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A Nation of Laws or of Men

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A nation of laws or of men: It’s our choice

By Marilyn Snyder

Americans are the most blessed people on earth and in history. No people anywhere anytime have enjoyed the level of prosperity and security that is commonplace throughout our 50 states. I recognized this truth by the time I was 10.

Oh, we wrangle and bicker amongst ourselves like siblings, but as a people, we figuratively kiss the ground after a trip to a third-world country, realizing how fortunate we really are.

What is so easily forgotten is the “why” and the “how” of our bounteous nation.

Our forefathers and fore­mothers lucked out big time when they landed on this new soil. Unbound by many of the previous constrictions of monarchial societies, they starved and struggled and forged their way into a new independent so­ciety that chose to throw off their old-world connections.

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No Month Long Golfing Vacation

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No Month-Long Golfing Vacations for us!


So much news to cover, but first a literal call to action:

The absurd and indefensible “bathroom bill,” AB1266, is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk — and he is hesitating. If signed, boys and girls could use each other’s bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams based on the gender they identify with instead of the gender they are. Parents and coaches cannot object. Brown must sign by Thursday, but he has yet to make any public announcements. Continue reading No Month Long Golfing Vacation

Failure-The Path To Success

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By Marilyn Snyder

Free market principles—free to succeed and free to fail. 

Been there. Done that.

And I can guarantee that the failing part wasn’t fun. My husband and I made the choice to start a business with what turned out to be a “shady” partner, investing everything we had, including putting up our house as collateral.

Well, everyone is young and stupid, sometimes at the same time.

We might have ended up millionaires, or at least “thousand-aires,” and we determined to try it for ourselves. Risk it all. Go for broke. We succeeded. 

And, despite the hazards, we weren’t alone in our desire to be self-employed, to take advantage of the American free market. CNN Money said in 2011 that the startup rate was the highest in 15 years—558,000 per month. More than one in 10 Americans were developing their own business in 2012, according to the U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

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My Mother-In-Law

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My Mother-in-Law — The Ideal Politician

By Marilyn Snyder

I wish my mother-in-law were in charge of the country’s money.

Of the Tea Party values, she would rank fiscal responsibility first.

As a first generation American, she might ask our politicians: If the United States collapses financially like Stockton, San Bernardino and Detroit, to where will people flee?

Detroit’s population fell from 2 million to 700,000 as their debt grew, but its citizenry could at least go to other cities that were better managed and resume their lives. If the United States goes bankrupt, to which country would you flee? Greece?

To conservatives, fiscal responsibility means not overspending, a balanced budget, some money set aside for a rainy day. Well, that’s pretty extreme! Or so say those who think that our local, state and federal governments can ignore these basic budgeting fundamentals.

I just wish our elected officials had the mindset of my beloved mother-in-law.

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New Patriot Voice

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New Patriot Voice

We now have a Conservative Tea Party voice in the local newspaper. Our own Redlands Tea Party

Patriot, Marilyn Snyder, is now a regular guest columnist for the Redlands Daily Facts. Look for

her article every Thursday and once a month on Sunday.

Her articles will be posted on this web site. Select the Patriot Voices tab on the Top Menu to read

her articles. You can also read it on the Facts website under the Opinion section

( Let’s support her with positive comments.

Congratulations, Marilyn!

It’s Easy To Hate The Tea Party

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By Marilyn Snyder

There’s an old saying that you only have one chance to make a good first impression.  The first impression many Americans had about the modern Tea Party was based on what they learned from the news, listening to talk shows, and hearing sound bites from influential political leaders and well-known entertainment figures.  Is that where you first heard about it?  Was what you heard favorable or unfavorable?

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House when the Tea Party first burst forth, called its’ members “astroturf.”  Google that term—it is not complimentary. 

The Vice President compared us to terrorists. President Obama called us teabaggers. Google that (and the meaning is definitively not nice). 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.): “…as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.): “The real enemy is the Tea Party.”

Astroturf, teabaggers, terrorists, enemies who can go straight to….  It’s no wonder the Tea Party is so easy to hate.  But are those  “facts” or “sticks and stones”? 

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We Don’t Wait Until Labor Day

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We don’t wait until Labor Day to start stuff!


No summer lulls for the Redlands Tea Party Patriots!

This Sunday, our own Marilyn Snyder, a long-time cabinet member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, will debut her weekly column for the Redlands Daily Facts. (Finally!  A Tea Party voice in the Redlands Daily Facts!) 

Our Aug. 1 general meeting will feature speakers discussing the Founding Fathers and government budgets.

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Conservative Training Coming to Redlands

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Conservative Training Coming to Redland


Much to cover in this newsletter — but first, we want to wish the USA a happy birthday on July 4! As a nation, we endured the Great Depression, we won World War II, and we vanquished communism. If we can do that, we can overcome the Obama Administration and defeat his IRS.

We will not have our monthly meeting on July 4 since that’s our nation’s birthday. Instead, we will host a booth at the all-day celebration at Sylvan Park. Continue reading Conservative Training Coming to Redlands