Corker & Alexander Lie Again: Immigration Bill Will Put Americans to Work

The two senior Senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) released a joint op-ed in local state media saying that the immigration bill they have been fighting for will put Americans back to work and add jobs to the economy. The only explanation they offer for how granting millions of illegal aliens amnesty will put Americans back to work is, “It’s possible that one of these immigrants may create the next Google.” Disregard the fact that most illegal immigrants in the country are not grossing 6 figure salaries as software, tech engineers. Also, never mind the fact that the amendments Corker and Alexander supported now penalize US employers $5,000.00 for hiring legal US workers instead of illegal immigrants. Corker took to social media to tweet his new claim, which posses no warrant that immigration reform will put American citizens back to work.

Corker, Alexander also claim that the bill will secure the borders. However, US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) withdrew all support for the immigration bill because Alexander, Corker and others voted against Paul’s amendment, which would allow Congress the authority to ensure that the borders were secure before allowing illegals to begin the process of citizenship. Now, the bill passed by Corker and Alexander does not allow Congress the authority to ensure the borders are secured.

Bob Corker (R-TN) Takes to Twitter

Bob Corker (R-TN) Takes to Twitter

Alexander, up for reelection this year, has faced mounting scrutiny from Tea Party and Liberty groups in the Tennessee.



Islam in America: From the Eyes of an Iranian-American


In 1986 my father came to America from Iran. He found himself alone, broke and isolated in the southern United States. He couldn’t speak a word of English, had $75 in his pocket and one bag of belongings. He would soon meet a southern belle from Savannah who I would grow up to call mom. My father came to America to escape the Islamic Revolution. He is a man of strong conservative convictions and a thirst for freedom, liberty and justice. These values are reflected strongly in me. Most in my family are Christian. Many of those still in Iran do not claim Islam as their religion, but would in fear of persecution. Some are Muslim, but there is an undeniable dichotomy in Islam where extremism lives, and does not.

Religion has long been a scapegoat for extremism. It is the perfect vector in a sense because it is often protected from legislative action in America. I will start by saying that I know many Muslims who are friends, neighbors, co-workers and peers. Many are peaceful and are shameful of the behavior that is exhibited through Islam. However, the cover-up of the core direction of Islam in America cannot be ignored. At the Democratic National Convention in 2012 Democrats tried to remove God and Israel from the party’s platform. Once this hit mainstream media the chairman allowed for the rules to be changed to allow for an amendment. An amendment was made to reinsert God and Israel into the party platform, which required a 2/3 vote for approval. The vote was clearly not in favor of adding God and Israel back into the platform, but in a video a woman is seen telling the chairman to ignore the delegates and approve it anyways. In the same video of the event, Muslims are seen furious with the adoption of the amendment. Also assess the fact that Benghazi was blamed on an anti-Islam video by the Obama administration and not a premeditated attack by Muslim radicals. Through the Benghazi hearings we now know this to be a lie. Many defend Muslim prayer in public schools, and will simultaneously condemn optional bible courses. How does this hold salt?islam

An innate difference between Islam and the other Abrahamic religions exists, and it is that many Muslims are radicalized through the Islamic liturgy. Also, it is essential to understand that Islam is not only a religion, but a form of government. This is not so for the other two Abrahamic religions. In 2003 a young man named Carlos Bledsoe moved from Memphis, TN to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University (TSU). Carlos’ father, Melvin Bledsoe, says that Carols became involved with radical Islam professors and groups at TSU and started attending the Islamic Center of Nashville. Here he was radicalized and changed his name to Abdulhakim. Now he sits in a federal prison for the murder of Army PFC William Long. Abdulhakim (Bledsoe) said in an interview, “It was not murder, murder is not justified. What I did is justified under Islamic law. It was justified by common sense. We believe we have to strike back.”

