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1776 vs. 2012 Part 1

I am going to write a series of comparisons of the time a people decided to form their own government back in 1776 compared to the issues we face today in 2012.  Lest I be accused of trying to start another revolution to overthrow our government, let me be clear, we still have the ability to correct our situation at the ballot box.  But, I do caution, I do fear that will soon be lost.

 

Part 1

 

We all know the Declaration of Independence was drafted, written, and signed to declare the birth of a new nation.  At the time, the colonies operated much like their own country, being so far from the Crown of England, yet, still had to abide by rulings and such from the Crown.  I equate it to a 20 year old living at his parents’ house.  Sure, he is cable of being on his own, but, so long as he lives under their roof, they still maintain some level of  “the final word” on what he can and cannot do.

 

The Declaration was written and outlined for the world to see the specific reasons why the States of America should be, and from that point would be, their own free independent country.  I am going to list all of those listed grievances and compare them to today.  Not all compare of course, but, the astute reader will be amazed how much more we, as a people, have tolerated compared to the people of 1776.

 

Of course, the Declaration starts with the famous words, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary….  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…”  We all know this.  Most all of us had to memorize this at some point of our government indoctrination education.  However, what we SHOULD have memorized are the listed reasons.  We did not memorize those, for doing so would teach us we have already long passed many of those items and realized it is time for another revolution.  Shall we?

 

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

 

We currently have enough, er, too may laws.  Compared to today, we could easily say our government refuses to remove laws.  If there is one thing our government is not shy about, it is passing laws for the “public good.”  The pendulum has certainly swung on this one.

 

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, has utterly neglected to attend to them.

 

In this case, there is no “he” there is “it” and that “it” is the Senate of the United States.  The current House, the same house frequently accused of “doing nothing” has passed dozens of bills which have yet to even be debated in the Senate.  I often say elections have consequences.  As much as I abhor the healthcare law, the simple truth is, the President said he would pass it if elected, the American people voted for him, and a House and Senate of Democrats, many of whom said the same thing.  Right or wrong, the American voters got what they wanted.  However, the same should be true for 2010 when the American people made a historic vote and replaced enough Democrats in the House to give the control to the Republican Party.  As such, THAT election has the same consequence as the one of 2008.  We should be demanding the Senate start voting on the bills passed by the House.  Let the Senators make it known exactly where they stand on those bills so the people can decide in November if we wish to keep 1/3 of those Senators.

 

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

 

I could compare this today with so many different angles, and in the conclusion of this series, I very well may reference this a time or three.  For this segment, I will focus on the first part of it.  Why do we have a Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a whole host of other government regulatory agencies?  In part, to absolve Congress from being held accountable for the laws and regulations put into effect by those agencies.  We, as a people, have been forced to relinquish our right of Representation in the Legislature.  When the EPA issues a regulation, there is no one we, as a people, can vote out of office and replace.  We are near helpless to these unelected government officials.  By most any definition, if these agencies were just a single person, we would label that person a tyrant.  Is living by the demands of a body of people or a single tyrant any different when the rules are the same?

 

Part 2 will be published tomorrow.  Thank you for reading, feel free to leave comments and let the debate ensue.  The only “rules” for posting, obviously, keep it clean, secondly, keep the debate related to the topics of this post.  Do not “fast forward” to other parts of the Declaration, I am going to cover the entire Declaration by the end of the series.

 

 

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Thank you for you support!

It has been an exciting 18 months. In that time I have traveled all over North Georgia, especially in Walker, Dade, Catoosa, and Chattooga counties. I have met many wonderful people who are really the heart and soul of our great state.

While the election certainly did not turn out the way we wanted, I am grateful for those who had faith in me to represent the district in Atlanta. The election for this race is now over as Senator Mullis will not face a Democrat in the general election in November. Though I will not be in Atlanta this year, I hope some of my ideas and philosophies are carried to the capital for the upcoming session.

