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Last Saturday’s Constitution Boot Camp wrap-up: Getting to Really Know the U.S. Constitution

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By Denny Crouch, GCTP Vice-president

GCTP-sponsored April 2015 class

GCTP-sponsored April 2015 class

The first Dayton-area “Constitution Boot Camp” was held this past weekend at the Xenia Community Center and what a wonderful time for all. We had an enthusiastic crowd that listened closely to what our instructors, Mr Jim Lewis and Mr John Hindery, had to say as they enlightened us throughout the day. Most knew we were not strictly following the Constitution but we found out how far we have strayed! Mr Lewis and Mr Hindery of Building Blocks for Liberty—both Marines and never former Marines—have presented this course 14 times. The Greene County TEA Party sponsored class was the first time in the Greene County area. More are coming.

 

Instructor Mr. Jim Lewis

Instructor Mr. Jim Lewis

Many subjects were discussed including Natural Rights and importantly, “enumerated powers”—those few and defined powers delegated to the federal government.

Do you know what they are? Read Article I, Section 8, and study these. These are the only powers the constitution delegates to the Federal Government. All other powers belong to the states. Ponder that and see what rights we the people have given up, and the states as well.

 

Instructor Mr. John Hindery

Instructor Mr. John Hindery

Many talk about the U.S. form of government as only a two century old experiment. The instructors debunked that theory in spades.Much of our Constitution goes back to the 12th century. More study required, you bet, and the sources were provided. The course was rich in history and the Federalist Papers were used extensively to explain what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution.

We need to gain control of our runaway government. How can we do that? Well, not all the answers are known but many are. We need to educate ourselves and we need to become active in our communities. We need to demand our voices be heard in the primaries and, for that, we have a “Fair and Square Bargain.” See http://grassrootsvoters.republican for more information on this.

 

GCTP VP Mr. Denny Crouch

GCTP VP Mr. Denny Crouch

One thing you can do right now is to place your hat in the ring through the “Precinct Project”. Denny Crouch, the class host and vice-president of the Greene County TEA Party, discussed the project. There are 147 voting precincts in Greene County. Each of these has an elected Precinct Captain position who represents Republican voters in the precinct on the Greene County Republican Central Committee. These Precinct Captains are the Republican Party in Greene County.

Mr. Crouch encouraged grassroots Republican voters to become active in their party and local government. Election of the Precinct Captains in Greene County will be held in conjunction with the primaries in March 2016. You can make a difference. Email the Greene County TEA Party at gcohtp@gmail.com for more information.

 

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