At the state convention, the nominations committee has to report on the qualifications of the candidates seeking endorsement. From the MNGOP state party constitution;
Years ago, a bunch of people I’ll call The Original Bloggers wrote:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Or at least impel them to think about it. I mean, we’re just thinking, here…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–
Let’s talk about Liberty. The NSA is snooping on your phone calls. The IRS is selectively sandbagging the First Amendment. The federal and state governments are attacking the First Amendment (FEC regulations, sueing businesses that don’t recognize gay marriage on First Amendment freedom of religion grounds, placing gag orders on politicized investigations). You don’t even have the freedom to pick a healthcare plan that works for you anymore. Your Fourth Amendment rights are out the window if someone tells the cops you might have traffic-sized lots of pot in your house; your property can be forfeited even if you’re never convicted. The Tenth Amendment is effectively a dead issue; the Feds can claim absolutely anything is their jurisdiction ever since FDR turned the Commerce Clause into the dominant statement in the Constitution.
They’ve even started walking over the Third Amendment, for crying out loud.
So then what?
A few years back, the TSA started implementing Precheck security lanes. These lanes were designed for frequent fliers with a long-term travel history and later expanded to include those who have underground background checks to enroll in the Global Entry program. And for a while it worked great.
Those of us who qualified for Pre-Check could expect much shorter security lines with experienced fellow travelers who knew what they were doing. And we didn't have to take our shoes off or our laptops or liquids out of our bags. By streamlining and improving a process that can be one of the more frustrating parts of flying, it significantly improved the overall travel experience for those who were part of it. After years of moving in the wrong direction, there was finally step in the right direction to make flying somewhat less of a hassle. Three cheers for Pre-Check!
Recently however, I began to notice that the lines for Pre-Check were getting longer and longer to the point where the "regular" security lanes had shorter lines. And more and more of those waiting in line with me didn't fit the profile or an experienced or trusted traveler. What had happened to something that was actually working well?
In a series of posts earlier this year [1, 2, and 3] I wrote harshly of the inner workings of and motivations behind the pro-same sex marriage political action committee MN United, founded by Democrat Party insider Richard Carlbom. It turns out, based on more recent results, that I was not harsh enough.
Perusing the 1st Quarter 2014 filing made by the MN United PAC at the state Campaign Finance Board makes for surprisingly interesting reading.
Recently, I’ve written about a corrupt government agency that’s titled the IRRRB, aka the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board. In this post, I wrote about something that the IRRRB funded:
It was a company with direct ties and allegiance to the Democratic Party. After Republican President Richard Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate scandal the business created an “innovative small donor fundraising program called the Dollars for Democrats program,” according to the Meyer Teleservices website.
This afternoon, I wrote this post to talk about how the IRRRB resurrected that program with a little twist: