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By: Joel Bomgar, Founder and Chairman of Bomgar
Gulf Live Blog, The Mississippi Press
June 9, 2014
For me, the U.S. Senate primary (and now runoff on June 24) are a referendum on spending, deficits, debt and earmarks. One side argues that most earmarks are wasteful and have created a culture in Washington of spending and debt (which I agree has been the case) and the other side argues that federal earmarks are good and necessary for Mississippi to get its more-than-fair share of the federal pie and that earmarks are good for Mississippi's economy. >> read more
By: Grant Sowell, Tupelo Tea Party Chairman
The Daily Journal, Tupelo
May 18, 2014
Chris McDaniel has a clear path to victory if conservatives research candidates and embrace intellectual honesty. Gallup polls consistently show Mississippi as the most conservative state in the nation. The Republican platform lays out principled positions concerning values. We are clearly a “red state” and it is essential for constituents to elect a true conservative Republican that best represents Mississippians.
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By Laura VanOverschelde
(In a letter to the editor, "Clarion Ledger")
May 18, 2014
Reviewing the widespread criticisms of Cochran's record, few support the incumbent, AND there is widespread indignation to his apparent deafness to the general public! >> read more
By Cindy Wilkerson
April 29, 2014
Last week, Breitbart.com wrote a story about my 2012 visit with Thad Cochran on March 27, the day Obamacare was argued before the Supreme Court, a full 2 years before Obamacare went into effect. Cochran told me and others that he would not propose repeal or use his appropriations power to push defunding and that he thought “it had gone too far” to be undone. Since that interview, Cochran and his surrogates responded by mocking me, the Tea Party, and even accused us of lying. >> read more
by Sam R. Hall
The push by supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel to get U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to debate has intensified quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, though it is unlikely to do any good.
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By: Roy Nickolson
November 9, 2013
The past four and a half years have been very significant historically. Hussein Obama took office as President and immediately launched attacks against our constitutional republic, and with that our sacred liberties. Not content with that he also immediately started branding patriots, Christians and veterans as potential domestic terrorists that must be spied on, harassed and vilified. In January of 2009 our world was radically changed as Obama began keeping his promise to fundamentally transform our country. >> read more
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
We must find efficient ways to maintain our state infrastructure without upsetting commerce with calls for more taxes and heavy-handed government controls. Our spending priorities are clearly in question when we are increasing bond indebtedness on pet projects such as museums while our infrastructure is allegedly failing. Mississippians are spending more on basic needs than ever. They don’t need their state government making that worse. >> read more
Limited Government, Moral Truth and Conservatives Greatest Challenge
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
Recently, I was asked to answer a number of questions regarding political thought and philosophy. Three of which are answered below. I hope you enjoy.
(1) Often in society virtue is identified or linked with collectivism, why is a limited government the most moral option?
Collectivism, if truly voluntary, has the potential to result in positive outcomes – for example, faith communities, civic clubs and charities. >> read more
The Final Sortie
by Cory Wilson
There’s a milestone, of sorts, coming up this fall. It’s a marker that stirs thoughts of patriotism, honor, sacrifice, and freedom, as we observe our country’s birthday.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight has announced one final Honor Flight on October 1, 2013. For any interested Mississippi World War II veterans, this is the last "all hands on deck,” for a full, freedom-centered day in our nation’s capital. >> read more
Trainwreck in Mississippi
by Cory T. Wilson
The slow-motion train wreck that is Obamacare crashed in Mississippi this month. Conservatives who have opposed the government makeover of health care have increasing evidence to say “we told you so.”
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Defending Religious Liberty
by Dot Ward
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Obama Administration, have waged a persistent campaign to secularize America and to ban all mention of religion from every public place….park, building, military facility, or school.
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by Rita B. Anderson
Representatives Gary Chism and Jeff Smith are to be commended for introducing House Bill 490 and taking on such a controversial bill. In doing so, Mississippi joins Oklahoma, Texas and several other states in proposing similar legislation.
