Monday, July 13, 2015

Scott Walker...Conservative?

Is he the guy? I don't know yet... (Photo: jsonnline.com)

Scott Walker announced that he's running for President of the United States. Scott Walker has an impressive record. As governor of Wisconsin, he took on big powerful Democrat-run unions and won three elections in four years.

But is Scott Walker legit?



From Mediate:

Tim Alberta, a Walker adviser, tried to calm fears that the candidate was moving too far to the right in order to win the Iowa caucus by intimating that positions taken this early on are contingent.

“You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you don’t do that, none of the rest matters,” the adviser said. “It’s much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on.”

Wait a second...I thought Scott Walker was an unapologetic conservative?

Before conservatives pony up next to Scott Walker as a viable conservative that can win in the general election, maintain conservative principles and bridge the Tea Party/ Establishment rift in the GOP, let's keep in mind that this strategy of "running to the right, and then to the middle" is anti-conservatism. Before the Republican nominees begin to pander to voters how they're just like Ronald Reagan, let's remember that it was Reagan's strong conservative message that helped lock up his victories in 1980 and 1984. Reagan's unapologetic conservative platform centered around a strong military, less taxes and less spending; all conservative principles that he never ran away from in the general election. The conservative movement is about going against the grain, fighting the status-quo in Washington D.C., listening to conservative concernsholding strong positions on issues that the people support and holding our elected officials accountable.

Scott Walker has already waffled on immigration and is a supporter of the Patriot Act. Both issues the grassroots have a problem with. 

Should we write off Scott Walker?

No.

But we shouldn't be so quick to throw our support behind him.