Now that McClintock has been in Congress almost two years and we have an actual Congressional voting record to examine, an important question should be posed.
Did McClintock live up to Ron Paul's support, and should Dr. Paul endorse McClintock for Congress a second time around? There is no 2010 Congressional endorsement of McClintock by Ron Paul on McClintock's website.
I have reported extensively on McClintock, in years past when he was a CA State Senator. When he ran against Schwarzenegger for governor, I supported McClintock wholeheartedly and campaigned for him. McClintock was the only Republican who refused to bow to pressure and drop out of the governor's recall race in 2003. But in 2006, after Schwarzenegger had signed all sorts of abysmal legislation into law, including gun bans, and called for a 'free flow of people' across our nations borders, McClintock did a 180 from his previous stance and not only endorsed Arnold, but insisted that all Republicans should do the same. This was a deal-breaker for anyone with common sense, and should make discerning voters question McClintock's sincerity and trustworthiness.
As the links will outline below, as a Congressman McClintock voted to renew the Patriot Act, voted for government authority to collect DNA from suspects and stored in a database before they are even convicted of any crime, voted to sanction Iran and fervently support Israel. To his credit, McClintock does support smaller Constitutional government to some degree, opposing government takeover of health care, opposing higher taxes, and supporting gun rights and a secure border. In the runup to the 2008 presidential election, McClintock refused to endorse Ron Paul, even after his favoriite Fred Thompson dropped out of the race. In March 2010, expressing agreement with longtime GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, McClintock remarked “I think everyone [in Congress] would agree that Iraq was a mistake.” He added "I think virtually everyone would agree going into Afghanistan the way we did was a mistake." McClintock also expressed cynicism regarding the use of a 'resolution of force', which he noted, he has not been able to find in the Constitution.
However, as I pointed out in my article regarding McClintock's brief dealings with Mel Gibson, McClintock is a loyal ally and supporter of Israel. On March 17th of this year, Congressman Tom McClintock gave a speech on the House floor in which he touted Israel's 'rightful sovereignty' over the West Bank, and bemoaned 'rockets are now routinely launched against Israeli civilians' from the Gaza strip.
On March 25, 2010 McClintock pledged a 'Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond'. McClintock signed Hoyer-Cantor letter to Secy. Clinton from 327 House members , which included, in part, the following text: "Dear Secretary Clinton: We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension. In every important relationship, there will be occasional misunderstandings and conflicts. Our valuable bilateral relationship with Israel needs and deserves constant reinforcement. As the Vice-President said during his recent visit to Israel: "Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to security, none. No space." McClintock also voted for sanctions against Iran (HR 2194) in 2009.
In conclusion, McClintock should put an updated list, rather than a two year old list of endorsements, on his campaign website. McClintock, because of his hawkish foreign policy ideals and abysmal lack of respect for civil rights, does not deserve the endorsement of Ron Paul or libertarians.
In a comical side note, 'someone' (ahem) from the U.S. House of Representatives ISP spent a great deal of time on my personal website, referred to this page from my article Rep. McClintock gives lip service to sovereignty after endorsing open border globalists for years (5/22/10). The Visit Length of this Congressional visitor was 'Multiple visits spread over more than one day'. Wonder who that could be? is this what our tax dollars pay for? Here is the info on the visitor. Host Name housegate32.house.gov
IP Address 184.108.40.206
Country United States
ISP U.s. House Of Representatives
Visit Length Multiple visits spread over more than one day
VISITOR SYSTEM SPECS
Browser IE 7.0
Operating System WinXP
This is not the first time Congress has visited, though i always find it comical when various federal agencies, city governments, police departments, universities, law schools etc visit my page after being featured here or on my site.
I hope Rep. McClintock will offer a more respectful view of his role as a servant in our Constitutional Republic in the future.
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Rense, National Motorists Association, and many others. You can view a full archive here.