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Tenthers Call for Limits on Federal Power - Foreign and Domestic 

Nearly two-dozen candidates, including former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, gathered in Atlanta last week to rail on federal policies which span the political spectrum.  Candidates spoke out against national health care, gun control, the war on drugs, bailouts, U.S. foreign policy, and more.

Atlanta, Georgia (TAC) March 1, 2010 - For two days last week, candidates for both state and federal offices in the 2010 elections gathered together to discuss strategies for upholding a strict interpretation of the 10th Amendment, which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."  The candidates presented their views and ideas to a capacity crowd last Friday.

In a joint statement read to the crowd, the nearly two-dozen candidate participants pledged to "limit and restrain all federal government exercise of power that exceeds in any way the plain language of those few powers listed in the Constitution and to nullify all others that exceed such limit."

Speakers such as Ray McBerry, Gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, and Roy Moore, Gubernatorial candidate in Alabama and former Supreme Court Justice for that state, slammed what they called federal overreach on traditional conservative issues such as gun rights, health care, and education.

But conservative issues were far from the only viewpoint that the so-called "Tenther" candidates championed.  Adam Kokesh, an Iraq War Veteran and Congressional candidate in New Mexico's 3rd District, proudly proclaimed, "During my deployment I realized that the greatest enemies of the Constitution to which I swore an oath to support and defend are not to be found in the sands of some far off land, but rather, right here at home!"

Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, also railed on U.S. foreign and domestic policy.  He received standing ovations when listing what he considered to be ongoing violations of the constitution by the federal government, including the Department of Education, the Patriot Act, undeclared wars since 1941, federal gun regulations, and proposed national health care mandates.

Many of the participants expressed their gratitude for the Summit.  Lex Green, candidate for Governor of Illinois, explained the results of the event, saying, "I went to the Tenth Amendment Summit with confidence in the power of state sovereignty, but looking for direction. I came away knowing that those powers that are reserved to the states and to the people provide the best way to protect our freedoms, and to help guide the nation back to prosperity."

The Tenth Amendment Summit, sponsored by Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Ray McBerry, and Los Angeles-based think tank the Tenth Amendment Center, was a two-day event on Thursday and Friday, February 25-26 at the Atlanta Airport Hilton.  Thursday was a closed-door strategy session for candidates and organizers only.  The all-day public event on Friday was attended by over 300, according to organizers.

About the Tenth Amendment Center:
The Tenth Amendment Center, a Los Angeles-based think tank founded in 2006, acts as an educational forum on issues related to the 10th Amendment and Constitutional governance.



US Rep McCotter - Why a Republican War of Ideas Is a Good Thing

Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog   


In 1994, under the leadership of Newt Gingrich, the    GO P    presented a list of reforms called the Contract with America. A signed pledge committing the party to a series of specific actions, the contract was the leading wedge of an effort to bring the party to power in Congress for the first time in 40 years. 


It was successful beyond the wildest dreams of its creators, bringing the GOP to national parity with theDemocrats for the first time in the lives of most of the Republicans on the ballot that year.


Today, the GOP is more intellectually fractured, with old guard Republicans, Gingrich-era limited government conservatives, Tea Party activists, libertarians aligned with Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and others engaged in a competition to see which ideas will form the basis for what increasingly looks like a new Republican congressional majority. 


For some, the competition on the field of ideas is causing considerable heartburn. For others, like Michigan GOP Rep. Thad McCotter, a member of the House Republican leadership, this competition is an indication that the center-right coalition is healthy, vibrant and readying itself for the responsibility and challenges of governing the nation once again.


An unconventional conservative, McCotter is both classically educated--he considers himself a devotee of legendary conservative scholar Russell Kirk--and plays lead guitar in a band called "The Second Amendments," which earned him the nickname "That rock and roll dude" from former President George W. Bush. These traits, seemingly in contradiction, actually mix well together in ways that produce ideas that are as compelling as they are culturally relevant.


The idea that the party needs to coalesce completely around a single set of specific policy proposals, McCotter says, "is antithetical to conservativism." He has developed his own series of ideas, which he markets in a pamphlet called "We the People, Wide Awake" but, he admits, he is one voice among many.


"Politics is the art of the possible," McCotter says, repeating a maxim that, while not original to him, is perhaps the kind of realization that conservative activists of all stripes must come to accept as they come together in the kind of informal coalition necessary to reproduce the election victories of 1984 and 1994, when the GOP demonstrated it could win elections at all levels of government and in all parts of the country.


