We are in the time of final selection of redistricting maps! This year, the Texas legislature must determine new maps for the Schoolboard of Education, the Texas House, the Texas Senate, and the US Congress. We have the fate of the Congressional maps now in our hands. Texas will gain 4 Congressional seats.
During the past two years, we have witnessed two things in the Congress:
1) Democrats do not cross over and vote against the Democrat caucus
2) Democrats do not vote for fiscal responsibility
So, what does this mean to Texas and America? We must do everything possible to get more conservatives to Washington. How do we do this? Selection of a map that is fair and gives good representation of conservative values in Texas, will achieve our goal of taking the country back from a far left agenda.
Here are some reasons why the GRIT map (C116) is the better choice for Texas constitutional conservatives, instead of the offering from a legislator in the Dallas area:
In C116, the GOP would have a good chance to win 30 of the 36 seats. Only one of them is in a district with less than 55% GOP voting strength.
C116 DOES increase the number of likely Republican congressional seats: 30 of the 36 total seats have the likelihood of going Republican and yet meet the federal requirements of population, ethnicity, etc. The other map does not achieve this possibility.
C116 does NOT hand over half the state’s new seats to the Democrats.
C116 does NOT protect incumbent Democrats. C117 does. Under C116, potential Republican challengers would be at a distinct disadvantage.
C116 does NOT involve retrogression of any minority districts. C117 does. [This is the idea that a district cannot be redrawn in such a way that a protected minority is reduced in numbers (%, actually) from its numbers (%) in the current district. For instance, a minority district with 53 % cannot be lowered to the 49 % level of minority representation if other conditions are met.]
C116 DOES recognize the population changes in fast-growing areas of the state. The other map did not recognize the high growth areas.
C/116 DOES reflect conservative political philosophy which grassroots Texans expressed state-wide in the Nov. 2010 election.
C116 is NOT the work of just a few “incumbent protectionists”; rather, it had input from more than 100 people, including many grassroots activists and legislators.
There is no need to hand the Democrats the probability of winning half of the seats in our state. The liberals would not do this for the conservatives.
The Nov. 2010 vote in Texas clearly showed a rejection of Liberal principles by the voters.
Will the fair C116 map be challenged in court? Probably, as will any other map. Lawsuits are typically filed in every census year when new redistricting maps are chosen. However, to try and “appease” the Democrats by protecting their incumbents and giving them half the new seats is not a smart policy. Remember how “helpful” Mr. Lloyd Doggett has been to his home state.
Having conservatives in Congress, from whatever part of the state, helps all of Texas. Furthermore, having conservatives in Congress, from whatever state, will help save America!
Please call your state representatives today and say, “We want C116, for the Congressional Redistricting Map Choice! State legislative websiteRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
The Texas Tea Party Patriots Pac provided an opportunity to hear Mr. John Fund recently. Having read many of Mr. Fund’s opinion pieces in the WSJ (Wall Street Journal), and listened to him on various FOX programs, I was looking forward to a discourse between a patriot group and Mr. Fund. He had been mentored by the late Robert Novak, who was in a class by himself.
His last trip took him to Berlin. To be a candidate overseas, one must be “approved” by the party leaders. In America, it is a more interesting process. The Democrats use a “Blind date” method of selecting the Presidential candidate. Who is popular? Who has the charisma? They look at everyone, find someone interesting, and decide to “try them out”. After they are elected, everyone gets to know who they are and what they stand for as a President. There were a lot of chuckles when this theory was disclosed. Mr. Fund went on to prove his point by a brief review of some candidates in the last century. There did seem to be a preponderance of evidence to prove the point.
What about the Republicans? Who is next in line? There is a definite pattern of behavior from 1948 through 2008. They tend to nominate whoever has been around a while. This was true with the exception of one candidate. The candidate was Ronald Reagan.
The 2012 role is critical to America’s future. It is of paramount importance the two parties have a different process to select the candidates. He encouraged everyone to not make hasty decisions about who to support as a Presidential candidate. The campaign trail wears on people, and in many cases the people change somewhat under the pressure. Politics are too important to be left to the politicians. Most notably in the 2012 race, is that the wide variety of competition will be good for the process.
After his short talk, there were a lot of questions from the audience. The first one had to do with the powers of the Supreme Court. He pointed out the powers of the Supreme Court were largely defined by John Marshall in the 1820’s. Congress has the right to limit the powers of the Supreme Court. At one point in history, Thomas Jefferson abolished many of the judiciary, who he felt were out of control. Is it the most intelligent view, to be governed by 9 people in black robes?
One question that seemed to resonant was “how do we get back to the Constitution, given the overuse of Executive Orders to circumvent the process”? Mr. Fund pointed out we have executive orders left over from the Truman administration! The way we get back to that point, is by continuing to apply pressure to all the elected officials. He found it shocking that the President spent hours convincing the UN to launch the no-fly zone tactic, and then got on a conference call with a few of the Congressional leaders to state the decision he had already made.
One of the poplular questions at every patriot event, was posited near the end of the session. The query was on what his views about compromise between the House and the Senate. He said we need to be realistic. There is no need to compromise on principles, but there may be times when negotiation on points is necessary to arrive at the best solution for America. The people elected to office have the difficult task of translating principle into policy.
When asked why there doesn’t seem to be any passion coming out of the new people in Washington, now that they have been elected…well the answer was very insightful. Mr. Fund said passion is not always what you want from politicians in Washington. These people need to learn how to write legislation, how to take in all the facts, and develop theories, etc. There is a lot to learn when one goes to Congress. They need to buckle down to learn the job, and get the job done. The campaign is over.
He was supportive of the conservatives in Congress. He said people need to realize the 100B cut in spending was promised in September. October 1 begins the new fiscal year. By the time they took office, many months of the budget had already gone by. The 61B was a prorated figure. The majority of the spending is in the entitlement programs. These programs must be reformed for any substantial budget cuts to be accomplished. The conservatives do not control the Senate and will need to negotiate everything to get it passed. That is the reality.
He did say there is some concern about patriots involved in the tea parties, who want to use it for their personal agenda. Many people are maneuvering for their 15 minutes of fame. These people could be somewhat dangerous to the movement. It is important that everyone question issues and people. The goal is to take back the country.
He did not think the Balanced budget amendment will actually achieve what the people are seeking for fiscal responsibility. His example was an amendment in Colorado. Their law limits government spending and growth to a combination of population plus inflation. A mechanism such as this needs to be in place. Otherwise, the government will simply raise taxes to accommodate their spending habits.
My favorite part of the evening, was his idea about foreign policy. At what point do we change from policemen of the world to night watchmen? In Clinton’s administration, Hillary had become known as the “mad bomber” because she wanted to bomb everything. Well, now she has that power.
On taxes he said there is a very simple solution. When a person is elected to office, they should sign a pledge under oath and penalty of perjury that they will prepare their tax returns with no outside help. The Congress receives $3,000 to get someone to do their taxes. The crowd gasped after this remark. Perhaps then they would realize the complexity of the tax laws.
Driving home, one felt energized there are people out there who do get it. He understood so much of the process, the history, and the nuances. In other words, he had knowledge and common sense. Perhaps we need to list the characteristics we want in a potential candidate for the Presidency.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Tea parties and other patriot groups are the same as the GOP, Democrats, and Libertarians. These groups are all diverse. All groups are human beings inclusive of those with passions, fears, good people, bad people, fringe people, mainstream people, and those who lust for power and glory.
Full credit is given to groups that have awakened the country. My belief is the GOP, Democrats, Libertarians, and patriots groups all have contributed to the awakening of a nation. It has become an interesting drama unfolding as various patriot groups have fallen into the same traps as our National and Local Politicians. Many groups have grown out of the new kid on the block who is working hard to make a difference. What have they become?
People can be easily seduced by power and greed. Patriot groups are no different. Bullies have emerged who, much like 3 year olds, are demanding their 15 minutes of glory in the media. These people typically stomp their feet, and take adversarial positions rather than attempting to get the facts and articulate possible solutions. They are rapidly losing credibility by the inability to remain objective and focus on results. Other groups will gladly circulate innuendo without factual basis, just to become known.
My belief is the job will get done, if we remain, cool, calm, and collected. Gather the facts. Just like a lawyer is trained, know all the answers prior to asking a question. Most of these rather loud, pretentious voices are just background noise and easy fodder for the liberals. Preparation is key. Look at the superior results by the Liberals due to their meticulous planning.
