Monday, July 27, 2009
It's about time Republicans got off their duffs and started doing something about this novice and his thugs trying to take over our country and disassembling our Constitution. And from what I've been reading there are also some high profile Democrats not liking the way this smells.
Republicans file the Czar Act of 2009 It's time to tell Obama "Hell no you can't!"
by Kimberly Morin
July 25, 2000
Republican Representative Jack Kingston (GA) and 29 Republican co-sponsors filed legislation that would force Obama to actually be accountable by vetting his Czars. This is probably one of the most needed pieces of legislation that we will see in our lifetimes. Obama has a list of 34 Czars – some ‘positions’ that still need to be filled but of that number 27 have not been vetted by Congress. In 6 months Obama has taken it upon himself to bypass Congress and the American people by appointing his very own ‘shadow government’. The Czars report directly to him and are not held accountable to Congress; therefore, not held accountable to the American people – who pay their salaries.
From the United States Constitution - Article II, Section 2:
“[The President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.”
This clearly states that what Obama is doing by appointing Czars left and right is a violation of the Constitution. I realize that Obama doesn’t seem to think much of our Constitution but we, the people, DO. The only government officials who can make policy are the members of Congress who WE nominate. The ‘Pay Czar’ cannot tell anyone what their salaries or bonuses will be limited to, it has to be legislated by Congress. Yet Obama seems to think that his Czars can do whatever they want and most people probably don’t understand that his ‘Yes we can’ is really our “Hell no you can’t”. Finally someone is standing up for us against Obama’s outrageous appointments.
I am currently researching Obama’s ‘Shadow government’ appointees and so far I am finding that some of these people are clearly radicals like Obama. There is at least one Socialist (Carol Browner), a fellow ACORN organizer (Adolfo Carrion Jr.), a complete nut job who wrote a book about sterilizing people to quash the growing population (John Holdgren) and his latest appointment Cass Sustein who believes that animals should have the same rights as people, including bringing lawsuits against people. These Czars are clearly not representative of America or Americans. They should not be anywhere NEAR the White House or Capitol Hill other than to attend one of Obama’s Wednesday night soirees.
Presidents in the past have had Czars but they usually act as advisors and do not make policy. Obama has specifically appointed these people to make policy. The most Czars in any administration was during George Bush’s reign who appointed 14 Czars in 8 years. Obama has appointed twice the amount of Czars in 6 months as Czarist Russia had in 300 years! As Kingston points out on his website: “At this rate, we will have: 272 czars in Obama’s fist term (48 months) 544 czars if he lasts two terms (96 months)”. This is obviously Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress to further push his radical agenda by appointing radicals to make policy.
We all must push for this Act to be brought to a vote and passed. This is for our present and our future. We cannot let the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sit on this. After reviewing some of the representatives who are on the Committee, it is clear that this may be a battle as it is filled with partisan party-line-voting Democrats -Tierney, Maloney, Kennedy, Kucinich - are some examples. Email, call, write, fax every member of the Committee to let it be known that WE, THE PEOPLE, are aware of the Act and fully support it. The Republicans have brought this Act forward, it is now up to us to tell Obama “Hell no you can’t”.
A few more interesting articles:
Obama's Czars Draw Criticism From Both Sides of the Political Aisle
by Wendell Goler
July 15, 2009
Not Obama's Czars but his Commissars
by Bruce Walker
July 20, 2009
Senior Democrat Says Obama's Czars Unconstitutional
June 15, 2009
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Sunday, July 26, 2009
Once again the Democrats want to push thru 1,017 pages of garbage that will destroy America from the ground up. They took over the banks, they took over the auto industry and now they're trying to rush through an atrocity without reading it. Again. Americans have started speaking out, loudly, and the representatives are hearing. We have a short pause in their plan, but make no assumptions, Pelosi and Obama want this passed NOW.
By Ben Stein for The American Spectator
Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?
Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:
The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.
They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.
They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois state legislator, and Senator.
The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.
Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.
The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill -- a great idea in theory -- was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.
Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.
The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be -- a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.
These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.
Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.
There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.
And if that isn't enough to get you riled, here's some clarification right from the pages of this horror:
Here is the entire 1017 page Health Care Bill. There is a man by the name of Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) who is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s)
Pg 16: SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT COVERAGE. lines 3-26 of the HC Bill – OUTLAWS PRIVATE INSURANCE by forbidding enrollment after HR 3022 is passed into law.
Pg 21-22: SEC. 113. INSURANCE RATING RULES of the HC Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!
Pg 29: SEC. 122. ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE DEFINED: lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 30: SEC. 123. HEALTH BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Pg 42: SEC. 142. DUTIES AND AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!
PG 50-51: SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, ILLEGAL or otherwise.
Pg 58: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!
Pg 59: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATIONHC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have DIRECT access to your BANK ACCOUNTS for electronic funds transfer. This means the government can go in and take your money right out of your bank account.
PG 65: SEC. 164. REINSURANCE PROGRAM FOR RETIREES is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community orgs (ACORN).
Pg 72: SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE; OUTLINE OF DUTIES; DEFINITIONS Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.
PG 84: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS HC Bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange
PG 85: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS Line 7 HC Bill – SPECIFICATION OF BENEFIT LEVELS FOR PLANS = The Government will ration your Healthcare!
PG 91: SEC. 204. CONTRACTS FOR THE OFFERING OF EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens!
Pg 95: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.
PG 102: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice!
pg 124: SEC. 223. PAYMENT RATES FOR ITEMS AND SERVICES lines 24-25 HC No company can sue the GOVERNMENT on price fixing! No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly!!
pg 127: SEC. 225. PROVIDER PARTICIPATION Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can make.
Pg 145: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!!
Pg 146: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.
Pg 149: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll of $400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
pg 150: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 9-13 Business’s with payroll between $251k – $400k who doesn’t provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Pg 167: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Pg 170: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
Pg 195: HC Bill – SEC. 421. CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEE HEALTH COVERAGE EXPENSES Officers and employees of HC Administration (GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records!
PG 203: SEC. 441. SURCHARGE ON HIGH INCOME INDIVIDUALS Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that!
Pg 239: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.
Pg 241: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.
PG 253: SEC. 1122. MISVALUED CODES UNDER THE PHYSICIAN FEE
SCHEDULE Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally value of humans.
PG 265: SEC. 1131. INCORPORATING PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS INTO MARKET BASKET UPDATES THAT DO NOT ALREADY INCORPORATE SUCH IMPROVEMENTS. Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries.
PG 268: SEC. 1141. RENTAL AND PURCHASE OF POWER-DRIVEN WHEELCHAIRS. Federal Government regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs
PG 272: SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
Page 280: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.
Pg 298: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS Lines 9-11 Doctors! Treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission? Government will penalize you.
Pg 317: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership and investment! Government tells Doctors what and how much they can own!
Pg 317-318: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS lines 21-25, 1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government is mandating hospitals cannot expand!
pg 321: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!
Pg 335: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing
Pg 341: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Government plan.
Pg 354: SEC. 1177. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANS TO RESTRICT ENROLLMENT – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! OMG! My sister has Downs Syndrome!!!
Pg 379: SEC. 1191. TELEHEALTH EXPANSION AND ENHANCEMENTS Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee Can you say HC by phone?
PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life
Pg 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!
PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death!
PG 427: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends!
Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 1-9 An “advance care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
PG 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 10-12 “advance care consultation” may include an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV
Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
PG 430: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.
Pg 469: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?
Page 472: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?
PG 489: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage
Pg 494-498: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.
Here are some articles you might be interested in:Health Care Reform Will Ruin Your Insurance and Your Job 7/22/09 - 24th State
Obamacare for old folks: Just 'cut your life short'
Health plan provision demands 'end-of-life' counseling
July 22, 2009 By Bob Unruh
Lawmaker: 40 Democrats Oppose Health Care Bill Without Abortion Ban
by Steven Ertelt
July 22, 2009
Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare
It turns out the president misjudged the nation's mood.
by Peggy Noonan - Wall Street Journal
July 24, 2009
The Health Care Debate Resource Center
Extensive Resource List
July 22, 2009 by Liberty Chick
And my personal favorite:
A Whopper of a Lie
July 25, 2009 by America's Right
You know that if the New York Times has to call Obama out on a lie it must have been a whopper. I mean a really, really huge and a really, really flagrant lie. And so, as Mona Charen writes, it was. The lie is that Obama has cut $2.2 trillion from the national deficit over the next 10 years. He invented this number by assuming that - a full decade from now - American troop levels in Iraq would be unchanged. But of course Bush had already paved the way for troops to come home within 3 years, and so pretending that Obama can take credit for the savings is absurd.
There were so many examples of presidential mendacity on view Wednesday night that I had planned to itemize a few in this column. But since even the New York Times is challenging a number of presidential whoppers — for example, Obama's assertion that "if we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made, the deficit over the next ten years would be $2.2 trillion greater" is pure deception. Okay, the Times didn't use that word, but reporters Peter Baker and Robert Pear did say, "In fact, $1.5 trillion of those 'savings' are mainly based on an assumption that the United States would have had as many troops in Iraq in 10 years as it did when Mr. Obama took office. . . . Before he left office, President George W. Bush . . . mandated the withdrawal of all American forces within three years. So Mr. Obama is claiming credit for not spending money that . . . would never have been spent in the first place."Wow, even the NYT can't follow Obama down that path of dishonesty. How much more proof do we need that the Obama charm is wearing off? The mainstream press swore fealty to him because they saw him as validation and salvation all in one. As the myth fades, so will the media's support.
Congratulations to the New York Times. It's starting to seem that Professor Slughorn's antidote to the love potion has worked. If Obama is being that dishonest about the budget deficit numbers, how much can we trust his numbers on the costs of health-care reform?
AP: Obama Lied Last Night About His Health Care Plan
July 23, 2009 by Gateway Pundit
President Barack Obama's assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric. Even now, nearly half the costs of health care in the U.S. are paid for by government at all levels. Federal authority would only grow under any proposal in play. A look at some of Obama's claims in his prime-time news conference:
OBAMA: "We already have rough agreement" on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: "It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you're happy with it."
THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn't covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool. Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on out-of-pocket expenses, and preventive care such as checkups and mammograms would be covered. It's true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.
OBAMA: "I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it."
THE FACTS: The president has said repeatedly that he wants "deficit-neutral" health care legislation, meaning that every dollar increase in cost is met with a dollar of new revenue or a dollar of savings. But some things are more neutral than others. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag told reporters this week that the promise does not apply to proposed spending of about $245 billion over the next decade to increase fees for doctors serving Medicare patients...
OBAMA: "You haven't seen me out there blaming the Republicans."
THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, "I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me."
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Harry Reid: No Health Care Vote Until FallThe AP reported: Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress' August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable to revamp the nation's $2.4 trillion system of medical care. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivered the official word on what had been expected for weeks, saying, "It's better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through."
Some of you may have been lulled into a false sense of security because of a brief delay in Nancy Pelosi’s House health care nationalization bill. Don’t be. Talks are back on and Pelosi aims to pass the bill next week or shortly after:
This is not the time to let up. The calls and faxes from patriots all across the nation are the only reason this bill has been slowed down in the first place. The Democratic opposition is rebuilding momentum now because our intensity is flagging. It’s time to get back on the ball immediately.
1) Sign this petition: http://www.freeourhealthcarenow.com/form.php
2) Call these seven Democrats:
Zack Space (D-Ohio): 1-202-225-6265
Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.): 1-202-225-2823
Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.): 1-202-225-4231
Baron Hill (D-Ind.): 1-202-225-5315
Jim Matheson (D-Utah): 1-202-225-3011
Charlie Melancon (D-La.): 1-202-225-4031
Mike Ross (D-Ark): 1-202-225-3772
These are the so-called “blue dogs” on the Energy and Commerce Committee. With the right pressure they can stop this from even coming to a vote. Tell them you oppose government-run health care and that you know that’s exactly what the House bill is. Obviously these congressman aren't from our district, you might get some flack about calling outside your district, simply explain that this legislation effects everyone, and that you are more than capable of sending campaign contributions to opponents of the aforementioned representatives, regardless of district. Usually, though, you won't get any nonsense about that; the people who answer the phone are used to receiving calls from other states and other districts. Be polite, but be firm! NO NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE! PERIOD! Hands off our health care. End of story. If someone tries to argue with you tell them not to bother; you know what they’re up to and you’re not buying it. If you get an answering machine that’s fine; just leave a message. If you get a busy signal, call back.
3) Call your own representatives. If you want to email and fax them in addition to calling them that’s even better, but BE SURE you call them. That’s the most immediate and effective way to go on record for or against any kind of legislation. Here’s the contact info for Congress: http://www.house.gov/. If you don’t know who your Congressman is you can find out by looking in the upper left hand corner where it says “Find Your Representative.” Just enter your zip code in the space provided; a link with your representative’s name will pop up. Follow the link and you should be able to find all of your representative’s contact info. Usually there will be either be a “contact” tab that will take you directly to your representative’s contact info or a “services” tab that opens up a drop-down menu that includes a “contact” link.
4) Lastly, SPREAD THE WORD! It’s high time people started to wake up. If there are people you know who don’t have this info and don’t know what’s going on, enlighten them. They must be awakened. If you have your own Facebook group, send the info out that way. The media does not get our message out, so it’s up to each of us to be the Paul Reveres of the 21st century.
by Michael S - Conservative Underground
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I keep hearing the term Oligarchy Government and I had to go back and refresh my memory of the forms of government.
I highly recommend the refresher course.
When asked what type of government the American people were going to participate in, by a well-meaning woman, a stern Benjamin Franklin warned that our new government was going to be "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."
I believe we're living the "if" part.
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Monday, July 20, 2009
American Majority will be holding an Activist Training on Friday, July 24th in the St. Louis area to equip common citizens to be active and effective voices for change in their communities. On April 15th, nearly 8,000 members of the St. Louis community turned out to voice their support of liberty and constitutional principles. This training will answer the question "what next?" and provide practical how-to steps to keeping the tea party momentum and liberty movement going.
The training will be from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Saint Charles Convention Center at One Convention Center Plaza in St. Charles. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Topics to be covered during the Training include:
- Building Coalitions and Reaching Your Community (ideas and practical steps to engage your community and organize a coalition of volunteers)
- Organizing Meaningful Events (step-by-step instruction on how to organize an effective event for a cause, issue group or organization)
- Missouri Government 101 (how government operates, how to get involved on various levels)
- Campaigns and Accountability (how to be an effective campaign volunteer, how to hold leaders accountable once they are in office)
- Effectively Communicating Your Views (how to write effective letters to the editor, opinion editorials and blogs, using social networking tools and wiki projects)
- Additionally, a new media breakout session will be offered at the end of the training.
Included in the training materials will be samples and supplements to help you apply what you learn in the training to your organization, candidate, cause or community.
American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.http://www.americanmajority.org/
I will be attending this session on Friday. If anyone is interested I'd like to encourage you to contact KS@americanmajority.org or call 785-233-3800 to get more information &/or register.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
From a few of my favorite commentaries:
"But would it really be so odd if this public servant decided that she had done her bit for her state and her country and that it was time to devote herself to her family and her private pursuits? What’s really disturbing about this whole little drama has less to do with the Governor’s decision to leave office than with the behavior and unspoken assumptions of the press. It has, with only a few exceptions, been a repulsive display. But then what else is new? ~Roger Kimball"
"It's just as clear why the media doesn't get it. Sarah Palin did what pretty much no other politician would do. She did what was right rather than what was politically expedient."
"When she took on the crooked Republican politicians in Alaska their trained media chanted it was the end of her political career. Just because "they" say it doesn't make it so. Obviously."
"Sarah Palin has a history of doing what is right rather than what is politically expedient. Time will tell whether this was politically smart but it will remain the right decision no matter what. She can hold her head high and be proud of what she sees when see looks in the mirror. Not many politicians can say that. Is it any wonder the pundits don't understand her?"
I love that Gateway Pundit calls her, "Sarah Palin Giant Slayer!"
How about what the true feminists are trying to sort through, "Feminists and the Mystery of Sarah Palin" by Violet Socks.
And this by a brilliant young conservative Arizona State University student:
Sarah Palin: On the Move
by Patrick Obley
Sarah Palin’s stunning revelation this past weekend is nothing short of revolutionary. Friday, Sarah Palin not only announced her somewhat expected decision to not seek reelection, but to also delegate her power and title as governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell immediately. This has sent the media into a frenzy, digging and probing for whatever they can to explain her decision and digest this abrupt shock, often with the intent of “getting the dirt” on Palin. (Revealing that everyone already has her well in mind for 2012…) While other elected public servants are griping about not getting the respect they apparently deserve and are entitled to by “working so hard” to muster up the support they should already have from their constituents, Sarah Palin has delivered a striking blow to the machine by not falling in step and line with that sort of career building strategy. Instead she has chosen to do what is right—irrespective of any plans she may or may not have for herself.
As expected, her rivals and critics will play this up as folding to pressure. “It’s too good to be true—we’ve won!” they’ll say. “She couldn’t handle the ‘full-court press’ after all…” Except, we all know very well that that’s not the case. Not even close. It is too good to be true. There was no “rambling” or “incoherence” whatsoever in her remarks. Apparently Sarah Palin speaks in “code” only understood by those who understand what public service is supposed to be. Maybe they missed the straightforward explanation she delivered herself, (or maybe it’s just wishful thinking…), but Palin is not retreating. Her intentions are clear. It’s a clever and strategic move. No one ever expected her to buckle, because they knew she wouldn’t. Her opponents did think they had her in a vice of endless accusations and political harassment though—with the intent to compromise the effectiveness of her administration and the integrity of her name. To a degree, it was working…except for one little problem—it was too late. Sarah Palin has already done what she set out to do in Alaska, so she had a choice: Wait it out at the expense of the state, battling unprecedented forms of defamatory accusations, unable to make any progress; or take the opportunity to entrust her legacy to Lieutenant Governor Parnell and free herself to move on to address bigger and more consequential concerns that are important to both her constituents in Alaska, and her supporters across the nation. She recognizes what she must do to restore effectiveness to her administration. She sees a window of opportunity, and she understands that the time to act is now—2010 is quickly approaching. Now that she’s been thrust into this position of national leadership, she knows that she can afford to make this kind of sacrifice. “She became a national figure – an international figure during the last presidential race. ... What that means is that she not only had the local press after her, the local party after her, she had the national – national candidates, national party, after her – international, perhaps, even,” in the words of her trusted successor Sean Parnell. “She doesn't need a title to effect change and bring some hope to people who need it.” The way I see it, her first priority will be 2010 elections, and helping to secure as many seats as possible for conservative candidates who share her resolve. She will be setting the stage for a conservative comeback, and building a league of support and teamwork, while in the background, preparing for a bigger potential battle of her own, perhaps… She’s taken on the role of “Joan of Arc” for conservatives. She’s on her own, but she knows what she’s doing.
And regardless of what she has planned, where’s the outrage when a public servant leaves their post to, say, campaign for president? Are they “abandoning” their constituents? When we elect our representation, we elect their judgment. It was Palin’s call to “pass the ball,” and we know it’s not in her interests of her “career”, but if she’s doing it for her supporters and her constituents, it will ultimately serve her potential to do so. The fact that her resolve is original, doesn’t make it wrong. It’s just not reasonable to conclude that she’s quit, or abandoned her post…especially without reading her own statement. It’s a game changer, but she most definitely hasn’t left the game. She’s made that clear.
As for the onslaught of complaints directed toward her administration… These aren’t about serving the people, or about holding public servants accountable—it is just a political weapon intended to block her progress and success, and defame her name and integrity. There comes a time when it’s appropriate to question the ethics of the ethics charges. And they thought they had her cornered…but Sarah Palin is not restricted by the laws of machine politics. With this bold and startling initiative, her critics are left scratching their heads—she shook them. They’ve lost her trail. They can’t understand that a politician actually be driven by a motivation to serve her people, over a motivation to cling to a title that boosts her “experience” and promotes her career, according to systematic expectations. Sarah Palin doesn’t have the army of support she has by taking that conventional “career-building” approach. Her support comes from her apparent drive to do what’s right for her people. And to me, that’s a lot more meaningful than the title of governor. She’s not committed to politics or expectations—she’s committed to her people, and exercises her judgment accordingly. Unfortunately, critics can get away with using “she quit” against her, as if there’s any question about her level of commitment…but they fail to explain how this is going to negatively impact her constituents and supporters. We do know how it’s going to help them, however. We don’t need restrained, tainted, or confined judgment representing us on state level, much less national government. We don’t need candidates who are committed to uselessness and complacency. We need candidates who can think outside the box to do what’s best for their people. She’s not concerned with convincing anyone of her ability, and she’s got nothing to prove—she lets her actions speak for themselves. And let’s face it: sixteen more months as a lame duck governor isn’t going to convince her skeptics and critics of anything, anyway.
