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The Fear of Splitting the Vote of Mr. Domina and Mr. Sasse

Outline

– Letter and Statement from Domina Supporters

– Statements from Sasse Supporters

– The argument for the Constitution

– The argument for Unity

Here is a letter we received this week from a Domina supporter in Cortland, NE who have heard the arguments.  I omitted the middle part of the letter that was around issues and not the crux of their point on “Splitting the Vote”.

I really like the message Todd is sending, but he knows he will not win.  Can we count on him to do the right thing and put all his support behind Domina?  We can’t afford to pull votes away from Domina and let the Republican candidate win.  

……We do need him (Domina) to win!!!  Please consider your family and the future of Nebraska and drop out and push all your supporters to Domina.  …..Please pass this to Todd.  His strength is to help spread God’s word, but please encourage him to drop out and be the hero of Nebraska sending votes to Domina.

Larry Vilda of Lincoln, “You are wasting time, you little guys just split of votes with not a chance to win and it is sad…we end up with Republicans winning every time and that is really sad.”

The Republicans feel the same.  Scott Clausen from Norfolk writes, “We will see if Domina wins because of you!”

David Pennington writes, “While Mr. Watson is undoubtedly a fine fellow, at the national level, we have a two party system, with no place at the table for anyone else. . …I hope he doesn’t draw enough votes away from the Republican candidate that we send a Democrat, who will not represent the majority of Nebraskans.”

These are just the comments this week.  If people who think “I can’t win” voted for me.  I may win.  I feel second place for the entire state but the best option where everyone is happy but not overjoyed (this is usually the sign of a good deal).  We have time to grow courage and change “Second” to “First”.  Educating the voter that both sides feel the same way helps.   Do people realize our pure Constitutional message appeals to both sides?  If we realize that our biggest need is for a full observance of the Constitution and unity — I’m your best candidate.

I can and will represent everyone.  I have spoken honesty and truth across this state.  They know where I stand and have not ducked the tough questions.  We have rallied the message that God is unity and he does love all his creation.  His creation should be treated accordingly!  We are trying to set the example.  People have seen I will be honest in disagreement but spend some time genuinely demonstrating a caring spirit to that person.  We have rallied the message that the Constitution IS for everyone and we can rally behind it!

Personally, I feel like Abraham Lincoln who joined a new third party (Republican).   Being a spokesman for two parties supporting Pro-Slavery in the platform was the wrong answer for Abe.  He had to speak a third platform that was consistent to his full views.

We need a new third option serious about a full Constitution, fiscal control, and solving problems.  Changing the tone of the public square to honesty, people honoring debate, and caring towards all people even in disagreement is what this campaign is all about.   That is not happening with two parties taking care of their donors or programs in law or the tax code at the cost of the public treasury.  The further demonizing of people not like yourself definitely needs to die.  These tactics may win. I’d rather lose and have nothing to do with this tatic.  Facts are one thing.  Lies are another.  Caring for people is paramount to mercy as an individual.  Keeping solid law on the books is about doing the job of justice government is called to do.

Both sides “fearful” of what I’m doing to “their” vote speaks to the wisdom of the platform. The opportunity for better unity in November is here.  Or you can perpetuate the crisis that will continue with partisanship that does not represent a majority of the people.  We are the right answer because we are not the perfect answer for both extremes that compromise the Constitution to win.  The complete Constitution is a winning argument.  Pulling people together is the right answer because a house divided cannot stand.

Most conservatives are blind to their Constitutional violations.  Establishing Justice is the first job of government in the preamble. “Equality Before the Law” (the definition of justice) is the first thing the GOP breaks for their donors by giving them special treatment in the code based on the size of their contributions.  Two, their largest donors are Wall Street banks who operate in violation of Article I, Section 8, Clause 5.  “That is the way it is” are embarrassing arguments by both party loyalists when it flies in the face of the Constitution.  Republicans who believe their party advocates for free markets and fiscal balance are not paying attention to the facts.

The President and his subordinates (Democrats) in power positions breaking the Constitution is obvious with unprecedented 9-0 decisions by the Supreme Court “Checking” the Executive Branch.  We need to stand up to those who cannot uphold their oath of office to defend the Constitution.  The President and his party leaders are acting out of line with the Constitution.  I have talked to plenty of Democrats.  They are embarassed by the violations but sulk privately.

People are attracted to a complete Constitutional argument because it was an inspired document that the entirety of the country haggled over and agreed to push forward as our guiding beacon of light.  Both sides are angry because of what fundamentally comes down to violations of the Constitution from excessive government (Republicans) or corporate control (Democrats) that received their power from fundamental violations of the structural intent of the Constitution.

