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Say No To Real I.D.-DownsizeDC.org-May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


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Quote of the Day: “I won’t call it Real ID, I’ll call it enhanced or higher security drivers license.” — Robert V. LaPenta, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to be a primary beneficiary of any government scheme for a national ID card

Subject: Tricking Americans Into Real ID

Jim Harper, at the Cato Institute, alerts us to new dangers on the national ID front.

The so-called Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and certain politicians, are trying multiple ways to impose a national ID card on us, even though the American people have made it very clear we don’t want it.

One under-handed scheme started with the passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires law abiding U.S. citizens to have either a passport or an enhanced drivers license to cross the Mexican or Canadian borders. An “enhanced drivers license”…

* Is an initiative of the DHS that has NO Congressional mandate
* Will require you to undergo a security interview, pay a fee, and get a new federal ID number (in addition to your Social Security number)
* Has an RFID chip that can be read at a distance, up to 30 feet away, even while it’s in your wallet!

Now things are being rigged to move citizens in the direction of the enhanced drivers license.

The problem starts with the fact that passports are too expensive. The high price gives people an incentive to pay for the enhanced drivers license, which is about half the cost. The Government Accounting Office had already issued a report saying that the $100 price for a passport didn’t need to be that high, but…

Now they’ve raised the price even higher. Representative Paul Opsommer of Michigan suspects the purpose of this is to drive even more people to get the cheaper (but more dangerous) enhanced drivers license.

Please notice that all of this is being driven NOT by Congress, but by un-elected bureaucrats in the DHS and the State Department. But that doesn’t mean Congress is blameless. Congress is doing nothing to reign in the bureaucrats, plus, some are even working to make things worse. For instance…

Something called the PASS Act is being crafted to revive the Real ID concept, under a new name, and companies like L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to benefit, are almost certainly lobbying hard to make it happen. We must lobby just as intensely in the other direction.

Please send your Congressional employees a message asking them once again to repeal the REAL ID Act.

Use your personal comments to ALSO ask them to…

* Stop the DHS from promoting enhanced drivers licenses
* Make the State Department lower the cost of passports
* Reject all the new forms of REAL ID, such as the PASS Act

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Fingerprints For Traffic Infractions??? Tennesseans-A Useful Letter Is Below-Don’t Let It Go To Waste!-May 24, 2009

May 24, 2009

To: “sen joe haynes” <sen.joe.haynes@capitol.tn.gov>
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 2:47:39 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: SB2153

Senator Joe Haynes,
My name is ______________. I am a United States citizen and a resident of Tennessee. It has been brought to my attention you are proposing a bill titled SB2153. This bill is coming up for vote on May 28th, 2009. SB2153, if it were to become a law, would allow police officers to take the fingerprints of motorists who have been pulled over for a traffic infraction. This is a very clear violation of Americans’ civil liberties and must not pass into law. SB2153 is unconstitutional and should not even be considered.  My civil liberties are not up for a vote, Senator. You cannot remove the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens to apprehend those who are not.
Letters and blogs on bill SB2153 are circulating the internet. American citizens finally have a way to be informed on what you political people are doing. We have left you law-makers unsupervised for far too long. Americans are tired of having their civil liberties taken away all in the name of “protection”.  I have my own protection handed down to me by our forefathers and fought for by our military, service men and women. My protection is called the United States Constitution.
The Constitution is what you have been elected to protect and uphold, Senator. You were not elected to change the Constitution, decreasing power belonging to the citizens and increasing powers for the government. I’m a proud citizen of the United States of America and I, nor my countrymen, will watch you politicians put a wedge between us and our Constitution. We will no longer sit quietly while we are stripped of our rights, our freedoms, and our ability to control the government that grows so ever close to completely dominating every aspect of our daily lives. Enough is enough.
Now, with all due respect, Senator Joe Haynes, I’m not asking you, I’m telling you to extirpate bill SB2153.  We do not want bill SB2153 in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Your cooperation in this matter is expected.
Sincerely,
_____________
_________________, Tennessee

The Kyoto Dis-Accord-May 23, 2009

May 24, 2009

Some food for thought to environmentalist-alarmists. If you sincerely wish to aid in the reduction of “Carbon Footprints”, the most expedient way to accomplish this would be to refrain from using services or purchasing products made by the “Mega-Carbon-Footprint-Providers”. The top ten carbon provider-cities are located in China and India.

The United States doesn’t have any cities included the top fifty (50) Carbon-Footprint-Providers .

www.americanthinker.com/200/05/the_geography_of_carbon_emissi.html

“Sustainable Development”=Global Government-May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

As I mentioned in a post within the last two days… Cap & Trade is an end-run around our Constitution to force the U.S. into compliance with the Kyoto Accord, implemented back in 1992. It’s a global agenda to implement a global energy tax by up to 500%, thus, a global government will be necessary to control its efforts.

The presentation provided via the following link, describes in detail, the intent of Agenda 21, Sustainable Development and what we “can and will” do to stifle the efforts of this global government agenda.

www.augustreview.com/news_commentary/general/the_wrenching_transformation_of_america_20090422117/

Big Brother Is At It Again-May, 22 2009

May 22, 2009

Thumbprints for traffic citations?

www.tennessean.com/article/20090516/NEWS03/905160341/Tennessee+speeders+could+get+fingerprinted

Campaign for Liberty’s response to Lindsey Graham’s arrogant proclamation-May 21, 2009

May 22, 2009

May 21, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Across our nation, Campaign for Liberty’s 150,000+ members are taking action, educating their fellow countrymen, and making a considerable impact on the political landscape. Together, we unapologetically champion the principles that made our nation great: sound money, a constitutionally limited government and foreign policy, and respect for individual liberties.

These ideas transcend traditional boundaries and draw Americans (and like-minded people across the globe) from all backgrounds to the liberty message.

Many Republican leaders, however, continue to believe that principle must be sacrificed on the altar of attaining political power, despite the devastating defeats a “win-at-all-costs” philosophy brought their Party last November.  And, as you will see below, it is the liberty message that has all the momentum.

This past weekend at a South Carolina Republican convention, Senator Lindsey Graham adamantly defended supporting those who choose political expediency over substance. “We’re not going to build [the Republican Party] around libertarian ideas,” he told his audience. “[Ron Paul] is not the leader of this Party,” he emphasized.

Click on the image below to see these widely-circulated remarks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy48BKd-1TI

Senator Graham claimed his view as being that of a Ronald Reagan Republican, but Reagan’s own words in a 1975 Reason interview remove any endorsement of the Senator’s statement.

“If you analyze it,” said Reagan, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

What about principle vs. politics? (Emphasis in the following mine)

Reagan said: “I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that I’ve spoken to, on the basis that the time has come to repudiate those in our midst who would blur the Republican image by saying we should be all things to all people in order to triumph… I’ve been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and don’t compromise, but don’t try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you can’t keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if you’ve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.”

South Carolina’s junior Senator, Jim DeMint, spoke after Graham and echoed Reagan, commenting about the Senate that he, “[w]ould rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of limited government and free markets and free people than 60 Republicans who have no beliefs at all.”

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford also defended the freedom movement, remarking, “Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment. That is the distinguishing characteristic of our Republic, and frankly what’s made it great… I’ve been accused of being a libertarian, and I would say I wear it as a badge of honor because I do love, believe in, and want to support liberty.”

Click on the image below to watch Governor Sanford’s remarks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikqJ_KB66WQ

In his speech, Senator Graham noted that those who don’t think winning matters should head for the Party’s exits.

Of course winning is important. But when that becomes your ultimate focus at the expense of everything else, you throw away the integrity our Founders believed crucial in order to be involved in government.

The time has come to make it clear that we will no longer tolerate the rampant trashing of our Constitution by our representatives or their constant shifting on the issues. No matter what political party you belong to, you should have the courage to stand firm on your beliefs.

As our efforts with HR 1207 are demonstrating, you don’t have to cast aside principle to achieve success. A clear, consistent stand on a philosophy of freedom will find supporters, and from there real, lasting change can be effected.

To those in all political parties who wish to maximize freedom and prosperity, we invite you to join us in our efforts. To all those who would sell out our Constitution and their beliefs in pursuit of power, we turn Senator Graham’s words back on him and you by saying, “There’s the exit sign.”

In Liberty,

John Tate

President

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Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)-May 23, 2009 Venue Correction

May 20, 2009

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)

May 20, 2009

Hi folks,

I apologize … I’ve not been in touch much in the last two weeks due to being sick, and then working 100+ hours over the last 9 days on a project with a very, very tight deadline. I just noticed that the location of this month’s HCLP meeting was not correct … we are actually meeting at the Ryan’s on Lee Highway this month.

We will be discussing harnessing the energy from the Tea Parties.

Best,
Jeremy

I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/hamiltoncountylp/calendar/10110509/

When: May 23, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Ryan’s Restaurant
6734 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP “No” or “Maybe” as well as “Yes”.)

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Brentwood Senator Fights “Cap and Trade” Bill-May 18, 2009

May 20, 2009

Apparently, the proponents of the Global-Tax & Control- Environmentalist- Kyoto Convention are having a problem forcing the idea of our energy expenses doubling or tripling-down our throats. They’ve been trying to get the U.S. on board for the last fifteen years or so. So the “Cap&Trade” scam will just have to serve as an equivalent substitute; right?

Let’s see what at least one Tennessee Senator thinks about it. Check out the link below.

www.tennessean.com/article/20090518/NEWS01/90518008/Brentwood+senator+backs+bill+to+reject++fed+s+clean+air+plan

YouTube – For Liberty Trailer – Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

May 17, 2009

Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=emaeln–tzo

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan – May 12, 2009

May 15, 2009

PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.

“The occupation of Afghanistan became a failure the instant the goal changed from liquidating al Qaeda to pursuing meddlesome ‘nation-building’ objectives,” says retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served as a Pentagon analyst during the early days of the occupation and holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University. “In its eighth year, the US occupation has not only failed to create a stable, democratic Afghanistan, it threatens to deliver nuclear Pakistan into the arms of the very enemy we went there to destroy.”

On Monday, Obama removed General David McKiernan as commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Obama also rejected the demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an end to US airstrikes, which have led to hundreds of recent civilian casualties. Current plans call for an increase in the US troop presence from about 45,000 to 68,000 by the end of 2009.

The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for the US to “abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid entangling alliances.” Libertarians, it says, “would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

“The Afghanistan occupation costs the American taxpayer $2 billion a month,” says R. Lee Wrights of North Carolina, a member of the Libertarian National Committee. “That cost is rising, and the price in American and Afghan lives is unbearable. I abhor the idea of forcing my countrymen to pay in money and blood for a war which makes America less safe and the world less stable. It’s long past time to bring the troops home.”

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