ABATE of SC State
Coordinator February Report 2004-02-22
Since last month's newsletter you
have all been busy at work lobbying for biker rights. Our Horry and Pee Dee
chapters have been busy gaining new sponsors for our failure to yield right
of way (ROW) bill 3653. Way to go Coastal ABATE! Time is running out in this
legislative session; we need more sponsors from across the entire state. We
must make a big final push to gain passage of our ROW bill NOW. Some legislators
have baulked when asked to support our ROW bill due to the license suspension
language in the bill. If your State Representative has not signed on as a sponsor
of ROW bill 3653 politely ask him to explain why. Once you learn the reason
for non-sponsorship please contact our state office at 843-345-5926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I suggest you print a copy of H3653
and discuss its contents at your next chapter meeting; do we want to compromise
and strike the license suspension language from the bill or reserve suspension
for only those who kill or maim? Send your answer to the state meeting; this
is your organization we need your feedback. All ABATE of SC members are welcomed
and invited to attend state meetings.
These following state representatives
deserve thank you notes from our membership: Chellis, Young, Bailey, Clemmons,
Altman, Hinson, Toole, Umphlett, Viers and Miller. Consider visiting them and
shaking their hands for supporting this important piece of legislation. All
other state representatives should be politely asked to sponsor H3653 or explain
why they are not sponsoring this bill.
ABATE of SC needs to increase its
voice in the national arena. The MRF is our best bet to be heard through a national
organization BUT currently we have only 52 SC members in the MRF. Numbers talk,
we need more members in the MRF to gain a larger voice in their organization,
policies, and federal agenda. Last month 24 of you joined the MRF but we need
at least 48 more members to solidify our standing within the MRF. PLEASE take
the time to fill out the MRF application in this newsletter now; make sure your
grandchildren and their children and grandchildren to follow will still have
the liberty to ride motorcycles.
While you are having fun at the Heritage
Motorcycle Rally this year remember it is the anniversary of the first shots
of the American Revolution. On April 18, 1775, British General Thomas Gage sent
700 soldiers to destroy guns and ammunition the colonists had stored in the
town of Concord, just outside of Boston. The British also planned to arrest
Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two key leaders of the patriot movement. 75 brave
freedom fighters attacked the British at Lexington though out numbered 10 to
1; they paid a heavy price for the Liberty you and I enjoy today.
Today we face challenges to liberty
by many politicians more intent on gaining personal power and wealth rather
than do what's best for our constitutional republic. Safety nannies want to
legislate the clothes and hats you wear under force of law up to and including
imprisonment. Environmentalists want to legislate our air-cooled engines out
of existence. Others are intent upon to taking away our guns and ammunition
much as the British attempted.
75 brave souls stopped the British
at high personal cost. We can now stop the loss of liberty without risking life
and limb by writing letters to elected officials and taking a day off from work
to lobby at the Capitol. If you don't have enough time or money to visit Washington
DC and lobby Congress please join the MRF to help fund the efforts of others
who are making the time. Will we take the efforts to honor those brave minutemen
who gave all to win our liberty? Will we pass the touch of liberty to the next
Silence is considered consent by
many lawmakers. As we lose our liberty we have no one but ourselves to blame;
we elected them; we told them what to do (silence speaks volumes). It is time
to take our republic back at the voting booth and campaign trials of our friends
running for office. We now have 3 ABATE of SC members elected to the South Carolina
General Assembly; we can win this battle by electing more bikers to public office.
Have I done all that I can to the
best of my ability to defend liberty? HELL NO, but I'm trying.
Ruddock - ABATE of SC State Coordinator