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March 11, 2016
If you are a conservative and don’t know Phyllis Schlafly…you are not conservative. Phyllis has a long history of taking on the Establishment. What is her term for Establishment?
Senator Sasse was at the latest meeting of “Kingmakers” despite this continuous “I’m Anti-Establishment” lie to keep up an image in populous conservative circles.
The Bilderbergs and other establishment groups plan much of what happens in the world through coordinated media, diplomatic, and multi-national company efforts. One of the major outcomes of their actions is the undermining of American Sovereignty to advance Globalism (“One World” tendencies). Please watch some YouTube videos on the Bilderberg group. Maybe you will start to understand why Sasse got unlimited coverage and why censorship by the Omaha World Herald against true Constitutional recovery campaigns like mine is very real. As you can see by the gathering of this group, the media (especially larger outlets that the smaller outlets just reprint) and diplomats work together to achieve a common agenda. Our Founding Fathers wanted to see this coordination between press and politicians.
We have a press and country. I’m still fighting for the adjective of “Free”.
Constitutional and Unconstitutional Positions
Many in my circles love Senator Sasse and his rising fame. Many people like his romantic Constitutional speeches (he is smooth). However, most are uneducated to the Constitution and actual actions that were taken by our Founding Fathers. They lack an understanding of the laws he advocates for that are NOT Constitutional (FAST Track/TPP) or against Founding Father Constitutional Philosophy; Interventionism and Free Trade. Until you know the original document and actions you cannot identify Constitutional fallacies of candidates that blend Original Constitutional thought (good) with Modern Interpretive Constitutional Philosophy (rarely Constitutional and bad).
Many citizens will ignore or remain ignorant of these issues because people like to follow “Popular Winners” or have made dangerous assumptions (like Free Trade is Constitutional). I call them Constitutional golfers. They pick up 10 foot putts and call them good. They have to go the extra mile and understand what the Founders actually did. (Hint: they had tariffs)
There is nothing wrong with winning, being popular or successful. However, you can’t forget who you serve and you cannot fail to defend 100% of the Constitution as the oath of office calls for. The later often conflicts with the former. That is the case with the trade treaties. It is the American problem. Our population is so addicted to money that they will sacrifice a document that protects them for the long term for short term economic (or political) gain. It is sad. Low cost consumer products does not always equate to Constitutional advancement. We have a document defined for the benefit of select lands and people.
Make no mistake, Sasse serving these groups who operate by secretive meeting will not serve we the people. I will ask the follow up question no one else will. Does anyone want to ask why he is meeting the CEO of Apple who is openly leading the fight against a judicial order on “Other Business”? That is probably the most bothersome piece to many conservatives that study the connections of who is there if you read the full story. I’m not even going to go there in this piece.
Sasse was tapped as a future leader by these select groups (I’d bet big on it). His historical lineage from the key Ivy league memberships to the Presidential appointment tells an astute historical observer of government a trajectory trend a given person is on based on the historical establishment tree. The history of others on that family tree is what makes this scary for the people. We need George Washington to cut that tree down. The Bush legacy was one root that we successfully removed this year. The Clintons are next.
You will continue to see coverage of his “Good” things and little to no coverage of votes like TPP/Fast Track that does not match his public image he has created (“Their” money interest vs. “Constitutional Interest”). It is the big legislation that TPP/Fast Track achieves for the ruling elites that has to be voted FOR that may go against the rhetoric that was preached and soothed the masses. That is how the game is played in Big Stakes Washington. Many of us are trying to change the game and get this government back to the people where violating the Constitution isn’t up for debate and democracy and dialogue can settle the differences inside the lines. You have to listen to genuineness and run from scripted speeches.
The Establishment Cringing and Their Future Plans
I’m sure the establishment is cringing that this secret meeting was discovered and published by REAL journalists. These are the patriot journalists that are so hard to find these days (look at Ben Swann as another ‘pen patriot’). They dig for truth.
I think Senator Sasse will be running for President the next 4 to 12 years based on his inclusion in this group. My guess would be sooner rather than later when you see a man with a poor track record like Rubio flash on the scene and become a rising Presidential candidate with no substantive legislative accomplishments, broken political promises, and a poor attendance record. Sasse can run a mile around Rubio’s record in a year if he wanted or is allowed to. However, credit Rubio. He said he was wrong this week in his conduct. Rarely will you see an establishment member apologize. I commend him for that. That is character. Trump could learn from this.
All is not bad with Sasse or Rubio. We are united in a fight against poor Iranian diplomatic efforts, united in advancing religious liberty, promote pro-life, “Speak to” less government regulation (I’d act), and many more common conservative goals.
Constitutional Courage Needed
However, there is a HUGE difference in true Constitutional courage between us. I do not support these trade treaties or Fast Track (similar to the newly awakened Cruz on the issue). I was one of the first conservatives to go on the record on this in 2014 and will not back down like Trump. There is no Constitutional defense to this treaty. Like the Iran Deal it was cut behind closed doors by an out of control President and usurps the authority of the people and their sovereignty maintained by Congressional review.
Outside of TPP/Fast Track there are few MAJOR pieces of legislation he has been a part of to develop a record either way. The lack of a border security bill to come out of his committee should be an alarm bell for any normal conservative who thought he would be a leader on uniting the party and securing the border. A person who cannot bring consensus IN HIS OWN PARTY on a border bill is problematic (those big corporate donors looking for cheap labor makes that bill hard to produce).
I will present to you in the near future two VERY IMPORTANT additional Constitutional topics we are different on: Interventionism and Free Trade (upcoming videos). Our Constitutional guidance and founding fathers demonstrated a different approach to interventionism and free trade then establishment politicians of both parties. Interventionism and Free Trade are the largest differences between conservative non-Republicans and conservative Republicans. Foreign policy took a dangerous Constitutional shift from Washington/Adams to Roosevelt/Wilson. Trade was historically tariff based until Republicans switched tunes in the early 1930’s. The early 1900’s was horrendous for the Constitution and the beginning of our Constitutional downfall.
As far as Establishment aspirations for President, Hillary winning or losing will have a big impact on the vitality of a third option that is being floated by the Kingmakers. I think a third option will be guaranteed if both Trump and Sanders win as the current voices of power will have no controlled horse in the race. I suspect a strong push for Hillary if she wins her primary by the powers at be.
Hillary has long been an interventionist and free trader for the benefit of multi-national companies. This is why you can hear some crazed Republicans actually supporting Hillary over Trump (loyalty to “The Club”). These are the mutual values that current leaders of both parties usually have.
How to Approach Candidates
I look at the governmental actions (if they exist), political money, and political speeches of our officials in that order. The population tends to work in reverse. They listen to the speeches of candidates through controlled media. They rarely know the political money behind the voice and cannot recall any noteworthy legislative actions. My job is to help you change. We need to be a smarter electorate to the money and substantive actions. Remember when your coach told you to watch the torso and pay no attention to the head fakes (if you played basketball)? It is similar in politics. Watch the actions and avoid the high profile speeches to understand where they are really going.
Tip 1: Read The Hill, Washington Examiner or Politico. These outlets keep you informed (not always free of bias). Avoid the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal with outright political agendas
Tip 2: Got to Opensecrets.com and ‘vet’ your candidates money
Tip 3: Look at the donor lists and see what social causes they support. Planned Parenthood support will tell you a lot about donors and controlling conservative candidates
The basic rule of the Establishment is this: You are allowed to preach whatever it takes to get elected but votes on key legislation they need will match their will (you can have a few non dissents if there is margin in the vote to keep your base). If you want to have access to the money/media/corporate machine that really controls power, these appears to be the rules based on the extensive reading I have done.
They allow significant fighting on issues that don’t affect the money. Your candidate may talk pro-life until they are blue…just ask if they help on legislation for their donor list who already directly pays Planned Parenthood (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs). You either compromise your conscious and make a deal or you have to make it big on your own and fund your own way to make real change.
‘This’ is where we say the actions are controlled. One major reason I had to leave the GOP and be Independent were around principles of Constitutional Non-Free International Trade, Constitutional Non-Interventionism, Unconstitutional Currency Control, and Disagreement with Donors and their agenda. Fighting for True Liberty for We the People is liberating and frustrating at the same time.
The Quiet(er) Revolution You Are Witnessing
We are in a battle to save capitalism and American sovereignty as we speak. Rigged and Controlled capitalism is a big ingredient to creating a push for socialism. Globalist pursuits are destroying our self-will for our population. We need strong DOMESTIC centered capitalism to benefit We the People that is not controlled thru currency domination, government regulation, and fighting for those on top of the pyramid around the world. International trade can still flourish. Tariffs can be low. However, our policy should be based on a strong employment and wage rates created by markets and not the DJIA level. Working for the establishment is a vote for a centrally controlled and organized society that can’t jeopardize the position of the powerful. This is not American liberty. Where the revolution gets divided is many of us are pulling for the original Constitution and actions in their entirety. The other part of the revolution is looking for socialism. This is why it is imperative for Establishment followers to insist on a clean-up of our system and throwing those out of power tied to the corrupted system. There is no faith in the compromised (Why I took ZERO corporate money) to move this country forward for the Constitution.
(See my past posts if you have not figured out the corruption. It is in the design our monetary and tax policy)
Furthermore, our national debt is at a crisis level (I’m afraid we may have already gone too far). We cannot afford an interventionist foreign policy that leads to wars that advances very little of our Constitutional mission and jeopardizes our Republic by adding to already unsustainable debt levels. Long drawn out periods of war have been the downfall of great civilizations since the beginning of time. We need to study history and control our aggression.
We have seen most anyone and everyone in the Nebraska GOP party leadership get behind Rubio. He is the Establishment choice after Jeb was taken out early by true “Anti-Establishment” voices. The money quickly moved to Rubio and we responded. The movement succeeded. Rubio has gone nowhere despite all the endorsements, the politician stump speeches, the ads, and the media singing his praises. The movement is strong.
Those of us who do not add to the “Globalist and Establishment” base of the NEGOP base are shunned away from political advancement in this state. The best way to get on stage and speak these ideas was Independent and not GOP. That is what I did. That is why the stage was held hostage by the media and Senator Sasse in the general. (I assumed you noticed little to no difference on platforms between the GOP candidates in the primary?)
My proudest achievement in ’14 was to be called the clear Constitutional candidate after our only televised debate (that most of you have not seen) and then watch the deemed ‘Constitutional Senator’ duck the next 10 debates because he was out debated.
My satisfaction came from delivering the speeches I assured my volunteers I would give in the name of Constitutional conservatism and giving ALL Nebraskans my respect and my ear. We can do better!
What the Nebraska GOP Needs to Realize
Unfortunately, Republican Nebraska remains behind the dramatically changing national conservative scene. However, I am seeing progress. I love getting the emails that say, “I see it now!”. Those make my day. The numbers of people Constitutionally “Getting it” are growing! (write me at todd@watsonforsenate with your story)
For the majority of NEGOP loyalists, they have not seen the agenda of the money behind Rubio as the rest of the country has. Most were wowed with a great speech. The majority of the country (including Florida) has moved past his speeches and looked at his track record and monetary donations. This is what Nebraska should be doing. I hope to continue to evolve my state in understanding the world agenda of many of their donors and why Constitutional recovery will only occur when these donors lose power and don’t select/control the appointed voices to run the country for their benefit.
It is key I continue to educate people on the Establishment and their followers who have developed deep globalist/interventionist beliefs. These beliefs are based on decades of action and teachings that have been funded and pushed by Kingmakers through education and propaganda (often the same). Study the founding fathers and you will change your deep held beliefs. You have to trust the thinking of our Founders over civil beliefs you have been ingrained with.
These incorrect belief systems shrink the liberty of all Americans. Worse yet, they cost American lives in our military without advancing Constitutional Security or American Liberty. Blood will always have to be spilled to protect freedom. We are all grateful that some are called to take that risk for us. However, they should only be called upon when the threat to our Constitutional mission is in jeopardy. (Hint: It is not in Jeopardy Defending International Oil Interests). I must use my gifts and fight for them first. The Kingmakers have altered foreign policy that has cost American lives. Ideas have consequences. Monetary control remaining in Wall Street, intervention in International sovereignty, and failing to protect markets for the benefit our people, and working for donors who simultaneously fund abortion has severe consequences. Ideas and alliances matter.
In a world of “Identity Politics” the GOP will continue to spin what establishment is and what it isn’t. Don’t take the bait of definition change offered by both sides. The money, connections, and background makes this an easy analysis. Results will stay the same with continued obedience to the controlled media and money. If you still don’t want to listen to me…that is fine. However, listen to Phyllis. She is a long time veteran in following the money and seeing 50 years of conservative destruction by the Kingmakers.
Prayer FOR Our Leaders is Still a Command
Please share this post. Keep praying for Senator Sasse and all our government leaders. I’ve sought out Senator Sasse in person but he has declined my invitation to talk. I will keep trying.
At the end of the day, we need God’s help to continue to take this country back for how our founders designed it to work best.
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January 19, 2016
Part I: Remembering Dr. King
Part II: The Similarities to the “Non Establishment” Movement
Part III: Lessons from Dr. King to All Activists
Part IV: Discrimination in Nebraska
Part V: Observed and Noted Discrimination – A Good Sign that Justice is at Work!
Part VI: Pastors Must Become Bolder
Part VI: In Summary
Part VII: My Favorite Sermon from TD Jakes
Part I: Remembering Dr. King
Today, we celebrate and remember Dr. King. I was fortunate this past summer to travel across the Southeast and learn about the approach to civil disobedience employed during the civil rights era. I appreciated the discussion with many Independent Conservative and Constitutional Candidates during our travels. The passionate talk about how, what, and when we will advocate to create change to overcome two parties acting unconstitutionally was an energizing experience. I was happy to hear the same themes in the South as I have heard in the Midwest.
We are fast approaching a dangerous liberty limiting era in American history. Our people are clamoring for a government they see in other nations! We have Biblical precedence on what happens to citizens when they become jealous for other government forms that offer less freedom then they are currently blessed to live under! People desiring government leadership over their lives is nothing new for groups of people (even the religious) that have drifted in their faith and trust in God.
Civil disobedience training is needed for our people to prepare themselves for a government organized by individuals and parties willing to violate their Constitutional oath. Constitutional education is needed more than ever for every American to know their rights of what they are obligated to accept and reject!
I had studied Dr. King through the textbooks, but the visual tours added so much more detail and depth to his movement. I encourage you to visit the Southeast with your family. Alabama is the best state to really digest, feel, and learn civil disobedience in American history. The triangle of Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham is loaded with American history.
Your kids (if you have them) will feel and learn the power of movements that begin in God’s Church. I cherished my moment in prayer at the churches central to the civil rights movement. To picture/comprehend/feel God’s strong message he delivered at these locations through these historical leaders was very powerful. I tried to empathize with the depth of rage and corresponding strength/commitment to the non-violent cause one must have dealt with after church bombings claimed children from people of faith, caring for neighbors beaten with clubs, or losing friends to murder from hostile organizations. Our brothers and sisters in Charleston, South Carolina demonstrated the response the people of the South had to display in those times. Thanks for reawakening a solid testimony Charleston! It is a sad to continue to see this level of hate across our land.
My visit reinvigorated me to continue my protest to those abusing their power in Washington at the cost of the people. It inspired me to continue to teach our population (especially children) on how to be difference makers in their community through the church. We need these movements born in the church demonstrated to our kids again. I’m talking to you Pastors! Are you training your followers (especially youth) to be bolder for truth and the betterment of others?
Dr. King walked the walk. He didn’t just talk the talk.
We have politicians talking the talk today to capitalize on the “Non Establishment” movement. Unlike Dr. King, they don’t walk the walk. Why? They have not gone through the trials and steps as highlighted in TJ Jakes sermon that most leaders go through (See bottom of blog) to become a leader of people. They have not been convicted with the true message and the desire for their citizens to prosper.
Many of our main stream politicians have walked a walk of continual popularity, no trials, and public praise. They are literally addicted to the adoration of others. They have not gone through the trials Dr. King and others have that usually correlate to leading a movement of justice for the benefit of the people.
Many of these politicians have had personal trials. They are human. However, many in the popular position have not had the political trials that promote standing for truth over party/donor interest. Many have not gone through the trials of standing for right at the cost of standing with the majority. This is why our Republic is dying. A government filled with individuals consumed with being popular with the ‘majority’ is not the design of the original Constitutional Republic!
Dr. King was the figurehead of the civil rights movement. However, there were many more spiritual and civil rights leaders making the difference on the ground that did not garner attention. Each of them internalized the righteous anger that came from social injustice. Each of them made a difference for the betterment of others.
With Dr. King as the backdrop to each story, I hope you enjoy my blog. Please read the captions in the pictures for many of the thoughts I had from my travels across the South (I was in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky). Thank God for an American example like Dr. King to show how to fight from the pulpit, advocate for social justice, and demonstrate non-violent courage in the face of power. People armed with pen, camera, or club that seek to silent free speech around issues of justice are very real. Dr. King taught us how to respond!
What I Learned During My Year of Advocating for the Modern Day “Non Establishment” Movement
During the Senate campaign, I was the only conservative to show up and debate in North Omaha. North Omaha is a predominant African-American community in Omaha for the benefit of my national readers.
