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Do you ever feel like complaining about the government is like complaining about the weather?

That’s because complaining about government is as useless as complaining about the weather. But there is a difference.

You can do something about government, but complaining isn’t the answer.

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Learning the art and science of Self-Governance can change politics and government.

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As a Tennessee State Senator, I strongly encourage partnership with the TNCSG Team. I have personally experienced the impact an educated citizen can impose on the legislative process. The strength of our state requires your commitment to work with elected representation. The Tennessee Center for Self-Governance is the path I recommend to stake your claim to the commitment of self-governance and building the strong foundation Tennessee requires to preserve it.

 

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Will low information voters accept the replacement script?

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Barack Obama’s recent “pivot” regarding people being able to keep their healthcare plan and keep their doctor under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) reminded me of a section from Chapter 17 from the classic novel “1984” by George Orwell.

(From Chapter 17)

On the sixth day of Hate Week, after the processions, the speeches, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns — after six days of this, when the great orgasm was quivering to its climax and the general hatred of Eurasia had boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the 2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would
unquestionably have torn them to pieces — at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally.

There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia
and not Eurasia was the enemy. Winston was taking part in a demonstration in one of the central London squares at the moment when it happened. It was night, and the white faces and the scarlet banners were luridly floodlit. The square was packed with several thousand people, including a block of about a thousand schoolchildren in the uniform of the Spies. On a scarlet-draped platform an orator of the Inner Party, a small lean man with disproportionately long arms and a large bald skull over which a few lank locks straggled, was haranguing the crowd. A little Rumpelstiltskin figure, contorted with hatred, he gripped the neck of the microphone with one hand while the other, enormous at the end of a bony arm, clawed the air menacingly above his head. His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, lootings, rapings, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, unjust aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then maddened.

At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild beast-like roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats. The most savage yells of all came from the schoolchildren. The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker’s hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot. The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The orator, still gripping the neck of the microphone, his shoulders hunched forward, his free hand clawing at the air, had gone straight on with his speech. One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed.

The thing that impressed Winston in looking back was that the speaker had
switched from one line to the other actually in midsentence, not only without a
pause, but without even breaking the syntax.

Question, will low information voters abandon what they thought they heard and replace it in their consciousness with the new replacement script?

Presidential Powers are Limited

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America’s basic law, The United States Constitution, does not grant the President or his Executive Department the legal right to effect the daily lives of individual citizens. The contract with the federal government entered into at the time of ratification (June 21, 1788) is the whole agreement between citizens and Federal government. Article 2, Sections Two and Three, which describes the duties of the President, makes no mention of the vast powers now assumed by modern Presidents.

Here is the complete text of the job description of the President of the United States:
Section 2
1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
Section 3
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
That is all of it. What you have just read is the complete contractual job description of the President of the United States.

All other duties and powers exercised by a President have been assumed and are beyond his contract. Meaning they are beyond the Constitution as adopted by We the People of the United States.

STLTPC-Protest the IRS Tuesday at Noon

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Spend your lunch protesting the IRS’s infamous abuse of Tea Party and other groups.
Tuesday, May 21 at Noon
The St. Louis protest spot is
TOWN & COUNTRY IRS OFFICE
1122 T & C COMMONS
CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017
Here’s the map:

Signs: Avoid Crazy. The facts we know are crazy enough. Funny is more effective than angry.
Arrive: Slightly before Noon, if possible.
Depart: at 12:30 on the dot, as if it was rehearsed. Shorter is better, because the media will report the number of people there at the end, not at the peak. We learned over and over in 2009 that trouble starts at the end, s opposition folks try to draw stragglers into conflicts.
Messaging: See this great breakdown from Tea Party Patriots.
Why Not Multiple Locations?:  Because 50 people at one location is a more powerful statement than 5 people at each of 10 different locations. Do you want the press to report “five people showed up?” or “protesters filled the parking lot?”
Do Not Block Access: People have to do business with the IRS and with other offices in the complex. Don’t make it frightening or difficult for them, or you could go to jail. You could also look a jerk.
Bring a Friend: At work or in your neighborhood, you know at least one person who’s outraged by the IRS’s intimidation scandal.  Ask them to come with you to the protest. Buy them lunch if necessary

Helpful Hints for voting

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It is very discouraging to hear all the stories about voter fraud in various places. It might be helpful to realize that every state has different rules and regulations,  about Voter ID information or how the election is conducted. It even varies County by County within a state. So when you hear stories about North Carolina, Ohio or Nevada, it  does not necessarily mean it happens in Missouri.

