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Bill Connor: "Israel needs America's support - not four more years of Obama"

This guest editorial was penned by Bill Connor, the current Chair of the Sixth Congressional District GOP, an Orangeburg attorney and security advisor as well as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Guest op-eds are published verbatim by emailing them to earl@earlcapps.org.

Americans were privy to the inner “heart” of the Democratic Party in Charlotte and it wasn’t pretty.

Unlike previous convention platforms, this years’ initial Democratic platform deleted any reference to God or Jerusalem (as the capital of Israel). Due to overwhelming criticism by mainstream America, the convention chairman attempted to re-insert the necessary language. The resulting vote was a fiasco. By a voice vote heard by millions, the delegates of the Democratic Convention voted against God and against Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Most know of the secular-progressive shift of the Democratic Party over recent years, so the vote against God was predictable. However, the Jerusalem vote combines with the anti-Israel shift of the Obama Administration, including the recent snub of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and becomes alarming.

Connor: "Obama cynically targeting values"

This guest editorial is penned by Bill Connor, the current Chair of the Sixth Congressional District GOP, an Orangeburg attorney and security advisor as well as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. This op-ed was also published in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat.

With the many problems facing the U.S. economy, particularly the 8.3 percent unemployment rate, the upcoming presidential election would normally be “in the bag” for the challenger. With that reality, the Obama administration has made huge efforts to deflect attention from the economy.

What Americans have seen over the past few months has been a desperate attempt to generate the “perception” of a Republican war on women and even a war on the elderly (in addition to the vicious attempts to destroy Mitt Romney’s reputation). All with the mission of diverting attention from the economy. The despicable aspect to this strategy comes with the attacks against Christians done for diversionary purposes.

Guest op-ed: Bill Connor, "Hutto against people on FOIA, school choice"


This op-ed penned by Sixth District GOP Chair Bill Connor was also published in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat:


I was extremely disappointed to learn that Orangeburg state Sen. Brad Hutto has promised he will filibuster a bill expanding and simplifying Freedom of Information Act laws in South Carolina.

According to The Associated Press: “Hutto says he’s not objecting to the public records bill (meant to bring transparency to our government), but is rather part of a game of legislative chess in preventing debate on a private school choice bill.” When voters speak of ending the corruptions of a “good ole boy” system in state government, this case epitomizes those corruptions.

Interestingly, The Times and Democrat recently ran a fascinating letter by Bill Rogers about the troubling ways in which many public school districts abuse or ignore the laws governing Freedom of Information Act requests or stifle them through outrageous charges. Case in point was a 2008 report in The T&D that Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 Superintendent Melvin Smoak demanded $5,000 to provide the public copies of his 2007 travel expenses. It is outrage and frustration over such absurd behavior by school bureaucrats that is, for many, fueling support for school choice.

Guest op-ed: Bill Connor - "Thank you, Sixth District Republicans"

Today's guest editorial is penned by Orangeburg Republican Bill Connor, the newly-elected Chair of the Sixth Congressional District GOP, an attorney and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who occasionally shares his thoughts via the Blogland. You too can contribute by sending an email to earl@earlcapps.org:

Dear 6th District GOP members,

I want to start by offering sincere thanks for entrusting me with the Chairmanship of the 6th District GOP. This is an honor and duty I won't take lightly. I pledge to you my best efforts on behalf of the counties in the 6th District.

Since the 6th District convention, I had been busy preparing for a planned military training exercise with my unit which occurred last week. As a leader in this unit (in addition to my civilian job), I have had little "spare" time. However, we redeployed on Sunday, and have dedicated much time this week to 6th District GOP business. Know that the 6th Distict leaders like Jim Pratt, Sandra Bryant, and Moye Graham are working on your behalf. I couldn't ask for a better team.

The day after my return from military duty (ironically May 1, or "May Day"), I decided to shake things up and pay a visit to a speech given by Congressman Jim Clyburn. Some of you have read what I posted on facebook about that visit, but if not here is my posting:

Guest op-ed: Bill Connor, "The Proven Failure of Obama's Keynesian Economics"

Today's guest editorial is penned by Orangeburg Republican Bill Connor, an attorney and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who occasionally shares his thoughts via the Blogland. You too can contribute by sending an email to earl@earlcapps.org.

John Maynard Keynes wrote prolifically about economic theory as the world moved through the Great Depression in the 1930s. "Keynesianism" posited what has come to be accepted wisdom among so many of our current“elites”, particularly those in the Obama administration: The requirement for government involvement in the free market to stimulate spending. This was the motivation behind Obama's failed economic "stimulus" spending in 2009 and continued over-reach of government control. Keynes wrote that the greatest danger to a national economy during recession was in savings. He preached that government and consumer spending magically “stimulated”economic growth through demand. Therefore, he admonishes, political leaders should deter personal savings through inflation and interest rate tinkering. The past three years of stagnation have proven the failure of government stimulus and control.

It gets worse.

Guest Op-Ed: Bill Connor, "The Hollow United States Military?"

Today's Guest Op-ed comes from Bill Connor, an Orangeburg attorney and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army reserve. Guest submittals will be considered for publication if sent via email to earl@earlcapps.org. All op-eds will be published in their entirety and attributed to the original author.

On September 22, 2011, while testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, stated: "If you took a trillion dollars out of defense that would break us”. He was referring to the mandatory cuts in Defense if the “Super Committee” failed to reach a plan for a budget. At the same hearing, Admiral Mullen warned that further cuts going past the $315 Billion planned “has forced us to look into the abyss”. The new Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, testified that further cuts would cause "catastrophic damage to military and ability to protect this country." Unfortunately, the new military drawdown and defense cuts are the most drastic seen since the post-Vietnam period of the 1970s. While the media and Presidential candidates put all focus on the nation’s economic problems, they ignore a gathering storm on the horizon: A “hollow” military.

Guest Op-Ed: Democrats just cannot afford to let Mark Sanford go

Today's Guest Op-ed comes from Bill Connor, an Orangeburg attorney and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army reserve. Guest submittals will be considered for publication if sent via email to earl@earlcapps.org.

With unemployment at the highest levels since the great depression, America’s recent loss of AAA credit rating, and an economy continuing to plummet, the Democrats are floundering. For a time, the President’s promises of massive job growth through stimulus held off criticism. He promised future jobs and growth. For the first two years of his Presidency, Barack Obama got by blaming George Bush for every economic ill.

In South Carolina, for over a year and a half, Democrats were able to deflect the misery of Obama’s failed policies by hammering Governor Mark Sanford and his affair. Over and over and over and over again we were all forced to relive the summer of 2009. Unfortunately for the Democrats, Mark Sanford left office over eight months ago and they have now lost their favorite punching bag. In desperation to deflect attention from a sinking economy and a President at the lowest popularity levels in history, Democrats in South Carolina have decided they need back their punching bag. Thus comes the story about the hypothetical “return” of Mark Sanford by former SC Democratic Chairman candidate Phil Noble.

What brings the renewed lambasting and rehashing of the Sanford saga? Phil Noble, writes in the Times and Democrat (Sept 7): “(during a) recent appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, South Carolina's disgraced former governor strode back onto the national stage, apparently testing his viability as a national Republican leader, and even, perhaps, as a possible presidential candidate.”

That’s right, according to Democratic Chairman candidate Noble, Making an appearance on CNN equates to becoming a possible “presidential” candidate.

Guest op-ed: Bill Connor - "Candidate Obama" or "President Obama" on Afghanistan?

Today's guest op-ed comes from Lt. Connor Bill Connor. Connor is an Afghan vet and a Midlands GOP activist who ran for Lt. Governor last year, finishing a close second in the June GOP runoff.

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On June 23, President Barack Obama declared the phased US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has promised the departure of 10,000 US troops by the end of this year and 33,000 by the end of 2012. According to details of the plan, by 2014 all combat troops will be gone and security transferred to the Afghans. This comes on the heels of the Administration’s recent decision to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” allowing open homosexuality among the Armed Forces. As Obama begins his campaign for reelection, we are likely to see more of this political pandering. Clearly, these pronouncements are a way to divert attention from the nation’s dire economic plight. However, despite a public perception of the “endless war” in Afghanistan, the President is making a costly mistake which threatens to derail so many gains over the past few years.