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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

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Did You Know?

19 Feb

As of right now, there are 373 bills in the Senate, 719 bills in the House, 6 joint resolutions in the Senate, 36 joint resolutions in the House, 6 concurrent resolutions in the Senate, 18 concurrent resolutions in the House, 58 resolutions in the Senate, and 94 resolutions in the House.

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If each of these bills, resolutions, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions contain 2,000 words each (a conservative estimate), and the 435 members of the Senate and House are reading the bills that are going through both legislative chambers at approximately 250 words per minute (an average of what most people can read), then each person would have to be able to have 174.67 hours to be able to read the legislation (and that’s at 2,000 words for each piece – the recent health care legislation is nearly 185,000 words).

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That is equivalent to 5 weeks of time if they were able to dedicate 30 hours per week to the task. Event this estimate of time for reading is unlikely given the amount of time our representatives have to discuss, lobby, be lobbied to, and engage in the normal activities of eating, drinking, etc. The lesson? How about getting rid of some versus adding more legislation?

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View the bills at OpenCongress.org

The Beauty of New Faces in Congress

10 Feb

The best thing to fight corruption in government is to make sure to get new faces to vote in the House and Senate.  Lobbyists and the like “face a daunting task as they swarm Capitol Hill — simply because many of the freshmen are a mystery to the lobbying world” (Samuelsohn, 2011). All of the new representatives (90 house members and 15 senators), are making it more challenging for lobbying interests to reach them all with their message.  This challenge and new hurdle is what out country is all about.

Our system of governance has checks and balances – when those fail, the best thing that we can do is vote in or vote out representatives.  If your district or state has someone in office that could be considered a “career politician”, get them out of there!  If your district or state has someone that is “not experience” as a politician and instead is a hard-working American, get them in there!

In 2012, our country again has the opportunity to choose representatives that listen to ‘we the people’, as well as stand a chance at being an “honest” and transparent citizen who actually represents the interests of the American people and not the lobbying efforts of countless groups and corporations.

Get new faces in congress – visit goooh.com for more information on how to do that.

Reference:

Samuelsohn, D. (2011, February). K Street takes lawmakers to school. Politico. Retrieved on February 10, 2011 from http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49208.html.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49208.html#ixzz1DYvXGZvs

Liberty on the Rocks

18 Aug

– Tisha Casida

Myself and operations manager Steve Thompson had the opportunity to attend a Liberty on the Rocks meeting in Colorado.  This was the most receptive and friendly group of liberty-lovers that we had seen in awhile.  Founder Amanda Teresi is helping this fine group to organize chapters all over the country.  She can be reached through the website at LibertyontheRocks.org.

The speaker at the event was Chairman of the Board of Molson Coors, Pete Coors.  He encouraged us to “keep fighting the battle” as well as recruit more warriors in the name of liberty, free markets, and taking personal responsibility.

Thank you to Liberty on the Rocks and to Jeff Sacco, the leader for the Red Rocks Liberty on the Rocks chapter, for allowing us to be there and for being supporters and promoters of liberty!

Publisher Tisha Casida with Chairman of the Board for Molson Coors, Peter Coors

 

The Death of the Tea Party & The Republican Establishment?

9 Aug

A Warning to the Ego-Agenda Hypocrites

August 3, 2010 – Colorado Springs, CO – Tonight I had the chance to visit a Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM) meeting in Colorado Springs.  I went with a non-partisan organization that represents liberty – traveling across the country to educate people with materials that include the Constitution of the United States.  Prior to the meeting we sat down for a conversation with the leader of this group, Bradford Collins.  While he continually plugged a local newspaper called “The Constitutionalist Today”, I figured it was my duty, as a citizen, to ask if this paper had any political affiliation (in theory, the media should be non-partisan, in my opinion).  When I asked Mr. Collins this, he promptly replied that “No” they are not non-partisan – they are “partisan” – I guess meaning that they are conservative.  Since all of the public figures (candidates) on the front page were Republican, I was guessing that conservative in this instance probably meant “Republican”.

My fellow organizer and myself had arranged with Mr. Collins to speak briefly about our endeavors – her travels across the country, and my publication and media-model called The Good American Post.  He said we could both have a couple of minutes at the beginning to speak to this group of around 60 people.  Introductions were made, and when it came time for me to have a moment to stand up and speak to these people about our company, dedication to liberty, and love of free markets – I was ignored.  I had raised my hand at the beginning of the meeting – indicating that I was from “press” other than The Constitutionalist Today – so I am sure he knew that I was still in the room and still wanted a chance to address the crowd, since I was the one who coordinated for this organization to be there.  But I was forgotten.  I stood there – silenced.

