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We’ve been begging our leaders for specifics on what to do to make a difference. Glenn Beck’s events (Restoring Honor, Courage & Love) represent a huge step towards getting our heads & hearts straight about the morality of our cause.  Others have also made contributions, but Levin’s proposal, The Liberty Amendments, deserves specific recognition – it is the first path to restore our founding ideals, based on the Constitution itself, that we can all contribute to, that has a realistic chance– if we pledge “our lives, our Fortunes, & our sacred Honor” to the success of the Liberty Amendments.

Our kids and our country deserve no less.

It will be a difficult climb but I believe the country is ready for a tangible solution to the threats our country faces. Make no mistake; we’re in a race against time and a ruthless progressive cancer. With a $17 trillion national debt, and $60 trillion more in unfunded liabilities, cities like Detroit going bankrupt and states like California threatening, we must right the American ship as soon as possible. Once a financial crisis occurs, it may be impossible to counter calls for a more powerful central government – especially if people go hungry or start blaming the usual suspects (capitalism, tea partiers, etc.)

One last comment before I summarize my ideas for the first five amendments. I believe it’s important for the leaders of our movement – we all have a different list, but mine would include, in addition to Levin, among others, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Yaron Brook, Sen. Rand Paul (and his father Ron), Sen. Ted Cruz (& his father Rafael), Sen. Mike Lee, Mia Love , Rev C. L. Bryant, Walt Williams and 2008 GOP VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin.

Everybody has different ways of contributing to the cause of freedom. I hope that all of them discuss Levin’s book, advance the idea and help pass the Liberty Amendments. Sometimes silos are created where no one wants to promote what their “competition” is doing – that must not happen.  I would encourage all of them to be generous with their comments and their air & face time.  However, so far, I haven’t heard one word of the idea, or Levin’s upcoming book, from these folks – perhaps they’re waiting for the book?

As you can see from this post, I think it’s a mistake to wait. In fact, Levin’s idea motivated me to start blogging again for the first time in years.  It will be my 100th post, with over 26,580 visitors, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate #100.  Not only is it fun to see if my ideas for reform match up with Levin’s, but until his book comes out on August 13, I hope and pray my ideas will encourage others to come up with their own – can there be too much engagement in the cause of freedom? Of course, Levin’s specific amendments will be very important, but just his idea has lit the torch – by urging us to look within the Constitution itself for how to repair our Constitutional Republic.

Everyone has ideas – my first five are listed below and I’ll follow-up with more details on each one – but the main thing is to jump in and start, time’s not on our side.

The Liberty Amendments – My First Five

1. Voter Campaign Finance (VCF)

  • Limit campaign contributions to those who are registered voters that can vote for the candidate. For example, I live in VA 5th Congressional District – Robert Hurt’s my congressman. If he ran for House, under this Amendment, he could only receive campaign contributions from registered 5th district voters (easily checked against existing voter rolls) – no unions, corporations, out-of-district fat cats, PACs, etc. If you don’t have a legal right to vote in 5th district, you can’t influence the 5th District election.

2. Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA)

  • Cut Cap & Balance (HR 2560) was a great idea that died in the corrupt halls of Harry Reid’s U.S Senate – but just barely (51Ds-46Rs) – a real life example of the wisdom of Levin’s idea – Congress will not reform itself, we must go around Congress. My twist on Cut Cap & Balance is this: Limit federal revenues to 18% GDP, spending to 17% GDP limit and the remaining 1% for debt relief and, after that, an “Emergency Fund”.
  • In case of war, Congress can authorize spending to exceed 18% only if two-thirds of Congress approves. The 1% of GDP (of the 18% collected for revenues) would go to pay down the national debt (about $16 Billion/yr at current GDP) and, once debt free (woohoo!!), use the 1% for an Emergency Fund – to pay for declared wars and disasters but only if two-thirds approve “withdrawals” – restoring Congress’ power to limit wars with their Constitutional funding power.

3. Term Limits

  • This has been around for a while but my version would limit service in Congress to just 12 years total. This could be three House terms (3×2=6) followed by a Senate term (1×6) or two Senate terms (2×6=12) or other combinations. The main idea is to not allow folks to make a career out of DC politics while allowing them enough time to be effective.

4. Law Limits

  • Obamacare was over 2700 pages long. The recent immigration bill was 1200 pages. Neither of these very devastating bills, that affect all of U.S., has been read by their supporters or detractors – that’s not a democracy, that’s a marketing campaign. Just vote on one or two issues at a time. I don’t know a specific # – others can work that out – but perhaps < 10 pages.

