Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Watching the State of the Union, via C-Span, CBS and Fox (different camera angles), one got the impression the man who would campaign no more, was campaigning nonetheless. The reference to working with Congress were weighed with threats to veto Bill that had not yet materialized, plans to take from the “rich” and give to everyone else, and taking credit for an oil and gas price that had nothing to do with the Government at all, sums up the President’s speech.
The redeeming feature of the evening was one Joni Ernst who gave the rebuttal. Politico gives an overview of points, and speaks a bit about who Earnst is and where she fits in the GOP. (Politico) However, watching one saw a woman who was practiced at the delivery, yet somehow came across as sincere. The catchphrase – “New Republican Congress” was akin to a rallying cry to those conservatives and independents that were looking for some movement in the body that could write all the legislation is cared to but nothing would have gotten past the former Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s desk.
Paraphrasing – “We are here to work for you, you elected us, we hear you”…it was a refreshing change from promises never kept, and costs not disclosed. Watching Joni, one has to understand she is a soldier, a mother, a wife, and now a Senator, from humble beginnings, and she states that more clearly than anyone seen in a long while. In other words, Senator Earnst is not so much a politician but one of us.
Joni and her likeminded “New Republican Congress” may well serve the nation better than any previous. It remains to be seen, however, from bored to interested, that’s the way the evening went.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Time for Pragmatism – Rand Paul offers Measured Reason - 2016 offers Reasonable Choice in Leadership
Last night, while looking for something entertaining to watch for an hour or so before bed, I found a program on CSPAN – the the Conservative Policy Summit (Video Here) with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul as the speaker. It was a dry topic to be certain, but worth the watch, and one was certainly drawn in by the Senator and his patter on the topics at hand. What one notices is that he is neither blue or red or hot or cold but right down the middle, challenging those on both sides of an issue to think about solutions.
Therefore, it is not without some hope that as the 2016 General Election primary season opens and those preparing to run the gauntlet of the primary emerge, that Paul will certainly enter the fray and bring his voice to the nation. It is past time that we, as a public, were offered an individual so dedicated to liberty, yet reasonable enough to see two sides to any give issue. It is not a flip-flop as some may note, but more of an intellectual approach to a problem, which sounds not usual, and makes it very appealing.
Paul, to this mind, is not pandering to the right, the left, and one lobby over another; rather, it is his own voice looking for those who may be of like mind, or partial like mind to join a national conversation. Plus, the man is smart; the nation needs smart people to lead them and those that would call out individuals in the opposition party as well as their own party. That gives the man extra points.
A few articles of interest this morning (or yesterday perhaps):
Time Magazine’sRand Paul Makes a Pragmatic Case Against Rivals”
Washington Post’s ”Rand Paul Announces Campaign Manager as he ramps up 2016 campaign” (worth noting his choice)
Lastly, Politico’s ”Rand Paul looks to Steal the 2016 Spotlight”
When a nation has the choice of a too familiar face (or faces in this instance both to the right and to the left), what would be more appealing and reasonable to those who are in the middle – or independent/unenrolled voters who would rather not see another partisan dynasty hack take the reins of the Office – the option of a Statesman of Paul’s stature is certainly appealing.
Monday, January 12, 2015
If there was ever a time when a band of likeminded politicians from both sides of the aisle was needed, it would be this era, this year, this time in our nation’s history. Let alone it is the beginning of a general election season where one expects the partisanship to ramp on, again, and again, this should be put aside for those elected to do the people’s business.
Therefore – two articles stood out that makes one believe it may be possible to finally get things done, or not done, depending on the actual needs of the nation.
The first from Politico: Some house Democrats are seeking to add term limits to leadership positions according to Politico – in a nutshell, they see the GOP opening positions for new members of the body, and so, they would like to be able to have new voices heard on their side of the aisle. Smart move as it infuses new ideas into an otherwise stagnant and politically polarized group of older leaders (see Pelosi) (Politico)
Move to the Washington Post article which suggests that there is a large enough group of moderate Democrats who may be willing to work with the new Senate Leadership – thus giving the Senate the power to override a Presidential veto if necessary. We can only hope so – the constitution allows for a system of checks and balances - keeping everyone on an even playing field. (Washington Post)
There are instances where members do work together for the common good – see Rand Paul and Corey Booker.