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‘Freedom Watch’ gives independent candidate national spotlight

In politics on November 19, 2009 at 1:20 am

“We do not have a two-party system in this country. We have one party, the big government party It has a Republican wing that likes war and deficits and assaults our civil liberties and a Democratic wing that likes taxes and wealth transfer and assaults our commercial liberties.” — Judge Napolitano

The Democrats and Republicans have a monopoly on the political system. It would seem almost impossible for a person to get elected to office without first receiving one of the parties’ stamp of approval. But 30 year-old Jake Towne of Pennsylvania is attempting to do just that.

Towne is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 with no political party affiliation. He is truly an independent.

Last week, he received national exposure as a guest on Judge Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch” on FOX News. In the interview, Towne explained the myth that America has a two-party system.

“What I call this system is actually a one party, two-headed system and there’s very little competition between the Democrats on the left and the Republicans on the right. And a lot of people still believe we’re in a left-right spectrum.”

Towne goes on to describe what he believes is the actual spectrum with tyranny at one end and liberty at the other. He makes the argument that there is no real change from one administration to the next.

“Monetary policy doesn’t change, foreign policy doesn’t change, domestic policy doesn’t change,” he said.

Not only is Towne rejecting party affiliation, he’s also rejecting any political labels. The purpose of these labels, he believes, is to separate the electorate and create false conflict.

“The very terms ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ are just forms of verbal warfare meant to divide us,” he explains on his Web site, TowneForCongress.com.

It’s encouraging to see Towne featured on Napolitano’s show. The question is, will the rest of the mainstream media give him the national attention needed to get his message out?

Future of America vs. the establishment

In politics on November 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

The Republican Party is a sinking ship. Or at least it will be it the not-so-distant future.

There is a major shift happening in the mind of the average Republican/conservative and it does not involve the agenda of the long-established party elite. Unless GOP leaders like Lindsey Graham and John McCain can devise a way to quickly makeover the image of the party of bailouts an war, its future doesn’t look so bright.

What these powerful men fail to realize, or refuse to realize, is that their out-of-date marketing model is dying with the generations that bought into it. The youth of today are less concerned about being a Republican and more concerned about the U.S. Constitution and the liberties it’s intended to protect.

Seventy-four-year-old Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), is more in-tune with America’s future than most young politicians. In a recent interview with CNN, Paul challenged the GOP establishment, suggesting that he and his followers are the future of conservatism:

“And one thing that nobody seems to pay attention to is that, why should they run us off? We’re the ones who reach the college kids, the young people, how many Republicans really reach the teenagers and the college kids? Those are the people that are gathering at our rallies and they have to ask why?

What are they going to do with the party pandering to the old, country club Republicans and acting like Democrats and bailout funds and tarp funds, and those kinds of things just won’t hold up for the Republican party. That’s why the Republican Party has been losing and we’re suggesting that they live up to what they profess to believe in.”

Hopefully, our friends leaning left and will similarly ditch their half of the archaic two-party model. It’s encouraging to watch the growing progressive movement, which seems to have convictions that transcend the Democratic Party.

If only the potheads and the gun rights people would get together, for liberty …

Lindsey Graham and party patriotism

In politics on October 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Sanctity of life, Second Amendment, family and business are what matter to the Republican Party, at least according to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Graham is one of my very favorite Republicans. Why? Because he so embodies the spirit of the Republican Party — and the Democratic Party for that matter.

In April, Graham, speaking at a Republican Party convention in Greenville, South Carolina, reminded voters why he and the Republican Party are so super.

“Here’s what I care about. I care about this party, and I care about this country,” Graham said.

Hmmm, party and country …

Graham said he became involved in politics because, “I believe that’s what God had planned for me to do.”

In tow with two-party politics, Graham proceeded to tear into the Democrats and Obama, using all-too common fear tactics:

“The Obama agenda, if you look at it closely, should scare you,” Graham said. “The only thing standing between the Obama agenda and absolutely everything passing is the United States’ Senate. Our house members are wonderful people, but the Democrats have a huge majority and Nancy Pelosi is not open minded about how to run the house.”

Graham’s solution to the scourge of liberalism is simple: Vote more Republicans into power. 

“In 2010 we have a chance to get back in the ballgame,” he said. 

Graham attempted to sound like a conservative when he began speaking about government spending and the ever growing deficit. However, he tried to downplay the right’s role in the matter, saying that Obama and the Democrats have “spent more money in 90 days than George W. Bush and the Republicans did on Katrina, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”

“What do liberals do? They raise taxes on the rich, they grow the government, and they cut defense,” he said. “We’re spending our country into oblivion. I want to do something about it. I want to grow this party.”

Graham is right that we are spending this country into oblivion. But if he thinks the way to fix the problem is by expanding the power of the party of bailouts and war, he’s a fool.

Ironically, Graham calls for a reduction in deficit spending while at the same time demanding the expansion of America’s military and war spending. Recently, he told Fox News’ Brett Baier that America needs to attack Iran before Ahmadinejad obtains weapons (his reason being to protect Israel of course).

But perhaps the most revealing aspect of Graham’s speech was his conclusion in which he tried to distance himself from libertarians and Ron Paul.

“In conclusion, I am a Republican right of center. I am not a libertarian. I am not a member of the Constitutional Party. I respect those that are. I like Ron Paul but he is not the leader of our party. I am a Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Carroll Campbell, Lindsey Graham Republican. When it comes to the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment, your family, your business, I will be there for the conservative caucus. But I am going to try to make my country stronger than I found it, I’m going to make this party bigger.”

So, if you are a card carrying member of the Republican Party or simply a conservative who wants to stem the tide of ungodly liberalism, here’s is your chance. Join Lindsey Graham in 2010 and 2012 in growing the Republican Party. Vote Republican, save your country.