Miller County Republican Party

The Miller County Republican Committee will begin meeting at Big Jakes on Arkansas Blvd. the second Tuesday of odd numbered months (1,3,5,7,9,11) at 6:30 p.m. in January, 2015.

Jun 2, 2015

Gun Liability Insurance and Your 2nd Amendment

A house Democrat, Carolyn Maloney, has just taken another step toward further gun control in Washington.  Maloney has introduced a bill that is highly backed by the insurance companies (more money for them...there's a no brainer) that would require gun owners to have liability insurance.  If gun owners do not have liability insurance, they could face a fine of up to $10,000 for each gun.  Naturally, little to nothing is being said from the Maloney camp about these insurance companies contributing to her campaign, but plenty is being said about this new insurance need in America.

Now let's step back and think logically about this for a moment.  A gun owner who decides to have liability insurance is likely a smart guy.  It's not a bad thing, it's simply not required.  It's much like having a public get together where you want to practice your free speech.  Let's say you want to make a speech about stopping the lumber industry from cutting down trees.  You set up your wooden platform, you get your wooden speaker boxes out, and you set out your wooden chairs.  You fill out all your documents on paper made from trees, using pencils made from trees.  You feel like it's going to rain so you have a cover constructed over the platform using wood as supports.  You're all ready to go!  Except!  You think, "Wow, there's going to be a large crowd here to hear me talk about how we need to stop the lumber industry.  I'd better have some liability insurance."  So you go out and purchase a million dollars worth of liability insurance.  Now, were you required to purchase that liability insurance to hold your public speech?  No.  Was it a good idea?  Yes.  But, there was no law saying you had to get this insurance.

Let's say a church decides to open for services.  There's no mortgage on the building and no issues to be concerned about.  However, the church decides it would be a good idea to have building insurance. In the process, they also decide it's a good idea to have liability insurance since there will be hundreds of people attending church.  Did the church have to have building insurance?  No.  Did the church have to have liability?  No.  Was it a good idea for both?  Yes.

Insurance is a good idea.  But when it comes to our rights under the Bill of Rights, having insurance should be optional.  Imagine if the government required you to have liability insurance for any free speech forums?  Imagine if a church was required to have liability insurance before they could have a service.  To take this further, what if a newspaper was required to have liability insurance before they could publish an article about how bad the Democrat party is acting over liability insurance.  Let's say we let this gun liability insurance go through.  How long will it be before we face liability insurance to have a church service, or to hold a public meeting, or even to publish a track of information in the paper?  How long until you have to pay for your rights?

You might think I'm going overboard on this.  Maybe you think, "Well, liability insurance is okay."  Consider this, when was the last time you saw a significant drop in your home owners insurance, or your car insurance or your health insurance?  Further consider who is going to set this "gun liability" rate plan?  Will it cover one gun?  One owner?  You and your family or just you?

Once you allow any right within the Bill of Rights to require insurance you limit the right.  Today they want liability for guns, tomorrow it may be for your right to pray, or speak, or they may even require you to have liability insurance against illegal search and seizure.  When and where do we draw the line?

They have proposed a $10,000 fine per gun for failure to have the insurance.  One final thought for those who may think liability insurance for guns is long do you think it will be before they raise the rates to a level where you can no longer afford to have a gun?  What if each gun carried a minimum liability premium of $5,000 per year?  Do you really think the average gun owner could afford to exercise his right to bear arms anymore?  It's time to stop the attack on the Bill of Rights.  We do not need liability insurance for any of our rights.

May 5, 2015

Huckabee: Hope to Higher Ground

From USA Today
It's uncertain yet if Mike Huckabee's "Hope to Higher Ground" will catch on as a campaign phrase or if something else will take it's place, but one thing is now certain....Mike Huckabee is running for President in 2016.  The announcement was made in Hempstead Hall in Hope, Arkansas this morning around 11:00 a.m.  The building was packed with people from Arkansas government, including the current Governor Asa who gave a speech, to friends and family of the new, favorite son of Hope.  The Hope school band was present and busses of Hope school kids came to see the potential candidate make his announcement.   There was people present from as far away as Florida and almost all the major news stations covered the event.

After some singing and speeches, Mike finally took the stage to give the big announcement.  This was not done though before Janet Huckabee took the stage and gave an inspiring history of the man who would soon be announcing.  Mrs. Huckabee spoke not only like a mother and wife, but also like a lady who had already been in the role of first lady.  It was easy to forget for a moment that this lady was the first lady of Arkansas because she sounded so much like the kind of first lady most Americans would love to have in the White House.   Her grace seemed to steal the show as she told everyone how Mike sold two favorite guitars to buy a washer and dryer for the small struggling family when they were about to welcome their first baby into the world.  It started more than a few tears rolling in the room when she quoted Mike in regards to the Hurricane Katrina refuges arriving in Arkansas as saying "People first.  Paperwork later."  As she left the stage, she must have known she had stolen the hearts of the audience when she asked, "You all know I'm not the main attraction, right?" to the standing ovation.

When Mike finally took the stage he did what Mike Huckabee always does....he told it straight.  He did not dance around and lay out huge Presidential promises.  He told what he saw as wrong with America, what he saw as right, and what he wanted to fix about what was wrong.   Some in the Twitter universe ( were quick to jump on some of Mike's wording. More than a few times Mike said, "I will try."  People wanted to say that telling everyone he will try is an easy way to give an excuse later for not being able to do something.  I disagree.  For the first time in years, I was happy to hear a potential candidate say, "I will try."  Not a fancy promise like "I'm going to be the President and I'll have a pen and do it anyway!"  No, this was a simply promise that "I will try".  Mike knows something about government that our current president and others sometimes forgets.  You have to work with others in government to get things done and sometimes all you can do is try.  The immediate connection was that we have a candidate who is willing to work with Congress, not go around them.  We have a candidate who believes in term limits, believes in working with others, and has proven time-and-time again that he can do it.  Mike Huckabee is the only Governor of Arkansas to ever take office and find his office door nailed shut on the first day in office!  Can you imagine if someone had nailed the door to the White House shut when a President took office?  But Mike did not bow down to anger or use his power like some people might.  Instead, they removed the nails, opened the door, and reached out to those who had nailed it shut, across the line to a Democrat controlled state at the time, and he worked and got things done.  Mike Huckabee knows that when you "try" others see that and suddenly they feel compelled to "try" too.  Ultimately, when two sides of an issue decide to "try" a lot more gets done that will last than when someone depends on Executive Orders to last beyond their time in office.

Over the next few months Republicans will have to select a nominee for President.  That nominee should be honest, forthcoming in where he stands, and willing to help the people of this nation move toward greatness again.  Mike Huckabee could have stayed at his nice job with Fox News.  He was loved, respected, and there was no end in sight for the political commentaries he could do over the next several years, but instead he left that.  He left a better paying job because he believes we can move from the rays of hope we have today to higher ground tomorrow.  Whoever you want the nominee for the party to be, you would do well to stop and listen to Huckabee first.

Apr 21, 2015

Hope Has Huckabee On The Way

Someone once told me that "You either like Mike Huckabee or you don't.  There's no middle ground."  Since I happen to "Like Mike"-a slogan I wouldn't mind seeing-I disputed the person's view and stated that Mike is a very likable and capable leader.  After giving some further thought to the person's statement though, I realized it's true.  You either like Mike or you don't and the reason for that couldn't be any more clear.

Politician's generally tell people exactly what they want to hear to win votes.  This is not the case with Mike.  He has spent years in the public eye on radio, in the pulpit, on television, in books, etc.  He has spent so much time in the public eye that he has no choice except to state his case bluntly.  In other words, unlike other politicians he can not hide behind rhetoric designed to make him look good.  If he said he's against sometime, unless there has been a sincere change of heart, then he's still against it today.  The people do not receive a politician that says only what is nice to say, they hear a leader who presents the facts as he sees them and presents his views as he believes them.  That, simply put, will make you either "Like Mike" or not.  You either agree with his views or you don't, but there's more to consider here than simply whether you like Mike or not.  What needs to be considered is how do you want your country to run over the next four years?  In a few short days Mike is expected to make a major announcement.  Tickets are being given away, state officials and representatives from all around are being invited and Mike is coming back to his home, Arkansas, to make the announcement that many believe will be the start of the 2016 Huckabee Campaign for President.

So, in a nutshell, how do you want your country to run for the next four years?  Do you want a president who tells you want you want to hear to make you happy, and then perhaps does the opposite once you are out-of-sight?  Or do you want a president who will tell you the truth, and be honest with you regardless of the outcome?  Mike Huckabee has a long written and digital history of where he stands on the issues.  He has had many of his views long before this presidential race and others.  Mike Huckabee has also been a successful Governor, leader, and communicator with the people of Arkansas and the nation.  He is not afraid to stand on his faith, he is not afraid to make hard decisions, and he has by far shown more loyalty and love for this nation than some of the other candidates preparing to announce and who have already announced.

Yes, you either like Mike or you don't.  But, before you get too judgmental of him, keep in mind that Mike Huckabee gave up what was, in 2011, a $500,000 a year salary with Fox, he gave up other income streams related to being with Fox News, and he stepped off the stage of a very popular news show in preparation to make this announcement.  Mike Huckabee had it made with name recognition, fame, and money, but he chose to give that up.  Mike has given this up because he still believes the office of president can be filled with someone who is honest, works hard, and knows what it's like to work his way up in the American dream.  Mike Huckabee believes that America deserves better than liars who will lie to Congress and the American people.  It's no wonder that Mike chose to come back to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas to make this anticipated announcement to America that hope for our highest office and our country is once again on the way.