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Friday, 29 November 2013

New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

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New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

by Randy Lynch

Photo credit: Randy Lynch

I’ve always found it refreshing when I see a stereotype blown apart. It’s nice to know that people are not always predictable. I had this happen on November 12 when I had the opportunity to hang for a while with David Clements and some of the closer circle of friends that has been supporting his run for the Senate against Tom Udall here in New Mexico. Clements had spent the previous hour and a half meeting with a large group of Las Crucens at one of the conference rooms at Andele’s Restaurant in Mesilla to talk about his candidacy. Everything I’ve ever seen, heard and read primed me to expect a very prim and proper attitude; a focus on how effective the night was, a breakdown of people’s reactions, talk on strategy and how to adjust the message to appeal to as many people as possible. No, this was more like a bunch of friends hanging out and enjoying each others’ company while winding down. This was a group basking in the feeling of doing a job well . . . of doing something worth the effort.

Of course, they did talk about about the evening and how it seemed to go, people’s reactions and such, like I’d expected, although in a very informal and laid back manner. The idea of adjusting the message, however, wasn’t even an issue, as the message that David Clements is standing up for is not really his own; it’s a message that was first laid out over 200 years ago by the founders of our great nation. It’s not a message that really requires any adjustment. It’s the message of our constitutional liberties and principles. While no event is perfect . . . ever . . . there was much for them to be proud of as they went over the events of the evening.

Right off, they ended up utilizing the entire room when the plan had been to use only half of it. There were easily twice as many people in attendance as were expected. It shouldn’t have been so surprising, though. After all, there are so many people in New Mexico who are sick and tired of the business-as-usual attitude of our politicians; making it constantly clear that we the people are only important to them when they need our vote. The rest of the time, we’re nothing but a distant buzz in the ears of the majority of these people who are supposed to represent us. There really should be nothing unexpected when people sit up and start paying attention when presented to an alternative to the status quo.

Clements started off introducing himself, explaining who he is, where he’s coming from and how he got to this point. He was born into a family of five kids and, after his father lost his job in aerospace in 1990, they traveled across the country to South Carolina with his grandparents, where they ended up with nine people living under one roof. His father found work in a grocery store and his mother worked for K-Mart and Lowes Home Improvement. She still does to this day. When his father retired and moved to New Mexico, Clements moved with them. He slept on the floor of his parents’ apartment while trying to get on his feet. He started getting his life on track, met the woman who would become his wife and became a Christian. He said, “Things started to change. I started looking at others as opposed to just myself and doors started to open.” While he is not looking to push his religious views on others, he also feels it is important for people to understand that his faith is an important part of his life and it goes a long way toward defining who he is; what kind of a person he is and where his strong convictions regarding right and wrong come from.

He talked a little about one of his heroes, William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament who took an unwavering stand in the movement to end slavery after becoming an evangelical Christian. After his conversion, he seriously considered leaving politics to go into the ministry, but a friend encouraged him to treat parliament as his ministry. Wilberforce took the challenge to heart and spent the rest of his life focussed on reforming parliament and ending slavery. He stayed focussed on his mission for the next 30 years no matter what anyone, including those in his own party, said or thought and three days before he died, slavery was abolished in the UK. He became a hero and inspiration to Clements because he was willing to stand by his convictions with no regard for the opposition or even for the final goal.

Clements spoke specifically about the job description for a U.S. Senator. He cited Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the 18 enumerated functions that Congress has authority to legislate. As he pointed out, regulating the size of toilet bowls and light bulbs were not among those 18 functions. Elected officials were originally elected to go to Washington and make sure the federal government did not encroach on the states’ rights, but we’ve gotten away from that, exchanging it for a legislature that wants to take control over every aspect of our lives. Is he looking to run to be a part of that? Truthfully, he says it’s really not a case of wanting to run. The thought of doing something so big is terrifying to him at times, but he is more terrified by the course our country is on and, as he picked up his small son, it became obvious that the thought of leaving this nation to his son in the direction it’s heading terrifies him most of all. So, he’s not looking to run for his own desires and ego. He’s looking at the bigger picture and the welfare of others and he’s not alone. Clements wife, Erin, is right there with him. They feel called to do this because they feel that we’re out of time. He’s 33, turns 34 this January and his assessment is that we can’t put this off any further and, right now, it’s the responsibility of his generation to step up, make a stand and set an example for others.

