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Why I Like the Foreign Press   Leave a comment

Here is a perfect example of why I like the foreign press.


“If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you,” Republican senator Lindsey Graham said in remarks skewering his party’s presidential field at the Washington press club foundation dinner on Thursday night.

The Texas senator, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is extremely unpopular among his congressional colleagues.


I didn’t even bother to analyze Linsey Graham in my rundown of Republican candidates because he actually ranks below Donald Trump in my mind. If I was going to vote for a Democrat, I would vote for Graham. He’s about as far from a conservative as Trump is — which is to say, progressive, liberal. That he endorsed dynasty (Bush for the uninformed) after he dropped out of the race just confirms to me that he is part of the Washington elite that really doesn’t get that the people are starting to wake up to the concept of “We the people” once more. We don’t want or need his tutulage.

Which is not to say that the entire country – right and left — has not become bat-shit crazy.

Really! Donald Trump is winning all the GOP primaries. What is up with that?

A friend suggests that Trump and Sanders are evidence that the United States has become France circa 1780s, a largely oppressed nation filled with entertained and unthoughtful people who whiff the concept of liberty and have no idea what it should look like or how they should conduct themselves in pursuit of it. The French revolutionaries followed some pretty bizarre people, promising some pretty bizarre things. It ended with a blood bath, followed by a dictatorship.

If he’s right, we’re in a lot of trouble, America. We have this great history, but our education system has so dumb-downed our kids (and our own generation, but we’ve had more time to read the classics on our own) that most of us have no idea of our responsibilities in a (classical) liberal society. We see that clearly in those who would vote Democrat. They buy the promises without ever talking about the current annual deficit that 100% of the rich’s income could not close and asking “where will you get the money.” Buy a clue — after the rich cannot close the gap, the government is coming for more of your pay check!

Democrats don’t seem to understand that (all they ever hear of the concept is when Tom Rogan can squeeze a word in edgewise on the MacLaughlin Group, but I’m not sure if Republicans get it either.

Ultimately, I’m a non-partisan conservative, so I’m speaking to conservatives right now.

  • If you really think that Trump is the answer to what is wrong with this country …
  • If you really believe he is different from Hillary …
  • If you think personality is more important than issues …

You are part of the problem. You’ve drank too much neo-conservative BS and you have completely lost any good sense you ever had. So wake up and smell the coffee! If Trump wins Super Tuesday, he’s the Republican nominee. I’m voting Libertarian, so I don’t care — except that it assures that either bat-shit-crazy and incompetent elitist Hillary Clinton or ivory-tower Bernie Sanders will be the next president of the United States.

Heck, what am I saying? It would be highly entertaining to watch Trump against Sanders and I place even money on who might win. Maybe we should just go for it and take the country over a cliff right now so then we can turn back to rebuilding it.

Of course, that leaves the question remaining — who will the first dictator be?

Trump Meltdown   2 comments

Wow! I saw it coming, but for all those folks who liked Trump – wow.

I will say this again — all the polls in the world mean nothing. Elections are what count. Trump’s “popularity” may well have had to do with how the pollsters were wording the survey questions … or name recognition … or entertainment value.

People get into the polling booth, however, and they take it more seriously than they did answering the question on the phone while dinner was getting cold. Trump doesn’t meet the serious candidate standard.

This also speaks to a larger issue. There is a move among some to make voting something you can do from the comfort of your home. How many people would have opted for Trump after their after-dinner cocktail? I’m just suggesting that we might want to realize that people make sloppy decisions when they’re allowed to be sloppy in what they’re doing. They say “yes” to Trump to the pollster on the phone, but “maybe” to Cruz and Rubio when they get to the polling booth. Something as important as voting should not be turned into a casual behavior.

Issues Voting   Leave a comment

I don’t think progressives are evil. I believe they mean well, but I also think they are foolish, possibly misinformed, and apt to vote emotionally rather than rationally. I don’t think they fully think through the inevitable results of their policies and when those results become visible, they refuse to admit that they were wrong.

