ObamaCare storms the Triangle!

July 25, 2009

Fast on the heels of a NC State 7th Senate District Town Hall meeting to promote ObamaCare, with highly favorable press coverage, now we have President Obama coming to Raleigh on Wednesday to promote ObamaCare.

I do not even know the Raleigh protest permit process, but I am doing everything I can to learn what it is so that I can at least try to attain one.  I doubt, however, that even in the best of circumstances 48 hours is enough turnaround.  However, we are working with all of the notice that WE received, and whether we are able to attain a permit from Raleigh or not in the brief two days we have to do so, and without specifying a time or a place; the people of America and of north Carolina have a clear First Amendment right to demonstrate opposition to President Obama’s healthcare plan when Obama comes into town, short notice or otherwise.

Short notice and no itinerary should not become an excuse for denying Americans their First Amendment guarantee.

Thursday July 23, Henderson North Carolina

Democratic Senator Doug Berger and Democratic Representative Lucy Allen held a Town Hall on Wednesday to rally the North Carolina public in favor of ObamaCare.  Their purpose was to rally citizens to call their congressmen and Senators to support ObamaCare. They stated up front that this was one of the most heavily attened events they had held.  They did not count on the heavy presence of polite opposition.

Friday July 24, Henderson North Carolina

The Henderson Daily Dispatch, Henderson’s paper of record, ran an article on the ObamaCare Town Hall in Henderson, and had extraordinarily lopsided coverage, as though the article were written by the producers of the event.  I copied excerpts of their story below, and my responding letter to their editor (not yet sent).  I do wonder if the press in every county touched by Doug Berger and Lucy Allen might want to hear about this?

Meeting promotes healthcare option – Crowd urged to contact representatives in support of Obama’s plan

By AL WHELESS
Jul 24, 2009

Local State Democratic legislators and area residents spoke Thursday night at a 7th Senatorial District Town Hall meeting in Henderson.

The session promoted President Barack Obama’s proposed public healthcare option that is being debated in Congress.
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Berger wanted to hear “how we can effectively advocate for (the) U.S. Congress to expand health care coverage.”

The coalition that Searing has led since 1997 advocates health care reforms that address the needs of the uninsured and the under-insured.

It seeks more comprehensive and effective public health care programs on behalf of average consumers in the private market.
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Health care costs are out of control, he said. “They have doubled in the last 10 years, and are expected to do the same without change over the next 10.”

Searing encouraged people to call their representatives in Congress toll free at 1-800- 828-0498 and ask them to support health reform.

© 2009 by henderson.southernheadlines.com. All rights reserved.

Friday July 24, Henderson North Carolina

News is broken by ABC 11 and followed by the N&O that President Obama is coming into Raleigh on Wednesday, July 29th, to promote ObamaCare.  Times and locations have not been announced.  Glen Bradley seeks Raleigh protest permit process to demonstrate opposition to ObamaCare

Saturday July 25, Henderson North Carolina

MY RESPONSE:

To the Editor, Henderson Daily Dispatch

Regards,

On Jul 24, 2009, Al Wheless of the Henderson Daily Dispatch published the following: “Meeting promotes healthcare option — Crowd urged to contact representatives in support of Obama’s plan”

A citizen responds:

I am writing in response to the Al Wheless coverage of the public healthcare Town Hall in Henderson, NC.

I notice your reporter’s article didn’t cover that there was a significant presence of opposition: the home health care groups were there on account of Senator Berger, and the conservatives were there to oppose nationalized healthcare.  It should be relevant that the entire Q&A period provided was dominated by opposition, and that 1/3 of the story-time was composed of home healthcare people complaining that their funding had been taken away.  These people simply did not mention Senator Berger’s vote to de-fund them by name, although it was referred to again and again.

Perhaps your reporter did not notice the opposition, because we were all basically polite?  do we have to become rude before we actually get noticed?  Maybe that’s why so many people think conservatives are rude, because that’s the only way we can get press coverage – so that maybe rude conservatives are the only ones you let the people see?  Or perhaps this just escaped Mr Wheless’ rapier observation as a reporter.

I, for one, was sitting next to the Vance County GOP Chairman, who raised a question about the Congress and some government employees being given a superior taxpayer funded health coverage plan beyond and above the inferior taxpayer funded public option; and also I asked Senator Berger and Representative Allen if they would sponsor a North Carolina Healthcare Freedom Act, which would among other things, make it illegal under NC State Law for ANY government bureaucrat to suggest care decisions.

I find the pattern interesting, where the left says “the right does not have a plan, all they do is complain.”  But then here we find in the press, that only our complaints get reported, and never our plans.  So I can certainly understand why people would have this false impression that we have no plan, and I can even empathize with Al Wheless – given that this reporting problem is apparently industry-wide amongst the press.  After all, when in Rome, right?

