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Antonio C. Amador In defense of Republican Party values

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Tony Amador

Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Thu Sep 8, 2011.

This is in response to Marcia Savage’s letter to the editor published last month, “Questions for Lodi Republicans.”

It is most interesting that your reader did not bring in the word Constitution until the end of the article. Our country would not be “unraveling” so much if we began with the end in mind, and understood that the framers/Founding Fathers did not conceive of a dependent state, but an independent Republic.

As a friend of mine said, “If we taught about the Constitution and citizenship in our public school systems, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.” We Republicans are also “disgusted, disheartened and depressed” as are Democrats, but for different reasons.

One example is our public school system, burdened with too much bureaucracy. Teachers have become the welfare agents for big government mandates, and many times the “babysitters” for too many “socially advanced” students. They are not rewarded enough for the work they do, but rather for implementing liberal policies by Socialistic Democrats like John Vasconcellos, who once said it is “the duty of government to take care of us from womb to tomb.” If anything, this mindset strips a human of dignity. It is a dependency state. If this isn’t socialism, what is it?

I recall my mother, an immigrant, telling us children to learn English, as we would not succeed if we didn’t learn the language of our country. We did not have bilingual classes or special classes because Spanish was the language primarily spoken in our household. Most Latinos want their children to learn English, as they recognize it as a necessary step to compete and contribute. Democrats want minorities to be “dependents” of government.

The plight we find ourselves in today, such as our national debt, huge unemployment, a poor economy and a housing industry in shambles, is not due to just the liberal policies of the Democrats but is also due to the policies of Republicans going along with Democrats in expanding various programs and/or creating their own. One good example is the “pork barrel” process of “earmarks,” which is a mindless game that would not see the light of day in a hearing process, judged against other priorities. This practice has ceased.

When President George W. Bush tried to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cease their liberal “liar loans” — no-down-payment purchases, no proof of employment or proof of income practices to secure loans for homes — he was blocked. The liberal team of Sens. Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd blocked the efforts of President Bush. You can see the resultant effects; short sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies abound. A “modification” program by this administration was an abject failure.

As far as shipping jobs overseas, I hope the readers read the adjoining Letter to the Editor from Mr. Roger Kern regarding GE’s Jeff Immelt shipping jobs to China.

This dependency mindset is what sets the Republican Party and me apart from your reader. Her “government is the answer” to all problems does not teach responsibility — pride in caring for oneself, your family and others (when able). Whatever happened to the concept of charity? Helping others instead of depending upon the government for every social need? I agree there are some needs where government can help, but keep in mind it is a government conceived of limited powers.

My conservative family values did not teach me that Republicans have the “corner market” on fiscal responsibility and support for law enforcement, any more than a Democrat has the “corner market” on clean air, water or conservation issues.

I have 14 grandchildren who will be financially burdened with liberal government programs such as “Obamacare,” of which I’m certain your reader is enamored. I don’t want my children or grandchildren to drink dirty water or breathe polluted air, but I want to teach them that an employed human farmer and farmworker are more important than a 2-inch smelt.

This is what separates a Republican from many Democrats. Some Democrat policies are as illogical as banning smoking and legalizing marijuana.

Your reader asks rhetorically why I am a member of the Republican Party. The answer may be as simple as why did both a liberal congressman — Jerry McNerney — and a conservative congressman — Tom McClintock — both vote “no” on the recent federal budget? Why did they both vote against raising the debt ceiling? Without speaking for either, but venturing an opinion, it is the difference between expanding government as McNerney wanted and cutting back on government as I believe McClintock wanted. Neither Congressman wanted to support the legislation, but for completely opposite reasons.

As for the Koch Brothers supporting, I assume financially, the Tea Party movement (citizens disgusted with big government abuses), George Soros would fall into the category of being a benefactor to all that is liberal and socialistic.

You asked, and I hope I pointed out some differences.

Antonio C. Amador is chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee and a former candidate for Lodi’s City Council and the U.S. Congress.

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32 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:51 am on Fri, Sep 16, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    No hitting of nerve K Lee.. I am simply responding and sharing what I think..

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 10:04 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell wrote, "If you read your comment, it has so little substance that there is little to be concerned about."

    Yet, here you are, drawn to that one little comment to someone else. You can't help yourself. Obviously I hit a nerve and you have no rebuttal...only your flip comments, as usual. No shocker there, Darrell.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K Lee stated...Wow, Darrell.... my short comment to Joanne Bobin really drove you over the edge

    Is that what you think? If you read your comment, it has so little substance that there is little to be concerned about.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 1:29 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Daniel Hutchins wrote, "These signature collateralization schemes were made possible by a tax law enacted during a Republican Administration which removed double taxation as the funds pass through Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac. I am talking about Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits which were enacted during the Reagan Administration, who is your party’s savior."

