Skip to comments.ATTENTION: Exclusive FR LIVE Interview– Please Welcome Cong.Candidate Nick ‘Gunny Pop’ Popaditch!!
Posted on 03/18/2010 8:11:04 AM PDT by pissant
Exclusive FR live Interview Please Welcome Congressional Candidate Nick Gunny Pop Popaditch to Free Republic
Hello Freepers. And welcome to the exclusive Free Republic interview with a candidate for Congress in Californias 51st District, Nick Gunny Pop Popaditch also known as the Cigar Marine. Most of you, and much of America is familiar with Nicks face. The Associated Press snapped the famous photo of a Marine sitting in the turret of his tank enjoying a celebratory cigar during the fall of Baghdad with the statue of Saddam Hussein in the background. That is Gunny Pop.
Later in the Iraq war, during the 1st battle for Falluja - in which he earned a Silver Star - Gunnery Sergeant Popaditch was seriously injured by an RPG, and ended up losing his right eye, and subsequently had to retire for the 2nd time from the Marine Corps, the first time being after the 1991 Gulf War.
Originally a Hoosier, Nick settled in the San Diego area with his wife April, a native Californian, and their two boys and began his life again as a civilian. He also wrote his award winning memoir called Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commanders Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery and has carved out a career as a motivational speaker for military and non-military audiences alike.
A good friend of Free Republic (and to conservatives in general), former Congressman Duncan Hunter, heard Nick speak, liked what he heard, and thought that Popaditch would make a great Congressman in these perilous times for our nation. So after some soul searching by Nick and April, they decided to once again answer the call of duty.
This time the duty is not on the battlefield, but is the equally important task of knocking out a left wing Pelosi sycophant from Californias 51st district, Bob Filner. And with the help of patriotic Americans in his district and across the country, Gunny Pop is ready to charge the hill.
Popaditch is a genuine conservative, not a conservative of opportunity, like far too many Republicans. He is going to Washington to help rescue it, not make friends on the cocktail circuit. So without further adieu, please welcome Nick and April Popaditch (screen name: Cee-gar Man US Marine).
(Frrepers: The first batch of questions was answered yesterday and you can ask new questions or follow-ups now. Nick will answer as many questions as he can for the next hour, then get back to the unanswered questions in the days to come).
1. What is your view on abortion? Do you support legislation, similar to what Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul have proposed over the years, to give constitutional protections of life to the unborn?
NP: Yes. It is our responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We must act with moral clarity.
2. Recently, there has been alot of discussion about the restrictive Rules of Engagement for our troops currently in Afghanistan, including the massive reductions in Air strikes (here's a link to a typical article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/16/us-troops-battle-taliban-afghan-rules/). What is your reaction to the "karzai 12" rules and what, if anything, would you change.
NP: I know that the key to success in battle lies in the individual rifleman on the ground. These rules of engagement appear to take the decision making ability away from our troops. As a leader, you train your troops, lead them on the battlefield, supervise them, trust their ability to make an honorable decision, and finally, support them when they do. These are America's best and brightest. I've seen them first-hand and believe in them. If the Commanding General feels there are problems, they are solved with training, not rules replacing our troops brains. Empower them and they will win and win honorably.
3. The American people nearly had a mutiny against the government when in 2007 the feds were pushing the Kennedy-McCain-Bush amnesty bill for illegal aliens. Yet, here we are in 2010, and the entire Republican "leadership" is getting behind the chief architect, John McCain, over a renowned law and border order conservative, JD Hayworth, in the Arizona primary. Will you fight the GOP (and democrat) leaders to prevent another amnesty (always cleverly renamed "pathway to citizenship" or somesuch)? And what else will you fight for regrading our border security?
NP: Enforce the immigration laws we currently have. The law is not broken, just the political will to enforce it. I will propose legislation to cut all federal funding to "sanctuary cities." I will expand the border patrol to enhance border security. We cannot wait until the drug war south of the border spills over into our streets to take our border seriously.
4. What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
NP: I support the 2nd Amendment, as I do the rest of the Constitution. I do support more police and more jails to take care of illegal firearms in the hands of criminals.
5. Obama came to office promising to restore our "standing in the world". It is arguable, that in his first year, many of our relationships with traditional allies, such as the Brits, Poles, French, Turks, Israel, etc have gotten worse and that his hand of friendship to our adversaries has produced ridicule. How do you assess the current Administrations foreign policy to date, and what would you work on to change?
NP: You cannot appease dictators and bullies. We must honor and stand by those who have stood by us. We must champion freedom in the world. When I was an active duty Marine in the war-zone, I expected my political leaders to have the same courage as my fellow Marines to confront our enemies. Any who are tired or unwilling need to get out of the way. As a Congressman, I will support surges and reject retreat. Our enemies understand and fear strength. They prey upon weakness, especially political weakness.
