Adam’s Blog

That’s my thing, keepin’ the faith, baby. –Joe Friday

Archive for the ‘Idaho Conservative, The’ Category

Governor Otter Hopes We Forget

Posted by Adam Graham on May 5, 2009

The endless legislative session continues into its 113th Day. Members are getting testy and I’d say that its understandable, this isn’t what they signed up for and the session is dragging on due to the incredible stubborness of the Governor and his refusal to accept the BIllion Dollars Idaho’s legislature has appropriated this year for roads as their last say. He desperately wants to raise our taxes. This is like back during the Grocery Tax debate when the governor didn’t want to sign a bill that didn’t have the effect of raising taxes on the middle class in order to finance a tax cut for the poor.

Does the Governor believe he opposed far too many tax increases as a principled young man and now needs to make up for it by taxing the heck out of  his in twilight years? One has to wonder.

What do we say of Governor Otter’s latest plan?

Gov. Butch Otter said he still wants a gas tax increase, but he’s also willing to accept the interim committee to study transportation funding that House GOP leaders have proposed. He said his “counter offer” to House leaders is a delayed, 3-cent per gallon increase on July 1, 2011 and another 3-cent hike on July 1, 2012, which combined with the already-offered ethanol and DMV fees bill, would bring the package up to $75 million in new revenue. “I have seen well-intended and well-meaning people work on interim committees,” Otter said, but often, “there was no result, and there was nothing to go forward. I believe having the 3-and-3 delayed implementation bill this day, then, would motivate that interim committee to attend to its work and to be as creative and come up with the real solution.” If the committee finds a better solution than the delayed gas tax, Otter said he’d consider it, but he wants the tax approved now for planning purposes for transportation work. “We will continue to work, we will continue to try to go forward on the transportation funding, because it is so very important,” Otter said. “We need certainty, and we need the $75 million in revenue.”

Otter offers the legislature a chance to avoid increasing taxes IN the recession by waiting until AFTER the recession. To imagine that the recession will not have reached a technical, if not felt end by 2011 would be incredibly pessimistic, so in essence, if the House Republicans agree to Otter’s proposal, they can go home and say they didn’t raise taxes in the recession. Better yet, voters won’t be hit by the tax increase until 2011, a year after the vote. The gas tax increase tends to be the easiest tax in the world to hide because it’s not even shown on the receipt how much you’re paying in tax. A 3 cent variance can happen in a week easily, so the 3 cent increase gets slipped into the ebb and flow of gas prices. 

And the interim committee? As proposed by the House, it would be an opportunity to find money to fund transportation. Under Otter, it’s something that compromising legislators can go back and tell their constituents will prevent the tax increase, but in reality, Governor Otter, for whatever reason, wants a tax increase, and has shown no interest in alternatives. If Governor Otter was interested in alternatives, his man in the Senate, John McGee (R-10) wouldn’t have bottled up H0226, an innovative transportation funding proposal that could provide tens of millions of dollars for Idaho roads without raising taxes. If Governor Otter has the gas tax increase, he’s going to reject any other funding mechanism that eliminates it.

But what Governor Otter offers the Idaho House is a chance to try and pull the wool over the eyes of Idaho voters and everything will be fine. If this were 2003 with the Sales Tax increase, Otter would be right. However, it’s not 2003. The mood is far different and far less forgiving for recalcitrant politicians.

Don’t be fooled by the size of Tea Party II. All that proved was that most conservatives aren’t professional protest warriors. Boise’s big tea party on April 15 is not the only reason the legislature is in session. If I’m from Sandpoint or St. Marie’s, I really don’t care what’s going on in Boise. These members of the State House are responding to the voices of their people. And as Representatives they’re doing their job, as much as it may frustrate the Governor.

As for State Senators, all I have to say is that many of these fellows ought to sincerly pray that Closed Primaries aren’t the law come 2010 or I see big-time turnover that will make your head swim.


Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

The Growing Butch Otter

Posted by Adam Graham on July 6, 2007

Governor Otter “grows” as Governor and our tax burden along with it. He wants to raise $200 million. Mr. Governor, if I’d wanted more taxes, I’d have voted Democrat. I distributed around 800 pieces of literature for the Governor, and I’m not happy.

I’m also a tad dubious of the Governor’s claim that he never planned on raising taxes. While he signed Americans for Tax Reform’s no tax increase pledge as a Congressman, he didn’t do so as Governor.

