This post will be one of those soul baring ones, where you'll be able to see into the depths of who I am. I say that because the following partial list is what I’d LIKE to see my perfect presidential candidate also want and strive for as president.
So, here it is; the platform planks that I’d love to see proclaimed by MY nominee as his or hers, whether democrat or republican; although it’s obvious no democrat would likely support even one of my "wishes."
On illegal immigration. Stop it NOW! Do whatever has to be done to prevent it. Build a fence; make it effective and put troops on top of it and on our side of it. Put employers in jail for hiring illegals and for a long time—make it hurt so that they and other employers won’t dare do it again. To heck with playing the “their nice people just looking to make a living and besides, they contribute to society” card. I don’t care. I don’t care if they are nice and have families. It doesn’t matter to me. Try blowing off Mexico’s or Guatemala’s immigration laws and find out what happens to you. Families are broken up and hurt by criminality all the time; since when is that a valid excuse for not enforcing laws and punishing lawbreakers? Reverse the 14th amendment that causes pregnant women to give birth to "anchor babies" on US soil because they know that by doing so that they have just bred themselves a little American to which they can attach themselves to. No other nation ruled by sanity has such a stupid rule, so why do we? If we need workers, let them in to work then make them go home! Hire more INS people to make sure all this happens. I like Tom Tancredo. HE has the right idea when it comes to this stuff. Call me a racist, if you must, for wanting these things; but keep in mind that I want immigration rules to apply to ALL races who jump the line.
The War against Islamists. Give me a guy or gal who will scrap the nonsensical designation “War on Terror.” Admit that we are fighting jihadists bent on making the world conform to their strict interpretation of Islam; the version passed down from their founder stating that the rest of us can either convert, accept completely their authority, or be killed by them. I want a president who doesn’t shirk the responsibility to keep us safe by taking such measures as waterboarding, profiling, reading emails, and listening in on terrorist as they plot to kill us; and to do it no matter where these people are, whether they reside in Timbuktu or Fairfield.
Iran’s nuclear designs. I will definitely vote for the candidate who keeps the pressure on the biggest sponsor of terrorism on the face of the earth; as they lie, cheat and steal their way into achieving the acquisition of nuclear weapons. These are the same people willing to kill our military personnel every chance they get, whether it be our airmen at The Khobar Towers in ’96, our marines in Beirut in ’83, or for the last few years in Iraq. After taking so much crap from these murdering bastards for the last 25 odd years I want to bomb them so bad I can’t tell you how bad I want it—but its really, really, really bad! I want to bomb every nuclear facility they have, above and below ground, using wave after wave of our B2 Spirits. I want to bomb their navy, air force, and army installations until there is not one brick standing upon another. And finally, I want to bomb their oil refineries. Give me a president with the stones to do that and he's MY man. Give us some payback! Give us justice!
Out of control Legislators. Veto everything and keep cutting taxes! Stop allowing our weak willed congressman and senators to spend money we don’t have just so they can keep their self-serving butts in office. No more bridges to nowhere. No more farm subsidies to multimillionaire corporations. No more grants to support Woodstock Museums; and that one is aimed right at you Hillary Clinton. No more foreign aid to governments and nations that hate us—why are we trying to buy their affection when all it does is make them sneer at us? Close military bases that need closing, but aren’t because some senator is trying to keep constituents happy—it wastes resources and puts personnel and weapons systems where we don’t need them, and even worse, forces us to keep some we don’t even need anymore. Our legislators are spending us into oblivion and they don’t seem able to help themselves—So YOU must help them. Just say NO.
Supreme Court Nominees. Pick smart ones that respect life, individuals and national security. I hate the death penalty because I don’t want the possibility that even one innocent is put irreversibly to death. On the same note, stack the court until we can roll back Roe vs. Wade. We shouldn’t be killing fetuses, no matter what. A woman doesn’t have the right to kill her child out of personal convenience, or for any reason, so why do we allow fetuses to be slaughtered just because they are sheltered inside her? Choose your justices carefully. Make sure they keep individual freedoms and rights “as described” in the Constitution intact, but not to the point that we allow terrorists and maniacs to destroy us. For instance, national ID cards and multitudes of publicly placed video cameras are NOT the first step toward Big Brotherhood. Select court candidates who understand the nuances of maintaining our security and sacrificing privacy rights. And remember, ONLY lawbreakers have to worry about such things anyway! And speaking of individual rights, personally interview all potential justices and make them swear to you that they will stop the obscene spate of eminent domain cases where people are unfairly forced out of their homes and businesses not for bridges, schools and highways, but so some city council can create a higher tax base. Shame on them, and shame on anyone who allows this to continue!
I’m running out of breath, but that’s a start.
You say you got out of breath writing this, well, now I am out of thunder. You took all from my own "hope chest".
But like you, this may indeed be part of a wistful wish list, given the field of candidates with electability.
This early I have my sights on Romney. But it still too far from election day. But what say you?
Beat ya to the punch did I? Sorry about that. Anyway, I'm sure you could add a few more.
Once again the dems have forced me into being a republican. Neither Obama or Clinton are acceptable, and that is an understatement.
The repbulicans have fielded a group out of which I could vote for just about any of them. Let me qualify that. I don't like Ron Paul or John McCain. Paul is flaky, and McCain, well, since he is willing to foreswear waterboarding and wants to open the floodgates to illegals, I would NOT vote for him either. If McCain becomes the republican nominee, this will be the first general election since '76 in which I haven't voted. So my hope is that ANY of the others become the nominee.
I would add one thing to the death penalty issue. I also don't believe we need one. Make it mandatory that all inmates in death row are converted to life without parole, without exception. If they were sentenced to death, they should never go free unless they can prove themselves not guilty. To many times states drop the death penalty and death mate inmates are soon on parole and out on another death spree. Would you want one of these in your neighborhood?
Sounds good to me James...
I agree with you completely on illegal immigration, out of control legislators and for the most part on supreme court nominees although I would prefer nominees that don't forsake our rights in the name of fighting terrorism. But as you probably expect, we don't see eye to eye when it comes to the war on terror. Although I think Iran deserves to be under close scrutany, I think North Korea and the instability of Pakistan are the two biggest threats to our security right now. As for the war, I'm looking for someone who has a decent plan from getting out of the mess in Iraq and no Hillary's immediate withdrawl is not a solution but will keep after Osama until he has been brought to justice. I've pretty much decided that I will probably be voting republican, at least for the caucus in a couple weeks but haven't yet made my final decision. Perhaps by the end of this week.
i quit polisci forever. They make me feel dirty.... and not in the good way.
But anyway, that's a good lit you've got there... but not a politician out there has the gutts or courage to have a similar conviction.
Ed, you caucusing for a republican? Jeez Louise you shock me. There must be some ulterior motive? I'm kidding. Welcome to "the dark side" though.
Kat, I don't believe you. I think you're sandbagging me! Come on, out with it.
Where actually there is an ulterior motive. I feel that there is a better chance of getting a more moderate republican nominated than a more moderate democrat. The democrats in Iowa tend to be extremely liberal while the republicans tend to me more moderate and closer to my views. When it comes to the actual vote in November, I have no idea which party I will be voting for.
Hmmm. Moderate Republican? Knowing you, or what I think I know, that must be McCain or Giuliani. I like the New Yorker, while McCain is a no-go for me.
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