Furthermore, treating all Nebraskans with respect and giving them a listening ear is the right answer.  Preaching to a choir of people who only speak your language does not build unity.  Independents are the only candidates who have made themselves available to both party gatherings to listen.  Most of these party loyalists have no comprehension of the reasonableness of those on each side.  They do not talk to each other (politically) and are motivated by TV channels geared to prey on their worst fears of the “evil people” on the other side.  Turn the TV off and go talk to your neighbor that is different from you.

People by in large are good in Nebraska.  If a Republican neighbor’s house burnt down–their Democrat/Independent neighbor would bring them food.  If a Democrat’s home was destroyed by a tornado-their Republican/Independent neighbor would offer their place to sleep.  This is Nebraska.  We must bring this togetherness to politics in Nebraska and send it to Washington.

…..Study how a bill is passed. You will learn one dominant truth.  There are roughly 35 chances for any decision in the halls of Congress to kill a bill.  You need to jump through ALL these hoops to pass legislation.  A reasonable person understands it will take compromise for a bill to avoid death through 35 hoops.  Extreme stances will not get through.  Hence, nothing will be done.  The problem is, “When nothing happens…something happens.”

A Constitutionalist will note, nothing being done is the design for NEW legislation. Only the very best ideas are meant to pass. However, we have five primary roles of government that NEED to be done.  This is the problem with parties.  We have NEEDED government functions failing because they WILL NOT compromise.  We need these functions.  A judicary system administering justice with sound judges….need.  Defense of the border…need.  Settling what role our government should have in the Middle East….need.  Dealing with infrastructure deficiency that promotes the General Welfare….need.  An energy policy for the General Welfare….need.

Yes, I start from a conservative frame of mind.  However, many conservatives are reasonable people (especially Independent Conservatives).  I have pledged to not violate the Constitution.  In my particular case, I will not violate a Biblical moral code (10 commandments being a guide).  After that, everything is negotiable.  I believe this pertains to 80% of legislation.

I’m a college football guy but I believe the NFL gets it right.  11-5 can win a championship.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”, said Abe Lincoln.  Abe Lincoln was just proclaiming the wisdom God gave us in Mark 3:25 to the country.  We need a sense of urgency to unify.  I’m working very hard at how I treat and respect all people.  Part of fair treatment is honesty.  We do not agree all of the time.  However, they know I care for them and I will be straightforward.  I’m interested in rising the tide of all people whether they agree with my methods or not.

God, America, and Respect bind the vast majority of us.  We need two things to happen and we can win the election on Tuesday.  One, people change to vote “For” what they think is right and quit being motivated by “Fear of losing” to the other side. I believe the current “Party” votes are wobbling.  They are wrestling with “Fear” and “Right” as we speak.  Encourage these people to pray over their vote.  Two—people need to grow some courage and talk.  This lie of “Do not talk politics and religion” needs to disappear.  I would just advise not talking about it with those on the extremes.  They are the ones that become beligerent.  We must learn to chat about these topics in a civil way (See the Historical Nebraska Wesleyan Debates on the Todd Watson You Tube Channel for a ‘New American Way’ of debate.  3 of the 4 candidates demonstrated proper civil engagement with disagreement).

We have rejected PAC money and party.  We have the highest percentage of money from Nebraska.  We are the only candidate that can represent you without outside bias.  This is what Nebraskans want – honest and forthright representation.  We have Nebraskans that like our arguments best.  However, the lack of propaganda confirming their decision makes them afraid.  Friends, the answer is simple.  The money buying the propaganda is what will hurt you.  Our country was not designed to trend to a socialistic or a corporate fascist state.  The propaganda is from the corporations that want control.  Reject it as much as money advocating for government control of your lives.

If you have followed my arguments, I continually point to God’s word.  If you believe this is “One Nation Under God” you should spend some time in Numbers 13.  Clearly you will see God is in control.  We are not.  An individualistic nation obsessed with winning has a hard time recognizing God’s sovereignty.  (My video outside of Grand Island on this topic for people who still believe this is One Nation UNDER God)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAnoluEoYT0&list=UULamoUAIuT81VPt8sQ_uVXw&index=39

I believe God takes his cues on how he will treat people based on the convictions of thier heart, their vote, their intentions with God, and their plans of how they will treat others.  We need to drop being obsessed with winning.  We need to be obsessed with finding “Right”.  They can be one in the same.  “Not the victory but the Action” was our guiding inscription at UNL and in Memorial Stadium if you prefer a secular message.  Focus on the right action.  I believe ‘Victory’ is up to God in the end based on our actions.  His timing and definition of ‘Victory’ is very different then ours.

The mere fact I’m a candidate that both sides are gravitated to is probably a wise answer in a divided country.  Progress through disagreement is so needed to keep America great.

