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George Allen
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, August 31, 2006

QandO readers may have noticed my occasional posts on George Allen and the Virginia Senate race. I've followed this because I live in Virginia — just outside of Richmond, actually — so this has been in my backyard and my newspapers. I've consistently said that...

  1. George Allen has gotten a raw deal from the press and Democrats on some issues and innuendos and that...

  2. I find his "libertarian, trusting, free-people approach", his "Common Sense Jeffersonian Conservative Principles" and his Reaganesque belief in libertarian ideals very attractive.

Well, one thing has unexpectedly led to another. So, I'm very happy to announce that I've accepted a job as Netroots Coordinator with the George Allen Senate Campaign.

Obviously, this will change my focus quite a bit, but I will continue to blog at QandO whenever possible, generally on the issues and stories in this very important Virginia Senate race.

Naturally, as a Netroots Coordinator, I'll be working directly with bloggers and readers who support George Allen. If I can help any of you, don't hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, in the interests of ethics, I should note that (1) I have not blogged since the campaign called me, and (2) I'll include the following disclaimer at the bottom of every post I write:

Jon Henke is the Netroots Coordinator for the George Allen Senate campaign.
 
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Congratulations Jon!

I had hoped they would look your way, and I hope it is something that gives you a great deal of satisfaction.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: www.asecondhandconjecture.com
Congratulations, really....I hope it goes well, professionally and politically. I believe Senator Allen is very lucky to have you supporting his campaign. Again, Good Luck.

Now: YOU’RE A SELL-OUT!

Join the rest of us who work for politicians...and that’s all I can say.
 
Written By: Joe
URL: http://
We’re all down in the political muck...at least you’re getting paid now :)

Good luck
 
Written By: Shark
URL: http://
Join the rest of us who work for politicians.
All together, I work about half of each year for politicians. Cept they make me pay them. They call it taxes.
 
Written By: Jody
URL: http://
Oh, John.

Good luck, man. Big break. Not the least risky of all possible campaigns, either.

Your first big challenge could be:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/8/29/195724/263

this.

Frankly - and this opinion was formed weeks ago - I think Mr. Allen has a chance at being a poster boy for a very bad Republican election year. I almost want that a little less now if you were to go down with the ship...

The following are not potshots, but sincere questions -
1#. Is Mr. Allen worried that you’ve publicly expressed interest in seeing a divided government over Republican victory? My time in DC was filled with ideological litmus tests, but Allen seems to have given you quite a pass on that. I guess that’s a point for validating your belief that he’s a libertarian kind of guy.

2#. You’ve always been - admirably - a substance-over-style, by-the-book, not-hitting-below the belt kind of person. Are you prepared for the throwing of moral standards and logical consistency to the wind that comes with being heavily involved in a political campaign?

Well, I hope it works out for you, though if possible without working out for your candidate.

Again, big break, man.



 
Written By: glasnost
URL: http://
Congrats, Jon! I think you will be very valuable to the campaign.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Congratulations.
 
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
URL: http://www.caerdroia.org/blog
Congratulations, Jon! Join the ranks of those of us who get paid to do our hobbies (I assume that blogging was a hobby rather than a full-time job.). Best of luck to you on the new campaign!

Glasnost has a good point, however: you are going to have to contend with the KosKids and other leftist bloggers opposed to Mr. Allen. I suspect that a torrent of abuse is already flying toward you. Still, if you ever need a bodyguard, I suspect Dale is adequately equipped for the job.
 
Written By: The Poet Omar
URL: http://www.asecondhandconjecture.com
Congrats! Lead the way!
 
Written By: Ward Smythe
URL: http://wardsmythe.com
Very sad.

Obviously, there is only one writer on this site who has any regard for freedom at all. George Allen wielded the death penalty with the grace of an Arab chieftain. During his administration, teenagers were given the death penalty in Virginia, putting the state in exclusive company with 4 or 5 thug nations around the world. During his administration the Commonwealth refused to pay criminal defense attorneys for indigent defense, putting a cap of under $100 per case, in spite of the protests by virtually all of the state’s judicial system. When I asked Allen in the early 90’s during law school about ending the car tax, he told the audience that the car tax was something that governors had no control over—a surprise to Jim Gilmore who followed him.

George Allen is of low intellect and has achieved little or nothing without the aid of his father’s coattails. Honestly, his greatest hallmark is that he makes George Bush appear to be a genius. For all that you love the military, unlike his opponent, he never served a single say. What a laugh that you could work for this guy and still tout yourself as a libertarian.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
Gee Jon, I guess you can’t please everyone.

With the particular guy above, I certainly wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. Surprisingly he got through a whole comment without once writing the word "prison" or using "25%.

