Don’t be alarmed, this is not another mainstream media article bemoaning the downfall of “moderate” Republicans. No, I’m sad to say, except for a few defeats here and there, the Republicans In Name Only (RINO’s) are still doing well, far too well for my likes. No, the real endangered species of politics are “moderate” Democrats. I don’t view them as moderates, they are still big spending statists, but political views are a spectrum, others are always farther out on the edge.
To most Democrats and public employee union leaders these days, anyone more conservative than Leon Trotsky is a right wing extremist. The public employee unions make sure that no hint of moderation goes unpunished. Wisconsin Democrat State Senator Jeff Plale, representing a South Milwaukee district, was defeated in the Democrat primary in 2010. He was the first of several “moderate” Democrats to be defeated recently in Wisconsin. Plale had initially signed on as a co-sponsor of former Governor Doyle’s cap and trade legislation. But, after realizing the job killing nature of this global warming hoax inspired taxing scheme, he came out against the bill. Then, to the horror of public employee union leftists, he came out in support of concealed carry legislation. I never found a case where Plale voted against what I think should be real union issues, workplace safety, wages and working conditions. No, the real union issues must be global warming and opposition to concealed carry legislation. Milwaukee area SEIU, AFSCME and teacher union locals rallied against Plale and defeating him in the 2010 Democrat primary, this insuring the election of a far left activist instead. But, Plale was only the first of the “moderates” to go.
Democrat State Representative Jason Fields, representing an inner city Milwaukee district, was a proponent of the very successful school choice program functioning there. This, of course, made him the arch-enemy of the corrupt Milwaukee public teachers union, known mostly in Wisconsin, not for their teaching skills, but for their lawsuit demanding that Viagra be covered in their health insurance plan.
*** Hmm… I wonder if that’s where Sandra Fluke got her idea for universal free birth control. I suppose, if the taxpayers are going to enhance, so to speak, male Milwaukee public school teachers with Viagra, they should cover birth control too! ***
If you are someone who follows politics, this probably seems rather straight forward, but is it? I became eligible to vote in 1997, but cast my first ballot in 2004's November election. For those proceeding years I didn't have a good reason to vote. I have always been disenfranchised by the two party system of establishment oligarchy at the highest levels of government. I despise republicans only a tad less than democrats, because there a few good people in the former, while the latter has largely become the party of Marx and Alinsky. Until a few years ago I didn't have a name to associate with this immense disdain, but found it: progressivism. In the seven years I didn't vote, and in the 8 years since I started voting, my thoughts on voting have grown and changed, and I thought they were worth sharing near the eve of this important election.
Everyone votes for a reason or reasons. There are single issue voters who vote almost solely on abortion or environmental issues or 2nd amendment rights or the economy, etc. Others will vote because their candidate brings home the bacon to their district and they need to make sure they continue to get what they are due from the money tree growing on the National Mall in DC. There are (a lot) of people who are stuck voting the lesser of two evils between the two parties, because both candidates are horrible (reminds me of a great South Park episode) and most are too frightened to test the waters of a 3rd party because they think they are "throwing their vote away." And then there are partisans on both sides who will vote republican or democrat no matter what, even if that person is a transformational marxist community organizer whose anti-colonialist/anti-capitalist hatred for America will destroy everything millions have fought and died for, for over two centuries, and help facilitate the temporary (or permanent) extinction of man's freedom from the planet.
So then, why vote? For me the answer is simple: vote for the candidate who provides you with the most individual liberty. In other words, the only reason to vote for any person is to vote for freedom. Voting is a right that every American citizen has, but too often we are lost in the "rights" we have, and forget the other side of the equation: responsibilities. It is our responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America not only to vote, but to vote for the propagation of man's freedom with each ballot cast. The responsibility part of all rights is regularly overlooked. Freedom of speech is only partly about you or I getting to generally say whatever we want, the other part of the equation is our responsibility to protect the speech of others, especially if we disagree with it. The same is true for freedom of religion. We have a right to worship how and who we want, but we also have a responsibility to stand up for our neighbor's religious beliefs even if we disagree with them (unless God is telling them to kill people). After all, Jesus did say something about love your neighbor as yourself. If people always executed that ideal instead of talking about it (myself included), problems would be solved. If everyone lived this cycle of rights and responsibility, there would be few(er) issues in America.
The Wisconsin 9/12 Project is pleased to welcome internationally recognized researcher and author Trevor Loudon on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 7:00 pm in the Market Square Theaters (6604 Odana Rd, Madison, WI). The event is FREE but registration is required. Click HERE to register for the event.
Self-described libertarian activist and political researcher, Trevor Loudon hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. A best-selling author, researcher, blogger and speaker, Loudon states that he believes “in freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility. [His] ideal society is one in which government is confined to protecting its citizens from criminals and external enemies.” Loudon is also the founder and editor of KeyWiki.org, a rapidly growing website and bipartisan knowledge base focusing primarily on exposing corruption and unlocking the covert side of U.S. and Global politics. While the project focuses primarily on the left, KeyWiki serves to expose covert politics on both the left and the right of the political spectrum.
Loudon has spent years researching the hidden side of politics—the behind-the-scenes people and power players that help set the agenda, control the dialogue, and push policies on a national and global scale. His 2011 best-seller, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, provides a compelling and detailed look into the inner circle surrounding and influencing the current president of the United States. According to the publisher, the book is “a history about those who advise, mentor, and operate behind the throne of the 44th President of the United States. From early childhood to the present day the President chose to keep his personal life a secret. Those who surround him fall into a wide category of radicals, Marxists, communists, and Americans who have joined together in a coordinated effort to overthrow capitalism and the Republic of the United States of America.”
Loudon is currently on a U.S. tour to discuss his book and the choices facing the U.S. electorate this November.
The Wisconsin 912 Project is a Dane County-based organization supporting constitutional principles, personal liberty, and economic freedom. The organization meets on the 1st and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the lower level of The Esquire Club, located at 1025 North Sherman Avenue in Madison. All interested individuals are invited to attend. For up-to-date information on Wisconsin 9/12 Project meetings and events, including any scheduling or location changes, please visit the calendar on the organization's website at: www.wisconsin912project.org.
If every one of us had the courage to do what Audrey is doing when faced with threats and harassment, we would all be a much freer people. She's right: If we continue to give in, a little bit at a time (as we have been doing for a long time now), our liberty will be gone. We are perilously close to that point already.
Once you've watched the video below, we would strongly encourage you to send the YouTube link to your legislators at the State Capitol in Madison. They need to know how this issue is affecting people at the state and local level.
The Public Service Commission has shrugged this issue off and left it in the hands of local government. Fundamentally, the Wisconsin 9/12 Project has no problem with local governments deciding matters on their own, as long as their residents are actively involved. In fact, we believe that's how things SHOULD generally work. As much as possible issues should be determined at the local level where the people themselves generally have the most control. But when local governments feel empowered to trample on the rights of their residents, as is happening in numerous communities across Wisconsin in regard to smart meters, it is time for state legislators to consider getting involved.
As the video notes, Senator Joe Leibham (Sheboygan) and Assemblyman Steve Kestell (Elkhart Lake) are willing to write legislation addressing the smart meter issue. Contact your own state legislators today, tell them that you want them considering this matter, and ask them to get in touch with Sen. Leibham and Rep. Kestell.
All of the problems that have surfaced with smart meters--from privacy to health--suggest that a total ban may, in fact, be ideal. However, if we could even get solid language for a statewide opt-out, it would be a huge step in the right direction. As Audrey notes, "People should have a choice!"
Is there a smart meter battle going on in your community? Are people you know being pressured or harassed into smart meters they don't want? The Wisconsin 9/12 Project would like to hear about it and put you in touch with people who can assist. Please contact us.
An excellent resource on the problems with smart meters and what's happening on this front across the state is Stop Water Meters Wisconsin. We encourage you to visit that site and monitor it for new information.
Also, make sure to attend, if you can, the Stop Agenda 21! event that the Wisconsin 9/12 Project is co-sponsoring with the Rock River Patriots this Saturday, September 15th, at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc. It's a way for you to gain knowledge and tools that will help you stop infringement on your rights. Seethis article for additional information about the speakers, Beverly Eakman (Washington, D.C.) and Michael Shaw (Santa Cruz, CA), and the information they'll be presenting.
Finally, in light of the courage of 80 year-old Audrey, a great-grandmother who is unwilling to compromise the principles of liberty for the sake of convenience, please consider the following:
What infringements on liberty are taking place in your own community?
What stand will you take for personal freedoms there?
Will you be the person who says, "I can't," or will you be the leader that says, "I must"?
The Wisconsin 9/12 Project is standing by to assist you in whatever way we are able.
On September 15th, the Wisconsin 9/12 Project and the Rock River Patriots welcome you to an informative dual seminar on Agenda 21, with nationally recognized experts Beverly Eakman and Michael Shaw.
The entire event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Bring friends and family. Everyone will be able to use what these two amazing presenters have to offer.
1:00pm - Beverly Eakman, GAME CHANGERS: What Political Game-Changers Need to Know about the Leftist Agenda
Beverly Eakman (Washington, D.C.) is the author of seven books. Her eighth, Agenda Games, is due out this month. Ms. Eakman will focus, in particular, on how the public education system is being used to monitor and control citizens and their children. She will also be training seminar participants on how to recognize and counter the group manipulation tactics that are almost always used against citizens in public decision-making settings today, including "visioning" and "consensus building." Ever wonder why your input on state and local initiatives never seems to make a difference? Eakman will not only show you why but also give you the tools to turn the tables on those running the game.
6:00pm - Michael Shaw, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Local Pathways to Global Control
Michael Shaw (Santa Cruz, California) is the founder of Freedom Advocates. He is one of America's leading experts on sustainable development and the ways in which it's designed to rob people of both money and freedoms. His presentation will give you the information you need to help others understand not only why it's important to fight sustainable development initiatives but also why private property ownership provides superior stewardship of our environment. Mr. Shaw will tailor his remarks to Wisconsin, helping audience members to understand how sustainable development is being implemented here in our own state and what we can do to work successfully against it.
There will be a two hour dinner break between the two presentations.
For those traveling from out of town, a special rate will be offered on rooms at the Olympia Resort. Call and inquire at: (800) 558-9573.
For additional seminar details and further credentials of Beverly Eakman and Michael Shaw, please see the event flier.