Option #2 – Save America or Break It

Gerrymandering – In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan or incumbent-protected districts. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

As of 2012 is officially outdated.  Let’s try this again.

Gerrymandering – In the process of setting electoral STATES, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating voter population to create partisan or incumbent-protected STATES. The resulting STATE is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

I referred to this process as population manipulation.  The Liberals found a way to create a fluid voter base to move people into metropolitan areas to steal states for the Democrats.  The biggest piece of evidence was in Davenport, Iowa where newly moved into apartment buildings (filled up with just enough time for the people to qualify to register and vote) were abandoned days after the election.  This in-your-face form of state level gerrymandering shows that the practice is no longer reserved for lower level Congressional districts.  The worst part about this practice is that it robs people of their proper representation during the election process.  When a candidate wins 82% of the counties in a state (which happened in both Ohio and Pennsylvania) and looses the state, 82% of the counties in that state have no representative voice in the election.  In Iowa, where the Davenport incident happened, Romney won 62 of the state’s 99 counties yet still lost the election by right around 88,000 votes.  Were these people who moved into Davenport the difference to sway the election in Iowa?  Scott County, the home of Davenport, was one of four counties which combined gave Obama a 92,000 vote advantage.  To think of it this way, in the other 95 counties, Romney beat Obama by 4,000 votes!

So we have identified the major problem as a lack of representation.  There is an abuse of the electoral process which equates to a state level form of gerrymandering.  I believe the fix will take place at state levels in order to reestablish representation for the people in these states.  We need our state level legislatures to stand up and fight for their citizens representative rights within elections and government as a whole.  We need to look at two states for an example of how we need to fix this problem.  These two states are Nebraska and Maine.

Nebraska and Maine are unique in the electoral process as they are the only states who do not have a winner-take-all rule for their electoral votes.  These two states use what is known as the Congressional District Method to distribute their electoral votes.  I believe at the moment this is the best way to distribute electoral votes and represent the people of your state.  I will tweak one thing contained within its method as we proceed.

The Congressional District Method to distribute electoral votes allows for electoral votes to be distributed to the winner of a specific Congressional District.  The remaining two electoral votes are given to the individual who carries the popular vote within the state.  In 2008 Nebraska gave four of its five electoral votes to John McCain because he carried 2 of the three Congressional districts and then won the overall popular vote.  This is fine because it allows each Congressional District an individual piece of representation based on who won the district.  The winner-take-all methodology would have silence the people in the other district who did not vote for McCain.  These people were allowed to voice their opinion and have the representation they chose.

Now I propose that state by state a form of the Congressional District Method be used.  This form would still allow for each Congressional District to have their say with one electoral vote assigned, but it would change how the two Senatorial electoral votes are distributed.  The first Senatorial electoral vote would go to the winner of the overall popular vote to represent the people in this population.  The second Senatorial electoral vote would go to the candidate who carries the most counties in a state to represent this population (tie goes back to popular vote).  I believe this allows proper representation for the citizens of every state during the election and in government.

Let me give you a few examples of how this would work.

In Iowa there are six electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Obama won three of the four districts.  As stated earlier Romney won 62 of the state’s 99 counties.  Obama would have gotten 4 electoral votes (3 for the districts and one for the popular vote) and Romney would have received 2 electoral votes (1 for the district and 1 for winning more counties).

In Ohio there are 18 electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Romney won nine of the state’s 16 Congressional districts.  Romney also won 72 of the state’s 88 counties.  Romney would have gotten ten electoral votes (9 for the districts and 1 for the counties) and Obama would have won eight electoral votes (7 for the districts and 1 for the popular vote).

In Pennsylvania there are a total of 20 electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Romney won ten of the state’s 18 Congressional districts.  Romney also won 55 of the state’s 67 counties.  Based on our calculations it would have been Romney with eleven electoral votes and Obama with nine.

I do not have the time to go through state by state and determine what the outcome of the 2012 presidential election would have been, but I can tell you there would have been better representation for each and every voter in the United States of America.  For example Romney would have gained in each state where he won more counties than Obama and Obama won the winner-take-all prize.  These states include Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and I believe Wisconsin (by two counties).  Three states I believe went to a tie where Obama would have gotten all Senatorial electoral votes due to tie breaker.  This system has give and takes, but it mirrors the electorate.

The American Revolution was fought in part due to a lack of representative government.  It was fought due to a lack of the people’s voice being heard.  I understand that this option is not an immediate answer, but coupled with other good ideas, it can be in place for 2016 so that we do not have a repeat of the debacle we had in 2012.  We need people to regain confidence in the system.  Unless they see that there is a solid change, where their voice can count again, they will continue to be discontent and this nation will continue its downward spiral.

I look at this pseudo form of the Congressional District Method as a long term permanent fix.  It will help people to identify the modern form of gerrymandering.  I’m also hoping it will allow for better districting during future census which better represent the electorate’s beliefs and values.  I truly believe we need a system like this in place to get back our representative government.  We need to pressure our state legislatures to move forward with this immediately and get this passed and done for 2016.

~ J.C.

UPDATE: Based on this system the vote count is in.  Romney – 271, Obama – 267!  It’s just incredible how this election was stolen and the establishment wishes to ignore it!

Option #1 – Save America or Break It

In the series “Save America or Break It”, I will be exploring several ways of fixing the main problem facing the United States of America today which is a lack of representation.  This reason may surprise many, but it’s evident when looking at the 2012 voting map that there is truly something wrong.  I will be presenting each idea as it is the greatest and only hope for our nation.  I will be holding a poll afterwards to see where people want to go.  Hopefully we can make the right choices and save America.

Option #1 – Redrawing the States

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for a common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The opening words from the Constitution of the United States of America set a foundation for the creation of our representative government.  A representative government is one in which the values, needs, ideals, and ideas of each constituent is reflected within the representation.  A representative government should ideally mirror those who have voted for it.

As we look at the 2012 voting map we seen that there is a vast travesty contained within the lack of representation given to its constituents.  Examples in Pennsylvania and Ohio show that the vast majority of the state’s area has lost its representation which is stolen by the small metropolitan areas of the state.  This is and should be a great concern to all those individuals who have lost their representative voice within government.  They are being silenced within the electoral and governmental process for which they are governed. 

The Declaration of Independence’s many reasons for the American Revolution can be applied in today’s dynamic governing environment.  I will let you look this up yourselves, but I would like to visit the one we all learn in school ~ “For imposing taxes on us without our consent”.  Due to a lack of representation, many Americans are being forced into programs they cannot afford, paying taxes that they do not agree with, and becoming oppressed by a government which prevents them a chance at financial freedom due to high cost of living, low income, and intrusive policies.  Many people in the United States of America are now calling for secession, but I ask you to have and open ear and an open mind as we try and save America as a nation.

The problem we are facing as a nation stems deeper than just a problem with this economy or foreign matters.  It stems from the very lack of representation in a representative nation.  The fact that we have evidence of population manipulation to win electoral votes and senator seats shows that there is a way to steal the people’s representation and give it to a selective group of people who are willing to become a liquid voter block and move wherever they are needed to win.  In the case of the 2012 election, these people moved into the inner cities of states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, New York, and the like.  When you review the voting map it clearly shows the suppression of a great deal of people from these states and many others.  This lack of representation was the very reason that our Founding Fathers declared independence over 200 years ago.  So we need a solution that will solve this basic problem.

Secession should be the LAST resort.  We need to look for other solutions to this problem first.  We need to be willing to be open to a new radical approach to a problem which could lead to worst times in America if not the demise of our nation as a whole.  We need leader, staff workers and experts who are willing to put new ideas out to the people who have had their political voice silenced by people who have learned how to win the system.  The current Electoral College system is a valid one as long as it’s not abused in the way it was in the 2012 election.

So where do we begin?

It begins with people who are willing to take a chance and band together to get something done.  It begins with people who understand the basics of a representative government and the basic foundational documents of our nation.  It begins with people who are willing to stand up as leaders at the state level and sign onto a new radical idea such as what I’m about to present.  This nation is on the verge of becoming just an entry into the history books.  I believe we can change this if we are willing to take a chance.

Radical ideas are met with great resistance.  This is true whenever one is presented.  It was true at the founding of this nation.  It was true in every major movement this nation has ever seen to better us.  It will be true today.  We cannot save this nation unless we are willing to become strong and join as one people to bring forth a change for the better.

Our current administration praised the Arab Spring.  I say it’s time for an American Spring.

We need to march on DC by the millions.  We need the Congress to have enough of a backbone to shut down the government.  We need to make sure the government is cut off from all funding except for those things that meet this nations basic needs.  If the Congress is willing to have the strength to shut down the government, we need to have their backs and stop filing income and business taxes until the message is heard.  We need to declare a loss in confidence of the current governmental state.  Finally, we need a mass, West Virginia like, de-annexation of a great multitude of states to bring forth proper representation back to the people of those regions which have been silenced.  What this means is we need to redraw the map of the United States of America to include more states to better represent the people.  We will look to hold multiple regional Constitutional Restoration Conventions to accomplish this redraw.  In 1861, West Virginia held three conventions before declaring statehood.  Redrawing the map is the most important goal of this whole plan.  Once this is accomplished we can look at implementing Voter ID laws, creating voter qualification laws, and restoring the sanctity of representative jurisdiction.    

This is a basic outline of a radical plan that has much more detail but has one goal.  The goal is to save the United States of America.  The problem is a lack of representation.  The solution is to redraw the map of the United States of America to add more states and to give representation back to the people.  We are truly in a dire time in our nation’s history.  We will have people who will fight a plan like this tooth and nail.  We need to stand strong as the millions of people who have had our representative voice stolen from us.  We will be revealing much more detail as this plan goes forward.

We will be looking for a champion who is willing to bring this idea forward.  Please help us in getting this to someone who has the ear of America so we can share the details of this plan.  It’s now or never to save this nation.  We can save America or watch it fall.

~ J.C.

Playbook Intercepted – Population Manipulation 101

When you look at the 2012 election map you see there was a clear winner as most of the country went red.  Just from looking at it, the map shows Romney won handily as nearly 90%, if not more than 90% of the nation went red.  Then why are we not saying President Romney?  Some say it’s voter fraud, and there may be some validity behind that.  But is that the only reason?  I say NO!  Is that the main reason?  I say NO!  You see I’ve looked at this and find that the Liberals very intelligently thought out, calculated, and then played the numbers to their advantage in a pure brilliant way.  The way they truly won was not voter fraud, but instead by population manipulation. 

So what is population manipulation?  Population manipulation is when a certain ideological group moves enough people into a certain state’s metropolitan areas that they will overwhelm any type of advantage that the native population may have in a general election.  This allowed the Liberals to take advantage of the Electoral College and steal states to their advantage.

Let me give you a picture of how this works.

Imagine you have one scale.  The scale is level.  On one side you have a big rock.  On the other side you have enough sand to level out the scale.  If you add just one grain of sand to either side, you will tip the scale to either side. 

Now imagine you have three scales.  All three scales have a rock on one side and sand on the other.  One scale is level.  Scale two is barely tipping for the rock.  Scale three is barely tipping for the sand.  If you take enough sand out of scale number two and place it on the sand side of scale one, you now have two scales tipping towards the sand and one towards the rock.

Now imagine you have five scales.  Once again all have a rock on one side and sand on the other.  Scale one is level.  Scale two heavily tilts towards the rock.  Scale three barely tilts towards the rock.  Scale four barely tilts to the sand.  Scale five heavily tilts towards the sand.  If you consider there is no way to tilt scale number two towards the sand you can in turn take a little bit of sand out of that scale and place it in scale number one to tilt scale number one towards the sand.  Then you consider your advantage in scale number five.  You then take enough sand out of scale number five and place it in scale number four so that both scales are tilting towards the sand.  In the end you have four scales tilting towards the sand and one towards the rock.

