The “Joey” Experience–A Thank You to Our Hospice

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April 2013
Dear Naperville Seasons Hospice:

Our brother Joey Stoffregen arrived to stay at your hospice in late March of this year. We had no idea of the life changing events that were about to unfold…

Joseph John Stoffregen was born on February 6, 1966 in Oak Lawn, Illinois–the fourth child with three older sisters. Joey was born with Down’s Syndrome and in those days Down’s children usually did not live much past 6 years and they often did not live at home. Our brother never lived with us but visited frequently. My mother never considered abortion (today 95% of Down’s children are aborted). I’m here to tell you I am eternally thankful my brother was here on earth for his 47 years. Because of Joseph, an incomparable depth of compassion was born in our family–one that reached across generations touching many. For one example–Joey inspired two of his sisters and three of his nieces to enter into the special education field–but there are many more to share.

Joe grew into his life starting in Misericordia Home for the Disabled in Chicago, then Dixon Children’s Home in Dixon, Ludeman and then Sandberg near Park Forest and last Alden East in Bloomingdale. We’d see him regularly on weekends and then as we grew up, less frequently but for holidays and periodic visits. He knew 10 signs to communicate as he never fully developed speech and most of those signs centered around food. He was always happy to see us–we were never sure if it was because of what we brought (McDonald’s and ice cream) or just because whenever we came it meant a party. It got to the point where we’d sing Happy Birthday every time we visited because it put Joe into such a holiday spirit. He’d smile, laugh and clap signing “happy,” “hamburger,” “fries,” “cookies,” “pop” and his favorite, “ice cream.” Occasionally, if the treats weren’t forthcoming fast enough, we’d see “more” and “eat.” Rarely did we see the sign for “sleepy” and if he just couldn’t eat any more, we might see the sign asking us for a “walk” outside.

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Joey’s life was not all sunshine and roses….he used to be able to walk and at one of his early group home experiences lost that ability due to either accident or abuse. It was something we could never prove, but the event relegated him to a wheel chair for the remainder of his adult life. Then lack of care claimed his teeth so his beloved food had to be pureed. Still, he would feed himself and looked forward to eating three times a day. On our visits, we replaced McDonald’s with mashed potatoes and gravy, pudding and his all time favorite–ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Then came the day when his last joy was to be taken–Joe was hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia. While we, his two guardian sisters (Nancy and Sheri), were talking to his doctors at Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, we realized he could only survive by having a feeding tube. We agonized in prayer over a decision that would not take from him his last pleasure. Smelling and seeing food he could not eat would be torture for him but eating anything by mouth could eventually end his life. That brought our family to Seasons Hospice in Naperville.

Seasons Hospice was new to Naperville having only been open 3 weeks when Joey arrived. Within 24 hours, we felt we were becoming family to the staff. The nurses Michelle, Sheri, Sharon and Jacinda along with many nurses aides such as Lordes and others attended Joey and us with such patience, compassion and tenderness. We felt as if communal arms rocked us in our grief as we held a bedside vigil for his last days.

He was cared for so tenderly that even when we were not there, we felt he was loved. The social worker, Rich, was a constant source of inspiration feeding us both spiritually and physically (one morning with an entire McDonald’s breakfast when we couldn’t bear to leave Joe’s side)! Our hospice family did what a good family would do–hugged us, let us cry without judgment and offered encouragement in the face of incomparable sadness. Even the doctors who were so busy spent much time with us giving us the best they could in sharing their knowledge so we would know what we might expect moment by moment.

Joe enjoyed ice cream 4x a day, signing over and over until he would fall asleep. Joey’s last few days enriched all of us spiritually. He led us (nieces and nephews, sisters and brother-in-laws) down a path closer to Our Lord than anyone else could have. We held hands and prayed with both Rich and the chaplain. We brought a little lamp to offer a softer light in his room and it was in that peaceful place we sang many songs and hymns with the gentle music therapists. The day came when Joe gave us his last sign–the one for “ice cream”–and it was then he fell into a deep sleep. A couple of days before he passed, he surprised us by opening his eyes and looking at the corner ceiling–his small mouth turned into an “O” of awe as he shared by his expression that he was seeing something he’d never seen. We then were treated to the biggest toothless grins–so wonderful we all spontaneously laughed–which of course brought more grins. And then that was all. Joe never responded again after that. It was as if he was saying, “I now know where I’m going and I’m ready.”

The day before Joey passed, Sheri and I smelled the unmistakeable scent of roses. It permeated the room as if to say, “I’m OK, sisters, I’m walking in the garden with Jesus and I’ll wait for you there.” Less than twenty four hours later he was gone.

In barely a week, Joseph John Stoffregen witnessed to many in his room and many who were thousands of miles away but were blessed to hear about him–he changed the spiritual lives of several people without saying one word and he is still affecting change whenever we share his story.

God is good.

That’s our “Joey” experience we wanted to share with you–our Seasons Hospice Family. In thanks for your love and care of Joe and all of us, we present you with 14 small lamps to be placed in the rooms where other families will gather to send off their loved ones. We want them to have a little of Joey’s light in their lives from his family who will always carry his love in ours.

Joey’s Sisters

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WANT TO WIN IN 2014? Send this letter to your Republican Governor and/or Secretary of State

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IF YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THESE STATES, YOU DON’T HAVE REQUIRED PHOTO VOTER ID BUT YOU DO HAVE EITHER A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OR SECRETARY OF STATE–BOTH HAVE A LOT OF POWER OVER VOTING IN THEIR STATES. PLEASE SEND THIS LETTER AND PASS IT ON TO GET THE BALL ROLLING FOR REQUIRED PHOTO VOTER ID AND OTHER VOTING REFORMS (You may also want to send it to your representatives to fight the upcoming bill on automatic registration as outlined below). For obvious reasons, I am assuming Democrat governors would not want to have Required Photo Voter ID but send it to yours if you would like:

Dear Governor and Secretary of State:

I am writing to bring to your attention that Required Photo Voter ID, secured voting machines, and properly screening voters for eligibility protects the voting rights of every citizen in your state.

