Saturday, July 14, 2007

Governor Jim Gilmore Withdrawing - UPDATED

Obviously with Gilmore withdrawing, this give Gov. Huckabee an opportunity to pick up some additional support. He should also make a move to get Gilmore's endorsement.

Statement from Gov. Gilmore

Saturday, July 14, 2007 - Gilmore for President

Statement from former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore

I am today withdrawing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.It has been a positive and rewarding experience for me, for my family, and for my supporters.

It has become apparent to me that the combination of my late start, and the front loaded nature of the primary schedule, have made it impractical to continue to pursue this path towards further public service.

I am proud of the fact that my campaign focused on the issues, worked hard to block amnesty for illegal immigrants, brought attention to the need to protect private property rights, and called for a new path in Iraq that would provide our valiant military men and women with a more clearly defined and achievable mission.

However, I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation's future to successfully compete for the Presidency. I believe that it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national primary in February.

In the coming weeks and months, I intend to remain active in the Republican Party and in the public debate. I will be forming a state political action committee to assist Republican candidates in the General Assembly. Additionally, I will be actively looking for other opportunities to continue in public service in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Paid for by Gilmore for President, Inc.

UPDATED:

Gov. Huckabee issued a statement last night, and it appears that he is going to go after Gov. Gilmore's endorsement. I see last night that Politico had an interview with Gov. Gilmore and he stated that he had not decided if he would endorse anyone, but that he was open to it. Read the rest of the article here.

Here is a copy of Gov. Huckabee's statement:

July, 14 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) Comments on Today's Decision by Jim Gilmore to Withdraw from 2008 Presidential Race:

"Jim Gilmore successfully campaigned for governor of Virginia on a platform to reduce taxes and improve education in his state. I share his commitment to those issues, and applaud his more recent efforts to support local emergency responders across America . As a fellow former Republican governor and state executive leader, I share his views on many issues, particularly on the need to win the War on Terror and create a stronger national defense. Raising money is indeed a challenge. I respect his decision to leave the race and welcome his support."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bible Proves Accurate, Yet Again

Researchers in Britain, while reviewing artifacts, made an interesting discovery that confirms the accuracy of the book of Jeremiah. I will let you read the article to see what I mean because seeing is believing. Apologetics Press also has some very interesting articles on how archeology is proving the accuracy of the Bible.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Do Your Job Or Get A New One

No one has been more critical of President Bush's failure to lean hard on the Iraqi government than I, but I am sick and tired of our Congress complaining that the Iraqi government has not accomplished any of the important benchmarks. I am sure I am not the only one who noticed that our own Congress has not passed any important legislation.

The so called energy legislation the Democrats rammed down our throats is nothing more than an increase in gas mileage quotas and subsidies for their pet projects. Of course, the cost will be passed down to us everyday Americans. They still have not secured our border,s nor do they appear to be willing to do so in the near future. American jobs are still being lost to overseas company and illegal aliens because Congress is unwilling to enforce our trade agreements in a way that puts the American worker first.

How about famous lines, like when Senators speak to foreign businesses and stress that we need to open the market up to more foreign workers and the American workers need to go back to school and learn a new trade. How about before they start preaching to Iraq's government they get a backbone and start earning their pay?

RGA PRESS RELEASE

RGA Raises More to Date Than At Any Time in History

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Matt Moore, 202-662-4167 mmoore@rga.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman Sonny Perdue (GA) today announced that the organization’s latest disclosure would report $12.4 million raised since January 1, 2007.

"RGA's success shows that Americans are still looking for conservative, common-sense solutions to the problems of the day," Perdue said. "They know that even when Washington is bogged down in political gamesmanship, Republican governors are still answering the call for leadership and solutions."

RGA raised $12.4 million for the reporting period, including a new Annual Dinner fundraising record of $10.4 million. Last year, RGA had raised $11.6 million during the same time period.


Three gubernatorial elections are being held this year, two involving offices currently held by Republicans – Kentucky and Mississippi – and one involving an office held by a Democrat – Louisiana.


RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers said, "Republican governors are leading on issues that Americans care about, like economic development, immigration, health care, education, and transportation. It is a testament to the governors' leadership and support that RGA has been so successful in such a challenging political environment. Americans are looking to the states, especially governors, for solutions."

The RGA, founded in 1963, is the nation's largest Republican 527 organization, raising over $28 million in 2006.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Prayers Needed For Senator Vitter's Family

It came out a little after 10:00 PM ET last night that one of our conservative heroes, Senator David Vitter, R-LA, had his phone number located on the phone list of the DC Madam. Senator Vitter immediately acknowledged that it was true and that he, several years ago, had confessed to his wife, attended marriage counseling, and asked for God's forgiveness. As a strong supporter of the Senator's I felt like I had been sucker punched, but we will never imagine the hardship his wife and family must be going through. Especially since, no doubt, the liberal media will plaster this everywhere. I would like to ask for prayers for his family to get through this time. Only God knows if the Senator is truly repentant, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt and a second chance, especially since this appears to have happened years ago and not recently and the Senator has become accountable to his wife over what he admits was a serious sin in his life.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Middle East Update

MSNBC.com is reporting that the Iraqi government has met none of the reforms that the U.S. was requiring them to meet during the surge. Of course, this is a complete failure of President Bush, who in my opinion and I think the opinion of many, has failed to apply adequate pressure to the Iraqi government. All that will happen now is the liberals that have buried their heads in the sand will have more ammunition to call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Let's be honest, it will probably help them politically too. Make no mistake, what is good for the liberal establishment is bad for America.

