Archive for December 15th, 2009

December 15, 2009

Silly Season Hits The 3rd, I’m Staying With Castillo

by lewwaters

Since incumbent congressman Brian Baird made his announcement last week of not seeking another term in office, a wise decision I feel as members of both parties are not happy with him, it seems the field of candidates has begun to grow rapidly.

Understandably, the Democrats weren’t really fielding any one against him when he announced, other than Cheryl Crist who was thinking and gearing up to square off against him again.

For Republicans, we have current front-runner, David Castillo who was the first to file to run against Baird, followed by embattled Washougal city councilman, Jon Russell, who is currently a distant second.

David Hedrick, the former Marine who made news in August with his confrontation of Baird at our town hall just recently threw his hat in the ring and although a good guy and gutsy, let’s face it, he is a novice and really doesn’t stand much of a chance, although I’d label him as more honest than Russell has been with voters.

Democrat state representative Deb Wallace threw her hat in the day after Baird made his announcement.

Republican representative Jaime Herrera announced her intent within 2 hours of Baird’s announcement and then backed off saying she would “seriously consider” entering the race.

Rumblings were heard from Democrats Sen. Craig Pridemore and Rep. Jim Moeller

Today, December 15, 2009, the Columbian tells us, “Pridemore, Herrera running to succeed Baird” announcing both Craig Pridemore and Jaime Herrera are making it official.

We also hear rumors of Sen. Joe Zarelli considering running for the seat Baird is abandoning and the potential of other yet unnamed Republicans and Democrats entering the race.

Democrats jockeying for the nomination is no surprise and there is nothing really out of the ordinary for more Republicans to join in, although my wife and I will continue to support David Castillo over Jaime Herrera.

Don’t get me wrong; Herrera will undoubtedly pull most of her local support from Jon Russell and personally, I think she just may be a better candidate than Jon. I also think she has a bright future in politics as she learns and gains experience.

But, Castillo was the first to enter the race and was in it when it was thought it would be a tough race against Baird. He didn’t wait until the ‘coast was clear’ and the race would be easier. He was in it to win against a very tough opponent who was solidly entrenched.

That is leadership over opportunism, what has been missing for too long in our representatives both in Washington State and Washington D.C.

Castillo has been traveling the 3rd District to build support from the bottom up and show voters he is the different candidate. He hasn’t shied away from voters or gotten embroiled in scandals where he felt he must throw others under the bus to distance himself from.

In late August 2009, the Clark County Republicans and Democrats got together for a friendly softball game to benefit SHARE in Clark County. Castillo, who lives in Olympia, made the drive to appear and play on the Republican team. Neither Jon Russell nor Jaime Herrera were able to make it, although Pridemore did.

The 3rd Congressional District has been a Democrat District for some time, but has begun leaning towards conservatives somewhat in the last few years. We have a real good chance of winning this race with a candidate like David Castillo who has steadily stood up and was prepared for the tough fight to win the congressional seat.

We need that strength and determination in turning America around. We need a candidate who isn’t afraid of a tough opponent and who hasn’t shown that personal ambition is more important than accepting responsibility.

Castillo has shown his willingness to accept responsibility years ago when a dot com company he and three partners tried to get going was caught up in the dot com collapse.

He didn’t point fingers and lay blame on others. He didn’t throw his partners under the bus or pull anything untoward. No, he went through liquidation and rebuilt to where he is today, a financial adviser.

That is fortitude and character, also sorely missing today in our elected officials.

Undoubtedly there will be some more that decide to throw their hats in for what they see now is an easy run. Given the current attitude across the country with the economy worsening so much and unemployment increasing rapidly under their total control in D.C., Democrats have a tough row to hoe.

It is not a sure thing for Republicans by any means, but strong candidates who have shown their willingness for a tough run, displayed fortitude and character like Castillo has, is who we need running.

For my wife and I our support remains with David Castillo, Republican for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

December 15, 2009

Does Anybody Know Why Are We In Afghanistan?

by lewwaters


Watch this video and pay close attention to the very end, if you still wonder why


A curious question you might ask?

I have to agree, but that is one asked by a reader of our local paper, The Columbian in the December 14, 2009 Letters To The Editor and titled Deploying more troops is regrettable.

How have people been lulled back to sleep after September 11, 2001? How has the left forgotten and ignored how they demeaned President Bush’s efforts in Iraq by crying often, “Afghanistan is where the fight is” or “Afghanistan is the central front in the War on Terror?” Is that not a question frequently put before us by those who said Iraq was a folly and was drawing needed resources away from the real war in Afghanistan?

Failed 2004 Democrat candidate for president, John ‘F’in Kerry is one of the more vocal ones who expressed strong opposition to Iraq while calling for more resources to Afghanistan and now, talks of abandoning Afghanistan too, just as he advocated when he stabbed Viet Nam Veterans in the back in 1971.

He is far from the only one, though. On September 14, 2001 a rare display of bi-partisanship authorized President Bush to take Military action. It passed in the Senate by a vote of 98 to 0 and the House, 420 to 1. Then chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joe Biden said, “The nation is resolute, and I have every confidence we will prevail.”

The Republican whip in the House, Tom DeLay said, “The president can act with patience and deliberation because the American people are united behind our duty to vindicate freedom.”

Apparently that “resolute feelings” and “united” notion held little meaning for all too many as we are told in an October 13, 2009 New York Times article, “Mr. Biden has been Mr. Obama’s in-house pessimist on Afghanistan, the strongest voice against further escalation of American forces there and the leading doubter of the president’s strategy” now that he is vice president.

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