September 4th Meeting Review

The September 4th Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting heard from Jeremiah Martin about the relatively new veteran organization, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA).  Jeremiah explained that the organization seeks to promote greater involvement of veterans with the legislative process, to help veterans hold their officials accountable; to stand for the freedom and prosperity they stood for during their time in service and continue to do so after they are home.  Jeremiah said that sadly that veterans between the ages of 18-30 are too often not registered to vote.

The issue of the VA hospital scandals is a vital time for veterans to speak out and CVA hopes to help activate veterans to do just that.  The fact is that no one in the VA hospital administration has been fired and hearings are on going.  Whistleblowers are coming forth with even more damning accusations, but the VA still appears to be trying to shield their own.  New legislation passed in the House is supposed to allow veterans to see a local doctor under certain conditions and make it easier to fire a government official who is not performing their duties, but whether this law has the teeth to actually do something is uncertain.  The bottom line is that the Veterans Administration needs real leadership and real reform and CVA plans to be there to see that it happens.

Go to ConcernedVeteransforAmerica.org for more details about this worthwhile organization.

 

Common Core–What’s A Parent To Do?

The new school year is set to begin and the math and English standards known as Common Core are to be fully implemented–against the wishes of many Ohioans parents and taxpayers.  For years, since the nationalized standards were quietly accepted by cash-strapped state education boards across the nation (in most cases, literally sight unseen), conservative think tanks like The Hertiage Foundation and Family Research Council and conservative education groups like Truth in Education (to name only a few) have decried the nationalization of K-12 public education.  The dangers of Common Core as another government takeover has been plainly stated by the Republican National Committee. 

So why do most of our local school officials continue to support or at least refuse to oppose the “philosophy” of Common Core?  Superintendent Horner stated in a recent op-ed in the Wapakoneta Daily News that “from a national perspective, billions of dollars were spent on materials, equipment and supplies to support this initiative (Common Core)”.  Clearly this is the case with the schools in Auglaize County as far as time and money already spent to accommodate the wishes of the OH State Board of Education.  Mr. Horner also dispenses with the myth of so-called “local control” of Ohio’s public education by stating “if we (school administrators) are held to a particular standard and we need to teach to a particular standards, the curriculum we use to get there is certainly important and may be somewhat flexible, but does not constitute local control over what standard is taught and to what level it is taught.”  In other words, school districts may still have some ability to tweak the curriculum of how standards are taught, but in the case of the copyrighted Common Core, this “wiggle room” is narrow in deed.  It also said that school districts have the right to simply say No, thank you to these standards (and at least one brave school district in Ohio has, in fact, done this), but then what would happen to the necessary federal and state funds expected by the schools? and if the assessments are Common Core based, how will the students do if they have not been subjected to the teaching methods of Common Core?

According to Mr. Horner, “there is enough research in education that we know what works”, but he fails to say what exactly that is.  I am not an educator, but I would contend that our children deserve a strong foundation in the fundamentals in K-5, not complicated and confusing math “methods” better received (mentally) at higher levels or in English the loss of literature in favor of “informational, non-fiction” texts.

Mr. Horner is absolutely correct when he says that children “thrive on consistency and stability” and that we need to “de-politicize our educational process”, but I cannot agree with accepting the deeply flawed Common Core standards for the sake of consistency and I believe that routing out government intervention (whether it is No Child Left Behind or Race to the Top) is hopefully what HB 597 will do for Ohio. Oklahoma and South Carolina have already led the way in repealing Common Core, Ohio needs to follow.

G. K. Chesterton said, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

Auglaize Co. Patriots at the Fair

Auglaize Co. Patriots fair booth

Auglaize Co. Patriots fair booth

The August meeting for the Auglaize Co. Patriots took place at our booth at the Auglaize Co. Fair, which closed last Saturday.  During the fair week, the flow of fair attendees was slow, but steady and Patriots handed out over 250 website magnets and updated brochures to raise awareness of our meetings.  Distributing information about Common Core was also a major focus again this year and many concerned people signed up to receive Common Core yard signs.

A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who worked in the booth to make it a successful outreach for conservative principles.

Constitution at a Glance display

Constitution at a Glance display

Founding Documents display

Founding Documents display

Common Core information

Common Core information

2014 Election Candidates

2014 Election Candidates

Current issues display

Current issues display

Summer Schedule for Auglaize Co. Patriots

Everyone is busy with summer activities and the Auglaize Co. Patriots will combine their normal 1st Thursday meetings for July and August by hosting a booth at the Auglaize Co. Fair, July 26-August 3.  We invite everyone to stop by our booth in the Commercial Building (the same area as last year on the north east side) and get updates on current issues, like Common Core, the IRS hearings on targeting the Tea Party, etc.

We also need volunteers to work the booth throughout the week, so whether you have a few hours in the morning (10-1), afternoon (1-5) or evening (5-8), please call Darla Lee at 419-753-2862 to schedule a shift.  This is a great opportunity to talk with fellow citizens about conservative principles and how to get engaged in preserving the liberties that too many Americans take for granted.

Many in Auglaize Co. still do not know about our Patriots group or what we stand for, so Fair week is the perfect time for an introduction.  Let’s make it happen!!!

Reminder:  No meetings on July 3rd and August 7th–see you at the Fair!

 

 

Charlie Earl Talks About Liberty

At the June 5th, Charlie Earl was the invited guest speaker for the Auglaize Co. Patriots.  Mr. Earl was supposed to be the Libertarian candidate for Ohio Governor on the primary ballot, but due to Senate Bill 193, which severely restricted the entrance of 3rd party candidates in the race and an ongoing lawsuit over a technicality concerning his petitions, his name was not included.  He is currently still in litigation to be allowed on the November ballot, but whether the roadblocks will be resolved in time is unknown.

Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is not new to politics.  He served for two terms as a State Representative in the 1980’s along with many familiar names still in the current OH Assembly, like Sen. Faber, Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Jim Buchy.  He decided not to run again, believing that two terms was enough, but he continued with the GOP until he was helping with Pat Toomey’s campaign against Alan Specter in 2004.  He said that when President George W. Bush and Rick Santorum flew in and endorsed Alan Specter, an obvious RINO over a true conservative, that was when he parted ways with the Republican Party.  Charlie still considers himself a Republican, but in the mold of Barry Goldwater.

Today, Charlie is aligned with the Libertarian Party, but not with everything that Libertarians endorse.  He says the main thing is liberty, and specifically about rebuilding liberty with non-agressive policies that doesn’t hurt people or their property.  It is not necessarily small government that is essential, but constitutional governance.  We already have the standard–the Constitution.  Unfortunately, starting with the 17th Amendment, (when Senators were elected by popular vote, instead of appointed by state legislatures) the state’s have increasingly given up their sovereignty and citizens have not been protected from the over-reach of the federal government.  Charlie believes the return of state sovereignty would solve many national problems.  Charlie is a Christian and pro-life, but he said the Libertarian Party generally does not engage in “social issues” and asked why would you trust government, which is mindless, heartless and soulless, to make decisions on moral issues like abortion or gay marriage.  However, if he were to become Governor, the first thing he would do would be to repeal the Medicaid expansion and reject any federal agency or policy which was not in compliance with the Constitution.  As far as Charlie is concerned, any time that government get bigger, (as in Obamacare or Common Core) our liberty gets smaller and it is time for liberty-loving people to come together to get something done to reverse the current trend. 

We have had the two party system for a long time, perhaps it is finally time for a strong third party?  In any case, we wish Charlie Earl well with his battle to get on the November ballot, because Ohioans do deserve a choice.

More information can be viewed at Charlie Earl’s Facebook page.

Republic or Democracy?

One of the interesting parts of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) 12 week class on the Constitution is that principle words are examined by the definitions found in the Webster dictionary of 1828. For example, the 1828 definitions of the words republic and democracy are quite different than our current usage which often treat the two words as synonyms. However, at the time of the writing of the Constitution, here are the definitions of these words:

Democracy: Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively or, in which the people exercise the powers of legislation. Example: Athens

Republic: A commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the power of sovereignty in person. Yet the democracies of Greece are often called republics.

Distinctly different definitions of Democracy and Republic were also used in the military training manual (No. 2000-25) published by the War Department in November 1928:

Democracy:
–A government of the masses.
–Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of “direct” expression.
–Results in mobocracy.
–Attitude toward property is communistic-negating property rights.
–Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate.
–Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

Republic:
–Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
–Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
–A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
–Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
–Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
–Is the “standard form” of government throughout the world.

The Founding Fathers, after studying the forms of government in history, wisely created a Constitution based on a representative republic with separated branches and checks and balances. The Founders rejected the tyranny of a monarchy, but also democracy, because of the tendency of all “democracies” to end in tyranny. As John Adams wrote, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” James Madison similarly called democracies “…spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” Still ask almost anyone, from legislators and school teachers to journalists and the average voter, and they will refer to our nation as a “democracy” instead of a “republic”. It would come as a surprise to them that no where in the Constitution is the word “democracy” used, but in Article IV, Section 4, it clearly states the “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”

Why is this misconception so prevalent today? One likely possibility is that the era of Progressive thinking was associated with the Democratic Party, and the word republic, (as in the Republican Party) has been slowly replaced by democracy. Perhaps this is why some would even do away with the Pledge of Allegiance, which says “…and to this Republic for which it stands…”

It is not simply semantics, as those on the left would try to convince, it is two entirely different definitions and words do matter. If We the People ever hope to effectively work toward the return to the original intent of the Constitution, we certainly must first understand that the United States is best defined as a “Constitutional republic”, not a democracy.

September Meeting of Auglaize Co. Patriots

The Auglaize Co. Patriots will return to the normal schedule of 1st Thursday meetings September 4th at 6:30 PM, at RJ’s Coffey Cup.  We will host Jeremiah Martin of the Concerned Veterans for America and look forward to hearing about this new organization and updates on what is happening in regards to the recent VA scandals.  Area veterans are especially invited to attend this meeting, but all interested citizens are welcome.

Patriots Booth at the Auglaize Co. Fair, July 27-Aug. 2

The Auglaize County Fair opened on Sunday, July 27th to stormy weather with heavy rainfall, which caused many booths in the commercial building to be in need of buckets and mops!!  The Auglaize Co. Patriots booth did not sustain any damage, but did take a while for the floor to dry out.  Hopefully the weather will be more co-operative the rest of the week.

Patriots set up the booth on Saturday morning and thanks to Linda Barry, it has several excellent display boards with information about Common Core, the numerous scandals of the Obama administration and the 2014 candidate roster.  To promote more awareness of Auglaize Co. Patriots efforts to educate and inform,  unique magnets of the American flag with our blog website provided by Tim Harpster and club brochures updated by Grant Wisener, will be available to visitors to the booth. 

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Grant Wisener hangs Auglaize Co. Patriots banner while Tim Harpster works on table covering.

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L-R Linda Barry, Grant Wisener, Bill Barry, and Tim Harpster hang the booth curtains.

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L-R Linda Barry, Darla Lee, and Joy Kantner add some finishing touches.

 

Fighting Crony Capitalism

What is the Export-Import Bank? If you have never heard of it or what it does—you are not alone. Most Americans are only now seeing mention of it in the news and recently there was a lengthy hearing in the House in regards to whether the Export-Import Bank should continue to exist. In September, the Export-Import Bank is due for re-authorization. This bank originated in 1934 by executive order of FDR to help out the Soviet Union and the bank’s own mission statement declares that its loans assume “credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept.”

When President Obama was first campaigning in 2008, he opposed the Export-Import Bank as a prime example of “crony capitalism”, but since then the Democrats have asserted that the Bank is necessary for creating more jobs and a level playing field for US companies. The companies that benefit from the Bank are predominantly large corporations, like Boeing, Caterpillar, General Electric, etc. that should not need such subsidizes. In fact, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services has called the Export-Import Bank, the “poster child of the Washington insider economy and corporate welfare.”

Defenders insist that the Bank’s risks to the taxpayer are minimal and that its investments make the taxpayers money, but earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office revealed that by using fair-value accounting, Ex-Im actually loses taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year. In the 1980s, Ex-Im did run up billions of dollars in debt and was forced to seek a taxpayer bailout.

Like too many government agencies of late, there have been charges of mismanagement and corruption leveled at the Bank, still many in Congress feel like there just needs to be more reform. Sadly, reform measures were tried in 2012 when the last re-authorization was passed, but during a recent hearing on this issue, it was stated that these “reforms” were largely ignored by the Bank.

Isn’t it high time for the federal government to stop picking winners and losers in our “free market” economy? One step forward to stop the growth of federal intrusion into the market place would be to let the Export-Import Bank simply fade away in September.