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Thoughts on Tillis

TillisHave you considered the following regarding Thom Tillis?

  1. Tillis has been endorsed by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, current U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Republican strategist Karl Rove, and Sen. Mitch McConnell – an impressive line-up of “old guard,” business-as-usual, go-along-to-get-along, establishment Republicans. Remember when Rove declared war on the Tea Party in 2013? Also, did you know that McConnell has a lifetime average grade of 76% with Heritage Action of America and FreedomWorks and has recently said that the establishment Republicans are “going to crush” Tea Party candidates in the 2014 midterm elections? What is more, Tillis has received additional endorsements by Mitt Romney, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Lindsey Graham, Gov. Pat McCrory, and Jeb Bush, all of whom are moderate Conservatives.
  2. Tillis’ Civitas Action scorecard shows a very poor rating. In 2008, he got a C+; in 2009, he got a D; in 2010, he got an F; as you can tell, he’s gotten worse over time. His average score is 48 while his ranking is 33 out of 121 in the House.
  3. Tillis was Speaker of the House in Raleigh when North Carolina became one of the 45 states to adopt Common Core in 2012 and he did nothing to stop it. What is more, His hand-picked Education Committee chairman, Rep. Linda Johnson, was and is a proponent of Common Core.
  4. In 2011, Tillis missed 6 out of 10 votes to keep Obamacare out of North Carolina. That same year, he backed the North Carolina Health Benefit Exchange Authority vote in the House, aiming to create an exchange in our state similar to those created by Obamacare. Then, in early February 2014, on the Bill LuMaye Show, Tillis said Obamacare is “a great idea that can’t be paid for.” It’s a “great idea”? Really? According to Public Policy Polling, only 15% of Republicans agree with Tillis on this, while 78% disagree. Of course, in that same month, “…Tillis announced his support for the ‘Obamacare alternative’ put forward by Senator Richard Burr, who is famously unpopular in conservative circles for saying that defunding the ACA is the “dumbest idea [he’s] ever heard.” Tillis praised the plan for embracing the “things that Obamacare seems to have right,” a stance that Hagan quoted approvingly in a recent campaign release.”
  5. Tillis reeks of lobbying money.
  6. Tillis is a proponent of pay-to-drive toll roads, as was Beverly Perdue. Instead of cutting unnecessary spending and being fiscally responsible with the people’s money, liberal politicians like Tillis think it’s best to burden the people with yet another “tax.” Mismanagement of the people’s money has been a severe problem in Raleigh for several decades on both sides of the aisle and it must stop now.
  7. Tillis’ “Women for Tillis” coalition co-chairwoman is Dr. Mary Susan Fulghum, who helped found the Planned Parenthood Health Systems headquarters in Raleigh. Of course, while she did this many years ago, she has never publicly shown any regret whatsoever for her involvement with Planned Parenthood, which is the largest tax-payer funded abortion provider in the United States.
  8. On March 29, 2014, at the Mecklenburg Republican Party Convention, Tillis, along with his supporters, voted in favor of a series of convention rule changes that prohibit the local County from passing meaningful resolutions designed to take a stand on issues or direct local elected officials to support or oppose specific legislative goals.

If you are aware of any other pieces of information about Mr. Tillis that you think we need to know, please comment below. Thank you.

What Is a Right? – Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

In the continually harsh public discourse over the President’s proposals for federally-managed healthcare, the Big Government progressives in both the Democratic and the Republican parties have been trying to trick us. These folks, who really want the government to care for us from cradle to grave, have been promoting the idea that health care is a right. In promoting that false premise, they have succeeded in moving the debate from WHETHER the feds should micro-manage health care to HOW the feds should micro-manage health care. This is a false premise, and we should reject it. Health care is not a right; it is a good, like food, like shelter, and like clothing.

What is a right? A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity. Thinkers from St. Thomas Aquinas, to Thomas Jefferson, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pope John Paul II have all argued that our rights are a natural part of our humanity. We own our bodies, thus we own the gifts that emanate from our bodies. So, our right to life, our right to develop our personalities, our right to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, our right to worship or not worship, our right to travel, to defend ourselves, to use our own property as we see fit, our right to due process — fairness — from the government, and our right to be left alone, are all rights that stem from our humanity. These are natural rights that we are born with. The government doesn’t give them to us and the government doesn’t pay for them and the government can’t take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone else’s rights.

What is a good? A good is something we want or need. In a sense, it is the opposite of a right. We have our rights from birth, but we need our parents when we are children and we need ourselves as adults to purchase the goods we require for existence. So, food is a good, shelter is a good, clothing is a good, education is a good, a car is a good, legal representation is a good, working out at a gym is a good, and access to health care is a good. Does the government give us goods? Well, sometimes it takes money from some of us and gives that money to others. You can call that taxation or you can call it theft; but you cannot call it a right.

A right stems from our humanity. A good is something you buy or someone else buys for you.

Now, when you look at health care for what it is, when you look at the US Constitution, when you look at the history of human freedom, when you accept the American value of the primacy of the individual over the fleeting wishes of the government, it becomes apparent that those who claim that healthcare is a right simply want to extend a form of government welfare.

When I make this argument to my Big Government friends, they come back at me with…well, if people don’t have health insurance, they will just go to hospitals and we will end up paying for them anyway. Why should that be? We don’t let people steal food from a supermarket or an apartment from a landlord or clothing from a local shop. Why do we let them take healthcare from a hospital without paying for it? Well, my Big Government friends contend, that’s charity.

They are wrong again. It is impossible to be charitable with someone else’s money. Charity comes from your own heart, not from the government spending your money. When we pay our taxes to the government and it gives that money away, that’s not charity, that’s welfare. When the government takes more from us than it needs to secure our freedoms, so it can have money to give away, that’s not charity, that’s theft. And when the government forces hospitals to provide free health care to those who can’t or won’t care for themselves, that’s not charity, that’s slavery. That’s why we now have constitutional chaos, because the government steals and enslaves, and we outlawed that a long time ago.

Published on December 19, 2009

Andrew P. Napolitano [send him mail], a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at the Fox News Channel. His next book is Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History, (Nelson, 2010).

Take from http://archive.lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano12.1.html.

UPDATE:

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” John F. Kennedy

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