Announcement: Taking a break

Posted January 4, 2010 by Aaron
Categories: America

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Update (2012):  I moved from Google to the real world of politics, and still taking a break here.


Take Back the Flag is taking a break.  I’m fusing my professional career and my passion for politics into one, and will be working on the Google Public Policy team starting in 2010.  See what we’re up to at Google on the Official Google blog, the Google Public Policy Blog (European edition), and the Google Public Sector Blog.

And if you want to see the majority of the stuff I want to share and comment on, go right to the sources:  The Daily Show and the Colbert Report (special note:  see the “Colbert Report Shout Out!” on the best episode yet).

Everything on Take Back the Flag that’s posted online will stay up (Google already archived the content anyways!), but there will be no new content.  Perhaps someday it will come back in some form, but for now my energy and voice will be with Google.

The amusing CNN polls continue

Posted October 24, 2009 by Aaron
Categories: America, Immigration

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Warning:  I only took one statistics course, and I’m definitely not a survey or polling expert.  But this poll seems ridiculous–of course a majority of Americans are against “illegal” immigration and want to see fewer people here illegally.  Does that tell us anything?  Our brave founders established a unique and incredible foundation for America.  Since then immigrants have too made their mark (see interactive map on TBTF via NYT).  We need to have logical policies to allow people from all over the world to reach the American dream, while reducing the incentive to sneak in illegally.  Hopefully these same respondents who oppose “illegal” immigration don’t also oppose immigration altogether–doing so would be a slap in the face to millions of Americans

CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased
A new national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of all Americans would like to see a decrease in the number of illegal immigrants in the country.

Take Back the Flag Poll: Half of CNN’s polls are pointless

Posted October 22, 2009 by Aaron
Categories: America, Obama, The Obama Administration, Vote

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What kind of headline is this?  Of course (approximately) half of the country disagrees with Obama on “issues.”  That’s the way it is for most issues and politicians.  In fact, Obama won (approximately) half of the 2008 popular vote, likely because the other half of American disagreed–and still disagree–with him on the issues.  Let’s step it up a notch CNN.

CNN Poll: Half the country disagrees with Obama on issues
For the first time since he took over in the White House, Americans don’t see eye to eye with President Barack Obama on the important issues, according to a new national poll. But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey does indicate that a majority approve of how Obama’s handling his duties as president.

Hypocritical ‘standards’

Posted October 19, 2009 by Aaron
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Rush Limbaugh can spew out the blanket criticism, but can’t take it. On October 16, 2009, Rush complained in his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “The Race Card, Football and Me,” “My critics would have you believe no conservative meets NFL ‘standards.'” He whined about players that he’s never met speaking out and saying they wouldn’t play for a team involved he was involved with. He lambasted the head of the NFL players union (who he is sure to point is a Democrat, criminal defense lawyer, and an Obama donor) for sending a publicized email to the commissioner protesting Rush’s investment in the St. Louis Rams.

How can he be blind to the hypocrisy? This is Rush’s modus operandi.

Every day Rush condemns democrats, liberals, and even Republicans who don’t see things his way for their plans, policies, and votes. Anyone who tunes into the Rush Limbaugh show knows Rush would have you believe no Democrat meets American ‘standards.’

And there’s more: Rush complained that the outcry came from players he’s never met, partisan agendas, and people who generally don’t have any business in the issue. Hopefully this sounds familiar, because again, every day Rush–a man with no policy experience and only a golden microphone to spout his views–denounces policy after policy with no expertise, few facts, and an extremely slanted view on the world.

Rush is free to write in the paper, complain, and even invest. But the players, coaches, owners, commentators, fans, and anyone else who cares are also free to skip out on anything involving Rush.

Levi making money

Posted October 17, 2009 by Aaron
Categories: America


Levi Johnston was never an important political character on Take Back the Flag, but his new foray into anything-that-will-make-him-money is too ridiculous to miss.   I guess it’s a memorable and effective commercial, but now I could never eat these nuts without thinking of Levi, then Bristol, then Sarah, and then getting sad.

Daily Show Video: Playing the Race Card

Posted October 14, 2009 by Aaron
Categories: America, Bush, Obama

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I’m a little behind on the Daily Show and Colbert, but this bit back from last week on the race card is phenomenal.  I always like how the Daily Show can address serious issues with the right kind of humor to share information and make strong arguments, and Larry Wilmore’s magic is creative, effective, and entertaining.  Nice to see these clips get some more air time because I’m still in shock Glenn Beck that called our president a racist and that Rush Limbaugh believes white kids aren’t safe in “Obama’s America.”

We need a great national dialogue on the issues of our time, from health care to stimulus spending to Afghanistan, to climate change.  We don’t need overpaid pompous media hacks segregating the American people with these outlandish statements.  Barack Obama doesn’t “hate” white people, and your kids are as safe on the bus as they ever were (especially in “Bush’s America” where we ignored our roads and bridges), if not more.

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“The last email you’ll ever get?

Posted October 13, 2009 by Aaron
Categories: America, The Bush Administration, The Obama Administration

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It’s not new to see outlandish emails from the “Campaign for Liberty” (semi-associated with Ron Paul), but this one is a special kind of odd.  At least the campaign is consistent in their alarm:  readings on their site under “Civil Liberties” seem to be equally opposed to Bush “security” invasion-of-privacy policies.

October 8, 2009

Dear Patriot:

Please take your time and read this email carefully.

Because if a bill quietly sneaking its way through Congress passes, an email like this could be the last non-government message to ever hit your inbox.

In fact, someday you may even find yourself unable to log in to your email in the first place!

I know what you’re thinking: Maybe this is just another Internet hoax.

I wish it was.

But Barack Obama and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) want to make this nightmare a reality.  That’s why Rockefeller recently introduced S. 773, “The Cybersecurity Act of 2009.”

Initial cosponsors include Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

You see, Barack Obama is seeking sweeping new powers to “shut down” all private internet in the event of a “cybersecurity emergency” — a vague term that the President can define at his discretion.

And Rockefeller’s bill gives Barack Obama just what he wants.

That’s why this expansive new power grab should really be called “The Internet Takeover Bill.”

As you know, the Internet has developed into an independent sphere where 1st Amendment Rights can still be (fairly) freely exercised.

It’s also become an important outlet for liberty-minded speech, cutting around the Obama-worship and corporate censorship of the mainstream media.

And we’ve already seen the Obama Administration’s reaction to any online speech they deem “fishy.”

In July, the Administration called upon Americans to report their friends’ and neighbors’ emails to help Barack Obama silence the “disinformation” about the Obamacare bills in Congress.

Well now Barack Obama wants to cut out the middle man.

If the Internet Takeover Bill passes, Barack Obama can silence his dissenters directly by ordering a shutdown of the U.S. Internet.

That’s right, under this bill Barack Obama can order all non-government U.S. networks to shutdown from the Internet.

But that’s not all.

Even outside of periods of White House-declared “emergency,” this bill mandates that private-sector networks only be managed by government-licensed “cybersecurity professionals.”

If you think dealing with your office IT department is bad now, just wait until they’re federally-licensed bureaucrats.

And God forbid you like to visit websites that spread “fishy disinformation” like free-market healthcare solutions; passing socialized medicine could soon become enough of an “emergency” for Barack Obama to shut them down.

You know, for the public good.

Well I know I like writing to you, and I hope you like hearing from me.

Or if not me, at least you probably like staying in touch with your family and friends, and having access to uncensored news and current events.

And that’s why I hope you’ll help Campaign for Liberty stop the Internet Takeover Bill by signing our Internet User’s Mandate to Congress.

Today, legislation like this — built on the same statist principles as the infamous Patriot Act — must sneak through Congress quietly.

They know Americans are no longer willing to swallow this swill “for our own good.”

And it’s especially critical that Campaign for Liberty and other fellow R3volutionaries fight this power grab.

Can you imagine how easily those in power could fabricate an “emergency” on a big money bomb day for a strong liberty candidate threatening the establishment?

Or how about message boards vital to planning and freedom rallies and protests of socialized medicine?

With “right-wing extremists” freely and visibly exercising their 2nd Amendment rights at such events, no doubt the White House could declare “emergency” and shut down all online planning.

I don’t want to see good politicians lose potential millions or demonstrations of liberty extinguished. I hope you don’t either.

That’s why I hope you’ll sign your Internet User’s Mandate and make a donation right now to Campaign for Liberty to make sure that never happens.

We’re going to fight this bill hard, because it’s clear that the Internet is the next frontier for liberty politics, and Campaign for Liberty is right on the forefront.

So please click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate to Congress in opposition to Barack Obama’s Internet Takeover and Shutdown Bill.

And in addition to signing your mandate, please make a generous contribution of $250, $100 or $50 so we can fight this Internet takeover.

We need to fight to make sure Barack Obama doesn’t disconnect your computer, shut down your favorite websites, or block all your emails.

And frankly with Audit the Fed, Cap and Tax and socialized healthcare debates, Campaign for Liberty is stretched pretty thin.

And unlike the government we don’t print, borrow or take money by force (taxes).  Our only revenue comes from voluntary contributions from liberty activists like you.

We need you to stay educated and active.

We’ve put too much time into building our pro-liberty online networks, websites and email lists.  We simply cannot afford to give Barack Obama the power to dismantle all that at the drop of a hat.

So please, click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate and if you can make a contribution of $250, $100 or $50 or whatever you want to Campaign for Liberty to stop this power grab…

…to defend our rights…

…and most importantly, to protect this movement.

I trust you’ll join this fight to protect all the progress we’ve made.

In Liberty,

John Tate

P.S. The Internet Takeover Bill (S. 773) is threatening to “unplug” private networks from the Internet on the order of the President and dismantle the online army we’ve worked so hard to build.

Click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate to Congress, and please make a generous contribution of $250, $100 or $50 to Campaign for Liberty so we can lead the fight against this Obama power grab.