A Tough but Necessary Battle

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

My dearest readers, all three of you, this post is for you.

I haven’t written in a while, and its not because I haven’t wanted to. Who has the time? But the GOP presidential primary is on everyone’s radar and there are some things that are really on my mind. First, those who are concerned that the GOP is facing a serious divide because of the rough and tumble fight between our 4 contenders right now must have a short-term memory. Maybe we should remember the purpose of a primary. In 2008 we all remember how John McCain slid to an easy victory after just a few short primary contests, and we see how that went.

After the SC primary, now heading into FL, it seems to most that the GOP primary battle is going to get rough – it should. We need a nominee who is ready for a tough fight. We need a nominee who has been thoroughly vetted and has no stone unturned. Not only will the GOP candidate be facing a Democratic machine with a billion dollar war chest, yes billion with a B, but a ruthless Obama re-election campaign. Our candidates should and will sharpen each others message. Through this process they will help one another prepare for the general election. To those who are concerned that we will have a nominee that isn’t liked by all – welcome to politics. Yes, they all have flaws. But, at the end of the day we must recognize that the candidate that is nominated will need our full support. He will not have an easy battle to the White House. But, it is a battle that MUST be won.

With that, I encourage you now to support your favorite candidate to the fullest of your capabilities, and in the general election we must rally. We must rally behind whomever the party nominates, and we must rally against, as one unified voice, the Obama machine that cannot be allowed another term of destruction.

 

With a conservative heart,

Kyle

The Conflicted Conservative

It’s been a year today since my last post… That’s a problem! But anywho, on to the current affairs of our great Union…

Election 2012, right around the corner…

Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Thad McCotter (and several other names you wouldn’t recognize). The Republican Presidential primary season is heating up! For most Republicans this is the time when the candidates flaunt their accomplishments and their plans to take on Obama. However, there seems to be a severe lack of enthusiasm among the base. With so many possible candidates why is it that the Republican base is still not satisfied? Is there something missing? Better yet, is someone missing? As the front-runner, Romney has had to numerously defend his Massachusetts health-care plan. Gingrich has had misstep after misstep since announcing and Pawlenty lacks a bit of “presidential charisma” if you will.

Clutching the nomination really boils down to the early primaries. Who will jump out ahead in Iowa, and then to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Right now, conservative, Tea Party favorite Bachmann, seems to be polling the best in the first in the nation primary state. With a win there, and any other good finishes or wins in other early primary states we could be looking at the nominee. But will that be the right choice for the Republicans? Will a conservative, far right, Tea Party darling like Bachmann be able to sway independents to defeat Obama? Is it safe to support someone who we strongly agree with even if they are further right than others?

The answer is YES! Not only will this be a possibility for Bachmann, but also for Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if either of the two Tea Party favorites join the race.

For those who seem to think they should not support any of the candidates who seem to be to far to the right I want to have a quick history lesson.

1980 Electoral College

The map in the picture is the break down of the 1980 Presidential Election. As you can see Ronald Reagan secured the victory by one of the largest margins in American Presidential history. What some of you might be forgetting is that Reagan defeated the incumbent Democrat, President Jimmy Carter. One of the most interesting pieces about this election isn’t just the defeat of the incumbent President by such a large margin, but its more about Reagan and the type of ideology he represented in securing the victory.

Leading up the general election Reagan suffered from the same “electability-itis” if you will. People were claiming there was no way that he could defeat President Carter and even if he did it would be by a very slim margin… Why? Because of his far right beliefs, values and backbone to keep to his principles when the going got tough. Like most Presidential “flip-floppers” we’ve seen in the past you may get elected but you lose a sense of trust from your base if you ditch the things they hold dear.

Obama is headed down a path of no return… to the White House, a path that President Carter remembers very well. With dissatisfaction at an all-time low among Americans, even among his own party, the President need only to read his history book to remember how this one turns out.

Its not going to be as difficult as everyone is making it out to be for any of the Republican candidates to defeat the President. Romney, Bachmann, Cain, Palin, Perry? Never say never… It’s time for REAL CHANGE!

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” – President Ronald Reagan

 

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A huge day in history… NOT!

History is being made before our eyes. For the first time in our nation’s history a sitting President is appearing on daytime television. As most of us recently discovered, today our President will be appearing on ABC’s The View. The ladies of The View have the pleasure of sitting down with the President and asking him all the questions that America wants to hear. What a great chance for him to speak to the American public, or is it?

With our world in disarray and our nation grumbling over numerous issues, the President has decided it best to appear on a daytime talk show. The idea that he could discuss policy issues or national security issues is almost laughable. Many wonder why we have not seen a President appear on a daytime talk show before; it’s simple. The fact is that past Presidents realized they had more important things to do than to try and squeeze into a short interview typical topics discussed on the show like family and probably life in the White House.

I have an overwhelming sense that the President, along with most of his supporters, more and more considers himself a celebrity. This could not be farther from the truth. The office of the President of the United States of America was designed to do one thing and that is to serve as the head executive of our nation. With the job, which he so willfully accepted, he should also accept the duties of the office humbly and respectfully.

