NAFTA Superhighway Poll |
May 30, 2008 |
POLL SAYS "NAFTA SUPERHIGHWAY" SHOULD NOT BE
Americans oppose the construction of a "NAFTA Superhighway"
according to a poll conducted by The Conservative Caucus (TCC).
Construction of the first segment, known as the Trans-Texas
Corridor (TTC), was opposed by 97.5%. The full "North American
Supercorridor" (its official name) would run from the Mexican
port of Lazaro Cardenas through the central United States and
There was also 100% opposition to leasing the TTC to a
Spanish corporation, which would receive the tolls of those who
drive on it. The use of low-wage Mexican truckers and
dock-workers was criticized by 86%, and 99% considered it to be
an unwise policy to allow the NAFTA-style lack of inspections
for trucks arriving from Mexico.
There was 98% opposition to a North American Union (NAU) of
the United States, Mexico and Canada. Opposition to a North
American currency (replacing dollars and pesos) reached 99.5%.
A unanimous 100% believed that the President should not move
toward a North American Union and 99.5% said they would be less
likely to support a politician who supported the NAU.
The poll was conducted by mail during March of 2008 with
about 4,000 responses.
Caucus (TCC) is a grass-roots public policy action
organization, formed in 1974. TCC organized the
Coalition to Block the North American Union in 2006. It was
active in defeating the SALT II Treaty, repealing the
Catastrophic Coverage Act, blocking the Clinton health-care
takeover, and impeaching President Clinton.
Space-Based Defense |
May 29, 2008 |
SDI REMAINS ESSENTIAL TO DEFENSE OF U.S.
I was introduced in 1979 to the concept of Global Ballistic
Missile Defense by my colleague, retired Brigadier General
I immediately held briefings with leaders of other
organizations, including Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation
and John Fisher of the American Security Council.
Subsequently, I embarked on a 50-state campaign to promote
what became to be known as SDI. In the course of the campaign, I
enlisted Phyllis Schlafly and retired Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham
in our effort.
Although full development and deployment of a Global
Ballistic Missile Defense never became a reality during the
Presidency of Ronald Reagan, thanks to people like Ambassador
Henry Cooper, who ran the SDI office under the first President
Bush, we’re finally making some progress.
Please review Phyllis Schlafly’s important comments [The
Phyllis Schlafly Report, Vol. 41, No. 9, April 2008] about a
space-based defense for America:
"The U.S. Navy gave Ronald Reagan a dramatic 25th anniversary
gift on February 21. A Navy missile raced into outer space and
destroyed an orbiting satellite, thereby providing new proof of
the vision President Reagan proclaimed in his then-sensational
televised address on March 23, 1983.
"While the Navy SM-3 missile didn't knock down an incoming
nuclear missile, the direct hit on a satellite proved again that
our anti-missile technology is mature and reliable, and that an
effective anti-missile system is within our grasp. Traveling at
6,000 miles per hour after being launched from a cruiser in the
Pacific, the SM-3 missile was even more accurate than anyone had
predicted because it struck precisely at the satellite's
dangerous fuel tank.
"The successful kill of the satellite also confirmed the
ability of the SM-3 to intercept at a higher elevation than had
ever been tested before. It revalidated the Bush
Administration's expenditure of $10 billion a year on
anti-missile defenses. This direct hit comes on the heels of a
particularly impressive track record of successful anti-missile
tests in 2007. Since 2005, the Missile Defense Agency has scored
21 successful space interceptions in 22 tests.
"The so-called world community, egged on by U.S. pacifists
and disarmament professionals, grumbled and sputtered because
the United States dared to knock out a satellite. Actually,
there was a very persuasive reason for our government to take
immediate action against this particular satellite. It had
failed in its mission and was edging closer to Earth carrying a
large tank of toxic fuel that would be harmful to many people if
it crashed into a populated area. Our government acted properly
to protect the world against such an unnecessary disaster.
"This demonstration of U.S. anti-satellite capability also
had a useful side effect. It signaled Communist China that we
have anti-satellite technology and power. China shocked the
world on January 11, 2007 by conducting the first successful
test of an anti-satellite weapon. In its usual disregard for the
health of humankind, China's test left 2,500 pieces of debris in
space spread out in a way that poses a danger to manned and
"U.S. officials recognized China's action as a new strategic
threat. Killing a communications satellite could knock out U.S.
military and civilian communications systems.
"In his 1983 address, Reagan announced that he was ‘launching
an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of
human history.’ Indeed, it did. His speech extricated America
from the defeatist McNamara-Kissinger-Nixon-Ford-Carter strategy
of Mutual Assured Destruction, known descriptively by its
"The MAD strategy postulated that our only hope of avoiding
nuclear war was by threatening massive retaliation and killing
as many enemy people as we could. "Morning-in-America" Reagan
offered the contrary vision of hope.
" ‘Wouldn't it be better to save lives than to avenge them?’
he said. "What if we could intercept and destroy strategic
ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of
"Reagan thus added the necessary fourth leg to his strategy
of Peace Through Strength. It encompassed not only diplomacy,
deterrence and offensive weapons, but also defensive weapons.
This made eminently good sense to the American people, who fully
understand that battle requires both a sword and a shield.
Conservatives had been pleading for an anti-missile defense
system for more than 20 years.
"The whole disarmament/pacifist crowd attacked Reagan
unmercifully for his determination to defend America with
defensive as well as offensive weapons. Ted Kennedy led the pack
by ridiculing Reagan's plan as Star Wars.
"Reagan's opponents criticized him on every front, claiming
an anti-missile system can't work because it requires hitting a
bullet with a bullet. This new test should finally put to rest
the false claims that it won't work.
"Now, with the benefit of hindsight, we know that it was
Reagan's determination to push forward with what became known as
his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) that won the Cold War.
SDI was the centerpiece of his strategy.
"At the Geneva and Reykjavik Summits, Mikhail Gorbachev
offered every carrot and stick in his arsenal to persuade or
intimidate Reagan into abandoning SDI. When Reagan refused,
Gorbachev realized the jig was up for the Soviet empire and its
delusions of world conquest because the Soviets could not
compete with the U.S. military-economic powerhouse.
"Reagan's SDI, so courageously proposed in 1983, ultimately
enabled him to defeat the Evil Empire without firing a shot. We
know the system works, and it's just as necessary in the
post-9/11 world as in the days of the Soviet threat."
HILLARY SWITCHED FROM BARRY GOLDWATER TO KARL
I first met Hillary Rodham in 1964 when she was a "Goldwater
girl" at the New England model Republican Presidential
nominating convention, over which I presided.
Several hundred students from all parts of New England took
part in the convention, which ultimately chose Barry Goldwater
to be the 1964 standard bearer for the Republican Party.
I was in charge of the convention because of two key
positions which I held: Chairman of the Republican Party of
Boston and State Chairman of the College Republican Federation.
The keynote speaker at our convention was a young Congressman
from Kansas by the name of Bob Dole.
Hillary switched sides not too long after the convention, at
which she had backed Goldwater. She truly went off the deep end.
California Memories |
May 23, 2008 |
John Gizzi’s recent column in "Human Events" (4/21/08, P.18)
concerning the death of Joe Shell reminded me of my late friend,
Walton, who was co-anchor with Tom Brokaw on a Los Angeles TV
news program, was my inspiration for founding the U.S. Taxpayers
Alliance (USTA), of which he was the first President.
Joe Shell sought the Republican nomination for Governor of
California in 1962. Rus, a former official of the National
Association of Manufacturers, was his campaign manager.
Shell himself was a great conservative who had been a
football superstar at the University of Southern California
where he was captain of the undefeated 1939 team that had gone
to the Rose Bowl, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was a
flight instructor during 1942 and 1943. In 1944, he enlisted in
the Navy and saw action as a pilot in World War II.
Gizzi wrote: "Like most of the interviews with him, my
session with Joe Shell for a 1992 profile began
with my mentioning to the former state assemblyman and longtime
California conservative how he ‘ran against Richard Nixon" for
the Republican nomination for governor of the Golden State back
" ‘I beg your pardon,’ Shell admonished me. ‘That’s not
accurate. Nixon ran against me!’ The Bakersfield oilman
went on to remind me how he had been actively campaigning for
the GOP nomination for governor when Nixon, little more than a
year after losing the presidency in a squeaker, decided to enter
the gubernatorial race. Shell blitzed the state, piloting his
own Beechcraft Bonanza airplane and denouncing ‘calling people
liberals when they’re basically socialists,’ as he told Time
magazine that year. Flanked by pompon-bearing cheerleaders known
as ‘Shell’s Belles’ and helped by vigorous volunteer workers
under the leadership of campaign manager Rus Walton (a former
National Association of Manufacturers official), Shell charged
that Nixon was merely using the governorship as a stopping place
on his way back to national politics.
"Amid charges that he was the candidate of the John Birch
Society, Shell said no, he wasn’t a Bircher, but there were a
lot of fine people in the JBS and he was proud to have their
support. (Nixon repeatedly denounced the society).
"Shell lost to Nixon by 2 to 1, and asked Nixon for promises
to slash the state budget by $200 million if elected and give
Shell backers one-third of the state’s delegation to the next
GOP national convention. Nixon refused. Nixon, of course, went
on to lose that fall to Democratic Gov. (1958-66) Edmund G.
"Pat" Brown—prompting the former Vice President’s famous
‘last press conference’ in which he told reporters, ‘You won’t
have Nixon to kick around anymore.’ Of course, things turned out
"When Shell died on April 11, that campaign was the event
that news reports primarily remembered. The headline in the
Mercury News was almost universally repeated: ‘Joe Shell,
California legislator who challenged Nixon, dead at 89.’ But
Shell’s eventful life showed he was much more than that.
"A football superstar at the University of Southern
California, Shell was captain of the undefeated 1939 team that
had gone to the Rose Bowl. Eschewing a career in pro football,
Shell joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a flight instructor
from 1942-43. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and saw action as
a pilot in World War II. Following his discharged, he settled in
Kern County and launched a successful oil-drilling business. In
1954, he won election to the state assembly and later became the
conservative point man against Gov. Brown’s big-spending
"Following his defeat at the hands of Nixon, Shell never
sought office again. But he and his supporters remained active
in the state party and helped Ronald Reagan win nomination and
election as governor in 1966. He became a part-time lobbyist for
his fellow independent oil producers and was a generous
contributor to conservative causes and candidates. Shell’s wife
Mary was elected mayor of their hometown of Bakersfield and, in
1984, won a seat on the Kern County Board of Supervisors over
the son-in-law of United Farm Workers leader Cesar
Chavez. That same year, Shell’s son Joe Jr. lost a race for
the state assembly to Democrat Tom Hayden.
"Shell’s longtime friend, Republican Gov. (1982-90) George
Deukmejian, persuaded the Bakersfield man to take a seat
on the state Agriculture Labor Relations Board in 1989. Shell
quit two years later, and the reason he gave was vintage Shell:
he was tired to being paid for doing almost nothing, he said."
VISIT TCC’S NAU WAR ROOM
am pleased to announce the launch of a brand new TCC-sponsored
website, called the "NAU War Room" (www.NAUWarRoom.org).
This site will serve as the THE national headquarters of our
ongoing campaign to expose and halt America’s absorption into a
"North American Union" (NAU) with Canada and Mexico. It will
also serve as the main site for the campaign to prevent the
construction of any and all NAFTA Superhighways.
I encourage you to visit our NAU War Room today and on a
regular basis in the future. You will find what you need to know
about TCC’s effort to defeat this New World Order scheme and
what you and others can do to help. Vital, up-to-date
information (e.g., our April 21 press conference from the
site of the most-recent SPP meeting between President Bush,
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President
Felipe Calderon) can be accessed from this site, along with
other related breaking news stories and events.
Please be sure to also e-mail the NAU War Room web address to
as many friends and relatives as you can. The proponents of the
NAU and the NAFTA Superhighways are counting on public ignorance
and apathy to help them enrich themselves at the expense of our
liberty and independence.
It’s up to us to stop them.