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What do the Iowa Caucuses really mean?

January 4, 2008

The results are in and I have to admit that I’m every bit as underwhelmed as I was 4 years ago. Some people place their trust in the outcome of the Iowa caucuses and determine right then which candidate they’ll support on primary election day in their states.

What’s wrong with that, you ask?

Well nothing really. Except free thinking individuals should know which candidate to support based on past performance, not rhetoric or standings in another state’s primary. As I’ve said before, it’s vitally important to know your candidate’s record.

Take for instance Gov Huckabee’s record as governor of Arkansas. Much has been said over the course of the past few days about what some pundits call flaws in candidate Huckabee. I have to be careful here… I don’t want to be the recipient of a Chuck Norris round-house kick! None the less, Rush Limbaugh is right… Huckabee is not a conservative. He has engaged in identity politics and thinks that because he aligns himself as an evangelical Christian, he’s automatically deserving of votes by Christian conservatives.

Let’s not forget John McCain’s support of amnesty for illegal aliens, support for tax increases and a larger government. McCain’s record, available for viewing here, is the starting point for anyone considering giving a vote to this man. His continued support for an illegally undertaken war speaks volumes as to his capacity to defend and protect the Constitution.

Much can be said about the moral fiber of Rudy Giuliani. His record shows that he is left-of-center politically on social and spending issues. Sean Hannity praises his managerial abilities, but in the Oval Office, leadership is the most important skill. He is not well informed as to the reasons why our enemies hate us.

Gov Romney is quite frankly a liberal in conservative clothing. Anyone watching his debate with Sen Ted Kennedy on Oct 25th 1994 can draw no other conclusion. Voters saw no difference between the two of them, and re-elected Kennedy. Brent Bozell used these words to describe Mitt’s debate performance: “[Romney] demonstrated very clearly in the debate last night that has more in common with liberal Democrats than he does with Conservatives…” Need I say more?

Fred Thompson is a good man, but his voting record marks him only slightly more conservative than McCain. You certainly don’t have to take my word for it, see for yourself. If there’s not much difference between them, only pride and the quest for power keeps both men on the stump.

Ron Paul is clearly the only true conservative of the bunch running. He has been consistently written off by the mainstream media and by the neo-conned right wing pundits of the air waves. If you take the time to read his positions on key issues, his voting record or even this brief profile, you’ll easily see that this man is the only true conservative running for the office of President of the United States of America. He’s been repeatedly named the “Taxpayer’s Best Friend” in Congress. What he says is what he believes and his voting record proves it. If you don’t want to read about Ron Paul, but wouldn’t mind watching a video, click here.

What do the Iowa caucuses really mean? That Iowans want continued budget deficits and an ever-increasing national debt? That Iowans want ever larger amounts of their personal wealth being confiscated by the Federal Government for use in paying the interest on an ever larger national debt? That Iowans don’t really care about restoration of the Constitution, nor their rights under it? That Iowans don’t understand how close we are to a North American Union and the surrender of sovereignty that will bring? Iowans weren’t properly informed of issues or candidates positions on issues?

In the grand scheme of things, the Iowa caucuses don’t mean much. Primaries are not about who can do well against whom in November. They are about issues that are important to the inhabitants of a given state. Keep that in perspective as you head to the polls in your state’s primary election.

Until next time,
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