Monday, December 27, 2010

Stumble Bums

It looks like a number of Republican aspirants to the Republican nomination for President have stumbled in December. Mike Huckabee is emblematic of the stumblers.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee didn't have an easy December, either. Writing about the much-debated proposal to "cap and trade" greenhouse gas emissions, Huckabee said, "I never did support and never would support it, period."

But at an October 2007 meeting of the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference in New Hampshire, Huckabee said: "I also support cap and trade of carbon emissions. And I was disappointed that the Senate rejected a carbon-counting system to measure the sources of emissions, because that would have been the first and the most important step toward implementing true cap and trade."

Addressing the contradiction, Huckabee said it is fine for companies to voluntarily engage in cap and trade. "But I was clear that we could not force U.S. businesses to do what their Chinese counterparts refused to," he said.
They did give Palin an honorable mention for "doing nothing" in December.

One candidate not mentioned at all is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. I must say I like Gary's domestic policies (see video below). But a geopolitician he is not.
Gary Johnson opposed the war in Iraq as Governor of New Mexico and believes that the United States should withdraw our troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as effectively possible, believing that neither country poses a current threat to the US.

The United States should not be borrowing money to build roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure in foreign countries, especially when such help is currently needed at home. Non-military foreign aid around the world is something we can not currently afford.
Well Gary, who exactly do you foresee filling the power vacuum when the Americans leave? And building roads and bridges in other countries? Bribery by America of foreign powers is as traditional as Jefferson paying off the Barbary Pirates to leave American ships alone. And we didn't have much money then either. Oh. Well. It appears that the reality of office and immersion in the global situation changes a person's views about the wisest course of action. Better to come in with the right framework to begin with though. But eventually circumstances master opinions. Just ask Winston Churchill.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. - Winston Churchill

And now for the video:

I was a Libertarian before it was trendy (I voted Ron Paul for President in '88) and I left the Libertarian Party for the Republicans (libertarian branch) post 9/11. And I joined the TEA Party as soon as I heard Santelli's Rant.

Tea Party Difference

Click on the above image and learn how to spread it around.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

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