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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Upstate New Yorkers have no representation in Albany


Citizens of New York are suffering under the rule of a state government that does not represent them. In every political sense, the Upstate counties are dominated by the southern region that only represents the interest of New York City.  The rest of the state has been forgotten and discarded.
The list of grievances against the current government in Albany is substantial.  The liberal policies coming from Albany have driven New York into the ground. High taxes, under-performing  schools while we spend more on education than any other state, the least friendly business environment, 2nd highest taxes (only behind New Jersey) and the absolute lowest ranking of any state in personal freedom.
New York is already in effect, two separate states. The upstate counties and downstate counties are very different in ideology. Downstate jealously defends a divergent and opposing ideology of the majority of the citizens of the upstate counties and do not defend the very principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness upon which this country was founded.  The policies reflecting this opposing ideology are reflected in statutes and regulations on life, family, protecting our children in schools, protecting our lives and property, preserving the sanctity of our votes and ensuring the integrity of our elections, diminishing the value of our very citizenship and in a myriad of other ways which directly affect our daily lives, raising our children and the election of our representatives. The tyrant of New York has even dictated that those citizens of this state whose ideologies differ from his own have no place in this state.
Financially, New York is in trouble. A consistent hallmark of big, oppressive governments is fiscal mismanagement. New York is no exception. The state is more than $350 Billion in debt and counting. While not receiving nearly the same representation in the state government, the citizens of the upstate counties, and their children, will be saddled with paying off this debt.
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The debt that New York State has racked up as of 9 August 2017.
For all this money spent, New York has the most corrupt government in the country. In the past decade, more than thirty NY officials have been led away in handcuffs, including the last Assembly Speaker. Still unconvinced?  The last FIVE Senate majority leaders have faced charges of corruption.
As described by Politico “New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival.”
In both the Assembly and the Senate, the citizens of upstate are largely unrepresented. The ratio of legislators between upstate and downstate means New York City and surrounding counties can do what they want and the rest of us are along for the ride.
There is an opportunity to fix this. This November, New Yorkers get the opportunity to vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention. This chance only comes once every twenty years.
Some see this as THE chance to separate New York State into autonomous regions as a stepping stone to dividing the state.  The problem with that, the opponents to the convention say, is that the same people who have presided over the state’s demise will also dominate the convention.
If the convention were to happen and IF the upstate counties had an equal say in its outcome, the following amendments and changes would go a very long way to fixing New York and getting the state out of the morass it is in now:
1. Term limits for all members of the state legislature, senate and governor, LT Governor and state judges.
2. Requirement for a balanced budget; the state budget will be presented annually by the governor to the state assembly no later than 1 March of every year.
3. A valid form of photo identification must be presented to vote. The integrity and validity of our vote is the cornerstone of our representative republic. It must be defended.
4. Respect for unborn life. The state will specifically be prohibited from using public funds to pay for any institution that supports abortion. Immediate repeal of the current law which allows abortion up to 24 weeks of life. State recognition that unborn babies are living humans and warrant Constitutional protection.
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Premature viable baby born at 24 weeks.
5. Support for the 2nd Amendment and immediate reciprocity for all other states’ Concealed and open Carry permits and licenses. No other Constitutional right as guaranteed by the United States’ Bill of Rights ends at the state line. The right of self-defense should not either. This would necessitate a full repeal of the unconstitutional NY SAFE Act.
6. Tax incentives for all business who hire in the state, existing or new business of any size. Incentivize job creation.
7. Waiver of any hunter safety course for combat veterans to obtain a hunting license; fishing licenses are free to all active duty or veteran service members; free admission to any and all state parks for combat veterans and their families.
8. Support for existing federal law prohibiting any and all combat related disability pay for veterans when determining income in divorce. Often combat disabled veterans only have their disability pay on which to live and losing this income while being disabled leaves our veterans with little or no income.
9. No Sanctuary Cities and cooperation with federal immigration officials. The Rule of Law will be enforced and respected. Citizens are of paramount importance. Illegal aliens have no Constitutional protection; they are not citizens.
10. A standing anti-government corruption agency which investigates background and connections to all government officials when determining state contracts.
11. Strict merit-based system for all state employment, appointments and for admittance to state education institutions.
12.  A tax break for homeowners who have no kids in school or are homeschooling their kids. Citizens will not pay for a school system they are not using or are paying for public schools while teaching their own kids at home. This will force the state schools to become a “product” worth paying for. The contrary argument is that all citizens benefit from well-funded schools. However, the current public school system is a poor-performing state indoctrination center and does not adequately educate our children.
13. No Common Core and no teacher evaluations based on state standardized tests. Teachers will be able to get back to the business of instructing and educating our children as opposed to teaching rote memorization so the students can pass state-imposed standardized tests.
14. The state will institute and enforce a curriculum in all state-funded public schools on the United States Constitution, the founding of America and the Constitutional Convention.
15. The State Assembly will be elected by a popular vote of eligible voters in their respective districts, apportioned by population.
16. State Senators will be appointed by their respective county legislators with a distribution of two senators per county. This gives the counties a voice in state government and will serve as a significant check on state power. It will be much more difficult for the state to impose unjust laws, unwarranted tax increases and unfunded mandates onto the counties when each of these have to pass a body made up of representatives who do not answer to the state government, but instead are answerable back to their county legislators.
17. Electors of the state Electoral College in all national presidential elections will be elected proportionately by county; the party winning the majority of the popular votes of a particular county will then elect the county representatives to the national Electoral College.

The citizens of upstate New York are not represented in their state government.  America’s Founding Fathers did not anticipate that citizens would be held captive by any government that no longer represents them, both in terms of legislative power and ideologically, without those citizens having recourse to correct the situation.
Working together, with a common cause and with a firm reliance on a rightful outcome, the citizens of upstate New York can never surrender to fix what has become an intolerable condition.

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Do you believe Trump can rebuild this country?


I saw a meme on Facebook today that had a picture of Donald Trump.  The caption read “Do you believe this man can rebuild this country?”  It was a particularly popular post with over 4300 likes and 1100 comments. The overwhelming majority of the comments were “yes!” and “if Congress would get out of his way” being another popular theme.  Maybe a better question would be “Do the American people remember the Constitution?”
What have we sunk to in America that we now place all of our faith and trust in one single person to fix and rebuild our country? We are a nation of over 320 million people. We are supposed to be free. That means free to live our lives with minimal interference or coercion from government, or even from our fellow citizens.   No one person in what used to be the American representative republic is supposed to have that kind of power that they alone could rebuild our country.
To assume that the president, one person, regardless of who it is, can rebuild our country is a very dangerous notion indeed. If whoever holds that one singular office can rebuild the country, that means one person will also have the power to tear it down. Arguably, the one person attempting to tear America apart was Barack Obama.  Conservatives rightfully attacked the Obama administration because they were ignoring the Constitution and allowing the government to assume powers that it didn’t have under the Constitution.
Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the principles remain. The federal government is a bloated leviathan that is too deeply involved in our daily lives and is spending money like there is no tomorrow.
Take, for example, the current fight in Congress over repealing and replacing the unconstitutional Obamacare law. There simply is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with anyone’s healthcare.  It simply doesn’t exist.
Back to Trump. First, don’t misunderstand the intent of this article. This is NOT an anti-Trump rant. This has nothing to do with President Trump or his agenda. No, this is a pro-freedom, pro-liberty rant.
Somehow, somewhere in America, slowly but surely, we have allowed the office of the president to assume more and more power.  The Framers of the Constitution knew the dangers of a powerful chief executive and built safeguards into our Constitution to prevent any such thing from ever happening. Yet, here we are.
Constitution, US Constitution, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, Trumpcare, Repeal and Replace, Chief Executive, Powers of the Presidency, The Patriot InstituteIf you’re not familiar with the powers of the office of the presidency according to the Constitution, it is in Article II, Section 2:
1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
There they are, the powers of the office of the presidency. The president is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, but cannot commit our country to war, only Congress can do that. The president can nominate federal appointees like judges and ambassadors, but the Senate (read “states” before the 17th Amendment) must confirm these appointments.  Treaties can be negotiated by the president, but again must be ratified by the Senate.  The president signs bills into law, but the laws must be lawfully passed by Congress. So there is a check on every one of the president’s powers.
According to the Constitution, it shouldn’t matter hardly at all who is the president.  Instead, we have a country where the entire climate of the nation is ruled by one man holding one elected office.  That’s nuts!
It was never supposed to be this way.
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If you really believe in America, if you really want to make America great again, then what we need to do is support the movement to hold a Article V Convention of States.  Face it, Washington will never fix itself.  We MUST amend the Constitution to rip the establishment apart.  Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, a balanced budget amendment and repeal of the 17th Amendment are just a few things we have to put in place to restore this great representative republic.
If you think that Donald Trump is going to rebuild America, think again. Thirty-seven years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected with the promise of making government small, lowering taxes and making America great again. Reagan came into office, stayed for eight years and left. Still the Washington machine marched on.  Trump’s presidency will be the same. He will come, make some short-term changes and leave either after one term or two.
When the moving truck pulls up to the Trump White House, the growing, over-spending, freedom crushing, over-reaching federal leviathan will still be there, despite whatever promises this one man makes to us.

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Congress out of control


THE TRUMP RULE:
Let's see if congress understands what people pressure is all about.
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . $174,000 FOR LIFE
This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.
This is really stupid
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . $193,400 FOR LIFE.
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
Here's where the cuts should be made!
Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
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7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 7/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
President Trump, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.  If Americans today put the necessary pressure on Congress, we can get this done too.
This will take an amendment to the Constitution. The most likely route for the American people to amend the Constitution is through an Article V Convention of States to propose amendments. Support this effort in your state!
Washington will NOT fix itself!
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Main reasons for a NYS Constitutional Convention



First NYS Constitutional Convention
New York voters have the opportunity to call a state constitutional convention this year. The Main reasons for a NYS Constitutional Convention are the ability to Divide NYS into regions, and create term limits, budget reform, and real ethics reform.
A NYS Constitutional Convention should NOT be confused with a Federal Constitution Convention (sometimes called an Article V Con-Con) which is called if 2/3 of the States pass resolutions requesting one. The members of a Federal Con-Con are appointed by the State legislators the people have no say in choosing them. Amendments must be approved by 3/4 of the States and because the US Constitution protects our rights; all our rights are at risk !!! A NYS Constitutional Convention is called by the voters; the vote is this Nov 2017. Delegates are chosen by voters, and any amendments must be approved by the voters. NO rights are at risk.
The two main reasons we hear repeated every twenty years against a NYS convention are #1 IS THE VOTERS MAY ELECT BAD DELEGATES. Because in the 1960s the Legislature called a convention off cycle so their members could easily run for delegate and everything they proposed was rejected by the voters. When the convention is called by a YES vote of the voters in Nov 2017; the delegates are elected at the same time as the legislators and the governor are up for reelection which makes it hard for them from run for delegate. #2 PENSIONS may be at risk just a scare tactic. Divide NYS delegates will be pledged not effect pensions (see outline section on our about page) and on the other-side delegates are already in the pension system, so pensions are NOT at risk.
Every twenty years the people of NYS get to vote on whether to hold a NY State Constitutional Convention. If the Convention is approved, The Convention can then submit amendments to the NY State Constitution directly to the voters. Our method to divide bypasses the NYS Legislature. Here are the steps to make this happen:
FIRST: Nov 2017: The proposition for holding a NYS Constitutional Convention will automatically appear on the ballot in Nov 2017. We must register and VOTE YES or no convention will be held. In most places it be on the back of the ballot; in a few it will be on an extra sheet.
SECOND: June 2018: We must put delegates on the ballot that will support the Amendment to create autonomous regions. There are 3 delegates for each Senate District (total 189) and 15 delegates elected Statewide.
THIRD: Nov 2018: We must vote for our delegates!
FOURTH: Nov 2019 The Amendment to create two autonomous regions is submitted to the voters. We must vote to approve it!
FIFTH: Jan 2020 New regional districts are drawn.
SIXTH:  Jan thru Dec 2020: The state prepares to divide into regions!
SEVENTH Nov 2020: New region officials are elected to take office in December!

Divide NYS into two or three autonomous regions
We cannot do this without you. We need your support in order to triumph in this great undertaking.
First we need your financial support as we move forward with plan for Autonomous Regions, to stop Andy and his cronies, from depriving us of the adequate representation guaranteed by US constitution.
You are part of history that will be noted by your kids, grandkids – all of your posterity because we will succeed.  We must succeed – for them!
The author is the Chair of  Divide NYS Caucus Inc is a statewide group working on dividing NYS into two or three autonomous regions.
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The Washington DC and Government Saboteurs


If it hasn’t come to your attention yet, our Federal, no, scratch-that! Let me correct myself here… Our entire Government whether Federal, State and or Local Governments are overflowing with fifth-column saboteurs. From Congress, straight down to the newly elected city councilman, our nation is filled with elected and non-elected government officials  whose heart’s are deceitful and wanting nothing more than to see America no longer exist.
To say every saboteur is only a Democrat, would be incorrect. I say incorrect because assuming just Democrats are out to destroy America would be a disservice and threading a lie to the American public. Every red, white and blue-blooded American should be fully aware that the clear majority of Republican Party elected leaders in this nation are the same Globalist, America-hating rat’s that naw-away at our great nation as well as the Democrats. Don’t believe me? Just look at our current do-nothing congress and the many in State Houses as well and how they pass so called ‘laws” to take huge chucks of opur God-given liberties away everytime they meet!
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Simply one with open eyes cannot help but to see what these Democrat and Republican Party government leaders are doing to our nation. No one in their right mind could ever be so blinded to not see the absolute destruction they are bringing to our country. As our Government leaders ignore the massive amount of national debt, unemployment and injustice that occurs daily in America, many of these same government leaders seemingly only want to talk about are ridiculous notions of passing Marijuana Legalization and celebrating Easter egg hunts, and or cops. Everything these useless America haters say and act is only done so to appease the ignorant American who is content with flowery speeches, but re-elect the do-nothing Government leaders!
Seemingly, one of the few in our Government that is attempting to do anything good is President Trump. He tries to help in the way of getting America back on its economic feet, but the majority of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress do everything in their power to destroy whatever President Trump attempts to accomplish.  Those of us who voted for President Trump, voted for change including to “Drain The Swamp.” I and many Americans can see every one of the saboteurs acts against President Trump’s wishes at every turn. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the saboteur’s actions, but the problem with ridding of these saboteurs is this, they know very well that they will not be held accountable for their wrongful, even illegal acts if caught. In essence, they own “The Swamp” and they will fight like Hell to keep The Swamp right where it is!
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Indeed, half of the American Public can see how clearly corrupted Washington DC is and how swampy all of our Government’s  and their courts here in the U.S. have become. Many of us can also see how nearly every politician either openly sides against America’s best interests or does so in their not so “secret” meetings they frequently hold. It doesn’t help that much of our Judiciary has also gone the way of hating on America either. As a victim of an Illegal Alien and that Illegal Alien’s abettors, those being her American judges and lawyers sending a Batavia, NY cop to threaten to murder me for exposing them, It greatly grieves me to see how many Judges are deciding to hide and enable Illegal Aliens to remain and commit further heinous crimes on Americans such as rape, murder, extortion, drug sales, fraud, etc. There is no worse Saboteur in my book than a 5th column judge, lawyer and or cop, for they are sworn to uphold the US Constitution and serve “blind justice.”
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Seemingly, all three branches of our Government, on every level has their plan to destroy America. Globalists have invaded our Government and need immediate removal. With so many saboteurs in Government, including those currently ignoring the vast amounts of criminal acts being committed at the hand of those same Government officials, I cannot help but see a very angry American populace ready to start physically pulling politicians and others who protect, and or side with them, out to a Liberty tree for a flogging, or worse.
We have recently witnessed (or some of us Americans participated in)clashes between Americans and Communists wearing black-terrorists clothing who were armed with sticks and bats. What comes next do you think? With that question settled in your own heart, and with so many elected and non-elected political leaders as well as those in our judiciary involved in impeding our Natural Rights as outlined by our Founding Fathers, is it not reasonable to believe as our Founding Fathers also once wrote in a letter entitled, The Declaration Of Independence which in part states, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” ?
I know what time it is, do you?
Rev Paul P. Waldmiller
Black Robe Regiment Pastor

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Fascist Antifa fights for the end of Fascism


ANTIFA has been all over the news lately. Who are these people? Where did they come from and what do they want?  What does ANTIFA even stand for?
ANTIFA is short for “Anti-Fascism Action.”  On the group’s Facebook page, they describe themselves as “Antifascist Action focuses on promotional, informative and practical ways of struggle against all authoritarian ideologies and groups promoting any kind of oppression, particularly against Neo-Nazism and right wing radicals.”
In defining themselves and what the group is about, an Antifa member recently told The Nation, “Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics, revulsion at racists, sexists, homophobes, anti-Semites, and Islamophobes, with the international anti-fascist culture of taking the streets and physically confronting the brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.”
The movement grew out of the Occupy movement that camped out in parks and in the streets of cities all over the country demanding something, like the end of capitalism. The Occupy movement was marked with rampant drug use, rape tents and more.  from Occupy, then came The Base (incidentally Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaida translates into “The Base”).  Then came the protests and riots in Ferguson and Baltimore and Black Lives Matter. With the election of Donald Trump, this movement has now grown into Antifa.
These people say they are antifascist and anti-capitalist.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of fascism is:
  • 1 a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
  • 2 :  a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality
Essentially, Antifa seeks to end what it perceives as fascism, meaning the election of Donald Trump.  Again, from The Nation, “We can deploy the “fascism” moniker to Trump’s ascendance by recognizing features like selective populism, nationalism, racism, traditionalism, the deployment of Newspeak and disregard for reasoned debate.”  Antifa freely admits that it is from the extreme left wing: “Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics.”
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They not only tolerate violence as an available political tactic, violence is a cornerstone of their ideology. They want to shut down, silence any and all opposition to their point of view. “The essential feature is that anti-fascismdoes not tolerate fascism; it would give it no platform for debate.”
So in their own words, Antifa is of the radical left and will use any means necessary to include to silence their opposition. They will organize on the streets and plan on attacking and doing battle with anyone who stands on the other side. While claiming to be against racism, the group is blatantly racist against whites. On college campuses across the country, Antifa is demanding racist segregation in the dorms, study areas and wants “safe spaces of color.” At a protest at Berkeley University, Antifa protesters made a human chain specifically to prevent white students from attending class (see video here).
The Antifa movement specifically names their enemies as Nazis, or at least Neo-Nazis.  There are just a few minor issues with Antifa and their movement.
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Nazis were extremists who used violence and intimidation to silence the opposition and achieve their goals.  Antifa are extremists who use violence and intimidation to silence their opposition.  The group is specifically recruiting members who will be “ willing to engage in anti-fascist physical confrontation in Trump’s America.”
After the violent riot in Berkeley, California following the election of President Trump, the Antifa protesters were dismayed by what they perceived as a defeat at the hands of the Trump supporters.
In an online message board, Reddit, Antifa members were discussing how they need to bring guns to the next round of protests. One of the members stating, “Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training” (see screen shots below).
Nazi is short for National Socialist Party. Socialists are left-wing. Nazis were not right wing. The left – right political spectrum runs from extreme Left, meaning total government control on one end and extreme Right, total anarchy, no government on the other end. Nazis were for total government control – extreme Left.  Antifa is left-wing; “radical left” in their own words.
Nazis were racists. Antifa are racists.  Regardless of the liberal progressive narrative that minorities can’t be racists, any deliberate segregation of the races to promote or discourage any race over another is racism. Antifa is racist.
Given all of this, it would appear as though Antifa, while claiming to be fighting against Fascism, are in fact the Fascists themselves.
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Screen shots of Reddit discussion from Antifa calling for guns and combat training for their members.

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When Compromising Is Wrong


The use of Compromise seems like the American way. We see politicians, lawyers and ordinary Americans utilizing it everyday. Compromising “to get things done” has been a hallmark of this nations ability to achieve both good, but also some things very bad. In fact, a close history study of the United States as a nation reveals just how many times even our Founding Fathers utilized compromise to construct our Constitution and other segments of our Federal Government. Our Government was established in compromise but today, our Government has slid to compromise on everything, even it’s own Laws in which regulates it.
Not only our Government, our American culture utilizes compromise in nearly every situation. Some Americans refer to the use of compromise as an “art form.” I believe a good example of this is what Donald Trump(before he became President) wrote in his book entitled, “The Art Of The Deal.” In his book, Mr. Trump describes situations of use of compromise to gain the edge regarding business deals. Of course Mr. Trump is not the creator of the use of “compromise”, but he certainly used it to help build a multi-Billion Dollar empire. Compromise may be good to build a business, but when compromising with and doing what is clearly immoral, can never bring forth anything good.
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Even though we Americans utilize compromise so much, an important question should, and must be asked of all of us. That question is this, “Is it so healthy for us to use compromise as often as we do?” I bring forth this question to all of you in this article because I have noticed some of the errors and perhaps irreversible damage done to our culture regarding the frequent use of compromise. Now I am definitely not interested in writing within this article an exhaustive list of areas where I see the use of compromise as a bad idea. Instead, my desire in this article, is to identify some specific areas where compromise has resulted in matters becoming worse, rather than in helping. I am hopeful that enough Americans(and perhaps Westerners) will read this article and begin to evaluate their use of compromising with others and or, their own values so that we might see some common sense brought back to our lives.
And that’s really the root issue, our values. How many of us have us have ever compromised with our values? Some example questions would be, how many of us have sworn never to take part in something(because our values said it was wrong) but did it anyway? Think about that for a moment. How many Americans have made a solemn oath before God to love our spouse until “death do us part” but later sought a divorce? What of those drug addicts or alcoholics who swore before their “mother’s grave” that they would never use drugs again or take another drink again? Why did they compromise their morals so easily and relapse? How many Americans at a young age have been exposed to the Ten-Commandments found in both the Torah and the Bible yet knowing there are negative consequences for violating God’s commands, compromise their moral beliefs and act contrary to God’s word anyway? These examples of compromising with self-values are only three examples, and I could mention many more, but I think you get my point.
I admit, I probably have already lost some readers of this article at this point. Why? Because I hit a nerve with some. I have exposed what some call “hypocrisy” or sometimes also referred to as a “character flaw.” But “hypocrisy” and a “character flaw” is nothing more than a person who has made a conscious decision to compromise with what they already know is wrong and act out on it anyway. I remember some years back when former President Clinton was caught having sex with a female intern in the White House. All the Democrats came running to the defense of Clinton enabling his compromising with what he knew was wrong, stating he simply had a “character flaw.” Justification of bad and immoral acts has become so easy in America. Seemingly also, Americans have made up their mind that compromising with bad acts is acceptable at any level. At least most Americans anyway.
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Like with everything that compromises with evil acts, “The Devil is in the details. I will tell you, I have been to Washington, DC three times. I have walked the halls of Congress and can also tell you that the Devil owns Washington DC. I witnessed myself as the same lobbyists went from Democratic members of Congress, then across the hall to Republican members of Congress. The same money from lobbyists purchases both Democrats as well as Republicans. “Compromise” is the name of the game for our Federal Legislators and with it, cash is king!
Please know that it is not only the halls of Washington DC that I have walked. I have also walked the streets and roads throughout America. The misuse of compromise has infected and infiltrated many homes, families, churches, courts, businesses and schools. As a nation, we seem to have allowed the Devil’s cunning lies to entice us to compromise with him and his ways. Our nation is in chaos. Some who read “tea leaves” say our nation is headed for another civil war. I cannot help but believe that American’s who’ve adopted the attitude of compromising with evil, has much to do with this belief of an upcoming American civil war.
Surely by now you get the picture and the point of my article. There is a stark interest between making a decision to build a two-lane, or a four-lane bridge as compared to making the decision to build a bridge but also giving the building contract to your pals rather than making the bid to build the bridge open to the public. Compromising on matters that do have no moral implication may be appropriate, but the fact of the matter is, many of our own personal and corporate decision making does impact upon others whether we are in denial about this fact or not. Compromising with evil has never brought forth any good fruit, just disasters for years to come. Don’t believe me? Just ask Bill and Hillary Clinton. Nothing good has ever come from either of them and their lives should be an example to all of what occurs when you compromise with the devil and his ways.
Compromising with the Devil will always bring negative and very, very bad consequences.
By Paul Waldmiller

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Liberal ideology no match for economics


Liberal political ideology just can’t compete against economics.  States with a tax and spend mentality are losers. They consistently lose businesses, revenue, jobs and taxpayers to states with a more conservative, and therefore business friendly environment.
Every year the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) publishes a study comparing at least fifteen economic and policy factors to determine the best and worst states in regard to economic outlook. Liberal states are consistently at the bottom.
Their report, Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements in state economic growth. The data ranks the 2017 economic outlook of states using fifteen equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The 2017 report is their tenth edition and closely examines trends over the last few decades that have helped or hurt states’ economies.
The one common trait among the states populating the bottom of the list of fifty states is that they are primarily ruled by Democrats and have a liberal political ideology.  High taxes, burdensome regulations, enormously expensive public sector unions and a generally low business-friendly environment all contribute to this.
Below is the map depicting the state rankings from 2016:
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Although there has been some movement since last year, with some states improving, by and large the states ruled by liberal Democrat policies remain at the bottom.  What causes these states to be in such economic trouble? Liberal political policies. No question. As Larry Kudlow of CNBC and Brett Arends of Market Watch explained last night, Tuesday 18 April, on the syndicated John Bachelor syndicated radio show, speaking first of Connecticut’s plummeting in the rankings:
“Governor Malloy [has created a dog’s breakfast of] the Connecticut economy – GE and multiple other companies have fled. Unions have in effect destroyed it. It was in great shape and now is in tatters.  States with no income tax have three times the growth in jobs as do other states…   Gov Lowell Weicker [of Connecticut] pushed through a state constitutional amendment to have a balanced budget – and that’s never been enforced! True, taxes are a factor but right-to-work laws are critical: you’re welcome to join a union, but are not obliged to join if you choose not to. Ten years in a row, the best has been Utah. The most progress in the last ten years: Indiana, which had two great governors, Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence.  Florida is No. 6 in the list; it has beautiful weather but unattractive gubernatorial policies; even California lost people to North Dakota from its [harebrained] policies!  Lots of liberal Californians have moved to Colorado, then vote o the kind of officials they left behind,  New York is the 50th, New Jersey is 48th .  Disaster.  These are mostly public-sector unions.  They vote vast benefits for themselves and bankrupt the state”
You’d think that common sense and critical thinking would take over and states who are getting creamed would adopt better, smarter policies. Not really. For example, New York who ranks dead last, fiftieth, just passed their budget.  Instead of instituting new policies and lower taxes, they did just the opposite.  NY’s next budget includes $190 million in new taxes, PLUS a new higher health care tax, PLUS a new higher “millionaire tax” and more! Their budget also includes a new program to offer “free” tuition at state colleges. Tax and spend. Tax and spend. It simply doesn’t work but the liberal ideology is so entrenched that even simple math isn’t enough to jolt these politicians back to reality.
It is primarily states that are ruled by liberal Democrats that are failing. Compare the map above with the map of Democrat versus Republican controlled states below. There is an unmistakable correlation between Democrat rule and economic failure.
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2016 Red and Blue State Comparison
This translates into more than just bad economics. These same states are losing political power and clout as well. People are smart. They’re smart enough that when things get bad and they feel, or in reality are, powerless to change things, they move.  And they are. People are fleeing the worst states and moving to better pastures, because in this instance, the grass is truly greener across the state line.  Collectively, states like California and New York have lost millions of people over the last two decades.
According to the New York Post, more people are leaving New York than any other area of the country. Being last for economic outlook, and that being driven by liberal policies are convincing folks that New York is failing. The state’s citizens are fleeing the sinking ship. ALEC summarized NY’s woes:
New York
2017 Rich States, Poor States Economic Outlook Rank: 50
  • New York’s high taxes, high rates of spending and government cronyism (START-UP NY) have caused the state to rank dead last in nearly every single edition of Rich States, Poor States
  • Highest state/local business income tax rate in America – 17.19 percent
  • Second highest state/local personal income tax rates
  • Nearly 1.4 million taxpayers have fled the Empire state in the past decade (worst nationally)
This loss of population is causing a loss of political clout as well. When people leave a state, they take their federal representation with them. New York lost two Congressional seats since the last census, so has California. This trend will continue after the 2020 census too and we can expect New York to lose at least two more seats.
That means that red states like Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina are picking up these seats. Liberals are losing their seat at the table in regards to federal representation. The chart below shows the losses of House seats.
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Now, take just a moment and compare the three maps above. There is absolutely a direct correlation. Liberal tax and spend policies are bankrupting their states. Businesses and tax payers are fleeing these states in record numbers.
The real problem is that the political ideology of the liberal politicians is so deeply entrenched that no matter what, no matter how their states fail economically and politically, they simply will do nothing but double-down on their proven failures.

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Freedom of speech: The foundation of our liberty


Freedom of speech is the foundation of our liberty here in America.  Thankfully, the silent majority finally found its voice and spoke out against the abuse of power, the complete disregard of our  Constitution, the corruption and the out-of-control spending of our Federal Government.
Americans went to the polls in record numbers on November 8 and  voted overwhelmingly to reject and repudiate all the radical leftist ideals perpetrated by the  far-left progressives during the past 8 years!
However, winning the election was just the beginning as  far-left progressive Socialists in both parties have shown they refuse to accept defeat!  They were not used to Americans speaking out against their Socialist policies and they’re doing their best to retain the power they had and to negate the outcome of the election with their constant barrage of lies, media attacks, and smears!  They never miss a chance to attack, degrade,  ignore or vilify President Trump and everyone in his Administration!
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Since the advent of FOX NEWS, cable news, talk radio and the internet…we are no longer just  “spoon fed”  what these far-left progressives and their “drive-by media” want us to know!  With the advent of these alternative news sources,  we can quickly find out what’s really going on.  This  is  driving the far-left wild since  they can no longer control what we see, hear & learn.
For decades now, these radical forces have been at work to “fundamentally” change our Country and to undermine its Constitutional foundations.  As a result, our rights  have been steadily eroded. Our culture and morals have been successfully degraded as well.  Christianity’s under constant attack because they cannot accomplish their goals in a Christian nation!
Through the years, as these radical left progressives came into positions of power, they have successfully used our own laws against us in order to further their socialist agenda and to seize more power!
“Political Correctness”…has been one of their most effective tools in silencing us. Through “political correctness” they have effectively shut  down free speech and  any opposition to what they were doing by claiming we were racists, bigots, narrow-minded and bitter clingers!
President George Washington warned…”If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb & silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter!”


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Why Trump did not need Congressional approval to strike Syria


After President Trump ordered the US military to launch a strike on the Syrian airbase where this week’s sarin gas attack originated, many on the internet are claiming that he violated his constitutional authority as president. Only Congress can declare war, they say, so President Trump should have obtained a congressional authorization to launch his punitive attack.

This argument is based on a misunderstanding of the Constitution. While it is true that Article I Section 8 says that “The Congress shall have Power… To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water,” the focus should be on what the Constitution does not say.

For example, the Constitution does not say that the president, who it names as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” shall obtain the permission of Congress before deploying the army and navy in combat. The Constitution also does not say that a declaration of war is required before ordering the military to attack.

That the president has the power to order the military into combat unilaterally is not a recent interpretation of the original intent of the Framers. In his excellent book, “The Savage Wars of Peace,” Max Boot details the numerous small, undeclared wars and military actions that the United States has been involved in during our short time on earth.

Proponents of declarations of war might be surprised to learn that America’s first undeclared war occurred in 1801, a scant 14 years after the Constitution was ratified. Although Congress authorized action against Tripoli in 1802, a formal declaration of war against the pirate kingdoms did not come until 1815 under James Madison. Yet if President Jefferson overstepped his constitutional authority in ordering the US Navy and Marines to go to war against the kingdoms of the Barbary coast in what is now Libya, there would have been opposition from the still-living Framers of the Constitution and authors of the Federalist Papers. Jefferson’s opponents criticized his Louisiana Purchase as exceeding his authority instead.

Although the US has been involved in many conflicts, only five wars have been formally declared. These include the War of 1812, The Mexican War, The Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. That does not mean that all other conflicts were unconstitutional, however.

Congress has authorized the use of military force at least 13 times without declaring war. The first such authorization occurred even before the Barbary wars when Congress authorized John Adams to use military force against France during the Quasi War of 1798-1800. Congress has authorized the president to use military force many times in recent years including in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq. These authorizations could be construed to fill the constitutional role of a declaration of war.

Many conflicts never had congressional approval at all. One of the largest undeclared wars, The Korean War, was never authorized by Congress. Neither was George H. W. Bush’s deployment of troops to Somalia or Bill Clinton’s deployments to Bosnia and Haiti. President Bush’s invasion of Panama received congressional approval only after the fact. President Obama never went to Congress for approval of his intervention in the Libyan civil war.
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Cruise missiles launch from a US Navy destroyer to strike Syria.
An opinion memorandum from the Deputy Counsel to the President from September 2001 quotes the Supreme Court in United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez (1990), “[t]he United States frequently employs Armed Forces outside this country—over 200 times in our history—for the protection of American citizens or national security” and goes on to note, “On at least 125 such occasions, the President acted without prior express authorization from Congress.”

The military actions in Korea, Bosnia and Libya were authorized by the United Nations even though Congress never signed off on them. In some cases, such as the Persian Gulf War, military force was authorized by both Congress and the UN.

In 1973, Congress was concerned enough about the possibility of abuse of presidential war-making authority that it passed the War Powers Act to clarify the constitutional roles of the president and Congress. The WPA requires the president to “consult” with Congress before introducing US troops into hostile or potentially hostile situations. It also requires the president to withdraw American forces after 60 days unless Congress grants approval for continued action.

The requirement to consult with Congress sets a low bar. It allows the president to act quickly and for a short time without a congressional approval. Under both the Constitution and the WPA, there is no specific requirement for the president to seek approval from Congress for a single military strike.

If a sustained campaign against a hostile foe is required, the rules are different. The War Powers Act, but not the Constitution, sets a 60-day time limit for unilateral actions by the president. Even then, neither law requires the president to ask for a formal declaration of war.
Why is Congress granted the power to declare war if such a declaration is not required under the Constitution? A declaration of war has legal implications that an authorization for use of force does not.
“In contrast to an authorization, a declaration of war in itself creates a state of war under international law and legitimates the killing of enemy combatants, the seizure of its property, and the apprehension of enemy aliens,” says the Congressional Research Service. “With respect to domestic law, a declaration of war automatically triggers many standby statutory authorities conferring special powers on the President with respect to the military, foreign trade, transportation, communications, manufacturing, alien enemies, etc.”

Undeclared and unauthorized military actions are still subject to international law. “Perhaps most important,” notes the CRS, “neither a declaration nor an authorization is necessary to trigger application of the laws of war, such as The Hague and Geneva Conventions; for that, the fact of armed conflict is the controlling circumstance.”

The lack of a declaration or authorization does not mean that the president’s actions are illegal under international or domestic law. President Trump’s strike against Syria was well within his role as commander-in-chief of the US military and his power to set foreign policy. A ground invasion and occupation of Syria would trigger different rules, but would still not require a formal declaration of war.

Originally published by The Resurgent





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Why President Trump Won’t Be Impeached




Almost since the election, there have been calls to impeach Donald Trump. The chorus to impeach President Trump follows years of calls to impeach President Obama by conservatives. Barack Obama was not impeached and Donald Trump isn’t likely to be, even if it can be proven that he colluded with the Russians during the election.

The Constitution is very specific about the basis for impeachment. Article II Section 4 states, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

People, both conservative and liberal, who want to impeach a president for policy differences or because they don’t like him are acting outside the bounds of the Constitution. Even a president who commits crimes that do not rise to the standard of “high crimes” may not to be subject to impeachment.

Article III of the Constitution helps to interpret the rules for impeachment. For example, “treason against the United States,” is defined in Section 3 as “only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Section 2 specifies “The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury.” This implies, but does not require, that impeachment would be the result of an indictable offense.

Less clear is the meaning of the phrase, “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Constitutional Rights Foundation notes that this phrase had been common in English law since 1386 and would have been familiar to the Framers, who adopted it with little discussion. At its core, the phrase implies abuse of office and unfitness to serve.

The CRF also points to the Federalist Papers for clarity on impeachment. In Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton wrote that impeachable offenses are “those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

In the case of President Trump’s alleged coordination with the Russians during the campaign, he would likely be safe from impeachment even with incontrovertible proof. In 1872, Schuyler Colfax, vice president to Ulysses Grant, was threatened with impeachment for corruption and bribery. The House Judiciary Committee ultimately decided that Colfax could not be impeached because the alleged bribe occurred before he was elected vice president. The committee believed that the matter should be handled by the courts instead of Congress. Colfax was never indicted or impeached.

Conversely, in 1973, the Office of Legal Counsel wrote that it was unacceptable for a jury of 12 individuals to overturn the will of the nation as expressed in an election. In a memo, the counsel argued that it “is more fittingly handled by the Congress than by a jury, and such congressional power is founded in the Constitution.”

President Trump would have two defenses under these legal theories. First, the actions that might trigger an impeachment, from sexual harassment to Trump University to collusion with the Russians, occurred before he was elected president. Therefore, under the Colfax memorandum, they would not be impeachable offenses.

Second, these actions were also known to the voters during the election. People knew that Trump was a Putin aficionado, they knew about his history with women and they voted for him anyway. It would be problematic for the courts or Congress to overturn the election under those circumstances.

Nevertheless, the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the election has dangerous consequences. If it is proven that Vladimir Putin intervened in the election on Trump’s behalf and that Trump purposely acted in concert with the Russians, it would almost certainly trigger a constitutional crisis over how to handle the matter.

Ultimately, impeachment is a political institution as well as a legal one. The same thing that prevented President Obama’s impeachment may be what stymies attempts to impeach President Trump as well. President Obama may well have been saved by the fact that the Democrats had a majority in at least one house of Congress for most of his term.

Under the Constitution, the House of Representatives votes to impeach the president and the Senate holds a trial to decide whether to remove him from office. Two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached, but neither was removed from office. It is likely that the pattern would have continued if House Republicans had voted to impeach Obama.

From 2010 on, the Republicans held control of the House, but Democrats held the Senate until after the 2014 elections. It would have been pointless to impeach Obama if he could not be removed from office. After 2014, even if serious charges could have been brought against Obama, the result of removing him from office would have been placing Joe Biden into the presidency. As an incumbent, he would have had a large advantage in the 2016 elections and, given the weakness and unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Biden may well have become president.

Democrats face the same problem today. As long as Republicans control Congress and remain reasonably unified, impeachment is a nonstarter. If Democrats do gain control of Congress and push through an impeachment, President Trump will be replaced by President Pence, who would probably be much more popular and effective. Trump’s impeachment may well prove to be a boon for the Republican Party instead of the Democrats.

The Democrats would also be taking a risk that Trump would be impeached but remain president. Bill Clinton’s popularity soared to record highs after his impeachment. The Clinton impeachment also served to unify Democrats and deepened partisan divisions in Washington. The impeachment of Andrew Johnson for a noncriminal offense also later came to be seen as politically motivated and a partisan error.

The big risk of impeachment for President Trump comes from his actions going forward. If he proves to be corrupt in office, he could turn enough Republicans against him to make impeachment a possibility. Likewise, the originalist interpretation of “high crimes and misdemeanors” could include incompetence and unfitness as a leader. If Trump, who has no experience in government, proves to be such a bad leader that the nation is endangered by his administration, a difficult standard to meet, even a Republican Congress may find itself looking for alternatives.

Originally published on The Resurgent

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The time for choosing


We are at a crossroads in our country; one that will determine the future course of our nation. It’s a time for choosing and the choices could not be more different.
Will you choose freedom, liberty and self-governance or will you choose to descend further into the abyss of socialism and the “nanny state” where big government takes care of everything in your life from the cradle to the grave?
Are you willing to trade your freedom to live the way you want…free of ever-increasing government regulations and more restrictive laws in exchange for free cell phones?…unending unemployment benefits?…and ever-expanding welfare benefits? Most Americans realize the folly of socialism but sadly …half the country is seemingly willing to make this trade.
As American universities churn out more and more young socialists…Americans are in danger of losing increasing freedoms to these ill-informed young people who’ve been brainwashed into thinking socialism is great… not knowing or realizing that socialism has failed every place it has been tried.
Sadly, most people don’t know that socialism was experimented with by our earliest settlers who ended up nearly starving to death…because only a few of them would actually work! But then…why would they? They got fed whether they worked or not! Much the same as what is happening in our country today with a welfare system that enslaves generations.
While socialism was failing in early America… the settlers were starving and dying. With even more settlers arriving soon…they realized something else needed to be done.
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So, they decided to try something different. The land was parceled out according to family size and the people were told they could keep what they produced. It was then they ALL became industrious and the colony started to prosper. Soon…there was an abundance! That was the beginning of capitalism which catapulted America into the greatest, wealthiest nation in the world!
As mentioned in the book, ‘THE 5,000 YEAR LEAP’, America accomplished more in just 200 years than all the previous countries did in the preceding 5,000 years!
Today however, capitalism…the engine that drove America to greatness is under constant attack and entitlement has replaced a work ethic in a population which feels it deserves handouts!
The past 8 years have severely damaged our economy, increased poverty and unemployment to record levels while destroying our rights!
Yes…it’s a time for choosing and the choices could not be more different! So, choose wisely my friends your freedom, liberty and prosperity depends on it!

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Term limits and saving our republic


I had the opportunity to teach a 12th grade history class not long ago. The topic was “limited government.” Naturally, the discussion turned to the Constitution and the powers of government. When we were talking about Article I and Congress, one student asked me why the House of Representatives only were in office for two years. “Because horses are slow,” I answered.
When the Framers designed the Constitution, their primary intent was to construct a federal government that could not expand its power over the people and infringe in our rights. Congress was not only to make laws, but also to provide two separate checks on executive and federal power. That is why there are two houses: The House of Representatives, “The People’s House,” and the Senate, representing the states.
Members of the House have two year terms. Again, because horses are slow. Serving in the house, like all elected service, was originally intended to be almost like jury duty. A citizen is chosen, and they reluctantly leave their farm, their business and family and go, kicking and screaming, to Washington to do the people’s business. At the end of their term, they return home and another citizen legislator is chosen, and so on. The term of service for the House is two years because in 1789 it may take weeks just to get there on horseback or in a carriage. I believe that if the Constitutional Convention were to be held now when we can jump hop a plane or even drive, with the same Framers, the term for service in the House of Representatives may only be one year, or even six months. It was never, ever, ever meant to be a career!
Instead, we have career politicians. Some of these people are in Congress for more than fifty years!
The longest current member of Congress is John Conyers (D-MI) who has been in the House since 1965. No, you read that right. John Conyers has made a fifty-two year career of two-year terms in the House. He has run for reelection and won twenty-six times! We couldn’t have drifted further away from the original intent of “public service” of our Framers or government by the people, for the people and of the people if we tried.
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Rep. John Conyers has been in Congress for 52 years
We simply cannot expect the nature of government, and the definition of governance, to change until we eliminate career politicians. This is the Deep State. This is the Establishment that is destroying America. The irony is that this is the one aspect of government over which We the People have the most control. All of America’s John Conyers can only be in Washington for fifty-two years if he gets elected and then reelected over and over and over again. This is all self-inflicted.
What would change in Washington with Congressional term limits? Everything.
1. The very nature of governing and governance changes. Representatives would do what they thought was right for the country without being consumed with winning their next reelection. The purpose of being in Washington has become staying in Washington. That means buying votes with the public treasury. Bringing home the pork has become synonymous with “getting stuff done” which it isn’t. Of course, equally important to bringing home the pork is the elected official ensuring he or she gets credit for it. For our so called representatives in Washington, it is just as important to get their picture taken in front of the new bridge as it is to get the new bridge at all.
If these people could not legally be reelected, the entire nature of their job changes from raising money and spending money to doing their job. That is what they were elected to do in the first place.
2. Our representatives wouldn’t be so beholden to lobbyists. Corporate lobbyists now spend about $2.6 Billion a year – right, $2,600,000,000.00 – to influence our elected representatives. Why so much? Because they are trying to influence not only the votes on our laws, but the laws themselves.
Bills hitting the floor for a vote in Congress are often well over 1000 or more pages. The final version of Obamacare (aka The Affordable Care Act) was over 2700 pages long. When you start to add in the regulations related to this law, the number of pages becomes astronomical. According to sources in Congress, the stack of rules, regulations, and proposed regulations amounts to somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 pages! That is outrageous!
Bills and our laws are so incomprehensibly long because corporations and special interests, through their lobbyists, all scramble to get their little piece in there that will benefit them. They’re successful. They pay big bucks to be successful. They are successful because our elected representatives are always, ALWAYS concerned with raising money for their next reelection. Take away that pressure by removing any reelection and the choke hold lobbyists have on our legislative process largely will go away.
5. Corruption. As a house of “representatives” the House of Representatives is not. Meaning, the people in there do not represent the folks who elected them. Congress is full of millionaires. By far, most of these people were NOT millionaires when they were first elected. How did they become rich while serving us? I’m not saying they’re up to anything illegal, but again, these folks make the law, so they look out for themselves.
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the wealthiest member of Congress, with a net worth of $254.65 million.
For example, when Congress passed Obamacare, inflicting this monstrosity of an unconstitutional bill onto the American people, they made sure members of Congress were exempted. Did you also know that it is not illegal for members of Congress to profit from trading stock and other securities based on information that is not available to the general public? To the rest of us that is called “insider trading” and is a felony. They take care of themselves and have all sorts of ways to get rich that denied to the serfs.
Multiple reelections leads to complacency. Complacency leads to corruption. Term limits wouldn’t end this outright, but because our representatives would only represent us for a short time, much corruption would go away. So would the “old-boy network” because the same individuals wouldn’t be there long enough to be the “old” anything.
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4. We’d get better people to represent us. Ok, let’s face it. The people we’ve sent to Washington are not the best and brightest. Government “service” does not generally attract the sharpest knives in the drawer. From Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) declaring she wants to impeach Trump because Putin “continues to advance into Korea” or Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) asking a Marine general if he thought Guam would capsize if the USMC put another battalion on the island. Incidentally, Waters has been in the house for twenty-six years.

We literally could pick citizens out of the phone book, if they still made phone books, and end up with a better informed and more motivated Congress than we have now.
We can fix this! We do not need Congressional approval to throw these people out of office. The Framers in their wisdom put this in the Constitution too. In Article V, there is a provision for We the People to change the Constitution. It is called an Article V Convention to Propose Amendments to the Constitution. The states can convene this convention and amend the Constitution to include a new amendment with Congressional term limits.
There has been a lot of debate on exactly how long Congressional terms should be, but there is no sensible debate on whether or not term limits are needed.
Term limits for Congress would go a LONG way to fixing what is wrong with this country. They need to start printing phone books again.

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The Big Lie of separation of church and state


“Make the lie BIG…keep it SIMPLE…keep SAYING it…and EVENTUALLY people will believe it!”….. Adolf Hitler
According to noted historian, David Barton, the EXTRA-Constitutional phrase “separation of church and state” is found in NONE of our governing documents, despite the current widespread belief to the contrary. The left’s narrative and their use of the principle of the separation of church and state is a big lie.
“This non-constitutional phrase has been infused into our constitutional thinking in recent decades by ACTIVIST courts… which have redefined the word “religion” in the First Amendment.
“The result of this is that the First Amendment is NOW used to prohibit the very activities that the founders themselves once ENCOURAGED under that same amendment.
Actually, the words ”separation”, “church”, or “state” are NOT FOUND in the First Amendment, the Constitution, or in ANY other OFFICIAL founding document.
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“The first clause of this amendment… which is referred to as the ‘ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE’… prohibited the Federal Government from establishing a SINGLE national denomination; the second clause…called the ‘FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE’ … prohibited the Federal Government [from] interfering with the peoples’ public religious expressions and acknowledgements.”
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David Barton further explained that “Significantly, BOTH clauses RESTRICTED the ACTIONS of the Federal Government; NEITHER [clause] RESTRICTED the actions of the citizens.”
Very simply, “the Founding Fathers did not want a single federal denomination to rule America but they DID expect basic Biblical principles and values to be present throughout public life and society.”
David Barton points out that “John Adams was one of only 2 of the founders to sign the Bill of Rights… and thus the First Amendment… and, as a Constitutional expert, he forcefully pronounced that our Constitution would not function properly if separated from religious values and standards.”

Founding Father John Adams explained “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
Founding Father Fisher Ames offered the final wording for the House version of the First Amendment and he, like so many other Framers, was committed to maintaining sound education in America. He noted that “the Bible was the principal source of sound morals in America and therefore must NEVER be separated from the classroom.”
It’s my understanding that the first book printed by Congress was a BIBLE… for use in the schools!
Check this out for yourself. For more information on the First Amendment and what it actually meant, read “Separation of Church and State, What the Founders Meant” by David Barton.

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How Trump’s Election Marks the End of the Second American Era


With the following tweet from PEOTUS DJT, at 7:30 AM 2017, The American Experiment has entered its third phase, and there is no going back.
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The future of American political debate will now be between the two camps of corporatism and socialism, and future historians will make a dividing line between American Eras, marking the beginning of the third with Trump's election.
Furthermore, there is no way to stop this advancement, reverse this trend, or go back. Welcome to our future.

The First Wave of American Freedom

From 1776 to 1861 the world saw the emergence of a bold and exciting political project. The defining feature of which was the affirmation of individual liberty and responsibility against the authoritarianism of churches, states, and corporations. Free enterprise was the driving motor pushing this project forward. Freedom to choose how you worship, where you shop, what you pursue in life; these were the revolutions. Local government was strong and important and Federalism meant a powerful alliance of mostly individual states and local cultures and ways of life coming together for the preservation of freedom. It is here that Christian theologians and political philosophers established the necessary principles of secularism, ensuring that the church would never be poisoned by state endorsement; and the state would not become the strong-arm of forcing others to pretend to believe an approved orthodoxy. Here that the successes of powerful enterprises saw the virtue of not seeking government assistance or endorsement against their rivals, but of proving their superiority through success in an open and free marketplace of competition. It was here that a fledgling and neonatal nation-state emerged with codified protections ensuring the rights of its citizens to protest that very government, coalesce in assemblies to petition that government and seek out redress of grievances, speak freely any criticism imaginable of the individuals and the systems which were just being established to rule over this new brave and free people.
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These are the principles that readers of this website care about. These are the principles they wish to see reestablished in a renaissance of American ideals. The depressing purpose of this paper is to argue that these hopes are all but made in vain.
Hardly were these principles first established on earth than the initiation of their degradation was begun. Looking back on the beginning days of this experiment French philosopher and economist Frederic Bastiat diagnosed an inevitable flaw in the constitution of this greatest of all political projects, predicted the symptoms which would arise as a result of this fatal flaw; and, in 1850, gave us the history of the next 150 years. His powerful and insightful formula, if my memory serves, can be ventriloquized something like this:
  • A free people allowed to engage in enterprise choose to do so and prefer simplistic narratives regarding politics so that they can quickly cast their votes and get on with the project of living.
  • A politician, which Socrates accurately psychologically analyzed as necessarily sick or psychotic, will find that violating the principles which separate the state from the free market in a way which gives a temporary benefit to one corporate agent over his competitors leads naturally to the funds and votes necessary to ensure a reelection victory.
  • Despite the fact that principles like those outlined in the 8th article of the constitution will prohibit these sorts of interventions by the necessary authoritarian body into the free and fair competition of an otherwise free-market; the temptation to ensure preservation of power by individual politicians will necessitate that these principles be violated. There just is not enough of a check to stop this trend codified in the American Constitution.
  • Businessmen will find that bankruptcy always threatens their enterprises, and that they would be able to compete much more effectively if they had some sort of change in the rules which favored them over their competition. Just as inevitable, will be their future attempts to court and lobby politicians to create laws (regarding subjects Congress has no authority to legislate in the first place) which give them this unfair advantage.
  • Once this process is started; which, Bastiat tells us was already in full swing at the time of his writing; it will necessitate that the competitors of this first businessman and his lobbyist get into the same game. The only way to compete is to keep an eye on the rules regarding the public coffer and the regulations invading each industry. This is as inevitable as the rest of what has been observed.
  • As a result of these observations and economic realities, the US government will succeed in doing what all authoritarian systems are inclined to do, that is, encroach upon liberties and become ever larger entities with expanded scopes of influence in the lives of the citizens (who are more and more becoming, "subjects", instead of citizens).
Not bad for 1850!

"The United States of America is..."

After the Civil War, people no longer used the phrase, "the United States of America are...". It was the rise of a powerful federalist system (which may have been necessary to end the wickedness of slavery at a time when scientific progress made owning slaves economically more valuable in the States than ever before--one of the few times in world history where the clear victory of principle over economic driving factors determined the fate of a nation and its people.) during the civil war that forever changed the way Americans viewed themselves, their nation, and the political project it represented on the earth.
State's rights are still discussed today, in the first few moments of the new third wave of American history; and they will likely still be talked about for some time in the future. State's rights have been discussed throughout our lives, and through the rest of the time of the Second Wave of American history as well. But the term, "State's rights" has meant something much less than it did in the past. There is still a legal and written tradition which gives historical nods to these principles, but there is not, and will not be in the near future, the political capital to care about or defend these principles.
I'll never forget the day Michael Farris, one of the few lawyers who somewhat regularly argues cases in front of the supreme court, a constitutional lawyer and founder of the HSLDA, demonstrated to me the hollowness of the lip-service still paid to these founding principles even by some of the strongest advocates on the right of the political spectrum. Mike Farris has argued and organized push-backs against many of the encroaching governmental power schemes of the left. One of his favorite tactics is to point out that the original intent of the founders when writing the 8th article of the Constitution, which describes the areas of life the founders delineated congress can legally regulate; and specifically the famous clause regarding the "regulation of interstate commerce" was never meant to be interpreted by the courts in the broad way they have. The Supreme court has decided that a legislative bill which has consequences for interstate commerce is, by this clause, constitutional; even if the primary purpose of the law is evidently something far removed from the regulation of trade between the states. The principle he advocates is an accurate one; but he doesn't mean it.
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One, perhaps the greatest, of the virtues of the Donald Trump campaign and upcoming Presidency is its clarifying effects. The Republican Party has been giving lip service to the principles of the American founding all the while doing exactly what any political party might be expected to do... expanding governmental authority at the expense of individual liberty. The left, and the democratic party, has lately been boldly advocating for more governmental intrusion into the lives of what used to be free citizens. In recent history they have been unable to conceal the contempt they have for a free people, and have enacted policies which diminish our power and respect around the world all the while claiming to be the highly-esteemed international figures the world respects.
Donald Trump's response to the creeping socialism of the left is necessary. The education systems in this country have ensured that no people are educated enough to long be free anymore, and the only opposition to the rapid destruction of our country through the implementation of socialist and communist ideologies is the new corporate nationalism of Donald Trump. This is unfortunate, but true nonetheless.

The Redefinition of the Left and the Right in America

The right: Corporatism, American Nationalism, Greatness
Trump will succeed in Making America Great Again, but "America" will mean something entirely new.
The left: socialism, communism, government takeover of industry
The left will advocate for more extremes and will use the inevitable negative consequences of Trump's new right and its corporatism to win elections and push America further down the road to socialism. The worse results of these actions will cause the pendulum to swing back towards the new nationalism of Trump's new right and future "conservatives" will win elections and use their power to give control back to, not the American people, but to specific corporations who will inevitably end up doing a better job than the government but which will represent a system very far removed from the free capitalism of the past.
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Patriots, I pray I am wrong.

If Donald Trump appoints Ron Paul to audit the Fed, if he evinces an understanding of Founding American Principles and uses his powerful persuasive tactics to educate others on these, if we show the same understanding and demand a renaissance, we may get one. But, none of these things seem likely at the moment.
True patriots who believe in the original American Experiment and it's powerful message of liberty will have to wait out this storm. Resist encroachments on your own liberties, become self-sufficient, hoard firearms and books. Eventually things will get bad enough and you will be called upon to lead the bloody revolution to take back power from the government and give it to the people. I predict that day will not come for a long time.
Raise the next generation to be educated in these matters, to understand liberty and personal responsibility. This third wave has only just started, and it will be a century or so until things get bad enough to justify and warrant a revolution. People have the democratic right to sell themselves into slavery, to foolishly give over great power to their government. We, as a people, can work to educate our fellows to resist these trends--trends, which, like the tide, will advance nevertheless, but we do not have the right.
Our fellow countrymen seem content to have their liberties, powers, and rights taken away from them piece by piece, and are even applauding those who propose to make this usurpation even more rapid. We must prepare ourselves for the eventual physical revolution which this foolishness will make necessary, but we have no right to engage in same until our fellows recognize the errors and join us. This will be a long time coming.


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Ground Truth of Infrastructure Projects


“Giving money to government is like give liquor and car keys to 18 year old boys”.
-P.J. O’Rourke
As I write this article, the Mayor of my city, Long Beach California, is in the little park across the street announcing big changes to the neighborhood. The oversized, heavy machines are in place and a slew of workers in hard hats and orange vests stand around waiting to look busy.
Preparations for this moment have been frantic; they forced the residents to move their cars at 7am or face having their vehicles towed away. The tranquility of my morning coffee and cigar was ruined by the sound of bull horns and jackhammers. To have the correct optics for the media, the corners were broken up and hauled away… the ACA compliant corners that were just redone last year are gone, replaced with an impressive series of holes, ready for concrete.
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Standing in a photo friendly semi-circle are the lower dignitaries and toadies, who, like the Mayor, don’t live in this neighborhood. Among the dozen or so sycophants are city council members, Party functionaries, city planners and non-profit workers. Not one of these people has ever taken a civics class, understands economics or held down a real job. This is just one more step in their pursuit of power in an increasingly socialist environment.
As the mayor prattled on about teamwork and partnerships (and a half a dozen other buzz works frauds use to appear to be worthy of public trust), he thanked the people of California and the city of Long Beach for the grant money to “improve our infrastructure”. That’s right; this multi-million dollar debacle has been brought to you by bond measures, and will be counted as infrastructure spending… and he said it with a straight face. The funny thing is the sidewalks and curbs were in great shape and didn’t need replacing; meanwhile many Long Beach district’s streets and walks have been neglected since the late 1980’s… streets they, (of course) have no plans to replace.
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So what are they planning? Bathrooms, new playground equipment, a fitness trail? Yes! They will make this 2 acre park into something THEY can be proud of. Forget the fact that we have two large parks with these amenities within walking distance… Did I mention none of these people live anywhere near this neighborhood?
So what will these “improvements” do for the residents of the Jackson Park district? Nothing good. The bathrooms will bring a flood of homeless, few kids play on the jungle Jim we have, and nobody jogs in a working class neighborhood. The gangs will have an under patrolled park to gather in, the hookers will have a safe place to ply their trade, and the drug addicts will have a new open air market… but at least the Mayor and his cronies got to spend a lot of money and give fat contracts to some of their friends, right?
This “infrastructure project” is by no means unique. There is nothing a Democrat loves more than spending other people’s money for good press and optics. To them it’s not a waste of public money if it furthers their private agenda. Don’t believe me? Just remember this is the same city that knocked down a grand old theater to build the “Michelle Obama Library”… and we still don’t know how much that porker cost the taxpayers.
When a lay-person thinks of infrastructure they see bridges, roads, pipes, cables, rails and ports in their mind. When a socialist thinks infrastructure their mind immediately goes to social engineering, pet projects, land grabs for estuaries and retainer walls to protect an endangered bug. The political left says there are different kinds of infrastructure; this is literally straight out of Marxism. When Marx spoke of infrastructure it included more than roads and pipes…
So when the pseudo-Marxist overlords start stretching the word “infrastructure” to mean ANY social experiment, union giveaway or crackpot idea, we end up with a lot of busy work with nothing to show for it. Take for example “green Infrastructure” that literally means planting trees, and is often synonymous with “carbon credit infrastructure”. There’s also social infrastructure and economic justice projects waiting to qualify, as well as big raises to the workers, payola to the Unions and kick-backs to the power hungry elected officials… your tax dollars at work.
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President Trump has stated he wants to spend a Trillion dollars on infrastructure to help “Make America Great Again”, and although many of us agree our roads and bridges need work, most Americans do not agree we need to waste tax dollars on pet projects of sneering liberals or opportunistic charlatans. If we as a Nation are going to grow the debt by 5%, we need an accounting of what we’re paying for and who does it benefit.
So the next time you hear a politician use the word “Infrastructure”, be sure and ask exactly what they mean by that and how much is it going to cost.
Edwin R. Williams

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Democrat rule……A California nightmare!