In 2006, when going to law school he came across Ron Paul and free market economists warning us about the housing bill. They were laughed at but didn’t back down. Clements looked at this from a business point of view as opposed to a political one. He was going to be a business lawyer to serve in Las Cruces, but while he was in law school, the market fell apart. His career path seemed cut off. He heard about the Federal Reserve and the banking industry and their effects on the markets so he dedicated 3 years of his life to studying that side of our economy. He started to realize that a certain point of view gets pushed to the forefront and the naysayers, such as those warning about the housing crisis, weren’t getting their voices heard very well, but they weren’t backing down or giving up. This whole situation specifically caught his attention because it was math; not politics, not right vs. left or one party over another. “This was: How much money do we have? Where does this money come from? How are we paying for all these programs? How come our debt is out of control? What’s the effect of having our debt out of control? And we start talking about this 17 trillion dollar debt we’re kinda getting used to it. What’s the difference between 18 trillion and 17 trillion or do we reassess when we get to a gazillion?” While that narrative may be getting tired with some people, it isn’t with Clements. He sees these numbers and understands just how bad this is for the U.S. It’s just getting scarier and scarier and he see that. He pointed out that each of us is saddled with over $140,000 worth of debt right now. That means all of us, including our children. Clements pointed to his young son, specifically mentioning that this boy with a big smile of his face, enjoying being around his daddy as he speaks and bringing a smile to each of us with his carefree attitude typical of children, is one of us that has that debt resting heavily on his shoulders. “Our annual budgets are about $4.3 trillion and we’re running deficits of over $1 trillion per year to fund the government. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and paying interest on what we borrow. We paid over $400 billion in interest last year and we’re doing that every year,” said Clements. The rest of the money we spend is coming from the printing presses (the Federal Reserve). He pointed out that by printing so much money just to cover all the government spending, the power of the dollar is being destroyed. He talked about the fact that we live in a very poor state and people like his father are on fixed incomes out here where the the buying power of his dollar is being stripped away. He said that, while some would say he had achieved the American dream (a lawyer at 33, married to a smart and attractive civil engineer, father to a happy and healthy young boy), The reality is that we’re paying into Social Security that we’ll never see. He’s been paying into a state retirement account that’s insolvent. While he couldn’t tell you right now what’s going to happen in the next five years financially, he does have the education and knowledge base to understand these sorts of problems and see that our current course doesn’t end well. He believes that he has a unique tool set to evaluate these kinds of problems that many other candidates don’t have. As an attorney, he has looked at some of the legislation that Tom Udall has sponsored and, “. . . he’s killing us.”

Clements reached a point where he got tired of watching where our country was going and wanted to do something about it, so he got involved in a grassroots movement and ended up making a strong showing, along with many other like-minded patriots, at the New Mexico Republican Convention and he got elected as chairman of the Dona Ana County Republican Party. He started talking to other political groups because his focus was on finding true conservative candidates who were ready to stand up and take on the fight to take back our country. His reasoning goes beyond party lines: “Not because it’s right to be a Republican, but because it’s right to follow the law. It’s right to follow the Constitution.” He wanted to find people who would imbue the Party with value. Then people started challenging him to run because of his knowledge base and passion. His first response was that he didn’t want to run and certainly not for something as big as a U.S. Senate position. He knows that that is still a sore subject with many in the NM GOP that he came up out of seemingly nowhere to win the Dona Ana chairmanship and, while he does care about what those people think and he’s not looking to hurt others or step on toes, he has long reached a point where he is desperate to change things and if he has to take the initiative and the lead, so be it. He knew that winning the DARP position was something that was possible for him to achieve, so he went for it and he has tried to build bridges, repair damage and bring in more conservatives, both those who are more part of the establishment and others who have felt pushed to the outside fringes. Clements said the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of the Constitution, but we’ve been running scared, in part because it’s proven to be true that being a liberal tends to give you with a higher probability of being elected, so there’s been a move in the party to more of a ‘moderate’ position. “At the end of the day,” Clements said, “I don’t want to be a moderate. I don’t want to be a liberal. If that means I can’t win, that’s not something I want to be a part of. It’s not something that excites me. It’s not something that excites our young people. They’re just as attracted to liberty and freedom as anyone else. The reason why we’re not getting involved is because we don’t think we have a chance.” He’s looking at all the different factions that have formed among conservatives over the years and his focus really isn’t on the differences between different areas of conservatism. He cares about the Constitution and he wants to help bring America back to those foundational principles.

