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;
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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