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And what does he think he’s doing challenging Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf for the Virginia 10th District Republican nomination?
Vern McKinley, Nona McKinley and Dick Heller
10th District Republican primary candidate Vern McKinley (center) with Dick Heller, plaintiff in District of Columbia v. Heller, and McKinley’s wife, Nona, at the April, 2008 Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly.

Folks, I am taking Vern McKinley very seriously because anything can happen in a publicly invisible election as the June 10 GOP primary certainly will be – and Vern has a valid message. If he gets a scintilla of the money he needs to get that message out, Frank Wolf will be toast, and we may get a true citizen-legislator representing us in the House of Representatives.

It is not insignificant that Dick Heller, plaintiff in DC v Heller – the case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court which may have an immense impact on 2nd Amendment policies throughout the nation – spent most of a weekend last month visiting with attendees at the Nation’s Gun Show event in Chantilly … in the general vicinity of Vern McKinley’s booth. Heller was not campaigning, but there was a clear common interest between McKinley’s supporters and Heller, who might understandably have taken offense at Frank Wolf’s refusal to support the effort by Virgil Goode to overturn DC’s gun ban.

Prior to meeting him at the gun show, my only familiarity with Vern McKinley was based on a local Republican event where he addressed the local committee, and my impression was that Vern speaks like a regular guy – not a “political orator.” For me, this is not a negative, because I am more and more interested in the notion that our government is supposed to be one where regular citizens make the decisions. Furthermore, our current political leadership in America is a minefield of “orators” whose heads are firmly implanted where the sun don’t shine.

Vern carries a well-worn copy of the U.S. Constitution in his jacket pocket, and in our conversation he noted first of all that “home rule doesn’t override the Second Amendment.”

But his disagreements with Frank Wolf extend far beyond the issue of gun rights.
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Our friend LI at Too Conservative has a great discussion going about George W. Bush’s legacy. Here is my take:

Toppling Saddam was the right thing to do, in my view, but handling the occupation with military-lite was a really bad idea. We started “rebuilding” before our soldiers had put the hammer down on all the bad guys. “Rules of engagement” … whatever happened to WINNING. The war should have been fought less like Vietnam and more like “Devil’s Guard” by Elford. Don’t get me started …

On the other hand, we have not been attacked on American soil in roughly 6.5 years. Our men and women are fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here. Bush has delivered on homeland security.

On the OTHER hand, as a relative who is pretty non-political but leans conservative said to me, “I don’t know why we have our young men and women over there dying for those people.”

There is a strong sense among many Americans the money and blood America has contributed to securing Iraq is looking like a questionable investment considering what the Iraqis themselves are contributing. Let’s be blunt: They don’t seem worth it. This may be unfair, but the perception is they don’t care enough to fix their own country so how can we fix it for them.

The resolution of this whole war with the religious fanatics we no longer are supposed to identify by name will be years in the future, and I agree Bush’s legacy on this issue will be determined by how it ends.

But right here and now, why the hell are we spending billions of dollars a month to rebuild and secure Iraq when they are sitting on an ocean of oil? If the Democrats had managed to nominate someone without the crushing negatives of Barack Obama, I would say they win in November in a walk just by repeating the above sentence over and over.

On the OTHER hand, Bush did well with his Supreme Court appointments. In fact, he did phenomenally well. He did much better than his dad. The only way W could have done better would have been if he’d been able to make another appointment. Platinum legacy on this issue.

But on the ultimate, final, this-is-it-and-no-tag-backs hand, Bush was a disaster on illegal immigration. Previous recent presidents were no great shakes on immigration enforcement, but the Bush administration turned a blind eye, opened the floodgates, and cut our enforcement agencies off at the knees for years.

As an example, the illegal invasion of Herndon began under Clinton, but hastened greatly under Bush. The invasion of Sterling, as with so many American communities, was 100% on George W. Bush’s watch, after word got around in the business community that Title 8 of the U.S. code was now officially classified under: fuhgetaboudit.

