Blatant Political Opinion:I received this letter from a fellow veteran and it struck a chord. Although I am not from West Virginia, I thought the best thing I could do is support his effort.
Hiram Lewis for US Senate
Please take just a moment to look at this picture of me sitting on Saddam Hussein's throne in his Republican Guard Palace in Baghdad, Iraq.
Helping overthrow Saddam and his Republican Guard -- and helping bring Democracy to the people of Iraq -- is one of the proudest moments of my life.
Sadly, some Americans, even some of our elected leaders, were not proud of my actions in Iraq.
While I was serving my country as an Army Ranger and Command Judge Advocate in Operation Iraqi Freedom...
... liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and Tom Daschle were attacking our mission and undermining our troops from the safety of their fancy taxpayer-funded offices in Washington.
Robert Byrd, the Senator from my home state of West Virginia, made grandstanding speeches on the Senate Floor proclaiming my service in Iraq "unconstitutional" and gloomily predicting it would soon lead to more "vicious terrorist attacks."
I never let the cowardly words of these career politicians get me down.
But I can tell you that on the ground in Iraq, their words definitely had a demoralizing effect on a lot of the young men and women that I served with and commanded.
That's when I realized what my next mission would be when I got back from Iraq:
Defeating Robert Byrd for his Senate seat in 2006.
I hope you'll help this Army Ranger take out a left-wing Democrat career politician by joining my Campaign Team today.
All I need you to do is to click here:
Because the challenges facing our country are too important to be left to liberal, life-long politicians like Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy.
It's beyond me how someone like Robert Byrd -- a man who never wore his country's uniform -- could sit back and undermine our troops and their mission...
... and attack a President like George W. Bush who has done an amazing job protecting our country from terrorist madmen after the horror of 9/11.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Byrd exploited his "authority" as the most senior member of the Senate to lead the fight against President Bush and the war against terrorism.
He voted against crucial funding and life-saving equipment for our troops.
During the planning stages of the war, Byrd called President Bush's leadership "dismal" and he accused his fellow Senators of "cowardice" because they voted to give our troops the support they needed.
Once the war began, Byrd engaged in scare tactics, falsely predicting a rash of new "vicious terrorist attacks" on American soil and saying our work in Iraq was "destabilizing and unwise."
As a soldier on the ground in Iraq, it was sickening to me to hear Byrd call us "occupiers" and "international bullies."
He suggested we were no better than the tyrant we replaced, and accused our country -- and soldiers like me -- of "relying on intimidation and control."
And shortly before the handoff of power to the Iraqi people and the historic vote that put an Iraqi democracy into place, Byrd again called us "occupiers" and shamelessly predicted the peaceful transfer of power would never take place.
Once the vote did take place, Robert Byrd and his liberal cohorts like Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry were silent about their doom-and-gloom predictions.
But that didn't silence Byrd's attacks on President Bush.
In fact, it only increased them.
- Byrd orchestrated the opposition to Condi Rice's nomination as Secretary of State.
- Byrd became the most outspoken obstructionist of President Bush's judicial nominees... trampling on the Constitution and leading the filibuster effort.
- Byrd even went so far as to compare President Bush to Hitler for trying to get judicial nominees approved!
If you agree, I hope you will click below and join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" today:
The time for Robert Byrd's defeat is here.
And I think it's only right that a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom be the person to defeat him.
In fact, Robert Byrd has never been more vulnerable.
His hatred of President Bush has made him resort to lies, childish name-calling, and petty obstructionist tactics.
The voters of West Virginia are growing tired of Byrd's games. West Virginians are conservative by-and-large. And in 2004, they voted for President Bush by a huge margin -- 13%.
And over the years, Robert Byrd has become more liberal and more out-of-step with the average West Virginia voter.
Byrd is now a liberal in the mold of Ted Kennedy. A liberal who votes to: raise taxes, defend abortion, take away your guns, and hand America's sovereignty to the United Nations.
There couldn't be a clearer difference between Robert Byrd and myself. I am a veteran and a conservative who believes:
- Taxes should be lower and spending should be controlled.
- Human life is sacred.
- Marriage is between one man and one woman.
- You have a right to protect yourself and your family. (I've worked for the NRA and have been endorsed by them 100%)
- America has the right to defend its citizens from terrorist threats.
But to get my message out, I need the support of good Americans like you.
Byrd has spent the last 53 years collecting political favors... and as a result he has a campaign war chest in the millions. And every day the liberal special interest groups pour more money into his coffers.
To compete, I'm going to need thousands of concerned Americans on my side who will make a personal sacrifice to help me defeat President Bush's #1 foe in the Senate.
Will you join me by clicking below to join the "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" today?
And when you do, will you support my campaign with a gift of $53 -- that's just one dollar for every year Robert Byrd has been a career politician in Washington, D.C.
To compete with Byrd and get my message out, I'll also need gifts of $100, $250, or even $1000.
I'm hoping some will even give the maximum allowed by law: $2,100 for the primary and $2,100 for the general election. That's a total of $4,200.
If you can afford a gift like that, wonderful.
But if not, I'm hoping that you can send the very symbolic gift of $53 to help me end Robert Byrd's 53-year career as an obstructionist liberal in Congress.
And please don't forget to join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" by clicking here:
Candidate for U.S. Senate, 2006
P.S. The photograph of me sitting in Saddam's throne, just after I helped with the liberation of Iraq, is very special to me. This photo can also be viewed by Clicking Here... so please feel free to download it and use it to remember me during this long and difficult road to the election. I hope you will join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" and help me defeat one of the Senate's worst liberals.
If you prefer to mail in your donation, please make the check payable to:
Lewis for Senate, Inc.
PO BOX 8455
Dept Code 5
Charleston, WV 25303"
Thanks for your patience in this blatant political post.