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U.S Marine Brigadier General Joins The R3VOLution! (St. Petersburg Florida)

Former U.S Marine Brigadier General Mark Bircher has joined The R3VOLution!

He is running for U.S Congress in Florida CD 13 in the Special Election Republican Primary, which will take place on January 14 2014.

District 13 is located in Pinellas County Florida, it includes an area from Dunedin to western and northern St. Petersburg.
Click these links to see if you are in the district:
http://house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=33772
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida%27s_13th_congressional...

If he wins, he will be in the March 14 2014 Special Election.

http://www.bircherforcongress.com/

Thanks to the Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay for sending this survey to Mr. Bircher and the other candidates.

Economic Issues & Taxes

1. What can Congress do to help return manufacturing jobs to the United States?

Bircher: No US trade negotiator may sit on any foreign company board of directors or similar organization for ten years after leaving government service. Everything Congress does must either add to the security of the states or relate to enhancing US business interests, jobs, trade, economic growth, markets, etc. Everything else is purview of state legislator.

2. How should the federal government proceed in addressing the national debt?

Bircher: Require federal government to adhere to 10th Amendment and point to where in Art I, Sec 8, federal authority exists within enumerated powers. Also, please see answer #3 below, debt and taxes are related.

3. Do you support a reconsideration of the US tax code? If so, what changes do you propose or support?

Bircher: Return to Founder’s intent of politicians being directly accountable for spending (through the election process) every other November. Essentially, return to the “apportionment” system that existed prior to the 16th Amendment. Short term change = balanced budget. Long term change = repeal 16th Amendment, and end the IRS as being unnecessary.

4. Do you support a full and complete audit of the Federal Reserve?

Bircher: Please see Ron Paul’s comments for my position.

Foreign Policy

5. When is US military intervention in other nations justified?

Bircher: US Const Art I Sec 8, clauses 11, 12, 13, control. Depends upon the nature of the situation requiring intervention and the intervention forces anticipated. For example, military intervention to evacuate an embassy staff and American citizens during civil unrest in a foreign country, as opposed to major actions like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. NO undeclared wars. Only US Marines allowed to intervene without war declaration, (clause 13 – congressional authority to maintain a Navy, Marines in Dept of Navy,). The President and Congress have the constitutional authority to deploy Marines, but Congressional approval by “up or down” vote of Congress is required to deploy US Army, (clause 12) . “Since only the People actually pay in ‘Blood and Treasure’ for war, only the People may properly decide upon war.” Thomas Jefferson. George Washington’s “Farewell Address”, probably the best source for cogent policy on this issue.

6. What are your thoughts on the current policy of targeted drone strikes in foreign countries?

Bircher: Drone attacks are a “bright line” violation of the US Constitution unless Congress declares a war.

7. Is foreign aid a worthwhile expenditure for our government? What changes, if any, would you propose to our current foreign aid program?

Bircher: For the immediate future, I favor a total suspension of foreign aid until the budget crisis is solved. If and when we are fiscally solvent, we then review our foreign aid expenditure within the scope of George Washington’s “Farewell Address” and the mindset of, “Policy follows interests.

Civil Liberties

8. Do you favor scaling back or ending the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs? If so, what changes do you propose or support?

Bircher: Domestic surveillance by warrants only.

9. Do you favor a repeal of the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA of 2012? Why or why not?

Bircher: The ancient based writ of habeas corpus is arguably the most powerful tool of free men over injustice ever invented. Arbitrary imprisonment is the most pernicious indicator of government tyranny that exists. I favor repeal of all government actions that trample the US Constitution. If history is a teacher, the people of the US are closer than they can ever imagine to the abuse the government now projects on “enemy combatants.” Detained people are either prisoners of war, or suspected criminals. There are no other possibilities. In either case, the process of law controls. Inventing new classifications of detainees, e.g., “enemy combatant” and new processes “ad hoc” are Orwellian in there circumvention of law. “‘Necessity’, is the justification of tyrants and the creed of slaves.” William Pitt.

10. How can the War on Drugs be improved?

Bircher: Mostly by getting the federal government out of the process. This is a state issue.

The US Constitution

11. Do you support the Constitutional restrictions on federal government powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 as an absolute limit on all government functions and programs?

Bircher: Yes. All civilian and military officers take a personal oath, on their honor, to the Constitution. I believe the voluntary decision to take the oath, answers the above question.

12. Do you support a state’s right to nullify federal law, as many have already done for example by legalizing medical marijuana, or blocking implementation of the Affordable Care Act?

Bircher: The federal government is an invention of the states to serve state interests. The “supremacy” clause, Art VI, Sec 2, only applies when there is a conflict of laws within the enumerated powers of the federal government and a state. In my view, states do not need a “right to nullify” federal law outside the enumerated powers because state law is already supreme in those instances; please see 9th and 10th Amendments.

13. Are there any departments of the federal government that you believe could be significantly scaled back, reallocated to the states, or ended completely? If so, which ones, and why?

Bircher: All departments, agencies, bureaus, etc., in the Executive Branch that are outside of the enumerated powers, e.g., Dept of Educ, HUD, H&S, etc., should be eliminated in their entirety. We are actually losing our liberty faster on the “regulatory” side of the federal government, e.g., TSA, than the statutory. All other organizations with federal and state shared responsibilities should be eliminated or “right sized” in accordance with what the states say is required to support state interests.

14. Do you support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act?

Bircher: Yes, outside enumerated powers

15. What reforms do you propose to make healthcare more affordable and accessible?

Bircher: Any regulation of healthcare should be decided by the state legislatures, and not by the federal government. There is no reason central government is involved in healthcare. The word “affordable” is actually meaningless in the context of health care, except for its populist appeal. No has ever actually defined what “affordable” means in the ACA context; affordable to whom? Concerning healthcare, I am aligned with the ideas of Dr. Benjamin Carson.

Social Issues

16. In what way(s) should government be involved with marriage?

Bircher: None at the federal level. Whatever the states decide through their legislatures at the state level.

17. What involvement should the federal government have in regard to abortion?

Bircher: The Framers had abortion and covered the issue completely in the 9th Amendment. Again, a state issue. SCOTUS should never have granted certiorari to hear Roe v. Wade, or Doe v. Bolton because there is no valid federal question (privacy basis was specious at best, frivolous at worst) to provide jurisdiction.

Government Transparency

18. Currently, one US Congressman utilizes social networking to promote government transparency by sharing every single vote he casts in Congress, and providing an explanation for that vote. Will you promise to provide a similar level of openness and accessibility to the votes you cast?

Bircher: Yes. As a public servant, bright lights and transparency must be a component to enable the people’s scrutiny and review of their Rep’s voting record.

Additional comments or thoughts:

Bircher: “A Republic deserves the government it elects or tolerates.” Thomas Jefferson

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Bircher surging in the polls!

Within striking distance!

Jolly:36.5%
Bircher:26.3%
Peters:23.9%
Undecided:13.3%

http://www.scribd.com/doc/198248277/Final-Poll-of-CD-13-GOP-...

Outcome

???
My guess is that he got Diebolded!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

+1FL

I know what Tampa can do...GO PINELAS!

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

I'm Mark Bircher

Reverse the trend

Bircher on Freedom

Mark at a candidate forum!


http://youtu.be/Tc3P5slcnAU

Candidate forum. 3 news cameras there. Multiple others. 180+ in attendance.

Mailer went out... thanks

Mailer went out... thanks allen west for sending this to just about every GOP'er in pinellas :)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=756204484407192&set=...

Fantastic news! More

Fantastic news! More endorsements are rolling in for Mark Bircher for Congress! Attached is the endorsement from Combat Veterans For Congress PAC http://www.combatveteransforcongress.org/cand/3030

Addtional endorsements:
Allen West http://allenbwest.com/2013/12/want-fight-obamacare-send-mari...

Republican Liberty Caucus http://rlc.org/article/rlc-endorses-mark-bircher-january-14t...

Liberty Tampa Bay http://libertytampabay.com/liberty-tampa-bay-recommends-mark...

More coverage the better

Bump for coverage

Mark on the 2nd Amendment

Source: https://www.facebook.com/markbircherfl?notif_t=page_invite_a...

Larry: The Second Amendment uses the phrase "well regulated militia". The meaning of this has for some reason been debated by many for various purposes. To me and anyone else familiar with American history and the writings of the framers of the Constitution, the meaning is quite clear. My question is; What does this phrase mean to you? How do you define it? Will you take a stand on that definition?

Mark Bircher for Congress: Near the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 the adoption was doubtful. Some delegates had already left, others threatened to leave. Many of the Founders' concern being there were not adequate provisions to restrict the new government. They did not want to exchange one central government tyranny for another.

In that atmosphere of doubt further efforts were made to provide sufficient safeguards and to gain ratification. The Bill of Rights was the result. Borrowing from Virginia the Framers crafted the Second and Third Amendments together, and in consequence of their experience with the British standing army.

The legislative intent of the Second Amendment is as narrow as it is powerful: an armed citizenry as a balance of power against the slight, (but possible) threat of state militias federalized for national service, Art I, Sect VIII, clause 12. A force that could potentially threaten the people, as the Redcoats had. "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state," = the Framers acknowledgment that military forces are necessary. "[T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." = Montesquieu's balance of power theme that underpins the entire Constitution.

The federal government is empowered to organize, train, and equipment the state militias to federal standards in order to provide an effective and cohesive force when brought into national service as a process of law; Art I, Sect VIII, clauses 12 and 16. To balance the granted federal power and to safeguard against abuse, citizens were guaranteed the arms required to oppose the militia, not join it.

No armed people in history has ever been abused by their own government. All the great pogroms and holocausts are a government against its own disarmed people. other rights of gun ownership; self-protection, hunting, target shooting, etc., are guaranteed by the non-enumerated rights of the 9th Amendment. Protection of self and family, providing food, etc., are among John Locke's “natural rights” that people are born with and beyond any government’s power to grant or deny.

Debbie's picture

I listened to the interview on Liberty Underground (linked

below) . He's good on taxes and says supports 2nd amendment, but he would not necessarily bring troops home (would have to take a look at it) or cut any money to military and is not in favor of cutting foreign aid, thinks it is in our best interest to continue it.

Debbie

fireant's picture

He's smart to want to "take a look at it".

Sitting in a House seat provides a much different perspective, and careful thought is an asset. He is a big picture thinker. He won't give you a specific answer on blanket questions such as "foreign aid" until he has seen all the angles.
Primarily he wants to get all the unconstitutional business out of Washington so they can focus on the things the feds are supposed to do. That's smart too.

Undo what Wilson did

He is smart

We need his position on the 16th amendment.

Debbie's picture

All the angles are that it's unconstitutional - he should know

that now.

Debbie

fireant's picture

I'm not sure how you'd make the case foreign aid is

unconstitutional, but I'm willing to listen.
Even if he is off on that issue, his sobriety will keep it in check, and it doesn't negate his profound wisdom of knowing how the simple reforming of delegated powers will impact our nation.

Undo what Wilson did

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Back up

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I love the smell of yard signs in the morning!

I had to click the comment to see it. (Edit, it works now, strange.)

We starting putting signs

We starting putting signs around the county.

Also, the Peters and Jolly are on an attack fest. Bircher is right there with his positive message staying focused on the issues. Here's hoping we also pick up the "These two leader are acting like kids... let's vote for the other guy" vote lol.

fireant's picture

neverseen...

Do you know if he is doing internet advertising as well as his TV blitz? The winning candidate in my recent House special election used it effectively. His ads appeared everywhere I went after I viewed a few local articles, and his opponent had none. Bircher has been diligent about answering e-mails, but I don't want to bug him too much as I'm not from his district.
Appreciate your work here for him...
Ps: If you will let us know when local articles are published on the race, I'll log on and post favorable comments.

Undo what Wilson did

There is some facebook

There is some facebook advertisement. Would be more (online, TV, Prin) if there is a moneybomb...

Here is the latest endorsement for Jolly (few hours old). See my pro Bircher comments below the article(Tim R)
http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-editorials/tribune-endorses...

Google is your friend for local articles: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0...

fireant's picture

Thanks.

I stopped by over there.

Undo what Wilson did

Sad that Byrne won.

I think Dean Young picked the wrong battles, but he had guts. Now you have a Clinton Democrat. It would be great if Bircher pulls this off.

I hope Ron Paul hears about and considers endorsing him. Or Rand.