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I had been getting emails from the campaign of Dr. Greg Brannon, GOP candidate for US Senate from North Carolina.  I like him a lot.  I had heard great things about Dr. Brannon (He, like former Cong. and always hero, Dr. Ron Paul, is an OB/GYN) but when I read his positions on the issues, I see that I almost agree with all of what he says.  Try these:


The Constitution doesn’t allow the federal government to be involved in education. As far as government goes, educating our children should be left up to the states, where it will be better managed and funded.

Critical decisions should be made locally, letting parents, teachers, and community leaders – not out-of-touch bureaucrats in Washington – determine the most efficient use of resources.

As the Federal Government has increased the size and budget of the Department of Education, test scores and scholastic performance have markedly dropped. More money, more bureaucracy, and more government intervention are eroding this nation’s educational standards.

I also support the right of parents to educate their children as they see fit, including the right of homeschooling. Government-mandated curriculums and teaching methods do not properly account for different learning styles, leaving many children confused and falling short of their potential.

National Defense

National defense is the most critical function of the federal government, as provided in the United States Constitution. The full force of our Armed Forces should be used when we are faced with genuine threats to our safety, such as active foreign aggression or invasion.

The exclusive power of Congress to declare war must be respected, and executive reactions to imminent dangers must not be allowed to drag on without the express authorization of Congress.

As a Senator, it will be my duty to make sure that perceived threats are actually a danger to our life, liberty, or sovereignty before voting to send American troops into harm’s way.

Even as we maintain our national defense, we must protect our civil liberties. The Founding Fathers warned of a Federal Government bent on usurping the power, rights, and privacy of its States and citizens.

In the last eleven years, the Federal Government has expanded the scope of its power at an alarming rate, while blatantly ignoring the Constitution.

I strongly oppose big-government initiatives like the Patriot Act, SOPA, CISPA, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2012. The 2012 NDAA allowed the President to indefinitely detain anyone on U.S. soil, including American citizens, without charge or trial on the mere accusation that they are “associated” with terrorists.

As a Senator, I will seek to reassert the rights and privileges of the 50 states and over 300 million Americans. Dystopian, police-state laws like the NDAA run contrary to everything our country stands for.

The Federal Government must return to its constitutionally enumerated powers and preserve our inalienable rights.

I believe that America can successfully protect itself against potential terrorists without sacrificing civil liberties. I reject the premise that the Federal Government must be given a blank check in the name of national security.

America can prosper, preserve personal liberty, and repel national security threats without intruding into the personal lives of its citizens.


National Sovereignty

The Founding Fathers warned us that foreign alliances sacrifice our independence as a nation. In Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, he asserted that America should have “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”

Yet today, America is often subservient to foreign bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United Nations (UN).

We are a nation of laws. Our allegiance to foreign institutions sacrifices our autonomy as a nation by transferring our legal authority to unelected and unaccountable leaders.

Our fiscal, trade, and monetary policy should be in the hands and best interest of We the People. In 1776, our Founding Fathers declared the right of all Americans to direct legal representation. Let’s not give up that right to those who don’t share the same respect for our history and our freedoms.

As a Senator, I would propose that America can engage the world in free trade, develop lucrative commercial relationships with other nations, and defend its national interests without funding or joining international organizations.

The US Government must answer only to the Constitution and the citizens protected by it.

Music to my ears!  Might Dr. Brannon move to VA and run against Senator Warner?

Now it is easy and understandable to be jaded.  Politicos always say great things in primaries especially.  But since I am an native of the Tarheel state I have a special interest in NC politics (Nina and I almost moved to NC many years ago! Perhaps many are glad we did not!) and I will be glad to endorse (I have not gotten the okay from Tom White yet in so far as the blog is concerned) Dr. Greg Brannon.

Brannon is doing a last-minute fundraiser until the end of the day and I want my wonderful readers in the USA (We have that pesky rule forbidding foreign political contributions to US elections!) to know about it and do as you see fit.

Here is the website for Dr. Greg Brannon for US Senate.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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