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Sarah Can Wait

Those who read this blog know that I’m a strong supporter of the Governor of Alaska.  Aware of her accomplishments, standing up–and defeating–many of the corrupt politicians in the Last Frontier, all of them male,* I know Sarah Palin is capable of the Herculean task of cleaning the Augean stables iof our nation’s capital, made ever more squalid by the “stimulus.” 

That said, given her relative youth (she’s just 45) and her limited knowledge of national issues, I believeshe should wait to run for president.  Moreover, the more experience she has as chief executive of the nation’s (geographically) largest state, the more she will demonstrate her leadership capacity.  And she’ll have more time to become well-versed on issues of which she demonstrated only a cursory understanding in the 2008 campaign.

Unlike Barack Obama in 2008, there’s no fierce urgency for Sarah Palin to run for president in the election immediately following her “debut” on the national stage.  Obama had to run last year when the memory of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech was still fresh.  The more time passed since that speech, the more manifest would his absence of accomplishments become.

Palin had already made significant accomplishments when John McCain tapped her last August as his running mate.  Indeed, it was those accomplishments which drew her to his attention.

She only need continue to govern in the manner she has governed.  If her record is any guide, her accomplishments will increase with her time in office.  

To secure her place on the national stage, she need supplement her leadership by doing what she began in the campaign, familiarizing herself with national issues.  She has shown herself to be a quick study.  The more time she devotes to these issues, the better prepared she will be handle aggressive media interviews and so convince more Americans of her readiness to lead.

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Essence of Problem of “Fairness Doctrine”

At Protein Wisdom, Dan Collins gets at the essence of the problem of the “Fairness Doctrine,” “The problem with defining diversity of perspective is, of course, that someone must do the defining.

That’s one reason why, in determining who should be allowed to speak out on issue of national concern, I prefer freedom to fairness.  It boils don to who gets to determine what’s fair and what’s not.

Just look at where the Obama Administration is turning to define fairness:

The new news is that the administration may be farming out the task of what constitutes acceptable diversity to . . . MoveOn.org, which has been compiling a large database of unacceptable outlets.

Read the whole thing as Dan provides more examples of “fairness” on media outlets whose bias escapes the notice of MoveOn. Seems the only bias these people find intolerable is that from the right.

Leftist Political Parties & Power

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:00 am - February 16, 2009.
Filed under: Liberals,Politics abroad

The concluding paragraphs of the AP article on the Venezuelan referendum to abolish term limits offered a telling insight into how leftist parties in Latin American countries handle political victory.  Instead of seeing their respective elections as a means to run the government for the particular term of office, they use them as beachheads to perpetual power (for themselves and their parties):

Chavez took office in 1999 and won support for a new constitution the same year that allowed the president to serve two six-year terms, barring him from the 2012 elections. Sunday’s vote was his second attempt to change that; voters rejected a broader referendum in December 2007.

Venezuela’s leftist allies in Latin America have followed the model. Ecuador pushed through a new constitution in September and Bolivia did so in January. Both loosened rules on presidential re-election. Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinistas also plan to propose an amendment that would let Daniel Ortega run for another consecutive term.

So, now Chavez can run for president for as long as he likes. Ortega, who has never won a majority of the popular vote in Nicaragua, seeks to facilitate his own hold on power.

It seems these demagogues are more interested in maintaining power than in maintaining constitutional democracies where leaders serve for a short period of time, then retire to live as citizens in the nation hopefully improved by the laws they enacted and policies effected.

UDPATE:  In the comments, Kevin Bliss notes something that the authors of the AP article left out, “Venezuela is in dire economic shape.”  Seems that’s something that happens pretty readily when leftists consolidate their power in Latin American nations.

The First Plank in a New Contract with America

With recent polls showing that Republican opposition to the “stimulus” has helped make the party more competitive, the GOP has a chance to repeat the gains it made in the 1994 mid-term elections, quite possibly winning back the House and with an outside (okay, very outside) chance of recapturing the Senate.

But, if Republicans want to win, they have to do more than just run against the spendthrift policies of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Democrats, they also, like their forebears in Clinton’s first term, need to run on a reform platform. To that end, they would be wise to put together an updated version of the Contract with America.

In this Contract, however, unlike the 1994 version, they must acknowledge that they made mistakes while in the majority. Back then, almost no one could remember when Republicans had controlled two consecutive Congresses. Now, many can. So, Republicans must make clear that they have learned from their mistakes in the majority.

This time, just as they did fifteen years ago, they can run against a Democratic leadership determined to centralize power, making it difficult for the minority to contribute. At the start of the current Congress, Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats rewrote House Rules, reversing Republican reforms and returning to old runs which made it all but impossible for the minority to offer alternative legislation or amendments to bills.

Republicans can once again campaign on being the party of open government, borrowing a page from Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign. As he is reneging on his commitment to transparency, the Republicans can promise to hold his feet to the fire.

The first plank in a new Contract with America would be to do something with all legislation that Democrats promised (& failed) to do with the “stimulus”–post it online for a full 48 hours before voting.

Uncle-Nephew Bonding

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:24 am - February 16, 2009.
Filed under: Family

After his bath today, the YoungestPatriotNephewWest expressed himself on his onesie; it reads “I picked the best uncle,” probably because he knew that uncle has promised to take him to Disneyland when he’s four.

Like his cousin Mitchell, he too has his own blog where he likes to post pictures his uncle took of him and his Mommy.