Letter from the President

Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated was a vision in the minds of a handful of amazing ladies.  We dreamt of this extraordinary group of strong ladies (and gentlemen) that would offer an inclusive environment for like-minded Republicans from all backgrounds, holding diverse yet conservative viewpoints and willing to step up and lead our local community to preserve conservative values and support Republican leaders in our beautiful paradise – Cape Coral.

An incredible thing happened when Cape Coral folks, some old friends and many new ones, “showed up” on April 14th to take part in this movement. And I call on each of you to continue to “show up” with a friend, neighbor or co-worker that like you, love this city, this state, this country and desire to make a difference.

I promise to endeavor to provide and sustain an inclusive environment of education, inspiration and motivation for our membership. Together we can make a difference in our community. Together we will blaze the path to paint Cape Coral red!

Missi Lastra
RWCCF President

What is the Buzz All About?

Check out the Ladies Leading Right in Cape Coral at RWCCF’s May meeting.
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Representative Dane Eagle, District 77 will be the keynote speaker for RWCCF’s 1st general meeting.

RWCCF May Dinner Meeting
Join the Ladies Leading Right in Cape Coral and local leaders for the 1st general meeting of Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated (RWCCF). It is the time for Federated ladies to lead in our local community; educating, inspiring, motivating and supporting conservative leadership.

We will launch our 1st meeting with Representative Dane Eagle, District 77 as our keynote speaker. Also, expect educational and team-building exercises. You will be educated, inspired and motivated to paint Cape Coral red!

Thursday, May 19th
5:30 – 6pm – check in/networking
6:00- 6:10pm – dinner served
6:10-7:00pm – general meeting

Dinner Choices are:

-Baked Spaghetti
-Grilled Chicken w/ Homemade mashed potatoes & gravy
-Fiesta Chicken Salad
-Vegetarian

Reserve you seat today!
You may also reserve your seat by contacting Missi Lastra, missimc@me.com/786-339-5790
*Please note that a reservation made is a reservation paid unless cancelled by Monday, May 16th.

NFRW Charters New Club In Cape Coral, FL

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Florida Federation President Dena DeCamp, left, presents the official national charter to Missi Lastra, president of the Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated, on April 14.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2016
CONTACT: Lisa Ziriax,  communications@nfrw.org

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) has approved the charter of a Republican women’s club in Florida.

Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated, was chartered April 7 with 11 members. Missi Lastra will lead the club as president this year. Club members meet the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Water City Grill in Cape Coral.

“The NFRW is pleased to welcome this club into our nationwide network of grassroots leaders,” NFRW President Carrie Almond said. “We look forward to working with Missi and club members to promote Republican principles and elect Republican candidates during this 2016 election cycle and beyond.”

Annual club dues are $35. These dues also cover membership in the NFRW and in the Florida Federation of Republican Women. With a slogan of “Ladies Leading Right,” the club is developing voter registration drives, get out the vote campaigns and community outreach programs.

“Our club was organized to educate, motivate and inspire Republican women in all areas of politics,” Lastra said. “Our mission is to engage with our local community to promote and support conservative candidates, agendas and legislation.”

For additional membership information or other details, visit republicanwomenofcapecoral.com or contact Lastra at missimc@me.com.

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

For more information about the NFRW, visit www.nfrw.org.

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Cape Coral City Council Issues in the Press

In an effort to keep you informed RWCCF 1st VP and City Councilwoman Rana Erbrick has provided the following information in response to current City Council issues that have been in the press:

“On Monday, April 18th the Cape Coral City Council will consider Resolution 54-16 which urges Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to reinstate the ban on hunting black bears.  It also requests that the Commission focus more attention on removing conflicts between bears and inhabited area with deterrent measures such as reducing palmetto berry and providing “bear-proof garbage cans.”

While a resolution does not hold the weight that and Ordinance would we should all be concerned with resolutions that are brought forward to make people “feel good.”

 

In February Council Member Jessica Cosden requested permission to work on an ordinance (law) that would expand the definition of protection to City employees to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  She would also like to extend these same protections to all private sector workers within the City limits.   The second ordinance would also have a housing and lending component.   Council Member could not cite an incident that would bring such action forward.  This ordinance is expected to come before City Council in a few weeks.

 

Also, on Thursday Mayor Marni Sawicki wrote Council requesting that someone bring  up in their reports a request to prepare a resolution to ban City sponsored travel to North Carolina which just passed House Bill 2.  This is the bill that the General Assembly moved forward because of action taken by the Charlotte City Council that dealt with gender identification and which restroom one should be allowed to use.

The General Assembly of North Carolina felt it important to make sure that the rules were consistent throughout the state and to offer those who use public restrooms a sense of security when nature calls.

Unless a Council Member brings this up on Monday night it goes nowhere until Mayor Sawicki returns from a city-funded trip to New York.  It is currently not on the agenda for consideration.” – Rana Erbrick

Who Are These Millennials That Are Pro Democratic Socialism?

by Missi Lastra

I was visiting with family members when one young gentleman entered the home where we were meeting wearing a Bernie Sanders 2016 t-shirt. Needless to say, I was quite put off and had to hold myself back from starting an anti-socialism debate. The worst thing was he was in the home of a disabled Army Ranger and Iraq War Veteran. While wanting to respect his beliefs, I still could not help from feeling a little embarrassed.

First let me describe this family member:

He is a 25-yr-old that has never lived outside of either his mother’s or father’s home, never attended college, never joined the military, never owned a home nor does he have a family to support. He has a decent part-time job that he just started with a government agency. He just purchased his 2nd car with his mother’s co-signature, his 1st car was paid for in cash by his father. It took him a long time to decide to buy a car after wrecking his 1st car, and preferred using his mothers’ car until it was simply not feasible any longer. So, essentially, he is either super cautious, or super leery of responsibility, or both. He does pay bills at his mother’s house, which he seems to prefer over independent living. As for his education, his family has strongly encouraged him to go to college but he never seems truly motivated to do so. His education consists of a sub-par public education from a major Florida city. He is a good-hearted young man, and a child of technology loving video games more than playing outside.  Even when encouraged to go into gaming as a profession, he was simply not motivated to get up off the couch to do anything about it. Sound familiar? I think he is probably quite typical of the age group.

As a local conservative activist, I have been working closely with local young Republican groups.  I see them as the future of not just our party but of our country.  I attended a debate watch party last night with a local college Republican group and they lifted my spirits regarding this issue considerably. I was able to sit alongside young Conservatives who are enthusiastically searching for knowledge and hoping to make a difference with not only their powerful vote, their time and effort, but with their future career choices. These young people were between 18-22, some live at home while others live on or by the campus. All have jobs, either part or full time. Not one of them expects anything for free, nor do they believe for one second the government is more qualified to make decisions for their lives than they are. Alas, there is hope for our young leaders.

So again I ask, who are these millennials anyway? Why is there such a disparity between them? And this is where I begin my research to discover if my family member is representative of this group? Or is this group of inspiring young people I sat with last night the better representation of the millennial generation?

A poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics found that younger millennials are not as liberal as older millennials. 18-20-year-olds identify party affiliations as 42% Democrat, 33% Republican and 26% Independent. The older, 24-25-year-old millennials are more liberal with 50% identifying as Democrat, 27% Republican and 23% Independent. The younger generation grew up in a different, post 9/11 world and a recessed economy which may account for some of their more conservative views. However, strangely enough as both generations start earning $40-$60k they also become more fiscally conservative and less inclined to support income redistribution policies. Which takes me back to my millennial subject.

For the sake of understanding the research I have chosen for this article we must go back to the reasoning of my family member. One of his points was that Bernie Sanders was going to give everyone the right to a free, 2-year college education like every other civilized country.  This was a wild exaggeration, but to his point there are other countries that offer low-cost education – but not free.  I have looked at these countries, i.e., Brazil, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Finland, France, Norway and even Mexico. Looking at each of these countries, though they may have low, or no-cost tuition they do have registration fees and many have extremely high living expenses. So, in the famous words of my dad, “Nothing is free and be very suspicious of anyone that says it is.” The economies of these countries vary from extremely poor and disparate to offering good opportunity for regular people. Those countries that offer better opportunities for workers also have much higher tax rates for their citizens. In some countries the citizens do not get to choose their profession, nor do they have the right to choose to be business owners.

From what I can see, a low cost education has strings attached. Which is why the United States is one of the top destination countries in the world that education seekers flock to for our esteemed learning facilities.  Please note, I have issues with many of our educational facilities ranging from extremely high and unnecessary costs to professors using their grading power to socially blackmail our youth into liberal views. I am definitely not saying we have it just right here in our country, but I am saying that we should be very leery of those offering “free stuff”.  Anybody who has worked, paid taxes, raised a family, owned a business or served our country and is not mentally incapacitated should know that free things have long term costs. Accepting “free stuff” is sort of like selling your soul to the devil, eventually you will have to pay up.

