A Conservative Point of View

An introduction to a new conservative voice on the Patch

Hello Patch readers,

I just want to introduce myself.  My name is Gary Aminoff.  I am President of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club.  I also serve as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

I will use this space to bring you information about Republican and other conservative organizations and their activities, both in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of LA County for those readers who may not live in the Valley.

The subject matter of my comments will mostly be political, but not always.  I hope to engage you in conversation.  If you have any comments about anything I write, please feel free to put them in the comment section.  I don't mind being challenged on ideas or issues.  If you don't agree with me, let me hear from you.  If you do agree with me, let me know.

I will mostly be commenting on local issues, but will also from time to time comment on the national political scene, particularly the Presidential race in 2012.

For those of you who don't know and may be interested, The San Fernando Valley Republican Club, the largest independent Republican Club in California, meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at Galpin Ford Community Conference Room, Second Floor, 15555 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, CA.  Everyone is invited to attend.  We always have informative meetings and interesting speakers.

Our speaker on February 7th will be Bill Whittle, political commentator.  For those of you who haven't heard him, he is both entertaining and provocative.

This is just an introductory post.  Much more coming later.

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.

Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Pt. 2 <g> --Listening to Santorum the other nite not being man enough to correct that foolish, sad, ignorant lady calling Obama all sorts of things and stating he wasn't Pres. legally the way McCain did 4 years ago just made his stock plummet in my eyes. He's not that bright, I grant you, but I would have hoped that when a President - any President - is accused of being things s/he is not, that even the opposition would stand behind the President and simply say "that's not true, mam." I'm waiting for the return of the Grand Ole Party... but I'm afraid it won't be any time soon. I also really cringe at all the indirect racist remarks made by this crop of candidates. As a wordsmith, it's obvious to me and probably most people. I'm also terrified of "true believers" who want to "convert" me to their beliefs (political or religious) and if I don't agree, I'm a socialist, anti-American, terrorist lover, whatever - Frankly, it scares me.. Right now, I'm hoping this very angry race for the Repub. nomination goes to the convention floor and the Repubs. draft someone else - even Jeb Bush or what'shisname in NJ <g>... One thing's for sure right now, Repub bankers and Wall Street are not too happy w/ Newt's rise. Nor are the Repubs. in D.C. according to my Repub. friends there. Now aren't you happy you said you hoped I'd comment if I had something to say? <g>
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Yes, I am, Ilona. I happen to agree with a lot that you say. Name calling, ad hominem remarks, anger, anti-religious or racist remarks, all have no place in political rhetoric.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Jack, this will be my last comment on the Keystone XL pipeline, because neither one of us are going to convince the other to think differently. But if you consider the Brookings Institute to be a reasonable and fair organization, then you might be interested in reading this paper they published, "Keystone XL Pipeline Would Benefit Economy." http://www.brookings.edu/multimedia/video/2012/0120_gayer_keystonexl.aspx
Irene DeBlasio January 26, 2012 at 01:08 AM
If I never see another girlie-man sweater vest, it'll be too soon. I agree, Ilona, if the fight goes to the floor that'll be worth the price of admission. We know they can't draft Marco Rubio - the senate needs him to stay put. How about Susanna Martinez?
Irene DeBlasio January 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Gary, Thank you for your participation on Patch. I appreciate your time and effort and hope that you'll become a regular contributor. I agree with most of your notions (as Roe vs Wade -- I don't think most people want to reverse it). We are drowing in debt, jobless and homeless -- that's where our priorities should be.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Thank you, Irene. I plan to be a regular contributor. I definitely agree with your last sentence.
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:22 AM
LOL -- Repubs. called the GI bill back in the day socialist - social security & medicare.Yes, they r social programs, but it didn't turn r country in2 a socialist country.JFK was a big supporter of welfare &other programs 4 the poor-all called socialistic.Obama had a chance to nationalize the banks & some Repubs. wanted that - he didn't. He did not take over the auto industry either tho he could if he was a "socialist" -- Hell, to me Obama is a Rockefeller Republican.I worked 4Lindsay2 - lst time when he was a Republican, then as a young press person when he was a Dem. He became of Dem. because of his liberal social views. Hell, Rockefeller had very liberal social views (worked for him, too). There's a reason why many Repubs. were called "Rockefeller Republicans" - but they're mostly gone now. Repubs. used to be the extremely educated, smart, pithy party (well, if you don't count the racist)... They were predominantly white and white collar. BUT they could make deals w/ the Dems., w/ labor, etc., etc. That's all gone. Fox News hasn't helped either since it truly dumb downs it viewers w/ provocative sound bites and a preaching of "other" and demonizing fellow Amers. who are Dems. - something Sarah Palin was brilliant at. She believed in "real" America, "real" Americans implying that all those who didn't believe in her ideas (such as they were) were not "real" Americans.
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
PS (Have to add that many So. Dems. walked hand-in-hand w/ Repub. racists) - When Obama first took office, he invited many Repub. politicians to the White House for dinner. They all refused to break bread w/ him. O'Donnell had already started his agenda to make Obama the "other" - I've never seen anything like it - not during the witch hunts during Clinton (accusing Hillary of murder or being gay, whatever) or even the maligning of W which got totally out of hand (tho I didn't mind it where Darth Cheney was concerned <g>). The agenda was to make Obama "foreign", not "one of us" - When talking to some of my Repub. press friends in D.C. they told me that was the plan... and that it was put into place the second Obama won. Frankly, I wish everyone would read the Newsweek article... it's quite eye opening. Meanwhile, as much as I love Michele Obama - hated her dress last night. Satin and sequins are for a cocktail party (tho perhaps she was going to one right after the SPTU speech) <g>
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
SOTU speech... ;o)
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I just want to say something about racism. Because you oppose Obama's policies does not mean you are racist, despite the statements of Democrats who promote that idea. I work with Republicans all the time, and in fact many are black. I have never met a Republican who is racist. I just want people to be aware that you can oppose policies because you don't like the policy, and not be racist. Democrats tend to use the epithet to shut down discussion. Some of you have said that you have heard racist remarks from Republican candidates. I would appreciate it, if you can find one, to post it here so we can analyze whether it is truly racist or not. It is a tactic to call people a particular name often enough and loud enough so people will believe it, even if it isn't true. That is just how human nature works. It is a tactic developed by Saul Alinsky, and used successfully in many cases. Republicans, as a group are not racist. There may be individuals from time to time who are both racist and Republican, but they are the exception, not the rule.
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Great, Gary -- again - I'm really looking forward to reading you blog. Did you work w/ Gov. Arnie... Have to admit, I did. I had high hopes for him being he was a social liberal and fiscal conservative (much like myself - but I have totally different ways to achieve that than Repubs.) - But, like Obama, he was given a mess that will take years to "unmess." Personally, I'm so thrilled that the bailout of the auto industry has put GM back on top and save the American auto industry and the thousands and thousands of jobs in the industry and businesses that rely on the industry - even the bodega and donut shops near dealerships and car factories <g>
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Been fun "talking" to you guys -- time to start dinner (tho my husband is the real chef - but I'm cooking tonite) and sip a vodka.
Ilona Saari January 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
OK - for the record, I don't think Repubs. in general are racist, either - but right now Newt and other candidates have been using many "keywords" that promote racism and play to a certain base.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I did support Schwarzenegger and worked on his campaign in 2006. In fact, I was the San Fernando Valley chair for his campaign. I agree with you Ilona about the fact that the bailout of the auto industry has saved GM. Nonetheless, I still don't believe it is the role of the federal government to bail out failing businesses. If GM had gone bankrupt you know that some entrepreneurs would have jumped in to buy it or fund it, and it would have been done privately. There is nothing in our history or our Constitution that says that the government has the right or the authority to pick which businesses to bail out and which businesses to let fail. Bailing out businesses, even big businesses, should not be done by government. GM had substantial assets and a customer base. There was private capital available that would have loved to jump in and buy GM at a bargain price and turn it around.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I hadn't noticed that, Ilona. If you can, would you give an example of a statement made by Gingrich that promotes racism?
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 01:54 AM
LOL Jlanes. Very funny comment. I will comment more another time about the stereotypes of conservatives. Right now, I am going out to dinner. So one other thing. I work for a living so I may not always be available to respond to comments right away. I do promise to respond within 24 hours though. I am enjoying this as well, and look forward to more dialogue. I think it important for us to talk, especially when we don't agree politically. It enables us to really get a better feel for what the other side things. If we only talk to people who agree with us, we don't learn or grow. Have a great evening, everyone.
