Independence Lost

 

The independence of Maine residents has been the stuff of lore, spoken of throughout the Nation. In poetic fabled admiration, rugged individualism, along with stubborn, flinty self-reliance, was a characteristic assumed by most to be the commonality that stamped the fibers of Maine’s stalwart inhabitants, mirroring its rugged and wild coastline and wilderness. Sadly, the independence of Maine seems to be fading as of late.

Straight on the heels of bending to the will of out-of-state interests and government by allowing them to coerce, through Ranked Choice Voting, second and third votes for candidates voters never wanted, Maine residents are now, again, faced to choose between individual independence or bowing to government control. A new law, LD 798, would force families to vaccinate children against their will and personal beliefs. LD 798 would trample individual autonomy and sovereignty.

This in itself would be enough to infuriate and inflame the independent streak that ran strong through the mountains of Maine, but has that river dissipated into modern compliance? Despite the fact that the majority of the funding for the “No on 1” campaign has come from two large pharmaceutical companies, Mainers still seem oblivious that, once again, out-of-state interests are conspiring to take away our individual liberty. This law is not about public safety, but it is about targeting those with specific philosophical and religious beliefs that government dislikes and forcing them to comply, while padding the profit lines of Big Pharma off the bodies of our children.

This is an appalling precedent to set. The fact that 80% of the whooping cough cases in Maine were in those fully vaccinated, pulls the curtain back on the lies propagated by those with an opportunistic agenda. Vaccines will not and cannot ever grant complete immunity.

Maine stands at the crossroads again of individual liberty and choice or government control and subjugation. Will we choose liberty or bend to out of state interests again? For the sake of freedom, let Maine’s independence rise up and Vote Yes on Question One!

Climbing the Mountain

 

We keep pushing towards that $2000 mark for fund raising. We are getting closer despite some unexpected obstacles. Perhaps we should have expected no less from Facebook.

Yes, we established a social media account to network with some of the conservative social media groups that I have been associated with over the years. Facebook has blocked us from networking with these other groups. Their reasoning is that I am not a “legitimate” candidate.

We explained that we had filed our proper paperwork with the state and have been filing reports…to no avail. Facebook continues to block us from networking or fund raising with any of our conservative allies. Be assured that we will not back down and, yes, we are a legitimate campaign.

I am attempting an end-around to get my messaging out while we wrestle with the giants. We will keep climbing the mountain here in rural Maine to reach our goal before the end of the year. If you would like to help with any donation, please go to torbett4commissioner.com and hit the donate tab or you can send your check to The Committee to Elect Andy Torbett, 107 Buck Rd, Atkinson, ME 04426, attn Mark Kinney Treasurer.

Thank you for all the wonderful support we have received. I hope to see many of you when we start going door to door after the first of the year. Looking forward to victory in the spring and I know I can count on you.

God Bless,

Andy Torbett

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

Monday Irony

Democrats- Irony in a word…but let us list the ways or at least begin the infinite line, 1. Democrats think you need a license for a Natural Born Right, 2. Announce(in Maine) that pride in your nation’s flag is optional right before the 4th of July, 3. Replace the veteran’s flag with gay pride flag at a veteran’s day memorial on Veteran’s Day,, 4. Demand that Trans-women, formerly know as confused men, have access to abortions, which they can’t have because they are still men who are confused, 5. (In Maine) taking money you don’t have, from people who don’t have enough, to give to those who have violated our laws, whom you have invited here, and “misplacing” parts of the budget so you can say you have a balanced budget to do it all….and the list goes on…