Will wonders never cease?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Congratulations, both for getting the gig and for making William cry.
 
Written By: Xrlq
URL: http://xrlq.com
More importantly congratulations and good luck. I know Allen will be well served with your addition to his staff.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Yeah, McQ, once again logic is not your hallmark. You might just pick up a book on logic or debate, and take even a tiny glance at it. You will learn about syllogisms and analogies. It is really quite interesting. Right now, all you seem to know is what is called ad hominem attack but that is about all you get on Fox and Rush Limbaugh.

I actually looked at the so-called Allen "Jeffersonian" precepts on his web site and it was a big load of nothing. Take a look. The quotes amount to nothing more than that Allen supports free enterprise and low taxes and that he went to the University of Virginia. Big deal. That hardly makes him a libertarian. The Wall Street Journal reference is out and out fraudulent. There is nothing there about his being a libertarian. All it says is that he doesn’t know if Roe v. Wade should be reversed. That doesn’t make him a libertarian. That makes him an idiot incapable of uttering opinion.

Therefore, I would guess you should be touting the other guy, Webb, who served in the Reagan Administration (a much truer lover of freedom than George Bush) and whose son is currently being deployed to Iraq.

Do you want to say something negative about Webb or his son, the Lance Corporal?
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
William: You had me at "Yawn."
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
So when do they do the fitting for your klansman’s hood? Truly sad, youre one of the few con bloggers I don’t found odious and now youre working for a blatant bigot.

God willing you’ll have no need to associate with Allen after election day.
 
Written By: Oliver
URL: http://www.oliverwillis.com
Yeah, McQ, once again logic is not your hallmark.
Non sequiturs seem to be yours. And yes, that would have to do with logic. For you, about 25% I would say.

Heh ...
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Now, you see McQ. You had the chance to tout George Allen’s libertarian accomplishments. You could have listed his attributes pointing towards freedom. Instead, you attacked me. Keep trying. You will get it. You want to list points that support your position. Criticizing previous posts or calling posters names doesn’t do it. Here, I will start you off:

1. George Allen lowered taxes in the Commonwealth.

2. George Allen worked to extend 2nd Amendment rights in Virginia.

3. George Allen worked to decrease business redtap in Virginia.

Now, these would be statements that would buttress an argument that Allen believes in freedom.

But instead of doing this, you attacked the messenger. This is called ad hominem and is a favorite ploy of the uneducated and will get you a grade of D at any decent university in the country. I will expect you to do better, because we libertarians do not tolerate mediocrity.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
Oliver,

You couldn’t wait to go after Jon on your work time, you have to come in here today and spew your Limbaughesque crap now?
 
Written By: Lance
URL: www.asecondhandconjecture.com
Take your racebaiting elsewhere, Oliver. You might actually learn how to formulate an argument instead of slinging the racecard around. Nevermind that Allen is up for the Thurgood Marshall Award for his support of historically black schools, no he must be a racist because he’s a Republican!
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
You know, I never figured that I be jumping in on Henke’s side of much of anything , of late. But William and Willis have caused me to seriously reconsider that point.

Anything that two such blatantly demonstrated non- thinkers are so solidly against, must be worth at least some consideration.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
Congratulations, Jon. If that kos piece glastnost linked above is the best the nutroots has to throw at Allen, you’re in for some pretty smooth sailing.
Enjoy.
 
Written By: Pablo
URL: http://
Jon, excellent news. I think you will do a fantastic job, Allen is getting the best


Hey Oliver, none of us are going down to your workplace and knocking the dicks out of your mouth. So now you have a reason to stay away, then stay away. loser!
 
Written By: capt joe
URL: http://
But instead of doing this, you attacked the messenger.
"Physician, heal thyself!" Mote, beam, etc. (yeah, I know it’s a little too nuanced for you but perhaps someone will be kind enough to explain it to you).
I will expect you to do better, because we libertarians do not tolerate mediocrity.
I’m afraid with you included in the equation, mediocrity is already achieved.

 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
we libertarians
William, being libertarian involves more than just being obsessed with the "War on Drugs".
What a laugh that you could work for this guy and still tout yourself as a libertarian.
What’s laughable is that someone could say this of Jon, unless you know nothing about his arguments. Oh, wait...we’re talking about William...’nuff said.
 
Written By: JWG
URL: http://
Bad move Henke.

I don’t care how ’enamoured’ you are with his positions, you fail to observe the most obvious error - Never, ever trust anyone with the last name Allen.

My wife made that mistake once. Now look at her.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
Now look at her.
Thanks. Do have any *** pictures of her?

Do you want to buy some?


Sorry...I couldn’t resist...however, I couldn’t bring myself to be tasteless enough to give the full joke.
 
