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PATRIOTS OR SHEEPLE? Conservatives Are You Listening? They Want To “CRUSH” You!

Tea PartyWhen the “Tea Party” movement was first started it was because so many Conservative Republicans were upset at the mounting debt plaguing our country with no end in sight.

As time passed it grew to cover a multitude of things coming to the surface – fraud, lies, manipulation, destruction of the Constitution, full force erosion of America, dumbing down of our children’s education and finally the realization that BOTH political parties were deceitful for the most part.

The Democratic Party had moved so far to the left that a large majority of them it was revealed were openly admitting they were members of one of the Socialist/Communist parties in America. For me that is treason, but I guess everyone doesn’t see it that way.

The Democrat’s openly state they want our country filled with illegal immigrants, to make us sick with Monsanto geo-engineering, have half of the country that is working take care of the other half that most of have never worked nor do they care to, starve or freeze us to death because of their lies regarding Global Warming, take our guns away so we have no protection for our families against the growing criminals, spend us into oblivion and have us become the “new” North American Socialist America with open borders to include Canada, Mexico and the U.S and finally – THE NEW WORLD ORDER!

TaxpayerA large majority of the Republican Party it appears, since they have now replaced the Democratic Party as the middle left, want the very same things. Though not able to find any Republicans as being open members of a Communist/Socialist Party, their actions and the words from their mouths do tell the true shade of their colors.

Legislators of both parties – city, county, state and federal now legislate without following their own constitutions or the authority of the people – rather operating as if “We the People” work for them.

Remember, our founders never meant for our elected officials to make it their life’s work. Some have barely held a 9-5 job in their lives. Instead they have gone to State legislatures or Washington and made millions getting rich off of the American taxpayers backs and from their backroom deals with lobbyists.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) recently stated he intended for the Republican “status quo” candidates to “CRUSH” all Tea Party supported candidates and I believe it is the Tea Party groups in general. Why is he so angry all of a sudden against the Tea Party Conservative base? Because we woke up, got smart and have discovered what they have been doing and we are holding them accountable. My Father always said “all politicians are crooks” and today I believe that with rare exceptions. Do you?

Now we have the National Chamber of Commerce and many other groups throwing millions of dollars into a special pack to make sure “they sweep the floors” with any conservative Tea Party supported candidate.

CashMcConnell age 72 against Matt Bevin 47! McConnell bringing in BIG money 20:1 against Bevin and yet mainstream Republicans most likely will once again vote for McConnell and big money or stay home and not vote at all. Have they been back to school and been indoctrinated through the Common Core Standards? Do they need brain implants! I cannot get my brain around this kind of thinking.

Recently Main Stream Partnership, a group that likes to call themselves “moderate” Republicans (I call them very liberal) held a gathering at Amelia Island, FL to talk about “tactics” and in the past these gathering barely got a raised eyebrow. After all, the group is headed by long-time friend and ally of Speaker John Boehner, former Rep. Steve LaTourette from Ohio. The retreat is the classic junket staged during a congressional recess.

However, 2014 is drawing a different picture to the event. Long-simmering anger on the right side of the Republican Party has fomented a larger coalition of conservative ideologues, tea party crusaders and grass-roots activists determined to put a stop to what they see as a decade long liberal drift of their party.

The result is that this year’s Main Street meeting has become a flashpoint for battle-ready conservatives looking to make examples of lawmakers who attend a group with moderate views and funded by Democrat-leaning labor unions.

wE tHE pEOPLE 3Main Street is comprised of “basically the big-business, cheap-labor wing of the Republican Party — not the mom-and-pop store owners, the startups, the entrepreneurs, the small-business people”.

L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of ForAmerica, sent a letter to Eric Cantor this week, calling on the Virginia Republican to rethink his decision about attending this event stating, “Aligning yourself with extreme opponents of the Republican Party would be an astonishing turn of events — with consequences. Mr. Leader: Don’t aid and abet sworn opponents of conservatives. If you do it will cause irreparable damage.”

Bozell continued, “If your position is that grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters no longer belong in the Republican Party then it will permanently destroy any credibility you have left with conservatives. Without conservatives the GOP will also collapse.”

(Florida’s Republican Party we were told in 2012 had told the FL legislators they didn’t need the Tea Party groups to get elected! Hum!)

LaTourette’s has come under severe fire from some of the party’s grassroots groups for saying, among other things, that “the reason Democrats control the Senate is thanks to the efforts of the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party.”

At the same time the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s new push to get involved in Republican primaries by defending incumbents against tea party challengers could actually make it easier to unseat them, according to the head of the influential Club for Growth.

The fissures within the Republican Party began at the end of the Bush administration but have intensified in the wake of the 2012 elections even with the heavy support of the Tea Party groups around America working diligently to get Republicans elected to take control of the House in 2010.

