Kolbe unplugged.

Koble and Giffords.jpg Jim Kolbe spoke with the Tucson Citizen recently. Kolbe is reported as saying that the Republican Party has been focusing too much on abortion. To quote “It takes us away from our core element and our core values.” That is an interesting view. Respect for human life takes the Republican Party away from its core values. 

I guess Kolbe was so busy with his duties as a congressman that he missed the huge success that the party had with pro-life Ronald Reagan at the helm. Or that both George H. W. Bush and his son won the presidency on a pro-life platform. Since 1981 a Republican has been president for 18 of the past 26 years, all of them pro-life. The very pro-life Senator Jon Kyl just defeated a well funded challenge in which he was directly attacked for his position on abortion. 

One policy that really did cost us in the last election was allowing a gay Republican congressman to chase after young men in the page program. I guess Kolbe would rather attack pro-lifers than an adult who cultivates young men just before they reach the age of consent. 

I have a very simple question for Kolbe. Where do committed pro-lifers go politically? Since we see the protection of innocent human life as a fundamental good we cannot in clear conscience be part of a group that believes the opposite. Does Kolbe want us to form a third party? Does he prefer that we just stay home on election day? These are important questions because the Republican Party, since Reagan became president, has done quite well with the pro-life vote. Is Jim suggesting that the party now toss us overboard? I hope the party enjoys life in the minority if that is the plan. 

Saturday 12-30-06, 7:15 am

President Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

President Gerald Ford 

Former President Gerald Ford died yesterday at the age of 93. He was the only President I’ve ever met personally.

I was 11 years old and my family had taken a vacation over Christmas break. My stepfather drove us from Tucson to Long Island in December of 1975. On our cross country drive back to Tucson we stopped in Washington, D.C. A visit to the White House was definitely in order. At the time, I barely had an idea who the President was and no clue of a definition of politics. But I did know that the country had gone through this thing called “Watergate.” All I remember was how boring all this political stuff was.

 I was quite excited that winter day as a guide shepherded us through the various rooms of the White House. At one point during the tour, we came to a long hallway off the West Wing. The hallway was roped off and the guide told us that if we waited a moment we might see the President come out of a meeting. All the children were told to come to the head of the line. Suddenly, people began coming out of a room down the hallway and there he was, the President of the United States, Gerald Ford. There was a hush over the tour that caught the President’s attention as he was about to walk away. He turned and faced the crowd and smiled. The next thing I remember he was standing in front of all us children shaking our hands and asking where we were all from. I yelled out Tucson and he acknowledged, “Tucson?” It was a short meet and greet but it was my intersection with the Presidency and I never forgot it.

President Ford was not a strong conservative but he was a Republican who tried to get the country back on track after a terrible war and national scandal. He also gave us Jimmy Carter which ultimately set the future for one of the greatest Presidents, Ronald Reagan.

President Gerald Ford’s legacy will not be great and I cannot see him as a great President. He was simply a Republican leader seeking to fix a mess and heal public confidence. I think he started us down that path but it would not come to fruition until 1981. At this time, my prayers are with his family.

Merry Christmas!

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Arizona Bumps Nevada in Population Growth

Immigrants

The Tucson Citizen is reporting that Arizona is now the fastest growing state in the country – officially knocking Nevada out of first place.

This might help explain part of the last election cycle in which Arizona went from six Republican Congressmen to four Republicans and four Democrats. Perhaps California and the midwest is now having an effect on election results?

As a resident of the East Valley (Mesa), I have been telling my LDS Republican friends that the East Valley will not be an LDS political haven too much longer. Tons of new houses being bought up by Californians and Midwesterners are bringing with them Democratic and liberal values. Many of the Midwestern new residents are Catholic which typically trends Democratic.

Can the East Valley expect a change to the congressional seat currently held by a conservative Republican Mormon? I don’t expect it immediately but if the influx of new residents continues, the LDS community will lose political control of key seats in the legislature, city councils and county posts.

Maricopa GOP to address disloyal PC’s.

