Wilson County Tea Party

June 2013 Newsletter

Ben Cunningham, Founder and President of the Nashville Tea Party will be our guest speaker on June 24th.

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IRS Protest Rally

Ben Cunningham to Speak on June 24th

Want to learn the inside story about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups? Then join us on Monday, June 24th in the School House (Building G) at the Ward Ag Center at 7:00 PM, when our guest speaker will be Ben Cunningham, Founder and President of the Nashville Tea Party. On May 21st, Ben organized and gave a rousing speech at a rally to protest the IRS’ shameful actions. The protest took place in front of the Federal Building in downtown Nashville.

Ben has been an activist in Tennessee for more than a decade. He has spoken to dozens of tea party events across Tennessee and the United States, and he is fed up with what the IRS has been doing to American citizens. Come join us at the Ward Ag center on June 24th for Ben’s important call to action. It promises to get you fired up for freedom!

Lessons on Liberty - Security vs. Privacy

Menda Holmes, Chairman

When 29 year-old Edward Snowden revealed the content of personal information being collected by NSA surveillance to contain the telephone call and email records of most everyone in the country, law abiding citizens were up in arms. Many politicians and military leaders, on the other hand, took the position that monitoring email and telephone traffic on a wide scale is necessary to help ward off potential domestic terrorist threats.

But does the government really need to collect everyone's telephone records and emails in order to keep us safe from terrorism? In the late 1990's, former NSA employees Kirk Wiebe and Bill Binney helped design a program called Thin Thread. They said that this system could analyze huge amounts of data without violating the fourth amendment protections provided by the Constitution. The NSA dropped the program for reportedly political reasons.

In addition to all this, the NSA has been building a mega-data center in Utah over the past several years. The amount of data this facility will be able to store when it is fully completed is hard to fathom. If this data is used purely for national security purposes, some may see it as an acceptable trade-off if it will help thwart future terrorist attacks from occurring on American soil.

But, how many of us really believe this sensitive personal information will be used strictly for national security purposes, especially in light of the recent IRS scandal against conservative groups? Once the data is stored, it is available for a very long period of time to those who can subpeona it, those who can change privacy laws to access it, those agencies who can obtain approval to access it and those who can hack into it.

Add to this risk the recent proliferation of security clearances, not only to federal employees, but government contractors who are employed to sift through the vast amounts of data collected. About 1.2 million Americans hold top secret security clearances of which 38% are private contractors according to the Wall Street Journal. However, the risk is not limited just to contractors but also federal employees as demonstrated by the Bradley Manning case where an Army private leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. He is currently on trial and faces life in prison if convicted. What does all this mean? More security clearances, more exposure.

We live in a digital age where most of what we communicate, other speaking then face-to-face, is stored or can be stored somewhere in the vast database called the "Cloud". Emails, smartphones, tablets and laptops have gone from a convenience to a necessity for business and personal communication in this day and age. We must always remember that whatever we share digitally, will reside on someone else's server or servers for some period of time.

Secure management of sensitive information and the survival our representative republic as a whole share the same Achilles heel - moral integrity of leadership is a necessity. If sensitive information is leaked or allowed to fall into the hands of those who will use it in an adversarial manner, it is breaking the same principle as taking an oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution only to ignore it once in office.

This points to the dire need for leadership with integrity at all levels of government in our country. Leadership without a moral backbone is like trying to find your way with a compass that has had it's needle demagnetized. Direction becomes random and tends to drift toward the latest public opinion poll which adds to the slow ebb of moral decay in our society today.

Is Edward Snowden a traitor for breaking his security clearance or a hero for exposing abuse of the 4th Amendment by the Federal government? If he is extradited back to this country for trial, that is something the courts will have to decide. In the mean time, we need to press our legistators to support national security policies like Thin Thread that will thwart potential terrorist attacks without violating the 4th Amendment.

If they can't do it, 2014 is just around the corner, and we all have a vote.

Immigration Reform is a BIG Deal

The impact of approving immigration reform before truly securing our borders goes well beyond amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants - it will change the balance of political power in this country for a long time to come. Here's why...

Earlier this week, TheBlaze exclusively reported that 70 House Republicans are planning for a showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) over the immigration bill congressional leadership is trying to push through by July 4.

According to TheBlaze:

Seventy House Republicans are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country.

The 70 members are petitioning for a special Republican conference meeting on the bill, a “highly unusual” move to go head-to-head with the speaker, according to Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas), who are serving as spokespersons for the group.

“So today we are going to be releasing the names of 70 Republicans that have – they’re House members that have signed a petition requiring that John Boehner hold a special Republican conference meeting on the amnesty bill,” Glenn Beck said on radio this morning.

This group of Republicans feels there has not been a sufficient conversation about the legislation, and they hope such a conference will allow for a debate of the pros and cons of passing a bill that will most likely lead to amnesty.

Glenn Beck goes on to describe what he anticipates happening on Capitol Hill over the next few weeks:

What’s going to happen in the next few weeks, possibly by July 4th, the Senate will pass the amnesty bill. At the same time the House is going to pass a Trojan horse bill that will sound good and that will secure the borders. The problem with that is they’re both going to be sent to conference committee, where amnesty is going to be added to the Trojan horse bill. The Senate will vote yes on final passage and send it to the House. Led by Nancy Pelosi, the House Democrats will all vote for the bill because it will assure permanent Democratic political majority, and a few Republican committee chairs will provide the final votes needed for passage. That way the president will have amnesty for illegals and the country will be fast-tracked to permanent progressivism.

In this day and age, it is easy to paint all politicians as politically expedient fools, but the decision of these 70 Republicans to stand up to the majority is one of the most courageous acts we have seen in a long time. This issue is no longer political. It is moral.

“These 70 people are standing up and saying ‘take away all of our power,” Beck said. “They know that if they lose, they lose. This is putting all of the chips on the table. You’ve been asking for it. We have been asking for people with a spine. This one is not going to be easy.”

What can we do? Contact Diane Black if you live in Tennessee's 6th District, or your own Congressman if you live elsewhere, and tell them not to support any type of immigration reform legislation in the House until the borders are physically secure. If any immigration legislation gets through the House, the final Senate and House bills will go to conference committee. If Beck is correct, the conference committee will add the amnesty from the Senate bill before the US borders are truly secure leaving us with amnesty for illegals and a progressive, Democratic majority well into the foreseeable future.

The Wilson County Fair

WCTP will be hosting a booth in the Turner Evans building at the Wilson County Fair which runs from August 16 through the 24th. This will be a great opportunity to meet like minded conservatives and talk about issues that are important to all of us.

Our booth's theme will focus on educating citizens about how they can play a more effective role in local, state and federal government. We also plan to provide information about key issues as Common Core Cirriculum, Obamacare, immigraton reform and others to keep folks informed. To top it off, there will be a drawing for something special that most anyone would really enjoy.

In order to reach out to the greatest number of people, we will need help to man the booth. If you can donate an afternoon or evening or two of your time during the fair, it would be greatly appreciated. We will pass around a sign-up sheet at our meeting on June 24th. If you can't make the meeting, please let us know by email if you can help out.

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