Rock River Patriots Meeting Tonight January 14th, 2022

The Rock River Patriots will be meeting at 6:00 PM this Friday night January 14th, 2022 at 1401 North High Street, in Fort Atkinson.

At this meeting we will be discussing current issues and initiatives.

Hope to see you all there!

ABORTION AND THE CONSTITUTION

From Lewrockwell.com…By Andrew Napolitano

“The fetus has an interest in having a life.”
–Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Dec. 1, 2021

Last week’s oral argument in the Supreme Court about abortion was both humdrum and arcane. Humdrum because we already knew where the nine justices stand on the morality of abortion. Arcane because the questions and answers were largely not about abortion, but about stare decisis, the legal doctrine that calls for settled law not to be lightly disturbed. What brought this about?

Mississippi has enacted into law a statute that prohibits abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. That statute directly conflicts with two major Supreme Court opinions on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The 1973 Roe decision establishes a trimester system during which the state’s interest in protecting the life of the baby in the womb does not come into being until the third trimester of pregnancy. More importantly, Roe holds that the states may not ban abortions prior to fetal viability, roughly at the end of the first trimester, around 23 weeks.

The Casey opinion, 19 years after Roe and with a largely different membership in the court, upheld Roe’s no-abortions-until-viability standard and added a new rule that prohibited the states from imposing any undue burden on mothers seeking abortions.

Thus, Mississippi — and Texas, which prohibits abortions after six weeks, right behind it — is effectively asking the court to overrule both Roe and Casey. The Mississippi argument states that because the Constitution is silent on abortion or any kind of killing, its Framers must have intended to leave regulation of those subjects to the states. The counterargument is that women have personal autonomy over their bodies and that autonomy trumps any state interest at any time.

When the Roe court established the bright line of viability as the point before which no state could prohibit taking the life of the baby in the womb, it did so without legal justification or scientific basis. We know that from the posthumously revealed notes of Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of the Roe decision. Yet, an unwanted pregnancy is just as unwanted the day before viability as it is the day after. Viability has been the bright line for 48 years, and during that time, over 62 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. in reliance upon it.

So, can the court change the bright line, and if so, should it? That was the essence of the argument last week. But that argument largely misses the constitutional point. There is nothing constitutional about viability. Justice Blackmun made it up out of thin air, and six other members of the court accepted it, just as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made up “undue burden” out of thin air in Casey.

The constitutional point here is whether the baby in the womb is a person. Roe itself concedes in the text of the opinion that if the baby is a person — with an interest in having a life, as Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. put it during oral argument — then Roe falls.

That’s because the 14th Amendment prohibits the states from taking life, liberty or property from any persons without due process — meaning a jury trial at which the state would need to prove fault. Such a demonstration would be impossible in the case of a baby in the womb. As well, the same amendment also requires equal protection of the laws.

Since all states protect life by enacting laws against homicide, they must enforce those laws equally so as to protect all persons from being murdered, irrespective of age or physical dependency.

The linchpin to the application of 14th Amendment jurisprudence to abortion is the concept of personhood. If the fetus is a person, the mother and her physicians may not lawfully kill the fetus any more than they could lawfully kill the father of the fetus. This is why the debate over viability misses the point. The court should have passed over the argument about viability and moved into the only constitutional issue here — personhood.

Is the fetus in the womb a person? Of course she is. The growing baby has human parents and all the genomic material within her tiny body to develop and mature into a post-natal child. The fetus, through a guardian, can sue and be sued; inherit assets and even bequeath them. These truisms and legal principles were known to the Framers when they wrote the Constitution and to the drafters and ratifiers of the 14th Amendment.

This business of denying personhood can be dangerous beyond compare. In 1857, the Supreme Court infamously held in Dred Scott v. Sandford that African Americans were not persons, and thus they could not sue for legal protection and could be brought as slaves into free territory. The German Nuremberg laws in the 1930s hatefully declared that Jews were not persons and thus had no legal rights. We all know where these horrific principles brought us — a war that killed more Americans than all other wars combined and a holocaust of catastrophic proportions.

