TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – May 2015

Convention Of States

“The most important ‘governing event’ in our lifetime.”

Keith Carmichael, The Missouri director for the Convention of States Project, spoke at the TTTT this month. Keith and his wife Glenna, both former teachers, raise beef cattle and have published a regional beef publication for over 20 years. They have been married almost 36 years and have three sons and 5 grandchildren. Neither had ever been involved in politics, but realizing, like many others, that our nation is on an unsustainable path to chaos and collapse, Keith began looking for solutions that might give their grandchildren and future generations hope of an America to grow up in.

Until a few years ago, Keith admits, he wasn’t even aware that the U.S. Constitution – specifically in Article V – gave state legislatures the power and responsibility to act together and call for what is basically a ‘federal oversight committee meeting’. Like many, he believes this federal oversight is long overdue.

As the director of the Convention of States Project in Missouri, Carmichael helps coordinate several thousand citizen volunteers in Missouri who are organized and ready to support Missouri’s ‘application’ for an Article V convention for proposing amendments in order to restrain the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Keith gave an update on the current legislative session in Missouri and the project’s status nationally. If you want more information, go to:







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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – April 2015

Blue Missouri:

In November 2000, George Bush won the state of Colorado by 9 points. Two years later, the Republican candidate for Colorado governor, Bill Owens, crushed his opponent 63 to 34. Two years after that, despite a large Republican advantage in registered voters and the popularity of President Bush (who carried the state easily for the second time) Colorado Democrats picked up a U.S. Senate seat and House seat that had been considered safe for the GOP. They reversed Republican majorities in the state House and Senate to take control of the legislature. And two years after that, Democrat Bill Ritter trounced Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez in the race to become the 41st Colorado governor – completing a stunning year-long transformation from the party’s unwanted candidate to its leading figure. In six years, Colorado Republicans lost the state House and Senate, a U.S. Senate seat and the Governor’s mansion.

You may be thinking, “Well, it’s only a matter of time before this comes to Missouri.”

If so, you’re wrong.

It’s already here.

Our speaker this month was Duane Lester. Duane has been studying the Colorado Model’s success, watching as it’s being implemented in Texas, and warning and preparing Missouri to defend the state from turning Blue.  Cape County Tea Party members heard from Duane on how Missouri can keep its Conservative majority in the state general assembly and beyond.

Duane Lester:

Duane Lester has been an outspoken political activist since launching All American Blogger in 2007. Since that time he has been a contributor at the American Issues Project, Pajamas Media and served as Editor in Chief at Liberty News prior to launching The Missouri Torch. His articles have been featured on nationally syndicated talk broadcasts like the Michael Savage Show and he is a frequent guest on the #1 rated, daily syndicated Dana Loesch radio program. In 2012, Duane was the recipient of the first Breitbart Blogger Award.






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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – March 2015

The April Municipal Election is fast approaching, and this month, CCTP invited all candidates who would represent citizens in Cape Girardeau County to attend a Candidate Forum on their behalf.  Below is the video from the event.

Additionally, there are nine ballot issues and questions on the April 7th ballot – everything from tax increase and bond issues to changes in the way elections are held. Following the Candidate Forum, CCTP members led a review and discussion of some of the ballot questions.





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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – February 2015

Legislative Review

The Missouri Legislature began its session on January 7th in Jefferson City and have begun debating and passing bills.   At the last meeting, we split up into groups, reviewed the legislation that has been filed by our local representatives (as well as other high profile legislation), and quickly came up with thoughts and suggestions for their actions / votes in the House and Senate. Should they proceed, vote against, or junk the bill?!

Unfortunately, time ran short for the final discussion of the bills. So, we reconvened the discussion and finalized our suggestions for our representatives’ actions


Below are documents that will be used in helping with the discussion:

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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – January 2015

Legislative Session

The Missouri State Legislative session begins in January, and bills are pre-filed in December. The Local Legislative Sessions continue biweekly or monthly with ordinances and policies changed on a regular basis. At this month’s meeting, CCTP members reviewed legislation filed by local legislators, discussed the merits, and came to a consensus on how the legislators should vote on the bills.





Below are documents that will be used in helping with the discussion:

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S.A.L.T. Law Enforcement Memorial Program

When a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, it impacts a family that will never recover and also changes an entire community.  And some people wonder why these men and women of Law Enforcement are our heroes!

