WASHINGTON – In light of Hillary Clinton's very public and seemingly serious health issues, the question has sudden urgency: Who is Tim Kaine?
What kind of leader would America get in the man who would be a heartbeat away from the presidency?
The establishment media call the Democratic Party vice-presidential nominee a "moderate."
By contrast, Planned Parenthood gave Kaine a 100 percent scorecard.
While the Virginia senator may cultivate an image of being a moderate, his positions on the issues put him on the far left of the political spectrum.
- As a Catholic, Kaine has said he has "a faith-based opposition to abortion," and,"I don't like it personally. I'm opposed to abortion." But he has also said, "I'm a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade."
- In fact, despite his "personal" and religious beliefs, Kaine has even vowed to "oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade."
- Asked if the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, he said, "I don't think the Supreme Court should." He continued, "Roe vs. Wade is ultimately about saying that there is a realm of personal liberty for people to make this decision."
- Kaine opposes laws to establish building standards to ensure safe and sanitary conditions at abortion clinics, calling that "just political grandstanding."
- Kaine opposes laws requiring women to have ultrasounds before having an abortion.
- Kaine supports public funding of abortion.
- Kaine initially called the disturbing undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood's selling of baby body parts "extremely troubling," but then voted against defunding the organization.
- As noted above, Planned Parenthood gave Kaine a 100 percent scorecard.
- Asked by CNN if he would call himself pro-life, he said, "I've never embraced labels."
- Kaine co-sponsored the I-Squared bill which would nearly double the number of H-1B visas which corporations such as Disney use to replace American workers.
- Kaine supports amnesty for illegal immigrants.
- Kaine supported the doomed "Gang of 8" comprehensive immigration reform bill.
- Kaine supports President Obama's executive orders expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA, programs, which will give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, if they survive court challenges.
- Kaine supports making it easier for foreign students to get green cards.
- Kaine was one of 14 senators who wrote a letter to Obama in May 2015 calling for "greatly increasing the number of Syrian refugees who are resettled in our country."
- Kaine said "the United States has a moral obligation" to do so.
- In the same letter, Kaine also called upon the United Kingdom and France to accept more Syrian refugees.
- In a Senate speech, Kaine said: “I look at this refugee crisis as a test … about whether we, like Job, will be true to our principles or whether we'll abandon them."
- Kaine opposed a bill passed by the House in 2015 that would have required greater vetting of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
- That same year, he said in an interview, "the refugee vetting process is one of the safest areas that we have."
- Kaine claims, "Refugees are the most carefully vetted of all travelers to the U.S., with extensive biometric, biographic, intelligence, and law enforcement checks involving numerous agencies."
- Kaine wants to raise federal taxes by $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
- Politifact said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claim that Kaine proposed $4 billion in total tax increases during his first week as governor of Virginia in January 2006, was "largely accurate" and rated it as "mostly true."
- Indeed, as governor, Kaine immediately and unsuccessfully pushed a $1 billion tax increase.
- He also tried to increase car registration fees and traffic ticket fines.
- Two years later, he proposed a $1.1 billion plan to increase vehicle-registration fees and title taxes.
- In his final year in office, Kaine tried to increase the state's income tax another percentage point to 6.75 percent.
- Kaine strongly objected when former House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress in 2015 about his opposition to Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, and was one of nine senators to boycott the speech.
- Kaine was one of only 12 senators to refuse to sign a bipartisan letter in June 2014 warning Obama about funding the Palestinian Authority after it formed a unity government with the terrorist group Hamas. Eighty-eight senators signed the letter.
- The leftist PAC J Street was the single biggest donor to Kaine from 2011-2016, giving him $178,283. Liberal attorney and former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz calls J Street "the most damaging organization in American history against Israel."
- Kaine was a "strong supporter" of Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, calling it "a dramatic improvement over the status quo that will improve global security for at least 15 years, and likely longer."
- Kaine fought to keep the treaty from coming up for a vote in the Senate.
- Kaine claims he "strongly supports" the Second Amendment but has supported a number of measures to severely weaken it.
- Kaine voted for a ban on so-called "assault weapons."
- Kaine wants to limit ammunition clips to no more than 10 bullets.
- Kaine favors increasing background checks.
- He said he supports the right "to hunt and fish," but he also believes "we must take concrete steps to reduce gun violence."
- He called the Orlando nightclub terror attack "just an additional wake up call that we need to find solutions to reduce this scourge of gun violence."
- Kaine supports government-enforced affirmative-action policies giving preferences to minorities and women in hiring and college admissions.
- Kaine does not believe a photo ID should be required to vote.
- Kaine said the purpose of North Carolina's voter ID law was to, "with surgical precision, deny African Americans the right to vote."
- Kaine wants to make voter registration easier and favors early voting.
- He wants to restore the right of convicts to vote.
- Kaine believes the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United erodes democracy and undermines elections and encourages lobbyists to influence votes.
- He favors public financing of federal campaigns.
- Kaine favored raising the minimum wage in Virginia, "because no family working full time should live under the poverty level."
- Kaine "strongly supported" the extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits "because it strengthens our economy and protects Virginians who are looking for jobs and trying to get back to work."
- Kaine opposes school prayer.
- Kaine opposes government funding for religious organizations.
- Kaine opposes the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places.
- Kaine became a supporter of same-sex marriage in 2013.
- He campaigned against an amendment to the Virginia constitution that banned any legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
- Kaine signed the amicus brief to the Supreme Court that claimed the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.
- Kaine opposes defining traditional marriage.
- Kaine opposed gay adoption in 2005, then endorsed it in 2011.
- He favors protecting the "gender identity" of LGBT students in schools.
- Kaine supports Common Core education standards.
- Kaine opposes school choice via vouchers.
- Kaine opposes charter schools.
- As governor, he eliminated all funds for abstinence-only sex education.
- Kaine voted for the "fast track" bill protecting trade agreements from Senate filibusters.
- Kaine says he will vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal if it comes with a worker retraining measure.
Perhaps the most revealing items in Kaine's political career were his formative experiences under the tutelage of Marxists revolutionaries in Latin America and his more recent associations in Washington with radical Muslims.
On Sept. 2, the New York Times published a lengthy piece titled, "In Honduras, a spiritual and political awakening for Tim Kaine," intended to show how his purported politics of compassion was grounded in faith when the then-22-year-old traveled to Honduras to volunteer with Jesuit missionaries, as civil wars raged through Central America.
What it showed instead was the roots of Kaine's radicalism and a politics grounded in communist ideology. And what it neglected to mention was his mentors were mainstream Marxists virulently opposed to the United States.
The Times reported, "Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology, that championed social change to improve the lives of the downtrodden."
However, as an ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, former Secretary of State of Ohio and Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council pointed out in an article in the Hill on Sept. 9:
"This (liberation theology) wasn't mainstream 'Catholic thought' at the time. It was a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the United States, but supportive of (and supported by) the Soviet Union."
Blackwell further observed, "Journalistic and academic research has now shown that Liberation Theology itself was quite possibly a product of a Kremlin disinformation campaign designed to undermine the Church and bring Catholic countries into the Soviet sphere. The top-ranking Soviet Bloc defector of the Cold War, Gen. Ion Pacepa admits that he was personally involved in the operation."
The Times piece also failed to set the context of the times, when a newly elected President Reagan set out to finally confront Soviet expansionism in Latin America, where the communist empire had made significant gains, particularly in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Instead, the paper implicitly pointed an accusatory finger at the United States, reporting how the experience "gave Mr. Kaine a new, darker view of his own country’s behavior. 'It was a very politicizing experience for me because the U.S. was doing a lot of bad stuff,' he said. 'It made me very angry. I mean I still feel it.'"
So, Kaine's formative political experience was anger at the United States for fighting communist expansion in its neighbors to the South.
The Times revealed how Kaine came to see the forces of democracy as the bad guys, as, "His mentors in the priesthood had also urged him to be wary of friendly American faces."
However, as Blackwell noted, the Times failed to reveal just how radical were "Kaine's Soviet sympathizing mentors."
One of those mentors, Father Jack Warner, said "the gospel is an extremely communist document."
The Times further reported, "During a short stay in Nicaragua, Mr. Kaine looked up an American, the Rev. James Carney, known there as Guadalupe, who had been exiled from Honduras in 1979, in part for adopting an extreme view of liberation theology that supported the taking up of arms against military oppressors."
Blackwell asked, just how hardcore were Kaine's Jesuit teachers?
"Well," he wrote, "around the time Kaine was there, Jesuits were arrested for gunrunning, and, the next year, the Honduran government banned any more American Jesuits from coming to that country because of their left-wing activism."
