“‘What’s happened to me?’ he thought. It was no dream.” In Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” the main character wakes to find himself transformed into an insect and now cannot rationally interact with the world he once knew. On Saturday, June 13, Peter Kirsanow said that he feels the same way, except that HE is fine and the nature of those in power are unrecognizable. Kirsanow has served in Washington for almost twenty years as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and currently as a member of the US Civil Rights Commission, and he described the complete sense of disconnect between the people in Washington and everyday Americans. (Download the audio of his speech here.)
Richard Nixon is recognized by many Americans as one of the most lawless presidents in American history. Among his charges for impeachment were that he “endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service… confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause… income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.” (In fact the entire articles of impeachment can be found here, and they are quite a read!) Well, if lawlessness actually occurs but no media is there to cover it, does it matter?
Under President Barack Obama, the IRS did in fact conduct themselves in an unlawful and discriminatory manner by scrutinizing conservative and tea party groups more closely and unfairly than they treated other groups. The news of this abusive targeting first came to light when Lois Lerner herself ADMITTED as much in May, 2013 (story from The Hill). The IRS claims that it was not political and was an honest error in judgement. The IRS also claims that Lerner’s hard drive crashed along with those of other employees, and that her emails were simply lost and could never be found. Anybody who has served on a jury knows per instructions from the judge, that if one part of a witness’s testimony is proven to be a lie then we may consider the rest of the testimony to be a lie if we choose. Well Lerner’s emails have NOT all been lost, and conservatives should have no trust whatsoever in any claims coming from the IRS on this matter. Continue reading
In our monthly meeting last Saturday, attendees participated in a presidential preference survey designed and calculated by Ohio Conservatives United. We have written about this group in an earlier post, and in short, its goal is to create a conversation between ALL tea party, 9/12, and other liberty groups across Ohio to hopefully develop a consensus candidate. The group’s motto: “If Ohio conservatives unite, we win. If we split and fragment our vote, the establishment Republican wins.”
In our Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County group, we took the survey and the results are described above. Gov. Scott Walker had the most top votes with about 26%, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz at 22% and Sen. Marco Rubio at 19%. These three candidates comprise two-thirds of the number one choices. At the bottom third were Gov. Jeb Bush and Dr. Ben Carson at 11% and Sens. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee at 4%.
Now with such a modestly-sized group as we are, just a handful of people who choose to attend or not attend a particular meeting will sway the results on the margins. But this survey will be taken throughout the year, so everybody who wants to participate will be given their opportunity.
Results from other Ohio groups show a very strong preference for Ted Cruz. In fact from what I can find thus far, Cruz has won every presidential preference survey except for three: one group picked Paul, one picked Carson, and in Lorain County, we gave Walker the win. Continue reading
Thanks to everybody who came out on Wednesday, June 17, at noon in front of Lorain City Hall to protest the unfair congressional exemption from Obamacare, and thanks to the Morning Journal for its coverage. (Link to the story here.) Lorain City Hall is where both Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Marcy Kaptur have offices, and we were able to give them letters describing their prejudicial treatment for themselves and then encouraging them to co-sponsor S16 and HR 1953, which will compel Congress to be honest in following the law.
Below are some sample letters as well as a handout providing an overview of the issue at hand:
Handout for June 17 rally – Obamace Exemption June 17 handout_rtf
Sample letter to the House – ACA-Ltr to Representative End Congressional Subsidies ECK Version
Sample letter to the Senate – ACA-Ltr to Senators End Congressional Subsidies ECK Version
Of the many promises made during the argument for Obamacare, one included the promise that Congress and their staff would live under the rules just like everybody else. If you remember, those who were self-employed or who bought their own insurance were the first required to comply with the Affordable Care Act. By the time small and large businesses were required to find ACA-compliant coverage, many organizations got scared but only those in Washington could write themselves a rule to avoid Obamacare’s full cost. Continue reading
Local activists in Lorain County are calling on citizens to rally outside the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Marcy Kaptur at 200 West Erie Ave., Lorain, OH, to urge them to live under the Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA or ObamaCare) which the two have been so eager to promote!
Every resident in Lorain County is required BY LAW to obtain an ACA-compliant healthcare plan and failure to do so will result in fines and penalties. The ObamaCare law even requires that members of Congress and their staff be put into an exchange without a subsidy. However, Sen. Brown and Rep. Kaptur and all of their staff are enjoying this subsidy by calling themselves a small business. Citizens across the nation have grown tired of Congress using trickery to exempt themselves from the law, especially a law as unpopular and harmful as ObamaCare.
Time and again, we were told that the effect of ObamaCare would be more coverage and lower premiums. We were told the ACA would increase choice and competition among health care providers. We were told that Congress would live under the same rules as the rest of us. But when our healthcare costs went up and our choices went down, Sen. Brown and Rep. Kaptur bailed!
Instead, not only are the citizens of Lorain County struggling with the higher costs of ObamaCare, we are subsidizing those in Congress to AVOID ObamaCare!
If it’s good enough for Americans, it’s good enough for Congress!
Join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 12:00 pm at 200 West Erie Ave., Lorain, OH, to protest this Congressional exemption from Obamacare. Email Kathy Fritsch for more information: email@example.com
Matt Lynch, former Ohio Representative and 2014 GOP candidate in the OH-14 primary, is challenging incumbent David Joyce for the second time. Of all the grassroots challenges to establishment Congressmen, Lynch’s race was the closest in Ohio and one of the closest in the nation. This morning, he announced his intentions on his website, http://mattlynch.com/, and on the Bob Frantz Authority on 1420AM.
Out of the 50,000 votes cast in the 14th district primary, which extends from Ashtabula through Lake counties then south to include parts of Summit, Lynch lost by 5,000. In 2014, however, Lynch’s entry into the race didn’t occur until the end of the year. By announcing in the summer, Lynch will have more time to build an organization and reach more voters with an argument for true conservative representation in Washington DC.
As a state representative, Lynch proved that he would not be a “yes man” for those in power. Matt Lynch challenged Gov. John Kasich over the issue of taking federal money to support Medicaid Expansion. The Ohio House ended up voting against Medicaid Expansion, but then Lynch took it one step further by joining a only a handful of other conservatives by actually suing the governor for implementing it anyway through executive action. (Article from MediaTrackers). Lynch also has taken arrows for voting against Kasich’s budget, and we have every expectation that he would stand up to the progressive overreach in Washington DC whether it be promoted by Democrats OR Republicans.
Lorain County is not in the 14th Congressional district, but Lynch did speak to our group in April (read about it here). His political philosophy is completely consistent with that of many grassroot conservative groups: a government that is limited in its own power while protecting the natural rights of its citizens. Many Republicans, including the incumbent David Joyce as well as Governor John Kasich, will say they agree with this philosophy. Their decisions in office, however, do not always match their words. Matt Lynch will be a force for change, a necessary change, in Congress.
Last Thursday evening, we had a dynamic TEA Talk at Lorain County Community College on the problems with our engagements in the Middle East. The talk began with a single premise, and there was little disagreement about the premise although there was certainly disagreement about its consequences or conclusions. The premise, war feeds the state.
With both active and passive wars, the government necessarily creates departments and divisions and groups to perform the massive tasks of developing tools and weapons and strategies. The NSA, CIA, and DOD all have a singular purpose of defending this country from the enemy. Without war, these agencies would have less purpose. So from the perspective of the speaker, those sympathetic with these agencies increase their purpose by promoting war.
So are we at war? It seems the obvious answer is yes. Well did we declare war? Did the action permitted in Afghanistan and Iraq also permit action in Lybia? Does it currently prohibit us from military action against ISIS? In fact since World War II, congressional authority to declare war seems to have been superseded by police actions, approvals after-the-fact, or by United Nations authority. This arrangement, according to the speaker, tends to give a sense that “we are at war abroad while there is peace at home.”
A new sense of urgency and dedication has developed among conservatives this year. We will have experienced eight years of the most progressive administration in our lifetime, and for those who now want to swing the pendulum back to the right, the question becomes “What can we do to assure a 2016 victory?” Ohio Conservatives United has the answer.
The 2016 field of presidential will be vast and strong. (Of course I’m talking about the Republican field. Democrats are very welcome to embrace conservatism but unfortunately it seems that 2016 will not be that year.) Candidates on the conservative side seem to include Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson. The establishment/progressive side of the GOP will be represented as well. With such a large field, the winner of the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire may get barely 20% of the vote. The field will certainly thin by the time we vote in Ohio, but it’s possible that 4-5 strong candidates will still remain where the winner may only need just about 30% of the vote.
Additionally, Ohio has moved it’s primary date from March 8 to March 15. Why is this important? Because those states voting March 8 will get proportionally appointed delegates like Ohio did in 2012 where Mitt Romney got 38% of the vote and 35 delegates and Rick Santorum received 37% of the vote and 21 delegates. Instead in 2016, the first-place finisher of Ohio’s March 15 primary will get to name ALL of our state’s 66 delegates. Second place might as well be tenth place as Ohio will be one of the first of the remaining winner-take-all primary states. (Florida and Illinois are also scheduled to vote that day although the complete primary calendar is still in flux.)
If as conservative voters, we split our vote among three or four remaining conservative candidates, then we may allow the establishment/progressive candidate to win. If you want a conservative candidate to receive ALL of Ohio’s delegates, would you be willing to forgo your personal top choice if conservatives across the state of Ohio were trending toward somebody else?