Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lessons Learned While Fleeing Utah

First of all, to all those who love to make fun of my poor spelling and grammar, I again offer you a chance to contribute to the blog. Enjoy!

Second, this will be a fairly conservative post. To all the Democrats on this site, I try to not turn this into my personal conservative forum. But, from time to time I reserve the liberty to indulge.

I spent the weekend at a friends wedding, and due to the extended periods of driving involved, I had the opportunity to take a break from my daily routine and think about other things. I decided that (as Joe pointed out) since I haven’t written anything for sometime, I would give a few highlights here.

First, I don't think that Nancy Pelosi was a wise choice for Speaker of the House. When the Republicans won control of Congress, Newt Gingrich demonstrated effective leadership of the Party while in the minority does not necessarily translate to effective leadership when in the majority. While the Democrats had some success during their "first 100 hours", their recent actions are showing significantly less coordination and, quite frankly, leadership.

Last Friday the Washington Times published this article, detailing the internal confusion about the most recent piece of legislation concerning Iraq. Of course people make mistakes, not every Congressman can always remember every detail of a particular piece of Legislation. But this is a major piece of legislation with major policy implications, one would think that the Democratic leadership would have made sure that their members were both informed, and supportive of the Legislation. This little tirade raises the question: if they couldn't get a nonbinding resolution passed, how do they expect to pass the current bill to force a troop withdrawal?

I personally think that the Democrats in Congress are falling apart. Now that their campaign promises are out of the way, they are beginning to factionalize, and their majority is only significant if they vote as a block. With minimal effort the Republican's can block most of their legislation, and will continue to do so until the Democrats prove that they can function as a group. All of the conservative accusations that the liberals had no alternative plan, but were demanding change simply to demand it are being proven right. For some of us this is a good thing, but if the Democrats want to maintain their hold, they had better get their act together.

I was overjoyed to hear the news from Washington D.C. While the issue will be appealed, I was happy to hear of this victory for responsible citizens everywhere. I am of the personal opinion that any weapon short of landmines, rocket launchers, and chemical/biological/nuclear weapons should be legal for law abiding citizens to own and use. I hope the higher courts will uphold this preservation of rights, and strike down similar laws in other parts of the country (I'm looking at you San Francisco). Hopefully the aforementioned disorganization by the Democratic Congress will bring about a swift end to this little number.


Joe Strickland said...

This is the College Democrats blog? Wow, can I write for it too? I would love to share my conservative ideals through a Democrat's blog! Good work Blake! Good work!

Blake Roberts said...

Like I said, I try not to give conservative rants too often. But having speant the weekend in Utah, I needed to vent some.

Cameron said...

This brings up an intersting point regarding party unity and loyalty. Should politicians always toe the party line, or can they be independent?

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys!

Sorry I haven't been around.

Blake, rock on man! Although I disagree with parts of your post, thanks for being a regular contributor!

I'll try to have a response out within the week.

Cameron, to try weigh in on your question: I think party loyalty has gotten us into a lot of trouble. I mean, with party loyalty you can just forget state rights.

Wasn't there a time when congress persons were supposed to represent their districts and senators their states? Now, it seems like you vote for the party and you forget about your local community and you give power to the party chairman instead of the people.

That's overly simplified, I know, but I think you get my drift. I think the party should be their to facilitate a philosophy. When the party starts getting into the nitty gritty, I think that's when we can get into some real trouble.

Andrew said...

Speaking of political mistakes, did you hear about the whole "Y & V Mountain" fiasco? Is nothing sacred?


Blake Roberts said...

As one might guess from my using the words "fleeing Utah", I am not a fan of the state. Of particular dislike to me is Utah valley, where I lived for two years. While I wish no harm upon the state or the people, I must admit that I am entertained by trivial matters that serve to irritate them.

While I dislike UVSC/UVSU/whatever it's called, this could serve a double purpose for me. When they look up at their V, they will get to see the Y from the school that is superior to them in every possible way, and be reminded of that fact. At the same time all the BYU students will get a solid blow to their pride by having a new rival’s letter next to theirs.

I say to the county planners: rock on!