This is a fault of progressives in both parties. A corporate crony Republican is no more likely to admit that corporations are raping the country and overwhelming the rest of the economy than a liberal Democrat likely to admit that you can’t give everyone everything for free without driving the “rich” to leave the country, leaving the middle class to foot the bill, which will eventually lead to economic ruin.

Neither stance is healthy for a nation. To the extent that I still believe that the United States can be saved — if it is even worth being saved — I will vote in the 2016 Presidential elections. I don’t expect my vote to make a difference and, for the most part, I don’t care.

In the posts linked below, I’ve analyzed many of the candidates in the race and considered why I would vote for them or not.

Hillary Clinton is disqualified in my analysis because she wants to be queen. She thinks her relationship with former-President Bill Clinton entitles her to the Oval office now. What she is attempting to do is what our founders got rid of in the 1770s. We should learn from them. But then there’s her actions while as Secretary of State. Benghazi appears to have been a black flag operation that got away from the State Department. Of greater concern was her disregard for the email security measures that were standard at the State Department. Her private server was hacked. We ordinarily hold lesser members of the government responsible for that sort of breech of security. It shows us exactly what sort of monarch she would be. Ultimately, though, she could have great policies that I fully agree with and I would reject her because of the nepotism. We do not need dynastic rule in the US.

Jeb Bush is also disqualified in my analysis because he wants to be king. He thinks his relationship with former-Presidents Bush 1 & 2 entitles him to the Oval office now. What he is attempting to do is what our founders got rid of in the 1770s. We should learn from them. Moreover, though I didn’t deal with it, he’s a progressive business-class elite who is way too cozy with corporations. Ultimately, though, he could have great policies that I fully agree with and I would reject him because of the nepotism. We do not need dynastic rule in the US.

Bernie Sanders is a socialist who believes we can give everyone everything for free, soak the rich to pay for it, and life will be wonderful. That theory has been disproven by history on multiple occasions. He’s anti-corporations, which is commendable, but there are other candidates in the race who meet that standard and could pass a classical economics exam, which Sanders cannot. Just because he would allow people to vote to take away the civil rights and economic freedoms of the totality of society does not mean he isn’t a tyrant.

I then looked at the current field of the GOP. Trump is a misogynist egotist who thinks the Presidency is a popularity contest. I suspect he’s working for the Democrats. I did not seriously consider his policies because I cannot seriously consider the man. His support of single-payer health insurance puts him with Sanders in the loony-socialists-who-cannot-pass-an-economics-exam camp. He’s more of a fascist socialist, but they basically end up in the same place — a loss of freedom for the people in order to fulfill a government agenda.

I went through some of the GOP candidates and showed where I agreed with them and where I didn’t and why I might vote for them or might not. Some got higher marks than others, but ultimately, I rejected most of them on foreign policy aggression. I’m not dove. I believe in a strong defense and in a strong counter-strike capability, but I believe we should be pulling back our military empire to focus on protecting our own country. Yeah, that’s sort of isolationism … if one were to define isolationism by today’s insane standards. Ten years ago, I thought bases around the world were necessary for our defense. I have since thought on the subject and studied it and I have adjusted my thinking. We should have diplomatic relationships with all countries, be a porcupine defensively and not much more. We can’t afford it anymore and it ultimately makes Americans less safe worldwide and at home. I looked at Carly Fiorino, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz — I found things to like about all of them and ultimately said I probably wouldn’t vote for any of them.

I’m voting for Rand Paul in the primary because I mostly agree with him on the issues. No, he’s not sexy or flashy, but he’s for liberty, entitlement reform, a reduction in taxes and a pulling back of some of our foreign empire. He probably won’t win the nomination, and I’m okay with that.

So, in November, that means I have a choice — vote for whomever the GOP nominee is, vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is, or vote for someone else. I’m not a Libertarian. I hold libertarian (small “l” deliberate) principles. But I will likely be voting for the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in November. I have issues with his platform, but I have issues with almost every candidate.

The very fact that a super-voter (I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old) is going to vote for someone most of the nation’s voters have never heard of should be a red flag for folks.

