I’m writing this on my iPhone with a new WordPress app. If it works, I’ll be blogging more!!
Yesterday, Human Events declared Dick Cheney to be the “Conservative of the Year.” (read the whole thing!)
In Washingtonian “inside the Beltway” terms, the most amazing aspect of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s new clout is that he is achieving it the old-fashioned way: talking about public policy. He is not running for President or any other office. He has not formed a PAC or a D.C. lobbying firm. He is not dishing on former colleagues, not spreading gossip, not settling scores. He is, instead, writing a memoir about his extensive career in public service, and giving occasional speeches and interviews, mostly on national and homeland security policy, long his central focus.
How is it, therefore, that someone who has no political ambitions can cause so much angst at the White House and in the mainstream news media? The irrefutable answer is that what Cheney is saying, primarily on foreign policy, defense and anti-terrorism, makes sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried by the Obama Administration’s insouciance when U.S. national interests are threatened, both at home and abroad.
I’ll go one further. Cheney is without doubt The Conservative of The Decade and perhaps the most important and influential true American Conservative since Ronald Reagan.
Cheney proves again and again that he has core values and principles that are TRULY conservative and mirror the Founding Principles of this nation.
His devotion to individual American freedom and liberty is so pure that he becomes a progressive on the issue of gay marriage.
History will judge Cheney well. He helped make decisions that needed to be made to save the Republic. And I am confident that by 2012, a majority of Americans will only wish that Dick Cheney was our President or Vice President.
– Bruce (GayPatriot)
UPDATE (from Dan): The former Vice President is not only, as Bruce noted above, devoted to his country, but also to his family, including his lesbian daughter. He has treated Mary as we wish all parents to treat their gay children, loving her for who she is, welcoming Heather, her partner, into the family as he has her elder sister’s husband, including that same-sex couple in official events, including three inaugurations.
It is unfortunate that more gay Americans, including the heads of various gay organizations, don’t give this good man his due. They may not share his politics, but they should at least appreciate his example.