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7:30pm - Mansfield Airport Conference Room - 265 Fruit St
First building on the left as you enter the Airport parking area
A New Future for America
After 8 years of disappointment and a slow economy, America is ready for a new direction. Americans spoke on November 8th, 2016 and now with a House of Representatives, Senate and White House listening to We the People, their voices will finally be heard. The American people are ready to get America back on track and the Inauguration of Donald Trump as President marks the start of that Journey.
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Board and Committee Vacancies:
Audit Committee - 1 member needed
Cultural Council - members needed
World War II Scholarship Committee - 3 member needed
Board of Directors of the Mansfield Housing Corporation - 3 members needed
Mansfield-Foxboro-Norton Wastewater District Commission- 1 member needed
Conservation Commission - 1 member needed
Open Space Committee - 1 member needed
Keith Ninesling (Secretary), Eileen Cusack (Treasurer), John Hodgson (Bristol County Sherriff), Christine Leemon (Chairwomen), Steve Nickerson (Vice Chairman)
Norfolk County Republican Party
Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Place: American Legion Post 18. 155 Eastern Ave, Dedham, MA
Collation: Full Buffet Breakfast, included in Ticket price
Sponsor: Norfolk County Republican Committee/PAC
It goes without saying that political parties demonize each other in the worst ways possible. This has been the case since the very beginnings of American partisan politics more than two centuries ago. If your opponent can be defined to the voters in a negative way, then your odds for winning at the ballot box are greatly improved. This is true for both Republicans and Democrats.
In today’s caustic political environment this “demonization” has hit new lows. For example, starting with the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Republicans have been called deplorable, fascist, islamophobe, homophobe, bigots, racist, misogynist, and a number of other nasty labels. Sound familiar? As a Republican myself, I can vouch first-hand that there isn’t a grain of truth to any of these labels. It is all done in order to create a false narrative. In this column I will set the record straight regarding a few commonly held conservative beliefs
I’ll start with Smaller Government – The US Government has a number of fundamental and well defended constitutional responsibilities, they include: 1. National Security - protecting its citizens. 2. Creating and enforcing Laws – this is done via the Legislative and Judicial branches. 3.National Economy – the regulation of commerce. And lastly; 4.Foreign Policy – representing the nation’s interests abroad. Outside of these core responsibilities the private sector can almost always do a better and more efficient/effective job than the government. A large government can, and often does, exert power and control far beyond its basic responsibilities, causing much more harm than good. Thomas Jefferson said of big government “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have”. Massachusetts’s own Henry David Thoreau said in his essay on Civil Disobedience “Government is best which governs least”. And do not forget that the United States itself was created in response to a large and oppressive government.
Lower taxes is another area in which conservatives agree. This is consistent with the idea of smaller government. If the government is giving its citizens what is needed, and no more, then it is fair to say that the tax burden should be smaller as well. Lower taxes mean that we keep more of our hard earned money, and make our own decisions on how to best spend it.
Conservatives support the second amendment; the right to keep and bear arms. It is plain to see that wherever restrictive gun laws have been put into place, chaos and lawlessness are the outcome. This can be seen in places such as Chicago, St Louis, Baltimore, and others, where murders, shootings, holdups, and other gun related crimes are prevalent, in spite of of the highly restrictive gun laws in place. When responsible citizens are not allowed access to firearms – and the ability to protect themselves, then only the criminals have guns and it becomes a lawless free for all. For example, Chicago’s homicide rate for 2016 was 27.7 deaths per 100,000 of the population, while the Mid-West region as a whole was at only 4.5 murders per 100,000.
There are additional conservative core principles that I have not covered in this column, but these three are high-profile and receive a lot of attention. They have also been vastly misrepresented by liberal media. The “loyal opposition” would like to create a false narrative against conservative philosophy and try to define Republicans as a far-right “niche” or fringe party. In reality, the U.S. has moved significantly to the right over recent years and the Republican party is the majority party in a number of important areas. On a national scale, Republicans hold the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. The Supreme Court consists of a conservative majority. On a state scale, Republicans hold 33 governorships, with deep blue states such as Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maryland, all included in the fold. Democrats only hold 16 state governorships, and Independents hold one. Polls show that Charlie Baker, our governor, is the most popular governor in the nation –something for all of us to be proud of, and hardly something to be considered “deplorable” as a point in fact.
