Interview With Chris Green For Smith County Sheriff

I had the pleasure, Monday, to sit down with Chris Green at his headquarters on Troup Highway in Tyler and interview him. He was very receptive to the interview and even let me record our session so that I could give you a transcript of exactly what was said. I have to say that I really enjoyed my time talking with Chris Green. He’s very intelligent and has quite a few good ideas! I am posting the interview transcript in it’s entirety. I recommend that you check out Chris Green. His website is  The following is a full transcript of our interview:

East Texans For Freedom (ETFF):   So, what made you decide to run for Smith County Sheriff?

Chris Green (CG): Well, I’ve been a Game Warden here for 16 of my 20 year career and you know I’ve watched these deputies and their interaction with the public.  I’ve seen how this administration works and you know hearing from the land owners and business owners all around the county where I travel, I feel like these windows of opportunity don’t come around very often, especially with this current administration being in office for 30+ years.  I want to continue to serve in a different capacity than Game Warden.  I want to continue to make sure our people here in Smith County are trusting of their law enforcement out in the county and that they get the security that they are longing for.  So, I want to continue to serve in a different capacity, and two, I want to give back to a community that’s been so good to me and my family, especially my son.  Having a special needs son, and all the trials and tribulations we went through in Dallas and here when we got home, we watched the community rally around us with financial, emotional, and spiritual support and helped us out.  Look, I’m good at what I do in law enforcement.  I know that I can make some good positive changes for Smith County, the sheriff’s office, and the personnel up there.  Hey, this opportunity presented itself and I wanted to make sure that I was part of the new vision that this county has kind of longed for.

ETFF:  If you are elected, what will you do to combat corruption within the department?

CG:  Well, you know, I’ve heard from several individuals throughout my career, the Smith County Justice Book and such…you know,  I’m one of those guys that I don’t want to really look backwards.  I want to make sure that our team we’re gonna put together looks forward.  When we take office, if there’s some shenanigans that are in that office with our administration, our deputies, or whoever it may be within the Sheriff’s Office, we’re certainly going to address it because we’re not going to tolerate it.  We’re going to be above board.  We’re going to be ethical.  We’re going to be transparent.  We’re going to make sure that the tax payers of this county get the best bang for their buck.  So, I really don’t want to look back on what may or may not be so, so much as I want to look forward and be positive.

ETFF:  Let me skip down a few questions here, as this kind of ties into that.  Are you going to have an open door policy for deputies to come in and talk to you about things they see going wrong in the department?  If so, how are you going to combat retaliation for people that come to talk to you about that?

CG:  Well, it’s not going to be tolerated.  You know, retaliation is never a good thing.  That comes with morale and there’s some problems there.  Yeah, I’m going to have an open door policy and chain of command that we’ll go through, but I’m going to be available for everybody, not only the personnel of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department, but for the public that wants to reach out and visit with their sheriff.  We’re elected officials and we work for the people.  That’s how we’re going to be under this administration.  I think we as  game wardens are the most approachable officers in the state.  We have contact with the public whether we’re eating, going to church, or picking the kids up from school.  We are the most approachable to talk to because we have interpersonal skills.  We’re going to continue that with me as sheriff.  Yeah, I’m going to be available.  I’m not going to be out and about or absentee, whatever it may be, I’m going to be a sheriff available to the people.

ETFF:  Ok, now I’m going to go back to the other questions I skipped.  You are allowed a “no comment” here.  Do you have any proof of corruption in the department here or is it all hearsay as far as you know?

CG:  Listen, I dont’ have any proof, nor do we have any investigators.  We’re not digging for anything.  It a decision that people have to make about this Sheriff’s Office.  A lot of stuff in law enforcement is made up, some in  retaliation, some for just  pure meanness, and sometimes where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  I don’t know.  I just know that our administration is  going to be positive and not  look backwards and spend a lot of time and tax dollars doing investigations on a prior administration.  We have a lot of work to do right here in this county.

ETFF:  Let’s go back to your background in law enforcement.  You said that you’ve been a Game Warden for 16 of your 20 years.  What did you do for the other 4 years?

CG:  Well 16 of my 20 have been here in Smith County, and 4 were in Hopkins County…Sulphur Springs.  So I have 20 years state law enforcement.  Before that, I was the owner of a small business.  I worked as a general contractor in commercial and residential construction, and managed sub-contractors.  I’m a perfect blend of business and law enforcement, and I’ll tell you why.  The Sheriff’s Office is a law enforcement entity, we know that, but it’s also a big business.  I have a business degree from Dallas Baptist University, I’ve worked in the private sector, owner of a small business, and I have 20 years state law enforcement.  The best training that Texas has to offer, Texas Game Wardens are the best trained officers in the state.  So, a combination of business degree, business experience, and law enforcement is a great combination to be qualified for sheriff of Smith County.

ETFF:  I believe that it is important for the Sheriff to interact with the people and the media, one-on-one,  so that the public keeps a good relationship with the sheriff.   How do you intend to handle the public and the media if you are elected?

CG:  Well, I have 20 years of media experience.  I was trained to deal with the media and the state saw to it that I became the media spokesman for our department especially in the East Texas area where we had several incidences going on.  You  know I’m not going to hire a Public Information Officer.  The people want to hear from the Sheriff, anyway in high profile cases, any incidences that are major that we need to address, problems with personnel, or whatever it may be.  Yeah, I’ve always had a good relationship with our T.V., print, and radio media and will continue to do so as Sheriff.  As long as we have a good relationship, then we’ll certainly share information.  We’re going to be transparent.  We’re going to share information when we get it, if someone requests it, we’re not going to compromise any cases we’re working on just because someone wants information, but sure, we’re going to give people a heads up when they need it.

ETFF:  J.B. Smith has been Smith County Sheriff for about 36 years, now. That’s a long time in one office. Many people believe that not having term limits leads to corruption. How do you feel about term limits?

CG:  Yeah, I’ve always believed in term limits.  J.B. and his crew, they’ve had a really good run, but I think after 30+ years some of the employees get a little complacent…a lot complacent in some regards.  You get really beholden to folks and vice versa.  The people get really beholden to the Sheriff’s Office where they are really affecting people a lot more.  For me, donations, contributions, doing good things, that doesn’t gain you favor.  I think that we need equal justice for all across the board and that’s the way we’ll be with our administration.

ETFF:  What are some of the main goals you’d like to accomplish as Sheriff?

CG:  Well, I think more than anything, we need to rewrite some of the policies.  We need to have, again, equal justice for all.  Just because I’m running on the republican ticket doesn’t mean that I’m not going to work for democrats, independents, the republicans, everybody…black, white, hispanic.  We’re going to be the Sheriff for everybody.  I think we have a drug problem in this county, and we’re going to develop a drug task force…we’re not going to cost the taxpayers any more money…we’re going to work within our budget, work with the county judge, work with our commissioners, and we’re gonna put more boots on the ground.  More deputies serving the folks of our county that are patrolling the roads.  Right now we are way too top heavy.  I can see where we can streamline some of those posititions and put more deputies in the field.  Just having more deputies in the field patrolling is a deterrent to crime.  I know this, because I’ve done it for a long time.  Just the presence of a law enforcement officer on some of these county roads deters some of these criminals from crimes of opportunity.  So, we are going to streamline, put more boots on the ground, and we’re going to have a new vision, some new leadership, a new direction.  We going to go after some of our guys, men and women, that have warrants.  We’re going to have a warrant division, civil division, we’re going to have a drug task force, like I said.  We’re just not going to only work the interstates, we’re going to work inside this county and go after some of these meth labs, some of these drug houses that haven’t been getting much attention.  You know, drugs are the root of most the crimes that occur in this county.  You know, our problems aren’t so much major crimes as it is larceny/theft…burglaries…assault/family violence.  These are the crimes that most occur, not so much those other incidences that are serious and impact others lives.  The majority of our crimes are drug driven, are larceny/theft, burglaries, and assault/family violence.  That’s what we deal with as Sheriff’s Deputies day in and day out.  We average about 15 larceny/thefts a day.  So, they need some attention.

ETFF:  With the National Defense Authorization Act in place, how would you protect the citizens of Smith County from being detained indefinitely by federal agents for something as simple as protesting peacefully, or writing a blog like mine that speaks out against overreaching government? Would you have any recourse or would you feel you HAD to step aside?