The ballot box has failed. I will continue to exercise the soap box and the jury box (as I have opportunity), but I suspect those will fail as well until after the progressives have tried to exercise the bullet box and forced a confrontation. Then I hope people will turn to my efforts on the soap box to find some guidance as to how to fix the mess they’ve made.


Gary Johnson may well be my general election presidential vote for 2016 since I don’t really expect the GOP to nominate Rand Paul as their candidate even if he were to perform strongly in the primaries.

As with every candidate I’ve examined, I don’t wholly agree with him and that’s okay. His abortion stance is similar to the stance I held before I had children — that abortion is acceptable until viability and that nobody should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion, even if it is through taxation. I now consider convenience abortions at all stages to be murder. But I’ve said, I don’t choose a candidate on a single issue and the fact that he wouldn’t force me to pay for someone else’s abortion is acceptable to me.

I agree with him that the government should keep its hands off the economy. I agree with him on cutting entitlements and defense. He supports gay marriage, which I strongly oppose, but he wants government out of marriage entirely, which I can accept.

I oppose corporations having crony relationships with government, but I believe we need to lower, eliminate the corporate income tax in order to create real jobs. Cut government spending so taxes can be lowered on everyone and the economy will recover and pay down the debt without government assistance. We were almost debt free as a nation in 2000 using a compromised version of this ideal.

We are in philosophical agreement on crime and the legalization of marijuana, though we disagree on some details.

We agree that education is best if it is at the state or local level and that the federal government ought to get out of it altogether.

We largely agree on energy issues. He would turn environmental issues over to the states. YES! That was what the authorizing act of the EPA says should be done, by the way.

We agree on foreign policy. The US can no longer afford to shell out billions that are not in US interests.

He would eliminate tariffs and trade restrictions, but also eliminate corporatism. He would let businesses make their own decisions. He is strong on government reform, term limits, and states’ rights. He is actually find with unlimited corporate campaign donations, but with full disclosure. I need to think about that, but it’s not a deal breaker. We agree that gun control is completely ineffective at saving lives and unconstitutional.

Government-managed healthcare is insanity and ACA is unconstitutional!

He would end spying on US citizens, questions our troop investment in Europe, and abolish the TSA. Yay!

He’s an open borders guy and I will struggle with that because I think people have a right not to be invaded.

He’s right that governments do not create jobs, businesses do. We largely agree on entitlement reform, though I would only means test if those who are considered above means have their actual investment returned to them.

I’m not sure how I feel about a 23% national sales tax to eliminate the IRS and income tax. More thought would be required on my party.

I mostly agree with him on military issues and his opposition to nation building resonates with me.

So I might vote for him in November … or it is possible I’ll just write in Rand Paul.


Principles in Voting   3 comments

I was raised in a politically divided home. Dad was a old-style Democrat union member who would be shocked at how far left the Democratic Party has drifted (and would probably vote Republican these days) and Mom was a nonpartisan conservative feminist who would wonder why modern conservatives keep voting with the Republican Party when it is clearly not a conservative political party. She’d be voting Libertarian now, but probably still not be a party member.

They thought it was healthy to discuss politics with us growing up and we were expected to study the issues from both perspectives and form opinions. They liked it when we argued with them. I have never been a member of a political party. Alaska allows me to register as a nonpartisan, so that has been my party affiliation since my 18th birthday. I took a test in a political science course my freshman year of college that said I was a moderate. I found that a while ago tucked inside an old textbook. I was for abortion, women’s rights, free speech, freedom of religion, private enterprise, and civil rights, but also for welfare and “progressive” taxation. I was skeptical of environmental regulations and strongly opposed to Carter’s D2 land grab in Alaska. The test tried to illicit a rejection of the 2nd amendment, but I checked that I supported the 2nd amendment and my comment was “stop messing with the constitution”. I also said I was voting for Carter, which I did in 1980, because – my comment again — “Reagan is an actor, not qualified”.
Something remarkable happened as I looked over that test. I decided to answer the questions as if seeing it for the first time in 2015. Remarkably, I found I didn’t answer most of the questions any differently … except for abortion and voting for Carter, I’ve only changed my position on welfare and “progressive” taxation. I understand better now what free speech and freedom of religion means, my view on women’s rights and civil rights have evolved with changes in our society. By the matrix of that particular test, by the way, I’m still considered a moderate.

