The next Whitley County Patriots meeting will be Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of The Nazarene, 506 N. Main St. Columbia City.
We will promptly begin viewing the movie, “Runaway Slave” at 7:15. Come and watch as we travel a New Underground Railroad and discover why dependency on big government programs are destroying America for all races.
Mr. Emery McClendon, who is featured in the movie, will host this public event. Please come and learn!
The Whitley County Patriots will host their next meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 at The Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., Columbia City.
This meeting will be an opportunity to learn all the ”ins & outs” of contacting local, state, and federal legislators. Several “hot button” issues will be discussed in round table format. By the end of the meeting we will have produced letters ready to be mailed or faxed, Facebook or Twitter messages to send, a submission for the newspaper opinion page, or a clear-cut advertising slogan for a billboard, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, etc.
As always, we welcome the public! Please remember to bring canned food for local food banks.
From The National Review:
In our grubby, unhelpful political lexicon, certain words exist solely to end conversations. The most prominent such word is “racist.” Less popular, but by no means less potent, are “democracy” and “rights.” When welded together as “democratic rights,” the pair becomes all-powerful — strong enough to send grown men spinning for the exits and to render eloquent speakers mute.
For a good example of this principle in motion, witness the orthodox reaction to anyone who calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. (Direct election of senators, if you’re wondering.) Removing this ugly violation from the Constitution it so corrupts is an idea that has long lingered on the fringe (there’s another of those conversation-terminating words) and, until the massive expansion of federal power that marked the past decade and woke up the sleeping libertarians, it seemed destined to remain there in perpetuity. Even now, to declare in public that you think the whole of 1913 was one long, ghastly mistake is to be looked at as if you have just announced that the United States should consider restoring the British monarchy.
Read the rest at The National Review.
Southern Poverty Law Center Chronicles ‘Explosive’ Rise in Radical Anti-Government ‘Patriot Movement’
From The Blaze:
The number of radical anti-government “Patriot” and militia groups in the U.S. soared to an all-time high last year, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The “Patriot movement,” according to the organization, “believes that the federal government is conspiring to take Americans’ guns and destroy their liberties as it paves the way for a global ‘one-world government.’”
The Southern Poverty Law Center — a left-leaning nonprofit that monitors groups it deems hateful and extremist, including the Ku Klux Klan, New Black Panther Party and Aryan Nation — tracked 1,360 such groups in 2012, up from 1,274 in 2011 and a meteoric surge from 149 in 2008.
That rise, according to the center, is due to the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president and anger over the economic downturn, and is likely to continue with the White House-led push for more gun control.
“We are seeing a real and rising threat of domestic terrorism as the number of far-right anti-government groups continues to grow at an astounding pace,” Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the center and the author of the report, said in a statement. “It is critically important that the country take this threat seriously. The potential for deadly violence is real, and clearly rising.”
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Tuesday, the center asked for a government task force to assess the situation, likening it to the period before the 1995 Oklahoma City domestic terror bombing.
“As in the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, we now also are seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns,” the letter stated. “Because of the looming dangers, we urge you to establish an interagency task force to assess the adequacy of resources devoted to responding to the growing threat of non-Islamic domestic terrorism.”
Read the rest at The Blaze.
From The Ulsterman Report:
Despite his repeated attempts to paint himself as a Second Amendment moderate, Barack Obama has a consistent history of being one who feels private citizens have NO right to own a gun. Period. And where was the Mainstream Media in vetting Barack Obama on this important issue prior to his being voted in as President of the United States – TWICE? Does anyone think Barack Obama would ever have won a national election if he had come out and admitted his true feelings regarding the Second Amendment? Hell no…
Read the rest at The Ulsterman Report.
From Big Government:
Congrats to Sen. Rand Paul for highlighting an important issue by using his prerogative as a U.S. senator to launch a good, old-fashioned filibuster on John Brennan’s nomination for CIA director.
As I’ve written previously, it seemed earlier that he might be off on a couple of points of constitutional law. In the rarest of circumstances, a President has power, under Article II of the Constitution, to launch a military strike on American soil—but only if that American citizen has taken up arms against his country and poses an imminent threat to American lives. He must be, legally, a military target. And it must be a situation so urgent—a Jack Bauer-type scene from 24—that there isn’t even time for federal agents to get into place to capture the terrorist.
But his overall point is correct: We are witnessing repeated power grabs by an Imperial President. And he is correct that, when non-combatants are involved (American citizens who may sympathize with terrorists but are not involved in actual or imminent attacks on our fellow citizens or homeland) the Bill of Rights applies with full force, and no President can step outside the court system under those circumstances.
But it’s different where combatants are concerned. A man who takes up arms against this country—not as a criminal but as a warrior—becomes a military target if, and only if, he is actually engaged in operations against America.
Last night, Paul made follow-up comments suggesting that, if the U.S. citizen in question actually posed an imminent threat to American lives, a President could take whatever actions were necessary to stop him. If so, we’re all on the same side of this debate.
It also must be noted that it’s hard to conceive of how such an imminent threat could happen on American soil. It happens in James Bond movies, but unless the traitor has a remote-controlled guided missile, he must approach some populated area before he can cause harm. If he’s close enough to set off a bomb, he’s probably close enough for police and federal agents to intercept him.
But enough people are supporting Rand Paul that it’s important to pick out a couple points on the margins. Most of what Paul is saying is right, but it’s worth noting where he’s saying something that many of his supporters are not, or saying something that’s wrong.
First, Paul acknowledged that the military can act in a war zone, and that we’re in war zones overseas. Some of Paul’s supporters are holding onto the idea that there has not been a legal war since World War II, and that both wars in the past quarter-century (in Iraq and Afghanistan) are unconstitutional.
Evidently, Paul disagrees (and rightly so), since a war zone only exists in a war. Not only that, but Paul sponsored legislation to de-authorize the war overseas. To end a war means that there is one currently underway, and to attempt to rescind Congress’ authorization for war means that Congress had previously authorized war, pursuant to the Declare War Clause of the Constitution.
Second, Paul said today, “I personally don’t think it would be very hard to try someone for treason.” Actually, it is extremely hard to convict someone of treason. The Constitution requires two eyewitness to the treasonous act. If you have an American-born terrorist in a foreign land, like Anwar Al-Awlaki who was hiding in Yemen and launching terrorist attacks, we could go for many years and never have eyewitnesses.
Sometimes traitors cannot be successfully convicted of treason and, ironically, it’s for a reason Rand Paul supports. It’s so no President could even try to get his political opponents convicted of treason as a trumped up charge. You must have people who actually saw the traitor take up arms against this country or directly aid those who did.
Third, Paul also referenced people who “denounced their citizenship” still deserving all the constitutional protections. Although many rights extend to all persons, whether citizens or foreigners, the United States can deal with enemies who are not citizens in a much deadlier fashion than citizens.
If someone has denounced their citizenship, then they are no longer American. It’s unclear from his comments whether Paul realizes that, or perhaps merely mispoke. It’s likewise unclear whether he recognizes the distinction between military operations and law enforcement, and between domestic and foreign operations. We’ll probably learn those things in the coming days.
But one of his points is so true it bears repeating: How do we end this war? Is this perpetual war, covering the entire globe? The Constitution gives Presidents broad powers to win a war. The idea of Presidents permanently claiming this power against an undefined enemy and then exerting those powers on our home soil is a profoundly disturbing thought — one that can endanger liberty itself for all Americans.
I’m not sure any of us know the perfect way out of that situation, though I’m sure we’re going to debate our options.
And that’s because Rand Paul was willing to actually follow through with a filibuster, and because many other senators committed to the Constitution—including other young and recent additions to the Senate, like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz—are backing that play as well.
So the Senate might have moved a step back in the direction of deserving the title of the world’s greatest deliberative body.
From The Heritage Foundation:
Benghazi is back in the news with the arrest of a suspect Thursday being held in Libya. This could spur Congress to renew efforts to shine light on the attack on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012.
Wounded survivors of the terrorist attack, however, are still under wraps. As reported by The Hill newspaper, Senators are applying pressure again. One option is to subpoena the survivors; another is to hold up confirmation for the new ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, who would replace murdered U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Such tactics were semi-successfully used on the confirmations of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and director of Central Intelligence John Brennan. While both men were eventually confirmed by the Senate, the tactics did result in the White House shedding slightly more light on the events of that fateful night and its befuddled media aftermath. Tons more questions remain, though, that have not been answered in the two official reports nor in the several House and Senate Benghazi hearings.
Even though a reported 30 survivors have received treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, and some remain hospitalized more than six months after the tragedy, the media have failed to locate even one for an interview, and Members of Congress have been unable to call them to testify.
In a letter dated March 1, Representatives Frank Wolf (R–VA) and Jim Gerlach (R–PA) demanded names and contact information for each survivor, some State Department employees, and some CIA contractors to make it possible to contact them. Wolfe’s argument is that the survivors should not just be questioned but also publicly acknowledged for their bravery that night in September. “We should be honoring them,” Wolf said. “We should be thanking them.”
Subsequent to this letter, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that he had visited a survivor located at Walter Reed, which, as far as we know, is at least more than his predecessor Hillary Clinton ever did.
Questions that remain unanswered include the reason for the Benghazi consulate’s existence, the rationale for the consulate’s lack of security in the face of such obvious terrorist threats, and the roots of the Administration’s failure to come to the aid of Americans under attack.
The survivors of Benghazi certainly have knowledge that is relevant and possibly incriminating and should have the opportunity to tell what they know.
From Big Government:
Speaking on March 27, Vice President Joe Biden said the current push for ”assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazine bans are “just the beginning.”
Biden’s comments came during a conference call put together by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
During this same call, the vice president intimated that semi-automatic weapons are “weapons of war.” Biden quoted sources saying that people who wanted to use semi-autos “should join the United States military.”
Biden’s position is supported by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who says that despite polls showing that she and Biden are on the wrong side of the gun rights debate, “whatever passes in Congress now will not be the end of the day for [gun control].”
Pelosi said if the ban on “assault weapons” fails to pass, as it looks like it will, that simply provides greater motivation “for Congress to approve strong legislation on universal background checks.”
“This is a very big deal for the public… [so] we have to go forward as boldly as we possibly can,” she said.
Folks, we’ve decided to cancel tonight’s meeting due to the snowstorm.
Our next meeting will be April 2nd.
Our March 2013 Meeting is on March 5th at 7:00 PM, at the Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main, Columbia City.
–WEATHER ALERT– 6-8 inches of snow are forecast for meeting time…please check this website and your email for updates. I’ll try to get a cancellation on WOWO and local TV stations as well. At this time, we are proceeding with the meeting.
This month, we’ll provide an update regarding the creation of the Northern Indiana Citizens’ Coalition, an effort to join forces with other like-minded groups to increase our effectiveness.
We’ll also have workshops on the following issues:
- 2nd Amendment Gun Rights
- Obamacare and Entitlements
- Sanctity of Life and Marriage
- Education and Indoctrination
Each workshop will focus on how Whitley County Patriots can be most effective in the specified areas.
See you there!