PARTNERSHIP MACHINE

Mixing God and Government the way America’s Founders did, following Hebrews 11’s Examples of Faith – because Politics without Scripture confuses abominations for rights, and Christianity without Politics has nothing to say about the darkness blinding America.

Des Moines, IA   |  www.Saltshaker.US

Mission

“I might join after I see what causes you support.” That is how to judge normal organizations, where * projects are fixed before you join and not open to change; * your ability to improve them is mostly limited to how much money and time you can give; * the project is the only purpose of the organization. The Partnership Machine is not a “normal organization”. * Its projects are determined by what those who join are willing to do. * Members’ readiness to contribute ideas, research, and reasoning determine, more than their money, what projects we can take on together. * Great deeds are not our only goal. Our other goal is great relationships. The two goals require each other. Friendship is as shallow as the goals friends share, great deeds require great relationships.

Ruling year info

1987

Founder

Dave Leach

Main address

4110 SW 9th St

Des Moines, IA 50315 USA

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EIN

42-1285059

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Right to Life (R62)

Christian (X20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Disagreement about politics threatens us, because the laws created by politics affect our lives in many ways. But we teach each other not to reason with each other when we disagree, because humans can barely and rarely manage that. It is “offensive” to even try. It is “offensive” to even care enough to try. “It’s no use talking to you; you are never going to agree with me anyway.” But we routinely reason with each other to make money. Or to build things, invent things, go into space, make pretty plastic doodads. It's only when the duty ahead is to confront evil, without pay, that we say it is no use reasoning with someone who disagrees. This assumption about others' incapacity for reason dehumanizes them. We hate them for how much we imagine they love evil. In order to encourage us to love, God put infinity virtually within our reach to the extent we will pray with, work with, and reason with each other. Our relationship problems grow out of our love problem.

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The Partner Project

(This describes the principal “project”, which is to be a forum that is an umbrella for unlimited projects. The “projects” listed after this are only examples of what is possible.)

|||| We want to accomplish great things, so we need to build great relationships. AND we want great relationships, so we need to accomplish great things.

|||| Therefore we must take time for both: we have to learn to get along with each other. We must learn to reason with each other even when we disagree. And we must look beyond our own selfish needs, to do good and oppose evil in the world around us.

|||| Besides supporting causes many share, anyone who joins with a project of their own not thought of by current participants, can expect to find resources and ideas among us. And a forum where you can make your case why others should join you. A forum where you can reason with others to help others improve their work. A forum where you can practice reasoning with people who disagree – where you can develop the relationship and reasoning skills you need to draw individuals and our nation nearer to Jesus, and also for a great marriage, to be a great parent, and to do great in business.

|||| In short, our goal is to recreate the robust Partnership Machine described in 1 Corinthians 14 and many other Bible passages, which the Pilgrims recreated in their Bible-inspired Sunday afternoon forums (see www.1620.US) which spread freedoms of speech and religion, and a vote for all, across America.

|||| Yet without any religious test, or requirement that participants believe particular facts, since such tests were not a condition of participation in 1620 or in the Bible. The only condition of participation is honesty, desire to accomplish great things, and respect for discussion rules which all participants can discuss, vote on, and even edit. (See http://savetheworld.saltshaker.us/wiki/Bible_Rules_for_Relationships)

|||| (Caveat: the Partnership Machine is a forum for people who don't necessarily agree about what should be done before they meet, but the purpose of meeting is, through discussion, study, and research, to work towards agreement on what we can do together. Therefore it is possible for groups to form within the forum that have opposite goals; provided they are willing to communicate with each other, with the prayer of eventual consensus.)
It is not a condition of participation that you even believe these are Biblical goals, or even that you believe the Bible, but it is a condition that you are not allowed to censor the Freedom of Speech of others to appeal to the highest principles they know in trying to persuade others.

|||| Not that any theology will be welcome when it is not relevant to whatever subjects the group has placed on its agenda. But for example the abortion issue wouldn’t even exist if there weren’t Bible verses identifying the unborn as, to use a phrase from Roe v. Wade, “persons in the whole sense”. Therefore, it is insane for Christian prolife activists to suppress mention of those verses during public prolife meetings.

|||| Again for example, if you are “pro-choice” based on your own theology as an Atheist, Communist, Moslem, Hindu, Hedonist, or whatever, you will be given the same rule-governed opportunity everyone else has to make your case, when relevant.

|||| Everyone benefits from the opportunity, rare anywhere, to reason with others who disagree respectfully, when they disagree, and are honest enough to acknowledge evidence and reasoning they can't refute, and who are motivated by love: for the victims of the Darkness outside for whose relief the group has assembled, and for other participants in our group.

|||| Agreement on what we can do together to accomplish great things is always our goal. Disagreement never fails to move us towards that goal, however, because it lets us practice reasoning with each other when we disagree, under the most favorable, friendly conditions: under rules that facilitate reasoning and that identify and suppress the kinds of mental tricks that damage relationships.

|||| How does one acquire the relationship skills, not to mention the confidence, to approach “important” people like lawmakers and other community leaders and persuade them to do something or change something?

|||| We do it by practicing reasoning with each other, in an atmosphere of love.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Adults

There are three ways to get immigration quotas repealed so that all who want to immigrate to us can come, who just want to come and work hard and not come and kill us. (1) Expose the fact that the research cited in support of claims that more immigration hurts us economically are published by a handful of Undocumented Economists with no university credentials in economics, while the thousands of real peer-reviewed economics studies say the opposite: that the more immigrants we allow to come legally, the better paying jobs and better quality jobs citizens will have, and the faster our national debt will be paid down; [www.Saltshaker.us/HispanicHope, www.talk2me.Saltshaker.us ] (2) Challenge immigration quotas in court for violating 14th Amendment "equal protection", using arguments posted at www.Saltshaker.US/HispanicHope/Deportation-Brief.pdf. (3) Broadcast a serious immigration Bible study, like www.Saltshaker.US/HispanicHope/StrangerProject.pdf. God's Word should have special impact on the people most resisting reform: Bible-believing, conservative, Republican Christians. The Bible validates economists, promising economic opportunity for ourselves to the extent, and only to the extent, that we share it with others. The Bible also warns of Hell to the extent we do not “take in” the “stranger” (immigrant).

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

www.SaveTheWorld.Saltshaker.US is a wiki forum, designed to provide the kind of forum needed to heal America: where people can study and reason with each other respectfully, about matters so important that the discovery of disagreement is troubling, for the purpose of building consensus about what we can do together, and then doing it; and where God is not censored.

Population(s) Served
Activists

As the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower approaches, we have "launched" a parade float built on a car resembling the Mayflower.
We "sailed" in five Iowa parades in 2018: Iowa State Fair, Beaverdale, McGregor, Oskaloosa (won “best out-of-town”), Cherokee.
Nine Iowa Parades in 2019: June 1 Cherokee, June 8 Grimes, June 15 Johnston, July 4 Urbandale, (won $100 2nd prize), July 27 Indianola Balloon Classic, September 28 Indianola log cabin festival (won “Merchant's Choice” placque & sign to hang on the float), October 13 Winterset “Covered Bridge Festival”, Dec 5 Boone Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec 7 Oskaloosa Lighted Christmas Parade. See video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWihPWsos10.

Population(s) Served
Adults

"How States Can Outlaw Abortion in a Way that Survives Courts" is the title of our book available at Amazon since November, 2018; it has been offered free to 2500 Republican state lawmakers in states where Republicans control both chambers; over 40 leaders have accepted a copy as of May, 2019. The book explains how Legislatures are able to end legal abortion, and get it through courts, by embedding in their bills the legally recognizable evidence that no judge can squarely address and keep abortion legal: the consensus of dozens of juries, thousands of expert witnesses, 38 state legislatures, Congress, and a few judges, that human "life begins" at fertilization.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is national civility. Not the Political Correctness achieved by suppressing honest expression, but the progress towards reality made by reasoning in good faith with those who disagree, with sincere readiness to adjust how we think, talk, and act to what evidence teaches us, unchained by pride to what we used to assume, anticipating interesting, stimulating, educational discussion even with those who disagree.
And not just civility for the sake of reducing stress or the need to think under pressure, but a commitment to reason with each other for the sake of making America, her government, her communities, her churches, and her families better and stronger.
A demonstration, showing it works, at least presenting people a choice.

We need a team of people, a "multitude of counsellors", a "think tank", willing to regularly discuss opportunities, and to research facts. With really not that many people, we can invite local activists to speak to us, where we can "pick their brains" and share our vision. With not that many more, we can invite politicians to speak to us in the same way. Our online version of this dialog is www.SaveTheWorld.Saltshaker.US, a wiki where people online can reason with each other with the goal of consensus about goals and action.
A group which has achieved consensus through reasoning and evidence on a course of action, and is willing to take action together and to support others taking the given action, is exponentially more effective than a group which does not reason with each other but lets one or two talk and act while the rest listen and give money, and infinitely more effective than a group which lets one describe problems but does not contemplate any action to address them.
At least that’s what the Bible says. So our goal is, by following the Word of God, to demonstrate the effectiveness in overcoming mountains of evil of obeying God’s rules for relationships, and hope that our success will be contagious.

www.SaveTheWorld.Saltshaker.US is a wiki where people online can reason with each other with the goal of consensus about goals and action. Unlike Wikipedia, it invites personal views, and prohibits anonymous posts. Unlike typical comment streams, responses are inserted in order and are on the subject, and personal attacks have no place.
With 17 years' experience operating a weekly cable TV show, we are able to post conversations online.
With 30 years' experience publishing articles, and 25 years publishing the subscription-based periodical "Prayer & Action News", we are able to report on events.

30 years of publishing; 17 years of TV; hundreds of news stories about me, though few have been kind, fair, or accurate.
Ahead: successfully outlawing abortion in a way that courts will support; healing immigration law so that it becomes what is best for citizens as well as for immigrants, with a process so simple that there will be no need for lawyers; and turning America’s Churches into what the Bible calls “multitudes of counsellors”.
I'm not sure what seeds that I have sown are germinating. I know that over the decades my grasp of just how high the “mountain” is that I pray to topple has grown. It has manifested in four books that I have written; three are on Amazon. I have talked to hundreds of pastors and laymen about what Scripture calls us to do together; many have agreed, but few have been willing to do. I'm still waiting. Praying. I know it will happen, because I am praying for it, and God answers prayer. I published the Prayer & Action News for 25 years, hosted the Uncle Ed. Show 15 years, ran for public office 7 times, have been a favorite target of liberal news reporters – shoot, even conservatives, so my message has certainly “gotten out”, however badly distorted, beyond those I have talked with personally.

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PARTNERSHIP MACHINE

Board of directors
as of 9/12/2021
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Board chair

Dave Leach

The Partnership Machine

Term: 1986 - 2020

Dorothy Leach

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