Lessons on Liberty - Tennessee Demonstrates State's Rights
Posted on by Menda Holmes, Chairman
With all the chaos in the out of control Federal Government it's great to know that our state legislature is working hard to protect us from it. Amidst growing concern about Federal Actions which could potentially threaten the freedom of Tennesseans, Representative Judd Matheny, Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, came up with a timely solution.
Representative Matheny and Senator Mike Bell, Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, secured approval from both House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to establish a subcommittee of the Joint Government Operations Committee to review Federal legislation, rules, regulations and executive orders and report any concerns to the speakers, General Assembly and congressional members. Then, collectively, they will determine the most appropriate action to take. The committee members have been appointed and are starting to hold meetings.
This isn't the first time Tennessee has taken the lead by providing a blueprint for state's rights. Earlier this year representatives Joe Carr and Judd Matheny founded the 10th Amendment Caucus which is a group of Tennessee legislators who write, propose and pass legislation that protects the liberty of Tennesseans.
Representative Matheny is also calling for a Bilateral Session in which the entire state legislature would meet with the Tennessee Congressional delegation and two U.S. Senators. This would encourage the Congressman and Senators to be more accountable to the state legislators who are closer to the citizenry. The proposal calls for a list of three to five issues to be submitted to the federal delegation at least 60 days in advance of the session. The session would be open to the public. It would encourage communication and cooperation between the state and federal government and attempt to restore public confidence.
As Representative Carr so eloquently stated at our October 11th dinner, "There is a wind blowing across Tennessee. A constitutional revival is emerging." We must also do our part. We need to learn how to be effective citizen activists.
To assist in this effort the Wilson County Tea teamed up with the Tennessee Center for Self Governance on November 9th to present their Level 1 course on self-governance at the Ward Ag Center. The class was well received by all in attendance. We will be hosting the Level 2 Class after the first of the year so stay tuned for the date and location.
Kevin Kookogey to Speak at January 27th Meeting
With the busy holiday season just ahead, the Wilson County Tea Party will not be hosting a meeting in November or December. Looking ahead, Kevin Kookogey will be our speaker when we reconvene on January 27, 2014 in the School House (Building G) at the Ward Ag Center in Lebanon.
Following the unexpected May 2013 admission by Lois Lerner that the IRS was targeting conservative groups according to their political views, Kevin Kookogey has risen to national prominence for his principled and articulate defense of ordered liberty. As President & Founder of Linchpins of Liberty: An American Leadership Development Enterprise, Mr. Kookogey was the first IRS target to testify before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding how the IRS unlawfully delayed and obstructed his application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Linchpins of Liberty, an educational organization, filed its application for tax-exempt-status in January 2011 and has yet to be granted its letter of determination. Linchpins of Liberty has filed a lawsuit against the IRS and is represented in that matter by Jay Sekulow and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ).
Prior to his fight against the IRS, Kevin Kookogey spent more than two decades as an entertainment lawyer and music industry executive. But with the responsibility of raising and homeschooling six (6) children in an age of creeping socialism and intellectual neglect, Mr. Kookogey began teaching on the topics of conservative thought, the principles of ordered liberty, and Western Civilization. Mr. Kookogey is actively involved in his local community in Williamson County, Tennessee. He is immediate past-Chair of the Williamson County Republican Party.
On Monday, January 27, 2014 he will share his story. Mark your calendars now because this promises to be a very interesting evening. Please plan to join us at 7:00 pm.