War of Ideas

Last year was a very bad year for Republicans.  No matter how you try to spin the elections, Republicans lost.  Despite a record number of Republican votes for President Trump, he lost.  Blame it on mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, systemic vote counting fraud, computer hacking and/or deliberate falsification of ballots, Republicans turned out in record numbers but still took a beating.

Let’s recap…  President Trump loses to Sleepy Joe in a fraudulent election.  Republicans lose both Georgia Senate seats, resulting in a 50/50 tie between Republicans and Democrats which gives immense power to Kamala Harris, who is the tie breaker in any evenly-split Senate vote.  While Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives, Democrats still hold the majority and the Speaker position.  As of January 20, 2021 we have a Democrat President, Democrat House, and Democrat controlled Senate.

In Alaska, Democrats gained in the State House, now having a solid 19 Democrats/Non-declared seats.  Republicans hold 21 seats, but it appears Democrats may control the majority, as the newly elected Speaker of the House has caucused previously with Democrats and it looks like that playbook is being repeated in 2021.    

The State Senate fared much better. Republicans hold a solid majority that opens the opportunity to advance a conservative agenda.  Congratulations to Senate President Peter Miccichi for organizing the Senate.

Future elections will be more challenging for conservatives with the passage of Ballot Measure 2, which creates a circus election process, using a mathematical “add them up and divide by X, we get a winner.”  Not the one that gains the most popular votes, but the one who gains the majority of votes when second, third, fourth, etc., are averaged in.  Talk about a watered down compromise process that allows the mediocre to become elected officials.  No more “one person, one vote.”  Now you get multiple votes to dilute the selection process and elect the person nobody actually wants. 

Let’s also make sure we continue mail-in ballots so the dead, those no longer living in Alaska, and harvested votes can be counted to determine the winner.  My head is about to explode.  We are facing the crucible on the direction America will proceed and we all should be extremely concerned about the outcome.

“It’s time to stop the Left’s socialist agenda.”

America has faced dark days before.  The American Civil War was a test of determination.  That war had clear dividing lines: the North versus the South; slave states against free states; a confederation form of government versus a federation form of government.  Irrespective that the south, as an agricultural based society, never had the industrial capacity to defeat the north, the tensions of the day precluded rational debate and ended in a bloody civil war. 

History is supposed to teach us lessons.  The Civil War should have taught us that violent conflict is costly and should be avoided unless no other option is available.  There are options to violence.  The United States Constitution provides the peaceful means to change government and lead America to greatness.  But it has to be understood and followed in order to reach a peaceful conclusion.

“in 2020 we witnessed the Left’s relentless violence…”

Today we face a different, and potentially more dangerous civil war.  Not a war of armies, but of principles and ideologies.  There are no geographical boundaries.  This is a clash between democracy and socialism.  Political lines have been drawn and hyper-rhetoric is used to ignite passion and primal emotional responses. 

Will we be a nation of free people where the will of the people controls government or will we become a nation where government controls the people?   Simple choice, but it will be an extremely contentious process.  And in 2020 we witnessed the Left’s relentless violent response to this divide.

The summer of 2020 was filled with riots pursued by an uber-Left intent on overthrowing the American government.  Make no mistake about it, the Left believes the means (violence) justifies the ends (socialism/communism). 

There was extreme violence by Antifa, Black Lives Matter and subversive radicals in mostly Democratic controlled cities across America.  We then saw the United States Capitol occupied by an angry mob, organized in advance by Antifa, socialist radicals, and some misguided Trump supporters.    

As expected, the liberal media blew it out of all proportion.  Six months of riots in America cities, incited by Leftist insurgents, with the media continually characterizing them as “mostly peaceful protests.”  However, that same main-stream media was quick to exploit January 6th as if it were the start of an insurrection.  It wasn’t.

“The “Silent Majority” must no longer be silent.”

Joe Biden’s push for gun control, opening the borders to illegal immigrants, killing America’s energy independence, kowtowing to Communist China and Terrorist Iran, economy-crushing climate change regulations, and federal government overreach may yet be the breaking points for freedom loving Americans.

While this year conservatives took a licking, we still have the best vision for America.  Personal liberties, individual freedom and a strong belief in divine guidance is what has made America the greatest nation ever created.  We can, and we must, fight to restore the greatness of America which we enjoyed a few short months ago under Trump’s presidency.

This 21st century civil war for the future of America need not be fought on the battlefield; but rather through elections, social media, peaceful demonstrations, and a constant resistance to every effort by the Left to change America into another failed socialist-style Venezuela. The “Silent Majority” must be heard.  We must fight the political fight every day, in every forum, and at every opportunity we have to convince Americans that the freedoms we enjoy under the United States Constitution are inalienable rights that provide each and every one of us the greatest potential for individual achievement of any nation on earth. We must exhaust the Left’s ability to coopt our nation with empty promises, lies, censorship, and government overreach.  We must band together, as was done in 1775 to defend our Constitutional Republic and resist the Left stealing our country from us.  It’s time to stop the Left’s socialist agenda.  We must start electing constitutional conservatives to public office.

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A different kind of Civil War

Craig Campbell
Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).


  • Wayne M says:

    Are you busy in 2022? A run for the U.S. Senate, perhaps?

    • Christine Hutchison says:

      Only after you figure out, please, this country is NOT A DEMOCRACY. I cannot/will not spend one dime on media that continues to refer to this country as a democracy.

  • Robert Coulter says:

    The ‘dominion’ scent removes ALL trust ALL trust. As Dominion remains , the lt gov and the Anch assembly are lynchpins. Agree? .

  • Mike L says:

    I respect and admire commentators such as Mr. Campbell who seem to have a good understanding of things and whom i most always agree with politically. However, i tire of eloquent discourse when cycle after cycle all i see on election ballots are the same crop of detestable people time after time! Isn’t it about time we fixed the problem. How does the adage go, “your either part of the problem or part of the solution”.

  • Alaska Voter says:

    While many think the only way is to fight back at the Ballot Box , the Ballot Box has been compromised. To take a comment from the Progressive Left you can’t bring a knife to a Gun Fight you must meet firepower with firepower. This is bearing out in the Progressive bastions of the West Coast and will eventually make its way into Alaska and has already gained a foot hold in the ill advised Ballot Measure 2 passage. This measure will come back to haunt the ill informed who voted to pass because they had no understanding of the measure in the first place. They failed to read and comprehend the nature under the guise of free and fair elections and no dark money when the measure was funded with 95% dark and lower 48 money.

    • Jake Libbey says:

      Isn’t the irony stupefying? Their BM2 campaign angle to motivate voters was a philosophical mirror and funded almost entirely by out-of-state dark money. Like with most things on the left, everything boils down to projection. What I wonder about is who voted for it, because I know plenty of people who are proud as a peach to say they hated Trump and voted for Biden, but I can’t find anyone who says they voted for BM2, which makes me very suspicious. Anecdotal reasons, but suspicious nonetheless.

      • Michael C Coons says:

        We need strong support for SB 43 which makes the real Dark Money, i.e. Soros in the clear for ballot measures as well! Not to mention support for SB 39 to get our elections back! HR1 and SR1 in the Congress will make the elections a Federal over State. Another reason for SB 39 and 43 to have in place and use over that of what the likes of Nancy and Chucky are trying to do.

  • Doug Ferguson says:

    From an article in MustRead Alaska:
    “Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer on Friday introduced Senate Bill 83, an election integrity bill that could provide additional tools for the Division of Elections to increase Alaskan’s trust in elections.”
    With the current lack of confidence and trust in our election systems by so many of our citizens, the only way to gain it back is to enact, not only the reforms mentioned in this legislation, but actual mandatory auditing as a part of every election.
    It should be budgeted and scheduled for ahead of every state wide election period. The process should be outlined by statute and provide for bi-partisan staffing with severe penalties for any interference. Nothing less will ever restore confidence in the system. Honest voting and trust in the system is the cornerstone of our democratic republic and we need to get it back!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    A video game generation who thinks they can just mob around and beat people up will soon find out that the same communists who used them to get into power will eventually defund their larp and start rounding them up to. Oh I can’t wait. The little spoiled suburban white antifa kids who were handed everything will soon find out that without survival skills this world is going to swallow them whole. I have my popcorn

  • Ken says:

    Yes, It would be nice to see a good volunteer for 2022 Senate race.

  • Michael Alexander says:

    This from the man who compromised Alaska law by not enforcing the strict write in rules. We, Joe Miller voters will always remember Mr. Campbell for his role in that farce. As a matter of fact, his Director of Elections is back at her old job for the current Lt. Governor. I really don’t believe this gentleman has any business telling the rest of us anything about elections, unless he wants to confess to his prior electoral misadventures.

  • R says:

    Right— failure to enforce strict write in rules seated the divisive Senator Murkowski. What a sham that was—–a wound on America’s Rule of Law.

  • Craig says:

    Seems some disgruntled Joe Miller supporters never accepted the Rule Of Law in the Murkowski vs Miller election. The strict Rule of Law was followed throughout the process, with poll watchers at the recount site, as confirmed by Miller’s 100% loss in every court challenge he put forth. The Rule of Law is not based on what you want for an outcome, but rather in whether the process that resulted in the outcome followed the law. Don’t like the law, get it changed.

  • Michael C Coons says:

    Craig, you might be a good pick, or not. I know of another that I am strongly leaning in support of, if she runs, Kelly Tshibaka.
    I do know this. We must vet and decide well before the election on one person to go up against Lisa. Someone so strongly supported that the “ranked voting” cannot win over! This internal fighting and bickering has to STOP NOW! In this climate, I would worry the Jesus Christ couldn’t get the votes to win!

  • CmonNow says:

    > Applauds state Senate Majority Leader
    > Misspells his name