One Two Gut Punch

 

A few days ago, conservatives received a gut shot the equivalent of a sucker punch to the unsuspecting solar plexus. After waiting in long lines to purchase a good but pricey chicken sandwich to show solidarity with a business that had come under assault from the LGBTQ cancel culture, conservatives, who have formed a battle line of defense with their dollars and patronage, were shocked to hear that Chic-Fil-A had abandoned their patrons and supporters at that battle line not unlike David leaving Uriah at the wall to his doom from the archers. Chic-Fil-A has announced it will no longer support organizations that embrace anti-LGBTQ viewpoints with charitable donations.

The most notable non-profit mentioned was The Salvation Army, which Chic-Fil-A is replacing with Covenant House, known for its radical pro-LGTBQ stance. This stunning reversal and capitulation has wounded the millions of Christian conservatives who invested their dollars and trust in a grassroots support campaign that saw the fast food chain double its profits in a year. The outcry and backlash has been immense.

Yet there are some Christian leaders who have, perhaps from an overriding addiction to overpriced chicken sandwiches, decried the outrage. Warning that we may not have all the facts, a call from the “Elect” has gone out to wait, to understand, and “Eat Mor Chiken.” So we waited, hoping, and then Franklin Graham posted an advisement intended to assuage our fears and moderate emotions.

We were assured that Dan Cathey, owner of Chic-Fil-A, had not compromised his Christian values and this was simply a financial “adjustment” by the charitable givings division that would not be giving donations to non-profits that have a stated anti-LGBTQ bias. It would seem that Rev, Graham has been watching too much of the impeachment hearings and has assimilated the doublespeak and double standards of the Democrat Party. The scriptural adage of “By their fruits you shall know them” reminds us starkly that we cannot just simply say we have Christian values.

While Rev. Graham has asked conservatives to completely divorce themselves from common sense, we need to understand first what it means to be anti-LGBTQ. It means stating that there are only two genders, “male and female created He them.” It means believing and stating that those two genders are inherently different than each other by Divine design and it also means being appalled and infuriated when a teenage girl, terrified and in tears, is informed by her “woke” school board that she will be forced to undress in the girls locker room in front of boys who “think” they are girls.

In short, we are now being told that values should be devoid of the Christian by our own Christian leaders. This is what the media has campaigning for decades to achieve and now we have a twofer on the capitulation. A forced acceptance of a new value system without a tethering to a moral sounding board, free to the whim of every popular media generated fad.

It’s a one two gut punch in the space of a week. Maybe Chic-Fil-A will pivot back, although new revelations show this betrayal of values has been a long time coming for the chain purveyor of pricey poultry. Graham’s confusing cover for the capitulation brings into question his qualifications to be a standard bearer for Christian conservatives.

We still hope for a rectification, but for now there are more economical venues for chicken delights. Should the uproar prove to be unfounded, I will look forward to posting an apology. I might even shuck out a few extra bucks for an overpriced chicken sandwich.

A Step Long Overdue

 

For well over a decade, The Maine Conservative Voice has worked to be just that, a conservative voice in the state of Maine. My name is Andy Torbett and I have been The Maine Conservative Voice since its inception. Working with limited means, my limited talents, and outdated decrepit computers, TMCV has somehow been able to have an impact here in rural Maine.

One of our first battles was to bring awareness and fight against Governor Baldacci’s crusade against independent contractors. I also helped to form the Red County Caucus, which was the first Caucus to endorse then candidate Paul LePage for Governor. Later, I would be the state field rep for the NRA-ILA as we joined forces with the Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to defeat Bloomberg’s gun control effort, Question 3, in our state.

Along the way, I have used what writing talent I have to try and further conservative ideals and candidates. From time to time fellow activists have encouraged me to run for public office. The timing has never been right.

But now it is. I am announcing my intent to run for County Commissioner in District 2 of Piscataquis County. We have made some unofficial announcements to gauge support and have been encouraged by the positive response.

