There have recently been a number of articles looking at Mike Pence as the dark-horse of GOP presidential politics. There seems to be little discussion that this is unlikely. An example of such a perception, of Pence as the "dark-horse" of GOP presidential politics, is the following article:
5 reasons Mike Pence might be the 2016 dark horse to watch | The Daily Caller.
I know the aricle has a number of qualifiers. They always do. But why consider him at all? There is even talk of former Governor Mitch Daniels being the GOP candidate. Both Pence and Daniels are political and personal friends and supporters. What is true of one slides right along with the other. He, Daniels, is President of Purdue University, establishing his credentials and biding his time for 2016. The idea for Daniels' run is his reputation as a cost cutter and, by 2016, his problems with his wife and marriage will be old history. Daniels, so the argument goes reestablish his credentials with his "new" developments in higher education, which would help Republicans in that arena.
Governor Pence is doing the same; but, in the Governor's seat rather than higher education. Both can in fact sit out the 2016 race and run in 2020, well employed and probably improving their positions. Although, I would argue that by 2020 they would not be in any better position. The problems they have today, as GOP candidates, will remain.
The question though is this all fantasy thinking on the part of the GOP or is there any real substance behind it. Mike Pence in his role as Governor of Indiana and Mitch Daniels in his role as a Big-10 university president, both entered their new positions espousing conservative and traditional values. One for the state level and the other for traditional and real higher education. Governor Mike Pence came in with, what he himself claimed, an uncompromising position of having a voter mandate to provide the taxpayers a 10% rebate on the total funds collected by the State. It did not happen. The conservative principle here is that the State was in too much of people's lives and there was a need to reign in the State of Indiana Government, somewhat on the Texas model. It did not happen. Although Pence's party had complete control of the Indiana House and Senate, he could not or would not make it happen. Partial principles are not principles.
Daniels did the same thing. He came in with a memorandum to the Purdue family full of desire to really bring higher education and its lack of constitutional rights into the principled life of the American Constitution. When he got some push back, he retreated or gave up. He even argued, in a column, that the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, would give Purdue a green light on his new policies to constitutional protections. He said the measure of his success, just as Pence said the 10% rebate would be, is FIRE upgrade of Purdue's policy in regards to the First Amendment. So far, FIRE and the AAUP have only criticized his primary rejection of his own memo and his lack of defense of any rights. Why would any conservative vote for these individuals in a primary?
That is the problem with both of them. It is the usual talking a good game; but no substantive actions. There has been plenty of that seen with the current president. Pence and Daniels are showing that there is not a substantive difference in their actions. It is probably true that they both can show that they are better administrators and managers in government than the current president. That will not get an election won.
They also electorally do not bring anything to the table. Indiana will go to the GOP candidate in the presidential race. Neither Pence or Daniels can help with other states in improving the GOP electoral map. The GOP needs to do itself a favor and to stop looking for the "dark horses." The GOP needs to concentrate on its conservative principles and values to win -- which it can. They need to ensure that everyone understands that it is the conservative position that make most people Americans and it is why immigrants come to America in the first place.
Posted on September 23, 2013 at 02:29 PM in 2016 Presidential Politics, Academia, Current Affairs, First Amendment, Higher Education, presidential politics, Public Policy, Purdue University | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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To either support his own guilt feelings or to accommodate the gay marriage lobby or because of pressure from his son and/or his wife Republican Congressman Rob Portman has turned the meaning of marriage and libertarianism on its head. See the following confused explanation of his new stance:
Proud’ Dad Portman Flips to Support Gay Son on Same-Sex Marriage.
I cannot claim to know what is going on in Portman's head; but, I can evaluate what he says publicly and the policy stand he takes. The libertarian position can only be defined as one where the state has nothing to do with marriage. It would be fine and justifiable if he had taken that position and said that he had "re-thought" the question now that his son is at Yale and gay that state policy should say nothing about marriage. Here he would be saying that government should get out of any recognition of, or any involvement with, marriage. That would not be a stand for "gay marriage" or any definition of marriage. It would be saying that people should be allowed to live as they want and with whom they want to and it is not the state's business.
But, Portman does make it the state's business.
If the state is going to recognize marriage, from a conservative point of view (and a libertarian one), it can only be because the state recognizes some overwhelming state, or societal interest. These interests must at least be in the area of survival and/or national, i.e. state, security. Nothing here would lead someone, under any circumstance, to support "gay marriage." And neither can Representative Portman.
The state has for a long time recognized marriage as exclusively between one man and one women because of long standing historical and religious reasons. Today under this theory it would be legitimate to exclude "gay marriage" under conservative concepts; but not under libertarian ones. Libertarian concepts would at best say that there is no place for the state to be in the marriage definition business. There are many, many definitions of marriage. Why would one or two take precedence over all the rest?
This is Portman's betrayal and the lie presented by his son. It is also the lie which most gay activist present.
The only, and I mean only, reason that the state can justify in having an interest in marriage is national suicide as it relates to national security. There is nothing in being a conservative or a libertarian that requires an individual or a society to commit suicide. Therefore the one and sole state interest in marriage is the consequence of that coupling, which is more children. Only the increase in fertility, i.e. new babies, justifies and explains the state's interest in marriage. Under these principles, there would be greater justification for polygamy than there is from gay marriage. (All states have a greater justification for polygamy than gay marriage; although, there are other social problems with polygamy.)
All these couplings have minimal advantage or no advantage to fertility: gay marriage, bestiality, general fetishes, co-habitation, marriage to inanimate objects, etc. As a consequence, the state cannot and should not have anything to say, as far as policy, about these.
Portman, understandably as a bereaved father, has turned state policy on its head when it comes to gay marriage. He not only betrayed his principles; he also stood the conservative and libertarian cause on its head. There is no reason for him to continue in politics representing conservative/libertarian ideas.
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The first thing I hear when someone reads about the new "fiscal cliff" tax bill is: "What do you mean there is additional spending in the bill?" That is right. Not only does it include pork barrel spending; but, also tax credits, i.e. cash, for the Democrat and Republican loved corporations. Read the following column to understand the slight of hand as to how it got in there:
Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the 'cliff' deal | .
What should be understood is that this was not a surprise to President Obama or to the White House. They were part of the Halloween joke on the American citizens. This has to be, in all aspects, one of the saddest new years in American history. Americans have had sad new years but not where they were so badly betrayed by Congress.
The betrayal of the American public by its elected officials is huge and should start a recall, if not an impeachment process. The only individuals who can be counted as "innocent" of this betrayal are the members of Congress who refused to vote for the charade.
Obama is not one of them. The American people gotten taken by the worst lie, well one of them, by this president. (He just spent an additional $7 million to return to his Hawaii vacation.) When he auto-pen signed the bill, the White House released a "signing statement." It said that Obama did not agree with everything that he signed; but, naturally he did not specify what he did not agree with. This is the kind of cover that any low-life Chicago Style politicians uses to cover himself if needed.
One of the central facts that every American knows is that the problem with the American government is that it spends way beyond it means. This has not been doubted by most Democrat or Republican Americans. Much to each of their dismay, they find that the new bill which claims to reduce future debt and excessive spending will actually add $4 trillion dollars to the national debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next 10 years and increases spending by the government through credits and direct spending increases.
As is too often the case, when looked at in hind-sight it would have been far better for the American Government to be forced to go over the so called "fiscal cliff." This "too big to fail" perception has led us Americans to accept trillions of dollars in spending on dubious projects we would never have sanely acquiesce to. It is now time to call for an end. Sadly, since this had nothing to do with creating jobs, we are going to see the economy remain flat and most Americans remain out of work or in minimal wage jobs.
Thank you Democrat and Republican elected officials.
Posted on January 03, 2013 at 01:25 PM in Chicago politics, Current Affairs, Economic Development, Economy, End of America, Obama Presidency, Obama Presidency "Chicago Model", presidential politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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At this time of the year, I want to wish all my Christian friends and supporters the best of hope and peace during this Holy Day season and may you all have a happy and joyous Christmas season. I want all of you to think about what will really have consequences for Christians in the many future Holy seasons to come.
