Thursday, August 30, 2012

Volunteer Opportunity



Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to the

Macon County Republican Headquarters
1607 Gary Street
Macon, MO

Located in the building right behind Red Cross Pharmacy,
directly across the street from Dr. Tom Thurman's office.

There is a sign in book with the available time slots on the front desk. During the week the Headquarters is open from Noon-6 p.m. The hours are broken down from Noon to 3:00 and 3:00 to 6:00. There are also Saturday hours available. Responsibilities are simply to be available to the public to hand out yard signs and answer any questions. An excellent opportunity for conversation with voters! There are also handouts and stickers for candidates, pocket Constitutions, as well as books offered for sale.

Please stop by the Macon County Republican Headquarters and offer a few hours of your time and support. There are only a couple of months left before the election. 
It's going to take all of us to unite, pitch in and get the job done!



"All that it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing"

 ~Edmund Burke

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part VII

Hello All,

Today's principle:
"...whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

In this section of the Declaration the principle of the sovereignty of the people is expanded upon. Where it says "ends" it refers to the previously mentioned purpose of government, which is to secure the rights of the people and to govern by legitimate authority, i.e., the consent of the governed.

So when the government oversteps its rightful authority and becomes oppressive the people have the right to abolish it. The Founders had to go to war with the world's superpower in order to abolish the tyrannical rule of King George.

Ever since they prevailed in that struggle, and the Constitution was established as the supreme law of the land, Americans have regularly altered their government via the ballot box.

Today in America, government is running amok. Clearly many of those in office no longer see themselves as being constrained by the principles of just and limited government power. We the People have allowed this to happen because we have failed to diligently guard our freedom by holding our elected officials accountable to our founding principles.

This November we will have an opportunity to begin to rectify this situation by altering the current make-up, and thus the course, of our government.  If we fail to do so then, I believe it will become necessary to once again abolish it, because tyranny will have supplanted freedom and will once again reign in America. In other words the Constitution will have been effectively repealed and replaced once and for all and there will be no salvaging it via the ballot box. 

As I've pointed out before, there will always be a governing authority in any nation. There must be. The only question is what kind of government it will be. Ultimately, there are only 2 options; a just and righteous one or a tyrannical one. This is the choice we will make this November. The stakes could hardly be higher. We must do what we can in the time we have remaining to make sure people understand these principles and the necessity of restoring them.

That's all for now.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 23, 2012 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part VI

Hello Again,

Today I want to consider the next principle in the Declaration, "...to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The proposition that government does not exist to perpetuate itself but to secure the inherent rights of the people, coupled with the notion that the people, not the king, are sovereign, was truly revolutionary. Taken together these represent the key to the amazing political success of America.

Today, these principles would seem to be all but forgotten. If freedom and prosperity are ever to be restored in America, we must rediscover and reapply them. We can help to make that happen by reminding/informing as many people as we can of these truths between now and election day.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 21, 2012
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Opportunity and A Call to Action

Patriots,

Did you know that September 17 is Constitution Day? Probably, since that was the date in 1787 on which the document was signed by the framers in Philadelphia. Did you further know that Congress has deemed that September 17-23 of each year be observed as "Constitution Week"? Maybe. But, here's something I didn't know.

In 2004 Congress passed Public Law 108-447 which mandates that all schools receiving federal funds must teach the US Constitution on September 17 of each year. This law also provides that all federal agencies provide their employees with "educational and training materials concerning the US Constitution on September 17 of each year." Here are the pertinent excerpts from the law:
“Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.
“…each Federal agency or department shall provide educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee…on September 17 of each year.”
I think this information presents us with a great opportunity to raise awareness of our great Constitution so I am calling on us each and all to do a few simple and easy things.
  1. Contact your local school,college or university and find out if they receive federal funds and, if so, what their plans are for Constitution Day/Week. (It's possible they won't be aware of this law or of their responsibilities under it. As such, we can serve to enlighten them.)
  2. Contact your local federal agencies, (for most of us in rural Missouri, that will be the Post Office), and ask what they are doing to fulfill their responsibilities under this law. 
  3. Although the law does not make requirements of local governing bodies, I think most mayors and other elected officials would be glad to make a proclamation designating September 17-23 as "Constitution Week" in their community. We can ask that they do that. 
  4. Write letters to the editor, blogs, etc... to help get the word out.
This fits right into MCP's mission to educate on the Constitution. It is an open door inviting us to do just that. In doing these things, we must be respectful and courteous, not demanding or threatening. On the contrary, offer any help we can in carrying this out. If we do that it will create good will toward MCP, which will lead to more opportunities in the future. And more importantly, it will be good for our communities and for America. Let's not let this opportunity pass. Share with the rest of us what you are doing and any creative ideas you have. We don't have a whole lot of time.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 16, 2012
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part V

Hello Again,

Last time we looked at the unalienable right to life. Next comes the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want to look at those together because they are very much intertwined, not to mention misunderstood.

First a little history lesson on the origin of the phrase, "pursuit of happiness".

As I referenced last time, slavery was at odds with the principles of the republic from the beginning. The inherent right Jefferson was speaking of when he penned the phrase, "the pursuit of happiness", was primarily the right to keep the fruits of ones own labors, i.e., to own property. But he knew that if it was stated that way it would inevitably be used by some to justify slavery and that this would make it virtually impossible to ever abolish the practice. So the phrase, "the pursuit of happiness", was used instead.

I doubt if Jefferson was satisfied with that phrase or that he ever imagined the impact those words would have, but I am inclined to believe that that simple phrase is primarily what so resonated in hearts and minds of people everywhere, that they would leave everything to come here. To them it meant that In America they could have a chance to make their dreams come true. No guarantees, just the opportunity. And in the end, that is what made America great.


The big issue in this election cycle is the economy and politicians are offering all kinds of ways to fix it. What is needed for America's economic recovery is prosperity. Government can never create prosperity, it can only confiscate and kill it. Free people pursuing their dreams, under the Constitution, is what creates prosperity.

I suspect that most people today would define "pursuit of happiness" in a million different ways, mostly having to do with doing whatever you want, whenever you want, i.e., the pursuit of pleasure. As such, it should come as no surprise they will vote for politicians who promise to clear the way, and even to pay for them to do so, but that is a recipe for disaster, as we are seeing. What is needed to combat those deadly ideas is a steady diet of the truth about our founding principles and the necessity of returning to them. That is our calling as Patriots in 2012. May God make us equal to the task. Keep fighting the good fight.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 15, 2012

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part IV

Hello Again,

Last time we looked at the principles of equality and God-given rights. Today, I want to begin to look at those rights which are articulated in the Declaration, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Obviously, this was not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list. Let's consider the first of these 3 today, the right to life.

As a principle this right is one without which none of the others really matter. Without life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness are not possible. You might call it the "first, foremost and foundational right". As such, the most egregious wrong ever committed in the history of the United States of America is the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion because it violates this most fundamental of all rights by declaring that the most helpless and innocent among us do not possess this right. (Remember, these are inherent rights, meaning that all people are endowed with them by virtue of their humanity.)

It doesn't seem that very many people are very concerned about this today, even while they are still incensed over slavery. While both are egregious violations of our founding principles, I would argue that abortion is worse for these reasons.

Slavery was extant at the time of the founding and has been so throughout the history of mankind. Abortion was legalized 200 years into the life of our republic. Slavery was a resident evil. Abortion was one we created and invited in.

Slavery violated primarily the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness which are secondary to the right to life which abortion violates.

There was always a tension in the nation because of the existence of slavery because it so violated our founding principles. As we know, this tension finally erupted into civil war which very nearly destroyed our nation. At great cost it was eventually expunged and America was able to recover and go on to accomplish many more great things.

If abortion is not expunged, and soon, there will be no recovery for America. It is just that simple.

Abraham Lincoln was reportedly once asked how long he thought the Civil War would last, to which he replied, "I fear it will go on until the blood spilled on the battle field equals that shed in the slave trade." If Lincoln's formula is anywhere near correct and we were to apply it to abortion, we are in big trouble because we are currently at more than 50 million abortions performed, with about 4000 being added to that number every day.

Pray for America. That's all for now.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 14, 2012
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part III

Greetings Patriots,

Hopefully we have established the idea of principles and their importance so that we can begin to look more specifically at what those are and what they mean.

Today's Principle: "All men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

Before the founding of America, societies were ordered according to class. Nobility and royal blood were considered superior. Since America was a colony of Great Britain her citizens lived under this system. Even though in England some concessions had been made with the instituting of Parliament and so on, Great Britain was for all intents and purposes still ruled by King George and the system of nobles, lords, etc... So, under this system, men were not equal and they had no rights. So stating this principle was truly a revolutionary act.
  • Points to be made:  
    • No man is inherently superior to another.
    • All men have rights.
    • These rights are not granted by men/governments, they are inherent, given by God.
    • As such, no man/government can take them away. They are "unalienable".
      • This fundamental belief fueled the revolution and gave the resolve to see it through in spite of overwhelming odds.
        • It is what separates America from every other nation in history up to the Founding era.
          • Today there is an elitist governing class in America.
            • Their policies and practices are much like King George's in that they amount to government of the people, but they are not by and for the people.
              • We must rediscover/reapply the founding principles of equality and God-given rights if America is to be restored.
                • We The People are the only ones who can do this.
                  • This election may be our last chance to do it.
                    • We must help others understand this. 

That's all for now.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 12, 2012



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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Appoach, Part II

Greetings Patriots,

How's the homework going? Have you memorized that passage from the Declaration? If not, keep working on it. It will prove invaluable to have those words at the ready when talking to folks about freedom. In this installment I'm going to begin to give this layman's understanding of America's founding principles.

Today's principle is found in the phrase, "We hold these truths to be self-evident". (If you think about it, this phrase might be used as a definition for the word "principle").

As I pointed out last time, the acceptance of principles and the idea that they even exist, is not a given in today's world. So, the first argument from the Declaration that I would make is that this phrase shows that the Founders believed in principles and they based our country on them.

When it says, "we hold" it simply means this is what they believed/knew to be true. When it refers to "self-evident" truths, it is saying that it is obvious from the real world that these things are so. They are not saying they created them, but that they recognized and acknowledged them.

Points to be made:  
  1. Principles exist and America was built on principles, i.e., "self-evident truths". 
  • The problem today is that we have strayed from our founding principles. 
    • This amounts to jacking the house up off its firm foundation and setting it on the sand. 
      • Collapse is the inevitable outcome of doing so.
        • The only remedy is to return to our principles. 
          • We The People are the only ones who can do this. 
            • We can begin to set things right at the ballot box in November. 
              • This election may very well be our last chance to do so.
That's all for now.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 7, 2012

PS: Don't forget to vote today in the primary election. RC
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach


Greetings Patriots,

In this post I will attempt to begin to outline the approach I am trying to take in talking with people about the upcoming election. I hope it makes sense and is a logical, systematic approach that I can use when the time comes. I share it in the hope you will find it helpful. Please let the rest of us know of things you are doing, and let me know if you see flaws in my approach or ways it can be improved.

First point: America did not become great because of politicians, her military or her economy. She became great because of her founding principles.

So, what is a principle? My definition, (which is borrowed from I don't remember who): "Something that is true for all people, in all places, at all times." 

Arguing for this can be very challenging today because our culture has to a great degree bought into the notion that there is no such thing. As such, everything is a matter of personal opinion. In such an environment it can be difficult to establish the idea of "founding principles". Fortunately, we do not have to rely on anyone's personal opinion in identifying these principles. They are spelled out for us clearly and powerfully in the Declaration of Independence, excerpted here:

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness..."

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to try to memorize this passage from the Declaration, especially from, "We hold these truths" on. (I included the first paragraph because of its reference to the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God", which is the underlying, overarching basis for the rest of the principles contained therein.)

My purpose here is to lay out in a clear, orderly and bite-sized fashion, something that we'll be able to draw on when opportunities arise. That being the case, I will close. In future posts I'll be trying to delve into these principles in some depth.

[Note: It goes without saying that I am no expert or authority on these things. But that does not disqualify me or you from speaking about them. On the contrary, it should rather serve as another testimony to the wisdom and genius of the Founders that they were able to put such profound ideas into a form that ordinary people like us could understand and apply to their lives."]

Until next time, keep fighting the good fight for freedom.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 6, 2012



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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Primary Elections - August 7th


Missouri Primary Elections are August 7th. I'd like to urge you to research and go to the polls educated. Please check with your family, friends and neighbors and make sure they have a ride to the polls.
Some think the primaries are not important. Primary elections are vital to the processes our Founders set for us. 

Here is a sample ballot that you will see at the polls on Tuesday, August 7th. Remember, for the primary elections you can only vote a straight party ticket, only one party ballot. This sample is of the Republican ballot. You can go to the Macon County Courthouse and get sample ballots of any/all parties. If you click on the image below the full size image should open up.



Macon County Patriots does not endorse candidates but we will support those of our members who are running for an elected position. We will also provide information for events for candidates when requested.

A resource for finding information about candidates on line:
http://www.politics1.com/mo.htm

Another excellent resource, one that I highly recommend is The Constitutional Coalition's publication, "Front Line." Modern Cleaners in Macon usually has copies sitting on the counter. The July issue has a candidate survey along with information on the ballot initiative.

Speaking of ballot initiatives, We have one Constitutional Amendment on the ballot. For an explanation and information on the amendment:

http://www.prayeramendment.org/

There is one Sunday left before the primary. Please encourage others to go to the polls August 7th. Remember, we as Christians have rights and it's up to us to use them and be actively involved to keep and protect our liberties! Speak out!

It's NOT about the Donkey or the Elephant
It's about The Lamb

http://www.maconcountypatriots.com/2012/06/churches-elections-what-is-law.html




If you have any questions that I can help with or additional information regarding this election please contact me at:



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