Prior to this, while sitting at this table with Mr. Collins, I went to the restroom and was told that while I was gone that he took my purse and notebook away from my seat, sat it on a distant stand for food-trays, and gave my seat away to someone else.  Being a fairly humble and forgiving human being, I wrote it off for a simple mistake from an oblivious individual.  A mistake that I, too, although a young female, am also a human and a citizen that deserves a seat at a meeting (and that my personal property (e.g. purse) should not be infringed upon.

I had my Good American Posts in hand, ready to quickly address the crowd, excited to tell them about what I had started July 4th of 2009 as an effort to create a medium to educate our readership about capitalism and community – an effort that has been successful because we reach audiences of every demographic and every political affiliation.  We appeal to “the people” because we are non-partisan and focus on solutions instead of the problems. People across the country love us – and we are a vehicle to help educate our communities about how to make a positive difference.  I guess that I must have been a threat to these people who stood before me – the “leaders” of this organization and this movement – that included Mr. Collins, Michelle Morin (Mom4Freedom), and the publisher of The Constitutionalist Today, Lana Fore-Warkocz.  They were before me, they saw me, they knew I was there – I was ignored.

I am 28 years old.  I represent the next generation of leaders.  These people should be thrilled to see a young entrepreneur who is embracing and fighting for liberty.  Instead, I was shunned.  Because I have this publication, because I am unaffiliated with any political party, I guess I am some type of threat to their (apparently) Republican establishment.  A threat to this group.  A threat to this partisan paper that was the only press promoted at this event.

Tears weld up in my eyes.  These are our leaders?  Are these people standing at the front of the room the people that will save our country?  Why won’t they let me speak about media that has proven its success – The Good American Post – that brings people together from all political spectrums because we appeal to Americans – not Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians – but to We The People?  Why won’t they let a young female have a moment to speak?

I’ve heard that the publisher of The Constitutionalist Today calls her paper the “paper of the Tea Party”.  The authors and board members of this publication, who stood before me at the CCM meeting this evening do a very good job of telling people how much they love liberty.  However, their purposeful ignorance of my presence and desire to speak, in addition to taking away my “place at the table” (literally), proves to me one thing.  If these are the “leaders” of the Tea Party movement – we are doomed.  All they care about is their own pocketbooks, their own media, and their own agenda.  Another part of the machine.  They scream liberty, but it is an act – they are lying to us and they have lied to me.

These people who call themselves leaders and patriots that use the tree of liberty to try and squash the voice of a young patriot because she is supposedly a threat to their revenue streams are appalling and a detrimental component to the liberty movement.  It started a long time ago – the people who smile politely, clap quietly, and scoot away the independent voices that hold in their hand what could save a country.  Now I know what Sarah Palin meant when she said “Many of us are not going to sit down and shut up, we’re going to say ‘No we do not like it…”.

What we fight for is liberty.  What we fight against is an establishment – the establishment is our tyranny – the establishment is the false-God, saying that they know best while silencing the voice of independence and freedom.

As we left the meeting, a police officer who had just finished pulling over a car and writing them some type of ticket (“feeding” as we like to call it), sped past a man on the side of the road with a vehicle that was obviously broken down.  It concluded the day.  Where are the people extending their hand to good Americans?  Where are the people that hold out their hand in the name of love and liberty?  Where are the people that are for We The People?

Originally Published at Good American Post


Right, Left, Red, Blue, Middle, Green – UNITE!

4 May

“Where are the Greenies?” said a friend who owns property and has been vocal about the intrusion of the heavy hand of government in Colorado land law.

The reinstatement of the “Death Tax” in Colorado will have negative implications for land owners who want to leave their land to their children.  If HR 3524 (Colorado House) does not get passed, the Death Tax will come back in 2011 with even sharper provisions.

Positions of various government representatives seem to favor land-owners, that is, until you look at their voting records.  Politics is in full force at all levels of government – this includes state and local representatives as well.

Aside from the bureaucracy that so many of us are sick and tired of, another more positive and productive statement must be made.  That is, this particular issue, could really unite some facets of ideologies.

For example, land owners want to protect their land (via not being taxed at their death).  By farmers and ranchers wanting to protect their land and NOT sell out to developers, this is in fact preserving the land/environment/eco-system which can be decimated by urban sprawl and unsustainable development.

Farmers and ranchers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.  Environmentalists, and “greenies” if you will, want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.

In addition to this, hunters and fishers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to their sport.  People that are so often shoved into the category of “tree huggers” want the same thing.

So where are we?  Where are the Americans here?  We want the same thing – let’s take a harder look at the bureaucracy and red tape that is in place to “help” the heavy hand of government and see how we may be able to eliminate some of the negative consequences that hurt ALL OF US.

Whether you are conservative or liberal on land issues – this is one area where we should be fighting together.  The death tax, and any taxes that make it impossible to preserve land, wildlife, and eco-systems should be eliminated – we will all benefit and protect the very environments that we call home.

– Tisha Casida