Tea Party of Scottsdale, AZ
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To the Undecided Voters - Why We Want Donald Trump

(Rather long, but itemized list of Trump's policies against Clinton's record - and, Trump has the people around him who can make this happen)

Donald Trump will appoint Conservative Judges to the Supreme Court and other lower judicial courts and he has named potential appointees.

Donald Trump will rebuild our military to face the increasing threats to our safety from ISIS, ISIL, and Al-Qaeda. 

He will also support State and Local Police Forces to enforce our existing laws and protect our citizens from criminal and terrorist actions.  That will make Inner City Communities safer for everyone.

He will make sure our Veterans get the medical care they need in a timely manner and 

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Comey’s FBI Double Standard

kimberly_strassel.jpegby Kimberly Strassel, WSJ, August 19, 2016

To view Hillary’s FBI file, lawmakers must go to a secure room under lock and guard

As for the suspicion that there is one standard for the Clintons and one for everyone else, witness the FBI’s interaction this week with Congress over Hillary Clinton’s agency file. The G-men are back to being G-men—at least now that the Democratic nominee is off their hook.

FBI Director James Comey gets credit for agreeing to Congress’s demand for documents related to the bureau’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server. The FBI shares such files only on the rarest of occasions. Yet given the cloud surrounding this affair, not to mention Mr. Comey’s stated interest in “transparency,” he would have been hard-pressed to deny Congress’s request.

It’s the manner in which lawmakers are getting access to the documents that is more interesting.

 

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Thursday, August 18 - Meet the Candidates!

Election_2016.jpegCandidate Forum! TPS August 18 

Another successful Candidate Forum

Meet the Candidates: 

Kelli Ward was a no show we will pass on her regrets when received.

The others all presented their case for why they deserve our vote.

Jana Jackson, Maricopa County School Superintendent

Steve WatsonMaricopa County School Superintendent

Marsha Hill,  Maricopa County Sheriff

Dan Saban, Maricopa County Sheriff

Sandy Kravetz,  Scottsdale Unified School District

Barbara Perlberg,  Scottsdale Unified School District

Allyson Beckham,  Scottsdale Unified School District

Cathy Riggs   Desert Ridge Justice of the Peace

Rick Gray, representing himself, Al Melvin & Andy Tobin,  AZ Corporation Commission

Michelle UgentiLD 23 Arizona House of Representatives, cancelled due to last minute conflict 

Tammy Caputi,  LD 23 Arizona House of Representatives (accepted & later declined 8/3)

Jay Lawrence,  LD 23, cancelled due to last minute conflict 

If you are a Candidate and would like to participate, but we have not contacted you - Please contact us!

Venue 8600, 8600 Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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The Next Supreme Court Justice - Imprimis, July/August 2016

scott_pruitt.jpegby Scott Pruitt  elected Attorney General of Oklahoma in 2010. Prior to that, he served for eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate. A past president of the Republican Attorneys General Association, he established Oklahoma’s Federalism Unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government. Mr. Pruitt received his B.A. from Georgetown College and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on June 30, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.

When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this February, talk turned almost immediately to who would replace him—although in a large sense he is irreplaceable. Even those who disagreed with Justice Scalia acknowledge his profound impact. His scholarship and judicial opinions, through brilliance and wit, transformed how we think about the law and the Constitution. He inspired a generation of law students and lawyers. He provided a foundation for the work of judges and legislators, as well as attorneys general like myself. And all who knew him personally will attest that his brilliance was matched only by his warmth, cheer, and grace. He will be deeply missed.

In thinking about the kind of person who should take his seat on the Court, it is worth reflecting on Justice Scalia’s principles of jurisprudence. One of the chief principles he championed, as a scholar and as a judge, is that the law, whether statutes or the Constitution itself, must be applied according to its text. In other words, judges should not apply the law based on what is good policy or what they suppose Congress may have intended (but did not express) in passing legislation.

In addition, Justice Scalia believed that the words of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted. For example, if you strike a bargain with someone, and later there is a dispute about that bargain, how do you interpret the words of your contract? Do you look to what the words of the contract meant at the time you agreed to them? Or do you look to what those words mean ten or 50 years after the fact? There are some who believe that the meanings of words change over time, untethered from any objective measure. Thus what is legal one day may be illegal the next without any textual changes to the law. Justice Scalia rejected this notion. He held fast to the idea that the meaning of laws is fixed by the meaning ascribed to their words at the time they were enacted.

These two principles, textualism and originalism, are rooted 

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Who is Donald Trump

Donald_Trump.jpegThe New Yorker, February 20, 2016

The better question may be, “What is Donald Trump?”  The answer?  A giant middle finger from average Americans to the political and media establishment.

