Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, May 5, 2007, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast

PRESIDENT BUSH: Good morning. At this hour, America's brave men and women in uniform are engaging our enemies around the world.... [read more] [listen]

PRESIDENT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: America "goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy."

Kevin Craig's Platform: Foreign Affairs

  • Note the clearly expressed position of America's Founding Fathers:
    "I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
    — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801) 

Kevin Craig's Platform: Iraq

  • Not one person who signed the Constitution believed that the purpose of the U.S. Federal Government was to overthrow the government of Iraq and replace it with an Islamic Theocracy -- at a cost of hundreds of billions of taxpayer's dollars (your share: about $1500.00 for each member of your family -- so far).

The 2004 Libertarian Party Platform: Foreign Policy

The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism
America's Founding Fathers would be horrified at the Bush Administration's "War on Terror" and the "Patriot Act."

The Democrat Party Response: Chuck Schumer

  • "On Tuesday, we in Congress sent President Bush an emergency spending bill that did two things. It fully funded our troops - because we will never leave our troops stranded. And at the same time, it required the President to change the mission in Iraq to what should be our first and foremost goal -- counter-terrorism.
           "This war has devolved into something the President never mentioned when he asked our country to go to war in Iraq, and something that we never bargained for - policing a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites."

The Libertarian Response to the Democrat Response: How do the Democrat and Republican positions differ? Both would fund unconstitutional military intervention in Iraq. Both would put U.S. soldiers in harm's way in order to promote the interests of Unocal and the oil industry. Schumer and the Democrats would fund armed conflict between the same people ("us" and "them") but the Democrats call their action "counter terrorism" while calling Bush's action "policing a civil war," even though Bush says he's fighting a "war on terrorism." What would the Republicans call the exact same actions if promoted by a Democrat Administration? Probably "policing a civil war."

Demoblicans and Republicrats promote identical policies, pejoratively label the opposing party's identical policy,  and continually criticize each other for doing exactly the same thing they would do if they were in power.

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.... But either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies."
Carroll Quigley, Georgetown Professor and mentor of Bill Clinton

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