Hi I'm Todd Watson, an Independent candidate running for United States Senate.

Our party platform has three key philosophies compared to a traditional campaign agenda. First, we believe that the party system in Washington is broken. Second, we believe in a foundational return to the spiritual heritage of our country. Third, we believe it is time government act selfless and not selfish with the future of this country.

We have great passion to be part of a larger movement under God of real change in this country. Enjoy the site and let’s MOVE! Learn why all individuals who interviewed Todd of the York County GOP leadership committee endorsed Todd Watson for US Senate.

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The Wisdom of Justice Scalia

Scalia
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and he has not been disappointed. Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” (So Good)
 
“The Constitution is not a living organism.” (Amen!)
 
“Context always matters. Let us not forget, however, why context matters: It is a tool for understanding the terms of the law, not an excuse for rewriting them.” (Why ‘Context’ is included in my twitter handle)
 
Some of us heard these words from Justice Scalia and took them to heart-
 
This was the Justice appointed by Anti-Establishment/Reagan who beat out Establishment/Bush in 1980.
 
John Roberts (Republican appointed by the Establishment Republicans/Bush) upheld Obamacare against the adamant words of Scalia.
 
Chief Justice Roberts and the majority opinion on Obamacare –
 
“Individual mandate component of the Act could not be upheld under the Commerce Clause, the mandate could be construed as a tax and was therefore ruled to be valid under Congress’s authority to “lay and collect taxes.”
 
Most conservatives (including me) will call that horrendous Constitutional reasoning. However, most Republicans do not consider that Obamacare taxation (if it is a tax) started in the Senate. True Constitutional candidates understand a bigger legal problem.
 
Was the ruling even Constitutional on the grounds of where the legislation originated from if it was a tax (The Senate)? Study where revenue bills are Constitutionally designed to originate.  Ask if we have a “Living” interpretation of where taxation bills originate from.
 
Bottom line: The ruling and Constitutional framework is bad on so many levels…and Scalia knew it.
 
Establishment views on justice selection matter! This is a critical appointment. We cannot risk paid for politicians ignorant of the Constitution affirming/making the appointment. We have Constitutional defenders who think authorizing Fast Track for the President is Constitutional. I pray we have some Constitutional wisdom fall upon our Senators and the next President.
 
In the meantime, thank you Justice Scalia for your service and wisdom to our country. Rest in Peace. Thanks for giving us a remarkable American story.
 
Todd

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China and Nebraska Hogs

LB 176 – China and Nebraska Hogs
 
This is where I break with Republican Conservatives. Do we really think a Chinese company will promote the General Welfare of We the Nebraska Farmer by controlling our Hog Producers for their benefit? I got news for you…Ranchers will be next. How in the world do we think “Chinese Capitalism” will be a “Good Thing” for our Nebraska family farms?
 
If Republicans think this will enhance the liberty of our farmers/producers/ranchers for themselves or the next generation…they are misguided. You can watch the predicament of the “Tennessee Chicken Producer” with Tyson or what has happened to the “Family Hog Farm” in Iowa to know the fate of what is coming under the direction of a Chinese Multi-National Company.
 
I’m a capitalist and employ almost 100 people. I’m not one to preach or pass these “Ultra Capitalist” bills to prove I’m business friendly.  I’m comfortable in my capitalistic clothes, but I’m about Americans first.
 
This bill is a perfect example of why most Nebraska Republicans have no clue on why Trump who talks tough on Ch-Eye-Nah (my Trump impression) has an appeal to many conservatives. This is going to get real for Nebraska….reeeallll quick.
 
To be fair (PS–they don’t endorse me or I don’t endorse them…I’m just giving my opinion), real conservative leaders like Brasch, Groene, and Schnoor said ‘No’. Other Republicans like Davis and Bloomfield took a stand. Good for them. I have liked what I have seen from a social, civil, conservative and boldness level from Brasch, Groene, and Schnoor (90+% of the time). I will continue to watch their moves. I tend to appreciate their boldness and how they view what is best for Nebraska. They are not afraid to stand for what they think is right and go against the prevailing tide of the majority. Our Rural Way of Life is important to defend. Stay conservative. Ditch these Republicans who put China lobbying dollars in front of a Nebraska way of life.

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Why the American Christian Would Not Vote for David or Moses

Why I Believe Christians Would Not Vote for King David or Moses If They Were Alive Today

  1. Introduction
  2. King David
  3. Moses
  4. Insight for America and Conclusion

Introduction

One of the great internal debates a Christian can have is;

  • Would I have recognized the Messiah in Biblical times while he walked the earth?
  • Would I have believed in his message while he preached real time?’

At a personal level, would I recognize a man not born into the ruling elite as God’s son?  Would I look at a humble carpenter with no formal legal training as God’s chosen one? Would I see a Messiah in a man that had the audacity to reject the money changing tables the spiritual leaders approved of?  These are the questions I have asked myself as a proclaiming Christian.

However, I’d challenge every person of faith to go further. Would we have voted for one of God’s chosen leaders to lead HIS people (If it were up to vote)?

Let’s examine the lives of two great Biblical leaders.  Would we have voted for David or Moses?

King David

King David began his ascent into leadership as a young shepherd boy.  David had a life changing moment early in life.  Saul and the Jewish army were paralyzed with fear against a ruthless fighter/tyrant named Goliath.  David, unlike his brothers and Jewish peers, was not afraid to challenge Goliath. Furthermore, he chose the atypical tools to wage a fight against the most formidable opponent of the day.  He declined the use of armor and the normal weapons to win a battle with his slingshot AND GOD.

Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses.  His people should show a trust in God.  Many forget these spiritual lessons from their youth.

What would we do if we were a witness to the battle between David and Goliath?  Would we follow a young shepherd kid who yielded a slingshot and was not looked at as a leader within his own family?  Would we follow the ruling class and Saul who possessed the great armor, were the dominant forces of leadership, and had the powerful institutions within their control?

Saul, being the victorious ruling party with Goliath’s death, would seek out the death and destruction of David for the benefit of his power.  His jealousy raged against David because he desired to have the adoration of the people.

The situation yields further observations and questions.  Did the average citizen comprehended that David had TWO parties pursuing his life and liberty…Saul AND Goliath?  Did the average citizen (without the prophetic knowledge) have a clue that David was God’s anointed choice to be their next leader?

As history continued to unfold, we would have been presented with more difficult questions to answer. Would we have allowed the persecution of David from the ruling class to be so intense that David had to live with the Philistines (the tribe of Goliath)?  Would we turn our backs on David to be accepted by the majority in control? Would we listen to the judges of the day so burdened with bribes that ‘Biblical Justice’ was outside their grasp?  Would one be a Jonathan and help David survive the “Throwing of Spears” by those in power consumed with retaining popularity, power, and prestige?

After Saul’s death, which divided kingdom would I have supported if I had the choice?  Would I support the old ruling party thru Saul or would I transfer allegiance to David?  Would I really believe in a prolific writer to lead a nation?

Examining the life of David would make the decision to accept David as a leader very difficult.  Would I believe in a man who had 8 wives to be a great leader?  Would I trust a man that had accumulated wealth between $3 and $10 billion by today’s standards as a man that was not greedy?  Could I follow a man that had an affair and conceived a child with a married woman (Bathsheba)?  Could I follow a man who had the husband of Bathsheba AND a loyal servant to David, killed?  Would I recognize that David was a man after God’s own heart with this history?

David would repent of these sins and seek after God.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT ingredient for the progress of David.  However, as an average citizen not close to David, how would I determine David was a man after God’s own heart?  Without direct guidance from God, how would I discern this man was God’s choice to lead His nation?

I am afraid that if I was looking for strong character in an individual to be my leader, I would not have identified David.  I would have followed Saul’s son who came from power, likely provided a similar speech as his father, and pledged allegiance to the historical contextual rulers of the day.  I think I would have been ignorant that David would be God’s choice.  The benefit of hindsight makes this decision obvious.  Analyzing the situation real time would have been difficult if I knew David’s adulterous, murderous, and sinful history.

Moses

Would I have recognized Moses as a leader to follow?  Moses grew up in a ruling house (Pharaoh) with great education but little to no influence of his biological dad.  Would I trust a man without the discipline and guidance of a biological father in his teenage years that likely contributed to his violent behavior and temper that prompted him to kill a man?

Could I trust a man that was so uninspiring is his speeches that he had to have his brother deliver his message? Would I stay loyal to a leader when everyone was clamoring for their old comfortable life?  Would I listen to the rationale thoughts of men around me who poked fun at Moses for suggesting a sea could part or that food would miraculously be provided to me in the desert? Would I really believe a guy coming down from the mountain that he had talked to God? Would I accept these “Mountain Laws” for me to follow as I’m surrounded by the majority consumed with affirming sexual sin and/or worshiping the golden calf who were “God’s Chosen People”?

I don’t know if I would trust a man that demonstrated violence in his youth, was by most accounts uninspiring with his tongue, and his primary claim to political fame was standing up to Pharaoh in his court.  If I was Hebrew and heard from my peers that this man killed another, I likely would run from Moses.  I am afraid I would have been ignorant that Moses would be God’s selection for leadership as well.

Conclusion

King David and Moses were chosen to lead God’s people with these characteristics, these shortcomings, and these personal histories.  If you really ponder the lives these men led, I don’t know if any of us “Good People” would have selected them for leadership.  Heck, maybe I would have been foolish and petitioned God to let Aaron lead.  He obviously spoke better than “His Moses Guy”.

In today’s world we play a dangerous game of identity politics.  We look for people that inspire us with their tongue and have lived lives that appear to ‘look like’ our own.  However, Biblical lessons have taught us that God’s leaders are amazingly flawed.  Furthermore, we have seen God’s people led into slavery by inept “Good” leaders.  We have to look no further than the Jewish kingdom who allowed child sacrifice to be practiced inside their own camps.  These historical leaders just sat there and worshiped the same false gods offered by the outside.

Furthermore, If we read our Bible we often learn many leaders that DID NOT follow God were instrumental to Jewish freedom.  We know Xerxes liberated God’s people from slavery.  He worshiped a different god!

Persian, Assyrian, and Babylonian leaders were all orchestrated in God’s plan for HIS nation. We have lost that perspective that “Outsiders” are definitely part of HIS overall orchestrated plan.  Sometimes we should reflect on the current leaders we live under and ask why they are now in power.  The Biblical answer tells us that the leadership that rules over is often placed their by God based on the spiritual condition of his leaders/people. Unfortunately, we have a religious electorate content with yelling at others shortcomings as opposed to an internal evaluation of their conduct (or lack thereof) and heart to improve the situation.

If God elected those behaving like him to lead, he would elect nobody.  Yet many feel obliged to judge others and declare specific individuals are unfit to lead due to personality flaws that are unlike their own (I’ve been guilty as well).  We have a tendency to be a self-righteous people (History Repeats).

I think it is easy to look in hindsight with the benefit of a perfect manual on whose God’s chosen leaders were.  People of God celebrate King David and Moses every day. Yet, I’m confident both King David and Moses would not be the first choice of today’s “God” voter.  Adultery, killing, etc.  Forget about even entering the election.

The difficult part is recognizing flawed men with favor from God to lead.  I remember living in Chicago and seeing the “Great Republican and Christian Leader” (Speaker Hastert) having his name on the Wheaton Business School. Oops..that guy was guilty of child molestation and cover-up!  Even experienced Christian leaders (Wheaton is loaded with “These” people) often judge the character of men wrong after a life-long pursuit of pursuing God.  By the way, Speaker Hastert is still loved by God.  Like David, he will still have to pay a price for his sin.

Christians tend to focus on historical character, speech, and political identification that is widely known and on “Public” display.  God primarily uses a different tool.  He examines the current condition of the heart. God rarely uses the “Obvious” person based on human logic.  He often uses the flawed and weak who have returned to seek God.

People will vote for popular and garner death in the desert.  This is a historical Biblical fact.  Select individuals often discern to vote for what is right, lose the vote, and live to see the Promised Land.  I challenge your heart to discern if you would vote ‘right’ or ‘win’.  I would challenge the Christian that claims Joshua and Caleb failed in their stewardship because they lost the vote (the common argument I have heard against this rationale).

I don’t think the vote of average men has changed much since Biblical times.  The obsession with “Win” continues and is reaffirmed by the political figures and media they follow.  In fact, the media presenting who is “likely to win” is used as powerful perception tool by the media against the believer.

At a personal observation level, wandering in the desert seems like our plight the last 40 years.  “One Nation Under God” just hit 19 trillion in debt!  I would challenge Americans to return to courageous votes that are ‘right’.  These courageous votes and signatures are well represented in the Declaration of Independence.

Greatness may lie in people with shortcomings from a “Religious” world standard but have demonstrated a strong current condition of the heart to serve. I’m not too interested in ‘how long’ and ‘how established’ certain individuals have identified with a main stream religion.  I’m more interested in changed hearts who are on fire to serve.  I’m interested in courageous and changed people like Moses and David to lead a business, community, family, movement or nation.

We possess insights into the lives God selected to lead his nation.  In no way am I saying America is God’s chosen nation (spare me the e-mails).  However, I’m afraid Christians have become intense judges on historical character issues and tone deaf to the current condition of the heart in evaluating leaders for our own nation.  In my opinion, the majority of Christians have become blind to people with flawed histories/personality traits He has used in the past to lead people.

Christians look in all the wrong places for information (media, friends, polls, etc).  Christian tend to be baited by the smooth talkers, the popular, the praised, and those that have their images crafted in the media. Christians rarely look at the person persecuted to live in peace with the former enemy, or attacked by the ruling party/institutions, or a person who needs help in public speaking to be the potential leader of people.

His ways are not our ways.  Christians need to relearn this lesson from their spiritual heritage.

At the end of the day, I’m thankful he is in control.  We should remember to not lean our own understanding and acknowledge him in ALL our ways.  We may just find a historical flawed leader that has the selection of God to lead history and develop his people (Who may or may not follow God).  I’m afraid the world will continue to overlook leaders the world is not worthy of as the book of Hebrews guides us in today’s “Religious” climate.

Today, America is a Republic and not a Theocracy.  However, we do have a Constitutional role to ‘Ensure the BLESSINGS of Liberty for Ourselves and Our Posterity’.   Our own ways have led to $19 trillion in debt, a culture that breeds a dysfunctional family unit that is destroying “Domestic (Latin for Home) Tranquility”, and a state of national security that has rarely seen this level of instability.  Yet, many believe Liberty is a blessing we give ourselves or have decided to scrap Constitutional Liberty altogether.

It is time to review the definition of blessings, understand our Constitutional charge for the next generation, and consider that imperfect people in historical conduct or speech maybe worthy leaders of a movement for God’s Ordained Institution (Government) to govern (this doesn’t always equate to “feel good” progress) his people. Repentant, restored, and obedient hearts remain a key ingredient.

The questions for those who still believe this is “One Nation Under God” are plentiful.  Are we clamoring for our old life, content with wandering in this desert, or brave enough to seek the Promised Land with the obvious appearance of tough obstacles?  Are we willing to evaluate our heart/obedience levels and seek God? Are we brave enough to abandon the majority of “Good” people in the public square motivated with fear by the appearance of danger in the ‘Promised Land’ or consumed with the lure of existing wealth on the safe side of the river?

I think those professing that this is “One Nation Under God” need to reevaluate their ways of identifying leaders, and what heart desires/fears they are exercising in their vote.  There is nothing new under the sun. Clearly His ways are not our ways.  That is guidance worth listening to.

I pray we have the discernment to elect leaders as God identifies them. This can be a difficult task.  As a word of advice, I think we need to walk away from noise and pray in silence.  I pray we can exercise courage in our votes despite the lures/fears/obstacles in front of us.  Finally, I pray we have the perseverance to see our own “Promised Land” with our children. We will have to live/fight through some major battles to give our children the heritage they are deserving of.  It is time we Constitutionally answer the call to ensure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.  Our forefathers taught us how to fight the odds and win.

***Todd Watson was an Independent Candidate for US Senate from Nebraska in 2014. He is a current activist, business owner, school board member, ministry board member, husband, and dad.  He can be reached at todd@watsonforsenate.com.  His FB page is Watson For Senate and his twitter handle is @watsonforsenate ;  Please enjoy the other blogs on the state of the GOP and the plight of Hog Farming in Nebraska this weekend (How is that for diversity!). He invites the secular civil world to “chill-out” with these writings of religious expression and exercise.  He loves you too.

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The 2 Factions of Conservatives

The American Conservative Article

Spot on article from the American Conservative

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“Were this Britain or France, the GOP would have long ago split between its open-borders, globalist, war party wing, and its populist, patriotic, social conservative wing.

The latter would be demanding a timeout on immigration, secure borders, no amnesty, no more needless wars, and a trade policy dictated by what was best for America, not Davos or Dubai.”

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In a nutshell…this is why I left the GOP. They push the populists to the side. Those of us who want to secure the border, avoid endless war (FUTURE entanglements), and create trade policies in the interest of America are not allowed.

The donor interests who simultaneously own the media will push open-borders, globalization, and war (most ties back to money).

The patriotic, social conservative, populists, and liberty leaning candidates like me are not allowed an equal microphone at the table within the party.

I’m all in with Carson and Trump for my finalists in the GOP (PS–I like some third party candidates as well). I wish Trump had stronger social convictions and I wish Carson was not so duped into non constitutional crony trade treaties (most medical people struggle with economics). This is why I can’t pick a winner yet and need to hear more debate.

They are the last chances we have to keep those controlled by the money out. I’m OK with Cruz. Cruz is probably the most balanced on social and economic issues. However, he appears to have sold out with his attempted hiding of money from Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and inviting K-Street candidates to campaign for him. I don’t know if he has the real courage to overcome the donor class.

Rubio supported amnesty before border security (just a fact that he has changed–just like his religion–FOUR flips!). The US Chamber supports open-borders. Now, we have a rising Nebraska conservative candidate that can’t get a border bill to the desk (despite being in the inner circle of Homeland Security), is endorsed by the chamber (fighting hard for open border), and campaigns for Rubio.

On pro-life we have ringing endorsements from Wells Fargo (have you moved your money yet?), Bank of America, and Fannie Mae. These entites continue to support our conservative candidates AND actively fund Planned Parenthood.

Somehow Republican Nebraska can’t figure out why 100 day pledges on key Pro-Life bills go unfilled, a border bill cannot be put on the desk by the Republican majority, and the general welfare of the American people continues to slip. However, they can figure out how to share the latest and greatest speech and continue to preach accountability wihout really demanding any from their own. To put the cherry on top, many Nebraskans think our candidates giving the President fast track authority are out to defend the Constitution. This isn’t even a stretch to understand giving ANY executive authority at the request of this President is likely to be UNconstitutional. Don’t be a Democrat. However, don’t be Republican either if you really believe in the Constitution.

As we move into 2016, the media is slaming Rubio/Hillary down our throats and demonizing their opponents in an attempt to sway the average voter who needs to identify with popular acceptance in their environment. They need to find the courage to stand alone and join a smaller (but quickly growing) movement to stand for principles. Both larger movements are controlled by the money.

As far as Rubio goes, Santorum (who endorsed Rubio) and Jeb who pledged Rubio to be VP can’t name ONE accomplishment of Rubio in the Senate. I would argue the same can be said about our establishment candidates at home. Yet people are falling in love with the speeches and ignoring the same donors behind the scenes that have run the show for years for both sides. The majority of Americans would demand God let Aaron, not Moses, lead them through the desert because he could talk better.

Times need to change before we start making rookie federal officials American stars. What happened to the ball player that had to be a 30/30 or 40/40 guy before they were awarded the MVP?

Maybe you will start to understand the identity of the party and realize the social conservative, closed border, populist has no room in the GOP at the microphone.

We can be brothers and sisters when the GOP joins us on the second amendment, seeks to secure this nation, defends religious liberty, and pushes for less regulation. However, we need to defend the Constitution and promote the general welfare of We the People first. These are the principles forgotten by both main stream establishment parties.

Have a good weekend … read my thoughts on King David/Moses and Corporate Hog Farming to be posted later this weekend.

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Holding Ben Sasse Accountable

“I am urging conservatives to hold every candidate accountable to keeping their word so that we uphold the Constitution’s system of checks and balances,” – Senator Ben Sasse’s statement on holding Donald Trump Accountable.
No problem Senator Sasse.
I completely agree with Ben’s leadership on this key topic. Let’s start with keeping Ben who decided to throw the first stone at Trump and demand answers to HIS questions on Trump’s character and civil positions.
Should a Senator who refused to answer fair civil questions before his election have the moral grounds to demand answers to his questions from another candidate? (See “Fair Questions for Sasse” July 28, 2014 blog)
Should a Senator who missed the final TEN debates in the Nebraska general election be leading a mission ‘To Revive Debate’ in the US Senate?
Should a candidate who worked for the President, Homeland Security, the DoJ, and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill self declare that he is the “Anti-Establishment Washington Outsider” candidate?
Should a Senator who made a 100 day pledge to sponsor key pro-life bills (a singular act in his control) and fail to follow through on his ‘pledge’ be held accountable?
Should a Senator serving on the Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that fails to lead consensus with Republicans on a border security bill be held accountable after adamantly declaring the border must be secured?
Benjamin Franklin – “Well done is better than Well Said”
It is a shame we have more talkers then doers on both sides of the aisle.
I hate “going there”…but people leading the charge on holding people accountable need to be held accountable themselves.
Lets dig deeper into the subject in the video! Let’s realize every candidate is running into Constitutional problems in their statements. (I would love to hear Sasse’s Constitutional argument on the TPP bill).
Let’s determine who is responsible for checking Unconstitutional behavior and which side of the “Establishment” ledger has the larger Constitutional problem. Let’s be proactive and help Conservatives in a frenzy on who is going to be King (I mean POTUS) realize their is a team of imperfect people that have stepped forward that should work together to build America.

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