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Support Sarah – Our Next Generation of True Leaders

1 Jul

There is a young woman who is making a real stand for liberty in El Paso County, Colorado.  Her name is Sarah Marie Anderson, she is 22-years-old and self-educated on F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.  She started working on campaigns when she was 9 years old.  She loves liberty more than anything else – and she also understands that true liberty means breaking away from some of the messages and actions of the old-guard GOP.

I learned about Sarah from the Colorado Springs Independent, “This past February, at the meeting of the county GOP’s central committee, she was elected party secretary in a decisive victory over party stalwart Holly Williams, wife of County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams“.  WE THE PEOPLE must have wanted some new leadership and some youth at that.

After reading her story, I was able to speak with her and was captivated by her energy and desire to do something great for liberty within the GOP, which can at times be extremely corrupt and ‘backwards’ at best.  I know that is why I decided to run as an Independent in my own district, because I have already been told to sit down and shut up by the GOP leadership at the local and state level.

Since she is holding the GOP’s feet to the fire, they are now trying to get rid of her as party secretary – that is where we need YOU.  If you can do anything to help support her cause, including attending the next GOP meeting where they are trying to oust her, please do.  It will be held on Thursday, July 7  from  5:30pm – 8:30pm at the El Paso County Republican HQ, and of course you can contact us as well as we will do what we can to get you the resources you need.

WE MUST SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS WHO WILL RESTORE THIS COUNTRY’S LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY.

Tisha Casida

719-252-1763

Reference:

Hardin, C. (2011, June 23).  “Anarchy in the GOP”. Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved on July 1, 2011 from: http://www.csindy.com/colorado/anarchy-in-the-gop/Content?oid=2281131

Does Anyone Really Think that Banning Bad Food Creates Health?

11 Apr

Really?

A Chicago school banned home-lunches because the school’s choices are healthier. It is a crime that we even call most of the food that we eat “food”, however, who is to judge? The principal of the school? I think not.

 

It is up to the parents and the students WHAT THEY PUT INTO THEIR BODIES. Healthy or not – it is their individual responsibility and personal choice and natural-born right. Let them consume what they want for their lunches. Let’s ponder the things that we have banned and the effect of the ban…

1.) Alcohol = Prohibition = The Mob (at leas an increase thereof)

2.) Marijuana = Drug War on the Border = Dangerous Drug Lords and Crimes

Both of these ALSO created a black market – do we think that food will be any different? If we really wanted make our kids and students healthier, we would work on supply-based solutions (e.g. providing nutritious, truly “natural” and organic produce, meats, and other treats). Food with nutrients would be a great place to create a positive difference – let the free market help to satisfy this need. There are plenty of farmers and producers (including the upcoming “urban farmers”) who would like to help satisfy this demand for our nation’s kids and students. Our unhealthy choices are a social problem – and it will take something much different than a ban on twinkies to make a difference.

We Americans are stubborn and resilient – people have to change themselves, and it all starts with education and knowledge. Not banning lunches packed at home.

Transparency, Accountability, Responsibility

8 Apr

With the various problems persisting at the federal government, and watching the impact of the economy upon producers and small business owners, I believe that it is time that we acknowledge that we must take steps towards transparency, accountability, and responsibility.

The budget battle which is far from over, has to do with choices that men and women in Congress and the Senate made.  Our representatives, whether they were Republican, Democrat, or Independent – made choices that affected how we got here today.   They were and are in the People’s House – and should be doing our business for us.  That business is to protect the Constitution of the United States and our natural and individual rights.  We are far from that now, but we can certainly get back.

Being an advocate for sustainable farming and a prosperous/healthy food supply, the current issue of genetic modification of seeds (that becomes the products that we consume) has me concerned.  The static nature of the federal agencies that are supposedly “protecting” us, has already allowed these substances into our food supply, without our consent, and without our knowledge.  Since there is no way to really know or test the products because of the amount of time it would take, WE are in fact the guinea pigs.  This is unnerving and enraging.  Transparency – we should know what we are eating.  Accountability: The federal agencies that are set up to put a check on what enters our food supply and environment should be doing their job or out of business.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent us in a constitutional republic (not a democracy), should be doing the people’s business.

