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Is there a true conservative in the Republican Primary Race?

Some Republicans don't think that any of the top tier candidates are conservative enough, which is why some are recruiting Fred Thompson, and I understand these conservative's concerns. I like Rudy Giuliani as well as Mitt Romney, but each man has a history on important issues that I, as well as other conservatives, have some problems with. I was doing some research on some of the lesser known Republican candidates and saw a man who is an officially declared candidate for president whom I was unfamiliar with but thought was very interesting.

Anyone hear of John Cox? He's a lawyer, a CPA, an entrepreneur, and a self-made millionaire. He spoke at CPAC although he got virtually no coverage, which is surprising. From what I can tell, the man is a conservative's conservative and reminds me a lot of Steve Forbes. Those who really like Steve Forbes' kind of conservatism, like me, will probably like John Cox.


Cox authored a book titled Politic$, Inc.: Principle, Not Profit: Why We Need Statesmen, Not Career Politicians, which Nathan Tabor at Human Events' Right Angle Blog reviewed. Here's a portion:

His 224-page paperback book offers his solutions in a straightforward style that will strike a chord with conservatives frustrated by the runaway spending of a Republican-held Congress and White House. His message should also grip those readers who have been equally appalled at the reflexive stance that Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert recently took in defense of Democrat Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, and the political hypocrisy of people like Republican Senators Arlen Specter and John McCain.


Author Cox asserts in Politic$, Inc. that free-market principles -- not reliance on government -- should be used to combat the looming problems of Social Security, health care and the deteriorating American educational system. Government, Cox continues, is a hindrance to progress, made all the more so by professional politicians who choose to ignore difficult and sometimes distasteful solutions in lieu of political compromise, thus wasting the opportunity to resolve our country's most important issues.

Politic$, Inc. will have appeal for an electorate starving for true conservative leadership. Cox concludes in his missive that term limits are necessary because legislators have repeatedly shown themselves incapable of political restraint. The advantages of incumbency are strengthened by the compromising examples of those already in office. He points to senatorial examples such John McCain and Alan Specter.

There's more to Nathan's review, so click on over if you want to read the rest of it.

The website Small Government Times interviewed John as well, and I thought his answers were compelling as well as refreshing. Here are his answers on two of the more important issues today: the war in Iraq and illegal immigration:

SGT: The problem of illegal immigration is on the increase, and our politicians seem unwilling to tackle this issue. Do you believe illegal immigrants should be covered under our nation's entitlement programs, such as Welfare, Medicare and Social Security?


JC: Illegal means breaking the law and that behavior should not be rewarded. That seems clear to me as it does to millions of Americans, with the exception of a few career politicians, who just want to keep getting re-elected.

SGT: Do you believe the Bill of Rights protects illegal immigrants? Do you support deportation for every immigrant in the United States illegally?

JC: People illegally in our country should not be here. While the career politicians dithered, 12 million cheated their way into the country. They need to leave. You don't need to deport them - just end their ability to find work. Crack down on illegal employment and they will leave on their own and we will just have to deport the few that remain. That would be the most compassionate thing we could do for the countries they came from. Hopefully, after tasting the freedom and economic vitality of the U.S., they will go home and replace the governments they have so they, too, can enjoy that same economic vitality and freedom in their home countries. That is real compassion, not the fake compassion of the open borders crowd, who are just enabling corrupt governments like Mexico to maintain their corrupt practices.

SGT: The War on Terror is a deeply important issue facing our nation. Do you believe the war in Iraq was the right war to fight?

JC: We were attacked on 9/11. I feel that President Bush was right to take the fight to the terrorists. If I were Mayor of Chicago, my hometown, and a couple of street gangs were threatening the city, and one blows up the Sears Tower, I would go after that street gang for sure but I also wouldn't wait for that other street gang to blow up the Hancock building - I would go after them too in order to protect the people I am responsible for. Having said that, the post invasion rebuilding and security have been horribly mismanaged. We built a government and bureaucracy but didn't rebuild the economy the way we did in post WWII Germany and Japan. Iraq should be a wealthy, prosperous country today and we better get going on pumping their oil and giving Iraqis the benefit and burden of their own security and rebuilding as soon as possible.

SGT: Many candidates are calling for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Some call this a "cut and run" strategy, while others believe the withdrawal will save troops' lives. Do you believe in an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq?

JC: I would do whatever necessary to get their oil pumping at 100% of their capacity, rather than the 30% they are doing right now. Get the money into that economy, get the prosperity to the people and get our troops home. I would also get the Iraqi government to call on other democratic Muslim nations like Pakistan and Indonesia to put together a coalition of Muslim forces to replace Americans in the security role. That would allow us to redeploy to the borders and ultimately home.

SGT: In your view, when is the war in Iraq over? What specific goals need to be accomplished in Iraq before the United States can claim complete success?

JC: The unemployment rate in Baghdad is 50% or more. Get people working and prosperous - using their oil revenue, not money from U.S. taxpayers - and the security situation will stabilize and success will be achieved.

