Monday, February 27, 2012

Just Another of My Occasional Reminders ...

... that I won't be voting for Mitt Romney (a.k.a. Dullard Flip Rino) UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Not in the primaries, and not in the general election should he be nominated.


I'm rooting for Santorum to win the nomination. Should he fail (and I believe he is the only one left with a real shot at denying Romney the nomination), I will not settle for being force-fed yet another establishment RINO.

But should Romney wind up being the GOP nominee, this year I will have a real 3rd-party choice: my friend, Virgil Goode who is seeking (and should win) the Constitution Party nomination.

(And please don't come here spouting such nonsensical and demonstrably false platitudes as "A vote for an unelectable 3rd-party candidate is a vote for Obama". Should anyone ever feel so inclined, just keep such inane rhetoric to yourself. It's not convincing, and such nonsense will not change my mind. In fact, the more I hear it, especially to justify a vote for Dullard Flip "Obama Lite" Rino, it only further entrenches me in my views. So save your energy - you'll need it to continue to justify the unjustifiable to an increasing number of skeptical conservative voters. For my part, should Romney win the GOP nomination, I will actively campaign against him and in favor of Virgil Goode, and will try to convince as many conservative and independent voters as I can not to waste their votes on a candidate they don't believe in, but to support a true conservative like Virgil Goode instead.)

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At 2/27/2012 12:02 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

So tell us about Virgil Goode. What are his qualifications to be president?

At 2/27/2012 12:41 PM, Blogger DP said...

I recall he was a multi-term Virginia Congressman, but that's the limit of my knowledge.

At 2/27/2012 12:49 PM, Blogger DP said...

And I'm tacking my way back to your line of thinking on Romney. I saw Santorum on early Saturday morning (and I can prove it: Two things stuck out: he argued that nominating Romney effectively takes both Obamacare and energy production off the table as issues.

I think that's a slight overstatement, but only slight. The GOP will be left with a series of special pleading arguments on each issue, and that's bad strategy for this election.

Second, while there is an unassailable argument for Mitt Romney being a good family man and friend, there's no way to spin his record into something conservative.

Third, the idea that a Republican House (almost a mortal lock) and Senate (possible, but less likely) are going to keep the President in line is stupid beyond words. It's a lot like saying we don't trust the cowboy, so we'll deputize the cattle to keep an eye on him.

That's not how it's ever worked, short of a constitutional crisis (FDR with court packing, Nixon with Watergate). He's still the leader of the party and party loyalty is still strong.

At 2/27/2012 1:48 PM, Blogger Paul Zummo said...

My only trepidation about voting third party is that they are almost always a little kooky. If I recall correctly, the previous Constitution Party guy flirted with trutherism. So my plan, if Romney were to get the nomination, was simply to not vote at all. From what I know about Goode he might allow me vote third party this time around.

I'm hoping it doesn't come to that.

At 2/27/2012 1:48 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Virgil is 65 years old, although he looks and seems MUCH younger than that. He served in the Virginia Senate for 24 years, from 1972 to 1996. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and served for 12 years until 2008, when his seat was targeted by national Democrats because Charlottesville was part of his district.

(Incidentally, Tom Perriello, the ObamaCath, and co-founder of Soros-backed Catholics in Alliance, who defeated him in 2008, himself went down to defeat in 2010 - in no small part for selling out his Catholic faith in service of Obama.)

Virgil is a solid conservative of a definite Southern populist bent. He was a Democrat for most of his political career, but like so many conservative Demcorats, left the party as the party lurched leftward. He was one of only 5 Democrats in the House who voted to impeach Clinton (again, remember that C'vill was part of his district, so that was something of an act of political courage). He then became an independent caucusing with the Republicans in the late 90s, and eventually became a Republican during the early Bush years.

As for policy, he is solidly conservative, especially on the issues that matter most to me (NOTE: As with Santorum, I find Virgil to be wrong on immigration - and Virgil is far more belligerant on the topic):

•The Constitution: Emphasizing and following the Constitution will mean a smaller less costly government, which is vital for the future prosperity and progress of the United States.

•Jobs, the Debt and Deficit: Under the Obama Administration, unemployment has soared to around 8.5 percent. Our debt has increased by over 4 trillion dollars under the Obama Presidency, which has also given us trillion dollar deficits. The United States can not borrow its way to prosperity. It is incumbent on our next President to propose a balanced budget upon taking office and not ten years down the road. There will be pain, but the old saying that one will not get out of the hole by digging the hole deeper is accurate. Nearly every department and agency will face significant cuts and some will face elimination. Veterans benefits is an example that will not be cut. Examples of programs eliminated include the National Endowment for the Arts, No Child Left Behind, etc. Other programs and departments, such as Foreign Aid and Education, will be slashed and trimmed. Reducing regulations and becoming energy independent will also mean more jobs for America. The Canada to Texas pipeline needs to be built and operational expeditiously and not delayed or stopped as the current Administration is doing. Another way to reduce unemployment, reduce the deficit, and provide more jobs for U.S. citizens is to reduce legal immigration. In recent years about 1.2 million green cards have been issued annually and over 60% go to foreigners who come to the United States and take jobs from American citizens. I have proposed a moratorium (with a few minor exceptions) on issuing green cards until our unemployment rate is under 5 percent. America has one of the most liberal immigration policies in the world and it is time for the citizens of this country to be at the head of the line for jobs. We also need to totally end diversity visas (50,000 per year), reduce chain migration, and dramatically reduce asylees and refugees and their costs to the U.S. taxpayer.


At 2/27/2012 1:50 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


•Immigration: Illegal immigration must stop. Our borders must be secure. In Congress, I supported and cosponsored legislation to stop illegal aliens, terrorists, drug smugglers, and other criminals from coming across our Southern border. We need to utilize troops, fences, and other measures to stop the invasion from Mexico. I was the first to sponsor legislation providing for a fence along the Southern Border. We must continue to fight for funding and for adequacy of the fence.

Illegal immigration costs the United States taxpayers billions every year through increased health care costs, social service utilization, emergency room fees, prison expenses, and in other areas. For example, of the 189,000 federal prisoners, 50,000 are illegal or recent aliens costing the taxpayers millions of dollars for their incarceration.

We must end the anchor baby situation, whereby a child of illegal aliens is an automatic citizen of the United States.
•Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants: I oppose granting amnesty for those persons who come into the United States illegally. Amnesty did not work in the 1980s. Amnesty did not work in the 1990s, and it will not solve the problem now. Amnesty only encourages more illegal entry into the United States. Legal immigration must be reduced not increased. Congress, the United States Senate, and the President need to adopt a position of a strong NO to amnesty. As President, I would immediately direct the Attorney General to support and NOT oppose the efforts of Arizona, Alabama and others to deal with the illegal problem in the states.

•English as the Official Language: I continue to support English as the official language of the United States of America.

•Energy Costs: The United States must be free of foreign fossil fuel. Freedom from the Middle Eastern sheiks, Nigeria, and Venezuela is necessary for a continued bright future for our country. We cannot allow OPEC to control our energy supply. The United States must develop its own resources and alternative fuel sources. Hydrogen, biodiesel, and other alternative energy sources have potential in making us less dependent on foreign fossil fuels. I also support the utilization of nuclear power and expanded drilling opportunities for natural gas and oil in this country so that our energy needs are met by domestic and not foreign sources. I have supported and will continue supporting drilling in Alaska and the continental United States. If President, I would support the drilling off our coasts where it can be done safely and where the states, such as Virginia, have passed legislation requesting offshore drilling.

Being free of a need for foreign fossil fuel will enable us to be free of the shifting sands of the Middle East.

•Tax Reductions and Fairness: I support the elimination of the Death Tax. Death should not mean the end of the family farm or the family business. A death tax often precludes families from having the homestead or family business.

I support and have voted to terminate the current IRS Code at a date determined in the future so it can be replaced with something simpler and fairer. There are several alternatives to the current Code and include the Fair Tax, the Flat Tax, the Transaction Tax, and others. Between the current IRS code and the Fair Tax, I would support the Fair Tax with certain modifications. For example, the Fair Tax, which is basically a national sales tax, has a prebate of $180 per month per person, which should be limited to United States citizens, who are adults and who reside in the United States. I would support a Fair Tax only if certain other taxes, such as the Death Tax and Income Tax were eliminated. If the Income Tax were to be retained, then I would oppose a national sales tax and have a simple flat rate income tax and scrap the current code with its inequities.


At 2/27/2012 1:51 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


•Medical Costs: A big factor in medical costs is the high cost of malpractice insurance for our physicians and other health care providers. I support tort reform that will limit attorney fees and the amount of damages recoverable for non-economic losses.

•Social Security: We must preserve and protect Social Security. Social Security is owed over two trillion dollars. Social Security should be repaid and have real money in the Social Security Trust Fund and not IOU's.

•Marriage: I believe that marriage should be a union between a man and a woman. I am opposed to gay marriages and so-called gay civil unions. I support the federal Marriage Protection Amendment.

•Health Care: I support ending Obamacare.

•Public Education: Washington should not be running our local school systems. We need to leave local education decisions to the states and localities. I am opposed to national testing of public school students and voted against "No Child Left Behind" with its new mandates and new tests that must comply with national standards. I support ending the federal Department of Education.

•Crime and the Second Amendment: We need to maintain capital punishment for certain murders and to fully prosecute those who commit crimes with firearms. I fully support the right of an individual to protect himself or herself against assault and violent attack. I was honored to be co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus during part of my tenure in Congress.

•National Defense: We need a strong national defense. However, reckless federal spending which has given us a deficit in excess of one trillion dollars necessitates cutting defense spending. We must now come home from Afghanistan and reduce our expenditures around the globe.

•Veteran's Benefits: I support funding for veterans' health care and providing health care benefits to all veterans. We also need to insure that the Veteran's Administration works with and on behalf of our veterans.

•Abortion: In the United States House of Representatives, I had a consistent pro-life voting record and in 2008 the National Right to Life Political Action Committee commended me "for your 100 percent pro-life voting record throughout your twelve years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives". As President I would continue to oppose abortion and would submit a budget to Congress with zero funding for planned parenthood and any other similar entities.

•International Relations: I oppose the placement of our Armed Forces under United Nations command. We need to curtail expenditures to the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, and to foreign nations. Our sovereignty, in my opinion, should always be paramount.

•North American Union: We need to block any union between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The sovereignty of the United States must be preserved. In Congress I sponsored a resolution against the North American Union.

•Trade: Agreements like NAFTA and the trade provisions in fast track authorization lead to the erosion of this country's vital manufacturing base. I do not favor international trade agreements such as these that result in a loss of American sovereignty and jobs.

•Term Limits: Term limits for members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are necessary for a Congress more responsive to the needs of our country and its citizens. Many members focus too much time and attention on raising money for the next election. Term limits will result in members caring more about the general good for the county. If elected President, I will serve only one term and not focus on raising money and getting votes for the next election. The country shall be first.

At 2/27/2012 1:54 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

On a personal note, Virgil was of immense help to me when I was Mayor of Columbia in my work on Columbia's revitalization plan. He took a personal interest in the town, and actually made a public appearance at a town festival to promote the revitalization process. Remember that this was a town of 50 people whose electoral value was probably close to zero compared to other localities in his district such as C'ville.


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