Republicans need to remember that the party's tremendous electoral success in 2010 does not make victory in 2012 a foregone conclusion:
Recent history bears out that a substantial victory in the mid-term General Election for a party does not mean that the same party is assured victory in the presidential election two years later. In 1982, the Democrats-who already controlled the House of Representatives at the time-made a substantial gain in the number of seats they held in what was then seen as an early protest vote against President Reagan's economic policies. Two years later, Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a 49-State landslide and left office as one of the most popular Presidents in modern American history. In 1986, Democrats not only held the House but recaptured the Senate for the first time since 1980, yet in 1988, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush was elected to the top job. This writer remembers the 1994 General Election, as it was his first. So many of us were so certain that the GOP landslide that year was the beginning of the end of the Clinton Administration, but we never elected President Dole. Indeed, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-Kansas), was behind in the polls from the beginning of his campaign.
Labels: Conservatism, Elections, Presidential Election, Tennessee politics
Can We Trust Their Word?
Should the State of Tennessee be basing budget decisions on the mere word of the government in Washington?:
Many of the programs that were on the list of those to be cut were certainly worthwhile, the chief of which were those services provided to mentally challenged citizens and the mentally ill. No one has yet explained, however, how the State can make financial decisions based merely on the good word of the federal government. The Executive Branch of the current federal apparatus in Washington can't even get their story straight on how Osama bin Laden was captured, but they want us to believe they will pay us the money they admit that they owe us in full.
Labels: Conservatism, Federal politics, Tennessee politics
Were we getting a bit over-excited at Osama bin Laden's death?:
I don't know that celebrating a major victory in war-and it is a war we are engaged in-is a bad thing. The death of Osama bin Laden is by far the most significant event-and the result of the firefight that killed bin Laden is the clearest victory yet-in the war that began on September 11th, 2001. However, this writer is compelled to admit that Mrs. O does have a point (and yes, she is as pleased as any of the rest of us that Osama is out of the picture). If we bask not in the military and strategic victory we have achieved through Osama bin Laden's death (and the positive outcomes it has generated and will generate), and instead gloat on bin Laden's death for its own sake, then we are no better than the terrorists that we seek to defeat. In our commemorations of the momentous event of May 1st, perhaps we should remember that.
Labels: Conservatism, Federal politics, Political correctness, War In Afghanistan
Knoxville Conservative Acts Conservative!
Why is it that it is so shocking for a conservative legislator to advocate conservative ideas?:
Stacey Campfield's detractors often say that Campfield will do anything for attention, and that the legislation he champions is only of the sort that will grab media attention. What many of those same people refuse to admit (though they know it to be true) is that Campfield does not seek out the attention he receives, but he gets that attention because the bills he introduces most often reflect the conservative agenda. Stacey Campfield was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004 as both a fiscal and a social conservative, and unabashedly so. What Campfield told his constituents that he believed when he was first elected are the very things that he has continued to champion while in office. Campfield promised an agenda that was fiscally responsible and socially conservative, and has said that he would champion the pro-life cause, home schools and educational choice for parents, and a more conservative social atmosphere.
Most of Stacey Campfield's positions either directly reflect a promise that he's made while campaigning for election or re-election, or they mirror the positions of American conservatism as it has evolved in the last 50 years. The press expresses utter shock that a professing conservative would introduce legislation that advances an agenda that is conservative-perish the thought!
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Duh, Elections, Local politics, News Media, Political correctness, Republican Party, Tennessee politics