Utah Senate Race Down to the Wire

Mike Lee with his wife Sharon

 
 

The Utah Senate race is down to the wire.  The top contenders appear to be Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater.  An amazing thing has happened in this race.  For the first time ever in my lifetime, I am hearing Republicans speak out against a businessman in favor of an attorney.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not endorsing Tim Bridgewater or Mike Lee with this article, because I already said I would not be endorsing anyone in the Senate race, but this has been an interesting turn of events.

Tim Bridgewater with The Tea Party Express

My father is a businessman.  He makes his living in the plumbing business.  There are times when he will go after government contracts because the money is so good.  It is obvious government “anything” whether it is a job or a project has more money involved then the private sector.  He hates having to wade through all the extra paperwork and extra strings that are always attached to this type of work, but if it benefits his company, and benefits his employees, as long as he is honest in his work there is no conflict.  What’s more, because he is a generous man, he then feeds this money back into the private sector through charitable donations, purchases, and raising the standard of living for his employees who also put money back into the economy.  He pays union wages even though his company is non-union.  More good happens when government money is put back into the hands of the private sector.  It would be great if the government never did most of these projects and spent our money to begin with, but it does happen.

So, here we are in the middle of a U.S. Senate race, and many people are blasting Tim Bridgewater for being a businessman.  Now, I would expect that from the left because, “If you haven’t been to Columbia, well, then what business do you have even thinking of taking office.”  However, from the Republican Party this has been quite a shock.  I have never seen such an attack on someone from the business sector ever before.

Republicans usually take great pride in saying, we are the working man, that understands business, that have run businesses, and we can bring Washington back to it’s knees by running it like a business, rather than with an open tap with no end in sight to funding.  Businesses and households cannot be run indefinitely in the red, and businessmen have a tendency to look at the ridiculous spending in Washington and want to cut the waste.  This has been one reason most of the administrations of the Republican Party are filled with working men that have been successful in their businesses, not just lawyers and professors.

Tim Bridgewater comes to this race with much business experience, and I have been surprised by the dismissal given him for his experience that in other races would put him in the top position.  Tim Bridgewater should not be removed in anyone’s mind for his business associations.  Many of the allegations on Tim’s business practices can be easily refuted with very little effort.  He is a good candidate and he is someone who gets things done.

Because of the nature of the problems in this country, Mike Lee, with his Constitutional law background gives a unique perspective to this race as well.   Let’s face it, few are excited about another lawyer in DC, but if there is going to be a lawyer back there, you would want it to be one that understands the Constitution from a Judeo / Christian worldview.  Mike Lee is a good candidate, too.  Some people say he will get nothing done.  Sometimes that sounds pretty good to me, as Washington getting nothing done, would mean they weren’t messing in my affairs either.

All will be decided on May 8th, unless of course, the people must choose between one of these two in a primary, which is not completely out of the question.

Who is On Our Side…Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul?

As someone who teaches regularly the Cycles of  History, I am familiar with Alvin Toffler’s The Third Wave.  I do not believe Mr. Toffler has the right idea on our government policy, but he is correct in his teaching of the Information Age.  In political thinking, we part ways.  However, we need to look at the different ideologies and recognize that claiming to be a Republican, or a Conservative will not be enough.   These first videos are lengthy, but I ask that you take the time to watch them all.  We must become an informed society, not one that listens to just sound bites and makes decisions.

This is from the John Birch Society.  They’ve had it right for a long time, but they began in 1958, after a global institutional founding (Spring) had occurred in our country.  This time in the cycles makes it difficult to change society.  But now that we are in a Fourth Turning, change comes quickly.  People will gravitate to societies such as these, and unite under common goals. 

Learn who one of the “leaders” of the conservative movement is, and why he is not really a conservative at all.

These recordings are not as good as the original, but I could post them here.  If you would like to watch the entire clip uninterrupted, and with the sound matching the video, please visit http://vimeo.com/6445068 

Do not be fooled by people who hold up the Founding Fathers in speeches and vote against our founding principles.  Do not let the words pull you into their political dichotomy.  Watch them.  Watch how they vote.  Newt Gingrich is a party guy.  He threw his support to a Republican in the New York race, who then threw her support to the Democrat over the independent, when she dropped out of the race. 

Newt Gingrich supports Bob Bennett in the Senate race for Utah.  Look at his voting record.  Bennett voted against the health care bill, but has one of his own he’d like to put forward.  It’s not his right as a Senator to promote health care programs on a federal level.  This is a state right.

It will be important to truly “get to know” candidates on every level.  Choose good people right from the beginning.  Do you have any say over the people who run for Senate on the Republican ticket?  Maybe.  That depends on your role.  We are a Republic.  We choose individuals to represent us.  It starts right in your neighborhood.  On March 23, 2010, for Utahns, your duty as a citizen begins.  Attend your local caucus and vote in the representatives from your area that are the most informed, the most willing to serve, and the most willing to elect candidates that will adhere to the Constitution of the United States, and the principles found in The 5,000 Year Leap.  If you would like help connecting with other like-minded individuals, go to www.utahrising.com and find a group near you.  If you are in a very rural area, we can help you set up your own STAR Forum group as well.  Just contact us and we’ll get you started.

Now watch the next video.  It’s very short.  Only 5 minutes, and you will understand what we are looking for in statesmen.  Ron Paul has consistently voted according to the Constitution, not party lines.   This video describes likely events that have been predicted by The Fourth Turning, and many economists.  Special thanks to Andy Whitehead, a member of our group, for sending this in.  Educate yourself, help educate others, prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.  We are a great nation that will overcome it’s challenges when we continually stick to our principles.