I'm not sure what he means by his statement "I would do whatever necessary to get their oil pumping at 100% of their capacity..." That statement is pretty vague as far as I'm concerned, so I would like to see him expand on that. But his comments on rebuilding Iraq's economy are spot on. As he said, Iraq should be a wealthy nation, but getting it to prosperity requires getting the country's security in check. The sooner Iraq's entire army is a well run security machine, the better, and we need our troops in Iraq, Baghdad especially, to get security under control while that happens.

Cox is a true believer in free market solutions to our country's issues such as social security, health care, and other issues. I recommend reading the rest of SGT's interview with Mr. Cox. It's a good place to begin getting to know more about him.

As I said earlier, it is definitely newsworthy that some conservatives are courting Fred Thompson to run for president and that he's considering a run, but I'd like to see John Cox get more coverage by conservatives as well.


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Comments (27)

>I like Rudy Giuliani as we... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>I like Rudy Giuliani as well as Mitt Romney, but each man has a history on important issues that I, as well as other conservatives, have some problems with.

Oh, you're going to get hate mail now. (inside joke) lol

Funny, kind of haha funny t... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Funny, kind of haha funny that republicans are trying to line up as many candidates as they can hoping one of them will stick.

Cox, Thompson, Hagel in additon to the already long list of hopefuls. Thinking any of them will be able to compete with Obama.

Ha ha......very funny indeed.

Wonder when the 30% fundie base is going to realize it's no longer relevant. Heck, even their own nominees with the highest polling are pro choice and not exclusionary towards gays.....poor poor fundies.

the only guy named Cox anyo... (Below threshold)
ironman:

the only guy named Cox anyone knows is Nixon's son-in-law, and he bailed against running against Hillary for the senate.

You can't turn an unknown into a known unless the unknown is a billionaire like Forbes, Perot ot Bloomberg

Ironman, You may b... (Below threshold)

Ironman,

You may be right about an unknown needing to be a billionaire in order to get attention, but John Cox, even if his candidacy goes no where, is a candidate who should get attention from other conservatives because he's an honest to goodness conservative. And I don't mean any disrespect to any of the other Republican primary candidates.

civil behavior, you really ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

civil behavior, you really think Obama has a snowballs chance in hell?

That's funny.

Too many racists in the Dem party.

don't forget duncan hunter!... (Below threshold)
Pat:

don't forget duncan hunter!

Amazing! A Republican who ... (Below threshold)

Amazing! A Republican who is a fiscal conservative, free marketer and a realist on foregin policy. There aren't many of those in the Republican Party these days.

I like the focus on economic development for Iraq. Notice he didn't mention "democracy" at all. I wonder if he believes, as I do, that spreading democracy in the Middle East actually hurts us in the war on terror and that economic development should come first. I'd also like to know if he thinks cutting off aid to the Palestinians as we've done is a good idea.

You can't turn an unkno... (Below threshold)
marc:

You can't turn an unknown into a known unless the unknown is a billionaire like Forbes, Perot ot Bloomberg Posted by: ironman at March 11, 2007 01:22 PM

How soon they forget.

Of course Clinton was just what you describe before he came out of Arkansas to run for P.

So I guess it's permissible you forgot the very much unknown Clinton.

You can't turn an unknow... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

You can't turn an unknown into a known

you mean like obama?

Bubba as unknown as John Co... (Below threshold)
ironman:

Bubba as unknown as John Cox?

be real. Clinton had been a Governor for ten years, head of the DLC, and a party convention speaker.

Arguably, he was better known than Mitt Romney, at least in governmental circles

Kim,Thanks for the... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Kim,

Thanks for the tip on John Cox. The reason he is not getting ANY attention is the fact that he is a conservatives-conservative. The Republican Elite that controls the party aparatus only want to run a "Moderate" that they can control. They Repubelites have already written off the "conservative" part of the party figuring they don't have anywhere else to go. They forget that that 30% "fundies" have the option of staying home or voting for a third party.

Thompson the perfect conser... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Thompson the perfect conservative? Let's look at his credentials.

Divorced
Hollywood Type
Lobbyist for foreign nationals
Lawyer

Then there is this:

The two areas where Thompson does buck the GOP belie his reformer image. Consistently, the former lawyer and lobbyist has broken voting ranks on the issues of tort and lobbying reform. He opposed banning members of Congress from accepting gifts from lobbyists and banning lobbyists from making contributions to members they'd recently petitioned.

With regard to solving Ira... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

With regard to solving Iraq ,we already put in practice the ideas of another true believer in a free market soution: His name was Paul Bremer "the Coalition Provisional Authority" under Bremer issued 100 Orders, which they define as "binding instructions or directives to the Iraqi people that create penal consequences or have a direct bearing on the way Iraqis are regulated, including changes to Iraqi law".[22] The economic policies are largely based on free market ideas, emphasizing protection for foreign investors and contractors, while replacing the tax system with a highly regressive structure.

Order #39 allows for the following:
privatization of Iraqs 200 state-owned enterprises;
100% foreign ownership of Iraqi businesses;
national treatment of foreign firms;
unrestricted, tax-free remittance of all profits and other funds; and
40-year ownership licenses.
Order #40 turns the banking sector from a state-run to a market-driven system overnight by allowing foreign banks to enter the Iraqi market and to purchase up to 50% of Iraqi banks."..etc. etc. Not surprisngly, to anyone who has any knowledge of the real world, outside the Beltway it was a complete and total disaster!

Howzabout Thompson for Pres... (Below threshold)
Carl:

Howzabout Thompson for President with Cox as his running mate? It would be interesting.

Steve,The biggest ... (Below threshold)

Steve,

The biggest mistake that Paul Bremer made that was disasterous was that he disbanded the Iraqi military, not that he implemented free market policies. When the terrorists are cleared out of a city and the city's security is maintained, businesses and as a result, the city's economy thrives.

Thompson and Newt might as ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Thompson and Newt might as well get into the race once this get circulated to the "moral" majority. Video available through HuffPo or the Hotline:

Giuliani November 3, 1989.

"There must be public funding for abortion for poor women."

"I have also stated that I disagree with President Bush's veto last week of public funding for abortion."

The GOP isn't pimping any "... (Below threshold)

The GOP isn't pimping any "conservatives" as defined by the right. They tend to concentrate on fringe issues. Go with the fiscal conservative. Promote lower taxes, less government and more opportunity and the GOP will have a chance. They need to respect the constitution and focus on the commerce clause when considering Supreme Court justices and judges overall. All they have to due is respect the opinion of the mainstream Americans and quit trying to pacify the socialists.

Mr. Cox only had three date... (Below threshold)
tom c:

Mr. Cox only had three dates on his March calendar. He is not going to improve much on his unknown status.

And I don't mean any dis... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And I don't mean any disrespect to any of the other Republican primary candidates.

Jesus, why the hell not? If the Republicans have been taken over by a bunch of fringe right nutjobs, why the hell are you NOT calling for control of the party to return to conservatives?

The sooner Iraq's entire... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The sooner Iraq's entire army is a well run security machine, the better, and we need our troops in Iraq, Baghdad especially, to get security under control while that happens.

Kim, perhaps you missed this part of Cox's interview:

the post invasion rebuilding and security have been horribly mismanaged.

I think a lot of conservati... (Below threshold)

I think a lot of conservatives will take a second look at John McCain in the coming months, and over the summer.

Blogging at: whttp://ww.blogs4mccain.com

Seattle, are you tal... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

Seattle, are you talking about Mr. "I'll sing my own tune as long as it's all about ME" McCain?

Johnny, Murtha, and Duke (Cunningham) are all peas in a pod: former Military men who served honorably back in their day, but lost their morality, honesty, and good sense like the good Senator in the movie, The Seduction of Joe Tynan.

All three had at least a reasonable suspicion that they took bribes or dirty money after holding political office (Cunningham with defense contractor bribes; Murtha as an unindicted co-conspirator under ABSCAM; and McCain in the S&L debacle of the late 1980's).

All three were heroes once, but have been proven to have feet of clay. However, unlike enlisted men, these men were officers of significant rank and should have understood from the beginning that their calling, and their responsibilities, were higher than the rest. Yet all three utterly failed their calling, and failed the American people.

So I don't care how many "second looks" I get of McCain. Forget it.

At least in his political life, Thompson generally has acted according to his principles. In cases where it appears he did not, I would like to know his reasons for acting the way he did.

McCain acts only in the interest of McCain. And that is why he will not be elected.

As for me, if Thompson runs, he will get my vote. Period. If he does not, I will hold my nose and likely vote for Rudy. But under no circumstance will I vote for McCain.

The lefties will never unde... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The lefties will never understand party politics. One can be fiscally conservative but socially moderate. Or the contrary. Since the demo's do not allow apposing positions in their party's leadership ranks, the front line lefties do not understand what free idea's are. ww

Conservative politicians ar... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Conservative politicians are going the way of the plodding dinosaurs they used to emulate...

Personally I'm happy to see the far fringe right with no candidates - now you guys can stay and home pout on election day, and leave the voting to the real Americans....

The lefties will never u... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The lefties will never understand party politics. One can be fiscally conservative but socially moderate.

LOL! I would LOVE to see a fiscally conservative but socially moderate candidate, from EITHER party! I'm a Democrat only because I believe that "social moderation" part is more important to the future survival of American principles than the "fiscal" part. And while Democrats aren't always adept at managing social moderation, right-wing religious Republicans are bent on absolutely destroying it.

I'm keeping my eye on Giuliani. I'm formerly from NYC, so I'm well aware of the great job he did as mayor. After 9/11, I was one of the first to say he might be a good president. It's sad to see him feel the need to cozy up to the nuts now.

Cox is going absolutely now... (Below threshold)
Jimmy:

Cox is going absolutely nowhere. Do a Technorati search. Nathan Tabor is with Hunter now. What does that tell you about Cox?

This posting is a waste of space. He can't compete with the big money being raised by the serious candidates, and is totally unknown. There is probably a reason for that.

Having a few interesting ideas isn't enough to win the White House.

The more people learn about... (Below threshold)

The more people learn about John Cox, the more people realize what a fringe nutball he is.

He doesn't deserve any mentions at all by anyone in the media, or here.




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