Kevin Kookogey to Speak at January 27th Meeting
Please join us at the Ward Ag Center in the School House, Building G, at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 27th as we kick off 2014 with a very special guest, Kevin Kookogey.
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. Mr. Kookogey is an excellent speaker as we can attest to after hearing him first hand in Knoxville this past November. Mark your calendars now because this promises to be one interesting evening. Please plan to join us at 7:00 pm.
IRS Seeks New Powers Against Tea Party Groups
The IRS has admitted to targeting Tea Party and Conservative groups with harassing questions and delays in 501c(4) non-profit approvals. To correct the problem, the agency now seeks to make these actions legal with new legislation that removes tax exempt status from grass roots organizations that simply share the voting record of elected officials with their constituents amongst other restrictions. Visit http://goo.gl/klPBcw to read an excellent Washington Times article about the far reaching powers they seek with this new legislation.
The IRS is soliciting comments on their proposed new regulations which will effectively kill the ability of Tea Party 501c(4) groups to be involved in the political process. We MUST stop these regulations from being implemented. Time is short as the window for public comment closes on February 27, 2014. Use this link to go to the comments section of the IRS website to leave comments: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=IRS-2013-0038-0001
Here are some suggested comments from Tea Party Patriots you can copy and paste with your submission:
"As an American citizen and taxpayer, I am appalled by the proposed new rules (IRS REG-134417-13) that would codify the discriminatory and unconstitutional targeting of conservative 501(c)4 organizations that has occurred over the last three to four years. The IRS itself has admitted that targeting occurred, and the Inspector General corroborated this in his report. Now, under the guise of "fixing" what was broken, the agency seeks to make its illegal activities, legal. As a voter and a citizen, under these new rules, I will no longer be allowed to simply tell my fellow Americans how our elected representative voted, i.e. how well the representative represented them, if I am a part of a 501(c)4."
If you want even more in depth coverage of the issue, visit the TaxProf Blog here: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/01/the-irs-scandal-10.html
Lessons on Liberty: Important State Legislationby Menda Holmes, Chairman
This year's legislative session promises to be one of the most exciting and is gearing up to be a showdown between concerned citizens and special interest groups. One of the hottest issues is Common Core Standards which are nationalized educational standards that are in violation of the U. S. and Tennessee Constitutions. This is because educational powers are are reserved for the states and their citizens. Once in place, Common Core cannot be changed by state legislatures or school boards. Pro Common Core special interest groups have already given tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Education Committee members in the Tennessee General Assembly. That's why it's critical that we the people make our voices heard at the Capitol now!
Our own Mark Pody and Mae Beavers are sponsoring legislation that will protect Tennesseans from the devastating effects of Obama Care by prohibiting any state cooperation in implementing or administering it. Lawmakers in other states are also sponsoring similar legislation. If enough states enact protective legislation, it could very well be the end of Obama's radical healthcare takeover.
There will also be a number of key annexation bills being sponsored this session. We need to support bills that deal with annexation by referendum only.
SB 1266 by Frank Nicely and HB1129 by Timothy Hill are also a very high priority. This legislation requires that schools emphasize America's and Tennessee's founding documents and principles. It would also require that students be taught how the nature of Tennessee and America make them exceptional in the world.
Of course, there are many more important pieces of legislation being considered. So, let's get involved and take action now because time is of the essence, since the length of the session is being further compressed this year. Remember, "we are here for such a time as this." Esther 4:14.
Support TNACC in the Fight Against Common CoreThe Common Core Standards Initiative mentioned above is a set national K-12 standards being promoted by the federal government and other special interest groups. Race-to-the-top grant funds and No Child Left Behind waivers were used to lure states into committing to Common Core Curriculum before the content was even finalized. Now, 45 states including Tennessee, are adopting the "one-size-fits-all" program into math and English curriculum. Additional subjects such as science and social studies will follow as teachers and administrators become trained on the new system. If allowed to be implemented, the landscape of public education will be dramatically changed in our state.
Tennesseans Against Common Core,TNACC.net, needs your help. They have put together an online petition and need your signature if you feel Common Core will be detrimental to the future education of our children and grand children. Click here to add your signature to the growing number of citizens in opposition to this federal government take over of our public education system. If you would like to help TNACC by gathering additional signatures form friends and acquaintances click here for the PDF petition. It is simply a form that can be signed by several people and mailed in.
If you would like to learn more about Common Core, check out the article from our September 2013 meeting when Brenda Causey of Concerned Women of America, CWA, spoke in depth on the issue. Click here to see a video featuring Jane Rollins of the American Principal's Project who explains the basics of Common Core very clearly.