The DaTechGuy Blog is guided by two foundational principles on being both Catholic and Conservative.

The endeavor to be “Catholic” and “Conservative” is fraught with perils and pitfalls; the current culture that we live in is akin to swimming in a sea of moral relativism where moral absolutes are dismissed as political power plays.

When evaluating the aspirants in the Republican Party with regards to their devotion to the reality of being Catholic and Conservative, it is safe to say that it is not necessary for each candidate to be Roman Catholic per se – it will be sufficient enough if they each have a hearty disposition to defend Religious Liberty (this will safeguard Catholicism) and our Judeo-Christian heritage (currently seen as a conservative anachronism).

If we were to ask ourselves, whether or not the top-tier of Republican candidates are really Conservative, we would receive a myriad of different answers.

For the purpose of our discussion this writer will refer to the American Conservative Union’s (the ACU was founded in 1964) political rating scale of politicians to deem if they are sufficiently conservative.

The ACU is one of the nation’s foremost Conservative organizations and they are the counterpoint to the Liberal Americans for Democratic Action (ADA founded in the 1940s).

With this in mind, let us rate the Conservatism (in this limited fashion) of the leading actors in the Republican Party’s polls:

  • Senator Marco Rubio possesses a lifetime (ACU) score of 98%. One would venture to say that Mr. Rubio’s impeccable conservative credentials should be beyond dispute.

Alas, this is not the case.

Senator Rubio committed for many Immigration Hawks the unpardonable sin by supporting the GANG of 8’s Immigration Reform measures.  For this he has obtained the wrath of Boarder Security Conservatives.

Nevertheless, Mr. Rubio has been in the Senate for four (4) years and his voting record and public service testify that he is a “True Conservative.”

State Representative Marco Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives when he mounted a race for the US Senate and ran against former Republican (establishment?) Governor Charlie Crist.

Mr. Rubio ran as a Tea Party Conservative; this writer is shocked and somewhat baffled over how anyone could call Marco Rubio “an establishment Republican.”

  • A look at Senator Ted Cruz of Texas’ (ACU) score is equally impressive: Senator Cruz has a lifetime rating of 100%!  This is an astounding voting percentage (two years of Senatorial service).

Mr. Cruz is an intellectual wonder who graduated with distinction from both Princeton and Harvard Law School.

A similarity of both Senators (Rubio & Cruz) reminds Conservatives of how far they have come since President Obama became President:  Both of these Senators are products of “The Tea Party Movement”; and both men ran against the Republican establishment.

A brief look at the two young Senators (Rubio & Cruz) is a testimony to both the Intellectual and Political transformation that has affected our nation since William F. Buckley, Jr. founded “National Review” as a conservative journal in 1955.

As the old song states, “You’ve come a Long Way Baby!”

Both Misters Rubio and Cruz are certifiably “CONSERVATIVE!

  • But what about the conservatism of Mr. Donald Trump and what are we to make of it?

A look at Mr. Trump’s past might cause one to question his bona fides as a “true Conservative.”

When we look at The Donald’s past political involvement what does one find?

Did he (Donald Trump) stand with Conservatives at crucial junctures and at critical times?

Where was Mr. Trump when Ross Perot brought to the nation’s attention in 1992 that our deficits could strangle the future health and wellbeing of our nation?

Where was “the Donald” when Father Richard John Neuhaus and Minister Charles “Chuck” Colson – and others warned us about the impending “Cultural War” that was transforming our nation away from its Judeo-Christian heritage and into rampant Secularism?

Where was the Donald right after 9/11?

Did Mr. Trump support the 9/11 Commission’s’ findings or offer insightful critiques – or was he AWOL?

Unfortunately, Mr. Trump has NEVER held an elective office so there is no voting record by which to gauge his political pedigree.

Is This Man – the Donald – A True Conservative?

In the past, the Donald Trump has been socially liberal on family issues (Pro-Abortion) and suspect with regards to speaking out on issues pertaining to or protecting Religious Liberty.

Again, is this successful businessman – Donald Trump – a True Conservative?”

In the case of Dr. Ben Carson, we have a history of this man championing Pro-Family and Religious Liberty.  Dr. Carson’s life has reflected his Christian beliefs.

Question:  What does the Donald believe and what are his guiding principles?

A cursory look at Governor Jeb Bush’s two terms in Florida presents a compelling case that he was one of the most effective Conservative Governors in recent memory – period!

Governor Jeb Bush has a track record that can be judged and sifted through.

What of the Donald?

Is Mr. Trump a true Conservative?

We know two things about the Donald:  (1) He is skilled at wealth creation (he is a shrewd negotiator), and (2.) he pursues his goals with gusto and reckless abandon.

Conservative voters of ALL stripes and ALL garden varieties whether they be (1.) Judeo-Christian (Social); (2.) Economic (read that Libertarian); or (3.) Strong National Defense (Foreign Policy Hawks) – need to remind themselves that the issues that face our nation are too great to gamble them away on people or a persons who may not embrace their “True Conservative Values and Principles.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade there is one aspect of the abortion debate that people do their best to shy away from, the “rape & incest” exception.

Despite being statistically insignificant in terms of abortion This tends to come up any time one defends life because it plays the shock and horror card and attempts to size the moral high ground away from the subject of life. In fact in a discussion today it was played on me.

