TENNESSEE SENATOR BOB CORKER IS NO CONSERVATIVE
By Kelleigh Nelson
November 17, 2016
Conservatism, we are told, is out-of-date. This charge is preposterous and we ought to boldly say so. The laws of God, and of nature, have no dateline. These principles are derived from the nature of man, and from the truths that God has revealed about His creation. To suggest that the Conservative philosophy is out of date is akin to saying that the Golden Rule, or the Ten Commandments or Aristotle’s Politics are out of date. —Barry Goldwater, Conscience of a Conservative 1960
Pat Buchanan recently stated, “Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him. And that means he has to choose outsiders, and choose them from outside the beltway. There are a few who are wonderful, Jeff Sessions, General Michael Flynn, Duncan Hunter, Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and others, but for the most part the beltway is full of establishment globalists.
America, the only nation ever founded in the name of liberty, never had a more ardent champion of liberty than Barry Goldwater. Simply put, Goldwater was in love with freedom. I never thought I’d see another man like Senator Goldwater, but now I have. Goldwater always spoke his mind no matter who was listening, and he was an ardent supporter of the Constitution and very limited government.
Fifty-two years later, we have a new President who is very much like Barry Goldwater. He has given up a lifestyle of ease, comfort, joy, and time with his family to try to save our country. Why? Because he, like Goldwater, is in love with freedom, and he wants to keep it for all Americans. But he’s not a politician, so he really needs input from the grassroots.
By the way, Donald J. Trump also won the popular vote! [Link] And he took Michigan too! Electoral count, 306 to 232.
President Trump’s Cabinet Choices
Many of the cabinet choices are excellent, and many of them are outsiders, but then there are a few who I wish were not on the list at all, and I wonder who is even doing any research on these candidates. Several of the choices truly scare me to death. Diane Kepus did a full review of the candidates in her recent article, and it is superb.
I actually wish our new President elect, would call on people with years of experience who are real outsiders.
here in Knoxville, TN, we have a former sheriff with 33 years of law enforcement,
who was trained in counter-terrorism in Israel, has managed a number of
major disasters, is an FAA licensed helicopter pilot, FBI Certified Anti-Sniper,
FBI Certified Hostage Negotiator, FBI Certified Instructor, FBI Advanced
Firearms Instructor, and so much more that it would take pages to list.
Here he is with our new President back whenTrump
visited Knoxville, TN, and Hutchison headed up his security.
Not only that, but this former Sheriff was a Trump delegate to the Convention, and for 17 months worked for our new President-elect managing East Tennessee at his own expense. He would be perfect for the Department of Homeland Security!
But let’s take a look at one TN globalist on the list for Secretary of State…
Senator Bob Corker
If Senator Bob Corker joins the cabinet of President-elect Donald Trump, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam would appoint a replacement to fill the U.S. Senate seat he would leave behind. Bob Corker and Governor Haslam are two peas in a pod. Haslam campaigned in 2010 as a conservative Christian, which is a total oxymoron.
As a matter of fact, ten days before the presidential election, Haslam publicly stated that Trump should drop out of the race. Then he told Tennessee, whose delegates went to Trump, that he did not vote for Trump. It’s what we’ve come to expect from this ultra-wealthy governor who spent $20 million to get elected in 2010. Both these men masquerade as something they are not. True conservative Tennesseans know that both Haslam and Corker are establishment globalists. Corker’s votes expose him.
Most Tennesseans know that Bob Corker had no problem working with Democrats for financial reform, reform that did nothing but bilk taxpayer dollars. Corker, along with a few other GOP senators, negotiated with Democrats over Wall Street reforms. It's not the first-time Corker has taken on such a role; he was the lead GOP negotiator with Democrats on the proposed auto-industry bailouts. Neither should have been done.
American citizens fail every day, and we’re never bailed out, why are big corporations? Too big to fail is another lie from the pit. [Link]
Corker and Veterans
Although a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system received nearly unanimous support in the U.S. House and Senate back in 2014, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, voted against the measure twice.
Those voting in favor of the bill included U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and all nine members of the state delegation in the U.S. House, Republicans and Democrats.
The act, in its final form, would cost $16.3 billion. Included in that amount is $10 billion to allow veterans to receive care outside of the VA system under certain conditions, $5 billion for the VA to hire more medical personnel and $1.3 billion for leasing of 27 medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico.
The bill would have allowed veterans to choose a private doctor or facility for their federally provided medical care if they lived more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility or had waited more time to receive care than was deemed acceptable under the VA's own standards. [Link]
So, Bob Corker voted against one of the exact policies Donald Trump has put forward!
Corker and Amnesty
Senator Bob Corker voted to fund President Obama's executive amnesty during the lame-duck session of 2014, contrary to his earlier statements. He was one of several Senators who had come out against the president's actions, but then voted much differently.
These Senators, including Corker had an opportunity to back up their rhetoric with action when Senator Cruz raised a "point of order" challenging the constitutionality of the president's executive action while the Senate debated the 2015 spending bill.
While 21 other Senators stood up and voted with Cruz, 28 Senators who had previously come out against executive amnesty voted in favor of fully funding it, including Corker. [Link]
Corker and the Muslim Brotherhood
Along with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, in late 2015, Sen. Cruz introduced legislation calling on the Obama administration to designate the Islamist political group, Muslim Brotherhood, as a foreign terrorist organization.
The bill, called the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, came after a string of evidence suggested the group supports terrorism, and after similar moves from a handful of foreign countries in recent years.
“As this bill detailed, the Brotherhood’s stated goal is to wage violent jihad against its enemies, and our legislation is a reality check that the United States is on that list as well,” Cruz said in a statement.
Terrorism expert, Patrick Poole, wrote that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, had not even held hearings on the bill, much less arranged for it to be voted on. Bob Corker refused to act on a bill, that would not only be useful, but that would have caused Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a great deal of discomfort. [Link]
Doesn’t much match up with Trump’s policies, does it?!
Corker and the Path to Citizenship
Back in June of 2013, after two weeks of debate on the floor, and the addition of beefed-up border security measures backed by Sens. Bob Corker and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill by a 68-32 vote. The bill, which House Speaker John Boehner had repeatedly said he would not bring for a vote in the House, offered a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegals after the border measures are implemented. The total lie is that the nation has estimated 11 million. They’ve claimed that number for 20 years; it’s undoubtedly upwards of 50 million today.
Here’s who voted for this “path to citizenship” bill. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.) Susan Collins (R-Maine) Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Dean Heller (R-Nev.) John Hoeven (R-N.D.) Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) John McCain (R-Ariz.) Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and of course, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). [Link] Same old bunch, isn’t it?
This certainly is not one of President Trump’s policies.
Corker Rejects Blocking Arms to Saudis
In September of 2016, a bill to block a huge American arms deal to Saudi Arabia failed to pass in the Senate. Lawmakers voted 71-27 to table Senate Joint Resolution 39.
The bill would have halted a $1.15 billion sale of hundreds of U.S.-made tank structures, machine guns, grenade launchers and armored vehicle structures, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, to Saudi Arabia.
Sen. Corker opposed the bill. He joined several other lawmakers in arguing that the U.S. should help Saudi Arabia in order to “balance the power” in the Middle East against Iran. Corker also claimed that U.S. weapons can help the Saudi monarchy “fight terrorism.” [Link]
Foreign Workers and Refugees
Remember these Omnibus bills that were so horrendous? In 2015, Bob Corker voted for the FY2016 Omnibus Spending bill to increase foreign workers and refugees. Corker also voted in favor of H.R. 2029, the Omnibus Spending bill for 2016. This legislation increased the number of H-2B low-skilled, non-agricultural guest worker visas issued in 2016 from 66,000 to 264,000. It also increased funding for refugee resettlement to allow for an increase of 10,000 refugees in 2016.
No, this doesn’t match up with President Trump’s policies either.
Corker and the Iran Bill
Along with 98 other Senators, Bob Corker voted to pass the Corker Iran bill despite the fact that it cedes treaty power in regard to this Iran nuclear deal to Obama.
Thanks to the efforts of Tennessee’s Bob Corker, the Obama Iran deal passed, and Corker was the one who cast the deciding 60th vote. Read all about his betrayal at Breitbart. The cost to the American taxpayer in not only in the billions of tax dollars given to one of the top terrorist promoting countries, but it endangers the entire middle east as well as the West.
Social Security and Medicare
Donald Trump says he’ll save Social Security and Medicare, and why shouldn’t he, we’ve paid into it all our working lives, and we still pay taxes on social security, not once, but twice. We pay into it with pre-taxed dollars, and then guess what, we get to pay taxes on it again after we retire and get it back. How very nice of the government to double tax us.
As for Medicare, all of us who have worked since 1965 have paid into Medicare. So, why does Senator Bob Corker want it classified as welfare when it is not? WE PAID FOR IT…IT IS OUR MONEY. Corker is attacking senior groups for protecting organizations for not supporting his legislation setting a Medicare Kill Switch with arbitrary spending caps, or the GOP/Ryan Budget bill which Senator Corker voted for or even means-testing the programs, turning them into welfare programs. [Link]
Senator Corker also favors a carbon tax, that should tell us everything. And he voted in favor of the economic rescue bill and emphasized that the bill is about Main Street, not Wall Street, more double speak. He also voted for the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that Obama promoted. This was a deal Hillary Clinton loved. And, don’t forget the rotten bipartisan Energy Reform Act of 2008.
There’s plenty more this left leaning Republican has voted for which is anathema to the policies of our newly elected President Trump.
Bob Corker is a beltway insider; he is a globalist establishment player. President Trump, he will not be a good choice for Secretary of State.
Huey Long once said. "Do you know what you have when you reward an enemy???
A rewarded enemy!"
Hope Mr Trump remembers that.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.