A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.
But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.
My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
My apologies in advance to “Norm”, but his response to Kyle Becker’s blog post “It’s Never Enough: Why the American Left Won’t Stop Until It Has Ruined Everything” doesn’t deserve to remain buried in the comments section:
“…Rush, Hannity, Beck, and the rest kept our blood boiling, but they lent no leadership.
We needed a plan from our radio leaders. They had none. They wouldn’t even work with one another.
Well, we were ripe for leadership four years ago. Ripe and ready. Leaderless, we still came close to winning.
This time around, though…many of us conservative war wounded can’t be stirred to life again with hot sticks. It is a simple fact.
Conservatives, like the walking wounded of the south, just want to get on with life…even life in the coming crazy world of Obama and his minions. They know the worst is coming but they lack the will to get up and do it one more time.
Honestly, it may be one hundred years coming again…and in a world vastly different than this one.
But, if a leader comes along and wants to do it one more time, I’ll be there, boots on. But right now. Well, right now, I just want to be left alone. Just endure. Take the beating I know is coming.
Sounds a little melodramatic, doesn’t it? May be so, my conservative friend. May be so. But it doesn’t mean that I’m far from the truth.”
We had almost every effective tool at our disposal – a fired-up base, four years of disasters under the worst alleged POTUS this nation has ever seen, and liberals virtually conceding the race before the first ballot was counted. Everything seemed to be going our way except for one tiny little detail: We were denied real leaders.
To defeat Obama, we needed not only a strong candidate who could inspire the troops, but also impassioned Congressional representatives to give teeth to the American Public, and media big-mouths to keep pressure on the Left.
None of these essential elements materialized. Indeed, anyone with the stones to challenge The System on our behalf was quickly removed by the RNC Elite and a complicit MSM.
Many of us capitulated and decided to work with what was available after the Tampa debacle: Remove the Marxist and then deal with the RNC. We were hopeful that Romney would actually take it to Obama, but that too never happened. The only Republican testosterone to be found came unexpectedly from Paul Ryan.
After Obama’s stunning *victory*, we are left with our worst nightmares – an almost complete lemming-like march towards Socialism.
Never in America, you say? Guess again. It’s here now, although most won’t realize it until they pay their taxes next year, more jobs evaporate, grocery costs skyrocket, or they try to get decent healthcare.
Those of us old enough to remember parents and grandparents talk about the Great Depression will fare better than most, but I fear many will just simply not be able to cope with our new reality.
So like Norm, if a real Conservative Leader appears, I’m ready to fight for my country one more time. Until then however, let’s just get on with the destruction.
Please read the rest of Norm’s comment along with Kyle’s excellent blog at:
Do you want to suture the breach within the Republican Party? Is it your belief that Obama is currently the single greatest threat to America? Are you convinced that every person who possesses an ounce of Conservatism must vote Republican in this election to save America?
The GOP is fracturing and an Obama win is virtually guaranteed, yet the answer to this dilemma is very simple – appoint every one of your 2012 opponents to cabinet positions, and do it NOW.
Each candidate has loyal followers who will refuse to vote for you. The only sensible solution is to bring all of them into meaningful positions within your administration where their skills and expertise can assist you in your stated quest to restore America.
Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum all have something valuable to contribute, and by including them in your administration, you demonstrate that the Republican Party truly is a Big Tent.
Appoint these people, and get them working NOW so that on Day One of your Presidency, they have policies and procedures ready to go, and then announce your selections or appointments to the American People to demonstrate that the Grand Old Party is truly inclusive.
Please, make is easier for the American People to vote for you in November. Give each of us a sense of investment within a framework of cooperation, rather than forcing us to just vote against Obama.
Tampa was an utter charade designed solely to confer legitimacy to a pre-selected nominee. The ensuing abuse, bullying, whining, and crying by those comfortable with choosing the “lesser-of-two-evils”, is having precisely the opposite effect on those of us who object to having either corporatists or statists in charge of our lives.
My frightened Republican peers will doubtless squeal that any vote other than for Mitt will be a vote for Obama, and I agree that this could prove prophetic…but let’s share the blame, shall we?
1. Congress didn’t care to rein-in Obama’s profligate spending and subversion.
On any number of issues, Congress could have put their collective feet down and stopped this train wreck, but they didn’t. Instead, our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. consistently refused to take their roles as guardians of the Constitution and our nation seriously.
2. The vast majority of the Republican electorate didn’t care to show up for the primaries.
Had Republicans taken the time to educate themselves about the various issues and candidate platforms and then actually showed up to vote, Tampa might have been a celebration of individual liberties, instead of Romney’s rushed coronation.
3. Neither our delegates nor the other Presidential candidates saw fit to object to the nominating process.
To be fair, I wasn’t in Tampa and do not know the conditions our delegates were operating under. However, I find it difficult to believe that NO ONE had the boldness to stand and object to the process.
More than likely, this political lethargy simply reflects the belief that virtually anyone would do a better job than Obama. Trouble is, the RNC’s answer to our current troubles is to replace him with someone just as determined to own America.
George Soros said that there is “little difference” between Romney and Obama .
If this is so, then there is hardly any reason to get excited about the upcoming General Election. If either man gets elected, we will have four more years of misery. Thus, on Election Day I will be doing what any concerned American should be doing – voting for an individual who is truly capable of leading this nation.
And it won’t be either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.
[Please note, I did not write this letter. This is a repost.]
Date: August 21, 2012
To: the RNC, Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney, the Romney Campaign
From: Delegates and Alternates to the 2012 National Republican Presidential Convention, supported by many members of other concerned liberty groups.
Re: The rules, platform, and credentials for delegations at the upcoming Republican Presidential Convention in Tampa, Florida (August 27-31, 2012)
To the leaders of the RNC, in their support of the Mitt Romney campaign:
According to the RNC convention website, “Our republic only holds one national election in which we all share the responsibility of participating. Part of that shared responsibility involves educating ourselves about the positions of the presidential candidates and the parties they represent.”
So what does the Republican Party “represent”? In the GOP party platform, your preamble states the following:
“This is a platform of enduring principle, not passing convenience the product of the most open and transparent process in American political history. We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government’s interference in people’s lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty.”
It is clear that the goal of the GOP is to “unite” behind Romney as the Presidential nominee and to work together to defeat the Democrats.
The upcoming convention should be a meeting place where delegates and alternates work together to improve the party platform and to nominate the best person for the job as a candidate for President and Vice President. The delegates and alternates to the convention have earned their positions as elected representatives of the citizens of their state and many have been through at least a year long process to get to the floor of the convention.
Coming together with valuable ideas and principles from the various regions and states would be a difficult task if rules weren’t set in place. It is only logical that rules be defined to allow delegates and groups of delegates to make our voices heard in an orderly manner during the convention.
The question is do the rules apply to everyone involved?
RNC Stifled the voice of the people at the 2008 convention
In 2008, at the convention which nominated McCain-Palin, any competing buttons or signs were confiscated from delegates. So, for instance, no Ron Paul delegate was allowed to wear a Ron Paul button on the floor of the convention, or wave a Ron Paul sign.
This type of behavior by the RNC and the McCain campaign brings to mind a Communist Party gathering behind the Iron Curtain, or an event conducted by a tin-horn dictator in some third world country.
Even worse, microphones were turned off on delegates when they were NOT out of order, and so-called Sergeants-of-Arms, acting more like bouncers, were lining the convention floor to oust anyone who did not go along with the “Coronation” of John McCain.
Destroying the ‘Rule of Law’ is antithetical to the Republican Platform
Grassroots, liberty supporters have been constantly told to be respectful and follow the rules of the party and the rule of law, and they have; however, in sharp contrast, many RNC State organizations repeatedly violated the rule of law and basic fairness in every possible way with the goal in mind to silence all dissent or opposition to a Romney Coronation.
While there are dozens of examples of this blatant corruption at state conventions, there is no case more egregious than that of Maine.
- In Maine, the delegates for Ron Paul had a clear majority at the state convention, and, following the rules, elected a majority of Ron Paul delegates and alternates.
Then, on the last possible day to file a grievance, the Maine Republican Party filed a challenge without substantial evidence to the duly elected delegates and replaced them with unelected cronies.
THIS SITUATION IS SO BLATANTLY DISHONEST that Maine Governor Paul LePage, a Romney supporter, has stated that he will boycott the convention if the duly elected Maine delegates are not seated. As John Jones (Maine delegate and House Candidate) stated, “This isn’t really about the rules. It’s about having a picture-perfect convention down there.” (Ref: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/13/politics/dispute-over-maines-ron-paul-delegates-to-republican-convention-to-go-to-full-hearing/)
Chairman Priebus, are you going to let this blatant corruption continue? Or will you enforce the rule of law and seat the duly elected delegates in Maine and other states with similar issues??
- The fraudulent tactics of this election began in January with the Iowa caucus when the state GOP rushed to the microphone to declare Romney the winner – only to have to change the winner to Santorum two weeks later after certain facts and errors were made public by grassroots activists. For the full story go to www.watchthevote2012.com and click here (http://www.watchthevote2012.com/AffidavitTrue.htm) to see the Edward True affidavit which forced the change of the winner for the first time in American history in a major presidential caucus.
- In Louisiana, the Ron Paul delegates had a clear majority at their state convention but the sitting GOP officials used strong arm tactics (violently) to subvert the result, even breaking the hip of the man who had been legitimately elected the chairman to run that convention. Lew Rockwell explains very well why this occurred – http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/117984.html
- In Arizona, the ballots cast at the state convention were taken behind closed doors and it was announced two days later that Romney had “won”.
- In Oregon, the state chairman ignored the votes of the citizens for their alternates and, instead, “appointed” a slate of his Romney cronies during his own personal meeting.
- In Nevada, the GOP state organization “found” boxes and boxes of mystery votes on caucus day and stated that the final results may never be known.
- In Alaska, state committees were disproportionately stacked, agenda items pushed back, and the convention improperly adjourned causing a reconvention. It was also widely publicized via various forms of media, including personal phone calls by the Chairman and his staff, urging delegates not to attend in order to prevent a quorum and then the Chairman advised delegates to “go fishing”.
- In Colorado, a complaint has been filed against the GOP Chairman,
Ryan Call, after he decided to put his name against a 21-year old who is new to the convention and an email election was held. Vote fraud occurred when an ineligible person voted, votes were switched, and ballots weren’t the same, yet the chair refuses to correct it with a re-vote (http://coloradostatesman.com/content/993674-complaint-filed-against-gop-state-chairman).
- In Oklahoma, they closed down the convention before the delegate votes were even taken. (http://www.policymic.com/articles/8263/ron-paul-supporters-at-arizona-gop-convention-get-undeserved-media-attack)
- In Massachusetts, Ron Paul supporters carried the convention and elected many delegates – only to have the state GOP change the rules after the fact and seat their own cronies, completely against the rule of law. (Ref: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/08/18/massachusetts-gop-bans-16-ron-paul-delegates-rnc-169951/)
- In North Dakota, Romney received all the delegates even though Santorum and Paul came in ahead of him. The former North Dakota GOP Chairman, Gary Emineth, stated that the convention had been “railroaded.” (Ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD6_7mdcWSA)
Candidate Mitt Romney and his campaign have stood by silently while these injustices have unfolded over many, many months and in several states across the nation. This article documents many of the situations where the rule of law has been broken by the GOP: (http://www.examiner.com/article/gop-committee-on-contests-disenfranchises-paul-supporters-several-states).
These atrocities culminated to a level where a lawsuit with over 400 injured delegate plaintiffs was filed in the U.S. 9th circuit court against the RNC for election fraud violations. While the judge in the case ordered a dismissal of these charges, the fact that they were filed and are now part of the federal court record is serious and pending further action. The RNC can expect future lawsuit responses, if the same behavior continues.
The reason for all the election fraud is clear
According to the rules, it would take a plurality in five states to get a candidate besides Mitt Romney, such as Ron Paul, nominated for President, or to have a speaking slot at the convention.
So every time Ron Paul supporters gained a majority or plurality in the 5th state, the RNC, which you lead, and the state Republican Parties in league with you, changed the rules so that there “never was a fifth state” for Ron Paul or anyone else. Are you going to correct these outrages and enforce the rule of law or not?
What is the purpose of the delegations at the convention?
To be specific, one of the items that many of the delegates and alternates would like to see come before this year’s Republican National Convention – is a platform vote to repeal the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).
How do we, as elected representatives of the party, get such a resolution introduced before the convention?
As delegates, we should not be treated like “extras” that have come to a theatrical production to be part of a pre-written script.
We should be treated as knowledgeable individuals who have earned our right to be delegates and we should be able to bring ideas to the convention floor on behalf of ourselves and those who elected us.
National conventions used to be clashes of ideas and individuals
In the “old days”, national conventions were actually clashes of candidates and ideas which strengthened the party. They weren’t just a waste of tax payer money only to have a coronation or beauty pageant.
At the 1968 Republican National Convention, there were floor demonstrations with signs and buttons for FOUR candidates: Gov. Ronald Reagan (CA), Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (NY), Gov. George Romney (MI), and Richard Nixon.
The Democratic Convention of 1968 saw a fight between Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senator Eugene McCarthy.
In 1976, there was a contest at the Republican National Convention between Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford. Ford won in a very tight contest but both spoke at the convention.
In 1980, at the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Ted Kennedy challenged President Jimmy Carter, and Carter prevailed, but again they both spoke at the convention.
In recent years, conventions have turned into totalitarian-like displays where the people really don’t have a choice. The strong arm tactics used against Buchanan delegates in the 1996 GOP Presidential Convention were just as disgraceful as those used against Ron Paul delegates in 2008.
So, what’s it going to be in 2012? - A traditional American style convention with free speech and the orderly rule of law where the rights of delegates are respected?
…Or a repeat of the regimented GOP Convention of 2008, where the rights and duties of delegates were repressed, and which called to mind the type of gathering one would expect to find in some variation of a totalitarian state?
We request that you follow the rule of law that is at the core of this nation and seat the delegates that have been duly elected by the citizens in their states. We also request that you allow motions for hand counts in public of ALL votes made at the convention (including committees and subcommittees) because the fraud MUST stop! The voice of the people MUST be cherished or we have no Republic.
If you do not do the right thing here for the citizens of the United States of America, then how can you expect the supporters of any other candidates to ‘unite’ behind your preferred candidate? In addition, how can you expect Romney supporters to endorse such fraud?
We the People, concerned about our Constitutional Republic
(See below for supporting organizations and signatures)
- We the People Network – 20 million members worldwide (www.wtpnetwork.com)
- Patriot Coalition (www.patriotcoalition.com)
- Guardians for Liberty (www.guardiansforliberty.com)
- Delegates of Alaska Dedicated to Ethical Leadership
- Watch the Vote (www.watchthevote2012.com)
- AZ Concerned Delegates for Fair RNC Elections
- Occupy Rigged Elections (http://truth-out.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=5599:occupy-rigged-elections-a-call-for-the-second-american-revolution-in-2012)
- Tools for Justice (www.toolsforjustice.com)
- The 1000+ regional, state, and national Republican delegates who are members of ToolsForJustice and support the National Delegates Case lawsuit project at www.electionfraudremedy.com.
- The Heartland Patriots (www.heartlandpatriots.com)
- Kelly Z. Mordecai – Author of “The Hidden 4th Branch” & former Republican (www.hidden4thbranch.com)
- New Mexicans for Liberty
- The Jeenyus Corner (www.jeenyuscorner.com)
- Richard Gilbert – Lead Attorney for the National Delegates Case Lawsuit representing over 350 plaintiffs
- David Callihan – Operations Director for the National Delegates Case Lawsuit (www.electionfraudremedy.com)
P.S. This letter will be signed by the people in an online petition and will also be released to the press.
Note: This is a heartfelt contribution from one of my readers.
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,
I am a conservative American citizen, who loves and respects Israel. It saddens me to have to come to you with this issue, but we feel we have no other alternative.
We are asking for your help in convincing the Republican National Committee (RNC) that they are making a terrible mistake by forcing Mitt Romney as the Republican Presidential nominee.
Many thousands of us have written and called them over the past year to complain, yet we have been completely ignored.
The RNC has broken numerous election rules and fights us at every turn, while the American media refuses to report that many of our citizens are frustrated and angry by these outrageous activities.
The reason it is so important for you to know this, Sir, is because the American people are not behind the RNC or Mitt Romney in this election. There is virtually no conservative community where our citizens are not convinced that Mitt Romney will not win this election.
As evidence of our conviction, whenever the Republican Party has run a moderate candidate against a sitting president, we have historically lost that election. Even now, against admittedly the worst President America has ever had, Mitt Romney barely ties Obama in early polling.
Already, groups of Americans are planning write-in campaigns for various conservative candidates or have decided to vote Third Party. Our election is going to be a disaster, and Obama is going to win another four years as President.
If that happens, both America and Israel are in serious danger.
We need your help, Sir.
For the sake of Israel and America, we need someone like you to go to the RNC and tell them that Americans will NOT be showing up to vote for Romney. We need an august and respected leader to explain to the RNC that if they do not change their plans and allow our delegates to select a true friend of Israel as our nominee, the whole world will ultimately become engaged in a devastating jihad.
With great respect and admiration,
An American Citizen
You have inadvertently become the last line of defense for America.
Before casting your vote in Tampa, please consider that for many Americans, our choices appear severely limited – Socialism or Socialism-lite. As a fellow American citizen, I beg you to uphold our Constitution, traditions, values, and rich history.
RNC Rule #38 states that delegates cannot be “bound”, and has been invoked historically:
“…the legal counsel for the Republican National Convention in 2008 stated: “[The] RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.” Thus, if a delegate were to challenge his or her ability to vote as a free agent, he or she would have grounds under Rule 38. [1, 2]”
You are unbound. No one can force you to vote for any particular candidate. Instead, you are allowed to vote your conscience for the good of America and our posterity.
As Republicans, our main focus is to undo the damage caused by Obama and his Democrat allies. This can only be accomplished by a strong and committed leader dedicated to serving and protecting America.
Dr. Gingrich has said, “Two hours after I’m sworn in as President and by the time the Obamas land in Chicago, I will have 40% of Obama’s Government Dismantled.”
I believe him.
This is an essential first step in reclaiming America. All of Obama’s unelected czars need to go, and this is one of the first things Dr. Gingrich will tackle along with our out-of-control spending, national security concerns, and energy independence.
We have a long and arduous task before us in the midst of global terror, violence, and economic crises. I want a President who has experience dealing with Congress, understands the history and significance of intricate international relationships, has already forged many friendships with our allies, is intimately familiar with our Constitution and the intent of our Founders, and has an unshakeable and deep love for America and her people. This is not the occasion to elect someone untried on national, Congressional, and international scenes.
We need someone ready to work the moment he is sworn in, and I cannot think of another American better suited to lead this nation out of danger. Please seriously consider a vote for Dr. Gingrich as a vote for freedom and liberty at our upcoming brokered Republican National Convention.
Thank you very much!
A Concerned Citizen from Colorado