Judge Andrew Napolitano, writing at reason.com says:
When British soldiers were roaming the American countryside in the 1760s with lawful search warrants with which they had authorized themselves to enter the private homes of colonists in order to search for government-issued stamps, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
The soul-searching became a revolution in thinking about the relationship of government to individuals. That thinking led to casting off a king and writing a Constitution.
What offended the colonists when the soldiers came legally knocking was the violation of their natural right to privacy, their right to be left alone. We all have the need and right to be left alone.
We all know that we function more fully as human beings when no authority figure monitors us or compels us to ask for a permission slip. This right comes from within us, not from the government.
Bombshell: Police Chief Mark Kessler On Obama ID Fraud; Obama Not Kenyan Or American… “…he’s not an American. He’s not even Kenyan and I’m tellin’ you that when you find out what he is, your blood is gonna boil. The American people are gonna go absolutely crazy if Congress doesn’t do something about this…”
BirtherReport.com ^ | June 10, 2013 |
Police Chief Mark KesslerPosted on Monday, June 10, 2013 10:07:39 PM by SeizethecarpAudio
PART FOUR @00:18
This Barry…he’s not an American, I can tell you that right now.
The information that I was given, he’s not an American.
He’s not even Kenyan and I’m tellin’ you that when you find out what he is, your blood is gonna boil.
Alan Stang — Why We Are Losing and How We Can Win… “We are losing. Despite our best efforts, the present usurper in the Oval Office is an illegal alien Communist. The Congress, our economy, our media and all our other institutions are firmly in the hands of the Conspiracy for World Government. The Conspiracy is preparing to collapse them. It now becomes not at all fanciful to discuss the possible dissolution of the United States. Why? How could this horrific thing happen?” … (ONE OF ALAN’s VERY BEST! -GyG)
Time and again over the years, I have heard patriots enumerate our strengths: we, the true American people of all kinds, vastly outnumber the relatively few totalitarian Socialist conspirators at the top; we are armed to the eyeballs; we have the U.S. Constitution, we are more educated about the threat to all this than any other people. Time and again, I have heard these same patriots wonder why, then, we are losing.
We are losing. Despite our best efforts, the present usurper in the Oval Office is an illegal alien Communist. The Congress, our economy, our media and all our other institutions are firmly in the hands of the Conspiracy for World Government. The Conspiracy is preparing to collapse them. It now becomes not at all fanciful to discuss the possible dissolution of the United States. Why? How could this horrific thing happen?
Barack Obama’s national security state is now beyond democratic control… “Those crazy American conspiracy theorists who live up trees with guns and drink their own pee don’t seem quite so crazy anymore. It turns out that a “secret court order” has empowered the US government to collect the phone records of millions of users of Verizon, one of the most popular telephone providers – a massive domestic surveillance programme and a shocking intrusion into the lives of others. For the first time in history, being an AT&T customer doesn’t seem such a bad thing after all.”
Barack Obama’s national security state is now beyond democratic control
Telegraph ^ | 6-6-13 | Tim Stanley
Posted on Thursday, June 06, 2013 8:03:48 AM by SJackson
Those crazy American conspiracy theorists who live up trees with guns and drink their own pee don’t seem quite so crazy anymore.
It turns out that a “secret court order” has empowered the US government to collect the phone records of millions of users of Verizon, one of the most popular telephone providers – a massive domestic surveillance programme and a shocking intrusion into the lives of others. For the first time in history, being an AT&T customer doesn’t seem such a bad thing after all.
Of course, it isn’t the first time that a US administration has spied on its own people. The origins of this particular order lie first in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and then in Section 215 of the Patriot Act, backed by George W Bush and passed by Congress after 9/11.
Normally, domestic surveillance only targets suspicious individuals, not the entire population, but in 2006 it was discovered that a similarly wide database of cellular records was being collected from customers of Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth.
