In an effort to highlight strong conservative candidates ahead of November’s midterm elections, Georgia Congressional candidate Barry Loudermilk joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss his campaign. Loudermilk and Glenn share several mutual friends – including David Barton and General Jerry Boykin – and Glenn found many encouraging similarities between the men.
Loudermilk is running for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District. He was elected to the Georgia State Assembly 2004 and served as a communications operations specialist in the Air Force from 1984 to 1992.
“As I begin to look into you, you are the kind of guy that I think that we need more of,” Glenn said. “I don't know all of your policies, but I do want to talk to you about one thing. I'm really concerned about the direction of the right right now.”
“You are exactly right,” Loudermilk agreed. “I tell this to people, the greatest thing we are facing now is the Americans are beginning to lose hope. We can't lose hope. We can take this nation back. I know we can do it. There's never been a situation that Americans, when we pull ourselves together, can't overcome. That's what David Barton and you and I call ‘American exceptionalism.’ It is still alive. And we can turn that thing back around. We owe it to our children and grandchildren. We are not to that point of pulling out our guns and fighting. I mean that's the coward's way out.”
When you consider how polarized and bloated Washington, D.C. has become, Glenn questioned what it will take to turn this country around. Loudermilk believes that with the right leadership, who is willing limit the power of the government, things can turn around.
“First of all, we've got to have leadership and we have to have representation in Congress that understands the Constitution and understands that Congress is given the overwhelming authority in this nation. And they have given a lot of that away to the executive branch. They are not holding the executive branch accountable, not using the power of the Constitution to hold the president within the scope of his limited powers,” he said. “Look at the Constitution. It says all legislative power is given to Congress. It uses the word ‘all.’ And clearly, through the administrative state, the President overstepped those bounds. A lot of this action is being done through the executive branch, and we have to have strong leadership within Congress – leadership who is not afraid to make a stand, leadership who is willing to put things on the line.”
Glenn asked Loudermilk what current members of the House and Senate he most identifies with – the people he hopes to provide reinforcement for.
“I got to meet several folks that I greatly admire for different reasons. [Rep.] Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is one of those. For the courage to stand on the Constitution, you have [Rep.] Trey Gowdy (R-SC), doing some tremendous work. [Rep.] Jim Jordan (R-OH) is another one. [Rep.] Tom Graves (R-GA) is a close friend of mine I have known for many years,” Loudermilk said. “And you have to admire the courage of [Sens.] Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and those guys who are holding the line. It's difficult to stand. I mean we live in a difficult time. And now is the time the patriots have to make courageous moves.”
You can learn more about Loudermilk’s campaign HERE.