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Out of the Mouths of Babes

Mary Maxwell is running for Congress as a Republican in New Hampshire's 2nd District.  She is a Republican who believes

"... the U.S. government had a role in killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, so it could make Americans hate Arabs and allow the military to bomb Muslim nations such as Iraq ... to soften us up . . . to make us more willing to have more stringent laws here, which are totally against the Bill of Rights . . . to make us particularly focus on Arabs and Muslims . . . and those strange persons who spend all their time creating little bombs,” giving Americans a reason “to hate them and fear them and, therefore, bomb them in Iraq for other reasons.”

Not exactly mainstream GOP talking points. 

She also believes it was the British, not the Germans, who sank the Lusitania in 1915 as a ploy to bring the US into the First World War.  I bet there are a lot of GOP candidates who can't even spell "Lusitania".

She had more to say of course:

"Maxwell said the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq. She also questioned whether Congress authorized the war and said its members can’t explain that 2002 vote ... “Legally, we shouldn’t have gone to Iraq if Congress can’t explain why,” she said.

Maxwell described herself as a strict Constitutionalist, a candidate who wants to bring the country “back to basics.” The Constitution grants more power to the legislative branch than the other two branches, but Congress has allowed the executive and judicial branches to diminish its influence, she said.  She also said the U.S. shouldn’t immerse itself in the international community by signing trade and security pacts. These agreements have weakened national sovereignty, she said.

At the end of a recent meeting with the editiorial board of the influential Nashua Telegraph, she

"pounded her fist on the table and asked editors of The Telegraph why they weren’t publishing more stories about the government’s role in the terrorist attacks or proliferation of nuclear weapons."

Now that's how to make friends and influence people!  It may come as no surprise that Ms Maxwell -- the Republican! -- has no previous political experience.

August 25, 2006 in America Inc, Current Affairs | Permalink


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