I'm going to be honest here about Independence Day because we need to have an honest conversation in this country.

Independence Day is still my favorite holiday - if you go back and look at my post you'll see it - though admittedly it's beginning to wane. Independence Day is a celebration of America winning her independence from a tyrranical government.  In the last three generations we've managed to exchange that freedom hundreds of thousands of Americans have died for, for another tyrranical government.  I can't celebrate that, and so, because I love what Independence Day represents, for me today it feels more like a funeral than a day of celebration.  So instead of watching fireworks I'm going to do the only thing I can think of that's productive for the future of freedom in America.  I'm going to stay home and literally pray for a miracle.

There's a big election coming up in 2016.  Not only will we have the opportunity to elect Congressmen, Senators, State Representatives, and County Commissioners (2 out of the 3 in Lake!), but we will once again elect a President - a President who is expected to appoint up to FOUR Supreme Court Justices during his term!

The most important election of 2016 will be the Primary in March.  That is our opportunity to nominate someone for each of these positions who will actually represent us, rather than be faced with the all too familiar "lesser of two evils" candidates.  Electing people who run because they actually want to restore freedom as opposed to make a name for themselves, give deals to their buddies, gain personal power, and/or play "the Game", is the ONLY hope we have and even THAT will require a miracle from God because the others are well funded by those who plan to gain from their exploits.

We need patriotic CITIZEN candidates, not those who are recruited because they'll play "the Game".  Patriotic citizen candidates will stick their necks out, first to DEFEND freedom and then to RESTORE freedom.  This is the reason I ran for Commissioner in 2014, and this is the reason I will run again in 2016. 

"The Game" is how we got here, and it needs to stop now.  We can do that.  Pray, support citizen candidates such as myself both with your time and your dollars (God knows we won't get them anywhere else) , and vote in the March 2016 Primary election.

So with that said, tonight, with the sound of fireworks in the distance, I'm going to stay home and pray for miracles because that's all I can do today.  I'm going to continue to pray for miracles every day until freedom is restored or until it is officially no more in America. 

Next year my name will be on the ballot for Lake County Commissioner and I will ask for your vote.  Will you help get my campaign off the ground today by making a donation online through my website, or by mailing a check (instructions also on my website)?  Whatever you can do, whatever our freedom is worth to you and to your family, I sincerely appreciate your support.

Let us today, Independence Day 2015, just as our forefathers did in 1776, pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

This is a comprehensive presentation that I gave for the Lake County Liberty Coalition, explaining the roots of regionalism that date back decades.  Due to the length, it was uploaded to YouTube as 4 videos.  When this one ends, click on the box that says 02 of 04, and so on.  Well worth your time, and please bookmark them so you can go back to them later (especially if you need to watch them in separate sittings).  :)
If you attended the 2014 NOACA Annual Summit you may have noticed the use of a new term:  "location efficiency" (video:  Essentially it means that housing, jobs, and public transportation should all be located in close proximity to one another, and they use the argument that even though an apartment in the city may be more expensive, you'll save so much on gas it'll be less expensive overall (wait, you don't want to live in an apartment, you want to live in a house?  You don't want to live in the city, you like your suburb or rural community?  Tough luck, your carbon footprint will be too big - they can't let that happen).

This is important because Congress will soon vote on a new Transportation Bill, as they do every couple years, and these bills have given the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (like NOACA) more and more authority to use our Federal Gas Tax dollars for more than just roads and bridges, which was their original purpose when formed over 40 years ago.  Currently MPO's like NOACA have no authority over housing.

Recently the Department of Transportation and President Obama unveiled the GROW AMERICA Act (it's in all caps because, believe it or not, it's actually an acronym for "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America"!).... that's right... "rebuilding of infrastructure and communities..."  If you read pages 66-74 of this Act you'll find that it authorizes $9,000,000 to fund what they call the "Connection to Opportunity Pilot Program", for a select group of MPO's to develop an inventory of transportation assets within their region which will describe, among other things, "local challenges to multimodal connectivity, such as zoning or land use issues, availability of affordable housing..." If they have money left over after developing their inventory the MPO's can use what remains to begin implementing projects.  This Act also establishes a grant (our tax dollars) that an MPO like NOACA can use for "transportation planning that is coordinated with interdisciplinary factors including housing development, economic competitiveness [i.e. economic justice], network connectivity [multimodal transportation]...".  Remember, currently MPO's like NOACA have no authority over housing.  Sneaky sneaky Progressives.

The DOT says:  "We have been pleased to see that members of both parties are already working together to solve these challenges, and we look forward to continuing our discussion and to supporting and building on the good work that’s already been done." 

Given Congressman Joyce's position on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee (, it's important that he knows our concerns about this Act as this affects us all locally through NOACA, our Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

My suggestion would be to call Congressman Joyce's office, ask where he stands on the GROW AMERICA Act and respectfully let him know how you feel about it:  Washington DC office: (202) 225-5731, Painesville office:  (440) 352-3939.

Till Next Time...


I'd like to thank my supporters and everyone who worked so hard on the campaign!  We gave the people a clear choice, but in this political climate it's very difficult to beat even an inferior candidate who has over $160,000 to spend on a local race.  After being outspent 6 to 1, coming within less than 2% is a huge victory.  This is just one battle in our eternal struggle to reclaim power for the people.  Rest assured, I'm not going anywhere and you will see me again soon.

"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
-- Frederick Douglass
Group Think can make career politicians narrow-minded, and eventually they can't see the forest for the trees. It's time for a fresh perspective in the Commissioner's office. Vote for Kim Laurie for Lake County Commissioner!