Posts Tagged ‘Fort Worth Republican Women’

Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon – Make Your Reservation Today!

November 23, 2015

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Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at the beautiful and historical Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, featuring our Special Guests, Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Debra Lehrmann.  (Details below.)

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

2015 Ornament

 

Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann

Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann

2015 Ornament


Date:
 Tuesday, December 1

Time:  11:30am (social), Noon (luncheon)

Price:  $35 per person

Reservations: Online at http://www.fwrw.org/newsevents.html or by clicking HERE.

RSVP:  By Tuesday, November 24, please

Attire:  Holiday Festive

Location & Parking:  1316 Pennsylvania Ave. – free parking in gated area north of the facility

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Join us for Breakfast this Saturday

September 9, 2015

September 2nd Sat Announcement

Reminder: Tomorrow’s Luncheon and Legislative Update by Representative Craig Goldman

June 23, 2015
Representative Craig Goldman

Representative Craig Goldman

June 24th Program Reminder:  Representative Craig Goldman, a Fort Worth native, is our guest speaker for tomorrow’s luncheon.  Representative Goldman currently serves on the Special Purpose Districts Committee and the Land and Resource Management Committee.  He will provide us with a legislative update.  Bring a friend for a chance at a free lunch at our July meeting!

You may still attend even if you did not make your reservation.  Cost is $30 without a reservation.  You can pay by cash or check at the door or pay before the luncheon ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org  All major credit cards are accepted! Valet parking is available for $5.

 
If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who did RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
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June 24th Program Announcement – Fort Worth Native, Representative Craig Goldman

June 16, 2015
Representative Craig Goldman

Representative Craig Goldman

June 24th Program Announcement:  Representative Craig Goldman, a Fort Worth native, is our guest speaker for the June 24th meeting.  Representative Goldman currently serves on the Special Purpose Districts Committee and the Land and Resource Management Committee.  He will provide us with a legislative update.

 

To make a luncheon reservation ($28 w/reservation, $30 without), RSVP ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org or you may contact Patty Emerson to make your reservation at events@fwrw.org or 817-478-8713.  RSVP by noon MONDAY, June 22, 2015. All major credit cards are accepted! Or you may Valet parking is available for $5. 
 
If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
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Free Lunch Advertisement for June Meeting

 

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Image of BooksSCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

If you are a college student who has been actively involved in supporting Republican activities and are interested in applying for a $250 scholarship, please write us a letter indicating what your student status is, the Republican events or activities you’ve attended, and how your beliefs would make you the appropriate recipient of this scholarship.  Send your letter to scholarship@fwrw.org

 

Member Notes:

  • From our Campaign Chair, Helen Bavousette: We need 2016 election volunteers!  Please contact Helen at campaign@fwrw.org if you are interested.
  • If you ordered a name tag, they are available for pick-up at our monthly meeting on June 24th.

Don’t Miss Out on Wednesday’s Events!

May 24, 2015

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Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

On Wednesday, May 27,  Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht will give an overview of his State of the Judiciary at our membership luncheon.  Come hear his call to action to serve the poor and our veterans.  Later Wednesday evening, let us treat you to a reception as you meet more of our Tarrant County judges at our annual Meet the Judges Event (see below).

To make a luncheon reservation ($28 w/reservation, $30 without), RSVP ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org or you may contact Patty Emerson to make your reservation at events@fwrw.org or 817-478-8713.  RSVP by noon TOMORROW – MONDAY, May 25, 2015. All major credit cards are accepted! Valet parking is available for $5. 
 
If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
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10604559_356207617879589_1529720667812208111_o A Note From the Editor:
 
Whether we take a day off or work on Memorial Day, may we not forget the purpose of the holiday. Memorial Day was not meant to be observed as the official start of summer.  It was not intended to be about getting the best retail deal, beer, barbecue, and pool parties.  It was not even meant to thank the living veterans of our armed forces.  As we go about our day, may we all take a moment to remember those who lost their lives serving our country so that we may enjoy the privileges that the freedom they fought for provides.  Pray for the families that they left behind and think about what we can do to honor the fallen not only on Memorial Day, but throughout the year.      
 
Cynthia Favila Terry
5th VP – Communications, FWRW
 
 
 

You Are Invited: The Ladder Alliance Open House This Thursday Evening

November 17, 2014

Ladder AllianceThe Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  As part of Caring for America, the Fort Worth Republican Women have chosen to support The Ladder Alliance in 2014.

The Ladder Alliance has extended a personal invitation to the Fort Worth Republican Women to attend an Open House at their new location on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  We look forward to a showing of support of The Ladder Alliance!

1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 302
Fort Worth, 76104

September Program Announcement: Konni Burton on Taking Back Senate District 10

September 15, 2014
Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

On Wednesday, September 24th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Konni Burton, Republican candidate for Senate District 10.  Konni is a Texas native born in the small town of Kerrville.  She earned a BBA in Marketing from North Texas University, and met her husband Phil while completing her degree.  After working for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co., she became a small business owner and then later chose to stay home to raise the Burtons’ children.  She has been actively involved in her church community as well as grass roots politics, helping to make Tarrant County a better place to live.  Come and hear about her plans to address issues such as the Texas budget and economy, immigration, education, Obamacare, and more so you can spread the word to take back Senate District 10!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, September 22, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 

August News and Committee Reports

August 21, 2014

August Meeting Reminder:

Pat HardyOn Wednesday, August 27, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Patricia Hardy, who is up for re-election for District 11 State Board of Education. Pat earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Howard Payne University and her master’s degree in secondary education and history from the University of North Texas.  She is a lifelong accomplished educator and leader who was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2002 and is endorsed for re-election by several of her board peers.  During her tenure on the board, Hardy has served on all three of the board’s committees.

She currently serves as chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She previously served as vice chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She has also been a member of the Committee on Instruction and Committee on School Initiatives.  Pat Hardy will also tell us about Common Core and there will be a short question and answer session afterwards, so come and take the opportunity to learn what is going on in your State Board of Education!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, August 25, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
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 AUGUST PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans know what generosity is, and they know what it isn’t. And Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

It will come as no surprise to most of us that, according to the 2013 World Giving Index, which looks at three measures – monetary giving, volunteering and helping strangers – the United States ranks #1. It’s official – America is the most generous nation in the world.

So, if Americans are the most generous people on the planet, who are the most generous of Americans? Despite media suggestions and liberal claims to the contrary, studies and surveys consistently show that conservatives are far more generous than liberals.  In fact, conservatives give as much as 50% more to charity than liberals.

If the U.S. is the most generous nation in the world, and conservatives are the most generous Americans, then there can be no other conclusion but that conservative Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

As we say in Texas – no brag, just fact. Nevertheless, faced with these findings, you will hear liberals try to defend their hypocrisy by arguing that the only reason Republicans give more is because they have more to give.

First of all, we all know that it’s a myth that Republicans are all just rich folks.[1] But even if Republicans do give more money because they have more to give, how do you explain all of the sweat and blood? Because, according to a Syracuse University study, Republicans not only give more money, but they also give more of their time to charitable causes than liberals do, and, if that’s not enough, conservatives even donate more blood than liberals!

If conservatives are – without a doubt – the most generous people on the planet, why is it that liberals are widely believed to be more compassionate than conservatives? The answer to that question brings me to my next point – what does it mean to be generous?

As Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, put it “liberals may speak passionately about the hungry and the homeless,” but they “personally fork over less money to charity than Republicans.” In short, when it comes to their own money “liberals are cheapskates.” They may appear to be more compassionate, but what they advocate is not generosity, but rather increased government spending. In other words, liberal Democrats are only generous when it comes to spending someone else’s money.

And Republicans understand that spending someone else’s money does not equate to generosity.

Generosity occurs when someone voluntarily gives up money or something of value for the benefit of another person.  Confiscating someone else’s earnings or valuables in order to give them to someone else is not generosity. It does have other names. Without a government to sanctify the process, it’s called theft. But, within the context of politics and government, it goes by another name – socialism.

In short, liberal Democrats may talk the talk, but conservative Republicans walk the walk.

Democrats may call themselves – or with the help of the liberal media, may be portrayed as – generous, but in reality, they are simply socialists, advocating the redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice and public good. Numerous studies over the years have proven that they aren’t particularly generous at all, at least when it comes to putting their own money where their mouths are.

Republicans, on the other hand, don’t point to someone else or to government when it comes to supporting charitable causes. Instead, Republicans dig deep into their own wallets, make time in their schedules – even open up their veins! – demonstrating through actions, not just words, true compassion and generosity.

Republicans know what generosity is and what it isn’t. They know the difference between generosity and socialism.

And Republicans are the most generous people on the face of our planet.

That’s one more reason why I’m proud to be a Republican.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] It’s also a myth that the rich give more to charitable causes than the poor. According to another national survey reported by ABC News, people at the lower end of the income scale give almost 30% more of their income to charity than those at the top end.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
9:00am – 4:30pm
Hurst Convention Center
 
 Dr. Tim Daughtry will provide our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  This is a great opportunity to gain valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to do your part to KEEP TEXAS RED!
Get registered today!

March to November Registration Form

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

Speaking of keeping Texas RED, please consider giving your time to help  at one of the following upcoming voter registration drives:

  • Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23rd, Will Rogers Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, 9am – 5pm;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th. More information to come!

We need volunteers and for members to become deputized to register voters and come to these events.  Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Lynn Kelly, Fort Worth Attorney, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year. If not, take a look back and you will certainly be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Lynn, for your articulate contribution!

Lynn_with_Flag_0001I largely credit my family and my teachers for my being a Republican woman.   I am a fourth generation Texan and those generations who came before me demonstrated through their hard work and dignified lives their true values:  serving God, loving family, participating in community, and sacrificing for country.  We went to church 3 times a week, honored our elders,  respected authority, and loved to hear stories about Dad’s service in the Korean Conflict, Uncle Johnny’s adventures as a young American soldier in Europe who survived the Battle of the Bulge and took great pride in being personally cursed at by General Patton.   There were also stories from my Aunt Jan of how terrified she was as a young newlywed left way up in New Jersey as Uncle Ken served in our Army in Vietnam.  I believe that these values and my heritage are most accurately reflected in today’s Republican Party.  It’s not perfect — but comes closer than any current alternative.

I grew up in the refinery town of Deer Park, Texas, in the shadow of the San Jacinto Battleground, where my parents were schoolteachers in the largely blue-collar, yet affluent Deer Park ISD.  At election time, I remember my parents sitting down at the kitchen table to compare notes on written election guides and carefully debate the pros and cons of the candidates until they hashed out who they would vote for in each race.  I loved going with them to the polling place, pushing aside the long gray curtains in the voting booth, and watching them pull the levers.  My parents explained to me why they chose candidates such as John Tower, Bill Clements, and every Republican presidential candidate.

In high school, I was selected to attend Texas Girls State and that’s when I decided to be an attorney.  I had wonderful teachers in public school who encouraged debate and used the Socratic method.  In college, I majored in government and greatly benefited from small classes with professors who really challenged us.  As a Congressional intern for my local representative, who was a Democrat, I admired his work ethic but realized many of his stances on issues did not match mine.  This is when I moved from being a Republican by “affiliation” or “inheritance” and progressed to being a Republican by informed choice.

Looking back, I see that my parents, my teachers, my college and law school professors all taught me that the best way to make an informed decision on an issue is to gather all the evidence you can, engage in healthy debate with others and then decide for yourself.  One of my more liberal friends said once I was “the most compassionate conservative she knows.”  I appreciated the compliment, but it also reinforced my belief that we as Republicans need to continue to show through our words and actions that we support conservative principles and limited government precisely because we DO care about others.  We believe that true compassion involves thoughtfully setting the stage for people to be successful on their own rather than enabling dependency which has proved throughout history to be harmful in the long run and vulnerable to corruption.  I am proud to be a Republican woman.

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • TEJANOS UNIDOS: PROMOVIENDO NUESTROS VALORES.  Join the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for a weekend out outreach and action.  RPT Minority Outreach Director, David Zapata, will come from Austin to talk about messaging, outreach opportunities, and the importance of getting involved.  RPT Vice Chairman, Amy Clark, and National Committeewoman, Toni Anne Dashiel, will also attend.  Come and learn how you can reach out to the Hispanic voters of Tarrant County!
              Tomorrow! Friday, August 22
5:30pm – Networking and dinner
6:00pm – Training on messaging and objectives
7:30pm – Questions
 
Saturday, August 23
9:30am – Instructions and light breakfast
10:00am – Membership drive for RHNA and block walk
12:00pm – Lunch
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

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SAVE THE DATES!

  • Congressman Paul Ryan will be coming to Texas on August 25th-26th to sign copies of his book The Way ForwardRenewing the American Idea.

In The Way Forward, Ryan challenges conventional thinking and outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election—along with a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics—Ryan examines the state of the Republican Party and dissects its challenges going forward.

Ryan also includes his personal story—from his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, through his tenure in Congress and battling for his ideas in Washington.

The Way Forward also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the Progressive movement as a whole—its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin.

Culminating in a plan for the future, Ryan argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

The Fort Worth Republican Women ask that members plan to attend the Fort Worth stop, bring your name tags, business cards, and wear your Let’s Keep Texas Red t-shirts so that we can use this opportunity to recruit new members! 

Tuesday, August 26th
4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., Ft. Worth 76132
(817) 346-2368
Other stops in Texas are:
 
Dallas, TX
August 26th
7:00 pm
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
IN CONVERSATION with DANA PERINO
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas 75205
Tickets required: www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu
 
WACO, TX
August 26th
Hastings
12:00 PM
5526 Bosque Blvd., Waco 76710
(254) 772-5888
 
WICHITA FALLS, TX
August 25th
7:30 pm
Hastings
2801 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls 76308
940-696-8029
 
  • Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at Brookside Convention Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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BFF July 2014

 

For information on how you can become a BFF to the Fort Worth Republican Women, contact Jan Brefczynski at janbtennis@sbcglobal.net

August Program Announcement: Patricia “Pat” Hardy – Candidate for Re-election to the Texas State Board of Education

August 14, 2014
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Patricia “Pat” Hardy

On Wednesday, August 27, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Patricia Hardy, District 11 State Board of Education, will speak on Common Core.  She will explain what it means to Texas education and share her opinion.  Pat earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Howard Payne University and her master’s degree in secondary education and history from the University of North Texas.  She is a lifelong accomplished educator and leader who was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2002.  There will be a short question and answer session afterwards, so come and take the opportunity to learn more so that you can spread the news before the election!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, August 25, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

July News & Committee Reports

July 17, 2014

JULY MEETING REMINDER!

116962292On Wednesday, July 23rd, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, George P. Bush, Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.  George P. will speak on why he is running for Land Commissioner.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University and later earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law.  While you might know him as the grandson of George H.W. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, and nephew of George W. Bush, George P. Bush is an accomplished businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and veteran.   He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Prescott.  Come and hear part of the next generation of Texas leadership!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 21, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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July President’s Message

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that while it’s okay to split a loaf a bread, you shouldn’t split a baby. Republicans understand that while some compromise may be essential in order to maintain a civilized society, if someone suggests that you walk down a dangerous path, it’s not prudent to compromise by just going part of the way.

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated last month, I was struck by comments from liberal political analysts, lamenting his defeat as a tragedy, because, they said, he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.” While I take no position as to the outcome of that particular election, it did occur to me when I was listening to the pundits the next morning that to tout “compromise in order to get things done” is a very Democrat thing to say these days. And it completely ignores what any intelligent person knows to be true – that while compromise can sometimes be a virtue, compromise can also be a vice.

And, especially today, when the very foundations upon which this nation was built are being challenged, touting the willingness to “compromise in order to get things done” as a virtue presupposes two fallacies: (1) that compromise is a virtue, and (2) “getting things done” at the federal level is desirable.

Is compromise always a virtue? 

We are all familiar with the lesson of King Solomon found in the Old Testament (Kings 3:5-14), regarding the dispute between two women over who was the mother of a baby. After listening to both women, King Solomon announced that he would solve the problem through compromise – he would cut the baby in half – so that both mothers would have a share. One woman agreed to the compromise, while the other not only refused to accept it, she begged King Solomon to allow the other woman to raise her child, rather than to cause the baby to die. (Thus revealing who the real mother was…)

We apply this principle – that compromise is not always correct answer – every day. As parents, we teach our children that when a peer pressures them to do something wrong, such as smoke cigarettes, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to smoke only half a pack.  When a co-worker suggests to a fellow employee that they steal from their employer, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to steal only items from inventory and not cash from the till.

Perhaps one of the worst examples of compromise in American history occurred at the very birth of our nation. The 3/5ths Compromise, a clause which remains in our U.S. Constitution even today, resulted in the counting of black slaves as 3/5ths of a person for the purpose of apportioning Congressional representation. Rather than resolve – once and for all – the question of whether a nation founded upon principles of liberty and freedom should allow the reprehensible practice of human slavery, our leaders chose compromise.[1] I know of no one today who would suggest that compromise on the subject of slavery was the right thing to do.[2]

Is “Getting Things Done” in Congress Desirable?

In our society today, where our federal government is encroaching into personal liberties and privacy at an alarming pace, whether it is a good thing for the federal government to “get things done” depends on what kind of “things” the federal government wants to “get done.” Take, for example, the area of public education.

Except with regard to schools in the District of Columbia, nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the right to exercise authority with regard to public education. Nevertheless, for the past 50 years, the federal government has been meddling in our local schools to the absolute delight of liberals who believe that government involvement, especially federal government involvement, is the answer to every problem we face.

And now, through grant incentives, the federal government is pushing a content-based agenda, the Common Core national education standards. Constitutionally speaking, the federal government has no place in public school curriculum content. Pragmatically speaking, there is no evidence that federal involvement improves education outcomes. In fact, the contrary is shown. Despite ever-increasing federal involvement and funding, our children today are no more proficient in reading and mathematics than they were before President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 or before President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979.

So, if the question is whether it is desirable for Congress to “get things done” with regard to education, the answer is an emphatic “no.”  When it comes to public education, there is no “thing” that Congress should “get done.” And if the lack of compromise by our Republican representatives is providing a roadblock to Congress “getting things done” with regard to public education, that is good, not bad.

And that is why I say this is a very Democrat thing to say these days. “Getting things done” is part of the liberal agenda, because “getting things done” really means passing more laws, engaging in more oversight and authorizing more regulation – in essence, getting the federal government more involved in our lives. What most Republicans find refreshing are leaders who are committed to “getting things undone,” i.e., getting the federal government out of our lives and our businesses.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that there are times when compromise is not the right answer.  I am a Republican because Republicans appreciate that just because Congress wants to “get something done,” doesn’t mean Congress has any business doing it in the first place.  I support Republicans because whether they compromise to get something done usually depends upon whether the something to be done is the growing of government, the whittling away at the rights of the citizens or the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money.

I’m not thoroughly familiar with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s propensity toward compromise and whether, on the whole, it was laudable or lamentable. I don’t know whether his loss at the polls was a victory or a tragedy, if indeed he was he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.”

What I do know is that Cantor apparently got so wrapped up in the inner workings of Washington that he lost touch with the needs and expectations of his local constituency. And that is a tragedy.

So perhaps the lesson learned for all members of Congress is to spend less time trying to work out compromises in the name of “getting things done” and spend more time trying to understand what your constituency wants you to get done – or undone – while you’re there.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that sometimes compromise is necessary to get something done, but that compromise is not the be-all and end-all, in and of itself. Republicans understand that on some matters, compromise is not the answer. And in those circumstances, I can count on Republicans to take a firm and principled stance.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] Interestingly, the debate leading up to the 3/5ths compromise made for very strange bedfellows. The northern abolitionists did not want black slaves counted at all, not because they thought blacks didn’t count as persons, but because they wanted to weaken the power of southern states in Congress. The southern slaveholding states, on the other hand, wanted black slaves counted equally with whites, not because they considered black slaves equal to whites, but because they wanted to strengthen their pro-slavery voice in Congress.

[2] In fact it took more than seven decades and more than half a million lives lost in war before slavery finally ended in our country.

 

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

The Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  On Monday, July 21, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.

We are still in need of casseroles or cash donations.  Please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need two (2) volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance (inside Riverside Christian Church) by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Dr. Jaye Janiak, a Fort Worth small business owner and member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year.  If not, take a look back and you will certainly be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thanks to “Dr. J” for your honest contribution!

Dr. Jaye JaniakWhy am I a Republican? It’s more than just I think Democrats are wrong.  My personal core beliefs align best with the Republican Party.  Ever since getting my bachelor degree in business, I have realized that government needs to be small to be effective.  Too much government does nobody any good.  It is not the government’s job to take care of me like an infant.  I believe that you reap what you sow, and that you should keep what you earn.

I do not work every day for other people to sit at home and do nothing.  Of course, I’m not saying we shouldn’t help those who are in need, but 99 weeks of unemployment is ridiculous.  After 2 weeks, you get a job that may not be good enough while you continue to look for a job in your field.  I do not believe in spreading the wealth or income equality. We all have different skills, desires and abilities.  Not everyone can be a CEO.  I believe people get ahead by working hard.

I believe in personal responsibility, not government mandate.  I believe that I’m responsible to keep the environment clean and the government shouldn’t have to tell me recycle my glass.  At the same time, I expect my recycled glass gets recycled and not put into a landfill next to my other trash.  I believe in taking care of the poor and less fortunate.  But I don’t want the government to take my money to do that, if I choose to help.  I should be able to choose the amount I help with.

I believe all men are created in God’s image with different skills and abilities.  It is our responsibility to use those skills and abilities to provide for ourselves and our families.

This is why I am a Republican.  It is doing what’s right because it’s right, not because the government told me to.

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

Keeping Texas Red is more than a saying.  It’s a job and we have our work cut out for us.  Below are a few hands-on things that you can plan on doing in the immediate future.

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, July 19th with Senator Ken Paxton.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

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March to November Registration Form

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BFF July 2014

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SAVE THE DATES!

SAVE THE DATE for Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at First United Methodist Church, 1245 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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SAVE THE DATE  for the following Voter Registration Drives:

  •  Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23-24;
  • Operation Backpack Aug 23rd;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th

More information to come!  We need volunteers and for members to become deputized to register voters and come to these events. Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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