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CONSERVATIVES SAY U.S. MUST
ACT VIGOROUSLY ON RED CHINA
Conservative Americans are
seriously concerned about the threat from Red China, and want strong action
by the U.S. government, according to a poll conducted by The Conservative
Caucus Research, Analysis and Education Foundation, Inc.
More than 75% rated their
concern about China as a ten on a one to ten scale, while only 4.6% rated it
lower than 6. At least 98% expressed concern over each of three threats -
economic, military, and the conquest of Taiwan.
The poll showed strong support
for a more protective trade policy, with at least 89% backing revocation of
Most Favored Nation status, a 100% tariff on Chinese goods, and the end of
religious and political persecution as a condition for loans.
U.S. military strength was also
on the minds of those responding. More than 90% advocated an increase in
U.S. military power as well as greater cooperation with other Asian powers.
Support topped 80% for aid to Taiwan and avoiding military entanglement in
other parts of the world.
The poll was conducted by mail
during the fall months, with approximately 1,000 people responding.
Christmas | December 23, 2005
Peggy and I and all of our
children and grandchildren are grateful for the support you have extended
during the year. Please accept my best wishes and those of my family for a
joyous Christmas, as well as a healthy, safe, and productive New Year.
Thanks to you and our many
supporters across this great land, The Conservative Caucus celebrated its 31st
anniversary year in 2005 and was able to make a major contribution to the
public policy debate on the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and
Harriet Miers, restoring the strength of our Navy, and other issues.
Through the Constitution
Restoration Act (CRA) and in other ways, we continue to press our unending
campaign to advance the Biblical and Constitutional principles which are the
foundation of our long-term effort to restore the American republic.
We are grateful for God’s
patience with us, and for the ways in which He has enabled us to be used. We
pray that we will be faithful and effective during the crucial days ahead.
By God’s grace, we will continue to make progress towards our shared
May God bless you and your
family at Christmas and throughout the New Year.
Many thanks for your friendship
P.S. Please feel free to bring
me news about your family and your own activities, as well as your
plans for 2006. I look forward to hearing from you.
Anderson | December 22, 2005
SMEAR ARTIST JACK ANDERSON HAS DIED
Scandal monger Jack Anderson died on December 17. This
vicious newsman, with little regard for the truth, was a protégé and then
a partner of the notorious left-winger, Drew Pearson.
During my period as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic
Opportunity, Anderson wrote several malignant columns concerning me which he
must have known had no basis in fact.
Late in life, Anderson did a U-turn and developed a
reputation for conservatism.
Although I can forgive Mr. Anderson, I cannot praise him.
Davis is a Panderer | December 20, 2005
Tom Davis-Devolites, the most liberal Republican in the
Virginia Congressional delegation, is at it again.
Despite a clear Constitutional stipulation that the District
of Columbia is to be under Congress, not part of it, Davis is urging voting
rights for the Federal District, which is overloaded with lawyers and
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says Congress shall
have power “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever,
over such District (not exceeding ten Miles squares) as may, by Cession of
particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the
Government of the United States”.
Proxmire | December 19, 2005
BILL PROXMIRE WAS ONE
OF THE LAST GREAT DEMOCRATS – MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL
Another great American, who
happened to be a Democrat, died today (December 15, 2005). Bill Proxmire
left this world at the age of 90.
I had the opportunity to
develop a personal friendship with Senator Proxmire (D-Wisconsin), based on
his political independence, integrity, and courage.
During one of the times I was
campaigning against funding for Federal Legal Services lawyers, Senator
Proxmire (who had been on the other side) granted me an audience. I was able
to persuade him that the Legal Services program was destructive, as well as
He considered the evidence I
provided, and courageously broke ranks with liberal Democrats in his home
state of Wisconsin. As a result of his changed position, he came under
attack from the state and national bar associations and from many members of
his own party. But he held firm, because he concluded that what I had told
him was correct, and that the Federal Legal Services program should be
He was courageous in many other
ways, focusing on wasted government funds, originating the Golden Fleece
Award (highlighting Federal spending abuses), and more.
(12/16/05) observed: "Although Proxmire was generally considered a
liberal Democrat when he began his political career, he later said he found
such labels useless. He opposed abortion and school busing, and was rated by
the National Taxpayers Union consistently as the toughest foe of government
waste. Even though he condemned Pentagon officials for cost overruns, he was
a supporter of a strong defense. He also was an advocate for a balanced
He was a great man and no
similar Democrat remains in the U.S. Senate today.
the Book | December 15, 2005
BUY THE BOOK:
DO YOU KNOW ME? A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS
Elizabeth "Libby" Miller
Fitzgerald has written a book about her Dad, Bill Miller, who was Barry
Goldwater’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1964.
Both Libby and her Dad were
personal friends of mine.
