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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Jefferson Statement

On September 11, 2014, some of our nation’s finest legal minds convened at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., to engage in a full, robust discussion of the Convention of States Project.  The participants—including former members of the Reagan administration, seasoned Supreme Court litigators, and Ivy League professors—discussed and debated arguments for and against the use of Article V to restrain federal power and evaluated its potential to be used safely and effectively. 

The hotel, which is four blocks from the White House, was the ideal location for this conversation.  In fact, the hotel’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, believed Article V should be used to “correct breaches of the Constitution.”

In this historic location, these renowned legal experts discussed how to effectively use the Constitution to save the Constitution. Several hours later, they had achieved consensus and endorsed the Convention of States Project.  

They specifically rejected the argument that a Convention of States is likely to be misused or improperly controlled by Congress, concluding instead that the mechanism provided by the Founders is safe.  Moreover, they shared the conviction that Article V provides the only constitutionally effective means to restore our federal system. 

In an era of quick fixes, press conferences, and spin, this meeting was designed to go to the root of the problems that ail our nation.  Thankfully, these constitutional experts saw the potential and the hope our Founders gave us even as they were forming our country.

The conclusions of these prestigious experts are memorialized in The Jefferson Statement, which is reproduced here.  The names and biographical information of the endorsers, who have formed a “Legal Board of Reference” for the Convention of States Project, are listed below the Statement.  

The Jefferson Statement

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let’s Keep Trying

This is a letter we sent with the help of the Tea Party Patriots and AmericanCommitment.org . You can send one of your own.

19 November 2014

Dear Representative Murphy:
Dear Senator Nelson:
Dear Senator Rubio:

I am outraged that President Obama is ignoring the clear demand from the American people for smaller, less intrusive government and attempting to improperly influence an independent agency, the FCC, to reduce the Internet to a government-controlled "public utility."

FCC "public utility" regulations on the Internet will devastate private investment, undermine competition, and stall out innovation. It will undo a broad, bipartisan consensus in favor of an unregulated Internet that has been amazingly successful for decades.

The liberal groups calling for "public utility" regulation are extremists, including the group Free Press whose founder has openly called for the destruction of the capitalist economy.

These groups have deceived many Americans into thinking that the way to keep the Internet they know and love is to impose draconian, unprecedented new regulations. I strongly disagree.

One former FCC commissioner has warned that reclassification would also impose a massive new tax on Internet service without a vote of Congress; that's wrong.

I urge you to pass language in an upcoming must-pass vehicle blocking any move to turn the Internet into a public utility, and, if the FCC persists, to seriously consider legislation eliminating the FCC altogether.

Please respond to this letter with a clear commitment to act on this issue.
Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. James McGovern
Stuart, FL 34997

Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. – July 15, 2014

The national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies. Those agencies in nearly all cases long ago took over primary responsibility for the implementation of environmental laws passed by Congress (or simply handed down by EPA as fiat rulings without congressional vote or oversight).

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WHERETOWATCH MAKES BUYING EASIER THAN STEALING

By Peter Podkopaev | November 17, 2014

In the aftermath of the collapse of SOPA and PIPA, the content industry has laudably turned its attention to voluntary measures, notably including the successful Copyright Alert System, and now a new website that makes it easier than ever to find movies and TV shows for legal download: WheretoWatch.com.

This new search engine, launched by the Motion Picture Association of America, addresses a significant problem facing the U.S. economy – piracy. And it does so without the interference of government.

Alongside other voluntary industry efforts, WheretoWatch.com will assist well-meaning consumers in quickly and easily finding legal ways to watch their favorite content online through streaming or download.  Such efforts help protect the consumer, the entertainment industry, and the economy from rogue websites providing multimedia content by infringing on copyright laws.

Protecting copyrighted material from being illegally disseminated not only protects consumers and producers of content, but it protects the U.S. economy as well. According to the National Crime Prevention Association, “the U.S. economy loses $58 billion each year to copyright infringement.”

Piracy needs to be stopped and WheretoWatch.com, along with the Copyright Alert System, are shining beacons of success that show just how successful voluntary industry initiatives can be at combating piracy and, at the same time, providing a service that big government simply cannot provide without appropriating tax dollars for the cause and fostering bureaucratic procedures that bog down government efficiency. 

With the recent moves by President Obama to supercharge regulatory agencies and micromanage the U.S. economy, it is important to acknowledge voluntary, free-market efforts to address genuine economic problems through voluntary initiatives.

WheretoWatch.com is a clear example of how capable industries are to create effective solutions for themselves that ultimately benefit the general public and the economy as a whole. These voluntary efforts should be applauded and supported. (And the next time you hear someone say stealing content is justified because it is too hard to find it legally, you will know where to point them.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

WSJ: This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare

"The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS will open in 400 theaters across the country on November 14

Post by Kirk Cameron.

The heavens opened and a shaft of light came streaming down when Duck Dynasty's King and Queen, Phil and Kay Robertson, cooked my 44th birthday dinner in their country kitchen, spoiled us boys with outdoor fun and faithful inspiration, and the Robertson family watched Saving Christmas in their camouflage living room! Watch what they had to say from their front porch! http://www.savingchristmas.com/

Friday, October 31, 2014

Democrats and Republicans Alike Get the Supremacy Clause Wrong

tenthamendmentby Matthew Sickmeier

When the issue of federal power over states’ rights come into the forefront, Democrats are quick to cite the supremacy clause as beyond debate.  Yet, Republicans often use the same talking points.  When GOP policies need that extra “federal muscle,” Republicans imitate their political opponents and claim federal law as supreme without question.

Case in point, Rep.Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) are making the case that a legalization initiativeover marijuana in D.C would be trumped by Federal power if passed by voters. 

“I’m kind of naive, I guess. I thought federal law trumped state and local law. I thought that’s why we had a supremacy clause,” Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, told The Hill on Friday.

While Congress has special jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the problem is the general statement from Gowdy that federal law, by its existence, simply trumps all state and local law.

These defenders look to the supremacy clause as their four aces, but omit the text  itself.  “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land…” (emphasis added)

Simply put, laws are only supreme if such power is delegated to the Federal Government in the Constitution.  Anything not expressly delegated is left to the States and the people thereof vis–à–vis the 10th Amendment.  As Hamilton wrote in Federalist #33 “It will not, I presume, have escaped observation that it expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution….”

If a federal law is “not in pursuance” of the Constitution, it’s therefore null and void.  Game, set, match …how’s that for four aces?


Matthew Sickmeier

Matthew Sickmeier is a Tenth Amendment volunteer blogger.He writes and contributes from Georgia.

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Unadulterated Bull$©♠†

In an article in The Hill (thehill.com), the federal government exposes itself as the main player in the Progressive agenda to reduce the United States to a third-world economy. In announcements lead by President Barak Obama, the feds show that they have swallowed the bait from the Brundtland Commission and doubled down on climate change. None of this was accomplished through you elected representatives.

Without one mention of property rights, national sovereignty, or recent disclosures of faulty climate data, the government herein proposes to mandate the expenditure of taxpayer money to fight the fantasm of global climate change.

The Hill: Feds outline climate change plans

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/222458-38-federal-agencies-outline-climate-threats-adaptation-plans

The Daily Signal: The 7 Scariest Uses of Your Tax Dollars in 2014


Sunday, October 26, 2014

A TIME FOR CHOOSING - Ronald Reagan Oct 27, 1964



The speech that brought Conservatism to the American People.

Common Core and Agenda 21

Posted on OCTOBER 26, 2014 Written by CANADAFREEPRESS.COM A21News

Bill Gates, the United Nations, and the Obama admin­is­tra­tion have been try­ing with all they’re worth to nation­al­ize, along the lines of United Nations Glob­al­iza­tion stan­dards of edu­ca­tion under the guise of Com­mon Core. Many of the major schemes dri­ving these very deeply dis­turb­ing “stan­dards” was over­looked. It’s noted, offi­cial UN doc­u­ments and state­ments by top admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials expose plans to indoc­tri­nate Amer­i­can chil­dren, and stu­dents around the world, into cookie-cutter repli­cants as “global cit­i­zens” ready for the “sus­tain­able new world order”.

Over the past decades UN and world lead­ers boasted openly of the need to trans­form world-wide asso­ci­a­tions cre­at­ing a top-down, delib­er­ate, and restricted soci­ety com­pletely at odds with national sov­er­eignty, indi­vid­ual lib­erty, Judeo-Christian val­ues, and West­ern tra­di­tions. Much of this is devel­oped from a pro­gram known as Agenda 21.

Con­gress never approved Agenda 21, although Pres­i­dents Obama, Clin­ton and George H.W. Bush have all signed Exec­u­tive Orders imple­ment­ing it. 178 other world lead­ers agreed to it in 1992 at the Rio Summit.

Agenda 21 is a major com­po­nent of UN pol­icy devel­op­ment involv­ing “sus­tain­abil­ity” and is designed to insin­u­ate itself into almost every facet of life from “sus­tain­able energy” to “sus­tain­able hous­ing and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment” and plan­ning through “sus­tain­able edu­ca­tional goals and advance­ments in edu­ca­tion”. The world pop­u­la­tion must be inured to accept this “vision” through the birth of new forms of learn­ing.UNESCO calls it “Edu­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment.”  …CONTINUED (LINK TO SOURCE) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barack Obama is on the ballot in Florida too!


Cato Institute: A BETTER DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFIT STRUCTURE

CatoInstConnect to the study by Cato Institute analyzing the failure of the SSI programs under the Social Security Administration. This 36-page report is available for download in .pdf form HERE.

SSDI Reform: Promoting Gainful Employment while Preserving Economic Security

The authors offer a common-sense solution that is designed to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike.

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