We Must Listen, Learn, And Act BY TIM SCHMIDT - USCCA FOUNDER
"I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep." -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
We’ve seen our troops mindlessly shot down in our own hometowns.
We’ve seen our flag burned, hated, and disgraced.
We’ve seen the violent deeds of countless Muslim extremists,
their soulless and cowardly acts of war and hatred…actions that can only
be described as pure evil.
And we’ve seen little from our nation’s leadership to convince
us that we have any political, moral, or economic support or direction.
When things go wrong, when the world comes crashing down around
us, people look to our leaders for wisdom, for guidance, and for a
sense of what's right and what needs to be done in these situations.
It's in these times, especially, that true leaders of real character
will reiterate that two wrongs don't make a right, that injustice
doesn't breed justice, and that disorder doesn't result in order.
And I think that you’d probably agree with me that we haven’t seen a whole lot of true leaders lately.
Here in our country, particularly of late, our “leaders” have shown us that they are unqualified to solve issues (or sometimes even address them) or bring people together. They have done little except to prove that they are incapable of true leadership.
And rather than unite us, they have ripped us apart.
They have become the biggest part of the problem rather than the biggest proponent of the solution.
And when the people in charge condone chaos or sit idly in
silence, or do only what works best for themselves or for their agendas,
they do nothing but intensify conflict and destruction. It's
Shame on all of them.
Undoubtedly, the topic of leadership is not a new one for me. I
have always admired strong leaders. And by strong, I mean the kind of
leaders who lead by serving and by doing and by setting examples, not
the kind who live on a power trip or step all over others to achieve
And I have learned a lot by watching great leaders—and by
watching bad ones. Great leaders can be found in all sorts of places,
from the Sunday school room to the martial arts dojo. But a leader
should not just be a title, given to anyone and everyone. It should be an action, earned by those who truly deserve it, by those who can use their position to help, guide, and inspire others.
As we watch the situations unfold around us, and as we gear up
for a time to elect new leaders, I encourage you to start making
personal and professional decisions to be good leaders in your own
homes, workplaces, and communities. We must discuss, deliberate, and
debate, but most of all, we must listen, learn, and act.
I hope and pray we will one day soon have a great leader in our country. America needs it. You and I need it.
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I-1366's opponents file lawsuit to prevent the people from voting on I-1366
If you can't win a vote, you try to cancel it or block it.
Politicians clearly believe that voters overwhelmingly support
I-1366's taxpayer protection policies and that's why they desperately
want to take away the people's right to vote on it.
So they filed a don't-let-the-people-vote lawsuit this week.
Two unanimous state supreme court rulings have stopped lawsuits just like this one.
In 2005, all 9 justices on the Washington State Supreme Court
rejected an effort by special-interest groups to stop the people from
voting on a qualified initiative. In their 9-0 ruling, the High Court
wrote: “It has been a longstanding rule of our jurisprudence that
we refrain from inquiring into the validity of a proposed law, including
an initiative or referendum, before it has been enacted." Coppernol v
Just two years later, opponents sued to prevent voters from
voting on another qualified initiative, essentially asking the state
supreme court "Did you really mean it?" They sure did. In their 2nd unanimous ruling, this one in 2007, all 9 justices wrote: "Preelection
review of initiative measures is highly disfavored. Coppernoll v. Reed,
155 Wash.2d 290, 297, 119 P.3d 318 (2005). The fundamental reason is
that 'the right of initiative is nearly as old as our constitution
itself, deeply ingrained in our state's history, and widely revered as a
powerful check and balance on the other branches of government.' Id.
at 296-97, 119 P.3d 318. Given the preeminence of the initiative
right, preelection challenges to the substantive validity of initiatives
are particularly disallowed. Id. at 297, 119 P.3d 318. Such review,
if engaged in, would involve the court in rendering advisory opinions,
would violate ripeness requirements, would undermine the policy of
avoiding unnecessary constitutional questions, and would constitute
unwarranted judicial meddling with the legislative process. Id. at 298,
119 P.3d 318. Thus, preelection substantive challenges are not
justiciable. Id. at 300-01, 119 P.3d 318. Further, substantive
preelection review could unduly infringe on the citizens' right to
freely express their views to their elected representatives. Id. at
298, 119 P.3d 318." Futurewise v Reed
Editorials were unanimous too:
Walla Walla Union Bulletin:"Pre-emptive legal
challenge of initiatives is a mistake. We see barring an initiative
from the ballot as an abridgment of free speech. Any constitutional
test in court should come after the election. That's the way the system
was designed to work."
Tacoma News Tribune:"The high court got it
right: Give initiatives to voters. The court said, 'No! in 2005. This
time, it essentially said, 'Read our lips: Don’t try it again.' Let’s
hope these two unanimous precedents get the message across to would-be
initiative killers in the future. The willingness of citizens to sign
the petitions determines whether the initiative will be put on the
ballot in the first place. And the vote of the electorate in November
determines whether the bill becomes law. Whatever one thinks of the
content of an initiative, the process is pure democracy – and deserving
of utmost respect. And as the court noted, initiatives – whether or not
they are ultimately struck down by the courts – represent a chance for
voters to 'send a message' to their elected representatives. They tell
lawmakers what the public thinks about the issue in question. So let the
voters have at it."
Seattle Times:"Initiative tampering is dangerous
... We believe their lawsuit should fail because it would undermine the
rights of the people to petition their government. ... that is an
attempt to change our political system, in which courts don’t decide
whether a measure is constitutional until after the people approve it.
It’s a slow way, but it’s our way, and it has the advantage of allowing
the people to say what they want. That is how car tabs were lowered: the
people voted to lower them, the court threw the measure out, and the
Legislature lowered them anyway. The political message got through. The
Seattle Times did not support that initiative, and over the years we
have expressed our dislike of many others. But we defend the right of
initiative. The Futurewise-SEIU lawsuit would expand the power of
political groups to shrink the people’s choices before an election. We
are against it."
Again, the state supreme court has twice issued unanimous
rulings, making it clear to all anti-initiative groups that they
shouldn't go knocking on the court's door every time an initiative
qualifies for the ballot. The voters have a right to vote and that
right shouldn't be taken away just because a bunch of politicians and
special interest groups don't trust the voters.
We're working as hard as we can to pass I-1366 in
November. Our antidemocratic opponents are trying to stop it. It's
clear that we need your support now more than ever. Please help us (see
If you like and appreciate our past, current, and future efforts on
behalf of taxpayers and especially now that Initiative 1366 has
qualified for the ballot, please send us a donation for $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000 or more(there are no limits on how much can be given). You can go to our website right now - www.VotersWantMoreChoices.comand make a secure on-line contribution by PayPal or VISA or M/C. OR, you can print this form, fill it out, and return it with a check or credit card information.
done so many amazing things over the past 16 years, but that's only
been possible thanks to successful benefactors like you. We ask you to
please help us help taxpayers.
VA Governor Doesn’t Want Voter Applicants to Directly Declare US
says it all the time – progressive political interests have a knack for
preserving, if not outright exacerbating, weaknesses in our electoral
systems. This week, Virginia offers the latest example. According to
The Washington Post,
Governor Terry McAuliffe
offered his support for a significant overhaul of the state’s voter
registration form, removing the requirement that applicants directly
they are U.S. citizens and have not had their voting rights removed due
to felony convictions. Proponents of the change say it does not allow
noncitizens to register – it just does not punish applicants if they
fail to directly answer questions. By signing the application, they
with the fine print that requires citizenship. At the State Board of
Elections meeting this week, the proposal was largely panned by
citizens and local election officials alike. The general criticism was
that no one reads the fine print at the bottom of the form, yet everyone
focuses on the first two questions on the top, when required to answer.
Changing this procedure could lead to more ineligible registrations –
even if by accident. VIRGINIA RESIDENTS: an open comment period has been
initiated regarding this matter. Share your thoughts here.
Research Tip: Finding Noncitizens on Your Local Voter Roll
Almost weekly, True the Vote receives requests for help in researching
noncitizens in local voter rolls. A popular method utilizes jury
declination lists, where individuals claimed noncitizenship for
the voter registry. But just because it makes perfect common sense, that
does not mean it's an option in every state. TTV research has seen
the mixed bag of jury data access across the nation -- ranging from wide
open to shut tight. If you want to get involved locally, there are a
questions that must be answered.
Are citizens allowed to review such files as a matter of public record?
If not, does your local election office get copies of said files?
How often does the election office
get the files?
Do they use the jury
data information for voter roll maintenance purposes?
Why not (if applicable)?
You may reside in a state that does not consider jury duty declination files to
be public record. However, you still have the power to see proof of process. If data is to be transferred to election offices, periodically
request proof that documents were received and acted upon. Citizen oversight keeps local officials on their toes.
More IRS Targeting News That Will Not Shock You
Remember when Lois Lerner swore that
the DC brass of the Internal Revenue Service was unaware the targeting
of nonprofits was occurring and threw the Cincinnati office under the
labeling them rogue actors? New (technically old and once thought lost)
emails belonging to Lerner surfaced this week again proving her claims
to be a
lie. This week, The Washington Timesreported
on a November 2011 email exchange between Lerner and the Cincinnati
office. It describes plans to delay a tax-exempt
applicant’s likely complaint to Congress by burdening them with more
questions. “Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an
additional information letter out to one of these organizations — if
nothing else to buy time so he didn’t contact his Congressional
Office,” a Cincinnati official told Lerner. This revelation shows us a
few things. First, we can continue to build the timeline even further
with respect to Lerner's direct knowledge of targeting from the top
down. But more important, we see the ease in which the notorious
letters were used to keep applicants hamstrung on all fronts. Additional
information requests typically required hundreds of pages of documents
submitted under penalty of perjury and tight deadlines merely to back up
previous responses. Applicants simply do not have the time to call
their Congressman or sound any other alarms when they have to answer
past or present board member, officer, key employee and members of their families who:
Has served on the board of another organization.
Was, is or plans to be a candidate for public office. Indicate the nature of each
previously conducted similar activities in another entity.
Has previously submitted an application for tax exempt status.
With revelations like
this, it's no surprise the IRS continues to drag its collective feet in honoring court orders for document email
When will we wake up and address the enemy of true liberty, both here in America and around the world?
True Islam, as modeled by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is what we are
witnessing in the actions of jihadists like the Muslim Brotherhood,
ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and their many supporters.This Islam is
not radical or an aberration. This Islam is the true, fanatical,
fundamental Islam practiced by Muhammad and his followers.
This new presentation will fly in the face of political correctness, the
false label of "Islamophobia" and even threats of violence or death.
Shahram Hadian lays out the evidence from Islamic doctrine, text, and
Shari'ah law practice that what we are witnessing in the world today is
"true Islam." We are living in dangerous times and we need a wake up
This past week Shahram spoke in Boise and in Twin Falls, Idaho, (where Muslim Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive this October). He presented over a period of 4 days to more than 700 community members, plus meetings with
elected officials and law enforcement. Shahram also was a guest on
multiple local radio shows, sharing with audiences the truth of Islam,
and what the "Refugee Resettlement Program" can mean for Idaho and for our Nation.
true agenda of Islamic immigration is being hidden from the local and
state governments. Large groups of refugees are being dumped into 190+
targeted conservative communities without a proper vetting structure and
without the sufficient notification or input from these communities.
Shahram believes we need to LIMIT immigration (with greater scrutiny)
from Muslim countries (particularly those who are known sponsors of
terrorism). He also believes that the Refugee Resettlement Program must
be halted in order to bring greater oversight and accountability to the
broken refugee system. (Photo: Syrian refugees at a protest rally)
Want to know more about the Idaho refugee plans?
You can read a WND article on the Idaho refugee plans here
Listen to our Fortress of Faith broadcast discussing the Hidden Agenda of Islamic Immigration here
Listen to Shahram's interview on the Kevin Miller KIDO radio show here
Is Islam demonic?
While in Idaho, Shahram received a lot of scrutiny in the media for saying in his presentations that the ideology of Islam is evil and demonic.
He backed up this claim by opening and reading "evidence"
directly from the Quran, the Sunna and The Reliance of the Traveler
(Islamic law book), all credible Islamic sources. While a guest on the
Nate Shelman radio show on KBOI in Boise, discussing Islamic refugee
resettlement, Nate asked Shahram to explain his position.
At minute 18 Shahram answers the question, "Did you really say that Islam is demonic?"
you like audio CD's of our radio shows? You can now order any of our
programs onto CD for playing in your car, home, or giving away. Just
email us with the dates/titles of the programs you want (find them here),
and we'll send you the CDs in the mail. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your order and mailing address. CDs are by contribution to The TIL
Project. (Suggested: $10 for 1, $5 each additional)
Praying for a Gideon Army of 300
As more doors have been opening, we have an increased need for prayer and financial support
In order to achieve the goals that we believe the Lord is placing before us, we hope to raise up a â€œGideon Army of 300â€ (Judges 7: 1-25) supporters who will stand with us in prayer and/or financially support The TIL Project at $20 per month.
For months now, we have sensed a movement of God towards expanding the
ministry of the Truth in Love Project. In the past year alone, we have
seen greater doors opening for Shahram and the critical messages that
God has placed on his heart.
If you believe in the work and message of The TIL Project, will you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry?
Bible says that in the Tribulation period, multitudes will lose their
lives to "beheadings" (Rev. 20:4). Is the recent rise of Islamic
inspired beheadings a sign of what's ahead?
Shahram will present the connection between Islam, the anti-Christ
spirit, and the beheadings of the saints for their testimony of Jesus
To order a DVD copy of Shahram's presentation on "Beheadings & the Bible" from the recent Peoria, IL Steeling the Mind conference, please visit our DVD order page here.
This particular DVD was produced by Compass International and not by
The TIL Project. We suggest $15 for 1 DVD, and $10 each additional
(shipping included to continental U.S.).
If you would like to have this new presentation at your church, please let us know at email@example.com.
Truth in Love Church is Live Streaming Sundays!
Pastor Hadian's weekly messages at Truth in Love Christian Fellowship are now being Live Streamed!
We recently switched Live Stream companies, so this is a new link- please update your bookmarks if you have our old link saved.
you would like Shahram to come and speak to your church, civic,
political, liberty, school, or home group on the many issues The TIL
Project addresses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org call 425-772-8222.
THE TIL PROJECT MINISTRY with Shahram Hadian
The simple mission of the TIL Project is to courageously
speak the "Truth In Love" on a variety of critical issues facing our Nation.
Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim from
Iran, now Christian pastor, speaks throughout the State of Washington
and across the Nation. His heart is to combat political correctness and
stand for the restoration of the Godly foundational principles of