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A poll conducted by Harper Polling released today shows US Senator Lindsey Graham remains vulnerable and within the margin of error of being forced into a head-to-head runoff against a conservative challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for re-election. Meanwhile, among those vying to replace Graham, South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright has broken away as the main challenger with more support than all others taking on Graham combined.
Among the 27% of South Carolina Republicans who have already made up their minds to vote for someone besides Lindsey Graham, 56% support Bright. Richard Cash, Bill Connor, and Nancy Mace trail far behind at 15% each.
If Graham fails to get at least 50% of the vote in the June 10, 2014 primary, even if he is first in raw vote totals, Graham will face the second place opponent two weeks later on June 14, which at this point would likely be Lee Bright.
A separate poll by Winthrop University also released Wednesday puts Lindsey Graham’s support among Republicans at 45.2% making it uncertain that Graham could win nomination for re-election without a runoff while the Harper Poll puts Graham’s support at 51%.
The race bears a resemblance to the 2012 US Senate race in Texas where David Dewhurst lead polling throughout the primary but candidate Ted Cruz was able to force him into a runoff and ultimately defeat Dewhurst.
Harper Polling polled 676 likely Republican and independent voters in South Carolina. 70% identified with the Republican Party while 30% did not, but all planned to vote in the Republican primary. The margin of error was +/- 3.8%.
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On October 16, the Republican Liberty Caucus announced its endorsement of South Carolina Senator Lee Bright to replace US Senator Lindsey Graham in the upcoming 2014 election. Here is video of the press conference on the steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2013
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Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Lee Bright for US Senate
CHARLESTON, SC — The Republican Liberty Caucus today announced its endorsement of Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg, SC) for US Senate in the seat currently held by US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). This marks the first significant national endorsement in this particular race.
“Sen. Lee Bright is a friend of liberty who knows the issues that South Carolinians care about. As businessman who understands all too well the difficult economic times, Lee Bright stands for economic liberty,” said RLC-SC Chairman Scott Pearson. “As a man of faith, he stands for religious liberty; and as a man of great personal character, he stands for personal liberty. Unlike the incumbent, he brings a principled message of individual freedom that will unify, rather than divide, the Republican majority.”
The Republican Liberty Caucus endorses candidates dedicated to the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets. In the case of Senator Bright, he has a stellar record in the South Carolina Senate advocating for government reform, respecting the tenth amendment, significant spending cuts and protecting the rights of gun owners.
“Incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham represents everything that is wrong with both the Republican Party and Washington DC, and the outcome of the South Carolina Senate race will be a major factor in determining the future of both,” said RLC National Chairman Matt Nye. “As a proven, principled advocate of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise, Lee Bright offers the citizens of South Carolina a true alternative to the status quo. Bright possesses both the skills and world view we need to turn Washington, and the country, around.”
Lee Bright has represented Spartanburg in the South Carolina Senate since 2008. A lifelong South Carolinian, he resides in Roebuck with his wife, Amy and two children, Kaylee and Kendyl.
The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 that promotes individual liberty, limited government, and free market economics within the Republican Party. You can find more information about the Republican Liberty Caucus at www.rlc.org and the Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina at www.rlcsc.org.
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The Republican Liberty Caucus will be live streaming our first press conference from Greenville, South Carolina where we make a special announcement about the US Senate race. With announcements all across the state, you can also join us in person where US Senate Candidate Lee Bright will speak with voters and the press.
CHECK BACK AT 9AM ON OCTOBER 16TH FOR LIVE VIDEO
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Republican Liberty Caucus USA PAC Special Announcement Concerning US Senate Announcement
COLUMBIA, SC — The Republican Liberty Caucus USA Political Action Committee, a federal PAC associated with the Republican Liberty Caucus, will host a series of press conferences across South Carolina on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 in the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston areas.
The RLC PAC will be making a major announcement concerning the 2014 US Senate Republican Primary.
Event Facebook pages:
12:30 PM – Columbia
7:00 PM – Charleston (Mount Pleasant) WHERE: Greenville – Tommy’s Country Ham House; 214 Rutherford St; Greenville, SC 29609
Columbia – State House – Near Strom Thurmond Statue
Charleston Area – Mount Pleasant Waterworks; 1619 Rifle Range Rd; Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
US Senate Candidate Lee Bright
Republican Liberty Caucus of SC Chairman, Scott Pearson
Republican Liberty Caucus of SC Secretary, Daniel Encarnacion
The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 that promotes individual liberty, limited government, and free market economics within the Republican Party. You can find more information about the Republican Liberty Caucus at www.rlc.org and the Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina at www.rlcsc.org.