Unfortunately, this story epitomizes the problem of Governor Otter. For all of his good qualities (and they are legion), he has lived so long in wealth and privilege, that he is out of touch with Idaho’s middle class that has to sweat and labor to pay for the high price of this government.

Hat Tip: Idaho Values Alliance

Addendum: By the way, he wants to raise gas taxes because apparently a Gallon of Gas doesn’t cost your average Idaho family enough.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Idaho Conservative Bloggers Are Not Amused

Posted by Adam Graham on July 5, 2007

The growing right side of the conservative blogosphere has taken issue with Senator Larry Craig’s (R-ID) form letter response on amnesty:

 Clayton Cramer was quite blunt:

I am perplexed why Senator Craig is pretending that the popular opposition to amnesty was actually a popular mistrust of the government to enforce the provisions. The opposition to this bill wasn’t fear that the government wouldn’t properly administer the amnesty; it was fear that the government would do what the bill provided.

Senator Craig is listening too much to the ACLU and corporate interests on this. He needs a conservative challenger in the Republican primary next year.

Meanwhile Free in Idaho fisks the letter:

I MIGHT be wrong, but don’t we already have immigration laws? And didn’t we already get promised a fence? Oh yeah, Congress did a job on that, didn’t they? And we already have employee verification systems don’t we? At least, every time I’ve applied for a job, or a bank account for that matter, I have to provide proof of my citizenship… but hey, my 85 year old mother-in-law still has to take off her shoes at the airport when she hops up to Lewiston too, so we know you guys really mean it when you crack down on something.

And they’re not the only ones. I thought Senator Craig’s letter was one of those Senate form letters sent out to help support our timber industry by insuring a demand for the paper industry. It didn’t address real concerns of Amnesty proponents, just built a straw man to be knocked over. If Craig is planning on running again (and I’m about 50-50 on the chances of that happening), this immigrations bill will draw a primary challenge.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Your Liberal Over-Reaction of the Day

Posted by Adam Graham on July 2, 2007

Migrant workers are becoming scarce, so one Idaho company is turning to prisoners:

Potatoes are worth gold to Idaho’s economy, but that’s not why an armed guard oversees red T-shirted workers at the SunGlo packing plant located deep in tuber country. Workers from Mexico have become more scarce, so the Sugar City, Idaho-based company’s managers have a different source of employees: prison.

“We’ve gone as far as hiring the college students just to get through,” Tom Sessions, a supervisor at SunGlo, told The Associated Press on Friday. ”We got rid of that and got the inmates.”

Sounds good and sounds far better than what’s been proposed by Senator Craig. We have prisoners process potatoes to punish crime, rather than greating amnesty to folks to come here to process the potatoes in order to reward crime. But Tom Paine at 43rd State Blues had the most hysterical reaction of the day:

Yep, you heard it right, Idaho has started allowing convicts to work the potato fields…shades of the old South (but can they make good pork bar-b-que?). [“Yessir Masser Geddes, I believes, can I git my own planet now? & some child-brides?”]

Shades of the Old South. Why wasn’t slavery outlawed by the Thirteenth Amendment. Yes indeedy, the 13th Amendment says:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

So, maybe it’s not like the Old South. Honestly, I don’t think I could make up a more silly reaction to this whole case.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Larry Grant Will Run for Congress Again

Posted by Adam Graham on July 2, 2007

According to the Idaho Statesman, Larry Grant became the 3rd Democrat to announce as a challenger to Bill Sali. In related news, I fully expect to have plenty of material between now and May, 2008 (possibly all the way through November.)

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

A Task Force for Idaho Families

Posted by Adam Graham on June 30, 2007

The Idahoan lets us know about a new task force force ” to examine pro-family policies and come up with legislation that might be considered during the next session of the Idaho Legislature.” Good idea. One thing I was told during my campaign for the legislature is that it would be a good idea to have a family impact statement to explain how the bill impacts Idaho families, just like a fiscal impact statement is currently include.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

A Task Force for Idaho Families

Posted by Adam Graham on June 30, 2007

The Idahoan lets us know about a new task force force ” to examine pro-family policies and come up with legislation that might be considered during the next session of the Idaho Legislature.” Good idea. One thing I was told during my campaign for the legislature is that it would be a good idea to have a family impact statement to explain how the bill impacts Idaho families, just like a fiscal impact statement is currently include.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Are They Taking Resumes?

Posted by Adam Graham on June 28, 2007

Boise has a new talk radio station that’s promising an innovative (albeit still secret) schedule. I”m half curious whether they have any local talk spots available, but I doubt I’d be that fortunate. Who knows? They may do “progressive talk.” Or just a bunch of non-political talk radio. It’ll be interesting to find out what they have in store.

Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

The Deaf Man’s Music Review

Posted by Adam Graham on September 21, 2004

Today, the Statesman was kind of bland so I went ahead and decided to respond to Boise Weekly and boy did I find something to respond to.

Bill Cope had a column entitled, “Why Do Bush and Cheney Hate Us So Much”. From the title, Cope’s demogogic article grabs one’s attention for the wrong reason.

He begins by talking about the war in Iraq and the president’s rationatle for it:

I believe I’ve figured out the Bush Administration’s master blueprint for keeping us so much safer than a Kerry Administration would. First, they dream up horrible scenarios (or steal them from Tom Clancy novels, I can’t be sure). Then, they tell the public about their fabrications as though it were all gospel truth, and when none of it comes to pass, they take credit for it not happening.

I pulled much the same trick on my daughter when she was young and gullible enough to believe just about anything I said. “Honey, I just saw one of those giant ten-legged monkey-headed spiders scurrying into the back of your closet.” And after she had been reduced to a quivering fit, I’d add, “But don’t you fret none, Sweetheart. As long as you keep your Barbies picked up off the floor and don’t talk back, Daddy won’t let it get you.”

What the left has failed to prove is that Bush ever intentionally misled the American public. Time and time again, the left has told us the President lied, hoping that their mantra will convince people this is the truth. What they’ve never proved is that Bush didn’t believe every word he said about Iraq. Instead, they’ve concluded malice on the part of President despite the fact that Senator Kerry and numerous people in the Clinton administration all claimed Weapons of Mass Destruction were there. The intelligence reports overwhelming claimed WMDs. Everyone believed they were there, the documentation is there for more than a decade to back the President up.

Second, what a sadistic game to play with one’s daughter. And it takes Chutzpeah to admit trying to use fair of monsters to control your little girl. Of course, it’s possible that he’s just making it up, kinda like Al Gore with the numerous fake “real life stories” he cited back in 2000.

He goes on to write,

“Also, two weeks ago, while you were being charmed by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s boyhood tales of Vienna (which turned out to have less foundation in reality than his last eight movies) and Zell Miller venting his vile old segregationist spleen for all the chubby white people in Madison Square Garden to relish…”

I’d like to talk about old Zell Miller for a moment. First, Zell Miller’s speech was about national security, not race. Second, Miller in his book, “A National Party No More” wrote that he fought for the integration of Georgia Universities:

The first one (bill to maintain segregation)in the Senate was a bill from the Governor that would allow Georgia students to forgo school if African Americans were enrolled. Only four of the fifty-four senators, voted against it and I was one.”

Miller writes of his race record, “Later, I was a leader in making Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a holiday in Georgia. I appointed the first African American female to the State Supreme Court, and at the time, the only African American as Attorney General, and another as commissioner of labor. In fact, I appointed more AFrican Americans to the State Judiciary and constitutional office than all previous governors of Georgia combined. I also tried in 1993, long before NAACP boycotts were threatened, to change the Georgia flag with its confederate “St. Andrews” cross. I’m proud-and humbled –that in all eight of my statewide races, civil rights leaders such as John Lewis, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, David Scott, Hank Aaron, M.L. (“Daddy”) King, Sr., Shirley Franklin, and Andrew Young stood with me.

Yes, it’s true that in 1964, Miller opposed the Civil Rights act and he describes his stance an act of political cowardice. However, his overall record on Civil Rights is strong and to attack him as some old style segregationist is absurd.

Second, how could Mr. Cope get this convention as well as Sen Miller’s speech so wrong? He answered later on:

I didn’t watch the Republicans in New York. Not a minute of it. Life’s too short. That’s not to say I didn’t get the gist of the message they spent those four days hammering through the nation’s skull: You’re safe with us, and you won’t be with Kerry.

Now Mr. Cope is critiquing something he didn’t watch? Will he give us music reviews when he didn’t listen to the music? I’ve not gone after the Democratic convention because I didn’t watch it. I knew enough to know that both conventions would be infomercials, but I haven’t given analysis on the Democratic convention. If you’re going to write about something, you better know what you’re talking about.

There’s no point in trying to explain how absurd it is for the Republicans to suggest that all of America’s military might and security apparatus would turn to Swiss cheese Jell-O if Kerry were elected instead of Bush.

I wonder where Mr. Cope was during the Clinton Administration where there were mass retirements and resignations from the military because of the new Commander-in-Chief, and then later on even more attrition because many military families were forced on to food stamps. John Kerry’s record on the military is atrocious and there will certainly be more attrition if he is elected than we would see under President Bush.

Secondly, Kerry is not a man of strong resolve. It makes a difference in the way our enemies understand us. The London Telegraph reported before his death, Uday Hussein told the director of Iraqi Television, ” “I think the end is near” because “This time I think the Americans are serious, Bush is not like Clinton.”

If you don’t know that already, you’re way too stupid to fathom the reality of how our country works, which means you will undoubtedly vote for Bush anyway.

This is why John Kerry will lose. He and his supporters believe that those who oppose him are idiots. Those who want a candidate for President who says what he means and means what he says are fools. Those who believe that we need a President who stands to the right of Ted Kennedy are morons. Those who disagree with the Democratic platform are imbeciles. This passes for an argument in Boise Weekly folks.

Mr. Cope then warns us the danger of re-electing Bush is greater than being attacked by Al-queda. He alleges: 1) People will die by the thousands as a result of the lack of health care, 2) The elderly won’t be able to buy medicine and “tens of thousands of old folks will be shuffled into the poverty deck, where they will languish and eventually die, one at a time.”, 3) that poverty will destroy America’s children, 4) that Republicans will destroy the environment.

Now, first of all, the overarching theme of these horrible scenarios is that government can solve all these problems. Can government give us all free health care, even more free prescription drugs, take every child above the poverty level, and protect the environment without strangling American commerce? The answer to this question is no. That is why several Adminstrations including this one have reached out for volunteer efforts to solve many of these problems. The President’s compassion and concern is certainly not less than prior Presidents and the private and charitable sectors will solve many of our public problems.

If we want to reduce the cost of medical care, the easiest thing to do is reform medical liability laws, something the Kerry camp isn’t going to do. Second, President Bush in his acceptance speech laid out an extensive Health Care agenda. He said,

” More than half of the uninsured are small business employees and their families. In a new term, we must allow small firms to join together to purchase insurance at the discounts available to big companies. We will offer a tax credit to encourage small businesses and their employees to set up health savings accounts, and provide direct help for low-income Americans to purchase them. These accounts give workers the security of insurance against major illness, the opportunity to save tax-free for routine health expenses, and the freedom of knowing you can take your account with you whenever you change jobs. And we will provide low-income Americans with better access to health care: In a new term, I will ensure every poor county in America has a community or rural health center.

Doesn’t sound like Bush’s plan calls for the insured to “die by the thousands” as Mr. Cope suggested. Then again, as he didn’t watch the speech, he probably wasn’t aware of this.

Next, as to Poverty, Mr. Cope writes,

“Under-nourished, under-diagnosed, under-educated, under-stimulated, under-housed and under-parented. That’s what poverty does to children, you know. It saps the joy from life, it stunts every sort of growth humans are capable of, it turns consciousness into constant struggle, and then, with no mercy, it kills its victims. One at a time.”

Now, first of all, Mr. Cope shows his shallow materialism. In America, poverty (particularly the poverty numbers he cited) does not mean the percentage of Americans starving to death, living in cardboard boxes. It means people making less than a certain income level. Often people in poverty have cars, television sets, go to movies, and buy groceries, they just don’t have as much as some other people.

Thus, he declares those who find themselves in poverty to be doomed. Parents in poverty might as well throw up their hands if the right man doesn’t get into the White House. Those of us who by many government standards grew up in poverty know this is not the case. I had a good childhood. Yes, some of my toys were older and a little cheaper, our clothing was from the Salvation Army or K-Mart, but yet I’d say that I wouldn’t trade my “impoverished” upbringing for the way many were raised in the middle and upper classes.

Today, hardworking men and women lead families across Idaho and across this nation and strive to make a living and get ahead and to these people, Mr. Cope says, “Give up. Poverty will kill and destroy you, there is no hope.”

Yet, the promise of America is about people beginning in difficult circumstances and rising to the challenge. For 40 years, the government has sought to make things better for families in poverty, yet no federal program can replace a loving mother and father. America’s hope is not in it’s government nor in the hands of its media elite. It is in the hands of decent folks doing the best they can for those they love.

Finally, he writes,

“Each year that Bush and Cheney are in control, thousands upon thousands more will be savaged by the poisons that will be allowed into the water, the air, the food we eat and the soil we call America.:

—Do you want to talk about pollution and the destruction of the envrionment? If you wanted to see it, all you had to do was come to Kalispell, Montana last year.

Kalispell is the home to some of the most beautiful forest land in the world. Years of Clinton Administration neglect of our national forests and a refusal to all logging which allowed a build up of cumbustible fuels which set the forests ablazed.

I lived in the middle of downtown Kalispell and the fires were miles away, but I could smell the smoke in the air. I loved to hike through the forests, but the smoke was so powerful that I couldn’t go out.

Before I left Kalispell, I wanted to see Glacier Park one last time, but the smoke was too thick for me to even go in without risking death through smoke inhalation.

Don’t tell me about protecting the environment when Democrats ripped out the roads that allowed firefights to get to the blazes. Don’t tell me you care about the trees and the water when your Democratic president had a forest management policy that hurt the environment.

Don’t claim Republicans don’t want clean air and water, because we do. We just will not pursue feel good policies that do not work such as the Kyoto Treaty. We know that we’ll have a better environment if we manage our forests rather than mismanaging them as the last administration did.

In conclusion, we Republicans are not stupid, we just see the world in an entirely different way. Mr. Cope sees victims, we see people capable of using their God-given talents to become victors. Mr. Cope believes in the power of government, we believe in the power of neighbors and communities. Mr. Cope sees reasons to reduce and limit freedom, we see opportunities for a free people to meet new challenges. Mr. Cope sees despair and we see hope. In the President, Mr. Cope sees a malevolent conspirator, and we see an honest leader whose defending America. These are the issues in 2004. Let the people decide.


Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Among Heroes

Posted by Adam Graham on September 19, 2004

Today, I met Charles Seldon in person. I’d known of Seldon’s positions on the issues and had written a letter to the editor urging support for Seldon in the school board election as I knew that his traditionalist leanings (I’d seen him with some of David Barton’s material) would be a good counterbalance on the Boise School board which is dominated by liberal elites when he was a candidate for the School board.

Mr. Seldon (the Republican nominee for Senate in District 19) liked the letter very much. We had a half an hour phone conversation where he invited me to volunteer at the Republican booth for the Hyde Park street fair.

I arrived and found that there were 3 of us there, and two chairs. Mr. Seldon rarely sat down, so he didn’t need his. Seldon always introduces himself to people the same way, “I’m an educator.” He left the public schools in the ’70s and went around the world twice setting up private Christian schools as an administrator/missionary.

Seldon is running in District 19, the most liberal district in the state of Idaho. His chances of winning are small, but he keeps on plodding along, spreading his message, talking about the importance of restoring our knowledge of our Founding Fathers. He and several others in Idaho have begun a project to get history texts that reflect America’s real history and heritage.

Seldon is an extremely warm person, very friendly to kids, and very upfront with people. Once he learns that someone was in his district, he shows him an editorial he wrote calling for a bridge’s construction, then my article, and then the Article in the Treasure Valley Christian News. Occassionally, he’ll throw in the Retried Senior Volunteer’s medal he got from President Bush. At 72, this is his second race (the first being the Boise School board election) but Seldon’s warmth and friendly aggressiveness work well for him and in a better district would serve him quite well.

Also in the booth that day was John. John was a reservist preparing to get called up to go to training for Iraq. He said that working the Republican booth was one thing he wanted to do before he left. He was full of question about who we are and various political goings ons in the Valley.

We received a lot of requests for voter registration cards and we’d run out a little bit before I got there. In the North End, the belly of the Democratic party in Boise at a very new agie/alternative rock event we ran out of an initial supply of 1,000 voter registration cards and about 2 hours before closing we were out of Bush-Cheney bumper stickers.

County Commissioner Rick Yzagurrie stopped by to encourage us and to help with the booth. The Commissioner told me that one Bush/Cheney sticker had been taken by a group of kids who put it on the back of a frisbee and set it on fire.

The highlight of the day was when we got besieged by liberals arguing against the war in Iraq. One man who was drunk became belligerant. Seldon responded simply, “I don’t talk to bear.”

He asked Commissioner Yzagurrie and I to take responsibility for the 1,025 deaths in Iraq if Bush was re-elected. My response was that neither I nor the President had anything to take responsibility for. It was the fault of the Zarqawi and his terrorist network, and the insurgency, not that of our President.

