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.)

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

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Its Not Just About the “Confederate” Flag

I just read a transcript of part of Rush Limbaugh’s show earlier – he made a lot of the same points I’ve been saying to friends all day. This is not about the flag – which by the way was a battle flag NOT any one of the flags for the Confederacy. Its about piling shame on a GOP stronghold – otherwise known as the south. Southerns and especially white redneck Southerns can’t be allowed to be proud of anything. Guilt them into staying home in 2016 or at least voting for whoever gets the Democratic nomination for president. I mean look how good that strategy worked for Obama – twice.  Its also a major distraction — emails are coming out that make Hillary and Obama look bad, time to stir people up and distract them from hearing the facts.

But I have another point – if the flag bothers people so much, then we also need to “ban” any use of the N word. By ANYONE. Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, etc should all announce tomorrow that they have realized that selling rap music is offensive because of the use of the N word and its coming off the shelves. No way that’s going to happen – but there is nothing redeeming about the N word, so let’s just eliminate it — I’m not for censoring music or print etc, but the left has decided that no one is allowed to buy a battle flag from the Confederacy, so let’s take a look at something that is truly offensive to the vast majority of people and do something about that.

I also heard on the news that people are already calling for Confederate soldier statues to be removed – so the caller was right on target too. Every group in this country can be proud of their heritage – good or bad – except Republicans and especially Southern Republicans. They don’t vote for liberals – so might as well punish them again. Funny thing is that I don’t know anyone that is alive in the south that has had slaves in their lifetime, so why are we all being punished for the “sins of the grandfathers”.

Here is the transcript from Rush – for the people who haven’t seen or heard it yet —

I’m Not Arguing to Keep It, But This Is Not Really About the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

June 23, 2015

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Okay, look, look, look, in the first place, it’s not the Confederate flag. I know it’s a mere technicality, but I’m the mayor of Realville. Facts matter to me. We’re not talking about the Confederate flag. The flag that’s got everybody exercised here is actually the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia. That’s what everybody’s talking about here. They’re just calling it the Confederate flag. Anyway, it’s not even about the flag. All of this is not even about the flag.Greetings, my friends, great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh back at it. Another day of broadcast excellence from the EIB Southern Command, but, as always, as long as I’m here, it doesn’t matter where “here” is. Telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Here we go, “South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag.” And, again, we’re actually talking about the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia, but it’s the last time I’m gonna mention it. For all intents and purposes it is the Confederate flag. “Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after” Dylann what’s his name shot up the African-American church. “Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack.”

As predicted, by the way, Nikki Haley is not being credited for her action in taking down the flag. The New Republic and other left-wing organisms are saying she didn’t do it soon enough. Some are saying she doesn’t really mean it. Kind of like when the Koch brothers give a hospital in New York a hundred million. They don’t really mean it, the left says, they’re just trying to cover their hatred and bigotry by giving money to people so people will not discover who they really are.

Well, here they’re saying that Nikki Haley doesn’t really mean it, she’s just bowing to political pressure and trying to gain points, but she doesn’t really mean it. She is getting credit from other places. James Clyburn thinks that this means that Nikki Haley has now crossed the Rubicon and is down for the struggle. The fact of all of this is that it’s really not about the flag. The flag did not pull the trigger and Dylann Roof wasn’t even wearing this flag. I’m not arguing to keep it. That’s not the point. We’re so beyond that. That’s not the point. The point is as with everything else the left does, what they tell you they’re irritated about is not where it ends.

This effort to have the battle flag of northern Virginia removed is really an attempt to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it. You know, the Rules for Radicals, you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, humiliate it. This flag represents what the left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics, and that would be the South. So this is an effort going far beyond the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia.

This flag represents to the left a symbol of everything that’s wrong with not just South Carolina, but North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, you name it. And that’s what the objective here really is. And that’s why when Republicans make these efforts to appease, to please, and even if they think they’re doing the right thing, it never is enough, and it’s never genuine, and it’s never accepted, or very rarely is it accepted. Very rarely do the Republicans seeking to gain political points with their opponents or their enemies actually pull that off by acceding to their demands.

So just keep a sharp eye on this because you’ll see, even after the flag comes down, it’s not gonna be the end of this. After the flag comes down, after the flag is removed, you’re gonna continue to hear what it stands for, what it stood for, how rotten it is and how even though it’s gone, you can bet they will report that Southerners all across this country in heart and in mind and even geographically will be displaying the flag in their homes and on their cars with bumper stickers and so forth. Just keep a sharp eye. ‘Cause I’m telling you the flag is a symbol and it’s symbol to the left, and it represents a far more wide reaching objective than just getting the flag removed from public view.

You got Walmart saying: We’re not gonna sell any flag, Confederate flag merchandise anymore. We’re not gonna sell anything that offends anybody. Okay. Well, that’s an open invitation to the left to go out and claim that anything that they don’t like in Walmart that represents Republicanism, conservatism could offend them. You wait, folks. I mean, we’ve been trending in this direction for years now. This is really nothing now. And don’t forget, this is all going to be obscured and forgotten by Thursday. Isn’t that when the next wave of Supreme Court decisions comes down?

Yeah, Thursday and Friday. I want to warn you to be prepared for that, I mean, experience guided by intelligence.

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RUSH: I was asking some people today, Cornel West is out there saying… I can’t say the word. I’ve been asking people what in the heck it means. Cornel West is out there saying that Obama has been the N-word-ized. The N-word-ized. And I said, “What in the world does that mean?” And Cornel West says what it means is that Obama has accepted the idea of white supremacy, and he is willing to play the role of being African-American in secondary status. That’s what Cornel West means when he says that Obama has been N-word-ized.

Other people have an entirely different definition of it. But whatever it means, it certainly isn’t good to have the word being tossed around in everyday conversation on cable TV. I mean, here’s Cornel West throwing the word around left and right and he’s perfectly permitted to use it because he is African-American. And there’s Obama throwing the word around and getting credit for throwing the word around. He can get away with it because of course he is the president, and he’s so brilliant and he’s so much smarter than all of us that he is brilliantly using the word to illustrate the dangers inherent with the other people in our culture who do use it. It’s just the decline, the coarsening of things happening.

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RUSH: Okay. Look at me. I have a prediction. Look at me. I have a prediction. I just said it’s not gonna stop with the Confederate flag because it’s not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. It’s about isolating, targeting, and identifying the South as Dylann Roof. Not Charleston, South Carolina, the South. That’s what the leftists’ effort on the Confederate flag are. Do not doubt me, folks.

And I’ll make another prediction to you. The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag. Do not look at me that way. It makes perfect sense. If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.

The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn’t like this country very much and never has and it’s getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that’s wrong with it. And you wait. It isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it’s gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it’s a symbol of hate.

You wait, folks. You wait. And then what are the Republicans gonna do? We’ll be the first among them to say yep, we need a redesign. Yep, we need to get into the twenty first. Just saying. I’m just saying. Hang in there, be tough.

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RUSH: Can you just hear it now? I can hear it now. “The United States flag has flown over slavery and symbolized racism, discrimination, bigotry, homophobia for hundreds of years; the Confederate flag flew only four years, and we’re getting rid of the Confederate flag.” Mark my words. Do you remember this, ladies and gentlemen, from July 20th, 2011, about four years ago? “Shock Study…” This is taken right from the pages of my website. “US Flag Only Boosts GOP.” It’s Paul Bedard writing.

“Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science. What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power.”

Now, listen. This is absurd, but listen to this. “‘A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,’ the study found.” Really? So you have your average, ordinary low-information voter walking around just trying to find the latest on TMZ and accidentally spots an American flag. You know what happens?

All of a sudden that low-information voter becomes a Republican, and it lasts for eight months. One glance at the American flag and that low-information voter abandons TMZ, immediately becomes a Republican voter, and starts exhibiting similar behavior; starts espousing Republican political beliefs and attitudes. Some of these effects last eight months. That’s actually from the study that was done in Psychological Science, some scholarly, quarterly, annual, whatever the heck it is publication.

Back to the study. “‘These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.'” Mr. Bedard writes, “Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on Americans who have seen an American flag, and it seems to back up another recent Harvard University professor’s study that found that kids who attended a July 4th parade ended up leaning Republican when they grew up.”

You remember that one, too. As Mr. Bedard wrote here back in 2011, this is “also sure to prompt GOP presidential candidates to add more US flags at their events and speeches.” (laughing) Now, you may be laughing at this, and you may be scoffing at this. “Oh, this is nothing.” No, no, no, folks. A bunch of leftists did this, and I’m here to tell you they believe these results. They believe the American flag has mystical powers to turn people away from the Democrat Party. That’s what they’ll see here.

It’s not so much that it makes people vote Republican although the survey results say so. The way it’ll be internalized and expressed is, “My God, that flag makes them leave us! We own the TMZ. That flag… Somebody spots the American flag and they vote Republican! They’ll look at this as the flag results in them losing support,” and they’ll believe this. This is… (laughing) And then the bit about the Fourth of July parade: Kids who attend a Fourth of July parade end up leaning Republican when they grow up.

What’s the meaning there? Well, the Fourth of July parade’s Independence Day. That is uber-patriotism, and uber-patriotism is showing Dracula the cross. So I’m just here to tell you — I’m here to warn you — I’m not gonna make a flat-out, time-sensitive prediction, but I am gonna tell you that the day will come when what’s happening to the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia is going to happen to the American flag.

The seeds have been planted four years ago. I’m holding the data right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It is gonna happen. We are trending that way. And you know as well as I do that part and parcel of being a socialist or a leftist is animosity to one degree or another for the United States in general, and then it intensifies once you get specific about aspects of the United States they find objectionable.

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RUSH: One quick sound bite going back to the flag business. See, that’s another example. It was four years ago that we had these two studies that showed just one look at the American flag could turn you into a Republican for eight months. That didn’t get reported in very many places. But it was real, and it ends up being taught, and it affects curriculum, it affects the way young kids think.

If you’ve got a bunch of lunatic professors and they see a survey that they believe that just one glance at an American flag can turn somebody into a Republican thinking individual for maybe eight months, what are you gonna do when you get that person in your class? You’re gonna start denigrating that flag. You’re gonna counter it. You’re gonna do everything you can if you’re a leftist to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Then the companion story was that people that go to Fourth of July parades end up being far more patriotic and love America far more and they tend to vote Republican. Have you noticed the effort, community after community, to eliminate fireworks on the Fourth of July, to eliminate big parades, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, have you noticed this movement here? There’s a reason they believe these surveys. Let’s go back even farther. Let’s go back to 2004, Howard Dean. This is a montage when he was running for the president in 2004.

DEAN 2004 MONTAGE: We are taking our country back piece by piece from the Rush Limbaughs. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag no longer represents solely Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag never again is the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag of the United States is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. Move over. I want my country back again, because the flag of this country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back the flag so it does no longer belong solely to Rush Limbaugh. (scream)

RUSH: Howard 2004, montage, obviously they had focus group data showing that I was a great person to mention to get up liberal hate, but that’s 11 years ago, folks. This is not new.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: John in Columbus, Georgia, I’m glad you waited. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you. I want to digress a little bit, go back to the Confederate flag issue if you’d let me.

RUSH: Sure.

CALLER: I wouldn’t be surprised if we went back and retest this subject saying in a couple months that a floodgate has been opened. We’re gonna see, well, in fact I’ve already seen it. I was cruising through the Internet, there’s calls in Baltimore County that a Robert E. Lee Park be renamed, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the Senate chambers in Tennessee. I just wanted to touch on that. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a call for all Confederate memorials of any Southern community to be torn down, any highway that bears Jeb Stuart or Lee Highway, anything like that to be renamed, just basically a full-court press put on eradication of anything resembling the old South.

RUSH: Yeah, okay, why do you think that’ll happen?

CALLER: Well, it’s starting, and I think, well, from firsthand experience I know that here in Columbus we’ve been having an ongoing battle with the NAALCP. They want to tear down our Confederate war memorial and erect a 12-foot statue of Martin Luther King in its place, and, you know, the sons — excuse me — the daughters of the confederacy has been disbanded for years, but citizens in our community have stepped forward and said, “No, we will take care of this monument.” Said, “No, we want to tear down the monument.” So just from personal experience, I think the floodgates have been opened and —

RUSH: Yeah, but —

CALLER: — green light.

RUSH: Aside from the obvious reasons, I mean, why do you think that this massive push is going to occur?

CALLER: Well, I hate to say this, but I think those of us of the same kind of background are not gonna step forward and say, “No, this is ridiculous, stop,” and we’re just gonna roll over and let it happen for political expediency.

RUSH: That probably will happen. I don’t think there’s any question. Will Sheila Jackson Lee have to change her name? I mean, if you’re gonna obliterate Robert E. Lee, would Sheila Jackson Lee maybe have to change her name? I mean, there’s a lot of things the left needs to think about this. But, by the way, I’ve prognosticated earlier on the program that the battle flag of northern Virginia is that which is what the flag on dispute is. I know, I know, we’ll call it the Confederate flag for sake of ease of communication here, but the real objective here, I think, is the American flag. The American flag has flown over a slave nation much longer than the Confederate flag did, folks. The American flag has flown over all kinds of atrocities.

