Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life Issue and the 2nd CD

While many of us begged for a heated US Senate Primary, it has actually been the 2nd Kongressional District Republican Primary for Congress that has provided the most entertainment and discussion. Some would argue that it’s been the most negative, but I think HD 69 get the nod in that department.

Here is what I see interesting in the 2nd CD Primary. For years everyone agreed that only Jim Leach could keep Republican control of the district which covers the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and the traditional union strongholds of Ottumwa, Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington. Many classified Leach as a moderate Republican, was in fact more of an Independent than anything else. While Leach was never going to get a Christmas card from Steve Scheffler or Kim Lehman, he did support legislation like the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and personally made online gambling illegal in the United States.

For me his work on the internet gambling ban is the most underappreciated piece of legislation I have ever seen. People like my friend Steve Deace hear the name Jim Leach and cringe, however you mention his name over in the 2nd CD and all you hear is great respect. I think his internet gambling ban was one of the best pieces of social konservative legislation to come out of Washington in years. How did conservatives respond, they stayed home gave the liberals in Iowa City a more powerful vote.

To me it seems as if Peter Teahen and Lee Harder are running to be the most Pro-Life, not the best person to represent the people of the 2nd District. I find that troubling, and I’m adamantly Pro-Life. The simple truth is on November 4th, you need to have one more vote than your opponent to be elected. I don’t think just being Pro-Life is enough to get a person elected.

Dr. Miller-Meeks has said that she is Pro-Life and would support the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Her opponents and the Pro-Life professionals are saying that’s not good enough. Really? The problem with these Pro-Life organizations is that they make it extremely easy to pander to them. Heck, I could grab some bum off the street coach him up for five minutes and send him into a meeting with these folks and as long as he strings the right words together they will support the guy. I’m not klaiming that Peter Teahen isn’t Pro-Life; I’m klaiming that these Pro-Life organizations are lazy, and if a candidate doesn’t pander to them, they attack.

Social Konservatives need to always figure out where the next battle is going to be waged. We will always need more time because our movement is a volunteer movement, and our opponent has infiltrated every aspect of our kulture, including the four walls of the Church. So where is the next battle? Health Care. We are already fighting battles on Gay Marriage, Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cells; the next battle could very well be our last stand, because if Health Care becomes America’s next entitlement program, it will also be the vehicle liberals use to determine what they deem as acceptable life styles. And guess what, you get to pay for it as well.

I see one kandidate in the 2nd CD who is prepared to fight that battle, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, 3M, M Cubed, Triple Threat, or whatever the kids are all kalling her these days.

More in a little bit.


  1. Wow, Krusty. Dead on.

    You've identified the fundamental problem with the present pro-life movement. They pander, and accept panderers.

    For Peter Teahen to profess his "long standing" support of the prolife movement, in fact he even states its the reason he does his humanitarian work...makes me vomit in my mouth.

    His campaign has boiled down to one week, one county, one issue. Last, Linn, Life.

    We will never ever advance the issue if we continue to allow people like Teahen to come to the party, say the right words, and then throw us overboard.

    And we will never advance the issue when we shoot a candidate who has walked the walk but refuses to pander.

    Peter Teahen as a prolifer? Please. Give me a break. If he's chosen as the nominee today, the life movement will suffer a huge setback.

  2. Peter Teahen's credibility on the right to life issue is six feet under.

  3. This is absolutely right and goes beyond just the professional pro-lifers. And shocking to see here. I'm going to bookmark this for future reference, Krusty.

    So many of the people who define the conservative movement have the party and anyone who wants to run for office by the short and curlies. "Screw substance, say the words we want to hear or we'll find someone who will."

  4. Chris,

    Don't forget they want you to send them money to pay their salaries and little else or you are really not going to heaven.

    They aren't even republicans but rather fanatically shameless self promoters (insert Teahen joke here) and care little about the end goal which is to prevent abortions. Or at least that is what I thought.

    Every politico that I've ever met over here hates them but would never say so publicly for fear of being sent to hell by the Judas crew.

    Kim Lehman wants to be the national committeewoman?!?!?!? I don't think so! i'll be doing my cheerleader routine for her opposition.

  5. Kim Lehman wants to be the national committeewoman?!?!?!?

    aint that ballsy?

    I hope in the next hour or two we'll find that she backed the wrong candidate.

    So did Vanderplaats.

    for what it's worth, I'm voting for Sandy Greiner for national committee woman.

    She's more conservative than I but deserves the job because of her service to her district over the years. Plus, she's active in the internet community. No way a lobbyist should get the job.

    I hope all delegates consider Sandy.