Arf ArfWith groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s super PAC American Crossroads signaling that they plan to play a larger role in GOP primaries after watching tea party-backed candidates win the nomination but then lose to Democrats in general elections that analysts said were winnable.

Records show that the business community usually stays on the sidelines in primary races, but the Chamber of Commerce has not been a good supporter of businesses in the last few years openly showing more and more of their political games. Involved in politics for years, they used to stay in the background, but no more. They have become as mouthy and disrespectful to the American people as the rest of the politicians which is NOT in the best interest of business. I do wonder what benefit the dues paid to the local Chamber’s gets a business person these days.

Remember, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also has their fingers into the North American Union deal and supports NAFTA which are direct insults to all American businesses. I don’t understand how the COC can state that NAFTA is a success having taken away billions of dollars of income and thousands of jobs out of America. Their words, “it’s critical to understand how the agreement has generated vast new opportunities for U.S. workers, farmers, consumers, and businesses”.


wOLF IN sHEEPSo America, are you going to act like SHEEPLE and let the big business, made to order rich politicians continue on their path to ruin your country, wrap their arms around NAFTA, Agenda 21 theft, Global Warming lies and the indoctrination of the children of this country or are you going to stand up as true PATRIOTS, find and support good candidate’s and replay the 2010 elections in 2014 and 2016?

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The Architect of Destruction

Obama LiarBarack Hussein Obama is first and foremost a LIAR! Void of any conscience he is very comfortable in his narcissistic skin. The fact that his skin is black is of no consequence because I am certain if it was white, red, green or purple he would still be the same narcissistic liar.

It is not the color of his skin that is a problem in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.

What comes next – Muslim or Communist is not import. What is important is his hate for America and everything she stands for since he does not believe in America’s greatness, but he wants to destroy it as if it has somehow deprived him of something.

I’m not sure what that something is since this un-experienced, community organizer has certainly had someone behind him funding his undocumented education history, paid for all his trips overseas, probably paid someone to take his law exam and has now after being a “do nothing Senator” has become America’s worst president ever. Spending millions upon millions on his many luxurious vacations with or without his whole family, someone please tell me where he has ever been deprived.

He has lied about his education, where he was born, his mother not having insurance when she was dying, little boys and girls writing him letters, presenting women who are supposedly homeless because of “America’s” system and who knows how many we know nothing about. He is systematically trying to ruin the American legal system by side stepping congress, treating his “pen” to sign Executive Orders as his personal toy, treating the military as “trash” since according to him “what they do is nothing special since they knew what they were getting into”, making America a “welfare country”, spending us well beyond our means and promoting the legalized murder of millions of the unborn to wanting the ones that are born to be part of his Gay, Lesbian, Transgender world.

WHAT MORE COULD AMERICA ASK FOR?

Obama at his bestLet’s see – humiliation in front of foreign heads of state, bowing to Muslim leaders, appointing his cronies to heads of office when they like himself are either not qualified or hate America or are working 24/7 to make America a prison state by stripping us systematically of each and every part of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.Obama Bowing

Get angry with me if you wish, but I would like to remind the Democrats, Liberals and others who voted for Obama that when he signs one of those Executive Orders he has someone write, stripping us of our Constitutional Rights, it applies to each and every citizen of this country – not just those of us who didn’t vote for him. You are not spared because he really doesn’t like you either. He is merely using you for his own purposes!

Thank you Maureen Scott – - -

(Barack Obama appears to be a tormented man filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps, because, as a child, he grew up harboring an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. that was instilled in him by his family and mentors…it seems to have never left him.

Obummer UglyThink!Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets “goose bumps” when a band plays “The Star Spangled Banner,” (no.he gets goose bumps when he hears the ”’Muslim call to prayer”””(his words)))))or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of ” America the Beautiful?” Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or someone plays “taps” on a trumpet?

Has he ever shared the admiration of the military, as we as lovers of those who keep us free, feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a Grandfather or Uncle who showed us his medals and told us about the bravery of his fellow troops as they tramped through foreign lands to keep us free. He didn’t have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.)

Actually you never hear him refer to his daughters except to say he would rather they have an abortion if they get pregnant than be teaching them abstinence. I wonder if he and Michelle are also teaching their daughters about the Gay/Lesbian life style and that “they might be gay but just don’t realize it yet” as they are in the rest of the schools in America.

In the rooms of the Presidential quarters are he and Michele teaching their daughters to hate America as they do?

(Away from this country as a young child, Obama didn’t delight in being part of America and its greatness. He wasn’t singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the grave sites of fallen and beloved American heroes.

Rather he was separated from all of these experiences and doesn’t really understand us and what it means to be an American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unite us.

Obama 3He has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better and grateful and proud that in a short time our country became a leader, and a protector of many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements as well as any critics or opposition for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading any American who opposes his policies and actions. A secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, refrains from showing such dread of critics and displaying a cocky, haughty attitude.)

Actually he is like a bowl of vegetable soup by the time you put all the descriptions about him together.

Obama Lord(Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissension, unrest, and anxiety among the people of America, rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping people separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, and disrespectful of, those of differing opinions. And through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of street-fighting gangs, when he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.

(Not a day goes by that he is not attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and assert a dictatorial form of power.

• Never has there been a leader of this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this country.

• Never have we had a President who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming and trustworthy force.

• Never, in this country, have we experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people – on a daily basis!

Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.)

I hope that anyone reading this doesn’t think that I am not aware that previous American President’s have also laid upon this land of ours devious, selfish, self-serving actions (Roosevelt, Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, Carter, George W. Bush) – even at times unlawful and treasonous. One of the biggest problems here as stated by George Washington in his farewell address is the invoking of political parties that would, in time, because of the ego’s of men continue to “DIVIDE” this country on political issues rather than for them to look at the men and woman running for office individually and separately on their own merits – not the party supporting them. (And yes I know when Washington was president there were no women in politics.)

American politicians learned from the Communist’s the best way to divide a country is over social issues – you know abortion, alcohol, cigarettes, race, drugs, illegals, war, evolution, religion sexual preference, and the latest, destroying Mother Earth or GAIA- whatever might help to cause diversion and separation. Obama and his cronies have used all of these. . Let’s face it, it isn’t by accident these men and women come into D.C. of median to high standards and leave super rich.

scandal 3Partial answer – stop funding political parties, but rather the candidates on their own merits even if they don’t belong to a “party”. Stop supporting “issues” you may not really support but your “party” does. The PARTIES main concern is certainly not your or your family, but THEIR money, power and control! There is NO ethic’s in American politics!

And last of all – remember almost everyone in this country has a different definition of “social justice” depending on the issue or who is asking the question. “Social Justice is like heads of lettuce in a field, you can go pluck one up out of the dirt anytime you need a different one.

As Americans we must NEVER make the mistake we did in 2008 again. The powers to be are coming after the Tea Party groups to “CRUSH” them because they are holding the politicians accountable for their actions or lack of and they don’t like it. If you are not now a member of a Tea Party group (you should) or if you are and have slacked off on your participation because you think you cannot make a difference (you are wrong) – we did in 2010 and we can do it again. We must take control as Americans (not Republicans or Democrats) again in 2014 and 2016 and we can only do that if we work together as Americans where we have always been different in race, color, creed and religion and lived that way in harmony for years until the Money, Power and Control of the politicians became the leading force.

The politician’s get richer off of the “social issues” and don’t forget, many in Congress and those that fund them (big business/banks) knew exactly what Barack Hussein Obama was and wasn’t and are just as culpable as Obama himself in the destruction of America.
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All remarks in () are from an article written by Maureen Scott who is an ardent American patriot who was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and retired to Richmond, VA, in 2000. Free from the nine-to-five grind of writing for employers and clients, she began writing political commentary to please herself and express her convictions.

The accomplishment of which she is most proud is her volunteer work at an Army base where she looked into the eyes and hearts of the service members who protect our country.

Our Pledge of Allegiance, a military band playing the National Anthem, and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, inspire her passion and views. Her life is guided by a firm belief that truth is the most important virtue, and that God knows what He is doing with her.

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They Are Just Doing Their Job! Whose Fault Is It?

by Bradlee Dean www.newswithviews.com

“The Laws of God and of man have been violated, and the guilty must not go unpunished.” – President Harry Truman, May 1945, Nuremburg Trials “Tyranny on Trial”

american-handsInterestingly enough, back in 1945, during the Nuremberg Trials, when the war criminals were rounded up by a world tribunal to bring forth justice concerning those who were responsible for the murder of 12 million people (mainly Hitler’s regime), when it was time to answer for their crimes, the accused stated that they were “just doing what they were ordered to do,” regardless if it was legal or illegal, not only in the sight of man, but also before a Just and Holy God (Proverbs 21:3).

The real question here should be: Who were the real criminals? Those who committed the crimes, or those who let them commit the crimes? Imagine with me for a moment if the people in Germany would have dealt with these criminals before their crimes commenced – how different would the outcome have been (Deuteronomy 28:63)?

Let me show you how history is repeating itself right here in America.

When I look across the country, as I do on a daily basis, and see things taking place in America, I can’t help but wonder why we are where we are today and who is to blame for the position that we as a people are in.

First, I know we cannot blame the professed church in America for holding back the Word of the Lord concerning homosexuality, abortion and government corruption because they do not want to offend anyone. After all, while Christ was being delivered up for the guilt (sins) of mankind, it was the religious hypocrites crying, “We have no king but Caesar!” (John 19:15)

We cannot blame the homosexuals who are being used to upend the Constitution of the United States, to make way for Shariah law. After all, that is the way they were born.