But here are some helpful hints that might help you.

 

Be patient and allow plenty of time

·        Make sure you know what ID is permitted. You can use your Missouri Drivers License. It is just that the poll worker can not ask you to use your Drivers License.

·        If there is bottlenecks inside the polling place and you can tell what the reason is, inform the Supervisor and ask them to fix it or call the Board of Election to report this. Oftentimes holdups and bottlenecks are created on purpose to create confusion.

·        Be patient.

     Most Poll workers are trying to do their jobs and make the process work as smoothly as possible, while trying to make sure the rules are followed.

·        If you vote electronically, make sure you check the vote count on the machine before you start – tap the screen and a number will show up on the buttom of the screen

  •  As you make your selections, check the paper tape (left side of the screen) to make sure your choice is reported correctly
  •  If not, alert the supervisor and request a new ballot/refreshed screen but make sure your incorrect vote is cancelled before you start up again.
  •  Once you have completed your ballot and “VOTE”, check the vote count increased by ONE only.

·        If you vote by Paper Ballot, make sure all your selections are completed correctly – the bubble is filled in. Do not use “X” to mark your choice.

·        As you feed your completed paper ballot through the OptiScan make sure the vote count increases by ONE only.

·        Do not leave the Polling Place until you are satisfied that your vote was recorded correctly.

·        If you see things that don’t seem right, talk to the Supervisor but do not get angry, belligerent or cause the process to be held up.

·        Do not wear any clothing that could indicate your political leaning.

 Be patient

Tactics used by Democrats or our Secretary of State to cause confusion:

  •  Poll workers might hold up the process by being picky or extremely slow, can’t seem to find people in the Precinct Roster
  • not all voting machines are set up because there is not enough space
  • the system for poll workers to verify questionable voter registration is not working properly – software glitch, forgot to test a specific software application, etc.
  •  the Democratic party will have “legal challengers” in some polling places to challenge any voter that is asked to vote by Provisional Ballot. The claim is that nobody should be asked to vote by Provisional Ballot without checking the online database (palm pilot) and Provisional Ballots are never counted. Election rules state that before  a Provisional Ballot is provided, the palm pilot will have been checked. I suspect this is another tactic to cause confusion and/or disruption.

 

·        When people are confused and/or disrupted, mistakes are made.

 

If you are concerned about an issue or incident, make sure you let the Supervisor know. If you feel the Supervisor is not addressing the issue, you might call the Board of Election or call any of the campaign offices.

Please note that International or UN Observers are permitted but do not take the place of a legitimate Poll Challenger/Watcher supplied by either party.

It has been reported that voters have noted that their choices were not recorded properly  due to the fact that machines were not calibrated correctly. St.Louis County has been calibrating all voting machines every morning before Absentee voting starts for the day. This is done in most counties in Missouri. The voting machines used on election day are calibrated before voting starts on November 6, 2012.

And one more thing. We have been encouraging people to volunteer to become Poll Workers. Well, many of you did. St.Louis County has enough Republican Poll Workers to staff all polls properly. And I believe the city has enough poll workers as well. Thank you all for stepping up to the plate.

 

I just heard that in Ohio in some counties they don’t have enough Republican Poll Workers. Maybe they need MOPP.

And one more thing -

 

 

 

This is it!

Missouri Precinct Project

Over the past two years the Missouri Precinct Project or MOPP  has been recruiting volunteers to get to know their neighbors and help them understand the issues. Many of them have worked on this and used the material MOPP has provided. Our goal was to identify conservatives and encourage them to become involved in the political process and hopefully make a difference in 2012.

We are in the final stretch. Only 10 days left to stop the decline and get on the road back to a more responsible government. We urge everyone that reads this to get involved in the final GOTV push. Please get involved. Make phone calls, go door-to-door, participate in lit-drops, help at the polls and make sure that all of the Republican candidates on the ballot in Missouri win on November 6, 2012.

Call the Victory Office in St.Louis County

St. Louis Victory HQ
932A Meramec Station Rd.
Fenton, MO 63088
Contact: Angela Odlum, (314)686-1367, [email protected]

and find out how you can help.

Don’t wake up on November 7, 2012 and realize you could have done more.

Handicapping Races for Control of State Legislatures

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As we’ve noted earlier, there is a lot at stake this November outside of Washington.  Throughout Obama’s tenure, Republican-led state governments have been critical in fighting against his administrative power grabs and violations of the spirit of federalism.  That is why it’s so important that we control as many branches of state government as possible.

Earlier today, we posted a quick overview of the state of play for the governors’ races.  Here is a brief overview of the races for control of state legislative chambers.

In 2010, Republican enjoyed their most auspicious gains, not in Washington, but in state legislative races.  They won over 720 seats, flipping 20 legislative chambers.  At present, there are 98 state legislative chambers with partisan orientations (Nebraska has a unicameral, non-partisan chamber, although they are unofficially majority Republican); Republicans control 59, Democrats control 36, and 3 chambers are tied.  The breakdown is as follows: Senate- 28R/19D/2T House- 31R/17D/1T.

Despite the large gains of 2010, Republicans are not overexposed, and they have a chance to extend their gains and net some more chambers.  It’s an arduous task to handicap control of state legislatures because they hinge on the outcome of multiple races, but my best estimate shows 14 chambers in play; 9 D, 4R, and 1 tied in Oregon.  The slanted playing field provides us with an ample opportunity to pick up more seats.

Here are the GOP pickup opportunities:

Alaska Senate

Although the Alaska Senate is officially tied, with 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, the RINOs have ostensibly given control to the Democrats.  However, due to redistricting and population shifts to the more conservative areas, Republicans have a good chance to flip this chamber.

Arkansas House and Senate

Arkansas is the only southern state left where Democrats control the state legislature.  But the great realignment is finally catching up to them.  The entire state house and senate are up for reelection, and with just an 8-seat majority in the House and a 5-seat majority in the Senate, Democrats are on the cusp of being obliterated from the south.

Kentucky

The Kentucky state House is the only other southern chamber in Democrat hands.  They still hold a 59-41 majority, so it’s not a given that Republicans will pick up enough seats to flip the chamber.  However, Obama will be such a drag on the ticket that it will definitely be close.  Either way, they will certainly lose their majority by 2014.

Wisconsin Senate

Republicans swept both chambers of the legislature during the 2010 midterm elections.  However Democrats picked off a few senate seats during the recall elections and now hold a 1-seat majority in the Senate.  Due to favorable redistricting, Republicans should win back the chamber.

Washington Senate

Democrats have long controlled both chambers of the legislature, but it appears that they are finally wearing out their welcome in the state.  Republicans have a good chance of winning the governorship, and Obama appears to be underperforming in the state.  There are several open Democrat seats in the Senate, and Republicans need just 3 pickups to flip the chamber.

New Mexico House

Republicans came close to picking up the house in 2010, but came just two seats short.  Theoretically, there are more than enough opportunities to flip this chamber; however, Obama seems to be pretty solid at the top of the ticket, so this one might be a tough.

Nevada Senate

Democrats have a razor-thin 11-10 majority, and with a competitive presidential election, Senate race, and several house races, control of the state Senate is a pure toss-up.

Iowa Senate

Democrats control the state Senate by a 1-seat margin.  With Iowa being a battleground at the top of the ticket, Republicans have at least even odds of flipping the state senate.

Oregon Senate

Democrats have a mere 16-14 majority in the senate.  As such, there is always a chance to flip the chamber.  However, Democrats will have help from Obama on the top of the ticket and a disorganized Republican Party in the state.

Here are the chambers Republicans must defend:

New York Senate

Republicans control the Senate 32-30; however, with Obama commanding a strong lead at the top of the ticket, in conjunction with favorable redistricting, Democrats have at least a 50% chance of flipping this chamber.  With that said, this is the same GOP-controlled Senate that passed gay marriage, so it would not be a loss for us.

Oregon House

The Oregon house is currently tied at 30-30.  However, due to liberal Republicans, including a sex scandal with the GOP leader, Democrats have better than even odds to flip the chamber.

Minnesota House

In one of the biggest surprises of 2010, Republicans flipped both chambers of the legislature.  They appear to be safe to hold onto the Senate, but their 72-62 majority in the House is a bit shaky.