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 1:27 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Wow, Darrell.... my short comment to Joanne Bobin really drove you over the edge.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:32 am on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K Lee stated...Did you stutter?

    Ill leave it to the all knowing wise one (you) to determine that one. Its over my head. I'm sure you will draw a conclusion based on your normal reasoning.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:08 pm on Tue, Sep 13, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Did you stutter?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:53 pm on Tue, Sep 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K Lee stated...Speaking of "mindless comments"...

    Your the pro K Lee... when you talk about this topic, Im all ears!!!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:51 pm on Tue, Sep 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K Lee stated...Speaking of "mindless comments".

    Hummm... K lee is the pro... when she talks about this topic, Im all ears.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 3:26 pm on Mon, Sep 12, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Posted at 3:12 pm 9/12/11... Speaking of "mindless comments".

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:12 pm on Mon, Sep 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Instead of making mindless comments as to style over substance, Ill pick out 2 statements that were made that have value from my perspective. I am glad these points were made.

    01. One example is our public school system, burdened with too much bureaucracy. Teachers have become the welfare agents for big government mandates, and many times the “babysitters” for too many“socially advanced” students...
    I have heard from many teachers over the years that have complained that vine street administrative offices are bloated and use valuable resources that could be better used for benefit of students. I have also heard many teachers say that it is not as rewarding and fun to teach now days as mandates have restricted their ability to teach effectively. Sounds like an important topic Tony brought up.

    2. I don’t want my children or grandchildren to drink dirty water or breathe polluted air, but I want to teach them that an employed human farmer and farmworker are more important than a 2-inch smelt...

    Excellent point. It is important to protect our environment and wild life. However, sometimes it seems like politics and selfish interests gets the better of us and results in government having unfair and inappropriate priorities.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:46 pm on Mon, Sep 12, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Daniel Hutchins @ 6:53 am 9/8/11 -- Well said!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 12:43 pm on Mon, Sep 12, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Joanne Bobin wrote, "This column reads more like a campaign speech than opinion."

    I had the same impression. A speech and a photo to boot! LOL!

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 11:32 am on Sun, Sep 11, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Brian docker. Oh... "anonymous"

    Yes, I was present when the paper went around the central committee meeting for volunteers to write their name which would be used on numerous letters to the editor, because newspapers generally limited the letters to one per month. However, it also creates the appearance of opinions coming from a random cross-section of society, when in fact, there is only one author associate with numerous letters.

    Numerous letters are written each month, which were authored by a single interest in the Republican Central Committee.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 11:28 am on Sun, Sep 11, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Brian docker. Nice try. (twice)

    "...when they support a Conservative." I do not participate in the conservative vs. liberal dispute. Neither do I participate in the Republican v. Democrat dispute.

    My dispute with Amador is that the Republicans act as they do not contribute to the problem, while they are very much to blame, and they focus on Democrats problems as a destraction to the real facts. [Democrats do the same.]

    "rather remain anonymous..." I don't know where this came from.

    "where your agenda lies." My agenda is to establish a constitutional and republic form of government (not at all related to the Republican party).

    As a footnote, I seek to expose the creature in Washington as being a creature of corporate fiction, which it is. I don't mean that it acts like a corporation. I mean, literally, it IS a corporation. Actually, which one? There are numerous corporations that act as if they are agencies of the federal government.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 10:48 pm on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Daniel,

    You're setting up a false premise by stating in so many words people would rather remain anonymous or have an alias when they support a Conservative. Clever as you think it may be for you, you're not fooling me where your agenda lies.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:57 pm on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    I expect additional letters of support, embracing Amador for this fine letter.

    These letters can be submitted in just about any name because they passed around a list where several people gave consent for the use of their name in publication.

    Ironically, I recall that one such letter was written in the name of someone's 90 year-old mother.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:16 am on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Daniel stated...Joanne correctly recognized the political nature of the column...

    Daniel....Joanne has one way vision. Very narrow. Brian's point is that when a person sees truth only when it fits their preference, then it is shallow. It means the person has an agenda. If you can fine any posts where Joanne recognized truth as it related to the "left", I would be surprised. She does state both parties are the problem but only articulates and points out the specifics when the problem is associated with the” right”. Where is the truth in that? Where is the balance.

    I am against any politician (Republican or Democrat) that wants to regulate and control the behavior of citizens through taxation, mandates and legislation. It is why I dislike the long term politicians that make it their life's work and become entrenched and a part of the system.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 12:52 am on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Brian, if you look at postings like the one from Kurt Roberts below, you can see that there are some people who view the Republicans as if they are the creator, as if they are void of prayer under God, instead of the Republican Party.

    Joanne correctly recognized the political nature of the column.

    It is important to recognize the behavior of politicans in terms of right and wrong, not in terms of their political affiliation.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 12:24 am on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Brian: I failed to see any substance in your postings.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:48 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    I would like Joanne to give us an example where political correctness HAS NOT taken center stage over the truth on major issues in public schools.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:44 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    This column reads more like a campaign speech than opinion.

    -Chuckle,
    I've never once heard her complain about Obama's opinions/ campaign speeches
    that seem to be never ending in these last three years.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:40 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne's reading comprehension get an "F". She fails to see what Tony's friend is saying about what they are teaching children about the Constitution in public schools.
    Simply put, he takes issue with what they aren't teaching about the Constitution in public schools. As a result, he is correct why we are in the mess we are in today.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:14 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    Odd for a man whose parents were illegal immigrants to be preaching about the Constitution and the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.

    -Not odd at all Joanne. How odd it is for you to conclude an offspring of illegal immigrants should not have any regard for the Constitution. It seems a bit contrary for you to take this position based on your sympathy for illegal immigrants. And actually the root of Joanne's issue with Tony is his Conservative stance on things. If he were a
    liberal she would be taking issue with anyone questioning his patriotism and regard for the
    Constitution as if somehow he shouldn't because his parents were illegals. I often wonder if Joanne ever thinks about what she writes.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:01 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    This column reads more like a campaign speech than opinion.

    Good comments, Daniel. Mr. Amador points out several issues that he seems to blame on Democrats alone, such as earmarks, while both parties are equally guilty of eagerly sopping up the pork fat.

    I don't know where Mr. Amador's "friend" got his information, i.e., “If we taught about the Constitution and citizenship in our public school systems, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today," but American Government and the Constitution are still a required part of the public school curriculum. Odd for a man whose parents were illegal immigrants to be preaching about the Constitution and the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.

     
  • Kurt Roberts posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    Kurt Roberts Posts: 55

    Excellent column Tony!!!!!!!

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 7:23 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tony Amador: "This is what separates a Republican from many Democrats."

    FYI: The policies of the Republican and Democratic parties are identical.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 7:06 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tony Amador.
    The problems in Washington will not be cured if the people come into your way of thinking and give a Republican-controlled White House and congress.

    Also:
    "government conceived of limited powers."

    Do you expect your readers to swallow this pill?
    I accept that you are referring to the original intentions by the forefathers of the constitution, not to the creature that presently exists in the District of Columbia.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 6:57 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    [please excuse a few typos which cannot be edited]

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tony Amador. If you were elected into the US Congress, what would you have done about the corporate nature of Washington?

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 6:54 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    I question your position as chairman of the S.J.Co. Republican Central Committee as being one which is based upon principles of the constitution. I have attended the Central Committee meetings, but without a financial donation, I lacked standing to utter a single question. I noted that the agendas contained nothing less than unconditional endorsement of republican politicians, especially President Bush in the White House and Cheney’s war in Iraq, no matter what they were doing. I also noted fund raising, republican campaigns, democrat bashing, and celebration of republican victories.
    Indeed, you had one individual who always received the microphone (when I was there), who bashed anyone who dared question the policies of a republican such as former president Bush, Junior…
    Ok. I’d better stop here. I’ve got important things to do today.
    Especially, journalists and democrats who questioned President Bush’s war policy in Iraq were bashed,

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 6:53 am on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tony Amador. Thank you for telling us about your family tree in a forum where important issues are being reported to the public.
    I see that you followed the true Republican tradition of embracing President Bush and blaming his failures upon the democrats. Good job!
    You didn’t lose any campaign contributions from big banking, in your reference to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, where you followed the true politician tradition of failing to identify the true cause of the mortgage collapse on bad credit practices, while your home state is suffering dramatically. You ignored how the banks securitize our signatures on promissory notes by altering the face of the promise to read, “without recourse” in order to receive funding from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, where they market bundles of these notes as bogus mortgage-backed securities.
    These signature collateralization schemes were made possible by a tax law enacted during a Republican Administration which removed double taxation as the funds pass through Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac. I am talking about Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits which were enacted during the Reagan Administration, who is your party’s savior.

     

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