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  • December 18, 2013 7:35 PM | Anonymous
    At the November CAF meeting we had a discussion regarding which liberties people felt that they had lost over the last years.  The following is a list of the items that people added to the discussion.  Sadly, it is a long list and we certainly did not list them all...

    LIBERTIES WE FEEL HAVE BEEN LOST

    •  Private Conversation (NSA)
    •  Property rights & environmental over-reach (EPA)
    •  Prayer in schools
    •  Flying the Flag
    •  Freedom of Travel (TSA screening physical)
    •  Local control of Curriculum in Schools (Common Core)
    •  Freedom of Speech (political correctness)
    •  Property Rights (Eminent Domain)
    •  Property Rights (Property tax à rent?)
    •  Freedom to Live (Abortion)
    •  Local Ordinances – Association/Township/County restrictions
    •  What can be sent to schools (i.e. Lunch)
    •  Protected Groups  (Discrimination)
    •  Freedom of conscience (Obamacare)
    •  Freedom of Religion (Displays, Language)
    •  Types of Toilets (water use limits) and light bulbs
    •  School Busing  (where kids go to school)
    •  Black Boxes in cars
    •  32 oz. cokes
    •  Uniform application of law
    •  Freedom of unwarranted searches
    •  Sovereignty of US (selling out of US to UN)
    •  Voting and driving privileges for illegal’s
    •  School choice
    •  Renewable fuels (mandate to use ethanol in gas)
    •  Forced Unionization
    •  Employment quotas
  • November 27, 2013 2:59 PM | Anonymous
    "Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband.

    "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered.

    Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington. Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad" example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting. Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of VeggieMeat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey.

    And ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

    Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats - which were monitored and controlled by the electric company - be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

    Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family.

    Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program. And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. "The RHC's resources are limited," explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I'm sorry for your loss."

    Ed couldn't make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines - for everyone but government officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.

    Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in.

    Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids. Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists."

    Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022. That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny," even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. Almost.

    The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. "A living Constitution is extremely flexible", said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan. " Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example," she added.

    Winston's thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.

    His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism, or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner", but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility. It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being. Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13.

    The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth." This time, they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

    Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.

    At least, he had his memories. He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential. Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them. He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2012, when all the real nonsense began.

    "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought.

    Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.


    Mark Twain once said: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
  • November 27, 2013 2:41 PM | Anonymous

     "Wishing all CAF members and like-minded souls across the country a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  This is a special time to be with family & friends and reflect on the many blessings bestowed on us.  While we all face many trials and tribulations, we all still have much to be thankful for.  Personally, I am thankful that Providence has brought us all together and we have this strong conservative "community" that binds us together and keeps us going.  Had events unfolded differently, we would never have met and gotten to know each other.  Everything happens for a reason and I'm thankful for where I am today.
     
    So enjoy this precious time and soak in the love and goodwill that abounds on such occasions.  Give thanks and share it with others. And remember all who have gone before - from the Pilgrims to the Founding Fathers to leaders and heroes - who paved the way for what we have today. This great experiment is not dead, but rather it is being challenged and tested again.  It's not the first time and it won't be the last, but the goodness and tenacity of the American spirit will win through...and we can all be proud, and thankful, that we were part of it.
     
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
     
    In Liberty and Thankfulness,
  • November 16, 2013 7:36 AM | Anonymous
    Beware the cycle of doom.  Union dues from public sector unions flow into union coffers.  Union bosses then direct the majority of those funds to influence legislation and elect Big Government candidates.  Once elected, those candidates invariably grow the size of government creating more public sector union jobs.  That begets more union dues and the cycle continues.  All at the expense of the Forgotten Taxpayer.

  • November 11, 2013 1:47 AM | Anonymous
    A Veterans Day salute goes out to all the CAF veterans, in particular, and to all American veterans everywhere.  Without the many sacrifices made by these brave men and women over the last 237 years, there would not be a United States of America and the world would be a much different place.  

    We greatly appreciate our veterans’ courage, resolve and selflessness as they all left home and loved ones to enter into the service of their country.  Many have died and even more have returned home with severe physical handicaps and/or deep psychological challenges. 

    While we set aside this day each year to remember our veterans, we should strive to keep them in our thoughts and prayers every day.  They truly do make America the land of the free, because of the brave.  Veterans, we salute you! 

  • November 09, 2013 6:27 AM | Anonymous
    Startling facts about the union money that poured into the Virginia gubernatorial race.  The SEIU alone contributed as much to McAuliffe as the RNC gave to Cuccinelli.  Read the whole article for a sobering view of the big government - big union connection and dependence."

  • October 19, 2013 8:57 AM | Anonymous
    Big Labor's Massive Political Machine
    Ever wonder how much union dues cash Big Labor dumps into political campaigns?

    Originally published September 9, 1997, by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research.

    After ignoring the problem for decades, the media elite's attention finally shifted to organized labor's use of forced union dues for its political machine in 1996.

    Of course, Big Labor's coercion of employees into paying union dues to subsidize its political agenda isn't new, since this practice is as old as the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). But with AFL-CIO president John Sweeney beating his chest about the Federation's political spending, the coercion of workers to fund the AFL-CIO's political operations became news.

    As John Cunniff of the Associated Press reported just before Labor Day last year, workers "in 29 states and the District of Columbia, where right-to-work laws don't exist, can be fired for refusing to pay union dues, even if those dues are used for purposes abhorrent to their religious, moral or political beliefs." (1) Those employees do have the right not to pay for union political activities with which they disagree, thanks to US Supreme Court decisions won by employees with the help of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. But, Cunniff reported, "most workers are unaware of this right, and union leadership seldom informs them of it."

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  • September 23, 2013 7:24 AM | Anonymous
    You all need to read this story.  It’s about the actions of two of our finest.

    On Friday, Sept. 20, Rogers Howard and Jane Brown went to Lancaster to be a voice of truth in the middle of a union (SEIU) protest of Joe Pitts’ vote to defund Obamacare.  As you know, Rep. Pitts voted with other House Republicans to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government past Sept. 30, but to include no funding for Obamacare. 

    About 40 SEIU members showed up wearing blue T-shirts and waving balloon hammers. (Note:  the TV coverage said there were 200 SEIU members there, but our folks said it was more like 40).  And they displayed their normal behavior.  Jane had made a sign saying, “Defund Obamacare, Give America a Waiver”.  Well, some of the SEIU faithful took exception to that.  They proceeded to try to block Jane, so she moved around with her sign.  That drew a lot of attention to the sign.  Rogers took the sign and stood up on a brick retaining wall for better visibility.  An obnoxious SEIU woman climbed up on the wall and held up a sign to block Rogers’.  Finally several SEIU handlers came over and calmed the woman down.  Roger then was interviewed by WGAL (but I don’t believe they used his piece in the broadcast later that night).

    We applaud Rogers and Jane for their courage, resolve and flexibility.  They only learned of this rally the day before.  And knowing they were going into the lion’s den of the SEIU is a clear demonstration of their determination and tenacity.  They are, indeed, our heroes and a fine example of what it takes to “secure the Blessings of Liberty for all”.

    One thing is particularly curious about the protest in Lancaster.  There are a number of elements of the SEIU who have already asked for and been granted waivers under Obamacare.  The unions were just at the White House in the past two weeks seeking additional waivers.  If Obamacare is so wonderful, why are the unions lobbying for waivers and why did Congress get special dispensation from Obamacare from Obama himself?  People want Obamacare for others but not for themselves.  Sounds a bit hypocritical to me.

    Please take a minute and thank Joe Pitts and Pat Meehan for their vote to defund Obamacare via the CR.  Encourage them to hold the line and not stray off course.  We know the Senate will most likely pass a bill stripping out the defunding language.  That will go back to the House and possibly in to conference and there’s no telling what might come out of conference negotiations.  We want the House to hold fast to the original bill.  We do not want to see any CR passed that contains funding for Obamacare.  We need to stay in close communication with Pitts and Meehan to encourage them to stand tall and to let them know we will support them if they do so. 

    Don’t be shy.  We asked for this.  We pushed for this.  Now we have it in motion, so we need all hands on deck.  “Hope lies in the House” thanks to the Framers and the U.S. Constitution.  Now is the time.  Stand tall…be counted.  Let’s have many more heroes in the coming days and weeks.   

  • September 18, 2013 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    How We Can Win

    By Daniel GrayMonday, September 16, 2013
    No doubt we need a rebirth of Liberty; but how can we do it? What can we, as individuals, do? We start by telling the truth. Exposing scandals is the job of a Free Press. When those charged with that duty fail, cheerlead for government and suppress truth, Citizen Journalists spring up to fill the gap. This is a necessary first step toward restoration of responsive, responsible limited government.
     
    But what good does this do when elected representatives and Parties that control the electoral process itself ignore evidence, vote their own wallets, their own power, over our rights?
     
    We must contest in the political arena, not just in the media. Merely pointing out publicly is no guarantee of wholesome reform. Witness the widespread awareness of notable scandals of late, and the lack of administrative, legislative and judicial correction.
     
    Where does political power come from? There are only two sources. Either, as Chairman Mao, (the Progressive’s favorite), says, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”, or as they have proven in America over the past century, from community organizing. It does not matter what your personal political views are, what issues you support or oppose. Organizing within our communities can work for us, too.
     
    One particular group, the Coalition for Advancing Freedom, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has organized within the community successfully. CAF has a quirk: it focuses more on education than indoctrination; on allowing individuals a freer hand than most political organizations to pursue their passions, provided it falls under CAF’s scope.
     
    CAF Board Member Jamie Cox explains why she believes CAF can win...
     
    “People need to understand they have a small sphere of influence; you have to influence the sphere you have. Pennsylvania is one of 50 states, Chester is one of 67 Counties. For the most part, leaders come from Counties. You have to start local; School Boards, County Commissioners. That’s where current National leaders came from. These are the people who develop presence and community standing, who develop into State Reps, State Senators and Congressmen.
     
    Also, these are battles you can fight locally. Can you imagine the amount of money needed for a Federal Congressional race? My Representative has 5 Counties! The Left has spent years and years getting where they are today. We may not do it in less than a generation, but we have to start today!
     
    In my area we have three School Districts, with three School Boards. That’s 2000 voters. I can personally reach 2000 people. I can knock on 2000 doors, make 2000 copies of flyers to hand out. And if you have just a little money for yard signs, imagine what 200 signs on 200 lawns can do!
     
    School Boards are not unimportant. They have one of the highest taxing rates in the State. If we can flip a School Board, it puts pressure on Harrisburg, and that can put pressure on Washington. Check out the Precinct Project, this is the key for making a difference locally.
     
    Specific points within a State are vulnerable, that’s what you have to go after. Grassroots have to get together and focus attention. Federal issues are almost a distraction, because impact is diluted. School Board races can hinge on 2-3 votes, the next higher office on 20-30 votes.Every vote counts, locally. I say, “It takes one vote, that’s it!” And it costs a lot less money. We already have a couple of wins; if we can take more seats, the impact can be huge!”
     
    Well, folks, there it is. Simple, and something you can do. Grassroots movements are easier, cheaper and more successful than national ones. Natural leaders of prominence have histories that begin with local races. We have a dearth of great statesmen and women on the national scene; this is the way to find them, develop and mature them, and promote them to positions of policy influence.
     
    Though Progressives of both Parties have corrupted our Institutions and led us to within an inch of the abyss, we can restore Constitutional America. We can re-Found America. To quote Mao again: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. This is our Long March.
     
    Daniel Gray is a Constitutionalist; former Progressive, and member of The Project.
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  • September 18, 2013 8:23 PM | Anonymous

    Expanding "coverage" under the Affordable Care Act will not improve access to "care"

    September 16, 2013, HARRISBURG – Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s “Healthy PA” initiative:

    We commend Gov. Corbett for refusing to take the politically expedient route of putting more people into Medicaid without first reforming it.  Simply giving more people “coverage” is not the same as giving them “care.”  That’s why we support the Governor’s efforts to get greater flexibility from Washington, D.C. and more accountability in Harrisburg.

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