Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Are We Doing?

There have been some destructive issues lately and I've had a hard time understanding the underlying sources behind the purposes some people have to try to harm or do damage to those in the trenches. On November 2nd, We The People spoke loudly and, as my husband puts it, accomplished the beginning of a cleansing across America. When I cast a vote it is not for an (R) or a (D) behind someone's name. It is for the person who BEST represents my values and my hopes for America. I'm a farmer's wife. I don't know the complex details behind how our government works. I'm just now learning and understanding how the political dance goes in Jefferson City. I can't even imagine how hard it is to get into a position and make a firm stand against the status quo, fight for the return to the Constitution to be followed as the only law of our land and remain encouraged during the political battles they face daily. What I do know is that it's not as simple as moving into a new office and flicking a switch and everything is exactly how we want it. 
The progressives have been infiltrating and infecting our government at every level for 100 years now. It has only been 2 years that We The People have been waking up and making a stand and less than 2 months that our newly elected representatives have been in office. I do believe we have to hold their feet to the fire and I want them to know we're watching, but the evidence I see contradicts the accusations I see getting hurled through emails and social networks. I see bills being put together and introduced strengthening our state sovereignty, I see pushes organized to have federal funds returned to Washington DC so that we're not bound to federal authority, I see Senators not backing down from the fights they stand firm on to remove government intrusion on our families and returning the power and responsibility back to The People. The evidence I see is that they are doing exactly what my vote & support gave them the power to do. 
This same disappointment applies to the attempted damage I see lashed out at fellow Patriots, those working hard and giving so much of themselves to educate and represent We The People in this fight.
I haven't really figured out how to express what I see currently going on and my disappointment in how much damage just a few loud voices can do. This week I received my copy of The Culpeper Press (which I highly recommend subscribing to). In the current issue a highly respected Missouri Patriot wrote an article that spoke my heart loudly. I couldn't have put the words together to express it as well as he has so I am re-posting his full article here. I hope it helps others to redirect their energy in support of those who work so hard on the front lines. It's going to take all of us working together to rebuild what the progressives have tried to tear down.

What Are We Doing?
by Phil Todd
We are doing things as activists that have not been attempted since our Republic first began. On that note, we should study every single great leader in history. What were their common traits?
Righteous anger? Check. Poker face? Check. Stealth against the enemy? Check. Perseverance? Check. Encouragement that occurs from victories, so it keeps the soldiers motivated for the next battle? Check. Unwavering focus? Check!
Did their traits include hysteria? NOT! Was there a turn on comrades because one disagreed with their methodology? NOT! Was there emotion ahead of levelheadedness? NOT! Distraction ahead of strategy? NOT!
In fact, one thing our Founding Fathers were careful NOT to do was eat their fellow patriot, so to speak, because they had a disagreement(s) about fundamental differences over how to move our country in the right direction!
The authors of our U.S. Constitution were not only creating the Republic. They were also representing various individuals and businesses in their respective home states. We must remember that our legislators are elected by a broad base of constituents. And just because an individual(s) approaches them with issues important to them, they may not get what they are looking for every time. But please, be courteous!
We must accept that not everything we want to accomplish is going to be our success. Not because a legislator isn’t sympathetic to our ideals. The legislator needs to maintain balance as a representative of their district’s citizens too. If the conservative legislators aren’t even elected for a second term because they demanded their way each time, how far will we get?.
Being reasonable as good citizens, we must understand the limitations each and every legislator has to work within. I have personally heard them having loud disagreements during floor debates. But they don’t continue the shouting in the hallways. They move on and accept their differences, knowing that there isn’t necessarily always one “right” way for conservatives to get from Point A to Point B. And they seek to find a way they can work together -- if not on one issue, perhaps another. The most counterproductive attitude is to be angry with them and throw them under the bus for not living up to our “expectations.”
So many of our new legislators had all these good people work at length to get them elected. We worked hard because WE are all patriots in the same fight. Never forget that our Founding Fathers did not throw their colleagues under the buggy because they had a furious debate while drafting the Constitution. After all, it was “THEIR” CONSTITUTION. THEY WERE ON THE SAME SIDE.
The Left would love nothing more than for us to fight amongst ourselves. 10 years ago, most of us were on our own, wondering how we could change the system. Now that we have found each other, lets STAY with each other and work for the big picture. The minutia of how we get there is not nearly as important as just getting there! What say you?

Mr. Todd resides near Jefferson City, and is a grassroots organizer with Show-Me Tea Central and Co-founder of the Capital TEA. Contact him at liberty4all2@yahoo.com.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:Global Unrest

February 18, 2011

[Sorry to be bombarding you with so many posts. One reason is that I am still learning to do this and sometimes I make mistakes and feel the need to re-post. The main reason for this one, though, is that there are important and momentous events going on all around us and, understanding what is going on is vital to the future of our country and the world, as well as being central to our mission at MCP. I don't profess to be an expert or to have it all figured completely out. I am just trying to share my views and hoping to stimulate a discussion among us. That said, let me get to the subject of this intrusion into your inbox.]

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Thomas Jefferson)

Most of our states are dealing with similar problems to those that led to the Wisconsin uprising and we can expect similar demonstrations in many of them in the days and weeks ahead. Many are trying to portray the recent unrest in Egypt as some kind of noble uprising akin to our own Revolution and they are claiming that this is what is going on in Wisconsin. Although these events do have a common link, it is not that. The pols and pundits who are saying so either have a wrong understanding of the situation or they are trying to deceive us.

What really links these events, as well as the unrest we have witnessed in recent months in the rest of the world, (remember Prince Charles and his wife being attacked in their limo by an unruly crowd?, Or the riots in Greece, etc...?), is not a spontaneous rising of the spirit of freedom in the breasts of the participants. The common bond they all hold is that the people are suffering financially because, in each case, the government has failed to deliver on promises to provide for the people. Many wise and prudent people have been warning for years that this would be the inevitable outcome of these policies and now the chickens are simply coming home to roost. This will be the outcome when any form of government other than the one our Founders gave us in and through our Constitution is put into practice.

Liberalism/Progressive-ism/Socialism/Marxism, or any other forms of governmental philosophy, are doomed to failure because they are essentially fantasy. They might look good on paper but they don't work in the real world! Fantasy is OK for Disneyland, but not for real life.

The Constitution is based on and in reality because it is based on and in principles. Principles don't change. They are true for all people, in all places at all times. Our Founders called them "self-evident truths". The solution to our problems and those of the rest of the world is to be found only in rejecting the failed Disneyland approach to life and returning to the tried and true principles of the real world which are articulated in our Declaration of Independence and codified in our Constitution.

At MCP we are dedicated to helping facilitate that return. Tomorrow, Saturday, February 19, from 10-2 at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon, we will take a step in that direction with our "Birth of the US Constitution" course. I hope you can join us.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:The Birth of the Constitution

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." (George Washington)

Our Founders were so wise! They understood that government, like fire, can be one of the most beneficial things there is if it is kept under control. But if it gets out of the firebox it can be one of the most destructive forces on earth. The Founders of our nation designed a firebox to keep government from burning out of control and consuming those it was intended to benefit. That firebox is our Constitution.

It may sound counter intuitive to say, but freedom can only be realized by submitting to authority. Not just any authority, though, but a proper, righteous and just authority. The ultimate such authority, of course, is God. The nearest men have come to establishing such an authority on this earth is the US Constitution. (By the way, it is no coincidence that it is based upon biblical principles.)

As members of MCP, we strive to educate others on our founding principles and our true history. It goes without saying that in order to do so we must be educated ourselves. With this in mind, there will be an opportunity for us to learn as we host a "Birth of the Constitution" course this Saturday, February 19, from 10 to 2 at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon. Constitutional Attorney Dave Roland will be the presenter. Lunch will be provided and there is no charge. You need not be a member so, invite a friend to come along. See you Saturday!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt: Thoughts and Observations

Now that Mubarek has stepped down from the presidency of Egypt there is much speculation as to what will happen next and what the implications will be for the rest of the world in general and the US in particular.

One topic of concern is "The Muslim Brotherhood". They will certainly be a major player in determining the form of government that emerges and many are asking, "Are they dangerous?" Absolutely. But not so much for the threat they pose as for the threat they expose.

What I mean is that they are in no position at this time to threaten the US by force. In this regard they pose no threat. But what I believe this "revolution" has exposed is how America is threatened from within.

I say this because, as I've watched the coverage, the comments of most American pols, pundits and press use the words "democracy" and "freedom" interchangeably. They clearly seem to think that as long as "democracy" is involved in the outcome, "freedom" will be the result, and everything will work out great. But a democracy is the worst possible form of government. The Founders understood all to well that a straight democracy leads only to chaos and bloodshed, and opens the door to tyranny. (Think the French Revolution and Napoleon.)

America is the repository of freedom and our system of government is a republican democracy. This is a vital distinction that no one seems to be making. Our principles and the rule of law lead to order, peace, prosperity and security. (Think the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the Constitution and George Washington.)

So the threat that has been exposed is that Americans no longer understand these fundamental things. If this is the case, how much longer can we expect to be free? Maybe a better question is, "Are we even still free?"

I want everyone, everywhere, to experience true freedom. That said, I'm pretty sure this "Egyptian Revolution" is not going to produce it. I'll be watching and hoping that I'm wrong.
If nothing else, I hope this gives us some perspective on how vital the things we are trying to accomplish at MCP are. Please feel free to share your thoughts and/or comments.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
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Speaking of Freedom: What is the source?

February 10, 2011

To most people the world over Old Glory is the symbol of freedom! When they think of freedom they think of America and vice versa. And rightfully so. But where do our freedoms come from?

It is clear from our true history that the Bible was the primary source of the "self-evident truths" articulated in the Declaration then codified in the Constitution. This progression, "...brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." as President Lincoln so memorably stated in his Gettysburg Address.
I am convinced that, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, "...if government of by and for the people is not to perish from the earth, this nation, under God, must have a new birth of freedom." If that is to happen, remembering from whence our freedoms come will be key.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

DC's Education Bribe

You can’t call yourself a conservative and ask for education money from Washington.
Republicans dominate both houses of the Missouri legislature.  You’d think they’d act like republicans (lower case).  But when it comes to education bribes from Washington, many of our Republican legislators show little resistance to political seduction. We can help them.
On BigGovernment. com, Bob McCarty highlights the hypocrisy of blasting ObamaCare from one side of the mouth while begging for federal cash out of the other.  He points to a Heritage Foundation video that features our own education watch dog Gretchen Logue.  

Ronald Reagan never got around to dismantling the Department of Education. [Roy Blunt said this was a goal of his] In the year of his 100th birthday, let’s honor him by resisting the seduction of Washington bribes.  The Constitution is clearly silent on the issue, which means the 10th Amendment prohibits appropriations for local schools.  

Here’s What You Can Do

Contact your Missouri State Legislators today and ask them to send Arne Duncan’s bribe back to DC.  Call or email your Missouri State Rep. and Senator. Tell them to send DC’s Education Bribe back where it came from.
Senators Lembke and Nieves are trying to #senditback.  And they need our help.
Call or email now.

Then Do One More Thing 

In addition to calling or writing, please do the following:
  • Tweet using the #senditback hash tag
  • Post on Facebookcomment on ACTION:  Melt the Phones and Jam the Inboxes in Jefferson City

 Don’t Listen to the Liberal Lies
If Missouri takes Arne Duncan’s bribe, it will simply INCREASE general spending, not Education Spending.  That’s just the way government works. 
By returning this bribe (and its burdensome handcuffs), we’ll send a message–and instill fiscal responsibility in both Jeff City and Washington.
Please call your state Representative and Senator today. 

The Structure of Institutional Education:

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