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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>DEAR MARK: January 15, 2016</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Levy.gif\" /></p>\n<p>DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re delighted that President Obama gave his final State of the Union address. You have been nothing but disrespectful to our president since before he was even officially in office. I think he has been an outstanding president considering the mess he inherited from George Bush. I&rsquo;m not sure why I&rsquo;m asking you this or if I really care but what are your thoughts on President Obama&rsquo;s State of the Union address? &mdash; Lovely Lib in Louisville<br />\n Dear Lovely: &nbsp;<br />\n Umm boring, liberal and disingenuous, pretty much what I have come to expect from Barack Obama. President Obama&rsquo;s premise was that the country has to answer four big questions in the areas of the economy, climate change, security and political discourse. I&rsquo;d like to focus on the fourth question President Obama asked: &ldquo;How can we make politics reflect what&rsquo;s best in us and not what&rsquo;s worst?&rdquo;<br />\n This is the area I am most disappointed in the president. When Barack Obama was running for president I knew that politically I pretty much disagreed with him on every issue. But because he looked like a good family man and seemed to have a message of &ldquo;we can disagree without being disagreeable,&rdquo; I felt at the very least he would set a civil tone in Washington. Boy was I wrong.<br />\n After decades of racial progress, President Obama has been quick to inject race into almost every issue creating a larger divide. He has demonized the successful even accusing doctors of doing unnecessary procedures strictly for the money. He referred to his political opponents as &ldquo;enemies&rdquo; and has wholeheartedly dismissed anyone who disagrees with him without trying to seek common ground. He has taken executive action using the excuse that congress has done nothing while he never forged a relationship with anyone in congress even Democrats.<br />\n To answer the president&rsquo;s question, I&rsquo;d say Barack Obama leaving office is a good start.</p>\n<p>\n DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n Help me. I&rsquo;m a staunch Republican and I don&rsquo;t know who to vote for in the primary. There&rsquo;s talk of the establishment candidates versus the outsider candidates. Then there&rsquo;s the idea of voting with my heart versus voting for who I think can win in the general election.Will you use your big political brain and shed some light to help my decision? &mdash; No Hill No<br />\n Dear No: &nbsp;<br />\n As you have alluded, there are two schools of thought in political primaries.Does one vote for the candidate they support or vote for the one they think can win in the general election? Personally I believe in voting for the candidate that most closely matches my values and then letting the chips fall where they may in the general election. &nbsp;<br />\n This view does not come without some individual responsibility. Research each candidate to insure their rhetoric matches their record. The GOP field is full of good candidates who could each hold their own in the general election, even Donald Trump.<br />\n That being said, I also believe that with the right candidate conservative values will always win in the arena of ideas. Unfortunately in recent history Republicans have nominated Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney because the establishment believed they were more electable in the general election and you see how well that went.<br />\n My bottom line advice is quit listening to the pundits and bumper stickers, do your own research, be true to your values and vote with your brain. Besides as conservatives we all know God is in control anyway.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n Much has been said about the Ted Cruz and Donald Trump feud in the Republican primary. Lately Trump is insinuating that Cruz is not eligible to run for president while Cruz has stated that Trump represents New York values.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t have any doubts that Cruz is eligible to run for president but what exactly are &ldquo;New York&rdquo; values? &mdash; Start Spreading the News<br />\n Dear Start:<br />\n First of all I love New York but the &ldquo;Empire State&rdquo; definitely has a different set of values compared to flyover country. I&rsquo;ll make it easy for you; New York has given us Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Mayor Bill De Blasio. Need I say more?</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPLevy</p>\n', created = 1575958210, expire = 1576044610, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c571a1e3d837a9aca4716b3b0e350830' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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SOTU address, GOP vote and New York values

DEAR MARK: January 15, 2016

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