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What Plate Will You Choose?

Posted by sierrascrapper on September 3, 2008

I have to admit that I haven’t done a lot of political blogging lately.  I guess I have been somewhat fed up with all the hub bub over candidates that aren’t strong on the issues.  I still have been keeping up with all the politics swirling around and preparing for the upcoming election.  Now that Duncan Hunter is no longer in the running, I have to look at other options.  There are candidates from 3rd parties that will not garner much more than 1% of the vote.  Besides the 3rd party options, there is Barrack Hussein Obama who I will refer to as B.O. on this blog.  There is also John McCain. 

Take a look at these two candidates: 

McCain is PRO-LIFE
B.O. is PRO-CHOICE

McCain is PRO-MILITARY
B.O. is ANTI-MILITARY

McCain is PRO-IRAQ
B.O. is ANTI-IRAQ

McCain is a TAX CUTTER
B.O. is a TAX INCREASER

McCain has foreign policy experience
B.O. was a community organizer

McCain is PRO-2nd Amendment
B.O. is ANTI-2nd Amendment

Take a look at the plates that are in front of you right now.  You have a plate with STEAK & POTATOES on it with John McCain.  You have a plate with JUNK FOOD and no substance with B.O.  Take another look at the plate that is being served up to you and decide who you think is right for our country.  Thanks but I’ll leave the plate of “shite” aside and have some real substance for a change.

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Washoe County Republican Convention in Nevada

Posted by sierrascrapper on March 15, 2008

Today I participated in one of the most fascinating events.  I attended my county convention for the Republican Party.  If any of you have never attended your county convention before, you should make an effort to be there.  This is one of the most important ways to get your voice heard as a conservative.  If you don’t like the direction our party is heading, then you MUST become involved with your local party at the grassroots level.  We MUST take back the Republican Party and we MUST demand that our party listen to our views and know what we expect from our leaders. 

On January 19, 2008, Nevada held it’s first caucus and the expectation for turnout was in the 3% range.  The actual turnout was 8%, which actually made the entire caucus experience a little chaotic.  BUT…this process provided voters the opportunity to have their voices heard.  Today, I learned that at our previous county convention, there were less than 100 in attendance.  This year, there were 1100 in attendance.  That is an amazing number!  And…many of those people who participated this time around had never been involved in the political process before.  They now had the opportunity to speak their mind and tell our party what they wanted. 

I was one of those newly elected delegates who attended the county convention for the first time.  Before our county convention, I was invited to serve on the platform planning committee.  It was an honor to be a part of this committee and I felt that as a whole, our committee produced a platform document that was strong and represented my beliefs as a Republican.  I wasn’t able to participate quite as much as I would have liked in the planning process, but I still was able to represent many of the values that Congressman Duncan Hunter stood for.  Our final document was one that we all supported as a committee and one that we could stand strongly behind. 

 Today was quite the learning experience and it was fascinating to observe and participate in the voting process as a party.  To get that many people to come to agreement and pass a platform that is acceptable to them was a grueling experience.  But, it was one that was necessary and proved that our freedom is still alive and well.  What better way than for our community to come together and discuss the important issues and then come to agreement as a whole after all sides have been discussed.  I was proud to be there and I felt that I accomplished something as a citizen of the United States of America. 

So listen up conservatives!  We need to get out there and have a voice.  You MUST get involved with your party.  You MUST be that voice of conservatism.  Don’t let your party carry the banner of issues that you don’t support.  Get on your platform planning committee.  Be a part of the Credentials Committee for your convention.  Be a part of the Rules Committee for your convention.  These are important places to be and if you want to be heard, these are the places that you will have the most impact.  If you want to keep out the elitists and put in the ones that represent your beliefs, you must stand up and be heard.  You won’t be heard if you stay at home and don’t participate.  You must rally your neighbors.  Talk with registered Republicans in your precinct.  Tell them to get involved.  Inform them of the issues. 

The last couple months have been a little tough after Duncan Hunter dropped out of the Presidential race.  I felt confused and felt that there weren’t any other options.  The only reason I stayed involved with the party process was because of Duncan Hunter.  I asked him on the day that he made the announcement to withdraw what I could do or should do now that I didn’t have a candidate to support.  He told me that the best thing for me to do is to keep active in my party and support the candidate that most closely held his views and be a voice for him regarding how are party is made up.  That is what inspired me to get on the platform planning committee.  I knew what Congressman Hunter stood for and in order to carry on that message, I needed to participate in forming the values of our party in our county.  So…I am grateful to Congressman Hunter for the influence he had on me and for giving me a reason to continue to fight.  I had never been as involved in the political process until I got involved with Congressman Hunter’s campaign.  I was always a voter, and always an informed voter, but I had never done anything more than that.  Being a part of all of this has been a most wonderful experience and I don’t regret any of it.  I am so grateful that I live in a country where I can exercise my freedoms that so many brave men fought to uphold. 

