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The month’s activities of the Morrow County TEA Party (a non-partisan organization) started with cancelation of the study group meeting on January 7 due to weather. The study group currently is studying “Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land” which includes the 28 Principles of Liberty and the meaning of the Constitution. This is an ongoing study meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and will resume on February 4. This study is structured so a person can join in at any time.

This gathering of our local constitutional conservatives opened with Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. First time attendees were recognized and greeted. Each was given a pocket Constitution and a 28 Principles of Liberty bookmark.

Reports were given on state legislation that the group is following. HB 91, Eliminate Penalty Provision of Obamacare, is still in committee; HB 237, Common Core repeal bill, is still in committee; SB 36, Firearm Protection Bill, is still in committee. Passage of HB 227 would make Ohio the ninth state to pass the health care compact. When all states that want to be part of this compact join together by passing their bill, then it is sent to Washington where it must receive a simple majority up or down vote in the US Congress. The November sponsor testimony for this bill went very well. Pro-compact groups are in the process of setting up proponent testimony for either February 11th or 18th. As soon as a date is set we will make it known.

Twice a year the New American Magazine publishes what they call a Freedom Index. The Freedom Index is a Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution. It rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. In the current Index Rep. Pat Tiberi scored 40%, Rep. Jim Jordon 80%, Sen. Rob Portman 70%, and Sen. Jerrod Brown 0%. Everyone in attendance received a copy of this Index which includes the scores of all U.S. Representatives and Senators.

It was announced that the Medina Tea Party is hosting an Evening with Trevor Loudon in Wadsworth‏, Medina County, Thursday, January 30th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. and the event is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. at the Lodge, 660 High St, Wadsworth, OH 44281. New Zealand author Trevor Louden will discuss his latest book, “The Enemies Within”, which exposes the infiltration of Progressivism and Socialism in Congress. “The Enemies Within” profiles fourteen senators and more than fifty representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Workers World Party, the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. It’s an eye-opening explanation of why Washington has gone awry. This renowned author, researcher and blogger, has been featured on Glenn Beck, Ginni Thomas, Frank Gaffney and many other shows. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations to defray Trevor’s travel cost are welcome.

Petitions for Donald Allen, DVM, and Dr. Kelly Kohls, running for Republican Governor and Lt. Governor, were available to be signed.

Sylvia Rickett then gave a constitutional report and quoted great Americans John Jay, Daniel Webster, and President James J. Garfield.

John Jay was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, a Founding Father of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and the first Chief Justice of the United States. He said “Every member of the state, ought diligently to read and study the constitution of his country, and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing their rights [God given], they [you the voter] will sooner perceive when they are violated, and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”

Daniel Webster, senator from Massachusetts, former United States Secretary of State, said “… It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions … There are men, in all ages, who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters.”

James J. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, stated “Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.”

After reading the quotes Sylvia suggested to the group that at each meeting a question be asked that can be answered from the Constitution and see who can be first to answer the question. Thus everyone should bring their copy of the U.S. Constitution and, if anyone does not have one, they will be given one.

Morrow County Commissioner Dick (Richard) Miller spoke to the gathering. He told of problems facing Morrow County and plans to address them. Very informative discussion was held.

A good many food items were collected for No Limits Outreach Center which were delivered the next day.

The movie for Movie Night was part of a 1997 mini-series “Amerika” taking place ten years after Russia took over the USA. You would be surprised how much that occurs in this film could be America today! Movie Night at this time is scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month.

The next meeting of the Morrow County TEA party is February 18, 7:00 p.m., at the Mount Gilead Library Annex, 34 E. High Street in the rear. This will be a regular meeting and all activities of the Morrow County TEA Party are open to the public and all are welcome.

Way before the term “politically correct” there was a term “freedom of speech” and every American had it!

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