First Amendment Rights Endangered by HB 75 (so called same sex marriage)

The proposed same-sex marriage bill acknowledges the conflict between same-sex marriage, the anti-discrimination law and our constitutional rights by exempting churches and clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. I was always taught that our First Amendment rights were for the benefit of every American. But the same-sex marriage bill is a First Amendment fraud. The language in the bill only offers protection to clergy and churches. If First Amendment rights are good enough for clergy, aren’t they also good enough for the other 99 percent? The truth is that this bill offers no protection for the vast majority of Delawareans, putting our Constitutional rights at risk. “Marriage” is not a value-neutral word. Inherent in the word “marriage” is celebration and affirmation by the community of that marriage because of the benefits it provides to society. Marriage is Read more

Open House/Covered Dish Dinner of ‘The Independent Party of Delaware’ (IPoD)

An Open House and Covered Dish Dinner will be held by the Independent Party of Delaware on Saturday, May 4th at Sussex East's Manor House. The Manor House is located on Rt.9, 1.3 miles west of the intersection at Five Points, Lewes DE. If you have a GPS device, the address is: 30769 Lewes-Georgetown HWY, Lewes DE, 19958. It is a great opportunity to get to know the leadership and members of Delaware's fastest growing Third Party. It is also a great way to find out what the party platform consists of and exactly WHY this party is growing so quickly. The Independent Party of Delaware belongs to Delawareans. Come as you are. Come to the Manor House this coming Saturday and meet some great people and eat some great food. This event will be open to people of all parties and will entertain open and honest discussion of issues that concern our state and nation. Bring your family to Read more

Delaware Politics and Tidbits….Read It And Weep. The 4/28/13 Edition.

Congrats to Nellie Jordan! Congrats to the Heathens of Sussex County! ============================ Hip Hip Hooray to Nellie Jordan, the new Vice-Chair of the Delaware State GOP. One of Nellie's more alluring campaign notes was her connection to the Hispanic community. I am so glad Ruth B. King didn't win that. With Nellie we have a kind, and determined Hispanic grandmother helping to guide the Delaware GOP, allowing a bit of Sussex to flow into the state Republican party. Ruth King has always been, by me, a very fluid and articulate speaker. But she needs to do the job her constituents elected her to do. I doubt King would have done much work for the state GOP. This whole thing was but a sham to keep out the nasty Sussex Tea Party types. I wouldn't call Nellie Jordan a close friend, but I've worked with her through the years and with the recent death of my husband, even Read more

No Apology Necessary–Same Sex Marriage is a sham

I am have long liked Pastor Chuck Betters, but he made a mistake this week in apologizing for a sign that said the cross is greater than equality, playing on the marriage equality issue.  He was making a theological statement that the Cross is greater than any ideology.  He was right.  He was mistaken to apologize for it when the social media firestorm came. It is time that we speak the truth.  Same Sex marriage is a sham.  It is not marriage.  It can never be equal to real marriage because it does not serve the same function of building stable families and only serves to undermine the sacred position of the institution that civilized humanity and took us forests to free markets, from caves to cities, and from swamps to the stars.  This entire movement is the 21st century fool's errand and anyone who supports it is blind to anything that represents reality of human history. The Read more

2013 Delaware GOP Convention

Today is the 2013 Delaware Republican Party Convention at the Double Tree Hotel in Wilmington. It is an off year and the biggest battle for party officers appears to be for the Vice Chair Position. It could be a real snoozer of a convention. However, I have heard some whispers that there could be a few surprises in the works. Either way I'll update this post later this afternoon with a quick summary of what happens. UPDATE:  As has been mentioned in the comments Nelly Jordan is the new Vice Chair of the Delaware Republican Committee.  Chairman John Sigler and Treasurer Bill Smith retained their positions by acclamation, and they are joined by Carol Bodine as Secretary, also voted in by acclamation. The only minor dustup was partly due to the sound system, which ranged from on, to off, to muffled, to screeching throughout most of the convention.  Thankfully it was finally fixed for Read more