Written By: JWG
URL: http://
Congrats, Jon!

Now, let’s just hope they actually listen to you.
 
Written By: James Joyner
URL: http://outsidethebeltway.com
Geez, are Republicans calling it the "Netroots" now too? Yuck.

Mission #1 for Jon Henke: come up with a better term than the Nut, er, Netroots.
 
Written By: A.S.
URL: http://
Oh to be McQ.

You don’t have to address comments, just the commenter.

Heh indeedy.
 
Written By: davebo
URL: http://
Oh to be McQ.

You don’t have to address comments, just the commenter.

Heh indeedy.
It seems you have enough trouble being davebo. Don’t try to get ahead of yourself.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Hey Jon, I hope G. Felix doesn’t slam your head through a glass door when you screw up like he did to his sister.

Please post pictures at the next CCC meeting!
 
Written By: Macaca Boy
URL: http://
When can we expect Senator Allen’s next photo-op with members of the Council of Conservative Citizens?
 
Written By: Geek, Esq.
URL: http://
I forgot to ask the second question:

Or, will Senator Allen instead issue a complete and unambiguous condemnation of the CCC and its members, and a complete repudiation of everything it stands for?

No decent person would have trouble doing the latter, and no decent person would do the former.
 
Written By: Geek, Esq.
URL: http://
Thanks for validating my point McQ.

Apparantly you’ve never met a topic you couldn’t run away from.

Voulez-vous cesser de me cracher dessus pendant que vous parlez!
 
Written By: davebo
URL: http://
When can we expect Senator Allen’s next photo-op with members of the Council of Conservative Citizens?
Never. There’s a lesson in there. I hope your logical faculties haven’t been sufficiently degraded by your fits of racebaiting so that you can see what it is.
Or, will Senator Allen instead issue a complete and unambiguous condemnation of the CCC and its members, and a complete repudiation of everything it stands for?
Oh, I don’t know... maybe because it was just an innocent photo-op that happened 10 years ago and only racebaiting fools are still obsessing about it? If I happened to see a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens before I learned about them, I wouldn’t have thought anything of it. But then again, I’m not you, who thinks that conservative and racist are one and the same.
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
No politician running for office in the South is unaware of what the CCC is all about.

Ask Trent Lott and Haley Barbour.

You see, that’s the thing. The Republicans wonder why blacks would never consider voting for them, while at the same time they play footsie with the CCC under the table.

Just tell the world that the CCC’s mission and values are disgusting and immmoral. In front of a microphone. So that the CCC’s members and supporters can see and hear you.

Why doesn’t Senator Allen have the courage to do that?
 
Written By: Geek, Esq.
URL: http://
Thanks for validating my point McQ.
Davebo, only you could care about this point, such that it is. It is my absolute pleasure to validate it for you. I’ll even send you a certificate of authenticity you can show all your friends.
Apparantly you’ve never met a topic you couldn’t run away from.
Ummm ... you mean like this extremely important topic?

LOL! —- you are a odd one, that’s for sure.

But what the heck, humor is where you find it and if nothing else I do find you funny in that odd and bizarre way one finds nonsensical trolls to be amusing at times.

Please, do continue.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Thrilled to have you aboard, Jon! I’ve been doing my best, but will definitely appreciate having an experienced professional expert blogger on staff.
 
Written By: Fightin’ Felix
URL: http://georgefelixallen.blogspot.com/
do find you funny in that odd and bizarre way one finds nonsensical trolls to be amusing at times.
I’d say it’s inconsistant to claim to dissaprove of the trolls yet find the trolls amusing.

Well, I would if today was nonsensical posting day!
 
Written By: davebo
URL: http://
I’d say it’s inconsistant to claim to dissaprove of the trolls yet find the trolls amusing.
Yeah, go figure. Appreciate you at least admitting what you are though.
Well, I would if today was nonsensical posting day!
For you davebo, everyday is nonsensical posting day.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
It wasn’t the word that did Georgie in. It was his instinct to see a person who didn’t look like everyone else and ASSUME he wasn’t an American or a Virginian. This was especially stupid since your candidate is the one not originally from Virginia, I believe, but from California.

His immediately assuming that the staffer was foreign-born, combined with his choice to mock the young man with a racial epithet (intended or not), is why it can’t be explained or apologized away so simply.

The repeated, multiple, and differing explanations are what call the sincerity of the ’apology’ into question.

The fact that he is whining about how he’s being treated by the media — when he is the offender, not the victim — is what keeps the story going.

"M*c*c*" will prove to be your candidate’s equivalent of the ’Dean Scream’. There has been too much racist smoke around your candidate for too long to dismiss it. It simply confirmed what was suspected about him. So very telling since it was all his own words, his own actions, his own instincts to ridicule and belittle. He may yet squeak out a victory in Old Dominion, but his national dreams are toast.

But best of luck on your new job.
 
Written By: Rucka
URL: http://
You might want to take a look at my piece "George Allen Only Pretending To Be Stupid" for some ideas on how to sell him to the voters.
 
Written By: Jon Swift
URL: http://jonswift.blogspot.com
With all due respect, Allen is probably going to lose, along with a lot of other Republicans.

It’s ironic that it takes a former Reagan administration official to defeat a former football coach’s son.

This election will be about an ill advised and ill planned conflict that is heading rapidly into a civil war between combatants who have been at it for hundreds of years.

What arrogance to go into such a situation on the cheap, expecting to be greeted with flowers, and have our heads (literally) handed to us on a plate.

Meanwhile Iran, North Korea and China become more powerful, influential and dangerous because we were sidelined by one man’s power trip.

This is relevant to Allen’s campaign because he supported Bush from the beginning.

I watched Webb make a speech where he referred to his son’s impending deployment to Iraq, his voice cracking at the mention of it.

It is a sign of true character and patriotism to let one’s own son go into a battle you do not believe in, but for a country that you do believe in.

Webb is passionate about taking decisive action to end this misguided conflict. He has a stake in this that far exceeds Allen’s pandering and self-aggrandizement.

There is no doubt in my mind that if Allen’s kids were old enough to serve in the military, they would not.

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

 
Written By: Eric Blair
URL: http://www.google.com/
Allen is a psychotic bully and a vicious racist. Anyone willing to work for such a creature is beneath contempt.
 
Written By: Evil Progressive
URL: http://
That maybe be true. Do you really want to be a Republican enabler?

With respect to the military, Republican children virtually never serve in the military. We all know that. It would be a waste because many of them will grow up to be doctors and lawyers and politicians. If any of you liberals studied economics and David Ricardo, then you would understand a little thing called comparative advantage. No nation can be strong if it sends its best and brightest off to war. In the same way that Great Britain can produce better wool and Portugal better wine, the U.S. is better off utilizing this comparative advantage principle and sending the children of Democrats off to war.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
Omg. Man, I must have been drunk the other night when I first saw this post. I thought it was Dale, not Jon! I thought it was Dale. Jon is the only reason this site is even sputtering along. Please, Jon! Say it isn’t so. He’s not worth it. I started going to Inactivist because of you. You were the only voice of reason here. Now, there is no writer left here who is even arguably in consonance with libertarian theory. Now I am almost really crying, but I never really would because libertarians don’t do that.

 
Written By: william
URL: http://
With respect to the military, Republican children virtually never serve in the military. We all know that.
Really? How about that. My dad was a Republican and all three of his sons served in the military.

If he’d have only known.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
That just proves that you were not among the best and the brightist. You might have been among the small number of working class Republicans. Unlike George Bush’s brilliant twins, your comparative advantage was in the military. Blame Ricardo not me.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
William,

Your statement about which ’class’ should be sending their children to war is irrelevant. Provoking an argument for the sake of insult is lowbrow trolling.

The context of my statement was that the Republican party’s neo-conservative ’best and brightest’ completely mismanaged the war in Iraq.

They tried to do it on the cheap while enriching their political allies. Not exactly a libertarian approach, was it?

Many people, Webb included, felt Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism before the Bush administration fomented hatred for the United States by invading Iraq ineffectively.

Webb originally campaigned for Allen. It is a mark of intelligence to know when one has made a mistake.

Changing your mind when the situation merits it is evidence of superior reasoning.

It’s a sign of something far darker when one fails to change despite all indication that change is urgently needed.

Declaring ’war on terror’ is akin to declaring ’war on rust,’ or ’war on tooth decay’. If America does ‘stay the course’ in Iraq, the US Treasury will be bankrupt in short order.

The billions spent in Iraq should have instead been spent on strengthening our domestic security infrastructure and on alternative energy research.

Had we given FEMA adequate resources after September 11th, 2001, we would now have a dramatically better ability to respond to emergencies.

Had we given INS & US Customs adequate resources then, today there would a lot less illegal immigration and a far smaller chance of terror entering the US in a shipping container.

Instead, Bush decided to reshuffle the chairs on the deck of the Titanic, put his cronies in charge, and create an unworkable Department of ‘Homeland’ Security.

Had we begun to invest in alternative energy research, like Brazil did many years ago, we would not care what was going on in Iraq.

Farmers in the Midwest would be reaping the financial benefits instead of the middle eastern governments who are funding the Muslim extremists who ‘hate freedom’.

Sen. Allen was ‘on watch’ during the entire time all of this money was being drained out of the Treasury.

