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Thaddeus McCotter is a congressman from Michigan; I heard him speak on C-SPAN at one of the 2010 political events and found him intriguing.  He plays guitar and was recently on the Huckabee show playing with the band.  I like him very much.

Now Thaddeus McCotter has entered the Presidential race yesterday; his five points is as intriguing as his speech last year:

Our liberty is from God not the government

Our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil

Our security is from strength not surrender

Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector

Our truths are self-evident not relative

His platform is very cerebral and thoughtful.

To confront America’s challenges, we free people must:

  • Shrink out-of-control government and end its spending binges.
  • Reform our tax system to reduce the burden on working families and small businesses by cutting taxes, while eliminating loopholes.
  • Fix our healthcare and Social Security systems for current and future generations.
  • Empower the private sector for an economy that creates good, well-paying jobs to reduce reliance on imports.
  • Strengthen and support America’s national security, while winning the war against terrorism.
  • Have an energy policy based on making all domestic options available.
  • Implement immigration reform that maintains America’s unique station as the welcoming beacon for freedom-seeking people, while strengthening border security and enforcing laws against employing illegal aliens.
  • Expand liberty and self-government at home and abroad
  • Conserve our way of life and its foundations of faith, family, community, and country.

I am afraid it will take more than a well-thought out platform to win any election, especially in 2012 for President.  I certainly find McCotter more interventionist than I am comfortable with:

We cannot simply declare victory in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and then pull out. Al Qaeda and the Taliban remain a threat to the region. We must ensure that Iraq, a strategic asset in a very troubled part of the world, remains stable.

McCotter is willing to discuss frankly the Social Security issue head-on:

In its current form, America’s Social Security system is the largest Ponzi scheme in history, and it is only a matter of time before it collapses under the weight of federal debt and failed national leadership. The time to act is now. We must fulfill our promises to those generations of Americans who have contributed so much to our nation, but the current Social Security system is unsustainable. America’s retirement system must empower workers with the freedom to choose personal savings and investment account options for part of their Social Security benefits, with no benefit cuts or tax increases of any sort, now or in the future. Personal retirement accounts would increase future retirement benefits, and lead to future cuts in taxes. Social Security modernization with personal accounts would achieves full and permanent solvency for Social Security.

He raises an interesting issue I have never seen before:

We will apply antitrust rules to limit bank size. Restoring competition in the banking industry will reduce costs to borrowers and increase loans to entrepreneurs, which will fuel growth.

McCotter understands our adversaries:

In response, a leftist Administration has taken America in a “new direction”—back to the 1970s. The Left has proven too costly, too crazy, and too quick, giving Americans:

  • More deficits and debt
  • More spending and taxes
  • More unemployment
  • More government
  • Less freedom

He believes, as I do, that America is exceptional:

We need a President who understands that America’s exceptionalism is not our burden, but our birthright.

This is not an endorsement; I’m for Ron Paul, period.  But I am glad to see Rep. McCotter enter the race and I hope he can stay in the race long enough to affect the ultimate winner’s positions.

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)

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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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