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New ad mocks the failing, flammable Obama Volt

A new parody of the ad for the hideously expensive, poor-selling and oft-flammable Chevy Volt mocks the vehicle's massive government subsidies, its habit of bursting into flames and its ties to Barack Obama.

Go here to see the ad on YouTube, where it has already racked up over 300,000 views.  That's about how many taxpayer dollars it costs to produce just one Volt.

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Obama Expensive Gas rule could hike gas prices by $0.25 a gallon

A new study by the independent consulting firm Baker & O'Brien finds a new Obama Expensive Gas Rule that Barack Obama is pushing through the EPA, which demanding the use of low-sulfur gasoline, would send gas prices skyrocketing, shut down as many as seven refineries, significantly decrease U.S. gasoline production and double reliance on foreign imports.

Along with the thousand of workers who would lose their jobs under the Obama rule, the study also finds gas prices could increase by as much as $0.25 a gallon, on top of the 200% increase in gas prices seen under the Obama administration.

"Obama's Expensive Gas Rule is a nuclear weapon in his ongoing war on your pocketbook," said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  "Obama is pushing this through his EPA cronies, instead of through Congress, because he knows accountable lawmakers would never let him get away with exploding the price of gas."

"This is why American Tradition Partnership has made passing the REINS Act a top priority," said Ferguson.

"Under REINS, any proposed rule with an impact greater than $100 million would need to be voted on by Congress.  The idea of having laws voted on my lawmakers instead of imposed by royal decree makes Obama and Gang Green explode with rage, but it's what the Constitution requires.  There would be no Obama Expensive Gas Rule under the REINS Act."

Go here to chip in $10 or more to support ATP's efforts to stop the Obama Expensive Gas Rule.

You don't have to be a bitter hypocrite to be liberal, but it helps

Granholm 2012: "Blaming the President for high gas prices is like blaming Rudy Giuliani for 9/11."

Granholm 2005: Granholm demands Bush lower gas prices,4587,7-168-23442_21974-126331--,00.html

ATP wins yet another case against speech suppression by Mont. politicians

U.S. District court hands ATP latest legal victory, overturning vote record disclosure law

In American Tradition Partnership’s latest victory over Montana’s anti-speech campaign finances laws, in a Friday ruling U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell blocked Montana state laws requiring authors of political election materials disclose another candidate’s voting record.  Under the law, any vote cited by a challenger to an elected official must also cite other votes around the same time, without defining what that may be.  Intended to protect incumbents, it placed any challenger under threat of prosecution.

“There’s a reason American Tradition Partnership continues to win in court, and why Attorney General Bullock loses time and time again.  The Constitution is on our side,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson. “The political establishment in Helena has written these laws to suppress criticism of elected officials, which flies in the face of our founding principles.”

“Why are Brian Schweitzer and Steve Bullock doing everything they can to pass laws restricting what you can say about elected officials?  Could it have something to do with the endless tales of corruption and unethical behavior pouring out of their administration, which has seen one Commissioner of Political Practices forced to resign under investigation and another reprimanded by a federal court for the ‘petty bureaucratic harassment’ of conservatives?,” said Ferguson.

“There’s a reason every objective court sides with American Tradition Partnership.  The law is on our side.  We are fighting the corrupt political establishment strangling Montana. If Brian Schweitzer and Steve Bullock wants to get corruption out of Helena, they can start by cleaning up their own administration.”

The ruling was made in a suit brought against Attorney General Steve Bullock by American Tradition Partnership, a grassroots-based organization with wide membership across Montana.  It was heard by Judge Lovell of the United States District Court for the District of Montana in Helena.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court blocked enforcement of Montana laws prohibiting corporations from engaging in independent expenditures. ATP had won a victory on that suit in state court, only to see it overturned by the Montana State Supreme Court in a ruling that admittedly openly defied the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. ATP appealed the state Supreme Court ruling to the Supreme Court and won an injunction.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Santorum stands with Arlen at Specter's stridently pro-abortion 1996 presidential announcement

Santorum occupied the place of honor next to the podium at Arlen Specter's 1996 presidential campaign announcement, where Specter says he's running to "protect a woman's right to choose," proclaims his outright opposition to social conservatism and vocally declares he's running to make the GOP pro-choice.

Watch the video here.

