November 4, 2014 General Election - Republican Candidates

Iowa Governor

Terry E. Branstad

US Senate

1st Congressional District

Rod Blum

Iowa Secretary of State

Paul D. Pate

Iowa Auditor of State

Mary Mosiman

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Bill Northey

Iowa Attorney General

Adam Gregg

Iowa Treasurer

Sam Clovis

State Representative District 71

Jane A. Jech

State Representative District 72

Dean Fisher

Marshall County Supervisor

Bill Patten

Dave Thompson

Marshall County Attorney
Jennifer Miller

Marshall County Treasurer

Jarret Heil

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Location, Location, Location!

Time for the yard signs and bumper stickers.    The time tested real estate adage of "location, location, location" is true in candidate marketing as well.  A sign in the garage or at the end of a street that has no traffic provides less (if any) persuasive advantage than one in the yard of an area with high traffic.

With early voting set to begin this Thursday, September, 25th now is the time to get and display your candidate's sign.  By some estimates as much as 50% of the voting will be completed before the polls open on Tuesday, November 4th.  So delay means lost opportunity to persuade.  Lost opportunity to persuade means votes not cast or cast for the wrong candidate.  Tomorrow is too late.

The bottom line?  Get a sign and place it inside your sidewalk (or where it would be were there a sidewalk) in the yard.  Contact your candidate or make arrangements with your Republican Party headquarters.

(Friendly reminder-take them down Halloween night!)

Peter Rogers

Preamble - Let's Get Started

The United States Constitution was approved by Congress on September 17, 1787. Ratification by the State legislatures was complete in March 1789. Prior to adopting the Constitution our nation’s general government operated under the Continental Congress (1776-1781) and the Articles of Confederation (1781-1789). The Constitution was adopted only with the assurance that a Bill of Rights would soon follow to safeguard the people from the general government. Twelve amendments were offered and ten of them were ratified by the States in 1791. Including the Bill of Rights, the Constitution has been amended 27 times. The last amendment ratified was in 1992.
A study of the Constitution, from its original form through 27 amendments, demonstrates the struggles, successes and failures of the American people to create “a more perfect union”.
The Constitution was the product of necessity. The Preamble of the Constitution serves as an historical record of the principles and objectives of the Constitution. It reads:
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”
If we bother to unpack these phrases, we clearly see that each line of the Preamble contains a timeless message about free government.
“We the People of the United States” – This opening phrase stands as a testament to the fact that both the People and the States were relinquishing some of their respective sovereignty to create a new sovereign – the general government. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges the self-evident truth that we are endowed by our Creator with individual sovereignty. Thus, we are the source of all political power. Further, the Declaration expressly created thirteen “Free and Independent (sovereign) States”. As the Declaration provides, legitimate governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. In this instance, the general government is deriving some power over both the People and the States. Thus, it was necessary that the parties to this transfer of sovereignty (the People, the States and the general government) remember from where that “just power” derives.
“in order to form a more perfect Union” – This is an acknowledgment that the Articles of Confederation were inadequate. Despite the fact that most of the provisions contained in the Articles of Confederation were incorporated into the Constitution, extra provisions were needed to better secure Liberty. The next few phrases of the Preamble point to the specific shortcomings the Constitution was designed to correct.
“establish Justice” – Under the Articles of Confederation there was no court system other than State courts. Any disputes between States would be heard and decided by the Congress sitting as a super court. This proved inadequate to address disputes that arose under laws passed by the confederate Congress, and it could lead to tyranny by the majority.
“insure domestic Tranquility” – This was a clear reference to Shay’s Rebellion. The new States struggled to establish their treasuries. By the early 1780’s, Massachusetts had acquired massive debt. The debt was owed to foreign lenders and had to be paid in specie (coin, not notes). So the state outlawed paper money, and raised taxes that had to be paid in gold or silver. When farmers, who were used to dealing in paper money and barter could not pay the taxes, the government seized their land. The state legislature resisted making changes to fiscal policy. In 1786 the state increased taxes just to cover the interest on its debt. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Daniel Shays, and a group of organized farmers and war veterans took up arms to halt foreclosures until the legislature could meet to address the problem. The rebellion was put down by force. But this situation emphasized that Liberty is threatened by public distress from unsound money and government debt owed to foreign countries.
“provide for the common defense” – Under Article III of the Articles of Confederation, the States did mutually pledge to come to the aid of each other if attacked. But this pledge proved dangerously inadequate during the Revolutionary War. When Congress would enact legislation seeking financial support from the States to prosecute the war, often times States ignored the requests. Congress did not have the power to enforce these revenue requests. Even after the war ended in 1783, Britain was still a threat since it had not evacuated its western outposts as agreed by the peace treaty.
“promote the general Welfare” – Again, the Articles of Confederation formed the sovereign States into “a firm league of friendship with each other, for …their mutual and general welfare”. By 1787, Congress’ inability to enforce revenue requests made it difficult to run the governmental offices. Additionally, several states bitterly disputed claims to western lands, and other states blessed with developed ports and means of transportation were charging fees to out-of-state merchants to allow goods to pass through their state. These jeopardized the union.
“and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” – Thomas Jefferson wrote - “Liberty is to society what health is to the individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty no happiness can be enjoyed by society.”

