GAGOP Grassroots Newsletter, December 19, 2012Posted by GAGOP on Dec 22, 2012
December 19th, 2012
Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all children are special, that they are gifts from God, gifts beyond price that mean more than any presents money can buy. In their love and laughter, in our hopes for their future lies the true meaning of Christmas.
- Ronald Reagan, December 23rd, 1981
9:00AM – DeKalb County GOP – Ringing the Bell for Joe Burton
9:00AM – Sen. Jim Tysinger Breakfast. Info: 770-457-2375
Special Election SD 11 & 21, HD 21.
7:00PM – Gordon County GOP Meeting @ Calhoun Depot
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Did You Know?
Tuesday marked the 147th year since slavery was abolished by ratification of the 13th amendment?
These are the times that try men’s souls …
Thomas Paine published his first “American Crisis” Essay on December 19th, 1776?
The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21st, 1620?
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th in the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Since the Hebrew calendar is lunar rather than solar, Hanukkah falls on a different day each year, anywhere from November to early January on the standard calendar.
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From The Chairman’s Desk
There are no words to describe the sorrow I feel for the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. The families and friends of the victims remain in our constant thoughts and prayers as we struggle to make sense of this senseless act.
As with any tragic event like this, it is natural for people to want to find someone or something on which to place blame. Because of this, gun control has become a topic of conversation over the past few days. While this is no time to politicize a tragedy, I would like to remind everyone that no level of legislation, bureaucracy, or regulation would have stopped that man from making the choices that he made that day. The blame for this deplorable act rest squarely on the shoulders of the shooter and not on any weapon that he carried.
I ask that each of you keep the people of the Newtown community in your thoughts and prayers as we approach what is sure to be a most difficult holiday season. May God bless the souls of the lost.
All my best,
Christmas Memories From Governor Deal & The First Lady
January 8th Special Elections
Some Georgians still have some voting to do as a result of local run-offs or filling vacancies in Senate Districts 11 & 21 and House District 21. Run-offs and Special Elections will be held on January 8th. For additional information visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page”
The 2012 Presidential Electoral College Ballot Casting Ceremony
On December 17th Georgia’s 16 Electors met to cast their votes for President of the United States and Vice-President of the United States on behalf of the people of Georgia.
The ceremony took place at Noon in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Atlanta. All 16 electors, their guests, spectators, and the media were present for the event where all 16 votes were cast for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The meeting was chaired by Georgia GOP Chairman Sue P. Everhart, with Anne Lewis acting as Secretary. The entire delegation of Electors were present.
The Electors (in no particular order): Teresa J. Chappell, Randy Evans, Sue P. Everhart, Darrell Galloway, Linda Herren, Kathy Stahlman Hildebrand, Jimmy Ho, Anne Lewis, Kelley L. Loeffler, Robert Mayzes, Lautoria Morgan, Chip Pearson, Sonny Perdue, Frank Strickland, Eric J. Tanenblatt, and Julianne E.H. Thompson.
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A Veterans Christmas Message of Remembrance
You and I are our fathers and mother’s sons and daughters. We are nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters, friends and legacy bearers of those at rest and amongst us today in our thoughts. Together we share in their memories of military service, a vocation, no matter the length of service. They served so we could witness to soldier’s sacrifices this much blest season. So, picture that loved one or recall a veteran at rest here or many miles away, perhaps a buddy family member lost in the war. Can you see their face, picture their name…..can you hear their voice?
The Christmas wreath, that eternal circle of life, today’s pillow of comfort for those at rest who may have served around to world and are a peace amongst us. The Wreath, a perfect symbol of Alpha and Omega…The beginning and the end……it says so much about who we are as an American people. We are galvanized by a common belief that we are always there for one another and our country in the pursuit truth, freedom and trust in Almighty God. We remember, honor, teach and inform, that is the sustainment of what we do as a freedom loving peoples symbolized by the poignant Christmas wreath. Together we speak for nearly 800,000 of Georgia’s veteran’s and over 23 million Veterans’ across America when we say remembering those who were prepared to fight and fought for our freedoms is a window into our own futures because you too will be remembered for what you did for others in this life.
On occasion, I am asked if being a soldier is a calling, a justified and noble path to walk and what examples do we have. The first example of military service is found in the Old Testament (Genesis 14). Abraham’s nephew Lot was kidnapped by king of Elam and his allies. Abraham formed a quick reaction force as it were and rallied to Lot’s aid by gathering 318 trained men of his household and defeating the Elamites. Here we see armed forces engaged in a noble task—rescuing and protecting the innocent.
In the New Testament, Jesus marveled when a Roman centurion (an officer in charge of one hundred soldiers) approached Him. The centurion’s response to Jesus indicated his clear understanding of authority, as well as his faith in Jesus. Jesus did not denounce his career. Many centurions mentioned in the New Testament are praised as Christians, God-fearers, and men of good character
You see, soldiers are not only special protectors amongst us who stand between the oppressed and the oppressor…they have unseen role models who also serve their Commander-In-Chief and they are angels. But can angels also be described as “soldiers of God”? I would believe so because the role of an angel is to ensure that God’s will is carried out here on earth. The mission of many of the men and women serving in America’s armed forces wittingly and unwittingly serve the Republic in much the same way.
There are many stories throughout history and including recent history where angels appeared to humankind and amongst soldiers. Even in our time letters are written home and accountings passed to loved ones. Few perhaps are disseminated to the public of soldier’s witnessing supernatural experiences of spiritual
Let’s see: The Torah and the Bible say in the sixth chapter of 2 Kings 6:17, prophet Elisha gained confidence during war because an invisible army of angels was protecting the Israelites. When one of Elisha’s servants who couldn’t see the angels at first saw the enemy’s army surround the city where they were staying, he panicked and asked Elisha what to do. Verse 16 reports that Elisha replied: “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha prayed that God would open the servant’s eyes, and then the servant was able to see a whole army of angels with chariots of fire in the hills above the city. Yet another period in recent history speaks to us…..During a World War I battle that took place near Mons, Belgium in 1914 became famous for its accounts of an army of angels that stood on the front lines between the two warring sides: the British and the Germans. Over six days as the battle raged on, many soldiers and officers from both sides reported that angels dressed in shining white clothing appeared during fierce fighting, sometimes floating in between the two armies or stretching out their hands toward the soldiers.
Yes, the Christmas wreath has a special meaning and place for them and us. For to some those in repose in the nation’s military and private cemeteries may have very well walked and fought with conviction and obedience as soldiers with angels. You may lament…Well, I am not a Veteran so I am not worthy……I say not so! Whenever you honor a veteran, provide welcomed comfort, a kind word, visit a community assisted living residence, process a successful veterans claim, sustain veteran benefits as a public servant, collect donations for needy veterans, serve a veteran at a business or an employee, you are an honorary Veteran. So honor them well and visit with a veteran before we visit them at rest. I am sure they bless you when you do. In the words of my Father who fought the good fight and cared for his soldiers unceasingly, his take away was: Do something for someone each day….
We hold our heads high because those at rest and those walking amongst us call out as of now and say “Thank You”!……you are also remembered. We will someday meet the unbroken chain of Hero’s. So picture at this moment as you read this reflection a special Veteran whom you keep in your heart or cherish and hold their wisdom. There, there they are in your memory…they are not forgotten. The conversations of the battles or the service stories and family talks are fresh and real. Yes, their memory cannot be extinguished because they are part of the unbroken ranks of the Army, Air force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. So, when you glance up a hill, perhaps or pan an open field, when distressed or in peril, or when all appears hopeless, perhaps, there the soldier angels are.
Those at rest are smiling today at your remembrance because you took the time to recall the difference they made in yours and others lives for noble tasks. Have no doubts. They are us and we are them………all children waiting to be called home after our assigned mission is decided complete by the Heavenly Commander-in-Chief.
Merry Christmas and thank God for it!
COL. Lawrence Mrozinski (RET.) USA
Holiday Message from GAGOP Faith-Based Outreach Chairman Terri Green
Dear Fellow Georgians,
It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and 2013 is upon us, and the season of Hanukkah, a Jewish Holiday known as the Festival of Lights, and the advent season of Christmas, is here.
Hanukkah is a happy, festive, joyous eight-day Jewish celebration that starts on Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar (same as November-December on the Gregorian calendar). It is also called the Festival of Lights. The word Hanukkah means “dedication.”
Hanukkah is an important feast for the Jewish people, for it reminds them of how God miraculously delivered their ancestors when they were persecuted.
On the first day, the shammash, the prominent branch of the Hanukkah Menorah, the nine-branched lamp is lighted. Theshammash, which means “servant,” is usually in the center and is the tallest of the branches of the menorah. From it each of the other branches is lighted on subsequent days, until all are lighted.
The Jewish people celebrated this great eight-day festival of Hanukkah, sometimes calling it the “Festival of the Dedication of the Altar,” “the Memorial of the Purification of the Temple,” and the “Festival of the Lights.”
Save the Dates: 2013 GAGOP Convention Cycle
With the 2012 Election Cycle now safely in our rear-view mirror, the Georgia Republican Party is gearing up for the 2013 Convention Cycle! Please review the dates below, and mark them in your calendar!
Precinct Mass Meetings: Saturday, February 9th, 2013
County Conventions: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
District Conventions: Saturday, April 20th, 2013
GAGOP State Convention (Athens, GA): May 17th – 18th, 2013
For more information, please contact your County GOP Chairman by visiting: http://www.gagop.org/local/county/.
Help Lead the Charge Today!
In the shadow of the reelection of Barack Obama, Georgians should stand evermore resolved to spread our message and return America to prosperity, strength, hard work and the American Dream. Georgians took a stand on November 6th by giving our electoral votes to the Romney/Ryan ticket, electing a new Republican Congressman in Doug Collins, and re-electing our two PSC Commissioners while strengthening our majorities in the Georgia General Assembly!
Our state still holds the ideals that this country was founded on and we proved that on Election Day. However, we saw that the course of our country is significantly changing. We must now continue our fight to take back our America and continue moving Georgia forward!
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