What A Day

31 10 2009

Hi Gang,

I just wanted to stop by for a minute and touch base. Most of you know that I spent the day at a Conservatives Activists Training seminar, that and a Halloween family function has kept me away from the blog today.

So… I hope everyone had fun this Halloween with their kids, grand kids, neices/nephews, etc. I stashed a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups so I’m good for the next few days. BTW… I took a picture of the scariest critters we came across today…

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For those of you that emailed me about the training from the seminar… I am going to put something together tomorrow to share with all of you, and for the readers of this blog I will give some general information that may be helpful. I was going to do tonight but I’m pooped, and afraid I won’t make any sense.

I will leave you all with an encouraging hint… CONSERVATISM IS ON A MAJOR COMEBACK! Do not let any wet-behind-the-ears kid in his 20’s try to convince you otherwise.

If I do any posting of comments here tonight, they will be comments that require very little thought. No matter how wiped-out I may be… I still can’t keep my mouth shut.

😉

Gio-

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Message From Sarah

31 10 2009
Conservatives 2010 by bkeyser

By the stupendously talented GiovanniWorld member bkeyser!

Message from Sarah Palin

Sent today, Oct 31, 2009, at 3:48pm

I want to personally thank Republican Dede Scozzafava for acting so selflessly today in the NY District 23 race. Now it’s time to cross the finish line with Doug Hoffman so that he can get to work for District 23 and the rest of America.

With Congress poised to overhaul one-sixth of our economy with so-called health care “reform” (which is really a government takeover of health care) and with plans to enact a cap-and-tax bill just as our economy struggles to recover, Doug Hoffman will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington.

We need candidates like Doug now more than ever. In these final days of the campaign, it’s vital that Doug continue to receive the enthusiastic support of those who want to bring common sense to Washington. Let’s help make it happen! You can help Doug by visiting his official website today and offering your support:

https://www.doughoffmanforcongress.com/donate3.html (or click HERE)

– Sarah Palin
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~Submitted by Eowyn





Democrats’ Contempt For Constitution

31 10 2009

Liberty in flames

On page 57 of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, the Democrats declared the following:

“Our Constitution is not a nuisance. It is the foundation of our democracy. It makes freedom and self-governance possible, and helps to protect our security. The Democratic Party will restore our Constitution to its proper place in our government and return our Nation to our best traditions–including our commitment to government by law.”

This is either an outright lie or the Democrats are afflicted with amnesia. Please take a few minutes to read this very important essay, then send the link to your e-list.

~Eowyn

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‘Nobody Questions That’?

By Mark Alexander – Oct 29, 2009

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson

Never before has there been more evidence of outright contempt for our Constitution than under the current liberal hegemony presiding over the executive and legislative branches of our federal government.

The protagonist of this Leftist regime is, of course, Barack Hussein Obama, who promised his constituents, “This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, to offer a new direction. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America. And generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was our time” [emphasis added].

Obama proclaimed, “Everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — to lay a new foundation for growth.”

In his inaugural speech, Obama declared, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works,” signaling his rejection of the old paradigm, which pitted the conservative position, “government is the problem,” against the liberal position, “government is the solution.”

Thus, by virtue of his election to the presidency nearly one year ago, he believes he has the authority to establish a new paradigm to “fundamentally transform” our nation by creating “a new foundation.”

However, if we are a nation of laws with a national government limited by our Constitution, and, indeed, we are, then Obama has no legal authority to “transform” our government.

Those who laid our constitutional foundation were very clear about its limits on government. Our Constitution’s principle author, James Madison, wrote, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined [and] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce.”

Concerning the legislature’s authority, Thomas Jefferson asserted: “[G]iving [Congress] a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole [Constitution] to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly, no such universal power was meant to be given them. [The Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.”

Madison added, “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.”

But too many among us have become so fixated on the superficial parameters of today’s political debates rather than demand an answer to that most essential question: What is the constitutional authority for Obama’s proposals now being debated in Congress?

For example, amid all the acrimony over Obama’s transformation of health care, the debate should not be centered on which plan is better, but whether constitutional authority exists for any of the plans under consideration.

Unfortunately, such inquiry is scarce, and hardly noted.

Last week, however, three leading Democrats in Congress were asked during news conferences to cite the constitutional authority for their healthcare proposals. To a one, they responded with answers that betrayed unmitigated arrogance and a disdain for our Constitution second to none in our nation’s noble history.

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” replied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when asked specifically about the constitutional authority for Obama’s health care proposal. Pelosi’s spokesman later clarified, “You can put this on the record: That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.” (Apparently, there was an echo in the chamber.)

Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer attempted to answer the question by demonstrating his illimitable ignorance on the subject: “Well, in promoting the general welfare the Constitution obviously gives broad authority to Congress to effect [a mandate that individuals must buy health insurance]. The end that we’re trying to effect is to make health care affordable, so I think clearly this is within our constitutional responsibility.”

Perhaps Hoyer should take a basic civics course on the “General Welfare” clause in Article 1, Section 8, as written by James Madison. On the limitations of the Constitution, Madison wrote: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents…”

Finally, Democrat Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (where Rule of Law once prevailed), responded to the question of constitutional authority by insisting, “We have plenty of authority. … I mean, there’s no question there’s authority. Nobody questions that. Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway? The federal government does that on federal highways.” (No, actually, the states set speed limits, and only misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause by judicial activists could be construed to give the federal government such authority.)

As for Obama, his publicist, Robert Gibbs, claimed, “I won’t be confused as a constitutional scholar, but I don’t believe there’s a lot of — I don’t believe there’s a lot of case law that would demonstrate the veracity of [questions about constitutional authority].”

For sure, nobody will confuse Gibbs with a scholar of any stripe. And, we would remind Gibbs that when the Clintonistas attempted to nationalize healthcare (18 percent of the U.S. economy) back in 1994, the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office issued this piece of analysis: “The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate … would impose a duty on individuals as members of society [and] require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”

Remarkably, neither Obama’s bête noire, Fox News, nor any nationally syndicated conservative column, devoted air time or print to these egregiously errant responses.

To be sure, there are a few Republicans who have questioned Obama’s authority. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch proposed an amendment requiring swift judicial review of the health care folly if it is ultimately passed into law. Not surprisingly, Democrat Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, refused to take up Hatch’s amendment, insisting that it was a matter for the Judiciary Committee — the very committee chaired by the aforementioned Senator Patrick “We have plenty of authority” Leahy.

In order to divine the real source the Left claims as its authority for “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” consider this congressional inquiry from last March. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann dared ask Obama’s tax cheat Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, “What provision in the Constitution could you point to gives authority for the actions that have been taken by the Treasury since March of ’08?”

Geithner responded, “Oh, well, the — the Congress legislated in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act a range of very important new authorities.” Bachmann tried again: “Sir, in the Constitution. What in the Constitution could you point to gives authority to the Treasury for the extraordinary actions that have been taken?” Geithner’s response: “Every action that the Treasury and the Fed and the FDIC is — is — has been using authority granted by this body — by this body, the Congress.”

The “authority granted by this body, the Congress.”

In every successive Congress since 1995, conservative Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg has sponsored the Enumerated Powers Act (HR 1359), which requires that “Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act.”

The measure continues to fail, however, because of a dirty little secret: There is no legitimate constitutional authority for almost 70 percent of current federal government programs, and, thus, no authority for the collection of taxes to fund such activities.

Though Obama swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and every member of Congress has pledged “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” Democrats, and too many Republicans, have forsaken their sacred oaths.

In doing so, they have inflicted grievous injury upon our Constitution, thereby placing our Essential Liberty in eminent peril.

In May 1775, at the onset of the hostilities that gave rise to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution calling on the states to prepare for rebellion. In its preamble, John Adams advised his countrymen to sever all oaths of allegiance to the Crown.

Since that time, generations of American Patriots have honored their oaths, shed their blood, given their lives — but not to the crown of any man or a partisan sect. Instead, these sacrifices have been made to support and defend our Constitution and the Rule of Law it established. Put simply, there is no authority for a “constitutional rewrite” by Barack Hussein Obama, nor Nancy Pelosi, nor Steny Hoyer, nor any like-minded revisionists. Such contempt for our Constitution, such willful violation of their sacred oaths is a disgrace to the selfless dignity of generations of Patriots before them.

At present, we have a gang of outlaws at the helms of the executive and legislative branches. Under such despots, we are being unlawfully taxed without lawful representation. Sound familiar?

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!

Mark Alexander

Publisher, PatriotPost.US





Boo!

31 10 2009

Happy Halloween to all our friends on Giovanni’s World!

Happy Halloween bkeyser

Another masterpiece by GiovanniWorld member bkeyser!

