Monday, May 17, 2010

Former Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin Lauds Utah Republicans For Dumping Bob Bennett

Former Constitution Party Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin lauded Utah Republicans for showing Bob Bennett the door at the May 8th Utah State Republican convention. But at the same time, Baldwin warned patriots to be wary of people like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, claiming that although they promote limited government on the one hand, they turn around and promote Big Government candidates on the other hand. Palin has already done this by campaigning for John McCain in Arizona, although she compensated somewhat by backing Jan Brewer on Arizona's new immigration law, HB 2162, which superseded SB 1070. Watch the new joint T.V. spot made by Palin and Brewer in support of below:

You can read Baldwin's full essay either HERE or HERE. The pertinent part is cross-posted below:

The Tea Party in Utah flexed its muscle over the weekend and booted longtime establishment Republican senator, Bob Bennett, from office. Hooray! (Now, Arizona, please do America a favor and show John McCain the door!) Unfortunately, Tea Party activists were unsuccessful in Indiana, as longtime establishment Republican, Dan Coats, defeated the principled patriot, John Hostettler. Boo!

Predictably, mainstream Republican spokesmen are lamenting Bennett’s ouster, saying Bennett was a true conservative, touting an 80% ranking in the American Conservative Union (ACU) index. However, the ACU index is completely irrelevant to the true measure of a congressman’s fidelity to constitutional government. The index that people should pay attention to is the Freedom Index (formerly called the Conservative Index) at The New American magazine. This index is far and away more accurate in determining a congressman or senator’s fidelity to limited government. In this index, Bennett’s latest rating was a pathetic 50.

Bennett needed to go; the good people of Utah did America a great favor by showing him the door. I trust and pray that this is an indication of how the November elections will fare. I would have been extremely optimistic that this might be the case, except for the miserable election results recorded in Indiana. Dan Coats is merely another establishment neocon in the similitude of Bob Bennett.

Freedom Index ratings for current members of Congress are available HERE. Utah's Congressional delegation grades out thusly:

-- Sen. Orrin Hatch: 70 percent
-- Sen. Bob Bennett: 50 percent
-- Rep. Rob Bishop: 100 percent
-- Rep. Jim Matheson: 70 percent (highest rating of all Congressional Democrats)
-- Rep. Jason Chaffetz: 100 percent

Chuck Baldwin suggests that the biggest dangers for the Tea Party movement this year are if Tea Party activists do not truly understand the issues of limited government, or if they are fooled by establishment politicians, or if they fail to materialize at the polls on election day. What could happen is that one Big Government neocon will be replaced with another Big Government neocon. Baldwin also states that Newt Gingrich is the biggest wolf in sheep's clothing, proving it 1995 when he (almost single-handedly) destroyed the Conservative Revolution of 1994. He will do the same to the Tea Party movement in 2010, if he is given the opportunity.

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