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CPAC 2011 Artist: Mark Widhalm

For my entire career I’ve been baffled by the liberal artist’s affinity to socialism. Those who seek to constantly exercise their first amendment rights, support the very policies and policy makers’ efforts to stifle them. Is it because socialism is for the “people” and not the socialist? Maybe. But, whatever the explanation, there’s no denying the fact that the art world is overrun, and to a great extent controlled, by the “liberal elite.”

So what is a Conservative in the arts to do? Stand up and be heard. For years, and especially in art school, I played the role of the “pseudo-liberal,” for fear of retribution. Though my images tended to be conservative in nature, the liberal critique was that I was somehow rebelling against the very things I photographed and that this was my political statement. It couldn’t have been farther from the truth, and now the political policies of the last four administrations have awakened me to the need to be heard.

This article was written for Liberatchik

So You Want to Hang On to Those Earmarks? We’ll See About That!

This article is by a fellow blogger, C. Jeffery Small from Jeffery has recently updated and renamed his blog and can now be found at Small Thoughts for a Complex World

Earlier today the online news site, Politico, reported that Jim DeMint was marshaling Republicans to get behind a plan to restrict earmarks from future congressional legislation.

You know what we’re talking about here; things like the $300 million Louisiana Purchase, or the $100 million Cornhusker Kickback, or Chris Dodd’s $100 million “grant” for construction of an unspecified Connecticut university hospital, or the grandaddy of them all, the $60 billion Cadillac Tax for the benefit of the Unions, all of which were, at one point, included as part of the recently passed health care (i.e., Obamacare) legislation.

Of course, these follow in the proud tradition of Alaskian Ted Steven’s $230 million Bridge To Nowhere, or Virginia Foxx and Richard Burr’s $500,000 to build a Teapot Museum in Sparta, NC, or then Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s $14.6 billion for a 3.5 mile long Massachusetts Big Dig highway project, or $3.4 million to build a Turtle Tunnel in Florida, or $19 million to study the environmental effects of Cow Flatulence. And the list goes on, and on, and on… According to Wikipedia, in 2005, federal legislation contained an estimated 16,000 earmarks totaling roughly $48 billion, and CBS News, reports that the 2010 Federal budget alone contained 5,000 earmarks which totaled roughly $14 billion, which is on top of the 2009 stimulus allocation of $787 billion.

So, considering the mood of the country as was recently exhibited in the mid-term elections, with the voters rejecting sixty-six congressional tax-and-spend progressives and replacing them with fiscal conservative, it would seem like a no-brainer to support DeMint’s proposal to reign in the abuse of earmarks. Right? Well, that’s apparently not how many of the long-standing congressional Republicans see it.

    Politico reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat a conservative plan aimed at restricting earmarks, setting up a high-stakes showdown that pits the GOP leader and his “Old Bull” allies against Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and a new breed of conservative senators.

    McConnell’s heightened activity signals what Senate insiders say is real fear among senior members — that the DeMint plan actually stands a serious chance of passing. And that could have uncomfortable implications for a bloc of GOP senators — like McConnell, a member of the Appropriations Committee — who annually send hundreds of millions of dollars for projects in their home states.

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, one of the most conservative senators and an unabashed earmarker, plans a blitz on conservative talk radio to make the case that critics have demagogued the earmark issue in order to make their political points that they’re out to reform the excesses of Congress.

    [A] number of senators who voted for the DeMint plan in March are likely “no” votes now, including McConnell, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and DeMint’s fellow South Carolina senator, Lindsey Graham.

And there you have it. RINOs at work, saying something to the voters out of one side of their mouth, while having absolutely no intention of standing up for our rights, or the principles of liberty. Politics is just a game to these bozos and they have a vested interest in the status quo which allows them to rob the citizens of 49 other states and send the bacon back home to their special interests and campaign contributors.

The election is over and it’s time for us to get back to work, continuing to communicate our expectations, and doing what we can to pressure every one of these two-faced congressional cowards to do the right thing when it comes to specific legislative actions. Here is a letter that I just sent to Mitch McConnell, James Inhofe, Lamar Alexander and Lindsey Graham:

    So You Want to Keep Your Earmarks? Dear Congressman:

    Truly unbelievable! You Republicans haven’t let the ink dry on the election when you are already jockeying to override the message that the people sent to you just one short week ago. You have learned absolutely nothing!

    So you want to hang on to your precious pork, regardless of the harm that this fiasco has inflicted upon the country by inflating the budget year after year with hidden perks for favored members of Congress, and paying off special interests — or those who have made campaign contributions — by concealing these thefts of taxpayer dollars from open scrutiny, honest debate and a public justification.

    WAKE UP! The citizens of this country have had enough of this political corruption, and we are not going to allow you to get away with it any longer. We are through with all of you — both Republican and Democrat — treating us as though we were simply a natural resource to be mined for whatever purpose strikes your fancy. We are finished with letting you push us around. The jig is up.

