An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
A friend of mine gave me a book by Joyce Meyer. Now, to be perfectly honestly, I’m not a big fan of hers, or any televangelist, but since my friend gave it to me, I am reading it. I’ve no doubt she’s a real nice lady, and her message is one of hope, of giving, and of living the life God intended us to live, but there’s just something that rubs me the wrong way with preachers begging for money on the idjit box. Some of them use that money as they intended, helping others in need. Some live lavish lifestyles, which in no way, reflects their words. Soo…. I have issues.
Anyway, I’d like to share the first paragraph of Chapter 3 that struck me like a big stick with you:
None of the revolutions that changed the world happened accidentally. In some cases, they began with just a few people discussing changes that were needed. Whether these history making events were birthed by casual unrest or well-planned revolt, they never just happened. They were deliberate, intentional, passionate, and strategic. They started because someone refused to do nothing; someone refused to simply ‘let thing unfold’; someone refused to be passive and idle while injustice ran rampant. Revolutions happen because someone decides to act.
Now, Mz Meyer’s book isn’t about politics, per se, but much of what I’ve read can be related to our every day lives. The Bible instructs us to ACT! It doesn’t tell us to sit back and watch the world go by; it tells us to get up off our duffs and fix the problems.
Well, we’ve got some serious problems in this country, and the sad thing is, with few exceptions, no one is acting. Oh, they talk, just like I do, but most of us do nothing but talk. Now, to be totally honest, I am incapable of doing much in the way of acting on my convictions. I use to, but alas, time and disease have caught up with me, and as much as I’d love to do SOMETHING, I just can’t. So, I talk..through this blog. Is anyone listening, besides DHS and the NSA? (I honestly have no clue, and in the long run, I suppose it really doesn’t matter. At times, there are things I need to get off my chest, and this is my venue.)
All of us can offer something, but too many don’t, or won’t, expecting someone else to take up the banner, and march for freedom. If all of us expect someone else to do our job, then will that job ever get done? Nope! Everything will continue as it is, and we’ll watch our freedoms be whittled away, bit by bit.
Has anyone studied the 9th Amendment? I did a bit of searching, and found very little concerning this amendment. We know much about the other God given rights, but do we understand that 9th?
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Few people even know what the 9th Amendment says, myself included, until now. I did some studying on this, and did find something interesting.
“…the Ninth Amendment shows a belief of the Constitution’s authors that fundamental rights exist that are not expressly enumerated in the first eight amendments and an intent that the list of rights included there not be deemed exhaustive.” (SC opinion on Griswold v Connecticut 1965)
Simply, this forgotten amendment protects ALL our basic God given rights that are not implicitly included in the Bill of Rights. When citing the Constitution, many often state ‘it’s in the Constitution’, when it most definitely not. For example,that ‘separation of church and state’ nonsense is most definitely NOT in the Constitution. Several of our so called representatives, including the current resident of the White House, have stated that people have a ‘right’ to health care. No where is this implied in that document, not even the 9th Amendment. Health care is not a God given right to be provided by the government. In reality, the Constitution limits what the government can do, and prevents it from overstepping those bounds violates everything on which this nation was founded.
The ‘general welfare clause‘ is limited, mentioned only twice, once in the Preamble, and once in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1:
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States….”
Thomas Jefferson, who was one smart cookie, stated:
“[T]he laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They [Congress] are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner, they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose.” (The Papers of Thomas Jefferson p. 285, Julian P. Boyd. (1950), “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank”, Jefferson, Thomas (1791).)
Over the last couple of centuries, a number of court rulings have diluted the power of We, The People, and handed it over to the one entity that was never meant to have it, the federal government. It seems to me that the 9th Amendment was included to prevent such actions. Obviously, I’m no Constitutional scholar, but I do have a wee bit of common sense.
As Mz Meyer stated, revolutions don’t come about by accident, there is always a catalyst. What is our catalyst? Is the huge tax known as Obamacare, destroying our health care system? Is it the ever increasing burdens placed on businesses? Is it the overreach of the federal government into our lives? Is it the targeting of law abiding citizens, denying them their God given right to speak out against injustice? Is it the careless disregard of human life? Will it be the denial by the government to protect ourselves from the evil in this world, and even from them? Just what will be our catalyst? Do we even have one? Or, will we sit back, and watch as our country is destroyed from the inside.
Holed up in Moscow airport for the past three weeks, Edward Snowden has only had a limited impact on the political debate about surveillance in the US that he wanted to ignite.
Yet the self-confessed National Security Agency leaker has managed to orchestrate a very different political phenomenon: the biggest bout of anti-Americanism since the Iraq war.
When he first revealed his identity a month ago while in Hong Kong, Mr Snowden used selective disclosures about US global surveillance to rally public opinion in China and Russia. Since then, he has managed to create uproar in Europe with information about the bugging of EU offices and over the past week he has created a new international stir in Latin America.
According to reports this week in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo based on documents provided by the 30-year-old former NSA contractor, the US has been using telecoms infrastructure in Brazil to absorb huge volumes of communications and to spy on governments in the region.
I’ve had several reactions to Snowden. First, naturally, I was royally pissed that my own government would spy on her citizens. You know, the ones that pay their salaries. I knew they were checking me out by the many odd visits I noticed in my stat program. And I was rather grateful someone had the cajones to step forward to inform the public just what was going on. No, I didn’t see the guy as a true hero, but I wasn’t all bent out of shape as some talking heads seemed to be, but maybe they knew something I didn’t.
However, them more I have learned, the more pissed off I am, not so much at the government, which I am, but at this kid who has put American lives in danger. From the beginning, I was a bit disturbed that he fled to China, of all places, to leak the initial information. Now he’s sitting in Russia, not exactly one of our best buds, looking for asylum so he can escape to another country that isn’t exactly on our “best bud” list. Let’s put it this way: I have “evolved” to the point I wouldn’t mind a front row seat for the execution.
I’m not naive enough to think we don’t keep tabs on other countries, even our friends. Needing to know what’s going on is paramount to American safety. However, the more I learn about the who, what, and where, I am more than a little disturbed at the actions of our government.
Honestly, I don’t give a flying flip if we’re spying on China, Russia, etc. They spy on us as well. And I’m not even all that bothered that we are keeping an eye on our allies, since, yes, they are keeping an eye on us too. We’d be downright stupid if we didn’t try to learn what is happening in countries that are being over run by Muslims, as in the case with Great Britain. Although, considering this administrations fondness for said muzzies, I’m surprised he’d even authorize such actions.
I’m a bit torn, to say the least. Yes, we need intelligence, but no, we don’t have to behave like the arrogant pricks that so much of the world believes us to be. I would like to remind those nations that the U.S. people have done more to promote liberty around the world that any other nation in the world.
The American people are the ones who step up first when there is a disaster, anywhere on the planet, and give from their hearts. We even give to those we know hate us, not because we have to, but because we care about other human beings, no matter their nationality, their government’s actions towards others, the color, the religion, their politics. We are a people who are generous to a fault.
Yes, we do elect, more or less, the jackwagons in charge, but after they are in office, we have no control over the people they appoint and are approved. Most of the time, those paying attention, are appalled at the actions of the bloated bureaucracies. But I will NOT apologize for being an American. EVER!
As for Snowden, I do believe he needs to be brought back, and put on trial for treason. Perhaps it was not his intent to put American lives in danger…I don’t know…but he has. He has committed a serious crime, and must be held accountable for his actions. If he had stayed, leaked the info about the NSA spying on our citizens, I don’t feel the crime would be as serious. But since he has shared more than too much information with the world, I see his actions as treason.
We’ve had several dangerous administrations, but this one takes the cake due to the technology we now have available. Obama can claim he didn’t know anything, which he does on a regular basis, but as the ‘leader’, it is HIS responsibility what HIS administration does, or does not do. As Truman said, “The buck stops here!”
So, yes, I am torn. Whistle blowing is one thing, treason is quite another altogether.
Yep! I wanna be the prez! Hey! Why not? We have an idiot running the show now, and I doubt if I could do worse! I mean, at least I wouldn’t go out of my way to destroy the country!
The first thing I would do would be is issue an executive order or some such and have a WHOLE lot of folks arrested! Charges? Treason. Aiding and abetting. I’m sure I’ll think of a few more…like theft. Abuse of power and the like.
I would do away with all those absurd bureaucracies, like the EPA, NEA, and a few other alphabets. I’d also work to abolish the damn IRS!
I would make sure the U.S. Constitution was followed, and get rid of 90% of regulations that are killing businesses.
Ok, so maybe I can’t run for prez. I’m not rich, and I kind of doubt I could get enough donations. I don’t have any friends like Soros.
So, how do ya make a citizen’s arrest??
Ok, let’s see. Step 1…witness a crime. Yep. We’ve ALL witnessed the crimes…plural. The latest being the aiding and abetting of criminals, ala illegal invaders. What actions did you witness that make ya think it’s a crime? Well, if ya watch C-Span while Congress is in session, you can witness LOTS of crimes. Evidence? Oh yeah… LOTS of evidence!
Stept 2….assess the situation. Got it. Is this serious stuff? You bet’cher bippy it is!! Are you willing to be sued by the ones accused? Well, ya can’t get blood out of turnip! They’ve already bled us dry!! But when there’s truth, ya never need to worry! Is the person or persons packin’? Some maybe, but nothing to worry about there either cuz they aren’t allowed to tote into the chambers.
Hmmmm… tell the criminals you are making an arrest. Well, I think that might be obvious, but with that bunch, you never know. Explain it to the criminal. Say whut? If they don’t know by now, then are more out of touch than we thought! Apprehend the suspects. Gonna need some help on that one. I’ve no doubt there’ll be a little bit of a dust up. How much force is too much? Well, let’s see…a few million people versus a few hundred? Nope… I think we can handle it without too much trouble.
Let’s see… Call the authorities. Well, we ARE the authorities, so no need to waste a quarter, right? Explain in full detail what’s what. Well, I don’t think we have to worry about that either because we already know…we have criminals running the country, and it needs to be stopped!
Did I miss anything?
- A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing
- As the story gained traction, TheBlaze’s Chief Content Officer Joel Cheatwood received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national, originally identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi
- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject when confronted by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill.
- An ICE official said a separate Saudi national is in custody, but is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
- A congressional source, however, says that the file on Alharbi was created, that he was “linked” in some way to the Boston bombings (though it is unclear how), and that documents showing all this have been sent to Congress.
- Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano
- Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports that Alharbi was allegedly flagged on a terrorist watch list and granted a student visa without being properly vetted
- New information provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered early Wednesday evening to disassociate him from the initial charges
- Sources say the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts
- Sources tell us this will most likely now be kicked from the DHS to the DOJ and labeled an ongoing investigation that can no longer be discussed.
For two years, the Democrats knew it was coming. Obama knew it was coming. How did they prepare? By spending MORE money. Instead of using common sense, and cutting back, this administration, and it’s lackeys, went on a spending spree with OUR money. Do you think it was necessary for a bunch of government employees to go on a wine tasting tour, claiming it was a conference? No, I don’t think so either. But apparently, someone in a position of power thought it was important, so spent an outrageous sum for this little outing. Yes, our employees spent $340 MILLION dollars to eat, drink, and be merry on a variety of “conferences”.
The Obamas, together or separately, went on SIXTEEN vacations in 2012 alone! What was the cost of those vacations? Well, we know it was quite a tidy sum. The cost of running Air Force One is nearly $200,000 AN HOUR. When they take separate flights, going to the same place, it’s an additional 100 grand. Should this matter? Well, yes, of course it should! WE are paying for their fun time. If the Obamas paid for their own vacations, I really wouldn’t have a problem. If we had a leader, he, or she, would need a little down time now and then. He’s not a leader, in any way, shape, or form. However, since they are on a spending spree with our money, I think we have the DUTY to call them out. Don’t they have a house in Chicago they could use for down time, instead of renting “palaces” in Hawaii and foreign countries?
Did you take a vacation last year? Did it run into the millions, if you did? We didn’t get one. As a matter of fact, we haven’t taken a vacation since the second year of Obama’s first term. We couldn’t afford it! Oh sure, we run down to Texas, but we stay with my daughter. The cost is gas, and a couple of nights in an inexpensive motel while on the road, and even THAT is more than we can afford these days.
And let’s not forget those over priced, butt ugly clothes the First “Lady” wears! $5000 for a dress that was worn for a few minutes? Seriously? Dear Lord! Well, at least it wasn’t as ugly as what she usually dons.
Congressional spending on wasteful, non-essentials is just mind boggling. No where in the Constitution does it authorize spending for anything other than defense, the post office, and post roads. Promoting ‘science and USEFUL arts’ doesn’t mean paying for Piss Christ! I also don’t think that our Founders would have thought paying to watch a shrimp on a treadmill would be beneficial to the American people. I also have never seen any reference to giving our enemies money, especially in the sums that we have seen going to countries that would rather see us dead. I don’t consider that a ‘lawful debt‘!
The waste, and yes, fraud, we have in the federal government, including Medicare and Medicaid, would pay for any cuts necessary, and then some, without jeopardizing the safety and security of our nation. It would also be a good idea to stop supporting ILLEGAL invaders, through health benefits, education, and food stamps!
It is the Constitutional DUTY of the federal government to secure our borders, which is ‘providing for the general welfare’, yet we see DHS spending money on new ‘uniforms’ instead of hiring agents, and building a fence to prevent invasion. Instead of working WITH House leaders, Obama spends time, and our money, playing golf with Tiger Woods down in Florida.
The list of wasteful spending is long and varied, from all areas of government. The budgets of unconstitutional alphabet organizations, mostly with an agenda of destroying the American economy, are extreme. Thinking Americans are fed up with both parties’ disregard for their duties, violations of their oath of office, and corruption. It is the thinking American that is paying for it, and there is a limit to what thinking Americans will put up with from the government. That point is not as far away as many might think.
……BUT RUN BY IDIOTS IF:
….you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally.
….you have to get your parent’s permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion.
….the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction.
….you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government.
….the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 jet fighters to the crazy new leaders in Egypt.
….in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat.
….an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched.
….your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more.
….a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher cute, but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.
….children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested homes.
….hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones.
….the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work.
….you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, TVs and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage.
….being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more safe according to the government.
Shared by Jerry.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.
The documents provide more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department’s unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States’ northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.
Homeland Security’s specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they “shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not,” meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify “signals interception” technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and “direction finding” technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.
Is this a declaration of “war” of the federal government on the American citizens? Who gave DHS the authority to use such technology on U.S. citizens? Claiming this will be to track criminals and invaders on the border is all well and good, but these drones can also track law abiding citizens as well. Publius gives us a simple way of learning the enumerated powers of Congress, and of the POTUS. Anything past those listed in the Constitution are unlawful. Giving any of the alphabets the power to spy on us is NOT Constitutional.
Concern about domestic use of drones is growing, with federal legislation introduced last month that would establish legal safeguards, in addition to parallel efforts underway from state and local lawmakers. The Federal Aviation Administration recently said that it will “address privacy-related data collection” by drones.
I think we all recognize the fact that this government is not concerned with privacy issues. Our liberties have been eroded, bit by bit, over the years, especially with this administration. The U.S. was founded as a Constitutional Republic, but is no longer Constitutional, nor a Republic. We are on the verge of complete collapse of what was once the most free nation on the planet. The idea that my government would spy on me, know whether or not I was carrying a weapon for my own protection, tracking me through my phone, is stepping way beyond the bounds of the powers WE granted by the Constitution. I’m no expert on the Constitution, but I would think this would be complete violation of the 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (emphasis mine)
It’s my opinion that having a drone watch your every move, is a violation of our God given right to be secure in our person. I don’t remember ever reading in our Constitution that the Federal government had been given the power to spy on our every move.
Although CBP’s unmanned Predator aircraft are commonly called drones, they’re remotely piloted by FAA-licensed operators on the ground. They can fly for up to 20 hours and carry a payload of about 500 lbs.
Why would the FAA need to have a “payload of about 500 lbs”? Are they planning on using them against American citizens?
Added by The Bunker:
President Obama signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board spending reductions.
Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts.
Despite all the doom and gloom, and dire predictions…..I woke up this morning. The sky hadn’t fallen….well, depending on what you call ‘fallen’, cuz there is white stuff coming out of the sky in Memphis…..and there are no children, disabled or otherwise, begging on the street corners.
The president placed blame squarely on Republican lawmakers at a Friday press conference for failing to stop automatic spending cuts that were to begin kicking in later in the day, calling the cuts “dumb, arbitrary.”
Republicans, for their part, said the fault was his, for insisting that increased taxes be part of the resolution
Well, of course it’s the R’s fault! Nothing is EVER his fault, even if it is his idea. Kind of tired of his petulant behavior. I doubt he’ll ever be ‘presidential’ though because he’s a spoiled brat, who should have been turned over someone’s knee a LONG time ago!
The president said the impact of the cuts won’t immediately be felt, but middle class families will begin to “have their lives disrupted in significant ways.” He said that as long as the cuts stay in effect, Americans will know that the economy could have been better had they been averted.
“The pain, though, will be real,” Obama said.
Bubba, the pain has been real since you took office the first time! You’ve destroyed what could have been a recovery with your socialism, and if we ever get anyone with an ounce of sense, or leadership skills, it will be DECADES before we see a true recovery from having to have YOU in the White House, and your minions running the show!
IF we had a Constitutional government, as was the intent, this would never have been an issue. As it is, there are many place where cuts could be made, but alas, we don’t have any common sense in D.C. so the areas where there should be NO cuts, are the very places where there will BE cuts. They had, what….two years, to avoid all this faux panic? Instead of doing his job, Obama was way too busy hobnobbing with the Hollyweird crowd, playing golf, and dunking baskets. Let’s face a few facts here…we have NO president. We have NO leadership, and those who work FOR us have forgotten the fact, THEY answer to US! I really think it’s time to remind them. ALL of them!
Merely a week after military exercises featuring Blackhawk helicopters were flown over the Miami skyline, the Florida Highway Patrol has informed the public that it will set up “vehicle inspection checkpoints” on specific roadways in at least six Florida counties that will be established during daytime hours.
State troopers will be requesting drivers licenses and conducting a visual inspection of every third vehicle once the checkpoint has been established.
So what’s the point of these random vehicle checks of every third car, you may ask? From the Tampa Bay Action News site:
Q: What are “vehicle inspection checkpoints”? Troopers aren’t mechanics, so why are they checking my car?
A: Per FHP, defective vehicle equipment, such as bad brakes, worn tires and defective lighting equipment, poses dangers to the public.
I find all this ‘military training’ over American cities more than a little disconcerting. I’m not of a conspiracy mind, but all this is mighty suspicious. I love my country, but I do NOT trust my government. I pray our military, and LEOs, remember their oaths!