Republican PC’s who cross over to publicly support Democrat candidates are the subject of proposed changes to the Maricopa County Republican Committee by-laws. The amendments were proposed at the recent Executive Committee meeting for a vote at the county wide election to be held on January 13 th, 2007 at Sunnyslope High School.

Party loyalists were concerned with recent actions by some PC’s whose names were publicly listed as Republicans for Janet on the Janet 2006 web site. One of the crossover PC’s, Wes Gullett, is now heading up the McCain for President Exploratory Committee.

Zucker’s New Ad: James Baker = Neville Chamberlain

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The Long and Winding Road to GOP State Chairman.

road sign.jpgHere is a guest article on the saga of Lisa James’ attempt to be a deligate to the GOP state convention.

Amidst the din of mariachi music at District 8′s Christmas party at the Scottsdale Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant last Thursday; a barely audible announcement was made to the 156 people in attendance. As the attendees were chowing down on their buffet selections, chairman Royce Flora gave the assemblage the news that Lisa James had become a resurrected state committeeman.

James embarrassingly did not win election at her District 8 meeting where state delegates were selected, and was spirited miles across town to District 20 where she was mysteriously elected. After cries of “Foul!” from those who viewed these actions with suspicion, she quietly resigned. Amazingly, she has reappeared as a brand, spanking, new state committeeman back home. The pace is dizzying!

Seems Keith DeGreen, off yachting in the warm, blue waters of San Diego, chivalrously gave up his elected seat. DeGreen was not in attendance at the holiday festivities of the unquestionably accommodating district. Lisa joined the gathering about 8:30.

When District 8 balloting was originally conducted, the final list included 72 nominees through election, and 10 alternates, in sequence of their individual votes. James was far down the list at number 82. The next alternate is Maxine Decker, followed by Lynn Pajerski. There are eight other alternates lined up behind them. Those elected within their own districts are not technically state committeemen until the county chairman asks for a motion of certification. It is ethically appropriate that the person with the next highest number of votes would fill the position vacated by DeGreen.

Running afoul of proper procedure is becoming the name of the game as it relates to Lisa James and her quest for normalization while reaching for the pinnacle of GOP State Chairman. Since she was unable to affect a win in her home district, why are the state party heavies pinning their hopes on her for state chairmanship? The name John Sydney McCain III comes to mind. She is most definitely the establishment pick.

It will be a surprise if these devious moves don’t solicit a challenge at the January 13, 2007 Maricopa County Republican meeting. The party regulars are serious about the task before them. They are mostly tired of game-playing and uninspiring candidates who don’t represent the platform of the GOP. Lisa James has gotten off on the wrong foot several times, and the tough stuff hasn’t even begun.

Sonoran Alliance Reader.

Rio Nuevo update.

Here is a recent conversation that took place in Arizona between a persistent child and a parent.

Child: But I want it.

Parent: What exactly are you going to do with $600,000,000?

Child: I told you, it is for a science project. I am going to revitalize downtown Tucson.

Parent: I remember. But how are you going to revitalize it? On what will the money be spent?

Child: You are so unfair. You always give money to my big brother but never to me.

Parent: I did not say I would not give you the money. I just asked how it would be spent.

Child: I told you. The University needs it for a science center and Tucson is going to revitalize downtown. You have to support the University!

Parent: OK, if you cannot tell me how the money will be spent then tell me when you will start all of these wonderful projects.

Child: Sometime between when the University raises the cost of tuition and Tucson can get around to deciding the specifics of the plan.

Parent: Are you sure you need this money even if you don’t know how it will be spend.

Child: Of course. It is so important the future of Southern Arizona depends on it. And it’s for science!

The parent acquiesced and now we have … well I am not sure what we have because before securing the funding no one decided exactly what Rio Nuevo entailed. The whole project has now become a joke even among the left. Read the sarcasm laced comments of Nintzel in the Tucson Weekly and see the cartoon from Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star.

