Monday, February 22, 2016

The case against Kasich, as if he were a contender in the first place

Update 5/16. Kasich is a sorry excuse.  He should have dropped out sooner.  Still better than Hilary, which doesn't say much.

As a native of central Ohio, I have a deep and abiding dislike for the clownish Governor Kasich.  As a congressman, he never missed any opportunity to jump up and down in front of the local media to promote his latest minor accomplishments.  That anyone can take him seriously as a candidate for President is at the same time amusing and disturbing.

Kasich has some conservative positions, yes, but he plots a rather small area on the Buckley scale (x: degree of electability, y: degree of conservativism).  A somewhat high vertical "electability" scale, at least in Ohio, and a really narrow horizontal.

Where shall we begin?  Recently, he has been endorsed by Tom Ridge, the former homeland Security Secretary and previous governor of Pennsylvania. Kasich was very excited about this, despite Tom Ridge's rather lenient stance on abortion.  From Red State:  Ridge "...specifically ordered his State Department of Health to stop inspections of abortion clinics in order to burnish his pro-life credentials." Kasich was not in favor of a bill in Ohio to protect babies born alive after a botched abortion.

Kasich is a promoter of ObamaCare.  Further, he signed Ohio's $50 billion Medicare expansion into law.  He has even used the Bible, specifically Matthew 25, as justification for this.

Kasich has a limited respect for the second amendment.  He helped the Democrats pass the so-called assault weapons ban in 1993, earning an F rating from the NRA.

Kasich appointed a homosexual rights activist who had worked to overturn Ohio's homosexual marriage ban as the state's Republican Party Executive Director.

Kasich is soft on immigration laws, supporting a "pathway to citizenship" and "birthright citizenship." He uses the terminology of the left, refusing to utter the proper term, illegal alien.

Kasich used the dubious business tax "credit" to bribe businesses to move to Ohio.

To be continued...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Justice Scalia, RIP.

The body is not even cold, and the old guard media is already jumping up and down about the Senate doing its duty to at least reject an Obama appointment in a confirmation hearing.

To be perfectly clear, the duty of the Senate is not to automatically jump into confirmation hearings as soon as there is a vacancy on the court.  Yes, elections have consequences, and even a lame duck President can push forward a person he wishes to appoint to the court.  Appointments are a shared power:  the President, "by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the supreme Court...". The Senate is fulfilling its constitutional duty by stating no confirmation hearing shall occur until after the inauguration of the new President.

Scalia would have told you this himself.  RIP.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ted Cruz for President

The true consistent conservative in the race for President of the United States is Ted Cruz.  His record is thoroughly conservative, based on our constitutional principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and limited government. I challenge anyone who believes otherwise to make the case.

Any other candidate who wins will only continue our current problems.  Some would actually make things worse:

Donald Trump:  He believes in the idea of America, and he does not take any crap.  This is a good thing.  However, he may be more narcissistic than the current occupant of the White House.  He likes to play both sides of the fence so he can "make deals" and "get stuff done." Crony capitalism will only get worse under the leadership of the man who gave $60,000 to re-elect Mitch McConnell.

Bushruboiokasich:  Slightly more or less crappy versions of Bush 41 and 43.  More and bigger government, managing the decline and eventual societal collapse.

Hillary Clinton:  Are you kidding?  Corrupt to the core, and an accomplice to murder.  Ought to be wearing an orange pantsuit in Leavenworth.

Bernie Sanders:  It is depressing to see a dandruff flaked booger-eating socialist old fool of a man actually polling in double digits.  Believes in equality, sure, but equality of outcomes, not opportunity.

Disagree?  Better bring your A-game.