Chairman's Corner December 2017
HOW TO RECRUIT 18 NEW IAP VOTERS IN TWO MONTHS OR LESS
With God’s help, I have had some unexpected and unusual success lately in recruiting new IAP voters. Let me share a few ideas with my friends of the Independent American Party on how I did this.
First, I prayed that I would be guided to those who were ready to hear my message. Then, I started thinking about anyone who might be interested and then listening when a name came to mind. And I also prayed that I would recognize and take advantage of opportunities as they arose, and that I would know how to approach people.
My first recruit was a client of mine with whom I’ve become good friends. I’m not going to share names here as a matter of privacy, but this gentleman is a real political activist. His name was the first one that came to mind. He is very interested in homeowners association issues, and I told him that I felt that homeowners associations needed to be brought under control and needed to be subject to the Bill of Rights because they are mini-governments that often turn into oppressive organizations. I told him that running for office in the IAP would give him a platform to stand up for the rights of homeowners and for the rights of all Americans. He was ready to sign up right then, and he did. And attended our State Central Committee meeting.
I was at a Chuck Muth Leadership conference. Jon Kamerath introduced me to a lady sitting next to me, and said she used to be a member of the IAP. I asked her if she’d like to get active in the IAP again. She said yes, and also attended our State Central Committee meeting!
Next, I was sitting in church, and I happened to sit just behind a lady I had never met before. I introduced myself, and she was very friendly. She was interested in natural medicine, so I knew she was a non-main-streamer like me. That led to the following questions and answers:
Do you believe that the U.S. Constitution is an inspired document? A: Yes, of course.
Do you think that the federal government ought to live by the Constitution? A: Yes.
Do you believe it hasn’t been doing that for a long time? A: It certainly hasn’t.
Are you a Republican or a Democrat? A: Republican.
Were you were happy with Republican Senator John McCain when he cast the key vote to block the repeal of Obamacare? A: I was very upset about that.
Do you think that the Republican party has been trying to make the U.S. government live within the strictures of the Constitution? A: No.
Do you feel that the Republican party represents your views these days? A: No, it certainly doesn’t.
Do you believe that the U.S. ought to protect its borders and enforce its immigration laws. A: Absolutely.
Do you support the right to keep and bear arms set forth in the 2nd Amendment. A: 100%.
Do you believe that the United States should stop trying to police the world and instead spend the money on building our own infrastructure? A: Yes.
Do you feel that taxes are way too high and that the IRS is out of control? A: Yes, and I’m sick of it.
Do you feel that the federal government has grown way too large and intrusive into our lives and our pocketbooks? A: Yes, emphatically.
Do you believe that our laws should recognize same sex marriages? A: Absolutely not.
Are you opposed to the so-called LGBTQ agenda? A: I think it’s awful.
Well, in view of all of this, would you like to know about a political party that believes the way you do? A: I certainly would.
It is the Independent America Party of Nevada, the largest third party in the United States, with over 70,000 registered voters. Would you like to register as an Independent American? A: I certainly would. How do I do it?
Well, I have some mail in voter registration applications in my truck. I’ll go out with you after the meeting and give you one. OK? A: Great! While she was filling out the application, I asked if she might be interested in being a candidate so that she could promote free enterprise in medicine. A: I would love that!
She filled out the registration form and sent it in. And then things really started to unfold. Names of friends and acquaintances would come to mind and I would either talk to them in person when I saw them or call them on the phone. Every day I would pray that I would keep on finding people, and I did. That natural medicine lady invited me to a meeting with her chiropractor. I signed him up and an old acquaintance who I just “happened” to sit down by, who knew all about my political career. I had no idea she knew so much about me. She was eager to join the IAP. And was interested in running for office.
One day I was at Court for a hearing with my brother, and he had a friend there who has been interested in the Hansen family for a long time, a young, very active man. I spoke with him about the IAP. He agreed on the spot to register with us. I just couldn’t believe the way God had been guiding me and blessing the IAP!