Do the justices have the moral courage to recognize babies in the womb as persons? I doubt it, though my college classmate Justice Alito seemed to be going in that direction. Yet, making such a declaration — broad and sweeping so as to cover all humans at all times and under all circumstances — would put to bed once and for all the debates over the rights of all, from babies in the womb to foreign detainees in American foreign jails.

All offspring of human parents are endowed with natural rights that they may enjoy and for the exercise of which they can require governmental protection. This is the only valid moral purpose of government, absent unanimous consent of the governed — to protect the lives, liberties and property of all persons.

The Best of Andrew P. Napolitano

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING FRIDAY DECEMBER 10TH, 2021 IN FORT ATKINSON

The Rock River Patriots will be meeting at 6:00 PM this Friday night December 10th at 1401 North High Street, in Fort Atkinson.

Jonathan Wichmann Candidate for Governor will be our featured speaker. 

We will be discussing other current issues as well. 

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING THIS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2021 – AT A NEW LOCATION

The Rock River Patriots will be meeting in a NEW LOCATION at 6 pm Friday evening November 12th. WE ARE MEETING AT 1401 NORTH HIGH STREET IN FORT ATKINSON. This is the old Smith Motors facility where Church on the Rock meets.

Rep Timothy Ramthun will be speaking and updating us on the efforts to bring about a full forensic physical and cyber audit of our 2020 WI election. 

We will also be discussing other current issues. We look forward to seeing you and please note the NEW LOCATION OF OUR MEETING.

Rock River Patriots Meeting Tonight September 10th, 2021

The Rock River Patriots will be meeting this Friday evening September 10th at 6 pm at the Dwight Foster Library at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson. We met there for a long time but had to find a new location when they closed the library because of covid.

The Library locks the doors at 6 pm, but we will have someone stationed at the door to let people in who are not there by 6 pm.

At this meeting we will discuss current events and initiatives. We welcome WI State Senator Steve Nass to provide an update on all that is happening in Madison. We will talk about 09/11/2001…as the anniversary is tomorrow.

We hope to see you there!

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING THIS COMING FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 13TH, 2021.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF A CHANGE OF ADDRESS FOR THE ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING THIS COMING FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 13TH.


The Rock River Patriots will be meeting Friday evening August 13th at 6 pm at the Dwight Foster Library at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson. We met there for a long time but had to find a new location when they closed the library because of covid. The Library locks the doors at 6 pm, but we will have someone stationed at the door to let people in who are not there by 6 pm. At this meeting we will discuss current events and initiatives. We greatly appreciate individuals bringing items for our break time to share for a time of fellowship. We hope to see you there.

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING FRIDAY MAY 14, 2021 AT 6PM IN WATERTOWN

The Rock River Patriots will be holding a meeting this Friday evening May 14 at 6 pm at Promise Land Church, 243 E Spaulding Street in Watertown. We will be discussing current events and updating everyone on covid and other issues.

Hope to see you all there!

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING THIS FRIDAY APRIL 9TH, 2021

The Rock River Patriots will be holding our regular second Friday night of the month meeting Friday evening 4/9/21 at 6 pm at Promise Land Church located at 243 E Spaulding Street in Watertown.

We will be discussing the April 6th election results, some of the WI legislative initiatives, other current issues as well as an update of the status of issues involving covid 19. 

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting. 

Happy Resurrection Day!

The meaning of Easter – What does it mean to you?

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.

ROCK RIVER PATRIOTS MEETING THIS FRIDAY MARCH 12TH, 2021

The Rock River Patriots are planning to meet this coming Friday night March 12th at 6 pm in Watertown. Please note we will be meeting at a new location at the Promise Land Church located at 243 E Spaulding Street in Watertown. There is plenty of seating at this location so no need to bring chairs. 

There is a parking lot directly across the street in front of the building as well as street parking. Please note the posting on the front door as you enter the building. 

We will be discussing some of the important issues on the forefront in the state of Wisconsin as well as at the federal level. We will have the same meeting plan as always with a meeting time, then a break time, followed with a closing session. Please join us for this important meeting.