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My Humble Tribute to Senator Tom Coburn

Would have made a great President!

I actually went to the COS (Convention of States) rally on Capitol Square. I went in a faint and ultimately vain hope I could meet one of my political heroes – who happens to be on the wrong side of the COS issue – can’t be right about every issue! (Here are two important reasons: A liberal Constitutional Convention and secession.) I did not meet the senator.

I once read the book by Senator Tom Coburn (Breach of Trust) and said: This book ought to be the platform of every candidate for Congress! I brought that book to the COS rally.

Coburn tells how an ordinary baby doctor (what is it about Ron Paul and Tom Coburn being baby doctors!) ended up winning a seat in Congress and tryingt o do the right.

Coburn makes a great argument for term limits. The forces in DC are inherently corrupting – that is a strong word – but I do not mean bribery and graft. I mean the idealism of trying to get something done leads to power and then committee chairs and wheeling and dealing for bills. Raising gobs of money. Principle gets turned into getting re-elected each election cycle.

So the best tribute to the Representative and Senator who ought to have been President is to stay idealistic and work for good solid candidates who reflect conservative and liberty values. I think I’ll dig out that book. We need more candidates and office holders who will dedicate themselves to smaller, limited government.

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)

One Response to “My Humble Tribute to Senator Tom Coburn”

  1. He was paid very well to lobby for an Article V convention. For 2016, he was paid $240,000. to sell the COS application for an Article V convention to gullible state legislators: https://publiushuldah.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/tom-coburn-240k-compensation-from-cos-action-form-990-2016.pdf

    I don’t have the records for other years.

    Most of us who are fighting against an Article V convention are unpaid volunteers who dig into our own pockets to cover expenses.

    And as I recall, Coburn’s voting record wasn’t as “conservative” as his rhetoric. the only federal legislator I can think of whose voting matches up to his talk is Congressman Massie of Kentucky.

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