Is it a good thing that Boehner is resigning?

When Republicans suffered devastating losses in the House, Senate and Executive in 2008, the Republican party freaked the hell out. They did not even have the power to over rule Obama’s health care legislation that was passed by reconciliation. If the Republican party took more losses in the senate in 2010, Democrats would have had an open slate to do whatever they wanted. As it was, the wins in the House in 2010, stopped Obama’s liberal tax and spend agenda in it’s tracks. He was then relegated to a decadent campaign against gun rights, attacking free speech, attacking traditional marriage, and engaing in race bating beer summits.

The 2008 election then gave rise to the Tea Party. At the time, status quo DC Republicans welcomed Tea party support. With the Tea party’s help, Republicans took back the House in 2010. Then in 2012, status quo Republicans then turned on the Tea Party and resorted back to their traditional special interest backed behavior. .  John Boehner sought to isolate the Tea party or more appropriately conservatives. In lieu of fighting for conservative values, Boehner insinuated that the Tea Party was extremists. On many occasions, he backed down on budgetary issues. As a consequence, the national debt grew from $9.9 trillion to just shy of $20 trillion in just 6 years under Obama.

While Boehner gave very little thought to forcing budget cuts, he did hold Obama’s feet to the perpetual war fire as far as Afghanistan is concerned. Eventhough Americans were sick of Iraq, Republican leadership did not put their foot down and seek to amend the Iraq  troop withdrawal and “status of forces agreement.” Attacking Iraq was a mistake in the first place, but abandoning Iraq after displacing Saddam Hussein was stupid foreign policy. Two wrongs do not make a right. Moreover, how on earth is Afghanistan more important than the Middle east? So, not only did John Boehner fold on Iraq, he supported a troop surge in Afghanistan? This in essence has created another opening for perpetual war in Iraq. The failures in Iraq almost seem like a staged event.  Under Boehner’s leadership Congress allowed an inept president to turn his back on a decade of blood and treasure in Iraq. Boehner kotowed for political expedience and allowed our soldier’s sacrifice to go to waste.

The Boehner era is over and it is a good thing. I find it quite a catch 22, that under Boehner leadership, the national debt exploded and when it approaches $20 trillion on his watch, he invites the Pope and then resigns. Inviting the Pope to speak in front of Congress about immigration plays to the Jeb Bush act of love scenario. It was Boehner’s parting shot in support of the Bush/Rove illegal immigrant ass kissing program. You see Bush and Rove understand that in order for war mongering Republicans to win and enable more wars of choice, they must have the Hispanic vote.  They will barter our sovereignty for power and the ability wage useless war. Both Boehner and McCarthy are closet illegal immigrant ass kissers and will do anything that will benefit their donor list.

Since Desert Storm, Boehner supported inept foreign policy. Republicans pushed the war envelope just like LBJ and Vietnam. As long as the 67 year old baby boomer wasn’t rioting in the streets, they exacted their perpetual war agenda.  War mongering special interest Republicans squeezed the war turnip for all it was worth. So, after spending trillions, Boehner does unto others and then splits, leaving our children with the bill. Of course he will get a lobbyist job and seek to bend the will of Congress to the will of the military industrial complex.

In the final analysis, Boehner’s tenure as  Speaker was basically the greatest war sell job in US history. call it what you will.  He did however, keep Obama from spending more money.  Boehner can take credit for making Obama’s yearly budgets look  a little better. In fact, the House passed timely budgets while Obama almost never did. At this juncture, it is time for special interest backed Congressman and senators to be voted out of office.  If our economy is to survive, we must reduce the Federal leviathan at every level. Rand Paul will do this.

Now we have to contend with Kevin McCarthy, the Yoda of special interest.Here he is smiling like some sort of power hungry piece of crap….

Meanwhile, Obama’s monetary policy has made it look like the national debt is manageable, and Congress turns a blind eye to deficits and national debt. Good riddance Boehner…

Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy, the three Iraq stooges

As a C-141B flight engineer in the Air Force Reserves, I performed several Southern and Northern watch missions during the 1990s. As part of Southern watch, the USAF staged fighters in Saudi Arabia. As part of the Northern watch contingent, the USAF conducted operations out of Turkey. These two operations were extremely effective in controlling Saddam Hussein. Under the Clinton administration, and his foreign relations policy, the Middle east was stable, the Federal budget was balanced, and America’s military spending was appropriate. Who cares about a cum stained blue dress?

