By CRAIG E. CAMPBELL
I’m on the road in Dallas for Republican Party training. Before you snipe that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” let me defend myself by stating I am 69 years young, not old. With that disclaimer out of the way, I wanted to share some “truths” I heard today at a breakfast with Charlie Kirk from Turning Point USA.
Turning Point USA is a grassroots activist non-profit focused on energizing young Americans in the principles of our Constitutional Republic with respect to freedom, the free market, and limited government.
Charlie Kirk held nothing back as he spoke about conservative appeasement to the Democrat machine. He was absolutely right that the Democrat steam-roller of growing government by opening our borders, co-opting corporations to advance liberalism, and making America a socialist nation is in full throttle right now.
Election fraud, grassroots efforts at getting out the vote, deliberate blackmail of corporations, “in your face” aggressive behavior, and flat out intimidation have become the core strategies of the Democratic Party. The best way to get conservatives to shut-up is to use the worn out racists accusation.
If you don’t agree with them, you’re a racist.
If you support election integrity, you’re a racist.
If you want respect for your individual beliefs, you’re a racist.
If you want to protect women’s rights by opposing transsexual men from participating in women’s sports, you’re a racist.
If you support law enforcement, you’re a racist.
If you want secure borders, you get it, you’re a racist.
Kirk made it abundantly clear that this is the time for conservatives to wake up and aggressively push back against this rising tide of Democratic Socialism.
He threw a few verbal grenades to stimulate the audience that too often conservatives have to have a “pure” candidate or they won’t vote, therefore we lose even when we have the numerical majority.
Case in point was this last election cycle in Georgia. President Trump won Georgia, but when the senatorial run-off happened, both Republican senators lost to radical Democrats because a large block of Georgia conservatives didn’t like Perdue or Loeffler. They just didn’t vote. Unbelievable. Because the Republican candidates were not their ideal conservatives, conservatives stayed home and two radical Democrats now represent Georgia in the United States Senate, making it a 50/50 split and giving immense power to uber-liberal Vice President Kamala Harris.
No wonder the socialists are pushing to pack the Supreme Court with liberal judges, make D.C. a state giving them two more Democrat Senators for eternity, implementing the Green New Deal, and opening the borders to recruit millions of new Democrat voters. They know they have the Democrat votes and can probably intimidate, threaten, coerce, or convince enough weak Republicans to support their agenda and implement this Brave New World. You can’t make this stuff up, they are playing for keeps.
So what’s my point? Anchorage has a critical mayoral run-off election on May 11. The split between Bronson and Dunbar is very close. If we are to have any chance of returning Anchorage to the greatness that preceded the destructive Berkowitz/Quinn-Davidson era, we must elect Dave Bronson mayor.
That means every voter that voted for Bronson, Robbins, or Evans must turn out and vote for Bronson in this run-off. No staying home because your favorite candidate isn’t in the run-off. You can bet the Democrats are going to aggressively get out their voters for Dunbar, to include the Falsey and Martinez voters. If we stay home, Dunbar wins, period.
Politics is not a personality contest. It’s the process by which we collectively select our government leaders and determine the type of future we want for our city. It’s an interactive event in which you must participate if you want to change the path Anchorage is currently going of divisiveness, homelessness, a declining economy, rising violent crime, and bigger government.
You just can’t stay home and expect change to occur against a motivated radical Democrat machine. Look what happened in the Rivera Recall vote. They are playing for keeps and if we lose this municipal election to Dunbar, I am afraid we will have turned Anchorage into nothing better than what we now see in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
Make sure you vote in this Anchorage mayoral run-off, and for the sake of our future, vote for Dave Bronson.
Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).