Monday, February 28, 2011

Quotes of the Day

"Not surprisingly, the non-stop coverage of the protests by CNN and other mainstream media outlets suddenly stopped over the weekend. It was becoming more and more obvious that these demonstrations have been taken over by the radical left-wing fringe. Wisconsin taxpayers would be outraged by pictures of bongo-banging and yoga exercises going on in the capitol, while the people's business has been suspended because Democrat senators went on the lam. Fox News is still covering the protests, when its reporters aren't being attacked by the "tolerant" progressives.

Meanwhile, some Wisconsin residents are taking matters into their own hands by launching recall efforts against the AWOL Senate Democrats. Good for them! Organizing a successful recall effort is a tough job, but any legislator who is unwilling to do his or her job ought to be fired."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

"The fact is that teachers-union-sponsored protests spreading across the land are not primarily about the teachers or the students. They are about the unions and feds maintaining their mafia-style rule over education and our kids, and preventing parents and anyone else from choosing educational alternatives."


"Will the administration and the Senate join us in getting our fiscal house in order? Or will they continue to add entitlements and borrow and spend at unsustainable levels? If only they would unite with us, confidence can be restored in America and capital investment can return.

But if they don’t walk us back from the precipice, businesses will see only weaker prospects for profit and growth on our shores – and turn instead to other countries they deem safer. What does this mean for America? It means we would be a lot more like Europe. Our graduates and work force would have less opportunity to find work. Our prospective entrepreneurs would have less incentive to pursue their ideas. Unemployment would be permanently higher and growth would be permanently weaker."

Congressman Eric Cantor


Video Pick of the Day

From Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board. Californians for Population Stabilization...

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The ads point out that with millions of Americans out of work, we need to slow legal immigration and bringing in temporary foreign workers. Recent studies have demonstrated that new immigrants are taking American jobs as Americans are losing them.

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King Obama Abdicates His Duty But Not His Throne

Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia discusses Obama's refusal to defend the laws of the land...

Selective Justice from the Justice Department

Last week, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Justice to relinquish defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law passed by Congress in 1996 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The positive I find in this announcement is that finally the Obama administration is being honest about its hostility toward DOMA – no more halfhearted statements. The negatives, however, are overwhelming.

As I told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last week, the president is responsible for defending the laws duly enacted by Congress. It’s disappointing that President Obama would unilaterally make a decision to abdicate that duty. Thirty-one states have marriage amendments on the books defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Clearly, voters believe that the content of DOMA is a reasonable measure. This administration has been clear on its position on homosexual rights, but they stand outside the majority of Americans.

President Obama’s directive could have far reaching consequences. This decision could potentially impact every yet-to-be-decided case related to marriage (including California’s Proposition 8 appeal). Essentially, the fully compensated defense attorney is failing to show up for his defendant’s court date. In what other area of the law would this be tolerated?

With the president ordering the Justice Department to abandon its duties, the only other course of action is for Congress to intervene – either Speaker of the House John Boehner or a majority of the House of Representatives could direct the House’s legal counsel to defend DOMA in court. (On a side note, this situation perfectly illustrates the importance of elections. Had Nancy Pelosi retained her position as Speaker of the House, it is highly unlikely that she would even consider defending DOMA in the Justice Department’s stead and the fate of marriage would be doomed.)

A breakdown of DOMA ties to a breakdown of American families. There is a litany of statistics showing that a one-man, one-woman marriage is the best institution in which to raise children and to lower the potential for poverty, illiteracy, and crime. Even if the president refuses to order the defense of the laws of the land, we must continue to push for the defense of a law that is good for our families, our churches, and our communities.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

"So now we have an imperial president who is refusing to enforce a law passed by powerful congressional majorities while persisting in enforcing a law (ObamaCare) that two federal courts have already invalidated. The only common denominator is that Obama believes he is the law."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Just who does Barack Obama think he is? Is he now the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?

During the same week he used his massive Organizing for America (OFA) email list to urge liberals to attack state governors who are trying to cope with emergencies caused by decades of unsustainable promises to government workers, he judged a law passed by the Congress of the United States to be "unconstitutional."

This is outrageous! Barack Obama is NOT the first Emperor of America! He is not the King, Lawgiver, and Supreme Judge of our nation. This arrogance cannot be tolerated."

If Your Rep. Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood, Give Them a Big Thank You!

From Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action:

"Because of your efforts and support last week, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to stop the flow of tax dollars from going to scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood.

However, the fight is far from over. Planned Parenthood and its allies are flooding Congress with calls pressuring Members who voted to defund them. Planned Parenthood knows their pro-abortion allies in the Senate and in the White House support this abuse of taxpayer funds. Pro-life Members need to hear that you support their vote and that they should stand strong!

Here are some staggering facts:

  • From 2008-2009 Planned Parenthood received $363 million, a third of their massive $1 billion income, in state and federal government grants and taxpayer money.
  • During that same time they set their own record performing 324,000 abortions, up almost 25,000 from 2006-2007 figures.
  • Each fiscal year since 2000-2001 the government has increased its funding of Planned Parenthood an average $22.2 million and each year the number of abortions they have performed has steadily increased, even as overall rates in the country have waned.

Enough is enough, Congress should support the effort to defund Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant just released a new fact sheet, admitting they performed a record number of 332,278 abortions in 2009.

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood will not reduce government spending on family planning, nor will it prevent them from performing abortions. However, defunding Planned Parenthood will ensure that taxpayers are no longer forced to subsidize the largest abortion organization in the United States.

Please take some time today and thank Members who voted to defund them."

Happy Birthday to the Modern Day Tea Party Movement!

Eric Odom, author of The Liberty Wire, remembers getting the TEA Party movement started...

...Two years ago [February 25, 2009] Juliana Johnson and I put out this press release announcing the “Chicago Tea Party” that would take place on February 27th, 2009.

Often times the February 27th “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party” is overlooked. The April 15th “Tax Day Tea Party,” which we planned some six weeks after, was much bigger and far more publicized. Many refer to the Tax Day Tea Party as the time it all began, but this isn’t true.

Actually, if we really wanted to get technical about it, there were multiple “tea party” type rallies in 2006-07, long before Rick Santelli’s rant or the Ron Paul movement began using the phrase.

As can be seen here

, some four years ago the city of Chicago pushed through a 10 cent tax on bottles of water. In protest,Chicagoans took to the Chicago river for what they called a “Chicago Tea Party.

But there can be no doubt the largest wave of tea party activism was born on February 27th, 2009.

Rick Santelli’s rant came on February 19th of 2009. Literally the next day we were hosting conference calls and plotting what would, a week later, be the “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party.”

When we first began planning, we had five cities with tea parties being organized. It quickly became 20, then finally became 40. So in just a week, with no money or experience in this realm, rallies were planned in 40 cities that resulted in more than 30,000 people hitting the streets on the 27th.

The following video was shot (Dan Proft speaking) in front of the Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago that day.

This was long before any “national tea party organizations” or D.C. groups took “leadership” roles in the movement. This was a very mysterious time and none of us had any idea what it all would lead to.

Of course, as we all know, six weeks later more than 800,000 Americans rallied in more than 850 towns across the nation. Later in 2009 these same Americans would crash townhalls across the country, forcing Democrats to lessen the blow of Obamacare and building the foundation that would eventually lead to a Historic shift in power during the 2010 elections.

Backyard Conservative has a great line-up of pictures from the original Chicago tea party of 2009

This one shows yours truly leading the march through downtown Chicago (from Daley Plaza to the Tribune Building).

There were many, MANY patriots involved in helping make this day possible. Too many to list here, but I do want to make sure a few name are mentioned as the movement owes them a special thanks for the work that happened that week.

Nationally (helped with the organizing of the 40 cities)
-Teri Christoph
-Stacy Mott
-Michael Patrick Leahy
-Michael Johns
-Amy Kremer

Locally (Chicago)
-Juliana Johnson (tons of media help!)
-Evert Evertson (Megaphone and general get-out-the-word help)

Special Thanks
-Richard and Laura Behney (I explain this in my upcoming book, but they both have a special place in my memories from that day)

Happy Birthday Tea Party Movement!

You’re the only reason our nation is still surviving with a fighting chance!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

"For too long, taxpayers have been asked to subsidize organizations that provide or promote abortions, including Planned Parenthood – which receives nearly one-third of its $1.1 billion budget from taxpayer dollars1. Last week, I voted to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in America. Recently, this organization has been caught red-handed in several different clinics, including one in my hometown of Richmond, aiding and abetting sex trafficking and prostitution of minors. This organization does not merit the hard-earned dollars of American taxpayers and I am pleased to report that this measure passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 240-185 (Roll no. 93). The vast majority of Americans are adamantly opposed to taxpayer funded abortion, and this vote is the first step towards making sure taxpayer funded abortion is permanently prohibited. You may rest assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect the sanctity of life."

Congressman Eric Cantor

[1] Planned Parenthood Federation of America Annual Report 2008-2009, pg. 29

Republicans Act to Protect Women's Safety

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, discusses the blatant hypocrisy of Democrats and women's health and safety.

Defending Life

Here's another example of how your political involvement is saving lives: For years pro-life conservatives have advocated for tougher regulations of abortion clinics. Conservatives in Virginia have finally succeeded in passing legislation that would require abortion clinics to comply with state Board of Health regulations. The legislation came down to one vote -- a tie-breaking vote in the Democrat-controlled state Senate cast by Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Pro-abortion advocates are howling in protest, claiming that the new regulations could put a majority of Virginia's abortion clinics out of business. It's odd how Democrats want to regulate everything from Happy Meals to how you spend your own money, but when it comes to destroying an innocent baby in the womb, they think nothing should stand in the way.

Left-wing politicians such as Barack Obama also insist that abortion is about "protecting women's health." Yet their vehement opposition to clinic regulations puts to rest the myth of abortion as healthcare. This column exposes the deadly consequences of the abortion industry's shocking neglect for women's health.

This is just one more reason why Planned Parenthood should no longer be subsidized with taxpayer dollars. The House of Representatives recently voted to cut off the nation's largest abortion provider, but Senate liberals are vowing to keep your hard-earned tax dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood.

As congressional leaders continue their negotiations to get our fiscal house in order and avoid a government shutdown, I joined other pro-family leaders in urging the House leadership to hold firm on defunding Planned Parenthood. With a $1.5 trillion deficit, we can't continue to fund everything. We must prioritize where we spend our limited resources, and taxpayer funding of abortion should be the first thing eliminated.

It's On! Unless the Libs Run and Hide, Again

Black Conservative Leader to Debate Liberal Civil Rights Leaders Over Tea Party Racism Claims - Even If They Don't Show Up

Washington, D.C. - Mychal Massie, the chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, has challenged Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and former D.C. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy to justify accusations and implications by them and others that the Tea Party movement is steeped in racism. A room is reserved for the debate.

Will Sharpton, Morial and Fauntroy show up?

The debate is set for 1:00 PM on Monday, February 28, 2011 in the Zenger Room at the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, 13th floor, Washington, D.C.).

Massie's debate challenge stems from a widely-broadcast allegation made by Fauntroy during an August 26, 2010 National Press Club press conference hosted by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. While primarily addressing opposition to Glenn Beck's then-upcoming "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial, Fauntroy said: "We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty that the Ku Klux -- I meant to say the tea party... You all forgive me, but I -- you have to use them interchangeably."

"I felt compelled to challenge these men to defend, in a public debate forum, their racially-charged and uncivil accusations against those who want lower taxes, less government intrusion, and the government to be more fiscally responsible," said Massie. "These men have thus far been given carte blanche to make such accusations. They have used the media to inject their poisonous and divisive diatribes as personal currency into the public economy. It is time they are called upon to explain and defend their allegations."

Fauntroy, Morial and Sharpton were repeatedly contacted by certified mail, fax, telephone and calls and e-mails made to their representatives, starting September 8, 2010, to participate in a debate. While none have yet replied, a space will be reserved for them. If they do not attend, Massie will address their past public comments alleging tea party racism.

"With their divisive rhetoric, these men and those like them do incalculable harm to the cohesiveness of our communities. It is time they be held accountable," added Massie. "I felt a debate would be the fairest method for them to explain and defend their comments. As to their silence thus far, it would seem they are either incapable of defending their position, fearful of having to defend it or -- for reasons explainable only by them -- they fear giving me more of a national platform."

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (

Video Pick of the Day

from Patriot Action Network

Check out the video 'Allen West "Like the Song by Tom Petty 'I Won't Back Down'"'
Allen West, always the Patriot! WE won't Back Down Either!

Allen West "Like the Song by Tom Petty 'I Won't Back Down'"
Allen West "Like the Song by Tom Petty 'I Won't Back Down'"
Friday, February 25, 2011 New Zeal Blog! Thanks Trevor Loudon!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Barack Obama's decision yesterday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional amounts to a declaration of war against traditional marriage in America. Liberals in Congress are now planning a legislative assault to repeal DOMA. Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have told the Huffington Post that they will introduce legislation in the House and Senate very soon to fully repeal DOMA. My friends, we will defeat them!

