Groups: Uphold ‘law of the land’

Groups: Uphold ‘law of the land’

New parties form to defend Constitution
By Katina Caraganis,
Posted: 03/10/2011 07:02:34 AM EST

TOWNSEND — Richard Selfridge believes it’s time for the federal government to get back to basics.

That means a return to the Founding Fathers’ documents — the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights — as the government’s guiding force.

Eight years ago, the longtime independent voter joined the Constitution Party.

“I just felt the other parties were forsaking their duty to abide by the Constitution,” said Selfridge, who is now the state party’s chairman. “As time has gone on, things have continued to go downhill in that respect. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Constitution Party among the growing ranks of

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / BRETT CRAWFORD Richard Selfridge of Townsend, chair of the Massachusetts chapter of the Constitution Party, feels government has overstepped its bounds.

Patriot groups, organizations that, according to the center, believe the federal government has turned its back on the American people.

According to a recent study by the law center, Patriot groups grew by 61 percent in one year, from 512 groups in 2009 to 824 in 2010.

The study also found that 38 Patriot groups have chapters in New England, including six in Massachusetts, 12 in Maine, eight in Connecticut, five in New Hampshire, four in Rhode Island and three in Vermont.

Groups range from militia organizations to “common law” courts, publishers, ministries and citizens’ groups, according to the report.

As to whether he considers the 70-member Constitution Party a Patriot group, Selfridge said it depends on your

definition of a Patriot group.

“If you consider a Patriot group people who believe in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, then yes,” he said. “But if you’re considering it to be one of these wild groups that are out to overthrow the government, then no. I don’t believe in armed conflict. I believe everything should be done peacefully.”

For now, he considers the group a political party, noting that there are chapters of the Constitution Party all across the country, with the national organization based in Pennsylvania.

Oath Keepers

Another Patriot group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center is the Oath Keepers, an organization of police officers and veterans that also looks to the Constitution as its guiding document.

Celia Hyde, who operates an inn in Stow, sits on the national board of directors of Oath Keepers. She said the group vows to follow what the Constitution dictates and not orders from a ruling political party. She estimates there are a “couple hundred” Oath Keepers in Massachusetts.

“All our members are either active or retired police, fire or military, and we all swore an oath to the Constitution,” Hyde said. “We’re living up to what the forefathers did for us as far as creating this elegant piece of paper that gave us what we have today.”

Hyde said the popularity of Patriot groups is not surprising.

“I think people are realizing and finding out that we’ve been taking so many things for granted that we have to start paying attention to what’s going on around us,” she emphasized.

Among the principles members swear to uphold: refusing to disarm Americans; disobeying orders for warrantless searches of people or homes; and disobeying any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants.”

Like Selfridge, Hyde is worried the government is not taking the Constitution seriously.

“It’s gotten swept to the side, and it should be brought back into the forefront,” she said of the Constitution.

A former police chief in Bolton, Hyde said some people associate organizations like Oath Keepers negatively, but once they look into them, their thoughts change.

“I think people sometimes are a little ignorant, and once they dive into what the organizations are all about, they’re mildly surprised to find they are good, basic people who just want to fight for the freedom they have,” she said.


Frank Talty, a political-science professor at UMass Lowell, said he is not surprised by the rise in Patriot groups.

“I think in difficult economic times, people generally are questioning the competence and the motivation of leaders,” he said.

Talty said this political climate exists not only in the United States but across the globe.

“The Irish voters just threw the whole party out of office,” he said. “It’s not just here.

“It’s understandable,” Talty added. “A lot of it can be attributed to political prosperity. I don’t mean to minimize the convictions of people that feel radical changes are needed.”

But Talty said it worries him as a political-science teacher that some groups “look to historic documents to legitimize positions that really aren’t directly derived from those documents.”

“People on both sides of a lot of issues, like health care or stimulus funding, believe in the Constitution,” Talty said. “They all believe in the principles of the Declaration of Independence. I don’t think one group can claim a bigger fidelity to that over another.”

But Selfridge cites the health-care reform law as one of the many unconstitutional creations of government.

“There is nothing constitutional about it,” he said. “That’s an infringement on everyone’s freedom of choice. They are restricting people’s choices. They passed hate-crime legislation, which violates free speech.”

Selfridge said many elected officials fail to uphold their oath to the Constitution.

“Our government has overstepped its bounds,” he said. “They’re more concerned in spreading wealth, which is stealing from one group to give to another. That is morally wrong, and I’m not just pinpointing our president. This goes way back.