Many in Saudi Arabia loathed the idea of infidels in Mecca. In 1996, the Khobar Towers were blown up by Saudis. Two weeks before, I had crew rested there during a mission. In 2001, 18 Saudi terrorists hijacked 2 passenger aircraft and ran them into the Twin Towers because the USAF was in Mecca. By 2003, all fighter activity would be removed from Saudi Arabia.  Of course Bush, Cheney and Wolfowitz had other designs for the symbol of 911.

The US first retaliated against Afghanistan and within a few short months overthrew the Taliban. In reality, Afghanistan could have been simply bombed into submission and then promised $100 million in foreign aid  a year to keep terrorists out of Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden was able to stay in Afghanistan because he gave the poverty stricken Taliban between $1 million and $3 million a year.  So, instead of leaving Afghanistan alone, it turned into a $trillion dollar nation building fiasco that has lasted close to a decade and a half.

With the fall of the Taliban taking only a few months, Bush, Cheney and Wolfowitz turned their attention to Iraq. George Bush had stated that he had political credit after 911 and he was going to spend it on “The crusades”. He promised no nation building in 1999 but then did the complete opposite. In fact, he and a Republican  controlled Congress absconded $2.5 trillion in Social Security surplus and spent it on Marshal plans for Muslims 10,000 miles away.

Anyways, during the entire Iraq war and Afghanistan war and nation building event, Bush could rely on Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy.  They were his JV team when it came to whipping up support for the $6 trillion war agenda. Even when Obama took office, Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy continued to support a massive troop build up in Afghanistan. When the USA pulls out of Afghanistan, and stops funding the Afghan army, it collapses. The sad reality is that Afghanistan’s GDP simply cannot support a very large military. In addition, the poppy farm drug lords of Afghanistan have way more money. In fact, because of America meddling in Afghanistan, poppy   production has increase by 900%. As far as a trading partnership with Afghanistan, who will buy from an America that is 10,000 miles away when China shares a border?

In the final analysis, because of the efforts of Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy along with a bought off special interest backed Republican congress, $6 trillion in war costs will be slipped to the coming generations. The Middle east is in turmoil and the world faces the largest refugee crisis since WWII. Moreover, the national debt has ballooned close to $15 trillion during the the Bush and Obama era. Now, America is facing a $20 trillion dollar national debt. Boehner should cry about that.

If we look at just Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, it is easy to deduce that the national debt grew more under his leadership than any other Speaker in history. Because McCarthy is simply a Boehner war mongering protege, nothing will change under his leadership, if he were voted into the speaker-ship.  Kevin McCarthy is the ugliest face of special interest in the Congress. The Tea Party already rid Congress of Eric Cantor. It is time to shit can McCarthy too. Where is Greg Walden?

Summing it up, the only thing that Boehner accomplished during his time in the Congress was over $15 trillion in national debt, 25,000 packs of cigarettes, 7500 bottles of booze, and $6 trillion in war related costs. In the scheme of things, he and his clown friends pulled off the greatest military industrial complex sales job in America’s history and gave the bill to our children..call it what it is and that is what the meaning of is is.

 

 

Rand Paul better marksman than Lindsey Graham

Brodheads settled New Hampshire in 1800. John Brodhead  is credited for bring Methodism to New Hampshire. He also held the same seat in Congress as Franklin Pierce. John Brodhead’s  children were cousins to Franklin Pierce. John Brodhead was married to Marry Dodge. I am not certain how they are cousins.

My father was born in Laconia. His father was named Andrew Jackson. His grandfather was named after Stephen Douglas and Andrew Jackson. My great grand father was also named after Andrew Jackson. My German Grand father was a senator in the Weimar Republic.

Lindsey Graham is a lousy shot and had everything handed to him on a platter.  He is a war mongering clown that will commit the lives of our sons and daughters to battlefields 10,000 miles away.

Dr. Rand Paul on the other hand worked hard to become a doctor and ran his own business. He is the most rational and reasonable republican in the race for president.

 

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Rand Paul has stated that the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution were written with the blood of patriots.

After supporting the “Guns of Ticonderoga” atop Dorchester Heights at the Siege of Boston, Captain Luke Brodhead of the 1st American rifle regiment, headed for New York. At the Battle of Long Island he would be musket-ed, captured and spend several months on a British prison ship on the Hudson. He would then be exchanged for a Wellington.