A reporter, however, should report the news present.  A reporter should not just cherry pick the things they like out of a story when they want to promote a group or event, and a reporter should not just cherry pick the things they hate out of a story in order to demonize a group or an event.  The citizen relies on the press for a straight and unbiased telling and description of events.  When you only report half the story — and especially regarding something as big and important as the President’s healthcare plan — it leads me to question whether I can rely on you for news at all.

Please reassure me that efforts will be made to balance coverage of events like this one going forward.  Thank you so much!

Glen Bradley
Youngsville, NC

[continuing…]


YouTube – Ron Paul 2nd amendment

July 20, 2009

Ron Paul in November of 2007 speaking on the importance of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.  I believe this is critically important as we push into a North Carolina Firearms Freedom Act, and would ask you to review and discuss these positions:

YouTube – Ron Paul 2nd amendment.


Proposed text for 2009 NC FFA

July 15, 2009

2009 North Carolina State Assembly

HOUSE BILL NO. H

INTRODUCED BY

AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM FEDERAL REGULATION UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A FIREARM, A FIREARM ACCESSORY, OR AMMUNITION MANUFACTURED AND RETAINED IN NORTH CAROLINA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA:

Section 1. Short title. [Sections 1 through 6] may be cited as the “North Carolina Firearms Freedom Act”.

Section 2. Declarations of authority. The legislature declares that the authority for [sections 1 through 6] is the following:

(1) The 10th amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution and reserves to the state and people of North Carolina certain powers as they were understood at the time that North Carolina adopted the Constitution in November 1789. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of North Carolina and the United States whereupon North Carolina was the first state to ratify following the inclusion of a Bill of Rights, without which it would not have been adopted, and the violation of said amendments usurps the principles whereupon North Carolina joined the Union on November 21, 1789.

(2) The ninth amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the people rights not granted in the constitution and reserves to the people of North Carolina certain rights as they were understood at the time that North Carolina adopted the Constitution in 1789. The guaranty of those rights is a matter of contract between the state and people of North Carolina and the United States as of the time that the Constitution of the United States was agreed upon and adopted by North Carolina in 1789.

(3) The regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the 9th and 10th amendments to the United States constitution, particularly if not expressly preempted by federal law. Congress has not expressly preempted state regulation of intrastate commerce pertaining to the manufacture on an intrastate basis of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition.

(4) The second amendment to the United States constitution reserves to the people the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that North Carolina ratified the Constitution in 1789, and the guaranty of the right is a matter of contract between the state and people of North Carolina and the United States as of the time that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights was agreed upon and adopted by North Carolina in 1789.

(5) Article I, section 30, of the North Carolina Constitution and Declaration of Rights clearly secures to North Carolina citizens, and prohibits government interference with, the right of individual North Carolina citizens to keep and bear arms. To wit, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”  This constitutional protection is unchanged from the original North Carolina constitution, which was approved by congress and the people of North Carolina, and the right exists as it was understood at the time that the Constitution of the United States was agreed upon and ratified by North Carolina in 1789.

(6) The Federalist Papers (specifically Madison #46 and Hamilton #29) as well as the entire history of the ratification of the Second Amendment reveals, that the right to bear arms was primarily intended as the sole means of defense, and as a hedge against the potential tyranny of an overreaching Federal Government.

(7) According to the natural law of logic, a right intentionally enumerated in both the Constitution of the United States and within the North Carolina State Constitution specifically as a hedge against the potential tyranny of an overreaching Federal Government, should not in any way be defined by nor regulated from the very same Federal Government being guarded.

Section 3. Definitions. As used in [sections 1 through 6], the following definitions apply:

(1) “Borders of North Carolina” means the boundaries of North Carolina described in the North Carolina constitution.

(2) “Firearms accessories” means items that are used in conjunction with or mounted upon a firearm but are not essential to the basic function of a firearm, including but not limited to telescopic or laser sights, magazines, flash or sound suppressors, folding or aftermarket stocks and grips, speedloaders, ammunition carriers, and lights for target illumination.

(3) “Generic and insignificant parts” includes but is not limited to springs, screws, nuts, and pins.

(4) “Manufactured” means that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition has been created from basic materials for functional usefulness, including but not limited to forging, casting, machining, or other processes for working materials.

Section 4. Prohibitions. A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in North Carolina and that remains within the borders of North Carolina is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce. This section applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in North Carolina from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state. Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition, and their importation into North Carolina and incorporation into a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in North Carolina does not subject the firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to federal regulation. It is declared by the legislature that basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition under interstate commerce as if they were actually firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition. The authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in North Carolina from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into North Carolina from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in North Carolina.

