Saturday, May 31, 2008

News From RPI Chairman Stewart Iverson

Harkin Spews Hate Against Veterans

Harkin, who has a history of embellishing his own military record, told Iowa reporters last week that McCain’s background as the son and grandson of Navy admirals creates a “dangerous” situation because he can only view the world through the prism of the military.

He has a hard time thinking beyond that,” Harkin said, according to The Des Moines Register. “I think he’s trapped in that. Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous.”

The paper also quotes Iowa’s junior senator telling reporters, “It’s one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that’s just how you’re steeped, how you’ve learned, how you’ve grown up.”

Military service is not a foreign concept to U.S. presidents. In the post-War War II era, Bill Clinton is the only president to have not served in some branch of the military.

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Iverson also called on Obama to "denounce" fellow Democratic Senator Tom Harkin's recent comments about Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Last week Harkin said McCain's worldview is "trapped" because of his military career, and the military careers of his father and grandfather.

"First of all, we have to have a strong military in the United States. We have to take care of not only ourselves, but help allied nations," Iverson said. "With an all-volunteer Army and Air Force, Marines and Navy -- all the branches of service, I think it's absolutely ridiculous to say that John McCain is 'too military.'"

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California Supreme Court Looses its Moral Compass

In an era where our nations moral compass is being tested daily, last weeks ruling by the California Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage is particularly disturbing. The 4-3 decision, which overturned a ban enacted by the California legislature, is yet another example of power hungry justices legislating from the bench. This is just one of the many reasons why this year’s election is so important. The next president may have the opportunity to nominate as many as four justices to the Supreme Court. John McCain will stand up for our Republican beliefs and nominate justices who hold the same jurisprudence as Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.

Highlighting an issue he plans to use aggressively in the general election campaign, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday decried "the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power" and pledged to nominate judges similar to the ones President Bush has placed on the bench.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. "would serve as the model for my own nominees, if that responsibility falls to me," highlighting the gap between Republicans and Democrats on the question of who should sit on the Supreme Court. Both justices have established strong conservative records since Bush appointed them, and the appointment of one more conservative to the nation's highest court could tip the balance on issues such as abortion, discrimination, civil liberties and private property.

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