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Candidates talking nonsense

We have less than a year till the Presidential election. I been trying hard till just recently not to listen to what the various candidates say in order to pander campaign for votes. Much of what is being said is plain moronic.

Jim Addison points out remarks by Hillary Clinton in regards to Pakistan. Here is Mike Huckabee, who does the rare triple play of invoking Pakistan, border security and illegal aliens all at once.

Explaining statements he made suggesting that the instability in Pakistan should remind Americans to tighten security on the southern border of the United States, Mr. Huckabee said Friday that "we have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities, except those immediately south of the border."

Asked to justify the statement, he later cited a March 2006 article in The Denver Post reporting that from 2002 to 2005, Pakistanis were the most numerous non-Latin Americans caught entering the United States illegally. According to The Post, 660 Pakistanis were detained in that period.

A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security, however, concluded that, over all, illegal immigrants from the Philippines, India, Korea, China and Vietnam were all far more numerous than those from Pakistan.

I first read the 660 number and thought
Huckabee had to be wrong. In a nation with 12 million illegals, if a country isn't from Latin America it would have far more than 660 to rank as high as Huckabee one would seem to think. I chalked this up to candidates saying dumb things on the campaign trail.

It seems Huckabee can't get the 'facts' right about his incorrect comments. He cites a Denver Post article as his source. Or was it a CIA briefing he supposedly received yesterday?

Huckabee said 660 Pakistanis entered the country illegally last year. When asked by a reporter the source for that statistic, Huckabee appeared unsure, saying, "Those are numbers that I got today from a briefing, and I believe they are CIA and immigration numbers." The Huckabee campaign later said the figure came from a March 2006 report by The Denver Post.

But the Border Patrol told CNN on Friday that it apprehended only "a handful" of illegal immigrants from Pakistan in 2007.

So Huckabee is making things up as he goes, Clinton doesn't think much of a nation solving its own internal matters. Giuliani has nutty foreign policy advisors, Richardson has stuck his foot in his mouth on Pakistan too. McCain supported campaign finance, Paul has some Neo Nazi supporters, Fred Thompson has a trophy wife, or is it that he don't look interested in being President, and don't forget John Edwards and his hair.

So when you get through disqualifying all the candidates based on one set of moronic comments they make on the campaign trail or one attribute or some issue they supported once, who do we have left?

God bless the USA.


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Comments (7)

Ok Bill, just how old are y... (Below threshold)
David:

Ok Bill, just how old are you. I have been suffering from idiot candidates since 1968 Yes, I find this round to be very depressing, but 1976 was worse.

Thank heavens Cynthia McKin... (Below threshold)
yo:

Thank heavens Cynthia McKinney is running for the Green Party.

Serenity now!

Cynthia McKinney, a racist,... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Cynthia McKinney, a racist, a paranoid idiot, a criminal, and the rest make her look good. Folks we have a problem. The death to America crowd wins no matter who is elected.

FRED THOMPSON is the best p... (Below threshold)

FRED THOMPSON is the best person to lead this country. He is a true conservative and has been his entire life. All one has to do is check his record to see this.

During my time in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst, I served under both Presidents Carter and Reagan (as my commanders in chief). Without argument, President Reagan was the best commander-in-chief a military person could ever have served under. Fred Thompson possesses the same qualities and vision as President Reagan in that he is strong on national defense and sees a dire need to secure our borders and control immigration.

I can think of no better person to lead this country and fix the problems we have. He is the only candidate from either party who has specific and detailed plans on border security and immigration reform; revitalization of America's armed forces; saving and protecting Social Security; and tax relief and economic growth. These are detailed on his Web site at www.fred08.com . I challenge you to find any other candidate who has laid out specific plans to fix anything.

Fred Thompson has published his first principles, some of which are mentioned above. In addition to those, he strongly believes in individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, federalism, traditional American values, the rule of law and is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment -- all concepts established during the birth of our country and documented in our Constitution.

Again, try to find any candidate who has laid out their plans to "fix" this country. You will find they all speak in vague and abstract terms on their plans.

For those who have heard Fred Thompson speak, you will usually hear him say that the Fred Thompson you see today is the same Fred Thompson you saw yesterday and is the same Fred Thompson you will see tomorrow. He stands by his principles and values and doesn't shift his positions based on polls or public opinion; in other words, he doesn't say what the voters want to hear just to get elected, but remains steadfast on his views and convictions.

During his time in the Senate he focused on three areas: to lower taxes, strengthen national security and expose waste in the federal government. Fred Thompson has foreign policy experience, having served as member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Intelligence committees.

As chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he opened the investigation in 1997 on the Chinese government's attempt to influence American policies and elections, and this investigation identified connections with the Clinton administration (documented in the committee's report).

As a member of the Finance Committee, he worked tirelessly to enact three major tax-cut bills. Fred Thompson remains steadfast and even though a person may not agree with all his views and he understands some may disagree with him, you can count on him to be consistent and unwavering.

Don't be fooled by his laid back approach and what critics call his "laziness." As a former assistant U.S. attorney, he earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and he possesses the toughness this country needs in order to tackle today's and tomorrow's issues.

I ask that you take a hard look at what this country needs, then take a hard look at all the other candidates' views, policies, their records and their track record on consistency. Fred Thompson possesses integrity, loyalty, commitment, energy and decisiveness, all traits of an effective leader, and will emerge as the best person to take this country boldly forward.

Please help Fred win in Iowa:
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The only problem with the p... (Below threshold)

The only problem with the process of disqualifying idiots is that the stupid debate system we have for both parties doesn't do it fast enough.

There's a difference between holding some old vote or a position on some given issue against a candidate forever and scratching off a candidate who shoots his/her mouth off irresponsibly on foreign policy. The conduct of foreign policy and national security is one of a President's most important duties.

If you're an idiot, you can't do that very well. If you make stupid remarks off the cuff, you're not qualified. Words have meanings. It's one thing to say something stupid about the mohair industry, and quite another to incite our enemies and discourage our allies with a thoughtless comment.

Fred Thompson is a huge que... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Fred Thompson is a huge question mark. You could site your resume all you want, but in the end, his positions and experience will be revealed. That is when I decide. ww

Frederick Paxson - Was that... (Below threshold)
marc:

Frederick Paxson - Was that a paid political announcement, or did Kevin give you the space for free.

Kevin, if it was free I demand equal time to pimp Carrot Top for President.




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