LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican candidates need to stand by their principles

Friday, August 3, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Discontent with President Barack Obama and several hot G.O.P. races should bring a good turnout in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, August 7.

In 2006 and 2008 voters gave the Republican Party some tough love because too many Republican politicians had strayed too far away from their own principles. Has the lesson been learned?

The Democratic Party is worse, but just being a slightly lesser evil does not inspire.

The 2010 elections may become the beginning of a massive Republican resurgence if Republicans have enough wisdom and courage to stand strong for their own beliefs. They need vigorous new leaders unafraid to uphold the Constitution, guard our borders and sovereignty, defend majority rights and fight for traditional American values. A Republican renaissance, however, must have a strong grass roots power base. Mid-Missouri conservatives is a newly formed local committee to promote the causes that the GOP ought to stand for though it too often doesn't. In the future, the group intends to support candidates in general election campaigns and may sometimes take sides on ballot issues. First, however, comes the Republican primary election on Tuesday.

Mid-Missouri conservatives urge everyone to vote for:

  • U.S. Representative District 4: Vicky Hartzler
  • State Representative District 46: Fred Berry
  • State Representative District 47: Mitch Richards
  • Boone County Associate Commissioner District 1: James B. Pounds
  • Boone County republican Central Committee:


  • Ward 1: Mitch Richards
  • Ward2: Dale Parmer
  • Ward 3: John Davis
  • Ward 5: Greg Engal
  • Ward 6: Ryan M. Henry


  • Ward 2: Cristyne Robertson
  • Sturgeon, Ward 2: Elba J. Roark
  • Rock Bridge Township: Tom Mendenhal; Erin Nolan
  • Three Creeks Township: Jennifer J. Bukowsky
  • Missouri Township: Rebecca Miller

Bill Samuels is a Columbia resident and member of the Mid-Missouri conservatives.

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Jack Hamm August 3, 2012 | 11:54 a.m.

I see a lot of Ron Paul people on this list. I thought they were at odds with the GOP? Are "libertarians" now going by "True Conservatives" instead? No true Scotsman here!

I guess enough people rejected their crazy policies last time that they thought they would re-brand themselves and people would not notice the crazy?!

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Robert Stinnett August 3, 2012 | 12:23 p.m.

Anyone who votes for a candidate based on a list someone put together telling who to vote for deserves the form of government they get.

Get a clue, get educated, vote with the facts and not some list posted in an editorial in the newspaper, a yard sign or some other nonsense.

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mike mentor August 3, 2012 | 2:48 p.m.

I have often heard of crazy defined as doing the same thing and expecting different results. So, I guess a Dem vote would be crazy if you expect anything other than record deficits and a dismal economy, illegal edicts here and there like states don't have to follow the work requirement laws for welfare and ICE agents told not to do their job, even disciplined for doing their job according to law..., a justice dept that is nothing but hired muscle for the president, a president that says his number 1 job is putting people back to work, but has met with his jobs council exactly zero times in the last 6 months while he has attended over 100 fundraisers during the same time.

Sure you want to go around calling other people's beliefs crazy in public???

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Jack Hamm August 3, 2012 | 3:05 p.m.


Yes, Ron Paul libertarianism is crazy. Ending the Federal Reserve is ill-informed and crazy. Repealing the Civil Rights Act is crazy. Leaving the UN, closing all foreign military bases, and becoming isolationist is crazy. Shall I go on?

As for your attacks on Dems I don't see how those are supporting issues for Republicans. President Bush still holds the record for the largest increase in debt. Reagan doubled the debt during his presidency. The only president to decrease the deficit was a Dem: Clinton. The 6 years that the GOP controlled the House, Senate and White House (00-06) were a complete disaster and caused many of the issues we are facing now. For the rest of the dribble in your post I have only suggestion that will alleviate you of many of your perceived woes: STOP WATCHING PROPAGANDA

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frank christian August 3, 2012 | 3:32 p.m.

"STOP WATCHING PROPAGANDA" Jack if folk did that no one would read you!.

You were given specific serious instances to discuss,but you resort to the silly,inaccurate, generalizations that we have read from you, since we have read you. One that has nothing else to offer should not expect to remain relevant. imo.

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Ray Shapiro August 3, 2012 | 4:11 p.m.

I believe that Rand Paul would make an excellent Vice Presidential choice for our next president, Mitt Romney.

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mike mentor August 3, 2012 | 4:48 p.m.

A little Libertarian is good for all of us !!!

I am certainly not going to agree with all of the, "party line" talking points, but that's already enough of a problem, eh?

The U.N. has become nothing but a platform for degenerates to legitimize themselves on a worldwide stage. We not only allow this to happen but pay for it. Ridiculous...

Deficits? Obama has already passed up Bush, so not sure what you are talking about there. Bush held the record when he faced a national crisis on 9/11, Owebama blew that away in less than half the time giving away hundreds of millions to his political backers like the Carnahans here in MO. No comparison of the two when it comes to wasting money we don't have.

The current economic crisis can be directly attributed to liberal policies of providing government backed mortgages to people that wouldn't have qualified before Clinton started enforcing the CRA. You can try to point to others that may have exacerbated the problem, but take away the CRA and Clinton's renewed focus on enforcing it and you have no credit crisis at all! Regulating the paper traders that sold these as safe investments would have mitigated some damage, but the damage was already done when toxic mortgages were forced in to the mix by Clinton.

It is a fact that the Federal LAW requires States to show a percentage of people getting back to or working in their pool of recipients in order to continue receiving benefits. This welfare reform law was signed by Clinton if I am not mistaken. However, our president has sent a memo to the states advising them that Owebama is above the law and can choose not to follow the law when he wants. Nevermind the law, I got your back...

It is also fact that an ICE agent who arrested an illegal immigrant for multiple driving offense was set for discipline.

Running out of time, but don't want to leave out the presidents schedule over the last six months. This is also fact.

meetings with jobs council - 0
fundraisers - 120+

Now I need to go eat some food grown by the dept of agriculture with my family in our house built by the dept of housing. Yeah big gov!

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Ellis Smith August 3, 2012 | 4:59 p.m.

Poor, poor Josef Goebbels. Not only was Josef born with a club foot but, as head of one of the greatest propaganda machines yet devised, he had to work with far fewer media tools than are available today.

But Josef and his boss, Adolph, set standards very much alive today: if you tell the same lie enough times, even otherwise intelligent and rational people will begin to believe it. Where there's smoke, there must be fire somewhere, so the first order of business is to create lots of smoke.

As for Mike Mentor's "crazy," that term isn't used by psychiatrists (in fact they cringe on hearing the word). Mike, I would define "crazy" as hitting your thumb repeatedly with a ball peen hammer because it feels so much better when you stop. :)

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frank christian August 3, 2012 | 6:26 p.m.

"This welfare reform law was signed by Clinton if I am not mistaken." Absolutely correct. Crafted by the R's that took Congress from him and signed after two vetoes, this Reform act was applauded by all (except Clinton, who apologized to liberals and proclaimed "we can change it, later.")

The law was passed with the mandate that it could not be changed, except by Congressional legislation. This what makes BO's action illegal. If he is re-elected the action will stand. If not, a legal battle with liberal D's will ensue, paid for by we tax payers. The mess created by this man and his party will be a long time in correcting. Look for more transgressions before 1/20/13.

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John Schultz August 4, 2012 | 10:08 a.m.

Jack, Ron Paul may be crasy in your eyes, but at least his message is consistent. But what do you call campaigning to close Gitmo, saying that healthcare mandates are wrong, that government should not have unlimited surveillance powes or the ability to "disappear" someone, that the War on Some Drugs is wrong, and then flipping once you're in office, like Obama did? The man is Bush the Third on many policies, except he's deported more people than Bush the Younger and has probably sentenced more to death by drone in secret extra-judicial meetings. There's faint difference between Bush, Obama, and Romney where it really matters. That's why I'm voting for Gary Johnson.

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Michael Williams August 4, 2012 | 10:45 a.m.

Speaking of debt, here's an interesting BBC graphic detailing "who owes how much to whom?". Simply "click" on a country's name and see where the arrows go. The prose to the right does some explaining of specific situations. To bad China/India are not listed, but this graphic is mainly Euro/US information.

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