by John Allison III, editor
…but Democrats are promising more.
The following is part of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
Tomorrow, it appears the US House of Representatives will vote for President Obama’s government takeover of the US health care system, not only without consent, but AGAINST THE WILL of the governed!
This planned redistribution of wealth is destructive to Americans’ pursuit of happiness by punishing the successful to reward the unsuccessful. The expansion of government power to mandate the purchase of health insurance will destroy Americans’ liberty to choose what type of health insurance to purchase, or not to purchase it at all. And in the end, as evidenced by those foreign nationals who leave their countries with nationalized health care to have their conditions treated here, Americans’ right to life will be sacrificed as wait times are increased for receiving life saving treatments and patients die as a result.
Tomorrow’s vote, if the Democrats succeed will mark the day our government became “destructive to these ends.” Our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will have all been denied by a narcissistic demagogue whose personal mission more and more seems to be the destruction of the American way of life.
While I am not yet ready to proclaim the past 14 months constitute the “long train of abuses and usurpations” that demands we “throw off such government,” we are certainly moving in that direction. The lavish spending, government seizure of private industry, and complete abandonment of representation of the electorate indeed constitute abuses and usurpations evincing a design to reduce us under the “absolute despotism” of the Democrat Party leadership.
Nancy Pelosi has promised even more changes to the health care system after she “kicks through this door,” or gets this first health care bill to pass. The American people have jammed the phone lines on Capitol Hill, assailed their Congressmen at town hall meetings, and participated in record breaking protests to unequivocally communicate their opposition to the Obama/Democrat agenda. That opposition didn’t begin with the health care debate, it began with Obama’s earliest initiatives.
The American people have stood together to oppose TARP, the auto industry bailouts, cap & trade, cash-for-clunkers, record deficits, bloated budgets, unprecedented levels of national debt, and Obamacare. The entire Obama agenda has been opposed, and that opposition has been ignored time and again. “The consent of the governed” isn’t even a consideration of this administration, or its enforcers in the US House and Senate.
For fourteen months our unalienable rights have been ignored and usurped, with Democrat promises of more to come. Fourteen months is not yet long enough to constitute the “long train” that will demand we take more drastic action.
Not yet, but they’re promising more.
Democrats in our Congressional delegation have overwhelmingly voted to support nearly every plank in President Obama’s platform that failed to stimulate the economy, failed to create jobs, and failed to take a strong stand against our terrorist enemies around the globe.
Two of those Democrats, Vic Snyder and Marion Berry, realized they’d followed President Obama too far down his Socialist path and have already chosen not to run for reelection. But Blanche Lincoln and Mike Ross believe they can use their millions in out-of-state cash to convince voters to ignore their votes for Obama’s Socialist agenda.
Other Democrats are stepping into the voids left by the Snyder and Berry announcements. These will claim to be different than those they hope to replace, but we’ve seen how effectively Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid bend Democrats to their will.
We need clear alternatives, candidates who will go to Washington and represent us. Candidates who will challenge the establishment and stand up for what’s right.
The problem is that Washington, DC establishment Republicans also failed to uphold Arkansas’ conservative values when they had the opportunity.
That’s why we need real change in 2010; ordinary men and women who will go Washington and take the extraordinary step of challenging the status quo, men and women who understand their job is to uphold the US Constitution and make the country a better place for our sons, daughters, and grandchildren.
Since both parties have dropped the ball recently, some are tempted to support independent or third party candidates. But history shows us these candidates have almost no chance to win. This year, they are more likely to split the conservative vote and guarantee at least two more years of the Obama Hell that we’ve suffered these past months.
Fortunately, we have an opportunity to accomplish our goals. But it will take a concerted effort on the part of conservative voters across the state.
Historically, participation in Arkansas’ Republican primary has been extremely light.
In 2004, only 54,000 of Arkansas’ 3 million residents voted in the GOP primary. More importantly, fully 41% of those reside in three counties. Eight of Arkansas’ 75 counties supplied over 67% of voters in the 2004 GOP Senate primary. This resulted in voters from a handful of counties actually selecting the GOP nominee.
If the same pattern holds this year, voters in 67 Arkansas counties will have virtually no say in who will run on the Republican ticket. If we hope to nominate a conservative candidate who can win statewide, we need that candidate to be chosen by voters statewide.
If we again allow only 8 counties to choose the GOP nominee, Arkansas will likely send another crop of Obama-Pelosi-Reid lap dogs back to Washington to continue on the path of destroying our country.
The Republican Party is counting on the Tea Party energy and emotion to deliver in the fall for whatever candidate wins the GOP nomination in May. But they may well be counting their chickens before they hatch.
Most Tea Party activists aren’t looking for Republican candidates to support, they’re looking for conservatives. And not just Republican candidates who say they’re conservative during the campaign. These disgruntled voters have had enough of experienced politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail but go to DC and play the game.
2010 could be an historic year for the Republican Party of Arkansas. There are more candidates running as Republicans than we’ve ever seen. The US Senate race alone has 9 declared candidates even though the GOP couldn’t field an opponent to run against Mark Pryor in 2008.
But not all of these candidates will satisfy the Tea Party activists’ hunger for honesty, integrity, and responsibility in their candidate of choice this year. In races across the state; veterans, small business owners, and other non-politicians stood up last spring and said “I’ll stand up for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and accountability against the Obama-Pelosi-Reid lap dogs” –before establishment Republicans realized Berry, Snyder, and Lincoln were vulnerable.
Over the last few weeks we’ve had several professional politicians and other Washington insiders jumping in these races, attending out-of-state fundraisers and claiming they’re the best candidates because they’re “electable.” Our question to them is, “Where were you when Tea Partiers and Town Hall attendees were challenging these once powerful politicians last year?” These are the candidates who will turn off Tea Party voters.
If we hope to elect “real people” who will represent Tea Party activists at the state and federal level, we need voters statewide to participate in the GOP primary. We need GOP nominees who voters in every county can support and we’ll only achieve that if voters in every county take part in their nomination.
If you agree with the 60% of Arkansans who want to stop the Obama-Pelosi-Reid train to Socialize the American economy, encourage your friends and family to vote in the GOP primary on May 18.
Help us nominate real conservatives who will represent Arkansas values in all levels of government.