THE 2006 ELECTIONS ARE STILL ABOUT CONSERVATISM
By Christopher G. Adamo
Admittedly, the War on Terror, and in particular, the ongoing situation in Iraq, provide aspiring Liberal politicians with an occasional opportunity to pander to their far Left, “cut and run” base. But even when attempting to appeal to that fringe constituency, Liberal candidates often pull their punches, seeking to establish themselves as “cut and run” candidates who do not really endorse the idea of cutting and running.
Outside of the Terror War, in which the GOP still holds a commanding advantage, the two biggest issues on the minds of the general public are immigration and congressional pork barrel spending. Here, the Republican majority has unfortunately left the door open to justifiable criticism, except that those doing the criticizing are inarguably in favor of an agenda that is much worse for the nation.
As regards the issue of congressional pork barrel apending, it is altogether amusing to listen to California Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attempting to portray her party as one of “fiscal responsibility.” Yet, that is the very case she must make if she is to have any hope of victory.
The other major “wedge” issue that the Democrats are attempting to use for leverage is illegal immigration. However, their flagrant track record of promoting “diversity,” “multiculturalism” and special “rights” for every minority group, essentially abandoning America’s traditional heritage, does not equate to a believable Democratic Party stance in favor of U.S. border security. So again they must tap dance.
Returning to the Foley scandal, it is bizarrely amusing to see Democrats feigning indignation over a congressional page situation that mirrors what they demanded of the Boy Scouts. It far exceeds any boundaries of hypocrisy that Democrats would now recoil at the prospect of young, vulnerable pages under the stewardship of homosexual authority figures. Yet, this is the case that the Democrats must make, if they are to convince Americans who hold to traditional values that the Democratic Party is indeed the party of preference to champion such things.
Apparently, we are supposed to believe that the moral integrity of our young people would be better protected in the hands of the God-hating Liberalism embodied by the nanny state and the counterculture. But, only on such a basis, can they hope to gain any advantage from the Foley scandal.
So, the charade continues, escalating into “high gear” during the last few days before the midterm elections. And any in-depth observation of the Democrats' posturing and antics reveals that most Democrats are having a very difficult time of it. But some notable exceptions do exist.
One of the most accomplished politicians, who may well succeed at this ruse, is the current Governor of Wyoming, Dave Freudenthal. An inarguable Democrat in a stridently “Red” heartland state, Freudenthal initially assumed his position as a result of an odd conflagration of circumstances. Consequently, he has been compelled ever since to maintain a skillful “balancing act,” at least until he can secure reelection.
In the 2002 race, Freudenthal was pitted against a former Democrat turned moderate Republican, who had been hand chosen by the state’s Republican establishment. Voters rejected the obvious cronyism that had predetermined the GOP nominee, and thus Freudenthal won by default. Since then he has masterfully talked “Right” while governing Left.
Now he finds himself in a race against a true Conservative in the person of Ray Hunkins. And, although all signs currently point to Freudenthal’s ownership of a commanding lead, his behavior shows him to be far from confident of victory, unless he can continue to control the nature of the campaign.
From the early days of the campaign season, he consistently shied away from debating Hunkins. Only recently, did he engage his challenger, at a time and place that would most certainly not be viewed by any majority of the voters.
The reasons for his hesitance are obvious. While knowing what to say in front of the cameras on a multitude of topics, his track record, especially in regards to defining social/cultural issues, is decidedly far to the Left of the traditional mindset of the Cowboy State.
Ample evidence of his Leftwing Liberalism exists, for those willing to seek it out. Unfortunately, the Wyoming GOP has done little to help, having been thoroughly shell-shocked by the ferocity of press accusations of scandal mongering, in the wake of an investigation into possible misuse of public funds.
So his safest course is to keep the focus off of his Liberal track record, presenting a public persona that ensures such information remains as thoroughly suppressed as possible. And in this he has a misbegotten accomplice in the often-clueless Republican state political apparatus.
Despite all of the media hype, when boiled down to its essence, this year’s elections are no different than any other of recent years. In order for Liberal Democrats to win outside of Vermont and California, they must successfully create the impression that they are anything but Liberal Democrats. Dave Freudenthal, Wyoming’s undeniably slick Governor, can show them all how it is done.
The American Political & Cultural Left:
Liberals, Statists, Socialists, & Other Leftists
The American Political System:
Politics & Government in the U.S.A.
Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
Traditional Conservatism: Questions & Answers
Conservatism: Attitudes, Types, & Present Status
Constitutional Conservatism: American & British
Classical Liberalism: Intellectual Foundations
Classical Liberalism: Conservative Liberalism
Manchester Liberalism & Social Darwinism
Modern Social "Liberalism": Statist "Liberalism"
Radical & Totalitarian Ideologies
Radicalism, Utopianism, & Totalitarianism
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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