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Nebraska Tea Party has expectations of new Congress

I wrote the following article today for The Hill’s Congress Blog:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/129201-nebraska-tea-party-has-expectations-of-new-congress  – Link Inactive, See below

As you may or may not know, we have multiple tea parties in Nebraska. They do not all get along by any stretch. But since the Senate was not taken, thanks to shenanigans in Nevada, Alaska, and Delaware, we need to temper our expectations and build upon the good we have already done.

If the Senate Republicans do not show any backbone, we must be prepared to remove them in the primaries. If they try to run as independents at that point, we must be prepared for two opponents and be more equipped to take them on than we were this year.

Though this article focuses on Congress, it is the local races we cannot forget. School boards, etc. are the fertile ground where the next conservative stars can start from and build up to taking on a House or Senate race. The Unicameral here in Nebraska is a very good place, and we cannot let liars and fakes deceive us any longer.

Editor Note: The Hill took down the original article because I referred to Jeff Fortenberry having issues on the Stimulus that the Tea Party objected to. For the record, Fortenberry voted for the additional Stimulus funding, but not the original funding. This caused 2 people to file to run against him in the primary.Please view the text of a revised post at http://su.pr/2YMFfv

Congress vs Truth via Social Networking

I have been involved over the past week in the controversy and discussion concerning social networks and their restrictions by Congress against their members using them.

First, I have to say this is the first issue in a long time that has really gotten me motivated into getting the word out to friends and others I know. I’m glad to have discussed things with Representative John Culberson of Texas over Twitter. Twitter is a great service. (I’m @Ltfngr there)

Second, I find it sad that many on the left do not understand how restrictions of any sort on free speech will hurt them just as much as it hurts us on the right, no matter our profession. Congress should be the place, if anywhere, where free expression of ideas should be allowed. Now, I have no problem with putting a couple of things in place – no Twittering/Qiking on the floor, for example – but honestly, members of Congress were elected to lead, not cower like sheep when the topic of Internet accessibility is brought up.

Third, this entire controversy just shows how out of touch both sides’ leadership has been when it comes to the Internet and social networks. Moveon.org, who I rail about usually, was a pioneer in using social networks to get their message out. It is time for the right to get their head out of the sand and do the same, and do it better.

Fourth, and last, though the truth can get obscured and denied on the Internet, when the truth finally spreads, it triumphs. Failure in using the Internet to spread the truth has led to idiots out there believing all sorts of conspiracy theories, social marxism, and blinds people to the intentions of people. Traditional media cowers and is afraid of the truth getting out on the Internet, and those who got the jump with their lies are beginning to be exposed (again, Moveon, Code Pink, Acorn, and other marxists nee ‘progressives’). That’s why some are jumping to try and block open discussions by Congress over social networks. They are afraid of the truth getting out there. Congressional leaders are afraid of the truth of their incompetence getting out to the masses.

And before you bash me, please understand there are some, like Dan Young of Alaska, who are labelled as Republican that I have similar problems with. The idea behind compassionate conservatism have been co-oped by those in favor of big government that claim to be from the right. The more light that opens up, the more these sorts will be exposed for the frauds they truely are, regardless of party.

Democrats Afraid

So, the House Democrats are so afraid of the truth getting out to the people and constituents, they want to restrict members access to the Internet social networking sites, such as Twitter, Blogger, and YouTube.

Please note: All of these sites are FREE, though they may have advertisements. Facebook, Myspace, etc. do not violate any sort of ‘franking’ rules what so ever. The restrictions placed on ‘franking’ are primarily so members do not spend taxpayer funds on campaign messages that are strictly politicking, versus real information.

Surprise, all members have campaign websites that DO just that. At least, all members that have at least a bit of intelligence.

Here we have the Democrats, who so many of the liberal ‘techies’ out there support, attempting to stifle free speech protected by the First Amendment over the Internet.

This is a violation not only of that, but of Net Neutrality, advocated by…you guessed it, as many liberals as conservatives out there!

Think about it – Democrats: The Party of Censorship. A few videos, a few ads, and I think a lot of the young people support currently backing Obama suddenly begin having second thoughts. This is an issue that could be the key to driving a large wedge between the Congress and presidential vote, let alone between the presidential candidates.

I hope the weak willed in the Republican party finally begin the push back against the ‘inevitable’ Democratic victory in the House by just pounding this issue to death, endorsing Net Neutrality for all – meaning all forms of media.

Let’s take back this issue, shall we?