Liberty Candidates Speak


Electing the Next Statist

by Ken Matesz for Governor, OH

Many supporters of my campaign are aware that I teach classes about the US Constitution. In fact, my first public announcement of my candidacy for Governor of Ohio occurred at the very end of one of my classes last winter. A month or so later at a tea party gathering where I briefly spoke, one of my students came to me and said, “I really appreciate your class and everything you are doing, but I will not be voting for you. I have to cast a vote for the Republican candidate. We can’t let the Democrats stay in office.”

This makes me wonder about the value of the tea party groups. If their only goal is to prevent Democrats from being elected, then why all the education? Why bother with learning the Constitution? Why bother circulating petitions for health-care amendments? Why bother calling and writing to congressmen and senators? Why bother learning more about free-market economics? Why study the founders and our founding principles? If the solution lies in electing Republicans, then there is no more you need to know. Just show up and vote Republican and all will be well.

I get emails from some of my students telling me how horrible the Obama spending binges are – how his deficits dwarf those of George W. Bush; how the debt under Obama is increasing wildly, when it “only” increased by $4 trillion under Bush. And I ask them, do you have any idea how much money $4 trillion is?

In Ohio, you have three viable choices for governor; but you only have two choices in ideology. You can either work to elect me, a strict constitutionalist, or you can elect a statist. Both John Kasich and Ted Strickland are statists.

What is a statist? This term gets thrown around here and there. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines statism as, “concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.” Evolving statism is what we have across the United States right now. As we’ve seen under the Bush and Obama administrations, our elected officials no longer have any qualms about using taxpayer dollars to bailout private firms such as financial institutions and automobile industries. Step by step we are moving closer to, not just statism, but totalitarianism.

Now, totalitarianism is defined as, “centralized control by an autocratic authority” or “the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority.” John Kasich, in particular, is totalitarian minded. This was most blatantly revealed in a recent interview he had with radio host Brian Wilson on Toledo’s WSPD radio station (1370 on the AM dial). First, Mr. Kasich indicated that the assault weapons ban he championed as a career politician in Congress was not “effective” and he “doesn’t think” we need to do something similar right now. In other words, if he thought it would be effective, he would be all for the state dictating your gun rights. This is a statist view.

Mr. Kasich likewise champions the statist view that government or a majority has the power to decide what rights a person has. When asked about the smoking ban and the rights of private property owners, he simply said that he likes the law and supports it. He does not want personal property rights defended.

Neither Kasich nor Strickland care about your private property rights, your natural rights, or the very freedoms supposedly preserved in the Ohio Constitution’s Bill of Rights. If you are busily circulating and supporting initiatives like the Ohio Project (Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment) or state sovereignty issues and amendments, you might as well stop doing so if you are going to cast a vote for John Kasich or Ted Strickland. Neither one has the ideology to support these initiatives. The only reason we even need these initiatives at all is because we have elected officials who are statists. What good does a constitutional amendment do if no one in office cares about the constitution? Our Ohio Constitution already prohibits the new federal health care mandates, but do you see anyone (i.e. Ted Strickland or John Kasich) talking about that? Of course not. Because they don’t care. They just want to get elected. Neither one knows of any successful life outside the political arena where they live off the public dole.

Fortunately for them, they are running as part of the Democrat or Republican Party. And we all know that everything will be solved if we just elect the Republican this time around, because “we can’t let the Democrats stay in office.”

I hope you will be happy with your next statist governor of Ohio! I guess the good news is that you’ll still have something to hold protest rallies for!

A Short Introduction to Libertarianism

by Chris Cantwell – Congress 2010 New York

(as posted on the Conservative Society for Action Message Board 12/15/09)

The Basic Principles

1. Self Ownership – You own your life, you own your body.
2. All Rights Derive From Property – You have the exclusive right to exercise control over your property.
3. Non-Aggression – The Only limitation to your rights is the equal rights of others.
4. The Right To Contract – The Right to contract is one of the most fundamental human rights, and
is essential to economics and human interaction.
5. The Only Purpose of Government is to Protect The Rights – Including and especially, the rights of the minority.

