Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cooper a no-show at candidates forum,

Jim Cooper
Henry looked frail. Jones and Dominy go at it.

Jim Cooper was a no-show at tonight scheduled candidates forum sponsored by the Haywood Lane Neighborhood Association. The program consisted of three forum segments: one for U. S. House District 5 candidates, incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper and challenger Republican David Hall; one for State Senate District 21 candidates, incumbent Democrat Senator Doug Henry and challenger Republican Steve Dickerson; and State House District 59 candidates, incumbent Democrat Representative Sherry Jones and Republican challenger Councilman Duane Dominy.

Cooper was listed in the announcements as a participant in the forum. The moderator, Councilman Charlie Tygard, said Coooper was absent because he was attending a function raising money for Metro Greenways. The function was a pricey $150 per attendee event called Dinner on the Bridge. The moderator said Cooper had sent word that he may arrive late. He never made it. It is unclear if Cooper had a previous engagement or a preferred engagement. Cooper was listed in the advertisements for Dinner on the Bridge as the Honorary Chairman. It is a shame Cooper could not make this event. I would really like to see Cooper and Hall in a one-on-one debate. There are vast differences between these two candidates.
David Hall
David Hall was well received and delivered a message of smaller government, less taxation and less regulation. He said Obamacare was a mistake he thinks the bailouts have been counter productive. Hall answered the question submitted by the public with calm, confidence and directness. I think that if Cooper and Hall ever did debate that Hall would come out the winner.

Cooper's failure to be at a forum where he would have to have his record examined and answer questions should surprise no one. All summer, when the public was urging Cooper to have town hall meetings and face the voters he hid out. I will give Cooper the benefit of the doubt however and assume his failure to show was simply a scheduling conflict. If so, between now and the election there is still time to engage in a public forum or debate. I urge Hall and Cooper to schedule a debate so the public can compare the two candidates and make an informed decision about this important upcoming election.
Senator Doug Henry
Steve Dickerson and Senator Henry had very few differences and they were gentlemanly and polite toward each other. Senator Henry looked weak and feeble and occasionally confused. He had trouble getting out of his chair and the design of the forum required the candidates to get up and down several times as they rotated their turns at the podium.

The closest thing to a real debate in the evening was between Sherry Jones and Duane Dominy. It was obvious they do not like each other and have very different policy positions. In a longer and different format they could present a real lively debate.

One point of contention in their portion of the forum was over the use of the legislators per diem. Jones only lives 10 miles from the State Capitol yet is one of the legislators who has taken the most in per Diem.
She defended receiving the amount of money she has received. Dominy said if elected he would not take it and he would propose reform of the expense reimbursement so that legislators living within 30 miles of the capitol only get mileage and meals, not the funding for lodging; those living within 100 get a higher level of per diem; and those beyond 100 miles get an even greater level of per diem.

Dominy and Jones also disagreed about an issue that should simply be a matter of fact and not a matter of opinion. Jones said most of the funding for Metro schools comes from the State. Dominy said the Federal government pays approximately 10%, the State about 30%, and Metro about 60%. Both candidates were adamant they were correct and seemed exasperated with the other over this issue. I am almost certain that Dominy is closer to correct on this point but I could be wrong. I will attempt to fact-check this issues update this post when time permits. I also recorded the event and may update with more quotes and details. Check back.

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Sen Bob Corker rated "Hero" by Taxpayers Against Earmarks

Sen. Lamar Alexander rated a "Hooligan."

Taxpayers Against Earmarks (TAE) has a page on their website called "Heroes & Hooligans" used to recognize those in Congress standing up against wasteful spending and to help taxpayers hold those politicians accountable who refuse to stop earmarking. "To be a 'Hero,' a Member of Congress must have refrained from requesting any earmarks this year," states the TAE website. "'Hooligans' are those who have requested earmarks this fiscal year, even if they support efforts to reform or eliminate the practice of earmarking." They listed all members of Congress as either "heroes" or "Hooligans."

In the Senate there were only 10 "heroes," seven of them Republicans and three of them Democrats. John McCain and Scott Brown were other notable "heroes."

In the House, there were 178 "Heros," 173 of them Republicans and five of them Democrats. Tennessee Heroes were Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper (Yes, our own Jim Cooper), and John Duncan. All other Tennessee Congressmen were "Hooligans."

Of the 259 House "Hooligans," 253 were Democrats and only six were Republicans. One to the six Republican "Hooligans" was Ron Paul or Texas.

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Candidates forum tonight, including Hall and Cooper

An election forum is scheduled tonight for the following candidates in the November election:

  • U.S. House District 5 — Jim Cooper; David Hall.
  • State Senate District 21 — Steven Dickerson, Douglas Henry
  • State House District 59 — Duane Dominy, Sherry Jones

The forum will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 30th, at the Christ Lutheran Church gymnasium, 299 Haywood Lane.

Questions can be submitted in advance by e-mail to

There has been almost no publicity for this event.

This may be the only time we will have the opportunity to see the candidates on the same stage. While a forum is not a debate, this may be the closest we get to having a debate. Giving Jim Cooper's reluctance to face the voters I am surprised but pleased he is participating. Please show up tonight and support our candidates.

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Jim Gotto gets Mitt Romney's endorsement

By: Chas Sisk, IN Session, September 30, 2010

Lucky recip­i­ents of the Romney’s bless­ing include Bill Haslam, Mar­sha Black­burn, Diane Black, Stephen Fincher, Mae Beavers, Bill Ketron, Joe Carr, Joshua Evans, Jim Gotto and Tim Wirgau. Haslam and the can­di­dates for fed­eral office will each receive a check for $2,500 from Romney’s polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee, as will the Sen­ate Repub­li­can Cau­cus PAC and the House Repub­li­can Cau­cus PAC.(link)

Comment: Congratulation Jim Gotto! Few candidates for State House races get endorsements from PAC's of this stature. This is a vote of confidence.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Gold Standard, Abolishing the Federal Reserve and Money and Banking 101

Last Wednesday night I was at a Liberty on the Rocks event and got into a discussion with someone who advocated abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning the U. S. to the gold standard. This is a reoccurring theme on the part of supporters of Ron Paul and a lot of tea party members. You see "Abolish the Fed" signs at rallies and any call for abolishing the Fed gets cheers. I am always surprised that so many people care so passionately about this issue. I am really surprised that they know enough about the issue to have a passionate opinions.

While I am not an expert on the Federal Reserve, I tend to think we need the Federal Reserve or something like it. I am also not convinced that returning to a gold standard would end inflation and solve our economic problems. I am open however to hearing the arguments from those who advocate the gold standard and abolishing the Fed. I am open to being persuaded.

In my discussion with this guy on Wednesday night, it was clear that he had strong views on the topic, but I discovered he had very little knowledge about money and banking. He did not know how money is created. If one is going to argue passionately for the gold standard and abolishing the Federal Reserve, it would help your credibility to understand a few basics about money and banking. It would help your cause if you knew what you were talking about.

Now, I am not an economist. In college, I earned enough credit-hours to have a major in economics and have continued to stay informed on economic issues since then, but there are many people who know more than I do. I think, however, that I have an understanding of a few economic basics. Here are a few essential, elementary things anyone who wants to speak intelligently about monetary policy should understand.

  • Most money is not currency. The money supply includes coins, currency, traveler's checks, checking account balances, NOW accounts, and balances in credit unions accounts and more. Currency is only small part of money.
  • Government does not determine the money supply; the government only controls the amount of currency. Currency and money are not the same thing.
  • Money was never backed by gold, only currency.
  • Money is created when people borrow and repay loans.
  • An expanding money supply facilitates economic growth.
  • An expanding money supply is not inflationary if goods and services are increasing by the same amount.
Many people are totally mystified about how the money supply expands and think it only expands when government prints money. I suspect many of those carrying signs to abolish the Fed and who cheer at rallies when someone advocates abolishing the Fed do not understand the basics. Below is an explanation of how money is created.

Modern money developed from the trade of goldsmithing at the end of the middle ages. At that time people began storing their excess gold and silver with the local goldsmith for safekeeping. When gold or silver was put in storage, a receipt was issued by the goldsmith to the owner, as a record of ownership. The paper receipts were much easier to carry than the gold or silver, especially for larger transactions, so they began to be used instead of the precious metal itself.

Then the enterprising goldsmiths figured out that they could loan out the gold they held for their customers, to third parties. Or better yet, they could issue receipts instead of actually loaning the gold. The next step was recognizing that they could print more receipts and make even more loans than they held in gold. In the idea of loaning the value of gold they did not own, but only held in trust, and the value of gold that did not even exist, was the germ of the invention of modern money.

As long as not everyone wanted to redeem their receipts and loans for gold at one time, this system created by the goldsmith/bankers did facilitate trade when there was a shortage of the commodity, gold, which was used as currency. The fact that the goldsmiths provided an adequate money supply made possible the industrial revolution. Meanwhile, the goldsmith/bankers had a good thing going. They were receiving interest by loaning the gold assets that they were being paid to hold in trust for others, and additional interest from loans based on gold that did not even exist.
However, the system was not perfect. When economic conditions changed or trust in this shell game waned, there were bank runs, and people lost their money and their gold as a result. If a goldsmith could not come up with enough gold to satisfy all claims to redeem receipts for gold at a given time, the system broke down.

Banks are the modern successors to the goldsmiths. The way they operate is basically the same, although money can no longer be redeemed for gold; it is now only a token or medium of exchange. (link)
If this explanation of how money is created is not right, then please explain why it is wrong. If I am wrong on some of the basics, please correct me. If we are on the same page about the basics, then we can move on to talking about abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. I'm ready to listen.

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Jim Gotto receives the endorsement of Nashville's Fraternal Order of Police

Nashville, TN–The Andrew Jackson Lodge 5 (Nashville) of the Fraternal Order of Police today announced its endorsement of the Jim Gotto, Republican candidate for Tennessee House District 60.

"I am pleased to be endorsed by The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)," said Jim. "This endorsement is determined by a vote of the membership of the FOP, not by a committee in a smoke filled room and it is truly an honor to be recognized by those brave men and women who put their life on the line every day to protect us."

