Dr. Willie Soon January 2017 Free Education Event

 

January Free Education Event
Dr. Willie Soon
Climate Change Realism

Professor Dr. Soon gives a multi-media presentation on the myths of Anthropogenic Climate Change
 

Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon (born 1966) is a researcher of the Smithsonian at the Solar and Stellar Physics (SSP) Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is also a receiving editor for the Elsevier journal New Astronomy. Soon co-authored The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun–Earth Connection with Steven H. Yaskell. Soon disputes the current scientific understanding of climate change, and contends that most global warming is caused by solar variation rather than by human activity. Dr Soon has been a solar physicist at the Center for a quarter of a century. His research specialty is the influence of changes in solar activity on the Earth’s climate and the study of stars of the same type as the Sun. Since 1994, together with various distinguished co-authors, he has published some 60 research papers on these and related topics.

 

Red Pill Politics Returns To The Internet

    I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Dave Kopacz in 2012. He was working with the Rand Paul crowd and the Liberty Clubhouse on the 8th floor of Brad Wyatt’s old building in Worcester Mass.. He was so gracious to invite me to many events over the next couple of years. In 2014 he came to my Candidate’s Symposium at that same building and brought so many people with him to make that event shine.

In 2016 I was honored to be asked to film his 2nd Amendment Rally in Belchertown Mass. The link that begins the many speakers filmed is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFP…
Dave has now asked me to once again come and film, hook up sound and witness the two great Americans who carry on the legacy of their Patriarch. On Feb 18th at the AMVETS in Haverhill Mass; wife and daughter Jeanette and Challice Finicum will wind up their Northeast visit to speak once again about the tragedy of the murder of their husband/father at the hands of Obama’s BLM and FBI; Lavoy Finicum.
Dave himself has been targeted by government, police and has been the target of Mass Republican Politics as well leading up to the split in the Mass Republican Assembly. That split was one of the major causes of Charlie Baker being elected as our Governor over Mark Fisher. I have interviewed Mark twice on my show. I was (also) thrown out of the same amount of events held by Baker’s campaign team. This pales in comparison to what Dave has gone through.
So, I write this piece in Solidarity of Red Pill Politics. At two opposite ends Dave and I have worked hard to bring politcal sense to this state by way of our broadcasts. Dave was a major influence of mine. I watched him work his magic at The Liberty Clubhouse and on Youtube. It was watching him that I got the idea of my own Network. Dave Kopacz and Red Pill Politics was one of the original, Liberty online broadcasts here in Massachusetts and has spurred on many. Those who have, can only claim to be following in his footsteps, including me.
It has been far too long since Red Pill Politics returned to the Internet. On February 18th, it will…
Dean Of Journalism
Christopher Maider
The Meat And Potatoes Show

The rightful masters of both Congress and the courts

Eight years ago, the Tea Party movement began, supposedly sparked by a ranting CNBC reporter.  Unlike the protests that occurred this month around the inauguration of Donald Trump, those rallies began more than a month into President Obama’s term.  It took until September before the first large rally occupied Washington, D.C.

Times have changed though, and power has shifted.  For many, hopes are flying high.  For others, fear grips them.  I have a hard time understanding those who are frozen by fear of the Trump Presidency, but I do not doubt that their fear is real.  The marches against Trump were planned well before he held any power, yet organizers were able to mobilize millions of protesters across the country.  As a veteran of the Tea Party movement, I say “kudos” to them.  They are doing what Americans should do when they peaceably to assemble, and  petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think that one thing that has created fear on the left is the decimation that they have suffered at the polls over the past eight years.  They thought that they would be the rightful masters of Congress and the courts indefinitely.  They are not.  The incredible shift from an electorate that elected the most leftist President in our history, to one who promises to undo that President’s legacy, is something for the history books.  The left does have reason to fear a Trump Presidency, not because he is an evil man, but because after 8 years of perverting the Constitution, things are going to change.

I have my doubts about President Trump’s concern for the Constitution.  He never mentions it.  Some of his ideas seem contrary to the limits of the Constitution.  Until the power of the Presidency is rightfully diminished, we’ll have to cling to the hope that he is serious about shrinking the power of Washington, D.C.  He’s gone outside the box in his cabinet appointments.  The coastal elites are apoplectic about some of these appointments, but their fossilized idea of government has been rejected by the American voters.  This is the biggest hope for the Trump Presidency, that it is a transformational era, where new ideas are allowed to flourish, while the stagnant failed model of the New Deal, Progressivism, and “wars” on everything are once and for all declared dead.

We will forever have leaders who seek to pervert the Constitution.  Regardless of who is living in the White House, vigilance is a virtue always required of the patriot.  The task of the Tea Party is no lighter than when Barack Obama was President.  When we started this movement, I said that this is a decades long task.  Our problem is not with the leaders who pervert the Constitution, but with the voters who elect them.  These are the minds that we must win over.  This is your task.  Instead of badmouthing the left, we should talk about the power of the model that our founders gifted to us.  By creating more lovers of the Constitution, we can ensure that the road to real liberty is always open.

In Liberty,

Ken Mandile

Senior Fellow

Worcester Tea Party

From Here On Out.

From Here On Out.

 

With the inauguration of the 45th President there is now a sea change in the way our nation’s government will run. From this point forward it will become incrementally difficult for elements within and without to counter a surge of Americanism, Patriotism and accountability of our elected. As I have stated on my radio show and on my many blog postings it was virtually impossible for grassroots candidates to get a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting on the ballot let alone elected. Once and a great while we would see a win in some far flung district but, that was it.

I have had the honor to speak with many of these candidates over the 9 years of broadcasting in various forms. Time and time again I would see them lose. Not because of lack of message, virtue, fortitude or a clear policy but because of party politics working behind the scenes to marginalize them. More egregious was most of it was from within their own party.

Allen R Waters is a Candidate for Massachusetts Senate. I had the great pleasure to speak with him on my show January 17th. His candor and decorum is seldom seen in a candidate. Allen has come up the ladder the old fashioned way. His success is his and is well deserved. He has not let his ethnicity be a factor on his way through life but rather has just persevered by his own grit and determination as an American.

His opponent, Elizabeth Warren is the polar opposite. Here is a woman who lied on her Harvard application about her ethnicity, charged an outrageous sum of money to teach at that college, has spent the majority of her adult life as a 1%-er, ascended to the Senate with the sole intention of rubberstamping every government rule, law and regulation that crossed her desk. At the same time she has purposely worked to make life difficult for small businesses, middle income families, upholding the Elitist status of her small clique and bullies any one who challenges the status quo as a racist. Her treatment of Trump supporters and his Cabinet nominees is nothing short of shameful.

 

This has been a constant for decades from both parties. Obstructionism is the policy. Change is a dangerous thing to those who benefit most from stagnation for it means the very real potential of being left behind. Populism is a dangerous thing to those who benefit most from Elitism for it means the loss of power.

And power, the acquisition of it and maintenance of it, is the reason why Obstructionism and Elitism exist.

This ‘sea change’ can usher in a new wave of American Populism. For most of the 20th Century the political pendulum swung right to left never returning to where it was intended to be at by our Founders; at center-right. Progressivism always pushed the settling needle further left until we have reached the point where our youth truly believe we are a Democracy. With the election of the 45th President the obstacles preventing the needle from returning to it’s original position have been removed.

In the upcoming election seasons of 2017 and 2018 we could potentially see more of that Obstructionist policy whittled away. Candidates like Allen R Waters represent the opportunity to replace the Leftist Elitism that has represented Massachusetts for half a century. Scott Brown’s stint was a fluke in an era of controversy over Obamacare. The election of a true grassroots candidate under a new White House Administration will be the wheel that turns in making America great again.

 

…. And That Is The Diatribe….

Christopher Maider is the producer/broadcaster of The Meat And Potatoes Show on ktntradio.com. He is the Owner/Writer of The Lexington Green on blogspot.com. He is a Board member and Media Liaison of The Worcester Tea Party. His Company page can be found on https://www.facebook.com/The-MP-Conservative-Media-Network-204906199720436/

It is less about Resolutions, and more about being Resolute in 2017

Welcome to Harvard everybody!!After the election, I spoke with a person from the other side of the aisle who asked what I would be doing now that the Tea Party’s mission was over.  He was under the impression, probably gathered from fake news stories, that the Tea Party’s mission was just to oppose Barack Obama.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  

The Tea Party Movement is a grass roots response to the corruption, and incompetence, we have seen at every level of government.  The Worcester Tea Party is an incorporated non-profit dedicated to education focusing on economics and politics.  As an educational organization, those that accepted a leadership roles are given the title of Deans.  The treasurer of our organization is our Bursar.  Previous leaders of our organization that have retired from most active duties are Senior Fellows.  The guidance and counsel of our Senior Fellows is very important to our organization.  I have the honor of being the President of the Worcester Tea Party.  The President is the spokes person and evangelist for the group and I help out in any other way I can.

Our Deans are self starters with a commitment to our core principles of Individual Liberty, Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility.  Deans pursue different projects with the understanding that the goals of our organization are fixed, but the methods that we attempt will change over time.  We have Deans focused on Twitter account, a Facebook page and we are pod-casting with Spreaker.  We also have a YouTube channel a Pinterest account and a WordPress website which are doing well but could be improved if volunteers were committed to them.  There are no limits to the opportunities for volunteers.  

The true strength of the Worcester Tea Party is our members.  It is our members that hold the signs at protests.  It is our members that ask questions of scurrilous politicians.  Our members provide t the donations that pay all the Worcester Tea Partys bills.  2016 has been a year where we have endured painful losses and enjoyed surprising victories.  Through 2016 many of our members have stepped into new roles and have advanced our organization.  It is our members that do all the hard work of citizenship that our group is famous for.  

With a new president in Washington, change is inevitable but our core mission will not change.  The core mission of the Worcester Tea Party is to educate voters about the importance of sound fiscal policy and limited government. This mission has not changed with the changing of an Administration in Washington.  Our faith in the principles of our nation’s founding and our commitment to the truth will not change.  2017 will surely present the Worcester Tea Party with new opportunities as well as new challenges.  I am confident that we will meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities as we’ve done for all the years that the Worcester Tea Party has existed in the beating red heart of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  May 2017 bless us with prosperity and peace and I hope to see you at our next Free Education Event

In Liberty,
Matt O’Brien
President
Worcester Tea Party

 

New President! New Hope?

Wow!  No matter how you feel about the 2016 Presidential campaign, there’s no doubt that it was historically one of the most interesting.  Donald Trump broke all of the “rules” that the pundits and consultants established.  He exposed the coastal elites as condescending frauds.  He delegitimized professional pollsters and the media that hyped their lies.  He created a campaign like no other.  Love him or hate him, he’s nothing if not interesting.

Where to next though?  Conservatives are all about small, incremental or evolutionary changes.  We’re about established etiquette, precedent, manners, honoring our forefathers, limiting change to very small steps.  Donald Trump doesn’t fit this conservative model.  No one knows where he’ll take us next.  We’re in unchartered territory.  Regardless, we know that the path that we were on was leading us to more trouble.

The liberal elites are completely blind to what just happened to them.  They blame their defeat on racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, and islamophobia.  This blindness dooms them to continued irrelevance.  There are a few voices from the left who seem to get it, but the ad hominem attacks on Trump supporters from most is evidence that they have not learned their lesson.

I didn’t support Donald Trump.  I still have a lot of doubts about his ability and about his plans.  As a manufacturer, I am particularly concerned about his anti-trade rhetoric.  I’m nervous about his ability to bring all parts of America together.  He has much to prove about his commitment to minorities and to religious freedom.  Yet, I understand why people voted for him.  They are good people who did what they needed to do for their families.  They are not the people that the left claims they are.

Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”.  Hillary Clinton’s path would have been a well-worn path to nowhere (or much worse), the path that we’ve been on for decades.  Donald Trump’s path? Perhaps he’ll take us off the path altogether and through the poison ivy or the thorny blackberry or perhaps it will be an easy and pleasant path.  We just don’t know.  What we do know is that it will be through something new, something to be curious about.

We’ll keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things.

That’s what Americans do

There is a Chinese curse that says, “May you live in an interesting age”.   Well, we certainly do live in an interesting age, but it is no curse!   We live a wondrous time.   We’ve been detoured off the path that we seemed to be stuck on for decades.  Not only will we survive, but we’ll have an adventure and our hearts will be “all of a patter and a pitter”.

Whether Donald Trump was your candidate or not, now is not the time to sit and wait though.  There is important work to do.  Join us, as we help forge the path forward.

