Ar mchair Activism will be a positive and important activity. Most Americans have real lives; families, jobs, health and financial challenges which leave us very little time, energy or money to respond to the government's almost daily unwelcome intrusion and interference.
The Armchair Activist program will be designed to fit the needs of the citizen who just wants to run his own life and be left alone by the meddling, elitist busybodies who seem to know what is good for us better than we do.
The format of an Armchair Activist Alert will be: 
  • What: A very brief description of the action item
  • Additional Details: Links to the original legislation text or alternative information sources for those wanting more details (this is also to keep us honest and maintain our credibility)
  • Action: A brief explanation of what to do and the tools to make it quick, easy and efficient
The goal of every Armchair Activist Alert will be to allow a busy, concerned citizen to read and complete the Action item activity in less than 15 minutes and at a convenient time of his own choosing.
There is now an " Armchair Activist " option in your Constant Contact signup preferences. This will allow you to request a once weekly email providing information on an easy and quick action item.
We are also currently working with Americans for Prosperity to make this concept more readily available to busy Americans to develop an Armchair Activist App for your smartphone or tablet!

h/t Net Right Daily

Special Interest Item
What is happening in South Carolina, right now, should give us all reason for pause. Whether it's flooding rain, five feet of snow like we encountered 15 years ago, water contamination like in Virginia last year or a major economic catastrophe caused by a cyber attack, terrorism or a solar flare, we must be at least minimally prepared to be self-sustaining for a few weeks. One of the newer businesses in Moore County is Helios/360, and we asked the owner to address this issue

Plan, Prepare, Survive!

"Plan, Prepare, Survive!"
This is the motto I use and live by in my Helios/365 Emergency Preparedness store. 
Plan. One should plan for emergencies from a short power outage to inclement weather such as a hurricane or a blizzard to a zombie invasion. Now a Zombie invasion is strictly from Hollywood and not even remotely possible but having adequate food, water, power and security is critical in every situation. How much is up to you! What should I store and where? Do we "bug" in or do we "bug out" to our mountain cabin? Do we have enough food to get through the next emergency? Do we have a water source in case the power goes out and the pumps stop working. These are all valid questions that you should give some serious thought to. Developing a plan for you and your family is an important first step, but if you fail to follow through and actually prepare, you'll find yourself facing an actual emergency with a written plan that is only useful for starting a fire! 
Prepare. FEMA recommends a minimum of one month's supply of food and water on hand in the event of an emergency. Every Emergency Preparedness expert I have come across strongly recommend. six months to a year's worth of Emergency Food rations and proper water storage on hand. A proper medical kit is also critical in having when making proper preparations. A small investment now in purchasing Emergency Food and Water Storage as well as back-up power and proper security will pay off a thousand fold in the event of an actual emergency or a national disaster. Don't be a victim, be the example others live by. 
Survive. In the event of an actual national emergency what would you do to survive? Did you properly plan? Did you prepare? If you planned and prepared properly the actual surviving the emergency part has just become a whole lot easier. As a family man I have peace of mind that I will be able to feed my family for an extended period of time. I also have the foresight to own a small back-up solar generator to keep my perishables properly refrigerated, run energy-efficient lighting and keep electronics powered up and usable until the emergency is over and public services are back up and running normally. We will survive comfortably! 
The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared;" a very wise way to live.

Andy Fidandis 
Owner, Helios/365 Solar Energy Systems & Emergency Preparation

Autopsy of the NCGA's H373 and
S119 Elitist Power Grab

(What Happened When We Called Our Politicians)

BACKGROUND: The prior NC legislature created a bad bill which moved forward the date of the NC Presidential primaries in 2016. The NC legislature had to have known that the Republican National Committee would punish NC by decreasing the number of NC's delegates to the GOP National Convention from 72 to 12. The NC legislature wanted an economic windfall to NC from an earlier primary and was playing chicken with the Republican National Committee. They lost.
In July, H373 was constructed to correct this miscalculation and reset the date to March 15, 2016 for the primaries. A s the clock was running out on the October 1 deadline to change the primary date, Rep. David Lewis inserted "Section 3" into H373, authorizing Affiliated Party Committees in the Senate and the House, which would be controlled by the head of the respective parties' House and Senate leaders, thereby sidestepping the authority of the NC State parties.
However, while the grassroots, including we in MTC, were clamoring to remove Section 3 from H373, the General Assembly quickly and quietly passed S119 which amended H373 to allow the Council of State (governor, lieutenant, state auditor, etc) to also form "Affiliated Party Committees." That is, they doubled down on their prior bad legislation, all the while promising us, their electorate, that they would "fix it." Well, they surely did!
The Affiliated Party Committees provision of H373, Section 3, is so heinous that grassroots leadership from across the entire political spectrum* condemned it and requested the Governor veto the bill.
The GOPe is angry and afraid. They do not want the grassroots-chosen Chair and Vice-Chair to have access to the money raised and controlled by the Senate caucus and House caucus. Does the NC General Assembly want rule by the people, for the people and of the people or something else entirely? What's it look like to you? This fight is not over

    League of Women Voters' Action Alert 10/01/2015

c/o Net Right Daily
The Logical Solution
by Peggy Smetana
The Oregon mass murder illustrates the folly of banning faculty and adult students from carrying guns on school campuses. Which condition would you prefer for your child or grandchild if s/he is sitting in a classroom when crazed gunman strolls in, intent on killing as many people has he can?
     Condition 1 -- Today's status quo; s/he's on a "gun-free" campus where the psycho knows he has as much time as it takes for someone outside the classroom to comprehend what is happening, dial 911, get connected to the campus police and notify them of the shooting, for the person taking the call to then get the word out to the officers on campus and for them to find the right building, or

     Condition 2 -- S/he's on a campus where people can defend themselves; where the psyco finds a professor and two students drawing their guns and shooting him before for he can murder more than just a few, if any, innocent people.  
For some inscrutable reason, the wackos don't comply with the "gun-free campus" signs. In fact, since the vast majority of mass shootings in the US have been in "gun free zones," reasonable people might conclude that these people purposefully choose such places (see article).
In NC, a citizen with a concealed carry permit may take his gun on a school campus as long as it's in a closed container (such as the glove box or armrest) before he drives onto the campus, and only if he leaves it there until he leaves campus. It's time to change the law.

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."
~ Mark Twain (1866) 
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
~ Thomas Paine 
Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.
~ Dick Armey
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
~ Thomas Jefferson
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Ronald Reagan 


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Senator Burr Is Beginning His Traditional, 
Election Year Conservative Voting Streak
by Jerry Montgomery, MTC Vice Chair

I think it is time to repeal the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 17th Amendment changed the method of choosing U.S. Senators. Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution provided for Senators to be chosen by the Legislatures of the States. The 17th Amendment changed that, providing for the Senators to be chosen by a direct election vote of the people (like their U.S. House of Representatives).
The 17th Amendment was ratified on April 8, 1913. It has been in effect for 102 years. 
I contend it was a bad decision because in the process of getting a direct vote in the election of their Senators, the span of the people's influence was severely diluted. What do I mean by diluted? For instance, in the House of Representatives there originally was one Representative for every 30,000 people. The founders wanted the people to have influence and access to their Representatives. This was also true within the State Legislatures where there still are reasonable ratios today. By having the State Legislators select their U.S. Senators the people had better access for indirectly influencing and controlling the loyalty of their Senators and what went on in DC. 
As the number of people in our country grew, it was no longer possible to maintain this ideal ratio in the House of Representatives, and eventually it was settled on having a maximum of 435 House Members distributed among the states by population. With our current 320 million people that works out to be approximately 736,000 people per Representative; 25 times more dilution. 
By allowing the people to choose their Senators the dilution is spread across the entire state population resulting in much less real access and influence. We see that today with the current Senators not paying attention to the wishes of their people. They are only interested in their power, the lobbyists, growing the Federal Government, and especially getting reelected.
By repealing the 17th Amendment and restoring the original selection method we would get back much closer to the historical people ratios and having our U.S. Senators trying to please the people in their own state for a change.
Reading the Federalist Papers can provide more insight on the people ratios.
Reading articles on repealing the 17th Amendment will provide insight on the pros and cons.

h/t Net Right Daily

North Carolina's Education Systems Need More Money... 
Or Do They? 
by Neil Oakley

Our General Assembly recently passed its budget, which was signed by the governor. One phrase we seem to hear constantly regarding government budgets, including this year's, is that we need "more money for education/teachers." Since I am married to someone with 25 years of public school teaching experience, I thought I'd unpack this statement and see what it means.
The first word is "more." "More" is a comparative term - "more" than whom or what? How much "more"? The proponents of "more" money for teachers or education never tell us. They use nebulous phrases like "living wage" (whatever that is), or they say they want North Carolina to move to the "national average" in teacher salaries. Here's a thought - when you move to the average, the average changes. Let's say Bobby has 3 apples, Jane has 5 apples, and Johnny has 10 apples. The average number of apples is 6. Bobby wants to move to the average, so he picks 3 more apples to give him 6. But, the average has now moved. The average number of apples among the three people is now 7. Bobby still is not at the average. "Average" is a moving target. The proponents of "more" money should ask for a specific amount, not use a moving target. Plus, these "average teacher salary" arguments do not take into account benefits, cost of living, etc.
Also, do these proponents want "more" money for "education" in general, and what does this mean? Since the Republicans took over the North Carolina General Assembly in January 2011, they have increased the funds allocated to the NC public schools in every budget (set aside the issue of whether the taxpayers are getting what they paid for). Proponents of "more" claim the Republicans have "cut" education. They claim that per-pupil spending is lower. That may be true, but so what? What are we getting in exchange for that per-pupil spending? Also, unlike when the Democrats controlled the General Assembly, the Republicans are not merely using the previous year's budget numbers as a starting point and are requiring those requesting money to justify the amounts. So, if you get a dollar from me last year, and you believe you deserve two dollars this year, but I give you a buck-fifty instead, is that a cut? Not in any rational world, it's not. If you want two dollars, tell me why, using specifics.
Next, let's look at the word "money" and consider where this "money" comes from. In government, there are two ways to get money - raise taxes or cut spending elsewhere. So, where do the proponents for "more money for education" want to get the money? They haven't said. Again, please be specific. If you want to increase taxes, then which taxes? Property? Sales? Income? Something else? And by how much? Are you using a percent, or a flat amount? And on whom? "The rich" doesn't count, because you have not defined "rich." If you want to cut spending, then on what? What would you reduce or eliminate? And by how much?
The final words are "education" or "teachers." Do the proponents of "more money" want higher teacher salaries? Higher administrator salaries? Better benefits, such as health insurance, retirement, matching 401(k)s, etc.? Or do they want more funds for "education" in general? What does this mean? Does this include increased funding to hire bureaucrats, such as assistant deputy associate superintendents for paper-pushing? Or does it mean more money to the classroom to buy things that actually help students, such as, you know, books, desks, pencils, computers, musical instruments, art supplies, physical education equipment, etc.? Or does it go to hiring more and better-qualified teachers?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not dismissing the "more money for education/
teachers" argument out of hand. Depending on the specifics, I might be in favor of it. Under Article IX of our state Constitution, our state government is required to "provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools," and I have taken an oath to uphold our state Constitution. In addition, both my wife and I grew up in public schools, and our children go to public schools. I don't want our public schools to fail. I just want to know exactly what I'm being asked to support. A slogan is not a plan, and just because it can fit on a bumper sticker doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea...and I know a thing or two about bumper stickers.

h/t Net Right Daily

Neil Oakley , Chair
October Dinner Program
Come join us in Carthage for our northern Moore County local candidates forum! We'll be at the Time Out Grill, Monday, October 19th, from 5:30-7:30 pm! We'll have candidates for municipal offices in Cameron, Carthage, Robbins, Vass and Whispering Pines. The only moderator at this month's forum is YOU! We will seat you by municipality so that you can go one-on-one, up close and personal with your local candidates. This is truly democracy at its best! It is very important that you submit your reservation so our volunteers can prepare the seating plan. As we'll be at a new place and ordering off the menu, this month, arrive early! Anytime a large group goes to a new location, everything goes a little slower. Submit your reservation HERE.

If You're Not Registered To Vote, You'd Better Act Now

The deadline to register to vote in the 2015 municipal elections is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9th. To get a voter registration form and other voter information, click HERE.
Who cares about municipal elections, anyway?

Well, these are the people that can greatly influence the value of your property, how much you pay in taxes and all the other decisions local politicians make about your life and your property, there is another, long-term reason to be involved. A local office is often used as a launch pad for people who want to get themselves elected to higher offices. In addition to the experience they gain by living through the process of a campaign, winning provides both a resume enhancer for future runs, and motivation to make them. Loosing often knocks the wind out of one's interest in being a politician. If we conservatives aren't involved locally, we not only deserve what we get, but we may be contributing to the success of Progressives and undermining conservatives at the county, state and national levels.
Know your candidates and vote for the good ones. 

h/t Legal Insurrection

Did You Know?

You may change your Moore Tea Citizens email preferences and update your contact information by clicking a link any email you get from MTC. Here's how:

1. Find the "Update Profile/Email Address"
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at the bottom any email message, including this one. 

2. Click it. A window will open in your browser.

3. Click the "Submit" button on the page that opens. Constant Contact will then send you an email that contains a link to the reset page. This step protects you from someone else viewing/changing your account settings.

4. Click the "Update your profile" link in the email message and follow the directions on the page that opens.

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