How Greitens Protected Privacy in Missouri

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Angry texts.

I got a bunch of very angry texts this morning.

My friends are fired up. Because of Governor Greitens’s executive order. An executive order that implements a novel approach to prescription drug databases. 

In case you haven’t heard, Governor Greitens signed an executive order on July 17. The EO made Missouri the 50th state to establish some sort of prescription drug tracking.

Most states track everything about prescriptions. And hyperactive federal judges have already opened those state databases to the unmasking eyes of the Deep State. So what makes Greitens’s plan unique and amazing?

First, let’s look at the threat to privacy posed by most states’ plans. A threat the Missouri legislature almost brought to Missouri.

From Business Insider:

Federal courts in Utah and Oregon recently ruled that the Drug Enforcement Administration, in its effort to investigate suspected drug abusers or pill mills, can access information in those states’ PDMPs without a warrant, even over the states’ objections.

That means the federal government can look in your medicine cabinet. Anytime. Without a warrant. Unless you live in Missouri.

The bills that failed in the Missouri legislature (narrowly) looked like laws in those other states. The legislature would have tracked patients and prescribers and dispensers. But the legislature failed. So Greitens acted.

Greitens’s EO is different. Very different. So different, Democrat Claire McCaskill is screaming for more intrusion. Like they have in other states.

Here’s what makes the Greitens EO more palatable to conservatives. Via stltoday.com:

While most monitoring programs track when patients are prescribed an opioid painkiller, Greitens’ plan would focus the data collection effort by the Department of Health and Senior Services on those who prescribe and distribute addictive drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.

That’s a huge distinction. If you’re worried about privacy and federal intrusion.

Most states track patients. Missouri tracks the source, not the consumer. That’s a huge protection for privacy.

You might not like Greitens’s use of an executive order. You might not like any monitoring at all. You might like unfettered access to opioids. Many people do.

But it seems like Governor Greitens pulled off a small miracle. He protected our privacy and took a step toward slowing the opioid nightmare in Missouri.

We don’t know yet if the monitoring program will be effective. We do know that big pharma’s opioid pushing program kills people. And the legislature’s plan would have been far worse for privacy. Greitens’s is better.

The legislation that failed allowed the state to track patient information. It required the data be purged after 180 days. But a federal judge could easily order the data preserved beyond that. Like those judges in Utah and Oregon.

Greitens’s action also won praise from others with conservatives. HHS Secretary Tom Price and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley both praised Greitens’s action. Hawley is a Federalist Society guy who takes privacy and liberty very seriously. But, as AG, he also takes lives seriously.

It’s easy to understand why liberty activists would object to any increased government. But people will calm down and even admire Greitens’s action when they learn how carefully he protects their privacy. While going after the opioid pushers.

 

How to Win Consistently

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If your favorite player hits a home run or scores a goal, but your favorite team loses, what have you accomplished?

If an athlete you despise makes a horrible error but the hated team he plays for wins the championship, how do you feel?

In several races across Missouri, some people seem willing to lose the war if it means they can win their private battles. That’s pretty sad, isn’t it?

In the race for governor and the race for US Senate, I hear people working against their own interests for extremely selfish reasons. But the only way to show you’re a consistent person is to elect Trump, Blunt, and Greitens on Tuesday.

US Senate

Suppose Donald Trump wins but Roy Blunt loses. And a few other Republican Senate candidates lose. It’s possible that President Trump could face a Senate controlled by Democrats. In that case, you won’t get a single piece of legislation you want. You’ll get only what Mitch McConnell compromises with Chuck Schumer. Have fun with that.

Plus, Jason Kander is a far left progressive. He’s opposed to the 2nd Amendment because he will get to keep his assault rifles and side arms. That’s how elitism works, and Kander’s all for different rules for different castes. And Kander loves the lobbyists as much as the lobbyists love Kander. It’s a regular affair with those two.