You have a big decision on Tuesday.  Have some courage or accept the consequences of trending to the imperfect outcomes growing from Wall Street AND Big Government.  These dangerous outcomes and/or the failure of government doing its assigned duties from dysfunctional parties unwilling to change will continue to happen.

Maybe change will happen?  Maybe we will win?  Either way, it will take a powerful message from the voter on Tuesday to force change.  Doing the same thing over and over is insanity.  There is no incentive for parties to change if insanity works at becoming elected.

At the end of the day, these Parties are currently controlled by money and motivated by power.  This is not what the Constitution was created to protect.  We NEED the 5 main functions of government to be performed well.  Let’s get to work!

Vote for Todd Watson, Independent for Unites States Senate – Nebraska.

God Bless – Todd

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The Royals Win and My Message for Nebraska in October

Summary Outline

Royals are awesome

People have a need to be popular

We need people to care about ‘right’

Why I’m Not a Republican but “Conservative” (a label you may relate to)

God’s danger story of “One Nation UNDER God” – voting for popular over right (Caleb and Joshua)

 

Full Story

The Need for Success

Be honest…how many of you counted out the Royals in the 8th, the 9th, the 12th?  Down four late–many gave up.

Not us … not the Royals.

Furthermore, who put their faith in March in the money?  How about $200 million with the Yankees, $180 million in Philly, $163 million in Boston?  Where are they now?  Money doesn’t buy camaraderie, values, or championships.  It does buy votes from people whose faith is in money and the propaganda (media) it impresses.

Money should be a tool.  Unfortunately, it has become an object to control votes and our Democracy.   Both sides get this wrong.  People are between government and property.  We should not let government dictate political control of property.  At the same time, we should not let property dictate the actions of government.  Both government and property should belong to and be directed by the people.  Government should not instill obligated beliefs into individually owned property.  Property should not instill beliefs into the government.  People are the “Go Between” of both entities.  Another reason I’m Independent as both parties do not see people as a “Go Between” that separate each entity. Keep government out of corporate policy and keep corporate policy out of government.  Both belong to the people.

Many people emotionally need to be part of a winner, belong to a group of popularity, etc.  This is why the top selling jerseys are those of “World Winners”.  I cringe seeing our kids in jerseys of those doing wrong in society.  Conversely, I am happy when they wear jerseys of players we respect and do ‘good’ off the field (Go Bengals and Rex).  Like adults, many kids wear the jerseys of winners and ignore if they do right or wrong off the field.  It’s about being identified as a winner on the big stage.

Adults are no different than kids.  They need to be part of success, popularity, and money to “feel good”.  They are willing to overlook lies, corrupted money, etc. to win. They want to be associated with winners at all costs.  This is why many don’t stand with right…they stand with big and popular.  They look to the wrong people for acceptance to win.  This needs to change.

Money

The fact that ‘poor’ payroll is now in the final 8 in baseball is awesome.  Many did not think the Royals would get this far because they didn’t have the money to compete.  Many didn’t think ‘we’ would get this far without Big Money.  Surprise!   Although the Royals are still there, so are the Big Money/Big Media Dodgers. We are still here but so is the big money from NYC, Washington, Houston, and LA.  We have an uphill battle and we need your help so you will be served.

Let’s push to be the final ‘one’ to rock the world of baseball and politics.  Let’s not forget we will be content if we don’t win.  Unlike the belief of many in the majority, we know God is in control….not the Republicans or Democrats.  Contentment will be our reward.  Nervous apprehension will be the gift of those who compromise right.  I believe a ‘believer’s’ job is to industriously work and declare what we believe is truth.  God actually determines the outcome.  Most believers don’t believe that anymore.  That is why they focus on winning.  I’m all about winning but let’s get “right” prioritized first.

Ditch the money and join the team united in a cause for victory.  We must overcome this money that doesn’t speak for Nebraska.  Donors control politicians for more money in their coffers and offer popularity and perceived power in return to the politician.  More importantly, the money steals representation from the Nebraska citizen and their voice in the republic.  This is unacceptable.

You have the ability to vote for New York, Houston, LA, and Boston.  You also have the ability to vote for someone not bought by the money to work for Nebraskans WITH conservative values.  Have all heard about me…no.  Is the word out about me…yes.  Are they talking about my ideas…a few.  Are more talking about splitting the vote because they are obsessed with winning…yes.

‘Right’ is off the radar, ‘Winning’ is on, of most in the discussion.  My coffers struggle because of this perception of winning.  The volume of people don’t commit to giving to a capital campaign until it is close to the finish line.  They like to win.  The key givers are principled people early who have a vision for right.  Maybe it’s my fault I didn’t inspire the principled people from the start.  My problem was that I couldn’t overcome their fear of the Democrat early perpetuated by the propaganda and the media preaching primary candidates in the Spring.  I don’t have a media outlet preaching fear of the liberal to drive people into my net.  They do.

Many think I’m right but don’t believe “I can win”.  This hinders many to support.  However, I also know they are wresting with their conscious.  However, I’ve been blessed with what I need.  I wanted an army of 30,000.  However, I was given an army of 300.  I’m thankful for who God did give me.  I think I have found the true difference makers across Nebraska ready to fight for “right” in the long term.  I’m finding out who floats in the wind for ‘popular’ at the same time.

The missed contributions do come from those obsessed with winning.  This traces back to the belief “We” are in control and therefore winning is paramount.  “We” are in control to the degree of how we express our beliefs through voting or expression of the heart.  However, our exercise of free will (voting is part of that) is what I believe determines our outcome that I believe God orchestrates.  To be fair to the electorate most of this belief from the electorate was established before the sell out to the Big Banks and the change of heart to support McConnell as oppose to call for stronger leadership.  The facts have changed.

I’m interested in changing more people then judging or condemning their beliefs.  Changed hearts will be key before results.  My lack of yelling doesn’t mean I’m agreeing.  It just means I believe yelling isn’t going to convert anyone new to the cause.

Media and Spreading of Knowledge

The focus by the large media is unfortunate.  We have and will continue to add new and real ideas to the debate.  The irony was Tom Becka did absolutely what I knew he would do before the interview last night.  I declared on Facebook BEFORE the live interview the likely agenda he would lead.  Most of the media does the same.  He followed the script to a “T”.  He is not prepared on all the candidates.  He is focused on candidates in the parties.  I’m just filler for the show.  The media in Nebraska by in large is no-where to listen to find new ideas.  Sensationalized journalism before discussion of ideas is the norm of the day.  Read my post and listen to the interview and you would have thought I wrote the piece before the live interview happened.  Dig on the net to find pioneering thought.  Listen to Fox News, CNN, or read the Washington Post or New York times if you want to hear the agenda of the local airwaves.  You can discover their agenda before they do.

Credit to Tom though…he, KETV, KLIN are the only media outlets in Omaha/Lincoln have the guts to cover an Independent with any substantive coverage.  I do love him.  He is more courageous because he allows freedom of thought of all people.  I admire that.  Credit to Tom….he is open to all persuasions and lets them speak.  Credit to Tom…he does better than most to move the debate forward.  I’m thankful for his inclusion on his show.  I would just like to spend more time on ideas that will change Nebraskan lives than the traditional mantra of “Here comes the God guy” or “What do you think about Dave legalizing pot?” discussion.  Ideas to solve big problems is a lost art in a world concerned with 20 second sound bites that drive attention.  Maybe this is why our country struggles.  We have popularity contests based on a game that believes in sound bites and not principled leaders ready to solve problems.  We have politicians that move to sound bites over solving problems.  The problem of unresolved health care, immigration, ISIS strategy lies in the wake as we move from media crisis to media crisis without resolving the previous problems.

Personal Responsibility

Are you spreading the word or keeping it to yourself?  My guess it is the later.  This is not just a problem in American Democracy, it is the problem in American Ministry.  It is easier to fly around the world in the name of ministry then look over their fence like “Wilson” and say the word “God” much less “Jesus” (hurry duck for cover).   We should be doing both.  Of course it doesn’t help when people in ministry are mute on politics.  When we perpetuate singular focused behavior we encourage citizens to narrowly focus on what their interest is.  This is no different for spiritual leaders as it is for an 80 hour a week businessmen.

The reality is WE ARE ALL citizens of a Republic.  We are all going to have our areas of focus and expertise.  However, singular focus must become extinct.  We are Americans and are called to steward more than just our specialty.  This applies to business professionals, teachers, stay at home parents, and yes…spiritual leaders.  Americans are called to steward families, money, government, jobs, etc.  One hat is not good enough.  The Bible talks about all subjects and so should our spiritual leaders.  We should not be teaching ignorance by refusing to discuss government in church.  This doesn’t mean preaching candidates and parties.  It does mean we need to start preaching about principles being exercised in government.  I have news to the church.  Cesar is now “We the People”.  The government is sitting in your pews and not Washington if you read the Constitution.   There is currently no separation between the two by definition or appearance.

What is it that keeps the silence on the people on things like politics and religion that is central to our way of life?  This is a land of freedom of speech…is it not?  Republics need vibrant discussion in all disciplines.  America has always moved forward in disagreement.  This needs to continue.