Back to my democrat-socialist family member whose other point was the fact that in this country we have an unfair income disparity. I am not certain how to truly research this. Yes, we have income disparity. I am not rich, or even wealthy unless you count the fact that I have an amazing and loving family. But I simply do not believe there are other countries that are in any better of a situation. I don’t know the answer to fix this but I do know that we will never be able to make poor people richer by making rich people poorer. It simply doesn’t work, just ask New Jersey how it worked for their state? Raising taxes on the wealthy just made the wealthy move elsewhere and led to an economic recession for the state. Or look at the large companies leaving the USA with American jobs to go operate in other countries with less taxation and regulation.  More taxation and regulation simply does not lead to more prosperity. Simple! (Maybe I do have the answer?)

What I do know is that with all our disagreements, issues and problems, the United States of America is still the best place in the world to live and raise a family! This is one place in the world where anybody, from anywhere, can achieve anything. It takes hard work, commitment, a willingness to learn and even fearlessness! We have an amazing doctrine, authored by our forefathers, called the U.S. Constitution.  There is no place in our Constitution for a government ruling the people but is for the people empowering the government. Socialism is a hiding place for the lazy and unmotivated and a demotivater for over-achievers. Even Democratic Socialism would be the end of America as we know her.

Attention Millennials, do not make a deal with the devil for “free stuff”! Simply do what Americans have done for many years…….Earn It! Work for it! Serve your country for it! Get off your mom’s couch and own your lives. Please don’t think any government can do better for you than You!

Congressman Using the Muslim Faith to Attack Free Speech

by Missi Lastra

Democrats in Congress seem to believe we need to have legislation specifically to protect those of Muslim faith living in America.  Representative Donald S. Beyer, Jr. of Virginia submitted H.Res.569 – Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.  This bill doesn’t just attempt to protect Muslims in America from acts of violence but also includes “hate speech” in the same context as violence, arson, vandalism and other hate crimes.

I’m not certain who in Virginia voted on and elected Mr. Beyer but I wonder if they realize he is severely uneducated on existing laws that already take care of most of his proposed bill, and the remainder of his bill is protected under the 1st Amendment. You know, the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which is that pesky document the Dems are forever attempting to undermine. After all, our forefathers created all these pesky road blocks to prevent government from shutting us up. Imagine that?

So let’s chat about this monstrosity called a bill that House Dems are trying to sneakily push through during the Holidays.  First, who doesn’t want to protect folks from anti-religion hate crimes? Wait a minute, I believe we already have things in place for that.  For example, the first line of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution begins with ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”.  Is it possible that our founding Fathers actually put provisions in place to protect our religious freedoms? (I recognize the stupidity of this is dripping through my sarcasm)

But there is more, the United States Justice Department Civil Rights Division protects religious freedom in the areas of employment, public housing and education discrimination, access to public accommodations and facilities and land-use issues.  State laws may vary somewhat but all have some hate crime provision. Current statutes permit federal prosecution of hate crimes committed on the basis of a person’s protected class of racereligionethnicitynationalitygender, sexual orientationgender identity, and disability. And I must mention the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which adds further protections and penalties for acts committed against persons of protected classes because of their respective classes.

I believe I have made it abundantly clear that we take necessary measures in this country to protect the liberties and unjust persecution of those of all religions and therefore have no need for “extra” provisions for a specific religion.  I would like to go even farther to say that we do not need to specify any single religion above others as to place higher importance of one over another.  Based on the FBI’s hate crime statistics, 60.3% of hate crime victims were from anti-Jewish bias versus 13.7% which were victims of anti-Islam bias. It makes me wonder what Mr. Beyer’s motivations may be since a Jewish person is five times more likely to be a victim of a hate crime than a Muslim.

Now let’s address the highly controversial subject of “hate speech” and it’s relation to the 1st Amendment’s …..” or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  Hate speech seemed to get more attention with anti-Semitism and can be defined as speech directed at a historically repressed religious or racial minority with the intent to insult or demean.

The Supreme Courts interpretations of the freedom of speech and hate speech basically finds that government has no right to regulate speech at all. The Supreme Court has also made clear that simply because certain speech is offensive to people does not justify government from punishing those exercising their 1st Amendment rights. The Supreme Court has excluded items identified as obscene from 1st Amendment protection.  Child pornography is an example of obscene material that is not protected and punishable speech.  Other than that, government should remain impartial in the sharing of ideas.

After all, if government got involved in regulating speech then we would no longer be the very special United States of America.  Our forefathers experienced firsthand the violation of limited speech and worship by King George III.  They knew what they were doing when they penned the provisions for our freedoms.  This may be more insidious than stupid on the part of Mr. Beyer.  This could very well be an attempt to begin the implementation of Sharia law just as it has been implemented in current day Islamic countries.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2013/topic-pages/victims/victims_final

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_crime_laws_in_the_United_States

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/know_your_rights.pdf

THIS IS INSANE! House Dems STRIKE To Implement First Sharia Law!

Nahmod Law (http://nahmodlaw.com/2013/12/04/know-your-constitution-5-free-speech-and-hate-speech/)

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/569/text

 

The Left’s War On Free Speech In America

by Missi Lastra

An old friend and ex-colleague sent me a private message on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. He stated that I needed to limit my politically centered propaganda posts (his words) to one per day or he would unfriend me. I really thought about this. Not that I was even remotely considering his request, but I was considering how I should handle this situation and be nice, or even politically correct in my response.  After many minutes spent in deep, ponderous thought I quickly replied to him “You will be missed:)!”  I nearly forgot all about it but yesterday I did check to see if he stood by his word……and he did. I give him credit on his follow through.

Where has the right to free speech gone?  I lived in Miami-Dade County for 25 years and as such, have many liberal friends that I dearly love.  Many of those friendships carry over to social media. With social media sites, we are able to keep up with each other’s lives, share stories, thoughts and viewpoints, as well as, participate in good-natured banter on political and newsworthy topics.  I would completely understand if I was saying something mean, hateful or truly offensive.  When did participating in the democratic process and backing a political candidate become offensive? When did we stop encouraging political differences and respect the various viewpoints in this country? When did we forget that Facebook has a “hide post from timeline” function just for the circumstance when one of your friends posts something you don’t want to give timeline visibility? When did we become such easily offended pansies?

As I look at my seemingly insignificant circumstance of an end to a friendship, I see this as a small representation of what is happening to our nation. The Left has declared war on free speech! It is all around us in our everyday lives and is represented heavily in the press.  I saw a headline yesterday that Dr. Ben Carson has declared war on the press, and I say, “It is about time!”  Somebody needs to do this!  The press is protected by the U.S. Constitution, the only business entity that has been given that protection for the sole purpose of protecting free speech. Should our forefathers have foreseen the perverse use of this protection to squash the very right it was meant to preserve?

The press has systematically moved from the ideology of debating the issues, allowing the public to hear both sides and make their own decision.  The Left has systematically moved from a persuasion tactic to a blatant coercion tactic. Coercion is the persuading of an individual by using threats, manipulation, harassment, intimidation and/or force.  Harassment, threats and intimidation have instilled fear in Americans to hold their tongues or to be “politically correct” or otherwise be subjected to isolation, hateful threats and even loss of income by being suspended or fired from their jobs.  Stella Morabito, former intelligence analyst wrote in her piece on mass delusion that political correctness is a tool for centralized power.

When did it become the norm to allow zero tolerance of ideas that go against the liberal agenda?  Actually, public manipulation has been used for years by the Left, who have been employing social psychologists and depth psychologists for decades in their campaigns. Why do you think they never truly address the issues, but launch emotional campaigns such as the “War on Women”?  Emotion is a far more effective way to manipulate the masses than clearly educating them on the issues. After all, knowledge is power and the Left would not want the masses to have any of that.

Kirsten Powers, liberal USA columnist and FOX News contributor is also under attack from her own party over her new book, The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech. In this book she condemns the liberal left.  She truly believes that you win arguments with persuasion rather than coercion.

According to Powers, Media Matters who claims to correct the misinformation of the conservative media, is one of the most damaging forces to free speech. They wage war on investigative journalists who dare to report on anything they do not like.  Sharyl Attkisson, award winning investigative journalist and formerly with CBS is a victim of one of these full frontal attacks from Media Matters when she dared to investigate the White House’s lack of transparency on multiple issues.  Attkisson is just the tip of the iceberg of media personalities that have been attacked by Media Matters for contradicting the Liberal machine. The goal, according to Powers, is to scare other reporters away from investigating issues the Left does not want the American people to see.

As for those who have the courage to be a dissenter, regardless of the social consequences of being viewed as offensive or isolating yourself, dissent on!  Your courage may give other, like-minded folks courage to defy the established narrative. You may even influence others into deeper thinking. Even if they don’t agree with you in the end, they may come to a place of deeper respect for opposing beliefs. In the end, you may have recruited a soldier or two in the fight to preserve Freedom of Speech in America.

 

Sources:

http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/24/liberal-fox-news-contributor-the-illiberal-left-is-killing-free-speech-video/,

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/256531-carson-declares-war-on-the-press,

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/12/09/media-matters-facts-and-me.html,

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/05/02/former-cbs-reporter-sharyl-attkisson-white-house-used-to-calling-the-shots/