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So, this is how Liberty dies – with thunderous applause.

From South Florida 9-12:

My husband Doug wrote this and I wanted to share…

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“…and whether I have EARNED your vote or not: I have heard you. I have *LISTENED* to you…”

“I have never been more HOPEFUL, about America…”

“We are not as divided as the pundits would suggest…”

“We are, and forever SHALL BE, the United States of America!!!!”

Ladies & gentlemen, fellow Americans – the President of the United States: BARACK OBAMA.

*FOUR MORE YEARS.*

I have sat quietly stunned for over an hour, trying to accept the meaning of this democratic moment. I can only think of Senator Padme Amidala’s pained (if prescient) observation, in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith”, after Palpatine declares himself “Emperor” over the (former) Republic…

SO, THIS IS HOW LIBERTY DIES – WITH THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE.

 

 

689 Reasons to Defeat Barack Obama

From National Review:

1. Because he was not the one we were waiting for.

2. “Forward.”

3. Because Julia needs to get off her lazy, federally subsidized butt, get a real job, and pay for her own damned birth-control pills.

4. Because lots of people fail at their first real job.

5. Because “Winning the Future” was not a very good slogan back in 2005 when it was Newt’s.

6. Because the country is ready for its first African-American former president.

7. To give him the free time to write his third memoir.

8. Because he’ll have even more “flexibility” after November if he’s back in Chicago.

9. Joe Biden.

Read the rest at National Review.

An empty Obama chair on the cover of The New Yorker smells like … victory

From Legal Insurrection:

How brilliant is Clint Eastwood?

His empty chair performance captured the essense of The One so effectively that even liberals now have the image in their heads. Do not talk about the empty chair in the White House!

I love the sight of The New Yorker running an image on its cover of an empty chair as a stand in for Obama … it smells like … victory:

John Bolton: America’s Next Secretary of State?

From Big Peace:

“Radical Islam is a severe threat against America that is growing and the White House doesn’t seem to recognize or understand it because it doesn’t fit with their narrative of the Arab Spring. It is for either ideological reasons or for political reasons but either way the White House doesn’t appear to understand the dangers”, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told me recently.

Bolton is also a foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign.

“I’m real concerned because Muslims worldwide understand the dangers of radicalism more than the White House does”, Bolton said. “Al Qaeda remains a very dangerous threat. You have a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt with Mohammed Morsi. Remember in 1981 Anwar Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood. You have a 14 year old girl who was just shot and nearly killed by the Taliban…Radical Islamists and world leaders from Russia to China, North Korea and Iran have sized up President Obama as a weak and ineffective President.”

On the matter of Iran Bolton is convinced that despite tough public warnings and rhetoric the Obama administration–if reelected–will never support a military attack to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“Obama will never use military force on Iran. The Israelis know that and the Iranians know it too…The Israelis can destroy key aspects on their own (Iranian nuclear facilities) of what we know is there right now. Though it stretches the outer limits of Israel’s abilities, again, based only upon what it is that we know is there now.”

When asked about the significance of “outing” the now imprisoned Pakistani dentist who helped locate bin Laden–a devastating story all but forgotten by the mainstream media–Bolton said:

“It sends a signal to our allies that you pay a high price if you come to the aid of the United States. But it also is part of a troubling trend of national security leaks by this administration. They seem more concerned about spiking the ball than they do about keeping from putting our national security at risk.”

Since I routinely receive email from readers and listeners advocating John Bolton for Secretary of State, I asked him about his interest in that position should Mitt Romney get elected. He never ruled out the possibility:

“Look I’m flattered by such suggestions but first and foremost we need to get a Republican elected to the White House before we can ever consider engaging in such conversation.As my former boss James Baker used to say, ‘keep your eye on the prize.’ Right now everything is predicated on getting Mitt Romney elected.”

Churches Challenge IRS: Ban on Discussing Politics Unconstitutional

From Big Government:

Oct. 7 was Pulpit Freedom Sunday, when thousands of pastors organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom(ADF) discuss the upcoming election and endorse political candidates.

Doubtless many of you are thinking to yourself, “That’s illegal—churches can’t endorse candidates.” You are correct that such endorsements violate a federal statute. However, that statute is almost certainly unconstitutional.

Lyndon B. Johnson was an extreme liberal, both as a U.S. senator and later as president. Through legislation, executive action, and judicial appointments, LBJ ranks just shy of Barack Obama in how far to the left he pushed the United States.

When serving in the Senate on July 2, 1954, Johnson pushed through the Johnson Amendment on the Senate floor without any committee hearings or discussion, making it illegal for nonprofit tax-deductible entities to speak in any manner intended to influence an election.

As ADF—a Christian legal organization that fights for the unborn, marriage, parental rights, and religious liberty—explains at its Pulpit Freedom website, this broke almost 200 years of practice where American pastors could freely speak on their understanding of how biblical principles applied to major issues facing the country, and which candidates for office those pastors believed did a better job of adhering to Christian principles in their proposed government actions. Video messages from leaders such as Pastor Jim Garlow and ADF’s lead lawyer on this project, Erik Stanley, walk visitors through the history of this issue and the specifics of ADF’s plan to combat this silencing of churches.

The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution protects the ability of churches—including pastors and lay Christians—and adherents of other faiths—to freely live out their faith through participating in the political process. And the Supreme Court has made it clear for more than a century—most recently in 2010 in Citizens United v. FEC, that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment guarantees that citizens can speak as freely through a corporate entity (such as a church) as they can individually about political and social issues.

So now over 1,000 churches are challenging the Internal Revenue Service, by recording their political sermons on Oct. 7’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday, and sending them to the IRS with a declaration that they believe the Johnson Amendment is unconstitutional, and inviting the IRS to try to penalize them so that these churches can take the matter to court.

This is a fascinating form of civil disobedience. Although churches are quick to obey the biblical command in Romans 13:1 (among many other verses) to submit to authority, these pastors also understand that in this country the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and that any federal statute violating the Constitution is not the law and lacks any authority.

The goal of Pulpit Freedom Sunday is to provoke the IRS into taking the matter to court, where either at the outset or later on appeal, the Johnson Amendment will very likely be struck down in what would be a historic case—or so many churches would openly defy the Johnson Amendment that houses of worship nationwide would come to realize that there is no real threat of being penalized for speaking out on applying biblical principles to choosing our nation’s leaders.

The past four years have seen unprecedented attacks on religious liberty, and now churches are starting to wake up to the seriousness of this danger and reclaim their historic role in Western Civilization as being “salt and light” in society to declare truth with boldness and with love. Now the ball is in the Obama administration’s court, and we’ll see how they respond.

Breitbart News legal contributor Ken Klukowski is director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council.


Whitley County Patriots SEALS Billboard

UPDATE 10/15 — The billboard is being MOVED!  The property owner at the current location has demanded that it be removed, so it’s being placed on a billboard just west of Larwill on US 30.

Whitley County Patriots has purchased a billboard on U.S. Highway 30.

The U.S. Military takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign or domestic, AND THEY DO IT.

Legally registered voters must exercise their rights at the ballot box in a non-violent way to elect politicians who protect the U. S. Constitution from within our borders.

Our goal as Whitley County Patriots is to EDUCATE voters about politicians’ platforms, COMMUNICATE the issues, and to ELIMINATE APATHY by getting people to WAKE UP.

Our Constitutional freedoms are at stake!  VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Joe Biden compares Republicans that disagree with him to ‘squealing pigs’

From TheBlaze:

During a campaign speech in Minnesota on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said that Republicans — including Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — sound like “squealing pigs” when they go against the Obama administration’s agenda, particularly when it comes to imposing stricter banking regulations.

Biden told the audience that Republicans “sound like squealing pigs” when they complain about the regulations, Fox Nation reports.

