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Conservatism is Colorblind

Justice Clarence Thomas

Chelsi P. Henry, Esq.

Economist Thomas Sowell

Dr. Ben Carson

Senator Tim Scott

Lt. Col. (ret) Allen West

Also in this Issue: Conservative Heroes ■ Retiring at 65? Maybe Not ■ Medicare Supplement Insurance ■ Island Vacations ■

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Publisher’s Letter

United We Stand There’s excitement at AMAC as Generation America, once a conservative rival, has joined forces with AMAC! United, we present a strong force to defend our values and restrict the ever-growing power of government. WELCOME GENERATION AMERICA MEMBERS. TOGETHER WE WILL SUCCEED! We have continued to spread our message with over 50 visits to the offices of our elected officials so far this year. There have been a number of successful Town Halls with AMAC members meeting with their Congresspersons in their local districts. Congress is beginning to listen, and in some cases has taken action on issues we have supported. (See “AMAC on Capitol Hill” inside) AMAC has gathered the most prominent field of health care experts in recent history to lead the AMAC Health Care Symposium in Washington, D.C. on June 9th and 10th. The outcome of this meeting will be revolutionary proposals to improve our health care system, with less, not more, government involvement. Make every effort to attend! Visit www.amachealthcaresymposium.com for info.

by Dan Weber President, Association of Mature American Citizens

In this issue AMAC takes note of the groundswell of young black leaders who have embraced the core of conservative beliefs. It is striking that so many black commentators are championing the cause of traditional values when they forcefully speak out about individual responsibility, personal integrity and religious rights. A revival of these values within the black community and a renewed commitment to conservative principles could have a significant impact on the American political landscape in the years to come. While there have been many black heroes, it is little noted that many held conservative views. (Did you know Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican?) A number of prominent black historic leaders have valiantly fought for equality for all people and have passionately advanced the ideals of economic freedom, limited government and individual prosperity. It is their allegiance to the Constitution and to the conservative ideology that has enabled Americans of all stripes to soar to new heights. Lastly, it is with a sincere heart that I say thanks to all you members who have continued to renew your memberships and to those who have referred AMAC to your friends and neighbors. Because of you we have achieved amazing growth. With God’s grace, our efforts will prevail.

Best regards,

Dan Weber, Publisher

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SPRING 2014 VOL. 8 ISSUE 2

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Contents

38 Conservatism is Colorblind

Daniel C. Weber Publisher PHOTO OF BEN CARSON: GAGE SKIDMORE

Rebecca Weber Keiffert Editor in Chief Pamela Smith Managing Editor Jedediah Bila Caroline Rayburn John Grimaldi Andrew Mangione Gerry Hafer D.J. Wilson Senior Contributing Writers Gia Ricottone Director of Advertising gricottone@amac.us

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Sound Off Simply Jedediah What the GOP Should be Doing

10 Politics Senate Mid-Term Elections

12 Your Medicare Advisor Medicare Supplement Insurance Traveling the World’s Longest Yard Sale

Maybe, Maybe Not

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Discussing Marijuana with your Grandchild

15 Entertainment 18 Shopping for a Safe Car 20 Retiring at 65?

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55 AMAC in Action 58 Rising to the Truth 62 Member Benefits Directory 65 Did You Know? 67 “Just the Facts”

24 AMAC on Capitol Hill 28 AMAC Delegate Honor Roll 30 Conservative Heroes 42 Medical Breakthrough

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45 Opinion The Enduring Presence of the Founders

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Speaking Your Mind

Sound Off

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Americans are speaking out on AMAC’s website. Please visit www.amac.us to give us your views and to read what others are saying!

AMAC Ambassador Program Many members are aware that AMAC offers a grassroots program to promote communication between the Association and community organizations around the country. By recruiting members to serve as “Ambassadors,” our intent is to maintain a cross-country network of communication channels to take the AMAC message to more people and to bring concerns back to us to help shape our initiatives. Here are a few comments received recently via the “Member Forum” page on our website, and you can be sure we’re taking them seriously:

Steve M. says... To be taken seriously by AARP members we need to be able to do things locally as AMAC members. One of the roles of being an Ambassador is "Help organize a local AMAC Chapter in your area." What do you think of an Ambassador page on the AMAC site that is for ambassadors only where information can be shared and we can discuss ideas?

Ddenham says… As members, we need to keep up the word of mouth. So many people my age, and younger, get the AARP card in the mail the minute they turn 50 - and have never heard of AMAC. I"m telling everyone I know. And I still get AARP membership ads in my mailbox on a regular basis. Maybe a more aggressive mailout campaign would help? Surely that's expensive - but AARP gets people just because they don't know any better.

More Efficient Management of Medicare 

Paul E. says… Good, informative article for the membership of AMAC to read. Nicely done. The levels of waste, fraud and abuse have been well documented for several years and communicated a number of times to CMS management. Unfortunately, aside from a collective shrug from CMS man-

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agement and a passing acknowledgement from several concerned members of Congress, nothing much has been done to make real, substantial changes to the program. If we ever get a Congress and President in place that is truly committed to saving Medicare, aside from lip service, perhaps we can finally enact a number of these managerial changes to Medicare to improve its chances of future solvency.

The elderly must be taken care of way beyond any other group of citizens; it is our duty, for all they have given!!!

Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare

AMAC and Generation America Join Forces

Pauleene says… Thank God for a company like Hobby Lobby, modeled on Christian values. Thank you for having the courage to follow your beliefs and move forward on this ~ We should not have to compromise our values. Blessings to you.

Cindy Billman says… This is great news! The more people/ organizations with the same or similar conservative values merge, the louder and stronger we will become – we MUST take back our country and or constitution. Too bad, the RNC hasn’t realized that!

Elderly are Under Siege Because of Obamacare

Marilyn Coleman says… As a home health care employee and senior citizen, this troubles me. Not only am I witnessing people in need of home health being denied benefits necessary for their well-being and/or rehabilitation, I am seeing more and more DME (durable medical equipment) being denied also. The new codes for diagnosing patients are a nightmare. People need to start taking a stand now; it’s not too late.

Dennis Baran says… I am outraged and saddened at what is happening to this once great country. We reward those that do not help themselves by providing welfare to them, sometimes for a lifetime, working to provide legal status to the millions that are here illegally and then turning our backs on the elderly who made this country what it is. Thousands upon thousands have given their lives for this Great Nation and for the freedom of the world only to have it being destroyed by a party of ignorance.

Jerry Glabowl says… It’s about time that freedom loving organizations join together. Power is in the strength of the people and their support for the Constitution. Get more freedom loving groups to join in and back AMAC. The larger the force the greater the power we have to bring this country back to reality.

Ella says… This is great news! With Obamacare targeting Medicare and the AARP doing their dirty work, we seniors need all the help we can get. Who better than seniors knows the consequences of Big Government? Many of us were witnesses to the horrors suffered by the citizens of Germany and Russia in the 1930s & 40s under the dictators Hitler and Stalin. “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” – Barry Goldwater


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Simply Jedediah

What the GOP Should be Doing Right Now as Prep for 2016 The 2014 elections are right around the corner and 2016 will be here before we know it. The GOP lost the last two presidential elections for a number of reasons, with poor marketing, messaging, and communications being key components of those losses.

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’m not a Republican, but you don’t have to be one to realize that if the GOP is smart and cares about winning in 2016, they should already be working hard at righting some 2008 and 2012 mistakes. There are several things GOP leadership should be doing right now if they have their eyes on the 2016 prize. 1. Hire a charismatic, articulate communications team. I’m talking about ten people who can make the rounds on television and radio in particular, debunking false claims and clarifying policy positions. Likeability is key. The ability to break down policy without sounding like an out-of-touch policy wonk is equally important. 2. Figure out what you stand for. In an interview with Vocativ.com, Rand Paul said, “I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues. The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage. But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by those issues.”

by Jedediah Bila

When speaking with the Des Moines Register, Ted Cruz responded to Rand Paul’s comments with, “There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for life. I don’t agree with them. There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for traditional marriage. I don’t agree with them either. I think we should continue to defend our shared values.” Well, which one is it, GOP? And is supporting traditional marriage still a “shared value” by Republicans? Ted Cruz and Rand Paul present two different approaches by two different men who very well may face off in 2016. What will the GOP’s official position be? The communications team I mentioned above should be prepared to defend it. 3. Come up with a clear, concise Obamacare alternative. This process has already begun in the House. The key here is for it to be presented in a way that is user-friendly. Also, stick it on a website that works. 4. Outreach, outreach, outreach. You know those ten people I talked about hiring as part of a television and radio communications team? Well, hire some more to visit college campuses, women’s centers, and other locations where the majority of people there voted for Barack Obama in the last two presidential cycles. Sell your message, or at least make your audience leave those rooms thinking about what you have said. Changing hearts and minds doesn’t happen overnight.

5. Be positive. Sure, there’s a time and place to criticize the wrongs that have been done by the other “team.” But I assure you that most independent voters would much rather hear what you would do right. Opportunity, school choice, job growth, lowering taxes, simplifying the tax code, health care reforms that actually lower costs and expand options, stopping the government from wasting so much of your hard-earned money; drive these messages home. If you believe in young people, put forth policies that protect their privacy and freedoms. Then use your outreach team to talk with them, not at them. On March 19, Rand Paul received several standing ovations at Berkeley - that’s right, Berkeley - because of his emphasis on privacy issues and protecting civil liberties. Young people are listening. If you believe in unity, put forth a clear, succinct, well-marketed jobs plan that benefits everyone regardless of race, gender, and other differences. Yes, I see the one the GOP has on its website. But how many people know about it? Where is that communications team again? The GOP has a decision to make. Either it’s going to play to win - or not. That’s up to them. I, for one, am curious to see what choice they make.

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Politics

Balance of Power If Florida’s recent special election victory for Republican David Jolly is any indication of voters’ sentiments heading into the upcoming 2014 midterm election cycle, then Senate Democrats could find themselves battling to maintain their majority come November.

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f the 36 Senate seats up for election this year, 21 are currently held by Democrats, five of whom are retiring at the end of their terms. The large number of Democratic seats up for grabs this year opens the door for Republicans to make a concerted push to reclaim the majority they squandered in 2006. To flip the Senate in 2014, Republicans will need to pick up six new seats while holding onto the ones they already have. President Obama’s dipping approval rates and Americans’ sustained opposition to ObamaCare could prove to be Democrats’ most challenging obstacles to overcome. Red-state Democrats will have trouble distancing themselves from the president’s progressive agenda and establishing a more moderate identity that can withstand the onslaught of conservative attacks that are sure to be launched. As of now, only the South Dakota race appears to be a true lock for Republicans, where the Republican candidate and former governor of the state, Mike Rounds, has a commanding 20-point lead over Democrat Rick Weiland. Republicans’ chances also look particularly strong in West Virginia and Montana, two states carried by Mitt Romney in 2012. In West Virginia and Montana, states with retiring Democratic senators, the Republican candidates, U.S. Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Steve Daines (R-MT), lead their Democratic opponents by approximately 14 points each.

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The races are much closer in states like North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska and Arkansas, where incumbent Democrats are fighting to fend off conservative challengers who have made ObamaCare the central focus of their campaigns. In each of these states, Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) voted to pass the president’s controversial health care law in 2010, a vote that may now have the power to singlehandedly determine their political fate. Conservative candidates and political groups have even put their own spin on President Obama’s “If you like your health plan, you can keep it” statement with a series of strategically contrived, hard-hitting advertisements in battleground states. “If you like your Senator, you can keep her. If you don’t, you know what to do,” ran one television ad referencing New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen will face former Republican Senator Scott Brown in the midterm election. While many believe the GOP could ride a “wave of enthusiasm” across the finish line in November, Republicans shouldn’t be too quick to pop open the celebratory champagne. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could be in for a close race against Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Allison Lundergan Grimes, in the general election, assuming he slides past Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin in the May primary. Republicans may also have a tough road to travel in Georgia depending on who emerges from the crowded Republican primary. The Republican primary victor will face

Losing control of the Senate would effectively make Obama a lame duck president and would substantially weaken his ability to achieve any of his second-term goals.

Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn, a former charity executive. With just two years remaining in Obama’s presidency, the 2014 midterm election will have a significant impact on what the President will be able to accomplish in the time he has left. Experts expect Republicans to keep a solid hold on the House of Representatives, meaning that Obama will have his work cut out for him as he seeks to make inroads with his policy agenda and attempts to shape his presidential legacy. Losing control of the Senate would effectively make Obama a lame duck president and would substantially weaken his ability to achieve any of his second-term goals. With plenty at stake in 2014, AMAC will continue to monitor all of the upcoming midterm races, bringing our members the critical election information they need.


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Well, I decided to stop worrying. Obviously, waiting for FEMA to give me a handout in a disaster just wasn’t an option for me. And I was completely turned off by the crazy prices of survival food sold by most stores. So I got in touch with my buddy Frank Bates and put my order in for his Food4Patriots survival food kits. This is Frank’s new line of survival food and there are 4 reasons why it’s literally flying off the shelves: n

Food4Patriots is an incredible value. This high quality survival food is without any fillers or poor-quality “franken-food” that the other guys use to pad their survival meals. They are made and packaged right here in the U.S.A. You won’t believe the prices on these kits – a fraction of the price that other brands charge.

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Protect your family in a crisis with 25-year shelf life survival food from getfood23.com I want to make sure you don’t miss out on this because this is the #1 item to hoard in 2014. Here’s why… If you don’t take action to get your food stockpile right now, you’ll be in the same boat as the brainwashed masses who think “everything is fine.” And if a crisis hits and your family asks, “What are we going to eat?” your mouth will go dry and you’ll feel powerless. But what if you decide right now to secure your food stockpile instead? Just imagine how much better you’ll feel right away. And if a crisis hits and your family asks, “What are we going to eat?” you’ll calmly reassure them that they’re safe and they will have plenty to eat. Listen, I can’t predict the future. I don’t know exactly when or how a crisis will hit. But from everything I see, it could be soon and it could be a big one. That’s why I really want you to get the same peace of mind that I do. P.S. Got a call from Frank and you’ll never believe this… FEMA and DHS just tried to buy up his entire supply of food!


Medicare Advisor

Medicare Supplement Insurance How knowing when to shop could save you money

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any seniors begin to shop around for Medicare Supplements when they turn 65, or when they realize that they could be overpaying for their insurance. What some people may not know is that companies can decline you for coverage if you have certain pre-existing conditions and your six month Open Enrollment Period is over. A beneficiary will call an agent and get their hopes up when they hear that they can save a lot of money each month by switching plans. Beneficiaries spend the better part of an hour completing an application to then have to wait a few weeks for an underwriting decision. Unfortunately, many beneficiaries experience disappointment when they receive a declination for their Medicare Supplement application. Declinations are largely due to the underwriting that seniors must go through as part of the application process. Underwriting is the process of evaluating a beneficiary’s past and present health history to determine if they are eligible to enroll into a plan. A declination can be very confusing to some beneficiaries that are already in a Supplement because they ask themselves “How did I qualify to begin with?” Here, we will explain to you how you can initially qualify for a supplement, the different enrollment periods, as well as special “no underwriting” periods that occur in some states.

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Open Enrollment: This is the six month period of time that starts the first day of the month in which a beneficiary turns 65 or enrolls into Part B. The beneficiary must also have Part A in place. If the beneficiary was eligible for Medicare prior to the age of 65 due to disability, they will have a second Open Enrollment Period available to them beginning the first day of the month that they turn 65. All states have an Open Enrollment Period for eligible beneficiaries.

Guaranteed Issue Periods: These are periods of time in which a beneficiary may apply for a Medicare Supplement without being underwritten. No underwriting requirements guarantees a beneficiary enrollment into a Supplement plan, provided all other qualifications are met. There are Standard Guarantee Issue Periods, and there are Special Guaranteed Issue Periods. Special Guarantee Issue Periods are state specific. Below is a list of the Standard and Special Guaranteed Issue Periods for Medicare Supplements. If you believe you qualify for one of the following Guaranteed Issue Periods, please call one of AMAC’s trusted licensed insurance agents to discuss your options at 800-334-9330. Please be aware that Open Enrollment and Guaranteed Issue Periods do not apply to Medicare Advantage Plans or Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.


Standard Guaranteed Issue Periods: When…

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A beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan and moves out of the plan’s service area, the plan stops giving care in a beneficiary’s area or the plan is leaving Medicare.

A beneficiary has as early as 60 days prior to the end of coverage, and up to 63 days after coverage has ended to apply.

A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state by an insurance carrier. Applies to switching to Original Medicare.

A beneficiary has Original Medicare and union coverage or Original Medicare and an employer group health plan (including retiree or COBRA coverage) that is a secondary payor to Medicare and that is ending. State laws may vary.

A beneficiary must apply for a Supplement no later than 63 days after the latest of the following three dates: a) the date on the notice of termination received by the beneficiary, 2) the date the coverage ends, 3) the date on a claim denial, if this is the only way the beneficiary was notified of the terminated plan.

A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state by an insurance carrier. If the beneficiary has COBRA, they can wait until the COBRA coverage ends.

A beneficiary has Original Medicare and a Medicare SELECT policy and moves out of the SELECT policy’s service area.

A beneficiary has as early as 60 days prior to the end of coverage, and up to 63 days after coverage has ended to apply.

A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state or state they are moving to by an insurance carrier.

(Trial Right) A beneficiary joined a Medicare Advantage Plan or a PACE Plan when they first became eligible for Medicare Part A at 65 and it is within the first year of their joining, they decide to switch to Original Medicare and get a Supplement.

A beneficiary has as early as 60 days prior to the end of coverage, and up to 63 days after coverage has ended to apply. Guaranteed Issue rights may be extended an extra 12 months in certain circumstances.

Any Medicare Supplement policy that is sold in their state by an insurance carrier.

(Trial Right) A beneficiary dropped a Medicare Supplement to join a Medicare Advantage Plan or to switch to a SELECT Plan for the first time, and they are in the plan for less than a year, they decide to switch back to a Medicare Supplement.

A beneficiary has as early as 60 days prior to the end of coverage, and up to 63 days after coverage ended to apply. Guaranteed Issue rights may be extended an extra 12 months in certain circumstances.

The beneficiary must go back to the Medicare Supplement policy that they had prior to joining the SELECT Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan, if the previous carrier is still offering the plan. If the previous Medicare Supplement included prescription drug coverage, it will have to be purchased without the drug coverage now, as Medicare Supplements no longer include prescription drug coverage. If the prior policy is no longer available, the beneficiary can enroll into the following Medicare Supplement plans: A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state by an insurance carrier.

The beneficiary has dropped a Medicare Supplement plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan because the carrier has mislead the beneficiary or has not followed the rules.

The member can apply up to 63 days from the date their coverage ends.

A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state by an insurance carrier.

The beneficiary’s Medicare Supplement company goes bankrupt and the beneficiary loses their coverage, or the Medicare Supplement coverage ends through no fault of the beneficiary.

The member can apply up to 63 days from the date their coverage ends.

A, B, C, F, K or L as long as the plan is being offered in the beneficiary’s state by an insurance carrier.

Special Guaranteed Issue Periods: State

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Lifestyle & Entertainment

Traveling the World’s Longest Yard Sale If you’re an antique and collectables “junkie,” then your “bucket list” aspirations should include participating in the World’s Longest Yard Sale.

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ou could travel north on Highway 127 from Gadsden, Alabama or south from Addison, Michigan with thousands of rummagers who join together each year on this fun-filled, 4-day event covering 690 miles over six states. This year’s sale is Aug. 7-10. As in past years, thousands of vendors and residents are expected to line the highway and adjoining areas from dawn to dusk, offering everything from the proverbial kitchen sink (and there usually are many) to the rare collectibles of yesteryear. Be prepared to spend a night or two if you hope to cover a good portion of the 690 mile route. On this unique trip you’ll discover some interesting places, people, and quaint shops. So pack your camera, sunglasses, and a good pair of walking shoes, along with a water bottle and snacks so you will be well prepared for a World’s Longest Yard Sale experience. Originally conceived in 1987 to divert traffic to the back roads isolated by the interstate highway system, the traveling yard sale has been successful in attracting world-wide retailers and individual homeowners/entrepreneurs along the route. Traveling the itinerary, you’ll hear a collection of dialects and incredible stories about previous finds, and you’ll find items that only a grandmother could love! You might say it’s Americana at its best. Here are some examples of what’s in store for you on the sale route: ■ Fentress County ( Tennessee) Chamber of Commerce, headquarters for the event, housed in Ye Ole Jail next to the courthouse in downtown Jamestown.

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It’s a setting nestled in the beautiful Upper Cumberland Region, and the County is home to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Pickett State Park, and the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historical Site. You may remember that Sgt. York was awarded our country’s Medal of Honor for his World War I heroics. A visit to his restored home is one of the more than 300 attractions along the route to enjoy. ■ Fort Payne (the intersection of Alabama State Road 35 and Lookout Mountain Parkway) and Fisher’s Crossroads near the Desoto State Park. These are hot sales spots on the route, and you might want to check out the Dish restaurant in Mentone (the fancy chicken salad and a spicy West African stew are great choices). ■ Lookout Mountain, where you pick up US 127 to downtown Chattanooga. This is another good starting/ending point for those who may only want to take in a section of the sale route. ■ The ruins of 268 beehive coke ovens near Dunlap, TN. These ovens were used in the early 1900s to convert coal into coke (an industrial fuel). The walk along the stone wall, with archways where the ovens are located, provides a fascinating break. ■ The intersection of Tennessee State Road 111 and US 127, just north of Dunlap. You’ll find fields full of tents and tables offering traditional yard sale fare. Hopefully, you’ve made reservations at a motel, campground, or the Fall Creek Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn, 15 minutes from the sale route. Try to awaken at daybreak, have breakfast and before heading back to the sales route, drive through Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park. This is a “must-see” detour on the route, with its awesome 256foot roaring waterfall. This year’s rains should make it even more so. ■ Pikeville, one of the friendliest stops

on the route. Here you’ll find the Pikeville churches offering their parking lots and restrooms to shoppers, and many civic groups selling baked goods and coffee. Many of the sales are in front of gorgeous historic homes. That’s just a few of the highlights of the sale route. You can learn more about the event at www.127sale.com. This site provides a brochure covering all of the details about the tour, as well as a map outlining the route. One additional caution: Have plenty of space in your vehicle to pack and carry back your new “treasures.” Hope to see you along the way!

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Vehicle size and weight The laws of physics dictate that larger and heavier cars are safer than lighter and smaller ones. Small cars have twice as many occupant deaths each year as large cars. In crashes involving smaller and larger vehicles, heavier vehicles drive lighter ones backwards, decreasing the forces inside the heavier car and increasing them in the lighter car.

On the road experience Other design characteristics can influence injury risk on the road. Some small utility vehicles and pickups are prone to rolling over. “High performance� cars typically have higher-than-average death rates because drivers are tempted to use excessive speed. Combining a young driver and a high-performance car can be particularly dangerous.

Vehicle structural design A good structural design has a strong occupant compartment, known as the safety cage, as well as front and rear ends designed to buckle and bend in a crash to absorb the force of the crash. These crush zones should keep damage away from the safety cage because once the cage starts to collapse, the likelihood of injury increases rapidly.

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Restraint systems Belts, airbags and head restraints all work together with a vehicle’s structure to protect people in serious crashes. Lap/shoulder belts hold you in place, reducing the chance you will slam into something hard or get ejected from the crashing vehicle. If you are not belted, you will continue moving forward until something suddenly stops you - often a hard interior surface that will cause injuries. Shoulder belts are on inertia reels that allow upper body movement during normal driving, but lock during hard braking or in a crash. Belt webbing is stored on the reel, and during a frontal crash any slack in the webbing can allow some forward movement of your upper body. Then you could strike the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield. This problem is addressed in some cars with belt crash tensioners that activate early in a collision to reel in belt slack and prevent some of the forward movement. Airbags and lap/shoulder belts together are very effective. However in some circumstances, a deploying airbag can cause serious injuries and even death. The greatest risk of injury occurs when you are on top of, or very close to an airbag when it starts to inflate. Choose a car that allows you to reach the gas and brake pedals comfortably without sitting too close to the steering wheel. Some cars offer telescoping steering column adjustments that may help. Side airbags are designed principally to protect your chest. They may also keep your head from hitting interior or intruding structures.

Head restraints are required in the front seats of all new passenger cars to keep your head from being snapped back, injuring your neck in a rear-end crash. But there are big differences among head restraints. Some are adjustable, and others are fixed. They also vary in height and how far they are set back from the head. To prevent neck injury, a head restraint has to be directly behind and close to the back of your head. Look for cars that have this type of restraint. If the restraints are adjustable, make sure they can be locked into place. Some do not lock, so they can get pushed down in a crash.

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Retirement

Retiring at 65? Maybe, Maybe Not For many workers, the thought of attaining age 65 once promised a life of leisure - no more alarm clocks, no more heading out to work each day, no more mandatory schedules to follow. It meant joining the ranks of the “retired,” maybe doing the traveling that had been put off for so long, perfecting your dormant golf game, or just relaxing comfortably at home. Sixty-five was the mile marker that we’d long looked at as “retirement age.”

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ut things have changed. There’s been a shift in demographics that we’re coming to grips with, where 60 is the new 40, and 65 is certainly not the end of the road as far as work life is concerned. Our life span has dramatically increased since 1935, when Congress established the Social Security Act. Back then, the average life span for Americans was less than 62 years, so it made sense to set 65 as the magical “retirement age.” So, many of us will probably hit age 65 and just keep rolling along, perhaps changing jobs but not necessarily leaving the workforce. A 2013 Gallup poll of U.S. adult workers confirmed this, reporting that three quarters of respondents said they’d continue, by choice, to work beyond what they originally targeted as their “retirement age.” Many financial analysts have revamped their retirement planning methodology to address this

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new reality, leaning away from simply putting money aside to replace wages, and toward creating the possibility for subsequent careers in which their clients will be reinventing themselves. For many, it’s an opportunity to make the most of what is likely to be another quarter century of productive work. Unfortunately, changing careers is not the only reason many workers will want (or need) to stay employed beyond age 65. Rising costs, vanishing pension plans, disappearance of interest income opportunities, escalating health care costs, and the like have made it clear to many workers that what was thought to be an adequate “nest egg” for their later years will likely be insufficient. Whatever the reason for staying employed past age 65 - and studies have reported that nearly 20% of Americans 65 and older are still working - businesses are expected to benefit from the trend. The Brookings Institute, for example, recently analyzed the impact of delayed retirements on workforce productivity,1 concluding that older workers are typically better educated than mid-career workers. SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, has also studied this issue, noting that a substantial loss of older workers would mean that

“…organizations will have to struggle to replace their skills, knowledge and experience.”2

Planning Your Next Career Move OK…you’ve convinced yourself that you are going to stay in the workforce after you hit your “retirement” milestone, whatever it is for you. Now you need to develop a plan for exactly how to make that happen. Assuming you’re not facing a mandatory retirement policy (and these are becoming increasingly rare in the face of Age Discrimination Enforcement actions), will you elect to simply stay in place, reducing your scope while applying your years of accumulated competence in your present position? Or, will you strike out toward new horizons to try the types of jobs you always wanted to do, but couldn’t? Or, will you start a business on your own, one related to your talents and experiences, or perhaps a totally unrelated business venture?


Unfortunately, changing careers is not the only reason many workers will want (or need) to stay employed beyond age 65. Rising costs, vanishing pension plans, disappearance of interest income opportunities, escalating health care costs, and the like have made it clear to many workers that what was thought to be an adequate “nest egg” for their later years will likely be insufficient.

No matter which path you choose, there are a few things you need to consider.

Option 1 - Staying in place For the first time since the 1940s, workers in the U.S. old enough to retire outnumber teenagers. If those old enough to retire actually start to do so in droves, the Society for Human Resource Management suggests that “organizations … will lose not only the organizational history and institutional knowledge such workers possess but might not have enough new workers to fill the void. So, there is a very real business advantage to retaining older workers.” 3 This bodes well for those that are retirement eligible but want to switch from “upwardly mobile” to “downwardly mobile” while staying in familiar and comfortable career surroundings. You should know that you have a lot going for you, attributes that make you attractive to smart companies.

First, you have the benefit of years on the job and a level of understanding of what makes the company tick, a factor incoming replacement employees will not have. Second, and of at least equal importance, your years of service have probably brought with them an understanding of the value of positive relationships that have been built up with the customers served by the enterprise. Third, at this point you’re not necessarily “in it for the cash,” meaning that you’re probably using the income as supplemental rather than primary financial support for your family. Further, the issue of health care and health-related costs is on your side. Ironically, that’s an area where older workers have an edge. In fact, a study by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School recently reported: “While older workers may take longer to recover from injuries, studies show that they use fewer sick days on the whole than their younger counterparts, says management professor Peter Cappelli, who directs the Wharton Center for Human Resources. Health care costs are actually less for older workers, according to Cappelli, because most no longer have small children as dependents on their health care plans. Workers also become eligible for Medicare at age 65, which can further reduce an employer’s health care bills. When it comes to job performance, older workers frequently outdo their younger

colleagues, says Cappelli. Older workers have less absenteeism, less turnover, superior interpersonal skills and deal better with customers. ‘The evidence is unbelievably huge,’ he notes. ‘Basically, older workers perform better on just about everything.’”4 So if this is the path you’re pursuing, your options may include working fewer hours, shifting to a pure consulting role, or learning specific new skills that would facilitate your choice of assignments. You’re already equipped for the first two, while the third would most likely require a visit to your company’s internal training program. For example, if you want to prepare yourself to use one of the company’s newer technologies, training resources are probably already available in-house or through the company’s technology provider. If not, a quick trip to a local community college or an online search for training materials will likely provide a fairly easy solution.

Option 2 – Changing Your Environment This is where you reflect on what you really want to do, more for your own fulfillment than for the building of a life career. Here are some examples of the many, many “second-career” pathways that others have taken: continued on pg. 22

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Retiring at 65? Maybe, Maybe Not continued from pg. 21

Lake-Sumter State College in Central Florida (www.lssc.edu) is a great example of the concept of educator prep programs in action. Lake-Sumter’s Teacher Certification Courses are a competency-based accelerated option for individuals with solid academic skills who hold non-education bachelor’s degrees. The 9-10 month intense program offers on-line instruction in Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. Students are prepared for K-12 teaching anywhere in Florida.

■ CONSULTANT – an ideal choice for someone who has acquired a wealth of knowledge in a particular field, and wants to apply that knowledge in new surroundings. Positions like this typically afford much flexibility, like setting your own hours, working from home (or while at the beach!), or being selective in accepting assignments. Companies are more than happy to provide opportunities for people with highly specialized skills. ■ TOUR GUIDE – by this stage of your life, you’ve probably hit many of the popular destinations in the country, or at least in your immediate locale. Why not take advantage of what you’ve learned about the places you’ve visited by sharing your knowledge with other visitors? This type of position offers a high degree of flexibility and interaction with a wide variety of people. ■ RETAIL/TEMPORARY WORKERS – it doesn’t take a huge amount of experience or specialized knowledge to join the ranks of clerical workers in stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, etc. You’ll need to learn the protocols and the layout of the store, but that’s about the extent. Since its low pressure for you, you can have a great time helping consumers and in turn building rapport for the store.

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■ SCHOOL TEACHER – the academic world understands that a wealth of practical knowledge is available via the ranks of retired workers. In fact, colleges in several states have launched “educator prep programs” designed to certify eligible seniors for classroom teaching. Regardless of what specific secondcareer choice you make, you’ll probably need to pick up some additional training to get you ready. Don’t panic… there’s a wide variety of sources you can turn to for help. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration maintains a community service and work-based training program for low-income, older workers that is chock full of helpful information and guidance. It’s called “The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)” and as recently as last year provided service to nearly 77,000 enrolled participants. Workforce50 (www.workforce50.com) is another source of valuable information for the post-retirement job seeker. Their website tag line - “No pastures

here” - hints at a wide variety of material available to individuals exploring second-career options, including job listings, job search tips and techniques, and specific sources of training from several accredited organizations. In addition, nearly every neighborhood has a local university branch or community college offering vocational training in a virtually unlimited range of occupations. A simple visit to your local library can point you to these services.

Option 3 – Start a Business of Your Own The field is wide open on this option, and there are many directions you can take. The really attractive aspect of this option is the opportunity to finally be your own boss! By launching your own enterprise you take total command…you merge flexibility with control, becoming the commander-in-chief of your very own ship! But what business should you consider? Just like in option 2 - a change of scenery with another employer - you’ll probably want to stay with something you’re familiar with. If you have technical expertise in the field of Information Technology, for example, you could consider setting yourself up as an independent consultant to an audience of people confounded by the ever-changing landscape of home computers. If you’re handy with tools, just about every neighborhood has a wide variety of uses for a “Mr. Fixit type” individual for small or medium scale jobs, ranging from carpentry, to plumbing, to painting, and beyond. If you’ve developed skills in a particular craft, you might set yourself up as an instructor to others interested in learning the ins and outs of that craft. There’s also the franchise route, if you have the financial resources to invest. Franchising provides the benefit of setting up a business in an established structure, where public awareness of the product or service you’ll be offering is already built, allowing you to skip the pains of building brand recognition


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Retiring at 65? Maybe, Maybe Not (often a long, arduous process). Franchising also typically settles many of the planning steps you’d need to consider, like location, advertising, marketing, and so on. No matter what direction you pursue, know that help is available. The internet offers abundant sources of reference and guidance to get you started, like those offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration at sba.gov. This rich source of information will help you achieve your goal. Likewise, once you get yourself in motion, sources like AMAC affiliate The Tarkenton Companies can help you plot a course and stay on track. Their gosmallbiz.com and smallbizclub.com subsidiaries, for example, offer assistance from general consulting to training, along with coaching and specific tools to help you run your business. Through these services, you can establish connections with industry professionals, subject matter experts, and other entrepreneurs to obtain helpful information and insights when you need them.

The Choice is Yours! Whether you need to continue working or just want to, the great thing about heading into retirement is that you have some options to consider. In fact, for many people, entering the so-called “retirement” phase of their lives becomes an eye-opener of sorts, presenting pathways they can pursue that they didn’t realize existed. President Jimmy Carter, in his book “The Virtues of Aging,” put a fine point on the subject with this quote: “In addition to transient pleasures, it’s also helpful to recapitulate our personal accomplishments… or interests of the past…we can now make time to resurrect one or more, learn more about them, and develop a new hobby or profession…The choices are unlimited. We should consider our life expanding, not contracting.”

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AMAC on Capitol Hill

Congressional Leaders are Listening to AMAC Members Overview of pending legislation of interest to our members

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H.R. 4031 VA Management Accountability Act Introduced by Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL), H.R. 4031 seeks to increase accountability within the Veterans

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Administration (VA). This bill gives the Secretary of the VA the authority to fire or demote employees whose work performances warrant removal and thus protect veterans from future bureaucratic injustices.

