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  • just a conservative girl 11:58 AM on 05/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Richard Mourdock Ousts Longtime Senator Lugar in Indiana Primary 

    Senator Lugar will be retiring from the senate come January.  Not by choice, but by the will of the people in Indiana.  

    I have been having a back forth with several different people about this since the news hit last night.  They are blaming the libertarians and The Tea Party for Lugar’s defeat.  They are none too pleased.  I have heard that Lugar is conservative enough.  Really, for whom?  It would seem to me that the person he is conservative enough for is President Obama or maybe majority leader Reid.  After all he supported both Kagan and Sotomayor for their seats on the supreme court.  It will be a rare instance when either of these justices put the written constitution before their own political belief systems.  There is nothing conservative about voting for either of these women.  You cannot say that someone who is putting ideology before the constitution means that they are qualified for the bench.  They are both judicial activists that will continue to erode the limited role of government intrusion into our lives that our constitution guarantees us all.  

    Lugar is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, has a rating of 78% from the Conservative Union, has a rating of D+ from the NRA and an F from Gun owners of America.  He supported not just TARP, but the illegal and unconstitutional take over of the car companies.  He said not one word when President Obama gave the unions preferential treatment over the car companies bondholders.  Even though that was in violation of bankruptcy laws.  He has consistently voted against much-needed earmark reform.  His record on illegal immigration has shown someone who sides with the illegal immigrant over the rule of law.  He also supported Kathleen Seiblus for HHS.  A woman who is raising her own personal war on consciences of people of faith in this country.  

    I am supposed to think that this man is a good representative of conservative values and the Republican party?  

    Mourdock has a record of protecting life, protecting the 2nd amendment, standing up to the President’s auto company takeovers; he actually took the administration to court to try to stop it and protect the bond holders.  He has brought fiscal sanity back to Indiana by returning money to the state treasury every year, refusing a pay raise, helping communities lower bond costs by pooling resources; saving tax payers money and increasing the effectiveness of the pension funds for the retirees.  Indiana has a stronger fund for families to save for college and the pensions he heads were recently named as one of the top managed pensions in the country.  

    Boy, he certainly is someone I should turn away from simply because The Tea Party backed him.  Those crazy people who would rather see someone in office that will fight to regain some fiscal policy to our federal government.  

    I have resisted the meme that the “establishment” GOP is trying to stop much-needed reform and is only interested in the status quo.  After looking at Lugar’s record and seeing the people who tried to stand up and say he is “conservative enough” I have to give.  That is exactly what is happening.  I get that compromise is needed to get things done.  I don’t deny that.  But it is time that we have conservatives in Washington that understand that the nature of the compromise has been that republicans spend money and the democrats talk about future savings that never materialize is no longer working.  It is time that we cut the budget, rid ourselves of waste, and get our financial house in order.  

    I guess the difference is that I feel no real allegiance to the republican party anymore.  They are just as much to blame for the mess we find ourselves in.  I am a conservative first, not a republican.

    So I must ask again, Senator Lugar is conservative enough for whom?  

    Good Riddens Senator Lugar.  

  • just a conservative girl 2:19 AM on 12/25/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Some Thoughts on Virginia’s Primary Ballot Failures 

    As a resident of Virginia I will say that I am not at all pleased to have two choices and only two choices.  That said, there are very clear rules in place and every candidate had the same access to those rules.  Three candidates never even bothered to put in signatures for review.  I suppose they just never got enough to make it worthwhile.  One of those candidates, Rick Santorum, lives in Virginia.

    Now, our Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is one of the Chairs for the Virginia for Romney campaign.  That has led to some charges that he was rooting for this and possibly there was corruption involved.  Anyone involved in the republican party in Virginia could have gone to help verify the signatures.  I myself was sent an email with an invitation to attend and volunteer to help verify all the signatures.  There is no proof whatsoever that Bolling had anything to do with the outcome.  It is very unseemly to make these charges without any evidence to support them.  Bolling has already announced his bid for the Governorship in 13, I don’t think he would take the chance of ruining his chances to help Mitt Romney get elected.  He has had his eyes on the governor’s chair for quite some time.  The ballots were verified by mainly volunteers.  The likelihood that all of them were corrupted to push the outcome in any one direction is very hard to believe.

    Gingrich has made the following statement:

    The Gingrich campaign responded that “only a failed system” would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates. It said Gingrich would pursue an aggressive write-in campaign in Virginia.

    The law is very clear in Virginia, there is no option for a write in campaign.  While I am sure that people can still write in a name, it will not be counted.  This law has been in place since 1999.  This will be the fourth presidential election since these laws have been implemented.  In this time no other major candidate has failed to get on the ballot.  Here is a list of people who qualified for the Virginia ballots in the past:

    2008 – Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, John Edwards; Ron Paul, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney.

    2004 – Al Sharpton, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Gephardt, Lyndon Larouche.

    2000 – Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, George W. Bush, John McCain, Steve Forbes.

    So Newt wants me to believe that the system is broken even when the like of Lyndon Larouche or Al Sharpton can get the necessary signatures?  That doesn’t pass the smell test to me.   Does it to you?

    This comes down to one thing and one thing only.  They lack the organization necessary to run a national campaign.  Running for president is very difficult.  As it should be since it is a very difficult job.  Even Jill over at Pundit and Pundette; a huge Perry supporter, asked if he was just winging it.  Perry turned in sheets that were not notarized.  A very simple and free thing to do.  It is also is clear indication that no one on Perry’s staff bothered to look at the sheets when they were turned in by the volunteers.  I will give Perry credit here as he is not making himself into a victim as Newt appears to be doing.  So far he seems to accept the inevitable.  He will not be on the ballot for one of the biggest prizes of Super Tuesday.

    Look, getting people to sign these petitions is not easy.  I am not saying that it is, but they were only required to get less than barely over one tenth of one percent of qualified voters.  But the fact that it is difficult is the reason that an organized campaign is vital.  You must have the staff to organize the volunteers.  Another thing to remember is Virginia has off-year elections.  We had an election last month.  Every campaign has access to the information on where the voting locations were and what the past numbers of voters showing up to those locations are.   This is low hanging fruit, everyone showing up is a registered voter.  I volunteered on election day.  I only saw people out for Romney, Newt, and Obama.  I asked the other volunteers at the results party that I went to and none of them saw any for any of the other candidates that I listed.  I personally signed for Cain, Newt, and Rick Santorum.  I wouldn’t sign for Romney and was never asked to sign for any other candidate.  I am also on the email list for virtually every candidate and was only asked to collect signatures for Romney and Cain.

    Newt would like to change the rules because he is unhappy with the results.  That is a leftist tactic.  I find it abhorrent that Newt is now looking for a way around the rules.  While I do feel cheated that I only have two choices on my ballot.  The people who cheated me were the candidates themselves.

    Now, I am going to get back to celebrating Christmas.

  • just a conservative girl 4:01 PM on 08/22/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Virginia Primary Day Almost Upon Us – Those Last Minute Donations Sure Are Interesting 

    The primaries in The Commonwealth of Virginia will be held tomorrow.  One race that I am keeping a close eye on is Tito Munoz against Jeffrey Frederick.  They are squaring off to see who will face long time State Senator Toddy Puller. 

    Tito received a donation from an unusual place, Mr. Christian Josi.  Mr. Josi is Jeff Frederick’s former financial chairman.  It wasn’t all that long ago that Josi was calling Mr. Frederick “a conservative rock star”.  Could this be part of the reason that Mr. Josi has decided to back Tito for the senate seat?    I am not sure we will ever quite know for sure.  But it sure is interesting that a former staff member no longer is supporting him.

    • BackyardConservative 6:47 PM on 08/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck to Tito, what a great guy, and lucky to have you helping him out!:)

      • just a conservative girl 11:03 PM on 08/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

        It will all come down to who gets out the vote better. They are expecting very low (pathetically low) numbers tomorrow. We will see if all the door knocking and phone calls paid off.

        Tito is a great guy. A very principled man who will make a great legislator. He simply wants to serve, he isn’t looking for power. Exactly what is needed in this country.

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