Tuesday, February 12, 2008
or, Episode CCXLVII of "Where's the Fence?"
ecure the border, in Juan ShAmnesty MqQuarter-Centery-in-Qongress III (D-AZtlán)'s view, means talk about securing the border while doing nothing at all to secure the border. In the meantime our nation's border remains unsecured, but Señor Señior Señátor — who will be 72 years old on Election Day, or nearly the same age as Bob Dole was when he badly lost the 1996 election — remains secure in his cushy Senate job to do some more... talking. Then again, what else would you expect from someone who has never held any top executive-branch office, either federal or state or even local, but has been a long-time Washington Insider who's gotten nothing at all changed for the better?ike Huckabee
, on the other hand, has held a state's top executive-branch office for 10 years — that of Governor, the same office held by the last four candidates who were elected President of the United States from outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway. Someone who's actually gotten things changed for the better —
|I think that raising taxes at the federal level is probably the last thing on my agenda. Because the problem at the federal level is spending more than it is lack of revenue. But what I would do, even more importantly, is change the very tax structure, which I think would have more to do with just igniting the economy. I believe in getting rid of the current tax on productivity, whether it's productivity on work, wages... both on corporations and individuals. Also eliminate capital gains and tax on savings and dividends and inheritance. And we go to a consumption tax, completely.|
|– Governor Mike Huckabee |
who won for his state's citizens the first broad-based tax cuts in its history; who turned his state's $200 million deficit into an $850 million surplus; who cut his state's welfare role in half; who protected his state's institution of marriage from the reach of unelected social-engineering liberal judges (but I repeat myself); who protected the right of his state's citizens to keep and bear arms; who limited his state's awarding of punitive damages to $1 million in civil cases; who protected his state's gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits; who improved the national rank of his state's schools from 49th to 8th; who eliminated the marriage penalty and doubled the standard deduction and childcare tax credit for his state's citizens; who repealed all capital gains taxes on home sales for his state's citizens as well as lowered by a quarter their capital gains tax rate and expanded their homestead exemption; who established for his state's citizens tax-free medical care and college tuition savings accounts; and who won for his state's businesses and citizens a free trade agreement with our country's long-time ally South Korea (while Juan MqQain was voting in favor of "free" trade agreements with long-time adversaries China and Vietnam) — so much so, in fact, that even ultra-liberal Time
magazine had to concede Mike Huckabee was among the Top 5 Governors in the nation.
Governor Huckabee also signed the Numbers USA "No Amnesty" Pledge as well as immigration-reform hero Senator Jeff Session's "True Immigration Reform" Pledge. (25-Year-Member of Congress Juan Amnesties-R-Us MqQain III hasn't signed either of them.)
Governor Huckabee has signed the Americans for Tax Reform's pledge not to raise taxes, too, and has vowed to totally replace the hideous IRS with the universal-prebate Fair Tax. (25-Year-Member of Congress Juan Taxcuts-Rn't-Us MqQain III hasn't signed any such pledge or made any such vow).
So it should come as no surprise that Paul Weyrich, Moral Majority co-founder and former Mitt Romney supporter, has now endorsed Governor Mike Huckabee:
- I believe that the voters in this Republican nomination contest — here in Virginia and across the country — deserve a real choice. And Governor Huckabee is clearly the conservative alternative. He is the best choice, and he is my choice. So I am voting for him on Tuesday, here in Virginia.
I don't buy the idea that John McCain is a true conservative. Nor do I buy the idea that Mike Huckabee should get out of this contest. The people in the Potomac area — Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In addition, we have many important states coming up, including my home state of Wisconsin. Folks in all those states deserve a choice a real choice.
I had been a supporter of Mitt Romney, but now I am very glad that Governor Huckabee has decided to stay in the race. I appreciate that he is staying in, just as I appreciate that Governor Huckabee and Senator McCain are not going at each other's throats — a vigorous debate about important issues is the healthiest thing possible for the Republican Party.
Governor Huckabee has articulated some very clear differences with Senator McCain: on immigration, on McCain Feingold, and also on the McCain Lieberman global warming scheme. Mike Huckabee is much more solid on the social issues, including right to life. Yes, Senator McCain says that he has a right to life record, but he can't be supportive of embryonic stem cell research and have a clear right to life record, because the right to lifers, including me, want to protect all life, from conception of natural death.
Governor Huckabee is also good on marriage, insisting that it be limited to one man and one woman. Unfortunately, Senator McCain refused to vote for the marriage amendment.
These are important differences.
By voting for Governor Huckabee, people will be telling Senator McCain and the Republican Party establishment that they better accommodate these conservatives and their heartfelt beliefs, or else they the GOP will not be able to win the general election this November. Like Governor Huckabee, I have great respect for Senator McCain, but he and his Republican Party backers have to make sure that they accommodate the base of the Republican Party.
If they don't, Senator McCain may find that the conservative grassroots won't turn out to vote this November. I know my fellow conservatives. I have been active in the conservative movement since 1960. I was an early supporter of Barry Goldwater, and I was a delegate for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980. And so I remind all the Washington DC-oriented political strategists that outside-the-beltway conservatives don't have to vote for every candidate if they don't want to. They can stay home, or they can skip over some candidates. That is a very real possibility this year. I have had hundreds of people that have contacted me, telling me, "I can't vote for McCain." I hope that Senator McCain will accommodate those people, for the sake of the conservative movement, as well as the Republican Party. But to repeat: I am voting for Governor Huckabee.
The Republican Party must reach out to social conservatives, like me, and so Mike Huckabee is solid. But Mike Huckabee also appeals to working people. The Republican Party by and large ignores the concerns of these people, especially when they are hurting. Governor Huckabee is the only candidate who has consistently reached out, during this campaign, to those who are hurting. It's great for the GOP hierarchy to say that the fundamentals of the economy are sound. But it's even more important to concentrate on real people, and to look for sound conservative solutions. Mike Huckabee is one of them by his own background, and so naturally he listens to them. By voting for him, millions of ordinary Americans will make their voice heard, loud and clear.
I call upon all my fellow conservatives to get out and support Governor Huckabee. A big vote for him is the best way to send a message to Senator McCain and the Republican Establishment that this is an election, not a coronation.
Labels: immigration deform, Power to the people, President Huckabee, Sealing the fate of freedom's enemies, They Campaign We Decide '08, Where's the Fence?
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