It has been surprising that some, who I thought were allies, have expressed frustration that I am not running for a more “important” office. I have reasons both personal and philosophical. Let me explain.

The demands of a “higher” office would take me away from my family, business, and ministry in a time when I am needed in those positions consistently. The office of County Commissioner offers the opportunity to have a political impact on my community, while allowing me to remain active in the areas at home that I need to be. But the idea that some would view local government as “lesser” than a state or federal position, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of our Republic and how far we as a people have strayed from the fundamental tenets of local sovereignty.

The spend-thrifty policies at the state and federal level have placed an undue burden on rural Maine. Mandates force the hand of local municipal leaders leaving many rural towns with budgets over leveraged with no room to negotiate to a balanced budget without escalating mil rates. Town after town in Maine are finding themselves with no choice but to deorganize to maintain fiscal solvency.

As the push for small towns to deorganize continues to gain momentum, the role of the Counties will continue to grow. It will be important to have Commissioners who are fiscally conservative to keep a rein on budgets that will have increased demand on them. This is one of the major reasons I am running for commissioner.

I have always had a passion for rural Maine. I love Piscataquis County. I know, that if given the opportunity, I can serve her effectively.

I could use your help. Please consider a donation of any amount to our campaign. You can go to torbett4commissioner.com and learn a little bit more about what we are doing. There is a donate button on the website or you can send your donation to Committee to elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME, 04426, attention Mark Kinney Treasurer.

I’m looking forward to serving Piscataquis County. With your help we can make it happen. My campaign slogan is Hard Work and Common Sense, which is a tradition in Piscataquis County. Please consider supporting.

Thank you and God Bless!

Andy Torbett

Monday Irony

Democrats- Irony in a word…but let us list the ways or at least begin the infinite line, 1. Democrats think you need a license for a Natural Born Right, 2. Announce(in Maine) that pride in your nation’s flag is optional right before the 4th of July, 3. Replace the veteran’s flag with gay pride flag at a veteran’s day memorial on Veteran’s Day,, 4. Demand that Trans-women, formerly know as confused men, have access to abortions, which they can’t have because they are still men who are confused, 5. (In Maine) taking money you don’t have, from people who don’t have enough, to give to those who have violated our laws, whom you have invited here, and “misplacing” parts of the budget so you can say you have a balanced budget to do it all….and the list goes on…

Destruction

 

Battle lines are drawn. The NRA is the target du-jour of the litany of Democrat Presidential candidates, vying for boldest denouncement of the millions of armed, peaceful, and law-abiding citizens in America. Six million strong, this large sector of the American public is an easy target for these “bold” politicians to threaten fearlessly; after all, they are law-abiding.

Not one of these six million plus members of the NRA has ever committed mass murder, though gun control advocates have waited with bated breath for the first offense. In lieu of a specific scapegoat, leaders with “vision”, under the haze of ambiguity, have chosen to smear the entirety of the NRA membership as killers. With every tragic massacre that stains our troubled Nation, it’s a tactic of old: hang the guilt of the demented on the guiltless.

Joe Biden has sworn to destroy the NRA. As the Democrats present their “fresh, new look”, did the Former Vice-President have a “senior moment” and forget that the NRA is made up of U.S. Citizens? The NRA leadership, he despises so much, are duly elected by those members.

Joe Biden may be better served to pinch himself, rather than passing members of the opposite sex, and wake back to the reality that the 2nd Amendment was set in place to protect the citizens’ Natural Born Right to Self-Defense against a government that seeks their harm, specifically people groups that have fallen out of favor with said government. The 2nd was designed to stop Mr. Biden’s plan of destruction.

There is history. Realizing that much of our history has been largely rewritten, digging deep into history is necessary.. There is some mention, some might recall, of another politician, some years back in another place, who targeted six million people for destruction.

-Andy Torbett