(excerpt from a resolution to replace Lindsey Graham)
Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party, among which are the following:
1. Supported arming Al Quaeda / Muslim Brotherhood Revolutionaries in Syria. In
June of 2013, Senator Graham called for supplying American arms to known affiliates of Al Quaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and assistance in the form of a “no-fly zone” and bombing of Syrian airfields.
2. Supported amnesty but not border control: In June of 2013, on the issue of an
immigration bill that provides effective amnesty to illegal aliens without taking action to close the border first, Senator Graham joined the Democrats in invoking cloture and supporting the bill while Senator Scott voted in opposition.
3. Supported NSA spying on private American citizens: In June of 2013, Senator
Graham displayed a cavalier attitude, as he has done repeatedly, toward Americans’
right to privacy by stating “It does not bother me one bit for the National Security
Administration to have my phone number...”
4. Supported abridging the First Amendment for those who criticize the government:
In June of 2013 Graham displayed a similar cavalier attitude about restricting freedom of speech: “Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
5. Supported restrictions on the Second Amendment: In April of 2013, when he had the opportunity to join fellow Republicans in support of a filibuster against unconstitutional limitations on the right to keep and bear arms, Senator Graham voted to invoke closure against those Republicans opposed to the bill.
6. Supported Obama’s drone program against American citizens: In March of 2013,
when Republican Senator Rand Paul bravely stood up to the White House to seek
reassurances that drone strikes would not be used on American soil in contravention of the Constitution, Senator Graham stated that he was “disappointed in Senator Paul and that his positions were ‘not a Republican view.’”
7. Supported subordinating American sovereignty to the United Nations: In
November of 2012, and in prior years, while Senator DeMint was strongly opposing the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would unconstitutionally cede American sovereignty rights to the United Nations, Senator Graham sided with Democrats and failed to support Senator DeMint.
8. Supported giving foreign aid to terrorist governments in the Middle East: In
October of 2012, when Republican Senator Rand Paul began running advertisements
attacking Democrats for voting to continue foreign aid to Middle-East countries who are actively anti-American, Senator Graham defended the Democrats.
9. Supported granting members of the Muslim Brotherhood high level positions in
the US government: In July of 2012 when Republican Representative Michele
Bachmann suggested that an aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be
scrutinized due to her connections with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Senator Graham condemned Representative Bachmann for raising the issue.
10. Supported giving taxpayer money to international organizations: In March of 2012,
on the issue of providing funding for the Export-Import Bank, Senator Jim DeMint voted to uphold the principles of free enterprise and an economy free of government manipulation, while Senator Graham voted opposite Senator DeMint and in violation of those principles.
11. Supported giving taxpayer money for excessive foreign aid generally, not just to
terrorist governments in the Middle East: In November of 2011, on the issue of
approving a foreign aid budget that was unjustified, Senator DeMint opposed the bill but Senator Graham joined the Democrats in supporting it.
12. Opposed principled application of free trade policies: In October of 2011, on the
issue of granting to the Treasury Department additional power to raise tariffs on
international trade with China, Senator DeMint voted against the bill, while Senator
Graham joined the Democrats and voted for it.
13. Supported restricting the First Amendment rights to criticize Islamic radicalism: In
April of 2011, Senator Graham suggested that the free speech rights of Americans
should be limited in what they should be able to say in regard to Islam. Senator Graham was reported to have said that Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech, in light of Tennessee pastor Terry Jones’ Quran burning, and how such actions result in enabling U.S. enemies. “I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war,” Graham told CBS’ Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” Sunday
14. Opposed making Bush tax cuts permanent: In December of 2010, on the issue of
whether to extend the Bush tax cuts in a compromise with Democrats that failed to make the tax cuts permanent, Senator DeMint voted against the bill, while Senator Graham joined the Democats and voted for it.
15. Supported Obama’s radical appointments to the Supreme Court: In July of 2010, on
the issue of confirming Elena Kagan, a noted liberal, to the Supreme Court, Senator
DeMint joined fellow Republicans to vote against that nomination, while Senator Graham joined the Democrats and only four other Republicans to vote for confirmation.
16. Sided with Democrats on government regulation to combat “climate change”: In
October of 2009, on the critical issue of opposition to new regulations to be imposed on the unproven theory of “global warming,” including notorious “cap and trade” proposals, Senator Graham co-authored an editorial with Democrat John Kerry endorsing such legislation, while Senator DeMint opposed it. Graham wrote with Kerry “First, we agree that climate change is real and threatens our economy and national security. That is why we are advocating aggressive reductions in our emissions of the carbon gases that cause climate change.”
17. Criticized the South Carolina GOP for defending the Republican platform: In
October of 2009, Senator Graham was publicly quoted making derogatory statements
about the South Carolina Republican Party, including “We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys.“ Graham vowed to continue working with Democrats in building
bipartisan coalitions to address global warming, health care, Afghanistan and other key challenges, and telling Republicans who resisted his policies that “If you don’t like it, you can leave.”
18. Supported Obama’s radical appointments to the Supreme Court: In August of 2009,
on the issue of confirming Sandra Sotoymayor, a noted liberal, to the Supreme Court,
Senator DeMint joined thirty fellow Republicans to vote against, while Senator Graham joined the Democrats and voted for confirmation.
19. Supported liberal proposal to nationalize banks: In March of 2009, Senator Graham
suggested that consideration should be given to nationalizing the American banking
20. Supported Obama’s energy taxes and Cap and Trade: In August of 2008, Senator
Graham joined the so-called “Gang of Ten” working with Obama to develop new taxes
on energy use and spending billions of dollars on alternative-fuel vehicles rather than respecting the ability of private industry to resolve the nation’s energy problems .
21. Supported bailouts for financial institutions (TARP): In July of 2008, Senator
Graham voted for the TARP “big bank bailout” bill which Senator DeMint opposed.
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22. Supported bailouts for independent mortgage institutions (Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac): In April of 2008, Senator Graham voted for the unconstitutional bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which Senator DeMint opposed.
23. Supported amnesty but not border control – and sided with Ted Kennedy over Jim
DeMint: In August of 2007, in response to a Democratic effort to enact legislation
granting amnesty to illegal aliens, Senator DeMint was a leader in opposition, while
Senator Graham supported the bill even though it did not prevent new illegal
immigration. Graham thanked Ted Kennedy for his work on the immigration bill and
stated that he was “going to tell the bigots to shut up.”
24. Opposed President Bush’s conservative nominee from South Carolina to the
Court of Appeals: In June of 2006, Graham opposed James Haynes, a South Carolina
native and conservative lawyer who President George W. Bush had nominated for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, blocking his nomination from receiving a full vote in the Senate, because he disagreed with Haynes’ involvement in enhanced interrogation techniques for enemy combatants.
25. Praised Hillary Clinton’s prospects for higher office: In April of 2006, Graham wrote
an article for Time Magazine praising Hillary Clinton, citing his own common ground with her several programs, and calling her “smart, prepared, serious,” and with an “unlimited” future.
26. Failed to fight for President Bush’s conservative judicial nominees generally: In
May of 2005, Graham was one of the infamous “Gang of 14” who voted with Democrats to prevent Republicans from overriding Democrat blockage of Republican judicial nominees.
27. Opposed medical malpractice tort reform: In 2004, Graham voted with Democrats
who filibustered a tort reform bill backed by Republican Majority Leader William Frist for the purpose of limiting medical malpractice awards against obstetricians and