Two to watch for in 2010 Senate race

 Schiff

The U.S. government’s dramatic, corporate welfare response to the economic crisis has brought many Americans to the following conclusion: my Senator (regardless of party) is a big-government, special-interest-controlled goon who does not give a damn about me.  In an America spiraling further and further into the hellish abyss of corporate fascism, there are a couple of freedom-loving luminaries expected to run for Senate in 2010: Dr. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Peter Schiff of Connecticut.

Paul is a surgeon who brings a unique and insightful perspective to healthcare reform. His seat is particularly important to the cause of liberty, because the man he would replace is among the Senate’s staunchest supporters of free markets, Republican and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.  Bunning voted against all of the debt-propelling bills designed to fix the economy, which remains broken.  If either a Democrat or Paul’s Republican opposition, Harvard alum Trey Grayson, were to fill Bunning’s seat, the reliable vote against federal government interference in our personal lives will assuredly be lost.

Paul is expected to announce that he will seek the open seat on August 20th.  On that day, which is a planned “money-bomb,” I expect him to raise somewhere in the range of $250,000.  His total for the month of August will likely be somewhere in the range of $300,000, which despite national efforts, will leave his total far behind that of his Ivy League manufactured primary opponent, who has already raised more than $600,000, and boasts the support of the much maligned GOP leadership.

Peter Schiff hopes to replace Democrat Chris Dodd of Connecticut in 2010.  Senator Dodd has seen much face time in the media lately for three reasons: he chairs the Senate Banking Committee, which is overactive during economic downturns such as the present one; he was recently diagnosed with early and non-life-threatening prostate cancer; and he is strongly suspected of benefiting from improper mortgage practices–perhaps a political bribe.

Schiff is best-known for his remarkably accurate economic forecasts.  Several youtube videos, entitled “Peter Schiff Was Right”, have gone viral across the Internet, and have shown Schiff to be an economic genius.  On the other hand, Dodd has been an economic dunce over the past decade, defending policies and entities that economists across the political spectrum agree invited the economic crisis.  From an economic standpoint, the choice is a no-brainer: Schiff wins.  But in politics, being right does not guarantee victory, and Schiff knows he has a very tough fight ahead of him.

Like Dr. Paul, Schiff is expected to have a big fundraising day.  His is on August 7th, on which he hopes to raise $1 million.  In my opinion, that’s a pipe dream.  He will be lucky to raise half of that.

Despite fundraising concerns, both Paul and Schiff are forces to be reckoned with in the 2010 Senatorial elections for one reason: their message of limited government, free people, and free markets resonates with an American citizenry that is fed up with the federal government’s never-ending interventions into a society that never seemed very broken to begin with.

For further information or to lend your support to their campaigns, Paul’s and Schiff’s websites are: http://www.randpaul2010.com/ and http://www.schiffforsenate.com/ 

Letter to Senator Bob Corker, (R), TN

Senator Corker,

I met you through my friend Brad Smith at a UT football game during your campaign. 

I agree completely with your stance on the stimulus package.  Thank you for standing up for citizens, and not supporting the bill that I see as a not-so-creative vote-buying scheme. 

I was disappointed to read that you voted for the FISA reforms.  Please consider the Fourth Amendment and its origins.  If we allow ourselves to give in to fear, the terrorists have won.  If we lose a million lives, but keep our commitment to freedom, American principles have still triumphed.

The principles of freedom, which made this country great, do not regard America as their home, or the Congress as their protector.  If we abandon them here, principles of freedom will have no home on this planet.  Our aim should be to protect freedoms everywhere.  That is the purpose of American government, right?  That is what made Reagan a hero, in my opinion.

I met a young Chinese student at UT a couple of weeks ago.  He said that foreigners hold all Americans accountable for the continued atrocities in the Middle East, because they have always learned that America is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

When you make a decision, please remember that you are representing all of us, and that the expense of war is always ours.  All Americans get the blame, even though 70% of us want out of Iraq.  All Americans get the blame, even though few of us condone torture or unwarranted wiretaps.  And, if retribution comes (and America is not unbreakable), remember that all of us will be blamed for the injustices perpretrated by a powerful minority, and all of us will suffer the economic and/or military consequences.

Like you, I am small in stature.  When we met, I joked that we saw eye to eye, and I believe we do in a lot of ways.  Please, do not be a small man in Congress.  View things as they are, without regard to person or place, and stand up for American principles of freedom always, no matter the cost.  Uphold the promise of your oath, stand up for freedom, and you will be more than a senator: you will be a statesman. Thanks for your representation.

Sincerely,

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