Rock River Patriots Letter To Mark Belling

Below is the letter I sent out to Milwaukee talk radio show host Mark Belling regarding his comments on his show about our group.  I will attempt to post the audio soon.

Mark stated the we ” trying to speak for the whole movement”  and “are running around trying to endorse candidates and pass judgement”.  I am not certain where this is coming from.  I can only speculate we have angered some in the Republican Party establishment with our Ron Johnson vetting session.  Shortly after the video was posted, I started hearing the same type of rhetoric.  Again, this is only speculation.

I will say the same thing again.  We will not “carry water” for anyone.  It is the job of the people to ask tough questions of candidates no matter who they are or what endorsements they have.

Here is the letter:

Mark,

In Hour 2 Part 1 of your show today (07/14/10), you completely LIED about about our position regarding the endorsement of candidates. We have repeatedly stated that we DO NOT endorse candidates because the Tea Party is about an ideology, not a particular person. Long before your rant today, we were quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal where I stated the same thing.

Here is the link to that article:Wisconsin tea parties face a difficult choice as their convention approaches

We have also repeatedly stated we do not speak for anyone other than our own group. However, it seems that you want to paint us as just the opposite. We are members of the Coalition of WI TEA Party Groups, but never once claimed to speak on their behalf. That is the beauty of this movement, we work together but retain our own group identity.

You may not like our positions on certain issues (which we believe are in accordance with the Constitution), but that doesn’t mean you can completely distort who we are or what we believe. We request that you correct this error. If you have questions about our positions, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What Does The Term “Constitutional Purist” Mean?

The Sheperd Express Weighs In On The TEA Party Movement

Here is a new article by Lisa Kaiser from the Sheperd Express on TEA Party movement in Wisconsin.

Will Wisconsin Join the Tea Party

One issue that many of the analysts seem to miss is that more people have a favorable opinion of the TEA Party / Patriot Movement than either political party.  I believe this is because each of the TEA Party / Patriot Groups take an unwavering stand for their beliefs and are not afraid to defend them.  People are tired of the same old wishy-washy politicians who take a soft position on an issue so they can essentially flip-flop without getting labeled a “flip-flopper” or politicians who say anything to get elected.  We want principled leaders who take a stand and follow the Constitution.  Being a leader means stepping out in front of the crowd and “blazing the trail” guided by the Constitution and principles, not organizing a focus group to determine what those principles need to be!

If we remain steadfast to our principles and educate others along the way, we will have a significant impact on our country.  If we compromise our principles “to get along” or “be liked by the media”, then we will have become the very thing we are fighting against in the first place.

More REDSTATE Commentary On The Ron Johnson Vetting Session

Here is more commentary from REDSTATE.com regarding our candidate forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson.

Local Grassroots Group Vets Ron Johnson, Part 3: Believing Your Own Hype

Local Grassroots Group Vets Ron Johnson, Part 4: The Patriot Act Polka

Commentary On The Ron Johnson Vetting Session

Here is some commentary from REDSTATE on our vetting session with U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson.

Local Grassroots Group Vets Ron Johnson, Part 1: Oops-a-Daisy!

Local Grassroots Group Vets Ron Johnson, Part 2: “The Constitution Is Not an Easy Document to Read”

Ron Johnson Postpones Tea Party Sessions

Our vetting session was written about in the latest Milwaukee Journal newspaper.  Here is the link to the story:

Ron Johnson postpones tea party sessions

I think it is important to comment on several issues.  We are quoted in the story as being “constitutional purists”.  That means we want the government to follow the Constitution.  The Founding Fathers witnessed government tyranny firsthand, and devised a way to prevent it from happening again.  One of the reasons our country is in the shape it is in, is because our elected officials do not know or follow the Constitution.

Many people complain about massive federal government spending and debt.  What they fail to realize is that most of these agencies with these huge budgets are unconstitutional.  They are better handled at the state or local level!

We are also quoted in the story stating we want more detail on issues.  That comment was in part because we had a lot more questions to ask, understanding the Johnson campaign has only a limited amount of time.  However, specific answers are important.  All too often we hear politicians speak in generalities so they are not “pinned down” on any particular issue.

We understand that no one knows everything, and there is no perfect candidate.  However, it is important for our elected officials to understand the Constitution.  How can they keep their oath of office, if they don’t know what they are swearing to uphold?

Finally, it is important for true constitutional conservatives to find the best candidate in accordance with our principles.  We are not “in the bag” for anyone.  Ron Johnson is a nice guy, and we appreciate his participation in our forum.  However, we cannot “pull the punches” just because Ron has the Republican Party Endorsement.

U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson at Rock River Patriots Meeting This Friday June 11th

This Friday June 11th, the Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting in Jefferson at Kendall Packaging at 6pm.  Kendall Packaging is located at 707 N. Parkway Street in Jefferson.

We will have a brief event meeting and then have a candidate forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Johnson.  Since Ron has just recently entered into the U.S. Senate race this will be a good opportunity to get to know who he is and what he stands for.

Come with your questions.  If we have missed anything during our Q & A that you would like answered, we will have an opportunity for you to ask those questions.

Join Us To Pray For Our Country On May 6th

The National Day Of Prayer, normally held on May 6th, was recently recently declared unconstitutional by US District Judge Barbara Crabb.

The Rock River Patriots will be hosting a time of prayer in the front of the Jefferson County Courthouse at 320 S. Main Street in Jefferson on May 6th at 6:30pm to pray for our country.  We will have several speakers who will talk briefly about the National Day of Prayer before we join together to pray for our country and our leaders.  Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.  This fact does not change no matter what ruling is handed down by Judge Crabb.

As patriots fighting against the government stripping away our rights and liberties, we must never forget that our rights come from God.  Our founding fathers understood this.  The following are two quotes from the founding fathers that illustrate this point:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religious, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” Patrick Henry 1776

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

Rock River Patriots Meeting / Olympia Resort Christmas With The Candidates

The next meeting of the Rock River Patriots will be on Friday Dec. 11th starting at 6pm at Kendall Packaging in Jefferson located at 707 N. Parkway St.  We will talk about some current issues and things to watch out for including the codex alimentarius (a way for the gov’t to regulate vitamins and minerals).

We are planning on having a conservative candidate forum at one of our
January meetings where we can “grill” the conservative candidates about
their beliefs, etc…Groups in the area please let me know if you would be
interested in attending.

Please look at the information about the Olympia Resort Event on
Dec 12th : Christmas with the Candidates .  This will be a great time to get
to know the candidates and other patriots a little better.  I encourage
everyone to attend and make this event a success.  Here is the Registration Form for the Christmas party.

Rock River Patriots Meeting November 13

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting on Friday November 13th at 6pm at Kendall Packaging in Jefferson.  Kendall Packaging is located at 707 N. Parkway Street in Jefferson.

At the meeting, we will hear about the TEA Party Conference that occurred in Oconomowoc this past weekend, discuss any current issues, and watch Alex Jones’ new movie: The Fall of the Republic.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Hope to see everyone at the meeting!