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Vanity: Your Three Most Important Issues
- | February 28, 2009 | Don R. Martin

Posted on 02/28/2009 9:46:03 AM PST by dmartin

I am working on a project to enable people to get more involved in the political process with the hope that we can start making a difference. To that end I would like to get opinions on what are the top three issues of importance to each of you.

Please give me your top three issues. Mine are:

1. Taxes
2. Immigration
3. Government Accountability*

* This includes everything from the role of the federal government to having Holder and Rangel dragged off to the cells they should be in.

Thanks in advance.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: activism; opinion; poll

1 posted on 02/28/2009 9:46:03 AM PST by dmartin
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To: dmartin

1. freedom of speech

2. free market economy


2 posted on 02/28/2009 9:49:12 AM PST by ken21 (the only thing we have to fear is fdr deja vu.)
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To: dmartin

1. USA becoming a socialist country
2. Impending 9/11-sized attack on US soil
3. Stagflation

Illegal immigration used to be #1 on the list but that changed on 1/20 and again when Porkulus passed.


3 posted on 02/28/2009 9:49:52 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: dmartin

1 pro-life (anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia)
2 anti-Americanism, pc, revisionism/anti-history
3 taxes, because without our tax money the tyrants couldn’t do anything


4 posted on 02/28/2009 9:51:51 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: dmartin

Economy

Economy

Economy


5 posted on 02/28/2009 9:52:45 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: dmartin

Elimination of K-12 schools and complete reform of colleges and universities.

Return to constitutionally directed government

Protection of free markets and property rights.


6 posted on 02/28/2009 9:52:54 AM PST by wintertime
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To: dmartin

God

Guns

Freedom


7 posted on 02/28/2009 9:53:59 AM PST by bannie
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; dmartin
I should add that my second choice is primarily effected and advanced by public education. IMO anyone who sends their child to public school is

accepting welfare

endangering their child

and enlisting their child in a system that is directed at the destruction of the United States.

8 posted on 02/28/2009 10:00:14 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: dmartin

1. Freedom of Religion, which encompasses basically all the Bill of Rights (speech, assembly) extending to the right to teach our own children, opt out of aborting kids if we are doctors, etc.

2. Justice, i.e. protection of the innocent: pro-life, anti-euthanasia, just courts, just laws, and the rule of law.

3. Strong defense to maintain #1 and #2.


9 posted on 02/28/2009 10:04:15 AM PST by Marie2 (Ora et labora)
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To: dmartin

#3 is the biggest issue. If the government can be made fully accountable, the others will be addressed correctly.


10 posted on 02/28/2009 10:04:56 AM PST by expatpat
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To: dmartin

infanticide (abortion)
income tax
illegal immigration

iii


11 posted on 02/28/2009 10:05:25 AM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: expatpat

I agree. Taxes, abortion, guns rights, education, immigration all get addressed when you have a government that is responsive and accountable to the people.


12 posted on 02/28/2009 10:10:19 AM PST by dmartin (Not the 'Change' you were 'Hoping' for?)
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To: dmartin

1. Terrorism - No freedom if crazy guys are flying planes into buildings

2. Smaller Government - Lower taxes & less spending - Getting government out of education, medicine, finance - they have done enough damage for the last 40 years. Get it back to its Constitutional mandates only.

3. “Global warming” - Killing the hoax once and for all so we can drill here and drill now, build refineries and expand nuclear power. I’m tired of funding countries that support terrorism or otherwise hate us.


13 posted on 02/28/2009 10:12:50 AM PST by Kandy Atz ("Let him rave on that men may know him mad.")
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To: dmartin

1. First Amendment rights

2. Second Amendment rights

3. Abortion & Euthanasia (I’m against them.)


14 posted on 02/28/2009 10:13:44 AM PST by KarinG1 (You're just jealous because the voices don't talk to you.)
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To: dmartin

1. Illegal Aliens
2. Socialist Economy
3. Erosion of the Constitution


15 posted on 02/28/2009 10:14:33 AM PST by KarenMarie
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To: dmartin
1. Constitutional Restoration (back to the basics)

2. Smaller/Less government

3. Pretty much covered in the first two

16 posted on 02/28/2009 10:20:19 AM PST by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: dmartin
Only one really:

The Constitution

The rest flows from adherence to the Constitution.