I ask we continue our diligence to ensure we have a government working FOR us, not around us. It is easy to get excited during an election season, but the true strength in our Republic is when we stay focused all of the time. Do not hesitate to stay in contact with all of your elected officials. From the county commissioner to the Governor, when they do not hear from we, the people, the assumption of acceptance is all too often made. That is what has gotten our country in debt of over 109 Trillion dollars.

I look forward to maintaining the many friendships I have made over the past months. I intend to stay active in the political process; I hope you do as well.
Once again, thank you, and God Bless you, Georgia, and America.

Jeremy Jones

Open Letter to the Citizens

Open Letter to the Citizens of Georgia’s 9th Congressional District:

Fellow Citizens,

January 20th. One year ago President Barak Obama was inaugurated as our 44th President. Obviously, I was disappointed by having a Democrat in the Whitehouse, especially with a democratically controlled House and Senate. One year ago does not seem that long ago to me. However, in exactly half that amount of time, six months, Georgia will go to polls to set up the first major election to overturn this most left leaning congress in our history. July 20th is primary day in Georgia. In the 9th district of Georgia there are many candidates wanting to earn your vote to be the Republican nominee for the November general election, including myself.

I have been campaigning for over a year now. I had decided, long before our current congressman decided to not seek re-election, it was time for a new voice in DC. It was time we removed career politicians and allowed the citizen to once again represent the citizens of Georgia. Many things have occurred since I decided to run, including over a dozen other people joining the race. However, none of them were willing to take on our current congressman. Ask yourself, if they were not willing to stand up for what was right then, why would they stand up for what is right later?

It is my firm belief almost every other candidate got into this race because it was an open seat, the path of least resistance. The decisions we are facing in the next 2, 4, and 6 years will not be easy, and will certainly not be on the path of least resistance. I have proven I am willing to fight my own party, if I believe it is the right thing to do. You can rest assured; I will fight for the citizens of Georgia and the United States Constitution.

When you decide who will represent you in DC, ask yourself, who is willing to fight for the people, not the large campaign contributors? Who was willing to fight the system when the fight was going to be difficult? Jeremy Jones is the answer.

I appreciate your support, please visit my website and sign up to help us, the citizens, take back our country.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Jones
Candidate for US House

To Be a Republican

I am often asked why I am running as a Republican. I am told there is little difference between the Republicans in Washington and the Democrats. As true as that may be, let me explain why it is important I am the next Republican representative from Georgia.

I am not sworn to the Republican party. I have my beliefs. It is the duty of the Republican Party to swear their allegiance to MY thinking, and the thinking of millions of people like me. We make the Republican Party, the Party does not make us. Just because members of the Republican party have failed the other members recently, it does not justify giving up on our values and beliefs. It IS the duty of the Republican Party Leadership to recognize the failures of some members and distance themselves from those actions, and support candidates that uphold Republican values and principles.

So, the question becomes, what are “Republican Values and Principles?” Let me tell you what they mean to me.

To me, a Republican is
• Abraham Lincoln, who believed all men, no matter the color of their skin or social status, were created equal.
• Andrew Johnson (though a Democrat, he was a Republican VP) who knew the Constitution was rules for the federal government and was willing to be impeached rather than go against The Constitution.
• Rutherford Hayes who knew political favoritism had no place in politics and enacted major civil service reform.
• James Garfield who ordered federal investigations into people of his own party when evidence of wrong doing was presented to him.
• Chester Arthur who vetoed a very popular spending bill, because it was nothing more than pork.
• Benjamin Harrison who knew we must support our troops, both during war and peace.
• Warren Harding who continued to fight for equal rights for all races.
• Calvin Coolidge who knew we do not make the poor rich by taking making the rich poor.
• Dwight Eisenhower who knew the strength of our military was the best defense for our country.
• Ronald Reagan who knew lower taxes will expand the tax base and increase the quality of life for everyone.
• George Bush who protected innocent lives of our allies.
• George W. Bush who, even to his own political determent, kept America safe.

None of the people I mentioned are without their faults, some had more faults than they did redeeming qualities. However, it is the culmination of certain aspects of each of these men, among many others, that show what being a true Republican is. So, I do not fault the Democrat party for failures on their watch, or praise the Republican party for successes on their watch. I am my own man, I am my own leader. It is time we remember for what we stand for. When like minded individuals come together to form a political party, whether it be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, TEA, or any other label one wants to assign, the bottom line is, we must hold true to our values and our beliefs. I vow to always do so, damn the consequences from the party. Too much is at stake to worry about such things.

Jeremy Jones for Congress

Jeremy Jones is running for the Republican Nomination for the US House in the 9th district of Georgia.

Jone Impresses Gilmer County TEA Party

Gilmer County , Georgia – Jeremy Jones, candidate for US House for Georgia’s 9th district, participated in the Gilmer County TEA party candidate forum. The forum was held on Tuesday the 15th, on the heels of the trip the group took to Washington DC to be a part of the 9/12 March on DC.

Jones energized the near capacity crowd at the ETC pavilion with his opening remarks. Rather than say similar, expected, Conservative phrases in line with all of the other candidates, Jones took the time to challenge the members to keep up the good work. “Don’t stop after the primary, don’t stop after the election. No matter who wins, keep the pressure on us.”

Because of the large number of candidates, the number of questions from the audience was limited. Questions that were asked touched on various topics such as illegal immigration, term limits, and the proposed audit of the Federal Reserve System. To the question of the audit of the Federal Reserve, Jones set himself apart from the rest of the candidates when he replied, “…be careful for what you ask.” Jones insisted he was for the audit, but cautioned, “I know how bad the results of the audit will be. I will not want an audit until we have a plan in place to address the major financial meltdown that will occur when we confirm what we all assume. “ When asked to expand on his answer later, Jones said, “I agree an audit must take place, but if we do not have “plan B” in place, we will witness the dive of the Dollar to levels so low, our country could become bankrupt overnight. Everything from savings bonds to 401K’s will be worthless, unless a plan is in place first. If you knew you were going to the beach when a hurricane was approaching, you would not go unprepared. All I am saying, we cannot do the audit until we are prepared for the aftermath.”
After the meeting several attendees said Jones seemed to have the greatest knowledge of the topics and he was, “…well informed and well prepared.” Of such statements, Jones said, “It was the TEA movement that confirmed the drive to run for me. The beliefs and frustration among this group, and thousands similar across the country are exactly how I feel. I am simply saying what is from my heart.”

The event comes right after a Union County picnic where Jones placed third in a straw poll, out of a field of almost 10 candidates. “The recent poll shows we have a lot of work left to do, but considering how little money we have spent, and how well we are received at all events, including the TEA party events, it is clear, this seat is not going to be bought. The people are tired of politicians shuffling jobs.”

The Health Care Speech

Sorry for not having a catchy title for this entry.

First, let me address the most common misconception of the day. The fact that the President is now using it as a fundamental portion of his plan, it must be pointed out. Obama said, regarding items like mammograms and colonocopies,

“makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.”

I am sure the last part is true, but the first is not. If insurance companies were required to provide these services to everyone, the cost will go up. Allow me to explain. There are roughly 76 million women over the age of 34. In 2005, about 187,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. It would be cheaper for insurance companies, as a whole, to just pay the expenses of those 187,000 women, than to pay for mammograms for the 76 million. At about $102 per mammogram, it would cost about 7.8 Billion dollars, per year, to give each woman the test. We spend about 2 billion dollars per year on treatment. Obviously, on the whole, it is more expensive for testing than for treatment. I know the argument is the cost for treatment is lower because of the all the screenings. To which, I agree, to an extent. However, doctors and insurance companies are ordering and paying for screening, in high risk groups, not just wholesale for every woman.

NOW, if the President is going to use an old wives tale as a reason for his bill, how can the rest be trusted? It cannot, but I will continue nonetheless.

“That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance — just as most states require you to carry auto insurance.”

Certainly, everyone can see this bad. I know some will say it is good, because those without insurance raise the costs for those that do. Maybe they do, but only because we allow it. Secondly, if that argument is a legitimate one, then so is the argument that certain behaviors increase the cost. Will we soon start charging a tax on fat people? Skydivers? SCUBA divers? What about those that have pet snakes? Families that have kids in contact sports? I broke my arm once while sled riding, should we tax sleds? The government, under the notion of, “it cost the health care system more” can be used to control most every aspect of your life.

Portability of Health Insurance. I am tired of this claim. It sounds good, but it is a red herring. Most people have health insurance through their employer. That is a benefit of working for that particular company, no different than an expense account or a company car. When you leave that company, that company has no more obligation to pay for your health care than they do to allow you to keep the company car. We have COBRA laws that allow the individual to keep their insurance, at their expense, which is fine. Most group policies cover pre-existing conditions, especially if a certificate of prior coverage is provided.

“…businesses will be required to either offer their workers health care, or chip in to help cover the cost of their workers.”

When the fines a company must pay are less than the cost of health insurance, which of the rates I have seen, is the case, then a company would be better off financially to drop their health coverage, pay the fine, and put their employees on their own, which could expand the government option.

Next, he says insurance companies should not be allowed to have claim limits.

“They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or in a lifetime.”

Say hello to your new higher insurance premium. Premium prices are the result of a very complicated math formula. I would bet 99% of Americans do not have a clue to the science of actuarial mathematics. Part of the formula, in some cases, relies on a maximum pay out. When that number is infinite, the premiums would go up. Look at like your car insurance. Your car insurance has maximum coverages. Call your agent and ask to double your maximum coverage, you will see, your rate will go up. The same is true for health insurance.

Obama, “We are the only democracy, the only advanced democracy on Earth”

WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY!! We are Representative Republic. If he does not even understand our form of government, how can we expect him to understand such a complex matter such as health care.


“We spend one- and-a-half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it.”

The rest of the world is healthier because we spend 1 and half times more per person on health care. We are the research and development department for the rest of the world. Why do DVD players, when they first come out, more expensive than when after they are out for a while? Because the R&D cost have been recovered. Health care is an on-going science. We will always seek better medicines, less invasive procedures. Those test, that research is expensive, and not a dime is made until it is perfected. Once it is perfected, the rest of world benefits, while American’s pay. If American’s stop paying, then the innovation stops.

Those are my initial thoughts. As I study his plan further, I am sure I will find some good in it, and some more bad in it. I will share those thoughts with you in the near future.

http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa04/pages/ch1.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/Cancer/Breast/statistics/
http://www.costhelper.com/cost/health/mammogram.html

Be Cool, Stay in School

The clarion call has been made; conservative groups around the country are encouraging parents to keep their children home from school on September 8th, the day President Obama will address the youth of America. Let me be clear on one point before I continue, I do not agree with the President’s actions, especially the fact my tax dollars are being used to promote a political ideology.

However, I will not be holding my child back. Each family will make the choice based on their own criteria and circumstances, so I will not advocate anyone to take a specific course of action. I will simply explain my thought process, and why I think it is important my daughter attend school to watch this DNC infomercial.

My daughter is in kindergarten. So far, she has been with me in the voting booth for two Presidential elections, not to mention various other times. The first question she had when she awoke the day after the most recent election was, “Who won?” She understands, as best a five year old can, why we elect a President, and how lucky we are to be Americans. She understands many countries fight with guns to have a new leader, not the same peaceful transition of power we so often take for granted. When Obama, Bush, or even old clips of Reagan are on TV, she can identify each person. When asked about the policies of Obama, she replies, “He is a Democrat. Democrats want to take money from the people with the most money and give it to other people.”

I do not know the content of Obama’s upcoming speech. I do not fear he will be indoctrinating my child. I look forward to discussing his address with her and to hear her thoughts on the speech. I will happily explain to her the error in his ways, assuming there are some, and I am sure there will be. I will use this, in the words of Obama, “as a teachable moment.”

To repeat, I do not agree with the idea of this speech. I do not agree with the use of tax payer dollars for it. However, it is MY responsibility to help teach my child. She will be exposed to much worse things during her education. This is a perfect example to explain to her how we express our thoughts, even when we disagree with authority, and more importantly, what we can do to facilitate change. Who knows, maybe she will write a letter to the editor afterwards!