The media buzz this week(besides the big Ocare disaster)is Chris Christie. He handily won New Jersey and now everyone is going nuts. Is this the nominee for the Republican party? Do we finally get a moderate? Can he win over Democrats? Can he beat Hillary? Do we have a winner? You know he’s the man of the hour. At least in the media.Ok,he stomped the Democrat in New Jersey.I thought the bigger story was Ken Cuccinelli in Va but he lost so who am I to say? Course not by much.All the same the Christie win overshadowed that story.You win that’s what happens.
The media is buzzing and seems like SOME Republicans are buzzing.Here we go again with another coronation. Can we please learn from past experience. A New Jersey stomping does not translate into a national win,k? I really don’t want to give the Progressives fodder here. I am not trying to throw an election to the Progressive (previously known as Democrats)party.
However,I have decided that if Christie ends up being the nominee [though that remains to be seen], I will not vote at all.PERIOD. I just turned 61 and it will be the first time i have sat out an election since they changed the voting age to 13.
It begs the question why.
I mentioned it in a previous blog post. Christie is long on ambition and short on principles. I will not vote for someone who will bend principle to win elections. Reagan was a conservative. He won. He won BIG. He won over Democrats. You know why? Not because it was a different time then and the country has changed. Yes it has.He won for 2 reasons; he could communicate and he was the real deal.
Sean Hannity sums it up.Paint with bold colors,not with pale pastels.We definitely need someone we can trust after our current President leaves office.
It’s going to take bold colors.
Christie is a force to be reckoned with but force and bold are 2 different things.
He’s had his eye on the White House for some time.You can’t tell me otherwise. As much as Romney was my last choice he was the nominee and we needed him to win.Christie is invited to be a key note speaker at the convention.He gave one of the worst key note speeches i’ve heard in a long time,maybe ever. It had to be deliberate. Think he might have been hoping for a Romney loss to set up a Christie win in 2016? Can I be that cynical? With Christie,you’re darned right. One week,if that,before the election Christie SHMOOZED with Obama.I usually say butt kissed.Ok,he butt kissed Obama. It didn’t help Romney one bit and I believe it was intentional.Intentional or not it did damage.[Does the word BACK STABBER ring a bell?] Yes,I voted Romney. Though I voted Herman Cain in the primary and considered Newt as well. We had some good candidates.Can’t knock Santorum at all.He would have been a good choice too.I’m not knocking anyone who ran.Some would have been better than others. I don’t know that anyone could have beat Obama. Water under the bridge at this point. I got behind Romney 100% after the nomination. He is a decent man. I voted McCain when he ran,but I voted Gov Huckabee in the primary. I know Romney and McCain were both crowned.Worked out well,didn’t it? Let’s learn a lesson here.
[I do wonder why the Romney convention didn’t ask Herman Cain to be the keynote speaker. I was thinking at the time how great a keynote speaker he’d be! Christie-give me a break.Christie was lamer than I even imagined he would be.]
My support goes fully 100% unequivocally to Allen West.Now there’s a person with INTEGRITY.
Allen Bernard West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Elizabeth (1931–1994) and Herman West, Sr. (1920–1986) on February 7, 1961. His father and older brother were both career military officers; West’s father served in World War II, and his brother served in Vietnam. His mother was a civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps. Although both of his parents were registered Democrats, West has remarked that they raised him “very conservatively.”
In the tenth grade, West joined the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and entered the United States Army in 1983 when he graduated from the University of Tennessee. West is the third of four consecutive generations in his family to serve in the US armed forces. He later received a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State University. He also earned a master of military arts and sciences degree from the US Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations.
West entered active duty on November 1, 1983, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he completed the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course. He then proceeded to airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia where he received his Parachutist Badge. West’s first assignment was as an airborne infantry fire support officer and platoon leader, as well as Battalion Training Officer for 4th Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Vicenza, Italy under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth R. Needham. In 1987, West was promoted to captain and attended the Field Artillery Officer’s Advanced Course. Following graduation, West took command of B Battery, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He served as the battalion task force fire support officer for 2d Battalion,16th Infantry Regiment. As a member of the 1st Infantry Division he deployed for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
After redeployment from Kuwait, West served as an Army ROTC Instructor at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1994, becoming the U.S. Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993. In January 1995 he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command as the assistant operations/combat plans officer. West was promoted to major before he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1997. Upon completion, he became the operations officer for the 18th Field Artillery Brigade before being assigned as executive officer of 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment. Afterwards, West served as an army exchange officer at the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune from 1999 to 2002 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
The culminating assignment of Lieutenant Colonel West’s career was his assumption of command of the 2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division on June 6, 2002. He deployed with his unit during the Iraq War in 2003 and continued to command his battalion until he was relieved of command by the Army following a use-of-force incident concerning an Iraqi policeman; he subsequently retired in 2004.
West’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge.
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West is a dyed in the wool Republican and a TEA Party favorite to boot. It’s rare to be BOTH. When you hear him speak he’s intelligent but pulls no punches. He has that gift of communication with the folks.
More than all of the above he’s a person of integrity,courage,leadership. He would take the office of President to serve his country,not himself. We need that more than ever!