Sep 01

Join us tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the GCTP meeting, 7 PM

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7 PM, the Greene County TEA Party will have its regular first-Tuesday liberty activist discussion and planning meeting. (The meeting will be held at the Beavercreek Fire Station, 2195 Dayton Xenia Rd, near N. Orchard Lane [north of Route 35]. The meeting is in the lower level Community Room. Parking on the west side.) Two things are now happening: we are shifting gears to start preparing for the March 2016 primary elections and we are shifting into offense politically. 

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GCTP booth at Cedarfest 2014

Above is a photo of the Greene County TEA Party (GCTP) booth at this weekend’s Cedarfest. The banner that runs across the booth says “Are YOU happy with the direction America is heading? See HOW your vote can make a REAL DIFFERENCE!” Well, are you happy?

If you are old enough to remember the 1992 election when Bill Clinton was elected, then you may see the same warning signs now emerging for the 2016 campaign. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush, fresh from the victory of the first Gulf War, betrayed his 1988 campaign pledge to not raise taxes. This lost him support among many Americans. Ross Perot arose as the protest candidate focusing on the rising federal debt. This split the center-right vote giving Bill Clinton the win in the Electoral College even though he only won 43% of the popular vote. (Bush got 38% and Perot got 19%.) Establishment republicans will blame Perot for the loss. However, my view is that the candidate must earn the vote—no one owes their vote just because of a “D” or “R” behind the candidate’s name. Bush made a poor political decision and many American’s lost confidence in him. Trying to push the blame on the voter for the consequences of Bush’s poor decision is wrong. (Just look at what President Obama is doing. Confident that the D voters will back him no matter what, he is increasingly acting unconstitutionally and unlawfully. This is what blind allegiance to a party brings.)

Right now I think, if Hillary Clinton is the D candidate, she has two shots at winning in 2016. She can win outright or she can win in the Electoral College without a plurality of the popular vote if there is, again, a conservative protest candidate. Why would there be a conservative protest candidate? Because, the Republican National Committee is giving every indication that they are working to “ramrod” a center-left candidate into the nomination by holding a less than fair and open primary campaign. We’ve seen this in the behavior of the Republican Party in Mississippi and in Ohio working hard to oppose a conservative candidate in the party’s primary election when the party should be neutral.

Also, there is substantial R voter discouragement, at this point, with the Republican Party. Just look at Florida where the incumbent R governor is having a very difficult time gaining advantage over the RINO turned D governor candidate who is openly very pro-Obama. Look at three of the recent U.S. Senate primaries where more than 50% of the R primary voters voted against the incumbent/establishment-backed candidate. Look at what happened to Eric Cantor in Virginia. Extrapolating this behavior forward towards the 2016 presidential primaries, is it unreasonable to see the possibility of a Perot-style conservative candidate emerge? This is why I now see Hillary having two-shots at winning in 2016. The RNC is giving her a free “game-winning” foul shot due to the R voter discouragement they are now fostering. To be very candid, the RNC appears to be working to lose the election in Ohio in 2016.

How do we prevent this from happening? Remember, Republicans must win Ohio to win the White House in 2016. Hence, Ohio voter interests carry weight. The key is to empower the Ohio R primary voters to insist that the R presidential nomination process be fair and open so that all candidates of interest to Ohio R primary voters have a fair opportunity to campaign without unfair influences of personal attacks, lop-sided campaign spending, hidden RNC agreements, etc. If such were to occur then this would likely disenfranchise many R primary voters leading to the potential of failing support for the eventual R nominee in the general election. The winning candidate, by not working to empower Ohio voters for the primary, would likely lose their support.

Today, only the TEA Party movement in Ohio can prevent this repeat of 1992 from happening—not by picking a candidate to back but by informing Ohio’s R primary voters of the substantial power they hold in the 2016 nomination process to demand a fair and open primary—by demanding that their March 2016 primary vote count! Lacking any action by the Ohio Republican Party’s County Central Committees to champion this justifiable demand of R primary voters, TEA Party groups across southern Ohio are now organizing to empower Ohio’s R primary voters. So far, when this situation is explained, the response of many voters has been, of course, they want to empower their March 2016 primary vote!

In 2012, Romney got fewer votes in Ohio than did McCain in 2008, despite all that was going wrong with the Obama administration. What is the Republican Party doing in Ohio to reverse/correct this?

This topic is one of several important topics to be discussed Tuesday evening. The time for liberty activism is now here. We must prepare for the 2016 elections, not just the presidential primary but the full range of offices to be contested in the March 2016 primary.

P.S. Politics is all about WHO rules you and HOW they rule you. Your vote in the primary election in 2016 gives you the greatest leverage to move Ohio/American politics in the “right” direction—but only if organized center-right voter activism now happens.

See you Tuesday!
 
Mike Snead
President

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Aug 30

Workplace Freedom Signatures Continue to be Collected in Central Ohio

Ohioans_for_Workplace_FreedomThis past weekend three volunteers from Central Ohio added 98 signatures to those obtained previously for the Workplace Freedom initiative. Sue Ellen King, Meta Hahn and Tom Castor, all Westerville TEA Party members, worked at two different venues and on two different days to get an impressive number of signatures. The group’s first venue was Fourth Friday, a Westerville staple throughout the summer. The Westerville TEA Party has a booth in front of the Buckeye […]

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Aug 29

Student Anonymity Can’t Be Guaranteed in Data Release

thIn light of the court ordered data release of Ohio public school student’s private educational data, it is important for parents to understand that leaving off student name, address, and social security number from a datafile does not mean that your child’s identity will remain anonymous. Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute discusses this issue with Richard Innis, educational analyst with the Bluegrass Institute, as they explore data privacy concerns with the extensive student data-tracking […]

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Aug 29

Parents take note: Sept 12 deadline to protect your children’s school privacy data from release

Sept 12 notice 500Students and parents and guardians of children now in public schools have only until Sept. 12 to act to protect their children’s school-related data from release to an outside organization. The data release will NOT include name, address, or SS number only, it appears, because this data is not collected by the Ohio Department of Education. HOWEVER, the student’s ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age, disability category, mandated test results, suspensions, and expulsions will be released. This information is being required to be released by a Federal judge to the group Disability Rights Ohio (DRO).

The ONLY way to prevent this for your children is to write a letter to the court stating your objection. Here is the court order. Contacting your school or trying to call the court will NOT do anything. YOU MUST WRITE A SPECIFIC LETTER meeting these requirements (quoting the order) and it must be received by Friday Sept. 12:


 

CONSENT AND OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT

If you do not object to the disclosure of information described above, you do not have to do anything.

If you object to the disclosure of information described above and you want to inform the Judge of your objection, you must do all of the following:

1. Write a letter to the Judge telling him what you object to;

2. On the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letter: “OBJECTIONS TO DISCLOSURE OF FERPA INFORMATION IN DOE V. STATE, Case No. 91-464.”

3. Mail your letter to:

Clerk’s Office: Judge Watson’s Docket

U.S. Courthouse

85 Marconi Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio 43215

A parent or guardian may object on behalf of a minor student, but must state in the objection the relationship that he or she has with the affected minor student.


 

The only thing protecting your student’s privacy, once this data is released, is a court order for the Disability Rights Ohio to protect the data. How long do you think that will work before it “slips” into the public domain? This is an clear example of why giving government access to accumulated student data is a bad idea. Common Core’s data collection expands this data collection significantly. Some other group will then come up with another reason to sue for release of this data and an activist federal judge will make it happen. Protecting your privacy is a key part of protecting your liberty.

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Aug 29

Common Core news: A large North Carolina district condemns new AP high school history curriculum

COMMON CORE REPEAL IN OHIODavid Coleman, the “architect” of Common Core, is now in charge of the College Board Company that owns and administers the SAT and ACT exams. In other words, his company decides what knowledge in your child’s brain correlates to his view of the world. He rules their brains.They do this by writing, administering, and grading the college entrance SAT and ACT exams. If they decide 2 + 2 = 5, then this is the “correct” answer for their exams.

High school students across the country take Advanced Placement courses to earn college credit. The College Board Company also owns and administers the AP course curriculum and exams. One of these courses is the American history class—often the ONLY American history class these students will ever take.

Recently, the College Board Company released an updated AP history curriculum and associated test. Previously, the curriculum guidance was about 6 pages. The revised curriculum is said to be 98 pages written such that what is in this curriculum is what is tested and only what is tested. In other words, teach to the curriculum if the test is to be passed—teach American history according to the College Board Company not what the local school system or teachers think appropriate.

Experienced AP history educators have reviewed this new curriculum and found it to be unrecognizable as an American history curriculum. Fundamentally, it is reported to come across as an American history written from the progressive point-of-view that intentionally de-emphasizes America’s historical accomplishments—American exceptionalism. For example, notable figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are missing. How can American history be taught without Franklin and Jefferson? The answer is simply, the College Board Company thought they were irrelevant!

Recently, the North Carolina New Hanover County Schools Board of Education, in acknowledging the deficiencies of this curriculum, has condemned it and called for a one-year delay. In other words, it is not fit to be taught. Yet, teaching this curriculum is now probably underway in school districts across the Miami Valley. Do students and parents understand what is happening?

Where is the comparable professional condemnation from local school districts in the Miami Valley?

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Aug 29

Court Orders Data Release of Ohio Public School Students

gavOhio parents are receiving a notice from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and their local school districts indicating that student privacy rights are being waived as part of a court ordered data release connected to an ongoing lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has ordered the Ohio Department of Education to release the educational information of ALL Ohio public school students registered for […]

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