We should all be outraged at another example of how the status quo is trying to mute alternative candidates and viewpoints…
Just off the phone with another “opinion survey” a couple of minutes ago. This was the third in as many days. They all have gone exactly like this last one:
Me: Hello… Hello …
Her: I’m calling to get your opinion on the upcoming election. Can I ask a few questions?
Me: Who do you represent?
Her: Sorry, I can’t say.
Me: Well, OK, we’ll try it.
Her: OK. If the election were held today, who would you vote for, for Senate? Jeff Flake or Richard Carmona?
Me: Marc Victor.
Her: Uhhh… That’s not an answer. Who would you vote for, Flake or Carmona?
Me: There is a Libertarian candidate. His name is Marc Victor. That’s who I’m voting for.
Her: But that’s not on my list.
Me: I told you who I’m voting for. Take it or leave it.
Her: Ahhhhh … Ooookayyy … pause …
Her: If the race were held today, who would you vote for, for President? Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
Me: Gary Johnson.
Her: … Ahhhh … Ooookayyy … pause …
Her: In your opinion, is the country headed in the right direction or the wrong direction?
Me: WRONG direction.
Her: Thank you. <click>
Recently, a supporter reminded me of a certain story about Davy Crockett and the subject of welfare. Long ago, Mr Crockett made a vote for an appropriation bill for charity. A vote he later reconsidered after a particular discussion with Horatio Bunce, not only of the Constitutionality of such a bill, but of the principle and ethics it goes against.
Today, our representatives make the same initial mistake in thinking, thereby proving Horatio Bunce’s point.- “…when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people.”
It is an engaging story I encourage you to read. I could not have made these arguments any better myself.
CROCKETT was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was fascinated with him, and he seemed to take a fancy to me.
I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support—rather, as I thought, because it afforded the speakers a fine opportunity for display than from the necessity of convincing anybody, for it seemed to me that everybody favored it. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose. Everybody expected, of course, that he was going to make one of his characteristic speeches …more