Ask a Conservative

Ask a Conservative is a new blog with the purpose of informing people as to what a Conservative's opinion is on a subject and why they hold that opinion.

Hello all.

My name is Bryan Palumbo and I grew up in Bristol, RI. While I'm writing my blog, which details my plan to fix the Rhode Island economy, I figured that in the time that I'm either taking a break from that or are still going through data (which is the case now) that I'd write here.

This blog is a place where you can ask questions of a conservative. I've had this idea for a while now. It was during a debate a friend and I were having about something I can't remember, when the subject of education came up. One of their friends put in their two cents and said, "I thought conservatives were against education," as if we want people to be illiterate. I was shocked, to put it bluntly.

I realized then that a lot of liberals have no idea what a conservative really is or what their ideology is about. Since that time, I started paying attention and I've read that we hate women, we are racist, we want to destroy the middle class, we're all rich, we're warmongers, we hate the poor, so on and so forth.

So in this blog I'm going to answer questions in regards to what conservatives think about issues and why. You still may not agree, you may even disagree more with our ideology. The point is not to convert; it is to inform.

Also, there are many factions of conservative thought. We may all agree on a certain end point, but not how we arrived at it, nor do we agree on every single issue. I'm not going to go over what each group thinks or how they got there, just how I got there.

Just for your information, I'm not religous. I wouldn't even classify myself as a Christian, though I grew up Catholic (but neither am I Atheist, or any religion for that matter). So any, "You're trying to make us a theocracy!" stuff, you can leave at the door.

Finally, some of you may know that I'm in the Army (until Jan. 31, 2013). None of my opinions reflect or are held by the Department of the Army, nor the Department of Defense. They are mine and mine alone. We are allowed to do this as long as we're not soliciting votes for a particular individual or party, and I'm not.

You can ask the questions two ways. Either in the comments section below, or you can e-mail me at bpalu10183@yahoo.com. Each blog I'll concentrate on one subject.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I would say that some of you should go read "Shripathi Kamath", if you are a liberal or Obama supporter you will not like many of them at all, if you are a conservative you find common and no common ground. I red about the last 100 of them before posting, and he seems lie a pretty knowleable guy, and his educational backround is pretty damn impressive also. On with he GOD Particle Shripathi Kamath, Boson which ever lol. Seems more of a libritarian (that aint all bad ;-}) to me than anything, but that only an observation of my own.
la_mouffette July 15, 2012 at 05:12 AM
woah, Shill, calm down. 1. I'm not a conservative. Not remotely. (Though, I wouldn't say I'm a liberal either.) re: my response to Shri, as I said, I'm not particularly a fan of Reagan's. I was a child and quite poor during his presidency, and grew up resenting the very bad press he gave people who needed food stamps. You're in attack mode, and that's making you read my tone wrong. 2. I was expressing laughing surprise. Woonsocket is not exactly a famed and illustrious town anymore, and RI is virtually as far from California as the continental US gets. I only wondered if he followed a link, or had relatives here, or once lived here. Take a breath.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Ihear ya "LA" lol. On reagan I find people usually either love him or hate him, in the end though to me it is history same as Bush is now. Better to concentrate on the here and now. remember the past, but do not dwell on it, for it will only instill hate for that which you now have no control over. Better to not repeat the mistakes of the past then whine about them lol. On the other hand the Shill seems to read things into post that are not there, so it is amusing at times. Think she means well just didnt get it was a question not derogatory, and of course read a hell of a lot more into it then was there lol.
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:07 AM
See, this is typical. The topic is "Ask a conservative". So I did I cited easily verifiable facts about Reagan. I cited some references in case people want something handy. Reagan has a record. On basis on that record, is he a conservative? If you disagree with the citations I posted, fine, cite your corrections, and we can discuss that. I then ask a simple question. Was Reagan a conservative? If he was (or was not) how about Obama? What do I get for my troubles? An oblique reference to Bill Maher, who curiously enough I have utter contempt for his ant-vaccer nonsense (and not just recently, either): http://bit.ly/theG1r Why is Clinton even brought up?
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Thank you for your kind words, Jack. It should not matter if I am a libertarian (which is a good guess), or a green party member, or a transgender Republican. The topic was "Ask a conservative". So I did. I guess I will retreat shamefully to my humble abode in Southern California.
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Oh no sweat, I have enough mm on my epidermis to ignore. Looked like an interesting topic, so I participated.
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:19 AM
A long response, with some incidental defense of Reagan supporting Iraq at the time being somehow OK. Fine. I brought it up to indicate shortsightedness of someone who became a mortal foe from ally, in what, 4-5 years after Reagan left? At least you partially answered the question: Reagan was not fiscally conservative. Thanks.
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:22 AM
BTW, please note that I blog for the Mission Viejo Patch. themindisaterriblething.com is a private blog, and has TWO other authors. Not all posts on that are mine.
Tim Chase July 15, 2012 at 07:41 AM
The reason that I posted to Mission Viejo is that I worked for a corporation that is located in the area. I must have said something compelling for Shri to follow along and post here. What I liked most about that company that I worked for, is that they engineered, manufactured, and distributed all of their products from that location, "US". If you read the Patch listings, you will note the brilliance of some business people, with political aspirations. The raw data is educational. But so is the culture difference. The key thing that they have: Money. A business friendly community chages things. Those with more have more options. Where "major software and system migrations" are the norm, so are other things as well. Personally it's a breath of fresh air to read something different. There is a lot of "new" there, things are more commercial and the people are more open. The history isn't like ours here though. Reading their posts brings conviction to me here. The businessman in my career oriented self says that places like this are an outreach opportunity. That is, I always believed that Woonsocket needs a salesman to develop relationships and pitch ideas in affluent societies like this. Many of you might not believe it, but that to me is the reason why an Economic Development office is needed full time. Shifting from rights to responsibilities was a blog entry. Their answers were dull! A lot of talk of rights, but little about responsibility. Why?
Shripathi Kamath July 15, 2012 at 07:52 AM
" I must have said something compelling for Shri to follow along and post here. " But of course! Why else would I not be responding to your compelling post over *there*?
Tim Chase July 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Shri, First the Bill Maher reference is a joke ( I have a sense of humor). My guess is that your a scholor student and an effective data dumper. While facts are easily verifiable, what isn't as easily seen are the political and social climates of that time. By today's standards Ronald Reagan is a conservative. So yes he is. The Iran contra was a political and media nightmare for the United States. Shifting from rights to responsibilities, I would agree that it should have never happened. When I said that America won the cold war by having the moral high ground. I meant it. Somewhere along the way, it is being lost. The question how to get it back, I'd like answered. President Clinton is mentioned because I believe that personal failings forgiven, he was a great President. Some would even argue that he was a conservative. Afterall he did pass Welfare Reform in 1996 that angered many, but had the strongest economy in 50 years (balancing the budget for 4.) Shri - lets say that you lived in a city like Woonsocket. A population of 40,000. Unemployment rate in the 20's. Average income in the 20'000s. Forclosed homes, increasing crime rate, businesses in trouble, and big public debts. What's the answer? Keep in mind that this town is a former manufacturing city that lost jobs, first to the south and then overseas.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Not to get into an argument with Tim or Shir. This Blog “ask a conservative was started a few weeks ago to ask the writer questions about his conservative views, which does not make him GOP/SEN/IND/LIB or dog of the week. He has since written a few more in answer to questions asked. You can hardly go by what is posted here as many of us place opinion here of different views or in the case of some, rants on both sides as they say lol. This was a good idea, to my mind and gutsy as there is so much divisiveness today on both sides of the aisle. In this State conservatism is a bad word as history shows starkly. The writer who I am not speaking for, has said he merely wants to dispel many of the pundit talking points around that do not apply to his view of being a conservative. No 2 conservative are agreeable on all issues, same as any ideology. That perfection does not exist, except though “mind controlled” and I know someone will say that is what conservative thinkers are lol. This all of course only an opinion for the most part. Cut and pasting is not a bad thing as it mostly shows where the person is getting information if links are provided or it is obvious where to get it I.E. constitution quotes, founders etc” Research is the key to informed opinion on controversial subjects. I submit that all are guilty at times of mistakes, innuendo, etc.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
To Tim, its strange do not know who Shir is, he/she forget which, not that it matters but hardly a kid and actually a runs software company at a high level called “Netphor” in CA. no offence but I try to read as many post as I can a person I have not seen post, get a informed view. You can glean lot information that way Shir has a plethora of info. Tim blanket use of statements, they, insinuations all think alike etc. are silly to me, yea I slip on that also. Mass hypnosis has never happened that I know of any way. Only forced ideological systems on people enforced by fear and retribution has been done in history. There are way to many people in the US for that to work. I kinda like the idea of someone from CA, which I would never live in right now. I was there in the early 70’s off an on and the luster has gone away for me lol. Though I would like to see Fisherman’s Wharf again, unless it has been emptyed from the fishing industry like DEM in this State destroyed ;-}. See we can say that here because we have had one party rule for over 78 years in the legislature with 80% or more over those 78 years being DEM ;-}. We also have some very unique problems her being such a small State, that like CA is have duplicate fiscal problems. Yea I know another long one by me and not pithy, I do not apologize for that, it is my way so people can live with it lol. I also happen to like the so call childish (LOL), because it is shorter then the (ROFLMAO)
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Should have added that I know I am a "Gonad Buster" on many things to many posters, Bloviate, blah bah etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc, that is what makes human so funny or irritating, which ever you prefer. Also abhor "political Correctness" though It has been around so long now I keep falling for it most times lol. Best bumper sticker a friend of mine had for over 35 years, when he came back from NAM was ( The More People I Meet The More I love My Dog) still applies to day for most in my opinion LOL. Blog on Guys and Gals
Tim Chase July 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I don't run a software company, nor live in California. Shir - appears to very intelligent, and I was using they as a term to blanketly state that Mission Viejo has a much different business climate and resident than Woonsocket. On the same token, I also see it as an opportunity for economic outreach. I'm not a scholor and I'm not even employed (though I should be.) It's nice to be out in the clouds, but the closest thing to clouds I've seen is when changing the horses water in these dry heated conditions. Shoveling poo has its upside too you know - it turns into fertilizer for the lawn. Opinions are good Jack, it proves that the constitution is still working!
Anonymous July 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Responsibility, doing what you see as right when you think its time to!
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Didn't say you did Tim said Shir does, just for claity, also was only giving an opinion of Shir and researching who we are talking to to be more informed. I agree on the house manure, upside ;-}. Hope you get a jobs soon, but sadly in RI. that does not seem to promising for quite a while now. Trudge on though most people like yourself and that I know do what they have to that is legal anyway, with self responsibility that is a noble trait and sign of integrity. Constitution is working, just the politicians forgot about it, they work for us not themselves or special interest. wish a lot of them in this State woul read the damn thing along with the DOI, and BOR. Damn magna carta might not be a bad idea either ;-}
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Also apologize for some of my Post, I though I read last night you accusing Shir of cutting and pasting and putting information, to much and such, unless it was on another blog I forget now, so appology is there ;-}. In either case it would have been your opinion ;-}
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Self-Responsibity; Accepting responsibility for all the personal actions and choices that you have done that effect your life, and correcting them yourself if needed ;-}
Anonymous July 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Jack, You seem like an intelligent individual. What is your stance on Economic Development? Do you favor blacklisting opinionated individuals?