If I’m honest with myself, I allowed my classmates and professors to influence my vote on the 1980 Presidential election. If I’d actually studied the issues (we didn’t have the Internet in those days, so it was harder), I would have probably not have dismissed Reagan out of hand. Twenty-year-olds are really not that bright, but they are (as I was then) completely convinced they got it going on.

Cartoon of the Liberal BrainI’m definitely not a moderate by today’s standards. I’m a conservative libertarian with anarchist leanings. But I haven’t changed that much. I’ve evolved as life as taught me lessons. Welfare reform worked and people didn’t die. I now know small business people and others who make a good living and I see that taxation is always regressive because it takes from the productive to give jobs to government employees and programs to people who are less productive (or non-productive) whose lives would be so much better if they went out and got a job. I’ve come to understand that government cannot protect our civil rights, it can only choose who gets to exercise them this decade. Rights are inherent in us, so we don’t need government to tell us what they are. I knew that instinctively as a 19-year-old. Now I’ve thought it out and can articulate my reasoning.

Cartoon of the Conservative BrainSo, if I didn’t change (much), why am I no longer a moderate? Could it be that the political parties have changed? The Democratic Party has moved WAY leftward. If a Democratic professor today were to administer that test, the matrix would be different and I wouldn’t/couldn’t be a moderate. If a Republican professor were to administer that test today … who am I kidding — there may be a Republic professor in the School of Engineering, but not in the Political Science Department. You can compare Carter’s platform to Hillary’s and Bernie’s for yourself and you’ll see the only Democrat in the race who could have run as Democrat in 1980 is Malcolm O’Malley — and he probably would have won. Reagan won in 1980 and I voted for his reelection in 1984, but since then, the GOP has pretty consistently given us pro-corporation progressives as presidential nominees. With the exception of the Freedom Caucus, the GOP hasn’t really changed that much from before Reagan and that is fine for them — they represent business interests who are not necessarily interested in lower taxes on citizens or personal liberty. Like a lot of conservatives, I’ve woken up to the fact that the GOP is not representative of my values. I’ve perhaps come early to the decision I’m done voting for people who do not reflect my values, but I don’t think I’m alone. If there are any presidential elections after 2016, I think you’ll see more conservatives bailing from the GOP. If that means a progressive like Clinton or, worse, a socialist like Sanders wins, I’m accepting that as the price of having principles.

Chart of liberal and conservative beliefsUltimately, the idea that you can give everyone everything for free by taxing the rich will destroy the economy. When I say destroy, I don’t mean the Recession of 2008 or even the Depression of the 1930s. I mean — destroy. We’re $19 trillion in debt, $10 trillion of that to other countries, some of whom with the power to demand repayment. Worse, the other $9 trillion is in government securities — i.e., people’s retirement accounts. We cannot afford to make a mistake going forward and “free for everyone and rape the rich” is a huge mistake. But unlike a lot of conservatives, I’m not so afraid of that anymore. The destruction of the American economy will result in regime change and that is an opportunity for us to go back to our founding principles … or devolve into a fascist dictatorship, which should soften people up to embrace liberty when they get the opportunity.

This series will have one final post which will be the hub of the whole thing. I’m doing it last as an experiment.

Vote for the GOP Libertarian   1 comment

Rand Paul is a curious guy. He has espoused some very libertarian ideas, but he has also compromised those ideals to get along in the Republican Party, which in the minds of many libertarians, disqualifies him for their vote. I like his dad’s philosophies, but didn’t vote for him for President.

So I’m a libertarian (small l intended). Does Rand match up with my principles?

He would fund community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood (not a very libertarian concept, but better than PP). He is right that we have coarsened our culture with 50 million murdered unborn babies.

He wants to audit the Fed and provide actual oversight of it. Gotta love that idea! The government should audit the national bank on a regular basis and the Fed has never been audited in its almost 100-year existence. More, he wants to audit all of the federal agencies, another thing that has never been done in whole.

“America needs Adam Smith, not Robin Hood.” He would reduce spending on both domestic and military programs. He filibustered raising the debt limit and wants to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels. That’s a start and a refreshing change from the idea of just slowing future spending growth down.

His stand on civil rights is refreshing. He doesn’t believe the government should be involved in your rights. Stay out of marriage … women are no longer downtrodden — let states decide … make government truly color-blind. Yes! Finally, someone who actually believes in getting rid of special interest groups.

He views corporations as welfare cheats and wants both the individual and the corporate cheats removed from the system. He was insulted by Obama’s “You didn’t build that” speech.

He is a vociferous advocate of equal rights under the law — seal non-violence criminal records from employers, defend trial by jury, get rid of laws that cannot show criminal intent, stop locking up so many people. YES!

He would apply the 10th amendment to many issues, including education. Devolve to the states, reduce the power of the Federal government. Return to a more federalist governmental system, more in keeping with the Constitution.

He is a strong civil rights advocate and a defender of the Constitution.

He is almost as much of a dove as Bernie Sanders. He believes in a strong defense at home, but thinks other countries don’t really need our help.

He is very free market and does not feel that environmental regulations do what they claim they do.

He wants to see a return to the checks-and-balances of the Constitution. He opposes Presidential executive orders. He doesn’t think the government needs to regulate us on everything. “Liberty thrives when government is small.” He wants to end the career politician profession with term limits, which would infuse Congress with new ideas and make it much more difficult to continue a Beltway elite. He supports early voting, but also believes voters ought to show ID. He encourages conservatives to criticize the GOP when they grow government. He wants to link every new congressional bill with the Constitution and those that cannot justify their existence from the Constitution would be automatically eliminated.

He’s strong on gun rights, but he recognizes something that the other candidates don’t appear to — the 2nd amendment is only as good as the 4th amendment. If your privacy isn’t protected, confiscation of guns is an extremely simple matter. He would end the surveillance of American citizens.

He opposes the ACA and, as a doctor (you knew that, right?), he actually knows what he’s talking about. This is not a political issue for him as it is for, say, Hillary. He actually recognizes the impacts. He sees the ACA as a wrong-headed response to a health care system that was already messed up because of over-regulation. It limits our medical care and medical insurance choices. I agree with him that the Supreme Court has signed off on unconstitutional laws before (Dred Scott, Plessy v Ferguson, Social Security) and it signed off on the ACA despite its clear violation of the Constitution.

Some people view him as weak on Homeland Security, but I think he’s just thought it through. Iran is no different than the Soviet Union during the Cold War, so why do we act like they’re the Big Bad and we need to threaten their sovereignty every few months? He believes in talking with them rather than bombing them. On the other hand, he opposed Obama’s treaty with them because of the lack of transparency. He sees what a lot of people suspect — the US has been funding allies of ISIS. National defense should be unemcumbered by nation building. We have over-militarized our foreign policy and that is harming us both abroad and at home. The US military should be second to none, which is why he wants to audit the Pentagon. National defense is important, but that doesn’t mean the military should get a blank check. His view on corporation extends to military contractors. He filibustered against drone strikes on Americans accused of terrorism.

So then we come to immigration. I didn’t vote for his father because Ron is a pretty open borders kind of guy and I find that incapable with the idea of private property. If I have a right to control access to my property for my personal benefit, to my mind, the community also has a right to control its borders for the benefit of the people who have contributed to that society.

Rand is much more of a realist on the immigration issue. He wants a Supreme Court case on birthright citizenship — there has never been one. He would secure the border with Mexico and do away with sanctuary cities. He wants legal status for illegal immigrants after we secure the border. He would replace pathway to citizenship with work visas. He does not favor amnesty because he feels it engenders a disrespect for all other laws.

His views on entitlement programs are largely my own. They mostly were never constitutional, but even if they were, they are unsustainable under current configuration. Private retirement works and there’s actual money in those accounts instead of the promise of funds like Social Security.

I agree with him on the flat tax and disagree with him on VAT tax. He would apply free market principles to the US economy and let people figure out how to make things better rather than having the government pick winners and losers.



I think you can tell that I’ve decided he’s who I am going to vote for in the GOP primary. I know he’s at 6% in the polls, but I don’t care anymore. I don’t think our votes count anyway. The GOP will pick who it wants regardless of our votes. I’m voting maybe to prove that to myself.

If Rand were to win the primaries and the GOP actually nominated him, I would vote for him in the general.

Currently, to be perfectly honest, I am planning to vote for the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the general because as far as I can see, the GOP is not a conservative political party and they fully intend to give us another progressive like McCain and Romney again. I cast a protest vote in 2012 and I will do it again this year if needed. If that means the Democrat wins … okay, because I fully believe that progressives are the termites in our woodshed. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Democratic progressive or a GOP progressive … both grow government and suppress liberties.

It’s time we chose to change our system of leadership in Washington. I’ve decided how I’m going to do my small part toward that goal. Have you?


Let’s Vote for the Canadian   1 comment

Just joking.

I don’t believe that Ted Cruz is disqualified from the presidency because he was born in Canada of an American citizen. John McCain was born in Panama to American citizens. Barack Obama was born in the United States to a non-citizen. Marco Rubio was born in the US soil but his permanent resident parents were not citizens until after his birth. Yes, presidents should be born American citizens, but our 10 earliest presidents were not technically born in the United States since it didn’t exist when they were born.

Can we stop having this conversation now? Arnold Schwartzenegger is not eligible to be president, but Ted Cruz is.

But do I like him as president?

Well, I agree with him on most issues. In fact, he has a lot in common with fellow Cuban-American Marco Rubio, except they diverge on immigration and Cruz is stronger against abortion.

He also has a proven history of standing up to the Washington elites on budget issues, so there’s hope that he doesn’t need to be liked so much that he would go to the dark side if he became president.

So, I said I liked Rubio enough to vote for him. Ditto Ted Cruz. He’s not a charismatic, but that could be a positive.

His aggressive military stance, however, concerns me … a lot … but at least he opposes spying on the American people. I give him a slightly higher ranking than Rubio for that reason.

Although I don’t like to bring in a candidate’s private life — I do have to say that his wife Heidi is an investment manager for Goldman Sachs. That has my spidey senses tingling and makes him even with Rubio.

Posted January 29, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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We Gotta Have a Woman!   3 comments

Now that we’ve had a black president, we have to have a female president. That’s really what Hillary’s candidacy is all about. Forget about the dynastic element, ignore the violations of national security laws as Secretary of State, don’t worry your heads about her leaving four Americans on the ground in Benghazi so her little black flag event could teach Americans not to speak the truth about Islam — we need a woman.

Maybe, but we don’t need THAT woman.

And, we have a choice. Carly Fiorino is way far down in the polls, but she’s worth looking at because I fear that a man running against Hillary will spend all of his time defending against the charge of misogyny rather than talking about the issues. At least, that will be the strategy of Hillary supporters, to couch everything the GOP candidate, if male, says as a hit against women.

In my opinion, she is the only true feminist in the race … the kind of woman who has worked with men on a competitive basis and who would not put up with her husband cheating on her. She also did not get into this race on her husband’s coat tails. That is real feminism, unlike the dynastic nepotism entitlement sense I get from Hillary.

I agree with Fiorino on abortion. This is not a single issue for me. I could still vote for a pro-abortion candidate so long as they weren’t for government funding of abortion. That is a make or break for me because it would require that I fund genocide and I can’t face my God with a clean conscience even if I was obeying tax law. But I don’t have that problem with Fiorino.

I mostly agree with her on the economy — zero-based budgeting has worked to provide clarity and transparency to government funding and the key to economic recovery is less government, lower taxation and reduction in regulations.

I admire her for her work in the business community and I don’t have a problem with her tenure at Hewlett-Packard.  I agree with her on crony capitalism leading to and being supported by socialism. Her emphasis on small business as opposed to big corporations is my kind of capitalism.