6. It is obvious that spending is way out of control in Washington DC and it is imperiling our future viability. Many conservatives believe the prime reason for this is that the Federal Government has usurped too many powers and assigned itself too many unconstitutional duties (the nanny state). What, if any, Departments, agencies, or responsibilities the Feds currently have would you like to see eliminated and/or returned to the people and the states?
NP: I support the 10th Amendment, as I do the rest of the Constitution. Our budget requires a line by line audit. It is remarkable how many projects went through our Congress as "riders" on other bills. The political barter system needs to end. Every dollar of the taxpayers money needs to be safeguarded. Americans worked too hard for them for politicians to give them away.
7. What is your opinion of the US Supreme Court's Kelo vs. New London decision, where the court codified the practice of local governments using eminent domain laws to take private property from the citizens and give it to other non-governmental parties in the interest of creating a more robust tax base on that property?
NP: This is not the role of the Federal Government. I oppose this. This is a dangerous precedent that leads to government owned car companies.
8. What is your opinion regarding the current efforts by the Obama Administration to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the US Armed Forces?
NP: I oppose any modification to our military that doesn't improve our ability to accomplish our mission. The Commander-in-Chief has a sacred duty to wisely lead our military. This shamelessly transparent attempt to rally his base displays a total disregard for his responsibility. This stunt in the middle of a war demonstrates why we should exercise caution when considering a non-veteran for the Presidency.
9. In your view, is global warming even real? if so, is it man-made? Do you support carbon trading schemes (Cap and Trade, for example) to "fix" it?
NP: I've yet to see any proof of its existence. I have seen plenty of proof that global warming activists will lie. I oppose Cap and Trade. I side with the honest American family over environmental swindlers.
10. What policy changes, if any, will you work for in Congress in regards to taking the fight to the islamic jihadists, both abroad and here at home? Do you think political correctness played a role in letting the Fort Hood massacre take place?
NP: As a retired Marine, I know it is unacceptable in our military to condone or conceal bad or dishonorable behavior from another due to race, creed, religion, etc..In fact it is chargeable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to do so. If another had knowledge of that soldier's intentions and failed to act upon it, that soldier(s) needs to be held accountable also. Our military is well trained to handle all enemies, foreign and domestic. We need to support hem and provide them the necessary equipment and intelligence to win. I support the Patriot Act and its continuance.
11. Name three of your American heroes, either alive or deceased, with a very brief statement of why you admire them.
NP: Col Lewis "Chesty" Puller USMC. He lead under the most adverse of circumstances and inspired those around him to victory. Michael Jordon. He didn't make the rules of the game, but always found a way to score 50 points a game. John Popaditch (my father). He taught me to work hard, treat others with respect, and hold myself and others accountable for their actions.
12. What would you like to see changed regarding our current tax system and/or current federal taxation levels for individuals and businesses?
NP: In the short run, reduce taxes on business to stimulate job creation. In the long run, eliminate earmarks, irresponsible federal spending, unconstitutional federal projects, and special interest buyouts, to cut taxes on everybody. Keep that revenue in the private sector where it belongs. Eliminate our current system of collecting excessive tax revenues to then redistribute back.
Aces all the way with this hero.
What are your favorite recreation activities? Fishing? Sailing?
Welcome Nick and April!
Thank you for your service - past, present and future.
You are most welcome, NIck and April
We are in dire need of Constitutionally, fiscally-responsible conservatives in our government. We need to oust the lawyers and put people, who know how to listen to the people and how to run a successful business, in place.
I’ll be watching and listening to what you have to say.
Great answer, thank you!
Oops! Hit the post button too soon.....
THANK YOU & April for your service and sacrifices.
Maybe you already posted it, but is there a link to the previous questions you mention?
Great thread, FRiend.
Thanks for having me as a guest. A special thanks to Jim Robinson for allowing me to do this interview. Due to prior commitments I must go now. I will revisit this site and answer all of the questions that I was not able to get to. We got a good fight ahead. I believe in American exceptionalism and we will win. Too many good people fought too hard for the liberties that we have. I will not give them away on my watch. You can count on me. A Marine’s word is his bond. God bless America!
Donation on the way.
The body of the thread is the questions he answered via email to me yesterday.
God Bless and good luck!
Bye Nick. I look forward to seeing you in office and making a difference.
In modern political parlance when folks say “flat tax” they are generally referring to a flat income tax.
The FairTax is a national retail sales tax that is designed to eliminate and replace all other current forms of federal taxation.
Just to clarify: You don’t support the latter?
Thanks. I would like further explanation of this part of the question, Cee-gar Man US Marine, if you would:
What, if any, Departments, agencies, or responsibilities the Feds currently have would you like to see eliminated and/or returned to the people and the states?
“NP: In the short run, reduce taxes on business to stimulate job creation. In the long run, eliminate earmarks, irresponsible federal spending, unconstitutional federal projects, and special interest buyouts, to cut taxes on everybody. Keep that revenue in the private sector where it belongs. Eliminate our current system of collecting excessive tax revenues to then redistribute back.”
Great - I like all your answers. Cutting funding means bad fruit will wither on the vine!
He answered the wrong tax. He’ll be back to clarify in the near future.
Welcome aboard Gunny. May your goals be realized in helping bring back some sanity to this nation. My nephew while with the 2/2 Warlords, was present during Fallujah 1 in a SE sector. So you can be assured you where included in my many heart felt prayers for HIM to keep HIS almighty hands over you all during those early days.
Current, and aspiring, elected officials on the Right are pressed hard on the issue of illegal immigration. I've read you remarks submitted earlier yet would like to focus not on deterring future illegals but what is to be done about the millions already here, some for many, many years. For these people, do you see a 'path to citizenship' as viable if not practicable? How would you respond to those insisting that those here now illegally be found and deported back to their country of origin?
You've stated that existing laws are adequate, if not (always) implemented. How would you work to stop individuals or companies from employing illegals?
Do you, or not, believe that the United States has an obligation to turn nations (more) democratic? Are we obliged to export our 'way of life' to countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, especially at exorbitant costs to U.S. taxpayers?
Would you propose or support a revision of our system of taxation?
Would you propose or support a Constitutional amendment that eliminates and disallows any taxes on property, in particularly 'land'?
I've recently ceased all donations to politicians or political aspirants, (a/c their wont to mislead). I'm in Virginia but I will though be posting a check to your campaign tomorrow morn. You, and those like yourself, have earned and deserve the benefit of doubt.
After you're elected and settled down in D.C., please drive the one hundred miles, or so, to Monticello. It is glaringly obvious that too many now occupying seats, or taking up space, in our nation's Capitol have not the slightest inkling of what Thomas Jefferson stood for nor what he, et al, envisioned for America.
Please come back home to Indiana. We need candidates like you in the 8th district.
Please come back home to Indiana, we need folks like you in the 8th district.
bump for home
oops, sorry pissant, that was supposed to go to the gunny
We must VOLUNTARILY protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is our duty as Americans.
Without that one simple word, the left uses this concept to accomplish their redistribtion schemes. Involuntary charity is not charity at all!
NO, you can’t have him back! San Diego needs him! “;^)
hey!!! what ever happened to sharing? lol
If he’s going anywhere he should come to Oregon...we have DeFazio, we’re REALLY messed up!
We are going to have to clone him. Wash. State needs about a Bakers dozen
A while ago I asked you the same question before reading the thread. Oops!
So now I will read all answers before asking questions.
I almost want to move to your district just so I can vote for you!
Cool. Welcome, Nick and April!
Would you work to change this in order to stop the proliferation of demagogues and oppressive or undesirable laws?
I learn so much from freerepublic. Has anyone here ever read his book “Once A Marine”. I looked it up on Amazon and it had great reviews.
I have not, but I’m gonna buy it now!
Well, well, welcome to you and your wife to FR from me too! And good luck to you in your run for Congress! I have/had a few Marines in my family too, my late Dad, uncle, and a cousin, as well as a number of relatives from other branches. California needs you, and more good people in general!
We expect good things from you when you win that election!
Semper Fi from an old Army Grunt!
I read it and sent a copy to my son who was a tanker in Iraq at the time. We both loved it. I especially appreciate Nick's ability to communicate the mindset of a Marine. Very worth the read.
They don’t? Not Utah! This past fall, for the first time, our little town implemented a voter id! As glad as I am to finally see them implement something for voter id; it seemed strange and sad to me at the same time. We don’t have many of the same problems there are in other cities/states. However, there may have been some in Salt Lake or Ogden. I don’t know. At least I’m not aware of any in our little town. (N. Ogden)
Welcome to FR and best of luck in your campain Gunny! I have followed your story on and off since the fall of Bagdad, and I must say it is truely inspiring. Congress could certainly use “a few good men”.
obviously what we need to resolve this is a mud wrestling cage match.
I’ll ref. You ladies can go at it!
Are you going to ping people when he comes back to this or to a new thread? I’m afraid I won’t find it again!
Yes. Of course if he answers you directly, you will be pinged by Nick.
Good for N. Ogden! Here in No. CA I have voted in 2 different counties in the last l5 yrs without being asked to show any ID at all (I showed it anyway). And newcomers to this country who are ignorant of our laws and culture, can’t speak or read English, are being used by the dishonest pols who only want their votes.
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