A good example of quality that yields results is a local tea party in Texas. The group is very positive, and does extensive fact gathering, before approaching politicians. They have achieved credibility and are effectively getting people to listen. Being well educated about facts prior to attending meetings, is their trademark. These patriots do not bully, or work to get any limelight for their efforts. Quietly, and patiently the group works hand in hand with elected officials to help identify solutions in a very difficult environment. People listen to reason. The group is growing. The result has been amazing as local Houston radio stations have invited them to share insights and engage in further dialogue. Their range of influence is a result of good preparation and execution.
Other patriot groups actively worked every waking moment to gain media visibility. They call into radio shows frequently just to be heard. Chasing the media at every turn is their modus operandi. It has become somewhat of a joke by people who don’t currently belong to patriot groups. These people fail to get the point. Their immediate goal is to spew vitriol and gain notoriety by having their name in lights. Patriot groups such as these are not growing bigger, but actually deterring the public from becoming a part of the solution for America. These patriots have allowed this type of behavior to define their group/mission. In fact, the “mission” appears to be missing in action!
Many will say I have drunk the Kool-Aid. No, in fact, I am applying a lifetime of business experience to a challenging situation in our country. The strategy should be: How do we get the country back on track before it is completely lost? Instead I see a lot of small power plays to bully the Congress! Has any of you bothered to talk and find out what is going on, before stamping feet, getting in front of a camera, and pretending to know how to get the job done? IF people behaved this way in business environments, they would be fired. A person is either part of the effort or considered counterproductive to the task at hand.
1. Conservatives only have the House.
2. Conservatives do not have the Senate.
3. Conservatives do not have the Presidency.
4. Conservatives do not have the Department of Justice.
5. Most of the higher court judges now have Obama appointees that legislate new law from the bench with zero conscience about it.
Given the above situation, whether 500B is proposed as a cut or 50B, is immaterial. The Senate will stop anything that interferes with their goal. We need to think of how to use the law to advantage and work with people currently in Washington to prepare for coming elections. This means some items can be done now, to ready legislation and subpoenas for the upcoming event, when we do have the majority. However, make no mistake. There is zero chance of gaining a majority if we continue to be in the spotlight for attacking conservatives. Other people listen to the news who are not currently involved in conservative groups. Major networks delight in covering negative events initiated by patriot groups. Tens of thousands of people will be influenced by these events.
If you truly want to take the country back, be smart. Don’t waste efforts further empowering the liberals. The conservatives cannot do much, because we the people did not get the job done by taking control of the Senate. Function with facts and knowledge of how things were done and why. There is plenty of blame to go around for everyone. Let’s put a period on it and move on.
It is time to get down to business with people who can help us as we put together a strategy and tactics to ensure winning in 2012. NONE of us know everything that is happening in Washington. My suggestion is either we stop whining, bullying, cajoling, and step up to working as a group to get the job done or give up now.
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Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted another stop gap bill to fund the government for 3 more weeks. They cut a few more billion of spending, and thought this would pass the Senate as well. This is a time when the government needs several things from Congress. They need to fund the government through September. This situation has occurred because Democrats were unwilling to pass a budget last year when it should have been done.
The second thing the Government wants, is to raise the debt ceiling. A lot of chat shows have focused on liberal angst including that of the President. The President and liberals were speaking about “dire” consequences if the debt ceiling is not raised. EWWW, I am shaking in my boots that the commander in chief is trying to scare us again. Remember how they tried to convince us of the “emergency” on healthcare?? Nothing has happened. The world didn’t come to an end because it is not implemented yet. Neither the President nor Harry Reid are willing to “negotiate” per the Republican leadership. For some reason the refusal by those two parties to negotiate has disturbed the Conservatives.
Do we care? I say we should not care when people who have shown little regard for the Constitution or the people can’t play well with others. We have known from childhood that leopards do not change their spots.
Realizing the Conservatives can’t negotiate with themselves, as that would be foolish….what about a completely different approach? What if we decided the people’s demands in exchange for extending the government funding? Think of 3-4 major spending cuts and attach it to the bill. If they vote against it, the liberals must not really have a fear of the government shutting down. At that point, the Conservatives need to loudly talk about this, everywhere possible. Use a page from the liberal book! I am certain there have been more serious threats to Congress than we have been privy to in the public. However, we must stand strong, if we have any hope of preventing the further takeover by the government.
Now is the time to use what the liberals want, and get some conservative tactics accomplished. Conservatives have leverage now and appear to be unwilling to “tangle” with the President or the Liberals.
What was most amazing today during the vote, is that 54 Conservatives stood strong and voted no to a bill that satisfies the whims of the liberals and doesn’t do much for the people. Please see the list below of conservatives that stood strong and voted against extending government funding for 3 weeks with no real cuts!
Now we have a plan, my fellow patriots. First we need to call our Representatives and Senators in Washington. The people who are unwilling to make the hard choices, have become an achilles heel to the effort. Make it clear, they better band together and use leverage while they have it. ALL non-critical funding must be cut, as the country is broke. As a taxpayer, I am offended we are giving money to a multitude of United Nations efforts when we are unable to care for our own people. I am offended that we continue to give foreign aide by the billions to countries that hate us. No union, or community action group should get any money. I, the taxpayer refuse to give hundreds of thousands to study frogs. They will definitely get the idea.
The second part of the plan involves reaching out to the 54 courageous people who voted no yesterday in the House. We should ask them what we can do to help. Do they have ideas? At a minimum. we need to thank them for standing up for what is right and for the American People. The list of 54 is below.
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My wish for all of us as we move forward, is that everything is questioned without accepting anything.
Here are some of the questions I had lately:
1. What was the origin of the Omnibus Spending Bill and when was it put together?
Answer: The primary 12 committees gave their recommendations for spending with regard to that specific area, early 2010 before the “Omnibus Bill” was pulled together.
2. Why didn’t the individual appropriation requests go through as individual bills?
Answer: This was a strategic decision by the current House and Senate Leadership (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid respectively) to put them all together as one bill at the end of the year. This begs the question of what advantage would this be to the progressives who have actively sought to transform America.
3. Why was all the obvious “pork” added to the Omnibus Bill in spite of the recent election which spoke to the mandate of the American People? WHO benefited?
Answer: The media focused on Republicans even though they had less than 1% of the pork in the bill. The majority of the media was focused on “hypocritical Republicans”.
4. Did anyone notice the reactions of the liberals when the Omnibus Spending BIll was dropped by Harry Reid?
Answer: Very little was said by the Progressives as they moved back quickly to the treaty and appropriation discussions.
It is as if they never intended to pass this bill……as if it never happened.
5. What result did the Republicans get with the introduction of this bill and the focus from the media?
Answer: Teaparties didn’t ask any questions about the why, how, or when of the earmarks. The Teaparties and patriots quickly jumped to conclusions that the Conservatives had added billions in earmarks after saying they would no longer use earmarks. The media fanned the flames of hypocritical Conservatives and the Tea Parties turned on the Conservatives.
6. Did any network ask when the earmarks were requested for things like Defense?
Answer: No. These requests were prior(by many months) to the agreed upon moratorium on earmarks and prior to the release of the Debt Commission Report by many months.
7. Did anyone ask why the Congressional leadership chose to ignore the critical funding requests until the end of the year when the government was almost out of money?
8. Who controlled the majority in the 2010 Congress?
9. When 70% of the people were against the proposed Healthcare bill for moral and/or economic reasons, did Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi EVER cave due to pressure from the constituents or the Tea Party pressure?
10. Did Harry Reid and the liberals gain anything by dismissing the Omnibus Spending Bill?
1) Republicans threatened to demand the reading of the bill. This would cause a lot of parliamentary delay (up to 80 hours if requested twice) and put passage of other bills at risk in this session. The Democrats gained time on the floor by dismissing the bill.
2) There was plenty of time to ensure passage of the Arms Treaty (which weakens the US defense), and the temporary funding bill for the government.
These latter two bills will assist the Progressives on their agenda for 2012.
11. What did the President gain by this “compromise” on the tax situation?
Answer: Some Independents, Republicans, Tea Partiers, and media began to say he is moving more toward the center, just like Bill Clinton. It softened opposition to his Presidency to some degree.
12. Did the President “care” about compromise when he refused to meet with any conservatives for about 18 months?
Answer. No. He continued to use his Congressional majority to ram the agenda down the throats of Americans.
13. Did the President “lose” anything on the tax compromise?
Answer: A bit of grumbling from the left and saber rattling. Nancy and Harry are still in place and they were able to get the liberals under control in under two weeks.
What is the moral of this story? Liberals have proven repeatedly over the past two years that they are ruthless, and will do anything to achieve their agenda. The Senate is still controlled by a Master Puppetmaster named Senator Harry Reid. Leopards don’t change their spots, and patriots need to beware of trickery in the coming two years.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Where to begin? The Judiciary Committee hearings were riveting. Yes, I was one of the few who chose to watch the saga fully on television! Many traits emerged about the candidate quickly, under the barrage of questions from the Senators. She was intelligent. Ms. Kagan proved herself to be adept at sidestepping difficult questions, and watering down what should have been straightforward answers. Her career was exemplary. She was the President’s choice.
Ms. Kagan’s nomination moved out of committee and to the final step of confirmation on the basis of a single Republican vote joining with the chorus of Democrats. The Senator was Lindsey Graham. What is remarkable about this? The evidence discussed in the hearing pointed to a couple of disturbing facts. Ms. Kagan objected to the Don’t Ask/Don’t tell policy which was a law passed by Congress of the United States. Her effort to make a political point at the expense of the US military, and in defiance of clear federal law passed by the Congress, called into question her willingness to be governed by that law. Her history showed a lack of respect for the law and the men and women of the military through actions she took as the Dean of Harvard. There was also some questionable conduct with regard to the partial birth abortion decision under former President Bill Clinton.
The Senate Floor proved to be more exciting than the committee hearing. Senator Jeff Sessions opened the floor speeches about Ms. Kagan. There were several key points about how she had caused problems for the military while Dean at Harvard. The most important points were about how far she would go to “win”. Her actions while serving under President Bill Clinton on the issue of partial birth abortions resulted in an acceptance of this medical procedure. Just today, this writer received an email stating Ms. Kagan is being brought up on ethics charges by a non-partisan Justice group regarding her involvement with the partial birth decision. Repeatedly her actions in the past positions have exhibited she will use everything humanly possible to further her own beliefs.
Everyone knew she was a progressive. However, when the question was delivered, “Ms. Kagan, do you view yourself as a legal progressive”? She feigned ignorance of what this meant. This is a very articulate smart woman. No matter how them tried to ask the question (in a multitude of ways), Ms. Kagan pretended to be baffled. Several of her references were quoted as saying she was a brilliant legal progressive. Still, Ms. Kagan did not waver on playing dumb. Does anyone else find this disturbing? We have a woman of obvious clarity and intelligence who is interviewing for the highest job in the land, and she will not answer a very straightforward question.
Senator John Cornyn’s remarks were both powerful and succinct. He clearly stated the problem in front of the US Senate. Elena Kagan has demonstrated her inability to simply interpret the laws of the land. They are colored by her own opinions. The American Standard is of a blind and impartial justice. Her “hero” in the judiciary is a Judge Barak in Israel who is known for being one of the most radical judges of them all. Judge Barak charts new territory based upon law + bias + social issues. She will be likely to legislate from the bench (based upon the past). There are grave concerns about her ability to transform and be able to interpret decisions based upon the constitution.
How can a woman be given a lifetime job, who has never been a judge, and who has a history of challenging laws in prejudicial manners? How can the American people have faith in a Supreme Court, when at least this one will not be able to judge based upon the laws of the land? This is yet another example of the Federal Government being out of control. We expect a liberal judge nominee from a liberal President. However, we would expect one who has a substantial experience, and a history reflective of a person who supports the laws of the land.
With extreme disbelief I listened to absolute drivel from Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. He cautioned his peers to not be political on the decison. In fact, it sounded as though he was chastising the Republicans who had offered opinions based on the facts. The Senator referred to a Federalist Paper by Alexander Hamilton which talked about this type of nomination. The Federalist document basically said this is a Presidential choice and unless the person is unfit, they should support the President. Senator Graham tried to say the Republicans were simply being political. Further, the Senator stated he admired her and felt her to be highly qualified. This is a woman who has litigated for 2 years and has zero judicial experience. Ms. Kagan’s entire career was spent in politics and academia. Was he not paying attention in the judicial committee interview? Her unwillingness to answer questions on her judicial philosophies indicated a political approach throughout the hearing. She was unable to articulate any example of when she would determine a control over the reach of the Federal Government. This woman does not appear to understand the concept of limited government or the designated uninalienable rights to the people. Clearly her personal politics and beliefs come first. At one point Senator Graham reflected on how she will be an “independent” judge. He believes the President has “earned the right” to have whomever he wants for the Supreme Court Job. Further the Senator stated the only way to say no, is if she is not worthy of the job. The Senator is incorrect in his assumptions and conclusions. The single most laughable point he made was in his hopes this would be quid pro quo with the Democrats in the future. What a joke! He is attempting to say this yes vote of his will be a bargaining chip for democratic support in the future? It is unconscienable that this woman should ever have been solicitor general of the US, much less be given the ultimate lifetime job. There is one thing very clear about Senator Graham. He does not love America, the constitution, or her people.
About halfway through this, Senator Reid appeared on the floor and threatened a potential cloture vote. There has been no indication of a filibuster, and he placed this over the Republicans’ heads. Who puts politics before honor and why? Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Harry Reid appear to be very much alike……..something to think about.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
We all have a choice this year. Do we like our Constitutional Republic? Do we like our liberty? If we stand up for our country, there is only one choice of what to do this year.
Currently a wave of anti-incumbent fever, is sweeping across the country. People want to throw everyone out of office. Americans are threatening people who are holding office. I submit to you, this would be the very action which could ensure our fate of becoming a socialist country. This year is a pivotal year in the elections. Progressives must be defeated, to slow down the massive effort by this administration to destroy the republic and replace it with socialism.
We are just as much to blame as the politicians. For decades, corruption has reigned in Washington, D. C. This year as the American people woke up, they were startled to find so much was wrong in our government. The Congress was openly lying, buying votes, and lavishly spending other people’s money. This did not happen over night, but over decades.
Let me give you an example, of the short sightedness of the anti-incumbent sentiment, and how it could cripple us for the long term. Texas had a very heated Republican primary for the Gubernatorial Race. The incumbent, Governor Rick Perry, won the Republican nomination. The supporters of the defeated candidates became angry, and many are now openly attacking the Governor and his supporters. They are threatening not to vote, or to vote Democratic. They are choosing to go to a socialistic regime rather than stand united.
In the primaries, I was in a similar position. The candidate I supported enthusiastically was John Gay, not Congressman Ron Paul. Congressman Paul won the nomination. He will receive my utmost support for the good of Texas and the good of the country. Now is the time for people to be united. It is not a time to allow our pride or egos to stand in the way of what is best for America.
These backlash efforts strengthen the liberal goal of changing our country permanently. No, not all Democrats are alike either. However, the President, and his followers have shown they know how to twist arms and gain the result they need within that particular party. There were dozens of dirty backroom deals done to buy the votes required for the Healthcare Bill. Not one Democrat was able to stand up to Speaker Pelosi, the President, or the Unions. Most recently, both Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid were interviewed about these horrendous backroom deals. These individuals truly believe the end justifies the means. What happened to ethics?
With a conservative majority in Congress they can prevent the out of control spending from continuing during the next couple of years. This Congressional body would be an immovable object on funding of existing and future supercilious efforts that simply serve to redistribute the wealth of the country and fund democrat elections. There are a lot of dictators and tyrants throughout the world that are cheering the US government on in their efforts to become like them. Let’s make certain it is a disappointing year for those that would wish harm to America.
Embrace your fellow conservatives this year. There will be time to change the Conservatives in future, if they do not shape up and listen to us. This year, we must be determined about saving the country. To succeed in November, every person will need to work hard and support conservative candidates that can take back some of the democrat seats.
This administration has moved at lightening speed to take over all major industries and economic areas. For this reason the November 2010 election has become an important key to our future. History has shown that President Obama has taken over more institutions and expanded government more in one year than Chavez accomplished in his first year of governing Venezuela. Castro compliments this President and the Congress on their achievements. Chavez likes this President and his methodology. Our allies and the rest of the world are watching with great sadness as the American Constitution and traditions are trampled daily by the current Administration and Congress.
I submit to you that there are Republican politicians who “woke up” this year, much like we did. They have risen to the occasion and are fighting hard to save the country from becoming a welfare state. There are those in our country who want to “punish” all of the people in Washington. If we choose to adopt this “shotgun” approach, it is unlikely we will achieve the necessary result to preserve our Constitutional Republic.
The American people are at a crucial time in history, and hopefully common sense will prevail. It is a choice. Unite and there is a greater chance conservatives will succeed in November which will directly result in slowing down the socialist agenda. Fragment, pander to egos, continue griping, don’t vote, and prepare to give up the country. There will be no other option to hold them back and turn it around. The choice lies with each American.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
We the people have been watching the healthcare debate and all of you over the last several months. To that end, the people want to be certain you are fully aware of our position on the activities in Washington.
