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Feb 8 Cannabis Debate in Kokomo. I say legalize pot - period.

On Saturday, February 8, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Elite Banquet Hall, 2820 South Lafountain in Kokomo, Indiana, Indiana’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) will host the first Congressional Cannabis Debate for candidates in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

I am one of four candidates - two Democratic Party candidates and one other Republican Party candidate - to accept the invitation. There is no stated “resolution,” as in a traditional,…

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Added by Mark Small on January 18, 2020 at 9:29am — No Comments

Rev Micah Beckwith, GOP candidate in IN CD5: does he advocate orgies?

Usually when you quote somebody, either it is because you agree with what the person said, believe the person is someone who deserves our attention or both. You even can imply the person quoted shares your beliefs.

If the person quoted is, say, George Washington, you seem to garb yourself in the raiments of the Father of our country. On the other hand, you should be careful about whom you quote and be sure the quote is consistent with the quoted person’s beliefs,

Reverend Micah…

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Added by Mark Small on January 17, 2020 at 8:11am — No Comments

Beth "Nurse Beth" Henderson: advocates non-GOP views

Amongst my opponents in the May 5 GOP primary for United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District is Beth Henderson, a registered nurse from Tipton County who uses the moniker “Nurse Beth” for her campaign.

On her website she addresses several issues. Under the header “Protect the Constitution” she states: “We must stand against government overreach into our lives and protect the Second Amendment and the unborn.”

I infer she does not mean she believes…

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Added by Mark Small on January 15, 2020 at 9:06am — No Comments

Mr Bales holds socialist views - by gosh, by golly.

As noted here yesterday, Andrew Bales is one of my opponents in the May 5 primary for United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Candidates who take stands on issues risk voter “backlash.”

Candidates - usually “front-runners” if not in others’ at least in their own minds - are safer to keep promises vague and to use bland phrases that harken to “mom, apple pie and the girl next door” and simpler times (that never existed).

Mr. Bales is more…

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Added by Mark Small on January 14, 2020 at 8:57am — No Comments

Andrew Bales: GOP candidate in 5th should fear capitalism, not "Socialism"

Andrew Bales is one of my opponents in the May 5 primary for United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. To his credit, Mr. Bales is more specific on more issues than other GOP candidates.

Mr. Bales, on most of those issues and in reasons for his decision to run, are ill-founded and in conflict with long-held principles of conservatism and reality - reality goes out the window when Mr. Bales says he agrees with the current occupant of the Oval Office…

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Added by Mark Small on January 13, 2020 at 7:33am — No Comments

American military personnel are not dying for freedom & democracy

We have been lied to for years about why military intervention absolutely is imperative: Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Gulf War II, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq.

A lot of US military personnel have been killed. A lot more people from other countries have been killed. Bottom line, if someone bitched, was: They’re fighting for our freedom and democracy!

Like hell they have been.

Today the individual who currently…

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Added by Mark Small on January 11, 2020 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Prayer in school: never banned but group-led is NOT constitutional or a good idea

There have been several posts, recently on Facebook, that warn of persecution of adherents to the Christian faith if Democrats gain control of the White House and both houses of Congress. In this vein, the current occupant of the Oval Office has promised to “return prayer to school.”

First, the SCOTUS decision that supposedly banned prayer in public schools was Engel v Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962). Neither that decision, nor to follow, banned prayer in school. Group-led prayer was ruled…

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Added by Mark Small on January 9, 2020 at 7:16am — No Comments

Why the [expletive deleted] I'm running in the GOP

People on Twitter and friends of mine here, in Indiana, purportedly a very “red” State, ask how the [Expletive deleted] I can run as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Indiana’s 5th Congressional District - or any office - in the Republican Party (GOP).

As I started to write this blog during the evening of January 7, the results of the actions of the current occupant of the Oval Office were playing out on TV. Twice I have watched, in real-time on TV, attacks…

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Added by Mark Small on January 8, 2020 at 7:36am — No Comments

Education is not "free" but ignorance is far more expensive

Yesterday a couple of people on Twitter criticized my statement that education is not “free.” They referred to California’s system of post-secondary education that, until Reagan took office as Governor of California, had not charged tuition for individual students from California.

Nothing is “free.” Someone has to pay for it. By falling into this rhetorical trap, people like Betsy DeVos ultimately take charge. Let me explain...

Taxes were central to the early days of this country.…

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Added by Mark Small on January 6, 2020 at 7:22am — No Comments

WAS there an "American contractor" killed?

Has the “American contractor killed” in Iraq whose death prompted the current occupant of the Oval Office - a/k/a dt - to stage attacks in Iraq been identified? If an incident predicates U.S. military action, we should have as many details as possible.

I have yet to see that the person has been identified.

First, was an “American contractor” even killed? The USA has a troublesome track record as to “incidents” upon which we predicate military attacks. In 1964 the Tonkin Gulf…

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Added by Mark Small on January 5, 2020 at 7:18am — No Comments

Scary scenario: dt's nuclear war.

World-wide ChoMo ring run by high-level Democrats out of the basement of a Georgetown pizza joint that has no basement. Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the 2016 election. President Obama was not born in the U.S. Vaccines cause autism.

These are some of the bizarre claims, some repeated by the current occupant of the Oval Office (a/k/a dt), made by right wingers in the last few years. This is an administration born of reality TV & that eerily resembles aspects of “The Manchurian…

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Added by Mark Small on January 4, 2020 at 7:51am — No Comments

POTUS is insane & about to take us to war: invoke Amend XXV!

The current occupant of the Oval Office has left governmental positions unfilled. This has implications for any attempt to declare dt unable to perform the duties of office.

Amendment XXV, sec 4 of the Constitution is titled “Determination of presidential inability” and addresses removal of office of the President:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit…

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Added by Mark Small on January 3, 2020 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Gov't & people of Iraq want us to leave - so we should LEAVE

The Declaration of Independence is one of our Nation’s founding documents and stands for the idea that government is by consent of the governed: “...Governments are instituted among [People], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,...”

Congress passed Public Law 107-243, “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" on 10/16/02 and stated reasons for the eventual U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and overthrow of Iraq’s regime.

PL 107-243…

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Added by Mark Small on January 1, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Our health care is 37th & all but 2 of the 36 ahead of us have forms of socialized medicine

Several of my opponents in the GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District seem unified in their positions on several issues. One is health care: they are against “Obamacare” (Affordable Care Act or ACA) and anything that smacks of “socialized medicine.”

The American Heritage Medical Dictionary defines “socialized medicine”: as “a term used in the United States to describe and discuss systems of universal health care: medical and hospital care for all by means of government…

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Added by Mark Small on December 31, 2019 at 9:14am — No Comments

Maybe I'm the only true conservative in this race

On December 7 a group called the Indiana Conservative Alliance held what it billed as a Freedom Forum in which six of the candidates for the Republican Party nomination for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District, were invited to appear and share their views.

The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport Hotel. On the Event Brite notice of the event, the Coalition of Central Indiana Tea Parties is listed as also inviting folks…

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Added by Mark Small on December 30, 2019 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

Maybe Bill Maher was right: 1 party has no brains & the other has no ba...

People told me I cannot have certain views or I shall not “win.” What does it mean to “win” in these times? If one holds office but does only that considered reasonable? Let me get a few things out of the way.

People are fed up with one party being stupid and bigoted and the other being reticent - to say it politely - about taking certain stands. As Bill Maher said a cpl of yrs ago, one party has no balls - sorry if that seems gender or whatever specific, but nothing seems to carry the…

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Added by Mark Small on December 29, 2019 at 8:43pm — No Comments

GOP candidate Niederberger doesn't understand the "Electoral College" or the Constitution

Danny Niederberger is one of my opponents in the GOP primary for United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District. I have addressed some of his positions on issues before. I have addressed the stands of others, and shall in the coming weeks continue to examine the issues and how they are embraced by my opponents.

The “Election Reporter” interview of Mr. Niederberger dated 10/8/19 is available online. His answer to one question is troublesome as it…

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Added by Mark Small on December 29, 2019 at 7:51am — No Comments

Anger of MAGA people is the same as when slavery was threatened

The roots of anger, held predominantly among older white males, are hard to ascertain. This demographic, to which I belong, has had greater benefits than nearly any other in history. The United States was tremendously affluent when we were born.

In general we have had good food, decent housing, and an economy that’s been quite stable - compared to the rest of the World. Our own economy has been relatively stable since FDR and the New Deal.

Bankers and stock brokers, in general,…

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Added by Mark Small on December 28, 2019 at 10:03am — No Comments

We need to stop people from dying in vain

Has anyone “died in vain” in service of this country? In the 1960s about U.S. military actions in Vietnam & more recently about Iraq & Afghanistan some have claimed that if the USA withdraws, the people who died there “died in vain.”

I never have heard that phrase applied to deaths of Vietnamese (or Laotians or Cambodians) or Iraqis or Afghanis (or any U.S. allies’ personnel). The blunt statement is that if we - the USA - stop killing, U.S. military personnel will have “died in…

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Added by Mark Small on December 27, 2019 at 9:18am — No Comments

Military actions w/o declarations of war make us less secure

The United States has not been in a formally declared war for the longest time in our history. Yet in the 74 years since WW II ended, ours has not been a nation of peace. Members of both major political parties have found undeclared military actions to be far more convenient than compliance with Article 1, sec 8 of the Constitution.

Such military actions have coincided with overthrow of democratically elected governments in favor of dictatorships to allow U.S. corporations to grab…

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Added by Mark Small on December 26, 2019 at 6:38am — No Comments

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