The conservative community doesn’t like Mike Rounds as the Republican candidate for Senate. They say Rounds is too liberal, that he favors big government. I certainly can agree that Mike Rounds is not a true conservative. However, neither is John Thune or Kristi Noem. They have all done things that have set me walking in circles talking to myself.
Having said that, John, Kristi and Mike will vote 80% of the time to the right of the chart. A democrat (regardless of the place holder) will vote to the left of center nearly 100% of the time.
I surely wish we conservatives had someone on deck that could run a viable campaign against Mike Rounds but that isn’t the case. So… what to do? I’m stuck, again, supporting the liberal lite over the progressive left candidate. Voting third party or simply staying home is not an option. That just gives my vote to the left.
I would like to stress one thing that I think is important. The one thing I will not do is join into this circular firing squad that is forming inside the Republican party. That simply gives more ammunition to the Progressive left. We need a deeper conservative bench. This is imperative. Today, we don’t have one. I have little to no enthusiasm with our current federal representatives or candidates. Our true conservatives (Stace Nelson, Betty Olsen, Brock Greenfield, Dan Kaiser et al.) are all good people, but they aren’t yet ready for prime time. That day will come and on that day I will blister my hands pounding in highway signs for them. BUT today….. I’m left with a bucket that has a hole in it. Instead of this being a ringing endorsement for Mike Rounds, I’m giving an affirmative shrug.
Without a definitive leader in the Republican Presidential race this year, the South Dakota Republican Caucus will actually have an influence on the choice of nominee for President. In years past by the time the South Dakota caucuses met, the nominee had already been established.
Not this year. The South Dakota Republican Party actually has an opportunity to help choose their Republican Presidential candidate.
On March 1st at 8 PM we South Dakota Republicans will caucus in support of our individual choices. We will be able to stand up and be counted in favor of the person we want as President of our United States.
Those chosen by vote will be eligible to vie for a seat on the floor of the National Convention in Tampa, Florida next August.
What’s so exciting about that? There is a growing chance that this will be a brokered convention.
A Brokered Convention?
There is a real possibility this year that there will be no candidate with the required 1144 votes to capture the nomination in the first vote. If there is no front runner with a the required (50% +1) votes on the first vote, the choice is put in the hands of the delegates on the floor. This could very well be one of those special events in your life you replay for your grandchildren.
South Dakota Republicans, the trail to Tampa starts in your County Seat March 1st. To be nominated as a delegate to the Republican National Convention plan to be at your county caucus. With very few exceptions, this is where the journey starts.
This is an exciting time for South Dakota. We finally get a turn at bat. We get a choice, rather than having our choice made for us. If you want to be at what could be a history making Republican National Convention and if you want a voice as to who should be your next President, see you at the caucus.
Ok… So the (liberal) news media is all excited about Romney winning New Hampshire. It’s over everyone else go home. The liberals know their man can beat liberal light, just like he did in 2008.
That’s why they want this RINO from the second most liberal state in the union to be “our” choice..
To hear them – it’s over. Every other candidate should just pack up their signs and go home.
Here’s what they don’t tell you.
1. Romney was governor right next door and New Hampshire has a symbiotic (almost incestial) relationship with Massachusetts.
2. Romney owns property in New Hampshire and is a de-facto resident.
3. The primary voting block in New Hampshire (and South Carolina) is center left – not center right. Why? They are “open” primaries. In other words anybody can vote on the Republican ballot. Even Democrats (and Democrats do – to skew our nomination process).
4. New Hampshire only sends 12 delegates to the National Convention.
Now you’ve see the floor on convention night. Think you could pick out the 12 from New Hampshire?
So, when the newsies tell you it’s over. Pay no attention. Let’s push hard to nominate a REAL Republican this time. Someone who represents Republican values of small government and limited spending. Not Democrat Lite.
What is happening in Delaware is is one major factor in my decision to leave New Jersey and move out here to God’s country. Here is a part of the blog I wrote on why I left New Jersey.
Many people have asked me why I moved from New Jersey to South Dakota, Two reasons – money and politics. When New Jersey had the fiasco with Brett Schundler and Jim McGreavy I knew it was time to get out. For those who don‘t know, Brett Schundler won the primary against the Republican “machine” candidate. Brett was an “outsider” and a conservative who believed in smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Because of that the NJ state Republican party went limp. They did not endorse, support or help finance Brett’s campaign. In fact the senate majority leader (the senior man in the Republican party in NJ) would not even endorse him. That’s when I knew I had had enough. I tell people that is was not the Democrats that drove me from New Jersey, it was the Republicans.
The rest is not important for this note.
The Republican party leaders in Delaware are derelict in their duty to support the candidate their Republican party has chosen. If Christine looses this race it will not be because of a stellar campaign by the Democrat machine. It will be the fault of the republican machine failing to support their duly elected candidate. The Republican people of Delaware need to get together now and fire their party leadership. If that does not happen, there’s plenty of room for good conservatives out here in South Dakota… and it’s good livin’ too.
On immigration reform:
Let me say first and foremost that I have no problem with LEGAL immigration. My mother’s, mother’s parents came from Ireland and Germany, my father’s father from Poland. Had not these families LEGALLY immigrated, my parents would have never met and I would not exist.
Having said that, I am strongly opposed to ILLEGAL immigration. People who have such little regard for our law that their very FIRST act in this country is to break it.
We all know that the system is broken. It rewards those who break the law while hindering those who try to do things right. Simply stated, the system is upside down. LEGAL work visas are nearly impossible to obtain while comparatively it is a relatively easy thing to simply walk across an unfenced and unguarded border. In a world that is run by common sense rather than politicians seeking to get reelected, the reverse would be true. Work visa’s would be easy to obtain by honest folks and ILLEGAL workers would have a hard time finding work.
But….how to get there? This will take a new and fresh approach on immigration. We must make it easy for honest law abiding persons who want be here and work here while making it difficult for those who use our soft borders to break the law. That is true immigration reform.
A man smarter than me laid out a simple idea that seems to work in my mind. Here it is in a nutshell….. With my personal modifications, I will spell it out in a simple four step process.
1. CLOSE THE BORDER!!!!! If you come home from vacation and find that a hose burst on the washing machine and water has flooded the basement, what do you do first? TURN OFF THE WATER!!! We need to build a fence, patrol the fence and stem the tide of illegal traffic of people, drugs and who knows what else is coming across into this country.
2. Enforce the laws concerning hiring illegal workers. Put the full force of the legal system behind it. A company violates the law once they pay an outrageously hefty fine, second time – someone goes to jail. No one will be willing to risk jail time to save a few bucks on labor. Illegal hiring will dry up.
3. Establish at legal points of entry as a means for LEGAL workers to come in. Each person wishing to enter will have fingerprints taken, perhaps other biometric scans as well. Each will be compared to a data base of prior offenders and, when cleared, (this can and should take less than a minute) will be issued a green card. One thing, each individual will be asked to sign a card stating that should they violate ANY law they will be subject to immediate revocation of their visa and deported. Each person holding a work visa will be required to renew that visa at regular intervals (perhaps semi annually).
4. Open the outbound gates and let the stream of those who are here illegally get out so they can get in line to come back in legally. Those 12 to 20 millions that the government says they can’t deport will gladly deport themselves so they can get in line to get the legal visa.
This is immigration reform that works. Where did I get the original concept? From a book written by man that understands the world that works and the world that fails.