If more members of our current administration had ‘served’ in the military, actually risking their lives instead of failing to show up for duty, they might had have a greater sense of personal responsibility and personal honor.

You ‘libertarians’ want to drown the government in a bathtub. I’d say you’re doing a fine job of that. Did a damn good job in New Orleans.

Either admit that ‘we the people’ ARE the government and that your neo-psychotic approach is suicidal to Democracy, or admit that your ‘best and brightest’ aren’t up to the task and step aside so someone else can do the job properly.

That’s how Democracy is supposed to work. After the next elections, we’ll see which party ‘the people’ want to trust with their future.

I would never expect more from a chicken hawk than an eagle. That’s precisely why I don’t expect you to directly address the mistake that the war in Iraq has become.

But that’s ok, the voters will address it for you - both the ’best and brightest’ and the ones who have to go in and clean up your ’Libertarian’ mess.
 
Written By: Eric Blair
URL: http://www.google.com/
Apparently, none of you ever read Jonathon Swift. How about P.J. O’ Rourke? It is called irony. Live it, learn it, love it.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
That just proves that you were not among the best and the brightist. You might have been among the small number of working class Republicans.
My father retired as Colonel after 36 years service in the Army. I retired after 28.

And you?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
My last posting here:

(1) I am familiar with Swift, and you sir, are no Jonathan Swift.

I remember PJ O’Rourke from back when he was an editor at National Lampoon. He was an idiot then and he’s still an idiot.

(2) As I said, I don’t expect you to directly address the mistake that the war in Iraq has become.

Have fun, children. I thought there was a place for intelligent discussion here, but it’s just a troll’s feeding frenzy.

Goodbye.
 
Written By: Eric Blair
URL: http://www.google.com/
With respect to the military, Republican children virtually never serve in the military. We all know that.
Gee. If that’s true, perhaps you can explain to us why it is that the democrats were so interested in shutting off military votes in the 2000 election? for all the screaming about disenfranchise voters in the cities, the democrats were certainly interested in shutting off military voters ability to vote. The reason commonly understood at the time was military people tend to vote Republican.

Now you’re telling us that’s all garbage.

Amazing.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
My father was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and I was born at Camp LeJeune, NC. However, he was a Republican and as his sons, my brother and I both opted for white-collar professions just like the children of George and Dick, and Bill and Al, and so on and so on. I admit that I might be selfish, although I actually did look into enlisting after 9-11 and was told that I was too old, although they might be willing to take me now.

I encourage all members of the GOP to write George Bush and to steadfastly urge him to encourage his daughters and nieces and nephews to enlist in the military. What could possibly encourage the troops more than having relatives of the President standing next to them in the battle to make Iraq every bit as free as the United States.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
I encourage all members of the GOP to write George Bush and to steadfastly urge him to encourage his daughters and nieces and nephews to enlist in the military.
I see the chickenhawk argument is alive and well. Pretty sad, especially coming from one who views himself as the only "authentic" libertarian around here.
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
I both opted for white-collar professions ...
Of course you did.
... although I actually did look into enlisting after 9-11 ...
Of course you did.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
    No politician running for office in the South is unaware of what the CCC is all about.


Actually, no. And saying don’t make it so.
 
Written By: Martin A. Knight
URL: http://
ChickenHawk is alive because it is true for many, many of the Hawks: Cheney, Kristol, Limbaugh, ... on and on ad nauseaum. Many of these leaders not only did not serve, they did everything in their ability to avoid service. If you think that a person who has not served in the military has the same moral authority, as opposed to 1st Amendment right to speak that we all have, on these issues, then you simply are mistaken. I have no problem with people who avoid military service. I have a big problem with people who avoid military service (Rush Limbaugh is by far the biggest hypocrite of all) and then constantly beat the drums of war, while sitting on their fat behinds smoking illegal Cuban cigars in an opiate-induced coma.
 
Written By: william
URL: http://
Well then, McQ’s opinion on Iraq carries a hell of a lot more weight than yours, eh William?
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
And by the way, you lack the moral authority to call the Fire Department, should your house catch on fire.
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
Well then, McQ’s opinion on Iraq carries a hell of a lot more weight than yours, eh William?
Heh ... this ought to be fun to watch. Getting the popcorn ready now.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Look, Jon Henke - who others tell me is "intellectually honest" - got his ticket into Republican politics. Hooray for his career. That he’s going to work for a moron who is about as libertarian as Hilary Clinton is beside the point.

I don’t begrudge him the opportunity. I’m not sure I’d want to work for a bigot and a dimwit, but then I wasn’t offered the position.

But please don’t feed us the pile of horsesh*t that Allen, whom I’ve met and under whose administration I lived in VA, is anything other than a garden variety social conservative.
 