There was plenty of outrage and plenty of lawsuits, but the National Security Agency never confirmed that the programme had been shut down. It would appear that it’s still in rude health: the latest court order for collecting data runs from April 25 to July 19.
A few observations. First, America is so conscious and proud of its history as a beacon of liberty that it often overlooks the tyranny that occurs on its own shores in the name of safeguarding democracy. The national security state has expanded to the point whereby it now functions outside of democratic control and with clear disregard for the Constitution.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk …
Lindsey Graham Isn’t Sure If Bloggers Deserve ‘First Amendment Protection’… “Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.” The verbal slipup aside (of course bloggers are covered under the Bill of Rights!), Graham’s riffing on constitutional law exposes one of the age-old tensions between journalism as a product and journalism as an activity. What Graham really meant to ask was whether bloggers deserve the specific protections of the First Amendment that are granted to the press. But as the line between blogger and journalist has blurred,”…”
Lindsey Graham Isn’t Sure If Bloggers Deserve ‘First Amendment Protection’
National Journal ^ | June 5, 2013 | Brian Fung
Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2013 12:18:43 PM by don-o
Whether bloggers count as journalists has mostly been a matter of esoterics for reporter types. But as Congress weighs a media shield law in response to the Associated Press/Justice Department subpoena scandal, the question is gaining an urgency that lawmakers are finding hard to ignore as they turn to writing the bill.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took on the issue—and stumbled.
“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
The verbal slipup aside (of course bloggers are covered under the Bill of Rights!), Graham’s riffing on constitutional law exposes one of the age-old tensions between journalism as a product and journalism as an activity. What Graham really meant to ask was whether bloggers deserve the specific protections of the First Amendment that are granted to the press. But as the line between blogger and journalist has blurred, a far more relevant challenge is figuring out whether those protections apply to the behavior of finding and passing on (sometimes secret) information, or if they apply only to people with little plastic ID badges to prove their affiliation.
In some ways, what this episode really suggests is that it might be time to retire the word “blogger” as an artifact of the aughts.
“I’m Not Here As A Serf Or A Vassal; I’m Not Begging My Lords For Mercy”: Wetumpka, Alabama Tea Party President Puts Congress & The IRS In Their Place | Tea Party… “The federal government MUST remember that they only have power via us, the American people, and ‘We the People’ have the right and the DUTY to eliminate ‘criminal’ government. Now is the time!”
(Before It’s News)
In this outstanding speech before Congress, Wetumpka, Alabama Tea Party President Becky Gerritson testifies about IRS abuses and puts the federal government in their place and where they belong in this educational and incredibly emotional testimony.
The federal government MUST remember that they only have power via us, the American people, and ‘We the People’ have the right and the DUTY to eliminate ‘criminal’ government. Now is the time!
REMEMBER!!! “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.”
The Daily Bell – Thomas DiLorenzo: More on the Myth of Lincoln, Secession and the ‘Civil War’… “The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Thomas DiLorenzo.”
Thomas DiLorenzo: More on the Myth of Lincoln, Secession and the ‘Civil War’
With Anthony Wile
Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Thomas DiLorenzo.
Introduction: Thomas DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland. He is also a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an affiliated scholar of the League of the South Institute, the research arm of the League of the South, and the Abbeville Institute.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech. DiLorenzo has authored at least ten books, including The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War (2003), Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution and What It Means for Americans Today (2009), How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, From the Pilgrims to the Present (2005), Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe (2007) and most recently, Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government (2012). Thomas DiLorenzo is a frequent columnist for LewRockwell.com, lectures widely and is a frequent speaker at Mises Institute events.
Daily Bell: Remind our readers about one of your central intellectual passions, which is confronting academic “Lincoln revisionism.” Who was Lincoln really and why have you spent so much of your career trying to return Lincoln’s academic profile to reality?
Walter Williams: ‘Americans deserve the IRS’ …”“In my column that came out this week, I say that Americans deserve the IRS,” Williams said. “And at the end of the column, I say why. Now the bottom line is that the Congress needs a ruthless agency like the IRS. Why? Because we Americans want Congress to do certain things and we want what the IRS does — mainly to take the earnings of one American so that Congress can create a benefit for some other American.” Williams went on to point out that…”
Walter Williams: ‘Americans deserve the IRS’
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:19:20 AM by Sub-Driver
Walter Williams: ‘Americans deserve the IRS’
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It’s been often said that in a democracy people get the government they deserve. Conservative economist Walter E. Williams said in his May 29 column that Americans deserve the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service, and he elaborated on that point on Wednesday’s broadcast of Andrea Tantaros’ radio show.
Now fact: all aspects ObamaGov completely corrupt/criminal… “No, folks. The Obama syndicate was never incompetent. It was and is, however, the most corrupt, criminal and openly tyrannical US government, which is now openly attacking the USA and its people, that has existed in US history. “
By Sher Zieve
No, folks. The Obama syndicate was never incompetent. It was and is, however, the most corrupt, criminal and openly tyrannical US government, which is now openly attacking the USA and its people, that has existed in US history.
It has also, until recently, been able to keep all aspects of its tyranny under wraps…with the assistance and collaboration of the equally corrupt US media.
Even today, many media outlets are still working for Obama, in order to minimize his visible complicity in the assassinations of US citizens in Benghazi, his illegal spying on and record-seizing of news agencies and their reporters (to date the AP and Fox News), his illegal and Gestapo-like usage of one of the most powerful and suppressive agencies ever to exist…the IRS…to threaten and intimidate US citizens (aka conservatives) who do not agree with his Hitlerian and Stalinistic programs and policies with their own and their families’ personal destruction; along with Obama’s continuing active destruction of virtually every aspect of what was once the United States of America.
By now we all recognize that the current occupant of the Oval Office is definitely NOT a type “A” personality.
Father Of Late SEAL Speaks Out About Suing Obama, Biden
MyFoxPhilly ^ | 05/18/2013 | staff
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:25:54 AM by Kid Shelleen
–snipp- Strange says they made his son, a SEAL Team Six Special Forces serviceman, a target.
“How’d they know 10 days after killing bin Laden that it was SEAL Team Six? It was our government. Our government did that, put a tag on my son’s back. They marked him,” Strange said. “My son never had a chance to get married. So, I want some answers.”
Government is bad for personal freedom. That argument is premised upon the truism that everything government does interferes with freedom because it either prohibits or compels. Everything it owns it has taken from others. Much of what it says is divorced from the truth. President Obama, like President George W. Bush, has argued that his first job is to keep America safe, and if he impairs personal freedom in the process, that is a small price to pay for safety. Many of my colleagues in the media on the left and right have bought this argument, notwithstanding its fallacies.
When is Gun Control Not Political?
pagunblog.com ^ | 7 May, 2013 | Sebastian
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:03:27 PM by marktwain
When it’s “public health,” lead by meddling doctors:
Written By Lawrence Sellin
The Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service, adopted by the House of Representatives on July 11, 1958 with the Senate concurring, resolved that it is the sense of the Congress that the following Code of Ethics should be adhered to by all Government employees, including officeholders.
The first two requirements state that any person in Government service should:1. Put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department.Written By Lawrence Sellin2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.
The Ever Expanding Reach of Government Control Over the Internet
Flopping Aces ^ | 05-10-13 | Ditto
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 6:37:24 PM by Starman417
Under the public radar, and little talked about in the MSM is the growing expansion of government intrusion into our privacy and the expansion of it’s control over internet. Let’s look at some of this:
Bill Gives DHS Sec. ‘Virtually Unlimited Discretion to Waive Any Manner of Crimes,’ ICE Council Warns Congress | CNS News
By Craig Bannister
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) entered a letter from law enforcement officials nationwide warning of the dangers of the immigration bill S.744 into the judiciary committee record today.
