What Constitution did President Obama Teach?Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Shawn MitchellPosted on 7/28/2014, 1:42:54 PM by KaslinBarack Obama famously
declared that as a former teacher of Constitutional law, he actually respects the Constitution, unlike his predecessor in the Oval Office. Subsequent events make it fair to wonder exactly how he shows this respect.Some on the Left barely conceal their disdain for the world-changing handiwork of dead white males. Reverence for the Constitution isn’t universal
(Col Sellin) ~ Doug Ross @ Journal: THERE ARE MORE THAN 250 PROTESTS AGAINST THE OBAMA INVASION THIS WEEKEND: Will You Be Joining Us?
THERE ARE MORE THAN 250 PROTESTS AGAINST THE OBAMA INVASION THIS WEEKEND:
Will You Be Joining Us?
By Lawrence Sellin
Below is a list of 267 protests against our porous borders and the open invitation by the Obama regime to people from all over the world to come to America and receive myriad social services and other incentives AT YOUR EXPENSE – our taxpayer dollars at work.This at a time when many Americans are unemployed and under-employed, government spending for entitlement programs is at an all time high, defense spending is dropping precipitously and domestic law enforcement is being militarized!
The American Revolution And Its Constitution Has Been Competely UsurpedShoebat ^ | 6/30/2014 | Keith DaviesPosted on 7/1/2014, 6:50:08 AM by markomalleybeginning snippedWe the People have been defrauded of our freedom by an elected despotism.This has happened as a result of allowing the Federal government to acquire powers that it has no right to have based on the Founding Fathers intent and the Constitutional document that today is just a historical document that has been usurped by the political class both on the “left” and the so called “right.”…..
Restoring Constitutional Government
American Thinker ^ | 6/27/2014 | Jon HallPosted on 6/27/2014, 5:21:28 AM by markomalley
One of the big virtues of the American system is that it allows itself to be changed. But changing our system, i.e. amending the Constitution, requires a supermajority of three-quarters of the states.
That’s a bigger supermajority than what’s needed to override a veto, and it’s a bigger supermajority than what’s needed to convict and remove an impeached president. So while change of the system is possible, it’s very difficult; it takes a “super-consensus,” and that’s a good thing.
Another Week of Government Lawlessness… Judge Andrew Napolitano… “What if the federal government is shameless? What if it personifies the adage of do as I say and not as I do? What if it does the very things it prosecutes others for doing? What if it has written laws and enacted procedures so that it can spy and kill, while it charges others with doing just that?”
Another Week of Government Lawlessness
Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
Posted on 5/22/2014, 7:51:50 AM by Kaslin
What if the federal government is shameless? What if it personifies the adage of do as I say and not as I do? What if it does the very things it prosecutes others for doing?
What if it has written laws and enacted procedures so that it can spy and kill, while it charges others with doing just that?
like me old (1952) DI always said, …..”very gd simple”…the gubmint is not to involve itself in social issues at all,,,see Davy Crockett on taxes….our original constitution had none of the potus, congress, and supremes to phvck things up and we defeated the greatest military machine of that time, then we the people, the signers of the preamble, got together and overthrew the constitution (coup d’etat that is called, and illegally snuck in our present big gubmint- pseud0-constitution, and…since then humbugged/brainwashed the herd/flock along the way…on and on…
Simplicity and Continuity, but…the herd never could handle the truth…
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(“A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever…)
- GUNNY G: BB ORWELL 1984+
- GUNNY G: P!SSED YET, PILGRIM?
- GUNNY G: NOTHING BY ACCIDENT…
- GUNNY G: THE PEOPLE WHO CAST THE VOTES…
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Ballot-box plan to thwart ‘scheme for oligarchic dominance’
By Alan Keyes
Has the Constitution failed us?
Or have “we the people” failed the Constitution?
An article I read recently quoted the leader of an American grassroots citizens’ movement as saying:
Do You Fit the Terrorist Profile? (In Missouri)
New American ^ | Friday, 27 March 2009 12:00 | William F. Jasper
Posted on 5/13/2014, 7:10:41 PM by robowombat
Do You Fit the Terrorist Profile? Written by William F. Jasper
Are you on some government list as a possible “domestic terrorist” suspect because you have exercised your First Amendment right to express opposition to a government program or a proposed piece of legislation?
