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!
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence at the Mises Institute, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.
With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America? Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.
During the 2012 election, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry caused a firestorm among big-government types during the Republican presidential primaries last year when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. He was right. It’s been a scam from its inception, and it’s still a scam today.
When Social Security was established in 1935, it was intended to provide minimal financial assistance to those too old to work. It was also intended to cause voters to become dependent on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Democrats. FDR copied the idea from a system established in Italy by Mussolini. The plan was to have certain workers and their employers make small contributions to a fund that would be held in trust for the workers by the government. At the time, the average life expectancy of Americans was 61 years of age, but Social Security didn’t kick in until age 65. Thus, the system was geared to take money from the average American worker that he would never see returned.
Over time, life expectancy grew and surpassed 65, the so-called trust fund was raided and spent, and the system was paying out more money than it was taking in – just like a Ponzi scheme. FDR called Social Security an insurance policy. In reality, it has become forced savings. However, the custodian of the funds – Congress – has stolen the savings and spent it. And the value of the savings has been diminished by inflation.
Today, the best one can hope to receive from Social Security is dollars with the buying power of 75 cents for every dollar contributed. That makes Social Security worse than a Ponzi scheme. You can get out of a Ponzi investment. You can’t get out of Social Security. Who would stay with a bank that returned only 75 percent of one’s savings?
The Constitution doesn’t permit the feds to steal your money. But steal, the feds do.
Also in 2012, during a Republican presidential debate, a young man asked the moderator to pose the following question to the candidates: “If I earn a dollar, how much of it am I entitled to keep?” The question was passed to one of the candidates, who punted, and then the moderator changed the topic. Only Congressman Ron Paul gave a serious post-debate answer to the young man’s question: “All of it.”
Every official foundational government document – from the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. Constitution to the oaths that everyone who works for the government takes – indicates that the government exists to work for us. The Declaration even proclaims that the government receives all of its powers from the consent of the governed. If you believe all this, as I do, then just as we don’t have the power to take our neighbor’s property and distribute it against his will, we lack the ability to give that power to the government. Stated differently, just as you lack the moral and legal ability to take my property, you cannot authorize the government to do so.
Here’s an example you’ve heard before. You’re sitting at home at night, and there’s a knock at the door. You open the door, and a guy with a gun pointed at you says: “Give me your money. I want to give it away to the less fortunate.” You think he’s dangerous and crazy, so you call the police. Then you find out he is the police, there to collect your taxes.
The framers of the Constitution understood this. For 150 years, the federal government was run by user fees and sales of government land and assessments to the states for services rendered. It rejected the Hamiltonian view that the feds could take whatever they wanted, and it followed the Jeffersonian first principle that the only moral commercial exchanges are those that are fully voluntary.
This worked well until the progressives took over the government in the first decade of the 20th century. They persuaded enough Americans to cause their state legislatures to ratify the Sixteenth Amendment, which was designed to tax the rich and redistribute wealth. They promised the American public that the income tax would never exceed 3 percent of income and would only apply to the top 3 percent of earners. How wrong – or deceptive – they were.
Yet, the imposition of a federal income tax is more than just taking from those who work and earn and giving to those who don’t. And it is more than just a spigot to fill the federal trough. At its base, it is a terrifying presumption. It presumes that we don’t really own our property. It accepts the Marxist notion that the state owns all the property and the state permits us to keep and use whatever it needs us to have so we won’t riot in the streets. And then it steals and uses whatever it can politically get away with. Do you believe this?
There are only three ways to acquire wealth in a free society. The inheritance model occurs when someone gives you wealth. The economic model occurs when you trade a skill, a talent, an asset, knowledge, sweat, energy or creativity to a willing buyer. And the mafia model occurs when a guy with a gun says: “Give me your money or else.”
Which model does the government use? Why do we put up with this?
A PETITION TO DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
TO FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS
We, free Citizens of the United States of America, do hereby exercise our God given right, protected by the First Amendment, to petition the government for redress of grievances. Our grievances are as follows:
The Bundy family pioneered the ranching industry in Southern Nevada, having raised cattle in the Gold Butte area since the 1850's. They did this successfully without government assistance or interference for many decades. In doing so, they transformed an unproductive wilderness into a successful ranching operation, raising millions of pounds of beef to feed a hungry America. And in so doing, they improved the natural environment, providing water and food for the native plants and animals, in particular for the desert tortoises, which thrive and grow in the presence of cattle, whose cow pies are the tortoises' favorite dessert.
In 1934, Congress enacted the Taylor Grazing Act, which directed the BLM to assist ranchers in raising cattle for the American consumer by building fences, developing water sources, distribution networks, etc. This worked well for many years until the BLM-ocrats gradually assumed the role of adversaries of the ranchers, taking the attitude that ranching was bad for the environment. The BLM gradually raised grazing fees, limited the ranchers' allotment of cows, and shortened the grazing season until they put over 50 ranchers in Clark County, Nevada out of business, leaving Cliven Bundy the last man standing. Cliven realized that the BLM was no longer doing its job of assisting him, but instead was bent on destroying him, and so he fired the BLM for incompetence, malfeasance, and insubordination. (Remember, the government is supposed to be our servant, not our master.).
Undaunted, the BLM obtained several federal court orders telling Rancher Bundy and his family to abandon his ancestral land, based upon the false premise that his cattle were endangering the desert tortoise. When Cliven Bundy continued to recognize Nevada's claim to the land rather than that of the federal usurpers, the BLM invaded the Bundy ranch with its private army of mercenary soldiers, armed to the teeth with automatic weapons and body armor.
Hearing of this unlawful assault on American liberties, ranchers, farmers, and other patriotic citizens gathered from around the country to Bunkerville (rhymes with Bunker hill) to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. They stood bravely before the menacing federal invaders, who, when they saw the courage and determination of these peaceful cowboys to stand up for liberty, turned tail and ran like scared jack rabbits. And the "cowboys" did all of this without ever firing a shot.
Now, for their courageous acts, many of these brave, liberty loving men are being held without bail as political prisoners, while the government, refusing to give up in the face of a complete acquittal in the related Oregon case and a hung jury in Las Vegas, interminably drags out their prison time, while the federal judge, determined to see them convicted, rules astoundingly that the First and Second Amendment are no defense to the charges against them.
It is clear from the above that Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan, Ammon, Mel, and Davey and their co-prisoners, are, like Nelson Mandela, political prisoners of a government which has been bent on stifling all dissent against its unconstitutional and tyrannical policies.
After the above paragraphs were written, the second trial of the first group tried ended in an acquittal on almost all charges. Steven Stewart and Ricky Loveland were acquitted on all charges, while Eric Parker and Scott Drexler were acquitted of all but four charges. All were acquitted of conspiracy. Of the four charges remaining against Parker and Drexler, two were identical--Count Six and Count Nine were for "Use and carry of a firearm." Pardon me--read that again, please. "Use and carry of a firearm." That's right--directly in the face of the Second Amendment the federal government charged all four of these patriotic citizens with the "use and carry of a firearm." It's no wonder Judge Navarro ruled before the second trial that the First and Second Amendments could not be used as defenses against these charges. In the first case the defendants were allowed to use the First Amendment Right to Peaceably Assemble and the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms as defenses to the charges. So in the second trial, having learned her lesson, incredibly Judge Navarro threw out the Constitution and prevented any mention of the First or Second Amendment before the jury!!! She also ruled that all of the witnesses the defense wanted to call could not testify because they had nothing to add that was relevant. Eric Parker, the subject of the famous photograph where he is pointing his rifle through a narrow space in the barricades on the side of the bridge over the freeway (no evidence was ever presented that any of the government agents were ever aware of his presence, and no evidence was presented that he actually pointed his rifle at anyone)--Eric Parker was only allowed to testify as to what he actually did--the actions he took. He could not testify about what he saw, what he heard, or what his intentions were. And he was summarily yanked off the witness stand because of not answering the questions within the judge's illegal parameters. What little testimony he gave was stricken from the record. Scott Drexler was the only defense witness the jury heard, and his testimony was very limited. The judge sustained all prosecution objections to his testimony, whereupon his answer would be stricken. No other defense witnesses were allowed to testify. None.
The defense attorneys, having been prevented from presenting a defense by a judge determined to see the defendants convicted, refused to give a closing argument. What's the point when you have not been allowed to present any evidence?
And then the miracle happened. The Bill of Rights, not to be dismissed so easily, came to the rescue. The Sixth Amendment requires that all criminal cases be tried before a jury. The jurors, seeing the hypocrisy of the judge who consistently sustained all of the prosecutions objections and overruled all of the defense's objections, and obviously knowing that the defendants had not received a fair trial, voted to acquit on all charges as to two defendants, voted to acquit Drexler and Parker on all but four charges, and voted 11 to 1 to acquit on the remaining charges. We need to thank God for the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in requiring jury trials in all criminal cases. Juries are one of the last bastions of freedom in America. We can't control the judges, we can't control the prosecutors, but we have juries whose job it is to stand between these honest patriotic men and the most powerful government in the world. And the jurors did their job. All but one, who refused on four counts.
And then the evidence that these men are political prisoners of the Amerikan government, and that the judge and the prosecution are determined to "get" these innocent men at all costs, became even clearer when U.S. attorney Steve Myhre announced that the prosecution is going forward with the remaining charges and will try Scott Drexler and Eric Parker for the THIRD TIME!! It appears that the real criminals here are not the remaining defendants. The real bad guys occupy other seats in the court room.
Now that Barack Obama has been turned out of office, we are petitioning President Trump to free these innocent political prisoners by directing the department of justice to dismiss all charges against them and/or by pardoning them of any and all crimes alleged against them. The holding of innocent men on political charges has no place in the American Republic. All they are guilty of is relying on the First and Second Amendments. Since when did that become a crime? Please join us in this great American cause to "FREE THESE POLITICAL PRISONERS" by signing the petition. -
by Joel F. Hansen, Esq.,State Chairman, Independent American Party of Nevada