Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
I'm an Eisenhower Republican. Another way of phrasing that is to say I'm a
Well said. Republicans would do well to choose a candidate they could live with
and independents could feel good about rather than a candidate they love but who
Senator Bennett,From this and other pieces you have written it has
become apparent to me that you are caring, intelligent, and politically astute.
The nation is the worse for your loss.Radicalism will not benefit
either party and it will not benefit the nation (in part because it cannot lead
the nation). Our politics favor center right or center left candidates. The
farther up the food chain, the more this is true.The ability to
govern as president requires that person to be able to work effectively with
both sides of the aisle. If they cannot, they will accomplish little. Our
constitution requires some degree of unanimity for change to take place. And
that is how it should be. A president who fully alienates the other side will
accomplish nothing.When selecting a president for our own party, one
of the key issues should always be does the individual have a track record of
working effectively with those of the other party?
General Eisenhower vied with Robert Taft for the 1952 nomination, not William
Hioward Taft his father whop served as Presdient from 1908-1912 and wasd later
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Which is why the GOP has no chance in 2012. Which is why every week there is a
different contestant in the GOP circus. One week it's Romney the other it's
Santorum, etc. They're trying too hard to appease their radical
right tea party groups which turns everybody else off.It's
ultimately going to come down to this, does the GOP want to go back to it's
moderate roots or continue on their current path of ultra-conservative
destruction? If they continue down the path, there's no election in
the near future that they will win.
The campaign for the Democrat Presidential nomination in 2008 lasted until June
so it's not like this is out of the ordinary.I sort of understand Senator
Bennett's point but there isn't a mythical "tea party" candidate in
the remaining field. Other than Ron Paul the remaining candidates are basically
centrist type Republicans. I know some Americans are frightened by Santorum
because they don't understand that some people actually have values. The column
doesn't say this but I guess it must imply that Barack Obama is a centrist. The
tone of his voice is the only thing "moderate" about Obama. If you
read what he says and observe his actions you'll understand that he is on the
far left of the Democrat party (and that's Bernie Sanders territory).
Barack Obama said that he would cut the deficit in half (he increased it by at
least 500 billion per year) Barack Obama told you with his stimulus plan
unemployment would not go over 8%- it did. Barack Obama promised you that you
would not lose your health insurance coverage under Obamacare- you will if you
haven't already. Don't listen to the words- look at the actions and results.
There are a few things in life I've changed my mind about..but not too many.
I've voted both republican and democratic yet I don't consider myself an
independent. Tom Friedman nailed it perfectly for me when he coined the pharse
a "radical moderate". For me the term radical denotes my acceptance
of reality and the public policies that reality requires. A country
with hundreds of millions of citizens, more races, ethnicitys, life styles, and
philosophys than can be counted. A nation with an economy that is moving
towards a post industrial phase, and symbiotically linked to the economies of
the rest of the world. A nation with a society where a majority of its wealth is
concentrated in the hands of a small minority of it's citizens, simply must be
governed and run differently than an argarian society of a few hundred thousand
white men in order to survive. This might not be the way some think
the world and country should look, but it does. So what does the middle look
like policy wise..it accepts reality, and honors the desire of the founders to
allow all, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Senator Bennett is unfortunately correct in most of his assertions. Much of the
electorate make their choices based on what the media tells them is acceptable
and most of the media hates true conservatism and true constitutionalism. Where
he is wrong is stating that only centrist candidates CAN be elected once they
are nominated. His old position is now held by a very effective true
constitutionalist. We have a president who is an extreme liberal (albeit he
talks like a moderate conservative when it serves). A growing number of
congresspeople espouse extreme positions on both ends of the spectrum and are
still elected. As we as a nation move closer and closer to economic and societal
disaster, those who are less "status-quo" and more "extreme"
will become more prominent as new solutions become more imperative. Yes, we want
a new Reagan. Someone who, by force of their very nature, can bring most of us
together as Americans. Yes he was conservative, but even centrist liberals liked
him because they saw his love for the country and his acceptance of them even as
he rejected their approaches. Too bad we don't have one like him right now.
At some point we will be forced to stop "compromising" and just pay for
our debt.That can either happen with (both) political parties facing
reality, or wait until our debt is foreclosed on by our creditors!Yes, it will be painful, but the alternative is financial chaos!
