No. 89 – May 23, 2011


If the GOP goes with Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty for president – the GOP will lose.

If they run as a team, they have only a 50/50 chance to unseat the incumbent President Barack Obama.

If the Tea Party coalition keeps hammering on hate topics such as abortion/gays/Muslims, they will lose wide support from the Independent and Libertarian voters, not to mention moderate Conservative Republicans – the GOP will lose.

If the Evangelical Element is allowed to dictate what the party platform is – the GOP will lose.

In my last newsletter, I mentioned a very good candidate named Mitch Daniels as a serious presidential contender.  He has since withdrawn.

Why?  He was “too moderate” of a candidate to get the “right wing” of the Republican Party to back him.

So, it looks like – Here We Go Again.

Also, in my last newsletter I took some heat from readers – via private Emails – that I should have included both Herman Cain and Allen West.  One writer actually called me a “racist” for excluding them. Funny how some Republicans fall for the race card bait, too.

The reason I left them off, and others also, was because they simply are not going to get the GOP nomination.  I would love it if I was wrong – but I am correct in this assumption.


I mentioned in a previous newsletter that I thought one of the best candidates was Jon Huntsman – and I still feel that way.  And if my sources are correct, so does George “HW” Bush.  They are supposedly going to have lunch together today.

When you consider all things in totality – this is quite extraordinary – yet very much within the realm of common sense.

Both men are China experts – President Bush was Ambassador to China and so was Jon Huntsman.  Besides that, Mr. Huntsman is fluent in Chinese, so this assumes that he knows something about China and the Chinese way of thinking.

If you want a real insight into the way the Chinese Government runs the “People’s” Republic of China, please pick up a copy of my latest book, CHINA HOUSE, via  It is all there, in black and white, as to what is really going on in that country.

There is, however, a problem with Mr. Huntsman.  He is not all that well liked by the “right wing” of the GOP.  That perception must change, if the GOP is serious about winning back the White House in 2012.

If it does not, we will have Barack Obama until 2016 – and it will be solely the fault of the “right wing” GOP Status Quo.

If the Republicans really want to win – and win big – it would get behind a Jon Huntsman/Scott Brown ticket – and back them both to the hilt.

This would uber-energize the Independent, Libertarian, Conservative Moderates in BOTH parties – plus a wide swath of basic Republican Conservative voters – and the White House would be in Republican hands once again.

However, a ticket such as this would be “unacceptable” to the “right wing” of the GOP – and, sad as it may be, they are the ones who will ultimately make the final decision.

And if that is the case – then we are doomed to four more years of “Hope and Change.”

It is really that simple.


I have been accused of being a “know it all” most of my life.  It is not a new accusation.  In reality, I don’t know it all – I just know enough to understand what I am talking about.

I have had many a conversation with the Evangelical Element in my lifetime.

And their thinking pattern is thus:

Religion – Family – Country

I have no qualms with this priority of thinking – for the individual.

But from a public service viewpoint it should be:

God – Country – Family

Notice, I said God first, not Religion.

Please don’t confuse God with organized religion.  They are not the same.

Will Rogers once said:

“Going to church won’t make you a Christian anymore than going into your garage will make you a Chevrolet.”

He was lambasted for making this statement – by the (then) Bible Belt Southern Democrats – along with the self-righteous, “Christian” Evangelicals.

In reality, Evangelicals give Christ a bad name.

I have spoken to many Evangelicals – and their mantra is the same:

They feel that if they vote for anybody who is in favor of homosexual rights or a woman’s right to choose, then they are “siding with the devil.”

This is an actual quote from more than one Evangelical that I have spoken with.

THAT is how deep-seated their concepts are.

Vote for a person who is “pro-choice” and you go to Hell.

And until the GOP gets past this mental constipation – the GOP will LOSE.

I guarantee that the above opinion will garnish me a slew of “remove me from your mailing list” requests, along with other, more caustic private Emails – but, at this point in time, I really don’t care.

My personal feeling is that of the Founding Fathers:

God – Country – Family

Those who fought in the Revolutionary War left their families behind, to man the barricades – and fight for their Independence.

God/Country – before family.  THAT is the sacrifice that so many Americans are afraid of making nowadays.

And until the GOP rethinks its approach to service to this great nation or ours, it will continue to be running after that ever-illusive quest to regain the White House.


Not a new accusation, either.  So, in this American Telegraph Edition, I would like to do something completely different.

Let me present a few alternatives to you and then have you voice your opinion in the Blog Section of this newsletter.

Here are three simple questions:

1.  Would you vote for a candidate who was in favor of strong borders, smaller national government, welfare reform, freedom to choose medical coverage but was pro-choice?  Yes or No.

2.  Would you vote for a candidate who was in favor of a strong national defense, total restructure of the IRS, total educational reform, financially stable Social Security but was in favor of homosexual unions? Yes or No.

3.  Would you vote for a candidate who was in favor of a strong national defense, lower taxes, a debt ceiling, reformed IRS, stronger borders, educational reform, welfare reform, financially stable Social Security and freedom to choose your healthcare system – but was in favor of a woman’s right to choose and homosexual rights?  Yes or No.

If you really have the courage to vote – a simple Yes or No – without any bullshit whatsoever – then do so on the Blog.  Have courage.  Step up to bat – and take this simple test.  It is only three questions and should not take more than a minute to complete.  I dare you.


A friend who visited me yesterday asked this question – and he was serious.

Well, it was for Armed Forces Day.

He had never heard of it.  I was blown out.

I asked him if he had heard of Memorial Day, to which he quickly replied, “Sure I have.  Everybody has heard of Veterans Day.

Wrong again.  Did I mention educational reform just a few paragraphs ago?

So let’s get this straight, once and for all:

Armed Forces Day:

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

This year Armed Forces Day was observed on 21 May 2011.


Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

This year Memorial Day will be observed on 30 May 2011.


Veterans Day

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

This year Veterans Day will be observed on 11 November 2011.


I salute all the military service personnel – past and present – for their service, commitment and dedication to GOD, COUNTRY and FAMILY.

Simply put, without them – WE THE PEOPLE would not be free today.

So, get your flags out, let them fly over this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, and be thankful for the blessings we have here in America.

Until next time – Keep Thinking Positive!

Only 536 days until Election Day, November 6, 2012

Best wishes,

Lawrence Klepinger




13 Responses to “No. 89 – May 23, 2011”

  • Jeff Potter Says:

    Yes, Yes, and your Damn Right I would!!!!!!

  • Pat Murphy Says:

    YES!!!! to all three.

  • Robert W. Klepinger Says:

    Yes, yes, yes! Was there any doubt?

    From the left,

  • Steve Topper Says:

    I’d vote yes, yes, and yes. The government shouldn’t be involved in those distracting issues.

  • joe winstead Says:

    Hello Larry-

    Not only are you preaching to the choir, you’re also beating a dead horse.
    Personally, I am sick and tired of the pundits telling me why the GOP candidates suck and don’t have a chance to dethrone Hussein.
    This coming election is not going to be about abortion, religion, or the right of a homosexual to marry his favorite greased anus.
    It’s much more important than all of these social improprieties put together.
    It’s called ‘The Economy, Stupid’. And Bill Clinton’s campaign said it the best. The GOP would do well to revisit that strategy.
    We should focus on Obama’s failures, not on family values and all of the appurtenant hand wringing that it creates.
    The GOP should tattoo into the forehead of the citizenry how much money we waste on the U.N., NATO, W.H.O., I.M.F., foreign aid, and the expenditure of America lives and treasure being pissed away on THREE unnecessary overseas wars.
    While totally ignoring the war on our southern border – that will eventually erase our national security and way of life.
    But they won’t.
    They don’t have the guts.
    Maybe its time to find someone that does.
    Any ideas whom that could be?

  • David Klepinger Says:

    Please do not count Herman Cain out just quite yet. There are lots of reasons why Herman should be the nominee, and here are just a few:

    1. He is the ONLY Republican running who can effectively eliminate race as an issue; Black voters will be forced to vote along ideological lines as opposed to racial lines, and White voters who voted for Obama for “historical” reasons (and you know who you are) will have a chance to redeem themselves and make history once again.

    2. Although he lacks experience as a government employee (elected official), he has plenty of administrative experience and is a proven leader and problem solver. His record speaks for itself (see below).

    3. He has a keen understanding of the military, particularly its weapon systems, having worked as a mathematician in ballistics for the U.S. Navy (a civilian post).

    4. He also has a keen understanding of monetary policy, having served as chairman of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

    5. His business successes are textbook: (from Herman’s wiki page) After completing his master’s degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for The Coca-Cola Company as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of vice president by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King – a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time – managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, another of their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather’s to profitability. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association – a trade group and lobby organization for the restaurant industry – where he had previously been chairman concurrently with his role at Godfather’s.

    6. My personal favorite: Herman Cain is the ONLY FairTax candidate in the race. On a personal note, I had the honor of meeting Herman over 10 years ago at which time I worked with him as a volunteer for Americans for Fair Taxation, the Houston-based headquarters for the FairTax movement.

    7. He is a man that social conservatives could and should embrace (pro-life, married to the same woman his entire married life, etc.), although he thankfully does not beat the drum when it comes to social issues; his focus is on fixing the economy, and his record shows that he has many strengths in that regard.

    8. His communication skills are like those we have not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan.

    9. He has an excellent chance of being the favorite among those in the Tea Party, having spoken to their groups hundreds of times over the last several months; no matter what you think of the Tea Party, this can only be seen as a positive thing based on the overall success of Tea Party candidates in 2010.

    10. Finally, take a close look at the rest of the field and tell me who YOU think could beat Obama in 2012. Having seen Herman in action, I believe that a debate between him and Obama would convince even Obama’s strongest supporters that he is outmatched by the likes of Herman Cain. The Obama camp, not to mention the elitists in the media AND the GOP establishment, secretly fear this outsider; no doubt about it; that is why he is being ignored.

    At this point, time is on Herman’s side. I believe he will just continue to surprise not only his detractors but his supporters as well, and no one will be able to ignore him when election time comes.

  • Doc Dolan Says:

    Absolutely! YES on all three!

  • joe winstead Says:

    I too like Herman. But he’s more than just a little weak on foreign policy. On Mike Wallace last Sunday he didn’t have a clue what the ‘right of return’ meant. Look back at how the liberals exploited the foreign policy issue against Palin.
    He needs to get up to speed real quick if he expects to be to taken seriously. Not having any idea about how he would deal with things like Afghanistan makes him appear to be a country bumpkin.
    His evangelistic style of speech with the sunglasses also turns lots of people off. Like a conservative Reverend Wright or Louis Farrakhan.
    But then again, when race determines who we vote for, the system is broken beyond repair.
    Maybe its time we start all over.

  • John Says:

    Questions 1, 2, & 3 = Yes

    And about the issues of this election, just wait, Obama and the Democrats will set the table and pull the cloth out without anyone realizing what is happening.

    This issue in the election is when is America going to do for its people and not the world?

  • Naida J. Deitsch Says:

    Yes on all three questions.

    You are right about the GOP getting behind the best candidate and supporting them 100% or Obama will win again. I like Allen West, as he has been in the military, is now a Florida Congressman and is black. He has had executive experience being an officer in the military, and seems to be conservative enough to please everyone. I believe we need someone in the Oval Office who is not a politician, and he seems qualified for that position.

  • Andrea Says:

    First, I would like to say that speaking against Islam is NOT hate speech. Apparently you don’t know enough about Islam to know it is the biggest threat facing America. Maybe you need to attend an ACT for America meeting?????? Sadly, far too many Americans are still asleep and NOT informed of the dangers facing America.
    I do believe Daniels has declined to run. Thank goodness. Man, you can’t get more “right-wing” than West or Cain and by “right-wing”, I mean American and patriotic. It’s a long time till 2012 and anything can happen. If the GOP isn’t getting donations, I bet it won’t be long before they realize the error of their ways and give their support to a candidate that most Americans will get behind when this countries backside is going down in flames.
    If you were supporting Jon Huntsman Sr., I would agree but not Jon Huntsman Jr. He is a R.I.NO. And please tell me what Scott Brown has EVER done other than vote against the Republican party and whine about his abuse???? My Lord, who among us has not had a degree of abuse in our lives????
    And as far as Evangelicals giving Christ a bad name, I cannot think of an Evangelical, or any other human that gives Christ a good name other than Billy Graham and he IS an evangelical!!!!!
    The government has no business making those decisions for us, 1,2, and 3.
    Any day we can fly the flag should be observed. We have a neighbor who flies his 365 days a year. God Bless Him!!!

  • Barry Stieb II Says:

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Absolutely yes!

  • Lore Says:

    Why does this have to be the ONLY reablile source? Oh well, gj!