Town Hall with Congressman Jim Jordan

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.

 

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

 

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.

A third poll of the conservative voting of Renacci vs. Jordan.

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A member of our group suggested a third site for ratings of Congressmen. Here is his comment:

“I find the best site to tell how our national legislators are doing is he Freedom Index which you can get free on thenewamerican.com site. Each session they pick the ten major issues in both houses, give you a rundown on each issue and why they scored each issue as being in line with Constitutional principles by voting yea or nay. It gives you each legislators score for the session as well as their historical score for as long as they have been in Congress.”

I went to the site and according to their ratings Jim Jordan is at 80% and Jim Renacci is at 58%. BTW Rob Portman is rated at 51%.

Here is the link to that page: https://www.thenewamerican.com/freedom-index

The more information we have about candidates the better we can make a good choice.

Response from Tom Z about Jim Renacci

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In response to my email to Tom Z from OLC about Jim Renacci’s score by Heritage Action, here is Tom’s response:

“As for Jim’s record, I have confronted him with his Heritage score and his point is that Heritage Cherry Pick just a few votes and so their score does not reflect accurately how conservatively he votes. He pointed out that FreedomWorks has him at 92% this year and Jordan at 100%. (http://congress.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/house/2017#state=OH) and questions how Heritage can be so different from FreedomWorks unless they are picking and choosing the votes they want to call conservative.

He’s got a valid point, but that doesn’t make him Jim Jordan, but Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan either as far as being a conservative is concerned. So, I think when you look at Renacci you have to look at him like we had to look at Trump, he wasn’t TEA Party but he wasn’t establishment ruling class Republican either and because he was a businessman he was a lot more conservative than most conservatives.

Tom Z”

Check out the link and choose for yourself.

We the People Convention, June 24, 2017

Yesterday, June 24th, I attended the We the People Convention near Columbus. Hosted by Ohio Liberty Coalition, We were expecting to hear the beliefs of the four candidates running for Governor in the Republican Party Primary next May.
Atty. Gen Mike DeWine, Lt Gov Mary Taylor, Sec. State Jon Husted and US Rep Jim Renacci were the 4 candidates.
The format was each candidate would give us an overview of their background and beliefs, then asked to answer the same 5 specific questions, and finally a session of questions from audience members.
Lt Governor Mary Taylor was unable to attend due to a family emergency but sent us a video explaining her achievements and plans for the state.
Our remaining three speakers answered the following questions: (paraphrased)
1. With all states around us passing Right to Work legislation, would you support the Right to Work for Ohio…
a. Atty. General Mike DeWine said he would take it under consideration.
b. Sec. of State Jon Husted said Yes
c. US Rep Jim Renacci said Yes
2. Would you consider, no matter what happens with Obamacare, making changes to Medicaid Expansion.
a. AG Mike DeWine said we needed to see what happened with Obamacare before we could know the right thing to do.
b. Sec of State Husted said Yes
c. Rep Renacci said Yes
3. When the Heartbeat Bill reached Gov. Kasich desk he refused to sign it because it would probably be overturned in the courts, Would you sign the bill if it reached your desk as Governor.
a AG DeWine said Yes
b Sec State Husted said Yes
c Rep Renacci said Yes
4. Would you eliminate Common Core and all related testing, and return the power to local school districts.
a. AG DeWine said Yes
b Sec State Husted said Yes
c Rep Renacci said Yes
5. Would you prevent illegal immigrants from having sanctuary cities, ohio drivers licenses, in state and free tuition to higher education and other benefits?
a AG DeWine said Yes
b Sec State Husted said Yes
c Rep Renacci said Yes.
In answering the 8-10 questions from the audience, they seemed to lean toward the conservative agenda.
One statement made by Rep Renacci caught my attention. He said he tended to vote just like Rep. Jim Jordan and that he stressed his conservatism was nearly identical to Jim’s.
After returning home, I fact checked that statement. Heritage Action produces a “Conservative Scorecard” where they rate how conservative all members of Congress (Reps and Sen.) vote on issues. Rep Jordan has consistently had a rate in the high 90’s and is presently at 95%. Rep Renacci’s rating is presently 64%. That does not look nearly identical to me…just saying.

Meet and Greet with Craid Riedel 6/16/17

Just got back from a Meet and Greet with State Representative Craig S Riedel at Cloud 9 in Wapakoneta.

Craig gave us information about the Ohio State Budget progress….Now in reconciliation process. Although he agrees with many parts of the budget, he will be opposing it due to the expected Medicaid expansion costs in the budget.

I discussed our support for HB176 and he said it has yet to come up for second reading, but continues to support the bill.

He mentioned that there is a issue concerning businesses who must deal with multiple jurisdictions income taxes. The proposal is for the business to have the option of sending all pertinent information and the payment to the Department of Taxation. The department would then file with the multiple jurisdictions for the businesses. The dispute of this process is who would pay a processing fee of 1% …the municipality or the business. Craig supports payment by the businesses as it would be saving them considerable time and paperwork in processing.

You can contact Rep. Riedel at his email address: Rep82@ohiohouse.gov

Meeting review June 14, 2017

Last night I attended a Grassroots Meeting sponsored by Freedomworks and Jobs Creators Network in Dublin, Ohio.

Stephen Moore, Fox News Contributor and Trump Economic Advisor was among the speakers and gave us information concerning processes simplifying the tax code.

Buckeye Institute’s speaker was Greg Lawson to discuss tax issues in the State and local municipalities and how they affect individuals and small businesses.

Jobs Creators Network’s speaker introduced a Columbus businessman who discussed the impact taxation has on small businesses.

The meeting was extremely informative and stressed the need for individuals to get informed and involved to produce changes in tax laws at the Federal, State and Local levels.

An abundance of information is available at the following websites:
http://www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com
http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org
http://www.freedomworks.org

Check out these websites

HOUSE BILL 176

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Follow this link and read the bill  https://drive.google.com/…/0Bxf9NZ-asZp3VFEyUTRVczV3Mz…/view

 

It looks like they are trying to return Ohio to the educational standards and testing prior to Common Core.   It specifically mentions the elimination of Common Core and the prohibition of using PARCC testing.

 

If you agree with the bill, contact your local state representative: Craig Riedel or Keith Faber.

“THEY COME TO AMERICA” PARTS I, II, III

I have just finished viewing Dennis Michael Lynch’s video collection called “They Come to America” Parts I, II, and III. Each video is stand alone and approximately 2 hours long.

It is a powerful, fantastic series on immigration that will make you angry, sad and somewhat apprehensive. I highly recommend viewing the entire series.

I will be bringing the videos to the meeting Thurs., May 4 and have a signup sheet for those who would like to take one of the videos to watch at home. It is not imperative to view them in sequence.

See you Thurs.