Month: September 2013

2013-09-26 Persistance – Corrected

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September 26, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Persistance

This is a time to ignore the Philistine newspapers. Persist in doing what is right. Ignore the odds of success and fight until the cloture vote is taken. Keep an eye on the “whip list” at the bottom of www.DontFundObamacare.com

Further – If the phone offers “voice mail” leave the message, “Please oppose cloture.

Call the ones in red as well. They haven’t voted yet!

2013-09-26 Persistance

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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September 26, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Persistance

This is a time to ignore the Philistine newspapers. Persist in doing what is right. Ignore the odds of success and fight until the cloture vote is taken. Keep an eye on the “whip list” at the bottom of www.DontFindObamacare.com

Call the ones in red as well. They haven’t voted yet!

2013-09-25 The saga continues

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September 25, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

The saga continues

"Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens." George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

The following paragraph will help folks understand the mechanics.

If it (cloture) passes, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could easily add language to the bill (House CR) restoring funding for Obamacare, because he would need only 50 votes. Republicans have only 46 votes in the Senate, Democrats have 52 and there are two independents. Cruz wants to make sure the threshold to change the bill would be 60 votes.

My friends, I walked my first precinct in 1962. There have been several times since then that justified being “all-in”. This is one of them!

Everyone with a cause wants supporters to make calls and send letters. I believe most such efforts produce poor results. Many of them are little more than using the “cause” to raise money.

This, I believe, is one of those rare times when a tidal wave of public outcry will make a significant impact!

I suggest staying up to date via www.dontfundobamacare.com Watch the “whip list” at the bottom of that site. Use whatever you can find (local offices, e-mail, FB, Twitter, …) to pepper those Republican Senators with your request, “Oppose cloture”. Rebuke discouragement! Their phones have been jammed. Keep it up!

Bottom line – If cloture passes and there is no debate, with a 50 vote threshold – there will be a straight party vote and O’care goes back into the CR. THEN – every Republican senator will go home and say, “Sigh – I voted against funding O’care, but it passed anyway!”

The grassroots, lead by Cruz and Lee, are pulling the covers off of that and there will be those in every meeting that challenge their senators on that claim!

The cloture vote , likely Friday or Saturday, is the one that counts. Until that vote Republican Senators are free to stand up, or face our wrath. If you have a Democratic Senator your time is better spent, (my opinion), contacting those Republicans on the “whip list”.

Politicians rarely see the light until they feel the heat! If it gets hot enough, there could / will be a last minute GOP shift against cloture. I believe it takes 60 votes to block debate with cloture. Democrats don’t have enough votes alone.

Once debate is open, there can be Senate votes on exempting congress from O’care! All sorts of proposed amendments can put each Senator on record for one issue or another. They do not like that! Thus, there is even a possibility that they toss the hot potato (House version of CR) into Obama’s lap!

How would he be able to blame nasty Republicans for shutting down government when it would be Obama who vetoed the CR passed by a Democratic Senate?

2013-09-24 Social nets

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September 24, 2013

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Social nets

Social net working has become a major way of mass communication. However – every time I venture into that unfamiliar area, I get lost. Thus – I stay away and stick to e-mail.

However

Many of you do know your way around those networks.

May I suggest copying and pasting my blog posts, or writing your own?

Let’s help get the world into this filibuster project.

WE can “unify” Republican Senators!

2013-09-24 Crez filibuster has begun

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September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Sen. Cruz’ filibuster has begun

If you are interested in the impact your calls and e-mails are having in “rocking the boat” in Washington, D.C. then tune in for a while and listen to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as he holds the floor, “Until I can not stand anymore!” Link live through www.DontFundObamacare.com

Many are confused by the mechanics and the conflicting claims, statements, and opinions. The enemies of limited government want it that way. I doubt anyone can sort it all out easily for us. Here is my take (below).

Bottom line – I suggest following Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Ted Cruz as they buck “moderate” Republican leaders who are frantically waving white flags of “surrender before the fight”.

We the people” have made it clear, we do not want the current Obamacare bill. Your pressure on the House Republicans was so strong that they took their “moderate” leader, John Boehner, into the back room last week and forced him to do what the people want. The House passed a continuing resolution (CR) that funds everything the Democrats want EXCEPT Obamacare. Now Cruz and Lee are leading the fight to get what the people want through the Senate which has not been very good about doing that for a long time!

The Senate can do three things with the House CR bill –

· Pass it as is. Then it goes to the President and he has to decide to sign it, or shut down government rather than lose funding for Obamacare.

· Take it to the floor for open debate and amendments. Then the CR bill with changes goes back to the House for approval.

· Move “cloture” – which allows only one change (put Obamacare funding into the CR) and send it back to the House.

Senators Lee and Cruz want either of the first two. Senator Reid and his followers, including “moderate “ Republican Senators want the third, cloture.