People say, well GW Bush has ALWAYS said he’s in favor of free flow of people and goods across our border with Mexico, so anyone who is disappointed with how his executive branch managed immigration enforcement simply was not listening when Bush was working his way up the ranks. Fair enough. So we can’t nail him for being duplicitous, and shame on us for not calling him out on it before he became, er, president of the United States. But his policy of allowing a massive increase of illegal immigration was a bad one and the results have been bad, and his legacy will reflect this terrible public policy mistake.

Recently we saw some new faces. One of them, loren wrote:

One person said they were against la Raza because they advocated for undocumented people. Not sure if that is true but as least it is a specific argument.

La Raza supports open borders between Mexico and the United States. How does this no lead to ‘undocumented people’? Nice bit of thought-speak there, very 1984. The two proper legal terms for ‘undocumented people’ is ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegal immigrant’. Choose one. An ‘undocumented person’ is some who lives here legally and left his wallet at home.

The part I get hung up on is the ‘illegal’ part. When someone does not knock on the front door of your house but instead sneaks in through the basement, they have committed criminal trespass just for starters. Trying to gussy this up with word games is dishonest.

It is this governments duty to follow the laws or change them. Ignorring them is not the answer. For nation that ignores it own laws is destined for the historical dust bin.

I don’t think immigrants are the problem. I think it is part of a broad structure that victimizes us all.

Interesting. First of all I reject the whole ‘victimization’ premise. No one is a victim with the possible exception of the children of those here illegally. But they are not anchors either. Choices are made by adults, one should live with the consequences of ones choices.

As for the ‘whole structure’, I would appreciate it if you would get a little more specific here. To me anyone involved in the black market economy built on the labor of illegal aliens should be charged, fined and imprisoned or deported. Black markets lead to corruption, that is a historical fact. For the result of a society beset by rampant corruption look at Mexico.

What a concept: Raise the bar and students do better:

Last year, Bell Multicultural became the first public high school in the Washington area to require all students to take college-level AP courses and exams. The mandate is all the more remarkable because its two required AP courses are both in English, and most of Bell’s students are, like Ventura, from low-income families in which English is not the first language…

They might struggle on the AP exams, the Bell educators say, but they learn more critical reading and writing skills than they would from the remedial classes such students usually get. At Bell, the students and their families heartily endorse this view, saying the demands of AP have made them feel better prepared for the next stage of their lives.

“I really think it is a great opportunity for people like me,” Ventura said. “I feel proud of myself, and I thank all my teachers.”

Maybe when the final FY08 financial report for Loudoun County Public Schools is released, and we get to find out exactly how much Loudoun’s mushrooming ESL boondoggle currently costs, there will begin some public sentiment to revisit the issue.

Why are country folk, who are from my personal experience by and large the salt of the earth, often depicted in popular culture as embittered losers who do not understand that their interests lie with the benighted liberal Democrat party? The label used is Redneck. It is the only politically correct racial epitaph, whitey turns red when working in the sun. Even when not used expressly you can still here it echoing of the walls of the room. Barak Hussein Obama, when he addressed his elite fellow travelers in San Fransisco, said:

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Pennsylvania has been described as Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama up the middle. For those living under a rock the past 50 years Alabama is synonymous with Redneck-Land. Obama’s view of Rednecks is not unusual. Barak is not the first liberal to not get it. It is a common blindness. For instance Thomas Franks in “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” stumbles in the same way:

In its implacable bitterness Kansas holds up a mirror to the rest of us. If this is the place where America goes looking for its national soul, then this is where America finds that its soul, after stewing in the primal resentment of the backlash, has gone all sour and wrong. If Kansas is the concentrated essence of normality, then here is where we can see the deranged gradually become normal, where we look into that handsome, confident, reassuring, all-American face . . . and realize that we are staring into the eyes of a lunatic.

That Rednecks do not vote for the left is, in the minds of Franks and Obama, prima facie evidence that they are ignorant, bitter, and crazy. I can only wonder if there is any projection going on.

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“Cathymac is right, it is way too early to look into a crystal ball and empathically state what will happen.”

Nonsense. This looks to be a great year for Democrats. The Republican margin in the house will slip some more, thank you GW, McCain and Graham. The Democrat party could wind up with over 60 senators.

The Republican party has lost membership, and money because it has alienated the conservative base, not the moderates. Are you listening Dan? Unless something is done to mend the fences with conservatives the Republican party will return to perpetual minority status, AND, they richly deserve it. The big squishy middle is not the place to hunt for Republicans.

What happened in 2006 is the base stayed home, and the stupid party still does not get it. Well boys, even more are going to stay home now. Note the money dried up when the scamnesty bill got spawned. Why? Because the squishy moderates in the middle stopped giving?! No, the party faithful got the shaft once too often.

Now the party needs to earn the vote, they need to court the conservatives, with red meat issues like a fence, low taxes, earmark elimination, spending reduction. Telling me that the socialists are coming, while true is no longer enough. The result is the same.

We voted for them and they got busy courting the rest of the country. Phooey!! They had all three branches for 6 years and nothing got done. Now, show me the money because your credit and your word aint worth spit.

Reading More McCain Troubles, I realize the Republicans managed to give the nod to a candidate who will be worse for the country than Obama. I am staying home. Lets have a party on election day. I think getting blind drunk is the only proper response to my country shooting itself in the foot.

Hopefully, Limabaugh’s operation chaos does not land “Her Thighness” in the white house. An Obama presidency is what we deserve and need. Just as only Nixon could go to China, without Carter we would not have gotten Reagan. We need a new Reagan. The current crop of Republican candidates had its good and bad points. McCain was the worst in the lot with the exception of Huckabee. So who did we get? McCain and Huckabee as the last two men standing.

McCain is the result of independents and Democrats voting in our primary elections. Huckabee is the result of my fellow evangelicals voting for a guy, just because he is an evangelical; this is akin to women voting for Hillary just because she is a woman. In short, grow up people; Huckabee is a populist big government big spender who would have sunk us even further into debt.

I think one of the good things that will come out of this election cycle will be closed primaries. The party should choose its own candidate. Having the other side do it for you makes NO sense at all. Also, allowing the other party to come into your primaries and keep the contest going also makes no sense. We are in a very real sense subverting the process. What we got in McCain was a vindictive old coot who hates his own party more than he does the opposition. In the Democrat party the result was a war of grievance groups who, despite what the dreamers think, will more than likely stay home when their candidate loses the party nod.

Neither party is more important than the country. The left wing of the Republican party has hijacked the ticket this year. It is time for conservatives to give these elites the proper response and stay home, get plastered, and weep for the country. I will see it as a good old fashioned Irish Wake, we will raise a toast to the dearly departed, and hope for better days, and the glory to come.

UPDATE I:

To all who think we need to go grave robbing, I am not looking for Reagan reincarnate, I am looking for someone who will take up the conservative mantle and do it his own way. McCain is not the man by any stretch, he hates conservatives because they preferred GWB in 2000. Furthermore, I am looking for someone who is not just conservative, but someone who IS A conservative. There is a world of difference.

I am not measuring them by the Reagan Yardstick but by the Buckley Test. To have conservative instincts is not enough. One must have a conservative frame of mind, and understand what does it mean to be conservative and most importantly formulate conservative solutions to the problems of the day. Being pro-life or pro-gun or anti-tax is not enough. One must have a framework through which one then formulates solutions to problems. GWB is right on the three issues above but his solutions to problems are not conservative in nature.

McCain is even worse, his solutions to issues will be based on getting adulation from the left and to stroke his “Mr Maverick” image. The dolt has come to believe his own press. He may have a conservative fiscal instinct, but he is not A conservative, and I am done supporting ersatz conservatives and RINO Republicans.