May 15 Meeting

You probably remember the family car your parents had when you were a child. That car was your freedom and ticket to the world. It may not have had all the amenities that you would have liked, but, it got you where you needed to go so that you could live your life to the best you and your family could.

But what if your parents had decided to buy a car that far exceeded their needs and ability to pay for it?

What if they bought a Bentley or a Rolls Royce? And they named the car Freedom because it got them anywhere they wanted to go. And why would they have wanted to do this? Because they could. They could because they placed the car in the family trust. It would be passed down from generation to generation. Your parents could do this because they only paid the interest on the loan. Each generation was responsible for the payments and maintenance of the car, thereby ensuring the standard of living for the family.

Now the car is getting old. It still performs just as it ever did, but it needs more and more work to keep old Freedom going. You’re still paying the interest on it so that someday your children will enjoy the freedom it brings them.

What if Freedom is not worth the same things to your children as it was to your parents? How does the next generation learn the importance of Freedom and what life would be like if it was lost? They might want some shiny new security instead of good old Freedom.

Ronald Regan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Look at what we as a society have attached to our freedom. There is something to be said for American exceptionalism and the ability to have the highest standard of living in the world, but at what cost. Is it right to burden our children and grandchildren with the debt of our excesses?

Liberty and freedom are not synonymous. True freedom is being able to do whatever you wish without having to deal with the consequences of your actions. You could steal from, hurt or kill others. This is not the type of society we desire.

Liberty is freedom plus morality. Morality guides us to do right by ourselves as well as others.

Here is a good article from the Tenth Amendment Center about the separation of power.

A little humor on the subtle differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

 

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The New Democracy

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

Here is a link to an excellent speech by Dennis Prager about our current situation and how we have done a great dis-service to our youth. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=XNUc8nuo7HI

This is the reason for the 912 Project. Educating ourselves about the visions of our founding fathers can help us maintain the republic they created 236 years ago.

The recent events in Florida should awaken all Americans about the direction our country has turned in the past few years. Welcome to the newest democracy on the planet. Say goodbye to the republic which we have tried to retain for the last two centuries. The arrest of George Zimmerman has proven that the rule of law cannot stand unless a citizenry with a spine and the power of knowledge is there to back it up. This case has been tried in the court of public opinion and he has already been found guilty. Never mind the evidence or due process. Just throw the 6th Amendment out the window. In the six weeks between the shooting and the arrest, what new evidence could the prosecutor have come across that wasn’t there before now, that warranted the arrest of George Zimmerman?

Where is the attorney general of Florida or the US while the New Black Panther Party has put a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman?

As all of this transpired near the Easter and Passover holidays, I couldn’t help but think about the democratic decision that Pontius Pilate let the people decide for themselves. Whether to save Jesus or Barabbas? Not that I’m equating George Zimmerman to Jesus, it’s just the same as the outcry for justice 2012 years ago. This is justice by mob rule. A democracy in action. The whims of man, not rule of law.

Laws that protect the rights we were born with as human beings are what our Constitution protects. The Constitution protects us from the one thing that has never changed and never will change, human nature.

In cases such as this, it is so important to know the difference between a democracy and a republic. Here’s a link to help you understand.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 15, 2012 in the Groesbeck Library 2994 W Galbraith Rd. 7:00 pm

Obama Is Making the Case For His Own Impeachment – Tony Katz – Townhall Conservative Columnists

http://townhall.com/columnists/tonykatz/2012/04/04/obama_is_making_the_case_for_his_own_impeachment/page/full/

We Are Under Attack!

We are under attack! In the past few months we have seen the true face of liberalism. We have seen the very things promised to us in the Declaration of Independence that are guaranteed to us by the Constitution, stripped from each and every American with hardly a whimper by the collective. Sure there have been outcries of constitutional grand larceny by those who are paying attention, but who is really paying attention?
Does the average person on the street know that the bill of rights has passed through a bi-partisan paper shredder in the past few months, and, that we have never seen the likes of this in recent history?
Each time Americans feel they have been dealt a serious injustice or feel they need protection from something they fear, they go running to their legislators to draft a bill to save them all from themselves. Be careful for what you wish for. By erecting legislative walls to preserve your standards of living, you are also limiting your freedoms. Once a lawmaker realizes they have votes behind a popular issue, they will ram it through the system. You had better hope that bill is to your liking or you’ll be losing something important to you.
Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
The NDAA which was signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011 authorizes “indefinite detention” of US citizens by federal officers or the military. It also gives them the authority to remove a threat to national security even if that threat is a citizen of the United States. Steve Chabot will tell you this is not true, but haven’t they already done this by taking out al-Awlaki with a missile fired from a drone. Where was due process? Is this any different than what al-Assad is doing to the people of Syria right now?
Several states are drafting legislation to make it illegal for a federal officer to detain a citizen of their state, a crime equal to kidnapping. Utah legislators have unanimously passed this and are now awaiting a signature from the governor. http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/03/utah-legislature-unanimously-passes-anti-ndaa-detention-resolution/
http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/03/moffat-county-co-passes-an-anti-ndaa-resolution/
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/political-pro-con/2012/mar/16/virginia-attempts-nullify-ndaa/
The director of the FBI was asked if killing US citizens on US soil was permissible and he said it was unclear whether they had authority to do so. They must not have heard about the 4th Amendment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=Tkx8Grgo0_s
The issue of mandating the providing of contraceptives even though it is against the core values of your religion is under attack. This was mandated by the president and then walked back to a more “palatable compromise” in hopes of the Catholic faith capitulating on the whole issue.
The Anti-Occupy Bill – Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, although it sounds like a landscaping project, strips us of our 1st Amendment rights. This bill potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.
Despite the good news the major national media focuses on each night, we cannot lose sight of the economic mess this country still faces. Here is a link with some interesting figures with links to back them up. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/50-economic-numbers-from-2011-that-are-almost-too-crazy-to-believe

February 8 Meeting Summary

We discussed the new book by Mark Levin entitled Ameritopia. A well written book that compares and contrasts the works of Plato, Karl Marx, Thomas More, and Thomas Hobbes with those of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville. These philosophical pioneers brilliantly diagnosed the nature of man and government. Levin states that the American people must now choose between utopianism or constitutionalism (liberty).

Levin uses a quote from Friedrich Hayek in his book that I believe is the single, most troubling concept that liberals cannot accept as fact. Hayek wrote “Equality of the general rules of law and conduct… is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty and the only equality which we can secure without destroying liberty. Not only has liberty nothing to do with any sort of equality, but it is even bound to produce inequality in many respects. This is the necessary result and part of the justification of individual liberty: if the result of individual liberty did not demonstrate that some manners of living are more successful than others, much of the case for it would vanish”.

The equality we are guaranteed is equality under the law. The inequality he describes is due to the fact that we are all unique. I don’t have the same skills as my neighbor and he hasn’t the skill or background of my experiences in life. Therefore the contributions we make are different based on our ability and we are compensated accordingly.

Should I fall upon hard times, my neighbor is not responsible for my pursuit of happiness nor am I his. It is also not the duty of my government to take from him to ease my burden or make us in some way “equal”. I do however have the freedom to give, out of the kindness of my heart to help my fellow man.

I highly recommend reading Mark Levin Ameritopia.

We discussed free markets and the debt crisis and watched videos by Bill Whittle and Milton Friedman.

Please visit the links to watch these videos and distribute them to all your friends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=661pi6K-8WQ&feature=related Bill Whittle – Eat The Rich!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTRau_XgGs&feature=youtu.be  Milton Friedman – Free Markets

Our founding fathers were greatly influenced by the works of John Locke. Locke’s Second Treatise of Government was published nearly a century before ratification of our constitution. To learn more, visit http://constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm

A really inconvenient truth is Earth not melting after all | Matt Patterson | Op Eds | Washington Examiner

A really inconvenient truth is Earth not melting after all | Matt Patterson | Op Eds | Washington Examiner.

Steve Chabot – Does he get it?

On Monday I attended the Northwest Side Tea Party meeting to listen to what Steve Chabot had to say about his last year in congress. I was fully expecting to hear that he was engaged in drafting or supporting legislation that would protect our freedoms and liberties as well as keep us on a path to recovery. I guess I must have been dreaming.
The sad truth is that he had more to say about how the republicans are having such a hard time getting bills past the democrats in the Senate. He complained about Harry Reid and how his agenda was in the way of the house republicans’ efforts. He told us all that the media will not publish or comment on their press releases. Another excuse was that the media is focused on the republican candidates as they all tear each other apart. His excuses fell upon unsympathetic ears.

We need and deserve a strong representative in Congress. Steve Chabot is not that person.  Comments from the audience were more on the hostile side than friendly, and rightfully so. Congressman Chabot heard complaints about his voting record and his inability to get the message out to the people about what he is doing in Washington.

I asked him about the campaign signs I saw all over town in the fall of 2010 with his name and the slogan “Stop the Spending” and why the GOP led house has increased our national debt in just the last ten months, over $1 trillion in new spending. Again his excuse was that the White House and the Senate has blocked their efforts to get things done.  I agree that they have some high hurdles, but our economy, security and freedoms are riding on their efforts which are falling far short of expectations.

I told him that they need to stop letting the press be their mouthpiece by using press releases and go to the news media themselves and give their own time with an interview so that they can report first hand about the direction our country needs to go. I’m sure any local station in town would jump at the chance to have their congressional rep. as the headliner on the 6 pm news.

The stakes are to high and time is running out (if you consider what this country has become in the past several years) for our elected officials to conduct their business as they have done in the past.

The game is changing, and changing fast.  Is Steve Chabot up to the task?  Does he get it?

Please contact Steve Chabot with your thoughts:

Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01)

2351 Rayburn House Office Building

Office: 202-225-2216

Chabot.house.gov

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