    The American people have sent you a clear message demanding that, as our representatives, you restore our individual rights by removing onerous regulations and legislation that interfere with our freely being able to pursue our own definition of personal happiness. On that front, you can start with the repeal of Obamacare. We also want you to balance the budget and start whittling away at the national debt, not by increasing taxes, but by drastically cutting government programs and expenditures. To perform the job delegated to you by the Constitution, you will have no need for a single pork-barrel project.

    If you continue to oppose measures to eliminate earmarks and other governmental reforms, and instead support business-as-usual, then you are painting a big red bull’s-eye on your head, and we will be gunning for you and your like-minded associated in the next, and the next, and the next election, until you have all been sent out to pasture, and replaced with those who understand the proper role of government and are prepared to stand up and defend the principles upon which this country was founded.

    It’s time to choose your side, for we are engaged in a revolutionary war to take back our rights to life, liberty and property from those who wish to rule as our masters. Are you with us or against us? Please write back and let me know where you stand.


    C. Jeffery Small

    P.S. We are not the idiots you take us for — and we have long memories. I’m watching.

I would encourage each of you reading this to jot down your own thoughts on the issue and send them to any member of Congress needing a little help in understanding what it means to be a proper representative of we the people! You can use the Congress Merge site to obtain the contact information for any Senator or Representative. Thanks for continuing to do your part in the battle to restore Liberty.

Follow Through by Cole Hunter

I have always been a proud American. Now for the first time in my adult life, I have really seen and understood the true beauty of the American political system in action.  Our country is not perfect.  Some say it is broken.  Yet this nation is far from dead and it is now beginning to heal itself.  This midterm election has proven that without question.  In 2008 Americans reached out for hope and change, blindly grabbing for a lifeline.  As a country we had lost focus, became complacent, and sought out a quick fix for deeper problems.  It didn’t take long to realize we were holding a basket of snakes, not solutions.

The supporters of the Left will deny until they are blue in the face that this was a referendum on President Obama’s political agenda.   The President himself will say that our votes were cast in fear, or anger, or because we still just don’t understand.  But we do understand.   We have had over 200 years to read our Constitution, and we understand it quite well.  It is elegant, concise, and strong.  And by the overwhelming voice of the American people, we are calling for our government to return to a similar state – elegant, concise, and strong.

At the end of this election, our nation will be at a new beginning.  This election was a vital win, but we are far from finished.  There will be more elections.  There will be more tough choices.  It is now our responsibility to follow through.  We must continue to be there so that we may be heard.

This article was written for Anystreet by Cole Hunter, our newest member of  Liberatchik

Georgia’s 7th District Run-Off Election on 8/10

I usually don’t spend much time advocating on behalf of candidates. I spend entirely too much of my time researching bills, tracking voting records, attending debates and rallies and writing letters to my representatives to want to spend any time promoting one particular candidate. However, I have become increasingly disgusted with the good ole boy attitude of the Georgia Republican party. I am also tired of the way my friends and neighbors continue to vote along establishment lines, knowing that their guy is part of the problem. I always hear mumbled excuses about the lesser of two evils and being better than the Democrats. Frankly, that’s not good enough and it’s time to make some changes.

I attended a debate on Monday for the two candidates in the run-off to replace John Linder in the House. Mr. Linder was a good candidate for many years. However, the last couple of years he, or his office (I realize he doesn’t actually respond to letters himself), got the attitude that he didn’t need to answer to his constituents on issues of policy and his voting record. I started getting peevish responses to my inquiries that were not in keeping with a public servant set on doing their job.

The reason I bring this up is because his right hand man, Rob Woodall, is running for the seat. His opponent is Jody Hice, who has never held public office before. Some would argue, and have, that we need someone ready to get to work on day one. Others, like me, want to see a candidate who respects the people voting for him and who understands the job they are being given. Therefor, I am posting the questions that were given in the debate and the candidates’ responses.I had originally intended to give my opinion of the proceedings as well, but will refrain from clouding your judgement with my emotional reactions to those present. I was not able to stay for the entire debate, but am sure there is a transcript available for anyone who is interested in digging deeper. I have included my notes and thoughts below in a summary of the debate.

Opening statements

Woodall: “Because I served Linder, I already have a platform in place. I am hoping for Republican control of Cogress after the fall elections because Democrat control is the current problem. I am set up to work from day one.”

Hice: “My goals would be to focus on the economy, reign in government attacks on free enterprise, reign in spending and bailouts, and focus on unemployement.”

1. What Congressional Committee is of interest to you, and how would it benefit Georgians?

Woodall: “I hope to have the honor of serving in Congress with Tom Price. The Rules Committe would be my choice because they see every piece of legislation that passes through Congress. I will vote to allow minority ammendments to be heard and fight abuse of powers.”

Hice: “I would make it my mission to fight beaurocracy, oppose economic restrictions and push for the Fair Tax.”

2. Question two delt with a battle between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida over water rights and likely holds little interest for a national audience beyond issues of states’ rights.

3. Do you approve of federal aid going to discounted lunch qualifiers?

Woodall: “Government should not be in the business of education. Georgia could lead the nation to abolish federal involvement in education by getting private investment in education through grants. I would like to see more privately funded grants for education as well as non-regulated federal grants.”

Hice: “I believe the department of education should be abolished. Control of education needs to be rreturned to the local level.”

4. Would you support public funding for private and home schooling?

Hice: “I support school choice. As a parent of homeschooled children, I understand the burden of parents paying for a system they don’t use. I oppose any tax money going to education, but under the current system, school choice is the best option.”

Woodall: “Private school is not the enemy of public education, but is rather, analternative and should be on equal ground. Gwinnett County’s resources are second to none. Each choice is a viable alternative that should be left up to the parents. Competition will improve the system.”

5. Georgia’s support and funding for transportation is inefficient. What are your solutions?

Woodall: “Government is not moving too slow in funding, they are taking too much of our gas taxes. I would fight to increase funding  to Georgia from gas tax revenues rather than converting them to federal dollars. This money is being mixed into the pot in DC where there is no accountability or transparency.”

Hice: “The DOT is a wasteful department. The gas tax is a redistribution of wealth. I would fight to keep the revunue raised by gas taxes in the state. A reduction in gas taxes would reduce te cost of gas and local management would be more efficient.”

6. Do you support establishing a Gwinnett rail system?

Hice: “This is not a decision to be made in DC. This issue should be decided locally and the funding should come from the local level.”

Woodall: “I agree that the funding should be local. However, there is no self-sustaining mass transit system in opperation. Therefore, it would require funding through taxes. I like the rail system in the northeast and the research has already been done to determine feasability here in Gwinnett.”

7. What is your stance on the Arizona immigration bill? Do you support similar legislation in Georgia?

Woodall: “I do not support a GA law like Arizona’s because the federal government should be paying for it. We have to push the feds to address the issue. We should only support Arizona’s law as a last resort because I feel the feds are better able to address the issue.”

Hice: “I support the adoption of a Georgia immigration bill because the feds are not willing to enforce the law on the books. THe rights and safety of the American people are being compromised by lack of federal responsibility. There should be no amnesty, no economic rewards for illegal immigration, sanctuary cities should be defunded, and birthright citizenship should be ended.”

8. Republicans run on fiscal responsibility, but fail inpractice. Are you a strong fiscal conservative, and how would you address the debt?

Hice: “I oppose irresponsible spending. I support the Fair Tax, but realize we would need to abolish the IRS and repeal the income tax. This requires a Constitutional Ammendment. I also support slashing the corporate tax rate. I oppose the stimulous, the bailouts, and cap and trade. I would fight to repeal the programs in place and to prevent those being proposed. I support energy independence through national resources.”

Woodall: “In ’94, Gingrich spearheaded a revolution, split the government and achieved the highest level of reform. The deficit started with Bush. Representative Linder opposed all of the irresponsible funding under several administrations by both parties. I would fight to repeal TARP and the stimulous and apply those funds to the deficit. We can lead an entitlement discussion on Medicare and Social Security to reform the system.”

9. Should Congress add a consumption tax?

Woodall: “No. The Fair Tax should replace the IRS. Taxes drain the economy and I am prepared to fight the VAT>”

Hice: “Comprehensive tax reform is necessary, but will not happen over night. The current system is damaging the economy. We need to fight to build support for the Fair Tax within and without the federal government. We need to simultaneously reduce spending and entitlement programs.”

10. What is your stand on the Fair Tax.

Hice: “I support the Fair Tax and want to address reform of the current system. I would fight to reduce spending while fighting for the Fair Tax, because it will not pass over night.”

Woodall: “I am the only person running in the U.S. who can push for the Fair Tax.”

11. The 7th district is at the heart of the push for biodiversity in Georgia and the Innovation Crescent. How would you support this innitiative?

Woodall: “We have to support legislation that helps Georgia. It should not come from the federal level. I will work with state and private sources to create this platform in Georgia.”

Hice: “I like the innovation and fuel solutions. However, some of these companies also engage in research with cloning and stem cell programs. I do not support funding for such programs. The Innovation Crescent is an idea that needs to be discussed locally through free market solutions to reduce dependency on the feds for sustainability.”

12. What would you do at a national level to create jobs?

Hice: “The government does not create jobs. I would fight to reduce regulations, taxes and unequal funding. I would support economic liberty and local solutions.”

Woodall: “The challenge is to reduce the federal government to its Constitutional mandates. The government is hindering our ability to succeed.”

This review is also posted at Anystreet and ModernConservative.