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"But I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom.  Is there no virtue among us?  If there is not, we are in a wretched situation.  No theoretical checks - no form of government can render us secure.  To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men.  So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them."

James Madison, 1788, Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention

COMMENTARY CONTENT

CI-P4. "But Not Any Longer" Open Letter to Nonconservative Republicans
CI-P3. "When We Won, We Also Lost" Mike Castle, U.S. Senator
CI-P2. "Not so Subtle Difference" Conservative versus Republican
CI-P1. "Official Cover Up of Sestak Bribery Attempt Begins" They're Asking Us to Believe a Lot

CI-P4. "But Not Any Longer"
News Commentary, September 23, 2010

Open letter to Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer and others:

Not too many years ago we would have embraced your views that the nomination of Congressman Mike Castle over Christine O'Donnell would have been the prudent thing to do under the present political circumstances, but not any longer.  Being conservative first and Republican second we have supported our party much of our adult lives.  Having a Republican President and Republican controlled Legislature in the early and mid 2000's have changed our views forever more.  The Republicans:

  • did not control the growth in federal spending - the size of government continued its ascent,
  • tried to pass amnesty for illegal aliens without first controlling our national borders,
  • passed an ill fated Campaign Finance reform bill that have allowed the Democrats to out spend the Republicans ever since,
  • couldn't even make the Bush tax cuts permanent for heavens sake, you know we could go on.

The corker however was when we heard then Republican Senator Arlan Spector during the debate on immigration reform stand up on the Senate floor and state to the effect that "we have debated this legislation long enough, we have other Senate business to attend, it's time to vote this legislation into law".  We could have literally shouted at the television to the effect that "you pompous S.O.B., we couldn't care less about the Senate's business, we put you there to attend the People's business!"

We have contacted our legislators, attended Tea Parties and Town Halls and plan on continuing more of the same.  We are honored to adopt the overriding theme of the Tea Party movement, that of limited government.  If we have not expressed ourselves distinctly enough maybe the following excerpt from the About Website page will help:

"We discussed the current issues of the day, contacted our legislative representatives, federal, state, and local levels to whatever the issue may be, and found that we lost ground day after day.  We voted for what we thought was conservative leadership, when we lost we really lost, when we won we also lost.  Lost to more unlimited government.  We kept asking, what else can we do?"

Well one thing we have learned not to do, support a nonconservative like Castle where even if we win, we lose!  We're not looking for someone as pure as a new snow fall on a brisk winter day, that person hasn't existed on this earth for at least 2000 years, just someone that is genuinely willing to help lead our sincere quest for limited government.  No, give us O'Donnell and at least a fighting chance to win, and fight for her we shall.

Thank you for your consideration.

CI-P3. When We Won, We Also Lost
News Commentary, September 14, 2010

Christine O'Donnell favored by the Tea Party movement and supported by Governor Sarah Palin upset Congressman Mike Castle, a present U.S. Representative and former two-term Governor, for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from the state of Delaware.  (Seat formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden.)  O'Donnell was a prohibitive underdog in the polls just a few weeks ago; Castle was one of the few Republicans to vote for Cap and Trade in the House.  Plenty of reason not to support Castle yet he was favored by the Republican establishment in Washington supposedly because he has deep state political ties and that polls showed he had a decided advantage over the Democratic nominee; and O'Donnell with less name recognition and some personal baggage just the opposite.  O'Donnell reportedly has some past issues: perhaps a bankruptcy, unpaid debts (not sure) and we don't know what else, we're sure the national news media will fill us in on any and all Republican nominee's shortcomings.

Well here's the rub, Fox News is reporting that the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Tuesday night following O'Donnell's victory that they would not support her as they felt there were better uses for their support and money.  We guess meaning that they don't believe she can win so they will use their money and support for others that have a better chance.  Now that may be a valid position, money and support that can be offered is always limited, choices have to be made.  But do they have to be made against a candidate on their victory night?  Do they have to be made public at all?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others will receive calls from many of us beginning Wednesday morning.  Words will be expressed questioning the wisdom of the public statement of nonsupport for O'Donnell, and that an expression of support needs to be made NOW.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) will also receive calls, they will consist of a short comment to the effect that we were going to send them a check (a little fictitious, we can't help it) but that we are sending one to Christine O'Donnell instead!

Excerpt from About Website page:

"We discussed the current issues of the day, contacted our legislative representatives, federal, state, and local levels to whatever the issue may be, and found that we lost ground day after day.  We voted for what we thought was conservative leadership, when we lost we really lost, when we won we also lost.  Lost to more unlimited government.  We kept asking, what else can we do?"

Well, one thing we've learned to do, stop supporting nonconservative candidates like Mike Castle; and another is to tell the Washington establishment including the RNC and the liberal national media where to get off. (Appropriately of course.)

CI-P2. Not so Subtle Difference
News Commentary, September 07, 2010

This Labor Day weekend, among other infrastructure spending proposals and potential offers for targeted tax credits and a payroll tax holiday, President Barrack Obama announced a plan to allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new investment in plant and equipment through 2011.  A plan White House economists say would cut business taxes by nearly $200 billion over two years in an effort to jump start new business investment and thus new hires.

As a matter of priority, Senator John McCain responded that the first discussion should be about extending existing tax cuts to increase certainty about the future.  The Bush tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year benefit small business owners including federal income tax rate cuts for all income brackets, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) adjustment, Long-term capital gains reduction, and the estate tax elimination.

In many ways McCain and other Republicans appear to have come along toward conservatism compared to some of their ill advised policy stances in the past.  However we are often reminded of how easily it is for those who do not really hold conservative values close to their heart to show the not so subtle difference between conservative and Republican.  No Senator McCain, it would not be a more advised plan to merely extend the Bush tax cuts, it would be a more advised plan to make the Bush tax cuts permanent to increase certainty about the future.  Many may find this a relatively mute point, to a conservative it is of not so subtle difference.

Founding Fathers Conservatives know why most of us admire our beloved President Ronald Reagan, conservative talk radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity among others, the vast majority of Tea Party participates, and Governor Sarah Palin.  It's simple, we feel from their words and actions that they hold conservative values within their heart and soul.  Senator McCain and many other Republicans just can't seem to really get there, we're looking to support those who can.

CI-P1. Official Cover Up of Sestak Bribery Attempt Begins
News Commentary, May 22, 2000

It is inconceivable not to believe that someone in the administration has committed a crime in the offering of a job within the government to Congressman Joe Sestak in exchange for his not running in, or withdrawing from, the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate against Republican turned Democrat Arlen Specter.  This offer would violate, for one, statue U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. Section 600, which prohibits promising a government position "as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or in connection with any primary election or political convention" or "caucus held to select candidates for any political office."  It is also thinkable that this offer violates among others, federal bribery statute 18 U.S.C. Section 201, which makes it a crime to "corruptly ... give, offer, or promise ... anything of value ... to a public official ... with intent to influence" ... that official in ... "an official act."

It is further credible to believe that a report from White House Counsel Robert Bauer issued on Friday, May 28, began the official "cover up" in an apparent effort to protect the White House Official in question, and thus President Obama himself.  There is no other feasible reason for the turn of events this story has taken.  The report fingers White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in enlisting former President Bill Clinton's help as a go-between with Congressman Sestak; Clinton agreed to raise the offer of a unpaid position on a presidential advisory board or another executive board if Sestak remained in the House and dropped his bid for the U.S. Senate.  The report claims that what transpired was neither illegal nor unethical.

Chronology of Known Facts & Events:

  • Senator Arlen Specter changed political affiliation from Republican to Democrat stating that he did not want his political future to be in the hands of Pennsylvania Republican primary voters.
  • Senator Specter voted to break the Republican filibuster and voted for Presidents Obama's Health Care Bill.
  • President Obama supported Senator Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary race.
  • On numerous occasions during the Pennsylvania Primary, and following his victory, Congressman Sestak stated that he had been offered a job by an Administration Official in exchange for dropping out of the Senate Race.
  • On one or more of these occasions Congressman Sestak termed the "job offer" as "high ranking" by a "White House" official.
  • Media reports surfaced that if what Congressman Sestak was saying was true, that the person making the offer may have committed a crime.
  • Congressman Sestak tried to deflect questions of the event, only reiterating that a job offer was made, but that any further details would have to come from the the source of the offer.
  • In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on May 26, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee "urge the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Congressman Joe Sestak's claim that a White House official offered him a job to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Senator Arlen Specter."
  • President Obama was asked about the scope of Congressman's Sestak's assertions at a White House news conference on Thursday, May 27.  Obama would only comment that there would be an official statement from the White House soon, saying that "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place."
  • President's Obama and Clinton had lunch together on Thursday, May 27.
  • White House Counsel Robert Bauer issued his report on Friday, May 28, implicating Rahm Emanuel in enlisting former President Bill Clinton to make the presidential advisory board offer to Congressman Sestak.
  • Congressman Sestak confirmed that he was contacted by President Clinton and that when Clinton mentioned the possibility of a position on a presidential advisory board he told him no.

"For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd.  On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."

John Adams, 1775, Letter to James Warren

They're asking us to believe a lot:

  • We would have to believe that Congressman Sestak considered an unpaid position on a presidential advisory board a "job"; and
  • We would have to believe that Congressman Sestak considered an unpaid presidential advisory board position as "high ranking"; and
  • We would have to believe that Congressman Sestak considered President Clinton a White House official; or
  • We would have to believe that President Clinton told Congressman Sestak that the offer came from a White House official; and
  • We would have to believe that President Clinton thought that Congressman Sestak would (and could) choose to hold his House seat while serving on the presidential advisory board; or
  • We would have to believe that President Clinton thought that Congressman Sestak would both withdraw from the Senate race and give up his House seat in return for an unpaid board position; and
  • We would have to believe that the lunch date between Presidents Obama and Clinton the day prior to release of Bauer's report was just coincidental; and
  • We would have to believe that the release of Bauer's report on a Friday prior to a 3-day holiday weekend was by happenstance.

Only the most ardent advocate of the Obama Administration could truly believe this set of assumptions.

Or, we could believe:

  • That Senator Specter was promised President Obama's support in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary race in exchange for his support in the Senate.
  • That Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel conveyed to Congressman Sestak (perhaps through President Clinton) a truly high ranking job offer to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race.
  • That President Obama knew and approved of the offer.
  • That even if Rahm Emanuel agreed to take the fall, that President Obama would be implicated due to the nature of the position offered.

This kind of thing must happen all the time.  On that merit, it's hard to get fired up about it.  However the arrogance and dishonesty of the cover up and the disregard for the intelligence of the People is maddening, prompting this Call to Action.

Contact U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and ask that a special prosecutor be assigned to investigate this manner. http://www.justice.gov/ag/

Contact Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and ask that a grand jury be empaneled to investigate this manner. http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/index.aspx

"Justice is the end of government.  It is the end of civil society.  If ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit"

James Madison, 1787, Federalist No. 51

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