Robin-gate distilled: It all seems really messy, but there are some accusations that seem like they might need some further looking into. I will be the first to say that I am not the most objective person when it comes to these facts, but I have read all the articles that have come out on this, and here seems to be the talking points.
1) Robin who is campaigning as a fiscal conservative, left the TN republican party with a $19,000 overdraft and $100,000 in debt.
2)As Robin left the TN Republican Party she arranged for a very large bonus to be paid to a member of her team, who then left his position with the TN Republican Party. Shortly after leaving he used that money to start working as a volunteer with "Team Robin" until she could raise enough funds to put him on as full time campaign staff, which she later did.
3) Robin accused Chip of lying about her money issues, but the documents show that the party did have a significant shortfall and that Chuck was in fact correct.
Again, I know I am in no way impartial, but this does seem interesting. Now there is a ton of he said she said that goes along with this, so it is for each of us to dig through the facts and find the truth.
Gregg Juster, a leader in the Chattanooga Tea Party, the TN Tea Party Coalition, and the National Fiscal Conservative PAC, is hosting a cookout this Saturday for all our supporters. This will be a great time to get together, discuss the issues and plan for how we are going to take our country back from the strangle hold of Washington DC. We are inviting all our supporters and asking you to bring your friends and family to meet me and get to know me. Refreshments are graciously being provided by Gregg and DeeDee. So come out to support Van Irion 4 Congress, bring your friends and have a good time with us this Saturday, Mar 27th from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Take a minute to RSVP to Gregg Juster now at firstname.lastname@example.org
The location is 55 E Main St #304, Chattanooga, TN 37408, 200 yds east of Market on Main, Park behind the building (3 story old brick warehouse), Walk through the gate and up the stairs (or elevator) to the third floor. If you need directions call 254-744-9562.
Health Care Bill If you know me at all, you know my response is that it's unconstitutional. The federal government has no authority to regulate health care.This bill and all the shenanigans it took to get it passed should illustrate why. The framers of the Constitution didn't just arbitrarily say that most issues should be handled at the state or local level (10th Amendment); they had a very good reason for setting that model for how our country should run. The entire purpose of the Constitution was to protect one state from the whims of another state. If Oregon wants to provide health care to all their citizens they can decide to do that, but they should have no authority to make Tennesseans do the same. We were intended to have local control of such matter - if we didn't like how one state was run, we could move to another or we could seek redress at the state level. Thousands of Americans marched all weekend in DC seeking to be heard and they were soundly ignored. Redress by the individual on the federal level doesn't work, as it does on the state level. Now we have a federal government that ignores the Constitution. Now we have 219 representatives forcing their will on the vast majority of the country that loudly proclaimed we don't want government run health care. None of the East Tennessee Congressmen voted for this bill, yet all East Tennesseans are forced abide by the decision of Congressmen from Chicago, California, and New York.
The Role of the Federal Government I could go on about the details of the bill, such as in order to get those votes, promises were made that earmark our tax dollars to pet projects other states, or exempt some which puts an even higher burden on the rest that aren't exempt. Or that the bill forces all Americans to fund abortion while taking $500 billion from Medicare, all while our Medicare taxes won't go down. Or that taxes are assessed immediately while benefits don't start for another four years. This is devastating to our liberties and our economy, and it will start killing jobs immediately. But we must understand why it happened so that we can prevent it happening again and hopefully reverse this course in the future. The why is that there is a fundamental lack of understanding in Washington DC about the role of federal government. As one of my competitors in the race for the 3rd District said at the LiberTea debate, "Well if I knew the proper role of the federal government I'd write a book and be a millionaire." That is the problem; we continue to elect representatives that don't know. If they would just read and memorize the oath that they take, it's pretty simple, "that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
Where were the statesmen in this debate reminding the congress that they had no authority to introduce such a bill? Where were the statesmen appearing on every media outlet available to tell the American people that health care reform is an issue for the states, that federal government mandates have done nothing but increase cost and decrease options? Where were the statesmen going office to office with the citizens that rightly opposed the bill reminding the representatives of their oath? God willing I will be that statesman come November 2010.
If you have read this far and agree with me that we need a defender of the Constitution in DC, please join us Saturday at the home of Gregg and DeeDee Juster. Let your voice be heard, meet with those of like mind and let's plan for a revival of the Constitution in America. Email Gregg now and let him know you'll be there -email@example.com
The Chattanooga Tea Party and Campaign for Liberty are joining together to sponsor a series of LiberTea Debates in preparation for the 2010 elections. The first of these public Debates will feature the six announced Republican candidates for Tennessee?s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives (currently held by Zach Wamp) on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 2:00-3:30PM. The event will be hosted at Woodland Park Baptist Church by the Community Impact Team and it is located at 6735 Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. The Debate is free and open to the public.
The six candidates who have confirmed their participation in the first Debate are Tommy Crangle, Chuck Fleischmann, Tim Gobble, Van Irion, Arthur Rhodes and Robin Smith.
At the conclusion of the Debate (from 4:00-5:00PM) attendees will have an opportunity to meet with the participating candidates individually in separate rooms, thus allowing citizens to visit with the candidates in an intimate manner to further discuss issues of interest to them.
Attached for your reference and distribution is a Flyer that provides all of the information about the Debate.
I trust you will be able to attend the event. Additionally, please don't hesitate to share this email invitation with your email network, friends, co-workers and families as well as inviting your pastor and church members to attend.
Even during times of great perversion evangelicals need to realize that it is not the role of government to protect citizens from themselves. We need to realize that while it might seem morally advantageous to undermine the Constitution now, that in future generations that same authority will be used to persecute our posterity. The precedent we establish will come back to haunt us.
Here is an opinion piece that I submitted to the Chattanoogan, but it never got published. It was in response to sheriff Tim Gobble opinion piece entitled Sheriff Gobble Looking Forward Maybe it was a bit harsh, and that is why the Chattanoogan did not publish it. I just hate not questioning career politicians as they work their way up the ladder. I have heard him speak two different times and by all I can tell he is just a classic neo-conservative. Haven't we had enough of the new conservatism?
You spoke at the Tea Party rally on the 15th and many of us there were shocked to see you take the stage. Your "Sheriff Gobble Looking Forward" opinion piece in the Chattanoogan exemplifies why many of us were dismayed at your participation. The main point of the Tea Party was not only that we are over-taxed, but that we are over-taxed due to our federal government over-stepping its constitutional bounds. As conservative Republicans, Democrats, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, and Independents, we came together around our Constitution, demanding that our leaders follow the road map our Founders gave us. We are tired of our Senators and House Representatives only bringing up the words Strict Constructionist and Originalist when it is politically advantageous or when Supreme Court Judges are being nominated. It is time for politicians to get a constitutional backbone, and I am afraid you have shown us exactly how you will behave if elected as our Congressman.
Sheriff Gobble, just because our out-of-control government chooses to spend our money in ways the Constitution has not specifically mandated, it does not mean you should belly up to the feeding trough. Tennessee's third district should be leading the country as stalwarts of constitutional excellence. Sheriff Gobble, I really can not imagine that you would think the federal government has any constitutional authority to get involved with the funding of police officers. The Tenth Amendment clearly makes the funding of police officers a state issue.
My two points are this. First, even if you were to take our money to fund new police officers for the next four years, the big question is how are you going to pay their salary once the grant money runs out? Sounds like either a tax increase or you are planning on President Obama's spend-our-way-out-of-debt scheme to work. Secondly, by taking this dirty money you are doing exactly what Madison in the 10th Federalist Paper referred to as an "improper or wicked project". What you are doing is taking part in indebting our children and grandchildren so that you may enjoy the security of extra police officers now.
Sheriff Gobble please answer this question: if the Bradley County Commission somehow had the power to take your great grandchildren's money to fund police officers now, would you take it? I hope you would not. You must agree that the ethical ground you tread on is part of an improper and wicked project. Sheriff Gobble it is not your money to spend. Period.
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation
-- James Madison 1788 speaking to the Virginia convention
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
...And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
---Thomas Jefferson November 13, 1787, letter to William S. Smith
Since becoming involved politically over the last few years, I've become involved with groups that say the pledge of allegiance before meetings. What goes across my mind while saying the pledge is "Why the heck are we doing this?" I never questioned it as a kid, but now I just can't help but wonder about the historical context. I do find it interesting that we did not start pledging allegiance until 1892. To boot it was written by a Baptist minister who was involved with the Christian Socialist movement, which by the way is completely antithetical to the thoughts of our Founding Fathers.
So I wonder what our Founding Fathers would have thought about the pledged. I know they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, but my feeling is they would have serious problems with the wording of the pledge as it stands. I mean really, for those who have studied our founders and the concept of the government they endeavored to create, do you think they would have used the word "indivisible". Not. A. Chance.
I am still reading through The Revolution a Manifesto by Dr. Paul and have been eating up his chapter entitled Economic Freedom.
Check this quote out:
To get an appreciation for the difference between public and private administration in terms of bureaucracy and cost-effectiveness, consider this. The Brookings Institution's John Chubb once investigated the number of bureaucrats working in the central administration office of the New York City public schools. Six telephone calls finally yielded someone who knew the answer, but that person was not allowed to disclose it. Another six calls later, Chubb had at last pinned down someone who knew the answer and could tell him what it was. There were 6,000 bureaucrats working in the central office.
Then Chubb call the Archdiocese of New York, to find out the figure there.(The city's Catholic schools educate one-fifth as many students as did the government-run schools.) Chubb's first telephone call was taken by someone who did not know the answer. Here we go again, he thought. But after a moment she said, "Wait a minute; let me count." Her answer: 26.
For those who have not heard I will be working from home full time starting December 1st. I've been working on building an office out of the corner of my garage over the last 2 months. I still have a ton to do, so I made a list, which should keep me from jumping spasmodically from task to task.