Q & A with Jedediah: The Conservative Platform, Pelosi, and “Liberal Overload”

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

While all conservatives feel the overwhelming desire to remove the liberals/socialists/progressives from Congress and the White House, what are your views on proactive positions (What do we stand FOR)? I agree with strong foreign policy, border security, and reduction in the size of government, but what are your thoughts on the full platform?—Greg; Alpharetta, GA

Here’s my idea of what an authentic conservative platform should look like:

–Cut personal and business taxes; explore flat tax or national sales tax alternatives to the progressive income tax; permanently eliminate the death tax

–Rally against cap-and-tax and all job-crippling energy policy; support ANWR drilling (here and now) and the active exploration of wind/hydro/nuclear alternatives

–Repeal and replace Obama’s health care law; institute legislation that ends junk lawsuits, fosters competition among insurance companies, allows Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, and yields more choice for buyers; reject any and all government mandates/penalties/interference in the health and well-being of Americans

–Support a strong American missile defense program; reject defense budget cuts; reject treaties that limit the ability of America to defend itself against world dictators and terrorist threats; support military tribunals for terrorist trials; promote a foreign policy of “peace through strength”; be clear and outspoken in our support for Israel

–Reduce spending, particularly with respect to entitlement programs that are bankrupting our country; uphold the tenth amendment and honor states’ rights

–Support the second amendment

–Support choice in education (vouchers and charter schools); support merit pay for teachers and hold teachers/schools accountable for misconduct and bias in classrooms

–Embrace legal immigration, while rallying against illegal immigration; force the federal government to do its job of securing our border; reject amnesty for illegal aliens; see to it that states like Arizona don’t have to do what the federal government should already be doing

–Fight to protect the sanctity of all human life, including that of the unborn; ban partial-birth abortions and defund Planned Parenthood for its numerous scandals involving minors/their disclosure of inaccurate medical information

–Possess an unapologetic love of country

In addition, let me add that I think there are a number of attributes conservatives should insist that our elected leaders prioritize and embody:


–A solid record of voting to restore and sustain conservative principles

–Proven efforts (via executive leadership and/or voting records) to reduce government spending, minimize waste, and foster the growth of small businesses/entrepreneurship

–A rejection of business-as-usual in Washington and a willingness to take on the establishment if need be

–The courage to make decisions (that may be deemed unpopular) in the name of preserving our liberty and standing up to rogue nations

What news story did you find most outrageous this week?—Joe; Austin, TX

That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll go with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comment that the new health care law enables those pursuing creative outlets to quit their jobs and explore their talents, while taxpayers pick up the bill for their health care. She said, “We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations, because you will have health care.”

Well, isn’t Nancy just an all-around gift-giver? A regular Santa Claus, I say—that is, with our money. Here we have the Obama administration’s redistributive ideology at its best: You work, so someone else doesn’t have to. I’ll bet Pelosi is salivating over the idea of industrious American artists, actors, and musicians going the way of dependence on government.

Since you went to a very liberal school such as Columbia, we can assume you didn’t get your conservative views from them. Do you feel as if you formed them due to liberal overload at that kind of institution? Or were your views formed well before then? Where, or to whom, would you give credit?—Kris; Boston, MA

I was very lucky growing up to be surrounded by people with a diversity of opinions and ideologies. My dad was always political, but my mom wasn’t (although she is much more so now). Politics wasn’t really a part of our dinner-table discussions, and the bulk of my exposure to it came from a really incredible high school teacher. She encouraged us to think, to form our own opinions, and to discover who we were politically without her opinion factoring into it. She was brilliant, and although the rumor was that she was very liberal, it never came through in her teaching. I am so grateful to her for that objectivity and for allowing me to form my own sense of political self within her classroom.

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t discover that I’m a conservative by listening to old Ronald Reagan speeches or reading the classics. I just sat down and thought about what made sense to me, what policies retain the integrity of our founding principles and are best for America. Being at Columbia and living in New York City haven’t shaped my ideology. However, I will say that much of what I see in heavily-liberal environments reminds me of my commitment to what I hold dear. And provides a wealth of entertainment.

I thank my parents, above all, for always prioritizing hard work, diligence, and freedom of thought. When I entered college, they always made it known when they didn’t agree with me, but they also always reminded me of my right to think differently. I’ve carried that with me and hope I always will.