I would like to point out that there is a difference among the various forms of voter eligibility screening:

METHODS OF VOTER ID
–Required Photo Voter ID
–Requested Photo Voter ID
–Voter ID
–No Voter ID

Your state does not have Required Photo Voter ID. A map of all of the states with the various forms of Voter ID (or not) can be found here.
Obama lost in every state with Photo Voter ID.

VOTER MACHINE INTEGRITY
Did you also know of the rampant fraud that took place in several previous elections regarding software voting machines?

Many states struggle with voting software tampering. It was widely thought, for instance, that the 2010 re-election of Harry Reid in Nevada was due to software tampering when the votes changed from Sharron Angle to Harry Reid via voter screens. A more recent example of this can be found here. The solution to this is to eliminate the software and go back to the ballot machines or to do extensive software auditing in each state.

ELIGIBILITY
Fraud that can take place when voters are NOT accurately screened for eligibility before they register to vote.

A bill (Voter Empowerment Act of 2013–H.R. 12) is in Congress right now to register every voter based on motor vehicle records, public assistance information and other sources unless a person specifically refuses to be registered. The legislation would also likely include a federal mandate to allow same-day voter registration and extend the franchise to convicted felons. As you can imagine with the endless possibilities for fraud via internet, this bill would end the integrity of the voting process.

We have an urgent danger in our country of losing votes from legitimate citizens and from illegitimate votes turning the results of an election.

My request to you is threefold:
1.) Work to install a REQUIRED PHOTO VOTER ID law in your state.
2.) Require that your state return to a voting ballot machine or require a complete audit of all of your voting software.
3.) Work to eliminate the possibility for internet registration in your state.

You can find more information on this blog:
Why 2014 Won’t Matter Without Voter ID and What You Can Do About It.

Thank you,

Why 2014 Won’t Matter Without Voter ID and What You Can Do About It

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There’s strong evidence that the elections in 2008 and 2012 were severely hampered by voter fraud. After the George Bush win in 2004, George Soros got busy with his infamous SOS Project flipping several Secretaries of State across the nation from R to D. Remember that the SOS decides if voter fraud actually happened (to see how that works for Dems, review the Coleman/Franken circus in Minnesota). Anyway, Soros wanted to make sure that there would never be another R win in the White House. He’s succeeded for two major elections. America is held hostage by far left radicals and an uninformed/misinformed or moronic population many with outstretched entitlement sullied hands. There are many things that need to be done to save what’s left of our Republic. But none of it will matter if we can’t get it right at the polls. We still have the votes but we have to make them count.

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I am firmly convinced that Obama intends to steal back the House and increase his control on the Senate. Unless stopped, massive voter fraud which is a winning strategy for him will work again in 2014. And he MUST win the House to complete his agenda. I’m not foolish enough to believe that instituting Voter ID in more states is all that will win an election–electronic audits of rampant tampering of software (remember Reid and Angle and the magically changing SEIU voting machines?) –must also be performed. Voting integrity must be returned to the voting booth and it is a monumental task. The DFF (Democrat Fraud Factor) has permeated all states in the Union. But most of us know that where there was Voter Photo ID, Obama lost. In 2014 and beyond, it is my contention that the only way Dems can win elections is through voter fraud.

“The left is constantly working on these voting issues,” Mr. von Spakovsky says. “They have dozens of organizations, with a lot of money.” The goal, he says, is “to change the rules to give them an advantage in elections. The other side of the political aisle just doesn’t do that.”

In this same article in the Wall Street Journal, we learn about the Voter Empowerment Act (another radical lefist twist of phrase):

“The Voter Empowerment Act would also mandate automatic registration of individuals on motor-vehicle, tax and university rolls, many of whom are aliens or have multiple addresses in different states: “You’re basically going to be registering lots of people who are ineligible and leading to many duplicate registrations.” The groups pushing such efforts—among them the Brennan Center for Justice, the ACLU and the NAACP—include “the same organizations that have been filing lawsuits over the past few years trying to prevent states from verifying the accuracy and eligibility of people on their voter-registration databases,” Mr. von Spakovsky says.”

Now, you probably didn’t know there was a difference between Voter ID and Photo Voter ID and REQUIRED Photo Voter ID, right? There is a difference. As the chart below shows, there are states with NO VOTER ID required (I live in one–IL–DFF alive and well); REQUESTED PHOTO VOTER ID (if you want to cheat, how does this make sense? Reminds me of the question at airports before 9/11–”Do you have anything dangerous on your person?” before boarding a plane); VOTER ID (without photo); and REQUIRED PHOTO VOTER ID (this is the one we want, people, and the one the liberals are fighting).

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How do we accomplish this? First let me explain something I call “THE DAILY PATRIOT.”

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Everyday, every American needs to do something to promote our Republic. First, scan the internet for the latest headlines on what the liberals are doing each day to destroy the Republic. This is easy. They are working every day–you can follow Drudge or Bad Blue (be careful on this one of inaccurate information–do your research!) or listen to Mark Levin, etc. to find out how they are destroying America each day. Reputable blogs abound–TCH, The Gateway Pundit, Red State, etc. Another way to keep abreast of what is coming up for a vote (and monitor how your own reps are voting) is by following Mega Vote–you get this right in your email inbox and always have the latest information). Your job is to do something to counter the Left–every day. You call/fax/email your representatives to tell them how you want them to vote. If you want to go further, you can be a little creative. Write or fax OTHER representatives in OTHER states. It is my opinion what they do affects ALL of us so technically, they represent ALL of us. I contribute across the country so in effect, I am their constituent. In my letters to them, I say as much. I announce myself, “As a constituent…” and then state my case. It is easiest to fax. Links are at the end of this blog. If you need to write, it is more tedious as they expect you to know their 5 + 4 zip codes and it is a rep by rep contact. That is OK. I use their home office 5 + 4 which can be found here. I just methodically write them day by day going across the country. That is my Daily Patriot and I suggest you make up your own Daily Patriot and get busy. We have no time to waste.

Here is a place to start with REQUIRED PHOTO VOTER ID: Along with writing Senators and Congressmen/women in each state without it, we need to start writing/calling/faxing campaigns to those in the GOP who have a vested interest in passing Voter ID–Republican Governors and Secretaries of State. They like to stay in office and it will be increasingly hard for R’s to stay in office without required photo voter ID. We also need to be requesting independent audits of the voting software in each of these states and governors can make this happen. In this blog, I’ve provided you lists to start your Daily Patriot. But here are valuable fax/call lists of the 2013 Congress for Senators and House Reps.

Below is a list of Republican governors in states where there is no REQUIRED Photo ID to vote:
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The Daily Patriot requires that we begin writing each of these governors and pushing them to work with their Secretaries of State to bring Required Photo Voter ID and software audits to their states BEFORE the 2014 elections. An additional group with whom to get involved is TRUE THE VOTE. They are fighting an uphill battle for voter integrity.

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GIDDY UP!

Before and After: Why Life is Forever Changed After Obama’s Re-election

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Many would agree that early evening on November 6th, 2012, life took a decidedly downward turn. Conservative pundits tried to put a positive spin on the spiraling tallies but deep inside many of us, we felt a deep foreboding. We backed off watching the news, listening to talk radio or reading blogs and some of us have still not yet gotten back to our regular listening/watching habits and for me, my writing schedule. Why? It is not just depression although that is a part of it. It is not just shock and grief although that is part of it, too. And it is not just anger although for sure there is anger. Many of us know that the election was possibly a close one but one thing some of us know is that it was stolen. There are many reasons why we feel this way and I will include some of that research here but it is easy enough to do yourself if you are interested. Even now, True the Vote is suing St. Lucie County in Florida for voting misconduct.

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Why didn’t Romney fight back? Why didn’t the GOP address the fraud? Maybe Romney knew he would lose before he did and all of it was play acting–there are the conspiracy theories out there. Maybe he knew when he lost that the GOP would not fight for him. In 1982, the GOP agreed to walk away from Democrat voter fraud to avoid legal ramifications of discrimination. A recent March 2012 attempt to reverse that ruling failed. The DFF (Democrat Fraud Factor) is with us to stay and now it’s winning presidential elections–by only 400,000 votes or 69 electoral votes. Some might say, “How did some R’s win at all?” There’s a theory for that where a total 100% loss would be too obvious.

TOP TEN REASONS THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED:
For the Record

We found it difficult to listen to the news because what we knew to be true wasn’t being reported. Romney and the GOP were being blamed for the loss. Those who did not vote were being blamed–and while certainly both reasons were factors, we saw the throngs at Romney’s events; we saw polls and research that pointed to landslides. And then we saw 149% voting in PA and 109% in FLA and 1 out of 5 voters ineligible to vote in Ohio. We saw the lineup of non-residents voting in Maine. We saw and read and heard and knew nothing would be done about it. In fact, if voter fraud is not tackled soon , a vote at all in 2014 is an act of lunacy. Obama needs to win back the House and keep the Senate to complete his agenda against America. For that reason alone, the DFF will continue.

Obama and his administration have put forth executive orders and mandates and fiats as if he had won in a landslide. There will be no compromising with the right nor consideration for the majority of the country who are vehemently against his policies and lawlessness. Everything from moratoriums on drilling in the Gulf to executive “actions” for gun control, shows we have a runaway despot in the White House.

There are no real investigations of any consequence into Fast and Furious, a gun-running scheme that cost the lives of many and the Benghazi incident has been carefully swept under the prayer mat.

Then of great consequence is the beyond control spending of this president.

“The problem is that Obama has only greatly accelerated everything Bush did wrong, and reversed everything Bush did right.”

Spending alone is bringing America to her knees which of course is the point and Obama’s plan all along to topple the greatest country ever created and in the process eliminate its Constitution.

Once you start to mistrust your “leaders” it’s hard to not get caught up in conspiracy theories. And they abound. Blogs daily sift through fear and reality. From gun control to stockpiling ammunition to plans for martial law to kill lists and murdered conservatives and heroes, informed Americans are having trouble sleeping at night. That foreboding is still with us but our guts are telling us not all is mere conspiracy.

Alinsky taught liberals to overload the system:

“..the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”

And we are overloaded. Many are beginning to stockpile weapons and ammunition. Survival/protection of one’s family several years ago was the stuff of horror films but are popular topics now since Obama’s re-election. Friends have told me they feel a creeping malaise stemming from a lack of control–their own inability to redress the instability that has seized the nation…and them. Houses underwater, Obamacare, a complicit media and conspiracy has made for a cocktail of doom–a feeling that the ship can never again be righted and we are destined to sink.

And so it is. Life has forever changed since The One took office for the second time. Yet something in us won’t give up…I can’t and don’t think God wants us to stop fighting evil, but I must admit I’ve added to my work studying the end times in Revelations. I find it essential to believe God is ultimately in control.

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Our Constitution is a roadmap for fighting despotism and totalitarianism and we must continue to fight for it and for our Republic. If we conservatives were sleeping before, we’ve certainly awakened and our fight has expanded from national to local levels where we feel we still have some power (more on this in a later blog). And our efforts must expand to installing Required Photo Voter ID in every state but especially swing states (again, more on this later). Like our founding fathers, we are in the battle until the end however that happens. Like many of you, I’m not going under without a fight.

An Open Letter to My Kids

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I woke with a start at 4 AM this morning. I felt a sense of foreboding and the same dread when I got a call another eerie dawn three years ago which marked the first day without Grandpa. I don’t know why, but I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately…having trouble sleeping…waking early. And here it is early morning again and finally it is emerging why he’s been in my thoughts so much these last days. I think he’d want me to write this letter…to all our kids.

Dad was in the Millright’s union. He was a hard worker and proved himself on the job rising in his position of labor to eventually owning his own company (and got to see the other side of unions). But if Grandpa was anything, he was a patriot. At age 17, during World War 2, he joined the Navy and that experience and love of liberty and country shaped the remainder of his life.

He was a good man who was honest even when it was not politically acceptable to be so. Grandpa’s public political life started when he got involved as an alderman in Burbank, IL. He got elected I am sure because of his intelligence and easy going personality. He got along with others and always had a lot of friends. Many of these friends came to him for advice because he listened more than he talked and when he talked he waited until he had something of value to say. He meant what he said and said what he meant. You could always depend on him to follow through. And he expected the same of all of us kids. He would be more disappointed in us if we lied than if we failed. Failure was OK if we had honestly tried at something and followed through till the end.

I remember that, as an alderman of our ward, Dad got a lot of phone calls after work. Mom did not appreciate these as each one would take quite a bit of time because my dad took his responsibility very seriously. This caused more than annoyance at home. Because he was honest, it was hard for him to accept the expectations placed on him to go with the status quo and be a place holder for the “powers that be.” He was not a “yes” man and this eventually made him somewhat unpopular; he voted for what was right and true and this made some people with power very angry at him. My sister and I, at the time in high school, had become lifeguards at the local park district pool. We had always been excellent swimmers, had taken the training courses, passed our tests, were interviewed and hired. Again, our parents always expected us to do our best so we were excellent at what we did. But because Dad didn’t “go along to get along” these jobs were announced to be “political favors” and were taken from us as a punishment to him. He was beside himself that we were hurt because of him. He had gotten into politics to make a difference. But because he had no aspirations of ascension, he eventually finished out his term to not return. We easily found other employment but he never forgot what happened to us because of his integrity.

Integrity somehow falls out of politics. My parents originally were members of what is now called the “old Democrat Party” or the “Kennedy Democrats.” John F. Kennedy was no saint but that was before media gave everyone who entered politics a thorough anal exam. When we now look deeply into President Kennedy’s past, we see many moments in his private life that would not have made my father admire him. But that kind of behavior was not in the public eye then or maybe it was the beginning of poor behavior being shielded by the media for one party over the other. I’m not a historian so I cannot say when that trend began. Regardless, in his public life, Kennedy , though not a perfect leader, lead with integrity. He was trusted and well loved by the people he served. And he was a servant–not someone who was in office for ideology or personal gain. I was in 5th grade when he was assassinated. By the time I was in high school, all hell had broken out and the Viet Nam war was raging. Boys were dying overseas, no one seemed to know why we were there and politicians, to my young mind, for now the second time, became people not to trust. The Viet Nam years spawned a new generation of liberals and I was proud to be one of them–excitedly participating in a “walk-out” against the war in high school.

Liberalism had already gotten a stranglehold of America by the time I was a a young mother but I didn’t even notice. Rights were being eroded more and more every year. What started as an erosion of small rights…like when smokers could smoke and where has ballooned into New Yorkers being denied a large size soft drink. What started as a seemingly good idea–a way to help the impoverished (who by the way have grown by leaps and bounds because of these programs)-the Great Society–has turned into the Welfare State, Baby Mamas, ghettos and an huge erosion of culture and family. What started as “caring about the earth” has turned into farmers’ lives being destroyed because of a fish and CA residents having to live without using plastic bags.

As our country began to spend more and more on entitlement and other “programs,” our pocketbook became smaller and smaller. When people begin to depend on someone for their basic necessities, they become a slave to that someone and are controlled by them. A short history lesson:
“Until 1937, for the first 150 years of its existence, US government spending was less than 10% of the nation’s GDP. In 1937, with vastly expanded powers, Congress embarked on a spending spree that has only grown over time. Since 1937, in war and in peace, in recession and expansion, under Democrats and Republicans, government spending as a percentage of GDP has only increased, until today it is nearly 35%.”

I could go on and on with myriad examples but you get my point. We’ve been living like the frog in the boiling caldron and the temperature is just now at boiling. And we have a president who disregards our Constitution and Bill of Rights. For some examples,
Launching an illegal war in Libya. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to declare war. Under the congressionally enacted War Powers Act, Mr. Obama had 60 days to get congressional approval after U.S. bombs started dropping in Tripoli, but he didn’t bother. Putting the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of yet another Arab nation appeared to be a higher priority than following the law.
Undermining the nation’s armed forces. Article II, Section 2, names the president commander in chief. Instead of asserting American power, Mr. Obama projects weakness, emboldening our enemies. The murder of our ambassador and three other staff members in Benghazi, Libya, and the attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Yemen are bitter fruit of that reality. In addition, Mr. Obama rammed through Congress a bill homosexualizing the military despite failing to make the case that this won’t hurt readiness, morale, retention or recruitment. He is unfit to be commander in chief.
Violating religious freedom. Mr. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services ignored the First Amendment by issuing a Soviet-style order to Catholic and other faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide insurance covering abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations.
Appointing agency “czars” without Senate approval. Article II, Section 2, gives the president the power to appoint ambassadors, judges and top agency officials, but only with the “advice and consent of the Senate.” Mr. Obama has appointed, without Senate approval, more than two dozen czars in federal agencies.
Making illegal recess appointments. Article II, Section 2 allows the president to “fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.” While the Senate was in session, Mr. Obama made recess appointments of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three members of the National Labor Relations Board.
Forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to regulate commerce and levy taxes. It does not give Congress the power to force Americans to engage in commerce. During policy debates in 2009, the White House denied that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was a “tax.” But in court, the administration argued that it was a tax after all. In a shocking ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. bought the logic, upholding this unconstitutional monstrosity.
Refusing to enforce laws that he doesn’t like. Article II, Section 3 states that the president “shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Mr. Obama directed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to ignore the Defense of Marriage Act and even work against it in the federal courts. Mr. Holder also suspended newly enacted photo ID voter laws in Texas and South Carolina.
Stonewalling on Fast and Furious. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “walked” more than 2,000 firearms to drug gangs across the border to Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, along with at least 100 Mexicans. The administration has shown contempt for Congress, and Mr. Holder denied knowing about the debacle despite evidence indicating otherwise. This is not “faithfully” executing the law or defending America’s sovereign borders.
Violating equal protection and voting rights. The 14th Amendment guarantees “due process” and “equal protection of the laws.” The 15th Amendment guarantees that “the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of race.” Mr. Holder ditched the case of New Black Panther Party members videotaped intimidating Philadelphia voters in 2008. Two former Justice Department officials testified that employees were told to ignore white complainants.
Using the EPA to attack America’s energy industry. In 2010, the Senate refused to pass the “cap-and-trade” bill that would have created a carbon-tax system, vastly increasing federal power over energy. The Environmental Protection Agency declared carbon dioxide a pollutant anyway and began exerting raw bureaucratic power. Mr. Obama’s green zealots nixed the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and virtually shut down new oil exploration and drilling.
Allowing the FCC to grab the Internet. The Telecommunications Act gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority over wire and broadcasting, but not broadband. Congress and a federal appeals court rejected the FCC’s claims of authority, yet the FCC released “net neutrality” rules in December 2010. This violates the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. The FCC has no more authority over the Internet than it does over the musings of Vice President Joseph R. Biden.
Attacking a state for upholding federal law. The 10th Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In July 2010, the Justice Department sued Arizona for a law requiring state officials to enforce federal immigration laws. Nothing in the Constitution prohibits states from assisting in enforcing federal laws. Meanwhile, the Justice Department ignores “sanctuary cities” that openly violate federal law.
Giving a foreign leader platforms to denounce an American state. In May 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed Congress, where he blasted Arizona to cheers from Democrats. Mr. Obama joined him later at a White House press conference where both men trashed Arizona. The president takes an oath that he will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” which guarantees that states are part of the United States, not part of a foreign country by default.
Using the National Labor Relations Board as a goon squad. The NLRB sued in April 2010 to shut down the Boeing Co.’s new $750 million Dreamliner plant in right-to-work South Carolina because unions objected. Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government the power to tell businesses where they can operate.

We can’t forget our $16 trillion dollar debt, more debt created than that of the other presidents before him. And then there is Benghazi where the character, competence and credibility of Obama and his entire national security team have been called into question. There is more and will be more in a second term. This knowledge has created a fear in me that is astronomical especially as we approach Tuesday. I understand that the main stream media has kept this information from the public ear so that many do not realize what they are losing. As stated in The Erosion of Rights:
“Rights do not disappear suddenly and noticeably, but slowly and often subtly. The price of democracy is eternal vigilance, but not all people are vigilant all the time, and most are willing to see various freedoms erode and even disappear.
Fear drives people to consciously give up rights in exchange for security.
Apathy permits one group that does not value a particular freedom to stand by and watch while it is taken away from another group that does value it.
Out of Hate one group will actively try to oppress another and take away their rights.
Out of Selfishness one group will infringe on another’s rights for their own economic benefit.
Ignorance lets some people sleep while the rights they never knew they had slowly disappear.
Conceit describes the justification of the ‘elite’ to make decisions for the masses as a parent does for a child. Friedrich Hayek called this the ‘fatal conceit’ because of the impossibility for a bureaucracy, however smart and well-educated, to be better informed than the people collectively.
Distrust of others’ judgment and motivations makes us willing to give up our own freedom in order to restrict theirs.
Impatience with the pace of non-coercive solutions to very real and troubling problems leads people to reach for the easiest solution: pass a law.”

“A democracy is measured by how it treats its minorities, but great energy and will are required to defend the rights of other groups with which you don’t personally identify. The Holocaust was not an aberration, but is repeated all around us on a smaller scale every day.”

As a young woman, I was not paying attention. By the time 9/11 happened, I began to be increasingly aware of America’s spiral into liberalism as I watched a liberal media attack President Bush. His lack of defense was one of the reasons we got Barack Obama. Liberalism had a great triumph in his election. The threat of a behemoth Obamacare literally caused me to get in my car and drive to Washington DC to protest.

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At this point in time, 2009, I was fully awake. I returned in 2010 to protest its passing–a bill so large and overpowering it will finish the job of shredding our precious Constitution and control over 1/6th of the economy pushing us over the fiscal cliff and into socialism. If you wonder what socialism will be like in its totality, please watch this advertisement:

And so we come to this letter I am writing to you. Despite its length, I’ve asked you to read it in its entirety. You love me–you’ll do it as you’ve done so many other things because you love me. You are “humoring” me by reading this. Until recently, some of you haven’t voted. Some of you have told me you don’t know who you’ll vote for. Some of you have told me you delete my emails filled with evidence of what I’ve told you today. I love YOU. That is why I have written this piece–I will be 59 later this month. If fate allows, I figure I have 15-20 years left on this earth. YOU are the reason I have been fighting night and day for every local campaign to save our country. It is essential that we stop Obama–with a new president–but also with an overturned Senate and a solid House–to keep them all in line to repeal Obamacare, bring order and the Constitution back into our governance and reduce the size of government so you can have liberty for you, for my grandchildren, for our country.

