Sunday, November 28, 2010

Repeal Amendment - Giving Back The Power To The States

The politicians in DC have proven that they are no longer capable of governing in the best interests of the several states and have long used the courts to usurp powers granted to the states via the 10th Amendment by invoking the General Welfare clause, the Commerce clause and/or the Necessary and Proper clause.

The states have always had the power to rein in the federal government through an Article V Convention, otherwise known as an Amendments Convention, when "on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof,". While it is a very little used tactic, just the threat of one can be enough to nudge Congress into action, as was the case with the 17th Amendment and possibly the 21st, 22nd and 25th Amendments as well*.

Today we have the perfect storm forming with the strength of the Tea Party along with the overall awareness of the American people that the federal government has grown too large and does not operate in the best interest of them or the states.

To this end, Professor Randy Barnett has proposed the Repeal Amendment which would allow the states simple recourse to repeal any federal law on the approval of 2/3 of the states.
"Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed."
With this Amendment, the repeal of ObamaCare, for example, would be left for the states to decide instead of with Congress and the President; both of which have no interest in doing so. This Amendment would also be helpful in the event of unpopular lame-duck legislation like Cap & Tax or the DREAM Act sneaking through.

A press conference is being held on November 30th with with select Speakers, Senate Presidents, members of Congress, and other State legislators but it is up to us to also put pressure on our elected officials on both the state and federal level.

The time is now for us to take the power back from DC and put it where the founders intended, in the hands of the several states. Please let the politicians know that you have had enough of their shenanigans and support the Repeal Amendment. The fate of the Republic depends on it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


As we prepare to begin the Thanksgiving Day festivities with football, food and family; let us give thanks for the liberties and freedom bestowed on us by the Creator.

From my family to yours, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Dollar?

For some time now we have heard threats from other nations, particularly China and Russia, that they are willing to unpeg from the dollar. Well this could be a start, as both nations have agreed to use their own currencies for bilateral trade.

Is it just a matter of time before the other BRIC nations begin to follow? Is the dollar's position as the world's reserve currency in jeopardy? Only time will tell.

China Daily
St. Petersburg, Russia - China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

"That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries," he said.
Via Memeorandum

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Did South Korea Fire The First Shot?

H/T Trends & Forecasts

Russia Today


What we have here is saber rattling on both sides; the South for having military exercises in an area that the North disputes and the North for their usual dipshittery in an attempt to get free stuff from the West. Of course the US is flat in the middle of a dispute that we should have extricated ourselves from 50 years ago and as is the case with Israel, fighting the battles of a nation that is more than capable of defending themselves.

But this is what the Neo-cons and war-hawks in both parties want, to be able to dictate to other nations what their foreign policy should be.

Via Memeorandum

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Solution for Airport Scanners

Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Writes Dorothea:
Here’s a simple solution to the controversy over full-body scanners at airports.

Develop an enclosed booth that passengers step into but , instead of X-raying them, when the door closes, it will detonate any explosive device they have hidden on or in their body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth. This would be a win-win for everyone!

There would be no concern about racial profiling. The booth would eliminate long,
expensive trials.

You’re in the airport and you hear a muffled explosion, followed by an announcement over the PA system, “Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number…”

What’s not to like?
Works for me.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Why Do We Have A TSA? By Gary Johnson

The Daily Caller
John Tyner became a YouTube sensation this week for recording and sharing his confrontation with TSA officials over the pat-down he was required to endure to get on an airplane. His outrageous experience clearly touched a nerve with a lot of Americans — myself included.

No matter how many times I go through an airport, which is almost daily, I am outraged each and every time. Whether it is the disgusting thought of a “full-body scan,” being touched in ways nobody should be touched, or having a guy in a uniform confiscate my one ounce of toothpaste because it’s in a six-ounce tube, I ask myself what has brought us to the point where we let the government do the kind of stuff to us that we wouldn’t let anyone else do?

My friend Congressman Ron Paul has introduced legislation to make it clear that TSA officers are not immune from basic laws regarding unwanted physical contact. I commend him for doing so, but cannot help but point out how unbelievable it is that such a law might even be necessary. How is it that we line up like sheep at the airport and let the government grope us in ways that would get anybody else in the country fired or arrested? I say enough is enough. Let’s stop being sheep.

Instead of trying to fix or adjust or moderate TSA airport screening procedures to make them less abusive or slightly more tolerable, I say it is time to turn airport screening and security over to those who should be doing it in the first place: the airlines.

We all want to be safe when we fly. That isn’t the issue. The issue is that the TSA doesn’t seem to answer to anyone. They don’t really care how intrusive or offensive their procedures are, and they have no interest in letting us, the flying public, make our own decisions about how much privacy and dignity we are prepared to sacrifice in the name of security.

The airlines, however, who after all own the airplanes and are ultimately responsible for their passengers’ safety and comfort, have every reason in the world to care about security — and providing it in ways that are acceptable to their paying customers.

If allowed to take the responsibility for airport screening, airlines would turn to the best and brightest minds and entrepreneurs on the planet to develop technology
and best practices that would certainly be more effective than whatever the government is doing now — and financial necessity would ensure that those procedures did not constitute abuse and unacceptable invasions of our privacy and our bodies.

Certainly, like many other aspects of our lives and businesses, the government may be compelled to establish minimum standards and criteria for airport security; however, let entrepreneurs and the marketplace figure out how to meet those standards — rather than bureaucrats. The result, I am absolutely confident, will be safer air travel, more efficient airports, lower costs, and a lot less officially-sanctioned touching.

Gary Johnson is the honorary chairman of the OUR America Initiative (www.ouramericainitiative.com), a 501(c)(4) advocacy committee. He is also the former Republican Governor of New Mexico (1994-2002), and has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for efficient government and lowering taxes.

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day In Phoenix With Gary Johnson On 12/15

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day

You are invited to a
Celebration
of
The Bill of Rights

"All of the Bill of Rights for all of the people."

Wednesday, December 15th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
at the historic Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, AZ

Join us this day for the 219th anniversary of the day
the Bill of Rights was ratified.

Join people nationwide who will break bread with their neighbors, and as a group read the Bill of Rights, out loud, as we celebrate our founding document, a document like no other.
RSVP (required, click here)
Please indicate if additional guests will be joining you.
You will receive a confirmation email with directions and more details.

We are honored to have as our

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:


Gary Johnson,

former governor of New Mexico; honorary chairman, Our America Initiative; and potential 2012 presidential candidate,

and

Bob Levy,

Chairman, The CATO Institute; and author, The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom


We will read the original Bill of Rights out loud from a parchment copy,
and then jointly discuss its health in town-hall style.
Is it working? Are our rights intact? What are the threats to the precious rights we hold dear? What are the prospects for the future?

This is the ninth year in a row that Arizonans have gathered to recognize and honor one of the most important documents ever created.

You will remember this experience for a long time to come.
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5:00 p.m.
Doors open, mix and mingle

Cash bar, and an enticing spread of light appetizers

6:00 p.m.
Call to order
Welcome and speechifying
Opening remarks
Patriotic musical interlude
Keynote speeches

7:15 p.m.
Solemn reading of the Bill of Rights, from a parchment copy
Round-table discussion of its health, and prospects for the future
Time to network and chat, bar remains open

9:00 p.m.
Event concludes

By special arrangement, attendance is only $15, payable at the door.
Students with ID $10.
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Tell your friends to respond no later than Friday, 12/10/10!
Seating is limited, don't delay!

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IMPORTANT P.S.
Are you already occupied or too far away to join us? Hold your own celebration! Gather with friends on Wed., Dec. 15, morning, noon or night, and read the Bill of Rights -- aloud. It's a magical moment, as the words sing out. Take time in your busy schedule to enjoy this reflective pause, and recount the tremendous values these freedoms have brought to you, your family and the world. Honor your American heritage, help set an example for the planet. "All of the Bill of Rights for all of the people." Need help? Visit: How to hold a BOR Day event.

If you are holding your own celebration, please forward the details, so we can add it to our list of events.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ron Paul Takes On The TSA

H/T BBCW

Simply stated, enough is enough!



HR 6416 American Traveler Dignity Act
A BILL

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual's body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual's parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.
Read Rep Paul's statement introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ron Paul On Gary Johnson - "I Can't Imagine Endorsing Anybody Else"

Yeh, that got my attention too, from a Reason Magazine Hit & Run piece by Matt Welch.

Whether Ron Paul decides to run for President in 2012 is still up in the air, it is almost certain that Gary Johnson is in it to win it. Now while it would be a tough call to which direction I would go in the primary and they would both siphon votes from the same pool of small government voters, it would be great to see two candidates who share many of the same limited government beliefs, on the ballot running against the usual crop of establishment insiders from the ruling class. And imagine if one of them win the top spot for the Republican ticket how much fun it would be to see a Paul/Johnson or Johnson/Paul duo take on Obama and Biden in the debates.

It's enough to make this libertarian giddy with anticipation for the 2012 race.

The New Republic
Johnson isn’t merely testing the presidential waters; several Johnson confidants told me that nothing—not even another Ron Paul campaign—will stop him from running. “There’s no waiting or seeing,” says one. “It’s a done deal.”

“Everybody’s been aware of it, even during the last campaign,” says Paul, whom Johnson informed of his intentions in April 2008. “I don’t remember when anybody didn’t assume that he would run for president.” Fortunately for Johnson, Paul, while not ruling out a second act, has shown little appetite for one. (“I have made no plans,” he told me.) And if he doesn’t run, he’ll “most likely” throw his weight behind Johnson. “I can’t imagine endorsing anybody else,” he says.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Starving Leviathan - Federal Tax Escrow Accounts

The federal government relies on plunder, mainly in the form of income taxes, to feed it's overreaching tentacles and this is perfectly Constitutional as set forth in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 along with the Sixteenth Amendment. These do not however specify how these taxes are to be collected and currently the Internal Revenue Service is charged with this task.