Officials Found Guilty In Obama Ballot Petition Fraud

Foxnews report A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations. They were found guilty on all counts. Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House. Morgan was accused of being the mastermind behind the plot. According to testimony from two Read more

We Must Rule By Law Not Emotion: Designating Boston Bomber as Enemy Combatant Is Wrong

The terrorists hate us.  They hate our way of life.  They hate our freedom.  One of the alleged Boston bombers even berated a fellow Muslim for selling Thanksgiving Turkeys at the market.  Yes, they hate somethings that we need to correct as well, but we should change those on our own not at the point of a gun or blast of an explosion. If what the terrorists want to do is destroy our freedom loving society, they win we do so.  The Constitution seems clear and so does case law in 6 circuit and elsewhere that the Boston bombing is an act of terrorism that domestic law enforcement can deal with and not military courts.  The law also does not allow him to be designated an enemy combatant unless he is positively linked to Al Qaeda or an organization linked to it with whom we are at war.  If that link is proven, then he can be an enemy combatant and questioned for intelligence purposes Read more

Internet Tax

The reason why the founders made interstate transactions a federal jurisdiction was to avoid them being governed by a massive patchwork of taxes and regulations and have a common market consisting of the free flow of commerce.  It worked and turned a colonial backwater into one of the dominant global economic powers within 75 years. The U. S. Congress in its wisdom asserted that authority in Internet Commerce and decided to allow it to grow unfettered from local taxes and 7000 jurisdictional rules.  The result has been one of the few growth engines of the economy. This week, that is all at risk.  Call, write, or otherwise contact our Senators and representative then ask them to oppose repealing the internet sales tax exemption without it being part of comprehensive tax reform.  Your job could depend upon it.

Senator Lopez Defends HB 35 Vote

State Senator Ernie Lopez wrote an Op Ed in the Cape Gazette recently defending his vote in favor of background checks for most private sales not between family members.  Lopez opposes gun control measures, but believes the law as amended protects the rights of gun owners and protects citizens.  He pointed out that Wayne LaPierre testified in 1999 in favor of background checks for gun shows. t. Since being sworn into office and taking an oath “always to place the public interests above any special or personal interest,” it has become clear to me that as a means to improve the safety of the public and to protect the seller of a firearm from liability, a background check is not only reasonable but responsible. More importantly, nothing about background checks or anything else in House Bill 35 prevents a law-abiding citizen from obtaining a gun or infringes upon the 2nd Amendment. Read more

Delaware Tidbits and Politics. Read It and Weep.

He Was the Darling of Lewes, He Would Rid Us of Urquhart. The Fine, Fine Ernesto Lopez Votes FOR Background Gun Checks.================================== He has adorable children and he has a charming smile. He ran against Tea Party Champ Glen Urquhart and trendy Lewes, Delaware was smitten. He was one of only two Republicans in the state senate to vote for this absurd and silly law requiring background checks at gun shows. NO Republican should be voting FOR any gun law. Lopez needs to sign up for the Democrat party. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130419/NEWS/304190044/Background-checks-Delaware-gun-purchases-expand Sens. Catherine Cloutier, of Heatherbrooke, and Ernie Lopez, of Lewes, were the only Republicans to support the bill in the Senate. Democratic Sens. Robert Venables, of Laurel, and Bruce Ennis, of Smyrna, were the only two Democratic senators to vote against Read more

Sussex county Council Refuses ‘Institute On The Constitution’ County Office For Training

Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson refused a request by Sussex County Sheriff, Jeff Christopher to use office space in the County building located at 22215 North DuPont Boulevard in Georgetown. The building known as the Sussex County Administrative Offices West Complex, is also the location of the Sussex County Sheriff. Use of this facility after hours by private groups requires approval by County Administration. With the "Institute on the Constitution," training for citizens, set to start on April 22, the meeting had to be moved to Yoder's Farm until an alternate location could be obtained. A letter sent by the County Administration Todd F. Lawson stated: While your letter requests to meet for "Constitutional training for citizens," other documentation from the Institute that have been circulated describes the event as "Constitutional Training for Deputies, Posses, and Read more

What’s UP, Senator Ernie Lopez!

