By Elisha Dorfsmith
“Progressive policies set out during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson created the nanny state that we live in today.” — Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
(Buy “Theodore And Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom” on Amazon HERE.)
Several years ago when Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar was campaigning for his first term, he was asked at a tea party event who his favorite president was. Without hesitation he said “Theodore Roosevelt”. The room erupted in applause and I was left shaking my head. How could someone who waved a pocket Constitution at every event consider a president who trampled the Constitution to be one of his role models? How could a group of self proclaimed Constitutionalists cheer when they heard his answer?
Sadly, this is just a small part of a much bigger problem in our country today. History is forgotten, the Constitution is waved but never read, and tyrants have become our heroes.
I was very happy when Judge Napolitano announced that he had written a new book. I was even more anxious to read it when I learned it was focused on Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. The Judge has a consistent track record of upholding the Constitution and defending the truth. Having his Constitutional expertise applied to these presidents would certainly be a fascinating read. It turned out to be even better than expected.
The book starts out with a short biographical sketch of the presidents and then jumps straight to their policies. Those familiar with Napolitano know that he’s a no nonsense kind of writer. In this book he takes the positions and bills these presidents supported, explains how they destroyed the Constitution and then shows the consequences of their actions today.
By chapter two, the Judge is ready to dive into the really controversial issues. First on the list, compulsory education and the now commonly accepted idea that government is better at raising your children than you are. How children are forced to give up their basic rights while attending public school. How public schools were intended to be reeducation and brainwashing camps.
Big government progressives will probably toss the book after reading that but the Judge is just getting started.
Under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson:
1. The FBI was established against the wishes of Congress.
2. The monster known as the Federal Reserve was created.
3. The states’ rights trampling 17th Amendment was implemented.
4. Racism and eugenics made their way into legislation.
5. The military draft was justified and expanded.
6. Prohibition and the idea that government owns your body became mainstream.
7. Government propaganda was legitimatized.
8. Dissenters and whistleblowers were thrown in prison.
And that list just scratches the surface. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were undoubtedly two of the most dangerous tyrants in American History. We all suffer the consequences of their oppressive agendas and actions on a daily basis.
Theodore And Woodrow is one of 2012’s most important books. Someone should probably send a copy to Congressman Paul Gosar so he can see why it’s not such a good idea to go spouting the name Theodore Roosevelt as someone who should be held in high regard.
Bonus points: The Judge dedicated this book to Ron Paul.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
On December 15th, Coconino County Republicans met at McCoy Motors in Flagstaff to vote on new officers and State Committeemen.
I was able to acquire audio of the meeting which you can hear in the video above. The results of the State Committeemen election were announced and you can clearly hear the names John Kistler and Drake Mitchell listed:
John Kistler @ 41 seconds
Drake Mitchell @ 1 min 2 seconds
It’s important to keep in mind that at the meeting, rules were voted on by the body and approved unanimously. One of the rules (rule 14) said:
“The results as announced by the Credentials Committee spokesperson are final. No further discussion will be entertained.”
That means that the above audio should be the final results of the State Committeemen election, period.
On December 21st, new CCRC Chair Joy Staveley sent out a spreadsheet listing the newly elected State Committeemen. Drake Mitchell and John Kistler had been replaced with Karen Bradford and Tracy Dent. Worse, in the exact numbers released, Staveley says that Kistler received the least amount of votes of anybody who ran for State Committeeman.
How can someone go from being an announced winner to receiving the least amount of votes and not even coming close to winning one of the 27 State Committeemen positions?
Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
Both Kistler and Mitchell were liberty PCs who wanted more transparency in the Coconino County Republican Committee. Many feel that they have been directly targeted for removal because of their dedication to liberty.
In other news, CCRC Chair Joy Staveley announced last night that the CCRC would no longer hold monthly meetings. Instead, meetings will be held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Less meetings means less involvement and less opportunity for planning and action. I’m sure Flagstaff Democrats are rolling on the floor laughing at this news. Well done Madam Chair, well done.
December 27, 2012 UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention by one of my readers that Rule 14 is not the only rule the CCRC leadership did not follow at the December 15th meeting. The CCRC also broke Rule 6. Rule 6 stated:
“Before ballots are distributed, candidates for officer positions will be allowed a maximum of two minutes each to present their qualifications for the office. Only the candidates may speak on their own behalf.”
In the video below, you will hear CCRC Chair candidate Joy Staveley speaking on behalf of Treasurer candidate Ray Jordan who was on her slate and did not attend the meeting. This is a blatant violation of Rule 6. Clearly, these people believe that they get to create rules for others to follow but think they are somehow above the law.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
“A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own, which he is entitled to follow, can have no respect for the dignity of the individual, and cannot really know freedom.” –F. A. Hayek
“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” –Robert A. Heinlein
National tragedies always tend to bring about a knee jerk reaction from the public and social nannies with every imaginable pet issue work overtime to capitalize on the high emotions that are present to try to make the “solution” revolve around their pet cause.
After the recent Connecticut school shooting, the usual anti gun groups and activists started pushing their agendas and of course, President Obama joined the chorus calling for more gun control. That was to be expected, but beyond the gun control debate other “problems” were pointed out by obsessive “do-gooders” and the solutions to those problems unsurprisingly revolved around censorship or a ban of some kind.
Here are just a few examples:
After last week’s shooting, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman wasted no time in connecting the killer to violent video games and began hinting at video game censorship.
Within hours, several editorials were published hinting that the government should set their sites on violent movies.
Even before the shooting, Connecticut was calling for a ban on toy guns.
While hardly new, the calls for increased censorship have been getting stronger and louder in recent years. Politically correct and religious nannies often find themselves fighting on the same side, working to create a world that meets their personal standards and utopian vision. And of course, lawmakers understand that appealing to people’s emotions is good for their careers so it doesn’t take a psychic to see where all of this is headed.
Our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights are clearly under a massive and growing attack. The momentum is decidedly with the censorship/ ban it nannies. Where bills like the “Patriot Act” and NDAA effectively stripped Americans of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights, new legislation has already been (and will continue to be) introduced to strip us of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. The Bill of Rights is being shredded before our eyes, along with the rest of the Constitution, and many Americans are cheering because they think this will make them safer.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin
I have been a used book/ media dealer, selling on ebay and Amazon for over 10 years and I have noticed an obvious shift in people’s attitudes as they increasingly refuse to tolerate anything they find uncomfortable.
While ebay does have a long list of books they will no longer allow me to sell (Anarchist Cookbook for example), people are going out of their way to report many of my listings as “violent”, “subversive”, “pornographic” etc. even if they comply 100% with ebay’s policies.
Having items reported used to be a rare occurrence but these days it happens to me on a weekly basis. Besides the inconvenience of having to prove that my listings are legal and that they follow ebay’s rules, I find it very disheartening that we have a society that believes they have a right to dictate to adults what is allowed to be read, watched, or listened to.
I ship a lot of my books around the world and I have to be extremely careful about which books I send to certain countries. Books we all take for granted due to the 1st Amendment in the USA can unintentionally cause the receiver (and sometimes the sender) to face legal trouble and even prison. Because of this I have had to cancel and refund orders for “Christian” books to Indonesia, “Subervisive” books to Australia, and “obscene” books to Middle Eastern countries.
Is this really what we as a society would like to turn the United States into? Are we going to allow busybodies and our government to make our personal choices for us? Should everything that offends someone be banned?
If the censorship nannies have their way and we are no longer allowed to choose what we can read, write, watch or listen to, can we really consider ourselves to be free? If you value your freedom you must fight for freedom and liberty for ALL.
“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” –Thomas Paine
By Elisha Dorfsmith
As many of you know, my wife and I spent the past year working very closely with the Republican party hoping that they would somehow embrace the message of liberty and focus on the Constitution and issues that are important to the American people. All of that changed today when the Coconino County Republican Committee elected new officers and made it clear that Ron Paul supporters are not welcome in leadership positions. So be it.
Last week I wrote that I always like to have a plan B in place and if things went poorly at the Coconino County Republican Committee statutory meeting I would focus all of my energy on Flagstaff Liberty Alliance. I am now very excited to say that all of the ideas and energy I planned to put into the Coconino County Republican party will now be used to further Flagstaff Liberty Alliance goals.
This means that Flagstaff Liberty Alliance will have a float in the Flagstaff 4th of July Parade, a booth at the Coconino County Fair and will conduct outreach at NAU and CCC. We will also focus a lot of energy on fundraising and increased membership goals. A lot of very exciting things are in store so please stay tuned.
Flagstaff Liberty Alliance meets on the third Thursday of each month. Due to Christmas break, we will be holding our next monthly meeting at the Weatherford on January 17 at 5:30 PM. We will be meeting on the second floor (Mezzanine).
Food Freedom Ordinance
Our Food Freedom Ordinance is moving along nicely. We should have 400 signatures by February when we meet with officials from the Flagstaff City Council and Coconino County Board of Supervisors. If you would like to sign the ordinance petition please let us know.
Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and our Food Freedom Ordinance were recently featured in a project by NAU student Michael Guintard. I thought it turned out very well:
At our next meeting we will start planning our July 4th parade float. As I was thinking about ideas tonight it reminded me of the Ron Paul float we put together a couple years ago. Here’s a picture of our group for those who missed it. We hope to do something just as big for Flagstaff Liberty Alliance next year.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
On Saturday, Coconino County Republican precinct committeemen will hold their statutory organizational meeting. At this meeting they will choose to either move forward by electing leaders with youthful energy and great new ideas or continue on with the same failed policies and leadership that has pushed the Republican party to the edge of extinction.
My sincere hope is that they will choose to move forward and embrace candidates who support liberty and the Constitution and who understand how to grow the party and bring new people in.
Full disclosure, my wife is running for Chair of the Coconino County Republican Committee and I am running as a State Committeeman. Establishment Republicans have been fighting us every step of the way because (as sad as it sounds) they do not want liberty minded people to hold leadership positions in the Republican party.
I always like to have a plan B in place. If the Coconino County Republican Committee decides that more of the same is what they want and new leadership and fresh ideas are rejected, I will put even more time and energy into Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and continue fighting for freedom and liberty for ALL through that avenue.
I will keep my readers posted on how things go on Saturday and what the future holds. Regardless of what happens at the CCRC meeting, exciting things are happening in Northern Arizona and the liberty movement is growing with each passing day. Our goals will be accomplished one way or another.
Keep fighting the good fight!
By Elisha Dorfsmith
This week Flagstaff had two major water main breaks in pipes that were at least 50 years old. The most recent break was near the hospital and it reportedly shut down a major medical facility for nearly 24 hours. These incidents and others have forced the City of Flagstaff to finally admit that they must address the ever growing problem of crumbling infrastructure.
But how? The City has no money for infrastructure. Past councils and many members of the current council have repeatedly refused to make infrastructure a priority. Instead, pandering to special interests and funding non-essential services has become the norm.
Please see: The Time Has Come For Tough Financial Decisions
Last week the Arizona Daily Sun ran another nauseating editorial defending the million plus dollars the City gives non-profits each year. They brush off the fact that this money could be used to help upgrade crumbling infrastructure (actually, they make fun of that idea). They even go so far as to say that even non-essential services provided by City funded private charities are positive and should continue. Well, that’s all good and fine but Flagstaff is falling apart and this unnecessary spending has to stop!
Not surprisingly, the Daily Sun editorial goes on to say that our problems will all go away soon because the economy is recovering at such a fast rate (can you say delusional?). Once the economy recovers, Flagstaff residents will be happy to pass more bonds for infrastructure. What a sweet thought.
Meanwhile, the City is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the general funds of private charities with zero accountability. And a huge web of special interest groups are benefiting.
So let’s assume the economy doesn’t recover. Let’s pretend that bond measures fail. What do we do then? I suppose the answer would be to set up a non-profit that deals with water lines and funnel tax dollars through the charity to fix infrastructure. Half the money would be lost in administration and other outside expenses but this is how government works these days so it’s the only way to get things done. Of course I’m kidding but the Daily Sun would probably be thrilled with the idea.
Put simply, the City of Flagstaff must make major cuts everywhere possible and focus on core services and infrastructure. Without focusing on the basics our quality of life goes down. Don’t believe me? Ask those who were without water for hours at a time this week.
On a related note, the Flagstaff City Council will be revisiting their ridiculous and oppressive sidewalk ordinance tonight. As the ordinance stands now, homeowners and business are forced to use their own money to pay for damaged public sidewalks in front of their property…even if City owned trees are responsible for tearing up the sidewalk. Those who don’t fix the sidewalks face stiff fines. You can stream the Council meeting HERE at 6:00 pm.
UPDATE: Tonight’s Council discussion on the sidewalk ordinance has been tabled for now.
Sidewalks crumble in Flagstaff.