The Rock River Patriots are on the IRS Enemies List!

It should be no surprise to anyone following us that we were one of the groups targeted by the IRS.  Brian Sikma at Media Trackers writes about the story here.  You can see the enemies list here.

What is amazing is that virtually no local media has even contacted the RRP for any comment about the story, or even covered the story.  I think this is just another example of the bias we see in the local and national media.  They seek to control the flow of information and content as it suits their agenda.  Take notice at how much coverage you see in local media about some questionable environmental cause.  A handful of people get together to whine about something and the media is there to hype the non-story.

The government targeting individual groups because of their political views IS A STORY!  No matter your political affiliation, it should scare you to death…if you have a conscience (I know that excludes many on the left).  This is the kind of thing you see in the 3rd world, not a first world nation like the United States.  Sadly, many will choose to look at the issue of this being about obtaining non-profit status, instead of seeing how once again the government has violated the rights of its citizens.

Take notice…if they can do it to us, they will do it to you.

Rock River Patriots Meeting Friday July 12th – Update

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting this Friday July 12th at 6:00pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting, we will discuss current events and initiatives.  Unfortunately, Media Trackers is not able to make it to the meeting, but never fear.  We still have some information to pass along!

Hope to see you all there!

Rock River Patriots Meeting Friday July 12th

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting this Friday July 12th at 6:00pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library located at 209 Merchants Avenue.

At this meeting, we will discuss current events and initiatives.  Media Trackers will be back to provide us with a presentation on effective research techniques.

Hope to see you all there!

 

Media Trackers Report Conservative College Student Beaten In Whitewater

THUGS ATTACK: Young Romney Supporter Beaten, Hospitalized

The son of a Republican state senator in Wisconsin was brutally attacked and beaten on Friday morning by two thugs attempting to steal his Romney-Ryan yard sign in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

We’ll see if the Daily Jefferson County Union actually reports this story.

Rock River Patriots and the Daily Jefferson County Union

We recognize this is slightly dated, but still believe there is a need to set the record straight.

On June 20, 2012, the Daily Jefferson County Union published an article by Kevin Murphy entitled, “No added prison for Fort man“.  This article reports on a Fort Atkinson man who was on probation for possession of an explosive device and recently charged/convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In the article (attached), the Rock River Patriots are mentioned because this individual supposedly attended one of our meetings.  Is this a deliberate attempt to smear the RRP using a classic “guilt by association” tactic?  We think it may be just that.

As anyone who attends our meetings can tell you, they are all open to the public.  Many people have come and gone since the group formed several years ago.  We have a core group of regular attendees and many others who attend sporadically.  None of the leaders in the RRP recognize this person.  The RRP were never contacted by the writer of this story for comment either.

The article also indicates that the judge told the defendant to avoid groups with “nothing positive to offer” with the implication being that the RRP have nothing positive to offer.  We obviously disagree.  For the thousands of people who have attended our events over the years, I think they would disagree also.

Our group is not a “right-wing” group, and has never advocated violence of any kind.

UPDATE: The above article was discussed at our last meeting on June 27th, and the commentary above was sent out via email.  According to the Daily Union, a “handful” of complaints were sent to them about the article which they addressed in their OP ED – Don’t Kill The Messenger published on Wednesday June 27th, 2012.  Their OP ED (in summary) states that they were merely reporting what was said.  Hence the title, “Don’t Kill The Messenger”.

We understand they are reporting what happened in court and have no problem with the Daily Union reporting that.  However, we will ask the question, “Why weren’t we ever contacted for a comment on this story, considering it paints the Rock River Patriots in a negative / questionable light repeating allegations that are untrue and/or giving an impression that is false?”  At least give us the opportunity to respond to the comments that are reported, and let people make up their own minds.  I think virtually everyone can agree on that point.

So this leads us to the question of whether or not this was a deliberate omission by the Daily Jefferson County Union.  That can be left up to the readers.  However, the questions of impartiality that were raised during the recent recall elections must not be overlooked.  When Media Trackers reported that a Daily Union reporter covering the Fitzgerald recall and an Editor at the Daily Union signed the recall petitions, the topic of media bias was brought to the forefront.

Here are links to Media Trackers stories about this:

Editor, Reporter at Local Paper Sign Fitzgerald Recall Petitions

Let the Bias Continue: Anti-Fitzgerald Reporter Still Covering Recall

We must couple the signing of recall petitions with an incident that occurred at a pre-recall election TEA Party Express rally in Jefferson by one of the same Daily Union reporters.  We were content to let this incident go unreported as the reporter subsequently apologized for the behavior, and we believe his apology to be sincere.  However, in light of this recent issue, we think it is appropriate to mention.

When confronted about signing the recall petition in a joking manner by one of the Patriots, the Daily Union reporter responded with several choice expletives directed at the Patriot.  The reported proceeded to get into the Patriots face , in what appeared to be an attempt to intimidate the Patriot.  Other people were in the immediate vicinity when this incident occurred and were offended.  Another Patriot who was standing by stepped in and again questioned the reporter’s impartiality.  Seeing that the Patriots were not intimidated, the incident ended with the Daily Union reporter eventually leaving the area.  The reporter later returned to apologize.

We ask the readers to take this information, and make up their own minds about the Rock River Patriots.  Our meetings are open to the public.  As long as people do not disrupt the meetings, they are welcome to hear what we have to sayand participate.  We welcome everyone to stop by our booth at the Jefferson County Fair and receive free DVD’s and information.

Thank You To Our Guests

The Rock River Patriots want to thank all of our members who attended our meeting this past Friday.

We want to extend our thanks to County Supervisors Craig Peterson and Greg Torres for talking about the county board and how the redistricting plan affects the county.  Thank you to Brian Sikma of Media Trackers for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk about Media Trackers’ goals / mission.  Thank you Steve Kauffeld for telling us about your decision to run for State Assembly.

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Concealed Carry Legislation A Victory For Tea Party, Patriot Groups

From Media Trackers:

Concealed Carry Legislation A Victory For Tea Party, Patriot Groups

By Collin Roth

Of all the legislation passed in the last session of the Wisconsin legislature, perhaps no bill showed more the Tea Party impact on Republican legislators than the concealed carry legislation passed Tuesday in the Assembly. For a number of years, Second Amendment conservatives chafed at being one of only two states in the country that do not have some form of concealed carry. And despite two vetoes by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, a tumultuous legislative session primarily focused on the budget, and the threat of recall elections for six state senators, Tea Party conservatives kept the pressure on to bring concealed carry legislation to a vote in this session.

Annette Olson of the pro-2nd Amendment organization Un-infringed Liberty called the passage of concealed carry legislation yesterday a “huge step.” Olson said her organization allied with Tea Party groups from around the state to work with legislators in order to bring concealed carry legislation to a vote before the end of this legislative session. And while Olson and many Tea Party activists were disappointed when the Constitutional Carry Bill proposed by Senator Pam Galloway was amended to include permits and mandatory training, she reiterated that Tuesday was a “really fantastic day” and she looks forward to “respectfully working with legislators” in the future to pass Constitutional Carry.

Un-infringed Liberty has worked actively in Wisconsin for around 2 1/2 years, promoting open carry through educational events while lobbying for Constitutional Carry legislation.

Having passed the Senate last week 25-8, the concealed carry bill passed the Assembly 68-27 with all 56 Republicans voting for the bill, 11 Democrats, and one independent. It now heads to Governor Scott Walker’s desk where it is likely to be signed into law.