Senator for the 2nd Amendment

Do you know the 3 branches of American government as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights? If you said Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, you are wrong. Listen to this freshman senator from Oklahoma educate us.  (Thanks to Randy Hatch, leader of Red Mountain TEA Party, for finding this.)

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Randy Hatch to Speak at the 4/18 Payson TEA Party!

Randy Hatch, president and founder of the Arizona Red Mountain Patriots, will be speaking at 6 pm to members of the Payson TEA Party.  The group meets at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. State Highway 260, Payson.   An interesting an engaging speaker, Randy is an expert on American History, the founding of America, and the Founders themselves.  The Arizona Red Mountain Patriots is well known throughout Arizona as the best attended weekly meeting of TEA Patriots.

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Victor Petersen and Staci Burk Stand Up for Prayer

Recently, I published two posts relating to the Gilbert School Board’s 9/4/2012 refusal to reinstate a non-denominational Invocation to open its governing board meetings. These included Daryl Colvin Asks Gilbert School Board to Bring Back the Invocation and Some Stand Firm; Some Crumble. Since that time, Hayley Ringle of the Arizona Republic published an article titled Gilbert School Board Stance on Prayer Upsetting Some.

Board member Staci Burk had proposed that the Board merely "discuss" the issue of reinstating the Invocation, but 4 board members–EJ Anderson, Helen Hollands, Blake Sacha, and Lily Tram–refused. As you will note in Hayley’s article, the basis of that refusal was "fear of a lawsuit."

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2013 Memorial Day Speech – Silver Creek Ward Memorial Day Breakfast – Gilbert, Arizona

by Jared Taylor

2013 is the Sesquicentennial anniversary of some amazing parts of American History.  First, January of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation.  Second, in July of 1863, the Union and Confederate armies clashed in a small town known as Gettysburg, PA.  Third, a few months later, President Lincoln was invited, as an afterthought, to give a speech at the Gettysburg battlefield.

As many of you know, the roots of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War time when families would decorate the graves of the fallen.  As such, it was called Decoration Day.

But what was the Civil War really about?  For the North the issue was slavery.  For the South it was States’ Rights.  The Southern states believed the Constitution prohibited the Federal Government from meddling with the practice of slavery.  Senator John Calhoun and others argued that if a State desired to enslave another man through law, it was their Constitutional right.

Fortunately, America was blessed with perhaps our greatest president during the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln.  During Lincoln’s formative years, he was a diligent student of three major works: 1) the Holy Bible, 2) Shakespeare, and 3) the Founding Fathers.

So he began his great memorial speech at Gettysburg by stating, “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  Do you hear the Declaration of Independence in these words?

Lincoln continued, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.  We are met on a great battlefield of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.”

Then Lincoln expands his thoughts, “But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

Then he concluded, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

For Lincoln and his day, the unfinished work was to win the Civil War and free the slaves.  However, Lincoln had a bigger vision.  A vision where not just the God-given rights of blacks were to be restored, but where all men and women could be treated equally and that government would remember its limited role of securing the rights and liberty for each citizen.

In our day, government is largely a jobs program for bureaucrats and a stimulus program for the power brokers.  Very few so-called civil servants remember to serve the citizens.  We have a government of the government, by the special interests, and for the elites.  The God-given rights of citizens are only given passing lip service during patriotic events.

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