2 members of the NC Tea Party went to NYC for the very first Glenn Beck show and spoke about Tea Party groups no longer needing to form rallies and marches, instead we must roll up our sleeves and get work done as you hear in this clip.
Archives for September 2011
Today, we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will
be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain
Why the early bird gets the worm
Life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don’t spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights… I Want It Now… Someone Else Is To Blame …I’m A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
A TEA Party activist from the Crystal Coast TEA Party Patriots group emailed Senator Burr’s office and inquired where he stood on Agenda 21. Someone from his office called back, and the reply was that Senator Burr felt that there were more important issues to be concerned about, than Agenda 21. For the life of us, Senator Burr, we cannot imagine what is more important than keeping in tact the ability to have:
- Private Property ownership
- Single-Family homes
- Private car ownership and individual travel choices
- Privately owned farms
Are YOU familiar with Agenda 21? Join activist Darin in his group: Fighting Agenda 21 in NC. Maybe Senator Burr needs to take a day and catch up with the rest of us on this issue. A good place to start would be here.
The country underestimated Obama when there were concerns in the 2008 election about his socialist tendencies. Lets not underestimate the liberal left anymore, shall we?
There’s a new wesbite out, have you heard about it? It’s AttackWatch.com. It’s to assist the Obama campaign in fighting those mean ol smears and “misinformation”, remember that campaign? Oh, the Twitter Conservosphere is having a good ol’ time with this one:
Obama’s New Thought Police
@AttackWatch Report Option ‘Forwarded Email’, Must Donate to Reporthttp://ironicsurrealism.com/2011/09/14/obamas-newly-launched-ministry-of-propaganda-thought-police-website-attack-watch-com-report-option-forwarded-email-must-donate-to-report/ #attackwatch #tcot (via @velvethammer)
Oh but lets not stop at Twitter, check out this new “promo” parody by the new YouTube Channel MisFit Politics:
Maybe our website will be “attack watched”? Lets enjoy free speech while we still can, shall we?
We have four more tickets to give away!
You must have a ticket to enter the community college where this event is being held. The event is on Saturday, September 17 · 10:00am – 4:00pm; at Wilkes Community College – Walker Center (1328 S. Collegiate Drive) (View Facebook event page)
Same rules/directions apply:
Leave a comment here on the website, one entry each day between now and Tuesday at noon. Tuesday at noon, we will pick a random number based on the number of entries and one lucky commenter will receive four tickets to rally (estimated value of $20).
If you “like” us on Facebook, leave an additional comment letting us know.
If you give us a shout out on Twitter @NCTEAParty, comment again, letting us know!
That’s three comments per day, through Tuesday (’til noon) for a grand total of twelve entries. (If you say in one comment, you have done two or more things, instead of commenting separately, you’ll take away your extra chances- comment separately!)
Special questions to make it lively for your first comment:
Saturday: How often do you attend any political themed meetings?
Sunday: Have you signed to receive updates from NC TEA Party? (click here if you haven’t!)
Monday: What county do you live in?
Tuesday: Who is your most favored politician? (Can be local, state, or national level!)
Ready, Set, GO!!
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected two different attacks on the Obama healthcare reform act, delivering a double blow to opponents who hope to use the courts to nullify the law as unconstitutional. The decisions also set up a double conflict among courts that only the U.S. Supreme Court can unravel: Whether the healthcare act is constitutional, and whether states have a right to sue over it in the first place. Courts in Florida and Georgia have upheld state-led challenges to Obamacare, while the Fourth Circuit threw out Virginia’s case against the law.
“The Virginia decision is not helpful” to other state suits, said said Gregory Katsas. a partner at Jones Day who represented the National Federation of Independent Business in the recent 11th Circuit victory for Obamacare foes. But ultimately, he added, “these decisions just underscore the need for the Supreme Court to settle this matter,”
In the most significant decision (thanks, Avik Roy, for uploading to Forbes), a majority on the formerly conservative appeals court in Richmond, Va. threw out a lower-court ruling that found the act’s individual mandate unconstitutional. Virginia simply doesn’t have the right to sue the federal government on behalf of its citizens, the court ruled, since “a state possesses no legitimate interest in protecting its citizens from the government of the United States.”
In the second, the court threw out a challenge by a conservative group as an improper attempt to block a tax from being collected. In so doing, the court rejected the Obama administration’s contentions that the “penalty” associated with failing to buy insurance is not a tax. The court effectively said whatever Congress called it, it’s a tax: Only if there is “something talismanic about the label `penalty,’” the majority held, does the fine collected by the Treasury fail to fall under the broad Anti-Injunction Act prohibiting citizens from using the courts to block a tax.
The decisions weren’t unexpected. Both were penned by Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, a Clinton appointee, and the other two judges randomly assigned to the cases were also Democratic appointees. The decisions are powerful in their simplicity, and might offer the U.S. Supreme Court a convenient way out of the intensely political question of whether to uphold the divisive law. Rather than deciding whether the law exceeds the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce, the high court could simply rule that neither states nor individual citizens have the right to sue to have it overturned.
The Virginia case is potentially more devastating to Obamacare opponents, since they pinned their hopes on using Republican-leaning states to overturn the law. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta endorsed this approach last month, striking down the individual mandate as unconstitutional overreaching by Congress. Judges in Florida and Virginia also have ruled in favor of the states.
But in today’s decision, the Virginia appeals court said there was no basis for the suit because the law “imposes no obligations” on the state. A little basic doctrine is necessary here: Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. There must be a “case or controversy” and it must fit within the categories spelled out under the Constitution. Further, decisions over the years have established three tests to determine if a case can be heard. The plaintiff must have suffered an injury, the injury has to be linked to the defendant’s conduct, and the courts must be capable of redressing it somehow.
Virginia’s suit failed the first test, the court ruled, because the main injury the state claimed was Obamacare conflicted with the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, which prohibited enforcement of the individual mandate. The state claimed it was acting in a parens patriae role to protect its citizens but the Fourt Circuit wasn’t buying that. If anybody is acting in the role of a parent here, the court said, it’s the feds in enacting health care reform. The Virginia law served “merely as a smokescreen” to protect Virginia citizens from the penalties in the healthcare act and that sort of behavior ain’t allowed. So much for the states’ rights argument.
In the second decision the court threw out conservative Liberty University’s challenge to the law on somewhat novel grounds. Neither the government nor the plaintiffs based their cases on Anti-Injunction Act, which sensibly prevents people from using the courts to try and block the government from collecting taxes. The Obama administration refuses to call the penalty in the healthcare act a tax. But no matter; the Fourth Circuit decided the Anti-Injunction Act applies anyway and used that to bat Liberty’s case out of court. Allowing lawsuits like this would impede the Treasury’s ability to collect billions of dollars in revenue, the court ruled. If Congress is persuaded by the administration’s view that the insurance penalty is not a tax, then it can add a clause to the law specifically exempting it from the Anti-Injunction Act.
The effect of the ruling was to throw Liberty out of court as a plaintiff, since it was trying to achieve an impermissible end through the litigation. Justice Andre Davis, an Obama nominee, thought that went too far. He argued the court had jurisdiction over the case. But that doesn’t mean they’d do well there. Davis said he would have rejected arguments Obamacare exceeds Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce.
Democrats touted on Tuesday the 12-month countdown to their 2012 national convention in North Carolina, whose 15 electoral votes they hope will provide a winning margin for President Barack Obama should he lose critical Midwest states.
Obama narrowly won the state in 2008, but its stalled economy may overshadow the high-profile convention and push the state back into the GOP column.
The state “is very important, especially since they made a point of having the convention there,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive at Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in Raleigh. “The Obama campaign is likely to put a lot of time and effort into North Carolina,” he said.
“President Obama and the DNC chose Charlotte because … [it] is a example of how [a] can-do spirit can help a community build a better future and rebuild its economy in a way that creates opportunity,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, declared Tuesday as she unveiled the convention’s logo.
The state has a strong biotech sector, several leading universities and a large financial sector, all of which have strong ties to the Democratic Party. “What’s happening here in Charlotte is what President Obama has set out to do for the rest of the economy,” Wasserman Schutlz announced.
But these sectors have been hit hard by the recession. The percentage of unemployed state residents looking for jobs rose to 10.1 percent in July, up from 9.7 percent in May, as the state’s ailing financial industry and local governments laid off workers.
The recession has also hit Obama’s ratings in the state. (RELATED: Obama to ask debt reduction ‘supercommittee’ ‘to overshoot its targets’)
A recent poll by Debnam’s firm showed Obama only three points ahead of former Governor Mitt Romney. The poll showed that 50 percent of the state’s voters disapprove of Obama’s performance, but that he would still be supported by 46 percent, while Romney would get the votes of only 43 percent, according to the poll of 780 people. “However most of the undecided voters are GOP leaning so it’s probably best to think of that match up as a tie,” said a statement from PPP.
The poll was also conducted in early August, before successive political traumas — the financial downgrade, zero job-growth for the month, green-economy layoffs — pushed Obama’s national ratings down into the low-40s, and lowered his ratings in critical swing-states, such as Ohio and Iowa, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
In 2008 Obama won North Carolina — and its 15 electoral votes — with 49.7 percent of the vote, compared to Sen. John McCain’s of 49.4 percent. That narrow margin of 0.32 percent amounted to 14,000 votes out of 4.3 million.
“Obama has a lot of work to do in North Carolina to win … [because voters] are 100 percent concerned about a paycheck,” said Wayne King, the vice-chairman of the state Republican Party. “The economy and the jobs numbers will drive the election in North Carolina,” he said.
“He’s not doing very well,” said Nino Saviano, a D.C.-based GOP consultant who works in the state. “It looks like North Carolina will not be in his winning column.”
A poll conducted in July for a GOP-leaning group, the Civitas Institute, showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading Obama by three points, 45 percent to 42 percent.
“For the President to be trailing an unannounced candidate in a state he barely won in 2012 has to be concerning for the Obama team,” said Francis De Luca, the president of Civitas.
“If Obama is hoping to catch lightning again and win North Carolina, he is going to have to hope for a weaker opponent than Gov. Perry or a big bounce from having the Democratic National Convention here next year,” De Luca said.
The Democratic Party’s decision to hold the convention in Charlotte will boost investment in the Obama’s ground-game in the state, said Debnam. The campaign will likely have plenty of money, he said, so “they will not skimp on anything.”
But the poor economy will hinder Obama if voters don’t recognize the harmful impact of policies pushed by President George W. Bush, said Debnam. Democrats suffered in the 2010 elections because voters blamed Democrats for the economic downturn, he said. “It was Bush’s economy, and they blamed it on Obama,” he said. “People aren’t sophisticated enough,” he complained.
The state has suffered partly because its financial sector was hit hard by layoffs. For example, officials at the Charlotte-based Bank of America have plans to lay off another 10,000 workers in the short term, and 15,000 more over the next several years, according to a Sept. 2 report by McClatchy Newspapers. In May, Wells Fargo & Co. announced it had laid off 548 workers in Charlotte this year.
The state also recently laid off 2,681 workers, including 847 teachers, according to an Aug. 31 report by the Associated Press. (RELATED: Obama faces historic lows in poll numbers)
The local economy has damaged incumbent Democratic Governor Bev Perdue, who is now trailing her likely GOP opponent, said King. “Her numbers are in the tank, she will be on the ballot in 2012 … [and] I think it will hurt Obama,” he said.
“She’s in real trouble,” but the impact on Obama will be muted by the state voters’ willingness to split their tickets, countered Debnam.
To win amid a stalled economy, Democrats are likely to run a negative campaign.
The negative attacks will likely depict the GOP candidates as hostile to science, the biotech sector and intolerant of cultural differences.
“The Republican goal is to make this a hate-filled campaign… they’re literally willing to take this country to its knees … the Republican Party has become the party of willful ignorance,” Debnam told TheDC.
But “when you have people out of work, they quit thinking about race and religion,” countered a GOP consultant in the state.
Overall, negative attacks are likely to be less effective in 2012, he said. “People are looking for solutions, not for rhetoric,” he said, adding that a strategy based on negative attacks “gets old [and] I don’t that’s going to be as effective this year.”
Wasserman Schultz did not mention polls or the economy in her speech Tuesday. The convention, she declared, will be “the best DNC convention ever in American history … together we will turn North Carolina blue and return Barack Obama to the White House.”
According to a local fisherman, Chris McCaffity, the biggest problem with the way our fisheries are being managed is Regulatory Discards. They are created when fishermen are required by law to discard dead and dying fish that are smaller than the arbitrary size limits or the quotas have been mismanaged and fisheries are closed for months at a time. Another problem is that the fishery managers closed the vast majority of our South Atlantic seafloor based on the lack of data on two fish. This made it illegal to harvest many kinds of seafood while putting more pressure on the legal species and open areas.
All this pressure is forcing small fishermen out of business and thus we import more seafood from overseas. This seafood is raised in some of the most disgusting environments you can imagine. The NC Tea Party will be doing a story on this subject, and if you think this does not affect you… think again because it does. In the meantime you can watch these videos.
I just read this article by Tony Blankley, and he expresses some great insight to the recent Labor Day activities and comments:
“In the last few weeks, leading Democrats in Congress have called Tea Party constituents terrorists, said they should go to hell and accused them of wanting to lynch black people. Last weekend, at an event attended by President Obama, the head of the Teamsters Union, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., attacked the Tea Party, screaming, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches (Tea Party members) out and give America back to an America where we belong.” (Note: the president was not on the platform when Hoffa spoke.)
So far, neither the president, nor any prominent Democrat has condemned such remarks — even though the phrase “take out” is commonly used to describe an act of criminal homicide. Thus, Hoffa’s statement might rise to the level of incitement to violence.
Of course, the First Amendment protects political speech — even obnoxious and abusive language. But the Supreme Court has always recognized that some words are not protected. Thus, in Virginia v. Black (2003) the Supreme Court found that while “The First Amendment affords protection to symbolic or expressive conduct as well as to actual speech…The protections afforded by the First Amendment, however, are not absolute, and we have long recognized that the government may regulate certain categories of expression consistent with the Constitution.” Thus, for example, a state may punish those words “which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace,” said the court in Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969).
The First Amendment also permits a state to ban a “true threat.” A true threat encompass those statements where the speaker means to communicate a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals. (“Political Hyperbole” is not a true threat.) The speaker need not actually intend to carry out the threat. Rather, a prohibition on true threats “protect(s) individuals from the fear of violence” and “from the disruption that fear engenders,” in addition to protecting people “from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur.”
Tea Party members could reasonably feel fear of violence from union activists after Hoffa’s call to “take out” Tea Party members. Given the history of violence associated with unions in general and the Teamsters in particular (Hoffa’s father, also president of Teamsters, is widely believed to have been murdered by fellow Teamsters.) Of course, both the Michigan attorney general and the U.S. attorney general would need to assess the specific statutes to see whether or not Hoffa’s words are criminally proscribed. (Yes, I know it is unlikely that Attorney General Eric Holder would follow this suggestion — more’s the pity.)
Whether Hoffa’s words are criminal or not, with words like “terrorist,” “lynching,” “go to hell,” and “take them out,” the emerging tone of the Democratic Party regarding the Tea Party is ominous. It is the language of murderous violence, and it is targeted at a specific group of people. Most disturbing is the failure of the Democratic Party leaders to condemn such language — including Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz — who on national television specifically and repeatedly evaded any comment on Hoffa’s statement. No president or other party leader can be held responsible for the utterances of all his political colleagues, nor can he or she be expected to respond to every intemperate word. But when the words are by other party leaders themselves and are nationally reported, a moral obligation arises to condemn such language.”
I found it interesting in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s response to Gretchen Carlson, that the only thing she could truly come up with, was to try and say the tea party had done the same thing. As a country, we have yet to see a tea party person attack someone. However, we have seen union supporters attack tea party members:
If you notice, this Patriot did not strike back. This is the self control that the tea party needs to remember in the back of their minds in the next year and few months leading up to the 2012 election.
As Tony Blankley eloquently put it:
“… despite all our current difficulties, America has been — and remains — blessed with a nonviolent political and electoral process. We should cling to that tradition with both hands because Americans are generally a rough and ready people. That we have kept violence largely out of our political process can thus almost be seen as providential. We should not, however, rely on providence in that regard. Keeping our politics peaceful is up to each of you, and I have never seen an upcoming political season more in need of our attention to that civic duty.”
(again, emphasis mine)
This is something we all need to remember as we encounter those who might not see things the way we do. We must not give any excuse for anyone to accuse the tea party of anything negative. Remember, we are held to a higher standard! This should not deter anyone from getting involved in the election process in the next year. There is so much to accomplish, just in 2011!
I want to take this moment to be sure everyone is invited to the Constitution Day Picnic on 9/16, view this post for more information!