Friday, June 17, 2011

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume III, Issue XXV

So What is a 'Baracket' Anyway

The 'other' weekly news magazine is analyzing the likely field of contenders for the Republican nomination. Their NCAA style 'baracket' pits the old guard (Romney, McCain) against the new upstarts (Palin, Bachmann), you get the idea.

Along the way they deduce that the new Conservatism is 'impractical.' Conservatives, according to TIME, are the new ivory tower academians. Their beef: "all they want to do is starve government and lower taxes." They obviously don't read publiccations like City Journal that wrestle with real ideas about funding legitimate government functions after years of distinctly non-conservative legislators kicking the can down the road. They missed the article in the latest issue about the necessity of funding the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

They missed Augusta County's Candidates' Forum Wednesday night, where a group of conservative thinking candidates from both parties presented a unified vision for funding public safety and education needs. They missed Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell committing state resources to rebuilding and upgrading crucial infrastructure.

I wish they would do an equally critical analysis of our young Keynesian President, steeped in the teachings of James Cone through Jeremiah Wright. A junior Senator who's previous experience as a 'community organizer' was left unchallenged while the experience of popular Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was constantly called into question during the last election.

Americans deserve better from their media. Dare to put out ideas and what the candidates are actually saying. Help people understand the Constitutionally mandated functions of (and limitations on) government. Let the voters make informed choices.

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