The Consequence Of A Non-Vote

by Lori Hendry on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:33pm ·

Voting is a citizen’s greatest civic duty. A well-cast vote is an affirmation of the citizen’s ability to govern their republic.  One always hopes that a good choice will be available, but sometimes the choices are not clear.  Sometimes the voter has a clear choice of one candidate over another.

This year there are multiple candidates for a single office and the choice of whom to vote for becomes murky to many voters.  For too many conservatives, voting for a candidate that doesn’t mirror their conservative views is akin to making a deal with the devil.  Casting a vote is risking failure, no matter what choice one makes.  Some conservatives feel that voting for a moderate is subverting their own integrity; a betrayal of their staunch classical liberal philosophy.

Some conservatives are conflicted in the current presidential election.  They feel that Mitt Romney is a “Conservative-in-name-only” but based on primary results, other candidates were not viable and offered little cross party “pollination.”

Before making the choice of Romney or Obama, we must logically consider the consequences of the election of each man to the presidency.

These are a few questions that need to be answered before we vote:

What happens if President Obama is reelected?  He will expand the federal government and make further inroads towards socialism by destroying the American business environment, entrepreneurship, our Constitution and our precious Liberty!

If Mitt Romney is elected, will he take some of the same actions, philosophically as Obama?  Will Romney expand government and consolidate power, as President Obama has, into the executive branch?  Or will Romney do what he has unswervingly done best over the bulk of his career?  Romney will enact policies that will feed a business juggernaut that lifts America and her citizens from the current economic malaise.

Will both men, if elected, move ever more liberal judges into the various levels of the Federal judiciary?  Mitt Romney will most likely nominate judges who believe in the Constitution as the bedrock law of the land.

Can it be that not voting is the best “moral” choice?  Could it be that not voting saves ones personal dogma from shame?

Just before the birth of Christ, Roman philosopher Seneca said “If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”

As classical conservatives, our strength is that we can adapt and move in a direction even if we don’t land in the perfect port.  We know what harbor we are seeking, a more Constitutional one.   Not voting is casting our lot to the wind.  Voting for an unviable candidate, although it sooths the intellect of some, is an act of desperation and effectively allows the ship of Conservatism to take on water. Voting for the most viable candidate opposing Obama who espouses many of our values is a common target that can be an acceptable choice for both sides of the aisle.

We can avoid internal conflict by not making a choice. But not making a choice is a decision with ramifications.  For all practical purposes, by not voting against President Obama one is effectively assisting the Obama campaign by removing one “nay” vote on Obama’s term.

If President Obama’s administration is allowed to stand and if Congress does not become more conservative, we will likely see the Supreme Courts become more liberal and our demise into tyranny will be set in stone.

The stakes could not be any higher!

Every decision has a price.  The decision to vote or not to vote both have a material price that some may not consider.  We must vote and I’m hoping that you vote your conscience tempered by the reality of the impact of another four years of Obama leadership and a compliant Congress.

Conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians should attempt to bridge our differences and elect the candidate who can beat President Obama.    That candidate has emerged after a long primary battle.  Mitt Romney is the only man who can defeat Barak Obama.  Many of us have philosophical differences, but we must focus our attention on the target, that is to dethrone President Obama. We can either achieve that end or we can acquiesce to petty differences and assure the destruction of freedom through his reelection.

Our founders drafted and ratified the Constitution.  It was a contentious process filled with intense verbal sparring, but the founders set aside their differences to achieve a common goal.  Their goal was to lay the foundation for a republic based on individual liberty, self-responsibility, and a small federal government of the people, by the people and for the people.

John Jay said “The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live.”

That statement is more relevant in this election than any other in history.  This election will determine what kind of country our children inherit and whether they inherit our birthright of liberty, prosperity, and self-determination.

In November, I will vote to save our Republic.  That will buy us time to force change towards the liberty that our founders envisioned.  To do otherwise is to follow a suicidal path to the destruction of the greatest society ever to exist.

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A Win For Florida, A Win For America

Fellow Patriots,

I received a note from Florida Governor Rick Scott and Communications Director Rick Burgess, announcing the success of Florida’s lawsuit against the federal government relative to voter roll cleansing.

Winning this lawsuit means the Florida will be free to continue cleansing the state voting rolls. This effort helps to ensure open and fair elections free from the fraud of ineligible voters.

Hopefully states around the nation will take this case as a signal that they too should cleanse their voter rolls of deceased voters, resident aliens, illegal aliens, and voters who have moved from the districts.

Every ineligible voter removed from the process is a step towards honest and  open elections.

Lori Hendry

From: “Burgess, Brian” Date: July 14, 2012 1:55:43 PM EDT
Subject: FL elections officials get access to fed non-citizen database

Lori  – Just wanted to make sure you saw the story that broke early Saturday afternoon:


Tallahassee, Fla. – “Access to the SAVE database will ensure that non-citizens  do not vote in future Florida elections. I’m appreciative that the federal government is working with us cooperatively. This is a step in the right direction. This commitment from the United States Department of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for Florida and for the integrity of our election system.

“We’ve already confirmed that non-citizens have voted in past elections here in Florida. Now that we have the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, our state can use the most accurate citizenship database in the nation to protect the integrity of Florida’s election process.”

