Month: January 2016

I want to believe Donald Trump, but no deal

A poll conducted last month for Alabama state Senate and House Republicans showed that Donald Trump might win our state’s GOP presidential primary by a comfortable margin. One in three of my fellow Republicans told pollsters that they’re voting for the New York billionaire even though he was quite recently a registered Democrat who has donated a small fortune to liberals (including Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and the campaign committees overseen by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi). “Never mind all that,” these voters must think. “Trump will build the wall, crush the competition, defeat the jihadists, and ‘Make America Great Again.’” I’ve been, and steadfastly remain, justifiably suspicious of the authenticity of Trump’s conversion to our way of thinking, but to borrow a classic line from the X-Files: I want to believe. I want to believe that Trump will be a pro-life president who’ll defund Planned Parenthood and appoint justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, but I cannot forget that he once claimed to be “very pro-choice” and said that his sister, who is a radical pro-abortion federal judge, would make a “phenomenal” appointment to the high court. I want to believe that Trump would protect our Second Amendment rights, but I cannot understand why he once supported the so-called “assault weapons ban,” which is an obvious scam to further disarm law-abiding Americans. I want to believe that Trump would uproot Obamacare and bring some market-driven sanity and patient choice to our health care system, but there’s that time Trump…

Conservatives could primary Robert Aderholt in 2018

Once upon a time in a capitol not so far away, Republican lawmakers were rarely held accountable for supporting bills that wasted tax dollars, increased debt, or made a general mess of our country. Folks back home would regularly hear their congressmen and senators talk tough, but at the eleventh hour their votes often fell into the “yea” column of whatever bloated, big-government bill the establishment put forward. There wasn’t much blow-back because many voters either didn’t understand the bills, didn’t care, weren’t paying attention, or were just happy to get their share of pork when the slaughter was finished. That’s how it use to be, but conservatives in Alabama’s fourth congressional district ought to remind U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, that the political landscape has drastically changed. Aderholt was the only Republican member of Alabama’s congressional delegation to vote last month in favor of a $1.8 trillion budget that was backed by the White House and Democrat leaders in the House and Senate. The budget’s ever-growing list of faults are outrageous. For starters, it adds $2 trillion to our national debt over the next 20-years, and in a staggering affront, it continues sending millions of our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood after its criminal abuses were exposed. It also pays for the president’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrians in our communities, despite a clear threat that Islamic extremists will infiltrate the refugee population. It expands a program allowing foreign workers into the nation at a time when…

Give an inch on guns and they’ll take a mile

It’s been said that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch, while liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. That’s the essence of our Second Amendment. It’s not hunting, which is so acceptable that our founders never dreamed of having to enshrine its legality in our constitution. It’s not personal protection, which is already a natural right that should be recognized everywhere, and certainly in the “land of the free.” And it’s not the shooting sports, which even subjects in totalitarian states can enjoy. The amendment is about the preservation of liberty, by and for Americans. That’s exactly what I told my nine-year old son recently as we fired off shells with his new 20-gauge shotgun at a local range. He had heard much of the same talk during the last two-years while hitting aluminum cans with his Daisy Red Ryder BB gun – lessons about safety, accuracy, and responsibility. But my words seemed to carry far more weight after he first heard and felt the boom and kick of a real weapon. He seemed to grasp that now it was serious. Sure, it was great fun for him to see two-liter soda bottles explode in a fury of birdshot, but it was deeply satisfying for me to pass along to my son the sacred American tradition of owning and understanding firearms. The sad thing is, my boy probably already knows more about the principles of gun ownership than the people running…

Conservatives should help our “banished veterans”

It took an uncommon amount of courage and patriotism to join the U.S. military back in 2007. We had just rolled the dice on a surge of troops in Iraq, the death toll there was climbing, and few American families wanted their sons or daughters to enlist in what appeared to be a lost cause. But in Idaho, a young Daniel Torres heard the call of his adopted country and answered loud and clear. “I’ll do it,” he recalled himself saying. There was only one problem: Torres was Mexican, and he gave the military recruiter a false birth certificate so he could join. “When I enlisted, I didn’t just want to be another Mexican living in the U.S.,” he said in a story titled “Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported” that aired last week on National Public Radio. “I wanted to be able to say that I had done something for the country.” And do something he did. Torres became a United States Marine, one of the few and proud who have guarded our nation’s freedom for more than 240 years. He eventually deployed to Iraq in 2009 and spent time outside of Fallujah, a particularly hellish place. He survived, returned home, and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan when everything unraveled. Torres lost his wallet, and the process to obtain replacement documents revealed his use of a false birth certificate. That probably wouldn’t have been a big deal in decades past. We’ve all heard…