Another man took over the argument and while he did take responsibiity for the deaths of the 1,025, he said that he supported the President 100%. He handled the drunk for a while. John, meanwhile had gotten into an argument with a young kid who was spouting old left wing media propoganda (he even mentioned Florida).

The drunk joined the debate and ended up telling John that he’d bet him a dollar that he’d come back from Iraq in a body bag and that he was going to “get his @ss blown off”. John had been clear in his resolve. The young soldier had said, “American doesn’t run.” when the subject was a war that he would soon be fighting and he didn’t back down.

I reflected on the fact that so often the good ones do die. Those of the greatest virtue and courage lie dead on a battle field or are broken by the scars of war. I made a note to pray for John and his safety in Iraq.

It was a great day. Seldon showed several people my article and told them I was “a hero”. Sitting next to John, writing a 200 word letter seemed like next to nothing.

At 4:00 pm, Seldon left John and I to leave. He again thanked me for the article and said that words couldn’t describe what it had meant to him. He said that he’d almost wept when he read it because “somebody appreciated what I was trying to do.”

It was then that I realized that not only John, but Seldon were the true heroes. Seldon knows he faces long odds but is running anyway. He will not be the next Senator from District 19, but he’ll have awakened a few voters here and there to the truth of America’s founding and our moral responsibilities. Seldon, as he’s been throughout his life, is an educator. Today, the subject is American history.

We praise the heroes who win the great victories and oust the long-time incumbent or the huge upset. We often forget that the victory doesn’t belong to them alone, but rather candidates past who knocked doors and continued in the rain and cold against all odds to reach voters and speak out on issues of great importance paved the way for the success of the candidate who actually wins.

At the very least, it can be said of Seldon and many who face long, hopeless odds, that in the face of destructive liberalism and cultural decay that threatened America’s survival as a free people, they didn’t rest on the sidelines. They drew a line, they took their stand and made an effort to stand for what was right, so that at the end of the day, they may say that they stood for liberty and freedom against all odds no matter what the results were.

As Joaquin Miller wrote in his famous poem about the defense of the Alamo,

Shout “Victory, victory, victory ho!”
I say ’tis not always to the hosts that win!

I say that the victory, high or low,
Is given the hero who grapples with sin,

Or legion or single; just asking to know

When duty fronts death in his Alamo.

We need more people willing to stand up for freedom, even if they know they will not see victory. We must always remember that it was those who stood in the gap at Valley Forge who gave us the chance to get to victory at Yorktown.


Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Bush v. Carter

Posted by Adam Graham on September 17, 2004

John Erisman writes in today’s letters:

Cal Thomas’ editorial on Aug. 31 makes the point that the most important reason Bush is hated by the political left is because of his genuine Christian faith. And other right-wing pundits (e.g. Limbaugh) have made the same point.

If you accept that argument, how then do you explain Jimmy Carter? Both Carter and Bush are generally recognized as evangelical Christians. Both men have been very open about their Christian faith. And yet Carter is respected, if not revered, by the political left, and Bush is hated. So you’ve got to look beyond the faith question.

What is the difference between the two men? The answer is that Carter’s faith impacted his personal life. It led him to form Habitat for Humanity after his presidency ended. However, it did not inform his policy decisions.

Carter had no problem supporting federal funding of abortion, Bush does. Carter was pro-choice, and Bush is pro-life. Carter did not feel he had been called by God to be president. He ran because he thought he’d be a good president. Bush’s faith shapes his life and his policies.

In short, he’s not a Christian Humanist, while Carter fits that definition perfectly. His faith and his theological views of God do not inform his decisions. This is the difference.


Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »

Going After Bieter

Posted by Adam Graham on August 25, 2004

The Idaho Statesman published my letter to the editor today regarding Mayor Bieter’s war on the Christian citizens of Boise:

It was interesting to read in the Aug. 6 edition of The Idaho Statesman that Mayor Bieter “welcomed” a lawsuit by the Keep the Commandments Coalition.

This whole issue began supposedly as an attempt to avoid a lawsuit from Fred Phelps. I’m left with one of three possible conclusions given the mayor’s statement.

One is that the mayor is more afraid of a lawsuit from outsiders than a lawsuit from his own community.

Two is that the council was lying from the get-go and the Phelps lawsuit was a pretext for anti-Christian bigotry.

Three is that this has ceased to be about anything other than the wounded collective ego of the council, which is determined to prevail regardless of the cost to the city.

Either way, the citizens of Boise should replace this mayor and council in 2007, if not before.


Posted in Idaho Conservative, The | Leave a Comment »