A Conservative Who Once Worked in Canada
National Summary had the opportunity to interview Toni from My View to ask her about the web site she runs and about her insight to politics.
Toni is passionate about politics and about our Free Market economy. My View is informative and witty and covers a range of topics and issues.
Below are her responses to our interview questions. And National Summary would like to thank Toni for her time and effort for this interview.
Web Site: My View
Q. Please give us a little bit of personal background about yourself.
From MN – small farming community in west central MN. Grew up a Democrat, not a big shocker for MN. My family is a large (9 children) boisterous group which was pretty much apolitical. I don’t remember any political discussions growing up. Have a college degree in Secondary Education, it wasn’t my cup of tea plus at the time there were no jobs except in Argyle, MN (waaayyyy northeast MN next to Canadian border). I also have a Business Degree with an emphasis in Accounting.
My professional experience: Divisional Controller in a $500M telcom company. Systems design, development, implementation, project coordination for accounting systems with a couple telcom companies. Plus I did a year stint in Mergers and Acquisitions in telcom. Now I’m unemployed by choice, just a personal break. I’ll go back to work in a few months but I’m just enjoying my new area (TN).
Q. And also give us a background about your interest in politics.
I worked in Canada for a year in the early 90’s. That turned a corner for me. I appreciated the US more and found out how insidious socialism can be. I had an inkling previously through a boyfriend who worked in the Secret Service and was always telling me how wonderful Ronald Reagan was, I didn’t truly believe him till the 90’s. I wasn’t a fan of Bush I and still am not a fan of Bush I (at least his politics).
Q. What inspired you to create your web site?
I had been a blogophile for quite awhile, a couple years. I finally got tired of not having anyone to rant and rave to about the neo-socialists ruining our country. The blog helped me to vent, I was surrounded by Democrats. The bonus has been all the great blog friends and e-friends I’ve made from it.
Q. What have been the biggest challenges to maintaining your web site?
Challenges? Not many really. I get a bit neurotic about posting something especially when I was in the process of moving from MN to TN. But there really hasn’t been any anxiety. Mostly, I’ve learned a lot. Pushed myself to learn new software and uses for software. It’s probably the cheapest hobby I’ve ever had.
Q. What has been the greatest satisfaction you have gotten from your web site?
Definitely the interaction with other bloggers and commentators. It’s an online community of people who I never would have met without the blog. That was unexpected. It’s the best of all worlds. Also, from this I think expanding my thinking beyond my own skewed perspective.
Q. The 2004 presidential election has been one of the most polarized elections in recent memory. Do you think that today people are more politicized than ever before?
Yes and it’s good. Talk radio had not evolved quite enough to counteract Clinton’s first election. I believe the Fairness Doctrine was revoked in maybe 1989. Between talk radio and the internet I don’t think William Jefferson Clinton would have been elected into office. I know I would have bit my tongue and voted for George Bush I instead of Perot. I probably would have been better informed.
I was an internet junkie before most people ever knew it existed. I worked with a new business start up of WAN and LAN geeks and they showed me a lot. I just didn’t use it for political news then, it was more for house designing and landscaping and gaming. I think if the internet wasn’t here most people would be believing the majority of the garbage foisted on us by the Democrats. The biggest heist on the American public was the pro-abortion agenda.
Q. Do you think the bitterness and divisiveness in politics will recede or are things just getting ready for something bigger in 2008?
I think the bitterness and divisiveness is here to stay. Democrats are not used to NOT being in power (look at the last 100 years and see what parties had the presidency and the Congress). I find it interesting to see the counter culture of today in colleges and universities to be conservatives. The coming generations are going to be paying the piper for all of the socialist programs enacted from the 1960’s and on. It could be that the Republican Party will splinter. Where the Democrats just rename their politics ( i.e. Progressives) but continue to radically move toward socialist/communist philosophies.
The Republican Party is driven towards big spending and pro-abortion leaders. What I think this will do is drive the true conservatives out of the party towards maybe a Constitution Party. Whether this is successful will be determined in the future. The pragmatists we have all listened to say control of the Congress and Presidency is better than Democrats in power. I’m not so sure about that anymore.
For myself I know I will never vote for a Democrat, I don’t care if it’s Zell Miller. You don’t give power to the enemy and in my eyes the Democrats are the enemy. But I might vote for a third party candidate again. When Republicans lose they seem to be driven back to the conservative base. Right now, Republicans are ignoring their conservative base.
Q. The president’s approval ratings are dismal. In your honest opinion, do you think that the media has been unfairly biased against the George W. Bush.?
I think the media hates and detests George W. Bush to an extent that they can’t tolerate anything positive about him. But then, that happened with Ronald Reagan too, the difference is in Reagan’s time the Democrats controlled Congress. The media is incapable of not blaming George W. Bush for whatever calamity befalls the world.
Q. If so (to the above question), do you think that the Democrats have gotten a free ride from the press?
No, I don’t think so. But in general anything negative on the Democrats almost has to be force fed to the media to be published or reported. Can the media adore Hillary or Bill Clinton enough? They still talk about Clinton’s woes as the fault of an over eager Ken Starr, ignoring completely the lying under oath. I could go on unendingly about the duplicity of the media with the Clintons. But even looking at the 2004 election, the defense of Kerry by many in the media was sickening. PBS had a 2 hour special on supposedly the election. It was a 2 hour partially taxpayer funded infomercial for Kerry. With the war in Iraq and Afghanistan for that matter – the media is completely and totally broken. There’s no hope.
Q. What has been your overall impression of the Bush administration?
I give GW positives on his foreign policy and negatives on his domestic policy. The only positive I can think about for GW from a domestic policy was the tax cut. There are a few specifics which greatly disappointed me in that GW didn’t veto the bills. There’s McCain-Feingold election funding disaster, Farm Bill, Education Bill, 911 payments to victims. Current hurricane funding is bad precedent.
I do get somewhat frustrated with GW’s turn the other cheek mentality in dealing with the opposition, I think GW loses many opportunities to bring the American public into his camp but because of his silence this opportunity is lost.
Q. Who do you see as being the major contenders for the 2008 Republican nomination for president?
I don’t really favor any of the current contenders being touted for the Republican nomination. The only remote possibility is George Allen. But I had also read a bit on Mark Sanford who is the Governor of South Carolina but have not read much on him from conservative bloggers. It would be a stretch for me to get excited (which means getting out and helping with the election) about John McCain, Rudy Guliani, Condi Rice or Mitt Romney. Romney is the only one I’d be willing to learn more about but at this point I’m not convinced.
Q. Who do you think will be the 2008 Republican nominee?
Q. Who do you think would be the worst 2008 Republican nominee?
Q. Who do you think are today’s most influential conservative female authors, columnists, or bloggers?
Authors/Columnists would be Malkin and Coulter although I enjoy Star Parker and Debbie Schlussel too. I think Charmaine Yost
http://www.charmaineyoest.com/ does a great job too with blogging politics, then there’s Andi’s World http://andisworld.typepad.com/welcome_to_andis_world And also Amy
http://dumbgirl.squarespace.com/blog Both of whom are Army wives. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some which for anyone reading this if I didn’t include you, my apologies.
Q. Is there a female author or politician that has greatly inspired you?
I think Ann Coulter was one of my original favorites. But Ayn Rand is the original author who got me thinking and set the preamble for me to move towards conservatism.
Q. There are so few women in the blogosphere. What is your opinion on why there are so few?
I actually am finding more every day. There’s a lot of them out there especially in the military venue. They aren’t all political but they are usually big on supporting the troops.
Q. Many segments of the media have all but declared Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. What kind of impact do you think she will have on undecided female voters?
I find it difficult to predict. Generally speaking most women have been Oprahfied and don’t tend to “think” for themselves. They “feel” and turn this into their opinions. In speaking with other women of any age if everything they say is prefaced with feel then I know they have no clue what they are talking about. I don’t have much confidence in the female undecided voters to analyze candidates based on anything other than their emotions.