If Hillary wins, don’t you want every possible Republican Senator to form a firewall?

If you want Trump and Trump’s policies, you have to give Trump a Senate that will enact those policies. Kander won’t do that. Roy Blunt will. So vote for Blunt on Tuesday.

Missouri Governor

Suppose Chris Koster wins. You won’t ever see Right to Work in Missouri. All the good bills that Nixon vetoed, Koster will veto. All the favoritism Nixon showed, Koster will show. Missouri’s embarrassing fall to the bottom of the economic barrel will continue. That fall might even accelerate. Who knows.

In Chris Koster’s Missouri, failing schools and falling bridges will remain the norm. Fortune 1000 companies will continue to flee our state. And rioters will be allowed to control your streets. If Chris Koster was afraid to do something about Ferguson as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, imagine how cowardly he’d act as governor.

Or you can show consistency by voting for Eric Greitens. Greitens started off as a Democrat, but he realized his philosophy was out of sync with that party’s beliefs. So he embraced the GOP and some of the most conservative GOP leaders embrace Greitens.

As governor, Eric Greitens will sign Right to Work. He will lead his party to make Missouri great again by getting us out of the bottom quintile of economic despair. Greitens will confront riots with all the determination and courage you’d expect from a Navy SEAL war veteran. And he’ll elevate our political discourse like no one else.

Consistency

Most people want to be seen as consistent. We want people to think we’ll do the right thing even if it hurts. Maybe it hurts you to vote for Blunt or Greitens, but deep down you probably know voting for Blunt and Greitens is the right thing.

Trump will win Missouri by 15 percentage points if you vote. If Missouri voters do the right thing, Blunt and Greitens will win by 15 points, too. If they don’t, it’s because many Missouri conservatives would rather lose the war for America than lose a skirmish for their pride. And that would be so sad.

What Is Leadership?

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Many of you loved Simon Sinek’s Start With Why TEDx talk.

I love the way Simon Sinek thinks. It’s no surprise, then, that his TED Talk on leadership could be the greatest definition of leadership I’ve ever heard.

Please watch and share. I have some thoughts and a poll following.

Contrasts give greater clarity. Sinek’s contrast between military leadership and business leadership says a lot about the state of American business.

[olympus_highlight color=”yellow”]You know, in the military, they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain. We have it backwards[/olympus_highlight]

Ouch. It hurts because it’s true.

Do you want to work for a company whose leaders eat first? Or a company whose leaders eat last?

Do you want to work for a company that gives awards to people who sacrifice themselves for others? Or a company that gives awards to people who sacrifice others?

If we want a better company and a bette country, we need to start choosing better leaders. Leadership is not about speaking your mind. Leadership isn’t what you say at all. Leadership is what you do.

Choose Your Leaders Carefully

In America, we choose our leaders. We choose the companies we work for. We choose the people who hold high office.

Before we ask about a candidate’s ideological purity, doesn’t it make sense to ask of every candidate: would this man or woman eat last?

If you could not imagine a candidate running into a fire fight to rescue his or her subordinates, why in God’s name would you ever put them into high office? Why would you choose a leader who would sacrifice you or your children for his or her gain or comfort?

This Week’s Poll

Which candidate for President and Missouri Governor do you believe is most likely to eat last?

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Transportation in the 21st Century Event

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You can’t get there from here.

The way people get from here to there–and how they pay for the privilege–is about to change. We want you to have a say in the future of transportation.

To help, Heritage Action for America is teaming up with St. Louis Tea Party Coalition to put on a Transportation Empowerment night on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers Include:

  • State Rep. Paul Curtman
  • Ryan Johnson, President, Missouri Alliance for Freedom
  • Ben Evans, Heritage Action for America

Learn about initiatives like the Transportation Empowerment Act that would keep federal gas taxes in the states where they’re paid.

Refreshments from McArthur’s Bakery provided by Heritage Action.

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Eric Greitens’ Shocking Revelation Could Shatter People’s Faith

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Were you shocked when you learned that Navy SEAL, author, humanitarian, and charity founder, Eric Greitens, was born and raised and voted Democrat?

I was.

Sure, I’d heard the rumors. The whispers spread by some Republican campaign operatives. But I’ve learned to trust those campaign operatives about as far as I fund the national debt.

Then, Senator John Lamping sent me a link to this Fox News story:

Former Navy SEAL: Why I am no longer a Democrat

So, the rumors were true. Eric Greitens was a Democrat.

Obviously, I read all of his confession.

I was raised as a Democrat. I was taught that Harry Truman was the greatest president ever because he was strong, stood up to the communists, and most important, he was from Missouri. I was taught to stand up for the little guy, and that bigger government was the best way to do that.

But the worst was yet to come.

I registered to vote as a Democrat, and several years ago some Democrats even tried to recruit me to run for Congress.

Shocked?

Reading Greitens’s words on Fox News, I realized that this story will likely shatter some people’s faith. How could it not?

Imagine growing up in the Millennial era, born after about 1981. By the time you started paying attention to things like politics, Bill Clinton was President. The federal budget was balanced. Unemployment was impossibly low. Ordinary people were building McMansions with oversized garages for wintering their express cruisers. Peace and prosperity abound. Two interns in every pot.

Your mom and dad might have been Republicans or Democrats, but all your favorite teachers were Democrats. So were the cool kids. And they all sort of laughed at the few geeky kids who admitted they were Republicans. Or, funnier still, conservatives.

Then, of course, came George W. Bush and, like, thank GOD you told everyone you were a Democrat. I mean, ya know. Right?

Now, you read this. A guy who’s like the Avengers version of every good quality you were raised to admire writes, “I am a conservative Republican, but I didn’t start out that way.”

Wa-Huutt?

You google this dude and everything SCREAMS Democrat. He went to Rwanda and Croatia to help the people Republicans hate, right? And he worked with homeless kids in Bolivia. And with Mother Teresa. And then he turned down a bunch of money from hedge funds and investment banks to start a charity. Does that sound Republican to you?

I mean, sure, he was a Navy SEAL and all. And he was a championship boxer in England, too. But he was a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in philosophy.

How could a role model be a . . . Republican? And call himself a conservative?

OMG! What if I’m . . .?

You read on, hoping that whatever turned this Greitens dude Republican doesn’t infect you.

As I got older, I no longer believed in their ideas. Even worse, I had concluded that liberals aren’t just wrong. All too often they are world-class hypocrites. They talk a great game about helping the most vulnerable, with ideas that feel good and fashionable. The problem is their ideas don’t work, and often hurt the exact people they claim to help.

Weird. Still talking about helping people. (I thought he was a Republican?)

It’s not that I doubted their intentions. But good intentions are easy. Even easier when you’re spending other people’s money.

Okay. That sounds pretty Republican.

I became a conservative because I believe that caring for people means more than just spending taxpayer money; it means delivering results. It means respecting and challenging our citizens, telling them what they need to hear, not simply what they want to hear.

Well, duh. Of course, caring for people means results. Like how many Facebook likes you get, right?

I was raised to stand up for the little guy, for working families and the middle class. I am committed to that principle today more than ever. And if I thought the Democratic Party had the right ideas to do that, I’d still be one of them. But they don’t. And if I trusted career politicians to fix the problems they created, I’d still be standing on the sidelines. But I don’t.

So Eric Greitens lost faith—in the Democratic Party, in liberalism, and in career politicians. Because each of those had a heavy hand in creating the very problems he recognizes need fixing before his kids get old enough to deal with them.

At this point, some people’s faith will shatter. Not the faith of people who’ve been praying for a leader like Eric Greitens—but the faith of people who blindly followed the mob into the great abyss of liberal “caring” and establishment selfishness.

