AMERICA, A SHINING CITY ON A HILL!

"Let us resolve that young Americans will always find there is a city of hope in a country that is free...and let us resolve that they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill."

Ronald Reagan,
40th President of the United State
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cory Booker Should Debate Jeff Bell in #NJSEN Race

Bell is all substance, Booker is sound & fury signifying nothing...
Imagine my surprise that one of my US Senators, who has been known to kill hours upon hours hash-tagging and Instragramming his way through social media, is apparently too busy to debate his opponent during his re-election campaign.  Several debates were tentatively scheduled, but Mr. Booker has already backed out of all but one of those debates.  This is despite the fact that Mr. Booker launched his campaign on September 3 calling for multiple debates.

Given his total reversal in less than a month, many political observers are doubtful that Booker will even participate in the one debate he still hasn't yet refused.

Apparently the voters of New Jersey are not important enough for Mr. Booker to actually make his face side by side with his opponent.  A meaningful exchange between two very opposite political thinkers running for the same office lacks the same vital importance that tweeting in 140 characters or less or taking selfies with fans has for Mr. Booker.

This is horrifying but not surprising.  I once had great hope for Mr. Booker based upon his Twitter prowess.  He seemed like an independent-minded politician with a strong desire to connect with his constituents.  That was before he revealed himself as a zombie-like Obama clone.

Now, after a closer-than-expected special election victory over tea party candidate Steve Lonegan last fall, Mr. Booker has been plagued with closer-than-expected margins in poll after poll against the largely cash-less Jeff Bell.  Bell, who was a candidate for this same office in 1978 is largely unknown to today's voters and with barely a penny to his campaign's name.

And yet in polls over the summer, Mr. Bell was barely double digits behind the social media sensation Booker, even in DARK BLUE New Jersey.

For that reason, it is not surprising that Mr. Booker would refuse to debate Mr. Bell in public.  He's decided to run out the clock of this election and hope New Jersey's affinity for radical leftist politicians will carry him over the finish line as long as nobody hears from Mr. Bell.

That's a dismayingly cynical view of politics from a vapid and rather entitled member of the permanent political class.  Power to the people indeed,  well actually that is only to well-connected cronyists and vapid celebrity hangers on.

The people of New Jersey deserve the right to see Mr. Booker go beyond 140 characters and demonstrate his depth on the issues against the intellectually superior Mr. Bell.  When they do, they will come away seeing that Mr. Bell is just the sort of independent, common sense soaked, serious thinking leadership that is needed in DC.

It's time the people of New Jersey tell Mr. Booker to stop hiding behind his tweets.  Please take the time to contact Mr. Booker via his senate office or campaign headquarters.







Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ben Carson, Ted Cruz & Sarah Palin Top Western Conservative Summit 2016 Straw Poll

Straw Poll leaders Cruz, Palin & Carson
It appears that grassroots conservatives are looking for a little less conversation and a little more action.  It also appears that an outside of the establishment candidate is in order for 2016.

The Western Conservative Summit convened this weekend by the Centennial Institute think tank of the Colorado Christian University saw many top tier conservative leaders make appearances--Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Bobby Jindal to name a few.

Dr. Ben Carson, a newcomer to the political scene with no elected political experience, won the poll with 22% of the vote.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in second place with 13% of the vote and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came in third place with 12% of the vote.

This is the strongest showing that Palin has had in a straw poll for some time.  And it's not due to lack of popularity.  Having attended CPAC during the infamous Big Gulp speech, I can tell you that the energy in the room was unlike any of the other speakers, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson included, when Palin took to the podium.  I have said time and time again that her poor showings in straw polls has to due with the perception that Palin is done with elected politics.  Should Governor Palin announce an interest in running in 2016 (beyond the vague "fire in the belly" and "never say never" kind of non-answers that she often gives on questions about running) she would immediately become a top tier candidate.

Dr. Carson is wildly popular on the conservative stage right now, but as a political neophyte he is going to be hard-pressed to avoid first time candidate mistakes.  He will also have to shift into politician mode and begin fleshing out his positions on every issue of the day.  It's likely that if he starts doing that, his numbers will begin to diminish, although we at City on a  Hill Political Observer welcome him to the stage to make his case.

I've also stated again and again that I don't believe that BOTH Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin will run for president.  If Senator Cruz announces early that he's running, look for Palin to sit out and endorse him unless he should stumble during the primary.  I'd expect Cruz to do the same for Palin if she chooses to run.  These two are close political allies and it's just very unlikely that they will opt to run against each other as they will know that that will split the tea party vote and tilt the primary in favor of the RINO heir Bush or Christie.

As 2014 gets into gear and Sarah Palin campaigns for candidates across the country while making the case for the president's impeachment, look for a clearer sense of where she's going politically.

I'm not one to speculate on the unpredictable choices that the rogue from Wasilla will make, but it does seem that she's more fired up than ever and directing her attacks at both parties as colluding members of the permanent political class that seeks to dominate and oppress the "forgotten man" of the American people.

That said, these straw poll results are encouraging that the conservative grassroots folks are not buying what the GOP establishment is selling.  It provides hope that the 2016 election will not be another next-in-line coronation of a hapless moderate establishment man.  It should be an interesting campaign to say the least.

Friday, July 18, 2014

#NJSEN Candidate Jeff Bell Urges Senate to Kill Internet Tax Plan

Follow Bell's Twitter: @jeffbell2014 & visit www.jeffbell2014.com
NJ Senate hopeful Jeff Bell, who is running against the celebrity Obama clone NJ Senator Cory Booker, is a plethora of intelligent conservative ideas.

Mr. Bell, who was also the GOP Senate nominee in 1978 (when I was 2 years old) is a true blue Ronald Reagan conservative who is elevating the NJ Senate race into one of ideas and not mere selfies and tweets.

Since he won the four person race for the nomination, Mr. Bell has taken to social media and to his website as he barnstorms the state bringing his conservative agenda to the people.

Indeed, for the first time in years, it appears that the GOP voters in NJ have a candidate that the RINOS find acceptable and who is also a true conservative champion.

Mr. Bell's signature issues are financial, as one of the architects of the Reagan fiscal policies of the 1980s, Mr. Bell knows a thing or two about getting the economy turned around and oppressive tax burdens off the backs of the people.

In recent days, Mr. bell has called for pursuit of a US missile defense system:

“Our nation must be ready to preempt these real threats to our nation’s security. As an unabashed Reagan conservative, I believe the American people are short-changed when the government pinches pennies on essential missile defense systems designed to ensure their security.
“That’s why it is crucial to fully fund innovative systems like the Aegis Combat System and the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance.”

And he has now called for the senate to end their foolish pursuit of taxing internet retailers.  
“Taxing out-of-state sales would be bad policy,” Bell said. “Sellers that have no physical presence in a state should not be liable for the sales tax there because by definition they do not get the benefits that sales taxes exist to fund. States should not be empowered to impose taxes beyond their own borders.”
In NJ, we are not used to candidates actually liking, proposing and discussing conservative issues.  It is a breath of fresh air.

In fact, our own governor, establishment darling Chris Christie, has proposed the rather left-wing approach of taxing Amazon customers in the state of NJ to help NJ retailers compete with the internet giant instead attempting to remove the horrific tax burden on NJ businesses.

Mr. Bell certainly has an uphill battle against Senator Booker.  Recent polling has shown him trailing Mr. Booker 43-30.  The fact that Senator Booker remains below 50% and that a GOP candidate is only 13 points down during the summer before the general election campaign kicks off in earnest is a good sign.  Perhaps the dark blue state of NJ is open to the idea of election our first GOP senator since 1972.

Expect to hear more about Mr. Bell as the campaign goes on.  The City on a Hill Political Observer endorses his candidacy enthusiastically and will be doing our part to help get him elected in the fall.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

No Ann, Chris McDaniel is Not Al Gore

Coulter's defense of indefensible GOP leaders goes too far
Ann Coulter, shepherdess of the RINO establishment and the lady who has used a lot of her witty snark to foist moderate Republican candidates such as Mitt Romney and Chris Christie upon an unsuspecting population by decreeing their conservatism and unparalleled electability via her columns and appearances, has struck again.  This time telling Chris McDaniel to drop out of the race so that we can all unite behind senile animal violator Thad Cochran.

To make her implausible case for McDaniel's surrender to the GOP establishment that has committed election fraud and smeared him as a racist in order to retain their tenuous hold on power, she compares Senator McDaniel to former Vice President Al Gore.

Chris McDaniel, however, is no Al Gore.

Making the false comparison between George W. Bush's 2000 electoral victory over Al Gore and the GOP Mississippi runoff election where Thad Cochran's campaign and the national GOP colluded to defraud the voters of the state's GOP a voice in selecting their own nominee is the stuff of Democrats.
America dodged a bullet defeating this guy

Coulter's call on Senator McDaniel to step aside to allow Thad Cochran to emerge victorious couldn't be more wrong.

But that makes sense given Ann Coulter's approach to politics.  Ann Coulter sees the world in the limited viewpoint that Republicans are good and Democrats are bad.  She doesn't adhere to principle, but rather views party ID as the determining factor in who is worthy and who is not in the world of politics.

It's a rather naive viewpoint that discounts the rampant corruption and crony capitalism coursing through the party leadership of the GOP.  But it explains her history of falling in love like a schoolgirl with candidates so far removed from mainstream conservatism like Mitt Romney and Chris Christie.

This election is a living breathing example of that GOP corruption.  Chris McDaniel represents the tea party, independent,  and grassroots of the conservative movement.  Thad Cochran embodies the big government, pork-laden crony capitalist GOP leadership in DC.  There is simply nothing for a conservative to support in a Cochran candidacy.

To Coulter, it matters if the GOP reclaims the senate, even if it is filled with a gaggle of DC permanent political class rulers like McConnell, McCain, Graham, Alexander and Cochran.  Sure, they have done virtually nothing to stop the Obama agenda other then spew political rhetoric to the unwashed conservative masses every time they, uh, get an opponent.  (Shout out to Pat Roberts!) Sure, they won't do a thing to oppose this president and even led the largest domestic spending increase since Lyndon Johnson (and until Obama) while controlling both houses of congress during the Bush administration.  The GOP leadership has chosen time and time again to walk away from conservative ideals and embrace status quo and even liberal agendas.  And yet, to folks like Coulter, that somehow makes a difference if they are in charge.  The leftward tilt of bankruptcy and systemic collapse via corruption will not change by just electing Republicans.  They must be independent-minded conservative Republicans with integrity.  Thad Cochran, a man who has been in DC for over 40 years, is a full-throated proponent of big government spending and earmarks.  He also thinks we are all racists and radicals and would rather associate with the radical left than us.

Cochran is one part corruption and one part senility
This runoff election in Mississippi is so filled with collusion and fraud between the national GOP, the Cochran campaign and the radical left that one doesn't know where to begin.  Voter fraud, destruction of election evidence, paying for votes, and race-baiting personal smear campaigns funded by the GOP through back channels are just a few of this campaign's greatest hits.

The GOP has been unmasked by the story of this runoff.  The man behind the curtain has been revealed.  And he is the same man behind the Democrat party curtain.  The GOP has shown without question that they are more comfortable echoing the campaign mantra and slanders of the left against conservatives daring to oppose their power than they are getting in the trenches and winning the hearts and minds of conservatives and independents.

This is the opposite of what Ronald Reagan stood for.  Ms. Coulter may not remember that Ronald Reagan fought against this very GOP machine his entire political career.

And it is in that spirit that conservatives need to fight this Mississippi runoff fight and any other contested primaries against corrupted ruling class incumbents.  It's not about ideological purity--although ideology is a huge factor.  It's about not turning a blind eye to corruption and how politics is conducted.

Do we elect people just because they are from the right party?  Do we govern by fighting for what is politically expedient regardless of principle?  Is everything to be calculated through the prism of what helps grease the skids for the next election?  Do we really only act when things are politically popular and remain inert when there is a political risk?

The GOP leadership and their cheerleaders like Coulter would say yes.  Action on any major issue of the day is always best delayed to use in elections and then delayed again until the election after that.  Why defund Obamacare despite the actual constitutional ability to do so when you can just play politics with it?  Why bother supporting new elected officials from main street who have principles when you can prop up the political corpses of aged and infirm career politicians who won't rock the boat and will keep the seat in the party's grasp?

To most of us, enough is enough.  We're done playing political games.  It's time to elect people of principle who intend to lead and not politically manipulate their way to riches and power.

To those dinosaur politicians like Cochran who stand for nothing other than their own personal power and wealth we say your day is over.  It's time to leave the stage.  It's time to elect new principled and independent leaders who will toss party ID aside and stand on their own two feet on the rock of principle.

In a lawless age, it's time to send leaders who prioritize fealty to the constitution over their own personal interests.

For that reason, it is imperative that Chris McDaniel continue his fight against the corrupt Thad Cochran GOP machine.  Election fraud and race-baiting is not how we intend to win or govern.  There is no place for cooperation with a party that has embraced fraud and not only the tactics of the left but the very ideas of the left that we seek to defeat.

The days of the grassroots conservatives and the liberal party leadership cooperating are long gone.  Open war has been declared on the right by the GOP masters.  The only question for people to settle is whether to submit and join the newly Alinsky-ized GOP or to stand, albeit alone if need be, on integrity and principle.

Chris McDaniel should be applauded for standing firm on both.  McDaniel 2014. #RememberMississippi

Chris McDaniel 2014: The battle for the GOP



Dereliction of Duty: The Obama Presidency in Pictures



In the above photos, President Obama nearly pees his pants over the hilarity of the border crisis as the stern-looking Texas Governor, Rick Perry, attempts to convince the president to take this crisis of his own making seriously.  Mr. Obama would rather laugh hysterically at the idea and continue issuing executive orders to undermine border security and immigration laws.  

Earlier, Mr. Obama turned down an offer to visit the border with the Texas Governor so that he could conduct this important work on behalf of the American people.



Mr. Obama continues the life of a celebrity playing the role of president.  He has no time for any of the actual duties that a typical president would do.  For the man who voted "present" over 100 times as a state senator, the role of the president is largely to be catered to and worshipped by the masses.

And yet, his lapdog media would have you believe that Sarah Palin is the dangerous and unserious one.  Mr. Obama's dereliction of duty and violation of the US Constitution on numerous occasions is indeed justification for impeachment.  The GOP will not pursue that course, however, as they endlessly tell us that the highest calling for any elected official is to pursue the smart politics and not the right politics.  

We shouldn't defund Obamacare because we can run against it for the next election.  We shouldn't push tax cuts or spending cuts because we can run on it for the next election.  We shouldn't embrace bold color conservatives but rather the electable and smart pale pastel candidates of John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and the gang. Only they will ensure electoral success.  

The bottom line is that both parties are corrupted post-constitutional permanent political ruling class members with no desire to doing the right thing.  They wish to preserve their perch in the DC crony capitalist bullet train to wealth and power. That was evident when the GOP had control of congress and the presidency during the George W. Bush presidency and yet presided over the largest domestic spending increase since Lyndon Johnson.

The recent race-baiting, vote buying and illegal voting on behalf of senile adulterer Thad Cochran's campaign for indecent acts with animals re-election is further proof that the GOP leadership is just as big a part of the corrupt ruling class as the Democratic party.  It's time of the people of this country to stand up for the rule of law and DEMAND term limits, an end to crony capitalism and a return to constitutional government.  Enough is enough.




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Elections: Time To Embrace Lincoln & Personal Liberty Over A Ruling Class Elite

Abraham Lincoln: Original hipster & champion of liberty
In his 1858 campaign for Senate, Abraham Lincoln declared the following:

"In [the Founders'] enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows.  They grasped not only the whole race of men then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity.  They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children's children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages.  Wise statesman as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began--so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles on which the temple of liberty was being built..."

Speaking over 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln understood as our Founders did, the propensity for man to stumble in the folly of our own self-interests.  The left would have you believe that corporations and private industry are the enemy.  The right would have you believe that big government is the enemy.  The truth is that both are populated by corruptible men and women and that present a clear and present danger to the personal liberties endowed in all people by our Creator.

It is with this understanding that we need to approach the important political year of 2014.  We can no longer afford to allow ourselves to be useful idiots to party hacks hellbent on preserving their status as a distant governing elite simply because we prefer their party platform to the opponent.  We should no longer accept the premise that our only choice is which master to submit to--corporatists or statists.  It is time that we choose liberty instead of settling for a false partisan peace.

It is time to return our government to the hands of the everyday ordinary citizen and not in the clutches of the powerful and connected.  Both parties have colluded with big government statists and corporatists in preserving an elite ruling class nestled safely in the feathery bed of cronyism.  Crony capitalism is just as massive a threat to our liberties as the statist agenda.

Our government was never intended to be run by career politicians, nor did our founders expect that our leaders would spend their lengthy political careers setting up windfall profits for themselves and their inner circle elites.

We can no longer wait for term limits to hold these nefarious ruling class elites accountable.  We need to do it ourselves.

