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Friday, December 19, 2014

Ebola On Our Doorstep

Liberia is an African country stricken with Ebola. President Obama sent thousands of U.S. troops there, ignoring the danger to our American troops and also to their families when they return home. The safety of the American people is obviously less important to Obama than posing as a leader on the world stage.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stop African Diseases at the Border

Americans against amnesty are not worried only about unemployed Mexicans crossing our southern border illegally to take U.S. jobs. More than ever, we need the fence that Congress voted. President George W. Bush made a television photo event when he signed the law to build a fence. Rep. Duncan Hunter said that at least ten ISIS thugs have crossed our southern border. If we caught ten, “you know there are going to be dozens more that did not get caught.” Rep. Tom Cotton says that ISIS is actively working with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate and eventually attack Americans. ISIS has told us it wants to extend a caliphate over America, so why is anybody surprised that Islam is doing what they said they want to do?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Who Chooses Our Next U.S. President?

If you read my original book called A Choice Not An Echo, which I published in 1964 to reveal the inside story of how Republican candidates for President were chosen, you will remember that the Establishment, who were then called kingmakers, held a private dinner at which they grilled prospective nominees and decided who they would back and who they would veto. Their decision was based on who was the best internationalist and would best continue the foreign policy of the Democrats.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Time for Choosing

Fifty years ago in 1964, a political star was born in America. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he electrified conservatives with his television address called “A Time for Choosing.” It was delivered on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s nomination for President. Reagan wrote the speech himself, and he delivered it without a script or a teleprompter. As the presidential election was approaching, he put before the voters the choice: do we really believe in self-government of “we the people,” or will we abandon the American Revolution and allow a little elite in the northeast to plan our lives and choose our rulers. Reagan gave examples of government trying and failing to solve problems, such as public housing, unemployment and poverty, and ridiculous expenditures by government. He laid out the most important choice of all – peace through strength or peace through appeasement. Reagan told his TV audience: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of many on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” Reagan concluded by reminding us that Americans have “the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

Defining Pro-Life in Dallas

Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980 and was easily re-nominated at the Republican National Convention in 1984 in Dallas. That Convention adopted a Republican Platform that enunciated Reagan-style conservatism and pro-family goals at home and abroad. At Republican Conventions, the rules call for each state to elect one man and one woman to each convention committee. Congressman Henry Hyde and I were the two Delegates elected by Illinois to serve on the Platform Committee. I am so proud of our handiwork at that Dallas Convention. We beefed up the pro-life plank and made it read: "The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." Although the pro-abortion faction repeatedly tried to eliminate or weaken this plank, this important pro-life plank has remained unchanged through the subsequent Republican conventions of 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.