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UPDATE — January 2014 Meeting — ObamaCare and YOU — PART 1

Our next three meetings will feature ObamaCare and YOU:

  • January — ObamaCare and Your Healthcare
  • February — ObamaCare and Your Money
  • March — ObamaCare and What You Can Do About It

Feeling perplexed by all the changes being made to your health insurance through “ObamaCare” (a.k.a. Affordable Care Act)?
Are you apprehensive about how the Affordable Care Act will impact you and your loved ones?
Then plan to attend the next Whitley County Patriots meeting on Tuesday, January 14th.
Several healthcare professionals will be on hand to explain how this law will effect your healthcare options and to answer your questions.

Our meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of The Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., Columbia City.
The public is welcome to attend.

Liberal Journalists Don’t Understand Recall Elections

The rise in the use of the recall procedure to un-elect state law makers was the subject of a recent op-ed piece written by the Washington Post Editorial Board and reprinted in The Journal Gazette on 19 Sep 13.  The ox being gored was the recall of two Democrats in Colorado who voted for new gun control legislation.

The Washington Post, and by inference The Journal Gazette, believes that the recall procedure should only be used against those elected officials guilty of “malfeasance” and not for those politicians whose vote was corrupted by the system.  This argument has no merit.  If a politician is guilty of malfeasance, he or she would no doubt be criminally prosecuted and removed from office by law, not by recall.

The editorial board then threw in a red herring by comparing American recall procedure with the parliamentary “no confidence vote.”  But the parliamentary procedure is more like our impeachment procedure in which elected officials bring charges against elected officials.  The voters are not involved in the “no confidence vote” as they are in the recall procedure.

However, what troubled me most about the opinion of these pundits was their description of the proper role of an elected representative. They stated that the American system of government is “premised on the notion that voters entrust their representatives to act with deliberation and independence.”  In other words, when they get to Washington or the state capitol, they become immune from the voter and are no longer responsible to the voter.  They become smarter and more knowledgeable than their constituents. They become rulers by divine right of God.

Well, I want to remind the high and mighty editors that we fought the Revolutionary War over who had the right to make laws governing us.  From the words in the Declaration of Independence, “That to secure these rights [of Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness] Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed.”

 Democrats in Colorado governed in the absence of the consent of those they would govern.  Coloradans did not want gun control.  Democrat politicians forced it upon the governed. This time the governed fought back and took them out of office.

The same happened in Washington in 2010 with respect to Obamacare and all the other crap that was going on between Reid and Obama.  The same happened in Wisconsin where the majority of the people voiced their consent to being governed by Scot Walker over the opposition of labor unions.

My representatives and senators in Washington and in Indianapolis are no smarter than the average person in their districts.  We have some politicians around Northeastern Indiana who do represent us as reflected in their votes.  We have some who don’t.  If Indiana had recall, I would consider using it against those who don’t.

How will they vote on defunding Obamacare?  How will they vote on Common Core?  How will they vote on same sex marriage?  Do we need another revolutionary war to remind our politicians that they are elected to represent us and not the editors of the Washington Post?  Neither the editors of the Washington Post nor the editors of The Journal Gazette speak for the majority of people on most issues.

Terry L. Smith

Obama’s War on Coal – And Your Wallet

From Absolute Rights:

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between President Obama’s policies — largely inflicted through the unelected bureaucracy with little if any input from Congress — and sheer malice. For example, the War on Coal, which he is waging through the ideologically deranged EPA, is killing jobs and raising the cost of not only energy but everything else you buy with no discernable benefit to anyone.

Read the rest at Absolute Rights.

When Good People are Disarmed, BAD THINGS HAPPEN!

NOTE:  I am republishing the following article from June…the billboard is still in place.

We have placed a message on our billboard on US Highway 30 just west of Larwill:

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“…the Right to Keep and Bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”  Why is this so hard to understand?

The Founders wrote this Amendment to allow the People to protect their own life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

There are countless examples in history of governments and authorities registering weapons, confiscating weapons, and killing thousands and millions of their SUBJECTS in attempts to gain or retain their power.  The plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany is just one glaring example.

For a list of these genocides during the 20th Century, click on this link –> Genocide Chart related to Gun Control

If you think “this can’t happen here…etc”, you need to read your history.  The most extreme example of bad things happening to good people while disarmed is pre-Civil War American slavery.  Before you cry “RAAACIST!” all over this statement, please ponder the following fact:

AN ARMED PERSON IS NOT A SLAVE.  EVER.

If you think that American gun control laws are “safety measures”, “for the children”, or because “normal people don’t need guns”, think about this:

The US Senator who penned the 1968 Gun Control Act OWNED A COPY of the Nazi Germany Weapons Law, and used it as a blueprint for the 1968 US Law.
Source — JPFO.org – Gun Control’s Nazi Connection

The recent push for new gun control laws is unprecedented and disgusting.  For months, Americans were subjected to daily parades of the Sandy Hook victims’ families by the national media in a blatant attempt to sway public opinion on the subject.  Fearful Americans did the opposite of the Government’s wishes by buying guns by the truckload.  Government agencies let purchase orders for BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition, attempting (and succeeding, for the most part) in restricting the availability of ammo for the guns that Americans already own.

The IRS has been targeting groups and individuals for their political beliefs.  This is just an indication of an out-of-control Government.

The Obama Administration allowed 4 Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, to be MURDERED in Benghazi, while our Armed Forces were given orders to STAND DOWN.  No military officer that made it through basic training could ever give that order.  We don’t leave Americans behind, EVER.  The very concept is highly offensive to American military officers.  That order must have been issued by a civilian without military training.  This is an indication of a Government who is willing to LET AMERICANS DIE to cover up the truth.

