"One may well ask: 'How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?' The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'an unjust law is no law at all.'
Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.
...Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong. ...A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law.
I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was 'legal' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was 'illegal.' It was 'illegal' to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Editor's Note: Republican candidate for governor Tom Hoefling was asked by The Chronicle for his reaction to the Toledo and Tama June 3 primary results which showed him out-polling Gov. Terry Branstad 64-57 in Toledo and losing by a single vote 41-40 in Tama.
Here was Hoefling's message received in an email on June 4:
"I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Toledo and Tama for their votes on Tuesday," "Your experience with the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home is an object lesson in what happens when government gets it wrong. The real world isn't made up of the rhetoric of politicians, the machinations of lawyers, or entries on a bureaucrat's ledger. in fact, it consists of real people, real families, and real communities, who bleed when they're cut," Hoefling wrote.
"My prayers are with your community, that over the long haul, the spirit of your people will overcome this adversity."
“If any should say, it is in vain for them as individuals to be vigilant, zealous and firm in pursuing any measures for the security of our rights, unless all would unite: I would reply: Ages are composed of seconds, the earth of sands, and the sea of drops, too small to be seen by the naked eye. The smallest particles have their influence.
Such is our state, that each individual has a proportion of influence on some neighbor at least; he, on another, and so on; as in a river, the following drop urges that which is before, and every one through the whole length of the stream has like influence.
We know not, what individuals may do. We are not at liberty to lie dormant until we can, at once, influence the whole. We must begin with the weight we have. Should the little springs neglect to flow till a general agreement should take place, the torrent that now bears down all before it, would never be formed.
These mighty floods have their rise in single drops from the rocks, which, uniting, creep along till they meet with another combination so small that it might be absorbed by the travelers foot. These unite, proceed, enlarge, till mountains tremble at their sound.
Let us receive instruction from the streams, and without discouragement, pursue a laudable plan.”
-- Nathaniel Niles
"If you perform your part, you must have the strongest confidence that the same Almighty Being who protected your pious and venerable forefathers, who enabled them to turn a barren wilderness into a fruitful field, who so often made bare His arm for their salvation, will still be mindful of you, their offspring...May this Almighty Being graciously preside in all our councils. May He direct us to such measures as He Himself shall approve, and be pleased to bless. May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole earth, until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the world in one common undistinguishable ruin!"
-- Dr. Joseph Warren, March 5, 1772
Common Core Advocates Hail Tuesday Primaries As Vindication
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/04/common-core-advocates-hail-tuesday-primaries-as-vindication/#ixzz33mIW6pn9
From Tom Hoefling's statement last night:
We fought the political status quo, and the status quo won an overwhelming victory.
In other words, nothing important has changed. Tomorrow, they will still be murdering innocent, helpless babies in our state, under the color of "law." Even though the supreme law of the land, and of our state, explicitly requires the equal protection of the right to life of every person.
Tomorrow, in Iowa, they will still be pretending to "marry" men to men, and women to women, even though such is an obvious violation of the laws of nature and nature's God, and the Iowa Code.
Tomorrow, in Iowa and across our land, judges will still believe, and act as if, they rule over us, and over our constitutions and laws, with few in the executive or legislative branches with the understanding, will, and courage to disabuse them of that false notion.
Tomorrow, in Iowa, the insidious Common Core final takeover of our local schools will continue apace, with the support of our incumbent governor and the rest of the political establishment.
Tomorrow, the leaders of the State of Iowa will still be pushing crony capitalism, ie legal plunder, ie state socialism, while pretending that it is "economic development."
Tomorrow, Iowa will still have the highest corporate tax rate in America, and one of the highest personal income tax rates in the country, higher than New York's.
And all of that is before we even have begun to discuss what is being done to us at the national level, and will continue to be done to us tomorrow, because We the People have not yet found the will to rein them in.
One last thing, on a more encouraging note. Tomorrow I will still have the best, most principled friends and supporters in Iowa. Maybe not enough of them yet, but hey, you have to start somewhere. 26,000 people is a lot of people!
God bless you all, thank you for all you've done, and good night...
For Iowa, for America, for our Posterity,
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
My challenge of Terry Branstad in the GOP primary on Tuesday gives you a chance to send a powerful message.
If you oppose Branstad's Common Core takeover of our schools and his bloated state budget that's a billion dollars bigger than Chet Culver's, I need your vote.
If, like me, you find it unacceptable that we have the highest income tax rates in the country, and you want fundamental tax reform, I’m your guy.
If you're tired of the lip service to the principles you care about - on life, on marriage, on judges - and you're ready for conservative action, all you have to do to do is check Hoefling rather than Branstad on your ballot.
Please, on Tuesday, show up at the polls and help me strike a strong blow against the Republican status quo.
Thank you, and may God bless the people of Iowa.
2014 Republican candidate for Iowa Governor
American Right to Life national press release
Contact: Donna Ballentine, American Right To Life, 888-888-ARTL, office@AmericanRTL.org
DENVER, May 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Leslie Hanks President, and Jefferson George, Vice President, of American Right to Life:
Tom Hoefling, author of the Equal Protection for Posterity resolution, is candidate for Iowa Governor and believes in the God-given, inalienable right to life of his pre-born neighbors and equal protection for Iowa's posterity.
While there are a growing number of candidates who've decided enough is enough and are willing to fight the Crimes Against Humanity which have become an industry in America these past 40 years, Tom Hoefling has led the way in educating America about our founding documents and our citizens' God-given rights. Tom is owed a debt of gratitude by our nation for shining the light of truth in the darkness and educating about the infinite value of every human life in God's sight.
American Right to Life commends Tom Hoefling for being a true statesman, fighting to protect the lives & liberty of every citizen in Iowa, without exception, and for his determined efforts to re-establish the principles America was founded upon in our Declaration of Independence.
"Rights of persons. Section 1. All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights - among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness."
May 24, 2014
Today Iowa Right to Life didn't endorse me for Governor in the June 3rd Republican primary. Which is no surprise, since I didn't fill out their candidate questionnaire.
Because their language told me right up front that I couldn't possibly earn their endorsement, even though I've spent the last two decades as an uncompromising right-to-lifer, in political battles all across the land.
In order to answer their questions "correctly," I would have had to agree to support legislation that I know to be immoral, unconstitutional, illegal, and futile. Lawless "laws" that, in effect, end in "and then you can kill the baby," which grant express permission to commit most abortions, despite the fact that God forbids murder, without exception, and even though our Constitution explicitly and imperatively REQUIRES equal protection for the right to life of EVERY PERSON, in every jurisdiction in America. IT’S NOT OPTIONAL.
There are only two scriptural, moral, constitutional, legal, and political arguments against the practice of human abortion: 1) The God-given, unalienable, nature of the individual right to live, and 2) the absolute obligation borne by all officers of government, in every branch, at every level, to provide equal protection under the law. Those two all-important principles also happen to be the basis for the rule of law in America, and for our form of republican, constitutional self-government. Destroy those principles, as permitting abortion, any abortion, does, and you have obliterated the foundations of our American claim to liberty.
The bills that continue to be forwarded by IRTL, and their parent organization, National Right to Life, which they were asking me to agree to, surrender those arguments right up front.
Of course, they had no problem endorsing my opponent, Governor Terry Branstad.
Again, I’m not at all surprised. But here’s the problem with continuing to cede a “pro-life” label to politicians like Mr. Branstad: In order to write a truly pro-life bill, one that actually fulfills the explicit, absolute requirements of the Iowa and the U.S. Constitutions, that all persons be protected equally in their God-given, unalienable right to live, you have to erase Terry Branstad's, and Iowa Right to Life’s, entire "pro-life" legacy from the Iowa Code.
I know. I helped craft Tom Shaw's House File 138, which meets the moral and constitutional test of a true pro-life bill. In addition to rightly identifying the unborn child as a person, its language scrubbed all the unconstitutional Branstad/IRTL code sections that permit abortion.
Of course, the Branstad Republican establishment consistently insisted on burying HF-138 in sub-committee, while pushing even more unconstitutional "pro-life" legislation, so that they could then go out again and pretend to their naive pro-life constituency that they are doing something to stop this American holocaust.
Wake up, people. Read your own constitutions, and start demanding that those who represent you fulfill the primary purpose and duty of their offices, which is the defense of the supreme right of every single individual human being, the right to live.
"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..."
May 21, 2014
My opponent in the June 3rd GOP gubernatorial primary, Terry Branstad, prefers that the electorate remain ignorant of their choices in this election.
He admitted as much last night in a speech to Republicans in Des Moines:
“I’m not going to tell you who my opponent is because a lot of you don’t know and I don’t want you to know,” Branstad said. (source: Radio Iowa http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/05/21/branstad-compares-likely-2014-foe-to-his-1982-opponent/)
Now, this is not a surprise for anyone who has been paying attention. When I made the ballot and challenged him to five debates, he refused to participate in even one, saying, basically, that he was too busy being governor. (source: Newton Daily News http://www.newtondailynews.com/2014/04/03/branstad-breaks-silence-17-days-after-debate-challenge-from-hoefling/alitbbe/
He’s too busy to defend his support for the Common Core/Iowa Core final takeover of our local schools.
He’s too busy to defend his strong public advocacy of a ‘bullying bill” which is a centerpiece of the homosexual agenda, and nanny statism carried to the extreme.
He’s too busy to defend his budget that is a billion dollars bigger than his liberal Democrat predecessor’s.
He’s too busy to defend Iowa’s corporate income tax rate, which is the highest in America, and a personal income tax rate that is higher than New York’s.
He’s too busy to defend his crony capitalist public policies that masquerade as “economic development.”
He’s too busy to defend his inaction on providing equal protection for the innocent unborn; protection that our national and state constitutions explicitly and imperatively require.
He’s too busy to defend his inaction on restoring one man-one woman marriage, which our state law, to this day, mandates.
He’s too busy to defend his inaction on reining in lawless, out-of-control judges.
He’s too busy to defend his inaction on Constitutional Carry legislation which will restore law-abiding citizens' full Second Amendment rights.
Well, We the People of Iowa now have the opportunity to make sure that after June 3rd, Mr. Branstad will not be so busy any more.
Help spread the word. There is still time. Let others know that they do have a choice. Let’s get the conservatives out to vote on Tuesday, June 3rd, and together, let’s chart a new principled course in the First-In-The-Nation-Caucus State of Iowa.
And please, help us spread the word in these closing days by donating as generously as you can HERE!
For Iowa, for America, for our Posterity,
2014 Republican Candidate for Iowa Governor
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau
DES MOINES — Lohrville Republican Tom Hoefling has set his sights high in making his first bid for statewide elective office in Iowa.
He’s taking on the longest-serving governor in U.S. history in Iowa’s June 3 Republican primary election, and trying to deny Gov. Terry Branstad an unprecedented sixth four-year term.
“I think we’ve got to do what we think is right and leave the results to God,” said Hoefling, 53, who conceded that political experts probably don’t give him much of a chance given Branstad’s huge money advantage and name recognition. But he’s counting on Iowans’ dissatisfaction with government to buoy his chances.
Read more: http://thegazette.com/subject/news/gov-terry-branstad-hoefling-square-off-in-gop-primary-20140509#ixzz32As1Bkhs
To my fellow Iowans and all Americans,
"Gay marriage" is an attempted coup d'etat against God, against nature, and against We the People of the United States. I assure you that neither God nor nature will be overthrown. The only question is whether the American people will allow themselves to be overthrown by lawless judges and their supine enablers in the other two branches. The verdict is still out.
Here in our state, we have been on the front lines of combating this coup for a long time now. A few years back, We the People of Iowa removed three of the lawless state supreme court justices who ruled against true marriage via retention election. This was unprecedented.
But the remaining four judges stayed on the bench, simply because the Democrats, AND our Republican leaders in the Iowa House, refused to forward the impeachment resolutions we offered.
Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, starting with cleaning up our own house.
But we have only just begun to fight here in the first-in-the-nation Caucus state.
Our preparation of the political battlefield for 2016, concerning the defense of marriage, and the defense of innocent human life, is critically important to our nation’s survival.
Will you help us? Just CLICK HERE.
Together, we can overcome this rebellion. Our opponents are fighting God and nature. And that’s a battle they cannot win, as long as we remain faithful, and fight back.
Please CLICK HERE to contribute at least $50 dollars, or more, today.
For Iowa, for America, for our Posterity,
2014 Republican candidate for Iowa Governor
P.S. Please visit my website at tomhoefling2014.com to learn about my Pro-Constitution, Pro-life, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-local control over education platform. Please be sure to subscribe for campaign updates!
Tonight I intend to go to Council Bluffs to stand with our veterans at the city council meeting.
The Vietnam Vets were kept out of a local parade because their float contained a Tiger Cage, meant to depict the cages that our POWs were kept in by their Vietnamese captors.
This is all so stupid. If it weren't for men who were willing to risk ending up in a Tiger Cage, or dead, we wouldn't be able to do things like hold parades.
Veterans skip Council Bluffs parade after float banned
Read more: http://www.ketv.com/news/veterans-skip-council-bluffs-parade-after-float-banned/26043034#ixzz32ALGCY6V
Dear fellow Iowa Republican,
If you oppose Common Core, and the federal control over our children’s education that it entails, your choice for governor in the Republican primary election on June 3rd is clear cut.
Terry Branstad supports Common Core, even though he tries to mask that support by using the “Iowa Core” phony label. Do even a little research and you will find that Iowa Core IS Common Core, by another name.
I strenuously OPPOSE Common Core. I am devoted to making sure that it dies a quick death.
But even more than that, I am committed to restoring what I call “T.L.C.,” or True Local Control, over our schools. Parental rights and duties are God-given, and therefore are NOT negotiable!
It makes no practical sense to keep sending our education dollars to Des Moines, and to Washington, D.C., so that they can run those dollars through a huge bureaucracy, before they send a fraction of our money back to us with strings attached.
Bureaucrats do not educate a single child. Only parents, churches, local communities, and teachers can do that.
We need ACTION, not more talk. Not only must we kill Common Core, we need fundamental tax reform that will KEEP OUR MONEY AT HOME.
If you agree, I need your vote on June 3rd. And I need you to bring your family and friends to the polls with you.
For Iowa, for America, for our Posterity,
2014 Republican candidate for Iowa Governor
PS … we also need financial help to keep getting this important message out over the next few weeks. If you can help, in any amount, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
Tom Hoefling Tea Party in the Park - 10:00 AM - Sat. May 10, 2014 - Bayliss Park - Council Bluffs, Iowa