After reading in Victory Girls about the impending announcement by Nancy Mace that she would be running against Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the primary election in 2014, I decided to do a little research on her and her campaign. After I “followed” her on Twitter, she returned the favor . . . or at least her campaign did.
Now, I am not someone who was opposed to Senator Graham as Grahamnesty, because I differ with most of my conservative brethren on immigration issues: the illegal immigrants are here, and we are unwilling to round them up physically and forcibly deport them. That being the case, something has to be done to address the problems of having somewhere between six and ten percent of our population in the country illegally. It has been my stated position that the conservative position on immigration is going to turn Hispanic voters, with whom Republican candidates used to be competitive, into as solid a lock as Democratic voters as are black Americans.
But my disrespect for Senator Graham began with the so-called Gang of 14 compromise, and when he indicated support for caps on carbon emissions, I knew that his only truly valuable vote in the Senate comes on organizing the chamber at the beginning of each session.
So, now comes Nancy Mace. She was the third woman admitted to The Citadel, in 1996, but the first to be graduated, in 1999, magna cum laude, having completed her four-year baccalaureate degree in three years. She wrote a book about her experiences at The Citadel, In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel, which you can order online through the embedded link,1 though it is, unfortunately, not available as yet in a Kindle edition. She did not choose to pursue a military career, even though her father was a Brigadier General in the United States Army,2 and her two brothers attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. She entered the business world, first with Accenture, and then, after becoming a stay-at-home mother following the birth of her son Miles, and started The Mace Group, a small consulting firm doing public relations and marketing work for companies of all sizes and covering many different industries. As The First Street Journal is (almost) as much of an economics blog as a political one, the fact that Mrs Mace has been both a reliable employee of other companies and a successful businesswoman on her own is something I find extremely valuable; she is the type of person who can understand business and economics from both education and experience, and that is the kind of person we need in government.
The most important part is where Mrs Mace stands on the issues; how would she vote as the Senator from South Carolina? She wrote:
Our Founding Fathers created a constitution intended to be a guide for the decisions a government accountable to the people would make. The problem we face today, however, is that the government has overreached its boundaries into nearly every corner of our lives, and yet we are still not better off for it.
Today we have a federal government intruding in our families, churches and businesses. This is the definition of an oppressive government. With the IRS targeting conservative organizations, the NSA collecting our data, and journalists being investigated by the Justice Department, can we honestly tell ourselves that everything is all right?
The question facing voters this election is simple.
Do you trust this government? With your health care, with your taxes or your cell phone records…Because I don’t. I believe this government is too big, too intrusive and too powerful, and must be put back in its place by the people.
The politicians don’t understand, they don’t decide what rights we get to have and what rights we lose. Our Rights come from our Creator and are guaranteed by our Constitution.
I believe that if we get back to the principles based in our Bill of Rights, we can reclaim the promise of America.
That is exactly what I believe! While I have no problems at all with any of her other issues pages,3 though, this early in the campaign, they have not been thoroughly fleshed out, though her Life issues page says everything that needs to be said:
As it is rightly stated in the Declaration of Independence, we should all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I do not believe it was an accident that our Founders listed life as the first of our God given rights. As a pro-life conservative I believe we should defend life and liberty from conception to natural death.
“From conception to natural death” is the Catholic position, though I have found no references to her religious denomination. I’d point out here that that formulation means opposition to capital punishment as well as opposition to abortion.
Your Editor does not live in the Palmetto State, so he won’t have the opportunity to vote for Mrs Mace. But at least so far, she seems like a fine candidate, the kind of person we need in the United States Senate, and she has my support.
- Smitty on The Other McCain: Sen. Lindsey Graham May Try Out New Look To Fend Off Tea Party Challenger
- Jennifer on The Victory Girls: Tea Party fave and first female Citadel grad Nancy Mace to primary Grahamnesty
- Though I normally embed Amazon.com links in such a way that I qualify for a commission if a reader purchases the book through that link, I have used the link directly from Mrs Mace’s campaign website in this case. If there are commissions to be earned, over and above author royalties, they will go to Mrs Mace’s campaign, and not to me. ↩
- BGEN Mace served as Commandant of The Citadel, but not until after his daughter had matriculated. ↩
- Unfortunately, her campaign website isn’t as well designed as it could be; she should have one issues page, rather than several drop-down selections under issues on the main page. ↩