I am of the libertarian-republican strain, and therefore I hold in high regard freedom of religion and the First Amendment. Let it be understood though that when people come to America to use our rules against us, chaos is bred. Recently in Tennessee the Obama/Holder Justice Department sent Bill Killian, U.S. attorney, to warn citizens that they could be persecuted for exercising their first Amendment rights to speak out against Sharia law in America. What the Obama administration and radicalized Muslims fail to understand is that religion may be exercised freely, but it may not supersede constitutional law in this country. Floyd Abrams, one of America’s most respected First Amendment attorneys, is quoted as saying of Killian: “He’s just wrong. The government may, indeed, play a useful and entirely constitutional role in urging people not to engage in speech that amounts to religious discrimination. But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion. And what it most clearly may not do is to stifle political or social debate, however rambunctious or offensive some may think it is.”

Examine any religious script and you can find a case for rape, murder, polygamy, incest, mass-killings and more. However, we do not practice this, and encroach upon the liberty of others because these scripts say in the name of God it is acceptable. A line does exist. In Syria, where the line does not exist, a rebel recently cut out the heart of a soldier and ate it. The rebel is quoted claiming the act in the name of Allah.

Tolerance of those who wish to pursue peace, liberty and tolerance themselves should always be encouraged in America no-matter the channel. Challenge and opportunity meets any individual willing to take on this endeavor. However, it is important to understand that in countries where Islam is the majority, minority rights are not allowed. In these countries women, Christians, homosexuals, etc. are all persecuted under Islamic law. Meanwhile, in countries where Islam is the minority those of the extremist class demand “rights” to implement laws contrary to those of the Founders, which protect individual liberty.

###  Michael Lotfi is a Iranian-American conservative commentator, campaign consultant, and legislative lobbyist living in Nashville, TN.

Fed Govt Takes Over Tennessee Festival

NASHVILLE-   The American public has become increasingly cautious towards the Department of Homeland Security. The federal agency has come under increased scrutiny for purchasing 1.6b rounds of high-powered ammunition and stockpiling heavily armored vehicles to be used in the streets of America. US Congressman Huelscamp (R-KS) has asked the DHS multiple times why they needed to purchase these bullets and tanks. The DHS refuses to answer him, and other members of Congress who are demanding answers. Proponents of big government say it is for our protection, but it is important to recall that our militia and army protect us from any foreign invasion according to the Constitution. This is not the job of non-elected federal bureaucrats armed with weapons, which are outlawed to all American people except themselves. The DHS has had its eye on Tennessee recently. A federal grant was given to the state to purchase drones. The grant spurred legislative action in the state of Tennessee to block drone activity as it was delivered during the same time of the Obama Administration’s drone controversy.

Armored DHS Vehicle

Armored DHS Vehicle

In a developing story the DHS and FBI are said to be taking over Nashville, Tennessee’s CMA Festival, which is the largest country music event in the world. Downtown hospitality industry management have warned their staff to be careful when entering and leaving the city for work, not to bring backpacks, or look suspicious in any way because DHS and FBI agents will be conducting searches and seizures. As the city prepares for the festival DHS and FBI agents have already been seen around the downtown area blocking off bridges and bringing in equipment. A phone call to the Metro Police Department produced an uneasy conversation when the officer would not allow himself to be quoted, but did verify the FBI and DHS would be present. State legislators have placed calls to state leaders to get to the bottom of the situation, which have gone unanswered so far. Being a Southern state, Tennessee residents tend to hold a certain disdain for the federal government while holding the principle of state sovereignty in high regard. This is especially the case when they take over their capital city without regards to their Fourth Amendment rights, and push their elected Sheriffs out of the way to set up shop.

Rand Paul Begins Campaigning Against Hillary Clinton 2016

It seems that the democratic party is not alone in their speculations of Hillary Clinton mounting a 2016 presidential bid. Although Clinton has said time after time that she is not interested in running the polls strongly suggest that democrats want her and no one else. With the momentum focused on minorities it is not surprising that if Democrats want to maintain control of the White House they need Hillary to make it happen. Who could stop Hillary if she did decide to run? Considering that Obama has mastered the art of elections and online donations as well as the fact that Bill Clinton remains wildly popular Hillary will be a force not easily defeated. It has been said that if republicans wish to remain viable they must find a candidate who can bring together the tea party, the libertarian wing and the traditional conservative wing. Many believe that candidate to be Rand Paul.

