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2012 Election Reflection

I never thought of this election as the game changer that it is so often referred to as on the radio.  With a constitution, two houses in congress, a judicial system etc, any single presidential election won’t really rise to the level of game changing.  Rather, our elections display super tanker like agility where if you want to change direction you should have thought about that well in advance.  I see yesterday’s election that way.  Decades ago we set our course towards socialism and as we approach it, many Americans are realizing that socialism is not really a place they want to end up.  So we’ve started to turn the tanker, but it will take some time and definitely a sustained effort to make it happen.

Yesterday’s election was a testament to the sustained effort that has been going on lately.  We may still have a socialist President for the next 4 years, but our course is changing.  In 2008 President Obama was elected with a 53 to 46 percent margin, while yesterday he apparently won with just a 51 to 49 percent margin.  He has had 4 years to further his socialist causes, but is losing his edge to those of us who are turning the tanker.  It might not be too long before we reach the tipping point in the electoral college and finally elect a president that will help steer us away from socialism.

I am certainly not disappointed at all with the 2012 election.  And look at those red/blue maps, especially look at our our state red/blue map.

washington pres results

The whole East side of our state is red, and look at Clallam, Wahkiakum and Lewis counties on the West side.  Lewis County went 60 to 37 in favor of Mitt Romney which is one of the better showings in the whole state, certainly on the west side.  The Lewis County GOP should be holding seminars.  Our own Whatcom County went towards reelecting President Obama, but with solid Republican representative in our state government, we could be the next Lewis County.

And the Washington governors race, while still very close, is positive news in itself just by being close.  We have had a long reign of liberal Democrats in Olympia and yet recent elections have been so close that they indicate that we could be really close to that tipping point.  Perhaps we’ve even reached that point now as barely half the votes have been counted.  That’s nothing but good news.

Other good outcomes in this election were in favor of limiting tax increases to needing a 2/3 majority and favoring charter schools which should help our future generations from again steering a course towards socialism.

An couple of unsettling outcomes were in R-74 and I-502 that both seem to have us passing laws that rewrite reality.    R-74 not being rejected would have us believe that the state government can redefine marriage to be between two people regardless of them being both men or both women, but the reality of this world is that the natural unity is between men and women.  No piece of paper is going to change what marriage is, because marriage is and has been what it is for as long as we’ve been around.  What this law against reality will bring us is not a new definition of marriage, but rather it will bring us,  and especially our children,  much confusion.   A recent example of this type of confusion is all over the news right now.

Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a “transgender” man from using the women’s locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.

College Lets “Transgendered” Man Expose Self to Girls in Locker Room

When a law says something is reality even though it is obviously not reality, what we get is trouble and confusion.  The reality is that men are men, women are women and legislating otherwise doesn’t change that reality.  We apparently have a law that says a man can be a woman if he feels like it, resulting in having a “woman” with a penis exposing “herself” to children in a public place. No matter how the law defines a woman, the penis is a dead giveaway and reality wins out.  It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money to deal with things like this and R-74 that are against reality.

I-502 is also a little contrary to reality, or maybe it was just a great shuck and jive by people who want to freely smoke pot.  Before the election I-502 was touted as a new approach to marijuana use that would generate new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, substance abuse and would allow law enforcement to be focused on violent crimes, yet the day after it passed the Bellingham Herald ran an article titled Washington voters legalize recreational pot use.  So what is the reality?  Is it lofty ambitions or recreational pot use?  Oh and another reality surrounding this new State law is that it is that marijuana is still against Federal law, so careful what kind of cop is standing next to you when you light up.   Oh and then there is always the reality of these anticipated tax revenues from state regulated marijuana farms and stores; check this, marijuana grows like weed ya know and if it’s legalish to possess marijuana, then who will be paying good money, let alone high taxes on something that they can grow at home?

All in all this was a good election that the real message of the election is that we just need to keep on movin’

Ok, sorry for the music, but this was really about the costumes and dance moves. ;)

Vote Now

If you’ve still got that blank ballot kicking around, it’s time to get ‘r done. There is a drop box right across the street from 9-11 in Ferndale or you can always mail it. Based on research and/or meeting the candidates in person, here’s how I voted. 

President/Vice President – Romney/Ryan

Governor – McKenna

U.S. Senate – Michael Baumgartner

U.S. Rep, District 1 – John Koster

U.S. Rep, District 2 – Dan Matthews

Lt. Governor – Bill Finkbeiner

Secretary of State – Kim Wyman

State Treasurer – Sharon Hanek

State Auditor – James Watkins

Attorney General – Reagan Dunn

Commissioner of Public Lands – Clint Didier

State Sen. District 40 – John Swapp – He’s not in my area, but I’d vote for him if I could.

State Rep. District 42, Pos. 1 – Jason Overstreet

State Rep. District 42, Pos. 2 – Vincent Buys

Public Utility District 1 – Paul Kenner

State Supreme Court Justice, Pos. 9 – Richard Sanders

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge – Dave Grant

Reject – Ref 74 current definition of marriage is fine.

Yes – I-1185 – Requiring 2/3 majority to raise taxes is a good idea.

Yes – I-1240 – Allows expansion of charter schools, current plan is not working time to try plan b

No – I-502 – Don’t think more access to drugs is good and having the State run the cartel is a super bad idea.

Approve – SJR 8221 – to keep debt limits low. More borrowing to balance the budget is a bad idea.

No – Prop. No. 1 – Add more bureaucrats is no way to fix problems in the port commission.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Romney will support McCain bid

BBC NEWS | Americas | Romney will support McCain bidLast Updated: Thursday, 14 February 2008, 19:33 GMT

Reports says he will ask the 280 delegates, whose support he won at primary elections during his campaign, to support Mr McCain.”

Romney has decided to endorse McCain and it could happen as early as this afternoon,” said Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mr Romney.Mr Madden told Reuters the endorsement would take place at around 1600 local time 2100 GMT at Mr Romneys campaign headquarters in Boston.

Mr Romney withdrew his candidacy last week saying that if he continued to fight he would “forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win”.

On Friday, Mr McCain appealed for the support of “dedicated conservatives” in the Republican party, saying he had a responsibility to “unite the party” in preparation for Novembers elections.

One week ago Mitt Romney stood aside in the Republican presidential race. He did it for the sake of party unity that will be needed to effectively defeat the Obama and Clinton campaigns and keep the Democratic Party’s agenda for surrender and economic slowdown out of the White House. I would think this will seal the deal on unity. And as I previously suggested, Mitt Romney might make a good VP choice.

My neighborhood

map110 At my precinct caucus, I found that I live in a Ron Paul rich neighborhood; if you can call 5-30 acre lots a neighborhood. Out of our group we had 7 or 8 for Paul, 2 for Romney, 5 for Huckabee and 0 for McCain. We ended up sending 3 delegates for Ron Paul and 1 for Huckabee.

With the lack of support, and even interest, in John McCain; I realized how much conservatism is in my neighborhood. There were really only 2 issues on the table: Christian values topped the list for Huckabee supporters and “never should have gone to Iraq” topped the list for Paul supporters. It also seemed that most people were voting their conscience at this point rather than playing politics. I found later that the goose egg for McCain was an oddity, as other precincts had all McCain and Huckabee supporters and none for Paul.

I hear that caucus numbers were strong for both Democrats and Republicans, so we are probably heading for an exciting race once the parties make their final choices. I hope that the strong opinions and positions so far translate into strong unity behind the eventual Republican candidate. Just the other day Ron Paul wrote this:

Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them.

But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

Even if we can’t all agree on the finer points of conservatism, I think we can all agree that any Democrat is a step in the wrong direction and any Republican choice is a step in the right direction.

The Right tool

When I sign into my caucus today, I will be indicating that my presidential preference is Mitt Romney. Mitt briefly described his conservative position in a recent email.

I outlined what I know is the right course ahead for our nation – a course based on conservative principles such as individual responsibility, strong faith and values, economic strength with lower taxes and a national defense that will not retreat from the threat of evil extremism.

toolI have no delusions that he will miraculously rise from his campaign ashes, but I do believe we need a more broad spectrum conservative president, whether it be in 2008, or 2012, or whenever. That is the message I will be sending as delegates pile up for more conservative candidates such as Romney and Huckabee. I also have no illusions that the Republican candidate will be anyone other than John McCain, but for the future of this nation, the conservative message needs to be sent.

I love analogies and so I’ve looked at the presidential campaign this year the same way I look at purchasing tools. I see the Democratic Party tool as the slick packaged piece of junk only brought in for the Fathers Day sale; Sitting shiny and unused in a drawer, it looks for all the world like a wrench, but will fail and bust you’re knuckles the first time it is needed.

The Republican Party this year has been more like the tool department at Sears, with plenty of real tools lining the shelves. We have had a great opportunity to choose good, better and best; or Companion, Craftsman, or Craftsmen Professional. The are just different levels of price and quality, but all real tools that will do the job for the average American. While I may covet the Craftsman Pro, I’ll put Craftsmen on my Christmas list, and won’t be disappointed to receive Companion.

So even though I see Mitt Romney as Craftsman; I won’t be disappointed with Companion tool John McCain. I have no doubt that we will get a lot of good work done together with him as President.

Today I’m letting the world know I prefer Craftsman; tomorrow I’ll be working hard to fill the roll-around with Companion, so that wacky relatives with good intentions, don’t try to fill it with slick packaged piece of shiny junk.

An understandable decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – Today, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Governor Romney announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign for the sake of Republican unity and the future of our country. In 2008, Republicans must stand united if we are to prevent Senators Clinton and Obama from taking the White House. As a nation at war and facing uncertain economic times, the American people cannot afford the Democrats and their agenda for retreat and economic slowdown. With today’s speech, Governor Romney outlined the significance of this election and the need for the Republican Party to remain strong.

I’d have rather seen John McCain yield to the more conservative Mitt Romney, but I understand Mitt’s reasoning and his decision. Perhaps he’ll make a good VP choice?

I still won’t vote for the destruction of our nation through Democratic Party agenda, so I’ll be looking at the best choice from the Republican side.

Read the rest of Mitt Romney’s statement

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