This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Few Thoughts Now On A Republican Establishment That Just Doesn't Get It ...Posted by Wolfs Head


38 comments:

Blogger said...

Trump gets 25 times more media mentions than GOP field combined.

USS Rodger Young said...

RINOs are having a hard time. After the John McCain and Romney fiascos, followed by the Ken Cuccinelli abandonment, many true conservatives have had enough. When Senator Thom Tillis (makes me gag to call him Senator) turned his back on gun owners, it sealed the deal for many. Why anyone is surprised that the GOP is failing, and failing rapidly is beyond me.

Lastly, when New Guy or whoever the blog administrator was at the time, prohibited me from talking against establishment RINO liberals, I realized that all establishment Republicans are exactly like Democrats - evil, predictable, and worthless. I will spend money to see ANY establishment Republican voted out of office, even if it means a Dumocrat wins. Better to send us down the drain all the sooner so we can hit the reset button.

Sarkazein said...

You can't blame the RNC for being leery of TRUMP. Their job is to win elections for Republicans. Lately, nationally they have not done so well. Statewide, for the most part, they have done great. In past modern history, the MSM would have tarred and feathered TRUMP successfully and he wouldn't be even a blip on the radar. TRUMP is a unique event in modern politics. He has out Peroted Perot. Those who do this (politics) for a living are flummoxed and still in denial. I have long said there needs to be a revolution at the RNC. I believed libertarians should have taken it over and sent the mainstream Republicans (paid political hacks not the voters) packing. But, it did not happen. TRUMP will probably pull off the coupe I was calling for but it won't be libertarian. So at least someone might do it.
When there is such a dramatic pull to the far left accompanied by gross failure it causes a hard pull back, and that is TRUMP. The MSM is trying to assassinate him only to make him stronger with every try. The RNC will get the same as TRUMP moves to unseat those in power at the RNC.

USS Rodger Young said...

Any liberal sheep on this site care to take another crack at what happened to the TV show "Doomsday Preppers"? No 2015 show, no re-runs, not even a mention. Completed silence. Complete media blackout. One would think with the way the liberal news media absolutely hated Doomsday Preppers, that they would report on what happened to National Geographic Channel's highest rated show. As with all things inconvenient to liberal sheep, they won't confront that skeleton.

Any liberals want to comment on what happened to Doomsday Preppers or will you dolts run and hide too?

USS Rodger Young said...

The Puffington Post even did a hit piece on Doomsday Preppers last year, yet with the show having disappeared, they won't comment on it. No victory dance on the show's apparent demise. Again, the show was the highest rated show on NGC for 4 years running (much to the chagrin of liberal sheep).

Democratus Rex said...

Ask Rupert Murdoch. He owns National Geographic now.

Cyclops said...

I've been active in conservative politics since the Reagan-Ford campaign and as Reagan delegate to the '76 state convention in Greensboro. So I am no where close to being a RINO. But I just can't accept the proposition that conservatives should abandon the GOP and let Hillary and the left take over Washington and Raleigh if we don't get a far right nominee, who will go down in flames in any general election.

I will enthusiastically support Rubio, Christie, Carly, Carson or even Bush before I will stay home and help Hillary become our next president. I will vote for Trump or Cruz should either win the GOP nomination, even though I know it would be a futile, losing campaign.

USS Rodger Young said...



Democrapus Perplexed said:

"Ask Rupert Murdoch. He owns National Geographic now"

A typical response from a liberal socialist sheep with no answers. A cute, one line quip that adds nothing to the conversation has become the liberal fall back position to difficult questions. Why do you find it so difficult to answer the question. Stings don't it.

Sarkazein said...

Cyclops- And for therein lies the problem.

USS Rodger Young said...

Cyclops,

Yes, you're a RINO. Your last sentence assures us of that - " I will vote for Trump or Cruz should either win the GOP nomination, even though I know it would be a futile, losing campaign."

Sounds like you don't like the conservative point of view. Funny, the last two RINOs that vied for the Presidency ran futile, losing campaigns. And you want another McCain or Romney type in 2016? What in the world would make you think conservatives will turn out to vote for liberals like fat boy Christie, Amnesty Rubio, or Big Government Bush when these types of candidates have had a losing record over the past 12 YEARS.

You're out of touch like the rest of the liberal RINOs. My guess is you'll keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. The simple fact you support large government loving centrists who choose criminals (illegal aliens) over Americans indicates you're a liberal socialist incapable of clear, coherent thought. Dolts like you are why America is going down the drain. Good job on ruining a once great country. Perhaps you should start posting on Watauga Watch. Dolt.

Democratus Rex said...

I don't care about the question.

USS Rodger Young said...

Democrapus Perplexed,

You responded to it with a cute one line quip yesterday. Shows me that you indeed do care about the question, and as the official spokesperson for the unenlightened, you understand the fringe left has no answer.

Again, why was Doomsday Preppers, the highest rated show on National Geographical Channel, taken off the air with no press release and with no re-runs. Simple questions that liberal sheep have been unable to answer for 6 months now. The Puffington Post, one of the liberal rags the extremists (you) read intently, cared enough about Doomsday Preppers to write an article on it, but now that it's gone, not a peep.

Lew Hendricks said...

The Eleventh Commandment was a phrase used by late President of the United States Ronald Reagan "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican".

Looks like the "Establishment" is violating this.

I'm running for the Republican nomination for NC House and everyone I talk to from the local GOP establishment to the state GOP says the same thing. "We are hands off in primaries....let the best man/woman win and then we support that candidate".

The goal is to win the Presidential election and the establishment doesn't think Trump can win. I'm not sure if he can or cannot. But, I don't like his own party going after him.

Lew Hendricks
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Anonymous said...

Aging , misinformed, angry, old white guys want to make sure they know how to win the next presidential election not only by bashing African Americans, students, liberals, Democrats, low income workers, the poor, union members, public school teachers, public service employees, Muslums, non fundamentalist Christians, the LBGT citizens, non gun enthusiast, atheist but also RINOs and moderate Republicans. Go getum DIrty Harry. I'm both amused, feel a little sorry for such fools but also know they can make life very harsh for innocent children and adults with their ignorance and bigotry.

Wolf's Head said...

YEAH!

So vote for an old, angry, ignorant white democrat instead!

Sarkazein said...

You said everything except- "Get off my lawn!"

USS Rodger Young said...

Lew,

No one is "off limits" in the primary. Not asking difficult questions or holding a candidate accountable at all times ensures a weak candidate makes it through the primaries. John McCain and Mitt Romney are prime examples of the "off limits" approach. As a voter, I believe all candidates and sitting politicians are "on limits" all of the time.

Lew, I visited your site today to look at how you stand on the issues. You seem to support education, however I cannot find information on how you stand on other issues. I have a few questions for you to give me a clear picture on your views.

1. Do you support my 2nd Amendment Rights to own AR-15s and 30 round standard capacity magazines.
2. Do you support universal background checks in order for the proletariat to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights?
3. What is your stance on illegal aliens? Do you support giving them amnesty? Do you support deporting illegal aliens?
4. Do you support or condemn a large, centralized government?

It will be interesting to see how you answer these questions and will give the proletariat more information on your approach to governing. Thank you.

USS Rodger Young

Lew Hendricks said...

USS Rodger Young and all others reading this. I will always answer your questions directly. And, I will always be open to discussion.

1. Do you support my 2nd Amendment Rights to own AR-15s and 30 round standard capacity magazines.
- I own an AR-15 and the Army allowed me to keep the 30 round magazines I carried in Iraq.

2. Do you support universal background checks in order for the proletariat to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights?
- I do support the current background checks that take place. The background check Watauga county did on me for my pistol permit took less than 24 hours. The check on me for my AR took 30 minutes. You mentioned in question 1 about supporting the 2nd Amendment. I took an oath in the Army to support and DEFEND the constitution.

3. What is your stance on illegal aliens? Do you support giving them amnesty? Do you support deporting illegal aliens?
- This issue has to be dealt with in the following order:
1. Secure the border
2. Identify the illegal aliens here now. Bring them out of the shadows.
3. Put rules in place for them to become legal citizens.
4. If those rules aren't followed they get deported.