You wait. But I think this Confederate flag business is about much more than the Confederate flag. This is about an all-out assault on what the left thinks is a last remaining enclave of solid Republican voters, and that is the South. It’s an attempt to dispirit and basically divide. So I think your prediction that all things related to the Civil War and the South eventually are gonna come under assault may have a point.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: The governor of Virginia is The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, former campaign head honcho Clinton-Gore.  He’s now the governor of Virginia and he’s just announced that the state of the Virginia is gonna phase out car license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag.  “The state will no longer allow specialty license plates for the sons of Confederate veterans groups that feature the flag.”  So you see, this is going to encompass the entire South.  Dylann Roof didn’t do anything in Virginia.  Did he?  No.

END TRANSCRIPT

Marco Rubio Announces He Will Run for President

Marco Rubio Announces Candidacy

The following is the text of Marco Rubio’s announcement speech, as prepared for delivery. 

Thank you.

After months of deliberation and prayer about the future of our country, I have come here tonight to make an announcement on how I believe I can best serve her.

I chose to make this announcement at the Freedom Tower because it is a symbol of our nation’s identity as the land of opportunity. And I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century.

In this very room five decades ago, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles began their new lives in America. Their story is part of the larger story of the American miracle. How, united by a common faith in their God given right to go as far as their talent and work would take them, a collection of immigrants and exiles, former slaves and refugees, became one people, and together built the freest and most prosperous nation ever.

For almost all of human history, power and wealth belonged only to a select few. Most people who have ever lived were trapped by the circumstances of their birth, destined to live the life their parents had. But America is different. Here, we are the children and grandchildren of people who refused to accept this.

Both of my parents were born to poor families in Cuba. After his mother died when he was nine, my father left school to go work. My mother was one of seven girls raised by a disabled father who struggled to provide for his family.

When they were young, my parents had big dreams for themselves. But because they were not born into wealth or power, their future was destined to be defined by their past. So in 1956 they came here, to the one place on earth where the aspirations of people like them could be more than just dreams.

My father became a bartender. My mother a cashier, a maid and a Kmart stock clerk. They never made it big. But they were successful. Two immigrants with little money or education found stable jobs, owned a home, retired with security and gave all four of their children a life far better than their own.

My parents achieved what came to be known as the American Dream. But now, too many Americans are starting to doubt whether achieving that dream is still possible:

Hard working families living paycheck to paycheck, one unexpected expense away from disaster…

Young Americans, unable to start a career, a business or a family, because they owe thousands in student loans for degrees that did not lead to jobs…

And small business owners, left to struggle under the weight of more taxes, more regulations and more government.

Why is this happening in a country that for over two centuries has been defined by equality of opportunity?

Because while our people and economy are pushing the boundaries of the 21st century, too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the twentieth century.

They are busy looking backward, so they do not see how jobs and prosperity today depend on our ability to compete in a global economy. So our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing, borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999.

They look for solutions in yesterday, so they don’t see that good-paying modern jobs require different skills and more education than the past. They blindly support an outdated higher education system that is too expensive and inaccessible to those who need it most.

And they have forgotten that when America fails to lead, global chaos inevitably follows, so they appease our enemies, betray our allies and weaken our military.

At the turn of the 19th century, a generation of Americans harnessed the power of the Industrial Age and transformed this country into the leading economy in the world. And the 20th century became the American Century.

Now, the time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century.

If we reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws and repeal and replace ObamaCare, the American people will create millions of better-paying modern jobs.

If we create a 21st century system of higher education that provides working Americans the chance to acquire the skills they need, that no longer graduates students with mountains of debt and degrees that do not lead to jobs, and that graduates more students from high school ready to work, then our people will be prepared to seize their opportunities in the new economy.

If we remember that family – not government – is the most important institution in society, that all life deserves protection, and that all parents deserve to choose the education that’s right for their children, then we will have a strong people and a strong nation.

And if America accepts the mantle of global leadership, by abandoning this administration’s dangerous concessions to Iran, and its hostility to Israel; by reversing the hollowing out of our military; by giving our men and women in uniform the resources, care and gratitude they deserve; by no longer being passive in the face of Chinese and Russian aggression; and by ending the near total disregard for the erosion of democracy and human rights around the world; then our nation will be safer, the world more stable, and our people more prosperous.

This election is not just about what laws we will pass. It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.

Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday.

