February 2016 Update

For Members and Fellow Supporters throughout the State and across the Nation


Dear Friend,

The 2016 election season is well under way with all the drama that comes with presidential politics.  Likewise our Georgia General Assembly is quickly moving to finish this session as political leaders position and prepare for the May general primary election.  In the world of politics we are indeed in the harvest season, and the Constitution Party of Georgia (CP-Ga) is hard at work in the field building a separate, unique, and distinct political party from the grassroots up!


In This Update

  • Party Building:  Fundraising and Membership
  • Do Christianity and Politics Mix?
  • Political Capital
  • Ballot Access in Georgia
  • Upcoming Events
  • SoS Elections Division Data Breach
  • Legislative Update
  • Commentary

Unlike reform groups like the Democratic Pro-Life Caucus or the Republican Assembly, the CP-Ga works to help build a multifaceted network of like-minded supporters and organizations to achieve specific political ends.  The past three decades are littered with honest efforts of like-minded patriots who – either as elected officials or party officials – have attempted to change the GOP from within. Most party reform movements are focused only on changing stated policy or personnel of the two major parties.  But lasting political change must include building a political infrastructure and culture that promotes the basic principles of Christian civil government.   That change is best promoted through a distinct political party with a multi-generational vision to build at the local level. True spiritual revival in our communities provides the soil in which the CP-Ga can thrive.  The party’s expansion will be paced with the growth of a constituency that will vote for representatives who have the courage to implement these principles of Christian civil government.  This will not only ensure that efforts are focused toward credible, competitive campaigns but it helps the CP-Ga resist the political temptation to expand our voter base by compromising our principles. 

Last month the party picked up 269 new supporters and three new recruiters.  Our social media efforts have been crucial to raising the party’s profile and adding to the party’s list of prospective supporters, volunteers, and donors.  To give you some perspective in the last quarter our email list grew 139% but our Twitter followers grew over 3000%.  Matthew Propes, our volunteer Twitter Social Media Captain, has been the force behind such explosive growth.  Our motto of  “Honor God, Defend the Family, Preserve the Republic” is resonating with voters who embrace all three and are motivated to act — privately and publicly.  We are targeting Christian voters who are actively living out obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, who understand that 2 Timothy 3:16-17 applies to every part of our lives including politics, and who have an appreciation for the Christian foundation of our nation’s history.  

Currently all of the party’s elected officials around the country are serving in local offices.  By keeping the CP-Ga focused on local party building and political action where ballot access and incumbent recalls are achievable, we are concentrating on winning hearts and minds, building our base of support, and winning small battles over the next four years.  Franklin Graham challenged Christians to walk away from compromised political parties and start working locally to raise up elected officials who will not be ashamed to honor God in their official capacity.  My friend Rick Jore, former Constitution Party Montana State Representative who was term-limited out of office in 2008, is an example of the kind of leadership the CP-Ga is building.  After watching the video below where I introduced Jore then he gave a presentation I think you’ll agree he’s the kind of representative we want serving in our municipal and state governments.

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Like our founders are you willing to pledge your lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to fight for our communities?  Then join us!  Sign up to support and work for the CP-Ga today! If you’re outside Georgia we’ll help you get plugged in to your state’s efforts.


With a vision of victory,

Ricardo Davis
State Chairman

 


In This Update

  • Party Building:  Fundraising and Membership
  • Do Christianity and Politics Mix?
  • Political Capital
  • Ballot Access in Georgia
  • Upcoming Events
  • SoS Elections Division Data Breach
  • Legislative Update
  • Commentary

  

Party Building:  Fundraising and Membership

The 2016 election cycle is around the corner and the CP-Ga is preparing to expand its grassroots base to focus on training activists, electing local candidates and competing in select state legislative races.  For the CP-Ga to start 2016 strong we need every supporter receiving this email to do one or more of the following:

  1. If you are not currently a member or your membership has lapsed, please become a member today!  To check your status sign in (click here for help) or call 404-994-3586.
  2. If you have a business then consider a year-end donation of funds or in-kind services.  Call Ricardo Davis at (404) 620-2440 today!
  3. If you are a current member or do not meet conditions 1 or 3 for party membership but want to help the CP-Ga achieve its goals then give a donation today!  Note that under current state law donations for party building purposes are not limited; cumulative donations under $100 a year are not reported to the state.

In the state of Georgia voters do not register by political party, so party membership requirements are set by each party.  By the way Georgia has open primary elections – a member of a political party may vote in any primary they chose.  And voting in a party’s primary does not make the voter a member of that political party.

Your support helps advance the cause of Christ’s righteousness in our civil government for the good of all people.  It helps fund the party’s communications and outreach efforts.  It is your vote in support of those principles you believe in and want to see established in your community.

 

Do Christianity and Politics Mix?

Gary DeMar 

Gary DeMarThere’s a scene at the end of the film The Martian where Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) lays out what is inevitable in space travel. It’s a lesson that can and should be applied to every area of life:

“At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you… Everything’s going to go south and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem… and you solve the next one… and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, questions?”

A number of readers of the material published by American Vision often ask why we spend so much time on eschatology. Matt Damon’s brief speech is one reason why. Of course, it’s much more comforting to Christians if there is a “rescue in a rapture” than to die with no Earthly or Martianly hope.

Let’s get a few preliminaries out of the way concerning Christians and politics. First, there is no doubt that there are few differences between the two major parties. With both Houses of Congress owned by the Republicans, one would think that the claimed differences would have come out and the GOP would have fought for the principles they claim separate them from the Democrats.

This leads to the second observation. Many Christians believe their vote doesn’t make much difference even when their guy wins because their votes are overwhelmed by the GOP establishment majority that dilutes the effectiveness of the constitutionalists.

Third, they are tired of sending people to Congress who promise one thing and then break that promise and offer political excuses for the votes they make. This happened in my district in Georgia. Rep. Barry Loudermilk voted for the 2000-page Omnibus Appropriations Bill even though it continued to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million. There’s so much pork in the Omnibus Bill that a devout Muslim wouldn’t touch the paper it’s printed on.

Here’s how a letter-to-the-editor writer praised Loudermilk’s vote:

“But you can’t beat something with nothing, so our delegation used the only currency they had [to get specific issues related to Georgia passed]: their votes for or against the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Thankfully, Representative Loudermilk and the Georgia Delegation put their districts and state’s interests first, and harmful provisions were defeated as a direct result of their efforts.”1

This means that the 300+ million people in the other 49 states (along with Georgia) get saddled with the multi-billion-dollar Appropriations Bill because the Georgia Delegation wanted something specific to Georgia taken out that Alabama had put in. Instead of voting for specific issues in separate bills, they are put into an Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

Loudermilk voted for the bill because “the new House Speaker” had “pledged to bring up for votes the other issues that Loudermilk wanted to see addressed in the bill,” issues that everyone knew Obama would veto.

Disillusionment sets in. But we don’t give up. We look for a better candidate. We raise up a more informed generation of Christian statesmen.

Continue reading…

 

Political Capital

The idea behind political capital is to “give honor to whom honor is due” by recognizing the many efforts that go into building strong local political organizations.  Folks interested in the party start by signing up which earns 10 points.  If you RSVP for and attend an event you get political credit for showing up.  If you donate or become a member of the party you get 10 points.  By signing up to volunteer you get political capital.  The CP-Ga recognizes your online and your offline contributions to advance the party and your progress is tracked on your Political Capital page (you may need to activate your account first).

Word of mouth is the best advertising, so the CP-Ga rewards folks who tell their friends and family about the party.  Some examples: if you sign the Ballot Access Signup and share the news to your Facebook friends or Twitter followers and they sign then you get political capital for your signup and every one one of your friends who responds and signs up!  Likewise if you circulated a paper petition to get sign ups once the names are entered you credit for each of the signatures you gather.  Use the Spread the Word page to share the principles of the party via social media.  The Volunteer Hub has more online activism ideas!

The Leaderboard shows the top go-getters for the current month.  The supporter that gets the most political capital for the month of February will get a free copy of Gary DeMar’s book Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: How Misreading the Bible Neutralizes Christians and Empowers Liberals, Secularists, and Atheists to help equip you to take a stand for liberty!

 

Ballot Access in Georgia

Georgians cannot run as a candidate for a partisan office in any standard election unless they circulate ballot access petitions or run as a Democrat or Republican.  Today Georgia currently requires roughly 20,000 signatures of registered voters for a non-major party candidate to place their name on the ballot for a U.S Congressional race, and roughly 60,000 signatures for a statewide race.

Georgia has the most restrictive petitioning requirements in the country according to Ballot Access News that stated in May 2003, “Georgia is the showcase example of why the Voter Freedom Act [H.R. 2268] is needed.”  Petitioning requirements are 10 times more restrictive than the national average of all other states combined for certain offices such as U.S. House of Representatives.

Compared to other states Georgia has the worst state ballot accessibility for alternative political parties:

  • The barrier required by Georgia that a party must receive 20% of votes cast in the previous gubernatorial or presidential race to run a full slate of candidates is ten times the national median of about 2%.
  • Georgia is one of the worst in the nation at political party qualification having no alternative parties qualifying in the last 25 years.
  • Georgia is one of only two states that does not qualify all of the party nominees in the next election when a candidate of a party meets ballot access requirements.

As a result of Georgia’s overly restrictive ballot access laws, nearly 70% of all state legislature races have only one candidate! During the Civil Rights Movement it was understood that the right to vote without the right to vote for your candidate was useless!  When both major political parties work together to violate your God-given unalienable rights your voice is shut out.

But you have the ability to help change that by assisting CP-Ga candidates to get on the ballot by signing up today!

 

Upcoming Events 

The CP-Ga will either host or support a number of activities around the state, such as the March 8, 2016 Meeting of the Canton T.E.A. Party.  More information on these events and how to RSVP can be found in the Events section of the CP-Ga web site.

 

SoS Elections Division Data Breach

Every month, the Secretary of State’s Election Division releases all the new registered voters on a disc so that various entities can update their records. This voter file data is generally limited to names, addresses, and demographic information. But last November the monthly data set contained the driver’s license number, social security number, full name, address, and everything else you need to steal someone’s identity for every single registered voter in Georgia. This data was unencrypted and not password protected.

This voter file data is not only provided via CD but also transmitted automatically to a number of different databases and replicated for use in voter targeting and related uses.  The matter received some coverage in political blogs and in local media.  The Office of the Secretary of State issued a press release and announced availability of identity protection for all registered Georgia voters as of October 13, 2014 (one year of complimentary credit and non-credit identity protection provided by CSID that ends on December 31, 2016).  However all affected voters were not notified directly of the problem.  The Secretary of State has a web page with information regarding this problem, including the CSID site for complementary identity protection.


 

Legislative Updates

Here’s the online report of the bills the CP-Ga is tracking during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly:  https://legiscan.com/reports/e1vssw73

The Party recommends support for legislation highlighted in green, opposes legislation highlighted in red, and is neutral and/or watching closely all others.  Click here to find your state representative and senator.  The CP-Ga strongly recommends you calling your representative and senator, especially if they are part of a committee that is reviewing the bill.  Request a response in writing or email.

If you receive any comments from your legislator(s) regarding a bill then please forward it to support@gaconstitutionparty.org.

 

 

Commentary

Constitutional rights are not government-given
Randy Moll  
(from GAConstitutionParty.org)

People often speak of their Constitutional rights but sometimes make the mistake of assuming that the rights protected by the Bill of Rights — such as the freedom of religion; freedom of speech and of the press; the right “to keep and bear arms”; the right “to be secure” in our “persons, houses, papers and effects” — are given to us by our government. But a careful reading of the Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence, makes clear that these rights, as well as others not enumerated, are given to us by our Creator and the Bill of Rights was adopted to preserve those God-given rights from the encroachment of government.

 For example, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The amendment does not give to us the right to believe and worship as we see fit, to speak freely our thoughts and opinions even if they are contrary to government policy, to publish news and information freely and without fear of government reprisal, to assemble peaceably or to petition the government. It assumes these rights are already ours and prohibits the government from doing anything to infringe upon those rights.

The Declaration of Independence couldn’t be more clear on the source of our rights and the action to be taken when governments infringe upon them: “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, — That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Continue reading


 

Ballot Access Lawsuit Update

The lawsuit against the State of Georgia that the CP-Ga and the Georgia Green Party (the plaintiffs) filed is still working its way through the federal courts.  The objective in this case is to remove the ballot access restrictions for the 2016 Presidential race similar to what was accomplished in Florida and Tennessee.  

The plaintiffs recently filed a response to the State of Georgia arguing that:

  • A challenge to Georgia’s petition requirement is not barred by prior court decisions
  • Plaintiffs do have a modicum of support
  • Independent parties have played significant roles in our nation’s history
  • The burdens imposed upon Plaintiffs by Georgia’s petition signature requirement are severe

We are thankful for the efforts of Elections Director Garland Favorito and the legal team.  Please keep this matter in your prayers.

With a vision of victory,



Your fellow patriots at the Constitution Party of Georgia


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