Charles Murray Speaks at Harvard University!


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The Greater Boston Tea Party &
The Worcester Tea Party

 Present AEI Scholar

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.  His most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission”  (Crown Forum, 2015) urges Americans to stem governmental overreach and use America’s unique civil society to put government back in its place.


Charles Murray and  
Jonah Goldberg on  
Civil Disobedience in America
The Greater Boston Tea Party and The Worcester Tea Party are proud to have celebrated author Charles Murray speak on the exciting topics of “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission”  (Crown Forum, 2015) at the ivy cover halls of Harvard University.  We recognize the importance of the message that Mr. Murray has to share.  It is critical that as many people as possible hear it that,

This will be a Free event!!

We have secured a 500 seat auditorium in the heart of the Harvard’s Cambridge campus. The doors will open at 7:00 PM and we will welcome as many people as we can squeeze inside.
Please be sure to register at one of the links below. For those simply wanting to register, please use the Eventbrite link below. For those interested in ensuring good seats (especially if you are coming from a far distance) we are offering a limited number of reserved VIP seats.  In addition we will accept donations in any amount to pay the expenses associated with this event.

Please register at ONE of the following:

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Tuesday, September 22nd 7:00 PM
Harvard University Science Center Auditorium B
1 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA
Parking information – parking is easy and relatively inexpensive ($7) with advanced registration with the Harvard parking office. It is quick and easy. “How to” information is available at this link.

Parking at – or commuting to – Harvard

This is meant to give you a one-stop place to go to find parking or commuting information for parking at Harvard for the Charles Murry event on Tuesday, September 22 at the Science Center at Harvard.

NOTE: This link HERE is for Harvard University’s FAS Division of Science directions to 52 Oxford Street (same address as the Oxofrd Street Parking Garage, and a 5 minute walk from the Science Center). The link includes written driving directions, and Public Transportation information.

If you plan in advance, you can acquire a pass to a HARVARD UNIVERSITY LOT – AS A “VISITOR” and pay less. If you wait until the day of the event, you will need to access public parking (not as convenient, more expensive).


The most economical public parking we could find:
Central Parking  124 Mount Auburn St Cambridge MA 02138  (617) 491-0801
The entrance to this garage is around the corner at the end of University Road.  The spaces are smallish and the rows are narrow, if you have a very large vehicle you may need to make other arrangements.

The Garage is a 10 block walk from the Harvard University Science Center  1 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA 02138.


Advanced parking registration: Parking is available with advanced registration for visitors at Harvard. The information you need is below – and you will need to have your car’s license plate number available too.

As of July 1, 2015 the weekday daily visitor’s rate is $16.00 per permit. The cost for visitor’s permits valid after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, is $7.00 per permit.

Locations can be found at this link:  Harvard Parking Locations

Below is a magnified map and an indication of the three nearest locations. #3 Oxford Street Garage is the preferred one, and the other two (#8, #13) have a very limited number of spaces available, IF ANY.

REGISTRATION: You need to use Harvard’s Daily Visitor Parking Permit Online Purchase System. .

I have some partial step by step instructions below. The information on the web site is fairly self-explanatory.

You will need to have the following information:

Department:                Visitor to Campus
Department Code:      7700

Parking Lot:  52 Oxford St. Weeknights 5:00PM – 11:30PM (Weekday/Weeknight)

On the Add parking Permits page:

Parking Lot:  52 Oxford St. Weeknights 5:00PM – 11:30PM (Weekday/Weeknight)

Affiliation:   Event Participant

and specify  Charles Murray @ Science Ctr

Add you car’s license Plate Number:   ______________

And registration state (e.g.)   Massachusetts

And click “Add Parking Permit(s)” button at the bottom of the screen, to go to “check out” for payment.

Parking map and locations (again, this information is from this site Harvard Parking Locations ):

Harvard Parking



Lot ID: 52OX
Hours of Operation
Weekdays 7AM – 11:30pm
Weeknights 5PM – 11:30pm
Weekends 7AM – 11:30pm
Lot type Garage
Number of spaces 731

 Screen shots on how to register and select the parking garage for September 22:

Harvard Park Reg

Constitution Day – 2015!

Last year for Constitution Day we wrote a post called  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day?  I would recommend that post as it contains a great deal of information and links to materials to help remind people, especially school children, of how unique and wondrous a document The United States Constitution is.  We also noted in the post several points of law about how Massachusetts is to mark Constitution Day:

  • In Massachusetts the law requires “In all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, including the constitution of the United States, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights…shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship.” (ALM GL ch. 71, §2)
  • The requirement for the Governor of Massachusetts to proclaim Constitution Day (ALM GL ch. 6, §15A). Governor Patrick has proclaimed Constitution Day in two of his seven [eight] years in office (in 2011 and 2012).  Section 15A. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the seventeenth day of September as Constitution Day and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate exercises in the schools…”

I decided to inquire if Governor Charlie Baker would issue such a proclamation. Well, ask and ye shall receive!! With the assistance of the Governor’s Constituent Services, I suggested some text, and then the Governor came up with his own. At some point it will be linked on the Issued Proclamations page.

UPDATE: The Issued Proclamations page was updated – here is the link to the Constitution Day Proclamation.

To follow up, I am asking the Governor’s office to see if there are any plans to recommend  classroom instruction on the Constitution (either by the Governor, or by Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser).

Whether or not some formal edict is sent out, it still would be worth your while to ask your schools, and your children’s school teachers, if they have any plans to teach the Constitution. Again, there are materials aplenty listed in post  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day? 

And since I was the one to request the proclamation, I am the (proud) recipient of the document. Below is a picture of the document, followed by the text of the proclamation. Enjoy!



Whereas Our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty did ordain
and adopt a Constitution for the United States of America on September 17, 1787
establishing the world’s first government of the people, by the people, and for
the people; and

 Whereas The United States Constitution is the oldest national constitution
in the world still in continuous use; and

 Whereas The Constitution has server as a model for the constitutions of many nations,
including Germany, Japan, India, and South America, and international written agreements such as
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas These hallowed words should be embraced by all citizens, so as to fully
understand the value and importance of the Constitution and in order to support,
preserve and defend it against encroachment; and

 Whereas September 17, 2015 marks the two hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary
of the signing of the United States Constitution, providing a historic opportunity for all
Americans to remember the achievements of our Founding Fathers and to reflect
on the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as its responsibilities,

 Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
do hereby proclaim September 17th, 2015, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take
cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Eighteenth Day of August, in the year two thousand and fifteen, and of the
Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Happy 4th of July!

On the 4th of July we celebrate with family and friends. We enjoy cookouts, watch fireworks, and go to large gatherings to enjoy the company of others.

We should take a few moments to remember what is the true meaning of this day. 239 years ago, leading up to the Continental Congress and their deliberations, many serious events had happened -  The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Intolerable Acts, The Battles Lexingotn and Concord, The Battle of Bunker Hill, and so many more.

The Colonies had not yet come together. The desire for independence and self-rule was not universally shared and many people just wanted to live their lives, not worry about things, and some even enjoyed the protection provided by King George. (Eerily similar to our current situation!)

What we celebrate today is our beginning, when thirteen colonies had banded together and and decided they were “all in.”  Those 56 signers knew they were putting their lives on the line….

“… we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes

and our sacred Honor.”

July 2nd was the day the Continental Congress pass a resolution in part proclaiming “… these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States…” On July 4th, the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was approved.  Those 56 signers were risking everything to create a new nation.

I offer three videos about the 4th of July. The first is Paul Harvey’s Our Lives Our Fortunes Our Sacred Honor.  For those of you not familiar with Paul Harvey, he was one of the great radio personalities from an era when bluster was not required, and speaking simply, plainly, and truthfully was valued above all else.

The second is Ted Cruz reading Rush Limbaugh’s father’s address: “The Americans Who Risked Everything.”  Ted Cruz read this during a filibuster on the Health Care law in 2013 – the video is linked here.  The text is available from Limbaugh’s web site linked here.

The third is a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Bicentennial in 1976, with some well know actors, directors and composers. You should take the time to read it yourself, or listen to these people read it together from the link here.

Lastly, here is a link to the text of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives here, and to an document from the Heritage Foundation on the meaning and importance of Declaration of Independence. It is a truly unique document marking the beginning of an exceptional country. From Heritage:

The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition. It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights. Legitimate governments must therefore be based on the consent of the governed and must exist “to secure these rights.”

