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The Fretts Perspective

The Fretts Perspective will be a source for articles, addresses, position papers, responses, and other observations from Calen.

Clear Up Serial Obfuscation

It's a common saying that "the devil is in the details," which is quite apt considering there are only 181,253 words in the New Testament.

OpenCongress, a government transparency advocacy organization, recently made this list of the ten longest bills in Congress, by word count, over the last ten years - they are all over 225,000 words.

It is not possible for members of Congress or the vast majority of the public to even read these bills, much less understand them, before enacting them into law.

Guess what? Your Congressman, Jeff Miller, voted for half of them:

Wouldn't transparent, Constitutional government be a better alternative? Send me to DC and I will endorse good laws such as the Read the Bills Act, Enumerated Powers Act, One Subject at a Time Act, Write the Laws Act, and other compliance, responsibility, and transparency legislation.

Want to be able to trust and understand your own government's actions again? So do I.

How far we've come...

Many have argued that a right to privacy is not found in the Constitution and therefore it does not exist. They apparently have never read the Fourth Amendment, which states:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

How could the Founders have been more clear? Those acts that one undertakes behind their closed door, or with a reasonable expectation of being private, are private.

Encroachment of this principle has been the order of the day for decades. That technological means exist to cheat, and effectively see or hear someone's actions in places and at times they would assume are private, does not change the essential character of that intrusion.

It is quite clear that if we searched every home, every nightstand, and every person - every single day - we could stop most crimes before they occurred. We would find nearly all stolen property, detect almost every person building a bomb.

But the Founders eschewed this vision for America in favor of freedom, understanding that throughout history the abuses of the State were far more terrible than the risk of a random act of theft or violence, and that much of what today is called a "crime" is in fact no such thing - as nobody has been harmed against their will.

Today we live in a "security theater" where the appearance of safety is used more to cover up government malfeasance than anything else. The 9/11 hijackers were reported to the FBI long before their deadly plot came to fruition, but the government dropped the ball. In response, instead of holding government accountable for failing to secure a warrant and arrest the malefactors, it is demanded that all Americans surrender their dignity and submit to virtual strip searches before boarding a plane.

Congressman Jeff Miller has repeatedly sided with more government and less freedom. Look no further than his voting record; the Patriot Act, TSA, and now, the NDAA, all stand out like a sore thumb. That's why Congressman Miller's days in office are numbered.

Your right to privacy is inherent in the Declaration of Independence's statement of unalienable rights - life, liberty, and the pursuit (but not guarantee) of happiness - free from government intervention, at least until it first secures a warrant.

How far we've come.

If it's broke, fix it.

If you buy something and you don't get what you paid for - perhaps it's broke, or just doesn't work as advertised - you might choose to give the fabricator a "mulligan," on the off chance it was just a mistake.

But what if you bought it again, and again, and it broke every time? You would probably ask for (or demand, if need be) a refund - and take your business elsewhere. What kind of incentive would the manufacturer have to fix their product if you're willing to continue buying it broken?

Casting your vote works the same way, and it sends a tough message to the establishment that you are fed up with business as usual.

Your current Congressman, Jeff Miller, has been in DC for over 10 years. During that time, he has continually voted for more debt, more government, and less freedom. Congressman Miller's voting record is broken.

You have a chance this election not only to send a message to Washington, but to be an example to the rest of Florida and the nation that, though others must choose for themselves, Northwest Floridians will stand for the Constitution and liberty.

Congressman Miller thinks he's got your vote locked up. That's why he's been so careless about his voting record over the past decade.

It's your job to show him he's wrong.

This time around, refuse to be part of the problem. If you don't take advantage of the opportunity this year to support and vote for a true, principled Constitutionalist, you will have no room to complain when the federal government continues to deteriorate at rapid pace.

More Government, More Regulation, More Cronyism

Regardless of whether the Constitution allows them to, Congress is always trying to regulate the economy. Many times this is because big businesses lobby for regulations to crowd out their competitors. This has a devastating effect on small businesses and entrepreneurs which form the backbone of our economy.

But what's often forgotten is that every government regulation that goes beyond protecting your individual rights to life, liberty, and property, is itself a restriction on those very rights.

Your current Congressman, Jeff Miller, is opposed to free markets - in fact, he is bold enough to say so right on his own website! This is what Jeff Miller has to say about the Telecommunications industry:

  • “Television is intrusive, and elusive parental authority in a household is not enough to block out obscenities and offensive materials.”

In other words, you as parents aren't capable of deciding what your children should and shouldn't watch, so Big Brother should do it for you.

  • “The FCC must begin to act like a regulating authority and start taking responsibility for the airwaves.”

So, the government isn't doing enough; we need more regulations!

  • “We need to take into consideration all of the aspects of the cable industry: programming content, devices to protect our children from offensive programming, and the economic stability of the cable industry.”

To put it another way: government should all but take over the industry!

What's the difference between Congressman Miller's big-government solutions versus Congressional Democrats' much maligned recent ban on light bulbs? Simply a matter of personal preference; there is no guiding principle to differentiate between the two.

This sort of government intervention in one market is the precedent for and slippery slope to any government intervention in any market.

What's worse, more regulations of this type means more selective enforcement, more barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, and government-created monopolies. Ultimately, this leads to less choice and higher prices for you - under penalty of law.

The role of Congress is not to enforce its own personal preferences, but rather to protect individual rights. If you want a Representative who understands this principle, you know where to find one in 2012.

There's no excuse for abrogating freedom.

I could not be prouder to seek to represent the people of a district who, when duty calls, are literally the first to defend our great nation. We live in an irreplaceable military training area vital to the national defense, and I intend to fight to maintain the proud legacy of the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in our district.

But even national defense does not live in a vacuum.

A strong military defense comes from being able to pay for it. Too much government spending across the board adds to our growing debts, and threatens our chances for a financially secure and prosperous future. This directly hurts our ability to maintain that very defense.

Add to that the fact Congress seems to have given up its role to declare war to the President. Recently, defense Secretary Panetta said international authorization to go to war was more important than Congress! Without Congress, you will have no say over whether the servicemen and women in your family and your country are sent to fight. Your role is reduced to merely paying for it all.

Congressman Jeff Miller recently reinforced this idea when he voted for the NDAA bill, which gives the Executive Branch sole and perpetual authority to use military force anywhere in the world that the President believes holds terrorists. Congressman Miller then turned around and "spoke out" against President Obama for using this very authority to intervene in Libya.

Even worse, at the same time Congressman Miller put even more of your individual liberties on the line by giving President Obama the power to arrest and hold U.S. citizens, without charges or trial, indefinitely (of course, the President promised not to do that).

This is not what World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, a half dozen other conflicts, and countless American sacrifices of blood and treasure were all about.

How many veterans fought for more debt, less freedoms, and endless war?

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