Sample letter sent in support of Harald

Here is a letter that one of our members sent in support of Harald Zeiger (see post below). Please take the time to send an e-mail to or send a letter to PO Box 103, Maineville, OH 45039. They need to be received by July 15th! Thank you.

July 4,2010
RE: Visa status of Harald Zieger

To Whom It May Concern:

I write in reference to the visa status of Mr. Harald Zieger. I strongly urge that his visa be extended, if not given permanent visa status. Mr. Zieger escaped from communist East Germany and made his way to the United States and ran his own business here. He is an Electrical Engineer, with great knowledge of
production, reliability and maintenance in the manufacturing environment. We need his expertise in the US!
Also, as a veteran who served in Berlin from 1971-72, I know what life was like for people who “lived” in East Germany. The United States should welcome with open arms anyone who put their lives on the line to escape the oppression of the communist world. Also, Mr. Zieger followed our rules to immigrate here and
has stated, that IF his visa is not extended, he will follow our laws and return to Europe. What a loss for America! I have heard Mr. Zieger speak and what he says should be heard by all Americans! Sometimes you just have to do the RIGHT THING. Therefore, I strongly urge that Mr. Harald Zieger’s visa be extended if not given permanent visa status.
Thank you very much!


Important!! Help keep Harald in the USA

You’re receiving this message because, in some capacity, you know Harald Zieger. I’ve known Harald since the inception of the Cincinnati Tea Party in February 2009. It was at a gathering of as-yet-unknown friends in a stranger’s living room when I first heard him speak. He brought me to tears.Perhaps he has touched you, too, with his unique perspective on our country, our freedom, our lives inAmerica. He’s an Austrian who was raised in Germany, but I often say Harald is more American thansome Americans.
Harald and his wife Christiane indeed consider America their home, but they will soon lose their life in America if Harald’s visa is not extended. The deadline is September 1, 2010.
Harald came to the United States with an E2 visa after he founded his own company-his AmericanDream. But with the collapse of the economy and the bankruptcy of his largest customer, his companyis now fighting to survive, which makes the extension of his visa uncertain.

So what can we do to keep our friend here at home where he belongs?

We can write letters-letters of recommendation and reference to be submitted with the requisitepaperwork that will extend his status and will keep him a legal immigrant.
Please send your letter to me and I’ll make sure Harald gets it. Your letter may be an email, ahandwritten note, a formal typed appeal, or even a one-liner that expresses your support for Harald andstates why he should remain in the United States.
Remember, government officials want to know how Harald will benefit our economy. Among manyother assets, he speaks both German and English fluently and has a deep working knowledge of theEuropean market that would be beneficial to businesses here in the United States.
You may also write a professional recommendation for Harald on his Linkedln profile:

Plus, if you have any job leads, I’ll pass those on to Harald as well. He is an Electrical Engineer with 20years of management experience in production, reliability, and maintenance in the manufacturingenvironment. His company helped improve American manufacturing companies by providing predictive maintenance services, such as Vibration Analysis, Thermography, Ultra-Sound Detection, and Oil Analysis. Harald is an expert at analyzing the maintenance organization in manufacturing plants,
developing restructuring strategies, and overseeing the internal project team through the entire process of improvement, including special training and education classes for maintenance, production, and plant managers. He specializes in warranty and general problems for European machine and parts suppliers in the United States, such as BHS Germany and FARO Bearings.

Please be sure to include your contact information with your letter. And please feel free to forward this message to anyone who may not have received it.

Since I’ve joined the tea party movement, people are eager to join in but wonder how they can help get our country back on the right track. We all have God-given gifts (Ephesians 4:7), no matter how seemingly insignificant. Writing a letter on behalf of Harald Zieger may be seemingly small, but it is surely a very powerful way you can help rebuild our America and help our friend. We need more Americans like Harald.

With my sincerest thanks,

Sue White
POB 103
Maineville, OH 45039

The difference between a democracy and a republic

As I stated in the post below, we discussed the differences between a democracy and a republic at our last meeting. Here is what the Army training manual has to say about this:

From: U.S. Army Training Manual No. 2000-25,
Published in 1928
Government Manual Defines a “Democracy”
1. A government of the masses.
2. Authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of “direct”
3. Results in mobocracy.
4. Attitude toward property is communistic- negating property rights.
5. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be
based upon deliberation or government by passion, prejudice, and impulse,
without restraint or regard to consequences.
6. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.
James Madison on Democracy:
Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever
been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and
have in general been as short in th~ lives as they have been violent in their
(Federalist Papers, No. 10, page 81.)

Government Manual Defines a Republic
1. Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best
fitted to represent them.
2. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a
sensible economic procedure.
3. Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed
principles and established evidence, with a strict regard for consequences.
4. A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its
5. Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
6. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment and progress.
James Madison on a Republic:
We may define a republic to be … a government which derives all its powers
directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by
persons holding their offices during (the people’s) pleasure for a limited period, or
during good behavior. (Federalist Papers, No. 39, page 241.)
This information can be found in the 5000 Year Leap, pg. 157-158.

America is a Republic. The way the constitution was originally set up the House of Representatives would represent the people. They would be elected by popular vote and serve a term of two years. The Senate would represent the states and would be appointed by the state legislature. They would serve a six-year term. This is a complex republic. The 17th amendment changed the way we elect senators. They are now elected by popular vote which changes our government from a complex republic to a simple republic. This resulted in the states not having a voice in the federal government and transferred more power to the feds. This is not in line with the limited government that the founders intended.

Recap of July 6th Westside Neighborhood 9-12 meeting

We started out the meeting with a report on WestFest. Diane was pleased to announce that everyone who volunteered for the event was able to make it despite the heat and humidity. We want to thank everyone who helped make this happen.We also discussed the possibility of having a booth at the Harvest Home festival. Since it is a three-day event we would need volunteers to manage the booth for the day in addition to volunteers who would be at the booth for several hours at a time. Managing the booth would involve showing up at the shift changes and insuring that we have enough volunteers.  Please let us know if you are interested.

We concentrated on education at the meeting last night. We believe that the best way to fix the republic is to understand how it is supposed to work. We need to educate ourselves and then pass this information on to as many people as possible. We need to be able to articulate the principles that made this country the greatest in the world in order to win this fight. Diane reviewed the differences between a democracy and a republic. We use the words interchangeably but there is a huge difference. I added information about the differences between a simple republic and a complex republic. The 17th amendment to the constitution changed our government from a complex to a simple republic and reduced the power of the individual states. Detailed information can be found at our blog:  If you are not familiar with the differences please take the time to review and educate your friends and neighbors. Another learning opportunity can be found at the Anderson Township library on Saturday July 17th. From noon to 2 the 9-12 group will be hosting a class “The Constitutional Amendments – Your Rights as an American” and from 2 to 4 “Governments of the World”. The library is at 7450 State Road and the zip is 45230.
Here are links to these events:

If you attended any of the Tea Party rallies last year you may have heard Harald Zeiger speak. You may not recognize his name but I’m sure you will remember his story. He grew up in communist East Germany and spoke of the evils of that society. He was able to escape before the Berlin Wall fell and eventually immigrated to the U.S.  Harald is not yet a U.S. Citizen and his visa is up for renewal in September. Harald is an electrical engineer who owns his own company. His largest customer recently declared bankruptcy which has left his company fighting to survive. This makes the extension of his visa uncertain. Harald needs your help in keeping his American dream alive. We all need to write letters of recommendation to be reviewed at the time of his visa hearing. Harald spoke at the last NW Tea Party meeting and he promised everyone he would not stay in this country illegally. It would be a tragedy if someone who loves this country as much as Harald does is forced to leave.  I have posted a letter that one of our members wrote at the blog. Please review it for inspiration and send a similar letter. You can send them to Sue White @ PO Box 103, Maineville, OH 45039 or send an e-mail to This will only take ten minutes of your time but it will mean so much. Here is your chance to make a difference. Please submit them before July 15th. In addition, Harald is looking for employment. As I said, he is an electrical engineer with 20 years of management experience in production, reliability and maintenance in the manufacturing environment. Further details can be found at the blog. Please refer any job leads to Sue White at the address or e-mail listed above.

Longtime Westside 9-12 member Larry shared his experience of living in Berlin in 1971 & 72 while he was in the Army. He vividly remembers the wall and the stark differences between the East & West.  He shared photographs of the wall and recounted incidents of East Germans being fired upon as they tried to escape. This made us all appreciate what Harald risked to gain his freedom. Peggy added that she was involved in a similar visa issue with a friend from communist China and stated that the letters of recommendation helped her case immensely. Please write your letter today!

Our next meeting is on Thursday July 22nd. Future meetings are scheduled for Thursday August 5th , Wednesday August 18th, Thursday September 2nd and Wednesday September 15th.

Independence Day

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. – Thomas Jefferson