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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sustainable Development and Its Goals

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Sustainable Development & Its Goals

by Junius Smith


Many people think that with the passage of the Healthcare Bill, Obama and his Progressives are through. As Nancy Pelosi put it,

“we are just getting started.”


Obama has stated that his agenda is the fundamental transformation of the United States. Away with Liberty and Private Property, and in with the “Nanny” state that looks after the people from cradle to grave. This is what some bleeding hearts believe is best, but they're forgetting the true nature of men when utilizing their government. Government is one of man’s chief tools. He can overcome his own basic weakness by using government to eliminate individualism and freedom of choice. He can improperly diagnose the thought that our rights do come from God as advanced by the Bible and the Declaration of Independence so that the thought is rearranged to believe that our rights come from the government. Government derives its power from from compulsory unification. Citizens must agree either tacitly, reluctantly, or enthusiastically with the policies of the government. If a citizen rebels, the government can defensively react against the one on behalf of the many. The Federal government has inacted an all encompassing Health Care law in the name of social and ecomonic justice, that most people in the country object to, but have no choice but to accept it. A few court challenges and the chance to vote Progressives out of office in two years after the fact are the only courses left. The fact that this law tramples all over the forefathers intent in the Constitution is irrevalent to Progressives who intend to “fundamentally change” our great land. Don't be fooled into thinking that the program of Health Care is all - it's just one small area of the total agenda.

The total program is given a pleasant sounding, innocently applied title of Sustainable Development. This program, conceived in the United Nations, and named Agenda 21 has so many facets that the average person can’t comprehend its entirety. It was started years ago by the United Nations but really began to take off in 1992 in the Rio de Janeiro Environment Conference where George H.W. Bush Sr. signed on for the United States.

* For more information about this subject the reader should go to “The Deweese Report” by Tom Deweese who has made a multi-year study of the subject and ”Sustainable Develpment; Global to Local Action Plans”.


President Bill Clinton, by executive order, formed the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in 1993 bypassing Congress. Since that time, every cabinet agency has its role in advancing Agenda 21 & Sustainable Develpment policies.

In our next article we plan to show readers how these policies are invading State and Local government - how its right on your doorstep. While all our attention is on the Federal government, our State and Local governments are pushing the program.

In the meantime, you can attend County Council meetings starting next Monday night at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium of the County Administration Building.

You can also attend County Planning sessions, and School Board meetings, and your local City Council meetings.

The Socialist Approach To The Bell Curve

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An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on "Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an "A".

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a "B". The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a "D"! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an "F". The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

* Adapted from an unattributed email forward

Saturday, March 27, 2010

April 2010 Meeting

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Thursday April 8, 2010

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

PICKENS TEA PARTY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24TH 2010

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Pickens Tea Party
TEA= Taxed Enough Already



Hello to all Tea Partiers, Patriots, & God Fearing Lovers of Freedom,

We will be having a PICKENS TEA PARTY on Saturday April 24th 2010 in front of Pickens City Hall starting at 12:00 NOON and ending by 3:00PM!

This will be the 3rd TEA Party for Pickens. At the first meeting we had about 150 people and the at the second we had about 200 ... so we are hoping to at least double the second one!

We are organizing this event and will be getting flyer's ready soon. There will be patriotic music and singing, a great line up of speakers touching on the pertinent issues of the day, and free information so you can learn how to be involved in Taking America Back!

Put this Red Letter Date down on your calendar!

Invite your Neighbours, Friends, Relatives, Associates, Co-Workers ---- EVERYBODY!

Start making your signs, get out your flags, locate your patriotic clothing, and be ready for a GREAT EVENT!

Remember, this event is God fearing and family oriented!

We will need volunteers to help man sign in & information tables!

Any Volunteers?

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty!"
~ Thomas Jefferson


God Save America,
David Merck

Conservatives Of The Upstate

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SC Republican Governor's Debate May 6, 2010

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Thursday, May 6, 2010
7:00PM
Gignilliat Auditorium
621 North Townville Street Seneca, SC 29678


Candidates are:

Attorney General Henry McMaster
Lt. Gov. André Bauer
State Rep. Nikki Haley
Rep. Gresham Barrett

Written questions from the audience will be entertained.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Meet The Candidates: Jeff Duncan

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This morning, Rusty sat down with Jeff Duncan at Moe Joe's Coffee in Clemson for an interview ... rounding out our presentation of the 3rd Congressional District Candidates vying for your vote in the June 8, 2010 Primary.

Jeff Duncan is currently the SC House Representative of District 15 - covering Laurens & Newberry Counties.



Jeff about "being saved".


"I was saved in second grade in Asheville. I can't remember a time not knowing Jesus Christ."

Jeff professes to be a devoted Baptist and is very involved in his small church. He recalled how his grandmother always wrote bible scripture in his birthday cards.

He also followed up with this to say about the upcoming race,

"If we elect Godly men and women, God will continue to bless our country."

We covered the topics of healthcare, immigration, texting while driving, welfare reform, and what is referred to as The Semblar Deal (State incentives for Bass Pro Shops)

On healthcare:

Jeff stands beside Attorney General McMaster in promising to fight the constitutionality of imposing a "must pay" system.

He added that he hopes "...Governor Sanford will step forward and make it known that South Carolinians in particular have made it quite clear about our position and that we do not accept this huge grab of government power."

When asked that many have said that we must pay taxes - how is this different? He said that taxation is in the Constitution; healthcare isn't.


He vowed, that if elected, he would fight universal healthcare at every opportunity.

He backed up his statements about healthcare saying that he prefiled a bill (H4240) in the South Carolina House on December 15, 2009.

This Bill, drawn up by Duncan states in part:

"... PROHIBITING THE ENACTMENT OF ANY LAW THAT RESTRICTS AN INDIVIDUAL'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE OF PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS OR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OR THAT INTERFERES WITH AN INDIVIDUAL'S OR ENTITY'S ABILITY TO PAY DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL MEDICAL SERVICES OR THAT IMPOSES A FINE OR PENALTY OF ANY TYPE FOR CHOOSING TO OBTAIN OR DECLINE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANY PARTICULAR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OR PLAN."

He mentioned that he was one of the first to sign the REPEAL IT PLEDGE.

Jeff ended the topic with saying,

"This legislation flies in the face of my understanding of the founding philosophy of this country."

On the topic of "Texting While Driving":

Duncan said he voted against the measure because he felt the issue was already effectively taken care of under "reckless driving charges".

He said that it was mentioned in discussion that there were concerns over warrantless searches and seizures of property (cellphones) and that he agreed with this concern.

He followed by stating that he was also against warrantless searches for felons.

He said,

"Think about this, you're a criminal, and under duress, you're offered parole if you sign a warrantless search agreement or alternatively made to stay in jail."

He mentioned that he was one of only four Republicans who voted against the measure.


* Picture from JEFFDUNCAN.COM

On the topic of The Semblar Deal - which gives SC State tax money for Bass Pro Shops' parent company Semblar in Jasper County.

He said he voted against giving them $130 million in incentives.

He asked readers to think of it this way,

"Your taking tax dollars from Pickens County, and giving them to Jasper County."

He said the difference in this "incentive" is that it wasn't local incentives, it was state incentives being given - comparing Wal-mart deals to this deal on a macro basis.

He also mentioned that he loves Bass Pro Shops but he also loves White Jones and Grady's Outdoor World. He said we would have to consider the effects such business would have IF we allow Bass Pro an advantage.

On Immigration:

Jeff said it is imperative to secure the border.

He noted that we should repeal the 14th amendment so that there can be no more "anchor babies". This means if you are in this country illegally, you don't get the freedoms of being a naturalized citizen - one of those freedoms is automatic citizenship for your offspring if they are born here.

He remarked that, "when one mentions rounding up illegals you get a strange look like it can't be done." He said it was done after World War II to give GI's a job. It can be done again.

He said we need a common sense guest worker program for skilled laborers and it should be tied to an employer sponsor program.

He mentioned that all foreign persons in the country should be able to be tracked with an ID and should be in a database at all times.

He linked immigration to welfare reform saying that the current entitlement program is flawed. He said with illegals taking up the $7-$10 an hour jobs - what is the incentive for anyone to do anything other than get a government handout that would pay roughly the same?

We encourage you to visit Jeff's website:


Thursday, March 18, 2010


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Evaluation of 3rd District Candidates

By Junius Smith


The Conservatives of Upstate have finished their evaluation of Third Congressional District candidates. Each of the candidates asked to be on our program. Each were told ahead of time that the questioning wouldn't be controlled in any way by our organization and that questions would come from the floor unsolicited. The candidates were questioned on Cap & Trade, Health Care, Immigration, Sustainable Development, Education, and if they were members of the General Assembly, their previous record in that body. Each interview lasted at least an hour ... some as long as two hours. All of the candidates professed to be Conservative. All professed to be Christians and strong family men. All professed to be against abortion. Where they differed was on the micro of issues. We will report on the interviews in the order in which they appeared before our group.


Jeff Duncan: Representative Duncan was grilled for over an hour. He showed no signs of stress under questioning, which is a good sign in that party officials and lobbyists really work on you in Washington. Duncan’s knowledge of the job, his assertiveness, his A+ rating from SC Club for Growth, and his knowledge of small business were exceptional. Rep Duncan makes an exceptional appearance and commands respect in an instant.


*Shane Massey: Senator Massey has a sharp legal mind. He also was questioned for more than an hour. He is a member of the Senate Conservative Caucus for which he is w√ell received in our group. He is lesser known around this area, but has good credentials. Senator Massey won a tough battle for the Senate seat he occupies which speaks well for his toughness as a politician, and his ability to make tough decisions in Congress.


Richard Cash: Richard Cash is not a member of the establishment. He is a small business man that makes his family a living through at least two businesses. He scored high on his stand on abortion. While others were not in favor of abortion, Richard protested on the streets for our children’s lives. He has an in-depth knowledge of education having home schooled all of his children. He also coached other’s children. He is short on "government experience, but long on not being contaminated with with past policies.


Neal Collins: Neal is the youngest of the group of candidates. He has the unique experience of getting his legal education through scholarships that allowed him success without a lot of resources. This should bode well for him well in the future, and remind him of how success is obtained through hard work rather than government hand outs. Neal wants to put more money in the education system than we now have. He wants to achieve this through the federal government.


Rex Rice: Representative Rice was questioned for more than an hour and held up well. He offered an improved education system through virtual classrooms, satellite schools, and reorganized school boards. While he didn’t believe he had all the answers, he didn't mind putting forth his ideas which are not always popular with the education system which is highly unionized. He does have a system that he fought for out there working with practical results. As one of Governor Huckabees’ supporters, he believes in the fair tax instead of the income tax.


We want the public to know that these candidates voluntarily came to these meetings and were questioned about all the controversial topics of our day. They had no knowledge of the content of the questions.


One of the greatest disappointments was the lack of discussion about sustainable development which is the ultimate goal of progressives. If the government controls the farm lands, healthcare, and education our freedoms are gone with the wind. We have debated healthcare and now the government will vote on it soon. If it passes, the government will have control of our bodies. If the type of education passes that the progressives want, they will have control of our children’s minds.


What to do:


Call your Representative in Washington now.


• Call the Representatives that Dick Morris has on his web site now.


• Tell our ELECTED officials to stop the healthcare bill, Cap & Trade, and keep away from education.


• Join a Tea Party Group that is fighting for our liberty.


• Join the Conservatives of the Upstate.


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* Shane Massey boughed out of the race on March 17, 2010.


See Shane's announcement here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Sudden Change Because We're Watching ...


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From The SC Policy Council:

You may be familiar with H 4200, believed to be geared toward using incentives to lure Bass Pro Shops into building in the Upstate. Yesterday, it passed the House on second reading with no debate or roll call vote. Today, it failed on third reading.

Why the sudden change? Transparency.

Legislative reformers asked for a roll call vote today - and what had passed effortlessly the day before was killed when the spotlight was on.

The bill failed because they know you're watching. You aren't letting government pick winners and losers. You've demanded that lawmakers protect existing businesses and taxpayers, not give away your capital to others.

Today, transparency and limited government won. Tomorrow it might not.

Lawmakers will again take up H 4200 on Tuesday (today) because of a motion to reconsider their final vote.

Also by all accounts, the House is meeting tomorrow to push through another MAJOR INCENTIVES BILL, H 4478, on third reading. Yet Fridays at the Legislature are usually reserved for local matters.

If this bill is such a great idea, why push it through under a dubious Friday vote? What we need is more - not less transparency - when it comes to economic incentives.

Meet The Candidates: Rex Rice

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Rex Rice will be our guest to present himself and answer questions from the group this Thursday at our regular monthly meeting.

Thursday March 11, 2010

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

Sunday, March 7, 2010

South Carolina: Home of the $136K Science Teacher

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From The Nerve:

Many teachers move into administration to earn more money. For at least one administrator, though, getting back into teaching has proven no less lucrative.


Lee Bollman went from being the chief instructional services officer of Lexington/Richland School District 5 in 2008-09 to splitting time teaching science at a pair of district schools this year.

But he’s still pulling in an administrator’s salary despite the reduction in responsibilities.

In fact, Bollman may be the best-paid science teacher in all South Carolina, earning $136,128 annually, according to the S.C. Midlands Salary Database. In addition, his benefits equal 28% of his salary, meaning Bollman’s total compensation is nearly $174,250.


For the rest of the story read:

Lexington/Richland 5: Home of the $136K Teacher

Friday, March 5, 2010

What have you done for your country lately?

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What have you done for your country lately?
by Junius Smith


Some years ago, at his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy said,

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."


(FULL SPEECH HERE)


What have you done lately for your country, state, county, or city?

Those that have attended Tea Parties have in effect stalled the Democratic party’s Marxist policies. Has your face been seen at one? Have you looked at the voting record of your county delegation, or do you believe that their voting record echoes the brochures that they mailed to you during the last election? By using property reassessment, a number of these gentlemen have raised the taxes on your home by an average of 500% the past 15-20 years, yet their brochures advertise that they aren’t in favor of raising taxes. The teacher’s and state employees retirement fund is underfunded by approximately $20 billion dollars. Who is going to pay for this? The State General Assembly has increased spending by 40% for the past three years! Your Pickens County Council and School Board have over collected $60 million dollars. The School Board is spending over $400 million dollars on new schools while violating our constitution numerous times. Oconee County was refunded over $30 million dollars by Duke Power, and the money was supposed to be refunded to the taxpayers. Was it ? If you had attended the County Council meetings or the School Board meetings, you would know the answer to these questions. The Conservatives of the Upstate have been inviting the candidates for Congress and the people in attendance have asked informed questions. Will you come on March 11 at 6:30 PM and meet with Representative Rex Rice, candidate for the House of Representatives in Washington, DC at the Blue Ridge Bible Church, 769 Belle Shoals Rd. Pickens, S.C. ? Will you try to save your country?

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 2010 Meeting

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Thursday March 11, 2010

Conservatives Of The Upstate
Meeting at 6:30 PM @ 769 Belle Shoals Rd Pickens, SC 29671

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