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Scott Brown Wants To Give Obama Power To Strip US Citizenship

Republican candidate for US Senate Scott Brown called on President Obama and Congress last week to acquire the ability to strip United States residents of their citizenship as a method of fighting terrorism.

“One of the greatest threats facing the homeland today is the mayhem that will happen when hundreds of American ISIS fighters return to the United States to spread their terror here. Their goal is to march down Pennsylvania Avenue and plant a flag at the White House, and mass killing is their means for achieving that goal. That’s why Congress needs to pass legislation that would strip the citizenship of any American who joins a foreign terrorist organization,” said Brown.

Brown said that passing such a bill is “common sense”.

This is not the first time Brown has attempted to pass such a law. In 2010, Brown and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced a bill, called the Terrorist Expatriation Act: “To add joining a foreign terrorist organization or engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States or its allies to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality.” 

That bill died, but it reappeared in 2011 as the Enemy Expatriation Act, with similar language: “To add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality.”

Brown said the two failed bills were representative of “what was going on at the time.”

Brown’s urging to strip US citizenship of alleged terrorist allies does not stop with just legislation; he also suggested that Obama could issue executive orders revoking citizenship. “He likes executive orders,” Brown said. “This is one executive order that I’d agree with.”

Brown’s primary opponent, Jim Rubens, was heavily critical of Brown’s proposal and remarks, calling them a “flagrant attack on constitutional liberty.”

“During times like these good intentions can lead to stripping away of personal liberties,” said Rubens.

“That is exactly what Scott Brown proposed this morning, calling for the stripping of citizenship from Americans believed to be aiding terrorists. This is not a new proposal, in fact it was introduced in 2010 and 2012 in Congress. Both times, it was very quickly determined that they so egregiously violated the Constitution, they never even made it to a vote,” Rubens said.

Rubens continued, “There are many reasons it violates the Constitution including only requiring that the violation was ‘more likely to happen than not’ and the vague definition of ‘engaging in hostilities against American or its allies’ which could be broad enough to include donating books to a school in Afghanistan. The Supreme Court has long recognized that the constitutional right of citizenship cannot be taken away unless a person obtained it illegally or voluntarily renounced American citizenship.”

“Make no mistake, anyone found to be aiding terrorists should be brought to swift justice. Our system already allows for that without the stripping away of Constitutional rights of the citizens we are trying to protect,” Rubens concluded.


Jim Rubens Endorsed By Republican Liberty Caucus In New Hampshire Senate Race

Concord, NH- United States Senate candidate Jim Rubens, who is running in New Hampshire to win the seat held by Jeanne Shaheen, was officially endorsed today by both the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and the Republican Liberty Caucus. The RLC and RLCNH are grassroots organizations focused on promoting individual liberty and small government in the Republican Party.

RLCNH Chairman Aaron Day said in the announcement:

“Grounded in the principled belief in constitutionally limited government, Jim Rubens brings the intelligence and experience needed to reverse the damage inflicted by Obama and Shaheen. Jim’s 40-year track record creating jobs and wealth as an entrepreneur, empowering the citizens of New Hampshire as a legislator, and ability to solve complex problems while bringing people together is exactly what is needed in this time of great peril. The Republican Liberty Caucus is pleased to endorse Jim Rubens as the clear choice to replace Jeanne Shaheen in the United States Senate.”

Rubens accepted the endorsement, saying, “I am deeply honored to ​have the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Together​, RLC, grassroots ​Republicans and my campaign will ​win elections by showing how we will solve our nation’s most pressing challenges and improve people’s lives without retreating from core Republican values of personal liberty, a free economy, and constitutionally limited government.” 

At the press conference held by the RLCNH, Rubens spoke about major issues plaguing the country, and shamed Senator Shaheen and President Obama for their disregard for the Constitution. “President Obama and Jeanne Shaheen are shredding our Constitution. They have allowed our government to spy on hundreds of millions of innocent American citizens. They have acted to compromise our Second Amendment protections, our ultimate defense against government tyranny,” said Rubens.

Rubens also called out Shaheen for ignoring the deplorable health care services pushed onto veterans. “Congress was informed two years ago that VA hospital administrators have been profiting by falsifying heathcare wait lists and denying vets the medical care we owe them. Jeanne Shaheen’s grandstanding today about how much she cares about vets does not absolve her for her failure to demand and get action two years ago. And if Jeanne Shaheen was acting in vets’ best interests, she would not have backed another Middle East war quagmire with her vote to bomb Syria as cover for President Obama’s rashly-formulated red line.”

“I, for one, am sick to the heart with our heroes coming home in boxes, without legs, and with brain injuries when US national security is not at stake and where regional powers can intervene.”

The wedge issue between many conservatives and Rubens is Rubens’ belief in man-made climate change, which is not a belief widely accepted by Republicans. Rubens looks to the free market to solve climate change, and would intend to end all energy subsidies, including wind and solar: “We can terminate all energy subsidies, tax preferences, and purchase and supply mandates. Our innovators will stop the endless rent seeking in Washington and use all their talent to commercialize the low-cost, clean, and completely abundant energy we need to free America and the entire free world from energy imports from our enemies,” said Rubens.

Rubens’ stance may actually be in his favor: billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer has said that he plans to spend $100 million to attack “climate change deniers” in the upcoming Senate and gubernatorial elections in several states including New Hampshire.

Rubens is currently running against Bob Smith, Karen Testerman and Scott Brown in the Republican primary in New Hampshire.

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Cold Welcome For Scott Brown’s Exploratory Committee Announcement

Nashua, N.H. —  After just recently moving to New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown announced at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference that he is forming an exploratory committee to explore the option of running for Senate in New Hampshire.

He plans on touring New Hampshire in what he calls his “Main Streets & Living Rooms Tour”, saying, “Starting tomorrow morning, and for the next several weeks, Gail and I will be traveling around the state to introduce ourselves, to ask questions, to speak with everyone of every background – Republicans, independents and Democrats alike – and above all to listen to them and learn of their concerns,”

His announcement was welcomed by GOP insiders and establishment. However, his announcement was not so welcomed by New Hampshire GOP grassroots. Facebook groups and pages lit up with groans and disapproval of Scott Brown’s not-so-Republican voting record.

One Facebook group in particular seemed to stream nothing but disappointment. A picture posted on the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire’s feed summed up the disappointment:
Many GOP grassroots pointed out that they feel Brown is anti-gun, making reference to Brown’s role on an advisory board of a gun manufacturer that wants to install RFID tracking devices on firearms.

Brown’s top two competitors in the primary are not going to just lay over.

“This primary campaign will draw a clear contrast between the voices of the voters in New Hampshire, and the one-size fits all, top-down approach from those in Washington,” Jim Rubens spokesman James Basbas said.

Meanwhile, Bob Smith challenged Brown to 10 debates in the 10 counties adding he would even supply Brown with a map.

A Suffolk University general election poll shows Brown far behind incumbent Shaheen, trailing her 52% to 39%.

“If he manages to survive a Republican primary against Republicans who are actually from New Hampshire, he’ll have an even tougher general election against Jeanne Shaheen, whose common sense leadership makes a difference for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein.