I guess in one sense we could say that Rob Simmons has arrived. Not that he hasn't been here before, and in many ways never left, but now, in the race to oust incumbent Senator Chris Dodd, Simmons has become the premier target of Connecticut's Socialist Democratic leadership.
Simmons, a former Republican Congressman from Connecticut's 2nd District, far outdistanced every other Republican candidate in fund-raising for the just ended quarter, bringing in $750,000 - most of it in individual contributions from more than 5,000 donors. Connecticut voters know and like Simmons and he polls far better than Dodd, although those numbers are likely to tighten as we get closer to next year's election.
Nonetheless, realizing that their guy is on the ropes, hugely unpopular, and the object of Dump Dodd! demonstrations all over Connecticut, the Socialist Democrats went on the attack and in perusing Simmons' quarterly fund-raising report found that a Texas billionaire who has funded numerous Republican candidates and causes over the years - GAVE MONEY TO ROB SIMMONS!
Out of the three-quarters of a million dollars that Simmons raised in the last quarter, Texas billionaire and philanthropist Harold Simmons - no relation - donated nearly $5,000.
Wow! What an expose! Be still my beating heart! How did this happen? Mill around smartly! Run in circles, scream and shout!
I kid you not, and in fact I'll let you read this article from the Hartford Courant yourself:
Combing through Republican senatorial candidate Rob Simmons' recent campaign finance report, state Democrats have uncovered a $4,800 donation from Harold Simmons.
Harold Simmons -- no relation to Rob -- is the same guy who gave $2 million in 2004 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which ran ads attacking Democrat John Kerry's Vietnam record. Last year, Harold Simmons donated $3 million to the group responsible for an ad tying Barack Obama to former '60s radical William Ayers."
Oh, My, Gawd! How will Rob ever recover? The newspaper article was actually prompted by a release from Connecticut Socialist Democrats' spokesperson Colleen Flanagan, part of which I'll share:
Hartford, CT - Again belying his attempted image as a moderate voice of reason, Rob Simmons showed where his ideology truly lies, accepting $4,800 (the legal limit for the primary) from Harold Simmons (of no relation) ... .
Harold Simmons gave $2 million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and just last year, gave nearly $3 million to the American Issues Project, the group responsible for the infamous ad attempting to tie President Obama to former Weather Underground member William Ayers.
Harold Simmons, also has a shady history of past violations with the FEC ... . Harold Simmons' violations included making political contributions in his daughters' names without their knowledge or permission. He eventually ... paid nearly $20,000 in fines to the FEC.
"Harold Simmons helped smear a man who served valiantly in Vietnam and attempted to paint as a domestic terrorist another man, who happens to be our country's President."
Here is what is great about the Dems' news release, which I have to point out can not possibly carry much weight with my Democratic friends, of whom there are many. I know my friends too well and most aren't at all happy with Dodd, those who know Rob Simmons like him - and likely will vote for him - and don't appreciate hypocrisy or character assassination in the political arena.
Connecticut's Socialist Democratic leadership is grasping at straws to find some way to criticize Simmons. That is a good thing.
But let's take a minute to parse this statement. First, Harold Simmons gave to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group I consider to be among the most honorable, highly decorated, patriotic Americans on the national scene. These were men who served with, or in the same part of Vietnam as "Hanoi" John Kerry, the guy who used his political connections to get purple hearts for boo-boos, including a sliver in his finger, and a grain of rice in his ass from mishandling a weapon - absolute truth. Except they actually served.
Here is Hanoi John Kerry demonstrating against the United States and members of the US Armed Forces shortly after his abbreviated tour of duty in Vietnam. Kerry was a leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a motley group of posers, embellishers and wannabes, many of whom claimed military service, duty stations and actions that were falsified. The worked to undermine the troops in Vietnam and were listed by the Vietnamese communists as a prime ally in their takeover of South Vietnam.
Kerry used his political connections to get a Silver Star medal for shooting an unarmed, wounded Viet Cong, (so he says) an act that violates every rule of the battlefield and the Geneva Convention. Kerry then came home to America after a four-month tour (he spent the first month sailing on Cam Ranh Bay learning to steer a power boat) and organized a kangaroo court called the Winter Solider Investigation in which he and about 140 of his communist friends falsely portrayed Americans serving in Vietnam as rapists, murderers and baby killers.
This is a photo of Hanoi John from Strangepolitics.com that I think captures his true image. In this shot he and his Congressional cohorts are stabbing our current veterans in the back, much as he did to the Vietnam veterans.
The truth about the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth is that they were the real heroes of the Naval Riverine Service and most of America agreed with their assessment of Kerry. The proof of this is the fact that Hanoi John was trounced in the 2004 presidential election.
And to this day, Kerry, who is alleged to have gone to Paris to meet with communist leaders while he was in the Naval Reserves, still refuses to release his military records to the public, to put to rest the claims that he received a dishonorable discharge for his acts of treachery. Oh, and the communists' war museum in Vietnam lists Kerry as one of their heroes.
This photo shows how close Kerry is to President Obama.
You can draw whatever conclusion you want from this photo, I am including it just to show you that they are close. Very close.
Let's take a minute and see how Rob Simmons, (who served honorably for a full term in Vietnam and didn't get any medals he didn't deserve, and who then served in the CIA, and then was a Senate staffer, and then served in the Connecticut General Assembly before his election to the US House of Representatives) regards the United States flag.
This, ladies and gentlemen is how I expect anyone who is running for or serving in the government, whether it is local, regional, state or national, to appear with the United States flag.
For comparison, let's see how the other darling of the Connecticut Socialist Democrats Party, William Ayers, treats the American flag. Remember, this is the guy who was a co-founder of the Weather Underground, the ultra-violent anti-American group from the Vietnam era that bombed police stations and government buildings, injuring and killing people in the name of peace. And he was successfully linked to President Obama, with help I'm certain from Harold Simmons.
See what I mean?
It turns out that Ayers was on the ground floor in launching Obama's political career, and seeing as how our government now is on a headlong rush to socialism if not outright communism, it is more than a little apparent that Ayers and his ilk have plenty of influence in the current administration.
And, just to show a positive link between the way Ayers sees America's national standard, and the way President Obama sees our national standard, take a gander at this photo from the campaign trail last year.
Now, what was it again that the Socialist Democrats were complaining about? Oh, yes, Rob Simmons accepted a campaign contribution from a man who has a lengthy history of supporting patriotic, pro-American causes and candidates. I see.
Oh, and the Dems are trying to make a big deal that once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, Harold Simmons was fined $20,000 for giving too much! Sorry about that, I guess he got carried away with wanting to save America!
But what the Dems don't tell you is that Mr. Simmons is also a huge supporter of numerous worthy organizations including: Dallas Civic Opera; Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, including $1.8 million to establish the Simmons Distinguished Professorship in Marketing, and $1.2 million for the President's Scholars Program; The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment at the University of Texas, in addition to UT athletic programs, the McCombs School of Business, and the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (exceeding $70 million); the Young America's Foundation; research into chronic kidney disease; $5 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa; $5 million to the Dallas Zoo, the largest single private contribution in the zoo's 120 year history; etc., etc. etc.
One last thing before I go. Aside from the sheer hypocrisy of the attack on Simmons (actually both Rob and Harold) there was this little tidbit in the Socialist Democrats' news release that I just have to share with you.
"Their last names are the same, and you have to wonder if their ideology isn't the same, too," said Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Colleen Flanagan. Actually, I'd say the fact that Mr. Simmons (Harold) donated to Mr. Simmons (Rob), shows they share at least some ideological concepts. That they share a last name is irrelevant, but I'm sure you already knew that.
However, taking the lead from Ms. Flanagan, who obviously is adept at knowing when and where to set an ambush, I looked up the name Dodd on the Internet. Guess what I found?
If you go to this website: http://sbynews.blogspot.com/2009/03/troopers-shut-down-dover-ecstasy-drug.html you will find that police in Dover, Delaware arrested a guy allegedly named James R. Dodd last week, who allegedly was involved in a drug ring. He was confined on a whole bunch of charges pending a court appearance with bail set at over $200,000.
So, seeing as how he has the same last name as our current senator, do they also share the same ideology? Or should I look further until I find someone with the name Dodd who is involved in real estate, both foreign and domestic?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009