Let me be clear about the implications of such action: DOMA did not ban same-sex "marriage" in America. It gave states the right to define marriage for themselves. To date, the people of 31 states have voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Repealing DOMA would effectively invalidate each of those 31 votes. And it would allow liberal judges to force every state, including yours, to recognize same-sex "marriages" performed in left-wing states like Massachusetts.

Once again, the intolerance of the Left is on full display. Liberals think they know better than thousands of years of recorded history. They think they know better than the teachings of all major faiths. They think common sense and faith amounts to bigotry.

They think they know better than the people of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin!

And given that President Obama feels that the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is discriminatory and unconstitutional, I assume that he now supports polygamy too. If we cannot say that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, on what basis can we discriminate against the love of a man and his three wives? Or a woman and her four wives? Is that Obama's idea of "change we can believe in"?"

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Victory Alert: A Win for Life

from Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia..

Abortion Center Safety Passes Senate On Lt. Governor Bolling’s Tie-Breaker Vote!

After a long and passionate Senate floor debate that spanned a few hours over two days, the Virginia Senate voted 20-20 this afternoon to direct the Board of Health to promulgate regulations for abortion centers. After a brief pause for the Senate clerk to announce the vote, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cast his constitutionally authorized tie-breaking vote in favor of the bill. It now will go to Governor Bob McDonnell for his signature, who has long supported abortion center safety regulations. After more than two decades of hiding behind a veil of political secrecy, abortion centers in Virginia will face greater scrutiny and better health standards.

It was the first time ever that such legislation has even reached the Senate floor, despite numerous bills passed by the House. Each year, including earlier this session, the Senate killed the legislation in committee. But today, all 18 Republicans held together and two brave pro-life Democrats, Senators Phil Puckett (D-38, Tazewell) and Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas), resisted pressure from their caucus’ leadership.

While the session has gone according to script this year, with the House passing and the Senate Education and Health Committee killing pro-life legislation, a dramatic turn occurred only a few days ago, in the last days of session. SB 924, patroned by Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4, Hanover), passed the Senate and went to the House. There, Delegate Kathy Byron (R-22, Lynchburg), one of the pro-life leaders in the House, offered an amendment to add abortion centers. Liberals challenged its germaneness (whether the amendment fit the intent of the bill), but House Speaker Bill Howell (R-28, Fredericksburg) dismissed the objection and the House passed it overwhelmingly. That change required it to return to the Senate where the GOP caucus began to coalesce around the amendment. The vote was scheduled yesterday, but after a half-hour of debate it was passed by until today. Senate Democrat leaders pressured its two wayward colleagues but by the tenor of today’s 90-minute debate, it was apparent there were no cracks in the coalition.

Unfortunately, instead of offering logical or accurate arguments against the amendment, opponents demagogued the issue. At one point Senator Janet Howell (D-32, Fairfax) mocked Senator Mark Obenshain’s (R-26, Harrisonburg) recitation of federal court decisions upholding abortion center regulations, even though he was replying to her colleagues’ calls for proof of legal precedent. It prompted this exchange (see our blog.) Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) told his colleagues to “get a life!” if they thought the bill was about anything other than restricting abortion, ignoring his own colleagues’ faux concerns for the Constitution.

Senator John Edwards (D-21, Roanoke) repeatedly claimed the bill was unconstitutional with wild assertions and vague stretches of case law (he was seen getting information from the ACLU outside the chamber), all of which were refuted by Senator Obenshain, who cited federal appeals and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Senator Obenshain concluded by saying, “standing up and saying so doesn’t make it so,” and read from a court opinion which plainly disproved Senator Edwards’ assertions.

Several liberal senators predicted horrors such as back alley abortions even though states such as South Carolina regulate abortion centers with no such reports. They also claimed first-trimester abortions were among the “safest procedures” despite absolutely no corroborating evidence because there are no reporting requirements mandated in Virginia. Senator Dave Marsden (D-37, Farifax) even compared the bill to the poll tax and efforts to keep minorities from voting in the Jim Crow era.

Another desperate aspect of the debate was the demand by several liberal Democrats that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issue an opinion on the constitutionality of the amendment, perhaps the first time they’ve wanted his advice. Of course, it was a tactic to delay and kill the bill. Senator Edwards sarcastically said the Attorney General would love to defend the bill if it became law because of the other legal actions he’s pursued. But the fact was, and they knew it, he issued an opinion in August in support of the constitutionality of such regulations. He even accommodated Senators with a letter composed during a Senate recess – to confirm his previous opinion.

Opponents’ arguments, so twisted, inevitably contradicted each other, with Senator Howell’s unwitting admission that abortion is, in fact, used for contraception when she said the bill would take away one method of “determining the size of families.”

This was a monumental vote and a historic day. Advocates for, after years of pursuit, finally won a major pro-life victory, perhaps the most important victory since parental notification! Thank you to all who contacted their Senators on this important issue! We also thank the twenty Senators who voted for this important bill, as well as Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for the tiebreaking vote! There were also several Senators that spoke in defense of the amendment on the Senate floor, including Senators Jill Vogel (R-27, Winchester), John Watkins (R-10, Chesterfield), Steve Martin (R-11, Chesterfield), Mark Obenshain, Tommy Norment (R-3, Williamsburg), Jeff McWaters (R-8, Virginia Beach) and Bill Stanley (R-19, Franklin).

We now look forward to working within the regulatory process to ensure the regulations by the Board of Health ensure abortion centers are safe for women who make the unfortunate choice of abortion.

Defend DOMA!

Yesterday, President Barack Obama informed the nation that his administration will no longer defend the institution of natural marriage - or the law that protects it.

DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was passed in 1996 with significant bi-partisan majorities in both houses of Congress, and was signed into law by President Clinton. DOMA defines marriage in federal law as the union of one man and one woman.

The president said yesterday that he has instructed his attorney general not to defend this law in court, where it is currently being challenged.

This sets a very dangerous precedent, in which a president decides which federal laws he will defend and which he will not. He has changed our government from the rule of law to the rule of one man.

The Constitution directs the president to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." President Obama took an oath to "preserve, protect and defend" that Constitution, but he's not doing it. He's subverting the Constitution rather than upholding it. He is in clear violation of his oath of office.

The good news is that Congress can intervene and defend this law in court. This creates the possibility that the law will be defended by those who believe in it and support it, rather than by lawyers in Obama's Department of Justice, who up to this point have mounted half-hearted attempts at best to uphold this law.


Contact your representative today and urge him to appeal to Speaker John Boehner to mount a vigorous legal defense of DOMA.

Additional source: OneNewsNow - Obama admin. will no longer defend marriage law

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

"While America continues to struggle with sky-high unemployment rates, Barack Obama is traveling the country touting his record on jobs. But today's Washington Post notes that one group is never represented whenever Obama talks about jobs -- the unemployed.

According to the Post, Obama has met with businesses executives, community college presidents, bankers and others. But in his eight trips around the country since November, Obama has held "no formal meetings with groups of unemployed people or organizations that advocate for them."

If a conservative Republican had such a record, his "disconnect from reality" would be front page news. But now even the left-wing media is starting to ask questions about the party that claims to "look out for the little guy."

I don't think there is any great mystery about what is at work here. (No pun intended.) Obama and his handlers don't want another Velma Hart moment.

Obama doesn't want to be confronted by an unemployed American who asks about his failed stimulus bill, which was supposed to keep the unemployment rate at 8%. He doesn't want to face a student who can't find a job after graduating college. He doesn't want to face a former small businessman whose company went under from his tax hikes and regulations. The only way for these folks to make their voices heard is by protesting outside of one of Obama's jobs forums."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Photos of the Day

5 Tea Partier Pics From The Wisconsin Protests

Video Picks of the Day

from facebook
AFP's "Stand with Walker" television ad is running in Wisconsin to show support for Governor Walker's efforts to enact common sense budget reforms.

Thank you all so much for watching the video I recorded for the York County GOP in South Carolina. Unfortunately, due to the number of people viewing it we crashed the server, I have been told that is a "good" problem to have. Here it is again!

Regis Giles of discusses her campaign to the protect gun rights, especially for women.


Defunding Planned Parenthood is NOT a "Done Deal"
Don't just see the new media...BE THE NEW MEDIA!!!
Blessings in Christ, L ♥ V E RULES ~ PRO-LIFE ROCKS! ♥ ♥ ♥
Find Your Senators: then tell them NOT to fund Planned Parenthood unless Planned Parenthood stops performing abortions (the planned homicide of unborn babies) all together. Right to Life Voting Records of Senators:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

"To talk glibly about spending more money on "high-speed rail" when the national debt has just passed a milestone, by exceeding the total value of our annual output, for the first time in more than half a century, is world-class chutzpa. The last time the U.S. national debt exceeded the value of our entire annual output, it was due to the cost of fighting World War II."

