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Government Askew Reality 101

History 101 June's Member Dinner Program

Export-Import Bank Renewal Pending (Leg.) Do We Really Need To Pay Attention To These? (local elections)

Dismal Deed by Disney (Leg.) Who Paid For This? or Follow the Money!

Refugee Resettlement Watch (Leg.) Report: Boots On the Ground in Raleigh

Did You Know? (2 items) Meet a Member: Eileen Malan

Wise Quotes How Do I Do That?

Government Askew

Out of alignment - that is what I see when I look at America. The federal government writes complicated laws instead of letting the free enterprise system work. Millions of people working for their self-interest would create better results than central control. The Soviet Union had proved the pitfalls of central control, as Venezuela (out of toilet paper) is doing now.


Congress and the courts have expanded the 'general welfare' and 'regulate commerce' clauses far beyond common sense. In doing so, Congress has seized the powers of the individual.

Contrarily, Congress has given up some of its powers to the President. The Constitution says the Senate has the power to confirm cabinet nominations. However, the Senate acted as if the president should get whomever he wants in cabinet positions.

The Constitution gives Congress power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations," but starting in 1934 Congress gave some of that trade power to the president in order to lessen the political pressure on it from special interests.

People have been giving up their powers to the government, including the power to feed, house, and educate themselves and their children.

Turning the ship back to the basic rules--as in the Constitution and the Ten Commandments--is part of what MTC is all about.

-Miriam Chu


Legislative Co mmitte e Up date
Peggy Smetana, Chair


Export-Import Bank of the United States

Government Picking the Winners and Losers


Ex-Im will expire at the end of June unless Congress acts to renew it.


A short video from Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah).

Tell our Senators to let the Im-Ex Bank expire. Kill it!


Richard Burr

(202) 224-3154

Thom Tillis

(202) 224-6342


Dismal Deed By Disney

Disney laid off their information technology (IT) workers in order to hire foreigners under the H-1B visa program. Read about it here.


I am sick over their action, because their website paints Disney with "integrity, honesty, trust, respect,...teamwork." "One of our greatest assets is our reputation.....commitment to doing the right thing."

See also:

   Disney's Standards of Business Conduct

   Disney's Pledge to Act Responsibly


You can communicate your thoughts about this to Disney, here.


Tell your Senators and Representatives that American citizens should not be laid off to bring in foreign workers on H-1B visas. The Congressional Switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

Refugee Resettlement Watch


U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chair, Michael McCaul
(R-Texas), says that the Obama administration's plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is a serious mistake. He said the U.S. does not have the intelligence capability to screen these refugees, who could be part of a jihadi pipeline into America. (See the article)


Fourteen senators, led by Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are urging the president to significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. Durbin's letter mentions that America is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, but must dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement. See signers in the press release.


The letter mentions that our nation's founders came here seeking religious freedom. However, the Syrian civil war seems to be about power, not religion, as 86% of Syrians are Muslims (Sunni 74%, Shi'ite 11%).


Resettlement contractors are urging resettlement. Resettlement is a big business.


Was anyone clamoring for resettlement of Christians being persecuted and killed in the Middle East?


Did You Know?

Special Forces and Special Operations

Are "Special Forces" and "Special Operations" the same thing? No and yes. "Special Forces" is a type of Special Operations unit, just as you are a part of your family.

Known by layman the "Green Berets," the Special Forces ("SF") is a unit that is unique to the Army. Its headquarters is right here at Fort Bragg but its "groups" a re distributed around the country and in Germany. Each group specializes in a different part of the world, such as South and Central America or sub-Saharan Africa. Although SF units conduct special combat operations and recognizance, their primary missions involve building relationships with, training and liaising with indigenous peoples like the Kurds in Iraq.

Special Operations is the larger, umbrella organization to which the Army's SF belongs. A range of Special Operations units are in all the Services and include aviation and maritime units. Examples include the Navy's SEALS, the Marine Corps' Force Recognizance, the the Air Force's Pararescue and the Army's Rangers. The Special Operations Command is headquartered at McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL.

Diversity Visa Lottery


The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) annually makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available--drawn from a random selection among all entries--to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

The DV Program requires the equivalent of a high school diploma or equivalent experience (see qualifications).

See also:

   Entry process

   Green card through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

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But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?

~ Walter E. Williams

Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of diversity that we have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen - written in blood - from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word.

~ Thomas Sowell

Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp.

~ Milton Friedman


Want To Show Your Respect For
Those Persecuted or Murdered
By ISIS For Not Being Muslim?


The ribbon is orange to signify the orange jumpsuits those martyred wear in the ISIS videos. Send your request to Dee Park and specify whether you would prefer a cross or a flower emblem. 





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June Members' Dinner Program

Summertime is upon us but we volunteers at Moore Tea Citizens aren't

taking any breaks from keeping an eye on politicians and government officials! We have another power-packed lineup for our next dinner program!

Heather Grant
, candidate for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner (and former U.S. Senate
 candidate), will speak to us about her upcoming election; and Frank Roche, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

(2nd District), will address us about his contest.


We'll hear from Harry Painter, Chairman of the Raleigh Chapter of America's Future Foundation, a professional development network for individuals who believe in the power of personal liberty, entrepreneurship, and innovation - channeled through free markets - to promote positive social change. Sara Imhof of the Concord Coalition will share what her organization is doing to educate the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America's unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound economy for future generations. Jen Bordelon of Concerned Veterans for America will talk

about what CVA has going on in North Carolina, including the Defend Freedom Tour, featuring Madison Rising, America's most patriotic rock band, and county music Star Ayla Brown, which is coming to Fayetteville on June 19, 6:00pm-9:00pm. This event, including a BBQ dinner, is FREE.


Monday, June 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Filly & Colt's Restaurant (inside the Longleaf Country Club)
10 Knoll Rd, Southern Pines
The buffet is $16, incl. tea/coffee and dessert; tip is discretionary.
Wine, cocktails, beer and soft drinks are available from
     the cash bar (with or without dinner purchase).


Do We Really Need To Pay Attention To These?


While the 2016 Presidential race is already garnering lots of attention, don't forget our local mayoral and town council races this year. While these races aren't as "sexy" as the presidential contest, these positions may have a greater impact on your lives on a daily basis. These folks set local tax rates and decide how to spend your tax dollars in your municipality.

These races are, like Moore Tea Citizens, officially nonpartisan. However, because of that fact, and because these contests do not receive a lot of publicity, they are easy ways for progres-sives to get a foothold in elected office.

The filing period to run for municipal office this year in Moore County is July 6-17, 2015. You can find more information about filing fees, available seats, and other details at the Board of Elections' website
here. Moore TEA Citizens would love to see a constitutional conservative running for each 

  and every available seat this  year, so please consider filing to run for office in your municipality. It's a great way to have a positive impact on your community, and it gives you experience in case you decide to run for higher office. Just remember - our county commissioners and state legislators will all leave office at some time. It's important that we have qualified conservative candidates who are ready to take their places.

No matter who runs this year, Moore TEA Citizens holds all candidates' and government officials' feet to the fire! We will be sure to invite the candidates to speak with you and field your questions on their positions and qualifications for office this fall, so stay tuned for announcements regarding our fall candidate forums coming soon.



Who Paid for This? (or) Follow the Money!


Recently, you may have heard radio messages asking you to call and
Senator Richard Burr for "working across the aisle" on the 2015  Doc Fix Medicare bill. This message was paid for by "One Nation." I am always curious about these organizations (with patriotic sounding names) that advocate for "bipartisan" policies. So online, I looked up "One Nation" and after a bit of digging, found a match: One Nation America, a 501(c)4.  I read almost everything on their site, and still knew nothing about "One Nation's" actual identity.

Then I found a name, Steven Law, and began to research him. So, for whom does Steven Law 
work? American Crossroads! Well, hello again,

Karl Rove! When will this guy leave us alone? 

   One Nation

    American Crossroads' leaders

    National Journal article

-Miriam Chu

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Boots On the Ground in Raleigh


On April 28th, members of Moore TEA Citizens joined other concerned citizens from across the state to rally in support of RFRA, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, HB348/S550.

Miriam Chu, Jo Mordini and Jackie Wilson drove to Raleigh to encourage the NC House to vote to "cross over" for the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) HB348/S550 and to promote action on HB 318 (E-Verify) and removing section 6 (Driving Permits for illegal immigrants) from HB328. We were met by Dee Park, Carol Wheeldon and many others.

We started the day at Lt. Governor Dan Forest's home/yard with a large group supporting RFRA. We heard encouraging speeches from Tami Fitzgerald and Lt. Governor Dan Forest. After Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee, we walked across the street and picked up information packets to help us promote passage of RFRA. Many of us put on the blue t-shirts saying, "I love RELIGIOUS FREEDOM."

The three of us were intending to stop, have a quick chat in as many offices as we could and then drop off appropriate literature. We ended up having lengthy chats and enjoyed meeting the legislative aides and Representatives. We spent hours doing this and talking to many different people who were there for various reasons. We even saw our own Sheriff Neil Godfrey along with other sheriffs all in their uniforms....some parents and their children were there with the same blue T-shirts we wore and there was lots of good will all around.

E-Verify (HB318) and unfortunately, the driver's license bill (HB328) did make cross over, but the RFRA did not. We will be going back to urge removal of the driver's permits from HB328. The Senate will be hearing HB318 in upcoming weeks. There is much work to be done!

Meet a Member

by Nancy Kasko

Eileen Malan   is an MTC member you should know. Eileen is originally from Hadley, Mass, but has lived in Moore County for the last 41 years and in Southern Pines for for 19.


Although now widowed, Eileen was an
Air Force wife stationed in California, Nebraska and many other locations in the United States. Eileen has been a realtor since 1974 and you can find her at Re/Max of the Pines on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southern Pines. As part of her distinguished career, she served as director of the Board of Realtors.


Eileen is a licensed pilot since 1962 and a member since 1999 of the 99's, an international women's pilot association. She just recently flew with Barbara Para Harris, another valued MTC member, to Florida for an association meeting.


Eileen not only keeps busy being a great realtor but also with the Southern Pines Civic Cub, the Welcome Center, the ELKS and the VFW, among other charitable and civic organizations. She serves as a GOP Precinct Chairman and is very active in Get Out the Vote activities.


Eileen is one of the original members of MTC having attended the very first MTC event -- the Tax Day Rally at the Southern Pines Post Office on April 15, 2008. Over the last six years, Eileen has participated in many rallies, parades and other events and is a faithful attendee of our monthly dinners.


What Eileen likes best about MTC is our focus and our goals. Also important to her is the camaraderie she shares with other MTC members.


Having Eileen as a member makes MTC a better organization!

How Do I Do That? 

Do you find that when you try to talk to liberals about a controversial subject, your conversations quickly devolve into an argument? Do you get frustrated? Do they hit you with things you don't know how to answer (after all, we can't all be Ted Cruz)? Does the subject often seem to expand from one little item to God, county and the garbage disposal? Rather than convert a lib to conservative, do you tend just to alienate a friend or acquaintance?

Over the next few months, this segment of the newsletter will address this subject. We'll look at why and how such unproductive conflict occurs, what you can do to avoid it and, perhaps, even make some ideological gains!


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