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GREENVILLE, SC — The Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina state board of directors unanimously approved a charter application to launch the RLCSC’s newest local chapter — the Greater Greenville Chapter.
Chairing the new local chapter is liberty activist Joshua Cook. Cook is well-known as the owner of The Greenville Post and also is a contributor to BenSwann.com. In addition, he has extensive management experience in the business world and brings a wealth of talent to the table on behalf of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
“I’m very excited about the new Republican Liberty Caucus chapter in Greenville County,” Cook says. “RLC Greenville will be an action-oriented organization dedicated to informing and engaging our community while encouraging our neighbors to take action to promote liberty.”
Cook goes on to promise that the Greenville Chapter will “empower Greenville voters by providing straightforward action items each month.”
This year, the Greenville Chapter’s focus will be with promoting policies that increase take home pay by lowering local taxes, allow the private sector to create jobs by removing the obstacles facing small business owners, and put the control of children’s education back in the hands of parents.
Cook takes the helm of a newly realigned upstate region which has grown so rapidly that it is now necessary to have both a Greater Greenville and Greater Spartanburg chapter.
The Greater Greenville Chapter will initially organize RLC members residing in Greenville, Laurens, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties while the Greater Spartanburg Chapter will organize members living in Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee Counties.
Evan Mulch, who has been chairman of the Upstate Chapter will continue to lead the Greater Spartanburg local chapter.
The RLCSC anticipates additional local chapters being formed in other parts of the state over the coming months as the organization continues to experience rapid growth across South Carolina.
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Read some of the personal testimonials on HealthCare.gov’s Facebook page:
My families insurance rates went up to $1000 per month. Obamacare has forced us to become uninsured. Stop this law!!
I got notice that my blue cross was being canceled. The cheapest Obamacare replacement is $160 per month more and my total risk increases from $5000 to $12,500. The good news is that my menopausal wife and I now have maternity, pediatric dental and vision! Thanks a lot.
$12,000 to cover my family with a policy full of sky high deductibles? You call this affordable? I guess I’ll just have to be a criminal as there’s no way I can afford this mess.
This sucks – my premium will go from $230 to $528 with HIGHER deductibles and HIGHER copays. WTF is “affordable” about that?
My family premium of $789/mo for a healthy family of five just went up to $1700/mo, for a plan that we were completely happy with. What happened to “if you like your plan you can keep it”? What happened to the average middle class family saving $2500/year? My premium is now higher than my mortgage. Thanks for nothing.
So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month. To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $954 a month.
310% increase in premiums. My AFFORDABLE healthcare plan was taken from me by you. Now a third of my paycheck will go to Cigna. Exactly how the HELL IS THIS AFFORDABLE?
Fraud! Doubled our rate and increased our deductible by thousands. Vote accordingly in 2014!
Just found out my premiums will triple as compared to my perfectly adequate plan that was cancelled due to the law. Obama lied and my health insurance died.
My premium in California more than doubled for less coverage (now almost $1,000 / month). We now have predator gov’t, and the Gorgon Sebelius is now everyone’s master. Where do I go to vote Sebelius outta office? Oh.
Family of six, middle class income, $18,744 per month with a $8,000 deductible… No subsitiy. I will stick with my employer insurance which I’m sure will skyrocket. Barack must be sitting back laughing his butt off at us, his subjects being screwed
on the colorado exchange i was told that for my family of 5 making $40k a year that my preimum would be $625 a month, that is half my rent and twice my car payment, that is for the bronze plan plus a $12k deductable on top of that and becuase my employer offers health insurance, to the price of about $900 a month, i dont qualify for subsidies. so tell me again how is any of this affordable?
Affordable? How is this affordable???????? The rates are HUGE and the deductible is, too. HOW? HOW am I supposed to afford something like this?????? I barely put food on my table, and pay for my most basic expenses. HOW am I supposed to spend money on this THAT I DON’T HAVE????????
Um it doesn’t matter if you qualify for subsidies if you are still paying 40% of the bill and your deductible is 6000… Seriously how anyone views this as better or affordable is beyond me!!!!
