My latest at LewRockwell.com is here http://lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski286.html

An excerpt:

Happily, I could point out that nearly 95% of the voters in the 6th District disapprove or couldn’t care less about Bob Goodlatte – 92% didn’t show up at all to the open primary, and of the 8% who did, only 5% voted for his continued reign. Could we embrace that contempt and fundamental disregard of the DC political class, and somehow transform it into real liberty, and into individual and collective refusals to fund, support and obey that state? By doing that, would we be able to witness a richer and more dynamic society and more decentralized market-based solutions? And what political party would – or could –embrace the people’s anti-vote?

(more…)

What we did on June 12th

Yesterday’s primary in Virginia did not deliver to us the electoral victory we hoped for, but we achieved a lot. Here’s the morning-after assessment I sent to our team and to the media:

Our long awaited primary race is over. I am so proud of all of you! We did what no one ever expected, and what no other group of people could do! The ramifications of our primary challenge to Bob Goodlatte’s ten-term reign of timidity have not gone unnoticed in Washington, in Richmond, or in Roanoke. In coming days, we will be reading and hearing a lot of chatter, and even wisdom, about what happened here on June 12th, 2012.

Today, I invite each of you, and all of the 6th District, to think about a few of the amazing things that we have accomplished in the last year.

1) First and foremost, we have built a new liberty machine in the 6th District of Virginia — and are not going anywhere! Yesterday, I listened in delight to a radio ad Mr. Goodlatte ran just this week. In it, Bob Goodlatte said he would cut spending, that less government leads to more prosperity, and he claimed to be a Constitutional conservative. This sounded very familiar to me, as it must to you. In any other situation, in any other district, we might say that this is just a politician saying what he needs to say to get elected. But no other district has our brand-new machine of experienced, ingenious and passionate liberty activists. No other district has our army of young and older small-r “republicans” who have experienced real political combat, and won so many battles, on so many fronts.

2) With great power comes great responsibility! We had four objectives in the campaign, and we achieved three and a half. We intended to push Goodlatte to the constitutional right. Check! We intended to spread a bold and courageous message about the power of liberty and the need for real republican change now. Check! We intended to strengthen and solidify the constitutional conservative and liberty wing of the GOP in the 6th District. Our campaign helped show the door to entrenched political operatives and welcomed into GOP leadership positions dozens of people just like us. Check! Lastly, we intended to retire Bob Goodlatte. Goodlatte is still standing politically on June 13th. But our million manhour effort has forced him to sit, roll over and beg. His campaign account is decimated, and he revealed himself to be both politically vulnerable and personally out of touch. For our part, we have created a new and more obedient Mr. Goodlatte; his victory was pyrrhic, and I don’t believe he will run for a 12th term in 2014.

3) Lastly — we have spent time and money, sacrificed many hours and foregone other duties and joys of life in order to work hard to restore the Republic, for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. We did this because we believe in the possibility of self-government, because we love our children, we love each other and we love this country. We took spears in the chest, and we fought on. It is in this recognition that we shed a tear, or even two. But let any blood and tears we have shed water the tree of liberty, and fuel our continued fight. The moral exercise of a political race is exactly what we all needed. The hard work of a campaign, the mental, economic, social and spiritual activity that was demanded of all of us made us all better, stronger, wiser and faster. All of us are today even more dedicated to our cause, and we have a confidence that is both unshakeable, and irresistable. You did this!

In coming days, we will reflect and rest, learn and grow, and celebrate our new strength and our expanded knowledge. Our commitment to less government, more properity, to liberty and economic freedom is powerful, and our liberty machine in the 6th District grows even as we sleep. I’ll leave you with a bit of historical insight. Plutarch related the victory of the Pyrrhus against the Romans in 279 B.C.:

“The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on with the war.”

May we not at all abate in courage for the loss we have sustained, but gain new force and resolution to go on with the war for liberty and our republic.

With gratitude, and unwavering faith,

Karen

Karen Kwiatkowski
www.karenkforcongress.com
“Less Government, More Prosperity”

Published today!

It’s time for new leadership and new ideas in the GOP

By: Bill Shirley | Augusta County Republican Committee
Published: June 11, 2012

The direction our federal government has taken for the past 20 years must be reversed to preserve our Republic, our liberties and our economic stability. The two candidates I am supporting in Tuesday’s Republican Primary will lead the charge to accomplish these vital goals.

Karen Kwiatkowski, a 20-year Air Force veteran and retired lieutenant colonel with a Ph.D. in world politics, is challenging Bob Goodlatte for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives here in the 6th District. Karen was working at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks and now lives in Shenandoah County on a small farm that she and her husband operate.

Her opponent is a 10-term incumbent who initially ran for office pledging to abide by term limits. Bob’s voting record in Washington reveals a pattern of spending, borrowing and expanding the federal government. He has voted for 13 successive increases to the debt ceiling (currently at $15.7 trillion) and increases in regulatory burdens in agriculture and education (he voted for No Child Left Behind). He reduced civil liberties by voting for the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patriot Act and supports limiting Internet freedom through SOPA.

Bob refused to debate Karen even after eight 6th District Republican unit chairmen called for his participation.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that “truth is great, and will prevail if left to herself … unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate… .” Bob Goodlatte has disarmed truth by refusing to debate. He has turned his back on needed discussion of issues, policies and his voting record. Most importantly, he has turned his back on the residents of the 6th District by depriving them of information to make informed decisions about their representative.

Karen Kwiatkowski will uphold the Constitution and work relentlessly to limit the federal government to the powers enumerated by the Founders. She has proposed a “Read the Bills Act,”, a “Write the Bills Act,” and a “One Subject At A Time Act” to hold Congress accountable. Her voice will resonate in Washington and rock the status quo. We won’t be wondering what she’s doing. We will know.

Jamie Radtke, the co-founder of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation, is running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. She started in politics by serving under the late Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina as a special assistant on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jamie graduated cum laude from Liberty University and earned a master’s degree in public policy from William and Mary. She is a staunch constitutional and fiscal conservative, and a devoted wife, mother of three and home-schooler.

Her chief opponent is former Sen. George Allen, whose voting record on spending is deplorable. Allen voted to add $3.1 trillion of new national debt and to extend the debt ceiling four times. He went on to vote for 40,000 earmarks, the “Bridge to Nowhere,” his own salary increase, and ethanol, sugar and farm subsidies. He also sponsored “national heritage areas” legislation (an Agenda 21 initiative) that tramples on individuals’ property rights. He did all this damage and much more in only six years. Such a voting record does not deserve a second term in office.

Jamie has a specific plan to cut spending and balance the budget that she calls “My Two Cents.” This plan freezes federal spending at 2012 levels and reduces it by 2 percent each year through 2016. At this point, revenues rally and catch up with outlays and the U.S. has a balanced budget. Jamie will fight to reform the tax code and reduce regulations. She will bring virtue to Washington, and we can count on her to stand on principle.

Jamie and Karen are outspoken advocates of life, liberty and property; the Bill of Rights; and the biological truth that life begins at conception. Both have a vision and a plan to restore our Republic. Both have the intelligence, fire and political will to lead this restoration. Let’s give them the opportunity. Vote for Radtke and Kwiatkowski on Tuesday.

Bill Shirley is chairman of the Augusta County Republican Committee.

Here’s my summary of “Why Elect Me?” — published in the NewsVirginian — just in case you missed it!

By: NEWS VIRGINIAN STAFF | News Virginian
Published: June 03, 2012

For the first time in twenty years, Congressman Bob Goodlatte faces a challenger from within his own party. I’m Karen Kwiatkowski, and my battle cry is “Less government, more prosperity!”

I’m a veteran and a farmer, a mother and a grandmother, a teacher and a lover of the Constitution. I am someone very much like the people the incumbent has taken for granted in the past twenty years.

Our differences go far deeper than whether or not I am a lawyer (I’m not), and if served in the military (I did). Our differences go beyond our opinion on whether a series of public debates should be held (I’ll debate, he refuses). Our differences are more substantial than my fundamental opposition to Bob Goodlatte’s two decades of borrowing, spending and regulating.

While Mr. Goodlatte is a Republican, he’s grown and expanded government for nearly twenty years. He’s added to the federal debt, he’s grown the list of unfunded mandates and entitlements, and he’s increased the regulatory burdens we face in agriculture, in education, in energy, in transportation – while consistently voting to reduce our civil liberties and internet freedom.

He calls this “conservative;” I call it being entrenched. He calls this “pragmatic;” I call it “kicking the can.”

We live in a congressional district filled with intelligent and patriotic people who embrace traditional values and liberty. We are people who love and understand farming, education from preschool to grad school, and entrepreneurialism. Yet we seem stuck with a congressman who blindly compromises and goes along to get along. Instead of working for us, day in and day out, he votes 94% of the time with Ohioan John Boehner, and 93% of the time with Richmond’s Eric Cantor.

The incumbent has spent years promoting complicated legislation favoring Midwestern agricultural corporations, while failing to listen to our opinions on NAIS, GIPSA, and corn-burning ethanol. He takes money from Hollywood and tries to pass unwise Internet regulations like SOPA, ignoring the entire under-40 crowd of educators, students, and entrepreneurs in the Valley. He tinkers with EPA process and promotes a cap and trade style “nutrient credit” scheme while failing to cut any fat from the EPA budget. He voted for No Child Left Behind, and has done nothing to help repeal that bill in a decade. He insists that he voted against Obamacare, while he voted three times to fund and pay for a bill that, as Nancy Pelosi said, “had to be passed so we would know what was in it.”

There is a better way to be represented, and there is a better representative for the 6th District of Virginia.

First, I’m going to Congress to clean house and fight for the Constitution. It’s really that simple. Having lived in southern Maryland and northern Virginia for my last three tours (at NSA and the Pentagon), I am no fan of D.C., or the region’s bedroom communities that constitute the federal government wealth redistribution project. I love my Shenandoah County farm, and I love the Republic I grew up believing in. That Republic is in danger. The Constitution has been ignored for too long by Congress and the President. I’m planning to do something about that.

Second, I’m going to cast conservative and Constitutional votes, and you’ll always know how I’m voting. I’ll be voting “No!” to more spending and borrowing, and “No!” to greater centralization of federal power as seen in the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, NCLB, ethanol subsidies. I’ll vote “No!” to omnibus bills that include unconstitutional spending. I’ll vote “No!” to government growth, and I’ll cajole, convince and shame my fellow congressmen into opposing this growth of government as well.

Third, I cherish our God-given rights. The first ten amendments to the Constitution are very clear. Freedom of speech, of religion, of association and assembly. Freedom from government interference in our rights to own and be secure in our property, papers and persons. The right to have fair trials, to have an independent judiciary, and the right to never be abused by your government. I could never conceive of voting for the PATRIOT ACT, SOPA, CISPA and the current NDAA. I am repulsed by many of the president’s executive orders that seem to contradict and constrain our liberties. Unlike the incumbent, I’ll fight these unconstitutional trends, and I’ll fight those who promote them.

As your representative, I’ll cut spending and work to keep the federal government honest. I’ll sponsor or co-sponsor Read the Bills, Write the Laws, and One Subject at a Time (OSTA) Acts. I’ll co-sponsor FairTax legislation and work to repeal the 16th Amendment. I’ll promote decentralization of power to states and to the people, and I’ll fight for food and farm freedom. I’ll work to get the federal government on a more limited constitutional track, off your backs and out of your way.