In Liberty,
Ken Mandile
Senior Fellow

Worcester Tea Party

Just Voting is Not Enough

As a Cub Scout Den Leader and Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor I’ve taught young people that voting is a right and a duty.  Citizenship and age determine our right to vote.  This right differs from other rights though, in that it also demands duty.  Like jury duty, if enough people refuse to participate, the system fails.  It is a necessary component in the functioning of all democracies and, in particular,  our democratic republic.  We are taught from a young age that good citizens vote, but does voting make you a good citizen?

I can make a good case for not voting (“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it.”), but there’s a larger message in Thoreau’s words, a call to action: “A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.”  He is saying that voting alone is not enough.  It never has been, never will be, never can be.

“There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”  Leaving to chance that your principles will be represented by any person other than yourself is an absurd notion.  Even if your candidate were guaranteed to win, you often don’t even have a candidate to choose from that represents your side on many issues.

It’s very likely that your ideas will lose, so why would you just vote and not take another positive action to defend your political beliefs for another four years?  No, voting is hardly even the minimum requirement for good citizenship.  A good citizen must get up on Wednesday, November 9 and continue to be involved in the politics of their community.

What does it mean to be a good citizen, to be involved in the politics of the community?  There’s no one universal answer for all people.  For some, it means educating young people, either their own or others.  It could mean participating in your neighborhood, your church, your school.  It could be getting up and running for office or serving on a local board.  It could mean being a great mom or dad.  It could mean getting involved with the Worcester Tea Party and our efforts to educate citizens.  We remain committed to promoting the ideals of the Tea Party movement, limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility. We can always use more help.

Are any of these alone enough to make you a “good citizen”?

Probably not. Thoreau called for civil disobedience, advocating that people must do what they feel is morally correct, even if it violates the law.  He went to jail because he would not pay taxes that supported the Mexican War.  Do any of us have the courage to go to jail for our beliefs?  There are a few who do, but most of us struggle to find other ways to be good citizens.  The point of his essay was that voting must not lead to complacency.  We need to act.

Many of us are probably fatigued from the stress and emotion of the Presidential campaign.  Perhaps you’ll want to rest on November 9th, but when you are ready, choose your weapon and your battle.  Get back out there and do the work of good citizens.

Vote, then act!
In Liberty,
Ken Mandile
Senior Fellow
Worcester Tea Party

When bad men combine, the good must associate

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I have to admit, as much as I dislike Senator Elizabeth Warren’s politics, I enjoyed her grilling of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.  It appears that the bank put extreme pressure on employees to use questionable policies to meet sales goals.  First, over 5,000 lower level employees were fired, as if the buck stopped with them.   Then, one of the major players got booted, but was given $100 million on the way out the door.  All John Stumpf got was a grilling by Senator Warren.

There was something distasteful about the Senator’s berating of Mr. Stumpf though. She is just one of a long line of lawmakers who have used their committee seats as sanctimonious soapboxes. It wasn’t until I read a commentary from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) that I realized how hypocritical Senator Warren’s moral outrage was.  (Note, Senator Warren was a TARP administrator when Mr. Stumpf was given a $25 million bonus after the 2008 financial meltdown.)

“Though Warren may “speak truth to power” to Wall Street, she often turns mute on some of the worst abuses of government.  Like most statists, she sees the speck in her brother’s private eye while failing to see the beam in her own public eye.  A whole manner of sins, it seems, are forgiven once one is “serving the public” in government.”

Senator Warren has no monopoly on hypocrisy in Washington though.  From far right to far left, those who have the inclination toward power are, for the most part, always willing to sacrifice consistency, logic, ethics, and fairness to kick an opponent or to protect their power.  It is inherent in the nature of politics.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have expressed their dismay at the apparent compromise of their candidates’ principles.  Congressmen regularly trade favors with their adversaries in hopes of claiming a political win.  Campaign promises are quickly forgotten on the second Wednesday of November.  Can you name a single national level politician that hasn’t lied to us?

Are these people somehow less principled than the average citizen?  Have they lost their ethical compass?  Are they the evil power mongers that we (myself included) make them out to be?  Some (many!) are, but most are just ordinary people with extraordinary egos.  Let’s not lose sight of that fact by putting them on undeserved pedestals.

At the same time, realize that someone needs to do the dirty work of politics.  Our friends and family who join campaigns of imperfect politicians are doing important work.  Some of us may find it distasteful, but without allies working on the inside, there is little hope of winning important ideological battles later.

