Friday, May 9, 2014
I was reading the Washington Post today and came across a great story that shows there is a sane politician in Washington D.C. That person is Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla), or what his colleagues call him "Dr. NO."
"Instead of a keepsake photo of a political hero or his family, Sen. Tom Coburn(R-Okla.) has a large framed picture next to his desk that serves as a constant reminder of his political ideology. Inside the black frame and matting is a single word, in large white letters: "No."
"Using every parliamentary tactic at his disposal, Coburn has tied the Senate in so many knots that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.) has decided on an extraordinary tactic: He will devote most of the Senate's time this week to breaking the one-man stranglehold."
"Rolling 35 bills into one omnibus package, Reid will try to leap all of Coburn's parliamentary hurdles at once and win approval for dozens of programs worth more than $10 billion."
Lets look at what they say in this story once again. Coburn is against a bill that exceeds $10 billion. Out here in real America we would think that is quite a bit of money, but to the U.S. Congress, that is chump change.
Tom Coburn is a fighter to save our country from financial bankrupt. He is the lone dissenter in the U.S. Senate and is the most effective person there. A great quote from the article by Coburn sheds light on the landscape of the political environment, "Coburn said his colleagues have lost appreciation for the broad national interest and instead hope to pass legislation in their names so they can win reelection. "When you take that oath, it doesn't say anything about your state," he said. "The parochialism needs to die."
Why is it that he would be the only one that cares enough to stand up for principle instead of getting re-elected? Partly because he is not from the east coast and he is fiscally responsible not in name only, but in action.
"Since January 2007, Coburn has used his senatorial "hold" to block more than 80 pieces of legislation, which means Reid knows that Coburn will object to unanimous consent on those bills."
This is our kind of politician. This is what the leadership in Washington needs right now to stop the drunken sailor spending that they participate in. Let's write the congress and tell them that we stand with Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and everyone else that has the guts to be like him. Tell Harry Reid, and the tax and spend liberals, that our country will not go bankrupt while we are alive.
I saw this interesting article on U.S. News and World Report titled "Should Ron Paul Voters, Libertarians Choose McCain?" I have discussed before the effect that the Libertarians might have on this election and have encouraged these voters to not give the election to the Democrats.
"John McCain's campaign knows it can't afford to have many disgruntled Ron Paul supporters either sit home or instead vote for Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. Those voters could be the difference in tight western states such as Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada."
"Right-wing radio-talk-show host Glenn Beck, for example, has said he just can't bring himself to pull the lever for McCain. Libertarians have a host of problems with McCain. Some are against the Iraq war. Others view his climate change policy as the biggest government power grab since the New Deal"
Now to clarify, I am currently a supporter of John McCain and his quest for the Presidency. We face a daunting challenge as a country to save our self from financial destruction and this election is very important.
However, over the course of a few years my political leaning has shifted more toward the concept of classic liberalism, or what most of us would call these days Libertarian or Reagan Conservatism. The Republican Party is shifting to much to the left and McCain is a showcase of this phenomenon.
I have said that if he picks the right person to be Vice-President than I will continue my support for his candidacy. Examples are Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Mark Sanford, Mitt Romney, J.C. Watts, Michael Steele, etc. These are true conservatives that believe in the concept of fiscal restraint and Liberty. But, if he picks someone that satisfies the left, than I am gone. That is surrender to the idea that working with socialists is the way to save the country and those are not my principles nor the principles of the founding fathers.
The way to save this country is through fiscal restraint, and not bankrupting the country. It is through personal liberty and the idea that we are self governed and make decisions that effect our livelihood. The idea that nobody will tell us how we should live and let the free market dictate our economy.
Hopefully McCain will heed the call of the conservatives that are calling out to him to do what is right and pick somebody like Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal to lead our country back to sanity. If not, than the exodus will begin, and the fall of the Republican Party will take place.
Ron Paul has finally ended his campaign for the Presidency of the United States, but that does not mean the message of freedom and liberty will end as well. From the Wall Street Journal, last week,
"Paul’s exit from the race was just a formality. He never had a shot at the nomination but his grassroots candidacy cultivated national interest and was fueled by an online fund-raising operation of small donors who saw promise in Paul’s political message"
We have given Ron Paul some crap on this site before, but we have become very fond of the movement that he ignited during the primary election. With his exit from the Presidential arena he has put together another campaign that will try and influence the status quo in this country, the Campaign for Liberty.