4. Do you support or condemn a large, centralized government?
- Condemn - problems and issues are best solved at the local level.

Lew Hendricks
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

USS Rodger Young said...

Lew,

Quite impressive. Most candidates are extremely intimidated by the above 4 questions, but you drilled right into them unabashed. We agree on a lot, except for the illegal alien thing (I'd like to see all 40 million deported), but the gun issue is the true litmus test. This is followed closely by the centralized government question. Your service is appreciated as is your stance on the 2nd Amendment. Thanks for taking the time to engage with those on this site and keep up the positive communication.

USS Rodger Young

Lew Hendricks said...

USS Rodger Young - my downfall as a politician might be how straightforward I am with my answers. I usually surprise people with answering questions straight on and not dodging them. I'm a pretty reasonable guy. I understand I don't know everything and seek out those people that are subject matter experts.

If you or a group of people want to sit down and talk about anything my phone number is 828-434-0678. That is my personal cell number. My goal is to represent Watauga and Ashe counties and have a relationship with the people I represent.

Lew

USS Rodger Young said...

Lew,

Thank you for the phone number. You do seem genuine and straightforward - two things sorely lacking in politics these days. Additionally, you are one of the only candidates to answer questions directly on A Watauga Conservative. We've had a few that were unwilling to do so over the years. If we have any questions, we'll be sure and reach out to your for more information. Thanks again.

USS Rodger Young

Blogger said...

Lew, Jordan first voted not to take away the protections those of us have in the ETJ. Then when it came up again, he joined Soucek in trying to take ETJ away from us who are protected by it. Now as you know there is a law suit by Boone to keep ETJ. All the energy behind all this was from Soucek and not originally from Jordan. Now that Soucek is gone, where do you stand?
Remember, many of us in the ETJ fought for the zoning provided. Before zoning, we lived in the wild west of students. After zoning, we have had a wonderful peace and people with children have now moved into our quiet neighborhood. It is mostly the builders and conservative ideologues who want to do away with the ETJ. The builders want to build all over. The ideologues don’t like anyone telling them what they can or cannot do with their property.

For me and my family it is the only issue that matters. Where do you stand?

Blogger said...

When I get some time, I may move these local issue posts to its own separate web page. Stay tuned.

Democratus Rex said...

You didn't ask Lew about the "Doomsday Preppers" conspiracy.

Lew Hendricks said...

ETJ - This will be a long answer and if it's not clear how I feel about it please call me out on it. Hopefully by the end you understand how I feel and how I go about making decisions.

I don't think the State Rep (Jordan) and State Senator (Soucek) should have allowed the General Assembly to dictate what happens here. Jordan proposed a bill requiring the county commissioners to be involved. Initially he introduced it for the whole state. It never made it out of committee. He then rewrote it for just Ashe and Watauga counties. It passed the house in this form. Legislators from all over the state voted for it because it didn't affect them. To reiterate, I don't want people from other parts of the state dictating law in Ashe and Watauga when the bill doesn't affect the state as a whole. The Ashe county commissioners actually asked to be taken off that bill.

How do I think it should work? Growth will happen. Planned growth is better than unplanned. So, having a local governmental body making sure growth happens in keeping with the will of the people is a good thing. My problem with the ETJ is the people within the ETJ do not have a vote in who makes those decisions. It just seems fair that if elected officials are determining what happens in a certain area, then the people in that certain area should have a say on who the elected officials are.

In summary:
1. I don't think the General Assembly should makes decisions on things that only apply to Ashe and Watauga counties.
2. People should be able to vote for elected officials that dictate policy that affects them.
3. I reserve the right to be wrong.

Lew
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Blogger said...

Thanks Lew. Great response.

Anonymous said...

Blogger. I see that you have no use for Soucek, Jordan, or Nathan Miller. Are there any Republicans you still support? Do you support Foxx after she sold us out (again) with her vote on the budget bill? Will you support Burr after all his contempt for the conservative wing of the GOP? Will you support the GOP Presidential nominee no matter what? If not, which ones would you support, or not support?

USS Rodger Young said...

RINO Richard Burr stood in line after Virginia Foxx to sell out local sportswomen and men during the infamous Blowing Rock Land Trade of 2005-2008. The land trade as many remember, started when a Blowing Rock Town Councilwomen wanted to protect her viewshed and somehow convinced the town of Blowing Rock to purchase 190 acres that included part of her viewshed. The town didn't even know where the land was!!!! The reason we now know this is because the Town of Blowing Rock sent their local police force to ban local sportswomen and men who were hunting on US FOREST SERVICE PROPERTY. Questions were asked, and the land purchase was uncovered. In a panic over being discovered, the town concocted a hasty land trade with the National Park Service but couldn't get any traction in trading land that they had not a clue of where the boundaries were. In came Virginia Foxx who railroaded a bill through Congress to cede the land to the Park Service. Foxx ignored her constituents who hunted, shot, fished, and trapped the 190 acres for decades and went behind their backs to invite the Blowing Rock Town Manager to testify in front of Congress. When sportswomen and men found out about the testimony less then 24 hours of said testimony taking place, they were barred from testifying by Foxx. She said it would be impossible to get them on the docket in time. Government for the Government by the Government.

Enter Burr. It still had to get through the Senate. Burr was hounded by local sportswomen and men to testify in front of the Senate. He ignored them instead inviting a women from the National Park Service to testify. Local sportswomen and men were told to write in comments AFTER the testimony took place. Burr pushed the illegal Blowing Rock Land Trade through the Senate. More government for the government by the government. Locals had NO say in the Blowing Rock land trade - only government did. Burr is a RINO like Thom Tillis. We now have two RINO liberals representing North Carolina.

Blogger said...

Who would I support? Every national candidate we have is highly capable of running the country. After eight years of this totally destructive president, I am ready for any of ours. Only the uninformed and clueless would want to be under socialism. So at this point I am just interested in keeping my country from being destroyed. Bottom line is I would take anyone who can beat Hillary or the other old Bolshevik. But, supporting Trump would be the most fun and sticking it in the eyes of our establishment.

As to Foxx, she has been right enough times, I would like to keep her, and Burr is now head of the most important committee for our times (Intelligence) and I would hate to lose him as he knows what he is doing.

As to local, I have turned into one of those one issue people. Support taking away my ETJ protection and I won’t even look at you. I never thought I would be like our readers who are still so angry about the land grab in Blowing Rock. But like them, I am like the proverbial turtle who won’t let go. The ETJ protection I worked for is all I care about and I really don’t care if I don’t get to vote in Boone.

Cyclops said...

Unhappy with your stance on illegal immigrants. "Put rules in place for them to become legal citizens." Legal citizenship means voting rights. I would urge you to change your position from "legal citizens" to legal RESIDENTS. Legal residents can live here and work here, but are not eligible to vote here. It's a huge issue for the future of conservative initiatives in the U.S. Providing illegal immigrant the right to vote would mean millions of new liberal Democrat voters.

Cyclops said...

Lew Hendricks: Please list the reasons I should vote for you and not Jonathan Jordan. What specifically is your beef with Jordan's legislative record?

Cyclops said...

Lew Hendricks: Your stance on the Boone ETJ bill is a real fence straddler. Under the NC State Constitution, all local powers of Cities and Towns are granted by the General Assembly. So when there is abuse of those powers, the only practical remedy is to request relief from the NCGA in the form of a "local bill." Passage of "Local bills" is quite common in every legislative session. A local bill is introduced by a state Senator or representative who represents the local area affected by the bill. If there is support for the local bill from the local legislators who represent the affected jurisdiction, the General Assembly will usually defer to the local reps supporting the bill and pass it.

Both Dan Soucek and Jonathan Jordan represent Watauga County in the NCGA. Both supported passage of the Boone ETJ bill. Both were reelected last year after the Boone ETJ bill was passed. So the decision to introduce and pass the bill was really made by our local legislators, both of whom were reelected sans passage.

I would add that as a resident of the Boone ETJ, a registered voter and a long active movement conservative, I strongly supported Dan Soucek's efforts to restrict the excessive ETJ land use regulations imposed on County residents by the of the Town of Boone.

