Let Us Now Praise Jim Gilmore

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Jim Gilmore is a good, maybe even great, man. His failure to rise in the polls may be due to his personally becoming — yet politically toxic — level of humility. He has not bragged on his credentials. His credentials are stunningly great.

Jim Gilmore is a man of enormous dignity, towering accomplishment, and splendid national service. He deserves nothing but respect. Take note.

Gilmore was a successful supply-side governor of Virginia. He served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2001, as governor of Virginia from 1998 – 2002 (previously having served as Attorney General) and was president of the Republican Governors Association. He also served as chairman of two important federal commissions. Since leaving office, has been an important voice in the policy universe for economic growth. He, also, is a reliable social conservative and NRA board member.

Of perhaps even greater significance, Gilmore served in the 650th Military Intelligence Group as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany during the Cold War. This gives him unique credentials as a Cold War veteran, and an intimate sense for national security operations. Although it would embarrass him were he to read this let it be said: Jim Gilmore is an authentic Cold War hero.

For you young’uns, for whom the Cold War seems as remote as does the Civil War to geezers like me, take note. (See the Wikipedia, from which portions, not all, of this little tutorial were drawn verbatim):

During the height of the Cold War, before Ronald Reagan finally turned the tide, there was an elite consensus that the Soviets could not be confronted but only contained.

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Former Gov. Jim Gilmore Discusses the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on EWTN News

Former Governor Jim Gilmore (R-Va.) appeared on the fourth episode of “Candidate Conversations 2016” last Sunday on EWTN News. This was the fourth of several interviews with 2016 candidates conducted by Robert P. George, Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and founder of American Principles Project, and Dr. Matthew J. Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute.

“Candidate Conversations 2016” is the first program of its kind — a series of televised one-on-one interviews with presidential candidates, specifically targeted to Christian voters. Professor George and Dr. Franck sat down for one-on-one discussions with the candidates on important topics including religious liberty, marriage, life, the dignity of the person, restoring prosperity and economic opportunity, education, immigration, and the struggles facing everyday Americans and their families.

You can watch a key exchange from the interview with Governor Gilmore below:

Franck and Gilmore discussed religious liberty at length. The full transcript of their conversation is below:

FRANCK: Something came to light in that same-sex marriage ruling that is of grave concern to many Americans today — to Catholics, and not only to Catholics, but our bishops, the Catholic bishops, have expressed deep concerns over the future of religious liberty and especially the emerging attempt to punish those of us who believe marriage is between a husband and a wife — a man and a woman. So Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons, Orthodox Jews, and others have been penalized or fired from government jobs — our adoption agencies have been excluded from helping orphan children find good homes — this has happened not just to Catholic Charities, but also to Evangelical Lutheran Children Services Agencies, and small business owners, as I’m sure you’ve heard, have faced bankrupting fines from government agencies at the state level for declining to facilitate same-sex ceremonies — bakers, photographers, florists.

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore Enters the Race

And then there were 17 (counting the easily forgotten former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki). Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has thrown his hat in the ring for the GOP presidential nomination:

“Today we live in a dangerous world that has become more dangerous because of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy failures,” he said. “Our allies believe they can’t count on us and our adversaries neither fear nor respect us.”

He appears to be emphasizing his “experience,” especially on national security issues, and his fiscal conservatism—entering the now suddenly crowded space occupied by Kasich, Bush, Christie, and others running as the “less extreme” conservative.

Oddly, as Maggie pointed out, Trump is drawing a lot of voters from GOP moderates.  I don’t think “experience” is going to be the winning campaign theme this year.

But welcome to the race Gov. Gilmore. Who’s next?

Paul Dupont is a legislative assistant for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading