Tax or Unconstitutional?

This week the DOJ (Dept of Justice) has come out and stated the health-care mandate (the one that states everyone must have insurance) is a tax. This appears to be their stance because that is the only way to apply any constitutionality to the mandate. Interestingly enough the President is stating it is not a tax in a recent New York Times article.

“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”

The presidents response feeds into all the legislation being presented by this administration. They feel it is their right to mandate behavior and the long lived American right to make our own decisions is offensive to this progressive movement.

This same mentality is evident in the Cap and Trade legislation, the recently passed fiscal reform bill as well as the many spending bills that have hit congress in this administration and even the Bush administration.

writes a great article on the widening class system developing in America.

Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and “bureaucrat” was a dirty word for all. So was “social engineering.” Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday’s upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed.

While the American people truly embrace diversity those in power do their best to keep us fighting amongst each other so that they can solidify their kingship.


Why Dan Maes (CO Gov)

I want to take the time to tell everyone why Sean and I believe so strongly in Dan Maes. We have been following Dan’s campaign since the beginning of the year (2010). In this time we met with and talked to Dan and his staff many times. I was immediately impressed by Dan’s availability and his willingness to take the time to have a thoughtful discussion. I literally hounded him about when we could meet him and he traded multiple tweets with me to arrange for Sean and I to find an event near our rural home. When we finally met Dan his faith and strength of character became immediately evident. I still remember being floored by Dan’s yielding to God and his statement that if he was supposed to be the Governor than he just had to be faithful. At that moment Sean and I knew who we would support.

We were so impressed with Dan that we committed to represent him at our caucus where we were also voted in to be our area’s representatives to both local and state assemblies. In the months between caucus and assembly the media began to notice Dan and there were news items that concerned us so we would contact Dan and ask him to explain. On every occasion we received a direct and timely response directly from Dan. On one occasion Dan even took the step of calling us back when he lost the call while driving through the mountains on his way to/from and event. He has always engaged in thoughtful conversation with us and has always impressed us with his views and the reasons he holds those views.

At state assembly we were there to see Dan achieve victory. I have seen articles stating his victory was just because people don’t like McGinnis. The truth of the matter is that Dan took the time to meet one on one with anyone that desired to meet with him and he explained his positions to each individual and answered their questions. Keep in mind he did this in a private room one on one and not just in large meetings where you have to fight to get your question answered. This personal approach has been consistent with Dan and directly led to his victory at assembly. I will never forget how humble Dan was after the assembly victory and how he sincerely believes the victory is his supporters not his personal victory.

In addition to my own experiences I have heard so many others mention how real and involved Dan is with everyone. One great example of Dan’s humility is when he not only appeared in a Fourth of July parade but at the end he helped break down the float. Ultimately this is Dan’s most winning trait – he is regular person who desires to serve the others in his state. There is no stench of an elitist about Dan and God willing he will never take on that stench.


Yvette Cowlishaw

Happy 4th of July

On this most patriotic of American holidays I wish to share some encouragement for traditionalists and constitutionalists.

I just watched David Barton of Wallbuilders and he shared some wonderful news:

  • There are 4 prayer meetings held by members of congress
  • There is a Christian Caucus that prays before every session of congress
  • 88% of the millennial generation believe in the constitution

Remember there are actually constitutionalists than progressives we have just been quieter. When all else fails STAND!

Below is a powerful reminder of the meaning of our pledge

Give me Liberty or give me death ~ Patrick Henry

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ~Thomas Paine

As for me an my house we will serve the Lord
Joshua 24:15

Freedom is Colorblind

From http://www.joedanmedia.com/Joe_Dan_Media.html

AZ & Immigration

Holder hasn’t read Arizona law he criticized

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law, at President Obama’s request, to see if the federal government should challenge it in court. He said he expects he will read the law by the time his staff briefs him on their conclusions….The Washington Times

Neither has Janet Napolitano or this administration official (2:11).

I for one would prefer that my “leaders” got their information directly from the laws not from the media. Trusting you also want to read the laws here is AZ draft and final immigration law.

Read the Amended Arizona Immigration Law

Read the Original 16-Page Version of the Arizona Immigration Law

Ted Nugent can always make concepts easy to understand. In his article Profile or die -Survival means learning from experience – even if it hurts our wittle feelings Ted provides a great visual on the immigration debate then wraps it up in true Nuge style:

Call me weird, but I prefer saving human lives to protecting “feelings.” The alternative is extremely dangerous….The Washington Times

Latest news: 05/19/10

Arizona Official Threatens to Cut Off Los Angeles Power as Payback for Boycott

Debate over Arizona’s new immigration law has reached a boiling point

Costa Mesa joins AZ in enforcing existing Federal Laws…The Orange County Register

Here are a few more items to make you think:

1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.
2. All ballots will be in this nation’s language.
3. All government business will be conducted in our language.
4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.
5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office
6 Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.
7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
8. If foreigners come here and buy land… options will be restricted. Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.
9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.
10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted &, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.

Too strict?…… The above laws are the current immigration laws of MEXICO !!! ~ Jeremy T. Jarvi

Make Mine Freedom

This needs to go viral.

“Fun and Facts About America, John Sutherland Productions. Creative Commons license: Public Domain. This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.”

For more great vintage animation check out www.animationstation.info and subscribe to the podcast.

Sorry I was away so long but the computer has been making frequent stops at the repair shop and is still not right but I can get 15 minutes at a time out of it so I’m posting one of my Vietnam friend’s writings.


With all the vile protest signs.. With all the despicable acts.. With all the Stereotyping Rhetoric.. With all the unacceptable acting out.. With all the obvious actions seen by the SUPPOSED LIBERAL groups.. With all this we are seeing and NEW day .. A NEW way in the USA.. A fairly silent MAJORITY will again stand up to be seen and join together saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.. We see it happening in our neighborhoods.. in our towns.. in our cities and it might be happening near YOU.. It is the REAL people for change.. It is the ones who are progressive and who DO WANT A BETTER AMERICA.. Ones who say WE THE PEOPLE have to pay a lot as we go because we are BROKE.

As we see insanity going wild in Washington and with so many non realistic protesters running amuck we will see more movements like: Democrats allowed.. Republicans welcome.. Tea Party Members wanted.. Gun Toter’s requested.. We will see more states push for actions which seem to say: Democrats allowed.. Republicans welcome.. Tea Party Members wanted.. Gun Toter’s requested.. We will see more votes that indicate: Democrats allowed.. Republicans welcome.. Tea Party Members wanted.. Gun Toter’s requested..

NOW, I ask, do we keep this line drawn in the sand or do we as a people reason together?

Many of us have seen the day in the life of Joe that circulated the internet a few times. For those that have not find it here.

It has resurfaced and my Vietnam friend wrote a great version:

It is only intended to make all of us think, not to indicate a lack of thankfulness for this GREAT country of ours..

Joe knows he can make his coffee from his well water not having to worry about the destructive Fluoride of the city water.. He can feel comfort knowing his children will not have that brain enhanced absorption of aluminum along with the other life long side effects of Fluoride. Joe knows it was a previous insecticide and rat poison which gets him concerned what trouble it can can cause his family.. Perhaps refraining from partaking in many of the NOT so tried NOT so true shots or public additives could be some of the success his family has in not having a need to take the synthetic drugs and medication so many others seem to need to take..

Sure it has been costly getting in an area that is NOT so regulated by the blind money grabbing bleeding hearts that follow every whim of NEW and IMPROVED gotta make change NOW regulations… It is for the health of his family he has had to get away from as much regulation as possible. It has been worth giving up every penny in wages and ego trips he has adjusted to since leaving the city.. He discusses with other like-minded concerned people why many prefer to NOT put all these synthetics in a natural body. He feels it might be killing people at a huge health cost. It seems a few gain money of the huge sales of many products… Can’t people see to follow the money trail? Is this what is meant by some will believe a strong delusion and that they believe a lie? How can they be so deceived?

Can’t so many see the STRONG regulations that have been put on Doctors and all medical practices. Can’t people see regulations have made the cost go so high many can not afford insurance and many employers have had to drop their Insurance coverage for their people… In fact requirements put on employers is making wages and benefits go down or even making less jobs that can be afforded.. It is good Joe got out of the city where his family can live a bit more healthy and not need the insurance coverage that has been priced out of his and many others range long ago..

Joe finishes cooking the families bacon and eggs wondering how much genetic engineering has gone into the production of those products and how soon he should concern himself in finding a new source other than the NORMAL controlled stores to buy many products at.. He then thinks of all the money that changes hands with all the NEW laws that have enabled corrupt people to make money off the meat packing and food preparation industry. He realizes it has run the small farmer out of business because they can not afford to comply with the regulations. It has opened the door for huge companies who have so much money they can possibly pay an inspector to look the other way or even pay off a few large law suits and never feel they have lost a dime.. It is the cost of doing business. Yes that is the thing we hear so much anymore..OH wait, wasn’t that the cry of what many called the groups years ago that required protection money be paid to them? Can’t people just follow the money trail and see what is happening? Yep maybe time to get a few chickens…

Joe knows when he reaches for the shampoo or most anything there is very little reason to read the ingredients as they can use so many names of products to hide the true dangerous things included.. That will take time of research to find what all the names really are.. Thank God for some of the watch groups that are so hesitant of all the regulations and what they are hiding from us… Yes, many of them do a lot of the research helping the ones of us that do not want to follow along blindly without knowing what is being hidden.. Joe is so glad he has learned of many of the names that have Sodium lauryl sulfate, Propylene glycol or other dangerous ingredients in them.. He then wonders why all of that is legal with all the supposed safety regulations that have become laws.. Again he thinks how we have to follow the money and start understanding who owns what and who is making the money for others to look the other way…

When Joe finishes dressing and walks outside.. He is so thankful for all the years we progressed at a reasonable pace getting all the clean air acts in place giving time for business to comply instead of having to shut down as would have happened if all the protesters could have had their way wanting things to happen instantly.. Thank God for the responsible politicians we have had at times who care about the country and know the need to fix things slow enough small business can keep up as that is a must to keep the small independent from being taken over or ran out of business…

Joe looks out over the quiet countryside and thinks how he and many others voted in the negotiated taxes to help build mass transit systems with a many multi year plan that came at a cost reasonable to all while giving time for many business and people to relocate over a period of time instead of having their properties condemned throwing them out instantly… Even though he would be able to commute around the city well on those wonderful systems he is glad he no longer lives there…

Joe worries about the stress he knows is still killing the other small business persons he left behind in the city… He remembers the nights of tears and concern when he had to lay off a few more people because of the NEW regulations imposed on business wanting to demand benefits that business could not pay.. He remembers the additional regulations placed on business and the losses it has cost.. No one ever seemed to care many times the business owner never got a paid vacation, that they never got a paid holiday or sick day.. No one ever cared that the business owners did not even make minimum wage many times.. Many wanted to just demand Business pay more and pay it all.. He remembers back to the business that had to close because of regulations or unions coming in and there not being enough money left for the business to stay open.. He remembers all those out of work and the hunger and poverty they faced because the small business closed. Business owners were seldom ever given time trying to negotiate a fair change over a period of time, but a demand that made small business shut down and the big business to take over.. Yep, again time to follow the money trail and wonder what happened..

Joe remembers the days when compensation was at a reasonable rate the employer could afford to pay before the regulations made many plans so corrupt they milked the employer dry while then trying to deny all the claims they could to the worker by having taken any power from the employer to help their employees get a fair claim..

At noon Joe takes the minutes of his lunch hour as he runs to the bank finding it has a name change because one more bank has gone under since it was not one of the BIG mega bankers getting free bail out money or having the support of the huge conglomerate.. He then remembers back to the seventies when many of us WACKOS cried against letting the small banks be bought up by the big bankers and what a financial mess it would becomes some day.. While he is at the bank he transfers money to the individuals account to pay the house payment on a house loan he and the other individual had negotiated so they would not have to use any of the federal funds the banks try to sell..

Joe remembers the day when IQ was more important than some education paper that could say those with no common sense or care for humanity would rule with a dictatorial hand trying to cover up their insecure nature because they were afraid some hard working caring person would take their place.. They smirk when they think of how they may never pay their student loan back and how stupid it was of people like Joe who only took the few classes he could afford as he at the time thought he would NOT milk the government for payments. In fact at the time Joe did not want to feel he owed what he might not be able to pay back, but he is not sure now he would still refuse the money.. Joe is so glad that the Education Tax dollars he has voted for have finally been passed so more and more money was put into education for all the kids now days.. It is good to know some of what “We the People” vote on is not crushed or dictated over with unworkable bills..

Joe gets in his very safe car feeling so happy many of us were able to vote in a progressive safety standards set of laws that have been taking place over years making safety and economy a progressive thing to be proud of.. He wonders now why the drinking laws can not be passed making it illegal to drink anywhere it is illegal to smoke… He then decides most of the protesters might well be addicted to drink while they think it is cool… OH, but then he thinks of follow the money and wonders who makes the money off of liquor. Well, maybe soon they will allow drunk drivers to be charged with murder and instead of having DUI’s, maybe they will be charged with potential to kill with a deadly weapon.. Well, those are laws that we can start voting on soon maybe.. Why not add some good regulations on the books since we already have so many frivolous ones placed there by special interest groups..

Joe realizes how thankful he is for things like the REA, TVA, RUS, PMA, CCC, CAW, WPA and other programs which did help much of rural America as well as put many to work… He then thinks of all the co-ops still operating today to help areas of low population have some of the buying power of the city.. Joe still wonders why all the bail out money was not put into some type of WPA program instead of giving it to people at the top.. He then wonders why many of the houses he has wanted to buy are still in the one percent of homes where electrical power has never been taken into..

Joe thinks and wonders if there will be any Social Security left by the time he is able to use it… He thinks of all the dollars taken from the fund and wonders how the government will handle the $2.5 trillion in IOUs from the federal government payable to the Social Security Administration now that it is common knowledge they are held in the form of Treasury bonds that can not be denied. Well, it does not matter.. it will be there or it won’t.. Joe has worked hard all his life with NO one giving him vacation or holiday pay. He sure was not given any health care or retirement plan so he can work the rest of his life if he has to.. His Dad often said some of us pay our share while others take a lot of it because they want to get so much for nothing… Then he would add.. Someone has to work and pay taxes in this country to keep it great and free.

Joe then takes time with his family over a camp fire to enjoy nature and all this great country has to offer… The silence is wonderful broken at times when they hear the lapping of wave hitting the shore. Thank goodness some regulation has not kept them from gathering under brush to burn so they can help keep the forests cleaned up so some fire does not have so much to burn if some who are not knowledgeable lets a fire get out of hand..

As a family they bow their heads giving thanks for the food and the great country they live in.. Joe looks up at the stars saying: Remember kids, we must always keep our freedoms and fight against the huge amount of regulations some are trying to put on us..


Tea Party = Mainstream

I had great plans to add commentary to this post, to quote the articles and make it all pretty. I just realized that if I wait to do all that it will never get published. Maybe after County and State Assemblies I will have time to write pretty posts  🙂

Previously I had posted my early experiences with the Tea Parties. Since then the media has accelerated their negative campaign against the movement and against all “dissenters” of the direction of the government. What follows is my look back over the past year and a half of  Tea Parties and my personal awaking.

My experience with being called names began in 2003. That year I learned that admitting to being a conservative was a dangerous activity. I began to censor myself and to hide in my computer when my coworkers were denigrating all my beliefs. I often asked myself why I did not have the courage to stand up for my conservative values but I truly feared the response of those around me.

In 2008 I welcomed the 912 and Tea Party movements with open arms. For me, and many others, they were a support group. My first tea party I cried tears of joy when I discovered I was not alone. Many attendees had been like me, in hiding and denying conservative leanings, and many of us were counting heads just to assure ourselves we were not abnormal. As the weeks/months passed we moved from relief to a sense of purpose. After all if so many of us were afraid to come forward how many of our friends and neighbors were afraid? I came out of the conservative closet and began to talk. I found people excited to find they were not alone and my liberal friends and I were able to agree to disagree (often we were not so far apart on our beliefs).

My next step was to take a personal inventory. I have great friends that are black, Hispanic, gay and of many political and religious stripes. What made me ever believe that I was racist or bigoted? As for the charge of being stupid I always discounted that charge. Stupid is in the eye of the beholder and is not a word or concept we even allow to be brandished in our home. I have a college degree and am not far from having a second degree and I’m successful at my chosen career and no one that knows me has ever called me stupid – quite the reverse. Interestingly enough the same is true for the charges of racist and bigoted but it took a tea party for me to have the courage to stand against those allegations. Today I have arrived at the conclusion that am not wrong to hold my beliefs, after all I was  “endowed by my maker” with the right to believe what I believe be it religious or fiscal.

This is true hate ~    This is true horror ~     This is true bigotry ~     This is NOTis

BTW: this is an example of dangerous protesters

It truly distresses me that everyone is spending so much time calling each other names and not paying attention to the true issues that plague our nation.

Here is a great video about racism and the tea party.

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