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MN Democrats Trying To Make Voting Easier

imagesAs if the state with the highest voter turnout in the country, nearly 76% in 2012, needed improvement, Democrat legislators in Minnesota are considering proposals to make voting even easier.

Flying under the media radar are two bills aimed at getting even more people to the polls at election time, allowing for early voting and modifying the absenteee voting process. While media attention swirls around the proposed gun control legislation, making its way through committees are proposals that open the floodgates to more fraud and mistakes, and lack any additional oversight or methods for battling Minnesota’s flawed vouching system.

Currently, Minnesota has no identification requirement for a non-registered person if someone whose name is on the registration rolls agrees to “vouch” for that person. The “voucher” signs a statement promising that the person without identification of any kind is eligible to vote. Verification of new voter registrations is not done until weeks after Election Day.

MN Senate File 535 aims to make “early voting” as easy as Election Day voting, and includes allowing vouching during the early voting time period. Early voting is done without election judges or poll watchers. Instead, a ballot board consisting of 2 people, one from each major political party, are responsible for the accurate handling of early voting ballots.

The prevailing reason democrats say Minnesota needs early voting is to make it more “convenient” for voters.

“The reason I think it’s so important is because people already think we have it… people want the convenience of early voting,” said author of SF 535 Democrat Senator Sieben.

Lucy Nieboer, Co-chair of Minnesota Public Interest Research Group at the University of Minnesota said that many students have trouble making it to the polls on Election Day. She spoke of her own difficulty with 2 part time jobs and a full class schedule. Despite her busy life, she found time to register more than 7,000 students last fall and spent nearly 3 hours in the Elections Sub-comittee meeting yesterday.

Several other testifiers in favor of the bill also cited convenience as the primary reason for their support of early voting. None of those in favor addressed the vouching system or adding safeguards against potential fraud or mistakes.

MN Senate File 564 would completely change the absentee voting process in the state and even allows for “permanent absentee voter status,” which means a voter could be sent an absentee ballot each election year without proactively requesting one.

Both bills were “laid over” for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill expected within weeks.
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More on voter fraud:
Not Just Possible, Voter Fraud Is Easy
But… There Is No Voter Fraud, Right?
Vote Early Vote Often (with video)

To combat voter fraud in Minnesota, click here.
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That Funny Leftist Equation about Voter I.D.

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I know it’s kind of a blase issue now that the 2012 elections are over, but I felt the urge to write on the topic of voter I.D. after seeing a Facebook friend writing something about voter suppression in a status update. For those unfamiliar with the left’s equation for voter I.D. requirements, it goes like this : voter I.D. = voter suppression = RACISM! Yet, oddly enough, those who cry about this the most on the left don’t seem to realize that they come perilously close to racism by making the blanket assumption that all people they believe that would be affected by voter I.D., namely people of color and people on the lower ends of the socioeconomic scale, are completely unable to find the smallish amounts of money and time it takes to get some form of valid identification.

But I digress.

Photo by Todd Wiseman, www.texastribune.org

As one Internet meme that sprung up in the months leading up to the election pointed out, ID is required to vote in Mexico. I mean, heck, even PBS wrote about this fact in July of this year. I did some (admittedly minimal) research to try and find out what other countries might require ID in order to vote in order to protect the integrity of elections. I found out that in Northern Ireland in the UK, ID is required to vote. Along with that little tidbit, it appears Argentina, Sri Lanka, Estonia, Israel, South Africa, and Uruguay all require identification in order to vote.

What was even more interesting, at least in my mind, were the responses I got from two friends on Twitter. The person with the duck avatar you’ll see below lives in Germany, while the person with the My Little Pony avatar resides in Italy.

First, my German friend:

I like how she used “of course”, like it’s perfectly normal and logical to understand that when a person goes to vote, it should be clear to all that person is exactly who they say they are. Again, not sure why this is such a difficult issue for the professional left of academia and media to understand here in the U.S., but so it goes, I suppose.