I forgot to mention that I was also elected as a delegate to our State Convention.  I am sure that it will be even more interesting than our county convention being that Washoe County is mostly conservative and Clark County is mostly liberal.  I am looking forward to being involved in preserving our conservative values at our state convention.  It would be an honor to represent my state as a national delegate, however the prospects are fairly low on getting elected, as only 33 delegates will go to the National Convention.  Either way, I look forward to the opportunity and anxiously await being able to speak up for my values at our state’s convention next month. 

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What’s a Conservative to Do?

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 22, 2008

Op/Ed Piece written by Dennis McCarthy

I’m in a political state of mourning this week. I’m a conservative, and my presidential candidate of choice recently dropped out of the race. Now, with the options left, I may be forced to sit out the general election this November. There are no conservatives left in this presidential race.

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R – CA) never got any traction with the voters. He was unable to amass the war chest necessary for such a huge undertaking. He was, at first, stuck in the corner podium for debates; in fact, he and Tom ancredo called each other “the bookends”. Later on, he was shut out of the debates entirely. This made it impossible to continue his campaign, since his biggest obstacle was convincing folks he was still in the race.

Duncan Hunter was outmanned by other candidates who had paid political operatives and consultants. Here in Florida, his grassroots volunteer force was fewer than a thousand people, and most of those only came on board in the last few weeks, not enough time to make a significant impact.

I’m not a political animal, but after seeing him on a cable news talk show about this time last year talking about the success of his border fence, I got involved with the Hunter campaign. The time I spent was well worth it, though, because the man I spent that time on was worth it.

Duncan Hunter is a complete conservative. He’s strong on the border, of course, but he’s also been consistently strong on military defense. He’s been consistently pro-life, pro-faith and pro-family, and is a strong supporter of every American’s right to bear arms.  Other candidates’ resumes have some of these qualities; none of them have all.

Most crucial, and timely to this week’s world economic crisis, Duncan Hunter knows the importance of a solid manufacturing base to America’s economy. That’s why he planned on canceling our unfair trade deals with Communist China, who’s been cheating on trade, devaluing their own currency in order to weaken the US dollar, and sending America childrens’ toys dipped in lead paint. Duncan Hunter’s “mirror trade” policy – that is, subjecting America’s trade partners to the same taxes and tariffs they impose on us – was a plan for which no other candidate had a response.

As I pounded the streets for Duncan Hunter, people everywhere told me “Duncan’s a good man, and a great conservative. It’s a shame he doesn’t have a chance hell of winning”. And if he had a dollar for every time someone said that, the Hunter campaign would have had enough money to buy him a blimp.

In a conference call with volunteer leaders last Saturday night, Hunter stopped short of endorsing any other candidate, though he had some kind words for one, and some unkind words for a few others. Fred Thompson is the most conservative of the remaining candidates (if he’s still in the race at press time, that is), but his wife seems to want to be First Lady far more fervently than he wants to be President. Mike Huckabee shares Hunter’s conservative values.  However, Huck’s soft stance on illegal immigration and lack of any experience with military issues are two big reasons I may not be able to pull the level for him in November. Rudy? Mitt? McCain? No way.  Ron Paul? No, thanks.

I’m reminded of a scene from the movie “Nuts”, in which an accused murderer (Barbra Streisand) fires her high-priced lawyer and ends up with a pro bono legal aid attorney (Richard Dreyfuss). She asks him, “So, are you any good?” Dreyfus gives her a scathing look and sneers, “You HAD good. Now you’ve got me.”

That’s how I’m feeling right now. We had good. Now that the only complete conservative in the race is out of the race, we have far less of a choice.

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We Fought the Good Fight

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 19, 2008


MEDIA ALERT

 Congressman Duncan Hunter returns to San Diego tonight,

Saturday January 19, 2008
Media Opportunity at 8:00 PM (PST)
Broadway Pier at the end of Broadway St, San Diego
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 19, 2008
CONTACT:  Gary Becks  (619) 334-1655, garybecks@yahoo.com
San Diego, Calif. 
We started this campaign a year ago right here, in San Diego Harbor, against the backdrop of American Naval power.   We launched a campaign emphasizing a strong national defense, enforceable borders and restoring  the industrial base of America. 
Today we end this campaign.  The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2% of the vote for me.   I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it’s time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.
It’s time for me to gear up for 2008’s defense bill that will be put together over the coming weeks.  There is work to be done in the areas of troop protection and new capabilities to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And over the horizon, the emergence of Communist China as a military super power will require a new emphasis on U.S. capabilities in undersea warfare, space, and long range air-power. 
The best way to maintain a new era of peace is for the U.S. to remain strong.  Over the coming year I will endeavor to help craft a defense bill that meets the new security challenges.
Since our campaign began over 200,000 additional manufacturing jobs have been lost.  1.8 million jobs have left the U.S. for China.  This fracturing of the U.S. industrial base is a long term threat to America.  I hope that the remaining candidates will recognize it and address it.   As the senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, I will seek to address it.
Only hours ago a border patrolman was killed in the California Desert.  This tragedy emphasizes more than ever the compelling case for the completion of the border fence.   Since I wrote the bill that mandates 854 miles of double border fence only a few miles have been constructed.  Over the next year in Congress I will do everything in my power to get that fence built.  
Finally, for Lynn and me, the campaign over the last year has shown us this: America is a wonderful country.   Our people have great character and goodness, and the meeting of new friends has enriched our lives. 
The failure of our campaign to gain traction is mine and mine alone.  But we have driven the issues of national security, the border fence, the emergence of China and the need to reverse bad trade policy.   Because of that, this campaign has been very worthwhile, and for the Hunter family, a lot of fun. 
To our friends and supporters and volunteers: many thanks.  And now it’s time for me to focus on developing a 2008 defense bill that serves our troops and our nation.  
Thanks, and God Bless America.
Duncan Hunter

Gary Becks
Hunter for President
Media Relations
(619) 334-1655

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GodVoter.org Stands Up for Ousted Candidates in the Debates

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 10, 2008

NewsJanuary 8, 2008 – GodVoter.org Calls For ABC, Fox News Presidents Ouster

GodVoter.org calls on David Westin, President of ABC News and Roger Ailes, Chairman of Fox News to apologize to the nation’s voters for their networks’ attempts to influence the 2008 presidential race.

To justify its decision to exclude certain candidates from this weekend’s debate, ABC News stated that candidates like Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter and Dennis Kucinich failed to meet its criteria for participation, while Fox News cited the lack of room in its cramped debate venue.

Are we to believe that ABC News didn’t know exactly which candidates would be affected while crafting its criteria just days earlier? And how much more space would another candidate or two have cost Fox News, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp?

Limiting participation in presidential debates is warranted late in the race when voters are well acquainted with the candidates. This weekend’s debates took place on only the 5th and the 6th day of the election year. Many voters around the country still don’t even know some of the candidates’ names, let alone their records and platforms.

And the error of the exclusions was evident. For example, foreign policy neophytes like Obama and Romney, neither of whom have military experience, expounding on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the nuclear threat without Duncan Hunter, the former army ranger who is serving his 26th year on the House Armed Services Committee, was akin to college freshmen trying to impress during an oral exam without the professor.

Ever since Kennedy debated Nixon in black and white in 1960, television stations have been gaining and wielding influence over presidential races. But now, it has gone too far.

If Westin and Ailes, the former media consultant for Rudy Giuliani, refuse to apologize to the voters, as well as to the affected candidates, including Congressmen Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter and Dennis Kucinich, GodVoter.org calls on Disney and News Corp to replace them.

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FAUX News and SC GOP freeze Hunter out of Debate

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 10, 2008

From: Mike Dixon
Subject: SC Debate

I feel obligated to let you know that the SC Republican Party in conjunction with Fox News is not allowing Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter into the the South Carolina debate tomorrow night.

Bill O’Reilly said last week on his show that Duncan Hunter would be in the debate. The state party informed us today that he would not be allowed into the debate. The SC GOP blames Fox News. I personally believe that the state party could make it happen if they would.
Duncan Hunter is a qualified candidate who has shaped the debate in this presidential race for the Republican Nomination. Consider the facts:
  • from day one Hunter has campaigned to secure the border and fight illegal immigration. He wrote the Border Fence legistation that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. With the exception of Tancredo none of the other candidates started talking about this issue until the end of March 2007. Hunter was running television ads about this in December 2006.
  • from day one Hunter has campaigned against the unfair trade practices of China and pledged to negotiate fair trade deals. Only with in the past couple of weeks have any of the other candidates mentioned this. CONSIDER THE MANUFACTURING JOBS SOUTH CAROLINIANS HAVE LOST!
  • from day one Hunter has campaigned for a fair tax. He co-sponsored the fair tax legislation
  • from day one Hunter has campigned for a strong national defense, peace through strength. No one knows defense better than Duncan Hunter, the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.
I do not know of anything we can do to get Congressman Hunter into the SC Debate short of a lawsuit to stop the debate until Hunter is allowed into the debate. I suggest phone calls and e-mails to the state party and Fox News. Also, you can refuse to buy tickets to the debate and or debate events.
DUNCAN HUNTER’S CAMPAIGN PAID $25,000.00 AS A FILING FEE TO BE ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT. NOW THEY WILL NOT GIVE HIM THE TIME OF DAY!
Call the South Carolina Republican Party at 1-800-215-2344 or go to SCgop.com for contact information. Also, go to FoxNews.com to contact Fox News. I have sent an e-mail to Bill O’Reilly.
I ask that you stand with us as we continue to fight for what is right.
MIKE DIXON

SOUTH CAROLINA CO-CHAIRMAN

Realize this America, FOX News and the other mainstream media outlets are forcing you to be like SHEEP.  Don’t be blinded by what is happening here.  The MSM wants you to pick a liberal Republican.  They want a President who is a push-over who will lead our country close to how the Dems would do it.  Think about this, at each debate, Hunter has not been given his fair share of time.  The media has only focused on the LIBERAL candidates.  That is because they are afraid of Hunter and how he would turn our nation back in the right direction.  Hunter stands for all the conservative values that we uphold.  The media doesn’t want to accept the fact that Hunter is not a QUITTER and that he will fight to the very end.

I always hear complaints about the fact that Hunter doesn’t have name recognition.  Who do you think is responsible for that???  You can be sure that the MSM and the LIBERAL candidates are the ones banding together to keep out the MOST CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE running for President.  Republican voters are longing for another President like Reagan.   That candidate is DUNCAN HUNTER.  He became a Congressman as Reagan became President.   Hunter learned how to represent our nation from one of our most treasured leaders.

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The Race for the White House is WIDE OPEN

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 9, 2008

Duncan Hunter has not been expending heavy resources on targets of marginal value like IA and NH.  He’s only gone through the motions to take advantage of free media opportunities.  His priority has been defining the critical substantive issues that will shape the future of our Nation and very likely, western civilization.  At the same time he has been building his campaign organization for the critical Florida primary on 29 Jan and the Super Tuesday primaries which follow on 5 Feb. 
Get ready to welcome defectors from the fallen media-fabricated titans.  Beneath the surface of tonight’s media hype, the NH primary results provide more good news for Congressman Hunter, the true Reagan conservative in the Presidential race.  Since 1978, southern NH has undergone exponential development becoming a virtual suburb of Boston. Therefore, the NH results have shattered the media-fabricated conservative candidacy of the former Mass Governor who spent millions in IA and NH. Another big spender mortally wounded in NH is former Senator Fred Thompson. Those who were succumbing to the constant bombardment by media elites, especially by Fox, marketing the pseudo conservative candidates, now have grave doubts about their electability.  They will not realize that both candidates had very modest records of achievement in their limited time in public office. Well, watch them now take a second look at Duncan. 
Although Senator McCain is a great warrior and patriot with a good Defense record, he has totally failed to recognize that a strong economy is the critical foundation of a sound national security strategy. His past support of such schemes like NAFTA and horrendous attempts to grant amnesty to illegals was tantamount to an assault on America’s well paid middle class workers.  His support of so called “campaign finance reform” resulted in a defacto incumbents protection act at the expense of muzzling free expression.
Duncan Hunter has championed a strong military, border security, and protecting America’s workers and small businesses against unfair trade competition by opposing schemes like NAFTA, the North American Union and outsourcing to China.  He wisely recognizes that protecting jobs in U.S. defense, aircraft, ship repair, machine tools, textile, steel and titanium industries are essential for maintaining the wartime surge capacity of the U.S. industrial base.  Since 9-11-01, he has led the fight to secure our borders against terrorists and lawless elements.
For 15 years, major strategic mistakes have been made by Administrations of both political parties because they lacked substantial military and foreign policy experience.  This is not gained by a governor calling out the National Guard for state duty, or by a mayor responding to a highly localized terrorist attack, no matter how admirably.  Rather, it comes form mastering the economic, diplomatic, military and intergovernmental elements of our national power to shape sound security strategy and policy.  Congressman Hunter cannot only tactically, operationally and strategically employ our forces, but also balance those other elements of power with equally superior competency to restore America’s greatness.  Now Americans will wake up and realize that they don’t have to “settle.”

Since 1981, Congressman Duncan Hunter has served on the House Armed Services Committee, as Chairman from 2002-06, and currently as the Ranking Minority Member.  Hunter has championed a strong military, border security, and protecting America’s workers and small businesses against unfair trade competition by opposing schemes like NAFTA and the North American Union.  He understands that protecting jobs in U.S. defense, aircraft, ship repair, machine tools, textile, steel and titanium industries are essential for maintaining the surge capacity of the U.S. industrial base.  Since 9-11-01, Hunter has led the fight to secure our borders against transnational terrorists and lawless elements; and to release two unjustly convicted border guards, Ramos and Campion.
Hunter earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star in Vietnam and demands that the U.S. Government keep its promises to Veterans.  His efforts to provide tax relief for working families, protect Social Security, and promote strong family values earned him 100% ratings from Eagle Forum, the American Conservative Union, the Concerned Women of America, the Christian Coalition, and the Campaign for Working Families; a 92% from the American Conservative Union; and an A+ from the NRA.
Vote for Duncan Hunter, a true Reagan Republican in the Presidential primary on January 29th.  We don’t have to settle for a self-reinvented or media-fabricated one.

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DUNCAN HUNTER EARNS ENDORSEMENT FROM NEVADA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 7, 2008

On January 4, 5 and 6, 2008 the Nevada Republican Assembly held a Presidential Endorsing Convention in Reno, Nevada.  On Saturday they held a Presidential rally where each of the campaigns presented their candidate and the issues they stand for.  The organization also held a Straw Poll for those who attended the rally.  Congressman Hunter came in 3rd place in the straw poll behind Ron Paul and John McCain. 

 On Sunday, the NVRA met to vote on the candidate that their organization would endorse for President in 2008.  This organization has one of the largest concentrations of conservative Republicans in it’s membership.  They uphold the principles of supporting our constitution, limited government, love of God, state sovereignty, controlled spending, sanctity of life, parental rights, protection of private property, 2nd amendment rights, security of our borders, fair trade, educational excellence, and fair and equal taxation rights.

The NVRA held a series of votes to reach their choice for endorsement of Congressman Duncan Hunter for President in 2008.  Duncan Hunter had a clear lead throughout all 5 rounds of voting.  In order for the assembly to reach a final decision for the endorsement, the candidate had to have a 2/3 majority vote.  Duncan Hunter won that endorsement over Fred Thompson with more than the 2/3 required.  Hunter’s clear, consistent conservative message has resonated with residents in Nevada.

Michael Kressler, President of the NVRA along with members of the organization are proud to endorse Duncan Hunter for President in 2008.  Duncan Hunter has proven that he is a viable candidate and will represent the people who need a President that is honest and true and will facilitate change in the right direction for our nation.

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Open Letter to the Wyoming GOP – Time for another California Cowboy, Duncan Hunter

Posted by sierrascrapper on January 4, 2008

I found this entry on the News Which Cannot Lose Blog and I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to read the latest correspondence from Alexander J. Madison to America in 2008.

Alexander J. Madison – January 4, 2008

Dear Wyoming GOPers,

First, let me congratulate you for living in one of the most beautiful states in the Union. My home state of Washington gives Wyoming a run for the money, but unlike you, we have several million liberals that tend to pollute the scenery.

 

Iowa has spoken. And as usual, they have voted with their hearts, not their heads. They voted in Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney for the top two spots. Granted, both Mike and Mitt are currently unemployed and had much time to spend gladhanding the good folks in Iowa. However, what Iowegians did not do is bother to understand the records of the two gentlemen in question, and fell prey, once again, to a fellow who spins a good yarn, and one that ‘looks presidential’. After all, Iowa supported GHW Bush over an excellent conservative named Ronald Reagan.

 

While Mr. Huckabee is certainly a social conservative, he is what we in the west call a nanny-stater. He vows to support a nationwide ban on smoking in public places. Now please tell me what on God’s green earth makes him think the Federal Government has any authority to even contemplate such stupidity. While governor of Arkansas, the Huck instituted ARKids, a nice little socialized medicine program that would make Hillary blush. In addition to that, he promoted a policy to fight obesity, by banning so called ‘junk food’ from the schools and, worse, having the kids subjected to body fat tests. Top this nonsense off with his career long coddling of illegal aliens, going so far to call the conservatives in Arkansas who proposed to cut off benefits to illegals “racists and demagogues”, and his liberal record on taxes and what you end up with is a socially conservative democrat. I guess if you claim to be doing it for God or ‘for the children’, then you can bamboozle a fair number of voters.

 

Mr. Romney on the other hand, has a somewhat better fiscal record as Governor of Massachusetts than Huckabee had in Arkansas. However, he was a true liberal on far too many other issues. He was exceedingly helpful to the gay lobby in his state, and he presided over the only state in the country to institutionalize “gay marriage”. The Massachusetts schools now have the most gay agenda friendly curricula in the country, outside of San Francisco, thanks to Mitt. In addition, Romney’s record on the 2nd amendment – something few northeastern liberals even understand, much less support – is abysmal. He still stands by his decision to ban ‘assault weapons’, despite not knowing the difference between an assault rifle and a turnip. And he vowed not to “chip away” at Massachusetts’ onerous gun laws, and he didn’t. Mitt is trying to pass himself off as a conservative now; but with no military expertise or experience, a lifelong ‘pro-choice’ stance, purposely distancing himself from the Reagan era, and burdening his state with mandatory RomneyCare, there is no reason for conservatives to give this man a vote. Yes, he has flipped flopped on a number of positions, but that in itself reeks of opportunism, not character. After all, he is in his sixties, not a young man who understandably grew more conservative in his 30s and 40s.

 

Does all this mean that Wyoming should instead choose John “Amnesty” McCain, Rudy “sanctuary city” Giuliani or Fred “global warming” Thompson, instead of Huck or Mitt? The answer is emphatically NO.

 

Duncan Hunter is the man that all good conservatives should be supporting. And Wyoming has a chance to be the antidote to the foolishness that transpired in Iowa. Hunter has limited funds and a full time job, so he basically passed on Iowa and instead is targeting early primary states New Hampshire, Michigan, South Carolina, Nevada, and of course, the Cowboy State.

 

Why Hunter? Here are 8 very good reasons:

1. He is a true Reaganite. He lives and breathes ‘Peace through Strength’ and is dedicated to taming the federal leviathan. He is on record for wanting to gut the Department of Education, curtail the EPA and OSHA, eliminate the Department of Energy, the NEA and the NEH, in addition to freezing all non military spending. Hunter will also work to return the military to Reagan era prominence and beyond, including space based weaponry.

 

2. Hunter is the most conservative man in the race. Period. And it is not a conservatism born from a decision to run for President. It is his basic philosophy, and has been his entire adult life. He is rated lifetime at 92% by the American Conservative Union, 100% by the National Right to Life, and gets A’s from both the Gun Owners of America and the NRA.

 

3. Hunter is the ONLY one willing to go after communist China. Not only for their multi-faceted cheating on trade, which has ruptured our industrial manufacturing base, but for all the other malfeasance, including their incessant pirating of US software, their blatant industrial and military espionage, and their alarming military arsenal buildup. Hunter will also end the suicidal selling of our sophisticated dual use technologies to these communist adversaries.

 

4. Hunter is a tax cutter without equal in the race. Not only is Hunter’s voting record in Congress on tax cuts and tax increases nearly perfect, he also has sponsored and pushed for tax cuts, when the dems and RINOs were busy compromising. He is an original cosponsor of the Fair Tax, which would eliminate the IRS and replace the income tax with a sales tax. This would also tremendously boost the US manufacturing sector, as well as get rid of a poisonous bureaucracy that cost 10s of billions to operate.

 

5. Energy Independence is not some buzz phrase used by Hunter, like the others, to give lip service to environmentalists or to bemoan our “addiction to oil”. Rather, as in most every other category, Hunter views energy independence through the eyes of national security patriot. Hunter proposes increasing the use of coal and shale- including Wyoming’s, opening up the coastlines for more oil exploration and extraction, increasing Alaska’s production, erecting new nuclear power plants, as well as giving tax incentives for alternative and ‘clean’ energies. In other words, Hunter fully intends to follow through with energy independence, and won’t be intimidated by the greenies, like the rest of field.

 

6. When it comes to the southern border and illegal immigration, no one, not even Mr. Tancredo who recently departed the race, can hold a candle to Hunter’s efforts. Not only did he write the “Secure Fence Act” and build a border fence in his home county of San Diego, Hunter is the only one who will not compromise on amnesty for those already here. His position has always been that all illegals must return home, THEN get in the back of the line. And with 85 bills and amendments that Hunter has sponsored over his career dealing with this problem, rest assured he means every word of it today. Every other candidate is a flip flopper on this issue, at best, after dismal careers exacerbating or ignoring the problem.

 

7. Hunter is a military expert. Perhaps more so than anyone in Washington DC, including most of the folks in the Pentagon. Hunter was Reagan’s staunchest ally in rebuilding our military after the post Vietnam and Carter malaise. Reagan chose Hunter to lead the US delegation to European capitals to sell them on SDI (missile defense). And Reagan leaned on Hunter to help keep the communists at bay in Central America; and together they did just that. Hunter also interrupted his college career as a young man to volunteer for the jungles of Vietnam, as an Airborne Ranger. He has been on the Armed Services Committee for his entire congressional career, and led that group prior to the democrat takeover in 2006. Hunter is a hawk’s hawk and has an unmatched knowledge of weapon systems, tactics and needed troop levels. He is a former President of the American Security Council, the group that Reagan leaned on for many of his strategies. The islamists, Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela will not approve of Hunter’s forward leaning agenda, but Ronald Reagan sure would.

 

8. Hunter does not have a politically correct bone in his body. This does not mean he says outrageous things, like a Michael Savage, to garner attention. But he is unflappable in his stands that the military should not accept homosexuality. He has never flinched over Bush’s decision to keep Gitmo open and he will not go along with the anti-torture crowd for treating terrorists with kid gloves. He forced the Air Force to rescind a policy that prohibited chaplains from praying in Jesus’ name. He took on the ACLU to save the Mt. Soledad Cross War Memorial in San Diego. He does not give lip service to Kwaanza or Gay Pride festivals or the ‘holy’ month of Ramadan. Hunter also wants to restore the ability for children to be able to pray in public schools, one of Reagan’s pet issues.

 

What Duncan Hunter won’t do.

Hunter will not, like Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, move us closer to socialized medicine in this country. Hunter’s ideas are all market based and entail deregulation and cutting mandates to give the consumers better control of their medical expenses and insurance options.

 

Hunter will not, like Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, McCain, Romney, and Huckabee, do anything that will remotely lead to putting the United States of America in a sovereignty usurping treaty on global warming. Fred started the ball rolling in that direction with his sponsorship in 2002 of Title X Climate Change Strategy (S.Amdt 3232), that explicitly calls for a binding international treaty. And McCain and Huckabee have committed to introducing mandatory ‘cap and trade’ on CO2 emissions, all for a problem that does not even exist.

 

Hunter will not, like Rudy and McCain and Romney, allow ANY new gun control legislation to pass his desk. Unlike these clowns, Hunter understands that the 2nd Amendment is “absolute”.

Hunter will not, like Huckabee and McCain have proposed, shut down our Guantanamo Bay prison and end ‘waterboarding’ because of international and leftist pressure.

 

Hunter will not, like McCain and Thompson, trample on the first amendment for the sake of nebulous ‘campaign finance reform’.

 

Hunter will not, as the Bush administration has done, and echoed by most of the 2008 candidates, put pressure on Israel to give up one inch of land for “peace” with a Palestinian State.

 

Hunter will not, like Fred and Rudy and McCain and Romney, limit the fight against abortion to picking ‘constructionist’ judges in the hopes that Roe V. Wade may one day be overturned. Hunter will fight for the life of the unborn on all fronts, including his own legislation to give full Constitutional protections to the unborn, which would end abortion in this country once and for all.

 

Hunter will not, like all the others, allow the ridiculous stipulations that are in the WTO and NAFTA to continue trampling on our sovereignty. The WTO forced the US to rescind its tax rebates to US exporters, calling it an illegal subsidy. NAFTA is allowing unfettered, un-inspected Mexican truck traffic on US roads. Hunter will force renegotiations on both of these, and remove anything that usurps US sovereignty on trade.

Hunter will not, like all the others, continue to allow sensitive technologies to be transferred to communist China or any other adversary, despite the globalists’ demands.

 

Hunter will not, like all the others, continue to watch our manufacturing base slip away. Hunter is the only one to propose eliminating ALL taxes on US manufacturers and will enforce the law when it comes to US manufactured content in our defense systems.

 

Hunter will not, like Fred Thompson did in 1996, propose a juvenile crime bill that mandates rehabilitation over incarceration to the states. (S.1952, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1996)

 

Hunter will not, as Fred Thompson did in 2000, support Robert Byrd’s boneheaded attempt (S.Amdt 4115) to require that the United States GIVE china our clean energy technology to “assist China’s energy sector”.

Hunter will not, as John McCain has done, promote federal involvement in testing steroid use in athletes (S.718) or support Ted Kennedy in the fight to put the FDA in charge of tobacco regulation (S.2626), or try to force background checks for Gun shows (S.890).

 

Hunter will not, as Mitt Romney has done, force insurers to pay for abortion services.

 

Hunter will not, as Huckabee did in Arkansas in 2005, complain about the arrest and deportation of illegal aliens by ICE.

 

And Hunter will not, EVER, say something as asinine as Rudy Giuliani did to justify his NY City lawsuit against gun manufacturers, telling his radio audience that the manufacturers “knowingly overproduced guns, way beyond what is necessary for hunting and law enforcement”.

This weekend, my Wyoming friends, you have a chance to prove to the nation that a rock-ribbed, conservative Reaganite is still the preferred character we are looking for in a republican leader. Hunter is the only man standing that fits that bill. The rest are either extreme flip-floppers (Mitt), life long centrists (Fred – who supported liberal Howard Baker over the Gipper), mavericks with a big liberal streak (McCain), out and out liberals (Rudy), or a socially conservative nanny (Huckabee).

While it is true that McCain has serious national security experience to rival Hunter’s, he has neither the wisdom nor the temperament to make sound decisions. His teaming with Fred Thompson, John Kerry and Russ Feingold to kill the B2 bomber program, his foolish insistence that we close Gitmo, and his inexplicable dedication to open borders at the risk of our national security are all disqualifiers for the maverick.

Hunter, however, does not have a single weakness on the national security front. Nor will he ever kowtow to ‘world opinion’. And his overall conservatism on all issues, ranging from energy, to the federal bureaucracy, to industrial might, to the life of the unborn, to war and peace, is exactly what is needed by this country at this time of peril. The GOP is in danger of losing what is left of the Reagan Coalition. Let us work to re-stoke that fire that Reagan started with his speech, A Time for Choosing, so long ago.

It is time for another California Cowboy to ride into the oval office, and take on the enemies of our nation, both internal and external, and put the meaning back into conservatism.


Sincerely,

Alexander J. Madison

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Former Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) Endorses Duncan Hunter for President

Posted by sierrascrapper on December 20, 2007

The following is a letter written by former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith announcing his endorsement of Duncan Hunter for President 

December 20, 2007                 

Dear New Hampshire Friends:
After spending several weeks listening to all of the candidates, I have decided to support Congressman Duncan Hunter for President. I do not take this decision lightly. There are a lot of fine men running for this office and I know that many of you may have already made your choice.Your vote in the “First in the Nation Primary” is a very precious and personal right. Your decision will likely determine who will be the next leader of the free world. What an awesome responsibility! I only ask that you give serious consideration to the points that I make in this letter of endorsement for Congressman Hunter before you vote.
The Republican Party, but more importantly our nation, needs strong conservative and inspirational leadership as we continue to face the threats to our liberty  in the form  of immorality,  corruption,  terrorism, a mountain of debt, border insecurity, loss of jobs and attempts to weaken our national defense. Here is why Duncan Hunter is that leader!
I am sure that you are aware that I fought the battle for the conservative cause in New Hampshire for over 20 years. It was not an easy battle.Conservatives pay a heavy price for standing up for their principles. I can speak from personal experience on that. The Republican Party has  lost it’s majority in Congress because it  slowly and steadily has walked away from the “core values” that have made it a great party for the past 150 years in America. Remember Ronald Reagan? Liberals and moderates worked hard to defeat him in the New Hampshire primary in 1980 but he prevailed in spite of them! He will be remembered as one of our greatest Presidents because he stood on principle. but also because we conservatives in New Hampshire gave him the victory that propelled him to the White House! When President Reagan came into the oval office in the morning, he knew exactly where he wanted to take the country. He did not need an inbox full of directions, consultants, polls or focus groups to tell him what his core values were. There will never be another Ronald Reagan but fellow Californian Duncan Hunter can pick up the Reagan torch and light the way for  America to come back from the dangers we now face. Congressman Hunter is a moral man, an inspirational leader and a no nonsense conservative who will always put “principle above politics” in the image of  the late great New Hampshire patriot Meldrim Thomson.  
I had the enormous privilege to serve with Congressman Hunter for 18 years in Congress. He has been my personal friend for nearly 25 years. I can personally attest that he is a man of impeccable moral and family values, a great patriot and a leader.I have seen him fight even when others were prepared to give up. Congressman Hunter inspired me and many other young conseratives in the 1980s to continue the fight even when it was bleak. This has not been an easy campaign for Congressman Hunter. While he has been out on the campaign trail his son has been serving in Iraq and the Hunters  lost their entire home in the recent fires in Southern California. He has been largely ignored by the pollsters and the media. I urge the people of New Hampshire to send a message to the pollsters and the Washington media elite. The people elect a President not the pollsters! You have the opportunity to do for the nation what you did when you elected President Reagan in 1980 by sending Duncan Hunter out of New Hampshire with a big win and on to the White House in January of 2009! Can you imagine listening to CNN and all of the talking heads trying to explain how they were wrong  as Hunter claimed victory?  Wouldn’t that be worth the price of admission? You can make it happen with your vote in January!  Do not be intimidated by these spinmasters. You control the destiny of America and not them!
The American people need to take control of this country. We are a republic, not a democracy. We elect leaders to stand up for us as they make decisions. Duncan Hunter has proven that he can lead. He has been tested.  If given the chance  as President, he will inspire people, young and old, to rally to our nation in this time of need. Congressman Duncan Hunter for 25 years has stood up for the rights of the unborn, to balance the budget,  to cut the pork out of the spending bills, to strengthen our national defense by supporting our troops and providing them the weapons they need, to seal off our borders by building a fence along the US/Mexican  border and  to keep American jobs in America. He is a known entity. You do not have to guess about what he might do on these critical threats to our security.  Imagine President Duncan Hunter leading our nation and using the “bully pulpit” to lead on these issues! I am proud to support this great American patriot for President. If you really want to see change, then I urge you to vote for him. He is what American needs now more than ever !  Thank you! 
Senator Bob Smith
Tuftonboro, N.H. and Sarasota, Florida                                  

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