Mr. President, I urge you to do your job. We have an annually growing debt and deficit. We have men and women sacrificing everything to protect their country. Our borders have yet to be secured. We have an entire body of water covered in oil, resulting in numerous industries out of work, and yet you find time to vacation all over the world. You find time to golf, travel to Hawaii, go to basketball games, and host dinner parties. I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised that stopping by for a quick chat on The View would come next.

With 96 days until the mid-term elections, the President has a choice to make. If he continues down the road that he is currently on change is coming to Washington-big change! It is ultimately his choice. However, with the precedent that he has set my expectations are not very high, but for the sake of our country please get back to work.

With America’s best interest at heart,

Kyle

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For the sake of America,

There has been something really worrying me lately. I really am not sure how to fix it, or where to even start. However, for the sake of our country it is dire that we try! Our country was founded on convicting principles and ideologies, and today that is what keeps our country’s wheels turning and what keeps this great union the greatest country in the world. Unfortunately in the past two to three years I have seen Americans blindly supporting certain policies and ideas. Americans need to understand that a person cannot change the country based on positive energy, enthusiasm, or popularity. The only leaders in our nations history that have made any significant impact for the better did so only by legitmate policies and decisions.

Regardless of your political affiliation or how you voted in 2008, it is an undeniable truth that there are people on both sides of the isle that unthinkingly devote themselves to the ideas and policies of political activists and figures without knowing anything about those same policies they are supporting.

As Americans, we are given the right to vote. However, with that right I feel we too are also given the obligation to know for what we are voting. America was founded on principles set forth by men and women who knew what they wanted. Things were not taken for granted. Sadly, today we see people driving around with bumper stickers for this person or that person. We see people wearing t-shirts with candidates faces or slogans. The majority of the time, if you asked these people what they like about the candidates they could not answer the question. This is what is wrong with America! Everyday people are taking for granted the fact that these people that they are supporting are actually the ones leading our country and making all the decisions. This has to end. For the sake of America, if you are going to vote or even cast your support in one direction or the other, please know why you are doing so.

With America’s best interest at heart,

Kyle

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People who really have something to say…

There are so many people in history who have spoken timeless truths that today we should still hold dear. I have compiled some of my favorites.

There is no limit to what you can accomplish, if you don’t care who gets the credit. – President Ronald Reagan

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. – President Thomas Jefferson

America is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman. – President George W. Bush

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom. – Sandra Day O’Connor

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. – Henry Kissinger

Just a few quotes of the day.

-Kyle

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Arizona, a state fending for itself.

For weeks now our country has been in an uproar about the new Arizona law enacted to secure the border. In recent weeks, those in opposition say that the law will lead to racial profiling and discrimination. Those who support the bill say that it was enacted solely to require an individual to provide proof of citizenship when arrested or law enforcement has probable suspicion.

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona knew that she must protect the best interest of her citizens. Hopefully this is what any Governor would do. Sadly, for years there have been illegal aliens flocking through the porous border into the states. It is clear that after months of unwarranted violence and clear drug trafficking something had to be done. Governor Brewer expressed that her decision was not made lightly. She also made it clear that she did not support racial profiling. She, herself pushed for amendments of the bill to better protect the civil rights of her citizens and those who are legally visiting the country.

My problem with this entire issue lies with those who scream “boycott,” or even verbally slam the Governor or the state for protecting its citizens. My first thought when I heard that something was being done in Arizona to protect it’s people was, “good for Governor Brewer.” The second thing I thought, after I listened to several news sources was, “I hope this doesn’t lead to racial profiling,” (Which I sadly know still exists). Unlike most people however, I decided to read the bill myself, to do a little research, and to form my own opinion.

After reading the bill I realized that not only does the law support those aliens who are here legally, but it insists that only checks can be made when probable suspicion is present. Governor Brewer understands the role of cultural diversity in Arizona. Being a border state, it thrives on the diversity and understands its role in America today.

I want to make it clear that in no way do I support racial profiling or discrimination. What I do support is the effort of a concerned Governor to protect her people. Immigration has been a rising concern in our country over the last decade. Sadly, we have not seen our leadership in Washington expressing any concern or interest in handling the issue. This lack of interest and support obviously left Governor Brewer with no other choice.

My problem also lies with our current President and administration. I find it very hard to support someone who is willing to openly oppose and bash something that they, themselves are unwilling to do. For the entire longevity of term of the current administration, the only concern has been ramming through unpopular health care legislation through that he refuses to support the efforts of border security. If the President was willing to focus even a little of his attention on helping the situation instead of opposing any and every effort made by those who are attempting to alleviate the problem, then we might see change.

In conclusion, the point is simple. Mr. President, do your job and secure our border!

With America’s best interest at heart,

Kyle B. Smithwick

Below I have listed several articles of interest related to the growing need for border security.

Murder suspect likely illegal alien:
Salvadorian children rescued from Phoenix smuggling ring:
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