17 posted on 02/28/2009 10:24:27 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: dmartin

Nannystateism that erodes especially our first and second amendment rights

Right to life issues

Governmental economic foolishness


18 posted on 02/28/2009 10:27:03 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Beware, world! I haz camera!)
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To: SolidWood

I agree. Government ought to focus exclusively on its limited role: prevent force and fraud. Otherwise leave people alone to pursue happiness as they see fit (whether we agree with their choices or not)


19 posted on 02/28/2009 10:29:19 AM PST by MoreGovLess (Seek justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God (Micah))
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

God, Constitution (which takes in free speech, right to bear arms, immigration to name a few), and lastly education, but not in terms of fixing education, but in fixing the kids that go to school to be educated, and of course allowing people to homeschool freely.


20 posted on 02/28/2009 10:31:24 AM PST by Hanna548 (s)
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To: Hanna548

I forgot...how could I?? The economy. That was not top top priority, I liked lower taxes as much as the next guy but now it struggles for top place, which is really a sad commentary;/


21 posted on 02/28/2009 10:33:20 AM PST by Hanna548 (s)
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To: dmartin
1) National Security (and I include border security with this)
2) Taxation without representation
3) Improving our public education w/o throwing more money at the problem
22 posted on 02/28/2009 10:33:47 AM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: dmartin

Local control (decentralized government)
Over-regulation (particularly environmental)
Integrity of private property rights


23 posted on 02/28/2009 10:44:10 AM PST by marsh2
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To: dmartin
Socialism
Socialism
Socialism
24 posted on 02/28/2009 10:47:06 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: dmartin

1. Repeal 16th, 17th, 24th, & 26th Amendments
2. Amend Constitution Stating 1st through 9th Amendments are both Individual and Group rights.


25 posted on 02/28/2009 10:49:00 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: dmartin
Government Accountability

Just this one, but call it Legitimate Government Authority.

Take care of it, and 90% of all the others anyone could list would take care of themselves.

26 posted on 02/28/2009 11:05:10 AM PST by MamaTexan (It's time to STAND UP, America!)
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To: dmartin

4-26-98 ohiolawyer ......true then, true today

The “Four Ds” are the essential core of the conservative agenda:

Decreasing taxes;

Downsizing the government;

Diminishing the regulatory burden on America; and,

Decentralizing government by shifting power back to the states, and back to the people themselves.

If all conservatives learn the “Four Ds” and understand that the “Four Ds” are the essential core of the conservative agenda, conservatives can sell
the “Four Ds” and win the support of a majority of Americans. If conservative candidates would adopt and use the “Four Ds” as the central theme of the 1998 and 2000 elections, there could be unprecedented victories
for conservatives.


27 posted on 02/28/2009 11:05:20 AM PST by Smartaleck
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To: dmartin

Second Amendment
Spending/Taxes
First Amendment


28 posted on 02/28/2009 11:12:52 AM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: dmartin

Mine are:
1. The right to life is the first issue. If we each do not have the right to life, nothing else matters. Yes, I am Catholic; I am also somewhat physically deformed, so naturally, removing the practice of un-beautiful from sight through abortion catches my eye. But I have a sister who is adopted, too. We are both mothers and wives. I look at our children and realize that abortion does not just kill one human being but all those generations to come. I turned out to be a fairly normal person in every other respect; my children are not, ironically - both have recently graduated with high honors from first tier universities they attended on academic scholarships. People are not end products to be sorted and used or discarded; we are all links in an ongoing chain. Break the chain, lose the future.
2 The ability to go where we please when we want and to live where we want in our country is a fundamental issue, and something I watch for with Obama and his administration now. If we lose our freedom of movement - to be able to pick up and go if we don’t like a place, as Americans- it is over, in my opinion. That can be achieved incrementally through extremely high gas prices, GPS taxation for miles driven, or any number of other indirect means, too. We don’t have to think of suddenly switching to a “Your papers, please” society solely. We are American citizens if we can move about and merely serfs if we cannot-— and the governing class must find this mobility inconvenient, especially in places like California, for instance, right now. Mobility is freedom.
3. My third major issue is hard to pick from a much longer, interconnected list. Personally, I think your over-taxation issue tends to solve itself in the long run; people rebel or the country is gutted and goes inert. Defense of the country is the basic issue I would choose, I think, as the third issue, in the end - defense by the individual and of the country from external threats both. I don’t believe this new administration appears to feel a major attack on our country is that unacceptable, especially with a subservient press to interpret the event; they look willing to risk an attack, and may well see it as another useful opportunity to push an agenda forward. I am also concerned that members of our armed forces will be risked thoughtlessly in the coming years.
I am a bit of an optimist, by the way; I think Obama is busy inspiring a whole new generation of conservatives. I was not shocked that the AP class at Mesa High expressed doubts in Dear Leader and his vision for their future after a recent speech at that location. It became important that the quotes from the students be scrubbed, from what I read about the day’s events —think of it, the students all saw what happened. They know. You think they are all new little Obama-ites now? Obama’s revolution carries the seeds of its own destruction, as a Dune character might put it.


