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.

April 2, 2015 Auglaize Co. Patriots Meeting

Our April 2nd Auglaize Co. Patriots meeting was privileged to have Ricki Pepin as our speaker and before I give a short summary of her remarks, let me introduce her.
Ricki Pepin is a former employee of the FBI. She is a published author, columnist and international lecturer.  Her primary passion is teaching citizens how to work together to restore America’s foundations.
To that end, she has been leading courses on the U.S. Constitution, in collaboration with the Institute on the Constitution, for over 18 years, and recently produced three teaching DVDs to assist others in the duplication of these efforts.  Her ultimate desire is to bring a return to limited, Constitutional government where everyone has the FREEDOM to discover and walk out their own God-given destinies of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Ricki is married to retired Air Force Colonel Michael Pepin. She has two children and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Pepin’s presentation was entitled Recapturing the America Heritage-Pass the Baton!” and as the title indicates, she spent the evening showing the various ways in which the unique American heritage can be successfully passed on to our children. In order to start, one must first decide what America means to you and what kind of America you want to leave to your children. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of the people and they are easily destroyed.” An accurate education in history can give our youth an important identity in what it means to be an American, but our children are too often not receiving that education in school today. We cannot depend on the public school, that has been effectively stripped of any acknowledgment of God or morals, to teach about the ideals of America. Thus, this work must be accomplished by parents and grandparents, utilizing the 4 R’s of the Principle Approach: Research – Reason – Relate – Record.
Research from primary source documents, beginning with defining your terms with Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.
Reason through what the terms mean by using leading questions to identify truth or former misconceptions based on what you find in primary sources.
Relate what you have found to history, a current event or any question before you.
Record – write it down in a personal notebook and then use it; speaking to others with principled arguments rather than second-hand opinions.

We can only pass on what we know, so it is essential to understand what the founders of our nation passed down to us, in their own words. To this end, we can profit by going to “primary sources” and understanding the meaning of words as they were understood at the time of the founding. The 1828 Webster dictionary is extremely helpful, as are writings of the founders, like Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower Compact, and the letters of George Washington, John Adams, etc.
One of the best ways to excite an interest in America’s founding principles is to tell the records (true stories) of what our forefathers did, how they lived and what they believed in order to establish a Christian nation. Perhaps most children know that the reason the Pilgrims traveled to America in 1620 was for religious freedom, but how many realize that this group first fled to the Netherlands from the oppression of King James of England. There they eventually felt that there was too much “freedom” and that their children were in danger of corrupted morals. It was only after 12 years in the Netherlands that the Pilgrims opted for the dangerous trip to America in order to establish their own religious freedom. Many may know the traditional “story” of George Washington, but how many have been taught how during the French & Indian wars in 1755, that Washington was shot many times, with resulting holes in his hat and clothing, but nothing hit his body. The Indian chief finally told his warriors to stop trying to shoot this officer, because he was protected. Later, in a letter to his brother, Washington attributed his protection during the battle to the providence of God. In books like Patriots in Petticoats also relate the stories of brave women like Hannah Hendee, who faced down Indians and the British soldiers to single-handedly save her captured son. The retelling of such true stories are inspiring and will pass on the two fold heritage-physical and spiritual-of America.
Ricki provided an excellent resource listing which included Christian and patriotic reading along with other activities to begin preserving the blessings of liberty by building your personal heritage library. The McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers are an excellent start to read with your children, but other suggestions are more modern like the popular Rush Limbaugh’s Rush Revere book series. For teens and adults, a movie like Monumental with Kirk Cameron or Ricki Pepin’s DVD presentation “Restoring America Through Educational Excellence”are available. There are also activities for summer camps (details at http://www.campamerican.com) and the recent start of American Clubs in schools (details at http://www.theamericanview.com).
For adults, Ricki also highly recommends the Institute on the Constitution’s 12 week course to discover the Constitution and its history. This class will start in Wapakoneta on April 20, 2015, so contact Candice Dicke at 419-305-3606 or by email cadicke56@gmail.com to get registered.
Visit Ricki’s website: http://www.rickipepin.com for more valuable information.

Patriot Meeting on April 2nd

Spring is right around the corner and so is our April Patriot meeting.  Join us on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 PM in RJ’s Coffey Cup 901 Defiance St., Wapakoneta. 

If you are concerned that today’s youth is not being taught the greatness of our Constitution and the uniqueness of American republicanism, then plan to attend this meeting.  Our speaker, Ricki Peppin, will be sharing a presentation on how to pass on a knowledge of the Constitution.  Ricki is an instructor for the Institute on the Constitution and teaches classes on the Founding Documents for that organization.  She is uniquely qualified to teach on this subject, so mark your calendars now.
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The Move Towards Global Governance, A Biblical Perspective of a One World Government

(Summary of Pastor Jason King’s presentation to the Auglaize Co. Patriots on March 5, 2015)

As Christian conservatives, we must understand that the consistent move toward global governance, which we are seeing first hand, is not random. The Council on Foreign Relations, UNESCO and a host of other organizations, have made clear the goal of one world government, always under the guise of bettering mankind and for the “greater good”. This goal is forwarded in large part through the education of our youth, whether it is Hitler Youth or the recent federal government intrusion in K-12 public education via Common Core standards. Proponents of global governance know that if the lie is big enough and told long enough, people will eventually believe it. What is billed as freedom always results in the loss of liberty and man subduing man.
In the Bible, God told Adam to subdue the earth, he had rule over the plants, fishes, animals, etc., but not over other men. Mankind was to have free will and the God given rights, as expressed in our Constitution, of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
Only in a humanist and politically correct world, is it approved for mankind to hold other humans in bondage, whether is is outright slavery or the more subtle bonds of propaganda.
Studies have shown that the votes of 50% of the population in the U.S. are based on 30 second political ads, it also said that only half of the Christians in America are registered to vote and only half that number actually make it to the polls. If this is true, is our fight to preserve the Constitution a losing battle?
Consider John Quincy Adams, the only President who ever returned to the legislature in his state after he finished his term as President. He did so to be able to try to enact legislation to free the slaves. Again and again his efforts failed and he was asked once why he so doggedly continued, he replied, “Duty is ours, results are God’s”. Words to live by in this day and time also.
The Biblical view of global governance is opposite that of the world view, and as Christians, we must continue to oppose it, because God is sovereign, not government. However, we may not stop it. Christ gave us the example of participating in government, without being swayed by the rising and falling tides of politics. We need to keep active politically, but not let the bad news of each day drive us crazy. Concentrate more of our eternal citizenship and not so much on our earthly citizenship. Perhaps we spent too much effort confronting “issues” and not enough time addressing the foundational errors, which give rise to the issues. To fight the good fight, but not to the point of a loss of faith. Fortunately we know the ending, so we must stand, as did our forefathers, until the events stated in the Bible come to pass.

Constitution Class Coming This Spring

A great adult/teen class to introduce you to the Constitution in a unique fashion will be starting in April in Wapakoneta. Several of our patriots have already taken this class when it was offered in St. Marys last year and we highly recommend it!
Candy Dicke, the Executive Director of the Family Life Center of Auglaize Co. and also a teacher for GED classes in Wapakoneta, is the instructor for this Institute on the Constitution course. To give you an idea of what the class will include, Candy is offering a sample class on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 5:45-7:45 PM at RJ’s Coffey Cup.  Your can register then or preferably before by contacting Candy at 419-305-3606 or by email: candicke56@gmail.com
The IOTC course will begin officially on April 27, 2015, at RJ’s Coffey Cup, 6-7:30 PM and run for 12 consecutive Mondays.  The cost of the class is only $50.00 and this can include up to 5 immediate family members.  The class also includes the IOTC Student Manuel and Richard Mack book, America’s Last Hope.

There has never been a more needful time for adults, but especially our youth, to know what the Constitution says according to the meaning of words used at the time of the founding, how it relates to our Biblical heritage and the principles of limited government.  Call or email Candy today to sign up

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.