I believe Greitens’s testimony will shatter some lifelong Democrats’ faith in their party. It will shatter some casual voters’ faith in selecting the “lesser of two evils.” Eric Greitens will shatter the revolving door through which the parties rotate to advance their interests and their friend’s interests at the expense of good government.

I am reminded that Ronald Reagan was a Democrat until he delivered his famous speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964, “A Time For Choosing.” In his opening remarks, Reagan said, “I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course.”

Reagan was born in 1911; he was 53 when he converted. Eric Grietens needed only about 40 years to reach the same conclusion as the Gipper. (Maybe all that book learnin’ did Eric some good after all.)

Some of us “cradle conservatives” might question Greitens’ bonafides. That’s fine. I suggest they find someone who served with Greitens—in Rwanda, in Croatia, in Iraq, or anywhere he’s served his country and his fellow man. Ask those who’ve been in the line of fire if Greitens has the steel to carry through on his mission.

And what is that mission?

So what would I do? I believe in limited but effective government. I believe in replacing ObamaCare with something that actually works. I believe in putting working families and job creation ahead of special interests. I believe that in a free society we have to defend religious liberties and the 2nd Amendment, and protect innocent life, so everyone has the freedom to pursue happiness. I believe in reforming welfare, so every person can have a chance at a life of dignity, purpose, and meaning. And I believe America’s public schools should be the best in the world

In other words, I believe we have a lot of work to do.

Not a long list but people with long agenda seem never to get around to accomplishing the first item. Ronald Reagan came to office with an even shorter list: fix the economy, shrink the government, and restore respect for America around the world.

As for me, my faith in the political establishment was shattered long ago. I’ve had too many career politicians lie to my face about matters both specific and general. (You know who you are.) I’ve seen career politicians seduce and corrupt wide-eyed activists with promises of access to famous people and campaign jobs.

My faith in government was shattered when I realized the war on poverty has taken $22 trillion out of the economy and into Washington—the spoils of war distributed between academics, bureaucrats, and crony capitalists while poor neighborhoods deteriorated, poor families lost whatever pride they once had, and “caring” became synonymous with handouts to “keep the rabble quiet.”

Something’s gotta break.

I hope Eric Greitens’s op-ed on Fox News shatters some people’s faith. We need some converts. We need some reinvigorated cradle conservatives. And we need a leader whose entire life is defined by action and results, not promises and excuses.

We need a leader whose actions speak for him.

We need a leader whose actions say simply, “follow me.”

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Providence and Hope in Missouri

Why Hope Beats Anger

I am a Coward

The Greater of Two Goods

The SEAL, the Race, and the CEO

Approaching Excellence

Resilience

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What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

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Missouri is the only state that doesn’t track your medical prescriptions.

People say it like it’s a bad thing.

What’s wrong with the government not knowing that one bit of information about your private medical life? Can’t government keep out of at least this one, extremely personal matter?

The do-gooders and busy-bodies want Missouri to maintain a database (tied into similar databases in all other states) that keeps a permanent record of every prescription a doctor or dentist writes. The state’s compelling interest is . . . “we’re curious.”

Too bad.

Look, a big corporation makes its money running prescription databases for states. They’ve sold 49 licenses for their product, which means the company’s growth prospects are shrinking fast. Missouri is the only hold out, so this company is lobbying hard to get Missouri to surrender.

No. We’re not going to surrender.

Call your State Senator and ask him or her to filibuster this attack on privacy. Thanks to MOPP, here’s what you need to know:

Here is the link to the House Health Insurance Committee (http://house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=01175&year=2015&code=R) which will most likely get the Senate version of the PDMP-SB63. 
 
Call Speaker John Diehl’s office at 573-751-1544 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). 
Call Floor Leader Todd Richardson’s office at 573-751-4039 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
 
Call your own state rep and state senator and tell them NO to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). 
 
Find your state rep and senator here senate.mo.gov and go to the Legislator Lookup.

What’s in your pill box?