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March 30, 2010

Palin: Let's Elect Veterans to Congress

Great idea. The Democrats put up several veterans in 2006 and won.


Including Eric Massa, for God's sakes. That shows you how powerful a biographical datum military service is.

And that's just looking at it in political terms. In less-crass terms, these guys deserve to lead the country. When they say "I'll fight for you," they're coming from a position of experience actually, genuinely fighting for you.

Why the Republican Party doesn't do more of this is a mystery to me, but my guess is that the party is Stuck on Stupid and wants to nominate people whose "turn" it's supposed to be. Even if the candidate in question is sort of minor elected official without any real qualifications for Congress, other than having run for minor office in the past.

That said, there are a lot of candidates worthy of our support.

Palin spotlights three, for the moment:

The first is Major Vaughn Ward, a fourth-generation Idaho native who grew up on his family’s farm in Shoshone and is running in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. Coming from a family with a proud military tradition, Vaughn joined the Marine Corps after college and was finishing up his service when the September 11th attacks occurred. He put his life on hold and heeded his country’s call – serving first as a CIA Operations Officer and later volunteering with the Marine Corps for a combat tour in Iraq, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V. After returning from Iraq, Vaughn went to work for the McCain/Palin campaign. I was grateful for his support then, and I’m happy to support him now because I know that he believes in the same commonsense conservative ideals that we cherish. Vaughn knows that real job growth comes from the private sector, not government. He believes in free market reforms, tax relief for families and small businesses, and a return to a constitutionally limited government that lives within its means. He’ll carry the conservative banner to Washington and will rein in the reckless growth of government to get it back on our side. And remember, a vote for Vaughn is a vote to remove the gavel from Nancy Pelosi’s grip....

The second veteran is Captain Adam Kinzinger, a decorated special-operations pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adam is running for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District against a freshman incumbent congresswoman who seemed to pull a bait and switch on voters to get elected. She sounded like a blue dog on the campaign trail, but didn’t vote like one in Washington. Instead, she voted in lockstep with the Pelosi agenda – on Obamacare, the stimulus, cap-and-tax – and the list goes on. She’s part of the reason for Congress’ 11% approval rating. Adam is a strong fiscal conservative with a proven track record as a reformer from his years serving on his local county board. Adam started out in local office, and, like many of us, believes in making government more accountable to the people. When you serve in local office, your constituents truly are your neighbors. Adam understands this, and I know that he will listen to his constituents and work for us, not against us, in Washington....

The third veteran is Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, a decorated war hero who’s served with distinction in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of you may have heard of Allen from a speech he gave last year that became a viral video on YouTube with over 2 million viewers. Allen’s personal story is a testament to the commonsense conservative belief that our nation’s greatness is rooted in freedom, because with freedom comes equal opportunity, and that, coupled with hard work, leads to success. Allen is a small government fiscal conservative running against a leftwing ideologue who’s marched to the beat of Nancy Pelosi on every issue from cap-and-tax to the stimulus, TARP, and, of course, Obamacare. It’s time to send Allen to Washington in his place.

The last link in each leads to the respective candidate's website, where you can donate. I've omitted the Facebook and Twitter links, but you can find them at Palin's post.

Another Vet: This one running for Gillibrand's own seat. Scott Murphy, who holds the seat now for the Democrats, posed as being anti-ObamaCare until Nancy Pelosi informed him he could no longer maintain that pretense, directing him to dutifully vote yes.

Chris Gibson, hero, and next Congressman from the 20th District of New York.



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