Biden also made sure to include that Romney is also against heavy banking regulations.

Here’s the video from the event in Minneapolis, Minn.:

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Read the rest at TheBlaze.

‘Our Rights Come From Nature and God, Not Government’: Paul Ryan Channels Philosopher John Locke in Announcement Speech

From TheBlaze:

There was a rare, pure philosophical moment in Rep. Paul Ryan’s running mate announcement speech in Norfolk, Va. Saturday that should not be overlooked. The Wisconsin congressman waxed on the natural contract between government, man and God:

“But America is more than just a place…it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

In a 30-second sound bite media world, rich philosophical rhetoric seldom reaches the podium teleprompter. But Ryan’s speech was a conduit to some of the essential founding principles of the nation. In particular, the comments are a direct conceptual channeling of English philosopher John Locke.

Read the rest at TheBlaze.

Paul Ryan: Risk and Opportunity

From RedState:

So, will Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as VP help or hinder his chances to defeat Obama?  That is the million dollar question Republican pundits and grassroots activists are frantically asking this week.

One serious flaw with much of the post-analysis of any VP selection during a presidential campaign is the singular focus on the pick himself without any regard for the top of the ticket.  All too often, the talking heads lose sight of the fact that the election still hinges upon the top of the ticket, irrespective of how exciting, bold, or banal the VP choice was leading up to the convention.  In this case, it is clear that Paul Ryan is a bold and risky choice (whether he is really as bold of a conservative as the media portrays him or not); however, it will be Romney’s choice as to how he utilizes the pick.  This is still mostly about Mitt Romney, not Paul Ryan.

If Mitt Romney continues to run a flaccid, rudderless campaign that is constantly on defense, the Ryan pick will accentuate his status as a besieged candidate incapable of going on offense.  The Ryan pick will simply supply team Obama with endless fodder to keep Romney in fetal position for the rest of the campaign.

Read the rest at RedState.

Government Will Take Almost Half Your Paycheck in 2013

From The Heritage Foundation:

How high is the marginal tax rate on each additional dollar the average American earns? In other words, if you got a raise of one dollar, how much of that dollar would be taxed away? These rates are already high, and they’re getting higher next year.

A middle-class taxpayer’s income is subject to a 25 percent federal income tax. Then there is the federal Social Security and Medicare payroll tax of 13.3 percent in 2012—5.65 percent of that is removed from the employee’s paycheck, and the remaining 7.65 percent is paid by the employer. (In reality, the employee pays the entire 13.3 percent, because the employer’s portion of the tax does not affect the cost of labor: The employer would pay the employee 7.65 percent more if there were no employer’s portion of the payroll tax.)

So the 25 percent federal income tax plus 13.3 Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes equals 38.3 percent going to federal taxes in 2012.

And then there are state taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, the average state’s income tax rate for the middle-class taxpayer is 4.82 percent, which brings the total to 43.12 percent in federal and state taxes. And it’s going higher, thanks to the nearly $500 billion in tax increases for 2013 that some have called Taxmageddon. In January of next year, the federal income tax rate for middle-class taxpayers is scheduled to rise from 25 percent to 28 percent, and the payroll tax is scheduled to rise from 13.3 percent to 15.3 percent. This drives the marginal tax rate based on the aforementioned three taxes to 48.12 percent. Add in state and local property, corporate, excise, and other state and local taxes, and the percentage of each additional dollar that is taxed hovers around 50 percent.

When half of each additional dollar earned is taxed away, taxpayers experience a disincentive to start businesses or expand existing ones. This leads to fewer jobs being created.

It is outrageous that any dollar earned by a middle-class taxpayer would go as much to taxes as to supporting the taxpayer’s family. The government didn’t earn the taxpayer’s paycheck and shouldn’t be entitled to it.

See the table below to see how your state compares to the national marginal tax rate of 43.1 percent in 2012 and 48.1 percent in 2013.

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