29 posted on 02/28/2009 11:33:37 AM PST by Coyote Choir
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To: dmartin

1) Global war on terrorism
2) Government intervention in economic matters
3) Energy supply (more nuclear power plants, less attention/funding for solar and wind which will never supply significant amounts of energy never = not for the foreseeable future)


30 posted on 02/28/2009 12:09:10 PM PST by bagman
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To: dmartin
1. Constitutional Government

2. Constitutional Government

3. Constitutional Government

Give me a limited FedGov via Art 1 Sec 8, and States who are bound by Art 6 Para 2 to not violate the BoR... And I would have nothing else to complain about.

31 posted on 02/28/2009 12:40:26 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Te odeo, interfice te cochleare)
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To: dmartin
1. Cheese/Moose.

2. Beebers set to stune.

3. Am I logged in?

32 posted on 02/28/2009 12:43:35 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: dmartin
1. We have no plan to take our country back. First, and foremost, we need a plan. "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail."

2. We, the People, need a show of power that will scare the b'jesus out of our Congress. EnFORCEment of the Constitution. Consider these words:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —

3. Money policy-The Repsonsibility of Coinage and regulation of the value thereof should revert back to Congress and be taken away from private banks (The Federal Reserve). There is a direct fiscal accountability to the people. As it stands, our Congress is being used as a buffer zone to keep the Federal Reserve accountable to the people in its printing and loaning of money.

4. Campaign finance. Individual donations only. No soft money. It is through campaign finance that has our politicians bought by Ivory Tower elitists. I am for free speech, but someone buying speech at the expense of free speech from some else is not free speech. Speech paid for is not free speech. The People need an equalizer in campaign finance.

5. You know that money corridor between New York City and Washington D.C., it needs to be obliterated.

6. I believe in small business. Large, public corporations be damned. I have no sympathy for large public corporations. It was commerce that finance federal government in the beginning, and we should return to that policy since it is large corporations that directly benefit from their greater access to the legislative process. Large corporations creating language in bills that stifle the growth of small business must be eradicated. Eliminating soft money campaigns is a start, since it does lessens the candidate's obligation to pay them back with legislative language that gives them the edge over small business competition. Economies of scale dictates that small business cannot afford to keep the rules as established by large corporations. This is how large corporations stifles small business competition.

I guess I better stop. I have went over my limit already. But IMHO, I believe the biggest problem we have is the fact that we have no plan, no machination, to take our country back. Please note that the first two issues starts with us first. If WE have no ducks in a row, if WE have no synergy, if WE have no symmetry, WE have nothing.

33 posted on 02/28/2009 3:29:16 PM PST by Arrowhead
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To: Arrowhead; All
I believe the biggest problem we have is the fact that we have no plan, no machination, to take our country back. Please note that the first two issues starts with us first. If WE have no ducks in a row, if WE have no synergy, if WE have no symmetry, WE have nothing.

I am full agreement with Arrowhead's post.

1. We need a plan. It is not enough to stage a handful of protests now and then or have a large protest in D.C. that the media will ignore. We need to look at the way the opposition is working and learn from their successes and failiures.

2. We need to start working together. The Obama campaign was very successful in reaching out to other groups and catering their message when needed.

3. We need the tools. The DNC / Obama Campaign has created an active online community through the use of email, forums, social applications. The numbers are really impressive.

Read this for more detail:

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

There is no reason to wait on the RNC or any other group to get their act together on this. It will be 2012 before we know it and that is three years too late.

4. We need to all be on the same page in regards to what we are working for. That was the reason for my post. The Contract With America worked because it had focus. We need to have clear goals and we need to be focused.

Thanks to each of you for taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions on this. I really appreciate it.
34 posted on 03/01/2009 7:03:26 AM PST by dmartin (Not the 'Change' you were 'Hoping' for?)
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