A Call for Anarchy, Not Patriotism on May 16
By Alan Caruba
The Constitution grants Americans the right to assemble for the redress of grievances. It does NOT permit the seizure of federal buildings or of elected and appointed representatives for the purpose of removing them from power.
(Before It’s News)
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Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
(Another of Those Articles Folks Fail To ReBlog…) ~ The U.S. Constitution: The 18th Century Patriot Act… (“Increasingly, some Americans point to the U.S. Constitution and our abandonment of its “limits on government” as the reason for our downfall. It is generally argued by “strict constitutionalists” that the purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to limit the power of the government. Nothing could be further from the truth. – | IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN…BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny.G…
Don’t get me wrong. If our government were limited to the powers granted it in that document, the United States of America would be far freer, far more prosperous, and likely not facing any of the monumental problems that it is facing now.
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However, that does not change the facts about why the Constitutional Convention was called or why the Constitution itself was created. If you are astounded that any Republican can still claim that George Bush was “pro-freedom” or that any Democrat can claim that Barack Obama is “anti-war,” you should be equally surprised that anyone can claim that the U.S. Constitution limited the powers of the central government.
Remember that there was already a federal government of the United States prior to the U.S. Constitution. It was defined in a document called the
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Articles of Confederation and had been in existence since 1778. Under the Articles, the young nation had defeated the mightiest military empire in human history to win its independence. Acknowledging the true meaning of the words “federation” and “federal,” the document defined the relationship between the states as “a firm league of friendship with each other.” There was no implication that the United States was one nation and the several states merely subdivisions within it. There was no president to usurp power. There was no Supreme Court to legally sanction tyranny. There was no IRS. While the federal government would pay for any war fought by the federation out of a common treasury, the Articles left the actual act of taxation to the States.
“The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and…………
via The U.S. Constitution: The 18th Century Patriot Act… (“Increasingly, some Americans point to the U.S. Constitution and our abandonment of its “limits on government” as the reason for our downfall. It is generally argued by “strict constitutionalists” that the purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to limit the power of the government. Nothing could be further from the truth. – | IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN…BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny.G….
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- GUNNY G: P!SSED YET, PILGRIM?
- GUNNY G: NOTHING BY ACCIDENT…
- GUNNY G: THE PEOPLE WHO CAST THE VOTES…
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18th CENTURY PATRIOT ACT……
At some point in the past, the American ethos was centered on suspicion of government –whether liberal, conservative, or otherwise. For most of America’s first two centuries, Americans were taxed less, regulated less, and left more alone by their government than any other people in the world.
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These conditions resulted in an explosion of innovation, wealth, and culture unsurpassed at any time in human history.
Gunny G: Some Writers See The Con-Con of 1787 As A Coup d’etat; and The Ratification of our Present 1789 Constitution As The Second American Revolution,,,??? ~ The U.S. Constitution Is Going To Be Rewritten…..
The U.S. Constitution Is Going To Be Rewritten, One Of The Largest Events In US History, Yet It Goes Unnoticed (Video) | Politics
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34 States Call for Constitutional Convention – and Possible Rewrite
Newsmax ^ | April 11, 2014 | Andrea Billups
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:05:22 PM by EveningStar
More often than not, The Federalist Papers explain a subject far more clearly and concisely than I could ever hope to do. Federalist Paper Number 41 begins the discussion about the federal powers as defined in the Constitution.
It is clear that the author was aware of the potential abuse of power.
Obama’s Malleable View of Constitutions…… “Apparently Obama’s disdain for Constitutions is not limited to only home grown ones, or limited to only with regard to “negative liberties.””
By Jim Yardley Thursday, March 20, 2014
Checking to make sure that there was an easily understandable definition of the word, the dictionary defines Constitution as “the fundamental political principles
on which a nation-state is governed, especially when considered as embodying the rights of the subjects of that nation-state and the statute embodying such principles.”
(“The original charter of the drafters was to pen improvements to the existing Articles of Confederation. Instead, they chose to hijack the process and create a document which enslaved the nation. Federalist in the old parlance meant states rights and subsidiarity but the three authors of the fabled Federalist Papers supported everything but that. “) ~ The Constitution: The God That Failed (To Liberate Us From Big Government) by William Buppert | CLINGERS ! BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN !
The Hologram of Liberty and Kevin Gutzman‘s Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. For most of the political spectrum in America, the document represents their interpretation of how to make this mortal coil paradise.
Even in libertarian circles, it is taken as an article of faith the Constitution is a brilliant mechanism to enlarge liberty and keep government at bay. That is a lie.
Alexander Hamilton on impeachment
Facebook ^ | March 7, 2014 | Tara Ross
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2014 9:27:14 PM by gitmo
On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 65 is published. Publius discusses the Senate’s role in impeachment/conviction of executive officers. Why do I suspect just a few of you are interested in this paper?!
(Col Sellin) ~ The American Political System is About to Implode by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD March 6, 2014 … “Barack Obama aspired to be Jesus by acting like Stalin.” … ~ Family Security Matters
The American Political System is About to Implode
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD March 6, 2014
The Obama Administration is in a death spiral, mortally wounded by its own messianic left-wing ideology, naiveté, incompetence, lawlessness and persistent lying.
Barack Obama aspired to be Jesus by acting like Stalin.
For a change, let’s start being honest about the shameful condition of our political system. If the Constitution and the rule of law had been enforced, instead of the tenets of political correctness, Obama would have already resigned, been impeached or he may not have been elected at all.
“A bill of rights is not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would be dangerous.”
The insights contained in The Federalist Papers never cease to amaze me. It is the best psychology text I have ever read. They not only predict how societies evolve and behave, they explain why they evolve and behave in specific ways.
Amendment 1 seems perfectly clear: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” Yet Federalist Paper #84 argues that some people will use this clause in the bill of rights to say that regulation of speech and the press is a federal responsibility.
Did Supremes just ‘make violent revolution inevitable’? ‘It is fruitless to expect federal government to control the lust for tyrannical power’… | Investor Discussion Board: IDB…..
Did Supremes just ‘make violent revolution inevitable’? ‘It is fruitless to expect federal government to control the lust for tyrannical power’…
A gun-rights leader is warning “the natives are beyond restless. They are at the stage of collecting torches and pitchforks and preparing to head for the castle gates en masse.”
Alas, he says, a chance to defuse Americans‘ growing anger has been lost because the Court refused to do this one thing …
Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb. 26, 2014 | staff
Posted on 02/27/2014 1:38:57 AM PST by cowpoke
During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, liberal constitutional professor Jonathan Turley said that the growth of executive power is “accelerating” and that the growth of such power has brought us to a “constitutional tipping point”.
The Clown Prince Of Journalism
Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 2/26/14 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:06:00 PM by Absolutely Nobama
I kid you not. From the good folks at Breitbart:
But I don’t think you say they’re not patriots unless you have, you know, evidence that is just through the roof. I think almost every president that’s ever served this nation has been a patriot, including Richard Nixon.’ “
By Stu Tarlowe
A friend sent me a link to an article on MediaTrackers.org, “Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism.”
I have to say that I was outraged but not really surprised. That a state’s National Guard training exercise would employ a
scenario in which the “bad guys” were supporters of the Second Amendment and “limited government” is just a reflection of the regime’s ongoing campaign to ridicule and demonize those who cherish the Constitution (not to mention the regime’s defiance of the Constitution itself).
Struggling With Nullification….. ~ “Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional?”
Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional? This depends largely on how you define “nullification.” It also depends on what you mean by “right” and what kind of document you understand the Constitution to be. IOW, it depends on your premises.
(Col Sellin) ~ Gunny G: ~ 2014: Last Chance to Save America by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD February 5, 2014
2014: Last Chance to Save America
The United States is now facing an existential crisis due to executive tyranny, legislative malfeasance, judicial complicity and journalistic partisanship.
