Miller County Republican Party



The Miller County Republican Committee will begin meeting at Big Jakes on Arkansas Blvd. the second Tuesday of odd numbered months (1,3,5,7,9,11) at 6:30 p.m. in January, 2015.

May 5, 2015

Huckabee: Hope to Higher Ground

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It's uncertain yet if Mike Huckabee's "Hope to Higher Ground" will catch on as a campaign phrase or if something else will take it's place, but one thing is now certain....Mike Huckabee is running for President in 2016.  The announcement was made in Hempstead Hall in Hope, Arkansas this morning around 11:00 a.m.  The building was packed with people from Arkansas government, including the current Governor Asa who gave a speech, to friends and family of the new, favorite son of Hope.  The Hope school band was present and busses of Hope school kids came to see the potential candidate make his announcement.   There was people present from as far away as Florida and almost all the major news stations covered the event.

After some singing and speeches, Mike finally took the stage to give the big announcement.  This was not done though before Janet Huckabee took the stage and gave an inspiring history of the man who would soon be announcing.  Mrs. Huckabee spoke not only like a mother and wife, but also like a lady who had already been in the role of first lady.  It was easy to forget for a moment that this lady was the first lady of Arkansas because she sounded so much like the kind of first lady most Americans would love to have in the White House.   Her grace seemed to steal the show as she told everyone how Mike sold two favorite guitars to buy a washer and dryer for the small struggling family when they were about to welcome their first baby into the world.  It started more than a few tears rolling in the room when she quoted Mike in regards to the Hurricane Katrina refuges arriving in Arkansas as saying "People first.  Paperwork later."  As she left the stage, she must have known she had stolen the hearts of the audience when she asked, "You all know I'm not the main attraction, right?" to the standing ovation.

When Mike finally took the stage he did what Mike Huckabee always does....he told it straight.  He did not dance around and lay out huge Presidential promises.  He told what he saw as wrong with America, what he saw as right, and what he wanted to fix about what was wrong.   Some in the Twitter universe (https://twitter.com/GOPArkansas) were quick to jump on some of Mike's wording. More than a few times Mike said, "I will try."  People wanted to say that telling everyone he will try is an easy way to give an excuse later for not being able to do something.  I disagree.  For the first time in years, I was happy to hear a potential candidate say, "I will try."  Not a fancy promise like "I'm going to be the President and I'll have a pen and do it anyway!"  No, this was a simply promise that "I will try".  Mike knows something about government that our current president and others sometimes forgets.  You have to work with others in government to get things done and sometimes all you can do is try.  The immediate connection was that we have a candidate who is willing to work with Congress, not go around them.  We have a candidate who believes in term limits, believes in working with others, and has proven time-and-time again that he can do it.  Mike Huckabee is the only Governor of Arkansas to ever take office and find his office door nailed shut on the first day in office!  Can you imagine if someone had nailed the door to the White House shut when a President took office?  But Mike did not bow down to anger or use his power like some people might.  Instead, they removed the nails, opened the door, and reached out to those who had nailed it shut, across the line to a Democrat controlled state at the time, and he worked and got things done.  Mike Huckabee knows that when you "try" others see that and suddenly they feel compelled to "try" too.  Ultimately, when two sides of an issue decide to "try" a lot more gets done that will last than when someone depends on Executive Orders to last beyond their time in office.

Over the next few months Republicans will have to select a nominee for President.  That nominee should be honest, forthcoming in where he stands, and willing to help the people of this nation move toward greatness again.  Mike Huckabee could have stayed at his nice job with Fox News.  He was loved, respected, and there was no end in sight for the political commentaries he could do over the next several years, but instead he left that.  He left a better paying job because he believes we can move from the rays of hope we have today to higher ground tomorrow.  Whoever you want the nominee for the party to be, you would do well to stop and listen to Huckabee first.

Apr 21, 2015

Hope Has Huckabee On The Way

Someone once told me that "You either like Mike Huckabee or you don't.  There's no middle ground."  Since I happen to "Like Mike"-a slogan I wouldn't mind seeing-I disputed the person's view and stated that Mike is a very likable and capable leader.  After giving some further thought to the person's statement though, I realized it's true.  You either like Mike or you don't and the reason for that couldn't be any more clear.

Politician's generally tell people exactly what they want to hear to win votes.  This is not the case with Mike.  He has spent years in the public eye on radio, in the pulpit, on television, in books, etc.  He has spent so much time in the public eye that he has no choice except to state his case bluntly.  In other words, unlike other politicians he can not hide behind rhetoric designed to make him look good.  If he said he's against sometime, unless there has been a sincere change of heart, then he's still against it today.  The people do not receive a politician that says only what is nice to say, they hear a leader who presents the facts as he sees them and presents his views as he believes them.  That, simply put, will make you either "Like Mike" or not.  You either agree with his views or you don't, but there's more to consider here than simply whether you like Mike or not.  What needs to be considered is how do you want your country to run over the next four years?  In a few short days Mike is expected to make a major announcement.  Tickets are being given away, state officials and representatives from all around are being invited and Mike is coming back to his home, Arkansas, to make the announcement that many believe will be the start of the 2016 Huckabee Campaign for President.

So, in a nutshell, how do you want your country to run for the next four years?  Do you want a president who tells you want you want to hear to make you happy, and then perhaps does the opposite once you are out-of-sight?  Or do you want a president who will tell you the truth, and be honest with you regardless of the outcome?  Mike Huckabee has a long written and digital history of where he stands on the issues.  He has had many of his views long before this presidential race and others.  Mike Huckabee has also been a successful Governor, leader, and communicator with the people of Arkansas and the nation.  He is not afraid to stand on his faith, he is not afraid to make hard decisions, and he has by far shown more loyalty and love for this nation than some of the other candidates preparing to announce and who have already announced.

Yes, you either like Mike or you don't.  But, before you get too judgmental of him, keep in mind that Mike Huckabee gave up what was, in 2011, a $500,000 a year salary with Fox, he gave up other income streams related to being with Fox News, and he stepped off the stage of a very popular news show in preparation to make this announcement.  Mike Huckabee had it made with name recognition, fame, and money, but he chose to give that up.  Mike has given this up because he still believes the office of president can be filled with someone who is honest, works hard, and knows what it's like to work his way up in the American dream.  Mike Huckabee believes that America deserves better than liars who will lie to Congress and the American people.  It's no wonder that Mike chose to come back to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas to make this anticipated announcement to America that hope for our highest office and our country is once again on the way.

Mar 13, 2015

#47Traitors or #47Patriots ?

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Almost immediately when word broke about Tom Cotton and the 46 other Senators signing a letter to clarify U.S. law to Iran a hashtag began to circulate:  #47Traitors.  However, it may have been more appropriate to have used the hashtag in this format: #47Patriots.  Since Cotton and his group did nothing different, despite what Bidden says, that others have done in the past.  In fact Cotton and his group is right so why should we call them traitors?  The word "Traitor" implies that these Senators have turned against America, when in fact they have only clarified American law to a regime that has broken just about every International Law there is in the last thirty plus years.   The fact is the word "Traitor" is harsh, wrong, and outright slander against these Senators.

First, let's look a little at history - a history that Joe Bidden seems to forget - the fact is Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, and even former Presidents have been going behind the backs of current Presidents to talk with foreign countries for years.  It's nothing new folks - by the way, where were all the "#traitors" during these times?  Here's a brief rundown of when our Democrat friends have gone behind the President to talk to foreign countries:

Senators John Sparkman (D-AL) and George McGovern (D-SD). The two Senators visited Cuba and met with government actors there in 1975. They said that they did not act on behalf of the United States, so the State Department ignored their activity.
Senator Teddy Kennedy (D-MA). In 1983, Teddy Kennedy sent emissaries to the Soviets to undermine Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy.
 
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX). In 1984, 10 Democrats sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, the head of the military dictatorship in Nicaragua, praising Saavedra for “taking steps to open up the political process in your country.”  


Senator John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry jumped into the pro-Sandanista pool himself in 1985, when he traveled to Nicaragua to negotiate with the regime. 


Representatives Jim McDermott (D-WA), David Bonior (D-MI), and Mike Thompson (D-CA). In 2002, the three Congressmen visited Baghdad to play defense for Saddam Hussein’s regime. There, McDermott laid the groundwork for the Democratic Party’s later rip on President George W. Bush, stating, “the president of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war.” McDermott, along with his colleagues, suggested that the American administration give the Iraqi regime “due process” and “take the Iraqis on their face value.”  (Citation)


Nancy Pelosi went to talk to Syri behind President Bush's back even provoking then Vice-President Dick Cheney to claim she did not have the right to negotiate with foreign countries (sound familiar?) (Citation)


Hmmm... so we can see that what Cotton did is nothing new.  Whether you agree with Cotton and the forty-six others is beside the point because both parties have participated in these actions in the past.  So, to use a #47Traitors is a little to harsh- especially when we have a current Secretary of State who has done the same thing (see Kerry's name above) when he was serving.


Now the bottom line - what Cotton said is true.  Any agreement that the President makes with Iran must be approved by Congress.  If that agreement is not approved by Congress, then it becomes nothing more than an "Executive Order".  As we know from much debate, Executive Orders can be overturned by the next President.  In fact, Executive Orders can be overturned by the President who issued it.   Iran's claim that if the President makes an agreement the United States must honor it based on International Law is simply....for a lack of a better word....stupid.  In the first place, the United States Constitution must be upheld first and foremost before International Law.  As stated above, the President's agreement must be approved by Congress.  If it is approved by Congress, then sure, the United States will honor the agreement - but really - we are going to sit back and be lectured on International Law by Iran?   The Iranian government has broken more international laws in thirty years plus than any other country on the face of the planet.  The only thing the Iranians should be experts on regarding International Law is their ability to dodge it, go around it, or outright break it.

The bottom line - Good job Senator Cotton- You and your forty-six fellow senators are simply saying what Americans have been saying all along.  It's time for someone to listen to the people who elected them for a change and that's something that many in Washington forget soon after they arrive.....Cotton on the other hand is a different kind of senator and a different kind of leader.   Cotton is listening to the people not only in Arkansas, but he's listening to them around the nation.  WE don't want a nuclear Iran.  We don't want our allies in harm's way and we don't want the United States in harms way.  I sleep better at night, feel better for my children's future, and feel better for America's future knowing there is someone in Washington fighting the fight we sent him there to fight.  No, the forty-seven are not traitors by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact they are #47Patriots standing up for the people of our country and clarifying that this President can not make deals that are binding without Congress' approval.  Those in Washington may have just found out that walking in "Tall" Cotton is hard to do when the people back home support him.
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