The sand represents the Liberal Democrats and the rock represents the Republicans.  The Liberals have made themselves into a fluid voter block that will travel to where ever they need to win the overall electoral vote or in the example, the most scales.  The Republicans on the other hand are a solid voter block that does not move in order to win the vote, but instead remains in its position and attempts to win in place.

The reason they do not get caught in doing this is that they calculate just enough votes where they win and there’s no chance for a recount.  Also, these individuals are registering legally based on state voter laws so there’s really no way to really call them on this.  In most states the only thing you need to register is a utility bill with an address.  When you look at the map, the major metropolitan areas that stole most of the states were located in states where the utilities are unionized.  If the unions have an understanding of this system, it’s not hard for them to deliver a utility bill within two to three days of a fluid voter moving into the metropolitan area. 

So do I have proof? 

I believe I do.  As I posted elsewhere, I believe they tried this tactic in North Carolina but failed.  Here’s my post –

“The rationale behind this theory is found in NC.  They tried the prior tactic of moving people into Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham but they miscalculated the vote.  Nearly 25% of the NC residents who are Dems voted for Romney and McCrory.  They miscalculated that number are that usual blue Asheville went red.  I still stand by my assertion that if they did not try this, the state would have been 57-42 Romney.  One fact that aids me in this theory is that population growth in NC was 0.92% between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.  Let’s assume they even doubled that amount between 2011 and 2012 that would be an increase of 1.84%.  Now does this match the fact that the number of registered voters increased, between 17 July 2012 until the Election Day, by a staggering 8.1%?  When you take into account the average age of the citizens of NC who cannot vote the actual growth rate for voting age individuals is 1.3%.  The number of people who registered to vote in 113 days was 5.1% of the total population. To me these numbers are possible, but highly questionable.”

The better answer for these questionable numbers is population manipulation.  Can we truly look at these number as anything else?  Can you truly say the voting age population over two years only increased by 125,533 in two years, yet the registered voters increased by 496,445 in 113 days?  It’s a far reach if at all. 

Now if you look at the map you will see where the Liberals took control of this vote through population manipulation.  In Pennsylvania they moved into the Philadelphia area.  In Ohio they took the north area by the great lakes and Cleveland.  In Michigan they took the areas closest to Detroit.  If you look at the map it looks like all three of these states were won by Romney.  Also polls gave Romney a slight lead.  But if you know the lead and adjust for your fluid voting base, you can move enough people into the state to win with just a small area.  Also understanding that your opponent is not fluid allows for your to do just enough to win and avoid the recount.  This strategy allowed the Liberals to take the vote.  They understood the system and used it to their advantage.

Did the Electoral College fail? 

I say no.  I believe the Electoral College was manipulated.  The Electoral College is the only way for rural states to have a voice in the election process.  The problem is when metropolitan areas overwhelm the rural parts of the state, they lose their vote anyways.  There needs to be a different way for them to regain their representation.  As of right now, most of the nation has seen this turn into taxation without representation.  One of the reasons for the start of the Revolutionary War is being forced upon the people through the use of population manipulation. 

So how do we fix this problem?

One way would be to bring the Electoral College down to state level.  Each state gets electoral votes based on Congressional representation.  If the two Senate positions for each state go to the state’s popular vote and one electoral vote per House Congressional District, this would be a closer solution to a representative vote. 

Another solution which is more radical is to redraw the states to best match the governing needs of the people.  This was done in the creation of West Virginia and may be the best alternative for a fair representative vote.  I will go further into this way in another blog to show you how it can be done.

I hope I shed some light on what happened earlier this week.  I actually have to give credit to the Liberals for figuring this out.  Now it’s up to We the People on how we want to proceed from here.

~ J.C.

UPDATE – From IOWA, more proof of this theory.  In talking with a voter from Iowa on the phone last night she described several buildings around Davenport which were abandoned for years.  Months before the election they were bought and turned into small effeciencies.  These apartment were filled with just enough time for the residents to register and vote on election day.  As of last night the buildings are once again empty.

UPDATE 2 – FromOhio, s everal weeks before the election, the OH Secretary of State’s office was concerned that there could be more than 200,000 such voter registrations, from people who are not Ohio residents just using Ohio addresses to vote.  There was no follow-up to this report.

UPDATE 3 – WOW!  While working on a new blog which contains information about Nevada, I decided to run the same type of numbers I ran in NC.  In the ultimate in “ARE YOU SERIOUS!” the numbers were as follows.  Voting age people in Nevada increased by 1.2% at the most (NC increased by 1.3%).  The number of people who registered to vote during early voting was 5.1% of the population!  That is the SAME percentage increase as in NC.  This just piles up more and more that this was a numerically strategic plan.  They had a formula and stuck to it and followed through.  Unless we change our strategy, we will never win another election again.

Dave Carter – Candidate Questionairre

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NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

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Name – Dave Carter
Candidate for – NC Senate, District 23, Chatham and Orange Counties

1.         What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
I’ve posted information on this on my website prior to this questionnaire. I believe it is possible that people can easily ‘game’ the system (just like any other system: Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, Frequent Flyer programs, etc.) for voting and fraud could occur. Because of this, any reasonable method to assure that a person voting is, in fact, the person registered to vote and that person is also a legal Citizen of the US and the jurisdiction for the election would be appreciated. While there is a strong emotional thread against the ID laws with claims of ‘discrimination’. I cannot see how discrimination would occur with ID laws when so many small aspects of our lives require the use of some form of ID. Because of this, I feel that even a minor requirement of producing the ‘voter registration card’ which was sent at the time the voter registers (or a replacement card) at the time of voting would help curtail illegal or potentially fraudulent voting activity.

 2.         What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?

Illegal immigration begins with the policies of the Federal Government and should be enforced at the State level. Amnesty and similar programs CANNOT be implemented without due consideration of the unfairness created for all of the LEGAL immigrants who went through the proper channels to obtain the necessary documentation for their residency and/or citizenship. Our Federal government has been showing favoritism to people who have broken the law. What would happen to any US citizen if they decided to do the same in a foreign country? Would we be able to expect the same treatment (public welfare, medical coverage, schooling, et al.)?

3.         What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)

The gas tax is high because the money is intended to support the many road miles we have in the State of NC. With this support is hidden a bunch of inefficiencies, cronyism and other waste which is typical of government. While I appreciate good roads, I do not appreciate the waste associated with the use of public funds. I’ll provide a good example: Have you ever seen a road crew working? Did you notice 8 men watching and 3 working?

 I’ve lived in other States where the income tax was nonexistent. I know it is possible to reduce or eliminate the Income Tax altogether. I suggest that we first eliminate the need to continue increasing revenue THEN push to reduce or eliminate the Income Tax. Waste, Corruption, Cronyism, and more are culprits in our Government.

 4.         What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?

I am fascinated by the complexity of laws in our State. My wife wanted to start a new business an she sought help from the State. They provided broken and difficult to follow information. She was careful and diligent but I am sure some law was broken at some point since we never know what laws exist when it comes to the obscure rules which are hidden away. I see this with local government (several hundred page UDO!) in Orange County. Is it really important for us to create so many rules to protect us from ourselves? Or is this merely to protect us from each other? I suggest that lawmakers stop thinking of themselves in that name, “lawmakers”.  They first need to start out as law managers and figure out what silly, stupid and incomprehensible laws we have. Then do what they can to make laws more streamlined and understandable.

5.         What is your position on the US military and Veterans?

I have reasonable mainstream views of our Military. I appreciate all that they do to protect our country and our interests world wide. I have strong, patriotic feelings. I believe that this is indeed the greatest nation on earth and should remain great. We have a faction in our country who wants to demean what we have had and who we are. I do not support that. We have been prosperous when we are strong. We are suffering when we are weak. I am not afraid to shed a tear when I hear the National Anthem (which I often do) from the pride I have in being an American. I also feel that way when I see our soldiers, airmen, and other service members in uniform. I believe we should reward them not only with gratitude, but with opportunities (jobs and skill training) when they return from service. And we should take care of their families who often sacrifice so much more than any of us can appreciate. In prior wars, the rules of engagement were different. Today, the soldiers practically have to use a Miranda warning before engagement and they have to worry about sensitivity when the enemy combatants won’t hesitate to hack off our soldiers’ heads, burn their corpses or desecrate their bodies in horrid ways. It’s time we started giving the respect and the tools to our soldiers when they are engaged in legitimate US protection and actions.

6.         How do you view unions in NC?

Frankly, I think unions have a great purpose, temporarily. For example, in manufacturing or mining, if there are dangerous working conditions which are not being addressed by the firm. In these examples only, the union can fight for the protection of the workers. Then the union should be dissolved and move on. What we have in NC and across the US is a rash of self-perpetuating and parasitic organizations which exist only to keep themselves afloat. They only fight for workers to make sure they get their dues. The union bosses fight companies just to ensure their own union salaries. If they truly cared about the employees they are supposed to represent, they’d draw a minimal salary only.

NC has no use for unions. They add to the cost of government (public service unions), education (teachers unions) and of goods and services across NC. People who defend unions may not realize how much more affordable goods and services (and how much more competitive the US businesses) would be if they didn’t have to pay the ‘up-charge’ to recover the cost of the unions’ work. I’ve encountered silly union involvement plenty of times before – I find them to be as obtuse and restrictive as much of government regulations can be. One example: I attended a trade show in Chicago and wanted to plug a surge protector into a power outlet for my computer (for demonstrations). I was reprimanded by the facility manager for doing anything electrical since I had to call a union electrician to do this task. I was not qualified to perform that. When I inquired about the cost to get that surge protector installed, I was told it was a $100 flat fee per connection. Does this make sense?

7.         Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?

Fraud exists all around us because we’ve been slowly losing our moral compass. It’s a shame that people do not find ethical behavior to be preferred any more (generalization). When a company commits fraud, the legal system goes to work to punish them and the individuals responsible. When the government commits fraud, the press runs around with it for more press exposure then loses interest and the whole thing gets swept under the rug. Fraud is a crime and should be punished equally – both in Government and in business.

8.         What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?

I’m a big proponent of making peer recommendations powerful. Right now, you ask someone if they would like to move to NC and set up shop and they are likely to say, “uh, Not likely, too high of taxes or unfavorable business climate.” We need to fix the regulatory environment first. Then we need to make sure our citizens know that “NC is Open for Business!” The word will spread. The existing State outreach budget could be redirected to bring more business interest rather than us adding to the budget request for promoting the State. I’ve seen where New Media and other tools which are free or cheap can be effective. Let’s show our citizens that we CAN succeed and promote business. Our citizens will, through pride in our State, be the best source of recommendations for our State.

9.         What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?

When I was a youth, I attended several schools and never once did we have a teaching assistant in the classroom. I learned to diagram sentences. I learned math without using the expression “how does it feel?”. I learned History and Civics, not social studies. I learned how to do things for myself. As an adult, I know how to do most of the things I need to do by myself. Kids today don’t. Cursive is no longer part of the instruction. Their handwriting is atrocious. Instead, they are given laptops and told to get their lessons online. We’ve added more layers of teaching bureaucracy and have removed the real teaching in many cases. We also have this notion that all children should be equal. I agree that we all have equal opportunity, but we aren’t raised equally. This is an impossible feat. Some kids are truly gifted. Some aren’t. I see where kids who are gifted, in some cases, are told to ‘slow down’ so other kids can be taught. Is this fair? Is it fair to hamstring one runner so a slower runner can compete? This isn’t bowling, where you have handicaps built in to competition. This is life. Schools should not have to worry about sensitivity in teaching. Some kids need more time for instruction. These kids should be in classrooms where you can use teaching assistants as needed. Kids with more talent and aptitude can be in classrooms where they can excel. This will create our next generation of great minds instead of restricting them to be ‘just like everyone else’. School choice should be allowed to any parent who is able to get their children to that school and can get in (in the case of charter schools). School competition IS healthy beyond the athletic field. I had to compete to get good jobs. Schools should compete to get students and the funding that is associated with them.