These rights do not come from government, the constitution, citizenship, or any other source but the laws of nature.

Examples,

You have the right to freedom of speech, not because of the first amendment, but because you own your lungs, you own your lips, your vocal cords, and your mind and your ideas. If someone tried to limit your freedom of speech, they would be implying some ownership over these things.

You have the right to keep and bear arms, not because of the second amendment, but because you have the right to protect your property.

Your freedom of speech is limited by the property of others. I do not have the right to say whatever I like on this forum, it is a privilege for me to do this, because the database is owned by meetup.com and they have the absolute right to delete any post I make or ban me from the site. Stephen Flanagan has made a contract with meetup.com (his agreement and payment to run this group), so he has the right to delete my post or ban me from this group at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. Either or both entities may do this because they have the right to protect their property.

Meetup.com has the rights, and has made a contract with Stephen Flanagan to delegate some of those rights to him. President Obama cannot grant Stephen Flanagan the authority to exercise control over the meetup.com database because President Obama does not own the database.

Only the owner of the property can exercise control over property, or delegate authority to someone else to exercise control over the property.

Government is made up of human beings, and they have no rights or claims higher than any other human beings, you cannot grant the government any powers that you do not have yourself.

You have the right to protect your property, so you make a contract (your vote and taxes) with the government to protect your property for you (Police). This is important because for an economy to thrive, people need to be able to trade without threat of violence or coercion.

You have the right to contract, so you make a contract (your vote and taxes) with the government to create courts which will enforce contracts. This is important because without contracts, our economy would shrivel up and die.

You have the right to travel, so you make a contract (your vote and taxes) with the government to make sure there are paths by which you may travel without violating private lands (roads).

You do not have the right to someone else’s property. You have no right to make a contract with your vote to take away my money to pay for your health care, nor can you make a contract with the government to compel doctors to treat you for free.

You do not have the right to abridge someone else’s right to contract. You have no right make a contract with your vote to prevent two men, or a man and five women, from making a marriage contract. You do not have the right to decide who an employer may or may not make an employment contract with (immigration).

You do not have the right to kill, outside of self defense. So you have no right to make a contract with your vote to have the government kill outside of self defense on your behalf.

You have the right to use drugs, it is your body, your life, you have the exclusive right exercise control over them, to destroy them if you see fit, you also have the right to shoot yourself in the foot, or burn your house down, I don’t recommend you do any of these things, but I support your right to do so. But you do not have the right to steal to obtain drugs, or to collect welfare because you are unable to work due to your addiction.

It is the role of government to secure borders to guard against aggressors
It is the role of government to protect, not redistribute, property
It is the role of government to enforce, not abridge, contracts
It is the role of government to punish aggressors

It is not the role of government to grant any preference to one culture or religion over another
It is not the role of government to legislate morality
It is not the role of government to create a perfectly safe environment
It is not the role of government to make sure you have what you need or want

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What is the Role of Government?

By John Jay Myers – Congress 2010 Texas

I do not believe that the Democrats are single handedly destroying this country. I know that they, like the Republicans, are using both hands.

I am reluctant to sacrifice time from my family and my work, but things have gotten to the point where I have to take a stand for American principles and American people.

Our country has forgotten why we have a government and why we have a Constitution. The Constitution exists to guarantee that no one can exploit the government to further their own profit at the expense of the people.

Sadly, the basic principles that we as Americans all hold dear have been abandoned by our leaders. The major problems that we all endure find their source in the unjust manipulation of government. Government uses the problems it creates as justification for taking even more power out of your own hands. Their deception cannot be tolerated in a free and just society. If we are ever to have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people again, we cannot fail to enforce the Constitution on our representatives.

All people are equal, the color of someone’s skin or their gender, sexual orientation or religion should not dictate their place in life. Everyone should have an equal chance to succeed.

One person should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of another. We need to live our lives with greater personal responsibility and rely less on the Government.

I only believe in one “conspiracy”. I believe the people with money and power use it to influence politicians, who follow along either through misplaced philanthropy or outright greed, at the expense of everyone else. I realize this is not going to sound shocking to 95% of America, which is probably the saddest part about our current situation.

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” ~Ayn Rand

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Copenhagen’s Climate Fascists

Dr. Tim Nerenz U.S. House of Representatives Wisconsin

http://timnerenz.com/content/copenhagens-climate-fascists
In the movies, international leaders respond to looming environmental apocalypse by sending Bruce Willis into space. In Copenhagen, they send cash to Sudan.

Whatever you believe about the science of global warming, you can’t possibly still think 20,000 European socialists can save us from it.  Their solution is predictably lame: transfer wealth from rich countries to poor ones. Yawn.
Paying a $10 billion per year guilt tax to third world dictators will not cool the planet, but this has never been about science; it is simply the latest front in a century-long attack on American ideals of liberty and capitalism.  We should quit pretending it is something else.
The Copenhagen Climatistas are not fighting to save the planet; they are fighting to hold on to an illusion of U.N. relevance in a world reconfigured without them by the ascendance of Asian capitalism.
In the past quarter century, billions of people have turned to American-inspired capitalism to raise themselves out of the poverty that the previous half a century of European-inspired socialism brought them. Rejected by thinking humans, the one-world statists have turned to rocks and shrubs to find a constituency for their discredited ideas.
President Obama should not go to Copenhagen. What is at stake there is American sovereignty. We are the richest nation because we are the most productive; and we are the most productive because we use the most energy. Energy equals prosperity, and should not give up 40% of ours just because a handful of collectivist dinosaurs find their impotence frustrating.
Energy is the currency of economic liberty. The goal of climate fascists is to seize control of it and ration it according to their own ambitions; to regulate the economic activity of the whole world. Democrats seek their approval; Republicans fear their scorn; Libertarians refuse to indulge them their world government fantasy.
Our energy is not theirs to ration. Our prosperity is not theirs to negotiate. Our Liberty is not theirs to trade. Vote Libertarian. Vote Tim, Not Tammy.

Tim Nerenz is the Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin’s 2nd District. To support Dr. Tim’s campaign, please visit the campaign website at www.timnerenz.com.

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Line Item Veto Is Dangerous
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:54 |  Author: Chris Cantwell  – Congress, NY

As the conservative revenge for the Obama Administration, and the 111th Congress, brews in America, I am hearing more and more talk of a constitutional amendment for “Line Item Veto” power for the President.

It seems like a good idea at first, because we all know how things get done in Washington, Representatives and Senators buy votes for terrible legislation by trading earmarks to bring money back to their states and districts, which helps them buy votes and get re-elected. A way to eliminate that practice seems priceless to many people, and line item veto promises to do it.

For those unaware, currently when a bill is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, the bill goes to the President and he may sign it into law or veto it and send the bill back to the House of Congress from which it originated with his comments. Line Item Veto would allow the president to veto individual line items or sections of a bill, without sending it back to Congress.

The current health care debate gives us great examples of both the good and bad of this power.

On the good side, if President Obama had line item veto power, he could veto the deal Senator Ben Nelson made for his vote, a provision exempting his state from paying the usual share of costs for new Medicaid patients, a deal critics have dubbed the Cornhusker Kickback and is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years. Or Mary Landrieu’s $300 Million “Louisiana Purchase” Which she has actually bragged about saying “I am not going to be defensive. And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix”. Or Conneticut Senator Chris Dodd’s $100 Million earmark for a health care facility in his state. So right there, if you trust the President to do so, could have saved us $500 Million.

On the other hand, we have the amendment which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions in the bill, which the President could just as easily veto before passing the bill into law, as well as language which would deny coverage to illegal immigrants.

To keep up my Libertarian habit of attacking Congress and the President in a bipartisan fashion, we wouldn’t have been any better off with this power in the hands of President Bush. The little bit of restraint left in the Patriot act and other orwellian nightmare legislation passed under his watch could have been removed by line item veto under his watch as well.

Presidents have long been in the habit of attempting to mimic line item veto power, and to usurp legislative authority through the practice of “Signing Statements” essentially saying “I interpret this that way, I don’t think I will obey this law, war is peace, and obedience is freedom” President Obama campaigned against this practice, but he is using it today as well. But the Supreme Court has not addressed this issue entirely yet, except to ignore such a statement by President George W. Bush in a 2006 case known as Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

At the end of the day, putting any more power in the hands of the President is just a bad idea. Our system of checks and balances has been almost completely dismantled both by unconstitutional means (too many to list),and bad constitutional amendments like the 12th Amendment, which allows the President to pick his Vice President instead of the Vice President being the candidate with the second most votes like it was prior, the 16th Amendment, which creates the IRS, and the 17th Amendment which takes representation in the Senate away from the State Legislatures.

If the President doesn’t want to sign a bad bill, then the President doesn’t have to sign the bill, and he shouldn’t sign the bill. So much has been done to try to help Washington “Get Things Done” as if that were a good thing. I don’t want Washington getting things done. The Constitution says Congress shall meet at least once a year, but they are working nights, weekends, and holidays to get things done. This should give you a pretty good clue they are getting a lot more done than they were ever supposed to!

Line Item Veto is dangerous, please oppose it and make sure candidates you support also oppose it, this would require a Constitutional Amendment, so make sure to ask your state legislatures about their opinions on it too, not just your Congressman.

If we’re going to amend the Constitution, let’s take power away from Washington by repealing the 16th and 17th Amendments, instead of giving it more with Line Item Veto.

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Haiti: a warning to California

by Chelene Nightingale

Thu, Jan 21st 2010

Haiti’s tragic events could happen anywhere in the world.  Some estimate the 7.0 earthquake could reach a final death toll of nearly 200,000 individuals.  In addition, Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, has been ravished due to poor building design and construction.

Not only is Haiti one of the poorest countries in the world, but according to the International Corruption Perceptions Index, it is also one of the most corrupt ranking near the bottom at number 168.  In contrast the United States is ranked only 19th on the same corruption index and although our national debt is hovering around $12 trillion, we still are considered a wealthy nation.  In fact, if the state of California was an independent nation, we would be considered the 8th largest economy in the world (though that status is falling).

But with a historically rising 12.2% state unemployment rate and a $68 billion public debt, our financial foundation is weakening.  In fact, with the increasing unemployment rates, home foreclosures are reaching record highs.

Of course economic woes cannot compare to the thousands of lost lives from the devastating earthquake.  However, Haiti is an alarming reminder that a nation needs a solid foundation to endure the unexpected tragedies in life.  Although America did prevail in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, our nation was indeed stronger back in 2001.

If California was rocked with another Northridge type earthquake, would our state recover?  The Northridge earthquake was one of the costliest natural disasters in US History with an estimated $20 billion in damages alone.  The quake literally shut down the Los Angeles region stopping business and production.  In addition hospitals, schools, media, radio and freeways were affected.  The entire infrastructure was stressed but eventually the city recovered.

But 15 years ago, even in a recession, Californians enjoyed higher than the national average in employment wages.   Although our state debt and borrowing began to dig us in a hole back in the 90’s, we still did not have the overly explosive debt, plus overwhelming population that we do today.  If we continue on this financial road, then the next natural disaster could devastate California in a similar manner as Haiti.

How then, do we prepare for and prevent such a fate?  We must repair the financial damage by implementing the following ten measures:

1.  Ending state welfare benefits for illegal immigrants

2.  Abolishing AB 32 which will end the regulations killing state businesses

3.  Allowing water to flow through the Central Valley to prosper our state’s agriculture

4.  Reverse the high business taxes and strict regulations that have chased both business and production out of our once Golden State.

5.  Return the legislature to a part-time status

6.  Investigate wasteful spending and create solutions

7.  Sell state parks back to the private sector

8.  Wrangle down the power of public employee unions stifling our state

9.  Force sanctuary cities to utilize their own resources instead of state’s resources for breaking the law.

10.  Support small businesses and legal California workers

In addition to these ten solutions, we must implement a state-owned banking system like North Dakota has established.  Due to their state bank, North Dakota is not experiencing an economic downturn or high unemployment rate like the rest of the nation.  Since California is considered a bad debt now, a state bank would allow us to create our own credit, deposit our funds, and return profits into the public system.  Since California is still one of the largest economies in the world, our state could run independent of the increasing national economic crisis while strengthening our own foundation.

As we pray, hope, and donate to Haiti, we cannot forget that earthquakes are part of California life.  We need to ensure that our structure and economy sit on a solid foundation.

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Your Own Life

By Alexander Snitker – United States Senate 2010 Florida

That is a self-evident statement. It is the fundamental concept of freedom. You own your life. No individual or group can make any higher claim on your life than you. Nor can you, as an individual or member of a group, make a higher claim on anyone else’s life. To be deprived of life through force is murder.

Because you own your life, you also own your actions. You are free to engage in any action you like, as long as it does not specifically deprive another individual of their freedom. You may enter into any relationship or association with any other individual, as long as it is consensual. To be deprived of liberty through force or coercion is slavery.

Because you own your life, you also own the fruits of your labors. You own what you produce. This is your property. Property can consist of your money, your house, or your lava lamp. No individual or group has a higher claim on your property than you. Nor do you have a higher claim on any other individual’s property. You are free to consensually exchange your property for the property of others. To be deprived of property through force or coercion is theft.

I’d like to ask you a basic question: Which of your freedoms are you willing to surrender to the government? Are you willing to surrender your life? Are you willing to surrender your liberty? Are you willing to surrender your property?

Today, both of the two major political parties are asking you to sacrifice your freedoms. A vote for one of the two parties is a vote for which of these freedoms you are willing to surrender.

Democrats force you to surrender your property. They believe that the poor, the unions, or the uninsured have a higher claim on your property than you do. They believe the government has the authority to confiscate your property in order to redistribute it to other individuals, based upon their judgment of worthiness.

Republicans force you to surrender your liberty. They believe that the church, the corporations, or the majority have a higher claim on your liberty than you do. They believe the government has the authority to enforce a moral code, and they want to determine who you marry, what you put into your body, and who your enemies are.

Throughout history, when a government was willing to take liberty or property by force or coercion, they ultimately devolved into taking the most fundamental of all freedoms…life.

This happened in antiquity at the hands of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. It happened in the middle ages at the hands of the kings of Europe and the inquisitors of the church. It happened in the modern era at the hands of Nazi Germans, Stalinist Soviets, and Maoist Chinese.

There is only one political party in America that holds the fundamental principle of freedom above all other issues:

The Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government’s only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships. Only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. Stop supporting the lesser of two evils.

Stop supporting the two-party political machine. Join the Libertarian Party.

Many of you will argue that a third party candidate will never win. You may think that supporting a third party is throwing your vote away. Allow me to explain why that type of thinking will ensure that true and meaningful change never happens.

Some people will continue to vote for a candidate because of an (R) or (D) next to their name. They may have done this all their lives, hoping that “this time, it will be different.” Ask yourself this: Has it ever really been different?

How many times have you voted Republican because you believe in economic freedom? Have the Republicans ever delivered true economic freedom? Our tax system is broken and unjust. Our debt is unsustainable and unending. Our small businesses are being crushed by regulation.

How many times have you voted Democrat because you believe in civil liberties? Have the Democrats ever delivered true individual liberty? Gays and lesbians are still second-class citizens. There are plants that you are forbidden to possess or use. You can be forced to fight wars that you oppose.

If there is ever to be real and lasting change, you must stand up for your beliefs. The time is now to support candidates who will protect ALL of your freedoms, not just select ones.

It is your time to act. To speak. To vote your conscience. Take action today.

The Libertarian Party is the largest third party in America, with over 200,000 registered voters. In recent elections, the Libertarian Party has run more candidates on the ballot for local, state and national offices than all other third parties…combined.

You can make a difference by supporting Alexander Snitker, Libertarian for U.S. Senate. This is a true, grass-roots campaign is looking for volunteers for canvassing, fund raising, viral marketing, multimedia production, and a host of other positions. Contact us today to find out how you can help.

www.snitker2010.com

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Which Poster was Free?

My congressman sent me a poster!    Lots of politicians have done this, Chairman Mao, for instance.  But if you’ve ever studied the Chinese “cultural revolution” you know that they paid for their posters, as I’m paying for mine.  The Chinese paid with their lives, their intellectual and artistic “supreme-a-tons”,  and their freedom.

What I find most disturbing, though, is the content of my gift.  Mr. Stupak wants to be congratulated for all the jobs he has “created” in the legislature.  This is hard to swallow, because government creates nothing.  They redistribute jobs as they redistribute wealth…without our consent.  His “Economic Recovery Report” is propaganda.  It is false.   And I paid for it.  (Says so, on the front.)

According to the text on my poster, Mr. Stupak has been responsible for 1,950 jobs in the first district.  My family has been in the restaurant business for years, and employs far fewer people.  However,  selling hamburgers actually fulfills a need. In the free market, if nobody wants to buy shoes, the shoemaker begins making belts, or saddles, or whatever people need. The hamburger business doesn’t need government assistance because people actually want hamburgers. When government “creates” jobs, or even “retains” jobs, they are messing with the natural inclinations of buyers and sellers.  They are prolonging obsolete systems and processes.  They are encouraging stagnancy in the minds and prospects of employees.  They are limiting consumer options.  They are the problem.

Many of the jobs Mr. Stupak claims to have created were funded through government grants.  Grants are stealing.  That used to be my money!  Taking somebody’s money is stealing, right?  My mom said so.  She didn’t think it was better if I gave the stolen property to another person.  It’s still stealing.

Mr. Stupak, I don’t want you to take my money to tell me how wonderful you are.  I don’t want to pay for industry and jobs that are no longer viable.  I want to be free.

By Linda Goldthrop – Congress 2010 Michigan

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Jake Towne Congress Pennsylvania

“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.” – Gandhi

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” – Gandhi

These are just two of the many lessons it appears that Joseph Stack, aged 53, never learned. For those unaware, Mr. Stack set fire to his family’s home and crashed a private plane into the IRS Austin branch during the workday, killing one other person, injuring 13, and two of the injured are in critical condition. While full details surrounding this incident are still unclear, the FBI believes that his suicide note is genuine. Accounts from Stack’s friends indicate his acts were completely unexpected.

If Stack’s note proves genuine, it is clear that this was not only premeditated murder but also an act of political terrorism, eerily similar to the hijacked airliners of 9/11. After reading his note, it is plainly obvious that this man was adversely affected and bitterly unsatisfied with the over-taxation practices of the IRS and Congress (a theme of the Taxed Enough Already, aka TEA party movement) and government-sponsored crony capitalism (a theme commonly associated by the media with the political left). In his note:

“It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country… I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change… I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are.”

Truth is often a bitter pill, but the terrorists who died while murdering 2,973 civilians on 9/11 also had a similar goal; to create a “knee-jerk government reaction.” Congress and recent Presidents from both parties have bled our nation of the blood of our bravest by instigating the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, ruined our economy with bailouts and rampant unemployment, created “draconian restrictions” like the PATRIOT Act which stripped Americans of their civil liberties, enabling warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, revoking habeas corpus, and leading to the torture of defenseless captives. Congress foolishly rushed headlong into this trap of epic proportions, assisted by unwitting saps like my district’s Congressman Charlie Dent, who approved the banker bailouts, accelerated the deficit spending, reauthorized the PATRIOT Act, and voted to increase insane levels of military spending at every opportunity.

I condemn Stack’s cowardly act of murder and political terrorism. While one of my campaign’s planks is the abolition of the Marxian federal income tax and the IRS, the route I have taken – placing my engineering career on hold for 18 months to run for office – is peaceful and logical. As Gandhi taught, messengers for the truth are almost always best served by acting in a non-violent manner.

By erecting a prison in his own mind where Stack’s only recourse became violence and self-destruction, Stack has just created a way for Establishment shills to defame the liberty movement as hailing this terrorist as a “hero” as ABC’s Lee Ferran has done.

Where Stack murdered, many others, myself included, argue the moral case that the government simply should never have any claim whatsoever on the fruit of an individual’s labor.

Where Stack raged about a vague clause in the IRS code that plundered him, I have pointed out that not only is the federal income tax immoral, but fiscally it is completely UNNECESSARY.

Where Stack rants about the injustices of a hopelessly corrupt political process, I have calmly pointed out America’s greatest political secret – that a determined minority can ultimately destroy the ability of Republocrat apparatchiks to control which candidates are selected, especially in party primaries like the Republican party in Pennsylvania just did, which truly does make a mockery of the democratic voting process.

LOOK ACROSS THE LAND! Listen to your families and friends! Plenty of people grumble about politics and say they could do the job better, but many do not have the financial means, drive, or knowledge to mount legit challenges to the Republican and Democrat machines that are destroying our nation. This is despite the fact that nationwide the numbers of independents and third parties are LARGER THAN EITHER MAJOR PARTY.

When I made the decision to run as an independent under no political party in May 2009, I was fully aware of the challenges ahead.  However, my race is certainly winnable – I am already at 8% in a January poll run by a Republocrat opponent, and the vast majority (about 92%) have not even heard the message yet.

Liberty may once again teeter on a knife’s edge in the months and years to come. Whether America eats the bitter, evil apple of socialism, and falls to war, poverty and endless debt for our children is a choice now left to US.

Americans need to hear the truth – a message of prosperity, liberty, love and peace.  The Republocrats can only offer more lies, tyranny, hate and war. This choice is OURS. My choice is to rally at the breach, to defend freedom and restore the rule of law and our constitutional republic.

I have faith that the truth will prove sharper than any sword.

Jake Towne

Veritas numquam perit. Veritas odit moras. Veritas vincit.

Truth never perishes. Truth hates delay. Truth conquers. – my personal motto

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.

February 20, 2010   (Mises’s Socialism can be downloaded here, though it is a bit daunting for any beginner.  The campaign recommends the readings and videos here first.)


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Jim Deakin opposes S.3081 sponsored by opponent McCain

Jim Deakin US Senate 2010 Arizona

Jim Deakin took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  After nearly 30 years in Congress McCain continues to propose bills in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Fresh off the defeat of McCain/Feingold by the US Supreme Court, McCain has once again proposed legislation which violates the following provisions of the U.S. Constitution; Habeas Corpus, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments.

Bill S. 3081 the ‘‘Enemy Belligerent: Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010’’.

SEC. 5. Detention without trial of unprivileged enemy belligerents

An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent under section 3(c)(2), in a manner which satisfies Article 5 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, in which the individual has engaged.

The resulting authority of this bill would circumvent the United States Constitution and the civil rights of U.S. Citizens.

We must fight terrorism where it exists with all necessary and prudent means at our disposal.  And, we must protect the citizens of the United States, even from our own government.

Jim Deakin is a candidate for United States Senate for Arizona

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In God We Trust,

All others we E- Verify.

Jim Deakin

www.jimdeakin.com
Twitter @deakinforsenate

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A History of Freedom.

By Delia Lopez – Congress 2010 Oregon

I get tired of the racist black /white, left/right, liberal or conservative split game.   It is nonsense.  All Americans want the same things. The question is;  what is the most efficient way to get it?  Our founders said people had the right to “ institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.” Our founders studied the history of nations and governments around the world to create a system of government where each person would be free to do as he dreamed!  Government was created for the purpose of securing the rights of the individual.
Today,  how many people remember that two men rode out to warn the that the British were coming?  Paul Revere and Wentworth Cheswell were friends and compatriots. Both were considered heros and both were included in our history until the early 1900’s. Wentworth Cheswell was the first black American elected to the court back in 1768 nearly a hundred years before the civil war. The hero at the battle of Bunker Hill was a black American, Peter Salem, a member of  Reverend Jonas Clark’s church; a congregation of black and white Americans.  After the battle,  nearly equal numbers lay dead. The history of our nation is one long struggle for our rights from the king, for blacks, whites, Hispanics, Native Americans and women.
Hiram Rhodes Revels, Americas’s first black senator, wrote the following, “.. the masses of my people have been,as it were, enslaved in mind by unprincipled adventurers, who, caring nothing for country, were willing to stoop to anything no matter how infamous, to secure power to themselves, and perpetuate it….. My people have been told by these schemers, when men have been placed on the ticket who were notoriously corrupt and dishonest, that they must vote for them; that the salvation of the party depended upon it; the man who scratched a ticket was not a Republican.  This is only one of the many means these unprincipled demagogues have devised to perpetuate the intellectual bondage of my people…. the bitterness and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinion, been obliterated in this state, except perhaps in some localities, and would have long since been entirely obliterated, were it not for some unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past, and inculcate a hatred between the races, in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office, and its emoluments, to control my people, the effect of which is to degrade them.”  This was written in 1901.  Some things apparently never change.
Some people seeking fame, power or wealth work to divide us into separate groups, so that we will struggle against each other.  As George Whitefield said, “There is a deep laid plot against your civil and religious liberties, and they will be lost.” As the pendulum swings from the right to the left, we lose freedom.  From the patriot act and the FISA bill, to healthcare reform and the federal food safety bill, the government grows stronger and controls more of our lives.  As they steal our earnings and squander it in innumerable ways, how long does it take for a mighty nation to collapse into a banana republic?  Rhodesia was the bread basket of Africa with an older average age of male death and low infant mortality rate.  Rhodesia collapsed completely in about 40 years. It is now known as Zimbabwe.  The average age of male death just dropped to 25. In about 1976 their dollar was close in value to ours. In Feb of 2009 it was $170,000,000 to $1. You read that right; you could trade 70 million for 1!
Just look at the fight over replacing the information on our great American history and the disinformation campaign in TX this year. The division was reignited in this century when Woodrow Wilson was elected to the office of president.  Almost all blacks were removed from federal office and the military was re-segregated. Wilson’s historical reputation is that of a farsighted progressive. I honestly think they mean well, they just truly believe that blacks are not of equal intelligence to whites, and in trying to “help,” they enslave them to socialist policies that guarantee equal misery for all and a continuation of racial strife. Wilson’s five-volume study of American history has eliminated the true history of our nation and replaced it with the slanted writings of progressive racist. If we the people do not wake up and do our own research, we will lose our freedoms.
The progressive ideology is predicated on the belief that it is up to government to make life better for individuals. There are two inescapable problems with the progressive philosophy:
1) Since government can give to one only what it has taken from another, progressivism inevitably breeds conflict. It tramples the rule of law and justice, whereby everyone receives equal protections,
by replacing it with a system of privileges, whereby some benefit at the expense of the rights of others.
2) The scope of progressive government is infinitely elastic. No matter how much government gives
to some, human “wants” are unlimited, so there is always a demand for government to transfer even
more wealth to its privileged beneficiaries.

The culmination of this process happens when government completely absorbs the private sector and there is nothing left to appropriate. The conservative concept of law and less government and the progressive concept of more government are irreconcilable polar opposites.  One or the other will eventually prevail.  Our freedom hangs in the balance.

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