The letter To Congress from the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council of the American Federation of Government Employees Affiliated with AFL-CIO warns of the discretionary power the bill gives to “political appointees” and takes away from law enforcers:
“Congress can and must take decisive steps to limit the discretion of political appointees and empower ICE and CBP to perform their respective missions and enforce the laws enacted by Congress. Rather than limiting the power of those political appointees within DHS, S. 744 provides them with nearly unlimited discretion, which will serve only to further cripple the law enforcement missions of these agencies.”
They warn that…………..
There appears to be a disconnect between widespread public discontent — e.g., distrust of the federal government, hostility toward Congress, belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction — and paucity of overt attempts to rectify the status quo.
Many focus on the mainstream media (MSM) — still the largest source of news for most citizens — noting that the MSM’s love affair with Barack Obama insures that negative stories — e.g., Benghazi — never get much, if any, coverage. The MSM’s misreporting of the news probably anesthetizes some who might otherwise be motivated to “throw the bums out.”
Issa Directly Calls Clinton A Liar
The Market Ticker ^ | April 24, 2013 | Karl Denninger
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:40:37 PM by SatinDoll
Now explain the problem I am about to lay out: Lying to Congress is a crime.
Anyone suborning perjury to Congress has committed a federal crime.
A Post-Post Office World… “They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You want to deliver something to someone? You better not put it in their mailbox — that’s illegal. The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t pay sales tax or property tax. They don’t even pay parking tickets.”
A Post-Post Office World
Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | John Stossel
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:25:16 AM by Kaslin
Even parts of government that look like a business never get run with the efficiency of a business. Just look at the post office.
They buy commercials and tout their services the way private businesses do. They offer a service that customers want.
But a real business can’t get away with losing billions every year. (I guess in the era of bailouts, I should say shouldn’t get away with it.) The post office lost $16 billion last year, despite having all sorts of advantages that most private businesses don’t have.
They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You want to deliver something to someone? You better not put it in their mailbox — that’s illegal. The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t pay sales tax or property tax. They don’t even pay parking tickets.
With advantages like that, how do they lose money?
Our U.S. Congress leads this nation over a demographic cliff, an environmental inferno, into standard of living cave and a quality of life purgatory. The approaching amnesty for 20 million illegal alien migrants working and residing in our country in violation of our laws—ultimately ends up becoming 100 million more immigrants added to America.
Astoundingly, no one in Congress sees the final folly, the eventual outcome, the end result and the catastrophic final curtain. Why don’t they see what I see? Why don’t the American people understand it like I recognize it? How can so many Americans be so completely out of touch with the final result of an amnesty?
Obama: ‘Unimaginable’ Congress would ‘defy’ Americans on guns
Politico 44 ^ | 4/16/13 | Jenifer Epstein
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:13:02 AM by To-Whose-Benefit?
“The notion that Congress would defy the overwhelming instinct of the American people after what we saw happen in Newtown I think is unimaginable,” he told “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie in an interview conducted before Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon.
The Senate is expected to vote on gun legislation later this week, though it’s not yet clear whether there will be enough votes for it to pass. Obama has been calling lawmakers to try to convince them to vote in favor of tougher gun laws, The Associated Press reported late Monday.
The Founders’ Great Mistake… ““The creation of the presidency was [the Framers’] most creative act.” That may be true, but it wasn’t their best work. ” !!!!! – Garrett Epps – The Atlantic
The historian Jack N. Rakove has written, “The creation of the presidency was [the Framers’] most creative act.” That may be true, but it wasn’t their best work. The Framers were designing something the modern world had never seen—a republican chief executive who would owe his power to the people rather than to heredity or brute force.
The wonder is not that they got so much wrong, but that they got anything right at all.
According to James Madison’s Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, the executive received surprisingly little attention at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Debate over the creation and workings of the new Congress was long and lively; the presidency, by contrast, was fashioned relatively quickly, after considerably less discussion.
One important reason for the delegates’ reticence was that George Washington, the most admired man in the world at that time, was the convention’s president.
Every delegate knew that Washington would, if he chose, be the first president of the new federal government—and that the new government itself would likely fail without Washington at the helm. To express too much fear of executive authority might have seemed disrespectful to the man for whom the office was being tailored.
Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 10 April 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:47:40 AM by backwoods-engineer
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.
Should Obama And Congress Be Arrested Under The NDAA?
Welcome to the beautiful and surreal reality of life under American corporatism, under a Congress that churns out thousands and thousands of pages of (often contradictory) legislation a year.
If providing material assistance to al-Qaeda is illegal under the National Defence Authorization Act (2012) and Obama and Congress are sending $25 million of aid to al-Qaeda-affiliated Syrian opposition, aren’t Congress and President Obama violating their own law?
(Gunny G: What The folks Have To Say ‘Bout THIS !!!!!) ~ Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’
Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’
Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 11:24:34 AM by Sub-Driver
Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’
April 4, 2013 8:14 AM
DENVER (CBSDC/AP) — Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that recent steps by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.
Obama is Preparing for War Against U.S. Citizens
ClashDaily.com ^ | 30 March 2013 | Allan Erickson
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:13:44 PM by Windflier
Consider the evidence and the growing alarm expressed from many quarters.
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” – Barack Obama, Colorado campaign speech, July 2008
The American people have been patient, and far too accommodating. For many years we have respected the rule of law even as those who rule over us break the law. We have been too accommodating. And now, it is clear our worst enemy is our own federal government.
Party Donors Warn of “Dire Consequences” for Those Who Let Obama Down
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Mar 2013 | John Semmens
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013 3:04:50 AM by John Semmens
“Money is the ‘mother’s milk’ of political success,” said a leading Democratic financier under promise of anonymity. “Senators from GOP leaning states may think they’ll face electoral defeat if they come out in favor of gun-control. We just want to remind them that they’ll be taken off the campaign cash teat if they don’t.”
Who Killed the New Majority?
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:55:35 AM by LucianOfSamasota
The Republican National Committee has produced an “autopsy” on what went wrong in 2012, when the party failed to win the White House and lost seats in Congress.
Yet, the crisis of the Grand Old Party goes back much further.
First, some history. The Frank Lloyd Wright of the New Majority was Richard Nixon, who picked up the pieces of the party after Goldwater’s defeat had left Republicans with just a third of the House and Senate.
Over the years in this column I have written about the American Empire. I have advocated jettisoning the Empire to save the Republic. This topic has sparked debate and controversy even among the most dedicated readers.
Usually the argument runs like this, “America is not an empire, never has been and never will be,” or “America’s far-flung military deployments are not the garrisoning of an empire it is instead a forward defense of the homeland.”In my most recent column along these lines, aptly entitled, “Republic or Empire?” in several publications, there was spirited debate about whether or not America could be called an empire. Some people seemed to take offense at the very idea.
When we look at what is going on in America today we have to ask the question, “Is anyone really paying attention?” We basically have a two party system that is scattered with 15 or so sub-parties. The only Parties of real influence are the Democrats and the Republicans. The question there is, is there really that much difference between the two? On the surface, they are miles apart but a closer examination shows that there really is not that much difference.
I review the bills that are introduced into Congress weekly. It takes anywhere from an hour to sometimes two and a half hours to review these bills. When I examine these laws that are introduced to Congress you will find that any law that involves raising taxes and implementing more and more regulations on businesses and people in general and bills that nibble away at our Constitutional rights you will find that they come from the Democrat Party 100% of the time. When we see bills that attempt to lower taxes, re-establish Constitution al rights, remove regulations they come from the Republican Party virtually 100% of the time.
(As Always, See Reader Responses…) ~ DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase (If Congress does not find out, what good are they anyway?)
DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase (If Congress does not find out, what good are they anyway?)
us news ^ | 3/23/13 | e flock
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:01:49 AM by bestintxas
The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.
DHS told Whispers it regularly fills all of its goods and services requirements at one time because it’s cheaper for the agency, and that the 1.6 billion number was misleading because the language of DHS’s purchase said it would need “up to” a certain amount.
Ethanol fight fuels renewed heat between corn and oil industries… (Gunny G: BigBro, Epa, and Our Three-legged Horseless Carriages…)
Fuel Fix ^ | March 20, 2013 | Zain ShaukPosted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:22:12 PM by thackney
A fight between oil giants and corn farmers reached a fever pitch on Wednesday, as the oil industry used a new study to argue that increasing ethanol use in fuel will hurt consumers and the economy.
Groups representing ethanol producers fired back, saying the oil industry was trying to undermine government efforts to reduce reliance on oil-based fuels. Because most U.S. ethanol is made with corn, producers are allied with corn farmers, who enjoy an expanded market and higher prices for their crops because of ethanol demand.
Everyone except the “low information voters,” as Rush Limbaugh calls them, knew the “draconian” cuts amounted to about one percent of the budget for 2013 and was actually an increase in spending from the year before.
Everyone knew the sequestration was Obama’s idea.
Everyone knew that it was another one of Obama’s manufactured crises to get Congress to cave to his demands—this time for another tax hike on the “fat cat millionaires and billionaires.”
But Congress wasn’t listening.
Kelleigh Nelson — Constitutional Convention Call Redux, Part 1… “I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitution Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congressmen might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey it.” —Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Warren E. Burger
“I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitution Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congressmen might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey it.” —Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Warren E. Burger
“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention, I would tremble for the result of the second.” —James Madison, Father of the Constitution and fourth President of the United States
“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” —James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787
The Weekly Standard ^ | MAR 13, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:59:49 AM by TexasCajun
“[O]ne more question about the spending cuts,” said the interviewer from ABC News. “You’ve been takin’ a lotta heat for this cancellation of the White House tours. They get– the Secret Service says it’s costs about $74,000 a week. Was canceling them really necessary?”
“You know, I have to say this was not– a decision that went up to the White House. But th– what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re gonna have to furlough some folks. What furloughs mean is– is that people lose a day of work and a day of pay,” Obama said, in response.
Drones, Constitutional Powers, Congress & An Imperial Presidency… “Many of the drafters of the Constitution envisioned the presidency as an office with very limited powers, but even the most dedicated proponents of a strong presidency at the time would be shocked to see the concentration of power in the modern presidency.”
Drones, Constitutional Powers, Congress & An Imperial Presidency
Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 12, 2013 | Tim Brown
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:12:59 AM by EXCH54FE
Paul wrote in his Texas Straight Talk:
The administration’s outrageous response to the most serious Constitutional question of all — when a government can kill its own citizens — is clear evidence of an executive branch out of control.
Many of the drafters of the Constitution envisioned the presidency as an office with very limited powers, but even the most dedicated proponents of a strong presidency at the time would be shocked to see the concentration of power in the modern presidency.
1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation – “…..Why indeed? It is utterly inconceivable that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etat against President Obama, and the Congress, to install herself as Supreme Ruler of the United States of America” ~ Forbes
…..Why indeed? It is utterly inconceivable that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etat against President Obama, and the Congress, to install herself as Supreme Ruler of the United States of America.
There, however, are real signs that the Department bureaucrats are running amok. About 20 years ago this columnist worked, for two years, in the U.S. Department of Energy’s general counsel’s office in its procurement and finance division. And is wise to the ways. The answer to “why would DHS need such a vehicle?” almost certainly is this: it’s a cool toy and these (reportedly) million dollar toys are being recycled, without much of a impact on the DHS budget. So… why not?
Obama Resists Simple Fixes for Sequestration Cuts (It’s Either His Way, or the Highway)
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:18:57 AM by Kaslin
Congress tells executive branch agencies how much money they can spend and how they should spend it. Sometimes the instructions are broad, and sometimes they are quite detailed. Cabinet secretaries and lower-downs are bound to work within those congressional directives.
