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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Is this an exception to the rule? #tcot #tppatriots

As grassroots activists who believe that the federal government should not be regulating things that were not specified in the U.S. Constitution, we should not be advocating for federal rules to direct the actions of states. In some cases, however, states that adopt rules that are in conflict with Constitutional principles or with provisions of legally adopted Amendments, require direction to reduce the potential for legal conflict between states and the flagrant violation of Constitutional rights. We must recognize that interaction among citizens of several states might otherwise be hazardous if not for the “regulation” of the federal system. (In the Constitutional meaning, “regulation” means – to make regular!)CAALogo (1)

Last week, Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was arrested at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on a gun charge!  He currently faces 15 years in prison.  Yet, he had in his possession a concealed-carry permit (and the weapon may actually have been in the possession of a “common carrier”).

He has been released following his arraignment, charged with a felony, with a court date set for January 12th in New York City.

Many pro-gun activists have said that he was possibly “singled out” by the Obama administration because of his being who he is.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of 'Sustainable Development'

Read more: FOX News 

By George Russell - Published December 19, 2011  epa_oil_spill_inspection2

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that would give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of “sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June.

The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about half as many National Academies staff.

Its aim: how to integrate sustainability “as one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of EPA.” The panel who wrote the study declares part of its job to be “providing guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States.”

Or, in other words, how to use existing laws to new ends.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Focus on Agenda 21 Should Not Divert Attention from Homegrown Anti-Growth Policies

By Wendell Cox , Ronald Utt, Ph.D. and Brett Schaefer
December 1, 2011

Abstract: Agenda 21, a voluntary plan adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, unabashedly calls on governments to intervene and regulate nearly every potential impact that human activity could have on the environment. However, Agenda 21 is non-binding; it depends on governments for implementation. If opponents focus excessively on Agenda 21, it is much more likely that homegrown smart-growth policies that undermine the quality of life, personal choice, and property rights in American communities will be implemented by local, state, and federal authorities at the behest of environmental groups and other vested interests. Preventing American implementation of Agenda 21 should therefore be viewed as only one part of a broader effort to convince U.S. government officials to repeal destructive smart-growth programs and prevent the enactment of new ones.

Entire Article…

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