Harkin supports flag desecration
Editorial by Roger Hughes
Left wing, anti-free enterprise Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was one of the 34
votes that stopped the constitutional amendment that would have banned the
desecration of the U.S. Flag. The amendment failed by one vote.
Harkin has a record of not only failing to support the symbol of sacrifice
of Veterans but also a failure of supporting a strong military. This despite
the fact that Harkin frequently has tried to trade on his Air Force service
during the time of the Vietnam War. Still, his record shows that he has
voted time and again to cut military spending.
Harkin also suffered a large embarrassment when he was running for
president, and it was pointed out that he lied about being a fighter pilot
in the Vietnam War theater. Harkin was stationed in Japan and ferried planes
outside the war zone during that time and was never awarded the Vietnam
Prior to his election as senator, Harkin was a Representative with a strong
penchant to vote to give foreign aide to Communist countries -- and not to
give aide to pro-American countries. He and Sen. John Kerry even traveled to
Nicaragua together where negotiations took place on an illegal treaty of
surrender with the Nicaraguan Communist Leader Daniel Ortega. [see photo]
As expected, three Republican Senators -- Robert F. Bennett (Utah), Lincoln
D. Chafee (R.I.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.) -- voted against the amendment.
Fourteen Democrats voted for it.
Vilsack adds staff
Former Vilsack administration policy adviser Dusky Terry and Heather Matson,
who ran Terry's losing primary bid for Iowa agriculture secretary this year,
have joined Vilsack’s Heartland PAC in Iowa, said the organization's Iowa
political director Jeff Link.
Clintons support New Hampshire
Former President Bill Clinton visited New Hampshire and called for the
Democrat National Committee to leave Iowa and New Hampshire the same as they
are-- first and second in the nation in selecting the presidential nominee.
He further stated that was the opinion of his wife as well, according to the
Bill Clinton said all the right things Tuesday — and then some. He
backed New Hampshire adamantly and said the Democratic National Committee
was making a mistake by scheduling an additional caucus between Iowa and the
primary, and adding a primary soon after New Hampshire. He told Washington
Democrats to "leave Iowa and New Hampshire alone."
And Clinton, who is so popular among minorities that he’s been
affectionately dubbed the "first black American President," said the DNC’s
goal of bringing more diversity to the early schedule can be addressed in
The "and then some" part came when Clinton unexpectedly made it abundantly
clear he was also speaking for his wife, Hillary, who will most likely be
the Democratic front-runner the minute she enters the ’08 Presidential race.
Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) has become a poster boy for the Democrats to
use in creating the illusion that even pro-military Democrats believe that
the "War on Terrorism" is misguided. To some Democrats, Murtha’s ego has
outpaced his good sense. This became clear when House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi had to counsel Murtha about his announced plans to become Majority
Leader when the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.
While all of this sits well in the minds of Liberals who somehow are
happiest when America is made into an inferior nation, it just doesn’t hold
up in the light of day. Toward this end, Iowa Presidential Watch (IPW) is
happy to associate itself once again with key players in "Vietnam Veterans
for Truth," the organization that worked closely with us in the 2004
election cycle. These veterans are now organized as "Vets for the Truth" (VFFT)
in their effort to keep John Murtha honest.
Iowa Presidential Watch is an uncoordinated federal political action
committee that is affiliating with VFTT in "Operation
The efforts of IPW and VFTT, combined with your support, will enable us not
only to make a significant effort toward re-deploying John Murtha from
Washington but also to mitigate the damage that Murtha causes when he
campaigns other Democrats around the nation.
After all, would you want Nancy Pelosi in your conservative? No, you would
want the so-called "hawkish Democrat," John Murtha!
This is why Murtha has the potential to hurt America’s security more than in
the past. He has taken upon himself the role of being in the front line of
the assault on America’s security. His "fifth-column" efforts in former
years have not resulted in any significant weakening of America’s strength,
but now it is different!
Now when John Murtha appears with Tim Russert on NBC’s "Meet the
Press," he adds significant weight to the attempt to weaken America in its
war on terrorism. Now when he says that our military is weak and
worn-out in Iraq, he emboldens insurgents and terrorists to attack our
troops there. Now when he makes policy statements (that are well
above his intellectual level and political pay grade) about how we need to
conduct the War on Terrorism, he encourages others to leak national-security
information to the "New York Times" and other media outlets.
The insidious pattern of this effort is not new. Much as John Kerry (having
adopted President John Kennedy as his role model) tailored his military
record for political purposes, Murtha has sought to use his own questionable
war record for the same reason.
We cannot let John Murtha’s undermining of our national security continue.
We must remain engaged in the War on Terrorism. We cannot allow another 9/11
to take place on our shores.
Toward that end, I ask you to join us in support of "Operation
-- Roger Hughes, chairman, Iowa Presidential Watch PAC