A pay raise, eh? While companies are laying people off, while citizens are doing their best to make ends meet, feed their children, make sure they have shoes on their feet, trying to keep a roof over their heads, putting off buying that new refrigerator, or car that needs to be replaced, the POS occupying the White House decides he has the authority to take more of our money to pay people who do very little to earn it, as we prepare to splat on the bottom of the ‘fiscal cliff’. Is it just me, or does anyone else see a MAJOR problem here???
Not a damn one of the them should EVER make more than lowest rank is paid in the U.S. Military. At least they EARN their pay!
Then go read Senator Tom Coburn’s Waste Book!! 202 fun filled facts about just how ‘efficient’ the government is with OUR money!
Many people are having trouble just putting food on the table, but our government spends $300,000 to promote caviar? First off, caviar is nasty. Second, most people don’t, or won’t, buy it, and can’t afford that crap that can run up to $400 an ounce!
To what purpose are we funding a freakin’ robot squirrel that has cost us $325,000?? They wanna know what squirrels do with rattlesnakes? Watch nature! It’s free! Morons!
And how ’bout the most useless Congress in history? Ok, since 1947. $132,000,000….for what?
Please….go take a gander at this book. There is so much more fun and enjoyment for your reading pleasure. If your blood doesn’t boil, then you’re probably already dead!
Bugs Bunny could school our current POTUS and vast majority of gubmint employees on that little thing they continue to ignore….THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!
Thanks to Ick for sharing!
If you really do care what is happening in the this country, if you are watching the destruction of a once great nation unfold on the nightly news, then you might want to take a few minutes and read this commentary. Is it time for a Second Revolution? If we continue on this path of self destruction, I honestly don’t see any other way for us to survive.
We’ve tried to elect savvy business people, who are more than aware we can no longer support the current level of spending in this country. We have been thwarted time, and time again. Elections are stolen, by cheats, liars, and thieves….also known as the Democrat Party>liberal>progressive>socialist>communist.
Facts don’t seem to matter to some people. The truth is irrelevant. But many of us still believe in the Idea of America, and would prefer not to see her destruction by failed policies, corrupt politicians, and an over bloated government that ignores the U.S. Constitution….a simple four page document that made this country the envy of so many around the world.
We’ve seen the downfall coming for many years, and had hoped to stem the tide. Unfortunately, for the last 3 1/2 years, the destruction has been shifted into overdrive, and many are too blind, or just to plain ignorant to realize they are contributing to the end of the nation.
For the sake of our children, grandchildren, and all future generations, we MUST make a dramatic change! We MUST bring back the documents of our Founders! We have no choice. We will either return to a free nation, founded on Judeo-Christian values, or allow the hatred of the left to destroy us. For me, the choice is quite simple.
H/T: Tena for the column
While trying to clean out some out of date drafts in my behind the scenes blog stuff, I came across this post, dated 16 June. Why I never hit publish, I have NO clue, but considering the circumstances at the time, I suppose it’s understandable. So, I’m going to hit publish now. If a few things are out of date, so be it. We’re still screwed either way if we continue on the path that we’re being dragged.
I’m fairly sure that most thinking people have noticed we no longer have a Constitutional Republic. They haven’t exactly completely done away with the Constitution, but what’s the point of having one, if those who are sworn to uphold it are constantly violating that oath? We might as well just go ahead and say it….our elected officials are following the tenets of Karl Marx. We have a president who rules by executive order, ignoring the will of the people. We have a Congress that passes bill after bill, that go no where, because we have a Senate led by the most incompetent boob known to man, who won’t allow any bills put forth by the House controlled by the ‘opposing party’.
