NY Constitutional Convention: A Pathway to End Corruption

The time has come to decide whether or not New York will hold a convention to open up its lengthy and convoluted Constitution to review and redrafting. Every 20 years, New York State has a referendum on the ballot allowing voters to decide Yes or No on a constitutional convention.

But State Legislators have come out swinging against the convention. And when public officials and special interests use fear tactics to protect the status quo, we must exercise our democratic rights in order to enact positive change.

If the majority of voters vote against the convention, no convention will take place and business will resume as usual. If instead, the Yes vote wins, a slate of delegates representing every New York district will be elected in November 2018 to begin the Constitution amending process. Starting the first week of April 2019, the delegates will convene in Albany to discuss and vote on possible amendments. And in November 2019, the referendums will appear on the ballot.

Most New Yorkers have no idea that this historic process exists, but the fear campaign against holding a convention has already begun.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Republicans

As a Republican, I’d like to share ten things most folks on the left don’t know about us. For you Republicans and Libertarians, this list will come as no surprise. However, for those of you who identify as Democrats or “liberals,” you might want to read on.

Here are the 10 things you didn’t know about Republicans:

1. We’re proud of our party’s history, and we’re ashamed of yours.

We’re proud of our party’s history. The Republican party was founded to end slavery in the United States. We fought a war against the Democrats in order to end slavery forever – it was called the Civil War. Today, people on the left think the Civil War was North vs. South, but in reality it was Republicans vs. Democrats, and the Republicans won (thank god).

After we won the Civil War, we dominated the political landscape for decades, and we passed a ton of laws to help black people, women, and other disadvantaged groups to ensure everyone was treated equally under the law.

Additionally, we gave everyone the right to vote despite furious and even violent resistance from the Democrats. We fought against significant opposition from racist Democrats who passed Jim Crow Laws, and we watched as the Democrats founded the KKK. Later in the century, we wrote and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 despite Democrat opposition. We managed to pass the Civil Rights Act even though LBJ, who was a Democrat, was a known racist.

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Jul Thompson’s Speech at the BPS Board Meeting – May 17, 2017

I hope to clear up some gross misconceptions about our Spirit of America Rally, and hopefully provide a little insight.

I PULLED THE PERMIT, and our group TEA New York, dedicated to fiscal responsibility and Constitutionally Limited Govt, along with SCOPE – the Shooters Committee on Political Education, COSPONSORED the event, and THIS is the summary, published in part, online:

The purpose of this event “was to join the chorus of similar events across the nation, fellowship with other liberty-loving Americans, and generally express our love and support of America’s founding principles enshrined in the divinely-inspired US Constitution.”

We opened in prayer to God through Christ, we recited the Pledge, we listened to great speakers including the Sheriff who properly instructed us on the Rule of Law and we displayed patriotic signs and flags.

Yet without missing a beat, some clearly partisan politicians and others here called it a “radical event” that featured “nasty signs and inciteful hate speech,” all together fueling the BIG FUSS… over NOTHING.  Conspicuously missing were any criticisms over the black-veiled “anti-fascists” doing everything in their power to shut down our free speech.

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For Immediate Release: Zellner and Grant Need to Resign

For Immediate Release:
4-3-2017
TEA New York
Contact: Rus Thompson

TEA New York Calls for Resignations
of Jeremy Zellner and Betty Jean Grant

TEA New York is calling for the immediate resignation of Jeremy Zellner as Commissioner of the Erie County Board of Elections and Betty Jean Grant as Erie County Legislator, following their deliberately misleading, uninformed, incendiary and divisive public statements regarding participants in Saturday’s Spirit of America Rally, held at Niagara Square in Buffalo NY.

This was a public event. No attempt was made to control who attended, or the free distribution of literature.  To characterize the entire event and all its participants as white supremacists promoting hate speech because of literature shared by two individuals is outrageously irresponsible for public officials. Rus Thompson said “This is why Party Chairmen can’t be Board of Elections Commissioners.  Zellner made false and unhinged comments about good people. Now we have to question whether or not he can safeguard the process of fair elections in Erie County.  Should the Democrat Commissioner of the Board of Elections be making accusations about a sitting Sheriff?”

More here:  The Absurdity of Zellner, Grant and the Politics of Manufactured Outrage
https://teanewyork.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/the-absurdity-of-zellner-grant-and-the-politics-of-manufactured-outrage/

 

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The Absurdity of Zellner, Grant and the Politics of Manufactured Outrage

Tea New York along with SCOPE held a Spirit of America Rally at Niagara Square in Buffalo NY on Saturday April 1st, the purpose of which was to join the chorus of similar events across the nation, support our new President’s policies, counter the nonsense coming from the Left, fellowship with other liberty-loving Americans, and generally express our love and support of America’s founding principles enshrined in the divinely-inspired US Constitution.

Our brother Joe Mesler opened it up with a beautiful prayer, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, then proceeded to listen to a number of great speakers while people displayed patriotic signs and flags.  It was a good showing of hearty patriots despite the cold, estimated to be between 300 and 400 according to the Buffalo Police.

Without missing a beat, Democrats Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and Party Chairman/Board of Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner denounced the rally as “a very radical event” that featured “nasty signs” and “inciteful hate speech” with calls for our stellar Sheriff Tim Howard to step down for being present there with such hatemongers, in uniform no less.  We’re told two individuals who no one seems to be familiar with were handing out a White Lives Matter flier, which we can presume, because it was not a Black Lives Matter flier whose group calls for killing police officers, is what is now being called “white supremacist literature.”  At least two attendees that we know of refused it and another said “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of our color. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to survive . It says nothing negative and the men that passed them out to me were very pleasant.”  This was from a woman who has a half-black child.

This was a public event.  We made no attempt to control who attended, or the free distribution of literature.  To characterize the entire event and all its participants as white supremacists promoting hate speech because of two individuals is outrageously irresponsible for public officials. Rus Thompson said “This is why Party Chairmen can’t be Board of Elections Commissioners.  Zellner made false and unhinged comments about good people. Now we have to question whether or not he can safeguard the process of fair elections in Erie County. Should the Democrat Commissioner of the Board of Elections be making accusations about a sitting Sheriff?”

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SWEDISH DEMOCRATS WARN AMERICA  

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Burned out cars following a riot in a suburb of Stockholm, Feb.20. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

By JIMMIE ÅKESSON and MATTIAS KARLSSON
Feb. 22, 2017 6:43 p.m.
Mr. Akesson is the party chairman of the Sweden Democrats and Mr. Karlsson is the party’s group leader in Parliament

When President Trump last week raised Sweden’s problematic experience with open-door immigration, skeptics were quick to dismiss his claims. Two days later an immigrant suburb of Stockholm was racked by another riot. No one was seriously injured, though the crowd burned cars and hurled stones at police officers.

Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems. If anything, he understated them. Sweden took in about 275,000 asylum-seekers from 2014-16—more per capita than any other European country. Eighty percent of those who came in 2015 lacked passports and identification, but a majority come from Muslim nations. Islam has become Sweden’s second-largest religion. In Malmö, our third-largest city, Mohamed is the most common name for baby boys.
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Clinton reminds us why we’re lucky she lost the election

Excellent article…

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By Michael Goodwin of the NY Post

Thank you, Hillary Clinton. Thank you for ­reminding America about the importance of Donald Trump’s victory and of the awful consequences if you had won.

Clinton sent out a taunting tweet of “3-0” after the three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously slapped a halt on Trump’s executive order on immigrants and ­refugees.

Her support for the ruling isn’t surprising — Clinton said she was for open borders at one point — but the gutter sniping was telling. The activist judges who based their ruling on their liberal politics instead of the Constitution are the same kind she would appoint to the Supreme Court and all other federal courts if she were in the Oval Office.

Thankfully, she won’t get the chance, a fact reinforced by Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. She fired back at Clinton with her version of “3-0,” tweeting,“PA, WI, MI,” a reference to three formerly blue states, worth 46 electoral votes, that Trump flipped to his column. Touché!

And so it went in Week 3 of the Trump era, with Clinton’s taunt, the court ruling, nonstop demonstrations and congressional hijinks combining to illustrate why Trump’s election was crucial. It was a necessary course correction and a dramatic rejection of an arrogant government that both overreaches and underperforms.

Put another way, the hysterical, hateful reaction in many quarters to everything Trump says and does is absolute proof that the ruling elite deserved a comeuppance. The establishment was drunk on power, political and cultural, and never yielded an inch voluntarily or had the decency to admit error. Its rage reflects its sense of entitlement.
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