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Sheriff Mack Launches Primary Challenge Against Lamar Smith!

Sheriff Mack supported Debra Medina when she ran and called out Glenn Beck for his attack interview of her. His foreign policy is non-interventionist. This message has been going around the Meetups and Facebook!

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Dear Friend,

I urge you to read this message and share it with your friends and family.

Time is short and our country is at a breaking point.

I’ve spent the last few months speaking with Tea Party members, friends, neighbors and political activists from across the spectrum who are all concerned about one thing: protecting and securing our liberties.

I’ve thought long and hard about our political options. I often pray over it. And now, I need your input ...

I’ve been nominated to run for U.S. Congress in my district.

While I've always worked at the local level to prevent the federal government from overstepping its authority, I'm willing to challenge my current representative.

I haven’t put my name on the ballot yet. But when I do, you can bet that I will run an aggressive campaign.

First, I need to know if my friends and fellow activists are willing to support my primary campaign against a career politician. And my team needs to gauge how much support will be offered.

I live in the 21st Congressional District of Texas. Lamar Smith has “represented” our district for the last 28 years.

You may have heard of him recently. He has been in the news for authoring and sponsoring a bill that goes beyond the enumerated powers authorized in the U.S. Constitution. It also violates the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment.

The bill is called, the “Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).”

But in truth it should be called, the “Stop Online Profits Act.”

Because that's what it will do. It raises the legal and compliance costs to the breaking point for small retailers, independent websites, bloggers and alternative media websites.

SOPA practically criminalizes the Internet business model that depends on user-generated content.

One instance of a user uploading copyrighted work could lead the website to be permanently blocked from all financial network processors. One complaint could also remove a site from search engines and Internet Services Providers.

The consequences of SOPA go beyond the Internet.

SOPA will reduce the number of Internet jobs and hurt a recovering economy.

Here's why –

  • One instance of streaming a copyright violation could cost a website operator or owner five years in prison. (That means companies like Google, YouTube and Facebook could not have been started under SOPA.)
  • That results in fewer entrepreneurs risking their capital to start Internet companies.
  • That results in fewer start-ups, which have been the net creator of private sector jobs over the last few years.

Never mind that SOPA is an un-Constitutional mandate, unauthorized by Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

Never mind that copyright holders can already prosecute violations of infringement under existing U.S. Code Title 17 and Title 18.

Never mind that it’s not the responsibility of U.S. taxpayers to fund quality-control or authentication procedures for corporations with political lobbyists.

Never mind that Customs and TSA Agents will be checking our souvenirs at airports and train stations to ensure "official" corporate branding.

Never mind that this bill will not prevent “online piracy” but will censor online communications, making it increasingly difficult to find information about how your representative voted on key issues like the Patriot Act and NDAA. (Smith voted yes on both.)

And never mind that SOPA goes against everything the Republican Party, conservatives and free market capitalism stands for.

What concerns me is what this is really about…

... it’s about who controls information,

... it’s about intervening in how people communicate with each other on a mass scale,

... and it's about converting the private sector in to Red Coats for the federal government.

SOPA passes off operating costs of this federal program to small retailers, online blogs, alternative media sources, and consumers.

It forces companies with websites to hire "copyrights managers" who will receive and process copyrights complaints from the public. And then it forces those employees to report infringements to the federal government's Copyrights Office.

In turn, the federal government hires more bureaucrats in the Copyrights Office, State Department and Attorney General's Office to process the information. And do you know what else SOPA does?

It authorizes those bureaucrats to represent the big media corporatists that compete with so called "rogue websites."

What’s really concerning is that SOPA is being sponsored by a Republican representative in a Republican controlled House.

At a time when our economy is in a recession, why would a Republican representative want to reduce private sector jobs? And why on earth would Smith give more power to Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder? Well, that is what SOPA does.

The thought of joining Washington D.C. goes against everything I stand for. But the thought of watching a career-politician represent me and pay lip-service to the Constitution is more than I can bear.

That’s why I’m accepting the nomination to challenge Lamar Smith.

Let me be upfront with you.

Political campaigns take tremendous grassroots effort and strong organization. They also take financial resources and a large network of support.

When we enter this primary race, we will be working around the clock to reach voters. We will need to fund mass mailings, signs, banners, door hangers, radio and Internet advertisements, canvassing, and other voter outreach efforts.

But the first thing we must do is gauge how much financial support we have.

If you want my team to run an aggressive primary against Lamar Smith, then I urge you to rush me a special and generous contribution to "Committee to Elect Sheriff Mack for Congress." Our campaign needs funds TODAY.

Representatives do have a service to offer the public. But that service is to secure and protect rights. And they need a little bit of courage to do that.

As a police officer, my superiors wanted me to give tickets to my fellow Americans for things like not fastening their seat belts. I found it annoying that our government was trying to force people to behave a certain way. When the government didn't get the response they wanted, I was told to confiscate their property. (That's what a ticket is. Confiscation.)

My conscience drove me to find a way to reconcile my duties: I was a police officer, man of faith, father, husband and I had taken an oath to honor the Constitution.

It took time, humility – ok, and a great deal of repeat lessons – to learn how to honor my constitutional oath while serving in law enforcement.

The lesson came from studying the constitution and the lives of the framers. And then I had to follow my convictions. I stopped giving tickets. And I learned how to become a public servant who protects rights.

The time has come once again for me to reconcile parts of my life with the seemingly incompatible. DC is not someplace I want to spend my time. But I'm willing to do it because I've been called on by neighbors, friends and others who love liberty as much as I.

I believe that we can save our Republic. But in order for us to do that, we must have the correct information about the meaning of liberty. And we must share it freely with others.

There are a few other things that you can do to help in addition to sending a contribution ...

Please forward this message to as many people as you know who are concerned about liberty and Internet freedom. Send it to friends, family and fellow activists.

If we are going to succeed in unseating Lamar Smith, it’s going to take thousands of us coming together.

If you can also blog about it and ask others to blog about our campaign on websites and social media, that would help spread the message of liberty and boost our campaign efforts.

Again - the most important and urgent resource we need are financial contributions. And we do need them RIGHT NOW. I hope you will consider rushing back a special, urgently needed contribution.

The only way we can take on the machine of Lamar Smith is together.

Now, I’ve spent years rejecting un-Constitutional laws at the local level. And I teach others to do the same.

And I’ve taken the federal government to the U.S. Supreme Court and won in Printz v. U.S. Together, you and I can retire Lamar Smith.

Will you join me?

Yours In Liberty,

Sheriff Mack

PS: Volunteers, friends and activists have started organizing preliminary efforts. Help us take on Lamar Smith in a Republican primary. Please rush a special and urgent contribution to our campaign. You can make a donation of $15, $20, $25, $35 or more RIGHT NOW! (Up to $2,500 for individuals, $5,000 for married couples.)

PPS: Please forward this email to friends and family and post it to blogs and websites. Please also share it on Facebook!

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His website is: www.sheriffmackforcongress.com



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I'm sure Mack is better, but

I'm sure Mack is better, but his support of Romney is disappointing. Maybe just playing the game or asking for favors idk, but that is discouraging.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

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Please support Sheriff Mack if you can. We the people need to reclaim the House of Representatives from special interest lobbyists.

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Replace Lamar Smith!

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Go get em Mack!You won against the Clintons you can do it again!
Support from me definitely!Mack is a great man!

I would absolutely support

I would absolutely support Sheriff Mack! Lamar Smith needs to GO!

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Kicked in a few bucks from Florida

hope others around the country do the same!

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

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Restore the Constitution now!

Sheriff Mack for Congress Money Bomb

Here's the link - give as much as you can.

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/IFRtcDy9/Sheriff-Mack/crushsopa

We need to get rid of SOPA author Lamar Smith and replace him with Sheriff Mack!

On a related note.

Just got paid today so...

Date 2/3/2012
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Payment Page Donate to Sheriff Mack

I encourage everyone else who can to donate for this cause.

My regular daily bump

For those who may have missed this one.

Let's get this man partially

Let's get this man partially funded with a mini money bomb immediately. Fund RP's noonebutpaul money bomb, then hit Sheriff Mack with another mini bomb soon after.

Sage

There is a BIG fundraising event planned for Mack and Addison

http://www.facebook.com/events/295634777161365/

Restore Our Republic Now! Concert Fundraiser Feb 18th!! Texas Pride Barbecue , 2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins, TX

Bexar Republican Freedom Coalition is sponsoring a very special event featuring Constitutional Conservative Candidates, Glenn Addison and Sheriff Mack. Two men ready to take on the establishment politicians in the Republican Primary. Come meet and support these patriots who are working hard to Restore Our Republic !

Mack and Addison need grassroots supporters - please help spread the word and donate to their campaigns or at this event!

www.glennaddison.com

http://sheriffmack.com/

I live in the 21st district.

I live in the 21st district. Sheriff Mack can count on all four votes from my household. Do you think we can organize a money bomb to get Sheriff Mack elected? I think with enough publicity, he can win.

President Paul will have an ally in Congress.

Yes!!

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"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Texas District 21

This is my district and part of a former Ron Paul district too. This is the heart of the TEXAS hill country with MANY Patriots.My wife and I have been to the offices that sheriff Mack shares with the Patriots of Gillespie. We started getting required signatures to get Sheriff Mack on the ballot.

The patriots of Gillespie County is very instrumental getting word out on Sheriff Mack

http://www.patriotsofgillespiecounty.com/

One more thing to share. Went to a patriot / tea party rally last summer. I noticed that MC of the rally looked just like Rand Paul.It wasn't Rand, it was the older brother of my best friend of 40 years. He looked identical to Rand - they could be twins.

Looking forward to your vote.

Unfortunately, not being to Texas I can't help with that, but I have a major disgust for Lamar Smith and I'll do what I can to get him out of there. Not to mention it's Mack that's running against him. That's why I'll keep bumping this post so that people can see it and I'll also donate to Mack's campaign when I get paid (and hopefully some of you will as well).

Hey Vman!

Is this the same "What if I say I'm not like the others" Vman?
Glad to see you on the DP.

I'm split on this. I have two addresses in Austin. One I am registered to vote and become a delegate for RP in, and the other is JUST barely outside of the 21st district.

I will still volunteer for and donate to Sheriff Mack if I can.

Look how crazy this district is.
http://lamarsmith.house.gov/District/InteractiveMap.htm

Hm

Not sure - I post around other sites usually under vman2003 , with maybe a couple being just vman. But can't remember which and where. Don't remember "What if I say I'm not like the others", but could be - what is that about ?

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I think this is a good thing.

Sheriff Mack brings a very interesting package to the table.

I'd love to see him beat that traitor Lamar Smith.

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Just bumping this. Coincidentally I posted a week or two ago a call to get Lamar Smith out of the office. And yesterday I learn from this post that Mack is challenging him in the primaries. So I m not gonna let this go unseen by anyone. Will keep bumping periodically over the next few days.

And coincidentally,

I have recently been thinking of the sheriff, wondering if maybe he might like to run for Congress, or something.......

Perfect timing,

Perfect timing, coincidentally.

When is his primary?

This election is getting more exciting every day!

Right now, it's scheduled for

Right now, it's scheduled for April 3. But they haven't finished redistricting (like most districts across the country) so it might be moved forward.

This is how we win; the 2nd element

As important as gathering enough delegates to win at the convention, is building local organization around congressional candidates running on like minded platforms, laying down a "campaign trail" for Dr. Paul for super Tuesday and after. We need delegates. We need candidates for Congress who support Ron Paul for President in every congressional district.

All of you

in this freedom movement must know Richard Mack. He's a very important player in our movement.