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul has already been on what many consider to be a campaign spree. He has won every presidential straw poll his name has been listed on. Furthermore, he has now made a major move by sending his lead strategist and chief of staff, Doug Stafford away from his Senate post in Washington D.C. to head up Paul’s national political operation. This is perhaps the clearest indication that Paul is planning a 2016 bid.Paul went one step further when he addressed a crowd of approximately 600 prominent Tennessee senators, representatives, donors and grassroots activists at the annual Tennessee Republican Assembly convention 2 weeks ago. Paul was received with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations. Here Paul recalled his encounter with Clinton as the only member of the Senate to actively engage Clinton on Benghazi for ignoring requests for more security and not reading urgent cables. While other GOP Senators were singing Clinton praises- Paul told Clinton, “Ultimately, I think with your leaving, you accept culpability for the greatest tragedy since 9/11. Had I been President at the time and I found out you had not read the cables… I would have relieved you of your post.” “I think it’s inexcusable,” he added. As Paul finished his story the crowd again stood in applause. Paul continued to tell the crowd, “I think that should disqualify you from seeking any sort of higher office.” The crowd again roared and the audience was heard screaming, “Rand 2016”. Paul then took questions from the audience. Many questions were geared towards a Paul presidential bid. Paul responded, “Things seem to be falling in that direction, but I am not going to make a decision until after this year.” In this first moment of acknowledgment towards Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential bid it seems the 2016 race is starting to take form as one that would put Rand Paul against Hillary Clinton. Paul seems to recognize this and is drawing first blood.

Rand Paul’s Next Stop? Tennessee

Rand Paul (R-KY) seems to be on what many are considering a campaign spree. Rand is outpacing even the most ambitious names being thrown into the pot for possible 2016 GOP candidates. This shows his earnest desires to be a statesman connected to the people much like his father was, but also a far more pragmatic strategy where the Senior Paul could not deliver. Rand Paul was the first possible GOP candidate to hit the three early primary states. Paul has already hit South Carolina in January, here he addressed a group of Republican business leaders, and is already planning to return in the Summer to headline a statewide GOP gathering. He’s also scheduled to deliver keynote speeches at the annual dinners hosted by state GOP parties in Iowa and New Hampshire on May 10 and May 20. While in New Hampshire, he and GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are planning to hold a round-table meeting with tea-party activists in the state. Paul’s next stop is this Saturday in Tennessee. Tennessee is an important state for Paul, being from Kentucky, he is expected to have a strong showing in the neighboring state to the South if he decides to thrown in his hat. Paul is scheduled to deliver the Keynote speech at the Tennessee Republican Assembly Annual Conference. The event has sold out. James Gann, with Tennessee Campaign for Liberty provided us with the following statement:Rand Paul3

“I’m really excited to see Senator Rand Paul coming to speak at the TRA convention, and grateful to Sharon Ford and others at the TRA who have put this event together. Senator Paul has had a strong unifying effect between the libertarian and conservative groups within the Republican Party, and he provides a much needed voice for liberty on Capitol Hill. He is a candidate that I feel we can all get behind going into the 2016 presidential primaries”

Paul is scheduled to arrive at 10:00 AM to the Millennium Maxwell House hotel overlooking Downtown Nashville where he will first meet with organizers of the event before holding a book signing and delivering his keynote speech.