The Tucson Citizen has a well-written article about Rio Nuevo. It will be great if they ever build the Convento and Gardens. Several other things have been loaded onto Rio Nuevo but these two items would do the most to preserve the character of Tucson. The schedule calls for the Gardens and Mission to be finished in 2008 and 2009. We’ll see.

Life after Kolbe.

Progress marches on. I wonder if Gabby will take credit for this?

District 26 news.

There is a good update of LD 26 on Arizona 8th.

September 11th Commission Meets Today

Today at 9 AM, the Arizona September 11th Commission will meet and accept public input as it considers changing the memorial after the controversy sparked by anti-American / anti-military inscriptions on it.

Today’s meeting will be held at the Arizona Capitol Center located at 15 South 15th Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Expect a big turnout as conservatives and likely liberals battle it out in the public arena over what should actually be inscribed on the memorial.

[A small request to my fellow conservatives: please refer to the memorial as the "September 11th" Memorial rather than the "9/11" Memorial. I have a sore point about abbreviating such a horrifically important day. We don't call the attack on Pearl Harbor "12/7" day and I'd ask my fellow Americans to stop refering to September 11th at 9/11 day.]

Arizona Chairman.

Hot AZ It Gets has updated their coverage of the Lisa James saga. Since they have the story we defer to them without further comment.

See http://hotazitgets.com/2006/12/14/jumping-through-hoops.aspx

They’re Back…

Just when you thought it was safe from another political ad, Barak Hussein Osama supporters have released a draft Obana campaign as the first presidential candidate ad for 2008. The only thing missing is the tag line, “We believe in bleeding the rich to pay for the desires of the poor…”

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Bloomberg Poll Reveals McCain Negatives

Tagging on to the prior post by OVDad and Sonoran Truth Squad via Bloomberg, here is a quote that backs up what many AZ conservatives have been saying about John McCain:

McCain’s weaknesses are within his party. He has the highest negative ratings among Republicans of any potential candidate except former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. One in four of the self-described conservatives, who play a deciding role in the nominating process, said they had a negative opinion of him. Age may also be an issue, as one in seven respondents said they couldn’t vote for a 72 year-old, the age McCain will be in 2008.

In the survey, 1,342 registered voters were surveyed of which 585 were Dems and 473 were Republicans. The survey results go on to mention a few additional points:

Clinton and McCain both “have vulnerabilities,” said Fred Greenstein, a presidential scholar at Princeton University. “Clinton is in danger of being wounded by someone who really has a lot of pizzazz,” he said referring to Obama. McCain, meanwhile, is “late” in “trying to mend those conservative fences.”  

I can tell you that I was personally approached earlier this year by a member of McCain’s staff (while I was serving as Arizona Right to Life’s Executive Director). In that meeting, we discussed an upcoming vote on taxpayer funding of destructive embryonic stem cell experimentation. I warned this staff member what would happen with key conservative constituents if Senator McCain voted for funding. I even prompted McCain’s staff on how to explain a vote in a fiscally responsible manner – all to no avail. Senator McCain ended up voting for taxpayer funding of destructive embryonic experimentation which was strike three for many in the pro-life community.

Strike one was when Senator McCain voted for fetal tissue experimentation in 1992 as former Congressman Mo Udall was ailing from Parkinson’s disease. Strike two occurred when McCain pushed through the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act which hamstrung pro-life grassroots organizations.

It is also no big secret that The National Right to Life Committee and John McCain are not speaking to one another and this has obviously affected all the NRLC state affiliates (NRLC Statement). Two weeks ago, I spoke with a top pro-life leader in South Carolina regarding upcoming presidential candidate visits to South Carolina. Her very adamant sentiment was that McCain had a trust issue. Two days ago, I had a conversation with Iowa Right to Life PAC leadership who made it clear that there would be no endorsement of John McCain and this sentiment is permeating other key primary states. These affiliates have obviously been put on notice that McCain’s people would be trying to strong arm support.

What is also making the rounds is an article that appeared on Salon on January 14th, 2000. This article backs up the reality that NRLC and the pro-life community does not trust John McCain. One very troubling statement that was used in an ad during the 2000 primary by the South Carolina Right to Life PAC has continued to haunt McCain:

“I’d love to see a point where (Roe vs. Wade) is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to (undergo) illegal and dangerous operations.”

With quotes like this, even John McCain’s voting record is being called into question. Some think the senior senator from Arizona may be heading into the sunset much like the late Barry Goldwater, who essentially damned the pro-life community in his final days. (Goldwater was also married to a top chieftain of Planned Parenthood, Peggy Goldwater.) Trends like this among senior Arizona politicians definitely worry the grassroots and word spreads among the state affiliates.

There is still much time ahead in the 2008 campaign and as I have always said, “a lot can change between now and election day.”

Other Relevant Articles:
Sen. McCain Takes Lid Off Abortion Issue
McCain Gets Boost From Bush’s Troubles Senator greeted warmly at Commonwealth Club
McCain’s Abortion Stance Is Angering Both Sides Right calls it a flip-flop — left questions his sincerity

John (Bob Dole) McCain.

bob dole.gif     A new Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll came out today. They asked about the current presidents approval rating but they also asked about whom people liked for 2008. Hillary, Obama, and Edwards are the top three for the Democrats.

     For the Republicans the top three are Giuliani, McCain, and Gingrich. That’s right, Newt is ahead of Romney. The survey asked about one scenario for the general election, McCain vs. Edwards (not quite sure why they choose the #3 Democrat and #2 Republican.) Anyway, Edwards beat McCain by 2%. Yeah, yeah, I know it is early. But McCain is a sitting senator who is in the news every day. The last time I saw John Edwards in the news it was over a staff member trying to hustle Wal-Mart for a PlayStation3. One would think that McCain would be able to poll ahead of Edwards at this point.

Wednesday 12-13-06, 6:10 pm

Thanks to STS for bringing the Bloomberg / LA Times poll to our attention.

Sorry about the story but the WSJ has added two pages of questions to their report since our post was first written. They do have Hillary ahead of McCain but only when adding Bloomberg as an independent. McCain does win over Obama in a head to head race.

Will Munsil Steps Into The Arena

Will Munsil 

 

 

One political and civic passion I have is to see young people get involved in the political process and help us “older” warriors carry the mantle of conservatism. For years I have preached on the duty to train up our youth and prepare them to take back the institutions we lost to liberals in the 60′s: education/universities, bar associations, medical associations, and even the church. Some day when all these old liberals are too tired to fight for control or when they decide to retire, we will need to have the best and the brightest conservative minds ready to step into place and take the reigns. Many an intern of mine has heard this speech and knows the impending obligation to serve.

One such young man I am pleased to see step into the arena is Will Munsil, son of culture warrior and friend, Len Munsil. Will has started his own blog called Time For Choosing which I have added to our blog roll. Please take time to visit his blog and encourage Will to continue following in the steps of his father, who I know is far from retiring from the many battles ahead.

EP posts on Jonathan Paton

Jonathan Paton and Senator McCain

There’s a great post by Greg Patterson at EspressoPundit on State Representative, 1st Lieutenant and friend, Jonathan Paton.

One of the interesting points that sticks out in Jonathan’s report is the comment he made when asked by Senator Susan Collins what the troops needed more of in Iraq. Jonathan stated that they need more troops in Baghdad. This obviously contradicts what the generals have reported but I have to admit that the guys on the ground are a lot closer to reality and are much more astute to the real needs and limits.

Could this be a prelude to what will happen in weeks or months ahead? Who knows? I would guess that President Bush will take advice from our own Senator John McCain as he announces his plan to address a “new direction.” If this is the case Senator John McCain may already be leaving his fingerprints on any successes in Iraq especially as he prepares his bid for President.

Back to the real story here. Please read Jonathan’s letter at EspressoPundit to get a heartfelt report on what he’s up to in Iraq. But most important, please keep Jonathan and our troops in your thoughts and prayers as he/they serve in Iraq over Christmas.