Is Joe Miller Really a Christian?

As I travel across the State of Alaska, people often ask me, “Joe, are you a Christian?” Most people know my conservative principles but they don’t know my heart. So, I want to take the occasion on this Sunday to share a little bit of my story with you that I have shared in small group settings . . .

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My car slammed into a tree, crossed a four lane road, and ended up in the middle of the railroad tracks. By all accounts, I should have been dead.

With a massive headache, over 30 years ago as a teenager, I woke up on a hard cot in a cold jail cell, desperately hoping I was dreaming. I thought I could occasionally dance with the devil and not pay for it, but my luck had run out.

I grew up with five sisters and one brother. Although we were poor, I was raised in a loving Christian home. Our father was the pastor of an independent church and we had a stay-at-home mom, focused on raising her family.

In grade school, I had a very visible deformity on my lip from an accident when I was six and was often teased by other children. The continuous ridicule, rejection, and bullying made me feel insecure. Because my parents couldn’t afford health insurance or surgery to take care of my lip, I mowed lawns and did other work to pay for the surgery myself. However, I still felt like I had to compete in order to have self value, and I ended up making some poor choices.

My parents had no idea that I started partying in high school. And then came disaster. The morning that I woke up on the hard cot in the cold jail cell with a massive headache, lonely, and afraid, I could only do one thing: cry out to God. I was flat on my face, broken. I prayed, “Lord, I desperately need you. I cannot live without your presence.” I confessed my sins and gave myself wholly to Jesus Christ. And He revolutionized my life.

From that day on, I have never been the same. The Lord turned the bad into good (Romans 8:28) and I graduated from my high school class of more than 200 as valedictorian. He has blessed me with many other accomplishments. You can read more of what God has done in my life by clicking HERE.

Most importantly, he blessed me with an incredible wife and eight wonderful children and, as of last December, a beautiful grandson!

Am I perfect? Of course not! Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. The most important lesson I learned was after making a mistake, which we all do, is to confess and move on.

As the Apostle Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 John 4:8). In other words, Paul was saying “I am not better than you.”

Not only has Christ’s sacrifice on the cross proved sufficient for me, he also helps me every day to deal with unjust attacks and is even helping me to love the people who speak and write them.

So if anyone asks you, “Is Joe Miller really a Christian?” The answer is unequivocally “Yes.” God changed my life! “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

I humbly ask you to pray for me. I am pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, fiscally conservative, and unashamed of my faith in Jesus Christ. I will not waiver in these core beliefs.

If you want to hear my personal testimony, you can watch it on YouTube by clicking HERE.

God’s people must rise up and stand for truth and righteousness in the halls of government, and in the marketplace. Together we can make a difference in our nation . . . we must!

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Miller: We Don’t Know the Dignity of Their Births; We Know the Nobility of Their Deaths (+video)

This Memorial Day we remember the over one million Americans who laid down their lives in military service to our country. To borrow a phrase from General Douglas MacArthur: we don’t know the dignity of their births, but we know the nobility of their deaths. They died serving in a cause greater than themselves, so that our country, dedicated to securing the peoples’ God-given rights, could move forward towards its high calling.

For all the times America has fallen short over its lifetime of nearly two-and-a-half centuries, none can deny the hope and the opportunity and the freedom this nation has brought forth not only on our shores, but to tens of millions of people around the world. We are blessed to live in such a land; it truly has been a “Shining City on a Hill. “

In a few weeks, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which was one of the many decisive moments when Americans made the ultimate sacrifice to advance the cause of freedom. In Normandy, the United States and its allies fought to rescue an enslaved Europe from a maniacal dictator hell-bent on dominating the planet and eliminating an entire race of people. The scale of the operation was vast, involving over 5000 ships, 175,000 soldiers, and 10,000 aircraft.

General Dwight Eisenhower stated the mission clearly to his soldiers, sailors, and airmen soon to be engaged in Operation Overlord:

The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

In a nationwide radio broadcast that evening, President Franklin Roosevelt asked all Americans to join him in prayer for those in the battle:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith….Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom…Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Thousands gave their lives on Normandy’s shores on June 6th, 1944 and by the time the World War II was over, 400,000 Americans would never be returning home.

While thankfully in our time we have not had to endure that staggering loss of life, none-the-less thousands of homes this day will be missing the smile and the embrace of a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As Ronald Reagan so eloquently stated on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day regarding the great heroes who fought for this country, “Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.”

This beautiful song performed by the West Point Glee Club is a fitting tribute to those whom we have loved and lost in war:

Ronald Reagan’s Boys of Pointe Du Hoc Speech on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984:

Miller: Nation’s Military Preparedness in Peril

Joe Miller near the Iraq Border, ’91I am deeply concerned about the future and the readiness of our military. Believe me, as a combat vet with a son at the US Military Academy at West Point, it’s not an abstraction to me, it’s personal.
 
What brings it all even closer to home for me is living in Alaska, which is now within striking distance of North Korean and Chinese missiles. And as Arctic neighbors, Russian aggression could be an existential threat to the State of Alaska in the future if we don’t summon the will to lead.

While Russia moves to reconstitute its Soviet-era control in Ukraine and solidify strategic assets in the Americas, our president is proposing a military draw-down to pre-World War II levels. This coming on the heels of cuts to our strategic missile defense, and a massive reduction in our nuclear arsenal.

Alaska’s geo-political significance could not be overstated. As General Billy Mitchell testified before Congress in 1935: “I believe that in the future, whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world.”
 
Alaska needs representation in the United States Senate with the knowledge and experience to address these national security concerns. In days to come, our national security may require it.

 
That’s why Combat Veterans for Congress has endorsed my run for United States Senate, and Gun Owners of America has rewarded my commitment to the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms against all enemies, foreign and domestic, with their endorsement.
 
Barack Obama’s irresponsible foreign policy has weakened America’s standing in the world and has put us on a dangerous path of appeasement. Make no mistake about it, the trajectory we’re on constitutes an imminent threat to our national security.
 
China now stands poised to rival the American military within a few short years. Rogue regimes around the world, including Iran and North Korea, are testing the limits of US resolve. And Islamic militants the world over are gathering strength.
 
History teaches us that weakness invites aggression. Ronald Reagan was right, “Peace through strength!”
 
We must project strength – if we are to maintain our leadership in the world and properly defend our borders in an increasingly hostile world.
 
As a veteran and as an American, I was outraged when Congress passed the Ryan-Murray budget which President Obama signed into law. I was the only U.S. Senate candidate in Alaska to stand against this horrendous piece of legislation. The measure would have cut some working age retirees’ benefits by as much as twenty percent. Collectively, the cuts purported to save six billion dollars. Yet Big Government politicians had no problem with a $63 billion spending increase in the bill.
 
After severe backlash, vulnerable Democrats like Alaska’s Mark Begich, who voted for the original cuts, pushed through a measure to restore benefits. Another election-year ploy by desperate politicians!
 
There is no doubt this President is out of control, and Congress is almost as bad. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that our national debt is the most serious national security threat our nation faces. We are now four years and $4.5 trillion further in debt, since he made that statement.
 
To keep this nation secure, we must get the federal government back within its means and ensure our military remains second to none.

Miller: An Important Anniversary for the Tea Party (+video)

CNBC It was five years ago this week that CNBC Newsman Rick Santelli made his fiery speech from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade that helped launch a movement: “This is America!…President Obama, Are you listening?!…It’s time for another tea party.”

The answer five years later to Santelli’s question is a resounding, “No.” The President is not listening. It is clearly time to add some more tea bags to the pot and stoke up the fires.

Just this week an FCC Commissioner sent up a warning flare that the Obama Administration was once again planning to go after our constitutional rights.

Why in the world would our government think it is permissible to put “monitors” in newsrooms to determine how editorial decisions are being made? This is not the former Soviet Union, and Fox News is not TASS. The government should not have word one to say about what is the “news.”

Thankfully enough Americans in-and-out of the press, from all political persuasions, rose up and pressured the Administration that, at least for now, plans to introduce “monitors” into newsrooms have been put on hold.

All of us who love liberty are sick and tired of the Obama Administration’s complete disregard for our Constitution—NSA, IRS, ObamaCare, AP, Benghazi; all the while, Senator Mark Begich does nothing to prevent him from committing greater-and-greater abuses against our liberties.

You can be certain as the next senator from Alaska, there will be no one more zealous in defense of the Constitution. I swore to uphold and defend it several years ago as a newly commissioned officer when I took the oath at West Point.

I have never recanted that oath and carried it into my service on the judicial bench both at the state and federal levels. I cherish our freedoms as an inheritance from our Founding Fathers and an endowment from our Creator.

Together we can advance the work begun five years ago and start to write the next great chapter in the history of the American experiment: The restoration of the nation’s economic and political freedom!

Gun Owners of America Endorses Joe Miller

Dear Friend of Liberty,

This week our campaign announced the endorsement of the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund. GOA-PVF raises funds to support the election of pro-Second Amendment candidates at all levels of government. I am honored that the GOA recognizes that my “commitment to the right to keep and bear arms is unwavering.”

The Founders believed it so vital to the maintenance of ordered liberty, they wrote it into the Constitution, so that their generation and the millions of Americans to follow would experience this freedom.

Mark Begich claims to be a supporter of this cherished right, but as is often the case, his votes do not match his rhetoric. He received a “D” rating from the Gun Owners of America.

The junior senator’s votes against our Second Amendment rights are shocking. Begich — “as independent as Alaska” — voted to confirm Eric Holder, the most anti-gun Attorney General in the history of the United States. For that matter, he has been a rubber stamp for Barack Obama’s nominees, including the new ATF director, Todd Jones, who refused to discipline any of the agents who orchestrated the infamous “Operation Fast and Furious.”

Begich also opposed the Mike Lee constitutional amendment, which would require a two-third’s majority in Congress to pass gun control legislation.

The senator opened the door to more anti-gun judges on the bench by voting for the so-called “nuclear option.” One of the main objects of that rule change by the Democrats was to stack the DC Circuit Court, the second most powerful in the nation, with three liberal justices, all anti-gun, all supported by Begich, potentially putting the landmark Heller decision in jeopardy.

Senator Begich voted to confirm Caitlin Hallagan to the federal bench, who as New York’s Solicitor General was one of the main litigators responsible for seeking to bankrupt the state’s gun manufacturers through frivolous lawsuits. The list goes on. He voted for ObamaCare with its gun reporting requirements and that information will be used to deny Americans their right to keep and bear arms, as over 150,000 veterans already have been.

Mark Begich does not support the Second Amendment.

Let’s send a message to Washington that we, as Americans, will preserve and protect our constitutional rights against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

In the fight,

Joe Miller, candidate
United States Senate

Joe Miller: The President’s Divisive Remarks

Screen shot 2014-01-29 at 2.02.51 AMThe agenda outlined by President Obama last night can best be described as willfully divisive. Rather than look for common ground, he offered only more controversial proposals like amnesty, climate change, higher taxes, and back-door gun control. And to make matters worse, he again threatened to indulge his totalitarian instincts by circumventing Congress, should it fail to submit to his agenda.

It’s very unfortunate that this president is so resistant to the evidence of his failed economic policies that his only response after five years of stagnation is to double down on redistribution, crony capitalism, and more government intervention. Nothing was more telling than his glowing words for Obamacare, without so much as an acknowledgement of the hardships it has forced on millions of Americans.

And what should be particularly concerning to Alaskans, is the President’s threats to set more land aside as designated wilderness. It’s not hard to see where that is going: more federal control, less development, fewer jobs, and even less revenue for State priorities.

It’s time to return to fiscal sanity, get government out of the way, and offer Alaskans real opportunity by returning to the time-tested free-market principles that built the world’s largest economy over the last 230 years.

Listen to Joe Miller’s Recent Interview on Fox News Talk Radio – Tom Anderson Show

Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 12.28.30 AMJoe Miller was recently a guest on the Tom Anderson Show on the Fox News Radio, KVNT – Mat-Su Valley (92.5 FM, 1020 AM)

One of the topics covered was the United States fall from the top 10 nations for economic freedom. Having come of age politically in the Reagan era, Miller said it is disconcerting that the United States would be moved from the nations considered “free” economically to now “mostly free.” ObamaCare and the nation’s spending crisis were two important reasons for the downgrade on the Index of Economic Freedom.

Miller advocated repeal of ObamaCare and pointed out he is the only candidate to sign the Repeal Pledge. Regarding healthcare reform, he said the number one problem is the third party payer system. The consumer is out of the decision loop. ObamaCare exacerbates the problem by adding more government regulations and more government dollars. New policies to expand health savings accounts in conjunction with catastrophic healthcare coverage offer the best solution for true reform.

One caller asked Miller his views concerning labor unions. He fully supports the right of people to join a union, if they so choose, but no one should be forced into a union as a pre-requisite of employment. Nor should employees have their dues used for political purposes without their consent.

As Ronald Reagan noted in the 1970s, Miller said this is once again no time to fly a banner made of pale pastels, but one of bold colors. The go-along-to-get-along mentality is stealing our freedom and bankrupting America. He offered the recent example of the $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill implementing Murray-Ryan as a product of this mentality. The bill increased spending by tens of billions, while having the temerity to cut pay to our military retirees.

If elected, Joe Miller promises to work with true reformers like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul to restore our nation’s liberty and prosperity.

Listen to Joe Miller’s response to these and other issues here starting at minute 13

Without Protecting This Most Fundamental Right, None of the Others Matter

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 3.51.46 AMDear Friend of Liberty,

The intolerance and bigotry of the hard political Left has raised its ugly head yet again.

Earlier this week, the Washington Examiner reported: “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes that pro-life activists, along with anti-gay activists and supporters of the Second Amendment, are not welcome in his state.”

Could this happen in Alaska? If Mark Begich and Barack Obama get their way, this brand of left-wing zealotry is just around the corner.

After all, Mr. Begich was the 60th and deciding vote for an Obamacare law that imposes a kind of ideological hegemony that shows no respect for Alaskans whose religious convictions compel them to stand in opposition to abortion or contraception.

Mark Begich has been a rubber stamp for Obama’s radical anti-gun appointees.

And, you guessed it, he’s also been a strong backer of measures like Anchorage Prop. 5 and federal ENDA legislation that would force people of faith to either compromise their religious convictions, or abandon the public square.

It is noteworthy that Wednesday will mark the 41st Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s dreadful Roe v. Wade. In four short decades more than 56 million American lives have been snuffed out by abortion.

Make no mistake about it, Mark Begich strongly supports legal protection for the taking of innocent human life. It’s time for a senator who respects our First Liberty, the Constitutional Right to life!

When I am elected to the United States Senate, I will co-Sponsor Senator Rand Paul’s “Life at Conception Act” to ensure that every Alaskan’s First Liberty is protected, even those too young to speak for themselves.

If you agree that it’s time to stand up for Constitutional liberty, I need your help today.

Thanks for standing with me in the battle for life and liberty!

In the Fight,

Joe Miller, Candidate
United States Senate

Miller Questions Opponents’ Willingness to Take on Federal Spending Crisis

Joe Miller speakingJoe Miller questioned the willingness of his opponents to truly take on the budget crisis facing this nation when their actions are considered in light of the passage of the $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill. President Obama signed the bill into law over the weekend, which implements, in part, the agreement laid out in the Murray-Ryan budget last month. 

The Murray-Ryan budget plan rolled back the budget cuts made under sequestration and increased spending by $63 billion. Unbelievably, while the agreement called for increased spending throughout the federal government, it cut military veteran retirees’ pay by $6 billion. The $1.1 trillion measure, over 1500 pages long, began implementing this agreement, which included keeping the pay cut for the majority of retired military veterans. The Alaska delegation, Republican and Democrat, voted for the bill. Joe Miller was the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate to come out against Murray-Ryan. 

“That a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill, laden with pork and breaching our commitments to our military veterans, would sail through Congress with substantial Republican support is a source of amazement and disappointment to me,” said Miller. 

A review of the Omnibus spending bill reveals an astounding level of wasteful and even immoral use of American taxpayers’ money, including: taxpayer-funded abortion, billions in green energy projects, massive transportation boondoggles, unrestricted money to the Justice Department, and – unbelievably – funding for the continued administration of TARP.

Joe Miller stated, “The Omnibus spending bill highlights everything that is wrong with Washington right now. The ‘go-along to get-along’ mentality that allowed its passage is the same mentality that is bankrupting America.” He concluded, “At a time when big government is seen as the top danger to the future of the nation, this vote only validates the people’s worst fears. It is clear the only way this issue will be addressed is with bold, new leadership, unafraid to take on the political establishment.” 

Joe Miller is a husband, father, combat veteran, businessman, and advocate for constitutional liberty, who believes in limited government, the Right to life, individual rights, private property, and free markets.

Joe Miller: These Two New Facts Should Give Everyone Pause

Photo by Joshua Doubek

Photo by Joshua Doubek

This week we’ve already learned at least two facts that should give pause to anyone who cares about the liberty and prosperity of this country. First, an FBI investigation into the IRS scandal has so far determined there was no criminal wrongdoing and therefore no one should be held accountable. In other words, after investigating itself, the Obama Administration announced, “There is nothing to see here. Move along, Move along.”

This “investigation” was led by a political supporter of Barack Obama, who gave several thousand dollars to his campaign over both cycles. The probe, which reportedly did not even involve interviewing members from most of the targeted tea party and other conservative groups, found the IRS employees implicated were simply ignorant as to the rules. They did not have any particular political motive.

Really? I am not making any of this up.

The “investigation” cleared this atrocious abuse of government power by the IRS, which blatantly violated Americans constitutional rights to freedom of association and freedom of speech.

These are the kinds of unlawful or immoral actions we have come to expect from this Administration. Yet Senator Mark Begich has no intention of standing up for Alaskans’ constitutional rights or the cherished freedoms of all Americans. You only need look to the IRS scandal, the NSA surveillance scandal, the Associated Press wire-tapping scandal, or Benghazi.

Or how about the liberal Politifact’s number-one rated lie of 2013: “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare”? Senator Begich joined with President Obama in making that promise, yet thousands of Alaskans have seen their plans cancelled.

If you are tired of the lies, and the countless scandals with no one being held accountable, stand with me and help me remove Obama-enabler Senator Begich from office.

The second piece of news is that, for the first time in the history of Index of Economic Freedom published each year by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, the United States does not rank in the top ten nations. Denmark and Ireland moved ahead of the U.S., causing us to drop out of the top ten. We are now the only nation in the history of the index to fall for seven years in a row.

The United States has earned the dubious distinction of being only “mostly free” while other nations enjoy the ranking and benefits of being “free.” The main issues that caused America to lose its place include: new and onerous regulations, including ObamaCare; quantitative easing, where the fed prints money out of thin air; and out of control deficit spending.

If you agree it is time to begin restoring America to the “city on hill” she is meant to be, I need to hear from you today. We can’t win this effort without your help. One thing is for certain, Mark Begich and my Establishment primary opponents will not move America off the path that leads to continued decline.

Rest assured, I am committed to making the United States once again the beacon of freedom, both politically and economically, but I need your help today!

In Liberty,

Joe Miller, Candidate
United States Senate