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By Roger Smoak
I fully support Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress. Here’s why: When I began my teaching and coaching career at Gaffney High School here in S.C., the people of Gaffney adopted me and treated me royally. After a number of years my wife,
Glady Sarratt Smoak, and I moved to Camden to continue our teaching careers. But we still love and have many ties in the upstate.
I coached Tom in high school tennis, and have remained friends with him through the years.
I have never known a better competitor. Tom won almost all of his matches, and many of them because he simply refused to lose. His entire life has been one of success. He has climbed most of the highest mountains in the world, and he has SCUBA-dived in all of the earth’s oceans.
As a senior environmental attorney, Tom has traveled around the world assisting other countries with climate change concerns, healthcare, disaster relief and other critical issues. He has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He also is a recognized author and award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Yet, while he has been involved in these global activities, he has maintained his love and support for his hometown and his home state of South Carolina.
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By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) has a new high-tech weapons-system that will provide more accuracy, flexibility, and situational control during RCSD special operations going forward. The weapon – a Tracking Point M600 service rifle, now part of the inventory of the RCSD Special Teams Division’s snipers – is designed to replace the U.S. military’s M4A1 service rifle. The M4 is the carbine version of the M16A2 assault rifle.
Like the M4 and the M16, the M600 is a 5.56-caliber automatic rifle which is built on the old M16-design platform. Where the weapon differs is its optics (and, yes, price).
According to Tracking Point, the rifle and primarily the scope are wired with a “target elimination fire control system to automatically acquire and eliminate enemy combatants.”
How? The M600 has an image-stabilizing, target-acquisition feature wherein the shooter is able to look through the scope, quickly adjust his or her range and focus with a side-mounted toggle switch, acquire the sight picture, squeeze the trigger, hold the trigger, and hit the target even if it is moving. Simply put, the shooter can lock onto a target moving at 15 mph and hit that moving target at a distance of out to 600-plus yards.
The rifle’s target-acquisition feature may also be disengaged for conventional use. And it is extremely accurate [as this writer, a former U.S. Marine multi-times expert rifleman will attest] in conventional mode as well. (more…)
By Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator
America needs an infusion of real leadership and Congress needs selfless servant-leaders. South Carolina’s Tom Mullikin embodies both. He is a dedicated social and economic conservative, a successful businessman, a decorated military veteran, and a tireless advocate for our military forces worldwide and our military veterans here at home. He is also a loving father and grandfather.
Tom has spent decades dedicated to serving American manufacturers and energy producers. In this, he has squared off with liberals who have attempted to hijack environment causes in order to raise taxes and promulgate unnecessary regulation. He and his wife Virginia Ann grew up in homes where their fathers worked in a textile mill – an important economic engine in their community. They have seen the economic devastation of communities across this country; a direct result of a Congress failing to address failed treaties and high taxes.
As I have said before – and as Tom and Virginia Ann have experienced – big government and big business have been telling American families that times have changed, that American workers could no longer compete with low foreign wages and that those jobs were gone forever. These big-government career politicians had no plan, and provided no hope. They cared more about themselves than communities like those across the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina. Tom Mullikin has the experience and conviction to successfully meet these challenges.
Middle America is hollowing out. We can’t sit idly by as big government politicians make it harder for our workers and then turn around and blame them for losing jobs overseas. Tom will fight for South Carolina. He will fight for American workers. He will bring an informed conviction to fight and stop China from stealing the futures of our children. He will ensure a balanced economic field. And when the field is balanced, America wins.
Tom has served as a leading national voice in helping the U.S. regain the title of “world leader” in energy production. Without energy security we cannot have economic security. Tom will also help us regain the title “world leader” in global manufacturing.
Tom and Virginia Ann have been tireless advocates for stronger families. They have walked the walk for stronger families and traditional family values. Tom understands that you cannot ignore the reality that faith and family, those two things are integral parts of having limited government, lower taxes, and free societies. He believes the right to life is the foundational starting point for freedom and the government is obligated to protect it and that we must prohibit federal funding for abortion.
