American Majority-Trained Scot Shumski becomes prominent School Board Voice

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Below is an excerpt from “Shumski becomes prominent School Board voice” published today in the Burlington Free Press.

At a Burlington School Board meeting last week, a city resident chided the board for allowing School Commissioner Scot Shumski to organize a “vote no” campaign on the recent school budget.

“Although not illegal, I never witnessed such an insolent demonstration of ethical misconduct,” said Helen Hossley of Ward 7. “Is the board leadership that weak that it allowed such actions to continue?”

Shumski dismisses such criticism.

“I’m still waiting for the statement I’m supposed to sign where I waive my First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Shumski said in response the next morning as he sat in his front yard on North Avenue while his three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, played nearby. “And upon being provided with that statement, I will gladly refuse to sign it.”

Shumski, 42, has served on the School Board for only two months, but already he has become well known.

Read the rest here.

Is Private Property Threatened in America Today?

Private Property: Is it Mine or Thine?In the news this week are headlines such as “Harry Reid threatens private property in America” reporting on the attempt to ask NFL to pressure Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team. Is private property truly being threatened in America today?

From America’s founding, private property not only offered the sole means of survival, but also laid the foundation for flourishing farms, families, communities, and, eventually, colonies. In this way, America had the unique opportunity of forming a distinct culture and complete way of life before it even became a nation, and this culture was based largely on private property. So when the Founders began designing a new government, they looked for what accommodated the freedoms and rights already in operation on American soil.

But the Founders went a step further.  A person’s property was sacred because it intertwined with his very personhood. To the Founders, “property” meant much more than land, houses, money, and material possessions. The full definition of property, wrote James Madison, “embraces everything to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to everyone else the like advantage.”

Thus, property includes:

  • A person’s opinion and his right to communicate it freely.
  • A person’s religious beliefs and his freedom to profess and practice them (conscience being “the most sacred of all property”).
  • Personal safety and liberty, which, Madison notes, includes freedom from “arbitrary   seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.”
  • A person’s free use of his faculties (skills, talents, and abilities), choice of occupation, and the ability to earn and keep wealth. For, as Madison explains, “a just security to  property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species, where arbitrary taxes invade the   domestic sanctuaries of the rich, and excessive taxes grind the faces of the poor.”

“In a word,” said Madison, “as man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” This is precisely why the Founders took property violations so seriously. A violation of one’s property is an assault on all his other rights. When the government is allowed to encroach on one individual right, it will inevitably encroach on all the others. Such a government is not just, and such a people are not free.

This week we are releasing the ninth segment in our Why America is Great series, “Private Property: Is It Mine or Thine?” Click here to download the full piece.

American Majority Promotes Matt Batzel to National Executive Director

Matt Batzel: American Majority's New Executive Director

American Majority is pleased to announce Matt Batzel is our new National Executive Director. Matt Batzel had been the Wisconsin Executive Director since October 2010, when he opened that office. Under Matt Batzel’s leadership, the Wisconsin chapter of American Majority has trained 104 winning candidates at the state and local level, held over 100 trainings, and trained more than 3,800 individuals.

“I’m excited for the expanded opportunity to fulfill my passion of training a new generation of conservative leadership,” states Matt Batzel. “Our team’s success in Wisconsin will be shared with a wider audience of patriots who want to reform their communities and states.”

“Matt Batzel has personally led our flagship state chapter in Wisconsin with an incredibly deft touch for over four years. In this time, he has operated in an extremely hostile political climate, yet in spite of this, helped to create entirely new facts on the ground there,” states American Majority President Matt Robbins.

“Few have done more to serve as a resource, mobilize the conservative grassroots on an individual level, or fight back the organized forces of institutionalized government overreach than Matt and the very capable team under him. American Majority is proud to have been a part of bringing about real renewal and change in Wisconsin, and we are delighted to promote Matt to this new, national role, where we are certain he will continue to exceed expectations and shine as the true servant leader he is.”

Prior to joining American Majority, Matt gained experience at the state and federal levels, including in all three branches of the federal government. He has a tax law background, having practiced in the private sector for over two years following his graduation from law school. Matt resides in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin with his wife and four children.

44 American Majority Trained New Leaders Win Spring Elections

SPRING ELECTIONS

64% of American Majority Trained New Leaders Win

Following yesterday’s Spring General Election, 44 American Majority Trained New Leaders were elected.  With 69 Trained New Leaders on the ballot, the 44 winners make an impressive 64% American Majority win rate. This total includes 4 judges, 26 County Board Supervisors, 9 Municipal Level Leaders, and 5 School Board Members. The highlight of the night came in Kenosha, where Dan Wade came in first place in the Kenosha Unified School Board election and defeated an Incumbent who was part of the majority, which voted for an allegedly illegal union contract.