Constitutional Revival

We need a complete revival of the Constitution.  Not a half way revival of the document that will continue to protect donors from banking clauses.  Money does control our lives as much as government.  Unfortunately, the voter continues to ignore the history of what happens when this same historical money is in play in the race.  In fact, I think the candidate is blind to this fact or openly accepting this as a means to an end (I don’t know which it is).  He should observe history of those who believed this means to an end thinking as well.  Woodrow Wilson, the last college President to lead in office, highly regretted the legislation he passed for banks (Morgan) and oil (Rockefeller).   However, their money was a means to an end for his power.  He was the first to give capitalism the largest black eye that would stain its functioning from 1913 forward (both Federal Reserve and the Income Tax passed).  Let’s not repeat history and live with regrets like Woodrow Wilson did.  Ditch the big banks and oil companies.

The money from these entities are not supporting fiscal cuts, free markets, or the Constitution.  I pray I’m wrong, but history proves I’m right when someone is motivated by power and the belief in the logic of gathering more donor money from those who historically push for contrary principles to free markets and the Constitution.  Supporting the degradation of the Constitution should be an embarassment to every class A shareholder of the Federal Reserve.  Their money in politics is filthy.

I’m not fooled anymore.  Many Nebraskans are not either.

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R” if they are conservative.  It is time we question both parties if they will defend their oath of the Constitution from threats foreign and domestic.  We need a full Constitutional revival.

We need free/fair/just domestic markets, financial cuts, border security, and a spiritual backbone that guided firm values of this country.

With no reduction in federal outlays since 1965—why are Republicans fiscally conservative and Democrats are not?  They are both massive failures.  I like the description of Democrat-Lite for Republican fiscal policy.

When Republicans allow banks to set their own interest rates as opposed to the market, big oil to price fix alternative fuel at the pump, drug companies to fix prices in Medicare, bail out failing companies who donate to the party on the backs of taxpayers, and on and on…does any of this scream Republicans believe in Free Markets???  They would embrace and fight for free domestic markets for their donors if a solid belief in “free markets” was the case.

When all three House Republicans on the Presidential Budget Commission (Paul Ryan being the leader of the three and aligned with Ben in this election) vote against Simpson-Bowles that would have reduced our national debt from 65% to 25% of GDP by 2040, but agree with Patty Murray on a disastrous budget…I’m to believe they will lead us to fiscal balance?

Border security was passed in 1986 under Republican leadership.  Yet the border was not secured the next 6 Republican Presidential years.  28 years later we have an unsecured border by both parties!!!  I’m to now trust it is going to be different this time?  Is executing the law suddenly going to start to happen with the parties now?

When my last Republican president tells me I pray to the same God as a Muslim (My Muslim peers don’t even believe this), I’m to support and follow GOP leadership?  Spare me.  I know of men who did not deny their God and were thrown to the lions or in a fiery furnace.  These are courageous leaders.  Thomas Jefferson knew a man with courage was a majority.  I’m ready to follow these guys.

Next, I have to buy a line from the next Presidential candidate that was Pro-Choice his whole life is now magically a Pro-Life guy at the election.  Am I sucker for this change for political purposes?  Is this the leadership God wants me to follow?  Maybe this is the way it is, not for me.  I’m only following leaders worthy of following.  Obama, Romney, Bush, Clinton…no thanks.  This is why I like being Independent.  I pray for all of them out of obedience.  I’ll be honest it sometimes is hard to make that prayer.  However, I trust God’s wisdom in praying for these people.

When we conservatives cry about Harry Reid not allowing debate but give free passes to Republicans not willing to debate the other candidates in this state (my apologies to Lee Terry and Pete Ricketts…well done guys)…..how do conservatives not see unjust hypocrisy in a call against Democrats to bring debate and legislation to the floor?   We want ‘afraid to debate’ from Nebraska to represent us?  Or worse yet…maybe he is taking cues from Washington leadership to not debate anymore and shows we have lost our candidate already.  Could it be any more obvious Nebraskans have already lost control of their representative!  When you personally call for more debates…you better follow thru.  Your word is important and I can’t think of any better statement of caution to the Nebraska voter.  I personally believe Ben wants to debate but his entourage and party is calling the shots.

We need conservative in Washington but we are yearning for better leadership first.   Nebraskans you pick, which option is a worse statement in ducking two debates?  Fear or party control?  PS- the organizer of the Hastings debate is a staunch Republican.  He offered to move that debate well in advance to accomodate Sasse.  I was not asked if this would fit into my schedule.  I missed my kids game that day.  We moved camping to the following weekend to serve the people of Hastings.   This is part of what I signed up for.

Both sides should know better.  People need debate, public service, and representation.  Frankly, our electorate should know.  However, this squinting to see what they want to see is an electorate problem.   God forbid an “I” could be the right solution to stand up against unconstituional “D’s” in Washington.  However, the fear od “D” to build “R” reigns.  You can block Washington but beware of the blind side hit from New York.  The good news to the Nebraska people… there is still time to change.

It’s time for no party.  It is time for a 100% Nebraskan voice.  Hello Independent Conservative.

