Monday, September 26, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: A Christian Nation.?

Greetings Patriots,

Nowadays people of all stripes and beliefs seem to have something to say about whether or not America is a Christian nation. So, who is right? Is America, or is she not, a Christian nation?

Actually, a case can be made that both are right and both are wrong.
Those who say yes are correct if they mean that she was founded on Christianity. The record is clear on that. But if they are saying that she still is a Christian nation, they are wrong. We are today living in post-Christian America. That should be equally obvious. If this is the case, so what? Does it matter? And what can we do about it, anyway?

Let me say emphatically, yes it does matter. Christianity is the foundation this country was built on and it is a serious matter anytime the foundation of a structure is undermined or compromised. Therefore it is a matter is of fundamental importance to America's past, present and future.

What the Founders understood
that we have by and large forgotten today is that the American experiment would succeed or fail based upon the ability of the people to order their lives according to Christian principles. Having said that, this does not mean that they intended that only Christians should be allowed to be citizens. They explicitly stated as much in Article VI of the Constitution which says in part that religious affiliation is not to be a condition of citizenship or public service. So, what did they mean?

The Christian principles upon which the American experiment would depend are universally understood.
They are summed up in The Ten Commandments and the Bible says they are written on the consciences of all human beings. Everyone knows without being taught that it is wrong to steal, murder, lie, etc... Therefore, these guidelines for living can be adopted and applied by anyone regardless of race, religion, nationality or any other distinction without violating the religion or conscience of anyone. This is the simple genius of the American way.

And the way to keep them is equally simple as explained by Jesus in what we have come to know as The Golden Rule. Everyone knows what "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you" means. It is the doing that is the hard part.

12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."(Matthew 7:12)

This understanding was the conventional and common wisdom of the Founding era and it is what the whole American experiment depended upon. Conventional wisdom today in America has devolved into the notion that anything with a "religious" connotation is out of bounds in public discourse and cannot be allowed to influence policy or action. (In practice, this ban only applies to Christianity, while other religions are given preferential treatment.) How ironic it is that the very thing that can set one free is in the process of being abolished from the "Land of the Free"!

So, what can we do about all of this? Practice true American patriotism! What's does that mean? If you are an American citizen who is not a Christian, choose to order your life according to the Big Ten and the Golden Rule. No one, Christian or non, can do so perfectly but anyone can make that their goal. And it will make all the difference.

For those of us who are Christians the same thing is true, with one very important caveat. For us, it is not only something we may choose to do, but something we are commanded to do by our Lord, the one to Whom we owe absolute obedience. For us it is our duty. It is not optional.

Few today seem to understand these things. We tend to think the problems are so complex that the solutions must necessarily be equally so. The truth is that both the problem and solution are simple. But that is not to say easy. And that is where the problem lies. Maybe my fishing experience can help see what needs to be done.

I've never enjoyed fishing very much because it seems I spent all my time dealing with tangled lines. When this happens you can unsnarl it, for a while. But, there comes a point where the tangle is so snarled that the only thing to do is cut the line ahead of the tangle and tie on new tackle. Then, and only then, will you be able to continue fishing.

I believe we are at the point in America today where things have become so snarled that there is no untangling them. All our efforts are just making the snarl worse. Those we have entrusted to deal with our problems have tied our fortunes to the failed ideas of men. We must cut the snarl off and reattach our line to the principles that America was originally tied to. This is the only way America can be restored.

The magnitude of the snarl, when contrasted to the fact that each of us is only one person, makes it seem an impossible task. Still, the truth is that one person at at time, resolving to do what is right because it is right, day by day, is the only solution that will work. That is the test of true patriotism. Happy fishing, everyone.

Richard Cochran, President

Macon County Patriots

September 26, 2011

PS:I received this in an e-mail from Aaron Baker as I was preparing this post and wanted to pass it along to everyone, just in case you didn't get it, too. We will be in Florida on this date and regrettably won't be able to attend but I urge everyone to go if you possibly can.RC

Historian & Author on Islam to speak in Macon

“Are We Still a Christian Nation?” will be the featured topic at an upcoming dinner event on October 5, 2011.

Dr. William “Bill” Federer, a historian and author of books on Islam. will provide a program at United Trinity Church at 31592 Lily St. east of Macon. The church is located off of East US Highway 36 just north of the Coca-Cola distributorship and Macon Health Care.

Locals may know Dr. Federer as a TV and Radio Commentator of “The American Minute.” His presentation will include the historical and Biblical context of current events as they relate to Islam in America.

Dinner will be served prior to the program at 6:00 P.M.; tickets are $10 and must be ordered by Thursday, September 29. Tickets are available at US Bank, Linda’s Fashions & Wyatt’s Automotive.

The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public at 7:00 P.M.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Concealed Carry Training Course

Sunday, September 25,2011

Course begins at 1:00 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552
(Fellowship Hall behind the Church)

Open to the public
You must be 21 and a Missouri resident for 6 months

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.

Requirements to bring to class:
Hand gun
70 rounds of ammo for same
Hearing and eye protection
Drivers License
$100 - (Cash, please.)

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

FAQ's Regarding the CCW Permit Course

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 + 70 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?

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

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Freedom Scholars Go to Camp

Back in April we told you about the Freedom Scholars. An incredible group of youth doing extraordinary things preparing to inherit the responsibilities of defending and protecting our Republic. These young people are my inspiration!!
This summer Haley (16) and Tabitha (15) Gatts went to camp. Not your typical youth summer camp, they got to go to a legislative camp! Haley wrote about their experience and I'm proud to be able to share it.

If any of you have young people in your lives, I strongly encourage you to have them contact Freedom Scholars and get involved with these remarkable young men and ladies. 
Haley & Tabitha Gatts
Generation Joshua
IGovern west 2011
Haley Gatts

    This year my younger sister Tabitha and I attended IGovern west in Colorado Springs, 9,000 feet above sea level, in the Rocky mountains at Eagle Lake camp site owned and operated by the Navigators. We were two of one-hundred and four students between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. All of these students except for one (yes, we teased her for it) were home schooled, and all were conservative. We were there for one week, and believe me, we crammed about a half a year’s worth of work into it. 

     IGovern is a political camp hosted by HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) helping young teens gain experience and knowledge in the realm of politics and government. The camp is a simulation of government where all students are a member of congress. Through the week we had speakers, classes, committees, senate and house sessions, activities, and much more. 

    The first step in the process there was to break into our parties, gold and blue; I was in the gold party and so was Tabitha. After we were all sorted correctly we divided into caucuses of about five people, then we elected a caucus chair and secretary. Tabitha and I were both caucus chairs. In the caucus we discussed issues to be in our platform. After we had about ten topics for the platform in each caucus, the chairs got together and made a roughly drafted party platform out of all the issues discussed. At the same time that was taking place the party was working on electing a party chair. After the chair was elected he appointed a party whip, a secretary and treasurer were appointed by votes, I was then appointed as chair of a legislative policy team and I appointed five people to be in the committee with me. After all that took place we were mostly done with appointing and such.
    Tabitha and I were both in the senate. I attended the legislative techniques class, and Tabitha took the party leadership class. This helped me personally to get acquainted with some small but important senate rules that I would apply in session. The classes lasted all week and were educational as well as fun. 

   Along with being in congress, writing bills, moving them through committees and the houses, we also had a scenario. This is something that added a lot more work to our job and a bit of fun too. Our scenario was that China went to the moon and was starting to build a lunar colony for the purpose of mining helium three. As congress we had to decide what we were going to do. Looking at it from the outside it doesn’t seem very complex, but there are a lot of details and complication to this scenario. It turns out that we handled everything very well and the outcome was practically picturesque.
    We weren’t completely secluded from the world on our little mountain that week, we had a number of speakers come and give us some great advice on leadership, Christianity, politics, and much more.
    One of the bigger projects we had to tackle after we got our parties lined out was a campaign. We had the primary within our party, then the presidential elections. (We ran everything just like a real campaign.)
    Another interesting set up at camp was that we had money, we had to pay for everything, every meal, every snack, and we also had to pay fines. It was a complicated process so I won’t go into detail, but it became very important when the elections came. All through camp we had to raise money ourselves to pay for our fines. This meant getting money from different PAC’s (political action committees) and lobbyists. We had a formal gala halfway through the week to raise tons of dollars for our party’s campaign; we had a whole three and a half hours! 

