March Meeting for Auglaize Co. Patriots

Auglaize Co. Patriots will next meet on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at RJ’s Coffey Cup, 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta. We start at 6:30PM, but folks can always come early to enjoy RJ’s AYCE fried chicken.  Our guest speaker is familiar to many, Pastor Jason King of the New Life Center, Celina, and we are always happy to hear his political insights and encouraging words.

Mark your calendars to give March a great start and attend the Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting on Thursday, March 5th!

Pastor Shawn Meyer Speaks At Grand Lake Patriots

Last evening we attended the February meeting of the Grand Lake Patriots and would like to make available a summary of this meeting from Judy Bruns.  Pastor Shawn Meyer, the guest speaker, gave a clear picture of what the “Johnson amendment” has done over the past 60 plus years as an instrument of intimidation of our spiritual leaders and what needs to be done to bring pastors, ministers and priests back to their true role in guiding culture.  Please read more details in Judy’s notes that follow:

Dear friends,  Out of the 25 people attending the “Pastors’ Right to Speak at the Pulpit” program at the Grand Lake Patriots’ meeting last night, Feb. 12th, in Celina,  5 were area pastors. Some other participants were there with the intention of taking notes and passing along the content to their minister or priest. The information Pastor Shawn Meyer imparted was so engaging that, instead of lasting one hour as the GLP meetings usually do, the meeting lasted closer to two hours, with people/pastors conversing and making plans to schedule Pastor Meyer for other speaking events.

Much attention was directed to the 1954 Johnson Amendment to IRS Code 501c3, which has stopped many pastors from speaking out at the pulpit on “politics,” even when candidates support the killing of babies in utero, homosexual marriage, discrimination against Christian values, etc.  Pastors’ fear to speak out at the pulpit has proved to be unjustified. The Johnson Amendment has never been enforced; it has merely been used as a scare tactic by liberal factions in our country. The U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment protects the rights of pastors to speak, including their right to make personal endorsements of candidates. Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly legal to provide the positions of the candidates on abortion, same-sex marriage, etc. at the pulpit and in the church building.  It is even okay for pastors to endorse candidates as long as they don’t say something along the lines of “We as a church endorse so-and-so.”

It was said last night, too, that some pastors fear speaking about the killing of innocents (abortion) at the pulpit because they don’t want to further hurt women in their congregation who have had abortions. The result of not hearing about the sin of abortion at the pulpit, however, is that women who have aborted are deprived of accountability, repentance, and of the opportunity of receiving God’s forgiveness and grace. One meeting participant commented that due to the silence of shepherds in our churches, the American abortion holocaust that has taken millions of innocent human lives, continues–among as many “Christian” women as well as non-Christians.

I believe everyone in attendance agreed that we need pastors to be bold in standing up for God’s Word and in standing against the moral decadence that is taking place in our beloved country.  Pastors were leaders during the days of America’s founding.  Our Founding Fathers did not approve of a national religion, but neither did they disconnect Christian influence and morality from government. Our God guides our lives, inside and outside the church building walls. So-called “Separation of Church and State” is a myth that has been proliferated by the far-left. The problem is, they’ve succeeded in convincing many people—including pastors– that it is so.

—  Judy Bruns

Note:  The Grand Lake Patriots’ speaker at the Feb. 12th, 2015 meeting, Pastor Shawn Meyer,  is a contributing writer for two national conservative e-news site and the author of two children’s books. He has been chosen by Citizens for Community Values, directed by Phil and Vicki Burress, to be this year’s recipient of the John Peter Muhlenburg Award, given to one Ohio pastor each year who best exemplifies the courage and conviction over moral issues that Pastor Muhlenburg exemplified. The award will be presented at a banquet at Xavier University, Cincinnati, in April.

Shawn Meyer is the pastor of Aletheia Christian Church in Celina, Ohio. He and his wife Kay are the parents of 7 children. Among other things, Pastor Meyer does not hesitate to speak out for the sanctity of human life and against the evil of abortion, while letting the availability of God’s forgiveness and grace be known.

American Sniper

We braved the snow/sleet last Sunday to see the movie American Sniper in Lima, OH.  To watch how someone like Chris Kyle lived his life and served to protect his comrades in arms as well as the citizens of the United States, was inspiring.  As with the film Lone Survivor, Americans are reminded that as they carry on their normal, dare I say, easy lives, there is about 1% of their fellow citizens who have chosen to endure horrendous situations to serve their country.  No one should be surprised how many people are going to this movie and are praising it, compared to the few out-spoken Hollywood types who prove themselves idiots by their comments.  See this article to further explain:  http://clashdaily.com/2015/01/american-sniper-left-cant-control-everything/

We have come to expect great films from director Clint Eastwood and he does not disappoint in American Sniper.  There is a lot of shooting, and I understand that this may cause discomfort to some, but this is a movie about a sniper and about an enemy whose goal is to kill our military.  Chris Kyle is a genuine hero and should be recognized as such, without reservation.  If seeing his life on the big screen is too wrenching, and it is wrenching, then buy his book that the film is based on, but acquaint yourself with Chris Kyle, his family, his values, his bravery, his sacrifice.  They are what we as Americans can be proud of and continue to support.  (Full disclosure:  Our son is in the U.S. Air Force and we could not be more proud of him!)

 

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 February Meeting

We will hold our first 2015 meeting (weather permitting!) on February 5th at 6:30 PM in the back meeting room of RJ’s Coffey Cup, 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta.  The actions of the new Congress gives us a lot to discuss as well as setting up goals and projects for 2015.

Plan to attend and bring a friend.  Our meetings are a sure cure for “cabin fever”.

 

“It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern.  But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter (Declaration of Independence).  If all men are created equal, that is final.  If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final.  If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.  No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.”  Calvin Coolidge

 

Jan. 8th Meeting Cancellation Notice

Due to the freezing forecast and chill factor, the Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting on January 8, 2015 has been canceled.  We will look forward to starting our “year” on February 5th with  hopefully better weather.  So stay warm, but stay informed! 

Please alert friends and family of this change.

Christmas Leads into the New Year

As we enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends, the Auglaize Co. Patriots steering committee would like to thank all the folks who attended our meetings this year and supported our projects.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

As for the new year, 2015 will no doubt prove to be just as challenging as 2014, especially as the current White House administration is still endangering the balance of power and circumventing Congress.  Our Constitution was written to withstand the twists and turns of history, its principles are fundamental, but some have insisted that it is simply not modern enough to solve our nations current problems.  As a Patriot/Tea Party group, we beg to differ! 

So our first meeting of the new year will take place on January 8, 2015.  This is not our usual first Thursday, because of New Year’s Day falling on that Thursday, so please note this change on your 2015 calendar.  The location will be RJ’s Coffey Cup, 901 Defiance Rd. Wapakoneta and we begin at 6:30 PM.

We want to start the year off by discussing the events and goals for our group in 2015.  Please plan to attend and bring your suggestions, ideas, comments, etc., so that we can be as effective as possible in our endeavor to preserve the Republic and our founding documents and support our traditional family values.

Auglaize Co. Patriots December Meeting

Auglaize Co. Patriots will meet one more time before the end of 2014.  It has been a full year of holding our elected officials accountable at every level–federal, state, and local.  For our meeting on Thursday, December 4th, we plan to explore an issue that touches all three levels, namely the proposed EPA rules regarding coal plants, which starts at the federal level, but directly effects states rights and ultimately, the price we must pay for heating our homes and businesses.

As we face the potential of another very hard winter and the likelihood of this forecast (considering the snow we have already received this month), we will have Matt Berry, of Midwest Electric, as our speaker.  Matt will explain what the EPA is doing and where we are now in the “war on coal”.  Our venue for this meeting will be the community room of Midwest Electric, at 06029 County Rd.  33 A, St Marys, (enter on right side) and starting time will be the usual 6:30 PM.

Please join us for this informative meeting and learn what you can do about keeping reasonable energy prices.

Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting

Date:  Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time:  6:30 PM

Location:  Midwest Electric, 06029 County Rd 33A, St. Marys