Rock River Patriots Meeting Friday July 14th, 2017

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting on Friday July 14th at 6:00pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library in the Community Room. The Dwight Foster Library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting we will discuss current events and initiatives. We welcome a special guest speaker who is going to talk about the Christian influences in America’s founding.  Hope to see you all there!

What would our founders think? July 4th column by Gary Mienert

What would our founders think?

This is the fourth year I’ve been privileged to write a column for the Lakeland Times for Independence Day.  It is an honor for me to do so.  With celebratory intentions I’ve always attempted to write about our glorious nation and its bright future. Apologizing in advance, this column will not entirely reflect that objective.

Our founding fathers provided us with two of the greatest documents ever written: The Declaration of Independence which we celebrate today and the Constitution. Those two magnificent instruments set us apart from every nation in the world, guiding us as we became the model for others to follow.

How would our founding fathers judge us today?

Thomas Paine’s musings from the distant past offers us a partial answer to that question. He wrote: “A thousand years hence, perhaps less, America may be what Europe is now…the noblest work of human wisdom, the grand scene of human glory, the fair cause of freedom that rose and fell.”  What would possibly cause him to prophesize the fall of the United States?

A significant concern was explained succinctly by Thomas Jefferson as he philosophized “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”  In other words how can an ignorant or poorly educated electorate possibly contribute to and sustain a vibrant and successful society? Even a minimal examination of our educational system will explain why we are failing our coming generations.  “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant”

The 2015 world wide “Program for International Assessment” laid out the ugly truth so clearly we are unable to deny our failings.  Using average scores of fifteen year-olds from 65 countries the USA scored 24th in science, 39th in math and 24th in reading.  The study also found that contrary to the strongly held belief, money spent on education is the solution; it actually had little or no effect.

The reasons for failures are numerous.  Advancing poorly equipped students into the next class is rampant and destructive to the student and eventually society.  Concocted “political correctness” is being used in an effort to raise students self esteem and equalize the stature of struggling students.  Actually it destroys competitive spirits of other students and in the end fails to help anyone.

The most worrisome atrocities perpetrated on the students are professors who refuse to accept debate or opposing opinions from students. Students who disagree with professors on debatable subjects are forced to answer test questions in line with the professor’s demands rather than what might be correct.  Weaker students, sadly, will eventually accept and adopt what the professor espouses regardless if it is wrong!  A close friend confided in me her “Conservative” grandson passed a college exam by entering eight of ten answers to which he didn’t agree but rather what the professor demanded.

A Physical Education Instructor was recently asked to teach a Health Class in addition to her PE classes.  A significant part of the “health” class consisted of “facts” regarding Global Warming!  Additionally, another chapter instructed how one should assimilate with transgender individuals!  The students were receiving what they were told to believe.

Although many colleges and universities fail to provide badly needed Political Science classes there are many others from which to choose.  Following are just a few:  “Joy of Garbage” Santa Clara University, “Alien Sex” University of Rochester, “Arguing with Judge Judy” University of California, Berkley. “Maple Syrup” Alfred University. “Oh, Look, A Chicken” Belmont University.

A survey of college and university professors garnered very interesting data.  The professors teaching “Social Sciences” were asked to rank themselves in one of three categories. 24% acknowledged themselves as Radicals, 20.6% as Activists and 17.6% Marxist.  Those who taught in the “Humanities’ were the next highest with 19% as Radicals, 26.2% Activists and 5.0% Marxists.  “Business” professors ranked next but considerably lower.  5.3% Radical, 3.2% Activist and a mere 1.9% as Marxist.  We must however look at these percentages with a slightly jaundiced eye because in past surveys the participants often understated their positions.

Our founding fathers previously living in an Anarchy struggled mightily to establish the “People’s Law” in the balanced center between Anarchy and Tyranny.  For many years they struggled until our Constitution was finally completed and accepted.  Because of the diversity of 13 colonies thousands of compromises had been made to arrive at an acceptable conclusion.  Finally “People’s Law” balanced equally between “No Law” (Anarchy) and “Ruler’s Law” (Tyranny).  They trusted us to keep it balanced.

Why you might ask have I focused on our deteriorating education system in a column for Independence Day?  We must never forget Jefferson’s warning “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”  In my opinion we may well be on a direct and ever increasing pace to a disaster and uneducated students as well as adults may become our foes.  This has happened before when they were called “useful idiots” by a leader conveniently using them.  His name was Vladimir Lenin!

How inconsolable our founders would be that a Socialist masquerading as an independent was able to gather millions of voters who would have gladly joined Lenin.

The greatest disgrace regarding our election is the activities of our previous president and his fellow left leaning staff.  As we know, he has set up an organization called “Organizing for Action.”  They are behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the “resistance” we are seeing daily.  In plain words, they are attempting to delegitimize and destroy our duly elected president.  At last count his volunteers number 32,525.  If that isn’t enough we can count on the left leaning ninth circuit court of appeals and others with the same intent; the overthrow of our legitimate President.

President Reagan said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation.”

Gary Meinert

50phalanx@gmail.com

Rock River Patriots Meeting Friday July 14th, 2017

Happy Belated Independence Day! Instead of re-writing things that have already been posted, please view this link: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY as a reminder of the past Independence Day thoughts from the RRP.

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting on Friday July 14th at 6:00pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library in the Community Room. The Dwight Foster Library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting we will discuss current events and initiatives. We welcome a special guest speaker who is going to talk about America’s Founding Fathers, their influences, and legacy.  Hope to see you all there!

Rock River Patriots Meeting THis Friday June 9th, 2017

The Rock River Patriots are having a meeting in Fort Atkinson this Friday June 9th, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Community Room of the Dwight Foster Library. The Dwight Foster Library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting we will discuss current events and initiatives. We welcome a special guest speaker who will speak on Sharia Law in America. Hope to see you all there!

Rock River Patriots Meeting This Friday May 12th, 2017

The Rock River Patriots are having a meeting this Friday May 12th, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Community Room at the Dwight Foster Library in Fort Atkinson. The Dwight Foster library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting, we will discuss current events and initiatives.  Hope to see you all there!

No Rock River Patriots Meeting on Friday April 14th, 2017

There will be NO Rock River Patriots meeting on April 14th.  Our normal meeting date lands on Good Friday.  Since many of our members will be attending church services, we felt the best option is to cancel the meeting.

Happy Ressurection Day!

The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.

However, Easter did not always symbolize Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre. When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.

Today, the meaning of Easter, for million of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.

 

The Missiles of Holy Week and the Rule of Law

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

April 13, 2017

The history of the world is the history of violence. I had planned to write this column about the most critical act of violence in human history and its superhuman aftermath — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter, which celebrates His resurrection in a few days, is the centerpiece of all Christian belief. Without the risen Christ, we are doomed. Only with Him can we be saved. An old Irish priest told me in my youth that Easter means there is hope for the dead. And if there is hope for the dead, there is hope for the living.

But the living must do more than just hope, because governments continue to crush hope with violence, irrespective of moral and legal norms. Last week, as Holy Week was approaching, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield because President Donald Trump was morally repulsed at the use of poison gas in Syria in the days preceding.

Trump argued that the gas could only have been deployed intentionally by the Syrian government on its own people and that that behavior was so repellant, so contrary to civilized moral norms, so disruptive to the world order as to constitute a national security threat to the United States — hence his use of force. Was his action legal?

Here is the back story.

Syria, along with the United States, is a signatory to the United Nations Charter. The U.N. Charter is a treaty signed by President Harry Truman and ratified by the U.S. Senate. Under the Constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land, alongside the Constitution, and the federal government has a moral and legal obligation to be bound by them. The U.N. Charter limits member nations’ use of military force to defensive responses to actual attacks, pre-emptive strikes prior to nearly certain attacks and correctives pursuant to U.N. consent or pursuant to another treaty obligating military force to help an ally.

These limitations are based on Judeo-Christian just war theory, which has been accepted in the Western world for centuries and is now codified into international law. Under this international law, military force must be a last resort, used only when necessary to fight back or to prevent an imminent attack. It also must be proportional to the harm it seeks to eradicate and be likely to produce the result it seeks. Anything short of this violates international law, to which the U.S. is bound by numerous treaties.

Syria is not a threat to the U.S., nor is it likely to become one. Nor is the argument that we needed to send a message to Syria lest it use poison gas on the U.S. a valid legal argument or a realistic political one. Were this subjective fear a valid legal basis for the use of military force, the president could send missiles anytime and anywhere at anyone or anything with legal impunity.

The president’s revulsion at the sight of children suffering horrifically from the effects of poison gas is an emotional reaction — a very human and utterly normal one. Yet it in no way legally justifies an attack on a sovereign nation.

In addition to various treaties, the president is subject, of course, to the Constitution, which provides that only Congress can declare war. Yet Congress gave the president a small window in which to use military force on his own in the War Powers Resolution of 1973. That law was written in the midst of President Richard Nixon’s undeclared war in Cambodia to limit the president’s emergency use of military force absent a declaration of war from Congress to defensive strikes, pre-emptive strikes and treaty obligations.

Earlier this week, 21 retired military, intelligence and FBI personnel jointly argued that President Trump was moved to this attack by misguided or incomplete intelligence. Their view — which is based on eyewitness reports from U.S. military on the ground in Syria and intelligence reports from their former colleagues — is that Syrian President Bashar Assad did not use poison gas on his own people earlier this month. They note that Assad is clearly winning his long-fought civil war and does not need the international headache of being tarnished as a person who gassed children; nor would there be even the remotest military gain to him if he did so.