Tom will lead us as we take back America from those who seek to deny us our God-given rights of life and liberty. He stands for the principle that every life matters. He will fight for the poor, the disabled, and the unborn.
Tom Mullikin is not only the most experienced, but the most committed in the fight and determined to do what is right for this state and nation. He is simply the best candidate for the Fifth District of South Carolina.
– Rick Santorum is a national Republican Party leader and a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
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By Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Washington is in a dismal state of disrepair, and this disrepair is now bleeding over into our military’s ability to defend this nation. No longer can we afford to ignore this reality. America needs strong “solutions people” who can and will return this nation to its former greatness and battlefield supremacy on every existing and future front. That’s why I support the candidacy of Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress.
The 18th century economist and philosopher Adam Smith said that the first duty of government was (and is) defense, specifically, “protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies.” Yet over the previous eight-plus years of the 21st century, this “first duty” has been relegated to a secondary or tertiary responsibility. And vital combat training hours are increasingly being replaced with time spent on social engineering within the military services. We are losing our warfighting culture.
Meanwhile, our greatest strategic-defense challenges – the increasingly dangerous military expansions of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and the ever-increasing threat of global terrorism – continue unabated. For this reason alone, we need to replace career politicians with new-blood lawmakers – like Mullikin – eager to bolster our military’s technological superiority; our strategic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities; our surface and undersea warfare platforms; land systems; and new advanced aircraft; as well as enhancing cyber, electronic, and space warfare capabilities.
For these reasons, we need candidates like Mullikin who have both managed and led businesses and served in uniform at various levels. We need strong candidates who understand and appreciate the nuances and necessities of budgetary issues and the need to provide our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen with the best training in the world to meet all current and future threats on more than one front.
We need congressional leaders who will support our men and women in uniform (and their families) while they are serving, especially when they’re deployed, and when they leave service.
We need to change the culture in Washington. There must be a renewal of national will when it comes to the military; and a sustainable, ongoing level of support going forward.
In South Carolina alone, we have a population of some 4.6 million people including one-million-plus children below the required age for military service. Yet, approximately 379,000 of that overall number are military veterans. That’s a huge percentage, and they deserve every benefit that we can afford them. South Carolina’s military veterans don’t need to be an afterthought.
Mullikin is the right man at the right time to change this backseat attitude toward strengthening and sustaining our national defense capabilities. He is the best candidate in terms of helping and supporting the Palmetto State’s 379,000 military veterans. He will put teeth into the Veterans Administration and our struggling VA hospitals. And he will reach out to – and lift up – those veterans whose lives have devolved to the point that they are living out their aimless lives in the streets.
Mullikin is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform. He’s a former United States Army officer. He also served as special assistant to the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions in GTMO, who is responsible for the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four codefendants. And the near-1,000 member historic S.C. State Guard – which he today commands – is largely composed of men and women with distinguished federal military service under their belts, combat veterans from every war, conflict, and military excursion from Vietnam to the Global War on Terror.
Simply put, South Carolina needs Tom Mullikin working for us in Washington.
– Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), is a recipient of the MEDAL OF HONOR, the nation’s highest award for combat valor.
[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Marine Corps.]
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[This column originally appeared in the Lancaster News, S.C., Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017]
By Al Simpson
That said, this is not an endorsement I take lightly, nor did I decide to lend my support without great reflection and consideration. Fact is, I have other friends in the district who are also campaigning for Mick’s former House seat.
But with Tom, there is a different dynamic. I got to know Tom early during Mick’s congressional service and found him a man of unimpeachable integrity. His word means everything to him.
If Tom tells you he is going to do something, he does it, regardless of the personal difficulty or how much time or money it takes. This has been clearly demonstrated time-and-again, as I’ve gleaned from both his friends and those whom he has worked with over his multi-faceted career.
As a former Lancaster County Republican Party chairman, I witnessed Tom’s efforts as a GOP candidate in 1996 when he strove to build a solid, responsible and reputable Republican Party in the S.C. Senate race against a 45-year Democratic opponent. Tom’s efforts were vital in helping elect strong Republican leaders.
Tom’s distinguished military service is another tremendous asset. His military service in and out of uniform spans decades. He was an Army JAG officer, and later a civilian special assistant to the chief prosecutor in the military trial of 9/11 terrorists. Tom has served in the S.C. Military Deptartment’s Joint Service Detachment, an advisory team supporting the S.C. Adjutant General’s Office. Today he today serves as the commander of the S.C. State Guard, at the rank of major general.
For more than three decades, Tom has operated a small business, and hiring military veterans has been one of his priorities. Support for veterans is a true “heart issue” for him.
Tom co-founded and serves as a principal partner in his Camden-based firm, which specializes in advocacy, legal representation and consulting to the manufacturing and energy industries on issues of environmental regulation compliance.
Tom has been an astute adviser to me, other congressional leaders, staffers and members of Congress on issues of manufacturing and domestic-energy production. He knows the consequences of over-burdensome environmental regulations to our manufacturing, farming and energy production.
As such, he is not simply “the right man,” but the very best man to take the fight to the radical-climate leftists who use the environment to support a globalist socialist agenda.
Tom is a recognized global expert on energy and the environment, and he would be an incredible resource for the U.S. House and our nation. Tom has spoken across the country, and his work has helped strengthen American manufacturing and energy production while creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
We need Tom to move us toward market-driven policies to ensure effective solutions using capitalist principles. He will be a leading voice to stop, as he says, “China from stealing our jobs and sending us their pollution.”
To address a more accountable Congress, Tom was the first candidate in this race to make a commitment supporting term limits. If anyone can build support and consensus to pass term limits, it’s Tom.
His personal life is also a testament to his determination. He rarely mentions that he was born with severely deformed feet and that his parents were told he would never walk. But through his tenacity, Tom not only walked, but ran, and is now on track to becoming the first human to have climbed earth’s seven great summits while having SCUBA-dived in every ocean.
I have often introduced Tom Mullikin as the “most interesting man in the world.” We have an opportunity to elect this globally recognized manufacturing expert, dedicated American soldier and accomplished business leader who will be a leading voice in this new American resurgence.
– Al Simpson was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney before the congressman’s confirmation as White House budget director.
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By Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy SEALs (Ret.)
As an American and a native South Carolinian (now living in Texas), the congressional race for the Palmetto State’s 5th district is very near and dear to me. It is for a number of reasons; not the least of which is I have family and friends in S.C., and whoever voters in the 5th district counties choose to elect to the office of U.S. Congressman, he or she must bring a strong voice and an aggressive proactive approach to the war on terror. And make no mistake, it is a war and the enemy is as committed a foe as this nation has ever faced.
That’s why we need strong, committed voices in Washington who will press to take the fight to the enemy, quashing his financing, his freedom of movement, his recruiting efforts, and his access to – and employment of – weapons of mass destruction.
We need Congressmen like Tom Mullikin who are best qualified to take this fight to the enemy. Why Mullikin? It’s simple. Mullikin has traveled the globe over the past 30 years – exploring many of the world’s most remote regions, advising U.S. and foreign government officials, and developing a unique experiential understanding of the critical need for energy security as being vital to national security.
It is precisely those experiences which – beyond his grasp of the necessity of a strong national defense – have also enabled him as a strong, committed leader in terms of creating new jobs, bringing jobs back to this country, infusing real energy back into the historically great American economic engine, proffering real viable solutions to the health care and insurance industries, and generally shoring up American businesses from the small business owner struggling to make payroll to the large multinational corporation seeking a strong business and worker-friendly environment in which to expand existing operations or develop new manufacturing facilities right here in North America.
