Does Combat Equal Conservative?

Wisconsinites have a bit of a dilemma on their hands given that one of the candidates on the ticket for U.S. Senate is a former combat Marine who has declared himself a conservative.  The other is a woman who has earned her conservative bonafides through her work in the political trenches in Wisconsin.

Kevin Nicholson is the former Marine and Leah Vukmir is the woman who has been in the political game for some time and who bills herself as a conservative.  She has a record that upholds her claim.  He doesn’t.  He admits he was a Democrat at one time but claims that changed in part as he found himself in combat.  Just that simple, or is it?

I know Vukmir is conservative.  I do not know if Nicholson is a conservative or simply chose that label.  I do know he was heavily involved in the Democrat party while in college and that he was a staunch backer of Al Gore’s presidential candidacy.  I have the utmost respect for his military background.  And not so much given his support for Al Gore who is only slightly better than Barack Obama in my book…because Obama was so bad.

Does combat equal conservative?  In some cases yes but that does not always have to be the case.  There are thousands and thousands of Democrats who have stellar combat records, and that did not cause any of them that I know of to become conservative.  Given his backing of and support for Al Gore, I will not be able to take his word for now being a conservative.  That, as I remember Al Gore and his stands on issues, is simply too big a leap for me in terms of making one a conservative while in combat.

If Mr. Nicholson is truly a conservative, I look forward to his involvement in the conservative political world but want that assurance before taking his word for his allegiance.  I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean to denigrate his military service.  I value that in him no matter his political persuasion…but I’d vote for him if I knew there was ample evidence of his claimed conservative credentials.  Maybe the next time around there will be ample evidence.  If so he would certainly get a very solid look from me for my vote.

But, for now, at least, Leah Vukmir is my choice.  I know where her heart and her mind are politically.  That having been said, I earnestly hope I will see somewhere before the next election in Wisconsin after this that Kevin Nicholson has earned conservative creds I can accept as valid.

 

Mueller’s Questions Leaked?

The responsibility for Mueller’s questions being leaked can rest with one person and one person only:  Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  The idea that he has not yet posed the questions that are mysteriously appearing in public, and that since they did it must be Trump’s fault is farcical.

This witch hunt by Mueller has taken on grotesque proportions wherein leaks are played out to the press by the people who know the questions, and while the unfriendly-to-Trump members of the press (which is the vast majority) gleefully accept the leaks and publish them like good little accomplices.

Mueller is running the show; he makes no bones about what a tough guy he is so we ought to be able to rely on him and his toughness to prevent these leaks from occurring.

Trump’s Tweet: So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media.  No questions on Collusion.  Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information.  Nice!” 

If there were just one news editor who had the courage and who didn’t hate Trump so much, this crap could be laid at Mueller’s doorstep.  There are supposedly laws protecting this information and yet, it seems that the law was broken in the effort to hamstring President Trump and/or to cause him to somehow seem to be in violation of the laws broken by the legal team.

There is only one person who should have had full and complete control if he is as good at this as we are led to believe, therefore that one person has the responsibility to keep confidential information confidential.

When will the media seek answers from Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Or, is the media simply having fun watching this happen knowing full well it is illegal and, or at the very least, certainly grossly unfair to the supposed target?  Mueller can certainly screw up his reputation quickly…at the expense of a person he seems not to have much time for…and so far has gotten away scot-free.

Thanks, media.  Thanks, Special Counsel.

Swamp Draining: 101

We seldom go for a day without hearing the phrase: “Drain the Swamp”.  We seem to expect that the people who populate the Swamp are somehow going to decide that there really is a problem and that ‘draining the swamp’ is an absolute necessity.

Okay.  Who is going to make that happen?  A brief piece put out by the John Birch Society (JBS) yesterday sums this effort up quite succinctly with a quote from our former President Garfield:

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.  If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.

You and I are the people who are going to make draining the swamp happen if that task is to be undertaken and completed.  We are the employers of those we send to Washington, D.C.  If we do not believe those people are doing the job we sent them there to do, we have the right and the opportunity to replace them.  Garfield was our President from March 1881 until later in that year when he was assassinated.  Maybe he was assassinated because of his views about Congress, even the Congress our country had in 1881.

There is a phrase that says “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  That apparently was as true in 1881 as it is today.  If we expect that our elected members of Congress will do as the majority of us want, we have the responsibility to impress upon them the absolute necessity of doing that job and of doing it before almost anything else is done.

The John Birch Society is pledging that it will take a leadership role and is inviting citizens to sign on for the battle.  I know that members of the JBS have historically been portrayed as the “wingnuts” of conservatism by those who oppose the JBS perspective on issues.  It strikes me that this organization has the right take on draining the swamp and it also seems to have the right mentality to make it very, very uncomfortable for those members of Congress who fail to hear us,  the citizens who send them to Congress year after year.

A majority of us, if I do not miss my guess, is demanding the swamp be drained.  We do not necessarily have to become members of this or that organization although an organization which has dedicated its very existence to this battle probably is going to be more diligent than each of us as individuals.  We get accustomed to the burr under our saddle after a day or two and things go on as usual.  An organization dedicated to the goal has more compulsion to stay with the battle.

One way or the other, this battle is ours and it will only be won if we fight it vigorously.  Multiple contacts from residents of every Congressional District in the United States is part of what these kinds of efforts require in order to keep our member of Congress focused on our demands.

Many of them seem to have recognized a certain unrest in the voting population so this kind of mission might resonate now where it fell on deaf ears a couple of years or more ago.  Make contact with your member of Congress and be blunt about your demands.

This need has been recognized since 1881and likely before since Garfield ran on this theme!  Isn’t it finally about time for us to draw that line in the sand and make sure that the population of the federal swamp, all of Congress and the President get the point.  This is an ideal time for such a movement to be rekindled given President Trump in the Oval Office.

This is only about 137 years overdue.