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Open to the Public - The Northwest RI Tea Party usually meets monthly in or near the Village of North Scituate, in the early evening for approximately one and one half hour. We represent Burrillville, Foster, Glocester, Scituate, Smithfield, and N. Smithfield

Typically there are 1-3 speakers drawn from RI Gen'l Assembly, Tea Party, local business, etc. as well as video and audio presentations. Bring a friend. For more details about each month's agenda subscribe here.

   
 
 
 
“...no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man—or group or society or government—has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: it is the difference between murder and self-defense. A holdup man seeks to gain a value, wealth, by killing his victim; the victim does not grow richer by killing a holdup man. The principle is: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force.” Ayn Rand
 
 
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State Legislative Officials From The NWTP Area
 
 

Burrillville
Sen 23 Paul Fogarty
Rep 48 Brian Newberry
Rep 47 Cale Keable

Foster
Sen 21 Nicholas Kettle
Rep 40 Michael Chippendale

Scituate
Sen 21 Nicholas Kettle
Rep 41 Michael Marcello

Glocester
Sen 23 Paul Fogarty
Rep 40 Michael Chippendale Rep 47 Cale Keable

Smithfield
Sen 22: Stephen Archambault
Rep 44: Gregory Constantino
Rep 53 Thomas Winfield

N. Smithfield
Sen 17 Edward O'Neill
Sen 23 Paul Fogarty
Sen 24 Marc Cote
Rep 48 Brian Newberry

 
     
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Highlights
   
       
  Next Meeting:
   
 

Tuesday
June 17, 2014
615pm - 745pm
North Scituate Library
(more info)

   
 
   
  Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Named One of 88 “Books That Shaped America”    
  Fifty-Five Years after Publication, Rand’s Novel Recognized by Library of Congress
Press Release from the Ayn Rand Institute
   
 
   
  Don't attribute success to "somebody"    
  President ignores individuals who built America and principles upon which they built it.
Article from the Orange County Register
   
 
   
  Obama And Romney Are Wrong: Outsourcing Is America At Its Best    
  Article from Forbes    
 
   
  Two New Articles    
  One-Robin Hoods Don't Smash Shop Windows
Two-Immoral Beyond Redemption
   
       
  What are Rights?    
  You Can't Defend Your Rights Unless You Know What Rights Are    
 
   
  Unemployment Statistics    
  A picture (or spreadsheet graph) is worth a thousand words. An example of how to use government statistics to disprove government statistics. (Courtesy of our NW Tea Party resident statistician with a black belt in spreadsheet weaponry a.k.a. LeoRI)    
 
   
  Bad Words    
  Some words we use that hurt individual rights.    
 
   
  America Before The Entitlement State    
  "If Americans could thrive without an entitlement state a century ago, how much easier would it be today, when Americans are so rich that 95 percent of our “poor” own color TVs?"
Article From Forbes
   
 
   
  Activism From Your Couch    
  How to protect individual rights without leaving the comfort of your own home.    
 
   
  Recommended Reading    
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  op-ed: Personal Responsibility  
     
 

From the Orange County Register

by Richard Ralston of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine

Personal Responsibility

 
     
 

What do politicians call it when they force you to buy health insurance (or anything else) every day, for the rest of your life?

They call it “personal responsibility.”

How do they get away with that? Can anyone remember a time when personal responsibility referred to what we each think what we should do? To what we individually decide is the right thing to do? When exactly did it come to mean “obey orders,” or “do what you are told or pay a fine—or maybe go to jail, if you don't”?

Politicians try to get away with such outrages by first corrupting a range of more fundamental principles. A prime example is the charade of a supposed “right” to health care. In practice that means everyone should demand that medical care be provided to them by physicians and hospitals at no cost—even if they take no responsibility for protecting their own health, even if they don't give a damn about their health or the cost of their own negligence, even if they don't lift a finger to help themselves. After all, they have a “right” to health care, don't they?

Of course, no one and no government can afford medical care that would meet these demands. When a system that pretends to do so is enforced, patients will soon discover that they actually have no access to any medical care at all—except what the government decides to permit.

Those who resist government force but really do take responsibility for themselves are condemned as greedy for money by those who are greedy for power.

When did “what I must demand” replace “what I must earn”?

Why have those who want only to seize and redistribute wealth replaced those who admire producers of wealth—such as quality medical-care providers? In what kind of world does that exist? Only in a world in which achievement is condemned as persecution of those who achieve nothing, and wealth is condemned as theft by those who create nothing.

We cannot assume personal responsibility for our medical care by abdicating the freedom to make our own decisions about it. We must reject the demands of those demonstrating in the streets that we surrender our own medical decisions to them. No one has a right to take away our health care choices any more than they have a right to make us pay for a home they cannot afford, or pay off the loans for their Ph.D. in Romantic Poetry, or to be given a government job, or, as we have heard not long ago, to enjoy a “right” to free government diapers.

We can assume responsibility, however, by eliminating the restrictions imposed by state insurance commissioners on our ability to find affordable insurance.

We can assume responsibility by eliminating the power of the Food and Drug Administration to withhold lifesaving drugs from terminally ill patients until after they are dead.

We can assume responsibility by repealing thousands of pages of laws and regulations written by people with precious little competence in regulating anything, let alone medical care.

We can assume responsibility by recognizing the tremendous value of those physicians and others who create our medical care—and by respecting their rights.

To preserve our medical care, as well as all the essential aspects of our lives, we must utterly reject those who promise to fulfill all our needs, if only we hand over all of our freedom. There can be no greater personal responsibility.

 
     
     
 
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