Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Founding Fathers Quote

Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.

George Washington

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Supporting Wisconsin Toursim

We really do need to do a better job of promoting our state. Before I moved here I was not aware of all the natural beauty in Wisconsin. You only heard about dairy farms and frozen tundra. We should all take some time to enjoy our state and spend our money in Wisconsin where it helps Wisconsinites. We are getting ready to move even futher north and I am looking forward to sight-seeing across the far north of the state.

A Quick Look At Gov. Rick Perry

I keep hearing that lots of Conservatives are excited about a potential run for the presidency by Gov. Rick Perry. Perhaps these Conservatives just don't know the real Rick Perry. Here are a couple of things that stand out for me. Perry issued an executive order for all girls, in Texas, to receive the controversial and potentially dangerous HPV vaccine. This should be an issue for parents and their daughter to decide, not a governor. This strikes me a little too much along Barack Obama's line of thinking.

Perry was a strong advocate for the Trans-Texas Corridor. Think of the untold acres of private land and homes that would have been eminent domained, not to mention the inherent security risk in having a massive highway and rail system running from the Mexican border, through the center of the U.S., all the way to Canada. Not to mention there were other concerns with this highway. So on private property Perry's thinking seems to be pretty close to Obama's thinking again.

One of the reasons, I believe, that Perry is so attractive to people is that he carries himself like a man's man and quite often has the conservative talking points down, but with Perry it is mostly talk. Every election cycle he would talk tough against illegal immigration, yet once elected he would do little to confront the situation; especially in his first couple of terms as governor. It leaves me to wonder, is Perry a states' rights Conservative as the media portrays him or just another big government Republican who saw which way the political winds were blowing?

Haven't we had enough of big government Republicans? I don't know about you, but I am ready for a real leader who believes in our Constitution the way it was intented and civil liberties.

Hope for Our Education System

I had a couple of Conversations with a local school employee. It's been refreshing to hear that not all employees buy into the unions' tactics. In fact, this person is conservative even Libertarian leaning, I would say. I can only hope that the changes that Gov. Scott Walker has already made will make this person's job easier. Obviously, most of the employees in our education system are liberal. And I know from several conversations over the years with multiple school employees that there is a backlash against Conservatives. Isn't it funny that the left is always preaching about First Amendment rights, yet they seem to be the ones who are always trampling the First Amendment rights of anyone who disagrees with them.

There's hope for our education system as long as there are good people who care more about the students than their union or own political beliefs.I believe that for education to be successful you must have a maximum freedom of choice for the teachers and the school system. That means we need to get the federal government out of the education business. Minimize the state role as much as possible and free up teachers to be inventive and original, then reward those whose methods prove successful. Did you know that just by closing down the Department of Education we would save $107 billion.

"Freedom's Not Free" The Rivoli Revue

SR's Memorial Day Wishes - Reposted By DR

I wanted to send out my own thank you to our military, past and present. To all those who serve, and have served, our blessed Republic I wanted to show my humble respect.

The bravery and sacrifice of those in the military and that of their families is honorable and above and beyond what anyone could ever expect from them; especially, in a day and time where libs despise and persecute their voluntary sacrifice and you are given no reason from a disrespectful government to want to serve.

There are those of us who see what is asked of you and what is given in return from ungrateful and undeserving people who don't have a clue what it means to be American. The rest of us see what you do and what it costs and we are thankful. Because of you, and those before you, we are free. Because of you we have the greatest Republic on this planet. Without your sacrifice liberals would not even be free to protest you or your mission, but they will never understand that. You don't give up on the whole of us, even though they are vocal against you.

Instead you look beyond the misguided mobs of liberal protesters and see the people and the Republic you are standing for and somehow you found it worthy of your sacrifice. Nothing I ever say or do could be enough to repay the debt I owe to all those who have fought for me and my family.

DR, I know the sacrifices you made in your service were great. I can never claim to understand the deep pride and loyalty you have for this Republic after the way it has treated you and those who served with you. But, I do see when you choose to look beyond all of it to see what is truly at stake. I can never share or imagine what you experienced or the bond it gives you with fellow service men and women. What I can do is be there, even in hard times, to let you know it was all worth it and it is appreciated.

Thank you with all my heart for giving what we have not and what many would not.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Ron Paul: The Last Nail

The Last Nail The last nail is being driven into the coffin of the American Republic. Yet, Congress remains in total denial as our liberties are rapidly fading before our eyes. The process is propelled by unwarranted fear and ignorance as to the true meaning of liberty. It is driven by economic myths, fallacies and irrational good intentions. The rule of law is constantly rejected and authoritarian answers are offered as panaceas for all our problems. Runaway welfarism is used to benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. Who would have ever thought that the current generation and Congress would stand idly by and watch such a rapid disintegration of the American Republic? Characteristic of this epic event is the casual acceptance by the people and political leaders of the unitary presidency, which is equivalent to granting dictatorial powers to the President. Our Presidents can now, on their own:
1. Order assassinations, including American citizens,
2. Operate secret military tribunals,
3. Engage in torture,
4. Enforce indefinite imprisonment without due process,
5. Order searches and seizures without proper warrants, gutting the 4th Amendment,
6. Ignore the 60 day rule for reporting to the Congress the nature of any military operations as required by the War Power Resolution,
7. Continue the Patriot Act abuses without oversight,
8. Wage war at will,
9. Treat all Americans as suspected terrorists at airports with TSA groping and nude x-raying.
And the Federal Reserve accommodates by counterfeiting the funds needed and not paid for by taxation and borrowing, permitting runaway spending, endless debt, and special interest bail-outs.
And all of this is not enough. The abuses and usurpations of the war power are soon to be codified in the National Defense Authorization Act now rapidly moving its way through the Congress. Instead of repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), as we should, now that bin Laden is dead and gone, Congress is planning to massively increase the war power of the President. Though an opportunity presents itself to end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Congress, with bipartisan support, obsesses on how to expand the unconstitutional war power the President already holds. The current proposal would allow a President to pursue war any time, any place, for any reason, without Congressional approval. Many believe this would even permit military activity against American suspects here at home. The proposed authority does not reference the 9/11 attacks. It would be expanded to include the Taliban and "associated" forces—a dangerously vague and expansive definition of our potential enemies. There is no denial that the changes in s.1034 totally eliminate the hard-fought-for restraint on Presidential authority to go to war without Congressional approval achieved at the Constitutional Convention. Congress' war authority has been severely undermined since World War II beginning with the advent of the Korean War which was fought solely under a UN Resolution. Even today, we're waging war in Libya without even consulting with the Congress, similar to how we went to war in Bosnia in the 1990s under President Clinton. The three major reasons for our Constitutional Convention were to:
1. Guarantee free trade and travel among the states.
2. Make gold and silver legal tender and abolish paper money.
3. Strictly limit the Executive Branch's authority to pursue war without Congressional approval.
But today:
1. Federal Reserve notes are legal tender, gold and silver are illegal.
2. The Interstate Commerce Clause is used to regulate all commerce at the expense of free trade among the states.
3. And now the final nail is placed in the coffin of Congressional responsibility for the war power, delivering this power completely to the President—a sharp and huge blow to the concept of our Republic.
In my view, it appears that the fate of the American Republic is now sealed—unless these recent trends are quickly reversed.
The saddest part of this tragedy is that all these horrible changes are being done in the name of patriotism and protecting freedom. They are justified by good intentions while believing the sacrifice of liberty is required for our safety. Nothing could be further from the truth.
More sadly is the conviction that our enemies are driven to attack us for our freedoms and prosperity, and not because of our deeply flawed foreign policy that has generated justifiable grievances and has inspired the radical violence against us. Without this understanding our endless, unnamed, and undeclared wars will continue and our wonderful experience with liberty will end.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Can't See the Ceiling

Founding Fathers Quote

If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.

Thomas Paine

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Email On Wisconsin Constitutional Carry Bill SB 93

Wisconsin Constitutional Carry Bill SB 93
Progress Update and Time For Action

Here is the latest scoop on Constitutional Carry SB 93. The Senate Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations Committee is scheduled to hold an Executive Committee session on the Constitutional Carry Bill - SB 93 at 1:30 PM Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Room 300 Southeast of the State Capitol. Executive Committee sessions are open to the public but the public cannot testify.The bill coming out of this session will be the Constitutional Carry bill – SB 93 with an optional permit system designed to provide for reciprocity and the Gun Free School Zones. There will be no training component. We absolutely need your help getting this bill through the Senate and the Assembly and on to Governor Walker’s desk.

Here is a link to a js-online article.

Once the bill comes out of this committee, it will be scheduled for a vote on the Senate Floor. This is expected to be sometime in June 2011. I know this will happen because Dave (Ole) and I have talked to many legislators during the last several days. This is what they have told us will happen.

TIME FOR ACTION - we need positive influence in the State Capital. Here is what you need to do. You MUST do your duty as a citizen in order for this to be a reality. Do not wait; time is of the essence.

1. Call, email and/or write to the following 10 Senators that have signed on to this bill.

Sen. Pam Galloway

Sen. Rich Zipper

Sen. Neal Kedzie

Sen. Glen Grothman

Sen. Mary Lazich

Sen. Joe Leibham

Sen. Terry Moulton

Sen. Jim Holperin

Sen. Leah Vukmir

Sen. Dan Kapanke

Tell them you applaud their efforts to re-establish the Constitutional Right to Carry for the citizens of Wisconsin. Tell them you appreciate their support to co-sponsor and vote in favor of SB 93 - Constitutional Carry Bill.

2. Call, email and write to the remaining Senators. We need an additional 7 Senators for this bill to be passed on the Senate Floor. You can find them here:

Respectfully ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of SB 93 – Constitutional Carry Bill. Explain to them that this bill is the only Constitutional choice. The Legislative Fiscal estimates for Conceal Carry Bill SB 90/AB126 are 13 fulltime staff and over $2,000,000 in the first year and over $1,000,000 every year thereafter. This is neither the fiscal nor the Constitutional choice. Constitutional Carry would have NO fiscal demand on the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

Once, the bill passes out of the Senate, this bill will be adopted in the Assembly. We need a total of 50 representatives to sign on and vote in favor of SB 93.

3. Call, email and write to the following 24 representatives in the Assembly that have signed on to this bill.

Rep. Jeffrey Mursau

Rep. Joel Kleefisch

Rep. Tyler August

Rep. Paul Farrow

Rep. Chris Kapenga

Rep. Samantha Kerkman

Rep. Steve Kestell

Rep. Joseph Knilans

Rep. Dean Knudson

Rep. Dale Kooyenga

Rep. Bill Kramer

Rep. Scott Krug

Rep. Mike Kuglitsch

Rep. Tom Larson

Rep. Daniel LeMahieu

Rep. John Murtha

Rep. Stephen Nass

Rep. Roger Rivard

Rep. Eric Severson

Rep. Pat Strachota

Rep. Gary Tauchen

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt

Rep. Evan Wynn

Rep. Jim Steineke

Tell them you applaud their efforts to re-establish the Constitutional Right to Carry for the citizens of Wisconsin. Tell them you appreciate their support to co-sponsor and vote in favor of SB 93 - Constitutional Carry Bill.

4. Call, email and write to the remaining Representatives. We need an additional 26 Senators for this bill to be passed in the Assembly. You can find them here:

We are told that if we cause this happen, leadership will follow us.

Here would be a sample of text you could send:

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY: The right of law-abiding citizens to carry in the manner of their choosing (open or concealed) without a government registration, permits, taxes, token training mandates -uninfringed, as the Constitution intended.

I can lawfully open carry a firearm now with no permit or mandated training; why do I need a permit or mandated training to cover my firearm with a shirt or jacket.

- FOUR states currently have constitutional carry: Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, & Wyoming.

-28 states, including Wisconsin, allow open-carry with no permit, no registration, and no training mandate. 8.5 Million People live in states where law-abiding citizens of legal age can carry without any permit or government mandates.

- Many other states have active legislation to do away with their shall-issue permit system in favor of constitutional carry because there have been no problems.

-Constitutional Carry would have NO fiscal demand on the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

-Fiscal estimates for AB 126 are 13 fulltime staff and over $1,000,000 per year. So much for smaller government and less spending in our state!

I urge you to first support SB 93 with an optional permit for reciprocity. This would be the most Constitutional bill and the most in line with my belief of fiscal responsibility and smaller government.

We ABSOLUTELY MUST flood the Capital with positive and encouraging telephone calls, emails, postcards and letters urging our legislators to follow the constitution and to listen to their constituents! NOW is the time for the People’s voice to be heard. If we can’t pull together and do our duty as citizens now, then we will have nothing to complain about.

SEND this email to EVERYONE in the state of Wisconsin. Tell them to get moving now so WE THE PEOPLE will realize our Constitutional Right to Carry! Send the message loud and clear so that the Constitutional Carry Bill SB 93 will become a reality for the citizens of Wisconsin.

If you have received this email multiple times, please take my apology. This is just too important not to send.

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding this.

Thank you and God Bless you!

Annette Olson


How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual … as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. – Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp (TX)