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Economic Development done with actual businessmen of varied businesses and beliefs in the mix as a majority is a wonderful thing. Sadly in this State it is nepotism, corrupt to the bone, as Studio 38 and the formation of 21 quasi-government entities answerable to no taxpayers, it all is strictly tourism oriented for the most part, and a recipe for the disaster, I.e. Greece who depended on low paying jobs and tourism as its main revenue, with unsustainable State workers and social service nets, that has been in play since the Navy Pulled out in early 1970's. To blacklisting, No I do not agree with black listing, however I do believe past problem or activities need to be looked at for anyone elected or appointed to any position which involves taxpayer’s funds. You do not put inept or unqualified people in positions of power over taxpayer’s funds. If individuals are caught abusing those powers they should be removed immediately, and Justice should be served if need be. I do not call that black listing, I call that as Pelosi said, emptying the swamp. That applies to any Public Job or individual no matter their ideology, race creed, religion etc. Private business is private business. Public business is the peoples business, in my opinion. On another note, calling me intelligent or any kind of expression that I am knowledgeable, can get (internet Trolls) following you to badger you for those words lol. Just saying ;-}
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
oops I also believe in second chances dependent on the situation. I.E. I would not give a second chance to someone who stole money from taxpayers another chance in a job that involves taxpayer funds, rehab after all is in the mind of the individual and temptation is the greatest when you are involved in the same thing you were inept at or criminal for the first time. Kinda like people from AA hanging with the same old buddies and at bars. Which is one of the first things you learn not to do in AA. Same with drug addicts try to quit Also almost no one can quit smoking hanging around smokers. Hope that answers it ;-}
Tim Chase July 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
These two post by you are your best yet. Your writing style is similar to Ken Landry (if you know who that is. across from your belief spectrum.) I agree that career blacklisting is wrong. Especially considering all of the things that some individuals get away with and are filthy rich. I've been out of work for years and have a good resume. I have had thousands of resume's sent out. I've never worked on the public dime either. Someone like me doesn't stay unemployed because if I either work physically or in business I'm productive. Anonymous posted on my behalf, but your answer was great. If the internet trolls aren't happy with opinions then maybe they should develop some themselves. Agree with me or not, I like the diverse opinions.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
actuallyI do not know Landry, but wil look it up. Glad you liked the explaination, to me that would b common sense for most people I would hope. Well help from others is a great thing, it can be decrimental to some in that it creates a pattern and like has happened in this country a dependecy system. Not all but definatly enough to break the system I believe. To the filthy rich, I really do not concern myself with that, as we have a justicw aystem that works better than any other, but like all it is far from perfect as all humans are. I would say as John Stossel said to a bunch ofinterns yesturday, that a lot of people put out resumes and wait for a cal, never realizing that most company Human resources departments have people that just scan them lightly, his suggestion was bug them for an answer, if they do not like it, then you proably would not want to work there. Thought that was a good idea ;-}. Wont get into me as it really irks a few who bug me endlessly with post of name calling and that ruins is for others. I also tend to go on and on lol. Comes with old age lol. I also do not consider working for the government or the State a public dime if that is what you mean. I will admit it is out of hand now though, due to union leadship in closed states such as this. For clarity I worked for the fed as a firefighter and retired from there. Never confuse the fed benefits of old with the State they are not even close and never have been. lol
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
well looks like serious rain getting ready to cross the order into RI, time to tie down or get hell from the wife lol. Back on later thanks again for a respectful posting those who show respect deserve respect, tim.
Bryan Palumbo July 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Shripathi, I like your question. I already wrote the blog for this week, so depending on whether or not another crop of questions pop up, I'll answer this the following week. Thanks for reading, I'm happy that someone from California has read the blog. I hope you like it.
la_mouffette July 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
ohh, did you find this Patch via Tim posting on yours? Now it all makes sense! =)
BristolRI02809 July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Larry-How dare you question, ridicule, or otherwise besmirch the name of the great Jack Baillargeron, the all seeing, all knowing, all blowharding king of the Bristol Patch. You know when you question Jack's intelligence or complain about his endless boring rants that you're going to get one of two responses-either he's going to start cutting and pasting and writing his first grade level gibberish, or he's going to go for the sympathy vote, and claim he's disabled, his wife is disabled, his dog is disabled, or maybe his computer is disabled. In any event, the only thing you can bank on is the fact that he'll bore us all to death with his useless posts.
Jack Baillargeron July 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Tim Cannot find the Landry you are talking about? Only one I can seem to find is the musician, but no writings ;-}. Could you point in the correct direction, thanks.
marina peterson July 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I just discovered this Bryan! Great job! Can you email me when you get a chance? galt@cox.net


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