Today Must be Math Day

Today I ran across two separate math articles from two different sources.

The first was a video from a segment on the Dave Ramsey show. He talks about Obamacare and how you are not exempt from math regardless of whether you are a Republican or a Democrat. He also mentions the effects of being forced to purchase insurance. Have a look:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/IsVqOe07cdY[/youtube]

The second was an article brought to my attention by a friend:

The modern-day ‘slave class’ is anyone who cannot do math… and that’s about 95% of the population (click here)

Overall, it is a good read. I do not agree 100% with everything the article has to say. For example, I understand that it is a wise decision to transfer risk by purchasing certain types of insurance (such as term life insurance and homeowner’s insurance). The article does bring up the control factor of taxation and the national debt. That, I can certainly appreciate.

There was a slight bit of overlap between the two, but they underlying premise is more or less the same:

You are not excused from math!

It does not matter what you believe or don’t believe either side of politics.

  • Do not fall victim to any of the “loudest voice in the room” arguments on either side of the political spectrum
  • Do not buy into the euphemisms designed to cover up the theft imposed on you by the government
  • Do not be fooled by the trickery used to mask the true nature of our country’s dire financial situation

Happy Constitution Day!

Today marks the 225th anniversary of the 1787 Continental Congress signing the United States Constitution in Philadelphia.

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” — Thomas Jefferson

Now we just need to elect a slate of legislators and a President who intend to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

UPDATED: Brandon Raub’s Salem, VA Gulag

UPDATE: A circuit court judge has ordered Brandon Raub’s release. More details here.


Question: What do all of these things have in common?

  • Suppression of free speech
  • Thought crime punishment from the fictional book 1984
  • Political prisoner status from the cold war era U.S.S.R.
  • Warrantless arrest and imprisonment

Answer: They all remind me of Brandon Raub.

Even if I do not agree 100% with everything Brandon says and believes, I support his right to have and express his opinions. The fact that he is being illegally held against his will in the very city I live in makes me sick to my stomach. This is not the last I will have to say about this topic. More to come.

What Are You Running For?

After last week’s announcement regarding politics, some of my friends, family, and colleagues asked whether I am running for office and if so, which office I am running for. Just to clarify things, I am not currently running for any office. For now, my goal is to simply be active and involved again after taking some time off to focus on family, business, and tasks I had postponed for my 2010 campaign.

My plan is to help promote liberty and freedom whenever and wherever I can. When future opportunities to run for office present themselves, I will evaluate them as they come up.

I am humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement. Thank you!

— Stuart

Independence Day Celebration Remarks

On Saturday, July 7th, 2012, the SW Virginia Tea Party held their Independence Day celebration in Abingdon. I discussed putting my comments online for Mr. Trivett to read, so here they are!


Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Stuart Bain, and I hail from Salem, Virginia. My family and I were just recently redistricted into the 9th Congressional District, so I appreciate the warm welcome and look forward to learning the lay of the land.

Continue reading “Independence Day Celebration Remarks”

Roanoke City Call to Action – July 9th Deadline

“All politics is local.” — Tip O’Neill

Liberty lovers, it is time to take action. It is time to turn the tide of politics in the Roanoke Valley. Do you meet these criteria?

  • You are a resident of Roanoke City, Virginia AND
  • You are registered to vote AND
  • You believe…
    • That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
    • That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
    • That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government
    • That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations
    • That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
    • That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation

If so, we need your help. It is time to turn off the TV and get involved. America’s Got Talent can wait. Mr. John Brill is the Chairman of the Roanoke City Republican Committee, and he needs as many liberty-minded voters as possible to join the Committee. The Committee is holding a mass meeting on July 18th. If you are ready to take up the cause of liberty, I urge you to contact Mr. Brill before 5:00PM EDT on July 9th and inform him of your intention to join the Committee. Help him bring more liberty-minded candidates to office.

Instructions:

  1. Read this mass meeting call.
  2. Click here to email John Brill your name, address, phone number, and intention to join the Committee.
  3. Attend the July 18th meeting if you can!

Take action now and get involved! Thank you for your willingness to support the cause.

Best regards,
— Stuart Bain

Towards the Battle

Over the course of the past year and a half since the November 2010 election, I was somewhat absent from the political landscape. My absence was mostly due to personal obligations involving family, work, and other commitments. During this period, I maintained as watchful an eye as I could on the overall direction and climate of the political landscape. I attempted to keep up with current events in local, state, and national politics; but my time and availability limited my ability to be involved and engaged in related activities. I watched as many battles for liberty were fought at local, state, and federal levels. Some were won, and some were lost. Celebrate our victories, and learn from our losses; but do it quickly for there are more battles to be fought in this struggle. Our fight is no longer “like” war. It is war, albeit one fought with words and ballots instead of lethal weapons.

After prayerful consideration and discussion with my wife and family, we decided it is time to once again take up the cause. To that end, we will rejoin the fight alongside opponents of tyranny to defeat those who stand in stark opposition to freedom, liberty, and The Constitution. Marines are trained to run towards the battle, so count me in.

Game on.

Best regards,
— Stuart Bain

Tale of Two Doctors

This was in ye olde email inbox this morning.


Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same
complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require hip surgery.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and
has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an
appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray,
which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery
scheduled for 6 months from then pending the review boards decision on his
age and remaining value to society.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen on Obamacare.

In November if Barack Obama and his Czars get another term we’ll all have to find a
good vet.

A Look at Current Self-defense Common Law in Virginia

Here is some great information Mr. Van Cleave from the VCDL gave me permission to re-publish.


Virginia currently has excellent protections for those involved in the use of force for self-defense.  Our protections are much broader than the “Castle Doctrines” that many states have.  True “Castle Doctrine” bills provide protection only in a person’s home, while Virginia common law provides protections everywhere you might be – at home, in the yard, at work, at the store, in church, etc.  Some states desperately needed “Castle Doctrine” laws, as their existing laws were horrible on self-defense.  Many required a person to retreat EVEN IN THEIR OWN HOME!  Not true in Virginia.
Virginia is a “stand-your-ground” state.  That means AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT PART OF “THE PROBLEM” and are innocent, you can stand your ground and use force to defend yourself wherever you may be.  Deadly force is only allowed if you are under IMMEDIATE threat and you reasonably fear that you, or another innocent party, will be killed or be grievously injured.  The death of an attacker caused by use of such deadly force is considered “justifiable homicide.”  Note that you don’t actually have to be in a deadly situation, but only have a REASONABLE FEAR that you are in such a situation, to be justified in the use of deadly force.  For example, if someone tries to rob you with a toy gun and you don’t know it’s a toy gun, you would be justified in responding with deadly force since you would reasonably fear that your life was in immediate danger.

If you are part of “the problem,” say by making an obscene gesture or yelling a threat at someone, then, if attacked, you MUST RETREAT.  The retreat must be as far as you can reasonably go and you must indicate that you give up the fight.  Then, and only then, if the attacker persists, can you use force against them.  If they are trying to kill you or grievously injure you, and they die because of your use of deadly force, it is considered “excusable homicide,” a lower standard than “justifiable homicide.”  Moral to the story:  don’t give up your right to stand-your-ground by being part of the problem – ever.

The reason that a person who is part of the problem is required to retreat is to avoid someone committing murder under the guise of self-defense.  Otherwise, a murderer could intentionally badger a victim to the point that the victim attacks out of sheer anger or frustration.  At that point the murderer, standing his ground, could use that attack as an excuse to kill the victim “in self-defense,” getting away with murder legally.  Not good, not acceptable, and not legal.

Would common law or the “Castle Doctrine” bills GUARANTEE that a person legally defending themselves could NOT be charged with murder or sued civilly?  NO.  If the police and/or the Commonwealth Attorney have reason to believe, rightly or wrongly, that you committed a murder instead of true self-defense, you are going to be arrested and charged.  Period.  As far as a civil suit, you can be sued for anything and nothing can stop that either.  However, common law (and the wording in the Castle Doctrine bills) provide a defense.  However, the common law provides the same defense wherever you may be, while the “Castle Doctrine” would only apply inside your dwelling.

Author: VCDL