Written By: 123@gmail.com
URL: http://
The "Chickenhawk" argument is alive and well because so many of you who make the case for war on these blogs are the prime age to enlist, but have not. You’ve convinced yourself that your "talents" - such that they are - are better deployed on the "homefront" writing comments on blogs, or writing blogs themselves - than they would be in service.

It can’t be that you are scared to go over there. Few actually see combat - you could surely serve in a support staff role in uniform. You just don’t want to interrupt the careers you’re beginning, or leave the comfort and air conditioning of your computer rooms.

It’s not that you’re "chickens" per se. It’s more that you’re selfish, and would like to see others die for the arguments you make.
 
Written By: 123@gmail.com
URL: http://
George Allen is obviously a bigoted *ssh*l*. Just look at his past; having a lengthy and intense love affair with the confederate flag; hanging a noose in his law office; posing with members of a white supremacist group; calling a young man of color a racial slur; need I go on? Why does anyone feel the need to defend this piece of slime? If you’re a Republican who doesn’t share these views, wouldn’t it give you and your party more credibility if you denounce people like Allen?
 
Written By: slim
URL: http://
KKK and Allen All the Way!
 
Written By: Jim Carson
URL: http://
Here’s the stuff you need to know about James Webb:

James Webb Questionnaire May 31, 2006
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com


James H. "Jim" Webb (D)
AGE: 60
HOMETOWN: Falls Church
FAMILY: [Fourth] Wife, Hong; Son, Jimmy, a 23-years-old Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps
CAMPAIGN ADDRESS: P.O. Box 17427, Arlington, Va. 22216
CAMPAIGN PHONE: 540-537-8247
WEBSITE: www.webbforsenate.com
EDUCATION: U.S. Naval Academy, 1968; Georgetown University Law School, 1975
QUALIFICATIONS: Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Webb joined the U.S. Marine Corps, ranking first in his class at Marine Corps Officer’s Basic School. During the Vietnam War, he fought with the Fifth Marine Regiment, leading a rifle platoon. For his service during the war, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals and two Purple Hearts.
Following the Vietnam War, Webb taught tactics and weapons at the Marine Corps Officer Training School. While earning his law degree at Georgetown, Webb worked to clear the name of a Vietnam veteran convicted of war crimes, succeeding in 1978, three years after the soldier’s suicide. For his work, Webb was awarded the Horan award for excellence in legal writing.
Webb has written six novels, including "Fields of Fire" (1978), "A Sense of Honor" (1981), "A Country Such as This" (1983), "Something to Die For" (1991), "The Emperor’s General" (1999) and "Lost Soldiers" (2001). He taught literature at the Naval Academy. He has also worked as a journalist, notably filming an Emmy Award-winning documentary for PBS about U.S. Marines in Beirut. His non-fiction book "Born Fighting" (2004) chronicles the history and rise of Scots-Irish people in the United States. From 1977 to 1981, Webb worked for Congress, as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. During the Reagan administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense of Reserve Affairs and as Secretary of the Navy.

1. What are your views on the Iraq war? Should the United States pull out?
The administration is fighting the wrong war in Iraq. I have been an outspoken opponent of the occupation of Iraq since October 2001, well before the war started. I oppose this war based on strategic concerns. The war in Iraq occupies our military in a foreign nation at a time when we need military mobility to fight terrorists. While we entered this war recklessly, we must leave carefully. This can only be achieved when the administration clearly states that the United States has no long-term plan to occupy Iraq. The Middle East nations in the region must then be engaged, along with our global allies, in finding the solution for the future of Iraq.

2. Congress is currently debating several major proposals related to illegal immigration. What should be done about the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants?
The immigration debate is divided into three separate issues. How can we secure our border? What should we do about the 11 million undocumented workers? And, lastly there is the guest worker question. It is necessary to separate out the 3 issues. The primary concern must be securing the border. Immediate action is needed to stem the flow of illegal border crossings. Approaching the issue using an omnibus bill that attempts to solve all three issues simultaneously creates a political stalemate that delays the border security solution. There is a consensus that our border security must be improved and we should act on that consensus as soon as possible. Once the border is secure we can develop a fair solution to other immigration issues.

3. What is the greatest challenge facing the United States?
If elected, what would you do to address it?
There are many challenges facing Americans today: an unpopular war, skyrocketing health care costs, a shrinking job market and rising inequality in society. I believe in the strength of American character and the ingenuity of the American people. With the right leaders we can overcome all of these obstacles. America doesn’t lack ideas, it lacks leaders willing to stand up and make courageous decisions. I have fought — and continue to fight — to protect American values. I fought in Vietnam with the hope that the Vietnamese might share the same freedoms we enjoy. I fought as a congressional committee counselor to guarantee our veterans the treatment they deserve. I fought as Secretary of the Navy to maintain the excellence of our military. I fought, pro bono, on behalf of countless veterans and refugees, in order that they might have their voices heard in the vast government bureaucracy. And I will fight in the Senate to give all Americans the chance to achieve their dreams.

4. What specific projects in Northern Virginia would you seek to federally fund?
Virginia needs more money to reduce traffic congestion. Federal funding is crucial to ensure that Virginia can effectively combat its transportation problem. The commonwealth’s leaders in Richmond will decide the particular projects that should receive the most resources. As Virginia’s junior Senator I will work with Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and the legislature to implement their transportation priorities by fighting for greater federal funding.

5. If you win the June 13 primary election, you will face U.S. Sen. George Allen (R) in November. Why do you believe you have a chance to unseat the incumbent?
I was a Marine. My brother was a Marine. My son is a Marine. And in the Marines we have a creed— a theory of leadership specific to the Corps but representing an idea that applies to all Americans. Take care of your people.
Any Marine will tell you that this creed cuts across political boundaries, racial boundaries, and class boundaries. It holds us together and gets us through. It sustains our fighting men and women in Iraq. But we have been letting them down. Our politics has been letting them down; our leaders have been letting them down. Unfortunately, Iraq is just one symptom of a much more seriously troubled administration. And George Allen is in the middle of this, try as he might to distance himself from it. Voting with this president 96 percent of the time holds you accountable. I believe the voters of the commonwealth are ready for a change. Virginians are ready for real leaders, willing to make tough choices and opposed to the failed policies of George Bush.

6. If named the Democratic Party’s nominee, you will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot alongside a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Will you vote for it?
Why or why not?
I oppose the proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution, [banning same-sex marriage], that will be on the ballot in November. I believe that, absent a compelling reason, government interference should stop at our doorstep.

7. In light of recent scandals in Congress, do you believe ethics reforms are needed? What would you propose?
There are over 30,000 lobbyists in Washington and only 535 legislators. The influence of lobbyists undoubtedly affects the laws passed by Congress. The influence of money in the political system should be eliminated, or at least minimized. As a Senator I will work to reform the political process to reduce the role of money and lobbyists. Reforms are a part of the answer, but cannot be considered a panacea. The only true solution is to elect candidates who are not beholden to moneyed interests. I have never accepted money to lobby. The people of Virginia have drafted me to run for the U.S. Senate. In the Senate I will make their interests, and the interests of all Americans, my priority.

8. What should be done about the 45 million Americans who are living without health insurance?

First by growing up in a military family and then as a consequence of having been wounded in Vietnam I have had the privilege of using the military health care system my whole life. The care and service the military provides is top notch. All Americans deserve access to some form of quality health care. Health care legislation should focus on providing people access to health care, not simply on corporate profits.
Reforming the Medicare prescription drug benefit would be a priority. The plan is a step in the right direction, but the benefit is confusing to consumers. By preventing Medicare from negotiating a discount the cost of the program is excessively high.

9. What changes, if any, should be made to the federal No Child Left Behind, the Bush Administration’s education law that mandates high-stakes standardized testing in all public schools?

Education is the only way to level the playing field and provide all Americans with the opportunity to succeed. The testing and accountability included in No Child Left Behind are a good first step. Teachers and school districts must have access to the resources that are needed to implement the mandates placed on states by the No Child Left Behind law. It is vital that Congress fully fund the mandates of No Child Left Behind.

10. What is your favorite place to visit in Northern Virginia?
My favorite place to visit in Northern Virginia is Arlington National Cemetery. I can reflect upon the sacrifices and leadership shown by so many great Americans who died in service to America. The serene environment is an ideal place to collect my thoughts and take a break from my hectic daily schedule.


==Webb on accidental, offcolor remarks (referring to Tailhook)==

"Captain Mark Rogers who was a brilliant officer, absolutely a brilliant officer, had his name plucked off of the promotion. He was the first individual promoted to admiral in the list that came out. And because he had made some off-color comments running the White House military staff, that were reported through the White House, had his name yanked by the Navy leadership, rather than seeing him and fighting for him. There are a number of cases that fall in this category."

PBS Frontline




==On relations with China==

" Nations such as China can only view the prospect of an American military consumed for the next generation by the turmoil of the Middle East as a glorious windfall. Indeed, if one gives the Chinese credit for having a long-term strategy — and those who love to quote Sun Tzu might consider his nationality — it lends credence to their insistent cultivation of the Muslim world. One should not take lightly the fact that China previously supported Libya, that Pakistan developed its nuclear capability with China’s unrelenting assistance and that the Chinese sponsored a coup attempt in Indonesia in 1965. An ’American war’ with the Muslims, occupying the very seat of their civilization, would allow the Chinese to isolate the United States diplomatically as they furthered their own ambitions in South and Southeast Asia."
Washington Post, Heading for Trouble, James Webb, September 4, 2002

==On the War on Terror==

[According to] David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, "He’s very critical of the war...."

