Thank God it’s Monday! Why? Because now all the news that was hidden over the weekend becomes visible. It used to be, when the government, politicians, or celebs, wanted to put a low profile on something, they’d release it late on Friday after all the print media had passed their deadlines. Now, with electronic media, Drudge for example, late Friday no longer works. No, now they wait until late Saturday…and all those low-keyed items surface on Monday morning.
We have a local example hitting the headlines this morning. A democrat state representative from Kansas City was arrested by the Highway Patrol in Boone County over the weekend. During a stop, the Patrol found marijuana and paraphernalia in his car.
We shouldn’t be upset about this. After all, the law doesn’t apply to democrat politicians.
August 26, 2013 / by Collin Reischman, Lead Reporter / 0 Comment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, who chairs the House Democrat Victory Committee overseeing House races throughout the state, told The Missouri Times this morning that he will be stepping aside as chairman of the HDVC.
LaFaver was arrested Sunday in connection with a failure to appear in court warrant in relation to an expired license plate. He was then found with a small amount of marijuana as well as marijuana paraphernalia. He is currently out on a $310 bond.
LaFaver will be stepping aside, not stepping down permanently, sources close to the matter told The Missouri Times.
Perhaps LaFaver thought that since MJ was legal in California and Colorado, it was legal, for him, here in Missouri. I believe that thought has been corrected.
Missourians really should inspect their political candidates more closely. LaFaver’s qualifications were…that he was a “Child Advocate”, whatever that means. Regardless, his background didn’t include anything about the law nor common sense.
Mrs. Crucis and I attended the Cass County Young Republican’s BBQ and Fund Raiser Saturday night. It was a success. They raised more money this year than last year in the runup to the elections. Carl Bearden, Executive Director of United for Missouri, State Senator Ed Emery and U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) were the featured speakers.
While I listened to the speakers, I thought of all the people across the country who are ignorant of the events that is driving this nation to destruction. They say they dislike politics. Many feel they have no power to affect change, so why bother?
I can understand those feelings. Some days, the antics of politicians enrage me and I have to step aside for awhile. But, I cannot abdicate my duty. The political world will not ignore me. I cannot remain ignorant, disaffected and inactive.
One day, those who have ignored the political scene will realize they are no longer citizens of a free country. While they dozed, ignoring politics, the nation slowly changed from liberty to tyranny. When they awake, they have no idea what happened.
The sad truth is that THEY happened. They abdicated their duties as citizens and thusly aided the tyranny in government, local, state and federal. People can ignore politics. Unfortunately, politics will not ignore them.
I can across the following article in my morning inbox. I don’t agree with all of it, especially the verbal attack on Sarah Palin, but within the article is a nugget of truth. A very large nugget.
There are some giggles in the article, parts will make you angry. The last few paragraphs are truth.
By Joseph Curl, Sunday, August 25, 2013
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party will explode. When the smoke clears, there will be four (four!) new parties.
First, there will still be the Republican Party, sort of, but it will change its name to the GOPPPP (Grand Old Party Of Perennial Pathetic Putzes). The new name, though, won’t change the fact that the party has failed to win a majority of America’s voters in five of the past six elections or that it keeps running candidates even its own members don’t like!
It’s top contenders? Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; Gov. Rick Perry of Texas; maybe that guy who governs Wisconsin. You know, the polished politicos who say all the right things to get Republicans to like them, but who then go on to get slaughtered in the general election. Those guys.
Then, there’ll be a new super-combo-hybrid party joining the old GOP with the Democratic Party. No, not Republicrat — Demoblican. In this new abomination, there aren’t even Republicans-In-Name-Only — there aren’t even Republicans! There are just the truly enlightened public servants, here to serve us because they — and they alone — have been given The Gift from on high.
It’s sole contender? Gov. Chris Christie. Sure, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will tease a Demoblican run, but in an epiphany, he’ll remember that his last name is Bush and disappear forever. That, of course, will leave the portly New Jersey pol alone, but don’t worry, he’ll debate himself endlessly, move right, then left, like John F. Kerry windsurfing, until no one has any idea which way he’s going. And then he’ll disappear forever, too.
Meanwhile, out of the ashes, rising like a Phoenix, will be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, ruler of (you guessed it) the Phoenix Party. She will rally her millions of minions with a wave of her tawny tan hand and her powerful ShePAC will haul in $100 million in nine seconds. But then, even before New Hampshire or Iowa, the slog that is a presidential campaign will hit her and she’ll remember she’d rather be poolside in Phoenix (or more precisely, Scottsdale). And remember, one thing the former governor does really well is quit.
Last, there will be the new Constitution Party. And this one, unlike the others, will be real. The two combatants: Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, heavyweights both. The two men can flat-out talk: The Kentucky senator held court (and his bladder) for some 13 hours on the Senate floor, and the Harvardy senator has won just about every debating contest ever held in English (and Spanglish).
They’ll battle through 2015, then across the country in 2016. The eventual winner? Both of them. One will win the nomination, and pick the other as his running mate. End of the GOP — and good day to you, Constitution Party.
This scenario most likely won’t come true. But the Republican Party — and the country — would be far better off if it did.
More and more, conservative, core ‘Pubs are ready to move to Curl’s Constitution Party.
When states violate and ignore the 1st Amendment, i.e., the “free expression” of religious beliefs…
State supreme court tramples Christian beliefs
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Monday, August 26, 2013
Cherished American values are under attack in New Mexico, where the state Supreme Court there ruled Thursday that a group of activists should be free to bully business owners into violating their religious beliefs.
All five of the court’s justices told Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Albuquerque, that she had no choice but to provide wedding photography services for the “commitment ceremony” of any homosexual couple that asks.
They ruled that Mrs. Huguenin had run afoul of the law when she turned away a lesbian couple, forcing them to look elsewhere to find someone to snap some photos. Matters should have ended when the couple found a willing photographer, but we live in a society and culture accustomed to seeking judicial redress for the most minor of inconvenience. Here the aggrieved customer, to whom no actual damage was done, filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission accusing Elane Photography of discrimination based on “sexual orientation.”
The complainant wasn’t seeking a job at Elane Photography. She wanted to buy a particular service, and the seller declined. Such proposed transactions are refused thousands of times daily for a variety of reasons: a provider may have a scheduling conflict or the price offered may be too low. Often, the “Gosh, I’d love to, but I’m all booked up” excuse is offered as a polite way of saying a firm would just rather not accept that assignment.
It makes sense for a business to sell as much of its products or services to as many people as want them, but if a baker decides, for example, to sell only 12 loaves of rye bread a day, that’s his choice. There’s no need for the government to step in and dictate the terms of sale.
Important issues of religious freedom can be at stake when bureaucrats intervene in the marketplace. A kosher butcher should not be required by the state to handle and sell pork products because one customer has a craving for bacon. A Hindu grocer, professing vegetarianism, shouldn’t have government come in and decree he must sell steaks and chicken to committed carnivores.
In his concurring opinion, Justice Richard C. Bosson peddled his judicial activism as an act of compassion and the price of citizenship. “At its heart,” he wrote, “this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others.”
Mrs. Huguenin’s attorney, Jordan Lorence with the Alliance Defending Freedom, found the court’s reasoning to be dangerous. “The idea that free people can be compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives as the ‘price of citizenship’ is a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom,” he said after the verdict. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom.”
An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is needed to overturn this misguided ruling and restore the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion. Compromise and tolerance shouldn’t apply exclusively to customers whose sole gripe is a momentary rebuff. Activist groups shouldn’t be able to impose their views on the rest of society simply because they’re able to come up with the noisiest protests and most determined lawsuits. Judges must not lose sight of the moral and religious views of business owners. That, too, is the price of citizenship in a free society.
Today’s post is getting long. Instead of posting another article, I’ll just provide a link to it.
When Mark Levin published his latest book, The Liberty Amendments, he released a firestorm. His book is an outline how to restore the Constitution, to add amendments that will constraint government and keep it “small and lean.”
Go and read it. It’s an idea whose time has come.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has taken Levin’s book and is running with it.