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Keystone should never have been made a polticial issue. It is raw commercialism. But, that is what passes for political thought, today. The real issue of oil and its power in the US govt and Canada are the major issue and no one will touch it....I have no admiration for "think tanks": of any kind that are funded by polticians and big businesses or unions....the sooner we ignore them, the better we will be.
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Jlanes, you add nothing to honest discourse. I think most Americans, like me, are tired of the kind of crap you post. It is little different than what is heard on Talk radio and FOX. It is easy tearing something down, but, now try another tac.....there are issues to be faced....but you partisan hacks, both right and left, hide them....always afraid of the next election....
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Jack, one of the things I am very strict about is that we avoid any ad hominem attacks on this blog. No personal attacks on the commenter. We want to keep the dialogue civil. It is okay to challenge someone's political position, it is not okay to attack the person. So, I request that you, and anyone else refrain from commenting about any particular person on this blog, but rather, limit your comments to the ideas that person states. Jack, I was just curious, were you the one who said you were concerned about anger from me?
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Jlanes....you can entice me to come to your side...in fact you have.
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
nonsense spewed, is still nonsence. You have yet to come up with anything of substance. Attempted humor on the net, oftentimes misses the mark, which you did.. I can only assume, from your posts, that you are just another mindless left wing with no ideas but angry at those who do, or you are simply bereft of substance...
Irene DeBlasio January 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Bravo, Gary. Some people cannot carry on a discussion without resorting to name-calling, ugly bullying tactics and bringing racism into their political statements. I wonder how William F. Buckley would have answered some of these comments? He would have appreciated your warning about personal attacks. A true gentleman -- like you.
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The problem is the Person is not saying anything but passing insults. I thought you had created a forum to discuss issues. From now on, I will ignore the people who can only attack but offer nothing. America's system has broken down because no one can identify and discuss an issue. I am the one you responded to about anger, and, like so many today, you seem to have decided it was directed toward you. I wished you well, but you seem to have over looked the positive. OK, you brought up Keystone...that is the only issue so far here.....
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
So you have a real issue to discuss?
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Jack, I am just going to suggest that even if, in your opinion, the person is not saying anything, you don't make attacks on that person. And, I didn't notice any insults.
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I agree. Roe v Wade is the law of the Land and will not be overthrown. But, I think we are spending far too much of the media time focusing on the White House contest and now our local officials, e.g. house and senate, etc...For 3 plus years, all we have had in the entire mediasphere is the presidential race and as a result we seem to think the president is all powerful. We are looking for a king...The real power in DC is in the legislative branch, and the money people and that is what needs to have more attention paid to it..In my district, there is a mulit million dollar fight going with Berman and Sherman, but no issues are mentioned other than we must support jobs programs and Israel...peas in a pod.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Congressman and House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, comments on a tweet I made about the Keystone XL pipeline during the State of the Union Address. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlzsYtDGibk
Skraeling January 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Once again, the Keystone pipeline, while it took 3 years to plan according to K. McCarthy, was an attempt by a large Canadian oil industry giant to build A conduit across some of America's finest lands and water sources in order to send their product NOT to Americans but overseas to S. America and Africa and it is also receiving Chinese money (which, ironically comes from Americans). America exports energy..go figure. As for those thousands of jobs...grossly inflated is putting it mildly and most would be of short duration but the damage that could be done would be long lasting. A similar pipeline, long maintained in Montana burst last year despoiling much of the riparian system of South Central and East Montana...Canadians overwhelmingly opposed the building of this in their own nation. Now, Keystone is going to deal with a hostile Brit.Columbian parliament that will demand more than the US..Easter Provinces have forbidden the use of their waterways as well.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Jlanes, I appreciate your sense of humor. Thanks for bringing some levity to the discussion.
Gary Aminoff January 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Jack, everyone is entitled to his opinion, and you certainly have yours about the Keystone XL pipeline. In case you hadn't noticed, not many people agree with it and the "facts" you state seem to be more opinion that substantiated fact. Nonetheless, as I said earlier further discussion on the issue seems pointless.


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