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0613/p03s03-uspo.html

Book review by James Webb " While the author correctly outlines both the power of the Christian Right and its ability to provide moral cover for the continuous use of force, he misperceives the history and motivations of the Christian Right by characterizing them in religious rather than ethnic terms, and thus mislabels the movement as having been anti-military in the past. Actually this movement - as opposed to other Protestant sects who have indeed been anti-military - is centered in the Scots-Irish culture, which is the most pro-military ethnic group in the country. Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, are all reportedly descended from the Scots-Irish migration. This group also is the most heavily pro-Israel section of America other than in the Jewish community itself, based on its own view of religious doctrine."
(Translation: Americans who support the war are white racists.)

My summary: Webb opposes the war on Iraq, because he thinks we should be focussing on war with China.

==Supports National Health care==

" Jim believes that all Americans deserve access to some form of quality health care. Health care legislation should focus on providing people access to health care, not simply on corporate profits. "

Source: Campaign website, www.webbforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2006

==Supports tax hikes for corporations and wealthy==

"Our tax policies make no sense. Our country is breaking into three pieces, with the people at the top living in a luxury never before dreamed of, even as our middle class sees its jobs being outsourced overseas, their health care slipping away and our public education systems declining, and as the people at the bottom are becoming a permanent underclass."

Source: Campaign announcement speech Apr 28, 2006

Rewritten on the campaign website: "This country is splitting into three pieces. As a result of the internationalization of the economy, the people at the top have never had it so good. The middle class is continuing to get squeezed by stagnant wages and rising cost of living. And we are in danger of creating a permanent underclass. We must reexamine our tax and trade policies and reinstitute notions of fairness."

Source: Campaign website, www.webbforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2006

==Supports gay marriage, polygamy and Abortion==

Webb says, "I drifted away from the Democratic Party on national security issues [when he became a Republican, briefly] but I never left on social issues and issues of economic fairness." He opposes a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, believes trade agreements should require other nations to improve labor standards and wages, and backs abortion rights as defined by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade. "I believe the power of the government ends at my front door unless there is a compelling reason to come inside," he says.

Source: Jeanne Cummings, Wall Street Journal, p. A6 Jun 8, 2006

==On Unions==

We hear a lot of talk about helping the average American, words about patriotic people who work hard and do the best they can for their families, hoping for an even break. But anyone who watches the news knows that this administration- always supported by my opponent-has put the interests of big business and corporate America before your interests. It’s time for Democrats to stand up again for working people, for working Virginians who expect their leaders to listen. Source: Campaign announcement speech Apr 28, 2006

==On free trade (Corporate America take note)==

"The Republican Senate talks endlessly about a dream-world of "free trade" while year after year their policies continue costing American jobs. In rural America, including much of Virginia, they’ve wholesaled entire industries such as furniture and textiles to other countries, and outsourced stacks of other jobs as well. Some say the train has left the station on this issue. I say to you, the corporations who want to betray the American worker need to pay a higher price for a ticket on that train."

Source: Campaign announcement speech Apr 28, 2006

"[While in Charlottesville on August 02, 2006, Jim Webb] discussed income disparity at length along with the need to provide incentives to corporations to keep jobs at home. Largely due to taxation, there is no incentive for companies to bring wealth earned overseas back home. This is, of course, a matter of particular interest locally in the 5th district. I’ve had the good fortune of being able to discuss some of these issues with econ grad students informally over the course of time. That is probably material for a separate topic, but with regard to individual incentives, when the majority of Americans are experiencing a decrease in opportunity and personal stability, they are clearly averse to policies that encourage exportation of jobs and wealth."

http://www.raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3750

==On Campaign Finance Reform==

"The culture of corruption in Washington needs real reform, not the kind of half-hearted things being done by the current leaders in the Senate. The influence-peddling by lobbyists and others must be confronted. You won’t see me shying away from this. I’m going to take the lead." (So much for "free speech")

Campaign announcement speech Apr 28, 2006

==Collects ex-wives==

Three ex-wives and currently married to the fourth. (Ex-wife number two is a lobbyist.)

 
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I notice that many "neo-libertarians" are just conservatives who know that label isn’t worth anything and pretend to be libertarian for PR purposes. Most of them are far more Neo than they are libertarian.
Are they?

How about that.

I’m just so impressed by your analysis [cough, cough].
 
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