An overwhelming majority of the feedback to PeteHoekstra.com — posted publicly in the “Comments” or privately through the Contact Us link on the site — are positive. However I do receive some negative responses, and that’s welcome…especially when it’s respectful and not just profane.

The funniest private messages — usually ramblings filled with curse words and typos — say snarky things about me being a “California Liberal” or a personal attack related to my family. (Again, this effort was never about me or other family members. Hoekstra’s campaign tracked down my involvement despite attempts to keep the registration Private.)

To set the record straight, I am absolutely not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties. I am extremely “conservative” on many issues such as governmental policy toward business and jobs, and others like crime. On other issues, I am Libertarian and don’t want the government involved in my life. Some people believe Libertarians to actually be more conservative than Republicans on some issues! And I’ll admit there are some areas where people will call me “Liberal”, even though I think it’s unjustified. For example, I believe the health care system is a complete mess and I believe in the greatest, wealthiest country in the world, we have a responsibility to look out for others less fortunate. (I believe that ideology dates back to the Bible.) That doesn’t mean I’m for a massive government Canadian-style takeover of the health care system. Rather, I’m in favor of bi-partisan legislation that isn’t corroded by special interests.

They’re going to get a Health Care bill through, and I’m sure it’s not going to be anywhere near as good had both sides made a real effort of working together. Gun to my head, however, it’s better than nothing. Doing nothing is unacceptable.

You might disagree with me, but isn’t my position at least reasonable? Isn’t this sort of tone a more effective way to communicate and collaborate? THAT is my entire point about why I want to see someone other than Pete Hoekstra as the next Governor.

I do have to point out the issue of hypocrisy surrounding some of the vigorous anti-Obama sentiment coming from Congressman Hoekstra and others, particularly as it pertains to “terrorism”.

I’m troubled by the fact that critics of  George W. Bush or the administration’s Iraq War policy were blasted as “unpatriotic” and “anti-American” at the time, yet many “conservatives” have no trouble lambasting the current President.

Why was it unpatriotic to blast GWB but different when it’s BHO?

I was please to read on Yahoo! News today that Republican Lugar Rejects Cheney’s Obama Criticism. “It’s unfair,” Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” which will air this weekend. “I think the president is focused.”

Now Dick Lugar is hardly a liberal! And I’m glad he’s speaking out that the knee-jerk, polarizing style employed by certain individuals is not only ineffective, it makes the situation worse!

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
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