A Step Long Overdue

 

For well over a decade, The Maine Conservative Voice has worked to be just that, a conservative voice in the state of Maine. My name is Andy Torbett and I have been The Maine Conservative Voice since its inception. Working with limited means, my limited talents, and outdated decrepit computers, TMCV has somehow been able to have an impact here in rural Maine.

One of our first battles was to bring awareness and fight against Governor Baldacci’s crusade against independent contractors. I also helped to form the Red County Caucus, which was the first Caucus to endorse then candidate Paul LePage for Governor. Later, I would be the state field rep for the NRA-ILA as we joined forces with the Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to defeat Bloomberg’s gun control effort, Question 3, in our state.

Along the way, I have used what writing talent I have to try and further conservative ideals and candidates. From time to time fellow activists have encouraged me to run for public office. The timing has never been right.

But now it is. I am announcing my intent to run for County Commissioner in District 2 of Piscataquis County. We have made some unofficial announcements to gauge support and have been encouraged by the positive response.

It has been surprising that some, who I thought were allies, have expressed frustration that I am not running for a more “important” office. I have reasons both personal and philosophical. Let me explain.

The demands of a “higher” office would take me away from my family, business, and ministry in a time when I am needed in those positions consistently. The office of County Commissioner offers the opportunity to have a political impact on my community, while allowing me to remain active in the areas at home that I need to be. But the idea that some would view local government as “lesser” than a state or federal position, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of our Republic and how far we as a people have strayed from the fundamental tenets of local sovereignty.

The spend-thrifty policies at the state and federal level have placed an undue burden on rural Maine. Mandates force the hand of local municipal leaders leaving many rural towns with budgets over leveraged with no room to negotiate to a balanced budget without escalating mil rates. Town after town in Maine are finding themselves with no choice but to deorganize to maintain fiscal solvency.

As the push for small towns to deorganize continues to gain momentum, the role of the Counties will continue to grow. It will be important to have Commissioners who are fiscally conservative to keep a rein on budgets that will have increased demand on them. This is one of the major reasons I am running for commissioner.

I have always had a passion for rural Maine. I love Piscataquis County. I know, that if given the opportunity, I can serve her effectively.

I could use your help. Please consider a donation of any amount to our campaign. You can go to torbett4commissioner.com and learn a little bit more about what we are doing. There is a donate button on the website or you can send your donation to Committee to elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME, 04426, attention Mark Kinney Treasurer.

I’m looking forward to serving Piscataquis County. With your help we can make it happen. My campaign slogan is Hard Work and Common Sense, which is a tradition in Piscataquis County. Please consider supporting.

Thank you and God Bless!

Andy Torbett

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Arbitraitors

 

The pulse of life. Heroic emergency workers will fight to try and save it. Medical advancements are made in desperate search to heal and prolong its energy.

Expectant parents rejoice to hear its sound throbbing in the womb. Those same parents may have to hope in an anguished expectation that a talented doctor can work within that womb to mend its weakened state. Still others, when aware of its quickening sound within, will seek a doctor to extinguish that spark of life that is the heartbeat.

The simplest way to verify life and death. Does the heart beat? And the most common of senses beats a path to the doorway of the conscience.

For the veil no longer lingers over when the life begins. The heart beats loud its evidence. Now the battle over the value and who will arbitrate the value of a life?

Stark lines are drawn between those who call to God as the giver of life and those who call on government to arbitrate who is worthy to live. Those who abhor an earthly litigation for life or death are now forced by that government to fund and support the very thing they despise. A thing history describes as tyranny itself.

It stands before us now that those who hold power will arbitrate life and death. If this is true, we are traitors to all that history has warned us. In the shadows, once so distant, nearer now in the hallows, the ghastly specters of humanity, who wielded horribly the power to chose those worthy of life and death, seem just a heartbeat away.

-Andy Torbett

To Like Or Not To Love. That Is The Question

 

A comedian once joked that he loved all of his kids, but there was a couple he just didn’t like. As with all good comedy, the hyperbole is often grounded in truth. To love does not always mean you have to like.

Today relationships seem more littered with eggshells than honesty. Any parent raising children can acknowledge that our love is unconditional, but our children can have behavioral cycles that are just plain unlikable. Parents can explain the reasons we don’t like the child right now, and guide them toward the path of change.

But the modern counselor will tell you to dislike, to critique, and to admonish is to hate. All negativity is to be muted in an all embracing malleable sponge that squishes every action into a mush of acceptability. Defining love as never challenging, never exposing, and never exacting, the new society now is at loss to understand why the new generation of young adults are emotionally paralyzed at the slightest hint of adversity, never acknowledging that they have been programmed to think, if they are not liked, they are not loved but hated.

Ah, then there is the Christian whose words of rebuke are not the loving words of Jesus Christ. The same Christ who fashioned a whip to chase money-changers out of the Temple calling them thieves. He called people liars, hypocrites, dull of wit, slow of heart, children of Satan, and the list goes.

There were lots of people on this earth Christ didn’t like but he loved them all enough to die on cross for them. Christ didn’t accept every act of every person and neither should I. My faith demands that I love all humankind, but I don’t have to like you.

-Andy Torbett

The First Against the First: Behold, Ignorance

 

As fundamental as it may seem to our Republic, the ideals protected by the First Amendment are a topic of much confusion. The when, where, why, and how of Free Speech has become more about political leverage than the protection of a Natural Born Right. The blurred lines of defense, perhaps by intent, is a study in ignorance shocking to behold.

There is a line of transition between the public sector and private sector. All speech, devoid of physical violence, is protected by the First in the public arena. Still, private entities have the right to curtail speech, which violate the charters, statements of faith, and rules which govern them.

Through ignorance, we have now turned the protections of Free Speech on its head. Powerful forces on the Left, under the guise of tolerance, are steadily pushing to eliminate free speech in the public space. Some on the Right, in their zeal to defend the tenets of the Constitution, have challenged the rights of private entities to curtail speech, unwittingly opening the doors for the Left to attack private groups.

Private groups have the right to hold to beliefs or rules that guide or govern them. Some groups that have purposed to be apolitical have laws that govern such. It is not a violation of the First for those groups to prohibit certain speech which violates their charters or statements of faith; in fact, the First protects their right to do so.

Not only does the First Amendment hold the right of expression for the individual supreme in public, it also affords the right of private individuals and groups to protect their standards and beliefs. The Left is working to remove all protections of Free Speech. Through ignorance, the Right is helping them.