09 April 2007 at 1:33 PM EST

Tancredo's Take - Round 1 Questions

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Want to ask Congressman Tancredo a question? -- Here's your chance!

Here's how Tancredo's Take works: Bi-weekly I'll make a post like this where everyone can link in the comments section to their YouTube videos asking questions to Congressman Tancredo. Within 2 weeks, I'll then make another post where Tancredo personally responds in separate YouTube videos to three questions.

We want to establish dialogue with you. So, let's start!

note: this is a featured post. it will stay at the top until the end of round 1.

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Free Trade or Fair Trade?

Go After Threats To America Only or Nation Building/Spreading Democracy?

Will you be addressing Carbon emissions of the US and point out that population is directly proportional to carbon emissions..and that we could reduce US population sharply by eliminating illegal immigration and reducing illegal population through attrition.

Could you point out any differences on the issues between you and Duncan Hunter, if there are any?

Seems to me that you and Duncan Hunter would make a great running-mate team.

In foreign policy decisions, especially in the middle east, will you continue to make 'convenient bedfellows' alliances such as the US has done in the past,( i.e. the Taliban -as long as they were against the soviets, and Saudi Arabia even though they call us 'illegal occupiers of Iraq)? Or will you make the tough decisions necessary, but maybe not convenient, to support and align the US with those who are honorable and wont come back to haunt us?

What do you think of Hugh Hewitt's five points?
1. Win the War. 2. Confirm the Judges. 3. Cut the Taxes. 4. Control the Spending. 5. Secure the Border.

Nothing would make me happier to call anyone in favor of reform of our family courts Mr. President. As a Retired Border Patrol Agent that has been put thru the ringer in San Diego, Ca. I am discussed that allegations are all that are necessary to remove fit parents rights to see there children. I am surely not the only father that has gone years without seeing his child solely because a vindictive ex wife and profiting attorney who wanted to deny me an opportunity to remain in my daughters life.

A presumption of equal parenting is necessary as judges abuse their discretion spending years trying to figure out what to do relative to custody. I have never done a thing wrong. I have broken no law I have no restraining order issued against me there are no allegations of wrong doing from an appointed Minor's Counsel or court appointed psychologist yet I could not beg, plead or convince the court into forcing the issue of visitation. The only thing they were interested in was the child support that I paid on time. I am not a dead beat dad. I wanted to send you child to college not one of my attorneys children. This losing fight to maintain a relations with my daughter has cost me more that any person could afford.

Come to our rescue. Make this a national issue, correct this destruction of the family.

George F. Kenner

You have my permission to release my information to the media should they see this and want to certify what I am saying is in fact true.

Do you have a trade policy that would better benefit the United States and American workers? Or do you currently support NAFTA, CFTA, CAFTA?


What do you think of the (illegal) immigration rallies that will be taking place AGAIN on May 1st 2007? I think this would be a great day for you to get your views on illegal immigration and the cost to the average american citizen out on a mass scale!
I would also like to know why I STILL do not hear, see, or read about your campaign in the “main stream” media.

Tom, have you taken a look at the new paper from Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation...


There's lots of great information about the financial costs of illegal aliens to the American taxpayer. A lot of your RINO competitors for the GOP nomination for President want to portray themselves as fiscally conservative while at the same time supporting amnesty. This paper should prove what common sense already told us in that desperately poor uneducated illegals no matter how hard working and honest are simply a drain to the American taxpayer and a negative force to our economy. Your RINO competitors simply must be made to account for the costs that their amnesty plans will deliver to the American taxpayer. Anyone who supports amnesty instantly cedes their claim to being a fiscal conservative

Do you have any idea when we will start impeaching judges who decide to create law? I hear all about the balance of power but it seems that some branches of government are more equal than others and the others are unwilling to do anything to maintain the balance.

Here's my question for Congressman Tancredo on YouTube:



James Kotecki

Hi, here's my question for Tancredo:


What's you position on the Security Prosperity partnership?

Congressman Tancredo,

Where do you stand on the issue of homosexuality and giving "special rights" to this group of people?

What is your take on H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, by Congressman John Conyers, from Michagan? It is my understanding that this bill is to be heard in the Crime subcommittee on Tuesday, April 17, voted on Wednesday, April 18 in subcommittee. Then it will probably go to the full Judiciary Committee the following week. Do you know if this is correct? If so, how would you vote for such a bill?

Thank you,

Tom et al.
I know you were a big fan of your former boss Ronald Reagan as was I.
The last Great American President.
You sir are the next Great American President.
God speed and success.

Some quotes I received today from my barber.


"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
- Ronald Reagan

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong." - Ronald Reagan

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." - Ronald Reagan

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." - Ronald Reagan

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program." - Ronald Reagan

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it" - Ronald Reagan

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - Ronald

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan

These quotes brought a smile to my face and hope it does to all your supporters as well.

About the family court system and minors posted by George.

I have personally seen exactly what your describing. Everything boils down to a simple legal loophole. We're all familiar with being innocent until proven guilty, the right to a trial by jury of our peers etc. The problem is those constitutional rights are for criminals.

It is not a criminal act to be accused of being a bad parent. In essence the government has decided they can come into a family with only concerns and assume custody of any child they want to. Since there has been no crime commited by the parents they do not have protection under law and you have no right to a trial by jury. If you had been involved in drugs or some criminal behavior then you would have been protected by the constitution.