His brother Daniel Brodhead and his Pennsylvania riflemen would fight the British at Jamaica pass on Long Island. Daniel along with only 50 Pennsylvanians would deliver several musket volleys and cannonade  the rear guard of the massive British force.  They would then retreat to the Brooklyn heights. There, he and his Pennsylvania riflemen would tend the encampment fires and defend Washington’s retreat across the East river. Daniel and his riflemen along with George Washington would be on the last boats to escape to Manhattan. On the Manhattan side, he and his troops under the command of Thomas Mifflin would again tend the encampment fires as Washington’s troops withdrew to Fort Washington. Thomas Mifflin is an original signer of the Constitution.

Later, Daniel Brodhead would be part of the Washington’s beaten army as it escaped to Pennsylvania. This event was coined by Thomas Paine in his book “The American Crisis” as “The time that tried men’s souls.”

If the Declaration Independence was written with the blood of patriots, a great amount of ink came from the “Maryland 400.” These patriots stood toe to toe with Cornwallis’s troops. In fact, approximately 250 Marylanders fought 2000 British troops, so hundreds if not thousands of George Washington’s troops could escape to Brooklyn heights and not be flanked into catastrophe.

Today, we have presidential candidates that only support the status quo of big government, perpetual war,nation building, deficit spending, and absconding our “Bill of Rights.” At this point in time, the only Statesman that is defending the flank of our freedom, liberty and rights are  Rand Paul and his Patriot 400. All the rest of the candidates have broke and ran for the safety of the heights ,and have abandoned the cause of liberty.  They are allowing the federal leviathan to flank this great nation and undermine everything it stands for.

In the scheme of things, Jeb Bush should be labeled a traitor for his support of mass surveillance. His brother should be tared and feathered for his support of the so-called Patriot Act or absconding the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The Bush’s should be ran out on a rail for perpetual war, atrocious spending, and leaving our country on the verge of bankruptcy. Americans did not fight for the Bush doctrine as it relates to the taking of our rights or interfering with sovereign nations across the globe. As Paul patriots, we must deliver a volley after volley into the Bush neocon ass kissing baggage train until they have nothing left.

Today, we Rand Paul supporters along with Rand Paul are the only folks speaking truth. We are the only patriots that are defending everything that Americans have fought for. If we want to stay in the fight, we must raise funds. We must raise an army. We must help Rand Paul. Paul’s ride is just as important as Paul Revere’s, especially during these times of rampant debt, inept monetary policy and inept foreign policy.

Brodheads were part of the 1st Continental Congress. We were the first to rise against tyranny. A small amount of this blood of patriots was provided by us. We trust Rand Paul and you should too.  Will you show your pride as a Paul patriot by buying a tee shirt and hat?  Please give to his campaign. Please…

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Who will Rick Perry and Scott Walker endorse for president?

By the time Rick Perry and Scott Walker quit the presidential race, each were garnering 1 percent of Republicans polled. So, 2 out of 100 Republicans were supporting the two governors. Odds are that Perry and Walker will endorse Jeb Bush. Perry specifically wants a cabinet job and he is a staunch Bush ally. In fact, Rick Perry’s position of a third Iraq war (Iraq War III) is a direct play for Bush style neocon consideration. In addition, Rick Perry will probably run again in 2020.

Should both Walker and Perry come out for Bush, the population will see it as a staged event. They will simply be labeled supporting actors in Jeb Bush’s $100 million special interest theater.

At this juncture, Donald Trump is losing ground to Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson has established a trend of idiocy from drone striking immigrants on the border to attacking religious beliefs etc.   While Jeb Bush is serenading illegals in their native tongue, Trump wants to herd them into soccer stadiums.  So, the 2016 election is starting to look like a staged event or simply political stupidity.

The only candidates that do not look like idiots are Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina.

Of course there are four or five or is it six other governors in the race . When each of these governors drop out, they will support a governor. So, as long as Jeb Bush maintains his brother’s special interest Iraq payback donor list, he will get endorsements from several staged governors.

In the end, should Jeb Bush get the nomination, Americans will simply vote for somebody else. In fact, most Americans would not piss on Jeb Bush’s face if it was on fire. In reality, Americans are being herded like cattle to vote for one of two candidates. We are being herded like sheep to support either Bush or Clinton. This is our choice.

Because the Bush 43 presidency was such an inept special interest administration, people will be insulted when they have to vote for another Bush. When given the choice of either Hillary Clinton or a Bush, Many Republicans will simply not show up to vote…

So, Scott Walker will talk with his buddy Reince and be told what to say and who to endorse. Of course that will be Jeb Bush, because special interest funds all the victory centers. It is all a scam. eat shit jeb….

Many republican candidates save Rand Paul are basically funded by a group of special interest donors. They fight to be the poster boys for special interest. The presidential election is basically an inconvenience for special interest that must be managed in their favor. It is not about the people, it is about special interest. Scott walker may have to keep this in mind. But then again, Scott walker is a political narcissist and is now considering 2020 and how he can inherit the Bush war profiteering donor list.

The United States must take Syrian refugees

On August 27th 1664, Capatain Daniel Brodhead, the second in command of the “Nichols expedition”, disembarked Man-O-Wars along with 500 British troops and took New Amsterdam. One could say, we Brodheads, as British Imperialist bastards, planted the seeds for all things bad in America. After all, It was the British imperialists that brought us every manner of social stratification to include slavery etc.

While I was attending Louisiana Technical University, after a hitch in the Air Force. I had to wash dishes to pay for living expenses and tuition.   Many of the folks I worked with were either precious older black women or  international students. Many of these international students were Iranians from well to do families associated with the Shaw of Iran. They were stuck here when the Shaw was deposed. A few of the folks I came to know and like were Syrians.

As a former aviator in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, I have logged 1600 sorties and 5000 block to block flying hours. In my travels across the globe,  I have found one truth or constant. This constant is that all peoples of the world, for the most part’ want to live in peace, love their families and want to raise them in a free and positive society. This includes Iranians, Syrians, and everybody else.

The Bush and Obama doctrines have destabilized the entire Middle east. The Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis was caused by both Bush and Obama ineptitude. It is our responsibility, therefore, to allow Syrians to come to America as refugees if they choose to do so. Not all Syrians are Muslim extremists. Many are simply law abiding Christians etc. Should our Republican candidates for president choose to not support Syrian refugee relocation after Bush and Obama messed up the Middle east, they should be labeled as insensitive idiots that are unfit for the presidency.

This country is not run by racist rednecks. It is supposed to be run by leaders that understand humanitarian obligations, especially when we caused it.

 

Americans can trust Rand Paul

Rand Paul has stated that the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution were written with the blood of patriots.

After supporting the “Guns of Ticonderoga” atop Dorchester Heights at the Siege of Boston, Captain Luke Brodhead of the 1st American rifle regiment, headed for New York. At the Battle of Long Island he would be musket-ed, captured and spend several months on a British prison ship on the Hudson. He would then be exchanged for a Wellington.

His brother Daniel Brodhead and his Pennsylvania riflemen would fight the British at Jamaica pass on Long Island. Daniel along with only 50 Pennsylvanians would deliver several musket volleys and cannonade  the rear guard of the massive British force.  They would then retreat to the Brooklyn heights. There, he and his Pennsylvania riflemen would tend the encampment fires and defend Washington’s retreat across the East river. Daniel and his riflemen along with George Washington would be on the last boats to escape to Manhattan. On the Manhattan side, he and his troops under the command of Thomas Mifflin would again tend the encampment fires as Washington’s troops withdrew to Fort Washington. Thomas Mifflin is an original signer of the Constitution.

Later, Daniel Brodhead would be part of the Washington’s beaten army as it escaped to Pennsylvania. This event was coined by Thomas Paine in his book “The American Crisis” as “The time that tried men’s souls.”

If the Declaration Independence was written with the blood of patriots, a great amount of ink came from the “Maryland 400.” These patriots stood toe to toe with Cornwallis’s troops. In fact, approximately 250 Marylanders fought 2000 British troops, so hundreds if not thousands of George Washington’s troops could escape to Brooklyn heights and not be flanked into catastrophe.

Today, we have presidential candidates that only support the status quo of big government, perpetual war,nation building, deficit spending, and absconding our “Bill of Rights.” At this point in time, the only Statesman that is defending the flank of our freedom, liberty and rights are  Rand Paul and his Patriot 400. All the rest of the candidates have broke and ran for the safety of the heights ,and have abandoned the cause of liberty.  They are allowing the federal leviathan to flank this great nation and undermine everything it stands for.

