Things must be really, really bad within the party right now when a life time and three generation member of the GOP , Mr. Pete McCloskey, supports Dem candidates.
Alas, even a Reagan conservative blasts the Bush Administration. Richard Viguerie, a conservative icon and key architect of Ronald Reagan's 1980 victory, isn't happy either. The piece on Viguerie from Raw Story.com is posted below.
Below the Viguerie story is a link to The Dallas Blog in which volunteers for the Barbara Ann Radnofsky campaign for Texas U.S. Senate have been dueling with neonut supporters of the incumbent, Mr. Tom DeLay's best buddy, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
THE REVOLT OF THE ELDERS
A great piece on the Huffington Post.com
It has been difficult, nevertheless, to conclude as I have, that the Republican House leadership has been so unalterably corrupted by power and money that reasonable Republicans should support Democrats against DeLay-type Republican incumbents in 2006. Let me try to explain why.
We had become appalled at the House Republican leadership's decision in early 2005 to effectively emasculate the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct by changing the rules to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay had been admonished three times by the Committee for abuse of power and unethical conduct. It was our hope to persuade Speaker Hastert and the Republican leadership, of which Northern California Congressman Richard Pombo and John Doolittle were prominent members, to rescind the rules changes and to act in accord with the promise of high ethical standards contained in Speaker Gingrich's Contract With America which brought the Republicans majority control in 1994. We failed. Letters to the Speaker from an increasing number of former Republican Members were ignored and remained unanswered. Then, only a few weeks ago, the House leadership refused to allow even a vote on what could have become an effective independent ethics monitor. Instead of repudiating the infamous Ã¢Â€ÂœPay to PlayÃ¢Â€? program put in place by DeLay to extract maximum corporate campaign contributions to Ã¢Â€ÂœRetain Our Majority PartyÃ¢Â€? (ROMP), DeLay's successor as Majority Leader called for a continuance of the free luxury airline trips, mammoth campaign contributions to the so-called Ã¢Â€ÂœLeadership PACsÃ¢Â€? and the continuing stalemate on the Ethics Committee. Strangely, even after the guilty pleas of Abramoff, Duke Cunningham and a number of former House staffers who had been sent to work for Abramoff and other lobbyists. The Republican House leaders don't see this as corruption worthy of investigation or change. That their former staff members and Abramoff were granted preference in access to the legislative process is not seen as a problem if it helps Republicans retain control of the House. It reminds one of the contentions of Haldeman and Ehrlichman long ago that the national security justified wire-tapping and burglary of Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office and the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate. Republicans are happy with this new corporate lobby/House complex, which is far more dangerous that the Industry/Defense complex we were long ago warned about by President Eisenhower.
There is another strong reason, I believe, for Republicans to work this fall for Democrat challengers against the DeLay-type Republicans like Pombo and Doolittle. That is the clear abdication by the House over the past five years of the Congress' constitutional power and duty to exercise oversight over abuses of power, cronyism, incompetence and excessive secrecy on the part of the Executive Branch. When does anyone remember House Committee hearings to examine into the patent failures of the Bush Administration to adhere to laws like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, or to the arrogant refusal of the President to accept the congressionally-enacted limits on torture of prisoners? When can anyone remember the House's use of the subpoena power to compel answers from Administration officials? Why have there been no oversight hearings into the Cunningham bribery affair or Abramoff's Indian gaming and exploitation of women labor in the Marianas?
"REPUBLICAN SAYS WE NEED A DEM CONGRESS"
REAGAN CONSERVATIVE LASHES OUT AT THE EXTREMIST NEOCONS
Â“DeLay is singlehandedly the primary person responsible for the most expansion of the government since [Democratic President] Lyndon Johnson,Â” he remarks. Subsequent research by RAW STORY revealed that, according to the CATO Institute, President Bush has exceeded Johnson in terms of discretionary spending.
Citing the recent bribery conviction of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA), Viguerie says the real threat to government isnÂ’t illegal activity Â– which he believes will eventually be caught by the law Â– but legal Â“plunder.Â”
Â“What really affects our life is the legal stuff, the legal thefts, the legal plunder of people like Tom DeLay, for the sole, in my opinion immoral, purpose of holding onto power,Â” the Texas politico said. Â“They are engaged in this illegal theft, spending money that doesnÂ’t belong to them to hold onto power. And thatÂ’s corrupt and immoral. And people who are engaged in that are in no way worthy of the label conservative.Â”
REAGAN CONSERVATIVE RAILS AGAINST HIJACKERS OF CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT
ENABLERS OF CORRUPTION ARE ALIVE IN WELL IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS
HEY! I've just posted two pieces by REPUBLICANS who say Tom DeLay is the most corrupt creature on the politcal planet. But our senior Senator from Texas,Kay Bailey Hutchison, is his best friend and chaired a fund raising event for his legal defense fund. This is what we are stuck with in Texas. The corrupt and the enablers of corruption. Wonderful.
AND WHEN CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS FOR U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE BARBARA ANN RADNOFSKY RAISE ISSUES ABOUT THE INCUMBENT, CHECK OUT BELOW WHAT THE INCUMBENTS' SUPPORTERS HAVE TO SAY. TALK ABOUT A TWISTED TWILIGHT ZONE OF MENDACITY AND DISTORTION.
Note: Ms. Carolyn Shore Aresu, Mr. Christopher Bates, Mr. George Chamberlain, Ms. Carolyn Moon, Mr. Evan Norman, and yours truly are obviously volunteers for the Radnofsky for Texas U.S. Senate campaign.
GRASSROOTS DEMS DUKE IT OUT WITH THE PARTY OF CORRUPTION IN TEXAS
The Plot Is Afoot
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