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Monday, January 20, 2020

"Injustice anywhere 
is a threat to
 justice everywhere."

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Closing Primaries Still Won’t Stop The RINO Charge

I’m thinking that closing our primaries in SC still won’t fix the problem of RINO’s in the Republican Party...these RINO’s have a huge following of what they prefer to be called...”moderates” or “centrists” These people are abundantly found in Greenville, Easley and Clemson and are showing up in Pickens, Six Mike, Central, Liberty as well. Why is that? I will tell you why...the failure of our church leaders and our public schools who refuse to stand up for Conservative Christian values and beliefs. AND the refusal of true Conservative Christians to “get involved” in politics. As well as their following being better organized and sending in operatives to stir up the community with their false narratives.

These centrist, moderates, RINO’s, Progressives...whatever you want to label them are nothing more than “ Fence Sitters” who depending on which way the wind blows or money flows will fall to the left or fall to the right...which reminds me of Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee”

It is time for people with a spine...people who actually have unwavering principles of God, Family, Constitution, and Pride in American Sovereignty to rise up and demand our elected employees NOT be fence sitters! Fire them if they are! I know which side of the fence I am on...I know that I am not lukewarm...

It is a known fact the majority of our Pickens Legislative Delegation, our County Council, and our School Board need to be fired for their centrist views. But until YOU help educate your church members and family and friends on who these fence sitters are nothing will change.

Johnnelle Raines
Pickens SC

Sunday, January 19, 2020

McMaster to decide on SC refugee intake




Bnext Tuesday Governor McMaster is going to make a decision on whether or not South Carolina will accept more refugees. 

Remember that around 2016 there were big public meetings in Spartanburg and Pickens Counties with hundreds of people showing up trying to figure out what to do. Conservatives of the Upstate convinced Pickens County Council to let the state know that the
county could not afford to have refugees resettled in our county. 

Nikki Haley did nothing for us. She just talked about writing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry saying we did not want refugees instead of taking her signature off of the authorization to bring them in. We were never able to get a copy of the new authorization for the VolAgs to bring them in. 

McMaster is in the news over this. Make it a hot issue for him. 

Remember, we cannot verify who the Middle Eastern refugees are or where they are really from. They get to come over and do what they want. The Voluntary Agencies that bring them here are getting paid for it. Your safety versus their profit... they decide, not you. 
Then call Governor McMaster and tell him to say we do not want more refugees to be resettled in South Carolina. 

When I made my call today I was told that they are getting a lot of phone calls. But which side is winning the call in battle? 

Here is the contact information for the Governor's office.  

Mail:
The Honorable Henry McMaster
State House
1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Official Contact Page:

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year / Schedule

Happy New Year Members!


Our first meeting of 2020 will be held at Pizza Inn located at Shopping Center where Ingles Grocery is located. We will meet promptly at 7pm. We will meet in the back room. Feel free to come early and take advantage of their delicious buffet...or eat while we meet!


There will be no speaker for this meeting as this will be a planning meeting for deciding on goals and priorities for the upcoming year to keep Pickens County the most conservative county in SC. So come prepared to add to the discussion! 


We will be taking up a voluntary donation at this meeting. We don't have dues...but we are planning on using funds this year to educate the voters on the issues at hand, which may include...a billboard in a highly visible area, bulk mail outs, and yard signs. This will be purely voluntary donations and are not tax deductible. 


The Pickens Legislative Delegation meeting at which all of our locally elected SC Columbia legislators ( Sen. Rex Rice, Sen. Thomas Alexander, Representatives David Hiott, Neal Collins, Gary Clary , and Westley Cox) will be in attendance will take place on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5:30 at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center located at 3125 W. Main Street, Liberty, SC 29657. PLEASE share your concerns for the upcoming year. They work for YOU...You are allowed 3 minutes to speak to them. Below are some suggested topics you are encouraged to speak to them about:


Abortion( Right to Life) ,Public Education Reform, Changing State Board of Education to elected positions, Abolishing the Education Oversight Committee, Taxes, Roads, 2nd Amendment (Red Flag Laws) ,Free Speech, Cronyism, Corruption, Judicial System, Islamic immigration, Drag Queen Story Hour in our Public Libraries, Any legislation you think needs to be repealed or any legislation you think is needed. 


Sadly, our County Council is also meeting on the same night. One would think they could have changed that meeting to accomodate people who wanted to attend both...I thought they were "UNITED" and wanted transparency and cooperation with our SC Columbia elected... guess not. Attached is the County Council agenda for that meeting. Please pick whichever meeting you think suits your needs. But please attend one!


School District of Pickens County Board meeting also provides an opportunity for you to speak about any concerns you have about the public school education you are paying for with your taxes. Their next meeting is Monday, January 27 at 6pm at their central offices board meeting room.


I encourage you to become active in your local government this year, attend meetings, voice your concerns to your elected EMPLOYEES...yes ...they work for you and need YOUR input! Yes your taxes and how they are used is important!


2020 is here and it's time to become active and not be apathetic to what your elected employees are doing.


It's an election year and we need candidates to run against our present 4 County Councilmen as well as our Pickens County Legislative members. There will be a huge turnout to vote due to President Trump being on the ballot this year. We need people who agree with Trump's agenda to Keep America Great ...we DON'T need any Never Trumpers representing Pickens County! 


Please prayerfully consider running for an office and encourage anyone you know who is a True Conservative Christian to run.

Filing deadline to be a candidate in the 2020 election is at the end of March.


Hoping to see you Tuesday January 14th at 7pm at the Pizza Inn in Pickens!

Let's get energized and motivated to keep Pickens Conservative!


COTU Leadership Team

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from COTU

Merry Christmas and the  
Happiest of New Year to all of you! 

We will not meet in December so you can enjoy this Holy time with your family and friends, and will resume our meetings in January of 2020.

Our next meeting will take place 
Tuesday, January 14th at 7PM.

We will be meeting in the backroom of Pizza Inn in Pickens located at 502 Ann Street in the Ingles shopping center. They have a delicious all you can eat salad and pizza bar! 

We will not have a speaker at this January meeting so we will have plenty of time to discuss and decide on our upcoming agenda and action items for the upcoming New Year. So come prepared to brainstorm on how we can be effective in keeping Pickens County the most conservative county in SC. 

PLEASE bring a friend!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving From COTU ...

We are thankful to everyone that champions morals, values, and conservatism ...

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era



By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of ..

Read in full here:

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November 2019 COTU Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 19th at 7PM at the Silver Bay Seafood Restaurant in Easley located on Hwy 123. 

Our featured speaker will be Keith Brockington from the GPATS staff.