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Riley Dimattia
9 years ago

Hah, Italy demonstrators rally against Berlusconi

Richard LaVerdure
10 years ago

If you really want to stop this madness in Washinton, D.C. Remove all the Planks of the communist manifesto that have been enshrined into law. This means The department of agriculture, energy, education, food and drug administration, ATF, and several others would save hundred of BILLIONS OF $’s. Repeal the Federal Reserve Act. and bring these criminal banker’s up on treason charges against the United States. Kick out The International Money Fund Banker’s and if you can catch there banker’s CEO Jail them and bring them up on war crimes against humanity, convict them and hang them. Then we could get our country and the world back on course to a peaceful prosperity and wonderoius space exploration…

10 years ago

I go along with most of what you say, but would add the 28th ammendment that has been going around and make it retroactive for the past 20 years with only a 1.5% COLA. Put all goverment retires under social security, make them buy there own health insurance. Make them just like the rest of us. Have them place 1/2 of all speeking fees while in office into the general fund.

10 years ago

I had a similar high school teacher (History and Geography) who told us to think independently. He talked about his views but did not attack disputers with epithets like I’ve heard with others. He was very liberal.

–The turning point for me is finding out how it has been the richest hustlers in capitalism (Rockefellers, George Soros) are the financiers of “socialism”, a major fraud just like Marxism. Under both regimens workers and peasants not only lose respect for all their rights, but lose all hope for escape.

–That’s why even the poorest Hondurans were among the ones who supported the ouster of golpista Communist dictator Zelaya in Honduras and supported the CONSTITUTIONAL interim government led by the constitutional successor Roberto Micheletti, who today is considered a national hero in Honduras, despite efforts to make Honduras swear allegiance to foreign masters again.

Support the free speech rights of Hondurans against whom the usurper federal imperial regime revoked visas. They did not want Americans to hear their side of the story.


George Michaud
10 years ago

I. Have to agree with your “authentic conservative platform ” list and we can all be happy to see the trend in most all voting seems like we’ll wind up with our beloved nation getting back on solid footing and a bright future upcoming for our generation and ones to follow thanks to the hard work of folks as yourself. Thank you,
George Michaud
Kansas City, Missouri

10 years ago

Jedediah, you are right on the money with your conservative platform.

David Focht
10 years ago

Since the department of energy was founded for the specific purpose (at least originally) of freeing us from dependence on foreign oil I’d say they get an F- and maybe we should look at what benefits we have received from this department. If you want to be really radical you could say that since the states did not approve the formation of this department, then technically it’s unconstitutional, but that might just be too radical.

Jonathan Grummer
10 years ago

Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

8 years ago

I just bought my own too. I’m 23 and out of coglele. First I went to to get quotes and price ranges. Then, after comparing a few, I called the company I liked directly and handled it through them instead of going through the website. I still had to fill out my name and email and stuff to get quotes, but it was worth it to compare. There are a lot of websites that do that if you don’t like the one I gave you. Just google it.The deductible is how much you will pay if you go into the hospital. Most were $5,000 or $2,500. If you need surgery, the deductible comes out of your pocket before the insurance pays the rest. The deductible amount is for one year, and everything you pay out of pocket goes towards reaching the deductible. For example, you have an ER visit that was $100, you now will only pay $4,900 at the most until the end of the year when it starts over.The thing I looked at the most was how much it cost to go to my family doctor. Some are $15 per visit, some are $35, some are $50.Most plans for me were around $100 per month, which I didn’t think was too bad. The prices you see on the quote website are not exactly accurate. Those are if you were in perfect health. If you smoke, take medication of any kind, have a disease, anything like that, the price goes up.The site quoted me about $75, but little things made it go up. For example, I take an antibiotic for acne, and that raised the price. (which sucks!!!)You have to be completely honest about all of it though, because if they see in medical records that you lied or left something out, they can revoke the contract and not pay. And we both know they would let you keep paying every month and not revoke it until you needed them to pay for something and then you’d be screwed.Good luck. It’s not as hard to get or as expensive as everyone makes it out to be.

Buddy Sims
10 years ago

David!! You know we need a department of at least 18,000 to handle all the wind and gas blowing out of Congress!!

David Hansen
10 years ago

I know the Dept. of Energy has about 18,000 employees. What are the job duties of some of these people? In an organization dealing with Wind and Gas,it would seem like a place to make some cuts

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