RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN

ADVANCING THE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE

Vol. 3 – No. 12                                                                                                        February 2020

NEXT MEETING OF THE RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY

The next meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party will be held on Thursday, 6 February 2020, at 7:00 PM, at the Rhea County Sheriff’s Training Center, 711 Eagle Drive, Evensville, TN.  (Bring a friend!)

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

“Since this is an era when so many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?” – Thomas Sowell

 

EDITORIAL

If you haven’t yet received a notice from your State government informing you that you should get a new State-issued identification credential (ID card) known as a “REAL ID,” look for that notice to show up in your mailbox in the not-too-distant future.  The following provides some information about this new federally mandated requirement.

The “REAL ID” requirements comport with The REAL ID Act of 2005, which promulgated a Federal law, and in which are established new minimum security standards for license issuance and production.  These standards are intended to provide an additional level of security to protect the identity of US Citizens.   https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/real-id-act-text.pdf

Depending of course on the State in which you reside, the notification you receive may inform you that you are not required to obtain a REAL ID compliant driver’s license but, beginning on 1 October 2020, each citizen must have a REAL ID compliant credentials, e.g. a current passport, birth certificate, State- or Federal-issued photo ID card, original Social Security Card, and other TSA-approved alternative forms of identification to board commercial flights within the United States, to enter Federal buildings, or enter a nuclear plant.  Or, a person can present their REAL ID card and not have to carry all those other documents around on their person.

On receiving notification that we could apply for a REAL ID, we decided that we should get this matter behind us and avoid the last minute rush.  As of 7 January 2020, we were qualified to receive our REAL ID cards.  It was quite an ordeal!  We received our REAL ID cards some two weeks later.

The Driver’s Services Centers (processors and issuers of REAL IDs in Tennessee), have made considerable effort to prepare themselves for the onslaught of Tennessee citizens who will, most likely, wait ‘til the very last minute to decide they need a REAL ID, but as of this writing “the system” is still a bit rough around the edges.  That said, I would like to highly commend the people who provided services to us because they displayed a genuine concern to provide exemplary service – they were courteous, efficient, and helpful – although they could use some better equipment and signage.  Also, in communicating with some of the Management, I am confident that their system will rapidly improve.

NOTE:  If you decide to apply for a REAL ID, please make certain you have all the required documents with you when you apply and please remember that “the rules are the rules are the rules are the rules.” NO exceptions!  One of my friends was turned away because the name printed on her Social Security card did not match the name written on her birth certificate.  Attend to these matters before you apply.

Tennesseans who wish to obtain a REAL ID complaint license will need the following credentials when visiting a Driver’s Services Center:  proof to establish citizenship or legal presence, proof of their full Social Security Number, and two proofs of Tennessee residency.  Other state requirements are likely to be the same.

NOTE:  A REAL ID is not required to: operate a motor vehicle; vote; purchase alcohol or tobacco products; access hospitals; visit the post office; access Federal courts; apply for (or receive), Federal benefits e.g. Social Security or Veteran’s benefits. https://www.tn.gov/tnrealid/what-is-real-id.html

The specific documents that meet the proof of citizenship requirements are found at the following link:  https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tnrealid/documents/REALIDRequirements.pdf

Still, there is something curious going on with this REAL ID thing – why, after 15 years of collecting dust, has it suddenly become a priority?

The answer may be revealed in the stories of fake driver’s licenses, birth certificates, Voter’s Registration cards, and other counterfeit documents that are being trafficked over our borders.  As you might imagine, these fake documents are used to evade Customs and Border Patrol authorities, to sign up for subsidized housing, healthcare, education, transportation, food stamps, and other benefits (that should be) expressly reserved for US Citizens.  It has, from time to time, been rumored that some holders of fake documents have used them to register to vote, and then to sell their vote to the highest bidder.  So, how bad is it?

Talia Kaplan, Fox News reported and covered by the NY Post, reported the following:

Federal officers recently intercepted nearly 3,000 fake driver’s licenses and more than 3,100 blank card stocks used to make counterfeit licenses in Kentucky, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The IDs were heading from China to various locations in New York, the federal agency said, adding that the fake driver’s licenses were seized at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville, KY.

The licenses were for several states, including Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Authorities in Louisville notified CBP officers in Memphis, since the fake identification cards were also shipped to that area, resulting in an additional 527 counterfeit driver’s licenses in Tennessee, officials said.

One of the shipments seized was headed to a convicted child rapist in the New York area, according to CBP, which added that investigators suspect that the individual entices minors with alcohol and fake IDs before engaging in illicit activity.  Homeland Security is investigating.

Thomas Mahn, the Louisville Port Director, said fake IDs are frequently bought and sold through “dark web” transactions.

Some of the major concerns, as it relates to fraudulent identity documents include:  identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes (e.g. human smuggling and human trafficking), and; these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.

https://www.wymt.com/content/news/Hundreds-of-fake-drivers-licenses-found-in-Louisville-parcel-565380232.html?fbclid=IwAR1BeymjeYv04DCYUY8itcxtsBciBxCOy952gbdsXqbsNe4trsr4F1t7u0s

All that said, it’s good to remember that every “lemon” has the potential to become a delicious glass of lemonade, and here’s how such a treat might be concocted:

What if our state legislature passed a law that required every person who attempted to vote or to take advantage of some benefit reserved for a US Citizen was first required to provide proof of their qualifications by showing their REAL ID?

Does this sound like the theme for a letter to your elected representatives?  I sure hope so!

 

RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bitsy Gryder – Chairman                            Gary Drinkard – Vice Chairman

Laura Travis – Secretary                            Larry Pendergrass – Treasurer

Linda Pendergrass – Vice Treasurer

 

MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOIUS MEETING

Bitsy Gryder called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.

 

Joe Gryder offered prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The October Minutes were read by Judy Bancroft.  Motion by Joe Gryder, second by Donna Taylor to accept minutes as read.  Motion carried.

 

The November Minutes were read by Judy Bancroft.  Motion by Joe Gryder, second by Donna Taylor to accept minutes as read.  Motion carried.

 

Bitsy asked for a motion to approve Judy Bancroft to fill the remainder of the term for Secretary.  Motion made by Laura Travis, second by Mary Drinkard.  Motion carried.

