Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Re-post of Easter Message


All,

This is a re-post of my Easter message which, due to problems with the blog, did not go out on e-mail at that time. I hope to build on this in the future so that is why I am re-posting it.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Speaking of Freedom:Liberty Evangelism

Happy Easter Patriots,
This is the season when we celebrate true freedom becoming available to all. By Jesus death on our behalf, resurrection and ascension into heaven, where perfect freedom will be enjoyed by all, he secured our ticket to paradise. All we have to do is accept it. America, the earthly land of freedom, would never have been possible had not Christ done what He did that first Easter.

Today we, as stewards of the blessings of Liberty passed down from Christ to our forefathers, have an awesome responsibility. If freedom is to remain on the earth, we must pass it along to our descendants. If this is going to happen, we must make converts. We must be Liberty Evangelists. Following is an attempt to explain my approach to "Liberty Evangelism". Although the term is not one I originated, I have co-opted it because I really like the way it so succinctly describes what I believe true patriots need to be engaged in.

One reason I like this term is that, as in Christian evangelism, the goal is to make converts. And not to a particular party or person, but rather converts from those kinds of loyalties and prejudices to those of allegiance to constitutional authority, the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and the true history of the United States. People and parties come and go, but these are things we can hang our hats on. They are what made America great and they will always be around, whether we abide by them or not. So, in order to try to help us all in our efforts to evangelize, I am going to share here a few experiences.

As I'm sure you do, I sometimes have occasion to talk to friends, neighbors, family and co-workers about these matters, especially in an election year, and here is somewhat of a journal of some lessons I have learned and am learning.

Co-worker A: I have talked with this guy several times and we do not see eye to eye to say the least. Even so, he always brings the subject up and wants to talk about politics. On one such occasion we did come to agree on something: that the tax code is a mess and needs to be fixed. But where we differed was, I think, very illustrative. He said that if we would fix the tax code everything else would take care of itself. I said that the tax issue, like all others, is just a symptom of the root problem, which is that we have strayed from the Constitution. In a subsequent discussion he asked me what I thought was the main issue facing America. I said it was that we have strayed from the Constitution. He said, "No. I mean an issue." I said, "That is an issue. It is the issue."

I mention this to show what I believe to be the difference between maybe winning a debate and making a convert and that is to always bring it back to principles rather than to persons or policies. To the Constitution, Declaration, and true history. Here's why.

If we get into a discussion about persons or policies, these are always changing and one can always find something to like or dislike about any of them. So, if one is not looking for truth but for a way to rationalize what they've already made up their mind they're going to do, there is no way to win that argument or to make a convert. But, if we can base our arguments on principles, we don't get personal and emotional and reason and truth have a chance to prevail.

With regard to Co-worker A, I have come to the conclusion that this kind of rationalizing is what he is engaging in. As such, I don't hold much hope that he will ever become a convert. Even so, as long as he wants to engage, I will do so, if for no other reason than because it requires me to better think through the issues. And, hey, you never know! He may come around. Truth is a powerful thing!

By contrast there is Co-worker B: While he and I don't necessarily agree on everything, he is malleable. He does not have an agenda that he wants to bend the truth to conform to. So, while I couldn't as yet count him as a convert, I am quite optimistic that he will eventually come around.

As I said, you never know what might be the result of speaking the truth. That's what I tried to do with both of these guys. I want to encourage you to do this as well. I think it can make a big and lasting difference.

May you and yours have a blessed and joyous celebration of the true freedom we have in Christ this Easter and always.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
May 20, 2012
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CALL TO ACTION

MO Gov. Nixon Slips in $100Mil Obamacare Grant
Conservative Missouri Legislators are presently filibustering the budget to stop the $50 million expenditure on the computer system that would be used for the health insurance exchange. They are also filibustering the budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Ed because they are not complying with the statutes and intent of the legislature regarding a government, monopoly, cookie-cutter preschool rating system for both public, private and parochial preschools.
Our Conservative Missouri Legislators are determined to shut down the budget process until the ongoing problems are corrected.

From Carl Beardon, United for Missouri:

Somehow, HB2011 came out of the Senate Appropriations Committee with the Governor’s Amendment adding $50 million for “Medicaid computer upgrades,” which is really a cover-up for laying the groundwork for the Obama Insurance Exchange. Several of the committee members were surprised to find this line item in the bill and have vowed to fight it!
The Governor and his supporters deny that the $50 million – which includes the money from the aforementioned grant and actually totals $100 million over two years – has anything to do with establishing a health insurance exchange. Unfortunately, the facts contradict their statements.
The name of the grant is the “Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grant.” Plain language shows not much “fuzz” on what the grant’s intent is meant to be.
There is no doubt that the state’s Medicaid computer system needs to be updated. But the answer is not taking Obamacare money to do it. I don’t know what kind of computer system costs $100 million, but it should last us at least as long as it takes to pay the Chinese back for it.


This grant was placed back in the bill by the chairman of the Senate Budget committee, 
Kurt Schaefer.
The Senate will be taking up the budget THIS WEEK. This is your opportunity to let them know you do not support taking any action to establish the Obamacare Insurance Exchange. Please contact Sen. Schaefer and let him know that the 71% of the voters rejected Obamacare and we are back to tell him to remove the $50 million Medicaid Enrollment System grant from the budget.


Sen. Kurt Schaefer
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 420
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-3931
FAX: (573) 751-4320
kurt.schaefer@mail.senate.mo.gov

NOT on our watch, Mr. Governor!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Gun Rights Rally - 2012




Missouri Family Network
Gun Rights Rally 2012

April 18th

Annual Second Amendment Rally
Jefferson City, Missouri 
10 AM - Noon
Capitol First Floor Rotunda




Come hear a lineup of great speakers to inspire you in the effort to expand ourSecond Amendment rights.  Come and share in the company of fellow patriots,and then we will go visit with our legislators.  We will kindly let them know that Missourians do not want our Second Amendment rights to be infringed by the Government.  Come one, come all!  The bigger the crowd the better it helps to show law makers the multitudes of voters paying attention in this election year.

 Sponsored by:
MPS - Missourians for Personal Safety
GCLA – Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance
WMSA – Western Missouri Shooters Alliance
MSSA – Missouri Sport Shooting Association
and others

Need information or have questions?
WMSA Hotline 1-877-333-WMSA (1-877-333-9672)

Remember: 
United We Stand ~ Divided We Fall



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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cloward-Piven Strategy In Full Operation

First of all, I apologize for the "test" mailings. We just found out that our mail group and blog have not been working since the Google remodel in March.
On with the news...
Have you noticed that this administration has set this country back decades on racial divide? Have you noticed that the civil discourse goes unchecked and no law enforcement protects the innocent? Did you hear that the Dept. of Justice has been requested to enforce the laws of hate crimes that the New Black Panthers have openly, vocally and deliberately committed? The DOJ is silent, there is no law enforcement. Have you heard about the rapes, stabbings, robberies committed by the Occupy Wall Street gangs?  Where is the law enforcement? And how about those Union bullies? Have you heard about any law enforcement or protection for the innocent? I could go on but if you haven't heard any of this you must be watching the Main Stream Media, because we no longer have an investigative media or journalists that value their integrity. Every incident listed above has happened and is happening. And if you want to know why, I'd like to encourage you to go back and read a post from November 29, 2009.


I know it's long, but it's an explanation of what is going on in America and why. Oh, and Frances Fox Piven, she's not just a little granny lady sitting home knitting -- she's coaching and leading the youth of the Occupy Wall Street gangs.

It's all going exactly as planned, for evil.






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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:Liberty Evangelism

Happy Easter Patriots,
This is the season when we celebrate true freedom becoming available to all. By Jesus death on our behalf, resurrection and ascension into heaven, where perfect freedom will be enjoyed by all, he secured our ticket to paradise. All we have to do is accept it. America, the earthly land of freedom, would never have been possible had not Christ done what He did that first Easter.

Today, we as stewards of the blessings of Liberty passed down from Christ to our forefathers, have an awesome responsibility. If freedom is to remain on the earth, we must pass it along to our descendants. If this is going to happen, we must make converts. We must be Liberty Evangelists. Following is an attempt to explain my approach to "Liberty Evangelism. Although the term is not one I originated, I have co-opted it because I really like the way it so succinctly describes what I believe true patriots need to be engaged in.

One reason I like this term is that, as in Christian evangelism, the goal is to make converts. And not to a particular party or person, but rather converts from those kinds of loyalties and prejudices to those of allegiance to constitutional authority, the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and the true history of the United States. People and parties come and go, but these are things we can hang our hats on. They are what made America great and they will always be around, whether we abide by them or not. So, in order to try to help us all in our efforts to evangelize, I am going to share here a few experiences.

As I'm sure you do, I sometimes have occasion to talk to friends, neighbors, family and co-workers about these matters, especially in an election year, and here is somewhat of a journal of some lessons I have learned and am learning.

Co-worker A: I have talked with this guy several times and we do not see eye to eye to say the least. Even so, he always brings the subject up and wants to talk about politics. On one such occasion we did come to agree on something: that the tax code is a mess and needs to be fixed. But where we differed was, I think, very illustrative. He said that if we would fix the tax code everything else would take care of itself. I said that the tax issue, like all others, is just a symptom of the root problem, which is that we have strayed from the Constitution. In a subsequent discussion he asked me what I thought was the main issue facing America. I said it was that we have strayed from the Constitution. He said, "No. I mean an issue." I said, "That is an issue. It is the issue."

I mention this to show what I believe to be the difference between maybe winning a debate and maybe making a convert and that is to always bring it back to principles rather than to persons or policies. To the Constitution, Declaration, and true history. Here's why.

If we get into a discussion about persons or policies, these are always changing and one can always find something to like or dislike about any of them. So, if one is not looking for truth but for a way to rationalize what they've already made up their mind they're going to do, there is no way to win that argument or to make a convert. But, if we can base our arguments on principles, we don't get personal and emotional, and reason and truth have a chance to prevail.

With regard to Co-worker A, I have come to the conclusion that this kind of rationalizing is what he is engaging in. As such, I don't hold much hope that he will ever become a convert. Even so, as long as he wants to engage, I will do so, if for no other reason than because it requires me to better think through the issues. And, hey, you never know! He may come around. Truth is a powerful thing!

By contrast there is Co-worker B: While he and I don't necessarily agree on everything, he is malleable. He does not have an agenda that he wants to bend the truth to conform to. So, while I couldn't as yet count him as a convert, I am quite optimistic that he will eventually come around.

As I said, you never know what might be the result of speaking the truth. That's what I tried to do with both of these guys. I want to encourage you to do this as well. I think it can make a big and lasting difference.

May you and yours have a blessed and joyous celebration of the true freedom we have in Christ this Easter and always.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
April 7, 2012
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