Monday, December 31, 2007

Help Save The GOP !

Saving The GOP From Itself: Duncan Hunter
Guest editorial by Alexander J Madison, Images added by Red-

The world changed dramatically in 1980 on the day former California Governor Ronald Reagan trounced the hapless Jimmy Carter in the Presidential election. This was perhaps the Democratic Party's and the US media's worst nightmare ever. Not only did America reject the "malaise" of the Carter years, but they embraced a California 'cowboy' who believed that America's best days were yet to come. And Reagan's coattails provided the opportunity for a number of staunch conservatives to invade the halls of congress, among them, a 33 year old Vietnam combat veteran who would prove to be one of President Reagan's most fearless allies, Duncan Hunter.

To liberals, academics and the employees of ABC, CBS, NBC and the New York Times, America had finally settled into the role it was supposed to play with the election of Carter in 1976. That role was to be a humble, accommodating nation on the world stage, no better or worse or assertive than other nations. We had 'lost' the Vietnam War and it was time to lose our "inordinate fear of communism". After all, capitalism has many warts, and communism offered an equally 'valid' model on which to base a society, they lectured. Other countries' national interests were as important as ours. The United Nations was the way forward to forming a more peaceful and hopeful and sharing world. The fall of South Vietnam was no cause for alarm, rather Yankee imperialism was the biggest culprit on the world stage. The Cold War was mostly America's fault and besides, the USSR was here to stay, so America might as well accept that 'fact' and learn to coexist. The communist infiltration in Central America and Africa was in fact just poor peasants demanding justice, and if Cuba and the USSR were helping them, so be it; justice is justice, they told us. Eastern Europe had 'free' health care for its citizens, after all.

One would think that the minority party during this period, the Republicans, would have been united and working overtime to save this nation from its drift into 'former superpower' status. Instead, a large portion of the party had come to accept not only the inevitability of coexistence with the USSR, but the inevitability of socialism in our own domestic policies. Indeed, it was Richard Nixon who swelled the size of the Federal bureaucracy with his creation of the EPA, OSHA, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Nixon and Henry Kissinger were also the masterminds of the détente policy, a misguided attempt to appease the Soviets. His successor, Gerald Ford, continued the détente policy and continued the march towards Rockefeller republicanism, even going so far to name liberal Nelson Rockefeller as his Vice President. Ford's full throated support of the Equal Rights Amendment is all one needs to know about the direction of the GOP leadership in the 1970s.

Then the cowboy rode in. After two successful terms as California governor, Reagan nearly stole the GOP nomination four years earlier. Had he done so, perhaps the stain of the Carter Administration could have been avoided. Nevertheless, it was a 'new day' in America in November of 1980. There had not been such an optimistic, confident, visionary and conservative man elected president in many decades. Even powerful GOP opponents such as George Herbert Walker Bush (who labeled Reagan's economic plan "voodoo economics") and Howard Baker (who managed both Ford's and Bush's rival campaigns against the Gipper) came around to support this visionary, at least on the surface. But the nuts and bolts of Reagan's success was not due to GHWB, who was his mostly silent VP, or the moderate Baker, who served as Reagan's 2nd term Chief of Staff for 17 months. It came from Reagan's fellow true believers who went toe to toe each day with the liberals in power. Chief among them was Duncan Hunter.

Duncan Hunter has always understood the evils of communism. He was once quoted as saying the only place he wanted to see a communist "is on the end of my bayonet". Strong words, but illustrative of a man who understands evil when he see it, and was willing to do all he could to end that evil. Reagan recognized this, and in 1985, he gave young Congressman Hunter, a fellow Californian, the responsibility of leading a delegation to Europe to bring them on board with the vilified Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which Hunter had helped ramrod through the Congress. It worked. Even Jack Kemp, no foreign policy lightweight, credits Hunter and Henry Hyde for leading the way on SDI funding in the House. And Hunter has not relented since. He has staked out not only missile defenses as his territory, but our entire military and defense structure as areas of expertise. It was Hunter who was largely responsible for saving missile defense from certain death by neglect during the Clinton years, and his heroic efforts to do so put him at odds with the political appointees in the Pentagon. It was certainly not the first or last time that Hunter would lock horns with the Pentagon brass, and as has been the case each time, Hunter was right.

Obviously, Congressman Hunter shared Reagan's "we win, they lose" vision of communism and the absolute necessity of SDI. One could argue that most republicans did, since most voted Reagan's way. However, the 'go along to get along' GOP required strong-armed leadership, and Hunter stepped in to fill that void.

A perfect illustration of Hunter's leadership and vision on these matters occurred in 1987. President Reagan walked away from the summit in Reykjavik, Iceland without any agreements with Soviet Premier Gorbachev, a summit that had very high expectations worldwide. When the media found out it was Reagan's 'fault' – he refused to put SDI on the table – they went ballistic. The press in the US and around the globe heaped scornful article after scornful article on the President. The Democrats in congress were equally apoplectic, accusing Reagan of setting back US-Soviet relations by decades. The hysteria carried over into the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), of which Hunter was a member. Though nearly equal in numbers of Democrats and Republicans, a 13 member HASC subcommittee released a scathing assessment of the Reykjavik negotiations. "The result has been 'the appearance of confusion and frustration', a worried NATO alliance, and the retrospective possibility that 'the United States was `snookered' by a clever Soviet scheme' to gain unbalanced U.S. concessions or to fix the blame on Reagan for failure of the negotiations", reported the Chicago Sun Times. Les Aspin, Chairman of the committee, added that the summit meeting became "the textbook case on how the superpowers should NOT negotiate."

Also, according to the Sun Times, "One member of the 13-member panel, conservative Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), filed a sharply worded six-page dissent, calling the report 'unprofessional' and a 'celebration of form over substance' dominated by 'political sniping.'" In other words, Hunter knew what Reagan did in Iceland: He put the Soviet Union in a very tight corner. With hindsight, most everyone has since agreed that it was Gorbachev, not Reagan, who got snookered. The Berlin wall came crashing down 2 years later. But only Hunter, amongst the supposed hawks (democrat and republican) on the HASC, had the vision to see clearly what was happening at the time. Hunter went to the mat for Reagan when even his own party was in despair. And Hunter was right.

In addition to helping clear the way for Reagan's defense spending and USSR policies, the San Diego Congressman also supported Reagan's historic tax cuts, his efforts to undermine communism in Central and South America, his rough handling of the United Nations, the bombing of Libya (with some particularly harsh words for France), and the attempts to shrink the federal government. Hunter even defended Reagan, as well as Oliver North, during the Iran Contra scandal.

Some have painted Hunter as just a loyal foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. After all, it was Reagan's coattails that brought Hunter into the House. Loyalty is nice, but Reagan was the only visionary, and Hunter just a follower, so the logic goes. However, that perception is easily shattered. During the 1986 debates over the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), most politicians from both parties supported the idea of providing amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in exchange for 'tougher' enforcement of workplace rules and border security. Hunter, from the US-Mexico border district in California, knew better. Hunter argued that without a sealed border, the amnesty provisions would only lead to a flood of new illegal aliens waiting to catch the next amnesty wave. The bill passed and Reagan signed it, stating that "The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society." Sounds vaguely familiar, huh? Hunter rejected such arguments and time has shown Hunter to be correct. Reagan later regretted the amnesty bill and Hunter spent the next 20 years doing everything he could, trying to slow the stampede he predicted would come.

So it comes as no surprise that Duncan Hunter has been the loudest and sanest voice in Congress since the 1980s regarding illegal immigration. Not only did Hunter force the Clinton Administration to build the San Diego border fence, but he also has made numerous proposals to reverse the sovereignty usurping, boondoggle immigration policies of both GOP and democratic administrations. Some were successful, and others were stifled by members of his own party. Over the years, Hunter forced significant increases in the number of Border Patrol (BP) agents, earmarked money for more detention facilities, wrote legislation to strip away all benefits for illegal aliens and punish 'sanctuary cities', and in 2006, single-handedly penned the Secure Fence Act, a bill signed by President Bush to extend the San Diego double border fence through the smuggling corridors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In addition, Hunter has current legislation pending to force congressional oversight over the Executive Branch's attempts to establish a Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) with Mexico and Canada, a bill to free two BP agents who wounded an illegal alien narcotics smuggler, and amendments to stop all funding of the proposed NAFTA superhighway and to abort the program which will allow Mexican truckers unfettered access to American roads. Duncan Hunter is the visionary, and slowly but surely, the GOP is starting to follow. Even immigration milquetoasts like Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson are beginning to parrot some of Hunter's words, after spending careers sounding more like liberal democrats on the subject.

Other arguments made against Hunter concede that he has been a leader on National Security and illegal immigration issues, but that such accomplishments are not enough for a Presidential candidate. But a closer examination of Hunter's record, statements, and causes over his career reveal that it is he who has far greater presidential timber than his GOP rivals.

For example, in 1994, while Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney were singing the praises of the phony 'assault weapons ban' (AWB), in Rudy's case even lobbying on behalf of the Clinton Administration, Hunter was in the trenches fighting to kill it. He proposed the Hunter-Brewster crime bill as a pork-free and AWB free alternative to the omnibus Clinton directed bill. Hunter's version barely lost due to the 'moderates' in the party siding with Clinton, Rudy and Mitt. Many republicans supported the AWB, but Hunter had the vision to know that gun control was dead end street, not to mention ridiculously unconstitutional.

In 2000, after several years of annually renewing China on our country's Most Favored Nation trade partner list, the Clinton Administration decided to propose making that status permanent. Permanent Most Favored Nation status (also called Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR)) was supported by most of the Republicans in the House and the Senate. They largely kowtowed to the big business and China lobbies running through the halls of Congress. Duncan Hunter had been sounding the alarm bells about communist China for many years. He illustrated example after example of China's corruption, underhanded tactics, military buildup and its treatment of the United States as a foe. Yet the dollar signs carried the day, despite the overwhelming evidence of China's robust espionage in the US, saber rattling over Taiwan, and its abysmal treatment of political and religious 'dissidents'. The GOP leaders simply downplayed its military and technological gains and insisted that trade would open the dialog with the communists and foment reform. They largely sided with Clinton, and it became law. Cold water was quickly tossed on the notion of reform in 2001 with the downing of a US reconnaissance plane and the subsequent hostage situation.

In 2007, it is glaringly obvious that the China appeasers were dead wrong, and that Hunter was right. From the $233 billion trade surplus with the US in 2006, to the relentless pirating of US software and other intellectual property, to the purchase of cutting edge Soviet made weapons systems, to its arming of terrorists in Iraq, to its most recent wave of persecution of Christians, China has proven to be the unworthy and untrustworthy adversary that Hunter has claimed all along. Hunter's rivals for the GOP nomination, John McCain, Sam Brownback and Fred Thompson all ignored Hunter's warnings and signed on with the Clinton machine.

When it comes to the protection of US sovereignty, no one has been as stalwart as Duncan Hunter. Most of the GOP has followed the path of 'free trade', as delineated by organizations such as the Wall Street Journal and the CATO Institute. Congressman Hunter saw the problem with this notion many years ago. Prior to the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) morphing into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, GATT was a system of negotiations between countries, often led by the US, to reduce tariffs, fostering freer trade amongst member nations. Something Adam Smith (and Duncan Hunter) could generally agree with. Nations could and did opt out of GATT agreements when it went against their national interest, and later sign on when they felt it was in their interests. GATT was non binding, other than the pressure member nations brought to bear for 'violations'. The creation of the WTO changed the game. Now, negotiations and enforcement were handed over to a new supra-national entity. No longer did the US have the ability to lock horns directly with a trade partner over a particular issue. Instead, the mechanisms and personnel for trade disputes were handed over to the WTO bureaucracy. Aside from the absolute fact that international bureaucracies seldom favor the United State's position, making our entry into the WTO absurd on its face, the surrender of sovereignty over our international commerce is anathema to Duncan Hunter's view of our constitution.

The WTO rejected President Bush's 2001 corporate tax cuts for US exporters and forced the US government to rescind them, calling them an unfair subsidy! Hunter told Human Events in a 2006:

"We have the right in our nation's interest, to abandon WTO in whole or in part, just as any nation has a right to abandon its international agreements. I think it's intolerable to allow the world trading system to have voted in essentially a subsidy directed at one nation-the United States-a subsidy on their end and a tariff on American exports to those nations, to lock that in as being allowed under WTO, and to not allow us under our system of taxation to effect reciprocity."

Once again, the rest of the GOP is slowly catching on, that surrender of our national sovereignty to any world body is not only stupid, but unconstitutional. Whether it's called the UN, the International Criminal Court, or the WTO, Hunter asserts that America must retain its ultimate authority to make decisions regarding American interests. As Ronald Reagan stated, "We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies."

So now, fellow Republicans, it is another time for choosing. Shall we elect a man who has supported our losses in sovereignty to international bodies, or supported stripping away our constitutionally guaranteed First or Second Amendment rights, or turned a blind eye as our rival China gained unprecedented wealth and power at our expense, or just recently discovered that America really does need to halt the illegal alien stampede, or spent his career in the Rockefeller wing of the party only to blow the dust off of his Reagan 101 textbook for the election? Or shall we support the rarest of rarities, a man of vision, who intends to repeat Reagan's feat – of saving the GOP from itself, and saving America in the process?

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An Open Letter to the Iowa GOP


Open Letter to the Iowa GOP Choose Wisely, Choose Hunter

Guest Editorial

Alexander J. Madison - December 31, 2007

Dear Iowegians,

Every presidential election season, your state has the opportunity to help shape the election going forward. Unfortunately, too many times, you have selected a dud during the Iowa Caucuses. In 1976, you picked Gerald Ford, proponent of the ERA and abortion rights, over a very conservative Ronald Reagan. In 1980, you chose a very moderate Bush over Reagan. And twice you picked a milquetoast named Bob Dole. Granted, the choices are sometimes between dud and duddier, but this year is different. This year you have a chance to select a rock-ribbed conservative Reaganite to make up for not choosing the original Reaganite when you had the chance. The name is Duncan Hunter.

Congressman Duncan Hunter is a representative from California's 52nd legislative district. Mr. Hunter put his college career on hold to volunteer with the 173rd Airborne Rangers to fight the communists in Vietnam. (pictured above on left with fellow Rangers in Vietnam) Like Reagan, Hunter believes that war was not only very winnable, but was indeed a "noble cause". And the killing fields that followed our departure from that conflict are a bold testament to their vision over the head-in-the-sand lack of vision (which continues to this day) from the defeatist democrats and RINOs.

Duncan Hunter also entered office with Reagan in 1981, at the ripe old age of 32. He immediately was able to join the Armed Services Committee in Congress, where he has remained to this day, as former Chairmen, and current Ranking Republican. It was in large part due to Mr. Hunter's efforts, teaming with folks like Jack Kemp and Henry Hyde, that Reagan was able to ramrod our historic military buildup through Congress in the 80s, which revitalized every branch of our Armed Services. Jack Kemp even credits Hunter with being the go-to guy for strong-arming the very controversial 'Star Wars' Strategic Defense Initiative through the House. The results of that persistence and vision is paying off in spades, despite the howls of leftists worldwide, as we today have working missile defense systems either in field, or soon to be fielded; including laser based systems for which Reagan was mercilessly ridiculed by the ignorant 'academics' and the press. Hunter was and is perhaps the staunchest anti-communist to sit in Congress. He was the leader most responsible, aside from Reagan, for stemming the commie-creep in Central America during the 1980s, and his disdain for communism has never ebbed.

Duncan Hunter is the ONLY candidate that realizes what China is up to, both militarily with its rapid armament increases, and economically, with its long term strategy to undermine the United States' industrial base. Hunter is dead set against the 'one-way', idiotic trade deal we have with the Chinese, will put a quick end to further technology transfers to the communist nation, and will build up our own military to the point that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be nothing short of a quick suicide mission for communism. All the other candidates tip toe around the issue of China. Hunter plans to step on their throat.

When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, the 10th Amendment, lowering taxes, fighting the ACLU and political correctness, standing firm against the gay agenda, and sweeping out useless bureaucrats and bureaucracies from the federal government, Duncan Hunter is the only choice.

Unlike John McCain and Mitt Romney, Hunter won't find anything in the Constitution to justify supporting a ban on 'assault weapons' or 'cheap handguns'. Hunter has a perfect lifetime record with the NRA and the Gun Owners of America. Both Mitt and McCain are liberals in this arena.

Unlike Fred Thompson, Hunter won't have to lie about previous pro-choice sympathies. Unlike Fred, Hunter has a perfectly consistent record on the life of the unborn, and has sponsored legislation for many, many years to give full constitutional protection to the unborn – legislation that Fred does not support.

Unlike McCain and Thompson, Hunter certainly will not run roughshod over the 1st Amendment for the sake of 'campaign finance reform'. And Hunter will work to ditch the last vestiges of McCain-Feingold-Thompson, if the courts don't do it first.

Unlike Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, Hunter did not and does not buy into the global warming nonsense in any way, shape or form. The only guarantee we have of avoiding a binding, sovereignty usurping, international treaty on global warming is to place a President in power who does not believe the GW alarmism and does not believe in sovereignty usurping international treaties.

Unlike Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, Hunter does not have some convoluted explanation for why the socialized medicine experiments in Massachusetts (RomneyCare) and Arkansas (ARKids) are a good thing that deserves replication nationally. Indeed, Hunter wants to get government out of the way and reduce the regulations on health insurance by killing off mandates and regulations.

Unlike Mike Huckabee, Hunter will not be contemplating how to mandate and enforce a nationwide ban on smoking in public places, nor will he be scheming to introduce more arts and music and healthy snacks into the nation's public schools. The NEA, who apparently like Mr. Huckabee, despise Congressman Hunter – a genuine supporter of school choice.

Unlike Rudy Giuliani, Hunter does not have to pretend he is a conservative. A man who sued 26 firearms manufacturers to essentially put them out of business has no business seeking the office of the Presidency on the GOP ticket, unless gun control, abortion rights, gay 'rights', and eminent domain abuse are now part of the GOP platform.

Unlike Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, Hunter does not have to lie through his teeth when it comes to his record on illegal immigration. While it is hilarious to see these guys try to 'Out –Tancredo Tancredo' on the issue, only one guy truly does out-Tancredo the Colorado Congressman. While Duncan Hunter has sponsored or cosponsored 85 bills and amendments to stop illegal immigration in this country dead in its tracks, not one of these others lifted a finger during their careers, and range from bad to worse on the issue. While 'The Road to Des Moines' and last springs citizen revolt led these supposed conservatives to finally see the light – at least in rhetoric, Hunter has been fighting the RINOS and dems on this for 27 years. Hunter wrote the border fence bill (recently defanged by the RINOS), and Hunter is the ONLY one who has vowed to actively deport those currently squatting here illegally.

And finally, Duncan Hunter is the most experienced in warfare, defense systems, foreign policy and the security of our nation. If we are intent on defeating the islamists ASAP- without worrying about offending anyone, keeping terrorists out of our country, and rising to meet the future threats posed by the China-Russia-Iran-Venezuela axis, then we better elect a Reaganite this time around.

If not, we may have to put up with an idiot who thinks we need to close Gitmo and end waterboarding because the world disapproves (Huckabee, McCain), or someone who thinks we just need to be more humble and accommodating on the world stage (Huckabee), or someone who can't figure out that enriching China is a fools errand (Fred, Mitt, McCain), or someone who has no clue about our military needs and capabilities and would not know an IED from an IUD (Rudy, Huckabee, Mitt).

The choice is clearer than it has been since 1980. Don't let history pass you by again.

Most Sincerely,

Alexander J. Madison

As always, thanks for your support!

Hunter for President!



Sunday, December 30, 2007

Duncan Hunter Endorsed By The Patriot Post

Mark Alexander
From Patriot Post Vol. 08 No. 00; Published 1 January 2008 |

NOTE: A candidate’s Patriot Rating is based on analysis of many factors — their record, experience, capability, character, leadership qualifications and, of course, their ability to read and understand the plain language of our Constitution — and act accordingly. Many voters support candidates on the basis of one or two of the aforementioned qualifiers, which is to say, if your favorite candidate scored lower, it is likely because of qualifiers other than those on which you base your support.

Duncan Hunter (The Patriot Post has endorsed the candidacy of Duncan Hunter.

Read the Hunter endorsement) Patriot Rating: 6

(Hat tip to GrassRevolt for the story)

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Duncan Hunter Gets "EXCELLENT" Rating on Immigration

NumbersUSA, an immigration reform group, has issued an updated scorecard grading the Republican presidential candidates on their immigration record. Its president, Roy Beck, argues all candidates have a long way to go, especially in opposing amnesty for illegals.

"Overall these [candidates] are pretty disappointing.
Now that Rep. Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the race, only two candidates are left who have vigorous and thorough enough opposition to amnesty to warrant an 'excellent' rating," Mr. Beck explained.

Only two Republicans remain in the "excellent" category:
Duncan Hunter
and Fred Thompson.

"Ron Paul still gets a 'good' rating and could get an 'excellent' if he would make clear how he plans to handle the illegal aliens here if they don't get an amnesty," explained Mr. Beck.

"[Mitt] Romney and [Mike] Huckabee were earning themselves a 'good' rating just a couple of weeks ago. But both went on national TV and hemmed and hawed around amnesty questions, thoroughly confusing their message," stated Mr. Beck, who reduced both of them to "fair."

Over the course of the campaign, Mr. Romney has been criticized for twice employing a landscaper who used illegal immigrants as workers, and Mr. Huckabee has come under fire for supporting tuition aid for illegal immigrants.

Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are in the "bad" category, though Mr. McCain has improved from his previous ranking of "abysmal," where all the Democrat candidates reside.

While not endorsing any candidate, Mr. Beck contends the Democrats are "dancing around" the issue of amnesty, thus "putting themselves at a severe disadvantage to win the fall general election."

The scorecard also addressed other immigration-related issues, such as mandatory workplace verification, increased security at the border and ending sanctuary cities.


Duncan Hunter is the author of the Border Fence Act and is called "The Father of the Border Fence".
His initial construction of the double 15' tall fence which was built near San Diego CA stopped illegal immigration into San Diego by 90% and reduced crime by OVER 50%.
If elected, Hunter has promised to complete the 856 miles of BORDER FENCE in just 6 months.

Quote: "If you can get over my fence, we'll sign you up for the Olympics" - Duncan Hunter


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Seen Common Sense Lately?

