Akron, OH:  The We the People Convention, announced today that the majority of the TEA Party/Liberty Groups in Ohio will be aligning with the National Rifle Association in an effort to elect Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. 

“We are pleased to align our efforts in this Presidential election with the NRA because so many of our members are also NRA members and gun owners,” said Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention. “The NRA came out early to endorse Donald Trump, which was no surprise since Hillary Clinton’s anti-2nd Amendment positions are crystal clear. It’s a simple choice- if we want to keep our guns, we need to elect Donald Trump as President. Working together with the National Rifle Association we believe we can get that done in Ohio.”

In 2012 members of TEA Party/Liberty Groups made over 75% of the calls and 75% of the door knocks for the Romney Campaign in Ohio.

“Our members will make phone calls and knock on doors through the NRA’s Political Victory Fund,” Zawistowski explained. “This decision to align with the NRA was made for two important reasons. First, we needed to align with an organization that we could trust and that would respect the value of the volunteer effort we bring to the election. I am confident that the NRA is a trustworthy partner who will respect our volunteers as true partners. Second, there are possible concerns about the resources that the Ohio Republican Party will commit to supporting Trump, based on Governor Kasich’s refusal to attend the Convention in Cleveland let alone endorse Trump.  Taking these factors into consideration, we had to find a partner that has no questions about supporting Trump’s election and the NRA has proven that commitment. This year’s combined effort will bring significant grassroots resources to bear on the mutual goal of ensuring Hillary Clinton is defeated and Donald Trump is our next President.”

“Any group interested in lending a hand should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for information on how to contact NRA staff in their specific geographic region. They will personally setup and train staff to make phone calls or set you up and train your members over the phone so you can start making calls immediately. We will also hold a one-day state meeting in August to organize other efforts in support of Trump. We will notify all the leaders in the state concerning that event within the next week,” Zawistowski concluded.


Michael Goodwin



Britain’s vote for freedom proves power is with the people


As the Brexit results poured in, I caught myself humming a tune from Broadway’s “Hamilton.” The song follows the decisive Battle of Yorktown in 1781, after which the Redcoats surrender and America is free. It’s called a drinking song, and there’s not much to it except these words: “The world turned upside down.”

It certainly has. The world is also coming full circle because now it’s the Brits who are free. It took them a while, but they finally had their own Tea Party and their own revolution.

I salute them for their courage. And I raise a glass to freedom (that’s “Hamilton,” too).

Revolutions are a leap into the unknown and require the right mix of outrage, determination and leadership. They are testament to the ethos of an entire country and culture when they succeed without a shot being fired.

That’s the beauty of Brexit, and of grand old England. The people spoke, they were heard, and the wheel of history is turning. Let’s get on with it.

It took a revolution because the leaders of both of Britain’s major political parties united in opposition to change, with the pooh-bahs and grandees trying to scare voters into sticking with the status quo. Naturally, the establishment media lectured the rubes on what was good for them.

Sound familiar, America?

Not surprisingly, Donald Trump encouraged and celebrated British independence, declaring that voters “took their country back.” Stuck on the wrong side of history, President Obama and Hillary Clinton acted as if their dogs died.

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New York Post cover for June 25, 2016.

Fortunately, Prime Minister David Cameron set the right tone for the defeated by doing the honorable thing and saying he would resign. Because investors hate uncertainty, stock markets around the world took an immediate dive, but there were no riots, looting or arson and the sun set on schedule.

This is Western democracy in all its grandeur. It refreshes itself not with the blood of innocents, but with the peaceful passion of ordinary people. Raise another glass to freedom.

The parallels to America’s tumult are obvious — right down to the hairy similarities of Trump and mop-top Brexit leader Boris Johnson.

While the original Redcoats tortured rebels, killed their families and confiscated their lands, the new Redcoats in Washington and Brussels kill the spirit of innovation, enforce conformity with regulations and punish dissidents with charges of bigotry.

Elitists of both parties try to silence Trump by accusing him of “hate speech” for demanding that America control its borders and enforce its immigration laws. Similarly, Johnson was greeted with calls of “racist scum” first thing in the morning.

Johnson, potentially the next prime minister, committed the crime of suggesting that Great Britain would be greater outside the suffocating embrace of European Union bureaucrats. He favors a liberated country that can make its own laws and decisions, and put its own people first.

While not carbon copies of Trump’s rallying cries of “Make America Great Again” and “America First,” the sentiments come damn close. As does the growing fear in both countries that distant, self-serving governments are slaves to political correctness and are not doing enough to stop Islamist terrorists.

To be clear, Trump and Johnson are not sainted men of unquestioned virtue. Rather, they are leaders speaking on behalf of millions upon millions of middle- and working-class people who feel left out of the globalized economy.

In both countries, those who favor the status quo and those who want to upset it are divided by income, education and even geography. Just as Trump gets most of his support from those who are poorer and less educated, residents of booming London voted heavily to remain in the EU, while those in the rest of the struggling country voted more heavily to leave.

In both Great Britain and America, the well-connected people working in government, finance and other sectors that benefit from the international system have no idea why anyone would want to rock the boat. Yet the very trade agreements that mysteriously move money and whole industries and make them winners leave many individuals feeling like pawns in a global game they can’t control or even understand.

People who played by the rules and still became second-class citizens in their own countries have legitimate claims. When they try to express them through the political process, they are patronized and then ignored.

Wary of being demonized, many even are reluctant to confess their anger. As a result, just as polls in the US often undercount Trump supporters, British polls were way off in predicting that “remain” would win.

Now the secret is out, and millions of people in both countries are in open revolt against the encrusted establishment, economic as well as political. There will be setbacks because the road is complex and because change of the magnitude they seek can never be easy.

But they have begun, and it’s a thing of beauty to see such undaunted courage on both sides of the Atlantic. Count that bond as a special part of the special relationship.

May 18, 2016


The Honorable Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215


Dear Attorney General,


On behalf of the group leaders, members and citizens represented by the names below, we write to urge your office to join our Great State of Ohio in the Federal Lawsuit filed by the State of North Carolina and joined by the State of Texas, against the Federal Department of Justice.  We ask you to do this to prevent the DOJ's "radical reinterpretation" of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments adopted in 1972, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 which is intended to deny women and children in Ohio with the right to privacy in the bathroom, locker room and shower that they have long enjoyed. 


While we respect the right of all Americans, so called "transgendered rights" are not absolute and should not trump other citizen’s constitutional rights of privacy, free expression, or religious freedom. As Governor McCrory’s complaint observes, North Carolina’s law attempts to strike a balance between these competing rights and interests by providing accommodations in public facilities for transgendered individuals. But this balance is not what the Department of Justice wants to secure. Instead, it wants transgender rights to trump all other rights claims.


The text of Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” This statute was enacted by Congress and signed by the president. Title VII says nothing about gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Nevertheless, the Department of Justice, purportedly enforcing Title VII, alleges that “sex” as used in the statute should be interpreted to include one’s chosen “gender identity.” Thus, according to the Department of Justice’s interpretation, conditioning access to public restrooms, locker rooms, and prisons on the basis of one’s biological sex markers (such as male genitalia) is discrimination on the basis of gender identity, which is tantamount to discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII. In the words of the governor’s complaint, this is a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII." Who could disagree? Sex is not gender and gender is not a protected class. Congress has been clear on that topic.


Furthermore, as Robert McFarland from the Witherspoon Institute points out, the Tenth Amendment continues to reserve powers to the states unless they are enumerated among federal powers. Thus, the most fundamental question regarding the legality of the Department of Justice’s demands is simply this: what enumerated power allows you to demand that the governor of the state of North Carolina, or Ohio, cease and desist enforcement of North Carolina’s laws? What constitutional authority allows the Obama administration to tell North Carolina or any state that it must allow individuals to enter restrooms on the basis of their chosen gender identity rather than on the basis of their biological reality? Let alone that every school in the United States, including Ohio, must allow this radical revocation of women's rights!


It is clear, that Ohio must defend it's Constitutional rights and the individual rights of our women and children. There is an intent in this action by President Obama and the radical leftist in his administration, not to protect transgender rights which were not an issue before this action, but to create a divisive issue and a new victim class in order to promote their anti-american agenda. We must not be bullied by our Federal Government and we must take immediate action to defend our individual rights. It is your duty as our legal representative in such matters to take decisive action on our behalf. We ask you as Attorney General of Ohio to join the suit immediately and to encourage other state Attorneys General to follow your lead.




Tom Zawistowski, President
We the People Convention
Dennis Crouch, President
Greene County TEA Party
Mary LeQuyea
Cleveland Prays for Life
Cynthia Meyerson
Summit County Tea Party
Gary Woodburn
Zanesville Patriots
Debbie Gonda
Westlake 912 Group
Joyce Hammer
Toledo Tea Party
Richard and Metta Hahn
Westerville TEA Party
Anne Kaczmarek, President
Portage County TEA Party
Denver Sallee
Lake County Right to Life
Pastor Ernie Sanders
Geauga TEA Party
Denise Robertson
Preble County Commissioner
Pastor Walter Moss
Black ProLife Coalition
Melanie McVay
Summit County Tea Party
John Becker
Clermont County Tea Party
Carol Greenberg, Conservative Outlooks
Ron and Deb Baker
Top of Ohio Patriots
Jacqui Fetsko
Lake County Right to Life
Deborah Parker
Miami Valley Citizens Informed
Carl and Doris Crawford
Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens
William A. Hanchosky
Hanchosky Posterity Concern
Janet Todaro
Liberty Camp
Molly Smith, President
Cleveland Right to Life
Keith Graber and Janet Graber 
Stark-Tusc 9/12
Marlene Johnson
Green County TEA Party
Kathleen J. Burch, Psy.D. (Mrs. Rodger L. Gamblin)
Rodger L. Gamblin, Ph.D.
South Montgomery County Liberty Group
Anita Rymer
TEA Party Patriots
Susan L Boggs
Pickaway County Republican Central Committee
Gary P. Harper
Wayne County 9.12 Group
Sue Ellen King
Ohioans for Workplace Freedom
Lester Ellcessor, Chairman
The Top of Ohio Patriots Tea Party
Roderick Clay
Westerville Tea Party
Linda Harvey
Mission America
Lori Viars
Warren Co. Republican Party Executive Committee
Ricki Pepin
Institute on the Constitution
Steve Boggs
1851 Center
Carolyn Destefani
Sugarcreek Township Trustee
Dennis W. Egbert 
Highland County TEA Party
Larry Heller
Clermont County Tea Party
Ethlyn Kennedy
Lorain County Totally Engaged Americans
Barbara Burkard
Ruth Thompson
Donna and Tom Czechowski
Beverly Laurito
Miami Valley Citizens Informed
Ohio Citizens:
Renata Walters
Donald and Sue McElrath
Mike and Anna Rehl
Kirsten Keusal
Linore, Michael, Kaitlin, Brian and Bethany Burkard
Lee Redkey
Angela Adam
Paul Chapman
Gary L. George, MD
Shirley Paulus
William Stlater M.D.
Rhonda and Larry Mills
John M McCarty
Nancy Capps
Mark Niezgodski
Carole Weston
Garrett W. Dunn
Dr. Ed and Mrs. Dot Kurz
Anthony Ziehler
Douglas Coleman-Roush
Ron Wise
Ruth King
Lisa Moore
Brenda and Lannt Derreberry
Ed & Sharon Roloff
Jean George
C. Maureen and Bernard SPEARMAN
Hallie Simpson
Teresa Bowling
Linda Lallathin
James & Judith Blackburn
Marvin Schlabach
John Zastawnik
Mark A. Sherman
Richard Monroe
Rosalie Elliis
Keith and Terri Lustig
James H. Kuenzli Sr.
Brian Ames
James Tasker
Bill Reilly
David L. Dosky
Patricia Shaw
Judy Bruns
Madge Jones
Norm and Carol MIller
Gary Burden
Jennie Granato
Ronnie and Teresa Bowling
Larry and Debbie Stewart
Ray Angel
Greig McDonald
Ginny and Ed Riechman
Andy Keusal
Raymond & Cecelia Knispel
Nancy and Dennis Muntean
Cindy Berner
Elaine Fouts
Carol and Scott Barker
Richard and Judy Rogers
Jeannie Craig
Deborah Anderson
Lisha Nienhaus
Mary McCarthy
Matt Pfeiffer
Marilyn Cross
Penny Nickel
Nancy Jensen
Patrick W Fogarty
Judy Cornett
Mary and Page McGirr
Betty L. Smith
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