Friday, 18 May 2018
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Principles of Liberty

The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World

Every law proposed should be evaluated on the basis of these 28 principles.

  1. The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
  2. A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
  3. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.
  4. Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
  5. All things were created by God, therefore upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him they are equally responsible.
  6. All men are created equal.
  7. The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
  8. Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
  9. To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.
  10. The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
  11. The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
  12. The United States of America shall be a republic.
  13. A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
  14. Life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.
  15. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
  16. The government should be separated into three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial.
  17. A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
  18. The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution.
  19. Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained in the people.
  20. Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.
  21. Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.
  22. A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men.
  23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.
  24. A free people will not survive unless they stay strong.
  25. "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none." 
  26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.
  27. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.
  28. The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.

Source: Over 150 volumes of the Founding Fathers original writings, minutes, letters, biographies, etc. distilled in The Five Thousand Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen, Published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies, 1981.

Posted on 05/16/2018 10:58 AM by Bobbie Patray
Friday, 11 May 2018
Legislative Updates 2018


The second session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly will convene at noon on January 9, 2019. With all that has been happening and an explosive election season on the horizon, the promises to be a VERY interesting session and you will not want to miss anything!!  Make sure you are signed up to receive the important Legislative Updates that will enable you to be an informed participant in your state government. Go HERE to sign up today.

*FINAL* Legislative Update, April 28, 2018

Legislative Update, April 21, 2018

Legislative Update, April 14, 2018

Legislative Update, April 7, 2018

Legislative Update, March 31, 2018

Legislative Update, March 24, 2018

Legislative Update, March 17, 2018

Legislative Update, March 10, 2018

Legislative Update, March 3, 2018

Legislative Update, February 17, 2018

Legislative Update, February 10, 2018

Legislative Update, February 3, 2018

Legislative Update, January 27, 2018

Legislative Update, January 20, 2018

Legislative Update, January 13, 2018

Posted on 05/11/2018 1:45 PM by Bobbie Patray
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Election Information

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of the Congress [editor adds:vote'and State Legislatures]. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national [and State] legislature....If the next centennial does not find us a great will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." President James Garfield

Candidates for Governor, the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, State Senate, State House of Representatives, and others are on the ballot.

Candidates for Governor are HERE.

Candidates for the State Senate and State House are HERE.

 2018 Tennessee Eagle Forum Candidate Questionnaire

 Chart on Returned 2018 Legislative Questionnaire

 Legislature District Maps - Tennessee General Assembly


August 2, 2018 - State and Federal Primary -- Date: August 2,2018
April 5, 2018 Candidate Qualifying Deadline:April 5, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Qualifying Deadline (FOR STATE/FEDERAL/FARRAGUT CANDIDATES)
April 12, 2018 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline:April 12, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Withdrawal Deadline (FOR STATE/FEDERAL/FARRAGUT CANDIDATES)
May 4, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
July 3, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
July 13, 2018 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
July 26, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
July 28, 2018 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period


2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018
August 8, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
October 8, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
October 17, 2018 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
November 1, 2018 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period


The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 7:00 AM to 8:00PM ET/7:00 PM CT
Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-3-201. Hours of election: Polling places shall be open for voting for a minimum of ten (10) continuous hours but no more than thirteen (13) hours. All polling places in counties in the eastern time zone shall close at eight o'clock p.m. (8:00 p.m.) prevailing time and polling places in counties in the central time zone shall close at seven o'clock p.m. (7:00 p.m.) prevailing time.

Register to Vote

To download the Tennessee Voter Registration Application, go HERE.

Hold Politicians' Feet to the Fire: A Citizen's Checklist for Assessing Government Actions


Voter Responsibility: Pray and Act
Click here to view a video on the importance of Christians voting.

Why it's a Christian's Duty to Vote
Click here to view a 3 minute video on the right and duty of American citizens to vote in every election.


Criteria: Selecting Those Who Will Represent You

Locate Your County Election Commission

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Tennessee Online Campaign Finance
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Posted on 05/01/2018 1:48 PM by Bobbie Patray
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