Archive for January 13th, 2010

Editorial — Call these Johnson County businesses, and tell them to oppose ObamaCare: Kevin Gilmore and Mid-America Nazarene, Garmin, Sprint, Zurich, and Midland Loan

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Edmund Burke is credited with the following theme:  evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

World War Two-era German pastor Martin Niemoller drafted versions of this famous poem about misguided pacifism:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Johnson County, Kansas, is full of good men who do nothing, and we need their help now, more than ever, to stop the Democratic Party’s attempt to re-make the United States — a Constitution-based, freedom-based democratic republic — into a European-socialist democracy where every virtually every personal decision would be made for us by the federal government.

According to RedState and Roll Call, the passage of ObamaCare is not a sure thing:

Another senior House Democrat familiar with negotiations on the bill said no progress has been made this week on any of the key sticking points in the House and Senate bills, despite steady meetings with union leaders and the White House.

“There’s no agreement. No deal on anything. Nothing,” the lawmaker said.

The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and Olathe Chamber of Commerce pretend to support the interests of business.  They do not.  They are an extension of trial lawyers, labor unions, Kansas Democrats, and local governments.  But many members of these chambers are businesses and businessmen who know better, but who are afraid to act.

Moreover, the Kansas Chamber (the state-wide group) and the US Chamber vocally oppose ObamaCare.

You can make a difference today by calling these Johnson County businesses, companies with political influence all around the nation.  Tell them to oppose this offensive, anti-health care, and unconstitutional legislation that is being pushed by liberal Democrats Dennis Moore, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid, and President Obama.

These five Johnson County businesses serve in leadership roles within either the Overland Park or Olathe Chamber, and any one or two of these corporations could force a vote on the matter - the Nazarene Church (Mid-America Nazarene University)Garmin InternationalSprintZurich North America, and Midland Loan Services (PNC Real Estate).  They could speak up, but they will not.

It can be expected that this is the case in other communities around the US, with these same companies.

In the case of Olathe’s Mid-America Nazarene University — Kansas City is the international headquarters of the Church of the Nazarene — it is MNU’s Vice-President Kevin Gilmore who is as the chairman of the Olathe Chamber.  Gilmore tells people he is conservative.  We need his leadership, today.

Again, we encourage you to call these five businesses, and ask them to make a stand against ObamaCare.


Opinion column. Five Reasons Why ObamaCare Is Still Alive: Nazarene Church, Garmin, Sprint, Zurich, Midland Loan — by Benjamin Hodge

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

When Good Men Do Nothing.

Your efforts today may greatly decrease the likelihood that ObamaCare will become law.  I do not consider it to be too late to make a positive difference on behalf of freedom.

The following five national/international businesses are influential in local politics all around America, and, unacceptably, they refuse to oppose this anti-liberty legislation: the Nazarene Church (Mid-America Nazarene University)Garmin InternationalSprintZurich North America, and Midland Loan Services (PNC Real Estate).

Each of those five businesses has a leading employee on the board of one of two large local chambers of commerce in Kansas – the Olathe Chamber and the Overland Park Chamber – and neither chamber is willing to take a position on ObamaCare.  The US Chamber and the Kansas Chamber (state-wide) both oppose the Democratic legislation. (more…)

John Stossel on Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Crony Capitalism

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Often, what many see as greedy capitalism is actually “crony capitalism,” where big businesses work hand-in-hand with government to protect themselves from competition and failure. Thankfully, Rep. Paul Ryan recognizes this.