A Disappointing Result From The Tea Party Patriots

The Tea Party Patriots convention has just ended. In their presidential straw poll, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won 49% of the on-line vote, followed by 12% for Herman Cain and 9% for Sarah Palin. Among those in attendance at the convention, Cain had 22%, followed by Tim Pawlenty with 16%, Ron Paul 15%, Sarah Palin 10%, and Mitt Romney 6%. To explain how this happened just look at their mission statement and core values: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/mission.aspx There is no mention of foreign policy, defense or national security programs.
The Tea Party Patriots cheered Ron Paul yesterday when he denounced the U.S. missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the group is being vigorously promoted by “The American Conservative” magazine. The magazine also praises the extreme isolationism of radical liberals such as former Sen. George McGovern (D-SD).
They want McGovern’s 1972 slogan “Come Home America” to be the Tea Party motto. The Tea Party Patriots claim to be inspired by the founding fathers, but that was not reflected in the rhetoric of several convention speakers. They are praising the government which existed under the Articles of Confederation, before the Constitution existed. Bill Kaufmann of “The America Conservative” says our downfall began with the triumph of Hamilton and Madison.
Many so-called constitutional conservatives are against the constitution, and their foreign policy agenda has much in common with the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Why is Hollywood Ignoring the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Academy Awards were held earlier tonight, and another year has passed without a single great major movie about America’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The Hurt Locker” did win awards but it was panned by numerous veterans and did little to increase respect for the military. Continue reading

40% of U.S. Parents: Stop The Nonsense, Get Your Child Immunized

The most visible opponent of childhood immunization is celebrity Jenny McCarthy. She has written two books on the subject and told Oprah Winfrey vaccines are not safe. The response from the American Academy of Pediatrics was: "There's no valid scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism, but because of unfounded fears, the U.S. is suffering its biggest measles outbreak in a decade."

The relationship between autism and vaccines has been a major issue for the past 12 years. Actress Jenny McCarthy and politicians such as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have tragically convinced thousands of parents not get their children vaccinated. The link is completely untrue, and many of the leading people who perpetuated this myth were cruel profit seekers. The parents of over 5,000 autistic kids are now requesting compensation for vaccine injury. Of more importance, childhood diseases almost unknown in the U.S. have come back and children have needlessly died. Continue reading

The Government Shut Down: We Need Another Daniel Webster

This note was written in 1996. Ted Kennedy's brother John F. Kennedy devoted a chapter to Webster in "Profiles in Courage." JFK also chaired the committee which selected Webster as one of the five greatest Senators of all time. The other Senators were Henry Clay (KY), John C. Calhoun (SC), Robert LaFollette (WI) and Robert Taft (OH). Their portraits are on display in the Senate Reception Room.

The major issue on Capitol Hill this week is Friday’s expiration of the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. If the debt is not cut or the ceiling raised, the government would have to be shut down on March 4th. The situation is similar to the 1995 confrontation between President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich when the government was shut down twice. Continue reading

Ron Paul and the The Dangers of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Ron Paul and his anti-vaccine supporters are wrong. Vaccinations save millions of lives every year. People no longer die of cholera, smallpox, scarlet fever, and dozens of other diseases which were once endemic to the United States. Your child should be immunized. A very small number of people have had adverse reactions, but there is no reason to stop these programs. Continue reading

Ron Paul, Abortion and Morality

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and his libertarian supporters dominated the recent CPAC conference where he won the presidential straw poll for the second straight year in a row. Many of his backers claim to be conservative and right to life advocates. The Congressman makes the same claim, and has introduced his own “Sanctity of Life” bill, which is always mentioned when he is questioned about abortion.

Similar to many prominent liberals, the Congressman says he is personally opposed to abortion. They all say we should educate people rather than having restrictive laws. He compares abortion to alcohol, and says laws to restrict it were not effective.

In his recent video he says abortion laws will not work, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ctsja3awrD4#at=144

Ron Paul does say abortion should be illegal, but he does not want to do anything about it. He does not believe there should be any liability for seeking an abortion. Paul has never supported a federal right to life or basic human rights.

He always looks the other way when confronted with immorality. The Congressman says he is against abortion but has repeatedly stated that a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be invalid.

The Libertarian Party has always supported abortion. Their official position is “Government should be kept out of the matter of abortion.”

Congressman Paul is “pro-choice for states” on abortion. He believes individual states should be able to legalize abortion if they so choose. The Congressman does not believe pre-born babies have a God given right to their own lives which no individual state may ever violate.

He wants it to be legal to kill a child if the state agrees.  He will not acknowledge that human rights trump state’s rights. He is against any federal law protecting a right a life, and says it is not mentioned in the Constitution. In the same manner the Congressman is against the UN Human Rights Declaration. If there is genocide or ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia he believes it is none of our business.

If Nazi Germany has a holocaust of its own Jews, he believes it is no concern of ours. When Kuwait was wiped off the map by Saddam Hussein in 1990, he wanted no response. UN troops were present in Rwanda in 1994, but he did not want them to disarm the Hutus. They killed over 800,000 people in 100 days. Ron Paul always wants to do nothing when confronted by evil.

The Congressman always denounces Abraham Lincoln because of states rights. In 1860 the southern states said slavery was legal, and Ron Paul believes it was wrong to interfere with them. He believes the North should have left the South alone, and there should have been no Civil War. If slavery still existed in the South, he believes it would be a states rights issue, and the federal government should not act.

In 1960 these same states would not allow black children to go school with whites. Blacks could not eat in public restaurants and they were denied the right to vote. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was necessary but Ron Paul is the only Member of Congress who opposes it to this day.

Advancing The Cause of Freedom — George W. Bush’s Second Inaugural Address


January 20, 2005. Bush describes his freedom doctrine and calls for the overthrow of tyrannies and the establishment of democracies. He makes it clear that human rights should be a guiding principle of U.S. policy.

With protests now occurring in Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, the Bush Second Inaugural Address has never been more timely. President Bush said only liberty would “break the reign of hatred and resentment” which had led to 9/11. Bush kept his promise to advocate human rights and democratic reforms and his record is well documented in the Middle East WikiLeaks cables. Excerpts from Bush’s address appear below.

For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders.

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture.

Our goal is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people.

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well – a fire in the minds of men.

From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom?

We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom.

When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner “Freedom Now” – they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled.

America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.