But yesterday is over, and we are never going back. We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America.

We can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.

That is why today, grounded by the lessons of our history, and inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.

My candidacy might seem improbable to some watching from abroad. In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful. But I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.

I recognize the challenges of this campaign, and the demands of the office I seek. But in this endeavor as in all things, I find comfort in the ancient command to, “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn. But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as President.

I am humbled by the realization that America doesn’t owe me anything; but I have a debt to America I must try to repay. This isn’t just the country where I was born; America is the place that changed my family’s history.

I regret my father did not live to see this day in person. He used to tell me all the time: En este pais, ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos.

“In this country, you will achieve all the things we never could.”

On days when I am tired or discouraged, I remember the sound of his keys jingling at the front door of our home, often well past midnight, as he returned from another long day at work. When I was younger, I didn’t fully appreciate all he did for us, but now as my own children grow older, I fully understand.

My father was grateful for the work he had, but that was not the life he wanted for his children. He wanted all the dreams he once had for himself to come true for us. He wanted all the doors that closed for him to be open for me.

My father stood behind a small portable bar in the back of a room for all those years, so that tonight I could stand behind this podium in the front of this room.

That journey, from behind that bar to behind this podium, is the essence of the American Dream.

Whether or not we remain a special country will depend on whether that journey is still possible for those trying to make it now:

The single mother who works long hours for little pay so her children don’t have to struggle the way she has…

The student who takes two buses before dawn to attend a better school halfway across town…

The workers in our hotel kitchens, the landscaping crews in our neighborhoods, the late-night janitorial staff that clean our offices … and the bartenders who tonight are standing in the back of a room somewhere…

If their American Dreams become impossible, we will have become just another country. But if they succeed, the 21st Century will be another American Century. This will be the message of my campaign and the purpose of my presidency.

To succeed on this journey, I will need your prayers, your support, and ultimately, your vote. Tonight I am asking you to take that first step with me, by joining us at marcorubio.com.

My wife Jeanette and my four children are here tonight. The next 19 months will take me far from home. I will miss watching Amanda run track, Daniella play volleyball, Anthony play football and Dominick play soccer.

But I have chosen this course because this election is about them. Theirs is the most important generation in American history. If we can capture the promise of this new century they will be the freest and most prosperous Americans ever. But if we fail, they will be the first generation of Americans to inherit a country worse off than the one left for their parents.

The final verdict on our generation will be written by Americans not yet born. Let us make sure they record that we made the right choice. That in the early years of this century, faced with a rapidly changing and uncertain world, our generation rose to face the great challenges of our time.

And because we did, there was still one place in the world where who you come from does not determine how far you can go.

Because we did, the American miracle lived on.

And because we did, our children and theirs lived in a new American Century.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-13/transcript-marco-rubio-announces-run-for-president

 

A Public Defender Shares Thoughts of Race

Allen West shared this article and I would really like to hear some thoughts about his article. I do have to say that I know plenty of people of all races that show the behaviors, attitudes and mentality he talks about. Its interesting how I hadn’t thought about their behaviors etc until I read this. No matter what gender, race or ethnicity – I find these things very irritating. Seems to me that he is making very broad assumptions about entire races and genders based on his experiences, but I guess in some ways we all do that to some degree. We all see things from our perspective and our life experiences.

This is the post – feel free to share your thoughts below…

Confessions of a Public Defender

Michael Smith, American Renaissance, May 9, 2014

Still liberal after all these years.

I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.

As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.

The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black. All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follow are my observations.

Although blacks are only a small percentage of our community, the courthouse is filled with them: the halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims. Most whites with business in court arrive quietly, dress appropriately, and keep their heads down. They get in and get out–if they can–as fast as they can. For blacks, the courthouse is like a carnival. They all seem to know each other: hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving, and crowding the halls.

When I am appointed to represent a client I introduce myself and explain that I am his lawyer. I explain the court process and my role in it, and I ask the client some basic questions about himself. At this stage, I can tell with great accuracy how people will react. Hispanics are extremely polite and deferential. An Hispanic will never call me by my first name and will answer my questions directly and with appropriate respect for my position. Whites are similarly respectful.

A black man will never call me Mr. Smith; I am always “Mike.” It is not unusual for a 19-year-old black to refer to me as “dog.” A black may mumble complaints about everything I say, and roll his eyes when I politely interrupt so I can continue with my explanation. Also, everything I say to blacks must be at about the third-grade level. If I slip and use adult language, they get angry because they think I am flaunting my superiority.

At the early stages of a case, I explain the process to my clients. I often do not yet have the information in the police reports. Blacks are unable to understand that I do not yet have answers to all of their questions, but that I will by a certain date. They live in the here and the now and are unable to wait for anything. Usually, by the second meeting with the client I have most of the police reports and understand their case.

Unlike people of other races, blacks never see their lawyer as someone who is there to help them. I am a part of the system against which they are waging war. They often explode with anger at me and are quick to blame me for anything that goes wrong in their case.

Black men often try to trip me up and challenge my knowledge of the law or the facts of the case. I appreciate sincere questions about the elements of the offense or the sentencing guidelines, but blacks ask questions to test me. Unfortunately, they are almost always wrong in their reading, or understanding, of the law, and this can cause friction. I may repeatedly explain the law, and provide copies of the statute showing, for example, why my client must serve six years if convicted, but he continues to believe that a hand-written note from his “cellie” is controlling law.

The risks of trial

The Constitution allows a defendant to make three crucial decisions in his case. He decides whether to plea guilty or not guilty. He decides whether to have a bench trial or a jury trial. He decides whether he will testify or whether he will remain silent. A client who insists on testifying is almost always making a terrible mistake, but I cannot stop him.

Most blacks are unable to speak English well. They cannot conjugate verbs. They have a poor grasp of verb tenses. They have a limited vocabulary. They cannot speak without swearing. They often become hostile on the stand. Many, when they testify, show a complete lack of empathy and are unable to conceal a morality based on the satisfaction of immediate, base needs. This is a disaster, especially in a jury trial. Most jurors are white, and are appalled by the demeanor of uneducated, criminal blacks.

Prosecutors are delighted when a black defendant takes the stand. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. However, the defense usually gets to cross-examine the black victim, who is likely to make just as bad an impression on the stand as the defendant. This is an invaluable gift to the defense, because jurors may not convict a defendant—even if they think he is guilty—if they dislike the victim even more than they dislike the defendant.

Most criminal cases do not go to trial. Often the evidence against the accused is overwhelming, and the chances of conviction are high. The defendant is better off with a plea bargain: pleading guilty to a lesser charge and getting a lighter sentence.

The decision to plea to a lesser charge turns on the strength of the evidence. When blacks ask the ultimate question—”Will we win at trial?”—I tell them I cannot know, but I then describe the strengths and weaknesses of our case. The weaknesses are usually obvious: There are five eyewitnesses against you. Or, you made a confession to both the detective and your grandmother. They found you in possession of a pink cell phone with a case that has rhinestones spelling the name of the victim of the robbery. There is a video of the murderer wearing the same shirt you were wearing when you were arrested, which has the words “In Da Houz” on the back, not to mention you have the same “RIP Pookie 7/4/12” tattoo on your neck as the man in the video. Etc.

If you tell a black man that the evidence is very harmful to his case, he will blame you. “You ain’t workin’ fo’ me.” “It like you workin’ with da State.” Every public defender hears this. The more you try to explain the evidence to a black man, the angrier he gets. It is my firm belief many black are unable to discuss the evidence against them rationally because they cannot view things from the perspective of others. They simply cannot understand how the facts in the case will appear to a jury.

This inability to see things from someone else’s perspective helps explain why there are so many black criminals. They do not understand the pain they are inflicting on others. One of my robbery clients is a good example. He and two co-defendants walked into a small store run by two young women. All three men were wearing masks. They drew handguns and ordered the women into a back room. One man beat a girl with his gun. The second man stood over the second girl while the third man emptied the cash register. All of this was on video.

My client was the one who beat the girl. When he asked me, “What are our chances at trial?” I said, “Not so good.” He immediately got angry, raised his voice, and accused me of working with the prosecution. I asked him how he thought a jury would react to the video. “They don’t care,” he said. I told him the jury would probably feel deeply sympathetic towards these two women and would be angry at him because of how he treated them. I asked him whether he felt bad for the women he had beaten and terrorized. He told me what I suspected—what too many blacks say about the suffering of others: “What do I care? She ain’t me. She ain’t kin. Don’t even know her.”

No fathers

As a public defender, I have learned many things about people. One is that defendants do not have fathers. If a black even knows the name of his father, he knows of him only as a shadowy person with whom he has absolutely no ties. When a client is sentenced, I often beg for mercy on the grounds that the defendant did not have a father and never had a chance in life. I have often tracked down the man’s father–in jail–and have brought him to the sentencing hearing to testify that he never knew his son and never lifted a finger to help him. Often, this is the first time my client has ever met his father. These meetings are utterly unemotional.

Many black defendants don’t even have mothers who care about them. Many are raised by grandmothers after the state removes the children from an incompetent teenaged mother. Many of these mothers and grandmothers are mentally unstable, and are completely disconnected from the realities they face in court and in life. A 47-year-old grandmother will deny that her grandson has gang ties even though his forehead is tattooed with a gang sign or slogan. When I point this out in as kind and understanding way as I can, she screams at me. When black women start screaming, they invoke the name of Jesus and shout swear words in the same breath.

Black women have great faith in God, but they have a twisted understanding of His role. They do not pray for strength or courage. They pray for results: the satisfaction of immediate needs. One of my clients was a black woman who prayed in a circle with her accomplices for God’s protection from the police before they would set out to commit a robbery.

The mothers and grandmothers pray in the hallways–not for justice, but for acquittal. When I explain that the evidence that their beloved child murdered the shop keeper is overwhelming, and that he should accept the very fair plea bargain I have negotiated, they will tell me that he is going to trial and will “ride with the Lord.” They tell me they speak to God every day and He assures them that the young man will be acquitted.

The mothers and grandmothers do not seem to be able to imagine and understand the consequences of going to trial and losing. Some–and this is a shocking reality it took me a long time to grasp–don’t really care what happens to the client, but want to make it look as though they care. This means pounding their chests in righteous indignation, and insisting on going to trial despite terrible evidence. They refuse to listen to the one person–me–who has the knowledge to make the best recommendation. These people soon lose interest in the case, and stop showing up after about the third or fourth court date. It is then easier for me to convince the client to act in his own best interests and accept a plea agreement.

Part of the problem is that underclass black women begin having babies at age 15. They continue to have babies, with different black men, until they have had five or six. These women do not go to school. They do not work. They are not ashamed to live on public money. They plan their entire lives around the expectation that they will always get free money and never have to work. I do not see this among whites, Hispanics, or any other people.

The black men who become my clients also do not work. They get social security disability payments for a mental defect or for a vague and invisible physical ailment. They do not pay for anything: not for housing (Grandma lives on welfare and he lives with her), not for food (Grandma and the baby-momma share with him), and not for child support. When I learn that my 19-year-old defendant does not work or go to school, I ask, “What do you do all day?” He smiles. “You know, just chill.” These men live in a culture with no expectations, no demands, and no shame.

If you tell a black to dress properly for trial, and don’t give specific instructions, he will arrive in wildly inappropriate clothes. I represented a woman who was on trial for drugs; she wore a baseball cap with a marijuana leaf embroidered on it. I represented a man who wore a shirt that read “rules are for suckers” to his probation hearing. Our office provides suits, shirts, ties, and dresses for clients to wear for jury trials. Often, it takes a whole team of lawyers to persuade a black to wear a shirt and tie instead of gang colors.

Marijuana

From time to time the media report that although blacks are 12 percent of the population they are 40 percent of the prison population. This is supposed to be an outrage that results from unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. What the media only hint at is another staggering reality: recidivism. Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. It is typical for a black man to have five felony convictions before the age of 30. This kind of record is rare among whites and Hispanics, and probably even rarer among Asians.

Stats

At one time our office was looking for a motto that defined our philosophy. Someone joked that it should be: “Doesn’t everyone deserve an eleventh chance?”

I am a liberal. I believe that those of us who are able to produce abundance have a moral duty to provide basic food, shelter, and medical care for those who cannot care for themselves. I believe we have this duty even to those who can care for themselves but don’t. This world view requires compassion and a willingness to act on it.

My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth. As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.

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Originally published at – http://www.amren.com/features/2014/05/confessions-of-a-public-defender/

Its The Economy Stupid – How Messed Up is the US Economy

Excerpts from a thorough article about the “state of the US economy”….

19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy

#1 After accounting for inflation, median household income in the United States is 8 percent lower than it was when the last recession started in 2007.

#2 The number of part-time workers in America has increased by 54 percent since the last recession began in December 2007.  Meanwhile, the number of full-time jobs has dropped by more than a million over that same time period.

#3 More than 7 million Americans that are currently working part-time jobs would actually like to have full-time jobs.

#4 The jobs gained during this “recovery” pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost during the last recession.

#5 The number of unemployed workers that have completely given up looking for work is twice as high now as it was when the last recession began in December 2007.

#6 When the last recession began, about 17 percent of all unemployed workers had been out of work for six months or longer.  Today, that number sits at just above 34 percent.

#7 Due to a lack of decent jobs, half of all college graduates are still relying on their parents financially when they are two years out of school.

#8 According to a new method of calculating poverty devised by the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of California currently has a poverty rate of23.4 percent.

#9 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

#10 In 2007, the average household in the top 5 percent had 16.5 times as much wealth as the average household overall.  But now the average household in the top 5 percent has 24 times as much wealth as the average household overall.

#11 In an absolutely stunning development, the rate of small business ownership in the United States has plunged to an all-time low.

#12 Subprime loans now make up 31 percent of all auto loans in America.  Didn’t that end up really badly when the housing industry tried the same thing?

#13 The average cost of producing a barrel of shale oil in the United States is approximately 85 dollars.  Now that the price of oil is starting to slip under that number, the “shale boom” in America could turn into a bust very rapidly.

#14 On a purchasing power basis, China now actually has a larger economy than the United States does.

#15 It is hard to believe, but there are 49 million people that are dealing with food insecurity in America today.

#16 There are six banks in the United States that pretty much everyone agrees fit into the “too big to fail” category.  Five of them have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.

#17 The 113 top earning employees at the Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington D.C. make an average of $246,506 a year.  It turns out that ruining the U.S. economy is a very lucrative profession.

#18 We are told that the federal deficit is under control, but the truth is that the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollarsduring fiscal year 2014.

#19 An astounding 40 million dollars has been spent just on vacations for Barack Obama and his family.  Perhaps he figures that if we are going down as a nation anyway, he might as well enjoy the ride.

To read the remainder of the article – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/19-very-surprising-facts-about-the-messed-up-state-of-the-u-s-economy

Forest Service to Require Permits for Photo Shoots – Are They Kidding?

Forest Service to Charge Visitors to Take Pictures

Let me just this straight — our tax dollars are used to maintain federal land and the park service. Now – the Forest Service is going to charge us to take pictures of nature? I just saw a blog post about this and had to check it out — here is more information in case you haven’t heard about this new proposal….

This is a link to the Federal Register post for the latest information — https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/04/2014-21093/proposed-directive-for-commercial-filming-in-wilderness-special-uses-administration

Another interesting question is to ask how they will know you took a picture on your cell phone and how will they verify this? Would Forest Service employees be given the right to confiscate and search your phone without a warrant or even probable cause? That’s just the first of many questions that come to mind —-

Seems to me that its way past time to reign in the bloated government that has been getting worse over the last 6 years….

U.S. Forest Service wants to charge $1,500 to take photos on federal wild lands

The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing plans to fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit.

Under the measure, still photography and commercial filming in Congress-designated wilderness areas would require a permit, and shoots would also have to be approved and meet certain criteria like not advertising any product or service and being educational.

Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said in a statement the directive has been in place for more than four years and “is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America’s wild places.”

Permits would cost up to $1,500, even if someone was taking photos or video with their phone, and fines for shooting without a permit could be as high as $1,000, according to the Oregonian.

Critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment’s free speech clause.

“I am very concerned about the implications this has for Americans’ First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) wrote in a letter to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell. “It is also very troubling that journalists could be held to different standards at the discretion of the issuing officer depending on the content of their stories and its relevance to wilderness activity.”

Walden said he worried access might be granted “based on political calculations” and noted a majority of Oregon land is controlled by the federal government.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) also voiced concern for the policy.

“The Forest Service needs to rethink any policy that subjects noncommercial photographs and recordings to a burdensome permitting process for something as simple as taking a picture with a cell phone,” he told the Oregonian. “Especially where reporters and bloggers are concerned, this policy raises troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment.”

The Forest Service is accepting public comment on the measure until Nov. 3.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/24/u-s-forest-service-wants-to-charge-1500-to-take-photos-on-federal-wild-lands/

Saul Alinsky’s Rules – A Reminder Leading Up to the 2014 Mid Term Elections

These are “rules” that the Obama adminstration seem to be following in many of the decisions they have made throughout the last 6 years. Do you want another 2 years of these decisions and this mentality? Keep these rules in mind as we get closer to the mid term elections —

Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

Here is the complete list from Alinsky.

* RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

* RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

* RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

* RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

* RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

* RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

* RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

* RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without asolution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

http://www.bestofbeck.com/wp/activism/saul-alinskys-12-rules-for-radicals