Huge Opportunity To Send A Message Tuesday
Gilchrist will shake up the GOP...
[Allan Bartlett] 12/4/05
I have been
looking forward to this Tuesday, December 6th for a long time.
It is a day when the great citizens of the 48th Congressional
District here in Orange County get to send a clear and unmistakable
message to President Bush and his open border cartel.
We are fed
up with the federal government’s refusal to enforce our
immigration laws and the lip service we hear on smaller government.
We are taking matters into our own hands.
Campbell is a decent guy, but desperate times call for
we get to this point?
Bartlett is a resident of Irvine,California and proprietor
of the blog Powder
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I first heard about Jim
Gilchrist and the Minutemen last year
when the group started attracting huge media attention for their
audacity in actually going down to the porous border and become
the largest glorified neighbor watch group in America. I was
literally cheering at the television when I saw clips and interviews
of Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox telling the media that they
were doing the job that the federal government has refused to
had even a hint that later the next year (this year) a seat
in the House would open up in the district where
Jim actually lives.
We literally drafted Jim into the race. He was a reluctant warrior,
but I am so glad that he decided to do it.
I have seen first
hand what has happened to once great Southern California cities – like Santa Ana and Los Angeles – from
the deluge of illegal aliens streaming into our state. Huge parts
of these cities are virtually ghettoes. I would never send my
children to school in neighborhoods where now English rarely
heard and kids can’t even read the words on their diploma
when they graduate high school.
I myself have been a loyal Republican foot soldier ever since
I turned eighteen. I have always voted only for Republican candidates.
I have never been
part of – and don't want to be part
of – the county GOP establishment here. I am just a grassroots
volunteer in Irvine with a lot of opinions!
I rejoiced when the Republicans won the Congress back in 1994.
Lately though, all I seem to see and hear is the Republican majority
caving in on important conservative principles.
What good is a GOP majority if you're not using it to govern
to a lot of talk radio [and got fired up enough to start my
own blog – Powder
Blue Report – a year and half ago at the urging of
my neighbor here in Irvine, Hugh Hewitt. I bet he regrets that
now, LOL]. My favorite is The
John & Ken Show on
KFI AM 640. They have been hammering on the illegal
immigration problem for years
now and, lately, the issue has been getting a lot of traction
because of what Jim Gilchrist and the Minutemen have done. I
have followed the tragic story of David March, a Los Angeles
County Deputy murdered by an illegal alien who fled to Mexico
for safe haven. Our local Congressional delegation barely lifted
a finger to help the March family get justice. This really
pissed me off. The worst of the do-nothing bunch was Congressman
David Dreier. John & Ken made an example [aka the “Political
Human Sacrifice”] out of him and held his share of the
2004 vote down to only 53% when he had previously received 65-70%.
So, why do I support Jim Gilchrist over a polished, GOP-anointed
candidate like John Campbell? After all, I've never punched the
chad for anyone but Republicans for my whole life and I have
never missed voting in any election since I could vote.
We already have over 200 John Campbell-like Members of Congress
back in Washington. I want someone in Congress who is going to
be another Tom Tancredo and will stir things up and get in
people's faces about illegal immigration and other critical conservative
Jim Gilchrist will be that guy.
John Campbell wants
to go to D.C. just to go along to get along, get seated on
high profile committees and back in Orange County
we'll never hear from him again – except at election time.
Campbell had no buzz
in local GOP grassroots circles when he announced his run – nothing
like the huge buzz Jim Gilchrist had swirling about him.
On immigration, Campbell
has – at best – a suspect
record. We all know where Gilchrist stands.
In my opinion, all these factors make Jim Gilchrist the best
I want to close this column with a plea to my fellow Republicans.
Jim Gilchrist is a
Reagan Republican, not a George Bush Republican. There's a
big difference. So although, technically, he’s
not running as a Republican, he will be a great addition to the
GOP caucus back in D.C.
He will hold their feet to the fire.
If you want more of the same from Washington, then John Campbell
is your guy.
If you want someone who is going to get into President Bush's
and the GOP open border establishment's face, then pull the lever
for Jim Gilchrist.
Thanks for your time. CRO
2005 Allan Bartlett