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Freedom To Work

Dear Missouri Senator,

It’s been interesting as the debate has raged on Right To Work that Union Members and Bosses have felt comfortable fighting against a “Right”… …the right of an employer and employee to define the terms of their association.

I support the workers’ right to form a union, but I do not support special legislation that tells workers that they must join the union, have their dues used to benefit a political party, and see their labors used to enrich union bosses.

The worker must be allowed to exercise the right of free association with the employer (notice I didn’t say “given the right”).  The union fights to take away that right.

h/t dailykos.comThat’s why I call it the Freedom To Work instead.  Imagine all those bumper stickers that say “Right To Work Wrong For Missouri” now saying “Freedom To Work Wrong For Missouri”.  That would make the most apolitical Missourian cock their head and raise an eyebrow.

Please vote YES on Right To Work.  Make the state of Missouri attractive to businesses, so we don’t have to run back to Jeff City for more special sessions to create the Boeing Bribe!

In some states, like Indiana, union membership has increased after Freedom To Work has become law.

The bottom line is this question:  If unions are so great, why do we need a law that forces people to join?

Thanks and please vote Yes!

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Miscellaneous

 

Upcoming Center For Self Governance Classes

It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?

We are.

I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats.  A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.

Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.

What do we do?

We save the republic.

How?

Ask Thomas Jefferson…

“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]

The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society.  It’s time to take it back.  And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.

What have you done to Keep The Republic?

Isn’t it about time YOU did something?

Join other patriots throughout May, June and July in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles!  Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory.  This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.

Take the classes, join your local team, and get busy about Keeping The Republic!

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May

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05/02/15 Cape Girardeau Level 1 / Day https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/640-2-2-2-2-3-2-3-3-3-3-2-3-2-3-2-2-3/
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June

DATE CITY, STATE LEVEL/TIME LINK
06/10/15 Chesterfield Level 2 / Day https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/636-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2/
06/10/15 Arnold Level 1 Part 1 / PM https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/640-2-2-2-2-3-2-3-3-3-3-2-3-2-3-2/
06/11/15 Ellisville Level 1 / Day https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/640-2-2-2-2-3-2-3-3-3-3-2-3-2-3-2-2-3-2/
06/11/15 Arnold Level 1 Part 2 / PM https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/640-2-2-2-2-3-2-3-3-3-3-2-3-2-3-2/
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06/13/15 Lee’s Summit Level 3 / Day https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/635-3-2-3-2/
06/14/15 Ferguson Level 1 / Day https://centerforselfgovernance.com/classes/640-2-2-2-2-3-2-3-3-3-3-2-3-2-3-2-2/

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Miscellaneous

 

The Task Force Of New Americans

From Aaron Moyer

Hi Folks,

You may have already heard about this, but in case you haven’t, I think it’s WAY too important not to share.  If you have already heard about it, then my apologies for the repetition.

As many of you know, I’m a regular listener to Mark Levin’s syndicated radio program.  Unfortunately, I’m usually a few days late in listening to his broadcasts because the only time I have to listen to him is when I play his recent podcasts during my local commutes.  (That’s why this email is a few days late.)  On his 2/26/15 radio broadcast, Mark interviewed a lady named Susan Payne — who is apparently also a less well known radio talk-show host in some local community.  From that interview, I learned a number of important facts surrounding the current uproar over Obama’s quasi-legalization of illegal immigrants.  Among those are the following:

1. Contrary to what is generally portrayed by the mainstream media, Obama never signed an Executive Order in November of last year on this subject.  Instead, he signed an “Executive Memorandum”; and this set up a “Task Force of New Americans”.

2. The “Task Force of New Americans” has a representative of each of Obama’s 16 Cabinet members; and this means that all areas of the federal government are being given their “marching orders” regarding the implementation of Obama’s plan for legalization of illegal immigrants.

3. The number of illegal immigrants expected to “come out of the shadows” is really 13 to 15 million — not the 5 million that has routinely been reported!!

4. These 13 to 15 million people will be considered “seedlings” in their communities; and one of the charters for “Task Force of New Americans” is to ensure that these “seedlings” end up in “fertile ground” and are “properly cultivated” to ensure that this latest effort will totally reshape American society!!  In essence, the purpose of Obama’s latest effort is to “conquer” America from within!!

If you haven’t already heard this interview, I believe it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that you do so.  Please click on the link below to read a short article about this information; and listen to the 9.5-minute audio clip of Mark’s interview with Susan Payne.  It is truly stunning and chilling information!!

http://www.independentsentinel.com/breaking-wh-plans-to-develop-a-country-within-a-country-of-15-million-new-americans/

If you have not yet recognized and/or acknowledged that America is at the precipice and looking into the abyss, this should remove all doubt!!  PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE WHO YOU THINK WILL LISTEN!!

Finally, if you want to keep up with the information regularly provided by Mark Levin on his radio show, you can do that here:  http://www.marklevinshow.com/ dailyrecap

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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Illegal Immigration

 

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To Representatives of the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education Re HB 578

By Mary Byrne

As a member of the Social Studies 6-12 Academic Standards Work Group constituted by HB 1490, I’d like to applaud Representative Swan’s recognition of the need for ensuring students in Missouri understand their history and responsibility as American citizens in our republican form of government; and offer a recommendation to achieve a better educated Missouri student without high stakes testing in citizenship.

HB 578 Section 170.345.3 states,
. . . “The test required under subsection 2 of this section shall use the same one
10 hundred questions used by the USCIS that are administered to applicants for United States
11 citizenship. In order to receive a passing score on the test, the student shall answer at least
12 sixty of the one hundred questions correctly.

As you are aware, Arizona passed a similar bill, and in fact, a national organization, Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools (CCMS), is promoting similar legislation throughout the country. CCMS is partnered with Pearson, a testing corporation that profits from increased testing in schools. The goal is worthy of your attention, however, you may not be aware of background information that, when explained, will support what should be a substantive, long-term alternative to a potentially expensive, high-stakes test.

(1) Please note the unintended negative effects of the testing approach to assuring good citizenship discussed by Peter Levine, associate dean for research at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service:

250px-AP_of_Missouri_State_Capitol_Building[1]“Requiring students to pass the citizenship exam will reduce both the amount and the quality of civic education in our schools. The test is easy. You can see all the questions and answers in advance and just memorize the right choices. If passing this exam comes to be seen as adequate preparation for citizenship, schools will notice that their students can pass after cramming for a couple of hours. They will cut their semester-long civics courses as unnecessary preparation. They will prefer to dedicate that semester to math or science, which involve much more sophisticated and challenging tests.
Requiring the citizenship exam would make sense if our students didn’t already study civics or face tests. It would establish a floor, a minimal level of competence. But more than 90% of recent high school graduates have spent a semester in a civics course, and most have also spent a year on U.S. history. Their teachers gave them tests. In many states http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/state-civic-ed/index.html, they also faced a standardized test on civics or social studies. Then why do so many adults fail basic questions about the U.S. political system?  Because we have forgotten what we learned in civics class. Too often, the subject wasn’t inspiring or challenging and didn’t build habits of following and discussing the news. The problem with civics is not that we fail to teach it. The problem is that civics is often viewed as a set of disconnected facts, not as a challenging and inspiring subject that will continue to interest us after high school. Arizona’s measure requiring that students pass the citizenship test will make that problem worse. The citizenship exam requires, for instance, that you know that “27 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html” is the correct answer when you’re asked how many constitutional amendments have been passed. You don’t need to understand reasons for or against those amendments, or have any sense of why they were important. A month after students pass this test, they will forget the number 27. But they might retain the message that being a good citizen is a matter of memorizing some random information. That seems like an excellent way to turn people off. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/02/08/citizenship-civics-social-studies-editorials-debates/23088621/

(2)  No Child Left Behind and it’s testing requirements for federal funding is at least partially responsible for emphasizing two academic subject areas, mathematics and English, while relegating knowledge and skills in history and government to the periphery of K-12 instruction. No state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a meaningful way. (See Imperiling the Republic http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/imperiling-the-republic-the-fate-of-u-s-history-instruction-under-common-core/)

(3) Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, Missourians have been misinformed about their government. When the social studies standards were developed, Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy, a Carnegie-funded non-governmental organization in Washington, DC provided consultation. The Show-Me Social Studies Standards (See Appendix A attached) expect students to know that the U.S. is a constitutional democracy. Though familiarity with the U.S. Constitution is included in the body of the social studies standards, even teachers are not familiar with Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, . . . ” Thomas Jefferson said, our form of government was a democratical republic — the emphasis being a republic is representative form of government, rather than a democracy. A most disturbing cause for this misinformation and incorrect teaching of American students about American form of government can be traced to the Carnegie-funded publication of the American Historical Association. (See Report of the Commission of Social Studies (see highlighted sections), and Contrarians Chapter 1 attached). Similar misinformation is perpetuated in the College Board’s newly revised AP American History course.  (See President of the National Association of Scholars, Peter Wood’s discussion of the misinformation in AP History http://www.nas.org/articles/the_new_ap_history_a_preliminary_reportand http://www.nas.org/articles/update_on_ap_us_history) Again, no state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a truthful and meaningful way.