 

Bob's yardsign

GiovanniWorld member Bob's latest yardsign!

~Submitted by Eowyn





Hallelujah! Scozzafava Quits!

31 10 2009

angelsrejoice

BREAKING: Scozzafava suspends NY 23 campaign

Posted by Josh Kraushaar Oct 31, 2009 10:37 AM – http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/1009/BREAKING_Scozzafava_drops_out_of_NY_23.html

Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her bid in next Tuesday’s NY 23 special election, a huge development that dramatically shakes up the race. She did not endorse either of her two opponents — Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens.

The decision to suspend her campaign is a boost for Hoffman, who already had the support of 50 percent of GOP voters, according to a newly-released Siena poll, and is now well-positioned to win over the 25 percent of Republicans who had been sticking with Scozzafava.

Scozzafava has “probably made her last campaign appearance between now and Election Day,” spokesman Matt Burns told POLITICO. “She’s releasing her support to the two other candidates.”

“I had a discussion with her last night, and we made the decision after I spoke with her. We talked about it, what this came down to was spending. It came down to the ability to defend herself from the get-go. And that’s the reality. She was unable to define herself where the people didn’t know her.”

POLITICO has the full story on Scozzafava’s surprise decision here.

Scozzafava’s statement:

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Throughout the course of my campaign for Congress, I have made the people of the 23rd District and the issues that affect them the focal point of my campaign. As a life long resident of this District, I care deeply and passionately about its people and our way of life. Whether as a candidate for Congress, a State Assemblywoman or a small town Mayor, I have always sought to act with the best interest of our District and its residents in mind—and today I again seek to act for the good of our community.

The opportunity to run as the Republican and Independence Party candidate to represent the 23rd District has been and remains one of the greatest honors of my life. During the past several months, as I’ve traveled the district, meeting and talking with voters about the issues that matter most to them, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received as I sought to serve as their voice in Washington. However, as Winston Churchill once said, Democracy can be a fickle employer, and the road to public office is not always a smooth one.

In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be. The reality that I’ve come to accept is that in today’s political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money—and as I’ve been outspent on both sides, I’ve been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record. But as I’ve said from the start of this campaign, this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this District. And, as always, today I will do what I believe serves their interests best.

It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.

On Election Day my name will appear on the ballot, but victory is unlikely. To those who support me – and to those who choose not to – I offer my sincerest thanks.

Dede

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UPDATE:

Thomas Lifson of American Thinker writes:
GOP Chairman Michael Steele’s has endorsed Hoffman, which may have had something to do with Scozzafava’s choice. Whatever the sources of her move, Steele and Scozzafava demonstrate that the GOP establishment finally is getting a clue about the intensity of the base, and the need to stand up to the radical changes threatened by the Obama administration.
Once again, Sarah Palin, who was the first major figure to endorse Hoffman, gains in strength as a leader of the GOP.

I suspect there is some lingering bitterness on Scozzafava’s part. She was an easy winner with Hoffman third at about 10%, until the campaign by conservatives began to back him and not her. Not all of her support will go to Hoffman. The Conservative Party in New York is not a natural home for all New York Republicans.
If her vote splits 2 to 1 for Hoffman, he wins by maybe 5%. If it breaks more decisively (say 3 to 1 or more), he wins by 10%. But she will still get votes with her name on the ballot. My guess is 5-10% of the total.

~Submitted by Eowyn





Obama Lies In Record Time

30 10 2009

H/T goes out to littlemissmuffin for this educational video. Obama is trying to set a record by telling as many lies as he can in under 2 minutes.

Gio-





Sarah Alert!

30 10 2009

sarah-palin-1-sizedA message to all members of Team Sarah

The Team Sarah Health Care Review Board has been working diligently reading through Pelosi’s Health Reform Bill. Please help us Tweet the findings to get information out to the public .The findings will astound you. We must band together to help defeat this attack on our Health Care  system and intrusion on our freedoms. Some findings….abortion funding, death panels, multiple taxes and penalties, etc.

You can SEARCH for the hash tag #obc50 to see what Team Sarah and others are writing about this bill and you can use this tag if you want to have an article YOUR wrote promoted.

Go to Twitter Fans For Sarah to get tweet texts to tweet. Simply copy and paste to your Twitter account.

http://www.teamsarah.org/group/twitterfansforsarah/forum/topics/tweets-for-health-care-review

Thank you in advance for your assistance on this project. God Bless

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