Archive for March, 2013

HB 1588 Update

Posted: March 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

As many are aware, House Bill 1588 , a bill that would seriously hinder the private sale of firearms by compelling the seller to do a background check on the buyer and then pay a fee for filing the sale with police, will be voted on as early as tomorrow. The penalty for wantonly selling a second-hand piece of equipment to a friend or neighbor without filing the proper paperwork and saying ‘pretty please may I exercise my 2nd Amendment rights’ would be a gross misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $5000, and possible jail time of up to 364 days. If that doesn’t sound quite right to you, here is a list of Washington State Representatives who, according to this article from redstate.com, are apparently still mulling this over:

Rep. Linda Kochmar (R, 30th LD) 

(360) 786-7898

Rep. Mike Hope (R, 44th LD) 

(360) 786-7892

Rep. Mark Hargrove (R, 47th LD) 

360) 786-7918

Rep. Steve O’Ban (R, 28th LD)

(360) 786-7890

Rep. Cathy Dahlquist

(360) 786-7846

Rep. Hans Zeiger (R. 25th LD)

(360) 786-7968

Rep. Drew MacEwen (R, 35th LD)

(360) 786-7902

Rep. Chad Magendanz (R, 5th LD)

(360) 786-7876
Rep. Maureen Walsh (R, 16th LD)

(360) 786-7836

Rep. Terry Nealey (R, 16th LD) 

(360) 786-7828

For those in Clark County, you might also try 17th LD Rep Monica Stonier, (360) 786-7994. If anyone actually gets through to her, post what her office has to say in the comments section below. One would think that a Representative from a swing district might be convinced to think twice about voting to turn her constituents into criminals. These things have a way of coming up during election cycles.

The cause of liberty had a very big day yesterday.

In a 13-hour marathon filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Rand Paul appears to have galvanized liberty-lovers of all stripes behind his fight for a more Constitutional approach to government. While the main body of conservatives and libertarians were already enamored with the rising Tea Party star in the Senate, Paul also added admirers last night from the Liberty holdovers who hated his endorsement of Mitt Romney in the general election, as well as Republicans who hated his endorsement of his father, Ron Paul, in the presidential primary. He even added the left-wing civil rights group Code Pink to his list of admirers. (Does this mean that they won’t demonstrate at the RNC if he is the nominee in 2016?)

While the filibuster was primarily spearheaded by Dr. Paul and his close allies, Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, it was also interesting to observe those who chose to make an appearance in support of the filibuster. Of particular note was Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, who has an interesting history of voting against the Establishment on issues like bank bailouts, indefinite detention of Americans, wire-tapping, and even GMO labeling. Senator Wyden made his appearance very early in the day, before it was deemed ‘politically safe’ to do so, and he gets my respect for ‘standing with Rand’, just as he did when he voted against T.A.R.P. while Republican Senator Gordon Smith voted in favor of it. He has cast a myriad of terrible votes on spending and social issues, but where civil liberties are concerned, Wyden seems to have more conscience than most Senators on either side of the aisle.

The bipartisan coalition, which has been labeled the ‘Checks and Balances’ caucus, made an interesting point throughout the day regarding the exercise of power in U.S. government. Contrary to recent trends, they see the Legislative, not the Executive branch as the proper source of policy regarding who ought to be droned into Eternity and who should get a trial first. Senators Paul and Cruz have even been cheeky enough to propose legislation designed to hold the President’s trigger finger in check. No word on whether this moves them up on the Homeland Security ‘threat list’, or if they are still safely nestled behind home-schooling, food-storing Constitution Party members.

The fact that Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity and others are lining up to get interviews from Rand is evidence of a new turn in the Republican Party. Instead of circling the wagons around the most moderate, big-government guy they can find who will still agree to call himself Republican (McCain, Romney, Dole), the talk radio circuit is finally agreeing with the Liberty/Tea Party movement that the more principled approach is also more compelling to voters. Instead of shedding core values in an attempt to appeal to statists on the Left, the Doctors Paul have been making the case for some time now that a strong, Constitutional approach to civil liberties will draw those who are disenchanted with the hypocrisy of the Democrat party to the Liberty side. The idea is summed up in the slogan ‘Freedom is Popular’.

In the meantime, while Senator Paul was sneaking bites of candy bar between words during his 13-hours of advocating for liberty, John McCain and Lindsey Graham were enjoying filet mignon with their pal, President Obama. On the Senate floor this morning, McCain offered this reaction to Rand’s efforts:

McCain completely missed the point that Holder refused to declare what McCain thought was ‘obvious’, that American non-combatants cannot be attacked by the President in a drone strike. If it was so obvious, why did Holder stop short of stating it? Are we supposed to take McCain’s word for it, as an extension of the Obama Administration? I knew they were close, but this might be a new level of intimacy.

The money quote from Lindsey Graham:

“I was going to vote against (Brennan) until the filibuster, so he picked up one vote,” Graham said, laughing to reporters in the Capitol.

There is always a question for unprincipled statists who have no PAC money at stake regarding how they ought to vote on the President’s appointments. Graham, McCain, and the other moderate neoconservatives have found their answer: When in doubt, find out how Rand Paul is voting and vote against him.