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Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated
by Laura Van Overschelde
Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to grow government in order to remake our country along his progressive vision.
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Exactly What Is "Fair"?
by Mark Mayfield
President Obama speaks sanctimoniously about the rich paying their “fair share” and what he calls a “balanced” approach to paying off our enormous $16 trillion debt. On his watch, we’ve added over $6 trillion in new debt.
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Whenever Bended Knees Meet the Cold, Hard Ground
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
In the winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the superiority of British forces.
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No Hope, No Change
by Cory Wilson
What would have happened had Jimmy Carter been re-elected in 1980? We are about to find out. The most important election in our lifetimes has turned into the most disappointing outcome of our lifetimes. >> read more
by Mark Mayfield
In an effort to slow Gov. Mitt Romney's momentum, President Obama is proclaiming that trust is the single most important issue to consider when choosing a president. He's right. >> read more
Markets, Meddling & Recessions
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
Seeking to stimulate the economy, the United States Federal Reserve undertook another extraordinary monetary-policy measure in September (the “QE3"), embarking on a third dose of quantitative easing. >> read more
by Cory Wilson
"Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe." - Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States, 1809 - 1865)
The First Amendment guarantees that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . ." A free press is foundational to many of our other freedoms. >> read more
Government not Well-Suited for the Role of Caretaker
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP
For many in our country, it has become a generational habit to expect and demand that government owe the assistance it confers.>> read more
The Empty Chair.
by Cory Wilson
When Clint Eastwood did his improv comedy bit at the Republican National Convention during which he pretended to talk to President Obama in an empty chair, it struck me as awkward. I got the joke, but I was not sure about it coming just before Mitt Romney's big speech.. >> read more
Forcing Some to Fail Won’t Make Others Rise
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP
The European nation which recorded the largest decrease in income inequality between 1985 and 2008 was Greece. In calling for higher taxes and more regulations to manage its sprawling welfare state, its economy suffered greatly.... >> read more
Romney, Ryan and Reform
by Cory Wilson
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was a decision that caught many off guard. In a good way. Ryan, who is a seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin and who currently serves as the House Budget Committee Chairman... >> read more
Self-Government and Moral Order are Intertwined
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Y'all Politics
The embrace of Judeo-Christian morality is an indispensable component of American life and conservative ideology, particularly in the State of Mississippi.
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Recently, one minor judge said no to TX Voter ID, and now SCOTUS has said "Not so fast buddy", and allows
We had a great turnout for the movie - about 80+ people. Thanks for coming out and supporting the event.
UNFAIR the movie exposing the IRS will move us closer to the tipping point for real/true replace and repeal tax reform as enabled by the FairTax® bill
1. Amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to extend the operating authority of the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
2. Provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.
Rep. Harper - Yes
Rep. Palazzo - Yes
Rep. Thompson - No
Rep. Nunnelee - Not Voting
So let me get this straight. Bill Clinton delivers 215 speeches around the globe while his wife is Secretary of State, hauling in $48 million for various Clinton family interests, and the Obama administration handed the Clintons an “ethical waiver” 100% of the time?
There was not one single speech that gave the administration pause? Not one?
That is what everybody is talking about in response to bombshell documents we released earlier this week, including more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews by State Department ethics advisers. These “reviews” considered speaking engagements and consulting arrangements proposed by Bill Clinton speaking during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. >> read more
By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times,
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Chicago — Any party that allows its opponents to help pick its candidates in “open” primaries is a PPINO — a “political party in name only” — say many Republican officials at their annual summer meeting.
Republican National Committee members and activists are still seething about reports that longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, enlisted Democrats to help him win his tough primary contest this summer against state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who was backed by the tea party. >> read more
2014 Republican Primary Election for United States Senate; complaint before the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Mississippi.
Because of the size of the file, the complaint is listed in three parts.
Complaint of Election Contest - Part 1 (PDF 4.1 MB)
Complaint of Election Contest - Part 2 (PDF 4.7 MB)
Complaint of Election Contest - Part 3 (PDF 4.1 MB)
Corder's commentary shows out of control the political order is in Mississippi, and that's a good thing. By Keith Plunkett
My friend, Frank Corder, over at Y'all Politics can't decide whether he should use his keyboard to try and kill the growing opposition to Senator Thad Cochran, take credit for having already done so and dance on the graves, or consult them on how they should ‘rebrand’ the movement. He simultaneously attempts to insult and advise on what the TEA Party needs to do to get beyond what he estimates to be the “visibly shaken” within their ranks.
He also chides them for joining with Democrats, despite any evidence to suggest it to be the case. He does this seemingly without an ounce of irony, considering the race-baiting tactics of the Cochran campaign and the senior senators ‘outreach’ efforts to ‘expand the electorate’.
Like many of the self-described political witch doctors and talking heads who are desperate to protect the ‘important people’, Corder’s unwillingness to write seriously of the entire picture leaves him grasping at ways to discredit those he perceives as his friend’s enemies. Instead of offering his readers insight, he offers them more disinformation. READ MORE:
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Subject: Urgent: Please ask your members to contact their US Representative ASAP regarding pending illegal immigration legislation
Tomorrow, Thursday, the US House will take up a supplemental immigration funding bill (HR 5230) and other proposed legislation dealing with the border crisis and illegal aliens.
Congresswoman Michelle Bachman and Congressman Louie Gohmert just laid out compelling reasons to reject this legislation in its entirety. Congressman Gohmert highlighted passages in the bill that gave the DOJ unprecedented powers to allow illegals to stay in OUR county.
Urge your members to call their Congressman and tell them to vote NO on HR 5230. The US House leadership is going to try to introduce an independent bill to try to fund this effort. They need to vote NO on any related bill. They need to support Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bill to cancel DACA.
"It is those who are not in the room with us that we need to get engaged."
Alan Nunnellee 2902-225-4306
Gregg Harper. 202-225-5031
Bennie Thompson 202-225-5876
Steven Palazzo 202-225-5772
Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted angrily to Ohio Senator Rob Portman's claims in a Cleveland Plain Dealer article this week that he had no idea that the $25,000 from his PAC would be used by the Thad Cochran Campaign in Mississippi to air racially charged attacks on the TEA Party. Portman was quoted in the article as saying " I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong."
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Party effort to re-elect GOP Senate incumbents and defeat Democrats. If successful, the Ohioan's work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee could be credited with supplying enough cash for ads and other operations that Republicans win a majority in November, giving them control of both houses of Congress.
But right now, his personal political spending is creating serious heartburn within the Tea Party arm of his party.
That's because Portman has his own political action committee, and it gave $25,000 to a well-connected Mississippi political group that was helping a Republican incumbent fight back a Tea Party challenger in that state's June 24 primary runoff election.
The Mississippi group, in turn, funded another, more controversial group that is accused by Tea Party supporters of playing dirty tricks in the primary race.
Those tricks include portraying the Tea Party candidate as a racist, according to that candidate's supporters, and of spreading the racist message to the black community through ads and through the outreach of an African-American minister. The minister worked to get Democrats to cross party lines and vote in the Republican primary runoff -- a move reportedly so successful that it helped the incumbent, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes.
But after the financing of that effort was revealed this week by blogger Erick Erickson of the conservative Red State blog and by other media in Mississippi and elsewhere, Portman and other mainstream Republican contributors face the displeasure of Tea Party activists.
The squirm-worthy complaint at its most basic is that Portman and a handful of other establishment Republicans funded a nasty set of tactics at the expense of a Tea Party candidate.
"United States senators contributed money for ads to call Chris McDaniel a racist and to motivate black Democrats through hatred to come out and to vote for Thad Cochran," Mitch Tyner, an attorney for McDaniel, told reporters this week.
Portman told The Plain Dealer today that he had "absolutely no discretion" over how his donation would ultimately be used. He said, "I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong."
A fight with the Tea Party would be a distraction or worse for Portman, who says he will seek re-election in 2016 but who also has not ruled out a presidential bid.
To understand the issue and follow the money, you have to follow these steps:
That included $25,000 from Portman's personal PAC, called the Promoting Our Republican Team PAC. Portman raises money for his PAC and spends it to help fellow Republicans.
Others who gave to Mississippi Conservatives, according to Federal Election Commission records and the Center for Responsive Politics, include American Crossroads, the group affiliated with strategist Karl Rove ($160,000); former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ($250,000); the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($100,000), and Main Street Advocacy, a group headed by former Republican congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio ($100,000).
Portman was not the only incumbent Republican giving money to Mississippi Conservatives. U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader; John Cornyn of Texas; Bob Corker of Tennessee; and Roy Blunt of Missouri also gave.
A radio ad from All Citizens for Mississippi, aimed at the black community, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, warned voters that, among other things, "A victory for Chris McDaniel is a loss for the reputation of this state, for race relations between blacks and whites and other ethnic groups."
But filings to the FEC on Tuesday showed that All Citizens for Mississippi had only one source of funding, namely, the group to which Portman's PAC gave $25,000: Mississippi Conservatives.
In four separate disbursements in June, Mississippi Conservatives gave a total of $144,685 to All Citizens for Mississippi, according to the latter group's only federal financial filing. There is a slight discrepancy between this sum and the amount that the donating group reported. Mississippi Conservatives reported in its filing that it gave $142,000.
So what's the Portman linkage, since he gave to Mississippi Conservatives and not directly to the group accused of race-baiting,
All Citizens for Mississippi?
In the words of Erickson, a widely read blogger in the Tea Party movement:
"I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by 'All Citizens for Mississippi' were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.
"The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and Tea Party activists as racists."
But not so fast, say Portman and the treasurer for Mississippi Conservatives.
It may be clear, based on FEC records, that All Citizens for Mississippi had only one source of funding, but donors to one group had no say in how the subsequent group used the money, they said.
"We did contribute to All Citizens for Mississippi," Brian Perry, treasurer for Mississippi Conservatives, told The Plain Dealer. "We of course don't have any editorial control of what they do. In fact, once we give, we cannot tell them how to spend their money."
Perry said that his group, like All Citizens for Mississippi, also encouraged black Democrats to cast Republican ballots in the primary. He said Cochran has enjoyed broad support from whites and blacks in past general elections, "so why not get them to vote for him in the primary?"
But that is not the same as coordinating with them or signing off on their ads, he said.
Based on its own FEC filings, it is clear that Mississippi Conservatives spent far more on its own ads and activities -- criticizing McDaniel over his stance or past votes on debt, earmarks, the Common Core education standards and tort reform -- than it gave to All Citizens for Mississippi, the controversial group.
Mississippi Conservatives raised $2.9 million altogether. Tracking its multiple independent expenditure reports to the FEC, the Center for Responsive Politics said that Mississippi Conservatives spent $1.7 million to oppose McDaniel and $122,904 to support Cochran. That sum excludes contributions made to groups like All Citizens for Mississippi.
As for donors such as Portman, Perry said, "They don't give us instructions on what to do, and we don't instruct any third party like a PAC what to do."
Election experts say that such instructions are usually not needed, because donors to one group tend to support the goals of a subsequent recipient. But that doesn't mean they approve of the tactics.
Portman told The Plain Dealer that he absolutely disapproves of the ads run by All Citizens for Mississippi.
"As NRSC finance chair, I am working to secure a Republican majority in the fall, and I support Sen. Cochran's re-election," he said in a statement. "My PAC donated money to a Mississippi PAC also supporting his election, but I had absolutely no discretion over how that money would ultimately be spent. In fact, I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong. All who believe our country is heading in the wrong direction under the failed policies of the Obama Administration -- including Tea Party activists and more moderate Republicans -- must come together to take back the Senate and put our country back on the right track."
McDaniel press conference with Sen. Michael Watson and Mitch Tyner
Pics from this weekends Freedom Rally - some of the speakers were CL Bryant, Keith Plunkett, Jeremiah Boddy plus State Senator Chris McDaniel...
High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments
The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.
"One thing is clear tonight; Senator Cochran does not have the confidence of his state, let alone his own party. The majority of Republicans voted for change in Washington. And if we are going to change Washington, we will need to change who we send to Washington."
"The same people will give us the same results of gridlock, and elected officials will continue fighting each other rather than fighting for Mississippians. It is time for a change, and I believe I can best represent the future of Mississippi in the United States Senate."
"I look forward to a spirited debate with Senator Cochran on the many issues facing Mississippi. And I am calling for Senator Cochran to join me in a series of debates beginning next month, so voters can clearly see the differences."
NOTE: Mr. Childers, Senator Cochran will not debate you, but Thad Harper or Gregg Cochran might.
Wyatt Emmerich: Bridge to nowhere in S. Mississippi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Noel Fritsch
June 9, 2014
Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate
Laurel, MS - Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Mississippi today announced he received the endorsement of former U.S. House Representative and presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul.
"Ron Paul has been an inspiration to so many to become involved in politics and to engage the system, which is exactly what our nation needs at this crucial juncture," McDaniel said. "Dr. Paul is a true champion for civil liberties and opponent of government overreach and out-of-control spending, and I'm very excited to have his endorsement in our fight for liberty in Mississippi," McDaniel concluded.
On his endorsement, Dr. Paul said, "Chris McDaniel has been a fighter in the Mississippi Senate for smaller government and more personal liberties. We need Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate and I am proud to endorse his campaign."
McDaniel has been endorsed by a wide array of elected officials and organizations, including , Gary Bauer, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Phyllis Schlafly, American Conservative Union, Club for Growth, Family Research Council, FreedomWorks, Gun Owners of America, Madison Project, National Association for Gun Rights, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express, and Tea Party Patriots, Coalition to Reduce Spending, and Young Americans for Liberty.
Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative running for United States Senate. He represents District 42 in the Mississippi State Senate in his second term where he fights for individual liberty, free markets and fiscal responsibility in government.
Now that you've become a member of the Mississippi Tea Party, how else can you get involved? Below are suggestions, laid out by head committee member Roy Nicholson. Does this inspire you to action? Talk about it here on the site in a blog post or a discussion in one of our groups!
MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY CALL TO ACTION
PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND HER LEADERS AND ORGANIZE PRAYER GROUPS
If God does not intervene, turning the hearts of our politicians and opening the hearts and minds of the citizens, then all is lost.
Invite your neighbors and friends to a prayer meeting at your home or church to pray for the country. It can be as general or as specific as you are led to provide.
The group should pray in ways that they share the most agreement.
If your group sees situations and issues differently than we do, pray anyway. Do not be afraid of any honest prayer. The Father is able to hear our hearts and answer with what is best in His sight.
GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Register to Vote AND Vote.
Vote only for candidates who are of genuine good character that will honor their pledge to support and defend the Constitution and who will not go along with the Socialist agenda coming out of Washington.
Become an active member of your party but stand up for your beliefs and serve on committees and in leadership positions.
Campaign for good candidates who have real character and who will only vote or administrate according to the U.S. Constitution.
Write editorials for your paper, websites, and blogs.
Run for office.
GET ACTIVE AND BE WILLING TO SERVE
• Petition your federal, state, and local governments
Send them E-mails
Send them letters
Send them petitions with signatures
• Attend every event you can
• Volunteer at events
• Make posters and signs, greet people, do whatever needs doing
BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EDUCATE OTHERS
Educate yourself on our history, our form of government, the history of other types of political philosophies, the political process in your area.
Inform, educate, and motivate your community, neighbors, friends, family
Invite them to attend events, Send them letters & e-mails, call them, invite them to visit web sites, open your house to your neighbors and friends to hear a speaker or review information.
Distribute flyers, put up posters in stores, hand out flyers and pamphlets on the street.
Organize a group to work together doing these kinds of things.
STAY FOCUSED AND STAY IN THE GAME! This is not a one time pep rally or a short term effort. We have to push until we have completely won. We have to continue to sacrifice until our country is restored.
THE MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY PRESENTS:
“Governing by Principle” by
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
March 29, 2007
1. Government exists to protect rights, not to create them.
2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.
3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.
4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short-term benefits.
5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.
6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.
7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.
8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.
9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage based, two-parent family.
10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.
Principles provided by: Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Adopted and Promoted by: The Mississippi Tea Party
To read MCPP’s book on the 10 Principles please go to:
Were you confused on the recent events in the MS legislature regarding the 10th amendment? Below is a concise explanation of how it has gone through the legislature and where it is now.
In drafting the U.S. Constitution, our founders were concerned about the federal government collecting too much power. The solution that was reached was to limit the authority of the federal government to only those powers specifically named and to divide or separate those powers among the three branches provided for in the Constitution. Among the safeguards included in the Constitution were the 9th and 10th amendments, contained in the Bill of Rights.
The 9th Amendment addresses the rights of the people that are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and says:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people."
The 10th Amendment addresses the rights retained by the states and the people and says:
"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."
Since the 1930's, all three branches of the federal government have been steadily working to erode the rights promised under the 9th and 10th amendments. As the federal government has become larger and larger, the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution have been compromised. In the past year, the federal governments expansion into areas not authorized by the Constitution have dramatically increased, threatening the continued survival of our nation and our way of life.
In response, at least 35 state legislatures have introduced resolutions affirming the 10th amendment and requesting that the federal government cease infringing upon the constitutional rights of the states and the people. Many of those state legislatures have also affirmed the importance of the 9th amendment.
Mississippi is among the states considering similar resolutions. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 69, which affirmed Mississippi's 10th amendment rights. Unfortunately, in passing the resolution, the Mississippi House of Representatives permitted several amendments to the resolution which took away from the purpose of the original resolution and some which actually contradict the 10th amendment. The passed version of H.C.R. 69 sends mixed signals to Washington and is bad legislation. Prior to closing the session, a motion to reconsider H.C.R. 69 was made, but that motion has not been voted on yet. Since the motion to reconsider is still pending, H.C.R. 69 has not been transferred to the Senate.
On the same day that H.C.R. 69 was passed, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 630. S.C.R. 630 affirms the importance of both the 9th and 10th amendment and was passed without harmful amendments. S.C.R. 630 has been transferred from the Senate to the House. In order for the House to vote on S.C.R. 630, the House Rules committee will have to allow it out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Even then, S.C.R. 630 will face an uphill battle as those who proposed and voted for the harmful amendments to H.C.R. 69 may try to vote in those same amendments to S.C.R. 630.
The Mississippi Tea Party supports the passage of S.C.R. 630 and can make a difference in this fight. We need to be letting our representatives in the House hear from us, particularly those members of the House rules committee and those members who voted for the harmful amendments to the H.C.R. 69. In the coming days, we will be posting sample correspondence and talking points, along with the names and contact numbers of key representatives. Please check back and make a point to commit to letting our representatives hear from you. In all of your contact with members of the legislature, please be respectful, but firm in your conviction. Remember that today's opponent can be tomorrow's friend!
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My email this morning to Cochran:
Thad, I've been a supporter of yours for many years but not any more.
Mississippians are EXTREMELY disappointed in you!
There is no more "the Honorable" Thad Cochran in the way you conducted this election having to stoop to liberals and democrats to pull it off. Face it, you lost the Republican election. You had to bring in democratic voters to keep your job! Mississippi…Continue
Posted by Richard Dobbins on June 26, 2014 at 9:50pm
"The circle is now complete. Join me and we will rule together as father and son."
The GOP has handed Childers a prewritten campaign;
1) Cochran is too old, and his mental acuity is lacking
2) The Mississippi conservatives are racist
3) The Mississippi conservatives did not want Cochran, so they went Democrat
And on and on. But one thing is clear. The GOP had no problem branding me, and you, and everyone else as…Continue
Posted by Richard Dobbins on June 14, 2014 at 9:19am