Independence Caucus on, January 15, 2010, held an event where all candidates officially running for the U.S. Senate Seat, currently held by Bob Bennett, would have an opportunity to speak to the grassroots movement in Utah. They had to answer 80 questions to become vetted by Independence Caucus. Unfortunately two of the candidates did not. One was the Democrat, Sam Granato, and the other was Republican incumbent, Bob Bennett.
We had a wonderful time hearing from Bob Basso, who you all know and love from the YouTube videos, as Thomas Paine. He spoke as expected about common sense. We are Americans first and foremost. In addition, although there is a political Left and Right, we must recognize that the people are moving closer to the moral Right, regardless of party.
He chastened the “non-representing representatives” who would not answer to the people with a simple 80 question vetting process.
He also gave us hope with a wonderful story of 150 senior citizens in Brooklyn, New York called TOBFCS. That stands for Tough Old Broads for Common Sense. They are making a difference. They have recalled two (2) city council members in Brooklyn, just to point out one difference they have made.
There is great hope in our country. Even if the news ignores the 1.7 million people who marched in Washington DC, and the hundreds of thousands who gathered around the nation on their state capitols, we know who we are. We were there. I was there. Do not wait to have the media take notice. They report the news (or their supposed to), they do not create it. WE DO!
I went into the meeting with my favorites and came out with great respect for all four (4) candidates. In no particular order, I want to share my thoughts on each of them. Remember, these are my notes, and my take on their words.
Tim Bridgewater: Well, out of the bunch, he is the capitalist. You can feel and hear his business experience. He understands that growth occurs when businesses and people are left alone and entrepreneurs can succeed. He is definitely a free-market advocate. He talked about auditing the Federal Reserve. He believes in a Balanced Budget Amendment. He wants to see our spending cut over the next 10 years. He recognizes that Wall Street was never really the problem, but government interference especially through Fannie and Freddie created the current housing mess. To read more about Tim visit www.timbridgewater.com
James Williams: Of all the candidates, I felt he is like most Americans. He is just fed up and he is willing to put himself out there to change things. I found him to be a humble man with strong opinions. He discussed changing the way the budget is created. If a new item needs federal spending 105% of that amount must be cut from some other place. This will have a two-fold effect. One, people will not want to create new spending without thinking about the cuts, and each new program actually cuts the budget overall. He spoke of asking himself three questions when confronted with a decision. “Is it Constitutional? Is it moral? Will this better the people of Utah and the U.S population?” James is also for Auditing the Federal Reserve, cutting capital gains tax and corporate taxes. For more on James visit www.voteforjameswilliams.com
Cherilyn Eager: You can tell Cherilyn has been in debates before. She moved quickly to her points and was focused on getting information out there. She referred often to the founding fathers, and it is obvious she knows the documents. She believes in the fair tax as proposed by www.fairtax.org and promoted by Joe the Plumber. She believes in repealing the 16th and 17th amendments. She wants the Dept of Education gone from our Federal system. She also believes in Auditing the Federal Reserve. She does not believe in a Balanced Budget Amendment because she believes that it will be misused to create times of war or crisis in our country so the amendment could possibly be ignored. She agrees with George Wythe University in that they called Glenn Beck the “Cicero” of our time. For more info on Cherilyn visit www.Eagarforsenate.com
Mike Lee: Mike was impressive with his legal knowledge on the Constitution and talked about what his job is not. He reminded us how far the government has moved from its original purpose. He recognizes that money needs to be spent on a local level rather than on a national level or dictated by a national government. He believes in Auditing the Federal Reserve, and recognizes that by printing money they are violating our 5th amendment rights because they are making our property (money) worthless. He would like to repeal the 16th and 17th amendment. He knows that Congress cannot (should not) legislate beyond the ground rules of the Constitution. The Federal government needs to stop doing what it should not be doing. We do not need Federal tax collectors either, because that should be the job of the states. For more info on Mike visit www.mikelee2010.com
The biggest decision for the conservative movement is choosing which candidate to support. All four of these candidates appear to have Constitutionally based principles. I recommend you visit their websites, ask them questions, and vote your conscience. Remember the only way you will get to vote for them is to become a delegate in your precinct. To get more information on delegate training you can go to www.UtahRising.com find a representative in your county, and coordinate our efforts. Utah Rising is not associated with the Republican party.
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I am excited to support Mike Lee. Constitutional restraint is what is missing from our national government, and Mike Lee advocates a return to Constitutional principles.
Eagar is indeed eager to serve but I feel like we need someone with a bit more than that.
I thought Mike Lee did an excellent job with atriculating his views and feel that he is the best candidate in this race for the senate seat. I am very impressed with his experience and that he has devoted his time to presenting seminars all over the United States about the Constitution and how we have come so far from its original intent in government today.
I found that while all candidates made good comments, only Mike Lee and Cherilyn Eagar looked as though they were equal to the task. Mr. Lee quoted chapter and verse of the Constitution and Mrs. Eagar quoted not only from the Constitution, but also gave inciteful ideas as to how to fix things in Washington.
While it’s a close call, I give the nod to Cherilyn Eagar for another reason, and this might sound sexist, but because she is an activist conservative woman, she will neutralize those backroom deals and questionable moral decisions. I like her knowledge and style.
You GO Girl.
I think all the candidates did a wonderful job and I think that any of them would be a significant improvement over Bennett. It was nice to see them side-by-side and that for the most part, they kept things positive. For my analysis see: http://curlyandburlyventspot.blogspot.com/2010/01/evaluation-of-independence-caucus.html
Of all the candidates currently running, I am most impressed with Mr. Lee. He is able to cite specific reasons why certain bills and programs are un-constitutional, rather than talking in the abstract as many are prone to do. I have seen him speak a few times now, and each time have come away inspired and educated.
I look forward to him winning the convention in May and finally unseating Bob Bennett.