Colorado House

Republicans have a very tenuous 33-32 majority in the house.  Democrats are aggressively challenging freshmen Republicans and have a good shot at control of the chamber.  More than any other state, Colorado might depend on the outcome of the presidential election.

Maine House

Republicans staged a revolution in 2010.  They won both legislatures and the governorship.  The remarkable thing is that many of these freshmen are tea partiers, not northeastern liberals.  The Senate appears to be in good shape, but Democrats need just 4 seats to flip the House.  It is very important that we keep this chamber because many of these guys are worth fighting for.

Remember that a good bench of conservative state legislators will provide us with a farm team of future congressional candidates.  If you are living in any of the aforementioned states, don’t forget about the importance in helping your Republican legislators.

The Other Important Elections in November

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The big story of the 2010 midterm elections was the Republican tsunami in the House, as they picked up 63 seats and grabbed control of the chamber.  Perhaps an even bigger story was the fact that Republicans picked up a number of key governorships and state legislatures in important states.  This has given rise to the “reform governors” who have expended their political capital to fulfill their campaign promises.  It also enabled Republicans to control the redistricting process.

At present, Republicans hold 29 of the nation’s governorships.  It’s worthwhile to take a look at what is at stake this November in state races.  Let’s begin today with the governorships.

There are 11 governorships up for grabs this year; Democrats must defend 8 offices while Republicans are defending just three.  The three Republican offices – in Indiana, North Dakota, and Utah – are solid locks for Republicans.  [Most importantly, Mike Pence will replace Mitch Daniels in Indiana, setting up a bright future and possible run for president one day.]  This provides us with the opportunity to pick up more governorships.

Of the 8 Democrat offices, only the current governors in Vermont and Delaware are safe.   Surprisingly, Missouri Democrat Jay Nixon is holding a solid lead against his weak GOP opponent, even though the state is trending away from Democrats.  However, the remaining 5 Democrat seats are up for grabs.  North Carolina is all but in the bag, and in New Hampshire, tea partier Ovide Lamontogne has held a consistent lead.  This is significant because Republicans are slated to dominate every branch of these state governments – states that are considered critical on the national scene.

The Montana statehouse is being vacated by Brian Schweitzer, and Republicans appear in good shape to add that one into the column. In Washington, Attorney General Rob McKenna has at least an even shot of picking up this open seat from Democrats.  In West Virginia, Republican Businessman Bill Maloney surprised everyone last year by nearly besting Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin in the special election.  While Tomblin appears to be leading in the rematch, Obama’s profoundly low approval rating could prove fatal for Tomblin.

Republicans can very well come out of this election with 32-34 governorships – a near-record for the party.  This will have reverberating consequences for many years to come.

TN-4: Scott DesJarlais Must Go

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This year, with the creation of the Madison Performance Index, we have launched an aggressive strategy to elect conservatives from red districts.  Much to the surprise and chagrin of moderate Republicans, we have called attention to the paucity of conservative representatives from conservative districts.  Many conservatives are beginning to understand that if we don’t start electing conservatives in parts of the country where our message easily resonates, we will never obtain a majority even within the Republican Party.

One such seat that appears to be teetering on the verge of destruction is Tennessee-4.  This is an R+13 district and is getting more conservative by the year.  Yet, it is represented by a philandering hypocrite who doesn’t live the life of a conservative.  Now we are on the verge of losing this seat – a district where Obama will likely lose by a 35 point margin – to a Democrat!

Not only does DesJarlais often vote against conservative values, he lives a life that is antithetical to conservatism.  After years of rumors concerning his messy divorce, there are now credible reports that he asked his mistress to get an abortion so as to ensconce his shame and exposure from the affair.

How bad does such hypocritical and vulgar behavior play in middle Tennessee?  Well, according to the latest poll, conservative members of the district are willing to vote for a Democrat.  The Democrat candidate is now within the margin of error!

Do we really need to lose a safe seat in the south on account of a philandering hypocrite?

Here’s the interesting thing: several weeks ago, the entire Republican establishment burned Todd Akin to the ground for one gaffe, despite his honorable career and personal life.  They all demanded he resign within 24 hours of those comments going public.  Where are they now?

We must work to force this creep to resign.  He is the absolute worst messenger for our cause.