CG:  Well, I’m not going to step aside for anything that violates the constitution with our people.  The NDAA, I noticed that most of our senators or congressmen…or all of them, signed on to it.  Hopefully, the provisions 1021 and 1022 will be rewritten.  There are some good things in the NDAA, but there are also parts that I can’t go along with.  As Sheriff, our responsibilities aren’t getting inside the crime scene tape and investigating is the Sheriff’s Office responsibility, but the Sheriff himself or herself, our responsibility is certainly to be bound by the United States Constitution.  We take the oath of office to protect our citizens and be the supreme keepers of the peace and make sure that the federal government doesn’t overreach.  We’re part of the executive branch of government.  We are the executors of the law.  But again, we are to maintain law and order, preservation, domestic peace and tranquility for our respective counties.  Hey, I’m going to be the last line in the sand between the people of this county and the federal governemnt.  They come in here and want to pull some of these things that violate the Constitution on our folks, I’m going to be a Sheriff that stands up for them (the people).

ETFF:  When dealing with Child Protective Services, would you allow them to remove children from the home of a loving parent for homeschooling because CPS says it is isolating the child?

CG:  Well, again, the constitution…there are so many organizations that the constitution didn’t even think were going to come about…Homeland Security, EPA, ATF, and the multitude of agencies that want to run roughshod over the people.  I know some folks that are homeschooled, and these kids are doing just fine.  They do meet with other kids.  Public shools these days…my kids are in public school and some of the are great…but some aren’t.  I think parents should have that choice in what they want to do with their kids.  If their life isn’t in jeopardy, they are getting their meds, their vaccinations like they should…again, that’s another vaccinations…I could go off on a rabbit trail there…

ETFF:  That was my next question, actually…

CG:  If the kids are safe, their getting educated…kids are our future…they can be our future criminals or they can be our future leaders…but I think the parents play a huge roll in that.  Now, law enforcement officers wear many hats.  We are social workers at times, school teachers are social workers at times.  A lot of things we normally wouldn’t get involved in we will.  If we go do a check on a family that has kids at home that are homeschooled and are home a lot…and they are well nourished, they look good, no bruises or scratches or cigarette burns on them anywhere, I think that’s going to be just fine to have those kids there.  I don’t see why we would snatch kids away from their parents unless some of the things I mentioned have come about that we see, and then CPS will get involved.  If there’s neglect or a violation there, then we’ll certainly sit down and evaluate them.

ETFF:  Would you allow children to be removed from the home for a parent giving their child raw milk, not vaccinating, or from a single parent with health issues, but that had a good support system in place?

CG:  Well, again, you go and evaluate something like that.  It’s a tough call when you start taking kids away from their parents.  I’ve worked many incidences where they involved near fatalities or fatalities of kids.  I’ve had to call CPS a few times on individuals where there was some neglect, especially in a fatality where you want to make sure there wasn’t any other neglect at home.  Most of those cases when CPS was called was because I wanted them to intervene and find out of things were OK.  If they were OK in their minds, then they are the experts that know that, then leave those kids in place.   You know vaccines…that’s a choice that parents make.  I don’t necessarily agree with it too much, but they are the parents of those kids, but again, I don’t want some of these diseases that we’ve eradicated over here to come back.  It think we have a lot of problems with that when some of our folks are coming over from other countries that aren’t getting vaccinated and they are bringing back some of these diseases we have eradicated with these vaccines.  You know I have a special needs child and he has some autistic tendencies, I don’t blame it on vaccines.  I think we need a lot more research when it comes to what vaccines do to our folks.  We could spin off on different things that doctors have said.  You know there’s a percentage of doctors that say they don’t and some say they do, kind of like global warming.  So there needs to be a lot more evaluation done on our vaccines before I can make a definite decision.

ETFF:  How would you ensure that there is cooperation between departments such as fire departments, city police, and the sheriff’s department?  Would there be any training for the S.O. such as ICS and NIMS, and if so, would those be made into policy so deputies have to adhere to those policies?

CG:  Well, I will tell you that I am probably one of  the only candidates running that has worked in the field with every police agency, fire department paid and volunteer in this county.  I have a good track record of doing that.  We’ve worked together on many different incidences.  They’ve helped me, I’ve helped them.  I won’t have to introduce myself to any of these folks out there.  They know me, they know my work ethic, they know how I was as a Game Warden.  We’ve always worked together and shared information.  We will continue to do that as a Sheriff’s Office.  The people that we’re going to put on this team are all like minded with me that we are going to work with other agencies.  There’s problems in this county.  We have commissioners that don’t like their constables.  We have Constables that don’t like other constables.  We have constable that don’t like commissioners.  The PD and the Sheriff’s Office have a rub.  Arp PD, bless their hearts, they are out there all alone.  They can’t even communicate with anyone in Smith County, they have to communicate with a Police Department in another county.  So,  we don’t communicate very well right now, but we’re certainly going to do that under our administration.  We’re going to work as a team.  We’re going to train together, we’re going to work together.  I have talked to the other chiefs in this county and they are all in agreement with the plans that we have to do just that.  Have mock training…an airplane crash, have training out there with all of our first responders.  Training at schools…we just had another school shooting up in Ohio.  We’ve talked to the leadership at TJC to have mock training out there with a gunman in the classroom and work with the campus police.  We’re going to do that sort of training.  We’re going to work together and have better communications and we don’t have to raise taxes to do so!  We just have to be more efficient with the dollars that we have.  I think they need to be better managed, and I promise you that we’ll make sure our folks will do that.

