Republican Campaign Volunteers Need Organization and Direction!

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I’ve never run a political campaign. It has to be 24/7 exhausting and for most, it is volunteer work. Exhausting 24/7 volunteer work. Who does that?? Thousands, I’m told, across the country. The Democrats, often using political machine or sometimes tax dollars (often the same), have run liberal campaigns for decades. They get some volunteers but often can pay their union workers and bus them around. Not so for Republicans. We are grassroots, many of us working part or full-time jobs on top of our volunteer work. We don’t have the luxury of tax dollars laundered through hidden pathways within our political system. We also haven’t had a centralized system orchestrating moves down into the local sector.

So on the right, we “get what we get” in our volunteers. The good thing is their hearts (not pocketbooks) are in for the fight. We’re not mercenaries like the Democrats. The bad thing is we don’t have trained people but rather a lot of eager neophytes to the political process. I’m one of those neophytes. But I’m learning. I’m learning that our side desperately needs organization.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I volunteered to deliver yard signs for a local campaign. We stopped by the headquarters and loaded up our car with signs. We went into the office and got a list of addresses and an apology. The apology was because the list was not organized into cities or sections of cities or even streets. We ventured out anyway and shortly realized how long this venture would take because, not knowing the neighborhoods, we headed back and forth for hours to deliver just a few signs. In this case, a little planning would have gone a long way.

Last weekend, we volunteered for another campaign. We were to canvass neighborhoods. There were donuts, coffee, clipboards and maybe 50+ people filtering in and out of the headquarters early on a Saturday morning. Although we were in the midst of strangers, we found what we thought was an experienced canvasser to accompany us. We were given a clipboard, pens and a list of homes to visit. It was then that the lack of planning and organization started to erode our progress. There were no cities listed on the address banks so we sat for 20 minutes in our car with our GPS trying to locate the right city with the right page. My husband did head back into the office but the people there did not know the cities either and there were several towns in the precinct. We finally found an address match and headed off excited to begin our walk. Unfortunately, the “experienced” volunteer with us was under the impression that the lines drawn around the sections were to be strictly followed and our walk should not include the neighborhoods within the lines. This was not the case but we had no one else to ask so we forged ahead and got to about 15 homes, many of them unresponsive. So we left some literature in doorways.

We were surprised at how little we were able to get accomplished with so few homes, so we headed back to headquarters to get another clipboard. On this second venture, by the time we were able to locate a street that matched a town, we had already spent 30 minutes and then another 30 to finally drive to our first house. The woman who answered the door told us that other volunteers had just done her block. Glancing at another door across the street, we noticed literature stuck in the crease and we were able to confirm her comment when we finally called someone back at the office and were told that yes, we were doing a repeat. Back in the car we headed for a return trip to our start point. There we were told that 7 other people had similar experiences. We had been either on the road or problem-solving for 4 hours at this point so in frustration we headed home. A whole morning misspent. The way I figure it, we were the 8th group to have a wasted morning. If you take 4 hours and estimate a small group could hit about 25 families/homes in an hour, multiply that by 4 and multiply that times 8 groups, you have literally hundreds of voters that were lost. And more than a few frustrated volunteers who might not return.

Relating my story to a couple of volunteer colleagues, I found that I am not alone in my experiences. So I have several suggestions for those that run the campaigns.

1.) Have a leader who is the “go to” person for logistics on the volunteer day. Others may advise only after talking to that person. This person also oversees all of the lists and has underlings (head volunteers) who review each list for accuracy making sure that pages are accurate and that anyone can locate a starting address on a page. There are only TWO lists of each set of addresses–one is marked MASTER and the leader has that list. The other is marked VOLUNTEER and only ONE set of volunteers gets that list.

2.) All volunteers must sign in and leave a cell phone number. New volunteers who are not already on the list and arrive that day must sign in and leave a cell phone number. Volunteers arriving late will get Round #2 lists (see below) and only can leave after getting specific directions.

3.) Arrange the clipboards by sections and cities. Parcel them out to groups and have a checklist of what has gone out, to whom and what is still left for Round #2. Make sure each group has an address starting point.

4.) Have a general meeting with the volunteer troops BEFORE they head out. Assign them to groups with head volunteer contacts. Have the head volunteer in charge of X amount of canvassing groups. The head is also a phone contact connection with at least one cell number per group for two way contact. Make sure each group has a clipboard with addresses. Have them take a few minutes to look over the addresses and packets to make sure they understand what they have. Allow time for questions.Give them directions and advice. Explain everything they are given from lists to addresses to maps. Tell them they are to do ONLY their list of homes and if they finish they can come back in for Round #2. If they abort the mission for any reason in the middle of their journey, they are to call the designated head volunteer to report where they left off.

I know that all of the volunteers–both leaders and worker bees–have the best of intentions. But a quote I once heard applies here: “We judge ourselves by our intentions but others judge us by our actions.” A little bit of organization will go a very long way, save time, frustration and gain voters not to mention keep valuable volunteers from leaving the ranks. We have no time to lose in this fight to save the country and our warriors are ready and willing. They just need direction.

Chicago Machine Politics, Pensions and the Illinois Legislature

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Many conservatives in Illinois despair of ever having an honorable government. (Isn’t “honorable government” an oxymoron these days?) We work locally to keep as many malfeasants out of office as we can trying year after year to save a state that has for decades been riddled with corruption. Most of our governors serve their final terms in jail in Illinois and we know we have an extension of Washington as head of the Chicago Machine. Rahm Emanuel won with little fanfare. Everyone knew he’d have the baton of the Machine passed to him from Daley in a macabre dance where zombie voters grant a crony win in every Cook County election.

And now the dance continues with the teacher pensions. For years, the state squandered their responsibility to help fund the TRS (Teacher Retirement System). Hundreds of thousands of teachers paid into their pension system and their retirement insurance coffers for their entire careers. Every paycheck, every month, every year for years and years while the state, because of a loophole in the system, was able to spend the dollars they were to contribute on pet projects and other agenda items, ignoring their part in the process. Illinois is not a state where the teachers did not have to pay for their insurance or pensions. They dutifully paid into a system which is now close to bankruptcy. It isn’t politically correct now to complain about that. People are without work in the private sector. They don’t have pensions and although they DO have Social Security–it’s broke too–for similar reasons–the squandering of government systems.

In Illinois, there is a crisis and lawmakers are crying foul. It’s a mess. But rising out of that mess is a lawmaker who isn’t very popular with unions or his fellow legislators for that matter. This dislike may stem from many reasons the public isn’t privy to but I know that the fact that Chris Lauzen has been outspoken about conservative values is one of the causes for resentment from both factions. Now Chris is leaving the legislature after almost 20 years for a probable elected position as Kane County Board Chair. Good for him. He will be a champion in our county. I’m sad to see him leave the Senate and I know I’m not alone. He fought the good fight and as he left, he gave the Illinois Legislature a gift–a solution to our pension and bankruptcy woes. And just as they did when he was a part of that legislative body–they’ve chosen to ignore it. True to the Chicago way, they have their own agendas–their own cronies to please and many pet projects and pockets to fill. The Chicago Machine continues–the beast is fed by backhanded deals and continued corruption.

As Lauzen wrote regarding the Illinois budget:
The Blagojevich and Quinn administrations along with their enablers in the General Assembly have bankrupted the state over the past decade, as you already know. They have raised our income taxes by 67 percent, driven hundreds of employers and thousands of jobs to other states, begun to cut social services including homeless shelters and early childhood learning, and now they’re talking about multibillion (with a B!) dollar cuts to Medicaid and public employee pensions. Who votes for these folks?

This time, over 300,000 retired educators and the people in the state of Illinois are the ones who will suffer from this corruption–whether you agree with the pension system or not, imagine planning your whole life on it to be told–when you get to retirement age, that the rules are being changed. Oh. Not for the judges…that would be political suicide…and oh…not for those in another state system (IMRF–Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) because they were smart enough to not have a loophole in their plan. The Illinois lawmakers would rather strip educators and cheat taxpayers than even consider a plan that Forbes magazine calls ” …a clear map out from under the $3 trillion debacle.”

What is Lauzen’s plan?

1.) “Cap and Age”would cap the abusive amounts being paid to some highly-paid administrators when they retire.
2.) Public employees would work until 62 which is the “early retirement” age under social security with a grandfather clause built in for those close to retirement.
3.) Lastly, reducing the COLA (Cost of Living Increase) by 1%

These three proposals would rescue Illinois, Lauzen states, from the insolvency threatened by its $83 billion unfunded liability. He also requests that a clause be added to the TRS agreement, similar to the one in IMRF, where the state would be unable to squander the funds under penalty of not receiving those funds.

So I wrote to the IRTA (Illinois Retired Teacher Association) which is connected to the Illinois Teacher Unions. I shared Lauzen’s plan with them and was told, and I quote, “The Lauzen Proposal is getting NO traction because he is disrespected by both his Party (R’s) and Dems. His proposal no matter what he might say is dead in the water.” I was told privately from two different upper level union sources that it was a viable plan (except for the TRS agreement change verbiage). So then I got a letter from IRTA telling me the following:
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has decided to allow a limited pension-reform bill (HB1447) to be considered when the General Assembly returns for a special session on August 17th. The bill requires State Employee Retirement System and General Assembly Retirement System members to make a choice between receiving their annual 3% compounded COLA in retirement and give up their access to retiree health insurance or choose to continue to have health insurance access and in exchange their COLAs would be reduced to 3% simple or one-half the consumer price index whichever is less.

Retired educators have paid into their retirement insurance and their own pension system for up to 34 years and beyond. To eliminate either is the ultimate corruption. This is a quickie fix which makes already retired educators choose between a cost of living increase (COLA) or their insurance. Not only does this plan rip the Illinois Constitution, it also forces already retired teachers to either find other insurance or reduce what they have counted on their whole careers. Most but the most radical retirees would accept Chris Lauzen’s plan to reduce pensions but not demolish whole parts of them and save Illinois at the same time. To ignore this solution for political reasons is insanity and Chicago Machine politics on steroids.

Only November Between Us and Socialism

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It’s only November now between us and socialism. That’s it. We no longer have a “just” SCOTUS. With Roberts’ activist move last week, our course is predetermined. We don’t follow it, there is no tomorrow for conservatives.

Law professor John Eastman on Roberts: The issue here is whether the federal Constitution limits the power of the federal government. And I don’t care whether they act under the Commerce Clause or under the Spending Cause. If they do things that were not delegated to them, the role of the court and the chief justice in particular is to say to Congress, “No.” And if the assumption is right that he thinks this was unconstitutional but found a way to uphold it to preserve the “integrity” of the court, then he really ought to resign. Because it proves that he doesn’t have the judicial fortitude to do the job that he’s been chosen to do.

Do we want him to resign? Not until January. Obama should have no more choices and Romney would be better able to choose the next Supreme Court Justice. We’ve seen how well we fare when Obama makes decisions. After January, if Obama wins, it won’t matter if Roberts stays or goes. If Romney wins, Roberts could be replaced with someone who respects the constitution so as to counter the 4 rabid liberal activists who hate the constitution.

Many pundits have hailed Robert’s decision as genius. Those of us who know better have felt abhorred by his betrayal of the constitution but also his opening of a door, even if the law is repealed, to allow Congress to use a precedent created to control our behavior and eradicate what is left of our liberty. While this and other horrors are contained within the almost 3,000 pages of the ruling, if we are able to repeal it, the reality is we will NOT be left with a precedent to counter. A lawyer caller on Rush explained this quite well:

“…the pundits…are saying, ‘Well, at least the Commerce Clause can’t be used to expand government.’ But this opinion by Roberts doesn’t do that at all….they’re trying to just take these words, and people won’t doubt that these words are in the opinion, but the words are unnecessary for the opinion. And that’s why it’s called “dicta.” And that means it cannot be used as precedent on –“…And that means the next time they want to expand the government authority and using the Commerce Clause, nothing’s to stop them from it, because when a case is brought to the Supreme Court, they can’t really get away with using, oh, but Roberts said, it can’t be done. We can’t uphold the mandate under the Commerce Clause. Well, he didn’t need to say it in order to come to his ruling.” . After this all shakes down and we get Obamacare repealed, this decision will just wilt away. And it will not be important for anybody. And Roberts will be seen eventually as a person who pandered to public opinion, instead of doing the tough job of ruling on the facts and the law.”

This makes it even MORE important to repeal it. We know a vote in the House will take place on July 11th. A vote for naught but symbolism since the Senate would not concur and even if they did, Obama would veto. And, so, how would we repeal this excrescence? From PushbackNow.net:

It would be dependent on a triple Republican victory this November: Mitt Romney would need to defeat President Barack Obama, Republicans must hold their majority in the House, and they must also gain enough seats in the Senate so they have at least 50 of their own in the upper chamber….

What about the filibuster? Don’t you need 60 votes to do anything in the Senate?

Not in this case. Because Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion ruled the individual mandate a “tax,” a Republican-led Senate could repeal that provision–and others–using what is called “budget reconciliation,” a procedural tactic that requires only a simple majority vote. The Republican vice president, in this hypothetical scenario, would break the tie. (Democrats used the same method in 2010 to pass the health care bill.)

One thing we do know is SCOTUS is no longer a last resort for the constitution or conservatives. We have only November.

The more people we can convince of that between now and V-Day, the better.

Consequences of Fraud and Fools

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The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Niccolo Machiavelli

What has occurred to me is that in November 2012 conservatives will attempt to do what they have always done…and that is, like a permissive parent, yet again save liberals from their own poor choices. And like the consequences that permissive parents often experience, the longer our liberal children have been allowed to raid the coffers and do whatever they want, the harder it will be to reign them in. For decades, the GOP establishment has acted like a permissive parent in taking a backseat to its responsibility to the constitution and the country–allowing liberal miscreants to drive us to where we are now. And like spoiled and foolish self-centered children, the liberal citizenry will wake up someday surprised to find themselves with very few choices and a life or death existence.

What I see in our future…within a decade (long past Obama’s tenure and blame)…our options in the marketplace will be few, and government will control almost every aspect of our lives from mere choices in the grocery store to whether or not we will live or die due to poor healthcare.

And our task is formidable! We have to try to change the presidency, keep the House and flip the Senate–all of this while facing massive mob-like voter fraud in every precinct in the country! Our choices for the executive branch were less than stellar–a situation we ourselves created by a generation of complacency. But because of that, we have a depressed conservative constituency–many of whom–out of foolish conscience–will not vote for the one candidate that will oust our liberal dictator. Those who say a majority win in the House and Senate alone is enough are simpletons. Our lawless president has shown us the fruitlessness of that aspiration–he governs without Congress.

Our GOP candidate SHOULD win in a landslide, but I doubt he will for reasons stated. But even a win creates another daunting task: not only will our lukewarm conservative president have to work with Congress to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act but our elected representatives will have to fix our now compromised constitution–and only if we have enough true conservatives in both Houses to override a Democrat/RINO filibuster.

We have a glimmer of hope. But it is only a glimmer. The long historically predicted outcomes of the fall of a civilization happening after 200 years have been oft stated:

(The quotation below is old, and most people have attributed it to Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (1747-1813), a Scottish attorney and writer, although it has been attributed to several other men as well.)

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

A conservative win in November will be a miracle and a loss securely tied to fraud and fools.

Conservatives–Learn a Lesson from Holocaust Survivors–And Pass the Gauntlet to Your Kids

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Conservatives would do well to learn a lesson from the Holocaust survivors who fight until their deaths to keep the memory of that tragedy alive. And there are not many WW2 survivors are left to remind us why they fought for our freedoms…the same freedoms we lost yesterday and are losing every day a liberal is in power. And like the Holocaust survivors, we need to keep what liberalism does to a republic out front and center with daily education to every sector however small. After all, the Holocaust started with small changes in a democracy that grew to a dictatorship because of those on the Left. The same dangerous seeds have already been planted in our country.

Many, after yesterday’s SCOTUS betrayal, want to give up. The Left mocks us and our own president spikes the proverbial football time and time again while railing against us to shut up and take it. Do you think for a minute those who fought to found this country ever thought they could rest? Yet we have rested for decades, not paying attention.And now we ARE attentive, aren’t we. Do you think our founders and those who backed them were not afraid? They were as terrified as we are at this point in history. Terrified to lose this nation. When Rush Limbaugh says he’s scared–I’m scared. But, THIS is what courage means–doing something in spite of your own fear. Acting in the face of fear. This is what soldiers do. And we are soldiers of the highest order. Fighting a battle that cannot be lost.

Liberals in power do not rest. They do not give up, they push on with their agenda by hook or by crook–and crooks they all are. I have never felt anger like I do toward liberalism and its misguided followers. Holocaust survivors have worked to educate the public and children in schools with yearly programs and museums. Liberals have worked with unions to educate children by controlling schools and teachers and textbooks filled with liberal propaganda and slants against our Republic. When THEY lose, as in 2004, they turn to big money like George Soros to change the Secretary State in at least 11 states from Republican to Democrat so that voting fraud can prosper, they put in place cheating mechanisms so that people like Franken and Reid can win and gain majorities in the Senate. They turn to the media–ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc. spewing misinformation and slanted rhetoric.

What do we do when WE lose? We get involved. Between this blog, my Redstate blog, email and Facebook, I only have an audience of maybe 50. I’m a tiny fish in a tiny pond. But I do have children and although they look at me like a political kook, I’m not giving up on them. I got them to vote R in 2010, now I’m working to get them involved locally. My stepson, God bless him, has connected with the San Francisco Young Republicans of all places–the most liberal city in the land. I have gotten some of my family and friends and a few acquaintances more engaged in the process. Each of us needs to do this and we multiply our efforts. There are many out there who are sick and tired of liberalism but don’t know what to do. They can put a sign in their yard. They can make phone calls, walk in parades, pass out literature, drive someone to the polls, be a poll watcher, walk neighborhoods, etc.

For your adult kids:
Use a search engine to find their local Young Republicans, local Tea Party. Look up their local GOP candidates and send them the information on how to connect. Regale the positives of connecting with others who fight for liberty. Impress upon them the consequences of doing nothing–the increase in taxes and the decrease in their pocketbooks. You may be the only one to give them this message. This conservative activism stuff is not just your hobby–it’s your responsibility–it’s your country. Give them a subscription to talk radio or send them info on Mark Levin who doesn’t charge for his subscriptions.

Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” You didn’t let them walk out into a busy highway when they were 2. If they are doing nothing, they are now on a fast moving highway toward a cliff. Like our brothers and sisters of the Holocaust, it is time for them to take up the gauntlet now.

Do Not Lose Hope Conservatives

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Put not your trust in judges​—​nor in other berobed or bejeweled personages. To the degree you trust anyone: Trust the people.

Do not lose hope fellow conservatives. While I too woke this morning with a depth of sickness in my belly at hearing the misguided decision of the Supreme Court, I am not one to give up easily. Our fight since we started was never easy and it will not be easy in the future. This decision has further awakened and strengthened the populace to defeat the self-appointed dictator Barack Obama on November 6th. SCOTUS is not the final decision on Obamacare–YOU are. It is up to YOU.

Right now, we may feel helpless. Stop. Think. Use the emotion of anger to spur you forward to what will be a victory in November and beyond. In a prophetic piece in the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol wrote:

While a defeat for Obamacare in the Court would be nice, the defeat of President Obama at the polls on November 6 is crucial. If electoral victory is achieved, Obamacare can and will be repealed​—​and more judges of a constitutionalist persuasion will be appointed by the next president. Indeed, one could almost say that a bad Court decision later this month would be a salutary reminder that here the people rule, and that persuading the people is the key task. As Lincoln put it in his first debate with Stephen Douglas, “In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.”

Also from the Weekly Standard:

“This Election Just Became About Obamacare”

“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare, the principal choice now facing Americans on November 6 will be whether to keep Obamacare or to repeal it. The question is a binary one, and the answer — expressed almost entirely through their presidential vote — will go a long way toward determining the future course of this great nation.

Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, yes, Obamacare is hurting the economy. But the reason why this election is the most important since the Civil War is not because Mitt Romney would make a far better steward of the economy than President Obama (though he would). Rather, it’s because we are about to decide whether to put what will soon be one-fifth of our economy under the control of the federal government; whether to funnel previously unthinkable amounts of power and money to Washington; and whether this nation conceived in liberty will continue to prioritize liberty.”

Don’t know about you, but I’m donating to Romney. God Bless America

Ousting the King

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It is time to oust the king. Treason is defined as the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies. There are several examples of Obama’s involvement in activities that deliberately step on our Constitution: From DCX Exposed:

President Obama has appointed numerous people to cabinet level positions without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, as is required by the Constitution.

—The push by Pres. Obama to pass healthcare legislation in the Congress of the United States that he was fully aware was unconstitutional.

—Despite the fact that the United States Senate refused to pass the Cap and Trade bill , the President has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to use regulations to implement key portions of the bill, including those regulating so-called greenhouse gases.

—Through the Department of the Interior (DOI) Obama has placed a moratorium on offshore oil drilling or exploration off both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. He has also prohibited new drilling exploration on federal land in any states in the United States. These actions by the DOI have continued in direct defiance of several court orders issued by Federal Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans, Louisiana declaring that the department had no authority to issue such a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf.

President Obama has abdicated his responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States against illegal immigration. He has also ordered the border patrol not to arrest most illegal immigrants entering the country, and has stopped deportation proceedings against thousands of people in this country illegally. He is in effect instituting the so-called “dream act” bypassing the Congress of the United States which has sole authority over immigration matters.

—President Obama has ordered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt regulations giving the federal government control of the Internet and its contents , including providing Obama with a kill switch that gives him authority to shut down the Internet if he sees fit.

—One of the paramount responsibilities of the President of the United States and his executive branch of government is to enforce and defend laws adopted by Congress unless they are declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. He has unilaterally declared that the Defense of Marriage Act  passed by the Congress is unconstitutional, and further declared that he will not have the Justice Department defend it against lawsuits.

—His administration has also refused to enforce laws against voter intimidation and federal law that requires states to purge their voter registration lists of deceased individuals and those that are registered illegally. In addition, the Justice Department is refusing to allow states to enforce laws requiring proof of identity by voters at the polls.

—It has been widely reported that acting through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms the Obama administration was involved for months in getting legitimate and law-abiding gun store owners along our southern border to supply weapons to straw buyers who the government knew would deliver them to the drug cartels in Mexico. This data was then to be used, and is being used, to try to justify new gun control regulations to limit the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms.

—The President of the United States is not authorized by the Constitution to take our nation to war without the consent of the Congress of the United States. The only exception to this is the authority granted to the President by Congress under the War Powers Act.  This law allows the President to take immediate action without the consent of Congress if there is an imminent threat to the security of the United States, or its citizens. Although there was clearly no such imminent threat caused by the Civil War in Libya, the President committed members of the United States military to combat missions in a foreign country without the consent of Congress. He based his authority on a United Nations resolution, and a resolution by the Arab League.

—Since taking office the President has used executive orders, laws pushed through Congress in the dark of night, and administrative actions by his departments to nationalize and control automobile manufacturers, banks, insurance companies, and portions of the healthcare industry. There is absolutely no authority in the Constitution of the United States that allows the President to do this.

Were this earlier in his tenure, it would be imperative that we push our elected representatives toward impeachment proceedings for treason against our country.Though certainly he deserves impeachment for treasonous acts against America, the American people unfortunately cannot count on many of our weaker GOP leaders in Congress to do anything but whimper. So although we would like to see him tried for his heinous acts against America, we need to be expedient–at this time–we just need to get him OUT of office. And what are we up against to do this? He is working on gathering not only his radical left wing base (by engaging in the above listed acts) but also pandering to all of the minority fringe factions: LBGT groups support him via words alone–even though he always (secretly or otherwise) supported same sex marriage, his words have changed nothing except votes (which of course is his point in doing all of this), . Latinos have increased in great numbers to support him regardless that his immigration “statement” in reality changed nothing in terms of what is already taking place–he just gained more support with parsing of words. (His recent response to the Arizona SCOTUS outcome is a different issue) Nothing he SAYS changes the plight of any of these groups…but like true liberalism…it makes them “feel” better and also makes those that hang more on words than actions be more inclined to vote for him. Which again, is his point.

So, through voter fraud, intimidation and fringe faction support from minorities and widespread main stream media support, Obama is pushing hard for a win in November however he can get it. Many say Obama will lose in a landslide. I wouldn’t count on it. Like most of us have learned in life, what happens in our lives is UP to us. Wake up. Pay attention. Vote. Vote locally against Democrats and RINOS. Vote nationally against Democrats and RINOS. Become a precinct captain. Assist your precinct captain. Canvass. Call. Volunteer locally in your GOP or Tea Party. Volunteer nationally. Donate. SHOW UP–DO something. Work however you can to OUST THE KING and help us find our way back to a Republic.

Pruning The Republican Establishment

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I’ve never had a green thumb. If a plant grew for me it usually was by accident. I’ve learned a few things about gardening over the years, though. One thing I’ve learned about flowering plants is that you must prune them so that the new buds can thrive and grow. This is where we were with Democrats in 2010 and this is where we are with remaining Democrats and RINO Republicans in 2012. Prune the deadheads and bring in new growth.

Tea Party Patriots, of which I am one, began our fight over watching the country we love (and took for granted far too long) being dismantled by liberals and RINO Republicans. We bristled over John McCain’s lack of backbone in a 2008 race to the White House that never got off the starting block. And in this present time, we have built our anger to a fevered pitch to get the most radically liberal president and his minions out of power and begin the long road back to a republic and our founding fathers.

I read something about the Tea Party recently that disheartened me. “Who pulled the plug on the Tea Party?” the writer lamented “What happened to them?” We are still here. We’re working our asses off to pay the bills, donating, calling and volunteering when we can for the fights we think we can win locally. Sometimes we cross state lines to win the battle, but we are here and we are still strong. We’ve just got our noses to the grindstone to do the work that turns the wheels of conservatism. Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts is an example of what we can do even though Senator Brown can be classified as a RINO–we did what we needed to do to keep the liberal out of his seat. For Scott Walker, we fought a huge almost year long battle to save him from recall and from a leftist liberal win in Wisconsin. There were fights we did not win–like Norm Coleman who lost by political fraud. Doug Hoffman and Joe Miller were other losses–but we must realize we have not only had to fight liberals–that is almost a clean fight (even though liberal dogs cheat, steal and lie) compared to fighting the Republican establishment. That fight is a dirty and sickening one where the cancer is eating its way through you and you’ve no one but yourself to count on. The ones you thought had your back put a knife in it. It’s ugly and it makes you ashamed to be in the Republican party. But I’ll never be ashamed to be conservative. Never. And that is where the Tea Party comes in and stays in. If we ever think from this point forward that we can rest on any laurels, we are fools. We will be fighting this battle until the day we die. And we’d damn well better teach our kids to pick up the gauntlet.

Of course, I am disappointed we don’t have as a nominee someone who is a true conservative like me….like you. There is a large faction of conservatives who are so angry at not getting the Holy Grail of conservatism–a Reagan Republican–that they are threatening to not vote or to write in a vote for Gingrich…for Paul….for Johnson. I am a very passionate conservative–fiscally, socially–in every sense of the word. Yet I struggled with the concept of the Romney nominee for about a week. And then I let it go.

Yesterday, Rand Paul endorsed Romney. While some might give reasons of political favor for his endorsement,in making clear that he is publicly behind Romney, Rand Paul is sending a very clear signal:

{Paul is saying} I’m a good soldier for the GOP. Make no mistake: The Republican party establishment will never embrace Rand Paul as one of their own — nor would he want them to. But, it is possible that Paul playing the role of loyal Republican in the 2012 election could well neutralize some of the fears the party regulars have about the prospects of him carrying their standard at some point down the line.

Let’s face it, our 50 years of laxness was unable to get us a true conservative nominee for the White House in 2012. We woke up 5 or 6 years ago, but were asleep for generations. One of my favorite quotes goes something like this: “It took a long time to get this way; it ain’t gonna change overnight.” And I’ve also learned that everything of value is expensive–in time, in effort, in blood, sweat and tears.

So we have a nominee that is not Reaganesque. Let’s surround him with true conservatives. We need one as a VP running mate and we need to stack the Congress with genuine conservatives. Radical liberals must be voted out and we will help RINOS follow suit. If Romney is surrounded by true conservatives, I’m not stupid enough to believe he’ll become one, but my contention is that were this the case, Romney will be forced to move to the right. Even Clinton shifted to the center.

We will be working, at the same time, to revise the Republican establishment—if Congress changes and we keep vigil–the Republican establishment must change, too. We will build a conservative fortress around this country making it impossible for liberals and RINOS to penetrate. To vote third party is to give up on saving our country. It is biting off your nose to spite your face. By not voting or voting third party you will have won your emotional battle and you will have lost the war. And Obama will win. You can keep your values and belief system and still vote for Romney.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Why Unions Are No Longer Good for America

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Recently, I read some comments posted on an article of the Walker/Barrett debate. They were authored by someone who considered himself one of the 99%. He listed reasons why we should all thank unions. I have commented after each one why these “benefits” have hurt working Americans.

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

Weekends: Having weekends off means we don’t get paid on the weekends. Most salaried workers in America take work home. I know I did. Looking to unions to define our work week, in my opinion, is not a benefit. Much of the private sector do not have weekends off…if they did, their profits would go out the window. It breeds non-productivity.

All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks: Having specified work breaks and lunch breaks disrupts the work flow. Taking a break or lunch “when needed” is a more natural way to work and increases productivity. It also encourages employees to focus on the work rather than the clock. We had one worker in my workplace who sat there counting the minutes to each break and nagged her co-workers incessantly for them to hurry up and cover her while she got her 15 union minutes. She did little work right before and after these breaks and disrupted others’ work to boot.

Paid Vacation: While I enjoyed a paid vacation, I did not need a union to give it to me. It was a perk that encouraged me to take the position. Good employers provide amenities to attract quality employees.

FMLA: This means Family Medical Leave and is for long-term medical leaves which includes having a child or getting a hysterectomy, psychological issues, etc. It allows a worker to use their sick days for a longer time. It actually forces a worker to use their sick days. I was mandated to take FMLA for an operation I had some years back. It ate up the sick days I had accumulated (I was not union) and it was frustrating. I would have rather negotiated a work at home agreement for a few weeks until I healed. In addition, some unions have negotiated situations where the employer is forced to hold open positions for as many years as a new mother would like to take off…even 4 years and then giving her the same position regardless of the hard work or talent of her replacement.

Sick Leave: Sick Leave is a double edged sword. Part of some private sector salaries is a set of sick days. Because I was involved heavily in my work and cared about it, I only took a sick day when I absolutely had to–when I was really sick. Quality salaried employees in the private sector handle sickness similarly–you take a day off when you are really sick. Today, union supplied sick days have morphed into Christmas shopping days and extra vacation time.

Social Security: I don’t think I need to say much about this government monstrosity that took worker money, exploited and wasted it so that future generations would pay into something they’d never see.

Minimum Wage:This is the biggest impediment to economic job growth that could have been prescribed for a country. Raises are based on government decisions, not merit or quality of work which further encourages mediocre performance.

Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination): Again, while starting out in the 1960’s as something necessary to prohibit discrimination against workers, it ballooned into hiring practices that can be described as reverse discrimination or at the very least force employers to hire unqualified workers based on their gender or ethnicity.

8-Hour Work Day: Better to have the project be completed than stop at 5 PM and pick it up again at 9 AM regardless of the urgency of the task. This government created workday is counter productive to the actual art of work and success. Successful businesses and inventions would never happen on a 9-5 time table. A quote from a small new local business’s website sums it up pretty well, We are excited and determined to be successful. We are not afraid of working many hours, to make our customers happy. This could never happen in a union-controlled business.

Overtime Pay: So if a business does not have the money to pay someone overtime, tasks and projects cannot be completed regardless of the outcome. So if students need extra help, teachers won’t stay to help them unless the district finds the money to pay for extra help–outcomes be damned. Work based hours rather than tasks hurts everyone.

Child Labor Laws: This was when unions/Child Labor laws worked for the common good and not some union leader’s pocketbook. Just wondering, is this why children can no longer sell lemonade or girl scout cookies? (It’s not but this is just another example of controlling liberalism.)

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): Here’s an example of unions on steroids. While OSHA may have begun as something which helped workers stay safe, it has transformed into micromanagement of unmanageable details in the workplace–for example–see this article about OSHA penalizing employers for employees who text message while driving to work.

40 Hour Work Week: Limits productivity of most workplaces and forces workers to concentrate on time rather than task. It strips employees of any feeling of accomplishment but rather focuses them toward time served. It encourages clock watching and mass exodus rather than accomplishment.

Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp): The examples of abuse are rampant in this area. I know of one example of someone who has been off of work for over 10 years and on worker’s compensation due to “unknown stress.” How much have companies lost and how much productivity been lost due to dollars flying out the window for unethical workmen’s comp? Again, this was an idea that started out legitimately but one that unions have exploded into unscrupulous practices.

Unemployment Insurance: Here’s a little story to describe the union monster this “benefit” has turned into: At my last job, people who worked for a very short time could collect unemployment at the taxpayer’s expense. There were loopholes and tricks that could be used to continue this for several years. All they had to do was be a substitute one day to cover for another employee and they could continue to leech off the system for another year or two or three. All on the taxpayer’s dime and because of unions, the employer could do nothing. Part of this problem is to be blamed on the employers who buckle under union pressure often due to threat of strikes and lawsuits. I have to give companies who fight back a lot of credit for placing themselves in peril of losing everything when the union wins. And as we’ve seen in Wisconsin recently, the unions stick together across this country and they have a LOT of OUR money with which to fight.

Pensions: Workers (and I am one) were sold a bill of unrealistic goods, union bosses, leaders and politicians cashed in and now the workers are left holding the bag. I paid into a pension which was set up to fail. I paid into insurance for retirement with every paycheck. Union bosses and state politicians squandered my dollars on liberal campaigns and pay-offs filling their own pockets and paying for their pet projects. All of those dollars came from the taxpayers, were earned by my hard work and flew out the windows of lobbyists and cronyism. Now retired, I face a reduced pension and no insurance. Had this same system been set up with a realistic actuarial and not been hacked into by dishonest unions and liberal politicians, I’d have a realistic pension and insurance into my old age. Now I am facing a dire prospect of old age without resources. Thanks, unions!

Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations: See OSHA

Employer Health Care Insurance: When this is set up with no employee skin in the game, it can get out of control which it has in this country. Union control of insurance has bankrupted more than one school district. Take the example just explained by Paul Ryan, Senator in Wisconsin where a school district in his jurisdiction saved over a million dollars by not having to use the union supplied insurance company but rather was able to work with several insurance companies. Dollars saved, jobs saved due to escaping union control. Governor Scott Walker’s plan was for making public school teachers pay 5.8 percent of their pension costs and 12.6 percent of their health care costs. This is far below the national average for government workers and it would still be two-thirds or less of what workers in the private sector pay on average.

Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees: This is a double-edged sword. When I was a young teacher, I was dismayed to be forced to contribute to a union which used my dollars to support liberal candidates. This is a part of collective bargaining. I’ve also watched union leaders fight for and obtain policies which hurt children, parents and teachers like elimination of mentoring programs for young teachers because one or two on the labor committee didn’t like them. Wisconsin, again, is a perfect example of how eliminating collective bargaining can save jobs and millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Some facts about Governor Walker’s plan for collective bargaining in Wisconsin: From Freedom Works:

Collective bargaining is regularly used to excessively jack up the salaries and benefits of government workers. This is why only 26 states have public sector collective bargaining laws similar to Wisconsin. State employees in 12 states have no legal right to collective bargaining.

Collective bargaining is inconsistent with the right to freedom of association.

All Wisconsin public sector workers are forced to join a union and pay dues whether they wish to or not. Unions certainly do have a right to free speech. However, collective bargaining is inconsistent with the right to freedom of association since some members may disagree with the views of the monopoly union.

A clear conflict of interest exists between politicians and public sector unions.

Collective bargaining in the public sector means that public employee unions negotiate their salaries and benefits with self-interested politicians. It has given politicians the opportunity to reward their campaign contributors. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that five of the top ten contributors to congressional and presidential campaigns in the past twenty years are labor unions. Half of the top twenty political action committees by total expenditures are unions.

While a step in the right direction, Governor Walker’s proposal does not even go far enough.

Governor Walker’s bill does not restrict the collective bargaining of police officers and fire fighters. States should instead model their labor laws after the federal government. Washington, D.C. is a right to work zone. Federal government employees cannot collectively bargain and they are not required to join a union or pay union dues. If the federal government cannot afford collective bargaining, neither can the states.

Wrongful Termination Laws: Again, another union created rule that started out as a fair and good idea but has grown into a gargantuan debacle that keeps incompetent tenured employees in positions detrimental to others–and in the teaching profession–innocent children.

Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises): Oh yes, let’s give EVERYONE a raise regardless of the abominable job they do. Let’s build an entitlement expectation where many who do next to nothing or worse a job that actually harms fellow workers or children and reward them for it. As an educator, I was all for merit pay. I knew I would receive it because I was great at what I did but I was in the same monetary boat as those whose ineptness made me embarrassed for the profession.

Whistleblower Protection Laws, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sexual Harassment Laws, Employee Polygraph Protect Act Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS) : Additional ideas that started out well but have morphed into rules and regulations strangling productivity. And I just have to ask…are women better off? Are Vets better off?

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): This started out as a great idea and was needed but again it is another liberal idea that has a cost far beyond its benefit. Examples of big governments’ actions and their unintended consequences which end up hurting those it meant to protect:
From Cato“…Thus in recent months a New Jersey jury ordered a rheumatologist to pay $400,000 for not providing a deaf patient with a sign language interpreter at his own expense; the Ninth Circuit ruled that the law may require movie theaters to provide captions and descriptions for blind or deaf viewers; a federal appeals court ruled that the nation’s paper currency unfairly discriminates against the disabled and must be redesigned (thus taking a different view from the National Federation of the Blind, which doesn’t think there’s a problem); a police dispatcher won a settlement in her lawsuit saying she was unfairly discriminated against because of her narcolepsy (tendency to fall asleep at inappropriate times); a large online tutoring service agreed to provide interpreters; miniature golf courses learned they will have to make 50 percent of their holes accessible to wheelchair users; and so forth. On Friday the Department of Justice announced that it would revisit the high-stakes question of whether and to what extent website operators must make their designs and services “accessible” to disabled computer users, perhaps in onerous and expensive ways.”

Holiday Pay: I remember as an educator bemoaning the fact that we had so many holidays, the children would very rarely receive a full week of school. And we worry about our educational standards in this country. Our union once explained to the board and administration that the teachers NEEDED two full weeks off at Christmas to be productive. We have a holiday for every conceivable notion. Another union morph.

Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance: See Employee Insurance above

Privacy Rights: Began as a good idea, now ties the hands of everyone through HIPPA.

Pregnancy and Parental: See FMLA above

In summation, anything that unions or liberals attempt to control transforms in an amazingly short amount of time into a behemoth of a problem for everyone but especially those it intended to help. Unions were once good for America. Now they join liberalism in being the faction that, if not stopped, will be the final nail in America’s coffin. Wisconsin’s recall election is a good place to begin…or end as the case may be.

IMPLIED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND OBAMACARE’S TRAMPLING

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Mark Steyn’s National Review Online piece today, entitled “Swingin’ Kennedy,” discussed unwritten or “implied” rights and freedoms:
Steyn shares from George Jonas (referencing what happened in Canada in 1982: “Charter of Rights and Freedoms”)
“If you write down your rights and freedoms, you lose them.” Steyn states, “That was generally the view of the Britannic part of the English-speaking world until the late 20th century: What’s unwritten is as important as, if not more so than, what is. The Constitution of Australia, for example, makes no mention of the office of prime minister. The job exists only through custom and convention understood from the United Kingdom, where likewise it existed only through custom and convention: “statutory recognition” in London didn’t come till 1937 — or over two centuries after dozens of blokes had been doing the job.

Obamacare has almost 3,000 pages of what is and is not allowed in terms of our rights and liberties effectively wiping out much of what we take for granted today. I got to wondering what is it exactly that we have become accustomed to in our rights and liberties and what is it that has eroded over the last hundred years or so and what, with Obama’s signature legislation do we have to look forward to losing in our future?

What are the implied rights and liberties as originally outlined by the Founders? In the beginning and based on what new Americans were attempting to escape in their motherland…“..individuals were deemed to have reserved certain rights spoken of as “natural” rights. These rights could neither be taken away nor be limited without the consent of the individual affected.” This is considered a social contract theory. In a word, man is regarded now throughout Europe, contrary to the view expressed by Rousseau, as primarily a member of society and secondarily as an individual. The rights which he possesses are, it is believed, conferred upon him, not by his Creator, but rather by the society to which he belongs. What they are is to be determined by the legislative authority in view of the needs of that society. Social expediency, rather than natural right, is thus to determine the sphere of individual freedom of action.

In the first place, the rights of men, of which their liberty consisted, were, as natural rights, regarded in a measure—and in no small measure—as independent of the law. This means the Constitution is superior to mere laws that might be passed. In fact, the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” The Constitution and Bill of Rights represent a more thorough, but (according to the Ninth Amendment) not an exhaustive exploration of the unalienable rights that belong to all people.
For example, the Constitution does not enumerate the right to eat one’s food, but the Constitution does not grant to the government the power to deny people that right. The Ninth Amendment recognizes that such natural rights are retained by the people and cannot be abridged by the government.


As James Madison explained in the Federalist Papers: “In the first place it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects.” The Federalist No. 14, at 65 (James Madison) (Carey & McClellan eds., 1990). (From Law.com)

From Heritage: The Constitution’s Framers placed their faith not in specific guarantees of rights—those came later—but in an elegant system of checks on government. Foremost is the separation of power between the three branches of the federal government, as well as between the federal government and the states. These arrangements provide the flexibility necessary to ensure security and the restraint essential to safeguard liberties.

The Tenth Amendment is central to maintaining our rights: “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.” Because the Constitution created a government of limited and enumerated powers, the Framers initially believed that a bill of rights was not only unnecessary, but also potentially dangerous. State constitutions recognized a general legislative power in the state governments; hence, limits in the form of state bills of rights were necessary to guard individual rights against the excess of governmental power. ….The Federalists relented and passed the Bill of Rights in the First Congress only after making certain that no such implication could arise from the prohibitions of the Bill of Rights. Hence, the Tenth Amendment—a rule of construction that warns against interpreting the other amendments in the Bill of Rights to imply powers in the national government that were not granted by the original document. (The Constitution in One Sentence: Understanding the 10th Amendment.)

Implied rights, though not specifically stated in the original Constitution, are extensions of what is in the Constitution (i.e. Bill of Rights) or are made more explicit via the Supreme Court. Some of these are as follows (from: US Constitution Online):

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

This phrase is commonly attributed to the Constitution, but it comes from the Declaration of Independence. The Fifth Amendment does offer protections to our “life, liberty, or property,” noting we cannot be deprived of any of them without due process of law.

The Right To Privacy

The Constitution does not specifically mention a right to privacy. However, Supreme Court decisions over the years have established that the right to privacy is a basic human right, and as such is protected by virtue of the 9th Amendment. The right to privacy has come to the public’s attention via several controversial Supreme Court rulings, including several dealing with contraception (the Griswold and Eisenstadt cases), interracial marriage (the Loving case), and abortion (the well-known Roe v Wade case). In addition, it is said that a right to privacy is inherent in many of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, such as the 3rd, the 4th’s search and seizure limits, and the 5th’s self-incrimination limit.

Other rights were found in a book, Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, Volume 1 By Paul Finkelman:

{Among others}: The right to believe must be cognate to the rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of speech. The right to marry and have children, the right to association, the right to study a foreign language, the right to educate one’s children, the right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures and against self-incrimination {as part of right to privacy}, etc.

We’ve watched over the decades and even more so in this administration, our rights being slowly eroded. Like frogs in a boiling kettle, many Americans have sat idly by as evidence of our own demise mounts. The rights of smokers and now what restaurants can serve are curtailed. In a previous blog, I lamented the elimination of plastic bags in an entire state. We’ve watched the power of the Environmental Protection Agency grow into a gargantuan monster now controlling access to oil in our own country. We protect a Gobi fish over the life of an unborn child. Any reader can easily cite their own example not listed here. And the water boils hotter and hotter as we await the decision of what could come down to one Supreme Court Justice’s vote in just a few months.

So let’s look at Obamacare:

The first most obvious violation stems from the infamous Commerce Clause: whether Congress has the authority to create commerce and then regulate it. This questioning follows the arguments presented by AFLC’s (American Freedom Law Center) Co-Founders and Senior Counsel Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi in their lawsuit against Obamacare and in their “friend-of-the-court” brief filed in this case in the Supreme Court: does Congress have the authority to regulate inactivity?

Under Obamacare, the federal government can force people under penalty of federal law to engage in economic activity; and once they are engaged in this activity, Congress then seeks to regulate them under the Commerce Clause. Once this right of whether or not to purchase something is taken away,the federal government has no limits.

In another lawsuit against Obamacare, AFLC () has continued its fight against Obama’s unprecedented attacks on our Constitution by challenging his controversial “contraception” mandate with a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on behalf of Priests for Life, a Catholic pro-life organization. This latest Obamacare mandate is a direct attack on religious freedom and the First Amendment.

But it is my premise also that Obamacare attacks many of our “implied rights” such as the right to privacy. If Obamacare passes, my right to privacy in my medical records being between me and my doctor and my right to make decisions in my own medical care evaporates into the control of someone in the federal government who does not know or care about me. I’m 58. By the time this law comes down the pass, I’m too old for a pacemaker or certain surgeries. I’m a conservative and I did not nor will vote for Obama or any other liberal attempting election. Who is to say I will receive any care at all? Someone else is deciding that and they aren’t looking out for my best interests but rather their own and their political party’s best interest. I harken back to the closing of “certain republican owned” car dealerships as an example.

Will I feel safe to express my opinions? Will it be safe to assemble? We already have the Whitehouse Watchdog site encouraging citizens to report other citizens on a taxpayer paid web link.

Would I lose my right to vote for whomever I choose? What would be the consequence to voting against the left? How will children get healthcare from their government? Will it happen in school? Will home school still be allowed? Our tax dollars already pay for a state-controlled education system. What is in our future after Obamacare?

It is my belief that we are on the road to having all of our rights taken away when liberals and the federal government control one sixth of our economy and all of our life, liberty and eventual pursuit of happiness. If they can control what we can or cannot buy and from whom and how we stay alive, they can control everything.

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