Thanks you for raising my premium $420/months and my deductbile $10,000 a year. My only problem is where to get the additional $15,040 a year from? I’m not loving this. I want the old coverage I had when I used to work 40 hours a week instead of 29. This change isn’t working out so good
My already crappy PPO plan costs $198/month. Looking at the ACA plans, the cheapest PPO is $330/month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The cheapest HMO plan is $284! With TWICE the deductible. Someone please point me to the “Affordable” area.
Insanely expensive! $1207 a month for me and my healthy young family. I can’t afford a second mortgage just for a high deductible plan!
I can’t understand how they expect healthy people to sign up for this when it cost so much more than the penalty. I think only people who have health problems will sign up and from what I here that will raise the rates further.
Insurance rates through the roof!!! Unaffordable care act!!
For a family a 3 and only 1 income, my premium would be $5815, no subsidy and a $12,700 deductible. The premium alone is a 61% increase. So much for affordable.
I thought Obamacare was supposed to be FREE! I discovered that it will cost me MORE money than my current plan for LESS coverage! I’m disabled and my current plan costs $398 a month. It pays 100% after I pay $1500 a year out of pocket. Obamacare will cost me $759 and I STLIL have to pay 20% of all charges….and I have a lot of cherges. I CAN’T AFFORD the “Affordable” Care Act! This is a complete SCAM!
This sucks. Premiums like 70% HIGHER than just last year. Suck it Obama!
Their phone number says it all (800) F1UCK-YO. They think we’re suckers.
You guys are liars – this is nothing like you told people it was going to be. And now my friends are being dropped by their bosses and forced on this crap.
I looked at options on the KY Exchange (KYnect), using the highest deductible and highest co-pay the system would allow, and unfortunately, our premiums will increase by over $300 per month over what we pay now.
I am so disappointed. These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!
I have one question. What happens if I can’t afford the Affordable Health Care that you are cramming down my throat? I just ran your calculator, and if it is even close to accurate, I will have a choice…..I can pay my rent and buy groceries, or I can pay the health care premiums, move out into the streets and live under a bridge some where, and go hungry!
I am a single mother of two, in school and working full time, living 75% below the poverty level, and I DO NOT qualify for a healthcare subsidy. Are you F’ing kidding me???? Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this “bronze” health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening.
My co-worker was able to log on and she was checking for her son who makes $8000 a year. The lowest tier had monthly premiums of $215 ($2600 per year) with an annual deduction of $5000.00. How is that affordable?
$6k per person cap or $13k per family cap on top of premiums is more than most can afford these days. Its just not realistic.
I thought Obama said my rates would go down $2500 a year for my family. That’s odd. The policy he said I could keep doesn’t satisfy the non affordable care act and one that does that has similar coverage is $1000 more a month. Wow.
CHARLESTON, SC — On Thursday evening, the South Carolina Republican Party unanimously approved a resolution to support efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund ObamaCare.
Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon, for nearly an entire day, Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to urge his Republican colleagues to block the funding of ObamaCare while funding the rest of government. When beginning his day-long speech, Cruz said he would speak “until I am no longer able to stand.”
McCain takes issue with Cruz’s intentions to insist that a continuing resolution funding the government not move forward if a provision to defund ObamaCare is taken out the bill. If united, Republicans could block removal of that provision because Senate rules require 60 votes to close debate and move the resolution to final passage and Democrats only have 52 seats.
“We fought as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost,” McCain said while suggesting that Democrats be able to strip funding from ObamaCare by a simple majority vote. “One of the reasons was because we were in the minority, and in democracies, almost always the majority governs and passes legislation.”
McCain has close — almost inseparable — ties to South Carolina’s senior Senator, Lindsey Graham. Graham also took issue with Ted Cruz’s strategy saying, “I don’t think it would be smart of the Senate to shut down the government if we don’t get [Democrats] to bend to our will before we take the vote.”
The South Carolina Republican Party responded Thursday evening by calling on both Sen. Graham and South Carolina’s other Republican Senator, Tim Scott, to oppose efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to remove the defund ObamaCare provision.
Later this week, a procedural vote pushed by Reid called “cloture” will take place. Voting in favor of cloture on the continuing resolution would end debate and allow Democrats to remove the defund ObamaCare provisions by a simple majority vote rather than 60 votes.
A vote in favor of cloture essentially permits ObamaCare’s implementation to move forward as Democrats demand.
A RESOLUTION OF
THE SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SUPPORTING SENATOR TED CRUZ AND HIS EFFORTS IN THE U.S. SENATE TO DEFUND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS OBAMACARE, AND RESPECTFULLY APPEALING TO SOUTH CAROLINA’S SENIOR SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND SOUTH CAROLINA’S JUNIOR SENATOR TIM SCOTT, TO ACTIVELY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF SENATOR CRUZ
WHEREAS the South Carolina Republican Party Platform has been consistent for many years that health care should remain in the hands of citizens, not bureaucrats; and,
WHEREAS the South Carolina Republican Party platform has been consistent for many years in its support of smaller government; and,
WHEREAS ObamaCare will result in the IRS alone hiring more than 12,000 new agents to “ensure compliance,” while more and more regular Americans lose full-time work by the day; and,
WHEREAS the implementation of ObamaCare has already prompted large corporations like UPS, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and others to dramatically revamp or eliminate their employee health care plans, and reduce workers to part-time status to avoid ObamaCare’s draconian mandates, causing great suffering for middle-class American families; and,
WHEREAS the average family of four will spend an additional $4,000 annually in health care costs by 2016 if ObamaCare is implemented; and,
WHEREAS government will collect more than $1.3 TRILLION in new taxes over the next decade on everything from prescription drugs and private insurance plans to medical device manufacturers; and,
WHEREAS there are other options to provide the underprivileged with cost-effective health care; namely, the Republican Study Committee’s “American Health Care Reform Act,” which, according to Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, committee chairman, “dramatically opens up options for families, and dramatically lowers costs” compared to ObamaCare; and,
WHEREAS ObamaCare should more correctly be called the health care insurance profit protection act, as the federal government forces free people, under the cover of a convoluted Supreme Court decision, to buy a product from a private company – which is fundamentally un-American, unconstitutional, and anathema to a country that was built on free market principles; and,
WHEREAS many candidates campaigned on the premise that ObamaCare could be “repealed and replaced.” With that option having been exhausted, now every possible measure to derail this now commonly called “train-wreck” needs to be explored, including defunding. If government shutting down for a period of time results in the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, that is a price the majority of Americans are willing to pay; now therefore be it
RESOLVED that the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee extends its gratitude to the Republican members of the U.S. House delegation from South Carolina, which stood together in unity to vote for a continuing resolution that did not commit taxpayers to fund the budget-busting provisions of ObamaCare; and be it further
RESOLVED that the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee respectfully appeals to Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Tim Scott, asking them to actively and enthusiastically support the efforts of Senator Ted Cruz and block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act with their actions in the U.S. Senate. Specifically, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to present an amendment to the House Continuing Resolution (CR) to remove House language to defund ObamaCare; and be it further
RESOLVED that the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee calls upon Senators Graham and Scott, as well as all members of the United States Senate, to vote to adopt a budget which fully funds our nation’s key spending priorities without providing funding for provisions of ObamaCare, as well as to take all actions necessary achieve this outcome; and be it further
RESOLVED that the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee calls upon Senators Graham and Scott to continue to voice their positions on this issue at the soonest possible opportunity for the benefit of their constituents and work to achieve maximum transparency in the legislative process with regard to the Continuing Resolution, so actions both in support of and opposition to the Continuing Resolution are fully known and all members of Congress can be held accountable for their actions.
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From time to time I come across a curious argument that goes something like this: “Those who are libertarians think they are always right about how society should be run.” Is that true? Do those in the liberty movement arrogantly believe they are always right? I find this line of reasoning curious because it’s predicated on a misconception about what the liberty movement is all about. Those who advocate for more liberty are saying exactly the opposite: That neither they nor anyone else know exactly how society should be run.
Central planning is an abysmal failure in every respect: That is the liberty movement’s position. We have no idea where power plants should get energy, what kind of car you should drive or what kind of fuel it should use, what foods are healthier than others, what medicines are safe, how much people should save for retirement, how someone should educate their children, and so on. The very heart of our movement is that we do not know what is right for everyone and that everyone should be free to choose for themselves so long as they do not harm others or steal from others.
The philosophy of liberty is very simple at its core, so it is surprising that people misunderstand it so much. Take for instance the issue of gold. There is a misconception that those in the liberty movement want to force everyone to use gold as money. That is not true. We don’t care if you use paper bills, gold, silver, peanuts, or Crackerjacks for money. We simply use gold as an example of another form of money that has been more stable than paper money throughout human history because we object to being forced to use paper money as legal tender. In actuality, we believe you can use whatever you would like as long as you can find someone else willing to trade with you in that form of money. If you find someone who will give you a computer in exchange for one thousand boxes of Crackerjacks, who am I to stop you? That is your choice.