ETFF:  Do you know what Agenda 21 is?

CG:  Yeah I know a little bit about Agenda 21.  The U.N., the big power grab, trying to tell us where we can live, what kind of food we can grow, the taking over of our properties…I’m not real crazy about Agenda 21.

ETFF:  How will you combat Agenda 21 here in Smith County?

CG:  Well I don’t know if we have anything like that here in Smith County.  Some people are trying to relate Tyler 21 to Agenda 21.  I’m not sure how it correlates, but I can tell you, as Sheriff,  I’m going to protect my citizens out there in the county from some of the emminent domain claims, our second amendment rights, fourth amendment, tenth amendment.  I promise you we are going to protect our citizens.  The U.N. is not going to come in here and do anything with the citizens of Smith County as long as I am Sheriff.
So, there you have it, my interview with Chris Green for Smith County Sheriff.  If you have any more questions for him, please feel free to call and make an appointment with him, or check out his website for his stance on the issues.  I’d like to thank Chris Green for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this interview!  If you wonder who I am supporting for Smith County Sheriff, I’m for Chris Green all the way!!

Our next interview will be later this week with Matt Schaefer who is running for State Representative district 6.  He is running against Leo Berman (incumbent).  My interview with him is Thursday at 1p.  If you have any questions for him, please feel free to comment here with them and I will be sure to add them to my list.  Thanks so much for reading and being involved!!

Saying No To The NDAA

Yesterday was a national day of protest against the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). All over the country people were going to their local congress member’s offices to let them know that we want this law repealed. It was no different in my town. Our Congressman is Louie Gohmert. Several of our group that protested yesterday have sent email, called, and even tried to get an appointment with Mr. Gohmert only to have him duck all the questions or to have his staff return the calls to try and dissuade us from telling everyone we know how he signed the NDAA and still believes that he did the right thing.

We went to Mr. Gohmert’s office yesterday and protested for 7 hours. At first there were only 2 of us, but we sat in front of his office with signs saying, “REPEAL NDAA”, “Protect OUR Constitution”, “Read Before You Vote”, and “Dear Louie, Don’t tread on me! –The Constitution” After about 3 hours, we were joined by 3 more people. Amanda, Angela, and Rebecca had made signs and were ready to show their disdain, as well. Their signs read, “NO WAY NDAA”, “STOP SOPA”, and “Rule of Law” with NDAA scratched through on it. We waved our signs along the Loop in front of Gohmert’s office complex. There were lots of honks, thumbs up, and cheers as we waved our signs! It was nice to hear that other people agreed!! About 30 minutes later, we were joined by Matt. He had brought more supplies to make signs for anyone that didn’t have them and so we can use them at a future demonstrations as well! HOW NICE!! Anyway, he had Angela make him a sign that on one side said “Are you a TERRORIST??? Our GOVERNMENT thinks so!!” and on the other side said ” NDAA Indefinite Detention” with arms that were crossed at the wrist and chained. Then Danny and Carletta came and waved their sign that said “Keep the Oath of Office” on one side and “Restore Our Constitution” on the other. We had a few more join us that I didn’t get to meet, but they also waved signs in protest of the NDAA law! All total, we ended up with 10 people standing on the roadside waving signs to the Tyler traffic during rush hour.

I hope for those people that didn’t honk, but read the signs, that they went home and Googled NDAA. Maybe, just maybe, we helped to wake someone else up! People really need to know what is going on in our government and Mainstream Media surely isn’t going to tell you. We’ve seen that with the NDAA. Have you heard anyone on the news channels talk about it?? I didn’t think so.

If you are reading this and you don’t know what NDAA is, please Google it. The National Defense Authorization Act allows for indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil. That’s right…no lawyer, no due process, no phone call. But wait…aren’t those things guaranteed to us in the Constitution, you say? They are…and that is why this law is unconstitutional and should be repealed!! I know EVERY congressman in TX, except Ron Paul, voted for this unconstitutional law. Every Senator from TX voted for this unconstitutional law. If you are not from TX, did your congress members and Senators vote against it? More than likely, no. This law passed as bill in house with little resistance. It passed as a bill in the Senate with almost NO resistance. It was then signed into law by Obama December 31, 2011. Bet you didn’t hear that on the news, huh?

Get involved and start waking people up! You don’t need a National Day of Protest to do this. Organize a group in your town or county and go protest against this law and others coming up for votes that are even worse. Take a look at EEA (Enemy Expatriation Act), ACTA (Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement), and OPEN Act. These are all unconstitutional!! Look them up, read and become knowledgeable about them. Spread the word to your friends, on Facebook, on Twitter, and Google+. Then call, email, write, tweet, or leave a comment for your Congress member or Senators letting them know you disagree with these pieces of legislation! You MUST get involved in keeping your rights!! If we sit idly by and let the government do as they please, we will have NOTHING left.

I leave you with pictures of our protest yesterday.

