Skip to comments.The Blackwell Revolution [Opponents Call Ken Blackwell Radical, An Extremist and Goofy]
Posted on 05/08/2006 8:10:31 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
As the Republican Party flails around trying to regain its bearings, party operatives should take a close look at Ken Blackwell, who just won the Republican primary in the governor's race in Ohio.
Blackwell decisively defeated Jim Petro, Ohio's attorney general, garnering 56 percent of the vote, and now has a shot at becoming the first black Republican governor in the nation's history. Initial polling shows him trailing his Democratic opponent Congressman Ted Strickland. However, it's early in the game and Blackwell, a former Xavier University football star, is both a competitor and a winner.
Blackwell also is a man of principle and is that rare and unusual politician who is clear, upfront and uncompromising about those principles. He serves up his agenda, a combination of limited government, fiscal conservatism and traditional values, in a straightforward way that makes typical political gurus and consultants wince. But, like Ronald Reagan, Blackwell knows that Americans respond to honesty and he also knows that he is right.
Conventional wisdom is that he's too conservative. There is also concern that Ohio is in such bad shape, and that the current scandal ridden Republican governor is so unpopular, that the door is wide open for a change in party.
But, in fact, Blackwell's clear and honest conservatism is the answer to the concerns about the state's economic problems and the problems with government corruption.
The point is that corruption is the product of big, undisciplined government, and this is exactly what Ohioans have gotten from their current regime. It is a joke to think that the way to solve corruption is to throw out a big government Republican and replace him with a big government Democrat.
The Cato Institute issues a bi-annual fiscal policy report card of the nation's governors. They grade governors, A to F, on their spending and tax policies. Not only did Ohio's Governor Taft receive an F, but his overall rating was dead last of all governors. Under his leadership, real annual per capita spending, according to Cato, has increased a whopping 5 percent per year. Over the last 10 years, total government spending in Ohio has risen 20 percent faster than personal incomes.
If corruption is the symptom of big government, economic performance is the victim. The Ohio economy has been sputtering. It is 47th out of the 50 states in job creation and has one of the nation's lowest growth rates. According to The New York Times, the state "has lost 175,000 manufacturing jobs in the last 10 years and ... an average of 65 people ages 25-39 leave the state every day."
While other politicians are offering up the usual government engineered schemes to revitalize the economy of Ohio, Blackwell understands that the last thing that Ohioans need is more government.
He has proposed a constitutional amendment that would put a cap on growth of state and local spending of 3.5 percent, or the sum of the rates of inflation and population growth. Exactly the kind of formula that makes conventional politicians cringe, which is exactly what is happening.
However, he also knows that there are two sides to the coin of social and economic vitality. One is to keep government in check. The other is to maintain a positive healthy moral environment that sustains individuals and families. So Blackwell supports constitutionally protecting traditional marriage and he opposes abortion. And, he supports school choice.
So, in fact, Ken Blackwell has not stopped smelling the roses of the Reagan revolution. Or, perhaps I should say the American Revolution.
His opponents call him "radical" and an "extremist." His primary opponent called him "goofy."
And, of course, the left translates his stand for traditional values, which Americans overwhelming support, as "gay bashing."
We are in challenging times. Ohio is in many ways a poster child of the problems that the country is facing. If we check the track record of history, or even look around the world today, it is clear as a bell that countries with undisciplined government are both corrupt and poor. It is also clear that social vitality, that is traditional values and intact families, coincides with economic prosperity.
I have long felt, counter to the conventional wisdom that Republicans recruit blacks, that blacks will play a key role in defining and leading the Republican Party. It is because the black community needs the agenda of limited government and traditional values like oxygen.
The beauty is that it's an American agenda. Not an ethnic or racial or special interest agenda.
So watch Ohio. It may tell you a lot about the country's future.
Star Parker is president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education and author of the new book White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay. You can contact her here.
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Go Ken Blackwell, win one for the Gipper!
If Blackwell does anything to move to the center, will his base hold him accountable or will they rationalize it as necessary to win an election?
To the liberal, its his "R" after his name.
Every indication is that Blackwell is pretty firm in his postions and wont "move" anywhere ideologically.
Blackwell is a 'Nazi' who 'wants to kill all gay and transgendered citizens' and an 'Uncle Tom' who will 'place the hobnail heel of his jackboot on the neck of all women (opps, I mean 'wemyn') and minorities throughout the state' as part of his 'state mandated theocracy'.
After 'Haliburton and Diebolt fixed last Tuesday's primary election', state 'Republicans and the Ku Klux Klan' are ready to march from Cleveland to Cincinnati because most 'Ohio Republicans are so stupid, they don't realize Ken Blackwell is black'...
He's not Taft, and he's not a Taft wannabe. That should stand him in good stead with the voters.
But the conventional wisdom here on FR seems to be that it's OK to vote for big government Republicans.
The democrats aren't very tolerant of other peoples choices themselves, are they? Their hypocrisy has been showing all over the place lately. They seem to have some type of political death wish or something.
He sounds like a good man to me. I'd vote for him.
I just sent Blackwell a contribution. This may turn out to be a major battle in our national fight against the democRATS and their RINO allies.
"If Blackwell does anything to move to the center, will his base hold him accountable or will they rationalize it as necessary to win an election?"
Yes, the conservative base in Ohio will definitely cut Ken some slack to move to the center if he needs to.
And just as importantly, watch how Blackwell and the GOP take apart Strickwell (the Dim's candidate for governor) and that raving leftwing loon Sherrod Brown, the Dim running for DeWine's seante seat. It will be wonderful to behold.
Oh my. The liberal white elitist have an escapee from Hillary's village. They have to put him back in his place as soon as possible, because if they don't, their other political slaves might get the idea they too can escape the democrat village of government cheese!
I'm going to carefully watch the senate race. I think the social conservative right is going to attempt to "votemail" Dewine. I was listening to a social conservative talk show the other day, and the host was boldly making the prediction that Brown would defeat Dewine since social conservatives don't care much for Dewine. This guy is on the boards of or closely connected to the activist social conservative organziations in Ohio. At this point it's gut feeling on my part, but this guy is sneaky.
I can't get anyone to say it is an "official" campaingn, but their eyes light up when I mention whether there will be any official effort to deny Dewine the election.
Glad to see your support for Blackwell.
How is your support for McCain. Do you see him as a national hero and a man of integrity and principled leadership? Should those who support Secretary Blackwell support McCain due to the previouisly mentioned principals?
McCain could gain much traction if he campaigns and fund raises for Blackwell.
phoney stat. Ohio like Michigan have been killed by the decline of domestic auto industry. govt. spending has been about normal. personal income has gotten crushed.
The dems in MI and the R's in OH are both in trouble for much the same reasons.