- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2008


Once John McCain became the “presumptive” Republican nominee, the phalanx of McCain staffers swung into action to make sure that all our Arizona delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention would be properly indoctrinated McCain supporters (“McCain shakes up staff,” Web, Editor favorites, July 3). However, even though I was Arizona co-chair for the Ron Paul campaign, I managed to slip through the phalanx and get elected. I am a lifelong activist and registered Republican. I certainly understand the “loyalty” issue, and I will be voting for McCain at the convention. But there are some very significant philosophical issues that Ron Paul raised during his campaign and I am hoping to have an opportunity to move the Republican Party back in the direction of these Goldwater-Reagan principles.

John McCain and Ron Paul are both outstanding Americans whom I have the privilege to know since the early 1980s. I met John McCain shortly after he came to Arizona and I was very impressed. I worked on his first campaign and have admired many of his strong convictions. However, there are some issues that are very important to our country and our party where we have drifted away from the strong, limited-government, pro-individual freedom philosophical principles that were set forth by our Founding Fathers and best exemplified in more recent years by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. These principles need to be addressed by the Republican Party. I am hoping that my involvement at our national convention will provide such an opportunity.

One of the ways that I hope to accomplish this is to be involved in the platform committee. There is an interactive Web site that is very easy to use for any interested Republican. I have already posted several suggestions that I hope to see considered by our platform committee members. These have to do with the role of the Federal Reserve, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Education, U.S. foreign policy, the war on drugs and related issues. Since I am a native Minnesotan, I am looking forward to the excitement of discussing these important issues in my home state. I certainly hope that the convention will not just be a coronation, but will involve a meaningful debate of fundamental philosophy.

We will see if “one who slipped through” can have any impact.



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