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Biden’s Boondoggle in Afghanistan is America’s Waterloo

The following letter to the editor was written by our Chairman Nick De Mayo and appeared in the New Hampshire Union Leader on August 26, 2021.

IN OCTOBER 1781, after many bloody years of fighting, the world turned upside-down when British Lt. General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia, pretty much ending the Revolutionary War. Like Joe Biden, who hid and cowered in his camp (Camp David in this case) after his recent loss of Afghanistan to the murderous Taliban, Cornwallis, upon his loss of the American colonies, feigned illness, hid in his camp, and surrendered his sword to Washington via an underling, prompting Washington to appoint an underling to accept Cornwallis’ sword of surrender. America gained its independence while Great Britain lost part of its empire, world-wide prestige and vast political power, not to mention control of the vast natural resources of America … timber, coal, fur, gold, silver, coal, and its talent. The British spent millions of pounds to finance a war that would become the high-water mark of their empire as it marked the beginning of the decline.

Again, the world turned upside-down when Napoleon, on June 18, 1815, lost at the Battle of Waterloo resulting in loss of power and prestige for France, and the ability to more easily export its traditional culture. Similarly, Napoleon was deposed, and France, like Great Britain in the loss of the Revolutionary War, spent much in money and men, and lost much afterwards.

What do we expect of Joe Biden’s fumbling and bumbling with his surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan? Similar expectations as those which occurred in the first two scenarios?! Let’s look at the facts.

In addition to losing trillions of taxpayers’ dollars in weapons, infrastructure and training over 20 years, thousands of U.S. servicemen and women have lost limbs and lives to this lengthy endeavor. The will of the U.S. military under the present commander in the White House, from the Defense Department to the general staff, seem unwilling to commit to the fight, as was the case with the British after losing in America in 1781 and the French after losing to the British in Belgium in 1815.

Additionally, America has lost influence and prestige around the world with our allies and those we claim to protect through our international treaties. Do you think South Koreans are resting easy with this Middle East fiasco? How about Taiwan (formerly, the island of Formosa named by the Portuguese for “beautiful island”) … do you think the Taiwanese are assured of America’s long-standing commitment to protect their independence from mainland Communist China?

Who is going to trust America after this sudden abandonment of its own citizens, and those who acted as translators, guides and adherents of western culture? What about the safety of those women and girls who were promised human rights, education and western freedoms who were spared from Sharia Law for the last 20 years?

Where are the thousands of voices of the progressives of the Democrat Party who demanded women’s rights for the last 50 or so years? Why are they silent now?

In the words of retired General B.B. Ball:

“America will be known as an unreliable, bankrupt, ex-world power … Traditional friends and allies will no longer look to America for leadership as an example of the strength offered by free, democratic, capitalistic and Judeo-Christian ideals. The age of socialism, communism and dictatorial theocracy is now shadowing the entire globe. Freedom’s Beacon has turned off for the former Free World and all who aspire for liberty. All this at the feeble hands of an incompetent and senile old man guided by unelected, gutless, socialist, anti-American ideologues who control his every move.”

It’s time for Joe Biden to resign, be impeached, or certainly not re-elected. He has demonstrated that he is unfit to hold the crucial office of President of the United States.

New Hampshire voters facilitate the administration’s ineptitude by sending a quartet of liberal, socialist, progressives to Washington. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Chris Pappas and Ann Kuster can be relied upon to always toe the party line and support every destructive Democrat proposal that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and The Squad dream up.

These leftists even support communist ideas like “federalizing” our elections, banning voter ID proposals, eliminating the Electoral College…proposals that do not help New Hampshire nor America. Our federal delegates seem to support every stupid, America-destroying notion proposed by the befuddled occupant of the White House. The next fiasco for the New Hampshire and American taxpayer is the $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill, the keystone of Biden’s agenda.

This has to stop! Help New Hampshire and America get back on the right track by changing who we send to Congress. Vote for conservative candidates next time around.

Nick De Mayo, M.Ed., is a retired school teacher and Northern Grafton County Republican Committee chairman. He lives in Sugar Hill.

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Kudos to all for development of the NH State Budget

In short, the latest New Hampshire State Budget signed into law by Governor Chris Sununu, and passed by the New Hampshire State Legislature largely with Republican support, focuses on many aspects of everyday life of Granite Staters. Who, in his/her right mind, doesn’t like lower taxes and more benefits?

Overall, this 2021 New Hampshire State Budget provides: help for Main Street businesses; property tax reduction; education funding; education improvement; help for working families; improvements in the field of Mental Health Services; improvement in Health Care Services; promotion of safe communities; protection for our environment; protection for children; promotes homeless shelter programs; improvements to Infrastructure; increased savings for the “Rainy Day Fund;” strengthening anti-discrimination laws; and lastly, protection for life.

This creative NH State Budget provides tax relief to various segments of NH society: families, senior citizens, and small businesses. 

Over the next 10 years, for example, Granite Staters will realize over $1 Billion (with a “B!) in tax savings.  Some ways in which this is accomplished are: lowering the Rooms and Meals Tax by 5.55% to 8.5%, and reducing taxes on small business with inclusion of reduction in the BET business tax by 8.33% with a similar reduction in the BPT business tax by 1.30%; fully eliminating the Interest and Dividends Tax for those seniors with IRA’s and other Savings Plans; exempting over 30,000 small NH businesses from even filing taxes by raising minimum business tax thresholds; and, by providing $100 Million to NH small businesses in PPP tax relief. These should all translate into savings for NH businesses, residents and families, and visitors.

Thanks to New Hampshire voters, who, by capturing the Legislative and Executive Trifecta, have made economic policy pay off for New Hampshire!

Nick De Mayo

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Local Northern Grafton County Representative Accountability

LTE, “How your local Northern Grafton County representatives voted on GUN CONTROL, year-to-date”

In order to help voters in the communities of Northern Grafton County understand more about how their local representatives are voting when down in Concord, the following gives some meaningful explanation and transparency on GUN CONTROL votes.  Check recent editions of local newspapers to learn about local reps’ votes on TAXES and FEES and EDUCATION.

EGAN, Timothy (Democrat, Sugar Hill)

  • AGAINST: permitting self-defense within a vehicle (HB 197);
  • AGAINST: strengthening the right to keep and bear arms (CACR 8);
  • AGAINST: clarifying that displaying a firearm does not constitute reckless conduct (HB 195);
  • AGAINST: stating that displaying a firearm to warn away a trespasser is not a crime (HB 196);
  • AGAINST: requiring political subdivisions to obey state law regarding firearms regulation (HB 307);
  • AGAINST: making it faster for law-abiding citizens to obtain approval from a background check (SB 141);
  • AGAINST: prohibiting the state from enforcing any federal statute, regulation, or Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms (SB 154).

MASSAMILLA, Linda (Democrat, Littleton)

  • AGAINST: permitting self-defense within a vehicle (HB 197);
  • AGAINST: strengthening the right to keep and bear arms (CACR 8);
  • AGAINST: clarifying that displaying a firearm does not constitute reckless conduct (HB 195);
  • AGAINST: requiring political subdivisions to obey state law regarding firearms regulation (HB 307);
  • AGAINST: allowing law-abiding persons to carry a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile (HB 334);
  • AGAINST: making it faster for law-abiding citizens to obtain approval from a background check (SB 141);
  • AGAINST: prohibiting the state from enforcing any federal statute, regulation, or Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms (SB 154).

RUPRECHT, Denny (Democrat, Landaff)

  • Absent: permitting self-defense within a vehicle (HB 197);
  • ABSENT: strengthening the right to keep and bear arms (CACR 8);
  • ABSENT: clarifying that displaying a firearm does not constitute reckless conduct (HB 195);
  • ABSENT: stating that displaying a firearm to warn away a trespasser is not a crime (HB 196);
  • ABSENT: requiring political subdivisions to obey state law regarding firearms regulation (HB 307);
  • ABSENT: allowing law-abiding persons to carry a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile (HB 334);
  • AGAINST: making it faster for law-abiding citizens to obtain approval from a background check (SB 141);
  • AGAINST: prohibiting the state from enforcing any federal statute, regulation, or Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms (SB 154).

In the wise words of Beta MetanI’Marashi, “Before you cast your vote, be sure you don’t cast your freedom out of the window.  Please be sure you do not vote for anyone who is out there after your freedom, after your religion, and after your gun!  What they have in common?…Fascist Socialist, Nazist Socialist, Marxist Socialist, Democrat Socialist, Global Socialist?”

Nick De Mayo, M.Ed., NGCRC, Chairman

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How your local Northern Grafton representatives voted on EDUCATION

In order to keep voters in Northern Grafton communities apprised of how their local representatives are voting in Concord on various issues, this list provides some transparency.  Two weeks ago, the topics of TAXES & FEES were presented for your inspection.  The topic for this message is: EDUCATION.

EGAN, Timothy (Democrat, Sugar Hill):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • AGAINST: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • AGAINST: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).

MASSAMILLA, Linda (Democrat, Littleton):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • AGAINST: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • AGAINST: requiring students in the university and college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US Civics Naturalization test (HB 319);
  • AGAINST: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).

SIMON, Matthew (Republican, Littleton):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194).

RUPRECHT, Denny (Democrat, Landaff):

  • ABSENT: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • ABSENT: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • ABSENT: requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US Civics Naturalization test (HB 319);
  • ABSENT: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).
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How Your Local Representatives Have Voted

In order to help voters in northern Grafton County towns learn more about how their local representatives are voting in Concord, the following list gives some meaningful explanation. These are the results in the category of TAXES and FEES.

Egan, Timothy (Democrat, Sugar Hill)

  • FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR 1)
  • AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • AGAINST requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)

Massamilla, Linda (Democrat, Littleton)

  • FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR 2)
  • AGAINST requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions and ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB 351)

DePalma IV, Joseph (Republican, Littleton)

  • ABSENT: Shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • ABSENT: Requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)

Ruprecht, Denny (Democrat, Landaff)

  • ABSENT: Requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR: Shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • ABSENT: Prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • ABSENT: Prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • AGAINST: Requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • ABSENT: Reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • ABSENT: Reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)
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Flag Day ‘Flag Waving’

The Northern Grafton County Republican Committee will be conducting a Flag Day event honoring the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the time of the Revolutionary War in 1775, many colonists were not fighting under the colors of a single flag, but under their own flags.
The Second Continental Congress created the Continental Army, a unified colonial fighting force, which led to the creation of the first “American” flag, which was known as the “Continental Colors.”

This flag was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the upper-left-corner which was similar to the British flag.  General George Washington rejected the idea of a flag which even remotely looked like the British flag!  

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from creating the Articles of Confederation, and passed a resolution stating that the “the flag of the United States of America be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and that the Union in the upper left-corner be 13 stars white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In 1885, Bernard Cigrand, a small Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14th.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14th as Flag Day.  The American flag is synonymously referred to as “The Stars and Stripes” as well as “Old Glory.”

Please bring your own flag, and join the NGCRC in honoring our flag on June 14th at the Mascoma Bank Knoll across the street from the Littleton Opera House from 12:00 pm, noon, to 2:00 pm, rain or shine.

And, remember the NGCRC will be conducting our monthly meeting that later that night at 6:00 pm at the Littleton Elks Lodge in Bethlehem

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How New Hampshire Democrats are voting in Concord

This list represents how New Hampshire Democrat representatives scattered throughout the state have been voting in the New Hampshire General Court in Concord through April 9, 2021.

On all of these votes, more than 90% – in most cases 97% – of Republicans voted the other way.

TAXES & FEES

  • 97% AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • 97% AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • 100% FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • 98% AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • 99% AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)

EDUCATION

  • 99% AGAINST giving parents more information about students’ assessments. (HB194)
  • 98% AGAINST expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools. (HB388)
  • 96% AGAINST requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US civics naturalization test. (HB319)
  • 100% AGAINST requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students. (HB278)

GUN CONTROL

  • 96% AGAINST permitting self-defense within a vehicle. (HB197)
  • 97% AGAINST requiring political subdivisions to obey state law regarding firearms regulation. (HB307)
  • 85% AGAINST allowing law-abiding persons to carry a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile. (HB334)
  • 97% AGAINST strengthening the right to keep and bear arms. (CACR8)
  • 93% AGAINST stating that displaying a firearm to warn away a trespasser is not a crime. (HB196)
  • 97% AGAINST clarifying that displaying a firearm does not constitute reckless conduct. (HB195)

ELECTION INTEGRITY

  • 99% AGAINST improving voter checklists to remove people who have moved or died. (HB285)
  • 100% AGAINST requiring the same level of identity for absentee ballot requests as all other voting. (HB292)

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • 99% AGAINST requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature for the taking of property in a declared emergency. (HB402)
  • 97% AGAINST guaranteeing free exercise of religion even during a state of emergency. (HB542)
  • 97% AGAINST protecting religious services as essential services that may not be unduly burdened. (HB440)

OTHER

  • 98% FOR presuming the defendant is guilty until proven innocent. (HB246)
  • 97% AGAINST allowing school nurses to have associate (community college) degrees rather than bachelor’s degrees. (HB349)
  • 91% AGAINST prohibiting municipalities from requiring a license for children to operate a lemonade stand. (HB183)
  • 91% AGAINST allowing after market window tinting to the same degree as can be ordered on new vehicles. (HB224)
  • 100% FOR spending public funds for abortions. (HB2-1068)
  • 91% AGAINST requiring that any baby born alive shall not be killed just because it was unwanted. (HB233)
  • 98% AGAINST prohibiting abortions after 24 weeks. (HB625)