Monday April 3rd 2023 | Issue No. 21
The Rachel Report
Canyon County Republican Committeewoman
Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 from 11:30-1 pm is the monthly Treasure Valley Republican Women luncheon at 1411 Shilo Drive, Nampa 83687 (Bob’s Restaurant).
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 I will be speaking at Stand Up For Idaho at the Snake River Event Center in Idaho Falls. Doors open at 5:30! If you live in the area, I would love to see you!
Saturday, April 15th, 2023 I will be back in Idaho Falls for the Bonneville County Lincoln Day Gala at 5 pm at the Melaleuca Event Center. If you’re going to be there too, I would love to see you!
Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 is the Canyon County Central Committee meeting from 7-8:30 at the County Administration Building, 111 N. 11th Ave. Caldwell, 83605. This is a great way to be involved in Republican “politics on the ground.”
Monday, April 24th, 2023 is our next Republican Youth event! This event is targeting college and post-college-aged youth so 21 to 35! We would love to have to join! For details, go to my Facebook, text, or email me!
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 4th, 2023 is the National Day of Prayer! There are big things being planned for this amazing day down at the Capitol building, so stay tuned on my Facebook page or email or call me!
THIS MONTH’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
That’s (almost) a wrap folks!
I say “almost” because the legislature has recessed until Thursday, April 6th to respond to the Governor’s actions in the next few days and see if there’s any remaining business to finish in both chambers.
As of today, Monday, April 3rd, 2023- Here’s where we stand.
Important bills that became law in the 2023 session:
H24 is Idaho’s Launch Grant Program that Amends and adds to existing law to establish the Idaho Launch Grant Program and to revise provisions regarding the In-Demand Careers Fund.
Unfortunately, this TERRIBLE bill became law this session. This bill is pure socialism, increases spending, is not fiscally conservative, and creates an avenue for the government to interfere in the market. This bill provides tax-payer subsidies to high school graduates in Idaho for college or vocational training to the sum of $8,500. Not. Good.
H124 amends existing law to revise provisions regarding accepted voter identification at the polls.
I am VERY happy this bill made it through both chambers and the Governor signed it into law!
H163 is the Parental Rights bill that amends existing law to provide for certain disclosures and school policies.
I am SO excited that this bill passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor!
H179 adds to existing law to prohibit the use of ranked choice voting in Idaho.
This was a BIG win for Idaho!
H186 amends existing law to provide for execution by firing squad and to provide for certain requirements prior to an execution.
This is a positive amendment to the existing law that I support.
H258 amends existing law to revise provisions regarding property tax reduction for certain permanently disabled veterans.
This was a big win for our veterans!
S1005 amends existing law to require that daycare facilities provide citation to the immunization exemption law in communications with parents.
Getting this signed into law was another win for Idaho!
S1016aah amends existing law to provide that a public works contractor shall not be required to provide access to a multiple-occupancy restroom, multiple-occupancy shower facility, or multiple-occupancy changing room on any basis other than sex.
It’s sad that we have to move bills like this through the legislature… but we’re living in a clown world. I’m thankful for the hard work of Senator Herndon that moved this through to the Governor.
S1036 amends existing law to revise provisions regarding raw milk and raw milk products.
This was a win!
S1029 amends and adds to existing law to prohibit a child protection investigation based on a child’s immunization status and to provide that a court shall not grant an order terminating a parent and child relationship based on a child’s immunization status.
Another big win!
S1100aa adds to existing law to establish privacy and safety standards in public schools.
This bill was another huge win for Idaho’s children!
Bills held in the desk/Amending orders:
H180 amends existing law to provide that idle moneys may be invested in physical gold and silver in certain instances.
This was an important bill that I hope will make it through next session.
H231 adds to existing law to provide that certain persons and institutions must take reasonable steps to restrict the access of minors in certain instances, to provide for a civil action in certain instances, and to prohibit the use of public facilities and public assets for sexual exhibitions.
This is an important topic that we need strong legislation on next session. It can’t wait…our kids can’t wait.
S1004 adds to existing law to provide for immunity from criminal prosecution when force is used in certain instances and to provide for reimbursement for a defendant in certain instances.
This bill was referred to Senate State Affairs and never made it past there. This was a critical bill for Idahoan’s self-defense protections.
S1018 amends existing law to prohibit certain conduct regarding food that contains a vaccine or vaccine material and to provide an exception.
This bill was referred to Senate Committee Health and Welfare but, unfortunately, never made it out.
S1071a amends existing law to prohibit instruction on human sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity prior to fifth grade.
Unfortunately, this bill was referred to the House Education Committee but never heard…And if you have watched the legislature at all this session, you know this Committee is one of the places good bills go to die. The saying for the past few sessions was “The Senate is where good bills go to die,” well, I think the new statement should be amended. We should say, “The House education committee is where good bills go to die” as we saw that Committee is disproportionately responsible for good legislation failing.
Failed in House/Senate:
H2 is the No Funds for Abortion Act which amend, adds to, and repeals existing law to provide for the withholding of sales and use tax revenues from local government entities that defy state law and refuse to investigate or enforce Idaho criminal abortion statutes.
This bill, unfortunately, failed in the House.
H82 is the Idaho Dietary Supplement Act which adds to existing law to enact the Idaho Dietary Supplement Act, which provides that the production, marketing, distribution, sale, and use of dietary supplements that were legal as of July 1, 2022, in Idaho shall remain legal in Idaho, regardless of any changes to federal law or regulation.
This bill passed the House but unfortunately failed in the Senate.
H137 Amends and repeals existing law regarding a voter’s affidavit in lieu of identification.
Unfortunately, this bill failed on the House Floor.
H205 amends existing law to revise provisions regarding the conditions under which a voter may cast an absentee ballot and how a voter may receive an absentee ballot application.
This was a strong bill and I hope it is brought back to the legislature next session.
H293 amends and adds to existing law to provide for State Board of Education member elections.
It’s a shame this bill failed. Unfortunately, though not surprisingly, many Republicans voted against this bill.
S1025 amends and repeals existing law to revise certain requirements regarding marriage.
Unfortunately, this bill failed on the Senate Floor.
Important bills currently awaiting the Governor’s Signature:
H71aaS is the Vulnerable Child Protection Act which adds to existing law to establish provisions regarding vulnerable child protection.
This bill is critical to protecting Idaho’s children! Pray the Governor signs it!!!
H173 amends existing law to provide that a foreign government or foreign state-controlled enterprise shall not purchase, acquire, or hold any interest in certain types of property in Idaho.
This bill is SO important!
H182 adds to existing law to establish provisions regarding prayer.
I am hoping the Governor signs this bill!
H242aaS amends and adds to existing law to provide for the crime of abortion trafficking, to provide certain requirements for and restrictions on a civil action, and to provide prosecution authority for the attorney general.
This is a very important bill that I pray receives the Governor’s signature.
H244 amends existing law to provide in-person visitation rights for residents in certain facilities and to provide that visitation shall not be precluded based on vaccination status.
What happened during COVID should never happen again. Praying the Governor does the right thing and signs this.
H294 adds to existing law to prohibit a public entity from entering into certain contracts with companies owned or operated by the government of China.
Yes! I hope the Governor signs this bill this week.
H314aaS amends and adds to existing law to prohibit certain materials from being promoted, given, or made available to a minor by a school or public library and to provide a cause of action.
Get porn OUT of schools and libraries! It shouldn’t be this tough of a fight to get this bill signed into law! Praying the Governor does the right thing and signs it.
H328 amends existing law to provide for the treatment of certain property located within a revenue allocation area.
This is an important bill and I hope the Governor signs it.
H341aaS amends, repeals, and adds to existing law to revise a provision regarding interstate trafficking in prostitution, to provide for the crime of receiving proceeds of illegal sexual activity, and to provide for human trafficking victim protection.
This is another very important bill that should be an easy sign. Praying the Governor does the right thing.
H376 (Trailer Bill) amends HB292 to provide for the distribution of certain sales tax funds regarding transportation congestion, the Homeowner Property Tax Relief Account, and the School District Facilities Fund. (Property Tax Relief)
This offers Idahoans a small amount of property tax relief. The key word there is small… but it’s something.
S1130 adds to existing law to establish the Coronavirus Stop Act to prohibit certain actions related to coronavirus.
This should be another easy sign by the Governor! I hope he does!
All bills that have gone to the Governor’s desk and been signed, vetoed, or are awaiting action may be viewed here: https://gov.idaho.gov/legislative-sessions/2023-session/?fbclid=IwAR1vWkGB8i7FsaiYHJnXENx5xLLA4A0g1ePSt3Q1rEmsFfDKxGvbUJhJ5N0
Please call Governor Little’s office and respectfully voice your opinions to him on the bills he has yet to sign. Remind him of the Republican Party Platform that he represents and the words he campaigned on. His office number is 208.334.2100.
Call! Call! Call!
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Our elected officials would be able to find some deep, healing, and refreshing rest in the months to come and the Lord would bless their return home and family time.
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God would bless the efforts of His children in Idaho fighting on the political front and God would convict the church to action.
Dear Liberty Lovers,
We left off last month talking about believers getting on their knees for our country and taking a stand against unrighteousness and immorality. This is where I’d like to pick up. So maybe instead of my salutation being “Dear Liberty Lovers,” it should be, “Dear Church.”
During my campaign, God made it abundantly clear to Christina and me that, win or lose, we needed to focus our efforts on the church in 2023.
If you’ve heard me speak in the past seven or eight months then you’ve heard me say: if we lose our country…it will not be because the Democrats have become more powerful than us, it will be because the church has failed to act.
I want to unpack that and the best way to do so is by talking about Bonhoeffer and the German Church in the 1930s.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is easily one of my favorite historical figures and has long been one of my heroes of the faith. In case you are unfamiliar, Bonhoeffer became ordained as a pastor in 1931 in Berlin Germany… and he was a political activist.
A pastor…and a political activist.
The first official charter and the creation of the Nazi Party began in Germany in 1920. Thirteen years later in 1933, Hitler was named Chancellor. Two days after, twenty-six-year-old Bonhoeffer began speaking out against the Nazi regime and Hitler’s agenda.
In the years that followed, Bonhoeffer pastored a German congregation in London and a large church in Germany. He preached about the evils of Hitler’s radical agenda from the pulpit and broadcasted his sermons and anti-Nazi sentiments on the radio. By 1939, he had lost the right to lecture, publish, or broadcast on the radio. Eventually, he joined the German Resistance Movement and even became involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler which led to his arrest in 1943. On April 9th, 1945, he was hanged at a mere 39 years old… Less than one month away from Germany surrendering to the Allies.
Bonhoeffer has always been inspirational to me for a few reasons.
- Early on he identified the evil of Hitler’s agenda and immediately took the responsibility for taking action.
- He was stifled and attacked on every side and he refused to stop standing for the truth… even to death.
- He was a young man when he chose to take an extraordinarily courageous stand against one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the world at the time.
- He married the church and Christianity with the responsibility of standing for righteousness, truth, morality, and justice which led him to political activism.
- He was not swayed by an inactive church.
Bonhoeffer had the courage and spiritual maturity to realize that he could not remain silent in the face of evil even though the church responded to Hitler’s agenda overall with “a deafening silence.”
At the onset of WWII when Hitler invaded Poland, there were approximately 18,000 churches that were Protestant in Germany. Approximately 3,000 of those churches were part of the German Christian Church and aligned themselves with Hitler’s ideology. Approximately 3,000 of those were part of the Confessing Church (Bonhoeffer’s church) which opposed Hitler. But the remaining 12,000 remained neutral.
Because they didn’t want to cause contention.
Because they didn’t want to alienate members of their congregation.
Because they didn’t want to oppose the governing authority.
Sounds like the church in America right now. Only I think it’s worse that we find ourselves in this spot because we have the benefit of history. We know how the German church’s inaction ended…with millions of Jews, “non-Aryans,” soldiers, and citizens dying.
I believe, if Bonhoeffer were alive today, he would be taking a similar stand in the United States that he took in Germany in 1933.
The American church has bought into the idea that Christians should not be political and that there ought to be a clear separation between the church and the state.
So let’s talk about that for a minute. Again, anyone who’s heard me speak has heard me say this, but I’ll say it again. I believe one of the biggest lies satan…yes satan… has sold America is “the separation of church and state.”
Let’s unpack that…
First, let’s start at the beginning, where did that idea or “catchphrase” originate?
The phrase “separation of church and state” has become so popular in social discourse that people tend to mistakenly believe it can be found in a founding document. However, the only time it is ever used during the founding years of our Republic was in 1802 in a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson to a group of pastors and scholars in the Danbury Baptists Association of Connecticut.
But to understand Jefferson’s intent, we need to consider the historical backdrop in which this letter was written. The country was in its infant years having separated from the greatest empire in the world, and for what? Liberty and religious freedom if we date back to the first colonists that came to America.
The only rule of law these new Americans had ever known was one in which the government had an established church.
Many contemporary Americans hear about churches or Christians involving themselves in politics and cry “Separation of church and state!” But they have it backward…Jefferson’s intent was that the government not interfere with the church.
It was to keep the government out of church…Not the church out of government.
It was so the situation in England- that drove Puritans, Separatists, Pilgrims, and other religious groups to brave the journey across the Atlantic in search of religious liberty- would never happen in the United States.
It was so the government couldn’t tell the church what to teach.
That is what the very first clause in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights says… to paraphrase, the government cannot establish a national religion (U.S Const. Amend. I.). This is called the Establishment Clause.
Contrary to the narrative the Left would like us to believe, our Republic was established on the idea that the church would be involved in the government. John Adams said that our Constitution was established and would only work with a “moral and religious people” and that it was “wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (Adams, 1798). The Founders- Christian or not- believed that Christianity was essential to keeping a virtuous citizenry who could work together to keep a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed (Washington, 1775).
In the past fifty years, the political Left has worked to remove this heritage from education and has successfully removed Christianity from schools, higher education, and social norms and it has altered the fabric of our nation. James Orwell stated that “the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
Isn’t that what we’re seeing right now? Let’s be clear. The political Left and enemies of the Republic do not want Americans to remember their Biblical heritage and they sure as heck do not want the Christian church involving themselves in the political sphere.
Why? Because powerful things happen when the church is involved. One way that is evidenced is by the 247 years of overall prosperity, flourishment, justice, and freedom in the United States of America.
You cannot separate the founding of the United States from Christianity.
You cannot separate the Bible from the Constitution.
The Bible is cited in 34% of the quotations from founding documents between 1760 and 1805. That is staggering. There was no greater source of inspiration to the Founding Fathers than the Scriptures and the Founders- believers or not- knew what the Word said cover to cover. This is the very thing that makes the American founding so compelling and unique… political liberty and Christian truth were irreversibly intertwined. Declaration of Independence signer Reverend John Witherspoon stated in May 1776, “God grant that in America, true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable.”
This is an unpopular thing to say in Christian spheres, but I’m going to say it because it’s the truth.
The Bible is political.
Jesus healing a man on a Sabbath…That was a political no no.
Jesus overturning tables in the temple…That was a political no no.
Jesus speaking to a woman at a well…That was a political no no.
The Bible mentions government and law over 500 times. I’d say if something is discussed that often, it’s pretty important to God.
So it should be important to us.
The United States has seen a marked turn away from God and Judeo-Christian values since the 1960s and 1970s when things like prayer, Bible reading, and civics were removed from schools, but we as a country have pivoted even farther away from our Biblical roots since 2008 and evil has seemed to ramp up its push and reach in the past eight years.
One of the worst parts of the secularization of our country has been the secularization of the church. Many churches now are buying into the centrality of the federal government, wokism, and rhetoric of inclusivism, tolerance, acceptance, and equity.
Bringing it back to Bonhoeffer and the 3,000 who supported Hitler’s agenda… The above-mentioned “woke churches” would fall into this category of supporting the evil agenda that is proliferating in the United States and attacking the hearts and minds of our children and this nation.
Notice, however, that there were approximately the same amount of German churches that sided with Hitler as they did with Bonhoeffer and the anti-Nazi movements. Yet…the Holocaust still happened. WWII still happened.
What does this tell us? This tells us that it was the 12,000 churches that remained neutral that allowed Hitler to systematically murder millions of men, women, and children.
It was their silence.
It was their failure to act.
So the blood of millions was on the church’s hands just as much as on Hitler’s and the Nazi’s.
That’s a difficult pill to swallow but it’s the truth.
What would have happened if the 12,000 acted? What would have happened if the 12,000 said “No Hitler…life or death we stand for righteousness, justice, and morality.”
We the church cannot remain silent as evil flourishes. James 4:17 says “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Church, we know the truth… We are sinning if we don’t act on it. And that means acting justly, morally, and truthfully in the face of evil.
The silence of the 12,000 is what allowed evil to reign in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.
Church, may we not be one of the 12,000.
When people ask me why I am involved in politics, I always answer something to this effect: “Because this is not about politics. This is about right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice, and morality and immorality. And in 20 years…whether the America we hold dear still stands or not…I want to be able to look back and say it wasn’t because of my silence or failure to act that we lost our liberty and beloved home. I gave liberty, truth, justice, and morality my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor.”
I need to be able to look back and know that I did not cower to social pressure and societal norms.
I need to be able to look back and know that I did not surrender doing the right thing on the altar of comfort.
I need to be able to look back and know that safety wasn’t so sweet to me as to come at the cost of freedom.
Stand up church. God placed you in this time and place for a reason. You were made for this time, right now, for a purpose.
Forming a holy community requires the Holy Spirit. Therefore, that’s how we get holiness and righteousness back into politics… The “holy community” of believers, taking action.
But for that to happen, as Bonhoeffer put it, “we must allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.”
This may feel like a rabbit trail…but stay with me for a second. I want to talk about politicians juxtaposed with statesmen.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a politician as: “a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially one engaged in conducting the business of a government. A person engaged in politics as a profession.”
There is quite a bit more disagreement amongst scholars when defining a statesman. Scholars widely agree that “politician” has more to do with action whereas “statesman” has more to do with character. The best definition I’ve read to date is from author Terry Newell. He argues that,
“Statesmanship is defined as much by who leaders are as the skills they possess. Leaders who forge good societies are not just clever tacticians. Their skills rest on a foundation of moral values and a deep understanding of history… acts of statesmanship also call forth moral character to others” (Statesmanship, Character, and Leadership in America, 2012).
I wrote a paper earlier this year in which I formed my own definition of statesmanship based on primary and secondary source scholarship. Building on Newell’s description and the ideas of scholars such as Locke, Tocqueville, and Dr. Kahlib Fischer, I’d like to offer the definition that I’ve formed:
A statesman may be defined as a person who is rooted in Christ, grounded in truth, guided by morality, and who possesses a deep love of liberty which compels them to stand for righteousness, justice, and truth in government and society.
It is important to realize what a statesman is before we cast our ballots every few years. Look at the above definitions again. Can you think of a statesman in Idaho? I can. My mind immediately goes to men and women like Jacyn Gallagher, Glenneda Zuiderveld, Scott Herndon, Brian Lenney, Cindy Carlson, and Heather Scott.
These are men and women of God.
They’re the church…involved in politics.
Let’s get statesmen back into politics. But that means we have to get the church back in politics.
I encourage you, believers, to speak to your pastor if he is not politically engaged right now. Encourage him to truth. Sit down and speak with him… and if you’d like me to join you, I would be happy to do so.
I stand with you and am praying for you. Each of your names that are subscribed to this Report, whether we’ve met in person or not, is on my monthly prayer list. Each month when this Report goes out, I pray for each of you by name.
You are chosen, marked, and purposed for such a time as this. YOU have a job to do here at this time. Be bold. Be courageous. Be humble. Be rooted in truth. Be a Bonhoeffer. Be a statesman in your churches, communities, families, and government.
God bless you and keep you.
Let’s Keep Idaho, Idahome!
“It is not in the still calm of life…that great characters are formed…Great necessities call out great virtues. When the mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the Heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into Life, and form the Character of the Hero and the Statesman.”[sic] ~Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams, 1780.
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 [ESV]
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This is why we say let’s keep Idaho RED. It does not pertain to the republican political party, but instead, we want all people of Idaho for their hearts to be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
A politician is a person who practices gift of stewardship over a piece of land with group of people living in it, and therefore, for a politician to be called statesman we need to see Rachel’s definition of statesmanship apply to that person. Thus, everyone does practice politics at some point. You don’t need an official public office to be called a politician.
In the Bible, we find many people who are politicians and spiritual at the same time. Such as King David, Queen Esther, and even profits like Moses, and the more sportual and close to God, they were the better leaders they were for their own people.
If God is involved in the heart of politics, why wouldn’t we, as believers, be involved? If you doubt it, here is a verse from Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water;He turns it wherever He wants.”
It’s not God’s fault that politics is a dirty flied, its the fault of politicians who have separated themselves from God and decided to walk in politics without God’s guidance.
No one died, leaving regressives (they like to be called, “progressives”) in charge of language. We need to use accurate terms like gender-deniers for those who are confused as to what sex they are.
Self government requires all of our selves to be involved to the extent we are able. If we don’t involve our selves, we are allowing our selves to be ruled by others… many of whom have demonstrated poor judgement.