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An Elective Despotism: the Tyranny We’ve Brought on Ourselves

By Rod & Sherri Dodsworth, staff writers

It is no secret that over recent decades, constitutionally defined powers reserved to Congress or the states have swirled into the Executive branch. As a result, no matter the name or the party, the next President will possess and put to use the autocratic power secured by Barack Obama. His will be a broad authority associated far more with the likes of brute strongmen like Hugo Chavez than with George Washington.

But don’t put the entire blame on Obama, for he didn’t pull the keystone to the Framers’ division of powers and claim them all for his own. Blame early 20th Century Progressives for democratizing the Senate and concentrating power in Washington DC. Just as the Roman Republic didn’t descend into a tyrannical empire overnight, the slide of the American Republic into its current misery has been long in the making. Obama and his party simply took advantage of a hundred year trend.

Congress began to relinquish its Article I powers upon ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, a process which accelerated under the New Deal and Great Society as the Executive branch pursued the pinnacle of raw and arbitrary power.

And now our government relies increasingly on Executive and Judicial precedent rather than legislative statute or the Constitution for the supreme law of the land. Every Executive and Judicial excess since the New Deal has been built on prior outrages. Ask the coiffed and pedicured lawyers who convinced SCOTUS to rewrite Obamacare and they will claim that it was entirely constitutional all along. After all, the high court Justices have revised legislation to their own satisfaction since FDR. The limits to governmental authority are now determined only by those in power, based on what they believe they can get away with.

We have an elective despotism in which the people every four years elect a near-autocrat rather than a constitutionally limited president. This soon to be mortal wound is self-inflicted by a people too wrapped up in election year personalities and inanities to understand that corrupt institutions must be torn down and rebuilt if liberty is to be restored.

Should events continue along their present course we run the serious risk that a future president will decide elections are no longer necessary or are too great a threat to public safety.

Reform cannot emerge from Washington, DC. If this nation is to return to free, limited government, “We the Sovereign People” must take the lead through our states. And that is to be accomplished through Article V of our Constitution. The Framers’ precious bequest of Article V formalizes the right of the people to frame their government, to define its responsibilities and set the boundaries of its power.

Contact your state assemblyman and senator. Demand that your state makes the Article V application to Congress for a convention of the states to propose structural amendments that limit the size and scope of government.

Time is short. We must do this now, before corrupt politicians prevent the exercise of our rights in the future.

Disarming America, the Final Solution?

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

A new report touted by NBC News’ Maggie Fox makes the claim that the level of firearm ownership can be correlated with homicide deaths of Law Enforcement Officers. More civilian gun ownership in a given area, more dead police. Study authors David Sewedler and David Hemenway would later admit that perhaps this homicide rate was actually driven by criminals. The “criminal offender theory” draws the not-so-remarkable conclusion that police who have frequent encounters with violent criminals are more likely to be injured or killed. Not all that surprising a proposition, is it?

Of course, gun hating members of the media aren’t interested in the legitimacy of a study, but in the claims of its authors. In this case, more police are killed in states which have more of those evil guns. It’s short, sounds reasonable and is easy to pass off as fact. What could be better!

But why has the media decided to pick yet another nationally syndicated fight with gun owners?

On September 25th of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry-acting on behalf of the president-signed the UN’s Global Arms Trade Treaty. Though it has not been ratified by the Senate, Obama’s minions traveled to the UN ArOBAMA AND KERRYms Treaty conference in Mexico on Monday, August 24th.

It’s quite clear that the purpose of the Treaty is to disarm civilian populations—that is, people deemed unauthorized by government officials to possess firearms or ammunition. But the federal government and individual states have attempted to disarm the American people before. Connecticut and New York recently passed legislation requiring owners of “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines to register these items with the state. It has been widely reported that more than 1 million “assault weapon” owners in the two states have publicly defied the legislation and law enforcement officials, many who refuse to enforce the law anyhow.

