Morris Patriots came together in 2009, and since then we've been studying how it is that "the people" are so isolated from government at all levels.
The answer is that we, the people, went away and left them alone to watch the hen house. Consider a 5th grade school classroom. What happens if the teacher leaves the room untended for 20 minutes? The answer is that unattended children quickly get out of order, because there's no control.
How is that any different from the way most Americans think of their civic responsibility? "We voted!" Yes ... but then we left our elected representatives unattended. What has been the result? Out-of-control government in its many forms.
How do we fix this?
The answer is what the founders gave us in our Constitution: Self Governance.
The Declaration of Independence laid the foundation: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
In 2014, we began classes across New Jersey in applied civics, offered by the Center For Self Governance - a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational foundation that teaches everyday citizens how to effectively re-engage, in order to regain control their instituted government. Not by just making calls or writing letters, but by establishing relationships with elected representatives, and by exercising citizen power to move them when they're inclined not to do "what's right" for the people.
We can blog and complain, and even vote. We can write letters and make calls and travel to capitols. But if that's all we do, we'll lose our republic. Just consider how little progress we've made since 2009.
Yet, using less energy, less time, less money and experiencing less angst, there are specific ways we can bring our out-of-control government back under control. We can return the balance that's been missing.
Thomas Jefferson said, "The qualifications for self government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training."
The Center For Self Government classes provide the training to regain the balance.
In the strongest possible terms, we invite you to join citizens across America who are now working to Keep The Republic. < For More Information >
Self Governance is "exercising individual liberty, personal responsibility and civic authority for the control of instituted government," according to the Center for Self Governance.
The Center for Self Governance offers classes in New Jersey and across America:
Classes must be taken in order (begin with Level 1), and allow 6-8 weeks between levels to begin to use and practice what you will learn.
The 5-level Self Governance course is nonpartisan and designed to help citizens rediscover, own and preserve their civic authority, and to teach proven techniques for exercising civic authority throughout all 50 states.
As specified in the New Jersey State Constitution, "2(a): ALL political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it."
These courses teach everyday citizens how to use their civic authority to bring their governments back into balance. Each course is 8 hours long. Level 1 costs $50.
Accomplishing results requires engagement, not watching TV, not blogging, not making an occasional phone call or sending an email. There's no requirement to participate. But minimal participation from the sidelines won't keep the republic for much longer.
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A Disaster for kids
What if private organizations decided to manage what your child will learn each hour of the day in your local public school, blocked any way for you, your classroom teacher, your local school superintendent or Board of Education, or even the State School Board from changing their view in any way? What if they decided that not only your child, but EVERY child in that class should be educated only to a community college entrance level?
That's what Common Core is doing in New Jersey classrooms THIS YEAR and going forward. Maybe you need to know more:
If you have a child or grandchild in school, you MUST become familiar with "Common Core":
* on Standby *
The State Planning Commission is ready to adopt the revised State Plan.
Action on the plan could come unexpectedly and with short notice, so we ask you to remain alert.
After 8 public hearings, public comment closed on 10/15/12, and on 11/14, the SPC met to adopt the revised plan, but postponed action due to Hurricane Sandy's extreme impacts on the Jersey shore.The chairman said "shore development components need to be reexamined before adoption."
We ask, if an ocean storm caught them by such surprise after all the global talk of environmental change, what is the quality of the "planning" that they were doing?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT?
But don't take our word for it. Read it the draft on which public comments were solicited, here.
Read the "Final" plan (now being revised), here.
*WHAT THE PLAN DOES*
The intent of the State Strategic Plan is to guide how the State allocates funding toward infrastructure, affordable housing, economic development initiatives. Problem is, NJ just can't get it right.
This time, Governor Christie wants to revise the 2001 plan (which NEVER worked) to coordinate the State's many departments (DOT, EPA, Transportation, etc.) and to consolidate and maximize funding for Economic Development. Problem now is, of all the "stakeholders" and planners who wrote the draft, its words come directly from Agenda 21. "Smart Growth." "Sustainable Development."
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12
OBAMACARE: Current Update Link
H.U.D. Grants used to "hook" counties and communities into Agenda 21 obligations...
... AND MANY TOWNS DON'T EVEN KNOW IT !!!
California's Barbara Boxer thinks government should raise your child. Not state or even Federal government, but the UNITED NATIONS! And she wants it done NOW - [ link ]
Help with Numbers: (quick video)
Here's a two-minute webcast to put President Obama's "budget cuts" in perspective. * Highly Recommended *
Link to: Wimp.com / BudgetCuts
CHRISTIE TRANSITION REPORTS AVAILABLE ...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules for "Freedom of Speech" !
... Landmark ruling by the highest court ...
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Now is the time...
Each of us lives a busy life, and the public policy issues are complex ... but we believe the combined forces working now to "fundamentally change America" are going to change your life -- and NOT for the better.
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Get on our mailing list. Learn what others, like you, are doing. Listen to their concerns and ideas. Attend one of our briefings or meetings. Come with us to an event, or jump on one of our buses to Washington. We'll teach you all you need to know, and make sure you know what to expect.
If you don't make YOUR voice heard, then only the voices of others will influence the outcome.
GET INVOLVED. TODAY.
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