In every community across the nation law enforcement families live with the fear that today may be the day they do not return home.  And some people wonder why these men and women of  Law Enforcement are our heroes!

h/t On the national average, a police officer loses their life in the line of duty every 2 1/2 days.  Every 2 1/2 days a husband or wife will answer the door and find the Chief of Police or Chaplain there, grim-faced, hat in hand.  Every 2/12 days a child will learn  Mom or Dad will never be coming home.  And yet, some people still wonder why these men and women of Law Enforcement are our heroes!

You are invited to be a part of S.A.L.T.’s annual Memorial to Fallen Officers program.  We have had 49 police officers from this area that gave their life that we might have ours.  We will remember them with respect and honor in a special ceremony at Cape Bible Chapel, 10 am, Friday, May 8th.

Help Request For MO Legislature Bills

From Michelle Hohmeier:


I’m sending this email as a plea for help. I’d like to ask that you send an email or call Speaker Diehl and ask that he place these bills in committee.

HB215 – sponsored by Mike Moon would keep any federal regulation from being implemented by any state agency or department until it’s approved by the General Assembly. This would help slow the overreach of authority by the federal government.

HB889 – sponsored by Paul Curtman would disallow the use of any electronic voting machine across the state. This would cut down on the corruption many areas see by the manipulation of data.

HB1089 – also sponsored by Mike Moon would abolish common core.

I’m pasting the emails I sent to Mr. Diehl as a guideline for anyone to use. Mr. Diehl’s email is and his phone number is 573-751-1544.

If you send an email, will you please include your city so he sees these emails are coming from across the state. An email followed up with a phone call is always appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding these bills, please ask me.

Thank you for your help.




HB 215

Mr. Speaker,

I hear there is an abundance of support from the General Assembly for a Convention of the States. The people agree there needs to be push back against the federal government for their overreach of authority. They continue to implement regulations that impose great burdens on the states, and therefore the people.

I understand the frustration felt by our representatives in the Missouri House as pleas for temperance are ignored. The people share a feeling of dissatisfaction in the behavior of our federal representation, and call for restraints to be placed on Washington. But even if the application of convention is submitted to Congress, what guarantee do we have any amendments proposed will lay any heavier on the minds of those in Washington than the current restraints of our Constitution?

We, as the people of Missouri, however do have another option. But this option depends on the cooperation of the General Assembly. The Founders enumerated the 9th & 10th Amendments for a reason. It was to be perfectly clear the federal government was under strict limitations, and any powers outside of those limitations were for the people of the individual states to decide.

There are legislators within the Missouri House willing to push back against the overreach of the federal government by exercising our 10th Amendment right, but it appears some of their legislation is falling on deaf ears.

HB 215, sponsored by Mike Moon, is one such bill, but it has yet to be assigned to committee. When I was in your office on March 18th with the Teen Eagles, you made mention that some bills aren’t put into committee because the sponsor hasn’t told you they would like to see the bill pushed. It is my understanding on January 13th, Representative Moon requested HB215 be placed in the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

Our system of government was not created to allow one man the power to decide the laws for the people. I am asking you stop holding HB215 captive and assign it to the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee by April 10th. Allow the committee members to decide if the bill is worth moving forward.


HBs 889 & 1089

Mr. Diehl,

I’ve been made aware of other bills wanted by the people of Missouri that you continue to hold hostage. I ask that you also release the two bills mentioned above (Paper Ballot – HB889 & Common Core – HB1089) and assign them to committee.

Again, our system was not built so that one man can control everything. In fact, you are merely a representative charged with temporary authority granted by the people who elected you to office. The people continue to retain their power and, once made aware of their power, will wield it.

Missouri Legislature

Options For Women – Baby Shower

From Cheri Adcock:

Cape Girardeau is blessed to have a Christian-based pregnancy resource center.  Our name is Options for Women – Help for Families.  Not only do we help men/women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy by helping them become aware of their options, but if they chose to keep their baby, then another exciting service we offer enters in.  This is the “Learn to Earn” program.  In order to obtain the material needs for the baby, they must attend parenting classes given by our trained volunteers, which are followed by a brief Bible Study.  And no one understands the worth of such programs better than your organization.  (Self investment vs being given without effort).  Also, some abortion activists believe pro-life advocates have no further desire than seeing that the baby is born, then they are gone.  That couldn’t be more untrue.  Our desire is to continue to provide services to help them raise that baby in the most responsible, and hopefully, Christian upbringing, as well as helping them to obtain many material items they may have a very difficult time providing.  We have one parenting class going on at this time and are looking at having two in the future, which we hope will grow to more as we grow.

As the women attend the parenting classes, they earn points, with which they use in the “Little Lamb Boutique” to purchase items with their points.  Extra points are also given for doing their homework, attending the Bible study, writing thank you cards to our supporters, and number of meetings attended, etc.

We would like to request that your organization consider the possibility of putting on a “baby shower” to provide material needs for this purpose. Some of the items we need at this time are:

Clothing items:   (size 0-3 months to 18 months)

  • Onesiesfree-baby-stuff[1]
  • Clothes
  • Sleepers
  • Shoes
  • Socks

Personal Hygiene Items:

  • Lotion
  • Baby Oil
  • Body Wash
  • Powder
  • Diaper Rash Ointment

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Bowl and spoon sets
  • Teething toys
  • Other safe Baby toys

Respectfully submitted by Cheri Adcock, volunteer coordinator of material resources for Options for Women

To Representatives of the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education Re HB 578

By Mary Byrne

As a member of the Social Studies 6-12 Academic Standards Work Group constituted by HB 1490, I’d like to applaud Representative Swan’s recognition of the need for ensuring students in Missouri understand their history and responsibility as American citizens in our republican form of government; and offer a recommendation to achieve a better educated Missouri student without high stakes testing in citizenship.

HB 578 Section 170.345.3 states,
. . . “The test required under subsection 2 of this section shall use the same one
10 hundred questions used by the USCIS that are administered to applicants for United States
11 citizenship. In order to receive a passing score on the test, the student shall answer at least
12 sixty of the one hundred questions correctly.

As you are aware, Arizona passed a similar bill, and in fact, a national organization, Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools (CCMS), is promoting similar legislation throughout the country. CCMS is partnered with Pearson, a testing corporation that profits from increased testing in schools. The goal is worthy of your attention, however, you may not be aware of background information that, when explained, will support what should be a substantive, long-term alternative to a potentially expensive, high-stakes test.

(1) Please note the unintended negative effects of the testing approach to assuring good citizenship discussed by Peter Levine, associate dean for research at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service:

250px-AP_of_Missouri_State_Capitol_Building[1]“Requiring students to pass the citizenship exam will reduce both the amount and the quality of civic education in our schools. The test is easy. You can see all the questions and answers in advance and just memorize the right choices. If passing this exam comes to be seen as adequate preparation for citizenship, schools will notice that their students can pass after cramming for a couple of hours. They will cut their semester-long civics courses as unnecessary preparation. They will prefer to dedicate that semester to math or science, which involve much more sophisticated and challenging tests.
Requiring the citizenship exam would make sense if our students didn’t already study civics or face tests. It would establish a floor, a minimal level of competence. But more than 90% of recent high school graduates have spent a semester in a civics course, and most have also spent a year on U.S. history. Their teachers gave them tests. In many states, they also faced a standardized test on civics or social studies. Then why do so many adults fail basic questions about the U.S. political system?  Because we have forgotten what we learned in civics class. Too often, the subject wasn’t inspiring or challenging and didn’t build habits of following and discussing the news. The problem with civics is not that we fail to teach it. The problem is that civics is often viewed as a set of disconnected facts, not as a challenging and inspiring subject that will continue to interest us after high school. Arizona’s measure requiring that students pass the citizenship test will make that problem worse. The citizenship exam requires, for instance, that you know that “27” is the correct answer when you’re asked how many constitutional amendments have been passed. You don’t need to understand reasons for or against those amendments, or have any sense of why they were important. A month after students pass this test, they will forget the number 27. But they might retain the message that being a good citizen is a matter of memorizing some random information. That seems like an excellent way to turn people off.

(2)  No Child Left Behind and it’s testing requirements for federal funding is at least partially responsible for emphasizing two academic subject areas, mathematics and English, while relegating knowledge and skills in history and government to the periphery of K-12 instruction. No state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a meaningful way. (See Imperiling the Republic

(3) Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, Missourians have been misinformed about their government. When the social studies standards were developed, Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy, a Carnegie-funded non-governmental organization in Washington, DC provided consultation. The Show-Me Social Studies Standards (See Appendix A attached) expect students to know that the U.S. is a constitutional democracy. Though familiarity with the U.S. Constitution is included in the body of the social studies standards, even teachers are not familiar with Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, . . . ” Thomas Jefferson said, our form of government was a democratical republic — the emphasis being a republic is representative form of government, rather than a democracy. A most disturbing cause for this misinformation and incorrect teaching of American students about American form of government can be traced to the Carnegie-funded publication of the American Historical Association. (See Report of the Commission of Social Studies (see highlighted sections), and Contrarians Chapter 1 attached). Similar misinformation is perpetuated in the College Board’s newly revised AP American History course.  (See President of the National Association of Scholars, Peter Wood’s discussion of the misinformation in AP History Again, no state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a truthful and meaningful way.

The  Missouri State Board of Education is, at least partially, responsible for ongoing dissemination of misinformation and promulgating sub-standard social studies standards. I am aware of at least one former Missouri school board member who on three occasions contacted the state board of education to put a correction of the standards on the board agenda; however, the correction was never made. I am also aware of another Missouri citizen who contacted DESE about the error, but no remedy was offered. Only in 2015, due to pressure from legislators, instigated by questions from the academic standards work groups in social studies, has the state board made an effort to correct the error of identifying the American form of government as a constitutional democracy. (See January State Board of Ed. agenda — SocStudAcademicStandards attached)

Attached is a Thomas B. Fordham Institute report rating Missouri’s Show-Me Social Studies Standards with an F.(see SOSS MO attached) Although the method of review was not rigorous by research-method standards,  competent professionals in history reviewing Missouri’s social studies standards gave them a very poor rating indeed. It should be evident that teaching Missouri’s students using high standards for knowledge and skills in history, government, and American citizenship throughout their K-12 education will produce more substantive and lasting competence for participation in America’s exceptional form of government than the test required in the bill.

(4) Also of note is that coursework in American history, government, and civics is not expected in the liberal arts education of postsecondary education program. If America is to cultivate well-educated leaders for future service in our government (which is the purpose of publically funded education as per our Missouri Constitution Article IX, Section 1a), state boards of education must ensure that a liberal arts education includes substantive study of the unique history and structure of our American government. (Losing America’s Memory attached).

Conclusion: Though HB 578 is well-intended, the requirement to make high school graduation contingent on a test for assessment knowledge of citizenship will not likely achieve the intended goal; and potentially has unknown costs to school districts as students take the test multiple times to get a passing score.

Recommendations for improving Missouri students’ knowledge and competence in citizenship are:

1. development of social studies standards that expect accurate and factual knowledge as well as competence in research skills from K through 12; and

2. work to reduce federal intrusion in state education testing and develop statewide testing that emphasizes history and civics throughout grades  K-12 along with reading, math, and science;

3. exit from College Board’s AP course in American history which omits important information about events and values that are the foundation of American liberty and government;

4. postsecondary coursework in American history and government for a liberal arts education of all postsecondary undergraduates.

I am pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding my testimony. Thank you for your consideration of this information.

Mary Byrne, Ed.D.


Please be aware that Pearson, a testing and publishing corporation, is a major influence in promoting legislation that will increase testing (especially multiple opportunities of testing, which increases the cost to school districts)

Pearson partners with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, an organization promoting the national campaign for high stakes testing in citizenship

On The Second Amendment

by Gail Hoffmann

The second amendment has an intriguing history.  Various people and judges have given their opinion on what the second amendment precisely means.  Intense and fiery debates have divided citizens and political leaders.  Why is this amendment so dubious?  Some speculate the amendment means that an individual’s right to bear arms is the correct thinking.  Others believe it is only for service in a militia.  Some believe it is a civil right.

2ndAmendment[1]As the debates continue, maybe some common sense could be injected.  As long as people have lived in the United States and even before it was the United States, individuals have had guns.  People have hunted with guns, traveled with guns, protected their home with guns, and enjoyed just shooting their guns.  If the Second Amendment only applied to militias, why have we always, as a country, had guns?  Certainly, the gun itself has not picked itself up and shot someone.  No, the gun must be picked up, aimed, and the trigger squeezed by a human being.  Do we outlaw cars, knives, ropes, all drugs, alcohol, hammers, duct tape, pillows, and all devices that have killed people?  Alcohol kills more people than any other drug yet we can purchase it off most store shelves.  Hubert H. Humphrey sums up a great thought also, …”The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”


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