Thursday, February 09, 2006

TC Exclusive with Challenger of Van Hollen

The citizens of Maryland's 8th Congressional have a choice this year. A choice not to re-elect liberal Chris Van Hollen(who sits on Davis' Government Reform Committee), and instead elect a sensible conservative in Dan Zubairi. I have known Dan for a while, and know him to be a man of principle, who understands what Republicans need to do to get elected in the suburbs of Washington D.C. I want to thank him for taking the time to write a post exclusively for Too Conservative, and urge anyone who has some spare time to volunteer for his campaign(donations work to) His thoughts: As we move into an election cycle, which perhaps will be the most turbulent and polarized election in modern history, we must focus on Issues That Matter. We must put the partisan and right-wing rhetoric aside to re-invigorate the base with issues that concern their daily lives and will not disenfranchise the moderate voter. While we can stand strongly by the ideals of our party, we must emphasize the traditional issues our party built its loyalty upon. Low Taxes, Giving Government Back to the People, Promoting Small Business while emphasizing the economic importance of large corporations. Standing by our fellow citizens with regards to local issues which directly impact the quality of life for their families.Gone are the days of making abortion and war the key issue. We must stand back from our extremist views if we expect to maintain a majority which as a whole promotes morality and family values. But we must also understand in an ever changing community where we find ourselves in more liberal areas, we must make certain sacrifices on issues to stand for good in the long term.We know 2006 will be a tough year for Republicans. With the War, Katrina,and so many other issues as the weapons against our party, it is important to unite. Stand by your (R). Vote! Do not stay home! Do not criticize on issues upon which you disagree. Your Republican can only be so conservative to get elected or re-elected in their respective districts. Please take this value to heart when you vote. Daniel Zubairi, Candidate United States Congress Maryland 8th Great thoughts, from a strong defender of conservative principles. We need more Dan Zubairis in Northern Virginia.


At 2/09/2006 09:27:00 PM, Anonymous gopkdh said...

I couldn't agree with him more!
Is he the only Republican running against van hollen?

At 2/09/2006 09:39:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Yes he is.

At 2/09/2006 09:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff tc

At 2/09/2006 09:46:00 PM, Anonymous concerned voter said...

Sacrifices shouldn't be made to advance the conservative agenda~

~If we make sacrifices than we lose our core values~

At 2/09/2006 11:17:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...


Can we get this guy to move to Virginia???

At 2/09/2006 11:43:00 PM, Anonymous ZB said...

Congresswoman Connie Morella was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, anti-impeachment, and one of the most likely Republicans to cross party lines and vote against her party. She was beloved personally by people in both parties in Montgomery County. She was defeated by Van Hollen in 2002 by 4 points in a district with a 2-1 Democratic advantage. Why? Because the very politically aware voters of the MD 8th grew increasingly disenchanted with the Republican leadership and didn't want to send another vote to make Tom DeLay majority leader. The GOP leadership is far less popular now than it was in 2002. It's great to see a voice of moderation in the GOP, but there's no way he's gonna win this seat.

At 2/09/2006 11:54:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

It's still worth a shot.

At 2/10/2006 12:42:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

How do we know he is a "strong defender of conservative principles?"

We need more Dan Zubairis in Northern Virginia.

There's only one of him, we can't clone him, or split him in two. and I think he needs to stay where he is to run for election.

Maybe you meant to say we need more people LIKE Dan in Northern Virginia, but that would also be incorrect, we have plenty like this already.

And it would be a shame for republicans to decide that protecting the unborn doesn't matter, just when it is clear that those who stand for killing innocents are on the run.

I find a lot of pro-choice people arguing that republicans really need to stop the anti-abortion rhetoric -- while we see the democrats running pro-life candidates. I believe the pro-choice republicans are being self-serving, and should be ignored.

We must stand for the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for ALL people, no matter what their race, religion, creed, or age. Being -3 months should not be a death sentence.

At 2/10/2006 06:50:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

critically & concerned,

So you're saying that you expect people to vote for a Republican whose entire campaign promise is "I'm Pro-Life" when the Dems are running solid Pro-Life candidates who [say they] are also fiscally conservative with real plans on how to solve other important issues?

No one is asking any candidate to give up the fight against abortion. It's an important part of any candidate's campaign BUT there are other important issues as well! Good grief, we're sick of taxes, transportation problems, unaffordable health care, etc. We're tired of government taking over our lives. We can't just hold our breath like toddlers and do nothing else until abortions are made illegal. No matter what we do, we're not going to be able to make abortions illegal today, tomorrow or this month. It's going to be a long haul no matter how you look at it. But guess what, tomorrow we will most likely have higher taxes and tomorrow we will still have immigrant gangs taking over our neighborhoods and tomorrow we will have more families who can't afford to feed their children. These are things we CAN solve TODAY if Republicans can put just a litte effort to them. We can have it all if we run strong candidates. We get NOTHING if we run weak candidates with no plans and lose to the dems.

What is so wrong with a candidate that is willing to look at some other issues ALONG WITH abortion?

At 2/10/2006 08:34:00 AM, Blogger republitarian said...

TC, go to my blog.

At 2/10/2006 09:29:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

zb: or, it could have been that voters in Maryland figured out that, if they were going to have representation that voted Democrat, they might as well have the real thing.

And Lucy, you're right. But, far as I know, no one is suggesting that we "hold our breath like toddlers and do nothing else until abortions are made illegal," which seems to me belittling of the contingent of GOP voters whose primary motivation is on that issue.

Our job, with regard to Dems "who [say they] are also fiscally conservative with real plans on how to solve other important issues" is to reveal them for the liars that they are, since virtually none (think: Tim Kaine) has a "solution" which involves defunding unnecessary government programs in favor of "other [more] important issues."

But why is "unaffordable health care" a conservative issue? Unless, of course, you're tracing that unaffordability to massive government intervention, and suggesting that the best (and only constitutional) way to make health care more "affordable" is to get government out of the health care business.

At 2/10/2006 10:51:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Your right waltzing-

No one is.

These people just live in a fairyland where they can make up anything, and suddenly it's true

At 2/10/2006 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

I don't think anyone is suggesting that we walk away from issues like abortion, simply that, if we expect to win, that issue along with gays, guns and God, can not be the sole or even the primary focus of a campaign. Lucy is absolutally right about the issues of gangs, tansportation, health care and the size of government. While Kilgore was running on the death penalty and abortion, Kaine was runnning on growth, transportation and making life easier for the families of VA. Guess who won? The Republican Party is not going to remain the majority party if they continue to keep their heads in the sand on why we lost.

At 2/10/2006 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

belittling of the contingent of GOP voters whose primary motivation is on that issue.

You know what? I've had just about enough! Have you looked around lately? I mean really looked around... outside of the newspapers that claim the economy is lovely and everyone is happy... outside of your cocktail parties... outside of your law office...

Belittling? You want to know what is belittling? Belittling is when my family is going to end up living on the street because certain far-rights with their "oh so mighty" campaign dollars decide to put "I'm a pro-life and nothing else" candidates up for races when there are other problems, real big problems facing those of us who are normal, everyday citizens.

Belittling is putting my good Christian grandmother, who worked her entire life making buttons for your expensive shirts, out to the street.

Belittling is putting out my father who served for 28 horrific years in the military and then 16 more years of public service so his benefits can get cut year after year after year.

Belittling is the fact that I can't afford to send my children to ANY college even though I've been working two and three jobs for the last 21 years trying to save.

Belittling is that my grandson is on public healthcare because our entire family of 8 working citizens can't afford his health-care bills.

Belittling is having the government come and take your little nest egg acre of land so they can build some sewer pipes for the new McNeighborhood down the street.

You know why this is so belittling?


I'm all with you on supporting the unborn, sir. But what about the living?

I can take about 1 more swift kick in the paycheck from the likes of Tim Kaine (and republicans who vote for his taxes) before my entire family is just out of luck. We're just all tapped out. And we are not alone!

You put whoever you want up there on the podium but know this... I will NOT vote for another empty Republican who does not send a clear message that he has some real plans to turn Virginia around. And when a few more Democrats win, you be ready to fork out some mighty tax dollars because my family will be waiting at the soup kitchen for you to bring home the bacon. Yep, we'll be standing in line waiting for the tax and spend...

It's your choice... you're the ones with the money and the big impressive voice... you make the call.

At 2/10/2006 02:07:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

I wouldn't dispute you conclusion about Kilgore's campaign, WM, but there certainly are those who are "suggesting that we walk away from issues like abortion," particularly when they belittle and sometimes demonize voters for whom that is the primary issue (and I am hardly one of them). Witness Lucy.

And Lucy: sit down, have a beer, maybe a smoke, and settle down. Putting you, your grandmother, or your father on the street? I don't even know you, or your family. Nothing that I'm going to do is going to result in any of those consequences, though it would be fascinating to learn of what you believe that government should do to to me to vitiate all of those problems. It's pretty clear that it has something to do with taking MY money to solve THEIR/YOUR problems. And I'm not going to apologize for the fact that I shouldn't have to pay for YOUR problems; I'll extend the same courtesy to you, incidentally.

The only "government" problem that you mention is the issue of a taking, and I probably agree with you as to the solution.

And it's pretty apparent that you don't know me, though you seem more than willing to give us your caricatures about "cocktail parties" and "expensive shirts." Don't go to cocktail parties, and I'd venture a guess that the average cost of my shirts is under $25.

It's really too bad that you go along with the far Left's caricature of "'I'm a pro-life and nothing else' candidates"; I've never even met a candidate such as you describe. But given your comments, it seems that pro-life is the ONLY Republican/conservative principle to which you subscribe. I'm perfectly willing to work with you on that, and on takings abuse. But the rest of it is none of my --- or the government's --- business.

At 2/10/2006 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

I'm not asking for the government to solve my problems or a hand out. What I'm asking for is our candidates get us to small, fiscally conservative government.

Get the government out of my checkbook and out of my house and I can take care of myself.

Get the fat out of the budget. Quit spending every red cent I have on whatever special buddy's group is around. If I want to donate to the local art museum, I will. If I want to donate to the SeniorNavigator, I will. At least give me the chance to feed my family first and then give me a choice on where I want my "extra cash" to go. Get it out of the state coffers!

Is that plain enough?

At 2/10/2006 03:24:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Demonize voters... witness Lucy...

Give me a break... Oh yes, I'm the demonizer here... Why would that be, sir? Because I don't think the only important issue in the whole wide world is making abortion illegal?

At 2/10/2006 04:56:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

The whole "gays, guns, and God" meme is made up by democrats to belittle republicans, and is revealing when used by posters here.

There are no republican candidates who are running on a "make abortion illegal and then I'll just prop up my feet and be done."

And if the democrat is pro-life, conservative, and wants real solutions, I say lets vote for them, they are a better republican than some of the republicans.

The point being, they are probably lying, but you almost have to let a couple of them take office so you can prove that they are liars.

Seriously, you should vote for a candidate based on position on issues, and on their character. If the democrat has the appropriate position on issues, and has a good character, VOTE FOR THEM. I question why they would be a democrat if they are right on the issues, but the important thing is getting people who do the right thing, which is invariably the conservative position.

Now, if you are a republican who doesn't believe that republican ideas are right, but simply want to be on a "winning team", we don't want you. Go away. Elections are about issues, not winning.

I firmly believe that my every opinion is the best opinion. If it wasn't, I would change it. So, I believe that the perfect candidate would believe exactly what I believe, would push for exactly what I support, and would be perfectly able to convince the entire electorate that we are correct, because in fact we ARE correct.

Am I do believe that some of you believe things you know are wrong, or some of you want to implement policies that you know won't work, or that are bad for America, or wasteful, or meaningless? Why would you have beliefs like that?

And if you aren't saying that, why are you urging us to vote for people who support wrong-headed positions, simply because at this moment a poll shows that the uneducated masses would vote for them rather than a person of principle who has correct beliefs?

Better, I say, to pick the candidates who are RIGHT, and who can effectively communicate, and trust that when people hear the truth explained clearly, it will be obvious to them, and they will vote for it.

And if they won't, at least we gave them the opportunity. To present the voters with TWO CANDIDATES neither of whom are right on the issues is to cheat the voters, ourselves, and our country.

At 2/10/2006 06:15:00 PM, Anonymous The Ghost of Tom Joad said...

I volunteered for Chris Van Hollen in 2002 and whole heartedly agree with the sentiment that people wanted to replace a moderate Republican for a liberal Democrat because they were tired of their representative voting for a House leader that did not have their interests in mind.

At 2/10/2006 06:31:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

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At 2/10/2006 06:34:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

the uneducated masses would vote for them rather than a person of principle who has correct beliefs...

So let me get this right.. just because I don't agree that eliminating abortion is the only issue to dwell on, I must be an uneducated Democrat?

My, my, my... Aren't you the pious educated one? Well, why don't you do your good deed for the day and educate stupid ole' me.

Tell me, critical, what was Kilgore's wonderful plan that I was too dumb to understand? And please, don't forget there's extra credit for me right? What about Mr. Black... What was his big plan? Mr. Peace, in my district (the 97th)?

In fact... Tell me why it's stupid of me to believe that the Republicans who are voting to heap on more taxes are not doing what's "Right"...

At 2/12/2006 01:05:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

Lucy, you are in the wrong argument. You have real beliefs that are at odds with the conservatives, and want candidates who support your beliefs.

There are others here who profess to believe the conservative positions, but argue we should run candidates that don't hold those positions because we can't get the conservatives elected. To them I suggest that running candidates to appeal to the "uneducated masses" rather than running a candidate who will educate the masses is both short-sided and unfair to the electorate.

To you I just say that I can present the facts, but I can't make people understand them. Abortion is the termination of human life. That is clear both on a biological level, on a spiritual level, and on a societal level.

And to just recognise the concerted effort put forth to try to convince women that abortion is NOT killing their baby, the indoctrination, the reeducation, the counseling, the support groups -- is to understand that the NATURAL order is for women to understand that there is a living human in their womb, and terminating the pregnancy kills that human.

Low taxes spur economic growth, but more importantly keep government limited, and allows people to better realise the promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
Government should protect human life from harm by others, should minimize actions which force acceptance of some people's lifestyles on others, should enforce contracts, and protect private property.

Welfare creates dependence and entitlement, and further puts government in place of the charity of the individual, which robs us of opportunity to do good, and the recipient of the opportunity to be grateful for help rather than upset that it wasn't more.

Don't be frightened, I'm not going to publish a treatise on the philosophy of conserative principles here.

My point stands -- the conservative position isn't just a talking point, or a blind belief -- it is a rational set of principles that is the best way to approach government and society. Liberal, moderate, socialist -- these philosophies are all inferior, cause harm to the individual and to the collective humanity, and are a poor basis for governance.

But in order to convince moderates, liberals, republicans, democrats, left and right that we ARE CORRECT and have the answers, we need to provide candidates that both adhere to conservative philosophy, AND can articulate that philosophy and implement it in a practical way. I don't think we do a good job of that, but I know you will NEVER acheive that if you do a poll and put up whatever candidate appeals to the masses.

You'll never convince people of the supremacy of conservative thought if you run moderates against democrats.

At 2/12/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...


I don't understand...

you have real beliefs that are at odds with the conservatives

Conservatives don't believe in small, fiscally conservative government? This is not what Republicans stand for?

Which label and which party do I need to be rooting for?

Here's my list...

My dream candidate would discuss plans on how we can achieve:

1) small government - including things like
a)don't make laws that tell me who my family members are and who can live in one house and
b) don't take my land without paying fair price to create another McNeighborhood

2) low taxes - only increase them when it's absolutely necessary and all the other fat is out of the budget

3) government to keep their budget as tight as I keep mine - special interest group funding gone. This would include racing commissions, milk commissions, etc.

4) decent education system where my children can train for a decent job

5) robust job market where people can find jobs and afford to feed their family with or without a 4-year degree

6) affordable higher education so hard-working, dedicated people can go to college even if they are not rich

7) more respect for our Veterans - Stop cutting their benefits. They earned them.

8) Commonwealth of Virginia to NOT recognize same-sex marriage as legal - but leave me alone if I want to share a home with another old person to save expenses and then will my belongings to that person

9) I would like for abortions to be illegal but while we're making it illegal, I want some plans on how we can make it unnessary.

There's a sampling of my wish list for a candidate...

I completely understand that I will have to give on a few since no candidate is going to be able to make me 100% happy.

Can someone direct me to the correct party if there is one?

At 8/05/2006 02:04:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin McManus said...

Chris Van Hollen is a threat to the very existence of our nation – Dan Zubairi is our last best hope to send Van Hollen to the dust bin of history were he belongs!

At 8/07/2006 04:25:00 PM, Blogger SmarterGaithersburg said...

"...Dan Zubairi is our last best hope to send Van Hollen to the dust bin of history were he belongs!"

Kevin McManus, do you realize that Dan Zubairi is (1) not conservative, and (2) not fit to be in the U.S. Congress?

His platform suggests a headlong rush into removing states' rights and increasing the power of the Federal government!

I suggest that Zubairi belongs where you wish Van Hollen to be! Personally I will support Jeff Stein for U.S. Congress, someone who understands the real issues and our rights!

At 8/07/2006 04:28:00 PM, Blogger SmarterGaithersburg said...

Might I mention that Zubairi wants to legalize marijuana for "medicinal purposes" and that he is pro-infanticide as evidenced by his position in 2002 when he ran for state delegate. The real facts about Zubairi are not pretty, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure you research Zubairi beyond his politically-correct web page!

At 8/20/2006 03:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zubairi was stopped by police in Bethesda for a traffic violation year or two ago and berated the officer (threatening to have him fired, etc) and lied to try and get out of a ticket. He claimed to be the Director of Homeland Security in Maryland and was touting all kinds of connections to the Governor and Lt. Governor.
He also told the officer that he thought thought most traffic laws should be repealed and that police should be fighting terrorism and not stopping people for traffic infractions.
The County Police notified the MD Homeland Security office and the state troopers investigated Zubairi for claiming to be someone he wasn't. Not that I want VanHollen to win but I won't vote for a person who lies and abuses our public servants.

At 9/02/2006 01:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A yes. This case was dismissed by the judge when the facts of the case were presented.


Zubairi is of South Asian origin and he does sit on the Gov's homeland security council. There was also no traffic violation. It was anything but a routine traffic stop. The citation was for an emmissions violation which would have only been identified per the officer's racial profiling of Zubairi. Check the public records and see who was investigated for six years for racial profiling during other than normal traffic stops.

The individual who posted the above comment lives in Frederick MD so he will not be voting anyways

At 9/03/2006 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares thay Zubairi is not a neo-right wing. He is the only chance of pushing a message that can appeal to voters on both sides and actually possibly win.

The problem is that some members of the GOP push an ultra right wing message in a liberal district and actually expect to win. SmarterGaithersburg thinks like that and its unfortunate that he is interested in keeping dems in power by supporting republicans who cannot win because their message is even TooConservative for the Republicans in Montgomery County


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