Blackwell called Carney a "full-blown revolutionary" and noted the Times reported he was who "Kaine sought out across the border in Soviet-supported Nicaragua, taking a bus and then walking several miles to meet him."
Carney was apparently killed in a firefight with Honduran troops that invaded the country "to bring the Nicaraguan Communist revolution there too. The insurgents were Cuban and Nicaraguan trained and led by Jose Reyes Mata, Cuban-educated, and Honduras' top Marxist. Reyes Mata had previously served with Che Guevara in Bolivia."
And, Blackwell noted, Kaine "didn't seem bothered by Carney's participation in a Communist-sponsored insurgency and invasion of Honduras."
"But his relationship with Carney's successor, Father Melo, continues in the open. Melo, incidentally, wants to redistribute land throughout Latin America by 2021," added Blackwell.
How does Kaine view his Latin American experience, to this day?
The Times reported, upon settling in Richmond, Virginia, "Mr. Kaine told his pastor that his exposure to liberation theology had 'changed him, it deepened him.'"
Also "deep" are Kaine's ties to Islamic radicals in the United States, particularly in his home state of Virginia.
The man who could become a heartbeat from the presidency has developed close associations with numerous Muslim extremists over the last decade and the course of his political career.
In February, Kaine participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of a worship center for the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS, in Virginia. He also attended a meeting sponsored by ADAMS five months later.
Middle East expert Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy told WND in 2014 that ADAMS is headed by an imam named Muhammad Magid, who "is the son of the Muslim Brotherhood’s grand mufti of Sudan. He is also the president of something called ISNA, Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim Brotherhood front group in the country. And, ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding trial."
Magid had accused the Bush administration of waging a "war against Islam and Muslims."
The imam was named to Obama's Department of Homeland Security in 2011, and, according to the group Discover the Networks, "persuaded DHS to erase from its 'Countering Violent Extremism' curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism draws its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam."
Lopez told WND that Magid became the closest adviser for Obama's National Security Council.
ISNA and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, donated $4,300 to Kaine’s Senate campaign.
CAIR has numerous ties to extremist Islamic organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
CAIR's radical Islamic vision was evidenced when co-founder Omar Ahmad said in 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
CAIR co-founder Ibrahim Hooper has said if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law.
CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal conspiracy to support both Hamas and the Holy Land Foundation in 2007.
CAIR claims U.S. foreign policy is dictated largely by Zionist extremists.
Kaine attended the Dar al-Hijrah, or DAH, Islamic Center's annual banquet.
A 2002 document from Customs and Border Protection described DAH as "a front for Hamas operatives in U.S." A 2007 document said DAH "has been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing."
The DAH imam from 2001 to 2002 was Anwar al-Awlaki, who became a senior al-Qaida operative and planner of terrorist operations. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
The DAH imam from 1995 to 1999 was Mohammed al-Hanooti, who preached that Allah would "curse" the U.S., U.K., and "the Jews" for airstrikes on Iraq.
Then-governor of Virgina Kaine chose former DAH vice president, and then-Muslim American Society, or MAS, president, Esam Omeish to serve on the state’s Immigration Commission.
Even a Muslim organization against Islamism criticized the appointment and cited a reckless lack of vetting.
According to the Clarion Project, "When a state delegate wrote a letter to then-Governor Kaine warning him that the MAS has 'questionable origins,' a Kaine spokesperson said the charge was bigotry."
"MAS, like the Muslim Brotherhood, wishes to see the United States governed by Shariah, or Islamic law," according to Discover the Networks.
In 2008, federal prosecutors said MAS was "founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member and convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in 2012, "Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood."
Omeish served for two years on the national board of ISNA; was a member of the board of Islamic American University, led by Hamas financier and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi; and was chairman of the board for the Islamic Center of Passaic County, a New Jersey mosque with heavy terrorist ties and an imam facing deportation for links to Hamas.
The Clarion Project reported, "Omeish resigned under heavy pressure, and Kaine acknowledged that his statements 'concerned' him. But, apparently, they didn’t concern him enough to actually learn about the Muslim Brotherhood network in his state and to take greater precautions in the future."
Kaine gave the keynote speech at the MAS Freedom Foundation's "Standing for Justice Dinner."
MAS backed Kaine in the Virginia governor race.
July 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her running mate.