North Omaha is home to one of the worst violence rates in America. Many politicians (like the Republicans in my race who would not attend) are afraid to make a visit and discuss issues with people that are not similar to ‘their circle’. Fear, political irrelevance, racism, disrespect…whatever the reason….they are afraid to speak in North Omaha. Speaking to the North Omaha community was very important to me. It was my privilege to speak to all citizens across this state in 2014. I had a new Constitutional message of hope that had to be delivered to all people despite their background or political persuasion. The Constitution offers hope to many popular themes (income equality, justice, etc.) in North Omaha.
I also had a message of rebuke to deliver to local pastors in Omaha passively accepting platforms of “Pro-Choice” and other non family oriented policies in an effort to compromise for politicians seeking aid for the local area. It was not just a “Be Cool” mission I had in attending North Omaha. I had a rebuking mission as well for Pastors flowing in the wind against the solid guidance of God’s word.
Playing favorites to particular groups of people is not my belief set as evidenced in my message, my donors, and my conduct. The conduct of my other “Conservative” Republican rivals is self-evident.
I debated Domina, Ashford, Jenkins, and Crawford (All Democrat and One Former Democrat, now Independent Candidate). All questions were posed by members of Nebraska’s North Omaha community. Did I take some heckling for some of my conservative answers? Of course. However, the vast majority welcomed my appearance. We had a great night of shared dialogue! Those that gave me a hug/handshake for being a pioneering conservative to finally show up to their political forum fueled my spirit. Thanks for your encouragement! Your encouragement, welcoming, and fellowship meant more to me then you know. I’m happy to stand with and not be ashamed of Pastors no matter where they live. However, I was clear to be in full support of the Pro-Life Bible Believing Pastors of the community. Community betterment were mutually shared goals. A shared philosophy of whom makes betterment possible made it easier to stand together. (Of course, I respected the views and beliefs of the other Pastors as a good American will observe).
Senator Sasse, Representative Fortenberry, and then Representative Terry did not show to debate, listen, or speak. This may sound like 1950 behavior, but in fact this is 2015 GOP behavior in Nebraska. I know the GOP doesn’t like hearing me preach to them. However like Dr. King, truth must be spoken to power despite their disgust (See LBJ/Dr. King examples)!
Not debating, not showing up, not listening…..these are the actions that contribute to GOP perception of bias and ignorance of specific citizens whether that be in South Sioux City and the Latin community or North Omaha and the African American Community. These actions are not well received.
Dr. King through his actions taught me how different and bold change agents must be. (My attendance is not that bold by the way). The advocating of Non Established conservatism and Constitutional views for the people can take time for adoption…especially when money from the people you speak for is not plentiful to fund ads. The problem is compounded when money from the ruling class takes out ads broadcasting “Populist Promises” to the people. Trust is hard to decipher in 2016 Partisan America.
My followers represented the rank and file hard working conservative. Like TD Jakes teaches, many of my followers abandoned me “To Win” the vote and beat the liberal at the end. I have no hard feelings. However, I’ll keep sharpening my “Caleb and Joshua” sermon for these followers. They really don’t believe God is in control of the situation. Deep down they still believe they are in control. Our “Free Will” is just on display before he acts (My belief).
In the end, I’m happy to report progress for the Non Establishment movement! You have 3 real options with both parties today that you did not have in ’12. Unfortunately, Sanders believes in government control. At least he is honest and not deceitful in his Socialist opinions. He is clearly outside the party will as the Democratic party continues to solicit a Hillary bid.
The ‘Non Establishment’ movements we see from main stream parties ARE related to those of us who courageously spoke truth across this land? (All of us who walked arm in arm for this cause lost by the way).
Where do you think this division of ‘Establishment’ versus ‘Non Establishment’ came from in 2016? The parties are hearing our message backed by a growing number of citizens. ‘Inside’ Candidates found courage to go vocal with the message delivered by us bolder ‘Outsiders’. However, the main stream party is still rejecting the message. They still don’t believe people like Sanders, Trump, or Carson really have a chance to win because they don’t hear their names echoed by ‘their circles’. Newsflash: ‘Establishment Circles’ don’t mingle with ‘Outside Circles’ (See North Omaha). You are not hearing the beat on the street. I have walked with both circles and I assure you the sentiment is real and is motivated by citizen justice.
Lessons from Dr. King to ‘Activists’
Dr. King stood alone. He often fought the battles within his movement. The average Joe will believe that most of the people throwing rocks will be external threats—the ‘Goliaths’ of the world. However, detractors often come from inside a movement. TD Jakes cites this reality in the civil rights movement in the sermon below. Secular driven opponents maybe surprised that many of my detractors were Evangelical Republicans. Surely God is Loyal Republican!
Dr. Carson is learning this message first hand as he works his own “Non Establishment” faith based campaign. He has internal detractors as well. They are abandoning him as Dr. King was abandoned. However, he spoke truth to power and is why he has garnered so many faith based followers. His statements on liberty/justice resonate in the heart. He is a modern day Dr. King that many are abandoning on the inside and outside as they seek out a more “Popular and Zesty” candidate. He shouldn’t worry about the herd. He should keep preaching truth. I keep praying for Dr. Carson to stay strong.
These fact patterns of rejection from the inside are similar to the line of King David. We learn in 1st and 2nd Samuel challenges most change agents like David will face. Most people have an obvious ‘enemy’ similar to Goliath. The average citizen ‘Herd’ will identify Goliath as Trump for the GOP Establishment/Democrats or Hillary/Obama for Republicans. The establishment has a way of building a “Goliath” in the media for their enemies. However, I promise you the vast majority of the herd will be blind to the ‘Sauls’ that are working against the modern day ‘Davids’ as they take on the real Goliath of the people (Government and Corporate Oligarchs).
Most ordinary followers will clamor for their leader to battle Goliath. They will look for a valiant fighter, a man with great armor, or an established leader to engage the fight. Most followers will think a Shepherd boy is not one to look for to defeat a big enemy like Goliath.
Friends, God is the real hope. He will use the inexperienced, the young, the ill equipped in earthly armor, and the ones with GREAT FAITH to fight his battles for justice. Don’t forget David’s brothers’ views of David before the fight. People close to you will abandon you too! Acceptance/Popularity/Winning will always be the herds crutch. Herd dying a figurative death in the desert has often been their outcome as well.
Once an earthly battle is secured, the powerful elite often will turn against their army/warriors to consolidate the power and glory for their benefit (See Donors/Party/Saul). In fact, some ‘Kings’ you fight for will often pursue you to a level that you run to your former enemy to survive! (See David fleeing Saul to live with the Philistines whom he once killed!)
Rookies know Goliath is the enemy. Amateurs know Saul (whom David fought for) was the King to pursue David’s death after he beat Goliath for the sake of his benefit. Savants know Saul pursued David to a level that David was forced to live with the Philistines– his original enemy! Loving your enemy is a real lesson God teaches us. David gives us one solid reason on why! Lesson: Most rookies are familiar with Goliath but blind to the threats Saul or Kings they fight for will present to the warriors of truth!
We should be leery of Kings. Better yet, we should learn from Samuel that our clamor for a King is wrong in the first place.
God ordained government. Our founders looked to his guide to design civil structure. In my opinion, free will IS in his design. Freedom of religion IS our cause for all people. Like us, God will not deny himself the pleasure of being selected by another free thinking human being for love (my opinion). We have the freedom of religion. We have the choice to choose God.
The lessons don’t stop there! ‘Davids’ will often take on more than one enemy at the same time to create positive change for their people. Let that be a lesson from this blog. ‘Davids’ will have to take on battles for the people and flee being pursued by leadership he fights on behalf of. We need to teach leaders how to battle two enemies at once and gain a perspective that does not fixate on one threat only. Please see a real modern day preacher in the spirit of MLK below. We need more TD Jakes. Minutes 50 to 60 are great on this very subject!
Discrimination in Nebraska
You really don’t know what it is like to be discriminated against until you go through it. I do not know what racial discrimination feels like. I do know what political discrimination feels like.
I had a contextual historical understanding of discrimination from textbooks. However, living it was a way different experience. I praise God for it. It has made me a better/stronger/more empathetic leader.
I felt the movement by the ‘establishment’ first hand as I directly spoke truth to power.
It is not just the Establishment. The population will run too. They desire and need ‘acceptance’ more than nourishment of truth. Most will overlook the truth for the benefit of a majority identity. They often need to see confirmation with others or on TV. One or two political identities gives our majority a feeling of acceptance. The feeling is exemplified and confirmed by various friendly outlets that exist for both persuasions.
Dr. King teaches us many of individuals, religious denominations, and support circles will abandon us too when we advocate for a new message that is unfamiliar to the masses. Many followed and deserted Dr. King as his movement ebbed and flowed in popularity over time. After his victory, everyone was “Onboard” and believed in his cause from the start. (They like to win). The reality is his movement had stiff resistance before it succeeded.
‘Free Institutions’ like The Omaha World Herald were the Chief Discriminators. They would not cover my message. They refused to put our campaign in print because I didn’t have the money and establishment/party following ‘real’ candidates have. They actually had a “Fundraising Threshold.” Furthermore, their leadership in the political department had “Subjective” rules they employed that warranted coverage. That “Subjective” judgment was a continual moving target. Being on the ballot was an original standard that came and went. It is no secret our campaign clashed on topics that are heralded in the agenda of the main stream political media. Since when does the institution of journalism set the rules for participating and coverage of an election? Guess who else didn’t cover North Omaha the night of the debate?
Most in Omaha still don’t even know I exist because of OWH and KFAB’s first hand discrimination against covering my voice placed there by the Nebraskan citizens. Signatures from 89 of the 93 counties was not resolute enough for these outlets! They would attend little to no events where Mr. Sasse was not present. The citizen voice put on the ballot by Nebraska was not being covered. What made our campaign more astounding is our ballots were 100% volunteer based. We did not pay volunteers to seek out signatures. The free press not covering a citizen initiative should present real fear to the average American. Look outside these sources for independent/non controlled information. God bless those journalists who actually understand their call and have ethics to match their work.
The Lincoln Journal Star refused to cover my message as well. For my national readers, the OWH and LJS control/own most of the content across the state. To the LJS, I was a “Religious Candidate” that was only worth a brief mention. A person of faith can’t be capable of solid civil views was their unspoken message from the editorial and leadership board. The one voice in Omaha who did allow my voice “Becka” had this same attitude with me as well due to my beliefs. Full credit to Tom, he still had me on to speak (or argue with) despite his disgust from my openness with my faith.
Advocates against Free Speech and Debate came out against me as well. I was refused by the National Federation of Independent Business (even though I own two companies with 85 employees), The Nebraska Medical Association, the Independent Insurance Association (even though I purchase from “Independent Agents”), and many more from participating in the Senate candidate forums despite the Secretary of State declaring I was a qualified candidate on the ballot. I know Jim and I have opened the door for others in the future based on the blow back they received. I forgive, but I have not forgotten the attitudes and belief system of many of their leaders.
This political discrimination is in on our blood in Nebraska for the benefit of contextual understanding of my national readers. Non-partisans (despite our reputation as a Non Partisan state) are given different ballots to vote in the primary. We are denied votes for specific offices. We don’t have the same voice in our primary as partisans do. Again, 1950 is alive and well in Nebraska.
My cause of religious liberty (now mainstream), Constitutional designed economic justice (becoming main stream), and citizen liberty (still fringe with more Libertarian candidates) were being pushed against by the powers at be. I was even denied to speak at a political club in my own church run by older establishment Republicans. Rejection by “Main Stream” followers is very common if you start a new cause. Get ready activists. Discrimination will come your way. Embrace it! Don’t attempt change if you need popular acceptance to survive!
To top it all off, I was discriminated against by organizations I have been a long time voice “For”. I was evaluated as having a higher “Pro-Life” score then many of my political opponents. However, I was not endorsed by the most influential Pro-Life group because I was an “I” and not an “R”. Dr. King would have thrilled to know I was being judged by the letter behind my name and not the content of my character.
You know what? I praise God for all the discrimination! My depth of empathy grew leaps and bounds. My eyes were awakened to Institutional and herd behavior. My leadership ability and my dependence on God began to thrive. I learned how to walk alone (although my key circle of volunteers, wife, and key people in my faith circle gave me the encouragement and nurture an activist must have). I’m grateful for the experience. I’m eternally grateful for the support structure that walked with me through my toughest trial to date.
Friends, Rejoice! Much was achieved for God in our campaign! Our voice was not silenced, although not widely heard. The letters I have received from many of you encouraged my soul. Lives were changed. My key volunteers did not drift. God did not abandon me. We got the money we needed to travel and speak our message. We got many news outlets to cover the Citizen message. Praise God for what happened! New followers are now hearing the message in the mainstream. Praise God for those around the country that sacrificed for the same message. Praise God for Dr. King. His encyclopedia of life experience helped give me a road map to navigate a culture working against a message (more my “I” identity) that was new and radical to old ears.
Like Dr. King, we had our supporters and our people who bucked the trend. Many people believe in fairness, equal opportunity, and free speech. The Cattlemen’s, The Nebraska Chamber, NET, Americans for Corporate Growth, UNL, Concordia, the citizens of Stanton/Seward, media like KRVN, etc. rose up and offered a platform for the citizen voice. God bless them!
As for Omaha, KETV was the only televised news station in Omaha to put me on the airwaves. However, Jenkins (the other “I”) and I had to split 10 minutes while each partisan candidate was given their own private 30 minute episode in the same time slot. Progress in Omaha…Yes. Equality….NO! ….and KETV was the strongest TV voice for Independents! I really appreciate their Independent approach to issues.
This is establishment and partisan Nebraska. Our state likes those handouts given by the government for our businesses too. Nebraska GOP free markets usually equate to farmer hand outs. Getting insurance coverage was big progress and sacrifice for many around the state. We as a state are in the initial stages of divorcing business from government. Baby Steps! For my national readers this maybe one of the most establishment states in the union. Business handouts have been a way of life for many. It is no surprise our base is slow to drift from those who have put a check in the mailbox.
I encourage every citizen to find and watch the NET debate online. This was the only televised debate in this state. (1950 I know). You will see why I was called the “Constitutional” candidate by Scottsbluff media. I was called a Reagan candidate by the Kearney Hub. Most of you didn’t even know I or the message existed!
I’m not saying I was the only Constitutional candidate. I can say I was the only one who offered a Constitutional debate with the eventual winner. That debate was declined. Let’s just say David challenged the Goliath of the donor class to the Constitutional debate. Goliath would not show. Goliath refused three times to meet and discuss platform stances. My 50k rock was willing to go to battle against the $5 million voice. The battle was declined so our message was not heard by many in the public square.
Discrimination by Powerful Institutions Are ‘First Signs’ that Justice is at Work
More intense and deliberate discrimination is the evidence of a true movement for citizen justice.
The media is often controlled or act in a way to maintain access to the current “Power” structure. They did with Dr. King. They are doing it again today.
See media control against King, Gandhi, the Iranian Prime Minister of the 50’s and on and on. The mainstream media/the institutions of power (becoming one) have always silenced progress. Larger threats of Individual justice have usually coincided with the centralization of money, media, and political figures into a limited circle. This is happening in 2016 America. This is definitely Nebraska.
Unfortunately, our country now believes the candidate that skipped 10+ debates is going to be the key figure to pioneer a renewal of debate in the Senate. Journalists continue to overlook the 10+ Senate debates he missed to substantiate the conduct behind this claim! Why does the Nebraska media fail to ask a basic and obvious question?
Watch our historically document debates at WatsonforSenate if you want to see who originated the promotion of ‘Vigorous debate in the Senate’ idea. Watch our debates on WatsonforSenate to see who did not debate the other candidates 10 plus times when every other candidate was present.
I don’t believe the genuineness of his statements. I’m fearful his donors are trying to own this non establishment message for their benefit. Scripts and speeches are his mode. Off the cuff talks from the heart are not his specialty. Prepared lines and speeches is Donor Party 101. Donors owning a popular message for their power is not a new practice. It is rooted in the history of the world.
I hope I’m wrong.
Furthermore, does the citizen really believe the “Anti-Establishment Washington Outsider” claim as well? Examine his background of his life. If I worked for President Bush, was Chief of Staff in the House, attended Ivy League and Oxford……I would not call myself an “Anti Establishment Washington Outsider”. Citizens must get better at watching the walk and ignoring the talk. I have more points…but you get the trend.
I’m glad Senator Sasse is now talking a good game. However, the walk when the votes actually win will be his true test. Part of my role maybe speaking uncomfortable truth into his job and reminding him people are actually watching what he does over what he says. Let this paragraph be a message of accountability and encouragement to Ben. As a point of clarity, I was told by his Chief of Staff to not call him directly. I’m honoring that wish or I’d correct him directly instead of going public as I demonstrated during the election. My best advice to Senator Sasse is that he needs people around him to hold him accountable and not just sing his praises. I’m afraid he has more of the later and less of the former in his inner circle.
I do like much of his message. It is similar to mine. I hope parts of it win for the sake of the people. However, I know it takes true conviction and courage to see citizen justice through. I know he struggles with citizen/party/donor balance. He needs encouragement to follow the will of the people. Therein lies his success and legacy. Therein lies the temptation in failure to make a difference.
I know it takes the journey of trials like TD Jakes illustrates to see a cause thru.
To his credit, I know he has passed personal trials that far surpass mine (His medical battles with his wife surely built his character). I really admire him for this battle. However, I have yet to see political trials come his way. I pray he experiences political trials so he can grow to win the bigger issues for the people. Stump speeches on unattended topics are inspiring but the progress is in the details on the bills that hit the floor. I believe he can be the answer if he surrounds himself with the right people to hold him accountable. I love Ben, despite the appearance of this section. I really do. I know we share the same Savior. I wish him well. However, I will hold him continue to hold him accountable to what he says and does. For the sake of our faith and his work, I would implore him to have his walk begin to match his talk.
Our Pastors Must Become Bolder
Pastors must become bolder too. See TD Jakes sermon at the bottom for a good example. (PS—watch these sermons North Omaha if we want to rebuild a strong church to retake North Omaha for ‘good’. Soft pastors that go along with pro-abortion need some time with God.)
Our American founding was ripe with pastors speaking truth against laws that violated “Transcendent Laws”. America prevailed over the tyranny of the day. Not ironically, the majority of ‘Declaration’ signers had Seminary degrees. There is a reason the majority of our Founders were grounded in teachings of God’s word as they designed a liberty oriented government for the benefit of We the People.
Fast forward to Nazi Germany for Pastoral failure. Pastors seeking ‘to be left alone’ or turning the other way in Germany were far too common. They mistakenly removed their eye from the public square. When the war ended, the legal defense of many Nazi’s was –‘We were just following the law’. Christians claimed this defense as well.
This defense did not hold up in International court. The citation of the court was profound and flies into the face of modern day America. Transcendent law is superior to human law! The Verdict of Nuremberg is Clear. ‘Life’ is a Transcendent law. They are valid claims against American law today.
Rewind to the civil war/civil rights era. Our brilliant Constitution was flawed. It was laced with thorough and well defined laws protecting slavery and unequal rights at the ballot box. The Constitutional arguments were very clear, concise, and complete to keep these practices alive and well. The Constitution would not have passed without these citations. However, the Constitutional laws around slavery could not and would not hold. Why?
Transcendent laws are superior to human laws designed in the Constitution. Inalienable rights given to us by our Creator are superior to human constructed (slavery) laws. In my opinion, Transcendent laws will find a way to win in the end. Why? I believe they are the laws ordained by our Creator. Get on board or get out of the way!
All arguments of the Confederacy were not wrong by the way. The South had good arguments for state control (non-slavery based) over federal laws. This was a superior Constitutional argument they made. They had concerns over liberty over the capture of those rights to the national level. They were just and right in many of these points.
Unfortunately, they married a superior cause (Individual Liberty/States’ Rights) with an inferior cause (Slavery). Good arguments like States’ rights fail when married to inferior laws that fly in the face of Transcendent laws. That was the mistake of the Confederacy. Their Constitutional arguments were solid. Their understanding of Transcendent Laws went missing.
Friends, good laws lose when coupled with laws that are not just.
This is the lesson the GOP is starting to wake up to. These are the root of actions that have failed the GOP for years (a big reason why I left). They are losing ‘good’ positions by advocating for unjust ‘bad’ laws for donors. They pass it off as ‘the way it is’ in Washington. Newsflash: ‘The Way It Is’ doesn’t work either.
Most importantly for the righteous, remember Transcendent laws! They are superior to human laws. Compliance officers will follow any law. We have many compliance officers in Church. We have Compliance officers in our military. Both groups need to be reminded that they are to obey ‘Lawful’ orders that are consistent with the Constitution.
We need to empower people of faith. They are Constitutionally empowered to disobey Unconstitutional Law! They need to walk a road between Selma and Montgomery to embrace what a civil disobedience walk against powers of the state might feel like.
Furthermore, we need to see protestants show up to the abortion protests. Conservatives have let Progressives dominate Constitutional rights to Protest! We must lock arms with our Catholic brothers and sisters already doing the work in key areas like abortion!
We must empower ALL people of faith with the truth that God’s Transcendent laws are superior to Human laws! We must fight for laws consistent with God’s design. Life is a Transcendent Law as recognized in the International courts. We must empower Pro-Lifers that are afraid to ‘lose’ with the knowledge that God wins in the end. The convictions of our heart are in full view of God. We must ignore what man thinks! We must express our Constitutional rights! We must express and exercise our religious rights! We must advocate for truth in our civil laws!
Fast forward to today.
We have numerous human laws being written, affirmed, and upheld by our government. More dangerously, we have numerous “Orders”, “Rulings”, “Laws” that are being imposed in an Unconstitutional spirit on the people.
Don’t go pointing the fingers only at Obama GOP (He is a horrendous offender). The first calling of the Constitution is to Establish Justice. Justice IS “Equality Before the Law”. This is the first digression the GOP makes in building law. Examine those laws written for donors. Is this equality before the law for the American citizen?
We have a Constitutional right to ignore laws/rulings that violate the Constitution. You can ignore GOP claims that their #1 job is to protect this country. You can remind them that their #1 job is to defend the Constitution of which they are not doing. Physical Defense is a subset to their primary mission of defending the Constitution. It is a modern day message built in popularity that speaks to the “Security Need” of the masses but demonstrates the Constitutional ignorance of their oath.
Democrats, your President is as Unconstitutional as they go. Your silence is not forgotten either.
Unfortunately, we have many pastors soft in speech leading the sheep to a ‘soft’ cloud. They do not know the Constitution. They want you to read the Bible but many have failed to read the Constitution. Please remind them of their dual citizenship!
Many pastors remain silent on issues in the Bible germane to THEIR government! They lie in intimidation to governmental laws in contrast to God’s Transcendent Laws and American Constitutional law. We need your voices Spiritual Leaders for the benefit of this country!
Many spiritual leaders fear the 501 (c) (3) threats. Be like Dr. King! Ignore LBJ threats over your rights to YOUR pulpit, to YOUR speech given to you by GOD, to YOUR responsibility from God to lead your sheep on issues of mercy AND justice. Dr. King overcame LBJ. You shall too! LBJ’s human laws have fallen to Dr. Kings advocating of Transcendent Laws already! Speak! Be Constitutional!
Have you lost faith on who provides for your church? Does the 501(c)(3) make mana rain down from heaven? Do your sheep know where their provision comes from? Your sheep are watching your lead!
Do they believe they have a voice because you have yours? Do they believe human action is needed for their provision? Do your sheep believe their speech has to be limited and contained? What message from God are you communicating to the sheep? We don’t need a civil voice leading the sheep. However, we may need a kick in the butt from a civil voice to the spiritual voices to wake up! The correction can go both ways in times like these!
Will Pastors continue to be silent like the pastors of Germany with serious sin that will condemn any nation? Will spiritual leaders lead their people like Moses did out of an oppressive Egyptian government? Will spiritual leaders preach truth to government like Moses did? Will Pastors teach them the lessons of David? Will Pastors teach their sheep they should expect attacks by internal and external forces for movements of justice? Will pastors recognize these detractors inside their church walls? Pastors sleep too.
Our founding father pastors were not silent. Bonhoffer was not silent. MLK was not silent. We should not be either.
Transcendent laws shall reign! Transcendent laws need a voice! We need your voice Spiritual Leaders of America to shape our civil laws for our Republic.
Friends, I want to close with a sermon from a preacher I admire. In my opinion, TD Jakes is cut from the powerful influential cloth that Dr. King was cut from. I’m as white as they come. I dance white. I laugh white. I really jump white. However, I like a soul church when I need to just “let the word go”. TD is one of my favorites when I need a good sermon from the soul. I love TD. He is not perfect. However, that is not the standard God has for either of us!
This attached sermon is on “Leadership”. I present it to future leaders when I see potential. If you are a true leader you will resonate with the truth in his message. I think this message on leadership will exponentially resonate with the activist. We have ‘been there’ if you have fought a real battle for pioneering progress.
TD in minute 1 hits the primary problem of Americans and where they look for leaders. His speech at minute 37 to 38 will tell you the reality of the problem of being “Popular”, being a true leader, and being held captive to fear. Minutes 46 to 48 will teach you to be a leader and be comfortable with controversy (“Which means minority position among “Herd” followers). Watch why people will ditch you at minute 1:16 in your cause. He will teach you to identify all types of people and how they can help or work against you.
Minutes 50 to 58 will teach you to fight people on two fronts (Like David, Dr. King, etc.). Don’t forget Dr. King was dumped by his denomination as well because he was controversial and didn’t speak establishment values held by the majority of his denomination. I resonate with that as an ex Republican!
Remember, the Denomination came back to Dr. King in the end after his rejection! The message from “Main Stream” GOP is coming back to true Constitutional leaders as we speak. It is unfortunate many former party members like myself had to abandon the party to preach and stand for truth against the wishes of the Ivory Tower. God be the glory. I’m glad many of us did!
Read their message in ’16 and our message from ’14. Note their similarity. ‘THE’ message is being adopted by the establishment as we speak. Just today I heard my own representative preach a new message of transparency in medical prices, a need for rebirth of American manufacturing, and a renewal of civic institutions to breed unity. Where did you first hear that message Watson followers?
My alarm remains. Are these speeches crafted by the establishment? Are they not authentic? Is this being preached to consolidate power? We must crusade on. WE MUST SEE NON ESTABLISHMENT PEOPLE IN OFFICE to see this Constitutional mission through for the people! Activists—keep rocking the boat!
Taking on the establishment, speaking truth, outlaying what real justice looks like, treating all people with respect like those in North Omaha, was a “boat” I was called to rock. I’m happy to do my part. All God’s children need love despite what they believe. All God’s children need to do their part to serve his creation.
In the end, I praise God for how I was treated. It was part of my journey into maturity. I tried to knock over the money changers contaminating the temple of the church and government. I’m glad I did! They distort justice in our Constitution!
I encourage you to be courageous like Dr. King in ‘Your’ movement. This is America. We need the talent God created in you exercised! Don’t follow the herd. Be true to God’s word and follow his path he gave you to walk to serve others! Don’t worry about popularity! Don’t worry about winning! Worry about being a genuine advocate for truth. Worry about exercising the gifts he entrusted in you! I promise you that your gifts if exercised under God’s thumb will grow! Mine did.
Sinful? Made mistakes? So have I. So did Dr. King. So have you. God uses the average and imperfect like us. Rise up and be used for his purpose. God Bless Dr. King and God bless you. We got work to do! Happy MLK day! Learn from one of America’s great leaders!
Love You Nebraska! Love You TD!
August 14, 2015
This video is a message to the people of Faith who are protesting the government to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
Quick summary of the video: 1. Check yourself first 2. Fix your purchasing behavior 3. Keep protesting the government 4. Love people.
I’m 100% behind issues of conscious and religious liberty. However, I’m hearing these words become “Buzz” words and thrown around lightly. Worse yet, I’m seeing people use these words for political purposes but fail to act in a consistent manner to what they preach. Let’s make sure our own actions match our demands.
People of faith, we need to make sure we are doing what we can to save lives. Withholding OUR money in everyday purchases will make a difference in removing financial supply that aids in ending ‘life’. This is more than political difference, this is about humanity, liberty, and rights.
This essay is not about ending your purchases from your neighbor who may have political differences from you. This is normal life in America and is a far cry to the “offense” you may have with your neighbor who holds different political views. This removal of funding is about preventing money from going to places that are funding the end of life of innocent human beings. This is a whole different level of cause and justification.
Here is a link to 77 major companies funding Planned Parenthood (the list was last updated on August 6th).
Most of us are indirectly supporting Planned Parenthood with OUR money. You will be shocked who is sponsoring abortion (Proctor & Gamble who makes Pampers, Walt Disney, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, and many more). We need to change our purchasing behavior first. We must continue to demand our government change. However, this should not be a ‘them’ and ‘not I’ demand.
I’d ask you to pray over your spending decisions. If convicted–step up your game. You may not be able to change the government, but you can change yourself. Spread the word. Pray over convictions with a small group, co-workers, family, and friends.
As a point of reference in your ‘internal’ consideration….
Do not forget the top two reasons women cite in obtaining an abortion.
1. An interruption to their normal life
2. Financial hardship (both the medical treatment and raising a child).
Will these be the identical reasons people of faith will not change their purchasing behavior?
How about the politician? Will they give up their donor money from companies sponsoring abortion?
Our Nebraska GOP politicians are thick with K-Street money from companies sponsoring and supporting Planned Parenthood. Bank of America, Wells Fargo, etc. They love to preach “Pro-Life” but turn around and take money from Planned Parenthood sponsors and pass favorable legislation for their benefit to grow profits….and yes grow contributions to Planned Parenthood. You can’t serve two masters. Many in Washington have not taken this guidance to heart.
Is the politician nervous about their financial situation? Are they nervous about the interruption to their campaign/party if they were to make a financial sacrifice by giving to charity their political donations received from abortion sponsoring companies? Citizens often demand politicians give away contributions from racists…why don’t we demand politicians give away political contributions from those supporting the termination of life?
At the end of the day, careful who you point the finger at first politician and citizen. We often like to pull out the speck from a neighbor’s eye before we remove the plank from our own. Life interruption and financial risk are identical reasons conservative individuals and politicians do not change.
Ask yourself if a committed heart that has gone financially backwards (in logic) at the offering plate has brought a financial bounty or sacrifice to their/your financial future. Act accordingly. Let’s make sure our walk matches our talk.
A few final words of love to these mothers and women who have already had an abortion. The Bible tells me about Paul and Moses who were involved in the manslaughter of men (at minimum) and became pillars of the faith THAT INSPIRE ME. The Bible tells me about the greatest birth of all — a ‘human’ unplanned pregnancy. I have great love and ambition for these women from these situations. God clearly has done amazing works with people who were involved in an unplanned pregnancy or involved in the death of another. Take Note!
Finally, if you are one that changes your purchasing behavior like me….give some of that money to great programs like The Crisis Pregnancy Center (there are others). Excellent women’s services with a Pro-Life belief need our help! The volunteers are amazing and compassionate. God bless them for their service to our neighbors!
Give yourself grace but not an excuse to stand still. I’m still in the middle of making significant changes with new information. My wife had to deal with losing the bounty towels. My son felt guilty with his Nike glasses that were my fault–not his. I’m probably the worst with my entire real estate brokerage work depending on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans (please address Congress–just not direct spending). This will be a way bigger adjustment then you think America. However, the bigger adjustment is convincing many American people of faith that ‘their comfort’ is not always the plan. Life is worth way more than money and inconvenience.
Enjoy the video–It is 10 minutes unedited (and it shows). I got rolling a little bit as I was fired up. Pardon the few fumbles of the words in a straightforward talk. Keep up the great work Citizens. The greatest political accomplishment of 2015 is not in Washington but with the people. Citizens are not buying (less frequency) the controlled main stream narrative anymore. The opinion polls are not matching the wishes of the establishment that owns and directs your largest media forums. The politicians are responding to you in your frustration. Keep your voice loud! The frustration of the propaganda machines are growing. We are starting to see action from a party whose leadership has an alternative agenda!
August 9, 2015
Planned Parenthood defunding stopped, Obamacare removal failed, but corporate handouts succeeded! This is GOP leadership today. I do want to commend our delegates breaking ranks today. They showed me something good in not being obedient to National leadership. The National GOP leaders continued to show me why they are not worth pledging loyalty to. Senator Cruz correctly identifies that the ‘D’ and ‘R’ leaders are a team. This is often true – the funding sources are the same and control the leadership on both sides!
June 10, 2015
Dear Passionate Republicans Who Believe the Party is the Steward Of Conservative Values,
Please stop naming “R’s” who are not conservative—RINOs (Republican In Name Only)! Please call them COBRA’s. (Considered) Conservative Only By Republican Association. “COBRA” does justice to those of us conservatives who realize the Republican Party has not voted conservative on key topics for some time.
Republicans have not been fiscally or socially conservative as a collective with any consistency. Most are conservative in talk pre-election but fail to promote bills that uphold campaign pledges/platform stances. We are now seeing common behavior of ‘National’ Republican set in with ‘State’ Republican.
A veto in Nebraska to override the Governor to obtain a tax increase. A veto in Nebraska to override the Governor to repeal capital punishment. A failure in Congress to honor pro-life promises to sponsor key abortion legislation. A failure in Congress to stop extending budget solvency dates. A failure in Congress to present legislation to secure the border. These values do not fit into the Nebraska Republican conservative that I grew up knowing.
‘Winning’ key conservative issues are needed to improve the well-being of Nebraska and the United States. It is imperative conservative voters change tactics to achieve desired outcomes. The first major tactic is to change allegiance of party membership. A new approach to politics is needed in the public square to accomplish conservative goals. At the end of the day, the Republicans may still be that hope. However, they will only be that hope if they change their conduct. In my opinion, a change of conduct will require an outside agent, a movement, or a large defection of membership to force legislative action they promise but continually fail to deliver.
To be fair, I’m a little out of touch with the Republican Party since I left 6 years ago. I’d be happy to sit down with Republican leadership in the state legislature and understand this new view on increased taxes and repealing the death penalty to better understand how they view their platform.
I’m Independent and Conservative. I’m always open to listening to all parties and sides of debate. It is OK if we disagree on the death penalty and higher taxes. A good civil conversation, an exchange of ideas, and a review of the Constitution is the best approach I have learned over time to engage ideas and possibly sway opinions. However, I believe it is best to be civil in disagreement when convictions are strong so as to preserve a solid working relationship on the next problem citizens need addressed.
I’ve failed to convince many State conservatives in 2014 that the Republican Party is not the hope of their value set of the future. I’ll keep presenting the truth in legislation to change minds. With each passing day more conservatives join the Independent (largest growing political group), Libertarian, or Constitutional Party chorus. What is holding you back? All 3 are better choices. Conservatives will start to see the truth of what the Republican Party has become as consequences of these decisions (or lack thereof) hit closer to home. The party continues to fail on key conservative items. Budget cuts, border control, and pro-(Innocent) life initiatives have all fallen by the wayside or were rejected in conference. Maybe more conservatives will realize sticking with a party already questionable on key issues “To Win” on “Conservative Values” is achieving quite the opposite effect. Playing not to lose seldom wins in sports, careers, or politics.
What is the Point of a Party Platform?
I believe several Republican representatives and most voters have not read the Constitution in any great detail. Now I wonder if numerous Republicans even read their own platform. The multitude of Republican politicians taking voting positions contrary to their party platform (See Death Penalty) is nothing more than astounding to the average platform educated Nebraska GOP member. Unfortunately, these actions are commonplace. I have witnessed these continual failures in conservative ideology as a former Republican and now Independent Conservative. What is the point of a party platform if members of the party will vote against the platform in significant size? This is the question GOP leadership and followers need to wrestle with and reconcile.
My leaving the party had a lot to do with the GOP being unable to execute on campaign rhetoric, a lack of following platform issues (‘No Bail Outs’, Non Adherence to the Contract With America, Now Death Penalty), and voting positions that run contrary to Constitutional guidance. Keep in mind national platforms are not in control of delegates as perceived (see blog from earlier in year with award winning journalists documenting this truth in real time at the national convention). There may be justified dissent away from the party platform as it does not represent the base. Watch GOP Overrule their delegates Numerous state and federal delegations have seen the will of the members overridden by key players of the ruling leadership.
I don’t have a problem if you differ from your party platform that you are professing to follow to gain the nomination of your party AS LONG AS IT IS CLEARLY DISCLOSED well in advance of the election. Unfortunately, this is not happening. We have votes straying from an established platform without disclosure.
What we see in politics today are people riding the benefits of a platform perception they personally don’t believe in (Especially GOP in this state) to be elected. This is how you obtain numerous COBRAs (or RINO’s as Republicans call it) in office. People hiding their true colors of whom they really are for acceptance/support and identification with a larger group possessing a perceived beneficial historical reputation is not a new phenomenon. It has just become commonplace in party politics today as humans have this huge need to fit in and be accepted by the masses as opposed to be who they are from the start. The party has become a means to end for many politicians who aspire to have positions of great power as opposed to advocate for principled positions they truly believe in that serve the general welfare.
As I warned you in 2013 thru 2014 the National Republican Party has changed. The NATIONAL party has control over their NATIONAL members. I ran as an “I” to be free from party bosses and represent the Nebraska people. It hurt brand name reputation because people love the “R”. However, it will be the only way to move a positive conservative agenda forward. It is the only way to not contribute to partisan divisiveness that is hurting our country.
National party views will trump individual pledges a ‘National’ candidate will make before the election. I have been proven right early in the abortion, border, and budget debates in 2015. The up and coming leaders are not holding up their pledges/positions/platform when it matters.
With regards to Nebraska, I thought ‘State’ platform drifting would follow suit to ‘National’ platform drifting over time. I never predicted it would happen this soon. This is not your grandfather’s GOP party anymore Nebraska.
Nebraska is experiencing the wake-up call in 2015 with 3 Republican Governor (who is conservative) positions overridden by a 70% Republican legislature. Included in those vetoes were legislative positions to increase taxes and repeal the death penalty (Historically Anti-Conservative/Anti-Republican Positions).
The Republican voters who trust in the “R” continually place an emphasis on winning over right. They continue to judge and vote for people by the letter they proclaim over their character and positions. The results are starting to catch up to Main Street. The results are not favorable. The results are a function of what many voters elected.
Republicans Complicit In No Pre-Election Debates Paved the Way for Non-Disclosure of True Positions: Higher Taxes and the Repeal of the Death Penalty.
The passive approval of no debate by many Republican politicians in 2014 was an overwhelming complicit position. Republicans are reaping what they sew by approving of candidates who will not answer solid public questions in fair forums, disclose positions when asked honest questions, and engage debate in challenging/proper formats. Conservatives, would you want to know a death penalty stance, raising taxes position, or approving of a budget that extended balancing by 2 years before you voted?
Most Republicans (with full respect to Ricketts who would debate) were OK with few to no debates. Why? Winning over ‘right’. What are the results? A lack of disclosure of important positions that run contrary to voter interest. A lack of debates creates a lack of examination of candidates.
When debate happens, on the record positions are established. Votes are better controlled by the people. Many politicians (maybe not Obama) feel bound by their oaths. Look no further then Senator Larson of O’Neill during the death penalty veto debate. Article Citing Senator Larson’s Campaign Position He made it clear he would not back Capital punishment in the future. However, he upheld the veto because he made a pledge to his voters to support Capital Punishment before the election. He at least had the sense to be bound by his words he made in the election run up, then enact his new found position. Unfortunately, many Republicans were OK (at least passively) with “their” candidates electing not to debate (especially debates with non screened questions). Debates matter in answering the questions of the public who deserve to know candidate positions on ALL the issues before they vote.
Will Republican Politicians and Voters Take Accountability?
Accountability. Many Republicans preach it but don’t practice it. How many Republican voters were accountable and did their research of where their legislative candidates stood on key issues like increased taxes and death penalty repeal? Instead of yelling at the politicians who do not vote the platform, are you holding yourself accountable for not knowing their positions before the election? Will you vote for these same incumbents who vote contrary to the platform because they are an “R” in the next election? Accountability. Few like the topic when the subject is looking at them in the mirror.
Civic engagement HAS TO BE part of life balance in America. The population is receiving what they voted for. People need to quit making fun of politicians. They need to realize it is the voters placing these people into power in the first place. The voters are the seed. The politicians are the outcome.
Lack of candidate research has put a completely new batch of COBRA’s into offices. They successfully hide behind the label to garner votes to achieve the position.
The Petition to Reinstate the Death Penalty
The petition process will be good for people with privileged access to the primary. They will realize how difficult the process is, how unjust it is in making non establishment party members play by a different set of rules, and how painfully long it takes while others only have to take a few minutes to sign a few sheets of paper to participate in a “Democratic” process. “Equality Under the Law” (our state motto) at its best!
However, the petition process is also very rewarding! Your views have to be expressed and examined to garner a signature. Multiply that by the number of required signatures (plus a cushion) and you have a confirmed candidacy/issue (except for a few large media outlets who are adding wallet size and editorial approval of your message to deem legitimacy)!
The process also facilitates the meeting of so many great people across the state. Signatures have to be spread out among the districts and counties. Petitioning helps one stay in touch with Main Street Nebraska from East to West (Or West to East as one says in Scottsbluff). Obtaining signatures from every county is one of the best educational experiences a Nebraskan can have! It will be amazing for the organizers of this process as well.
Let’s look at specific bills to justify my claims of traditional conservative is dying with Republicans. (My aim in this piece is not to declare right and wrong of each piece of legislation. My aim is to highlight the deviation from historical conservative positions to illustrate the shift of values in the Republican Party.)
Repealing Capital Punishment was Republican led and had more votes from members of the GOP than Democrats. Pro Capital Punishment is historically the conservative position. Veto Override Story
Republicans overrode the veto by the Governor to raise taxes. Raising taxes has not been the historical fiscal conservative position. Higher Tax Veto Override Story
Republican led legislation sought to expand wagering on horse racing last year. That is not a historical social conservative position. Expanded Horse Racing Story
Republican led legislation is trying to sanction poker and eliminate “Last Call” at bars in Nebraska. That is not a historical social conservative position. Expand Poker and Eliminate “Last Call” at Bars
“What about Federal Positions?”
Gambling continues to be the theme as a top Casino magnate being accused of ties to the Mob in China is bankrolling several Republican Presidential runs. He has 9 figure money to spend! I’m looking forward to more family friendly internet gaming proposals from the family friendly GOP. My prior year blog and cited national stories
The National Republicans could not agree on a bill to secure the border to send to the President. Border Security is the conservative position. Independents reminded you it was 28 years both parties have failed to secure the border. Many thought Republicans would change this… better keep waiting. Article: Failed Border Security Due To Internal GOP Battle
In 2013, The Republicans under the guidance of Paul Ryan passed a budget that would balance by 2023. This budget was lamented by many conservatives in 2013 for being too “Spending Friendly” with the Democrats. In 2015, the Republicans passed another budget that will balance in 2025. For those that can’t do basic math, they just extended balancing the budget an additional 2 years. My Blog From 2013 Citing This Bill on the Record
Extending the time to balance the budget is not fiscally conservative.
As a person that painfully fought for tougher fiscal decisions this past year, it pains me on yet another passed budget that prolongs decisions towards solvency. I do not understand the claim, “The Table is Set for a Future Discussion” by our Senator. What tangible progress can I point to in that statement? How about honoring a pledge? IT IS time to have a tough talk! That statement makes more sense to me.
My expectations of DC have become so low….. I don’t even expect passage of a tough budget. The citizens do not demand it. They either want the handouts today over the just preservation of the opportunities the next generation should have with their resources OR they think voting for the new members controlled by the same party bosses will magically change budget behavior? I don’t understand the rationale.
In my world, I would expect a legislative proposal to be presented by conservatives with detailed positions on what tough decisions will be made. Where is the legislation to show there are real “Budget Hawks” in Congress? I will know someone is serious in honoring their balanced budget pledge when I see a tough bill with significant changes proposed. Proposed legislation (if it is not orchestrated by the party to be killed in committee) will lead to debate and will start the process to solving a massive problem that is toxic to future generations.
Signing your name to proposed legislation will take guts. They should be reminded it will take less guts than our founders who “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor.” We need Founding Father guts again. “Kick the Can” needs to go back to being a childhood game.
Only 2 Republicans had the guts to say the budget was not strong enough and declared our kids deserved better….Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. This is the fiscal conservative party worthy of being followed???
Granted, compromise is an important and a viable position (This is why Simpson-Bowles needed passing). Compromise was the rationale by apologetic Republicans in the 2015 GOP passed budget resolution. However, this resolution is not compromise because the appropriation bills (the next step) drafted on the basis of the budget resolution will not be signed into law by the White House. A compromise likely would have to be much softer on fiscal restraint to pass the White House standard (the appropriation bills cannot strip Obamacare). Conversely, the budget resolution could have been a tougher statement of how diligent we need to be in cutting the budget. The fate of a tougher budget and the corresponding appropriation actions would have met the same fate many appropriation bills originating from this budget will experience…dead on arrival. Why not make a bolder statement since this weaker statement has little chance of being appropriated to action?
The logic of either of these two alternative positions makes more sense than the 2015 budget resolution. This is a bad middle of the road budget resolution that will dictate appropriations that will not have a chance of White House approval, nor offer any meaningful proposal on budget reform. This resolution is the worst of both worlds.
What is Reality Today?
What we are witnessing in Washington is more rhetoric identifying the problems, blaming the other side for the current conditions, and yet another session of kicking the can down the road on our most pressing problems. This is what America voted for despite their perpetual belief that something better will happen the next time around with two parties still committed to divisive partisanship and run at the top with individuals succumbed to ideology that does not reflect Constitutional belief and/or funded by many consumed with greed.
What we need to demand as citizens out of national politicians are written plans to deal with the problems identified. Let this Blog be the first to demand details to solutions. We need conservatives proposing and pushing legislation, not seeking to be one of 50+ candidates running for President. (I warned you in 2014 this power obsession would happen–Refer to history after Contract with America). My 2013 Blog Predicting the Fight For More Power
Conservatives can lead or respond to what the ‘left’ is doing. It is their choice. Based on daily telecasts of Fox News, they are in responding mode to the agenda being pushed by the left and not leading from the right.
We need proactive conservative legislation. More importantly, we need bills on MAJOR legislation that shows there is a strong vision to lead this country. We need more debate to solve problems. True conservatives should not pass the buck. It is time to evolve the discussion with on the record proposals. Less hype. More action. I don’t want to hear ‘Obama and the Democrats want the border open’. I want to hear a committee debate and read a detailed legislative proposal on how the border will be closed. Republicans have control of both houses now to initiate legislation.
Furthermore, Nebraska representatives should have the gumption to not extend the time to bring our budget into balance. I don’t know if we will even make it another 10 years without a serious economic depression caused by government mismanagement and conceding Constitutional control of the currency to Wall Street over Main Street. Don’t look to senior leadership to lead a new approach (Republican Congressional Leadership is more prone to consensus building) or another member to step up. I encourage you to be that person that changes the game with proposed legislation. Looking around for someone else to do the job is what lazy kids do with their siblings at chore time. The encouraging piece is I believe we have a delegation that knows they can be bolder and stronger. Unfortunately, we don’t have a courageous delegation. We have an electorate obsessed with candidates on knowledge (a very important thing) but fail to evaluate wisdom and courage. Let me be the first to tell our elected officials, “You can do it! I believe in you! Take a chance!”
However, I’m afraid we are seeing the repeated cycle of forgoing tough decisions and discussions to receive party approval for future power positions. Protecting the reputation of other establishment stars in the party for the sake of perceived preservation of party power is old hat. It is probably what I hate most about party politics.
A lack of budget cuts and no border control are not the only issues showing why the party is no longer conservative. It is happening in solid conservative positional issues like “Pro-Life” as well. This state is well on the record in being Pro-Life. A 100 day pledge during the election run up by Senator Sasse to sponsor or cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has not happened. I was forwarded the pledge by Pro-Life people who thought they could only support an “R” as a Pro-Life advocate with an on the record 100 day guarantee of sponsorship/co-sponsorship! (Cue ‘Tommy Boy’ Movie Clip on Guarantees)
Where are the loyalists holding representatives accountable to ‘guarantees’ they made? Accountability dies easy when personal emotional loyalty is on the line. Accountability demands different behavior. A politician will respond to his loyal base if they hold them accountable in numbers. Remember, babies are on the line and upholding promises mean something to the Nebraska people! This guarantee is about sponsorship and co-sponsorship. That can be controlled by a candidate 100%!
Furthermore, the Republicans as a whole could not pass the 20 week abortion bill after the election as promised. “Pro-Life” (please change to Pro Innocent Life) is historically the conservative position. The Republicans were only able to pass a watered down version of striping government funding of abortion. Washington Post Bill Citing Failed Abortion Bill
The Democrats of several years ago already accomplished the removal of government funding of abortion with a bill they introduced in the House when Obamacare was passed (failed ratification). There is little meaningful difference in what Pro-Life Democrats (Granted they are now on the endangered species list in only 4 years) and Pro-Life Republicans passed between then and now. Both bills substantially achieved the same major goal. They removed government funding of abortions. Is it “More Conservative” when you can only pass substantially the same bill (removing government funding from abortion) as the Democrats introduced and passed a few years earlier on abortion?
How Long Will People Buy This?
Most people bought into the belief (deception) reforming the party will happen… (yet another try in the last 20 years). That is clearly not happening. Nebraska Republicans need to own this. They have elected a significant number of non-conservative Republicans (state level), or conservative Republicans who will not stand up to the national party to make the tough decisions needed and desired by the American/Nebraska people.
If the Republicans want to be identified as true conservatives by actions over election rhetoric reputation, they are going to have to follow through on their pledges and their platform. They have been fortunate their voting base assumes “Republican Right” is the answer to “Anti-Left”. The strategy of bashing the left to win the Presidency is what I would do as well if I had no positive plans to point to.
I’m not looking forward to the next year of “Bad Option” vs. “Don’t Vote for the Bad Option” battle to be President of the United States while good candidates not in the mainstream receive no media coverage to the peril of the American people who take their cues from the “very dependable” mainstream media. Republicans are fortunate their base is pushed to action by “Against” or “Fear of the Left” messages as opposed to “For” and “Vision” messages. The later always appeals to more voters than the former come the general election.
Let me continue to warn the GOP leadership… more people are waking up by the day that both parties are not acting under Constitutional direction. Don’t Take It From Me…Take it From Glenn Beck More people are waking up that they need to stand “For” something and not “Against” something. More people are waking up it is time to be “For” the Constitution.
Let me help you GOP Presidential candidates. Drop the ‘Anti-Hillary Campaign’ your leaders demand you recite over and over to get the doggy biscuit from party bosses. Be positive, present your vision, and be bold. No one likes to follow perpetually negative people.
That is why both parties do not have the growth trajectory of the Independent movement. Negativity of how bad humanity is on the other side of the aisle (whichever side you profess) is uninspiring. A similar agenda of repeating how bad the other party is creates no difference in candidates. Present your positive plans and vision. Provide leadership to the following questions to attract conservative voters.
What are your logistical plans to close the border? What is your Republican healthcare plan proposal you will stand behind as a party (I’m still waiting since I publicly called it out in 2013)? What are your foreign policy and long term goals for the Middle East? Will you make an unwavering claim to have the budget balanced in 8 years to meet the Ryan budget goal of 2013..?
There are offensive winning conservative positions out there. They take answers with “Guts” and conviction. They are not found in public opinion straw polls. They definitely are not in the heads of National Party Bosses.
If the Republican Party wants to reform themselves and win….quit obsessing over power and obsess on progress in legislation. The later will breed the former. The time is now to offer solutions with crafted legislation. It is time to demand adherence to pledges and platforms one has made or subscribed to.
Closing With Encouragement
I’ll admit—this blog was not full of encouragement. Changing the tone of debate and creating honest positive civic discussion in politics is one of my goals.
Let me close with some positive words on what good things have happened or are happening to bring ‘positive’ tone into the blog entry. There are good achievements to report.
Have a Good Week Nebraska!