Take the time to view this video and share it with your friends before the August 11th Republican primary. Be sure to vote, and please consider John Carroll when you chose the person you want representing you.
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This year’s Lincoln Day Dinner was well attended with over 750 guests at the Hilton Coral Ballroom. The attendees were treated to a video featuring prominent Hawaii Republicans over the years. There were several interesting interviews and insights delivered by political veterans like Andrew Poepoe and Fred Rolfing. Hawaii’s two-term U.S. Congresswoman, Patricia Saiki, served as mistress of ceremonies for much of the evening.
The highlight of the evening was when all attendees under forty were asked to stand…they represented almost half of the audience. This is a terrific sign for the health and future of Hawaii’s Republicans.
By John S. Carroll, Candidate for the U.S. Senate
President Obama has repaid the Catholic Church for its support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by seeking to breach the Constitutionally protected separation of church and state. His Health and Human Service Department effectively denied conscience protections to church-run schools, hospitals and social service agencies, ruling that they must provide free contraception to employees, in violation of church teaching.
As a staunch constitutionalist, a Catholic and a believer in pro-life; this offends me on three levels. This is nothing less than an affront to American democracy and an assault on the U.S. Constitution. My opponent in the Hawaii’s Republican Primary, Ex-Governor Lingle, shares none of my three beliefs and will let this issue pass in the “spirit of bi-partisan placation.” This is just one reason she should not be elected to represent Hawaii’s Republicans as their Senatorial candidate.
This can and should be Obama’s undoing. I sincerely hope that the Church and the Catholic Health Association have learned their lesson. And that lesson is that people who espouse socialist “reforms” cannot be trusted. Their promise that no abortion funding was contained in Obama Care was as hollow as their oath to uphold the United States Constitution. The Catholic Church as well as all Christian denominations are now in a fight to protect their very existence. Make no mistake about it, this attempt to force secular authority on them is just the beginning.
The separation of church and state is not a new concept. English philosopher John Locke argued that government lacked authority in the realm of individual conscience. Thomas Jefferson, an admirer of Locke’s ideas wrote:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
These concepts were codified into the U.S. Constitution. I believe that this document is the sacred foundation of our individual liberties and the basis for our country’s greatness, and is not subject to contemporary revisionists like Barack Obama.
Whomever is elected to serve Hawaii in the U.S. Senate will be in a fight to protect our Constitution. Lingle will compromise; I will not.
John attended Green Drinks, a networking event for green and sustainability-minded businesses in Hawaii. Representatives from various alternative energy companies and other associated with Honolulu’s fastest growing business sector had an opportunity to meet with John.
Carroll, an early environmentalist, and author of many of Hawaii’s early ocean protection laws, has been following the development of this “knowledge industry” in our state. John is a vocal advocate for Hawaii becoming a center for research and development, marketing and manufacture of alternative energy technologies.
We have an abundance of energy resources, from geothermal, to solar, wind and ocean energy. Why not focus our young minds onfuture energy solutions that could grow into an entire new econmic component for us. Major economic turn-arounds in other markets were usually created by a deliberate plan to go after the emerging technology market. Carroll feels that Hawaii has an opportunity to compete for the exploding alternative energy, environmental monitoring, and biofuel markets.
Just this week two bills came under withering public criticism. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act,) PIPA (Protect IP Act) were withdrawn after a highly publicized one-day Internet protest that featured huge Web enterprises like Wikipedia, Google, ReadIt and WordPress blacking out their sites and instructing their visitors to protest the bills to their elected officials. The bills, while purporting to protect intellectual property and attack the online piracy of things like music and movies also included language that made it possible for the government to unilaterally censor or shut down any Web operations it wanted. This blatant infringement of free speech, and affront to the U.S. Constitution was tucked into the small print. Was this just sloppy legislation, or something more pernicious…a deliberate assault on our civil liberties?
Less that a month ago, another bill with even more potential constitutional damage slipped through. The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was signed into law on New Year’s Eve by President Obama, after he had promised to veto it. According to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) this gives the U.S. President military authority to arrest and hold anyone, anywhere, for an unlimited amount of time without charges or due process. This includes American citizens on American soil in direct violation of the 5th and 6th Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
All four of Hawaii’s Washington contingent voted in favor of this bill!
Terrorism has replaced Communism as the bogeyman used to spook the American public into yielding their constitutional rights to what could easily become a police state run under martial law. President Obama knew this bill was flawed when he signed it. He felt compelled to add an addendum or “clarification” that said these new powers would never be used against American citizens. His promise, unfortunately, is not binding on future administrations. This law must be fixed.
I strongly believe that defense of the U.S. Constitution is the primary responsibility of every elected official, and that the passage of laws that attack the foundation of our civil liberties, whether by negligence or design, borders on disastrous irresponsibility. SOPA and PIPA, under the guise of protecting our entertainment industry, laid the groundwork for political suppression. NDAA, largely a procurement authorization, contains its own toxic time bomb whose worse case would result in American gulags, or North Korean-style political re-education camps.
Our constitution is America’s defining achievement. It is what has allowed the United States to attain greatness and has established our nation as the protector of human civil liberties. As your next U.S. Senator, I promise you that protecting the U.S. Constitution, and fending off these heinous attempts to chip away at the very backbone of the American spirit will be my unwavering priority.
It was my great privilage to impersonate Santa Claus for kids at Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital for my second year. The kids didn’t seem to mind my missing black boots and somewhat lopsided fake beard. My daughter, Sanae, arranged the event for her heart patient kids, but it was I who clearly enjoyed it the most.
My daughter was herself a patient at Kapiolani after her premature birth 28 years ago. It was months before we were able to take her home and we spent many long hours with her as she tenaciously clung to life. I emerged from the ordeal solidly pro-life, and deeply committed to everything that means.
Christmas time is the season for family. We all need to celebrate our core values with loved ones and give thanks for the blessings that we are given in this lifetime.
Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year!
John Carroll has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, known as the “no new taxes” pledge. Apparently he will be the only candidate running for the U.S. Senate who is signing the pledge this year. Lingle, Case and Hirono have all declined.
Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.
In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate’s constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.
A December 11, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser article clearly defines the candidates’ position on taxes:
Conservatives have been successful at pressuring Republicans in Congress — and a few Democrats — not to agree to any tax increases. Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based interest group founded by conservative activist Grover Norquist, has persuaded 238 members of the House — a majority — and 41 members of the Senate to sign a pledge promising not to raise taxes. The group offers the pledge to all new candidates.
Hirono and Case will not sign the pledge.
Lingle will not sign, either. As governor, Lingle opposed most new tax increases. She did support higher state taxes on tobacco products to curb smoking and allowed a bill that gave Oahu the right to impose a rail surcharge to become law without her signature.
According to a spokesman, Carroll would sign the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against new taxes.
Lingle had previously signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge during her campaign for governor, but once elected reneged. As noted by the Star Advertiser, she supported higher taxes on a number of occasions.
Lihue, Hawaii — John visited with friends and supporters on Kauai today to plan for state-wide campaign for the U.S. Senate. John feels that he needs strong grassroots supporters on all Islands in order to win. Carroll thinks that our next U.S. Senator should know the problems and issues facing every community within our diverse State.