NOTE – I understand a cloture vote requires every Democrat Senator and 6 Republican Senators.

Senator Reed and Cruz are using the filibuster rule (see the movie, Mr. Smith goes to Washington) to delay the vote on cloture while we – you and I – send e-mail and phone calls of support flooding the Republican Senators’ inboxes and phone lines.

Please see the “whip list” at the bottom of the DontFundObamacare.com web site.

Please devote whatever time you can to calling the Republican Senators on that list. These are calls that truly will make a difference! Just say to the Senator’s clerk, “Oppose cloture.” They are getting thousands of calls. They will understand!

The fate of Obamacare from now until cloture vote on Thursday or Friday rests in our dialing fingers!

2013-09-24 Sarah Palin on FB

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September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Sarah Palin on FB

Gov. Palin posted this status update on Facebook today….

September 23, 2013

The U.S. Senate has some arcane procedural rules, and as ordinary Americans our eyes glaze over trying to decipher them. But it’s important for us to understand that Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare are worthwhile and doable.

We shouldn’t preemptively surrender the fight to those who rammed through this outrageously burdensome and unaffordable ploy for government control of health care even though some are trying to convince us that the fight is futile. Just because a fight isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting.

This defund movement boils down to a very simple request. As Andrew McCarthy recently pointed out: “Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress.” All we’re asking is that the rest of America “get the same relief from this awful law that Obama cronies, the ruling class, and the politically-connected get.”

Please call your senators and politely ask them to stand with Senator Cruz. This is especially important if your senator is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state in 2014. That would be Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). Remind them politely that we are watching their votes very carefully and even a procedural vote that shuts down this debate will be regarded as a vote for Obamacare, and there will be consequences for them at the ballot box next year. The same goes for Republicans up for re-election. We definitely expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Cruz through thick and thin.

The number for the Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121 Ask for your senator’s office – [and ask politely that they stand with Senator Cruz. NOTE –bracketed portion is Ben’s edit for unprintable hyperlinks. Further I would add www.DontFundObamacare.com for phone #s and updates to the “Whip List”.]


Remember, we elected these senators precisely for moments like this. If they can’t do anything with the power we’ve given them through their elected office, then perhaps it’s time for them to retire and let someone else have a go.

Opposition to Obamacare carried us to victory in 2010. And 2014 is just around the corner.

– Sarah Palin

2013-09-24 The ultimate betrayal

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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September 24, 2013

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The ultimate betrayal

The following is a cut & paste. It will help some to understand and give them a number to call and add pressure to Senators to do the right thing. There are many such blog posts “out there” like this one. We need to make it very clear that America wants Obamacare DEFUNDED!

Fellow Conservatives:

This is an urgent update on the fight to stop funding Obamacare.

Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) — the top two Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate — announced yesterday that they will support "cloture" on the government funding bill, giving Harry Reid and the Democrats a procedural green light to fund Obamacare with only 50 votes.

Breitbart News is reporting that McConnell and Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in their effort to defund Obamacare.

According to a senior staffer quoted in the news report, "Nobody is fighting harder to make sure Obamacare is funded than Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn."

This is the ultimate betrayal.

We knew Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn weren’t with us when they voted to fund Obamacare earlier this year. But then, under pressure from grassroots, they said they supported the effort to defund it. They even ran political ads in their home states to make voters think they were on their side.

But now, faced with the prospect of having to fight for the things they claim to believe, these Senate leaders have surrendered.

Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn have surrendered to Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the Democrats. More importantly, they have surrendered to Obamacare — the biggest job killer in America.

MELT THE PHONES

We can’t let these turncoats force millions of Americans into this liberal train wreck.

Obamacare is unaffordable, unworkable, and it’s unfair.

Please contact the other Republican senators — even if they aren’t from your state — and urge them to OPPOSE cloture so the Democrats can’t fund Obamacare.

You can find the list of senators at DontFundObamacare.com along with their contact information and where they currently stand on this issue.

It’s very important for you to call senators today and urge them to stand with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the fight to stop funding Obamacare.

Time is running out. Obamacare begins in just one week. We must act now.

This country belongs to us, not the politicians in Washington. Let’s make sure they hear us loud and clear.

Best regards,
Matt Hoskins
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

2013-09-03 True Colors

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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September 23, 2013

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True Colors

Let me draw a word picture for you.

Our leaders who stand upon principle and do what is right, because it is right, have mounted their steeds and sounded the charge. The bugles are sounding and the thunder of hooves is shaking the ground.

The enemy is stunned. It has been so long since they have been truly challenged that they are in disarray. Both sides are “all in” the combat is unavoidable. As our noble leaders charge into the battle with the cheers and support of the people, many of the captains of divisions are behind them frantically waiving white flags – Their true colors!