We the people are fully aware of the following:
1) Bribes and sweetheart deals have been made to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill. These deals give advantages monetarily to corporations, individuals and states in exchange for support on the healthcare bill. The deals discriminate against the millions of Americans who will pay more taxes and insurance premiums to pay for those promises. For instance, the state of Nebraska is exempt on some costs, and the rest of the country will bear the burden. Senators have been so bold on the Senate floor as to “brag” about the deal they achieved for their state over the other states.
2) This bill is not improving healthcare costs. Healthcare premiums will increase for the Americans who are currently paying for healthcare.
3) The Constitution is being trampled on to satisfy the power grab by the Federal Government. If you listened to the speeches on the floor of the Senate beginning December 21st and 22nd, it was plainly stated the progressives think the rights of the Federal government take precedence over the rights of the people as enumerated in the Constitution.
4) There is sleazy arm twisting going on in the democratic party behind closed doors to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill. Don’t tell us, this is how deals get done in Washington. We don’t care. STOP now.
5) Democrats are more than willing to add further burdens to the people in the form of taxes while we are struggling in this economic climate. People are jobless, losing their homes, and struggling to put food on the table. What did the progressives elect to do, to help us? We know there are 10 new taxes.
6) Small businesses will suffer greatly under the penalties and mandates in this healthcare bill. There are approximately 6,000 businesses in the USA which are selling medical devices. New taxes on medical devices will cause many of them to go out of business, and jobs will be lost. The net result is economically fewer people will be able to afford them, and more people will die as a result. Nearly 1,000 people per day die from cardiac arrest. To save these people, and prevent brain damage, a defibrillator needs to be within 5 minutes proximity of the person. Fewer organizations will be able to purchase these due to the new tax regulations. This is just one example of how the people will suffer more with this legislation in place.
7) This isn’t about healthcare, but about ensuring unlimited powers of the Federal Government over the states and the people. Re: The speech of Max Baucus to the Senate on December 21, 2009. Thank you to Mr. Baucus for making it crystal clear on the intentions of the Progressives.
8) There is a text provision in the Healthcare Bill to prevent future Congresses from repealing this legislation.
9) Both the President and the progressives in Congress have deceived the people.
10) All of you are fully aware the American People do NOT support this legislation based upon the numerous poll numbers reported over the last several weeks.
Consider this your notice that we the people will not tolerate the arrogance exhibited by the progressives in Washington. The Congress works for us, and not the other way around. All of you are strongly encouraged to have a read of the Constitution and the enumerated powers. Please be aware that thugs and bullies in the government are not going to be acceptable to any of us.
This writer is strongly encouraging everyone to make this message viral. The people should send mail to their governors and legislators now to mandate passing of nullification bills. There are precedents that have been made by the Supreme Court on the using of “interstate commerce” as an excuse for passing of unconstitutional legislation. This legislation does not fall into any of the categories outlined by the Supreme Court in their interpretation of the enumerated powers of our constitution. References include: Wicker vs. Philburn, Gonzales vs Reich, USA vs Lopez, and USA vs. Morrison. In these cases the Supreme Court rendered specific decisions on Commerce. According to their guidelines, the Individual Mandate in the Healthcare legislation is not supported by the Constitution. This was brought to light this morning in the Senate by Senator Ensign and Senator Hatch.
It is time we stand up for our liberty, and assert who works for whom, once and for all.
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We now have the Senate version of the healthcare bill. In this masterpiece of paperwork, otherwise known as massive evil personified, we find the first semblance of rationing and discrimination toward a large demographic group in the United States.
Today’s standards on breast cancer prevention, have been set by reknown oncologists who based their recommendations on years of exhaustive studies. Currently they say beginning at age 40, women should have annual mammograms to be safe. Doctors worldwide advise their patients to do self-examinations on a regular basis to catch this disease if it occurs between the annual check-ups. The reason for this was based on the rapid spreading of this particular type of cancer.
What do we have in this healthcare bill? The new plan proposed by the Senate outlines their plan for preventative healthcare for women. The document specifically states women beginning at age 50 will receive a mammogram every two years. In addition, they say there is no reason to continue the self-examinations. I was incredulous when a Democratic Senator on the floor of the Senate was justifying all of this based on one new opinion submitted by a study group. Statistics introduced by the Democrats say 1 person out of every 1,904 will get breast cancer before 50. Application of this new statistic applied to millions of women over the age of 40 indicates these are considered the “acceptable” losses by the Democratic party.
In addition, there have been statements by several of the Senators in their speeches, that women really don’t need to continue the self-examination process any more. This has been advocated by the medical profession worldwide for decades due to the rapid growth of this particular type of cancer.
If you have friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, please share this information with them. It is discrimination at best and it is advocating an “acceptable” loss of life for women. Make a note this will be the first outright rationing of healthcare in the United States, and it hasn’t been passed yet. What other medical decisions will the bureaucrats make for the rest of us?
I will close this update with a sobering quote as we continue the investigation into the proposed government healthcare.
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Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem) was elected to Congress in 1974. He is up for re-election in 2010.
There are volumes about this man and what he has done in the government since 1974. I will attempt to touch on the most salient points, as I found him to be one of many “blights” we are seeing in the American government today. Representative Waxman has moved residence 3 different times in his career and has been elected in three different voting districts. He has sponsored 149 bills in his career and 6 have passed. The primary watchdog groups in the country have rated him as being consistently far left in his views.
Representative Waxman has worked with the Apollo Institute to generate the Cap N Trade Bill. People reported on the ideas of the Apollo Group for economic recovery and Cap N Trade as far back as 2003. Evidence can be found of this. The bills that were passed by the Congress are almost identical to the left wing lobbyist ideas to be found on the Apollo Institute website.
Who is the Apollo Institute? They are an organization made up of various unions in the country and other special interest groups gathered under the umbrella of Apollo Institute. One of the many left wing financial supporters Apollo Institute is the Joyce Foundation. This is the group often associated with trying to get rid of the people’s right to bear arms. There are numerous known Marxists and Socialists who support the Institute. The Apollo Institute claims to be a non-profit and is owned by the Tides Corporation. These are the people who produced the indoctrination video that was purchased by over 7,000 schools. The film taught the children that capitalism is bad for the people of America. Do you know who will benefit from the Cap N Trade Bill that was designed primarily by the Apollo Institute? Their board members consist of people who own heavy interests in alternative energy companies and in companies that produce the components for solar energy. The majority of their members are the 17 largest unions in the country and the major lobbyists in the US.
There are two obvious questions to ask. What is in it for all the unions? What is their real end goal in getting their goals accomplished? What did they get out of the American Recovery Act and what will they get from the Cap N Trade? What was in it for Representative Henry Waxman to do their bidding on two major pieces of legislation (Healthcare bill HR3200 before Congress and the Cap N Trade Bill)?
The small business groups have rated Congressman Waxman in the lower percentile groups throughout his career. He does not favor small entrepreneurial enterprises in his legislative votes. Clearly his allegiance is to the labor groups and lobbyists if one looks at his overall record on voting and his public speeches. The American Taxpayer group has rated his performance an F most recently and very low in prior years. Representative Waxman has voted to spend more money and grow government at every opportunity regardless of the state of the economy. The conglomerate of lobbyists and unions has the ear of Henry Waxman , more than the people of the United States.
He was a co-author of legislation that abolished mandatory retirement for Federal employees and raised the retirement age in the private sector from 65 to 70. Please note this increases the time an elderly person must work in most cases. It also does NOT apply to the politicians in the Congress, Senate, and Judiciary that govern all of us.
Representative Waxman voted against the proposed bill to withhold federal funds to ACORN. This organization is being investigated in 14 states for voter fraud. There have also been several covert films made recently that captured the ACORN people advising people on how to handle businesses with underage prostitutes. This man clearly has some kind of motivation to “protect” interests with ACORN.
In 2009, Rep. Waxman became Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Energy and Commerce Committee has principal responsibility for legislation and oversight in the areas of public health, consumer protection, food and drug safety, air quality, the environment, energy, telecommunications, and interstate and foreign commerce. After all the years of dubious associations, poor judgment, and lavish spending, can Henry Waxman be entrusted with such a powerful position in our legislature?
His allegiances aren’t in the best interest of the people, if you look at his entire record. There is no plausible explanation as to why he would choose to continue to give taxpayer money to an organization under investigation in so many states. Representative Waxman, you have been in office too long. It is time to go!
“If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.”
James Madison (Federalist No. 39)
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