ALL POWER INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE
By Betty Freauf
We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right; that all power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper…At least those words are written in Article 1, Bill of Rights in my Oregon Constitution. What does it say in yours?
It is so gratifying to see how a relatively political newcomer like Christine O’Donnell trounced a long-time Republican liberal in the Delaware Senate race on September 14th much to the surprise of the established Republicans who did everything in their power to dissuade voters from supporting her. And, of course, the media plays a big role in fueling the fire of negativity. The GOP quickly began backpedaling when her supporters began sending e-mails and ringing the phones at the National Senatorial Election office and the GOP headquarters after Karl Rove’s disgusting comments on Hannity and similar remarks by journalist and FOX contributor, Charles Krauthammer.
The Senatorial Election committee hurriedly decided they could find a pittance $42,000 to give to Christine but by the next morning she had raised nearly one million dollars on the Internet without further financial help from the GOP sycophants. Then there was Dana Perino, Bush’s cute little former press secretary basically reminding Hannity T.V. viewers that we shouldn’t throw all the GOP bums out, which is true but voters have been lied to so much by GOP elected officials they thought they could trust, they are to the point now where they just want to get rid of all of them. Besides, Rep.. Mike Castle was simply a vote for the Obama agenda.
Credit must be given to radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham that supported Christine. Christine’s ability to raise so much money so quickly can be directly attributed to them and the Internet that proves had these same conservative talk show folks given the same publicity to Ron Paul after he raised so much money on the Internet with a groundswell of support, we may not have Barack Obama in the White House.
Tea Party folks were behind Ron Paul but the neocons chose to demonize them. While introducing Ron Paul at the Iowa Straw poll, master of ceremonies Laura Ingraham referred to Paul’s cheering fans in front of the stage as “inmates” who had “left the asylum” and then as Paul’s “mosh pit“ spectators filed out of the Hilton Coliseum to make way for the next candidate’s cheering entourage, Ingraham obviously had that speech line in mind when stated, “The peace train is leaving the arena,” referring to Paul’s earlier statement, “Our campaign is all about freedom, prosperity and peace.” How often have grassroot folks been warned not to break President Reagan’s 11th commandment – never speak ill of a fellow Republican. Laura Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the White House near the end of the Reagan administration. 
She admitted on the radio recently she changed her mind about these “ugly step children” (grassroots people) and had her eyes opened on her book tour when she got out to meet the people. Laura has been a product of the beltway all her adult life. She was desperately in need of an attitude adjustment. After the shameful 2006 election defeat she claims she told the GOP it was time to scrape the barnacles off the ship but no one listened to what she said and then the Republicans lost more in 2008 but I personally attribute that loss to Ingraham and her neocon colleagues.
O’Donnell’s race brought back so many memories of the time I ran for Oregon governor against the GOP’s “chosen” liberal feminist in 1986. What a difference 24 years has made in the voting public. While the sleeping giant has awakened, the same old nasty tactics are still used by the GOP elitists. The Oregon’s GOP chairman, Diarmuid O’Scannlain decided he’d have a little “roast” in Portland, Oregon for the newcomer candidates, who like O’Donnell, were daring to challenge the establishment.
There was a minister running against entrenched Senator Bob Packwood and he was hot on Packwood’s trail and I was hanging on to his coattails in the primary race for governor. While the gathering was called a party function, it was deceitful because county party leaders consisting of many new social conservatives were discouraged from coming but the press was invited. We’d been warned in the invitation that the losers in the primary were going to be asked if we would support the winners. Of course, they expected us to lose just like they did Christine O’Donnell. What the Devil intends for evil oftentimes God turns into good in mysterious ways.
Days before this charade a friend of mine and I met for hours trying to figure out how I could get out of supporting a woman I could not stand. Finally, we got it! O’Scannlain had the three of us come to the microphone before the TV cameras and asked us if we would be willing to support the winner. The two men acquiesced but I grinned and looked into the camera and said I’d support my opponent to the same degree she supported President Reagan and begin to walk off the stage. The chairman, who a few months later became a member of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, grabbed my arm, pulled me back and asked the same question. I repeated the same answer. The media knew my opponent hated Reagan but I don’t think the chairman figured out what happened until he read about it in the newspaper the next day or someone explained it to him later. When I got off the platform, I was surrounded by reporters. And now you know one of the reasons such ridiculous rulings come out of the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Although I did very well with very little money, I did receive about 13% of the vote while all the polls were saying maybe one or two percent, I was determined to stand on principle. Why would I want to support someone I knew did not have the best interests of Oregon on her agenda. She’d proven it with her pro -homosexual and pro-abortion support plus she was a tax and spend R.I.N.O at heart. In the general election, she got beat by Democrat Neil Goldschmidt.
The GOP hierarchy got an electrical jolt with the O’Donnell race. The games they’ve been pulling on the newcomers in the party have gone on for too long. So it is high time people began sending their money directly to the candidates of their choice and bypassing the party. Who needs them? When you get the fundraising letter in the mail with the reasons why you should contribute, take the material, stick it in the stamped return envelope plus maybe some (clean) toilet paper to make the envelope heavier and return it to them. Let them pay the extra postage for the heavy letter on the other end!
I wrote an article on June 22, 2010 "Will Party Hacks Eat Their Own?." What happened in this Delaware senatorial race between Christine O’Donnell and Rep. Mike Castle? The AP article dated 9/15 said, “In an extraordinary move, the state Republican Party began automated phone calls attacking O’Donnell in the campaign’s final hours. The calls feature the voice of a woman who identified herself as Kristin Murray, O’Donnell’s campaign manager in her 2008 unsuccessful Senate campaign, accusing the candidate of ‘living on campaign donations- using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt.” And then the article said the Republican officials said privately they intended to write off the seat if O’Donnell was victorious against Castle.”
Yes, the GOP hierarchy does cannibalize its own and they tried again but failed. But what they did to Christine was not “an extraordinary move,” it is standard practice!!!
I have no idea whether the generated telephone calls just before the election were true or exaggerated. I have heard she had her campaign headquarters in her house, which would entitle her to pay rent and perhaps telephone costs from the campaign funds. But this I do know, when candidates work with volunteers it is easy for something that sounds a bit unethical to fall through the cracks and there are great amounts of financial sacrifices made by the candidate who doesn’t have the perceived required “pedigree.” I have long felt that in the primaries, the GOP should not get involved so for Karl Rove and his sycophant friends to stoop to this level of attacking O’Donnell is extremely disappointing. A public apology is in order!
Let’s face it, the two party political system is a scam – an oligarchy, a monopoly. They are nearly identical and the candidates that are put out in front are generally Council on Foreign Relations members with the same globalists/one world agenda. We don’t have partisans; we have parrots spewing out the party line. The American people would throw the rascals in power out only to be replaced with candidates with the same basic globalists policies. Do you remember Gingrich’s “Contract with America” in 1994? Did anything change when the Republicans had control of the House and the Senate?
Right now the two party system – especially the Republicans- are in a state of panic because independent Tea Party folks are becoming so successful in America with their only agenda of smaller government and fiscal responsibility. We, the people, have finally discovered the political party rivalry is merely superficial and meant to keep us busy fighting each other –the politics of distraction. When a third party candidate manages to get on the ballot, the two major political parties immediately begin lecturing voters who would dare support principle over party that their vote would be wasted and the lies are repeated every election but is a vote wasted when people vote their conscience? Now that the people are becoming educated, my next fear is election fraud and what about all that stimulus money that Barack Obama has stashed away. Will the Black Panthers be at the election precincts with their clubs in hands trying to intimidate voters? They got away with it once. The Barack Administration’s appointed judicial department did nothing about it. Democrats, who once excelled at voting absentee for Chicago’s dead and a community from which Barack Obama has his roots and his community activism may be suffering “battered party syndrome” at this time but don’t count them out. Electronic voting is easily manipulated.
George Washington feared the corrupting influence of political parties with their spirit of factional selfishness and the weakening of the influence of religious morality on public life. On both counts, he was right. The Democrats and Republicans have betrayed us. They have abandoned the ideas and principles upon which our country was founded and sought instead the lure of money and power. Let’s be honest. Ordinary men in the past couldn’t become extraordinary because the two-party system accomplices, the media, keeps them out. The two party system in this country has been a sham and a hoax and as a result, many people simply stay home on Election Day but this election cycle, it appears as though they are being rejuvenated.
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The turnout in Delaware was double what the pundits thought it would be and it made the difference. Make no mistake, these plain, ordinary citizens are holding the candles that together form the great torch of liberty and if the GOP thought the election of 2004 and Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” was the battle of the 20th century, we can only hope they “ain’t” seen nothing yet but the battle can’t stop in November 2010 or even in November 2012. The Ship of State has a small rudder and it turns around slowly. We’ve been a hundred years getting to this point of near collapse for our country and it is not going to turn around over night. The national debt is not going to be paid without great sacrifices for many Americans.
1- October 1, 2007 New American (P.14)Paul
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