If you haven't seen this, Harvard conducted a survey of "Millennials" to determine their impressions on Washington, especially Obamacare.

In order to best interpret my impressions of the survey, please note the following statement taken from the article: “Overcoming today's bitter partisanship and governmental gridlock is essential to showing Millennials and all our citizens that Washington, D.C. – and our democratic process – can still work and make a difference."

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Therein lies the base of the problem. The federal government has become so bloated and powerful, that citizens just assume that Washington is supposed to solve all our problems. They can't. That is why in the Constitution, the federal government is trusted with only 18 enumerated powers. 536 people (435 in the House, 100 in the Senate and 1 president) cannot run every aspects of the country and the lives of 330 million people. They were never supposed to. But, over the last 100 years, since Woodrow Wilson, there has been a steady concentration of power in Washington. So, today, everything from trade, employment, the minimum wage, roads and bridges, the education of our children and now our healthcare has by practice fallen under the purview of the federal government.

There is nothing they run, except the military, that is cost efficient and effective. The Postal Service, AMTRAK, Department of Veterans Affairs or healthcare.gov are all failures. Two other aspects of the survey are worth noting as well. First, at long last, a major part of the base that supported the president in his election and reelection are waking up to the truth of what centralized power really means. They are directly feeling the effects of how the government lied to them to get their support, then are now using them in their redistribution plan that is Obamacare. The Millennials are the ones that are being counted on to pay the much higher premiums to fund all the subsidies, pre-existing conditions and elderly that will be actually using their health insurance. Now they know. It may be too late, but they know.

Secondly, and more troubling, is that more of them are becoming discouraged and not taking part in politics at all. Instead of being angered to the point of action, they are being angered to the point of inaction. It should be the other way around. But, as stated above, when power is unconstitutionally concentrated at the federal level, a feeling of helplessness can take hold where people feel like they really can't make a difference and their one vote doesn't count. This is a major theme of my campaign. People need to feel empowered again. The United States is no longer a true representative republic run in accordance with the Constitution. We have a political ruling class of elitists that exempt themselves from the very laws that they themselves pass. This is wrong and it needs to be turned around. Every member of Congress and the president take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States then violate that oath on a regular basis.

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A majority of those surveyed said they would recall every member of Congress and the president. Good. This really comes back to my last point. We were never intended to have a ruling class. Instead, we have representatives making 35 year careers out of 2 year terms. And, they'll spend $$$ Millions in a single campaign to get a job that pays $174,000. For the majority of politicians, public service no longer matters. It is all about gaining and maintaining power. Elections strongly favor the incumbents and it is virtually impossible for grassroots campaigns to take hold, because in the end, it is all about how much money a candidate can raise and significantly less about the issues. There is a political machine at work in Washington that only wants to hold on to power, not solve problems. In every case, their answer is more government, another program, another agency or bureaucracy and more spending. It can be easily mathematically demonstrated that is a flawed formula. Our national debt is $17,208,550,000,000. There are more than 91 million Americans no longer participating in the workforce and not even counted towards our unemployment number. There are 49 million Americans on food stamps and the poverty rate is 16% (the same exact rate as it was in 1964 when LBJ launched his famous "War on Poverty" on which we've spent more than $16 Trillion).

Obama's numbers are down on international affairs as well. The latest "deal" with Iran does nothing to stop their nuclear weapons program and he pressed for military intervention in Syria's civil war. As of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at least 2,153 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,496 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. We're still in Afghanistan and when we do leave, what kind of Afghanistan will we leave behind? We left Iraq with our tails between our legs too - where I served 3 tours. There is nothing in this administration to feel good about. Nothing.

I know the survey really focused on Obamacare as it should. Obamacare is, in my opinion, the single worst piece of legislation passed in Washington. It will destroy our private health insurance industry. It will drive doctors out of practice and by extension wreck medical schools (who is going to spend $300,000 to become a doctor through 10 years of school, residency, etc only to be forced to accept Medicaid and Medicare patients for whom you'll only be reimbursed 40 cents on the dollar forcing you to operate at a loss?), drive full time workers into part time jobs, force up to 100 million Americans to lose their health insurance, and those that will have insurance will pay way more than they are paying now for better care, and in the end, by the government's own estimates cost the economy $2.7 Trillion and still leave 30 million with no insurance at all. Oh, and by the way, the website is a disaster and people who do log on are explicitly told they can have no expectation of privacy of the plethora of personal information they are forced to provide.

Given all of this, the results of the survey are really no big surprise. The only surprise here is that it took so long for the Millennials to wake up to what's going on. But, instead of withdrawing from the political process, we need these Americans involved and engaged to change the system that they are so fed up with.

I can be reached either on my campaign website: http://www.joegilbertforcongress.org/ or on my facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/JoeGilbertForCongress.

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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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