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.

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.

Auglaize Co. Patriots Meet on June 5th

Auglaize Co. Patriots will meet RJ’s (901 Defiance St.) in Wapakoneta again for the June 5th meeting.  Libertarian candidate Charlie Earl will be the speaker for the evening to give his slant on the coming election in November and perhaps some insight into the growing popularity of the Libertarian Party.

The meeting will begin as usual at 6:30 PM.  The group will also discuss whether to do a booth at the Auglaize Co. Fair this summer, so please plan to attend and add your input regarding this project.

Auglaize Co. Patriots will meet in St. Marys

The Auglaize Co. Patriots will meet on May 8th as the invited guests of the IOTC (Institute on the Constitution) class currently running in St. Marys.  Here are the details:

Date:  May 8, 2014

Location:  VFW, 1309 E. Spring St., St. Marys (Next to Fowler’s TV)

Time: 6:30 PM

The IOTC class is a 12 session seminar delving into the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the history surrounding these founding documents, as well as modern developments.  This class helps the students understand the Constitution and Declaration according to the definition of words at the time of the founding, not what these words might mean in today’s vernacular.

On Thursday, the class will be focused on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution–many of which are under serious assault today. 

Since we are meeting on a different day for this month only, please pass the word to friends and family and join us in St. Marys.

Spring and the Primary Comes To Auglaize County

 

Thankfully, spring has finally come to Auglaize County, after a severe winter reminding many of the early 1980′s. On the heels of blooming daffodils, the primary election of 2014 will be held in less than two weeks. As usual, the prediction of the voter turn-out is only 25% or lower, but perhaps in the light of the recent stand-off in Bunkerville, NV between an American rancher family, the Bundy’s and their allies and the full-force of the federal government in the form of the Bureau of Land Management, will stir more interest in our voter privileges. As Dr. Ben Carson stated in a recent article:

“The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (and returns them to office) those who do not represent traditional American values.”

Whatever the details of the Bundy family situation will eventually reveal, it is certain that the remarks of Sen. Harry Reid defining the Bundy family and friends as “domestic terrorists” is outrageous. The concern of Attorney General Eric Holder about “rule of law” in the Bundy case while ignoring the rule of law to faithfully execute the standing immigration laws is also hypocritical, to say the least.

So will we, as Dr. Carson, writes, continue to be “a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities” or will we take the time on May 6th to exercise this responsibility to participate in our representative form of government? In spite of the fact that the choices for candidates could be a lot better (to have mostly incumbents in both parties with so few challengers is a sad statement of the abundance of career politicians and severe
lack of citizen candidates), there are still various issues and levies on the primary ballot that definitely need the attention of the voting citizen and will affect every citizen of Auglaize county. Please get informed and engaged. Vote on May 6th!