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.com

 

 

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: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohio-conservatives-thank-rep-jim-jordan-tickets-17135254006

 

Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting for June 4, 2015

Rep. Jim Buchy, Ohio House 84th District, was the invited speaker for the June 4th meeting of the Auglaize Co. Patriots. He started by pointing out that his district has the lowest unemployment and highest high school graduation levels of the state. He attributes this to the high percentage of nuclear families and strong faith in the 84th. It is in the 8 larger cities of Ohio where the problems of unemployment and 50% graduation rates are consistently found.

The Ohio budget must be balanced, but Rep. Buchy noted that the budget has grown exponentially due to the expansion of Medicaid, of the $71.5 B almost half is consumed by Medicaid. The new Office of Human Innovation is supposed to be focusing on incentivizing people to get back to work, so that funds can help the true needy. There are also private projects like the Ridge Project which teach prison inmates about how to be responsible.

The Governor’s budget was presented first, then the House debated and passed their own budget, which was lower than Gov. Kasich’s. Now the Senate will work on their budget and eventually reconcile it with the House and go to the governor for his signature.

One of the topics of most concern to the group was regarding Common Core. House bill 57, which extended safe harbor from PARCC testing to students has already passed, but several new legislative bills need support in order to minimize/repeal Common Core. These are:
HB 74, a bill that would get rid of PARCC testing. The bill also makes it so PARCC & Smarter Balance cannot have any input to what would replace the Common Core testing. It also cuts down on the number of tests.

HB 64 is the main operating budget for FY2016-2017, and includes language that would prevent Ohio from contracting with PARCC or Smarter Balance for state testing and provides more transparency in how state lottery funds are used to fund education in Ohio. It also extends safe harbor.

HB 146 would require cursive writing to be taught in all elementary schools. Common Core does not cover cursive writing.

HB 212 gives a local choice in the type of state assessment; standards-based or norm-referenced, and takes other steps to eliminate the Common Core.

All these bills should be watched and supported by calls to our representatives.

Rep. Buchy shared some good news about the pilot 4H projects that he was instrumental in establishing in public schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati. 4H teachers have been exposing students to the fundamental 4H values and getting them engaged in after school projects, which have had growing success. The FFA (Future Farmers of America) has also expanded with the goal of having clubs in all big cities in Ohio. There is now a shortage of Vo-Ag teachers in Ohio and Rep. Buchy hopes to see a college like Central State become a “Vo-Ag” school, so that the FFA programs in the high schools can send students there.

In regards to the pro-life issue, the Heartbeat bill has passed the House, but is now stalled in the Senate (again). There is also HB 117, which bars abortion after the 20 week pain level.

The Rep. Buchy was asked about HB 152 regarding Constitutional Carry, which he agrees with. Constitutional Carry would allow any law abiding citizen to carry a weapon for self defense, either open or concealed.

The last subject discussed was HB 190 regarding wind turbines. Rep. Buchy said he was not against subsidies for renewable energy, but against how much these subsidies cost the tax payers for the small return they provide in energy. He mentioned that he is also working with others on a reasonable plan for cleaning up the algae blooms in Lake Erie.

He closed by encouraging us to pray that the avian flu does not hit Ohio. This disease could have a devastatingly effect on the agricultural economy.

Rep. Buchy packed a lot of information into our hour meeting time frame and we appreciate his updates.

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 http://www.OhioConservativesUnited.org 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:

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.

June Meeting Announcement

The Auglaize Co. Patriots will be meeting on June 4th at 6:30 PM at the usual venue, RJ’s Coffey Cup in Wapakoneta.  We have invited Rep. Jim Buchy to attend this meeting to give us an update on what is happening in the Ohio House.  There are a number of issues of concern, like the Heartbeat Bill and Common Core bills.  Please plan to attend and be ready with questions for Rep. Buchy.

Auglaize Co. Patriots will not hold meetings in July and August, due to everyone’s busy summer schedules and vacations, but this does not mean that we do not stay engaged in holding our officials accountable over the summer.  Alert posts will still be sent out when calls are needed to support or oppose legislation at the state and federal levels.  As we all well know, the “price of liberty is constant vigilance”.

Dr. Terry L. Maris Speaks at May Meeting

The Auglaize Co. Patriots held their May meeting on the 14th of the month at RJ’s Coffey Cup in Wapakoneta and were treated to a very interesting presentation by Dr. Terry L. Maris entitled “Fire, Aim, Ready: America’s Love/Hate Relationship with the Second Amendment”.  Dr. Maris, who now teaches Concealed Carry Classes in Ada, OH, was a career soldier as well as a professor (and Dean Emeritus) at Ohio Northern University.

Dr. Maris began by passing out a “pop” quiz about the Second Amendment, which had questions covering issues like the Heller case and other historical events.  This was a good review of where we are now and how we arrived at the current politicized positions concerning our right to keep and bear arms.

An abstract of Dr. Maris’ presentation states “the culture of America is a culture of guns.  From the earliest beginnings of our country firearms have played an invaluable role in the development and expansion of our nation.  Today, the staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States claim that guns are a virtual birthright paid for with the blood of our colonial ancestors and all those who have fought to preserve and protect our freedom.  In opposition to that position are those who claim that times have changed to the point where we must now reevaluate the effect that guns are having in a modern society rife with drugs, poverty, and mental illness.”

Dr. Maris is a strong advocate for the former opinion and the right of every American to be able to defend him or herself.  He talked about the new rules for Concealed Carry instruction, such as the required length of the class was reduced from 12 to 8 hours.  He also showed the group examples of four guns which he uses for conceal carry.

Dr. Maris will be teaching Concealed Carry classes throughout the year in Ada, OH.  Anyone interested in taking his one day class can contact him at 419-634-0310 or visit his website at http://www.nwohioccw.com

 

May Meeting for Auglaize Co. Patriots

Auglaize Co. Patriots will meet on May 14th, which is a temporary change from our usual 1st Thursday meeting date.  Meeting time 6:30 PM and place RJ’s Coffey Cup remain the same.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Terry L. Maris, Dean Emeritus of Ohio Northern University, who was a career Army officer, prior to his academic career.  Dr. Maris was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2007 and is now a qualified CCW license instructor.  He is an ardent proponent and defender of the Second Amendment and his presentation “Fire, Aim, Ready: America’s Love/Hate Relationship with the Second Amendment” will focus on the evolution and current state of the 2nd Amendment debate in the U.S.  The topic will be evaluated from the viewpoint of social science, politics, and economics.

This will prove to be a very informative meeting, so please mark May 14th on your calendar and plan to attend.