Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: On The March in 2011

It's hard to believe but another year has come and gone and 2011 is well under way. And in spite of the cold and snow, Macon County Patriots has hit the ground running. (With some slipping and sliding along the way!)

Many new members have already joined our group this year and we have had one well-attended event, our "Patriots Family Preparedness Course", which was held on January 22nd.

Also in January Sally Weber, Marcia Behr and I were fortunate enough to get to attend an education policy conference, January 27-29 in St Louis, put on by the Constitutional Coalition. The theme was "Courage and Conviction". We saw and heard many great and inspirational speakers such as Rick Santorum, Frank Gaffney and keynote speaker Ann Coulter, (pictured above with me). We look forward to incorporating what we learned into our lives and our work with MCP.

February is going to be very busy with something going on almost every week. From 9 to 5 on Saturday the 12th we will be hosting a "Concealed Carry Weapons Certification Course". (Some restrictions as to age and residency apply and there is a $75 fee.)

Saturday the 19th will find us together again for a course on "The Birth of the Constitution" from 10 to 2. This will be taught by constitutional attorney Dave Roland and promises to be informative and inspirational. (In March we will host another course on the Constitution which will build upon this one. Exact date, time and details have not yet been determined.)

Then, on the 26th, we will be together again to learn about food and water storage and preparation, information that will build upon what we learned in the class on January 22nd.

All these events will be held at the Church of the Open Door in Macon, which Greg and Cyndi Berglund have made available for our use. (Give them a big "Thank You" when you get a chance!) All events are open to the public with lunch provided and, with the exception of the Concealed Carry course, they are free of charge. (Check the website for full details on all these events.)

Freedom is what we're all about at MCP and freedom is on the march in 2011. Hope to see you often at these events as we march forward together.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Birth of the U.S. Constitution, February 19th

How well do you know the United States Constitution
How many times have you been in a conversation where you wondered if what you were being told was actually in the Constitution? 
How often have you wished you knew basic facts and information about our Constitution?

Macon County Patriots is hosting the first 
of a series of classes beginning with the basics:

Director of Litigation and co-founder of the Freedom Center of Missouri.  
Dave earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Biblical Studies at
Abilene (TX) Christian University before studying law and religion at
Vanderbilt University, where he received his law degree and a Master’s in Theology in 2004.
Following law school, Dave spent more than three years in the nation’s capital
as an attorney with the Institute for Justice.
Prior to founding the Freedom Center, he spent three years working as an attorney and
policy analyst for the Show-Me Institute.

Open free to the public by Pre-Registration Only
Saturday, February 19, 2011
10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South - Macon, MO
South end of Macon, next to Quinn Lumber
Lunch will be provided

Send your full Name and Email Address to:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Wednesday, 2/16/11

We look forward to seeing you there!

"...wherever the people are well informed 
they can be trusted with their own government..."
~Thomas Jefferson

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Concealed Carry Weapon Course - 2/12/2011

Concealed Carry Weapon Course

Open to the public by pre-registration only
You must be 23 and 
Missouri resident for 6 months

Saturday, February 12, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
Macon, MO

$75.00 cash

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

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

If you have questions, need a gun or any required item for the class please contact Greg Liles 
(660) 676-7903

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

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

Friday, 2/10/11


FAQ's Regarding the CCW Permit Course

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?

No, a gun + 50 rounds of ammo will be provided for you if you need one for an additional $20.

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

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

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: What is Freedom?

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."
(Benjamin Franklin)

What is freedom? Have you ever thought about that? As Americans we tend to think we know all about it, but do we? Since freedom is what America and MCP are all about, perhaps we should try to answer this question. It seems to me that there are basically two views as to what freedom is.

One is that freedom is about demanding our "rights", getting free stuff, and doing whatever we want whenever we want. In this view it becomes the function of government to legalize and/or facilitate whatever it is that you want to do and provide you with free goodies, and the Constitution is to be manipulated as necessary to achieve these ends. This approach has given us the welfare state, legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, protections for pornography while at the same time prohibiting prayer, etc...and it has brought America to the brink of self-destruction.

The Founders had quite a different view. They understood that in order for freedom to thrive people must do what is right, as the Benjamin Franklin quote cited above and this one from John Adams illustrate:
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
(John Adams)

In a nutshell, they bet the whole "freedom farm" on the proposition that we the people could and would order our lives according to the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. To the extent that we have done so, freedom has flourished in America. In this view, the Constitution is authoritative and the function of government is to ensure a level playing field to which all law-abiding citizens have access, and on which they are free to pursue their dreams.

Obviously, these two views on freedom are mutually exclusive. It can't be both ways. At MCP we believe as the Founders did and that is why our emphasis is on education. First, we strive to deepen our own knowledge and understanding of the true history of our nation. Then, by passing that information along, we work to help those with whom we come in contact to understand these truths. I like to call this "Freedom Evangelism". In so doing, we help re-plant, water and grow the seeds of freedom anew in America.

We currently have 2 meetings planned at which we will be able to learn together about our Constitution. The first will be from 10 to 2 on Saturday, February 19th, at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon. This course will focus on the history of the Constitution and how it came into being.

The second will be in March and will build upon the first. The exact content, date and time for this meeting have not yet been determined. Check the website often for details and more information. In the meantime, let freedom ring!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: Being Prepared

On January 22nd MCP will be hosting a "Family Preparedness Course" at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon:
The objective of this meeting is to give instruction and information on how to be ready in case of interruptions in the supplies of food, water, utilities, etc... I hope to see you there.

I don't know about you but not very long ago I could not have imagined that such emergencies could happen in 21st century America, except in the cases of natural disaster or sabotage. But today it seems that very difficult times brought on by the actions of our own government are not to be avoided. How has it come to this?

In Proverbs 14:34 the Bible says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." I believe this verse sums up as well as anything can the philosophy of the Founders in establishing our nation. They understood what we seem to have forgotten, that the success of the American Experiment is not dependent on economic, political or military strength. Rather, those things are dependent upon the strength of character of the American people.

With this in mind it is perhaps fitting that this course is being held on the 38th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which "legalized" abortion and has since deprived over 50 million of the only truly innocent ones among us, the pre-born, of their unalienable right to life. Can there can be a greater national sin than that? So in a very real way, you could say that Roe v Wade has brought us to this point.

I believe that if freedom is to survive on the earth true American patriots must be around to preserve it. In my view, that is the main reason we need to be prepared. It was hard for the founders to establish our freedoms. It will be hard for us to re-establish them, but I believe it is the calling of our time. I look forward to answering that call with you. See you January 22?!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Macon County Patriots Statement on Arizona Tragedy

Macon County Patriots express their most sincere sadness at the senseless tragedy in Arizona yesterday.

To the families friends and neighbors of the victims who were fatally injured in the Arizona atrocity of January 8th, we the members of the Macon County Patriots add our heartfelt condolences and prayers to those of our fellow Americans all across this country. We also pray for the healing of the physical, emotional and spiritual injuries of the surviving victims, their families, the Tucson community and the citizens of the state of Arizona.

Furthermore, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this despicable act of violence and the perpetrator(s) thereof. 

Father: You know the pain of seeing your innocent and beloved Son die in an act of unspeakable violence. You know how we feel. And not only can you empathize with us in our pain and loss, you also have the power to heal our wounds. In the aftermath of this terrible act we turn to you, the One True God and Healer, and with broken and contrite hearts we beseech you to raise up from the ashes of this tragedy the peace, comfort and healing that You alone can offer.
In the name of Jesus Christ,  Amen 

"An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve."
~Speaker of the House, John Boehner

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Family Preparedness Course

Family Preparedness Course

Macon County Patriots invites you to a workshop offering tools and suggestions to prepare your family for emergency situations. 

