Month: December 2019

2019-12-28 Realy good news !

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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December 28, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

Realy good news !

Colonel Buzz Patterson, has filed for Congress in my Congressional District #7. I am excited about it because he will defeat a hard liberal democrat, Ami Bera.

Buzz, a solid, principled Republican, has an impressive resume. You can read about him in Google.

Please mark your calendars Tuesday, January 14th at 6PM.

Fran and I are hosting a “Meet and Greet” neighborhood event in our home. Naturally every candidate needs money. Those of you in CD-7 are encouraged to do what you can. Those on this list outside CD-7 should support your local candidate, if you have a worthy one, else I invite you to support Buzz Patterson.

Just as important as money is name recognition. That is what this and future efforts will focus upon. When elected Buzz will help drain the swamp and plant some fruit trees where the swamp used to be. If we were hosting Tom McClintock or Donald Trump we might easily draw an impressive crowd. That is not likely to happen. Soooooo – We need your help in making this event helpful to the Buzz Patterson campaign. Help us help him.

No matter where you live, if you can manage some way to be here at 6 PM Tuesday Jan 14th make it happen! Bring a friend and do something for American liberty. (Please see the letterhead for our contact information. An RSVP w/b appreciated but not required.)

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2019-12-11 Democracy & Republic

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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December 13, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

Democracy & Republic

DEMOC̵´RACY, n. [Gr. δημοκρατια; δημος, people, and κρατεω, to possess, to govern.]

Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation. Such was the government of Athens. [Webster’s 1828 Dictionary]

REPUB´LIC̵, n. [L. respublica; res and publica; public affairs.]

1. A commonwealth; a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy or democratic state, in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person. Yet the democracies of Greece are often called republics. [Webster’s 1828 Dictionary]

In a democracy the lawmaking, executive, and judicial power is in the hands of the people collectively. “One man – one vote” – think – majority rule. Another way to name it – “Mob Rule”. All the citizens get together and debate the issues and then vote.

Human nature is what it is. Large bodies are easily swayed by emotion. The ultimate democracy is a lynch mob – only one citizen objects! Two wolves and a lamb vote on what to eat!

When does a democracy work? It works in small groups of voters. A New England town meeting for example. Suppose the town’s well runs dry. The citizens meet and discuss the expense of drilling a new well. All use the well. They vote that the expense is to be shared equally.

There is no way the widow Jones with her 10 children can afford the water tax. It is a good town. Without much being said, her share is covered by others. But, suppose I am wrong. The Jones family must have water. Every time those who voted, walk by her home and see the kids going without shoes so they can have water, they are aware of the unintended results of their majority vote. Democracy in a small group is self-policing.

If a voting body gets too large the citizens are unaware of the unintended consequences. America’s founders understood that and tried to distribute authority among smaller groups.

They built our civil-government upon republics. The President is elected by representatives of (then) 13 States. Each State in turn was to be a Republic. The House of Representatives was composed of men who were elected by (then) small Congressional districts. The U.S. Senators were elected by (then) their State Legislatures. California has 120 lawmakers. New Hampshire as 400 in their State House of Representatives! The Supreme Court Justices are confirmed by our 100 U.S. Senators.

Who is even to know about the widow Jones if the “well question” is handled by all the voters in the county or state? Can you see the tyranny of the majority in large democracies?

Republics are better designed to protect the issues of the minority.

In 1928 we passed the 17th Amendment. Since then, U.S. Senators are elected by all the citizens of their state. There are 39 million people in California, 25 million of them are eligible to vote, about 20 million voted. California’s U.S. Senators must win around 10 million citizen’s votes. Before the 17th amendment they must win 90 legislator’s votes.

Think about it – Which alternative creates the best representation for the concerns of California? How significant does that make your vote for your State legislators?

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2019-12-03 Isaiah 33-22

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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December 3, 2019

This is a letter to our friends –

Isaiah 33:22

“For the Lord is our judge,

the Lord is our lawgiver,

the Lord is our king;

He will save us.”

The news, these days, is filled with distortions.

One of them is something called “Separation of Powers”. Let’s begin with job descriptions.

* “The Lord is our Judge.” He decides good and bad as measured by a standard.
* “The Lord is our Law-Giver.” He creates the standards (laws). * “The Lord is our King.” He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

You use these functions many times each day. Before getting out of bed, you plan your day. I.e. You make the rules for the day. – “Legislate”.

Then you carry out your plans. I.e. you “Execute” your plan.

At the end of your day you evaluate the events relative to the plan. I.e. You “Judge” the results.

America’s founders built this concept into our Constitution. The national government has three departments – Legislative, Executive, Judicial – with similar job descriptions. Congress makes the laws – “legislates”. The President enforces (carry out) the laws. The Supreme Court determines whether the laws and the execution are within the rules set by the Constitution.

This is illustrated by an equilateral triangle with its corners erased. Label each leg with a department (L, E, J). NOW THE NEXT STEP IS IMPORTANT! Please take time to think it through.

Take any two legs and assume both jobs were in one man’s hand. See that the third department would have no authority. If the President could write the laws, he could make anything legal. The court would be out of a job.

Each department MUST be independent of the other two. Each department must defend that independence. This is the core of the “check & balance” system. Further, the Constitution gives the legislature authority to limit the jurisdiction of the court. The court can declare a law unconstitutional. The President can veto a law. The legislature can impeach a president.

Each department has equal authority. The legislature has the authority to investigate, impeach, and try the President. It is my opinion the president has the authority to deny access to executive department staff if he chooses. I.e. Congress and the President have no authority over one another. The President need not cooperate with congressional investigations. Congress has no authority to demand cooperation from the executive department.

On another topic that will soon be in the news – – I have written before on this too. “We the people” are the people of the States United. The President is elected by delegations from each sovereign State. He is not the president of the people, he is the President of the United States.

I.e. the States United.

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2019-12-03 His-Story

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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December 3, 2019January 30, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

His-story

If you have wanted an easy way to learn TRUE history – “American Minute” is the answer! Bill Federer puts out an e-mail post every day. It is a free subscription. A short daily read will soon teach you more important history than most Americans ever learn today! I archive them and use them for research and reference.

This is the first fund raising post I have seen in a decade.

I enthusiastically endorse Bill’s “American Minute” posts.

Ben

P.S. Let’s picture planting fruit trees where the swamp used to be!

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Pulitzer Prize winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., wrote in “Folly’s Antidote” (New York Times, January 1, 2007):

“History is to the nation as memory is to the individual.

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