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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

So Much For That Candidate

This morning, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) announced that he's forming an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination for President for the '08 election. Tancredo is well-known for his immigration reform stand, and, at first glance, I thought I'd like him.

Then I read this article about him and some of his backers. One group's name, The Federation for American Immigration Reform, sounds a lot more mainstream than some of their positions.
According to campaign finance reports, one of Tancredo's biggest financial backers has been the family of Dr. John Tanton, the founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Wall Street Journal editorial-page features writer Jason Riley wrote a devastating piece about the organization back in 2004, in which the group's pro-abortion and pro-eugenics roots were revealed. (emphasis mine-B)
What does abortion and eugenics have to do with immigration? Evidently, more than I thought. Granted, I have not been able to find direct evidence except their association with the Pioneer Fund, a group which is very pro-eugenics. Also, in the same article, there is a quote by a FAIR board member espousing infanticide. FAIR's founder is also a past president of Zero Population growth, and one of the founders of the first Planned Parenthood chapter in northern Michigan.

Well, drat. All I want is a good conservative candidate: pro-life, pro-faith, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-capitalism, pro-military, pro-school choice, pro-privatization of Social Security, original intent constitutionalist. Is that too much to ask?

EDIT: Yes, I realize that all politicians take money from people who they don't agree with, and people give money to politicians with completely opposing viewpoints, hoping to sway them. It's the nature of the beast. Doesn't mean that I'm happy with it.

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