Any poll is only as good and accurate as the questions they ask. The old computer saying GIGO (standing for: garbage in, garbage out) from any objective view would fit the poll done by Harper Polling. Without looking at the validity of the primary questions Harper asked in their immigration poll, The Times runs a news story headlined “Poll finds most Hoosiers support Senate Immigration plan.”
Lets look at the questions and dissect them as any good American should do:
The bill would secure our borders, block employers from hiring undocumented immigrants, and make sure that undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. with no criminal record
register for legal status. If a long list of requirements is met over more than a decade, it provides eligibility for a path to citizenship. Would you support or oppose this proposal?
Four Northern Indiana Patriots’ made the 12 hour trip to Washington DC and attended the Tea Party Patriots rally along with approximately 12,000 other patriots. The rally centered on the IRS targeting of groups solely on the basis of their belief in a Constitutional government. The speakers for the three hour plus rally varied from elected officials who expressed outrage to Glenn Beck to individual citizens who faced harassment not only from the IRS but also government groups such as the FBI, Homeland Security and OSHA. (more…)
Some may recall the spontaneous creation of the Tea Party Patriots in 2009. The years that followed can be remembered by the numerous public demonstrations held across the nation with citizens protesting issues such as The Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare), the stimulus bill and assembling to promote a constitutionally limited government.
Some have inferred that the Tea Party has not been active lately. This is far from true and may be the result of their not seeing as many protests or rallies as they saw in years past.
The fact is that the Tea Party is more active than ever. Growing from the beginnings in 2009, the Tea Party has developed into a very active grassroots organization.
On Tuesday May 21, patriots from across the area participated in the nationwide protest of the IRS. The individuals at the protest took two hours out of their day to have their voices heard. Of the approximate 55 patriots who were at the Merrillville office some used vacation time in order to make the protest, others came after working a 12 hour shift, a couple stopped in briefly during their lunch hour and others rescheduled life events all because each one understood how the IRS actions threatened every Americans first amendment rights.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is arguably the most powerful and feared agency within the United States government. They alone have the ability to presume a company, organization or individual guilty of crime, making the grieved party responsible for asserting and proving innocence.
Starting in March of 2011 news reports surfaced of the IRS using intimidation factors on Tea Party, Patriot and 912 Project groups as they sought non-profit status as a 501(c)3 and 4. Although alternative media sources and those plugged in at a national level of Patriot groups knew of the intimidation before the 2011 news reports.
The current administration in Washington ignored the IRS abuse of power and chose to label the abusive actions of the IRS against the citizens of the country as merely an overactive conspiracy theory mindset. The federal government is trying to sell the mantra to the citizens that the groups affected by the actions of the IRS are just making this all up.
A conspiracy theory is not a conspiracy theory if it is proven to be true.
A true threat is under way which many citizens are unaware of, yet the impact will have dire results for all children. A nationalized set of educational standards is being pushed through many state legislatures with no concrete knowledge of what these standards mean for our children.
Instead of higher educational goals which encourage the development of critical thinking skills, the new curriculum becomes a race to the middle not to the top for our children.
Common Core, the name of the nationalized standards program, currently only covers two subject areas: math and english. However it sets in motion the framework for total inclusion of all pre-K through 12 education. Eventually these nationalized standards will be included curriculum for both home school and charter students. In fact the publisher of the ACT has already agreed to adapt the test to be in-line with the nationalized standards.
Understand that Common Core is not just different measures of learning through tests but entirely different methods of teaching. In Indiana, for example, the current standards in math are higher then what will be expected with the new material. We are dumbing down our kids. Currently educators are allowed to adapt material to individual student needs in learning, this no longer will this be allowed. Curriculum in Common Core is only allowed to be taught in one manner. Huge corporations such as Microsoft are pushing Common Core because of the future windfall of dollars they will receive with its implementation in creating programs for testing. Local communities will have no say in what is taught or how it is taught, never mind that a vast majority of dollars which fund education come from the state not the federal government. And who does not believe that local school districts and the community know better what their students need and how it should be taught?
Dates Patriots should remember, many of which deal directly with the fiscal health of the nation.
- February 28, 2013 – Sequestration: The “fiscal cliff” bill created a new manufactured crisis that will happen sometime at the end of February. This is when the sequestration can was kicked down the road.
- March 31, 2013 – Continuing Resolution: The current Continuing Resolution that the government is operating under expires on March 31. This means that they will have to pass a CR between now and then.
- April 15, 2013 – Budget Resolution: This is the date by law in which both Houses should have a budget resolution passed. We are already hearing that the President is late in submitting his budget, the House is reporting that they will not meet their deadline for a budget, and the Senate… well they haven’t passed a budget in over 1,350 days.
- May 19, 2013 – Debt Ceiling: This is the date the suspension of the Debt Ceiling expires. At this point the Treasury will not be able to borrow funds to cover this year’s deficit spending.
- Both Chambers are back in their districts the following weeks:
- February 17
- March 24 (week prior to Easter)
- March 31 (Easter Sunday and week following)
- April 28
- May 26 (Memorial Day Week)
- June 30 (July 4th Week)
- August 4 – September 7
- October 13
Often times we hear the statement, “this is the most important election of our life time.” You have an opportunity to determine whether we remain a sovereign nation, blessed with unprecedented freedoms guaranteed through our humanity or drift off into a quasi-socialist nation where our freedom depends on unelected bureaucrats in Washington,D.C.
What value do you place on your freedom? We are reminded of Thomas Paine from December 23, 1776:
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
At the beginning of the Revolutionary war, only 10% of the population were active in the battle for Independence. What value have you for freedom? Are you willing to donate time to guarantee that your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, have the same or greater freedom which you live under? The country is headed toward an abyss which threatens our very way of life and the things we hold dear. What value have you for freedom?