Note: This post was edited due to several poorly chosen words. I said that Koster was a member of the group trying to establish “Freedom County” & I have no way of knowing that or not, all we know is that he drafted the legislation to create it.
Snohomish County will have it’s first ombudsman in it’s history. Headed by John Koster: That seems dangerous because he is no “yes” man.
I don’t if anyone here remembers Alva Long, an attorney of LEGENDARY proportions, a long haired hippie who wore golf pants & pink shirts to court. The Bar Association elected him to lead & he stopped all the waste, streamlined the office & they got rid of him as soon as they realized just how deeply they had stepped in it. The Bar was never the same again.
But… there is a problem: Koster has aligned himself with Larry Stickney, the former spearhead of the “Save Washington Marriage” an anti gay movement to which he pulled every lowlife punch in the book.
His own personal & political stance is very much the same:
Marriage is between one man and one woman
I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. To undermine the family is to undermine the very cornerstone of our society. Source: Campaign website, kosterforcongress.com, “Issues” Nov 2, 2010
There is also his vote to pay for John Lovick’s legal fees when Anne Block brought a recall suit against Lovick for not investigating claims of county workers harassing Ms Block. His vote was to protect someone who was not acting correctly or responding to official misconduct claims.
What is the most worrisome to me is his stance on abortion. I don’t believe in it but it is not my body, nor is it my path to choose for someone else. His thinking is that incest is rare, (WHICH IT IS NOT!!!!) & that women who have been raped should be forced to carry a child for 9 months to suit his philosophical belief system.
He does fall right in line with the Everett Herald in his beliefs on illegal aliens though.
Secure our borders; revamp guest worker program
We are a nation of immigrants. The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration. The debate is also a matter of national security. We must secure our borders. We are a nation of laws; therefore, we first need to enforce our existing immigration laws. I will oppose efforts to provide amnesty for illegal aliens.Second, we need to revamp and reinstitute our “guest worker program” that offers temporary visas for seasonal workers. Source: Campaign website, kosterforcongress.com, “Issues” Nov 2, 2010
Perhaps the MOST terrifying thing about Koster is his stance on the laws of our great nation. His belief that terrorists shouldn’t have miranda rights or even have the right to be tried in a court of law is nothing short of it’s own kind of terrorism. So from his statement he believes that they military should just go in & ???. Nevermind that some may be innocent, or that some may not even be involved, they should all be rounded up. Nevermind that our nation was built on human rights
No Miranda rights for terrorists
Terrorists and terrorism must be dealt with swiftly and severely. It is unacceptable that terrorists be given Miranda rights and tried in civilian courts. Victory in our efforts to combat terrorism will be achieved due to our national resolve put into action by the courageous men and women in the armed forces of the United States. Source: Campaign website, kosterforcongress.com, “Issues” Nov 2, 2010
So let’s examine the term “Ombudsman”
Representative assigned by a large organization or a government to investigate citizen complaints and suggest solutions. An ombudsman’s responsibility is to receive and investigate complaints and to serve as an independent and impartial arbiter in recommending what may be done to satisfy the complainant or in explaining why no action is necessary.
Ombudsman From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An ombudsman or public advocate is usually appointed by the government or by parliament, but with a significant degree of independence, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or violation of rights. Below the national level an ombudsman may be appointed by a state, local or municipal government. Whether appointed by the legislature, the executive, or an organization (or, less frequently, elected by the constituency that he or she serves), the typical duties of an ombudsman are to investigate complaints and attempt to resolve them, usually through recommendations (binding or not) or mediation. Ombudsmen sometimes also aim to identify systemic issues leading to poor service or breaches of people’s rights.
In general, an ombudsman is a state official appointed to provide a check on government activity in the interests of the citizen, and to oversee the investigation of complaints of improper government activity against the citizen. If the ombudsman finds a complaint to be substantiated, the problem may get rectified, or an ombudsman report is published making recommendations for change. The major advantage of an ombudsman is that he or she examines complaints from outside the offending state institution, thus avoiding the conflicts of interest inherent in self-policing. However, the ombudsman system relies heavily on the selection of an appropriate individual for the office, and on the cooperation of at least some effective official from within the apparatus of the state.
Okay so now we have the definition of Ombudsman so what can we expect? Your guess is as good as mine.
ALIPAC endorses him 100% though, & here are his survey results. He even took the anti ~ immigration pledge!
(Please describe your feelings on the following with a number 1-10 or with
the response Undecided (1=Strongly Disagree, 2-4=Disagree, 5=Neutral, 6-9 Agree, 10=Strongly Agree)
1} I support Arizona’s new immigration law SB 1070? (1-10) 10
2} As a member of Congress I will use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary, to ensure the Executive Branch starts to enforce our existing border and immigration laws? (1-10) 10
3} Illegal Immigrants should be deported when detected in the interior of the
US? (1-10) 10
4} I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the US because allowing them to become voters would destroy future immigration enforcement efforts? (1-10) 10
5} I support Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT which will reverse illegal immigration in America? (1-10) 10
6} I oppose Obama’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty. (1-10) 10
7} I oppose Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty bill H.R. 4321? (1-10) http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-994657.html#994657 10
8} I would have opposed John McCain and Ted Kennedy’s Amnesty bill S. 1033 in 2005? (1-10) http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-1085363.html#1085363 10
9} I oppose any non-emergency taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens, including
welfare, food stamps, licenses, and in-state tuition subsidies? (1-10) 10
10} I believe that employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens should be
heavily fined. (1-10) 10
If elected or re-elected to the US Congress, I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal aliens, including Comprehensive Immigration Reform which would turn millions of illegal immigrants into voters thus destroying future borders of America. I will use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary, to insure the Executive Branch secures America’s border immediately and begins to adequately enforce the existing immigration and border laws of the United States, which were enacted by Congress at the behest of America’s citizenry. I understand that the failure of the Executive Branch to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws is depriving all Americans of a Republican form of government and depriving our states of protection from invasion as mandated by the US Constitution. I intend to use the power of Congress to immediately remedy this problem that is costing many Americans their jobs, wages, taxpayer resources, property, security, and sometimes their very lives.
So help me God,
Larry Stickney, Campaign Manager
360-926-2235 (office) 360-631-1894 (cell)
ALIPAC Endorsed Candidate for Congress
So you HAVE to ask yourself: What kind of politician doesn’t want more voters? Are they afraid of the way people will vote, or the fact that immigrants are the first & the proudest to vote because they had to work & struggle to be here so it is an honor in their eyes to be involved in the process??? Ask an American born citizen about a political candidate & they may know 1 or 2 things but when they are at the voting booth they just pick based on who ever’s name they recognize from a commercial, ask a newly minted American citizen & they give you a laundry list about each candidate. We can’t have that going on now can we?
So we have established that Koster is a staunch pro~marriage, pro~life, tea party~patriot, gun rights, anti-immigration, anti~civil rights (for terrorists, never mind if they might be innocent ~ civil rights be damned!)
Can you see why I ~ An American born Mexican Woman, who has been raped, that is also a ULC Minster that performs marriages for anyone straight or gay, ~ might be a little nervous? Wonder what would happen if I walked into his office & said in a Mexican accent “Praise Allah”
It is well known among my friends that I am a card carrying member of the Washington State & Snohomish County Militia. That being said I still tread very carefully within that group. I have a few alliances in the groups but I am well aware that there is a huge element of the Aryan Nation in these groups. On that note I have worked with that element as well, most of the one’s I have dealt with are mainly against “race mixing” but really don’t give two craps about what color skin I come wrapped in as long as I am ready when or if all hell breaks loose. Koster is also an associate & was part of the fight to succeed from Snohomish County under the name “Freedom County”. One of the Oso mudslide victims was also a part of that movement & was very pro~Aryan Thom Satterlee is the man that Koster worked side by side with this on the legislation that was introduced
But… I like Koster, generally. I have dealt with him & another family member & I have always been dealt with very fairly. I genuinely like the man. Even though he aligned himself with the Aryan Nations, & he seems to have a staunch hatred for desperate people in desperate situations that pay 1000’s of dollars to get to this country because their lives are in danger or their living situations are so deplorable that they might not survive them.
I was raped early in a pregnancy & I knew full well that I could be carrying a child born of violence but I couldn’t bring myself to murder this innocent being who for whatever reason God put into the safety of my womb. If there was any question about my feelings for him in those months while I felt him grow in my belly the second they handed him to me everything melted away & I knew that no matter how he got here I was madly deeply in love & in some respects it was actually healing to see something so beautiful that came from something so ugly & violent. I found out later that he was in fact my intendeds little one, not the product of a rape but every day I thank God for giving me the strength to carry him to term when everyone advised to me to just abort him. I now have beautiful grandchildren from him, they boy who wouldn’t have been if I had listened to others. So in that context I have to side with Koster. I wish there was no such thing as abortion but there is & anyone who goes through it has to deal with the consequences.
I also have an adopted son from Pakistan who is Muslim, & it is scary to know that the country he now claims, that he went & fought for: against his own first country could be taken away & imprisoned forever with no guarantee of any rights if Koster has his way. Whether he was innocent or guilty.
As for his stance on marriage ~ I was in gay foster homes, most of my friends growing up were gay. Some of my best pet adopters are gay couples, & I openly would marry anyone in love who wants to make a solemn covenant with God almighty & feel proud to witness it. I would think we would have much more to worry about in this world & in this life besides who’s boinking who.
We can also surmise that Mr Koster as I stated before, is not a “Yes” man & may be just the thorn in the side of Government that Snohomish County needs. My money is going to be on him causing a crapstorm that will make the council rue the day they ever decided to vote for an Ombudsman. It is going to be interesting & how I wish I could be a fly on the wall of his office!
What I’m not so sure of is that he will protect same sex couples rights, immigrant or Religious Freedoms. As for his stance on abortion I honestly don’t believe he has any disregard for women, but I don’t think he has ever been raped or had to deal with the ramifications of it. Maybe his position will change if it happens to one of his daughters, or grand-daughters but let’s pray to God it doesn’t, no one should ever have to experience that.
I guess we will all just have to wait & see what is going to happen, I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised… only time will tell.