Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Declaration of Independence

The Harrison County Republicans hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Fourth of July.

If you have a few minutes, we encourage you to remember the 1337 words that we are celebrating today, words that changed the word:

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is in the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let the Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislaton:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond the Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by ORDER and
in BEHALF OF THE CONGRESS
JOHN HANCOCK,
PRESIDENT.

ATTEST.
CHARLES THOMSON,
SECRETARY.

PHILADELPHIA:
PRINTED BY JOHN DUNLAP..

Happy Birthday, America!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July Party Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Harrison County Republican Party will be held at the Government Center in Corydon at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Play in the Harrison County GOP Golf Scramble!

It's almost time for the Harrison County GOP's annual golf scramble.

The scramble will be held on the afternoon of Friday, June 26, at Chariot Run Golf Course (driving instructions are available here).

With Indiana opening back up from the Wuhan virus lockdown, Chariot Run has reopened. They course has adopted rigorous safety measures so that everyone can play golf in a healthy and safe environment, and we will be following their careful guidance to ensure our golf scramble is safe and fun event. Depending on state guidance, these measures may be reduced further by the date of the scramble.

Registration starts at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

Entry fees are $120 for an individual and $400 for a team of four.

This amount includes the green fees, cart, goodie bag, sleeve of balls, tees, and lunch (which will be served beforehand at 1:30 p.m.).

Awards will be presented after the scramble and will include prizes for best team, closest to the pin, longest drive, and longest putt. We will also have a putting contest.

If you are interested in playing, you can email us at the address on the right, or you can print out the registration form and mail it to us.

The form can be downloaded here (click print in the upper portion of the screen).

The form should be mailed to Harrison County GOP, P.O. Box 729, Corydon, IN 47112.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 23.

If you would like to be a sponsor or provide a door prize, you can email us or note that on the form also.

Whether your golf game is mostly birdies or mostly bogeys (or somewhere in between), it’s sure to be a fun time.

Hope to see you at the scramble!

June Party Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Harrison County Republican Party will be held at the Government Center in Corydon at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lincoln Day Postponement

Hello everyone,

Because of CDC and Indiana State Department of Health guidance to avoid holding large events for the next several weeks, we have decided to postpone the annual Harrison County Lincoln Day Dinner, which would have been held on Monday, April 6.

As much as we all look forward to seeing each other at the dinner each year, the health and safety of everyone in our community must be our paramount concern.

We will be rescheduling the dinner, but do not have a date yet. The rescheduled date will be announced later. We have spoken with Senator Mike Braun's staff, and he will hopefully remain our speaker at the new date.

Deadlines associated with the James L. Shireman Civics Scholarship are likewise being postponed, as the Scholarship is awarded at the dinner.

For those that have paid for tickets in advance, several options are available:
  1. A full refund is available to anyone wanting it.
  2. We can hold your check and count it toward your tickets to the rescheduled Lincoln Day Dinner. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, we will provide a full refund at that time.

Most payments we have received for advance ticket payment are by check and have not been deposited. If you want the payment to count toward tickets to the rescheduled dinner, we will not deposit your check until then.

Advance ticket buyers can let us know their preference by calling Holli Castetter at 812-972-2445 or by emailing the address on the right.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please be safe and follow all health guidelines to help reduce the risks to yourself and those around you.

Prayers,

Scott

Scott Fluhr
Chairman
Harrison County Republican Party



P.S.
Contrary to rumors, there are at present no plans to cancel or reschedule the June Republican state convention.

Additional information and resources about the COVID-19 outbreak are available from the following:

Indiana State Department of Health Website

Harrison County, Indiana Health Department Website

Harrison County, Indiana Health Department Facebook Page

Harrison County Hospital Website

Harrison County Hospital Facebook Page

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March Party Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Harrison County Republican Party will be held at the Government Center in Corydon at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.