And as for the critics that will now question her experience yet again, since she refused to stick around and finish the term with nothing to do but attract negative attention to the governor’s office in Alaska, I will just say this. I’ll take the candidate that took the “unconventional” and “uncomfortable” approach and actually made great things happen for her people in three years, over the candidate who held a post in the systematic political machine of status quo for the past twenty years any day. And I’ll take the contender who has demonstrated that their conviction and devotion lies with their people, over one that pursues a title that will boost their career credentials, any day. We’ve learned to measure experience by time and title—hardly indicative of competence and ability. We’ve learned to value the confines of political expectations and parameters that have no actual bearing on the well being of constituents of the effectiveness or ability of the public servant. Why has it become so hard to recognize actual decisions and actions that deserve merit? With that kind of expectation for our public servants, it’s no wonder their performance has been lacking. Sarah Palin works outside those parameters, and I support that.
So while some will be left to fume in bewilderment and scorn by Sarah’s “erratic” or “senseless” behavior, (since she couldn’t possibly have a good reason or intelligent approach…) and while the complacent Republicans who have been instrumental in bringing conservativism to its knees will express their disappointment in her decision and senselessly condemn her future…Sarah Palin will be preparing for a pivotal role in the future of the United States. Stay tuned."
And from the Sarah Palin Blog: "Sarah Palin IS the New Voice of the Republican Party"
And last but not least, this statement was taken from Governor Palin's FaceBook account July 4th, 2009:
"On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too. If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you. First, I want to thank you for your support and hard work on the values we share. Those values led me to the decision my family and I made. Yesterday, my family and I announced a decision that is in Alaska’s best interest and it always feels good to do what is right. We have accomplished more during this one term than most governors do in two – and I am proud of the great team that helped to build these wonderful successes. Energy independence and national security, fiscal restraint, smaller government, and local control have been my priorities and will remain my priorities. For months now, I have consulted with friends and family, and with the Lieutenant Governor, about what is best for our wonderful state. I even made a few administrative changes over that course in time in preparation for yesterday. We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most. And once I decided not to run for re-election, my decision was that much easier – I’ve never been one to waste time or resources. Those who know me know this is the right decision and obvious decision at that, including Senator John McCain. I thank him for his kind, insightful comments. The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family. I shared with you yesterday my heartfelt and candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness! God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference – with you! Sarah" Oh yeah... I look forward to making a difference too. And I will be watching and joining in on any activity Sarah Palin sets in motion.
One day we'll stop saying that Palin is the next Ronald Reagan. Instead, we'll say Reagan was an early Palin.
~Frank J, IMAO
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
and Live Music
Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:30 P.M.
A casual old time ice cream social will be held on the lawn of the Macon Co. Courthouse. The event will feature an old fashioned patriotic celebration and live music provided by the Nelson Family and Keota.
The Macon County Fairgrounds will serve as the rain location.
Locals are invited to bring lawn chairs for the entire family and come celebrate our nation’s freedom with food, fun and entertainment.
Macon Health Care Center will be sponsoring a baby show including age groups 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. The event will also include a Little Mr. & Miss Liberty contest for boys and girls ages 3-5 years that have not yet entered kindergarten. THE BABY SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 6 P.M. Registration will be at 5:30 P.M.
Prizes for the baby show and Little Mr. & Miss contest will include savings bonds provided by local banks.
Children will also be invited to participate in a “cupcake walk.”
Several Macon Co. families will be providing a variety of hand-dipped homemade ice cream including vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and butter pecan. Pies and cakes will also be provided from the kitchens of some of the area’s best cooks. Some desserts will be sold at auction.
Also featured at auction will be a handmade quilt, "American Glory" by Sally Weber of Redman.
