Printed on 7/12/17

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Dear Friends of Freedom,

On the Fourth of July we celebrated Independence Day.

241 years ago 56 men pledged to one another their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create a new country. The Declaration of Independence, arguably one of the most eloquent documents penned in our country, begins the second paragraph with the words:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed"

What unalienable right did Thomas Jefferson and the other signers choose to put first?

Life

Life. For without life all other rights and privileges are of no consequence. Life is the most essential of all rights, and therefore, it is paramount that the government secure that right to protect life, not to take life.

Just as in 1776 a dichotomy existed in the political and cultural philosophy between America and England, so today such a chasm exists in the heart-wrenching story of baby Charlie.

Charlie is a ten month old British baby who was born with a rare disease that prevents him from breathing or eating on his own. His parents have been doing everything they can for him, but British physicians have decided it's time for Charlie to die.

What's more, the courts, including the European Court of Human Rights sided with the doctors against Charlie's parents who want him to live. They sentenced an innocent baby to death.

America, again, is a beacon of hope. There is a breakthrough treatment that could save Charlie, but the British court declared that there is not enough evidence to allow the baby to live long enough to undergo the treatment in America. His parents continue to fight for theirs son's life, and you can read more by clicking this link.

This is a stark example of just what socialized medicine does. This is what happens when government is more interested in control than Freedom. This is why the RSCC members and patriots like you are fighting to preserve the liberties in these United States, because America is a beacon of hope and we must never allow government to stand between a mother and her baby's life.

In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado



Civil Asset Forfeiture, 5/24/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,


Private Property is an essential element to the Republic in which we live. Without private property, we would not HAVE a republic. We would have socialism. That is a stark contrast.

An essential component of the freedom of private property is that not only are citizens to be protected from thieves or other citizens who violate their property rights, but also that the citizens are free from the government seizing their property.

This is, in some cases, called "civil asset forfeiture."

In the 2017 Legislative Session that concluded on May 10th, Representative Humphrey, an RSCC board member, ran a bill addressing this problem. House Bill 1313 would have required a seizing agency (mostly law enforcement) to report to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) the amount of the seized assets. This would help keep the seizing agency more accountable, by making it more difficult to seize property and allow it to fly under the radar.

The bill creates a fine for any agency which fails to provide the required, timely, bi-annual report.

The practice of a government entity taking the property of a citizen without the authority of a warrant is similar to a custom employed by Great Britain in the American Colonies prior to the American Revolution. This method of confiscation was called a "writ of assistance" and was what precipitated the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Writs of Assistance were a practice under British Law where the magistrate would write a warrant, but leave the reason for the search blank. Upon concluding the search, if the ones conducting the search found something, they would fill-in-the-blank and arrest the subject whose property was searched. The reason given in support of this practice was to prevent smuggling.

To learn more about the writs of assistance from a founding father's perspective, click here , and read historical comments on the writs of assistance preceding a sermon by Dr. Charles Chauncy.

Bottom line, it's never good when government starts to take advantage of citizens. House Bill 1313 passed both chambers and is awaiting the signature of the Governor.


In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado

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