Category Archives: God’s Own Party

Keeping their distance from Bush. What will Grams do?

From the Wall Street Journal. Are GOP Congressman panicking? I wonder what Grams will do? Will he let Bush fundraise for him and if so will it be on the Iron Range or Minneapolis or DC?

If George W Bush is raising even more money for the party than in past years will the GOP money begin drying up? Will religious conservatives continue to tithe for the Party? Will Republicans put all their money into rescuing the Tom Delay Congress and overlook their Republican state legislators? 

Seachange on Environmental Politics coming

As someone who has never had any doubts about whether humans are impacting the global climate, only on the extent of the impact, I’ve watched the skeptics of global warming with interest for twenty or more years. Republicans (and they have been the greates skeptics) seem to be rediscovering their inner Teddy Roosevelt.

This story in today’s DNT shows that if anything Minnesota’s red state leaning, red blooded, hunters are leaping ahead of wimpy liberals in their concern for the Earth. There’s nothing like a lifetime of tramping around outdoors each fall to give a person a sense for the changes taking place on the ground.

I’m not the only Duluthian to marvel as seeing the cardinals of my southern Minnesota youth appearing in my neighborhood. How will the Kyoto Treaty, hating Republicans deal with this change in the political environment? As the great conservationist Roosevelt said as to his rough riders as they faced San Juan Hill… “Last man up is a rotten egg.” (He said something like that didn’t he?)

Will Democratic Demons sabotage Democratic Hopes?

Thomas Lifson editor of “The American Thinker” writes this short piece on the anger of the Democratic Party’s “secularist fundamentalists.”

Over the weekend I met a former State GOP Poobah at my brother’s home. I told her husband that I had changed parties; that I had once been a bad Republican and was now a bad Democrat. Lifson’s article helps explain why I’ll be a bad Democrat.

I’ve always narrowed my eyes and looked with suspicion on usism and fringe politics. (of course that was before moderates and centrists were pushed to the fringe of American politics) Here’s an old column of mine which tries to get that point across: “Limbaugh’s Bastard Child.”

The Aborted Girl

My Reader column for this week begins:

“In 1990 I was ecstatic when the popular Republican, State Auditor, Arne Carlson replaced the opportunistic, “pro-life,” political hack who had defeated him in the gubernatorial primary with the help of naive religious conservatives. When John Grunseth was outed for having chased his daughter’s friend around the family pool in a drunken attempt to rip off her bikini top he became instant poison. The pro-life Republicans had no face-saving choice other than to relinquish their death grip on the nomination in favor of Carlson. It would not be the last time that a false friend of religious conservatives would betray them. . .”

Reading the Story of El Salvador’s draconian pro-life ideal spurred me to get this off my chest.

El Salvdakota

What Minnesota’s neighbor to the west, El Salvdakota, aspires to become in its new law to protect human life. 

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“Today, Article 1 of El Salvador’s constitution declares that the prime directive of government is to protect life from the “very moment of conception.” The penal code detailing the Crimes Against the Life of Human Beings in the First Stages of Development provides stiff penalties: the abortion provider, whether a medical doctor or a back-alley practitioner, faces 6 to 12 years in prison. The woman herself can get 2 to 8 years. Anyone who helps her can get 2 to 5 years. Additionally, judges have ruled that if the fetus was viable, a charge of aggravated homicide can be brought, and the penalty for the woman can be 30 to 50 years in prison.”