As a practical matter, the Declaration of Independence announced to the world the unanimous decision of the thirteen American colonies to separate themselves from Great Britain. But its true revolutionary significance—then as well as now—is the declaration of a new basis of political legitimacy in the sovereignty of the people. The Americans’ final appeal was not to any man-made decree or evolving spirit but to rights inherently possessed by all men. These rights are found in eternal “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” As such, the Declaration’s meaning transcends the particulars of time and circumstances.

 Read more…


BESE PARCC (CC) Fitchburg Hearing – Patrick’s statement

Members of the public were given the opportunity to make a statement before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, part of five forums being held across the state. Below is a written version of what I delivered in person.

Common Core statement delivered by Patrick Humphries  (A slightly longer version of what was verbally presented on April 28th 2015 at Fitchburg State University).
Good afternoon. My name is Patrick Humphries, a citizen activist who believes in local control and a smaller and less intrusive government. I am hear to express my concerns with both the PARCC testing and the Common Core Standards. As a citizen activist who is passionate about transparency, I fully agree with Governor Baker’s comments when he called for these discussions:

“We need a public discussion on this. I think it’s an embarrassment that a state that spent two years giving educators, families, parents, administrators and others an opportunity to comment and engage around the assessment system that eventually became MCAS basically gave nobody a voice or an opportunity to engage in a discussion at all before we went ahead and executed on Common Core and PARCC.”

While I appreciate this forum, I have concerns about what is missing from the conversation. There are experts readily available in this state. Dr. Sandra Stotsky worked on both the development of the prior Massachusetts state standards and also worked on the validation of CCSS. She refused to sign off on CCSS, noting they were inferior. Another person who is absent it Jamie Gass, the Pioneer Institute’s Director of the Center for School Reform.  At Pioneer, he has framed, commissioned, and managed over 60 research papers and numerous policy events on K-12 education reform topics.  Jamie and Sandy have given so much of their time to educate and mobilize concerned parents at more than three dozen forums across Massachusetts and in 30 plus states. It is a shame we cannot hear from them here today.

Massachusetts has had phenomenal results due to the bi-partisan education reform efforts of the 1990s, and we are the top performing state in the nation and are internationally competitive. To quote the Pioneer Institute’s comments on Massachusetts’ excellence:

After enactment of the Bay State’s landmark 1993 education reform law, SAT scores rose for 13 consecutive years. In 2005, Massachusetts students became the first state ever to score best in the nation in all four categories on the NAEP’s fourth and eighth grade reading and math assessments. The next three times the tests were administered, in 2007, 2009 and 2011, they repeated the feat.

So why change? In July 2010 when Massachusetts accepted the Race To The Top money and with it bought into adopting the Common Core State Standards, those standards were not yet complete!  And come to find out, that even those promoting the CCSS, will acknowledge the standards are inferior for states (such as Massachusetts) which already had high standards!!

Why are we doing this to ourselves??  Some of the highlights about the problems with CCSS and PARCC testing:

  • A nationally set school curriculum violates three federal laws – local control is best!!
  • CCSS and PARCC are copyrighted – we cannot change them, even if we wanted to!
  • They are unproven, produced by people with no successful track records

Don’t take my word for it. To close, I quote from three short portions of Resolution 706 from the Washington State DEMOCRAT Party:

  • WHEREAS the copyrighted (and therefore unchangeable) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of controversial top-down K-12 academic standards that were promulgated by wealthy private interests without research-based evidence of validity and are developmentally inappropriate in the lowest grades;
  • WHEREAS this adoption effectively transfers control over public school standardized testing from locally elected school boards to the unaccountable corporate interests that control the CCSS and who stand to profit substantially;
  • WHEREAS plans for implementation of CCSS assessments in K-12 will result in private student data being transmitted to and stored by private corporations;

The resolution was to dump it all – and I agree whole-heartily.

I have attended more than two dozen forums on Common Core and PARCC, and listened to beleaguered parents and children who want to succeed, but cannot because of a failed curriculum. I agree – this has to go. There is no good reason for Massachusetts to lower its standards!

Use common sense and dump Common Core and PARCC.

Common Core – THIS IS IT!! PARCC – 1st Hearing – Fitchburg State University

PARCC – 1st Hearing – Fitchburg State University

Do you want PARCC? NO!

Then you need to BE THERE!

Do you want Common Core? NO!

Then you need to BE THERE!

Tuesday April 28th 3-6 pm
(arrive early to sign in to testify)

Fitchburg State University, Hammond Hall

160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA

There will be a series of five hearings on PARCC testing being locked in – these are MUST ATTEND HEARINGS!  “We The People” need to be heard, unlike when PARCC / Common Core was first thrust upon us.

As Governor Baker noted (Berkshire Eagle/State House News Service) when he presented his new state education board chairman Paul Sagan, and announced the public hearings:

“We need a public discussion on this. I think it’s an embarrassment that a state that spent two years giving educators, families, parents, administrators and others an opportunity to comment and engage around the assessment system that eventually became MCAS basically gave nobody a voice or an opportunity to engage in a discussion at all before we went ahead and executed on Common Core and PARCC.”

While Governor Baker is steadily putting his people in positions within the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), it is still primarily populated with people appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. So two things to note:

  • The hearings will be run by BESE, the ones responsible for PARCC & Common Core
  • The BESE will be the governing body to make the final decision

Governor Baker has provided the opportunity for “We The People” to be heard. And *IF* the overwhelming voice of the people is heard, we may have a chance to turn back PARCC testing. If not, then the BESE is likely to keep PARCC.

Attend as many hearings as possible. The schedule is below (link on-line here). Show up early to 1) sign up to testify and 2) make your presence known.

Other hearings:

To note from the announcement – Individuals who would like to speak must register when they arrive and will be given three minutes to speak within the time allotted. …. Members of the public who are unable to testify at one of the forums are encouraged to submit written comments to

You can view the BESE Press Release by clicking here.


Please help us tell Beacon Hill to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Massachusetts.

Learn more, and sign the petition here.


Common Core Events!

Common Core: Crisis in American Education with Dr. Duke Pesta
7-9 pm Friday April 24th
Hilton Gardner Inn Worcester, 35 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester, MA

Come hear one of the nation’s leading experts on the dangers of Common Core, Dr. Duke Pesta. Dr. Pesta is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, and the Academic Director of of Freedom Project Education. He has conducted over 300 presentations on Common Core around the US in the last two years, and has testifies at state houses, and appeared as a guest on dozens of radio and television shows. Free admission. Donations accepted.  Face Book event link here.

PARCC – 1st Hearing – Fitchburg State University
3-6 pm Tuesday April 28th.
Fitchburg State University, Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA


Common Core Forum – Wilbraham
6:30-9:00 pm Wednesday May 6th
The Gardens of Wilbraham, 2301 Boston Rd,, Wilbraham, MA

Join us for an important forum concerning the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District. The focus of the discussion shall center on the Common Core initiative.
Jamie Gass from the Pioneer Institute is the main speaker.  Face Book Event link here.

Common Core Forum – Halifax
7-9 pm Thursday May 7th
Halifax Elementary School Alt, 464 Plymouth St,, Halifax, MA

Please join us in the all purpose room at the Halifax Elementary School to learn about the Common Core curriculum and how it affects our schools and children.
Speakers include Dr Sandra Stotsky, Jaimie Gass and Peg Luksik. Q & A follows speakers.
Face Book event link here.

Common Core Forum – Gloucester
7-9 pm Monday May 11th.
Gloucester City Hall, Kyrouz Auditorium, 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, MA

CPlease join us in the Kyrouz Auditorium at the Gloucester City Hall to learn about the Common Core curriculum and how it affects our schools and children. Common Core Forum Calendar link here.
Speakers include Dr Sandra Stotsky, Jaimie Gass. Q & A follows speakers.

