Newsletter of June 9, 2011

Economist Walter Williams recalls John Adams saying,
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,
can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
    

Williams warns,I am all too afraid that’s where our nation
stands today and
the blame lies with the American people.”

The Tea Party Movement is about restoring that Liberty!!!



Dear Tea Party – 9.12 Members:


See details below about :

Meetings

  • June 23 – Caleb Yee ………………………………………….. 1
  • July 14 – Book Club – The Creature……………………….. 2

Reports

  • Nullify NOW (May 28) ………………………………………… 3
  • Redistricting meeting – June 10, 9:00 a.m. on line ….. 4

Activism

  • T O Blvd  – comments through July 11…………………….. 5
  • Agenda 21 – Ventura County ………………………………… 6
  • Debt Ceiling  – stay tuned………………………………………. 7
  • Write letters, talk to people …………………………………… 8

Articles

  • Tim Pawlenty’s Plan …………………………………………….. 9
  • Zap ObamaCare, but how? …………………………………… 10


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June 23
:  Caleb Yee’s 1st High School Tea Party!

Please note:  this date has been changed to June 23
So … we have  2  more weeks to invite friends, neighbors, and students to come hear him!


Thurs., June 23, 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 18…See map here


Caleb spoke at the Tea Party Patriots SUMMIT in Phoenix and was
the most dynamic speaker of the entire Conference!!!

Inform, Educate and Ignite —  that’s Caleb’s goal.

It’s amazing, hearing such proclamations of Love of Liberty and Country coming from such a young man!
Where did he get it — from his parents?
Meet his parents, too!!!
   
Caleb’s parents are willing to drive him here, all the way from Hacienda Heights.
They love him to spread the word about preserving our freedom!
And he’s excited about getting young people involved in saving our country!
   
Bring your children and grandchildren — they’ll be cheering with us!
  
–Come hear how he organized the very first High School Tea Party.
–He’ll suggest how we can find young people in our area to get involved…
….after all, we’re working to save this country for them! ….  Do they realize it?

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BOOK CLUB . . . 2d Thursdays, 7 p.m.



Next —  We’ll learn about . . .  The   C r e a t u r e

July 14The Creature From Jekyll Island* by G. Edward Griffin (spoke 4/15 at our Tea Party)
This book begins like a mystery novel, telling how the Federal Reserve System was created.
The author is known for his ability to take a complex subject and make it easy to understand.
(*We have three more $25 books we’ll sell at a discount)

Location:  Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Ct., #18.  For more information and to join:
http://www.meetup.com/Thousand-Oaks-Glenn-Beck-Patriots/events/17293834/

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REPORTS  . . .  Nullify NOW Conference

May 28 — downtown L.A.

Sitting in the Penthouse suite atop the ATT building, nearly two dozen of us joined people of all ages from many different groups to hear an impressive lineup of speakers during the Nullify NOW Conference.  It was the last stop of the Tenth Amendment Center’s nation-wide tour.
  
Did you know the famous “Supremacy Clause” of the Constitution is widely misinterpreted and therefore misunderstood?  According to our Founding document, States must comply with federal laws, but only if those laws are in accordance with the Constitution!!!  As Art. VI, Clause 2 says:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof … shall be the supreme Law of the Land …

That is the basic concept of Nullification, along with the Ninth and Tenth Amendments (States’ rights).  And that is just one of hundreds of important facts we learned from 5-10 p.m., while, as a backdrop to the speakers, the sun set in a clear sky, casting a glow on the skyscrapers beyond. During breaks, patriotic rock music attracted the younger set (intended as a draw to hook them — as we ourselves are hooked — to rescuing our country) while others browsed at less-boisterous booths in the adjoining similarly glass-encased room in the penthouse.

Hear what our members had to say about the conference:

David Stewart said “It was almost a trans-formative experience for me.  It caused me to think about many things I have only recently begun to consider.  The most overwhelming was the concept of the US Empire as successor to the British Empire and how we are now in the stages of the crumbling of that empire.”

The concept of US Empire was clarified in a handout:  “For years conservatives have been bemoaning the growth and escalating power of Big Government — its intrusiveness, its arrogance, its cost.  Yet there is one aspect of creeping statism that has somehow escaped their attention, and their anger:  the growth of an American overseas empire.  America in 2011 has troops in 135 countries, and maintains a web of bases that rings the globe,” including forces in Korea and in Japan and Germany leftover from WWII.

Peggy Christensen said “I learned that nullification may be one of the really powerful tools for restoring liberty in our lifetime and I am eager to expand my knowledge on the topic.”

According to C.J. Kallis, “One of the best quotes from the Nullify NOW conference was when Thomas Woods proclaimed nullify to be: ‘When all three branches of government betray us, the states are duty-bound to resist’.  This really rang true for me. … I believe one of the greatest fruits of the past two years, and certainly the 2010 elections, was that the states are suddenly coming to the fore and finding their voice in opposition to a wildly overreaching federal government.”

Stewart said he was so inspired by Thomas Woods that he bought all three of his books and “has already made major headway into one of them.”

Kallis was impressed by Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers. “He spoke…

(Continued at bottom.)


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REPORTS . . . in Ventura County  –  Redistricting

From Ventura County GOP – 5/31:

On Thursday, 5/26, the Coalition of Suburban Communities for Fair Representation presented maps to the Redistricting Commission in Northridge. The maps presented were in line with our goal of keeping the eastern portion of Ventura County together. They were also consistent with linking an east Ventura County area to Santa Clarita to gain required population. The maps kept cities and communities whole and met the requirements of the redistricting commission. Scott Wilk’s presentation was well received.

At this time, we are waiting for the first draft maps to be released. The commission has been giving direction to staff for drawing lines for that first draft. Between now and June 10 the commission will finalize and release the maps.

If you are interested in watching this process from home, you can tune in on the website www.wedrarthelines.ca.gov.

In the meantime, we want to show our support for this plan. You can check out the maps at www.suburbancommunities.org and sign the support page, which will send the letter directly to the commission showing your support for the plan.  Take a minute and sign this page and show the Commission support for the plan.

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ACTIVISM . . .  in Thousand Oaks – The Boulevard

Our next Local project will concern Redevelopment of T.O. Blvd.  The lengthy EIR is posted on the City’s website here.  Public comments on technicalities in the report will be accepted from now through July 11.  We know an expert or two who are reviewing it.
  
Does this concern you?  To be on a special email list to keep abreast of developments, contact me.
   
Articles can be found in the Acorn of June 2 and June 9 and the Star of May 31.
 
At issue:  Buildings currently limited to a height of 35 feet could be approved for a “maximum average height of 55 feet, the equivalent of four stories” or reach as tall as 75 feet if “property owners agreed to make certain public improvements.”  This will impact traffic, parking, density, water, noise, light, aesthetics and economics (small Mom & Pop businesses would likely be forced out, due to certain increased rent and taxes)
  
What the articles don’t say is that residents surveyed in late 2009 said they don’t want tall buildings
on Thousand Oaks Blvd.  (Start with 10/29/09 article, then 11/12/09.)

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ACTIVISM  . . .  in Ventura County – “Agenda 21” . . .

Tea Parties across the country are taking action against the anti-private property arrangement called “Agenda 21,” also known as “Sustainable Development” and “Smart Growth”  — nice sounding names, familiar to many of you, which have been given to freedom-robbing programs.
   
Victories to date:  Contracts with ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) have been revoked in Carroll County, MD; Amador County, CA; Montgomery County, PA; Edmond, OK; Las Cruces, NM; and Spartanburg, SC.  Anti-ICLEI battles are taking place in Titusville, FL; Cleveland, TN; and Charlotesville, VA.

A 2009 list of more than 500 ICLEI cities shows that almost 150 of them are in CA, including Ventura and Moorpark, but not Thousand Oaks.  But, because terms like “Sustainable Development” are used often in T.O., it’s likely Ventura County is a member of ICLEI, which would incorporate all of its cities.
  
To acquaint yourself with the dangerous details of “Sustainable Development,” you might start with “Taking Agenda 21 to the Tea Party,” written by Tom DeWeese of American Policy Center who was a guest on a recent Tea Party Patriots weekly conference call.  I’ve been reading his materials for many years and highly recommend him.
  
Recent meetings have been held in Simi Valley, Oxnard and Ventura.  Keep tuned for the announcement of the next meeting.  Activist Molly Jenkins generated 200 people to flood the Edmond, OK city council meeting to demand action against ICLEI, and it will likely take that many people to have the desired effect here.  You are needed to help stop the effects of Agenda 21 in Ventura County!!!

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ACTIVISM . . . in U.S. – Debt Ceiling

Although there was a vote on the Debt Ceiling May 30, it was nothing more than political posturing so that the Republicans could show their strength for when the time comes to make a deal.

We’ve seen how those deals end up for the American people. (Remember the Continuing Resolution “Deal” that was supposed to cut $38.5 Billion, but when all was said and done only cut $352 Million?)

We must remain engaged when the fight resumes. Stay tuned.  Our credit card is maxed out and it is time make serious changes to bring our fiscal house in order.

When the time comes we will be reminding our Representatives to Hold Firm on the Debt Ceiling.  We must not let them think the Tea Party has gone away — we’ve learned the GOP Leadership is telling them not to listen to the Tea Party anymore, since they want them to relax and not Hold Firm.

We are working with Tea Party Patriots on this issue.

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ACTIVISM
. . . where you live – Spreading the Word

Write letters to the Acorn, Star, etc. about
  
(1) the Tea Party is stronger than ever, doing more activism now than rallies;
(2) we must not raise the Debt Ceiling (see just above for details); (3)to prevent Entitlements from collapsing, they must be reformed.

Talk about the Tea Party Movement whenever you are . . .

  • standing in lines at the grocery store
  • working out at the gym
  • attending meetings.
  • talking on the phone


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ARTICLE . . . Tim Pawlenty

I was cool on Pawlenty until I heard his Plan to revive the U.S economy.  See what you think.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2011/0607/Tim-Pawlenty-s-plan-to-revive-the-US-economy-the-Google-Test

Excerpts from the article:

  • Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty laid out an economic vision for America on Tuesday that would cut taxes and dramatically reduce the size and scope of government operations.
  • Among his more novel ideas: If you can find it on Google, the government shouldn’t be doing it.
  • “We can start by applying what I call ‘The Google Test.’ If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it,” Pawlenty said.
  • Among the services he would cut: Amtrak, the U.S. Postal Service, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Government Printing Office.
  • Pawlenty said those organizations “were all built for a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products. That’s no longer the case.”
  • Interpreted broadly, the test could spell the end of federal involvement in the storage of nuclear waste, environmental clean-up efforts and disaster relief — all services that a Google search reveals are offered by private sector firms.
  • “I guess it’s an interesting strategy,” said Craig Jennings, director of federal fiscal policy at OMB Watch, a budget watchdog group. “You could probably find private investigators, so let’s get rid of the FBI, and there are labs that do food inspections, so let’s eliminate federal food inspectors.”


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ARTICLE . . . Zap ObamaCare, but how?

Which is better:  Nullification or Health Care Compacts?
http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/05/the-health-care-compact-a-trojan-horse/

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I’ll see you  . . .
6/23 – Speaker Caleb Yee – dynamo!
7/14 – Book Club – the Creature!

I’ll look for your letters in the Acorn and Star – please send me a copy

Do you think we need a button or a hat to wear?

Carolyn
805-262-2477

====== Completion of Nullify NOW report, from above ========

 …in light of the disastrous Indiana Supreme Court ruling that makes it illegal to resist when police, SWAT, or other entities enter your home without a warrant, basically unannounced.  This very scenario was recently played out in Tucson when an over-zealous SWAT team de facto invaded and then shot to death an Iraq war vet…no questions asked!  This is chilling to say the least.  Rhodes went on to say that he and Oath Keepers were going to have a presence and protest in Tucson and then take it to Indiana after that.  Truly exemplary.”  Kallis wishes he could participate in both of those protests.
Christina Powers said one of her favorite quotes that summarized the evening is “attributed to two famous men from very different points of view, Alexander Hamilton and Malcolm X:  ‘Those that would stand for nothing, will fall for anything.’ ”  She said this “illustrates that truth is timelessand will always stand by itself, it needs no defense.”
Powers was impressed by those in attendance at the conference, saying “the most surprising thing for me was the wide variety of people and issues that came together to agree on the most fundamental issues that effect everyone, Freedom and Personal Responsibility.”

Stewart said what most impressed him was the number of young people there.  “I am so used to seeing mostly all old people at our events and yet it is [the young people’s] world that needs saving, not mine.”.

Powers concluded “We may all disagree on what Liberty is for us individually but we are living under an increasing degree of tyranny at the hands of those who have pledged to defend the liberties they are usurping! They claim it is for our own good and safety but we all know that those that would give up their freedom/liberty for a false sense of security, deserve neither.”

In summary, Kallis said “the program was absolutely inspiring and a catalyst for further action to reclaim our nation from those who would seek its demise.

If many people support the Tenth Amendment Center, Nullify NOW will return next year, with another lineup of interesting speakers.  They are raising funds now to produce materials and further events.  If you would like to know more about them, so you might call yourself a “Tenther,” visit http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/06/02/eight-hours-for-liberty/ .

We in the Thousand Oaks Tea Party are studying the Constitution and books by authors such as Thomas Woods in our book club so that we can work knowledgeably to return our country to its constitutional foundation, thus preserving (and restoring) our liberties.

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