Filed under: Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Politics | Tags: Crazy Uncle Paul, Election 2008, John McCain, Nanny Huckabee, Politics, Republicans, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani
…unless you’re counting Crazy Uncle Paul and Nanny Huckabee — which I don’t.
The best of all candidates for President of the United States, Rudy Giuliani, withdrew from the race yesterday, and endorsed John McCain. It’s certainly a disappointment, but not unexpected. It became clear after his name dropped out of the headlines, that putting all his eggs in the proverbial Floridian basket may not have been the wisest strategy.
But Rudy was still, in our estimation, the best man for the times.
He was right on all the most important issues facing us today. Iraq, Homeland Security, the War on Terror. He had the right prescription for health-care and the economy, and he was our very best hope, we think, to get conservative judges and justices appointed to the courts.
But there is something else, something important, that Rudy had which the rest of the Republican field lacks — a long record of taking on, and beating, Democrats and the liberal press to advance and implement conservative principles. “Consensus is the absence of leadership,” said Margaret Thatcher. I fear we are left with no leaders and only consensus-seekers.
And it is not just Democrat politicians and the liberal press that need to be taken on, there is liberal establishment in the CIA, Justice, and the State Department that are doing America great harm and are openly defiant of the Republican administrations they serve under. This is no minor problem. They are going to get Americans killed (if they haven’t already). Aggressive interrogation, Guantanamo, the Terrorist Surveillance Program, data mining… these are just some of the essential tools in keeping America safe that partisan liberal lifers in these departments have leaked and turned into scandals to Americans’ peril.
This was a problem even Bush and Cheney could not overcome, and someone has to clean house before these treasonous bureaucrats get us all killed. Rudy is the only man that I can see even taking on the problem, and he has the law and order record, and the occasional pit-bull temperament necessary to get it done.
I still hope he will be appointed Attorney General or Secretary of Homeland Security.
As for who to vote for now? Well, looks like I’ve got a lot of thinking left to do…
Filed under: Politics | Tags: Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Mainstream Media, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani
Harsh, and appropriate, criticism of CNN’s Republican YouTube debate shenannigans from the LA Times:
In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.
Selecting a president is, more than ever, a life and death business, and a news organization that consciously injects itself into the process, as CNN did by hosting Wednesday’s debate, incurs a special responsibility to conduct itself in a dispassionate and, most of all, disinterested fashion. When one considers CNN’s performance, however, the adjectives that leap to mind are corrupt and incompetent. [read more]
At last count, Michelle Malkin had SEVEN Democrat operative plants in the debate. But lest you worry CNN isn’t fair or balanced, the Democrat debate was also plagued by Democrat political plants.
The “mainstream” media has moved far beyond bias and well into blatant propaganda and advocacy. These truly are dark times in the news industry, and as such, dangerous times for the republic.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Politics, The Constitution | Tags: Homeland Security, Iran, Iraq, Ron Paul, Terrorism
I’m sorry, I have many libertarian leanings myself, but Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is just plain bonkers. If you need proof, look no further than last wednesday’s presidential debate where he made the following insane claims:
The Iraq War is illegal because congress didn’t declare war. Sorry crazy uncle Ron, but concerning the declaration of war, the Constitution says only this, from Article I, Section 8:
“The Congress shall have power…To declare war”
THAT’S IT! Period. That’s everything! Nowhere does the constitution prescribe the manner in which it must be done, it doesn’t require any specific language, it doesn’t say congress must state, “one, two, three, four, we declare a land war!” All the constitution says is that congress has the power to declare war.
And congress used that power when they issued not one but two authorizations for the Iraq war. Perfectly legal. Perfectly constitutional. Ron Paul is nuts.
The Iraq War violates international law. Absolute nonsense. And the easiest way to illustrate this is to ask the question, when did the Gulf War end? The obvious answer is that it never did. We have been at war with Saddam since he invaded Kuwaiit. We left him in power under a cease-fire agreement — every provision of which he violated. That alone makes the war to remove him 100% legal.
We invaded a sovereign nation. More poppycock. See above. Iraq was a defeated nation in a war that it started. They were subject to the conditions of the cease fire, their ability to trade was restricted, and their own airspace controlled by the international community. Hardly conditions one attributes to a sovereign nation.
We should pull out of Iraq immediately and completely. Not even the Democrat candidates propose as much, because even they recognize that would lead to complete disaster, genocide and war would engulf the entire region. Apparently Ron Paul sees nothing wrong with the idea of al Qaeda or Iran taking possession of the worlds second largest oil deposits. All reasonable people do.
I have no doubt that Ron Paul is completely sincere and has America’s best interests at heart — which is more than I can say for Democrats — but his most sincere and passionate beliefs are also his most irrational and demonstrably untrue, and that makes him both nuts, and a danger to himself and others.
Filed under: Politics | Tags: Election 2008, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani
The Iowa straw poll has concluded and the results are:
- Mitt Romney 31.5%
- Mike Huckabee 18.1%
- Sam Brownback 15.3%
- Tom Tancredo 13.7%
- Ron Paul 9.1%
- Tommy Thompson 7.3%
- Fred Thompson
- Rudy Giuliani
- Duncan Hunter
- John McCain
- John Cox
I will say that I haven’t been following the races very closely—I deeply resent that this election season started before the last one had even finished. I think most Americans do. We don’t want perpetual campaigning. But I digress.
Here’s the skinny as I see it.
Romney was expected to win and he did. I should hope so, he spent millions, whereas no one else spent more than a few hundred thousand. So I guess he has “momentum” now. At least that’s the theory. I think in reality he has to get some “big wins” under his belt to even remain viable.
Other than that, the good news is that Tommy Thompson will now quit the race, as will, hopefully, Sam Brownback, who spent a significant amount of time and money in Iowa, and who should have done much better—he comes from next door in Kansas for crying out loud. Duncan Hunter may leave the race now as well, as was inevitable. A shame though, I liked what I saw.
The bad news is that Ron Paul will stick around. Who the hell is supporting this man? I mean, I’m very much in favor of limited government, but he thinks the war in Iraq is illegal! He’s nuttier than squirrel poo! He needs to go!
McCain’s campaign is beyond dead. Rigamortis set in long ago, and now the corpse is begininng to rot. He is spot-on on the war, and for that I thank him, but he’s so very wrong on almost everything else.
And just as a final testament to the need to weed this field down I leave you with this question…who the hell is John Cox???