September 30, 2010

Big Brother is Calling to Say Hello

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 Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I found this blog piece at Technorati.com:

  Yes, no surprise to me, the government wants to be able to wire-tap the internet to protect you.  Specifically that means being able to intercept the social media information you send out, unscramble it, and then read what you are saying – all in the name of your protection.  Do you really want some CIA guy knowing everything about your life?
  It is this kind of action by the government that gets me putting on a tin-foil hat but also points to how social media ‘puts you out there’ – as in people who I don’t want to know my business know my business.  Yes, I am not that important, but I believe in privacy and the 4th Amendment. 
  This all goes back to the Patriot Act where ‘for our own good’ we let government violate The Constitution so that they could protect us from terrorists.  You reap what you sow and this is an example of yet if you give someone an inch, they take a mile.  Yes, this is not Nazi Germany and you aren’t going to be rounded up and shot by exercising your right to free speech, but at the same time, do you really believe government has the right to intrude into your own personal life?  It goes beyond the argument of ‘I have nothing to hide’.  That is not the point.  The point is that government explicitly does not have that right, but they (and implicitly we as voters) are allowing themselves this.
Franklin said it best: “A society that will give up a little liberty for a little more safety is neither free nor safe and deserves neither.”
Think about that if this law passes and you are sending some juicy info to your friends via a FB message and you think you may want a security clearance one day…
– G.S.

Introducing The Gadsden Polo

September 20, 2010

There's Nothing Wrong With A Little Shameless Self-Marketing!

    Fellow readers, a bit of a departure from the normal fare.  This blog was its own original content from the beginning.  Creating it however, gave me a taste of wanting to do more.  Now it is the official blog of my website:

 www.gadsdenpolo.com

  It is an incorporated business that I have created, selling polo shirts with my trademarked logo of the snake from The Gadsden Flag. A truly professional design with a reasonable price does not exist, until today with the launch of my website.  You see the yellowt- shirts all around and now you have any option to wear something that makes a subtle political statement while being a bit dressier (or something you can wear to work on Friday). 

   I am here to post the website being open for business and I implore you to spread the word!  If you want to buy a shirt, EVEN BETTER.  All I ask is for you to please contact those in your network who may be customers or appreciate the website.  I think its neat, it has good information, and it links back to this blog.  The the coming days, I plan on having my next blog piece about the saga of entrepreneurship and the rigors of doing everything yourself. 

The ability to make something out of nothing is one of the founding reason the United States, despite the dangers, is still the best and freest nation in the world.

-G.S.


The Party of Principle

September 16, 2010
Go @%!@ yourself, establishment.

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   I write this piece as the follow-up to the one I wrote earlier in the week.  After the last bout of fall primary races, I can say that the voters agreed with my sentiment.  By choosing Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Carl Paladino in New York as their Republican candidate – those voters stated that the status quo is not good enough.
  I read the Washington Post as my primary source of news coverage and the liberal reporters just don’t get it.  They have quickly grasped on to the opinion that by voting for more traditionally conservative candidates like O’Donnell in Delaware and Angle out in Nevada that the Tea Party has actually hurt the Republican chances.  What they don’t get is that the Tea Party movement is about principle, not about political gamesmanship and who has the majority.
   Americans at large are fed up with the status-quo.  We are still a center-right nation on the political spectrum.  People of various conservatives ideologies have aligned under the loose conglomeration and title of the Tea Party.  We are not just the far right as the media portrays us.  We recognize that the status-quo is not good enough and we are nominating and electing people who truly believe that.  They are not beholden to party, hierarchy, or special interests.  They are beholden to principle and their constituents. 
That is it – their stance really is that simple. 
   Such voters and officials believe that hard decisions have to be made to leave our children a better nation, not the shell of one – which we will have if we continue on the course we are on.  To do so takes a true belief in democracy – which means the voter elects the best candidate, not necessarily the most electable, well-funded, or well-heeled representative.
   The Tea Party goes against the commonly-held notion of what or who a politician has to be because unlike any other group, they see the road to ruin that we are on by picking the same ‘company men’.  The traditional GOP leaership likes us because we revile Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, but fears us because we see that they really are a poor alternative and we are doing something about it against their interests of retaining power.  We are putting up people who have the political will to do the heavy lifting and make hard, unpopular decisions to right this country. 
   Hence, the Christine O’Donnells of the world.  I trust her, Rand Paul, Ken Buck, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, and all of the Tea Partiers who may get elected even if they are imperfect.  They sure are better than what we collectively have now. 
That collective is what has given us years of pathetic leadership at the federal level exemplified by one turd of a bill after another.  This is not a swipe at the recent Democratic leadership either even though it is especially terrible in the form of toothless financial reform and un-constitutional health care bills.  No Child Left Behind, The Patriot Act, the Gramm-Leach-Billey Act (repeal of Glass-Steagall), are all earlier examples of terrible legislation that has made this country less free and prosperous.
   If we elect enough conservatives who hold to The Constitution and aren’t bought and sold by specials interests like cattle, they can form a voting block that has to be dealth with on every issue.  I’m not saying that they can’t compromise, what I am saying is that they can prevent the worst of laws that happen because we have accepted the status quo and possibly sponsor some real legislation that can solve our country’s problems, not make them worse.  We have to look at the long term and differentiate between who really has our best interests in mind and who just wants to stay in power.
– G.S.

It Really Boils Down to This…

September 14, 2010

Party Vs. Principle

I knew this day would come.  Is it better to vote for the more conservative, non-establishment Tea Party endorsed candidate; or the insider Republican who is more moderate but has a better chance of beating the Democratic opponent in the general election?  That is the question for the Republican primary in Delaware as outlined by this NPR article:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129832759

   I must argue that every individual in Delaware needs to vote for who they believe is the candidate that better supports their values.  I could argue about qualifications or being a “political insider”, but it boils down to who do you think will represent you better – both in stance on policies and governance in general.

   A lot of people are sick of the status quo, are conservative at heart, and thus are voting for Tea Party backed candidates.  Right or wrong, the fate of the Republican party’s control of the Senate or The House is at stake with this issue.  People want change and are reflecting that in the ballot box.  Call me a poor strategist; I clearly see that yes, it would be better to have a moderate Republican to win the seat instead of a more conservative Republican lose it, but such hedging simply re-elects the same people who have broken this country in the first place.  I am willing to put my vote where my mouth is and have faith that if we elect enough ‘outsiders’ they can create a unified block that forces the collective insiders on both sides of the aisle to have to deal with them.  Thus,  I am for people voting on the issues and the candidates that most closely value those issues.

Let the cards fall where they may as this is a Democracy, not an entitled oligargy of a governing political elite who dictate that gaining a majority for the sake of power is more important than principle.

-G.S.


A Far Sadder Conclusion

September 7, 2010

He Weeps For Your Children - You Should Too. WAKE UP!!!

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If you haven’t read the brief article in the Washington Post about the Presidential and Congressional opinion poll held last week, you should.  The link is:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090700007.html

 My two cents – the leadership of this country sucks so much harder than it should – even with Nancy Pelosi involved (and that is saying something).  I know I do not speak only for myself when I say that I have no confidence in either party – and the poll’s results show this.  The question I have to scream at the top of my lungs is this: HOW IS THIS SITUATION ACCEPTABLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT???

   We know we have poor leadership in this country and we know that even if we vote out the Democrats, those we elect in are not going to be any better.  Yes, I am a tea-partier so I support smaller, limited government…but I do support government…of the good kind.  Our only hope is that we can elect people who do not get pulled into the mid-Atlantic government quagmire known as DC.  Unfortunately, those that we should vote in rarely get that far.  The few who do are castigated as outsiders.  Well folks, if ever there was a time for people to be ‘outsiders’ and not play ball inside the Beltway, then this is it.

– G.S.