 

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Larry Pendergrass, a copy of which is attached to the minutes.  Motion made by Joe Gryder, second by Chuck Bauer to accept report as read.  Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Larry Pendergrass and seconded by Joe Gryder to approve a $500 donation to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department for their Christmas Toy Fund.  Motion carried.

 

The PAC Report was given by Jim Murphy.  There has been no activity and the checking account balance remains as it was.  The Year-End Supplemental Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement has been filed with the Rhea County Election Commission and the Commission of Finance in Nashville.  A copy is attached to the minutes.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the report as read.  Motion carried.

Bitsy thanked Mary Drinkard and Donna Taylor for bringing tonight’s refreshments.

 

Guests:

Johnny Presley, candidate for U. S. Senate from Crossville, was introduced.  He shared his concerns about lack of government representation for rural areas, insufficient health care and lack of industry in many rural counties, and over-regulation by the Federal government.  He stated that he particularly wishes to represent working-class people, especially from rural areas.

 

Laura Travis introduced new attendee Tanner Stockton.

The Legislative Report was presented by Kris Bancroft.  Group discussion occurred regarding Tennessee HB 1578, which authorizes the resettlement of refugees in our state.  There are a total of 18,000 to be resettled nationwide.  (Guest Johnny Presley stated that there are 6300 refugees on their way to Tennessee.)  Concerns discussed included cost to taxpayers and inadequate vetting.  Kris encouraged members to contact their County Commissioner to consider voting for Rhea County not to accept refugees.   Kris will find out the time-table for the Commission in relation to this issue and post it on our website.

Bitsy encouraged members to respond to the recently mailed questionnaire from U. S. Representative Scott Dejarlais and include comments about any issues of concern.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Website:  A motion was made by Kris Bancroft, second by Laura Travis, to pay $450 to our webmaster, Jennifer McKenny, for her services for 2020.  Motion carried.  Laura will ask Jen to send the invoice to Larry Pendergrass for payment.

 

Laura reported that Jen is available to come to one of our meetings to go over website information with us.  Gary Drinkard recommended that prior to Jen coming to a meeting that our list of recommended updates and changes to the website be given to her (see November minutes).  Bitsy and Joe will send the list to her.

 

Reagan Day Dinner:  A report on the Reagan Day Dinner was given by Joe Gryder.  The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th at Rhea County High School.  Larry Pendergrass will pay the required deposit tomorrow.  Lebron Purser will be the emcee.  Joe is working on identifying speakers.  (Guest Johnny Presley reported that the Senatorial candidates are already committed to the Williamson County dinner being held the same night.)  Gary Drinkard reported that he is working on getting the dinner on U.S. Representative Scott DeJarlais’ calendar.

 

Set-up will need to be Saturday morning, as the high-school prom is Friday evening.  Donna Taylor has agreed to be in charge of decorations.  Mary Drinkard will coordinate the desserts.

 

Political candidates may have tables in the foyer.

 

Laura Travis volunteered to be the primary contact person for ticket sales.  However, she will need help selling tickets.  She prefers to sell them by sixes but will sell them individually, too.  Laura needs to have the printed tickets by the February or March meeting.  Joe and Bitsy will contact Keener Marketing to arrange for the ticket printing.    Joe indicated that individual tickets will be $50 and a table for six will be $275.

 

Joe and Bitsy are in the process of contacting organizations, such as other counties, regarding the dinner.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

A motion was made by Joe Gryder, second by Chuck Bauer to authorize payment of approximately $60 to the Post Office for a year’s rental of our box.  Motion carried.

 

Bitsy requested the assistance of three volunteers to plan the menu for the July 23 Chamber of Commerce luncheon that we are providing.  Gary Drinkard and Joe Gryder volunteered.  Luncheon attendance is usually 30-50 people.  Laura Travis suggested a caterer from Spring City with reasonable prices.  The other option would be to provide the meal ourselves and save money.

 

A motion was made by Gary Drinkard, second by Joe Gryder, for a certificate to be presented to the Republican of the Year at the Reagan Day dinner.  Maximum cost to be no more than $40.  The certificate would be in place of the plaques formerly used.  Motion carried.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next meeting will be Thursday, February 6.  It was decided to not have a potluck.  Bonnie Doss has volunteered to bring refreshments.

 

Ron Travis, Tennessee State Representative, reported that the next Assembly session will begin January 14th.  He is working on a bill involving a Medicare supplemental plan, which would require that everyone pay a co-pay, even if a small amount, for services received.  This would help relieve some of the burden on the State resulting from the Affordable Care Act.  Also, the refugee subject is likely to be a big issue this session.

 

Larry Pendergrass congratulated Rhea County High School teachers and students for raising money for a special-needs boy and his mother to attend the LSU/Oklahoma football play-off game.

 

Bitsy shared the Joke of the Month.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

 

ON THE HOME FRONT

Governor Bill Lee is Adamant about Resettling Refugees into Tennessee

It’s hard to call one’s self a caring and compassionate human being and yet claim to not care about the plight of oppressed people throughout the world.  But is it compassionate to rip a person out of their natural habitat only to cart them off to some foreign land where they can’t speak the language, where the culture and customs are vastly different from what they’ve grown up with, and thrust them into an environment where they have great difficulty in assimilating – or, into a society where their religious teachings compels them to never assimilate?  Such is the situation with the influx of refugees that have arrived on our shores – and also for those who are currently headed to our country.  As it turns out, there is a more rational approach to this situation and, in a few paragraphs, I’ll outline just what that is, but for now, here’s what we know.

As of this post, we don’t know yet just how many refugees will be coming to Tennessee – the actual number seems to be a closely guarded secret – but in 2016, more than 2,000 refugees resettled in Tennessee.  All we know at the moment is Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed that our state will definitely take in some of the 18,000 immigrants who will be imported in the coming year.

Understandably, many Citizens and numerous State Representatives and Senators have joined Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Speaker Cameron Sexton in expressing their disagreement with the Governor’s decision.

Spouting Bible verses (e.g. Leviticus 19:34, etc.), and relating his experience in helping Kurdish refugees, Governor Lee has claimed the moral high ground and, in doing so, he has decided to ignore the will of the People, as well as many of his fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

Has Governor Lee expanded the meaning of “arbitrary and capricious?”  It certainly seems our Governor has lost sight of whom it is he’s supposed to be serving!

Of course, Governor Lee has his supporters, but who are they?  And why are some people backing the Governor on his decision?

One of Tennessee’s lawmakers who support the Governor is Republican State Senator Steven Dickerson, who was quoted as saying “I applaud Governor Lee for making this decision as I have long believed that a diverse and welcoming Tennessee makes us a stronger Tennessee.”  Senator Dickerson has apparently closed his eyes – and his mind – to what’s been happening for years in Dearborn, MI and around St. Cloud, MN!

For that matter, the Senator seems ignorant of what’s going on in both Murfreesboro (that currently has ~25,000 refugees that support its fortified Islamic Center), and in Chattanooga, the city that boasts of the greatest increase of foreign-born residents than any other city in America!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Center_of_Murfreesboro and https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/dec/07/chattanoogno-1-city-growth-foreign-born-resid/510035/

Lest it go unnoticed, more than 25% of Tennessee’s foreign-born population is not considered “fluent” in English.  Do you think their inability to speak our language just might make their assimilation a bit more difficult or make it more difficult for us to embrace their presence and help them assimilate? [!]  https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/immigrants-in-tennessee

In a recent interview on WTVF (Nashville), Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) responded to the announcement by applauding the governor’s decision.  “We applaud Governor Lee in his decision to allow the life-saving work of refugee resettlement to continue in Tennessee.  Communities across the state are ready and willing to accept more refugees.”

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the banks who handle their loans seem to love doing business with immigrants.  In fact, the average loan given to an immigrant to start a business is $67,704.  Some loans given to immigrants by SBA have been as much as $250,000!  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/rs396tot.pdf

Keep in mind that these immigrant borrowers have no credit history, no proof that they know how to run a business, and no collateral to put up to secure the loan, and most don’t speak English!  Now, can you imagine what a loan officer would say to an American Citizen who walked into a bank and asked for such a loan under such conditions?  As you might imagine, the default rate on these loans is astronomical, but the banks don’t mind – the loans are, after all, guaranteed by the government – that’s you and me!

Some of the pro-refugee folks claim that refugees don’t receive SBA loans.  That’s simply not true.  According to Fundera, Inc. (and other sources) immigrants who’ve sought asylum and refugee status are also eligible for SBA loans as long as they have lawful permanent resident status.  In fact, over the past 20 years, 48% of all new businesses were started by immigrants who received SBA loans!  Dig a little deeper on this topic and you’ll also learn that some immigrants also receive grants – not loans – to start their businesses, or to attend college, and they never have to pay them back!   https://www.fundera.com/blog/best-small-business-loans-grants-immigrants and https://www.forafinancial.com/blog/working-capital/business-financing-options-immigrants/

And, of course, as anyone with an IQ greater than cauliflower knows, certain unscrupulous business owners simply love to hire immigrants – illegal or otherwise – because they work for cheap and they “don’t give no sass.”  How many of Governor Lee’s refugees will take jobs from Tennessee Citizens under such conditions?

The next question that comes to mind is where are these refugees coming from?  Again, we seem to have run up against a closely guarded secret, but in 2019, approximately 50% emigrated from D. R. Congo, 19% Myanmar (Burma), 18% from Ukraine, and 7% from Eritrea.  Since 2000, Burmese emigrants have totaled 177,700, from Iraq 144,400 persons have arrived on our shores, and 104,100 Somalis have entered the United States.  https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/10/07/key-facts-about-refugees-to-the-u-s/.

So, are we made “stronger” as Senator Dickerson and TIRCC imply?  It seems we should ask a few more questions in order to learn the answer:  Of the refugees headed our way, how many have been thoroughly vetted?  No, I don’t mean Mr. 0bama’s definition of “thoroughly,” I mean thoroughly thorough.  How many speak English?  (How many will ever learn to speak English?)  How many carry diseases or parasites for which Americans have no resistance?  How well are these refugees educated?  (The average seems to be on par with 8th graders in the US.)  Will these refugees bring the United States up or will their presence weaken us as a nation.  The following link provides some important insight to answering that question!  https://www.gwern.net/docs/iq/2009-richwine.pdf

Sadly, the decision-making process that determines which refugees are to be settled in the United States also causes concerns.  One of the major concerns is that UN workers who assign the resettlement country to each refugee (or refugee family) are making some extra cash by taking bribes from the refugees to get them into the United States.  Why who would have thought that could happen?  (Sarcasm intended.)  https://cis.org/Report/UNHCR-Corruption-Resettlement-Spots-Price?fbclid=IwAR3DFX86aWakaOswjraRYjAFg4MORSrIyZSvE-0NiR6XyQYHAbiOl9jMC00 and https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/asylum-sale-refugees-say-some-u-n-workers-demand-bribes-n988351?fbclid=IwAR1Xy18IxEmHyC1RTTonm2a2WqY_kbw7QdWUh0L_8gjTq3xIrtFBR0rViF8

Ultimately, we need to know how much it will cost the American taxpayer to welcome refugees.  Estimates range from $60,000 per year and up to $85,000 per year, per refugee, but some of those refugees need extraordinary healthcare (mental and physical), and this drives up the cost.  The most credible source tells us “On average, each Middle Eastern refugee resettled in the United States costs an estimated $64,370 [per year,] per refugee in the first five years, or $257,481 [per year,] per household.”  But, even that is not a reliable number.  Increasing the number of refugees also increases the number of government employees who administer the programs that serve these refugees.  Here’s how it works:

At the municipal level, every city and county has employees who administer programs at the local level.  Each of these workers has a case load and when the number of “cases” increases past a certain level, more workers must be hired.

When a refugee receives housing, healthcare, education, or public transportation, the service is provided and a record of each services is reported to the State.  If a refugee runs afoul of the law, even more public sector employees (paid with taxpayer’s dollars) expend their resources to address these crimes and, when a refugee appears in court, a Public Defender is assigned to their case.

Remember that government services tend to be highly compartmentalized, i.e. there is a division that only handles housing, another that only handles healthcare, another that only handles education, and so on.

In most cases – and especially at the municipal and State levels – employees who are charged with administering the various and sometime complex programs designed to address the unique needs of refugees lack the proper training to follow the program, so they have to be provided with such training.  Regardless of whether those employees (and their supervisors) receive training in their home town or have to travel away from home to be trained, training is expensive, especially if it involves training to follow a government program!

Whether the issue is healthcare, education, or defense from a Public Defender, the refugee is most often not capable of answering questions or understanding information that is being imparted, so a translator has to provide translation services for which they are very well-paid!

None of these costs are considered when estimating the costs of resettling refugees, but wait, there’s more!

It naturally follows that all government programs require reporting and submission of data.  (If government does one thing very well, it is collecting data and generating reports!)  This means at all levels of government – municipal, State, and Federal – data is collected and compiled into various reports, and those reports are submitted for review by various Inspectors General.

Of course, the larger a program, the more employees – and Management Personnel – it takes to operate it.  If staffing, administrative, and reporting costs were included in the reports, adding an additional $15,000 per refugee to the costs associated with funding various refugee programs would be rather conservative.

We mustn’t allow ourselves to be misled on how long refugees pose a drain on our resources.  Please consider the following information from the Center for Immigration Studies:  “The Office of Refugee Resettlement claims that ‘most refugees are self-sufficient within five years.’  However ORR defines ‘self-sufficiency’ as not receiving cash welfare.  A household is still considered “self-sufficient” even if it is using any number of non-cash programs such as food stamps, public housing, or Medicaid.

By now, you’re no doubt screaming “there’s got to be a better way!”  Your screams are justified and you’re right; there is a better way!

Rather than uprooting families and individuals from the region of their homeland and transporting them to the United States where they can’t speak the language, don’t understand (or appreciate) our cultural and social mores, where they will adamantly refuse to assimilate, and where they will most assuredly be on the government dole for several generations to come, why not relocate them to safe spaces in their own part of the world?  After all, isn’t protecting them from persecution and the dangers of warfare what this program is really all about?

Of course it is!

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) informs us that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was able to provide all necessary services for Syrian refugees for only $1,057 per year in countries neighboring Syria.  In other words, for what it costs to resettle one refugee in the United States, about twelve refugees can be helped in the Middle East, but the UNHCR has had a funding gap and this is why refugees are being imported to the United States!  Doing the arithmetic, one finds the current stated cost (remember, it’s actually much more!) of settling 39,000 refugees in the United States, the entire funding gap for the UNHCR would be erased!

As CIS observes, it is likely that the refugees imported into the United States will be a drain on public coffers for generations to come.  I wonder whether Governor Lee has read anything in his Bible that cautions against wasting money and resources and placing innocent Citizens in harm’s way.  Luke 16:1-31 and Proverbs 21:20 come immediately to mind.

https://cis.org/Report/High-Cost-Resettling-Middle-Eastern-Refugees

 

Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria is Alive and Well and Living in Chattanooga

Shortly before Christmas, I heard that Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke had uttered a new proclamation, ordering his officials to clamp down on “Hate Speech.”  The report informed us that, in an effort to end “Hate Speech” in Chattanooga, Mayor Berke has ordained the “Mayor’s Council against Hate.”  That’s all well and good I suppose but there’s just one catch; the Mayor didn’t trouble himself to define what hate speech is, or is not!

When I heard about the Mayor’s latest edict, I immediately thought of Josef Stalin, and his loyal apparatchik Lavrentiy Beria, who pledged to Comrade Stalin “show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”  https://www.oxfordeagle.com/2018/05/09/show-me-the-man-and-ill-show-you-the-crime/ .  As it turns out, I might be more correct than I want to be.

Chris Butler, a reporter for The Tennessee Star, reported that the Mayor’s Council against Hate has deployed a nifty little program called HATEBASE, which enables folks to report anything to the Mayor and his Council that they might see, hear, or feel is an expression of “hate.” https://connect.chattanooga.gov/CouncilAgainstHate/

It should be plain to anyone with an IQ greater than an artichoke that Mayor Burke is just another (small) cog in the Left’s Freedom-Crushing Machine who has joined the battle to eradicate every last one of our constitutional rights.  People in Chattanooga can expect to be singled out and ultimately accused of “crimes” as defined by the Mayor’s whims of the moment.

Might Mayor Berke and his cohorts eventually use the authority and power he has granted to himself to punish anyone and everyone who might offend him and his comrades?  The answer is obvious when we recall the words of Lord Acton:  “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Please visit the following link:

https://tennesseestar.com/2019/12/21/chattanooga-officials-are-on-the-prowl-for-anyone-who-commits-hate-speech/?fbclid=IwAR3pP823ckCAaAuiHt12Og3AbaFsCslIUYWAjK3ZwT8oHxgNs7nDXh9DrmQ

 

DEMOCRAT HOPEFULS AND THE 2ND AMENDMENT

Among the dozens of reasons to never vote for a Democrat is their stance against our rights under the 2nd Amendment.  Everyone by now has heard Michael Bloomberg’s promise that if he is elected he will confiscate all firearms but you may not have heard these quotes from the other Democrat candidates:

Joe Biden – “We have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to stop America’s gun violence epidemic – that starts with taking on the powerful gun lobby and passing common sense gun safety laws.  I’ve beaten the NRA twice and I’ll do it again in the White House.”

Elizabeth Warren – “. . . we need a President willing to take action herself.  I’ll do everything I can – and I’ll lead the fight for gun legislation from the White House.”

Pete Buttigieg – “We need a nationwide licensing and registration system, but that’s not nearly enough.  We must implement universal background checks, ban military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, and hold the gun industry accountable.”

Bernie Sanders – “You should not be able to walk into a gun store and purchase assault weapons.  These type of weapons should be banned.”

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I suppose there’s some truth to the old saying that “life is what we make of it,” and, who knows, maybe those “optimists” out there aren’t under as much stress as we realists, but optimists tend to be conformists and (as I proclaimed to my 8th grade algebra teacher) “a conformist never did anything new!”  Proof?  Sure! I’ll give you proof:  THINK of every major milestone in human development.  Each new process, invention, innovation, and scientific advancement came as the result of “someone” not being satisfied with the status quo.  While the rest of the world went about their daily lives accepting their situation as it was, it was the non-conformist who refused the status quo and set out on the quest to change it! – Editor

 

 

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

How has the Democrats’ attempts to impeach President Trump influenced your thinking about the 2020 elections and what have you resolved to do in response to what you’ve seen?

[Please email your answers to:  pyrope84045@mypacks.net THANKS! – Editor]

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I carry a gun because I can’t carry a cop.  (Shared by Walter A. Williams)

 

COMMENTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Elected Representatives from all States and all levels of government are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions, ideas, and announcements by emailing them to pyrope84045@mypacks.net .  Your constituents want to hear from you! – Editor

 

Bruce Griffey (R-75th District) shares the following:

“I have filed House Joint Resolution 657, calling for the Tennessee Attorney General to be an elected instead of an appointed position. Presently, the TN Attorney General is appointed to an eight (8) year term by the 5 Tennessee Supreme Court Justices, who are themselves appointed by the Governor. HJR 657 not only calls for the Attorney General to be elected by popular vote, but also cuts the Attorney General’s term from 8 years to 4 years.

“In 43 other states across the United States, the attorney general is elected by popular vote, and, in all of these states (except Vermont where the term is 2 years), the attorney general is elected to a 4 year term. The problem in Tennessee is not only the lengthy 8 year term, but also the fact that the Tennessee Attorney General is appointed by the very body before which he appears and brings cases for decision – the Tennessee Supreme Court. In my opinion, this presents a major conflict of interest.

“Moreover, public election makes the Attorney General more accountable to the majority of Tennesseans other than just to a select few – 5 to be exact. The Attorney General is essentially 2 steps removed from Tennessee voters because the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints the Attorney General, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the Governor. An elected Attorney General would be directly answerable to the voters.

“State attorneys general are often referred to as the “people’s lawyers”, and, ultimately, it should be the people who select them. It is just common sense and the right thing to do.”

 

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN, 4th Congressional District) offered the following commentary on the passage of H Con Res 83 (See the LEGISLATIVE REPORT in this issue.)

“Today’s non-binding resolution, which will never become law, was another symbolic gesture from the Resistance.  Unfortunately, it could be construed as a gesture of support for the Iranian regime which, if it did become law, would prevent the President from acting quickly to protect Americans and our allies, as he did this week, decisively.  Gen. Soleimani was a battlefield commander responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops, and a legitimate military target, undoubtedly planning more attacks like the recent one on our embassy.  There must never be another Benghazi. The President has made clear we will protect our diplomats.  However, considering Soleimani’s long record of terrorism across the globe, and Iran’s constant belligerence, our response so far has been measured, unlike today’s incoherent resolution.”

 

COMMENTS FROM READERS

Readers are encouraged to submit their thoughts, opinions, ideas, and announcements from their city, county, state, and country.  Please share your ideas, thoughts, opinions, and announcements by emailing them to pyrope84045@mypacks.net .  Your fellow Conservatives want to hear from you! – Editor

 

Rocky Silverman, a reader from Seattle, WA shared the following observation:

The Democrats have been using class warfare for decades and have expanded it to race, gender etc. to create hatred and division within our Nation.  They have implemented welfare state policies the gateway drug to socialism to secure voting blocks and increase government dependency.  Now they openly run on socialist policies like government run healthcare and government control of the energy sector like the green new deal which they admit is to restructure the economy.  Since 2016 they have openly called for “resistance” to a duly elected President and they have used the power of our government’s Executive Branch and now the Legislative Branch to try to oust President Trump.  They are Marxists, using Marxist strategies and policies to try to overthrow our Constitutional Republic.

 

Demetri Antonis, a reader from Newport, KY posted this remark a few days before Christmas.

“I was at the supermarket this morning with my good friend Hank, who’s a retired USAF flight surgeon. At the check-out line in front of us was a young man wearing an Army fatigue jacket with a 10th Mountain Division shoulder sleeve insignia.  As the cashier rang-up his total he inserted his credit card into the payment processor . . . Declined!  Nervously thumbing through his wallet he pulled out another card . . . Declined!   Embarrassed and tearing up, Jeff, a combat veteran E-5 explained his story to the cashier and everyone within an ears distance.

“Three months ago he separated from service after his third and final deployment to the M.E. Arriving home he found his wife and toddler son had moved out of their apartment.  His wife seeking a divorce.  With his rent due Jan 1, he only had half of it set aside.  He needed to come up with a $2500 attorney retainer to guide him through the punitive, ominous, misandrist Family Court bureaucracy.  On top of all that, his vehicle died needing a new transmission.  He’s been working as much overtime as he can at his current job, but after all of his deductions there’s not much left.

“This holiday season can be a very difficult time for people.  Many veterans suffer in silence often turning to pharmaceuticals to “\’numb the pain.’  Some taking their own lives.  People listened to Jeff’s testimony as they stood in the checkout isles and were motivated to do what they could in an effort to prevent Jeff from being a statistic.  Hank and I decided to cover his groceries, rent shortfall and gave him a ride home.  An attorney who was in the adjacent isle offered to provide pro bono legal counsel.  Several others pooled their combined resources which should be enough for Jeff to make the necessary repairs to his vehicle.

“God in His infinite love, wisdom and grace put us all in the right place at the right time as He reminds us: ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’  Every person who’s a giver is glad when other people are giving.  Every person who, at this point, is a ‘taker’ is evaluating:  ‘Will becoming a giver actually change my life for the good?’  ‘Are the promises of God really true?’  ‘Will He really open the windows of Heaven for me?’  ‘Have the righteous never ever been forsaken?’  All these questions can be answered with one scripture.  ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

“Because God so loved…He gave.  Not just anything, but His only Son.  God’s a giver!  That’s why He gives His best, and that’s why those who know Him do the same.

“Merry Christmas to All!”

[I had released the January issue of The Rhea County Republican a few days early so I could prepare for the invasion, visit (sorry about that) of in-laws over the holidays, so the following didn’t make it into the last edition.  Still, I thought Demetri’s words carried such value as an illustration for what Christmas is really all about that I felt compelled to include them now.  I will try to keep this story in my heart throughout the year and I hope you will, too. – Editor]

 

Cathy Hinners, a friend from Nashville, TN offers the following remark:

“There have been a few people that have expressed their disappointment, shock, dismay and annoyance that I, and other authors on my website continue to publish negative articles on Gov. Bill Lee.  Let’s just say we didn’t take the picture of Bill Lee with AMAC/CAIR, they did.  We didn’t keep our legislature in the dark while making a decision that would negatively impact the state by accepting refugees, Bill Lee did.  We didn’t trash a lawsuit the state has regarding the 10th Amendment and Constitution, Bill Lee did.  What we have done is shown the truth about why he is doing what he is, and every day, more information is discovered.  Take it up with Bill Lee, he has caused the problems, we are just airing them.”

 

Elaine Thomson, a reader from Durant, Oklahoma shared the following:

“Generation Citizen, a non-profit organization, is entering schools K-12, and also some universities.  Generation Citizens offers ‘training and support’ to bring Civics to the classroom.  To the casual observer Generation Citizens appears to be non-partisan; nothing could be further from the truth!  Generation Citizens smuggles propaganda and training for progressive activism.

“Generation Citizens is a component of a larger movement to turn American education into propaganda training for social activism.  Time is spent out of classrooms which students get credits for.  Young students learn how to be organized older students learn how to organize them, it is called ‘service learning’ and ‘civic engagement.’  They groom students, training them in action civics using radical Saul Alinsky’s technique of ‘power mapping,’ to teach them how to bring about revolutionary changes.

“Generation Citizens moves students toward progressive political beliefs; it brainwashes students into believing progressive propaganda by overwhelmingly supporting rent subsidies, gun control, restorative justice (rather than school discipline or prison laws), and; it teaches that voter integrity is voter suppression.

“The entire framework of Generation Citizens works against self-reliance, favors policies to increase government power to act on behalf of ALL adults.

“Please note Generation Citizens is a Trojan horse that is nothing more than a progressive brainwashing machine for our children from K-12 through Universities.

We must have factual requirements for civics and history.  Our children are our most precious resource we must not allow them to be taught progressive activism, as parents we must ensure that they are taught factual Civics and history.  Generation Citizens must be removed from all schools all states as quickly as possible.”

[For more information on “power mapping” see https://movetoamend.org/toolkit/guide-power-mapping – Editor]

 

John Droz, a reader from North Carolina shared his views on how to deal with some of our present and future challenges.

“Successful, happy people typically have the wise habit of periodically stepping-back to get a broader perspective as to what’s going on in their life, and society in general.  Since we are now not only beginning a New Year, but also a New Decade, it seems that doing such a careful analysis is strongly advisable.

“You’ll have to decide about the pros and cons of your own life, but here is my perspective as to what is societally going on — what I’m calling the Big Picture.

“On the one hand, a competent review of the last ten years would indicate that a LOT of good things have transpired. I’ve seen no better summary of this progress than:

We’ve Just Had the Best Decade in Human History. Seriously!  Please read that carefully so that you have a strong understanding of that unpublicized (and accordingly, not popularly appreciated) reality.

“Based on the facts, the logical conclusion is that global citizens should be experiencing widespread happiness, satisfaction, and enthusiasm for the future.  Is that the case? Generally NO.  Well, why not?

Because we still have good and evil.

“For example, there are diabolical, well-connected parties who have a lust for power.  Citizen contentment is a major obstacle to their taking over control of the planet.  The most effective way they can get people to want to change is to make them unhappy with the way things are now.

“To deal with substantial good news, their strategy is to resort to three proven tactics:

 

  1. a) Instill fear into the masses,
  2. b) Undermine the pillars of the current, successful society, and
  3. c) Sow societal discord.

 

“Consider that the leader of the free world is under an intense, incessant, coordinated attack — including removal from office — primarily because of his policies.  [For example:]  The subversives are leaving no stone unturned to try to make the public afraid of him and his policies (e.g. his rightfully withdrawing from the Paris [Climate Accord] sham).

“They claim that they are opposed to his “lying,” but the reality is that they are actually angered by the swamp-exposing truths that he has said.

“His opponents — actually OUR opponents — are also:

 

1 -Willfully eroding the Judeo-Christian principles that our society was built on.

2 – Purposefully corroding our democratic form of government (a Republic).

3 – Aggressively diluting our academic system (to produce propagandized lemmings).

4 – Consciously sabotaging true Science (as it is a barrier to their agendas).

5 – Knowingly subverting our economic system (Capitalism).

6 – Deliberately undermining our Electric Grid (the foundation of our economy and national security).

 

“What’s even worse, in all of these campaigns, these parties have no apparent standards (note #1 above) regarding truth, fairness, rights, freedoms — yet they speciously claim the moral high ground!

“As mentioned, one of their main strategies for pulling off their political agenda is to sow divisiveness and discord so that we fight among ourselves.  In this vile effort they are pitting: men vs women; whites vs minorities; young vs old; wealthy vs not-so-much; hard workers vs entitlement advocates; citizens vs immigrants; traditional religions vs secular religion, etc.

“Once one fully understands these attacks, it should be very clear that we are in the biggest war ever experienced in history.

“What can you do?

“In the face of such adversity, it may seem that nothing YOU do will make any real difference. That is yet another lie they are feeding us, so don’t buy it!  The truth is what Margaret Meade insightfully said:

‘A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’  “A less well-known insight she also wrote:

‘Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute.’

“My recommendation is to be aware of what is going on, and then consciously oppose the efforts of those who wish to bring us down, e.g. by actively supporting:

 

1 – The Judeo-Christian principles that our society was built on (e.g. more love and unity, less hate and alienation),

2 – Our democratic form of government (a Republic),

3 – Our academic system (to produce critical-thinking graduates),

4 – Real Science (which is apolitical by definition),

5 – Our economic system (while working to make it better), and

6 – Our Electric Grid (by not allowing any alternative energies on it that haven’t been scientifically proven to be a NET societal benefit).

 

“By doing all that you will be doing the Right Thing.

“The world may (or may not) change because of your efforts, but your positive actions will assure you and yours of having a genuinely Happy New Year, and New Decade.

“PS — I’ve shared this before, but it bears repeating. I’m aware of no better videos that insightfully explain some of the larger picture of what is going on, than these two five-minute movie trailers:

Agenda: Grinding America Down plus Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit.”

[John Droz is a Physicist and Citizens Advocate and serves as President and Founder of Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions.  He publishes a free monthly newsletter that you can sign up for at http://WiseEnergy.org – Editor]

 

Diane Weber Bederman, a reader from Toronto, Canada offers the following:

“Machiavelli, whom I consider the first behavioural psychologist, witnessed the actions of the Bogias and then advised:  If someone says they are going to kill you, believe them.  To which I add ‘Do not appease them.’

“In the 1930’s Adolf Hitler invaded the Sudetenland.  British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain chose the policy of land for peace.  Sound familiar?  Then Churchill took over.  Churchill said about Chamberlain ‘You were given the choice between war and dishonour.  You chose dishonour and you will have war.’

“We don’t learn from history.

“Today, we are faced with a culture, with an ideology that is as hateful as Nazism.  It is a culture rooted in honour and shame.  When one is slighted, one must take revenge.  Appeasement is not on the menu.

“For far too long the West has appeased Islam.  There is unrest all over the world, from Islam.  Terror is their foreign policy.  And we ignored the terrorism through willful blindness, or appeasement.  9/11 was to have been the real wake-up call.  It wasn’t. Islam has been testing for decades.  Iran is still testing and far too many pundits and professors and think tank leaders continue to push appeasement.  It never works. EVER.

[Diane Bederman serves as a Chaplain and is the author of The Serpent and the Red Thread, Anatomy of Fake News in the Era of Donald Trump and Back to the Ethic:  Reclaiming Western Values.  You may contact Diane at:  www.dianebederman.comEditor]

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

The Legislative Report provides some of the more remarkable bills that have been introduced in Congress.  Its purpose is to provide the reader with information about pending legislation that may prompt the reader to contact their representatives to express their views.  The reader is encouraged to keep informed about all legislation so they may be aware of bills that effect our lives.  Decide today that you will make your voice heard.  If you remain silent, your representatives will never know your thoughts! – Editor

 

TENNESSEE –

HB 1629 (Hulsey, R-Kingsport) and SB 1750 (Lunberg) sponsored bills that would criminalize the wearing of masks and hoodies in public by amending Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17.  Specifically, the text of the bills reads:  “A person commits an offense who, with intent to conceal the person’s identity, wears a mask, hood, or device by which a portion of the person’s face is so hidden, concealed, or covered so as to conceal the identity of the person while the person is on a public way, public property, or the private property of another without the written permission of the property owner or the occupier of the property to do so.”

While it is apparent that Rep. Hulsey and Sen. Lunberg sought to deter activist groups e.g. ANTIFA and the Ku Klux Klan from hiding their identities, they failed to recognize the rights of individuals to their personal privacy – a probable violation of the 4th Amendment.  The citizenry responded vociferously to the introduction of the bill and it has since been withdrawn.

[Thanks to Demetri Antonis, a reader from Newport, KY, for bringing this item to our attention. – Editor]

 

WASHINGTON DC –

HR 5146 Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 (Hagedorn, R-MN – 6 pages).

This bill amends the Small Business Act to require contracting officers to take a small business concern’s past performance as part of a joint venture into account when evaluating the small business concern, and for other purposes.  In essence, this bill enables small businesses that have participated as subcontractors on federal government projects and have, during the course of their services, provided workmanlike services, a means qualify to bid on future contracts, independently of other concerns.

This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

HR 5130 Capturing All Small Businesses Act of 2019 (Veasey, D-TX, 4 pages).

This bill amends the Small Business Act to adjust the employment size standard requirements for determining whether a manufacturing concern is a small business concern by examining the number of employees over a 24 month period as opposed to only a 12 month period.

NOTE:  The criterion for defining whether a concern is a “small business” varies by the services or products it provides.  For example, a manufacturing business may have more employees than a painting contractor yet both may qualify to receive “small business designations” by the Small Business Administration (SBA), whereas, if the painting contractor employed as many personnel as the manufacturing concern, it might not qualify as a “small business” in the view of the SBA.

This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

HR 5065 Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act (Jefferies, D-NY, 8 pages).

This bill amends the Small Business Act to re-entry entrepreneurship counseling and training services to formerly incarcerated individuals, and for other purposes.

This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

+ HR 5078 Prison to Proprietorship Act (Velazquez, D-NY, 10 pages).

This bill amends the Small Business Act to provide re-entry entrepreneurship counseling and training services for incarcerated individuals, and for other purposes.  It differs significantly from the text of HR 5065, in that its purpose is solely to benefit formerly incarcerated women.

This bill passed in the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

HR 3763 Promoting United States International Leadership in 5G Act of 2019 (McCaul, R-TX, 8 pages).

This bill directs the Secretary of State to provide assistance and technical expertise to enhance the representation and leadership of the United States at international standards-setting bodies that set standards for 5th and future generations mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure, and for other purposes.

This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

HR 4500 Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2019 (Walberg, R-MI, 5 pages).

This bill calls for an effort to advance 5G capabilities and directs the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information to take certain actions to enhance the representation of the United States and promote United States leadership in communications standards-setting bodies, and for other purposes.

This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

HR 2881 Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019 (Spanberger, D-VA, 8 pages).

This bill requires the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States and to assist allies and strategic partners in maximizing the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure, and software, and for other purposes.

This bill passed in the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support, via a roll call vote, and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

H Res 575 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendations of “The Prague Proposals” (Flores, R-TX, 8 pages).

The proposals referred to in this resolution establish standards for security and availability management and are both practical and necessary with respect to preventing data breaches and interruptions caused by foreign entities.  A copy of the proposals may be found at the following link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hres575/text

S 3148 A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to list fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I controlled substances (Johnson, R-WI, text not yet available).

+ HR 1230 Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (Scott, D-VA, 8 pages).

The purpose of this bill is to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and other laws, to clarify appropriate standards for Federal employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and for other purposes.

A curious bit of language is found in Section 2 “Standards of Proof,” specifically in Paragraph (a) (1) (g) (2) (b) [The complainant] “shall not be required to demonstrate that age or an activity protected by subsection (d) was the sole cause of a practice.”  In other words, the complainant may claim they were discriminated against for reasons of their age but they don’t have to prove it!

This bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 261/155 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

+ H Con. Res. 83 Directing the President pursuant to section 5 (c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of armed forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran (Slotkin, D-MI, 5 pages).

While the author and sponsors of this Resolution acknowledge that the government of Iran are state sponsors of terrorism that are engaged in a wide range of destabilizing activities across the Middle East, that General Qassim Soleimani has been the lead architect of many of Iran’s terrorist activities, and that the United States has a right to defend itself and its allies against imminent armed attacks, Ms. Slotkin and her co-sponsors demand that President Trump must first inform Congress as to why action is necessary, indicating the possible harm that failing to act will cause, and why the planned action will prevent future attacks against the Unite States.

Given that the Democrats in Congress have proven their inability to be trusted with classified data, it seems the President made the best of all possible choices by not informing the Democrats beforehand that he would give the order to liquidate Soleimani.

HR 583 Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse through Enforcement Act (Tonko, D-NY, 3 pages).  S 1228 PIRATE Act (Daines, R-MT, 8 pages).  “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse through Enforcement Act.”

The texts of these bills are virtually the same.  Each amends the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for enhanced penalties for pirate radio, specifically, Title V of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 501 et seq.)

H Res 798 Appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

HR 3621 Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act (Pressley, D-MA, 12 pages).  This bill would amend Section 605(c) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to remove adverse information for certain defaulted or delinquent private education loan borrowers who demonstrate a history of loan repayment, and for other purposes.

In general, the modification proposed by Ms. Pressley’s bill would add the proviso that a consumer reporting agency may not furnish any consumer report containing any adverse item of information relating to a delinquent or defaulted private education loan of a borrower if the borrower makes nine out of ten monthly payments on time.  It puts the loan requirements on indefinite hold if the borrower can show cause for undefined “personal hardships,” or joins the military.

HR 3068 Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunities Act (Keating, D-MA, 12 pages).  The purpose of this bill is to establish – and fund! – an offshore wind career (?) training grant program.

In spite of repeated studies showing how billions of tax dollars have been wasted on various wind-generated power schemes, Mr. Keating apparently still doesn’t get it – Such programs are a waste of time AND if some entrepreneur were interested in doing research on such projects, that research must be funded with private money.  Otherwise, the result would be an inefficient and government-owned enterprises that directly competes with the private sector.

HR 4248 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019 (Cartwright, D-PA, 4 pages).  This bill amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to allow the Secretary of the Interior to delegate certain emergency reclamation activities to the States and Tribes, and for other purposes.

HR 5309 The Crown Act (Richmond, D-LA).  “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act.”  The Senate version is (S 3167, Booker, D-NJ).  These bills would ban discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle or texture “if that hair texture or hairstyle is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin.

HR 2153 Keeping Girls in School Act (Frankel, D-FL, 14 pages).  The stated intent of this bill is to support empowerment, economic security, and educational opportunities for girls around the world.  The bill provides some disturbing statistics on the lack of education and the resulting illiteracy rates, STD acquisition, and other life outcomes of young girls in foreign countries.  This bill would fund a study to provide data to determine in which countries socio-economic conditions are worst and then set up a funding mechanism to the governments of those countries that create programs to educate young women, reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy, help young women to obtain economic independence, and protect adolescents from being subjected to underage marriages and sexual predators.  The desired outcome indicated by the text is to attempt to change the cultural values of those countries in which females are not regarded as equals to males by disbursing US taxpayer dollars to their governments.

HR 943 Never Again Education Act (Maloney, D-NY, 21 pages).  This bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to eligible entities to carry out educational programs about the Holocaust, and for other purposes.

S 153 Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (Rubio, R-FL, 9 pages).  Recognizing the near term demand for workers with knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), this bill promotes veteran involvement in STEM education, computer science, and scientific research, and for other purposes.

 

LAGNIAPPE

Some people claim that our Constitution is an outdated or “living document.”  A constitutional scholar by the name of Douglas V. Gibbs begs to differ.

After visiting the United States in 1831 and 1833 to discover why the new nation was meeting with such success, Alexis de Tocqueville observed that “America is great because America is good.”
John Adams stated that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
A moral people is a people that follows set standards in morality, law, and act in a manner that is civil to his fellow citizen. The U.S. Constitution is the set standard for the system of governance in place in the United States. The writers of the Constitution researched history, seeking to form the best system of government that could both protect liberty, and stand the test of time. These men realized that there is no perfect government, and that though political systems are prone to become tyrannical, government is a necessity in a functioning civilization.
The States, as autonomous entities, were less likely to become oppressive against the people because the governments of the States were closer to the people, and more easily managed by the people. However, individually the States could not defend themselves against foreign invaders, nor accomplish establishing uniform standards that would be beneficial to the union. Therefore, the Founding Fathers realized America needed a centralized government to protect and preserve the union.
Centralized systems, as one looks back into history, are always the source of oppression and tyranny. The task the founders realized they were faced with was how to create a central government that did not act in a tyrannical manner.
The answer to their quest lied in the sovereignty of the States, and the value system of standards the people of the United States hold to. As long as the people’s ability to self-govern at the State level regarding local issues, and a set of authorities granted to the new government remained limited and strictly followed, the bells of liberty may ring in the young nation for many generations to come. Holding to those standards, however, required that the people be a virtuous people that adhered to a specific set of morals, standards, and an overall practice of goodness.
The moment the people’s view of social standards might become relativistic, their view of the law of the land would be soon to follow in kind. In other words, if society was unwilling to follow a system of set moral standards, how could they expect their politicians to follow a system of set constitutional standards?
It is from this belief in relativism that has led to the emergence of a belief that the Constitution is a living document that can be changed based on the whims of one’s views of what they think it should mean. Under the onslaught of a relativistic view of the Constitution, the original intent of the set standards contained within the pages of the Constitution seem to have gone out the window.
Those who take a view that the Constitution can be twisted at will because it is somehow a living document that bends and sways with the times believe it to be such because they do not like the system upon which it was founded. Those who claim the Constitution is a living document are simply collectivists who wish to downplay State sovereignty, and expand the powers of the federal system. They call the Constitution a living document because they do not wish the federal system to follow the limitations set forth in its pages. They call it a living document because they wish to circumvent the set standards put forth by the Constitution. They call it a living document because they wish to transform the very foundation of the political system of the United States into a socialist system the Founding Fathers never intended it to be.

 

CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington D.C. 20500

Phone:  (202) 456-1414

Fax:  (202) 456-2461

e-mail

http://www.whitehouse.gov

president@whitehouse.gov

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Room 40 – Suite 2

Washington D.C. 20510

Phone:  (202) 244-4944

Fax:  (202) 228-3398

e-mail

https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email

http://www.alexander.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn

357 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone:  (202) 224-3344

Fax:  (202) 228-0566

To contact visit website:

www.blackburn.senate.gov

U.S Representative Dr. Scott DesJarlais

2301 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone:  (202) 225-6831

Fax:  (202) 226-5172

e-mail

http://desjarlais.house.gov

Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee State Capitol

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-2001

Fax:  (615) 532-9711

e-mail

http://www.state.tn.us/governor

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

https://www.speaker.gov/contact

Link above provides all methods of contact.

 

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact

 

State Representative Ron Travis

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-3

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1450

Rep.ron.travis@capitol.tn.gov

 

State Senator Ken Yager

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-19

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1449

Fax:  (615) 253-0237

sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov