from August 2015, Government
My fellow author’s article last week about Donald Trump seemed to stir up quite a negative reaction from those who firmly stand behind “The Donald”. After reading G.W.’s article and then the comments that followed, what I gleaned was fascinating — the term “conservative” seems to have lost any real meaning.
To be a conservative now-a-days seems to be someone who claims to back a particular set of policies.
Can we tell if someone is a real conservative if they are for:
“The Donald”, as he is often called, is #1 one in all of the summertime Republican primary polls — and all of the Washington insiders are dumbfounded. The 2016 Republican primary contest was to be like 2012, where the establishment GOP put up their candidate, this time Jeb Bush, and the rest of the field, made up of self-proclaimed conservative purists, wrestled each other for the crumbs. This is how 2012 turned out. Then the candidate of choice was Mitt Romney. Romney stood tall and smiled while everyone else tried to show why they were the best anti-Romney candidate. We all know how that turned out. Romney won the Republican primary and then lost the general election to the weakest sitting president since George Herbert Walker Bush (Bush 41).
The establishment has given us some real “winners” over the years: Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. While all fine men, none of them were conservative in their core governing values. And without that your elected official can change their position on any issue, at any time because nothing really anchors them. They just float around looking for the popular choices to make and avoid standing out with any of the controversial ones.
So what of Donald Trump? Why is he popular? First people loved his television show. They liked that in a culture, that for decades has been feminized, here stood a masculine hero that was not afraid to tell celebrities they screwed up — “You’re fired”. Right next to celebrity is leadership. The Apprentice always made Donald Trump the leader, the man in charge. People like that. And so with celebrity and the aura of leadership Trump enters the Presidential race leveraging these two assets.
Harsh words maybe, but unfortunately true. Sometimes the truth can hurt. Greg Walden’s editorial published in the Herald and News is yet another example that demonstrates what is wrong with Washington, as well as with Mr. Walden’s thinking.
Walden’s plan is nothing but another “shuffling the deck chairs” to make you think he is working hard and that he is getting something done to better Oregon’s forests. While all the activity and smoke created by Walden & Co. might produce something slightly better, in essence all will be the same. One has to ask, is that what we want from our Representative — a lot of activity but little real change?
The problem is not how well the US Forest Service or BLM manage forests in Oregon. The problem is that the US Forest Service and BLM manage forests in Oregon.
The Founding Fathers empowered the Federal government with a very narrow scope in how to govern the union. Believe it or not, managing forests was not one of the powers granted the Federal government. Read the Constitution. Read all of the amendments. Read the Declaration of Independence. The word “forest” is absent in all of them. Why? Because the Federal government was never meant to, nor designed to, manage forests all across the nation. This responsibility was to be “reserved to the States, or to the people.”
Would you continue to hire a babysitter who, when watching your children, only honored your wishes 40% of the time? How about 50% of the time? What about 60% of the time?
If you answered no, then why do you put up with a congressman who does the same thing?
You’ve probably heard this argument before. The thinking goes that because Greg Walden is the only Republican from the State of Oregon who represents us in Washington DC, as Republicans we must support him. He is our only voice. That sounds good on the face of it. But what if that Republican (Greg Walden) votes more often like a Democrat? What if that Republican is doing a terrible job representing conservative values? Do you still believe the same thing?
Welcome to beautiful and smoky Klamath County. What?!? Smoky? Yes, smoky. With several forest fires in full swing, the Klamath Basin looks like San Francisco with a bank of fog that will never leave.
But fear not. The EPA has one air quality monitor in Klamath Falls that will record the poor air quality and issue fines for Klamath County not meeting the EPA’s air quality standards. What’s that? The EPA does not measure air quality during the summer months? What?!? The EPA only measures air quality during winter months when people heat their homes with affordable firewood? Hmmmm. Seems like another government policy that sounds good, “prevent poor air quality” but really has a hidden agenda — eliminate the use of fire places and un-sanctioned wood stoves.