In the scheme of things, Jeb Bush should be labeled a traitor for his support of mass surveillance. His brother should be tared and feathered for his support of the so-called Patriot Act or absconding the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The Bush’s should be ran out on a rail for perpetual war, atrocious spending, and leaving our country on the verge of bankruptcy. Americans did not fight for the Bush doctrine as it relates to the taking of our rights or interfering with sovereign nations across the globe. As Paul patriots, we must deliver a volley after volley into the Bush neocon ass kissing baggage train until they have nothing left.

Today, we Rand Paul supporters along with Rand Paul are the only folks speaking truth. We are the only patriots that are defending everything that Americans have fought for. If we want to stay in the fight, we must raise funds. We must raise an army. We must help Rand Paul. Paul’s ride is just as important as Paul Revere’s, especially during these times of rampant debt, inept monetary policy and inept foreign policy.

Brodheads were part of the 1st Continental Congress. We were the first to rise against tyranny. A small amount of this blood of patriots was provided by us. We trust Rand Paul and you should too.  Will you show your pride as a Paul patriot by buying a tee shirt and hat?  Please give to his campaign. Please…

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Rand Paul most rational Republican at Reagan debate

As an Air Force dependent, former C-141 flight engineer in the Air Force Reserves , and active duty Air Force in the Strategic Air Command, I lived our national interest since Vietnam. With 1600 sorties and 5000 block to block flying hours, I have been to pretty much every military base on the planet. I also served 18 months during the Iraq war hauling wounded to Germany and Andrews AFB. I  saw the smoke from the twin towers at 7am on 912 from 35,000 feet and 100 miles while on a C-141 support mission and hauling rescue dogs.

My experience comes from worldwide travel and employment of our national interest over several decades. Then again, you could listen to a so-called foreign relations expert who never traveled the world and regurgitates someone else’s  neocon ass kissing dogma.  I saw first hand how our military sought to expand influence when the Berlin wall fell and the Soviet union collapsed. During the Clinton administration, this trend was not pronounced. Then, George Bush directed America’s 911 outrage at deposing Saddam Hussein, as well as, attempting to influence countries in the “soft under belly” of the former Soviet Union. Just as Hitler and Napoleon created untenable supply lines, George Bush would seek to expand military and political supply lines even further, and at the cost of billions. In the final analysis, the effort was basically a useless endeavor. It would not be the Russian winter that crushed the the Bush doctrine. It would collapse under it’s own untenable stupidity and cost.

The “Bush Doctrine” will end up costing America $4 to$6 trillion. This is revenue that could have been used to update our military, nuclear triad and aviation assets to current technology several times over.  This is revenue that could have created every manner of alternative energy infrastructure and jobs. It could have been used to for Social Security COLAs or the energy and transportation grid. As it is, we spent it on ungrateful Muslims 10,000 miles away.

Except for Syria’s meddling with Israel, the “The Cold war construct” of the Middle east benefited the world. Bashar Assad kept radical Islam in check in Syria. Saddam Hussein kept radical Islam in check in Iraq and was also a breastworks against Iranian aggression.  Muammar Gaddafi kept radical Muslims in check in Libya.  Anwar Sadat’s  successor Hosni Mubarak kept Egypt stable. Jordan became a peaceful ally of the West under  Abdullah II bin al-Hussein. In the scheme of things, the balance of power in the Middle east was maintained and radical Islam was controlled.

Of course, the Kurds have always been denied an avenue for nation state status by Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Iraq. They are the largest ethnic group that has not evolved into a nation state. In fact, Turkey for instance has been engaged in exterminating Kurdish enclaves for decades. Hence, arming the Kurds to the teeth to flight ISIL is not in Turkey’s national interest. Then again, the Turks do not want to fight for the re-establishment of Sykes-Picot either. Of course, the US does not want to offend a NATO ally that allows us to maintain a military base and helps in the war on terror.  A Catch 22 at copious levels.

George Bush came along and deposed Saddam Hussein. Barack Obama helped turn Egypt’s public against Hosni Mubarak. Barrak Obama also helped depose Muammar Gaddafi. Then he turns his back on Iraq and lets a few thousand Sunni Muslims retake great swaths of Iraq and Syria. In hind sight, the Middle East should have been left the hell alone.Of course, Jeb Bush style Republicans want our children going door to door in Fallujah once again. Under their leadership, the VA budget would again balloon 4 fold and war costs would exceed $4 to $6 trillion and the bill slipped to our children. The final insult after destabizing the entire Middle east is returning billions in frozen assets to Iran and allowing them to produce weapons grade uranium at Natanz under the curtain  of a nuclear power program. So not only have the last two administrations destroyed Middle east stability, they want to arm radical Iranian clerics and jihadists with a nuclear arsenal. These are the same folks that march their children across mine fields during the Iran Iraq war. Bush starts a war in Iraq war over weapons of mass destruction and Barack Obama cuts Iran a 1/2 trillion dollar check to build weapons of mass destruction at Natanz? Between Bush and Obama, America lacks a consistent, coherent and rational Middle east Foreign policy.

 

Presently, Russia is moving to bolster Syria once again. This event should be welcomed, since the Bush and Obama doctrines have been a complete and utter failures. As we recall, the “Cold war construct” in the Middle east provided stability albeit under dictators. We should at least establish dialogue with the Russians and work from the spirit of the friendship established by Michael Gorbachev. This is what Reagan would do.  As far as the Crimea, Russia established control of that when Lord Cardigan charged the guns at the “Charge of the Light Brigade!” The Russians established control over the east Ukraine when millions of Russians died retaking it from the Germans.

Under a Rand Paul administration, we would work diligently to restore the spirit of peace with Russia as established by Reagan and Gorbachev.  Then we would work in concert to restore stability in the Middle east.

Wow, George Bush’s foreign policy was at an ignorance level of a Lord Cardigan. Instead of charging just Afghanistan for 911, he charges the guns of Iraq. The Charge of the Bush Brigade.

The reality is that the Bush doctrine was a costly waste of time. The reason why the towers were attacked by Saudis was because we had America’s military in Saudi Arabia or Mecca. Osama Bin Laden came from the Saudi elite. The fellas that attacked the Twin towers were Saudis.  I was doing a Southern watch support mission in Saudi and stayed at Kobar towers. They were bombed two weeks later.

According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and other Neocon wannabe ass kissers should have their heads examined. A third war in Iraq is basically stupidity.

While, the thought of Russian zones of influence and dictators in the Middle east are counter to Western democratic ideals of freedom and liberty, Muslim idiots do not deserve the blood of American troops. I mean, if Muslims will not fight for their own freedom, let the Russians  have a shot at Islamic stupidity for awhile. Just consider it a tag team event. If we can trust the Russians to maintain it’s nuclear arsenal and honor MAD, we shouldn’t be offended when they want to bring stability back to the Middle east.

Anyways, Rand Paul was the most sober, studied, rational, intelligent, prepared, and complete candidate at the Reagan debate. Hell, trump did not even know how to add a section 6 to the 14th Amendment. Except for Paul, Fiorina, and Ben Carson, the Republican Reagan debate was a neocon ass kissing clown show in the mold of Bush/Cardigan  Doctrine stupidity. Mark your full of shit….

As far as Jeb Bush being Reaganesque? That would be a negatory.

 

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Rick Perry has dignity and class

Without Rick Perry, the rest of the Republican field save a few is politically unpalatable. For this Perry patriot, the news of Rick Perry suspending his campaign is a real drag. Except for Rand Paul and maybe Mike Huckabee, I do not believe in any of the other presidential candidates.

Pilot engineer, sorry I said some bad things. I just wanted you to separate yourself from Bush style Republicans . Please accept my most humble apologies if I every hurt you.

 

 

Governor Perry’s Remarks to the Eagle Forum
September 11th, 2015


Thank you. It is such an honor to speak to the patriots of Eagle Forum. In case you didn’t know, we have a pretty vibrant chapter in Texas. They have long lived up to the standard set by your outstanding founder, whom I am proud to recognize today, Phyllis Schlafly.

I also want to say a word about the gentleman who is taking over for Phyllis. Ed Martin is a good man – a great leader – a movement conservative who leads by conviction. I am glad to be in his home state of Missouri.

46 years ago I spent a summer in Festus, Missouri. I went door to door, selling Bibles. It was then that I learned what it was like to remain optimistic in the face of rejection, especially when I knew the power of the message I was selling.

It was good preparation for life in politics.

For me, this life has been a dream.

I came from a place called Paint Creek. Too small to be called a town, too remote to be found on a map, it was the center of my universe.

We had an outhouse, and mom bathed us in a number two washtub on the porch. We farmed vast fields of cotton, and attended the Paint Creek Rural School. I was a six-man football player, a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 48, and an Eagle Scout.

I experienced the bonds of family, the power of community, the meaning of faith. And I learned the high calling we have as Americans to protect freedom.

It was for freedom that I wore the uniform of the United States Air Force. I flew C-130 aircraft all across the globe. I lived in places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. I learned how special it is to be an American.

Later I would become a state representative, ag commissioner, lieutenant governor, and eventually governor of the world’s 12th largest economy.

I would truly live the motto of the Paint Creek Rural School: “no dream to tall for a school so small.”

I continue to draw inspiration from a trip I took with my father fifteen years ago.

Dad and I went back to his old air base in England for his first visit in 55 years. Then we crossed the channel and visited the American cemetery that overlooks the bluffs at Omaha beach. That flight across the channel he had taken 35 times previously, as a tailgunner on a B-17.

On that peaceful, wind-swept setting, there lie 9,000 graves, including 45 pairs of brothers, 33 of whom are buried side by side, a father and a son, two sons of a president. They all traded their future for ours in a final act of loving sacrifice.

In that American Cemetery, it is no accident each headstone faces west: west over the Atlantic, towards the nation they defended, the nation they loved, the nation they would never come home to.

It struck me as I stood in the midst of those heroes that they look upon us in silent judgment. And that we must ask ourselves: are we worthy of their sacrifice?

The truth is we are at the end of an era of failed leadership.

We have been led by a divider who has sliced and diced the electorate, pitting American against American for political purposes. We are a country more divided by race, income, religion and party than when he entered office.

His lofty words were no match for the reality of the world.

How long ago it seems now the speeches before fawning millions in Europe, in front of Roman columns in Denver. We were told America needed to improve its reputation abroad. Now we are neither liked nor respected.

That’s what happens when a president governs based on popular acclamation, instead of based on enduring American values.

We have isolated our allies, and emboldened our adversaries.

ISIS has ripped a swath through the Middle East as large as Great Britain. It could have been prevented. But a naïve campaign promise took priority over stability, and even the blood shed by American heroes. Today, the president remains in denial about the weakness that led to their emergence, and even the nature of the threat. With political correctness expected of a Harvard professor, he refuses to admit we are at war with radical Islam. Mr. President, we are at war with radical Islam.

Naïve policies gave us the Iranian nuclear deal – an agreement that fuels Iran’s nuclear ambitions rather than prohibiting them. A president who boldly claimed it was his goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons will have a legacy of nuclear proliferation. All because he places his trust in a regime that is the leading sponsor of state terrorism, in the word of radicals, in inspections that can be easily manipulated.

My friends, this is not the America I know.

Neither is a domestic economy that settles for two percent growth, and neither is a president who ignores the Constitution and issues executive orders to make law.

Washington needs to return to doing its constitutional duty: standing up a strong military, implementing foreign policy from a policy of strength, not weakness, and securing the border with Mexico. And they need to get out of the education business, get out of the healthcare business, and stop utilizing EPA zealots to shut down small business.

Washington is not the fount of all wisdom. The best ideas come from the states.

Liberal Justice Lewis Brandeis once said, “that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

Each state should chart its own course, whether it is Governor Haley fighting the unions to bring Boeing and Michelin to South Carolina, or Bobby Jindal standing up for school choice. I support the right of states to be wrong, like Colorado legalizing pot. I would rather one state get it wrong than the whole country.

Today Washington has discarded the Tenth Amendment, centralizing power while failing to meet the test of leadership.

Our present-day leaders would have us settle for low expectations, low growth, record numbers out of the workforce. To them, two percent growth is the new norm. They want us to embrace their vision of mediocrity. I, for one, will not.

As Americans we have the power to make the world new again.

But let me issue a couple warnings. First, the answer to a president nominated for soaring rhetoric and no record is not to nominate a candidate whose rhetoric speaks louder than his record. It is not to replicate the Democrat model of selecting a president, falling for the cult of personality over durable life qualities.

Only in Washington do they define fighting as filibustering, leading as debating.

Where I come from, talk is cheap. And leadership is not what you say, but what you do.

Missouri is the “show me state”, and this must be a “show me, don’t tell me” election, where we get beyond the rhetoric to the record to see who has been tested, who has led and who can be expected to stand in the face of fire.

And for the record, if a candidate can’t take tough questions from a reporter, how will they deal with the president of Russia, the leaders of China or the fanatics in Iran?

