Tulsa World says Sooner Tea Party Forces Expected to Hold
One Quarter of the House Seats in 2013
This will be a short newsletter this week. Not a lot going on and everyone is exhausted after cranking out three newspapers and delivering to 90,000 voters last month. The next newspaper should be hitting Tulsa and Oklahoma City the third week in July to educate voters for the runoff races and candidates facing an opponent in the General election.
The Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center’s rally was held on Saturday but the turnout was less than expected. We didn’t support the rally for several reasons, first that this is not the time to hold a rally after seeing participation dwindle over the last three years. Low numbers embolden the politicians that are trying to ram this down our throats.
The second reason, and the most important, is that after three years we have learned that rallies don’t do anything except allow people to blow off steam without doing anything productive. Had the same three hundred to six hundred (according to attendees, not the media) people gotten involved in the primary races to put the fear into those politicians that would have made a difference.
The good news though is that what we are doing is working. The hard, grinding work of focusing on exposing the voting records of the bad politicians and helping educate voters on those new candidates that challenged the incumbents caused the legislators to vote much better in this last session. Not perfect by any means, but far better. We killed the 300 million dollar bond debt bills and killed the Obama Care bills shortly after the presidential primary. We won a Congressional primary and several House and Senate primaries and helped others make it to a runoff vote.
The Tulsa world did an excellent article
on the incoming Speaker of the House, TW Shannon. The reporter opened with these comments:
“They agree on one point - the tea party hasn't peaked in its influence in the Legislature. While incumbent Republicans turned back high-profile tea-party challenges, tea-party candidates did very well in open seats in the recent GOP primary. After the November election, it's reasonable to expect the tea-party coalition in the state House to have about a quarter of the seats. “
Remember back to when we started the Sooner Tea Party; we had only ten to fifteen legislators on our side, now we are expected to have one quarter of the House in our camp for the 2013 legislative session. Couple that with the conservative Democrats and we will have a good chance of forcing the RINOs to vote according to how they ran for office.
The story does miss the point on the failure of the income tax reduction, the Senate plan was deeply flawed, favored only the richest Oklahomans and actually raised taxes on over 400,000 Oklahomans. The defeat of the income tax “reduction” was a victory for the Tea Party forces not gridlock where nothing was accomplished. It was the third defeat of the State Chamber forces in 2012 after Obama Care and the 300 million in new bond debt.
The article points out the fine line that Speaker Shannon will have to walk but it forgets that the only path forward for Shannon is to allow legislation that has the support of the Sooner Tea Party forces, the conservative Democrats, and that lines up to what the State Chamber forces ran for office on. Any special interest legislation is dead on arrival next year if we maintain our program of exposing voting records. The game has changed, last week the Oklahoman acknowledged our influence, this weekend the Tulsa World admitted it, and even the RINOs know it, perhaps they more than anyone.
Our challenge for now is to remember that we still have five months to influence the RINOs by making them pay for their bad votes in 2010 and 2011. If we don’t have a good Republican candidate then we expose the voting record of the incumbent, whether they lose or win they will remember that voting against the public good has repercussions.
We are doing well here in Oklahoma. Our group has attracted a lot of jealousy because of our ability to make an impact but also because we are the group the media looks to for their stories. We don’t thrash around blindly, wasting resources and time with useless meetings and rallies; we focus strictly on forcing Republicans to keeping their campaign promises. No other group comes close to raising money like we do for our projects; no other group has the entire House and Senate reading their newsletter on Sunday night. No other group has put together the political training and infrastructure needed to help candidates take on the incumbents. And no other group understands the reality of politics which is why we have become a force to be reckoned with.
Interesting Times Ahead
Back in March President Obama issued an Executive Order
that gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy in the name of national security. This means all of our water resources, construction services and materials (steel, concrete, etc.), our civil transportation system, food and health resources, our energy supplies including oil and natural gas – even farm equipment – can be taken over by the President and his cabinet secretaries. The Government can also draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill "labor requirements" for the purposes of "national defense." No Congressional oversight, only briefings are required.
As President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, he has the Constitutional authority to issue executive orders. And while similar orders have been made before by recent presidents they were usually boiler plate updates to plans set on the shelf incase of all out war.
The first Executive Order was issued by Washington and set aside a day of Thanksgiving, not our traditional Thanksgiving Day which didn’t come into law until 1986 during the Lincoln administration. A benign enough use of presidential power to enact law I suppose but soon after came another Executive Order, called a Directive at the time, which forbade U.S. citizens from trading with belligerents in a war between England, Prussia, Austria, and Sardinia. The U.S. Constitution gives the president the power to enact rules and issue orders to enforce legislation passed by Congress but the power to make law is reserved to Congress alone. As there was no law passed by Congress refraining citizens from trading with belligerents, allowing Washington to do so was patently unconstitutional.
Presidential orders are supposed to be valid only within the Executive branch, or as pardons, or when needed to carry out a statue passed by Congress. Thankfully for our country other presidents realized that the issuance of Executive Orders past those boundaries was unconstitutional so the precedent set by Washington and the first Congress remained unused until the Lincoln administration.
Upon the succession of South Carolina Lincoln began using Executive Orders to run the country in preparation for war as Congress was not in session at the time. Rather than convening Congress, Lincoln ran the country and the war effort single handily for two and a half months. When Congress did convene, they rubber stamped all that Lincoln had done, and the Supreme Court ruled later that presidential war powers were constitutional to put down a rebellion or to thwart an invasion. Lincoln went much further, suspending Habeas Corpus on the East Coast, ignoring a Supreme Court decision a month later that called the act unconstitutional.
Lincoln went even further, arresting a dozen Maryland state legislators to prevent them from voting for succession, denying the use of the postal system to newspapers that didn’t support Lincoln, he even seized the salary of a Federal Judge and placed military guards at the judge's home after the judge sent a letter saying that rebel forces might capture Washington D.C.. Secretary of State Seward had over 800 citizens arrested during the war and Secretary of War Stanton arrested over 13,000 citizens during the war. Starting in 1862 U.S. Marshals were ordered to arrest and imprison anyone that was against the war or was disloyal to the war effort and try them in military courts.
In April 1863 Ohio gubernatorial candidate Vallandigham was arrested for giving two speeches critical of President Lincoln, then tried and convicted by a military tribunal and sent to prison. After losing an appeal in District Court, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal and Vallandigham was banished to Confederate territory. Several years after the war the Supreme Court ruled that Lincoln had acted unconstitutionally by prosecuting civilians in military courts when civil courts were operating, proving that the Supreme Court would restrain presidential war powers after the war was over.
Lincoln admitted that his acts were unconstitutional in a letter to a Kentucky newspaper:
“I felt that measures otherwise unconstitutional might become lawful by becoming indispensable to the preservation of the Constitution through the preservation of the nation.”
Again in 1917 Woodrow Wilson charged over 2,000 citizens for opposing the war and convicted more than half of them with the Supreme Court ruling the arrests constitutional.
In a unanimous Court decision rejecting an appeal, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote:
“When a nation is at war many things which might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its efforts that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight…No court could regard them as protected by constitutional right.”
After the war was over Wilson’s Attorney General continued a series of raids, arrests, interrogations, and deportations of suspected anarchists and communists after some bombings or for distributing pamphlets opposing the U.S intervention in the Russian civil war.
Before the start of WWII Roosevelt had taken his lessons from Lincoln and Wilson, ordering U.S. forces to attack German submarines or surface craft and secretly authorizing warrantless wiretapping inside the United States even after his Attorney General advised that the wiretaps were illegal.
“I am convinced,” Roosevelt told Attorney General Robert Jackson, “that the Supreme Court never intended any dictum…to apply to grave matters involving the defense of the nation. It would be too late to do anything about it after sabotage, assassinations and fifth column activities are completed.”
Roosevelt went on to imprison over 100,000 American citizens of Japanese heritage causing his Attorney General, Francis Biddle to comment:
“I do not think he was much concerned with the gravity or implications of this step….What must be done to defend the country must be done. Nor do I think that the Constitutional difficulty plagued him. The Constitution has not greatly bothered any wartime President. That was a question of law, which ultimately the Supreme Court must decide. And meanwhile – probably a long meanwhile – we must get on with the war.”
Entire industries and industrial plants were seized when labor disputes arose if there was any concern of impeding the war effort both in WWII and the Korean War.
The bottom line is that the Supreme Court has given wide latitude to presidents in time of actual wars and there is no reason to believe that the Obama administration would worry any more about the Constitution than did Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Nixon. This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace but the unknown piece of the puzzle is how far the presidential war powers can be stretched during an Iraq or Afghanistan type war.
Oklahoma legislators should stand ready to fulfill their constitutional duty to force the federal government to restrict itself to following the Constitution. We saw the REAL ID act fail and be rescinded after 26 states banded together. They need not foster armed rebellion, state laws nullifying unconstitutional federal laws, even resolutions passed at the state level are powerful weapons to force the feds to back down as are lawsuits against the federal government. Past that, applying pressure on state Congressional delegations to get Congress to defend their process in the checks and balance system is crucial.
Many believe that the end of 2012 is going to be an anxious time for our country. Will Obama step down if defeated? Is ACORN already at work preparing to influence the outcome of the election? Will these executive orders be used after a manufactured emergency or an instigated terror attack to prevent the normal transfer of power? As we can see from the history of our nation and from the Obama Care decision, we can’t count on the Supreme Court to solve our political problems that is ultimately based in the refusal of the vast majority of our citizen’s refusal to participate in the process.
Must We Really Get Busy Creating the Health Insurance Exchange?
By Ms PM
So says this article
from newsok.com that you can read here.
No, not so fast. Coming from a leftie newspaper you can't expect them to run an article like this without telling everyone what to do. They are such good little minions of the Obama/Chambercrat Party.
According to the article, the reason these conservatives they speak of did not go along with this law before was because they were miffed at Obama.
First lie... the un-spun reason was loud and clear to all of those not so conservative conservatives when the people of Oklahoma began reaming their butts. This happened on more than one occasion, and why, because they wouldn't accept no for an answer from citizens.
The second lie in three parts...
"Governor Mary Fallin and Republican leaders in the House and Senate--all of them staunch conservatives by any yardstick had agreed on a proposal. Then some Senators protested, citing concerns about federal red tape but mostly making the point that accepting the grant was the same as endorsement of Obama Care."
The first part of this lie is that the folks at this newspaper typically call staunch conservatives "right wing radicals." The elite they speak of are RINOS or Chambercrats. The second part of this lie was that Missy Fallin got her butt reamed by the people as well, and her only choice was to give the money back or crash and burn. They got part of the third part of the lie correct by saying those in favor of the exchange drew challengers at the ballot box. The rest of the truth is that it wasn't only because of their stance on the exchange; it had a lot to do with their record of lefty votes on other bills.
The article also states that Oklahoma can't bank on Romney winning or Republicans gaining a majority in both houses. We can't bank on not getting run over by a honey dipper truck either, but it's the chance you take. Does it really matter where the crap comes from when you will be covered in it?
In this article
from CapitolBeatOK states that Twelve U.S. Senators and 61 members of the U.S. House have written every governor here in the good ole' USA and this includes our governor. Oklahoma representatives include Tom Coburn and James Lankford. You can also read a copy of the letter sent to all governors in this article.
This article http://newsok.com/insure-oklahoma-eyed-for-exchange-by-some-lawmakers/article/3690399
states "Insure Oklahoma" as a likely or logical place for the state to implement the Oklahoma exchange.
goes over all the tax hikes that are in Obama Care. Particular interest was the exemptions of those taxes for people not buying health insurance to be determined by HHS.
Senator Patrick Anderson of Enid has asked Governor Fallin not to implement Obama Care. Are there any other Oklahoma Senators that would like to take a stand? Governors Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Chris Christie in New Jersey, Rick Perry in Texas, Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida and Nikki Haley in South Carolina have also said they will not implement this anti-American beast.
Governor Fallin is the "staunch Republican" the first article speaks of, merely because their definition doesn't come close to what a Republican truly is. One can only wonder what flavor her dance will smell like when she pinches her cheeks together to squeeze under this conservative yardstick to hide out.
You can contact her office at 405 521-2342
or Fax at 405 521-3353
Please light up her lines like the Fourth of July.
Tulsa Metro Chamber Demands
One Third of a Billion Dollars in Tax Increases
The Tulsa Metro Chamber is a private organization that gets millions of dollars from Tulsa taxpayers but now it wants voters to approve a $329.4 million tax increase. After being stymied at the Capitol this year they turned their sights on enacting corporate welfare at the county level.
The Chamber quotes a Cole, Hargrave, Snodgrass & Associates survey that “job creation” is the most important issue in the minds of Tulsa citizens and claims that 15,000 people in the Tulsa metro area work in aerospace and that many of these jobs are “high paying”. Specifically the Tulsa Chamber wants hundreds of millions of tax dollars spent on the industrial complex on the east side of the Tulsa International Airport.
The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Airport Authority owns the 639 acres and leases buildings and land to private companies. Over six million square feet of building space holds 11,000 workers. They are asking for tax money for heating and air conditioning, roof repair/replacement, electrical work, parking lot repair, hangar modifications, utility lines, environmental upgrades, and building demolition. The report claims that future aircraft fleets will bring in enough work to justify the upgrades.
Part two of the Tulsa Chamber one third of a billion dollars in new taxes is for a slush fund for “job creation” another term for corporate welfare funneled to Chamber of Commerce members.
The Tulsa Chamber claims that the third of a billion in tax money would make Tulsa competitive for global business and increase sales tax growth.
Uh, building leases don’t pay sales tax.
Second, what kind of business can pay high wages yet can't afford lease payments that cover maintance of the buildings?
The deadline to put a tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot is in August so contact your Tulsa County public officials and demand that this third of a billion in new taxes gets defeated before it is put on a ballot.
Important dates to remember
Aug. 28: Runoff election
Aug. 3: Last day to register to vote in runoff
Aug. 22: Last day to request absentee ballot for runoff
Aug. 24-25, 27: Early voting for runoff
Nov. 6: General election
Oct. 12: Last day to register to vote in general election
Oct. 31: Last day to request absentee ballot for general election
Nov. 2-3, 5: Early voting in general election