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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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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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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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