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American Crow: The Occupy Wall Street Series

The American Crow is a large black bird with iridescent highlights across its body. It has a very striking physical appearance and behavioral characteristics. It is considered an ill omen by some and a dirty scavenger by others. What better imagery could be used to describe the Occupy Movement?

I am currently developing this idea and related imagery into graphic forms via a series of paintings, drawings and mixed media projects. I recently completed the first painting in the series, working out many details in style and technique. Here is a detail from the painting illustrating the idea that OWS protestors are merely cogs in the machine of The State:

Detail of American Crow #1

In an effort to present a factual and reasoned defense of this analogy, I have spent a great deal of time on the OWS.org website and the Occupy Atlanta page in order to learn exactly what they are demanding. It turns out to be just about everything, but that is a topic for a future post. In addition, I subscribed to the Facebook page for Occupy Atlanta in order to get timely updates about events in my area. It’s infuriating at times, but it helps keep me focused and inspired.

OWS journal; study for The American Crow #1
OWS journal: definitions and research topics

For now, I leave you with the culmination of my idea and the model for future works of art depicting what could very well destroy the culture of America.

American Crow #1

About the Painting

American Crow #1

acrylic, tempera, oil, and glitter on gessoed wood panel

22″ high x 29″ wide x 3′ deep

completed August 2012

$650

Please contact frances@machinepolitick.com for purchasing inquiries.

Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com. She is also a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at MachinePolitick.com.

Debt Bondage, the US Congress, and a Show-Cause Order

This illustration was commissioned by David Leeper of Western Free Press. You can see the article for which it was illustrated at this link.

It has also bee published at the Tea Party Tribune.

CoD8.15.11

Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com, a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at MachinePolitick.com.

Atlas Shrugged in 2011?

I received the following article in an email from a close friend today. It is telling and frightening at the same time. I recently reread the book in preparation for a series of paintings paralleling current events and those in the novel.

Ayn Rand Was Right:
Wealthy Are on Strike Against Obama by Wayne Allyn Root


The U.S. economy is crumbling. Businesses are collapsing in record
numbers. Jobs have disappeared. Tax revenues are down dramatically.
Coincidence?

Everything happening today under Obama resembles the storyline of Ayn
Rand’s famous book, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most popular books of all
time, selling over 7 million copies. Now, under President Obama, Atlas
Shrugged has come to life. Rand prophesized a country dominated by
socialists, Marxists and statists, where looters, free loaders and
poverty promoters live off the productive class. To rationalize the
fleecing of innovative business owners and job creators, the looter class
demonized the wealthy, just as Obama and his socialist cabal are doing in
real life today.

The central plot of Atlas Shrugged is that in response to being
demonized, over-taxed, over-regulated, and punished for success,
America’s business owners were disappearing — dropping off the grid, and
refusing to work 16-hour days to support those unwilling to put in the
same blood, sweat and tears. They were going on strike. Because of that
the original proposed title of “Atlas Shrugged” was “The Strike.”

They were going on strike to teach that civilization cannot survive when
people are slaves to government. That without a productive class of
innovative business owners willing to risk their own money and work
16-hour days, weekends and holidays, there are no jobs and no taxes to
pay for government. If you punish the wealthy, the risk-takers, the
innovators, you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In Obama’s
America, fiction is becoming fact.

The lesson of Atlas Shrugged is that without the $100,000+ earners paying
into Social Security, there are no pensions for the poor and lower middle
class. Without the wealthy owners of million-dollar mansions paying
$25,000 and $50,000 annual property tax bills, there is no funding for
public schools. Without the wealthy paying into Medicare, there is no
“free” healthcare for the elderly. Without capitalists motivated by
profit, there are no discoveries to eradicate polio or create miraculous
cancer and AIDS drugs. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are
no jobs, period! That is what happens when the producers of society go on
strike to protect themselves from the looters.

Ayn Rand was warning the looters that there are consequences to their
overzealous actions. She was warning that if the productive classes felt
used, demonized, ripped off, and taken for granted, they would go on
strike — stop working, retire early, go underground, or move to places
where achievement is celebrated and they feel appreciated.