Truth's from a Eisenhower Republican, "ME".Seeing we got
rain in forecast that moves Daytona 500 to 7 p.m. start, I'll address this right
now. In todays world all bureaucrats and politicians treat us "common
folk" like monkey's in a zoo. Why does politicians treat us like monkeys in
a zoo?. Oh, they'll show up at your work place for a photo opp, then run out of
the building as fast as they can, in fear you'll toss some poo at them, as a
monkey would do, because you know what they really are. That's because
politicians are elite, these politicians are rich Ideas for the untra-elite
only, they are out of control and the politicians that run us are out of touch
with reality also. They never ate a TV dinner, their strippers don't have
strech-marks, their stupid rules take up valuable time and energy from business
owners who have to understand and implement their requirements, time and energy
that could be better spent serving their customers, expanding their businesses
and maybe actually hiring more workers, reducing the high unemployment rate in
this country. Who is responsible for these out of control government
regulations?. It is the out of touch GOP politicians who concoct these stupid
rules and laws with no sensitivity or experience on how the waste ripples
through the economic system, hurting everyone in the process. Madness for the
Koch Brother's. The United States government has maintained a ridiculous trade
embargo with the island nation of Cuba for about 50 years in an attempt to force
Fidel Castro from power. However, 50 years later, Castro is still in power, many
of the Presidents who continued the embargo are themselves dead, the United
States deprives itself of a good sized economic market right off its shores, and
the Cuban people have lived in poverty for 50 years, especially since the fall
of the Iron Curtain when the support from Russia dropped dramatically. Typical
U.S. government program never ending, never accomplishing its goals, and the
people of both countries worse off for the experience. Why do you keep electing
them then?. Sorry Robert Bennett, For the Deseret News, that's why
"YOU" were excommunicated by GOP and the Tea Party. "Americans are
anchored in the center with their hands tied until re-election time comes
Red State, the only way Obama looks like he's on the far left of the democratic
party is is you are so far right that the horizon is somehwere in the middle.
Why do you keep electing them then?. Same with Robert Bennett, For the Deseret
News, that's why "YOU" were excommunicated by GOP and the Tea Party.
"Americans are anchored in the zoo with the center of their hands tied until
re-election time comes around." Then you rattle their cage's and toss them
some monkey earmarks for peanuts for votes. And he's a researcher and lecturer
at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics ?. "HA!."
Senator Hatch is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance for
almost 40 years, where he has been a leading advocate for policies to encourage
savings and investment for the rich only, such as the Capital Formation Act, and
many other pro-growth tax bills for the Koch Brother's. Why nothing gets done
in Washington DC while they get paid for it. My staff and Sen. Mike Lee want my
Washington D.C. office to be a place where visitors from Utah feel at home.
Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., we host "Jell-O with the Senator." All
are invited to come meet me and enjoy a serving of Utah's official state snack.
How about Congress starts repealing the commodities modernization act ?. For
better or worse the Magic 8 Ball has made more decisions for more people than
the president and congress combined. Let's also ban a crooked culture hidden
under the heavy dirty dust of politics corruption and crony capitalism the Koch
Brother's and their Ethanol 15 and the 54 ethanol manufacturers, plus K Street
and Wall Street Corporate sneakiness and their outright-scams and con-games,
more corruption and crony capitalism in Congress along with insider trading,
crooked offshore tax safe havens in secret bank accounts that they invested in
up-market homes and hotels, tons of loopholes that allow qualifying
Institutions to still serve as conduits for Tax Evasion, Freddie Mac and Fannie
Mae that caused the mortgage meltdown and toss the crooks in prison, this
commodities modernization act helped create the ENRON debacle and is still
having repercussions on the US and World economies with ill conceived market
trades. Ex-Sen. Phil Gramm is credited with the ENRON language of the bill, but
what about the other proposals that negated 'bucket shop' laws in the states?
Who stood to gain then, as now? And did these self same greedy capitalists
(lobbyists and lawmakers) conspire to 'help' Congress again with the $700
billion bailout of financial institutions in 2008? I think whoever drafted this
proposal should be sent to prison and stripped of any and all wealth they
amassed. This statute is now being high-lighted as one of the main causes of
the financial crisis we are sliding into. Another Wall Street oil price
swing?. IT'S TIME we all put the breaks on it. With our Congressman and Senator
and tell them to do this. Gas prices most places are pushing $4 a gallon again.
And news reports say it could be $5 or more by summertime. That's outrageous and
unjustified. We've also got to stop a new brand of oil trader who has emerged in
the last decade, a middle man of sorts, who's also driving up the price we pay
at the pump. Many experts agree we should not allow these traders to bid up the
price of oil and flip futures contracts like condos. Yet in the last ten years
the share of the oil market controlled by investors and speculators has more
than doubled. By bidding up oil futures, speculators also increase costs for our
airlines, industrial energy users and other businesses. And these higher costs
are passed on to consumers like you and me. The GOP Congress deregulated oil
traders in December 2000. And it hasn't tackled a comprehensive alternative
energy policy since Nixon and Carter first talked about one in the 1970s. I
think Congress should pass legislation that aims to drastically limit the
ability of speculators to artificially drive up energy prices.
