Election 2008: Tancredo, Gilchrist or Dobbs?


By: William H. Calhoun III

Will Tom Tancredo, Jim Gilchrist or Lou Dobbs run for president in 2008?

The GOP is in serious trouble. All conservatives I know are furious that the pro-amnesty Mel Martinez will be the new RNC Chair. A GOP county chair recently said to me, “If the GOP continues to move to the Left, conservatives will have no choice but to vote third party in 2008.”

Historically the Republican Party has been a very liberal party, and only recently has it become more conservative. From the 1860s to the 1950s, for example, one could easily find more conservatives in the Democratic Party than in the Republican. Are the left-wingers at the helm (Bush, Rove, McCain, Mike “Amnesty” Pence) steering the GOP back to its liberal roots? It appears so.

One would think that the recent election would have set back the liberals (aka neolibearls, neocons, globalists, et al.) in the GOP. It was a referendum on Iraq, not immigration, and by far more pro-amnesty Republicans lost seats than did anti-amnesty Republicans. This election, in theory, should pave the way for conservatives, but the liberals still control the party.

Many liberal talking heads still represent the GOP in the media (Linda “Aztlan” Chavez, Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes), and they despise real conservatives. And now the appointment of the left-winger Mel Martinez as party chair is a complete slap in the face to patriots who love the United States.

For the past 6 years or more, the neocons have directed much Republican policy, and have transformed the party into one of neoliberal globalism (aka neoconservatism). Now, with liberals like McCain, Giuliani and Romney moving into prominence, this leftward momentum will continue.

The GOP is peddling liberal candidates (John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Condoleezza Rice), and trying to silence potential conservatives (like Tancredo).

Despite what they may say to secure the nomination, McCain, Giuliani, and Rice are all pro-affirmative action, pro-choice, pro-homosexual, pro-interventionist foreign policy, pro-NAFTA superhighway, pro-North American Union, and support the third-world invasion of America.

Although Mitt Romney has tried recently to sell himself as a conservative, he has a very long track record of liberal causes. One can almost be certain that he is a liberal in disguise.

Some may say that Newt Gingrich is not a liberal per se, but he (unlike Reagan) certainly backs a neocon interventionist foreign policy, and would probably start another war. And although he recently has criticized the third-world invasion of America, only a few years ago he supported amnesty. Newt Gingrich is more neocon than conservative.

Furthermore, all the above support free trade, which is destroying the American economy. Historically and philosophically, conservatives have opposed free trade, and they should. It is national suicide. But many in the GOP, like those above, have been “neoconned” on this issue.

The only hope for conservatives in the GOP is that Tom Tancredo may run and secure the party nomination. He probably has the largest grassroots support of any candidate, which would put him at an initial advantage. Although liberals in the party like Mehlman and McCain have tried to silence him, Tancredo has grown into a national legend.

Although Tancredo backed Bush’s neocon war in Iraq, it does not appear to be a major issue for him. On everything else, Tancredo is right. He is pro-life, pro-values, pro-small government, opposes the treasonous NAFTA superhighway, opposes the ultra-liberal and unconstitutional North American Union, and vehemently opposes the third-world invasion of America.

If Tancredo does not secure the nomination, and a liberal does (like McCain, Giuliani, Romney, Rice or Gingrich) then conservatives will have no choice but to leave the party. One can expect to see a mass Exodus from the GOP in 2008.

Jim Gilchrist, of the Minutemen, may seek the 2008 nomination for the Constitution Party, and would make a fine president. He also is probably the highest profile candidate the Constitution Party could run. Gilchrist is socially conservative, anti-North American Union, and wants to stop the third-world invasion of America. I know not a single conservative who would vote for a liberal like McCain over a conservative like Gilchrist.

Although only a rumor among bloggers, there is the hope that Lou Dobbs may seek the Reform Party nomination. Dobbs, a great patriot, is a life-long conservative, anti-North American Union, anti-free trade, and opposes the third-world invasion of America. Dobbs also is very popular nationally, potentially could sweep the general election, and would be an outstanding president. If Lou Dobbs runs, you should expect to see many defections not only from the GOP but also from the Democratic Party.

At this point, the only hope for conservatives, and the American middle class, is Tancredo, Gilchrist or Dobbs. Let’s pray that at least one of them – or someone who shares their values – is running for president in 2008.

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William H. Calhoun is a conservative, writer, and graduate of the University of Chicago. He can be reached at williamhcalhoun@yahoo.com

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