In yet another disturbing escalation along the Lebanese and Syrian border Syria has positioned troops inside of Lebanon and begun building fortifications. Due to the inadequate size of American forces and the failures of our leadership to stand up to Syria we could be looking at the possibility of a new Syrian invasion of Lebanon.

Hamas, once again, showed that the health of their own women and children does not matter to them. Israel attempted to send in trucks of produce to help relieve the starvation of innocent women and children in the Gaza Strip, but were denied access by Hamas. This is, of course, no surprise as this same organization has no problem teaching their children to be suicide bombers or to hide behind women and children while shooting at Israeli forces.

Finally, Turkey has amassed approximately 140,000 troops along it's southern border with Iraq in response to Kurdish killings of Turkish soldiers. This has been a long, drawn out conflict that many of us were worried about erupting again when we went to war in Iraq. In the short term this can probably be dealt with diplomatically (and let's be honest, some financial aide from the U.S. to Turkey), but eventually this would most likely dissolve into open conflict.

Photo from CIA World Fact Book

Huckabee On Hannity & Colmes

Huckabee came out extremely assertive during his interview on Hannity & Colmes tonight. I had forgotten what real leadership looked like so I think my mouth was open for a second. He did not back down when Colmes tried to claim the borders were secured. Huckabee immediately interrupted him in a strong, confident tone and said our borders were not secure. After spending eighteen years watching so-called conservative Republicans, unable to articulate even the most simple conservative principles, it is refreshing to see Huckabee consistently and clearly articulating a bold, conservative agenda that will lead to victory in Iraq, the elimination of the IRS, a secure border, the renewal of state's rights, a Veteran's Bill of Rights, and energy independence within ten years; and that is just the beginning. Do you really want to settle for the same thing we have had since Reagan left office? Or, do you want a bright, new beginning that will lead to a secure and more prosperous America. The interview will be re-aired tonight at 11:00 Central.

Yet Another Betrayal

As I read the New York Times this morning there was a depressing article on how the Bush Administration is considering pulling combat forces out of Baghdad's more dangerous areas and other violent regions of Iraq. Of course, anyone who is even casually acquainted with military history can attest this is the beginning of an American pull out. Growing up I never understood how we could have possibly allowed our military to be betrayed in Vietnam, we could have won Vietnam just like we could have won Iraq. President Bush should have allowed the generals to do their job and Congress should have grown a backbone and done their job by demanding that the President immediately increase the size of the military after 9-11 and provided adequate funding for our national defense, which should not be less than 4.5% of GDP. If you read about the failures that occured during Vietnam we have repeated almost all of the same in Iraq. The only difference is we were slightly more aggressive in Vietnam. Let's be honest, the options in Vietnam were a lot more limited. We could not bomb the Soviet Union or China for supporting North Vietnam, but we could have taken immediate action against Syria and Iran for supporting Iraqi terrorists and insurgents. I just wonder if I will ever live to see the day our military will be allowed to actually win a war or if our military will always be handicapped by thousands of liberal lawyers and bureaucrats.

To all of my fellow veterans and their families: I am sorry that once again your sacrifice has been wasted by a President and Congress unwilling to win.

Photo courtesy of CIA World Fact Book.

Media Advisory: Mike Huckabee to appear on National Television and Radio on July 9

Appearances on Hannity and Colmes, "The Today Show," NPR and More!

July, 07 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) will make the following media appearances while in New York City on Monday, July 9, 2007: (NOTE: Check your local listings for air times)

6:08 a.m. CT – Guest appearance on NBC's "The Today Show" with hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry to discuss presidential politics and other issues.

9 a.m. CT – Guest on NPR's "On Point" with host Tom Ashbrook to discuss the 2008 race for the White House and other issues. (NOTE: This is an hour-long program.)

8 p.m. CT – Guest appearance on Fox News' "Hannity and Colmes" to discuss presidential politics and other issues.

9 p.m. CT – Guest on the nationally-syndicated "Alan Colmes" Radio Program to discuss presidential politics and other issues.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Religion Under Attack

CitizenLink.com has a great article on the continued assault on veteran's memorials and Christians in general. At this time when our original religious freedoms are being taken away one at a time I though it would be a good idea to post some quotes from some of the greatest politicians to serve our great nation.

"The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

George Washington

"Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."

Benjamin Rush

"Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God."

Gouverneur Morris

"The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essentialto the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man,that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too manysources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it."

James Madison

"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."

John Jay

"Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness."

Samuel Adams

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

John Adams

" Statesmen by dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand....The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty."

John Adams

"It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe."

James Madison

"May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy."

George Washington

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."

Thomas Jefferson

"And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?
Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1138."


Benjamin Franklin

"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord . . . "

Abraham Lincoln

"The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

Congress of the United States of America 1854

"While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader . . ."

Samuel Adams