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Common Core: Report on Common Core/ PARCC delay in TN State House

In Government on March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Common Core: Report on Common Core/PARCC delay in Tn State House

Hello friends and readers. 

Alot of activity in Nashville this week. A Common Core and PARCC delay of 2 years was compromised after calling for repeal.

On the front lines and doing an exceptional job is none other than Karen Bracken of Tennessee Against Common Core, Lauri Day and Julie West.

These ladies went to bat for you and your children this week, although not getting a full repeal they managed to broker a  delay of 2 years while shedding light on the process and informing the public. Despite the circumstances and heavy political games this battle is to be considered a victory. “We have to stay diligent,” said Karen Bracken, founder of Tennessee Against Common Core. “It’s not what we want, but it’s more than we expected today. We’re very happy.”

Here is her update on the rally which offers some insight into the battle that waged and those legislators opposing their efforts.

Please go to: www.tnacc.net and read other interesting articles and offer them some financial support. This constant war on Common Core and the political elite is not cheap!

COMMON CORE RALLY DETAILS

“If education has become – as Common Core openly declares – preparation for work in the global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated.  And the concerns about cost, and quality and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds and souls of American children.” Dr. Daniel Copeland, Hillsdale College

WOW WHAT A WEEK!!! BUT WE ARE NOT DONE!!!

On Monday we took over their hearing room.

On Tuesday we took over the War Memorial Plaza with a cast of quests that were unequaled and a crowd of citizens that warmed our hearts on a miserable cold day.

On Wednesday we saw our government at work.  At times it seemed more like a Laurel and Hardy movie but the point was made and the case won.  Our legislators attached 32 education amendments to HB1129/SB1266 in order to by-pass the Education Committees to repeal Common Core and withdraw from PARCC.  This tactic forced leadership to allow our voice to be heard. We did not get our repeal. But we did get a lot of good press and people in Nashville are very nervous.  We did get an amendment passed that will delay PARCC for 2 years; but be very cautious here.   New lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it is a still a pig.  And they passed an amendment to stop the implementation of Common Core.  Again, caution here.  Common Core is already implemented.  The other national standards coming down the pike ARE national standards but they ARE NOT COMMON CORE and we need to educate our legislators on this fact.  But take heart.  There are other pieces of legislation that spell this out.

So above you have a quick overview. 

URGENT ACTION ITEMS – We are getting down to the wire.  Only a couple more weeks of session left.  We cannot stop now!!!

1. Friday 3/14, Saturday 3/15, Sunday 3/16 and Monday 3/17 – hit the phone lines and emails hard!!!  List is attached.  We need you to call and email all Education Committee members in both houses. 
House Sub Committee –
YES vote on HB2332 (Repeal Common Core, Sponsored by Rep. Rick Womick)

House Full Education Committee –
NO vote on HB1693 (for-profits to open Charter Schools, Sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry) and HB1959 (Parent trigger, Sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry)
This is the same Rep. DeBerry that got over $100K from Students First in his last election.

Senate Education Committee –
YES vote for SB2405 (Repeal Common Core, Sponsor is Senator Mae Beavers) 

YES vote for SB2153 (will require State School Board to be elected instead of appointed – THIS IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, Sponsored by Sen. Niceley) 

SHARE AND GET EVERYONE TO CALL.  The only reason we have the repeal bills scheduled is because of your calls and emails and our 3 day event.  So making noise does work.
Be polite.  Please be prepared to let them know why you do not like Common Core.

2. Tuesday, March 18 – Pack up the kids again and come to an early morning hearing on Rep. Womick’s REPEAL COMMON CORE BILL (HB2332 is #3 on the lineup)   Room 30,  08:00am 

3.  Wednesday, March 19 – The Senate Repeal bill is scheduled as #40 on the list.  If you come on Wednesday be prepared for a long session.  We have not been making calls to the Senate Education Committee so they are not aware of how we feel. So hit them HARD HARD HARD.  There is no Senate Education Sub Committee so this is a big deal for this bill.  09:30am CST Room 12

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY NEWSLETTER YOU WILL RECEIVE BEFORE THE HEARINGS ON TUESDAY. For updates go to: 

http://www.tnacc.net 

Go to the TN TAKES ACTION tab for updates. Check often to make sure you have the latest details.

If you have any questions please contact:

Karen Bracken – 215-692-2147    karen.bracken@reagan.com

Lauri Day – 615-268-8855             twoday@wildblue.net

Julie West – 615-579-0104           juliewest08@gmail.com

Our mailing address is: 
Tennessee Against Common Core
231 Bob White Drive
Ocoee, TN 37361
 
Karen Bracken 
http://www.tnacc.net
http://www.americadontforget.com
215-692-2147

 

 

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Modern day revolution in Manchester TN, like our forefathers, sparked with outrage and passion

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Modern day revolution in Manchester TN, like our forefathers, sparked with outrage and passion

Looking back at the American Revolution John Adams concluded in 1818:

“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.”

The subtle yet constant hints of a modern day revolution are surfacing in the United States as the Federal Government seizes more control of the states and the communities within our constitutional republic. The push back by Citizens on an empirical government has begun.

The Constitution was written to protect us from a tyrannical government, not used to institute laws and opinions to restrain the people and limit freedoms for any special groups or sects of Americans, it is for us all. I have rights also!

Subtle uprisings as seen in Manchester Tennessee are popping up all over the country. Passion is running high and we are on the crest of a movement set on securing our future.

Still in it’s infancy the steady drumbeat of revolution is seeping into conscious thought as a way to overcome an empirical Washington, the elitist, loyalist or Tories if you will, to tighten control on the farmer, the peasant, the patriot.

On display enmasse last evening at the Manchester Convention Center was a group of well over a thousand patriots gathered in one room.  In this setting, I witnessed a clash of two different ideologies and political systems.

The overwhelming concern was the DOJ, FBI forbearing the rights of a majority over the rights of the minority, circumventing the current law for sharia law.

The overwhelming realization that we all have the same rights under the  Constitution but that right is being altered because an Islamic political system refuses to live within stated boundaries and create their own Sharia compliant culture with separate carved out rights for a specific group that  ignores others rights.  

There was a quick realization that our country is changing and the liberal left is leading the charge.

A tense evening has revealed the federal government is taking a stand and protecting their six, alongside political islam.

The DOJ, the FBI and a federal leftist led government are preparing to lead the charge against the constitution while limiting free speech and carving out a niche for a requesting minority despite the rumblings of millions in our nation. 

The seemingly simple request to indict, monitor, prosecute and imprison Americans for speaking out against political Islam on social media has sparked outrage in the state of Tennessee. 

Representing first hand accounts, I witnessed on June 4th, 2013, around the water cooler, in and around the convention center, I heard the following;  “Why are my civil rights being suspended because another sect of our populace refuses to assimilate and adopt the nations laws that have existed for well over 250 years  inside a constitutional republic?” “Why must we be the ones to suffer because they demand it?” “Are we not protected by the Constitution?”

The first shot, figuratively of course, was fired tonight  in Manchester TN as concerned patriots in droves took a stand for the Constitution that has been the glue that has kept this country free.

Reviews and commentary was mixed after the large event on our stand for freedom as the huge crowd filed out and worked their way back to their humble abodes. Were we well represented and was our message affected?

The leftist media response was predictable and expected. “They were loud, they were obnoxious, racists, rude to the speakers, disrespectful and downright near militant as hundreds of right wing extremists gather in Manchester TN!”

Most surprising to me was the evaluation of many within the Tea Party that showed reservation for views expressed inside the venue an their overall performance.

A modern day revolution was launched from this room and we failed to recognize it as that.

The silence in the aftermath at what was probably the greatest stand in many years by the Tea Party and we walk away disappointed? 

Social media and Tea Party groups have gone silent in the aftermath of the convention and for what reason?  Perhaps we have allowed the leftist media to dictate to you political correctness, damping the spark that could cause a flame to create change, DONT DO IT! 

This was a glorious night where, yes, people spoke up and were loud and some even obnoxious but this is passion folks! This is patriotism!  This is a peaceful rebellion! The revolution many talk about all the time just happened. The people spoke up! This is the outrage that has been missing for a while in this country. 

Sure I asked for silence a few times because I thought it was necessary for us to hear what they had to say. The night is what it was! 

An ideological revolution against tyranny! LET IT BE! 

I overheard messages on the way out such as “We have lost our way”, “our message has been distorted”, the “fringe in the room showed their arses”, “we should have remained silent and we would have been more effective”, “the media will spin this as a bad thing.” NO!  We have found a common message and tapped into a vein that could fuel change. Does anyone remember the Occupy Wall Street embarrassment recently? This group tonight, tame by comparison, peacefully assembled and somehow the OWS guys seemingly get a leftist pass and our loud voices condemned. This is purposeful folks! Shame them into silence and they will shut up and go away!  Silent servitude never changed a country!

In all the perceived discord a memory of our not to distant past has been forgotten and a comparison of modern day patriots
to the warriors of the past was not drawn or just momentarily forgotten in our search to remain politically correct.

