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The Democrats want to figure out how to beat the Tea Party, according to their house organ, the New York Times.  It is obvious they are unsure what to do:  Call them extreme (most of their positions such as privatization of Social Security and abolishing Federal departments are classing Ron Paul positions), tie them to Bush-era policies (it’s those policies that Tea Partiers blame as much as Obamacare etc.) and use their gaffes against them.  However, the Dems need to stick to the facts; Exhibit A as I used to say in my trial practice days is this one used against the Republican candidate for Governor of Colorado:

The party spread the word, for instance, when Dan Maes, the Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate, said the mayor of Denver’s plan to promote a bicycle-sharing program was a “strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.” (Video cameras are helpful in this effort.)

The implication is that Maes is a wingnut; Maes may have issues but he is essentially correct.  There is indeed an effort by a United Nations agency (ICLEI, the former acronym for International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives now called ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability) that does involve the implementation of several environmental treaties by city governments.

Here are their goals from their own web site:

The pace of global environmental change, the degradation of ecosystem services globally and the overshoot of the human footprint on Earth require an acceleration of local efforts.

Not satisfied?  Try this:

What did Maes say again?  Try this story from channel 9 news in Denver and this newspaper article.  In it, Maes cites ICLEI and suggests that personal freedom is at stake and it is unconstitutional.  He’s right on both counts; the UN is an enemy of personal freedom and for global government.  It also violates the US Constitution for cities to have a foreign policy or enter into treaties or alliances:

“No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation…”  [Article 1, Section 10]

Maes may have issues but sovereignty is not one of them.  (By the way, don’t take my word for it – try this incriminating item from ICLEI’s web site!)

More than 1118 local governments and their associations, representing over 300 million people in 68 countries, constitute ICLEI’s membership. As a democratic, membership-driven association, every Member has a vote at council meetings where the priorities and direction of the organization are determined.

Governed by the ICLEI Charter put in place by its founding Members, our mandate is to build an active and committed membership of local governments and local government associations.

The Council is the general assembly of ICLEI Members which is composed of Full Members. ICLEI also offers Associate Membership to non-governmental organizations, research institutions, state governments and other entities. The Council meets every three years on the occasion of an ICLEI World Congress. After the founding congress in New York, USA (1990), Council meetings were held in Toronto, Canada (1993), Saitama, Japan (1995), Dessau, Germany (2000), Athens, Greece (2003) and Cape Town, South Africa (2006). The Council elects the Executive Committee, approves the six-year Strategic Plan, which is updated every three years, and receives the Triennial Report. The Council also adopts a Declaration of Commitment, in support of the Strategic Plan.

Maes is a wingnut for suggesting that US cities ought not have a foreign policy?  It’s not okay for Arizona to enforce US immigration laws but it is okay for cities to unite globally to fight global warming and support environmental extremism?  I encourage the Democrats to run on a openly globalist platform.  A veto-proof GOP Congress might be a real possibility.

By the way, several Virginia cities are members of ICLEI; Alexandria, Richmond and Abingdon among others.  I suggest the Attorney General ought to look into whether it is legal for Virginia cities to join an international agency with this sort of agenda.

The second example – Exhibit B so to speak – is closer to home; the 11th Congressional district of Virginia.  I used to live in this district and voted for Davis.  This year, conservative Keith Fimian is in a rematch with Rep. Gerry Connolly:

Inevitably, there is a lot of parsing. “People here know that Gerry Connolly does support the president and speaker if that is what the people of Fairfax County want,” said Rex Simmons, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, referring to Representative Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who faces a Tea Party challenger, Keith Fimian, in the 11th Congressional District race. “But he is proud that he was responsible for making sure health care reforms were paid for. He has stood his ground when necessary.”

Health care reforms were PAID FOR?  With Confederate money perhaps.  Let’s start with Fairfax County favors Obamacare.  I’m not so sure; a progressively sponsored poll in February 2010 cites a 44 to 40 in favor of the Senate bill without a public option for the NOVA area.  I could not find a more recent poll.  I would question that assumption; Alan Moore, the Fairfax County Conservative Examiner for suggested healthcare might be Connolly’s Waterloo.  A more objective source, AOL News, reported in April that this was a toss up race.

The Cook Political Report rates the race here as one of the nation’s most competitive, even though Connolly won’t know who his Republican challenger is until after the primary election June 8. The reasons are many.

But the claim that Fairfax voters are sold on Obamacare is belied by Rep. Connolly’s own reaction – he waited until the day before the vote to say he was voting yes.

However, the question is:  How did the Congress pay for the health care bill?  The Christian Science Monitor says higher taxes, mostly for the so-called rich will pay for it.  Bloomberg agrees.  Is Connolly for higher taxes?

To sum up:  The two leading examples the Democrat operatives used to demonize the Tea Party candidates simply do not add up.  Sounds like those living in my old district should change representatives:  Support Keith Fimian on November 2.

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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