Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let Your State Flag Fly



This is one of the best Stouffer Reports of all times. It's just too good to just let it sit and fade away in my inbox so I'd like to shout it from the internet rooftops. 
Senator Stouffer, I'm proud to have you serving as my state representative!

Stouffer Report
January 21, 2010

Our mistrust of government was delivered with our colonial birth, when a distant government imposed taxes on the hard-working people it ignored. It started in Massachusetts, the cradle of our independence.

Looking for folks evading taxes on goods, government elites from afar sent inspectors into homes, without warrant or warning. When patriots disobeyed, they were punished with further taxation and blocked from receiving important items from trade at their ports. The frustration led to discontent, then hopelessness, followed by war.

Genius men of varying backgrounds, all well-read and some well-said — farmers, lawyers and doctors — met in private to decide a course of action. Most were supported by wives of even greater intelligence and self-sacrifice.

They wrote a document, a “Declaration of Independence,” that described a natural law — given by a Creator, not government. A Constitution followed, with ten amendments suggested by independent states.

The final of these amendments, the 10th, described the sovereignty of each state. A government was to be established at the local, county, state and then federal level. The idea was that folks closest to home govern best.

The 10th Amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Put simply: Congress was given the authority to regulate only specific matters listed in the Constitution.

Today, politicians in Washington, D.C., have the federal government regulating everything under the sun, surpassing the items that Article 1, Section 8 in our nation’s Constitution, clearly describes.

I have only been in politics for a relatively short time and there is still much to learn about the legislative process. I continue to be amazed by the constant federal government bypass or tactics to swap local control closer to home for bigger government for all.

Many of our current leaders have used our Constitution as a document that can be stretched into the boundaries of covering the issues of the day. That is not the original intent. Those topics were reserved for the states and local governments. The founders created the federal governments for the states, not vice-versa.

This year, a number of Legislatures are taking proactive steps in restoring their state’s constitutionally-protected sovereignty. Many states are realizing the importance of working to oppose all efforts by the federal government to act beyond its U.S. Constitutional authority.

I am encouraged by the number of folks reading and studying about our Constitution today. Once we truly read and understand the document, we realize how far from reality both parties have led us in the past decade.

For this reason, I am working with my colleagues to pass a resolution in support of the 10th Amendment and in support of our state’s sovereignty.

Our constitution limits the authority of the federal government to specific powers. The states have the ability to enact laws that meet its individual needs, not a one-sized-fits-all decision for the entire union.

If we really want to send a message to Washington, D.C., we should start raising our Missouri flags!

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Calendar of Events

February Calendar of Events

Saturday 2/6 & 2/13 
Principles of Freedom 101
5,000 Year Leap Course

Monday 2/8
Macon County Republican Club
6:30 @ Los Jimedores Mexican Restaurant
Macon, MO
Contact: President, David Foster 
(660) 251-1991

Thursday 2/11
Macon Co Federated Womens Club
To Be Announced
Contact: President, Bonnie Morris
(660) 385-5002

Thursday 2/18
Gun Rights / Constitution
Speaker: Greg Liles
6:00 pm
Soup Dinner Catered by
Linn Co Republican Women
Lambert Building
Laclede, MO
Contact: Mike Brown
(660) 963-2523 

Saturday, 2/20
Refuse to be a Victim
Self Defense Course
Instructor: Greg Liles
9-12 noon
Best Western Inn, Moberly
Contact: Greg Liles north65ven@mchsi.com

Saturday, 2/27
Macon County Patriots
Missouri State Sovereignty
Details coming soon!!
Contact: Sally Weber - sallyweber.mo@gmail.com

Sunday, 2/28
Concealed Carry Permit Course
Instructor: Greg Liles
12 noon
Auxvasse, MO
Contact: Greg Liles - north65ven@mchsi.com

For those of you who were able to come to the events where our Constitution / 10th Amendment speaker, Paul Curtman spoke, we have been following Paul's campaign for Missouri House Dist. 105
http://www.paulcurtman.com/Welcome.html
Paul's brother, Jason Curtman, is the Chief of Police of Bloomfield, MO and is a Concealed Carry Instructor in the St. Louis area. Chief Curtman and Sherman C. Graves have teamed up in the St. Louis Area offering courses throughout the SE Missouri area.
Concealed Advantage offers courses as a fund raiser to support Paul's campaign. All fees are donated to the campaign. If you have family &/or friends in SE Missouri this is a great recommendation.







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Monday, January 25, 2010

Principals of Freedom Course


PRINCIPALS OF FREEDOM 101


WHAT:
Learn about the United States Constitution and Government from the founding fathers. All the things that are not taught in the schools. The 28 principals of good government. This will be a video lecture utilizing the 5000 year leap book for reference. Bring your own book. If you need a book we will have them available at $5.00 .
 

WHERE:
Instruction will be conducted at the  

Macon Church of the Open Door  
1604 N. Missouri St. Suite B 
Across the street from Westlake Ace Hardware.
 

WHEN:
This will be a two day class. Saturday Feb. 6th and  

Saturday Feb. 13th consisting of eight hours of instruction each day beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 6:00 PM .
 

WHY?

  • So that We the People will know and understand what it means when we read the Constitution. 
  • So we will be able to see all the violations of the Constitution that government is committing.
  • So we will know how to vote for good and Constitutional laws and candidates. 
  • So we will no longer remain silent and unrepresented.


This course is being offered at no cost
For more information please call:

David Foster 
(660) 251-1991


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ACTION ALERT: Missouri Tax Reform Bills



Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: MO State Capitol
City/Town: Jefferson City, MO
 


HJR-56 and SJR-29 are the new MO tax reform bills inspired by the national FairTax (HR-25). They have been filed and your support is critical to their success. Please join us as we kick off our lobbying efforts with the Missouri House and Senate this year.

Come early and stay late to meet with your elected officials and tell them why you support MO HJR-56/SJR-29 and US HR-25. We especially need you to help us persuade the MO Senate that the people deserve the chance to see this reform initiative on the ballot in 2010.
 
Schedule:

9:00 AM to 11:15 AM - Stop by Sen Chuck Purgason's office (Rm 420A) for final schedule and last-minute instructions. Spend morning calling on your elected officials.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Gather in the Rotunda for inspiration and testimony.

12:30 to 1:30 PM - Lunch near the Capitol.

1:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Continue calls on elected officials.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Debrief and head for home.

For more details, go to:
http://www.meetup.com/MO-FairTax/calendar/12136208/

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ACTION ALERT: Missouri Health Care Freedom Act




You are needed at the Capitol
Thursday, January 28 
8:00 a.m. 
Hearings on the Health Care Freedom Acts, both SJR25 and HJR57, will be heard on that morning. If we can fill the hearing rooms and the halls, the leadership in both bodies of the General Assembly will know we mean business!

8:00 a.m.  SJR25 (Health Care Freedom Act)
Senate Committee Room 1 (first floor, northeast side of Capitol)
http://www.senate.mo.gov/10info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=3157561
 

9:00 a.m.   HJR57 (Health Care Freedom Act)
House Hearing Room to be announced. (House Hearing rooms are in the basement of the Capitol)
http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/bills/hjr57.htm


If you can't come to the Capitol, please download the attached witness form:


Print and fill out 2 forms -one for each Joint Resolution.  
Fax the forms to CWA of MO at 636-932-4089 
or 
SJR25 form to Senator Cunningham at (573) 526-9852
HJR57 form to Rep. Jones at (573) 526-9852. 

  • On one of the witness forms you would put SJR25 where it asks for bill number and Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee where it asks for Committee.  
  • On the other witness form you would put HJR57 where it asks for bill number and Special Standing Committee on General Laws where it asks for Committee. 
  • The date would be January 28 for both and then include your personal information.  You don’t have to put anything in the testimony part. The impact will be made when stacks of these witness forms are turned into the Senate and the House committees.
Prayer paves the way but action possesses the land. 
~CWA of MO


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

From The Arch To Massachusetts



24th State
Jim Durbin
1/19/2010

I don't even remember where I heard about the first St Louis Tea Party.  I knew of Dana, but didn't know much about her politics.  I'd never heard of some guy named Hennessy.  All I knew was the stimulus bill was a huge payoff, unnecessary, and it represented the wrong way in American politics.
So I heard about the Tea Party and headed on down to Arch.  I was alone at the time - while I had work to do - going down was something I figured I needed to do - so I took my phone, tweeted some pictures, and stood in the cold.  I counted the crowd, and said there were 1500 people there.  My method is published in the post.  I shook hands with Ed Martin and Shamed Dogan, met a couple of videographers, and then went home and published.  
We of course didn't know what it meant at the time, but the people who showed at that event, and the subsequent rallies at Kiener, Washington, the health care townhalls, D.C., and Quincy would have an enormous effect on the country's direction. Obama's ratings recorded the biggest drop for any president in their first year.  The Democratic legislature was stymied in its attempt to pass health care by the August recess, and now, six months later, finds itself scrambling... to lose the 41st Senate seat (in frakking Massachusetts of all places).  The media is in complete meltdown mode, pants down and mask off as an irresponsible and unreliable purveyor of spin. 
Whatever happens today and tomorrow, and in the next year, I just wanted to say thank you to all of the folks who organized, attended, and supported the authentic Tea Party events in Missouri and across the nation.
On each day, you stood up and boldy proclaimed that you were free citizens, not cowed subjects. You reminded the Beltway crowd that elections are just part of a representative democracy, and in this country, men and women are free to assemble and petition the government for a redress of their grievances.
I'm going to predict that 2010 is the year the Carnahan name is finally removed from the Missouri body politic, and I believe Ike Skelton has seen the end of his legislative days as well.  I think it will be a very good year for Republicans nationally, but it won't count for anything if we elect a bunch of big state Republicans that are fine with a massive government as long as they are in charge.
We face a very rocky decade.  We need men and women of principle who will make the tough choices to make us solvent and break the dependency of corporate and private welfare.  We need legislators who serve because it is their duty, and not their meal ticket.  We need health care reform that addresses the real problems, and not a single payer in sheep clothing union and donor payoff bill written in secret and passed with bribes. And most of all, we need people who are willing to call out corruption in government at all levels, no matter the party, and no matter the risk to their career.  Breaking the Democratic party is not the point if we replace it with a Republican party that gives our money to a different set of thieves.
If 2009 was the year of the Republican resurgence, then 2011 needs to be the rebirth of the Democratic Party as the party of fiscally responsible liberals who hold Republicans to the promises of country first.  We need two strong parties who respect our laws and institutions.  But in the end, we the people need to recognize that no political party is made of angels.
It is our duty to watch them, and to hold them to account.  We have slumbered enough.  The center can hold, as long as patriots like those who stood shoulder to shoulder with me in the cold last February are willing to serve as the guardians of the Republic and our Constitution.  Thank you for having me in your ranks. 
Let's get ready to go to work tomorrow.
Emphasis & past tense editing mine. 

Thank you, Jim Durbin, for putting into words what we are truly all about, where we have come from and the work we have a head of us!

Last night's victory in Massachusetts was monumental for the Tea Party Patriot movement. The voice of  We The People. The mainstream media has shot themselves in the foot by ignoring our voice because we have become a force beyond their editing.

Comments following Scott Brown's victory 1/19/2010
  • This victory is the shot heard around the world!
  • “There is a revolt going on in this country. Massachusetts will just inspire the patriot movement.” ~Bay Buchanan
  • “I thought it was going to be me against the machine. I was wrong. It’s all of us against the machine. You have shown everyone now that you are the machine.” ~Scott Brown 
  • "How totally fitting that the opening shot against tyranny should once again be fired in Massachusetts!!" ~Take America Back 
Conservatives 4 Palin
January 11, 2010
Townhall.com's political reporter Jillian Bandes quotes Matthew Continetti, the author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin,
 "Palin understands the GOP must capture the Tea Party message, enthusiasm, and supporters if it wants to return to power."





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Monday, January 18, 2010

Deeply Rooted in the American Dream



Heritage Foundation
January 18, 2010

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial and admonished America to return to its First Principles. In his I Have a Dream Speech, he announced his dream that “one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” He longed to see a day when all “would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”  
Dr. King did not talk about remaking America.
His dream was one which, in his words, was “deeply rooted in the American dream.” It hearkened back to the principles upon which our country was founded. It was not a rejection of our past, but a vision of hope based on the principles of our past.
Dr. King held firm to the truths of the Declaration of Independence in a time when the situation of African Americans appeared hopeless. Based on a series of arbitrary and unjust policies, African Americans were denied basic protections of the rule of law. Segregation prevented access to public accommodations, and many were reduced to poverty as a result of these injustices. Dr. King did not ask African Americans to be satisfied with their condition, nor did he denounce America as an unjust nation. Instead, Dr. King assured his listeners that their circumstances were contrary to America’s creed. He used the central principle of the Declaration – natural human equality – as a rallying cry for civil rights.
Dr. King held that the principle of human equality is the foundation of the Declaration’s statement of natural rights. We are all equal because we all participate in a common human nature. Since we are all equal, we are all entitled to the basic rights that are derived from human nature. From these First Principles, Dr. King understood that all Americans—regardless of skin color—should have access to the rule of law, public accommodations, and thereby have the ability to pursue economic opportunities and, ultimately, happiness.
But Dr. King did not think that the principle of equality meant that everyone should be treated the same. He sought equality of rights and equality before the law, not equality of outcomes or equality as a result. For Dr. King, justice was when a person is judged “by the content of their character” rather than by arbitrary considerations such as skin color.  Dr. King did not mean that we should treat people of good character and bad character the same. Actual equality is achieved when arbitrary standards are replaced by meaningful criteria such as talent and virtue. A just country, in Dr. King’s vision, is one in which people are rewarded for acting well.
As Americans, we should take this lesson from Martin Luther King Jr. to heart: we should look to our First Principles to guide us through our current political problems. In his latest book, We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, Matthew Spalding articulates ten core principles of America that define our national creed and explain our common purpose: These principles are equality, natural rights, consent of the governed, religious liberty, private property, rule of law, constitutionalism, self governmentand independence. Spalding writes:
Only when we know these principles once again can we renew America. Only when we understand the significance of these principles can we grasp the nobility of our accomplishments as a people and see how far we have strayed off our course as a nation. Only then can we realize the societal choices before us and begin to develop a strategy to reclaim our future.
The future of America rests on returning to its First Principles. We face an unprecedented expansion of government power and a new kind of tyranny – a softer, bureaucratic tyranny. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us rely on our First Principles as a guide for the challenges we face ahead.
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963
  • “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Martin Luther King Jr. June 23, 1963
  • “One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage, and thusly, carrying our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” – Martin Luther King Jr. April 1963




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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin Is Remaining a Republican




Sarah Palin makes it clear that she is remaining a Republican. I believe that speaks volumes against the Democrat talking points and fear manipulators who are trying to discourage Republicans from jumping at the advantage of having the power of the Tea Party support. 

From Townhall.com
Jillian Bandes
January 11, 2010
Palin just announced that she would speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April – the second-most important GOP political gathering behind the Republican National Convention.

Palin’s SLRC speech will happen right after a keynote address at the National Tea Party Convention, which has a goal of consolidating the movement’s “multiple organizations.” 

Matthew Continetti, author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin, says, “I happen to think her more important appearance will be at the national Tea Party convention next month — Palin understands the GOP must capture the Tea Party message, enthusiasm, and supporters if it wants to return to power.” 

Palin’s tea party appeal can’t be denied among the GOP rank-and-file. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and forty-one percent of all voters currently see Palin as “representative of a new direction for the Republican Party.”

It's important to listen to truth and not gossip. It's vital to seek out honest reporting and not biased, manipulative television and newspaper media. In her own words, please listen for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnt9jgOGSDE








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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions - CCW Permit Course 1/16/10


FAQ's Regarding the CCW Permit Course
being offered 1/16/10

You must be 23 and a Missouri resident for 6 months

Once I take this course will I then have a license to carry a concealed weapon?

No. The 8 hour CCW course is required by law to be completed in order to apply for your certificate of qualification with the county sheriff's office.
Greg Liles will go into detail about the procedure to obtain your CCW permit.
This is a good site to review the Concealed Carry Laws:

Do I need to have my own gun to take this course?

Requirements to bring to class:
Hand gun - Automatic and/or Revolver
50 rounds of caliber for handgun
Hearing and eye protection

Would this class be appropriate for beginners or those who need a refresher?

This course is flexible and is geared for ALL skill levels.

To register for this course please send:
Full Name, Phone Number, County of Residence and Email Address
to

An information packet with location and additional course and attendance information will be sent out to the email address supplied upon receipt of registration.

Registration Deadline is
Thursday 1/14/10




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Monday, January 4, 2010

Concealed Carry Weapon Course - 1/16/10


Concealed Carry Weapon Course

Open to the public by Pre-Registration Only
You must be 23 and Missouri resident for 6 months
Saturday, January 16, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta, MO
$75.00
Lunch will be provided.

Course Instructor: Mr. Greg Liles
NRA Certified instructor in Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun
instructing Concealed Carry in Missouri.
Member of Oath Keepers

Greg served with 1st/75th Ranger (ABN), Instructor Reconnaissance/Commando
(RECONDO) School - 101st Airborne Division, Operations Sergeant.
After serving, Greg and his wife relocated to Alaska
approximately 70 miles by aircraft west of Fairbanks,
where they owned & operated a lodge and guided hunting,
fishing and river trips

 TO REGISTER

Send your full Name, Phone Number, County and Email address to:


An information packet will be sent out upon receipt of registration.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS
THURSDAY, 1/14/10





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Gun Rights Workshop - 1/11/10


Gun Rights Workshop

Monday, January 11, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Los Jimadores Restaurant
Macon, MO

This meeting is open to the public.
Dutch treat meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the program.

Guest Speaker: Mr. Greg Liles

Greg served with 1st/75th Ranger (ABN),
Instructor Reconnaissance/Commando
(RECONDO) School - 101st Airborne Division, Operations Sergeant.
After serving Greg and his wife relocated to Alaska, approximately
70 miles by aircraft west of Fairbanks where they owned and operated a lodge and guided hunting, fishing and river trips. Their floatplane was their primary transportation in Alaska.
Member of Oath Keepers

Greg is an NRA Certified instructor in Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun, instructing Concealed Carry in Missouri.
He will be instructing our CCW course
Saturday, 1/16/10 in Atlanta, MO.

The purpose of this workshop is to promote understanding of gun laws and the Constitutional protections for our right to keep and bear arms.

For more information:

Contact: Sally Weber
sallyweber.mo@gmail.com




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