Now, we learn what some have suspected for many years…the Government is collecting MASSIVE amounts of data on Americans.  This data can be used to reconstruct the daily activities of any American that this Government wishes to target.

The Founders gave us the answer we need for times like these.  This Government is owned by WE THE PEOPLE, not by the bureaucrats and elected officials.  This Government needs to FEAR THE PEOPLE, not the people fearing the IRS, NSA, EPA, and the rest of the alphabet soup that is our out-of-control, overspending, overtaxing, and over-regulating Federal Government.  Gun control is about CONTROL.  Whoever controls the guns controls EVERYTHING.

The Second Amendment provides us personal freedom, liberty, and security at the ground level, which is a task that at which no government can succeed.  It is the glue that holds our American way of life together.  Without the Second Amendment, the rest of our Founding Documents are nothing but pieces of paper to be burned at the stake (or in the ovens) in our hands as we succumb to tyranny.

Please direct all media inquiries to billboard@whitleycountypatriots.org.
If you would like to support this and other activities of the Whitley County Patriots, free-will donations are collected at each meeting, or you may inquire via email.

 

When Good People are Disarmed, BAD THINGS HAPPEN! New Billboard for WCP

We have placed a new message on our billboard on US Highway 30 just west of Larwill:

12x36 opt 3

“…the Right to Keep and Bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”  Why is this so hard to understand?

The Founders wrote this Amendment to allow the People to protect their own life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

There are countless examples in history of governments and authorities registering weapons, confiscating weapons, and killing thousands and millions of their SUBJECTS in attempts to gain or retain their power.  The plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany is just one glaring example.

For a list of these genocides during the 20th Century, click on this link –> Genocide Chart related to Gun Control

If you think “this can’t happen here…etc”, you need to read your history.  The most extreme example of bad things happening to good people while disarmed is pre-Civil War American slavery.  Before you cry “RAAACIST!” all over this statement, please ponder the following fact:

AN ARMED PERSON IS NOT A SLAVE.  EVER.

If you think that American gun control laws are “safety measures”, “for the children”, or because “normal people don’t need guns”, think about this:

The US Senator who penned the 1968 Gun Control Act OWNED A COPY of the Nazi Germany Weapons Law, and used it as a blueprint for the 1968 US Law.
Source — JPFO.org – Gun Control’s Nazi Connection

The recent push for new gun control laws is unprecedented and disgusting.  For months, Americans were subjected to daily parades of the Sandy Hook victims’ families by the national media in a blatant attempt to sway public opinion on the subject.  Fearful Americans did the opposite of the Government’s wishes by buying guns by the truckload.  Government agencies let purchase orders for BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition, attempting (and succeeding, for the most part) in restricting the availability of ammo for the guns that Americans already own.

The IRS has been targeting groups and individuals for their political beliefs.  This is just an indication of an out-of-control Government.

The Obama Administration allowed 4 Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, to be MURDERED in Benghazi, while our Armed Forces were given orders to STAND DOWN.  No military officer that made it through basic training could ever give that order.  We don’t leave Americans behind, EVER.  The very concept is highly offensive to American military officers.  That order must have been issued by a civilian without military training.  This is an indication of a Government who is willing to LET AMERICANS DIE to cover up the truth.

Now, we learn what some have suspected for many years…the Government is collecting MASSIVE amounts of data on Americans.  This data can be used to reconstruct the daily activities of any American that this Government wishes to target.

The Founders gave us the answer we need for times like these.  This Government is owned by WE THE PEOPLE, not by the bureaucrats and elected officials.  This Government needs to FEAR THE PEOPLE, not the people fearing the IRS, NSA, EPA, and the rest of the alphabet soup that is our out-of-control, overspending, overtaxing, and over-regulating Federal Government.  Gun control is about CONTROL.  Whoever controls the guns controls EVERYTHING.

The Second Amendment provides us personal freedom, liberty, and security at the ground level, which is a task that at which no government can succeed.  It is the glue that holds our American way of life together.  Without the Second Amendment, the rest of our Founding Documents are nothing but pieces of paper to be burned at the stake (or in the ovens) in our hands as we succumb to tyranny.

Please direct all media inquiries to billboard@whitleycountypatriots.org.
If you would like to support this and other activities of the Whitley County Patriots, free-will donations are collected at each meeting, or you may inquire via email.

 

Repeal the 17th Amendment!

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.

Providing what may be the Platonic ideal of such dismissals, Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald reacted to the renewed interest by declaring in 2012 that, because any increase of democracy was “unquestionably positive,” any modifications were tantamount to “doing away with rights.” America, “we’re told from a young age, is all about democracy,” Seitz-Wald wrote, “and democracy is all about choosing whom you want to be your representative and holding them accountable.” This, he added, “seems like an entirely uncontroversial idea.” I cannot account for Mr. Seitz-Wald’s grasp of America’s history, beyond saying that if he has indeed been told “from a young age” that America is “all about democracy,” then he must be forgiven for believing it. Still, whatever his schools might have told him, the United States is not in fact a democracy but a constitutional republic, and her virtues lie as much in her undemocratic institutions as in her ample provisions for self-rule — more, perhaps.

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.”

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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.

Barack Obama: “People Should Not Be Able To Own Guns”

From The Ulsterman Report:

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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.

Rand Paul’s Filibuster, the Constitution, and National Security

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.

Biden: Current Gun Control Push ‘Just the Beginning’

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.

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