Now, the big question is: Does David Clements stand a chance against Tom Udall? His answer is yes, but he’s also looking at the bigger picture and what needs to be done to beat Udall. As he said, in New Mexico, Republicans have 32% of the registered vote. There is no way to beat a Democrat with the Republican vote alone, but Clements has worked with various independent groups and coalitions, everyone from Libertarians to the Green Party and he knows how to emphasize those issues we can all agree on. He believes he can unite all of these various groups while not compromising conservative constitutional principles. He believes that he can win part of the Democrat vote as well. There are already some Democrats who have changed parties to support his run. (Personally, I see that as further proof that there are many people who are registered as Democrats who are not liberal and who wouldn’t take a lot of encouragement to change parties.)

Clements hasn’t even secured the Republican nomination, as it is still too early for the party to back any one individual, but he’s already been contacted by many conservative groups out of DC that saw what’s happening in New Mexico and in Dona Ana County. He has now met with Gun Owners of America, Pro Life Alliance, National Right to Work and Campaign for Liberty, all of whom are interested in endorsing his campaign. He’s also met with Senator Mike Lee’s people who believe that he holds many of the same views as Senator Lee and who plan on discussing Clements’ run with his chief of staff in terms of supporting the campaign. He’s had similar interest expressed after meeting with Ted Cruz’s people who said that Senator Cruz is very interested in what’s happening in New Mexico. Clements also met with Rand Paul’s political director with similar results, so he’s looking at a pretty sizable amount of support from conservative Republicans in DC.

David Clements’ major goal that he needs to meet right now is to raise $100,000 by December 20 to support his campaign and to signal that he is serious and will be around for the long haul, not an easy goal for someone lacking the connections of a career politician and not being independently wealthy, but it is a goal that he feels he can reach with the help of people at the grassroots level giving what they can for a candidate who is so much like them and who they can believe in. He wants ownership of his campaign to be firmly in the hands of the people. He is a man who believes in a free market approach; who believes in the Constitution; who believes in limited government, but who doesn’t have all the baggage of being a political insider. His fancy vehicle, after all, is a 14 year old Isuzu Hombre that’s missing a hub cap. This is not a fat cat who is looking to get richer from an elected position. In fact, he has promised that, if elected, he will not serve more than two terms. He wants to help New Mexico and America and then return to his private life, the same as our early representatives did, before the advent of the career politician. He wants to simply raise enough money to run . . . and win . . . in 2014. So, if you like what you’ve heard and read about David Clements and if you want to help contribute to his run to unseat Tom Udall and replace him with a Constitution-loving patriot, you can always contribute at the following secure web page:

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/jRkcJyui/Clements-for-New-Mexico

Once he gets past the hurdle of raising enough money, then comes the real fight, first to secure the Republican Party nomination and then to defeat Tom Udall and remove him from the seat he’s gotten way too comfortable in. Oh, and just as an aside, if anyone happens to have a hubcap for a 1999 Isuzu Hombre you’d like to donate, I’m sure David wouldn’t mind that, either.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.1
  2. David Clements for U.S. Senate Official SiteFacebook / Twitter
  3. Original article
  4. Reposted –
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    3. Duke City Fix / Tea Party Nation

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