At its April 24-27 national convention in Kansas City, the Constitution Party nominated Florida pastor/political activist Charles O. “Chuck” Baldwin as its candidate for president of the United States. Baldwin received 383.8 votes to 125.7 garnered by Maryland’s Alan Keyes and a few given to minor candidates. During the proceedings, hundreds of delegates from across the nation heard speeches from a slate of seven candidates and also from party founder Howard Phillips, conservative activist Richard Viguerie, Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt, popular author Jerome Corsi, and myself.
As part of the pulse-taking of the electorate to see what makes Americans’ hearts beat faster as the United States heads toward another presidential election, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll found that the worsening economy is Americans’ number one concern, yet candidates’ positions on the economy are not creating a base of support for any of the leading presidential candidates: Clinton, McCain, or Obama.
Neoconservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife has had a change of heart concerning Hillary Clinton. Scaife, the partial heir of the Mellon family fortune, once was involved in the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign and helped to fund efforts by the American Spectator magazine in the 1990s to expose Bill Clinton’s womanizing and abuse of power while governor of Arkansas. But he has decided to throw his support behind Hillary Clinton after a meeting with her in March.
FBI Special Agent Jack Cloonan, a lead investigator in the bureau’s “bin Laden Unit,” was in Yemen on September 11, 2001 when airliners began crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As soon as he could get a flight, Cloonan flew back to New York. His first order of business upon his return was to go see a very special inmate who was being held in the secret section of a federal prison. The prisoner was Ali Mohamed, who, for at least a decade and a half, had been Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s top spy inside the U.S. government.
For a variety of reasons, the United States is getting creamed in world trade. In trade with China alone, America’s trade deficit jumped from $6 million in 1985 to $201 billion in 2005. Most U.S. trade ills are the result of negligent U.S. policy decisions — allowing other countries to severely penalize American manufacturers via a Value Added Tax, actually funding the transfer of U.S. assets overseas through the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corp., insuring U.S. companies against loss for failed business ventures in foreign countries, etc. Now, as countries that provide what equates virtually to slave-labor wages increasingly participate in the world economy — further putting American businesses at a disadvantage — American politicians are aiding our competitors once again in the world-trade arena. As if building foreign infrastructure were not enough, our politicians are working to lower the cost of transporting imports throughout the United States. They are building what has been called the “NAFTA Superhighway.”