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I'll still blast him if he deserves it, which he currently doesn't as best I can determine. And he'd still chew me out if he thought I deserved it, as he might after this column, though I doubt it.
The courts integrated the public schools. President Dwight Eisenhower said, oh, heck, I guess I'm going to have send troops to Little Rock, and I sure do dread it.
I think that's happening. I haven't heard anybody in the gay and lesbian movement assail Mike Ross for cowardice for evading this raging same sex marriage issue.
That Beebe declined to accede to the positions of a gay and lesbian group in his first run for governor, earning the group's disdain, did not deter the movement's remarkable gains during the period of his governorship.
It was to believe in government. It was to pay for government efficiently and credibly. It was to forge consensus Omega Men's Seamaster
The matter will be decided by judges. There is no reason to engage in a peripheral electoral battle and help Asa Hutchinson get elected governor.
He did not seem displeased or disagreeable imagine that when I asserted that his style of governing offered no less than a prototype for Omega Seamaster 50th Anniversary 007
So the activists of both sides in the culture war need to put aside their demands on the politicians if, that is, good government is among their goals; if, that is, they can manage to make their savvy compartmentalizations.
You should know that he graciously roasted and toasted me at a function where I was given a very generous award.
a way out of our national political dysfunction.
It gets refereed and ultimately imposed by the courts. The politicians can never be counted on until the movement has succeeded and the courts have made the historic decisions.
During this same period, quite apart from those direct political and governmental roles, a citizens movement and the courts could advance gay rights to child adoption and perhaps marriage. And the people could take the state close to the inevitable legalization of marijuana if only for medicinal purposes.
and cede due credit to the other side, such as on the private option form of Medicaid expansion.
That's not to imply that he supports gay rights advancement or marijuana legalization.
I think he leans to the former but not the latter yet.
If all politicians would emulate Beebe and tend to the narrowly efficient performance of government through wise and inclusive leadership, and stay out of the gay rights debate and away from the abortion issue whenever possible, then this kind of thing could well happen: Politicians could spend nearly eight years in office during which severance taxes could be raised and grocery taxes cut and health care opportunities expanded and education improved and economic development pursued Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 39.5mm and budgets balanced, all of that amid the worst recession of our time.
The political activists of both sides accomplish nothing by insisting that politicians pledge allegiance to them. Their agendas will rise or fall from their own energy and on their own merit, and in the courts.
But it doesn't matter. That's the point.
National politicians need it, and a lot of it, in both direct and indirect forms, hard and soft and dark. And they tend to get much of it from their activists extracting allegiance on these politically polarizing social and cultural issues.
If Beebe had vowed in his first inaugural address eight years ago to advance gay rights and marijuana legalization, then he would have set those causes back by prematurely inviting political backlash. And he would have rendered himself so limited in credibility and public backing that he couldn't have accomplished many if any of those aforementioned governmental advances falling within his actual job description.
And it was to avoid as much as possible the divisive and stereotyping social issues of the culture war. Those merely marginalize a politician. They imperil a politician's ability to perform in those areas of direct responsibility in the constructive way previously described.
Circumstances put me next to Mike Beebe for lunch the other day.
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not of original political action.
Beebe got elected governor before the dark money era by locking down the state's politician underwriting business establishment Wal Mart, the state Chamber of Commerce, poultry, farm and utilities. He had forged those relationships over two decades as a leading state senator.
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All they do by applying litmus tests to their preferred politicians is define those preferred politicians in ways that marginalize them and limit their effectiveness, and thus governmental effectiveness.
He told the audience that he was close enough to the end of his political career to admit that he agreed with a lot of what I write. I told the group: "He likes me. I like him. So get over it."
The more vexing problem for the emergence of the Beebe Prototype that is money, of course.
What matters is that he has governed competently with broad public support. What matters is that those other things get addressed by quite different methods having nothing to do with him.
I took the opportunity during private conversation to tell him what I had been pondering as a valedictory assessment of his soon to end governance of eight years.
And he did not differ when I outlined for him how I viewed his style.
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