The latest U.S. Census proves Ayn Rand right. Under Obama the wealthy are
striking, voting with their feet. They are moving to low-tax red states
in droves, escaping from high-tax blue states where they are being
demonized and punished by the millions.

The Census proves that Obama’s tax and spend philosophy is a dismal
failure, an economic disaster killing jobs. It is no coincidence that 1.9
million FEWER Americans are working than before Obama’s stimulus. It is
no coincidence that jobs are not returning to the private sector. It is
no coincidence that tax revenues have dropped dramatically and cannot
support Obama’s bloated Big Brother government. The innovators,
risk-takers, and wealthy he demonized and punished are on strike.

The high tech revolution has killed the progressive-liberal tax-and-spend
dream. Because of the Internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype,
Satellite TV, I-phones, I-pads, and cell phones, business owners are no
longer prisoners of Big Brother. Take a look at states where the latest
Census shows Americans moved during the past decade: Nevada, Texas,
Arizona, Florida, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Virginia — all low- or no-tax red states,
states that lead the USA in economic freedom.

Now look at states they escaped from: New York, New Jersey, California,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan. Taxpayers,
business owners, jobs creators, retirees with assets are fleeing the high
tax, big spending, Big Brother states — the states being run like Obama
is running the nation.

Progressives be afraid, be very afraid. If Obama is re-elected, these
valuable producers will pick up and leave America altogether. There is a
big world out there begging them to come. Places like Hong Kong,
Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Monte Carlo, Belize, Costa Rica,
Panama, Bahamas, and Cayman Islands are low-tax havens that appreciate
business owners and their sacrifices. They welcome wealthy ex-patriots.
They celebrate individual achievement. They reward instead of punish
business owners and financial risk-takers. They are wonderful places to
live and are aggressively pursuing Americans.

I am just one small businessman, a third-party Libertarian political
leader. Yet I personally have heard from thousands of fans, friends and
supporters who have left America, are thinking of leaving America, are
visiting other countries right now to decide where to go, or making
preparations to leave in case Obama is re-elected. Just as Ayn Rand
predicted, business owners are going on strike. Permanently.

The high tech revolution has freed them to run their businesses from
anywhere in the world. The same high tech tools and toys that toppled a
powerful and invincible 30-year dictator in Egypt and now threaten to
topple powerful leaders throughout the Arab world, also offer mobility
and freedom to U.S. taxpayers. Obama better learn the lesson of Mubarek
before millions more business people decide they do not need to put up
with looters, free loaders, and politicians who despise them.

Atlas is shrugging. Ayn Rand is saying “I told you so.”



Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com, a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at MachinePolitick.com.

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

You really cannot blame the citizens in our entitlement culture who think that they can have their lunch and eat it too. After all, look at the example that their legislators are setting as they coast along on their own free-lunch wagon, creating whatever programs they desire, and then printing paper dollars out of thin air to back them up, with no foreseeable source of revenue in sight — and all the while ignoring the looming debt, the unsustainable deficits, the unresponsive economy, and the rising outcry of protest from the remaining minority of citizens who do understand that there is indeed no free lunch and that the coming catastrophe is going to ultimately be borne on the backs of their productivity.

It’s enough to make a grown person shrug.

Read the full article here.

The Modern Little Red Hen

This is from one of the radio addresses that Ronald Reagan wrote prior to his presidency. It is an interesting economic parable that still applies to our society. I came across it recently because I am reading Reagan in His own Hand.

The Modern little Red Hen

Once upon a time there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered some gains of wheat. She called her neighbors and said, “If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?”

“Not I,” said the cow.

“Not I,” said the duck.

“Not I,” said the pig.

“Not I,” said the goose.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen. And she did.

The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. “Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” said the duck.

“Out of my classification,” said the pig.

“I’d loose my seniority,” said the cow.

“I’d loose my unemployment compensation,” said the goose.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen, and she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. “Who will help me bake the bread?” asked the little red hen.

“That would be ovetime for me,” said the cow.

“I’d loose my welfare benefits,” said the duck.

“I’m a dropout and never learned how,” said the pig.

“If I’m to be the only helpe, that’s descrimination,” said the goose.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for her neighbors to see.

They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share,. But the little red hen said, “No, I cnan eat the five loaves myself.”

“Excess profits,” cried the cow.

“Capitalist leech,” screamed the duck.

“I demand equal rights,” yelled the goose.

And the pig just grunted.

And they painted “unfair” picket signsand marched round and round the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen,

“You must not be greedy.”

“But I earned the bread,” said the little red hen.

“Exactly,” said the agent. “That is the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under ur modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide their product with the idle.”

And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, “I am grateful, I am grateful.”

But her neighbors wondered why she never again baked any more bread.

This article is also posted at Liberatchik.


In Case You Have no Idea

The latest from MoveOn.org

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Two years ago, I met 10 of you.

Just before I accepted our party’s nomination in front of 80,000 people in Denver, I spoke with 10 grassroots supporters who had won a trip to meet me backstage.

I still remember the time we spent together — because these are the people, like you, who stood with me in 2008, and got me through the tough fights since.

But we face another test on November 2nd that will say a lot about our future — and I need you by my side again.

A Supreme Court decision I strongly disagree with has shifted the balance of power in our elections from folks like you to giant corporations. Their massive spending on attack ads could have a real impact on who represents you at all levels of government. Only supporters like you — and all the work you are doing — are standing in their way.

This may be our toughest fight yet.

So next week, just 11 days before the elections, I want to meet three supporters like you backstage at a rally in Las Vegas — one of the last big rallies of this campaign.

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This movement has always been about more than me. It’s about change, and the kind of future we envision for this country.

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It was their hope and expectation that together we would move beyond the status quo, that we would counter the special interests and corporate influence in Washington — that we would do what was right and necessary for all Americans.

With your help, we have made historic progress, but there is much left to do — and it will not happen without your involvement. I need strong allies in Congress who will stand with us in the tough fights ahead, and I need you to give it all you’ve got through November 2nd to make sure they can.

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This is the intended result. (A letter I received in response to my web page, not because I am particularly powerful, but because the ‘author’ can’t form his own opinion in response to something he finds offensive.)