Mary Beth Lolli Truitt, and Ronnie Truitt
The event is free and open to the public; a good will offering will be accepted. Keota is sponsored by Dwiggins Fireworks; the Macon Co. Republican Club is organizing the activities.
For more information about the event, contact Darla Dwiggins at (660) 385-5092 or email@example.com.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
July 4, 2009
On this day, 233 years ago, a group of men, and, yes, they were men, assembled on a hot, rain drizzled day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to declare the American Colonies free and independent States absolved of all allegiance to the King of England, the British Crown, and the British Parliament. They went a small step further by pledging their own lives, fortunes, and sacred honor and that of their families in the pursuit of liberty. And, as if that were not enough, in a giant leap for mankind, they declared for the first time in human history that ALL men are created equal, that ALL men are born with certain rights that cannot be taken away by any government because those rights come from God, or Nature, or whatever source beyond man and governments one wishes to name.
It is unfortunate that so few of the world's people, and so few Americans, have actually read the Declaration of Independence. It is also unfortunate that the few who have read it have not understood the words and great ideas expressed within. Mark it to the advance of time, the changing meanings of words, and perhaps the general apathy of people born to freedom and liberty to truly appreciate what was written eleven score and thirteen years ago.
When I was in 8th grade American History, the local VFW presented each student with a pamphlet containing the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, a pamplet I still have, carry, and frequently refer. We were to memorize the Preamble of the Constitution and recite it in front of the class. I have long since forgotten the words of the Preamble, but I have not forgotten the part that was not required to be memorized -- "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. -- We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The Founders went on to declare that whenever any government tries to destroy the rights given by divine Providence, and force the people into unquestioning obedience under a tyrant, whether brutish or benevolent, the people have a right and a duty to replace that government, even by violent means; the people have a right to start a new government that will obey the law as set forth by the governed, as the free and independent people of Honduras did recently when their leftist president simply broached the idea of a second term despite their constitution's restriction of one presidential term. Our own head of state, Barack Hussein Obama, has publicly sided with the former Honduran president rather that with the people and Providence. There's a movement here today in America to repeal the 22nd Amendment that restricts the American president to two consecutive terms of office. H.J. Res.5 Obama is also a leftist and just the suggestion of breaching the people's trust, established by our first President who refused to serve more than two terms, may be too much to endure.
[T]he language of the original Declaration of Independence ...are not simply words; they are Just words to be honored, preserved, protected, and understood if we are to remain a free and independent people blessed by whatever Divinity or Providence there may be and the one truth that remains - these are MY rights, these are OUR rights, and no man will take them away.
Chuck Colson also wrote an interesting piece called
"The American Creed"
The great British intellectual G. K. Chesterton wrote that “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on [a] creed.”
Think about that for a moment. Other nations were founded on the basis of race, or by the power of kings or emperors who accumulated lands and the peasants who inhabited those lands.
But America was—and is to this day—different. It was founded on a shared belief. Or, as Chesterton said, on a creed.
And what is that creed that sets us apart? It is the eloquent, profound, and simple statement penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I’ll never forget when I graduated from Brown University during the Korean War. I couldn’t wait to become a Marine officer, to give my life if necessary, to defend that creed. To defend the idea that our rights come from God Himself and are not subject to whims of governments or tyrants. That humans ought to be free to pursue their most treasured hopes and aspirations.
Perhaps some 230 years later, we take these words for granted. But in 1776, they were earth-shaking—indeed, revolutionary.
Yet today, they are in danger of being forgotten altogether. According to
As America grows more and more diverse culturally, religiously, ethnically, it is critical that we re-embrace the American creed.
America has always been a “melting pot.” But what is the pot that holds our multicultural stew together? Chesterton said the pot’s “original shape was traced on the lines of Jeffersonian democracy.” A democracy founded on those self-evident truths expressed in the Declaration of Independence. And as Chesterton remarked, “The pot must not melt.”
Abraham Lincoln understood this so very well. For him, the notion that all men are created equal was “the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.”Listen—and thrill—to those words that bind us together as a nation of freedom-loving people: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
These are the words Americans live for and, if necessary, die for.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Missouri Tea Parties:
If you're traveling find one in the location where you'll be and join in. We're standing together as We The People and the only way to be heard is to participate!
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