IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND DANGEROUS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL EDUCATION.
When: Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7 pm
Where: The Palazzo Grande Banquet Hall
54660 Van Dyke (South of 25 Mile Road)
Shelby Township, Michigan 48316
Romeo Area Tea Party
COMMON CORE CURRICULUM
The Romeo Area Tea Party invites you to attend this meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014 to learn more about common core. Slowly but surely, there is a push back to Common Core happening around the country. Some states have already opted out of this new curriculum and others are in the process of doing so.
If you are concerned about this issue , please invite your family members, friends and people in your neighborhood who have children in the public AND Catholic schools.
Relevant Career Highlights: Debbie is a livelong Michigan resident , a CPA and mother of three adult sons.
More than 20 years ago, Debbie saw the dramatic changes taking place in the education her children were obtaining, not for the better. This pushed her into doing extensive research on education reform and spirited her interest and involvement in the political system. Debbie is a former member of the State Republican Executive committee, has held other positions in the party and has been a candidate for office, all focused on the central issue of education.
She has testified in Lansing, assisted and lobbied our legislators to better understand the education reform process, helped draft legislation and has made many presentations on various education topics. Today she is going to give up an udpate on the federal government initiative called Common Core.
People have asked how to go about passing a Resolution to protect the rights of citizens in their town or city, concerning the federal harboring and encouraging of illegal aliens. First of all, let me say that we shouldn’t have to do this, but the federal government started this fight a very long time ago, and now we’re in the 11th hour. It’s up to us to finish it. The big government politicians and open border activists have made their true intentions very clear, so don’t accept the rhetoric that all they want are a few tiny, inconsequential concessions here or there…”for the children” NOT TRUE! Their ultimate goal is AMNESTY and wide open borders.
Do not sit back and wait for your representatives at any level of government to do this for you, it’s like pushing a rope. By the time you are forced to admit they don’t have the guts or are being out-maneuvered by their Legislative leaders, it will be too late. So do what you can do, where you are at: your own city.
Below are some simple steps to follow to get a Resolution presented in your town. Warning: most of you will get push back, and many city council members may resent you or their colleagues for forcing them to take a stand one way or another in this battle of principles. It’s all fine for them to talk the tough talk, but they get really testy when you want them to WALK their talk! Don’t let up – they need to take a stand one way or another to send a message. Be professional and courteous, but be firm. You are the boss.
1. Download a working template of the Resolution here (Word format). It’s in a ready-to-go template that can be customized to your town. If you live in another state, replace the Texas Constitution citations with corresponding citations from your own State’s constitution.
2. Speak with selected Council Members or County Commissioners who claim to be Conservative, garner their understanding and support and request the Resolution be put on the agenda. You will need one or two Council Members to sponsor the Resolution, depending on your city’s rules of governance. I don’t recommend going to the unelected City Manager/Administrator or City Attorney – that’s the Council Member’s job.
3. Get the support of your local Sheriff or Police Chief by talking with them and showing them the actual resolution you would like to put on the City or County agenda.
4. Marshall your resources. You can use my research on Unconstitutional Acts and/or the actual law that expose the truth about how the feds are mismanaging and exacerbating the problem. More notes are here, supported by various news articles and information current as of July 5th, 2014. This is a rapidly morphing crisis.
5. Pack your next City Council meeting with supporters. Use phone lists, email, Facebook, and Twitter to get the word out to the local public to attend. Keep showing up to each meeting until and when they put the Resolution on their agenda for a vote. The night of the vote – pack the house! Let them know how important this is by getting everyone to show up for this vote!
6. Contact your local Tea Parties, veteran’s organizations (which have large networks of contacts), grassroots groups, etc – they will help you spread the word.
7. Contact your local veterans groups, they fought and died for the rights of soverignty that the politicians are ignoring.
8. Send letters to the local news outlets – opinion pieces and letters to the editor are vital in winning the support of your town’s citizens.