We cannot blame the abortionists who murder over 4,000 babies a day across America. After all, it was the Supreme Court of the United States that sanctioned the victims’ murder under the guise of “choice.”

I know that we cannot blame those in government, namely the corrupt politicians who knowingly, at every step of the way, willfully violate the U.S. Constitution, and who on a daily basis trample our rights that hundreds of thousands of our forefathers, grandpas, fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters have fought, bled and died to give us.

I know that we cannot blame the teachers across the country that teach what they know is illegal, immoral and un-American in our classrooms under every guise: “No Child Left Behind,” “International Baccalaureate” or even “Common Core.” After all, they have to hold onto their jobs.

We certainly cannot blame the 86 percent of the parents who claim they are Christians, patriots, or conservatives and are dropping their children off at school gates to be illegally indoctrinated by the federal government, for they are just doing what everyone else is doing (10th Amendment).

Or what about those in the state-run media who do what they are told regardless of the information broadcast, whether it is true or not? We cannot blame them either, for they are just following orders on what to report.

You know, this mentality sounds all too familiar. The Nazis during the Nuremburg Trials said they were just doing their job, just following orders.

No questions, no moral conviction, no standing against that which violates God and His Laws. Has America taken on the same mentality?

It has been said that, “A nation whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the police state dictatorship it is going to get.” How true!

So, I ask, who is to blame? The American people who let them do it!

Listen to Bradlee Dean on The Sons of Liberty radio show 6 days a week.

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ConCon – Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water!

Constitution 22058_1174502768326_1400774627_30402514_7946643_nFor the purpose of this article the Baby is the Constitution and the Bath Water (which is usually pretty dirty) is the ConCon, Convention of the States or whatever name you are giving it. I have written about my feeling on this several times before and now I’m angry.

We have hard-hitting Americans who influence the people of this country pushing for this monster – Mark Levin, George Soros, David Barton, Michael Farris, Mark Meckler and others and THEN we have organizations that are portraying themselves as Constitutional supportive Americans that are also supporting a ConCon. All of these people have an AGENDA as to why they want YOU to BELIEVE this is the thing to do.

To begin with, all these hard hitters in support of the ConCon might do well to actually learn what the Constitution says especially those like Michael Farris who calls himself a Constitutional lawyer.

NWO 4Have they ever told you there is a NEW Constitution sitting on the sidelines for them to vote on if they choose to? Have they told you that behind closed doors some of them refer to our country as a Democracy and not a Republic? The president and legislators may be acting like we are a democracy – even stating so, however according to the Constitution of the United States we are still a REPUBLIC and there is an order of the way things should be done. To call some of these people liars is a gentle word.

Let’s start with “MoveToAmend” an online website gathering signatures to push for their support of a ConCon. They have a great deal of organizations that are supporting their efforts and they claim they have 330,178 signatures to prove it.Look at their national leaders – do you really want this Occupy, Democrats and the likes of George Soros leading the pack FOR a ConCon?

The web page also states “End Corporate Rule, Legalize Democracy”. That should get your attention. They claim their organization was founded because of a Supreme Court ruling on January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

It goes on to say, “The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule”.

REPUBLIC: That form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whom those powers are specially delegated.

DEMOCRACY: That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy.

A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a republic the sovereignty is in each INDIVIDUAL person. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the GROUP. (In a pure democracy, 51% beats 49%. In other words, the minority has no right’s. The minority only has those privileges granted by the dictatorship of the majority.)

When you read it this way you can better understand why SOME want to get rid of our flag and show no respect for it that it is just a piece of fabric, but when you say the Pledge of Allegiance you are not only pledging to the flag, but is representation of the Republic.

Flaf and eagleI pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Who are the people (BOD) behind this Move To Amend group? Ashley Sanders, long-time community activist, works for Peaceful Uprising a climate justice organization and helped organize Occupy Freedom DC and Salt Lake City; David Cobb, a lawyer who devotes himself to full-time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States; Daniel Lee, is an active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy. He participated in Occupy encampments across the country as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles; and George Friday who has a degree in political science, is a community organizer and works on social justice change. There are 6 more with similar backgrounds but I am not going to bore you – you get the picture!

So this group wants to use a ConCon to make the world a better place by becoming a democracy on the Progressive, social justice side.

Here comes the right side – or those who tell us they are Conservative and believe in the Republic.

Mark LevinMark Levin – I was a follower of Mark Levin however I cannot find a rational reason he is supporting/pushing the ConCon other than to back up what he stated in his book. My personal observation tells me that partially he has NOT done his homework and I came to this decision because of his loud support of Jennie Beth Martin and the Tea Party Patriots. Those of us that have been associated with Jennie Beth, her organization and the dirty tricks that were played on the American people (and still are) know things that most supporters do not. He also does not believe in Nullification – hum!

What Mark Levin said in his book “The Liberty Amendments” is simply not true. His reasoning of a “balanced budget” amendment actually would legalize Congress’ unconstitutional spending and it does absolutely nothing to control the debt. The original writings of our Framers actually told the states what to do when the government violates the Constitution – Nullification of the unlawful act is among the first of the recommended remedies – not one of which is “amendment of the Constitution”. States should nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government yet most of the 50 states are refusing to do that! Why?

Federalist PapersIn Federalist No.44 ((12th paragraph from end), Madison says elect more faithful representatives! But we keep re-electing the same sorry people because we know their names and they are in our party. So then you go read Washington’s Farewell address and he tells you the political parties will be the ruination of the country because of the egos of men – those very same men who are trying to tell us we need a ConCon so they can change whatever they want into whatever they want.

Those of us who respect our Constitution don’t want to change it but require Federal and State officials to obey the Constitution we have or elect ones who will. The Oath of Office in Art. VI, last clause, requires federal and state officials to support the Constitution. This requires them to refuse to submit to acts of the federal government which violate the Constitution. The Oath of Office requires obedience to the Constitution alone. The Oath does not require obedience to persons, to any agency of the federal government, or to any federal court.

David BartonDavid Barton – My spiritual self cannot get a handle on his support of this ConCon venture, of which even his explanation is not clear – it’s like walking endlessly in a fog continually asking yourself ‘where did I miss the signs’, or ‘can I believe anything he has said’ and better still ‘can I still trust my gut instincts”? I have always had very good discernment – sometimes to a fault as people think I am “stuck-up” and it’s not that at all. I love people, but I never walk into a room until I have scoped it out entirely and find the best place to put myself. Actually this used to drive my kids nuts when they were growing up especially when it came to some of their choices in friends.

Michael Farris 2Michael Farris – He is referred to as a Constitutional Attorney (although this writer has found following KrisAnne Hall to be more truthful when it comes to constitutional law). He is the Executive Director of ParentalRights.org; founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College. Home Schooler’s parents all over the country look to Farris almost as their protector and savior from the big bad wolves and he could be. But his total distortion in regards to the Parental Rights Act (PRA) is leading all parents down a path of parental right’s destruction.

The Declaration of Independence tells us our Rights come from God not the government; they are unalienable. The very purpose of the government is to SECURE the rights God gave to us and when the government seeks to take away our rights it is time to throw them out with the “bath water”. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights enumerates 30 + rights and states they come from “man” (constitution or laws). Not God but Man! Wrong!

Now to take a look at Michael Farris website parentalrights.org and see what he says about our Rights. If you take the time to go to the web site you will see that once again it is being stated parental rights are coming from the Constitution and not God. That they are fundamental rights not unalienable rights. So now from what I read on the PR website they state:

Today the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is approaching a possible ratification by the United States Senate. This treaty, as harmless as it may appear, is capable of attacking the very core of the child-parent relationship, removing parents from their central role in the growth and development of a child, and replacing them with the long arm of government supervision within the home.

I will take Mr. Farris’ own words and turn them back on him. Yes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a very dangerous document and must never be agreed to by the United States; however, Mr. Farris uses that as an example to his followers as the very reason to support his PRA when they are no different. Both state parental rights are coming from the government not GOD. I wonder if some of the very religious Home School families realize this.

Now Mr. Farris, for unclear reasons, has decided we should put our entire Constitution on the line in aiding those who wish to firm up our country as a Democracy or even worse Tyranny by government.

From Publius Hildah Parental rights: God-given and Unalienable? Or Government-granted and Revocable? 7/2-/13) Farris uses Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Dissent in Troxel v. Granville (2000) using this to support his own theory that unless a right is enumerated in the federal Constitution, judges can’t enforce it, and the right can’t be protected. Scalia’s stated in part: parental rights are “unalienable and come from God and are from the 9th Amendment; the Declaration of Independence does NOT delegate power to the federal courts – only the federal constitution; It is for State Legislators and candidates for that office to argue that the State has no power to interfere with parents’ God-given authority over the rearing of their children, and to act accordingly. [The People need to elect State Legislators who understand that the State may not properly infringe God-given parental rights]; the federal Constitution does not authorize judges to come up with their own lists of what “rights” people have; and the federal Constitution does not mention “parental rights” so the federal courts have no “judicial power” over these types of cases.

In his closing, Scalia warned against turning family law over to the federal government:
“…If we embrace this un-enumerated right … we will be ushering in a new regime of judicially prescribed, and federally prescribed, family law. I have no reason to believe that federal judges will be better at this than state legislatures; and state legislatures have the great advantages of doing harm in a more circumscribed area, of being able to correct their mistakes in a flash, and of being removable by the people.”

Parental Rights are a state issue so again, maybe Mr. Farris should go back to law school. When he says: “4. The Parental Rights Amendment does not give the Judiciary legislative power but constrains the judiciary’s exercise of its existing power” his words are false. The PRA expressly delegates power to the federal and state governments to infringe on God-given parental rights.

Do you want this man being in charge of any part of a ConCon or even believe his arguments?

Mark MecklerMark Meckler – Last but certainly not least is Mark Meckler the former co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) who at the time was drawing a monthly salary of $12K from grassroots donator’s to the TPP as well as Jennie Beth Martin and her husband. Meckler has moved on to forming Citizens for Self-Governance where he is the President. He states “their focus is on broadening the philosophical reach of the idea of ‘self-governance’ outside of the Tea Party movement”. So much for the former support of the grassroots guys!

His simple and mis-guided reasoning for the support of a ConCon is “By calling a convention of states, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of federal power. The current situation is precisely what the Founders feared, and they gave us a solution we have a duty to use.”

This is interesting as we already have laws and the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights in place with a feeding of the Federalist Papers to oversee all of what he mentioned. The problem is the Politicians refuse to abide by any of them – so what is the point of adding more amendments?

Just what is the point gentlemen? Since you prescribe yourselves as Conservatives, what the hell are you doing lying in bed with George Soros!

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How States and School Districts Can Opt Out of Common Core

By Dr. Sandra Stotsky March 8, 2014

States that want to opt out of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and/or the tests aligned to or based on its standards are being threatened by a toothless tiger that doesn’t want the states to know the tiger has no claws.

RTTT7States are hearing, “It’s too late to back out”; “You’ll waste all the money you’ve spent on implementing the [low-level Common Core] standards your state board of education adopted three years ago”; “You’ll waste all the money you’ve spent on [self-described] Common Core consultants who have given [very costly] professional development to your teachers and told them what to change in their classroom curriculum to address Common Core”; “You will have to pay back all the money you got under Race to the Top (RttT)”; or, “You will lose your waiver and not get your Title I money.”

Can the U.S. Department of Education (USED) demand repayment from states that got RttT funds? Can it withhold Title I money from a state that loses its waiver? It is important to recall that Congress didn’t pass legislation requiring Common Core’s standards or tests. All it authorized in 2001 was a re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). ESEA hasn’t been re-authorized since then, so there are no new or different education policies passed by Congress. A variety of conditions have been attached to the recent waivers issued by USED, but they may have no constitutional legitimacy since Congress didn’t approve them. States can certainly raise that objection.

At the national level:

If a state received RttT money and spent it, it most likely doesn’t have to pay it back if it now seeks to opt out of using Common Core’s standards (by any name) and any tests aligned to or based on these standards. Neither the RttT application nor the grant award from USED contained a repayment penalty for withdrawing from a commitment. Moreover, the Grant Award Notification from USED implied withholding of future RttT funds, not repayment of RttT funds already expended.

RTTT winenrsIn other words, there seem to be no likely penalties if a state accepted a USED award of RttT funds and now chooses to withdraw from the agreement. States can justify their withdrawal on the grounds that the Common Core standards do not meet the original requirements of “common standards” outlined in the RttT application. These standards were supposed to be “supported by evidence that they are internationally benchmarked.” But they are not. The Common Core Validation Committee never received any evidence.

Nor has evidence been provided by two post hoc attempts to provide such evidence: the 2011 report by David Conley at the University of Oregon and the 2012 report by William Schmidt and a colleague at Michigan State University, Richard Houang. Conley’s report, funded by the Gates Foundation, contradicted the findings in his 2003 pre-Common Core report on college-readiness standards, while Schmidt and Houang’s report has been severely criticized on methodological grounds. It is unclear who funded it.

Moreover, RttT was a three-year program extended to last four years. It expires in the fall of 2014. Whatever changes states make after 2014 cannot affect the grant. In addition, no state committed itself explicitly to maintain forever the new policies required by RttT. Once RttT grants expire, it is unclear how the USED could demand repayment for an expired program.

If a state obtained a waiver from some aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and now seeks to opt out of using Common Core’s standards and tests aligned to or based on them, it is highly unlikely to lose Title I money. Title I is implicated in the Common Core issue only because the state committed to the CCLS to obtain the waiver.

If the state applies for an extension of the waiver through the 2015-2016 school year, it would need to replace its commitment to implement the Common Core with a commitment to implement alternative standards approved by its institutions of higher education (IHEs). IHE approval of more demanding “college- and career-ready” standards would allow the state to retain the waiver, without penalty. Legislators need to ask their public IHEs to approve standards that enable mathematically and scientifically ambitious high school students to take STEM-preparatory coursework while in high school, not in transition courses elsewhere after high school graduation or after passing a GED test.

If the US Department of Education (USED) decided to be punitive, it could withhold at most only 5%-10% of the 1% of Title I funds set aside for state administrative functions. For example, if a state received $200 million under Title I, the administrative set-aside is $2 million. The most severe federal punishment would be 5-10% of that, or a maximum of $200K.

nclbIf the state chose to give up its waiver, the state would be under the NCLB mandate again to get all students to proficiency by 2014. NCLB has a range of sanctions for persistently failing schools and districts, ranging from conversion to charter schools, closing the school down altogether, replacing a large percentage of the school’s staff, to carrying out turnaround plans. If states give up their USED waivers from NCLB requirements, they would still have to assess their state’s standards annually with tests that, by law, must be based on these standards, and NCLB’s sanctions would again apply for failing schools and districts. It is not clear what the sanction would be for failing to get all students to proficiency by 2014, that is, if most schools failed to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all subgroups.

The primary financial consequence of relinquishing the waiver would involve flexibility, not amount, of funding. Under NCLB, failing schools must allocate 20% of their Title I funding to Supplemental Education Services, typically outside tutoring. The waiver doesn’t change the amount of funding those schools receive but allows them to redirect 20% of it to other Title I uses. These districts would lose flexibility, not money.

USED would find it politically difficult to impose financial penalties on waiver cancellation when Common Core is not, in theory, a federal program. Or so we are regularly told.

At the state level:

Districts can select their own curricula and, in some states, their own standards. What they cannot do easily is avoid state testing. State tests operate under state laws which force all districts to participate, although sanctions vary by state. Typically, the results of these tests are used to rank or grade schools publicly, and they serve to label the schools as meeting or not meeting NCLB’s requirement of proficiency.

RTTT KidsA district with a stronger curriculum than one addressing Common Core’s standards is betting implicitly that its results will be better on the state test. If schools choosing to address more demanding standards than Common Core’s are ranked low on a Common Core-aligned test for several years, they may face state department of education sanctions, which can range from the state managing the district to reshuffling school administrators. Legislators can address this power play by withholding funding of the state’s department of education if it seeks to prevent schools with low scores on a Common Core-aligned test from addressing more demanding standards than Common Core’s. All the district should be required to do is produce evidence of evaluations showing that its standards are more demanding than Common Core’s.

A future post will further address districts that want better standards and tests than their state board and department of education are imposing on them.

Sandra Stotsky, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas.

Published by Jimmy Kilpatrick
Education News

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The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the age of 4-6.

Is this drastic shift in kindergarten the result of a transformation in the way children learn? No! A 2011 nationwide study by the Gesell Institute for Child Development found that the ages at which children reach developmental milestones have not changed in 100 years.

For example, the average child cannot perceive an oblique line in a triangle until age 5 ½. This skill is a prerequisite to recognizing, understanding and writing certain letters. The key to understanding concepts such as subtraction and addition is “number conservation.” A child may be able to count five objects separately but not understand that together they make the number five. The average child does not conserve enough numbers to understand subtraction and addition until 5½ or 6.

If we teach reading, writing, subtraction and addition before children are ready, they might memorize these skills, but will they will not learn or understand them. And it will not help their achievement later on.

Illinois kindergartenChild development experts understand that children must learn what their brains are ready to absorb. Kindergarten is supposed to set the stage for learning academic content when they are older. If they are going to push our kindergarten children to move faster, what does that say for the push for “educating” Pre-K?

Play is essential in kindergarten – in fact in any child under the age of 5. Through play, children build literacy skills they need to be successful readers. By speaking to each other in socio-dramatic play, children use the language they heard adults read to them or say. This process enables children to find the meaning in those words.

There is a wide range of acceptable developmental levels in kindergarten; so a fluid classroom enables teachers to observe where each child is and adjust the curriculum accordingly.

Two major studies confirmed the value of play vs. teaching reading skills to young children. Both compared children who learned to read at 5 with those who learned at 7 and spent their early years in play-based activities. Those who read at 5 had no advantage. Those who learned to read later had better comprehension by age 11, because their early play experiences improved their language development.

Yet current educational policy banishes play in favor of direct instruction of inappropriate academic content and testing; practices that are ineffective for young children.

The No Child Left Behind Law played a major role in changing kindergarten. Upper-grade curricula were pushed down in a mistaken belief that by learning reading skills earlier, children would fare better on standardized tests. Subjects not tested by NCLB were de-emphasized. Lawmakers insisted that standardized tests assess reading at earlier ages, even though standardized tests are invalid for children under 8.

ccs I cantThese changes have the harshest effect on our most vulnerable children. The UVA study found that in schools with the highest percentage of children of color and children eligible for free-and-reduced-priced lunch, teachers had the most demanding expectations for student performance.

To make matters worse, the drafters of the Common Core ignored the research on child development. In 2010, 500 child development experts warned the drafters that the standards called for exactly the kind of damaging practices that inhibit learning: direct instruction, inappropriate academic content and testing.

These warnings went unheeded.

Consequently, the Common Core exacerbates the developmentally inappropriate practices on the rise since NCLB. Teachers report having to post the standards in the room before every scripted lesson, as if 5-year-olds can read or care what they say. They time children adding and subtracting, and train them to ask formulaic questions about an “author’s message.” All children are trained in the exact same skill at the same time. One teacher lamented that “there is no more time for play.” Another wrote “these so-called educational leaders have no idea how children learn.”

It may satisfy politicians to see children perform inappropriately difficult tasks like trained circus animals. However, if we want our youngest to actually learn, we will demand the return of developmentally appropriate kindergarten.

Wendy Lecker – she is a columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and is senior attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity project at the Education Law Center.

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Nuclear Plant Leaks Radioactive Plume In South Carolina #3

Red Flag News – January 12, 2014

Radioactive Plume leakingThis week the east coast has been hit with a number of chemical and radioactive disasters that contaminated local communities. A chemical spill in West Virginia this week left hundreds of thousands of people without water, and thousands sick. Now it has been reported that a radioactive plume is leaking from a site in South Carolina.

The Barnell Nuclear site occupies about 235 acres of land originally owned by Chem-Nuclear Systems (CNS). Disposal of waste began at the facility in 1971 and Chem-Nuclear Systems (CNS), currently owned by Energy Solutions, has been the sole operator since that time.

According to WLTX, the plume is moving off the Barnwell Nuclear site southwest toward the Savannah River Site. Traces of Tritium have also been found in Mary’s Branch Creek. Tritium is a radioactive form of Hydrogen from nuclear waste, which can cause cancer and birth defects, if you come in contact with too much of it.

“DHEC has documented there is a plume leaking from the site but the problem with Tritium is it’s hard to re-mediate, it’s hard to clean it up,” said Tom Clements, Southeast Nuclear Campaign Coordinator for Friends of the Earth. “So we have to look at ways to stop it from leaking from the dump.”

The site receives toxic waste from South Carolina, New Jersey, and Connecticut and have enough land to stay open through 2038.

“The problem is in their annual updates, there’s no plan to address the leaks,” Clements said. “We need to make sure the facility is capped off in a better way and better managed so there is less nuclear material leaking.”

“It combines with oxygen to form basically radioactive water. So, it gets everywhere in the environment,” Clements said. “The level was far above the drinking water standard but fortunately it doesn’t look like anyone is drinking the water.”

A report published by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control shows that radioactive tritium is leaking from nuclear waste into the water supply in Aiken and Barnwell Counties, but the report remains that the levels are so low, it’s safe.

DHEC presented this information before the South Carolina Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council earlier this month and we decided to take a closer look.

In the Chem-Nuclear Annual Update, it was learned that 27 monitoring locations were tested for tritium. Ten of which showed no evidence of tritium data trending up of down; 6 locations showed an upward trend and 11 locations showed a downward trend over the most recent five-year period.

The report also remains that in the places in which the water does test positive for tritium, all levels are below the federal safety guidelines and water with the highest concentration is on a part of the site that is completely shut off to the public and doesn’t flow into other water sources.

Tritium has a half life of twelve years, it takes ten half lives, or 120 years to be all gone.

To add to these enormous problems of nuclear leaks and now the financial mess, Georgia and South Carolina still have not settled their disagreements in regard as to who uses the most water from the joint-state Savannah River Basin Water Caucus. The caucus made up of legislators from counties that border the river, hopes to stave off lengthy and costly legal wrangling that South Carolina officials have threatened to take against Georgia recently over how much of the water each state gets to use.

The caucus and onlookers gathered on a small peninsula last September that juts into the lake in Hartwell, Ga., as Gov. Nikki Haley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal urged cooperation as the two states draft agreements that will have long-term impact on industries, drinking water, utilities and natural resources.

Both states have impetus to keep the issues out of court, where it could take decades to settle, water experts said. Georgia has been saddled for two decades with a string of court cases involving water issues with both Florida and Alabama, while South Carolina had its own brush with cross-state court action when the state sued North Carolina, alleging its neighbor was taking more than its fair share of water from the Catawba River to support Charlotte’s expansion. That case was eventually settled in 2010.

All of these issues seem to be just sitting there waiting for the next thing to happen. It would appear the leaking of the Tritium with the very large over run in expenses on the Savannah River Basin Nuclear Plant is creating a lot of headaches for a large amount of people.