Friday, September 7, 2012

What I saw at the Republican National Convention

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. ~ Thomas Paine

Last  week at the Republican National Convention was indeed a week full of scripted appearances, fakery, and rules abuses. Many of you will read that line and say, “So what?” but you will say it for different reasons. Some will say, “So what?” because any tales told of scripted appearances, fakery, and rules abuses for the sake of unity will be what you’ve grown to expect from a party who has used the same tactics throughout this year’s caucus/primary process. Others will say, “So what?” because you will feel the fakery, rules abuses, and scripted appearances were done to prevent an unfair overthrow by a group of people whose candidate couldn’t garner popular support.

The Republican National Convention this week was nothing more than a giant party for delegates. No actual business took place. Sure, there was business a week earlier, but the votes during that business fell far short of what was needed to make the process accountable to the liberty-minded. Delegates were disqualified so that Ron Paul could not be nominated from the floor. Rules changes were pushed through so that local caucuses and conventions are now rendered meaningless.

So many long-time Republican Party folks misunderstand the gravity of the rules change. One nice man characterized it as a family fight that was quickly fixed so that all could come together. The idea of public dissent petrifies this party so much that three or four random folks from each state speaking out is horrifying. Young Paul supporters in Georgia elected as delegates at the District Level got publicly berated, chastised, and ostracized by some for refusing to help fake a unified front for Romney, instead of being accepted as holding a set of ideals different from the majority.

I've decided I don't want to be the person who tries to argue for reform with those long-serving members of the party. There doesn’t appear to be many long-serving people with any real desire to reform the party either. Most of the people I met are nice people personally. That isn't the issue. Their 'niceness' will never become enlightenment. I don't discount the possibility that maybe I am just a failed messenger, and that someone else may have better luck explaining how things could be more correct. But even our best messenger, Ron Paul, has taken 30 years to break through, if one can even call it that.  On some levels I credit the extremist, anti-liberty, pro-security-at-any-costs mindset that happened after 9/11 that caused the Liberty pendulum swing.  Ron Paul, luckily, was the benefactor of that.

It’s fairly obvious to me that party insiders expected some sort of uprising this week. A huge one. Full of violent revolt. I’m almost certain the secured perimeter was meant to be as intimidating to inexperienced participants as it was to outsiders. This only goes to show how little the party bosses knew about the Liberty Movement. All the protests, and there were multiple protests inside the convention, were peaceful. And, sadly, they were mostly theoretical. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and CNN doesn’t report it does it really make a sound? Some people who use the internet hear it, I guess. Maybe we are reaching a time where that’s all that matters.

Me (3rd from Left) with Georgia Paul supporters. Ann Romney glares disapprovingly in the background.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Will You Be the 'Super Trooper' Donor Meow?

I would appreciate any financial help toward the $2,000 I anticipate I will pay to be an alternate to the Republican National Convention this August in Tampa, Florida. So far I've paid a $400 convention deposit and paid $699 for lodging. I anticipate $250 for travel expenses and $300 for meals.

If you donate, I will send you a picture of myself using your funds.

For example, if you donate $15 I will send you a picture of me eating a meal. If you donate $40 I will send a picture of me putting gas in my car. If you donate $150 I will send a picture of me sleeping in my hotel bed.  If you donate $500, I will send you a picture of me wearing a pin with your name on it and will mention you frequently at the Convention and during any speaking engagements/radio programs I do.

If you donate $1000 I will say your name in my conversations the way they say 'meow' on the movie 'Super Troopers.'

And here’s a clip to the movie ‘Super Troopers.’

And here’s my cute daughter drinking a milkshake at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama, last week.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Interview of Molyneux and Woods and the History and Philosophy of Liberty

Here's the link to last Sunday's show. My 4 o'clock guest was  Keyantwon Stephens who recently left the 9th District Congressional race here in Georgia, but  plans to primary Republican Governor Nathan Deal in 2014. My 5 o'clock guests were activist/lecturer Stefan Molyneux and best-selling author Tom Woods. Both were there to promote their upcoming speaking engagements at the Libertarian Party of Texas's state convention being held June 8-10th. But we also discussed whether people really want to be free and whether my participation at the Republican National Convention legitimizes a inherently violent system. Forward to the 58:30 minute mark to hear the show.

There's also video of the second hour. Stefan made it. You can watch it here

Links  LP Texas Convention event info.

Tom Woods Info  Information on all things Tom Woods is here.  New educational venture Tom has started.

Stefan Molyneux

Articles mentioned on the show

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Republican Congressional Candidate Greg Pallen's Interview

Republican Congressional Candidate Greg Pallen joined me last Thursday in the first hour of the Proof Negative Show instead of my regular 8-9pm time slot. Greg's running for Congress in Georgia's 4th District. Greg was a good sport about having his interview time changed. Thanks to Greg!

Here's the link to Greg's interview, and it starts right when you press play. No need to forward. Isn't that great?

Proof Negative (not his real, our network owner would like for you to look for the show archive by using our "FR Tour">"FR Show Archive" links at to help boost our Alexa rankings. If you don't mind, try to find the archive of Greg's interview that way (the date was May 24th), that way Proof will be happy.

The reason I did the show in Proof's hour was because of a technical problem with BlogTalkRadio . I named the show the 'Late Night Party Rock Edition,' although that's a pretty silly name, so I decided not to title this blog post like that.

Here are the awesome links from the show: - Neato! Greg P. has 20 commitments to you the voter.

Greg was endorsed by G. Edward Griffin. He wrote this really intriguing treatise on the unconstitutional beginnings of the Federal Reserve:

This link is coverage of GA GOP state convention NDAA Resolution Vote from last Saturday with footage of  Debbie Dooley, a prominent leader of Georgia's Tea Party Activists, calling to vote AGAINST the amended resolution. ??? I know. I don't get it either.

Music for the show provided by Chris Trentham, Trevor Simpson, Ethan Maas, Shawn Bray, and Pro'Verb.  There are others, but these are the ones I used Thursday (and use nearly every show). If you have great music, forward it to me.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Two Different Interpretations of the GA GOP Convention

My guests on yesterday's Valerie Sargent Martin Show were Tony Robbins and Jordan "Alex" Johnson. Robbins is a Middle Georgia businessman and longtime Georgia Republican Party regular. Johnson is an attorney and the Chair of the Dekalb County Young Republicans. Johnson nominated himself for Georgia National Committteeman from the floor of the Georgia Republican Party state convention last Saturday in Columbus, Georgia.

I invited Robbins and Johnson on the show to give their thoughts on the convention. Forward to the 55:00 minute mark to hear the show. Tony Robbins' interview is at the 66:00 minute mark, Alex Johnson's is at the 119:00 minute mark.

Tony Robbins (with wife Carolyn and Judy Hufstetler at GAGOP Convention) 

Jordan "Alex" Johnson

I'm on the far right. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I Cohosted an Intense Show Last Night

I don't think I ever agree 100% with the guests on my own radio show or on the show I co-host,The Proof Negative Show. I knew when I signed up to start hosting back in January that operates on the fringe of alternative news. I also know that the traditional talk radio stuff I try to do is pretty  'boring' in comparison. With that in mind, you'll understand why I probably wouldn't have Texe Marrs and Holland Vandennieuwenhof, the two gentlemen that were guests on Proof's show last night, on my show without presenting a lot of disclaimers first to avoid controversy.

Which sort of makes me disappointed in myself.

Link to the replay of the show:

Long as heck Ustream recording of me during the show. Not worth watching.

Texe Marrs related links:

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."

Read more

Holland Vandennieuwenhof:

Other stuff we talked about:

Just throwing this out there. (This is a different take on how some people view my show and my guests. It is unflattering, but it is still helpful to see where people are coming from.) (Did you know I run?)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Links for the Mother's Day Episode of The VSM Show

Link to a replay of today's radio show with Republican candidates for the 2nd District, John House and Rick Allen. GA Natl Cmtewoman Linda Herren also joins us. Forward to the 53:00 minute mark to hear the show.

I also recorded the show on Ustream. Keep in mind you'll only hear my side of the conversation, no guests or music.

Candidate John House

Candidate Rick Allen

Georgia National Committeewoman Linda Herren

Time Magazine Cover: "Are You Mom Enough?",16641,20120521,00.html

New music courtesy of Trevor Simpson

Other music provided by Chris Trentham
Pro'Verb, Andrew Mott, Shawn Bray, Ethan Maas, Eric Jerardi Band, and Animal Grace.

I love independent musicians. Please send me links to your music. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Links to Today's 'Republican National Committee, Etc.' Episode

Who are Georgia's candidates for National Committeeman and Committeewoman? Two of them, Ginger Howard and Frank Strickland, joined me today on the VSM show. Forward to the 50:00 minute mark at the link below to hear the show. Yes. 50:00. Not 60:00. For some reason the hour-long show before mine only lasted 50 minutes today.

Ginger Howard - Candidate for Georgia's National Committeewoman

Frank Strickland - Candidate for Georgia's National Committeeman

Odds and ends with Sonny Thomas, Music Promoter/Tea Party Activist

It was a great show today. I always say that, but it was really great. After the show I went to watch my daughter's choir concert. She did well and makes me proud. Here's a picture.

Before the radio show today, I fixed french toast for the kids. I made it out of leftover hot dog buns which sounds pretty gross, but turned out exceptionally great.  Here's a picture.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How to Listen to The Valerie Sargent Martin Show

You can listen to the show three ways: online via the website, by phone, or via Skype.

To listen online go to and scroll down to see the 'blogtalk radio' box on the left of the screen. Then press the 'play' button. Depending on when you connect you may hear the previous hour's show. Be sure to hit your browser's 'refresh' button at the top of the hour to hear the show live.  

If you want to connect via Skype, be sure your Skype account is open then go to the website On the main page of the website there is a 'Skype' button at the top of the page. Click the button and, once you're connected, you will hear the show playing live.

To listen by phone, dial the call-in number (347) 324-3704 during the show hours, Sundays, 4-6pm Eastern, or Thursdays 8-9pm Eastern, and the show will be playing live. This is the same number guests use when they call in for their interview, but I only answer callers who have pressed  '1' to notify me that they wish to talk. All other calls just sit in the queue. 

The show is also recorded and available for replay shortly after the live broadcast and can be found on the main page by clicking "FR Tour," then "FR Archive," then choose the show from the list of all the recent FR broadcasts. I usually post a link to the replay on my facebook page.

UPDATE:  I have been told by a knowledgeable person that there is a blogtalkradio app for iPhones and Android phones. Search for FreedomizerRadio.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Thousand Open Tabs

Here are links to stuff I'm reading that I probably would've talked about if I had done the radio show last Sunday.

Ron Paul Caucus Success Continues
Info on new AK GOP Chairman and Ron Paul supporter Russ Millette's political affliation is here:
Video of AK State Convention when State Senator endorses Romney

The terrible CISPA vote


Last Sunday was a cluster. Held the headline guest slot open too long in the hopes that we could get Congressman Austin Scott to discuss his vote in support of CISPA. Even my secondary guests were not firm and everything just went downhill.

I didn't feel well anyway. I decided to put off my secondary guests and play a rebroadcast of Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's interview, but couldn't get the file loaded to the studio in time. Boo. Thanks to Minister Kenneth Emmanuel, Sr. for filing in while I worked on the file. Thanks to C the Power for her help, as always.

This good video came after Sunday. Ron Paul takes Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman to task.

Thanks for reading! -VSM

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Creative Side

So I'm working on an ad for Freedomizer and I was telling my husband how I wanted to make it like the theme song to Garry Shandling's show.

Here are the lyrics to my proposed ad jingle:
"This is an ad for Freedomizer Radio.
An ad for Freedomizer Radio.
This is the music that you hear when we hypnotize you.
We're almost halfway finished.
How do you like it so far?
Advertise on Freedomizer Radio.

This is an ad for Freedomizer Radio.
An ad for Freedomizer Radio.
We're the site that consistently ranks high nationally and internationally.
Check us out on Alexa Rankings.
We're up there really high.
Advertise on Freedomizer Radioooooooo dot com."

I was a tiny, tiny baby when I watched Garry Shandling on HBO. This was back in the day when parents were irresponsible and just let their kids watch whatever they were watching. Speaking of HBO I think I literally saw that Michael Keaton movie 'Mr. Mom' a thousand times on HBO one summer.

Oops. Not HBO. Showtime.

P.S. My husband had literally never heard of Garry Shandling at all. Which is why I thought this was funny at first. But actually, I feel old now.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

VSM Show Links April 22nd

Replay of today's VSM Show (at the 61:00 minute mark) with guests Andrew Simpson (71:00 minute mark), Michael Morton, Jr. (123:00), and C.j. Lester (139:00 minute mark).
Andrew Simpson talks about abuses of special needs children in the Public School System and the effectiveness of Georgia's Anti-Bullying law. Here are links related to my interview with Andrew.

Michael Morton, Jr. discusses the 'All Paul' delegate slate he proposed at last week's 8th District Convention of the Georgia GOP.

And C.J. Lester, Chairman of Rockdale County Young Republicans retells the story of his encounter with Rockdale County GOP Chairman Don Williamson when Lester wanted to vote for a candidate for national delegate other than the prescribed delegates proposed by the nominating committee at the 4th District GA GOP Convention. Here are links related to my interview with  C.J Lester.:

Other News Links:

New music courtesy of Trevor Simpson

Other music provided by Chris Trentham
Pro'Verb, Andrew Mott, Shawn Bray, Ethan Maas, Eric Jerardi Band, and Animal Grace.

I love independent musicians. Please send me links to your music. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

The VSM Show w Congressman Austin Scott's Accuser

Here's the link to last night's episode of The Valerie Sargent Martin Show with guest RB Ashley, one of  the people who asked Congressman Austin Scott about his NDAA vote at the luncheon after last Saturday's 8th District GOP convention in Tifton, GA. Forward to the 120:00 mark to hear the show. (There's a two hour show before mine.)

In the interview I talk like someone my age would talk, i.e. "Don't you know how much time I've put in and how much work I've done, Sonny?" And my guest talks like some young guy would talk, i.e. "We should hold these traitors accountable!" That's basically the entire interview.

We had several callers for this show, which is good. Thanks, Callers! I thought I gave them ample opportunity to explain their points. RB Ashley sent me a link of the video of the group questioning Congressman Scott at the convention but so far it doesn't work for me.

I also had new music this show provided by friend and musician Andrew Mott.  Andrew's music came in at about the 124:00 minute mark. Other artists featured on the show are Chris Trentham (my intro music), Pro'Verb (my outro music), Ethan Maas, Shawn Bray, Animal Grace, and the Eric Jerardi Band.

Somebody in the chat room called me a phony last night. They, of course, wrote it anonymously.

Thanks for listening. VSM

Oh, P.S.  When RB Ashley and I were first arguing I called him a 'nihilist,' which ultimately spiraled down into Big Lebowski jokes and videos. Here ya go.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Right Way and a Wrong Way

It is absolutely, 100% right to hold your congressman accountable for his voting record, in public, in front of his constituents. I said so when I was pulled aside by a longstanding member of Houston County's GOP who was trying to make sense of why several Ron Paul supporters were heckling Georgia's 8th District Congressman Austin Scott for his vote on the NDAA bill after his speech at last Saturday's District Convention . Unfortunately, the questions Scott was asked were indirect. Not really questions, even. More like shouted accusations and blame.

Party insiders think that all  Ron Paul supporters get organized before these things and the insider I was talking to assumed, incorrectly, that what happened last Saturday was part of a concerted effort, and that I was the head of it, or at the very least had some control over those responsible for it, which I don't. In our conversation I had to justify the heckling and never got to the substance of the questions on NDAA.

I am a lifelong Republican. I ran in 2009 for the seat that Austin Scott now occupies. I did it as a single mom with two young children in tow while I was working on my MBA. It was hard and thankless and many in the Party were unnecessarily rude  and dismissive of me (and others running) because they wanted someone with legislative experience  to run against the incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall. And in the end they got their wish. Many, though, saw how I fought  even when I wasn't always treated fairly. In 2011 I ran for 2nd Vice Chair of the District GOP and I was the only officer who ran unchallenged from the floor.

When I was running for Congress, I was the highest ranked non-incumbent congressional candidate recognized by liberty groups in 2009. I was ranked higher than Rand Paul by That is why, two years later, someone sought me out to do a radio show that is nationally recognized, and why I get to speak at Campaign for Liberty events, and why I'm featured on the news.  But I've also stood alone waving Ron Paul signs on a corner near a shopping center  the day after Thanksgiving in 2007, during Ron Paul's last campaign.

I'm only saying all this to prove the point that there is room for every kind of person in the liberty movement. We all shout down the establishment in our own way. But for the record, there is a good way to ask pointed questions and a terrible and sloppy way to ask pointed questions. The terrible and sloppy way includes  shouting rudely at a sitting member of Congress, which only confuses the audience. The terrible and sloppy way also includes accusing long time activists like me of being a "boot-licker" who's "sitting silent and absorbing lies."  If you need help on the 'good' way, I suggest you ask Adam Kokesh, Nathan Cox, Michael Boldin, and several others. None of them are "boot-lickers"  to the Republican Party, either, and there's no denying that the whole world knows that they are in love with liberty.

Ron Paul and Myself chatting at Campaign for Liberty event January 2010

Update: Ugh. I just realized if you're not privy to the back story, the original version of this post makes it sound like I'm angry at being asked by the party insider about why someone was questioning the Congressman in the first place. No. I was angry that I had to make excuses for the manner in which the question about the NDAA was handled in the first place.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Belated Posting of a Television Appearance.

I can't remember if I ever posted this or not. I think I always meant to, but never got around to it. I was asked to give my opinion on the Georgia Republican Presidential Primary last month on a local news broadcast. My segment comes after the first commercial.

Links for Foreign Policy Etc. Episode of The VSM Show 4/8/12

Here is yesterday's radio show. The best part of it begins at the 101:00 minute mark. I interviewed foreign policy expert and author Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. The show itself starts at the 60:00 minute mark.

Thanks much to Eric Bell for joining us today, too. He saved me by joining us earlier in the show than we'd originally planned when I had trouble reaching Col. Shaffer. Eric is the organizer of  'Rock the Republic' being held May 1st in Valdosta, Georgia. I'll be speaking and broadcasting live from the event.

What old guard GOP thinks of the choice of the May 1st date for the event 

Per our discussion of devaluation of the Dollar

This came from Fred Wheeler. I'm on his email list. 

January 2009
% chg
Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.



Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)



Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)



Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL



Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL



Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob



Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall



Unemployment rate, blacks



Number of unemployed



Number of fed. Employees



Real median household income



Number of food stamp recipients



Number of unemployment benefit recipients



Number of long-term unemployed



Poverty rate, individuals



People in poverty in U.S.



U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings



Present Situation Index



Failed banks



U.S. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate



U.S. Money supply, M1, in billions



U.S. Money supply, M2, in billions



National debt, in trillions



Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fastas during the rest of our entire nation's history.
Over 27 times as fast. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane. 
27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH!
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration;
(2) Wall Street Journal;
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics;
(4) Census Bureau;
(5) USDA;
(6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor; 

(7) FHFA;
(8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller;
(9) RealtyTrac;
(10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ;
(11) The Conference Board;
(12) FDIC; 

(13) Federal Reserve;
(14) U.S. Treasury

Events I promo'd on the show:

Veterans March on the RNC

Music from the show is provided by Chris Trentham, Shawn Bray, Ethan Maas, Pro'verb, Animal Grace, and the Eric Jerardi Band. Thanks to Sonny Thomas, as well.
Some day, I promise, I'll have music from these other artists. I thank them for their patience:
Mark Augustyn

If you've read down this far please visit and tell Donna Miller you found her courtesy of The Valerie Sargent Martin Show and DO IT! :)

Today's easter egg (intentional hidden message for those of you in Rio Linda):
My daughter Isabel sang today in church for Easter Sunday. This is her 7th year to sing with the Children's choir. Tuesday she turns 13. She and I went to see 'Titanic' in 3D tonight to celebrate. It hit me tonight that she can't stay a little girl forever. She asked me in the car was I sad about her turning 13. I said that 13 is a great age and I'm very happy. That's the brave thing you have to say when you're someone's mother. -VSM