Being an advocate for a sustainable fiscal and monetary policy as well as a sound currency, the existence of the Federal Reserve’s power and actions is of grave concern.  Conspicuously in existence for 98 years, their “control” of the money supply is arguably the reason that we are in the economic conundrum that we are in.  Their names for creating inflationary situations (QE2), not to mention complete lack of over-sight, creates confusion and false actions in the marketplace.  No one really knows what to expect because no one really knows what is going on.  Or maybe we do, and if we do, it is scary how much of a bad situation that we are in.  Transparency – we should know what the Federal Reserve is doing – if it is conducting actions that affect the American people as ordered by Congress and the federal government.  Accountability: We should not have an entity that causes inflation supposedly fixing inflation.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent our interests as the American people should be making sure that upon the renewal of this entity’s charter, that the people’s business is taken care of and that the interests of the people’s currency is protected against internal and external threats.

We must do each of these things ourselves, and to find actionable solutions, we must face up to the positions that each of us are in.  Sometimes that is difficult and painful, however, each of us must take a stand and use our own personal responsibility to create an environment where we can once again have prosperity, liberty, and peace.

Reasonably Frustrated – Finding Personal Responsibility

8 Apr

I try to stay positive – it is a healthy and more prosperous way to live.

Sometimes, though, it is frustrating to watch so many factions of people arguing about so many things within our country.  The budget that is looming at the federal level, the social issues that are a part of this budget battle (Planned Parenthood, defense spending), and the day-to-day interactions between consumer, constituent, economy, and governance.

It is a whole lot to take in.  I wish, though, that we could work on finding more similarities amongst what we (and I mean WE, like we the people) need.  We need our natural rights, civil liberties, and freedom to exist in happiness.  We need some type of justice.  We need good food, clean water, and personal property and space.  We need these things, as should everyone in the world.  We need to understand there is enough to “go around”, that wealth is ever-present, and that living freely is not a zero-sum game.

The truth is that we are all capable of creating prosperity and peace.  What I witness, on the news and between people who desire to argue, is that we throw stones, call names, use the blame game, and refuse to use our own personal responsibility to stand up and take on the challenge.

If we wipe the slate clean and look at people as individuals and make each person ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE for their actions, this would basically take care of several domestic issues.  Is that hard to do?  YES – that is why we aren’t doing it.  It is hard and painful.  What is just slightly more hard and painful is to watch people act so weak and incompetent and allow these issues to keep fermenting.  It is childish and pitiful.  Our country has been built with the blood, sweat and tears of men and women who GAVE THEIR LIVES for freedom and prosperity, progress and power.  We are taking this sacrifice and not doing our ancestors – OUR AMERICAN ANCESTORS – who are from all over the world, any justice.  We must embrace who we are as Americans – stop looking for minorities and majorities and factions and audiences.  WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER – WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS.

Perhaps such statements are a waste of words.  But, I still have the right to say whatever I want because my country is still this free.  I pray for the future of this country and for the men and women who have taken their own personal responsibility to protect it.  Whether it is the soldier overseas or the mom and dad who are working overtime to feed their children – the people who work, fight, and create freedom – we must find our commonalities and transcend parties and politics to creative positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

Common Ground – End of March Issues

26 Mar

In an email alert, forwarded to me by a friend, I just saw the following issues:

Millions Against Monsanto

The Organic Consumers Association will bring its Millions Against Monsanto campaign.  Meet in the park with signs and help hand out “10 Things Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know” fliers and “Oh No, Is It GMO?” labels.

Rep. Doug Lamborn – end subsidies to the coal, nuclear, and oil & gas industries

The Checks & Balances Project wants Congressman Lamborn to sign a cost-cutting pledge to end subsidies to the coal, oil & gas and nuclear industries, noting his recent statement (in reference to NPR) that Americans should “stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet.”

So, we have people who are against genetically modified foods and against subsidies to certain energy industries.  What is the underlying issue that is a part of each of these?

Individuals and their right to individual liberties as not tromped on by anyone or any government.

For GMO food – I, personally, think this s#*t is terrible – bad for the environment and bad for people’s health – how can we stop it?  ONLY PURCHASE FOOD ITEMS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM – this would signal the market that you are aware and producers would seek to become anti-GMO.  We should know what we are eating and we should decide for ourselves what we put into our body.

For SUBSIDIES – I agree that there should not be subsidies coming from the federal government because it messes with the market and causes prices to mimic what consumers (you and me) really want.  I think we can agree that taxpayer money should go for things that protect all taxpayers equally – NATIONAL DEFENSE (and that’s about it).

The only “thing” that will fix the “evils” that we face is allowing people to make their own individuals choices about what they want or don’t want.  That is the essence of free markets and individual rights.  Granted, there should be a system of regulations, but more that anything, you and I as consumers and constituents MUST be resilient and send our vote via our feet and our dollar.  Go where you want and buy what you believe in.

I will say it over and over again.  Most Americans can agree that we want peace, we want to keep our hard-earned money, and we want the government out of our bedrooms.  If we recognize we want these same things, we can be civil and discover systems that work – the system that we have now and have had is not working, so let’s try something else.

TishaTCasida.com

Could Taco Bell be the End of Humanity?

21 Mar

Reprinted with Permission for NimblePig.com

Recently, anger over the price increase from $.99 to $1.49 for a Beefy Crunch Burrito, ended in a shoot-out where (thank the forgiving God/Universe that must exist) no one was hurt or killed.

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Which makes me think to myself – could Taco Bell be the end of humanity as we know it?  Oftentimes, with my ever-smaller-circle of friends, we have discussed the probability of the end of times and still having a line of cars at Taco Bell wondering where everyone went.  Which is a funny picture, a sarcastic view, and a pretty saturnine glimpse of what happened the other day at a Taco Bell in San Antonio.

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Granted, food prices are going up – I know because my mostly-natural diet has went from organic chicken to organic chickpeas in an effort to cut costs.  I am angry about it too, but I am not taking my .38 with me to the grocery store except to protect myself from people like the one that blew up at the poor worker at Taco Bell.

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The instance that happened, however, illustrates people’s short-temperedness and the audacity to take it out violently on people completely unrelated to the cause of the problem.  The “recession” or whatever you want to call it that is taking place in our economy is thanks to people and institutions that are an atrocity to peace, prosperity, and liberty.  And the best means to stop it is to pick up a Constitution, grow a garden, and get to know people in your community.   As someone eloquently said, “Put down your pitchforks, and pick up your shovel”.  A peaceful creation of something productive and prosperous to counter the problems we face (including rising food prices) would work.  And, it would be much healthier for one’s body and brain than eating at Taco Bell anyway (no offense delicious 35% beef Beefy Crunch Burrito).

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Sad, that just 175 years ago, soldiers were screaming “Liberty or Death” at the Alamo, seated in San Antonio – not Beefy Crunch or Death.  I believe the “enemies” are different – but our liberty and our sanity as we know it are dependent upon us becoming healthier, more self-reliant, and closer to our communities.

Menthol Cigarettes – Profound Study & Regulation

20 Mar

There is a new study that shows that exposure to menthol cigarettes increases the likelihood that people will smoke cigarettes.

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There is also a study that shows when people are exposed to drinking alcohol, that people will likely continue drinking alcohol. In addition to these profound findings that show that people like products that act as drugs and increase their sense of peace and well-being, there are numerous other consumer-products that appear to warrant the same effect on the psyche of people – these can include: coffee, delicious sweet treats of various natures (basically anything with sucrose (C12H22O11 ) (sugar)), Doritos, and bacon. Because of the likelihood of menthol cigarettes increasing people’s probability to smoke, these types of cigarettes are being urged to be taken off the market via our fabulous protector of health, well-being and consumer choice – the FDA.

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I, for one, who enjoys the emotional well-being offered by bacon, Doritos, cupcakes, coffee, red wine, and the occasional menthol cigarette, am eternally grateful to the federal government for conducting studies that show that products that change the chemical make-up of one’s brain and cause pleasure are addictive and therefore dangerous and therefore should not be available for purchase.

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Awesome.

Published at TishaTCasida.com

Stop Fighting and Start Working. Together.

8 Mar

“Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.” Benjamin Franklin

Here is an idea.  Let’s take 25% of the time that we use to: complain, be hateful, shout at each other, label each other, blame each other, etc. – and instead use that time to work on positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

What good does it do to scream about everything that is wrong?  It doesn’t.  Sure, it needs to be done, but there are solutions staring at us in our faces and we better use them while we have the freedom to do so.

