Where Mississippians can uphold the United States Constitution and fight for American freedom.
MSTP ANNUAL MEETING 2013
November 9th, 2013
The past four and a half years have been very significant historically. Hussein Obama took office as President and immediately launched attacks against our constitutional republic, and with that our sacred liberties. Not content with that he also immediately started branding patriots, Christians and veterans as potential domestic terrorists that must be spied on, harassed and vilified. In January of 2009 our world was radically changed as Obama began keeping his promise to fundamentally transform our country.
By February people all across the country had awakened to their peril and Rick Santelli made his famous rant on TV and with that the Tea Party was born. In February and March some 2000 tea parties began forming around the country and on April 15th they held rallies across the country. Finding our representatives deaf to our cries one and a half million of us rallied at the Capital in DC. But they still ignored us.
Today things are much much worse. Today we have seen so many of the things we warned of, and were laughed at over, admitted to be true on the front pages of even mainstream news media. Our warnings are proven right. And the Tea Party, which even Fox News worked so hard to ignore, degrade, criticize and belittle, well today it is now considered to be the most important political force in our state and our country. The Socialists, meaning Democrats, Liberals and most of the GOP leaders and representatives, have intense hatred and fear of us. (Thank God for our Governor Phil Bryant.) We are the enemy that must be neutered and, if possible, eliminated.
It is a time when we see constant reason to expect many frightful things as our country is turned into a Socialist dictatorship and we see of our God endowed rights being buried under a pile of governmental manure. You are the enemy, you are the target, and you have every reason to be fearful.
During these years the tea parties in Mississippi have been fully engaged in the fight to restore Liberty and are now recognized by many of the national freedom organizations as one of the most effective in the country. Freedom Works said in a meeting last month in Georgia that we were doing it better than any other state. You can applaud yourselves.
We have passed out to you a list of our accomplishments and it has a list of most of our MSTP activities this year. Laura will cover the legislative work you have done. What I want to do now is to mention a couple of very important things that we accomplished this year.
After the IRS harassment of tea parties and other conservative groups became public we joined the class action suit against the IRS and are represented in this by the American Center for Law and Justice. That suit will probably be on going for at least a couple of years and maybe forever. ACLJ is providing all of their services pro bono so it is without cost to us.
We became aware of the threat and peril that is Common Core and we are very involved in alerting the public and providing them with credible information that they are using toward eliminating it from our state. We are now participating with Senator Angela Hill at forums around the state. Our own Rita Anderson from Clinton is serving as our chief researcher and spokesman on this issue and travels with Senator Hill.
In my view the most important MSTP event this year was the “Agree to Agree for Freedom Symposium” that we held in Vicksburg at the end of July. That is the beginning of supercharging our freedom movement in Mississippi. When we came together as independent chapters, and united as the Mississippi Tea Party, we became a major political force. As the organizations around the state begin coalitioning together we will see such pressure brought to bear on our legislature and city governments that the statist walls will begin falling. Jameson Taylor with Mississippi Center for Public Policy has taken up that mission of bringing them together.
Yes, these are truly fearful days. But, these are also days of hope. We are not powerless. The Socialists and Islamists who have targeted us and our country have not won. They have taken much ground and we are truly in peril, but the war is not over and for many the fight has just begun.
So, as I prepare to step aside and hand the gavel to your new Chairman, may I leave you with a couple of words of encouragement?
My wife Barbara and I were looking at our finances and preparations for what we see coming and reached the immediately obvious conclusion that we do not have enough money, food, or anything else to weather the days ahead. And folks, no one else has either. But while we considered our resources Barbara said “We have great internal wealth that has to do with who we are as people.” And she is right. Not only is our hope and trust in God who has promised to provide for us but we have enormous internal resources that are just waiting to be tapped. Life that is faced with courage becomes an adventure. And though the dangers are very real, and destruction may await around every turn, life is still good and our liberty is still worth fighting for. But, those resources need one thing to unleash them – COURAGE.
I am reading “TAKING CHANCES” written by Major Frederick Russell Burnham in the forties. (He was the inspiration and model for creating the Boy Scouts.) He opens his chapter titled “Courage” with these words: “A strange and powerful emotion, without which life would be intolerable, is courage. It animates everything to some degree, from the lowest form of life to the highest. It is the oxygen of the mind, lacking which we die. Courage is the answer to eternal and universal fear. With neither fear nor courage the human is as dead as a stone, although he may not know it. Fear overruled by courage is power.
The worst monster that creeps into the human heart is despair, but courage can even drive despair out of our breasts, for courage always has a comrade-at-arms, -- hope, whose breath is life-giving and as sweet and welcome as the whispers of ministering angels.
Long ago old scouts warned me to be ever on the alert against attacks of fear and despair, and to drive them off with courage and hope.”
Those are words that we must embrace during these dark days as we see even greater darkness coming.
But, we must also remember a very important thing. If we have God endowed rights, then there truly is a God to whom we are accountable and who above all else we must please. Our Founding Fathers were not ashamed to seek Him and openly acknowledge His kingship over the affairs of men. We must be like them.
So, with that introduction let me leave you with some words from the Scriptures. From the very first day of my tea party experience I have consistently said that we cannot do things the way our enemies do. If we are to hope for His help, then we must fight this fight in ways that please Him.
Psalm 37 has these words and with them I leave my beloved Mississippi Tea Party in His hands. “Fret not yourself because of evil doers, neither be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. TRUST IN THE LORD AND DO GOOD; so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed. . . . fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. Because evil doers shall be cut off: . . .”
May God bless you. May He give you wisdom from Heaven. May He give you favor with men. And may He empower you by His Spirit to accomplish the work ahead. May He hold you close and protect you as you honor Him. May you be precious in His sight and may you see the wicked thrown down and cast out and see Liberty once more the rule of our land.
“It IS about our fundamental values.”
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
We must find efficient ways to maintain our state infrastructure without upsetting commerce with calls for more taxes and heavy-handed government controls. Our spending priorities are clearly in question when we are increasing bond indebtedness on pet projects such as museums while our infrastructure is allegedly failing. Mississippians are spending more on basic needs than ever. They don’t need their state government making that worse. >> read more
Limited Government, Moral Truth and Conservatives Greatest Challenge
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
Recently, I was asked to answer a number of questions regarding political thought and philosophy. Three of which are answered below. I hope you enjoy.
(1) Often in society virtue is identified or linked with collectivism, why is a limited government the most moral option?
Collectivism, if truly voluntary, has the potential to result in positive outcomes – for example, faith communities, civic clubs and charities. >> read more
The Final Sortie
by Cory Wilson
There’s a milestone, of sorts, coming up this fall. It’s a marker that stirs thoughts of patriotism, honor, sacrifice, and freedom, as we observe our country’s birthday.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight has announced one final Honor Flight on October 1, 2013. For any interested Mississippi World War II veterans, this is the last "all hands on deck,” for a full, freedom-centered day in our nation’s capital. >> read more
Trainwreck in Mississippi
by Cory T. Wilson
The slow-motion train wreck that is Obamacare crashed in Mississippi this month. Conservatives who have opposed the government makeover of health care have increasing evidence to say “we told you so.”
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Defending Religious Liberty
by Dot Ward
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Obama Administration, have waged a persistent campaign to secularize America and to ban all mention of religion from every public place….park, building, military facility, or school.
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by Rita B. Anderson
Representatives Gary Chism and Jeff Smith are to be commended for introducing House Bill 490 and taking on such a controversial bill. In doing so, Mississippi joins Oklahoma, Texas and several other states in proposing similar legislation.
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Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated
by Laura Van Overschelde
Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to grow government in order to remake our country along his progressive vision.
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Exactly What Is "Fair"?
by Mark Mayfield
President Obama speaks sanctimoniously about the rich paying their “fair share” and what he calls a “balanced” approach to paying off our enormous $16 trillion debt. On his watch, we’ve added over $6 trillion in new debt.
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Whenever Bended Knees Meet the Cold, Hard Ground
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
In the winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the superiority of British forces.
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No Hope, No Change
by Cory Wilson
What would have happened had Jimmy Carter been re-elected in 1980? We are about to find out. The most important election in our lifetimes has turned into the most disappointing outcome of our lifetimes. >> read more
by Mark Mayfield
In an effort to slow Gov. Mitt Romney's momentum, President Obama is proclaiming that trust is the single most important issue to consider when choosing a president. He's right. >> read more
Markets, Meddling & Recessions
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel
Seeking to stimulate the economy, the United States Federal Reserve undertook another extraordinary monetary-policy measure in September (the “QE3"), embarking on a third dose of quantitative easing. >> read more
by Cory Wilson
"Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe." - Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States, 1809 - 1865)
The First Amendment guarantees that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . ." A free press is foundational to many of our other freedoms. >> read more
Government not Well-Suited for the Role of Caretaker
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP
For many in our country, it has become a generational habit to expect and demand that government owe the assistance it confers.>> read more
The Empty Chair.
by Cory Wilson
When Clint Eastwood did his improv comedy bit at the Republican National Convention during which he pretended to talk to President Obama in an empty chair, it struck me as awkward. I got the joke, but I was not sure about it coming just before Mitt Romney's big speech.. >> read more
Forcing Some to Fail Won’t Make Others Rise
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP
The European nation which recorded the largest decrease in income inequality between 1985 and 2008 was Greece. In calling for higher taxes and more regulations to manage its sprawling welfare state, its economy suffered greatly.... >> read more
Romney, Ryan and Reform
by Cory Wilson
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was a decision that caught many off guard. In a good way. Ryan, who is a seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin and who currently serves as the House Budget Committee Chairman... >> read more
Self-Government and Moral Order are Intertwined
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Y'all Politics
The embrace of Judeo-Christian morality is an indispensable component of American life and conservative ideology, particularly in the State of Mississippi.
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Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.
These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.
IS THE TEA PARTY RUNNING OUT OF STEAM - HA....NOOOOOOOOOO!
Tea party leaders here believe Mississippians are fed up with "out of control" federal spending and debt. But the goal shouldn't be to reduce funding just to Mississippi – it's "to restore the constitutional balance that was created between the federal government and the states, and who's responsible for what," says Roy Nicholson, former chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party.
Welfare, health, education, pollution, roads – those are matters "specifically reserved for the states," he says. Mr. Nicholson believes McDaniel is "truly convinced" of the wisdom of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and has earned his support.
To Laura Van Overschelde, current chairwoman of the Mississippi Tea Party, the message of personal responsibility is central. “Never let a man become comfortable in his poverty,” she says, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.
“We have lost that concept that everyone who is an adult and able-bodied has some personal responsibility for his wherewithal,” Ms. Van Overschelde says.
Tea party energy has fueled McDaniel’s campaign. Tea party activists have been walking neighborhoods around the state on his behalf for more than a month. FreedomWorks is helping with yard signs, door hangers, and phone banks.
Central MS Tea Party
55 Terrapin Drive
Brandon, Mississippi 39042
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brandon, Mississippi—Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Contact: Janis Lane
Phone (662) 597-1606
SUBJECT: Nosef needs to clarify Cochran’s and other GOP leadership comments, votes, and affiliations to Neo-Confederate Organizations
Recently, MS GOP Chairman Joe Nosef and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) have been talking to the liberal media, including MSNBC and Talking Points Memo, claiming the party needs to vet candidates like MS State Senator Chris McDaniel. Nosef and the NRSC claim that the left’s attacks on candidates for U.S. Senate will be used to marginalize potential nominees.
Mississippi grassroots Conservatives agree . Remember the old saying, “What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander”. You see, it seems Nosef and some MS GOP leaders might not have vetted the Incumbent candidate, US Senator Thad Cochran’s affiliations. Nosef certainly is not calling for Cochran to clarify his position on a laundry list of Confederate associations, he along with other senior leaders in the MS GOP carry.
Allow us to expound:
If Joe Nosef still maintains that Chris McDaniel needs to clear up the liberal lies promulgated by Y’all Politics and The Daily Kos, Joe should renounce his associations with Trent Lott, Haley Barbour, and Thad Cochran.
Even Chris Matthews had to enter the ring.
Chris McDaniel has secured the endorsement of Sarah Palin in his campaign to replace Thad Cochran as U.S. Senator. Ms. Palin says, “The Mississippi Senate race is a clear fight for the future of the Republican Party against the entrenched interests of the permanent political class in D.C. We desperately need new conservative leaders in the U.S. Senate who will serve with passion, intelligence, and integrity. Chris McDaniel is just such a leader. He is in this race not for career, but for conservative change.”
There is simply no justification from a conservative standpoint to re-elect Senator Thad Cochran, especially in a state as conservative as Mississippi. Like many old-bull Republicans, Senator Cochran has voted for endless spending, tax increases, abortion funding, energy regulations and most recently – for Obamacare. And Senator Cochran has supported treaties that weaken our sovereignty and threaten our national security, such as the new START treaty and Law of the Sea Treaty. Senator Cochran also voted to confirm Obama appointee Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who is now trying to downsize our military.
Of the Farm Bill recently passed by Congress, 80% of the spending is allocated to food stamps. Food stamps and farming are two separate issues, but they are lumped together into a nearly $1 trillion bill that Senator Cochran admits is done for political reasons to “help get the farm bill passed.”
True conservatives cannot tolerate pork-barrel projects. For years earmarks served as a way for Senator Cochran to channel money into Mississippi. Earmarks are a symptom of Washington, D.C.’s runaway spending. Senator Cochran campaigned aggressively against, and was one of the 10 Republican senators who voted against, the Earmark Moratorium in 2010. Senator Cochran has earned his nickname as the “King of Pork.”
On the whole, the longtime senator from Mississippi is not a conservative on fiscal, social, or national security issues. He rarely votes with conservatives. He certainly never speaks out on important conservative issues. You haven’t heard him speaking out against Common Core, but his TV ads like to tout that Chris McDaniel has voted for Common Core twice in the Mississippi Senate. As explained in March 13 Commonwealth article, Anti-Common Core Proposal Rejected, the A/P reporter says, “Pro-Cochran forces have attacked McDaniel for voting in 2012 and 2013 to fund the same line in the state budget. Common Core opponents, though, said they didn’t become familiar with the issue until the close of last year’s Legislature”.
As a state senator and a constitutional attorney, Senator Chris McDaniel has written, sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation in Mississippi designed to protect individuals from federal overreach into our basic individual rights. He has fought for private property rights and to restrict the use of eminent domain. He introduced the Firearms Freedom Protection Act to protect against federal encroachment on Second Amendment rights. As chairman of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition, he has spoken against job-killing increases in taxes and in support of a reduction of Mississippi dependence on federal dollars that bring stifling regulation to our state.
Chris is a strong proponent of limited government, free enterprise, civic participation, reduced tax rates, a strong national defense, states’ rights and a return to the original checks and balances of the Constitution. Chris is a lifelong resident of Jones County, and resides in Ellisville, MS with his wife and two children. He is a member of Ellisville Baptist Church and is in his second term representing the 42nd district in the Mississippi State Senate.
Senator Cochran has been in Washington for 40 years. He is out of touch with the people of Mississippi.
The people in Washington created the fiscal mess our country is in. If we keep voting for the same people, we will keep this same mess. I have voted for Senator Cochran every time he has run. I believe this time, Mississippi has a better choice. Go to” cancochran.com” to see the voting record of Senator Cochran over the last 20 years. I believe you will be shocked to see how often he votes with the liberals, not the conservatives.
The MS House of Representatives argued a bill on CBD oil that is a refined extract of Marijuana that treats intractable epilepsy in children. It would be highly regulated and controlled. And it would be dispensed from the purview of the Ms Medical Center. Now having cared for children and adult patients for over 40 years, I am incredibly impressed with the ability to do what so far has appeared impossible to effectively treat severe seizure disorder. Extensive information was provided about the research, and studies to be sure it is safe for use. And yes, after an hour of presentations, the House passed it overwhelmingly.
That's not my beef, it is the opportunity that was taken-OVER AN HOUR OF PRESENTATION AND SYMPATHY BUILDING by both sides of the aisle with enormous emotional heart-string manipulation shaming anyone away from rejecting this bill.
Over the past year in preparation for this same session, the Ms Tea Party researched Common Core and spent considerable effort to inform Legislators and the public about the truth on Common Core. The claim has been that Common Core is researched, INTERNATIONALLY BENCHMARKED, FULLY TESTED, AND WRITTEN BY EDUCATORS. It is supposed to be an improvement in education with more rigorous Standards, it is supposed to prepare students for the Twenty-first century, but in reality it is SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED BY BUSINESS TO "DESIGN" THE FUTURE WORKFORCE FOR INDUSTRY. REALLY, NONE OF THESE SUPPOSITIONS ARE TRUE AND THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT OUT BY THE RESEARCH WE PRESENTED AND NOT JUST FROM US. IT IS HOWEVER BACKED BY FORMER GOVERNOR JEB BUSH, BIG MONEY FROM BILL GATES OF MICROSOFT AND IT IS SECURELY TIED TO FEDERAL MONEYS.
Now, hundreds maybe thousands of Mississippians, having been educated. In turn THEY petitioned, called, urged the Legislature to stop or at least pause Common Core. In the Senate several bills were introduced to act on Common Core, but Lt. Governor Tate Reeves assigned them to the "Hatchet" committee to stop them from being acted upon in COMMITTEE AND THUS NEVER HEARD ON THE FLOOR of the Senate. The Leadership in the House and Education Committee didn't even allow bills to deal with Common Core to be assigned to committee.
The difference in these two bills is that the first one will address a very finite number of people in the State, but Common Core will affect many children in their educational process in the State of Mississippi. We are already seeing serious repercussions on Mississippi school children, emotionally, educationally, test scores in Gulfport have plummeted after 3 years of Common Core. And the legislature has been informed! Why won't the leadership in both Chambers listen to the people of Mississippi to stop Common Core, but will bribe the teachers with a pay raise and a $6000 incentive to be trained in teaching Common Core when the people have seen it and have told them it is not right for Mississippi children? And what was that listening tour for, Speaker Gunn?
Politico reporter, Alexander Burns, pens an article titled "The Barbour Gang rides to Thad Cochran’s rescue". Read his take on the "Godfather-like figure- Haley Barbour" and the rescue operation Haley is trying to put in place to put Cochran back in Congress for another 6 years (Cochran has been in Congress over 40 years - as a Senator 36 years).
Mississippi is fast becoming a battle ground for what will be a fight between establishment, big spending Republicans and the conservative, constitutional Tea Party. Breitbart: Big Government Shares it take on this bloodbath in an article penned by reporter Matthew Boyle, "Mississippi Bloodbath: Open Warfare Breaks Out in Tea Party VS. Barbour, Cochran"
Taken from the Breitbart article: “A seventh term for Thad Cochran might mean higher fees for Haley Barbour’s lobbying practice, but it means more bailouts, debt-limit increases and tax hikes for Mississippi voters,” Club For Growth spokesman Barney Keller fired back at Barbour’s machine in an email to Breitbart News on Wednesday.
Deneen Borelli, FreedomWorks Director of Outreach speaks
Jackson, MS 3-11-14
Dr. Tom Borelli, Senior Fellow of FreedomWorks speaks
Jackson, MS 3-11-14
EFFORT TO DEFUND COMMON CORE FAILS IN THE SENATE
Sen. Hill's amendment to an appropriations measure that would remove funding for Common Core failed this morning in the Senate. She argued clearly and logically against Common Core while fellow senators including Watson and McDaniel supported her and reminded the body that each one would hereafter be accountable.
With the information provided by Sen. Hill, not one of them can say they didn't know. It is time to hold them accountable for their votes.
Eleven Senators Voted to Defund
Philip Gandy, Josh Harkins, Angela Hill, Gary Jackson, Perry Lee , Chris Massey, Chris McDaniel, David Parker, Tony Smith, Melanie Sojourner, Michael Watson
If your senator's name is not listed above, then he/she is voting to support Common Core. Let them know that you will remember this vote at election time.
Let's flood talk radio with this issue and ask the Paul Gallo and J.T. on SuperTalk to cover the question of Common Core.
The 5th Anniversary of The Mississippi Tea Party pics...shout out to Sen. Angela Hill and her standing up to stop Common Core.
SAVE THE DATE EVENTS
I wanted to let you know that I recently joined Sen. Ted Cruz and others in signing a pledge to put our government on a path toward a balanced budget by never voting for a budget with net spending increases. View my pledge here.
My opponent Thad Cochran hasn’t signed this pledge yet. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that’s because he has been voting for spending increases for his entire tenure in the United States Senate.
With a $17 trillion national debt, our country is on the verge of fiscal crisis. Washington is suffering from a spending addiction, and politicians in both parties are too often incapable of keeping their promises to cut spending.
Unfortunately, my opponent Thad Cochran has been part of the spending problem in Washington. He has voted for 11 debt limit increases over the past 13 years alone - for a total about $7.7 trillion.
If you send me to represent you in Washington, I’ll make it a priority to get our country’s financial house in order. The most important way we can do that is by de-funding and repealing Obamacare.
Do you think it’s important that our government slash spending and quit raising the debt limit? I certainly do. If you support our efforts, I hope you’ll consider chipping in $25 to help us get our message out to other conservatives in Mississippi.
Thanks for your support.
On January 20, 2014, SB2643 was introduced (sponsored by State Senator Chris McDaniel, no less). The legislation would ban the state from implementing Obamacare, including the creation of an exchange and the expansion of medicaid. If passed in a number of states, Judge Andrew Napolitano has said this strategy would “gut Obamacare.” A companion bill was introduced in the House, HB647 (read about it here)
HB647 Referred to the House Insurance Committee where it will need to pass by majority vote before it can be considered by the full House.
SB2643 Referred to the Committee on Public Health and Welfare where it will need to pass by majority vote before it can be considered by the full Senate.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW to make sure the legislation has the support it needs to move forward.
1. Call the and vice-Chair of the House Insurance Committee. Be strong, but respectful. Urge them to support HB647 and move the bill forward in their committee. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why.
A phone call holds as much as 10x the impact of an email.
Gary Chism, Chairman 601-359-3364
Charles Busby, Vice-Chairman 601-359-3373
2. Call all the other members of the Committee. Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB647. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it.
William Tracy Arnold 601-359-2438
Credell Calhoun 601-359-2429
Scott DeLano 601-359-3349
Reecy L. Dickson 601-359-2433
Mark Formby 601-359-3359
Andy Gipson 601-359-1541
Jeffrey S. Guice 601-576-2508
John W. Hines, Sr. 601-359-3755
Brad Mayo 601-359-2431
Tom Miles 601-359-3311
Bobby Moak 601-359-3133
John L. Moore 601-359-3330
Omeria Scott 601-649-7677
Jerry R. Turner 601-359-9473
Tom Weathersby 601-359-3336
3. Call the Chair and vice-Chair of the Senate Committee. Be strong, but respectful. Urge them to support SB2643 and move the bill forward in their committee. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why.
A phone call holds as much as 10x the impact of an email.
4. Call all the other members of the Senate Committee. Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on SB2643. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it.
Again, make sure to contact them with a phone call rather than an email.
David Blount, (601) 359-3232
Terry C. Burton, (601) 359-3234
Nancy Adams Collins, (601) 359-3209
Joey Fillingane, (601) 359-3246
Hillman Terome Frazier, (601) 359-3246
Josh Harkins, (601) 359-2886
W. Briggs Hopson III, (601) 359-3237
John Horhn, (601) 366-4293
Gary Jackson, (601) 359-3234
Kenneth Wayne Jones, (601) 359-3232
David Parker, (601) 359-2886
Rita Potts Parks, (601) 359-3232
Willie Simmons, (601) 359-3237
Tony Smith, (601) 359-2886
Melanie Sojourner, (601) 359-3250
Gray Tollison, (601) 359-3244
Brice Wiggins (601) 359-3232
5. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us with any information you get.
7. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB2643. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Mississippi no longer help the federal government carry out the Affordable Care Act. Passing SB2643 will start that process.
There are four main steps that should be taken to nullify the Affordable Care Act on a state level. While each one of these steps alone won’t result in a nullification of the act nationally, they’re all an important piece of the puzzle. An act of resistance in one state leads to courage and doing the same in another. At the same time, some courageous types might get the notion that they can turn it up a notch and take a stronger stand in their state than you have in yours.
States have always held the prerogative of whether or not they will enforce or participate in federal acts or regulatory programs. This legislative package seeks to ban the state from enforcing or assisting in the enforcement of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. It also seeks to ban the State, along with all its political subdivisions, from operating or participating in the operation of a health care exchange under the federal act. It also provides for penalties for violations of the act.
FOUR STEPS (links open in new window)
The “approach is on sound legal footing”
-Mercer University law professor David Oedel, part of the legal team that represented Georgia in its court challenge to Obamacare
There is a long-standing legal tradition which supports the choice of the State to determine whether or not they will participate in a federal act.
James Madison, writing in Federalist #46, recommended state responses to “unwarrantable” (unconstitutional) or merely “unpopular” federal acts which included “a refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union.”
Supported by Supreme Court opinions spanning more than 150 years, the “anti-commandeering doctrine” is the legal principle that states are not required to help the federal government enforce federal acts or regulatory programs.
The cases are as follows:
* 1842 Prigg: The Court held that states were not required to enforce federal slavery laws.
* 1992 New York: The Court held that Congress could not require states to enact specified waste disposal regulations.
* 1997 Printz: The Court held that “the federal government may not compel the states to enact or administer a federal regulatory program.”
* 2012 Sebelius: The Court held that states could not be required to expand Medicaid even under the threat of losing federal funding.
Anti-commandeering is virtually undisputed by legal experts from both the left and right.
A number of states following this plan will “gut Obamacare.”
-Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News, 12-10-13
It is our view that passage of this legislation will have great practical effect on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 within the states.
The greatest impact will be a result of banning the State from implementing the federal act or participating in its implementation.
Banning state cooperation across the board will render the federal act the weakest as can be done by the state, setting the stage for other states to do the same. Not only will this leave the proverbial “ball in the court” of the federal government, it’s widely acknowledged that the federal government lacks the manpower and resources to operate these exchanges in all 50 states.
Banning the operation of a health care exchange would also have practical impact by forcing the federal government to find ways to operate the exchange itself, and by creating a path for a strong lawsuit against the federal government.
The federal act authorizes Exchange subsidies only through state-established Exchanges, not the 34 Exchanges created by the federal government, or those created in a partnership.
Since those subsidies trigger penalties under both the employer mandate and individual mandate, those states have by law also exempted all of their employers and individual residents from those penalties. The IRS, though, is still trying to impose those taxes and issue those subsidies in states which have banned the creation of exchanges, the basis for the current lawsuits.
Under the anti-commandeering doctrine, this legislative proposal stands on extremely strong legal footing. The states are not required to assist the federal government. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that states can, in essence, “opt-out” and leave enforcement to the federal government.
And, by following the advice of the “Father of the Constitution,” with “a refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” on federal acts considered unconstitutional or merely unpopular, the states would lead the nation in bringing an end to the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Be able to run an office, recruit Volunteers, handle Technology shipped in by the Madison Project.
There will be a minimum requirement of 30 hours of phone banking and 30 hours of block walking each week. The goal is to recruit volunteers from the TEA Party and other conservative groups to help produce these hours.
If the Staffer is having to produce the phone banking and block walking hours by themself it is a difficult task. I recommend reaching out to college groups, TEA Party groups, Homeschool organizations, even the Republican Party base for volunteer help.
For any question e-mail or call
Upcoming event: Make DC Listen | April 26, 2014 | Noon
As you already know, DC isn't paying attention to We The People, and has for far too many years not upheld their oath to honorably represent their constituents. When we gather in solidarity to protest the wrongs committed upon us by this administration and ones past, our efforts are dismissed by DC and misrepresented by the media. We The People are desperate to have our concerns and our voices heard by DC. Gatherings on the National Mall are noble and necessary, unfortunately they are inaccessible to the majority who desperately desire to participate and share their voice but don't have the time or financial means to join their fellow patriots.
I am one of whom I speak of. I am a stay at home mom raising and homeschooling 4 kids, and I am witnessing my beloved Republic crumble into something unrecognizable as America, home of the Free, of the People, by the People and for the People. I fear my children will never know America as she was intended to be known. It is because of this that I have been convicted into action to restore our Republic to her intended state. I am convinced I am one voice of an echo of millions, and if we unite we will be heard, seen and respected.
In 1986, six Million people gathered along the interstates across America to make their commitment to end world hunger. I believe uniting to stand for the Constitution by using this method will produce an undeniable presence and will Make DC Listen. In the age of social media we are in, I am confident this event will be more successful than the 1986 predecessor, and has the potential to double it's number.
I will stand and help you Make DC Listen on April 26, 2014 @ noon.
Teaparty911.com in the Houston area showed their support of this event by adding it to their website. Your joint support is very much appreciated:)
Thank you for sharing! Lets take our country back!
Just a Texas Mom Called To Action,
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is not following the lead of BCBS of Alabama in cancelling health plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
In a statement Thursday morning, the health care insurer said it did not cancel any health plans due to the Jan. 1, 2014 PPACA requirements.
“ Instead, we have renewed coverage for our individual and group customers through 2014. For those individuals and small groups that may qualify for a lower premium due to the new healthcare reform rating rules, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is giving these members the option to choose a 2014 PPACA benefit plan or they can keep their existing plan,” company spokeswoman Meredith Virden said.
“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is committed to supporting its members through the complexities of healthcare reform,” she added.
Meanwhile, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama says it will not reinstate health plans that were not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. The insurance carrier cited “significant legal and financial risks to our policyholders, the state and our company.”
BCBS of Alabama said the ultimate impact of renewing the plans would be higher health care costs now and in the future for all of the provider’s customers.
Temporary reinstatement of policies that are non-ACA compliant would create dual classes of policyholders and destabilize the state’s insurance market and the risk pools associated with these health plans, BCBS of Alabama said. “The ultimate impact would be higher healthcare costs for all of our customers, now and in the near future.”
Please call, write, fax or telegram our Mississippi Representatives
to join in sponsorship of this amicus brief concerning the ACA that it violates the U.S. Constitution in its taxing authority.
At this critical time in our country's history, we must assert the power of "We, the People" to demand that our Founding Documents are obeyed! Explanation of this fact follows in the body of this email.
Harper. (202) 225-5031
Nunnelee (202) 225-4306
Palazzo (202) 225-5772
Thompson (202) 225-5876
Laura Van Overschelde
Chairman, MS Tea Party
Washington, D.C.; November 11, 2013:
Pacific Legal Foundation's legal challenge to Obamacare received important backing in the form of an amicus brief filed by Congressman Trent Franks, R-Arizona, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, joined by several dozen other members of the House.
The amicus brief was filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in PLF's case, Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
"We are grateful for this powerful support from Congressman Franks, a leading authority on the Constitution, and from many other key lawmakers," said PLF Principal Attorney Paul J. Beard II. "This support from members of the House is especially significant because PLF's lawsuit defends the constitutional authority of the lower chamber, the legislative body that is closest to the people. We argue that Obamacare was enacted in a way that deprived the House of its authority to 'originate' new taxation. By extension, taxpayers were deprived of a core constitutional protection against reckless and oppressive use of the federal taxing power."
In addition to Representative Franks, House members who have joined the brief as amici in support of PLF's Obamacare challenge include:Michele Bachmann (MN); Joe Barton (TX); Kerry L. Bentivolio (MI); Marsha Blackburn (TN); Jim Bridenstine (OK); Mo Brooks (AL); K. Michael Conaway (TX); Steve Chabot (OH); Jeff Duncan (SC); John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN); John Fleming (LA); Bob Gibbs (OH); Louie Gohmert (TX); Andy Harris (MD); Tim Huelskamp (KS); Walter B. Jones, Jr. (NC); Steve King (IA); Doug Lamborn (CO); Doug LaMalfa (CA); Bob Latta (OH); Thomas Massie (KY); Mark Meadows (NC); Randy Neugebauer (TX); Steve Pearce (NM); Robert Pittenger (NC); Trey Radel (FL); David P. Roe (TN); Todd Rokita (IN); Matt Salmon (AZ); Mark Sanford (SC); David Schweikert (AZ); Marlin A. Stutzman (IN); Lee Terry (NE); Tim Walberg (MI); Randy K. Weber, Sr. (TX), Brad R. Wenstrup (OH); Lynn A. Westmoreland (GA); Rob Wittman (VA); and Ted S. Yoho (FL).
Obamacare: A massive tax bill that started on the wrong side of the Capitol Building PLF's challenge focuses on the individual
prescribed health insurance plan or pay a penalty to the federal government - a charge that the U.S. Supreme Court identified as a "tax" in its 2012 ruling on Obamacare. Because Obamacare's individual mandate is a tax - and, indeed, Obamacare includes more than $500billion in new taxation, in all - the law should have been initiated in the House, where Article I, Section 7, of the Constitution says new taxes must "originate," in order to keep the taxing power close to the people. However, in defiance of this constitutional requirement, Majority Leader Harry Reid launched the law in the Senate, by taking an entirely unrelated House bill on housing for veterans, stripping it, and inserting the language that became Obamacare.
By Mississippi PEP | October 15, 2013
The Marshall County GOP Executive Committee has passed a resolution by unanimous vote to publicly censure Senator Thad Cochran. The group lists several votes it says has “repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the Mississippi Republican Platform.”
The resolution states:
“when any official continues to engage repeatedly in a course of conduct that violates fundamental principles of the Mississippi Republican Platform, even after such actions have been publicly called to his attention, it is the responsibility of all Republicans, including this body, to take such remedial measures as are reasonably available to them, always placing the interests of the People and our Principles ahead of any Party or Personal interests that may appear to be in temporary conflict with those interests.”
The group lists 12 votes by Senator Cochran. The resolution states Cochran “has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the Mississippi Republican Party. >> read more
from the Tupelo Tea Party
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What senior Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner knew about the targeting of conservative Tea Party groups by the IRS.
For a printable PDF version of this file, select Lies vs Facts.
For a printable PDF version of this file, select TPP-IRS-Tax-Timeline-FINALs.pdf
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Yall Politics, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Mississippi Tea Party (MSTP) announced today that it was one of the “tea party” and “patriot” groups harassed by the Internal Revenue Service during its campaign to stifle and suppress the political speech of U.S. Citizens. Beginning in 2009 the MSTP experienced long delays in responses to its application for tax exempt status and was further harassed by letters demanding, under penalty of perjury, that it turn over extensive confidential information about it members and their private activities. The letters it received are virtually identical those that have been released by other groups and reported on in recent news stories.
Roy Nicholson, Chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party said “it was obvious to us that the delays, lengthy interrogations by mail, and demands for confidential information were a deliberate attempt by IRS officials to use intimidation to suppress the political speech and lawful activities of U.S. Citizens.” >> more
When the MSTP submitted their application for exemption the IRS sent these letters requesting additional information:
The Mississippi Tea Party was one of the groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.
"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.
Mississippi joined over 45 other States and D.C. in 2009 in applying for federal Race to the Top funds, which effectively committed us to Common Core State Initiative, even though the Standards for CCSI had not yet been published.
Sound familiar? Only two states - Alaska and Texas - did not jump at the funds offer. Since then, some 14 states have launched grassroots campaigns and/or legislative activity to get out of CCSI.
It's time for Mississippi to take a hard look at Common Core.
On Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 a.m., Paul Gallo, on SuperTalk 97.3 fm, spoke about Common Core with guests State Senator Angela Hill (R) and Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute.
To read more about Common Core please select Common Core source Rita Anderson
Now that you've become a member of the Mississippi Tea Party, how else can you get involved? Below are suggestions, laid out by head committee member Roy Nicholson. Does this inspire you to action? Talk about it here on the site in a blog post or a discussion in one of our groups!
MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY CALL TO ACTION
PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND HER LEADERS AND ORGANIZE PRAYER GROUPS
If God does not intervene, turning the hearts of our politicians and opening the hearts and minds of the citizens, then all is lost.
Invite your neighbors and friends to a prayer meeting at your home or church to pray for the country. It can be as general or as specific as you are led to provide.
The group should pray in ways that they share the most agreement.
If your group sees situations and issues differently than we do, pray anyway. Do not be afraid of any honest prayer. The Father is able to hear our hearts and answer with what is best in His sight.
GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Register to Vote AND Vote.
Vote only for candidates who are of genuine good character that will honor their pledge to support and defend the Constitution and who will not go along with the Socialist agenda coming out of Washington.
Become an active member of your party but stand up for your beliefs and serve on committees and in leadership positions.
Campaign for good candidates who have real character and who will only vote or administrate according to the U.S. Constitution.
Write editorials for your paper, websites, and blogs.
Run for office.
GET ACTIVE AND BE WILLING TO SERVE
• Petition your federal, state, and local governments
Send them E-mails
Send them letters
Send them petitions with signatures
• Attend every event you can
• Volunteer at events
• Make posters and signs, greet people, do whatever needs doing
BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EDUCATE OTHERS
Educate yourself on our history, our form of government, the history of other types of political philosophies, the political process in your area.
Inform, educate, and motivate your community, neighbors, friends, family
Invite them to attend events, Send them letters & e-mails, call them, invite them to visit web sites, open your house to your neighbors and friends to hear a speaker or review information.
Distribute flyers, put up posters in stores, hand out flyers and pamphlets on the street.
Organize a group to work together doing these kinds of things.
STAY FOCUSED AND STAY IN THE GAME! This is not a one time pep rally or a short term effort. We have to push until we have completely won. We have to continue to sacrifice until our country is restored.
THE MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY PRESENTS:
“Governing by Principle” by
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
March 29, 2007
1. Government exists to protect rights, not to create them.
2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.
3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.
4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short-term benefits.
5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.
6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.
7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.
8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.
9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage based, two-parent family.
10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.
Principles provided by: Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Adopted and Promoted by: The Mississippi Tea Party
To read MCPP’s book on the 10 Principles please go to:
Were you confused on the recent events in the MS legislature regarding the 10th amendment? Below is a concise explanation of how it has gone through the legislature and where it is now.
In drafting the U.S. Constitution, our founders were concerned about the federal government collecting too much power. The solution that was reached was to limit the authority of the federal government to only those powers specifically named and to divide or separate those powers among the three branches provided for in the Constitution. Among the safeguards included in the Constitution were the 9th and 10th amendments, contained in the Bill of Rights.
The 9th Amendment addresses the rights of the people that are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and says:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people."
The 10th Amendment addresses the rights retained by the states and the people and says:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Since the 1930's, all three branches of the federal government have been steadily working to erode the rights promised under the 9th and 10th amendments. As the federal government has become larger and larger, the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution have been compromised. In the past year, the federal governments expansion into areas not authorized by the Constitution have dramatically increased, threatening the continued survival of our nation and our way of life.
In response, at least 35 state legislatures have introduced resolutions affirming the 10th amendment and requesting that the federal government cease infringing upon the constitutional rights of the states and the people. Many of those state legislatures have also affirmed the importance of the 9th amendment.
Mississippi is among the states considering similar resolutions. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 69, which affirmed Mississippi's 10th amendment rights. Unfortunately, in passing the resolution, the Mississippi House of Representatives permitted several amendments to the resolution which took away from the purpose of the original resolution and some which actually contradict the 10th amendment. The passed version of H.C.R. 69 sends mixed signals to Washington and is bad legislation. Prior to closing the session, a motion to reconsider H.C.R. 69 was made, but that motion has not been voted on yet. Since the motion to reconsider is still pending, H.C.R. 69 has not been transferred to the Senate.
On the same day that H.C.R. 69 was passed, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 630. S.C.R. 630 affirms the importance of both the 9th and 10th amendment and was passed without harmful amendments. S.C.R. 630 has been transferred from the Senate to the House. In order for the House to vote on S.C.R. 630, the House Rules committee will have to allow it out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Even then, S.C.R. 630 will face an uphill battle as those who proposed and voted for the harmful amendments to H.C.R. 69 may try to vote in those same amendments to S.C.R. 630.
The Mississippi Tea Party supports the passage of S.C.R. 630 and can make a difference in this fight. We need to be letting our representatives in the House hear from us, particularly those members of the House rules committee and those members who voted for the harmful amendments to the H.C.R. 69. In the coming days, we will be posting sample correspondence and talking points, along with the names and contact numbers of key representatives. Please check back and make a point to commit to letting our representatives hear from you. In all of your contact with members of the legislature, please be respectful, but firm in your conviction. Remember that today's opponent can be tomorrow's friend!
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Who will we unite behind?
If the ballot has Cochran and 8 others, most will vote for name recognition. This is why the MTP MUST endorse. If Cochran wins, then nothing will change.
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But a few are;
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Let's get organized and start the ball rolling...
Posted by William Hamrick on January 12, 2014 at 7:42pm
If you've not already seen this article, it is infuriating! You can bet this will happen before the mid-term elections this fall, so we need to determine how we will respond. This is tyranny plain and simple and cannot be tolerated.
Posted by William Hamrick on January 12, 2014 at 9:55am
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