It is life and death for some entrenched powers in Alaska and the incident involving Joe Miller’s security and a website editor is probably making their day. Reading some of the accounts of it, I truly don’t envy Miller.
Joe Miller is in many ways the epitome of the tea party this year. He’s taken on the establishment in Lisa Murkowski. The establishment has said “how dare you!” not just to Miller, but Republican primary voters. Joe Miller desperately wants to talk about policy issues and what he would do in the Senate because he believes America’s future depends on decisions being made in Washington. He sees a lot of injustice around him, in politics, in coverage, in resources, and he’s trying to get a handle on it all, having to do so under many hostile, watchful eyes.
I think the former Army officer would make an excellent senator, and I talk a bit about his recent drop-by NR-DC in my syndicated columnist this week. I hope enough Alaskans get to hear from him and his appreciation of the stakes in this election before they vote.
From the piece:
God’s country isn’t going to mean much if Washington, D.C., collapses,” Miller says in response to a casual comment from a lower-49er about Alaska, the frontierland this Kansas boy chose to adopt as his home. “The fact of the matter is,” Miller says, “the federal government is bringing the whole country down. If we don’t seize this opportunity to change the direction of D.C., our country is not going to be the land of opportunity that it once was. The competitive nature, even at the individual level, is being depressed. Dependency from the federal level is all around us. The tax policies, the regulatory policies — they are all designed to kill American business. As you look at it, the only explanation you get is that there is somebody who wants to try to equalize the economies of the world. To me, I just find that incredibly frightening. I had incredible opportunities as a kid; I want to make sure that my children, and their children, have those opportunities. And they will not, if we continue in the direction that we’re in.”