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100 Page Bills Are Long Enough!

by Jerry Todd,  staff writer

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788

When Chief Justice Roberts asked if the defenders of Obamacare expected the Supreme Court to review all 2,700 pages of this overreaching law, he posed a question that should have been asked 100 years ago when the “progressive” movement started. It made no more sense to the Court than it did to Charlie Rangel or Nancy Pelosi who insists a bill must be passed so we can find out what’s in it! Tea Partiers formed committees to take on 20 pages each among them. It wasn’t pretty! Mz Nancy still claims her Congress took the Constitution into consideration. Now the 1,200+ page Immigration bill is so long not even Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy or Dolores Huerta can honestly tell you what is in it or what its causes and effects are on all of us.

Do we want to leave that up to faceless bureaucrats as they establish their power bases? Lawmakers have their overpaid fun for a while, but bureaucrats make careers out of draconian rules, harassment and fines to justify their existence.

If things are ever to turn around, lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate “Subsidiarity” – personal responsibility (the opposite of entitlement) and “Solidarity” – together in the unity of “e pluribus unum.” It will always be played out in the wonderful Chaos of human interaction with proper and minimal government oversight. Then there is a chance to preserve the American Way of Life in our Constitutional Republic where all have a chance to prosper -  to try, to fail, to try again to rise above our personal poverty to dreams fulfilled.

Five important questions should be consistently asked, truthfully answered and applied with integrity when writing legislation and running any resulting bureaucracy:

o      Will this new law help or hurt initiative or personal responsibility?

o      Does the legislation or the bureaucracy it authorizes equally benefit the wider community?

o      Will this legislation put people or regions in a creative or entrepreneurial strait jacket or against one another?

o      Will the legislation encourage and maximize private enterprise and employment without requiring major government oversight?

o      Is the legislation less than 100 pages in length, devoid of selective privileges and unrelated attachments and riders?

Entitlements discourage individuals from challenging and motivating themselves. Are the people allowed to do their best when challenged? There will always be hard to define needs of the helpless which should largely be handled locally, especially in the long term. We’re all needy – we’re not all helpless!

Individual and community initiative and uniqueness must never be subordinated to a rigid plan for central control through taxes, financial manipulations or bureaucratic overreach. Challenges and competitions between communities would be far more productive by exhorting beauty and quality rather than harassment and fines. Unexpected opportunities in the chaos of daily pursuits lead to the development of individual gifts and talents and from these, new technologies, industries and services.

Bills of great length are by definition what the Founders called “pretended legislation,” filled with taxpayer poison pills and bureaucratic license. We must no longer pass bills so we can see what’s in them. If a bill is too long, it becomes impossible to analyze and critique its truthfulness and constitutionality before the damage is done. Look what a disaster Obamacare has become. I would think a fair, equitable and functional immigration bill can be written in less than 100 pages so even dummies like me can figure it out. We launched the Interstate Highway System on 27 pages.

Are American patriots obligated to take up arms against would-be tyrants?

by Doug Book,  staff writer

In 1833, thirty four year member of the Supreme Court, Joseph Story, wrote: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic.” (1)

That “palladium of liberties” has never been exercised more frequently than during the four years Barack Hussein Obama has been in the White House. According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), “…the top 10 record gun sales days have occurred since Barack Obama’s election in 2008, and gun ownership has skyrocketed over the last four years.”  (2)

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) reports that in 1944 there were approximately 192 million firearms owned by 44 million Americans. By the end of 1996, the ATF reports that “…approximately 242 million firearms were available for sale to or were possessed by civilians in the United States.”  In 2007, that number had increased to 294 million. Clearly there are now well over 300 million firearms in the hands of  American citizens, all thanks to concern that the far-left Administration is a threat to 2nd Amendment and other rights of the American people. (3)

A week ago, Mark Alexander of The Patriot Post was asked “…if Patriots have an obligation to arm themselves — to be gun owners, and be proficient at the use of arms.” He responds by saying it is “self-evident” that Liberty is an “unalienable right,” innately assured as “endowed by our creator…” That is, “it is not awarded by men or government; it is the birthright of all people.” (2)

Throughout history, countless individuals have assaulted those rights “…using the power of government to arbitrarily revoke Liberty and invoke tyranny…” In defense of that liberty, James Madison wrote in the Federalist # 46, that “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” (2)

Barack Obama has proven himself a would-be dictator in virtually every executive order and end-run around the authority of the Congress. But his ambition for unlimited presidential power can only be fully realized upon the disarming of the American public. Understanding this, millions of Americans have armed themselves in anticipation of an eventual, outright ban on gun ownership.

But as Americans, are we compelled to do more than just own firearms? Are we also obligated, as a result of our unique heritage, to USE those weapons against any force which threatens the annihilation of our rights and liberty?

Two hundred and forty years ago, approximately one third of colonists took up arms against the British, one third joined the Brits against the revolution and the rest remained neutral. After two centuries of American history and the death of countless men in battle for the preservation of the rights and liberty earned in the Revolution, the time for neutrality or for joining those who would destroy that liberty is over.

Just as millions of arms have been collected in anticipation of an Obama led assault on our God given rights, it is incumbent upon Americans to use those arms when the time comes. Those who refuse to do so will no longer be Americans, they will be the enemy.

(1) http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/quotes/arms.html

(2) http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/where-will-you-personally-draw-the-line-on-protecting-the-second-amendment/comment-page-1/#comment-145533

(3) http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2012/11/give-me-that-old-time-gun-control.html

 

If George Washington was alive today

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

If George Washington was alive today he would dress down the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for cowardice. The man from Chicago exhibited dastardly behavior by the abandonment of Americans at the hand of Muslim Terrorists.  The American tradition of never abandoning those under his command on the battlefield while hiding in lofty comfort several thousand miles away. Standing by and doing nothing while watching your men being murdered by uneducated savages is criminal. Only a man who never defended this country can show total disregard for his fellow Americans.

If Thomas Jefferson was alive he would berate the American population for electing the tyrant he warned us about, along with James Madison would chastise the Man from Chicago for his total disregard for the Constitution and the loitering of national treasure for the benefits of friends and the heirs apparent of the Barbary Pirates. President Jefferson would point out that it would be easier to defeat the terrorist than to give in to their demands.

President Madison would point out that the President’s duty is outlined in Article 2 of the Constitution

“He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, “

The man from Chicago appointed Ambassador Chris Stevens to his position in Libya and did nothing to protect him and his staff from the very same group of Muslims Terrorists that this Chicago based Administration supported in the overthrow of a second tier tyrant.

If Harry S. Truman was alive today he would be disgusted that there was someone in the White House not willing to accept responsibility for the lack of security that allowed interlopers to murder Americans on American soil. He would not recognize what the modern democratic party have become but would surely be disappointed by its current leader’s values, the man from Chicago doesn’t put the country first  when the tough decisions, In fact,  the buck never stops at Obama’s desk. He is too busy blaming everyone else but himself. President Truman would tell the one he needs to learn how man up and accept responsibility.

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American Minute for November 1st

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  By Bill Federer, staff writer

On NOVEMBER 1, 1800, John Adams became the first U.S. President to move into the White House.
The following day he wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, in which he composed a beautiful prayer.
A portion of John Adams’ prayer was inscribed on the mantlepiece in the State Dining Room by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It reads:
“I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”
After the White House was finished being built, the next building constructed on Lafayette Square was St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Because every President since James Madison worshipped there at some time, Pew 54 has been designated for the First Family.
Other historic Washington, D.C. area churches include:
Christ Church in Alexandria, where President Washington attended;
National Presbyterian Church, where Truman attended;
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Presidents Lincoln and Eisenhower attended and where Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall pastored from 1937-1949; and
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where John F. Kennedy attended.
In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, stated:
“After a week on perplexing problems…it does so rest my soul to come into the house of The Lord and to sing and mean it, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”….
(My) great joy and glory that, in occupying an exalted position in the nation, I am enabled, to preach the practical moralities of The Bible to my fellow-countrymen and to hold up Christ as the hope and Savior of the world.”

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American Minute for October 15th

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  By Bill Federer, staff writer

   The U.S. Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas as a Justice on the Supreme Court on OCTOBER 15, 1991.

When questioned by Senator Thurmond on judicial activism during the hearings, Clarence Thomas stated:

“The role of a judge is a limited one. It is to…interpret the Constitution, where called upon, but at no point to impose his or her will or…opinion in that process.”

On OCTOBER 15, 1788, James Madison warned:

“As the courts are generally the last in making the decision, it results to them, by refusing or not refusing to execute a law, to stamp it with its final character. This makes the Judiciary department paramount in fact to the Legislature, which was never intended and can never be proper.”

Jefferson wrote September 11, 1804:

“The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional…not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the legislature and executive…would make the judiciary a despotic branch.”

Abraham Lincoln stated March 4, 1861:

“If the policy of the Government upon vital questions…is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made…the people will have ceased to be their own rulers.

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filed Federal Lawsuit #C11-1503 asking for an apology from the Democrat

Party for their past racist Jim Crow laws and Black Codes in the South. Get

a free copy of the lawsuit by emailing Doublebro@aol.com

 

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