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Friday, July 28
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 05:50 PM EDT
File this one under fair weather friends.
Clinton's photo-ops in Queens demonstrate her penchant for publicity but little else.
She's been in Denver most of the week while much of Queens was left in the dark.
Ben Smith of The New York Daily News blog, The Daily Politics, noted that Senator Clinton is already trying to blame Republicans for the blackouts -- rather than addressing substantive downstate transmission issues.
A photo-op, long after Queens first endured the problems of widespread power outages.
As Queens lost juice, what was New York's junior U.S. Senator doing?
Clinton was occupying her time with the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), outlining her political agenda for 2008 and too busy to notice the lights going out in Queens. As for criticizing Governor George E. Pataki, Clinton shouldn't be pointing fingers. She shows up for the photo op in New York City but she let down flooded regions all over New York State earlier this summer.
This is Liberty Street in Sidney, New York.
Right near the confluence of the Unadilla and Susquehanna Rivers, this street is only minutes away where two truck drivers died when floodwaters took away an entire portion of the interstate.
She has done nothing to address the devastated Southern Tier or surrounding counties, areas still ravaged from flooding that have left thousands homeless in places like Sidney, Binghamton, Bainbridge, Unadilla and communities along the Susqehanna River.
Downstate media missed this story as much of Broome, Chenango and Otsego Counties were underwater -- including washed out bridges and roadways all over New York State.
If you want a sense of the devastation and damage to people's lives, please take a close look at The Oneonta Daily Star's coverage of The Flood of 2006.
Finally, failures to provide adequate power to the five boroughs has been overtly-politicized by the Democrats in New York City. Failure to site power plants has been a political football ignored by Democrats -- and it's a federal issue too. Senator Clinton shouldn't be blaming George Pataki. To lend comfort to her liberal friends (who would rather spend our tax dollars on some pork-ridden scheme or entitlement), she has filibustered and voted against improving transmission lines since 2001. Such legislation finally passed last year, after shameful delays by Clinton and her cohorts.
If she was a leader, she wouldn't have wasted the day in Denver pitching herself to the DLC for 2008. She would have been in Queens much earlier.
Clinton's interests aren't at home. She's talking disasters and terrorism, except she isn't doing anything about it. Instead, she's busy blaming Bush and not focusing on local interests.
As The Spencer Blog pointed out earlier, Spencer was driving between Syracuse and Binghamton when the flooding shutdown much of Central New York State and the Southern Tier.
I was doing what a U.S. Senate candidate is supposed to be doing, what a U.S. Senator is supposed to do, and Hillary Clinton is busy instead in Denver with her liberal buddies charting out strategy for 2008. So now she shows up late and, of course, gets the photo op with ultra-liberal Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
This is too little, too late, and a cheap copout on Clinton's part.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 03:17 PM EDT
John Spencer continues to travel throughout Upstate New York, regularly criss-crossing the state to meet with people.
On recent trip found Spencer traversing many flooded sections of the Southern Tier and Central New York during the worst days of the disastrous flooding. What was supposed to be a short trip between Syracuse and Binghamton because a night-long delay due to closed roadways.
Spencer saw the devastation in Binghamton during the worst day of flooding.
John was in Rochester last week for the Sons of The American Legion's State Convention.
The American Legion gave him a standing ovation.
As The Spencer Blog discussed earlier today, a major topic of discussion among the American Legion was the Constitutional Amendment to protect our American flag -- and Senator Clinton's reluctance to ban such a desecration.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 01:36 PM EDT
Last week, John Spencer met with members of the American Legion from throughout New York State at its state convention in Rochester. The topic on the tip of many people's tongues was the flag amendment.
John Spencer fully believes the flag must be protected with a Constitutional Amendment.
You can count on John Spencer holding Hillary Clinton accountable on her disrespect of the American flag.
It's not going to work in New York either.
Spencer is activating his activating his campaign to put together more media ads going after Senator Clinton on her vote.
John will need your support, financially and through word of mouth. Also, don't hesitate to comment on The Spencer Blog. We want to hear from you.
The Kansas City Star reported that the proposal would have given Congress the power to ban the desecration of the flag.
U.S. Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist from Tennessee lamented the bill's defeat by one vote.
One vote. Hillary's vote. Senator Clinton should be held directly responsible for this fiasco.
Democrats like U.S. Senator Evan Bayh from Indiana supported a Constitutional Amendment.
Among possible presidential contenders in 2008, six voted yes: Democrat Bayh and Republicans George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Frist, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and John McCain of Arizona. Five, all Democrats, voted no: Joseph Biden of Delaware, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Of course, Hillary Clinton voted against the flag amendment. She's pandered on this issue so many way that she has forgotten why it is important. Liberal courts are carving up our Constitution and this is as much about preserving the work of the Founders as protecting our flag.
A year after announcing support for a ban on flag burning, one she has called "despicable," Senator Clinton voted it down.
What changed? Nothing. Clinton is obsessed with 2008 politics and has never cared about New York.
An Iowa poll showed John Edwards beating her, so Senator Clinton rushes to the left to secure her liberal base. It's sad that New York's junior Senator would callously oppose flag protection to appeal to a radical left fringe, when so many Americans have died defending it
Now Clinton wants to posture again that she is for legislation protecting the flag.
As if burning flags are not always offensive to Americans?
However, Cohen's liberal take on flag burning is something I feel perverts the initial intent of the First Amendment.
And the flag is not sacred?
You're going to tell veterans of foreign wars that the flag is not sacred?
You can't take the flag for granted.
Senator Clinton pretended to rebrand herself as a red state friendly DLC Democrat with her decision to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Flag Protection Act.
No one is fooled. Her postures are intellectually dishonest and fail to address the inherent reasons why we must protect our precious flag.
John Spencer understands what's at stake here.
Please comment on The Spencer Blog on how you feel about our flag. We can make an impact nationally and throughout the mainstream media by sending that kind of message out across the Internet.
It's not that America is overrun with people burning flags but they're at the gate. Also, there are important principles here that we can't sway on. It becomes a slippery slope. We're up against revisionists and judicial socialists who have little regard for the value of our flag. They would rather protect the flag burners.
That's discrimination against all of us who love our flag.
The ACLU types would sacrifice our flag for their right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater, causing
disrespect and disorder throughout our society.
This is Senator Hillary Clinton's crowd.
The American Legion isn't fooled.
Senator Clinton's vote for the flag amendment has been described by veterans as a "ploy" to curry favor with the right, according to Newsmax.com.
Senator Clinton can't stop flip-flopping on the flag:
She is an ACLU loving liberal who would like to pick apart America's patriotic roots, tradition by tradition. That's the way counter culture types work, dragging down Western Civilization by removing our valuable traditions and beliefs. She's fooling no one, pandering to be everyone for everybody, and hiding her true beliefs.
The New York Times is wrong when they say there is no "urgent need" to protect the flag. There is a need for a Constitutional Amendment. There is a need for laws that mean something. We don't need a bill put up for a vote as a way of generating a press release. That is dishonest Clinton triangulation. She has never shown any true consideration for the American flag -- and she never will. All Hillary Clinton wants to do is tear down the principles our flag stands for.
She would get her statute supposedly protecting the flag and then one of her judicial appointments would reverse that law.
That's why we need a Constitutional Amendment -- and Spencer's own viewpoint is supported my the mainstream media's own legal eagles.
Peggy Noonan, who John would usually agree with, claimed in the Wall Street Journal that all this fuss over the flag is posturing.
Though you mean well, Ms. Noonan, please be assured that John Spencer is not posturing.
Protecting the Constitution of the United States from revisionists like Senator Clinton is common sense.
by Join Spencer on Fri 28 Jul 2006 12:12 PM EDT