As military leader, Mullikin is unequalled in his experience both in-and-out of uniform. He has served as a U.S. Army JAG officer (including service as an assistant staff judge advocate and an international legal officer with a Civil Affairs Brigade.) Following his U.S. Army service, he was special assistant to the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, overseeing the trial of 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged terrorists. Today, as commanding general of the South Carolina State Guard, Tom has overseen the near-total transformation of the State Guard (today a key component of the state’s overall emergency response apparatus).
As a business leader and civilian attorney, Mullikin has been retained for his expertise by several foreign countries, various global organizations and Fortune 100 companies including one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. He served as chief counsel and vice pres. of public affairs for one of the largest environmental services companies in the world. He was general counsel for an international nuclear technology firm, and senior partner at a prominent law firm in the United States before co-founding the Camden- based Mullikin Law Firm.
No one among the existing slate of candidates is more qualified than Mullikin when it comes to a grasp of domestic and international terrorism on the one hand, and strengthening our economic base on the other. That’s why I sincerely hope voters in S.C.’s fifth district will elect Tom Mullikin to the U.S. Congress on May 2.
– Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy SEALs (Ret.), is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for combat valor.
[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy.]
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By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) is featured in the Apr. 2017 edition of S.W.A.T. magazine. The feature, “Real-life ROBOCOPS: Drones and robots provide edge in threat environs,” looks at the unmanned aerial surveillance and ground-based robotic platforms used by the RCSD during special and other operations.
According to the article, “Drones [unmanned aerial vehicles] are indispensable in 21st-century SWAT operations like those employed by the RCSD’s Special Response Team, often providing the best – perhaps the only – real-time photographic intelligence for operators on the ground.” adding, “Drones aren’t the only remotely piloted platforms in the RCSD inventory. Sheriff Leon Lott’s force of some 700 uniformed officers are also supported by three ground-based robots, which – like the also unmanned drones – are capable of various tactical and surveillance operations.”
Sheriff Lott says, “Like our drones, our robots are key in mitigating the risk to human life.”
The high-tech platforms are employed in a variety of tactical and non-tactical operations.
Lieutenant David Linfert, the RCSD’s bomb squad commander, says, “The RCSD receives between 100 and 150 EOD-related calls per year, and they are not all telephoned bomb threats by teenage boys. Richland County encompasses large-acreage military installations like Fort Jackson and McEntire Joint National Guard Base, which in terms of their being vast military reservations previously extended much further beyond their present borders in earlier decades (especially before and during World War II). Consequently, land that was once utilized as a munitions impact-area – primarily areas used for grenade and mortar training, as well as that of artillery (the big guns) live-fire training and aerial bombing runs – have become civilian commercial and residential properties with housing subdivisions having been built on land sometimes still concealing unexploded ordnance.”
That’s where the robots have proven effective. (more…)
Today’s Democrat Party views the United States military as nothing more than a political tool to further their agenda. And after Benghazi we see that our troops and intelligence operators are expendable if Democrats think sacrificing them is in their best political interests.
But don’t take it from me; just look at what they do.
Instead of preserving the world’s most effective combat force, the Democrat Party views the U.S. military as a massive source of funding (defense budget cuts), an opportunity to shore up political support through social engineering (allowing openly gay service members), and a means to further their liberal internationalist agenda (so-called “Responsibility to Protect” operations like Libya).
They know that the military community tends to vote strongly Republican, which partly explains their open contempt of the men and women that serve in the Armed Forces – whether falsely labeling them cold-blooded murderers (Rep. John Murtha), comparing them to Nazis, KGB, and the Khmer Rouge (Sen. Dick Durbin), joking about their intelligence (Sec. John Kerry)… the examples of the Democrat Party’s distaste for the military could easily fill an entire article.
But throughout American history, our troops knew at least if they were wounded, in danger of being overrun, or even killed, our military will do everything in its power to get rescue or recover you.
No one gets left behind. At least that’s how it used to be.
That is, until Benghazi, which has become one of the most dishonorable events in American history. When our consulate was attacked and overran, President Obama left Americans to die. Any rescue attempt was cut off – not by our enemies, but by the Obama administration.
Even worse than the tragic and preventable deaths of four Americans, Washington’s reaction over the last eight months shows the utter disregard the Democrat Party and media have for not only the fallen, but for all of our troops and operators.
I am not saying that each and every Democrat politician wanted those men to die. But can you name any Democrat politician that has said we need to get to the bottom of Benghazi? Has any Democrat even so much as distanced themself from their party’s callous disregard for the fallen? Washington can say they support the troops all day, it’s time they show us how they support our troops.
Since day one, the Democrat Party – primarily the Obama administration – and their media allies have sought to make the story go away. Since that didn’t work, they have resorted to distracting the American people and redirecting the focus by claiming Republicans are only making this an issue for political gain.
Just imagine if your son or daughter was killed in the attack and politicians reacted by saying that anyone trying to find out answers was only using the tragedy for political leverage. That really says something about our nation when the majority party can shamelessly stoop so low – and get away with it.
In: Articles, Military, National Security, Politics · Tagged with: Benghazi, media corruption, Obama administration, US military
Supporters of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) would have us believe that the treaty makes the world a safer place. For 30 years, media, political, and even military elite have all called for ratification of UNCLOS.
But why should the U.S. ratify a treaty that, considering Chinese ongoing territorial aggression against its neighbors, we can see is useless when it comes to maintaining “peace, justice and progress for all peoples of the world,” as the charter states?
Chinese naval vessels recently violated UN law by using their fire control radar to target a Japanese naval destroyer and military helicopters operating near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in February.
The rocky, uninhabited islands belonged to the Japanese until after World War II, when the United States assumed temporary control. The islands returned to Japanese administration in 1972, but the Chinese didn’t voice their claim to the islands until a potentially significant oil field was discovered in the region later that decade.
For months, Chinese and Filipino vessels have maintained a delicate standoff over the Scarborough Shoals (Huangyan Island to China). Although 500 miles from the nearest Chinese port, Chinese fishing vessels flaunt the law by harvesting their catch within the UNCLOS-established exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, just 124 miles from their coast.
In 1947, the Chinese government claimed virtually all of the South China Sea in what has become known as the “Nine-Dash Line.” China, a member nation of UNCLOS, refuses to explain the details on how they reached their far-fetching boundary.
A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks states that a senior Chinese government maritime law expert admittedly did not know of any historical basis behind the “Nine-Dash Line.”
In: Articles, Geopolitics · Tagged with: China, Law of the Sea Treaty
100 years ago, the United States ratified an amendment to the Constitution that changed the way America chose its senators. The amendment’s supporters said that senators directly elected by the people would not only be more democratic, but also less corrupt and less susceptible to special interest influence.
Instead of reducing corruption, however, changing the method of Senate selection provided entirely new avenues of political exploitation by fundamentally transforming our federal government. Most importantly, the amendment destroyed the federalist structure that the Founding Fathers installed to protect state sovereignty.
Today, members of the Georgia state House of Representatives seek to restore state representation to the federal government by reviving the Founders’ original intent. The goal of House Bill 273 is “to protect the sovereignty of the states from the federal government and to give each individual state government representation in the federal legislative branch of government” by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.
Of course, this resolution would not necessitate any action or response from the federal government should it pass, but it could spark a national debate on the concept of federalism, unconstitutional government, and the Founders’ original intent.
Why was the Seventeenth Amendment ratified?
As the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they understood that free and independent states, fresh from a long and costly war with England, would not approve of a charter that required them to totally surrender their sovereignty to a new federal government. To balance the legitimate concerns of the states with the need to preserve the union and form a national government for mutual protection and prosperity, the Founders chose a federalist system of divided powers between the states and the proposed federal government.