If you know who were the last winners of American Idol or the plots of latest sitcoms better than you do who is representing you in Congress, you and your children are in deep trouble. If we are lucky enough to remove Obama from office on Tuesday and to get a majority in the Senate, we will have a short breather to begin the long hard task to save America–it will take more than this election to do that. If we lose either of those objectives, we will either sink into the hole of tyranny or tread water for a short while before we sink. Voting is not enough, dear children. You have to get involved. If Obama is re-elected, you will be the first generation of a despot America. When Obamacare is in full force, in 2014, you’ll see and feel it for the first time. You will complain but there will be nothing you can do about it. Oh, Congress will tinker with it–for decades–but it will never get smaller or less powerful. It will only grow until your memory of liberty was a thing of the past. Obama will pass more and more executive orders so that at the end of four years, even those who have not been paying attention, will notice the change. I’m afraid it will be too late then.

Tomorrow night I’m going to bed knowing I have done everything I can to save this country. I’ve made phone calls, walked in parades, contributed more than I could afford to conservative candidates, walked streets I never knew to try to convince people what was happening and how they needed to vote. Did I wake up late to the reality of liberalism? Yes. But I’m not going down quietly–without a fight. Grandpa was a proud Democrat when the Democrats had morals–before they made a far-left turn. He died a staunch Conservative and I will do the same.

After Tuesday, I don’t know what the forecast will be for our liberty. I sincerely doubt America can withstand another four years of untethered liberalism. It is my fervent prayer that you wake to the reality before all your liberties are gone and that you begin to act every day to keep or regain them. That will mean beginning to read more, getting involved locally, and knowing for what and why you are voting (and reading my emails once in awhile)!

I love you more than words can say and I promise I will fight until my last breath to restore America for you and for my grandchildren whomever they may be. I pray you, too, will pick up the gauntlet before I am gone and continue the fight for those you love.

Love you always,
Mom/Nancy

Vote NO on IL Amendment #49

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For the first time in recent history those on the left and the right fervently agree on an issue and that issue is to vote NO on Illinois Amendment HJRCA 49 (HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT HC0049) which states:

“Upon approval by the voters, the proposed amendment, which takes effect on January 9, 2013, adds a new section to the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. The new section would require a three-fifths majority vote of each chamber of the General Assembly or the governing body of a unit of local government, school district, or pension or retirement system, in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system. At the general election to be held on November 6, 2012, you will be called upon to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.”

“If you believe the Illinois Constitution should be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system, you should vote YES on the question. If you believe the Illinois Constitution should not be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system, you should vote NO on the question. Three-fifths of those voting on the question or a majority of those voting in the election must vote “YES” in order for the amendment to become effective on January 9, 2013.”

Sounds like a real conservative deal, doesn’t it? Unions and pensions are eating this country alive and the taxpayers are caught in what has been called a “web of greed.” Why wouldn’t a responsible citizen vote YES to make it harder to increase the size of the state’s massive pension pockets? The simple answer is that this amendment will not only not solve the pension problem but give more power to those who created the problem. The Herald-Review sums it up well: “…this amendment does nothing substantive to make {a pension solution} more likely.”

Often what sounds like a solidly good idea has, when you look deeper, more than a few holes.

First, a little background:

One might assume from listening to other pension stories across the country that our grossly mismanaged pension problem in IL is the fault of teachers and unions. The fundamental problem with our pensions stems, not from the workers who have faithfully funded their pensions (and are not eligible for Social Security), but rather the legislature who raided those funds for personal agenda and gain.

“As state employees paid their scheduled share into the pension systems, the state often failed to do likewise, using the money elsewhere. Retirement costs were covered through borrowing. Everyone, including state employees, should have complained more loudly. The resulting debt service now dwarfs current retirement costs and cripples the state.”

There were many reforms put forth by various factions but none better, in my opinion, than the plan put out by IL Senator Chris Lauzen. You can read more about this reform acclaimed by Forbes here but for the record, it was ignored by Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and his followers for political reasons.

Pensions must be reformed to avoid bankruptcy in Illinois, but the legislature has failed to do the hard work of developing a workable solution. Stage left enter Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton who are behind this amendment “head-fake” and the Advocate Press says it best:

“It’s ironic that Madigan is the chief sponsor of the amendment to make it harder for people like Madigan to use the legislative process to pay off political friends with taxpayer money.” 

What do Madigan and his buddies stand to gain by this amendment? “Power” comes to mind–more power over taxpayer money to steer toward his list of cronies.

A 2010 Tribune examination of public records and a review of more than 20,000 tax appeals filed by Madigan’s {law} firm since 1998 raises substantial questions about where Mr. Madigan draws the line between the state’s interests and his clients’ gains. The article gives many examples of how Madigan’s clients stood to gain by state monies.

As stated by the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), this constitutional amendment:
“would grant unprecedented powers to government…[Article XIII, Section 5] and eliminate the uniform laws that now exist”–

This section of the amendment is a trojan horse giving Madigan his real power. Do we really want Madigan to have more control over our tax dollars?

Furthermore, besides giving Madigan and his friends more power and not reducing the state’s pension systems’ current $83 billion unfunded liability, the amendment would also do the following:

–limit the bargaining power of both employees AND employers–employees who work towards incentives AND employers who use those incentives.

–make it nearly impossible to remedy the Social Security issues with the recent passage of Senate Bill 1946 in April, 2010. The passage of this bill created a two-tier program connecting newly hired teachers to the Social Security wage base causing disparity and a whole host of other issues yet to be solved.

—make it easier for a majority “Yes” vote due to legislative absence.

Rather than posture another piece of wool over the Illinois taxpayers’ eyes, the Illinois legislature should do the hard work of working in unison to create real reforms to our pension woes removing us from the fiscal cliff and back on a road to recovery. That is the real reason to vote NO on this amendment.

Before voting for this bill, you need to ask yourself–do you trust Springfield? If so, vote yes. If not, vote no.

Walsh vs Duckworth=Reagan vs Communism

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“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
Benjamin Franklin

Replace the word, “people” with Tammy Duckworth supporters and this quote pretty much sums up the Joe Walsh/Tammy Duckworth debate last night. Tammy is a good speaker and liberals and conservatives in the audience listened to her as she spun her tales based on her service and emotion.

What she possesses in speaking, however, she lacks in substance. When asked about her support of Obamacare, she launched into emotional stories of those without healthcare totally ignoring the substance of the tax Armageddon she backs. She talked about how wonderful teachers are rather than address the exploding pensions problem in Illinois. She erroneously reported that Illinois does not have trouble with voter fraud (is she new to Cook County?) saying instead she did not want to discriminate against minorities. She counted on the emotion of the liberals in the audience to get her applause. They did not disappoint.

Almost every answer Tammy gave included her veteran experience. In fact, she obviously insisted that she be called “Lieutenant Colonel” each time she was addressed. I wonder if anyone counted how many times she said the word “veteran.” That is her platform–I served therefore I can succeed in representing you in Congress. Wrong. John Kerry also served and we know from his abysmal voting record how well that has turned out for America. They both back socialism/communism, increased spending and a decrease in the defense budget–at a time when America is in grave peril from the Middle East. Regarding Tammy’s proclamation that her military service prepared her to run a budget, an article in Examiner.com summed it up stating:

“…just because you were a member of the military does not mean you have first-hand knowledge in dealing with the military budget. This is like saying a janitor at a school has the same “first-hand” knowledge in dealing with a school budget.”

Joe Walsh, on the other hand, reported what liberals in power have done to our country in the form of taxation and spending us into gargantuan debt. He confronted Tammy on her spin but it was difficult to hear him. Every sentence was punctuated with cackles and caws from liberals in what can only be described as a pagan arena. The only time they quieted was when Joe explained to them that if we don’t fix the pension problem OUR way, the courts will decide for us when Illinois is in bankruptcy. Unfortunately, their standing ovation of Tammy at the debate’s end shows us that their out stretched hands prevented their entitlement brains from understanding the gravity to the country (and the 8th district) of a Duckworth win.

Walsh is the voice of truth–though not an eloquent spinner of tales–he is the real deal. He stands up for all Americans and fights for us.

The first piece of legislation he introduced was a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He then took the lead in opposing the debt ceiling increase. He’s taken a hard line on Washington’s reckless spending. He introduced multiple pieces of legislation that would cut off all U.S. funding to the United Nations and {has fought to keep the Egyptian government accountable}. (Redstate.com)

Joe Walsh is a true conservative, one with backbone and integrity, who will never compromise the Constitution or his principles. He reminds us of Ronald Reagan who was the same kind of man. The one thing Joe doesn’t do well is spin a tale–as in Tammy’s case–a fairy tale of “what you’ll get if you vote for me.” He’s not about handouts–but rather about saving the country and that includes the 8th district in Illinois
Ms. Duckworth can best be described as a controversial ultra-liberal, tax and spend Progressive heavily funded by out-of-state special interests and the Chicago machine. Congressman Walsh has been described as a ‘controversial Tea Party-backed freshman’  who has been particularly vocal in urging Congress to reduce spending and cut taxes. (klsouth.wordpress.com)
Friends with the Muslim group CAIR, Tammy is also proudly backed by the Communist party.

One might say that for the 8th district, Tammy is John Kerry And Joe Walsh is Reagan. I’ll vote for Reagan–and Joe Walsh every time.

The Redcoats Are Coming

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Conservatives are nervous. And exhausted. But wasn’t this the plan? The Alinsky/Cloward-Piven strategy overwhelms the system which is why we are fighting on every front. From Wayne Allen Root:

As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University . They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues… Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

We are told repeatedly that the race to the White House is over. And yet Rush tells us:
“…the only way any of this can be true is if the American people are at a record level of stupidity. The only way this narrative today can be true is if we have lost the country and everybody in it, or a big enough majority that’s gonna vote Democrat is just plain dumb now, just ignorant and stupid.”

For those of us who fight, depression, exhaustion and eventually retreat can ensue. I believe this depletion of energy is further exacerbated by an uphill battle to get the truth to those who can change our country–the American voter. And a voter–asked me if Pelosi is Democrat or Republican. Yes. I had this question last week from a voting US citizen with a master’s degree. At least I convinced him to vote R but what of those with whom we cannot reach? And what of the elderly lady we stopped to talk to on the street who asked us, “Why do all the other countries get free stuff and Americans do not?” We walked away shaking our heads. Then there was a young woman who said, “I want free health care because I can’t afford it–and that’s what Obama will give me.” These folks will also vote in November based on misinformation or on lies purported by the leftist media. These people will get nothing free and they will pay–in many cases–with their lives. Yet they are lied to by a press that was designed,in the beginning of our founding, to tell the truth. And the lies continue. Obama’s lies, Axelrod and Reid and Pelosi’s lies. Carney’s lies. And the left wing media carry their water into the depths of the parted Red Sea where complying Americans will drown before awakening to truth. This same media care not nor bear any responsibility for their part.

An article by Pat Caddell “The Mainstream Media is Threatening Our Country’s Future” is spot on in many respects:

“It is one thing to bias the news, or have a biased view. It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know…” The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power. When they desert those ramparts and decide that they will now become active participants, that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse…what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people.

The question repeatedly asked–is Romney running a weak campaign? For once I’d like to see the GOP pundits support what he says and does and instead of joining the MSM in criticism, actually analyze the strategy rather than make judgment on how the left views the result. We are like the kid on the block who has not only the bullies after him but those he thought were his friends turning their back on him too.

