You know, there’s plain old English and then there’s Republican-speak, a twisted and bending way of saying something you truly believe is true even though reality is warped when words are compared to facts.
As a Liberal public service, we’ve translated State Rep. Chuck DeVore’s announcement for his run for Senate against Barbara Boxer.Â Our comments are in italics.Â It’s all after the jump.
I am a candidate for the United States Senate in 2010. California deserves strong, active, and conservative representation in Washington, D.C. By 2010, an entire generation of Californians will have been born and grown to voting age, never having known a principled conservative â€” to say nothing of a Republican â€” representing them in the United States Senate. In 2010, we will change that.
Good luck with that; based on the most recently completed election, young Americans went for Democrats.Voters 18-24 went Democratic 68-30 while voters 24-30 voted Democratic 60-30; most young voters associated Conservative Republicanism with George W. Bush, a president Chuck was loyal to and supported for all eight years.
I am a candidate for the United States Senate because I love America and its founding principles.Â My politics and my public career testify to my belief in those principles.
- I believe our natural rights are inherent to our humanity, not a grant from government.
Unless youâ€™re gay; then youâ€™re entitled to second-class citizen status. Because of course, if you permit gay marriage, then polygamists have a right to multiple wives and fathers will marry daughters and mothers will marry sons to avoid paying estate taxes â€“ all ideas argued by Rep. DeVore on this blog.
- I believe the role of government is limited to securing our rights from external danger and internal lawlessness.Â
Not a peep from Chuck about domestic surveillance, routing executive branch email through RNC servers, and then thereâ€™s that torture thing.
- I believe that when government exceeds this mandate, our liberty is at risk.Â As George Washington said, â€œGovernment is not reason, it is not eloquent; it is force.Â Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.â€
- I believe that for too long now, our elected representatives have softly encouraged us to give up our independence to government.Â Year after year, we see governmentâ€™s responsibilities grow while our personal liberty shrinks.Â
Â You can thank the imperial presidency of George W. Bush for this one.
This terrible progression of state power at the expense of our natural liberties is not purely the fault of Democrats. There are plenty of Republicans who bear blame as well â€” as we have seen here in California, and in Washington, D.C., over the past decade.
But I wonâ€™t name names of Republicans; how this is the fault of Democrats is beyond me.
But only the Republicans can turn the tide.
- Only the Republicans have the bedrock foundation of dedication to a proper Constitutional order.
Is Dick Cheney executive branch or legislature branch? Iâ€™d challenge Chuck to argue why he thinks Democrats lack this bedrock foundation. The only bedrock foundation the Republicans have is the inability to ever change their minds about anything, no matter what new information appears.
- Only the Republicans have a record of fiscal responsibility.
Ohh, sorry, some soda shot out of my nose when I read that. Fiscal responsibility in Washington by Republicans?Â Right. Which is why we went from budget surpluses to massive budget deficits. â€œReagan proved deficits donâ€™t matter,â€ â€“ Dick Cheney. I will take Bill Clintonâ€™s record of fiscal responsibility over Ronald Reaganâ€™s and both Bushes anyday.Â It’s too bad we’re not trapped in Clinton’s economy.
- Only the Republicans have a sound commitment to national defense.
Â This is plain malarkey. I think Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy did a pretty good job defending the nation. Bill Clinton kept us at peace. Remember, national defense is a little more than fighting foreign enemies, but also protecting citizens from things like Hurricane Katrina. The Republicans also have a sound commitment to ignoring veterans, nearly cut their combat pay until Dems shamed them into not doing it, and have heavily relied on mercenaries that are more expensive than our own soldiers. These is no coherent defense policy currently.
- Only the Republicans have an understanding of what business and entrepreneurs need to create jobs for working Californians.
News report: With the economy deteriorating rapidly, the nationâ€™s employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, the government reported Friday morning, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent.
The decline, the largest one-month loss since December 1974, was fresh evidence that the economic contraction accelerated in November, promising to make the current recession, already 12 months old, the longest since the Great Depression.
- And only the Republicans have a conservative tradition that calls us back â€” however far we have strayed â€” however tattered our banner â€” to the principles that made California the greatest state in the Union.
Â Right, like divisive politics over gay rights, environmental issues, education, immigration reform, tax benefits to luxury yacht owners over school kids.
I am proud to say that I have been true to those principles and that conservative tradition over my 22 years of public service.
Itâ€™s a long way from here to the general election in 24 months. We have a primary to win, and then a fight against Barbara Boxer and her far-left friends that will demand everything weâ€™ve got.
Be honest; anyone who isnâ€™t a far right conservative isnâ€™t far left; Boxer has lots of support from moderates.
I am confident we will win that fight. I am confident that when Californians have a real choice between me and Barbara Boxer â€” it will be an easy choice for them.
Boxer. That was easy.
- You see, I want Californians to keep their hard-earned money.
Â All of it? How do you propose to do that?
- I want to lower fuel and energy costs by producing more of Americaâ€™s oil, and building modern, safe and reliable nuclear power plants.
Â America has 3 percent of the worldâ€™s oil and uses 25 percent of it; where are you going to store nuclear waste and will you be shipping it by truck and rail through our neighorhoods? No alternative energy plans. No solar, no wind, no hydrogen. No electrical hybrid technology.
- I want to rein in runaway Federal spending.
Too bad you were too quiet about it when Republicans spent money like teenage boys with whiskey and car keys.
- I want to bring a conservative leadership to Washington, D.C., that actually works.
Â Itâ€™s never worked. Ever. And youâ€™d be one of 100 senators and in the minority.
And what does Barbara Boxer want?
Â How would you know?
- She wants more of the same from Washington, D.C.
Â I donâ€™t think want wants more Republican values
- She wants to take more of your money for her own plans.
Â This is a lie.
- She wants to forfeit your childrenâ€™s future to enlarge an over $6 trillion national debt.
Â Another lie. And which party is responsible for this $6 trillion debt. G.O.P.
- She has no plan to make good on an unsustainable $86 trillion entitlements system that puts our childrenâ€™s future at risk.
Â She canâ€™t put or kids at anymore risk than George W. Bush did.