Town Hall with Congressman Jim Jordan

On the evening of August 11, 2015 the weather was wonderful for enjoying the outdoors, but a crowd of about 100 concerned citizens opted to attend an indoor Town Hall sponsored by Top of Ohio Patriots at Ohio Hi-Point Center in Bellefountaine, OH.

Congressman Jim Jordan, Rep. for the 4th District, was the invited speaker and after opening with prayer and the pledge of allegiance, Congress Jordan began his talk with listing the six attacks on the rule of law in just the last seven weeks.  #1 Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare, #2 Supreme Court decision to force gay marriage in all 50 states, #3 The murders happening in “sanctuary cities” in defiance of immigration laws, #4 Obama opens embassy in Cuba, #5 Obama’s disastrous “deal” with Iran,and #6 The Planned Parenthood exposes.  It is definitely disheartening to the grassroots conservatives.  To counter at least some of these attacks, Congressman Jordan said that 18 members of the House, including himself, have signed a pledge to not vote for any budget that does not defund Planned Parenthood.  Also, Jim’s good friend, Congressman Raul Labrador, has introduced a bill, First Amendment Defense Act, to protect churches from losing tax exempt status if they will not support same sex marriage or the gay lifestyle. 

Another grave concern for Congressman Jordan is that he increasingly observes two standards happening in our nation, one standard for the well connected and those favored by Wash. DC and another for the common man.  The best example is one very close to the Congressman, who has been investigating the targeted abuse of the Tea Party, Pro-life and other conservatives by the IRS.  He and Congressman DeSantis are calling to impeach John Kossinen, the head of the IRS, who has knowingly lied in hearings.

Congressman Jordan also addressed the questions of a number of attendees about the budget discussions starting in September.  Jim said that he is anticipating a big fight once again to raise the debt limit and is hopeful that Rep. Mark Meadows recent resolution “to vacate the chair” (replace John Boehner as Speaker) will put enough pressure on leadership, that he/they will do the right thing and push to defund Planned Parenthood.  The House has the power of the purse, if only they will use it and not cave in again to partisan and media pressure, as has happened in prior budget fights.  Congressman Jordan said Congress must oppose the Iran deal, but that ultimately, putting a strong conservative in the White House in 2017 will do the most to turn our country back to the principles established in the Declaration and Constitution.


Congressman Jim Jordan Receives Heritage Action Award

On Saturday,June 20, 2015, at the UNOH Event Center’s Crystal Room, Congressman Jim Jordan, 4th OH District, was awarded the Heritage Action Sentinel award for his continued stand for conservative values in congress.  Stephanie Kreuz, the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action for America, co-0rdinated the one hour event and grassroots conservatives from throughout the 4th District were invited to attend to thank Congressman Jordan for his valuable service.

Bill & Linda Barry and Joy Kantner (George & Darla Lee not pictured represented Auglaize Co. Patriots at the event

Bill & Linda Barry and Joy Kantner (George & Darla Lee not pictured) represented Auglaize Co. Patriots at the event

Rep. Jordan chatted with the guests from Bellefountaine & Wapakoneta

Rep. Jordan chatted with the guests from Bellefontaine & Wapakoneta

Darla Lee and Frank Reams, Heritage Action Sentinels and Wes Goodman, a former staffer for Rep. Jordan, each gave comments regarding their appreciation for Jordan’s conservative leadership and Jim DeMint, the President of The Heritage Foundation also sent his congratulations via video.

Frank Reams, leader of the Top of Ohio Patriots spoke at the event

Frank Reams, leader of the Top of Ohio Patriots spoke at the event

Wes Goodman talked about his years as a staffer with Rep. Jordan

Wes Goodman talked about his years as a staffer with Rep. Jordan

Stephanie Kreuz presented the Sentinel award to Rep. Jordan and he thanked everyone for attending, which included his lovely wife, Polly.  He said that it has never been more important to stand for conservative values and although, it is sometimes discouraging, we cannot give up. 

Jim Jordan with his Sentinel award

Jim Jordan with his Sentinel award

Heritage Action’s Sentinel program encourages citizens to have greater involvement with the political process, provides access to information about the issues and how to communicate conservative principles to the elected officials in your area.  For more information on how you can get involved, go to:




Heritage Action Awards Congressman Jim Jordan

Stephanie Kreuz, the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action for America, wants to remind all conservative groups in the 4th Congressional District to attend the special “Thank You” for Congressman Jim Jordan. 

Congressman Jordan has been relentless in fighting for conservative values for Ohioans.  He has faithfully voted to rein in federal overspending, has rigorously investigated the IRS targeting of conservative groups and consistently opposed the faulty policies of the executive administration.  He is now leading the Freedom Caucus in the House, which stands for the principles we all support.

The event is planned for June 20, 2015 (only one week away!) from 10-11 AM at the UNOH Event Center, Crystal Room, 1450 N. Cable Rd. Lima OH 45805. 

Please register to attend at Eventbrite:


Important Survey

At our next meeting on Thursday, June 4th, (RJ’s Coffey Cup, 6:30 PM) we would like to present an important survey for the 2016 Presidential election.  This survey is an ongoing project of the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition.  The object is to ultimately unite all of Ohio conservatives behind a single good candidate, so that we can actually have an impact.  Right now, with so many candidate choices, the conservative vote could be so divided as to be ineffective.  Add to this the projected change in Ohio to a “winner take all” primary and one can see that the system is highly tilted toward another establishment Republican candidate.
The survey asks only 3 questions:
1. Who is your #1 choice for President?
2. Would you consider uniting with the majority and voting for that conservative candidate in order to increase that conservative candidates chances of winning in Ohio’s “Winner Take All” primary?
3. Regardless what your party currently is, if you knew that the majority of Ohio conservatives were supporting one particular candidate in the Republican primary election: would you consider pulling a Republican ballot in the primary and voting for that conservative candidate in order to increase that candidates chances of winning in Ohio’s Winner Take All primary?

By participating in this survey and keeping track of the results at we can see how the candidates are doing with conservative voters.  The survey can be taken more than once, as choices can change with more information, etc. between now and next year’s primary.

This survey is in no way an endorsement of or commitment to any candidate, but simply a survey for comparison and a springboard for further discussion.

Check out the above website and see what candidate is in the lead today and plan to attend Thursday’s meeting to take the survey in person.

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:

–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.

–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.

June Meeting

Our next meeting is June 2nd at RJ’s Coffee Cup located 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta, the time is 6:30 PM.  The speaker will be Stephanie Kreuz from Heritage Action.  Heritage Action is the activist part of Heritage Foundation which is a conservative organization.  They deal with issues concerning being discussed by Congress and stand up for the values that we hold dear.  They are one of the most effective organizations working for the conservative cause.

There will not be any meetings for July and August for the summer break.  We start again in  the fall.  Please forgive my mistake last month on saying there were no more meetings.  We will still be working on organizing the Town Hall meeting for September so please check with Linda Berry if you have any ideas or wish to help.  We really need all the help we can get.

Enjoy your summer!

The May Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on May 12th, 2016 at RJ’s Coffee Cup located 901 Defiance Street Wapakoneta, OH.  At this meeting will be discussing arrangements for the Town Hall Meeting we are planning for sometime in September.  So please be thinking of suggestions for this event.  Hopefully we can get a good plan together.  See you there!

We will be taking a break for the summer months so there will be no meetings until September.  Have a wonderful summer everyone!

February Meeting Review

Our meeting began with Franklin Reams and Becky Engle each speaking on why they are running for the 12th District SCC seats.  Both are conservatives and are dedicated to returning the SCC to conservative values.

Then James Sponseller, an attorney from Paulding Co., spoke on the 10th amendment which is Nullification.  He explained that the book by Thomas E. Woods, JR. called Nullification made him understand it better.  Nullification is simply put by nullifying any State or Federal law that is Unconstitutional.  There have been many instances of Nullification in US history though it has been used less frequently in later years due maybe to few people knowing or understanding it.  Nullification is a tool to be used by the people when a Law is passed that contradicts what the Constitution states.  Knowing what is in our US Constitution is very important to our Freedom now and the Freedom of our children and grandchildren.

March Meeting

Our next meeting is March 3,2016 at 6:30 PM held in RJ’s Coffee Cup located 901 Defiance Street Wapakoneta, OH 45895.  We will have Joe Eaton from Buckeye Firearms.  He will inform us of the new Ohio legislation pertaining to our 2nd Amendment rights and on any pending.  Also Cheryl Blakely,  who is running for the District 1 SCC seat, will be speaking on her stance on important issues.

Our April 7th meeting will be on Religious Freedom and our 1st Amendment rights.

January Meeting Review

The meeting was well attended and started with Craig Riedel who is currently running for Tony Burkley’s seat as State Representative.  He introduced himself and His wife Danette then explained his reasons for running.

Gina Campbel from the Concerned Veterans For America spoke the second half of the meeting.  Gina spoke of some of the problems that veterans experience when seeking medical treatment and how CVA offers programs and support to help.  CVA is pushing for reform in the Veterans Administration and also be an advocate in Washington for veterans.  There are also many local activities and programs offered to our veterans here.  For more information on Concerned Veterans For America go to CV4A.ORG.

February Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held on February 4th, 2016 at R J’s Coffee Cup located on 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta, OH.  Our guest speaker will be James Sponseller who is an attorney from Putnam County.  He will explain the 10th amendment and how city/county/state has the right to Nullify any law, regulation, or executive order from the federal government that is not enumerated in the Constitution.

The March 3rd meeting will have Joe Eaton from the Buckeye Firearms Association SW Ohio Program Director.  His subject will be Obama’s executive order and pending Ohio gun legislation.



January Meeting Announcement

Auglaize Co. Patriots will be holding our next meeting at 6:30 January 7th, 2016 at RJ”s Coffee Cup, 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta.  Our speaker will be Gina Campbell who is the Local Director for Concerned Veterans For America.  She will be speak of programs and concerns for our veterans.  Also she will touch on the problems there are with the Veterans Administration and the need to help our military members get what they require.

The February meeting will concern Nullification and our March meeting will explain Personal Sovereignty.