Beyond that, I’ll reverse the disconnected constituent contact and response system that has evolved over the past twenty years. We’ll be immediately implementing a new level of staff discipline, to ensure that my office and I provide rapid, direct, and honest responses to your questions and concerns, each and every time. We’ll inspire, innovate, and invite your inputs, and we’ll work hard to solve your problems with federal government agencies quickly. We’ll make sure you know what I’m doing in Washington in real time, all the time.

With your vote on June 12th, the 6th District of Virginia is going to try something so old it almost seems new: Constitutionalism, liberty and limited government!

- Karen Kwiatkowski

Candidate for 6th District of Virginia

From Joel Salatin

Many of you know that several months ago I endorsed Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Yes, he’s a dark horse. Yes, he’s far more libertarian than Republican. But he truly gets the personal freedom, local food, unfettered small business, entrepreneurism, limited government, food choice, and the economy. What’s there not to love? It was the first time I’ve ever officially endorsed a candidate.

We live in tumultuous times. Every day I feel like the food police, USDA, industrial ag and government in general is tightening a noose around our collective food and farm neck. Now the USDA is pushing to resurrect the mandatory radio frequency animal identification plan, which if implemented in its proposed form would virtually end farms like Polyface. That sounds like a Henny Penny statement, and I’d like to think that our culture would not tolerate such a plan, but I doubt that most Germans in the 1930s thought that within a decade, their country would exterminate several million Jews either. These are just animals we’re talking about; not humans.

So here we are at a time when SWAT teams (see FARMAGEDDON, the documentary, for more information) are entering private homes and buying clubs, confiscating raw milk, cheese, and home-processed poultry and meats. This week I’ve been trying to make heads and tails out of a multi-page USFoods vendor application because we now have a couple of large institutional clients wanting our pastured products but want them delivered on a USFoods truck. The requirements necessitate hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in infrastructure investment.

Our insurance underwriter for both product liability and workmen’s comp is hassling us over having interns working with vegetables, poultry, and cattle. Don’t you know workers are not supposed to touch multi-species, but are supposed to be confined to just one plant or animal? Diversity is a travesty!

With all these things going on, I believe I have a responsibility to my grandchildren to leave a legacy of better governance. A better opportunity. A life with more freedom and less tyranny; more choice and less terror.

In that spirit, I’m endorsing for Tuesday’s Republican primary the Senatorial candidacy of Jamie Radtke, who is running against George Allen for the nomination. Her Food Sovereignty platform would utterly revolutionize food, farming, and especially local food pricing. I don’t agree with everything she says, but on the issues that will help preserve food choice and the viability of this little farm, she’s dead on. I encourage everyone to get out and vote for her on Tuesday.

Secondly, I endorse Karen Kwiatkowski for Sixth Congressional District, running against incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Again I’ve had a professionally average working relationship with Bob and he has actually visited our farm. But Karen, again, is far superior on food rights, food choice, and true personal freedom. I have things we don’t agree on, but overall she truly gets food freedom. I encourage everyone to get out and vote for her on Tuesday.

If you disagree with my assessment, I would ask you to call either George Allen’s campaign or Bob Goodlatte’s campaign and ask them one simple question: “Do you believe Virginians should have the right to purchase raw milk from any farmer they choose, and do you believe any farmer should have the right to sell this raw milk to consenting adults unfettered of bureaucratic oversight?” The answer will tell you exactly what has become abundantly clear to me. These two old-timers are not ready for the battles our culture needs to fight if we are to survive as a bastion of freedom and personal liberty (responsibility).

Where we are as a culture is the physical manifestation of billions of individual decisions over the last decades–including the decision to become involved in the governance process. The communities we leave our grandchildren, likewise, will be the summation of billions of individual decisions made by people between now and then. Let’s draw a line in the sand, today, and tell Monsanto, the USDA, the FDA, the food police, the insurance/litigation fraternity and anyone else who would dare to dictate our food choices: enough already. I’m going to do all I can to stop you today. Thank you.

I explain Read the Bills, Write the Laws and One Subject at A Time Acts — and I think you’ll enjoy it!

I spoke for a few hours to James Freeland at Orion Talk Radio on Sunday, about everything on our minds — what the campaign means, what government needs to stop doing, and what it might need to start looking like to get back within constitutional bounds.

 

The first hour is here:  Against the Wall interview June 3rd, First Hour

The second hour is here: Against the Wall Interview June 3rd, second hour

What About Bob? Goodlatte’s Rivals Debate

Kwiatkowski And Schmookler Challenge 6th District Incumbent


Posted: June 5, 2012

By PRESTON KNIGHT


About 150 people turned out on Monday for a debate at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg between 6th District Democratic candidate Andy Schmookler (standing) and GOP hopeful Karen Kwiatkowski. Bob Goodlatte, whom they hope to unseat, was absent. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

“I’ll take self-government. … It is an illusion to think the Republicans and Democrats are removed from each other. They’re twins, Karen Kwiatkowski, Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District, said at Monday night’s debate.

“Every society has people with insatiable lust for power and greed. We will not prosper unless we restore a government that is our instrument,” Andy Schmookler, Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District, said at Monday night’s debate.

HARRISONBURG — Ahead of the Republican primary next week, Karen Kwiatkowski finally had the debate Monday night she has demanded throughout her campaign for Congress.

Unfortunately for her, Democrat Andy Schmookler, not 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte, was presenting the opposing viewpoint.

About 150 people attended a debate hosted by Occupy Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Liberty Alliance at Community Mennonite Church. Kwiatkowski is one week away from the June 12 primary that will determine whether she or Goodlatte, a 10-time incumbent, faces Schmookler in November’s general election.

For months, Kwiatkowski has pressed Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, for a debate in hopes of getting answers to what she calls his “bad record” of supporting “big government” and being a “career politician.” He has declined each invitation or not responded at all.

“I attack Bob ceaselessly. That is what I do. That is easy to do,” said Kwiatkowski, a retired Air Force officer who farms near Mount Jackson. “In fact, I consider Bob one of my best campaign workers.”

In an interview Monday, Goodlatte said he has not attended debates or public forums because he has found that he can best reach voters directly through other means, such as phone calls and door-to-door campaigns.

Goodlatte is a “rubber stamp” for all of the problems facing America, including the nation’s debt, said Schmookler, an author from Shenandoah County. He said Congress has a “divide and conquer” strategy against the public and continues to take power and wealth away from the average citizen.

“I’m very upset about the state of our country,” Schmookler said. “I console myself at night reading books about great leaders.”

Kwiatkowski and Schmookler offered their views on five topics, including education and foreign policy, before answering questions from the audience. Both expressed hopes of restoring power to Americans while admitting their respective parties’ weaknesses.

“My goodness they’re the same, people,” Kwiatkowski said. “I’ll take self-government. …  It is an illusion to think the Republicans and Democrats are removed from each other. They’re twins.”

Schmookler said problems should be viewed not as liberal versus conservative, but honest or dishonest and constructive or destructive.

“Every society has people with insatiable lust for power and greed,” he said. “We will not prosper unless we restore a government that is our instrument.”

Kwiatkowski will be in another forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Christian School in Harrisonburg. GOP Senate candidate Jamie Radtke, a tea party activist, also will participate.

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com

This was published June 3rd in the NewsVirginian!

 

For the first time in twenty years, Congressman Bob Goodlatte faces a challenger from within his own party. I’m Karen Kwiatkowski, and my battle cry is “Less government, more prosperity!”

I’m a veteran and a farmer, a mother and a grandmother, a teacher and a lover of the Constitution.  I am someone very much like the people the incumbent has taken for granted in the past twenty years.

Our differences go far deeper than whether or not I am a lawyer (I’m not), and if served in the military (I did). Our differences go beyond our opinion on whether a series of public debates should be held (I’ll debate, he refuses). Our differences are more substantial than my fundamental opposition to Bob Goodlatte’s two decades of borrowing, spending and regulating.

