States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas once said, “You have to know what
you are willing to die for. Until you
know that, you’re negotiable.” He is
exactly right. Conservatism is not a box
you check off or a square you color in, it is ingrained in your heart, embedded
in your DNA and can be traced to the core of your bone marrow. You have to be
willing to die for these principles to earn the title of a certified
conservative. Jeff Sessions is the kind
of statesmen who pledges his life, fortune and sacred honor.
is no substitute for experience. The
notion of being an economic, social, moral and constitutional conservative
takes years to develop. It is developed
like childhood transforming to adulthood.
Conservatism is the journey of being an apprentice to master craftsmen. Talking
points are great, but conservatism has to be internalized to the core of your
bone marrow when a microphone or a camera is thrown in your face with no
teleprompter. Conservatism is not
Tuberville announced his run for the U.S. Senate, I had a real time example of his
shallowness on a simple issue. When
Alabama was in the heat of the legislature passing the Gas Tax, I received a
call from a Tuberville handler. This
person knew I was very public about opposing the gas tax. I had written and published articles on the
subject. He said the coach was opposed
to the gas tax and wanted to write an article publicly opposing the gas tax
increase. He went on further to say the
coach needed me to send him some talking points, so he could write the article. By the way, he never wrote the article. He got cold feet or changed his mind, either
way he ducked the issue. I knew in principle I opposed tax increases because of
my early upbringing in public policy. However,
it took me years of debating the issue to fine tune my thinking and to develop
a depth on this and so many other issues.
the Christian Coalition, we had a tenant in our platform: “To ease the tax
burden on the families,” so we would never be on the affirmative side of a tax
increase. I had to become razor sharp
and laser beam precise to debate this boiler plate conservative issue in 2003 during
our statewide $1.2 billion tax increase.
Most conservative’s embrace the impression that tax increases are
regressive and hurts rather than helps government revenues. When you allow citizens and businesses to
keep more of their hard earned money, economists confirm this money turns over
7 times in the local communities. We
also know that the American family is already saddled with excessive
taxation. Tax Freedom Day is when you
take all federal, state and local taxes and divide it by the nation’s income, the
breakeven date is April 6th.
These are just a few of the backdrop points you learn about the issue of
tax increases. Conservatism believes you
grow your way out, not tax your way out of economic problems. These are just a handful of reasons conservatives
do not raise taxes. You may consider
yourself conservative and not been aware of these few minor points; as I hope
you agree, it does take time friends, Conservatism is Time-Released.
is my problem with that phone call; Tuberville had no idea how to fight an easy
surface issue like raising taxes. My thoughts
were deeply troubling after hanging up the phone, how is Tuberville going to
debate Dianne Feinstein or Kamala Harris on the floor of the U.S. Senate over a
pro-life bill? This handler also said
the Coach wanted to stop by and meet me sometime. My response was positive, but have him ready
to discuss in depth a cadre of conservative issues. Coach never came by or called to deep dive
into conservative issues with me in vetting a candidate. I actually never considered him even before
Sessions entered the race, because he was shallow on conservatism. We are talking about the U.S. Senate, not a
county commission race where you can learn on the job. Tuberville is Not Ready!
conservatism is time released, like a PhD, it takes time to earn the depth on a
wide range of issues like, abortion, traditional marriage, immigration reform,
balanced budget, foreign policy, strong military, defunding Planned Parenthood,
2nd amendment, taxation, 60 vote Senate Rule, role of the Judiciary,
gambling expansion, K-Street influence and so many more complex issues.
see now why Tuberville’s handlers insisted he duck, call time-out and not
debate Sessions, he is not camera ready and they know it. He is avoiding any interviews with the press
in fear he will blow it. Sessions never
have known Sessions for 27 years, he is seasoned, proven, tried, battle tested
and shovel ready to combat liberal democrats, socialism, communism, radical
Islam and advance the Trump agenda day one.
please do not underestimate that economic, social, moral and constitutional
conservatism is time-released, it is not microwavable.
Sessions knows what he is willing to die for; he is a fearless non-negotiable
statesman who is not for sale.