This young woman is finally home where she belongs. I am not big on lawsuits, but not only do I hope they sue, I hope they get a huge reward. That way maybe the laws will change. No family should be afraid to take their child for medical care. Anyone that knows this story knows that unless the laws are changed, you should be afraid, very afraid.
A simply stunning outcome last night in Virginia. A house majority leader loses in his party's primary. Something that has never happened in the history of our country. I personally thought that Cantor didn't take the race seriously enough but would still win out in the end. I was wrong. He lost by more than ten points.
But I will say that people who don't understand the ins and outs of Virginia politics are getting some things wrong. On the national stage they are talking about how Brat won on the amnesty issue. There may be some of that in there, but it certainly wasn't the entire reason. Cantor's view on immigration is exactly like Lindsay Graham's and he won easily.
In Virginia there is no party registration. As such whenever there is a primary anyone can vote. It is very easy for people in the other party to show up at the polls and place a vote for a candidate that is most likely to lose to their candidate of choice. As such, there is great deal of back and forth about conventions vs. primaries within the local political debate. Cantor firmly falls on the primary side of the debate. An issue that I agree with him on. I personally feel that primaries are the most inclusive and that conventions put some voters into the position of not getting their voices heard. But even that isn't all of the story. There is a parliamentary rule in Virginia called slating. In slating when you get 50% of your district to agree to use this rule only a certain amount of people are allowed to vote in a convention or committee meeting. So if you don't happen to fall into the chosen few, even if you are willing to travel the convention you can't vote.
Many in Virginia have very strong feelings about slating. Most of which are highly negative. I personally believe that this is the rule and those who know the rules of the game best win. So I am not going to put people who like this practice down. They are following the rules of the game. If you don't like the rules, get yourself into position within the local committee to change them. Complaining and calling others cheaters doesn't solve anything. My main point here is that Cantor and his camp really upset many people by using these rules. At least that is the impression that many have. Heaven knows that, especially in politics, perception is reality.
David Brat had no money. He spent somewhere around $200,000 total on his campaign, whereas Cantor spent more than that on one dinner for his supporters. But what he did have was very dedicated volunteers that literally knocked on every door in that district that was marked as a republican. Again, there is no party registration in the state, but voting habits get you listed as a D or an R. Brat also did get some much needed help from two conservative radio talk show hosts. Mark Levin, who lives in Virginia, and Laura Ingraham, who lives in D.C. Both of them had him on their show and Ingraham did at least one rally with him. Both have large audiences and it seems it had at least a little bit of an effect.
There also was the issue that many in his district felt that he didn't listen to them. That he was no longer representing them, but looking towards being the Speaker of the House when Boehner decides to step down. He was next in line. I have heard many in his district say that they didn't get return calls or letters when they would contact his office. They felt he lost touch with what his job was supposed to be; representing them not worrying about consolidating his own power. He rarely spent time in his own district. Another big difference between he and Lindsay Graham. Graham is very well known for being excellent on being there to listen to his voters. His staff is actually larger in his state than in D.C..
For those in the media that are saying he (Brat) is some sort of right winged lunatic it is going to be difficult to get that to stick. Cantor labeled him as the liberal in the race. Cantor campaigned on being the true conservative. His policies are simply basic republican fare. He campaigned on giving power back to the states, the amnesty issue and the rule of law, reducing our national debt, and reigning in out of control government. There is nothing extreme about those views. That is what the GOP is supposed to be for.
Another very interesting part of this story is how Brat campaigned. He actually stood up and talked policies instead of platitudes. He never made personal attacks on Cantor. Many in the media called him a joke based on this alone.
I think that Brat has shown that people are hungry to be talked to like adults. They can understand policy issues and they aren't all that interested in the personal ugly side of politics. That of course isn't going to go away anytime soon because they do work. But a small shift is happening.
I had no dog in this fight. I see both sides of Cantor staying and Cantor going. Politics is much like a marriage; a series of compromises. But when those compromises almost always walk away from the basic tenets of what the party is supposed to stand for, it may be time for a change in leadership. Cantor went after the tea party quite publicly. While no national Tea Party "group" gave Brat the time of day, the local activists took notice and put the work in to show him that they are still there and are expecting results.
The district is pretty conservative and I personally find it a good thing that dems are going to pour money into that district. It is less they can use on other races. It isn't impossible for a dem to win in that district, but it seems this is lining up to be a republican wave year much like 2010 and it isn't likely that dems can take advantage of Cantor's demise.
All over the media there is horror and consternation in regards to the Bergdahl return. He is being called a traitor and I have seen many calls for the death penalty floating about. You are missing the bigger picture here. First and foremost, the military never classified Bergdahl as a deserter. That makes a huge difference in how the military should behave in trying to find and free him. The military had an obligation to do so. Secondly, the bigger picture seems to be getting missed here. President Obama broke the law in order to get his return. It doesn't matter what the standing of the soldier is. The law would be broken even if there were not serious questions about Bergdahl's actions.
Now from the media reports I have read the sequence of events in this "trade" is that a video was made in December of 2013. The White House was made aware of the video the following month. In this very short video (I believe it is under three minutes) it reportedly shows Bergdahl in bad health. In the statements made by the administration, as well as the president himself, the narrative that they are using is that they saw that his health was deteriorating and knew something had to be done. Does that make sense to you?
If his health was so dire why did they wait close to five months to do something about it? If his health was the reason for the "prisoner swap" wouldn't they have done it in late January or early February? This is one among many questions that must be answered.
Another one of the narratives that the White House is laying out there is the need for absolute secrecy. Everyone knows that there are leaks coming out of Capitol Hill. That can't be denied. But this is also the same institution that knew about the bin Laden raid months in advance. Nothing of that leaked. One would like to think that members of congress take national security seriously. There are many who look at Bergdahl as a traitor, some of those people are members of Capitol Hill. But that doesn't mean that they would voluntarily risk the life of that man by leaking the information. This is just a ginned up excuse that the administration is floating to direct attention away from the fact that he has clearly broken the law. A law, I might add, that he signed. It isn't like he wasn't aware that the law existed. It seems like the touted Constitutional law professor has left those ideals behind.
This administration has emboldened the Taliban to take additional Americans hostages. Not to mention many other rogue nations across the world such as North Korea, Iran, and a whole host of others. We are now known for negotiating with terrorists. We have crossed that line and there will be no going back.
Conservatives need to do themselves a favor and let the military justice system do what needs to be done and let them handle Bergdahl, we have much bigger fish to fry.
Impeachment must be discussed in this context. I have never called for that before during the Obama administration because I don't think incompetence is grounds for impeachment. But this is a situation where multiple laws were broken, our national security has been endangered, and our troops all over the world have had a target put on their backs forever more. That should not be allowed to stand. This is the fight we should be waging. Bergdahl is only a small cog in the wheel. Let the Department of Defense handle him.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
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