“I can’t agree with what they’re doing,” he added. “I think it’s wrong and immoral and unethical, and I definitely think it’s unconstitutional.”

Hyde said her involvement in the movement has made her more aware of what’s going on in the world. She is hopeful the state of politics can turn around.

“I’m able to pay more attention to what is going on in the country and abroad,” she said. “I think we’re in a confused state, and I think that people don’t know which end is up. People are losing their jobs and they’re running scared. I’m hoping we’ll wait it out and things will start turning around.”

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Citizens fight back against depraved anti-Semitic, homosexual musical play at high school

See the shocking VIDEO posted by citizens!

[CPOMA Editor’s Note] The following is courtesy of MassResistance, detailing the hypocrisy of much of the “so-called” diversity movement.  True diversity means to recognize the rights of the INDIVIDUAL under the law, and not to promote, or degrade, any group.  What we need is the media to actually report/investigate all sides of an issue, and report the facts, not an already determined conclusion to advance an agenda.

If you are a resident of Concord you should get to the Town Meeting, and be heard.  If you are not from there you should read the following (and the included video) as well.  This same thing could be coming to your town as well.

Even if you are an Anti-Semite or homosexual, it is still morally wrong to denigrate another group, while decrying the same thing.

To the Christian, or pro-family people out there:  Doesn’t it seem that only your view is considered to be “hate speech?”  Believe it or not, we still do have a right to speak, under the 1st Amendment.  Those rights are eroding, partly by the failure to exercise those rights.  It’s time to speak up, and educate those around you about the truth of these issues. – RJP


A vile, homosexual-themed anti-Semitic musical play that was performed at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in December 2009 is the subject of community outrage.

The high school has long been a center of aggressive homosexual indoctrination and the accompanying hostility toward religious belief. Intimidation of students and parents with traditional religious values has become an everyday occurrence there. Recently a group of CCHS teachers publicly “came out” as homosexuals and lesbians to a group of students – and encouraged the students to do the same — in a widely celebrated after-school event.

But this was possibly the most outrageous and insulting public activity ever by a Massachusetts high school. This was (according to press reports) the first time a high school had performed “Falsettos”, a vulgar homosexual-themed play that is blatantly anti-Semitic and mocking of the Jewish religion and its traditions. It’s hard to believe that anyone would even write something so hideous, much less have kids be a part of it. The play was directed by Peter Atlas, a long time homosexual activist and CCHS faculty member who was an early collaborator with GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings, currently Obama’s “Safe Schools” czar.

At the time of the play’s production, the MassResistance’s report on it caused enough waves in Concord that the Boston Globe’s local edition published a puff article celebrating the school’s production of the play.

Outrage from Orthodox rabbis

Last year Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the national Orthodox Rabbinical Alliance of America, sent a letter to the Concord Superintendent of Schools condemning the play and demanding an apology, after having been informed about it by the citizens group.

Unfortunately, the reaction from the Concord school officials and town officials has been condescending toward the Rabbi’s comments, and hostility and defiance toward the concerned citizens. The high school principal says that the play “It’s about love, it’s about caring . . . ” The Superintendent says that the play is about “diversity.”

Making a video to tell the story

But a group of Concord and Carlisle citizens find the play so overwhelmingly offensive that they are fighting back and taking on the town’s liberal establishment. Concord citizen Lee Ann Kay, whose two children went through Concord schools, is bravely leading the charge.

Lee Ann and some others meticulously produced a video exposing the depravities of the CCHS production and making a case for a vote of condemnation at the upcoming Town Meeting in late April.

VIDEO by Concord citizens, led by Lee Ann Kay, exposing this hideous school play for the upcoming Town Meeting.

An angry backlash from the liberal establishment has begun. Pro-gay and anti-religious activists innundated YouTube and persuaded them to remove it. But ultimately the play is indefensible The harder they try to defend the play, the more they try to demonize Lee Ann and the others, in a sense the weirder and more comical the liberals look.

This is a fight that needs to be fought. We applaud Lee Ann and her brave friends in Concord and Carlisle.

COMING UP: Wait till you see the video of Lee Ann Kay and another citizen attempting to discuss the play with the Concord-Carlisle School Committee. A display of unbelievable arrogance.


These people continue to defend this anti-Semitic trash:

Diana F. Rigby
Superintendent Of Schools
978.341.2490 X8112

Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee

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