And here’s the response from my Italian friend:

So in two European countries typically considered more liberal and libertine than the United States, the necessity of identification for voting seems well understood. But, here in the United States, you would hardly know that the rest of the world sees voter ID as a common sense precaution to maintain election integrity. Instead, you get cries of “JIM CROW REBORN!” , “RACISM!”, and “DISENFRANCHISEMENT!”

When election time ramps up in two years again, and when this fun little subject comes back to the forefront of the left’s collective psyche, just make sure to remind them that numerous countries around the world require ID to vote. And then, the fun, part… Ask them:

So, are all those countries RACIST?!

Yes, Your Vote Counts!

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Yesterday, July 31, 2012 was a monumental day in Texas. Though the national media refuses to take notice, proclaiming that the Tea Party is dead, Ted Cruz “clinched the Texas Republican Senate nomination” by 13 percentage points over the establishment Republican candidate, David Dewhurst.

Quite often, we hear someone say they never vote because their vote doesn’t count. History proves otherwise:

1960: John F. Kennedy (D) defeats Richard Nixon (R) by 84 Electoral Votes and won the popular vote by .2%
1844: James Polk (D) defeats Henry Clay (Whig) by 65 Electoral Votes and won the popular vote by 1.4%
1880: James Garfield (R) defeats Winfield Hancock (D) by 59 Electoral Votes and won the popular vote by .1%
1888: Benjamin Harrison (D) defeats Grover Cleveland (R) by 37 Electoral Votes but the popular vote by .8%
1884: Grover Cleveland (D) defeats James Blaine (R) by 37 Electoral Votes and wins the popular vote by .7%
1848: Zachary Taylor (Whig) defeats Lewis Cass (D) by 36 Electoral Votes and wins the popular vote by 4.8%
2004: George W. Bush (R) defeats John Kerry (D) by 35 Electoral Votes and wins the popular vote by 2.4%
1916: Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Charles Hughes (R) by 23 Electoral Votes and wins the popular vote by 3.1%
2000: George W. Bush (R) defeats Al Gore (D) by 5 Electoral Votes but loses the popular vote by .5%
1876: Rutherford Hayes (R) defeats Samuel Tilden (D) by 1 Electoral Vote but loses the popular vote by 3%

While the Cruz-Dewhurst race gained national attention, a much lesser known race speaks to the power of We The People.

While voting yesterday, my husband and I were met by a gentleman standing outside our voting precinct. He had a ‘NRA’ hat on, and told us that he was running for precinct chairman in our precinct. He informed us that he was running against the incumbent, who refused to show up to debate him.

As we talked to him, we assured him he would have our vote.

This morning we checked the results, and Brad McCally won with 4 single votes. Not 4 percentage points, not 40 votes…. 1, 2, 3, 4 votes. My husband and I were two of those four votes.

Had I not met Mr. McCally and talked with him, I would have not voted in that race. I choose not to vote when I am uninformed. However, because of Mr. McCally taking the time to talk to voters, he won by 4 votes. His opponent, Larry E. Hughes, refused to debate Mr. McCally, nor was he at the polling center.

Folks, we have to get involved! This is our country! YOUR vote DOES count!  

 

Tonight on the Dark Side with Kira Davis

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7/31/12  We’ll talk about Romney’s trip, Tuesday’s voting results and stories that are probably a little more important than Chick-Fil-A but aren’t getting coverage. Tune in tonight at 7pm Pacific/10pmEST on the CDNews Network on BlogTalk Radio.

UPDATE: Journalist and Breitbart contributor Brandon Darby will join me to discuss his investigation and recent report on human trafficking (one of the stories that does not receive nearly enough coverage). Don’t miss this!

Missed the show? Listen to or download the full episode right here.

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1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama — Part VIII

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  1. The website “Fight the Smears” denied that President Obama was a part of the socialist New Party while in Illinois. Another lie.
  2. Investigator Stanley Kurtz revealed new evidence from the Wisconsin Historical Society that corroborates that not only was Obama a member of the New Party, he signed a pledge that he would publicly support and associate himself with the Democrat Socialist of America-affiliated party while in office.
  3. During the Governor Walker recall stand-off, President Obama “tweeted present” prior to a humiliating loss for the Democrats.
  4. President Obama drew laughs from a LGBT Leadership Council fund-raiser in Beverly Hills by making an apparent fellatio-related double entendre that “Michelle didn’t go all the way down”… on her pushups.
  5. At another fundraiser, Obama joked that Clooney had been airbrushed out of the picture that made the “Hope” poster, and that this was the first and last time that would ever happen. Not a true story, however.
  6. In a recent report on the supposed 3 million “green jobs” manufactured under the Obama administration, all manner of positions, from garbageman to used clothing salesman to school bus driver were counted.
  7. In an article that was published on the Huffington Post, Republican Darrell Issa cited that $100 billion had been spent on “green jobs,” leading to little more than mounting debt.
  8. Issa provided the following dismal statistics regarding the green jobs training program: “Equipped with $500 million to fund ‘green’ worker training for 124,893 people, the IG [Inspector General] found they have only trained 52,762 (42 percent of the target), and only 8,035 actually got jobs (10 percent of the target). Of those, only 1,033 (two percent of the target) have kept their jobs longer than 6 months.”
  9. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also unilaterally changing the way jobs numbers are counted that will make it more difficult for journalists and economists to make timely assessments of their veracity, according to the transparency advocated Sunshine in Government.
  10. The BLS is also forcing journalists to report on economic data using government-issued computers.
  11. As noted in a Forbesarticle, a number of radicals have turned against Obama, calling him everything from a “psychopath” to a “megalomaniac” and arguing that he is little different than Bush.
  12. Famous left-wing academic Noam Chomsky once said that Obama is worse than Bush.
  13. Two of Obama’s close left-wing associates, Herb and Marion Sandler, were pioneers of the “option ARM” mortgage, which leads relatively poor people into mortgages whose interest payments they cannot ultimately afford.
  14. The Obama administration had direct contacts with the secretive left-wing billionaire summit “Democracy Alliance,” held at the posh Biltmore Hotel and chocked full of radical activists.
  15. Among Obama’s top bundlers is disgraced former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine.
  16. Although Obama couldn’t say that the goal of the mission in Afghanistan was “victory,” he named one of his campaign funds the Obama Victory Fund.
  17. While the AP ran a story whispering in hushed tones about Romney’s secret billionaire financiers, Forbes disclosed a number of billionaire bundlers doing likewise for Obama.
  18. This does not even include the Super-PAC funding of billionaires like George Soros, who can contribute unlimited sums to such campaign vehicles due to the “infamous” Citizens United ruling.
  19. Republican candidate Mitt Romney outfundraised Obama in May $76 million to $60 million.
  20. In May 2012, apparently haven’t learn the key economics lesson of his term, Obama proposes another multi-billion dollar slush fund stimulus program.
  21. As CBS reported, real inflation is not the modest 3.1% reported by the government, but a cumbersome 8%.
  22. Gas prices were up 103.77% under Obama in just two years.
  23. This is a bigger gas price increase than under Jimmy Carter.
  24. Gas prices have soared despite Obama releasing 30 billion barrels from its strategic petroleum reserve.
  25. Obama approved of $1.78 per gallon subsidy for corn ethanol fuel.
  26. As Reutersreported, Obama blamed others for high gasoline prices.
  27. When speaking on the economy, Obama made the revealing gaffe that he thought the economy was “doing just fine.”
  28. Former Obama adviser Stever Rattner appeared on MSNBC and disputed the president’s comment that the economy was “doing just fine.”
  29. After the phrase blew up in his face, he walked the comment back.
  30. Just a month prior, Obama had made a similar gaffe in regards to the magnitude of the recession that “sometimes I forget” [about it].
  31. President Obama once blamed the structural unemployment on the country’s level of automation… such as its ATM machines.
  32. The U.S.’ Global Competitiveness ranking has fallen from first place to fifth place under Obama.
  33. Obama’s Jewish mentor in Chicago was a socialist rabbi named Arnold Wolf.
  34. In a hot mic exchange with former French President Sarkozy, the president said of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, “”You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
  35. President Obama’s Catholic ally Father Pfleger is a left-wing “social justice” activist.
  36. Although he criticized Bush’s invasions of privacy, Obama is compiling vast amounts of data on all Americans.
  37. President Obama politicized the census by moving its supervision directly into the White House.
  38. The president sent a weapons contract to a foreign company with ties to Iran.
  39. The Obama administration compromised national security by leaking information regarding America’s cyber warfare tactics against Iran.
  40. Senate Democrats blasted the administration for allowing the leak and warned Iran would be justified in retaliating.
  41. Moderate Republican John McCain linked the intelligence leaks, including one regarding Obama’s “kill list,” to an election-year campaign effort to make Obama look tough on terrorism.
  42. Undisclosed Mossad agents revealed to the Israeli press that they think Obama did it for re-election purposes.
  43. Long-time Democratic strategist Pat Cadell believes the leaker is Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
  44. Early in his administration, Obama requested that Angela Merkel allow him to stage an election rally at the Brandenburg Gate — and was rebuffed.
  45. President Obama has personally reached out to Germany to loan economically floundering European countries more money in order to help his re-election chances. (Never mind if those European welfare states actually reform or not).
  46. A study shows that Mitt Romney’s Twitter followers are far more likely to be American than Obama’s. Only about half of Obama’s Twitter followers are Americans.
  47. Anecdotally, the Youtube phenomenon ‘Obama girl’ won’t endorse Obama, and is not as excited about the 2012 elections.
  48. According to the Army Times, about 3,000 troops are slated to serve in Africa next year.
  49. U.S fatalities in Afghanistan have doubled on President Obama’s watch compared with the campaign under Bush.
  50. Obama’s religious adviser Eboo Patel has been closely linked to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is building the Muslim victory mosque near the 9/11 WTC attacks site.
  51. Although the Obama administration stated that all officials are closely vetted, former “green jobs” czar Van Jones is an admitted 9/11 “truther.”
  52. When President Obama introduced President Bush at the latter’s White House portrait ceremony, the incoming president couldn’t resist making disparaging remarks about Bush leaving the economy in shambles and failing to capture Osama bin Laden.
  53. President Obama unilaterally went around Congress and announced that law enforcement officials should exercise ‘prosecutorial discretion’ in regards to certain illegal aliens. So apparently, Obama thinks it’s okay for him to put the caveats on the laws that Congress passes.
  54. President Obama’s wife Michelle, who is not elected to be an official, has a staff of 22 assistants, who make a combined $1.5 million a year, all at taxpayer expense.
  55. President Obama himself has a dog trainer/sous chef on retainer for $102,000 a year, also at taxpayer expense.
  56. Michelle Obama’s Spanish vacation alone cost taxpayers $470,000, according to Judicial Watch.
  57. Her family vacation to Botswana and South Africa cost over $424,000.
  58. A single vacation with President Obama is noted to have cost over $4 million.
  59. In one year, the Obamas racked up nearly $10 million in vacations total.
  60. The transparency group Judicial Watch has sued for further information on the bills that the Obamas have stuck American taxpayers with.
  61. President Obama personally gave out 1,200 Obamacare waivers to businesses, a flagrant disregard of the rule of law and a patronizing form of power-building virtually foreign to the American presidency.
  62. Labor unions that predominately backed the Obamacare law received numerous waivers, betraying an outrageous double standard.
  63. President Obama gave 58 speeches in 51 weeks selling Obamacare.
  64. Despite this smarm offensive, sixty percent of Americans think the president’s healthcare law violates individual rights.
  65. In 2009 alone, the president made 726 speeches or official public appearances, which is nearly two a day.
  66. The White House also held 332 White House evenings events in that year alone.
  67. According to the Cost of Government Center, it takes the average working American until August 2nd to pay off the cost of government. This is an increase from “just” 103 days under previous presidents.
  68. The COGC estimates that it now takes the average American 77 days to pay for the cost of government regulations, while under previous regimes it was “only” 61 days.
  69. Obama promised to reduce the fine print of home mortgage contracts. Currently, Fannie Mae’s mortgage paperwork weighs in at 120 pages, while Freddie’s a svelte 150 pages, and FHA is a big-boned 200 pages.
  70. Under Obama, federal government hiring went up 1.3% total in the first three years, although it fell by 1.3% in 2011. Declining local employment levels has led to an overall drop in public sector jobs. Obama has lied by saying that slowed government hiring in a recession is unprecedented.
  71. The crackpot “cash for clunkers” program burned through its billion dollar allocation in a week, and then quickly bled red by another $2 billion.
  72. Obama gave tax breaks for certain electric golf carts. One wealthy individual bought up ten to trim his tax burden by $5,500 each before selling nine for a healthier bottom line.
  73. Obama promised to “reduce drug use and the great damage it causes.” His administration then increased spending on drug law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms. U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske later conceded the strategy hasn’t worked.
  74. As the Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted, the monumental Community Living Assistance Services and Support act has “no viable path forward” at this time. The program was slated as a budget gimmick to trim $86 billion from the federal deficit.
  75. In 2010, the Obama administrative touted an impending “recovery summer,” which was supposed to see an immense increase in jobs. Instead, unemployment actually went up twice on the way to 9.8%.
  76. Two years after Obamacare is passed, he claims that an individual mandate is necessary to cover those with pre-existing conditions. But this is false due to the existence of “high risk pools.”
  77. Has presided over a judicially imposed drought in California’s Central Valley due to some endangered species.
  78. Due to the president’s refusal to hold Attorney General Eric Holder administratively responsible for the deaths of hundreds due to the disastrous Fast and Furious operation, the House has been compelled to bring contempt charges against Holder.
  79. The state of Florida has resorted to suing the Obama administration for blocking its purging of voter rolls of non-citizens.
  80. The DOJ under Obama blocked implementation of a voter ID law in South Carolina on civil rights grounds, even though the state added a provision that it would pay for free voter IDs and allow post-voting verification.
  81. Texas has also filed a similar suit against the administration, charging the administration with showing how compliance with the law disproportionately hurts Hispanic voters.
  82. Obama has ignored the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction committee.
  83. Although the youth vote and activism was crucial to Obama’s first election campaign, pollster Zoby says younger voters are giving up on politics.
  84. President Obama’s EPA is making a power grab to control ditches, gullies, and ponds on private property through the “Clean Water Act.”
  85. The Obama campaign is apparently engaging in an ‘unprecedented’ data mining operation to target potential voters. Whether or not the campaign is relying purely on public attainable data is anybody’s guess.
  86. The Obama administration is buying access to online users’ profiles from businesses like Google and Yahoo.
  87. The president “worked” a fundraiser at one percenter George Clooney’s swanky estate, selling plates at $40,000 a pop.
  88. President Obama has gone on a glitzy fundraising tour in liberal California while the economy continues to struggle creating jobs.
  89. The Obama campaign has scapegoated the GOP by claiming Republicans are rooting against the economy to turn around, as if this has anything to do with whether or not his policies work.
  90. Left-leaning neorealist Stephen Walt writes a list of ten foreign policy failures of the Obama administration. The most damning linkage is how Obama has failed to help the world economy recover.
  91. Obama announces a “jobs plan” of more spending in September 2011, after effectively admitting the previous bout of stimulus failed by stating flatly “the economy has stalled.”
  92. An all-time record of 16.3 million families are “upside down” on their mortgages.
  93. According to an economist, the economy has lost $1.3 trillion in annual demand since Obama took over.
  94. President Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently said Obama’s economic policies have been “remarkably successful.”
  95. According to a November 15, 2011 report of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) , the Obama Administration is on track to file 1,365 prosecutions for financial fraud, the lowest number in 20 years.
  96. Twenty-five percent of American households have someone who is unemployed and looking for work.
  97. According to an August 2011 survey, forty-two percent of Americans are living “paycheck to paycheck.”
  98. Up to June 2011, the Federal Reserve has effectively “pumped” $2.5 trillion into the economy.
  99. Under President Obama, the net worth of the American family has fallen 40% in three years.
  100. Obama once denied engaging in class warfare and declared to a national audience “I’m a warrior for the middle class.”

This is the eighth in a ten part series. Continued here

FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF 1001 REASONS CLICK HERE.

Media Brainwashing Techniques: How Do we Overcome It?

In yesterday’s article I delved into Ben Kinchlow’s excellent commentary on the World Net Daily site from February 26, 2012 .

In his article Kinchlow laid out the media’s brainwashing tactics very well. I expanded a little deeper into the political side than did Kinchlow but it is based on the very same pattern. I merely expanded into the political realm a bit deeper.

We can see how the political deck is stacked against us, so what do we do? We are bombarded every day with “only this tactic can win”, “only this candidate can win”, “this issue might scare off a voting block”, ”don’t criticize Obama”, “you have to be inclusive”, and “you have to draw in the ‘Independent’ voters”. This propaganda comes at us from every angle, from every voice on television and radio. We hear this from everyone in the media, and from every politician. It is entirely propaganda, but we don’t have to buy into it.

We the People are a majority, not a minority to cower before the “all-powerful” media and “omnipotent” politicians. Why should we “choose” from among these few Republican candidates? Why not have a candidate that doesn’t owe his or her loyalty to a political party? Why do we need political experience to run government at any level? “You aren’t a lawyer so you won’t understand legislation” we hear from the media “elites” and politicians. “So write it so I can understand it, or are you not educated well enough to write in plain English?” I am smarter than you think I am, and calling me stupid or ignoring me is not going to make me go away.

Sadly, too many people fall for the con job of the media and the “all-wise” politicians. Too many have bought the political correctness baloney or have been intimidated into silence. I constantly hear the mantra from people that I know; “you can’t say that”, “we have to nominate someone who can beat Obama”, “We need a big name, a well-known name to win”. So, We the People go out and vote for the same bunch of lame candidates that got us into this mess in the first place. They ALL have a better idea than you do. Unfortunately THEIR better idea is spending your money, and my money, the way THEY want and telling US what we can do with our opinions. Our objections are met with derisions of racism, sexism, or “unfairness”. We look for the least objectionable option and vote for it, then go home and wonder why someone doesn’t do something to stop this.

We the People make up 67% of the populace. Suppose we all chose up sides and decided we aren’t going to vote for the candidate picked by the “media elites”, those who know better than us ignorant serfs. Suppose we decide to pool our 67% and vote for a dark horse that the elitists don’t even know. These dark horse unknowns are out there running. There are good solid conservatives who work for a living and know what life is really about in middle America. How long has it been since Mitty the Poo, (oops never), Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, or Rick Santorum have been poor or middle class? Never maybe, as in the case of Mitty the Poo?

Why not pick someone with real middle class work experience, and values that mean something more than money, power, and prestige? Why not elect a man/woman who is truly Of the People, By the People, and For the People? Can’t win, you say? Why not? Because We the People would rather elect those we know we cannot trust than take a chance on one of our own. Vote for an evil that isn’t quite as bad as the evil sitting in power now is the propaganda we are fed by those pulling the puppet strings. It is easier to condescend to a greater level of tyranny we now face than it is take the same chances our founders took.

But we don’t have to take the same chances our founding fathers took. We don’t have to start a nation from scratch, we merely have to restore what they gave us. Everything we need is in place. The Declaration of Independence gives us the right to address our grievances, and if ignored, take action to remove those ignoring the will of We the People. The Constitution, if followed, gives everyone in this nation the same opportunity for success.