5. Pardon Accountability

  • Require Presidents to prioritize pardons (100 or less) and announce their last pardons at least 90 days before general election. Although an outgoing POTUS can’t be held accountable, voters can hold parties accountable. I predict the outrages from Obama’s pardons – both the # and who – will force this Amendment to top of list.
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So many of us worked so hard to help make history tonight by electing the first Mom ever to be Vice-President of the United States of America.  Although we fell a little short, I am so proud of what they have accomplished.

Thank you John McCain & Sarah Palin!

I especially wanted to thank Sarah Palin for inspiring my daughter Kate.  My daughter and I were fortunate enough to attend a Palin Rally in Lanconia, NH.  Here’s some pictures from that event:

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My daughter was lucky enough to get Sarah’s signature on my copy of the National Review with the Governor on the cover.  Although we drove 3 hours from Vermont to attend the event, it was completely worth it.  Sarah gave a great speech and provided my daughter with a real life example of a strong successful woman campaigning at the highest levels of our great democracy.

Think about all Sarah Palin has endured.  The media, the Obama campaign, writers on the left and right slammed with boat loads of unfair criticism and sexist questioning – she never lost her cool. 

Sarah was under enormous pressure to perform during her GOP Convention speech and at the V.P. debate and she passed with flying colors!  She seemed to excel under pressure and showed grace and wit.  She even took on corruption in her own party and ran against an incumbent GOP Governor – who does that??

Sarah Palin has accomplished a lot and has shown to be a natural leader as a mayor, regulator and Governor. 

She understands and respects the limits placed on our government by the founding fathers.  She speaks with conviction about how even flirting with socialism can hurt our work ethic and erode opportunity.  Her real life examples of walking the walk, by choosing life, and having a son in the military, not only inspires others, it convinces them to listen to what she has to say – she speaks from experience, with wisdom.

Sarah – we are so grateful for the work you have done during this campaign inspiring conservatives young and old to stand up and fight for America.  As Geraldine Ferraro said, “Sarah Palin helps parents keep that promise to their little girls that they daughters can be whatever they want to be”. 

Thanks Sarah!

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What a remarkable election!  Despite the fact that Obama supporters dominated our education system, our film industry, our unions and our news media, John McCain and Sarah Palin fought the good fight and came close to winning anyway.

Despite being outspent 5 to 1 and 4 to 1 in many key states, McCain-Palin only lost Florida (27) by 2 points, Ohio (20) by 3 points and Virginia (13) by 3 points.  If those three states (60 votes total) had gone the other way, the totals would have been Obama-Biden 277 to McCain-Palin 260. 

Over 110 million Americans cast their votes and McCain-Palin only lost by 4 million or 3.6% of the total – not a landslide or a mandate by any stretch – just a hard-fought contest between two strong campaigns.

I know a lot of pundits will start nit-picking McCain-Palin first thing tomorrow, if not already, but I wanted to say how proud I was of the way they fought this campaign and how much they accomplished against very long odds.

My family feels like we have gotten to know both John McCain and Sarah Palin and feel great affection for the inspiring leaders they both are, for their wonderful families and for the long hours they put in helping to keep U.S. free and reminding us how great this country is. 

Thank you Senator McCain!  Thank you Governor Palin!

McCain introduces Sarah Palin to the Presidential Campaign - Photo by Mark Lyons-EPA

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The Fight or Flight Response is the “biological response of animals to acute stress”.  For me, this election has generated more acute stress than I’ve had in years.  I’ve been extremely depressed, angry, agitated, hopeless, frustrated and shocked again and again and again.

Contrary to his early rhetoric, the candidate of Change will not chart a new course that unites liberals and conservatives, by finding common ground, Obama will put in place changes that will force U.S. to become permanently liberal until we’re socialist.  

How depressing is that?

Given that Obama supporters dominate our news media, our film industry, our education system and our unions – an Obama Presidency is not just frightening – it’s a real possibility.   Add in the fact that Obama raised more campaign cash than anyone in the history of the world and it really seems hopeless. 

I jokingly said to my wife that maybe we should just give up and let Obama win so the government will take care of us.  Instead of having our signs stolen (7 McCain signs taken so far) and disgusting things spray painted on our fence, we can put an Obama sign in our yard and people will treat us like old friends and smile and wave as they pass.   Life will be easy and everyone will be happy if only we let Obama…

WAKE-UP!!!

My wife said she knows I was joking because, according to her, I’m not that kind of man.  She said, “you don’t quit, you fight for what you believe in and you believe in this country”  Wow…don’t tell her I said so, but my wife is right.

People don’t migrate to this country because the government takes care of you – if that were true, more people would go to Canada.  Instead, millions from all over the world come to America, even from Canada.  People come because the American version of capitalism has created a free and prosperous society that starts with the assumption that your money belongs to you.   

We tell our kids, and our immigrants, that in America you have the freedom to be whatever you want to be and if you work hard and achieve success, you can keep most of what you earn.  Because you usually succeed by doing things better than the next guy, our system encourages efficiency and excellence. 

Here’s some perspective from Bill Whittle at the National Review:

‘The United States of America — five percent of the world’s population — leads the world economically, militarily, scientifically, and culturally — and by a spectacular margin. Any one of these achievements, taken alone, would be cause for enormous pride. To dominate as we do in all four arenas has no historical precedent.

We should celebrate the success of American Capitalism, not call it a “failed ideology” and trash it to win elections and steer this country far left.   This country is in danger of losing everything that makes it great – our freedom.

WAKE-UP!!!

We are experiencing acute stress.  Our Fight or Flight response is about to kick in.   We can choose to Fight – by helping McCain-Palin get as many supporters to the polls as possible – by calling, walking, driving or donating.   Or we can choose Flight – by letting ourselves get discouraged and overwhelmed. 

I choose to fight.  Join me.  Let’s fight for America.

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I’m disgusted the Senate approved that monstrosity of a 450 page “economic rescue plan”.  Back up for a minute.  What brought the greatest country in the world to it’s knees – at least it’s financial markets?  Too much “Toxic Paper”!  It’s unclear to me this bill does anything about toxic paper – might even be worse.

Under Clinton’s masterful, shameful use of Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Clinton quintupled sub-prime loans from $200 billion to over $1 trillion by the end of the 1990s.  Now, $200 billion is important; Over $1 trillion is really important.  Over $1 trillion of toxic paper is Clinton’s legacy that our financial markets are choking on. 

Bankers in Germany, Japan and Dubai never guessed that something called “U.S. mortgage obligations” might contain mortgages made without income verification.  Once they found out, they tried to dump those mortgages but they were so intermixed in very, very complex Wall Street creations that it was hard to figure out what any U.S. mortgage-related product was worth.

The result?  A loss of confidence in U.S.

We don’t need a windfall $700 billion bailout for those who profited.  Let Wall Street sort out it’s own mess of complex products.  We certainly don’t need more pork, especially now – it sickens me that Congress added more pork and tax breaks during a national crisis and McCain went along with it.

The way to restore a crisis of confidence is pretty simple.  Take solid lasting steps that demonstrate you’re being honest and effective.  In addition, any plan put forward must be in place for 5 years so people and business has confidence the next President will not undo what’s done now.  

Here’s a plan that will restore confidence in our government and our markets:

  1. Dodd, Frank & Paulson Must Resign – These three Democrats have betrayed the public’s trust, with historic results, and need to go now.  Their resignations say loud and clear:  Corruption in Washington caused the problem, not free markets.   
  2. 5 year phase-out of gov’t-sponsored sub-prime loans – the “toxic paper” that crippled our credit markets. 
  3. Suspend the mark-to-market rule – this will repair distressed bank balance sheets overnight (see below).
  4. 5 year suspension of cap gains tax – this will flood US financial markets with new capital and not penalize folks who invest in America when we need it most.
  5. Life the Ban on Offshore Drilling – this single act will lower structural costs for families and businesses across the country and around the world and jump-start the economy.   

This is the kind of plan I would have expected John McCain would champion.  It’s about accountability, reform, energy independence and prosperity.  If McCain and the President had insisted on this plan, the Democrats would have to a) go along or b) vote against the bill and risk financial catastrophe and the voter’s wrath in one month.  Either way, we would have the “Change We Need”.

More freedom, not less.

Instead, McCain voted to keep the car speeding down the wrong road rather than make a U-turn that may be difficult but respects the will of the people, respects the science of free market economics and restores confidence in our government to do what’s right for voters, not campaign donors. 

McCain went along to get along.  I’m very disappointed.

If McCain can’t take the lead on a solid responsible free-market plan, maybe McCain-Palin will lead U.S. by campaigning, in the few remaining weeks, on a similar plan that will restore confidence in our government and our leaders.