The evening was very mild if you compare it to the last American Revolution where burning houses, murder, tar and feathering were the routine for a nation of patriots trying to break free from a emperial tyrannical British government.

No arrests were made last evening, hundreds of people peaceably assembled in the scorching heat, provided taunts and insults toward a population that refuses to assimilate into American Culture yet demand change as part of their existence and yet  noone was tarred and feathered, no militia raids or charges on strongholds made. 

Objection to a litany of admiration for the Department of Justice, FBI and the federal government overreaching and offering “protection” for political Islam while issuing warnings to those Americans that do not comply to their requests while receiving biased treatment in front of freedom loving citizens is enough to spark outrage in any freedom loving patriot.

Remember, the media and this opposing political system system wanted to see a fight! They wanted a citizen to get out of line completely and the incident videoed and broadcasted for all the world to see. That did not happen, because tremendous restraint was exercised. Voicing discontent, raising your hands in the air and disrupting a meeting is not the nail that buries a movement. Please guys, I watched an OWS guy defecate on a police car, widespread drug use, rape and attempted murder last summer and somehow we view that as “they were upset an misunderstood!”  

We left the Manchester Convention Center, police cars clean, the women respected and drug or alcohol free, even singing and praying on occasion. The Convention hall was left in pretty good shape by comparison, no arrests, to my knowledge, no one was murdered, raped or tarred. Gosh! No one expected this from the Tea Party? Please! we have a track record for five years and so far not a single incident of disobedience unless you consider yelling in a room unlawful! This is not how we roll!

You did see the mood shift near intermission as the police and secret service flocked to the corners of the room near the halfway point and call off the intermission over “safety concerns and heightened tensions!” 

This was purposeful as if a
little drama would elicit a response requiring intervention. Even this was a failed attempt to evoke some “poor redneck” to act
out!  

Much to the event holders chagrin, the very large passionate group gathered outside for some old timey passionate rallying and chest thumping, filed in and out very orderly, grabbed some chips and spicy salsa and some lemonade, then filed outside for another hour of speeches and evaluation and nothing reportable happened! Let me add once again, NO REPORTED EVENTS! Not a single arrest! 

Loud and obnoxious, if you saw it that way, perhaps but not against the law or the constitution. NO laws broken!!! This is something to be proud of!  

Passion is needed today in this world of passiveness. You wanted someone to speak up and act and exercise their freedom of speech, you got it tonight, the right way! Now embrace it.

The night was not all fueled by the jeers in the room from the patriotic crowd. The opposing side had a game plan too. 

The plan as I viewed it initially was for AMAC, OIC and the DOJ to appear as solemn, quiet and hushed  victims. 

The subdued atmosphere with a bowed chin and quiet demeanor, perhaps a reflection of their culture, but it was very obvious. The line of demarcation was being drawn! The itended road map route changed as many speakers became intolerant and reactive to some of the loud objections. The tone changed from somber to snarky, mean spirited, challenging and condescending as the nerves of the speakers became frazzled.

At one point, while viewing an obviously propaganda style 15 to 20 minute video that displayed dissent in the public around Murfreesboro over the recent building of the mosque depicting objectors to the mosque as white, poor, disheveled and redneck. 

Many in the room yelled “PROPAGANDA” and “TAQIYAH!!! The crowd was sarcastically challenged by the speaker as she raised her voice and said ” you are using words you don’t even understand.”

Another challenge came when one of the speakers said her family was eighth generation American after shouting down an attendee who said they were from six generations of Americans. She quickly countered with ” I was born and raised right here on Monteat Mountain” at which time the crowd shouted it’s “Monteagle Mountain!”

AG Killian took the podium and was met with stiff opposition when he started singing the praises of his “boss” AG Eric Holder. At this point he was in my opinion,rightfully set back with taunts especially after the recent displays of injustice displayed by “his boss” in light of the recent Benghazi, Fast and Furious, EPA, IRS and AP reporter scandals.

FBI Agent Moore while approaching the podium hearing the taunts and jeers regarding AG Holder stepped to the podium and shouted “Attorney General Eric Holder” and when boos rang out again he quickly and condescendingly chuckled and said “I just wanted to get out of the way ahead of time!”

He also went on to say after making some comments about social websites and the surveillance they are doing on it, countered defensively and laughingly said “if its on the Internet it must be true.”

Another speaker while giving a set of statistics only referencing a few Christian on Muslim violence cases refused to divulge the obvious 400 murders per day around the world of Islam murdering Christians every day and this was obvious to the throng of objectors. 

While reading the demographics she would over accenuate and raise her voice to say the word “white” often taunting more objection from the assembly.

Sure the evening was tense and at times a little loud and spirited but what American that values their freedom wouldn’t be? 

The mix of religion, politics, freedom, objections from the right and left caused quite a stir but has has left many in every community thinking about what is happening to our country and has caused many to speak up and come to her rescue.

Everything did not go without controversy, nor should you have expected it to do so. Doing so would mean we were mindless drones in a time warp.

Allow me to repeat loud and boisterous! The criticism of these patriots does not warrant counting out these great citizens as extremists or racists. This group showed up in mass tonight in support of their country and constitution and fought for it! Shame to you if you think otherwise!

If you were offended then you probably have not been engaged in the fight! The fight for freedom is tense and is worth fighting for. As my daddy used to say or some version thereof, ” If the dog cant hunt, stay on the porch and watch! 

The Main Stream Media will do what they are prompted to do by their Commander in Chief and depict this as a negative. I have simply chosen to make this a positive. 

For the last five years we have advocated for the “sheep to awaken from the sleep!” Well, that happened tonight and I in no way will discredit this very well orchestrated event where most everyone was on their best behavior in spite of the fact that we are about to lose our country to the left!  In my humble opinion, the Manchester TN revolution was a success.

A revolution as necessary as this one cannot be condemned. The table was set with many agendas and the purpose of this meeting was derailed and a strong message sent! Mess with our country, our rights and our
Constitution and you will surely meet the wrath of a peaceful, albeit, raucous rebellion. 

An ideological rebellion with a peaceful and non violent end is the preferred route. We don’t need the masses to approve to make our point. Three percent snagged our country out of the hands of the left with our might in the past and it can be done again.

I believe a strong message without violence can create the change we want. Knowledge, facts, social media and truth can win this war. If shouting upsets you then I request you to reevaluate where you stand in this rebellion! 

The peaceful rebellion has only begun.

I leave you with this quote from the link below:

Many Loyalists (the left) realized that independence was bound to come eventually, but they were fearful that revolution might lead to anarchy, tyranny or mob rule. 

In contrast, the prevailing attitude among Patriots, who made systematic efforts to use mob violence in a controlled manner, was a desire to seize the initiative. 

An author once wrote that Loyalists, (the British emperialists) were pessimists who lacked the confidence in the future displayed by the Patriot  

http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org/osmh_123456789files/protest_and_revolution.aspx

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution

Support Gibson Guitar rally this weekend in Nashville

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Gibson Rally Info

Fellow Constitutionalists,

This Saturday a rally will be held to support Gibson Guitar and Liberty Legal Foundation will be there. If you haven’t heard the story, in brief here is what happened:

Last month federal agents raided Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville because they were unknowingly violating an obscure federal regulation. Under the pretense of being in violation of India’s wood export law, Federal officers entered the Gibson facilities with weapons drawn and seized property. To this date, no charges have been filed against Gibson. No proper notice was given. The Federal agents used much more force than necessary to accomplish any legitimate law enforcement goals. Obviously, Tennessee citizens are outraged.

What is even more frustrating is that all of this could have been prevented. Last session, Liberty Legal Foundation co-drafted and lobbied hard to get nullification bills introduced into the Tennessee Legislature. The first bill, SB620, would have set up a committee to review EVERY Federal law currently on the books and recommend nullification by the TN legislature of ALL Fed laws that violate the Constitution. The second bill, SB1108/HB0959, would have re-established that TN Sheriffs have ultimate authority over arrests in their county. It would have required Federal Agents to obtain written permission from the county sheriff before arresting anyone in his county, authorized the sheriff to arrest any agent not complying, and most importantly, would have repealed all current TN laws that authorize Fed agents to arrest without sheriff’s authorization.

Had these bills been passed, the Federal agents raiding Gibson would have had to go to the local Sheriff first for permission. The Sheriff would have seen that the Federal agents had no legal leg to stand on to support such a raid. If these bills had passed this travesty would not have occurred in the state of Tennessee. Unfortunately, both of our bills were killed in committee. We are working to have them re-introduced next January.

To show our collective outrage for this heavy handed treatment by Federal agents, a rally has been planned for this Saturday afternoon with speakers, music, and food. TEA Party, Constitutionalist, and Liberty groups from Tennessee and surrounding areas are sponsors. Citizens from the Southeast will be coming together not necessarily to support Gibson, but to protest this ridiculous abuse of power.

All the events details can be found at: http://www.gibsonrally.com.

If you can, please attend and show the Fed that we won’t tolerate overreaches of power any longer.

In Liberty,

Van Irion
 
Co-Founder, Lead Counsel
LIBERTY LEGAL FOUNDATION
 

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