Medicare Part D works; don’t cut it

President Barack Obama portrays himself as a defender of Medicare, a program he said he cared about “deeply.” Yet, he is also proposing cuts to Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit for America’s seniors, by changing the way it pays for drugs for millions of seniors…. Read more here.

City Council Candidate Meet and Greet

You are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Springfield City Council Candidate Meet and Greet being hosted by Live Free Springfield, KSGF 104.1FM, 7th Congressional Missouri Republican Assembly, Locke & Smith Foundation, and Veterans in Defense of Liberty.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Where: Golden Corral, 2734 N. Kansas Expressway
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost (if eating): $8.59/ea

Candidates Invited:
Mayor Bob Stevens
Councilman Jeff Seifried (Zone 1)
Craig Fischel (Zone 4)
Rodney Geurin (Zone 4)
Steve Makoski (Zone 4)
Arthur Hodge (General Seat A)
Councilwoman Jan Fisk (General Seat A)
Councilman Mike Carroll (General Seat D)
Craig Hosmer (General Seat B)

Breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will be followed by introductions and a question and answer session.

For additional details call:
Dave Myers at (417) 841-7811 ~Or~ Nick Ibarra at (417) 380-9701

Press Release – January 3, 2013

Live Free Springfield and Veterans in Defense of Liberty proudly support and endorse the recently filed legislation by our State Legislature addressing Veterans’ Courts. We commend State Representative Eric Burlison in his co-sponsorship and hope that other House Members, and in time Senator Bob Dixon will stand by Mr. Burlison and support this effort.

As the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, our nation faces an issue we can’t ignore: veterans who have faced the wars are coming home, often times with internal wounds.

Because of PTSD, Veterans returning from these theaters of operation are: more than three times likely to commit suicide than are the rest of the population; face higher unemployment rates than do the civilian population; face higher divorce rates, substance abuse problems, and domestic violence occurrences than in the nation at large.

This being said, it is not surprising that approximately 10% of the 1.5 millions troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have been arrested and often charged with criminal actions.

By implementing a Veterans Court statewide (much like other states and also some Missouri communities have already), we can begin to address the issues our new generation of war veterans face through special programs aimed at rehabilitating, rather than necessarily punishing them, and ensuring they once again become productive members of society.

Again, we applaud the Missouri House members who are participating in addressing this issue, and we plan to help in any way we can.


Submitted Respectfully,

Live Free Springfield (David Myers, II)

Veterans in Defense of Liberty (Dr. Wm. Scott Magill)

Give up the Constitution? Then what do we govern by?

This New York Times Op Ed by Louis Michael Seidman, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University, is one of the most absurd and dangerous articles I have read in a very long time. This guy’s incredible conclusion is that it is the Constitution of the United States itself that is causing all that ails the nation at this time…. READ MORE HERE.

You mean we’ve been bamboozled (again)?!

It apparently wasn’t enough to raise taxes on 77 percent of Americans with the fiscal cliff deal signed into law by auto-pen late last night by President Obama…. READ MORE HERE.

City Council Petitions Due Soon

Anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council has less than three weeks to file an application…. Read more HERE.

The Bully Pulpit

As we watch the Republicans and Democrats “battle” on the stage of public office, we see once again that our President has no interest in doing anything but blaming somebody else. Let’s just assume the State of the Union address will leave congress and the House Speaker with nothing less than rhetorical bullet-holes all over plans that have been or are in the making since it is easier to do that than talk about the plan the President himself can’t get passed through the Democrat Senate!

My vote? We need a new Speaker.

This from TownHall:
While most media accounts of the fiscal cliff fiasco have focused on Republicans’ travails, few have adequately noted Democrats’ starring role in our current dysfunction.  Harry Reid obstructed a vote on the president’s plan, Nancy Pelosi whipped votes against her own erstwhile plan, and the president has fully retreated from ideas he supported as recently as last year.  A pre-Christmas Wall Street Journal article walks readers through the failed negotiations, and two recurring themes are woven throughout: (1) Obama has zero interest in meaningful concessions on his end, and (2) Obama is supremely confident in his ability to stick Republicans with the blame if the economy slides off the cliff.  As the president and the House Speaker begin one final attempt to strike some sort of a deal — which may eventually pass with mostly Democrat votes — here are a few nuggets from the Journal’s thorough piece about how we’ve reached the precipice…. Read more here.

Posted by Nick Ibarra

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cost to replace Emerson could reach $1 Million Kevin Schwaller, Ozarks First
In Marx’s Crosshairs: Left targets WalMart, tried to tag them to murders LaborUnionReport, Red State
Time Magazine names President Obama 2012 Person of the Year KSPR (AP)
Jobs, unemployment rate both fall in November Jeff-City News Tribune (AP)
Split on Right-to-Work, Republicans begin alternative push for Paycheck Protection Eli Yokley, PoliticMO
WWII set tone that overshadowed Christmas in 1940s Ryan Richardson, Joplin Globe
Proper Role of Government Ezra Taft Benson, Proper Role of Government
Report on Libya attack cites ‘systemic failures’ in security, confirms no protest Fox News

Conservatism Explained (Part 3)

“The individual is foolish, but the species is wise.”
-Edmund Burke

Previously discussed, the conservative’s thought process begins with the belief in a higher moral order and from there moves to the understanding and influence of custom, convention, and continuity. While these two considerations have been of importance with regards to conservative thought, it is the trained thought of Edmund Burke that best represent the essence of the philosophy.

Simply put by Russel Kirk, the conservative embraces the idea “that modern people are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, able to see farther than their ancestors only because of the great stature of those who have preceded us in time.”

Where would the conservative be in modern times without the wisdom of Washington, the fortitude of Lincoln, the humility of Coolidge, or the forsight of Reagan? None of these men came to the table without an understanding of history and the use of those lessons in a principled approach to politics.

Washington and Reagan understood the need to stand strong in the face of the enemy; Lincoln (of man) and Coolidge (of the market) understood the importance of liberty and freedom. With these few examples, what are the lessons called they have given us? The answer are the principles that Burke lived by: prescription, presumption, and prejudgement.

 To better understand prescription, we need to understand Burke’s interpretation of it and carry it over to what our nation’s founders did with it.

Burke believed in a prescription of classes. That men were to be born equal in the eyes of justice and morality is as far as Burke went. There was not a necessary equality in wealth, intelligence or beauty. While what Burke may have intended was a preconceived prescription of classes, what our Founding Fathers took from him and made theirs is one of the most unique plans ever devised. Moreover, for them to have stated it in the Declaration of Independence, and furthered it’s purpose in the Constitution and for the purposes of all men is, quite frankly, the essence of possibility in this nation.

While there will always be classes… lower, middle, and upper classes of society… in this nation we find the dynamic nature of the class structure. We have the ability to pursue a higher class and theoretically nothing can stop us but our own self. We also have the ability to fall in class, again only to blame nature or our own decisions for such an event. But what is constant is the class structure; regardless of the type of government man has provided, the prescription of classes has been a constant. What has been mixed of our Fathers and Burke has been the ability for every man to move from one class to the next, or fall behind, through the will of his own agent.

While prescription is most important when discussing Burke’s conservatism, we must also consider presumption and prejudgment.

Presumption and prejudgment are quite simple: the ideas stem from being able to predict an outcome due to past experiences (presumption), and from there making decisions based on the desired outcome (prejudgement). These two lines of consideration are what should allow us to revisit the wanted outcomes and keep us from revisiting the unwanted outcomes of history.

For instance, when we consider the economic ramifications of progressive taxation, and how increasing and decreasing the levels of “progressiveness”, we should find that the less progressive approach tends to yield better results. Unfortunately for us, we as an aggregate people don’t understand that good political sense many times doesn’t make good economic sense.

Another example we can use is in the world of foreign policy. In studying the build up to, and the climax of the National Socialist Party movement of Adolf Hitler, we can come to a conclusion that there are some forms of nature on earth that can’t be bargained with, can’t be trusted, and can’t be allowed certain actions on the national stage. To do so would be to the detriment of world peace, as was the case when dealing with Nazi Germany. Yet, through a lack of prejudgment and presumption from the lessons of history, US and world leaders have a bad habit of allowing despotic rulers’ actions on the world stage to go unaddressed in any serious manner and on a continuous basis.

In conclusion, the conservative understands to the core what Burke stated: “The individual is foolish, but the species is wise.” We cannot ignore the past, nor can we ignore the lessons we learn from experience and knowledge given to us. To do so is detrimental not only to the current generation, but future ones as well; for if the only lessons we give posterity are ones of what doesn’t work, they are continually at the drawing board seeking the ideas that do.

Nicholas Ibarra is the Director of Communications of Live Free Springfield. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Evangel University, is a former Marine and Iraq Veteran, is the Chairman of the 7th Congressional District Chapter of Veterans in Defense of Liberty, and is a former member of Springfield City Council.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jobs cut from Greene County budget Kathryn Wall, News-Leader
Council repeals E-Verify and approves citizen task force KOLR10 News
MO lawmakers say concealed guns in school could deter attacks KC Star (AP)
Gun sales spike among fear of tighter regulations Sara Forhetz, KY3 News
NBC’s Engel freed from Syrian captors Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Invincible ignorance Thomas Sowell, Real Clear Politics
Redistribution as slavery Dean Kalahar, American Thinker
Governor Haley picks Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in US Senate Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit
Facebook suspends account for questioning official narrative on shooting Paul J. Watson, InfoWars