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Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum

The Dixie Republican
Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum
March 2013
Chairwoman’s Message
 
Living Our Lives
By Mary Burkett, DRF Chairwoman
Liberals seem to use any event as reason to push their constitution-destroying agenda forward (never let a crisis go to waste?).  Sequestration? Undermine the military and the secret service. Newtown? Gun control. It never seems to end. Budget deficits? Tax increases. The high cost of health care? Obamacare.
After all that the greatest generation went through to give us the most powerful economy the world has ever seen, how did we get here? It’s a question we all ask. Perhaps the better question is how do we change it and maybe the answer to that is more simple than we think.
Is it possible that the answer lies in how we live our lives each day?
Are we good neighbors? Are we volunteering in our communities on a regular basis? Are we kind to the point that our children and grandchildren want to be like us? Are we informed and offering opinions based on fact and in a way that others WANT to listen? Are we willing to be a bit frugal with ourselves so we can be generous with others? Would those around us recognize, by the way we live, that we are a people of faith?
Is it possible that solutions are within our grasp? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. I know I have work to do and growth to accomplish.
Let’s all spend a little time in reflection and find places where we can act and we CAN make a difference and then DO IT!
Those places do exist. We need only to seize the opportunity to do those things, sometimes very little things, to create change.
 
 
 
March Luncheon
 
          Our March luncheon on March 19th will feature Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher.  Sheriff Pulsipher supported the Utah County Sheriff’s Association in standing up against President Obama’s attempts at gun control.  Gathering begins at 11:30 am, with the program beginning at noon.  RSVP by email or to Marge at 628-1646.
 
Calendar of Events
March
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, guest speaker:  Sheriff Cory Pulsipher
April
4    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
16  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, Legislative Recap with our local legislators
27  Washington County GOP Organizing Convention
May
2    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
18  Utah GOP State Organizing Convention in Sandy, UT
21  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
If you have ideas for DRF activities for 2013, please email us at dixierepublicanforum@yahoo.com.
Renew Your DRF Membership
 
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 March 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.”
Editorial
Limits Needed on Government Drone Use
By Larry Meyers, Newsletter Editor
Originally published in The Independent, March 2013
Over the past decade, the US military has vastly expanded its use of remote-controlled aircraft, commonly called drones, in the “war on terror.”  These drones, ranging in size from tiny to massive, can be equipped with high-tech cameras, other imaging and listening devices, and guided missiles.  Presidents Bush and Obama have used the drones for targeted missile strikes on enemy forces and known-Al-Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East.
          One concern that has been raised about these drone strikes is that the missiles sometimes kill innocent civilians who are with or near the enemy targets.  It is morally imperative that our military avoid such collateral damage as much as possible.
          Opposition to drone strikes reached a fevered pitch last year when it was revealed that the military had used a drone to target and kill a US citizen living in Yemen who was suspected of being affiliated with Al-Qaeda.  Such extremes raise the question:  what limits should there be on government use of drones?
          The simple answer is that our government, at all levels, must continue to respect our rights, as American citizens, to life and liberty.  For starters, the Fifth and Fourteen Amendments to the US Constitution prohibit the government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.  This “procedural” due process has been defined by the courts as, at minimum, the right to notice and a hearing prior to the government action.  Thus, the government may not kill an American citizen without notice of the alleged crime and without giving the citizen an opportunity to defend himself in court.
          The surveillance capabilities of drones also challenge our privacy rights.  The Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from unreasonable searches, must be applied to prohibit the government from using drones to spy on Americans in private places.  The same probable cause and warrant standards that apply to wire taps and search warrants should apply to drone surveillance in the United States.
          The military and federal agencies are not the only ones using drones.  State and local government agencies have recently purchased and used drones for law enforcement purposes.  These local agencies must also be prohibited from violating citizens’ rights through local ordinances that limit the use of police drones and through court enforcement of constitutional protections.
          In February, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a resolution banning the use of drones by the city for two years.  St. George and our other Washington County cities should pass similar ordinances to place reasonable limits on the use of drones in our communities.  While drones can certainly be an appropriate tool for search and rescue, manhunt, and other similar situations, their use to harm or spy on citizens should be prohibited.

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The Dixie Republican

The Dixie Republican
Official Newsletter of the DixieRepublican Forum
New Years Day 2013
Chairwoman’s Message
Get Informed About Agenda 21
By Mary Burkett, DRFChairwoman
Glenn Beck has been talking about the United Nations’ Agenda 21 for a long time. He’s even written a book based on its policies. There are many web sites with information about Agenda 21 and how bad it is but the best one I’ve found ishttp://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/. That’s right! Democrats against Agenda 21. Not all Democrats think the United Nations is a good thing. Once you’ve learned about Agenda 21 and its “sustainable” mandate worldwide, you will understand why it’s important for us to fight it wherever we see it cropping up in our cities and towns.
From http://whatisagenda21.net/, “I.C.L.E.I.- Learn the facts
ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability promotes Local Action 21, Local Agenda 21 and other United Nations programmes implemented through local town councils, planners, mayors and local governments. ICLEI uses the false premise and outright lies of anthropogenic global warming to change our way of life, for the worse! ” Can you imagine the lies of global warming being used to control how you live? It’s happening and we aren’t paying attention!
My challenge for you is to know Agenda 21. Look at your local cities and how they justify what they do. They may refer to Agenda 21. Don’t let that happen.
There is one caution. People who support and oppose Agenda 21 can be rather … zealous, if not out and out whackadoodles. Be careful which groups you associate with but BE INFORMED! Educate yourselves, educate others and speak up every time you see any further encroachment of the United Nations’ Agenda 21!

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The Dixie Republican

Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum
November 2012
Chairwoman’s Message
Lessons Learned From a Storm
By Mary Burkett, DRF Chairwoman
Super storm Sandy taught many lessons: 1. Prepare for the worst. 2. Get to know your neighbors. 3. Don’t depend on government to help you. 4. Keep a hard copy of important phone numbers near the door to grab in an emergency. 5. Keep cell phone charged. 6. When government warns about a storm, GET OUT OF ITS PATH! 7. Keep plenty of gas in the car. 8. Keep good walking shoes handy. 9. Take care of your relatives. Even the ones you don’t like. 10. Don’t get too attached to material things. 11. Carry good homeowner’s insurance and update it annually. 12. Be grateful.
In spite of all the bad news, there is good news coming out of New York and New Jersey. People are helping each other. Folks are coming from all over the country to get utilities operating again, debris cleared, and food distributed.
Each time Santa Clara has experienced floods, the community has responded, setting an example for the rest of the company. If we ever experience a catastrophe as large as super storm Sandy, let’s be sure to continue to set an example. One of our strengths, as Utahans, is how we pull together. Let’s never forget!
Hillsdale College Lectures on the US Constitution
The Dixie Republican Forum is hosting a series of online lectures by Hillsdale College professors on the history and meaning of the US Constitution. 
The lectures are every Wednesday at 7 pm, at 334 W. Tabernacle, Unit J, in St. George.  After a week off for Thanksgiving, the lectures will resume on November 28th.
Lecture schedule:
#8:     Post-1960s Progressivism, by John Grant
#9:     Case Study:  Religious Liberty in the Administrative State, by Thomas G. West
#10:   Restoring Constitutional Government, by Larry P. Arnn
Calendar of Events
November
20  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, Gregg McArthur, SG Chamber Ex. Dir.
December
8  DRF Christmas Dinner Party, 6 pm, at the Coral Canyon Clubhouse
January 2013
3  DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
15  DRF Luncheon with Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright
Commentary on the News
Marge Robinson, Membership Chair
A political note:   Mitt Romney won 24 States and Obama 26. Electoral College vote: Romney 206, Obama 332. By popular vote, Romney and Obama were almost tied. So should we keep the Electoral College?
The State of Michigan voted down the Union vote which contained the collective bargaining clause. Just like Wisconsin last June. Congrats to Michigan.
The St. George Airport will begin flights to Phoenix and Denver as well as Salt Lake and L.A. next year.
Editorial
Elections 2012:  An Agenda of Individual Liberty?
Reprinted from “Liberty Watch” in The Independent, November 2012
By Larry Meyers, Newsletter Editor
          The Presidential election has dominated the news in 2012, featuring “attack ad” campaign commercials, hard-hitting debates, and endless discussion of the numerous polls.  Around the time this column is published either President Obama will be re-elected or America will have a new president-elect.  Whoever wins, the question I’d like to pose to the victor is:  what is the future of liberty in America?
          Given the growth of government and the ongoing wars (war on terror, war on drugs, war on poverty, etc.), the skeptic might say that the future of liberty looks murky at this point.  But, in the spirit of optimism, let’s imagine what a rebirth of individual freedom in America might look like if our President (and our Congress, our state and local governments, and our courts) returned to the proper role of government.
          First, we would end the wars and operations in foreign countries.  Maintain a strong defense, sufficient to deter and prevent attacks on our land and people, but end the offensive interventions.  Bring our troops home.  Eliminate Homeland Security, the TSA, the Patriot Act, and the threat of indefinite detention of citizens.  These measures would save us billions and move us a step back from the militarization of the past decade.
          Second, we would get government (at all levels) out of the marketplace.  Let people engage in commerce freely and openly, without endless regulations and bureaucracies.  In the area of health care, we need a true free market, not a government takeover.  Repeal ObamaCare and phase out Medicare and Medicaid.  Let each person be responsible for his or her own health care.  Let doctors and insurance companies compete.  Only competition and freedom of choice will bring lower prices and better services.
Third, we must allow people to keep more of their hard-earned money.  Cut government and taxes at all levels, so that workers, business owners, and investors all have more money in their pockets, rather than having to send it to the IRS, the State Tax Commission, and the County Treasurer.  Phase out Social Security and let individuals be responsible for their own retirement.  Eliminate burdens on property owners and let people use their property as they choose.
Finally, how about a return to parental rights and respect for the family unit?  Let’s put parents back in control of their children’s education through locally-controlled charter schools, privatization, and home schooling.  On the state level, let’s prosecute real child abuse, but otherwise get the government (DCFS) out of our homes.
I don’t think America is ready right now for a Liberty Agenda like the one I have laid out above, but I think the younger generation is moving in that direction.  We’ve had 100 years of growing government at all levels and it has now gotten too big.  People are getting fed up and looking for an alternative to the Welfare/Warfare State.  The alternative is right there where it has always been—in the Constitution and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.  It’s time to start pushing back in that direction.

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The Dixie Republican

The Dixie Republican
Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum
October 2012
Check out our new website at:  www. dixierepublicanforum.com
Chairwoman’s Message
November 7
By Mary Burkett, DRF Chairwoman
What will we say to our grandchildren on November 7?
On that day, we will know who will be President of the United States for the next four years. I suspect our members want Mitt Romney as president. However, gone are the days when We the People can just sit back and watch the election. We must become involved.
What will we say on November 7? Will we say that we were part of the victory, that because of our efforts, our country will be moving on a better track, that our efforts meant something for the future of our children and grandchildren?
If so, we must act now: Get out of your chair–Go to the Romney call center and spend an hour, once a week, making brief calls to undecideds in battleground states. Go to the county party headquarters and make get-out-the-vote calls to people here in Washington County. One hour once a week. It’s simple.
Join other volunteers on Saturday, October 27, at the Romney headquarters to go to Vegas and help reach out to voters there. All expenses paid.
Both headquarters are located at 134 North 200 East in St. George.
Call me if you want more information. 627-9780
THIS IS OUR ELECTION TO LOSE!
Hillsdale College Lectures on the US Constitution
The Dixie Republican Forum is hosting a series of online lectures by Hillsdale College professors on the history and meaning of the US Constitution. 
The lectures are every Wednesday at 7 pm, at 334 W. Tabernacle, Unit J, in St. George.
Lecture schedule:
#4:     Overview: Founders v. Progressives, by Thomas G. West
#5:     FDR’s New Bill of Rights, by William Morrisey
#6:     Total Regulation:  LBJ’s Great Society, by Kevin Portteus
#7:     The Transformation of America’s Political Institutions, by Kevin Portteus
#8:     Post-1960s Progressivism, by John Grant
#9:     Case Study:  Religious Liberty in the Administrative State, by Thomas G. West
#10:   Restoring Constitutional Government, by Larry P. Arnn
Calendar of Events
October
19-20  Constitutional Revival, the Lexington Hotel
23  Meet the GOP Candidates, 6:30 pm, Don Ipson’s garage
25  Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration, 7 pm, Co. Comm. Chambers
November
1    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
6  Election Day
20  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
December
TBD DRF Christmas Party

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Dixie Republican Forum Newsletter, Sept. 2012

The Dixie Republican

 

Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum

September 2012

Chairwoman’s Message

Volunteers Are Needed!

By Mary Burkett, DRF Chairwoman

 

You have probably heard that the Romney campaign needs volunteers to make phone calls. It’s very easy and you can walk in any time between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The calls are simple to make. Headquarters is located at 134 North 200 East, Suite 202.

 

The Washington County Republican party also needs volunteers to staff its headquarters Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. It’s organized into 2-hour shifts to make it as easy as possible to volunteer.

 

The volunteers will distribute information about voting and about Republican candidates. In addition, they will make calls to voters that attended the caucuses earlier this year to get out the vote and encourage those attendees to influence others to do the same. This headquarters is located at 134 North 200 East Suite 100.

 

Volunteering for 2 hours, once a week is easy to do and much needed! Light snacks and drinks are provided as a small token of thanks to all volunteers. Getting out the vote is ESSENTIAL to get our country back on track! This election is more important than any we have ever experienced. PLEASE volunteer just 2 hours of time, once a week!

 

Please contact me at mwb1951@yahoo.com or 627-9780 OR Gail Neumann at neumanngl@yahoo.com. WE NEED YOU!

 

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Hillsdale College Lectures on the US Constitution

 

The Dixie Republican Forum is hosting a series of online lectures by Hillsdale College professors on the history and meaning of the US Constitution.

The next class, “The Progressive Challenge to the Constitution,” is Wednesday, September 19th, at 7 pm, at 334 W. Tabernacle, Unit J, in St. George.  The series will run every Wednesday after that.

Calendar of Events

 

September

27  Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration, 7 pm, Co. Comm. chambers

 

October

4    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm

16  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am

25  Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration, 7 pm, Co. Comm. Chambers

 

November

1    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm

20  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am

 
Commentary on the News This Month
By Marge Robinson, Membership Chair

Our Republican nominee Mitt Romney will appear in Salt Lake on Sept. 18th for a fundraiser. We wish him well.

We urge you to see the movie “2016” to become familiar with the real Obama.

Congress is back in session after a month-long vacation. Please write or e-mail your representative on any grievances.

Let’s be rid of the 35,000 regulators just hired to control the environment and small businesses.

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