Edmund Burke said “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” more than 200 years ago, yet the nature of bad men and the need for the good to work together remains unchanged.

Fight for liberty in whatever way moves you, and have respect for those allies who choose different weapons and tactics.  We’ll never agree on what tactics are best, but we must learn to work together for common goals.  Let us always remember who the real enemies of liberty are.

In Liberty,
Ken Mandile

Back to School 2016

Public School Stone Column
It is estimated that more than 50 million students are enrolled in elementary and secondary public schools this fall. Another 5 million are enrolled in private schools and more than 20 million are enrolled in post-secondary schools. All this adds up to more than 75 million students entering classrooms in the next couple of weeks.
 
Hundreds of thousands of families have chosen to opt out of the standard education system though. This year, more than 1.5 million students will be homeschooled. More than an act of love and concern for their own children, homeschooling is a brave act of defiance to a statist system of indoctrination and conformity. Staying outside of the perceived “norm” of society, these families are trailblazers. They are defining a new way of thinking about some of society’s most influential institutions.
 
Another group of families has gone even further by unschooling their children. Unschooling lets education be directed by the interests of the child. It sounds radical to those of us who are products of the factory schools, but it has proven to be effective for some children. A recent study discussed in Psychology Today looked at adults who had been unschooled. It found that they had higher rates of completing advanced degrees than conventional students.
 
Participants in the unschooling survey “wrote about the freedom and independence that unschooling gave them and the time it gave them to discover and pursue their own interests. Seventy percent of them also said, in one way or another, that the experience enabled them to develop as highly self-motivated, self-directed individuals.”
 
The idea that school is not for everyone or that it is a prison is nothing new. In Book VII of Plato’s Republic, Socrates says; “…Because a freeman ought not to be a slave in the acquisition of knowledge of any kind. Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body, but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. “
 
H.L. Menken said; “The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”
 
Unschooling works for some children, homeschooling for others, and, for many, a conventional public or private education is best. We should not understate the great work being done every day by dedicated public school teachers. They often struggle in a seriously flawed system, yet still manage to deliver a valuable education to America’s youth. There is a downside to mass education though; a sickness of staleness and conformity. In the market of ideas, it is likely that the unschoolers and the homeschoolers will lead the way out of dark side of the public factory education. In our battle for freedom, we must protect those who are leading us to a better way.
 
In Liberty,
Ken Mandile
Senior Fellow
Worcester Tea Party

The most useful of modern discoveries

When you think about the events in human history that have transformed the very fabric of society and have spurred on the evolutionary, technological progression of the world we tend to think in terms of tangible items like vaccines, electricity, automobiles, telephones, etc. Asked to think deeper we might mention nuclear power, landing on the moon or cracking the human genome. But if we go deeper, think not of something tangible in the immediate, nor a monumental historical event we find that the most fundamental, life altering (for the world), all encompassing discovery and utilitarian event in modern human history was the discovery and development of oil.
Mechanization made the work day easier, shorter, cooler, warmer, safer. Travel became quicker, safer. Food became less contaminated and could be shipped across Continents. Today, a wounded soldier in Afghanistan (however seriously) can be airlifted and in ICU within a few hours. Each, and every step of the way, because of the development of oil.
Third World, abjectly impoverished nations are the worst hit whenever a climate related disaster takes place. Western economies can handle such things because of our use of oil. It is not the use oil (causing Climate Change) that creates death and destruction in such areas it is the lack there of. A drought in Ethiopia kills millions. A drought in California means grapes cost a dollar more. A flood in Sir-Lanka creates a refugee crisis. A flood in Ohio and Serve-Pro arrives.. Like it never even happened.
The benefit of oil is there for us all to see. The risk is also there for us all to see. But the former outweighs the latter and we can mitigate those risks. Conversely, abandoning our use of oil is unproven, problematic, un-foreseen, un-knowable and fraught with risk. Risks we neither know how to mitigate if we can at all.
Oil is in every facet of our lives so much so we cannot fathom it, yet enjoy it’s abundance. Oil removed from every facet of our lives is abundantly un-fathomable.
In Liberty,
Christopher Maider
M&P Conservative Media Network CEO
Worcester Tea Party Dean of Journalism