H.R. 4015 SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act Introduced by Representative Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), H.R. 4015 seeks to permanently repeal the Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) as the method used to control spending by Medicare on physician services. The SGR’s outdated payment method has already forced physicians to treat fewer Medicare patients, which has consequently limited seniors’ access to the doctors and vital care they need.

H.R. 4160 Keep the Promise to Seniors Act Introduced by Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC), H.R. 4160 ensures that mature Americans and seniors maintain access to their Medicare Part D plans by blocking harmful prescription drug provisions proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

H.R. 4201 Seniors Right to Know Act Introduced by Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA), H.R. 4201 ensures that mature Americans and seniors have access to critical information regarding changes to their Medicare Advantage plans and requires plan sponsors

to notify beneficiaries when differences occur as a result of ObamaCare requirements.

H.R. 2181 Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 Introduced by Representatives Tom Latham (R-IA) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) last year, H.R. 2181 protects seniors by ensuring that food managers in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are properly trained and qualified to oversee daily food operations. Requiring the directors of food services in SNFs to be certified and to meet specific health standards, H.R. 2181 will help to ensure that patients have access to safe, healthy nutrition services.

S. 2015 Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act Introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Senate and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the House, S. 2015 institutes a number of common sense policies that seek to reduce the number of individuals on state welfare rolls. continued on pg. 26


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S. 1726 and H.R. 3541 ObamaCare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act Introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR), S. 1726 and H.R. 3541 seek to eliminate the “risk corridors” provision in ObamaCare that holds the American taxpayer responsible for any ObamaCare-inflicted financial losses sustained by participating insurance companies.

H.R. 2504 Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 Introduced by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), H.R. 2504 specifically enables highly skilled medical professionals, such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives, to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries

H.R. 2305 Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures Act Introduced by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), H.R. 2305 seeks to enhance the overall integrity of Medicare and Medicaid by taking steps to reduce wasteful spending and fraudulent transactions.

H.R. 3894 Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act Introduced by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), H.R. 3894 rightly eliminates income taxes on Social Security benefits. Under H.R. 3894, Social Security benefits would be neither taxable nor reportable on individual tax returns, enabling beneficiaries to retain more money for retirement while restoring the integrity of the program.

H.R. 3811 Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014 Introduced by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), H.R. 3811 takes appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that personal health care information is protected. Additionally, it requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify individuals of any breach on the health care law exchanges that endangers sensitive data and information within two business days.

H.R. 3796 Comprehensive Care Payment Innovation Act A bipartisan bill sponsored by Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Richard Neal (D-MA), H.R. 3796 seeks to provide quality, affordable health care for seniors in a manner that prioritizes patient outcomes and reduces costs for taxpayers. This bill employs a bundle payment program, allowing health care providers to treat a patient for an episode of care for the duration of that care.

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Meet your AMAC Delegates! district ALASKA Raphael Betit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AL Steve Marineau . . . . . . . . . . . . AL Barbara Struble . . . . . . . . . . . . AL ALABAMA Dwight Adams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Kenneth Barber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Elizabeth A. Farrar . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Joan Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 John Sheppard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 ARKANSAS Gary Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ARIZONA Anne Wiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Ron Nordin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pat McAuliffe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Judy Kopulos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 David Handrahan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ted Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mike Kapic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Devora Krischer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 CALIFORNIA Robert Nielsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Richard Graeser. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Jacqueline Siefferman . . . . . . 8 John Lose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Martin C. Kuban. . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Edward B. Carrigan . . . . . . . . .31 Brad Lusk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Mike Dempsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Greg Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Paul DeSimone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Jay Sadacca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Jack Closson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Fredrick Yerrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 COLORADO Charles Riggs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Jay Lykins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 David C Kelley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Frank Baysore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ronald Bella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Charles Riggs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 CONNECTICUT Frank V Barba. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 FLORIDA David Sharpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Juanita S. Melchior . . . . . . . . . . 3 William Lulias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sharilee Beynon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 James Borona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Donald O’Rourke . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Robert P Scarboro . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Elmer Duane Powers . . . . . . .11 Terry Buczkowski . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Evelyn Dodd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cindy Krueger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Bill McKinney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Scott Rankin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 James H. Keil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 CAPT John McCandless, USN(Ret). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 David Monaco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Melody Lee-Carte. . . . . . . . . . . .27 GEORGIA Ron Yurick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 John Lynam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Maria Keller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dennis Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gerald Hallman . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Dannie Reynolds. . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Vince Romao. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Lyndon Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 HAWAII Lewis Chartrand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mark Terry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 IDAHO George Thomason Sr. . . . . . . . 1 Lester G. Preader II. . . . . . . . . . . 2 ILLINOIS Donald Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Robert Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Patti Howard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 David Sherrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Thomas Adcock . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 INDIANA Russell Rybolt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Dave McNaught. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 James Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Geoffery Heald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 KANSAS Bob Cheney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Randell Phalp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 KENTUCKY Gerald Ling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 William Rogers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Jon Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 LOUISIANA Richard Bienvenu. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bill Preston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Edward (Ted) McWhorter . . . 4 Shirley Heaton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Donald Crist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 MASSACHUSETTS John Wainionpaa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 MARYLAND Robert Steinen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Joe Brewster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Guy M. Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 David Cochran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bill Damaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Rev. Claud L. Asbury, M. Div.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

district MAINE Ron Bovasso. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 MICHIGAN Dave Klimsza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Wayne L Stahl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Isabelle Terry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Patricia R. Browne. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Gordon Trute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Carl M. Blumberg. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Ronald J. Palmgren . . . . . . . . . . 5 Karen Young. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Joseph E. Scrima . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Regina Chapman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Tom Platek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kathleen Tootell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gloria English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 W. Kent Clarke Jr JD . . . . . . . .11 James P. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Dave Cortright. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 MINNESOTA Tim J. Gallagher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bradford Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Nancy Stanchina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 MISSOURI Tom Jeffrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bob Bechtold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Dorcas Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Everett Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Candy Collette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 MISSISSIPPI Reggie Turnage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Paul Earley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Robert Kranz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 MONTANA Dick & Melodee Scott. . . . . . . . 1 N. CAROLINA Robert Appleby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Robert Drummond . . . . . . . . . . . 2 James S. Jones Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Milton Ludwigson . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Brenda L. Dobrick. . . . . . . . . . . .13 Edward Marshall. . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Dan Carro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 NEBRASKA James R. Hoy Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Brad Kuiper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Don Wiseman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fred Divis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 NEW HAMPSHIRE Elena Abbene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Albert C. Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 NEW JERSEY William Patrick McNamee . . 1 Joseph P Coyle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Edward Durfee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Arthur Katz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Rev. Steven Maness Ph.D.. . 6

district NEW MEXICO Charles McMillian . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Thomas Lentner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Jim Harbison LTC-USA (Ret.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 NEVADA Chuck Harmon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Gail Bush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Judith Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3&4 NEW YORK Randy Engesetter. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Joseph Gagliano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Robert Spillman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 James Comstock. . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Donald Colongeli . . . . . . . . . . . .22 George Linder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Roy Lindberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 OHIO John Klare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Paul Ingram Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 John R. Bowker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Michael Reynolds. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Christiana Marinescu . . . . . . . . 6 Brian Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rita Fullerton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Carole Banks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dean Schrickel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Jeffrey Dondero. . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 James R. Monath MD . . . . . .12 Kenneth Houghtaling Sr . . .15 Mary Mashburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Brian Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 OKLAHOMA Rob Curry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Kevin Stephenson . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Jim Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 OREGON Beth Ann Elms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Robert W. Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PENNSYLVANIA Thomas McFate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Raymond Bostard . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Richard F. Bregstein . . . . . . . . . . 6 Valerie A Spelman. . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Prudie Potter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 John Loughman . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 S. CAROLINA Brenda Tolton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Art Bush. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jeffery E Cordell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Tony McClure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Charles Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Michael Shanlian, PHD . . . . . . 6 S. DAKOTA Ronald Ehrisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mike Pospischil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

district TENNESSEE Victor Velle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Wade Burt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Reid Pranka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Thomas Houser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Paul C Westfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Curtis Hartsfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

TEXAS Marj Thomason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alan J Winters, MD, JD . . . . . 7 Galynn Ferris (Mr) . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bill O’Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Wallace Everitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Wayne LeBlanc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Jerry Pfaffly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Jennifer Adams, R.N. . . . . . . .17 Tom Clanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Beckwith Steiner, Jr. O.D.. .20 Charles Roark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Thomas A. Ortowski . . . . . . . .22 Ronald Hitchcock . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Dwight Peper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Sandra Morey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Al Spagnuolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Rhonda Glass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Francis & Richard Galipeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Jerry Galloway, CPA . . . . . . . .32 Cisco Rincon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 VIRGINIA Jeffrey Coleman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Phillip A. Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Richard Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Gordon L Caylor II. . . . . . . . . . .10 David Lang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 WASHINGTON Dick Bowen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Stephen Mosier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Debbie Schreiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bill Hughes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Brian Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Michael Robertson . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Chan Bailey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Roger Ferrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Conrad Holuk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 WISCONSIN Richard Drake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Phillip O Owens Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mari Bohman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 WYOMING Howard Last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


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Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas Justice Thomas’ road to the Supreme Court began in the small, underprivileged town of Pin Point, Georgia. Growing up in poverty, he was abandoned by his father when he was two years old. When Thomas was seven, his mother remarried and sent him and his brother to live with their grandfather. His grandfather encouraged him to attend seminary school during his high school years, and he did so despite being the only African American on campus. He endured pervasive racism, yet managed to graduate with honors with the intention of becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Thomas again experienced severe racism at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri and ultimately left the school. He enrolled in Holy Cross College

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in Massachusetts and graduated ninth in his class with a degree in English. He then enrolled in Yale Law School. After law school, Thomas went to work as an assistant to United States Attorney John Danforth in Missouri. When Danforth was elected to the Senate, Thomas followed him to Washington to work as his legislative assistant. From there, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Education in the office of civil rights by President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan promoted Mr. Thomas to lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). During his time at the EEOC, his conservative principles began to flourish. He set about to change the EEOC by rejecting programs that set numerical goals and timetables for the hiring of minorities, instead allowing businesses more flexibility in these kinds of hirings. These changes brought him criticism by supporters of the EEOC who claimed he was undermining the purpose of the agency. Nonetheless, Thomas focused on diminishing discrimination in the workplace and emphasized self-reliance for African American workers. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush nominated Thomas to the U.S. Court

Often referred to as the most conservative member of the nation’s highest court, Justice Clarence Thomas is a strong supporter of state’s rights. He has taken conservative positions regarding free speech, the death penalty and affirmative action.

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crats and civil rights activists strongly opposed his nomination. The peak of Justice Thomas’ nomination process came when University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testified that she was sexually harassed by him when they were both working at the EEOC. However, there was no conclusive evidence to prove Hill’s statements and the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Thomas’ nomination to the full Senate without a recommendation. The Senate confirmed Thomas’ nomination on October 15, 1991 and he was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on October 23. Often referred to as the most conservative member of the nation’s highest court, Justice Clarence Thomas is a strong supporter of state’s rights. He has taken conservative positions regarding free speech, the death penalty and affirmative action. A fearless jurist, he is unafraid of voicing opposition to majority decisions regardless of political popularity. Conservatives applaud both Justice Thomas’ conviction that constitutional interpretation should be made under the auspices of the framers “original intent” and his opposition to judicial activism.1

Economist Thomas Sowell Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Thomas Sowell moved to Harlem in New York City when he was around the age of eight or nine. Although he attended classes for gifted students and ranked at the head of his class at Stuyvesant High School, Sowell dropped out to work in a factory as a delivery person and also as a Western Union messenger. He did finish high school by attending night school and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps. After his service, Sowell enrolled at Howard University in Washington, DC and later transferred to Harvard University. While at Harvard, Sowell wrote his senior thesis on Karl Marx. While Sowell was a Marx sympathizer as an undergraduate, he slowly embraced conservatism as he worked towards his Master’s degree in economics at Columbia University.

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After Columbia, Sowell had the opportunity to study under future Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences winners Milton Friedman and George Stigler at the prestigious Chicago School of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he would earn his Ph.D. in economics in 1968. Sowell has worked as an economist with the Department of Labor and also as an economic analyst at AT&T. He has taught at universities including Cornell, Amherst, UCLA, Rutgers, Howard University and Brandeis University. He was asked to serve in President Reagan’s first cabinet but declined because he felt his scholarly reputation would be diminished if he entered politics. Sowell is an advocate of personal ambition and hard work, as opposed to government intervention, as a means of improving one’s life. He believes that government programs designed to help African Americans by leveling the playing field for them has actually hurt their opportunity for equality. For example, Sowell believes that welfare and other government-inspired social programs damage blacks by fostering a dependence on government that reduces their motivation to succeed by their own merits. Predictably, Sowell’s views have made him the target of much criticism by liberal elites. His belief that poverty among minority groups is less a result of racial and societal discrimination than of a

group’s values, ethics and attitudes has caused a frenzy of opposition from leftists and alienated him from liberal black leaders like Reverend Jesse Jackson and the late Benjamin Hooks. A prolific writer, Sowell is the author of numerous books on subjects including economics, education, ideology, history, and race and ethnicity. In his book, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, Sowell looks at the differing world views of liberals and conservatives through the lens of constrained versus unconstrained vision. According to Sowell, the constrained or liberal world view sees people as those whose behavior is based on self-interest. The constrained view also sees people as having little ability to change their situations on their own. However, the unconstrained or conservative world view sees people as directed by reason with the ability for self-improvement. Sowell’s opposition to government social programs including affirmative action, busing, racial quotas and welfare has made him a hero among conservatives and a pariah among liberals. He is currently the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, California. He is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement and the prestigious Francis Boyer Award presented by the American Enterprise Institute.2 continued on pg. 34

Sowell is an advocate of personal ambition and hard work, as opposed to government intervention, as a means of improving one’s life. He believes that government programs designed to help African Americans by leveling the playing field for them has actually hurt their opportunity for equality.


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United States Senator Tim Scott Born poor in North Charleston, South Carolina, Senator Tim Scott was raised by his single mother who worked 16 hours a day as a nursing assistant. As a youngster, Scott learned the importance

By the time Scott finished high school, he had earned a partial football scholarship to Presbyterian College. He later transferred to Charleston Southern University where he graduated with a degree in political science.

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of faith and hard work. He worked at a movie theater and later at a Chick-fil-A restaurant to help make ends meet for his family. It was while working at Chick-fil-A that Scott would meet his mentor, John Moniz, the chicken franchise’s owner. Moniz, a devout Christian who embodied a strong work ethic, encouraged Scott and taught him that the American Dream was in reach for anyone who studied hard, worked hard and applied their talents to the task at hand. At the time, Scott was floundering in high school and it was Moniz who suggested that football could provide Scott with access to a college education. By the time Scott finished high school, he had earned a partial football scholarship to Presbyterian College. He later transferred to Charleston Southern University where he graduated with a degree in political science. Moniz did more than encourage a young Scott to play football. He educated him on conservative principles including the relationship between hard work and success and how low taxes pave the way for a healthy business environment. When Scott graduated from college, he jumped into the business world enthusiastically, running an insurance agency and becoming a partner of a real-estate agency. He eventually built his insurance business, Tim Scott Allstate Insurance Company, into one of the most successful Allstate branches in South Carolina. His initial foray into politics came when he decided to run for Charleston County Council. Scott had yet to declare a party affiliation and although most of his friends were Democrats, he drew upon the teachings of his mentor, John Moniz, and made the philosophical decision to run for office as a Republican. Candidate Tim Scott won that county seat by an 80% to 20% margin over his Democratic opponent. Tim served 13 years as a County Councilman and after a term as a state representative in the South Carolina legislature, he launched a successful run for Congress in 2010. Scott represented South Carolina’s first district for two years before being appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to replace retiring

Senator Jim DeMint in the United States Senate in December, 2012. Scott will run this November to win the final two years of DeMint’s term. While in the House, Scott clearly established that he is his own man. He declined an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus saying that it was not necessary for him to represent one group over others. He is a staunch fiscal conservative and voted against raising the debt ceiling despite pleas from House leadership to do so. In the Senate, Scott is working on empowering Americans through his Opportunity Agenda initiative. His plan is designed to provide strong initiatives that give students and wage earners the best chance at achieving the American Dream. Included among these initiatives is economic freedom created through tax reform and the expansion of school choice to ensure that all children have the opportunity for a quality education. His early life experience taught him that success is achieved by individuals, not created by bureaucrats in Washington, and he recognizes the value of education and mentorship. Scott also acknowledges the threat that out of control spending poses to the future of America. In his first 100 days in the Senate, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment and also was a co-sponsor of a bill to ban earmarks, a process of packing bills with wasteful pork-barrel spending. Considered a rising star among the GOP, Senator Scott sits on several Senate committees including the Special Committee on Aging; the Small Business Committee; and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award and Alumnus of the Year award by Charleston Southern University.3

1 Sources: www.about.com, www.oyez.com, www.georgiaencyclopedia.org 2 Sources: www.hoover.com, www.tsowell.com, www.townhall.com, www.biographyfromanswers.com 3 Sources: www.senate.gov, www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/house-gop-favoritetim-scott-is-ready-for-what-comes-next-20120329, biography.com, votetimscott.com


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Conservatism is Colorblind “Conservatism, we are told, is out-of-date,” Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater wrote in his landmark 1960 book, The Conscience of a Conservative.1 Writing during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history, Goldwater – a prominent leader of the modern conservative movement – witnessed the rise of a radical political philosophy that was preceded and enabled by the New and Fair Deals of the previous two decades.

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his newfound “social liberalism” engulfed the ‘60s and set the tone for an intense debate over civil rights, the women’s movement, sexual liberation and the dawn of a new progressive era. One of the most significant outcomes of this “cultural revolution,” and specifically within the civil rights movement, was the realignment of the African-American voting bloc and its impact on the political and cultural climate in America. Unfortunately, as is often the case with complex historical subjects, important details have been lost, forgotten or intentionally marginalized by certain parties over time, and the history of civil rights in America is no different. While this period of racial upheaval signified a monumental shift in the voting identity of black Americans, conservative prin-

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ciples, values and philosophy remained unchanged. Still, leaders of the Left have repeatedly pitted conservatism against civil rights, a logically fallacious tactic, with many in media and other fellow travelers continuing to glorify the role the Democratic Party and social liberalism played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Holding high the banner of equality, the modern Left has worked to obscure the real history, principles and beliefs of conservatism, particularly individual choice and economic freedom, as the tried and true basis for individual rights, equality of opportunity, merit-based socio-economic advancement and prosperity for the American Citizen. Certainly, there was a strong “conservative coalition” formed between conservative Republicans and Democrats in the mid-20th Century, particularly in the U.S. Senate, where commonality existed between members of both parties on issues of limited government and economic freedom. However, regularly forgotten or conveniently obscured, is the simple fact that over a roughly 100-year period in American history – from the end of the Civil War to the mid-1960s – a strong block of one political party, the Demo-

cratic Party, was largely responsible for working to prohibit the cause of racial equality in America. A deeper review of the history of civil rights in our country is necessary. For nearly 150 years, many African Americans faithfully supported the platforms and principles of the Republican Party, many of which align with core conservative principles that continue today. Shortly following the end of the Civil War, Congress approved the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified shortly thereafter, prohibiting both the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” It was Republicans in Congress who ardently spearheaded this legislative initiative in order to promote and secure suffrage for African Americans, while the


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questionable overall impact. That being said, the fact remains that during Reconstruction, the Republican Party strongly supported newly enfranchised blacks exercising their rights and voice in government for the first time in American history.

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vast majority of Democrats continued to oppose true, tangible equality for blacks in society. Without question, the Reconstruction Era was one of the most complicated and contentious periods in our history (as is usually the case following a long and terrible conflict), an era marked with enduring economic hardship, political and social strife, conflicting policies and questionable overall impact. That being said, the fact remains that during Reconstruction, the Republican Party strongly supported newly enfranchised blacks exercising their rights and voice in government for the first time in American history. An example of this can be seen in 1867, when Republicans aided a coalition of blacks in attaining political offices at both the state and federal levels, a “large-scale experiment in interracial democracy unlike that of any other society following the abolition of slavery.”2 Republicans continued to push for egalitarianism through more “equitable taxa-

tion legislation [and] laws against racial discrimination” as part their aggressive Reconstruction agenda.3 The emergence of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1867, however, thwarted efforts by Republican leaders and African Americans to further advance racial equality in the South. Turning to violence to counter Reconstruction policies, white supremacists used the KKK to threaten and intimidate Republicans and blacks who resisted or challenged white authority. The KKK succeeded in driving out blacks who had been elected to public office in the South and helped pave the way for Southern Democrats to regain political power and put an end to Reconstruction. It wasn’t until the Great Depression and the 1930s that the political tides began to turn in America. Beginning with Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 and Harry Truman in 1948, African Americans broke away in significant numbers from the rank and

file of the Republican Party in favor of new, Democratic social welfare programs, programs that actually caused philosophical cracks within the Democratic Party itself. For example, the breaking away of FDR’s Vice President John Nance Garner was largely due to concerns over the New Deal and Executive Branch overreach. By the time President Lyndon B. Johnson, a southern Democrat who for a long time as a Congressman and Senator sided with the “solid south” in stymieing moves to advance civil rights, eventually signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law and instituted the “Great Society” programs, the black voting bloc had almost entirely shifted to the Left, where it largely remains today. African American voters had established a new political identity and along the way had basically abandoned the party that was once crucial to the demise of slavery and the advancement of equal rights for all people. continued on pg. 40

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Fast forward to modern times, the social liberalism model that has been adopted by contemporary Democrats hinges on the federal government playing a larger, more instrumental role in the lives of individuals. Roosevelt’s New Deal relied heavily on government to help minorities and other “disadvantaged” constituencies find work. Truman’s Fair Deal built upon Roosevelt’s liberal domestic agenda by expanding social welfare programs and increasing the power of the federal government. The combination of President John F. Kennedy’s promotion of civil rights leg-

contortion of public opinion and has cemented a number of GOP misconceptions in American history books. As a party, over 80% of Republicans in the House and Senate voted to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and desegregated schools and public facilities. Conversely, less than 70% of Democrats voted to pass the bill, which is considered to be a hallmark of liberal achievement. While the vast majority of Republicans serving in Congress in the ‘60s over-

Most important to remember is that in all of this, Republicans’ involvement in the civil rights movement has been largely overshadowed and falsely depicted by vocal proponents of social liberalism. This has resulted in the contortion of public opinion and has cemented a number of GOP misconceptions in American history books. As a party, over 80% of Republicans in the House and Senate voted to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964

islation and Johnson’s Great Society programs, including the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid, were enough to solidify blacks’ loyalty to the Democratic Party and to accuse Republicans of being on the “wrong side of history.” Most important to remember is that throughout this, Republicans’ involvement in the civil rights movement has been largely overshadowed and falsely depicted by vocal proponents of social liberalism. This has resulted in the

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whelmingly supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was critical to its passage, “the corollary was that conservatism opposed the civil rights agenda when it called for or depended on big government.”4 This is important to note because some prominent conservative leaders, like Goldwater, did in fact oppose the legislation on purely constitutional grounds. Believing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 achieved its goals through an unconstitutional expansion

of government power, Goldwater, and a small minority of conservative Republicans, voted against it, despite being one of the most ardent supporters of the objectives of the civil rights movement. In fact, Barry Goldwater had a long, distinguished and demonstrated history of championing civil rights in his home state of Arizona before civil rights ever became a prominent issue on the national stage. Regardless, it was the civil rights movement in conjunction with the allure of federally established social welfare programs that radically altered the way many people, particularly African Americans, regarded government. This newfound social liberalism, manifested via federal education, health care and welfare programs, became entrenched in the prevailing government institutions and threatened the most fundamental and foundational principles of the Republic. In many cases, the expectations established by social welfare programs have undermined the core principles of conservatism and have fostered a dangerous culture of government dependence. By and large, African Americans have been the unfortunate victims of these social welfare policies that continue to constitute an integral part of the Democratic Party’s platform. Instead of offering a “helping hand,” many of these policies have been nothing more than a hurting hand to millions of Americans, especially minorities, who remain impoverished and underemployed. Operating under the guise of increased personal liberty and individual empowerment, social liberalism has artfully deceived many Americans, causing them to rely disproportionately on government in order to meet their basic needs, while enabling and preserving the socioeconomic status quo. Promoting his “War on Poverty” policies in 1964, President Johnson promised “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it, and above all, prevent it.”5 Yet, after “five decades of big-government ‘solutions,’ Washington runs more than 80 means-tested aid continued on pg. 41


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programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care and social services to the poor and near-poor and [has] spent close to $20 trillion,” says Dr. Edwin Feulner, Founder of the Heritage Foundation.6 Today, it is clear that social liberalism and welfare programs have done little to better lives, address inequality or reduce

In fact, Barry Goldwater had a long, distinguished and demonstrated history of championing civil rights in his home state of Arizona, before civil rights ever became a prominent issue on the national stage. ...it was the civil rights movement in conjunction with the allure of federally established social welfare programs that radically altered the way many people, particularly African Americans, regarded government.

the poverty rate, which “remains nearly as high as it was in the mid1960s,” according to Feulner.7 Even in the ‘60s, conservative leaders recognized the perilous implications of a society governed in adherence to social liberalism, in part because it conflicts directly with the Constitution’s purpose to limit the functions of government. “Throughout history, government has proved to be the chief instrument for thwarting man’s liberty,” Goldwater warns in The Conscience of a Conservative.8 Goldwater understood that the call for more government interference in the lives of individuals could only result in

forgone freedoms, and the sacrifice of personal liberty would come at a high cost to the American people and society. Even though social liberalism has become widely accepted and politically preferred by a growing number of people, the average American continues to consider the ideals of conservatism - limited government, economic freedom and individual prosperity – pivotal to achieving the American Dream and wholly intrinsic to the American way of life. Yet, there seems to be an apparent disconnect between American values and governance in Washington. Goldwater poignantly identified the contradiction he witnessed first-hand in Congress: In a country where it is now generally understood and proclaimed that the people’s welfare depends on individual self reliance rather than on state paternalism, Congress annually deliberates over whether the increase in government welfarism should be small or large. In a country where it is now generally understood and proclaimed that individual liberty depends on decentralized government, Congress annually deliberates over whether vigorous or halting steps should be taken to bring state government in line with federal policy.9 Time and time again, social liberalism has promised far more than it has been able to deliver. The New and Fair Deals and Great Society programs have not made good on their pledge to the American people, making it more important than ever “to demonstrate the practical relevance of Conservative principles to the needs of the day.”10 Despite repeated charges that were hurled at conservatism, Goldwater boldly claimed that a conservative pulse still beat strongly throughout America in the 1960s. It continues to do so today because many have recognized the value of conservatism as a proven political philosophy eager to empower individuals and act as another vital check against

governmental overreach, regardless of skin color, religion, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic upbringing or otherwise. Rooted in the very ideals of individual freedom and limited government, conservatism has appealed to a broad base of people for centuries. These principles, which elevate the rights of the individual over the agenda of a group, emphasize enumerated restraints on the powers of government and, above all else, seek to preserve and extend freedom, make it possible for conservatism to transcend all socio-economic backgrounds, races and ethnicities, even today. Though Washington’s turn to the Left suggests a decline of conservatism, Americans continue to hold tightly to these core beliefs and remain hesitant to put their trust in an unlimited, unrestrained government. It is conservatism, a color-blind philosophy that emphasizes hard work, self-determination, individual responsibility and market-based choice over government cronyism, that offers every person the opportunity to improve their lives and experience success.

1 Goldwater, Barry. (1960). The Conscience of a Conservative. New York: Victor Publishing Company. 2 “Reconstruction.” History. http://www.history. com/topics/american-civil-war/reconstruction. 3

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Voegeli, William. “Civil Rights and the Conservative Movement.” The Wall Street Journal. Jul. 14, 2008. http://online.wsj.com/ news/articles/SB121598863003949317. 5 Johnson, Lyndon B. “State of the Union Address.” LBJ Presidential Library. Jan. 8, 1964. http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/ archives.hom/speeches.hom/640108.asp. 6 Feulner, Edwin J. “Why We Need Welfare Reform.” The Heritage Foundation. Feb. 24, 2014. http://www.heritage.org/research/ commentary/2014/2/why-we-need-welfare-reform. 7

Ibid.

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Ibid., 2.

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istory casts important shadows that don’t fade with time. The year was 1774. The Declaration of Independence was still two years off, and liberty for those who called themselves Americans was far from inevitable. What all Americans recognized, however, was a simple truth. The imperial British government was, with inordinate haste, promulgating laws intended to snuff out provincial and individual liberty, aiming to shut down opposition to its central authority. Moreover, laws protecting individuals against that authority were suddenly going unenforced. The toxic mix — aggressive criminalization of formerly noncriminal acts and blatant nonenforcement of liberty-assuring laws — was more than unsettling. It created a wave of fear. It also awoke the sleepiest of early Americans, who saw it was not right. Thomas Jefferson took up his pen. He produced a short piece about basic rights, not the Declaration for which he would later be famous, but a little piece titled “The Rights of British America.” He hoped to convince the overreaching British government to pull back, show restraint, slow the juggernaut of oppression, and remember that sovereignty belongs to the people, not to a government. In his essay, Jefferson wrote that “unwarrantable encroachments and usurpations” were curbing basic liberties. He noted that, since the beginning of time, these liberties had belonged to individuals. He explained that “his majesty” had begun unilateral assertion of formerly legislative powers, and that the crown was undertaking imperial exercise of “wanton

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power,” and that “rights of human nature are deeply wounded by this infamous practice.” Jefferson, in his inimitable way, noted that “this is so shameful an abuse of power trusted with his majesty for all purposes, as if not reformed would call for some legal restrictions.” He closed noting that “your majesty or your governors have carried this power beyond every limit known or provided for by the laws.” There he left it. Meantime, Benjamin Franklin had a word to say. He penned a piece in 1773 titled “Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One.” Among Franklin’s “rules,” in this sardonic parody, he listed what a government should do to properly alienate the people. He noted “a great Empire, like a great Cake, is most easily diminished at the Edges.” He suggested the king “contrive to punish” those who appeared to be “friends of liberty.” When appointees did something “odious,” the king should “recall and reward them with pensions,” putting them to pasture with profit. He suggests veterans be “harassed with novel taxes,” that the empire find ways to reduce “security in property,” and “remember to make your arbitrary tax more grievous for your provinces” than those at the seat of power. That was the last humorous piece Franklin wrote about the king. We inhabit a world that was once founded on the words of these great lovers of liberty. In this new world, we now find novel “encroachments and usurpations,” either by regulation, executive order or one-sided, vote-then-read legislation. We find growing confusion over the sanctity of individual liberty, with invasions of privacy, incursions into formerly sacrosanct constitutional rights in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments to our Constitution. We witness the criminal

investigation of seasoned reporters and celebrated moviemakers, gun banning, and selective political prosecution of future contenders to the throne. We find that state laws no longer matter, except when they excuse nonenforcement of inconvenient federal law or parts of the Constitution that the president does not like. We find that agents of the president, such as the Internal Revenue Service, go unpunished as former leaders are recalled, retired and rewarded with pensions. We see veterans who defended our liberty held in minimal respect, facing enormous delays in promised medical benefits, heaped with novel taxes and kept from seeing monuments to their service. All this is patently unsettling, even if we now live under a Constitution and electoral system that allows us to peaceably right a listing ship. Today, we need not make recourse to the only measure Jefferson, Franklin and early America had. The truth is that, because of their sacrifices and insights, we are today free to vote out leaders who act like kings and their legislative minions. It does help, now and again, to see how easily power rides up on the backs of those who feel unaccountable. If history does not exactly repeat itself, that is only because we have levers of a constitutional government to pull. The shadows from our Founding endure, reminding us why we feel ill at ease. That is why it is worth recalling the writings of the great men to whom we owe vigilance over our precious liberties.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Times. Robert B. Charles, a former counsel to then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and an assistant secretary of state, heads the Charles Group LLC.

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Lend Me Your Ear! To me, a just picked, peak of the season, fresh ear of corn is the perfect summertime food.

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eginning in July and continuing through the month of August, a stop at the local farmstand for a bag of Long Island corn is almost a daily occurrence. My family also loves the buttery, crisp, sweet taste of corn with all of their warm weather favorites. Rich in nostalgia and universally adored, corn on the cob is simply one of the best parts of summer.

Buy the freshest corn available and plan to use it the day it is purchased. Corn begins to lose its sweetness as soon as it’s cut from the stalk. Choose ears with cut ends that are spot-free and “silks” that are plentiful, pale and a little sticky. Husks should be bright green, tight and moist. Kernels should feel plump and be developed to the tip of the ear.

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Choose ears with cut ends that are spot-free and “silks” that are plentiful, pale and a little sticky. Husks should be bright green, tight and moist. Kernels should feel plump and be developed to the tip of the ear.

stubborn silk by gently running a damp paper towel from top to bottom or rubbing with a soft toothbrush or vegetable brush. Break off the stem end or leave it on to use as a handle.

The best way to cut corn off the cob is to stand it up in the middle of a Bundt or tube pan. Hold the top of the ear and use a knife to cut down the sides while rotating the cob as you cut around it. The kernels will fall neatly into the pan. One ear of corn yields about ½ cup of kernels.

A simple and fun way to cook corn on the cob for a party: Place shucked corn in a clean cooler. Pour boiling water over the top of the corn (about 2 quarts per dozen). Close the lid and let sit for 30

minutes. Pull the plug to drain water, keeping lid closed. Corn will stay warm for about 2 hours.

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Preheat oven to 425°. Prick the bottom and sides of pie crust. Bake for 5 – 7 minutes or until firm, but not browned. Combine eggs, heavy cream, salt, onion, corn and cheddar cheese. Pour into pie shell. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Continue baking for an additional 30 minutes or until center is almost firm. Let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serves 6

Farmstand Corn Salad ❏ 6 ears of corn – kernels removed ❏ 3 small zucchini - diced ❏ 1 pint grape tomatoes - halved ❏ ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

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In a large bowl, combine corn, zucchini, tomatoes and basil. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey and lime juice. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 – 4 hours. Toss again before serving – adding salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.

Fettuccine with Summer Corn Sauce ❏ 12 oz. uncooked fettuccine ❏ 4 slices thick-cut bacon – chopped ❏ 4 cups fresh corn kernels ❏ 3 garlic cloves – minced ❏ ¼ tsp. salt ❏ 1/8 tsp. pepper

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Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain reserving ½ cup pasta water. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove and set aside. Discard all but 2 tsps. of bacon drippings. Add corn, garlic, salt and pepper to skillet. Cook until corn is tender. Remove ¾ cup of corn and set aside. Transfer remaining corn mixture to a food processor. Add cheese, almonds and oil. Process until blended. Return to the skillet. Add reserved corn and heat through. Add cooked fettuccine, three-fourths of the bacon and ¾ cup of basil. Gradually add the reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency. Add tomatoes. Transfer to a serving platter, and sprinkle with remaining bacon and basil. Serves 6.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob Boiled: Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil. Place shucked corn in the boiling water. Cover and cook for 5 – 7 minutes.

Oven Roasted: Place unshucked ears of corn on a baking sheet. Roast in a preheated 375° oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing husks.

Microwaved: Place unshucked ears of corn on a microwavesafe dish. Cook on high as follows: 2 minutes for one ear, 4 minutes for two ears, 5 minutes for three ears, 6 minutes for four ears. Allow the corn to rest in the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove husk and silk.

Grilled without the husk: Rub shucked corn with vegetable oil. Grill, turning occasionally, over medium heat for 7 minutes or until ears are lightly browned.

Grilled in aluminum foil: Wrap each shucked ear in foil along with a couple of ice cubes. Grill, turning occasionally, over medium heat for 10 – 12 minutes. As the ice melts, the steam created will cook the corn.

Grilled in the husk: Peel back the husks from each ear and remove silk. Pull husk back over corn. Submerge ears in cold water for 15 minutes. Shake off excess water. Place corn on grill and cook, turning occasionally, for 15 – 20 minutes. Carefully remove husk. www.amac.us | 47


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sea fishing. Choose a catamaran ride or a sunset cruise. PIRATE’S ISLAND WATERPARK: The resort features an amazing 45,000 square-foot waterpark, providing hours of entertainment for all ages. This familyfriendly resort will keep everyone happy. FOR THE LITTLE ONES: Meet the characters from Sesame Street, and say hello to your favorites. Enjoy parades and daily appearances, or arrange breakfasts and nightly tuck-ins to create special memories for your child. Older kids will enjoy Xbox 360 Game Garage and a sizzling teen disco. THE BEST PART: Beaches Turks & Caicos provides an ideal opportunity to stay at an all-inclusive resort rich in activities and amenities. Not only will you find yourself at one of the most desirable beach resorts of the world, you’ll enjoy world class lodging, meals and beverages at your fingertips, making this comprehensive vacation a superior value.

St. Lucia If picture-perfect views of volcanic peaks rising from sapphire waters appeal to you, make this island your holiday resort. St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands located on the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the Lesser Antilles and is located north-northeast of the islands of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. The Island was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, St. Lucia’s first European settlers. This important tourist destination is beloved for its tropical weather, lush rain forests, dramatic mountain views, pristine beaches, tranquil waters and lavish resorts.

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peninsula location on the leeward side of the island, Sandals Grande St. Lucian provides a serene getaway with inspiring panoramic views which showcase volcanic mountains rising from the sea. Considered a vacation paradise, rich in natural beauty, it is often described as an ideal romantic destination. ACCOMODATIONS: The resort is welcoming and offers exotic appeal. Guests may sleep steps from the magnificent powdery white sand beach. Guests in the Rondoval Suites sleep “in the round.” These spherical havens feature interior marble, stone, sea glass, mosaic tiles and open onto private patios with plunge pool, whirlpool, hammock, dining area and an outdoor grotto shower. The Butler Suite offers high ceilings, spacious verandas, Brazilian hardwood flooring and hand woven banana tree and wooden tables. Outdoor areas include a private pool sanctuary and more, with garden scenery or refreshing waterfall views. Of course, the room comes with personalized butler service. One of its best value rooms is the Caribbean Honeymoon Beach view Grande Luxe. These beachfront rooms overlook Rodney Bay, picturesque gardens, the pool and/or beach. Rich in European décor, you ll have all the modern conveniences you could wish for. Private patios and balco-

nies create a romantic place to relax day and night. DINING: Let eight global and gourmet restaurants delight your culinary senses at this all-inclusive resort. Gordon’s on the Pier offers a unique dining option.

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This outdoor restaurant features white glove service while you’re surrounded in sunset and panoramic views of the bay. An open exhibition kitchen, Caribbean décor and flickering lanterns set the scene at this seafood lover’s paradise. Enjoy innovative seafood delicacies or Gordon’s signature steak at this pleasurable and romantic restaurant. Exquisite international cuisine, such as Italian, French and Caribbean dining is available. The Bayside Restaurant features buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and at night guests may dine beneath the stars while enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner and feeling the sensation of the cool, sea breeze. ACTIVITIES: St. Lucia features a milelong beachfront and tranquil waters perfect for water lovers, making it an ultimate paradise travel location. Unlimited land and water sports are available. Enjoy diving at the resort, including an introductory resort program for beginners. By the very next day, newbies will be on their way to an underwater adventure. Scuba enthusiasts may dive up to two times daily and may choose private or night dives to increase excitement. The fun doesn’t stop there. Enjoy a vast array of all-inclusive watersports including sailing, stand-up paddle boards,

water hammocks and wakeboards and much more. Enjoy tennis by day or night on lighted courts. Feel the cool tropical breeze as you golf on a championship fairway on well-manicured lawns near emerald colored sea. Greens fees are included at La Toc Golf Course Golf, an exciting course with features like rolling hills and majestic fairways. If exercise is your thing, be sure to head to the stateof-the art fitness center. If relaxation is more your pace, plan a dreamy afternoon at the spa to relax and rejuvenate your soul. THE BEST PART: Saint Lucia’s Sandals Grande is one of the most gorgeous allinclusive resorts with a sheltered milelong beachfront for your enjoyment. It’s satisfying to know that most water sports are included in your price. Whether you seek adventure or simply wish to relax on sandy shores or in luxury by the pool, this resort has it all!

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AMAC in Action Find out how AMAC is standing up for you, every day

AMAC and Generation America Join Forces On April 2, 2014, the Association of Mature American Citizens and Generation America united to strengthen advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s seniors. By combining the membership of both groups, we create a more unified voice for conservative Americans, a more powerful advocacy organization in Washington, and are able to offer more benefits to our members. United we stand! Michael Young, Founder of Generation America, will be joining us as a member of the AMAC Board of Advisors. Mr. Young brings great enthusiasm to the team and will continue to advocate for the rights of the country’s 50-plus generation. If you are currently an active Generation America member, you are automatically enrolled in AMAC. We hope you are as excited to be a part of AMAC as we are to have you. This is an exciting and empowering time for all, and we look forward to working together to preserve the American values we all hold so dear.

AMAC Attends CPAC 2014 The 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference, America’s largest gathering of conservative activists, took place March 6-8 in National Harbor, MD. AMAC is proud to have played an integral role in CPAC 2014 and believes AMAC left its

mark on the conservative resurgence taking place in America today. The AMAC team was pleased to gain new members, speak with current members and listen to some of the most influential thought leaders advancing conservative policies. Most importantly, AMAC valued the opportunity to educate those with similar goals about the issues that matter most to AMAC members.

AMAC Attends the Patriots Rally for Freedom AMAC attended the Patriots Rally for Freedom on March 15, 2014, at the Cool River Ranch located in Martindale, Texas. The rally’s mission was simple: unite Conservatives, be they Republican, Tea Party, Independent or Libertarian as the mid-term elections approach. Participants rallied to reignite the passion, patriotism and love of country that was exhibited by such American leaders as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and President Reagan. AMAC Delegate, Reyes Cisco Rincon, TX-35, graciously hosted AMAC representatives and assisted AMAC at their event booth.

Wall Street Journal Article Features AMAC A March 31, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal, titled AARP Faces Competition From Conservative-Leaning Groups, featured AMAC as an example of the rise in popularity of conservative 50 plus organizations. The article brings to light the growing disappointment with AARP among Americans aged 50 plus

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due to their left-leaning nature and support of Obamacare. The article highlights AMAC’s recent surge in membership, quotes from Andrew J. Mangione Jr., AMAC vice president of government relations, AMAC member Judy Smith, and a photo of the most recent issue of Amac Advantage Magazine.

AMAC Foundation Presents the 2014 Health Care Symposium

The AMAC Foundation proudly presents the 2014 Health Care Symposium, June 9 - 10, 2014, in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. The Healthcare Symposium will provide networking and educational forums focused on the leading healthcare issues facing America. The Symposium is an outcomeoriented event, designed to produce workable solutions that can be advanced for action. Participants will benefit from an exchange of industry knowledge and ideas, as well as the opportunity to be part of the solution to health care problems. Featured speakers are Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Dr. Robert Moffitt, GraceMarie Turner, Lt. Gen Jack Klimp (Ret.), Dr. James E Smith, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. John C. Goodman, Dr. Beth Haynes and Arizona Senator Kelli Ward.

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Rising to the Truth History shows the important role of Republicans in regard to civil rights. The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were passed shortly after the Civil War and had Lincoln’s support. These amendments expanding the rights of American citizens were introduced by Republicans. In simplified terms, the goals were to abolish slavery, give citizenship and equal protection of laws to all persons born in the United States regardless of race, and provide the right to vote.

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raditionally, black views tend to align with conservative ideology through shared core values, such as being pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-life. Many blacks oppose large government, wasteful spending and over-taxation and support entrepreneurship and innovation as means of economic growth. Today’s generation of Republican African-Americans recognize that the values they embrace are threatened. They are disappointed by historical misrepresentations and dislike the distortion of their party by Liberal media propaganda. This is igniting a political movement in conservative blacks to express their faith in conservative ideals and rise to the truth. Following is just a small sample of prominent African-American conservatives making a difference in America today.

Chelsi P. Henry, Esq. About: Recognized by the RNC as a Rising Star and was given a n a t i o n a l platform to share her voice. She currently serves as a Senior Cabinet Adviser for the State of Florida and focuses on environmental and veteran affairs policy issues. She’s an attorney, public speaker, business

consultant, community activist and served as an elected official as a Supervisor of Soil and Water Conservation.

Education: Graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, and the University of North Florida

Accomplishments: Henry served as a 2012 Florida delegate to the RNC Convention and made appearances on BET to discuss conservative principles on election night, and on Anderson Cooper. In 2013, Henry was named as one of 10 Women to Watch This Year and was highlighted as 11 Black Conservative Speaking at CPAC and was selected as one of Red Alert Politics 30 under 30. BET also named her as one of ten Republicans to watch across the nation.

Goals: Henry champions Republican beliefs and promotes conservative values. She strives to ensure minority Republicans are represented on the ballot. As a young conservative, she serves as a role model for younger generation African-Americans and women.

Beliefs: Many Republican values align with Henry’s. This includes, but is not limited to, platforms of lower taxes, smaller government, upholding the constitution, national defense, free speech, and safeguarding religious liberties. Look for this well-spoken trailblazer to hold pivotal future positions in the Republican Party.

Dr. Ben Carson About:

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Well-respected retired Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon and the first to successfully separate conjoined twins

joined at the head. Outspoken conservative political commentator whose rise in popularity has stirred a movement to draft him as the Republican nomination for President, using the phrase “Run, Ben, Run.” He’s written best-selling books and openly shares his philosophies of achievement.

Education: Graduate of Yale University where he majored in psychology, and the University of Michigan Medical School

Accomplishments: He established the Carson Scholars Fund to promote education. He’s a member of the American Academy of Achievement, the Ho ra t i o A l g e r photo: Gage Skidmore Association of Distinguished Americans, and is a recipient of the Jefferson Awards. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, holds honorary doctorates and national merit citations, and served as keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Goals: This Fox News contributor pushes freedom of expression through intelligent conversation. As a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference and Values Voters Summit, his conservative comments stir national dialogues.

Beliefs: The direction of our nation is of primary concern. Carson favors Proportional Tax


based on biblical principles of tithing. He supports traditional marriage and strongly opposes the Affordable Care Act, calling it “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Carson agrees that slavery is much worse, but feels that Obamacare has compromised the constitution.

David Webb About: Columnist, radio talk show host and Fox News contributor with over 20 years in broadcast experience. He hosts a call-in show to analyze important issues. He is an Executive Producer at Fox Trail Productions, Inc. and co-founder of TeaParty365, a non-partisan advocacy organization calling for fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and the protection of American liberty.

Education: College of the Holy Cross

Accomplishments: He hosts The David Webb Show on Sirius Radio and appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN International, BBC Radio and more. Webb was named to Newsweek Inside the Tea Party Top 10, About.com’s Satellite Radio’s New School of Conservative Talk Stars and has been Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, The Protester representing the Tea Party movement.

Goals: Webb encourages discussions featuring breaking news and highlighting American newsmakers and community leaders. Since his forum’s inception, he has hosted Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, Mike Huckabee and many other influential people to discuss politics and patriotism.

Beliefs: In 2010, he condemned the NAACP for practicing selective racism. Webb strongly believes that the government needs to provide accountability and transparency. He co-founded TeaParty 365 to educate people on fiscal responsibility. He sup-

ports limited, effective and constitutional government and promotes education, families and entrepreneurial skills to help communities.

Charles Butler About: Republican talk show host on Genesis Communications Network, conservative speaker and Obamacare Alternative Expert. He has been involved in politics for over 32 years working behind the scenes in the party. He appeared on Fox News channel and other TV and radio media outlets throughout the country.

Education: University of Southern California, University of Michigan

Accomplishments: He hosts the Charles Butler Show to address pertinent social, economic, educational and political issues. Butler played an important role in bringing WalMart to economically deprived wards. He is involved in the Carry Concealed Weapon effort with gun rights groups. He is a Managing Partner at ARICENT LLC, a company which provides financial services and products to high net worth individuals.

Goals: Butler’s goal is to inform, entertain and reach his audience using common sense and facts. He uses a steady stream of A-List guests from think tanks, universities and government and strives to work with politicians for a better America for all Americans.

Beliefs: Butler’s favorite quote is by Whitney Young, “Liberalism seems to be related to a person’s distance from the problem.” He is outspoken on President Obama’s policies. Butler strongly believes that Obama lacks respect for the constitution. One of his deep concerns is gun violence in Chicago. He wishes to stop the killing of youths in the streets caused by urban terrorism.

Allen West About: Political Commentator, Former member of the United States House of Representatives and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. He also taught high school, worked as a defense contractor and was a civil adviser to the Afghan National Army. He is a Fox News contributor.

Education: Kansas State University, University of Tennessee, Command and General Staff College

Accomplishments: Allen West served in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Iraq War. Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Air Assault Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge. He served on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees. He was a member of the Tea Party Caucus, spoke at CPAC and was endorsed by Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Glenn Beck.

Goals: Among the former Congressman’s goals is his desire to articulate American principles while setting forth the truth. As a Fox News contributor, he wishes to educate the public in a forthright manner.

Beliefs: West warns of a radical Islamists’ attempts to destroy the United States by exercising the right to vote. He strongly condemns the Palestine Liberation Organization. In response to Obamacare and the closure of many hospitals, West is direct in saying that “We need Obamacare off the books before it does more damage...” continued on pg. 66

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›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage (if the primary payor) or a Medicare Advantage Plan. ›› Beneficiaries who involuntarily lose their employer coverage or Medicare Advantage Plan for reasons other than not paying plan premiums or fraud, are entitled to a 6 month Guaranteed Issue Period.

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›› All year round Open Enrollment

FL

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage.

IA

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the employer sponsored plan’s benefits are reduced.

ID

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

IL

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

IN

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

KS

›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid, they have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period from the date of termination to enroll into a plan. ›› Beneficiaries who voluntarily leave their employer plan when the plan is the primary payor have 63 days from the termination date.

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›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage.

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›› Annual Open Enrollment: This is an enrollment period in which no medical underwriting questions will be asked. It begins on Feb 1st and continues through March 31st. The effective date must be June 1st or earlier.

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MN

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MO

›› Anniversary Guaranteed Issue Period: This period lasts from 30 days before to 30 days after the policy anniversary date. Beneficiaries can only go to a like plan. If the beneficiary is replacing plans E,H,I, J, or J(HD) the beneficiary is Guaranteed Issue into plans A, B, C, F, F(HD), K or L. ›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage.

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Supplements – Guaranteed Issue Periods Special Guaranteed Issue Periods: State

Special Guaranteed Issue Period

MT

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

NE

›› Beneficiaries have a Guaranteed Issue Period if they lose employer benefits that pay secondary to Medicare, which lasts for 63 days from the termination date.

NJ

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

NM

›› If the employer sponsored plan’s benefits are substantially reduced, the beneficiary will be entitled to a Guaranteed Issue Period lasting 63 days.

NV

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

NY

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›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

OK

›› If the employer sponsored plan’s benefits are substantially reduced, the beneficiary will be entitled to a Guaranteed Issue Period lasting 63 days.

OR

›› Birthday Open Enrollment: A beneficiary is entitled to enroll into a plan of equal or lesser benefits compared to their current plan. Applications are accepted as early as 30 days prior to their birthday and up to 30 days after their birthday. Plan effective date must be after the birthday. ›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid, they have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue period from the date of termination to enroll into a plan.

PA

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

SD

›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage.

TN

›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid: Beneficiaries that are under the age of 65 have a 6 month Guaranteed Issue Period. Beneficiaries 65 and older where enrollment involuntarily ceases, have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue period from the date of termination.

TX

›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid, they have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period from the date of termination to enroll into a plan. ›› Beneficiaries are entitled to a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period for voluntary termination of employer coverage if the plan is the primary payor.

UT

›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid, they have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue Period from the date of termination to enroll into a plan.

VA

›› If the employer sponsored plan’s benefits are substantially reduced, the beneficiary will be entitled to a Guaranteed Issue Period lasting 63 days.

VT

›› All year round Open Enrollment

WA

›› Guaranteed Issue for Replacements: Beneficiaries in Plan A must move to another Plan A. Beneficiaries qualify for a Guaranteed Issue Period when replacing plans B, C, D, E, F, G, M or N with another plan B, C, D, F, F (HD), G, M or N. Beneficiaries with standardized Plans H, I or J may move to a less comprehensive plan B, C, D, F, G or M.

WI

›› If a beneficiary loses Medicaid, they have a 63 day Guaranteed Issue period from the date of termination to enroll into a plan. ›› The beneficiary will be entitled to a Guaranteed Issue Period if the annualized premium for the employer sponsored plan would be greater than 125% of the Basic Annual Premium for the applicant’s age, gender and tobacco use.

WV

›› If the employer sponsored plan’s benefits are substantially reduced, the beneficiary will be entitled to a Guaranteed Issue Period lasting 63 days.

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American businessman and Republican politician, this Marine Corps officer was deployed to the Balkans as part of Operation Joint Endeavor. After active duty, he joined the reserves and served as general manager for facility services for Cintas. He was the Republican nominee for Maryland’s 5th congressional district in 2010 and is currently seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Maryland in 2014.

American politician and the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. She was the 2012 Republican Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th congressional district, losing to then incumbent Jim Matheson. She was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National convention. She is now preparing for a second run for Congress.

Education: Brown University, University of Michigan Law School

Accomplishments: Elders career in broadcasting began on PBS and he won Ohio Cable Televisions Association’s Best Program Series Award. He hosted a PBS program National Desk including a segment called “Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices from Black America,” for which he won an AEGIS Award of Excellence, a Telly award, and an Emerald City Gold Award of Excellence. Elder also won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award in 2000 for his KCAL-TV News Special.

Goals: Elder seeks accuracy and debunks myths to uncover truths in governance and in the media using facts, common sense and wit.

Beliefs: Though he’s a registered Republican, his views tend to philosophically be Libertarian. Elder supports free trade, school choice, same-sex marriage and abortion rights. He opposes the income tax and instead supports the FairTax, a national retail sales tax. He is against the war on drugs and feels that use of drugs is up to individuals.

Education: Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Regent University

Accomplishments: Lollar’s military medals, awards, and decorations include: Kosovo Campaign Medica, Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He is a former member of Executive Board of Directors for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and graduate of both Leadership Maryland and Leadership Prince George’s County. He served as the Chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of the Conservative Victory PAC.

Goals: Lollar’s goal is to be Governor to provide hope for citizens and rid a cycle of dependency on government programs which erode self confidence and human dignity. He hopes to provide a chance for all Americans to live the American dream.

Beliefs: Lollar feels it’s time for “A New Way Forward” and looks forward to putting Maryland on the right path. His campaign slogan stands for his principles and reflects his desire to introduce jobs and opportunities to the state.

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Education: Graduate of the University of Hartford

Accomplishments: Love was opening speaker at the 2013 Western Conservative Summit and was chosen as an Up and Comer by Newsmax in their list of 25 Influential Women of the GOP. She was a member of the Republican National Committee’s National Advisory Council on African-American outreach. As the first female black Mayor in Utah, Love led her city through transition by structuring residential tax in such a way that it decreased as a percentage of property value.

Goals: Love’s goal is to win the Congressional race and to implement positive changes. Her plan is to get federal government’s finances under control, fix our broken tax sysphoto: Michael Jolley. tem and repeal laws and regulations that negatively impact free enterprise.

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"Just the Facts…" Empower your children and grandchildren by opening a dialogue with them about marijuana What is Marijuana? Marijuana generally refers to the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant. This mixture typically is green, brown, or gray in color and resembles the appearance of tobacco. The major mind-altering chemical in Cannabis is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

How long does marijuana stay in your body? The speed at which marijuana leaves your body depends on several factors including the speed of your metabolism, the potency of the THC, and the amount of marijuana you smoke. Most commonly, traces of marijuana can stay in your saliva for up to 3 days, urine for up to 30 days, and your hair for up to 90 days.

Is marijuana addictive? Marijuana can be addictive. Not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, but some users do develop signs of dependence. One study found that people who had used marijuana before the age of 17 were more likely to use other drugs and develop addiction problems later on.

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Does driving under the influence of marijuana affect driving abilities? Yes. Even low doses of marijuana can impair driving motor skills. The drug significantly affects judgment, coordination, concentration and sense of time.

Be Informed Marijuana affects your brain. THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed. Marijuana affects your ability to excel in life. Even at lower doses marijuana impairs attention and coordination and affects the way the mind processes information. Marijuana can negatively impact your athletic, academic, and work performance. It can add difficulty to your life while taking away the ability to care about and rectify it. Marijuana affects your health. Marijuana smoke deposits four times more tar in the lungs and contains 50-70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke does. Heavy marijuana use also has been linked with depression, anxiety, and personality disturbances. Marijuana is not always what it seems. Marijuana can be laced with substances such as PCP, formaldehyde, or codeine cough syrup without your knowledge. “Blunts” - hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana - sometimes have crack cocaine added.

Before You Risk It… Know the law Marijuana use is illegal for people under 21. It is important to note that state marijuana laws do not change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under Federal law. If you choose to use, the consequences to you (your teen) could be dramatic — legally, financially, reputation-wise, and time-wise.

Know the dangers Marijuana affects brain development, and when it is used heavily by young people, its effects on thinking and memory may last a long time or even be permanent. Regular marijuana use — once a week or more — actually changes the structure of the teenage brain, specifically in areas dealing with memory and problem solving. Shortterm effects of marijuana use include memory loss, distorted perception, trouble with thinking and problemsolving, and anxiety.

Know the signs How can your grandchild tell if a friend is using marijuana? One or more of the following may be a sign: • Seeming dizzy and having trouble walking • Having red, bloodshot eyes • Having a hard time remembering things that just happened • Acting silly for no apparent reason

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