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I was inspired by this comment in a New York Post article about the absurd idea that the funding of opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque should be investigated:

She [Pelosi] famously discounted the Tea Party as an “astroturf” movement, directed by the Republican Party. She couldn’t process the idea of a genuine grass-roots revolt against big government. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen in San Francisco. If Pelosi were to star in a sci-fi movie, it’d be “The Speaker from Another Planet.”

Welcome to the Ron Paul Planet, Speaker Pelosi!  Say hello to John Dennis!

Dennis’ position on the issues are great.  He’s a solid non-interventionist:

The Constitution is clear on who bears the responsibility of the power to declare war, i.e. the Congress. I am strongly opposed to Congress passing resolutions granting the President the authority to use force. Unless there is an imminent attack, the Congress should never disregard its Constitutional obligation over the war power. A decision to declare war requires debate, a process that clarifies the country’s situation and leaves a clear conscience whatever decided.

As a country we should welcome trade with all countries, resolve our outstanding disputes with countries considered unfriendly and have diplomatic relations with all.

I support ending both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and withdrawing our troops as safely and quickly as possible. I am concerned with the current U.S. timetable for withdrawal in Iraq. The final exit of December 2011 creates the realistic possibility of U.S. troops being drawn back into battle should civil war(s) break out.

On taxes and spending, he’s in the mainstream of RP supporters like me:

I propose the Federal government:

  • Dramatically cut federal spending immediately, including abolishing the Department of Education.
  • Federal budgets must have a surplus
  • Effectively abolish the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture. Any Constitutionally appropriate functions may be moved to the DOJ or DOI.
  • Abolish capital gains taxes
  • Drastically cut, with an eye toward ending, the income tax
  • Unwind and end both wars within 6-12 months

    I especially like this comment on the income tax:

    The premise of an income tax, that government has a right to the fruits of your labor, is antithetical to a free society. An income tax implies that a government owns you and allows you to keep a portion of what you make.

    This reminds me of the famous comment made by Ambassador Alan Keyes in the 2000 GOP primaries (I voted for Keyes in the VA primary and met him during the campaign) that the income tax turned the people into “tax serfs”; that the government owns us and our money.

    Dennis also is against the Federal Reserve, for the Second Amendment (and against any international treaties to curtail that right), and takes a stark position on inflation and personal liberty:

    It is clear that the Federal government can not continue in its current financial direction. If it does, there will be a dollar crisis within the next few years. And once the dollar collapses, it cannot be reversed. Try to imagine our country, which is now heavily dependent on imports for basic necessities (e.g. oil), trying to survive the financial restructuring that goes along with a collapsed currency.

    I support:

    • The Bill of Rights, and in the context of privacy and personal liberty, especially the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments.

    I oppose:

    • Warrantless wiretaps.
    • The creation of extra-judicial systems to deal with enemy combatants.
    • Waterboarding and other forms of torture.
    • I believe our government must respect the 800 year foundation of the law embodied in the principle of habeas corpus.

    I am not sure the nation is ready for this formula but certainly spending must be sharply cut for the nation’s economic health to be restored over the long term.

    John Dennis is endorsed by Ron Paul:

    Said Dr. Paul, “John Dennis is truly committed to Liberty, personal freedom, fiscal discipline and a more sensible foreign policy. I am very happy that John has decided to run for Congress and wholeheartedly endorse him.”

    I am glad that the people in the Bay Area have a choice for Congress.  Speaker Pelosi will be hard to beat but is not exempt from defeat because of her position.  Ask Tom Foley!  Go John Dennis Go!

    About Elwood Sanders

    Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


    1. Clarence says:

      Great site. I’ve dug all over Al Gore’s Internet looking for Pelosi’s 2009 and current approval ratings –in her home district– but can only find the national (dis)approval ratings. It might be useful to circulate those, and I would like to know myself. Maybe her opponent really DOES have a chance, but the approval numbers in her home District would be telling, maybe even motivating.


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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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