Friday, December 30, 2005

Conservative Profile #1---John Ashcroft


Ever since I started this blog I wanted to do profiles on Conservatives that I respect and admire. Once I figured out how to put pictures on my blog I knew I had to put up this picture. This is a picture of my congressman,Sam Graves, me and John Ashcroft. So I figured John Ashcroft would be an awesome person to start with.

At one of the Republican fundraisers I got to volunteer at, John Ashcroft was there. I was very excited. Ever since I first moved to Missouri in '92 I have been a big fan of his. He is one of those men who has firm principles and never deviates from them. And as we all know that is a rarity in today's world let alone in D.C. I had always viewed him as humble, honest and a man of integrity. When I met him I am proud to say that he came across as just that. I was very nervous and yet I mustered up my confidence and introduced myself to him. He was so great. He was very nice and said his name when he shook my hand. I was cracking up because, like I didn't know who he was. He was very kind and humble. In his speech he made jokes at his own expense and was very gracious. It was a great day for me.

So I had a lot of fun doing research on him for this profile. I found some neat websites in the process but was also disappointed in how many links were dedicated to trashing him. Even Wikipedia dedicated most of their info to what his critics said about him. Amazingly one of the most positive pieces about him was written by the BBC of all places.

He was born in 1942 in Chicago but grew up in Springfield, Missouri. His father was an Assembly of God minister and he grew up in the church. He is a born again Christian and his faith has always been an integral part of his life. He graduated with honors from Yale and went to law school at the University of Chicago where he graduated in 1967. He taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University before entering politics. In the 70's he held several positions in Missouri state government. He went from being state auditor, to assistant attorney-general to the attorney general where he served until 1985. In '85 he became Governor of Missouri and stayed there until '93. In 1994 (when I finally got to vote for him) he was elected to the U.S. Senate and started his term in '95. He was a great senator and I was never disappointed in decisions that he made or votes that he cast. He was a solid conservative with core values.

Then in 2000 we had a historical senate race. Ashcroft was ahead in the polls and I wasn't worried about his re-election at all. I'm sure on the Beltway Boys on Fox News that they rated him in the safe column to win. But then there was a freak accident. His opponent Democrat Mel Carnahan (the Governor of Missouri at the time)died in a plane crash just 2 weeks before the election. Ashcroft being the man of integrity that he is stopped campaigning out of respect. Then the Lieutenant Governor who had replaced Carnahan as Governor announced that Carnahan's widow would serve if Carnahan won since it was too late for his name to be removed from the ballots. Then between the sympathy vote and the corruption spun by Jesse Jackson in St. Louis where the polls were illegally kept open hours later than 7:00, Carnahan (a dead man) won the election. I was crushed. Between having panic attacks over the 30 day standoff between Gore and W and Ashcroft losing, I was a mess. But as always Ashcroft graciously accepted the defeat and was kinder to Jean Carnahan than I ever would've been. My other senator, Republican Kit Bond, was spitting fire over the injustice of the corruption in St. Louis which cost us the Governorship and the senate seat.

And then it was amazing to see the irony of how it all worked out. John Ashcroft was nominated by W to be Attorney General. (I was a very happy camper the day that was announced.) A Republican won the senate seat against Jean Carnahan in a special election in 2002 and Republican Matt Blunt won the Governorship in 2004. So all Jesse Jackson's corruption ended up giving the democrats very short-lived victories.

Anyway, all that to say Ashcroft has been a wonderful public servant and a man to look up to. Even the Associated Press article about him admitted that his public life was scandal-free. The White House bio of him quoted W as saying this about him: "a man of great integrity, a man of great judgment and a man who knows the law". I couldn't say it any better.

Ashcroft was known for being unashamed of being a strong conservative and would say, there are two things you find in the middle of the road: "a moderate and a dead skunk", and that he didn't want to be either. And to that I say, Amen!!

38 comments:

Crazy Politico said...

John's son is an enlisted man in the Navy right now, also. So much for "Why aren't their kids serving". And based on my dealings with him as a student at Great Lakes, he had an awful good upbrining.

One would think the son of the AG of the US would be a pain in the tail as an enlisted student. Instead, his biggest request was that the staff NOT tell his fellow students who his dad was.

Gayle said...

Very interesting, LMC (and so is CP's comment). That must have been a great day for you.

The BBC can sometimes be surprising. I watch them because they cover things going on in the rest of the world, not just Iraq and the US like our MSM does. Yes, they are liberal too. Seems we can't get away from that except for FOX News.

Nice post LMC, and great picture! :)

Revka said...

lmc,
Great post!! I love that picture!
You standing there between them is kind of a reflection of your future! I really HOPE you begin to get more heavily involved in politics. You are the right person to. I keep telling you I will campaign for you even though I don't live in your neck of the woods.

Revka said...

Crazy Politico:
Great story about John's son. That is awesome!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Crazy: Again, another great story. That is so neat. I hadn't read anything about what his kids were doing. Very encouraging.

