State's Rights Keep on the Lights
Representative Joe Carr, who recently announced his bid to run for the U.S. Senate against Lamar
Alexander in 2014, will be our keynote speaker. Representative Carr co-founded the
10 Amendment Caucus which is
focused on promoting, maintaining and defending the God-given Constitutional right
of Tennessee's state sovereignty, as established in the 10th Amendment.
Representative Mark Pody will also share his insight on how we can put state's rights to work to
help protect Tennesseans from an over-reaching Federal Government bureaucracy and Senator Mae
Beavers has offered to share some of her thoughts, as well.
Please plan to join us for a delicious meal on Friday October 11th, at 6:00 pm in the Education
Building at the Ward Ag Center in Lebanon. Ken Marerro, aka "Blue Collar Muse", will emcee the
There will also be a silent auction featuring goods and services donated from local businesses
and supporters to help raise money for the Wilson County Tea Party. Tickets are $25.00 per
person and can be purchased at the door.
Lessons on Liberty - The 10th Amendment
by Menda Holmes, Chairman
The genius of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution clearly point to their Divine
inspiration. Only God could design a system of government that protects liberty and promotes
prosperity while enduring the test of time.
The 10th Amendment is just one example of this genius. It states, "The powers not delegated to the
United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people." It clearly protects states from Federal intrusion on state authority
and individual liberty. Each state has the freedom to design legislation that benefits its residents.
This enhances our freedom as Americans because if the laws in another state are more appealing, we are
free to relocate to that state.
States rights also highlight the differences in political ideologies. Look at the financial conditions
of California, Illinois and Michigan, which are run by Democrats, compared to states like Tennessee and
Texas that are run by Republicans. Cities like Detroit and San Diego are also clear examples of leftist
The ever-expanding Federal Government seeks to diminish state's rights while increasing Federal
control. This promotes a darkness which hides the truth about the differences in ideologies. We
can't let that happen. Therefore, it is essential to liberty that we get involved in the state
legislaive process because that is where the battles will be won.
Representative Joe Carr, the keynote speaker at our upcoming WCTP dinner on October 11th is a champion
of state's rights. He co-founded the Tenth Amendment Caucus in the state legislature. This caucus is
dedicated to enacting legislation that protects the liberty of Tennesseans. Our own 46 Distric
Representative, Mark Pody, is also a dedicated member of this caucus.
So, with all of the chaos in the Federal government, it is good to know we have the power to protect
ourselves from it. Let's get involved and keep the lights of freedom shining bright.
Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3?
by Howard Holmes, Media Editor
Back in the 1960's and 1970's, "Let's Make a Deal!" game show host Monty Hall made famous the
phrase, "Door #1, door #2 or door #3?" as he challenged contestants to trade a known item for
one of three unknowns. Behind two of the doors resided a spoof prize, known as a "Zonk," and
behind the remaining door was a prize of significant value. Audience members often dressed up
in outlandish outfits in hopes of being selected as a participant. The show gleaned its
theatrical success by capturing the human emotion displayed when people make totally uninformed
Roll forward 50 years from when the show began in 1963 and we find the same question begs for an
answer but from a much larger audience - the American public. The prize is not a sports car, a
new set of furniture or a bag of money. The stakes are much higher, especially for our kids and
grand kids, because we're talking about the future of our country.
Today, the choice is not completely blind, as it was on "Let's Make a Deal," but will be determined
by the strength of the audience's constituents; the informed, the uninformed and the misinformed.
For the sake of simplicity let's assume the misinformed will gravitate to Door #1 which is on the
left, the uninformed to Door #2 in the middle and the informed to Door #3 which is on the right.
Let's take a peek at what lies behind behind each of these doors.
If you enter through Door #1 you find yourself in a large public plaza where politicians are
handing out EBT cards to unwed mothers who have been deceived into believing the government can
take the place of husbands and fathers to the detriment of their children. When the cards are
gone the politicians, with votes secured, exit to their perches of power by limo and the recipients
return to the chaos of housing projects and gangs on foot.
Entering Door #2 you find yourself in a large sports bar where every live ball game is being played
out on a different widescreen TV. The place is crowded, except for an area in the back where a
news broadcast is playing but no one is watching. People are drinking as they cheer at one game
and curse at another, oblivious to anything going on in the outside world. As the evening wanes
and the regulars head out, you overhear many complain about all of the things they should have done
instead of just spending the night watching another ball game.
Door #3 is narrower than the other two and creaks with antiquity as you open it because it has been
standing for nearly 240 years. As you pass through you find yourself not in a room, but on a long
and winding road that leads to a brightly lit city on a hill. As you stroll down the road, you pass
the clearly marked graves of the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to build that city
and preserve the liberty and freedom its inhabitants enjoy. Approaching the city you notice there
are no bystanders or idle time passers. People are engaged and productive, forever pushing the bar
higher so that the generations to follow will have an even brighter future.
Our country is a representative republic in which those who are allowed to govern do so at the will
of the governed. However, the will of the governed is determined by the majority of like-minded
people who stand up, speak up and deliver the goods at the ballot box. This will determine behind
which door the future of our polarized nation lies.
Many feel that America has not been this polarized since the War Between the States. Class warfare
tactics by the political elite continue to exacerbate the situation. Take Obama Care, for example.
Big business and congressional representatives are being exempted from participation while individuals
and small businesses are being forced to comply. The truth behind the Benghazi and Fast and Furious
scandals remains clouded to protect the elite while Conservative groups seeking non-profit status
are subjected to excessive IRS scrutiny and delays. Examination of Common Core Standards reveals
a national educational strategy that is preparing our kids to become nothing more than automatons
in a global workforce while school boards and state officials tout its prowess to receive Federal
grant money. And the list goes on and on...
So where does this lead us? As effective conservatives we have a responsibility to share what
we believe with those who may not see things the way we do and with those, who's lack of action,
demonstrates apathy. Rather than start the discussion about how our forefathers framed the
constitution to provide for limited government, fiscal responsibility and the rights of the
individual, why not try Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3? Paint the word picture of what lies behind
each door to connect with your listener. It will lead them to make a choice, and, hopefully
a good one.
Door #1 is a world coming undone and Door #2 is for those who think they have too much to do.
As for me, I choose Door #3, home of the brave and land of the free.
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