Joy Gilfilen has thrown her hat in the ring for the position of Whatcom County Executive.
Updates can be found on her facebook page: Joy Gilfilen For Whatcom County Executive.
Joy has some good ideas on how to reduce local incarceration and how to get the local criminal justice apparatus to work in a more efficient manner for all concerned.
She’s also against the big county jail project.
Some would no doubt ask me why I would choose to support a candidate with so many different views than I have as a conservative.
In response, I’d tell them that #1: I know what real conservatism is and I also know what it is not. I’m not a ‘republican,’ I’m a conservative. They are not the same things. They once were, but they aren’t today.
Too many people have confused playing sides, as in the other half of the local (D) vs (R) Hegelian dialectic, as ‘conservatism.’ It’s not. True conservatism is actually very close to classical liberalism, sharing many aspects. Libertarianism and classical liberalism are very close cousins, both of which overlap significantly with real conservatism. (Note *)
#2: I’ll support anyone that is upfront and honest about what they believe, even if I disagree personally, providing they are willing to let the people’s voices be heard and will allow that to override their own preferences when that’s been made clear in a true democratic fashion.
Joy meets both of my criteria and as such has my support.
Currently, there are officials trying to hoodwink citizens of this county in order to further expand government and further tax already overly tax burdened citizens.
As a real conservative, those are two things I cannot abide.
* : This writer does not condone or accept the classical European and neo-European views of the various political ideologies or the political spectrum. I prefer the Americanism views, which incorporated the best of the best of the world, created a Representative Constitutional Republic form of government of We The People and in doing so changed the world for the better.