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Many agree that this election will come down to which candidate voters trust to be President.

McCain’s solid.  Obama…not so much. 

Yes, Obama would like it to be about Sarah’s experience, but the more they bring up Sarah’s experience, the more we see that Obama has even less experience. 

Obama would like it to be about the struggling economy, paint McCain as a third Bush term and claim the economy under Obama will be like Bill Clinton’s.

However, the “Booming Clinton Economy” is a myth. 

The fact is, the economy under Obama will be more like Carter than Clinton, and I’ll take Bush’s economy (low inflation, taxes, interest rates, unemployment) over Carter’s economy (high inflation, taxes, interest rates and unemployment), any day. 

Obama wants talk on climate change but Americans want to drill, baby, drill. 

So, it’s really coming down to whether voters trust Obama. Not GOP voters, of course, but millions of Independents and Democrats who are ready to vote for a Democrat this election cycle but are uneasy about Obama.  Despite a long Democratic primary, we still don’t know much about him.

What exactly did he accomplish as an unelected community organizer? Given his flip-flopping on positions he held in the primary, do voters know where he really stands? Many of his supporters struggle to name specific accomplishments of Obama.

Remember this Hardball from Chris Matthews – a supporter can’t name a single Obama accomplishment.

I’ve never seen a supporter of a candidate come up with nothing, nada, zero. As remarkable as that was back in February…

What we’ve learned since then raises more questions:

  1. Obama sat in a church where the Pastor can say God Dam* America (to thunderous applause), and return the next Sunday.
  2. Obama won his first election by challenging the petitions of his Democratic primary opponents and removing all four of them from the ballot – including his mentor, fellow progressive and more popular rival, longtime incumbent Alice Palmer.
  3. Obama, shamelessly, argues he was right to vote against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA) – a bill that would protect a baby still alive after a botched abortion.
  4. Obama helped convicted felon Tony Rezco obtain $100 million in grants, loans and tax credits for 11 buildings in Obama’s district that are now boarded up.
  5. Obama held an organizing meeting at the home of former terrorist Bill Ayers for Obama’s Illinois state senate bid. As alarming as that is, even more alarming is Ayer’s influence on our kids education – 26 education books published…so far!.
  6. Obama said publicly, during his 2004 US Senate run, that his opponent’s divorce records were “off limits”. Behind the scenes, his supporters worked aggressively to make the divorce records public for both his Democratic and GOP opponents. The result? Another easy, ill-gotten win for Obama by 70% to 29%.
  7. Obama, in 2004, agrees with us he’s not ready to be President.
  8. Obama refused to put his hand over his heart during the Star Spangled Banner – that’s creepy.
  9. Obama didn’t wear a flag pin until a vet gives him one.
  10. Lastly, while campaigning in Germany, Obama declines to visit wounded troops.
  11. Given a choice whether to lead this country out of the worst financial crisis since the Depression or prep for three days in Florida for a Debate on Foreign Policy – Obama chose Florida.

Yes, I know. You’ve already heard a lot of this. However, when it comes out little by little – Obama is able to explain much of this away. Put it all together – the proper perspective – and many of us agree:

Obama doesn’t belong in the U.S. Senate, let alone the White House.

Obama can’t be trusted to be our President, it’s that simple.

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Most people think of Barack Obama as an attractive young man.  I think he’s looking more and more unattractive with every illegitimate attack on Sarah Palin – but hey, maybe that’s just me.

Yesterday, I found a video of Obama looking even more unattractive.

Let me explain.  Yesterday, on Patriot Day, I was in a sad and patriotic mood listening to the speeches about 9/11.  On YouTube, I came across some fantastic renditions of the Star Spangled Banner I was going to share with my two teenagers. 

Then I found a bad rendition with the 2008 Democratic Presidential candidates:

What’s wrong with this man?

American citizens learn from Kindergarten to hold their hand over their heart during the Star Spangled Banner. We sing it before major sporting events and civic ceremonies.  Some even sing along – I do. 

Because Americans do it for years and years, it’s second nature. We do it because we’re taught to and we love our country. 

Maybe Obama forgot. That’s OK.  Sometimes when we forget, we see others with their hand over their heart and we put our hand over our heart as an act of solidarity with all Americans. 

Barack must have seen others with their hand over their heart but kept his hand down – that’s creepy.

As the great Marvin Gaye once asked, “What’s going on?”

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