PARCC – 2nd Hearing – Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown
4-7 pm Monday May 18th.
Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium 250 New Rutherford Ave., Charlestown, MA


Common Core Informational Forum – Agawam
6:30-8:30 pm Monday May 18th.
Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St, Agawam, MA

• Is Common Core Math less rigorous/competitive than MCAS?
• Is ELA (under CC) a step down from previous English standards?
Parents, Grandparents, Teachers and Taxpayers, please join us for a Common Core Informational Session. Special Guest Speakers: Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Mr. Jamie Gass
All Massachusetts school age children will ultimately be mandated to participate in the newly adopted national Common Core standards. Who created this program? Who voted to adopt it? Will it lower Massachusetts teaching standards? Will teachers lose their ability to address your children’s needs?
Face Book event link here.

Common Core Forum – Canton
7-9 pm Tuesday May 19th.
Location to be announced in Canton MA

Details to follow. Please check the following for updates:
GBTP Calendar link here.
Common Core Forum Calendar link here.
Common Core Forum May 2015 Calendar link here.

As noted above, there are three other hearings not mentioned directly above:


Tax Day Rally: Ron Paul, Jeb Bush win Greater Boston TEA Party Presidential Straw Poll

Rand Paul, Jeb Bush win Greater Boston TEA Party Presidential Straw Poll.

The Greater Boston TEA Party again held its annual Tax Day Rally this year. TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party people work and this year April 15th is on a Wednesday. So the rally was held on Saturday, April 11th, on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand. Hundreds were in attendance and heard special musical guest Jordan Page (Jordan Page Music) open.  Seven phenomenal speakers were heard, and Presidential Straw Polls were held as was a poll on Governor Patrick’s worst scandal.

Presidential Straw Poll Results: TEA Party organizations are non-Partisan, so when holding a straw poll, we polled our participants on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. People were asked to Show ID To Vote, and then were given both a Red (Republican) and a Blue (Democrat) ticket. Despite instructions to the contrary – “You cannot vote for Jeb Bush with the Democrat ticket” (which garnered more than a few comments) the results were as follows:

Republican Candidate Democrat Candidate
Rand Paul 41.5% Jeb Bush 34.4%
Ted Cruz 33.7% Elizabeth Warren 25.0%
Scott Walker 11.2% Hillary Clinton 21.9%
Ben Carson   5.6% Joe Biden 12.5%
Carly FIorina   3.4% Martin O’Malley   3.1%
Marco Rubio   3.4% Deval Patrick   3.1%
Rick Santorum   1.1%

Deval Patrick’s Worst Scandal:  With so many to choose from, this list will be limited to the results for the top three.

  1. First: Department of Children and Families (DCF) / Justina Pelletier situation (33.9%).
  2. SecondL The Health Connector 1 BILLION dollar website disaster (23.7%).
  3. Third: Medical Marijuana (15.3%).

As noted hundreds were in attendance and heard special musical guest Jordan Page (Jordan Page Music) open the event.  Seven phenomenal speakers were heard:

  1. Dr. Peg Luksik (Founded on Truth) – the problems with Common Core
  2. Jessica Vaughan (Center for Immigration Studies) – immigration
  3. Rob Eno (Red Mass GroupConservative Review) – 2016 elections
  4. Andrew Hemingway, (former NH Gubernatorial Candidate, 603 Alliance) – electing conservative candidates and how the grass roots need to coalesce to be effective
  5. Barbara From Harlem – a rousing and inspirational Tea Party address!
  6. Representative Geoff Diehl (MA 7th Plymouth District) – problems with the Boston 2024 Olympics bid
  7. Matt O’Brien (Worcester Tea Party) – “Citizenship is NOT a Spectator Sport”

NOTE: The Greater Boston Tea Party supports the efforts of to fight back on Common Core (Massachusetts organization Common Core Forum) in Massachusetts, and also is affiliated with the 603 Alliance and will affiliate with the NoBostonOlympics efforts. We encourage people to take part in the activities of those organizations, in particular 603 Alliance’s opening event this weekend, on Sunday April 19th from 9am-3pm in Nashua New Hampshire. More details here.

2016 Is Here! Announcing the 603 Alliance

2016 promises to be an exciting election year. President Obama leaving office.

Let me say that again: President Obama leaving office!

But who will replace him?  We all want a strong fiscal conservative whose first priority is reigning in government, repealing and replacing as much of the damaging regulations and laws currently in place (not only from Obama, but from his predecessors as well). But moderate and establishment types of candidates abound who have different agendas.