Children react to the “now” in life and usually in the form of a tantrum – our society has evolved into this type of ‘here and now’ reactionary approach.  You can blame the media, the political parties and a variety of other things before you might realize that the Constitution gives you the power to make choices others around the world do not have the privilege to exercise.

Impending food crisis because of rising oil prices?  Start growing your own food!

Tired of the same old political rants?  Denounce the two party system and seek out representatives that cling to liberty instead of the almighty “R” and “D”.

Worried about your finances?  Understand that you do have the power to do whatever you want to do – you must believe in yourself and do not let anyone tell you any different.

Angry at injustice, loss of liberty, and poverty?  Read the Constitution, Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, and Leonard E. Read’s I Pencil.  Then, learn about your community, your sheriff, and your local politics.  Then, understand the power of states’ rights (read Thomas Wood’s Nullification), and join WeRefuse.com.  Lastly, become a farmer, start your own small business, run for office, and take your life into your own hands.  It is your liberty to do so – use it.

– Tisha Casida

2012 Countdown

27 Feb

Slowly but surely, twenty months prior to another historic election, the political race is feeling the proverbial heat.  Liberty-minded groups and organizations are preaching about the fight we are up against, and correspondingly asking for lots and lots of money.

I have recently had several people approach me with some disdain because of the hunger of these groups to take money but not boots on the ground.  This is a shame, since so many of us have awful cash-flow (thank you non-free-market), but great talent that could be put to work in the name of liberty.  As I have said recently to someone wanting to get more involved with the liberty movement but not with cash, “boots on the ground is actually more important than cash, but it is hard to get leaders of organizations (on the liberty-side) to get this”.  We will keep trying.

On another note, I wish there was more talk about the bastardness (that is a new word) of our two-party system.  Most all of them (them being career politicians) are pretty sucked into the cycle of spending our taxpayer money and attempting to legislate equality (you can’t legislate it – that is what the Constitution is for – equally opportunity, that is).  As a good friend, Bryan Malatesta, who is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas said, “The two major political parties have not stopped this onslaught — they have enabled it!!!  While the International Socialists (Democrats) plead for welfare for the poor, their rivals the National Socialists (Republicans) plead for welfare to big business and corporate monopolies and Wall Street.  Using the ‘good cop-bad cop’ routine, they have maneuvered us into an economy that probably cannot recover”.  This is fairly accurate if you look at what really has happened in the past, oh say at least, 50 years – arguably 100.

Solutions?  If a group ignores your plea to help them with some type of talent/initiative other than cash, let me know about it.  We will build the list ourselves of “boots on the ground” willing to stand up for liberty.  Through a truly organic and grass-roots process we will change things.  We may be few, but we are strong, and we will prevail.

Want to get involved in another way versus handing out a donation?  How about spreading news of solutions to liberty?  The Good American Post and NimblePig want YOU.

– Tisha Casida

goodamericanpost@gmail.com (www.goodamericanpost.com)

ThePig@nimblepig.com (www.nimblepig.com)

Real Hope and Change in 2012?

12 Feb

I actually now despise the word “hope” thanks to our current President’s past election campaign, however, today I just have to use the word in reference to one of my all-time favorite human beings, Ron Paul.

Ron Paul (Texas congressman) won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw pole – which means that there is some money and thought on him being a contender for the 2012 presidential election – believe it or not – there has been money and thought there for quite awhile.  Now, the main-stream-media will probably ignore this, as they have for nearly decades, but WE THE PEOPLE will not.  We know.

Is there an opportunity for a libertarian-leaning man to be in charge of our country?  I sure think so.   This would equate to fiscal conservatism, respect of the opportunity for peace, keeping government out of our bedrooms, and an adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America – ideals that I cling to and I believe would make for a prosperous future for this fine country.

Ron Paul has gained the admiration and respect of millions of Americans because of his approach to limited government and his accessibility to his constituents, not to mention, his accessibility to many students and the next generation of voters.  He is a good man – not a man who is in politics for power, but a man who is representing people in his district – in his country.  This, of course, separates him from other contenders in several ways – and in doing so, he is often ignored by main-stream news junkets.

Grass-roots organizing and marketing efforts are Ron Paul’s main way of disseminating information, and those efforts are visible more and more every year.  It is up to us, as citizens to become the media to talk to others about what is really going on in government, and to make good decisions about who will represent us.  We must talk, we must listen, we must become the media (the true check on government), and we must be resilient.  It is working.