Steve Nickerson is a 26 year resident of Mansfield, and is the Vice Chairman of the Mansfield Republican Town Committee – www.mansfieldgop.com. The opinions he expresses are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the committee members.
Pot Shops in Mansfield - reconsidered
In the Mansfield Town meeting of May 15, voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the marijuana law that was passed in 2016 (question 4 on the ballot). It must be noted that the referendum was passed at a slim 51.7% margin. 91 cities and towns in Massachusetts voted against the law. 156 cities and towns have already enacted by-laws against the referendum, (many originally having approved Q4), for temporary moratoriums or permanent Bans of commercial sales of marijuana. In recent weeks another 3 towns have followed suit, Auburn, Andover, and Cohasset.
Mansfield voters who thought the intent of the marijuana ballot question was the legalization of recreational use, may be surprised to learn that local retail sale and cultivation of marijuana is also a part of the new law. This means that retail pot shops would become a reality in Mansfield – along with all the concerns that this type of business would bring to our town, unless the voters do something about it.
The town meeting allowed voters to engage in this issue; specifically in regards to extending the current moratorium on the law (the moratorium ends in November, 2018), as well as to weigh in on the potential of pot shops and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield.
The that retail sale and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield is the wrong path for our town. Research in this area is conclusive:
- Where there is more access to marijuana more people will use the drug
- The potency of marijuana is now significantly stronger what it was in the 1970’s
- 1 out of six people that use marijuana/thc will struggle with addiction to it
- Pot shops are a magnet for people looking to get high as well as to purchase drug paraphernalia.
- Pot shops, and people that access them, significantly change the dynamics of a town – not always for the good
- Marijuana use is associated with elevated occurrences of mental health struggles, including experiencing high stress, depression, self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt.
The voters had the opportunity in the May 15, Town Meeting to express themselves regarding the marijuana law. This is an important issue that, if allowed to proceed, could have a lasting and negative impact on the town of Mansfield and the people that call it home.
During the Town Meeting it was agreed by the majority of voters to extend the current moratorium on the law until June 30, 2019. This will give the town another 12 months to decide the best direction in which to proceed
Steve Nickerson, Vice Chairman, Mansfield Republican Town Committee
Christine Leemon - "Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work."
In Addition, We Believe:
The US Constitution should be honored and upheld
Government should be smaller and more efficient
The right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment should not be compromised
The sanctity of life should be honored and protected
Leaders should serve people and not special interests
Core Republican Values
1. Lower Taxes
American's cannot and will not continue to pay higher taxes. Even the currentnational, state and local taxes must be decreased to safeguard the financialhealth of our citizens and country.
2. Smaller Government
The growth of government must be stopped and reversed by the privatization or transitioning of government jobs back to the private sector. According to one of America's top ten economist, the only major city in America that continues to show significant growth is Washington D.C. (February, 2010). Government growth must be stopped at all levels, national, state and local or we will never be able to lower taxes.
3. Encourage The Growth of Business
Business growth must be encouraged by all levels of government through the elimination of all unnecessary regulations that slow the growth of businesses, especially small businesses
Family Fun Night for the Mansfield Republican Town Committee was a big success!. Lots of interest and "buzz" around our booth. A number of local and Statewide Republican candidates came by to say hello and get their message out. Countless Mansfield residents stopped by to offer their support of Republican causes. We set up a couple of "life size" standups of President Trump and First Lady Melania (see photo). This was a big hit! Many people (of all ages) had their picture taken with the first couple. We gave away dozens of Republican Recycle bags (with our contact information). Sold a number of patriotic hats, and raffled off official Make America Great Again hats.
All in all a great success!
Mansfield Republican Town Committee Sponsored Event
Bristol County Sherriff (and National Political Figure)Tom Hodgson gave an excellent and informative talk on all things Immigration as well as his experiences in State and Local Government.
Additional Speakers included Republican candidates for local offices
For a video of the Sherriff's presentation"Click Here"
For pictures of the event "Click Here"
The event was covered by the Sun Chronicle (local newspaper). A number of Democrats were on hand to protest Sherriff Hodgson (Democracy in action!). To view the article and associated pictures "Click Here"
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