American Majority is actively building a farm team of New Leaders at all levels of government.  The local level of government is often where the most impact is felt directly by voters.  By building the farm team at this level, citizens can see the most change.  Over the last year, American Majority has worked with local leaders to build a farm team across the country and now has over 1,300 groups or individuals who have signed the New Leaders Pledge, and over 28,000 individuals trained throughout the states. American Majority will continue to train New Leaders to run for all levels of office.

Matt Batzel, the Executive Director of American Majority Wisconsin’s office, said, “Congratulations to all the winners! After yesterday’s election, we now have over 100 trained New Leaders who have been elected since opening our Wisconsin office in October 2010.  Last night, we saw the Kenosha Unified School Board and Menomonee Falls Village Board flipped from liberal majorities to conservative control and progress is being made across the state.”

American Majority Becomes Founding Group of Galt.io

Our team here at American Majority is always looking for ways to use new technology to support our mission. We want to let you know that we have joined Galt.io as a Founding Group and are excited at what it might do not just for us, but the larger mission of organizing for freedom.
We had a chance to sit down with the Galt.io founders at CPAC and get insight into what will be coming online soon. The Galt.io platform could be an extension of some of the things we have wanted to do and build at American Majority, but never made it high enough on the priority list. The combination of Galt.io, American Majority, and conservative activists and candidates could make this a game changer and we invite you to join us on this journey.
Galt.io will create a private exchange for causes that are bought and sold by members via a virtual currency they call Galtcoins (think stock market of ideas). Causes increase in value and pay out dividends based on shareholder involvement. Just like blogs and social media give everyone a media outlet, Galt.io will give members an even playing field to organize for freedom.
Galt.io will be exclusive to members once it launches, but right now, those who help with their crowdfunding effort, become founding members and start playing the game when it launches in less than a month. We’ll keep you updated about our involvement with Galt.io and how you can be a part of this exciting new launch with us!

13 Part Series on the Bill of Rights

Our friends at the Close Up Foundation have produced a brand-new, thirteen-part documentary series on the Bill of Rights. Their award-winning documentary production team and James Madison’s Montpelier cover issues including gun control and the right to bear arms, flag burning and freedom of speech, the pentagon papers and freedom of the press, Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy, Miranda Rights and the Fifth Amendment, capital punishment and cruel and unusual punishment.

They’ve generously given American Majority a sneak peak at the documentary and we want to share the segment on right to bear arms with you. Enjoy:

Allen West: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Walking

We announced last week that American Majority and the New Leaders Project is partnering with The Allen West Foundation to educate and inspire the next generation of conservatives among the minority and veteran communities. Please watch this video clip with comments from Allen West about his vision for our country and how you can help set America back on track.

If the video does not play for you, please click here to watch.

 

Holding Your Representatives Accountable: “Vetting Principled Candidates”

Marty Hiles local political leaderWe’re excited to share these tips from friend of American Majority Marty Hiles, a local political expert from Waxahachie, Texas. 

We, conservatives, have become a suspicious group, and with just cause I may add. We have been fooled time and time again by candidates who tell us one thing while campaigning and then do the exact opposite after being elected. It appears that much of the problem lies in the candidate vetting process.

Vetting means to thoroughly evaluate, which includes significant examination into the background of the candidate to analyze falsehoods the candidate might claim, and to evaluate the potential problems in the past history of the candidate that could be a liability in attempting to win political office.

Who is responsible for doing this?

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What It Takes: Qualities of New Leaders for a New American Revolution

American Majority exists to identify and train leaders- we do this at the college level with our Campus Majority program, throughout the nation with our Activists Training, and on an on-going basis with our New Leaders Campaign Trainings. Very often I talk with individuals who don’t consider themselves to be leaders or are reluctant to step up to the next level. The times in which we live present a unique opportunity- I truly believe that we have the opportunity to shape a new American revolution if we have the courage to do so. We need strong leaders in each of our communities, running for local offices like county commission, helping others in the community become more engaged in local politics. So what makes a good leader?

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State Legislators Stand up for Right to Freely Associate

Nearly 300 State Legislators Sign Statement Expressing Disappointment over Senator Durbin’s Letter

Letter asserts Constitutional right for businesses, legislators to freely associate

Read more on ALEC.org.

Arlington, Va., (Monday, August 12, 2013)—The American Legislative Exchange Council released today a letter signed by nearly 300 state legislators from 39 states that expresses dismay over Senator Durbin’s letter inquiring into businesses and organizations’ participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The letter follows a statement released Friday by the American Legislative Exchange Council expressing concern over Senator Durbin’s inquiries. The letter, sent to all members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, can be accessed here.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: www.alec.org.

7 Shortcuts to Freedom: Local Conservative Activism

7 Shortcuts to Freedom: Local Conservative Activism

The government is changed by people who choose the individuals who represent them and hold them accountable once elected. It’s actually quite simple. I like to say that all politics is local. By that I mean, national change truly begins at the local level.

We see the powerful impact that conservative grassroots activists have as they act locally. We just spoke with Deanna Alexander, a mother of two in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, who first launched into local politics with a visit to her Neighborhood Watch. She then ran for a seat on her county board. Since winning, she has fought to bring transparency and expose the board’s liberal shenanigans, including illegal bargaining with unions behind closed doors. Read the rest of her story.

Are you tired of feeling powerless in the political arena? Your journey to take up the vital cause of freedom may be different from Deanna’s, but I encourage you to keep it local. Here are some practical ways you can act now in your community:

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Strategy and Tactics: Avoid Confusion on the Campaign Trail

Strategy and TacticsCadets at West Point Military Academy are taught to analyze an effective mission on three separate tiers: objective, strategy, and tactics. The broad, desired end-result goal is your objective. The specific method of action to accomplish this goal is your strategy. And tactics are the various points you employ to reach your destination.

Look at any well-run campaign as an example. The objective is to earn a majority of votes, 50 percent plus 1, to win election to public office; an effective strategy would be to define yourself as the candidate who will work to improve the economy, bring needed jobs to your community; and tactics would vary from utilizing different communication techniques to disseminate your message.

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Your Campaign Website: Is it Helping or Hindering You?

No one likes a bland website. Without a little spice, your campaign site could be hindering your cause rather than helping it. Incorporate the following options on your main page, and you’ll be able to create a website that will appeal to voters and increase the effectiveness of your campaign.

S is for Social Media

On your page, have links that will guide viewers to different social media networks that you have set up as part of your campaign. For example, include a Twitter feed to the left of your page as a subtle reminder that you’re always active in your campaign.

P is for Professional Photos

Display a professional photo on your homepage – preferably one where you’re sporting your best smile. It’s easier to trust a happy person over someone who looks like they ate sauerkraut for breakfast. Put a face to your name and your platform, and you’ll increase your personability which is important for establishing initial interest.

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Sue Hardenbergh Employs Political Activist Strategies

Sue Hardenbergh Employs Political Activist Strategies

Sue Hardenbergh Employs Political Activist Strategies

“I truly knew nothing about politics.”

Sue Hardenbergh was a stay-at-home mom from Ohio. The most she had ever done politically was hand out a few flyers and attend a rally. But equipped with what she had learned from reading about liberty and the Constitution, Hardenberg began to put feet to her beliefs. Hardenberg moved from overseeing administrative details at the local Anderson Tea Party to serving as her precinct’s committeewoman. “Soon, little-by-little, I took on more and more,” she says.

After attending an American Majority activist training and discovering “many of the mechanics behind having a local impact,” Hardenberg helped her team create and distribute over 12,000 newsletters door-to-door during a local election cycle.

Last year, they helped elect a new congressman who replaced a well-established incumbent. Thanks to grassroots efforts and successful organizing, Hardenberg and her team were successful. “It was a huge undertaking,” according to Sue, but it paid off.

Like many conservative Americans who are beginning to take action, Hardenberg realized that it’s not only doable, but necessary. “My father’s generation fought at Iwo Jima, and I’m worried about going out on a Tuesday night to a meeting? A small sacrifice to make to preserve the battle we’ve already won.”

Though Hardenberg does not plan to pursue public office in the future, she is grateful for what American Majority has taught her about campaigning through personal touch. “If you can get in touch with the voters, then you don’t need to spend money chasing them down and touching any more.” Hardenberg employed successful grassroots organizing techniques, getting the word out by walking door-to-door to talk to people. “That’s really what it’s about – the voter.”







How I Changed My Campus: Activist Strategies from WI

Jason Schneider: How I Changed My Campus

Rising Senior Jason Schneider knew that it was up to him to revitalize the dormant College Republicans (CR) chapter at Concordia University Wisconsin. After stepping into the role of club President after failed leadership, Schneider proceeded to restore the club to full vitality. But he wasn’t left alone to establish a conservative presence on campus.

American Majority has helped Schneider build political awareness both on campus and in his community.  Working alongside Schneider, American Majority Wisconsin Campus Director Michael Spoke taught the students at Concordia how to utilize social media to advance their cause.

“We’re using Twitter and Facebook,” Schneider said, “which helps [us] to reach out into the community and show people that we’re doing things.”

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