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Monday, September 27, 2010

MoveOn.Org endorses Jim Cooper

I belong to so you don't have to. This radical, extremist, progressive organization is working to reelect "blue dog" Jim Cooper. I thought you might find this interesting. Rod

Dear MoveOn member,

MoveOn members in Tennessee's 5th District have voted to endorse Jim Cooper for Congress. It's up to all of us to stop the corporate takeover of Congress—you can volunteer with the campaign here:

Below is a special message for you from Jim Cooper.

Thanks for all you do.

–Steven, Anna, Duncan, Adam, Carrie, and the rest of the team

I'm thankful for the support and endorsement from Middle Tennessee MoveOn members.

Despite the devastating floods of May and our ongoing recovery, Middle Tennesseans have demonstrated their true character of strength and resilience, and I've never been more honored to serve them in Congress.

Now is a critical time in American politics, and more than ever we need leadership focused on fiscal discipline, Tennessee values, and getting our communities back to work. We're less than 6 weeks from the November election and voter turnout is crucial. With your support, we can continue making Middle Tennessee a model for the rest of the nation.

Sign up to volunteer with my campaign, put a yard sign in your yard, and share with your friends and family the importance of casting a vote on November 2.

I hope to see you at the polls.

Jim Cooper

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David Hall offers views on job creation

By Bill Theobald • TENNESSEAN WASHINGTON BUREAU • September 27, 2010

Republican challenger David Hall, Goodlettsville: Would not have voted for the stimulus legislation because he believes it intrudes on what the private sector should do. Supports extending the Bush tax cuts, at least until the economy stabilizes. He said the first step to building jobs is to get the federal government's finances in order, which would provide businesses with the sense of stability they need to expand, hire new employees or take other calculated risks that would benefit the economy.(link)

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Voter Registration Deadline...have you registerd to vote?

The Deadline to Register is One Week from Today
Monday, Oct. 4th

Check Your Registration Status

Register in person on or before Monday, Oct. 4th
at one of these following locations:
  • County Clerk's Offices
  • County Election Commission Office
  • Department of Health (WIC program)
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
  • Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • Public Libraries
  • Register of Deeds Offices
Or complete and mail in your:
Voter Registration Application

If you have further questions, please contact:
Davidson County Election Commission

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David Hall endorsed by Nashville's Fraternal Order of Police

Nashville, TN – David Hall, Republican nominee for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, is pleased to accept the endorsement from Nashville’s Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police in his race against Jim Cooper:
“Today I received word that the Nashville Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing me to be the next Congressman from Tennessee’s 5th District. I am especially humbled and honored by their support because these are the men and women who daily risk life and limb to keep us safe. I will work hard to make them proud," said Hall in a statement.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stop Digging

As the old saying goes: if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. But instead of trying to crawl out from its decades-long dig, Washington is just shoveling FASTER. Join our email list and get free, timely updates about the urgent issue of government overspending. We can still climb out of our fiscal hole, but it’s going to require awareness and action from you and other concerned citizens. Get involved now.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

It is time to privatize state golf courses or let them return to nature.

This morning at the DCRP Green Hills Pastry and Politics event, Justin Owens of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) spoke on wasteful government spending. One of the things he talked about was state golf courses. This year for the first time, the state lost money on the operation of every single one of the state's golf courses. They have been losing money for years, but in the past there was always one or two golf courses operating in the black, but this year they all lost money.

The state builds golf courses out of capital improvement funds. The money generated from the golf courses green fees is not expected to recoup the cost of construction but is expected cover operating cost. Since starting to track government-run golf courses in 2005, TCRP has exposed a loss to state taxpayers of $6,998,610. In 2010, over $1.6 million was lost. Fortunately, as a result of TCPR’s work to encourage fiscal responsibility, the state plans to close Old Stone Fort and T.O. Fuller courses this year, a move that will save the state nearly $311,000 annually. (To learn more, see the TCPR Pork Report.)

I am supportive of a strong state park system. Tennessee is a beautiful place and I want the state to preserve the natural beauty of our state and I am supportive of preserving wild waterfalls and important vistas and critical habitats. However, we must realize the state cannot do it all. We have to prioritize.

It is time for the state to get out of the golf course business. We should privatize the state golf courses. If someone else makes a profit, the state stops hemorrhaging money, and the golf courses remain open to the public, we win. The state should lease the golf courses to private operators and let the operators set the fees. Even if we lease a course for a dollar a year, we avoid losing million in operating expenses and we still win.

If no private operator will take them at any price, it is time to stop mowing them and let them return to nature.

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Report from the DCRP Green Hills Pastry 'n Politics Summit

Email received from Peter Voysey, Co-Event Chair, DCRP Green Hills Pastry 'n Politics Summit

Well, we just finished up on this month's meeting at Nero's Grill.

Justin Owen, President of the TCPR, got us going with a presentation on wasteful spending--especially at the State Of Tennessee level--and then opened it up to Q&A.

And What An Active Discussion We Had! The group got into a broad spectrum of the issues of the day, including: The State Budget--Myth and Reality; The State Budget Process; Tennessee Boondoggles wasting taxpayers' money on a grand scale; TennCare; Education and the Teachers' Union; The Societal Unintended Consequences of Welfare Programs; African-American voters desiring school choice and opposing the abuse of eminent domain--yet electing candidates who thwart those desires; etc. etc.

Several of you have said to me, "OK--hearing from candidates is great, but I long for the day when we can talk to each other and deal with substantive matters."

