Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It takes 38 of the 50 states to convene a Constitutional Convention.
What do you think; should children of the Congress have monetary and other special privileges that other taxpayers are unable to enjoy?
Ten years before the writing of the Declaration of Independence, on May 30th, 1765, a significant number of the members of the Virginia House of Burgesses wanted to take a stand against the British Parliament's assertion of power. Among them, was a radical named Patrick Henry.
A French Traveler who watched with Thomas Jefferson, who considered himself a student at the time, recorded that the Speaker of the House said that Henry had spoken treason for invoking the names of Brutus and Cromwell. Henry backed down and asserted his loyalty to the crown in an avalanche of rhetoric.
When Henry's rhetorical assertion of his loyalty ended and the the House of Burgesses moved on to resolutions, Henry put forth this Resolution. It was the 5th Resolution.
Resolved Therefore that the General Assembly of this colony have the only and sole exclusive right and power to lay taxes and impositions Read more
The Raisin marketing program is up for review before the U. S. 47% of the raisin crop is diverted to government coffers in turn for marketing. The problem is that it is involuntary. In 2004, two heros of Americanism, Marvin and Laura Horne, made a federal case out of this 80 year overreach. This term, they will get their day before the Supreme Court.
Tis the season to give thanks. And for the last 80 years, the federal government has required raisin producers to “give thanks” for the privilege of selling their raisins nationally by requiring them to fork over up to half of their raisins – for free. A lawsuit raising a constitutional challenge to the program has now made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Horne v. Department of Agriculture.
The program, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a rather Orwellian-sounding name – the “Raisin Marketing Read more
An Important issue has come up with the words, "That all men are created equal," recently on another thread on this site. These are some of the most famous words in The Declaration of Independence and could not be more unclear when subjected to closer scrutiny. This is a quote from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these end, it is the right of the people to alter of abolish it and to institute new government, laying the foundation on such principles and organizing it Read more
Petitions for secession are proliferating. People from 49 states have petitioned the White House to leave the Union. I understand the frustration with an overbearing Federal government which oversteps its bounds daily. I fully support the reassertion of the 10th amendment as amended by the 13, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments. It is vital to restore a measure of balance to the system.
As an American soldier who is dedicated to preserving our liberty and the American way of life, I do not support in any way secession. As a matter of fact, I think the secession movement will build in popularity, but fade within a year to background noise once people start thinking about its implications. Can we strengthen America by tearing it apart? Do we win by quitting? Should the American experiment be at risk every time there is a close election? Is your love for America Read more
We lost another American legend and a true American hero from our midst with the passing of Lt. Neil Armstrong. Col. Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon with him, said that it was sad indeed they would not be able to share the 50th anniversary celebration. They had been looking forward to it.
Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins ably showed the best of America. Faith, Freedom, adventurism, fearlessness, and perseverance were ably displayed by these men who did what was proclaimed to be impossible. They risked their lives so a world could dream and learn. They freed us from the gravity of earth and made real our dreams of touching the universe around us. They came back to earth and without scandal, made us proud not just of their accomplishments in space, but their characters on earth. The men of Apollo 11 changed my world as much as Columbus changed the old world. Our relationship to Read more
I am Jeff Christopher your duly elected Sheriff for Sussex County Delaware. You will note that I said elected. What is the difference you ask?. I serve you! directly! and not county council or some bureaucrat. That is how it was designed so you, the people, have the say. This goes back to the beginning of this country and the founding fathers who created a system of government that works for the people and NOT against the people. We are a republic and the people must remain in control of the government, like a dog in control of his tail or we shall suffer a worse fate than death itself. We have allowed the system to be corrupted and we are passing on to our children a way that will surely re-enslave them. What then do we do? Well I, like so many others became involved because I saw what many see and only get to talk about it. I figured I could change this broken system. Read more
Nearly a year ago on of my favorite liberal commenters took issue with my use of this term.
“America was founded on taking up arms for the Holy cause of Liberty.”
That’s one way of looking at it. Another would be that a minority of English citizens of the American colonies, in refusing to bear the taxes intended to pay for the cost of defending those colonies against French and Indian combatants, bullied loyalists and wrested those colonies away from the mother country, much to the detriment of at least one-third of the inhabitants.
Very few historians, and very few contemporaries, have ever claimed that there was anything “holy” about it. That’s pure propaganda.
Naturally, I disagree. I will not say which liberal commenter to protect the guilty and due to the fact it was written on another blog. What I wanted to discuss was worldview.
Some have taken issue with my Read more
A representative from Wall Builders will be in the State to give a real education on the Constitution. Check it out
Most people I know are concerned about UN Agenda 21, being slowly implemented in America as well around the world affecting every sovereign nation on the planet. We have heard bits and pieces of the creation of a New World Order that would rip America's sovereignty from our grasp, never to be recaptured, but is it fact or fiction. I can assure you that there is mounting evidence pointing out that this not only true, but quickly becoming a reality. This is an excerpt from, William F. Jaspers book, "The United Nations Exposed:"
We are talking about a revolutionary transformation that has been gathering steam since World War II and is now entering its final stages. It is a revolution that, if completed, will mean the end of the United States of America, as well as the abolition of every other sovereign independent nation. This radical revolution is simultaneously overturning the nation-state Read more
The First Amendment. Everybody has an opinion and each person views the exact wording a bit different. The real issue is, what were the intentions of the Founders on this very important issue that has caused so much passionate discussion, since the Founders discussed this issue from June to September of 1789. I will quote the entire First Amendment but will be dealing only with the first part of it today: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The sometimes heated discussions, nearly a dozen between June and September of 1789, decided the final wording of this very important amendment, and made the intent of the Founders crystal clear. They didn't want Read more
It seems that whether we are arguing about state rights or our personal civil rights or liberties, this is certainly not a new issue in the United States.
The fact that the preamble to the Constitution starts with, "We the people," sets the tone of more to come as opposed to, "we the states." Samuel Adams said, "I confess as I enter the building. I stumble at the threshold, I meet with a national government, instead of a federal union of sovereign states."
There were people arguing against ratification of the Constitution. Patrick Henry was one of them. He spoke, "who authorized them to speak the language of, "we the people, instead of. we the states. States are the characteristics and soul of the confederation."
The phrase, "we the people, reinforces John Locke's postulate more than a century earlier in England, the power to rule or govern is derived from the people that are being Read more
This is Constitution Week. 214 years ago a miracle occurred in Philadelphia. The colonies were free and independent from Great Britain, but they were going nowhere. The French revolution showed that obtaining Freedom is only one phase. Functioning as free people is the next phase. Prospering as a free people is the third.
The American people knew they could not lose the hard won freedom to petty rivalry, confusion, and disunity. The economy was just emerging out of a depression. There was no national currency. Inflation was rampant in 7 of the 13 states. Some legislators in NY were rumored to be opening negotiations with Canada for a possible union and Massachusetts had just survived the Shay’s rebellion of 2000 farmers in the west. New York and New Jersey were engaged in a bitter dispute. New York claimed Stanton Island and New Jersey retaliated with tariffs and Read more
No, I haven't forgotten.
Nor have I forgotten those who continue to risking their lives for others. Today, we do not honor just the fallen, but the living who sacrifice everyday so we remain a free and secure people, firefighters, police, servicemembers, and others . Let us not forget the clergy who lost their lives that day giving comfort to the afflicted. It is an insult not to include them in the NY 10th anniversary memorial, but they are remembered here. Read more
I am pleased to say that 10 years after 9/11 America is still free and unbowed. There have been many attempts against us since, but we are safer and more secure. We have thwarted their attempts because of the vigilance of the American people who refused to sit in fear and let people try to set off bombs. Ten years later it is Bin Laden and his leadership that is dead. They have heard us, indeed. You can hide from justice, but it will come.
Let us remember that not only did Americans unite to stand against the tyranny of the radical terrorists, but the world rallied around us. It is easy to forget that when America mourned so did the rest of the freedom loving world from Jordan to Japan from Minsk to Malawi from London to Jerusalem and from Sydney to Berlin. All of the Americas were united. This attack was recognized for what it was--an attack on the modern notion of freedom. Read more
It has been ten years since that clear day in September. Much has happened since then. Some things are related to the attacks of 9/11 and some are a result of the attacks.
The day after the attacks, we as a nation, were in shock. We were frightened by the unknown. We were unsure of who had attacked America and why. We were afraid of further attacks. And as horrific as the attacks on 9/11 were, we could still imagine things that would be even more horrific.
As the days passed the nation came together, in a way that it hadn't in quite some time. It seemed as if every home had a flag. People put away their past problems with their neighbors, long enough to talk about what all of it meant. Even political enemies were able to put aside their agendas and work together to safe guard the nation and its citizens.
As the images of that day filled our homes on that day and Read more
I know you read them too. Obama has a secret plan to Islamize America by the end of his second term. Why isn't John Boehner investigating the serial forger (birth certificate) in the White House? Obama (who doesn't even want to jail terrorists) has a secret plan to round up conservatives into FEMA camps located around the country (they couldn't exist to be ready in case of a large scale regional natural disaster of course).
I don't think any one here doubts that I oppose the majority of the policies of President Obama and believe that his unconstitutional policies are indeed undermining the American Republic. I believe we are being undermined culturally, economically, and constitutionally by a left wing regime called the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Therefore, I guess people must think that I will see the light about every conspiracy put out about the "usurper Read more
Chairman Urquhart of the Sussex County GOP Committee released a statement today titled, "Why Ban The Faith That Gave Us Freedom?"
The "radical transformers" seem bent on stamping out cherished and vital traditions. Having tried to expunge "Easter," they're now attacking prayer before Sussex County Council meetings. All that's left is attempting to force the majority to completely disavow the existence of a supreme Creator.
The problem is that the secular humanism, they seem to prefer is a religious belief system. Its faith is that our problems cam be solved by radically transforming and perfecting people and societies. In short, it's a religion. So where's the much heralded separation of the state from their "church" which "worships" human theories, experts and programs?
And what happened to tolerance? Why is a small minority intolerantly demanding that it rule over the majority? Read more
Whereas, The Sussex County Republican Party Executive Committee acknowledges that the First amendment prohibits Congress from passing any law establishing religion, the practice of reciting the Lords Prayer does not constitute establishment by Congress or by the Sussex County Council, from the founding of this nation prayer to the almighty has been the norm in government meetings from Town Councils to the House of Representatives to the US Senate, -Benjamin Franklin in the Constitutional Convention did say” I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I Read more
Please read the first part for context.
Now let us examine the political implications. I read that the change in demographics means the Republican Party will disappear or it will have to become like the Democrats. Is that true?
The question for the Republican Party is how will it adjust? The nation is changing faster than the party. The party has a significant nativist element like my Professor friend. If they are blasted as irrelevant racists and the legitimate concerns about the obvious concerns and tensions of our changing demographics. Integration is not without challenges. If we ignore that fact, it will be at our peril. The key is to develop a plan to deal with the legitimate challenges without abandoning our culture of welcoming legal immigrants. We have done it before, we can do it again.
My contention is that integration done properly has far Read more
We are on the verge of losing our country, said a Professor who wanted my support for the Republican nomination for Congress against Mike Castle. How I asked? He said, through an invasion of immigrants. All that we built up is about to be lost. America is like Rome, about to fall to the barbarians at the gates. I thought, wow that is a winning message--you immigrants go home. I had a different perspective. I asked him if the problem was an educational system that no longer taught Americanism not the origin of the people. To me he seemed like a throw back to the Know Nothings who were worried that the influx of those Irish Catholics and others were going to destroy our culture and we would lose our country. The Chinese were going to overwhelm us and destroy Christian America. The Slavs were dirty and lazy and going to destroy us too. Now those Spanish speakers are going Read more
Under the leadership of Mary Spicer, the Delaware Federation of Republican Women have taken the next step to impacting public policy. Based on a resolution within their own group, the Republican Women have recognized that those who defend our freedoms, including our right to vote, are being penalized by the late primary election in Delaware. The Brave Men and Women who defend our freedoms are not able to have absentee ballots sent to them in some cases within 7 weeks of a general election.
For those who serve our nation in far flung locales such as Iraq or Afghanistan, this is unrealistic. Getting an election document to a GI 150 miles outside of Kabul and back to Wilmington Delaware in 50 days or less strains the reality of combat conditions and penalizes our brave men and women for serving their country.
Let's keep in mind that in certain cases U.S. Navy submariners Read more
As a Sussex County Committeeman, I attended Monday night's GOP meeting that started in chaos and ended in chaos. Instead of parliamentary rule, a dictatorship emerged and seemingly established itself over the cries of dissension of the the body of republicans. People attempted to move resolutions to the floor and were disallowed and no reason given. Sussex County Chairman Ron Sams soon lost control of the meeting and decided that he would allow no new business to take place that he didn't approve of.
At 9:00pm someone raised a motion to adjourn without any business of substance taking place. A vote was taken and the nays took the vote. Ron Sams refused to conduct any business and shut off the lights. a person yelled, "we'll meet in the parking lot." The dictatorial manner that this meeting was conducted in, by Ron Sams was inexcusable and and out of line with the bylaws and Read more
The FCC has chosen December 21, to take its first step toward regulating the inner workings of the internet This step will bypass the Congress and defy a recent court ruling. I say if it's not broke, don't fix it.
According to a Wall Street Journal article by Robert M McDowell, the Internet has been open and freedom-enhancing since its beginning when it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990's. It's nature as a diffuse and dynamic global network defies top-down authority. Ample laws exist to protect consumers already exists. "Net neutrality sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers," writes McDowell.
Last year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski started to fulfill this promise by proposing rules using a legal theory from Read more
This is cute but even more amusing. I forgot the President wrote a children's book. I guess he decided to remind us.
No, nothing critical here, just amused that the President picked his own book to read to kids at a photo op. It is actually a quite worthy book. It is sort of a book of American heroes and values featuring 13 important Americans from different walks of life. I support the teaching of Americanism in the schools. It is a shame the only way to get it in some is to have the President sweep in and read his best seller. Maybe we can get Glen Beck to read his Christmas Sweater to school children just to see how the media reacts. I have no issue either way.