One purpose of the UN Small Arms Treaty is to bring an end to this spirit of freedom and defiance on the part of American gun owners. As Article 16 of the Treaty explains:

“In implementing this treaty, each State Party may seek assistance including legal or legislative assistance, institutional capacity-building, and technical, material or financial assistance. Such assistance may include management, disarmament, demobilization, model legislation and effective practices for implementation.”

So Barack Obama might dispatch U.N. forces to quell unrest in Ferguson, for example. Once accomplished, this makeshift army of mercenaries could be directed to forcibly disarm any and all   DevilObama civilians in the area. U.N. officials would have the authority to formulate the law themselves, or go back to State Department Publication 7277, which purports to work towards the goal of the small arms treaty, “where all nations have been disarmed and merged into a system of international control within standards set by the United Nations.”

And by the way, those “standards” include the disbanding of all armed forces but those contributing to the United Nations Peace Force.   UNITED NATIONS MILITARY FORCE

Barack Obama and the radical left are hoping to use the Arms Trade Treaty to affect an end run around our inalienable, constitutionally protected right to self-defense, that is, to keep and bear arms. What couldn’t be accomplished in Congress or by the Supreme Court will now take place thanks to the authority of a treaty. And according to many, use of the Fast Track trade agreement will preclude the necessity of the Senate having to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. Obama, or any president, will have the power to impose every article of the treaty as the law of the land.

Maybe the media has picked this fight because they figure it’ll finally be a winner.

The Impeachable Offense

In 2012, Jerry Todd wrote of Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R) after she exposed the dangerous, perhaps even treasonous relationship between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. At the time, RINOs castigated Bachman for “Muslim insensitivity.” 

But today, Todd says,  “Happy to see folks are waking up.”

By Jerry Todd, staff writer

Some names and positions to be concerned with:

Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser   

Mohammed Elibiary
Mohammed Elibiary

Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference

Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser – founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director

Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – Islamic Society of North America  

Mohamed Magid
Mohamed Magid

Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

… some of these terrorists go back to the first month of BHO’s first reign of terror, er … first (mis)-administration … all very bad guys

Let’s not forget Hillary’s significant other in the State Department – Huma Abedin and her ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood where Christians are being persecuted and murdered.  

Huma Abedin
Huma Abedin

This is where the impeachable offense comes in. Barack Obama  and his minions solemnly swore to protect and defend the Constitution. Yet he has been actively enabling the imposition of Sharia Law to replace the Constitution that bought our freedom. With Sharia must come conversion to Islam as the religion of the United States and the world? Some already have an idea who would be the coveted Supreme Caliph.

Accompanying Obama to impeachment should be every judge that has ruled for the imposition of Sharia on a local basis; for every public, military and diplomatic official who is actively forcing this other half of the culture of death on us. This should include any official who swore on an early version of the Constitution that preceded    the Bill of Rights. They have spent HILLARY AND ABEDINAmerican blood and treasure to remove “inconvenient” Muslim dictators who tolerated Christians and Jews while abandoning the people in the Middle East who looked to us to set them free.

The culture of death has two halves: Islam is a theocracy embracing imposed death or slavery for infidels and “progressivism” with its complete disdain for the sanctity of human life at all stages, even to sexuality. These too are ultimately incompatible with a predictable outcome.

Statesmen in 1950 were taking into account that there is a grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return on a broad scale and with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power. Muslim writers say, “When the locust swarms darken vast countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words, “We are God’s host, each of us has 99 eggs, and if we had 100, we should lay waste to the world and all that is in it.”

I used to think Iran getting a nuclear weapon was the “100th egg.” Today, I’m almost convinced the “100th egg” is the United States of America under Islamic rule. For were it in the hands of evil men and women, what other nation could lay waste to the world? 

The Dangers of Income Equality

By Ben Owens, guest writer

The recent campaign for income equality evokes memories of the famous phrase by George Santayana: “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat the past.” An exhaustive study of Western history was completed by Will and Ariel Durant in a multi volume work entitled “The Story of Civilization” which they wrote over a forty year period. While I do not expect dear reader to plow through the eleven volume work, the Durant’s did write a 100 page observation of what they had learned during this period, calling it “The Lessons of History.” It is well worth the read.

One observation is that liberty and equality are two ends of a seesaw. You may have one or the other but not both at the same time. For to be rendered equal to others, one must forfeit liberty. This country was founded on the principle-as stated in the Declaration of Independence-that all men had the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Where is the guarantee of equality in that statement? It is not there. For while we do believe that “all men are created equal,” after that all bets are off.

Two key points from that same Declaration: We have liberty to follow our own dreams and desires; and we have been given the charge to pursue them. This in no way involves sitting on your duff, but rather getting up and working for what you want. Any other solution, like forcing citizens to surrender liberty and freedom so that their government may equitably redistribute wealth from the haves to the have-nots is socialism, pure and simple. It has not worked in the past and will never succeed in the future. Man is simply not wired that way.

Ours has been the most successful nation in history because the Founders were wise enough to recognize that fact.

Toward a Standing Article V Convention

By Rod and Sherri Dodsworth, staff writers

In our last guest essay for Coach is Right we made an opening case for Article V state amendment conventions, rather than SCOTUS, to deal with major social and governing issues. It is through state conventions rather than the elastic whims of nine unaccountable lawyers that the Framers envisioned a free people would keep and improve their republic.   

Enlightenment philosophers recognized that whereas power is     aggressive, liberty is passive. Unless it is actively pursued, liberty will always fade in the face of encroaching power. Our Framing generation knew this and provided the means by CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION 1which liberty could be actively defended.   

It is precisely because we have neglected to keep and improve our republic since passage of the despicable 16th and 17th Amendments that an emerging class of Washington DC elites took the opportunity to run wild and feed their avarice and ambition, man’s natural hunger for power and wealth, all at the expense of liberty.

An unfortunate reality is that America has come to accept as final the often fanciful mutterings of the Supreme Court. With its Roe, Lawrence and Obergefell decisions, SCOTUS not only supplanted the supreme law of the land, it trashed God’s Law. Its June 2015 decisions blew the lid off what remained of limited and free   

Miss and Misster. SCOTUS Homosexual Marriage Ruling
Miss and Misster. SCOTUS Homosexual Marriage Ruling

government; without saying, it formalized the Progressives dream of a living and breathing constitution.

But be of good cheer, for there is an out. These and many other decades’ old outrages and assaults on free government and society do not have to stand.

SCOTUS is supreme among courts. It is not supreme to either the people or God.

It is through the Article V state convention amendment process that We the People can exert our sovereign authority to not only repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments, but their evil offspring as well. For a state amendments convention can reverse every SCOTUS decision that is inconsistent with freedom and enumerated powers.    SUPREME COURT

Are only good outcomes guaranteed from the Article V process? Of course not. But no people in history ever amended their government to enslave themselves. To disregard our God-given, natural and constitutional protected right to assert ultimate authority over the government of our creation is illogical and certain to conclude in hard tyranny.   

To this end, to remind the DC elites and the world that Americans will henceforth stand at the ready to renew first principles and defend their liberty, every citizen should press their state legislature to meet with other state legislatures in convention.

What of the two thirds state application hurdle in Article V? The states submitted hundreds of applications in the 20th century and congress could not find the time to call a convention. Why would it do so going forward? Don’t the elites have even more despotic power to defend in the age of Obama’s transformations? Neither Article V nor any other constitutional clause prevents the states from meeting in convention. Meet in convention and watch the statists rip out their hair and shriek in denial of any power beyond their own.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do. SCOTUS has deposited a thick, fetid crust of anti-freedom and anti-constitutional diktats on a   CONSTITUTION once free people. In view of the sheer volume of these Leftist assaults, the states should meet in convention annually. Too hard? Not at all. All that needs to happen is to meet once and adjourn until a specified date the following year.

By never adjourning sine die, the states establish a de facto standing amendments convention.

It is only through the assertion of our God-given right to frame our government that SCOTUS, along with the rest of the DC elites, will know that a legitimate power above and beyond their control will year after year examine and if necessary, reverse any assault on liberty.