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SGP: WE THE PEOPLE’s 2013 Christmas wish list to government

On a cold and blustery Christmas in 1776, then General George Washington and his troops endured the elements in an encampment on the banks of the Delaware River with little food and insufficient clothing. Washington and his troops were willing to endure these hardships as necessary to fulfill our government’s (then the Continental Congress) promise to free Americans from the tyranny of King George and replace it with the enlightened liberty of Natural Law.[Proof that our country is founded on Natural Law http://t.co/rZswNupbeO]

To know the true significance of what was at stake, one must understand that our American Revolution was in reality a revolt against the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Pursuant to the Divine Right of Kings, the King is a God or an emissary of God here on earth. Therefore, no earthly-being can question the decisions of the King. Under the Divine Right of Kings, persons had no rights; there were only permissions and privileges that could be revoked by the King or his representatives at any time for any reason. And truth was established by the King and the Church.

During the Enlightenment (circa 1650AD-1800AD) there was a scientific, intellectual and culture revolution of thought. Average persons came to question the authority of the King and the Church. Using their own observations and reasoning, individuals began determining truth for themselves. During this time, Men of Letters such as John Locke, developed a body of thought that came to be known as Natural Law. Amongst other things, Natural Law prescribed that all men had certain unalienable Natural Law Rights. (In fact, Natural Law was so well known and understood at the time that the Founder's debated whether the Bill of Rights was even necessary) Locke continued this line of reasoning and developed the Governance Doctrine known as “Consent of the Governed”. In essence, government could only rule with the consent of the governed. And, in fact, that exact phrase appears in the American Declaration of Independence, as well as does the “Laws of Nature”. [ If you want a little more detail you can read Natural Law: How WE THE PEOPLE got to the 4th of July,1776 2/2 http://goo.gl/If3Pxk and/or listen to free audio book 2 Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke https://t.co/qDCsduYZ3w]

What follows are a few statements summarizing some of the sentiments and principles of Natural Law and Consent of the Governed. These statements were part and parcel of the belief system of our Founders. This writer hopes these statements will make more clear the vision our Founders had for this country and its individual citizens.

  • Using their own observations and reasons, the individual determines truth for themselves;
  • Self-Determination – Each individual shall determine the course of their lives for themselves, while at the same time accepting the rewards and consequences for their own decisions;
  • All persons are created equal;
  • “Man... hath by nature a power.... to preserve his property - that is, his life, liberty, and estate - against the injuries and attempts of other men.” John Locke;
  • “Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others” John Locke;
  • "To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man." Locke, John. The Second Treatise of Civil Government. 1690;
  • "every man being, as has been shewed[should], naturally free, and nothing being able to put him into subjection to any earthly power, but only his own consent" John Locke Two Treatises of Government #119;
  • MEN being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal, and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent. The only way whereby any one divests himself of his natural liberty, and puts on the bonds of civil society, is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living one amongst another, in a secure enjoyment of their properties, and a greater security against any, that are not of it. This any number of men may do, because it injures not the freedom of the rest; they are left as they were in the liberty of the state of nature. When any number of men have so consented to make one community or government, they are thereby presently incorporated, and make one body politic, wherein the majority have a right to act and conclude the rest. Locke, Section 95;
  • "But though men when they enter into society, give up the equality, liberty and executive power they had in the state of nature, into the hands of the society, to be so far disposed of by the legislature, as the good of the society shall require; yet it being only with an intention to everyone the better to preserve himself his liberty and property" (Second Treatise, Chapter 9);
  • Men, having been given free will, are not virtuous by nature and, acknowledging their imperfections, create governments so that they may live in safety and harmony together - Cato Letters 59&60;
  • “Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.” John Locke;
  • "The rulers ... exercising a power the people never put into their hands (who can never be supposed to consent, that anybody should rule over them for their harm), do that, which they have not a right to do. And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment". John Locke, Second Treatise of Government Chapter 14 (Consent of the Governed);
  • "Government being for the preservation of every man's right and property, by preserving him from the violence or injury of others, is for the good of the governed".John Locke, First Treatise on Government Chapter 9, (Consent of the Governed);
  • "But if a long train of abuses, prevarications and artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, and they cannot but feel, what they lie under, and whither they are going, 'tis not to be wondered, that they should then rouse themselves, and endeavour to put the rule into such hands, which may secure to them the ends for which government was at first enacted". (Second Treatise, Chapter 19);
  • "Whenever the power that is put in any hands for the government of the people, and the protection of our properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass or subdue them to the arbitrary and irregular commands of those that have it; there it presently becomes tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many". (Second Treatise, Chapter 18);
  • "(Tyranny is) ... when the governor, however entitled, makes not the law, but his will, the rule; and his commands and actions are not directed to the preservation of the properties of his people, but the satisfaction of his own ambition, revenge, covetousness, or any other irregular passion". (Second Treatise, Chapter 18);
  • "He" (the supreme executive) "also acts contrary to his trust, when he either employs the force, treasure and offices of the society, to corrupt the representatives, and gain them to his purposes; or openly pre-engages the electors, and prescribes to their choice, such, whom he has by solicitations, threats, promises, or otherwise won them to his designs, and employs them to bring in such, who have promised beforehand, what to vote, and what to enact". (Second Treatise, Chapter 19);
  • #Tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to John #Locke 2nd Treatise on Government Chapter18.

So beautifully and eloquently do these statements represent the nature and desires of a free mankind, that one must wonder if their descent into obscurity was accidental or contrived. Dear Government, WE THE PEOPLE put it to thee, is your failure to educate rank and file Americans in Natural Law by design to work to enslave us as we were under the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings? We pray thee answer truthfully.

Further, Dear Government, everything you have been doing lately seems to be in diametric opposition to the intent and promises of our revolutionary government. Our current government seems intent on restoring the governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Excepting , of course, that instead of a King whose decisions cannot be questioned because they allege their divinity, it is the decisions of Progressive Educated Elites whose decisions cannot be questioned because they allege their superior intellect and education as well as unquestionable altruism.

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Thomas Jefferson

In the Spirit of this Holiday Season, this writer will break this tense, awkward familial moment with the following segue.

“WE THE PEOPLE pray that our President, Congress and Courts and other elected officials provide WE THE PEOPLE with the peaceful remedy of restoring our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Natural Law before WE THE PEOPLE are forced to withdraw our Consent to be Governed.”

Should our elected officials be unsure of where to begin in restoring Natural Law and the Natural Rights of WE THE PEOPLE, this writer has provided this list as a starting point. With vision of our Country’s Founders as its template, this writer sets forward this more detailed Christmas 2013 wish list to our government.

  1. Please restore to WE THE PEOPLE a government whose foundation is built with integrity;
  2. Please abide by Natural Law, the Constitution and Bill of Rights as they were written. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were written to be anchors against the erosion of Liberty and expansion of tyranny. You have used the false premise of a living Constitution to wrongly justify your expansion of power and reduction of the Liberty of WE THE PEOPLE;
  3. Please restore to WE THE PEOPLE our inalienable right to determine Truth for ourselves using our own observations and reasoning;
  4. Please restore to WE THE PEOPLE our inalienable right to Self-Determination;
  5. Please make the teaching of Natural Law and the Governance Doctrine of Consent of the Governed required subject matter, from First Grade (age appropriate of course) and never let them fall into obscurity again;
  6. Please stop thinking you and/or other Educated Elites are better than.....

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Merry Christmas fellow Americans.

Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.

And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.

Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
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WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
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End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
http://BringHomethePoliticians.com

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
http://LawlessAmerica.com

Term Limits #TermLimit
http://TermLimits.org

Justice in Minnesota #JIM
http://JusticeinMN.com

Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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SGP: WHILE VISIONS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCCOUNTABILITY DANCED IN THEIR HEADS (2 of 3)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series involving recent government actions which appear to represent a move by our government towards more transparency and accountability of our government. In part one we discussed the intent of our Founders that government be transparent and accountable in anticipation of the nature of mankind. In part 1 we also discussed the decision by Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau to outsource major internal investigations to the Minnesota BCA in an attempt to restore public trust in the MPD. You can read part 1 by clicking here http://t.co/eM1OyheqVF.
In Part 2 this writer will share his thoughts on:

ANALYSIS: JUDGE RICHARD LEON FINDS NSA PHONE SNOOPING LIKELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

For your convenience, here again is a link to the Major Media's version of what transpired:

Judge: NSA phone snooping likely unconstitutional http://cnet.co/1heJfJd

In this writer's opinion, the Major Media just regurgitated a partial summary of the facts that make up this story. In a lame and uninspired manner, Major Media would have you believe that this is a simple story of a single Federal Judge (Richard Leon) ruling that certain activities of the NSA are unconstitutional. But, in so doing, they have left out so many relevant facts and hopelessly understated the significance of Judge Richard Leon's ruling, that to this writer's way of thinking, they have been duplicitous.

This writer will lay out his unique and more in depth perspective in 2 parts; 1) What should be, and; 2) What is.

But before this writer can do that, this writer will have bring most of you up to speed on significant facts and history that your government has purposely had your public schools ignore and/or gloss over.
In summary of previous articles by this writer, our American Revolution was in reality a revolt against the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Pursuant to the Divine Right of Kings, the King is a God or an emissary of God here on earth. Therefore, no earthly being can question the decisions of the King. Under the Divine Right of Kings, there were no rights; there were only permissions and privileges that could be revoked by the King or his representatives at any time for any reason.

During the Enlightenment (circa 1650AD-1800AD) their was a scientific, intellectual and culture revolution of thought. Average persons came to question the authority of the King and the Church. Using their own observations and reasoning, individuals began determining truth for themselves. During this time, Men of Letters such as John Locke, developed a body of thought that came to be known as Natural Law. Amongst other things, Natural Law prescribed that all men had certain unalienable Natural Law Rights. (In fact, Natural Law was so well known and understood at the time that the Founder's debated whether the Bill of Rights was even necessary) Locke continued this line of reasoning and developed the Governance Doctrine known as Consent of the Governed. In essence, government could only rule with the consent of the governed. And, in fact, that exact phrase appears in the American Declaration of Independence. [ If you want a little more detail you can read Natural Law: How WE THE PEOPLE got to the 4th of July,1776 2/2 http://goo.gl/If3Pxk and Proof that our country is founded on Natural Law http://t.co/rZswNupbeO] Another important concept developed and/or reestablished at this point in time was the Rule of Law. In brief, the Rule of Law provides that all men, regardless of wealth, position or social status, should be judged in the same manner pursuant to the same code of laws. With that extremely brief background, it is now possible to continue laying out the background which reveals the true magnitude of Judge Richard Leon's ruling.

WHAT SHOULD BE


Upon having secured victory in our revolution, the Founder's set about creating Foundational Documents. Their first attempt....

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Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.

And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.

Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
http://twitter.com/dmashak
http://Facebook/Don.Mashak
Don Mashak Google Plus http://goo.gl/1AUrE

WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://WETHEPEOPLETAR.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://twitter.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR

End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
http://BringHomethePoliticians.com

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
http://LawlessAmerica.com

Term Limits #TermLimit
http://TermLimits.org

Justice in Minnesota #JIM
http://JusticeinMN.com

Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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SGP: WHILE VISIONS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCCOUNTABILITY DANCED IN THEIR HEADS (1 of 3)

In crafting the foundational documents for our republic, our Founders chose to follow the advice of John Locke. They constructed our government with the Nature of Man in mind. Perhaps nothing better sums up the Founder’s perspective of the Nature of Man than Cato Letters 59&60 (1720AD-1723AD):

Men, having been given free will, are not virtuous by nature and, acknowledging their imperfections, create governments so that they may live in safety and harmony together.


Acting on this knowledge, our Founding Fathers built into our Government and Constitution, various checks and balances. Amongst these checks and balances were transparency and accountability. [http://goo.gl/R2KfY4 ]

Until this just past week it seemed that our Federal, State and Local governments had forgot about their obligations of transparency and accountability to WE THE PEOPLE. In the past few days Minnesotans have been tantalized with the prospect of the return to a policy of checks, balances, transparency and accountability in our State and local governments in accordance with the Constitution and the vision our Founders had for this Country.

In rapid succession, our state and federal government, some local law enforcement and the federal judiciary have agreed to the outsourcing of the investigation of complaints against Minneapolis police officers (MPD), financial disclosure by Minnesota State Judges and a Federal Judge has ruled the majority of data mining by the NSA to be unconstitutional. These actions represent a move in the right direction by Federal and Minnesota State and Local Governance in providing peaceful resolution to redress grievances brought by a wide-ranging coalition of citizens.

This writer will begin by providing you links to various Major Media reporting of these actions. Then this writer will offer his perspective and analysis of these Liberty expanding actions over the course of 3 successive daily installments. This analysis to include pointing out major media‘s spin, which this writer believes accrues to the detriment of rank and file Americans. In the end, this writer will ask the reader to use their own observations and reasoning to determine truth for themselves (pursuant to Natural Law) using Critical Thinking [http://goo.gl/R2KfY4].

With Major Media feeling obligated to run ads alleging they are more trustworthy than the internet, it will be interesting to hear whether you find major media’s reporting or this writer’s reporting as better reflecting the truth you will determine for yourself?
You can read the major media’s spun versions of these expansions of Transparency and Accountability of government here:

Minnesota BCA to Handle High-Profile Minneapolis Police (MPD) Internal Investigations http://kstp.mn/72nfc

Minnesota Governor Dayton Rejects Minneapolis Police Chief’s Misconduct Investigation Plan http://cbsloc.al/1ft5eL5

Judge: NSA phone snooping likely unconstitutional http://cnet.co/1heJfJd

Minnesota Judges face new financial disclosure requirements http://strib.mn/1bSm0n7


Though one of these actions seems to be lacking in sincerity and scope, they represent concessions in a well documented struggle by groups this writer has lead, leads or has otherwise been affiliated with to achieve peaceful resolution to some of our Natural Law Right Petitions for Redress of Grievances without fear of punishment and reprisal as reduced to writing in the 1st Amendment.

For those new readers who are unaware, this writer has been involved in what he now calls the WE THE PEOPLE TAR (Transparency, Accountability and Reform) movement for more than 20 years. While this writer has been primarily engaged in demanding Judicial TAR and Government Fiscal TAR, he has been aligned with and affiliated with groups with diverse demands for redress of grievances from our government. Since 2005, hundreds of Minnesotans have sought and been denied a hearing to give evidence and testimony of systemic corruption in the Minnesota Judiciary before the Minnesota House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Your government, who misleads rank and file Americans into believing it is benevolent, is anything but. Your government actively, illegally and unconstitutionally, punishes and reprises against the voices of political dissent. At least one individual has moved out of the country to escape the retaliation. Others have moved out of state and assumed a low profile to escape retribution. Others have.....

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Those were my thoughts.


In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.

And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.

Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
http://twitter.com/dmashak
http://Facebook/Don.Mashak
Don Mashak Google Plus http://goo.gl/1AUrE

WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://WETHEPEOPLETAR.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://twitter.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR

End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
http://BringHomethePoliticians.com

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
http://LawlessAmerica.com

Term Limits #TermLimit
http://TermLimits.org

Justice in Minnesota #JIM
http://JusticeinMN.com

Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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MD SENATOR SHANK ANNOUNCES A NEW FREEDOM AGENDA

                  

ACTION ALERT



    Calling all ACT-ivists! It's time to get serious and ACT!! We are in for the fight for our lives in 2014. This could be the final battle if we do not get off of our couches, turn off the TV or the XBox or whatever is distracting us, and fight not only to protect our rights, but to take back the rights that have already been taken from us or...that we have foolishly given away. You may think that this message is not for you. Unfortunately those who are act-ivists are usually too humble to consider themselves as such, and many of those who call themselves act-ivists rarely ACT. The most basic definition of an act-ivist is:

Someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change.  (see http://www.macmillandictionary.com) 

In short, act-ivists ACT and they ACT in an effort to achieve a desired change in their political environment. If you have ever done something as simple as signing a petition, writing a letter,  or making a phone call while hoping to achieve political change...you ACTED and you are an ACT-ivist.  Conversely, if you sit on a board of a large activist organization and you do nothing but show up to board meetings...sorry, not an act-ivist.
    Because this country is currently in critical condition, I am asking everyone who reads this to search themselves to look for that inner act-ivist and ask yourselves 4 simple questions:

1. Do Americans have the freedoms that they had 50 years ago, 12 years ago, or even one year ago and will they have the rights that they have now 50 years from now, 12 years from now, or even next year?

2. Is there something--anything--that I can do?

3. Am I willing?

4. How can I get started?

     I recently attended the Western Maryland state delegation pre-legislative meetings with the Washington County BOE, the county commissioners, the Hagerstown mayor and council, and finally the community. It was a long day, but I stuck it out hoping to be inspired to fight on or at least find something interesting to write about. I was feeling mostly apathetic because the last time that I saw this delegation it was at the post-legislative community meeting and it appeared that we had lost every battle. (See Senator Shank Perceives Two Marylands.) The super-majority Democratic administration had passed over 40 new taxes (including a Rain Tax), brutally infringed on our 2nd Amendment rights by passing SB281, and gerrymandered us out of our solid long-time Conservative representation in the U.S. Congress. So, I spent the entire day waiting for a glimmer of hope that this year would be different. It looked as if it wouldn't come...right up until the last 10 minutes of the day when Senator Shank said:
"It is time to push back..."
Yes, my little act-ivist heart went pitter patter. Suddenly this depressing marathon was worth every minute of lackluster comments and requests coming from those who are supposed to have an enthusiastic vision accompanied by workable plans for our county and city in the coming year. Those four words were the spark that I needed to reignite the act-ivist passion needed to continue to fight. Make no mistake. It will be a fight.
    Senator Shank stated that while he is concerned about the issues of the Rain Tax, Common Core, and the corporate tax climate, he is also interested in a few alternate issues as well. He and Delegate Serafini are creating a Freedom Agenda. This is huge! Yet you did not read about it in the Herald Mail when they reported on these meetings. He only spoke about it briefly. I know he plans to give more details at a later date. He did say that the Freedom Agenda would push back on privacy issues (state laws regarding email, drones, and cell towers) and would also entail creating a Religious Freedom Caucus. He stated that there are two very different world views in Maryland with limited choices. Those who do not feel represented in this state can either relocate, get involved in the secession movement (he believes it is not viable), or get involved in the political process and be prepared to fight. I am very interested in hearing more about the Freedom Agenda from Senator Shank. I have since corresponded with Delegate Parrott as well, and he also is ready to push back (push back is his middle name), and we all believe that the Hagerstown TEA Party (HTP) will play a big role. The HTP's Board of Directors are currently in the process of developing a vision for 2014. We will be meeting with Conservative elected officials, other local Conservative leaders, and our members to get feedback and suggestions about how we can most effectively move forward in the new year.
    I wish that I could say that the fight will only be against Liberal Progressives. Not so. The establishment Republicans, at least at the national level, are publicly declaring war against the TEA Party and other Conservative groups (Libertarians, 912 Groups, Restore America's Mission, Campaign for Liberty, Americans for Prosperity, et al), although the TEA Party seems to be the largest target. I wish that it wasn't so. I have said it many times. If establishment Republicans would stand firmly on their own platform and be willing to fight to defend it, the TEA Party would go to the front lines with them. We would fight with them and for them. But, if they continue to sell out and cheapen the principles of their own platform...we will fight them! I am all for compromise, but a compromise typically results in a 50-50 outcome or at least close to it.  I am tired of the charade of the establishment Republicans at the national level pretending to  take a stand only to inevitably give in and give the Progressives all that they want. There is usually a payoff. It is too predictable. Either these Republicans are the biggest losers ever to exist or it is all theater with a pre-planned outcome that protects a career politician's seat or enriches someone personally or someone's constituency.
So we will be fighting on two fronts. It seems insurrmountable, but always remember that radical ragtag little group that took on the the largest military of its time to form their own country...and won. We will have to unite in order to take on the Progressive machine. It is very important that every single Conservative resist the urge to criticize one another and to only promote their primary issue.This is another whole topic of discussion for a later time.
    Lets consider those four questions that we need to ask ourselves:

1. Do Americans have the freedoms that they had 50 years ago, 10 years ago, or even one year ago and will they have the rights that they have now 50 years from now, 10 years from now, or even next year?
    The answer to that is no, no, no and most likely no, no, and no....unless we ACT.  When I was in elementary school in the 1960s who would have believed that the day would come when it would be illegal to pray in school or to say the Pledge of Allegiance? Who would have thought that in the United States of America the government would be able to take your private property againsts your will for the good of society (eminent domain)? Just a year ago it seemed a ridiculous notion that the government would ever seek to infringe on our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms or the privacy to own the unregistered weapon of our choice for the protection of ourselves and our families...and then it happened. We all know that SB281 is just the beginning of the Progressive plan to disarm every American. Who in their wildest dreams would have thought that the U.S. Supreme Court would protect an unconstitutional law that requires American citizens to purchase a product (health insurance) or be penalized? So what will it be next year? There is no question that at this time our freedoms are more at risk than ever before. We can not let them gain anymore ground. We must take back what they have illegally taken from us.

2. Is there something--anything--that I can do?

    I realize that not everyone has the time, the finances, or even the strength in body to commit to or participate in every aspect of act-ivism every time an opportunity or need arises. Some can. Most of us have some kind of limitations, but there is always something that we can do. Recently I realized that many or even most of who were active in the TEA Party at its inception in 2009 were already retirees. Five years can make a huge difference in the physical capabilities of a senior citizen, so I understand that there are many who feel that they can no longer participate in grassroots act-ivism. I suffer with a painful spinal condition that limits what I am able to do compared to what I want to do, so I get it, but most of us  (not all) can still do something at home. If you can use a telephone or a pen and paper you can still play an important role in this critical defense of our freedoms. I just ask that you search yourself and try to find something that you can do to support the HTP in 2014. We will be reaching out to everyone with a specific plan of action in the next few months and it would mean so much to us to know that we can count on you.

3. Am I willing?

    This is where we really need to get honest with ourselves. If you are reading this you must have some interest in current events and Conservative politics. Something in your gut is telling you that this country is in trouble. You may have searched yourself and found that you do have skills, talents, time, or finances that can be used in the upcoming and ongoing battle for our freedoms. But, are you willing? How much does your freedom and the future of our nation mean to you? What are you willing to invest in saving our country from a Socialist Progressive agenda? How much is it worth to you to preserve the freedoms that has made this country the envy of the world for future generations? Will you give up a couple of TV shows so that you have time to participate? Or will you give up one frivolous expense in order to donate money? Or will you have the courage to get out of your comfort zone to ask the hard questions or publicly take a stand in some way? Are you willing? If so, you are  a patriot and an ACT-ivist reporting for duty. Proceed to the final question.


4. How can I get started?

    As I said earlier in this post, the HTP is in the process of developing a vision and an action plan for 2014. We need your input. I will personally be calling our membership because I want to hear your ideas and suggestions. We have close to 700 people on our contact list. Certainly we can get at least 50% of you to commit to some form of act-ivism in the coming year. Can you imagine all that we could accomplish if even 50% of you who placed your information on our contact list were to stand together in the coming year? It would be phenominal! We plan to have a membership meeting, tentatively on January 23rd, to discuss the details. Please plan to be there! Please plan to get involved.

    You do not have to wait for me to call you. If you have something that you would like the board to consider as we develop the vision and action plan, you can email me at lgivensevans@reagan.com or call me at 301-992-6943. If you don't get an answer, leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible.

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Win or lose our children will tell their children that we did all that we could to defend our freedoms!
 
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