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Willing to serve – even when abused

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I have explained to others that I believe American’s need another “Great Generation”. 

We had the founders who pledged:  “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”  They risked their lives and fortunes to gain freedom from a democratic monarchy. 

We had my grandfather’s and dad’s generation who went out of their way to enlist to fight to preserve liberty and freedom on foreign soil in WWI and WWII.  They suffered to preserve our freedom. 

May God bless America with another generation that will suffer to preserve our freedom, and the cause of our liberty:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”   LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS are creation long unalienable rights.  Suffering does not requiring going to war, it just requires taking a stand for truth.  Saying I believe in the scriptures, and follow Jesus as my Lord, and surrendered to him as my Savior, offends some.  But as John 15:18-22 reminds me, they rejected him and if I follow him honestly, without compromise, they will reject me as well.

I hope you are willing to listen, and examine what I say.   Consider if I am truly like the child in the fable who told the truth and was willing to say “the emperor has no clothes”. I do not intend to tickle your ears and tell you what you want to hear, I intend to speak the truth, in love, without compromise.

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John 15:18-22  18“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

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April 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Sample ballots arrived yesterday (04/27/2012)

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If you have taken the time to start researching candidates I want to congratulate you, and THANK YOU for seeking answers for yourself.  As the night watchman at my building said, too many just don’t vote, yet alone seek to know the candidates and make intelligent choices.  

With him, I think that is a primary reason why money buys elections.   You need money to buy color glossy postcards and other advertising tools.   That means those who “need to win” raise money to buy votes the political way.  I have had many companies communicate with me about their political products.  I am not seeking to buy your vote, nor impress you with glossy handouts. 

I do not need to win.   I am willing to serve.   I seek to honor my family, community and Savior, while offering to serve in the political arena. 

I am not for sale.  I have no sponsor, or special interest money, and do not want it.  Gifts between $5 and $100 are okay, and will help the cause of democracy, without creating a bond of obligation.  I strive to be an “average Justin”:  patriotic, dedicated, loving, serving, American.  If such a person represents who you are, then let me be your Representative.  

See the pages at the top right for some of my points of interest and views.   I see that both Barbara and Marilyn, or their contributors, spent approximately $9,500 to buy a Candidate Statement.  I did not have the money, but I hope that does mean I cannot have your vote. My Candidate Statement is one of the upper right links.

Thanks for reading.

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April 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Ouch – it must hurt to have your Supreme Court friends say “not selling very well”

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From : http://news.yahoo.com/first-hispanic-supreme-court-justice-takes-prominent-role-004059717.html

Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s first appointee to the Supreme Court, was not without criticism for parts of his administration’s position and at one point observed that Verrilli’s arguments were “not selling very well.”

To be sure, the overall tone of Wednesday’s hearing, dominated by conservative justices who hold a majority on the court, suggested the court would ultimately rule that states have a role in regulating illegal immigrants and that a significant part of the Arizona law should be upheld.

It is interesting, and sad, when logic is tossed aside in favor of political posturing.  The explaination of the Federal stance on the Arizona law was  something like:   Only the Federal government has a role in immigration, and if we choose not to do our role, no one else can help us.

The reports seem to suggest the court sees States as able to assist in identifying those who have broken Federal law, and drawing the violators to Federal attention, even if the government does not want to know.  It made me think of the fable of the emperor’s new clothes.  Naked, but everyone says it looks grand, except for the innocent child who dares to speak the truth.

As a citizen who is willing to serve my fellow Democrats, (and all other residents in the district) I guess I will be touching lots of “3rd rails” of Truth.   Here’s another one from today’s press:

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/index.html

Social Security’s expenditures exceeded non-interest income in 2010 and 2011, the first such occurrences since 1983, and the Trustees estimate that these expenditures will remain greater than non-interest income throughout the 75-year projection period. The deficit of non-interest income relative to expenditures was about $49 billion in 2010 and $45 billion in 2011, and the Trustees project that it will average about $66 billion between 2012 and 2018 before rising steeply as the economy slows after the recovery is complete and the number of beneficiaries continues to grow at a substantially faster rate than the number of covered workers. Redemption of trust fund assets from the General Fund of the Treasury will provide the resources needed to offset the annual cash-flow deficits. Since these redemptions will be less than interest earnings through 2020, nominal trust fund balances will continue to grow. The trust fund ratio, which indicates the number of years of program cost that could be financed solely with current trust fund reserves, peaked in 2008, declined through 2011, and is expected to decline further in future years. After 2020, Treasury will redeem trust fund assets in amounts that exceed interest earnings until exhaustion of trust fund reserves in 2033, three years earlier than projected last year. Thereafter, tax income would be sufficient to pay only about three-quarters of scheduled benefits through 2086.

A temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax rate reduced payroll tax revenues by $103 billion in 2011 and by a projected $112 billion in 2012. The legislation establishing the payroll tax reduction also provided for transfers of revenues from the general fund to the trust funds in order to “replicate to the extent possible” payments that would have occurred if the payroll tax reduction had not been enacted. Those general fund reimbursements comprise about 15 percent of the program’s non-interest income in 2011 and 2012.

 At least the tax holiday does not factor into the problem as Congress and the President agreed to burden the deficit, and my grandchild, rather than drain Social Security faster. Otherwise the drain on the trust fund would have been 3 times as bad.  The deficit of non-interest income relative to expenditures was about $49 billion in 2010 and $45 billion in 2011  PLUS the potential of $103 billion in 2011 and a projected $112 billion in 2012 from the tax holiday. 

Do the members of Congress and the President have a new set of Emperor’s clothes?  It seems that way.  They buy votes, with tax payer money, and few draw attention to it.  I think we as tax payers deserve better.

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April 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Do some government programs violate the first amendment?

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2 Corinthians 12: 14 …”For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.”

Do some government programs violate the first amendment?  I think when the government puts in place policies that are contrary to the religious texts, one must at least ask the question.

Our underfunded social programs, that tax children and grandchildren to provide for parents and grandparents, seem to be in violation of principles the scriptures have put forward. The programs themselves seem to place the government, instead of the family and religion, in the place of safety net.

I believe “The Great Society” has weakened the strength of the religious institutions.  Religious leaders now look to the government to fund social programs, rather than their members.  The widows mite is no longer given to the temple, but rather it is sometimes taken by the government.

How far is too far?  When does the government involvement in charity programs, become a religious activity that is prohibited by the first amendment? 

I know we have slid slowly down the pathway.  Step by step, the government has done more, and the houses of worship have done less.   If the current state of government charity, was put forward in ONE package, in 1792, would the founders, who understood their intent in the words of the Bill of Rights, have soundly and clearly said: “This violates the Bill of Rights we just adopted.”?  

I think they might.  I think we all at least need to ponder the question, even if it is an uncomfortable question.

 The anti-Federalist were concerned that without a bill of right to limit the Federal powers, the Federal government would trample their rights.   As one site says: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/ 

“The House approved 17 amendments. Of these 17, the Senate approved 12. Those 12 were sent to the states for approval in August of 1789. Of those 12, 10 were quickly approved (or, ratified). Virginia’s legislature became the last to ratify the amendments on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights is a list of limits on government power.”

Without the courts upholding the Bill of Rights, the Federalist can, and will, use excess government power.  We need to ask, “have they exceeded their power and authority?”  and if we think they have, we need to elect others who are willing to represent US, not special interests, and restore our God-given freedoms.

 

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April 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Pete Stark again shows why most good people will not run

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I heard on the radio, and read on the web, that once again Pete modeled why good people often are not willing to offer to serve in our government.    The reward for having enough money to make them think you can honestly compete, means   Attack , Accuse  and Abuse. 

I did not get that from Pete two years ago because I had no money, and he was not worried.  

I had no money, and was an unknown.  Maybe my 16% two years ago, along with redistricting, has Pete thinking that someone with campaign funds could be a real risk to his career.

I do not know if Barbara will stay focused on issues, or if she will attack me.   Some will find my deep commitment to Jesus Christ to be offensive.  If they know me, they will know that I am not offensive.   I believe each has a choice to make, and will bare the consequences of the choice they make.   That is true for my wife, my daughters, my sons-in-law, my brothers, my ….. you get the idea.

It is not my job to find fault with their choices.  I am not their spiritual judge.  I will share with any who ask, the hope and certainty that I have in Jesus.  In a church pulpit, or Sunday school class I will declare the scriptures, without apology.   But in the area of Political debate, and legislation, I will work to ensure that the first amendment is NOT violated.  