Some Trump supporters are like the 60s white girls who dated black guys just to annoy their parents.  But most Trump supporters have simply had it with the Demo-socialists and the “Republicans In Name Only.”  They know there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Hillary Rodham and Jeb Bush, and only a few cents worth between Rodham and the other GOP candidates.

Ben Carson is not an “establishment” candidate, but the Clinton machine would pulverize Carson; and the somewhat rebellious Ted Cruz will (justifiably so) be tied up with natural born citizen lawsuits (as might Marco Rubio).  The Trump supporters figure they may as well have some fun tossing Molotov cocktails

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Shed a Tear for the Tea Parties….

Jonah_Goldberg.jpegNational Review, Jonah Goldberg, 6/3/16

As Glenn Reynolds noted last March, the liberals and moderates wetting themselves over Trump blew it when they allowed the Tea Parties to be smeared and demonized as racist. They were cheerful, patriotic, law-abiding, and principled. Their agenda, for the most part (every movement has knuckleheads) upheld the very best ideals of this country: constitutionalism, limited government, and, in terms of policy, living within our means without overtaxing the most productive economy in human history. Sure, there were opportunists and rabble rousers at some rallies, but given fair treatment and responsible leadership, the Tea Party was the ideal vessel for a populism-infused movement to rein in government responsibly.

Responding to David Brooks’s column about the Trump movement, Reynolds wrote:

When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly. Brooks closes his Trump column with Psalm 73, but a more appropriate verse is Hosea 8:7 ‘For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.’ Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part. God help us all. (emphasis added)

Amen.

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Declaration of Independence: Original Draft (1776)

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Thomas Jefferson used many opportunities to oppose slavery.   One example is his Original Draft of the Declaration of Independence.  John Adams, writing almost 50 years later, praised Jefferson’s original draft.  “I was delighted with its high tone, and the flights of Oratory with which it abounded, especially that concerning Negro Slavery, which though I knew his Southern Brethren would never suffer to pass in Congress, I certainly never would oppose…  I have long wondered that the Original draft has not been published.  I suppose the reason is the vehement Philippic [bitter discourse] against Negro Slavery.”  John Adams, Letter to Timothy Pickering, August 6, 1822

Here is a portion of Jefferson’s original draft:  “… [King George] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating 

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Krauthammer’s Take: Trump’s Russia Comment ‘Set a Trap That the Clinton Campaign Fell Into’

charles_krauthammer.jpegby NR STAFF July 27, 2016

Charles Krauthammer said tonight that the Clinton campaign contradicted itself by calling Donald Trump’s request for Russia to locate Hillary’s missing e-mails a threat to national security: 

"Well, that was his parting shot, and it was a clever thing to plant, because it is an issue. But I do think there was something about his reference to Russia that, whether planned or not, was extremely clever. I’m not the first to point out that it set a trap that the Clinton campaign fell right into. In that statement that you showed from the Clinton campaign, it said you’re [Trump] is inviting a foreign power to invade our national security.

Now, these are the e-mails she deleted because they were supposedly private; these were 

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The Closing of the American Mind

Chas_Koch_lightbulbs.jpgBy CHARLES KOCH, July 21, 2016

I was born in the midst of the Great Depression, when no one could imagine the revolutionary technological advances that we now take for granted. Innovations in countless fields have transformed society and radically improved individual well-being, especially for the least fortunate. Every American’s life is now immeasurably better than it was 80 years ago.

What made these dramatic improvements possible was America’s uniquely free and open society, which has brought the country to the cusp of another explosion of life-changing innovation. But there are dangerous signs that the U.S. is turning its back on the principles that foster such advances, particularly in education, business and government. Which path will the country take?

When I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1950s, I quickly came to appreciate that scientific and technological progress requires the free and open exchange of ideas. The same holds true for moral and social progress. I have spent more than a half-century trying to apply this lesson in business and my personal life.

It was once widely accepted that progress depends on people challenging and testing each other’s hypotheses. This leads to the creation of knowledge that, when shared, inspires others and spurs the innovation that moves society forward and improves lives. It is a spontaneous process that is deeply collaborative and 

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Mayoral Candidate Forum - Mayor Jim Lane & Bob Littlefield

jim_lane.jpegVideo of the Presentation is Here!  Includes opening statements and Q & A from the audience.

 The Video is provided courtesy of Scottsdale Studios  

Services Include: all phases of production, commercial shoots, Film, Green screen video, Web Videos, Actors casting auditions,Tour Prep, Dance rehearsals, and Music Videos with live audio recording.

Another great Candidate Forum with  the current Mayor, Jim Lane, and former City Councilman, Bob Littlefield, and answering your questions and concerns:  Light Rail?  Positions on the Desert Discovery Center and where should we build it?   High density and high rise development in north Scottsdale - do we need more or less? and more......

 

 

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