    At the beginning of the week we received a letter from the President (our former session President) telling us that he needed a budget bill passed quickly so he could sign it before the deadline; he also said he would veto it if it cut more than twenty percent from any department. That was another task to accomplish before the week ended, and we did. The president vetoed our budget bill, and we overrode it with a unanimous vote.
    When camp was over we had successfully passed five bills including the budget bill, we tied up all the loose ends with the scenario, we elected a president, and we had a bunch of unkept promises to a whole lot of lobbyists.  

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 11, 2006

Something beautiful happened in America on September 11, 2006. We received a gift from Russia. A monument "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism." An incredible creation by a man named Zurab Tsereteli. Presented to America by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

This man, Zurub Tsereteli, was at his home in Moscow the morning of September 11, 2001 getting ready for work with his television on. He watched the attack on America and was moved to tears by the horror he witnessed against the American people.

Shortly after, Zurub came to America and saw the devastation. He wanted to create something for the victims and after researching the area found waterfront land in New Jersey. The peninsula at Bayonne. With the Statue of Liberty in line and the New York skyline as the backdrop Zurub found the place for his Tear Drop Memorial.

The ground breaking ceremony was held September 16, 2005. The keynote speaker was President Vladimir Putin. With the Statue of Liberty behind him, President Putin said in his speech, “...Four years ago, the criminals thought they would plunge American and all civilized humanity into chaos. They were wrong. On the contrary, we became more united than ever and we created an actively functioning anti-terrorist coalition. I fully agree with you, Mr. Mayor - Just as we vanquished fascism, so shall we defeat terrorism together."

On September 11, 2006, the monument "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" was dedicated to America.
The monolithic block of vertical, earth-colored stone is over 100 feet high. It appears rent in the center from top to bottom and in the gap is a 40 foot, four ton nickel-plated tear drop. The base of the monument is a multi-faceted onyx pedestal inscribed with the names of all of those that perished on 9-11-01, from Flight 93 in Pennsylvania to the Pentagon to the twin Trade Towers. (American Thinker)

Please go to the site and read the whole story about this beautiful gesture of love for humanity.

This all took place 3-4 years ago. I just heard about it a couple of days ago. If you also never heard of it I bet you're like me and wondering why such a magnificent gift was never given the appropriate press coverage. Instead of me coming up with the words to describe/explain how the ball got dropped and by whom (MSM), I'm going to lead you over to American Thinker to read the piece by Troy Nelson. He wrote it up perfect and used all the words and descriptions I would have used.

A few years late but
Thank You Russia!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining." ~GW Bush 9/11/2001

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Family Preparedness Course -- Wrap Up

Bringing our Family Preparedness courses to a close, 
Macon County Patriots invites you to a workshop offering tools
and suggestions to prepare your family
for emergency situations. 

This month's workshop will wrap up our courses on:
  • Food Preparation & Preservation
  • Security
  • Communication
  • Firearm Maintenance & Safety
  • Medical Emergency

Saturday, September 10th
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552
(Fellowship Hall behind the Church)

There is indescribable peace knowing that you have the knowledge
and are prepared to take care of yourself, family and loved ones
in any emergency event. 
If you have any questions or suggestions please join us as we bring 
this series of workshops to a close.

Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, 
not a sudden, spectacular program. 

Spencer W. Kimball, 1976

11:00 Flag Disposal Ceremony
The United States Flag Code states:
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"

At 11:00 a.m. we will take a break from the workshop and hold a flag disposal ceremony. This is open to everyone who has worn out flags and would like to be a part of disposing of them properly.

12:00 Lunch will be provided
You're welcome to bring a dish to pass.

And, as always,
Macon County Patriot workshops are non-partisan, 
always free and open to the public.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:A River Runs Through It.

Greetings Patriots,
In the first chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul writes of those who "...worship the creation rather than the Creator...". He explains why people do that and what the consequences are for doing so. There have always been those who do this. Today we call some of them "environmentalists". And today as always, the consequences of doing this are very real, as I hope to illustrate in this post. While it may sound noble and righteous on the surface to claim to be trying to preserve the earth, there is a profound difference between caring about and for the environment, which we should all do, and worshiping the same.

One example of earth-worship that is playing out as we speak is right in our own backyard and it shows some of these real consequences. (Please read the article linked to below.)

As the article points out, over the years the governing bodies of the Corps of Engineers and other agencies have become stacked with environmentalists. The dream of these largely unseen and virtually unaccountable bureaucrats is to see rivers revert to their natural, pre-human-intervention courses.

I have observed what this article is referring to this year on my job. I had noticed before reading this that, as we have traversed the Missouri River bottom this year, the flooding has been different than usual. Normally, heavy rains cause waterways to rise, the water flows downstream and, as it does, the flood waters recede. That's normal. There was some of that earlier this year.

This year the tributaries have been in flood stage all year-before, during and after the spring rains. But the water has had no flow or current to it. It looks more like ponds and lakes than streams, creeks and rivers. This is because it is all backwater from the Missouri River. After reading this article I now know what is going on! This has been a largely man-caused tragedy! It is purposeful and could have been prevented. (Do a search for "Missouri River flooding of 2011" and you can find hundreds of photos and articles detailing this flood.)

The result of this "purposeful flooding" has been devastation for many farmers as miles of beautiful crops lie in ruin and acres and acres of some of the most fertile land in the world has been turned into lakes and swamps, potentially to be declared wetlands, and thus taken out of production forever. Will that affect food supplies and prices? Will there be remuneration to the landowners? If so, with what would they be paid? We have no money!

Beyond this there has been great inconvenience and expense to thousands of others who live and work in the affected areas because of road closures. To name just two, Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri has been closed for 2 months and remains so, as the photo below shows.

I have personally witnessed the closure of Missouri highway 10 near Carrollton for well over a month because our tracks run right next to the affected portion of the road. You can go to to see a map of Missouri road closings and see that there are many more roads that are still closed. No doubt the same is true for the other affected states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas. This has cost and is costing untold thousands of people untold millions of dollars in extra expense to go around the flooding.

Also, railroads have had to reroute lots of traffic because of line-closures caused by the flooding. Just one example on just one railroad, of which I am aware: BNSF trains between Omaha and Kansas City/Tulsa, etc... now have to go by way of Galesburg, Illinois, more than tripling the distance between the two points. Taken together, these re-routes have resulted not only in hundreds of thousands of gallons of extra fuel consumption, but also in congestion on the lines that remain open, causing slowed traffic and delayed deliveries. In addition there will be millions, possibly billions, of dollars in expenses to repair the damaged infrastructures of both roads and railroads. (Go to the link below to see some amazing video of the BNSF's fight with the river this year.)

And we now find ourselves in September and, though it has been weeks since significant rainfall, Mighty Mo where we cross it is just now getting back in her banks. Even so, the roads, tracks, crops and farmland remain in jeopardy as even moderate autumn rains could mean that the worst is yet to come. And to think that much of this was purposeful, intentional and could have been prevented.

This is just one example of what happens when we forget and/or reject the One True God and replace worship of Him with worship of someone/something else. It is the way pollywogs become more important than people. When this happens, we all suffer for it, bureaucrats and pollywogs included. I believe this is the more important lesson of the Missouri River floods of 2011.

So what can we do about it? Call our representatives/senators, etc...? Tell people about it? Forward the article to everyone you know? Yes. Yes. And, yes. We must become actively involved. But I believe that, more important than what we do is how we do it. We must be sure that we do what we do with integrity, as our forefathers did. A prime example of what I mean is the so-called "Boston Massacre" of 1774.

In that incident British troops fired on unarmed American civilians, killing several. The victims are sometimes referred to as the first casualties of the American Revolution. But we sometimes forget that John Adams defended those British troops at trial. And won their acquittal. Why did he do that? Was Adams a Tory? A British loyalist? No. He did it because the victims instigated and provoked the shooting. He did it because it was the right thing to do.

Adams and the other Founding Fathers understood the importance of integrity. They knew that if they were to prevail in this fledgling freedom movement, they must be above reproach and righteous in their actions. It would have been easier in the short term to condemn those soldiers and exact a measure of revenge on them. But to do so would have been to yield to mob rule. If they had done that, what we now know as the American Revolution would have been stillborn. Aborted. Killed in the womb. And there would never have been an America!

If our nation is to be restored and government "of, by and for the people is not to perish from the earth", we must again be a people who recognize and honor God and whose actions are distinguished and characterized by the kind of integrity exemplified by our Founding Fathers. It wasn't easy for them. It won't be easy for us. It is never easy! But it is worth it. And there is no other way.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
September 1, 2011

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