2011 Marion Simpson Scholarship

Madison, Virginia -- All Madison County High School 2011 senior class members have an opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Madison County Republican Women’s Club. The winning applicant of the Marion Simpson Scholarship may be a male and female 12thgrade student attending the public school system or receiving home schooling.

Applications are available at the Madison County High School guidance office or from the local home school web-site. Deadline for submission is May 2, 2011.

The $1,000 scholarship will be sent directly to the college where the student will attend in the fall of 2011

This Is What Corruption Looks Like…

MEDIA Refuses to Report on the Left’s Vile Racist-Hitler Signs in Madison, Wisconsin

Voters are Wising up to the Corrupt Public Sector Union Alliance with Democrats

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families provides a deft analysis of the problem with public sector union...

The Battle Of Wisconsin Widens

As the union-led protests in Wisconsin enter their eighth day, the big labor unions are going national. Today's Wall Street Journalreports that labor officials are planning protests in "dozens of other capitals." Meanwhile, Democrats in the Indiana state legislature launched their own "strike" with many leaving the state in order to prevent a vote on union reform legislation.

I know there are many good people who belong to unions. My father belonged to a union. The town I grew up in was very union oriented. Ronald Reagan was a union leader. But the idea that government employee unions should be treated the same as private sector unions and guaranteed collective bargaining rights is misguided.

Only 24 states currently grant all of their public sector employees collective bargaining rights, while several states have laws banning collective bargaining rights for government employees.

When a union sits down with the management of a private corporation, both sides are seeking to protect their self-interests. The unions want higher wages and better benefits. The company is seeking to contain costs while increasing productivity and profits. If the company doesn't give in, it faces a strike. It if gives too much, it risks profitability and a backlash from shareholders.

But when public sector union bosses sit down with governments, they aren't facing the taxpayers, who would likely drive a hard bargain. Instead, they are facing politicians, many of whom are either supported by the public sector unions or worried about the next election. This is why even the "patron saint" of the left and the labor unions -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- adamantly opposed giving collective bargaining rights to government employees. Here is what he said in 1937:

"All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public-personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government-employee organizations. The employer is the whole people…"

For decades, public sector unions have used the dues money of their employees to elect left-wing politicians who routinely vote for bigger government and higher taxes to pay for it. Today's Wall Street Journal reports that last year alone, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees "tapped emergency accounts and took out loans as it poured more than $90 million into Democratic campaign efforts… Overall, unions put around $400 million into the 2008 campaign to help elect Mr. Obama and other Democrats."

And what is the return Wisconsin taxpayers are getting for all the additional spending? Not much, according to the latest data from the Department of Education. The voters are catching on. The latest Rasmussen poll finds that likely voters are siding with Gov. Scott Walker by a ten-point margin over the unions as he tries to rein in government spending.

By the way, these protests have once again demonstrated the left-wing impulse for incivility, as you can see here. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported over the weekend that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine is investigating fake sick notes handed out by some of its doctors at the union protests.

Link of the Day

Tenth Amendment Center’s 2011 Nullify Now! tour

Nullification is happening right now! Just last week, the Idaho House and the North Dakota Senate passed a Health Care Nullification Act. Nine other states are considering the same. Multiple states have passed firearms freedom acts, with more coming soon. All across the country, people are saying “enough is enough” to the federal government. The states CAN stop DC - with Nullification!
Patriot Action Network is sponsoring the Tenth Amendment Center’s 2011 Nullify Now! tour to educate and activate on these important Constitutional principles. (there’s even a FREE ticket offer for 03-05!)
New speakers, more locations, and all the info is here:

At Nullify Now, here’s what you’ll learn:

--what exactly IS nullification?
--the historical, constitutional, and moral basis for nullification
--the history story never told - how states rights and nullification helped fight off slavery laws in the 1800s
--how nullification is being used around the country right now
--why the constitution isn’t about political parties - it’s about liberty
--what you can do today to stand up for the constitution


What do we do when the federal government violates the Constitution? Thomas Jefferson gave us the answer. In 1798 he wrote that "whensoever" the federal government "assumes undelegated powers," that a "nullification of the act is the rightful remedy."

Video Pick of the Day

Whaddya Know Joe?

Premiere Episode: Joe The Plumber talks about what's right and wrong, not what's right and left. Part 60 Minutes, Part Oprah and 100% like nothing you've seen before. Including reports, interviews and special guests, watch the first episode now.

Click the link to see the video: