Abraham Lincoln: 2013 Archives


There is a lot to catch up on!

The Chatham RTC and our colleagues in the Lower Cape - the RTCs of Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Brewster and Truro -- worked hard to put together what I will call a magnificent observance of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 2013. It was held exactly 150 years to the day after President Lincoln put into words what the war had achieved -- fulfilling the promise in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.

We chose the elegant Wequassett in Harwich as a fitting location to celebrate such a momentous day in America's history. It was also fitting that Massachusetts was one of just a handful of states honoring the day -- Gettysburg itself, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska, renamed that shortly after the assassination.

More than 100 citizens of the Lower Cape gathered to honor President Lincoln and reflect on the meaning packed into his 272 words. Our special guest Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker not only came out of respect for President Lincoln and his message, but the urgency that should be directed towards winning all Republican contests in November 2014 to achieve yet another Rebirth of Freedom. As Charlie said,"I am proud to be the heir of Abraham Lincoln and his concern for freedom and equality before the law for all." His words were enthusiastically received. It is clear that Charlie Baker cares deeply that Lincoln's message is a message for our times.

It is fitting for Massachusetts to join in the celebration because the heart and soul of the abolitionist movement was in Boston. Massachusetts was the second state (right after Vermont) to outlaw slavery in 1783.

The leading publication of the movement was The Liberator, begun in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison in 1831 and continued right through the Civil War. When the Republican Party was formed on an anti-slavery platform in 1854, abolitionists en masse became Republicans and swept Lincoln to victory in 1860.

The anthem of the anti-slavery cause in the Civil War, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, was a poem penned by a Boston abolitionist Julia Ward Howe.

The Republican Governor of Massachusetts John Andrew was such a fervent and active supporter of freedom for slaves that a hospital at what was an all-black college in Tuskegee, Alabama is named after him.

During the war it was the Republican abolitionists with Massachusetts in the forefront who kept putting pressure on President Lincoln to unilaterally "do something" to free the slaves. Trouble was, for Lincoln, a President sworn to uphold the Constitution and a lawyer as well, slavery was legal under the Constitution in states which allowed it. And the Supreme Court had ruled that Congress could not restrict slavery in the new territories of the Louisiana Purchase. What could he do?

Beset daily with demands from his most loyal and demanding supporters, he searched for an answer and, as the inventive lawyer he was, he found it in that troublesome document the Constitution itself.

Preserving the Union was the President's paramount duty under the Constitution and he was waging a war to do just that. Just perhaps, under his War Powers as Commander in Chief, he could indeed "do something."

Lincoln delivered an ultimatum to the rebel states: Return to the Union by January 1, 1863 or he would free all the slaves in rebel territories and order the Union Army to protect them. His war aims were two-fold: To encourage slaves to flee the plantations, thus weakening the agricultural output of the South, the source of almost all of its external revenue and, hopefully, to get freed slaves to sign up for Union Army. He achieved both purposes -- and his Emancipation Proclamation was never legally challenged.

Until 1963 the South was winning most of the battles. By mid-summer, the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation were beginning to be felt. On the first three days of July, the bloody battle of Gettysburg was fought and the Union forces were victorious, forcing Lee to quit the battlefield and retreat.

Cheering crowds stormed the White House on July 4th wanting to hear from the President, but we waved them off. It wasn't yet time to say what he sensed had occurred: The war had turned in the Union's favor and the Union would be preserved. And something just as great if not greater was being accomplished.

The citizens of Gettysburg decided on a Soldiers' Cemetery and that a solemn dedication was called for. The date set was November 19, 1863. Edward Everett, himself a Massachusetts abolitionist, probably the most distinguished man of his times, was chosen to deliver what would be a two-hour oration. The invitation to Lincoln was a courtesy by the committee, which politely indicated he could make "a few remarks" after the principal talk. Lincoln told his aides before leaving Washington that was fine, he would be "short, short, short."

After what would have been Edward Everett's oration, Abraham Lincoln, in his long black coat with white flecks in his beard, walked through the crowd at Wequassett, took his place at the front and began, "Four score and seven years ago,...

"Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Scott Hamilton." The crowd rose with enthusiastic applause in appreciation of this stirring rendition.

President Lincoln had put things in context. Acceptance in the Constitution of slavery as life as it had been in America since the early 1600s was a betrayal of the Declaration of Independence. Now the promise that all men are entitled to the enjoyment of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" had been made fact by the brave men who had fought and died. There had been A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM.

There was still "unfinished business" for "us the living." It is to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln spoke not only to the people of his times, but to all those generations to come in America who would be threatened by the loss of freedom. Lincoln had warned that if America were to suffer decline, be defeated, it would be from within. Every generation had to be on guard, every generation had to fight for a new birth of freedom to ensure the perpetual continuation of a government controlled by the people, not by those who from time to time would be in power.

President Reagan had his own warning, that freedom can be lost in a single generation.

When we see the overreaching in Democrat-controlled Washington eroding our freedoms, limiting our choices,refusing to enforce the laws of the land, intruding into our private lives, taxing and regulating the productive and denigrating the accomplishments of the successful, we must take heed of Lincoln's message and gird ourselves for the elections ahead. It isn't just the White House, it is every Democrat who supported its policies, voted for them and did not protest the constant lying to the American people about how they had been deceived.

And the one-party tyranny in the State House is spending our taxpayer money on government handouts to those who aren't entitled to them, imposing taxes and more taxes, even automatic taxes on gas, and more and more regulation, it is time for change there, too. Contrast the Weld to Romney years of balanced budgets without tax increases and low unemployment and strong job growth in a business-friendly economy with the past seven years.

President Lincoln's spirit will be with us as we fight to reclaim the freedoms which are being stolen from all Americans by those in power who are telling us how to live our lives.

2014 is the time the people must fight to win back our freedoms. We must bring about a new birth of freedom. It is Republicans who must lead the charge as they did to free the slaves of 150 years ago.

Fran Meaney, Chairman, Chatham RTC





It will be all about the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that Republicans will be celebrating on Tuesday, November 19th at the Wequassett in Harwich.

We want to honor our first Republican and greatest President Abraham Lincoln, but, more important, we want to bring alive his timeless message that A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM is the responsibility of the living of every generation.

It is shameful that the President of the United States has refused to attend the principal ceremony at the Gettysburg Cemetery.

Today our rights under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are under assault as seldom if every before by the government of the United States itself! You hear the president continually saying if Congress won't do it, he will. He is trampling on the Constitution. A Democrat-controlled Congress and Obama have forced on tens of millions of Americans an intrusive and costly Obamacare they didn't want and forced them out of health plans they were happy with. And they said that would not happen when they knew it would. And that's only one of many outrages.

And in Massachusetts such things as automatic tax increases without the need of votes by future legislatures are corrupting our system of governing. Excessive regulation is robbing us of our freedoms and is driving job creating businesses away. Laws the Democratic government doesn't like are not enforced: It's not illegal in Massachusetts to be illegal. We need a Republican Governor.

The movie Network of some years past had the right message for today: "I'm mad as well and I'm not going to take this anymore!" We have to fight to win back our freedoms.

We honor what Lincoln did to free millions of fellow Americans from slavery. We will also honor Lincoln by pledging to work to regain our rights guaranteed by the Declaration and the Constitution.

That means doing all we can to elect Republicans in 2014.

And that's why our Celebration of a New Birth of Freedom on November 19th is so important.

Charlie Baker gets the message and he's coming to Cape Cod to help us raise funds to win elections in November 2014.

Republican campaigns in Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham and Truro will all benefit from the funds raised at this event. The Republican town committees of these towns are committed to grassroots campaigns such as they have never waged before.

For the nation's sake, Republicans should have won in 2012, but a superior technological and aggressively nasty Democratic campaign defeated the too nice guys.

In 2014 we have to fight as never before. Freedom is essential to enjoying our rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It is up to us to take back what has been taken away.

The Chatham RTC and the Orleans RTC extend an invitation to all Republicans in the Lower Cape to come to our meetings this Monday at 5 o'clock to help plan for a successful celebration of Lincoln's message of freedom and an enthusiastic welcome for our next governor Charlie Baker.

Chatham RTC Vice Chair Diane Bronsdon will explain how the funds raised at this event will be shared will the participating towns. Brewster will get all the credit for a contribution from a resident of Brewster, the same for Harwich, the same for Orleans, the same for all the participating towns. This is a joint event benefiting all the participating RTCs coordinated by the Chatham RTC.

Chatham RTC Vice Chair Elaine Gibbs will explain what help she needs at the event itself and in the days leading up to it. Please come to lend a hand.

In Orleans Orleans RTC Chair Mary Allen Bradley will play Diane Bronsdon. Chatham RTC Chair Fran Meaney will go over the mechanics of how the event is coming together.

This is a joint event for the benefit of the RTCs in Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans and Truro. The Chatham RTC is acting as coordinator and joint fundraising agent in accordance with the requirements of state law. Chatham RTC is not receiving any income for its services as coordinator and joint fundraising agent.

Wequassett in Harwich is a beautiful setting. The reception is scheduled from 5 to 7:30. Fighters for Freedom ($125) We do need a few Sponsors to put us over the top ($500 and up). There will be some extra time for Sponsors with Charlie to advise him on his campaign! We hope everyone will come, but if you can't a donation in any amount will be helpful.

Let us know you are coming by calling Marie Acton at 508 945 2150 or emailing republican@chathamrepublicans.com with your name tag information (names and towns) as soon as possible. Space may be limited. Please email checks payable to "A New Birth of Freedom" to CRTC Special Account, P.O. Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650. For men, jackets and ties encouraged.

The Invitation and Reply and Contribution Form will be available at the meeting. It can be downloaded and printed out by clicking on the link below:

Lincoln-Baker Invitation and Reply Form x.pdf

Early returns are looking good. We are about 30% along towards our target. For it to be a sparkling evening and warm reception for Charlie Baker, our next Republican governor, we need at least 100 people. We need you!

Of the $125 you contribute, $85 goes to your town to fight in the 2014 campaign. The $40 buys you a lovely evening at Wequassett with like-minded friends while honoring our greatest president and telling our next governor how he should run his campaign.

Let's come together to make this a great event and a strong start to the 2014 campaign to elect all Republicans on the ballot.

Questions? Ask the chairmen -and/or come to Monday's meetings!.
Fran Meaney, Chatham 617 512 7743
Peter Hughes, Harwich 508 432 7512
Mary Allen Bradley, Orleans 508 246 0993
Dion Dugan, Brewster 508 896 2588
Jack Lennox, Eastham 508 240 1061
John Dundas, Truro 774 216 1375



October 20, 2013

Hi, Friends of Freedom –

Go, Red Sox! What a game. What a series so far. Talk about "can do" attitude! They are an inspiration.

Our 150th Anniversary Lincoln Gettysburg Celebration is just 21 days from today: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the beautiful Wequasset Resort in Harwich.

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The Invitation to the Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's New Birth of Freedom Address at Gettysburg on November 19th (1863) 2013 can be read and printed out by clicking on this link:
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Just click on it and go to the printer symbol of the bottom of the picture and hit print.

Anyone needing help in getting the invitation printed should call Marie Acton at 508 945 2150. She will also have forms already printed for you to obtain.

The early response to the emailing from Chatham and the other participating RTCs is very encouraging. The heads of the RTCs will be meeting this Thursday to exchange reports and plan next steps.

