Ken George is a small business owner in Ohio.
These combat-veteran candidates certainly aren’t the usual state legislators or congressional aides ready for career advancement.
Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online, May 6, 2010
Usually, a handful of ex-soldiers seek political office every election cycle. But well over 20 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are running this fall for Congress alone. Almost all are riding a wave of public anger at incumbents over a profligate government and a dishonest Wall Street — and a general feeling that the current Democratic remedy has proven as bad as, or worse than, the recent Republican disease.
The shenanigans of the previously Republican-controlled Congress — the “Culture of Corruption” — simply continued under the Democratic majority, thanks to the likes of Chris Dodd, William Jefferson, Eric Massa, Charles Rangel, and the late John Murtha.
Reform candidate Barack Obama has run up more debt in 15 months than unpopular spendthrift George W. Bush did in eight years. Obama once talked of a new unity, but he has polarized America far more rapidly than did the cowboy-sounding “decider” Bush.
In other words, the public is desperate for civic-minded leaders who are untainted by Washington, but who have a proven record of competent service on behalf of the nation. If they are poor or haven’t held office before — apparently so much the better.
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Republican officeholders, too.
For many a year now, officeholders of both major parties have worked hard to earn the distrust of ordinary Americans. It appears that they finally have succeeded.
If only ordinary Americans hadn’t been so inattentive. If only ordinary Americans hadn’t been so trusting. If only ordinary Americans hadn’t been so damnably nice, the country would be in a better position to manage its finances today.
But when have Americans not tried to look for the good in every situation? When have we not been slow to recognize the need to deal with forces, foreign or domestic, aligning against our best interests?
Townhall.com, April 07, 2010
But what does that mean?
When I asked people on the street, half had no clue.
We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values. They say they’re for limited government, but they’re pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support “nation-building.”
And so-called liberals? They tend to be anti-gun and pro-choice on abortion. They favor big, powerful government — they say — to make life kinder for people.
By contrast, libertarians want government to leave people alone — in both the economic and personal spheres. Leave us free to pursue our hopes and dreams, as long as we don’t hurt anybody else.
Ironically, that used to be called “liberal,” which has the same root as “liberty.” Several hundred years ago, liberalism was a reaction against the stifling rules imposed by aristocracy and established religion.
Ron Paul’s son faces the establishment in the Kentucky Senate Republican primary.
National Review Online, April 4, 2010
Dr. Rand Paul has emerged as a contender in the Republican primary to replace Kentucky’s outgoing senator, Jim Bunning. In his first-ever run for public office, Paul has taken the lead in the polls and a slight lead in money — even though Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has all but endorsed Paul’s chief rival, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul’s recent rise is due to support among both the base of his father (Texas House member and obstetrician Ron Paul) and the state’s fiscal conservative/libertarian set, which overlaps with the tea-party movement. This has caused concern among GOP regulars, who have spotlighted Paul’s shaky conservative record and fringe father.
Rand Paul grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. His father served in the House from 1975 to 1984, and has done so continuously since his return to the Hill in 1997. He defected to the Libertarian party and ran as its presidential candidate in 1988. He gained some national fame during his 2008 quest for the Republican nomination, with a cult following from the libertarian and paleoconservative edge of the party.
Politico, March 15, 2010
It’s been — what? — and hour or so since Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) challenged someone’s patriotism for disagreeing with her, so she rectified it by comparing President Obama to Hugo Chavez at a rally in St. Paul on Saturday.
“Some have called President Obama the first post American president,” she said. “Certainly this health care bill would be our first post Modern legislation where words mean absolutely nothing.”
February 25, 2010
The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.”
What’s in this “new” proposal? It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional) individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance – only this time with much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate. It has provisions that will make employers think twice before expanding their workforce. It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage. And, of course, it still has sweetheart deals – only this time they’ve been extended even more.