Read the following article to see what is the coming in the new year for many Christian communities whose only sin was being Christian and in Islamic countries.
Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East - Telegraph.
All of Christianity and its leaders have been telling you to be good in charity and be good to your fellow man. This is all a good thing, a very good thing. Christmas Holy season does call for charity upon the Christian flock.
But, the tough charity is the one that has risks and many times negative consequences to the charity giver. That is the charity promoting and protecting the existence of Christianity and free Christians in the lands of its origin, the Middle East. If that fight is lost, how well does anyone really believe Christianity will survive? Without a living history, which is what is being destroyed by Muslims, no religion can survive on "purified air" or "luft" as the Germans would refer to it.
It is now time for all G-d fearing people to make a stand against the end of Middle Eastern Christianity by Muslims so that they too can have a Merry Christmas for centuries.
Posted on December 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM in Anti-Religion, Christians, Current Affairs, End of America, Islamacism, Islamic Terrorism, Middle East, Obama and Middle East, Religion | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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When you read the following article and see the video, as a Hoosier taxpayer you will quickly realize that this individual went through this learning experience as a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. How embarrassing for Hoosier citizens and taxpayers is this national story?
VIDEO: How FIRE Helped Me Learn to Defend My Rights While I Was in College - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - FIRE.
What is worse is that the the Indiana State Legislature did not do anything about the betrayal of the American Constitution at the universities it funds with your and my money. In Indiana, higher education policy and tax revenue is beholding to an entity called the Indiana Commission of Higher Education (ICHE). During the past half century, it has done nothing to promote American values in Hoosier tax supported higher education institutions. Not to speak of promoting the values of the the Hoosier citizens who are footing the bill.
The State of Indiana has become a joke in higher education where the Bill of Rights is considered. There is the IUPUI public disaster,Purdue and Indiana Universities' embarrassment of action, Ball State University and Purdue Calumet civil rights lawsuits. Hoosier taxpayers should be ashamed at what university administrators are doing with the people's money.
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It is interesting that the following story is never reported by the mainstream media.
Foreign election officials amazed by trust-based U.S. voting system | The Cable.
It argues that the UN's election monitering team was overwhelmed at the level of trust that is at the center of America's electoral process. How could this be the case when most progressives, i.e. Democrats, argue that the American electoral system is intentionally disenfranchising many possible voters? The suspician is that most of the so called "disenfrancised" voters are really part of the 80 million registered voters who did not care enough to vote in the 2012 election.
It is impossible to figure out a system to get them to vote. Requireing them to vote, may work, but it rejects America's values of freedom of thought and action. This should teach Americans that having to show a picture identification does not prevent anyone from voting.
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM in Current Affairs, End of America, First Amendment, Obama Presidency, Obama Presidency "Chicago Model", presidential politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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With the National Constitutional disaster that was the re-election of the Obama anti-Constitutional team, it was a really refreshing experience to find out that David Ober won, as a principled Constitutionalist, for the State House in Indiana. With the Republican control of both Houses in the great State of Indiana going to Republicans, this State may be the best remaining bastion for Constituional education, business, and freedom.
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Democratic pollster Pat Caddell has finally broken out from the protective lies that have engulfed Obama. I can no longer refer to him as "President" Obama since he has willfully rescinded that right when he slept soundly as our Ambassador and Seals were killed. See the following emotional interview with him:
What is harder to take is that the American media, led by the New York Times, is going out of its way to cover-up the Libya cowardice strictly for the desire that this coward be re-elected to office. There is not an ounce of American backbone in this ingrate.
Posted on October 29, 2012 at 02:03 PM in Current Affairs, End of America, Islamacism, Islamic Terrorism, Middle East, Obama and Middle East, Obama Presidency, Obama Presidency "Chicago Model", presidential politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 07:30 AM in Current Affairs, End of America, Islamic Terrorism, Obama and Middle East, Obama Presidency, Obama Presidency "Chicago Model", presidential politics | Permalink | Comments (0)
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