@pragamatist for life - is that why your man went to the Summit of the Americas
and gave Hugo Chavez a fistbump and called him "mi amigo"? Is that why
his "affordable healthcare act" authorized the hiring of 16,000 new IRS
agents but didn't hire one doctor or nurse? You might want to wake up and
smell the coffee before it's too late
Former senator, your editorial hangs on the premise that the voters are always
right...that "might (or majority) makes right". History proves that the
philosophies of the center never inspire. One very prominent man even suggested
the "lukewarm" middle was good only to be spewed out, prefering instead
to judge between the hot and cold ideologies of those with principles to govern
their actions. For better or worse I will always and only vote on principle and
continually fight within the established system to upend the boring and
ultimately erosive effects of centrist political philosophy.
I dont care who runs.....PeeWee Herman could beat Obama! Even Jessie Jackson
refers to Obama with pride as the "Food Stamp President"! Only a fool
would vote for Obama whose answer to high gas prices is...."pump up your
tires". the most embarassing moment Obama has brought to the USA is when he
apologises to Karzai after Muslims killed our own American Soldiers!
Disgraceful! This guy is out of control and hasn't a clue how to lead!
Here is reality - sorry Bob. America is NO LONGER a center right country. If it
were then far left wacko's like Obama , Pelosi, Maxine Waters , etc... would
NEVER get elected. The fact that these people continue to get elected makes
clear the sad fact that more than 50% of America is left of center and a large
portion of those are socialist, welfare state want-to-bee's just like the
bankrupt country of Greece. There is a slushy 10% that may still vote for the
GOP depending how bad the economy is. America is no longer the great country it
used to be back in the 1940's and 1950's. The Hippie movement of 60's started
the change toward socialist Europe and every passing decade we become more like
our friends across the Atlantic. The end result will be a totally BANKRUPT
American - burning cars in the street as we demand our entitlements ... which
idiots like Obama promised to get elected but now can't deliver... like Greece.
Those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it!! Who said that
anyway?? In our case - those who don't see what is happening to Greece and other
socialist republics in Europe and LEARN from them are bound to BECOME THEM!!!
Democrats are in serious trouble:Jessie Jackson calls Obama, Food
Stamp President...High gas prices?.....Obama says, No need to drill, Just
pump up your tires....Democrat Rep explains Obamacare includes free
contraception, but no free bandaids or cancer screenings, as they are not as
important..American Soldiers dead, Obama apologizes....America
may be in the middle Bob but its starting to look as though Utah is just one of
the other 50 red state
Ha, American politics is so skewed to the right compared to the rest of the
world that Obama would be classed as right of centre anywhere else. Everyone
describing Obama as a "liberal lefty" obviously have no clue about
politics outside the country.
Utah may have been one of the only red states in 2008.....but if this is a shift
to the middle that Bob speaks of....the Democrat Liberals are in deep
trouble!Obama answer to $5 Gas? Dont drill,just pump up your
tires.Jessie Jackson calls Obama the "Food Stamp President"!American soldiers die in Afghanistan? ...Obama apologizes for the behavior of
our soldiers!Demo rep says Obamacare provides free contraception, but not
free bandaids or Cancer screenings because they are not important healthcare
items like contraception.Media Matters President caught in Blackmail
scandal....Breitbart reports, In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama
admitted that, like his future Energy Secretary Mr. Chu, he believed that high
gas prices would be a good thing because they would force Americans to ween
themselves off of oil? Really...is this the leadership we want....someone who
is trying to raise the cost of gas artificially so that alternatives like
solyndra and others can get free govt money and go bankrupt!NOBAMA
2012...or any other Democrat for that matter!
Red State, "is that why your man went to the Summit of the Americas and gave
Hugo Chavez a fistbump and called him "mi amigo"? Is that why his
"affordable healthcare act" authorized the hiring of 16,000 new IRS
agents but didn't hire one doctor or nurse?" A fist pump???are you kidding?
That puts him on the far left..seriously? If Obama were on the far left the
affordable health care act would have been a single payer system, the bailouts
and tarp would never have happened and instead the bakns would have been
nationalized. There would have been no surge in Afhgannistan just immediate
withdrawal. I could go on and on but this is just silly. Obama is firmly
encamped in the left of center.
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