The States Rights Debate Isn’t Dead

Michael Patrick Leahy for Breitbart Writes:

A new Rasmussen Poll indicates that a growing number of Americans want state governments to tell the Supreme Court to get out of the business of rewriting laws and telling American citizens how to live their lives.

In a new poll, Rasmussen reported the percentage of Americans who want states to tell the Supreme Court it does not have the power to rewrite the Affordable Care Act or force sovereign states to authorize gay marriages has increased from 24 percent to 33 percent after last week’s Constitution-defying decisions by the court.

A closer look at the poll results indicates that popular sentiment for state defiance of the federal government extends beyond just the Supreme Court’s latest decisions.

“Only 20% [of likely voters] now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty,” the Rasmussen Poll finds. “Sixty percent (60 %) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead,” it adds.

“Take this regulation and shove it,” and “take this grant and shove it,” are two additional battle cries which appear to resonate with a growing popular sentiment, especially in “flyover country,” those 38 states outside the dozen in which President Obama won more than 56.2 percent of the vote in 2012.

(In descending order of support for Obama, those twelve states are: Hawaii, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and Maine. Arguably, three additional states where President Obama won between 54 percent and 56.2 percent of the vote in 2012 could be added to this list: Washington, Oregon, and Michigan.)

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

Time for the States to Declare Independence From the Federal Government – Breitbart

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Rand Paul Announces His Candidacy for President

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign in Louisville Tuesday.

Here are the full remarks.

I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back.

We have come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank, the special interests that are more concerned with their personal welfare than the general welfare.

The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped.

Less than five years ago I stood just down the road in home town in Bowling Green and said those same words. I wasn’t supposed to win, no one thought I would.

Some people asked me, then why are you running? The answer is the same now as it was then. I have a vision for America. I want to be part of a return to prosperity, a true economic boom that lists all Americans, a return to a government restrained by the Constitution.

A return to privacy, opportunity, liberty. Too often when Republicans have won we have squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine. That’s not who I am.

That’s not why I ran for office the first time just a few years ago. The truth is, I love my life as a small-town doctor. Every day I woke up, I felt lucky to be able to do the things I loved. More importantly, I was blessed to be able to do things that made a difference in people’s lives.

I never could have done any of this, though, without the help of my parents who are here today. I’d like you to join me and thank my mother and dad.

With my parents’ help, I was able to make it through long years of medical training to become an eye surgeon. For me there is nothing that compares with helping someone see better. Last August I was privileged to travel to Guatemala on a medical mission trip together with a team of surgeons from across the U.S.

We operated on more than 200 people who were blind or nearly blind from cataracts. I was grateful to be able to put my scrubs back on, peer into the oculars of the microscope, and focus on the task at hand, to take a surgical approach to fix a problem.

One day in Guatemala, a man arrived and told me that I’d operated on his wife the day before. His wife could see clearly for the first time in years, and she had begged him to get on the bus, travel the winding roads and come back to our surgery center. He too was nearly blind from hardened cataracts.

After his surgery, the next day, his wife sat next to me. As I unveiled the patch from his eyes, it was a powerful emotional moment for me to see them looking at each other clearly for the first time years to see the face they loved again.

As I saw the joy in their eyes, I thought, “This is why I became a doctor.”

In that moment, I also remembered my grandmother, who inspired me to become an eye surgeon. She spent hours with me as a kid. We would sort through her old coin collection, looking for wheat pennies and Indian heads. But as her vision began to fail, I became her eyes to inspect the faintness of the mint marks on the old weather-worn coins.

I went with my grandmother to the ophthalmologist as she had her corneas replaced. I was also with her when she received the sad news that macular generation had done irreparable harm to her eyes.

My hope… my hope that my grandmother would see again made me want to become an eye surgeon, to make a difference in people’s lives.

I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been able to enjoy the American Dream.

I worry, though, that the opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters. As I watch our once-great economy collapse under mounting spending and debt, I think, “What kind of America will our grandchildren see”?

It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame.

Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration.

And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch. President Obama is on course to add more debt than all of the previous presidents combined.

We borrow a million dollars a minute. This vast accumulation of debt threatens not just our economy, but our security.

We can wake up now and do the right thing. Quit spending money we don’t have.

This message of liberty is for all Americans, Americans from all walks of life. The message of liberty, opportunity and justice is for all Americans, whether you wear a suit, a uniform or overalls, whether you’re white or black, rich or poor.

In order to restore America, one thing is for certain, though: We cannot, we must not dilute our message or give up on our principles.

If we nominate a candidate who is simply Democrat Light, what’s the point?

Why bother?

We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America. We need to go boldly forth under the banner of liberty that clutches the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.

Washington is horribly broken. I fear it can’t be fixed from within. We the people must rise up and demand action.

Congress will never balance the budget unless you force them to do so. Congress has an abysmal record with balancing anything. Our only recourse is to force Congress to balance the budget with a constitutional amendment.

I have been to Washington, and let me tell you, there is no monopoly on knowledge there.

I ran for office because we have too many career politicians. I believe it now more than ever.

We limit the President to two terms. It’s about time we limit the terms of Congress!

I want to reform Washington. I want common sense rules that will break the logjam in Congress.

That’s why I introduced a Read the Bills Act.

The bills are thousands of pages long. And no one reads them. They are often plopped on our desks only a few hours before a vote.

I’ve proposed something truly extraordinary — Let’s read the bills, every page!

The bills are 1,000 pages long and no one reads them. They are often plopped on our desk with only a few hours before a vote, so I propose something truly extraordinary. Let’s read the bills every day.

From the time I was a very young boy I was taught to love and appreciate America. Love of liberty pulses in my veins not because we have beautiful mountains or white sand beaches, although we do, and not because of our abundance of resources. It’s more visceral than that. Our great nation was founded upon the extraordinary notion that government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized.

America, to me, is that beacon. We are unique among the nations that our — that our country stands for freedom. Freedom nurtured our country from a rebellious group of colonies into the world’s greatest nation.

When tyranny threatened the world America led the way to rid the world of Nazis and fascist regimes. Resolutely we stood decade after decade against Communism, the engine of capitalism finally winning out against the sputtering, incompetent engine of socialism.

We won the Cold War.

America and freedom are so intertwined that people literally are dying to come here. The freedom we have fostered in America have unleashed genius and advancement like never before. Yet our great nation still needs new ideas and new answers to old problems.

From an early age I worked. I taught swimming lessons, I mowed lawns, I did landscaping, I put roofs on houses, I painted houses. I never saw work though as punishment. Who always gave me a sense of who I am.

Self-esteem cant be given; it must be earned.

Work is not punishment; work is the reward.

Two of my sons work minimum wage jobs while they go to college. I am proud of them as I see them realize the value of hard work. I can see their self-esteem grow as they cash their paychecks. I have a vision for America where everyone who wants to work will have a job.

Many Americans though are being left behind. The reward of work seems beyond their grasp. Under the watch of both parties, the poor seem to get poorer and the rich get richer. Trillion-dollar government stimulus packages has only widened the income gap.

Politically connected crones get taxpayer dollars by the hundreds of millions and poor families across America continue to suffer. I have a different vision, an ambitious vision, an ambitious vision, a vision that will offer opportunity to all Americans, especially those who have been left behind.

My plan includes economic freedom zones to allow impoverished areas like Detroit, West Louisville, Eastern Kentucky to prosper by leaving more money in the pockets of the people who live there.

Can you imagine what a billion-dollar stimulus could do for Detroit or for Appalachia? I’m convinced that most Americans want to work. I want to free up the great engine of American prosperity.

I want to see millions of Americans back at work. In my vision for America, we’ll bring back manufacturing jobs that pay well. How? We’ll dramatically lower the tax on American companies that wish to bring their profits home.

More than $2 trillion in American profit currently sits overseas. In my vision for America, new highways and bridges will be built across the country, not by raising your taxes, but by lowering the tax to bring this American profit home.

Even in this polarized Congress, we have a chance of passing this. I say let’s bring $2 trillion home to America, let’s bring it home now.

Liberal policies have failed our inner cities. Let’s just get the facts straight. They have failed our inner cities. Our schools are not equal, and the poverty gap continues to widen. Martin Luther King spoke of two Americas. He described them as two starkly different American experiences that exist side-by-side.

In one in America, people experience the opportunity of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the other America, people experience a daily ugliness that dashes hope and leaves only the fatigue of despair.

Although I was born into the America that experiences and believes in opportunity, my trips to Detroit, to Appalachia, to Chicago have revealed what I call an undercurrent of unease.

It’s time for a new way, a way predicated on justice, opportunity and freedom.

Those of us who have enjoyed the American dream must break down the wall that separates us from the other America. I want all our children to have the same opportunities that I had. We need to stop limiting kids in poor neighborhoods to failing public schools and offer them school choice.

It won’t happen, though, unless we realize that we can’t borrow our way to prosperity. Currently some $3 trillion comes into the U.S. Treasury. Couldn’t the country just survive on $3 trillion?

I propose we do something extraordinary. Let’s just spend what comes in.

In my vision for America, freedom and prosperity at home can only be achieved if we defend against enemies who are dead set on attacking us.

Without question we must defend ourselves and American interests from our enemies, but until we name the enemy, we can’t win the war.

The enemy is radical Islam. You can’t get around it.

And not only will I name the enemy, I will do whatever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind.

We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests. But we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability, not chaos.

At home, conservatives understand that government is the problem, not the solution.

Conservatives should not succumb, though, to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow succeed in building nations abroad.

I envision an America with a national defense unparalleled, undefeatable and unencumbered by overseas nation-building.

I envision a national defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, peace through strength.

I believe in applying Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue. Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.

We’ve brought Iran to the table through sanctions that I voted for. Now we must stay strong. That’s why I’ve cosponsored legislation that ensures that any deal between the U.S. and Iran must be approved by Congress.

Not — not only is that good policy, it’s the law.

It concerns me that the Iranians have a different interpretation of the agreement. They’re putting out statement that say completely the opposite of what we’re saying. It concerns me that we may attempt, or the president may attempt, to unilaterally and prematurely halt sanctions.

I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures.

And I will insist that the final version be brought before Congress.

The difference between President Obama and myself, he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness. Yet everyone needs to realize that negotiations are not inherently bad. The trust (inaudible) verify is required in any negotiation, but then our goal always should be and always is peace, not war.

We must realize, though, that we do not project strength by borrowing money from China to send it to Pakistan.

Let’s quit building bridges in foreign countries and use that money to build some bridges here at home.

It angers me to see mobs burning our flag and chanting “Death to America” in countries that receive millions of dollars in our foreign aid.

I say it must end. I say not one penny more to these haters of America.

To defend our country, we do need to gather intelligence on the enemy. But when the intelligence director is not punished for lying under oath, how are we to trust our government agencies?

Warrantless searches of Americans’ phones and computer records are un-American and a threat to our civil liberties.

I say that your phone records are yours. I say the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business.

Is this where we light up the phones?

The president created this vast dragnet by executive order. And as president on day one, I will immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance.

I believe we can have liberty and security and I will not compromise your liberty for a false sense of security, not now, not ever.

We must defend ourselves, but we must never give up who we are as a people. We must never diminish the Bill of Rights as we fight this long war against evil. We must believe in our founding documents. We must protect economic and personal liberty again.

America has much greatness left in her. We are still exceptional and we are still a beacon for the world. We will thrive when we believe in ourselves again.

I see an America strong enough to deter foreign aggression, yet wise enough to avoid unnecessary intervention.

I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed.

I see an America with a restrained IRS that cannot target, cannot harass American citizens for their political or religious beliefs.

I see our big cities once again shining and beckoning with creativity and ingenuity, with American companies offering American jobs. With your help, this message will ring from coast to coast, a message of liberty, justice and personal responsibility. Today begins the journey to take America back.

To rescue a great country now adrift, join me as together we seek a new vision for America. Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America.

Transcript – http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/rand-pauls-full-speech-announcing-2016-presidential-bid-30141543

Image from – CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/06/politics/election-2016-ron-paul-rand-paul-differences/

Your Picks for the 2016 Presidential Straw Poll

I think its WAY TOO EARLY to be talking about a candidate for 2016 – but I received an email today asking for picks for the GOP presidential candidate. I thought it would be interesting to share the list — and feel free to share your choices in the comments. And it would be interesting to hear why you pick that person/those people…

2016 Presidential Straw Poll

Who would you like to see as the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election?
Select your top three choices for potential 2016 Republican nominees.
  • Kelly Ayotte -New Hampshire Senator
  • Haley Barbour -Former Mississippi Governor
  • John Bolton -Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • Jeb Bush -Former Florida Governor
  • Herman Cain -Former CEO
  • Ben Carson -Neurosurgeon & Author
  • Chris Christie – New Jersey Governor
  • Ted Cruz – Texas Senator
  • Mitch Daniels – Former Indiana Governor
  • Newt Gingrich – Former House Speaker
  • Nikki Haley – South Carolina Governor
  • Mike Huckabee – Former Arkansas Governor
  • Bobby Jindal – Louisiana Governor
  • John Kasich – Ohio Governor
  • Peter King – New York Congressman
  • Susana Martinez – New Mexico Governor
  • Sarah Palin – Former Alaska Governor
  • Rand Paul – Kentucky Senator
  • Ron Paul – Former Texas Congressman
  • Tim Pawlenty – Former Minnesota Governor
  • Mike Pence – Indiana Governor
  • Rick Perry – Texas Governor
  • Rob Portman – Ohio Senator
  • Condoleezza Rice – Former Secretary of State
  • Marco Rubio – Florida Senator
  • Paul Ryan – Wisconsin Congressman
  • Brian Sandoval – Nevada Governor
  • Rick Santorum – Former Pennsylvania Senator
  • Tim Scott – South Carolina Senator
  • John Thune – South Dakota Senator
  • Scott Walker – Wisconsin Governor
  • Allen West – Former Florida Congressman

38 News Oganizations File Official Complaint Against the White House

Its 5 or 6 years late – but the mainstream media is finally starting to wake up. The AP scandal was a nudge for them, but it seems the latest move by the administration was one step too far –

Click the link or the image below to access the video

Obama and His Masters of Control

Obama and Masters of Control

Interview with Robert Sarvis Libertarian Candidate for VA Governor

Robert Sarvis is campaigning in the race for governor of Virginia. He is undoubtedly an underdog and has been kept out of every debate. But the people who are paying attention – have very good things to say about him. I’ve spoken with people who have been to his events and they are impressed. Commercials for his campaign are airing in Virginia this week in a push to the election.

For people who haven’t heard much or haven’t heard anything about Robert Sarvis – this is a good interview that gives you a good overview of his stand on a variety of topics. I don’t know about you – but a person who has a diverse education, who is an entrepreneur, who’s wife is a doctor and who has two young children and most importantly – is NOT a career politician – could be a very good fit for governor of the Commonwealth of VA.

He tackles many interesting topics in this interview. Whether you’re from VA or not – I encourage you to watch the interview and get a better idea of a libertarian candidate’s outlook…

Visit his website for more information – http://www.robertsarvis.com/

http://www.robertsarvis.com/

ABC News/Fusion Poll Illustrates Deep Divisions in the US

Conservatives are aware there are major divisions in the US. Of course there are divisions and we all know it has gotten much worse in the last 5 years. While we all have ideas about just how divided people are – we didn’t have specific examples. Now we do. A new ABC/Fusion poll shows how Democrats, Liberal Democrats, Republicans, Conservative Republicans, Women, Men, Whites and Non-Whites – feel on a wide range of questions.

There are some obvious differences, but notice how liberal democrats are more extreme than the people who are directly impacted – such as women, or various ethnic groups. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Here are the poll’s findings. The percentages indicate those who agree with various statements.

1. Women have fewer opportunities than men in the workplace:

  • 68% of Democrats in general; 76% of liberal Dems
  • 38% of Republicans in general; 35% of conservative Repubs
  • 63% of women; 43% of men

2. Nonwhites have fewer opportunities than whites in society:

  • 56% of Dems; 62% of liberal Dems
  • 25% of Repubs.
  • Interestingly, more partisan Democrats (62%) hold this belief than nonwhites themselves (51%)!

3. It would be a good thing if more women were elected to Congress:

  • 60% of Dems
  • 23% of Repubs and 26% of conservative Repubs say it makes no difference to them if more women were elected to Congress.
  • 49% of women vs. 36% of men
  • 54% of nonwhites; 38% of whites

4. It would be a good thing if more nonwhites were elected to Congress:

  • 50% of liberal Dems
  • 5% of Repubs
  • 29% of nonwhites.

5. I trust the government in Washington to do what’s right:

  • 39% of U.S. adults
  • 62% of Dems; 69% of liberal Dems
  • 25% of Repubs; 18% of conservative Repubs

6. Support for legal status for undocumented immigrants:

  • 77% of liberal Dems; 32% of conservative Repubs
  • 70% of nonwhites; 43% of whites

7. Political leaders should rely somewhat or a great deal on their religious beliefs when making policy decisions:

  • 39% of Dems and Independents; 32% of liberal Dems
  • 60% of Repubs; 65% of conservative Repubs.
  • 74% of evangelical white Protestants; 37% of non-evangelical white Protestants; 16% of Americans who profess no religion.

8. Obamacare:

  • 75% of liberal Democrats support
  • 76% of conservative Republicans oppose

9. People like me are well represented in Congress:

  • 47% of nonwhites; 24% of whites
  • 43% of Dems; 27% of conservatives.

10. Race and partisanship: 

  • 24% of whites and 43% of nonwhites call themselves Democrats
  • 30% of whites and only 10% of nonwhites call themselves Republicans

11. Millennials (age 18 to 31 born from 1982 to 2004) and other age groups. Millenials are:

  • More apt to favor legal status for undocumented immigrants
  • Less religious: less apt than their elders to say politicians should base policy positions on their religious beliefs
  • Less engaged in politics: Only 54% of millennials report that they’re registered to vote vs. 87% among those 32 and older, peaking at 94%for seniors.

The poll concludes that while political divisions aren’t new, partisan and ideological differences of 20, 30, 40 and even 50 points raise challenging questions of how political accommodation can occur in this country.

METHODOLOGY – The ABC News/Fusion poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 17-20, 2013, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,002 adults, includinglandline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including design effect.

 

 

To read the full report – http://www.langerresearch.com/uploads/ABCNews-FusionPoll.pdf

Source – http://dcclothesline.com/2013/10/31/new-poll-finds-americans-bitterly-divided/

VA Governor’s Race – Richmond Times Dispatch Picks None of the Above

Anyone who follows politics – likely knows the VA governor’s race has been very heated and “down and dirty”. The ad campaigns are really bad – just one attack after another. Many voters are saying they will vote for the lesser of two evils. But that does the same thing the media has done – it ignores there is a third candidate. There is a Republican, a Democrat and a Libertarian – and these three men are very different.

The media across the board is ignoring the Libertarian candidate – and the decision to keep him out of the last debate has fired up his supporters. If there were 20 candidates I can see limiting the number of participants in the debate. If there was someone just on the ballot to get attention – I can see limiting their participation. But Sarvis is a real candidate who has real ideas and he is out there campaigning – and (gasp!) he’s staying positive AND offering solutions. That alone makes him stand 10 feet above the other two candidates. It would bring a breath of fresh air to have fresh ideas and a fresh voice in the debate.

I find a person with fresh ideas and a strong personal background to be much more appealing than long term career politicians who have questionable backgrounds. I don’t know about you all – but I’ve had it with career politicians….

Here are some excerpts from the article –

Our choice for governor in 2013: none of the above

The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry’s derision. The third-party alternative has run a more exemplary race yet does not qualify as a suitable option. We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor.

This does not gladden us. Circumstance has brought us to this pass. This marks, we believe, the first time in modern Virginia that The Times-Dispatch has not endorsed a gubernatorial nominee.

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If Armstrong had not lost his seat, he would have rated as a formidable candidate for governor. The Times-Dispatch would have endorsed him over Cuccinelli; we would have endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling over McAuliffe.

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Libertarian Robert Sarvis has neither embarrassed himself nor insulted the commonwealth. He lacks the experience the job demands, however.

Moreover, while The Times-Dispatch finds considerable merit in the libertarian ethos, the libertarian ideology is a luxury afforded by a political, economic and social climate that, despite the nation’s commitment to liberty, was not created by libertarian doctrine. We fear Sarvis would be in over his head.

Still, a vote for him would not be wasted but would serve notice to Republicans and Democrats that the electorate rejects their surly antics. Citizens whose votes reflect their ideals do not throw away their ballots.

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To read the full article – http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/our-opinion/our-choice-for-governor-in-none-of-the-above/article_6a2c5e41-20f3-561a-a25d-52eedf4741f3.html

For another perspective on the Richmond Times Dispatch non-endorsement – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/10/21/the-richmond-times-dispatchs-non-endorsement-and-what-it-means/