Monthly Archives: July 2011

Do you miss me yet?

The US Constitution: Do you miss me yet?

The US Constitution: Do you miss me yet?

You may have seen the little banner ads with a picture of a grinning George W. Bush waving and saying, “Do you miss me yet?”

With all due respect Mr. Bush, we at the Constitution Party don’t miss you and we would love to be missing Mr. Obama right about now, too. You see, both of you answer to elites in Washington DC who have an agenda to destroy the American dollar and replace it with a single global currency. Once they do that, it’ll be even easier for elites to control the flow of money.

This is urgent business for globalists because the jig is almost up at the Federal Reserve. You know about the Federal Reserve, don’t you? This is the official government sounding name on your paper money. And it’s the private bank with secret ownership that is oh so cozy with the US federal government. You might be asking and rightfully so, why a private bank, owned by secret people, have this exclusive right to produce American currency.

But don’t ask. You’re not supposed to know and anyway, how would the United States fund its Great Society welfare programs without the Federal Reserve. Forget that the Federal Reserve is basically an illegal construct created by good ole boys like the Rockefellers, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds. And that there was once a time, way back in 1983(?) when the average American Serf could go look at some of the ownership of the Federal Reserve.

That was in the old days before America was blended in to European style socialism and our government became like the Monarchial governments of France and Great Britain. Looking back, it was a glorious time. You actually knew that the Federal Reserve was at least partially owned by European American Bank, National Bank of North America, Bankers Trust, Morgan Guaranty Trust, and a number of foreign owned banks.

Today of course, the dollar is worth perhaps 5 cents versus its value in 1900. And incredibly, it still continues to decline in value.

For those of you who truly believe that it’s rich greedy oil companies jacking up the price of gasoline, please review how printing money out of thin air reduces the value of the dollar making you pay more for every item you buy.

The only way America can survive the attempts by the globalists to fold the US into a global empire by crashing the US dollar, is to wrest control of Washington DC from the Democrats and Republicans. And that means voting for Constitution Party candidates or even Libertarians (I am a Constitution Party member).

Here’s the Constitution Party solution to America’s fiat money crisis:

The Constitution Party recommends a substantive reform of the system of Federal taxation. In order for such reform to be effective, it is necessary that these United States:

  • Return to the money system set forth in the Constitution;
  • Repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and reform the current Federal Reserve banks to become clearing houses only; and
  • Prohibit fractional reserve banking.

It is our intention that no system of “debt money” shall be imposed on the people of these United States. We support a debt free, interest free money system.

What liberty lovers actually miss is the Constitution – not more oligarchs like Bush and Obama.

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H.R. 2164: Another excuse to legislate instead of mitigate

Bring the whole family!

Bring the whole family!

What do politicians do when they fail to solve the most basic of problems such as the illegal immigrant problem? Why, they simply force the solution on business owners instead. The federal government as an agent for the states, has a number of limited enumerated powers (see the 10th Amendment). One of these is to protect our borders. But while Congress, the Senate, and the President are busy protecting the borders of Afghanistan and Iraq, and keeping 130 or so other countries “safe for democracy”; their solution to a US overrun with illegal immigrants is to place yet another government burden on business owners. The latest assault on business comes in the form of a bill, The Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164).

In a nutshell, the bill a/k/a Mandatory E-Verify, requires business owners to submit the name and social security number of each new hire to a central federal government database where government bureaucrats get to decide whether your hire is here illegally or not. Of course the federal government never makes mistakes, right? If an employee turns up “illegal”, you the business owner is required to terminate immediately. It all sounds so rosy. Business owner logs into the government database, illegals are identified and unhired, our illegal immigration problem is solved.

According to Immigrationimpact.com, “With the current error rate of .8%, 8,000 of every million workers would receive an erroneous response from the government. But that’s probably underestimating the error rate. Places already using E-Verify have experienced much higher error rates. L.A. County, for example, audited its use of E-Verify and found that between 2.0% and 2.7% of E-Verify findings were erroneous. According to Tyler Moran, policy director at the National Immigration Law Center, this means that in a mandatory system, 3-4 million workers would have to fix their records. It would be as if all of the residents in Los Angeles had to visit a Social Security or DHS office to keep their jobs.

There are many horror stories about people trying to correct errors in government databases. It can take weeks, months, and even years to fix an error. In the meantime, what would you do if your records were incorrect and you were terminated? I suppose you could always emigrate to another country.

But going back to the beginning, isn’t it the federal government’s responsibility to protect our borders? Article 1. Section 8 of the US Constitution gives the job of defending US borders to the federal government: “The Congress shall … provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States.” We can readily see that they are derelict in that duty with some estimates of 20,000,000 illegals living in the US.

The President of the United States is required under the US Constitution to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.” (Article 2. Section 3)

Yet Congressman Lou Barletta reports on his website; “The Legal Workforce Act will be another federal law that goes unenforced. The federal government has been unwilling to aggressively enforce immigration laws in the workplace, and this law will be no exception. There is zero likelihood that the current administration will go after employers who fail to use E-Verify or who knowingly help their employees circumvent the system (which is very easy to do by using a U.S. citizen’s stolen name and Social Security number). In contrast, states like Arizona have been very effective in enforcing their own laws. In Arizona, dozens of worksite raids have occurred. That is why the number of illegal aliens in Arizona dropped 16 percent between 2008 and 2010 — more than double the national average (of 7 percent).”

If the law won’t even be enforced as predicted by elected officials such as Congressman Barletta, why bother? Here are some possible reasons:

  1. It gives the federal government another handcuff to place on American business and opens the door for further intrusions.
  2. The Legal Workforce Act gives a “workplace amnesty” claims Congressman Barletta; “ to virtually all of the illegal aliens who are already employed in the United States. Illegal aliens already working in the United States cannot be subjected to E-Verify unless they work for state or local governments (sec. (b)(3)(A), p. 26). The Legal Workforce Act is clearly designed to keep the current population of illegal aliens employed and working in the United States in the country, so they would still be here if amnesty is granted in the future.
  3. “Special Interest Groups want to take the immigration issue off the table in the 2012 elections. Knowing the huge popular support for these state laws, Special Interest Groups want to eliminate them, and at the same time (falsely) claim that the issue of illegal immigration in the workplace is now resolved. Illegal immigration is an issue that voters consistently rank in their Top 5 issues of importance, and it needs to be used, not buried, in the 2012 elections, claims Congressman Barletta.
  4. Democrat victories can be assured if the illegal immigrant issue is not resolved. And it’s likely H.R. 1264 won’t solve any problems but deliver yet another false promise from a government increasingly lacking in credibility.

The illegal immigrant problem can be fixed by:

  1. Enforcing existing federal laws. Tea Party Organizers report on policy at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), “Our officers are already under orders not to make arrests or even talk to foreign nationals in most cases unless another agency has already arrested them; you won’t find that written in any public ICE policy, alleges Chris Crane. With regard to the entire idea of prosecutorial discretion, Agents say they will have none. “Tell any ICE agent he or she will have the final say on making an arrest or holding someone in custody and they’ll tell you you’re crazy, officers will be ordered not to make arrests and failure to comply will result in the end of the agent or officer’s career, that’s business as usual at ICE.
  2. Complete the border fences on both borders, Mexican and Canadian. The US Government Accountability Office says, “Much of the United States’ 6,000 miles of international borders with Canada and Mexico remains vulnerable to illegal entry of aliens, criminals, and cargo.” PolitiFact.com reports, “Department of Homeland Security officials told us they have finished 649 out of 652 miles of fencing (99.5 percent), which includes 299 miles of vehicle barriers and 350 miles of pedestrian fence.” That means that just over 10% of our borders have some sort of security fence in place. And that’s if you can call this “security fence”. Much of it has been characterized as something “your grandmother could hop over”.
  3. Elect true Constitutionalists to office who understand the limits and enumerated powers of each level of government.

NumbersUSA, an advocacy group aimed at lowering illegal immigration reports 4 more co-sponsor the Mandatory E-Verify bill (H.R. 2164). The new sponsors are, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and our own Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).

The bill is unconstitutional and delivers more power to an already out-of-control US federal government. It should be killed and a more responsible solution sought.

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Agenda 21: The UN Wants to Govern Your Community

Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel,
Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee:
for they have not rejected thee,
but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them

1 Sa 8:6-7

United Nations

The UN may run your town next

 How would you like to answer to the United Nations in every aspect of your life, right down to the local community you live in? For some people, the US Constitution, the unique American way of life, our prosperity, our success – just isn’t good enough anymore. These same people want to force Marxist-Socialism on the American people through a One World Government centered at the United Nations. Imagine a world where your fake money was no longer issued from the private banking cartel a/k/a the US Federal Reserve, but instead your fake money would be a single global fiat currency issued by a Central Bank somewhere in Europe. One day, that may be the only legal tender. Chilling thought.

Taking it a step further, picture your community abiding by regulations, fees, and taxes, set by a bureaucracy again, somewhere in a United Nations edifice. Believe it or not; routine tasks such as setting your own thermostat, driving your vehicle wherever you want it to go, owning a firearm because you want one, building a house your way, using your property the way you see fit, and much more – may come under the control of the United Nations under the New World Order promoted by Republicrats and Demuplicans – the fake two party system running America into the ground.

Agenda 21 is a United Nations program that is being implemented in US cities across the nation – 600 and growing. It seeks to place the yoke of socialism over all Americans by selling the fake concepts of environmentalism, energy sustainability, and peace. Each of these Orwellian mind manipulations simply lull the lazy and unconcerned frogs in the pot of water into sitting there till the pot boils them to death.

Consider the latest Agenda 21 program sponsored by our ever vigilant Republicrats in the GA General Assembly along with their spiritual leader, Governor Nathan Deal. HB 225 recently signed into law, “that it shall be the policy of this state to promote sustainable agriculture… which may include but not be limited to such critical outcomes as increasing agricultural productivity and improving human health through access to safe, nutritious, affordable food and other agricultural products, while enhancing agricultural and surrounding environmental conditions through the stewardship of water, soil, air quality, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat, so as to meet the needs of the present and improve the ability for future generations to meet their own needs while advancing progress toward environmental, social, and economic goals and the well-being of agricultural producers and rural communities.”

Since when must we rely on the government to “increase agricultural productivity”, provide “access to safe, nutritious, affordable food…”? How did the US ever manage to feed its people for 300 years or so without the central planning capabilities of a federal and state government? HB 225 is bad enough in that it suggests a much greater role of the state government in shoving farmers around and telling them how they will plant, grow, harvest, and sell their crops; under new “biodiversity, air, water, soil, and wildlife habitat” rules that likely will grow from this piece of legislation.

Yet it gets worse. Those who study the efforts of One World Government, United Nations promoters will tell you the wording in HB 225 is distinctly UN Agenda 21 language. This means we have a model piece of UN legislation right here in Georgia – who woulda thought this could ever happen here?

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported (May 13, 2011) “The governor [Nathan Deal] will be meeting with the Minister of State for Trade, and Business and Enterprise, and having a round table with entrepreneurs and businesses there that are involved in public-private partnership.” Your ears need to perk up when you hear this code for screwing the American public. Basically, it’s big businesses and big government getting together to build grandiose spending projects with – you guessed it – your money! Transportation projects coupled with big developer schemes such as building “walking neighborhoods” around transportation hubs are just the tip of the iceberg. But more importantly, these concepts issue forth from UN Agenda 21 planning.

The idea is to restrict your movements by herding you into “walking neighborhoods” where you are dependent on a central source (the public-private partnership) for water, food, transportation, and just about everything else you need for life. Ultimately, you will have your thermostats set for you by a central planning committee. Your travel will be limited to the extent of public transportation. Your food will be chosen to ensure you don’t gain too much weight and overtax the Socialist Government Medical System. Your internet access will be monitored to protect the community from “dangerous people who engage in dangerous activity. Your right to defend yourself from thugs will be removed because all guns will be banned.

The central hub in the new UN planned community is the government school which continues to churn out servbots for the New World Order, who complacently accept the restrictions on liberties in exchange for government happy meals and a plasma television. After all, they’re taught this in school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Those who don’t conform, simply end up classified as losers and are ostracized from mainstream society, to be closely monitored for anti-social behavior. Since every US citizen will have their entire medical history, credit profile, work experience, and social behavior logged into a government database; it will be easy to keep a government watchful eye on “troublemakers”.

Who sponsored HB 225? Why our good friend Representative Susan Holmes (125th Dist) along with Terry England (108th Dist), and Tom McCall (30th Dist) – all Republicans. Aren’t you glad your Representatives are up there in the Gold Dome protecting your Constitutional Rights? I mean, passing legislation that amounts to integrating UN legal language into GA State Law works for you – doesn’t it? And those dirty Democrats are always passing Socialist legislation. That’s why we elect Republicans – right?

Incredibly, nearly every State Representative and Senator voted to pass this bill and Republican Nathan Deal signed it. Like the scripture passage above, our governing officials have rejected the Bible, the US Constitution, and the will of the people.

This all ties in nicely with Mr. Obama’s latest US federal government war against the American public in the form of more unconstitutional meddling, this time in the rural sector. I’ll write more about this in a future post.

What’s the solution? Demand answers from your State Representatives and Senators. Ask them how they could support UN law in the state of GA. Don’t be surprised if they look like deer caught in the headlights of your car. Most of these elected officials are clueless and never should have been elected to public office in the first place. And the remaining few – they are corrupt money and power seekers and couldn’t care less about you, the Bible, or the US Constitution.

Get rid of them next election. It’s your turn to enforce term limits by voting them out of office. Just about every sitting Senator and Representative in GA needs to go.

Let’s get some new life in the GA General Assembly. Write-in, if you have to, Constitution Party candidates in the next election and take back your government from the thugs in office and the United Nations.

And if you don’t … just sit back and let the UN take control of every aspect of your life. Your children won’t know the difference. They’re attending the indoctrination camps (public schools) right now and like the people in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie, will be the new dumbed-down citizens of tomorrow who will do what they’re told – or else.

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Independence Day – July 4 2011

Libya would like its independence back

Libya would like its independence back

Today is Independence Day 2011; an American holiday hated by the coalition forces of communists, atheists, fascists, socialists, neo-cons, and monarchist elites in control over the American education system, its government, and the churches. Using the mouthpiece media that has less credibility than Russia Today (another mouthpiece but for the Russian communists), propaganda issues forth daily on the virtues and wonders of the new socialist state of America.

Dictator Obama issues edicts in the form of Executive Orders from the Imperial White House that dictate how the serfs will live in the new Permission State. For example; Executive Order 13575 – Establishment of the White House Rural Council. This is an expansion of federal government reach into the rural areas of America where it currently has less socialist influence. Using the routine government template of, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you…”; Obama’s imperial order says: “The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.

I don’t know about you, but I live in a rural area. I don’t need nor desire any federal government bribes along with my police state initiative thank you.

Consider some of the other US federal government initiatives currently “making our lives better”. ObamaCare; the wholesale take-over of the US health care industry by the White House using their minions in Congress and the Senate. Bombing of the sovereign nation of Libya. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ironically named “Patriot Act” where the Bill of Rights is suspended. Fascist bail-outs of banks, the auto industry, and an international insurance company, using your tax dollars. The deliberate and methodical destruction of the US dollar – a traitorous action which will ruin most Americans financially. And of course, the out of control spending by politicians who mirror  Denethor, Steward of Gondor in the Lord of the Rings. Watch him closely – that’s what your typical Senator or CongressThug is like.

How did the United States get to this pathetic state? Part of the journey was done for us by subversives who hate America and all she stands for. These groups were cited above. They have always hated and resented the freedom and liberty presented in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution by our Founding Fathers. Communists for example have dedicated their lives to the “Revolution” for well over 100 years. In fact, their religion is the revolution. That’s why they hate Christianity and work to defeat it in every arena they control.

And of course we can blame ourselves for letting us be force marched backwards into a totalitarian system where the serfs serve the Steward of Gondor and the rest of the idle royalty sitting in Washingtonian splendor. Just do a quick survey of your immediate family and friends. How many vote? Many elections are won with 10% or less of the electorate turning out. And should the ill informed be voting anyway?

How about the decline of morals in the US? America’s Founding Fathers in no uncertain terms specified the need for a moral people if freedom and liberty were to thrive. Consider these quotes from America’s Founding Fathers:

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom as Ben Franklin so wisely counseled. The more corrupt we become as a nation, the more laws are necessary and the closer we get to a police state. That’s why those who wish to change the fundamental structure of government from an entity that serves the people to a people who serve the entity; subvert the moral fiber of society.

Take these simple steps today to break out of the bondage of government tyranny and into the liberty of the Holy Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution – all of which grant you far more freedom than the Permission State of America gives you.

  1. Read the Declaration of Independence today and read it with your family and friends. Discuss this wonderful document and hold it up next to the corrupt laws of the Permission State of America.
  2. Read the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights on a regular basis and be prepared to defend yourself in the event law enforcement tries to infringe on them.
  3. Be a participant in the political process. Start by committing to vote in every election and to have a basic working knowledge of each candidate.
  4. Read about the founding of America, the world view (Christian) of the majority of the settlers in the “New World”.

America the Permission State is soon to be America the Totalitarian Communist State unless you stand between the coalition forces of communists, atheists, fascists, socialists, neo-cons, and monarchist elites; and lovers of liberty, limited self government, and self responsibility.

This July 4th, make a decision. Does a police state America appeal to you? If so, do nothing. If you are like a growing group of Americans who are concerned about the lawlessness of your elected officials, get active immediately. Contact your local political party leaders. Join a Tea Party group in your area. Check out the John Birch Society. Your failure to act today will have a major effect on your children tomorrow.

Quotes on this page are from David Bartons videos and books, which are on sale at www.wallbuilders.com.

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Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

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The Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Thank you to http://www.billofrights.org/

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Stunning 1997 SCOTUS Ruling The End Of ObamaCare?

Tenth Amendment Solutions Ray McBerry always hosts a good event. And Saturday’s (June 4th, 2011) Tenth Amendment Solutions presentation with Sheriff Mack was no exception. In fact, it turned out to be one of the most compelling forums for constitutional dialogue I have seen. Sheriff Mack, who looks every bit the part of a western Sheriff, lead the audience on a fast paced, sometimes emotional, and always thought provoking tour of the Constitution viewed through the lens of the 2nd Amendment. I am certain nearly everyone learned something new after listening to Mack’s presentation. However, is there a bigger picture here? Does Sheriff Mack’s battle against the Brady Bill in 1994 and his subsequent victory at the Supreme Court in 1997 spell the end of ObamaCare and the overreach of the US federal government? You decide. The SCOTUS decision appears at the end of this article. But let’s start at the beginning.

McBerry kicked off the Tenth Amendment Solutions summit with his trademark questions to an enthusiastic gathering of “Tenthers” that included; a GA State Representative, a sitting judge, police officer, and a variety of other Constitutional activists. “How many of you would agree we could use a little less federal government in our lives?”, asked McBerry. The audience answered with a thunderous approval. “Well, how many of you would agree we could use a lot less federal government in our lives?”, he asked again as everyone stood up and once again roared in the affirmative. “People everywhere are waking up to the fact that only limited government can restore American liberties.”, McBerry said. He went on say elected officials take an oath to defend the constitution and protect our liberties. Any government official not doing so is derelict of duty and must be removed from office or position.

With that send-off, Sheriff Mack took the dais and like a skilled college professor, lead the audience on an adventure in learning – a short course on the constitution from the perspective of the 2nd Amendment. While you might expect this to be an over-testosterone tainted, male gun toting diatribe, it was the opposite. Sheriff Mack weaved the constitution through the vision of our Founding Fathers, the needs of ordinary citizens, tyranny that comes naturally from a society deprived of its God given right to defend itself, and ultimately the real reason the 2nd Amendment was written. And in case you don’t know, the 2nd Amendment was written to give the citizens recourse against a tyrannical government.

The session was titled, “Interposition & The Local Sheriff”. Show of hands – how many of you know the County Sheriff is the highest constitutional officer in the County? In other words, the Sheriff has authority over every other official, including federal officers. The County Sheriff has the authority to arrest federal and state officials who enter his/her local jurisdiction if they break the law. And break the law they often do. One of Mack’s many important points was clarifying that the local elected Sheriff and local law enforcement is essential to liberty in the United States. This is because they answer to the local citizens. The alternative is a national police force which would answer to a central government someplace outside of the control of the local citizens. This undoubtedly would lead to more law enforcement officers sidestepping the constitution and exercising heavy handed or even illegal actions against innocent people.

Mack cited many examples of government officials enacting unconstitutional laws and then enforcing them. Treatment of blacks for example in the 50’s and 60’s was in clear violation of the US Constitution. He told the moving story of Rosa Parks and her decision not to give up her seat to a white man. How would Mack have handled the situation? He would have sat down next to her and made sure she safely got to her destination, in the seat she chose to sit in. That’s the true role of a law enforcement officer protecting a citizen’s constitutional rights, Mack reminded the audience.

Mack related how American citizens of Japanese descent were illegally rounded up and herded into what were essentially, concentration camps during World War II. No due process. No evidence of threats to the US. It was simply another example of government run amok.

Interposition is “the doctrine that an individual state of the U.S. may oppose any federal action it believes encroaches on its sovereignty.” (dictionary.com) Sheriff Mack clearly explained Article 1, Section 8 and how it places simple and easy to understand limits on federal power. The federal government was created by the states and given limited powers to be the agent of the states because it was just more practical to assign certain duties like national defense to a broader entity. But the Founding Fathers knew the creation of a federal government entity would lead to power struggles in the future.

Sure enough, the Alien and Sedition Act was signed into law in 1798. Characterized as unconstitutional by many, it violated the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech) and the tenth amendment limiting the powers of the federal government. Countless thousands of unconstitutional bills have subsequently been written and passed into law, subjecting citizens to oppression similar to that found in totalitarian regimes. In fact, some Constitutional scholars claim 80% of all federal laws today are unconstitutional.

“Where are the protectors of our constitutional rights – the same people who signed an oath of office to protect and defend the US Constitution?”, asks Sheriff Mack.

Elected officials, law enforcement officers, officials in the judicial system, and many other public servants swear an oath to defend the US Constitution. Mack says that oath requires law enforcement, elected officials, and the judiciary to protect an individual’s rights even if you don’t agree with that person’s actions – even if you don’t like that individual. In the case of the bigots trying to deny Rosa Parks her seat on the bus and other constitutional rights, Mack says police officers should instead have provided her safe escort home.

2nd Amendment rights are among the many rights trampled on by US state and federal law. Using outright lies, twisted facts, and the mouthpiece media; laws restricting citizens rights to self-protection number nearly 20,000 according to Sheriff Mack. Yet going back to Article 1, Section 8, Mack says the federal government has no authority to regulate, seize, or ban guns. In fact, governments that do so, often terrorize their own citizens. Government schools today don’t teach students that totalitarian regimes like Russia, China, Cambodia, and others killed hundreds of millions of their own people. Why? Because they could. The government had guns – the citizens didn’t.

In 1994, Sheriff Mack made a tough decision. The Brady Bill had just been passed and it specified a number of unconstitutional attacks on legitimate gun owners rights. To make matters worse, the federal law required local law enforcement to perform background checks, fingerprinting, and other intrusive and unconstitutional gun grabbing tasks. Mack decided to sue the federal government.

Working with the NRA, Mack sued based on several legal theories. One was the 10th Amendment and the other was the 5th Amendment. He ultimately was joined by just 6 other Sheriffs out of a total of 3,100 Sheriffs in the United States. The case Mack & Prinze vs. US Govt was won in in district court, lost on appeal, then went to the Supreme Court where they won a 5-4 decision.

Here is a summary of the Supreme Court decision on Mack vs US, June 27, 1997.

The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policy making is involved, and no case-by-case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.

Justice Antonin Scalia
United States Supreme Court Ruling
in Mack v. US., June 27, 1997

So, if you have read this far, can ObamaCare stand up to this judicial precedent?

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