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Ayotte has earned respect for being smart, fair, diligent & effective

To The Daily Sun,

This is the first time I have written in support of a political figure, however, I feel compelled to do so now.

When Kelly Ayotte first announced her run for the U.S. Senate, I figured she was just another ambitious Attorney General trying to trade on her success and "move up" to Washington, D.C. Her performance in office has proven differently. She quickly earned respect for being smart, fair, diligent, thorough, and effective. When it comes to being truly bipartisan and working with anyone to get things done, she has actually "walked the walk" as well as "talking the talk." She does what she says she will do and has represented us well.

In many different settings — political functions, "town meetings," public presentations and many other events, I have been able to observe the way she deals with people — all people, not just those in her party or who share her views or position. Sen. Ayotte asks probing questions, actually listens to the answers, is respectful and down-to-earth, and engages people directly and sincerely.

As an example, our American Legion Post asked her to present long overdue medals to one of our World War II veterans. She had her staff do the research with the Army to verify the awards, obtained the actual medals and ribbons and then came personally to our post to present them, arranging for an Army lieutenant-colonel on active duty to accompany her and making it a truly classy, impressive and touching ceremony. She did not just arrive in a whirlwind, shake a few hands, smile and leave in a hurry, as many politicians do. She spent personal time with our honoree and his family and with many others present and had obviously planned her schedule so she could spend some quality time with us.

As an "old soldier" with 34 years' service in many places around the world, I believe national security and a strong military capability must be our No. 1 priority as a nation. Without that, nothing else makes a difference. Kelly Ayotte, although a "freshman" senator, earned enough respect that she was selected to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is chair of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support and was also appointed to the Subcommittees on Seapower and on Emerging Threats. She also serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the Budget Committee and the Commerce Committee.

Thus she has earned positions on the committees most influential in maintaining and strengthening our national security and in getting a handle on the serious budget and debt challenges we face. It is also very clear to me that she understands there is much waste and duplication in the Dept. of Defense and simply dumping more money into the DOD does not guarantee an improved readiness posture. Changes are needed. She gets that and now is in a position to do something about it.

From what I have observed and read, her actions and performance on these committees have greatly benefited our state and nation. She has earned and deserves a chance to continue that effectiveness and to carry through on initiatives she has instituted. Although I am not a political activist by any means, I intend to work to secure her re-election. She is worthy of our trust.

Woodbury P. Fogg
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

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Pat Buchanan - Trump and Sanders haunting Davos

The lights are burning late in Davos tonight.

At the World Economic Forum, keynoter Joe Biden warned global elites that the unraveling of the middle class in America and Europe has provided "fertile terrain for reactionary politicians, demagogues peddling xenophobia, anti-immigration, nationalist, isolationist views."

Evidence of a nationalist backlash, said Biden, may be seen in the third parties arising across Europe, and in the U.S. primaries.

But set aside Joe's slurs — demagogues, xenophobia. Who really belongs in the dock here? Who caused this crisis of political legitimacy now gripping the nations of the West?

Was it Donald Trump, who gives voice to the anger of those who believe themselves to have been betrayed? Or the elites who betrayed them?

Can that crowd at Davos not understand that it is despised because it is seen as having subordinated the interests of the nations and people in whose name it presumes to speak, to advance an agenda that serves, first and foremost, its own naked self-interest? The political and economic elites of Davos have grow rich, fat and powerful by setting aside patriotism and sacrificing their countries on the altars of globalization and a New World Order.

No more astute essay has been written this political season than that of Michael Brendan Dougherty in "This Week," where he describes how, 20 years ago, my late friend Sam Francis predicted it all. In Chronicles, in 1996, Francis, a paleoconservative and proud son of the South, wrote: "[S]ooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our people, and disregard or diminish our national interest and national sovereignty, a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives. The sooner it comes, the better."

What we saw through a glass darkly then, we now see face to face.

Is not Trump the personification of the populist-nationalist revolt Francis predicted? And was it not presidents and Congresses of both parties who mired us in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and negotiated the trade deals that have gutted American industry?

The bleeding of factories and manufacturing jobs abroad has produced the demoralization and decline of our middle class, along with the wage stagnation and shrinking participation in the labor force. Is Trump responsible for that? Is Socialist Bernie Sanders, who voted against all those trade deals?

If not, who did this to us? Was it not the Bush Republicans and Clinton Democrats?

Americans never supported mass immigration. It was against their will that scores of millions, here legally and illegally, almost all from Third World countries, whose masses have never been fully assimilated into any western nation, have poured into the USA. Who voted for that?

Religious, racial, cultural diversity has put an end to the "bad" old America we grew up in, as we evolve into the "universal nation" of Ben Wattenberg, who once rhapsodized, "The non-Europeanization of America is heartening news of an almost transcendental quality."

James Burnham, the ex-Trotskyite and Cold War geostrategist whose work Francis admired, called liberalism "the ideology of Western suicide." If the West embraces, internalizes and operates on the principles of liberalism, Burnham wrote, the West with meet an early death.

Among the dogmas of liberalism is the unproven assumption that peoples of all nationalities, tribes, cultures, creeds can coexist happily in nations, especially in a "creedal" nation like the USA, which has no ethnic core but rather is built upon ideas.

A corollary is that "diversity," a new America and new Europe where all nations are multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual, is the future of the west and the model for mankind.

Yet, large and growing minorities in every country of Europe, and now in America, believe that not only is this proposition absurd, the end result could be national suicide.

And when one considers the millions who are flocking to Trump and Sanders, it is hard to believe that the establishments of the two parties, even if they defeat these challengers, can return to same old interventionist, trade, immigration and war policies.

For Trump is not the last of the populist-nationalists. Given his success, other Republicans will emulate him. Already, other candidates are incorporating his message. The day Francis predicted was coming appears to have arrived.

Angela Merkel may have been Time's Person of the Year in 2016, but she will be lucky to survive in office in 2017, if she does not stop the invasion from Africa and the Middle East.

Yet Joe Biden's dismissal that it is reactionaries who oppose what the progressives of Davos believe is not entirely wrong. For as Georges Bernanos wrote, when Europe was caught between Bolshevism and fascism: To be a reactionary means simply to be alive, because only a corpse does not react any more — against the maggots teeming on it.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)


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