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Policing for Profit: Teaparty, ACLU, AFP Join Forces to Fight Worst in Nation Georgia Forfeiture Laws

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Policing for Profit: Teaparty, ACLU, AFP Join Forces to Fight Worst in Nation Georgia Forfeiture Laws

 

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The ALCU and the Tea Party groups got together to fight the IRS last week. Looks like the’re getting together again in Georgia to keep cops from taking people’s property. Good.

Where possible all those who care about civil liberties (perhaps for different reasons) should pool their resources to push back against a state which has tested the limits of our Constitution. Just because one has $10,000 in cash and the police find it doesn’t mean that the police get to keep all or part of it. But that’s what many civil forfeiture laws now allow, even if one is never convicted of anything.

“Why do you have $10K in cash? “Good” citizens don’t carry $10,000 in cash. You must be a drug dealer. Because you’re a drug dealer the police department will now take your $10,000. Thank you.

What’s that you say? Did we find any drugs? You say you’re not a drug dealer? Well, that’s not how it works citizen.  We don’t need to see any drugs when you have a pile of cash.

What’s that? A pile of cash is legal to own? Sure it might be legal to own it, but its also legal for us to take it.”

(From AppalachianAreaNews.com)
 
Critics say some law enforcement officers unfairly keep money seized from motorists who are investigated for drug trafficking and other offenses and eventually cleared. One man spent $12,000 in legal fees to recover $43,000 police took from him when he was pulled over in South Georgia, the institute noted.
 
The coalition wants the Georgia Legislature to pass House Bill 1, which would put law enforcement and prosecutors under greater scrutiny over how they use cash and property seized in criminal investigations. Supporters want Georgia’s forfeiture laws to be patterned after the rules in North Carolina, in which a jury can consider seizing property only after a conviction, and only if it was used for a crime.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

2012 Smoke Screen

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Reason Magazine Senior Editor on Ron Paul’s Revolution

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“Ron Paul invented the notion of a populist, activist, modern movement thats transpartisan” says Reason’s Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty sat down with ReasonTV to talk about his new book and how Ron Paul has changed politics in America. Doherty wrote about the evolution of the libertarian movement in his 2007 book “Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement”. He has been following and writing about Ron Paul and his movement since then. Doherty examines Ron Paul’s influence in a new book out May 15, “Ron Paul’s rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired”.

Brian Doherty “documents the meteoric rise of Paul from relative obscurity to national prominence, and examines the fanatically devoted political movement that has arisen around him.”

Doherty spoke with ReasonTV in January while covering the Iwoa caucus to talk about Ron Paul’s campaign and the movement that has been built around him primarily over the past four years.

Approximately 3:30 minutes.

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Rand Paul rips Gingrich to pieces

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Can Ron Paul Pull Off Upset In Iowa

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December 09, 2011 – He may not be a front-runner, but Ron Paul seems to be gaining some steam in Iowa. CNN’s Lisa Sylvester reports.

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Rand Paul Interview With Wolf Blitzer, Slams Newt & Trump 12/09/11

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Rand Paul Interview With Wolf Blitzer, Slams Newt & Trump

 

Four Reasons Why Conservatives Should Think Twice About Gingrich

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With the New Hampshire Union Leader’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich as well as Gingrich’s rise in the polls, the former speaker has the momentum in the race for the White House, but is this a good thing?

Speaker Gingrich has many commendable points. He’s skilled at crafting conservative policy proposals and he is an accomplished debater and proponent of conservative ideas. Gingrich also deserves credit for working with President Clinton to pass welfare reform, and some credit for the balanced budgets that existed prior to 9/11. Conservatives remember Gingrich fondly for leading the GOP to victory with the Contract with America.

However, things did not go so well once Gingrich was in office. His troubled tenure from 1995-99 (which he at one point compared to being prime minister) as well as his post-speakership career raise several red flags that conservatives would be wise to consider:

1)  Big Spending and Earmarks:

While Gingrich was speaker, Congress and the president balanced the budget. This did not come about through hard choices, but rather through a booming economy. As the information age dawned and the dotcom boom began, government coffers surged with revenues.

As part of the balanced budget agreement, Congress put in place spending caps. With the surge of revenue, Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott decided to break the spending caps that had been put in place in the balanced budget agreement and increased federal spending. This practice was continued under Gingrich’s successor, Dennis Hastert. The predictable result of the Republican Congress’ profligacy on spending was that once the dotcom bubble burst and economic growth slowed, the only way that Congress could afford to continue the increases they’d made in the good years of the economy was to run up deficits.

Gingrich’s speakership  was dealt a telling blow as a result of his ineptness in negotiating the FY1999 budget which was passed a month before the 1998 elections and increased spending without delivering any major tax reductions. Then-Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) said voters complained to him that nobody read the bill and “the president (Clinton) got virtually everything he wanted.”

One part of Gingrich’s legacy that remained long after he left was the expanded role of earmarks in congressional politics. Gingrich doubled the number of earmarks in Congress and his office sent out memos encouraging the use of earmarks for protecting vulnerable members of Congress. The number of earmarks would eventually increase to 14,000 per year and would lead to the end of the Republican majority. While the greatest excesses did not occur during Gingrich’s speakership, the first steps toward the Republican train wreck of 2006 were taken during Gingrich’s tenure.

2) Dysfunctional Leadership and Failed Communicator:

If conservatives want lasting victories, they need to survive politically and communicate to the public well. During the government shutdown in 1995-96, Gingrich and the House Republicans failed to formulate an effective response to the Democratic message. Gingrich’s inexplicable statement that President Clinton failed to give him proper seating on Air Force One to a state funeral for Yitzhak Rabin only made the problems worse. Gingrich’s approval rating shrunk to a toxic 20% in the polls as a result of this failure.

Gingrich’s speakership led to a historic lack of confidence from Republican leaders and the rank and file. In 1997, nine Republican members of the House refused to support Gingrich’s re-election to the speakership and the GOP leadership rallied barely enough votes to keep Gingrich in office. In July of that year, Gingrich faced a coup from his top lieutenants that collapsed due to incompetence. After the 1998 elections, Gingrich was forced to step aside.

3) Washington Insider:

Gingrich does not shy away from being a Washington insider. He responded to criticism of his work for Freddie Mac and the Washington insider label by stating that we need to elect someone who knows how Washington works in order to change Washington.

Conservatives have reason to be wary of this idea for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Gingrich’s flawed record as speaker, suggesting that his success at changing Washington has been slipshod at best, and that his career tendency has been to go along rather than address tough issues when called for.

In an October debate, while Gingrich lauded Herman Cain for proposing his 9-9-9 tax plan, Gingrich cautioned, “Change on this scale takes years to think through if you’re going to do it right.” It’s worth noting that sixteen years ago, Gingrich appointed Cain to Jack Kemp’s tax commission and since then several other tax reform commissions have been appointed. How many more years do we need to “think through” tax reform until we actually do something significant? It is standard Washington tactics to kick big issues down the road for others to deal with, and Gingrich is too big a part of that system to change it.

4) Betraying Conservatives on Key Issues:

Newt Gingrich threw himself into backing liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava while conservatives and tea party groups were rallying around Conservative Doug Hoffman. Gingrich scolded conservative activists for backing Hoffman. Hoffman, for his part, is forgiving of the whole thing and urges Republicans not to hold Gingrich’s action against him. While this is kind of Mr. Hoffman, conservatives would do well to ignore the advice because Gingrich’s belligerent defense of Scozzafava is part of a larger pattern of key betrayals of conservative interests.

While Gingrich was speaker, he and the NRCC were notorious for backing liberal Republicans over conservatives. For example, in 1997, Gingrich recruited liberal state Assemblyman Brook Firestone and supported him over conservative Tom Bordonaro in a special congressional election. Primary voters in the district rejected Firestone as well as Gingrich and company’s attempts to play kingmaker.

In addition to endorsements for liberal Republicans, Gingrich has been more than willing to endorse liberal causes. Among examples of this are the famous ad of him sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi calling for government action to address climate change and his letter in support of Bush’s immigration reform, which many conservatives labeled amnesty. When Gingrich opposes conservatives, he tends to do it in a very dramatic way that’s very belligerent to conservatives who disagree with him.

Conservatives betting on Gingrich have to hope that something has changed Gingrich over the past thirteen years that will transform him into someone who can not only talk about conservative ideas, but can implement conservative solutions. Given the totality of the Gingrich record, this is a bad bet.

Adam Graham is a contributor at Race42012.com and host of the Truth and Hope Report podcast. His personal site is Adam’s Blog. He is author of novel, “Tales of the Dim Knight,” from Splashdown Books.
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Treason in the US Senate

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http://RTR.org | Danny Panzella sits in for Gary Franchi and reports on the treasonous act committed by the US Senate by passing the Indefinite Detention Bill. Panzella also reports on Wall Streets Private Army and the Big Brother Banksters.

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Ron Paul: Tea Party ’11 (December 16)

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Never Say Never Again to Dr. No

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Conor Kenny Staff Writer

There’s something rather endearing about Ron Paul. At the current rate the man from Texas is going, it seems as though he’ll be running for President even when he’s six feet under. The determination of the congressman to launch a third campaign at the age of 76 is reminiscent of a loony tunes character who seems to be continually struck dead with an anvil, yet who somehow manages to reappear in the next episode. Nevertheless, this old-style libertarian is starting to gather vast support in the polls. Everyone from the tea party movement to liberals fed up with insipid Obama policies are starting to take note of Ron Paul. And so they should.

Despite the honourable efforts of the Occupy Wall Street movement, there is absolutely no chance that America will not be a capitalist country by the time the next election comes around in 2012. The idea that a dyed-in-the-wool socialist congressman like Dennis Kucinich ever stands a chance of being elected is lunacy. What is clear, however, even to hardcore Republicans, is that the Federal Reserve System has evolved into something beyond a bad joke. It is a system so historically chaotic that it was even criticised by Thomas Jefferson. Any politician who believes that central banking can continue in it’s current format without wreaking economic havoc in the US needs to be taken away by the men in white coats. Liberals too, believe that the Fed should be financing government investment in infrastructure repair to raise employment levels, instead of being an institution that essentially exists for the benefit of those on Wall Street. Dr. Paul believes that the Fed should be completely eliminated. Not the most ridiculous of ideas when you consider that this institution is suspected of having played a hand in both the Great Depression of 1929 and the current global financial crisis.

Perhaps the most notable of Dr. Paul’s political ideas is his firm belief in a peaceful, isolationist foreign policy. Considering this is something that most Democrats, never mind Republicans don’t support, it is evident that this particular congressman is remarkably progressive. Indeed, he even managed to coin himself the nickname Dr. No by virtue of the fact that he will “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution”. Given that America’s reputation around the world is at an all-time low, a more liberal approach to foreign affairs is imperative, something which Barack Obama is never likely to deliver with his implied support of Israel. So many Democrats have become disillusioned with Obama’s imperialist dogma that the term “Blue Republicans” has been assigned to those defectors who have registered as Republicans simply to vote for Ron Paul in 2012.

The only obstacle to Paul’s campaign after Rick Perry’s stupidity blew up in own his face two weeks ago, is the fact that Fox News seems to regard him as some sort of geriatric madcap. If you ask me, coming from them that’s something of a compliment. The downside is that despite having the most popular blog of all the candidates, he has only had 2% of the coverage by the mainstream media in America. He believes that the neoconservative media consider his beliefs to be “too dangerous”. He’s probably right. The good news is that they can’t choose the next President, but the people of the United States can.

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