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William Calhoun

Election 2008: Tancredo, Paul and Hunter
By William H. Calhoun
Jan 15, 2007 - 11:06:56 AM

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With the announcement of Rep. Ron Paul this week, and Rep. Tancredo's concurrent visit to Iowa, it seems that the GOP will finally have some real presidential candidates: Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter.

All three of these men oppose the third-world invasion of America, and all three are skeptical of free trade. In general, any real conservative will oppose the third-world invasion of the United States; and, historically and philosophically, conservatives have wisely opposed free trade. It is destroying our economy and undermining our national sovereignty.

Tom Tancredo is a forerunner in the anti-immigration movement, given a grade of A by Americans for Better Immigration (ABI), and the founding member of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. Tancredo is pro-life, pro-values, and pro-religion. Although previously in favor of free trade, he recently has become more skeptical of it, and has been a harsh critic of the NAFTA superhighway. He has one of the largest grass-roots support networks of any member of Congress.

Duncan Hunter, a California Congressman, was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He opposes amnesty for illegals and receives a grade of B+ by ABI. He is pro-life, pro-values, and pro-religion. He also is a harsh critic of free trade and our trade deficit, which could be his selling point. He currently has a son, a Lieutenant in the Marines, serving in Iraq.

Ron Paul, a Texas Congressman, is a paleolibertarian (and Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1998), but also has been classified as a "paleoconservative," "conservative Constitutionalist," or "fusionist," and has general conservative / libertarian appeal. Ron Paul is opposed to amnesty, and receives a grade of B+ by ABI. He is pro-Constitution, pro-small government, pro-states rights, pro-religion, pro-values, pro-life and wants to return to the states the legality of abortion. Paul also has become skeptical of free trade and the NAFTA superhighway. He was famously one of six Republicans to vote against the illegal neocon war in Iraq, and was one of three Representatives to vote against the socialist No Child Left Behind. He also has one of the largest grass-roots support networks of any member of Congress.

We finally have some real candidates, and it is about time. Our country is being invaded on a daily basis, and we need a strong arm at the helm.

John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, Condoleezza Rice, Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are all unacceptable as candidates. McCain, Giuliani, and Rice are all liberals. Romney is a liberal in disguise. And Huckabee and Brownback are so pro-illegal alien that they should move to Mexico.

Regarding immigration, McCain, Giuliani, Rice, Brownback, Huckabee, Gingrich and Romney all support the third-world invasion of the United States. Although Gingrich and Romney say they are against amnesty, they both supported it only two years ago, and Gingrich was given a grade of D by ABI for his time in Congress. Furthermore, even though Romney and Gingrich may combat illegal immigration on some levels, both support massive increases in legal immigration, which is no solution at all. Legal immigration is as much of a problem as illegal immigration.

If McCain, Giuliani, Rice, Brownback, Huckabee, Gingrich or Romney receives the GOP nomination, then real conservatives will have no choice but to vote third party.

Let's hope, though, that a real conservative does get the nomination. Let's throw our support behind Paul, Tancredo or Hunter.

However, if Paul, Tancredo and Hunter go into the primaries together, they could divide the right-wing vote. Two will have to drop out before the primaries and throw their support behind the one remaining, so the right-wing vote will not be divided. According to some rumors, we could also see possible combinations, such as a Paul / Tancredo ticket or a Hunter / Tancredo ticket. And there is also the possibility that Reps. Virgil Goode, Walter Jones and John Duncan could be considered as running mates.

Spread the word and celebrate; the GOP finally has a few real candidates.

Stop the third-world invasion!

William H. Calhoun is a writer, paleoconservative, poet-warrior in the classical sense, farmer on his ancestral estate, and a graduate of the University of Chicago. He can be reached at

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