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.