The most important point of contention between Hoefling and Branstad: The protection of the God-given, unalienable, EQUAL right to live
On Friday night in Cedar Rapids the designated stand-in for my opponent, former State Representative Jeff Kaufmann, boasted about how every "pro-life" law on the books in our state was signed by Terry Branstad.
Here's the gigantic problem with that brag: In order to write a truly pro-life bill, one that actually fulfills the explicit, absolute requirements of the Iowa and the U.S. Constitutions, that all persons be protected equally in their God-given, unalienable right to live, you have to erase Terry Branstad's entire "pro-life" legacy from the Iowa Code.
I know. I helped craft Tom Shaw's House File 138, which meets the moral and constitutional test of a true pro-life bill. In addition to rightly identifying the unborn child as a person, its language scrubbed all the unconstitutional Branstad code sections that in effect end with "and then you can kill the baby."
Of course, the Branstad Republican establishment has consistently insisted on burying HF-138 in committee, and pushing even more unconstitutional "pro-life" legislation, so that they can then go out once again and pretend to their pro-life constituency that they are doing something to stop this American holocaust.
Wake up, people. Quit buying the lie. Read your own constitutions, and start demanding that those who represent you fulfill the primary purpose and duty of their offices, which is the defense of the supreme right of every single individual human being.
"Rights of persons. Section 1. All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights - among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness."
-- Iowa Constitution - ARTICLE I. - Bill of Rights
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
-- The Declaration of Independence
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
-- The Preamble, or Statement of Purpose, of the United States Constitution
"No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."
-- The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
-- The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
"The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a 'person' within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment."
-- Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Roe vs. Wade, 1973
"You shall not murder."
-- Exodus 20:13
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"I was looking over a poll earlier, one that included me and my race for Governor of Iowa. Now, the temptation for any politician, a temptation that it seems to me most candidates for public office these days fall into, is to then conform themselves and their message to what the poll says it is that people want to hear. Even if it isn't what the people truly need to hear, must hear, if the republic is to be preserved. God, keep me from ever giving in and becoming nothing more than another craven, pandering, ear-tickling, useless politician."
-- Tom Hoefling
"Debt, both public and private, is the bane of liberty. It drives nations and men to poverty and despair. We should be fighting it like the plague it is, instead of passing it along to our children and grandchildren."
-- Tom Hoefling
Every Iowa Republican Primary Voter should listen to this interview with gubernatorial candidate Tom Hoefling
Tom Hoefling will be interviewed tonight, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014, by Kyle Baker.
8 to 9:30 pm Central.
The live link is here:
"As bad as money corruption in politics is, there is a corruption that is far more dangerous and destructive, which is the corruption of principle, of morals, of the sense of the absolute religious obligation to fulfill the sacred oath of office to support and defend our constitutions."
-- Tom Hoefling
"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 Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Those who see the corruption and abuse of power that permeates Washington, DC, while ignoring the corruption in our state capitals, are making a terrible mistake.
Tenth Amendment supporters need to take the time and effort to extend the crucial principles and the indispensable logic of that great amendment to the state level. If powers are not granted by We the People to our state governments via our state constitutions, those powers do not legitimately exist. For the states to claim and exercise them is a lawless usurpation and tyranny.
One last thing: No government, national or otherwise, has any legitimate power to violate the God-given, unalienable, equal rights of the individual person. In the case of those rights, governments - all governments - possess only the absolute, imperative duty to defend. Nothing else. Because the fulfillment of that duty is the primary reason all governments, and all government offices, exist.
That assertion is the foundation stone of our national political creed:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." -- The Declaration of Independence
"Kids need us, but we also need kids. I've been in many places around the country in the last few decades that have an incredible lack of children anywhere in evidence. Those places seem kind of lifeless and cold and sad, frankly. Anyhow, yesterday I observed something remarkable that led to this post. I was in the Des Moines downtown skywalk system. It was kind of cold and lifeless in there, as it usually is. A few hundred adults moving here and there, about their own business, pretty much ignoring everybody else as city folks are wont to do. You know how it is. But suddenly everything changed. A long line of hundreds of grade school aged kids came filing through, and the noise level went up exponentially. The place was filled with the wonderful sound of children's voices. And you know what? I watched the demeanor of the adults completely change right before my eyes. People relaxed. They began to smile and talk to one another as they watched the little ones going by. It was a really beautiful thing to observe. The moral of the story? America, quit killing off the future, and get your eyes on what is truly important. Because, in the end, all that matters is people, and especially the children, who are our posterity. It's not all about us, it's about them. But by serving them, we will ourselves receive the greatest blessings of liberty."
"People who find out I'm running against Terry Branstad for the Iowa governorship quite often ask me 'why do you want to be governor'? They look a little shocked when I tell them that I don't want the job. I don't think anyone in their right mind wants to be president, or governor, or a legislator. No one in their right mind wants to clean up vomit, right? But you do it anyway because it must be done, for the health and hygiene of your family. The moral of the story? Don't support political candidates who obviously want the job. They're not in their right minds. Find some principled people who are willing to serve ONLY because it must be done, for our posterity. If you don't think I fill the bill, that's fine by me. But you better find somebody to clean up this stinking mess soon, before it's too late. The stench in our government is becoming unbearable.
-- Tom Hoefling
"Utilitarianism has an appearance of wisdom. But over the long haul, it never proves to be utile. Being uncompromisingly principled often looks foolish to many. But over time, it works. Why? Because the God Who made this world made it in such a way that we reap what we sow. Everything reproduces after its kind. It's as certain as the effects of gravity.
-- Tom Hoefling
"To claim a right to 'decide' whether or not some individual, or class of individuals, should be protected, is to deny the unalienable, God-given nature of our rights, the basis for the American claim to liberty, the cornerstone for the rule of law, the very raison d'etre of human government, according to our founders: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men...'"
-- Tom Hoefling
"The foundation for our claim to liberty is a moral claim. Take away that moral basis and enduring liberty is simply not possible."
-- Tom Hoefling