Those in the liberty movement ultimately want to leave decisions up to you as long as you don’t steal from or initiate violence against others. You should be free to do whatever you’d like with your own life. The important part is you have to bear the consequences of your own actions either positive or negative. In that way, just as in the financial market place, living well will lead to positive outcomes but living poorly will lead to negative outcomes.
We believe in freedom and believe freedom works. A society which protects people from themselves as a matter of policy is a society which protects people from the consequences of bad behavior and, as a result, ironically promotes that bad behavior. We do not know what is right for you but we believe that if you bear the burden of failure for poor choices and enjoy the fruits of success for good choices, that you and your neighbors will over time learn to make the best choices for your own lives.
So are libertarians always right? Heck no. Neither are you or anyone else on this side of eternity. Because none of us are always right, there are none among us capable of ruling others. There may be some out there who think they are always right and believe in using government to force others to do things their way or go to jail — but they would not be from the liberty movement.
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On Monday, the Charleston County Republican Party Executive Committee voted without dissent to publicly oppose military intervention in Syria.
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LOCATION: Mount Pleasant Waterworks, 1619 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
TIME: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Join us on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM as the Republican Liberty Caucus welcomes South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE) to give a presentation on Common Core.
In 2000, parents concerned about the quality of education for South Carolina students collaborated to form South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE). For more than a decade, SCPIE has worked to inform parents and other South Carolina citizens on key education issues. SCPIE endeavors to improve the quality of education in South Carolina and protect the rights of parents to direct their children’s education.
While SCPIE is a parent-driven organization, the impact of education on all of society has expanded its membership to include parents, grandparents and other education stakeholders. Among stakeholders are taxpayers and patriotic Americans who understand the connection between pedagogy and a nation’s governmental philosophy.What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)?
CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is facing a tough Republican primary if polling results from Landmark/Rosetta Stone hold true. While no single opponent appears to be running away with the race, Lindsey Graham only gets the support of 42% of primary voters — well below the 50% needed to avoid a runoff and a red flag for any incumbent senator even when accounting for the poll’s margin of error.
Graham only approaches 50% in two categories: Women and senior voters. Among men, Graham gets only 38% support and among women 47%. Graham performs best among older voters but still barely crosses over the 50% mark, earning the support of 51% of those age 65 or older. Graham’s support among younger voters is almost non-existent with only 25% of Republicans under 36 years old willing to vote for the Senator.
Sen. Graham will face challengers Lee Bright, a South Carolina state senator from Spartanburg; Nancy Mace, first female graduate of the Citadel; and Richard Cash, a businessman from the South Carolina upstate. Of those challengers, Lee Bright appears to have the most support (13%) with Nancy Mace close behind (10%). Whichever challenger gets second place will face Graham in a runoff after the primary if Graham does not receive 50% of the vote.
Q: If the Republican Primary Election for U.S. Senate were being held today and the candidates were Lee Bright, Lindsey Graham, the incumbent, Nancy Mace, and Richard Cash, for whom would you vote?
42% – Lindsey Graham
30% – Other announced candidate [Bright 13%, Mace 10%, Cash 7%)
28% – Undecided
Among Voters 18-35
24.5% – Lindsey Graham
41.5% – Other announced candidate [Bright 24.5%, Cash 9.5%, Mace 7.5%)
34.0% – Undecided
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.
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Washington, DC– Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) charters all over the country are joining in a national write-in campaign to demand Congress oppose any further intervention in Syria.
“Our members are unified in their belief that an attack on Syria does not serve our national interests,” said RLC National Chairman Matt Nye. “This is an important time for Congress to assert its authority and rein in this administration’s disastrous foreign policy.”
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Maine directed their concern at the Republican leadership in the House, calling on Speaker Boehner “to stand up for Republican principles and rescind his endorsement of the President’s initiative to strike Syria with military action.”
In Texas the focus was on the Constitutional requirements for the use of the military, with the complaint that “this administration has consistently ignored and worked against due process in their domestic security policy, and they continue to be hostile to the concept in their foreign policy, resisting calls for Congressional oversight.”
Republican Liberty Caucus endorsees in the House and Senate are already taking the lead on this issue.
Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) is making a series of appearances in Michigan to get feedback from constituents this week. According to Amash, “the President hasn’t come close to justifying war in Syria, and I know few Members of Congress who support an attack on Syria based on the current reasoning of the administration.”
Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) was impressed with constituent opposition to intervention in Syria. “My phones are blowing up, and an overwhelming amount of constituents are opposed to intervening. I think if you had the vote today, while members were in their districts, the resolution would fail,” Massie said.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has threatened to filibuster a bill authorizing intervention in Syria, making the point which seems to be widely agreed on that the Syrian situation does not meet the standard for intervention. “I think the line in the sand should be that America gets involved when American interests are threatened. I don’t see American interests involved on either side of this Syrian war,” Paul said.
“With public polling at around 90% opposing intervention and the administration having failed to make a convincing case that military action is called for, we hope more and more members of Congress will line up to oppose the administration’s plans,” Nye said. “Only the most out of touch elements of the Republican leadership seem willing to go along with the Democrats who are pushing for war.”
The Republican Liberty Caucus has launched a nationwide write-in campaign to encourage members of Congress to stand on principle and exercise their Constitutional authority to reject the president’s demands for war, sending a clear message that the American people are tired of endless wars that don’t serve our national interests.
“I think everyone agrees the use of chemical weapons is monstrous and should be condemned,” Nye said. “However, the situation in Syria clearly does not meet the Constitutional standard for immediate reprisal in response to an attack on the United States.”
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Ronald Reagan responds to Lindsey Graham’s claims that Reagan wasn’t a libertarian. Reagan made the point that conservatism is essentially the same as libertarianism while liberalism is essentially fascism.
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Upstate RLC members and allies in action standing up for freedom of speech as they protest Obama’s war plans in Syria.
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Imagine my surprise when this morning I opened up my email to an invitation to a breakfast town hall with Senator Lindsey Graham after Graham had been ducking town halls all month. I was excited that Graham finally decided to meet with his constituents rather than spend his days overseas building the case for another war in the middle east. Soon, however, it became clear that it was nothing but a farce.
Traditionally, members of the US House and Senate spend their August recesses meeting with their constituents in public town halls. Lindsey Graham, however, has steadfastly refused to do this all summer. With an election year approaching in which he faces a host of tea party challengers in the Republican Primary, Graham seems to be a little spooked about talking with regular, ordinary South Carolinians. Sure, you can find him on the Sunday morning inside-the-beltway talk shows but you will be hard pressed to find him anywhere near a place where ordinary commoners have the chance to ask him a question.
Yet here it was, in black and white: An invitation to a breakfast town hall with Lindsey Graham sent by Elaine Magalicane, Vice-Chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party.
“Senator Lindsey Graham invites you to join him at a breakfast on Wednesday morning in Mount Pleasant,” the email read. “Senator Graham hopes to see you on Wednesday!”
I excitedly reposted the email in the Charleston County Republican Party Facebook group eager to share the good news. Quickly follows a message in my inbox from the event organizer, Charm Altman, who says, “The event is full. You must uninvite those you just invited.”
It turns out only a dozen or two people were ever supposed to attend and the invitations were sent first to Graham supporters thus denying opponents of Graham any opportunity to ask the Senator questions.
This follows the trend of Graham’s recent “tele-town halls.” Tele-town halls are mega conference calls where people can call in and supposedly have a chance to ask Sen. Graham a question. In reality, that isn’t the case as all the questions are screened and controlled. Only those chosen to ask a question actually get the opportunity to ask a question. All the pesky commoners are kept on mute and not heard from.
In another event this Tuesday in Berkeley County, Graham will be available to talk with constituents who pay $50.00 to see him. How’s that for constituent service?
And with that Lindsey Graham still refuses to hold any true town halls; instead, he opts for phony ones — clown halls instead of town halls. He pretends to have dialogue with voters but really he avoids them.
In a time when America is debating war and peace with respect to Syria, an ordinary South Carolinian has no way to get in touch with his senior US Senator. Lindsey Graham’s “Clown Halls” are controlled access and his Senate office number usually goes straight to voice mail — and the voice mail box is almost always full.
That is unacceptable. As a vote on war in Syria inevitably approaches, it’s time for Senator Graham to stop clowning around and hold a real town hall and talk to his bosses — We The People. And if Graham still refuses to meet with his constituents, then his constituents should keep that in mind as they cast ballots next year.
Opinion articles are the views of the authors only and are not necessarily the opinions of the Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina or its members.