Thanks to Russell at Totally Conservative Blog...
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth-records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the
worm; life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't
spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not
children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 -year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get
Parental consent to administer Car pool, sun lotion or a band-aid to a
student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became
contraband churches became businesses; and criminals received
better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman
failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a
little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, truth and trust; his
wife, discretion; his daughter responsibility; and his son, reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is
To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If
you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and
do nothing and kissing your happy aXX good by.

Today we have an opportunity to bring Common Sense back to life in this country.
It is time for us to rise up and take our country back by electing Duncan Hunter as President of the United States.

Today, it seems some have forgotten our beginnings. Instead of Americans with a shared vision, we have become a nation divided. We have become a nation of individuals and groups, each with a special interest vision, often without thought for what is best for the nation. We are, however, a nation that at one time had an immutable vision for all. Duncan Hunter is a man that has a vision for the nation, a vision that includes all men and it’s the same vision that our Founding Fathers held for this nation.

So, I say to you, as a Reagan Republican, I will vote for Duncan Hunter and work to put him in the White House 2008. Please take time to give Duncan Hunter another look, as I did. There is much work to be done. Time is short. Let’s begin - in earnest - and may God Bless our efforts.

I invite you to join the Duncan Hunter team for America at and help put him in the White House in 2008. I ask you to donate all you can for America and Freedom, donate to the candidacy of Duncan Hunter.

Russell M. Scott


MSNBC Considering Hunter vs Paul Roundtable?

Tin Foil vs Man of Steel
-red s tater
After apparently being shut out of the upcoming FOX NEWS Republican debate, Ron Paul supporters are urging MSNBC to host a two man round table debate between Libertarian Republican Ron Paul and true Republican Duncan Hunter who was also excluded from the debate scheduled for Jan 6th.

This is a fight that, if it happens, Ron Paul will lose. Duncan Hunter supporters already know the problems with Ron Paul... legalizing all drugs as the answer to the drug problem, pulling all US troops out of Iraq, S. Korea, Japan, Germany and everywhere else on the globe as the answer to foreign policy and defeating radical Islam, not securing the border as the answer to illegal immigration... the list goes on and on and on.
Here is a preview of what that debate might provide... Hunter vs Paul and Kucinich)
Bring it on!
Duncan Hunter would have a real opportunity to connect with any rational thinking true Republican conservatives that may tune in simply for the fight. Paul would only have the opportunity to show more voters why he can't be taken seriously.

Shame on FOX NEWS for excluding both men from the debate, they are depriving voters of the opportunity to discover why Libertarians are not Republicans and from discovering the candidate who has been called "The Republican wing of the Republican Party" and who is also the one candidate LEFTWING LIBERALS FEAR to their very core.

Bring it on MSNBC... bring it on.

Tin Foil vs Man of Steel, my money is on the real deal Duncan Hunter.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Vote In Red's Republican Primary Poll

Over in the right sidebar you will find who I consider to be the top three choices for red staters in the upcoming Presidential primary elections.

Please cast your vote with care and leave no hanging chads.
If "your guy" didn't make the final cut, sorry... there is a good reason. Besides, most of you seem to be willing to let the MSM pick your candidates anyway, so why not let me.
Feel free to "write-in" in the comments section if you feel you must.

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What Makes A Leader?

December 28, 2007
Hat tip to Russell at Totally Conservative blog
Hunter passionate about defense, trade and borders...

The Des Moines Register

What makes a leader?
This series examines this year’s presidential candidates through that prism.

Our leadership categories are adapted from standards developed by Fred Greenstein, a Princeton University scholar and author of “The Presidential Difference.”

Greenstein says the modern presidency is so powerful, voters should take careful stock of the strengths and weaknesses candidates might bring to the job — from their psychology, emotional maturity and vision to the way they process information, manage and communicate.

Using Greenstein’s work as a jumping-off point, we assess candidates in the following areas: political skills, communication skills, policy vision, decision-making style and management skills.


Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is making his first presidential bid, but he's no newcomer to politics. He has served 14 terms in Congress, elected in 1980 as part of the Republican landslide that brought President Reagan into office.

"I started this political career in a two-to-one Democrat district where they said Abraham Lincoln couldn't win as a Republican," he said. "I've been in 27 years, and I've never done well by contemplating defeat."

He's never forgotten Reagan's political success and is eager to invoke the late president's legacy.

"I came in with a guy named Ronald Reagan," he said to applause at a "values voter" conference in October.

Polls show Hunter in the low single digits in Iowa, so he is focusing on New Hampshire.

"I think Iowa is a two-man race," he said recently. "I think it's between ... Governor Huckabee and Governor Romney. And so I don't think there's daylight there."

A Vietnam veteran, Hunter, 59, grew up on a ranch outside Riverside, Calif., and dropped out of college to serve in the Army.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for conducting 24 helicopter assaults.

He farmed and then practiced law until he ran for the House. In redistricting, he was given a more reliably Republican district, where he has been re-elected by wide margins.

Hunter is retiring from Congress this year.
His son, a former Marine who served in Iraq (and Afghanistan), is running for his seat.


Hunter is not afraid to confront the brass or stick up for soldiers.

In a recent television appearance, he told how his son had called him on a satellite cell phone while in the middle of battle in Fallujah, Iraq, "with some unsavory words for all politicians in general."

Hunter said his son told him that U.S. forces had been sweeping through the city, but were ordered to stop. Hunter said he hung up and immediately called the Pentagon, which told him that further fighting would "tear the Sunni community apart."

"So they stopped," Hunter said. "But that was a great example, I think, of the United States making a political decision."

He issued strong criticism of President Bush when Bush failed to issue pardons for two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to prison for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.

Hunter says the challenges facing the nation require a leader who has traditional values as well as a commitment to protecting freedom and expanding it around the world.


He has argued that he's tough enough to stand up to China and demand better trade deals.
He also points to his advocacy for the U.S.-Mexico border fence, which he said has reduced the smuggling of people and narcotics in part of San Diego by 90 percent.

In his tenure as Armed Services Committee chairman, he set up a new subcommittee on emerging threats. Hunter also was a strong advocate for veterans and refused to hold hearings on the abuses reported at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.


Hunter has targeted conservatives who want to continue to mount a strong defense for the United States, toughen border security and gain better footing on trade.

In GOP debates and public appearances, he has zeroed in on those topics.

"Americans start a football game with a clean scoreboard. But China starts a game against our businesses with a 74-point advantage," Hunter said about trade, arguing for a more level playing field that would aid American workers.

Hunter says he's the only real conservative in the GOP presidential field, with his "major selling point" being his position on trade and opposition to illegal immigration.

"I built the border fence in San Diego and I wrote the law that extends it across the southwest United States," he said. "And I think that resonates with the American people."

In November, Hunter sent a letter to the chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America complaining about a movie called "Redacted," which he said "portrays American service personnel in Iraq as uncontrollable misfits and criminals."


Hunter isn't a one-issue candidate. He's focused on three issues, he says.

Tougher border control, stronger national defense and a more equitable trade policy sum up his message in his quest for the White House, Hunter says.

"You know, if you have got the issues, you don't have to spend as much money on image consultants and folks that are shaping a message," he said.

"I know what my message is.
So what I have to do is reach out and get the message to people."

Sources: USA Today, Almanac of American Politics, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, Washington Times, McClatchy Newspapers and news conference transcripts.

Power to the people.... right on.

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World Net Daily Endorses Duncan Hunter

Thanks to Russell,
For this...
World Net Daily
Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of World Net Daily and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is "Stop The Presses: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution." He also edits the online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.

"Therefore, today I make a new, personal endorsement for the Republican nomination – Duncan Hunter."

Duncan Hunter for president!
Posted: December 28, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Joseph Farah
© 2007

Duncan Hunter

Regular readers of my column know that I have enthusiastically supported Tom Tancredo for president.

In fact, two years ago, I personally asked Tancredo to run for president because I feared there would be no Republican candidate offering real solutions to America's crisis with illegal immigration and border security.

Tancredo answered the call. I always knew he was, at best, a reluctant and long-shot candidate. But he answered the bell.

Last week, Tancredo withdrew from the race and endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency.

This was a huge mistake by Tancredo. I'm sure he had his reasons. He said he wanted to find a top-tier candidate who was strongest on his pet issue. But, this is the primary season. In the primary season, Americans should pay little attention to the polls and select the very best candidate possible. Actual votes decide who is selected as the party nominees – not polls.

That's why I supported Tancredo in the first place. I didn't pay attention to the polls. I selected the man I thought would be the best candidate. I liked Tancredo so much, I published his terrific book, "In Mortal Danger," still one of the very best indictments of America's disastrous border and immigration policies.

I will certainly not follow Tancredo's lead in supporting Romney. Romney is a pretender to the throne. He launched his campaign for the Republican nomination by running contrary to virtually every major position and action he has previously taken in public life.

In other words, nothing he says today has any credibility. He cannot be believed.

Furthermore, Romney's stated position today on illegal aliens is essentially a pro-amnesty stance.

He says, for instance, he would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency in the U.S. after they go home for an undisclosed period of time. This sounds remarkably like the amnesty positions offered up in the debates earlier this year.

It's unacceptable – and Tom Tancredo, of all people, should recognize that.

Therefore, today I make a new, personal endorsement for the Republican nomination – Duncan Hunter.

I do so with no hesitancy. I do so with great enthusiasm.

In fact, I have previously made it clear just how much admiration and respect I have for Hunter.

He's my guy because on all the major issues facing this country, Hunter is right. And he is a proven leader who gets the job done.

Illegal immigration and border security: Duncan Hunter takes a backseat to no one on this issue – not even Tom Tancredo. He took the initiative long ago to protect the citizens of his own San Diego area by building a virtually impenetrable fence that has cut down human trafficking in the area by nearly 100 percent.

Threat of Islamo-fascism: Hunter recognizes the gravity of the war in which America finds itself, whether we like it or not. Hunter has a strong military background and would make an effective leader in a conflict that will not go away unless we destroy the enemy.

Our cultural meltdown: Hunter rejects the madness of political correctness and multiculturalism that is ripping America apart at the seams. He is a man of God who will stand for what is morally right no matter the consequences.

The economy: Duncan Hunter will fight the mindless globalization that is destroying jobs in America and transferring them abroad – bringing in return cheap goods that are often unsafe and little more than junk. He will also cut taxes and revamp the unfair and highly intrusive tax system – both of which will stimulate the American economy.

Matters of life and death: Hunter is steadfastly and consistently pro-life – at both ends of the life spectrum.
There is much more to say about his excellent record and his fearless championing of all that is good and decent about America.

The point is this:
We don't have to settle for less.
We don't have to settle for an imitation of the real thing.
We don't have to settle for someone who is right most of the time.

Duncan Hunter is the real deal.

Support him now – so we don't have to compromise later.

The "real deal", hmmm I like the sound of that, where have I heard Hunter called that before?
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

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A good friend over at the ACOC made this for me... Thanks a ton Russell !

Rush Limbaugh Blasts Huckabee Campaign Back

Huckabee campaign attacks Rush Limbaugh... Bad Move #437. Full audio from El Rushbo himself.

Part 2...

This guy's not the real deal folks, Oklahomans need to wake up to this fact.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New Poll Shows 'Undecided' Could Win It All

From a new poll published by the Tulsa World, you have probably already heard that Mike Huckabee is leading in Oklahoma with 29% of Republicans supporting him. What you haven't heard is that second place goes to "undecided" with 22%.

So I am talking to the 22% of Republicans who are "undecided" at this point for whom they will cast their vote in the primary.

I'm gonna give you the benefit of doubt and believe you are just too busy and fed up to care and it's not out of laziness or stupidity.

This may very well turn out to be the most important election in decades considering what is at stake so I'm going to help you out here. As Ronald Reagan himself once said... "trust but verify."

Take 10 minutes out of your busy life and do something good for our country. Compare your current choices to Duncan Hunter issue by issue. I have posted Hunter's positions here on most every issue, or has them all for you to review and compare voting records not campaign rhetoric.

Duncan Hunter best represents Oklahoma values and ideals.
I'm not going to list them again here now, that is for you to find and discover for yourself... it's better that way, considering that you will believe what you say.

The Daily Kos is claiming that all Oklahoma democrats have to do is select John Edwards and they are virtually guaranteed to win the white house next November based on this same poll.

So when you go to the polls to vote for our Republican candidate on Super Tuesday, remember this.
You can compromise your values and go with one of the fake conservative well known popular favorites or go with your gut and what is right. It's your choice Oklahoma, do you have the guts to make the choice or will you cave in to the pretenders?
Must Read for conservatives before deciding on a candidate... HERE.


Savage: General Petraeus Didn't Betray Us

I generally have a hard time listening to Michael Savage for more than a few minutes. He absolutely hates liberals, socialists and communists and he is so angry at Republicans for not fighting for conservative ideals that he ends up just sounding like he hates everybody.

He doesn't quite hate everybody I learned.
He certainly doesn't hate our military and he doesn't hate one of the Presidential candidates. Below is a Michael Savage interview that I find refreshing, honest and to the point even though I don't especially consider myself a big Savage fan. So don't bother telling me all the things you think Savage is wrong about... here is one thing he has gotten 100% right.

Back in September of this year (just 3 months ago) the left and the democrat party launched an attack on our military and General David Petraeus in hopes to bring about the defeat of the US armed forces fighting in Iraq for the purpose of pure politics.
They called him a liar, said he was manufacturing false evidence and claimed the war was lost while General Petraeus remained strong and committed to his report that has now been verified as 100% accurate. The surge did work, violence is amazingly low and AQI is almost completely defeated.
Who stood up for General Petraeus during those hearings?



Ann Coulter On Fake Conservative Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee seems to be leading the polls here in Oklahoma and yet he is NOT the real deal. Oklahomans need to look deeper into this candidate than just him being a neighbor and a Christian. Ask yourselves just WHY LIBERALS LOVE Mike Huckabee so much if he is all that conservative?

This piece by Ann Coulter lays it out perfectly...


Wed Dec 26, 6:50 PM ET

All I want for Christmas is for Christians to listen to what Mike Huckabee says, rather than what the media say about him. The mainstream media keep flogging Huckabee for being a Christian, apparently unaware that this "God" fellow is testing through the roof in focus groups.

Huckabee is a "compassionate conservative" only in the sense that calling him a conservative is being compassionate.

He responded to my column last week -- pointing out that he is on record supporting the Supreme Court's sodomy-is-a-constitutional-right decision -- by saying that he was relying on the word of a caller to his radio show and didn't know the details of the case. Ironically, that's how most people feel about sodomy: They support it until they hear the details.

First, I'd pay a lot of money to hear how a court opinion finding that sodomy is a constitutional right could be made to sound reasonable. But the caller had the right response when Huckabee asked him, "What's your favorite radio station?" So he seemed like a reliable source.

Second, Huckabee's statement that he agreed with the court's sodomy ruling was made one week after the decision. According to Nexis, in that one week, the sodomy decision had been the cover story on every newspaper in the country, including The New York Times. It was the talk of all the Sunday news programs. It had been denounced by every conservative and Christian group in America -- as well as other random groups of sane individuals having no conservative inclinations whatsoever.

The highest court in the land had found sodomy was a constitutional right! That sort of thing tends to make news. (I was going to say the sodomy ruling got publicity up the wazoo, but this is, after all, Christmas week.)

So this little stretch-marked cornpone is either lying, has a closed head injury, is a complete ignoramus -- or all of the above.

Huckabee opposes school choice, earning him the coveted endorsement of the National Education Association of New Hampshire, which is like the sheriff being endorsed by the local whorehouse.

He is, however, in favor of school choice for kids in Mexico: They have the choice of going to school there or here. Huckabee promoted giving in-state tuition in Arkansas to illegal immigrants from Mexico -- but not to U.S. citizens from Ohio. "I don't believe you punish the children," he said, "for the crime and sins of the parents."

Since when is not offering someone lavish taxpayer-funded benefits a form of punishment? That's almost as crazy as a governor pardoning a known sex offender so he can go out and rape and kill.

Huckabee claims he's against punishing children for the crimes of their fathers in the case of illegal immigrants. But in the case of slavery, he believes the children of the children's children should be routinely punished for the crimes of their fathers. Huckabee has said illegal immigration gives Americans a chance to make up for slavery. (I thought letting O.J. walk for murdering two people was payback for slavery.)

Just two years ago, Huckabee cheerfully announced to a meeting of the Hispanic advocacy group League of United Latin American Citizens that "Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority." Who's writing this guy's speeches -- Al Sharpton? (Actually, take out "Southern" and "white," and I agree with Huckabee's sentiment).

He said the transition from Arkansas' Southern traditions would "require extraordinary efforts on both sides of the border." But, curiously, most of the efforts Huckabee described would come entirely from this side of the border. Arkansas, he pledged, would celebrate diversity "in culture, in language and in population." He said America would have to "accommodate" those who come here.

All that he expected from those south of the border was that they have a desire to provide better opportunities for their families. Basically, we have to keep accommodating everyone but U.S. citizens.

For those of you keeping score at home, this puts Huckabee just a little to the left of Dennis Kucinich on illegal immigration and border control. The only difference is that Kucinich supports amnesty for aliens from south of the border and north of Saturn.

In a widely quoted remark, Huckabee denounced a Republican bill that would merely require proof of citizenship to vote and receive government benefits as "un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life," according to the Arkansas News Bureau. Now, where have I heard this sort of thing before? Hmmm ... wait, now I remember: It was during the Democratic debates!

In his current attempt to pretend to be against illegal immigration, Huckabee makes a meaningless joke about how the federal government should track illegals the way Federal Express tracks packages. (Can a Mexican fit in one of those little envelopes?)

In other words, Huckabee is going to address the problem of illegal immigration by making jokes. It's called leadership, folks.

Huckabee confirms for liberal TV hosts their image of conservatives as dorks by bragging about how cool he is because he "likes music." What's he doing -- running for president or filling out his Facebook profile? Arkansas former fatty loves to make jokes and play the bass guitar. Remember what happened to the last former fatboy from Arkansas trying to be "cool" by liking music? I'll take "Stained Dresses" for $400, Alex.

According to Huckabee, most people think conservatives don't like music. Who on earth says conservatives don't like music -- other than liberals and Mike Huckabee? This desperate need to be liked by liberals has never led to anything but calamity.

Huckabee wants to get kids involved in music at an early age because he believes it leads to a more balanced and developed brain. You know, as we saw with the Jackson family. Maybe someone should tell him the Osmonds are voting for Romney.

He supports a nationwide smoking ban anyplace where people work, constitutional protection for sodomy, big government, higher taxes and government benefits for illegal aliens. According to my calculations, that puts him about three earmarks away from being Nancy Pelosi.

Liberals take a perverse pleasure in touting Huckabee because they know he will give them everything they want -- big government and a Christian they can roll.


Top Tier Candidates Soft On Illegal Immigration

Only one man remains that will secure our borders AND win the war against Islamic radicals.
Your choice is clear Oklahoma and America, do you have the courage to make that choice?


Match The Candidate Calculator Dead-On

I'm not big on those political "match the candidate" calculator thingys, but my 21 year old son in Colorado sent this one to me along with a phone call telling me to take the quiz. My candidate usually isn't even listed on many of these things and when he is, the questions are skewed so badly that it's hard to make heads or tails out of it when you are done.

This one is from VA and ....well, are my results.

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Terry Anderson Endorses Duncan Hunter

Thanks to Grassrevolt from the

There has been no one more steady and true on the illegal immigration issue than Radio’s own Terry Anderson in Los Angeles.

Last night on his program he stated in his unmistakable fashion,
FIRST GUY!” and “The only one I would consider is Duncan Hunter!”

To candidates Romney and Huckabee, Terry had this thought about their ‘registration’ or ‘touch back’ schemes for illegal aliens. “Register them as they’re leaving the country so we know who to NEVER let back in!” and “Anything short of deportation is amnesty”

From the show, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 Does “Peace on earth, good will toward men” mean amnesty?

The Most Horriblest Clown of the Week… “Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney Double-talking moron wants invaders cut slack, be allowed to squat here.”

A Ron Paul supporter called Terry, admonishing him for not endorsing Paul. NO one knows this subject better than Terry. “Gary”, proclaimed Paul has done more to fight illegal immigration than anyone!!!!
Terry reminded him of the THREE amnesties Paul voted for to grant visa overstaying aliens ‘legalization’.
Terry didn’t get the chance to inform the caller that Hunter was legislating to correct the problem a decade before Paul ever thought of it or that Paul has never gotten one piece of his legislation into law and only this year addressed anything to deal with it.

Terry knows this subject unlike anyone else. He’s been all over the country fighting for us for the past 2 decades including testifying before congress. He took on the reconquista crowd in Los Angeles before the rest of knew it existed.

Terry knows we can’t afford to elect yet another flip flopping open border advocate. Be informed with your vote! As Anderson says, “If You Ain’t Mad, You Ain’t Payin’ Attention!”

Archives of the show will be posted on Terry’s website.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Iraqis Crowd Churches For Christmas

Thousands attended Christmas services across Iraq today, many for the first time... certainly since the war started. The next time one of your smart-mouthed liberal friends mentions the war (most of them are afraid to nowadays), point them to this article (link below). The US is now being seen as liberators not occupiers and the Iraqis are experiencing the freedom that America has given them.
Merry Christmas to all Iraqis, Merry Christmas to all our troops.
God Bless you all.
Iraqis Crowd Churches for Christmas

In other news, General David Petraeus says violence is down 60% overall in Iraq, a trend he intends to continue to develop through 2008.
What say you now, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and the rest?
Do you claim he still a liar or were you the liars just 2 short months ago... when you proclaimed the war is lost, the surge can't work and Petraeus couldn't be trusted.
Just curious...

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Hillary's Shopping With Your Credit Card

Merry Christmas from Hillary Clinton... look at all the shiny presents she has for us.
Isn't she just the greatest?

Hillary's Christmas gifts for Americans
Classic liberal thinking 101- They "Give" you something, charge you double for it and then call it a "gift".

And some of you apparently are ready to sign up and vote for 4 years of this kind of moonbat logic... God help us.

UPDATE: 12/26/07- Since blogger Stan Geiger seems to have a problem with my label below... I dedicate this song to you Stan.

-red stater


Monday, December 24, 2007

Roadside Campaign, Christmas Cheer