To the editor:
I have paid virtually no attention to the political scene in Minnesota. I'm not even certain who is vying for Tim Walz's seat.
I had an opportunity, though, to listen to Mike Parry in one of his first meet-and-greet get-togethers before we left for California for the winter. Also, I recently read everything on his website.
We had an opportunity to ask questions of Parry at his meeting. He says he is a conservative. I don't think so.
Conservatives generally have no problem telling you what they believe. Their responses are based on long established and firm beliefs grounded on very solid principles. That clearly was not evident in Parry's answers. He wouldn't give us a straight answer about ethanol. He did say however, that his common retort is to ask whether we want food prices to skyrocket, blah-blah-blah.
This answer is really troubling as it indicates someone who is largely clueless about economics. In addition, on three or four occasions Parry wouldn't provide answers to questions because, as he said, he needed to be in Washington to find out what the real answers were. Again, that reflects someone without either core conservative principles or someone whose understanding of conservatism is shallow to nonexistent.
His website is also revealing. There are four basic legs of conservatism. They are one, fiscal; two, social; three, national defense; and four, constitutional. Parry's website covers only the fiscal side and even that coverage is marginal given his evident lack of understanding of economics. There is nothing about the other three. Other than wanting the seat Walz now holds, what exactly does Parry stand for?
Obviously Parry doesn't embody the principles of conservatives or the Tea Party. I sure hope there are other candidates in the First District. At this point almost anyone would do.