And the answer to that question comes to us via the Classic Star Trek TNG episode Sins of the Father

In the episode a Klingon Officer is assigned to the enterprise as part of an officer exchange program & does all he can to provoke Worf. He eventually reveals why

Worf: So you asked to serve aboard the Enterprise to watch me?
Kern: It was an excellent opportunity to see what kind of Klingon you were.
Or if you were a Klingon at all!
Worf: Your deception offends me, Brother.
Kern: It should. But it was required.
Worf: To satisfy your curiosity.
Kern: No. Much more. You are the eldest son. The challenge is yours to make.
Worf:Challenge?
Kern:The Klingon High Council has judged our father a traitor to the Empire.

Worf goes to Picard explains the charges against his father, asks for a leave and explains the stakes:

Worf: Our family name will be disgraced for seven generations. It is my responsibility to clear his name or answer for his crimes.
Capt Picard: Answer for them?
Worf: The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions and he is responsible for theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed.

So the standard for the Klingon is your father commits the crime, you oughta die.

Under klingon law Worf is expected to die for the sins of his father.

Worf: I am Worf, son of Mogh. I have come to challenge the lies that have been spoken of my father.
K’Mpec: Worf, son of Mogh,you have challenged the judgement of the Council. Are you prepared to answer for this if you fail?
Worf: Yes! With my life.

That his father is dead has no bearing, that he has lived a useful and honorable life doesn’t matter. His father committed a terrible crime so by Klingon law he must die.

Sound familiar? It sure did to me.

I don’t accept the an abortion exception for rape any more than I’d support the execution of the children of the cologne attackers for their father’s acts.

When you say you’ll accept exceptions for rape & incest you’re saying “unborn life matters unless one or both parents are evil”

I won’t

But that’s only half the comparison applying to a tiny minority of cases, the Klingon law comparison applies even to abortion in general as this episode further illustrates.

But that’s the 2nd post

Oh one last thought, while Worf was willing to risk death if his father was condemned, the unborn doesn’t get that option.

Update: Part two is now up and there is an interesting epilogue to a later episode worth noting as well.

At the end the episode Redemption Part 2 (a two parter worth watching) The new head of the Klingon Empire has just convicted Torval, the son of Duras who killed Worf’s wife, and as a reward for Worf’s faithful service does this:

Gowron: …Worf. This child’s family wrongly took your name and your honour from you. In return, I give his life to you.

Worf takes the dagger offered him and Everyone including Toral, waits for him to deliver the killing blow. He does not. Finally his brother approaches him.

Kurn: What’s wrong? Kill him!
Worf: No.
Kurn: But it’s our way. It is the Klingon way.
Worf: I know. But it is not my way. Turning to the assembly he loudly declares This boy has done me no harm and I will not kill him for the crimes of his family.
Gowron: Then it falls to Kurn.
Worf: No. No, you gave me his life, and I have spared it.

When a woman chooses to defy convention and spare her child, a child completely innocent (unlike the above mentioned Torval who was the figurehead of the rebellion) of the crime of it’s father. They are like Worf bravely defying the pressure of our modern and often unjust culture.

Such a woman should be honored and celebrated.

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Sorry about the lack of posting yesterday a doctors visit for IV antibiotics for the illness that kept me from work this week turned into a hospital admission for the first time in decades.

As I’m apparently contagious I may miss a few more days of work and given the wonderful effect that Obamacare has had on my medical coverage (like your plan keep your plan my ass) I find myself in fear of what the bill from the Hospital will be. (fyi they did a good job so whatever it is they earned it)

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National Review’s editorial board has not only come out Against Trump; they are dedicating an entire issue of their magazine to the subject.

When I first saw the article, I thought of listing their reasons for this post, but as it turns out, T. Elliot Gaiserbeat me to it, so I’ll enumerate his list,

Here are the five ways the editors note he will not advance the conservative cause:

1. Immigration: Trump is for backdoor amnesty.
2. Foreign Policy: Trump is a flip-flopping victim of flattery.
3. Poll-obsession: Trump has his finger in the wind, swaying with the polls.
4. Limited Government: Trump has no commitment to shrinking the state.
5. Experience: He has none in government and wasn’t even that great a businessman.

My reason is that I see no commitment from Donald Trump to understand and uphold the Constitution, but I urge you to read NRO’s forum of conservatives on why they are against Trump.

Sure as rain (as the Engllish say), Trump tweeted his ire. Kevin Williamson struck right back,

More interesting was the Republican National Committee’s reaction:

Whether the RNC

probably felt it had to act because of the in-house editorial announcing NR’s opposition to Donald Trump rather than the collection of individual essays, and the NBC fight may have something to do with that, too. The CNBC debate showed an almost explicit contempt for the GOP candidates on the stage, especially Trump, which is why Reince Priebus cut them out of the remaining debates this cycle. He needed to show voters that he means to protect Republicans from media bias. Having done that, how could the RNC not follow through when one of the other debate partners explicitly and institutionally declares itself opposed to one of the party’s frontrunners?

or the Washington Cabal felt it necessary to protect the candidate who’s (heading the polls and monopolizing media attention) most likely to protect their established status – and possibly be flattered into submission – remains for you to decide.

Either way, it was a brilliant move by NRO.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

For those of you who, like me Don’t read German here is the translation:

refugee

That explains just so much doesn’t it.

Incidentally I met MS Nienhaus when we were both covering Donald Trump in NH.

She is very much worth following on twitter.

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Sorry about the lack of posting yesterday a doctors visit for IV antibiotics for the illness that kept me from work this week turned into a hospital admission for the first time in decades.

As I’m apparently contagious I may miss a few more days of work and given the wonderful effect that Obamacare has had on my medical coverage (like your plan keep your plan my ass) I find my self in fear of what the bill from the Hospital will be. (fyi they did a good job so whatever it is they earned it)

Given those facts I would I ask you to please consider hitting DaTipJar.




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