This Is What Evil Looks Like In Action **UPDATES**

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This is a Vine clip of the first explosion at the Boston Marathon. Fox 25 in Boston reported moments ago that organizers confirmed that bombs caused the explosions. Clearly many casualties.

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

**UPDATES**

1.  Saudi National Suspected

2.  CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Implicates anti-tax conservatives

 

One Strong Leader Can Keep Congress In Line

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Why do our members of Congress disappoint us?

Why do they seem to put their personal interests ahead of the mission we elected them to do?

More importantly, how we can we deter Republicans or bring them back to the fold?

Study Shows How Communities Keep Members In Line

New research by University of Oxford and the ETH Zurich could provide an answer: one strong leader.

When non-cheating members of a community empowered a strong member to challenge the anti-social cheater, the cheating stopped.

More importantly, when potential cheaters became aware of the presence of a “strong man” within the community, they were far less likely to cheat.

Here are some details on the experiment via ScienceDaily.com.

Researchers involved 120 volunteers, divided into groups of four, to play games with money tokens. Each player was given a bank of 140 money tokens with one of the four randomly assigned as the cheat. The cheat could decide whether to refrain from cheating and gain nothing, or risk cheating to potentially gain 70 tokens from each of the three players. The three players had to decide independently whether to challenge the cheat to reclaim the money for themselves, as well as the other players — the snag being that the challenge would entail a monetary cost to the challenger while the free-riding players would retrieve the full 70 tokens. However, if none of the players challenged the cheat, the cheat would keep their tokens and get away with it.

Members of Congress are part of our community. If we don’t challenge them, they vote wrong get re-elected, and continue to cheat our mission. When we elect a conservative who runs on small-government, Constitutional conservatism, then votes for big spending, big government, it’s cheating. Call it that.

There are even more great lessons from the study:

  • Certainty of punishment was more important than the size of the punishment
  • Community strongmen recovered 83 percent of the cheaters’ gains
  • Knowing that the community backed a strongman was a huge deterrent

It’s important to empower strong leaders who can challenge the cheats. We empower our leaders by guaranteeing to protect them when they take a risk.

We Can Devise a Strategy To Deter Bad Votes in Congress

Based on this research, we can formulate a strategy:

1. Let members of Congress know who we will back in opposing them.

2. Fight like hell with Congressmen push back.

3. Sacrifice what we can to support opposition leaders.

I think we can use the Heritage Action Scorecard as the measure of cheating in Congress. Erick Erickson of RedState explains

This is another reminder of why Heritage Action for America’s scorecard has become the gold standard for measures of conservatism in Congress. They, by the way, give McConnell a 75% rating.

As long as conservative groups continue to entangle themselves with the Republican Party and give Republican leaders undeserved passes, conservatives will keep yanking their own footballs away.

Vote wrong on key votes, and we’ll be on you. And “on you” means our strongman or strongwoman can attack without fear of backlash from the community.

Kudos to President Obama For Touching the Third Rail

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President Obama submitted a budget wildly out of balance that increases taxes across the board. But he also stuck his tongue on the infamous ‘third rail’ of American politics by proposing chained CPI for calculating Social Security cost of living increases. Bravo.

We’ve Been Asking For This

Economic conservatives have pointed out for years that America’s entitlement programs are bankrupting the country. The $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities can’t go on. Accounting gimmicks only get you so far.

I proposed a phase out of Social Security in The Conservative Manifesto  in 1993. Obama’s proposal isn’t even a step in that direction, but it’s still an acknowledgement by the most liberal president in US history that entitlements can continue to grow.

Republicans Can’t Oppose Chained CPI

Sure, the AARP and other far-left groups are crying an gnashing teeth over the proposal—that’s why they call it the ‘third rail.’ But Obama’s move is strategic. Republicans have to sign on or risk being seen as hypocrites.

Already, the Club for Growth slammed Rep. Greg Walden for Walden’s take-down of the chained CPI proposal. Walden’s comment about Obama’s “shocking attack on seniors” threatens to put the GOP into position as defenders of Social Security, guardians of the third rail. For my entire life and longer, defending Social Security against any reform has been the job of Democrats.

Millennials On The Hook

I heard someone say that Obama’s “turned his back” on the people who elected him. Poppycock. The people who elected Obama, especially in 2012, were Millennials—the folks born after 1982 who begin adulthood with an anvil over their heads—the weight of unfunded liabilities under Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Meanwhile, the AARP’s members voted overwhelming for Romney.

Obama’s mild revision to COLA indexing benefits his strongest demographic group, and the group I’m most interested in winning over. This will be their country soon and for a long time.

This Could De-Energize the Third Rail

Welfare reform was possible only because Bill Clinton was President and Newt Gingrich was Speaker. When one party controls White House, Senate, and House, that party actually tends to play it safe. Why? They have no one to blame if something goes wrong, and they’re more worried about holding onto what they’ve got than advancing the principles that got them there. See Tom DeLay.

But when power is split, both parties want to gain the office they lack. Or, in the case of presidents, they want to solidify their legacy. Both sides, then, are willing to take chances.

Once Clinton agreed to welfare reform and the GOP signed on, it was a sure thing. A certain number of Democrats were sure to go along because Clinton was their president. Republicans were certain go go along because it was an issue they’d championed for years. And it got done.

George Bush could not have touched the third rail, because Democrats and the media—and some Republicans—would have destroyed him. Look what happened when he pitched privatizing part of Social Security.

But Obama has flipped the switch on the third rail. If the Republicans jump on that one issue fast, they may be able to make Social Security reform a debatable issue instead of a suicide mission. This is their chance to advance a principle instead of covering their asses.

Let’s hope they take it.

This. Not That.

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I Will Be On Panel at Show-Me Cannabis Conference April 13

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Gary Weigert, State Rep. Paul Curtman, and I will share a panel at Show-Me Cannabis Reform Spring Conference Saturday, April 13 from 1:45 to 2:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, 200 N. Fourth St.

Our panel discusses the conservative case for marijuana law reform.

I am honored by the invitation, and I’d love to see a big turnout of tea partiers for the event.

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Here’s the full schedule of events

Full Conference Schedule:

11:00 – 11:15: Opening Remarks (SMCR Executive Director John W. Payne)

11:15 – 12:00: Law Enforcement for Cannabis Law Reform (former narcotics agent Travis Noble, former U.S. Assistant Attorney David Rosen, former Denver police officer and LEAP member Tony Ryan, and Saint Louis City police sergeant Gary Wiegert)

12:15 – 1:00: Break for Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 1:45: Local Reform — Promises and Perils (Saint Louis Alderman Shane Cohn, Joplin activist and former SMCR board member Kelly Maddy, SMCR board member and president of Springfield Cannabis Regulation Maranda Jo Reynolds, and SMCR board chair and author of Columbia’s cannabis reforms Dan Viets)

1:45 – 2:30: Conservatives for Cannabis Law Reform (Gary Wiegert and Bill Hennessy, both of the Saint Louis Tea Party, and Rep. Paul Curtman)

2:30 – 2:45: Coffee Break

2:45 – 3:30: Reforms in the Legislature (Rep. Rory Ellinger, Rep. Mike Colona (depending on his availability), and Rep. Paul Curtman)

3:30 – 4:15: State of the Movement in Missouri (SMCR board members and NORML chapter leaders)

4:15 – 4:30: Break

4:30 – 5:00: Publisher Ray Hartmann (Saint Louis Magazine, founder of the Riverfront Times, and co-host of TV news show Donnybrook)

5:00 – 5:45: Keynote (Tony Ryan of LEAP, 36 year Denver police officer, and spokesperson for Colorado’s Amendment 64)

5:45 – 6:00: Closing Remarks (SMCR Executive Director John Payne)

(N.B. The names of institutions that speakers are affiliated with are for identification purposes only and should not be read as institutional endorsements of the speaker’s views. Nor do any of the speakers speak for Show-Me Cannabis as a group.)

After the conference, please join us at the Saint Louis Italian Restaurant and Pizza Company (310 De Baliviere Avenue, formerly Talaynas on the Park) to celebrate the progress we are making and raise money for the cause. Tickets for that dinner can be purchased here for $10. We will be holding a live auction after the dinner, so if you have an item you’d like to contribute to the cause, bring it with you. If you are not able to attend, but would still like to contribute an auction item, email me at john@show-mecannabis.com, and I will do what I can to see that it gets there.

I hope to see you there.

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