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February Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the weather, tonight’s meeting is CANCELLED. 

Our next meeting will be at the Nazarene Curch at 7:00 PM, March 1, 2011.

REMINDER! Regular meeting is August 10, plus SPECIAL MEETING in Churubusco!

Our regular meeting, normally on the first Tuesday of each month has been RESCHEDULED to next Tuesday, August 10, at the Nazarene Church, due to Vacation Bible Study activities at the church.

Also,  there was a SPECIAL MEETING on August 3 at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse in Churubusco.  We hope this outreach to Busco has helped to get the People engaged to support  returning to a limited govenment as the Founders intended.

Regular Meeting — July 6 at 7 PM

A patriotic theme is planned for the Whitley County Patriots meeting Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main Street, Columbia City.

Highlighting the program will be Emery McClendon, an Air Force veteran from Fort Wayne, who has gained recognition across Indiana and nationally for his support of military men and women and his love for the Constitution and the values of the founding fathers.

McClendon was a Tea Party organizer in Fort Wayne and since has participated in countless Tea Parties, town halls, rallies and other patriotic causes.

“I believe that speaking at these events is a way to help show citizens how important it is to save our Constitution and our Republic,” says McClendon.

A life member of the Disabled American Veterans, he founded Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day ( in 2004 as a way for people in communities nationwide to honor and show appreciation for our troops, veterans, and retired military live over two-way radio.

ARMAD led McClendon to involvement with other military support groups. He has been active with Families United for Our Troops and that mission, Vets For Freedom, The U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute and Americans For Prosperity.
His involvement with patriotic volunteer work began soon after he helped with two-way amateur radio communications at the Glenn Beck “Rally for The Troops” in Fort Wayne and with the national Glenn Beck Rally in Huntington, West Virginia.
McClendon became involved in the Tea Party movement through blog talk radio during the first Tea Party by helping broadcast the event and having live updates from various locations around the country streamed over blog talk radio.
Also contributing to the patriotic theme will be a presentation about the Declaration of Independence by Terry Smith.

Those attending will have an opportunity to add their own signatures to a copy of the document and to obtain a copy of The Tea Party Declaration of Independence.

A new feature of the Patriot meetings will be a random drawing for five free car washes from names previously registered. The drawings are possible because of a substantial donation to the Patriots by Adam Anderson of Andy’s Car Wash.

Regular Meeting — July 6 at 7:00 PM

The next regular meeting of the Whitley County Patriots weill be July 6 at 7:00 PM  The meeting is held at the Curch of the Nazarene, 506 North Main St., Columbia City.

The guest speaker will be Emery McClendon. 

The public is welcome, so bring your friends and neighbors!

Next Meeting — June 1 at 7:00 PM

Fair Tax will be a topic covered at the Whitley County Patriots, meeting on Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Church of The Nazarene.
The speaker will be Dave Armstrong, a Fair Tax director who has studied the tax plan for five years and has been actively promoting it as a volunteer for the past 14 months.
“I am a 62-year-old salesman for a large global plastics manufacturer,” says Armstrong. “I have an engineering background and a gift for gab. I’m nothing special, just an average American who wants his country back.”
Armstrong sees the Fair Tax as possibly the last chance to save the nation from socialism. He notes when the Fair Tax is collected at the cash register there is little, if any, opportunity for avoidance or corruption or manipulation.
Tax contributions would come from everyone who buys anything at retail in America, a much wider tax resource that requires no reporting by the consumer.
“Using taxes and the IRS to control citizen behavior or punish certain social groups would not exist,” says Armstrong.
“It’s easy for politicians to spend more when they have the power to tax more,” he said.
“Fair Tax takes direct taxation of citizens out of the politician’s hands and begins the process to repeal the 16th Amendment,” Armstrong adds.
Armstrong said Fair Tax repeals all taxes on productivity. Americans would have the freedom to choose how much tax they pay by what and how much they buy, and businesses would be freed of tax compliance costs and excessive paperwork.
Proponents say the result would be: more money in the citizen’s pocket, little if any change in the price of goods and services, lower cost of exported products, rapid and sustained economic growth,  substantial investment in manufacturing in America, and lower unemployment which will spur higher wages.
Armstrong says the FairTax is fair, simple, efficient, transparent and revenue neutral. He said it reduces the size of goverment, removes Social Security and Medicare from the threat of bankrupcy, terminates the IRS,  returns power back to the States and “we the people” and would drastically changes politics for the better.
The June 1 meeting also will include a presentation by Terry Smith about the history of Memorial Day.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.
The Church of the Nazarene is located at 506 North Main Street in Columbia City.

Regular Meeting — May 4

Be sure to join us at our monthly meeting May 4, at the Church of The Nazarene, 506 North Main Street, in Columbia City.

As the election returns come in on Tuesday, May 4, the Whitley County Patriots will be gathered and watching.

During their meeting that night at 7 p.m. at the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main Street, Patriots webmaster David Ditton plans to project the election results for attendees to view throughout the evening.

A major topic of discussion will be the federal government’s push for adoption of Cap & Trade legislation. Roger Metzger will discuss the stated objectives of the legislation and cite various sources about how it will place new cost burdens on business, industry and ordinary citizens.

“Proponents suggest this measure will improve the environment and create ‘green’ jobs, but a lot of nongovernment analysts say the clean air results will be insignificant,” says Metzger.  “While more than 30 thousand scientists have dismissed the claims that man is responsible for climate change, our two absentee Indiana senators have said they believe humans are to blame and are ‘evaluating all of the evidence’ before taking a stand,” Metzger continued. “Never mind that the global warming house of cards has collapsed, they are among many of our elected representatives in Washington who are deaf to that fact.”  The most significant effect of the cap and trade bill would be felt in individual households, notes Metzger.

Indiana Representative Mike Pence has said the direct cost per Indiana household would be at least $3,000 a year, according to Metzger. Others, he said, have projected it could be twice that amount.

Another event during the Patriots’ meeting will be recognition of four poster contest winners from the Tax Day TEA Party event April 15 at the Blue River Bridge and on the courthouse square.

Attendees also will hear remarks about a nullification declaration document which urges state officials to uphold Constitutional state’s rights issues as they are usurped by the federal government. The document will be available for signatures during the evening.

The Whitley County Patriots whose schedules permit will be encouraged to attend the National Day of Prayer ceremony on Thursday, May 6, at noon at the courthouse gazebo.

All interested citizens of the community are invited to the Patriots’ monthly meetings.

Who Among Us is a Patriot?

From an anonymous Whitley County Patriot: (This was read at the April 6 meeting…)

Who among us is a Patriot?  Personally, I have always considered myself a patriot.

I love my country.  I grew up in a time when we learned in school to honor the foresight…the sacrifice…and the iron will of our Founding Fathers.  Much of what I studied told of their Christian faith in building this country of ours.  And, I have always had deep respect and appreciation for our military.  Still…I’ve often times felt a little unsure about publicly claiming the name patriot … feeling…unworthy, I guess.

For me, personally…I have not suffered … I have not sacrificed … I’ve not put my life on the line for America as some in this room have.  I am so humbled by those early Patriots.

You’ve no doubt heard what our Continental Army endured at Valley Forge.  General George Washington once said, “You might have tracked the army from White Marsh to Valley Forge by the blood of their feet.”

Washington regularly implored his countrymen for support of the Army. The troops lacked all sorts of critical supplies…from shoes and clothes…to food and blankets.  Men cut cloth strips to wrap around their feet in place of shoes.  They slept sitting up by campfires for lack of warm bedrolls.  Sickness and disease were rampant.  As many as one-third of Washington’s men were said to be so sick they were unfit for duty.

“You might have tracked the army from White Marsh to Valley Forge by the blood of their feet.”

Eventually, in early 1778, food shortages forced all of the soldiers on half-rations and their horses were dying for lack of forage.  Circumstances became so dire that Washington wrote to the Continental Congress saying, “Unless the situation changes the army will starve, dissolve or disperse.”  We know, however…those brave men prevailed.

Valley Forge came to symbolize the heroism of the American revolutionaries.

What manner of men were those Patriots?  A glimpse into their character comes from the 1842 book, “Life of Washington.”

An anecdote of [General Francis] Marion will serve to show his truly patriotic motives for enduring…with patient fortitude…the dangers and sufferings to which he was exposed.

An English officer was sent to him to make some proposals for an exchange of prisoners; he received the officer with civility, and after they had settled the business on which he came, Marion invited him to stay and take dinner with him.  At the name of dinner, the officer felt surprised; for on looking round, he saw no appearance of any provisions, nor of any place for preparing food.  A few sun burnt militiamen were sitting on some old tree stumps, with their powderhorns lying beside them, and Marion looked as if he had suffered from hunger.  The officer said he would accept his invitation; feeling curious, no doubt, to know where the dinner was to come from. 

“Well, Tom,” said Marion to one of his men, “come, give us our dinner.” 

Tom took a pine stick, and with it drew out some sweet potatoes, from a heap of ashes, under which they had been placed to be roasted.  He cleaned them first by blowing the ashes from them with his breath, and then by wiping them with the sleeve of his homespun shirt; and piling them on a piece of bark, he placed them between the English officer and Marion, on the trunk of the fallen pine tree on which they sat.  The officer took one of the potatoes, and while he was eating it, began to laugh heartily.  Marion looked surprised.

“Excuse me,” said the officer, “but I was thinking how drolly some of my brother officers would look, if their government was to provide them with such dinners.  But, no doubt, in general, you fare better?”  “Rather worse,” replied Marion, “for often we have not enough potatoes to satisfy our hunger.”  “Then, no doubt, though you are stinted in provisions, you draw good pay,” said the officer.  “Not one cent,” replied Marion.  “Then I do not see,” said the officer, “how you can stand it.”  “These things depend on feeling,” said Marion, “and I am happy.  I would rather fight to obtain the blessing of freedom for my country, and feed on roots, than desert the cause and gain all the luxuries that [King] Solomon owned.”

When the officer returned to his commander, he was asked why he looked so serious.  “I have cause, sir, to look so,” was his reply.  “Why,” said his commander, in alarm, “has Washington defeated Sir Henry Clinton?”  “No, sir; but more than that.  I have seen an American general and his men without pay… and almost without clothes, living upon roots, and drinking [only] water, and all for liberty.  What chance have we against such men?”

So, Patriots…do not take the title lightly.  It is a heritage to uphold … today we face a battle neither easy nor brief … we must persevere. 

For those Patriots past … for generations to come … we must be worthy of the title … we must win!

Regular Meeting — April 6 — Guest: Peter Heck

“Taking Our Country Back” will be the topic of featured speaker Peter Heck for the next meeting of The Whitley County Patriots.

A Kokomo resident, Heck is a high school government and history teacher, public speaker, radio talk show host and columnist.

His presentation will be at the Patriots’ meeting Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.

Increasingly popular as a TEA Party/Patriots speaker, Heck has addressed groups across the state ranging from Lake County in the north to Vanderburgh County in the southern tip. He also has done one of three different four-part speaking series at 30 Indiana churches on the themes of America’s Foundation of Faith, the Godly heritage of the country; Pillars of the Faith, evidence behind Christian belief; and The Unmentionables, Christian response to four major social issues of our time.

The Peter Heck Radio Show debuted in the summer of 2004 on 1350AM, WIOU, in Kokomo, and is streamed live on the Internet every weekday and is heard around the United States on nearly 200 radio stations, courtesy of the American Family Radio Network.

Heck’s opinion columns are published in several newspapers across Indiana and last year the online news site began publishing his columns regularly. They also have appeared on WorldNetDaily and, through Internet syndication, have been read by millions across the nation and the world.

He graduated cum laude from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in both social studies education and political science. Compiling a perfect academic record, he earned his masters degree in political science from Ball State University in 2007.

Since 2001, Heck has been a public high school teacher of American government and American history.  In 2005 he was the Veterans of Foreign Wars Regional Teacher of the Year and state runner-up and in 2008 was named the General James A. Cox Daughters of the American Revolution District Teacher of the Year for outstanding contributions in secondary education.

Peter and his wife Jenny are parents of a daughter, Addison.

Good WCP write-up in Talk of the Town WC

From Talk of the Town Whitley County:

On Tuesday, the Whitley County Patriots met at the Columbia City America Legion where they welcomed Cindy Gamrat of the Huntington County TEA Party.
Gamrat spoke about the TEA Party/Patriot movement — with 130 local residents in attendance.
“About one year ago I was frustrated with the direction the country was heading and wanted to go to a TEA Party,” says Gamrat. “I saw there was not one scheduled on tax day, April 15, 2009, in Huntington and felt the citizens of Huntington would be missing out on a chance to have their voices heard. So, I prayed about it and decided to hold one in Huntington.”
Gamrat talked with friends, learned they felt the same way, and they worked to stage a well-attended TEA Party on the courthouse square in Huntington.

Read the entire article HERE.

Dr. Richard Leo’s Reading List

I have added a page for the reading list that Dr. Richard Leo presented at the March meeting…

Click Here to visit the page.

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