The  Missouri State Board of Education is, at least partially, responsible for ongoing dissemination of misinformation and promulgating sub-standard social studies standards. I am aware of at least one former Missouri school board member who on three occasions contacted the state board of education to put a correction of the standards on the board agenda; however, the correction was never made. I am also aware of another Missouri citizen who contacted DESE about the error, but no remedy was offered. Only in 2015, due to pressure from legislators, instigated by questions from the academic standards work groups in social studies, has the state board made an effort to correct the error of identifying the American form of government as a constitutional democracy. (See January State Board of Ed. agenda — SocStudAcademicStandards attached)

Attached is a Thomas B. Fordham Institute report rating Missouri’s Show-Me Social Studies Standards with an F.(see SOSS MO attached) Although the method of review was not rigorous by research-method standards,  competent professionals in history reviewing Missouri’s social studies standards gave them a very poor rating indeed. It should be evident that teaching Missouri’s students using high standards for knowledge and skills in history, government, and American citizenship throughout their K-12 education will produce more substantive and lasting competence for participation in America’s exceptional form of government than the test required in the bill.

(4) Also of note is that coursework in American history, government, and civics is not expected in the liberal arts education of postsecondary education program. If America is to cultivate well-educated leaders for future service in our government (which is the purpose of publically funded education as per our Missouri Constitution Article IX, Section 1a), state boards of education must ensure that a liberal arts education includes substantive study of the unique history and structure of our American government. (Losing America’s Memory attached).

Conclusion: Though HB 578 is well-intended, the requirement to make high school graduation contingent on a test for assessment knowledge of citizenship will not likely achieve the intended goal; and potentially has unknown costs to school districts as students take the test multiple times to get a passing score.

Recommendations for improving Missouri students’ knowledge and competence in citizenship are:

1. development of social studies standards that expect accurate and factual knowledge as well as competence in research skills from K through 12; and

2. work to reduce federal intrusion in state education testing and develop statewide testing that emphasizes history and civics throughout grades  K-12 along with reading, math, and science;

3. exit from College Board’s AP course in American history which omits important information about events and values that are the foundation of American liberty and government;

4. postsecondary coursework in American history and government for a liberal arts education of all postsecondary undergraduates.

I am pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding my testimony. Thank you for your consideration of this information.

Mary Byrne, Ed.D.

Addendum:

Please be aware that Pearson, a testing and publishing corporation, is a major influence in promoting legislation that will increase testing (especially multiple opportunities of testing, which increases the cost to school districts)
http://www.pearsoned.com/news/pearson-and-campaign-for-the-civic-mission-of-schools-partner-to-accelerate-quality-civics-education/

Pearson partners with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, an organization promoting the national campaign for high stakes testing in citizenship

http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Education, State Sovereignty

 

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Real Work Force – 11/30/14

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for November 2014 showing no change to the unemployment rate at 5.8% with a better than expected 320,000  jobs created.

The Gray Lady’s cheerleaders continued their applause:

Ever since the recovery from the Great Recession began more than five years ago, the most crucial missing pieces of the economic puzzle were the lack of consistently strong gains in hiring and better wages for most working Americans struggling to make ends meet. Now, at last, those pieces are starting to fall into place. The Labor Department reported on Friday that employers added 321,000 jobs in November, a much stronger number than economists had predicted and the 10th consecutive month of net job gains above 200,000.

But at the Labor Department, they’re having trouble explaining the numbers compared to November 2013:

The raw, unadjusted data from Labor showed that 523,000 new jobs were created in November 2013. After that figure was seasonally adjusted, the growth was reduced to 203,000.The raw, unadjusted numbers reported Friday showed 497,000 new jobs — or 26,000 less than last year’s 523,000 raw number. Yet, this November’s adjustment resulted in a headline figure of 321,000 — or a whopping 118,000 more than last year.If the seasonal adjustments stayed consistent Friday’s growth should have been less than last year’s 203,000!

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is ‘in’ the wagon versus who is ‘pulling’ the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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After the April 2014 nosedive, the rate is struggling to rise back to the levels of the prior year.  There was little change in the labor force number again this month, so while 320,000 jobs is a good headline, it will likely be adjusted more in line with November 2013.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month:

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Population Estimate from census.gov:

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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About That Articvle V Convention

As a trainer for Level 1 of the Center for Self Governance and the Chair of the Cape County Tea Party, I’m a constructionist / originalist when it comes to the Constitution.  Therefore, when talk of an Article V Convention comes about, I feel that my support of the Constitution must extend to the Convention as well.  If I support the brilliance of the Founders in the creation of this republic and the limitation of the Federal Government, I must support them in their correct prediction that the Federal Government would become and out-of-control behemoth (the rottweiler), and the people would have but one arrow left in their quiver: The Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments To The Constitution.

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However, I think those who advocate the current effort at a Convention are wrong to believe that they can limit the topics of the proposed amendments at the Convention… …at least that’s the way I read the Constitution.  Congress can only call the Convention, and the Convention is for Proposing Amendments… …no qualifiers… …no adjectives.

I also feel any application by a state that attempts to limit the topics of the convention is invalid.  Missouri has called for an Article V Convention only if it’s for a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Congress can only open a Convention for Proposing Amendments (sans specific topics). Therefore Missouri’s application is self-invalidating as soon as a Convention opens for Proposing Amendments.

But, I’m no constitutional scholar like BHO… …I’m just a computer geek.

Here is some more information received from my friend Karen on the Constitutional Convention:

The proposed “Article V Convention” is nothing new.  It was first proposed by Ford and Rockefeller in 1963.  It has been tried multiple times in my lifetime, with each attempt given a different name.  Conservatives have succeeded in blocking it each time. History of these attempts are archived here.

The main source of financial backing and stealth support from the left speaks to a focused effort to manipulate and exploit a convention, should it ever take place.

An Q&A discussion of the subject by a Constitutional scholar, and an in-depth article with references, using the Framer’s original source documents can be read here.  If there are questions, there is a place to contact the author.

It should be noted that since the 1787 Convention of States, the rules for using this method have not been changed.  The 2/3 ratification rule does not apply to this alternate method.  Still, only 9 states are required for ratification, as originally stated.

The framers did not follow the rules in the Articles of Confederation that said all 13 states must agree in order to ratify a new Constitution.  Since we were governed by men of integrity when it came to content of the Constitution, we dodged a bullet.

How will those rules be changed, if the ones financing and promoting this new Convention of states are in control?  Will they insist the old Convention rule of ratification by 9 states be enforced?

Like I said, I support the idea of the Convention, but the Conservatives and Libertarians better be ready for the Progressive cancer that will invade its proceedings.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Amendments, Constitution

 

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Puzzle 1 and Puzzle 2

Received via E-Mail

Puzzle One:

Imagine you are a 3 year old to 8 year old child.  You are on your own without adults.

You are asked to walk from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota on your own with no food or belongings to sustain you.

Then you are asked to walk an additional 100 miles past Minnesota.

Could you do it?

How long would it take you as a 6 year old?  That is the minimum distance these poor, helpless little ones have supposedly walked from Central America to the border of Texas, again, on their own.  They didn’t get lost.

And they survived the journey without help (unless you buy in to the notion that a destitute out-of-work family run out of their homes by gangs and living in squalor somehow came up with $8,000 to $10,000 for EACH child to pay a coyote to take them to the border).

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Puzzle Two:

Now, on the map above, you must start somewhere in the green area.  Let’s make it easy and start where green meets orange, so that you had the least mileage by not having to cover the whole green area.  Just start where the green meets the orange.  Blue, of course, is water.

Your task is to figure a route from the green area to the purple area without going into the blue area and while avoiding towns and cities in the orange area.

The black line is the distance from the nearest town to Mexico’s southern border that touches the green area to Laredo, Texas, one of the CLOSEST purple towns —1,220 miles across desert and mountains with no equipment or food or help.

If orange had stopped these innocents where orange touches green, problem would not have occurred.  However, what six year old do you know who could walk 1,220 miles (minimum), probably more like 1,500 miles on their own without dying?

How many days would it take for a 6 year old to walk 1,220 miles without help, directions, food, water, sun protection, etc.?

 

Answer:

The truth of all this isn’t being given to us. Someone created and assisted this, and the media should be figuring out who it is, don’t you think?

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Illegal Immigration

 

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