When I was living in San Diego my sister-in-law's x-husband died. She came to town from Colorado to get her son and bring him home. Unknown to us one of her x-husbands friends who was wealthy had a friend who was a social worker. This social worker friend came to my house with a police officer and demanded to take her child from my house. I asked for his court order and he said "I don't need any papers because I have concerns and that is all Child Protective Services needs to take any child they want". The police officer was visibily disturbed by this whole thing as we stood under the United States Flag that I had placed on my house.

It was legal kidnapping. Fortunatly I knew the best family attorney in San Diego and after 6 months of legal battles we won the court battle but we lost the war because in that 6 months her son was brain-washed by his new family and promised trips to australia, college tuition, etc etc... So finally when my sister in law got custody her son said that if she brought him back to colorado he would destroy her current family because she would be ruining his life by taking him away from the money and life he was being promised.

I hate to tell you but this isn't the America we were raised to think we lived in. The family is not protected under law, only the criminals.


I recently ran across an Oct.9, 2005 written by George Will on Congressman Tancredo. One of the many great things about this article is it tells you Tom doesn't stick his finger in the air to see which way he should lean on the issues. His stands come from true conviction, not campaign rhetoric. I would love to see this article reprinted on his site.
Thanks for making this site available. Lynda

If elected President, how will you deal with the issue of separation of church and state when it comes to Muslims practicing their religion in public schools. I've read this is happening in public schools in Seattle and now in San Diego. If Muslims are allowed an hour's worth of prayer during school time, will Christians be allowed to do the same under the Equal Rights Act or any other Legislative Act? Will Muslims be forced to stop? Would you advocate prayer in public school for all faiths?

Thank you. I look forward to watching your response.

Congressman Tancredo,

Every year, we send 400 billion dollars to terrorist countries, countries that support aid and abet terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and others. We give these countries 400 billion dollars a year by petro-dollars. We are funding our own funeral. You know it, I know it, a number of American citizens know it, and I'm willing to bet that most of our national leaders know it, but refuse to do anything about this issue.

We need to be energy independant. Now.

What will you do to make us energy independant?

Congressman Tancredo-

(1) What would be the top five priorities for your first term in office, if elected?

(2) What are your thoughts on the current size and role of government? Would you implement the recommendations of the Republican Study Committee if elected?

(3) How involved do you think the US should be in foreign affairs that do not directly impact our national self interest (e.g. should we unilaterally send troops into the Sudan? Should we send arms and support to those targeted by Islamic militants? Or should we stay away from any involvement?). What would be the general criteria for getting involved outside US borders? What about the UN and how would we relate to that organization under a Tancredo presidency? (Could we please ship them to Brussels?)

(4) What about the role of foreign monies affecting US policy? What is your view of Wahabbhi petro dollars being used to fund US universities, corporations? How can we lessen the impact of such funds on our government, politicians, and institutions? What about the effects of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats (Security and Prosperity Partnership) on US policies and laws?

(5) Would you consider moving away from the Income Tax to a consumption or flat tax?

What type of person will you appoint as ambassador to Mexico and Secretary of State? Any names? Prospects?

What will President Tancredo's foreign policy look like, vis-a-vis Mexico?

I've been all over the South Carolina press outlets and there is no mention of you at all in any of the daily's or online. According to one poll I saw, eighty percent of S. Carolinians have no idea who you are. Are you too focused on Iowa and NH?

Congressman Tancredo,

While I agree that illegal immigration is a huge threat to our country it is not the only threat inside of our borders. As a matter of fact, it actually goes hand-in-hand with terrorism and how the terrorists can and do enter this country. In this regard, I would really like to know exactly where you stand on the 'religion' of Islam. The fact that they are now using our own laws against us - being that they are getting preferential treatment now - I find unacceptable. I have also done a lot of studying of the Quran and can find NOTHING peaceful about this book nor its prophet. I think everyone in America should see the documentary - Islam: What the West Needs to Know. The people that truly are practicing Muslims - those that follow the fundamental core of the Quran want us dead if we do not convert. Where do you stand on this issue?

Go, Tom! Keep up the good work. I have a kid who has left law school to train as an army infantry officer. Please, please, make sure there are sufficient funds to make sure he and all other are safe over there. You seem to be taking some good stands. I support you completely and wish we had people like you here in the state of Utah.

1) How would Tom deal with those who are illegal but who have been in this country for years and have had children while in our country illegally?

2) The preamble to the U.S. Constitution states, in part, "promote the general welfare" of the people of the Untied States. "General" to me means that everyone is included; therefore, if one must 'qualify' for anything from the government it then becomes specific welfare. I am curious to know if Tom believes that social programs financed in whole or in part by the Federal Government are unconstitutional as one must qualify to receive benefits? In the same vein - should the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution for "We the people of the United States" apply to non-citizens?

3) MY OPINION - multicultural diversity does not and can not work. Several hundred years ago, we from many nations and ethnic groups gave up our former allegiances and accepted the best from each nation and group to be the standard for all. We called this 'unity' in establishing a new culture where most could accept and agree on the basic tenets - i.e. religion, language, law, educational standards, etc. Our unity has now degraded into 'diversity' which splits every segment of our society. Instead of the spirit to become One Nation, we now live in a land where parasites suck our lifeblood because they have neither the will nor inclination to make their home livable.


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