8/26/2010
The divine rights of tycoons

I was more reflective than a Libertarian who lost his house in a
Las Vegas Casino.
You know? If you are rich in the USA, you have no obligations! The
fact you have more money than the average Joe makes you very important
person. Let the poor bastards fight in the wars! You? The world must
threat you like a God. How dare they even think of taxing you? What
makes you important is you are a White Anglo Saxon Protestant! Keep
your racial pride to a whisper. You know racism is wrong but your ego
tells you that you are the master race. Just accuse your enemies of
being socialists. Hell, all you got to do is pay some white trash mo-
fo 40 bucks to yell at a liberal Democrat Congressman. Because you are
an Aryan Billionaire: You don’t have to serve your country! Your
country serves you! Why? Because you are rich! Plus you are a male!
Most wealth goes to widows! Not you! You got the best Jewish Lawyer in
town!
It doesn’t matter how you got it! Most wealth is inherent in the
USA. Forget about that. Your advocates like Horatio Alger and Ayn Rand
make you out to be warrior. You obtain your wealth through hard word
and pure well! Actually, you got it from your Dads attorney 2 days
after he died! But you are rich! You are God! Plus you got
Libertarians, conservatives and Objectives making augments for you!
With all those Central American 12 year old kids working for you! You
even richer than your daddy ever were! Your daddy tolerated those
unions working in his factories! Paying American workers decent wages!
What a sucker! Snap! Back to reality!
When the USA rejected monarchy in the 18 century it left a giant
void in the American psyche. Humans in the past always worship
individuals better than themselves and aspired to be that individual.
Kings and Queens are lauded in fairy tails and are made wholesome in
their mythical presentation. However, the ugly truth was, these
monarchs were evil and greedy. The monarchs in children stories are
beneficence and glow with the light of love. You notice how some
Americans romanticized the English crown? Why? Is it childish need to
have an all mighty guardian angel to watch over you and protect you?
Between childish fantasy and objective reality I’ll take reality.
Religion? Same thing. However these Kings are anthropomorphic and
are omnipotent. The ruling class has always supported religion to
pacify the peasants for centuries Kings had presented themselves as
representatives of God. Then came the age of Enlightenment and Kings
were reduced to mortals. But ah! Powerful mortals. The question is,
was monarchy government or a private enterprise? The answer is: Both.
You mix plutocracy with theocracy you get monarchy. Keep in mind;
during the American Revolution most of the colony supported the crown.
Even though King George was crazy as a bat he had strong approval
rating in the colony. Hell, Nixon won in a landslide in 1968 for
president. Which goes to show, millions people could be wrong.
A lot of Americans have a difficult time in distinguish between
fantasy and reality. You can blame it on religion but it also comes
from cunning propaganda from well-financed think tanks of the right.
Wealth worship is meticulously constructed by these think tanks.
American tycoons are our Gods and Kings. A majority of Americans
fantasized of being them. If you attack the rich then you are
blasphemous. The rich have become the alter ego of millions of
Americans. The corporations are the kingdoms and tea party is their
loyal subjects. You want to talk about coddling? This is the Nanny
governed. loyal subjects of the rich want to coddle the rich. They
threat the rich like a spoiled child. If you are rich then you are
exempt from everything! You don’t have to pay taxes or serve in the
military. You don’t have to serve your country. Your country serves
you! You are God?
The false hope of wealth by these right wing clowns makes do
idiotic things like carrying signs that read: Obama is a socialist.
Most of these bozos do not comprehend the difference between free
enterprise and capitalism or Monopoly and fair competition. All they
know is making money is a God given right and nobody has a right to
control it. They think these tycoons are fair-minded and want
everybody have an opportunity to be rich like them. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most of these regulations and taxation came from the very rich
themselves. They do not want competition! So the common person has to
jump hoops to make money. Communist plot? No! Capitalist plot.
Racism plays an important role here. Some think that these rich
WASP are part of their own tribe. That they care about their own kind!
HA!!!!!!!!! The only allegiance they have to them selves. They do not
care about you and never will!
The lesson here is…intelligence is not elitism. The haves are the
elites. No matter how you wire it, the have-nots will never be the
haves. When stop believing in the false hope of wealth then you will
liberated. And no! The left does not want you deprive your right to
make money and be rich. Go ahead! Knock your self out. However, when
you are hungry and homeless, God wont buy you donuts and coffee.

http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/videolinks/videolink_422.html



Hope and Change Under the American Czar

More Unaccountable Obama Czars
July 30, 2010 by Phyllis Schlafly
Barack Obama has appointed another Czar from Chicago: the new Food Czar Sam Kass. Officially, he is labeled Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives, but he’s joining the list of more than 35 Czars given broad and unaccountable power over our lives, habits and spending.

Everybody laughed when Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan if it would be constitutional for Congress to order Americans “to eat three vegetables and three fruits every day.” Kagan declined to give a straightforward answer, maybe because she knew that exactly that type of dictatorial mandate is coming soon, in both Obamacare and a ukase issued by the new Food Czar.

Far scarier is Obama’s appointment of his new Health Czar, Donald Berwick, to be the top administrator over Medicare and Medicaid. The life-and-death powers he will exercise, the huge sums of taxpayers’ money he will direct, and the dishonest way Obama evaded the Senate’s constitutional right to interrogate and reject him, make this the most shocking of all Obama’s appointments.

Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to redistribute the wealth. We didn’t realize what else Obama planned to redistribute.

Czar Berwick is on record as saying, “Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.” He used this favorite Obama term in the context of praising Britain’s socialized medicine system as “a global treasure” and “I love it.”

Coincidentally with the announcement of Berwick’s appointment, Britain’s major newspaper The Sunday Telegraph uncovered widespread cuts in British health care that were adopted in secret and buried in obscure appendices and lengthy policy documents. These include restrictions on common operations such as hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery, the closure of many nursing homes for the elderly, and a reduction in hospital beds and staff.