I remember campaigning in the same territory as you Senator Lopez in the 2012 general election. Lopez running for the State Senate Seat and I was running for the County Council Seat. I remember considering Ernie a very good friend (and still do) and thought, "if this guy gets in the senate, we've got a good man in there. After his votes on SB 19 and HB 35, I'm not sure that I made the right decision in endorsing him for the senate position. Ernie, we elected you because you said you were a conservative republican, but your recent actions in the general assembly absolutely prove that this is not the case. Senator Lopez, you were the deciding vote in the Senate Bill 19 to repeal Delaware's death penalty law and you voted yes on House Bill 35, to further infringe on our Second Amendment rights to bear arms. Did you forget who elected you senator. If you did, please RESIGN your seat, Read more

‘Meet and Greet’ Of The Independent Party Of Delaware (IPoD)

The Independent Party of Delaware will be hosting a “Meet and Greet,” on Saturday, April 20th at 7pm, at the Manor House located at 30769 Lewes-Georgetown HWY for those of you with a GPS. And for others, the manor House is located on Rt. 9, 1.3 miles west of the intersection at Five-Points in Lewes. This is an open meeting of IPoD and all people interested in the Independent Party of Delaware and what the party’s goals are, for Delaware’s political future are, are cordially invited to attend. Snacks and beverages will be served.

Legislative Hall Thursday April 18, 2013

Here is a look at Legislative Hall in Dover today.  HB 75, about same sex marriage will be voted on in the House, and HB 35 about universal background checks will be voted on in the Senate.  The citizens of Delaware are watching both votes very closely and it is certain that today will be critical in the next election.             UPDATE:  Just for laughs these are the results of the Senate Vote on HB 35, and this is the vote on the motion to table the bill.  Almost a mirror image. Read more

2nd Amendment: Citizens vs Celebrity Appeal

Wednesday is a busy day for Committee hearings at Legislative Hall in Dover. 2nd amendment issues are going to be among the hot topics being discussed by our State Legislators. In this debate there are two distinct camps. One side is for gun control, headed up by Governor Markel and a fleet of Democrat Legislators. They are joined by concerned and frightened citizens that hope to make this state safer by limiting our ability to procure firearms via legal means. They do this with the hopes that if there are fewer guns in the hands of law abiding citizens that will result in fewer firearms available to criminals. This side has the full power of the Governor's office, the polling firm of the State Democrat Party, and now they are adding a touch of celebrity (Mark Kelly) to the mix. They are by far the better funded and better organized side, and they came into this debate on the offensive, as Read more

Tax Time Not Over

Tax freedom day is the average day that Americans finish paying their taxes.  This year it is a little bit later, April 18th. Just wait until the new medicare means testing kicks in with 9 income brackets to look at higher premiums.  The January tax hike wasn’t the end.  They have just begun to tax.

At Least 2 Dead, Dozens injured As Two Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon

At least two people are dead and dozens injured – including up to 10 with amputated limbs – after two bombs tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon and another exploded near a Boston library, according to the Boston Police Department. Authorities were guarding a person of interest at a local hospital, sources told FoxNews.com. The person had severe burns, but authorities had not determined whether the person was a victim or a perpetrator. The FBI, which was treating the bombing as a terrorist investigation, was analyzing video from several area surveillance cameras. The simultaneous explosions just before 3 p.m., another blast several miles away more than an hour later, and reports of two other unexploded devices found near the scene raised suspicions of a terrorist attack. Authorities shut down cellular service in the area in order to prevent remote detonations. Read more

Don to be on 105.9

I will be appearing on Dan Gafney’s Monday morning radio show at 105.9 FM, on Monaday April 15 at 8am to discuss Delaware’s political future. With the Delaware GOP in relative chaos with inner strife caused by a political and ideological fracture within the party, I will be speaking of Delaware’s political future.
This is an announcement only and no comments will be allowed
 
Please tune in and listen to the discussion
 
Best Regards and God Bless America
 
Donald Raleigh Ayotte

Why I Am A Republican?

Being a Republican is not the easy path for me. I am in a state that is 47% Democratic and the GOP is outnumbered almost 2 to 1. I am in a district that is 6 to 1 Democratic. My party affiliation is a regular source of interest.  I go to African American events and I am introduced as Councilman David Anderson, he's a Republican.  I went to a funeral of a friend who was an elected official and when they introduced the dignitaries, the MC introduced me as the Republican David Anderson.    Everyone has accepted the idea that I am a Republican.  I am engaged in the many communities of my area including the African American or Black community.  I work with the Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce.  I am on the executive board of the NAACP and the economic development committee chair.  Until I left to prepare for deployment, I was on the Academy of Dover School board and served on the Read more

Tuition Assistance is Back

Follow up on the story last month where the Tuition Assistance was stopped. From the GoArmyEd.com
The Army is committed to education and understands the tremendous benefit that it provides to our Soldiers and is dedicated to maintaining a stable and supportable TA program. As such, the Tuition Assistance (TA) functionality in GoArmyEd was turned back on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at 0001 hours EDT. Soldiers are again able to apply for TA for the remainder of FY13 under the rules that governed TA usage prior to the suspension.

Gadsden Flag removed from NY Military Armory; Claimed It Is A Tea Party Symbol

Claiming, it is a Tea Party symbol, the City of New Rochelle, NY has removed the Gadsden from the city's military armory. The City Manager Chuck Strome ordered the flag removed after receiving complaints from citizens that the flag is a Tea-Party symbol. The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle if fighting the decision. "Their outrageous decision to confiscate a cherished symbol of our War for Independence smacks of pure partisan politics," said Richard Thompson, chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center," who will represent the Veterens, told World Net Daily. "Many Americans fought and died for our independence under that flag, and the law center will take available means to return the Gadsden flag back on the veterans' flag pole. As one Revolutionary War hero said, "we have only just begun to fight." According to the US Navy website, beginning Read more

Korea ‘Nuclear War’ Is unavoidable; Japan First Target

North Korea warns Japan, Tokyo will be the target if war breaks out on the on the Korean Peninsula. In a communique released by the Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea warned Tokyo, that their standing orders to destroy missiles launched toward Japan, will bring a nuclear strike on Tokyo. "Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army and if Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first," the KCNA report said. Japanese defense officials replied that Japan, "will take every possible measure to respond to any scenario." US Secretary of State warned that a North Korean missile launch would be a huge mistake. With rhetoric ratcheting up in the current North Korean aggression, many insiders and political pundits are predicting the inevitability of a war on the Korean peninsula. that could draw the entire Pacific Theater of Operations into the Read more

Shades of 1950-1953 on the 38th parallel

Let’s establish a few things right off the bat, as they say: First, the Korean War, that began in June, 1950, never actually ended.  There is no formal treaty, no truce, simply an armistice, the same kind that ended World War One.  The Korean War never ended, but actual hostilities were curtailed under a cease-fire on July 27th, 1953 at 10:00 AM local time. Second, North Korea, which calls itself the “Democratic Republic of Korea,” is obviously neither democratic, nor a republic.  It is, in fact, a monarchy.  The “founder” of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, was a Soviet puppet and delusional Stalinist who actually believed his own prevarications and propaganda, as he believed that of his mentors, Stalin and Mao.  He passed power, without input from “the people,” directly to his son, Kim Jong-il, who, in turn, passed it to his son, Kim Jong-un, who is the sabre-rattling Read more

Philadelphia Abortion Doctor’s Trial Not Important To Liberal Media, Pro-Lifers See Bias

In a sensational and horrific case, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist was charged with eight counts of murder. One patient allegedly died under his care after a botched abortion, and seven infants born alive, whose spinal cords Gosnell allegedly severed with scissors, are among the known atrocities. The trial began on March 18, with an amazing lack of coverage, according to recent reports from the Washington Times. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was an abortionist, meaning that any coverage of the trial risks painting the pro-choice movement in an unflattering light. In a statement issued last week, twenty conservative leaders called for an end to what they described as a "media blackout" and "censoring" of the trial for political reasons. (report from the Wash. Times) "The mainstream media has been studiously avoiding the trial of abortion butcher Kermit Gosnell, despite the Read more