It's only been a week since we last met, and yet, so much has happened in the past week, that I am sure has you feeling over-whelmed and helpless. This is what we have been watching and unfortunately waiting for. What you are seeing is classic Cloward-Piven strategy, overload the system to force the progressive agenda. Watch what the left hand so you don't know what the right hand is doing. Unfortunately for them... We Are Still Watching!!!
Take a deep breath and remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Rahm Emanuel once preached "Never let a serious crisis go to waste..." All the "scandals" that we have heard over the last month, now they are trying to back door "Amnesty". On both the federal and state level, we are seeing Common Core be forced onto our children, Governor Corbett is considering caving on his stance on the Medicaid expansion, not to mention Agenda 21 and Smart Meters! So much going on, it can be nerve wracking, and boy they aren't wasting any time at all!
Now, once again, limited government activists are being beckoned to Washington. I've been contacted by more then a few people to ask if the group will be sponsoring a bus trip. My answer is kind of a good news bad news thing. Unfortunately, I must tell you, NO, the LVTP will not be able to sponsor a bus. With the short time period that we were given, our bylaws do not allow us to spend that kind of money without a full membership vote. No one wishes more then I do that we received this information sooner.
But here is the good news!! I know a member who is looking into renting a van to go down Washington. Now, this is not set in stone, and if this member DOES get a van, and has space- I will let everyone know through an email blast. (SPACE WOULD BE EXTREMELY LIMITED AND YOU WOULD BE EXPECTED TO PAY PART OF THE COST FOR RENTAL AND/OR MILAGE)But that's not all!!!! I've been on the phone all day, looking for buses that are leaving within relative driving distance from our area. The closest buses I found are leaving from New Jersey. I asked their local coordinator to send me their information, which is attached below (These buses are sure things guys!)
But now you're saying, Joan, I just can't get off from work. I know this is super super important stuff. I just don't know what I can do!??!?! Don't fret. I'm going to tell you! First though, let's have a frank discussion... After the marching and protesting is done, we go home, and say, “Well, I've done my part. Can't do much more- with how many people were there, there's no way they could ignore or forget about us.” I've got news for you. They DO ignore us. They DO forget about us. We must ALWAYS make our voices heard. Let's be honest, we need to keep the pressure on, it's what the other side is doing. Why aren't we? It requires YOUR action. The Tea Party is not a social club. We are happy if you come to meetings, we all need to keep learning, we are way behind the learning curve, but lets not forget why we are here... We are trying to protect YOUR individual rights! We can not do this alone. YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT!!!We need YOU to step into action. NOW IS THE TIME!!!!If we loose this battle, the war is almost surely lost. It's time to stop watching at the sidelines....You MUST step up! Click Here to find out how!
Monday morning on WAEB 790AM at 8:45AM listen to Paul Saunders discuss fracking, Fracknation, & Gasland with Bobby Gunther Walsh
This week the National Association of Royalty Owners Pennsylvania Chapter (NARO-PA) announced they will be hosting a screening tour crossing Pennsylvania in support of the documentary “FrackNation. The movie will be shown at a free screening, which is open to the public at 6:30 pm June 17th. Doors open at 6 pm
John Shoemaker, a lawyer and member of NARO-PA noted “FrackNation is a random act of journalism—a refreshing look at the real facts instead of the usual environmental radicalism.”
Trevor Walczak, Vice President of NARO-PA said, “FrackNation does a very effective job of interviewing experts to explain the truth about fracking, explore it’s value to the entire world’s economic system, and explore how anti-fracking has become the latest celebrity fad. There is no way someone could watch this movie and not come to the conclusion that Josh Fox [director of Gasland & Gasland #2] is a liar.”
On June 7 during our regularly monthly meeting Joan Campbell the chairman of the Lehigh Valley 9/12-Tea Party group read the following letter to our membership.
The letter will be sent certified to our representatives in Congress, the Senate and the press. Approximately 130 of our members have signed this document. If you were unable to sign, please print out this letter, sign it, get your friends to sign it and send it to your congressman and senator.
This is an important time for us as a nation to take a stand. Stand with us! (For a nice copy to print out and sign please CLICK HERE (2 page pdf)
Lehigh Valley 9-12 Project/Tea Party Group
June 7, 2013
An Open Letter to all Congressman and Senators:
The Lehigh Valley 9-12 Project/Tea Party Group, representing constituents in Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania, echoing Tea Party sentiments across the nation, is writing to you regarding the recent White House scandals that have been highlighted in the press recently. Benghazi, IRS Intimidation, HHS Donation Scandal, Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice Phone Tap and as of today the NSA PRISM scandal. It is unclear how many more wrongdoings will be uncovered. However all the scandals we know about are examples of this administration's abuse of power and blatant failure to accept responsibility for these abuses.
The First Amendment of the Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” In the past six weeks, we have seen every part of this inalienable right trampled and abandoned. This is not a Left or Right issue that can be ignored at will, this is an American problem that defies the American people's basic constitutional rights and it needs to be fixed.
These controversies are the result of lies, cover-ups and gross incompetence. The American people deserve the truth! We the people say “No More!” We demand that our representatives in Washington stop putting party politics and ideology ahead of public interest. We demand that public investigations be done thoroughly and with due diligence and have justice served swiftly to those involved in these usurpations and atrocities, no matter how high up the chain of command that these violations go.
For too many years, the American people have sat idly by and watched their individual rights and freedoms slowly erode away. To quote Senator Rob Portman of the Senate Finance Committee, “The Tea Party was right, the government has overstepped its bounds!” We demand a vote of no confidence against any and all public servants that have allowed governmental agencies be used for intimidation.
We respectfully petition you to take steps to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and every governmental agency that is not constitutionally mandated so that they may never be used to intimidate any American citizen again. We call on you to take steps to eliminate and defund every agency and program that stifles the principles of free enterprise, individual rights and free will and return those powers to the states as outlined in the 9th and 10th Amendment.
We simply ask that you honor your oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Lehigh Valley Project 9-12/Tea Party Group
Joan Campbell, Chair
Did you miss our June meeting or maybe you wish a friend could have heard our guest speaker? See it or share it now on our YouTube channel.
"How the Principles of Limited Government and Individual Rights Should Shape America's Future"
Featured Speaker - Sam Rohrer
Sam Rohrer was a primary candidate in the last primary race for the US Senate and before that for Governor. Previously he had served as the PA State House Representative from the 128th district for 18 years. He is a past Director of Americans for Prosperity (PA). Currently he is the president of the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network. His topic at our June 7th meeting will be individual rights and limited government.
This was a General Membership Meeting of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party (All are welcome, this is an open meeting)
This event is for educational purposes. The views expressed at this event are not necessarily those of the LVTP.
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party has followed the rules since its creation in 2009. Our organization has tried very hard to do everything the way we're supposed to. We consulted lawyers and advocacy experts about legal options for non-profit grassroots organizations, and applied to the IRS for tax exempt status just like non-profit groups engaged in all kinds of activities do all over the nation every day.
We believe that the Lehigh Valley Tea Party provides a vehicle for patriotic Americans with a wide variety of political affiliations to voice their opinions and become more educated about the important issues of the day. We are not a political organization, and our group's bylaws specifically prevent us from endorsing or opposing political parties or candidates.
Although the Lehigh Valley Tea Party group was not selected by the IRS for an audit, news of a sudden flurry of harassment spread like a panic among all Tea Party organizations nationwide. In many cases, the IRS demanded that tea party and other patriotic groups who were engaged in the application process report on every comment on their Facebook pages, or to turn over lists of attendees or donors. It was understood by the groups which were targeted in this way that this was uncommon treatment, and many groups attempted to inform the media about this clear discrimination against conservative groups, but there was little coverage of the issue.
Suddenly, as a result of the news of enhanced scrutiny of some tea party groups, no one knew what we were allowed to say or whether we were permitted to take public positions on important issues at all without affecting our ability to obtain tax exempt status. This uncertainty had a chilling effect on our every undertaking. Some of our members even expressed that they believed we were allowing the IRS to bully us into silence.
Although our application seemed to have been held up for over a year, the Lehigh Valley Tea Party Group has recently been granted 501(c)(4) status as a non profit group focused primarily on education, which has been our organization's mission since the group was formed. We are grateful that we were not specifically targeted for enhanced scrutiny, but recognize that we could have been.
It is outrageous that the Internal Revenue Service would target organizations for special scrutiny based upon their view of our government's policies, and whether or not those organizations agree with any presidential administration. While our group espouses responsible fiscal policies such as balanced budgets and lower taxes, the last time we checked the Constitution guarantees us the right to express those positions.
It's frightening to think that any administration would direct the IRS to make it more difficult for groups which disagree with its own point of view to obtain the non-profit status which should be available to all legitimate organizations, regardless of ideological positions. Our concerns about this powerful entity are magnified because the Internal Revenue Service has been tasked with implementation of many of the provisions of the new health care law. Obviously, we don't know yet who directed the IRS to single out Tea Party organizations, but we will be watching the ongoing investigations very closely and support Congressional hearings to find out exactly who is responsible for this outrage.