More Than a Republican
Recently, State Representative Joe Carr (R) brought his bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander (R) to the national spotlight. On July 14, nationally recognized radio and television political analyst Laura Ingraham endorsed Joe Carr and backed her endorsement with a rousing rally for Carr on July 22, in front of approximately 600 people at the Millennium Maxwell Hotel in Nashville, TN. And the very next day, Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, also offered her strong support and endorsement of Mr. Joe Carr.
It is no wonder that intelligent, strong, conservative women, such as Laura Ingraham and Sarah Palin, support Joe Carr's candidacy for the U.S. Senate, especially when one compares the pedigree of Carr's and Alexander's ideas. Carr stands on principles over politics in Tennessee's 48th District, while Senator Lamar Alexander is far too willing to compromise with Obama and the Progressives to the point of betraying Tennesseans and the American people and facilitating Obama's fundamental transformation of America, on issues like Obamacare/ACA, immigration "reform," Common Core, and our Second Amendment Rights.
In April 2013, Senator Alexander sided with Obama, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and the Progressive Democrats in their Toomey-Manchin gun registration scheme, S. 649, and voted against Senator Rand Paul's filibuster. This was certainly a betrayal, since Alexander professes to be pro-gun.
Joe Carr clearly stands for the Second Amendment and against any anti-gun legislation. Carr has sponsored several bills in the Tennessee legislature that would expand gun owners' rights, and he embraces ideas like "Constitutional Carry."
On May 13, 2014, Alexander would not give the Knoxville Sentinel a "yes" or "no" answer on whether he supports Common Core State Standards in education. Joe Carr immediately asked, "How is it possible that the senior Senator from Tennessee can't give Tennessee parents a 'yes or no' answer about the future of their kids' education?" Carr concluded with "I am fighting to repeal Common Core, and I'd like to know if Sen. Alexander will join that fight or not."
Repealing Obamacare is an issue of critical importance to many Americans, and it is beyond disgusting to witness Progressive Republicans in name only, such as Lamar Alexander, pretend they cannot stop Obamacare. Alexander says he has voted 23 times to repeal Obamacare, and yet, when he had the opportunity to defund or delay the ACA in October 2013, he joined 28 other turncoat Republicans and voted fo cloture in the Senate, 83-16.
Joe Carr has led the fight in Tennessee against building the ACA-mandated "health care" exchanges. He has co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit Tennessee from participating in any Medicaid expansion authorized under the ACA, and he has co-sponsored a bill designed to halt implementation of regulatory schemes to operate the ACA, because most Americans are still completely opposed to the ACA and its controls over one sixth of the economy and the individual.
When Alexander voted for the Corker-Hoeven Bill (June 24, 2013) and the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act (June 27, 2013), essentially giving amnesty to upwards of 30 million illegal aliens, he had to shamelessly align himself against his constituents in Tennessee and join a coalition of business groups, unions, gay rights activists, Latino and immigration advocates, and quislings and Progressive Democrats, such as Chuck Schumer (NY) and Robert Menendez (NJ), in order to see both bills pass.
Joe Carr has fought hard to stop the illegal immigration problem in Tennessee, and he has set a national standard. On June 8, 2011, his Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (E-Verify/ HB1378) was signed into law. He has also sponsored legislation to prohibit "sanctuary cities." Carr understands that the immigration "reform" bills passed by the U.S. Senate have contributed to the rise in illegal aliens attempting to cross the southern border, and he knows that this is simply one more way for the Progressive Democrats to "perpetuate their attacks on the American way of life," as he often states.
As Sarah Palin explained in her endorsement (The Washington Post, July 23/Sean Sullivan): "He's stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation."
Regarding Lamar Alexander's Senate record, Palin stated, "Unfortunately advocating for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent's record. It's time for a change."
On every issue critical to America, Lamar Alexander has sided with Democrats. He voted to take away veterans' benefits in 2012 and in February 2014. He believes in the Progressives' man-made global warming myth and has signed on to the EPA's job-killing initiatives and proposed massive spending on "green energy." He has voted for every tax hike. And he also undermined true conservative Chris McDaniel's Senate bid in Mississippi by donating $10,000 to Thad Cochran.
Recall that a relatively unknown challenger, Dave Brat, was able to upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's June election. Joe Carr espouses very similar views to those held by Brat, and Carr stands strong on principled ideas and the U.S. Constitution, as it relates to issues, such as illegal immigration. This has enabled Carr to close a 24-point gap to seven points over the past two months, according to Triton Polling, illustrating his fighting spirit.
Just as Laura Ingraham told Carr's supporters, "What we need now in our country, we need fighters, we need individuals who stand up, buck the powers that be whether they be on the left and the right." And during her July 14 radio show, she described Carr as being "no nonsense, a citizen legislator."
The head of steam gathering for Joe Carr's campaign is rapidly becoming a wave of support, as Tennesseans are in agreement with Sarah Palin that "Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate." Time and again he has taken the overreach of the federal government to task and asked the right questions. Do we need an EPA so large it requires armed personnel, and do we need an IRS that requires 20,000 more agents just to enforce Obamacare?
If Joe's own words do not inspire some to vote for him, they should certainly make us all think about the direction we are taking our nation: "It's not enough to be a Republican. I'm a conservative and a Constitutionalist. ... We are not at the eleventh hour; we are at the midnight hour[.] ... I'm going up there [Washington, D.C.] to start a fight. We [our leaders in Congress/the executive] have trampled on the legacy of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence."