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2013-09-25 The saga continues

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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September 25, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

The saga continues

"Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens." George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

The following paragraph will help folks understand the mechanics.

If it (cloture) passes, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could easily add language to the bill (House CR) restoring funding for Obamacare, because he would need only 50 votes. Republicans have only 46 votes in the Senate, Democrats have 52 and there are two independents. Cruz wants to make sure the threshold to change the bill would be 60 votes.

My friends, I walked my first precinct in 1962. There have been several times since then that justified being “all-in”. This is one of them!

Everyone with a cause wants supporters to make calls and send letters. I believe most such efforts produce poor results. Many of them are little more than using the “cause” to raise money.

This, I believe, is one of those rare times when a tidal wave of public outcry will make a significant impact!

I suggest staying up to date via www.dontfundobamacare.com Watch the “whip list” at the bottom of that site. Use whatever you can find (local offices, e-mail, FB, Twitter, …) to pepper those Republican Senators with your request, “Oppose cloture”. Rebuke discouragement! Their phones have been jammed. Keep it up!

Bottom line – If cloture passes and there is no debate, with a 50 vote threshold – there will be a straight party vote and O’care goes back into the CR. THEN – every Republican senator will go home and say, “Sigh – I voted against funding O’care, but it passed anyway!”

The grassroots, lead by Cruz and Lee, are pulling the covers off of that and there will be those in every meeting that challenge their senators on that claim!

The cloture vote , likely Friday or Saturday, is the one that counts. Until that vote Republican Senators are free to stand up, or face our wrath. If you have a Democratic Senator your time is better spent, (my opinion), contacting those Republicans on the “whip list”.

Politicians rarely see the light until they feel the heat! If it gets hot enough, there could / will be a last minute GOP shift against cloture. I believe it takes 60 votes to block debate with cloture. Democrats don’t have enough votes alone.

Once debate is open, there can be Senate votes on exempting congress from O’care! All sorts of proposed amendments can put each Senator on record for one issue or another. They do not like that! Thus, there is even a possibility that they toss the hot potato (House version of CR) into Obama’s lap!

How would he be able to blame nasty Republicans for shutting down government when it would be Obama who vetoed the CR passed by a Democratic Senate?

2013-09-24 Social nets

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 24, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

Social nets

Social net working has become a major way of mass communication. However – every time I venture into that unfamiliar area, I get lost. Thus – I stay away and stick to e-mail.

However

Many of you do know your way around those networks.

May I suggest copying and pasting my blog posts, or writing your own?

Let’s help get the world into this filibuster project.

WE can “unify” Republican Senators!

2013-09-03 True Colors

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

September 23, 2013

This is a letter to our friends –

True Colors

Let me draw a word picture for you.

Our leaders who stand upon principle and do what is right, because it is right, have mounted their steeds and sounded the charge. The bugles are sounding and the thunder of hooves is shaking the ground.

The enemy is stunned. It has been so long since they have been truly challenged that they are in disarray. Both sides are “all in” the combat is unavoidable. As our noble leaders charge into the battle with the cheers and support of the people, many of the captains of divisions are behind them frantically waiving white flags – Their true colors!

The disunity within our ranks confuses and discourages the cheering populace. Seeing this, the enemy shouts, “We are steadfast and immovable!” Our captains under white flags shout, “They are steadfast and immovable! We will lose the battle!

Our noble leaders know our cause is just and right. They understand the enemy is bluff and bluster and that the people and our future rest in the balance. They charge on trusting in the rightness of our cause.

The results of the battle rests in the balance. Will the people continue to SHOUT their support for our cause, defund Obamacare NOW? Or will the enemy’s bluff and bluster intimidate the people as it has those under the white flag of “surrender before the fight”?

Dear patriot – NOW is the time to burn up the e-mail, phone lines, letters. Tell your friends NOT to be discouraged, not to give up, not to stop shouting. BELIEVE we can win this battle!

The 4th Amendment

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Further – “effects” as used above, is defined by Webster in 1828 (i.e. contemporary with the drafting of the amendment) –

“… … 8. In the plural, effects are goods; movables, personal estate. The people escaped from the town with their effects,” (emphasis is mine)

The wisdom of the founders is shown here. They knew nothing of e-mail, cell phones, online pictures and the like. All that is included in “effects”.

Now we are beginning to hear of secret court rulings that the Administration has violated the 4th Amendment with its sweep of all the electronic data available on virtually every American citizen!

We are being told, “Nothing to see here.”, “This is done for your protection.”, “Trust us, we are working for you.” This view I repudiate. Either we are a nation of laws, or we are not. Either we are free men who have created a civil-government to protect and preserve our individual liberty, operating WITHIN THE LIMITS we have designated in OUR CONSTITUTION, or we have become “subjects” of that Administration.

Some say, we are experiencing a “silent coup”.

A coup d’état …, also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden deposition of a government, … usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence. [Wikipedia]

It would not appear (today) that the U.S. Military force is actively involved. – but – Recent news stories about the addition of thousands of employees within government agencies (i.e. bureaucrats) DHS, IRS, EPA, etc., coupled with vast purchases of arms and ammunition for them, is disturbing!

Should such events be occurring, it is reasonable to expect the Administration to move to stifle citizen communication (radio talk shows, internet communication e-mail and the like) in an effort to prevent unified push back. Our money will be useless. Our focus will shift to personal survival. Our state National Guard (originally called “state militias”) will be overwhelmed by armed bureaucrats and anarchical mobs. Lawlessness will prevail for a time.

Not a pretty picture! Patrick Henry (1736 – 1799) has some advice for us —

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. [2nd Virginia Convention, March 20, 1775, at Richmond–in what is now called St. John’s Church]

The present danger to our peace and security is NOT from overseas. It is within. “Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.

What are “those means”? England had dissolved all contracts between the colonists in North America and the “mother country”. American colonists were now without a government, standing firm upon their understanding that men were to be free and independent under their Creator. True: There were differences and objectors, as there must always be. Those who unified around Biblical principles of government prevailed. They went on to create a civil structure that stunned and encouraged the rest of the world.

Those principles are still valid and available to each of us. Acting within those principles – in humble submission to the God of heaven’s armies, we have nothing to fear but ignorance and apathy!

My passion is to share “Principles of American Government”. The next online course begins on September 9th. If several wish to make a summer class, please phone right away.

Let us join one of our “founding fathers” – Patrick Henry

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

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