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.

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!)