Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Go West Yong Man

by Mike Appel
I was listening to the radio today when I heard a discussion of the current situation facing Florida Rep. Allen West.  Representative West is the dynamic and outspoken African-American former U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and current freshman conservative Republican congressman who is overwhelming supported by people within the Tea-Party movement.  He is an up and coming star in the Republican Party, who has also been mentioned as a potential VP candidate.  Today however, I heard that due to redistricting by the establishment-dominated moderates of the Florida Republican Party who have control of the Florida legislature, he may be deliberately pushed into a predominately Democratic district, making it difficult or impossible for him to get re-elected to congress.  His own party is evidently sabotaging his re-election due to a fear, distrust and dislike of true conservatives and Tea Party members within the party.  This sounds like an attempted purge within the party.  I find this outrageous if true, but I have also found an article in Politico backing the story up.  
 
            Politico also claims that there may be a link between members of the moderate Romney campaign and these dirty dealings – the Florida Speaker, who is also deep with the Romney campaign, is evidently holding a great deal of sway in the redistricting process.  Evidently, since West has refused to go along with the moderate wing of the party and has been very vocal on maters dear to the conservative movement, they now view him as a danger and liability that has to go.  They may be trying to send a message that Tea-Partiers and conservatives in general that they are no longer welcome in the party.  I sincerely hope that that is not the message that is being sent, because if it is, it could mean the split and destruction of the Republican Party as a viable entity, and the necessary creation of a third conservative party; that in turn could mean the Democratic Party gaining a rebirth out of the ashes of the GOP.  Meanwhile, the moderate members of the Florida Republican Party had better watch out and hope that their diabolical plan doesn’t work.  If this is how they are willing to treat a conservative man of such high ethics and ideals as is Congressman West within their own party, I can tell you this, if I lived in Florida, I would never give the state party another dime to support of this kind of disloyalty, and I’m quite sure that there are others who might feel the same way.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Politics and the “Religious Right”

by Mike Appel
This is an indictment against many within the “religious right”.  For far too long many (not all) Christians, with politically conservative and traditional leanings, have neglected the political processes in the United States .  This neglect has helped to leave our nation in a state of moral and social decline by creating a void that has been eagerly filled by the anti-religious far left and those wishing to “progress” into a brave new world.  Many of the faithful have, as I see it, fallen into one of three main groups: the apathetic and/or lazy, the misled, and overly pious.  The apathetic and lazy have neglecting to perform their civic duties by regularly voting even though they may know that they probably should, often not casting a vote in what appear to them to be inconsequential electionsthere is no such thing!  The misled have been suckered into accepting politically correct teachings and fallacies as truth, often even when they go directly against some of the teachings of their own faith; this then, often negatively, affects their voting decisions.  The “overly pious” have forsaken all “worldly” political maters and have only concentrated on more “Godly” pursuits; while this is a very commendable goal, I also feel that they are operating in a rather self-centered, idealistic and nonrealistic bubble; after all, God did put us all “in” the world for a reason, and we should be trying to affect it for good, and not simply taking up space.  To avoid and ignore the world does not do anyone any good, except for those attempting to corrupt their surroundings; when good peoples stand on the sidelines and don’t do what they need to do to affect society for the better, they are allowing, and even promoting, negative changes and actions to occur.  They are shirking their moral and social responsibilities!
            In the last fifty to seventy years, while many good people have opted out of the political process and sat quietly watching, or not paying any attention at all, our nation and our culture has steadily deteriorated.  In a country, which was established based on the principals of citizen’s rights and freedoms, particularly religious freedoms -- we have allowed the left to gain control of both the legislatures and the courts. We had prayer in public schools for years until a group challenged it, and the Supreme Court stuck it down and now it’s gone -- public schools have deteriorated ever since (this being one of many contributing factors).  Abortion has been legalized by our courts.  The “gospel” of Darwin became established in our schools and is generally taught as absolute fact, while creationism is generally not even mentioned as an alterative theory.  Objections were not forcefully raised in a timely manor and now students are taught that our founding fathers were evil people that stole and murdered and destroyed the land.  Parental rights started being diminished little by little until decisions of sexual teachings about right and wrong, normal and abnormal, were given over to the schools and generally taken away from parents.  At some public schools it is as easy for a kid to go to the school nurse for contraceptives as it is to get a Band-Aid – all without a parent’s knowledge or consent.
             The lack of faithful people standing up and objecting at the poles has resulted in our having diminished or lost many of our long held rights, as well as much of our religious heritage.  Property rights which have always been held sacred since the establishment of our nation have in recent years been decimated by an over-reaching government that views it as a nuisance and no longer respects private property.  Trial balloons have already been sent up by the current administration to test the waters as far as removing the tax exemptions status for charitable donations, such as for tithing to churches, as well as the idea of taxing churches themselves.  Within the last month, the Democratic governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, has started a new push to legalize gay marriage in Washington, and thus try to destroy the traditional sacrament of marriage between one man and one woman – sadly, this will almost surely pass due to the current Democratic control of the Washington state government.
 
            How many millions of people in our nation have been “lost” because people have allowed our society and government to become more and more secularized and religiously hostile?  People of the religious right who have sat back saying “Oh what a shame it is, look what has happened to our county…”, but have refused to do their civic duties, should hang their heads in shame and accept a good portion of  the blame for the condition of our nation, and of the people in it today.  Our nation is under attack from within, and the faithful, if they choose to take up their traditional patriotic roles in political issues by simply voting when elections come around, can make a huge difference in re-making this nation “Under God” once again as well as reestablishing many of our lost rights and traditions as citizens of the United States of America.  Stand-up and do your civil duty and vote, or be judged on your lack of action!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What's the Difference?


by Lynn Costello

Truth often comes in pieces and it takes time to put them all together.  A couple pieces became clear to me recently when I was trying to understand the differing views between those of us on the right and our friends on the opposite end of the spectrum.

The conservative appeal supports freedom and liberty with the knowledge and acceptance that freedom also requires responsibility.  We drill into our children the concept that they can be whatever they choose to be and to reach for the stars.  We know that, like us, they will fall.  We know that they will also get up and try again, and again.  We are limited by our desires and our dreams.

The liberal seems not as concerned with freedom per se but is steadfast in support of rights.  Not necessarily those endowed by our Creator but those “other” rights.  There was a time when we “earned the right” to something, but these rights are given, expected and eventually demanded.  These rights seem to be deserved with no requirement to respond and no obligation to perform.  As these rights materialize satisfaction is short-lived for every need requires yet more rights.  If failure should occur the blame is placed on those with the responsibility of providing these rights.  At the end of the road is helpless dependency.

This liberal attitude has manifested itself in the Occupy Movement.  Fingers of blame point to the rich and corporations and their indisputable greed.  At the same time there is no sympathy for the middle class taxpayer who will ultimately be responsible for cleaning up their mess.  Sadly, these 99er’s fail to see the power within to determine their circumstance; what chosen path brought them here and what decisions can they now make to affect their future?

Freedom is hard work and demands from each of us for the benefit of all of us.  As conservatives, we believe:
·        We have the right as well as the duty to govern ourselves which requires self-reliance and personal restraint;
·        As a human being, it is our obligation to treat others with dignity, care and respect;
·        As a citizen, it is our obligation to practice morality and virtue;
·        As a parent, it is our obligation to raise and educate our children.
We also believe in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We The People Vancouver Newsletter for January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 Newsletter - Upcoming Event Reminders

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people, for they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of liberty.  ~Thomas Jefferson
Please note - We the People meetings are now on Fridays

Cascade Middle School  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

13900 NE 18th St
Vancouver, WA 98684


Meeting this week

Friday, January 20th

We The People will present for discussion, topics of interest and concern.
This week we have a full agenda;

  • Voter Fraud
  • Recess Appointments, a Constutional analysis
  • Education Watch (Edwatch)
  • Update on HB 2193 "Concering third-party Visitation"
  • Mercury One Update
  • Update on the Climate Symposium

...We have much to discuss!

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INSTINCTIVELY INDEPENDENT

By Lynn Costello

Almost from birth, the journey toward independence begins.  For just a short time they are content being carried around in loving arms; soon they begin working tirelessly to stand on their own feet and take their first steps.  This phenomenon is especially prevalent at age two and again during the teenage years.  A major tool parents use to accommodate this task is "responsibilities."  They begin small and grow along with the child.  Assigning responsibilities allows the child to earn trust and learn life-long lessons, leading eventually to independence.  This investment in building an independent citizen leads to immeasurable contributions to society and is the foundation for the future.  That is how it is supposed to work, but…..

The Federal government has grown beyond its limits and the leviathan has weaved its way into every aspect of our lives.  The assumption now is that for every problem and every need our only recourse is to turn to this be-all end-all entity whose only concern is in our best interests.  Certainly we need to be told what light bulbs to buy, what healthy foods to eat, how we should run our businesses, how our health care needs should be met, how to attend to our private property and other decisions that now must be made by the experts.  The more they give to us the more they take away until we are left with nothing to manage on our own.  The dream of being care-free and provided for has taken away the very meaning of life.

As explained in "The Closing of the American Mind" by Allan Bloom: "The road from the state of nature was very long, and nature is distant from us now.  A self-sufficient, solitary being must have undergone many changes to become a needy, social one.  On the way, the goal of happiness was exchanged for the pursuit of safety and comfort, the means of achieving happiness.  Civil society is surely superior to a condition of scarcity and universal war.  All this artifice, however, preserves a being who no longer knows what he is, who is so absorbed with existing that he has forgotten his reason for existing, who in the event of actually attaining full security and perfect comfort has no notion of what to do.  Progress culminates in the recognition that life is meaningless."

Our natural state lies in our independence and I don’t know about you, but I want mine back.

Lynn Costello

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Mercury One Vancouver had it's first official meeting last week and is quickly gaining steam. We found a military organization to provide care packages for our service men and women stationed overseas.

Here is list of items of need.
  • Books, DVD's
Some basic supplies
  • Popcorn (Microwaveable)
  • Coffee cups W/lids
  • Kleenex
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Pop tarts
  • Peanut butter/Jelly
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Small rugs
  • Wall hooks / 3M type
Additional information will be provided at Fridays meeting


Please join us this Friday
and engage in the conversation!
See you there!

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Mark your calender!

We The People meeting
Feb 3rd

We welcome back..
For Governor Washington State (R)

If you missed Shahram last time you won't want to miss this one!
Shahram will speak on a variety of subjects.
Details coming soon.



Feb 17th
NOTE:
We will meet at Fisher Grange (Feb 17th only)
NE 162nd Ave
Nick Smith from Open Carry Washington will join WTP for an informative presentation on our 2nd Amendment rights.


March 2nd
Movie Night
We The People Vancouver will host a premere showing of the Movie Iranium. 
!!Content warning!!  Not suitable for children





Mercury One - A non-profit initiative that will focus on putting Americans like you into action-helping one another without government interference or tax dollar support. Together we will fix America – one town, one person, one entrepreneur at a time.
For information about this project please contact
Debbie Schreiber at

Or visit  Facebook

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Our Vision:  The great American experiment to this day has been a question of a people's capacity to self govern, thus maintaining individual freedoms. When the balance of power between those governed and those given consent to govern becomes imbalanced, liberty and prosperity suffer. We desire that the essential balance of power, having been tipped to the side of those governing, would be restored to its optimal condition.

Our Mission:  In all of human history it is found that freedom is the exception, not the norm. The pillars of the American experiment and of the resultant liberty have been a civically moral, educated, and active people. Our mission is to encourage one another, our families, and our communities in these pursuits, thus reasserting civic ownership of our cities, state, and nation.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Temper Temper

 by Mike Appel
Tempering steel makes it harder and more able to be sharpened and keep an edge.  To temper steel, you need to have the steel at the correct temperature.  Too cool and the steel is not tempered properly and will not be strong enough.  Too hot and you take the chance of overheating or even burning the steel.  If steel is “overheated” it is partially damaged and will not perform effectively.  If steel is “burnt” is destroyed and cannot be used for anything useful – it’s been made worthless. 
        Now look at the current battle in the Republican Party to choose a candidate to run against President Obama.  We need a good, hardened and sharp candidate to go against him, win and reverse the many damaging effects that he has had on our nation.  This is not just a wish on the part of the right, but it is a need in order to keep our country our country!  A little infighting amongst the Republican candidates is a good thing, because it strengthens the herd and the ultimate candidate.  But I fear that some of the infighting is getting far too close to being all out nuclear responses back and forth.  Not only are some of these charges and counter-charges straying into the "Leftist Zone" and being counter productive in the spreading of the Gospel of conservative principles, but these are giving Obama and the left the gift of free anti-Republican publicity with no Democrat fingerprints, as well as helping him to stock up his powder room with additional methods of attack once we have a single candidate for him to go up against.  With this being enough of a problem in itself, the greater problem that I see is the "burning" of all of our candidates so that none of them are left strong enough to ultimately meet and beat Obama.  We don't want to leave our candidates useless and damaged by allowing them to be "overheated" or "burnt".  Ashes will not stand up well against the coming Obama machine that will be sweeping through this year in a quest to rule for another four years.  Yes, temper our candidates and choose the right one, but don't unnecessarily damage them before one of them goes up against our true common foe.  
-- Mike.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

INSTINCTIVELY INDEPENDENT


by Lynn Costello

Almost from birth, the journey toward independence begins.  For just a short time they are content being carried around in loving arms; soon they begin working tirelessly to stand on their own feet and take their first steps.  This phenomenon is especially prevalent at age two and again during the teenage years.  A major tool parents use to accommodate this task is “responsibilities.”  They begin small and grow along with the child.  Assigning responsibilities allows the child to earn trust and learn life-long lessons, leading eventually to independence. This investment in building an independent citizen leads to immeasurable contributions to society and is the foundation for the future.  That is how it is supposed to work, but…..

The Federal government has grown beyond its limits and the leviathan has weaved its way into every aspect of our lives.  The assumption now is that for every problem and every need our only recourse is to turn to this be-all end-all entity whose only concern is in our best interests.  Certainly we need to be told what light bulbs to buy, what healthy foods to eat, how we should run our businesses, how our health care needs should be met, how to attend to our private property and other decisions that now must be made by the experts.  The more they give to us the more they take away until we are left with nothing to manage on our own.  The dream of being care-free and provided for has taken away the very meaning of life.

As explained in “The Closing of the American Mind” by Allan Bloom: “The road from the state of nature was very long, and nature is distant from us now.  A self-sufficient, solitary being must have undergone many changes to become a needy, social one.  On the way, the goal of happiness was exchanged for the pursuit of safety and comfort, the means of achieving happiness.  Civil society is surely superior to a condition of scarcity and universal war.  All this artifice, however, preserves a being who no longer knows what he is, who is so absorbed with existing that he has forgotten his reason for existing, who in the event of actually attaining full security and perfect comfort has no notion of what to do.  Progress culminates in the recognition that life is meaningless.”

Our natural state lies in our independence and I don’t know about you, but I want mine back.