The Preamble is a clear call to adhere to principles to ensure generations of individual Happiness. To this end, the Supreme Court has said, “The Constitution is but the body and the letter of which the Declaration of Independence is the thought and the spirit; and it is always safe to read the letter of the Constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.”   

Monday, September 8, 2014

Volunteer Today!


NOUN-A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.
VERB- Freely offer to do something. 

Campaigns are work, hard work. But as four letter words go "work" is one of the good ones. We all know what it means to work. And we all know the reward and satisfaction from a job well done that can only be achieved through hard work.

And all of us can recall hearing the ancient proverb, "many hands make light work."  And from experience we know it to be true.

There are eight (8) short weeks left in the campaign.  And there is work to be down lest we wake up November 5th to discover an election outcome not to our liking.  Volunteerism is fundamental to political campaigns and a key aspect of the character that defines our Party and the principles for which it stands.

Use this volunteer tab on this website to volunteer today.  Call Headquarters at 641-485-8600.  Email us at  But volunteer for your candidate, for your cause, for the future of you and your family.

Peter G. Rogers

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Call to Action

Armed with the truth revealed by Scripture and Reason, the Founders declared – “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of [Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

Still, the signers counseled hesitation in most instances - “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Government long established should not be changed for light and transient causes . . .”   Challenging the government certainly invites being targeted by the government. Since treason was a capital offense, signing the Declaration was the equivalent to signing one’s own death warrant. 

But recent history of the time could not be ignored. In the decade leading up to the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the Sugar Act of 1764, the Colonists protested as steady increase in taxation, regulation and law making without their consent.  In 1770, citizens protesting government overreach were gunned down by government forces (Boston Massacre).  The Boston Tea Party (1773) was a protest against corporate welfare in which the government granted the British East India Tea Company a monopoly over the tea trade. When Britain retaliated with stiffer regulations (1774 Coercive Acts), the colonists continued to protest and petition their government for relief to no avail.

By the summer of 1776, it had been a full year since Patrick Henry declared “Give me Liberty or give me death!”, Paul Revere made his famous ride, and blood had been shed for individual Liberty at Lexington, Concord and “Bunker Hill”. But also by 1776, the notion of a government conceived in liberty and based on the natural rights of mankind was immutable. John Adams, co-author of the declaration, remarked - “The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.  The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.” 

Thus, having declared the rights of mankind and the principles of free government, and having declared the government “guilty” of violating those rights and principles, the conclusion was unanimous – “the Representatives of the united States of America . . . appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world [i.e., God] . . . declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States”

But the Founders were equally as clear that the success of Liberty requires more than human effort, commitment and sacrifice. Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense - “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” The signers of the Declaration put it this way:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence [i.e., God], we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Early Voting Options (absentee ballots)

Labor Day is now behind us.  The traditional time where people engage themselves with the bi-annual election process is upon us.  People are now ready, some reluctantly, to pay attention to the mailings, the advertisements, the phone calls and the door knocks.

Candidates and their supporters (both volunteers and paid persons)  are going to be in contact with you and asking for your support.  Support can mean joining the team, making a donation or voting early.

In Iowa early voting got it's start as the absentee ballot.  As it's name implies, the absentee ballot option was created so those who could not vote on Election Day could vote "absentee" under certain conditions.

Today it is early voting and it begins on September 25th when you will be able to vote by mail or at the Marshall County Auditor's office.  Additionally, the Marshall County Auditor will be offering an a satellite voting opportunity on Friday, October 17th beginning at 4:00 PM at Hy-Vee in Marshalltown, at 9:00 AM at Hy-Vee in Marshalltown, at 12:00 PM at Wal-Mart/Legends in Marshalltown and 9:00 AM at MCC in Marshalltown.

Voting early remains an unseemly and illegitimate way to vote for many "regular" voters.  But it is here and appears here to stay.  So why do it?

1)  It assures that your vote gets cast and circumstances don't take control of you getting in the way of voting on election day,

2)  It saves your candidate time and money.  Once they know you have voted they con redirect their resources to those who haven't, and

3)  It takes you off the map.  Within a short period of time after you have returned your ballot your phone goes silent, your mailbox empties and your time becomes your own once more.

So take advantage of the law.  Get it out of the way.  Regain your life.  Watch the poll results come in and know you have done your part.

Peter G. Rogers