WE'LL GET THE PRESIDENT WE DESERVE
Try this. Ask fellow �conservatives� who our next president should be. After you hear the candidate�s name ask: �Why?�
Nine times out of ten, you�ll hear some mutterings like: �He�s really conservative� or �We need a Christian in the White House� or �He�s the best qualified.� Ask for some specifics and you�re likely to see eyes shift downward as the subject is changed.
The truth of the matter is, most people are woefully uninformed and are buying the lying of �front-runner� candidates and their media sock puppets.
Last weekend at a department store, I heard two sales women mention Ron Paul. I listened to the following comments as I poked through the sweater racks.
Woman #1: �He�s so creepy, I just kept taking that poll online �til it finally showed I was for someone else.�
Woman #2:� I know, he�s really a weirdo. It came up for Ron Paul for me, too, but I would never vote for him.�
For one moment, I questioned the wisdom of women�s suffrage.
Along with the media embargo on Congressman Ron Paul�s silver medal showing in the silver state as well as his unprecedented fund-raising, many Americans refuse to acknowledge the one, true constitutionalist in the GOP presidential race. Many folks twist themselves into pretzels trying to defend candidates who do not represent them at all on the major issues and whose track records should be cause for serious concern.
Take the recent New York Times Story which details the ruthlessness with which former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani dispensed with his those who dared to cross him.
Why was this information just now revealed? The time for this frightening expose� of the lengths �America�s Mayor� went to in destroying those who got in his way was when Rudy was riding high in the polls. It would have served to let people know just whom they were considering for leader of the free world. The gutlessness of the New York Times in sitting on this story speaks volumes about media�s complicity in covering up the crimes of the political �chosen�. Could it be the NYT was afraid of retribution should this man actually become president? Was it only when it became apparent he�d soon be dropping out of the race that they had the guts to expose him? You decide.
Add to this information the facts that Giuliani covered for a large pharmaceutical company while its billion dollar selling drug Oxycontin was ravaging lives all across America.
People who supported Rudy up till the bitter end, apparently weren�t aware of, or didn�t understand the gravity of his work with a foreign corporation, which is currently hell-bent on taking over vast portions of America�s countryside for use as a giant transcontinental toll road. The so-called �NAFTA Superhighway� is designed to make transporting foreign goods easier for Chinese and Mexican corporations. Mercifully, Giuliani is out of the running, but that doesn�t put us in the clear by any means.
Some voters will bemoan the problem of illegal immigration in one breath and in the next breath tell you they want former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to be president.
Obviously, these people have not done any homework on their candidate of choice or they would know Huckabee created a veritable sanctuary state in Arkansas. While governor, he courted a cheap, illegal workforce for corporate cronies at Tyson Foods and WalMart, thus lowering the pay scale for legal residents of that state who then found jobs harder than ever to come by.
At the same time, Huckabee provided taxpayer-funded office space to the Mexican government, pushed healthcare jackpots for illegals and likened the current population of illegal aliens to slaves brought here from Africa, all the while suggesting that those who had a problem with the onslaught might be �racist.�
Huckabee�s presidential �immigration reform� plan is to have those here illegally go back to their home countries for one day and then come back lickety- split all legal-like. The so-called �touch-back� program is nothing less than amnesty. This, Huckabee touts as �tough� immigration policy.
If your fellow �conservative� should tell you he�s a Mitt Romney supporter, again, ask him �why?� When he mutters that Mitt has what it takes to lead our country back to a more constitutional track ask him if he has any fondness for the provisions of the 2nd amendment. Chances are he will ask what amendment that is. You can then remind him (or her) that it is the gun one- up there near the top of the list.
Now would also be a good time to remind your fellow �conservative� that while he was governor of Massachusetts Romney presided over a state, which has among the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. When asked about those restrictions Romney said "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won�t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety."
Or maybe you�re hearing Romney is a real �family values� candidate. This would be a good time to mention Romney�s new found �family� values don�t exactly square up with some items on his �to-do� list while he was governor such as:
Folks who heard Romney speak during the Michigan primary heard him say �I'll work every day to change Washington and bring us back, because Michigan is personal to me.�
What Romney neglected to add was that unconstitutional �free-trade� agreements have choked the life out of manufacturing, and given unfair advantage to foreign corporations at the expense of our national economy. In a state beleaguered by a 7.4% unemployment rate, this is where the �free trade� rubber meets the road. At no time did Romney discuss working to end those trade agreements.
If the conversation turns to McCain as a viable candidate, again ask �Why?� They might point to McCain�s honesty during the Michigan primary when he said auto jobs weren�t coming back to the state. Sadly, McCain was right, but he didn�t mention that he has been the only GOP candidate to say the country needs to fight �global warming� by accepting higher fuel efficiency standards- surely the final nail in the Motor City�s coffin. Even Romney admits that would be a bad idea, calling a bill McCain supported to require vehicle manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency by 40 percent an �anvil� around the neck of a sinking industry.
Starting with the First-Amendment-busting McCain-Feingold �campaign finance� bill he championed, John McCain essentially muzzled advocacy groups like pro-life and pro-2nd amendment organizations, with legislation that shut down �issue ads� in the last days of political campaigns. McCain called Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell �agents of intolerance� comparing them to Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton.
Now you can segue into McCain�s votes on taxes. When you�re told the senator is �fiscally conservative� mention McCain voted against President Bush�s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
Maybe you�d like to throw in that McCain, the �conservative� was behind anti-gun legislation to restrict sales at gun shows at both federal and state levels. The pro- 2nd amendment group Gun Owners of America says:
Perhaps now would be a good time to add that McCain supported amnesty legislation.
Folks in Arizona and the rest of the country who are worried about the illegal influx don�t think he�s so �conservative� on the issue. Roy Beck, executive director of the anti-illegal immigration group NumbersUSA (www.numbersusa.com) had this to say after John McCain won the New Hampshire primary:
"I can tell you every single immigration activist and organization is terrified by the New Hampshire results.�
According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll none of the Republican candidates is viewed favorably by even half the Republican electorate. By contrast the D�s like their lineup just fine.
Seventy-six percent of Republicans asked said they might still change their minds on a candidate compared with 23 percent who say their decision is firm. Among Democrats, 59 percent said they could change their minds, and 40 percent said they�re firm on their decision.
These statistics are another indication of why so many life-long Republicans are registering dissatisfaction with their party. If they wanted liberal democrats to vote for they could choose Hillary or Obama or Edwards. Instead, holding their nose and voting for yet another R who has abandoned the core principles of the Grand Old Party is frankly, wearing thin.
This election year�s unparalleled voter dissatisfaction- especially among the Republicans can�t be ignored. With the release of the study showing the Bush administration lied over 900 times in justifying the Iraq war, it�s getting harder for the pro-war set to justify the bloodletting, much less ignore �Bomb, bomb Iran�-type statements from candidates like McCain.
Voters who have done their homework know that Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate in either �big box� party who is against the unconstitutional war in Iraq and against pre-emptive strikes against Iran.
Our Republic will surely not survive another election at the hands of an ill-informed electorate. That is why it is imperative we get the facts and put principles above party politics. Should the GOP deliver anyone besides Congressman Ron Paul, we must be ready to take the initiative and vote for a third party candidate.
American poet Paul Goodman summed it all up when he wrote; �The organization of American society is an interlocking system of�an electorate notoriously unenlightened, misled by a mass media notoriously phony�
Unenlightened and phony�a combination that will prove deadly for our future.
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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.
Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.
She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party (www.ballot-access.org) and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.
Huckabee created a veritable sanctuary state in Arkansas. While governor, he courted a cheap, illegal workforce for corporate cronies at Tyson Foods and WalMart