Breaking: In Less than 8 Hrs TN Gov Turns Back on Constituents Sneaks in Obamacare/Medicaid Expansion

Reporting Live From Legislative Plaza (Nashville, TN):

In less than 8 hrs since it was reported this morning that Tennessee Governor Haslam would not accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare things have swiftly changed. Haslam made his announcement this morning at 9:35 AM, which misled the people of Tennessee and the media to report that Tennessee would not participate in the Medicaid expansion. However, he shortly there after released a “new plan“, which the media did not report on. This new plan actually sneaks the expansion in through the back door. The Tennessee plan will “leverage available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level who don’t have access to health insurance, which would translate to

Legislative Plaza (Nashville, TN)

Legislative Plaza (Nashville, TN)

175,000 more insured Tennesseans.” This is essentially a copycat from the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. It uses the 100% federal reimbursement for three years under the disguise of “leveraging.” It is a carbon copy of the President’s health care law to provide health insurance for everyone—paid for by taxpayers– below 138% of the federal poverty level. One will be hard pressed to find the difference between Haslam’s “new plan” and the old plan. Legislators say they had a feeling the Governor would attempt this maneuver and to safeguard against it they crafted SB0804 (State Senator Kelsey-R) and HB0937 (State Representative Durham-R). The Governor has consistently requested that these bills be delayed for a vote and be kept out of committee. These bills were finally allowed up for a vote in committee today, but only after the Governor made his announcement that the state would “not accept the Medicaid expansion”. If they had passed without amendments it would have legally banned the state from accepting the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. However, it seems that the Governor had a hand in having the legislation amended and watered down. State Senator Mark Green amended the Senate version of the bill so that the Governor could still sneak in the expansion. The bill passed committee 7-2. The Tennessee Governor is attempting to pull a fast one on his constituents by telling the media Tennessee will not accept the expansion when in reality he has just changed the name of the expansion to something different. When state Senator Kelsey was asked what the forecast looked like for the House version of the bill he stated, “These legislators are spineless & don’t want to vote. Especially in the House. The whole thing is turning into a sideshow.” The bills have been amended and rolled to the next calendar year for a full vote. Senator Kelsey and  Representative Durham have led the charge along with the help of grassroots organizers to block Obamacare in the state of Tennessee. Haslam’s plan mirrors that of the Governors of Florida and Arkansas, which are so unpopular that state legislators are challenging their Governors there as well.

Tennessee Becomes Newest State to Completely Block Obamacare

This morning Governor Haslam of Tennessee stated he would not accept the medicaid expansion. In a 12 minute speech to lawmakers this morning he stated, “I cannot recommend to you that we move forward on this plan.” This comes as a surprise to many who have been mounting the effort to keep the medicaid expansion out of Tennessee. To block the Patient Affordable Care Act on the state level two things had to be done. First, the states had to opt out of the state exchange. Second, states had to block the medicaid expansion. Through grassroots pressure Tennessee residents kept the Governor’s feet to the fire

Nashville Capitol Building

Tennessee Capitol Building 

and managed to have the state opt out of the state exchange. The medicaid expansion was a much tougher battle. The expansion would have cost Tennessee tax payers more than $1.2 Billion in the next 9 years, and any savings from receiving the federal dollars would have been lost before 2016. Hospital Corporation of America and Pharmaceutic companies heavily financed the Governor’s election campaign and were all lobbying the Governor and legislators hard to accept the medicaid expansion so that big business could pad their wallets with more tax payer money. Many signs pointed to the Governor taking the expansion. He continuously told leadership within legislative plaza to keep legislation out of committee that would have blocked the expansion such as SB 804. The grassroots mobilized when the Libertarian Party and Tea Party came together and held rallies at legislative plaza.  They continued their battle by infiltrating the legislative process to show their support for blocking the expansion. The efforts of the grassroots seems to have paid off as Tennessee has just become the newest state to completely kick the Patient Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to the curb. The final step in ensuring that Obamacare cannot find its way back into Tennessee is to pass the legislation slated for a vote today in the Tennessee legislative session and have the Governor sign off on it.

UPDATE: Tennessee Governor Sneaks in Expansion Behind the Back of Constituents in less than 8 Hours of the Publication of Above Article.