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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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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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Northern Nevadans Listen to Duncan Hunter

Posted by sierrascrapper on December 31, 2007

After making a round of campaign stops in Northern Nevada after the Christmas holiday, Congressman Duncan Hunter found that Nevadans support his run for President.  Congressman Duncan Hunter attended a townhall meeting in Reno on December 27, 2007 where there were almost 50 in attendance.  All 3 of the local affiliate stations turned out to cover the meeting and interview Congressman Hunter.  There were two other local stations and the local newspaper there to cover the event.   Hunter spoke on the issues of unfair trade practices with China, the threat of terrorism in our country through our open borders and our rising problem with illegal immigration.  General Chuck Yeager also spoke at the townhall meeting and told his story about how he broke the sound barrier and how the creation of jets came about. 

The next evening, Congressman Hunter and General Yeager spoke to a standing room only crowd in Carson City, NV.  There were over 100 people in attendance.  Nevada’s First Lady Dawn Gibbons was there to meet him when he walked in the door and led a cheering section as he entered into the townhall meeting.  The crowd in Carson City were very receptive to his message and liked each of the points that Hunter discussed.  He spoke more in depth on the issues of education, the War on Terror, Iran, unfair trade with China and our economy.  General Yeager also told his story of his career in the Air Force and told them why he supported Duncan Hunter.  The people who showed up at this townhall meeting were so thrilled to support Duncan Hunter and they were anxious to spread the word about him to their friends.  They all left with at least one of the new CDs that the campaign has just released.  This CD is an excellent tool to spread the message about Duncan Hunter and it’s easy for folks to listen to it in their car on the way to work or wherever they are traveling.

During this trip Congressman Hunter and General Yeager toured the Nevada State Museum in Carson City and were able to see the Carson City Mint and see how the machine operated.   Congressman Hunter also visited a locally owned and operated outdoor outfitter called Mark Fore and Strike.  This business has been owned by 4 generations of the same family.  Congressman Hunter enjoyed meeting with the Stodtmeisters (owners) and appreciated their knowledgeable staff who helped him pick out a gift for the Yeagers. 

Congressman Hunter always has a straight-forward answer for any question that is put out.  At the Reno meeting, a local Hispanic activist named Gilbert Cortez who has led protests against ICE raids in our area asked Congressman Hunter how he is going to deal with the problem with illegal aliens in our nation.  Congressman Hunter told him straight up that they would have to go home and come back the right way and stand in line.  Many of the attendees thought that Mr. Cortez would start a major commotion, but Hunter was so clear and steadfast on his answer that Mr. Cortez didn’t have any further comment and it appeared that he actually agreed with Hunter on this issue.  Another voter in Carson City had a question for Congressman Hunter regarding the issue of abortion.  He wanted to know exactly how Congressman Hunter felt about abortion when it came to cases like rape or serious retardation.  Congressman Hunter stood true to his pro-life beliefs and told him that every fetus inside of a woman is considered a child of God and that they all deserve to have the same rights as humans.  The gentleman had no further response as he agreed with what Hunter had to say.  It was amazing to see Congressman Hunter stand up for his beliefs and not waiver.  It’s doubtful that other candidates would stand so strongly on this issue if confronted with it face to face.

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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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Q&A with Duncan Hunter in Sparks, NV

Posted by sierrascrapper on October 15, 2007

Question & Answer: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

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Question: You have been doing well in several states’ straw polls, but not registering highly in the national polls. What is the disconnect?

Answer: In Texas, there were 1,300 delegates, who had either been to the national convention or the state convention, and I beat the nearest guy, Fred Thompson, by better than 2-to-1. Now the Iowa straw poll, where you had to pay

$35 a vote, I announced early on I wasn’t going to pay a dime for anybody’s vote. If you wanted to vote for me, you’d have to pay it out of your own pocket. We weren’t even contenders in that. Romney won that straw poll big. I did win the Arizona straw poll in Maricopa County. The difference is I’ve started from a congressional seat in California without huge national name ID. This contest in running for the presidency is largely a function of name identification, at least early on. In straw polls, where you can speak to the delegates, you can acquaint them with your positions. We get a great result when people know what we stand for. It’s going to be a lot of hard work to get out there and let 200 million people know your positions and what you stand for.

Q: Fellow Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo recently said if he doesn’t finish in the top three in at least one of the early primaries, he will drop out of the race. Do you have any such benchmarks on your own candidacy?

A: No. I haven’t put any timetable in place. I’m going to go hard and give it 110 percent, and I don’t contemplate losing. I think you have to do that. I’m not sticking around in my (congressional) seat. I’m not going to keep my foot on the lily pad. Some of the other guys are still going to run for their congressional offices, so at some point they need to get back into the swing of things. I thought that would make me look tentative, like I didn’t really believe I had a chance of winning if I kept my hand in for the congressional seat as well.

Q: Why do you think you will appeal to voters in Northern Nevada?

A: I think we’ve got a lot of common ground with the folks in Nevada. I believe in a strong national defense. You’ve got a ton of veterans in Nevada. I served in the 173rd Airborne in 75th Army Rangers in Vietnam. My son is in the Marine Corps now and on his third tour. I’ve been chairman of the armed services committee, and I think I have lot of common ground with veterans, and you’ve got a lot of veterans here.

People in Nevada are very concerned about illegal immigration, and I’m the only guy running, Democrat or Republican, who has actually built a border fence. I built that double fence in San Diego, and it reduced the smuggling of people and drugs in our sector more than 90 percent and I wrote the law that takes it 854 miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. That’s the law the president signed last October. They’ve only built a few miles of double border fence that’s in my law. One of my pledges is that as president, I will complete the entire 854 miles of the border fence in six months.

Q: What do you do with the illegal immigrants that are already here?

A: I think you have to ask them to go home. I think if you don’t enforce the law, you basically give them amnesty. You’re going to end up with a third wave of 10 or 12 or 20 million people feeling that they will get amnesty if they come across. At some point you have to say you really mean it. We need to enforce the law. Once you have a border that is sealed, you can focus on internal enforcement. Right now, we’re like a boat with a big hole in it, and we’re bailing water furiously. You have to plug the hole in the boat. When you have a situation where people can be deported at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and be back by 6 o’clock, then you’re using all your energy and all your personnel to simply operate what is effectively a revolving door. So, you have to close the border.

Q: Do you support what the Bush administration is doing in Iraq and would you do anything diffidently?

A: My recommendation as president is to ensure that of the 131 Iraqi battalions that are now trained and equipped, all 131 of them have at least two or three months operational experience in combat. When they’re battle hardened, they can start to rotate into the battlefield and displace American heavy forces, Marines and Army, and our guys can come home or go to other places in central command. I think we’ll leave Iraq in victory. I think that government will hold.

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