NOW... WITH OVER FIVE YEARS KEEPING THE CONSERVATIVES OF NORTH
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." —Ronald Reagan (this quote is too good to change)
"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have rejoiced in their loss of freedom who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious." —Marcus Cicero
"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude."—Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816
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In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Quote from Ben Carson's book, "One Nation."
At our October meeting, the focus was on the Left's alleged "War on Woman" that the Democrats are always telling us about. We presented two outstanding speakers, Kori Peterson from Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Dr. Gina Loudon with her new book, "What Women Really Want."
If you have followed the referendum effort to overturn the California bathroom law over the last thirteen months, you have probably noticed that sometimes we are running fast and sometimes we walk slowly.
In August of 2013, Governor Brown signed the law that declared that K-12 public school students could choose which bathroom and locker room they would use based not on sexual reality, but on their self assessed sexual identity. And with that signature, opponents of the new law had a mere 90 days to collect over 500,000 valid signatures to qualify a referendum allowing the voters to reject the law before it was scheduled to take effect.
With your help, we sprinted to collect and deliver approximately 620,000 signatures.
Then everything seemed to go into slow motion as we waited for the counties to validate and count the submitted signatures. There was one flurry of activity during that time as we were forced to take the Secretary of State to court when she wrongly refused to count signatures in two counties. We shared with you the outrageous facts where in one county the signatures were delivered timely but "returned to sender" by manipulative staff. The court quickly ordered the Secretary of State to count the signatures in both of these counties.
But when the full count for all 58 counties came in, there was clearly more game playing. The Secretary of State announced that more than 1 in 5 of those signatures were not valid, making us slightly short of the necessary number of signatures. And we went back to court. The slow process got even slower. Judging by the obstacles thrown in front of the attorneys representing Privacy For All Students, a slow process is exactly what our opponents wanted.
Those who favored the bathroom law thought we would give up or run out of money if they just kept objecting and refused to give us the documents we need to prove that many of the rejected signatures are valid.
But walk or run, we plan to keep fighting until every valid signature is counted and the voters of California are allowed to vote down this misguided law.
Where are we now? The PFAS attorneys will be back in court on Friday as they continue to build the case that more than enough valid signatures were submitted. And our attorneys were just awarded attorney's fees from the last successful suit against the Secretary of State, partially offsetting the huge costs in a long battle like this.
Bear with us while we slow walk through the legal process. And keep thinking of that day when we can sprint to the polls to vote to overturn the bathroom law.
Privacy For All Students
PS Fast or slow, this process is very expensive. While we are thankful that the State will have to pay our legal fees from the last action, we still need funds to continue this battle. If you have never contributed to this effort, or have not contributed recently, please donate to PFAS today.
A recent Harvard study revealed what many of us have been feeling – millennials are starting to feel the effects of bad policies on our generation. We produced a video with some of the important findings from these recent studies that we believe others need to know. Will you help us by passing it along?
This is a video created entirely by college students to help wake up our generation.
NORTH COUNTY CONSERVATIVES TO HOLD NEXT MEETING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE FOURTH TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.
Your North County Conservatives hold their fourth Tuesday of the month meetings at Mike's BBQ at 1356 West Valley Parkway. Mike's BBQ is located in the Staples Center west of the I-15 freeway (go to http://mikesbbq.net/for directions, menu, etc.). We at NCC feel that each meeting is important, so please come prepared to learn how YOU can get involved in "Making America Great Again."
YourNorth County Conservatives next general meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. In addition to our guest speaker(s), representatives from the offices of Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Jr. and State Senator Mark Wyland may be with us and available to answer questions.
Procedure for ballot initiatives, voting, and registering to vote in California elections, has changed with the onslaught of new bills signed into law in 2015.
Previously, for ballots to be counted, they must have arrived to either a polling place or the designated County elections office by close on Election Day. Essentially, ballots mailed on election day were not counted, per the law, had they not arrived to the elections office. Read the full story
Padilla has long to-do list as California's election boss
By Jim Miller | The Sacramento Bee
When he is sworn in Monday as California secretary of state, Alex Padilla, a former two-term state senator and possible candidate for higher office, will assume one of the most-maligned posts in state government.
The secretary of state's campaign-finance disclosure system is old and confusing, businesses complain about filing delays and a federally required computerized voter registration list is years behind schedule, contributing to a national survey recently ranking California second-to-last in election administration. Read the full story
Secretary of State Launches #BoostTheVote Brainstorm
By Matt Williams | techwire.net
Secretary of State Alex Padilla is calling on the public to share their ideas for increasing voter participation, using the hashtag #BoostTheVote.
"The turnout in last November's election was a historic low for California. We can do better. That's why I'm asking for your help," Padilla said in a video released Wednesday. Turnout for registered voters was just 18 percent. Typically, turnout reaches into the 30s or 40s. Read the full story
Smith: Tehama County tops state in voting accuracy
By Michael Smith | Daily News Letters
Tehama County is one of the top two counties in our state to cast a lawful ballot and for that ballot to be accurately counted.
Election Integrity Project is a corporation that has as its mission that, â€œEvery lawfully cast vote is accurately counted. Read the full story
731 Pennsylvania voters may have cast 2 ballots or voted elsewhere, secretary of state says
By Brad Bumsted and Aaron Aupperlee | triblive.com
More than 700 Pennsylvania voters might have cast two ballots in recent elections, the secretary of State said Thursday.
The figures show "there's potential voter fraud in Pennsylvania," said Carol Aichele, who added she is powerless to investigate or prosecute double voters. Read the full story
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Last January’s “The State of Parental Rights in America” was so well received – and so helpful for informing parents and policy-makers about the growing parental rights issue – that we decided to make it an annual report.
Sadly, not a lot has changed in the past year, and much of what has changed has been for the worse. Progress has been made in a few states, but the overall picture remains grim. Here is an overview of parental rights in America as we begin 2015.
The Good News – Laws Protecting Families
Over the last two years, a handful of states have adopted legislation to protect the vital parent-child relationship. Nevada, Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kansas have all adopted new laws protecting the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. Notable among these is Oklahoma, whose “Parents’ Bill of Rights” draws clear lines of instruction that state agencies must follow, encouraging respect and parental involvement especially in the education and medical care of each child.
Several states have also reconsidered their involvement in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. (Common Core is a program promoting a privately owned and copyrighted set of national education standards for public schools. Its full implementation includes curricula-shaping testing and student data sharing. Critics on both sides of the aisle oppose the program, because it places power over local schools in the hands of large corporations and the federal government.) While many states have put Common Core implementation on hold, ten states have rejected the program entirely; Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Missouri have joined Texas, Virginia, and Alaska, who never signed on in the first place.
Unfortunately, these positive developments are only a small part of our parental rights review.
Medical Freedom - Hospitals:
Justina Pelletier finally made it home to her family in June of this year, after 16 months at the mercy of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and the State of Massachusetts Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). According to her doctors at Tuft’s Medical Center, the 17-year-old suffers from mitochondrial disease. But doctors at neighboring BCH diagnosed her instead with somatoform disorder – they believed her sickness was all in her head.
CREDIT: A Miracle for Justina Facebook page
When Justina’s parents disagreed with BCH’s analysis, the hospital accused them of medical neglect and asked the state to take custody of her, which it did. Fit parents, backed by a fully licensed and well respected teaching hospital, lost custody of their daughter over a diagnosis dispute, and did not get her home for nearly a year and a half.
By the time it was over, the head of DCFS had resigned and the nation had been roused, but poor Justina’s body had been decimated for want of proper treatment. She is still struggling to recover.
CREDIT: Team Isaiah Rider Facebook page
In most states, the law is not on your side. The state of Illinois took Isaiah Rider from his mother, Michelle, because she sought multiple opinions for treating her son’s pain. The teen suffers from neurofibromatosis, and has already lost a leg to the debilitating condition. The state of Arizona has taken Hannah and Kayla Diegel from their mother, as well, over what essentially appears to be another diagnosis dispute over mitochondrial disease.
Medical Freedom Elsewhere
But the hospital isn't the only place your parental rights are at risk.
Detroit resident Maryann Godboldo was arrested in 2011 after a 10-hour standoff with police and CPS who claimed she was not giving her daughter proper medication. The state later discontinued the medication as well, returned the daughter, and dropped the charges – until the appeals court and prosecutors in 2013 opted to go after her again. It wasn't until March of 2014 that those charges were finally dropped as well.
Meanwhile, a family from Clarke County, Virginia, lost custody of their two children when a Child Services Worker – with no medical or psychological training – determined that the mother was suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This outdated term (now called “medical neglect”) refers to a psychological disorder whereby the affected parent is driven to claim that their child is sick in order to draw attention to themselves.
Never mind that medical tests ultimately found the cause of the family’s ongoing maladies. The social services worker’s unqualified diagnosis led to removal of the children from their home for several weeks, during which time both already-ill children were exposed to tuberculosis. The son also suffered a broken ankle, which the state refused to treat, insisting it was only a sprain.
The law is not on your side. Despite the legislative gains, most judges still rubber-stamp intrusive investigations into homes where no evidence exists of abuse or neglect, just because a case worker disagrees with the judgment of fit parents. And states continue to pass laws restricting the right of informed parents to make vaccination and mental health decisions for their children.
New laws in California, New Jersey, and now the District of Columbia make it illegal for teenagers struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction to seek reparative therapy, even if the teen, the professional counselor, and both parents agree on the desired treatment. Similar bills have been introduced in Illinois and other states. This viewpoint discrimination takes decision-making rights away from parents and tramples the doctor-patient professional relationship.
The law is not on your side.
Public School Access:
Though we have not seen new accounts in 2014, the following stories from last year still stir our ire:
In Tennessee, a dad was arrested trying to pick up his special-needs daughter at the end of the school day.
In Georgia a mom was banned from her child’s public school because she posted a photo online of her new concealed carry permit. No threats to violate the “gun-free zone.” She simply earned her permit and was banned from the school.
The law is not on your side. Laws in a majority of states limit or entirely deny to parents any “right” to be present on school grounds where their child is in attendance. What’s more, some school districts have banned parents from sending a lunch with their child, requiring that they buy school-provided lunch instead. And a 2014 bill in New York would require that all parents attend state-provided parenting classesbefore their child can graduate the sixth grade.
Public School Content:
To say that American parents are concerned with the direction of our public schools would be an understatement. As mentioned above, a growing number of states are throwing out the Common Core, a set of “national curriculum standards” set up by the National Governors’ Association and required for schools to qualify for federal Race to the Top education funding.
The “standards” were adopted over the summer of 2010 without any review by parents or state legislatures. Last year, even the New York State Teachers’ Union voted to reject the standards, saying “We will be the first to admit it doesn’t work.” But the vast majority of states are still plowing ahead with the plan.
The law is not on your side as a parent. The Ninth Circuit in Fields v. Palmdale(2005) held that, “Parents…have no constitutional right…to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so.” (emphasis added)
And the First Circuit Court of Appeals in its Parker v. Hurley (2007) decision states, “Parents do have a fundamental right to raise their children. They are not required to abandon that responsibility to the state. [They] may send their children to a private school that does not … conflict with their religious beliefs. They may also educate their children at home.” (emphasis added) Essentially, they said that if parents want a say in what their children learn, they should keep them out of public schools. But even that may not be a permissible option for much longer, based on the ruling of 2014.
The Romeikes are a Christian German family who sought to teach their children at home according to their beliefs. But German law requires that all students attend state or state-approved schools. So the Remeikes fled to the U.S. in search of asylum.
In the case of Romeike v. Holder, the family argued that the right of parents to direct the education of their children is a fundamental human right, and that the denial of this right by the state of Germany constitutes tyranny. The Department of Justice argued to the contrary, that no such right exists and that if it does, its infringement by the government is still somehow acceptable.
In March of last year (2014), the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, allowing the lower court ruling – a ruling favoring the DOJ – to stand. The Romeikes’ asylum was revoked, and the right of parents to direct the education of their children was left on very shaky ground. (The Administration then reversed its deportation ruling and allowed the Romeikes to stay in the U.S., but the damage to parental rights remains.)
In fact, several academic journals over the last few years have featured claims by academic elites “that public education should be mandatory and universal.” Says Emory University Law professor Martha Albertson Fineman, “Parental expressive interest could supplement but never supplant the public institutions where the basic fundamental lesson would be taught and experienced by all American children: we must struggle together to define ourselves both as a collective and as individuals.”
In the last decade there have been at least 22 attempts to expand public pre-school education, at least 31 attempts to make kindergarten mandatory, and nearly 150 efforts in 43 states to otherwise expand the compulsory attendance age range for public schools. None of these measures has been shown to improve education outcomes; they only serve to give more control to the state and less control to parents as children develop and grow. Yet an effort to roll back one such law in Colorado failed just last week, never even getting out of committee.
Once again, the law is no longer on your side. And in terms of educational rights recognized in the courts, things are getting worse.
Bureaucrats Run Amok:
In Loudermilk v. Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, a federal district court ruled that Arizona social service case workers were protected by immunity when they forced their way into a family’s home without a warrantusing threats of taking the couple’s children away. Such threats, according to the court, do not constitute coercion, so the parents’ Fourth Amendment rights – says the court – were surrendered voluntarily.
In California, a diabetic social services worker took a little girl from her mother’s care under the incorrect assumption that the diabetic girl’s blood sugar numbers should be comparable to her own. When checked at the local hospital, the little girl was found to be healthy and stable, her numbers improved from when she was recently diagnosed with the condition.
Yet social services workers and prosecutors withheld the doctor’s findings from the judge and parents through two separate hearings. They kept the child for more than a month before parents finally saw the report and had the child returned.
Meanwhile, social workers in Kentucky just a few years ago proved completely vindictive when one mother stood up to them. Social Services took her children, children of her relatives, and even removed the children of her lawyer from the lawyer’s home!
But the law is not on your side. Every state authorizes certain personnel – doctors, police, social workers (the list varies by state) – to remove your children from your care without a warrant, a court order, or any proof of abuse or neglect. In such an atmosphere, the abuses are getting worse every year.
What Can Be Done?
There is hope! This year more states than ever before have taken up parental rights legislation to protect families from state agency intrusion. And a proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is planned for introduction in Congress in the weeks ahead. Once adopted, the PRA will guard the fundamental right of parents to make decisions – medical, educational, in fact all kinds of decisions – for their children.
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