We need an electorate that is engaged no longer in promoting party unity but rather seeking out public servants with true servant's hearts who are unwilling to play the political game by refusing to be bought and paid for by the status quo enthusiast governing elites in either party.  We need folks who are willing to govern in a manner that is in the best interests of the people EVEN when it will hurt their own personal self-interests.

Should we miss this opportunity to retake our government through the political process in 2014, we will find an ever-increasing usurpation of our liberties and rights by the ever-more-powerful distant elite that stacks the odds in its favor and enacts laws designed to keep us in our place.

The time to act is now.  Get involved and #MakeDCListen.  The only way to do that is to change the folks who work there. That's why City on a Hill has endorsed Mike Assad for Congress in NJ's second congressional district.  It's time to send real independent reformers to DC!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My Letters to Senator Chiesa To Vote No To the Rubio Amnesty Sham

New Jersey has a lame duck senator appointed by Governor Chris Christie to fill Frank Lautenberg's seat until the special election in the fall.  He appointed establishment darling Jeffrey Chiesa.  Little is know about Chiesa, although he describes himself as a "conservative" according to news reports of his appointment.  He already voted in favor of the Corker the Porker amendment and is likely to vote yes to the Rubio amnesty sham that is likely to pass the senate later today.  Below are the emails that I have sent to his office to encourage him to vote no to this pork-laden crony-fest amnesty sham:

MY CURRENT LETTER

Senator Chiesa,

I'd like to write to you again as one of your constituents to encourage you to vote AGAINST the immigration reform bill that will be voted on at 4PM today.

A large majority of Americans support meaningful immigration reform, but this bill is not the answer.

Any meaningful reform has to have serious border security enforcement as the top priority.  This bill simply leaves to many loopholes and too much power in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, who has already made it clear that she thinks that our porous border is currently secure as is.

Any meaningful effort at border security will have to give the Congress some role in verifying that the executive branch is doing its job because quite frankly, the executive branch headed by members of both parties, has repeatedly demonstrated that it is not interested in doing the job.

In addition, granting widespread amnesty with window dressing stipulations attached to millions of illegal aliens is a slap in the face to our rule of law and Constitution.  It is also disrespecting the millions of immigrants who come here legally each year.

Marco Rubio and other amnesty enthusiasts would have you believe that this bill has all kinds of stipulations on the illegal aliens to meet before they can be granted amnesty.  That's not the case.  A careful study of this pork-laden monstrosity reveals that there are a number of loopholes and gimmicks that allow illegal aliens to get around those "requirements" that Rubio likes to boast about.

As I mentioned in my previous email, I realize that you are not running for re-election and therefor don't have to face the voters of your state.  I realize that you only have a brief moment in time in the United States Senate.  This, however, gives you the perfect opportunity to hold the corrupt leadership of both parties accountable for their endless cronyism and corruption that so permeates this bill.  The Republican leadership can't punish you.  You aren't up for any leadership positions and you won't be running again.  You have a great opportunity to stand on the side of the grassroots folks and the common sense working Americans that constitute "We the People" instead of the special interest overlords reigning like a monarchy from their greased skids in DC.

Please consider voting no on this disaster of a bill.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

MY FIRST LETTER

Senator Chiesa,

I am writing to you to let you know that I am very disappointed that you opted to support a bill so loaded with pork and cronyism as one of your very first acts in the United States senate.  This bill grants de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and allows for loopholes to keep many more in a state of residence here in the United States.

The people of this country demand that our rule of law be respected and followed.  This bill is a slap in the face to our Constitution, our rule of law, and the very foundations of our republic.

This bill also is rampant with cronyism, stimulus spending, random financial windfalls to various special interests who have connections with people in power.  It also clearly bought the votes of several senators by funding pet projects of theirs or bringing federal funding to their district.

I realize that you have no intention of running for your seat and thus will not face the voters of this state, but I urge you as a man of integrity and respect for the rule of law to consider your actions during your brief tenure in the United States Senate. Reckless votes like this undermine our Constitution and continue the slow unraveling of the American republic.

Why not use your perch in the senate to stand up to special interests and the permanent political class within the GOP that undermine both the party and principle in an effort to keep the gravy train running for their elitist friends and family?

Power isn't everything sir.  You have a brief window of time to stand up to those special interests and stand for integrity.  What can the party do to you when you aren't going to be running for office?

Please consider standing for the working class Americans who are horrified at this runaway train wreck that is Washington DC.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



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