She’s a state sovereignty libertarian on drug issues. Since her stepdaughter died of addiction, I can understand her ambivalence on the subject.

Again, anytime the educational monopoly is being broken up, I am in favor of it. Actual competition is the cure to educational mediocrity in the US.

I mostly agree with her on energy and oil and she would have laughed at Marco Rubio’s Employment Prevention Agency joke.

She is a free market person on subjects like paid maternity leave. If companies want to do it, great. If they don’t or can’t afford it, then government shouldn’t destroy companies by mandating it. That just favors major corporations that can afford it, by the way.

Like Ben Carson, I feel she has been pushed in foreign policy areas by a perceived need to be “tough” on the subject. She dropped in the polls with that move. Maybe that’s why. She has a lot of foreign travel experience, by the way.  However, her view of government spying on Americans is very similiar to Rubio and Kasich — it’s fine with her. She would trade liberty for security and that concerns me.

To a large extent, her views on government reform mirror Carson – allowing the federal government to reduce by a hiring and pay freeze, a recognition that the private market is harmed by government growth.

One statement she made that I really like is that “change is not bad; it’s necessary.”

Her gun control stance is Constitutional.

Her views on health care are sensible. The government shouldn’t be involved in health care. A competitive insurance market rather than the current state-limited crony system would correct the problems ObamaCare pretends to address.

Fiorino is the only candidate I’ve heard say that we should do something to fix the 14th amendment to define birthright citizenship. I opposed the Dream Act, but I’m not a single issue voter, so I can live with her support of it. She was right to support Arizona on immigration when the Obama administration was turning a blind eye to an invasion from Mexico.

Fiorino is, as far as I can tell, the only candidate in the race who has ever created an actual job. Well, maybe Ben Carson and Rand Paul have done so as doctors need support staff.

“Great leaders inspire others to do it themselves.”  I absolutely agree.

Fiorina recognizes that entitlements are the carrot government dangles in front of people to encourage us to keep the elites in power.

She wants to reduce the 73,000-page tax code to 3 pages. Sounds wonderful. It would require burning the current tax code and starting anew. Sounds wonderful. And a completely uphill battle.

Because she has not held office, it is impossible to know what she would be like as president. If the goal is to simply get a GOP candidate into the Oval Office, she has the best chance against Hillary, but probably not against Bernie Sanders.

I like her and if Hillary seems she’s going to take the nomination, I might vote pragmatically in the GOP primary, which is March 1 in Alaska. Maybe … I don’t know.

How About A President Who Thinks?   5 comments

Ben Carson is my personal favorite in the GOP race. This doesn’t mean I plan to vote for him. What I mean by this is that I think I would love to sit down and talk with him. He’s intelligent, thoughtful, seems to be a nice guy and he embarrassed Barack Obama unapologetically.

Carson has never held public office so it is difficult to know what he would do in office, but I like the idea that he is a thinker. I just can’t imagine him going off half-cocked about anything and that is an excellent quality in a president, in my opinion.

I agree with him on abortion and emergency contraception only in the event of rape and incest. We need to stop the genocide for convenience, but there are times when there are medical reasons and there can be limited exceptions for that.

I agree with him on the economy. He’s not just a fiscal conservative. He sounds like a free market advocate.

I agree with him on civil rights. I don’t think anyone can argue that he came from a difficult background and he made something amazing of himself, so when he says race is no longer a barrier in this country, he has bona fides for the statement.

He recognizes that the police are not perfect, that there are those who use their power wrongly, but he recognizes a need for policing.

Again, I don’t find many conservatives who agree with me on drugs. They all seem to think prohibition works when we see that it doesn’t.

I agree with him that public education is mostly about indoctrinating kids and I support homeschooling and private education. He is absolutely right that college graduates today could not pass a 6th grade test from the 1800s; our educational standards are much too focused on things that have nothing to do with actual education. Competition would help our schools to become more rigorous, but competition only happens if you break the monopoly of the public schools on education. And he’s absolutely right that evolution requires faith just as much as creationism does. I would note that he’s the only candidate who has put his principles into action by funding his own scholarship program.

His energy and environmental policies is highly rational, as opposed to the emotional “business is evil” nonsense of candidates on the left. He recognizes that drilling our own oil and tapping our coal resources would eliminate the need to be at war in the Middle East.

Carson started out with a fairly rational, calm approach to foreign policy, but he’s tried to “toughen up” in the last few months. I think he’s doing himself a disservice and that is why he is dropping in the polls. One of his statements that I love is that we should use our brains rather than just be aggressive. I think this is Carson at his most thoughtful, before he was pushed in directions he should not go in.

He’s wrong on tariffs and largely right on regulations harm to small business. I LOVE the idea of a 5-year hiring freeze on federal employment. And I can see from his statements that he passed a basic economics course. He understands that entitlement programs are going to destroy the economy and leave a lot of people hurting and unprepared.

He recognizes that human nature fights against the relinquishment of power. I think he may be the only presidential candidate I’ve ever heard say that extremely correct statement.

A single House term of 6-10 years with no re-election? Hmm — that might work. Single term for the Senate. Yup!


He’s apparently read the Founders on gun control and is familiar with the US Constitution on the subject.

Carson is the only candidate in this race who actually knows what he’s talking about on health care. He knows it personally and professionally. And he is absolutely right that the individual mandate of ObamaCare is modern day slavery that we just haven’t recognized as such yet.

He’s also the only candidate who truly understands the danger of welfare to the poor. He’s actually lived it and found his way out of poverty.

One of his statements that I love is that we should use our brains rather than just be aggressive.


I think Carson is probably the least statist of any of the candidates. He hasn’t proven that he can do what he says he’d do in the Oval Office, but maybe that’s a reason to vote for him. Human nature being what it is, the powerful don’t like to give up their power and control, so maybe a president who has never really been a Washington power broker would actually get something done … and then retire from the field.

Carson is a possible vote for me in the GOP primary, and he ranks ahead of the others I’ve examined so far. I am not worried about his inexperience. I am confident that a man who can handle the stress of separating Siamese twins can deal with the more petty issues of politics. I think he would surround himself with smart people on subjects where he isn’t a genius and that ultimately, like any head surgeon, he would make the final decision based on the best information available.

If he were the GOP nominee, I would vote GOP. He’s the only candidate so far that I can say that about.

Vote for the Good Looking One   5 comments

Marco Rubio is an attractive looking man who seems also to be well-spoken and polite. We could do worse. He’s also a Latino who speaks Spanish, so would appeal to the “color” coalition.

But I’m an issues voter, so putting all of that aside and looking at Marco Rubio like I liked at Barack Obama in 2008 — I could vote for him in the general election, except …

Dang! There’s always an exception.

First, I have to thank him for rebranding the EPA. The Employment Prevention Agency is a much more accurate meaning of the acronym. That was priceless.

For the most part, I agree with Marco Rubio on almost every domestic issue and I understand his immigration policy, though I don’t really agree with it. Waiving clear violations of immigrant laws just encourages greater law breaking and more illegal immigrants. But, I don’t disagree with him enough on that issue to vote against him. Then Rubio gets all hawkish on the military and I hit pause.

The United States is broke! We’re $19 trillion in debt and by the time Barack Obama leaves office we’ll likely be around $21 trillion in debt. We cannot afford to expand our military or get involved in another war that we have neither the inclination nor the resources to win. ISIS is tearing up Iraq and Syria and some other Middle East countries. That’s a tragedy, but the United States does not need to be involved in that. In fact, I think we’d be better off stopping the drone strikes and manipulation of governments. Concentrate on defending our own borders. We can do that and fix our domestic issues. We don’t need to get into another war.

I also disagree with him on the need of the government to spy on its citizens.

Rubio is a fiscal and social conservative, but there are some issues that concern me.  So, would I vote for him in the primary? No. Would I vote GOP in the general if he were the nominee? Hmmm….. not sure. Probably not, but maybe.


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