9. Finally, and most important – DON’T GIVE UP. Many politicians will try and wear you down with indifference, manufactured outrage, pomposity, condescension, bureaucracy, and just outright wasting your time. This is too important to get easily flustered or frustrated. See their histrionics for what it really is – they are SCARED. Don’t back off – be polite, but firm. Just know going into this that you’ve got to be in it for the long haul.
10. If you have Council Members or County Commissioners who take this stand – make sure you and others tell them how much you appreciate them taking a risk to do what hasn’t really been done at the local level before. These are dire times and they require drastic measures. Any Council Member or County Commissioner who has the intestinal fortitude to vote for this resolution NEEDS to hear your approval and appreciation. They’ve just taken a risk on everyone’s behalf and they need to know you’ve got their backs.
Median Wealth Of U.S. Households Plummeted By One-Third In The Past 10 Years
by Ben Bullard
In the past decade, the wealth of the median household in the United States has dropped by an average of one-third, according to a recent study published by the Russell Sage Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit research organization.
The group concluded that the median worth of American households has declined from a high of $98,972 in 2007 to $56,335 in 2013. For the 10-year period between 2003 and 2013, that figure dropped from $87,992 to $56,335 — about a one-third decrease.
The brunt of the loss has occurred since 2007, and it’s hit the bottom economic demographic the hardest.
From the study summary:
Through at least 2013, there are very few signs of significant recovery from the losses in wealth experienced by American families during the Great Recession. Declines in net worth from 2007 to 2009 were large, and the declines continued through 2013. These wealth losses, however, were not distributed equally. While large absolute amounts of wealth were destroyed at the top of the wealth distribution, households at the bottom of the wealth distribution lost the largest share of their total wealth.
Net worth is a measure of the value of a household’s assets against its debts: stocks, land and homes compared with what a household owes to own these assets free and clear. Home values, which are closely tied to the net worth of middle-class families, have been particularly affected over the past decade.
“While stock prices rebounded relatively quickly after the collapse in 2007, housing prices did not,” the report states. “As a result, the median of wealth not held in real estate declined by about only $6,900 between 2007 and 2013, compared to a decline in median total net worth of about $42,500. Affluent households are more likely than other households to hold stocks and have large portfolios, which allowed them to benefit from the gains in the stock market.”
State Of The Nullification Movement
Here’s something that shouldn’t be news to you: Congress is actually much worse than a lost cause. But while things may appear bleak for the Constitution and liberty, there is a State-level line of resistance building that provides hope for the future and a blueprint for success.
Even though the establishment media never report on it this way, the modern nullification movement has grown into a political force — one that is revolutionary. It is comprised of various State-level actions that bring about what one can define as nullification today: “Any act or set of acts which has as its result a particular law being rendered legally null and void, or unenforceable in practice.”
Of course, when referring to this movement as a revolution, or revolutionary, this doesn’t mean one characterized by a physical upheaval against the established order. Instead, it is a deeper, more philosophical revolution developing — a revolution in thought.
As John Adams once put it, this is how he viewed the American Revolution as well:
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
The motives behind the various actors in the modern nullification movement vary as much as any group of people when it comes to their political goals. Some issues draw people from the right, others from the left. Political philosopher Murray Rothbard considered this “dynamism” one of the “major characteristics” of a revolution, as it creates an “unfreezing of the political and social order” for people, whatever their motivations may be.
Today’s nullification movement offers hope of smashing the established political order — one of “voting the bums out” only to see new “bums” violate the Constitution in more costly and dangerous ways each year, or relying on Federal courts to limit Federal power, or simply begging Federal officials to give us back our freedom.
This past legislative session saw some type of nullification bill introduced in nearly every State, addressing issues from National Security Agency spying to preserving the 2nd Amendment. To highlight just how far the movement has come, the Tenth Amendment Center’s 30-page report is the first-ever comprehensive look into the State of the nullification movement.
The following covers some of the highlights.
Next week in Missouri, the people will have the opportunity to support the #YesOn9 campaign and vote to approve Amendment 9. This small, but important, change to the State constitution would give “electronic data and communications” the same State constitutional protections as “persons, houses, papers and effects.” This would eliminate any constitutional ambiguity surrounding electronic data and specifically bar State agencies from accessing it without a warrant in most cases.
In New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill this month that bans State and local law enforcement from searching an electronic device without a warrant and also prohibits a small, but important, category of what the NSA has been doing with the warrantless data it collects.
In California, a bill that would create a mechanism to turn off material support and resources (like water and electricity) to Federal agencies engaged in unConstitutional warrantless surveillance programs is just steps from the Governor’s desk.
As bills are filed for the 2015 session, similar legislation is expected in States like Utah, Texas and Washington.
Also next week in Missouri, voters have an opportunity to approve Amendment 5, a State constitutional amendment that would “obligate” the State to defend the right to keep and bear arms against all infringements — not some; all.
In Idaho, Governor Butch Otter signed a bill that would effectively nullify future Federal gun laws by prohibiting State enforcement of any future Federal act relating to personal firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition.
S1332 passed unanimously in both houses.
Erich Pratt, director of communications for Gun Owners of America, cheered the governor’s action. “By signing this nullification bill into law, Idaho has joined an elite class of states that are telling the feds to ‘get lost’ — especially when it comes to unconstitutional gun control infringements.”
And in a sign that these efforts are seen as a threat to the gun control lobby, the Brady Center filed suit to block implementation of a 2013 gun control nullification law in Kansas.
The fact is if they weren’t concerned about the results, they wouldn’t spend their time or resources to try stopping them. This should be seen as a big green light to push harder than ever to protect the 2nd Amendment through State level resistance to Federal gun control measures.
New York just became the 23rd State in the country to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. By authorizing what the Federal government unConstitutionally attempts to prohibit, these States are creating a practical and effective nullification of Federal acts.
This fall, voters in Alaska and Oregon have the opportunity to approve full legalization measures similar to what are already active in Colorado and Washington State. These act as an even broader and stronger nullification of Federal prohibition.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley both signed new laws that authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within their States, effectively nullifying the unConstitutional Federal ban on the same.
While supporters of Federal power like to claim that this is happening only because the current Administration is simply turning a blind eye to the issue, this couldn’t be further from the truth. No one in modern history has tried harder, spent more, or attempted more raids to stop State marijuana markets than the Barack Obama Administration.
The fact is the Feds are just flat out losing to the States.
The nullification movement is not limited to spying, guns and weed. Across the country, more people are learning that the way to accomplish one’s political goals is to stop wasting time on Federal politicians and instead focus their time, energy and resources more locally.
In Missouri, a bill to withdraw from Common Core was signed into law this month. In Arizona, voters have an opportunity to approve a Right to Try measure that would effectively nullify some Food and Drug Administration restrictions. Oklahoma became the second State (following Utah) to take the first step toward following the tender requirements of the Constitution and nullifying the Federal Reserve’s near-monopoly on money. In Georgia, a new law went into effect this month that blocks implementation of some important parts of the Affordable Care Act.
While voting the bums out of Congress rarely happens and the Federal government grows in size and power every single year, people still pour billions of dollars into campaigns that aren’t giving results.
In a business scenario, anyone spending that kind of money and losing repeatedly would be fired quickly. The smart and successful business manager doesn’t put all his eggs in one basket. But at the same time, he quickly recognizes where concrete results are actually happening.
So if you are also feeling that there’s little to no hope in Congress, the State of the Nullification Movement Report shows that positive things are happening even in what might feel like the worst of times.
The message should loud and clear.
When enough people say “No!” to the Federal government and when enough States pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the politicians in Washington, D.C., can do to force their so-called “laws” or mandates down our throats.