>I sometimes call myself a Republican. What I really am is a Tea Party conservative. I often ask myself why we are still in Afghanistan – after eight or ten years of “no contest.” No contest means to me we don’t have a chance to decisively win that war. It’s like killing ants one by one. It’s a war of 100,000 of us fighting 100 of them. We kill that 100 and another 100 pop up. Get real, Commander in Chief Barak Obama, you’re supposedly smarter than that. Get our boys out of there. There are far too many risks to life and limb to justify keeping our boys over there, getting them shot at, maimed by mines and enemy ambush, and killed. Then when they do get to come home there are no jobs, they can’t afford to pay the rent, a messed-up landlord kicks them out or the utility shuts off their gas and electricity. It’s a real problem.
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Any candidate for national office – including Senate and House – that wants more than two terms is a traitor to the interests of the United States. Ours is a broken congress, a lobbyist-infected system in which getting elected means keeping your side’s deep-pocketed donors and special interests happy. Two terms is enough. I stand by that statement because it is true and I’ll prove it to you now.
Yes, I know how Orin Hatch defeats his opponents like Greg Hawkins out in Utah. He argues his time in the Senate is a decided advantage – but it’s not. The founders wanted citizen legislators, not career men and women. Experience is nothing. Once a man is there longer than two terms he begins selling his soul to the devil, the progressive opposition; and he gets the big-spender bug on special interest projects to satisfy his donors..It’s inevitable. It happens every time. The only experience Orin Hatch has that Greg Hawkins did not have was back room dealing, making midnight agreements with Democrats, buddy-buddying with Ted Kennedy and others of his dubious list of cronies and lobbyists. All of this in the sacred name of UNITY – so that America can be united? No, it’s not united, and that’s the way it should be. United shuts off honest difference of opinion and leads to compromising values and principles. We can’t be united in politics and expect to succeed.
Utah has spoken. They didn’t like Bob Bennett accepting $108,000 in earmarks and they threw him out on his ear. Why haven’t they thrown Hatch out with him? Perhaps it’s because Hatch is too smart to take earmarks or do anything more stupid or nefarious than to spend his free time – not thinking of how he can solve this nation’s problems – writing country music. I suppose each of us need something to release the pressure. If he has that much tension, perhaps he would like a “free pass” to stay home permanently writing the tunes he loves.
I hated seeing John McCain sitting next to John Kerry in that last State of The Union Address. The Republicans sold their soul when they did that.
I don’t say this lightly. I believe two terms is all – and we should ask Congress – no, command them – to put up a term limit bill immediately. Yes, I know there are “more important things right now like private industry jobs – not those phony government jobs that bloat government – budgets, attacking deficit spending, and reducing the size of government. But what would reduce the size of government more than if the PEOPLE really had control. Build the power of the people and you’ll get good governance. It doesn’t work the other way around. You never want to build the power of elected officials by returning them to office time and time again. That’s an oxymoron, and it just doesn’t work.
Tell the Republican nominating committees across the nation to insist new Congressional Candidates swear to God that they will 1) not be in office for more than two terms and 2) work feverishly to pass a term limit amendment. And lets just see if Obama has the guts to veto the bill and again overrule the will of the people. Remember, the symbol of Republicanism is the elephant, and elephants have have long memories. Don White
Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White