McCotter wants to have lots of ideas on the table. "The danger of one manifesto," he told me, "is that the movement is organic. Different people will be attracted to different things." To him, conservatives now have a much wider array of microphones with which they can communicate directly with the American electorate and, he argues, they should take full advantage of them. He himself uses social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to get his message out. He even has his own channel on You Tube, where his recent speech to CPAC already has more than 2,000 hits--which is not bad for a policy-oriented speech from a Michigan congressman who, while not quite obscure, also isn't a regular on the Sunday morning chat shows.


Atop the list of themes that define what differentiates conservatives and Republicans from liberals and Democrats, McCotter said in his CPAC speech, is the idea that "America's ultimate strength and salvation remains her free people," McCotter told CPAC. "We need to remember this now and affirm it more than ever because we stand in a crucible of liberty where we must define liberty for generations to come."


"We are experiencing what the left did under the last Republican majority," McCotter told CPAC. "The left believed under President Bush, a Republican Senate and a Republican House, that all their ideological designs for America would be thwarted. They were very anxious, they were very angry and they engaged in direct political action. Because of our own missteps we lost those majorities."


The pathway back to majority, he argues, is to build a broad coalition, organized around core themes. "If we don't know where we've been, if we don't know where we are, if we don't know where we're going, any road will take us there," he says. But that doesn't mean that the Republican Party needs to bring all the various elements of the anti-big government coalition together under one banner. "I don't know how you could corral that kind of energy," he says specifically of the Tea Party activists who, today, command so much attention, "or that you'd even want to try." 


Anne E. Tyrrell

Communications Director

Office of U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter (MI-11)


Shea-Porter to Kicks-Off the Rochester Neighborhood Stabilization Project

Rochester, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will help kick-off the Neighborhood Stabilization Project in Rochester on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.  Rochester received $2.4 million dollars in 2009 from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The federal funding is made possible by the Passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  In the 110th Congress, Representative Shea-Porter was proud to help pass this important piece of legislation.  The funding will allow the City of Rochester, in Coordination with the Housing Partnership, to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed or abandoned properties.  Three properties have already been purchased, and construction will start this spring.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter will tour the property at 65 Lafayette Street.


NHDP - NH Republican Candidates Silently Support Republican Plans to Privatize Social Security & Slash Medicare and Medicaid

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan outlines disastrous proposals at NH GOP fundraiser 


Concord - Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) pitched the reckless Republican plan to slash Medicare and Medicaid, and privatize Social Security in New Hampshire this weekend.  Ryan held a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, and a breakfast with young Republicans. 


While Judd Gregg has been a long time supporter of Paul Ryan's, the Republican candidates for Congress haven't been as vocal about Ryan, or any of the extreme Republican proposals he outlined over the weekend.


"Granite Staters know that the Republican plan to privatize Social Security that Ryan outlined this weekend would be a disaster for our state and country," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Does Kelly Ayotte, Charlie Bass, Frank Guinta, Rich Ashooh and the other Republican candidates agree with Congressman Ryan and national Republicans? Or will they actually side with the people of New Hampshire?"


The irresponsible Republican plan to privatize social security that Congressman Ryan outlined would put the program at the whims of the market.  In the aftermath of the worst recession since the Great Depression, it's clear this idea would be a disaster for New Hampshire's seniors.   


"The Republican plan to slash Medicaid and Medicare is equally disturbing," said Richer.  "These irresponsible Republican plans would be devastating for New Hampshire families who are already struggling during these difficult economic times.  Ayotte, Bass, Guinta, Ashooh, and the other Republican candidates need to stand with the people of the Granite State, not with these disastrous proposals."


Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Gordon Duff

Looking for "America" in the Strangest Places

Imran KhanTraveling around Pakistan is a challenge for an American nowadays.  It's not the highways.  It isn't even that our second vehicle was "armed to the teeth" as we weaved through traffic and up and down superhighways and dusty back roads. 

The difficulty is the landscape itself, a land, at times, very American in appearance and yet strange and wondrous too.  It was the similarities that scared us.

We were there as Americans for a series of lectures and meetings to discuss economics and regional politics at universities and "think tanks."  Pakistan, a country of poverty and wealth, a nation threatened like no other was much like looking in a mirror, perhaps a mirror into America's future.
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