Nothing To Add: Why I Can Vote With a Clear Conscience
This is the one election that in all of our history is a fork in the road that we had better choose wisely.
This next president will appoint several Supreme Court justices.
That alone should be enough to make everyone sit up and take notice.
If HRC is allowed to stack that Supreme Court, the country is gone.
It is that serious. There is no turning back, none.
We will not have the luxury to say, we can hang for another 4 years.
The communist planks are all in place…
...that ball is at the finish line and just needs that last punt over the goal posts and it is game over.
That one issue will have ramifications for decades.
Your children and grandkids will experience the full weight of that one issue alone.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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My great, great Grandfather, Bartholomew Figures Moore of Raleigh, "The Father of the Bar" of North Carolina, freed all his slaves before The War Between the States. His son, George, enlisted at the beginning, then was captured, and sent to Elmira, "The Death Camp of the North." George survived, but was broken in health for the rest of his life. Below is B.F. Moore's namesake, Isaac B.F. Moore looking quite the Dapper Dan!
The following is the graveside of the "Beloved Master Servant" of my great, great Grandfather, Joseph John Pippen. This is located beside Joseph John Pippen's house outside of Tarboro, where I live. Washington Pippen stayed after the war, and his descendants live across the field from me. We visit often
Below, the great, great granddaughters of Washington Pippen taken at the 2004 Pippen Family Reunion. From left to right, Cousins Juanita, Cora and Berlena.
The family line of my great, great Grandfather, John Quincy Adams Leach of Pittsboro, has the most documented interaction with family blacks. His son, John Pelopidus Leach, went off to war in 1863 after one of his sisters was born. During this time frame, a group of Confederate Cavalry came to the plantation to water their horses. An officer approached the young Mammy who was sitting on the porch rocking a child only a few days old. When the gentleman asked the name of the baby, Mammy exclaimed "She ain't been named yet!" The officer replied, "Well, name her Dixie!" So was named Dixie Washington Leach, my great Aunt.
John Pelopidus Leach surrendered at Appomattox, and with his black friend and companion, Needham Leach, walked home to Pittsboro, crossing the Haw River at Byrnum's Mill in a bateau. There is no male in the 1860 slave schedule that matches the age of Needham, and I have often wondered if he was given freedom as a gift to his loyal parents or possibly kin. He was the Body Servant of John's brother, 1st Lt. George Thomas Leach, and George's Father would have only sent a trusted individual off to war with his eldest son, not a slave he had recently acquired. Needham is mentioned in letters home when he travels to Pittsboro to bring food back to the brothers in the Petersburg lines. John Quincy Adams Leach was a signer at Needham's marriage.
This picture shows three of my great aunt's from left to right, Mabel, Kate and Lucy with their playmate, Bob, around 1880. Many of the black and white Leach's had/have similar family names as listed in this article.
Below is a picture showing five generations born and bred at Mosby Hall in Littleton, the home of John Pelopidus Leach after the war. From right to left, Uncle Essex, Aunt Emily, Aunt Agnes, and Aunt Mabel with her child whose name I do not know. This was probably taken around 1900. Notice the Confederate Great Coat that Aunt Mabel is wearing. Uncle Essex was born a slave, and lived in "Person's Ordinary" on Mosby Hall Plantation where he was a stage coach driver. The Ordinary has since been moved within the Littleton city limits.
In 1907, my Mother was born and the following shows Aunt Emily holding her. Aunt Emily was also Mammy to my Grandmother, Sally Moore Leach Pippen, and my Aunt Mary Powell Pippen.
The same year Dixie Washington Leach took black and white photographs, then hand colored and printed them as postcards. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the first individual below. The second one shows Dixie Washington Leach's Mammy. The last one shows Mammy, and great, Aunt Dixie. Great Aunt Dixie would have been 44 and Mammy was probably between 62 and 66.
In 1914, John Pelopidus Leach died, and the monument below was erected to him in Littleton. It depicts two hands shaking, one black and one white, with the inscription, "This Is What He Meant, All Men Up Erected By His Colored Friends." Private/Captain/Colonel/Judge Leach donated the land for the Enon Baptist Church in Littleton, and was generous to the poor and needy throughout his life.
This is the great, great, great granddaughter of Needham Leach, Aunt Angela, holding my daughter Dixie, the namesake of Dixie Washington Leach. Great Aunt Dixie also had another namesake who recently died in Pittsboro, Angela's aunt. Angela's Aunt Dixie, in turn, has a namesake, her Cousin Dixie, in Pittsboro.
When our detractors mention that they don't comprehend the way we feel, perhaps they might better understand if we gave them these few lines from Faulkner.
"For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it is the instant when it is still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come to far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen year old boy to think this time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago......"
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| Yes, we really do need more phone calls before Thanksgiving. See the list below of the Senators who most need to hear from you because their votes are still up for grabs. |
HERE'S OUR SENATE WHIP COUNT OF DREAM AMNESTY VOTE
SEE SENATORS WHO MOST NEED PHONE CALLS TODAY
Your outpouring of phone calls and faxes these past 12 days has pushed the expected NO votes to the point that we think if the vote were held today that we'd have the 41 votes needed to kill DREAM with a fillibuster.
Hooray for you!
But the opposition is changing the bill by softening some of its most egregious aspects. You have done such a good job of pointing out loopholes that the amnesty sponsors have introduced new versions of DREAM that:
But we don't yet know how many of the Senators who currently are whipped as being NO votes -- as well as "Unannounced" Senators -- might switch to YES if the DREAM sponsors keep narrowing the amnesty.
The other side is using its vast war chest of funds to pay for special phoning campaigns pushing YES votes.
We desperately need your phone calls today. Thanks. (Remember that the Senators are back home this week, so make the phone calls to their staffers back in the home state offices.)
To get talking points for your own Senators and to report what you hear back to us, be sure to go to your NumbersUSA Action Board and look at your Phone Action Notes.
ACTION 1 -- 'Undecideds' are the priority
We need at least 4 of these 14 to vote NO. (The amnesty folks have a steeper hill to climb and need 11 of the 14 to vote YES.) But because there are a few wish-washy Senators among our NO list, we should aim to get at least 6 of these Undecideds. Please help.
Although many of these seem like they are leaning NO or ought to be a NO vote, there has to be a reason why they have chosen to remain publicly Undecided. The reason is unlikely to be a good one.
Most of these Undecided Senators are from small to medium sized states. If you live in the region of any of them, please call.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski She goes back and forth on amnesties. Did her scare in almost losing her seat make her a little more attentive on this kind of thing? Too often in the past, she has seemed to trade her vote FOR open borders to get some kind of pork barrel for the state. Will she be different this time?
Sen. Sam Brownback He voted YES on the DREAM amnesty back in 2007. But he remains uncommited this time in public. He was just elected governor. Help him see that a YES vote now would immediately hurt his approval ratings.
Overland Park: 913-492-6378
Garden City: 620-275-1124
Sen. Mary Landrieu She has generally voted with US, especially as she faced tough re-election in 2008. She falsely was reported last week as coming out as a YES. But why is she remaining Uncommitted?
New Orleans: 504-589-2427
Baton Rouge: 225-389-0395
Lake Charles: 337-436-6650
Sen. Susan Collins She voted YES in 2007. But her statements this week lean toward NO. You have driven her to the brink of a good decision; help her do it right.
Sen. Olympia Snowe She voted YES in 2007. But she is up for re-election in 2012. She has seen some other ensconced high-seniority Republicans nearly lose or lose to Primary challengers this year. A vote for amnesty now could make her a real target. It is a good sign that she hasn't declared herself a YES yet.
Presque Isle: 207-764-5124
Sen. Debbie Stabenow When she was coming up for re-election in 2006, she voted with us. But after winning, she voted YES on the DREAM Amnesty in 2007. Now, she is a Democrat coming up for another election in 2012 after big Republican gains in Michigan in the 2010 election. She is obviously conflicted and afraid to reveal either way. How does she tell Michigan's unemployed in 2012 that she voted to give millions more work permits to illegal aliens?
Grand Rapids: 616-975-0052
East Lansing: 517-203-1760
Traverse City: 231-929-1031
Sen. Claire McCaskill She voted NO in 2007 and has been one of the more reliable pro-enforcement votes among Democrats. Missouri swung strong toward Republicans in the 2010 elections. So, why is she holding back on announcingt a NO now? She was one of the original co-sponsors of Harry Reid's placeholder amnesty bill in winter of 2009. She is very close to Pres. Obama. She is conflicted. Like others on this Undecided list, she probably hopes the vote doesn't occur so she doesn't have to anger either side of the issue.
St. Louis: 314-367-1364
Kansas City: 816-421-1639
Cape Girardeau: 573-651-0964
Sen. Max Baucus He was one of the few Democrats who voted NO last time. He has indicated he is leaning NO.
Great Falls: 406-761-1574
Sen. Ben Nelson He has been one of our more reliable Democrats but he voted YES on the DREAM amnesty in 2007. He is facing huge battle for re-election in 2012. He has just come out with a statement indicating he is leaning NO, but it is ambiguous.
Sen. Kay Hagan Her statements indicate leaning NO, but they aren't clear enough.
Sen. Kent Conrad One of few Democrats to vote NO last time and is leaning NO now. Up for re-election in 2012.
Grand Forks: 701-775-9601
Sen. Byron Dorgan Our most reliable Democrat who voted NO last time. But he is retiring and perhaps has different senses of obligation. Why hasn't he clearly put himself in the NO column this time?
Sen. Lindsey Graham One of the most pro-amnesty Republicans. But he has said amnesties have to be linked to tough new enforcement. South Carolinians have thought he was impossible to budget, but their constant complaints to him on immigration seem to have helped him step away from pushing for a blanket amnesty earlier this year.
Mount Pleasant: 843-849-3887
Rock Hill: 803-366-2828
Sen. Joe Manchin This Democrat is replacing the always-anti-amnesty Sen. Byrd. Manchin's statements indicate he is leaning NO. Time to get a commitment to what thre people of his state overwhelmingly want.
Washington, D.C.: 202-224-3954
ACTION 2 -- Up for re-election in 2012 but still say they'll vote YES on amnesty (you can change some of these)
With the anti-incumbent mood widely expected to continue through 2012, these Senators need to be reminded what a great liability a pro-amnesty vote will be in their next election.
At the least, they need to see that there is political pain to suffer for voting to give out millions of work permits to illegal aliens. We especially need help from neighbors to get the calls up for the small states of Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
San Francisco: 415-393-0707
San Diego: 619-231-9712
Sen. Joe Lieberman
Sen. Tom Carper
Sen. Bill Nelson
Coral Gables: 305-536-5999
Tampa: 813- 225-7040
Fort Myers: 239-334-7760
Fort Lauderdale: 954-693-4851
West Palm Beach: 561-514-0189
Sen. Richard Lugar
Fort Wayne: 260-422-1505
Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Jeff Bingaman
Santa Fe: 505-988-6647
Las Cruces: 575-523-6561
Sen. Sherrod Brown
Sen. Bob Casey
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Bernie Sanders
St. Johnsbury: 802-748-9269
Sen. Jim Webb
Virginia Beach: 757-518-1674
Falls Church: 703-573-7090
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Herb Kohl
Eau Claire: 715-832-8424
ACTION 3 -- These are the other Senators who have committed themselves to a YES for amnesty.
I'm not expecting much chance of changing these. But if they are from your state, please let their staff know how seriously disappointed you are in their actions.
You will find a Phone Action Note on your NumbersUSA Action Board giving you the specific talking points for calling these Senators who ought to at least know that their announced decision to support amnesty is being noticed and is very unpopular.
Sen. Mark Begich
Sen. Blanche Lincoln She and her past pro-amnesty record were defeated overwhelmingly by the voters early this month. So, she's going to vote for amnesty again just to put a stick in the eye of Arkansans?
Little Rock: 501-375-2993
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Los Angeles: 213-894-5000
San Francisco: 415-403-0100
San Diego: 619-239-3884
Sen. Michael Bennet
Colorado Springs: 719-328-1100
Fort Collins: 970-224-2200
Fort Morgan: 970-542-9446
Grand Junction: 970-241-6631
Sen. Mark Udall
Colorado Springs: 719-471-3993
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Sen. Chris Dodd
Sen. Tom Carper
Sen. Chris Coons
Washington, D.C.: 202-224-5042
Sen. Bill Nelson
Coral Gables: 305-536-5999
Tampa: 813- 225-7040
Fort Myers: 239-334-7760
Fort Lauderdale: 954-693-4851
West Palm Beach: 561-514-0189
Sen. Daniel Akaka
Sen. Daniel Inouye
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Evan Bayh He portrays himself as a moderate, new-style Democrat but he's willing to vote for an amnesty just before retiring from the Senate?
Fort Wayne: 260-426-3151
South Bend: 574-236-8302
Sen. Tom Harkin
Des Moines: 515-284-4574
Cedar Rapids: 319-365-4504
Sioux City: 712-252-1550
Sen. Barbara Mikulski
Sen. John Kerry
Fall River: 508-677-0522
Sen. Carl Levin
Grand Rapids: 616-456-2531
Traverse City: 231-947-9569
Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
St. Peter: 507-931-5813
St. Cloud: 320-251-2721
Sen. Harry Reid
Las Vegas: 775-882-7343
Carson City: 775-882-7343
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
Sen. Frank Lautenberg
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Tom Udall
Santa Fe: 505-988-6511
Las Cruces: 575-526-5475
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York: 212-688-6262
Sen. Chuck Schumer
New York: 212-486-4430
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Ron Wyden
La Grande: 541-962-7691
Sen. Arlen Specter
Sen. Jack Reed
Sen. Tim Johnson Some are reporting that he says he is leaning NO. Help him get there.
Sioux Falls: 605-332-8896
Rapid City: 605-341-3990
Sen. Bob Bennett
Salt Lake City: 801-524-5933
Cedar City: 435-865-1335
St. George: 435-628-5514
Sen. Pat Leahy
Sen. Mark Warner
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Jay Rockefeller
Sen. Russ Feingold
Green Bay: 920-465-7508
THANKS FOR CALLING,
-- Steve Daines for U.S. Senate, Montana
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Gun Owners of America has two major goals in 2012:
First -- make Barack Obama a one-term President.
Second -- make Harry Reid the minority leader in the Senate.
I traveled to Bozeman, Montana on Saturday, November 13th to deliver the Gun Owners of America endorsement for Steve Daines for United States Senate to defeat John Tester in 2012.
Remembering that the 13th was less than two weeks after the November 2nd Election, a time when most people were worn out and resting from the hard work of the last few months, I was blown away by the crowd in attendance.
There were at least 200-300 people in the room on that Saturday morning to listen to Steve Daines give his announcement speech... and he didn't disappoint them.
In a speech that highlighted the roots of his family (5-generations) who came to America and settled in Montana, he also stressed saving our economy, cutting taxes, putting the federal government on a major diet and PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT.
Music to my ears.
Folks, this guy is the real deal.
After Daines gave his announcement, it was my turn to give the Gun Owners of America endorsement, which was easy since I had the chance to spend time with and to learn about Steve over the past few months.
And it was easy since he is running to unseat Senator John Tester, who has an "F" rating from GOA.
Tester is the poster boy for voting pro-gun on one item and then stabbing pro-gunners in the back and voting anti-gun on the next.
Tester voted to confirm anti-gun leftists Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court for many years to come.
Tester voted not once, but twice, for the so-called "Disclose Act," which was a blatant attempt by sitting members of Congress to stop groups like Gun Owners of America from giving the voting records of elected officials around election time. This legislation was so blatantly political that it even gave 'exemptions' to some groups to campaign while trying to stop others from doing anything!
Tester voted to confirm radical anti-gun U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who, as you will recall, was one of the key figures in the Clinton White House in pushing the ban on semi-automatic firearms. Today, Holder advocates the reinstatement of the Clinton gun ban.
Senator Tester voted for Obama-appointed "regulatory Czar" Cass Sunstein, who believes hunting is outdated and should be stopped and that animals should have legal representation against humans in court.
Senator Tester -- are you listening? Gun Owners of America won't let our members and the pro-gun voters of Montana and America forget how you voted on these key issues before you face the Montana electorate in 2012.
I hope every American and every organization that believes in the Constitution of the United States, and the crucial need to protect it, has the same chance I've had to get to know Steve Daines in the very near future.
If they do, I guarantee you that he will have the money and the volunteer workforce to get the job done in 2012 and he will be elected Montana's next United States Senator.
You can bet that Gun Owners of America and our members will do all we can to help.
If you want to help Steve, go to :
This is one time where the term "piling on" is a good thing.
Gun Owners of America
Senate Holds Hearing on CEDAW
November 22, 2010
Congressional Action Program Director
A sharp whistle echoed through the halls of the U.S. Senate Office Building. “I need everyone to get to one side of the hall and lower your voices—this is a place of business!” bellowed a Capitol Police officer. The seemingly endless line of women wearing pink “Ratify CEDAW” stickers momentarily quieted as they edged near the wall.
The commotion was due to a treaty called CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) drafted 31 years ago by the United Nations. It was signed by President Carter but never ratified by the Senate—much to the chagrin of internationalist and liberal feminist groups. To change this 30-year-old hold, the CEDAW2010 campaign was born in order to renew pressure on the Senate.
So, the dust was blown off the treaty and a hearing was scheduled in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law on Thursday, November 18, 2010. When HSLDA learned this, we immediately went on the offense, sending action emails to our membership urging them to tell their Senators to oppose this treaty.
HSLDA opposes CEDAW because of numerous sections in the treaty that require nations which have ratified it to regulate curriculum and education methods in order to eliminate gender bias. We believe that these sections would lead to federal regulation of homeschooling. You can read more about our concerns online.
Homeschoolers across the nation heeded the call to action. Senator Richard Durbin (IL), chair of the subcommittee, received so many calls that his staff began to try to get our callers to contact other offices. When the calls did not cease, the senator’s staff started to answer the phone asking, “Are you calling to oppose CEDAW?”
Will Estrada, HSLDA’s director of Federal Relations, visited the office of every senator on the subcommittee the day of the hearing. Upon entering each office, he was greeted with the sound of ringing phones—every call was from homeschoolers across the nation urging opposition to CEDAW. When he mentioned to staff members that they may have received a few calls about CEDAW, they wearily laughed and retorted, “That’s an understatement.” After receiving dozens of phone calls, staff for Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) urgently notified HSLDA that the senator opposed CEDAW. Senator Graham previously had no stated position.
While we were incredibly effective in letting our voices be heard, the other side was quite vocal as well. Pink “Ratify CEDAW” stickers were everywhere the day of the hearing, and the line to get in the hearing room stretched down several halls, sending Senate employees scrambling to provide an overflow room.
During the hearing, the two panels of witnesses were full of pro-CEDAW individuals from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Justice Department, Hollywood, Afghanistan, and liberal feminist groups. Steve Groves, from The Heritage Foundation, had the lone opinion that CEDAW was dangerous to the freedom of U.S. citizens.
As the hearing began, each witness assured Senator Durbin—the sole senator at the hearing—that the treaty would not affect U.S. law. They said the United States had to ratify the treaty to take the lead in women’s rights. When it was Mr. Groves’ turn, he alone brought up the fact that the United States already leads the world in advocating for human rights and the protection of women and girls with the example of its laws and culture, and stated that it is unnecessary for the United States to ratify this treaty. Furthermore, he explained that CEDAW would endanger America’s national interests.
In a humorous exchange, Mr. Groves pointed out that the UN CEDAW Committee has made shocking recommendations to nations which ratified CEDAW, for example, suggesting Belarus ban Mother’s Day and that Guinea de-criminalize prostitution.
Senator Durbin responded by asking, “and did Belarus ban Mother’s Day?” Mr. Groves responded, “No, I do not believe any country banned Mother’s Day.” The room erupted in laughter, but the point was made—most nations ignore CEDAW, but with our activist courts, ratification of CEDAW may not be a laughing matter in the United States.
For the time being, we are confident that the U.S. Senate heard our message of opposition to CEDAW loud and clear. No further hearings or votes on CEDAW are scheduled. We are grateful for each and every family who called in opposition to CEDAW. However, CEDAW is not going away. Its activists will continue to strategize and push for its ratification. We must be equally alert, unified, and vocal.
HSLDA will continue to monitor CEDAW and provide action updates as needed.
--Benjamin Franklin, letter to George Whatley, 1785
How times have changed.
The fact that even Democrats are turning on President Barack Obama contributed to an approval plunge to 39 percent, his lowest ever, according to a Zogby Poll that prompted John Zogby to describe the result as a “perilous position.”
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