Saturday, January 22nd
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552

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 relocated to Alaska
approximately 70 miles by aircraft west of Fairbanks,
where he owned and operated a lodge and guided hunting,
fishing and river trips

If you are interested in registering for this course please send an email to: 
Please include your name and the names of any others attending with you. 
Registration will be opened until January 18th. 

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Reboot Missouri State Government

Missouri Education Watchdog
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Field Trip to Jefferson City!
It's Truly and Educational Experience.

This is from the Missouri State Senate page:

JEFFERSON CITY — Dates and times of the seven work groups encompassing the Missouri Senate's "Rebooting Government" initiative were recently announced. These working groups are responsible for examining state departments and programs in order to reduce costs and maximize state resources. Please note the date and time change in the Courts and Public Safety work group below as well as the dates and times for the other Rebooting Government panels:
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 Senate Committee Room 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg; Sen.-elect John Lamping, R-St. Louis; Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield; and Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Independence

Education is one of the top priorities in the state this year, and the proposed plan is quite sweeping in its intent on reshaping the delivery of educational services to students. It includes many of the mandates and goals found in Race to the Top, and praises the adoption of common core standards. Missouri did not adopt RTTT, but did sign on to common core standards, giving away the state right to set curriculum. This is a sweeping change in the idea of local control and the further dependence on the Federal Government for funding. The proposed plan is Educated Citizenry 2020 and you may find it here.

Note how you can make your suggestions to the senators:

The work groups, established by Senate President Pro Tem Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, are charged with collecting citizens’ submitted ideas through the Rebooting Government website ( and examining how to make state government more efficient through control, alterations and deletions.
Citizens may submit their ideas on how to “reboot” state government by visiting the Missouri Senate’s Rebooting Government website ( The site will be available throughout the 2011 legislative session.

If you are concerned about unfunded mandates and increased federal control in education, now is the time to alert the senators. Please attend this very important meeting and I hope to see you on Tuesday, January 11, in Jefferson City. 

The other groups can be found on the Senate site. If you are concerned or curious about the educational legislation being proposed for Missouri, this is the time to hear the specifics from the senators whose names appear on the bill.

Other Work Groups Meeting:
General Government and Office of Administration
Retirement and Employee Structure
Social Programs
Tax Structure and Economic Development
Courts and Public Safety
Agriculture, Outdoors, Department of Natural Resources and Transportation

For more information and times please go to:

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Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Missouri Capitol Legislative Academy - Tuesday 1/4/11

Missouri Family Network wants you to be aware of your State Legislature:
Who they are - What they do - When they are in "Session"
And how you can be involved effectively!
MFN's 26 years of experience can assist you in many ways to work smart and effective.
Several pro-family groups will co-host this traditional “Legislative Academy” (These are the groups that have a decade or more of direct lobbying experience).
If you have any interest in being involved at any level with legislative issues and/or lobbying attending this program should be your top priority.

Tuesday, January 4, 2010
10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson City, Missouri Capitol
House Hearing Room 7

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Happy New Year From Macon County Patriots 2011

Repost: 1/3/11

We're leaving a heckuva year behind us and we have an action packed year ahead of us. January 2011 has several events scheduled throughout Missouri.

Our next Macon County Patriot meeting is going to be a Patriot Preparation Course, lead by Greg Liles. This course is about the essential tools and skills you would need to help your family during a time of emergency. It is a 4 hour course being offered January 22nd. We will be posting more details and location of the course after the first of the year. 

If you're wanting to learn how to best reach and influence your legislators, Terry Messer, from Missouri Family Network, is conducting a Legislative 101 course the day before the 2011 session begins:

Missouri Family Network: Capitol Legislative Academy  
Jefferson City, January 4th

For more information:

Hundreds are gathering at the capitol building to welcome in Missouri's 2011 legislators for:

Consent of the Governed Rally
Jefferson City, January 5th

For those of you wanting to get educated & involved in what's going on in education in America there is a 3 day conference:

Educational Policy Conference
St. Louis Frontenac Hilton, January 27-29

We hope to see you at these events. 
Education & Knowledge are the best weapons to own!

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