The Obama administration is corrupt, authoritarian and antithetical to the principles upon which the country was founded, and there are precious few in Congress, either party, who are willing to step forward and stop the violations of the Constitution.
Bachmann: Obama’s Legacy Is ‘Establishment of Lawlessness in the United States’
CNSNews ^ | January 21, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 4:28:34 PM by jazusamo
Video at link.
(CNSNews.com) – Because he did not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and now unilaterally adjusts the Obamacare law as it unfolds, President Barack Obama is sending a signal to liberal federal judges to mirror him and, as a result, the president’s long-term legacy will be “the establishment of lawlessness in the United States,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
With my pen and phone I will free thee from want, promised the president. While I prefer not to pretend, as conservatives do, that the U.S. is still a constitutional republic; Obama could at least be polite about the poor thing, the Constitution, that is.
(Col Sellin) ~ Does America stand for the preservation of rights or the perpetuation of power? ~ Family Security Matters …
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD January 16, 2014
In numerous forums, I have argued that there is a Cold Civil War underway in the United States between the power of a one-party state represented by the entrenched Democrat-Republican political establishment and the rights of the American people.
The Declaration of Independence states that certain rights are unalienable and endowed by the Creator. A one-party state believes that rights are granted by the government and, when deemed convenient, are revocable by politicians.
The first through ninth amendments to the Constitution enumerate the rights of citizens and the tenth restricts the role of a central government, as stated:
\”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.\”
There is no ambiguity.
Nevertheless, the Democrat-Republican ruling class, which seeks an ever larger and more intrusive government, argues the opposite, that the rights and restrictions stipulated in the Constitution are unclear and that all powers not specifically delegated to the citizen are reserved for the government.
Barack Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope, \”I have to side with Justice Breyer\’s view of the Constitution — that it is not a static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.\”
Kevin Gutzman, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, has said, those who would offer us a \”living\” Constitution are actually giving us a dead one, since such a thing is completely unable to protect us against the encroachments of government power, for example, the misuse of executive orders.
As conservative radio host Mark Levin noted, Obama\’s announcement that he will assume lawmaking powers via executive orders violates the separation of powers clauses of the Constitution.
Yet no objection is raised by the majority Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose power Obama usurps.
Sadly, either through fear or self-interest, instances where members of Congress uphold their oath of office to \”support and defend the Constitution\” above political expediency are at best serendipity or at worst urban myth.
Not surprisingly, the politicians of America\’s one-party state view elections as little more than an opportunity for the redistribution of power among the political elite because the Democratic and Republican parties are not representatives of the people, but representatives of big government.
Members of Congress, once elected, become party foot-soldiers, whose sole purpose is to maintain the…………….
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“No one will dispute this fact: This Constitution was written in a secret Constitutional Convention. No attempt was ever made to discover all the secrets of the Constitution until now.” ~ Ed Rivera | Professor of Law & Government…..
No one will dispute this fact: This Constitution was written in a secret Constitutional Convention.
No attempt was ever made to discover all the secrets of the Constitution until now. The Constitutional Coloring Book will allow you to see what has been hidden within the Constitution for more than 220 years.
The application of a little color will magically draw out every secret that has been buried in this venerable document. The truth will finally come out—drawn out by you. Here are just a few secrets that will be revealed to you:
domestically, the establishment of a uniform commercial system: a monetary system based on gold & silver, weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a bankruptcy code, and mail delivery (Art. I, Sec. 8, cls.1-16).
Bill of Rights — what \”Rights?\”
Dan Miller\’s Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dan Miller
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:14:19 PM by DanMiller
The Bill of Rights has been around for a long time. Some complain that it gets in the way of the Government, but that\’s its purpose.
With an ever expanding Federal Government, can the Bill of Rights still get in its way? Or is the Government more effective in getting in the way of the Bill of Rights?
(Before It\’s News)
In Congress July 4, 1776.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the seperate but equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Why with all the information that is available to the public, do we the people let our power be stripped from us?
This is your call, our call to be unanimous in will, and justice and to declare the seperate but equal standard, to abolish the government, and to refresh liberty. There is no longer the pursuit of happiness, as well as there is no longer a free speech right, or a free will to defend yourself when one individual must do so. The asinine President has quoted Constitutional Law, all while circumventing the Constitution itself. Barack Obama and the Obama administration only empower the people to act upon our Constitutional Birth Right, and annul this system called the government.
The military need you the people, as we the people need the military to step to Obama and his unilateral declaration of emperorship, to get out the word. We The People are the Grand Jury, we do not need to call on Congress to Impeach this lunatic formerly known as the President, and his entourage of criminals that operate in concert with Barack Obama.
There is no time left for Impeachment proceedings to begin, unless charges of Impeachment were brought against the Obama administration and the District of Criminals that are formerly our government. The Constitution references the basic concept that if the current government out steps its Constitutional Bounds, which is what happened on Thursday afternoon November 21, 2013, when the Senate invoked the so called “Nuclear” option, and disemboweled all that is lawful, and in conjunction with the basic rights of both sides of the political aisle to debate and negotiate.
The military has the authority to arrest Barack Hussein Obama (Barry Soetoro) for one of two charges. Either we use the argument that he was not born in the United States, or that he is not a natural born citizen of the United States. I provide for you in the same evidence file that Barack Obama produced as “proof” he is a natural citizen the simple technical detail so many have seemed to overlook. Clearly it states his father as being Kenyan born, or a British subject, in order for Barack Obama to be a natural born citizen, BOTH parents have to be born in the country the child is born in. So either the military arrests this man known as Barack Obama, or they make the so called President resign for being a………………………………………….
…..As regular readers of this column know, I am passionate in my defense of the Natural right of self-defense. I firmly believe that the only thing standing between us and tyranny is the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The freedom of speech, the right to assemble and redress government, the right to be secure in our own homes, the right to a trial by jury, the freedom of worship, etc., all depend on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. When the people of America surrender this right, all of the other rights will quickly disappear.
Before It\’s NewsBy Susan Duclos
Must see video of a US House of Representative stenographer ranting and raving about Freemasons and God, then being physically removed as the chamber hurriedly voted to pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.
“He will not be mocked, he will not be mocked,” the raving woman screamed. “This is not one nation under God.
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…..In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina, occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council, and placing the mayor under house arrest. Activists remove the chief of police and either disarm local police and county sheriff departments or discourage them from interfering.
In truth, this is hardly necessary. Many law enforcement officials already are sympathetic to the tea party’s agenda, know many of the people involved, and have made clear they will not challenge the takeover.
The militia members are organized and have a relatively well thought-out plan of action.With Darlington under their control, militia members quickly move beyond the city limits to establish “check points” – in reality, something more like choke points — on major transportation lines.
By Kelly OConnell Sunday, August 25, 201315
Reasons Why America Must Embrace Bible-Friendly Policy to Survive the 3rd MillenniumIt has become painfully clear that Barack holds an al a carte theory of American law—to be taken piece by piece, but not by whole.
For example, he clearly does not consider the Constitution binding, unless its’ mandates already fit into his plans.For this reason it is inevitable that when Obama taught “constitutional law” as an unpublished, non-professor instructor, he would have used the theory of evolving “living law.” see Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Slightly Apart
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”
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Today, 17 September 2009, is Constitution Day. There will be paeans, abundant commentary and church-like observances of the glories of this document in making us the most blessed nation on planet earth. This essay suggests a contrarian thesis.
Gunny G: If Americans Were Only Less Ennamoured With Our Present “Constitution” As A Love Story (Perverted as it is) , And, Perhaps More Acquainted With The TRUTH of Our Founding….
CAUTION: Thinkers Only ~ No AINOs!
(Col Sellin) ~ There is only one way to stop Hillary Clinton… By Lawrence Sellin… “If current political trends continue, there are two inescapable outcomes: Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016 and, by the end of her eight years in office, the United States will no longer exist.”
There is only one way to stop Hillary Clinton
By Lawrence Sellin
If current political trends continue, there are two inescapable outcomes: Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016 and, by the end of her eight years in office, the United States will no longer exist.
The Democrat electoral juggernaut cannot be stopped for two reasons.
First, the Democrats seem to have perfected the art of voter fraud and it may now be considered an integral component of their national campaign strategy. The results of the 2012 election suggest that massive voter fraud is not required. Selective alteration of the count in specific precincts of large swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida would be enough. That might help explain why Democrats, especially Hillary Clinton are vehemently opposed to voter ID requirements.
In parallel, the mainstream media will censor or manipulate the news in order to promote Hillary’s political ambitions, even at the expense of their own journalistic integrity and the well-being of the country.
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Dave Hodges * The Common Sense Show
President Obama’s presidency has a definitive shelf life. His backpedaling in the Middle East is of major concern to the military establishment but also to special interest groups such as the Carlyle Group. Obama is threatening to let Iraq and Afghanistan follow in the footsteps of Vietnam. Further,
Obama’s refusal to attack Syria and Iran threatens the viability of the Petrodollar. This two part series will examine the forces which are lining up against this President and how five simultaneous political scandals are being held over his head to gain compliance from several powerful special interest groups.
The Aftermath of Benghazi
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A stunning Main Intelligence Directorate GRU report circulating in the Kremlin today states that two of the United States highest ranking military generals delivered a “personal plea” to President Putin from retired four-star general and former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the 65th United States Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and former President Jimmy Carter for “specific military telecommunications assistance” intended to aid them in overthrowing the Obama regime that these Americans claim is “run by blackmail” and is destroying their nation.
It is generally supposed, by most Americans, that the Constitution is the founding document of this nation. It is not. In fact, the United States of America was founded with the ratification of our original constitution, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (Articles of Confederation, for short) on March 1, 1781.
This document was written to secure a union between the original thirteen states and it was written by the states, for the states. In other words, the states created the central government, which consisted of nothing more than a very weak unicameral Congress, composed of not less than two and no more than seven representatives from each state.
The original intent, as laid out in the Articles, was “a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.”
In The Articles of Confederation Reconsidered, I posited that our original constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was wholly adequate and superior to the Federalist Constitution that replaced it and that, had we kept the Articles of Confederation, we could have avoided the tyrannical government we have today entirely.
A reader of one of my articles on the Second Amendment had suggested that I read a rather obscure book titled, Hologram of Liberty, by Kenneth W. Royce (AKA Boston T. Party) and he used the term (coined by Royce), parchment worship while mentioning this book to me.
Well, I had already been vaguely aware that there was some sort of intrigue going on back in 1787 when the Constitution was written to supplant the allegedly inadequate Articles of Confederation, and I had heard it had something to do with some sort of scurrilous moves by the Federalists, lead by Alexander Hamilton, who were either infiltrated by Freemasons or were Freemasons, themselves (actually, as it turns out, so were some of the Anti-Federalists). But, that was all I could recall about it, having heard about this, initially, some thirty years ago.
Well, my thanks go out to that reader for reawakening me to this and I have now looked into the book he suggested, though I haven’t yet got a copy of it for myself. I did, however, visit the Javelin Press website, where there is a pretty fair amount of information about the book, including the following, which I have excerpted:
“Civic Belief #1: The Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people under the 10th Amendment. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.
Is There a Constitution? – by Joseph Stromberg… “…that Madison swindled the ratifiers, and that this Original Swindle justifies all later swindles by Presidents, Congresses, and Courts. One might beg to differ. Indeed, the original understanding – decisively shaped by the propaganda of Madison, Hamilton, and Jay in the Federalist Papers – was fairly straightforward. The Constitution was, on the reading “sold” by the Constitution’s backers, a document which set up a few rules for the working of a general government for the common interests of the states. The Constitution would exist “between” the ratifying states; it was not set “over” them by a higher power.”
I now proceed to answer my own question: If the events of the last few weeks are any guide, then of course there is no Constitution. This should hardly come as a surprise to those high-minded liberals who have been hawking the virtues of a flexible, plastic, evolving Constitution for many decades. Yet, some of them, out of sheer sentimentality as regards the First Amendment, would now draw back from the militarist abyss lately reopened by the current administration in the name of Homeland Security.
Such liberal dissenters have not attended the many lectures offered by Neo-Conservative spokesmen like Jay Winik, the gist of which is that we can give up many of our civil liberties for the duration of the Emergency and then get them back again, only slightly wrinkled and stained. Since other low-minded Neo-Con spokesmen have announced that the Emergency may go on for decades, the exact date at which this fairy-tale ending – the return of liberty – will occur is left hanging in the Hegelian breeze. Perhaps the Neos should coordinate their propaganda a bit more tightly.
The Trouble With the Constitution… by Joseph R. Stromberg – “All across the American political spectrum, politicians and would-be opinion-molders clutch the United States Constitution to their bosoms and proclaim their unswerving loyalty to it and the vision of society, which they find therein. Left-liberals love the old parchment for the penumbras, emanations, and constructible silences and absences they espy in it. Oddly, for them the Constitution always seems to require that we immediately implement advanced social democracy and radical egalitarianism, lest Little Jamie Madison should start spinning in his grave. On the right, one finds vastly different readings of the Constitution, but…”
All across the American political spectrum, politicians and would-be opinion-molders clutch the United States Constitution to their bosoms and proclaim their unswerving loyalty to it and the vision of society, which they find therein. Left-liberals love the old parchment for the penumbras, emanations, and constructible silences and absences they espy in it. Oddly, for them the Constitution always seems to require that we immediately implement advanced social democracy and radical egalitarianism, lest Little Jamie Madison should start spinning in his grave.
On the right, one finds vastly different readings of the Constitution, but just as much professed loyalty to the old grocery list — a loyalty often resting on premises almost as dubious as those of the left-liberals. Here I have in mind Straussians, Neo-Conservatives, and all their heirs and assigns. Only on the hard left and hard right, do we fight what might be called realistic assessments of the Constitution’s original bearing and meaning. Of course, that said, the hard right and left hardly draw the same conclusions from their respective realistic analyses.
Oleg Ivutin, owner of Cross Country Supply, stands in the company’s Mableton distribution warehouse in March. Ivutin spoke to Georgia Tea Party members Thursday, warning of similarities between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
MARIETTA — As guest speaker at the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party on Thursday, Oleg Ivutin of Smyrna warned of growing similarities between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union where he grew up.
The U.S. is on a “fast track” to becoming an authoritarian government like the U.S.S.R., said Ivutin, a businessman who challenged Joe Dendy as chairman of the Cobb GOP in March.
Under communist rule, the Russian police spied on people, collecting files to use against them. Neighbors were encouraged to report on neighbors. Ivutin sees similarities between what happened in Russia and what is happening here. The KGB never had it so easy, he said.
……The “Founding Lawyers” of 1787 left the federal fleas in control of their own flea powder, and that’s why we have an unchallengeable government today. Cleverly designed to be weak, the Constitution is more form than substance, or else Freedom would ring in America.Kenneth Royce proves that the States and the American people were politically “checkmated” 210 years ago, and discusses his three peaceful solutions prior to the imminent insurrection now brewing.
Hologram of Liberty is truly the groundbreaking, vital analysis of the Constitution.It is astonishing that this book, given its age, isn’t the cornerstone of every libertarian or liberty event in the country. It is disturbing that so few people involved in those movements have read it, or in some cases, even heard about it. Neither had I, of course, but I was blown away when I read it.
Now, many things make more sense, including the gut-level triteness of most neo-patriots, who cheer something they haven’t taken the time to fully understand. Yet, this book explains why the protections of the Constitution necessarily shrink over time, while the powers expand without bound. Boston clearly explains why our current political environment is a direct consequence of the Constitution, and not in spite of it.Oh, and for all you veterans of which I am one, as readers of Starving the Monkeys know all too well, remember that oath you took to the Constitution? Your oath was obtained by fraud, and as such, you are ethically released from any obligation to it.
Civic Belief #1: The Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people under the 10th Amendment. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.
If #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?