But what if the states had the ability to take control of the purse strings and starve the beast back to it's enumerated powers? We the people, through our state legislatures would have the ability to affirm what we believe the role and oversight of the federal government should be in our daily lives through a Federal Tax Escrow Account.

By this method, the federal government would still retain it's enumerated power to tax but it would be up to the individual states to collect and further the money along. The premise is simple, the state's legislature would determine what parts of the federal budget it considers Constitutional and would forward that percentage along. The remainder of the taxes collected would then be used to fund programs currently funded by the federal government with whatever remains left over returned to the people.

Through this form of state interposition, the several states would reestablish their sovereignty, put a stop to out of control federal spending and prevent Leviathan from creating unconstitutional mandates such as the ones found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.

We would rapidly find that without its ability to tax and spend recklessly and with little regard for the will of the people, Leviathan would starve and unconstitutional agencies would soon cease to exist. We would also put an end to federal intervention in the affairs of other nations along with the debasement of our currency.

The takeaway would be a smaller, more streamlined federal government that would return to its Constitutional roots and govern as the founders sought it to govern. It would be up to the individual states to take care of its citizens, as it should be, and while this is not a perfect solution, we the people would gain more control as we have a greater say in what happens in our state legislatures as opposed to what happens in DC.

A few states, Washington, Georgia, Ohio and Oklahoma, have bravely taken up this fight. We need to pressure the legislators in our own states to join the battle to retain our sovereign rights and put an end to Leviathan.

VIDEO - Hitler Unhappy With Democrat Losses

Via American Power

Enjoy it before it gets pulled

Deceased Candidate Wins Re-election In CA State Senate Race

This is just another reason why we get what we deserve when it comes to the sorry state of our republic, the electorate does not take the time to pay attention to what is going on and votes blindly.

So in already broke California there will be the further expense of a special election to fill the seat should the results of this race stand. Way to go Long Beach.

My condolences go out to the late Senator's family but definitely not to the voters of California's 28th Senate District.

Daily Breeze
Republican hopes of capturing the 28th Senate District following Democratic Sen. Jenny Oropeza's death were quashed Tuesday as the late South Bay senator's name cruised to victory.

With all 535 precincts reporting, Oropeza, who died Oct. 20, won with 58.4 percent of the vote. Republican John Stammreich was second with 35.7 percent, and Libertarian David Ruskin was a distant third, with 5.9 percent.

A special election will be scheduled to fill the seat due to Oropeza's posthumous victory.

The governor will have 14 days from Dec. 6, the start of the legislative term, to declare the seat vacant and schedule a special election in 112 to 126 days, according to the California Secretary of State's Office.

Eight weeks before that, all party candidates run in a primary. If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, that person wins the seat.

If no candidate reaches that threshold, the top vote-getter in each party is placed on the ballot for a runoff, the state said.

The process could cost millions of dollars.

Liberty Defined - Ron Paul's Next Book

H/T Daily Paul

Could this be a sign that Ron Paul intends to run in 2012? I certainly hope so, sorry Gary, even though I have concerns over his age and views being used against him by the anti-Paul LSM. Getting this out just as the silly season of the 2012 campaign begins will give the public plenty of time to see, in his own words, where Dr Paul stands on the issues that confront us today and what his remedy to restore our republic really is.

From Amazon
Dr. Ron Paul's newest book, LIBERTY DEFINED, returns to the format and scope of his #1 New York Times bestseller The Revolution. It is a brand new, comprehensive, A-Z guide to his position on 50 of the most important issues of our times, both foreign and domestic. His devoted supporters will be able to use it as a guide book for 2012 and beyond, for all of their political and educational efforts. With entries ranging in length from a few pages to over ten, LIBERTY DEFINED will be accessible, easy to digest, and clear cut in its ideology.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sen Jim DeMint Offers Advice To Newly Elected Republicans

Wise words of advice to the new Congressmen and women from Senator DeMint, let's hope they heed it.

WSJ
Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy. Consider what former GOP senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott told the Washington Post earlier this year: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them."

Don't let them. Co-option is coercion. Washington operates on a favor-based economy and for every earmark, committee assignment or fancy title that's given, payback is expected in return. The chits come due when the roll call votes begin. This is how big-spending bills that everyone always decries in public always manage to pass with just enough votes.

But someone can't be bribed if they aren't for sale. Here is some humble advice on how to recognize and refuse such offers.

First, don't request earmarks...
Second, hire conservative staff...
Third, beware of committees...
Fourth, don't seek titles...
Lastly, don't let your re-election become more important than your job...

When you are in Washington, remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom. Millions of people are out of work, the government is going bankrupt and the country is trillions in debt. Americans have watched in disgust as billions of their tax dollars have been wasted on failed jobs plans, bailouts and takeovers. It's up to us to stop the spending spree and make sure we have a government that benefits America instead of being a burden to it.

Tea party Republicans were elected to go to Washington and save the country—not be co-opted by the club. So put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today.
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