Berwick admits that redistributing health care means rationing health care, which is why he has been called a one-man Death Panel. Last year he admitted in an interview, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

Note the imperial “we.” That’s the way czars talk.

Like a typical arrogant totalitarian socialist, Berwick assumes that smart bureaucrats should make life-and-death decisions and spend the money belonging to those they disdain as dumb, ordinary citizens. Berwick said, “I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do.”

Berwick even promises he will train young doctors and nurses to understand “the risks of too great an emphasis on individual autonomy.” To eliminate individual health-care choices, Berwick’s bureaucracy will have a budget that is larger than the Defense Department and is 4 percent of our GDP.

Berwick’s paper trail of “baggage” is why Obama gave him a recess appointment. He wanted to avoid the Senate’s advice-and-consent power altogether and keep Berwick’s damaging statements out of the news.

The term czar has come to mean a presidential crony appointee who was never vetted by the Senate and who exercises sweeping regulatory authority without congressional oversight. But let’s not lose sight of the vastly increased regulations issued by established agencies.

Obamacare’s 2000-plus pages created about 160 new agencies and boards with regulatory power. The Department of Health and Human Services just published 864 pages of regulations to govern electronic medical records.

President Obama just signed the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Its implementation will require at least 243 new regulations by 11 federal agencies, several of which do not yet exist.

Obama’s Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, brags that under his leadership, the Department of Energy (DOE) has “accelerated the pace” of regulation and “placed new resources and emphasis behind the enforcement” of new regulations which “increase the stringency” of “minimum conservation standards” for all sorts of home appliances. Look out! The energy police are invading our homes.

In April, DOE issued a new rule that gas fireplace logs cannot use more than 9,000 BTUs per hour, which is about one-tenth of what current gas logs require. This new rule will wipe out the gas fireplace industry, and the gas log in my home would become illegal.

In May, DOE effectively banned showerheads with multiple nozzles by ruling that all nozzles combined will be permitted to deliver no more than an anemic 2.5 gallons per minute. This rule will destroy upscale showers and hand-held sprays used by the disabled and elderly, like the one I use.

Obama wasn’t kidding when he promised to “fundamentally transform the United States.” He has figured out how to bypass Congress and rule us by czars and a tsunami of regulations.

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Dem Congressman: “I Don’t Worry About The Constitution”

This is a post on The Right Perspective. I heard the audio on Neal Boortz’s show this morning, and now it’s in my email, so I’m passing it on to you guys. Please do the same. People need to be reminded constantly that these ‘representatives’ of the people have no respect for the people or the rule of law.

Thank you NewsGuy for the link!

Democratic Party Congressman Phil Hare is scrambling to explain himself after being videotaped saying “I don’t care about the Constitution” during a Q & A session on health care reform with constituents.

The contentious exchange happened during a stop the Illinois Congressman made in Quincy to answer citizens’ questions about the newly-passed Obamacare legislation.

Bobby Schilling

Bobby Schilling, Rep. Hare’s Republican opponent in the upcoming election, described the congressman’s comments on the Constitution as “despicable and foolish” in a news release sent out this morning.

“This statement is outrageous and ridiculous,” Mr. Schilling is quoted as saying in the release. “What is really sad is that this mindset is typical of many representatives in Congress. This explains why Congress is out of control. The Constitution is a protection set up for the people against a tyrant government. It has kept the United States stable for almost 250 years. When we go to Congress we will reign in this tyrant government and get it back to following and believing in the Constitution.”

Neither Congressman Hare nor his publicist have yet released a press statement on the incident.

The Light of Day Updates

The Light of Day is a novel by my husband, James Byrd. It has been available at Amazon for a couple of months. Now, those of you who live near Snellville can purchase a copy at the Barnes and Noble on Webb Gin House Road, beginning next week. We are currently working on a book signing with them, so I will post details on that as they develop.

If you are familiar with my upcoming fund raiser for the Patriot Pony Project and plan to attend, you can bring your copy of the Light of Day for Jay to sign. He will be available at the event from 4-4:30pm.

Thank Your Reps, Georgians

GEORGIA

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS

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SPECIAL GEORGIA HEALTHCARE ALERT

PROTECT HEALTHCARE CHOICE IN GEORGIA…YOUR URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED!

March 19, 2010


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PLEASE JOIN WITH US SUPPORTING REPRESENTATIVE CALVIN HILL’S BILL TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE CHOICE IN GEORGIA
Contact your State Representative this weekend and tell them to vote “YES” on Monday and pass this important legislation!

Friday, HR1086, the FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE ACT, unanimously passed the Rules Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives. It will now be voted on by the full House Monday.

This Act simply states that no law shall compel any Georgia citizen to participate in any health care system – nor can they be punished if they do not. ALL versions of health care in Washington state this. Imagine the Congress of the United States telling you, an individual citizen you MUST purchase something with their own money or be punished by the IRS.

This would totally by-pass every Department, Agency Commission or Committee of the State of Georgia. It would set in motion the ability for Congress to pass laws that would totally override any laws we have in the State of Georgia. There would then be no need for a Governor, Senate, House, nor any other departments or agencies as they would all be overridden by federal code.

I urge you to tell everybody you know throughout the state to call, e-mail or fax their State Representative this weekend and ask them to vote for HR1086 Monday. The future of Georgia as an independent state rests on it.

Fortunately the Act would stop that motion in it’s tracks and things would go back to the way they are supposed to be and the 10Th amendment of our Constitution states that it should be.  Remember, the 10th Amendment is very short, strong and straightforward. It states, in it’s entirety, “Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, respectively, or to the people.” There is no legal doubt whatsoever that we, the State of Georgia, cannot pass and enforce this Act. Failure to do so could potentially put us in a position of having to do everything the feds want without regard to the will of the citizens or General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

So far, 38 states have filed – or are in the process of filing similar legislation. In fact, several of the have now passed them into law or are awaiting final passage as you can see from the next few paragraphs.

Last Wednesday, Virginia became the first state to enact the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act.  HB 10, that has passed both houses with overwhelming bipartisan support and now awaits Governor McDonnell’s signature.

Thursday, Idaho became the second state to enact the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act.  Governor Otter will held a signing ceremony for HB 391, a statutory measure that would protect Idaho from a federal requirement to purchase health insurance.

Arizona’s House Concurrent Resolution 2014 passed both chambers and will be on the November 2010 ballot.

Missouri’s   HJR 48 passed the House with a 113-40 vote (with 29 Democrats supporting the measure), and was transmitted to the Senate. There it joins Senate Joint Resolution 25, a Senate-originated constitutional amendment.  Both HJR 48 and SJR 25 are state constitutional amendments that would block any state or federal attempt to enact an individual/employer mandate, or any state or federal attempt to prohibit direct payment for medical care.

Oklahoma House Joint Resolution 1054, a state constitutional amendment, passed the House Thursday 77-10 (with 20 Democrats supporting the measure) and moves onto the Senate.

Tennessee Senate Bill 3498, a statutory measure, passed the Senate last month 26-1 (with seven Democrats supporting the measure) and is now in the House.

As you can see, this is a nationwide, non-partisan movement to block the federal government from by passing the 10th amendment rights of the states.

We are now well on our way in leading the other states as we look forward to passing this Act in the House ON MONDAY!

Should you have any questions whatsoever please call me at 404-656-0129 or e-mail me at calvin.hill@house.ga.gov.  My cell is 707-712-2879.

YOUR TEA PARTY PATRIOTS TEAM IN GEORGIA,

Julianne, Joy, Bertha, Debbie, and Jenny Beth

America Rising Video An Open Letter to Democrats

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine sent me the American Rising video. I posted links everywhere I could think and got ready to write a blog post. When I went back to watch it, it was gone. Happily, it has resurfaced and I am here to give a little review. This video is a fine piece of propaganda. It utilizes many of the principles I have discussed in past articles about the need for Conservative propaganda to countermand the constant stream coming out of DC and Hollywood. Better than that, it is actually good. I have watched it several times in order to make notes for this review and I enjoy it every time. The riveting photo montages are broken up by concise points. The message is clear – the people are sick of the status quo and it’s time for change We can believe in. The addition of inspiring and impactful music sets the tone for what is one of the best pieces of propaganda I have seen in a long time.

I recommend watching it yourself, but here is my synopsis.

America Rising Video An Open Letter to Democrats

On November 4, 2008…We gave you power

In the House.

In the Senate.

And in the Oval.

We voted for Hope. We voted for Change…We trusted you. So we elected you. We regret it.

So in 2010 you will lose big.

No more taxes.

No more spending.

No more socialism.

We tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen…

You’re a threat. To our economy. To our Health Care. To our individual liberties.

…Government takeovers. Bailouts. Liberal policies.

Tax.

Spend.

Redistribute.

We’re BROKE.

+10% unemployment… We’ve had enough. We’re taking our country back. From radicals, leftists and liberals. We’re coming after you.

America Rising.

November 2, 2010.

This article will be cross posted at Liberatchik where I am building the foundation for a Conservative Art Movement.

Rising

David Plouffe’s Agenda 2010

In keeping with my belief that Conservatives must know what the opposition is up to, and use it against them, I am going to share my latest email from Organizing for America. I know, you’re asking yourself why on earth did I sign up on that web page. The answer is simple – there is no better way to know your enemy than to get inside their heads. In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I have signed up on several progressive websites, and will continue to share things I think you either need to know or information that will help you fight back effectively. If you’re not willing to give out your email to the other side, I understand. We have plenty of resources of our own that are being utilized with great effect to change the face of politics in America. One of those resources is Anystreet. I hope you will check in at Liberatchik (and join our Facebook Page) periodically, regardless of your level of involvement, and see what the other side is up to. Today, I will share my New Year’s message from Organizing for America  with you.

….we’ll be working hard with President Obama to finish the fight for health insurance reform, put more Americans back to work, and get our economy running strong. We’ll fight to protect consumers and our economy from Wall Street abuses, improve transparency in Washington to elevate the voices of the American people, and create a vibrant, clean energy economy. (I don’t know about you, but I smell a rat!) And we’ll stand up for the President’s allies at the ballot box. (That means paybacks) As we’ve always known, change this big must come from the bottom up…. we want to hear your reflections on our work together …to move forward in the new year…http:??my.barackobama.com/2010Survey

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee…

If you don’t want to follow the link, you can still see what the survey says. I encourage you to go fill it out and ask your friends to do the same. Embrace your deviant side and flood their email with answers they won’t like. After all, they want to hear from the people. If you prefer to remain anonymous in your efforts to take down the beast, please feel free to use the survey information any way you see fit. At the very least, it sheds some light on the issues most important to the progressive agenda. Good luck in your continued fight for Freedom and Limited Government.

What’s Next in 2010

How interested are you in the following issues? (Answers range from very interested to less interested, ranked 1-5)

Creating jobs and strengthening the economy

Ensuring every American has quality, affordable healthcare

Promoting clean energy and green jobs

Reforming our financial and regulatory system

Providing a high-quality education for every American child

Reforming our immigration system

What other issues are you interested in working on?

…How Interested are you in joining OFA’s efforts to:

Help elect candidates in November, 2010 who support President Obama’s agenda for change?

Ensure that folks who voted for the first time in 2008 come back to the polls in 2010?

Register new voters?

Do you plan to vote in the 2010 midterm elections next November?

In what ways would you like to volunteer…

Joining a neighborhood volunteer team in your community

Calling potential supporters from your own home

Going door-to-door in your neighborhood

Making sure people you know are registered to vote

Writing or calling your members of Congress

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

Helping out at a local OFA office

Hosting a house party

Any other ways you’d like to volunteer?

How many ways you’d like to volunteer with OFA?

Please share your reflections, concerns, or highlights from the work we did together in 2009, or any other ideas you have for the future of OFA in 2010

All links, emphasis and sarcasm in this article were added by me.

This email will be cross posted at Liberatchik.com