Resident Reflects on the American Identity

Identity has become very prominent in American culture in recent years. What you look like; where you come from; how much you earn and how you talk, are the superficial indices that many use to peg you into one group or another.  What is being lost is an appreciation of a deeper identity; one that manifests itself through a person’s character.

There is an American identity, derived from the positive experience of our nation, and best exemplified by men like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is transcendent in human experience, but completely human in its aspiration.  People not born here can claim it.  Many foreign born manifest it better than native born.  It is the composite effect of five very specific values, which combine in a very unique way to create the American character.

The first is individuality, the recognition that humans have separate identities from their external appearances. It is opposed to individualism, which is a personal identity that excludes others, and collectivism, which is mass consciousness, where everyone thinks and acts the same.

The second is “resistant cooperation,”a term coined by Wynton Marsalis to describe jazz.  It is the willingness to solve the problems of living, with people we may not particularly like.  It supports the art of compromise, which is the activating principle of American life.

Third is freedom.  A belief that there are no artificial bounds, that the future, is decided by knowledge and courage, and never by ignorance and fear.

Fourth is stewardship; the exercise of authority and power held in trust, tied to responsibility for others, not entitlement.

Fifth is integrity; living according to a personal standard that one has the courage to proclaim. It is a rejection of hypocrisy and affirms straightforward living.  Its value lies in its reliability. People can count on what others say.

These values are held by all people to one degree or another, but all five existing simultaneously, and with equal vigor, is the essence of the American identity.  Derived from and reflecting the best of the American experience, these values are the nuts and bolts of a free society.   Pursuing them is the noblest of human quests and one that we all should be proud to affirm.

– Dennis Galvin

 

STATE REP CANDIDATE KATHY LYNCH PLEDGES NO NEW TAXES

Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative in Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, pledging to the taxpayers of Massachusetts that, if elected, she will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. Lynch is joining the 256 members of the US Congress, 10 governors, and nearly 1,000 state legislators across the country who have signed the pledge because they believe the problem is not that the hard-working people are paying too few taxes, but that the government is spending too much money.

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There is a large body of evidence that supports the belief that keeping tax rates as low as possible promotes economic growth.  Tax Foundation economist William McBride’s survey of 26 studies dating to 1983 found that “all but three of those studies, and every study in the last 15 years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth.”  John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, analyzed over 700 peer-reviewed academic journal articles going back to 1990.  Most of those studies found that lower tax levels and spending correlate with stronger economic performance.

 

When individuals and businesses are taxed less, they have more disposable income to spend, which not only benefits our economy, but allows people to give back.  For instance, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the federal level last year, has given 90% of wage earners a higher take-home pay and has allowed companies of all sizes to help, not only their customers, but their employees and the charities they support.  Like many other Massachusetts companies, Rick Green, CEO of 1A Auto, Inc. in Westford will be using the tax savings to lower prices for his customers as well as give bonuses to his employees. Other companies are using their tax savings to increase their base pay to well above minimum wage, hire new employees, improve employee benefit packages, grow their businesses, and increase their charitable giving.

 

Kathy Lynch will be a strong advocate for less government spending and a strong economy with her pledge of no tax increases. Kathy Lynch can be reached by email: Kathy@VoteKathyLynch.com and web: VoteKathyLynch.com, Facebook.com/VoteKathyLynch.

Lynch Launches State Representative Campaign

At a kickoff celebration, on June 7, 2018, Westford resident, Kathy Lynch, officially announced her campaign for State Representative in the 2nd Middlesex District. The district includes Westford, Littleton, and precincts 5,7 and 8 of Chelmsford. With encouragement from colleagues and supporters, Lynch decided it was best for the voters of the district to have a choice at the ballot box on November 6, 2018.

At her kickoff event, Lynch shared that she grew up on Long Island. “Don’t hold it against me,” she quipped. She was the youngest of five children – the “baby” of the family. “You would never know it with hair like this,” she joked while tugging at her gray hair. Altogether, she and her husband, John, have lived in Massachusetts for fifteen years. As a mother of two very active teenagers attending the Westford Public Schools, Lynch sees the importance of quality education and healthy communities. “The children need balance – academically, socially, and physically,” said Lynch.

With years of experience working in the federal government, private industry, small business, and volunteering within the community, Lynch understands the world of work and wants to support strong, local businesses. “Many small businesses are thwarted in their tracks with upfront expenses, regulations, licensing, taxes, permitting, insurance and competition from big business. Yet, small business has the unique capacity to reach innovative, niche markets that our district needs,” says Lynch.

Lynch considers herself a true patriot stating, “My Dad and other relatives have served in the military in order to defend America’s freedoms. As a legislator, ​I will uphold American principles set forth by our forefathers in the Constitution and other founding documents. I will demand transparent, public access for every legislative vote. The voters in this district deserve that. Additionally, I will vote against excessive, burdensome taxes while directing more of our tax dollars to local aid.”

Lynch can be reached by email: Kathy@VoteKathyLynch.com, phone: (978) 496-8064, website: VoteKathyLynch.com and facebook.com/VoteKathyLynch.

Delegates Endorse Favorites at the MA State Convention

In a long but exciting day, Westford delegates joined delegates from across the state to pick their favorites among the candidates running for State Office. Members of the Westford Republican Town Committee as well as several town Republicans served as delegates. The event provided opportunities to meet fellow Republicans throughout the state while supporting those on the campaign trail.

Those winning endorsement by the Massachusetts Republican Party included:
Charlie Baker – Governor, Karyn Polito – Lieutenant Governor, 
Geoff Diehl – Senate, Jay McMahon – Attorney General, Anthony Amore – Secretary, Helen Brady – Auditor, and Keiko Orrall – Treasurer. 
To be on the ballot for Republican Primary Elections, candidates needed 15% of the vote. Though not endorsed by the majority of Convention delegates, the following candidates will be included on the Primary ballot: Scott Lively – Governor, Dan Shores – Attorney General, Beth Lindstrom and John Kingston – Senate. 

Mark your calendars for the State Primaries on Tuesday, September 4 and the State Election on Tuesday, November 6. 

Stay Connected to the WRTC

Nominations papers are being signed throughout the state for various state positions. The campaign year is revving up. The MA Republican State Convention is set for April 28th 2018. Westford is sending 16 delegates to the convention with the intent to bring the very best candidates forward to the Primary Elections in November.

See Our Growing WRTC Website for Updates

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  • Upcoming WRTC Meetings are listed on both pages: About and Events.
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Westford Republican Caucus

The Westford Republican Town Committee held a Caucus on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St., Westford, MA at 10:30am to elect delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention which will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 28, 2018. Official members of the Westford Republican Town Committee were the only eligible voters to elect the delegates for the Convention but any registered Republican (registered by December 31, 2017) was able to run for a delegate spot.

The Convention’s primary role is to endorse statewide candidates for nomination ahead of the state primary election in September 2018. Republican candidates seeking endorsement are for the offices of:

  • United States Senator in Congress (Class I)
  • Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Treasurer and Receiver-General
  • Auditor of the Commonwealth
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth

At the State Convention, candidates must attain 15% of the delegates’ vote on any ballot in order to qualify for ballot access for the state primary election. 

 

Asian Dis-Aggregation Position

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RE:  House Bill  (H3361)   “Asian Dis-Aggregation”

The Westford Republican Town Committee has been made aware of pending Massachusetts House Legislation (H3361) entitled the “Asian Dis-Aggregation”  bill.   If passed this bill would require all persons of Asian descent to identify their ethnic origins in more specific detail on all public forms and documents requiring the disclosure of ethnic information in Massachusetts.  Concerns have been particularly heightened because the purpose of this information remains unclear.  History shows that the gratuitous collection of this type of information can easily lead to its abuse and has all too often formed the basis for discrimination.  The Westford Republican Party supports national and state policies that make no distinction among people according to their race or national origin. For this reason, we do not support this bill in its current form.

(This position was adopted by unanimous vote of the WRTC, taken on November 11, 2017.)

 

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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