Lew Hendricks said...

Cyclops - I enjoy the discussion. There will be things we agree on and things we disagree on. Always happy to have the discussion.

Issues where I see some differences with my opponent:

Education - NC is ranked 46th in per student spending. My opponent in a press release said NC is 7th in total state spending. He should be embarrassed for touting that statistic and implying the state supports education. Being ranked 7th in total education spending is primarily a function of total population where we rank 11th. The per student spending rank of 46th is more indicative on where we stand in comparison to other states.

Representation - My opponent raised over 80% of his campaign money from special interests and other legislators from across the state. It begs the question, is he voting in the best interest of Watauga and Ashe counties or of the people that fund his campaign.

Business - See the link below in regard to business ratings of all the NC legislators. My opponent is on page 11 with a grade of 81% which puts him in the middle of the legislature (behind most of the republicans and in front of most of the democrats). I met with the NC Chamber of Commerce and they have a "big board" with legislators grouped into caucuses. Most caucuses labeled (named) for the senior legislator in the group. All but one. One was labeled the 'Hell No Caucus'. And, Mr. Jordan was in that caucus.

http://www.slideshare.net/NCFEF2013/2016-legislative-business-ratings-report

"Local bill" - I never try to use phrases like - So when there is abuse of those powers, the only practical remedy is to request relief from the NCGA in the form of a "local bill." - How would you feel if the Boone Town Council was conservative and the NCGA liberal and making rules for just Watauga county that you disagree with? I'm guessing like me, you would be pissed off. I would rather stick to limited government principles and not allow the state to dictate a local law. Just because you like the outcome of a situation doesn't mean it was done using conservative principles.

As always I will answer any question asked. My personal phone number is 828-434-0678. I will meet people in person as well to discuss anything. I want to represent the people of Watauga and Ashe Counties. That requires me to interact and answer questions from everyone. I will have extra time to do this since I won't be taking calls from special interests.

Lew Hendricks
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Cyclops said...

LEW: Let's have some realistic thinking about local bills in the General Assembly.

In regard to the ETJ bill, the Town of Boone would not have the authority to regulate in the ETJ had not the STATE, through the NCGA, granted Towns and Cities the authority to do so. So if there is abuse at the local level, the most expedient remedy is to go back to the governing body (e.g.,NCGA) that initially granted the authority. It's fine to expound upon the virtues of limited government, but in NC, it's the General Assembly that wields the power. Watauga County has absolutely no authority to regulate or not regulate in the Boone ETJ unless Soucek's bill is implemented.

You say the you believe that "People should be able to vote for elected officials that dictate policy that affects them." I agree, but the only way to accomplish that goal is through the NCGA. Blogger wants strict zoning in the ETJ. I could support that position if the zoning was done by the Watauga County Commission. But for that to occur, The General Assembly has to act by passing a local bill.

Cyclops said...

LEW: I appreciate your willingness to discuss issues in a frank and open matter. And yes, it seems like we will have some major disagreements.

With regard to public eduction, your comments mimic the Democrats' claim the the GOP is short changing public education. I disagree and think Jordan has done a pretty good job of supporting education reform and defending the NCGA's record on funding education. I could go on in detail, but instead I would urge you to look at the public eduction commentary from the John Locke Society and their blog Carolina Journal." (I believe Blogger has a link to Carolina Journal on this site's home page. I can provide some specific links in a later post).

I really don't care how a representative's campaign is funded as long as he has a conservative voting record. I contributed to Jordan's last campaign and I represent no "special interest. "I am not aware of any particular "special interests" that Jordan supports other that basic positions supported by most conservative advocacy groups.

I am somewhat surprised that Jordan doesn't get good marks from the NC Chamber of Commerce. But, as I am sure you know, the Chamber is one of the most powerful "special interests" in the state and I am glad to know Jordan doesn't always tow their line.

My biggest complaint re Jordan was his apparent support for the state House's spend thrift budget in the NCGA's last session. The House budget was full of pork barrel spending and special interest earmarks and I urged Jordan to support the much more responsible Senate budget. (Again Carolina Journal and Civitas provided excellent critiques of the House budget). In the end, Jordan supported the Senate-House compromise budget that still included too much pork.

Lew Hendricks said...

Cyclops - First - Merry Christmas!!

Public Education - Here is the link to the article I think you are talking about. http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=12644 This is a terribly misleading article in their approach to statistical analysis. And, I hold the Carolina Journal and John Locke Foundation in high regard.

My approach to issues is to look at the statistics first without a goal of defending a political position. In the education debate both sides are doing this. Both sides give misleading information. Democrats are saying republicans are the worst in regard to public education, but this downward trend began during democrat rule. I don't get into the blame game of previous administrations (we are still seeing Bush being blamed for things). I take the current situation and move forward with it. Whether the GOP has done positive or negative things in public education doesn't matter to me. My analysis tells me we are lagging behind nationally.

I agree with you on the budget. Here is a detail from this year's budget that I'm sure will drive you nuts. A $5 million allocation in this year’s budget for a water infrastructure grant has detailed requirements: It must go to a town of less than 12,000 people that received a state loan in 2013 “to replace water distribution lines.” Only one town in the state fits these parameters: Speaker Moore’s hometown of Kings Mountain.

Something you can help me with. I'm asking because I don't know. In regard to the Boone ETJ. Couldn't the town of Boone annex the ETJ into Boone proper? Or would the state have to approve that? I do understand the current situation. I just don't like how it works. Soucek's bill works to make the situation better...I don't disagree with what is trying to be accomplished. You have a Town Council - elected by just people that live in town and County Commissioners - elected by that same group plus the rest of the county residents. The bill requires approval from the County Commissioners for some actions in the ETJ. Town residents have two votes for these two government agencies. And, county and ETJ residents only have one vote for one of the agencies (county commissioners). I don't see this as ideal. Better, but not ideal.

Great conversation Cyclops - I'm hoping at some point you will call or email me and agree to get together. Whether it is individually or in a group. Discussion face to face will definitely give you a better sense of who I am.

Lew
lew@hendricks4nchouse.com

Cyclops said...

Thanks, Lew, for your respectful and thoughtful response.

With respect to annexation, yes the General Assembly has granted Cities and Towns the power to annex adjacent, unincorporated areas. But after the GOP took control of the NCGA in 2011, they made it much more difficult for Towns to annex without the approval of the local residents living in the area proposed for annexation.

In the past, it is my understanding that the Town didn't forcibly annex areas in the ETJ because the Town couldn't begin to afford the cost of providing municipal services to the ETJ. Provision of water and sewer service is a prime example of how expensive it would be.

Did you know, however, that individual property owners can petition the Town to be annexed. Of course, they would be subject to Town property taxes. If the Soucek ETJ bill were to take effect, ETJ property owners like Blogger and his neighbors could ask to be annexed if they didn't mind a substantial increase in their property taxes.

Yes, it't true that Town residents get to vote for two governing bodies, the Town Council and the County Commissioners. But don't forget, Town residents have to pay property takes to two different government entities--the Town and the County. Thus, Town residents pay nearly double the property taxes paid by County residents.

If Soucek's bill is okayed, the County Commissioners would be solely responsible for regulating land use in the ETJ since the ETJ is in the County but not in the Town. I have no doubt that the County would impose some land use restrictions in the ETJ areas, but probably not nearly as burdensome as the Town's regs. The Boone Town Council is totally controlled by liberal Democrats who have demonstrated little or no respect for individual property rights.

Lew Hendricks said...

Cyclops - very interesting. Thanks for the information. I've spoken to a lot of people about this with a lot of different ideas. Hard for me to tell if there is a consensus. My initial thought is the residents in the ETJ should be the primary body to determine the outcome. I wonder if there is a consensus among ETJ residents. I liked one of your previous points about since Jordan and Soucek got reelected after supporting the ETJ bill. Was thinking about that....they were reelected by a lot of people that reside outside town and ETJ limits. Jordan actually lost Watauga county in the 2014 general election. Just thinking out loud.

These local topics are tough. A lot of passion and a lot of times not easy solutions.

I enjoy the conversation.

Lew Hendricks
https://www.facebook.com/hendricks4nchouse/