But if Cabinet officers want to spend the money differently, there is a long-established process for doing so: They ask Congress for permission. It happens all the time, with lawmakers routinely giving the executive branch the OK to spend money in different ways than originally planned.
That could be happening now. All those Obama administration officials complaining about across-the-board cuts dictated by sequestration could come up with plans to make the same amount of cuts in ways that would create fewer problems for federal workers and services. Then they could ask Congress for permission to do so. Lawmakers would say yes, and things would be fine.
(Excerpt!) ~ Why is there no hope for justice in American courts? All so-called judicial courts are in fact legislative courts set up to validate and perpetuate government legislation and to facilitate the collection of taxes. – EDRIVERA.COM : EDRIVERA.COM
Why is there no hope for justice in American courts? All so-called judicial courts are in fact legislative courts set up to validate and perpetuate government legislation and to facilitate the collection of taxes.
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There are three oaths in the Constitution of September 17, 1787: 1. Senators take an oath before they try a legislative impeachment and because impeachment is a legislative process the exact wording of the oath is left to Congress. 2. The person taking the Office of President of the United States must, before taking that Office, take by oath or affirmation the oath to that Office expressly required by the Constitution of September 17, 1787.
Pelosi: ‘Tax Cuts Are Spending’
Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2013 12:33:56 PM by Sub-Driver
Pelosi: ‘Tax Cuts Are Spending’ March 7, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey
(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said today that the government must cut spending, and then explained that: “Tax cuts are spending.”
“Our whole budget is what $3.5 trillion,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “So, when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have–$1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 of it in the Budget Control Act.
Story of murder, narcotrafficing and environmental contamination written by two Marine veterans IRVINE, CA and CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – Marine Colonel Jim Sabow placed his television on mute, arose from his easy chair, and left his house on Fifth Street at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro through the patio door.
He walked the length of the patio, called the dogs, which were in the back yard and enclosed them in the garage. This was a practice he routinely followed when visitors were expected. Whether he opened the front door to greet his visitors or went out the back door onto his patio is not known, but we do know that he had only moments to live.
Colonel Sabow, decorated Vietnam fighter with 221 combat missions, met his death at the hands of others.
The unexpected blow to the right side of the head was violent, resulting in unconsciousness. Occipital skull fragments penetrated into the back of his brain. He was near death due to the massive brainstem trauma in which agonal hyperventilation characteristic of this type of injury occurs. Sabow was aspirating blood from a wound in his pharynx that resulted from a basilar skull fracture. In fact, the tracheae, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli were filled with blood, doubling the weight of the right lung. His shotgun was found under his body. No fingerprints on the shotgun. No suicide note.
There was no mention of the tramline bruise, an indicator of the violent blow to his head, in the autopsy report or the crime scene tampering by three men who flashed government credentials, forcing Naval Investigative Service NIS agents to leave the crime scene.The motive for the murder was to prevent the disclosure of a covert operation to ferry weapons to Central and South America and government sanctioned narcotrafficing on flights into El Toro.
Data processing records were purged on the maintenance of unmarked C-130s; a Marine with knowledge to purge the records unexpectedly promoted, transferred and murdered several years later. Other Marines who knew of the illegal drugs would meet violent deaths.
The man whose Bible he took the oath on, whose memory he regularly invokes, presided over the creation of what can only be called a nascent fascist government led by a party of industrial capitalism that ran roughshod over constitution and custom, encouraged a form of bloody warfare that defied all civilized practice to date, and was the cause of untold misery, violence, and destruction for the next half-century or more.
He was the ultimate creator of an empire that, thanks to military might in service to corporate interests, spread across the American continent, not just north to south but eventually coast to coast, and would ultimately go on to impose itself worldwide.
We have now come to the culmination of that empire, whether they know it or not, and the meltdown of the global economy is only the first signal of its collapse. Peak oil, extreme climate, unwinnable wars, social unrest, environmental decay, and the multiple whiplashes of a failed capitalist system will hasten its demise.
We’ve got two choices. One is the Lincolnesque way that Obama seems to promise: government subsidies for the larger corporations and banks (as Lincoln pushed in his day, especially for the railroads), refurbishing of the infrastructure (ditto), nationalization of the financial system and reckless printing of currency, increased centralization of the government and its hold on the economy, continuation and expansion of warfare and the war machine (all ditto).
That is a continuation of the past, and it is amazing that the nation largely does not recognize it as a recipe for continued collapse. It is in fact not sustainable, nor is the environment in which it is floundering.
The other way is to rejigger, to dismantle, the entire system.
President Obama’s real agenda… “…Scared yet? In his Saturday radio address, the president made clear who was at fault for this impending Armageddon: “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our “
President Obama’s real agenda
Politico ^ | March 3, 2013 | DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN and PATRICK H. CADDELL
Posted on Sunday, March 03, 2013 1:14:34 PM by what’s up
Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go,” President Obama said last week, flanked by uniformed firefighters and law-enforcement officers. “Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.” He went on: “Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed.”
Scared yet? In his Saturday radio address, the president made clear who was at fault for this impending Armageddon: “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? Are they really willing to slash military health care and the Border Patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies?” Continue Reading
The president is obviously going all-out — but not to avoid the $85 billion in spending cuts, known as the sequester, set to kick in on Friday. Obama doesn’t want to make a deal with Republicans. His fear-mongering is part of a concerted plan that extends far beyond the sequester crisis: to obliterate the Republican Party as a viable force in American political life.
…..We are living under tyranny now, via one manufactured crisis after another. In fact, since Obama took the helm of our country, our ship has hit one iceberg after another in his attempt to bring the country to its end. With a collaborative Congress, Obama is very close to doing so…and to bringing most of us to our own ends, also.
If We-the-People still refuse to take the initiative to end our enslavement – and coming genocide if still-ObamaCzar Mark Lloyd has his way – we will very soon no longer have any time left.
redstate.com ^ | 28 February, 2013 | mcrow44
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 9:42:43 AM by marktwain
The ‘need’ word has infected political rhetoric. President Obama recently suggested that we should eliminate certain tax loopholes because some taxpayers are doing just fine and they don’t need tax relief, i.e. the money.
Forget Guns…How About More ‘Congress Control’? Part 2… (Gunny G: “Return to our First Constitution !!!!! No more executive, judicial, congress; no more alphabet=soup fedederal oppressive agencies, etc.”) | American Clarion
Part 1 – A Look Behind the Curtain
Part 2 – We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Oaths!
The ruling class doesn’t care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime.
Forget Guns…How About More ‘Congress Control’? (GyG: How Bout Back To Our First Constitution, The Articles of Confederation !!!!!)
Part 1 – A Look Behind the Curtain
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. - Daniel Webster
Every elected federal official in the U.S. must take an oath of office. The first Congress swore the oath in 1789; it was revised during the Civil War and the current version was enacted in 1884: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Political Calculations
Today, we’re revisiting the topic of the ages of those who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War 2, because we have new information to add to it!
Before we go any further, the reason we’re doing this is because this information plays a key part in one of the projects we’re developing behind the scenes here at Political Calculations, which we’ll be presenting in bits and seemingly unrelated pieces throughout this year.
“All the world should be taxed” —Caesar Augustus
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. —Mark Twain
The power to tax is the power to destroy. —John Marshall – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
On Thursday, February 14, 2013, Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican from Tennessee, joined fellow lawmakers in reintroducing a bill that would allow all states to require online retailers to collect sales tax just like their “Main Street” rivals.
The idea isn’t a new one. However, a 1992 Supreme Court decision stated that a business must have a physical presence within the state in order for the state to collect sales tax when someone purchases from that business.