Santorum, occupying the seat of honor next to the podium at Arlen Specter's stridently pro-choice 1996 campaign announcement (March 30, 1995).
Santorum, occupying the seat of honor next to the podium at Arlen Specter's stridently pro-choice 1996 campaign announcement (March 30, 1995).
Santorum applauding in front of a "Republicans for Choice" sign.

Santorum and a "Pro Choice - Pro Specter" sign at the speech intended to declare war on pro-lifers.

Specter, with Santorum at his side: 

"In 1996, I intend to win the other house -- the White House -- with ten commitments to champion tolerance and freedom, including a woman's right to choose...

"...Even though we have this historic opportunity for these achievements, there are those in our party who would lead us down a different path -- and squander this unique moment in our nation's history -- by using our political capital -- to pursue a radical social agenda -- that would end a woman's right to choose -- and mandate school prayer.
"When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation between Church and State, -- I say he is wrong. The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today -- as when the Bill of Rights was written.

"When Pat Buchanan calls for a Holy War in our society, -- I say he is wrong. We don't need holy wars, -- we need tolerance and simple humanity.

"When Ralph Reed says a pro-choice Republican isn't qualified to be our President, -- I say the Republican Party will not be blackmailed. I and millions of other pro-choice Republicans -- will not be disenfranchised.

"I believe there is an important place in public life -- for people with deep religious and moral convictions. I am one of them. When I look at teenage pregnancies, -- the high crime rate, -- the fact that many high school graduates cannot read their own diplomas, -- there is no doubt that people with deep religious and moral convictions must be active in the political process. But it is not Christian, -- or religious, -- or Judeo-Christian to bring God into politics; -- or to advocate the intolerance and exclusion.

"I think Jack Kemp put it best -- when he said when it comes to moral values -- we must seek to persuade rather than impose. I want to take abortion out of politics. I want to keep the Republican Party focused on the vital economic and foreign policy issues -- and leave moral issues such as abortion to the conscience of the individual. I believe abortion is an issue to be decided by women -- not by big government.

"I will lead the fight to strip the strident anti-choice language from the Republican National platform -- and replace it with language that respects human life, -- but also respects the diversity of opinion within our own Party on this issue. Let me say it as plainly as I can: Neither this nation -- nor this Party can afford a Republican candidate so captive to the demands of the intolerant right that we end up reelecting a president of the incompetent left.


"Ladies and gentlemen, that's a core line that bears repeating. Neither this nation -- it got the most applause -- nor this Party can afford a Republican candidate so captive to the demands of the intolerant right we end up reelecting a president of the incompetent left....I say it a third time. It got more applause the second time...."

Yes.  That was the televised announcement and speech Rick Santorum was sitting next to the podium for.

Obama supporter: 'The Cost of President Obama's Keystone XL Dithering'

From U.S. News & World Report's Mort Zuckerman, an avowed Obama supporter who is no conservative.
"... in Machiavelli's dictum, the president has been willing to wound but afraid to strike. He has contrived an excuse to delay a decision yet again. An environmental impact statement was issued by the State Department on Aug. 26, 2011, the conclusion of three years of reviews and negotiation...
"...The original Keystone pipeline won approval after two years and is operational. But in 2013, the Keystone XL (extension) will be in its fourth year of review, a Great Dither not justified when the State Department conducted three consecutive environmental reviews to reach its conclusion of minimal environmental impact. In that time, there have been many public hearings to satisfy local communities and private property owners. More than a dozen alternative routes have been surveyed, and TransCanada Corp., the builder, agreed to 57 special conditions beyond current federal pipeline regulations.
"The president wants a relatively short section of the route from Alberta through Nebraska reconsidered. It means the State Department will have to agree to a new understanding with Nebraska and secure the governor's approval. Given the long history of Keystone XL, that is not a big deal. By all accounts, it could be done within a couple of months. Yet after three years of satisfying intense reviews, the president says that decision will not come until 2013. Hello? That wouldn't have anything to do, would it, with appeasing a particular left-wing environmental lobby until after the general election?
"It's a calculation which assumes that the voters concerned about the energy future that Obama paraded will be less active than the more extreme environmental lobbyists—who, in fact, will never be satisfied with anything to do with villainous Big Oil. Throwing a sop to the leftist anti-oil campaigners and "four more years" are apparently more important to the president and his campaign advisers than reducing our dependence on those unstable regions he mentioned and maintaining the momentum of the small improvement in the lamentable unemployment totals.
"Notably, the Great Keystone Dither does not appeal to labor or indeed to all Democrats. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia put it well: "I'd rather buy from our closest ally and create jobs in America than push Canada to build a pipeline out to the West Coast of North America so that it ends up going to China. There is no question, this pipeline is a job creator with support of both labor and business. It needs to be built not for the benefit of one political party or one state, but for the benefit of America."
"A final go-ahead for the $7 billion shovel-ready project would have supported tens of thousands of jobs now: 20,000 in new, direct well-paid construction and manufacturing jobs, and roughly 100,000 in indirect jobs along the pipeline, according to the developer, TransCanada. But the president's political concerns seem more important than enraging the Canadians, than giving China more edge in economic competition, than the defense and national security interests of truly independent energy..."
Read the full article here.

ObamaCare mandate forces Wash. residents to pay for abortions

"(Washington state) lawmakers passed a bill requiring health insurers covering maternity care to also pay for abortions," the Associated Press reports this morning.

"Supporters said the bill would ensure that existing abortion coverage will be preserved once federal health insurance rules come into effect under the Affordable Care Act in 2014."

That statement is misleading, however.  Health insurers don't print their money, they get it from consumers.

So in reality, the employers and residents of Washington state are now forced to finance abortions.

First it was Obama threatening to shut down the entire federal government if even one penny of Planned Parenthood funding was touched.

Next, it was Planned Parenthood radicals bullying and threatening a women's cancer charity for suspending 0.07% of their billion-dollar empire, going so far to phone in death threats to cancer volunteers.

Now its leftists lawmakers forcing residents to finance abortions, a good chunk of which will find its way into the pockets of leftist lawmakers via the abortion industry's multi-million dollar political finance regime.

If we're learning one thing this year, it's that it's Democrats who are obsessed with social issues and willing to use force and threats to mandate compliance with their narrow (anti) religious views.

Welfare state continues to expand, and it's not all Obama's fault

“More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance in mid-2010,” CNN reports Tuesday.

“And when Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation lived in a household that received a government check, according to the analysis of third-quarter 2010 Census data done by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a libertarian-leaning think tank. That’s more than 148 million Americans,” CNN reports.

The culprit?  Democrat and Republican lawmakers, such as defeated Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who supported George W. Bush’s budget-busting plan to buy votes with a new Medicare prescription drug entitlement.

“Whether we like it or not, we know it’s not fiscally sustainable,” Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at Mercatus, tells CNN. “The bigger these programs, the bigger the voting block is against reform.”

Why are independent voters turning libertarian?

Aside from the fact we're right on everything 100% of the time.

Matt Welch looks at the growing phenomenon of independent voters backing libertarian candidates in this month's issue of Reason.

He writes, in part:
But even after the initial Iowa caucuses, exit polls showed something extraordinary: Independents are making up for the enthusiasm gap created by the declining rolls of Republicans, and they are breaking hard for the only libertarian in the race, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
The Iowa Republican caucuses had virtually the same voter turnout this year (122,000) as in 2008 (119,000), leading to many headlines like “Why the GOP Still Has an Enthusiasm Problem” (as Talking Points Memo put it). If anything, the problem for Republicans is worse than those numbers suggest.
In 2008 exit polls showed that 86 percent of Iowa caucusers self-identified as Republicans. In 2012 that share was down to 75 percent. The difference? Again, independents, whose ranks grew from 13 percent to 23 percent. And who did they favor? By more than 2 to 1, Ron Paul.
Paul received 43 percent of the independent vote, compared to 19 percent for runner-up Mitt Romney. He also led the field among those who had never previously voted in an Iowa Republican caucus (33 percent, compared to Rick Santorum’s 23 percent) and dominated among voters under 30 (48 percent to Santorum’s 23 percent)...
...The bad news for this legacy GOP is that voters have fresh memories of what big-government conservatism looks like, and they disdain it. The good news for those of us who share that disdain is that our numbers are growing.

ATP lauds their attorney, Jim Bopp, for passing resolution exposing Agenda 21

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership, America’s largest grassroots advocate of rational environmental and energy policy is lauding its attorney, Jim Bopp, for his role in passing a Republican National Committee resolution exposing the dangers of using of the United Nation’s “Agenda 21” scheme in federal, state and local land use planning.

Jim Bopp, a Republican National Committeeman for Indiana, is representing American Tradition Partnership in its U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a Montana Supreme Court decision overturning a lower court’s ruling declaring that state’s ban on independent political expenditures unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v FEC ruling.

Agenda 21 was written by foreign nations where people are property, for foreign nations where people are property.  It does not recognize, and if fact detests, your right to own a home, drive a car or have private property.  It achieves the phony goal of ‘sustainable development’ by declaring much of the United States off-limits to human use,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald E. Ferguson.

“It is radical environmentalism in its purest form, a guttural hatred of humanity expressed in international policy jargon.  It has no place in any American state, county, city or town."

“Sustainable development is the new label they slapped over the old, faded word ‘socialism’ when it become too ugly to use,” said Ferguson. “So-called ‘sustainable development’ is just a plan to return the Earth to its Stone Age state by attacking modern nations through a campaign of intentional worldwide poverty.”

“This isn’t some dark conspiracy where UN lawyers drop into small town America and rewrite laws.  This is typical liberalism, where American liberals look to socialist-leaning international bodies that share their hate of the American ideals of private property and individual prosperity and adopt their teachings.  Incorporating U.N guidelines into their local planning authority is just their way of sneering down their noses at neighbors they consider inferior.  It’s typical abusive liberal arrogance, and it’s targeting your right to own property, a home and a car.” said Ferguson.

Agenda 21 is a land use planning mechanism developed by the United Nations to guide national and local policymakers in creating so-called “sustainable development.”

It does not recognize private property rights, restrictions on government abuse of eminent domain or other restrictions on government power Americans enjoy under the United States Constitution.

Despite that, American policymakers at the national, state and local levels are inserting portions of the abusive plan into local land use planning frameworks.  ATP staff and volunteer have defeated attempts to incorporate Agenda 21 language into local government plans in places like Sweet Grass County, Montana and Loudoun County, Virginia.

The text of the resolution follows:

 RNC Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992; and,

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and

WHEREAS, this United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms; all as destructive to the environment; and,

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth; and,

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy National sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; now therefore be

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan; and therefore be it further

RESOLVED, that the U.S. government and no state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been endorsed by the (U.S.) Senate, and therefore be it further

RESOLVED, that the federal and state and local governments across the country be well informed of the underlying harmful implications of implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for “sustainable development” and we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it, and therefore be it further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of the Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, all Republican candidates for President who qualify for RNC sanctioned debates, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.

Chief Sponsor:
Helen Van Etten
Republican National Committeewoman for Kansas
Co-Sponsors:Carolyn McLarty
Republican National Committeewoman for Oklahoma
Kim Lehman
Republican National Committeewoman for Iowa
Paul Reynolds
Republican National Committeeman for Alabama
Demetra DeMonte
Republican national Committeewoman for Illinois
Solomon Yue
Republican National Committeewoman for Oregon
Donna Cain
Republican National Committeewoman for Oregon
Cindy Costa
Republican National Committeewoman for South Carolina
John Sigler
Republican State Chairman for Delaware
Steve Scheffler
Republican National Committeeman for Iowa
Peggy Lambert
Republican National Committeewoman for Tennessee
Jim Bopp
Republican National Committeeman for Indiana
Bruce Ash
Republican National Committeeman for Arizona
DeMarus Carlson
Republican National Committeewoman for Nebraska

Okla. nannystater targets 'violence'...with force and redistribution

Why do we need Libertarians in state legislatures?

For one, to stop government bullies from using bullying to stop bullying.

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Unfortunately-named Oklahoma State Rep. William Fourkiller believes video games are responsible for obesity, violent behavior and bullying among kids, and he's going to do something about it.

The Stilwell Democrat is proposing a one percent statewide tax on so-called "violent videogames."

The money he would forcibly take from Oklahomans through the threat of arrest of businessowners who don't comply would be used to expand the size of combat bullies and obesity.  Half of the money confiscated from Oklahomans would be funneled into the so-called “Bullying Prevention Revolving Fund.” The other half would be divvied up by bureaucrats in the “Childhood Outdoor Education Revolving Fund.”

He apparently doesn't recognize irony of using bullying tactics and obese government to battle bullying and obesity, but he does believe parents are incapable of raising their own children, and it's up to a larger army of taxpayer-funded bureaucrats to raise the state's children.

Fourkiller's real goal?  To create new government employees who can be relied upon turn out to vote for more government, and to create new government paychecks that government employee unions can skim off of to fund pro-government political campaigns.