Prominently featured on my wall is
a picture of me with Miller, a Congressman from New York, during his tenure as
Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He had previously been Chairman
of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Libby was a member of the Young
Republican Club at Newton College, which club was founded and led by my future
Libby was a strong supporter of
mine when I won election as State Chairman of the Massachusetts College
Another good friend in the club was
Kathy Wilson, daughter of New York’s then GOP Lieutenant Governor, Malcolm
My wife was also a friend of Mary
Anne Morrissey, whose Dad, Francis X. Morrissey, despite a very questionable
record, was Ted Kennedy’s first recommended nominee to the Federal judiciary
--- a nomination put forward by his brother, President Jack Kennedy, but
subsequently withdrawn under a hail of criticism.
By the way, Bill Miller was a
terrific guy and was justly proud of his very fine daughter.
Other famous personages, including
Jackie Gleason, had daughters at Newton College. Gleason frequently visited the
campus in glorious fashion, along the lines of his television character,
"Reginald Van Gleason III". In addition to his extraordinary talent as
an actor, comedian, composer, and conductor, Gleason also was a man’s man and
a delightful person.
Downsized | December 14, 2005
THE ATLANTA BRAVES HAVE DOWNSIZED
As a fan of the Braves since age 5
when I lived in Boston, a fan who remained loyal to them as they traveled to
Milwaukee and then Atlanta, I have been deeply saddened by some of the recent
changes in the Braves line-up.
One of my favorites, Julio Franco,
at age 47, will begin playing for the New York Mets. Leo Mazzone, the greatest
pitching coach in baseball, is now on the staff of the Baltimore Orioles. Rafael
Furcal, the greatest shortstop in baseball, will be playing in 2006 for the Los
In previous years, we’ve lost
Greg Maddux (to the Chicago Cubs) and Tom Glavine (to the New York Mets). There
have been many other departures as well, including star pitchers Kevin Millwood,
Russ Ortiz, Jaret Wright, and Denny Neagle, not to mention catcher Johnny
Estrada, infielder Vinny Castilla, and more.
This is very difficult. Much of it
is the result of a limited payroll mandated from above by the team’s owners.
Nonetheless, it bodes ill for the Braves’ success in 2006.
Sadly, the team to watch in the NL
East next season is the New York Mets, who have spent a fortune during the
"hot stove league" period in acquiring some of baseball’s top
talent, including Billy Wagner of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Another big loss for the Braves was
the departure of Kyle Farnsworth to the New York Yankees. Farnsworth flopped in
the post-season, but he turned out to be a superb reliever during the latter
part of the regular season.
The only good news is that the
Braves dumped Danny Kolb and sent him back to Detroit from which he ought never
to have departed.
McCarthy | December 13, 2005
GENE McCARTHY WAS A
Eugene McCarthy, who died on
Saturday, December 10, was one of the great men of the Twentieth Century.
I first noticed McCarthy in the
1950s when he brilliantly debated William F. Buckley, Jr. on national
television in the context of the 1956 Presidential campaign, where another
hero of mine, T. Coleman Andrews, Sr., was a Presidential candidate running
on a Constitution Party ticket.
McCarthy was brilliant, witty,
and knowledgeable. I worked with him in opposing the Federal election law
amendments of 1974, and had several opportunities to chat with him. It is
not oxymoronic to say that Gene McCarthy was an "honest liberal".
It was always a pleasure to hear him speak, to read his words, and to enjoy
There is no one like him on the
political scene today.
Lockyer & the 9th Circuit Court | December 12, 2005
CALIFORNIA’S LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ATTORNEY GENERAL
DOES SOMETHING RIGHT
In 1975, Bill Lockyer, now the Attorney General of
California, then a leader in the Young Democrats, was one of nine people who
joined me on an 18-day high-level tour of the Soviet Union and its
We met with top officials in Azerbaijan, Leningrad, Moscow,
and Lithuania. We also met privately with anti-Soviet dissidents.
Others on the trip included Hubert H. (Skip) Humphrey (the
son of the Vice President), Frank Fahrenkopf (now the head of the American
Gambling Association), Don Sundquist (a future Governor of Tennessee),
Mickey Griffith (Alabama Governor George Wallace’s representative on the
Democratic National Committee), and others.
There are many tales to tell from that trip, but, for now,
let me congratulate my friend, liberal Democrat Bill Lockyer for his rebuke
of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As reported in The Los Angeles Times (12/6/05),
"California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer urged the Supreme Court on
Monday to shield the state courts from being second-guessed on criminal
cases by the judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the
most liberal of the federal appellate courts.
"He was challenging a recent 9th Circuit
ruling that reversed the 9-year-old drug conviction of a Los Angeles man
because of possible race bias in the selection of one of the jurors.
"The justices should make clear there is ‘a
presumption of correctness for state court fact-finding,’ said Lockyer,
making his first appearance before the high court.
"Lockyer complained that 320 lawyers at the state
Department of Justice spend most of their time responding to criminal
appeals in the federal courts.
Principles | December 9, 2005
THE BLOOD RUNS THIN AMONG THE DESCENDANTS OF BILL
In 1975, dissatisfied with the Presidency of Gerald Ford,
several of us joined together in an effort to launch, if not a new political
party at least an independent Presidential candidacy.
Our group, which included Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich,
Kevin Phillips, Pat Buchanan, Bob Walker, Charlie Snider, Bill Rusher, and
Kenneth Rast, met privately at various times with former California Governor
Ronald Reagan, former Texas Governor John Connally, and former Alabama
Governor George Wallace.
In connection with the approach to Wallace, we were hosted
by Wallace’s close friend, Bill France, who founded the racetracks at
Daytona Beach, Florida, Talladega, Alabama, and elsewhere.
On one particularly memorable day, several of us enjoyed
Bill France’s hospitality at the Talladega track, where Mr. France
evidenced great sympathy for our purposes.
It was, therefore, sad to discover the extent to which Bill
France’s progeny have departed from the elder France’s Constitutional
According to Frank Gillispie at charter.net, "Brian
France, boss of NASCAR, continues his efforts to turn his back on the people
who drove his organization into a billion dollar business. He told
correspondent Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes, ‘It’s not a flag that I look
at with anything favorable. That’s for sure,’ France added that he
cannot tell people what flags to fly that he does not encourage the battle
"In fact, Confederate emblems are already forbidden
from display anywhere NASCAR has control.
" ‘Any area that NASCAR controls at the racetrack,
you will never see the Confederate flag,’ said NASCAR diversity director
Tish Sheets in a recent interview. ‘It is not allowed on race cars, driver
uniforms, in the garage area or any NASCAR-licensed product.’
"That was made clear several years ago when the Sons of
Confederate Veterans budgeted funds to sponsor a car. NASCAR refused to
allow the sponsorship even though several teams were struggling to stay in
Bill France was proud of his southern heritage and the
heroism that is symbolized by the Confederate battle flag --- but the wrists
have grown limp and the blood runs thin.
News | December 6, 2005
NAVY SEEKS TO INCREASE
FLEET TO 313 SHIPS
Good news ---
responding to pressure from The Conservative Caucus and others, the U.S.
Navy is on the verge of reversing the steady decline it has experienced
since Dick Cheney’s days as Secretary of Defense and has embarked on a new
As reported in The New York Times (12/5/05),
"The Navy wants to increase its fleet to 313 ships by 2020, reversing
years of decline in naval shipbuilding and adding dozens of warships
designed to defeat emerging adversaries, senior Defense Department officials
Koppel | December 1, 2005
IDEOLOGUE FIRST, JOURNALIST SECOND
Back in the 1980’s
when I co-hosted a daily three-hour radio talk show on WRC (NBC’s
Washington, D.C. affiliate) and served as co-host for CNN’s
"Crossfire", I had occasional contact with Ted Koppel of ABC’s
"Nightline", who has recently retired.
previously high regard for Mr. Koppel ended as the result of an experience I
had in his "Nightline" studio later in the 1980’s.
I had just returned
from South Africa (RSA) where I had helped lead a delegation concerned about
growing Communist influence in that country, which Marxist-Leninist
influence manifested itself in some of the most brutal acts of terrorism of
the modern era.
Upon my return to
Virginia, I answered my door one afternoon to find a half dozen of those
with whom I had met in the RSA. They had come to America seeking my help in
exposing the brutality which they and their associates had suffered at the
hands of the African National Congress (ANC).
One of my visitors was
an African-American woman whose husband and two sons had been "necklaced"
and burned to death by Nelson Mandela’s ANC.
Other guests included
a young lady who had been disfigured as the result of a terrorist bombing at
a railway station, as well as John and Cindy Leontsinis, founders of
"Victims Against Terrorism", who had come to South Africa from
Chile to escape growing Cuban Communist influence under the regime of Chile’s
Premier, Salvador Allende.
Other members of the
RSA group also had first hand accounts which they wished to share.
During their visit,
they were hosted by Jerry Falwall on stage in Lynchburg, Virginia at the
"Old Time Gospel Hour" and interviewed by a number of journalists.
At my request, Ted
Koppel permitted my friends to await an audience with him in ABC’s
"green room". I had high hopes that Koppel would reference the
experiences of these individuals on "Nightline", particularly
since on that very day, his program had featured accounts of chaos,
brutality, and acts of terror at an especially horrendous soccer game
disruption in Europe, where a significant number of people died in the
Koppel dismissed, out
of hand, the heartfelt testimony of my friends, saying, in effect, that
murderous behavior by the ANC was not the kind of terrorism in which he had
At that point, I
regretfully concluded that Mr. Koppel’s bias corrupted the integrity of
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