"The Texas lawmaker is hoping that base will transfer to his new political effort, whose mission is to elect more libertarian-minded candidates, like Paul, to office. “We’ll make our presence felt at every level of government, where just a few people with our level of enthusiasm can make a world of difference. We’ll keep an eye on Congress and lobby against legislation that threatens us,” Paul writes on his new site. “We’ll identify and support political candidates who champion our great ideas against the empty suits the party establishments offer the public. We will be a permanent presence on the American political landscape. That I promise you.”
Conservative for Change officially endorses this movement to spread the ideals that define our country. Liberty is essential to the success of a free nation. Our elected officials have gone to far off the wagon, and are destroying the country that our Founding Fathers left for us. The federal budget is exceeding at a rapid rate every year, which is driving the national debt to all time highs (just look at the clock to your right). We are paying to much for energy and the only solution our politicians have is "let us control it." Every day our freedoms are being stripped from us and nobody seems to care in congress. Therefore we must support candidates that will hold true to the values of our country and the support of the Constitution of the United States.
As I have said before, my support for John McCain will only continue if he chooses the right candidate for Vice-President (i.e. Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Mark Sanford). If he falters in this effort, and sucks up to the left, than I will endorse somebody else that will stand up for the principles of less government, free markets, the Constitution and private property.
I encourage everyone to join this new campaign. Go to the website and sign up:
Colorado is shaping up to be a swing state and a pretty important one as well. With the states 9 electoral votes it could be the deciding factor in a very close race. In today's Rocky Mountain News Nat Hentoff gives praise in an article titled "Alaska's Palin ideal as VP for McCain."
"Because of Palin’s reputation as a maverick, and her initial reduction of state spending (including pork-barrel spending), life-affirming Palin connects with voters and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for John McCain."
"She would be a decided asset — an independent Republican governor, a woman, a defender of life against the creeping culture of death and a fresh face in national politics, described in the Almanac of National Politics as “an avid hunter and fisher with a killer smile who wears designer glasses and heels, and hair like modern sculpture.”
"Still unknown is whether Palin would be as flip-flopping as McCain on the Bush torture policy that has so blighted our reputation in the world. But we’d find out, as — if chosen as his running mate — she would create more interest in this already largely scripted presidential campaign.
And her presence could highlight Barack Obama’s extremist abortion views on whether certain lives are worth living, even a child born after a botched abortion."
Even though the state of Colorado has shifted toward the Democrats in the past few years, it is still a conservative state. The people here are excited about Barack Obama (I have no idea why) but Sarah Palin could give them something to think about as well. The people here may have wanted to vote for a women, and like the rest of the country, would not vote for Hillary. So, with Sarah Palin as VP, it could shift a lot votes into McCain's category and secure a victory for him in the Electoral College.
McCain's people better be seeing the support and talk that is going on about Sarah Palin and realize that the country is ready for a smart conservative women to take the national stage.
According to the LA Times there are forces of Ron Paul supporters planning to revolt against John McCain, the Republican nominee, at the convention in St. Paul later this year. Before I go further and have Ron Paul people giving me crap for this, I like Ron Paul. I am currently reading his book, "The Revolution," and I am very impressed by his knowledge of the principles of Liberty and Justice. However, John McCain is the nominee of the Republican Party, and has secured the delegates necessary to move forward into November.
The supporters of Ron Paul need to get off this trip they are on, and get on board. It doesn't matter the dis-pleasure you have with Senator McCain. Heck, I was a Romney supporter, and it took a lot for me to support John McCain, but I did! When you look at where this world is going, and the country, what better choice do we have?
The Democrats are the ones that have chaos going on in their party, and if something strange happens in St. Paul, it will just prove the disconnect that there is for John McCain. That will catapult Barack Obama into the Presidency. Some might say that will be a good thing, and will allow the Republicans to get back to their roots. I couldn't agree more with that, but, the chances of a Republican controlled Congress next year are slim. That would be the only way I would allow a Obama Presidency, if there was someone there to check him from his communist agenda.
So Ron Paul supporters, deal with the fact that the Revolution is dead for right now, and don't act like children, because you will just ruin this country. Lets elect John McCain, and then fight for what we believe in and get true conservatives elected to Congress and bring this country back to fiscal sanity. That clock to your right is getting bigger and it will explode with Obama in the White House.
As we approach the 2008 elections for the Presidency and Congress, a trend is starting to rear its head, as it did in 2006. Only two years ago did the Democrats take back control of Congress by electing conservative Democrats and we are seeing the same during this crucial election cycle. From Real Clear Politics the recent results from a special election in Mississippi, is showing a major blow to Republicans. A very conservative district in the state, that elected President Bush by a big margin, has fallen into the hands of another conservative Democrat.
"In a major blow to national Republicans, a Mississippi congressional seat that once voted for President Bush by a twenty-five point margin elected a Democrat on Tuesday. Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers beat out Republican candidate Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, by a 54%-46% margin, a spread that several Republican strategists on Capitol Hill characterized as a startling wake-up call for a party in dire straits."
If this keeps up, what will happen is a big upset for Congressional Republicans in 2008. "The loss has already shaken establishment Republicans in Washington. After losing special elections in Illinois and Louisiana, the House GOP conference already expects a bad year for their party." Majority Leader John Boehner has been trying to figure out what is going wrong with the group responsible for electing Republicans to the House. He has set up a separate committee to look into this situation.
One thing to look at, with what is happening, is that Republicans are not staying true to their principles. The American people are not as stupid as politicians might think. When they see a Republican promising change in Washington, and when they finally get there, every thing they said changes. They start spending like drunken sailors for their congressional district in hopes of getting re-elected. But, what is happening, is they are not getting re-elected because they failed with their constituents. That is the reason a lot of blue dog Democrats are taking these seats. The voters might think that they will do as promised, and control spending in Washington, and save this country from financial turmoil.
However, what the voters do not realize is that not matter how great these blue dogs are, they are electing the liberal leaders of the Democrats to control Congress, and in effect, nothing gets done to curb the rate of government spending.
The Republicans in Congress need is to get things together, and go out and state this thought. What needs to be done is to campaign for fiscal restraint, and when you get to Washington, do just that. Restrain yourself from spending and don't worry so damn much about getting re-elected. Stand for principle! That is the only way Republicans will take back the Congress.
It now looks like we have the general election match up between John McCain and Barack Obama. Now we must look at the two and decide who has the most character and leadership qualities.
The Navy just released John McCain's military service record and it is a clear indication of who should be the next President of the United States. It is not to say that military service should be the indicator, but what it shows is true character. John McCain went to hell and back from what he experienced during his time in the Navy. He is the recipient of many distinctions, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and etc. Just read this from the AP:
Several citations mention his achievements either as a prisoner or as a lieutenant commander flying bombing runs off the deck of the USS Oriskany. Some are signed by then-Secretary of the Navy John Warner, who would become a colleague of McCain's in the Senate.
The citations refer to his "accurate ordnance delivery" and his "aggressive and skillful airmanship." He earned his Bronze Star the day before he was shot down, for participating in a mission over an airfield in Phuc Yen, 11 miles north of Hanoi.
The citation for his Distinguished Flying Cross sums up McCain's misfortune the following day:
"Although his aircraft was severely damaged, he continued his bomb delivery pass and released his bombs on the target. When the aircraft would not recover from the dive, Commander McCain was forced to eject over the target."
He was taken captive by North Vietnamese fighters and imprisoned for 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton. Once they found out he was the son and grandson of Naval Admirals, they tortured him even more. John McCain was then given the chance to leave the camp, but insisted to stay and not leave his comrades behind.
This is true testament to a man's character and shows the qualification to be Commander-n-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. What has Barack Obama done? What experience does he have dealing with the military? Heck, Hillary Clinton qualifies more than Obama does.
John McCain has the clear vision to lead this country into the next generation of fighting forces. Enhanced technology to succeed in combat operations. Better equipment for our men and women. Making our military suitable for future generations. Barack Obama will gut our military the same way Bill Clinton did. Democrats want to send the military all around the world to correct injustice, but they do not want to pay for it. This is a new age in fighting, and John McCain is the guy to lead us into this New Frontier.