Friday, April 30, 2010

The Petition Drive Begins

45 days from today I will either be on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for Governor of Colorado or announcing the disbanding of my campaign. I hope I achieve ballot access so I have the opportunity to focus the debate for the Colorado Governor’s race on stopping this out of control spending by our federal government!

I am reaching out to ask for a small favor from you that I hope will make a difference in the Colorado election this coming November. Please help me gain access to the 2010 ballot as the unaffiliated candidate for Governor, by helping to collect signatures. I am not asking for your vote, I plan on earning that, but I believe we need to have the opportunity to decide on a number of candidates in this election, not just the candidates chosen by the Republican and Democratic Parties. This is your opportunity to help get a candidate on the ballot that represents the largest voting bloc (1,078,896 unaffiliated voters) that has no primary. This is our primary! Republicans and Democrats are welcome and encouraged to participate or simply sign a petition.

If you just gather 3 – 5 signatures a day starting TODAY and ending June 7th we have a chance! Download a petition from my website ( ) and when you go to work, talk to a neighbor, or run into someone you know, ask for a signature to help get me on the ballot. We need to act if we want to make a difference! This is your chance to step up and make a difference. I hope you will join me.

I have made it simple to collect signatures, and all of the information you need is on the website ( and in the petition. Please gather as many signatures as you feel comfortable with. If you gather more than 100 signatures you will become a recognized leader in this campaign, and be included in campaign activities moving forward. I think most of us could easily gather a dozen or two but please do only what you can.

Our founders wrote these final words in the Declaration of Independence: “And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.” In my effort to honor these great leaders by committing to govern based on their founding principles, I only ask for your help in gathering signatures. It seems so small in relation to the efforts of our founders, but I am confident they would be proud of any American willing to stand up for our constitution and participate in the political process.

If you have any questions you can contact me at . If you want to learn more about the campaign you can go to my website at (

Thank you for getting involved and making a difference in 2010!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

You Make Too Much Money…

The president yesterday was quoted saying "Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." (See video here)

I think $30,000 a year is enough. So as Governor of Colorado I will confiscate any income made over 30K. I will take that money and give it to the homeless, helpless, children, elderly, and whoever else needs it. Why would anyone need more than $30,000 a year? What would someone do with such extravagance?

If this was truly my position as Governor would you vote for me? Why not? The most probable answer is that 30K is not enough to live on. But that is exactly what the president has said yesterday but he failed to name the amount of money he considers enough. The president would more than likely use his favorite number of $250,000 a year per family. But in a free society no matter how much you make the concept of capping wealth should be rejected.

The reward for hard work and ingenuity should have no limit. The rewards of labor in a capitalist society are the engine that creates wealth for everyone. When you limit wealth, you limit hard work and ingenuity. It is also a moral issue. There is no right to other people’s hard work because some politician believes it is too much and is offering you a piece of the pie. The pie will quickly be gone. If you look at the people that have made the kind of money this president despises, and believe me he despises wealth for you, most have worked extremely hard or taken risks others would not. They also tend to be the engine for charitable giving. Just look at the Gate’s Foundation. I would rather have Bill Gates directing his charity than any politician.

So if you think that capping pay is a good idea because you think you will never make 200K, 300K, a million or a billion dollars a year or a lifetime, you should consider this; by limiting reward you crush incentive. And the people that make that kind of money will close up shop and go somewhere else in the world more inviting. Singapore comes to mind. And the $30,000 cap I mentioned above will look like a million because we will have created a massive economic depression in this country with wealth and jobs heading for better opportunities…

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Arizona, Texas, and Colorado…

The United States Constitution’s tenth amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." According to the constitution the responsibility of immigration lies with the federal government. It is one of the eighteen enumerated powers clearly stated, and as the tenth amendment clearly states, the rest of the responsibility lies within the state and with the people. What you are witnessing in Arizona is the state taking control of their responsibility and stepping up by implementing laws to protect their citizens.