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AP NewsBreak: Feds OK Fla. access to citizens listWASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months, but relented after a judge ruled in the state’s favor in a related voter-purge matter.

Gov. Scott has issued the following statement in reaction to the news:“Access to the SAVE database will ensure that non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections. I’m appreciative that the federal government is working with us cooperatively. This is a step in the right direction. This commitment from the United States Department of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for Florida and for the integrity of our election system.“We’ve already confirmed that non-citizens have voted in past elections here in Florida. Now that we have the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, our state can use the most accurate citizenship database in the nation to protect the integrity of Florida’s election process.”

Brian Burgess
Office of Governor
Rick Scott Communications Director

The Last Opportunity To Take Our Country Back

I’m not a legal expert, just an observer.   The past six months have been nerve racking;  not because of the health care law upheaval of this past week, but because of events of the past ten years and more recent events going back to the passage of the defense funding bill called NDAA.  I wanted to take a very rudimentary look at where we stand with respect to the Bill of Rights, to convince myself that our land of the free has not slipped mightily away from the intent of the founders.  Hopefully I’m not too far off the mark in this hastily written note.

The law of the land, following the SCOTUS ruling last week is that the federal government can compel you to buy a product and will employ the jackbooted IRS to compel you too even enabling the government access to your private and business bank accounts to force payment.   I’d always considered it a natural right NOT to have to buy the product of a shady salesman.  Let’s take a look of the Bill of Rights to see what’s been happening to the rights listed in that vaunted document.

We’ve had freedom of speech slowly eroded: hate speech laws, the latest law giving the secret service the ability to stop any protests in the vicinity of POTUS of vice-POTUS. (This law was used just last week in Washington D.C.).  And, let’s not forget, your free speech, political speech, is now limited in the 30 days before an election!)  This would be related to the 1st Amendment… Poof, gone.

Rumors exist that in the coming weeks, the president will sign the UN Small Arms Treaty.  This will largely eradicate the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. The 2nd Amendment’s intent was to offer citizens protection from their own government.

As citizens, we now have government spying on us in many ways.  With the health care law, the IRS will have access to all of our financial and health records, our transmittals on the internet are monitored, the administration, states, cities and even colleges employ recording technologies to monitor us without consideration to privacy.  The newest twist is the use of armed drones flying in our skies, observing, waiting, watching.  Folks, that’s related to the 4th Amendment.  Say good bye.

In Kelo v New London, we saw the SCOTUS decide that the confiscation of New London, Ct. residents property for the benefit of a private corporation was valid and an broad expansion of the interpretation of “public use”.    In Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff, the Court upheld a law permitting Hawaii to take and transfer leased land to its lessees. Folks… that last one is called redistribution of wealth, stealing from one to give to another.  Kiss the 5th Amendment good-bye.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with provisions for indefinite detention based on the word of one man, the President of the United States.  There goes the 6th Amendment.

Habeas corpus (one of those evil concepts of British Common Law meaning roughly “you must present the person in court”) has been removed with the defense budget (NDAA), the concept of indefinite detention without adjudication or even bail opportunity has been a tenet of American jurisprudence.  Not anymore. It’s amazing that my non-conservative friends rallied behind a certain politician for railing against the Guantanamo incarceration of enemy combatants but don’t say a word about this removal of rights.  This is related to the 4th Amendment too.  Gone.  So goes the 8th Amendment.

We’ve had implicit rights, like the “Right to Privacy” or the “Right to Presumption of Innocence”.  That presumption of innocence, should that concern you and I?  Let’s point back to the NDAA provision for indefinite detention again. Enough said.     It goes without saying that the implicit right to privacy has been severely eroded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as government will “necessarily” have access to all of your family’s financial records, access to bank accounts, and your health records and support for regulating the what you drink, what you eat, and activities undertaken.  We began waiving good-bye to this amendment with the advance of the information age and, now, the age of terrorism and what I would call the quintessential age of American self-subjugation.

The Constitution defined the limitations of the federal government and her branches.  It explicitly defined the powers of the federal government.   It was meant to protect the sovereignty of the state and the individual.  It conflicts to some degree with the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper clause. The frightening part was foreshadowed in James Madison’s Federalist paper which stated “No axiom is more clearly established in law or in reason than wherever the end is required, the means are authorized; wherever a general power to do a thing is given, every particular power for doing it is included.”  It was controversial back then.  It’s standard belief now even in the Republican party.  That’s the 10th Amendment… Poof.  It’s gone.  Necessary and proper and self-serving ideologues beat her to the ground.

That’s eight of ten of the Bill of Rights basically crumpled away.

Isn’t it strange that we’ve stopped rejoicing in our freedom, our liberty?  Isn’t it strange that those who most embrace subjugation by government for creature comforts are those who believe that they are strong individualists?  Isn’t it strange that personal responsibility has been largely supplanted by the concept that government can acquire our rights and become our caretaker where everything provided is free under the guise of government theft in the enablement of government largesse?

On July 4th, the anniversary of the American Revolution, we commemorate a movement, towards freedom from government intrusion and government theft of our labor.  Isn’t it about time for another movement to free America from her current enslavers to return our God given natural rights – a movement that uses our rights to vote, speak freely, and assemble still remain?

We should heed Sam Adams who said, “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

November 6 is our last opportunity to take our country back.

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