In Federalist 44, James Madison, the father of the US Constitution, gives us the formula for solving most of our current political problems, which in the end amounts to "make the other branches provide the necessary checks and balances," and, if they won't do that, "throw all the bums out." And what he said in this case applies in just the same way to the judiciary as it does to the Congress:
"What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them...the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.'"
-- James Madison, Federalist #44
"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
“Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catchphrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let man label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country -- hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of.”
- Mark Twain
h/t to Guy Stevenson
"The only wasted vote is one that doesn't represent you."
-- Tom Hoefling, October 6, 2012
"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
"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers 'just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty. If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."
-- Noah Webster
Ron Paul announced Monday that his campaign will no longer spend money on presidential nominating contests due to lack of funds, effectively ending his campaign for the Republican nomination.
Tens of thousands of voters could be dropped from the rolls this election year
Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens.
Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.
The Department of State is asking county election officials to verify the information. Election supervisors are contacting voters and if someone is not a citizen, their name will be dropped from the voter rolls.
But an initial list drawn up by the state — and not widely released — shows that a comparison of voter lists and driver's license information turned up a list of nearly 182,000 people who may not be U.S. citizens.
State officials, however, note that some of those on list may have become citizens after first getting their driver's licenses. Still, the decision to screen the voter rolls for non-citizens could result in tens of thousands voters being dropped in the middle of a critical election year.
[Alleged] President Barack Obama won Florida four years ago, but recent polls have shown that he is neck-and-neck with likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. The 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was decided by just 537 votes in the Sunshine State.
Read this story at nbcmiami.com ...
The Washington Post
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) said Thursday that he believes gay couples should be allowed to adopt children...
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The Daily Caller
Jimmy Carter says he would be “comfortable” with a Mitt Romney presidency, although he still expects [Alleged] President Barack Obama to win re-election in the fall.
“I’d rather have a Democrat but I would be comfortable,” the former president told MSNBC in a segment aired Wednesday. “I think Romney has shown in the past, in his previous years as a moderate or progressive… that he was fairly competent as a governor and also running the Olympics as you know.”
"A Socrates quote that in my opinion could be applied directly to all the conservatives who have wasted their time, energy and treasure on the Republican presidential nominating process this year: 'He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.'”
Tom Hoefling, April 21, 2012
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
-- Benjamin Franklin
Tom Hoefling 2012
The Tom Hoefling 2012 presidential campaign is revolutionizing the way we do politics in America.
We're creating a political process by which all candidates for public office, including Tom Hoefling, are held strictly accountable to the foundational principles of our country, to the Constitution of the United States, and to We the People.
We're not relying in any way on the so-called "mainstream" media. We're counting only on the citizen media, with its free access to the worldwide web, social media, email, and telephones.
We're not beholden to any money interests. Why? Because we are asking for NO DONATIONS. Instead, we're counting on a million patriotic Americans who are willing to run their own campaigns, in their own states, from their own front porches.
To find out how we are able to do this, please read "Tom Hoefling: I Don't Want Your Money."
Today Bloomberg published a story about the ridiculous burdens presidential candidates place themselves and their supporters under to run, and the sometimes decades-long money chase it leads to.
A short excerpt:
"Putting an end to a presidential campaign can be a nightmare that lasts years. There are employees, consultants, lawyers, and ad makers clamoring to be paid, ad buys to cancel, contracts and legal disputes to settle, office space, computers, phones, and furniture around the country to unload, and a staggering pile of disclosure forms and other paperwork to complete before the Federal Election Commission will certify that a campaign is officially over.”
Tom Hoefling 2012 has no "employees, consultants, lawyers, and ad makers clamoring to be paid."
We have no "ad buys to cancel," or "contracts and legal disputes to settle."
We have no "office space, computers, phones, and furniture around the country to unload."
Our FEC forms contain zeroes. There won't be any problem wrapping up our affairs when the election is over, no matter the outcome.
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... Paul Singer, Dan Loeb and Cliff Asness — three hedge fund managers and major players in donor circles — each cut six-figure checks toward the landmark effort to legalize gay marriage in New York.
Singer, the intensely-private head of Elliott Associates, has been especially active in donating to groups aimed at legalizing gay marriage in different states over the last five years, concurrent with his rise as one of the Republican party’s mot prominent bundlers and donors to party committees. According to a recent New York Times story,Singer has donated $8 million to pro-gay marriage efforts since 2007.
He’s also helped raise more than $1 million for Romney’s campaign, as well as donated another $1 million to the super PAC supporting the all-but-assured Republican nominee.
Read more at politico.com ...
"Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them...the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers."
-- James Madison, Federalist No. 44
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
-- Alexander Hamilton
"Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. "
-- Daniel Webster