We hope everyone will be able to come to this celebration of A New Birth of Freedom. As President Lincoln declared at Gettysburg, the promise of the Declaration of Independence had been redeemed by freeing African-Americans from bondage, bondage in which their ancestors had been kept since 1609.

Lincoln believed the black man was entitled to the fruit of his labors as much as the white. He saw freedom as the first step on the road to prosperity:

"The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all."

That's how freedom and free market capitalism works.

Every generation has to jealously guard its freedoms. Human nature being what it is, those in power will whittle freedoms away when they can. Eternal vigilance and resistance is essential to the preservation of freedom.

There is no question that currently the national government and our Massachusetts state government are stifling freedom, free enterprise and economic growth with more and more regulations and excessive taxation - just think Obamacare and the automatic gas tax increase on top of a half billion dollar tax hike in Massachusetts.

Ronald Reagan warned that freedom can be lost in a generation so every generation must renew the fight for A New Birth of Freedom.

We can all learn from Lincoln's resolve, clear vision and perseverance going into the 2014 elections. Times may be grim, but things can be turned around. With so many seeming to be awakening to the disastrous governance in Washington and on Beacon Hill, the 2014 elections present a great opportunity.

As you probably know by now, Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker has agreed to join us in the celebration. Our program will focus on Lincoln's timeless message of the core necessity of freedom for mankind to enjoy "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Charlie will discuss the relevance of that message today and what we have to do to effect a liberating change. To make change happen, we have to roll up our sleeves and work.

Charlie believes as do we that personal grassroots campaigning in each district will be a crucial component of his victory in 2014 as well as for every other Republican on the ticket. That's why he's coming here, to show his commitment to and support for GOTV, the GET OUT THE VOTE ground game. That's personal contact, neighbor to neighbor, door-to-door.

We'll talk more about GOTV in future meetings, emails and web postings. We did get an excellent detailed description of how GOTV has worked elsewhere at the September Orleans Inn breakfast from State Representative Keiko Orrall and Republican National Committeewoman Chanel Prunier. Charlie has let us know that MassVictory is hard at work developing new software that will make our grassroots campaigns much more effective -- and enjoyable.

We want as many Fighters for Freedom ($125 contribution) at the event as possible, but we do need a number of Sponsors ($500 and up) to put us over the top. Sponsors will get some extra personal time to discuss the campaign with Charlie. One way or the other, we will be very happy to have you there celebrating with us and looking forward to a victorious November 2014.

If you just can't make it, any contribution will help the cause and will be very welcome.

We need your name tag info as soon as possible but before November 12th (just call Marie Acton at 508 945 2150 with names and towns). We also need your checks payable to "A New Birth of Freedom" as soon as possible. Just mail your check with the Reply and Contribution Form (required by our state campaign legal officials) to CRTC Special Account, P.O. Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650. You can also put your name tag information in the Reply Form.

Bottom line, a successful event financially will help a great deal to fund our 2014 GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) campaigns. We are grateful for Charlie’s help. It would be very nice to have a large and enthusiastic crowd to greet him and give him a warm glow as he drives the three hours home to Swampscott after we wind up.

Think of the Chatham RTC as a nonprofit like all the others except contributions are not tax deductible. We cannot do anything without financial support from our friends.

This is not only our only significant fundraiser of the year, it's by far the most ambitious for the committee ever for ourselves and the first time we have brought the RTCs together in a joint effort to build the strength of all of us for the 2014 election year.

The money residents of Chatham contribute to this joint event after expenses will go directly to the Chatham RTC. It's the same for the other RTCs for contributions from their townspeople. So how each RTC does in "sales" determines how much net proceeds it gets.

Have any questions?
Ask the chairmen.
Fran Meaney, Chatham 617 512 7743
Peter Hughes, Harwich 508 432 7512
Mary Allen Bradley, Orleans 508 246 0993
Dion Dugan, Brewster 508 896 2588
Jack Lennox, Eastham 508 240 1061
John Dundas, Truro 774 216 1375

Thanks for being part of the team.

Fran Meaney

Chatham Republican Town Committee
Joint Fundraising Agent and Coordinator of the Gettysburg Address Observance
for Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Truro
CRTC Special Account, PO Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650
Fran Meaney, Chairman 617 512 7743
Diane Bronsdon and Elaine Gibbs, Vice Chairs
Marie Acton, Secretary Sam Black, Treasurer



One of the most memorable and thought-provoking statements by an American president was that of President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg on November 19,1863, precisely 150 years ago. Lincoln's timeless message was that every generation has to renew the fight for freedom to ensure that our "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth."

Every generation must fight its own fight for "a new birth of freedom" Inevitably, it's human nature, those in power constantly seek more control and power that will erode citizens' "unalienable rights" to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

To honor this timeless message of Abraham Lincoln, Republican Town Committees of the Lower Cape have banded together to host a celebration of the Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, November 19th,150 years to the day after it was delivered,

We are pleased and grateful to have joining us in honoring our first Republican and greatest president the Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014 Charlie Baker. Charlie heartily endorses our plans for a 2014 GET OUT THE VOTE person to person campaign.

Charlie will participate in the program and in the socializing as well.

5 to 7:30 at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich.

To read and download the complete Invitation and Reply Form, click the link below:

Lincoln-Baker Invitation and Reply Form x.pdf

The Chatham RTC is acting as Joint Fundraising Agent for the Lower Cape Cod RTCs of Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Truro.



Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican and greatest president, spoke for a bit less than three minutes at the dedication of the soldiers' cemetery at Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863. His few words then are among the most memorable ever spoken by an American.

Gettysburg was an appropriate place for the timeless message he delivered, for it was there on the first three days of July, three bloody days, that the tide of battle turned in favor of the Union.

July 4th, 1863 in Washington was a special day of celebration. President Lincoln and the public learned of the victory at Gettysburg and also the fall of the Confederate fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi which had kept open the vital river supply line for the southern forces. Cheering crowds descended on the White House and President Lincoln waved from the balcony but did not reveal his thoughts. Instead, he urged the crowds on to the Secretary of War's office for a direct report on the military triumphs.

That day Lincoln knew that the Union forces would ultimately prevail, but at appalling cost in lives and human suffering. He bided his time to speak out about what it all meant. That time came when he was extended a courtesy invitation to attend the dedication of the cemetery on the field of battle at Gettysburg. He was not the principal speaker. He was to make a few remarks following the keynote speech.

Appropriately enough, the speaker chosen was one of the great orators of the time, a most distinguished man, Edward Everett of Massachusetts. Everett had been a congressman, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard.

Everett's two-hour speech (typical length for the times) was well-received and then President Lincoln spoke. Everett instantly recognized the brilliance in Lincoln's remarks. In a letter delivered to Lincoln later that day, Everett congratulated the President: "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."

That central idea was that this terrible struggle had redeemed the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. The stark contradiction to that noble sentiment that slavery represented had festered for too long. Many failures had demonstrated that negotiation and compromise could not bring it to an end. It took a war, a civil war. And to honor the dead and those who suffered and to bring to reality the promise of the Declaration, Lincoln said it is up to us the living then and in the future to take increased devotion to the cause of freedom. He fervently hoped that the nation would have "a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth."

Lincoln's timeless message resonates today. It is for us the living to keep the government of the people alive. Constant vigilance is required to guard against those in power who would erode the unalienable rights of all citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As President Ronald Reagan warned, freedom can be lost in a single generation. 150 years later, as governments at every level seek more power over our lives and our livelihoods through taxation and regulation, the need to stand up and fight for a "new birth of freedom" has never been more urgent.



1863 was the year the tide shifted in favor of the Union and the first steps to free the slaves were taken.

The Chatham RTC is commemorating each of the years of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and of the Civil War, 1861-1865, 150 years ago.

The issuance by President Lincoln of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1), the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3), victory achieved at Vicksburg (July 4) and Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery (November 19) were momentous events of 1863.

A recap of this year's Lincoln Remembrance program has been created for those who attended and for others who may be interested in the challenges Lincoln faced in the Civil War year of 1863. It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Chatham Abraham Lincoln Observance 2013.pdf



Because of the February blizzard, our annual commemoration of our first Republican and greatest president Abraham Lincoln was postponed until Sunday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day.

We had a two-part program, first the Lincoln Remembrance, then a reception which featured the appearance of two of the three Republican candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat, former SEAL Gabriel Gomez and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. State Representative Dan Winslow was not able to attend.

There were light refreshments, a silent auction and various items for sale, much of it Lincoln-related.

Both Gomez and Sullivan were warmly received by the more than 100 in attendance, a good many of whom were from towns other than Chatham. They both took questions and mingled with the crowd after their formal presentations. The Cape Cod Times reported on their appearance the next day (the article may be behind a paywall).

The Chatham RTC is each year going through the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which raged from 1861 to 1865. At this year's remembrance, we focused on 1863, the year that the tide shifted in favor of the Union and the first steps to free the slaves were taken. The issuance by President Lincoln of the Emancipation Proclamation, the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery were momentous events of 1863.

A recap of the Lincoln Remembrance program has been put together for those who attended and for others who may be interested in the challenges Lincoln faced in the Civil War year of 1863. It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Chatham Abraham Lincoln Observance 2013.pdf

The April 30th primary to select the Republican and Democrat to contest for the U.S. Senate seat is just ten days away. Any one of the Republicans would make a far better senator than either of the two Democrats running, neither of whom has any significant private sector experience. Take the time to get to know the candidates. It's important to vote on April 30th and in the final on Tuesday, June 25th.



There will be a lot to talk about concerning our successful Abraham Lincoln remembrance on Sunday, March 17th, which included the appearance of two of the three Republicans seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez. The Cape Cod Times has a good report on the reaction of the 100 or so attending.

We also will be getting reactions from those who attended (we hope all who can will) the joint appearance of all three candidates in Hyannis on Sunday, April 7th, 3 to 5, at the Cape Codder sponsored by the Cape Cod Republican Club. In case you missed the announcement, here it is:

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Here is the agenda for our meeting, to which all are invited:



1. Pledge, welcome, introductions –Chairman Fran Meaney
2. Secretary Marie Acton’s report and vote to approve minutes of CRTC March 11, 2013 meeting.
3. Treasurer Sam Black’s reports and vote to approve the reports and transactions through the end of March. The Treasurer will also make a report on fundraising, spending and receipt of contributions in kind for the year 2012.
4. Report on the Abraham Lincoln Remembrance held Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3-5:30 p.m., Chatham VFW and the reception following, which included presentations by Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez. – Fran Meaney and Diane Bronsdon
5. Report on and discussion about the U. S. Senate primary contest, including impressions gained from the appearance of all three Republican candidates – Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow – at the Cape Codder on Sunday, April 7th. An informal poll will be taken of those in attendance.
6. Discussion, all – How should Republicans present themselves to gain support and achieve victories in 2014? Two important articles on the demographic and economic changes occurring in the nation are posted on the committee’s website and all are urged to read them prior to the meeting. Go to our website for the documents.Fran will also report on Republican happenings in Massachusetts.
7. Reminder to all: Special Senate primary April 30th; final, June 25th
8. Future Chatham RTC meeting – next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 13, 5 p.m., Chatham Community Center. Major discussions will be on the final Senate election, June 25 and the 4th of July parade and a possible summer party for Republicans, conservatives, tea partiers and friends.
9. Do check daily our website www.chathamrepublicans.com and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/chathamrepublicans to learn what’s happening.
10. Reminder: The town committee is accepting applications to join as members of the committee. Email franmeaney@chathamrepublicans.com to indicate your interest in being considered and to learn what membership entails. You can call, too – 617 512 7743
11. Other business

Here are the two documents concerning the economics and demographics of the nation that are important to all Republicans that we will be discussing at the meeting.

Why Not Amnesty .pdf

Growth Corridors.pdf

And we saved the best for last. In a special election in heavily Democratic Peabody, the young Republican (who is a nurse) Leah Cole was elected state representative in a special election. Congratulations to Leah. She showed what can be done.

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Check her out on her Facebook page.



We had the pleasure of having two of the three Republican candidates to replace John Kerry in the Senate attend our blizzard-delayed Abraham Lincoln Celebration in Chatham on St. Patrick's Day. Dan Winslow declined our invitation.

Newcomer Gabriel Gomez and Mike Sulllivan both received warm welcomes from the more than 100 attending. They stood side by side to make their remarks and take questions in a friendly, collegial manner. (That head in the background belongs to Chatham RTC Chairman Fran Meaney, who presided at the two-part event.)

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Gabriel and Mike shake hands (Cape Cod Times photo and story)

The first part of the program was to honor the first Republican and greatest American president Abraham Lincoln.

150 years ago the Civil War was raging. No president before or since faced such a crisis on his Inauguration Day, March 4, 1861. Seven states had already seceded from the Union, four more were to follow and just a few weeks later Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor surrendered after 30 hours of Confederate bombardment.

In four years and six weeks Lincoln saved the Union and gave a "new birth of freedom" to all Americans. What a towering accomplishment! What a model he is for courage and persistence and placing nation above politics for those seeking office today. He believed passionately that every man, including those held in slavery, were entitled to economic freedom, the right to enjoy the benefits they earned with their own hands. As Lincoln said, as he would not be a slave, he would not be a master.

So it was fitting to segue into a conversation with two men seeking high office to represent the people of Massachusetts. We know the records of the two congressmen competing for the Democratic nomination. They are for bigger and bigger government, more and more people locked into dependency and voting Democratic, with hardly if ever a thought to what it takes to have a productive private sector providing jobs and opportunity for all.

Both Gomez and Sullivan have achieved a great deal in their lives. Mike Sullivan, a lawyer, was elected a state representative, then elected District Attorney of Plymouth County and then appointed, first as the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and then appointed by President George W. Bush to be Acting Director of the ATF. He currently is in the private practice of law.

Gabriel Gomez, son of immigrants from Columbia, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former naval aviator and SEAL (one of only two men to qualify for both) and a Harvard Business School graduate. For the past 16 years he has been working in the private sector helping, among other things, businesses to get started and grow.

With the special Senate primary just weeks away on Tuesday, April 30th, it is a great opportunity for all voters on the Cape that all three Republican candidates will be making a joint appearance on Sunday, April 7th, at 3 pm in Hyannis. This may be the only time we will get to see all three together. We urge all who can to atttend.

This is an important primary. There is an excellent chance that whoever wins the Republican primary will defeat the Democrat. The Democrats have made a mess of the economy for the past four years, fought against not for economic growth and ballooned the deficits and the nation's debt to lure more people onto the government gravy train leading to dependency. This is not the American way. This is not the way to better lives for our children and grandchildren. More and more people are begining to see that America must get back on the right path. Wouldn't it be great to have a Massachusetts Republican Senator join such fighters as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate?

All the details are in the notice below. The event is sponsored the Cape Cod Republican Club. We hope to see you there.

Follow the candidates on Twitter

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What a blizzard! But we have a new date to celebrate the genius of our greatest president Abraham Lincoln.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013, 3 TO 5:30

Come honor America's greatest president and the men and women who battled to preserve the Union and free the slaves.

In addition to the Lincoln remembrance there will be a reception for all to discuss the politics of the day. All three candidates contesting for the Republican nomination on April 30 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry have been invited to attend: Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow. This annual event drew about 100 last year and is expected to attract about the same this year or more.

1863, 150 years ago this year, was a momentous year for America. The year began with President Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1; Lincoln considered this the most important act of his presidency.

The deadly but pivotal Battle of Gettysburg was fought over three days beginning July 1st. (Since our observance will now be on St Patrick's Day, we will note the role of the Irish Brigade, the Fighting 69th from New York, largely composed of Irish immigrants, which fought at Gettysburg.)

Lastly, President Lincoln gave his historic Address in November at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery, harkening back to his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, asking that all resolve that the nation will have "a new birth of freedom."

We will review these events in a brief presentation and then hear Chatham's own accomplished thespian Scott Hamilton deliver the Gettysburg Address. State Representative Randy Hunt will speak on the relevance of Abraham Lincoln to those serving in public office today.

The reception following the brief program will be a time for chatter and political talk. We hope all three Republicans contesting for the Republican Senate nomination will be able to attend to introduce themselves.

We'll have patriotic music and songs of the period, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a grand prize drawing and a silent auction and sale of writings by and about Lincoln and other items both serious and frivolous.

A good time should be had by all.


Donation: $15 payable at the door. All welcome. Students free.
Sponsor: Chatham Republican Town Committee
P.O. Box 408, North Chatham, MA 02650, Information: 508 945 2150



Our greatest president was born February 12, 1809 and died from an assassin's bullet on April 15, 1865 days after the surrender of the Southern Forces and the adoption by Congress of the 13th Amendment.

We will honor the accomplishments of this great man.

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Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860. Lincoln was the candidate of the abolitionists since he had stoutly opposed for years extending the right to hold slaves in the western territories under federal government control. More than that, he opposed slavery on moral grounds. In his famous speech in Peoria in 1854, he drew the picture as clearly as could be done:

"Little by little, but steadily as man's march to the grave, we have been giving up the old for the new faith. Nearly eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a 'sacred right of self-government.' These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other."

It was no surprise that in the 1860 election abolitionists rallied behind Lincoln and did so again in 1864. A family of abolitionists from New Hampshire put together a campaign song for Lincoln. "Lincoln and Liberty" was a big hit and helped bring Lincoln victory.


Lincoln and Liberty
(Jesse Hutchinson)

Hurrah for the choice of the nation,
Our chieftain so brave and so true,
We'll go for the great reformation,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too!

We'll go for the son of Kentucky
The hero of Hoosierdom through,
The pride of the "Suckers" so lucky,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too!

They'll find what by felling and mauling,
Our railmaker statesman can do;
For the people are everywhere calling
For Lincoln and Liberty too.

Then up with the banner so glorious,
The star-spangled red, white, and blue,
We'll fight till our banner's victorious,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.

Our David's good sling is unerring,
The Slavocrat's giant he slew,
Then shout for the freedom preferring,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.

We'll go for the son of Kentucky,
The hero of Hoosierdom through,
The pride of the "Suckers" so lucky,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.

Note: To melody of Rosin the Beau



With our Chatham celebration of the life of Abraham Lincoln and his historic achievements of bringing economic freedom to all Americans and preserving the Union rapidly approaching, a brief reminder of how this self-taught man came to greatness seems appropriate.

The celebration in Chatham (Massachusetts) will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013, from 3 to 5:30 at the Chatham VFW at 150 George Ryder Road. View map. All are welcome. Details here.



Thursday, January 10, 5 p.m., -- Republicans meet, all welcome. Chatham Community Center.

Sunday, February 10, 3-5:30 p.m., Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration and Reception, Chatham VFW, George Ryder Road. Program, Speakers, Social, Refreshments,Cash Bar. $15.

Monday, February 11, 5 p.m. - Chatham Republicans meet, all welcome, Chatham Community Center.

For information about all events, call Marie Acton 508 945 2150.


Contact: Diane Bronsdon 508 945 9218
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