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Kinky Friedman: Liberals anti-America, anti-Israel


Kinky Friedman, independent candidate for the office of Governor of Texas in 2006, stated in a Scarborough County panel that 2006 US Senate candidate Joe Lieberman would not win because, "He's pro-America, unashamedly, and he's pro-Israel and these liberals are not."

Friedman is a moderate, independent candidate. He supports gay marriage, is pro-choice, and supports alternative energy sources. Friedman believes that the death penalty should be suspended and that marijuana should be decriminalized. He also believes in tougher immigration laws and more forceful prevention of illegal immigration from Mexico, including the use of a security fence based on the Israeli model. As shown above Kinky Friedman also believes that liberals are anti-American and anti-Israeli.

Clearly Friedman is not conservative. He couldn't run on the GOP ticket. Thus crying "conservative bias" when it's pointed out that liberals are anti-Israeli and anti-American needs to stop. Moderates also notice the strong anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment among the left. It's obvious to everyone except the far-left and quite frankly real moderates are sick of it.

The full Scarborough County panel can be viewed with Windows Media Player here or with QuickTime here. Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the media.

UPDATE, Oct. 3: It turns out that Kinky Friedman has in fact ran on the GOP ticket before. Thus, I stand corrected. (Thanks to readers for that information)

Great blog.

Although I'm not sure I agree that "Friedman is not conservative" or that "he couldn't run on the GOP ticket."

Truth is, Kinky HAS run on the GOP ticket in the past.

Kinky voted for Bush, and he supports the President's foreign policy and, specifically, the President's Middle East policy.

Kinky is not particularly "pro-choice". Kinky holds the same position as Republican Rick Perry and ex-Republican Carole Whatshername -- that is, Kinky favors keeping abortion legal while Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.

Kinky recently told Dan Patrick's huge conservative radio audience that he would sign legislation to completely ban abortion if Roe v. Wade were to be reversed. When asked whether they would sign such a law, Perry and Carole refused to comment and Chris Bell threatened to veto such a bill.

Kinky is also the only candidate who will stand up for the idea of taking time away from study to have official school prayers and who would post the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms. Kinky has won over many evangelical Christians with this common sense plan to better integrate religion within the public schools, and Kinky's first major statewide ad features Kinky telling the well-loved Good Shepherd story from the New Testament's Book of John.

When you combine these issues with Kinky's tougher-than-nails position against illegal immigrants, I think this puts Kinky in a pretty conservative light.

Don't you?

Thanks for commenting. I actually wasn't aware that Kinky ran on the GOP ticket in the past. So I stand corrected.

What I said about Kinky was based on the FAQ on his website.

For example, raising teacher salaries and abolishing the TAKS seem contrary to conservative interests.

The FAQ also says:

Q: How does Kinky feel about abortion?
A: Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose.


Which is where I got the impression he was pro-choice. I wasn't aware of the Dan Patrick's panel where he said he would sign legislation to ban abortion if Roe v Wade were reversed.

Also his stance on gay marriage deviates from the conservative ticket. Again the following is from his FAQ:

Q: What is Kinky's position on gay marriage?
A: Kinky supports gay marriage and equal rights for homosexuals. He believes that the constitution protects everyone. As he says, "I believe love is bigger than government. And besides, they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us."


Also his stance on stem cell research:

Q: What is Kinky's position on stem cell research?
A: Kinky favors both state and federal funding of stem cell research.


Kinky's stance on immigration, the Middle East, religion, and school prayer do all fit in well with the conservative stance. Because of that, combined with the places where he deviates, I took Kinky to be a moderate rather than a hard-line conservative.

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