10.       What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?

11.       What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?

The government should stay out of picking winners and losers with energy. Companies such as Strata Solar have amazing promise. They will succeed as they adapt to the market and provide the best products. Hydraulic Fracturing is a good idea, as long as it can be done cleanly and without damage to the environment. Before all of this, our Federal government can take a stand and stop trying to manage the marketplace for any energy production and use. This will translate directly to how the State of NC uses and produces energy.

12.       Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?

Certainly!

13.       What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?

We need to remove UN involvement in our State. We are a State in a Sovereign nation. The UN doesn’t have a place here.

14.       What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?

I’ve been vocal lately on this issue. The State should not ever take from an individual or a group of landowners to give to a private entity. Further, the State should be VERY CAREFUL in all instances when there is a need to take property for public use. Taking another persons property is plunder. I do not like that taxes (which is a form of plunder) are so burdensome on our citizens. It’s worse if the land or property which we acquire is also subject to plunder by the government. There has been local support (in Orange County) to annex land and businesses situated on that land to acquire a broader tax base. This is a deceptive practice and is a slippery slope to disrespect for our government.

15.       Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?

I have a general problem with the use of public funds for anything which does not “protect” the citizens of the State equally. While economics may show that the easier to access port lading of goods would perhaps help the State and its economy, I am skeptical since the businesses which would directly benefit from the products are also directly beneficiaries of the public funds. Even if they pay the State back, it’s not what the government should be leading. Private enterprises are better equipped to take this task for themselves.

16.       In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?

17.       What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?

This law restricts citizens from earning possible income from home. This is a deliberate attempt to plunder (from the citizens) and immediately harms the economy. When citizens are able to earn income via affiliate type programs, not only are they able to spend more (sales tax revenue for the State), but they are less likely to be burdens on the ‘system’ via welfare and similar programs. This law should be repealed.

 18.       What do you want voters to know about you? I am a practical/pragmatic person who believes liberty should be served first, the individual is not trumped by the collective.

 19.       What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem? People who are registered as Democratic yet vote Conservatively cause the numbers in Orange and Chatham to be skewed. This gives a lot of problems wanting to change those counties for the better.

I want to thank Dave and wish him the best of luck tomorrow.

Mattie Lawson – Candidate Questionairre

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – Mattie Lawson
Candidate for – NC House District 6

1.             What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?

A valid state issued photo ID is required to assure only qualified voters make decisions for NC residents.  The cost of obtaining a state issued photo ID isn’t sufficient to deny passage of the bill as a “poll tax”.

2.             What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?

Illegal aliens are a huge burden on the state and on the country.  Every mechanism for allowing aliens to enter NC illegally should be closed, regardless of the position of the federal government on enforcing laws in place for protecting our borders.    

Illegal aliens consume resources that should be available only to legal citizens.  They commit violent crimes at a much higher rate than our legal citizens.  They insult every immigrant who used established legal channels to become a naturalized citizen in our great land. 

Illegal aliens take American jobs and depress the wage base.  Business should be required to verify legal status for employment or suffer heavy fines.  It is not right for an honest business to have to compete with ones that flaunt our laws.

3.             What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)

The General Assembly under the leadership of the NC Republican Party is working on a plan to make NC more attractive for new residents and businesses.  The plan may or may not include eliminating the state income and/or corporate tax.  I will wait to see what their plan is before taking a position on that issue, but in general I favor lower taxes across the board.  But, to do that we must reduce the size and role of government to closer match its original intent. 

Gas taxes are high because 1) the Highway Trust Fund has been raided for use for other purposes and this must be stopped) and 2) an excessive number of miles of secondary roads were paved during previous administrations which now require regular upkeep.  There may be a remedy such as keeping a portion of the taxes that would normally be passed on to the federal government.  This topic requires additional study. 

4.             What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?

I think Regulations in NC in general are excessive and getting worse. Any regulation not backed by true science, not traceable to the NC Constitution and/or US Constitution, not supported by moral principles or without a stated cost benefit is unacceptable to me.  There should be public hearings on all administrative rules (how bills are implemented) for a fair hearing before being applied and the cost/benefit of such regulations should be clearly established before implementation. 

We should re-evaluate the size of fines and penalties imposed on regulation violators to reduce financial impact on citizens in parallel to doing an analysis to identify and modify/eliminate the most egregious regulations.  Regulations associated with the federal government, like those imposed by the EPA, would be a high priority for analysis. 

5.             What is your position on the US military and Veterans?

The US military must remain strong and veterans treated with respect and honor and that includes honoring the moral contract we have with veterans.  I disagree with the decisions under the 0bama administration to weaken the military morally, spiritually, economically and physically. 

6.             How do you view unions in NC?

NC needs to remain a right to work state and I oppose the taxpayers subsidizing any union (ex. collecting dues). 

7.             Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?

Yes, fraud is a major problem.  The solution is accountability with teeth.  Wrong-doers deserve to be punished in direct proportion to their crime.  Getting away with crime encourages others to do the same.  Until confidence in the state’s moral compass is restored we will continue to see fraud at every level, including in our schools.  I favor passage of a strong Corrupt Practices Act that includes investigative grand juries to deal with government corruption.  A Corrupt Practices Act should include an “honest services” provision.  But term limits, which I favor if applied to all, would do more to curtail corruption than anything.

8.             What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?

I’m interested in attracting business and growing jobs but also believe we are losing many existing jobs through punitive regulations.  We must encourage healthy citizens to get out of the welfare line and become motivated to develop skills needed now in the workforce.  I oppose “incentives” that are not equally available to every business and tend to be only a temporary solution.  Lower business taxes are the best incentive approach we could use.

9.             What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?

Schools need to prepare children for the future.  Parents need to participate by choosing to help their children prepare to take a responsible place in society.  The way to address this legislatively is to stop rewarding poor performance.  The state’s accountability program (testing) should be based on insuring that each and every child makes the amount of progress in a year that each child should make based on his/her own individual aptitude.  The accountability system should be based on how many children make such progress.

Children and their parents deserve educational choices with separate tracks for college-bound students and for technically inclined students.  Parents deserve a tax break for choosing effective alternatives to public education.  It will save NC money to make good use of private schools based on today’s cost to educate a child in the public education system.

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?

Foreign competition for jobs and the influx of illegal aliens are the most important issues facing NC in regard to foreign policy. Although not a state responsibility, a strong national defense is essential to a sound foreign policy.

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?

The federal government interfering with states’ rights to produce energy and use energy is the most pressing energy issue facing NC. We need also to open competition in our energy policy.

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?

NC should avoid debt under all circumstances unless approved by an informed people with a plan to repay the debt within a reasonable timeframe.  The economic future is too unstable to mortgage the financial future of our children and grandchildren by acquiring excessive debt.

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?

I feel the UN Agenda 21 is a real and serious threat that needs to be addressed immediately at local, state and federal levels.  The influence of international law on our land use planning and zoning needs to be identified and remedied.  Oversight committees of citizens need to be trained and put in place at all levels of government to assure future land use planning is void of threats to our private property rights and forced wealth distribution. American sovereignty must not be usurped by the UN in any area, whether it be national security, energy, land use planning/”sustainability” or gun control.  Our Constitution is supreme.

Sustainability is another word for tying up our private property rights until they are handed over to a foreign government for control. 

14.          What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?

I believe the legislation passed by the NC General Assembly to restrict forced annexation is appropriate but not sufficient.  GOP control of both houses and the Governor’s Office should result in further reform, including a review of how “just compensation” is computed.  Condemnation should be ONLY for constitutionally mandated government purposes.

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?

I do not favor the project due to the cost, the terrorism risk and concerns that there will not be enough business for this terminal.  A June 26, 2012 study concluded that investment in the existing ports in Wilmington and Morehead City would be more cost effective than pursuing the megaport at Southport, although it was still included in the study as an alternative. The study estimated the total cost for the megaport, including infrastructure, to be $6.1 billion.  Both NC governor nominees are on record as being opposed to the project.  I would be opposed at this time.

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?

Local governments and the state government should act in accordance with the NC Constitution and the US Constitution. There is an imperative that we return to the federalistic system upon which our nation was founded.  Therefore, I favor an assertive stance by our state for nullification of unconstitutional Federal laws and regulations. 

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?

I understand some states claim resident affiliates are making sales or “nexus” for out of state merchants so they can collect sales tax.  In fact if these sites are merely advertising, not selling, products and services it is inappropriate to require them to collect and pay sales tax. This is causing many online merchants to end their affiliate programs to avoid collecting sales tax. This is a bad idea for NC since it reduces sales tax revenue for the state and devastates small businesses. 

18.          What do you want voters to know about you?

I’m running for office to keep this seat conservative Republican and not because I’m infatuated with the idea of being a politician.  I’m certainly not doing this for the money!  I’m a senior citizen.  Many of the problems with our local, state and federal government happened “on our watch”.  As a grandmother I feel compelled to do what I can to restore the country to the ideals of the Founding Fathers.  This country was based on Judeo-Christian beliefs.  We must return to a moral country that puts its faith and trust in God.  I will make mistakes but I will try my best to do the right thing at all times.  I will read the bills before I vote on them, try to reform regulations, protect our right to bear arms and lower our tax burdens. 

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?

NENC is a rural area with only 8% of the population.  An ignored fact is that it includes significant donor counties (counties that return more revenue to the state than it gets in services from the state), such as Dare County which generates more than one half a billion dollars in revenue and accounts for over 15,000 full-time jobs and over $60,000,000 in local and state taxes.  The higher populated urban areas of the state tend to ignore, stonewall and/or misinterpret the needs of the citizens in our portion of the state.  Getting approval on bills favorable to NENC will require great skills of persuasion and access to timely, factual data to make a difference for my constituents but seeing to it that Eastern North Carolina gets a fair shake will be my goal. 

Excessive regulations forcing our watermen and farmers to lose their jobs and homes is an example of NC legislation that does not serve our citizens well.    

I want to thank Mattie for answering and apologizing for the lateness in posting.  We will get this blasted all over and good luck on Tuesday.

Warren Nail – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – Warren Scott Nail           
Candidate for – NC Senate (Dist 4)

1.            What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
I believe we should have to show I.D. to vote! We have to show I.D. for things that are far less important. 
 

2.            What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?
I would like to adopt a law like the one in Arizona.

 

3.            What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (Please address state income and gas taxes)
We should do away with the income and gas tax by slightly raising the sales tax like many of the states that have no income or gas tax. The majority of these states are not having money problems, and the jobless rate is much lower.

 

4.            What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?
Government regulation is killing the American way of life. We need to repeal the laws and regulations that are hurting our state.

 

5.            What is your position on the US military and Veterans? 
The words Homeless and Veterans should never be used in the same sentence. We owe everything to those who serve our Nation.

 

6.            How do you view unions in NC?
I do not believe in unions and, they certainly do not belong in Government jobs

 

7.            Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?
Yes! We should do asset testing for government help and, we should have a picture on the food stamp (SNAP) card like are on our debit and credit cards. We should also make the co-pay for Medicaid to be Highest for the ER instead of the doctor’s office as it is now. 

 

8.            What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?
I would like to think I would play a large role in this by doing away with the over regulation that is imposed on them.

 

9.            What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?
Tenure is the biggest problem! We need to find ways of getting parents involved and allow competition within our education system.

 

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?
Agenda 21

 

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?
I am for fracking but there needs to be property owners protection included. I believe a property owner owns from the ozone to the core.

 

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to relook at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?
I feel no debt is the way to go!

 

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?
If we are not careful we will be under the UN’s rule.

 

14.          What is your opinion on Imminent Domain and annexation?
From the Ozone to the Core you own it! And No one can take it away for (B.S.) Reasons or put you in a new area for revenue reasons.

 

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?
I really have not given this much thought at this time

 

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?
Open

 

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?
No opinion at this time.

 

18.          What do you want voters to know about you?
I will be straight to the point, and do what is in the best interest of those I represent.

 

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?
The current occupant panders to special interest and then sells us out to his buddies as soon as our backs are turned.

I want to thank Warren for his very rapid response to this questionnaire.  He returned this within an hour of reciept and that’s greatly appreciated.

~JC

Richard Rivette – NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

At NC4Freedom we take candidates seriously.  As we approach the General election, it’s important to learn about the candidates we may be supporting.  The following responses given are staright from the candidate.  Please feel free to look over their answers and make an educated choice come election day.

The following is straight from the questionnaire given to the candidate.  All answers are from the candidate –

NC4Freedom Candidate Questionnaire

This is a base questionnaire for candidates running for office at any level in the state of NC.  Some questions may not apply as written.  If you wish to rephrase and address the question based on the level of government for which you are running you may.  If a question does not apply to the level of office for which you are running you may answer with ‘does not apply’ or give you opinion anyways.  Full participation is appreciated but not required.  We will inform the voters as to those candidates who do not or wish to not reply.

Name – Richard Rivette
Candidate for – NC State Senate 38

All of these are covered on my website http://www.voterivette.com I will briefly summarize here.

I have also filled out questionnaires all over the web with even more positions.

If you agree with me, please go to Don’t Forget, Vote Rivette for NC State Senate 38 on Facebook and “like” my page. Send a donation, host a dinner party, host an event, give me an endorsement, write a blog in support, walk a neighborhood, distribute literature, volunteer to man a polling site and more. If you won’t fight to get me elected I will not be able to fight to stop the national nightmare taking place now.

1.            What is your position on a NC State voter ID law?
All voters in this nation should have irrevocable, clear voter ID based on physical proof of who you are. Give them a copy of their birth certificate if they don’t already have one. Use a passport. Something of value. We need ID for everything else. No other industrialized nation on earth allows you to vote without voter ID. The status quo is meant to keep dead people, illegals, felons, and multiple voting fraud to continue in favor of the Democratic party. Anyone who is homebound or unable to pay should be given the ID. At home we simply come with a plastic card printer and keypad, a scanner and photo unit. This can be done in minutes. Permanent voter ID. No one can steal your vote. And no one is denied the vote. Ignore the false claims of racism. Everyone gets their ID so how can anyone complain? Only 1% don’t have ID. I’m tired of the false claims.

2.            What is your plan to help NC deal with the problem of illegal immigration?
Give jobs to unemployed in the inner cities driving the buses to take the illegals to the Texas border. 400,000 illegals will require a lot of assistance in moving out of our state. Then give their homes, benefits, and jobs to Americans. Start with minorities who have been hit most by the economy. The illegals can wait in line if they want to enter this nation. CLOSE the border.

3.            What is your plan to deal with tax rates in the state of NC? (please address state income and gas taxes)
Eliminate them. The entire tax code must be scrapped period. Replace with a prebate, FAIR tax. No more corporate, capital gain, income, or many, many other taxes and fees. Lots more to it, but that’s the summary. The gas and diesel taxes are responsible for up to 20% of food costs alone. If we want reasonable prices, eliminate the taxes.

4.            What will you do to deal with government regulations on individuals, businesses, and industries in NC?
Eliminate most of them. Government has no authority to regulate much of anything according to the Constitution, which is our guideline and what we agreed to adhere to as citizens. For protection, don’t give polluters a slap on the wrist. If you pollute, confiscate and sell off the assets, recover the funds to cleanup, and put the polluter in prison for 25 years. Very few will violate decent anti-pollution laws written to protect our air and water. Judge each case on its merits. Accidents can be waived. Deliberate results in severe penalty. Right now, it’s a shell game. We beat legitimate companies over the head with petty rules, while letting severe violators off easy.

5.            What is your position on the US military and Veterans?
Fully fund the military, be prepared to defend the nation, maintain commitments in place, but do not go invading other nations unless provoked. Veterans should be treated like gold as they risked all so we can sleep at night. If the Feds won’t fund their healthcare and more, then we must. It is our sacred duty. I want an act to protect all military IDs from misuse. We have personally experienced theft which was facilitated by those using the ID of deceased veterans.

6.            How do you view unions in NC?
There should be no unions in the U.S. They have outlived their usefulness and become cesspools for corruption, violence, intimidation, and death. Public sector workers, given the chance, leave immediately. We should make NC a right to work state Constitutionally and bar unions entirely, including all existing ones. If you want to work in a union, go live in a communist nation.

7.            Do you see government fraud as a major problem today and what would you do about it?
Starting four years ago analyzing fraud I thought I might find $30-40 million recoverable in various state programs. I found up to half a billion dollars a year wasted. Illegals drain us of $2.1 billion a year. Another half billion in medical, transportation and other fraud can be recovered. We can use those funds to offset any deficit, hire all the teachers we need, pay them more and finish our roads WITHOUT raising a dime in taxes. I actually was involved in getting legislation for a pilot program passed years ago to begin this process, and then the government sat on it and did nothing. Because bureaucrats could not understand the proposal, and were territorial about who would do what to enact it. Fire any state worker who does not help to recover our funds.

8.            What part would you play to bring new businesses and jobs into NC?
I would immediately promote the FAIR tax, eliminate the income tax, and improve schools. The state cannot compete until we address taxes and schools. My job tries to draw companies into the state. They all tell us the same thing before locating in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina – your tax situation stinks and your schools are worse. We could be the Silicon Valley of the East if we attract all the Silicon Valley CA companies with great location, weather, features, phenomenal schools and an unrivaled tax policy. Plus we have close proximity to Europe for travel.

9.            What are the main problems you have with education today and what are your ideas to help educate future generations?
Unions, overbearing administration, poor teacher retention, and low discipline. Get rid of poor teachers. See my 17 point plan online under SCHOOLS in http://www.voterivette.com. We must eliminate most administration positions all over the state. Get rid of all unfunded Federal mandates. Ignore the DOE. Place control in the hands of local boards. Create a school choice voucher for every student to purchase an education at public schools, private, religious, online, co-op, homeschool, and charters. Fully funded and equal with the same facilities funds, not just academic funds. Its our money. They’re our kids. We make the decisions. No more professional educators only making decisions. They’ve shown incompetence. Get some business people in there. Community oversight boards with real power to hire and fire. No more 800 page rule books.

10.          What do you see as the most important foreign policy issue facing NC?
Telling the Consular General to stop issuing Metricular cards or face expulsion. We are not a dumping ground. Only 2% come to do menial tasks, while up to 35% take welfare payments of food stamps, housing, etc.
From a business perspective we need to develop foreign trade zones and full foreign investment in our state to promote manufacturing.

11.          What are the most pressing issues facing NC use and production of energy?
Unleash our entire potential and tell the EPA to pound sand. This is our land. Repatriate all Federal lands in NC as state property and private property. Zero all taxation for energy exploration, development, refining, and future tech including oil, gas, kinetic, hydro, solar, wind, and anything else that will work. Private companies make the decisions, not government. Because government control has never worked. Renew offshore drilling. This administration is good at ignoring the Supreme Court. We need to do the same. Tell them to stick moratoriums in their ears to be polite.

12.          Section 3, Article V of the NC Constitution gives exceptions to allow the state government to acquire debt.  Do you feel it is time to review at these exceptions to achieve a no-clause balanced budget amendment, or do you feel these exceptions are legitimate?
The budget must be balanced by Amendment. If we go to a FAIR tax and grow manufacturing, industrial, agriculture, energy and more this will be a moot point as we will have all the revenue we need to do anything we want.

13.          What are your feelings about UN Agenda 21 and what direction do you feel NC as a state should move in the area of sustainability?
Agenda 21 is a global conspiracy to enact communism and make us slaves. We need to block it at the state level since our Federal government has been infected with communism in every level of the bureaucracy. Anyone stupid enough unable to see the disparate pieces that have seeped into every aspect of our lives, our food supply, our work, even citizen surveillance which is bizarre to say the least, is too ignorant to vote. Communists are not going to knock on your door, say hello and ask to take over the country. They will do it piecemeal in institutions over a period of say, 50 or 60 years. As they have done here. We stop them now and for all time.

14.          What is your opinion on Eminent Domain and annexation?
KELO should be reversed. It is a failure. No eminent domain for public use. No forced annexation. Both are the equivalent of taxation without representation and exactly why the colonies rebelled in the first place. Private property is inviolable and a main point of our founding documents.

15.          Where do you stand on the creation of the Southport mega-port project?
Private funding. A public partnership can be created but there should be written limits of involvement. Also, get the Federal government out of the approval process. Its our land and water, not theirs. We are a sovereign state. Start acting like one. If the EPA shows up tell them they are not welcome. They can leave or face arrest. I do not recognize Federal badges outside the jurisdiction of now Federal land, Federal parks or the District of Columbia and neither should anyone else. No Sheriff in this nation has ceeded control of their county. Read the Consitution, and Bill of Rights, and State Statutes.

16.          In your opinion, what should the relationship between state/local governments be with its citizens?
The government should listen and then do what people want. I want direct referenda voting on every increase in tax, fees, or other item which impacts citizens, local and state. We have the technology to do that. Let legislators craft good solutions and sell them to the public, not each other, and not via special interests. Additionally, if you eliminate the entire tax code you ALSO eliminate all lobbying overnight. There is nothing more to lobby for because we would only have a FAIR tax that is consumer based. You cannot buy a loophole, incentive, exemption or craft a law to help your company over another. Shut down the lawyer leeches running the lobbying firms in one day.

17.          What is your opinion of the Affiliate Nexus Tax Law which prevents NC bloggers to become on-line associates of companies like Amazon?
This is a violation of the First Amendment, is not covered under the interstate Commerce clause and has no place in a Republic. Anyone should be able to work for and with anyone they want in a non-criminal enterprise. The government is wrong. Let them participate as affiliates and if the state attempts to intervene pass legislation to stop it, or fire the bureaucrats.

18.          What do you want voters to know about you?
I have always stood up for what is right. Not right for me, or just you, but all. There are God granted universal rights of man. It is the foundation for Western civilization. If its good for one, its good for all. I stand for freedom. Complete freedom. Not someone hovering over your life telling you how to live, what to eat, what to drink. where to live, what to buy, how you insure, and more. Government is formed by people as a framework for living your life. It is NOT a set of rules to tell you exactly what to do. Certain rules are necessary like figuring out if you know how to drive a motor vehicle. Once you are issued your license to drive the rest is up to you. If you are a menace, your license is taken away. Until you prove you are a criminal you should be treated as a free person.

Restore every facet of the Constitution and remove all barriers to gun ownership, school choice, speech, assembly. No more threats of taxation for churches. They are exempt due to separation. They can preach whatever they want and people can choose to listen or not. They can also change the radio station, TV channel or surf to a different internet site if they are offended.

I am personally offended by ignorant people trying to tell me how to live and I don’t need them to tell me what TV shows to watch or where to get my news.

I follow the common sense of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. I am dead set against socialism and communism in any form. They are evil and meant to subjugate us all as slaves. The practitioners are cunning and patient. We have not had true free marketplaces in this nation. Ever.

Communists and socialists, like our present administration, are the opposite of what American is and should be.

Have we made mistakes? Yes. Has there been injustice? Of course. We are the biggest, most successful freedom experiment ever conducted. We need to let it go. We will deal with our demons and proceed ahead. Without an elite class ruling over us. Without an oppressive government.

Note to oppressive government – back off or you will feel our wrath. We the People are fed up and we are going to stop you now.

19.          What is the #1 problem facing the office for which you are running and how do you propose addressing that problem?
The number one problem is the apathy among voters. Average people are turned off. Disgruntled. Mad as hell. I want to channel that anger and turn it into something positive for all our benefit. I will succeed at representing the people and push what we need to stop the government insanity. I will not accept defeat. And neither should anyone else. We can do this if we work together. I do not want to hear from negative people who think its too late, or too hard. Go whine in the corner. Don’t tell me what cannot be done. I’ve spent my whole life doing what everyone said could not be done. So have many others.

THAT is what defines America and our spirit. Doing the impossible, then doing it again.

Its your nation. Fight for it. The banner has been raised. Time to engage in the battle.

I want to thank Richard for his time and well thought out answers.  I understand that this election takes up and do really appreciate this.  Good luck in November.

~JC