I am not talking about another Revolutionary War. I am talking about a revolution of voters. It is up to the voters of this nation to grow some spine and stand up for themselves. Quit hiding behind politically correct speech and actions. Stop being intimidated into silence by loud mouthed, name calling, bullies. True conservatives don’t need political correctness. The heart of a conservative is fair and compassionate, but practical. You can make a difference if you will just do it, if you will step outside of the box you have been placed in by political operatives and the media.

Get involved in the process while there is still a process to get involved in. Our founding fathers gave us the mechanism to peacefully overcome those who would enslave us. If we learn from their experience and use the system they gave us we win. Everyone get in the game and do your part to take our country back.

One candidate running for the Republican presidential nomination is John Albert Dummett Jr. (www.johndummett.us). John lives in California and is a program analyst for the California Fish and Game Department. Not many have heard of him because he doesn’t have the same deep pockets as the other Republican candidates. He doesn’t have a Super-PAC taking in tens of millions of dollars from single donors. He doesn’t have Sean Hannity and Neal Boortz clamoring for his time. He doesn’t have ABC, CBS, and the rest of the alphabet soup of propaganda outlets seeking his viewpoint. He only has a very small volunteer campaign staff and a few donations from people willing to take a chance on real change, to take a chance on a real American success story. He is one of us.

What John does have is a plan and a vision of a return to the Constitution, the rule of law; and government of the People, By the People, and For the People. There are a few more like him out there in America, willing to be belittled by the power brokers who have all the money and all the clout in the media. Laurie Roth is another although I don’t know a great deal about her.

We don’t need fancy law degrees and experience in government to get us back to what our founders created. This isn’t rocket science, in spite of what the ruling class tells you. We need God first. We then need good decent people who will look after the future of freedom; not see how powerful they can become, who they can rub noses with, how many vacations they can take in a year, and how fancy they can live. Those on the stage now have been a part of the failure of the last 30 years; and we are going to put them back into control from fear? Fear of what, Obama? Do you have a fear of Obama that is so great it will lead you to vote your freedom away to people you know do not have that freedom as their top priority? Do you have a fear so great that you are willing to vote for someone not quite as evil as the one sitting in office now? Do you not have the courage to say, ”enough of this”, and support someone who believes in what he says?

If our founders had acquiesced to this fear we would still be “sipping tea at two”, singing “Hail Britannia”, and misspelling words. Or maybe our grandfathers could have cowered to Tojo and Hitler. We could be speaking Japanese or German and already living in concentration camps, er FEMA camps. Or maybe we would be living in Soviet gulags, or living like those in North Korea, Cuba, China, and Venezuela. We need to support people with vision, people with real values, people with courage.

Use the system now in place to make your voice heard. Get involved politically to make a difference. Don’t give me the “we have to vote for ‘mainstream candidates’ or else”, or “3rd Party/unknown candidates can’t win”. Tim Cox of GOOOH is recruiting everyday people to serve in the House of Representatives. John Dummett is spending a great deal of his time and all the money he can afford to make a difference for us, the 67%, not represented by the main stream political machine of either party. We the People won’t be represented until we change who we support. Cowardice will only get us more of the same as we have now. Courage is needed now, but what is courage? We will look at courage in tomorrow’s edition.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
March 7, 2012

Getting Political with Kids

As my kids and I pulled into the local community center parking lot this morning, ready to cast a vote in the GOP primary, the past 10 years of voting sort of flashed before my eyes. I had visions of all the times my children have accompanied me to the ballot box, all the campaign events they’d already been to in their short years of life, and I was overcome with pride.

When my daughter was two, she rode alongside me to South Carolina and Florida, campaigning for the Bush-Cheney re-election. She had adopted cute little catch phrases along the way, which she recited daily, charming everyone from the Publix cashier to her preschool teachers: “Laura Bush is a cwassy wady!”; “John Kerry is a flip-flopper” (which made her giggle every time she said it); and “Vote for George ‘n Cheney!” Campaigning in Jacksonville on that warm November day in 2008, I feel sure that my daughter helped President George W. Bush bring it home in Florida.

Over the years, we’ve traveled to surrounding states to attend FairTax rallies, and worked on other campaigns – some not so successful – but what my kids are learning along the way is that it takes active citizenship to make a difference. They see other people sitting around complaining about their status in life, but I’m proud to say that my children know that action is the only solution to a problem.

This morning, I talked them through the entire voting experience yet again, explaining why we show our ID and voter’s registration card, why it’s necessary to still complete the form, why the “ballot” looks like a credit card, how to cast an electronic vote and so forth. At one point, my oldest looked up at me in that tween way and said, “Moooom, we know.” And I was rewarded.

We voted and were out of there, peach-covered “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker on each of us, in less than 15 minutes. Much to their chagrin, I made them stop outside the precinct and pose for a picture next to the “Vote Here” sign. When I looked through the lens, though, I felt my eyes well up with tears. My kids were actually excited to be there with me. Like me, they see voting as an honor, not an obligation (though one day I’ll teach them that it is a little of both).

I know it will only be a few more years – just two more presidential elections – until my daughter will be voting for the very first time. Regardless of which way she ends up voting, I feel sure I have instilled in her the importance of active citizenship. I hope she takes me to the polls with her.

Ohio Votes on Key Issues: Will America Follow Suit?

Citizens from the great state of Ohio will vote Tuesday on two issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the rest of the country.  The first of the initiatives, Issue 3, is a vote on an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution that would exempt the state from the new national healthcare laws (Obamacare).  At the heart of Issue 3 is the concern over Ohio’s citizens being legally compelled to participate in federally mandated insurance programs.  If passed, the Issue will amend the Ohio Constitution to say: “In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.”

With Obamacare on the fast track to a Supreme Court ruling, Ohio’s Issue 3 could have an effect on the final judgement of the constitutionality of the law.  If voters choose to strike down the amendment, the SCOTUS can use voter sentiments in that state to sway their decision.  Americans were not given the option of voting for Obamacare and many opponents say it never would have passed the smell test if citizens had been given the option to vote for the legislation in the first place.  Ohio is the first state that will put that theory to the test.  If voters reject the measure, the SCOTUS could use that as a guage for how the rest of the country would feel about national healthcare requirements.  Taking that into consideration, it seems more likely that the Justices would uphold Obamacare as the law of the land, citing Ohio as an example of how Americans feel Obamacare does not violate their Constitutional rights.  Conversely, a vote to adopt could also sway the SCOTUS in the direction of striking down Obamacare for good.

The second initiative is Issue 5, which addresses the state of union pay and benefits in Ohio.  As we’ve seen in the battles in Indiana and Wisconsin earlier this year, public union reforms are becoming a hot button issue in the States.  With bankruptcy looming for many of the States, some governors are being forced to drastically change their budgets and cut costs in order to address tanking balance sheets.  Public unions have come under fire as a large drain on state and local budgets.  In Wisconsin, unions rioted at the capital, protesting against Governor Scott Walker’s attempts to curb union benefits and require public union employees to contribute to their own healthcare and pension funds.  Ohio Senate Bill 5 closely mirrors Walker’s ultimately successful reforms.  It curbs their right to collectively bargain for anything outside of wages and prohibits striking.  It puts an end to the “fair share” policy of unions, which extracts dues from all employees including those who opt out of the union system.  It will also, like Wisconsin, require unions to pay more into their own healthcare and pension programs.  Although Issue 5 doesn’t carry the same national weight as Issue 3, its passage could signal a continuing momentum in States’ battle against exorbitant public union pay and clout, which has greatly contributed to the budget crisis across America.  Passage of Issue 5 in Ohio could embolden other strapped states to follow suit.

Issue 2 is also an important initiative to watch as it wrestles control away from public unions and puts budgeting of salary and expenses back in the hands of local elected officials.

Ohio has a huge day of voting on Tuesday that could have quite a persuasive effect on the rest of the country.  As the saying goes, “As Ohio goes, so goes the rest of America”.