While Mr. Goodlatte is a Republican, he’s grown and expanded government for nearly twenty years.  He’s added to the federal debt, he’s grown the list of unfunded mandates and entitlements, and he’s increased the regulatory burdens we face in agriculture, in education, in energy, in transportation – while consistently voting to reduce our civil liberties and internet freedom.

He calls this “conservative;” I call it being entrenched. He calls this “pragmatic;” I call it “kicking the can.”

We live in a congressional district filled with intelligent and patriotic people who embrace traditional values and liberty.  We are people who love and understand farming, education from preschool to grad school, and entrepreneurialism.  Yet we seem stuck with a congressman who blindly compromises and goes along to get along.  Instead of working for us, day in and day out, he votes 94% of the time with Ohioan John Boehner, and 93% of the time with Richmond’s Eric Cantor.

The incumbent has spent years promoting complicated legislation favoring Midwestern agricultural corporations, while failing to listen to our opinions on NAIS, GIPSA, and corn-burning ethanol. He takes money from Hollywood and tries to pass unwise Internet regulations like SOPA, ignoring the entire under-40 crowd of educators, students, and entrepreneurs in the Valley. He tinkers with EPA process and promotes a cap and trade style “nutrient credit” scheme while failing to cut any fat from the EPA budget.  He voted for No Child Left Behind, and has done nothing to help repeal that bill in a decade. He insists that he voted against Obamacare, while he voted three times to fund and pay for a bill that, as Nancy Pelosi said, “had to be passed so we would know what was in it.”

There is a better way to be represented, and there is a better representative for the 6th District of Virginia.

First, I’m going to Congress to clean house and fight for the Constitution.  It’s really that simple.  Having lived in southern Maryland and northern Virginia for my last three tours (at NSA and the Pentagon), I am no fan of D.C., or the region’s bedroom communities that constitute the federal government wealth redistribution project.  I love my Shenandoah County farm, and I love the Republic I grew up believing in.  That Republic is in danger.  The Constitution has been ignored for too long by Congress and the President.  I’m planning to do something about that.

Second, I’m going to cast conservative and Constitutional votes, and you’ll always know how I’m voting. I’ll be voting “No!” to more spending and borrowing, and “No!” to greater centralization of federal power as seen in the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, NCLB, ethanol subsidies. I’ll vote “No!” to omnibus bills that include unconstitutional spending. I’ll vote “No!” to government growth, and I’ll cajole, convince and shame my fellow congressmen into opposing this growth of government as well.

Third, I cherish our God-given rights.  The first ten amendments to the Constitution are very clear.   Freedom of speech, of religion, of association and assembly. Freedom from government interference in our rights to own and be secure in our property, papers and persons. The right to have fair trials, to have an independent judiciary, and the right to never be abused by your government. I could never conceive of voting for the PATRIOT ACT, SOPA, CISPA and the current NDAA. I am repulsed by many of the president’s executive orders that seem to contradict and constrain our liberties. Unlike the incumbent, I’ll fight these unconstitutional trends, and I’ll fight those who promote them.

As your representative, I’ll cut spending and work to keep the federal government honest. I’ll sponsor or co-sponsor Read the Bills, Write the Laws, and One Subject at a Time (OSTA) Acts. I’ll co-sponsor FairTax legislation and work to repeal the 16th Amendment. I’ll promote decentralization of power to states and to the people, and I’ll fight for food and farm freedom. I’ll work to get the federal government on a more limited constitutional track, off your backs and out of your way.

Beyond that, I’ll reverse the disconnected constituent contact and response system that has evolved over the past twenty years. We’ll be immediately implementing a new level of staff discipline, to ensure that my office and I provide rapid, direct, and honest responses to your questions and concerns, each and every time. We’ll inspire, innovate, and invite your inputs, and we’ll work hard to solve your problems with federal government agencies quickly. We’ll make sure you know what I’m doing in Washington in real time, all the time.

With your vote on June 12th, the 6th District of Virginia is going to try something so old it almost seems new: Constitutionalism, liberty and limited government!

 

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