My second warning is this: we cannot indulge nativist appeals that divide the nation further. The answer to our current divider-in-chief is not to elect a Republican divider-in-chief.

Conservatism is inherently optimistic. It celebrates the power of the individual, it believes in free markets over state-controlled solutions. It knows free individuals can govern their own lives better than centralized government.

Progressives think we need to protect the people from themselves. Conservatives think we need to protect the people from government.

We have had too much government – too many government answers, too much government meddling – all at the expense of individual freedom.

We need to get back to the central constitutional principle that, in America it is the content of your character that matters, not the color of your skin – that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are going. In an America blind to color, that champions the individual, that recognizes merit, there is no room for debate that denigrates certain people based on their heritage or origin.

We can secure the border and reform our immigration system without inflammatory rhetoric, without base appeals that divide us based on race, culture and creed.

Let me be crystal clear: for those of us in Christ, our citizenship is first and foremost in God’s kingdom, our brothers and sisters are those made in the image of God, and our obligation – after loving God with all our heart, mind and soul – is to love our neighbors as ourselves, regardless of where they come from.

Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ. We can enforce our laws and our borders, and we can love all who live within our borders, without betraying our values.

It is time to elevate our debate from divisive name-calling, from soundbites without solutions, and start discussing how we will make the country better for all if a conservative is elected president.

And let me say, I know something about enacting conservative principles. We have done it in Texas.

During my 14 years as governor, Texas created nearly one-third of all new American jobs. We passed balanced budgets, cut taxes, set aside billions of dollars for a rainy day, and elevated our graduation rates to second highest in the nation.

We did this based on conservative principles: Don’t tax too much, don’t spend all the money, invest in an educated workforce, and stop frivolous lawsuits at the courthouse.

It can be done, all across America, with the right leadership.

2016 is the most important election of our lifetime. I know we say this every election, but this time it is actually true. It is true because we have had six and a half years of an expanding welfare state, and a contracting freedom state.

There are two visions for America: the government-run welfare state of Washington, New York and California, and the limited government freedom state pioneered in places like Texas.

The centralized state offers more regulations, and less freedom. A world where everything costs more, from college tuition, to the cost of housing, to the price of government.

Their answer to our current economic mess is more government solutions, more tax dollars placed in the hands of bureaucrats, more redistribution schemes, and a shrinking pie for the middle class.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, “the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right nominee, we can cut taxes on corporations and individuals, unleash growth, create jobs, and lift wages. We can create opportunity by drilling for American energy and selling it around the world.

We can restore our reputation abroad by reasserting our moral authority, by standing with allies like Israel, and standing up to adversaries like Iran.

We can be the America we know in our hearts we are meant to be – a nation of ideas and innovations, a place where freedom flourishes, that special land that the heroes of Normandy died to defend.

Conservative principles applied consistently will make life better for all, but especially minority Americans. More African-Americans are living in poverty since President Obama took office. That’s because he offers them government programs, instead of creating new incentives for people to work.

We can improve life for minority Americans. The formula is simple: stop politically correct regulation policies that make housing so expensive for single moms, let low and middle-income Americans keep more of what they make, challenge all kids to exceed in school.

We did that in Texas, and now we have the highest graduation rate for minority students.

For me, the message has always been greater than the man. The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee should embody those principles. He – or she – must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their own celebrity.

I still believe in the power of that message – a message that offers hope, redemption and solace in the midst of storms.

When I gave my life to Christ, I said, “your ways are greater than my ways. Your will superior to mine.”

Today I submit that His will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear.

That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.

We have a tremendous field – the best in a generation – so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too.

I share this news with no regrets. It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics.

And as I approach the next chapter in life, I do so with the love of my life by my side, Anita Perry. We have our house in the country, we have two beautiful children and two adorable grandchildren, four dogs, and the best sunset from our front porch that you could ever imagine.

Life is good. And I am a blessed man.

I remain as convinced as ever: there is nothing wrong with America today that cannot be fixed with new leadership. Leadership that champions conservative ideas.

As great as our greatest Republican presidents were – from Lincoln to Reagan – it is their ideas that remain greatest.

Those ideas live on through the spirit, idealism and optimism of this generation of Americans.

We must return to great ideas, to our belief in the power of free individuals, free markets, and free Americans standing watch for liberty wherever it is threated.

This is up to us. It is up to you. And to me. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s get to work. Let’s make America, America again.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

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