Gayle & Rebecca: Thanks!!

TexasFred said...

LMC, you make those guys look good...

Great pic and story... Keep it coming...

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Fred: Thanks :-)!!

sandy said...

It's great to have a picture to identify with a name. I second texas fred's comment. You do make them look good.

CBC Sparks Director said...

You look so much like your mom in this picture, you're even standing like her - that I had to look twice.

(It's OK to look like your Mom :))

jgf said...

I love learning something. It is very interesting, as well as CP's comment. Thank you.

James Manning said...

Happy New Year Chatter. Maybe you'll run for office one day.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Sandy: Thanks!!

Linda: It is strange because this is the first time I looked at a picture of myself and thought that too. I know it is okay but I had always thought I took more after my dad so it was a new experience.

jgf: I actually learned some things in doing the research for this too and it was interesting.

James: The real question is would you vote for me? :-)

ABFreedom said...

Excellent LMC and crazy .. you don't here that much of the good side and how these guys are personally. I'm really happy I found your blog... as Fred says .. keep it coming..

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Great post. Great pic.

And all this time I thought you were Sean Hannity.;)

But will you still talk to us when you become President, LMC?

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Ab: Thanks, you are very kind.

Patrick: Thanks. Actually, I don't have a whole lot of desire to run for office. I would much rather be an advisor, consultant or someone that works for a conservative think tank. But we shall see.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I'm so jealous!
You rock, LMC!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

UAW: You always say things in the best way :-). Thanks!!

Lone Pony said...

LMC, Loved the post! He's a great guy and so handsome too! I've seen him in person too, but I was too shy to talk to him. I'm sooo jealous you have a picture of yourself with him.

Ranando said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Ranando of The Ranando Report

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Lone Pony: Thanks. I've volunteered at several fundraisers and this was the first one where I ended up in the photo room. So thats why I got to meet him and get my picture.

I volunteered at one where Rudy Giuliani was at and only got to hear him speak.

shoprat said...

I am thrilled to learn that his son is an enlisted man in the Navy. I sometimes wish the Constitution would require our Senators and Presidents to be military veterans. (At other times I am glad it doesn't, conflicting feelings here.)

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME...Wow, that is a great picture!!!

Thanks for sharing the history...very interesting.

Love the photo...so cool!! GREAT POST TOO!! All I can say is WOW!! (smiling)

Happy New Year to you and your family.....hopefully you will consider running for an office in your state....You would be a winner.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

shoprat: I agree!!

Suzie: Thanks. You are way too kind :-)!! Happy New Year to you too!

Revka said...

LMC,
Have a great new year! Pray for me and my back!! I am in terrible pain.. I really hope i don't have to have surgery,but something is just not right. It should have gone away by now.

Revka said...

Dionne,
I just finished my post.. You ought to re- look at it.. I was doing it when you commented!! ha!!

Rebekah said...

I second what the others have been saying. Very cool - great post! It's awesome you got to meet such a great guy! I bet it just drives Democrats crazy that he's scandal-free.... :)

ABFreedom said...

Have a Happy and Great New Year LMC!

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LMC: that was a wonderful post with some excellent insight into his past and, of course, what makes him tick. I was unaware that HE was involved in the Carnahan election.

I should also mention that, as previously pointed out, you DO in fact make those other peripheral guys look good.

Who ARE they, anyway?

:^)

Robosquirrel said...

CP: I don't know how many sons John Ashcroft has, but I met his son when he came through my SWOS class as an Ensign last year. I think he was an Academy grad, and a bit of a prick, but good for him, just the same.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Rebekah: That was the neat thing, that the AP had to admit he was scandal-free :-).

BZ: Thanks :-)!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Miss Chatterbox

Happy New Years! Great picture! You look lovely and I really like the idea of profiling conservatives, there's such a broad spectrum of us. Looking forward to more of your insightful posts in '06.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

GG: Thanks!! I always like it when you do profiles of Hollywood people and lefties :-).

Crazy Politico said...

Robo, if it was Andy Ashcroft he's the one who went through Great Lakes a few years back. He may have got picked up on Seaman to Admiral or something.

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

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Hey Ms. Chatterbox: Great post! You have been on fire lately and I had no idea that you would ever post your pic! Cool because we always are curious about the authors of blogs! How neat that you got to meet these people. From what I gather you have been exceedingly politically active, will you run for office one day in local politics? I think you have something to say and wish you luck if you do! Cool thanks for sharing your experiences and a little background info on the players in the pic:) Happy New Year:)

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Mahndisa: Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!!

Griz said...

Very nice picture. John Ashcroft looks ok, too.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Griz: Thanks!!

Joia said...

I'm a bit late to the party, but...

For the record, much as I love your Mom, I don't see her in that picture of you and Ashcroft. ;-) Of course, I've seen very few pictures of her at your age, so that probably affects my perception.

I'm rather amazed at how busy your blog is! Congrats, psycho!