Section 5. Exceptions. [Section 4] does not apply to:

(1) a firearm that cannot be carried and used by one person;

(2) a firearm that has a bore diameter greater than 1 1/2 inches and that uses smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant; or

(3) ammunition with a projectile that explodes using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile leaves the firearm.

Section 6. Marketing of firearms. A firearm manufactured or sold in North Carolina under [sections 1 through 6] must have the words “Made in North Carolina” clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.

Section 7. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 through 6] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 30, and the provisions of Title 30 apply to [sections 1 through 6].

Section 8. Applicability. [This act] applies to firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition that are manufactured, as defined in [section 3], and retained in North Carolina after January 1, 2010.


New York Post: Obama Czar Will “Gag the Internet”

July 13, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, it has come to this.

GAG THE INTERNET! – New York Post.

Behind every new tragedy is another rushed vote.  When you see the next celebrity explosion, watch for Congress to tax yet another progressive generation.  Like a Swiss clock they are sometimes.

This Month:

We do have some key legislation in Washington right now.  and a call for action on Tuesday.

But I am very concerned about the concept of policing speech on the Internet.  Even if their intent were purely benign, the tools and structure that this “official monitoring” will create will be impossible to undo.  If, finally, the USA PATRIOT Act was a bad idea, then this one is an order of magnitude worse.

This Week:

HR1966 – in the House. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Act with the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act amended.

S909 – in the Senate. Please, I am a broken record, please contact your Reps and Senators and tell them to stop performing hate crimes against America and her citizens – vote NO on HR1966 and S909

Tuesday, 14 July:

Do please participate in Bastille Tuesday with everybody you know! AUDIT THE FED!!

Break HR1207 out of jail! Storm the Congressional Bastille!  Give your opinion to Frank & Pelosi now!


Bastille Day: RELEASE HR1207 NOW!

July 11, 2009

HR1207 – Audit the Fed is stuck in committee, and requires the actions of Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi to get it out of committee and to come to the floor for a vote.

As of Saturday, July 11th 2008, HR1207 has 260 cosponsors, in a House of 435, which gives, of course a majority of 0nly 218 required to pass.  We also now hold, in cosponsors, the majority of the budget committee chaired by Barney Franks, but it’s not being brought to a vote.  There is no question that the bill will pass if brought to the floor.  Barny Franks and Nancy Pelosi are actively blocking it.

As desperately as we need to stop everything else they are doing, we need even more to make them bring up and pass HR1207.

The Federal Reserve is the entity at the root of all of this billionaire influence in Washington.  If we perform a full audit of it, then the American People will overwhelmingly reject it, and the special interest lobbies will lose massive tons of influence.

We need to overwhelm Nancy Pelosi and Barney Franks with communications demanding the release of HR1207 now.  That means telephone calls, e-mails, faxes, and snail-mail letters.

That means connected people scheduling appointments to discuss the issue.

The companion bill, S604 is building momentum in the Senate even before HR1207 is voted on.  Even with all the horrors of Cap and Trade, Bailouts and Stimuli, and S909 giving the DHS the power to cyberbully anti-progressives on the internet…

Even with all this horrible stuff going on, I believe that HR1207 & S604 Audit The Fed is the single most important piece of legislation up, and if brought up today it will pass overwhelmingly, but a very small number of Dem extremists are blocking it’s consideration on the floor.

WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING NOW!

“Every one make one.”  Everyone who wants to see HR1207 brought to the House floor, flood their every inbox with your opinion, once.  One vote per person, and with 10,000 people demanding that HR1207 be brought to a vote, it will be spectacular.

Monday July 13, through Tuesday, July 14 for 48 hours.  One vote per 24-hour day.  Target Tuesday the 14th and call it Bastille Day (because it is!) and storm the DC Congressional Bastille, with demands to release HR1207 for a vote.

Contact Info: #Release HR1207 NOW!

On Monday the 13th, and then again especially on Tuesday the 14th, everyone who is passionate to bring HR1207 onto the floor for a vote, do please contact Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi.  That way it will build from a smaller Monday into a huge Tuesday as more people get involved.  #Release HR1207 Now!

  • Telephone:

    • Nancy Pelosi # (202) 225-0100
    • Barney Frank # (202) 225-5931
  • Fax:

    • Nancy Pelosi # (202) 225-4188
    • Barney Frank # 202-225-0182
  • E-mail:

  • New Media:

    • Nancy Pelosi on: Twitter @NancyPelosi
    • Barney Frank
  • Postal Mail:

    • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

      United States House of Representatives
      235 Cannon House Office Building
      Washington, D.C. 20515-0508

    • The Honorable Barney Frank

    • United States House of Representatives
      235 Cannon House Office Building
      Washington, D.C. 20515-0508

Key Legislation

July 10, 2009

The United States is currently undergoing catastrophic socialistic acceleration.  The government is becoming more ‘social.’  They are trading insurance funds, and capping corporate executive pay.  The ‘fascis’ power hunger is also evident in outright purchase of GM and the dictation of fiat reallocation of stock holding to favor the union lobby.

These bills are coming at a nightmare pace today, and I offer a look at some current key legislation:

Key Legislation In Washington

House: HR1207 Senate: S604 Federal Reserve Sunshine Act

Audit The Federal Reserve Bank

10 JULY 2009 BREAKING – NC SENATOR RICHARD BURR (R) BECOMES 8th COSPONSOR Thank you!

7 JULY Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina introduced S604 as an amendment to the Senate Appropriations Bill, and was blocked by a Democrat Senator.

The Democrats don’t want a vote on Audit the Fed because they are afraid a “no” vote against public sentiment will mark the Democrats badly for special interests in coming elections.

But Audit The Fed had been a relentless grind though the House for 30 years, and a majority is being blocked on both ends by parliamentary procedure.

House: HR2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Cap And Trade

The bill has passed in the House, has been introduced into the Senate, and does not have a Senate tracking number available yet.

Responding to overwhelming public pressure to not shotgun this through the Senate like they did in the House, a vote on Cap & Trade has been officially put off until September.  Watch for Dem Senators maybe raising the bill early if they see an opening.

Cap & Trade is a value added tax (VAT Tax) on energy according to the value of your carbon footprint, which will be traded on a commodities market that hasn’t really been worked out yet.  The House passed the bill with a blank “place-holder” in place to devise the carbon commodities market AFTER passage.

House: HR1966 Senate: S909 The Mathew Sheppard Hate Crimes Act

–> Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Amendment

This bill, S909 has passed as HR1966 in the House.  Especially worrying is a provision in the cyberbullying bill that would make anybody who offends someone online subject to two years in prison plus fines.

Additionally, the bill revokes Double Jeopardy, specifically in cases where if the Fed does not think you were punished enough for Hate Crimes, they will wait until you get out of State Prison and then re-try and re-punish you for the same crime again.

As these things go, once you violate the 5th Amendment a little, you will eventually violate it a lot.  Next, it will be terrorists who don’t get the double jeopardy protection, and already the Department of Homeland Security is identifying Conservatives, as potential terrorists.

ObamaCare: National Socialized Medicine

–> It’s an Obama nation!

The Obama administration’s nationalized healthcare omnibus is expected, and may be only days away from a vote in the House.  We don’t even have a House Number for it yet.  😎

What makes this bill an abomination of Obama’s Nation is the fact that once again the largest expense in American History may be once again passed before America even gets to look at it.  Another 3AM printing.  We do not have any House bill index number to refer to, so until I have a better option (hint Mrs Pelosi: it starts with ‘HR##” I am forced to refer to this policy as #ObamaCare

You would think by now we would have learned better than to attack just the outer leaves of the bush.  The American failure in healthcare, is that too much goes to middlemen.  Patients pay too much, and doctors get too little.  There is an entire “middle industry” that is the wealthiest bubble in the world, absorbing all of these revenues in the guise of health.

Why are these middleman monsters eating all of our health costs?  Because government has regulated away all of their competition, favored their lobbyists and made it impossible for Joe the Health-Happy guy to set up local accounts in good consciences.

One-To-One Dr to patient care is less expensive /and/ more profitable than our existing system.  And #ObamaCare wants to take us dramatically further away from the right course, by inserting “The US Government” as yet another middleman in the already overextended health bubble.

Don’t let a Federal Cop stand between you and your doctor.  Vote no on #ObamaCare.  Please, speak out!  We can stop this!

  • Senator Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154
  • Senator Kay Hagan: (202) 224-6342
  • Representative Bob Etheridge: (202) 225-4531
  • White House Switchboard: (202) 456-1414

Beware S909 & HR1966 Hate Speech

July 9, 2009

The Matthew Sheppard Hate Crimes Bill just got an amendment: the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act.  This bill will be easily construed to provide prison sentences for people who offend others online.

Judge Andrew Napolitano breaks it all down in Fox FreedomWatch at the Strategy Desk

Part 1 of 6 Continuous play-list available here:

07/01/2009 Freedom Watch 21 w/ Ron Paul, John McManus, David Bruckner, Mary Ruwart, Jim Babka.