Then I thought of a Hispanic family that I had become friends with through the Boy Scouts of America. I had helped this lady’s son become an Eagle Scout. I knew that she was very conservative and did not go along with the liberalism of most of her Hispanic friends. I called her, went thru my spiel, and she asked me to send her three voter applications, one for her and one for each of her two sons. I was amazed and happy. She was also interested in being an IAP candidate.
Then an old friend of mine came to mind, a man who had been my bishop in my church. I just had a feeling that he would be interested, and I knew just enough about him to think he was very conservative. I called him. At the end of the conversation, he asked me to send him an application for himself and two for his family members. Incredible!
I saw some old friends at church, had a strong feeling that I should talk to them, and started talking politics. To my astonishment, the wife reminded me that we had worked together in the American Independent Party at BYU many years ago—I had forgotten all about that. I asked if she wanted to join the IAP of Nevada and she enthusiastically said yes and so did her husband. Amazing!
Next, Gary Bergman from Pahrump called me. He had agreed to be the County Chairman out there but then had to decline because of health problems in his family that were occupying all of his time. He said he knew a man out there who was on the Republican Central Committee and who had organized a weekly men’s club breakfast who was interested in the IAP and might serve as county chairman. I called him and went through some of my questions. He didn’t need to hear them all. He said he was going to get as many of his Republican friends as he could to agree to go with him to the County Registrar’s office and announce to the news media that all of them were quitting the Republican party and registering with the IAP. I said that as the State Chairman I would be there and that we would hold a county convention out there right afterwards where he would probably be elected the Nye county chairman. That’s coming up. Astounding!!
I thought of my life insurance man. He was registered in the IAP many years ago and supported me in one of my campaigns. I called him and asked him if he was ready to re-up. He said he was, and that he’d bring his wife with him. Happy days!
When I came into my office one morning, I felt like I should talk to my receptionist, a very nice lady with whom I’ve become friendly. I asked her the questions, she agreed with all of them, so I gave her a registration application, and she very enthusiastically joined up! I just couldn’t believe what was happening!
I went to a natural medicine doctor to whom I was referred by my natural medicine friend. It was very easy to recruit him—he agreed with everything I said! His nurse, my friend, reported to me that he was talking at work about running for office.
The latest one is a good friend of mine in our “empty nesters club.” He is quite well to do. I happened to make a few political comments at dinner, and from his short comments I became aware that he would be a good prospect with whom to speak. I called him, reviewed my questions with him, and he said, “I do not feel that the Republican Party represents my interests or beliefs anymore. Send me five of those applications for me and my family!” I brought them to our church Christmas party and gave them to him after serving as Santa at the Party. That was Santa’s Christmas present to him and to the IAP.
What else can I say? It’s all amazing, astounding, incredible, and wonderful! I’m still praying and thinking of people. The voters are prepared to join our party because Donald Trump has proven to them that the establishment parties do not represent their views. They are nothing but hypocrites and are only interested in keeping the establishment parties’ insiders in power. The people are being impoverished by high taxes and are having to fight their own parties to protect their jobs from a swarm of illegal immigrants.
So start praying to think of people you can talk to, and ask them those questions. Once they see that they agree with you on most or all of these points, they’ll want to sign up. So let’s start recruiting. The time is ripe and the voters are ready.
Very enthusiastically, your State Chairman,
Joel F. Hansen -- And Merry Christmas!
Chairman's Corner November 2017
Dear Independent Americans,
In reading Ryan Bundy's opening statement given at his federal trial in Las Vegas for alleged crimes in peacefully defending his ancestral ranch in Clark County, you will see as I did that Ryan Bundy is among the greatest patriotic statesmen of our time. He has articulated the liberty issues involved in this politically motivated trial in a most moving and marvelous way. I pray that you will read his words and be inspired to become a stronger warrior in the cause of freedom. Because the liberty you save may be your own.
Thanks to the jurors for being here. I told you a little about myself at voir dire, but I’d like to introduce myself a little more, and tell you about my heritage and how that affects my case. (Projects a picture of his family – AND leaves it up throughout his statement!)
[Note: the picture shown above.]
This is my ID! Not my driver’s license. This is who I am, a man with a family and I’ll do whatever it takes to provide for them. I want you to picture in your minds…you’re out on the land… I’ll take you to our ranch, you can see all the beauty of the land, the fresh air, sunsets and sunrises, the brush, you’re on a horse in front of the cattle – place yourself there – feel the freedom – out of the congestion of the cars – that’s how I was raised, playing in the river, we were called river-rats and that is where my life began and I hope ends.
My family has been on that land 141 years, my pioneer ancestors settled there in 1877 – there was nothing there. They carved out a living… they brought a horse and wagon and some provisions… this case, the government mentioned is “not about rights”, but it is – those rights do mean something – rights are created through beneficial use. When my ancestors arrived, undoubtedly the horse would need a drink, so they led him to the water and that is beneficial use. The horse and perhaps a cow that had been led behind the wagon need to eat some brush in the hills, that is beneficial use. That established rights. The water rights are real! So real, the State of Nevada has a water rights registry including livestock watering rights. A law was created to protect those rights. The water rights that my father owns were first registered in 1891 by the State of Nevada – the State of Nevada is important, a sovereign state, its own unit, which entered the union in 1864. It entered equal to the original states, it is its own entity and state laws are important.
My family and I are charged with some grievous things and they are not true and evidence will show they are not; force, manipulation, extortion, violent—my family is not a violent family and I am not a violent man. For 20+ years we turned to local law enforcement. Rights are real property. The fact is that we create government to protect rights.
To have rights you must claim, use and defend… man only has rights he is willing to claim, use and defend. There is a difference between rights and privileges. Rights you own. Privilege is afforded. Like renting or owning a house. Government asserts there are no rights, only privileges and unless we pay, we can’t be there. The State of Nevada says differently. These are my father’s rights. Everything we have comes from the land. That is wealth, not the dollar bill. The things we use all come from the land. Who controls the land, controls the wealth.
We create government to preserve and serve us. These are some of the beliefs of my family. That we have said we will do whatever it takes to defend is not a threat, it is a statement. Being right here before you today is part of doing whatever it takes. The Founding Fathers pledged whatever it would take… their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, to defend rights. With the evidence you will see that is what we were doing; there was no conspiracy to impede, to harm… but, to protect our heritage that our pioneer ancestors established. We were attacked, surrounded by what appeared to be mercenaries, snipers pointed directly at me. You will hear a report from a sniper that he was keeping watch of me in my van, with my wife and two of my daughters with me.
Our ranch – children are always welcome – it is a place to play, play in the river, the pond, chase or hunt rabbits, burn your toes in the hot sand in summer—always free. Never before did we feel like someone was always watching. In early spring of 2014 we felt like someone was always watching… the dogs were watching the hills, when you are always with a dog you get to know what they are saying with their bark… you can tell by their bark what they are seeing… surveillance cameras on one hill, but the dog looking at another and growling… (tearfully) This is not what America is supposed to be. Supposed to be a land of liberty. The Founding Fathers fought and bled so we wouldn’t have to and now we find ourselves in a similar situation.
They say this issue is over grazing fees… it’s terrible, terrible, he must be a freeloader – it’s only rhetoric – I’ll tell you why – You don’t pay rent when you own your home! We own those rights! Not the land, I know we don’t own the land, but access…you and others have rights on that land. We own water and grazing rights. We don’t pay rent for something we own.
The BLM was formed in 1960. Our rights were established in 1877, long before BLM. The original states own 100% of their land and all states were to come in on equal footing. The crux of the issue is, are we a state or not? They say grazing is a privilege they can revoke and charge fees. If it is only a matter of money it is no problem. In fact, Mr. Whipple showed a copy of a check made out to Clark County. If the whole purpose is to show we owe a fee, then we’ll pay to the proper owner of the land. That was not the only check written to Clark County, we sent several. Also, in Clark County, there were 53 ranchers who owned rights. There is only a single one still out on the range. The BLM is not gaining revenue, it’s not important to them. My father could see they were there to manage him out of business. It’s not about grazing fees. In the BLM office there were signs that read: No more Moo by ‘92 and Cattle Free by ‘93! If it were only about the grazing fees, the fees would have been under $100,000 over 25 years. It is rumored, it may not be seen in evidence, but it is rumored that they spent $6 million on the operation. Who spends that and court costs rumored to be over $100 million to collect $100,000?
What is this about? The court orders. They say my father had an opportunity in the courts. The court wouldn’t consider states rights. They have forgotten they are servants of the people. We the people are the sovereign and ultimately, we the people are the government formed to meet needs that are better met by a group than by individuals. We are not slaves. We need to remember that. I think that’s forgotten. The definition of freedom is lost in America. When we have to have a license or ask permission to do everything, we are subjects.
Back to the charges – they claimed I went to Richfield and that the sheriff had to be called because we were causing such a ruckus—evidence will show otherwise—we boycott to influence to change ways – we protest to cause a change – these are first amendment rights – we do not get rights from the Bill of Rights – we have rights to begin with – it should be called the Prohibition of Government – we have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, we can petition for a redress of grievances—rights we don’t want the government to mess with.
A redress is to find an answer, find a solution – one way to protest. The BLM put up first amendment zones – not much bigger than this courtroom – we called them pig pens – by creating that area, they were denying our right everywhere else – that’s what they used to arrest my brother – he was outside the pig pens. The first amendment has been protected over and over again in our history. There’s lots of media in the gallery today, they wouldn’t be happy to have their right to free speech taken. First amendment was put in the Supreme Law of the land, the Constitution – they shall make no law restricting these things… as you saw in the video yesterday, my brother was not impeding, not blocking, he was on a state road, on its right-of-way, simply to take pictures with his ipad of them stealing our cattle – they attacked him, threw him to the ground, rubbed his face in the ground. (emotional) The American public saw this and came not to impede or do harm. They came because they felt the spirit of the Lord, spirit of freedom and felt “we the people are not going to put up with that behavior”. It was not pointed out there were snipers on the hill, I witnessed that through binoculars and the evidence will show this.
Back to Richfield, Utah, evidence and witness testimony will show there was not a ruckus there that disrupted or shut down that auction. I called the sheriff – that’s the pattern – the local law enforcement and state brand inspectors in Nevada, Arizona and Utah and I had contact with the highway patrol, county commissioners in several counties and state officials – not all face to face, but some through phone calls. Is this what a criminal does? No. We were there protecting life, liberty, property. You saw the video of them hip chucking my Aunt Margaret, 50+ years of and just finished with cancer treatments, the mother of 11 children. They call these BLM guys law enforcement, but they are just BLM employees. All authority comes from we the people, we delegate authority to the county sheriff who we elect and he hires deputies and we then have a sheriff’s department to protect our life, our liberty, our property. Choosing for yourself is freedom and we have no right to impede or harm others. That’s God’s law. Man-made law is to follow that. Man is supposed to be free, not controlled, serfs or slaves. Government is to be our servant. The government went in and shut down 600,000 acres – not one of us ever went into their enclosed area and never impeded them. Even my brother driving into the dump truck… isn’t that impediment? The court order did not allow destruction of water infrastructure. What was a dump truck doing out there? Since that was beyond the scope of the supposed court order, we had a right to know. They could have stopped and answered our questions, but no, they set out attack dogs and tazers and threw Aunt Margaret to the ground. Every incident they are charging us with happened on property that belonged to the State of Nevada. Even if BLM had authority to close public land, they have no authority to close State of Nevada public land. The fence was on the State of Nevada land. Except by invitation, you will not see one of us breach that fence or impede the gather. We did not violate the court order. Dave went over the fence by the invitation of Dan Love and then the sheriff took over and asked for our help to take down the fence and then the cowboys, led by sheriffs squad cars went to release the cattle. The sheriff honored his oath and did his job. He should have done it sooner.
I love my family. I love them. I love this land. I love freedom. I am from the State of Nevada. I’m a true Nevadan. I mentioned before that Nevada became a state on Oct. 31st and we always got out of school on that day… I always thought we got out because it was my birthday. I’m a true Nevadan. I believe you are, too, and love freedom as much as I do. Freedom’s not being lost overseas – it’s lost right here at home in our back yards, our front yards. Until we are willing to do whatever it takes, liberty will be, is being lost. We are not anti-government! Government has its proper place and duties to perform. I want government to do its job. Nothing more. Nothing less. When government does more or less than its job, it becomes the criminal. When government damages our rights, it becomes the criminal. When someone harms or damages another’s life, liberty or property that is the definition of a criminal. Extortion, violence, pointing guns – everything we are charged with, they were doing and thousands of people came running – the world knew about this – China, Ireland (they sent us a flag), New Zealand and other countries – why? Because America stood for freedom and has for years and the world is interested in seeing how America (emotional) will deal with freedom. The world wants to know. The American people said, “yes, we will stand for freedom. Government, you’ve gone too far and we will put a stop to it.”
The courts have a place. It is said that We the People are the fourth branch of government. I say we are the first. The legislature to make laws, the executive to execute laws and the judicial to judge. All three branches are to protect your rights, our rights, freedom, liberty. Government does not have the authority in and of itself – man creates government to fulfill and protect rights. We the people give government the authority through the Constitution. The tenth amendment insures state’s rights.
Evidence will show my father and my brothers are innocent men. We need you to put on that paper that we are not guilty. You are the twelve to represent us, peers, equals, people…we the People.
Guns…lots of guns…scary…camo…freedom of speech…also, the right to bear arms, the second amendment…a militia was necessary. What is a militia? It is defined in the law. U.S. Code defines militia: “all able bodied men 17-45 years of age”. How many of you are a member of the militia? State of Nevada extended that and includes men up to the age of 64. How many of you now are a member of the Nevada militia? There is the organized militia, the National Guard and the unorganized militia – everyone else. Why did the Founding Fathers include the second amendment? Was it for duck hunting? No…no! Militia is mentioned six times in the Constitution. Such a small document and few things are mentioned more than the militia; the central government of this union and yet media or whatever wants to put a bad face on militia. Why did militia come to Bundy Ranch? To peacefully assemble, redress of grievances. No one was harmed except Davey, Ammon and Margaret. You will not see in evidence that we ever harmed anyone! They attack and we turned the other cheek. We were peaceful—insistent? Yes! And, Yes! Demanding. These men, these people did not come to seek an opportunity to point guns at the government. Hundreds, even thousands of people we didn’t know. That’s exemplary. These people came to do good. To protect me, to save my life. I had a sniper pointing at me, 200 armed men surrounding my home, my family (tearfully) Ryan Payne has been portrayed as a bad man. Evidence will show otherwise. He saved my life. He saved my life. Others came. I didn’t even meet most of them until I was in jail with them, may have seen them in passing, but I didn’t know them until jail. I honor and thank them now! I thank all who came. We only have rights we are willing to fight for. You’ll see evidence that I was nearly always with the sheriff or a deputy – always in communication with them – I was side-by-side with Lombardo.
Thank you for coming, for being here. I will still do whatever it takes. This is not a threat, it is determination. I love my freedom. Listen to the still small voice to discern between truth and error. The indictment and grand jury testimony is full of lies. Truth has been blocked in previous trials. Listen closely – we will try to get you the truth. The truth will set me free and I’m counting on you to help me see that.
I invite you to our ranch. I recognize your right to use the land. We want you to come and enjoy it. I thank you for this time. Please find me not guilty and these other men not guilty. Stand up for freedom. Thank you.
In liberty, Your State Chairman, Joel F. Hansen
PS: Please sign the on line petition to President Trump to free the Bundy political prisoners, and urge others to do so. You can down load and print this petition and get friends, family, acquaintances, and anyone else to sign a hard copy of the petition. Please gather signatures and send them to the address listed on the petition. But at the very least, please sign the on line petition.