Texas is about to consider a similar law to curb illegal activity by people in the state illegally, and if elected Governor Colorado I will support the same law here. It is standard procedure by most law enforcement agencies to ask for ID when a suspect is detained. Whether it is a traffic violation, assault, robbery, or any other crime, ID is the first step in indentifying a perpetrator. This new law in Arizona simply gives the local law enforcement the authority to address illegal’s instead of handing them over to the federal government. A federal government unwilling to enforce the immigration law. States must now take deportation into their own hands.

Gang activity, drugs, and kidnapping are overtaking parts of Arizona, and Texas. As a civilized society we must maintain civility through law. We can no longer allow the lawlessness of illegal entry into this country. If the federal government refuses to do their part in enforcing the laws the states must take action. It is that simple.

This is not about racial profiling; this is about securing a civil society for the law abiding citizens of the United States of America. No police officer has been given authority to just pull people over for no reason. They have finally been given the authority to enforce the law, a law that is blind to the race, religion, or gender of the law breaker. No matter what the radical left says or the lies about the law we are currently hearing from the president and his administration, this is not about racial profiling, it is about enforcing the law of the land.

We must stand by the Constitution and the right of the state’s and individuals in those states to a society free from lawlessness…

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Is winning a principle or the result of following your principles?

The republican choir keeps getting louder on the subject of “winning” in November. The fear of third party candidates, independent candidates, and rival republican candidates are getting the inside pundits nervous. Well, they should be. But what they don’t understand is that people are looking for principled candidate’s period. They have seen what happens even when republicans win; many abandon their principles.

That is the reason we are in this mess. The people “in charge” of producing candidates, have become corrupted in the pursuit of winning. So what is winning? In the Republican Party’s eyes it is having one more republican than democrat in congress so they can control the committees, and therefore the agenda. Based on Obama’s lightning bolt efforts to ruin this country that is not all bad. But if the people in Arizona elect John McCain, the man currently pretending to share conservative and limited government values, will we get a candidate for limited government? No way, he is the typical republican candidate willing to “compromise” to get legislation passed and frustrating the rest of us who want principled constitutional government.

The two parties are spending lavishly on themselves while the expansion of government continues. Eighty percent of Americans don’t trust the federal government and I would suggest that number is not far from what people think about the two parties. So what do we do?

Do we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils or do we purge the evil? We need to change the foundation of the way we elect candidates and it starts with principles. We need to find principled candidates and help them win. The culture in political parties is corrupt and we know it. We watch people giving large sums of money for access, and we watch party insiders spending that money on getting more money from big donors that have one principle in mind; their own interest. The money is poisonous, the backroom deals are criminal, and we are focused on winning. We are helping to elect people that are willing to compromise our principles for the good of a party.

Again I ask; is winning a principle or is it the result of following our principles? We can follow our principles but as our founders stated in the Declaration of Independence “we must mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor”… Our founders knew what principle was worth but do we?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The End of Wall Street is the End of America…

I’m sorry if I offend you but you are economically illiterate if you think reforming “Wall Street” is the answer to our economic woes. Reforming government regulation is the answer to our economic woes. I cringe when I read people writing about “corporate greed” and how we need to tax them to make them “pay” for the services these selfish left leaning Americans seek.

Last night the president was on American Idol promoting “giving back” which if done by private charity is a worthy cause. But if we continue to demonize and destroy “Wall Street”, as he and his supporters keep doing, we will destroy America and the ability of individual Americans to give anything to charity. The countries we help now will no longer be the beneficiary of our wealth because our wealth will have been stolen by this president and congress.

The left and our president have no concept of the capitalist system and believe that somewhere there is a “Golden Goose”, but I have news for them, there is no other golden goose. The reason there are corporations that don’t pay taxes is because politicians have created the environment and rules that encourage tax avoidance. Government regulations are the rules that create the culture of corruption. Politicians are the “brokers” that business leaders must pay to get exceptions to punitive rules. If the rules were the same for every business and politicians were not involved in the process, business would never need Washington lobbyists or pay off politicians who are continually changing the rules business must follow to be successful.

And the reason there is poverty in this country is not because of the jobs being created by these corporations in this country, it is the government programs that poor Americans are shackled into because they have put their faith in political promises.

There is no reason in America that someone who seeks a better life can’t achieve one. A better life in America depends on a thriving “Wall Street” and is dead in the water if we have a “thriving federal government” and punitive tax policy. The left needs to get their head out of the government troth and start thinking logically not emotionally.

The left hates America and wealth, but without wealth and “Wall Street” we will see the end of America and the American Dream… Maybe that’s what they really want…

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Party of the “Working” man and the Party of “Limited Government”…

You would think the party of the “working” man (Democratic Party) and the Party that claims to be for “limited government” (Republican Party) would be sensitive to the “average” American out in the real world struggling to make ends meet. The latest report of the two parties lavish spending is out and the spending suggests that neither party lives up to the claims they make.

Both national parties have raised over $100,000,000 (one hundred million) dollars in campaign contributions and many of those contributions come from people that believe each party has their interest at heart. But what they really have at heart is their comfort and lavish lifestyle.

Limos, booze, luxury restaurants and hotels, nearly a million in office supplies, corporate/private jets, golf, fishing, and meetings in Hawaii are typical expenditures. Officials from both parties suggest they have to spend money to get the big donors to contribute. These expenditures totaled $60,000,000 (sixty million) for the democrats and $74,000,000 (seventy four million) for the republicans.

Read the article yourself. Don’t get me wrong here, I believe they can spend the money any which way they want to, and for the places and people they are spending the money on, it is good for their economy. But don’t tell we the people that you represent them. Both parties are part of the culture of corruption that has permeated our government.

They raise money by demonizing each other and they are doing quite well. This is a game to them and they are taking your hard earned contributions and rubbing them in your face. How often do you get private limos in Hawaii, after boozing it up on your private corporate jet? These people are telling you they are going to change the government. It sounds like the way they spend their money, they are just as corrupt, unaccountable, and as out of control as the government they say they want to change.

Is this the change any of us want?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fear of the Federal Government is not radical it is American…

Our education “system” is broken. When the main stream media can get away with making the argument that it is “dangerous” to stir the people up to fear their government, which may lead to violence, shows their ignorance of our history and founding.

Our founders were skeptical and inherently suspicious of centralized power. The creation of the federal government only barely made it past the state ratification process. Along the way to ratification, several additions to the constitution, including the addition of the Bill of Rights was imperative because of the absolute distrust of a central “authority”. The state’s and founders had to not only build the argument for ratification, but also build a barrier to protect the states from an over reaching central authority by including the Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”, otherwise the federal government would have never become a reality. This mistrust and fear of a central authority permeated the country and was the foundation of the greatest form of government ever derived by men. Regarding government; they knew less was more and more was a threat to all.

As we watch pundits make the arguments that some types of speech against the government can “enflame” violence toward the government, I ask you; what does the first amendment say; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The founders and our ancestors that agreed to ratify the constitution knew what was bound to happen by empowering a central government. So they included what they considered clear restrictions on the authority of the federal government because they did not trust any central authority. Today we find ourselves right where our founders predicted, but fortunately their fear, foresight, and protections are clearly documented in the constitution.

Listen closely when pundits and politicians talk about “types” of speech. The type of speech they are targeting to control either through a “chilling” effect or outright legislation is the speech we are engaging in against our government and its policies. We are assembling peaceably through tea parties and trying to redress our grievances. Is this not exactly what our founders were protecting us against? Is fear of the federal government unfounded? Were our founders radicals? Would our founders consider the tea party movement dangerous or patriotic?

Our founders were brilliant and prophetic about the rights they knew must be etched in stone because they were God given, and would one day come under assault from tyrannical forces. Those tyrannical forces are among us. We must teach our history or we will be throwing away our future…

Monday, April 19, 2010

I support “The Federal Healthcare Nullification Act” for Colorado…

I am a member and supporter of the Tenth Amendment Center and its founder Michael Boldin. He has partnered with to set in motion a constitutional repeal of the unconstitutional healthcare “reform” bill, forced through by an out of control congress, with this petition drive. If elected Governor of Colorado I will spearhead this process in Colorado.

Here are some excerpts from the press release:

"We recommend a different path, one advised by prominent founders such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison - nullification," said Boldin. Nullification, according to the Center, is the rightful remedy to an unconstitutional act, as it considers the recently-signed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be. When a state nullifies a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or non-effective, within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned."

"In partnership with, the Tenth Amendment Center has announced the release of their model legislation for such state-level action, the Federal Health Care Nullification Act. The Act would codify in state law that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "is not authorized by the Constitution of the United hereby declared to be invalid...shall not be specifically rejected...and shall be considered null and void and of no effect" within the boundaries of any state enacting it. It also mandates that it "shall be the duty" of the State's legislature "to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement."

"It's time to remind the federal government that We the People are in charge and not the other way around," said Boldin. "Following the Constitution every issue, every time, without exceptions or excuses requires us to resist federal overreach and keeping our health care decisions where the Founders assured us that they'd be and where they belong...close to home."

We need to support the effort and stop this federal government.

A Place for Real Reform!

The “Tea Party” has encouraged many Colorado voters to get involved by showing up at rallies around the state to show their frustration against the actions of our current representatives. Most of the frustration has been focused on the federal government, but it is a comprehensive mistrust of all government. These “new” activists are really making a difference just by simply showing up and making the political class aware they are watching, and are ready to vote candidates in or out. I am concerned that the people in the Tea Party movement are being given a false choice; vote democrat or republican. Of course the republicans align more closely with the Tea Party concerns but are they the right choice?

I believe the people that are most frustrated with the process want the choice to elect people like themselves; not career politicians. But where can they find those candidates? There is a group out there that is helping “ordinary” citizens get on the ballot and make real change toward our founding principles, and that group is Get Out Of Our House ( There are about 1000 members in Colorado. The goal is to get 500,000 members nationwide but it is the vision that attracted me.

The idea is to vet candidates through a process that promotes ideas not party affiliation. If the Tea Party movement is looking for a real process to make change, they need to consider GOOOH (pronounced go). There is no doubt in my mind that the republicans will disappoint again, and there will be no accountability until the next election. GOOOH is only supporting candidates that have signed a pledge and committed to the principles promoted on their website.
Get Out Of Our House is focused on congressional elections but I am trying to garner their support for my candidacy for Governor of Colorado. I believe it is an idea whose time has come. The founder Tim Cox is involved for seemingly the same reasons I am; if you don’t like the way things are going, get involved, and try to change it. I know the two parties will only change if they have real competition and GOOOH offers the voters real choice.

If you are involved in the Tea Party movement but believe they are getting too cozy with the Republican Party, check out GOOOH. I did and I like what they are trying to do. I think you will as well…

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Memo to the President

RE: Notice to implement the U.S. Constitution in the great state of Colorado

Dear: Mr. President

It will be my constitutional duty if elected to the office of Governor, to take charge and responsibility for managing the affairs of the citizens of the great state of Colorado. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly, so therefore I must prepare you for the changes you will encounter shortly after my election. My intention is to inform you of the changes so you can properly prepare for the impact those changes will have on your ability to manage the federal government.

As you know, the federal government was created by the states to carry out the limited functions that we agreed were better suited to be handled by a concerted effort of the states by an established agent; the federal government. We did not hand over unlimited authority to the federal government. As clearly stated in Article I section 8, the powers of the federal government are limited. It has been clear that over the years the federal government has been acting as a fully authorized agent of all of the affairs of state, without the authority of said states. This is a clear violation of the constitution. The Supreme Court has been an agent of the federal government’s pursuit to usurp the constitutional authority of the states, and therefore we consider Supreme Court precedence null and void for future considerations of our constitutional authority. We expect all constitutional arguments to be weighed against the original constitution and not the tortured logic we have seen utilized over the years, specifically the “commerce”, “privacy” and “supremacy” clauses.

As outlined in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which we have both sworn to uphold it is clearly and brilliantly stated by our predecessors “"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As Colorado Governor I will be working with our legislature, and the like minded Governors of the other 49 states, to reconsider all federal programs, and prepare for a responsible retraction of those programs to bring the federal government back into compliance with the original intent of our constitutional republic.

This process will take some time but immediately after my inauguration as Governor, I will be introducing an amendment to the Colorado Constitution to limit the maximum amount of federal taxation to 15% of personal and corporate income of the citizens and businesses in Colorado. This amount will be a sum great enough to pay the authorized powers we have granted the federal government through the US Constitution. We expect our military will be your first priority. We understand the Sixteenth Amendment granted you the right to tax our citizens directly but I don’t believe we ever agreed that the right, and amount of taxation, was unlimited. As a matter of fact it is limited based on the limited authority you have to create federal programs. We have been remiss of our responsibility in the states to enforce this limitation, but no more. We will now limit that authority to a percentage we believe will give you enough funding for constitutional programs like defense and border control. If you believe 15% is too much or too little, I will be willing to discuss that with you and will invite our state legislators to join us, as well as any other Governor, to discuss the right percentage to run the federal government. In the spirit of cooperation we welcome your suggestions.

I know you will agree, we have drifted from the law of our land, and it is each of our responsibilities to become once again compliant with the law of our land; the U.S. Constitution. Neither of us should knowingly be outlaws when we have both sworn to uphold our constitution. I understand we have been living as if there were no constitution to bind us from providing endless government services, but I am sure you will agree, if we want to pursue that course of action we must take the proper steps by convening a constitutional convention, or embarking on an amendment process that will give you the additional authority you need to maintain the current path of endless federal takeovers, healthcare, and environmental policy that you seem to believe some Americans want. I can assure you, in Colorado we will be more than capable of taking care of ourselves.

In the spirit of transparency and my prayer for a return to constitutional law, I hereby give you notice of my intentions if given the honor to represent Colorado as our Governor. This is the greatest country in the world because our leaders have always understood that individual liberty and state freedom trump any form of centralized control and authority. Our prosperity has been the result of an unwavering belief in God, compliance with the principles outlined in our Declaration of Independence, and respect for the United States Constitution. I am sure you share my concern and commitment to return our country to the principles that have given us unprecedented wealth and unbridled compassion that has been a beacon for the rest of the world.

With greatest respect for the office of our president.

I look forward to working with you.

In Pursuit of Liberty,

Rich Hand
Unaffiliated Candidate for Governor of Colorado

Monday, April 12, 2010

Take Back America; Start in Colorado…

On April 30th my petition campaign to gain access to the Colorado ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for Governor begins. It is a campaign to stop the federal government’s takeover of our liberty by reaffirming our Tenth Amendment rights and challenging the Sixteenth Amendment to reduce federal taxation that enables this unconstitutional behavior. More importantly this campaign is a campaign focused on individuals and not party politics.


The way to show support for these principles is to help get me on the ballot. I will need 1000 signatures from registered voters in Colorado. Here is how you can help. If you are a Colorado voter and want to get me on the ballot:

• Go to on April 26th and download a petition. It will include instructions. Email me at rich4.hand@gmail to let me know you will be gathering signatures.

• Fill out the petition correctly and starting April 30th gather as many signatures as you can from family, friends, and neighbors. Try to get 3 signatures a day.

• On June 7th get the petition notarized. Notaries are everywhere. Ask a friend or neighbor and if you can’t find one I have one I can provide. Use the e-mail above.

• Mail them to the address on the petition.

If you are not from Colorado but have friends, family members, or colleagues in Colorado; you can help by forwarding this information to them!

Most campaigns and the two parties are asking for money, I am simply asking for your help. The unaffiliated voting pool is the largest potential voting bloc in Colorado. There are more potential unaffiliated voters (1,078,896) than Republicans (1,048,669) or Democrats (1,058,785) in the great state of Colorado! That is because party politics no longer represents the interests of the majority of voters.

We know we can do better if we elect people that live just like we do every day. Politics should not dominate our lives as it has. It dominates because political parties have an interest in showing you how much they are doing FOR you. The reality is most people want politics to be in the background not the forefront of their lives.

If you want a candidate for Governor that will put government back to its original intent at both the federal and state levels, help get me on the ballot.

If I do not get on the ballot I will consider it a message that unaffiliated voters are happy with the current process and gracefully bow out of the election. I don’t believe that is the case but I need to know that through your actions.

Get ready to take back America; it starts here in Colorado. It starts with you!

P.S Here’s how the numbers stack up according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office:

Voter Numbers: Active + Inactive = Total
• Democrats: 800,648 - 258,137 - 1,058,785
• Republicans: 832,170 - 216,499 - 1,048,669
• Unaffiliated: 716,801 - 362,095 - 1,078,896
• Other: 13,159

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sean Hannity; “Conservative Victory”; is wrong about the “Party”…

Our nation was founded on the principle of individual self rule, supported by common Christian values. We were the first and only government to believe in the individual over government and class structure, and it has made this country the greatest most respected nation in the world. No matter what the anti-American minority say; we are envied by the rest of the world because of this simple principle. People instinctually know a government of the people is better than a government over the people.

Over the years, many of us have taken for granted that it would always be that way and ignored the political process. There have been turbulent times but never the feeling that we were losing the principle of individual self rule and our moral foundation, until now. The voters and people have awakened. This is good for our country and good for our future. But being awake is not enough, we need to do our homework and fix not only the people we put into office, but the way we do it.

We have been watching a ping pong match between the Republicans and Democrats, each promising to be better than the other, but each party has continued to trample our individual spirit and freedom. Both parties have systematically taken the government from one of limited role to a “starring” role. That must change. Government needs to take a back seat to the individual, free market, and ingenuity of the American people. We do that by restoring the constitutional role of our federal government and auditing our state governments to determine what we want the role of government to be at the local level.

We don’t need a third party to win back our government. We don’t need any party; we need people paying attention to the issues and candidates. I am not a third party candidate; I am an alternative candidate to the party candidates. Sean Hannity is out there promoting “Conservative Victory” but he is trying to convince people that the Republican Party is where you need to place your bet. I say you will be throwing your money down the drain again if you are truly looking for a change in the way government interacts with the people. Until we stop paying attention to the divisive tactics the parties use to garner votes and money, we will not be engaging in the real fight. The fight is about our principles as a nation. Not defeating the other party but defeating the ideas that big government is better than individual freedom.

I admit the party apparatus has two advantages; it is a fundraising machine, and the candidates have ballot access. Beyond that the two parties have all of the tendencies big government has; self perpetuation. Not for the individual but the party. As Barak Obama campaigned in 2008 on “fundamentally changing the government”, we must elect people that are willing to fundamentally return our government to the people, and respect our constitution. We have seen where we are going and we are scared, angry, and ready to fight. We need to be all in to defeat the people that have given us this mess. Both parties have brought us to this point.

It will take our individual ingenuity to get us out of this mess…

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A few questions for the left…

  1. Have you ever read the entire U.S Constitution?
  2. Do you believe the constitution is still relevant today?
  3. Why is it OK for the government to take one families hard earned labor to give to someone else?
  4. How much money is too much? Who should decide how much is too much?
  5. What level of federal taxation is enough to “level the playing field”?
  6. What is “leveling the playing field”?
  7. What advantages have successful people had that makes them a target to be punished with additional taxation?
  8. Will punishing successful people improve the ability of everyone else to be successful?
  9. Are you happy with the government’s results to end poverty and improve lives in Detroit, NY, LA, Newark, etc…?

Just curious...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Walter Williams asks: Should we part company?

Walter Williams is the smartest Professor in the country. He makes an argument that needs to be considered. Is it time for America to admit we no longer share common goals or vision for the future, and go our seperate ways?

I believe like he does that the answer lies in our U.S. Constitution. The one our founders wrote; not the interpretation of it by the Supreme Court...


Nukes and Guns…

Peace through strength was a policy Ronald Reagan pursued that not only made policy sense; it made sense of human nature. What leftists fail to understand consistently is human nature. Leftists like Obama believe words and intentions are more powerful than they are when it comes to national security, defense, and fighting crime.

If you disarm all of the peaceful law abiding nations, the only nations left with nuclear weapons will be, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, and all of the rogue/totalitarian nations of the world. Anyone that believes that any of these nations are going to stop developing nukes is dreaming. Obama is seen as so naïve and weak, none of the above nations will disarm. They have watched our interaction with Iran and our policy is clear; we have no backbone to hold nations accountable.

As we watch our inner cities and border towns become war zones, if you take the guns away from the law abiding citizens, the only people left with guns are the criminals, gangs, and cop killers. It is that simple. Human nature will never change no matter how many liberal left policies are spewed from this administration. That is why we are so divided, because the people that understand human nature know criminals respect guns and self defense, not gun laws. It is as basic as the bully on the playground.

Weakness breeds bad behavior, and disarming our nation, whether it is nukes or guns are policies that will create chaos in the world and our neighborhoods. We would all like to sing kumbaya and wish for peace and goodness in the world, but the reality is that is a Hollywood narrative that rarely works in the real world. Real criminals and real evil understands one policy; peace through strength. Ronald Reagan knew that instinctually, Barak Obama is making a grave mistake…

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Half Trillion Dollar Mess…

The state of California pension funds are 500,000,000,000 (Billion) in the hole. How does a state get that far behind in their responsibility to fund state employees’ retirement, and how do they accept that type of liability on behalf of the taxpayers? Contracts for state employees have become a tale of bad political decisions. The first problem is politicians are in charge of negotiating complex employee contracts with unions that have been unwilling to concede the limitations of tax payer based compensation. The second problem is that employees of the state need to understand that tax payer based compensation has limits. One of the limits is balance. Tax payers are no longer willing to fund over reaching contracts. It is not personal toward state employees, it is personal in the sense that the tax payer feels like the state employee should be in line with the private sector. The private sector expects; a full days work, at a fair wage, with reasonable benefits, and the ability fire people for lack of performance. It’s that simple, and the same should apply to state employees.

The state and municipal employees need to be paid fairly and should be in a 401-K program just like the people paying the bills. I have been validated in this opinion by this Stanford University study of California state pensions. One of their recommendations is to implement a 401-K program and reduce benefits for new state employees.

The way to fix this isn’t through an “us and them” posturing, it is just “us”. We all utilize our police, firefighters, and teachers (to some degree). We can agree law enforcement and our firefighters are critical functions of the state, but the pay and benefits (where most of the issue lies) just need to be reasonable. We need to have that discussion in a collaborative way. Not the way unions and management have traditionally bargained. That is why so many states are in the same mess as California or are not far from it…

Monday, April 5, 2010

From The Patriotic Resistance…

The latest scandal in politics just happens to be from the Republican Party but this story would fit well in either political party or any union or corporate board room. This quote was posted by someone that goes by the handle “Midnight Cowboy” on the ResistNet website. An organization of grass roots conservatives. I am not sure how all of the tea party folks feel but I know what this does when I read about it; It makes me ANGRY! This is why I despise, big business, unions, and party politics. This quote is about Michael Steele’s “leadership” of the Republican National Committee:

“He recently took some heat for moving the RNC annual meeting from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii. And one recent analysis by found that compared with 2005, the last comparable year preceding a midterm election, RNC spending on private jets had doubled, limo trips had tripled, and meal expenses jumped from $306,000 to $599,000.”

It is Michael Steele today, but this is not specific to the individual as much as a culture in party politics. This activity goes on because the political parties have become “corporations” with special interests and an agenda that has lost alignment with its members. It is a group dynamic that supports high flying, back room deals, constituent favors, all on the expense of the individual schlep paying the bills. The GOP is acting just like big business and unions do in the pursuit of power and influence. Big business, big government, big unions, and big groups of any kind eventually and unfortunately drift from the roots of the original intent of the organization if leadership is not held accountable by the members. The people are now starting to hold government and political party leadership accountable, and they don’t like it.

Not every Republican candidate is part of this problem but every Republican Party member has accountability in this behavior. The members of the party can brush this off as an individual indiscretion, but is it? Or is there a culture in the two parties that accepts the high life for their leadership while the individual member pays the bills and the price with their individual reputations. Is this the same party you joined and put your faith in? Or is there a need to hold them accountable by demanding fundemental change?

I have personally had enough of every organization that thinks we are just out here to vote or pay the bills. We have a say and we don’t need the organized parties or businesses, or unions to smear our reputations with their behavior while they ignore us; the people paying the bills, doing the hard work, and living life to a higher ethical standard. We do not accept this behavior and we want people in charge that share our values.

It is time to be Jeffersonian in our approach; individual over group leadership…

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Methodical Destruction of the United States and Could Guam Tip Over?

I couldn’t help but make a comment on this video that highlights the level of intelligence that is in charge of our country. Who votes for people like this? Watch congressman Hank Johnson from Georgia express his true concern to the Admiral about Guam tipping over due to an influx of additional troops, and the Admirals wonderful ability not to laugh and pile on the foolishness of this congressman. I didn’t realize Guam was a “floating” island. This is truly sad.

This is the real concern:

We have been taken over by people that hate America, our constitution, and freedom. The representatives in charge of the federal government no longer consider the constitution the law of the land. They are acting as if what we the people say does not matter. They are interrogating private firms for making a profit. They are forcing people to pay for the immorality of others. They are trying to make illegal immigrants legitimate citizens even when a large percentage of our violent criminals are here illegally. We have federal agencies to count the calories in our food, stealing our freedom to drive a car by destroying our energy economy, and taking state land at will. They have destroyed our children’s future by destroying the education system, borrowing an amount of money that may never get repaid, and undermining the principle of hard work under the guise of fairness.

Many stand by watching, discussing, and letting it happen. Our founders would be mortified. Individuals in this country that are outraged feel they have nowhere to turn. They know the entire political class is corrupt and when constitutionalists like me say the answer lies in the constitution, many people don’t know what that means. What has happened to “we the people?” Has it just been a slogan for all these years?

I listen to commentators say that America is not a nation that uses civil disobedience and I say; remember our history. We were founded through civil disobedience. When our founders were faced with the loss of freedom and liberty from an over reaching central government, what did they do? Sit around and wait for the “Republicans” to save them? Or did they stand up to the oppressors as individuals? There were many acts of civil disobedience before the revolution. The revolution was the culmination of many thwarted attempts to stop a central government’s tyrannical tendency through civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is not violence. Civil disobedience is refusing to accept government mandates, dictates, and unlawful uses of the government apparatus. The problem is when the government doesn’t listen to the people it serves; not when the people speak out against the government.

We have been in a pot of boiling water and we are about to be cooked. The pot of water has been heating up since the FDR administration. Social Security, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, public schools, the assault on Christianity, free speech, free markets, capitalism, profit, the rich, life, our flag. We have been forced to accept, hyphenated America, holiday celebrations, lower standards of living, and now bailouts, takeovers, and oppression. And what we hear in the media is a concern about who the people are in the Tea Party movement. I have a question for the media to focus on; who is running our government? The Tea Party movement is America. Tea Party people stand as a barrier against tyranny.

We the concerned people of America are being targeted as radicals if we disagree with this administration. We are being marginalized when we defer to our constitution. We are being laughed at for raising red flags about a government headed toward tyranny. We are being categorized as radicals so that in the final assault on our freedom we will be targeted as the ones out of touch with American values. These people in charge plan to put a stake in the heart of individual freedom and our constitution.

Do I seem down today? You bet. But this is America and when I think about the efforts of our founders, and in particular George Washington, who lost so many battles but won the war under unimaginable circumstances, I smile and have faith there is hope and time to change this country's fate. I believe the people in the Tea Party, and all of the other Liberty groups are the answer, and must not back down in the face of these assaults. We must battle on even when we seem overwhelmed.

My prayer is that once again God blesses us with the courage and fortitude to stand up even when we are being marginalized. We remain true to the faith that has built the greatest nation in the world. And that we have the will to take back our country in November 2010 by supporting individual patriots in the honor of our civilly disobedient founders…