In the Tea Party we encourage activism – both on issues and in support of candidates who support our issues. As is stated both verbally and in our materials, we do not endorse candidates. We point out that our Founding Fathers established a system of self-governance which means the citizenry MUST BE engaged in the political process which determines who runs the government and how it is run.

If average hard working Americans are not engaged, then their input is drowned out by those seeking material gain from government – both at the lowest levels (welfare and other forms of public assistance) and at the highest levels (businesses seeking regulatory advantages and government contracts/money).

OUR VOICES MUST BE HEARD!  As a Tea Party we embrace opportunities and provide avenues for our members to be involved in the governing process, and in determining who will best represent them.

To that end, we are glad to announce our affiliation with the 603 Alliance, a pair of organizations devoted to rally people behind the most electable conservative candidate for president. Similar affiliations of grass roots activists are forming in Massachusetts which will be announced soon.

These are exciting times. We must be involved to make a difference and to secure our future.

603 Alliance Press Release below. Web sites:


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Fran Wendelboe

New Hampshire Activists Launch Two New Initiatives on April 19
Concord (March 19, 2015) – On April 19, in the City of Nashua, New Hampshire, the live-free-or-die state, there is going to be a loud bang very much like the shot heard around the world made on April 19, 1775 in Massachusetts.
Well-known Conservative activists and like-minded constitutionalists in New Hampshire and surrounding states will launch their new initiative, the 603 Alliance for the purpose of impacting the outcome of the New Hampshire First-in-the-National Primary election.
These activists realize from past elections that splitting their votes among numerous conservative candidates enables the moderate establishment to cruise to victory, and that only a consolidating effort on their parts will result in a victory for a conservative candidate.
The 603 Alliance has found a solution to this problem and will be revealing that plan to their supporters at the Summit meeting on April 19th, when the 603 Alliance is launched at the Crown Plaza in Nashua, NH, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Details on speakers and content of this Summit will be posted on the 603 Alliance website.
Many Grassroots groups have already been introduced to this concept by the 603 Alliance and will be attending this Summit to endorse this initiative.
A separate, though complimentary, organization has just been launched in New Hampshire and shares principles similar to those of the 603 Alliance.  The Conservative Business League of New Hampshire, LLC (CBL-NH) is a membership organization of concerned citizens and businesses, whose goal is to educate the citizens of New Hampshire about constitutional conservative candidates who embody the principles of CBL-NH.  These principles include personal and economic freedom, as well as working toward a debt-free future.
The focus of CBL-NH includes immigration reform, tax reform, and adherence to the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th amendments to the US Constitution.   The primary focus for 2015 will be the Presidential Primary and the conservative candidates, with a shift in 2016 to the State and Federal races.
CBL-NH will provide support for candidates by holding events for its members and supporters.  In addition, CBL-NH will aggressively promote and provide candidate access to non-traditional Republicans, constitutionalists and conservatives, disenfranchised voters, and undeclared voters.
For more information about the 603 Alliance or CBL-NH, contact Fran Wendelboe, spokesperson, at 603-381-7988 or go to the websites or
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Article V Convention – the Debate at the Greater Boston Tea Party – Boston Meeting

On Monday, January 5th, at the Lir restaurant in Boston, the Greater Boston Tea Party hosted a discussion / debate on the Article V Convention process, similarly known as a Convention Of the States, and sometimes referred to as a Constitutional Convention or Con-Con.

Catherine White (Facebook, Constitution Decoded website) spoke against an Article V Convention. Tom Weaver (Facebook) spoke for an Article V Convention.  Also joining the discussion was John Lock, Massachusetts Coalitions Director for the Convention Of the States organization (pro) and Hal Shurtleff, Regional Coordinator fro the John Birch Society (against). Patrick Humphries, President of the Greater Boston Tea Party, moderated.

The Tea Party has been fighting to return the federal government to its Constitutionally limited functions. We The People are anxious to fix the wide variety of things that have gone wrong.

One suggested remedy has been to amend the Constitution through a Article V Convention, to reign in government. This is notably suggested by Mark Levin’s book “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic”  Even the title is alluring “Restoring the American Republic.” But is this the best way to go?

Opponents are concerned about a “runaway convention” where “anything goes” and where we could lose what we currently have. Proponents believe it is out best opportunity to reign in the federal government.

After that introduction, we were off and running. Tom opened up the discussion for roughly 10 minutes, presenting his case. Then Catherine presented her side, again for roughly ten minutes. Then there was an opportunity for them to engage each other, at which point the audience also made some contributions to the discussion. The John and Hal had a few minutes each to provide additional information. That portion was followed by opening up the discussion with audience questions.

It was a lively discussion, with both sides presenting, clarifying, informing, and at time it was a little heated. As I pointed out repeatedly – all present are truly vested in restoring our government to its Constitutionally limited functions. The question before us was: Is an Article V Convention the remedy, with the States controlling the process, or would a runaway convention ensue and make things worse.
Chris Maider of MeatandPotatoes2012 filmed the event

Which side won? Were any minds changed? Leave comments below.
Constitutional _Convention

Just in time for Christmas: Tea Party Reading for Children

We’ve heard the horror stories: liberal teachers indoctrinating our children with a negative vision of America. Here are some books to help you fight back, by showing your children and grandchildren the truth about our country: that it’s a land of extraordinary individuals and a force for good in the world. They make great Christmas presents:

Ages 5 and up


I_am_Abraham_LincolnMystery writer Brad Meltzer is now writing biographies of outstanding individuals for children, specifically his own children. His “I am” series, which includes I Am Amelia Earhart, I Am Rosa Parks, and I Am Abraham Lincoln, is for early readers (Ages 5-8). Heroes for my Son and Heroes for My Daughter are for older children.


Ages 6 and up


D_is_for_DemocracyD is for Democracy: A Citizens Alphabet by Elissor D. Grodin. “Despite the banter in today’s media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. In refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodin takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government’s structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation).” Ages: 6-9

D_is_for_Drinking_GourdD is for Drinking Gourd:  An African American Alphabet by Nancy I. Sanders. “The tapestry of American history is made up of countless threads marking the contributions of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet showcases many of the remarkable achievements of and contributions from African Americans throughout our history.” Ages: 6-9

Rebekkahs_JourneyRebekkah’s Journey: A World War II Refugee Story by Ann E. Burg. “In 1944 a vacant army base in upstate New York became the temporary home of over 900 men, women and children who had fled Europe towards the end of World War II. With little more than the clothing on their backs, Rebekkah and her mother are just two of the many refugees who come to live in the camp. Adjusting to a strange new world and a new language, Rebekkah puts aside her own fears to try and recreate tiny bits of home for her mother. A fictional story based on the real-life experiences of surviving refugees, Rebekkah’s Journey shares the illuminating story of one refugee’s arrival on America’s shores.” Ages: 6-9

Twice_as_GoodTwice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American by Richard Michelson. “To nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Cource. He had been so eager to see them that he’d run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town. But his elation didn’t last. When he asked two golfers if they’d teach him the game, one man responded by saying, ‘Son, didn’t anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?’ In the 1920′s there was no place for Willie, or any black person, on a golf course. It was a game for white people only, at least in America. But his enthusiasm for golf and his belief in what he knew to be right drove Willie Powell to change that, and to change minds.” Ages: 6-10

Priscilla_and_the_HollyhocksPriscilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne Broyles. “Priscilla is only four years old when her mother is sold to another master. All Priscilla has to remember her mother by are the hollyhocks she planted by the cow pond. At age ten, Priscilla is sold to a Cherokee family and continues her life as a slave. She keeps hope for a better life alive by planting hollyhocks wherever she goes. At last, her forced march along the Trail of Tears brings a chance encounter that leads to her freedom.” Ages: 6-9.

Dear_Benjamin_BannekerDear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney. “Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the institution of slavery and dared to call Jefferson a hypocrite for owning slaves. Jefferson responded. This is the story of Benjamin Banneker–his science, his politics, his morals, and his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson.” Ages: 6-10.

The McGuffey Readers (McGuffeys Eclectic Readers Series) by William Holmes McGuffey. “Mott Media has Republished the 1830′s Version of the McGuffey Readers with the Original Christian Content! How would McGuffey teach reading if he were here today? His first concern would be that the content should promote moral growth and excellence of mind in habits, attitudes, and literary tastes. And Bible selections would be at the top of his reading list. McGuffey also believed in phonics for beginning reading.” Available as box set (7 volumes) or books may be purchased individually. Ages: 6+.

Ages 7 and up


Mercedes_and_the_Chocolate_PilotMercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky by  Margaret Theis Raven. “Life was grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all ground routes coming in and out of Berlin to cut off West Berliners from all food and essential supplies. Without outside help, over 2.2 million people would die. Thus began the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue mission that utilized British and American airplanes and pilots to fly in needed supplies. As one of the American pilots participating in the Airlift mission, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen helped to provide not only nourishment to the children but also gave them a reason to hope for a better world. From one thoughtful, generous act came a lifelong relationship between Lt. Gail and the children of Berlin. This is the true story of a seven-year-old girl named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin during the Airlift and of the American who came to be known as the Chocolate Pilot.” Ages: 7-9.

Midnight_Ride_of_Paul_RevereThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Christopher Bing. “A meticulous researcher, Bing includes material that provides texture to history, maps that follow the British campaign to quell the rebellious citizenry, as well as the patriots ride into the Massachusetts night of April, 1775.”  Ages: 7+.


Ages 8 and up


Sleeping Bear Press’s American Adventures. Each book has three stories and the main characters are teens.  Ages: 8-11. The first three books in the series are:


Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom by Steven Sellers Lapham and Eugene Walton. “On December 2, 1863, a bronze statue was placed atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building. Standing more than 19 feet tall, the figure called “Freedom” was designed and created during a period of great turmoil in American history. But at one point during its creation, it wasn’t clear the statue would even get to its final destination. One man, in particular, played an important role in seeing the statue through to completion. His name was Philip Reid and he was a slave.” Ages: 8-11.

Childhood of Famous Americans Series. When we were kids, this was the starting point for every school assignment to write a report about a great American. Includes biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln, and dozens of others. Ages: 8-12.

Little_HouseThe Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. “The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.” Books may also be purchased individually. Ages: 8-12.


Ages 9 and up

Friends_of_LibertyFriends of Liberty by Beatrice Gormley. “It’s 1773, and Boston is in political turmoil. As tension rises between England and the colonies, lines are being drawn between the Loyalists and the Patriots. And Sally Gifford, a shoemaker’s daughter, finds herself on the opposite side from her best friend Kitty Lawton, the daughter of a wealthy merchant.” Ages: 9-11.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes. A classic. “The Year: 1773. The place: Boston. Johnny Tremain is fourteen and apprenticed to a silversmith. He is gifted and lords his skills over the other apprentices, until one day his hand is horribly burned by molten silver. Johnny’s dreams of silversmithing are over. A depressed Johnny finds work as a dispatch rider for the Committee of Public Safety, a job that brings him in touch with Boston patriots—and the excitement that will lead to the Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. This paperback edition of the 1944 Newbery Medal-winning novel includes an introduction by Newbery Honor author Gary D. Schmidt.” Ages: 9-12.

Ages 10 and up


Rush_Revere_and_the_Brave_PilgrimsThe Rush Revere Series: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh. “America’s #1 radio talk-show host and multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a book for young readers with a history teacher who travels back in time to have adventures with exceptional Americans.” The first books in the series are Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims and Rush Revere and the First Patriots. Ages: 10-13.

Give_Me_LibertyRussell Freedman writes great early American history books with a variety of interesting anecdotes to interest young readers. Ages: 10+. His works include:


Mayflower_and_the_Pilgrims_New_WorldThe Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World by Nathaniel Philbrick. “After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos.” Ages: 10+.

Young Adult


Ann Rinaldi writes stories for and about girls growing up in Colonial America. Themes of freedom run through many of her stories, including Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry’s Family. Ages: 11-14.

Winter_HorsesThe Winter Horses by Philip Kerr. “From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous today. This inspiring tale captures the power of the human spirit and is perfect for fans of The Book Thief, Milkweed, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” Ages: 12+.

The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning. This is an adult fiction about being widowed in 1760 Brewster, Cape Cod. Sandwich High School put it on its reading list and lots of students were reading it. “Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler’s wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband’s long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter’s overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold ‘war’ for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear.”

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Thank you, Mary Wagner, for suggesting many of the books in this list.