I want the Federal government to stop its efforts to supplant religious communities.   The Founders understood the harm that would come if the new Federal government became entangled in Religion.  The FIRST amendment said it was NOT to get in the way, or take the place of religious institutions.  ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”  Because I am a deeply spiritual man, I want the Federal government to stop altering the way religion is practiced in America.

If I am attacked for my beliefs, it will just prove the ugliness of the current political party culture. 

I have offered to serve, even if that means I get attacked for loving America and Freedom enough to offer to serve. The Democratic party did not ask me to challenge the PROFESSIONAL CAREER POLITICIAN that the Party put forward.  They did not welcome me, or thank me, for offering to serve.   I do not offer to serve for my ego, or my party; I offer to serve for Love of Country, Love of Freedom, and Love of Democracy.

If you like what I stand for and want to contribute $5 to $100 on my web site I thank you.  www.JustinJelincic.com

I will take no more than $100 from anyone, as I am not for sale.   I have been told I am a fool for trying.   But if no one tries, we get Party power, instead of People Power.

We THE PEOPLE get what we choose, if and only if, we take a stand, and make a choice.

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April 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Our right to be free – is not our right to do what is “right in our own eyes”

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I like to think that in America we began an experiment for the world, to show what happens when we allow citizens to be free from government control of their thoughts, religious choices, priorities, careers, family, education, life style.   However, the American experiment is not one of anarchy, where everyone can do what is right in their own eyes. 

Society establishes boundaries, and consequences.  Governments, are employed by men, and established by God, to enforce the consequences of violating civil boundaries.   The American experiment was to see how limited that government could be, and how expansive freedom could be, without drifting into anarchy.

Far from drifting into anarchy, I think the current body politic, has drifted away from the American experiment, and has become ever more intrusive into the lives and choices of citizens who would be free.  

What is the FEDERAL issue that caused Congress to decide what equipment my car must have?  What is the FEDERAL matter that is involved in what type of baby crib my daughter can buy?  What is the FEDERAL matter involved in ….. you get the idea.  The nanny state has taken away freedom, rather than addressing consequences of choices.

The people and interests that buy politicians and their votes, are interested in national standards, because it serves their purposes.  It allows them to grow, without needing to worry about State variations.   Such FEDERAL standards allows companies to become national, and “too big to fail”. 

Small companies, delivering product to one State, under State regulations, are not “too big to fail”.  Congress and the Executive Branch enabled enterprises to get “too big to fail” and then had to bail them out when they failed.  The Courts did not protect us from the abuse of the interstate commerce clause.  The Courts did not use the Bill of Rights to protect us from Federalist abuse of power that the Bill of Rights was passed to protect us from.  The US Constitution, without the Bill of Rights, allows citizens to be turned into slaves of the FEDERAL state.   Far from anarchy, we are more likely to lose our freedom, than be overly free.

I just finished a study of the Old Testament book of Judges.   In it “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  The book is a cautionary warning of the harm that comes from anarchy.  I do not want anarchy, but I do want the freedoms the authors of the Bill of Rights meant to preserve for The People.

That’s my thought today.

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April 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Barack smack down on the Supreme Court, round two.

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Wow ….  http://news.yahoo.com/obama-confident-health-care-law-upheld-183033288.html

“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said. “I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench is judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint.”

“That an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, here’s a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that, and not take that step,” Obama said.

I hope these words work to create a 9-0 vote to strike down Obamacare.  If I were a justice this would make me think twice about the power that the Democratic Party exercised, and abused.  When Barack thinks that a bare minimum, one vote margin, is “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress” it is clear that his opinion of its constitutionality is fogged by the same self assessment.

The courts were given power to protect the citizens from a government that trampled on their rights.  Even a 100% vote in the Congress could be an abuse of the rights of The People.  Majority votes, near party-line votes, do not mean the bill was constitutional.   Given the strange brew that was cooked up to get the votes to pass Obamacare, it is harder to think this is constitutional, than it will be to see that it is a flawed bill, that violates the rights of free citizens to remain free from government abuse.  

I am not the only Democrat to want to yell  “Don’t tread on me”.  I hope some of the Democrats on the Supreme Court find the courage to tell Congress and Barack that they violated the citizens rights to be, and remain free, from Federal abuse.

That’s what I’m thinking tonight.

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April 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm