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Dixie Republican Forum Newsletter​, January 2013

Official Newsletter of the DixieRepublican Forum
January 2013
Chairwoman’s Message
The Battle to Save Our Republic
By Mary Burkett, DRFChairwoman
“If not in the interests of the state, do not act. If you cannot succeed, do not use troops. If you are not in danger, do not fight.”
–Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Republicans and the Republic are in danger. Is it in the interest of the state to act? Are troops literally needed to save the Republic? Are we in danger? I will let you each answer those questions for yourselves but for me, we must act. WE the People are the only troops needed and, yes, we are all in danger. But what does that mean? May I suggest that we be careful with how we communicate with others, how we express our willingness to “fight” for what we believe. At this point, our battlefield is not literal. But it is just as real! We must express our opinion, be actively involved in helping conservative candidates get elected and stay informed!
Do it carefully but fearlessly!
Is there one particular issue you care most deeply about? What research have you done on that issue? Have you educated others? Have you contacted your elected officials about that issue? Are you an expert on that issue? How do we become part of the Army defending the Republic? 1. Become an expert on the issues you care most about, 2. Speak up, 3. Communicate clearly and rationally, 4. Be fearless.
Dixie Republican Forum members have a unique opportunity to lead this country back to its constitutional roots. We must do the right things in the right way.
Calendar of Events
January 2013
15  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, “Self Defense & Concealed Carry,” Richard & Donna Hunter
February
7    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, invited guest is Utah GOP Chairman, Thomas Wright
March
7    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
If you have ideas for DRF activities for 2013, please email us at dixierepublicanforum@yahoo.com.
Time to Renew Your DRF Membership
With the new year, it’s time to renew our memberships.  Dues are $25 for a single membership and $30 for a couple.  Dues include membership in the Utah Republican Assembly and the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, plus voting rights in our elections and endorsing conventions.  Best of all, our Socials and Christmas Party are for members only!
Dues can be paid at the January luncheon or mailed to our treasurer, Ken Nagel, at 1547 W. Songbird Drive, St. George, UT 84790.  Please make checks payable to “DRF” or “Dixie Republican Forum.”
Hillsdale College Free Online Courses
In 2012 the DRF made a major effort to share the Hillsdale College lectures on the history and meaning of the U.S. Constitution with our members and the public.  We hosted viewings of Constitution 101 and Constitution 201, totaling 20 lectures.
For 2013, the DRF encourages everyone to view those lectures and the new series released in the last couple months:  History 101, covering the history of Western civilization from Genesis to John Locke.
You can sign up for access to the free lectures at hillsdale.edu.
Editorial
The United (Police) States of America
By Larry Meyers, Newsletter Editor
Originally published in The Independent, January 2013
Not to be alarmist, but with the New Year upon us, we, as Americans, need to think deeply about what kind of society we want to live in:  a free community or a police state?  The tragic events of the past year, including mass murders, attempted terrorist attacks, and natural disasters have conditioned us for the imposition of more security at the cost of liberty.
          What is a police state?  A general definition of a police state is where citizens are not free to do as they wish so long as they do not harm others, but instead must obtain permission from the government for most activities, such as work, travel, speech, or gathering for social, political, or religious purposes.  An extreme form of the police state is martial law, with curfews, travel restrictions, and armed officers stopping people in the streets.
          Some say that a police state cannot happen in the USA.  But it already is happening.  A news story published in December onparagoulddailypress.com reports on the plans of the police chief of Paragould, Arkansas, to have police in SWAT gear, with AR-15 rifles, patrolling the city streets, asking citizens for identification and for an explanation of what the citizen is up to.  The police chief justified the action based on citizen concerns about increased crime, but admitted that he had not consulted with an attorney about the legality of his plans.
          Here are some other elements of the police state that have been in the news in 2012:
          Gun control: The current public clamor in the mainstream media and among liberal extremists is to impose new gun control laws.  If gun control laws are passed, the main effect of such laws will be to leave law-abiding citizens disarmed in the face of armed criminals and government agents.
Speech restrictions:  Some universities have imposed restrictions on “hate speech,” prohibiting students from speaking out against special interest groups, such as the homosexual lobby, or from using racist language.  Such restrictions certainly have the potential to become canonized in laws against the public at large and to be expanded to cover speech in opposition to the party in power.
Militarization of the police:  Federal funding has provided local police agencies with more and more firepower.  In such cases, SWAT officers become more like SEAL teams—serving search warrants and eviction notices in SWAT gear and carrying automatic rifles—than local policemen.
Drones in the sky: As part of the militarization of the police, some police agencies are obtaining drone aircraft which are used for observation purposes.
Data mining:  The National Security Agency is building a massive facility in western Utah, with a planned opening in 2013.  The purpose of the facility is to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store domestic and international data that is transmitted electronically.  How long before the government is reading and hearing all of our electronic communications?
          If we oppose these aspects of the police state and instead wish to live in a free society, we have to vote and lobby for liberty.  In Utah, 2013 will feature elections for mayors and city councils.  Let’s elect local public servants who will favor freedom and personal responsibility over police control.  On the state and national level, let’s give notice to our representatives that we are not willing to give up our liberty for more “security.”
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Crisis of Courage: Christian Conviction or Religious Addiction?

Crisis of Courage: Christian Conviction or Religious Addiction? :: Jan Morgan Media.

