What I’d like to see in a Presidential Candidate

Like many conservatives, I’m not really thrilled with the present batch of Presidential candidates. I would gladly line up behind any candidate who would deliver a speech like the following (but hopefully better written):

Conservatism has unfairly received a black eye over the past few years. It’s not that conservatism has been tried and found wanting, but that conservatism has been found wanting to be tried.

After all, is it conservative to embark on the largest expansion of federal entitlements since the Great Society?

Is it conservative to embark on foreign nation building?

Is it conservative to oversee a huge increase in federal spending?

Is it conservative to create a massive new federal bureaucracy in the name of Homeland Security?

Is it conservative to enact the most sweeping centralization of education in our nation’s history?

Is it conservative to double funding for a government arts program?

Is it conservative to reward those who are in our country illegally with our great privilege: citizenship?

Is it conservative to refuse to police our borders, especially at a time when we know there are people seeking to sneak into the country to do us harm?

Is it conservative to pass legislation restricting the rights of the people to influence elections?

In the almost twenty years since the retirement of Ronald Reagan, we’ve had two Republican President covering almost 12 years, and the most conservative President we’ve had in that time was probably Bill Clinton. After all, he reformed welfare, expanded free trade and declared the era of big government over. Our current President has brought back big government with a vengeance.

As your President, I will seek to restore government to its proper limits and focus on the true role of our national government: protecting our borders, providing for the general defense and protecting our freedom. Any other responsibilities just take our eye off what is truly important.

Cat Starts Fire; Dog Saves Family

Dog saves family from fire blamed on cat – Yahoo! News

Thumper, a black Labrador retriever, is getting credit for saving a Greenville man when a fire swept through his home.

Roland Cote says his wife and their 7-year-old grandson were away when the blaze started early Sunday in a converted two-story garage. He says Thumper grabbed him by the arm to wake him, leaving just enough time for him to dial 911 before fleeing the fast-moving fire.

While the dog is the hero, a cat is the bad guy in this story.

Cote says the fire marshal investigator believes the blaze was started when Princess, the family cat, tipped over a kerosene lantern. Cote says he and his pets escaped safely, but he says Princess did get her tail singed by the flames.

Offered without comment.

Hat Tip: The Corner

This should help convince pro-lifers not to vote for Giuliani…

In a phone interview with the Huffington Post, NARAL’s political director Elizabeth Shipp acknowledged it “would help” the pro-choice movement if a Republican proved it was possible to win the presidency while still supporting abortion rights.

“The Republican Party used to be about the conservative principles of limited government intervention in private life,” Shipp said. “It seems to me if they went back to that and stood out from the rigid mainstream, anti-choice agenda, I think yeah, it would be good for the movement.”

Could Giuliani be the candidate to take the Republican Party down that road? And would NARAL support him?

“I don’t know yet,” said Shipp. “He has said some very concerning things since getting into this race. If you have to grade him compared to everyone else you have to give him an incomplete.”

The National Abortion Rights Action League (who won’t even use the “abortion” in their name since they recognize people don’t like abortion) recognizes that a pro-abortion Republican winning the Presidency would be a good thing for their movement, so, ipso facto, it would be bad for those who defend innocent life. We must work as strongly (or even more strongly) against Giuliani as we would any pro-abortion Democrat.

Hat Tip: The Corner

Small market teams rule this postseason

Thomas Boswell points out something I hadn’t realized:

How frugal are Cleveland, Colorado and Arizona? All three have smaller payrolls than the supposedly pauperized Kansas City Royals. In fact, they’re all huddled at the bottom of the salary pack, like so many low-budget teams that couldn’t compete in the last 30 years. The Indians, Rockies and D-backs rank 23rd, 25th and 26th in salary out of 30 teams with an average payroll of only $56 million.

In every Division Series, the smaller market team won. (Boston is smaller than Anaheim once you realize that for market purposes, Anaheim is part of Los Angeles.) A sport with a good marketing division would be talking about the triumph of the underdogs and how it shows in baseball intelligence beats a wallet. Instead, you can likely expect to see a number of stories lamenting the lack of big markets in the postseason, because MLB is just that stupid. It’s a testament to the innate appeal of baseball that the game survives despite Major League Baseball.