1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
Through the actions of the EPA, the Department of Land Management, and other unelected bureaucrats, we have pretty much lost the freedom to do what we wish with land we have bought and paid for with our hard earned money. A prime example would be the town of Tombstone, Arizona. After a devastating fire, torrential rain, and mud slides, they needed to repair the town’s municipal water supply. You know, that water that comes out of your tap when you turn a knob, or when you flush the toilet. Obama’s EPA has decided the town has to apply for a federal permit to make the necessary repairs. Seriously? Don’t the towns people pay the bills for this service….to the city? Why would an unelected federal bureaucracy have any say in the matter? In direct violation of the 10th Amendment, the EPA has decided they have control over who does what, where. Now they have decided if water runs through a ditch on your land, they own it. If it rains real hard, and you have water running through a gully, it is under their jurisdiction, and they have the right to prevent you from stopping the gully washer. I guess that means we can’t find a way to stop the flood that gathers in our front yard every time it rains, that has managed to kill the grass. If it rains, and creates what looks like a swamp, you don’t have the right to drain it, or prevent future flooding. Nowhere in the CWA does it state that the feds can confiscate, or regulate, what a person does with their own land to prevent erosion, or flooding. I’m sorry, but I can’t see my brother in law captaining a barge through our front yard.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Have you read the tax laws? As of 2010, there were 71,684. The people who write this garbage don’t even understand it, yet we, as lay people, are suppose to follow their ‘rules’? If my memory serves, the previous Revenue Act of 1861 was a temporary measure to fund the War of Northern Aggression. The 16th Amendment was shoved down the throats of the American people, and here we are, 99 years later, with an ever increasing burden on We, The People, in direct violation of several sections of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. If you can think of something the government does NOT tax, please let me know, because wracking my brain trying to think of something, ANYTHING, that doesn’t have a tax attached to it, in some way, shape, or form, has caused a raging headache. Yes, they even tax the air we breath. Oh, they call it a fee, or a fine, or some such thing, applied to companies, which support another unelected federal bureaucracy, but it’s still a tax, no matter what they call it.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
It’s called the ‘death tax’. Evidently, the government doesn’t take into consideration that a family farm (or any family run business, for that matter) may have large assets on paper, but in reality, this is equipment, etc., that is used in production of the food we eat. No liberals, food does not just appear out of nowhere on your grocery store shelves. When the farmer dies, the family is taxed for him/her dying. Wait a minute, didn’t said farmer already pay taxes on his property, including the equipment he used to grow said crop, or animals? Isn’t this double taxation, and isn’t that unconstitutional? The family farm has become endangered BECAUSE of the ‘death tax’. The family has to sell off the assets, equipment, land, etc., to pay taxes just because the farmer had the audacity to up and die. Families aren’t allowed to pass on their gains from their hard work to their children. The government evidently believes it is entitled to the proceeds of someone else’s hard work.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
Do you have the audacity to oppose the actions of the federal government? Be prepared to forfeit any property you may have. Shoot, even if you are a major Obama supporter, but say something he, or his minions don’t like, there’s a chance you’d get your property stolen. Hey….they’re planning on stealing more of your income starting January 1, 2013, so what difference does it make if they take your home, your car, or anything else you paid LEGALLY earned money to acquire. Recent actions by the DoJ is a glaring example of just how corrupt, and anti Constitutional the government has become, especially under the Obama administration. In direct violation of the 4th Amendment, and probably some of the 5th Amendment, the Holder Department of ‘Justice’, no doubt, at the direction of the current resident in the White, has confiscated somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 BILLION dollars worth of private property. The innocent have suffered at the hands of this regime, not just the guilty. If the guilty suffer, I don’t give a flip. Unless the way it was gone about was unconstitutional. THEN, I DO give a flip….many flips!
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
The Federal Reserve has nothing to do with the federal government, yet it is a dot gov. It is privately owned by privately owned banks. The voting majority of the board is appointed by the POTUS. Why it has the power to regulate interest rates, etc., is beyond me. In Article 1, Section 8 it states: “To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;…“ I don’t see anything in the Constitution that gives authority to a group of private bankers to regulate diddly. I am far from an expert on the Fed, but from what I’ve read, and my small understanding, we have got an entity that is owned by private banks, that regulates, and basically OWNS the U.S. Treasury. How is this not a ‘national bank’, that has a monopoly?