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and a Happy New Year!

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Ted Nugent Schools Piers Morgan about Sucking On His Machine Gun

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Historically, Whenever The Government Grabbed Guns, It Went Bad for the Peeps

 

By Clash Daily / 20 December 2012

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are ‘citizens’. Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!
IT’S A NO BRAINER!

DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

It’s time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You’re not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people.

Read more at politicalchips.org

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Time picks Man of the Year, now WND’s turn:

by Bob UnruhEmail

Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.More ↓

Time magazine may have named Barack Obama Man of the Year for 2012, but in a first-ever honor, WND today named Patrick Buchanan as the WND Man of the Year, honoring the stalwart of conservative thought for his incisive and insightful contributions to the America of economic, military, political and social influence.

He has been adviser to three presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination himself, served as the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000 and churned out six straight New York Times bestsellers, including “A Republic, Not an Empire,” “The Death of the West,” “Where the Right Went Wrong,” “State of Emergency,” “Day of Reckoning” and “Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War.”

He’s now an editor of the American Conservative, chairman of the American Cause, a political analyst and columnist.

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Hope And Change: America Falls Out Of Top 10 Most Prosperous Countries

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Cowboy Byte

The London-based Think Tank Legatum Institute recently offered empirical evidence of what many Americans have been thinking lately. Our national well-being is slipping.

Over the past four years, prosperity has increased around the globe, while it has remained stagnant in the United States, the Legatum Institute reports. As a result, the Institute ranked the United States 12th out of 142 countries on its 2012 Prosperity Index, putting the country outside the top ten for the first time.

Returning us to prosperity is central to the agenda of our newly elected and reelected leaders. But doing so requires an understanding of the causes behind our stagnant wellbeing. The Legatum Institute finds that a decline in entrepreneurship and economic opportunity, rather than slippage in education, health, safety or personal freedom, is to blame.

In particular, the authors say that the fall in prosperity:

“. . .is driven by a decline in the number of US citizens who believe that hard work will get them ahead.”

Read more: http://cowboybyte.com/16417/hope-and-change-america-falls-out-of-top-10-most-prosperous-countries-for-first-time/#ixzz2FYRmrvUW

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Attn. Eat the Rich Types: About 66% of Millionaires Fled Great Britain After Tax Hike

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:53 AM PST

“FRAGILE.” It must be Italian.

Fact – when you tax something, you get less of it:

In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election.

The figures have been seized upon by the Conservatives to claim that increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a loss in revenues for the Government.

It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes.

This isn’t just happening in the once Great Britain.

Behold, France:

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Top Five Conservative Films of 2012

        by        Zachary Leeman8 Dec 2012

The last 12 months may have been disappointing overall for conservatives. However, film-wise, it was actually a pretty good year.

Many mainstream films took obvious conservative stances and conservative documentaries like “Occupy Unmasked” and “Hating Breitbart” were aplenty, informing and entertaining their audiences. I thought I would take a moment to share my favorite conservative films of 2012. Afterward, feel free to share yours in the comments. Note: this list does not include documentary films.

1. “The Dark Knight Rises” – This is an obvious pick. It was blatantly conservative and realistic in its worldview. Plus, it gave us a perfect ending to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. We saw a successful businessman forced to answer for his own fortune as people rail against freedom and capitalism. Bane (Tom Hardy) soon comes to lead the Occupy-style thugs to the utopia we witness in action in the film’s third act. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) comes to fight this tyranny and give people the very freedom they so easily give away. From Joseph Gordon Levitt’s star-making role as one very good cop to the action to the script, ‘Rises’ was pretty darn close to being a masterpiece.

2. “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” – The second part of Ayn Rand’s epic vision was leaps and bounds better than the first film. Director John Putch gave the film a wider vision, and the script was closer to Rand’s ideas. Jason Beghe and Esai Morales, along with the rest of the cast, breathed life into their monumental characters. For a film so designed to sell a philosophy, it was a great time at the movies.

3. “The Expendables 2” – I know. I know. This wasn’t a conservative movie! But it was, dear friends. Not only did famous Republicans line the cast, but “Expendables” embraced every one liner, patriotic attitude and old-school idea of machismo from the Reagan era of movie entertainment. It was also a vast improvement on the first as its tone became much clearer. A great time at the movies. Laughs, thrills and one liners like, “rest in pieces.” What more could a conservative film lover ask for?

4. “Red Dawn” – Sure, the first was way better as far as character and basic intelligence went, but “Red Dawn” managed to surprise me, and I was a skeptic from the get go. “Dawn” shined best when it came to the action scenes, which were some of the best of the year. It also, thankfully, did not shy away from the patriotism inherent in the story. That’s probably why liberals hate it so much and are proving with their criticisms that they are inept at not just analysis, but sometimes basic common sense.

5. Lockout: This was my guilty pleasure of the year. But, I would also argue it was one of the more important films for conservative entertainment. “Lockout” wasn’t just a throwback to ’80s action (always a plus), but it did what liberal movies do all the time … it just turned the tables. Instead of one liners about Sarah Palin and welfare, we got one liners about Democrats and raising taxes. Guy Pearce’s heroic Snow was the Libertarian screen hero of the year. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

So there it is dear readers. Sound off with your favorite conservative films of 2012 below.

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