the passed out good guy who was available. In other words, she raped him. She admitted it in texts to two people early that morning. She was horrified at what she had done. He let it go. After all, who would believe him. 10% or more of rape victims are like John Doe, but almost none of the prosecutions are. Slate reported that until 2012, the FBI defined forcible rape as a female who has penetration against her will, which skews many statistics Read more

Why Huckabee Would Be The Best President

I love the GOP field this time. It is deep and diverse. Rubio excites me, Carson inspires me, Bush reassures me, Paul rallies me to liberty, Cruz illustrates the power of principle, and Walker shows me courageous leadership. One person does it all. Governor Mike Huckabee. He has a strong record of success. No state advanced more in relationship to moving up the ranks in family income, education, healthcare, and improved infrastructure. He brings a statesman skill and a pastor's heart to the equation. He understands that the divides that hold us back need to be bridged. He is unafraid to confront our enemies and unapologetic about American Exceptionalism. He is willing to protect Judeo-Christian principles and republican principles. He is a populist in that he is for the forgotten man and not owned by the billionaire class. He is all for billionaires, just on an equal footing. Read more

Managing the Herd–Guest Post by Larry Mayo

Managing the Herd- Can Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Rhinos and an Ass Coexist? By Larry Mayo “If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” Thomas Jefferson penned these words in 1811 and they ring true today in reflection of the state of the Republican Party here in Delaware. The GOP is without a doubt a group of highly opinionated individuals, ALL attempting to come together to reach a common end, good governance of our county, state and nation through the Republican party. The problem , as I see it is that we have three FACTIONS, as George Washington would have called them, with seemingly three differing roads to this common end. First let me define them as I see them; First is the “establishment Read more

A Real Life Reason for Separation of Powers

Does Calpine own Dover with a phone call? I think the answer is no, but some people got that impression Monday night when we were trying to figure out why the proposed law changed and none of us or our committees proposed the amendment which reworded the entire ordinance. When asked what promoted the change, staff said Calpine had concerns. Now it turned out that the concern was legitimate and all of us would support it, but Councilman Slavin and I did not like the idea of no elected official or member of the public being consulted. Councilman Lynn supported my motion to send it back to committee so that public input could be had. The motion failed but the point was made and now staff is reevaluating the staff amendment process. Staff did nothing nefarious. I support staff being responsive to real concerns. I just think that separation of powers is important. The executive/administrative Read more

Delaware Politics National Conservative of the Year is Rand Paul

The freshman Senator from Kentucky has transformed the national conversation. We know Democrats couldn't care less about the people who work hard and play by the rules except around every 6 years when they are in a tough election, they toss around a minimum wage hike of a dollar over a couple of years to look like they are doing something. The Democrats couldn't care less about civil liberties. They complained about the Patriot Act and National Surveillance while falling all over themselves to expand it. They destroyed economic growth with a massive infusion of debt and blew most of a decade of opportunity. They engineered the devastation of the middle class then decide to launch a campaign against income inequality instead of one for greater wealth participation. They used to get away with it. Washington had two parties, the evil neo-socialist party and the clueless party running off Read more

Is it time to Amend the Preamble?

The visionaries who gave us the model republic for humanity summed up their intention for that inspired document called the U.S. Constitution this way in its preamble. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. It is simple, profound, and visionary. It is a mission statement for the federal government. What other government had as a primary purpose to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity? It is part of what made us unique in the world. The purposes of the federal government could be counted on the fingers of one hand, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide Read more

Why I Am A Republican?

Being a Republican is not the easy path for me. I am in a state that is 47% Democratic and the GOP is outnumbered almost 2 to 1. I am in a district that is 6 to 1 Democratic. My party affiliation is a regular source of interest.  I go to African American events and I am introduced as Councilman David Anderson, he's a Republican.  I went to a funeral of a friend who was an elected official and when they introduced the dignitaries, the MC introduced me as the Republican David Anderson.    Everyone has accepted the idea that I am a Republican.  I am engaged in the many communities of my area including the African American or Black community.  I work with the Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce.  I am on the executive board of the NAACP and the economic development committee chair.  Until I left to prepare for deployment, I was on the Academy of Dover School board and served on the Read more

How to be the Loyal Opposition

Eric Erickson of Red State outlines his views on being a constructive opposition. Here is an excerpt. Congratulations Mr. President on your second inaugural. Saying that makes some of you really enraged. I said the same on twitter shortly after his official swearing in. Several of the replies were embarrassing and atrocious. Some accused the man elected by a majority of Americans of treason. Some accused him of willfully destroying the nation. I believe the President’s policies are destructive and will harm our economy, our nation, and our sense of national self long term. I believe his policies have the effect of turning us into subjects of the government, not citizens in charge of it. Because of his expansion of the social safety net funded through class warfare, Mr. Obama’s policies will cause too many Americans’ fortunes to rise and fall with those of the government, Read more

My Thoughts On Secession

Petitions for secession are proliferating.  People from 49 states have petitioned the White House to leave the Union.  I understand the frustration with an overbearing Federal government which oversteps its bounds daily.  I fully support the reassertion of the 10th amendment as amended by the 13, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments.  It is vital to restore a measure of balance to the system. As an American soldier who is dedicated to preserving our liberty and the American way of life, I do not support in any way secession.  As a matter of fact, I think the secession movement will build in popularity, but fade within a year to background noise once people start thinking about its implications.  Can we strengthen America by tearing it apart?   Do we win by quitting?  Should the American experiment be at risk every time there is a close election?  Is your love for America Read more

What does it mean to be a Conservative or Liberal?

One person commented. Not that it should matter, but I am a conservative, not a liberal. You think I am a liberal because I demand honesty and because I question the use of labels. Your point would have been made if you had said “Bully Fired.” The guy was a jerk. When I see jerks I don’t wonder if they are liberal or conservative, or any other label, they are just jerks. Your, and others, insistence on categorizing everything in shades of liberalism and conservatism is divisive and has resulted in the partisan gridlock we continue to have today. Once upon a time both parties were able to disagree but work together for the betterment of America. Now, it is open warfare, with no one winning. There were a great many liberal statesman as well as a great many conservative statesmen. These people respected each other and worked together to find and achieve common objectives. Now, it’s Read more

Let’s Be Honest, Social Engineering Is Good

Well, only the right social engineering and mostly encouraging right behavior with mandates being saved for extreme cases. My Libertarian friends oppose social engineering which makes them unique on the political spectrum. The truth is we have way too much of it, and much of what we have is too heavy handed. This is why I am an operational libertarian in many practical applications of government power. Philosophically and practically, I am a conservative in the use of government power. I believe the power and prestige of government should be focused and restrained. It should be used to better society in a judicious manner so government does not overwhelm the other institutions of good, the family, church, business, and education. I believe people should be free to live their own lives as they see fit as long as they are not harming others without fear of reprisal. I do not believe Read more

Ted Cruzes to Tea Party Victory

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz won the Texas primary so did Ron Paul's handpicked successor State Representative Randy Weber in what proved to be a night of Tea time across Texas. All across the Midwest and South the rise of the tea party continues. Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz pulls off a historic victory! Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said, “We could not be more proud of this historic tea party victory tonight against the Texas establishment. This is probably the most significant upset Texas has seen since Perry defeated Hightower in 1990, and it comes at the hands of the tea party. “What we saw in Ted Cruz and this Senate race was threefold: we saw an unquestionably strong and bold tea party conservative in Cruz; we saw Dewhurst as the anointed Austin politician that was exactly what we have been working to rid Washington of; and finally we saw the passion in the Read more

Demonizing Conservatives

Jeffrey Lord of American Spectator has written one of the most important articles on the Left's demonization of conservatives I've yet to read. Basically, the conflict is, as William Buckley put it years ago, between God and Man (atheism and faith); individualism and secularist collectivism. In other words, it's involves basic core principles and is a spiritual battle, not "merely" a pragmatic political battle. Lord lists recent targets, including Christine O'Donnell, and excoriates conservatives who go along with liberal attacks, citing conservatives' desertion of Herman Cain as an example of liberal wrath absorbed by "Sunshine Conservatives;" that is, conservatives who say, "Gee, there must be something wrong with such and such a conservative if he/she is being attacked so severely. He/she needs to drop out of sight." The result being, of course, that liberals pick all the candidates, Read more

Occupy Chooses to Create Confrontation

Updated: I misunderstood the vote to defy the state. It is only for the weekend. I apologize for my error. The post is updated to reflect the change. Preferring to create a confrontation with a friendly administration, the membership of Occupy Delaware turned down the offer to go to Brandywine Park until Sunday evening.   This movement is not about the future.  It is a hot mess that makes a Bozo family look like Einstein's.   In trying not to be political, it lost the value that is inherent in politics.  Politics, at its best, serves the people by submitting an individual's feelings to the rule of law.  It recognizes that you value your friends and respect your enemies.  It is tough, sometimes dirty, but it is honorable work.  Even if you don't believe that, it is a million times better than anarchy.  They raised some legitimate concerns though they never elevated Read more

Dover on Cutting Edge

The City of Dover is setting the pace for the state.  Dover banned bath salts before the rest of the state.  Dover is rejecting the idea of tax first then find cuts.  Dover is beginning a systematic review of all vacanies, commissions, major contracts and soon a performance audit of city government.  A new economic development program is emerging based upon free markets and a sensible approach to regulation.  A new attitude has come to government.   It now operates for citizens–the tax and rate payers not for itself.

Is Obama Hatred Becoming a Threat to Saving the Republic?

I know you read them too.  Obama has a secret plan to Islamize America by the end of his second term.  Why isn't John Boehner investigating the serial forger (birth certificate) in the White House?  Obama (who doesn't even want to jail terrorists) has a secret plan to round up conservatives into FEMA camps located around the country (they couldn't exist to be ready in case of  a large scale regional natural disaster of course). I don't think any one here doubts that I oppose the majority of the policies of President Obama and believe that his unconstitutional policies are indeed undermining the American Republic.  I believe we are being undermined culturally, economically, and constitutionally by a left wing regime called the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.    Therefore, I guess people must think that I will see the light about every conspiracy put out about the "usurper Read more

Freedom Of Speech

  Freedom of speech is one of our Founding principles. It was  included in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Clearly freedom of speech was upper most in the minds of the Founding  Fathers.   This freedom allows us to discuss the issues of the day, without the fear of reprisal from our government. Throughout history, we have seen the people of other nations who have either, never had this freedom, or who have had it taken away. It is usually a tyrant who wishes to hold onto their power, who infringes upon this God given right. Other times it is a would be tyrant.  Clearly, anytime someone attempts to restrict the freedom of speech, it is due to their fear of the truth. In the case of the tyrant, they may be afraid that if the people are able to communicate openly, then the people will see the falseness of the tyrant's power. If the people of a nation have the freedom to communicate, Read more

Is Delaware’s Republican Party On The Mend?

With the implementation of a Conservative Revolution within Sussex County's Republican Party in Delaware, can Delaware's Republicans expect further changes in the GOP. It would seem that an ideological conflict still rages within the ranks of Delaware's Republicans. Many believe the new conservative movement in America and Delaware, was largely fueled by the Obama Administration's extreme far left positions, coupled with an extremely faulty economic position. Whatever the reason, the Conservative Revolution of Sussex County is only the tip of the iceberg of the movement in Delaware. The new group of mostly conservative professionals that have taken control of the Sussex County Republican Party, and have established a powerful Executive Committee, which is unbelievably well organized and are there to stay. Resolutions are being generated at a local level and will also start addressing Read more

Another Member of the 27 Club: Amy Winehouse Illustrates Why the Culture Matters

Update: Former Secretary of Education Bennett wrote this fine article on the subject. It coincides well with mine. Unless you were in a media blackout this weekend, you know pop singer Amy Winehouse died this weekend.   Friends claim it was an overdose  from a deadly cocktail of alcohol and drugs.  Her mother has said for the last three years that it would just be a matter of time before her daughter would be dead.  She was certainly a talented individual and her death is a tragedy as is the death of tens of thousands of others in similar circumstances.  The word waste keeps popping up.  It is one that is fitting.   Now I admit that I have never been a fan.  I called her Amy Winohouse due to her appearances on stage so drunk that she could not perform so there will be no tribute to her from me.  I am sadden to see such a talented individual lose her battle at such a young Read more