What Does President Barak Obama’s Afghanistan Speech Mean To Me

It’s easy to have a hard time putting together all the pieces necessary to fully grasp what the President says in a speech.  When dealing with an issue as complicated as war, it’s no surprise that this is the case.  Although parts of the speech may be comprehended, there are deeper currents of meaning below the surface that are easy to miss.  CATO Institute does a great job in their December 2nd Daily podcast of putting some of the pieces together, and explaining what this speech means to you and I.

Listen to this short daily podcast from CATO Institute entitled “Obama’s Afghanistan Contradiction”.  (requires flash)

( http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/podcast-archive.php?podcast_id=1043 )

Know Your Rights: Reasonable suspicion and Probable cause

NYPDAfter reading an article about “Terry” stops by the NYPD, my inquisitive mind needed more answers.

“Police stop more than 1 million people on street” – http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091008/D9B75TA02.html

In the article above, they state that “The practice is perfectly legal” and then reference a Supreme Court ruling in regard to “reasonable suspicion”. This however, was not enough to ease my mind.

After digging around on wikipedia.org, I am still not so sure about the legality of what the NYPD is doing, and even more, I am concerned about further ramifications of continuing down this road.

Although it seems perfectly reasonable for a person to be required to state his name and purpose for being somewhere when that person is engaged in suspicious activities, where is the line between that situation, and a police officer being able to demand such information any time they want. Is there any line between such a law, and the presence of police checkpoints being commonplace on public streets? Florida’s “Stop and Identify” law is written in such a way that it’s vague language and subtle undertones leave the citizen with no power, and the “statue” (legislative power, judicial power, and police power) with the final word. Fl St 856.021 – (http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0856/SEC021.HTM&Title=-%3E2006-%3ECh0856-%3ESection%20021#0856.021)

Now I’m not trying to get all “conspiracy theory” on you, and I am not about to scream “WE’RE LIVING IN A POLICE STATE!”, but any logical person must consider these topics at a time when we feel our rights are upheld. If we don’t question now, when the time comes and we need those rights, they may already have been pulled out from under us.

P.S. Always remember these five powerful words “Am I free to go?”

Further Reading

Reasonable Suspicion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reasonable_suspicion

Probable Cause – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probable_cause

Stop and Identify statutes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_and_Identify_statutes

Ron Paul weighs in : Medical Care is Not a Right.

Ron Paul was recently featured on NPR’s (National Public Radio) show All Things Considered and was able to highlight his views on the current health care reform and talk about his new book End the Fed. There are not many politicians in Washington D.C. today who are able to answer questions in such a straight forward way.  He explains why he answers the way he does. I greatly appreciate this no-nonsense approach to public service, and look forward to supporting as many liberty minded candidates as possible in the upcoming 2010 mid-term election.

Read the full interview with Dr. Paul at NPR’s website here – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113009583

If you are interested in Ron Paul’s newest book End the Fed, you can read reviews or purchase a copy on Amazon.com here – End The Fed

Mutual Responsibility??? Pressident Obama Town Hall Meeting on Credit Card Reform Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Here are the parts I find interesting/unbelievable. You will see why soon.  Here is a link to the full transcript. http://www.koat.com/money/19463436/detail.html

“Millions are working jobs that don’t pay enough to cover the bills. Millions more see increasing portions of their income going towards paying down debt. They’re Americans struggling to cope with the rising cost of putting things like their mortgage, their tuition, their medical bills — even their food and gas bills — on their credit cards, because they feel like they’re going underwater. But they’re quickly finding out that they can’t dig their way out of debt because of unfair practices.”

“You should not have to worry that when you sign up for a credit card, you’re signing away all your rights. You shouldn’t need a magnifying glass or a law degree to read the fine print that sometimes don’t even appear to be written in English — or Spanish. (Applause.)”

“it’s time for reform that’s built on transparency and accountability and mutual responsibility — values fundamental to the new foundation we seek to build for our economy.”

Mutual Responsibility!?… New Foundation!?… doesn’t sound promising.

“Banks are a business, too, and so they have a right to insist that timely payments are made. But what we also expect is that our institutions act with the same sense of responsibility that the American people aspire to in their own lives. We expect that when we enter into an agreement, that agreement is reasonable and transparent. We expect to pay what’s fair, not just what fattens growing profits for some credit card company. This is America, and we don’t begrudge a company’s success when that success is based on honest dealings with consumers. But some of these dealings are not honest. (Applause.) That’s why we need reform.”

he expects to pay what’s fair………… I really do hate that word….  How does the government determine what is fair for a private company to charge a customer for a product or service?

“And we’ll require firms to offer at least one simple, straightforward card that offers the strongest protections along with the plainest terms and prices.”

What!?

“but we can’t tolerate profits that depend on misleading working families…We can’t prosper by putting off hard choices, or by protecting the profits of the few at the expense of the middle class. ”

Um, shouldn’t the focus be on the practices that are unethical “so called” not the PROFITS?  Oh wait,  but Obama’s not Marxist so we have to just let this slide.

“…we’ve got to control costs across the system, because if we simply insured everybody under the current system, we couldn’t afford it — we’d go broke….And the federal government — Medicare and Medicaid — is going broke… Listen, by far the biggest contributor to our national debt and our annual deficit is the costs of Medicare and Medicaid…And so we’ve got to drive down costs.”

Drive down costs, or limit and ration care?

“We have historically a tradition of employer-based health care.”

No we don’t… that system was forced on companies by the government…

“I’m confident that both the House and the Senate are going to produce a bill before the August recess. And it may not have everything I want in there or everything you want in there, but it will be a vast improvement over what we currently have.We’ll then have to reconcile the two bills, but I’m confident that we are going to get health care reform this year and start putting us on a path that’s sustainable over the long term.”

I may have missed this, but why the rush on such a major overhaul?

“Now, I’m a strong believer in the free market, but I think that when it comes to health care, the free market only takes you so far. If your child is sick and you don’t have health insurance, in a country this wealthy, we should be able to make sure that your child is cared for. (Applause.)”

“But the long-term deficit and debt that we have accumulated is unsustainable. We can’t keep on just borrowing from China, or borrowing from other countries — (applause) — because part of it is, we have to pay for — we have to pay interest on that debt. And that means that we’re mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt, but what’s also true is that at some point they’re just going to get tired of buying our debt. And when that happens, we will really have to raise interest rates to be able to borrow, and that will raise interest rates for everybody — on your auto loan, on your mortgage, on — so it will have a dampening effect on the economy.”

When did Obama become a Ron Paul Fan?……
That’s all the Obama I can stand for one day.

sometimes doing the right thing hurts

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. -Thomas Jefferson

U.S. Economy

This video is about America’s current “crisis” and what Ron Paul and Peter Schiff have had to say about it

I’ve been involved in Campaign for Liberty for about two months now. I would never have believed what is going on if I had not researched it for myself. I urge anyone who’s interest has been piqued by this video, to do some digging. I recommend reading Ron Pauls book “The Revolution”. You can also find hours of material on http://www.Campaignforliberty.com. Take a look at the blog on the homepage, and the reading suggestions under the education portion of the page. I could spend hours just watching youtube videos about different topics. Search Money as Debt. It’s a 5 part video series about how money is created and the Federal Reserve. It will make your jaw drop. And then you’ll ask, why doesn’t everyone know this. Simply because they are watching t.v. and haven’t taken the time to learn. Only you can make yourself more knowledgeable. The best time is now.

Welcome to the Orange County Republican Executive Committee

If you haven’t seen this yet, take a look at the Orlando Sentinel’s blog post about the committee meeting last night.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2008/12/orange-gop-chie.html?cid=142079946#comment-142079946

Orange County GOP chairman Lew Oliver held on to his party post by one vote, with the election ending 122-121 Monday night.

“My new nick name is Landslide Lew,” Oliver joked afterward.

The longtime chairman faced a challenge from Deon Long, who was backed by coalition of disaffected Republicans, namely those who supported U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s failed presidential bid.

One member of the opposing coalition, political consultant Doug Guetzloe, said the result is being contested because two executive committee members voted “present,” denying a majority vote.

“There should have been a run-off but Oliver simply declared himself the winner over our protests,” Guetzloe said in an email. “We will contest the vote in the courts or call for a new vote in a special meeting.”

Long, who backed Mitt Romney in the primary, derided the fact that Oliver presided over years of Democrats vastly outpacing Republicans in registering new party members. Long said Oliver also went too far in pushing party leaders to sign loyalty oaths. Oliver said he had to do it, and it wasn’t his rule.

Oliver blamed an East-West Expressway car crash and conflicting schedules for about 40 or 50 no-shows among his supporters, especially in the northwest and Apopka area.

Oliver had said weeks ago that he would win comfortably, but the final tally was a practical dead heat.

“I’ve got to give them credit, they got their people there,” Oliver said.

Oliver said the vote signaled that he should reach out to those disaffected leaders who didn’t support him, but “I am not going to cater to the more radical wing of the Ron Paul faction.”

Oliver termed many of that group as “kooks” and as “flat traitors” who did little work for local GOP candidates. He said that was the most prolific voting bloc who voted against him.

“But anybody who wants to play team ball, they’re welcome,” Oliver said.