Do these honest criticisms of Republicans make me a Democrat?  Absolutely not.  It makes me a conservative that believes in practicing what I preach.  It makes me a conservative that realizes the National Republican Party is as lost as the National Democratic Party.  It makes me a believer that understands I will only vote for leadership worthy to be followed and will continue to pray for whoever does lead this country as a matter of obedience over desire.

Does this “Conservative” title mean I hate Democrats?  Absolutely not.  I actually hate titles.  “Conservative” is just a word people relate to that gives people a reference point.  That has been the biggest problem with the label “Independent”.  I like to think I’m more about Common Sense, God’s word, and the Constitution.

I realize God loves all people as much as “I”.  “I” should treat all people accordingly and “I” will.  Chalk up non demonization of the other side as a distinguishing trait from a Republican Conservative to me as an Independent Conservative.  Demonizing other people has done absolutely zero in converting individuals to ‘their’ side.  Unfortunately they both do it.  It is ironic in a land obsessed with “bullying” of kids that adults demonstrate the same values in public (just go on the twitter feed from supporters).  This is the problem with Democrats and Republicans. This leadership thru demonization of the other side is toxic to our country.  Most every day citizens of which I’m one are sick of this behavior and want to see some unity and results to move America forward.

The glaring ‘continuation of power’ problem for a Republican is if you go to a GOP function it is usually full of older people.  Few young people are showing up.  This is recipe for death.  The young are not being won over by the party.  When you go to a Democrat function you see a lot of young people.  Why?  They are preached an “I believe” message.  The Republicans preach an “I don’t believe” message that reminds the young they have lost their work ethic, values and ‘they’ are doomed.  If you ever stop and listen to an educated youngster like I have they are upset with the old for spending all their money.  There is half-truth in all of these statements and this is why we need forgiveness and reconciliation.   I need to mend these fences between young and old and re-instill an American belief and relationship between the generations as well as the parties.  I have a two-fold challenge if elected.  I think my age in the middle of these generations is a large asset to a body so disconnected with the young.

On a positive note, I’m excited at the young people involved from both sides of the aisle in our race.  We have had an awesome time around UNL, UNK, UNO, Concordia, etc. this year.  We preach a positive belief in our kids and demonstrate self-determination.  I’ve enjoyed visits to the nursing home.  I was given a big smile in Bassett Nebraska and an “Atta Boy” from one still full of life and optimism in their old age.

Conservative can win when we instill faith in our kids and demonstrate and teach hard work.  We need more adults mentoring kids with these beliefs.  This requires balance and a prioritizing the future over working late for the next buck.  Add mentoring kids to the list of needed duties to be performed in a Republic.  Add caring for our elders as a Biblical responsibility that we have unfortunately delegated to government.

Do I think Democrats are right on the majority of issues?  No.  Do I think they are right on a few issues because they have better gifts in certain areas?  Yes.  Do I have faith in Republicans that get conservative principles right?  Absolutely.  I will stand 100% with Republicans when they are right on the issues and 100% against them when they are passing unconstitutional favors and protectionism to pay off their donors.  The first role of government is to establish justice or “Equality before the law”.  This is the first Constitutional duty these parties break for their donors and elected officials in the party.

Where Should We Go

I still believe if you combined Democrat compassion with Republican logic you would obtain a better outcome.  I know I’ll get push back on that comment…so be it.

Conservatives, please stop drinking the Republican Kool-Aid.  Separate until this party gets a clue and lives out their values.  Look for growth in the young before you hop back on.  This has been a party on the decline for good reason.  Instilling fear in your followers to win is a long term recipe for disaster.  People cannot operate in fear that long before they collapse.

Ben is half right.  He proclaims the party of no ideas loses to a party of bad ideas every time.  This line of thinking helps.  Although I think this is a true statement, I’d suggest as an ex-Republican the main problem is they don’t practice what they preach.  Their Achilles heel is always compromising principles for power.  In particular, the free market and the constitutional are overlooked for large donors to obtain temporary power.  Our budget and people have suffered for it.

Cut a budget, empower the free market for all people, follow the Constitution and focus on defense instead of offense every administration.  That is what I’m doing and believe in.

Lebron returned to Cleveland.  I could return to the GOP (I will not the first 6 years if elected—you have my word).  However, I need to see a commitment to principles and championships again.  I need to see, hear, and feel belief in the future again.  This living for today needs to stop.  I need to see long term tough decisions to ensure our elderly do not experience a bankrupt social security and medicare system.  I need to see long term tough decisions so our kids have a bright future they can go achieve for themselves.

I hope I’m wrong but I’m convinced they will not do what they say.  Read the Contract with America and Pledge to America and review the results.  The optimism was just as high when these words were declared.  Follow through was a different story.  Compromising for power is, continues to be, and will always be the culprit.   Avoiding the money, and staying free from the power is the best way I can demonstrate I will not sell out.  There is nothing to sell out to.