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
Think the Federal Communications Commission, whose purpose is to issue licenses for radio and/or television stations. Preventing the overlap of stations is a good thing, which on occasion, they have failed miserably. That ‘bleeding over’ is one of the more annoying things when you are traveling, trying to find a decent station on your vehicle’s radio. Giving unelected officials the authority to issue a license for your radio station if you don’t happen to agree with their agenda is a very dangerous power, and should NEVER have been given to a ‘central government’. The beloved Transportation Security Authority has made travel for everyone a total nightmare, but hey…they’re keeping us all safe, right? I mean, after all, when a 5 year old is groped by TSA agents, don’t you feel safer? Never mind those who actually WANT to blow up planes (aka Muslims) and murder innocent men, women, and children. When airports HAVE to apply to the inefficient federal agency to get rid of the inefficient federal agency so they can hire a private security firm, that is typically 100% MORE efficient, there is something really out of whack!
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Two words…. General Motors! Then there is the numerous executive orders, including the one signed in March by the U.S.’s head Marxist, giving the POTUS the authority to take over any, or all, resources, in the the name of ‘national security’. Authority for this total takeover of all national resources is granted with nothing more than the writing of a single statement that claims these actions are necessary to “promote the national defense.” Uh…yeah….right.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
It doesn’t look like it, with all the millions of people out of work, but with so many dependent on the government for their sustenance, there is an ‘army’ being created. An army of those who don’t want their ‘free ride’ to end, and will likely do whatever it takes to stay dependent. And while you’re at it, read Sec 5210 (page 496) of that fiasco called ObamaCare.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
Take a gander at the U.S. Department of Labor website. Under Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an Occupational Outlook Handbook – Urban and Regional Planners.
Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. They use planning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Interesting. Shouldn’t the people who actually LIVE in such areas plan what goes where? What about the people who actually OWN the land? Those who worked hard, made a decision, bought land, paid the bills, and all the taxes required….isn’t it up to them what will be done with their land? Not according to the numerous federal bureaucracies.
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
Where to start!?! Ok, I have no problem that the ‘children’s factories’ were abolished. Kids should be kids, not worker bees. Considering the times back then, it was understandable why so many children went to work in factories. It was called ‘feeding the family’. Mom, dad, brothers and sisters were all needed to contribute so the family could have a roof over their heads, and food on the table. They didn’t live well, or long, for that matter. I don’t think many of us today could have survived in such conditions. The words ‘spoiled rotten’ come to mind.
Now, the ‘free education’, which isn’t free, has become what was intended….indoctrination centers. Glossing over true history, preaching fabrications like ‘global warming’, the theory of evolution, etc., as fact, and why the blazes can’t these kids read, write legibly, add, subtract, multiply and divide without a machine? Why aren’t they able to actually think? Why is rational thought, being able to work out a problem in their own heads, no longer required? Kids parrot what their teachers tell them, and seem incapable of disputing the ‘facts’.
Is the Postal Service Doomed?
If you ran a business with $25 billion in losses over the last five years, $20 billion in annual losses projected in the coming years, and 80 percent of its locations losing money, do you think that your company would stay afloat? Should it be rescued with a bailout from its customers? Or should it change its business model, eliminate expenses, and innovate to be competitive in the marketplace? These are the questions facing Congress as it considers what to do about the ever-struggling United States Postal Service (USPS).
The USPS is indeed at a crisis point. Barring an intervention from Congress by May 15, USPS plans to start closing as many as 3,700 post offices. Those numbers might sound jarring, but in reality the post office closures (not including the processing centers) only save $200 million under USPS’s estimates, and only 4,500 employees would be “affected” — though many of them would be reassigned rather than let go. It’s only a small part of what’s needed to save the USPS.