The disunity within our ranks confuses and discourages the cheering populace. Seeing this, the enemy shouts, “We are steadfast and immovable!” Our captains under white flags shout, “They are steadfast and immovable! We will lose the battle!

Our noble leaders know our cause is just and right. They understand the enemy is bluff and bluster and that the people and our future rest in the balance. They charge on trusting in the rightness of our cause.

The results of the battle rests in the balance. Will the people continue to SHOUT their support for our cause, defund Obamacare NOW? Or will the enemy’s bluff and bluster intimidate the people as it has those under the white flag of “surrender before the fight”?

Dear patriot – NOW is the time to burn up the e-mail, phone lines, letters. Tell your friends NOT to be discouraged, not to give up, not to stop shouting. BELIEVE we can win this battle!

2013-09-20 Need to know

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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September 20, 2013

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Need to know

Good people across the nation routinely “glaze over” when the news shifts to “government.” It is NOT because they aren’t interested and don’t sense responsibility. It is, I believe, because they do not understand, and see no purpose investing time in confusion and futility. They can’t do anything to change it anyway.

The next few days’ events will significantly change your family life-style, for good or bad, well into the future. You need to know! This post is to help you understand.

There is a set of rules of action, (laws) in place to govern everything that exists. Families, churches and nations are all governed (directed, regulated, controlled, restrained) by sets of laws.

In America, the laws are made by men and women “We the people” send to Washington, D.C. Lawmakers are called legislators. They are divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives called the “House”. (Senators & Representatives) Both groups MUST sign off on a law (bill) before it goes to the President who signs it into law, or rejects it.

Comment – I have found many who do not know these basics. Please stay with me.

The law says that all spending bills MUST ORIGINATE in the House. Then the Senate must either agree, or send an alternative bill back to the House and they designate a conference of both groups to iron out the differences until both bodies can signoff and send it to the President. A key point- Not a dime of government money can be spent without a law that begins in the House. No House authorization – No spending!

For a long time now, there has not been an annual budget bill authorizing any government spending! The law requires one each year. The Senate has refused to send an alternative budget back to the House to iron out differences! I suspect, because the Senators do not want to have to vote to cut spending and lose the votes they “buy” with government money.

Each year they wait until the very last minute, then pile all the proposed spending bills into a gigantic continuing resolution (a “CR”) that “authorizes the government to keep on doing what it is doing without a budget bill! They say, “If we don’t pass the CR and sign it into law, the government can’t write checks. The sky will fall! Babies will starve!”

Politicians are frightened of “starving babies”. Rather than do what they were hired by the people to do, i.e. debate and make the hard decisions (as we do in our families) they put off the hard choices. In this way, they have kept the voting groups happy and bankrupted our great nation.

Two days ago, having been bombarded with calls and letters from, “We the people”, the Republican Representatives met in a closed meeting and demanded that the Speaker of The House, John Boehner (R-TN) [i.e. Republican from a district in Tennessee], put the issue to a vote. The Republicans have a majority of the seats in the House.

They passed a CR spending bill that authorized everything except funds for Obamacare. Obama care is a disaster. It is a blatant effort to socialize the American medical industry, doctor and hospital services. If allowed to begin next month, it will create chaos. It was passed a while back without being read! They said, “Pass it so we can read it and see what it says!”

The Democrats control the Senate. News today will carry stories of efforts to get the Senators to agree and send the House version CR to the President. I doubt they will.

Next, the Senate will likely put Obamacare funding back into the CR and a conference of both houses will try and iron out the ONLY difference – Obamacare funding. If the House Republicans stand firm, there will be no CR sent to the President – UNLESS – the Senate bends and allows defunding of Obamacare.

Senators have a big problem. 1/3 of them are up for election in 2014! How they vote on Obamacare will be the first question voters will want to know!

The Democrats and the President will begin shouting demagoguery (A demagogue – or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated …).

They are saying the House CR has no chance of passing. They are saying the nasty Republicans are shutting down the government. (No mention that the Senate has refused for years to pass a budget bill!) On the contrary the House CR keeps the government open EXCEPT for Obamacare, which “We the people” do not want!

Both sides – those wanting limited government under Constitutional law – those wanting ever bigger government control over everything we do – are in a great struggle. How it turns out depends upon the resolve of just under 600 politicians making up the Senate and the House.

Some of them are men and women of principle. Others are swept along by the forces around them. They need to hear from you NOW, this weekend. PLEASE Flood the e-mails, phones, mails with encouragement to do what is right because it is right and let the chips fall as they may!

Simple Google searches will locate your Senator and your Representative. If you have never contacted those who represent you in Washington, there has rarely been a better time to begin!

2013-09-19 Hacked

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September 19, 2013

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Hacked?

We have had an unconfirmed (to date) report that our computers have been hacked from points in Canada and Atlanta.

Should you receive messages from Fran or me that appear out of character – Please confirm them with us.

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