Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through Ballot Initiative

Each year, Massachusetts’s residents have the opportunity to get involved in legislative ballot initiatives. You may see petition gatherers in various public spaces such as grocery stores, post offices, and filling stations. The petitioners simply ask passersby whether they want to sign a petition that will place the measure on the state ballot.

A ballot initiative to help stop taxpayer funding of abortion is currently being circulated. Many taxpayers are adamantly opposed to abortion and even those in favor of abortion don’t want to pay for them via taxes. This initiative seeks to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to include the simple phrase, “Nothing in this constitution requires the public funding of abortion.” 65,000 signatures are needed to get the measure on the 2020 Massachusetts ballot, allowing the citizens to vote on whether they wish their tax dollars to fund abortion or not.

Massachusetts General Law defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child.” To get a picture of the number of unborn babies being destroyed, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that 18,570 abortions took place in Massachusetts during 2015. Based on available state-level data, an estimated 908,000 U.S. abortions took place in 2015. Since 1973, in the U.S., almost 60 million unborn babies have been destroyed.

The ballot initiative has a fast-approaching deadline of November 22, 2017. If you would like to sign the petition or help gather signatures, please call 781-312-8755, email Bernadette@StopTaxpayerAbortion.org, or visit Facebook.com/StopTaxpayerAbortion.

– Kathy Lynch

Gun Debate Rekindles Old Divisions

To say that the United States is divided today is almost an understatement. Some might say that we are at civil impasse. While our national tension may seem very new and frightening, history shows that its roots extend back to the ratification of our Constitution.

By 1787, our nation had cast off the chains of foreign oppression. The taste of victory was very short lived because Americans immediately found themselves thrust into a crucial debate over how they would govern themselves.

This debate involved two opposing factions, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalist supported the establishment of a strong central government.  Often described as “monied” men, their ranks included;  large land owners, merchants, planters, and creditors. They promised security through a strong national constitution that gave the government the power to raise an army and impose taxes.

Having just experienced the oppression of Great Britain, the Anti-Federalist were suspicious of such a government. Largely comprised of small farmers and debtors, the Anti-Federalist recoiled at the notion of an army.  They feared that the Federalists would use it, along with the power of taxation and the authority of the federal court, to create an aristocracy, resulting in their bondage.

Ratification of our Constitution was never guaranteed. This uncertainty provoked a compromise.  The fruit of that compromise was the “Bill of Rights” .  Ten amendments established explicit rights to freedom of the press, of religion, to assemble, to be secure in person. It prohibited self-incrimination. In short, it banned all the tools of oppression with which our founding generation were very familiar.  It also granted the right to keep and bear arms. Common people could now defend themselves against threats in their daily lives, and if necessary against a government gone out of control.

Today’s supporters of the second amendment trace their legacy back to the Anti-Federalist, and share their concern over centralized government power. Unlike liberals and progressives, they are cautious, if not wary of government authority. To them the history of human society is largely the story of government abuse and oppression. To those who view these reservations as unfounded, they would pose this question?   What has changed about human nature, that would reasonably warrant someone to believe that free people should ever relinquish their right to defend themselves?

– Dennis J. Galvin

State Republicans Condemn Racism and Political Violence

Prompted by the violence and hatred that manifested itself in Charlottesville VA last month, during a clash between white supremacists and protesters, the Massachusetts Republican State Committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning racism and political violence, at their quarterly meeting held at the Newton Marriot, Aug. 13.

State Committee member Brock Cordeiro from Plymouth presented the resolution, which specifically condemned the actions and beliefs of white supremacists, Nazis and the Ku Kux Klan. The resolution was amended by member Dennis Galvin of Westford who broadened the condemnation to include: “any group that uses violence to achieve political ends.”  Galvin also added a provision that committed the Republican Party to “the preservation of constitutional liberty.”

In offering his amendment, Galvin said that it was fully supportive of the “spirit and intent” of Cordeiro’s resolution but felt that it needed to be broadened.  Both the amendment and the full resolution passed the 80 member state committee with only one dissenting vote.