The Awakening

In my life, I have always paid attention to politics, even as a small child. I’m not sure what made me so interested, but with my first mock election in elementary school, I was hooked. The school had us vote for the Presidential Election of 1984. It was Ronald Reagan against Walter Mondale. I was a very independent thinker even then, so it didn’t matter what my parents thought or what my teachers thought, I was going to form my own opinion. I remember listening to them speak and asking questions about each candidate. Come time for the mock vote at school, I KNEW who I was voting for. I had decided that Reagan’s message of liberty and freedom was just common sense! I didn’t like Walter Mondale at all! So, I cast my vote for Reagan. Apparently 58.8% of the country agreed with me. I continued to pay attention to the elections as they came up each time and always knew exactly who I wanted to vote for. I knew I was a die hard republican!
I remember being able to go vote for the first time. I was so excited to cast my vote! I had my mom drive me to the polling location and I excitedly went in and presented my voter registration card and my driver’s license. I walked to the voting booth and quickly punched the mark for an all Republican ticket. Wow! I was letting my voice be heard!!
For the next presidential election, I was a military wife with a 2 year old and was pregnant with my second child. It is amazing the things you learn once you really get out into the world and have a family of your own. Again, in the election, I voted a straight Republican ballot, but with more knowledge that I was absolutely voting my principles. I was so happy to vote that year, even if it was by absentee ballot. I must admit I LOVED having George W. Bush win, knowing I had voted for him. You see, my family knew his family personally. I’d met him on many occasions and just LOVED him and Laura, too. They were two of the sweetest people I’d ever met! My grandparents knew their parents and spoke so highly of them and of George and Laura. I guess this influenced my opinion quite a bit. I know that President George W. Bush prayed about his actions before he did anything. What a great person to have leading this country! As you can imagine I voted for him the second time around, too. That election I got so involved I actually worked on George Bush’s campaign. I became a member of the Young Republicans in my town and worked diligently to get him re-elected. That election was exciting and scary all at the same time. It really felt like it was THE most important election, ever. I could almost feel our country being thrown away by the democratic party. We HAD to vote George Bush to save us.
It’s funny how with each election you get the feeling that it’s more and more important than the last. Come the election of 2008, I was never more convinced of that. There was this outrage against the president I had loved so much and you could feel the pull of the country in the opposite direction. I researched ALL of the candidates and was not very happy about the ones that had been presented until I found former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee. I wished I had know about him sooner. I was so excited to find him as my candidate. I eagerly joined his campaign and worked very had to make sure people in my town knew about him. Come the primary, my sister, husband and I all went to vote together and then waited to see the election returns. We were so excited. Unfortunately, Mike Huckabee did not win the nomination and we got stuck with John McCain. This was the first time I really felt out of sorts with my party. Going to vote in the general election was awful. Again, my sister, my husband, and I all went together and we all felt HORRIBLE voting for McCain, but he was the lesser of two evils at the time. I felt actual disgust in voting for him. How could my party betray itself by nominating this very moderate “conservative”? In my opinion, he might as well have been a democrat. Obviously, he didn’t win and we ended up with an even worse scenario. Now we had a man that I believe wasn’t even eligible to be President in the office. The fact that my party just seemed to sit back and accept that made me even more unhappy with them.
During all this time I was also following other elected officials and their elections and voting in those elections, as well. The 2010 governor’s election was coming up and Rick Perry was running, again. I had become increasingly unhappy with his running of our state and wanted desperately to get him out of office. I believe he has been in that office way too long and has become very corrupt. Try telling that to the Republican Party of Texas, though. They won’t even hear it. It doesn’t matter that he was stealing land (eminent domain) from our people to build the Trans-Texas Corridor and selling it to other countries. No, that wasn’t a bad thing according to the GOP. So, I started looking for someone to replace him that was really paying attention and wanted to do something that was very different. I found Debra Medina. Oh what an amazing woman she is! I researched her and found out how to get involved in her campaign and became the Smith County coordinator. I loved every minute of being involved in her campaign! She wanted to (REALLY) have small government, unlike Perry that increased it at every turn. She wanted to give property rights back to Texans and stop property taxes which only make us “rent” the land from the government. She opened my eyes to see that you cannot truly own your property because the government can take it away if you don’t pay property taxes. I had never thought about that before. What an interesting perspective! She also opened my eyes to a new tax system that actually made sense! If you just put a tax on the things people buy and use everyday, you can get rid of the tax on your property! The studies that were done on it show that it works!! WOW! We could actually REALLY have our OWN property in TX! This woman is a visionary! While working for Debra’s campaign, I also learned a little about Ron Paul and what it means to be a Libertarian. I wasn’t fully convinced, but I definitely liked what more of their candidates had to say then what the GOP candidates were offering. Hmmm, maybe I wasn’t such a die hard republican after all? Then someone put a test up that would tell you where you actually were on the political spectrum. I was a little shocked to see that I wasn’t as conservative as I thought, but I was more libertarian. I fell right smack dab into the middle of the libertarian section of the graph. I was still in denial to some degree, though, so I didn’t put much stock in that test.
At one point in the Debra’s campaign she was attacked by Glenn Beck. We had worked so hard to get her on his show just knowing that he would promote her. She was everything he talked about our country needing! She was actually for LESS government, for individual property rights, pro second amendment, pro-life, and not corrupted by the establishment republicans. This was going to be so great! The interview started off kind of strange. Glenn Beck had this odd tone to his voice and he was being kind of rude. The more I listened the more angry I got! Then it happened. He asked her if she was a “truther” and she stumbled. She had no idea what a “truther” was at the time. I thought she handled herself pretty well, but he just kept talking over her, laughing, and saying that she made him “want to give Rick Perry a big ol’ French kiss!” HOW COULD HE?? He completely railroaded a person the stood for everything he said we needed! I was more than angry! Within minutes of the interview being over, Rick Perry’s campaign release a statement condemning Debra even more. Then it came out that Glenn Beck was in Rick Perry’s pocket. The same dirty politics that they were playing in Washington was playing out right there in front of me, in MY home state. I couldn’t believe it. I knew Rick Perry was not a good man, but I had never envisioned him stooping that low. I had never envisioned Glenn Beck stooping that low!! I was completely disgusted with the way the Republican party treated her and her supporters after that. My eyes had been opened that much more.
When Debra didn’t win the nomination, I started looking for someone else that had the same core values and ideas as she did. There was no way I was going to vote for Rick Perry or Bill White, so I HAD to find someone else. I found another candidate that I was happy to support and wrote him in on the ballot. I also made sure that I voted for NON-establishment republicans or libertarians anywhere that I could. I refused to vote for the same dirty politics ever again.
Fast forward to the build up to this years campaign. No one had officially thrown their hat in, but I was sure that Mike Huckabee was going to run again and I had liked him so much last time and liked that he had a plan for our economy, so he was my guy! I waited for him to announce he was going to run. I was so excited he was finally going to make an announcement on his show and then lo and behold, he said he was NOT running. WHAT?? I was heart broken. That last little bit of my attachment to the Republican party had been broken. There was no one in the field that I wanted to vote for. I started looking for anyone else that was going to run. Then I remembered what Debra had said about Ron Paul. He was worth looking at even if I didn’t agree with some of his positions. I started researching him and where he stood on the issues. I checked his congressional record and it became clear, this was the man I had been looking for. Ron Paul had it right. The more government interferes in our lives, the less free we become. He had the economic plan that I knew would work to get us out of this mess we are in. The more I researched the more I believed. This was amazing. Every day my eyes were opened just a little more. All of the remaining blinders I had were removed and I was AWAKE!! I had left the Matrix and was now fully awake! George Bush was not the president I thought him to be, his father was not the president I thought him to be, either. I was appalled at the things I learned with just a little research. How had I kept my head in the sand for so long? I was a “sheeple”…I admit it. I can only thank Debra for giving me the opportunity to “take the red pill” instead of the blue and continuing to be disillusioned by the government.  As each day passes with this election season, I am more and more aware of the corruption in our government.  I am more and more sure that the only candidate that I could possibly vote for is Ron Paul.  This guy has it right.  We should absolutely be adhering to the Constitution.  It was drafted and ratified so that our Federal government wouldn’t get out of hand.  Men are greedy for power and without those checks and balances in place, we would surely end up in a dictatorship.  Oh wait, we are pretty much already there.  Every Republican from my state, EXCEPT Ron Paul voted to trash our Constitution when they voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act.

