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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tom Hayhurst on National Security

The #1 job of government is to protect America and keep it's citizens safe. No half measures will do. No excuses can be accepted. If we truly are to be the land of the free and a beacon of hope to the world, our elected leaders must act with renewed courage, especially in this time of war when the threat of terrorism breeds fear. Our leaders must work diligently to address our real security needs while honoring the core principles upon which our democracy is founded. Neither can be sacrificed.

As an Air Force veteran who stood to serve my country, I know the fight for freedom is a just and lasting cause. As a former member of the active military, I have been witness to the costs of duty and salute each day the bravery and skill of our men and women serving around the world. As a physician for over 30 years, I know how to make the tough decisions that ensure the well-being of my patients. As a local elected official, I know what it means to be accountable to the people I represent, the people who rely on me to solve problems and make our community stronger.

We live in a world growing smaller but more diverse each day. A one-size-fits-all national security policy is fundamentally inadequate. That is why this election is so important. We need leaders who will fight for truth, support our troops, demand sound, accountable plans of action, and invest in the safety of our nation. We need leaders who understand that there is a moral responsibility inherent in every choice they make.

Born of mis-information, built on mistakes, Iraq is a questionable war gone bad. But it is the war we made in a distant place with people we are now beholden to. We need leaders who will not shrink from this harsh reality. We need leaders who will live up to the values we profess, strive to find a path that protects America's interests, and refuse to flinch as we find a way to bring this mission to an end.

Debating the merits of going to war in Iraq must not distract us from this conflict's undeniable, horrific realities. We have troops on the ground and a country on the brink of civil war. Our soldiers need our help, and they need a plan. We need leaders in Washington who will demand a strategy that upholds the integrity and stability of Iraq as well as the security of the United States.

When I am in the U. S. Congress, I will:

  • Make sure that everything possible is done to defend the citizens of this great country from any threats - whether external or internal.

  • Stand firm in our war against terrorism and extremism.

  • Work with the international community to stabilize Iraq, establish measurable goals for concluding the war, and promote the rebuilding of the country with Iraqi workers and Iraqi companies.

  • Actively promote the adoption and implementation of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations, the most concrete way we can make our nation more secure - a nation left vulnerable by five years or wrangling and inaction.

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Blogger Jeff Pruitt said...

This is definitely a step in the right direction. I think Dr Tom should continue to promote his service as much as possible given his opposition.

I mean seriously, how do you go from conscientious objector to full blown hawk? I can understand changing your mind somewhat but that drastically? I think it shows that Souder is simply a self-serving politician who will do whatever it takes just to benefit himself.

It amazes me that he garners the support he does. He's done next-to-nothing for his district, has a questionable voting record, renegs on campaign promises and is a terrible speaker/debater.

I only wish Dr Tom would've promoted this message harder in the beginning. But it's out there now - time to hammer it home...

title="comment permalink">October 18, 2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Jeff - There are so many individuals from so many different backgrounds, political parties, and world views that are rallying around Dr. Hayhurst that it's almost dizzying. We'll all be giving our all over the next three weeks to bring true representation to the 3rd district! And let me add that I am proud to have you beside me in this fight, for anyone who might think otherwise.

title="comment permalink">October 18, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

I don't believe Sauder has ever had a really strong candidate to oppose him... until now =)

title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 12:59 AM  
Blogger Andrew Kaduk said...


Are you suggesting that Maria Parra was somehow "lacking" as an opponent?


title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Elmo said...

Go Dr. Tom go! Smack down that wimpy repug!!!

title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

John, pardon my cynicism, but based on what you posted, I would never vote for this person.

This guy doesn't give any firm plans, just a lot of nice slogans.

"Stand firm in our war against terrorism and extremism." is no more of a strategy than is "Stay the Course".

We need people of real vision, folks who honestly have a plan and are able to "think outside the box" to design and implement a workable exit strategy from the Iraq Debacle.

This man, honorable as I am sure he is, really isn't giving any hard ideas for solutions, just points out problems and flings well-worn political rhetoric at them.

It may be a recipe for political success, but it's also a recipe for representational failure, IMNSHO.

title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 2:47 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Sewmouse, if you knew the man Dr. Tom was running against, you'd see that we have no choice but Dr. Tom. Actually, I have a lot of faith in Dr. Tom doing a damn fine job.

Also, don't base your opinion on just his National Security "position". Dr. Tom has great ideas on helping our vets, health care, and jobs. John has posted several of Dr. Tom's positions.

title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - No one in the same class as Tom.

Andy - Maria IS a good candidate. She got hit with several intense personal at the same time as her run. Bad timing at it's best, or worst if you will.

Preach on, brother Elmo!

Sew - Robert fielded your answer quite well. We're in a very conservative district here, preaching to the middle is required to win here.

title="comment permalink">October 19, 2006 6:49 PM  

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