Other Business

In other business, the Committee approved rules for the 2018 Republican state convention, to be held in Worcester. A controversial proposal to increase the number of super-delegates was withdrawn prior to the meeting. The delegate selection process will continue to rely heavily on city ward and town caucuses.  However, a limited number of super-delegates will be allowed;  the number will remain consistent with past years.  Delegates will also be able to cast a ballot for a “no preference.” These so-called “blank ballots” will be counted as part of the total votes cast, which could have an effect on candidate eligibility. State law allows candidates to challenge one another in statewide party primaries provided they obtain a minimum 15 percent of their convention vote.

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End Political Violence!

The tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville Virginia, is a watershed moment for the nation.   For the past few years we have experienced increasingly hateful rhetoric, and acts of violence in our politics.  What occurred in Charlottesville was a national disgrace, and it should serve as a warning to all those, who respect Democratic values and traditions that the time has come to say enough!

The first step in this process is to respect the rule of law.   While every person in this nation has a fundamental right to express their opinion, no matter how repugnant, no one has the right to resort to violence to make a political point.   Police officials must allow protests from all sorts of groups.  They do not have to stand by and watch them taken over by thugs.   As soon as any manifestation of violence occurs; such as, the refusal to obey permits,  the wearing of helmets, the carrying of shields, clubs or other armaments, the police should shut down the event and disperse the crowd.  This was not done in Charlottesville and it hasn’t been done in other locations as well.

The second step is for law abiding people to explicitly condemn violence by whatever group perpetrates it.  There is nothing that can justify political violence in a nation of law, where civil rights are guaranteed.    There are too many people taking sides in these incidents, attempting to justify the actions of one group over another.  Anyone who resorts to violence to advance a political agenda is a threat to all of us.  To make distinctions among thugs is the height of absurdity.

People who engage in political violence are fascists, regardless of their political views.  In 1938 when the Nazis joined with Communists in signing the non-aggression pact, Soviet Ambassador Sergei Molotov commented that “fascism is simply a matter of taste”.  If you are prepared to hit someone with a club, because you think your political beliefs are more justified than theirs, you are a fascist.  The true mark of political extremism is the willingness to commit violence.   It is time to end this once and for all!

Dennis J. Galvin

 

Sanctuary State Bill is ‘Political Stunt’

State Senate Bill #1305 would make our Commonwealth a Sanctuary State for undocumented immigrants.  It would prohibit police officers from engaging in immigration enforcement, from sharing immigration information with Federal officials and require that our officers block Federal officials from conducting interviews with immigrant detainees.

The bill attempts to address the concerns of undocumented immigrants living in Massachusetts, who are apprehensive about their vulnerability arising from possible federal immigration action.  While the horrendous state of our immigration system must be addressed, this bill compromises our homeland security.

The bill would impose a ban on state participation in any immigration enforcement run in concert with federal authorities.  It would eliminate the state’s ability to participate in the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Fusion center set up following Sept. 11. These invaluable partnerships with the Federal government, have led to the interdiction of numerous terrorist acts in Massachusetts.  The sharing of immigration information and the right to detain suspected terrorist and gang members on immigration violations is a pre-emptive capability that would be lost.

State law enforcement officers would face an ethical conflict if this bill were to pass stemming from their oath of office.   They swear to defend both the US and State Constitution.   Provisions which require our police to block interviews between federal immigration authorities and undocumented  individuals would obstruct the enforcement of federal law.  This interposition is unconstitutional.

The bill would grant fourth amendment protection to the undocumented, a measure that exceeds the Commonwealth’s constitutional authority.  In so doing, the rights of American citizens living in the state would be infringed.  This restriction, would weaken immigration enforcement efforts  in Massachusetts making the state vulnerable to charges that it is violating the equal protection clause (14th Amendment) of our Constitution. All U.S. citizens are entitled to the equal protection of federal law.

The ultimate and most dangerous effect of this bill would be the creation of a safe haven for the nefarious. The bill’s protections would attract an assortment of  individuals to this state, many bent on doing us harm either through terrorism or criminal activity. This bill was ill-conceived at the outset.  It is a dangerous political stunt and should be rejected by our legislature and any rational American citizen.

Dennis J. Galvin

WRTC Makes Case For Prudent Fiscal Responsibility

As an organization who believes in Fiscal Responsibility, Government Transparency and Honesty in applying the mandated and proven processes for Westford, and since it is bad for Westford, we must urge the Westford voters to defeat the 2 1/2 Override on 2 May 2017.

Approval of the Override would be bad for Westford – The School Committee created a misleading drive resulting in the Override ballot question to reward our school’s teachers with a significant raise that breaches the 2018 and beyond budget thresholds causing a significant increase in property owner’s taxes forever and ignores the process for securing raises by public employees.  The Town Meeting resulted in a heavily recruited, biased approval that was subsequently agreed by the Selectmen to place the Override question on the 2 May ballot.

The Override proponents established a pro-teacher website that includes School Committee members that implies the School Committee, who is elected to represent the Westford citizens is not working in behalf of its voters who elected them, but rather, the Teachers Union. In this Override they are subverting objective negotiations under the established collective bargaining process.  Despite the proponent’s alleged myth-bashing, the Override provides precedence for other Town employees to use similar tactics to increase their pay AND RAISE OUR TAXES!  It also lacks transparency by shielding the Westford citizens from insight into the internal working of the salary processes and bypasses the Town’s budget and collective bargaining processes.

If you ask “What is Good for Our Schools”, it’s NOT the Override – it’s the normal process that allows the Superintendent together with the School Committee’s input to establish a comprehensive budget without creating a tax increase that includes all school employees whose individual salaries are determined by collective bargaining within the confines of the school budget and established salary tables.  The product – our students’ future – is already successful because our school ratings are among the highest in the Commonwealth – Let’s keep our schools at the top without raising taxes or compromising our principles.

It is time for the voters of Westford to stand up against the continued subversion of our processes and lack of transparency by using tactics that raise our taxes and cause us all to be suspicious of the leaders and committees who we elect to represent us! VOTE NO on the  May 2nd ballot Override.

Political Correctness or Speech Suppression?

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The founding document that codifies our free country is the Constitution of the United States of America.  It is what all of our elected government officials take an oath to protect.  The first ten Amendments to the Constitution (i.e., Bill of Rights), confirm the fundamental rights of American citizens.  Amendment 1 reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” I’ll focus on the emphasized text above regarding speech and press.

Are you concerned that what you say may not be considered “politically correct”?  Will what you say be deemed “racist”, “homophobic”, sexist”, “Islamophobic”?  If you answered “yes” then you are experiencing speech suppression — exactly what the First Amendment was written to protect you from.  Essentially, political correctness squelches freedom.  It is a weapon of oppression used by those in power who wish to control the narrative.  Political correctness promotes what author, George Orwell, called “groupthink.”  As long as you go along with what the majority thinks, you are “right” and safe from persecution.

Controlling speech by name-calling, or otherwise persecuting the minority, discourages diversity of thought — a hallmark of our culture that has contributed to a free citizenry.  Controlling speech shuts down attempts at rational discourse.  Let’s hold firm to the First Amendment.  What’s more, let us elect a candidate in November who understands the principles of the First Amendment as essential to a free and exceptional country.

– Kathy Lynch

Just Say “No” To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In Massachusetts

The Westford Republican Town Committee opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana as proposed in the “Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Question 4 on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Massachusetts as an indirect initiated state statute.” The statute, if passed, would go to the legislature for final action.  A “yes” vote supports this proposal to legalize marijuana, but regulate it similar to alcoholic beverages. A “no” vote opposes this proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, keeping only medical marijuana legal.

The WRTC views this proposal negatively based on the potential for wide-spread marijuana use leading to proven brain impairment and development in our youth, the lack of proven means or standards for impaired vehicle operation, the potential as a gateway to more serious addictive drugs, and the blatant contradiction to the Federal laws that prohibit the sale and use of marijuana.

 Vote “NO” on State Ballot Question 4 – NO to Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

 

Charter School Expansion: Vote “Yes” For The Future Of Massachusetts Students

The Westford Republican Town Committee supports Ballot Question 2, Charter School Expansion. Westford has one of the highest-quality and lowest-per-pupil-cost public school systems in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but it is not so in other systems statewide.

Education is of the utmost importance to the success of our children. School choice – whether through charter schools, open enrollment requests, career and technical education programs, vouchers, or tax credits – is important for all children, especially for families with children trapped in failing schools. Getting students into decent learning environments and helping them to realize their full potential is one of the greatest civil rights challenges of our time. Public charter schools offer parents a choice to provide the best education for their children.

By virtue of their charter, these public charter schools are a covenant between educators, parents and students in which all are accountable for performance. Charter schools are a public education system based on personal responsibility. A student’s educational opportunities depend on their talent and motivation as a student, and not where they live or their income level. When traditional school systems fail, charter schools give children a chance to succeed.

Students educated in charter schools do not cost taxpayers one penny more than the traditional public school system. Taxpayers still have a say in how much they wish to spend on education and student enrollment in charter schools does not result in an additional tax burden. What’s more, it doesn’t require additional state funding.

Vote “YES” on State Ballot Question 2 – YES to Charter School Expansion.

 

As Summer Slips Away, We Remember the WRTC’s Annual Summertime Picnic

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Happy Labor Day from the Westford Republican Town Committee (WRTC)!  Did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882?  It is now a nationwide holiday that recognizes the social and economic contributions of the American worker (oh, and Canada celebrates its own version of “Labour Day”, too).   Labor Day weekend is the last holiday weekend of the summer.  When the weather cooperates, it’s a great time for family gatherings, trips to ocean or lakeside beaches, lounging by backyard swimming pools and enjoying BBQs and picnics.  Today, the WRTC is reflecting on our own summertime picnic that took place on August 7.

Food, fun and patriotism were on the menu when folks gathered for the picnic at the home of Buzz and Dawn Gillogly in Westford.  Adults and children were welcomed to this special event which carried the “Keep Cool with Coolidge” theme, in recognition of the 30th President of the United States, Republican Calvin Coolidge.  The event was open, not just to those from the town of Westford, but from neighboring communities, as well.  We were pleased to be joined by some students from the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Republican Club (which got us thinking – shouldn’t there be a similar Republican Club at Westford Academy?).

The weather could not have been nicer for this late-day gathering which was kicked off by WRTC Chairman, Wade Fox, with inspiring remarks about America’s Founding Fathers.  He introduced notable guests which included:  Westford Selectman, Scott Hazelton, and local candidates, Ann Wofford (running for Congress), Kamara Kay (running for State Representative), and Rich Baker (running for Governor’s Council).  Before making a mad dash for the food, picnic attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer was offered.

When appetites were sated with hamburgers, hotdogs, and additional customary picnic fare, MA Republican State Committeeman, Dennis Galvin, enthusiastically introduced special guest speaker, MA State Representative (Republican), Jim Lyons (Andover, MA). Representative Lyons delivered a well-received speech that spoke of the need for Republicans to boldly stand up for their beliefs.  Additionally, he encouraged everyone to get involved with the citizen’s petition to repeal the Bathroom Bill.

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MA State Representative (Republican) Jim Lyons (Andover, MA); background:  MA Republican State Committeeman, Dennis Galvin

There were lawn games and a Calvin Coolidge trivia game featuring prizes for trivia experts.  Attendees also enjoyed an impromptu demonstration of Tai Chi offered by Jay Villagomez, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School teacher (AP Government, World and US History, International Business and Economics), and students from the school’s Republican Club.  During the demonstration, Villagomez explained how he teaches the principles of the Declaration of Independence through this Chinese martial art.

Many members of the WRTC worked hard to coordinate the picnic and were so pleased that this year’s event attracted the largest number of attendees in the picnic’s three year history.  We’re already looking ahead to next year when we hope to welcome back those that attended this year, as well as many new friends from Westford and surrounding towns.  If you were able to attend this year’s picnic, we hope you had a great time.  Perhaps you might consider becoming a WRTC member yourself.  If interested, contact Wade Fox, WRTC Chairman at:  wadefoxjr@aol.com.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”  — Calvin Coolidge