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These people that claim they are the party of less government and the protectors of the Constitution just showed their true colors.  They are, as Debra would say, “two sides of the same coin.”  They have very few differences in their platforms and are bound and determined to push their agenda down our throats…along with the candidate THEY want in office.

I have never seen such corruptness as I have with this election!  The media has refused to acknowledge Ron Paul as a “serious” candidate because they don’t agree with his “radical stand point” on the role of government and adhering to the Constitution.  This is just about laughable!  Almost all of the major Republican talking heads are speaking out against Ron Paul and his “Paulbots”, “Ronulans”, or “crackpot” supporters.  If they were really for the ideals that the Republican party stands for, wouldn’t they WANT Ron Paul to be their candidate?  They should, but they aren’t really for having freedom and personal responsibility like they claim.  They are happy with the “status quo” and don’t really want change.  I mean after all, why aren’t any of them talking about the NDAA or the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or the Protect IP Act (PIPA), or the Enemy Expatriation Act (EEA)?  These by no means help to limit government or make it smaller.  Wait, isn’t that what the Republicans all claim to want??  Interesting, isn’t it?  Then there is Iran.  If you listen to the Republicans, Iran is gearing up for nuclear weapons and we need to intervene right now!  If you do a little of your own research, though, and actually read the IAEA report that was put out in November on Iran’s nuclear enrichment programs, you will find that they are not enriching anything to anywhere close to weapons grade.  Yes, they have gone from 3.5% to 20%, but that isn’t even close to weapons grade which is 90%.  The 20% was declared through the proper channels and is for the radioactive isotope needed for cancer patients.

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Now the Republicans, will have you believe that they have secret stores of uranium that are being further enriched by the day.  Sound familiar?  Isn’t this what the Bush administration told us about Iraq?  This is what we invaded them for and then found there were NO WMDs there!  The Republicans are at it again.  It’s like they just can’t get enough of war!  These are our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters we are sending over there to fight for what?  Because the Republicans want war?  No, thank you!  We are already in two wars that are costing us a fortune…and they are illegal wars at that! Yes, illegal!  If congress doesn’t declare war, it’s NOT LEGAL!  Our constitution lays that out plain and clear for all to read!  How did we allow encroachment upon our rights and our constitution to get so out of hand?  Are people really that content to just let the government do whatever they want?  This country is starting to feel like Nazi Germany!!  If you aren’t awake, yet, you had better wake up and FAST!  If we are not vigilant in watching over our Constitution and our rights, the government will take them all away from us under the cover of night!!  Don’t let them scare you into signing away your rights, thinking that it will keep you safe!  Those rights are all you have that are keeping you safe and free!  I honestly feel like I’m screaming to people to wake up from the matrix and “take the red pill”.  I don’t think I could ever go back to just putting my head in the sand and pretending that government really isn’t corrupt, power hungry, and greedy!  I see the world through a new set of eyes, now.  I am very aware of the things going on around me.  For the first time ever, I am afraid that we are really going to lose all hope for true liberty and freedom in America.  I am awake, and I am not willing to sit idly by while our government runs  all over the Constitution and our rights.  If you are like me, it makes you angry and you must do something!  I will fight in whatever way necessary to keep our Constitution intact and our country free from domestic tyranny!  Right now, that means voting for Ron Paul, working his campaign, blogging about the political world, posting political videos on social media sites, sending tweets for Ron Paul, protesting unconstitutional legislation, and trying to wake up everyone I know!  I. AM. AWAKE!