And what if his campaign IS weak? Will it matter? No–not to conservatives–we are voting our ticket come hell or high water. But to those in the middle….the undecided and there are literally millions of them–those who only absorb what the media feeds them–what about them? And do we have enough conservatives who will come out to vote in numbers enough to overcome—the dead voters–the traveling multiple vote voters–the dog and disney voters–the early voter fraud–the software fraud–the votes found in the trunk fraud and the write-in idiots for Gary Johnson and Ron Paul? While the media maneuvers the news to depress and keep conservatives from voting, I see fear on faces when I walk the precincts–conservative voters refuse yard signs because of vandalism. Fear is rampant, but if Obama wins, there will no longer be two parties and that fear will turn into self-preservation. I hope we make enough voters understand the importance of standing down those threats in our last chance to save the Republic.

And the polls. Always the polls. They’re up for Obama. That is all we read. And there’s severe oversampling of Democrats in just about every one. So from Rush we hear:
An August study by the left-leaning think tank Third Way showed that the Democratic voter registration decline in eight key swing states outnumbered the Republican decline by a 10-to-one ratio.

And I ask myself: Did 2010 not happen? Was I dreaming through that election? We would have won even bigger–taken the Senate were it not for the Franken and Reid fraud. Did the 2010 patriots disappear? No, but many of them hoped for more of a conservative nominee than Romney. They believed their win meant we could turn America around in one election. We can’t. (This is foolish thinking and I pray it doesn’t turn into the Perot effect in the most crucial election of our lives.) Regardless, we in the trenches need to tattoo “2010″ to our foreheads, and for those who read this, for heaven’s sakes, please get out there and join us!

Yes, conservative activists are exhausted–emotionally–physically–psychologically. This MUST be how the Founders felt. Farmers without training came out of their small homes with rifles and guns to band together to fight against the enemy who would steal their liberty. Many gave their lives to save a fledgling country on the precipice of tyranny. They, too, for different reasons, had no one to tell them everything would be OK. They faced a powerful force–the British military Red Coats–backed by an entire country well armed to take back power. This is where we are and our formidable foe is from within–a tyrannous administration and determined to take America down with media renegades to protect them from discovery. And though they have the same tyrannous motives, they’re not wearing red coats–
–at least on the outside.

Only Strength Will Save America

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Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.
–Frederick the Great

This is a very sad day for our country and I fear it portends an ominous future. I can’t help but think the bowing and pandering of this administration toward Islamic regimes has portrayed America as weak and ineffective. It is a show of true strength that has gotten this country to where she is and without it, we will indeed be lost.

In a recent video, the former Navy Seals have it right–we should bow to NOBODY:

In addition, the support of the Muslim Brotherhood both inside and outside our own government is misguided and foolish. To ignore radical Islam and its growing peril is dangerous folly. What happened unfortunately is not an unusual outcome if you look at the timeline of events in Libya. Yet we could say that Obama “owns” Libya. He is the one who did the pushing of Gaddafi out and the Muslim Brotherhood in without pause for the consequences. It was a diplomacy “photo op” in his campaign.

In an article in Newsmax entitled: “Hayden: Obama’s Libya Adventure to Blame for Ambassador Death”
Violent protests in Libya that claimed the life of the U.S. ambassador were the result of President Obama’s decision to intervene in the Libyan revolt without a “deep appreciation” for what would follow, Michael Hayden, a former four-star Air Force general and CIA Director shared regarding the events in Libya:

“I’m reminded of Secretary of State Powell’s comments about Iraq going back almost a decade — the Pottery Barn theory that if you break it you own it.

But even as recently as yesterday, Obama was apologizing yet again to Islam‘s intolerance.

The U.S. Embassy isn’t scolding protestors for attacking the Embassy, but instead are attacking free speech itself by condoning radical Muslims who were protesting against….free speech, or in other words, protesting because someone simply said something they didn’t like.

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It is my belief and that of many others that these extreme actions must be met with strength, not weakness or merely regret. Case in point–recall when Gadaffi backed down after Bush invaded Iraq and captured Sadaam.

And, as in the Bush administration, we need to be keeping Israel as our ally. Obama hasn’t treated them like an ally. He’s tiptoeing through the middle and in the process has all but convinced Netanyahu, our only stable Middle East partner in democracy, that while he’s busy asking all his donors to “have his back” he doesn’t have Israel’s. And earlier this week he denied Netanyahu a meeting...he’s too busy campaigning while Israel faces a nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu said that those who do not place “red lines” in front of Iran’s nuclear capability have no moral right to put a “red light” in front of Israel when it comes to military action. Netanyahu’s words came in the wake of statements by Clinton on Sunday, and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Monday, that the United States had no intention of putting either red lines or deadlines in front of the Iranians.

Unlike Obama, Reagan created a strong America:
Ronald Reagan’s three most important pillars of national security policy were (1) peace through strength; (2) trust but verify; and (3) beware of evil in the modern world. We followed that wisdom. And communism collapsed. The Soviet empire crumbled. Tyrants everywhere fell onto the ash heap of history. And emerging democracies and markets gave promise to the long held desire of human kind for peace and prosperity.(Family Security Matters)

Obama’s response of condemnation was 9 hours too late following his apology to those who killed Americans on the anniversary of 9/11. They were killed because there was no real security (and should have been–Obama again missed his intelligence briefing this week) around the Islam based compound on this historic day. America has lost its image of strength around the world because we have a weak and compliant leader. Yesterday’s events prove this point more than any words can say.

Obama may call his actions strength but we know from our experience that his words are slights of hand for what is America’s reality. As Clint Eastwood famously said, “It’s time to let {Obama} go.”

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