Like healthcare, they are destroying the free market and a belief in capitalism for the people by allowing banks to operate under an unconstitutional charter and exempting free markets for their donors.  They are causing the counter response as people suffer from unjust laws created in a manipulated market.  This manipulation is what liberals scream at as if this is the product of “Capitalism”.  The problems are not capitalism.  The problems come from unconstitutional practices and manipulated markets that distort capitalism and give it an unfair black eye.  Yes, perfect capitalism has not been perfect.  That is why we need labor laws.  However, it is the best system we have had to improve the most lives in America in a fallen world.  Both parties have abandoned their beliefs in “Free” domestic markets.  Preaching and enacting are two very different things.

Caleb and Joshua

I get questioned if I’m conservative because I’m an “I”. It is time we start questioning “R’s” if they are Conservative.  “RHINOS” are more of a problem then myself.  You know what you get with me.

You can vote for a lesser evil if you believe in winning.  I’ll stick to voting for what is right.  The story of Caleb and Joshua in Numbers is too powerful to do anything but vote for ‘right’ if a person believes this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Unfortunately, we are a dying breed even amongst believers.  Granted we are no Israel, but we are no Iran either.  This is a special place given to us by our creator.

Republicans voting a majority–beware if you still believe this is “One Nation UNDER God” and vote for what you think wins over what you think is right.  Dying in the desert was the victory trophy of God followers who made the more popular but incorrect vote.  Congratulations on winning the vote Majority!

It will be too late to correct later once the vote is made.  Trying to correct the mistake after it was too late brought sudden failure—see Caleb and Joshua, Jeremiah, etc.  That is why it is imperative to get our actions right, the first time.  We have the warning shots from 9/11, the Wall Street meltdown in 2007, and now this monstrosity of federal debt created by violating the Constitution and believing in “Providing” the General Welfare.   All three have serious ramifications.  Ditch the short term memory and singular focus.  We have a decade that screams for complete recovery, and 35 years of a growing national debt that is the result of excessive warfare and welfare that need to be addressed.

I’m looking for Wall Street to bring that pain with Republicans or Big Government to bring that pain with Democrats.  It is time to stand against both and return to Constitutional principles and obedience to avoid the pain.  Individuals need to start reacting with a belief and follow through that this is “One Nation UNDER God”.  Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.  Focus on yourself.  We have plenty of room for spiritual growth for individuals on or willing to come on the boat.

It is time believers who truly ‘believe’ demonstrate a conviction that God is in control.  Winning or losing a vote has very little to do with your personal final outcome if you trust in his word.  God has that in his hands. You just get to express the will in your heart before he acts.

I believe you have a monumental choice and opportunity this November.  Please like, share, and e-mail to your friends—or be silent.  Silence has been the centuries old problem of people alike.  Bonhoeffer, Lincoln, King, have all warned you throughout time on silence.

It is your choice.  My team worked hard under God to give you the option this year to free your conscious with your vote.  People will be accountable this year for the outcome.  Blaming maybe heard, but the heart will instinctively know the truth after 2014 if we do not change.  Let’s begin to get this right in November or accept the consequences when our liberties and way of life are destroyed by Wall Street and/or Big Government.  November will be the start.  This is a long, arduous, but worthy path to take. I need your contributions to help get the word out before November.  Please consider giving.  God bless each of you—believers and unbelievers alike.  Have a good day – Todd

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Retired Political Leaders Tell Washington to “Shape Up”!

From Earlier Facebook Post This Week…

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/the-washington-elders–retired-political-leaders-team-up-to-tell-d-c–to-shape-up-200548379.html

We need a new way! We have former leaders from both parties speaking out against the problems of party divide in an excellent interview below. Filibusters, amendments, protecting minority party rights and safe guarding debates. These ideas make sense. Why can’t these parties see they need to grow up and facilitate progress? Please vote for Todd Watson, Independent for US Senate. It is time to work together on civil issues to move this country forward.

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Simpson Bowles – Party Extremists (Ryan & Obama) Killed Progress

Simpson Bowles was an excellent compromised proposal in 2010.  Obama created the commission.  The group was bipartisan (including the GOP’s up and coming favorite Paul Ryan who served on the commission).

The commission came up with a plan and the CBO estimated our national debt as a percentage of GDP would have fallen from the mid-60% range to the mid-20% range by 2040.  At the end of the day Paul Ryan and Obama both rejected the plan as it didn’t take care of their interests and were content to play party politics instead.  They opted for nothing and settled for the green line below (click link and refer to embedded CBO chart) that is going to take us to a 200% debt level to GDP ratio (if we make it that long).

Fast forward – we have both parties approving the Paul Ryan/Murray (approved by Obama) budget compromise.  Remember history– they did absolutely nothing to attack the debt in 2010.  Instead, they agreed to this budget that solved nothing and want praise for compromise?  Not here.

The middle lost and the extremists won in 2010.  We ended up with the green line instead of the blue line (read chart in attached website below) by failing to adopt Simpson Bowles.  We need to overcome both extremists and reintroduce compromised agreed to plans that were approved by 60% of Congress and met a demand from the American people.  When Senator Coburn and Representative Pelosi agree to budget proposal that lowers our debt to GDP ratio from 65% to 25% (approximate–please refer to chart) in 30 years–you pull that trigger!  Put the politics to bed.

Long-term solvency is a paramount concern for Americans. Let’s put the extremists crafting our budgets to bed and let’s work together towards the fiscal middle and obtain long-term solvency as Simpson and Bowles proposed.  Don’t let party extremists kill progress again!

Vote Todd Watson for United States Senate from Nebraska.  Fiscal compromise is possible!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Commission_on_Fiscal_Responsibility_and_Reform

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The New GOP Message – Building the case for Todd Watson for Senate!

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304753504579280084264850074

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  We are getting back into the groove today with our writing and will be hitting the campaign trail again next week.   We are thankful for the incredible numbers we are pulling the last 3 weeks.  We thank you!  Keep the grassroots effort up!

Today’s article continues to build my case and should continue to sway conservatives that the Republican Party is no place to be electing a conservative to represent your values this next year.  Some of my quotes are coming from the print edition as opposed to the online message above.

The percentage of people who express negative feelings towards the party is at a 23 year high of 48%.  Shocking on why the party is in disarray and compromising values to get back to “popular” again.   You can read the article for your own consumption but let me make a few observations on the article.

“The Republican “LEADERS” (again not to beat a dead horse but this is why I can’t go Republican) and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party’s most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.  GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions.  Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups………….are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014’s midterm elections.”

Translation—if you are not going to pull the centrist party line you will not be placed into powerful positions in the party.  Second, limiting the tea-party faction.  This is a direct assault on the “balanced budget” people.  This message was received in the house and it is why you had roughly 75% of the House supporting the latest budget that did nothing to work us towards balance.  Principles die easy when you value your party power positioning/support over your convictions.  This is why you need to vote candidates with conservative principles outside of the party.

The more you give this party power—the more you are not going to achieve your goals.  Nebraskans are clear—we want a balanced budget.   In my opinion, the Republicans have nothing to give up and that is why the party wants a “centrist” message.  I’m open to compromise on how we get to a balanced budget but I’m not willing to compromise to a message of not balancing the budget.  The reality is this country needs to give on both sides of the isle and sacrifice.  People who are familiar with my material know I’m critical of the party power fighting that goes on.  Let’s look at what John Boehner is threatening his own party members with:

“In the run-up to the budget vote, Mr. Boehner’s deputies warned chairmen who were tempted to oppose the deal that doing so could jeopardize their committee posts.”

Translation—pull the party line of the budget (poor compromise—see previous posts) or be prepared to lose your party power positioning.  Talk about putting party members in a choke hold!  Friends, we need conservatives free from this party to get something done.   Their party is going to erode their positioning to get their new “recast message” out and elected to the White House.

Let’s move on, the next quote is from the print edition of the WSJ on A4.

“Six chairmen had voted against an initial version (see earlier farm bill post where we cite the original bill was better than the second) of a farm bill earlier in the year, causing the legislation to collapse on the House floor.”  It is amazing to me that our farm lobby is continually fooled to support the Republican Party.  Call your trade groups and ask what party they support and why?  Ask them if they are aware of the record of the party leaders with the farm bill. Give them a wake-up call!  The Republican committee leaders killed the farm bill earlier in the year. 

Finally, the rest of the article dives into money issue after money issue.  They have the majority of American’s passions there.  However, I’m comfortable in standing on my own in this issue.  The change in our country is going to happen when we put our emphasis on God and not money.  I’m not saying economic policy is unimportant—it is very important.  We will spend plenty of time debating economic policy but I will not let the message of returning to our spiritual heritage be overshadowed.  Declaring the order of what is important is a statement we need to make and I want to be clear we need God’s strong hand on our country to make this place work.  Again, I can’t control what people believe but I can declare my underlying belief to that message of God dependence.  I can go toe to toe on money as one that has worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur and CPA for my working life.  However, let me be the first to say our return to our spiritual heritage and an ethic of hard work is going to lead us back—not policy.

Friends, you are not going to lose your conservative ideals with me.   You may have candidates that support conservative values but remember their own party is going to be fighting their influence—just read the article for yourself. Please vote for Watson!  This is a vote for principled conservative convictions without the obsession with and freedom from political party power.

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