Well, today was that day.

Yet, for this, our 5th meeting, it was our smallest attendance (19 people).

So where were you? [I know it was the first day after the unseasonable heat wave, but come on, folks--Rise And Shine! We've got to take our country back!

You missed a great meeting, with fellow terrific conservative activists.

Don't let this happen to you again! Mark Your Calendar: 4th Saturday Of October, i.e. October 23. Nero's Grill. 8:30 a.m.

See you then!

Peter Voysey
Co-Event Chair
DCRP Green Hills Pastry 'n Politics Summit

Comment: To see a schedule of all local Republican activities visit the DCRP website. Please plan on attended this event next month or the meeting of a Republican group near you.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Green Hills Pastry n Politics with Justin Owen

Justin Owen

Saturday, September 25th

Continental Buffet - 8:30 am
Meeting - 9:00 am
$10.00 - No Credit Cards

Nero's Grill Green Hills
2122 Hillsboro Drive
Green Hills, 37215

Justin will address the implications of wasteful and excessive government spending at both the state and federal levels.

Copies of TCPR's most famous publication, the Tennessee Pork Report, which has uncovered more than $1.2 billion in wasted tax dollars since its first release in 2005, will be available for a nominal donation

Justin Owen is the President and Executive Director at the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. He manages the day-to-day operations of TCPR, oversees all policy initiatives, and serves as the main point of contact for members of the Tennessee General Assembly, the media, and the public on policy issues.

Owen advances TCPR's mission by frequently appearing on television and radio and writing opinions pieces for newspapers across Tennessee. He has appeared on all four major network news stations in Nashville, as well as stations in Memphis, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities. He has a weekly radio segment on the "Ralph Bristol Show" on WTN 99.7 FM, and often appears on other talk radio stations throughout the state to educate citizens on public policy issues. His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the Tennessean, the Nashville City Paper, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Prior to joining TCPR, Owen served as a law clerk to the U.S. Attorney in Memphis and at the Pentagon as a legal intern to the General Counsel of the United States Navy. He is involved in various nonprofits in Nashville, serving as legal counsel and civic committee chairman of the Nashville Junior Chamber and as a board intern for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

Owen received his J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2008 and obtained his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Click here for more information on TN Center for Policy Research

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'Riding with David Hall", a YouTube video.

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David Hall: ‘Small Business Job Act’ is a job killer.

Nashville, TN –David Hall, Republican nominee for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th District, commented on today’s events in the nation’s capital:

“I am looking forward to working with Republicans after November to return our country to fiscal sanity and common sense reform. And I am encouraged by the release today of ‘The Pledge to America.’ From what I’ve seen it is a positive initiative, and I suspect that I will sign on following a thorough review of it.”

“As far as the passage of the so-called ‘Small Business Job Act,’ Jim Cooper may be thrilled with his vote, but this legislation is a job killer not a job creator. When will Cooper and other Liberal Democrats in Washington learn the lesson that it is a combo of lower taxes and less government meddling–in short, ‘economic freedom’–that helps our economy grow and helps our economy create more jobs?”

“The jobs created by government–judging from the Stimulus bills these past few years, are jobs that pay $40,000 and cost taxpayers $400,000. Freezing spending at 2008 levels, as put forth in The Pledge, is a nice first step to ending the Democrats’ job killing policies. Heaven help us if we have to endure two more years of spendthrift Democrats in control of the Congress.”

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pledge to America

House Republicans are set to release on Thursday a "Pledge to America," an ambitious and sweeping set of proposed changes to domestic and security policy, including promises to freeze most federal government hiring, cut Congress' budget, place hard caps on domestic spending accounts, prevent the phase-out of tax cuts that are set to expire in 2011 and "repeal and replace" the new health care law.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Contribute to TCPR

Dear Rodney,
Last week, we urged you to help us defend your liberty and return power to Tennessee instead of Washington, D.C. We asked that you help us raise $1,787 during Constitution Week, which runs through this Thursday. So far, you have generously donated $1,275 toward our cause! But with just two days left in Constitution Week, we're still $500 away from our goal.

Visit our secure website to make a tax-deductible donation today. Whatever you can provide - $25, $100, or even the $500 we need to hit our mark - will go a long way toward advancing individual liberty and limited government in our state.

Last week we asked if you would you stand with us against trillion dollar bailouts, a federal takeover of our healthcare, and outrageous government spending. Many of you responded with a resounding "YES!" by making a generous donation to our cause. If you haven't already, click here to make a tax-deductible donation to help us reach $1,787 in the next two days.

I am excited to hear from you, and I look forward to working with you to restore our constitutional principles.
In Liberty,
Justin Owen

Tennessee Center for Policy Research is a highly respected and effective organization worthy of your support. Rod

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ObamaCare: Creating Paperwork, Raising Costs, Destroying Jobs

Section 9006 of ObamaCare expands information reporting requirements to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for business transactions in excess of $600 in goods or services. Starting in 2012, ObamaCare mandates that all businesses file an IRS Form-1099 for any vendor with which they have more than $600 in yearly transactions. With an unemployment rate above nine percent for 16 consecutive months, this monstrous accounting and paperwork burden will not provide any incentive to create jobs. To the contrary, the “1099 Provision” will create additional costs for business owners, particularly owners of small businesses, reducing productivity and further stifling economic growth.

Please see the document from the House Republican Conference on what we can continue to expect from Obamacare. Click here to read the brief.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

David Hall Welcomes the Fire Pelosi Bus Tour

David Hall, Republican nominee for Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District, will be welcoming Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, on the Murfreesboro to Nashville leg of the Fire Pelosi Bus Tour ( taking place Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010.

The Bus Tour is scheduled to arrive in Murfreesboro’s Victory Center at 111 East Main Street at 3pm. At 4pm, the Bus Tour is scheduled to leave Murfreesboro headed to Nashville.

“Jim Cooper’s first vote will be for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and nine out of ten votes thereafter will be to advance Nancy Pelosi’s agenda,” said Hall. “That certainly doesn’t represent voters of the 5th District, so we need new representation in DC,” he continued.

“I invite concerned citizens in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to join us as we kick off this effort to hand Pelosi her pink slip.” Hall concluded.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Kathleen Starnes, Chairman DCRP: our voters are expecting a "bona fide" Republican.

RE: Administrator of Elections
Monday, September 20, 2010 4:54 PM

From: Kathleen Starnes
To: Patricia Heim , Steve Abernathy, Lynn Greer, Beth Harwell, sen.jack.johnson, Chris Devaney

Message contains attachments1 File (25KB)Norman(Buck)Dozier,Jr.xls

It has come to my attention, that one of the candidates for Administrator of Elections is Norman "Buck" Dozier.

I am sure you realize that he is not a true Republican as his record attached proves. This is not personal.

This is an important position for Republicans in Davidson County and our voters are expecting a "bona fide" Republican as our Administrator of Elections.

Thank you for your attention.
Kathleen Starnes, Chairman
Davidson County Republican Party

Comment: Thanks to Kathleen Starnes for representing the Republican wing of the Republican party.

The above email was sent today. I have deleted the email addresses since those addresses my be private email addresses and I wish to respect the privacy of the recipients of this email.

The enclosed attachment is a spreadsheet and I cannot reproduce it for this post. It shows Buck Dozier's voting record for the last several years. Voting records are public information. No one can tell how you voted of course, but your voting record will tell if you voted in a particular election. The voting record will tell if you voted in a Republican or a Democrat primary.

Buck Dozier failed to vote in 6 of the last 23 elections, he voted in 3 statewide primaries as a Democrat. There is no record of him voting Republican in any of the available primaries.

If the Election Commission gives this job to Buck Dozier, the Republicans on the Election Commission need to be replaced.

If the Republicans on the Election Commission vote to give this job to Buck Dozier, I think it reflects poorly on the judegment of the legislators who appointed them.

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Is the Republican Election Commission going to hire Democrat Buck Dozier as Administrator of Elections?

Long-time Administrator of Elections Ray Barrett is retiring and the Davidson County Election Commission is seeking to fill that position. Rumor is that Buck Dozier has the inside track on the job.

Following the November 2008 election when Republicans attained a majority in the Tennessee General Assembly, control of Election Commissions switched to Republicans, with every county in Tennessee receiving a newly appointed Republican majority election commission.

The Davidson County Election Commission is governed by five commissioners appointed by the State Election Commission for a two year term. The State Election Commission appoints commissioners recommended to them by Republican legislators. It is my understanding that the Election Commission chairman Lynn Greer was recommended by Representative Beth Harwell. In essence, Beth Harwell appointed Lynn Greer. The other two Republicans on the Commission are Patricia Heim and Steve Abernathy. I am uncertain who recommended the appointment of Heim and Abernathy.

One of the duties of the county election commissions is to hire the Administrator of Elections. Ray Barrett has worked for the Election Commission for twenty-five years and has been Administrator of Elections for the past six years. He is a likable guy and runs honest elections and is fair and helpful to everyone regardless of party affiliation. In some counties the new Republican Election Commissions fired the Administrator of Elections and hired a Republican to fill the post. The Davidson County Election Commission did not do that. I think they were right to keep Ray Barrett in his position. We should not be so partisan that we fire a faithful public servant like Ray Barrett.

Now however, Ray Barrett is retiring and it is time for the Election Commission to hire a replacement. I have heard a rumor, that the Election commission is going to hire Democrat Buck Dozier to fill the position. I hope this is not true. I have nothing against Buck Dozier but the position should go to a Republican. Buck Dozier has served in the Metro Council where I served with him. He has served this city's Fire Chief for seven years. He currently serves as Director of the Metro Fairgrounds, a $90,000 a year job that he was given without the Fair Board conducting a national search or advertising the position. Since the fair grounds are to be sold and this is the last year for the fair, Buck Dozier is looking for another job.

Earlier this year I was very disappointed when our Republican dominated Election Commission did not see the wisdom of having early voting and had to be pressured to support it. They should have supported early voting simply because it was the right thing to do, but also because this is a Republican year and Republicans benefit more from early voting than do Democrats. If not for a grass roots effort demanding early voting, we would have had early voting at only one location in the August election.

What is the point of having Republicans in office if they are not going to support policies that benefit Republicans? One may wish that Administrators of Elections were protected by civil service and that the positions was not political, but it is. There is absolutely no reason the Republicans on the Commission should hire Buck Dozier. I am tired of Republicans who care more about being liked by Democrats than they do supporting the Party.

If the Election Commissions hires Buck Dozier, then the Election Commission might as well be in the hands of Democrats. If they do, I will be disappointed in the Republican members of the Commission and those Republican legislators who appointed them.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Communism is dying in Cuba: The US should end the embargo now.

This week Cuba took another big step toward ending Communism. The Cuban government announced it will dismiss more than 500,000 workers — 10 percent of its payroll — and will allow a major expansion of private economic activity.

Since Fidel Castro’s ill health and retirement, we have seen positive change taking place in Cuba. The government has legalized private taxicabs, it has given individuals the deed to their homes, it has allowed Cubans to own cell phones, it has permitted Cubans to stay in luxury hotels, and it has encouraged and expanded private farms. These changes are significant and encouraging. This announcement about cutting the government payroll and allowing greater private sector economic activity is another significant development. The U.S. government should announce that due to these positive developments we are immediately ending the travel restriction and trade embargo of Cuba.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and perhaps as far back as the Nixon opening to China, our policy toward Cuba has been wrong-headed, illogical, and counterproductive. Communism would have probably ended in Cuba years ago if we had ended the embargo.

The embargo of Cuba began in 1960. The intent was to pressure Castro to democratize. The policy failed. Instead, it had the result of pushing Cuba further into the arms of the Soviet Union. The embargo made a martyr out of Castro and helped prop up his regime. Cuba has been able to blame all of their failings on the United States and the embargo rather than Castro’s socialist policies.

I realize that Cuba is still a Communist dictatorship but I don’t think we need to wait until Cuba establishes democracy before we lift the embargo. We did not wait for democracy to flourish in China or Vietnam before we engaged in trade with those nations. We did not demand that China and Vietnam free all political prisoners before we normalized relations. While neither China nor Vietnam are perfect democracies, neither are they orthodox Communist nations. Our engagement and trade surely contributed to the liberalization in those two countries.

If the US would end the embargo and travel restrictions, we would see an acceleration of Cuba’s transformation. If American dollars could flow freely to Cuba, we would see concession on the part of Cuba to accommodate investors. With opportunities to make money, we would see an evolving Cuban entrepreneurial class. With more dollars to spend, Cubans would not be dependent on the government for everything, other spheres of influence would emerge, and the socialist totalitarian mold would be broken.

Our policy toward Cuba has been a failure and we should end the embargo now. Cuba is changing despite the policy of the United States. We should help accelerate the change that is taking place in Cuba by ending the travel restrictions and trade embargo. Lifting the embargo will not change us, but it will change Cuba. The cold war is over. Lift the embargo now.

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End Pot Prohibition: California's Proposition 19 should pass.

Proposition 19 is a California ballot proposition which will be on the November 2, California ballot. It essentially legalizes marijuana and allows local governments to regulate and tax it. Even if legalized by the State of California however, pot may not be legalized due the the Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which says "this Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof...shall be the supreme Law of the Land." Since Proposition 19 conflicts with the federal Controlled Substances Act, a Federal Court will likely rule California proposition 19 unconstitutional using the same logic they used to declare Arizona's immigration law unconstitutional.

I hope Prop. 19 passes and if I were a citizen of California I would vote for it. Even if the Federal Government uses the Supremacy clause to override the will of the people of California, Proposition 19 will move us toward ending pot prohibition. If California passes proposition 19, this will put pressure on the federal to end federal prohibition.

The governments policy toward recreational drugs, marijuana in particular, makes absolutely no sense. For far too long many people have had their lives damaged, not by marijuana but by a policy that criminalizes a harmless activity. People lose their right to parental visitation or custody of their children, they lose their job, they lose their college scholarships, and they go to jail for simply smoking a little dope.

Casual use of marijuana is much less damaging to society than alcohol. I think marijuana may actually be good for society. If some of the people who drink alcohol switched to pot, we would probably see fewer violent brawls, less domestic violence and fewer fatal car wrecks. Some uptight people might be less uptight and more pleasant if they occasionally got stoned. I suspect the world might actually be a better place if more people got high every once in a while.

I think we should have an immediately end to federal pot prohibition and then let each state decide the issue. I would hope that the several states would then end state prohibitions. Using pot should not be a crime and neither should pot users be considered to have a “drug problem.” While I would much rather see people forced into drug treatment rather than sent to jail, requiring treatment is hypocrisy. Casual users of marijuana do not have a “drug problem.” They just have a preference for a recreational drug that is less dangerous than the society-approved recreational drug alcohol.

I think procession of small quantities or growing small quantities of marijuana for your own use should be legal much like brewing your own beer is legal. I think dealers should be licensed and taxed. The government at all levels loses a lot of money because this large segment of the economy is not taxed. If marijuana was distributed much the way alcohol and tobacco are distributed the criminal element would be driven out of business, much the same way that ending alcohol prohibition drives out bootleggers. Also, with commercial distribution of marijuana the consumer would benefit by having quality control. The consumer could expect honest weights and measures and proper labeling. I can see the day when shopping for pot could be like shopping for wine. I can imagine a weekly pot review article in the Tennessean. It should happen.

While I would not want to see an immediate legalization of all dangerous drugs, I think we should deemphasize prosecution of users of these hard drugs. For the more dangerous drugs, I think we primarily need to educate people to the dangers and then realize that sometimes free people make poor choices. Just the way that some people now abuse alcohol or people make poor financial decisions, we must accept that some people will get strung out on drugs. Help should be available for those with a drug problem who want help, but putting people in prison is not the help they need. Drug treatment would be less costly and more humane than imprisonment.

I suspect that if we end the crack down on the supply of drugs, the price would fall. Those with a real addiction would not commit armed robbery to feed their habit if drugs were less costly and less profitable and we would not enrich Mexican and Colombian drug lords. We might even deny the Taliban a major source of funding.

We can't tackle the whole drug issue all at once, but Proposition 19 would be first step toward rational reform.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The West Nashville 'Eggs and Bacon Summit' was not cancelled!

If you attempted to attend the West Nashville Egg and Bacon Summit today featuring David Hall candidate for 5th Congressional District, Dr. Steve Dickerson candidate for State Senate District 21, and Timothy Lee candidate for House District 55 and were turned away, we apologize.

When group leader Matt Nemeth arrived for the meeting this morning, Shoneys staff was surprised we were having the meeting. Someone had called Shoneys the day before and said the meeting was canceled. It was not. Luckily the room was still available and the meeting went on as planned. Several people had arrived early and were told the meeting had been canceled and they left. We don't know how many people were turned away.

Matt had not canceled the meeting and neither had I nor anyone else associated with the group. Shoneys management did not know who had made the call. We can only assume this was a dirty trick of the opposition. Despite this attempt to sabotage the meeting, about twenty people attended.

Matt explained to Shoneys management that only he was authorized to cancel or reschedule a meeting. This should not happen again. The West Nashville Republican group meets the third Saturday of every month at the Shoneys on White Bridge Road with breakfast at 8:30 and the meeting starting at 9AM.

To stay informed about the meetings of the West Nashville Republican breakfast club or one of the other monthly Republican breakfast groups, visit the DCRP website.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Bobbie Patray at Antioch-Priest Lake Pastry and Politics Sept 18th.

Saturday September 18
Antioch-Priest Lake “Pastry 'n Politics Summit”

8:30 pastry, coffee and networking
9 AM Program
The Spirit of Life Church 3646 Murfreesboro Road

Special guest will be Bobbie Patray, State President of Tennessee Eagle Forum. Bobbie has been a lobbyists for Eagle Forum for over twenty years and is extremely knowledgeable of issue facing Tennessee.

Eagle Forum's Mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public-policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise. Ms. Patray will be speaking on the work of Eagle Forum and important issues facing the State Legislature.

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Meet David Hall, Steve Dickerson and Tim Lee

September 18, 2010 Saturday
“West Nashville Eggs & Bacon Summits”
Dutch treat breakfast 8:30 am, meeting 9 am.
Shoney’s, White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN

Speakers: Republican Candidates:

David Hall
Candidate for 5th Congressional District

Dr. Steve Dickerson
Candidate for State Senate District 21

Timothy Lee
Candidate for House District 55

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Corker Warns of Looming Debt Crisis

Says First Step in Tackling Should Be a Cap on Spending
Over the Senate’s recess, Senator Corker visited 26 Tennessee counties and delivered a sobering, 18-slide presentation about the unsustainable federal spending habits that are driving our country into dangerous levels of debt. He is working on legislation to cap spending at a sustainable level, force Congress to make tough choices and incentivize economic growth.

"There is absolutely no construct for fiscal discipline at the federal level. If we do not change the path we are on and dramatically reduce our level of spending in relation to our country's gross domestic product, I believe we are in danger of becoming the first generation of Americans to leave our country in worse shape than we found it," Corker said. "We need to change the conversation, and I think that means focusing on the big picture first. The gnashing of teeth about tax policy and spending cuts will come, but that's page three, four and five. Page one is agreeing on the amount of spending we can sustain as a country."

I urge you to watch this fact-filled 23 minute video. It may be a little boring and it will depress you, but you need to watch it. It will challenge you to think about how we can began to address the debt crisis that will destroy our country if don't get a handle on it. In this sobering, 18-slide presentation, Corker uses charts and graphs to illustrate Washington’s spending trends and mounting debt.

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Charles Williamson Comments on Opponent’s Ethical Challenges

Candidate offers hope to Tennesseans
Nashville, TN (August 10, 2010) --- Charles Williamson has been inundated with requests for comments on recent news items regarding perceived ethical challenges in the office of his opponent, House Democratic Caucus Chairman, Mike Turner. The conservative Williamson is challenging Turner for the District 51 House seat.

“I’m just not interested in dwelling on those things,” the professional geologist and bison rancher says. “Certainly, I want elected officials to conduct themselves with integrity, but my focus right now is on the people and the issues that really affect my neighbors in the years ahead.”

While touring the new Davidson County Republican Party headquarters, Williamson noted that this election year marks a critical turning point in the future of the state and country.

“I hear the same thing from people over and over. Government has been headed in the wrong direction and we need to turn it around,” Williamson says. “Fortunately, Tennesseans have several excellent choices this year to elect real citizens and experienced business people to lead us toward a stronger Tennessee. It’s time to oust the same old professional politicians.”

Williamson, who raises buffalo on his ranch in Davidson County, has hope for Tennessee’s future and likens the spirit of Tennesseans to the legendary animal.

“Buffalo have been around for millions of years,” he says. “They are survivors who have helped shape our landscape and culture. People respond to that kind of spirit because people, too, are resilient and determined. I see it every day as I meet the good folks in my district.” The candidate firmly believes in a strong future for Tennessee, despite the stormy economy.

“Like the buffalo, we will turn our faces boldly into the wind,” Williamson says. “We will weather the storm and we will see brighter days. And that’s no bull!”

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

God Bless Phil Valentine


When you start lumping all Muslims into as terrorist then you are playing into the terrorist hands. That is what they want. They want all Muslims to be considered like them. They want you to consider all Muslims to be considered terrorist, because if you do, that makes their job all the easier.

If you want to build a Lee Harvey Oswald souvenir shop at Dealey Plaza you have a right to. This is America!

We need to be standing up for rights and freedoms in this country, and sometimes that is the right and freedom for people to do things you don't agree with. That is part and parcel of the whole "liberty Gig" folks!

What it the terrorist want to do? They want to beat us with our own freedom. They want to defeat us by using our own freedoms against us, and you are going to allow them to do it.

I have been so disgusted by conservative leaders such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich and Tennessee's Ron Ramsey and 6th District Congressional contender Lou Ann Zelenik and various conservative political commentators and talk show host just as Mark Levin and our own Steve Gill. I have been disgusted by those who would throw the Constitution under the bus in order to pander to bigots.

On the other hand, people like Chris Christie and Ron Paul have defended freedom and risen in my estimation. I am so very proud of our own Phil Valentine. He is a voice of reason and respect for the constitution in a world gone mad.

God Bless Phil Valentine!

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'Justice Will Be Done'

Below is the transcript of President Bush's Speech To a Joint Session of Congress on September 20, 2001, after the World Trade Center and Pentagon Bombings. I think he set the right tone and said exactly what needed to be said. Reading this speech you will recall how united our country was at the time and how the world showed their support for us. In today's climate of anti-Muslim bigotry and acts of violence against Muslims, President Bush's words are worth recalling.

Sept. 20, 2001

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans: In the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is needed. It has already been delivered by the American people.

We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight?

We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion.

We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.

My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of union, and it is strong.


Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.


I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time.

All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol singing "God Bless America."

And you did more than sing. You acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for your service to our country.


And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support.

America will never forget the sounds of our national anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo.

We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.

Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own. Dozens of Pakistanis, more than 130 Israelis, more than 250 citizens of India, men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan, and hundreds of British citizens.

America has no truer friend than Great Britain.


Once again, we are joined together in a great cause.

I'm so honored the British prime minister had crossed an ocean to show his unity with America.

Thank you for coming, friend.


On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.

Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians.

All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking, "Who attacked our country?"

The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.

The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.

The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children.

This group and its leader, a person named Osama bin Laden, are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.

They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.

The leadership of Al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan we see Al Qaeda's vision for the world. Afghanistan's people have been brutalized, many are starving and many have fled.

Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough.

The United States respects the people of Afghanistan — after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid — but we condemn the Taliban regime.


It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists.

By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder. And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban.

Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of Al Quaeda who hide in your land.


Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities.

Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.


The Taliban must act and act immediately.

They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate.

I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.


The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.

The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.


Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.

It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.


Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?"

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.


Americans are asking, "How will we fight and win this war?"

We will direct every resource at our command — every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war — to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network.

Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.

And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.


From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. Our nation has been put on notice, we're not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans.

Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security.

These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight, I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me, the Office of Homeland Security.

And tonight, I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend, Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge.


He will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism and respond to any attacks that may come.

These measures are essential. The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.


Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents, to intelligence operatives, to the reservists we have called to active duty.

All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers.

And tonight a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I have called the armed forces to alert, and there is a reason.

The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.


This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom.

This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.

We ask every nation to join us.


We will ask and we will need the help of police forces, intelligence service and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded with sympathy and with support — nations from Latin America to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Islamic world.

Perhaps the NATO charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all. The civilized world is rallying to America's side.

They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror unanswered can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments.

And you know what? We're not going to allow it.


Americans are asking, "What is expected of us?"

I ask you to live your lives and hug your children.

I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.

I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here.

We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.


I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information,, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it. I ask for your patience with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity; they did not touch its source.

America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today.


And finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their families, for those in uniform and for our great country. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.

Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for what you will do.

And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together.

Tonight we face new and sudden national challenges.

We will come together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air marshals on domestic flights and take new measures to prevent hijacking.

We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying with direct assistance during this emergency.


We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home.


We will come together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of terrorists before they act and to find them before they strike.


We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy and put our people back to work.

Tonight, we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all New Yorkers, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.


As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress and these two leaders to show the world that we will rebuild New York City.


After all that has just passed, all the lives taken and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them, it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear.

Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them.

As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror. This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.


Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.

Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us.

Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.


It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines and that is good.

Even grief recedes with time and grace.

But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.

Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others.

It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end.


I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.


Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.

In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America.

Thank you.

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