The State of California, which was once very prosperous and had the 5th largest economy in the world, is being completely destroyed under the chokehold of total Democrat rule!
Northern California has been particularly hard hit and we are also suffering from TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION a clear violation of the Constitution! This is why 21 Northern California Counties are desperately trying to separate from Southern California in order to form a NEW STATE.
Out of the 58 counties in the State of California…the 21 northern counties must SHARE 3 STATE SENATORS and must SHARE 3 ASSEMBLYMEN! But, Los Angeles County ALONE has 24 State Senators & 37 State Assemblymen!
Now…let that sink in….The ENTIRE 21 northern counties of California must SHARE 6 state representatives. WHEREAS Southern California has a TOTAL of 114 state representatives!
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Anti-Trump protesters in California
Besides lack of representation in state government…SACRAMENTO also regulates every facet of our lives…taxes us to death…TAKES our WATER…and REFUSES to let us harvest our bountiful timber! In fact, the California DEMOCRATS with the help of the EPA have destroyed the once thriving timber industry in Northern California and consequently destroyed the economies in those 21 northern counties along with the livelihood of thousands… preferring INSTEAD to see the FORESTS BURN!
On top of that…because of California’s regulatory strangleholds…countless businesses continue fleeing the state in record numbers as California ranks at the very bottom of the list as states being most unfriendly to businesses!
While the remaining taxpayers are rapidly fleeing the state…Democrats welcome in all illegal aliens…who pay NO taxes and who are promptly put on welfare…which is over-burdening an already huge deficit numbering in the TRILLIONS.

In addition to all that…Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Democrat cohorts misappropriated all the money allocated for our state water project like the OROVILLE DAM repairs. They took all that money and spent it on their numerous programs for the Illegals! We now all know what a disaster that turned out to be!
In Democrat controlled California it’s Illegal aliens FIRST and to hell with our American citizens! Proof of that is their intent to now declare California a SANCTUARY STATE!
NOW…to add insult to injury…Sacramento DEMOCRATS want to secede from the UNITED STATES! But shortly after saying that. .. Gov. Jerry Brown…turned around and had the nerve to ask for Federal Aid!
WOE to CALIFORNIA! IT’S TIME FOR THE STATE OF “JEFFERSON“!
Carol Byers

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Why everything is so screwed up!


Let me explain something about why our government is so screwed up. The founders of our country intended for each of the States to manage its own affairs, to regulate its own commerce, and to do all that the citizens of it demanded of it. They intended for government to remain as local as possible because that’s how the local people get what they want. They did not intend for all of America to suffer with ‘one size fits all’ solutions.
But over many generations the Federal Government gradually gathered power to itself, first through giving itself the ability to tax us (before 1919 there was no IRS, no Federal Income Tax). And after that the Federal Reserve was created and the Federal Government then began creating all sorts of agencies to manage affairs on a national level. The EPA, the BLM, and more than 260 agencies have now been created to manage business that was given to the States by our Constitution. (This is all being done under the Constitution’s provision for the Federal Government to regulate commerce between the States but this was a manipulation of that clause to give power to the Fed Gov that the founders certainly did not intend for it.)
As power in the Fed Gov grew so did the budget and so the Fed Gov then began creating all sorts of other excuses to be involved in American’s affairs through creating things like the National Endowment for the Arts, and providing funds for ridiculous science projects and all sorts of crazy things that many Americans do not support. The Federal Government became Big Brother through our permission… because some wanted all the stuff it could provide through taxpayer money.
And through all those payouts the Government kept becoming more and more powerful until now everyone thinks the Federal Government is doing exactly what the Founders intended.
Now what’s happening in the war between Republicans and Democrats is a war for control of the purse. They fight to be in power… not to represent.. not to ensure the American People get what they want (which is not even their job to provide in the first place about all that matters in our daily lives, that is for the States) but to make sure that the purse gets divided among all those they want to provide for.. those that helped them with their campaigns, etc. We are not represented in our government because we have permitted power to be centralized in the Federal Government.
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The political theater that’s going on.. this fight over Trump and what he’s doing.. it’s all about power. Permitting the Federal Government to be the Big Daddy means all attention is focused on it. All the players are ‘big stars’ and the American News Media has become a stage where those theatrics are directed. Trump is fighting the Status Quo from within. And that means he’s at a disadvantage. WE elected Trump because WE want massive reform in our governments. But what is the reform we want?
Many say ‘immigration reform’ and some say ‘reform in the news media’ and some say reform in our schools, etc. Really, reforming all these things means more than just reforming them… but reforming the whole picture of our government. As long as the Federal Government is in the position its in now being the central authority for everything American there will be no end to the corruption. It’s a gigantic bureaucracy trying to do an impossible job… one that was never intended for it. And that is why everything is so screwed up.
By Michael Hutton

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Silence leads to freedom’s demise


When our Founding Fathers first came together, their goal was to form a Government which was by the people and for the people, meaning that we all have a voice. The Declaration of Independence was their first official JOURNAL declaring their willingness to fight against a tyrannical government. The United States Constitution being their second JOURNAL, to lead and guide all future generations on the path of achieving and maintaining true Freedom and Liberty. Although this was not an easy task to accomplish, it was accomplished because of not only the Black robe regiment, ( the clergy who preached for the cause of Freedom), but by the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, John Adams and George Washington, just to name a few. Their words were fearless and for all who heard them, helped give birth to a fledgling nation. There is no other reason why the right to free speech was listed as the first item in the Bill of Rights and the right to keep and bear arms was listed as the second, in order to protect the first.
Now, over the course of time, main stream journalism has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise, where those who simply read the narration and talking points given to them by the government, on the nightly news, seek to squelch the voices of the citizen journalists, through regulation and the push for political correctness. They have left most Americans with the feeling that they are being lied to on a daily basis,(which most of the time, they are). It was nice to see that citizen journalists, via Stars and Stripes magazine, held NBC anchor Brian Williams’ feet to the fire about the BIG lie that he told about his trip to Iraq. The main stream media has omitted any and all TRUTH about Barack Hussein Obama, where he came from and where he is leading America. It will be up to the citizen journalists to do the research, and present the FACTS.
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My point is this, our Founding Fathers guaranteed each and every one of us a voice in the execution of our government. For us to remain silent will only lead to our own demise as a free people. Tyranny is achieved when good people do nothing. Take a good look around you my fellow Americans. Are we still living in the country that our Founders envisioned? We must find our still small voice and exercise it LOUDLY if we are ever to get America back onto the path of righteousness. One great nation, one loud voice! The time is now to call out and stand in one accord against all un-righteousness and together, we will guarantee Freedom and Liberty for generations to come.
As always fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

Like it or not, Trump’s ban is legal and Constitutional


Like it or not, President Trump’s immigration ban is perfectly legal and Constitutional. This despite the activist U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle’s attempt to legislate from the bench. On Friday Robart issued a nationwide restraining order temporarily blocking the travel ban put in place by President Trump last week. In fact the judge somehow determined that the two state who filed the suit, Washington and Minnesota, would suffer “irreparable injury” from not allowing unfettered immigration from terrorists countries and that his restraining order is in “public interest.”
How he may have come to that conclusion based on law and the Constitution is anyone’s guess. How Robart even came to the conclusion that the states have enough standing to file the suit at all is also anyone’s guess.
According to the US Constitution, immigration and naturalization law is exclusively the jurisdiction of the federal government:
US Constitution Article I, Section 8: The Congress shall have Power To… 4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.
This is even further codified in federal law. Democrat President Harry Truman signed the Suspension of Entry or Imposition of Restrictions Act into law after it was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress:
8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens – Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President:
Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
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But wait, there’s more…
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter restricted travel to the US on anyone from Iran. This was following the storming of the US embassy and hostages seized in Tehran and the overthrow of the Shah. No lawsuits. No protests.
Then President Obama placed further restrictions. The ban and the countries included in the ban are based on a law that Obama signed in December 2015. Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act which restricted travel from predominantly Muslim countries. This Obama law prohibited visas from people if they had visited Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.
In February 2016, Obama expanded the list of prohibited countries to include Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited. So, in a nutshell, Obama restricted visa waivers for those seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — and now, Trump is looking to bar immigration and visitors from the same list of countries.
When Obama did it, there were no protests or riots. Hollywood stars didn’t come out wanting to blow up the White House. No one was dragged from their car and beaten unconscious in Berkeley. There wasn’t a peep of protest from the leftist main stream media and states didn’t file suit in federal court. If it was legal for Obama to do it, how did the same action, based on a law Obama signed and another law that is now sixty-five years old, suddenly become illegal and unconstitutional?
It isn’t. Trump’s action is completely legal and Constitutional.
In response to the judge’s ruling, Trump tweeted “”The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump said on Twitter early on Saturday. Trump has said “extreme vetting” of refugees and immigrants is needed to prevent terrorist attacks.” All true, but he, and the Republican-controlled Senate should have gone further. Robart should be investigated for impeachment.
According to the Constitution, the US Congress the power to impeach ANY federal official, including a U.S. District Judge. Given that Trump’s executive order is based on legal precedent, prior actions by the Obama administration, standing law and the US Constitution, and the states filing the original suit will not be irreparably damaged and have no standing, Robart is clearly an activist judge legislating from the bench and should be removed.
I can hear the outcry already. “You can’t just oust a judge because you don’t like the ruling!!” Correct. I would never support removing any judge for an unpopular ruling. However, this is more. This is an outright liberal snubbing of the law and the Constitution. For that, yes, a judge should be removed, especially if said ruling could put American lives at risk.

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What Trump vows to do for gun rights


In one of the first pro-gun actions of his administration, President Donald Trump is expected to shortly move to revoke Barack Obama’s illegal actions to effectively outlaw gun collecting.
Obama’s anti-gun “executive action” was announced on January 6, 2016 — in the wake of Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to scapegoat law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a Muslim terrorist in San Bernardino. Obama’s action was implemented as a “clarification” because he knew that his lawless moves could never pass muster under the rule-making procedures of the Administrative Procedures Act.
Under Obama’s now-moribund “clarification,” a gun owner could have been imprisoned for up to five years and fined $250,000 for “only one or two [firearms] transactions,” according to a White House fact sheet.
Note that, under Clinton, tens of thousands of licensees lost their licenses because they didn’t have “brick-or-mortar” stores. Now, in a Clinton/Obama Mutt-and-Jeff routine, Obama proposed to imprison hobbyists who didn’t have licenses because the government refused to issue licenses to them.
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Hence, a hobbyist who bought a firearm one day and sold it the next day at a profit could go to prison for five years. Obviously, the intent was to create such a cloud of ambiguity that gun owners would refrain from constitutionally protected activity (private firearms sales), for fear that they would run afoul of Obama’s amorphous rules.
Tragically, in some cases, Obama’s unlawful actions had exactly the intended effect. But, thanks to President Donald Trump, Obama’s unlawful action will soon be repealed — as one of the priority actions of the incoming administration. Gun Owners of America is optimistic that this is only the first in a series of Trump actions overturning illegal Obama actions. We are also asking for Trump administration action:
– Removing the U.S. from the Anti-Gun UN Arms Trade Treaty;
– Repealing bullet and gun import bans going from Obama back to George H. W. Bush’s semi-auto import ban;
– Repealing the suspension of health privacy laws with respect to gun owners;
– Repealing executive actions encouraging doctors to inquire about gun ownership and to enter this information into a federal health database;
– Restoring gun rights for 257,000 law-abiding veterans;
– Repealing Obama’s efforts to strip Social Security recipients of their guns, merely because a guardian processes their checks.
See Donald Trump’s entire speech to the National Rifle Association here:

The work of restoring the Second Amendment to its God-given status has only just begun.
By Tim Macy
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Frankly Speaking: Christmas Education


“Frankly Speaking: Christmas Education”
The final installment of the Dr. Frank Crane Essays
Season’s Greetings, Patriots! In this last look at Dr. Crane’s wisdom, While education is the focus of all I write, I’m adding a bit of Christmas as well. Why? To make a point. Joy and wisdom are educational protectors.
If you’ve not read the other 3 installments in this series, here are the links.
Frankly Speaking: Meddling Government

Christmas Cheer:
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In the above screen shot, (click to enlarge), the good doctor wrote that Christmas is the protest of the human race against gloom. Christmas means the supreme fact about life, namely: that it is joyful. He also goes on to say that the ultimate victory of mankind is the ability to laugh and play.
I most heartily agree. This is why I fight so hard against the federal overreach in American education. It is not filled with laughter and play. It does not celebrate joy very much. It does, especially through the twists and turns of the Congressional moves and private funds, multiply depression and gloom, as well as put commonality above personality.

Christmas Jeer:
Common Core is no present. It’s been stated that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) becoming a federal law was a tremendous Christmas present to our nation. ESSA brings us the same ‘gift’, it’s just been re-branded as “College and Career Readiness” or “Challenging State Academic Standards”. Think of Scrooge’s stingy behavior and you have a great image for how‘successful’ American education has become.
I am vehemently in opposition of the federal overreach in education. Why? It is full of deceit. ESSA does not return education to the States (as is rightfully theirs per our U.S. Constitution). However, we can discuss this juggernaut in 2017, after our Congress begins the new year. We can also pick up our discussion of how ANY education reform closely or loosely related to Common Core is also no gift to our nation.
In the vein of Dr. Crane’s wisdom and words, I’d rather spend our Christmas wisdom on WHAT REALLY MATTERS in education: people.
Christmas Joy:
Patriots, take the time, this Christmas to laugh, to play. Be sure to gather those you love and hug them a bit tighter. Sing together, even if it’s off-key or you miss a word or two. Unplug from the news channels (even if it’s just for a few hours) and tune in to each other. Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Read Dr. Crane’s original Christmas works and talk about how the times haven’t changed so much.
In the new year, we will have plenty of Patriot time to fight this War Against Common Core. For just a little while, we have our children at home. Cherish them as they are. Love them completely. Give each other the gift of unity, no matter what’s in store.
Building up each other to experience a joy that isn’t ruined by a false education? That’s a tremendous gift we can give each other!
For Dr. Crane’s first Christmas essay:
Indestructibility of Joy
For his second one (the one featured in the first screen shot):
Dr. Frank Crane’s Christmas Essay
Patriots, have a tremendous season! Happy wishes to all.


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Nullification: A Right, A Power, and a Duty of States


“It is the law of the land.” This is the excuse that you hear many who oppose Obamacare…or claim to oppose it…use to stop fighting. It is the same argument that the “conservative” Idaho State Legislature used to pass a state healthcare exchange. They kept claiming that they had two choices, a state run exchange or a federally run exchange. That argument is bad enough because experience with the “state-run” Medicare and food stamp programs should have given them the wisdom to realize that a federally micromanaged, “state-run” program gives the state absolutely no authority. The only thing that the state gained from either of those two programs was blame any time things go wrong. For the Idaho legislators to claim that a state exchange would keep the power with the state was nothing more than hope triumphing over experience.
The bigger issue is that state legislators absolutely refuse to study and learn the truth. They had a third option. They said, over and over, “It is the law of the land,” and “The Supreme Court ruled…” Once again, they spit out what is spoon fed to them. The Supreme Court did NOT rule that Obamacare was legal. The actual ruling had a few parts:
They ruled that citizens cannot be mandated to purchase anything with threat of a fine.
They ruled that Obamacare was not legal under the Interstate Commerce Clause because that would be the mandate/fine scenario.
They ruled that the federal government could not force states to expand Medicare or cut current funding.
They ruled that the federal government could only use taxing power for such programs.
So the Obama Administration moved forward by calling the fine a tax, without changing anything. There is no Constitutional way for Obamacare to go forward without going through Congress again. Here are some reasons:
If the penalty is a tax, then this is a revenue bill and all revenue bills must start in the House. This version started in the Senate and never even was voted on by the House, it was “deemed” to have been passed in the House.
This created an obscene number of new taxes. New taxes must be passed by Congress.
So, Obamacare is NOT the law of the land. It is not even law. It is still a bill.

HOWEVER, there is a simple option left to the states. Nullification. Obamacare should never have been heard by the courts. It is not the Supreme Court that the Constitution left to determine the Constitutionality of a law passed by Congress, (judicial review). I realize that is what most readers were taught…I was taught that. It is not true. But hey, do not take my word for it. In Marbury v. Madison 1803, the US Supreme Court said the same thing. The unanimous decision was that the Constitution did NOT grant the power of judicial review to the US Supreme Court. In the same ruling, they took an unconstitutional turn. They claimed power that they do not have. They claimed that they had the power of judicial review because they SHOULD have it. They stated that interpreting law is a matter for the courts, so it rested with the court.
Well, the Constitution did clearly spell out where that power rests. In the 10th Amendment, it states that any powers not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the states, rests with the states and the people. The power of judicial review was not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the states, so it rests with the states.
Logic also rests here as the people created the states and through representation the federal government was created by the states. It is absurd to think that a branch of the created (Supreme Court) gets to dictate to the creators (sovereign states), what powers the federal government and the states have.
Thomas Jefferson spelled out how this works in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1799. He said that if an elected person is acting outside of his authority, then it is the right of the people to remove that person. If the federal government was acting beyond its authority, then it is the states who had the right to stop that abuse of power. The rightful remedy for this was nullification.
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The states determine the power of the federal government, and when the federal government is growing beyond its Constitutional limit, it is the right, the power, and the duty of the state to nullify any such abuse. It has happened in the past, even the recent past. The Real ID Act of 2003 was effectively nullified when 14 states said that they would not do it. That number is now around 30 states.
Our state legislatures have let us down. They have succumbed to bullying by the federal government. They believe that the federal government has more power than do the states. It is time to educate ourselves, educate our elected officials, and take our country back.
If you want to know more about nullification, abuses by the federal government and how to take it back, contact me jon@YourVN.net or get my book on Amazon.com. It is titled “I Want My Country Back” It blows the doors off of the indoctrination of public education.
Also check out National Vote Out Incumbents. United, we CAN take this country back.
You took the time to read this article. For that I thank you.
I would appreciate if you would take the time to leave a comment before you go.
~ By Jon Colson

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America’s 100 year road to oblivion


I have seen many people ask this question: “What has happened to our nation, were we not at one time the most respected nation in the world? “Social Enablers” being in the early 1900’s have been slowly selling “We The People” into slavery and it has and was still being done in a very purposed way until one Barack Hussein Obama was selected and then elected, twice in fact. It took too many people too long to wake up and really look at their loss of liberty.. Obamacare turned out to be too big of a bite of liberty and freedom that they were willing to accept. As one who, unlike the majority of the Democrats in Congress who voted to pass this albatross into law, read the whole act before I wrote any commentary about it.
The more I researched and written about the problems with Congress and the President, the more I am getting a clearer picture of the problems we are facing. The journey, to where we are today, began it the early 1900’s. In 1900 ninety four percent of Americans were self employed. They paid their own taxes and were well aware of how much of their hard earned income was required to pay the taxes of the day. Today, only about five percent of Americans are self employed. The worst year for the individual liberty and independence of ALL American citizens and the advancement of socialism, the darling of those who yearn for a centralized big government was 1913. Our Constitution to that point was a roadblock to socialism on its own. The source of the majority of taxation needed to be given to the federal government. The States stake in controlling the reach and scope of the federal government needed to be neutered and a central monetary system needed to be created from the private sector with some federal government control.
In 1913 we saw the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment which allowed for the creation of income tax withholding and thus the birth of the IRS. This was a necessary step in the ideal of transitioning our nation from one of self employed independence to a nation of individuals who would become dependent on an employer with a set paycheck for a set amount of money for their labors. This accomplished two things. It conditioned people to allow an employer to take control of their duty to pay the majority of their taxes for them. Over time, people ceased ceased budgeting their expenses from their gross income with the acute awareness of how much of it was taken in taxes. It was the first step in the transition form individual independence to an individual dependence on an employer.
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The creation of the Federal Reserve Bank, which far too many people, because of its name and the lack of education about it, think that it is a department of our government. It is a privately owned institution with some direct government oversight.. It really was the consolidation of the big moneyed people in our nation who to that point had openly vied each other in the finance of our national debts as the needs arose. It is in effect was an action that was set in motion for a consolidation of their influence and thus control of OUR federal government. This was the beginning of big money lobbyists wresting control of government from the people. The attempt at creating a national bank with these very powers and controls was tried once before. Our seventh president Andrew Jackson stood steadfastly against it creation as an affront on both the rights of the people and of the states. Unfortunately in 1913 we did not have a president who stood solidly behind the power and authority of the people and the states over the federal government
There was one more major hurdle to overcome in the quest to insure the success of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve Bank. The states control of the US Senate had to be removed. The Senate was comprised of ninety six senators who were duly appointed by forty eight legislatures. The full control of the federal government required the ability to pander and influence Congress without the interference of forty eight state legislatures and their governors. The Seventeenth Amendment solved that problem and also paved the way for the usurpation of states rights at the federal level. The founders of the Federal Reserve Bank well knew it would be much easier to curry the favor from just the President and Congress by removing the states from the appointment of their US Senators. They were called “Statesman” because their primary duty was both constrain the overreach of the federal government and temper the desires of the House of Representatives and the federal government bureaucracy from infringing on both the rights and duties of the states.
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In 1959 President Dwight D Eisenhower warned Congress and the nation about the dangers of the burgeoning military industrial complex. These manufacturers had become intoxicated with the profits that were gained during the war years of WWII. Much of the money behind it is the same money that supplies and controls the Federal Reserve. He also warned us of the increasing pressure being placed upon Congress for our nation taking on the role of international policing. He was more correct than he was ever given credit for and he was also well ignored. The influence of lobbyist money was already well entrenched in Congress.
President Johnson, a long term legislator in both the House and the Senate was under the control of the “Fed” as they have become to known by. He did two things that I believe Kennedy who have opposed. He escalated our presence in Vietnam and nearly simultaneously shoved the social programs under guise of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 into law. This law is very similar to Obamacare in many ways. It created unconstitutional power and authority over the states under the guise of civil rights and equality. It ushered in a huge myriad of taxation with fees and withholding added to existing taxation. It opened the door for federal control of every industry in the US. These all are clear and patent violations of Our Constitution.
Every sitting administration since President Lyndon Johnson has incrementally added to the usurpation of states powers and rights under the control of the federal government who were by then well under the control of the Federal Reserve. Reagan may have slowed it to a degree but he really did not do much to stem or reverse the trend.
That brings us to President Obama, a man with an over inflated ego. A man who learned at an early age to play half of his heritage for his own gain. A man who is clearly devoid of any moral character. A man who has had his past well hidden by those who thought he could play his black identity in the well designed PC world to complete the capture of and indenture of the whole American nation. His training in Chicago style community organizing, which is little more than the tactics used to bring communism to Russia and the ensuing Soviet Union, was skill set they needed.
Obamacare no matter how you slice it up and dissect it has very little to do with health care and has everything to do with citizen control was crammed and forced through the House and was easily run through the Senate, signed into law and then unconstitutionally upheld by Supreme Court (they have no authority in the constitution to adjudicate it and if they did it clearly flies in the face of the limited enumerated powers of the federal government). I assert that I have a right to comment on the act because unlike Congress when they passed it, I read the act before commenting on it. Instinctively I knew it was very bad legislation.
In 2010 a group rose to some prominence when they were able to get a few people elected to Congress who were not the party anointed. The Tea Party is a game changer and they big money has put up $50 million to defeat them in the primary elections for the Republican Party. If they succeed the dozen or so who were elected in 2010 will get no reinforcements and therefore they will have to continue to swim up stream. If you are a freedom loving American or you are a citizen waking up because of the recent assaults on liberty that have now touched your lives, you must believe that your vote has more value than $50 million or they would not have put up the money. Top down candidates are already in the fold and they will side with the money over the people.
In 2014, “We The People” voted in Republican control of Congress with a mandate to STOP OBAMACARE, which they all campaigned on to have Boehner and McConnell fail. They refused to bring the repeal to a vote, claiming that it would only be vetoed by Obama and be a waste of time. The House had a remedy and refused to exercise it, the power of the purse. There is however an unwritten rule between the two parties, you don’t use the power of the purse to each other’s legislation.
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This past election, we as a nation rejected Hillary Clinton along with her coattails of corruption and carelessness with national secrets that put many lives at risk. Donald Trump ran on a campaign to “Drain The Swamp,” immediately repeal and replace Obamacare, build the wall and pursue criminal charges for Hillary and anyone else found to have violated their oaths and terms of service to our nation. He is already walking them back. This proves what I have said before and since the creation of National Vote Out Incumbents and our recent association with the Patriot Institute patriotinstitute.org, that we CANNOT depend on one man to get the corruption cleaned out of DC. It will require at least the majority of our citizens to be fully educated in our Constitution, the restrictions placed upon ALL THREE branches of our government. The Constitution constrains the power and authority of government and protects the protects the authority of the people from it. Today we have allowed our authority to be wielded by a reckless federal government and constrained by all the branches especially the judicial branch.
Our society has become one of great dysfunction, it has been done by design. We have made the transition save a small percentage from independence from government and big business to dependence on government and big business. Either way we are on the verge of becoming fully indentured. The line from an old song says it very well “I sold my soul to the company store.” We have been made into enablers by our government to this dependency. The media is filling the airways telling us we need to send the same people back to Congress who have all but stolen our liberty and freedom. The dysfunctional will do their duty. I am appealing to those who were raised to be self sufficient and those beginning to feel the yearn to be self sufficient.
Our form of government CAN and only will function for the people if the people we elect are the ones of OUR choosing, those we know and trust to be our servants and NOT our slave masters. The Next Primaries in 2018 are the key. If you love liberty and freedom, you can no longer sit on the sidelines!
You MUST stand up, you MUST step out and you MUST act with intent and purpose. We at the Patriot Institute patriotinstitute.org and National Vote Out Incumbents are already standing in the gap for you. Join US and empower yourselves with education and much more. Together we can and God willing, we will bring back sanity and reason to our nation and once again fully embrace the values that undeniably have our nation great. The freedom and liberty to seek and solve the problems and needs on our own and where appropriate allow government to assist US where needed.


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Upstate New Yorkers have no representation in Albany


Citizens of New York are suffering under the rule of a state government that does not represent them. In every political sense, the Upstate counties are dominated by the southern region that only represents the interest of New York City.  The rest of the state has been forgotten and discarded.
The list of grievances against the current government in Albany is substantial.  The liberal policies coming from Albany have driven New York into the ground. High taxes, under-performing  schools while we spend more on education than any other state, the least friendly business environment, 2nd highest taxes (only behind New Jersey) and the absolute lowest ranking of any state in personal freedom.
New York is already in effect, two separate states. The upstate counties and downstate counties are very different in ideology. Downstate jealously defends a divergent and opposing ideology of the majority of the citizens of the upstate counties and do not defend the very principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness upon which this country was founded.  The policies reflecting this opposing ideology are reflected in statutes and regulations on life, family, protecting our children in schools, protecting our lives and property, preserving the sanctity of our votes and ensuring the integrity of our elections, diminishing the value of our very citizenship and in a myriad of other ways which directly affect our daily lives, raising our children and the election of our representatives. The tyrant of New York has even dictated that those citizens of this state whose ideologies differ from his own have no place in this state.
Financially, New York is in trouble. A consistent hallmark of big, oppressive governments is fiscal mismanagement. New York is no exception. The state is more than $350 Billion in debt and counting. While not receiving nearly the same representation in the state government, the citizens of the upstate counties, and their children, will be saddled with paying off this debt.
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The debt that New York State has racked up as of 9 August 2017.
For all this money spent, New York has the most corrupt government in the country. In the past decade, more than thirty NY officials have been led away in handcuffs, including the last Assembly Speaker. Still unconvinced?  The last FIVE Senate majority leaders have faced charges of corruption.
As described by Politico “New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival.”
In both the Assembly and the Senate, the citizens of upstate are largely unrepresented. The ratio of legislators between upstate and downstate means New York City and surrounding counties can do what they want and the rest of us are along for the ride.
There is an opportunity to fix this. This November, New Yorkers get the opportunity to vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention. This chance only comes once every twenty years.
Some see this as THE chance to separate New York State into autonomous regions as a stepping stone to dividing the state.  The problem with that, the opponents to the convention say, is that the same people who have presided over the state’s demise will also dominate the convention.
If the convention were to happen and IF the upstate counties had an equal say in its outcome, the following amendments and changes would go a very long way to fixing New York and getting the state out of the morass it is in now:
1. Term limits for all members of the state legislature, senate and governor, LT Governor and state judges.
2. Requirement for a balanced budget; the state budget will be presented annually by the governor to the state assembly no later than 1 March of every year.
3. A valid form of photo identification must be presented to vote. The integrity and validity of our vote is the cornerstone of our representative republic. It must be defended.
4. Respect for unborn life. The state will specifically be prohibited from using public funds to pay for any institution that supports abortion. Immediate repeal of the current law which allows abortion up to 24 weeks of life. State recognition that unborn babies are living humans and warrant Constitutional protection.
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Premature viable baby born at 24 weeks.
5. Support for the 2nd Amendment and immediate reciprocity for all other states’ Concealed and open Carry permits and licenses. No other Constitutional right as guaranteed by the United States’ Bill of Rights ends at the state line. The right of self-defense should not either. This would necessitate a full repeal of the unconstitutional NY SAFE Act.
6. Tax incentives for all business who hire in the state, existing or new business of any size. Incentivize job creation.
7. Waiver of any hunter safety course for combat veterans to obtain a hunting license; fishing licenses are free to all active duty or veteran service members; free admission to any and all state parks for combat veterans and their families.
8. Support for existing federal law prohibiting any and all combat related disability pay for veterans when determining income in divorce. Often combat disabled veterans only have their disability pay on which to live and losing this income while being disabled leaves our veterans with little or no income.
9. No Sanctuary Cities and cooperation with federal immigration officials. The Rule of Law will be enforced and respected. Citizens are of paramount importance. Illegal aliens have no Constitutional protection; they are not citizens.
10. A standing anti-government corruption agency which investigates background and connections to all government officials when determining state contracts.
11. Strict merit-based system for all state employment, appointments and for admittance to state education institutions.
12.  A tax break for homeowners who have no kids in school or are homeschooling their kids. Citizens will not pay for a school system they are not using or are paying for public schools while teaching their own kids at home. This will force the state schools to become a “product” worth paying for. The contrary argument is that all citizens benefit from well-funded schools. However, the current public school system is a poor-performing state indoctrination center and does not adequately educate our children.
13. No Common Core and no teacher evaluations based on state standardized tests. Teachers will be able to get back to the business of instructing and educating our children as opposed to teaching rote memorization so the students can pass state-imposed standardized tests.
14. The state will institute and enforce a curriculum in all state-funded public schools on the United States Constitution, the founding of America and the Constitutional Convention.
15. The State Assembly will be elected by a popular vote of eligible voters in their respective districts, apportioned by population.
16. State Senators will be appointed by their respective county legislators with a distribution of two senators per county. This gives the counties a voice in state government and will serve as a significant check on state power. It will be much more difficult for the state to impose unjust laws, unwarranted tax increases and unfunded mandates onto the counties when each of these have to pass a body made up of representatives who do not answer to the state government, but instead are answerable back to their county legislators.
17. Electors of the state Electoral College in all national presidential elections will be elected proportionately by county; the party winning the majority of the popular votes of a particular county will then elect the county representatives to the national Electoral College.

The citizens of upstate New York are not represented in their state government.  America’s Founding Fathers did not anticipate that citizens would be held captive by any government that no longer represents them, both in terms of legislative power and ideologically, without those citizens having recourse to correct the situation.
Working together, with a common cause and with a firm reliance on a rightful outcome, the citizens of upstate New York can never surrender to fix what has become an intolerable condition.

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Do you believe Trump can rebuild this country?


I saw a meme on Facebook today that had a picture of Donald Trump.  The caption read “Do you believe this man can rebuild this country?”  It was a particularly popular post with over 4300 likes and 1100 comments. The overwhelming majority of the comments were “yes!” and “if Congress would get out of his way” being another popular theme.  Maybe a better question would be “Do the American people remember the Constitution?”
What have we sunk to in America that we now place all of our faith and trust in one single person to fix and rebuild our country? We are a nation of over 320 million people. We are supposed to be free. That means free to live our lives with minimal interference or coercion from government, or even from our fellow citizens.   No one person in what used to be the American representative republic is supposed to have that kind of power that they alone could rebuild our country.
To assume that the president, one person, regardless of who it is, can rebuild our country is a very dangerous notion indeed. If whoever holds that one singular office can rebuild the country, that means one person will also have the power to tear it down. Arguably, the one person attempting to tear America apart was Barack Obama.  Conservatives rightfully attacked the Obama administration because they were ignoring the Constitution and allowing the government to assume powers that it didn’t have under the Constitution.
Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the principles remain. The federal government is a bloated leviathan that is too deeply involved in our daily lives and is spending money like there is no tomorrow.
Take, for example, the current fight in Congress over repealing and replacing the unconstitutional Obamacare law. There simply is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with anyone’s healthcare.  It simply doesn’t exist.
Back to Trump. First, don’t misunderstand the intent of this article. This is NOT an anti-Trump rant. This has nothing to do with President Trump or his agenda. No, this is a pro-freedom, pro-liberty rant.
Somehow, somewhere in America, slowly but surely, we have allowed the office of the president to assume more and more power.  The Framers of the Constitution knew the dangers of a powerful chief executive and built safeguards into our Constitution to prevent any such thing from ever happening. Yet, here we are.
Constitution, US Constitution, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, Trumpcare, Repeal and Replace, Chief Executive, Powers of the Presidency, The Patriot InstituteIf you’re not familiar with the powers of the office of the presidency according to the Constitution, it is in Article II, Section 2:
1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
There they are, the powers of the office of the presidency. The president is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, but cannot commit our country to war, only Congress can do that. The president can nominate federal appointees like judges and ambassadors, but the Senate (read “states” before the 17th Amendment) must confirm these appointments.  Treaties can be negotiated by the president, but again must be ratified by the Senate.  The president signs bills into law, but the laws must be lawfully passed by Congress. So there is a check on every one of the president’s powers.
According to the Constitution, it shouldn’t matter hardly at all who is the president.  Instead, we have a country where the entire climate of the nation is ruled by one man holding one elected office.  That’s nuts!
It was never supposed to be this way.
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If you really believe in America, if you really want to make America great again, then what we need to do is support the movement to hold a Article V Convention of States.  Face it, Washington will never fix itself.  We MUST amend the Constitution to rip the establishment apart.  Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, a balanced budget amendment and repeal of the 17th Amendment are just a few things we have to put in place to restore this great representative republic.
If you think that Donald Trump is going to rebuild America, think again. Thirty-seven years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected with the promise of making government small, lowering taxes and making America great again. Reagan came into office, stayed for eight years and left. Still the Washington machine marched on.  Trump’s presidency will be the same. He will come, make some short-term changes and leave either after one term or two.
When the moving truck pulls up to the Trump White House, the growing, over-spending, freedom crushing, over-reaching federal leviathan will still be there, despite whatever promises this one man makes to us.

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Congress out of control


THE TRUMP RULE:
Let's see if congress understands what people pressure is all about.
Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . . $180,000 FOR LIFE.
Salary of House/Senate members .. . . $174,000 FOR LIFE
This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.
This is really stupid
Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . $193,400 FOR LIFE.
Average Salary of a teacher . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000
Here's where the cuts should be made!
Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
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7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 7/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.
President Trump, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in five minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".
The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.  If Americans today put the necessary pressure on Congress, we can get this done too.
This will take an amendment to the Constitution. The most likely route for the American people to amend the Constitution is through an Article V Convention of States to propose amendments. Support this effort in your state!
Washington will NOT fix itself!
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Main reasons for a NYS Constitutional Convention



First NYS Constitutional Convention
New York voters have the opportunity to call a state constitutional convention this year. The Main reasons for a NYS Constitutional Convention are the ability to Divide NYS into regions, and create term limits, budget reform, and real ethics reform.
A NYS Constitutional Convention should NOT be confused with a Federal Constitution Convention (sometimes called an Article V Con-Con) which is called if 2/3 of the States pass resolutions requesting one. The members of a Federal Con-Con are appointed by the State legislators the people have no say in choosing them. Amendments must be approved by 3/4 of the States and because the US Constitution protects our rights; all our rights are at risk !!! A NYS Constitutional Convention is called by the voters; the vote is this Nov 2017. Delegates are chosen by voters, and any amendments must be approved by the voters. NO rights are at risk.
The two main reasons we hear repeated every twenty years against a NYS convention are #1 IS THE VOTERS MAY ELECT BAD DELEGATES. Because in the 1960s the Legislature called a convention off cycle so their members could easily run for delegate and everything they proposed was rejected by the voters. When the convention is called by a YES vote of the voters in Nov 2017; the delegates are elected at the same time as the legislators and the governor are up for reelection which makes it hard for them from run for delegate. #2 PENSIONS may be at risk just a scare tactic. Divide NYS delegates will be pledged not effect pensions (see outline section on our about page) and on the other-side delegates are already in the pension system, so pensions are NOT at risk.
Every twenty years the people of NYS get to vote on whether to hold a NY State Constitutional Convention. If the Convention is approved, The Convention can then submit amendments to the NY State Constitution directly to the voters. Our method to divide bypasses the NYS Legislature. Here are the steps to make this happen:
FIRST: Nov 2017: The proposition for holding a NYS Constitutional Convention will automatically appear on the ballot in Nov 2017. We must register and VOTE YES or no convention will be held. In most places it be on the back of the ballot; in a few it will be on an extra sheet.
SECOND: June 2018: We must put delegates on the ballot that will support the Amendment to create autonomous regions. There are 3 delegates for each Senate District (total 189) and 15 delegates elected Statewide.
THIRD: Nov 2018: We must vote for our delegates!
FOURTH: Nov 2019 The Amendment to create two autonomous regions is submitted to the voters. We must vote to approve it!
FIFTH: Jan 2020 New regional districts are drawn.
SIXTH:  Jan thru Dec 2020: The state prepares to divide into regions!
SEVENTH Nov 2020: New region officials are elected to take office in December!

Divide NYS into two or three autonomous regions
We cannot do this without you. We need your support in order to triumph in this great undertaking.
First we need your financial support as we move forward with plan for Autonomous Regions, to stop Andy and his cronies, from depriving us of the adequate representation guaranteed by US constitution.
You are part of history that will be noted by your kids, grandkids – all of your posterity because we will succeed.  We must succeed – for them!
The author is the Chair of  Divide NYS Caucus Inc is a statewide group working on dividing NYS into two or three autonomous regions.
You can donate to the cause here.



The Washington DC and Government Saboteurs


If it hasn’t come to your attention yet, our Federal, no, scratch-that! Let me correct myself here… Our entire Government whether Federal, State and or Local Governments are overflowing with fifth-column saboteurs. From Congress, straight down to the newly elected city councilman, our nation is filled with elected and non-elected government officials  whose heart’s are deceitful and wanting nothing more than to see America no longer exist.
To say every saboteur is only a Democrat, would be incorrect. I say incorrect because assuming just Democrats are out to destroy America would be a disservice and threading a lie to the American public. Every red, white and blue-blooded American should be fully aware that the clear majority of Republican Party elected leaders in this nation are the same Globalist, America-hating rat’s that naw-away at our great nation as well as the Democrats. Don’t believe me? Just look at our current do-nothing congress and the many in State Houses as well and how they pass so called ‘laws” to take huge chucks of opur God-given liberties away everytime they meet!
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Simply one with open eyes cannot help but to see what these Democrat and Republican Party government leaders are doing to our nation. No one in their right mind could ever be so blinded to not see the absolute destruction they are bringing to our country. As our Government leaders ignore the massive amount of national debt, unemployment and injustice that occurs daily in America, many of these same government leaders seemingly only want to talk about are ridiculous notions of passing Marijuana Legalization and celebrating Easter egg hunts, and or cops. Everything these useless America haters say and act is only done so to appease the ignorant American who is content with flowery speeches, but re-elect the do-nothing Government leaders!
Seemingly, one of the few in our Government that is attempting to do anything good is President Trump. He tries to help in the way of getting America back on its economic feet, but the majority of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress do everything in their power to destroy whatever President Trump attempts to accomplish.  Those of us who voted for President Trump, voted for change including to “Drain The Swamp.” I and many Americans can see every one of the saboteurs acts against President Trump’s wishes at every turn. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the saboteur’s actions, but the problem with ridding of these saboteurs is this, they know very well that they will not be held accountable for their wrongful, even illegal acts if caught. In essence, they own “The Swamp” and they will fight like Hell to keep The Swamp right where it is!
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Indeed, half of the American Public can see how clearly corrupted Washington DC is and how swampy all of our Government’s  and their courts here in the U.S. have become. Many of us can also see how nearly every politician either openly sides against America’s best interests or does so in their not so “secret” meetings they frequently hold. It doesn’t help that much of our Judiciary has also gone the way of hating on America either. As a victim of an Illegal Alien and that Illegal Alien’s abettors, those being her American judges and lawyers sending a Batavia, NY cop to threaten to murder me for exposing them, It greatly grieves me to see how many Judges are deciding to hide and enable Illegal Aliens to remain and commit further heinous crimes on Americans such as rape, murder, extortion, drug sales, fraud, etc. There is no worse Saboteur in my book than a 5th column judge, lawyer and or cop, for they are sworn to uphold the US Constitution and serve “blind justice.”
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Seemingly, all three branches of our Government, on every level has their plan to destroy America. Globalists have invaded our Government and need immediate removal. With so many saboteurs in Government, including those currently ignoring the vast amounts of criminal acts being committed at the hand of those same Government officials, I cannot help but see a very angry American populace ready to start physically pulling politicians and others who protect, and or side with them, out to a Liberty tree for a flogging, or worse.
We have recently witnessed (or some of us Americans participated in)clashes between Americans and Communists wearing black-terrorists clothing who were armed with sticks and bats. What comes next do you think? With that question settled in your own heart, and with so many elected and non-elected political leaders as well as those in our judiciary involved in impeding our Natural Rights as outlined by our Founding Fathers, is it not reasonable to believe as our Founding Fathers also once wrote in a letter entitled, The Declaration Of Independence which in part states, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” ?
I know what time it is, do you?
Rev Paul P. Waldmiller
Black Robe Regiment Pastor

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Fascist Antifa fights for the end of Fascism


ANTIFA has been all over the news lately. Who are these people? Where did they come from and what do they want?  What does ANTIFA even stand for?
ANTIFA is short for “Anti-Fascism Action.”  On the group’s Facebook page, they describe themselves as “Antifascist Action focuses on promotional, informative and practical ways of struggle against all authoritarian ideologies and groups promoting any kind of oppression, particularly against Neo-Nazism and right wing radicals.”
In defining themselves and what the group is about, an Antifa member recently told The Nation, “Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics, revulsion at racists, sexists, homophobes, anti-Semites, and Islamophobes, with the international anti-fascist culture of taking the streets and physically confronting the brownshirts of white supremacy, whoever they may be.”
The movement grew out of the Occupy movement that camped out in parks and in the streets of cities all over the country demanding something, like the end of capitalism. The Occupy movement was marked with rampant drug use, rape tents and more.  from Occupy, then came The Base (incidentally Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaida translates into “The Base”).  Then came the protests and riots in Ferguson and Baltimore and Black Lives Matter. With the election of Donald Trump, this movement has now grown into Antifa.
These people say they are antifascist and anti-capitalist.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of fascism is:
  • 1 a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
  • 2 :  a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality
Essentially, Antifa seeks to end what it perceives as fascism, meaning the election of Donald Trump.  Again, from The Nation, “We can deploy the “fascism” moniker to Trump’s ascendance by recognizing features like selective populism, nationalism, racism, traditionalism, the deployment of Newspeak and disregard for reasoned debate.”  Antifa freely admits that it is from the extreme left wing: “Antifa combines radical left-wing and anarchist politics.”
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They not only tolerate violence as an available political tactic, violence is a cornerstone of their ideology. They want to shut down, silence any and all opposition to their point of view. “The essential feature is that anti-fascismdoes not tolerate fascism; it would give it no platform for debate.”
So in their own words, Antifa is of the radical left and will use any means necessary to include to silence their opposition. They will organize on the streets and plan on attacking and doing battle with anyone who stands on the other side. While claiming to be against racism, the group is blatantly racist against whites. On college campuses across the country, Antifa is demanding racist segregation in the dorms, study areas and wants “safe spaces of color.” At a protest at Berkeley University, Antifa protesters made a human chain specifically to prevent white students from attending class (see video here).
The Antifa movement specifically names their enemies as Nazis, or at least Neo-Nazis.  There are just a few minor issues with Antifa and their movement.
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Nazis were extremists who used violence and intimidation to silence the opposition and achieve their goals.  Antifa are extremists who use violence and intimidation to silence their opposition.  The group is specifically recruiting members who will be “ willing to engage in anti-fascist physical confrontation in Trump’s America.”
After the violent riot in Berkeley, California following the election of President Trump, the Antifa protesters were dismayed by what they perceived as a defeat at the hands of the Trump supporters.
In an online message board, Reddit, Antifa members were discussing how they need to bring guns to the next round of protests. One of the members stating, “Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training” (see screen shots below).
Nazi is short for National Socialist Party. Socialists are left-wing. Nazis were not right wing. The left – right political spectrum runs from extreme Left, meaning total government control on one end and extreme Right, total anarchy, no government on the other end. Nazis were for total government control – extreme Left.  Antifa is left-wing; “radical left” in their own words.
Nazis were racists. Antifa are racists.  Regardless of the liberal progressive narrative that minorities can’t be racists, any deliberate segregation of the races to promote or discourage any race over another is racism. Antifa is racist.
Given all of this, it would appear as though Antifa, while claiming to be fighting against Fascism, are in fact the Fascists themselves.
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Screen shots of Reddit discussion from Antifa calling for guns and combat training for their members.

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When Compromising Is Wrong


The use of Compromise seems like the American way. We see politicians, lawyers and ordinary Americans utilizing it everyday. Compromising “to get things done” has been a hallmark of this nations ability to achieve both good, but also some things very bad. In fact, a close history study of the United States as a nation reveals just how many times even our Founding Fathers utilized compromise to construct our Constitution and other segments of our Federal Government. Our Government was established in compromise but today, our Government has slid to compromise on everything, even it’s own Laws in which regulates it.
Not only our Government, our American culture utilizes compromise in nearly every situation. Some Americans refer to the use of compromise as an “art form.” I believe a good example of this is what Donald Trump(before he became President) wrote in his book entitled, “The Art Of The Deal.” In his book, Mr. Trump describes situations of use of compromise to gain the edge regarding business deals. Of course Mr. Trump is not the creator of the use of “compromise”, but he certainly used it to help build a multi-Billion Dollar empire. Compromise may be good to build a business, but when compromising with and doing what is clearly immoral, can never bring forth anything good.
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Even though we Americans utilize compromise so much, an important question should, and must be asked of all of us. That question is this, “Is it so healthy for us to use compromise as often as we do?” I bring forth this question to all of you in this article because I have noticed some of the errors and perhaps irreversible damage done to our culture regarding the frequent use of compromise. Now I am definitely not interested in writing within this article an exhaustive list of areas where I see the use of compromise as a bad idea. Instead, my desire in this article, is to identify some specific areas where compromise has resulted in matters becoming worse, rather than in helping. I am hopeful that enough Americans(and perhaps Westerners) will read this article and begin to evaluate their use of compromising with others and or, their own values so that we might see some common sense brought back to our lives.
And that’s really the root issue, our values. How many of us have us have ever compromised with our values? Some example questions would be, how many of us have sworn never to take part in something(because our values said it was wrong) but did it anyway? Think about that for a moment. How many Americans have made a solemn oath before God to love our spouse until “death do us part” but later sought a divorce? What of those drug addicts or alcoholics who swore before their “mother’s grave” that they would never use drugs again or take another drink again? Why did they compromise their morals so easily and relapse? How many Americans at a young age have been exposed to the Ten-Commandments found in both the Torah and the Bible yet knowing there are negative consequences for violating God’s commands, compromise their moral beliefs and act contrary to God’s word anyway? These examples of compromising with self-values are only three examples, and I could mention many more, but I think you get my point.
I admit, I probably have already lost some readers of this article at this point. Why? Because I hit a nerve with some. I have exposed what some call “hypocrisy” or sometimes also referred to as a “character flaw.” But “hypocrisy” and a “character flaw” is nothing more than a person who has made a conscious decision to compromise with what they already know is wrong and act out on it anyway. I remember some years back when former President Clinton was caught having sex with a female intern in the White House. All the Democrats came running to the defense of Clinton enabling his compromising with what he knew was wrong, stating he simply had a “character flaw.” Justification of bad and immoral acts has become so easy in America. Seemingly also, Americans have made up their mind that compromising with bad acts is acceptable at any level. At least most Americans anyway.
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Like with everything that compromises with evil acts, “The Devil is in the details. I will tell you, I have been to Washington, DC three times. I have walked the halls of Congress and can also tell you that the Devil owns Washington DC. I witnessed myself as the same lobbyists went from Democratic members of Congress, then across the hall to Republican members of Congress. The same money from lobbyists purchases both Democrats as well as Republicans. “Compromise” is the name of the game for our Federal Legislators and with it, cash is king!
Please know that it is not only the halls of Washington DC that I have walked. I have also walked the streets and roads throughout America. The misuse of compromise has infected and infiltrated many homes, families, churches, courts, businesses and schools. As a nation, we seem to have allowed the Devil’s cunning lies to entice us to compromise with him and his ways. Our nation is in chaos. Some who read “tea leaves” say our nation is headed for another civil war. I cannot help but believe that American’s who’ve adopted the attitude of compromising with evil, has much to do with this belief of an upcoming American civil war.
Surely by now you get the picture and the point of my article. There is a stark interest between making a decision to build a two-lane, or a four-lane bridge as compared to making the decision to build a bridge but also giving the building contract to your pals rather than making the bid to build the bridge open to the public. Compromising on matters that do have no moral implication may be appropriate, but the fact of the matter is, many of our own personal and corporate decision making does impact upon others whether we are in denial about this fact or not. Compromising with evil has never brought forth any good fruit, just disasters for years to come. Don’t believe me? Just ask Bill and Hillary Clinton. Nothing good has ever come from either of them and their lives should be an example to all of what occurs when you compromise with the devil and his ways.
Compromising with the Devil will always bring negative and very, very bad consequences.
By Paul Waldmiller

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Liberal ideology no match for economics


Liberal political ideology just can’t compete against economics.  States with a tax and spend mentality are losers. They consistently lose businesses, revenue, jobs and taxpayers to states with a more conservative, and therefore business friendly environment.
Every year the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) publishes a study comparing at least fifteen economic and policy factors to determine the best and worst states in regard to economic outlook. Liberal states are consistently at the bottom.
Their report, Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements in state economic growth. The data ranks the 2017 economic outlook of states using fifteen equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The 2017 report is their tenth edition and closely examines trends over the last few decades that have helped or hurt states’ economies.
The one common trait among the states populating the bottom of the list of fifty states is that they are primarily ruled by Democrats and have a liberal political ideology.  High taxes, burdensome regulations, enormously expensive public sector unions and a generally low business-friendly environment all contribute to this.
Below is the map depicting the state rankings from 2016:
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Although there has been some movement since last year, with some states improving, by and large the states ruled by liberal Democrat policies remain at the bottom.  What causes these states to be in such economic trouble? Liberal political policies. No question. As Larry Kudlow of CNBC and Brett Arends of Market Watch explained last night, Tuesday 18 April, on the syndicated John Bachelor syndicated radio show, speaking first of Connecticut’s plummeting in the rankings:
“Governor Malloy [has created a dog’s breakfast of] the Connecticut economy – GE and multiple other companies have fled. Unions have in effect destroyed it. It was in great shape and now is in tatters.  States with no income tax have three times the growth in jobs as do other states…   Gov Lowell Weicker [of Connecticut] pushed through a state constitutional amendment to have a balanced budget – and that’s never been enforced! True, taxes are a factor but right-to-work laws are critical: you’re welcome to join a union, but are not obliged to join if you choose not to. Ten years in a row, the best has been Utah. The most progress in the last ten years: Indiana, which had two great governors, Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence.  Florida is No. 6 in the list; it has beautiful weather but unattractive gubernatorial policies; even California lost people to North Dakota from its [harebrained] policies!  Lots of liberal Californians have moved to Colorado, then vote o the kind of officials they left behind,  New York is the 50th, New Jersey is 48th .  Disaster.  These are mostly public-sector unions.  They vote vast benefits for themselves and bankrupt the state”
You’d think that common sense and critical thinking would take over and states who are getting creamed would adopt better, smarter policies. Not really. For example, New York who ranks dead last, fiftieth, just passed their budget.  Instead of instituting new policies and lower taxes, they did just the opposite.  NY’s next budget includes $190 million in new taxes, PLUS a new higher health care tax, PLUS a new higher “millionaire tax” and more! Their budget also includes a new program to offer “free” tuition at state colleges. Tax and spend. Tax and spend. It simply doesn’t work but the liberal ideology is so entrenched that even simple math isn’t enough to jolt these politicians back to reality.
It is primarily states that are ruled by liberal Democrats that are failing. Compare the map above with the map of Democrat versus Republican controlled states below. There is an unmistakable correlation between Democrat rule and economic failure.
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2016 Red and Blue State Comparison
This translates into more than just bad economics. These same states are losing political power and clout as well. People are smart. They’re smart enough that when things get bad and they feel, or in reality are, powerless to change things, they move.  And they are. People are fleeing the worst states and moving to better pastures, because in this instance, the grass is truly greener across the state line.  Collectively, states like California and New York have lost millions of people over the last two decades.
According to the New York Post, more people are leaving New York than any other area of the country. Being last for economic outlook, and that being driven by liberal policies are convincing folks that New York is failing. The state’s citizens are fleeing the sinking ship. ALEC summarized NY’s woes:
New York
2017 Rich States, Poor States Economic Outlook Rank: 50
  • New York’s high taxes, high rates of spending and government cronyism (START-UP NY) have caused the state to rank dead last in nearly every single edition of Rich States, Poor States
  • Highest state/local business income tax rate in America – 17.19 percent
  • Second highest state/local personal income tax rates
  • Nearly 1.4 million taxpayers have fled the Empire state in the past decade (worst nationally)
This loss of population is causing a loss of political clout as well. When people leave a state, they take their federal representation with them. New York lost two Congressional seats since the last census, so has California. This trend will continue after the 2020 census too and we can expect New York to lose at least two more seats.
That means that red states like Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina are picking up these seats. Liberals are losing their seat at the table in regards to federal representation. The chart below shows the losses of House seats.
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Now, take just a moment and compare the three maps above. There is absolutely a direct correlation. Liberal tax and spend policies are bankrupting their states. Businesses and tax payers are fleeing these states in record numbers.
The real problem is that the political ideology of the liberal politicians is so deeply entrenched that no matter what, no matter how their states fail economically and politically, they simply will do nothing but double-down on their proven failures.

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Freedom of speech: The foundation of our liberty


Freedom of speech is the foundation of our liberty here in America.  Thankfully, the silent majority finally found its voice and spoke out against the abuse of power, the complete disregard of our  Constitution, the corruption and the out-of-control spending of our Federal Government.
Americans went to the polls in record numbers on November 8 and  voted overwhelmingly to reject and repudiate all the radical leftist ideals perpetrated by the  far-left progressives during the past 8 years!
However, winning the election was just the beginning as  far-left progressive Socialists in both parties have shown they refuse to accept defeat!  They were not used to Americans speaking out against their Socialist policies and they’re doing their best to retain the power they had and to negate the outcome of the election with their constant barrage of lies, media attacks, and smears!  They never miss a chance to attack, degrade,  ignore or vilify President Trump and everyone in his Administration!
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Since the advent of FOX NEWS, cable news, talk radio and the internet…we are no longer just  “spoon fed”  what these far-left progressives and their “drive-by media” want us to know!  With the advent of these alternative news sources,  we can quickly find out what’s really going on.  This  is  driving the far-left wild since  they can no longer control what we see, hear & learn.
For decades now, these radical forces have been at work to “fundamentally” change our Country and to undermine its Constitutional foundations.  As a result, our rights  have been steadily eroded. Our culture and morals have been successfully degraded as well.  Christianity’s under constant attack because they cannot accomplish their goals in a Christian nation!
Through the years, as these radical left progressives came into positions of power, they have successfully used our own laws against us in order to further their socialist agenda and to seize more power!
“Political Correctness”…has been one of their most effective tools in silencing us. Through “political correctness” they have effectively shut  down free speech and  any opposition to what they were doing by claiming we were racists, bigots, narrow-minded and bitter clingers!
President George Washington warned…”If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb & silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter!”


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Why Trump did not need Congressional approval to strike Syria


After President Trump ordered the US military to launch a strike on the Syrian airbase where this week’s sarin gas attack originated, many on the internet are claiming that he violated his constitutional authority as president. Only Congress can declare war, they say, so President Trump should have obtained a congressional authorization to launch his punitive attack.

This argument is based on a misunderstanding of the Constitution. While it is true that Article I Section 8 says that “The Congress shall have Power… To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water,” the focus should be on what the Constitution does not say.

For example, the Constitution does not say that the president, who it names as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” shall obtain the permission of Congress before deploying the army and navy in combat. The Constitution also does not say that a declaration of war is required before ordering the military to attack.

That the president has the power to order the military into combat unilaterally is not a recent interpretation of the original intent of the Framers. In his excellent book, “The Savage Wars of Peace,” Max Boot details the numerous small, undeclared wars and military actions that the United States has been involved in during our short time on earth.

Proponents of declarations of war might be surprised to learn that America’s first undeclared war occurred in 1801, a scant 14 years after the Constitution was ratified. Although Congress authorized action against Tripoli in 1802, a formal declaration of war against the pirate kingdoms did not come until 1815 under James Madison. Yet if President Jefferson overstepped his constitutional authority in ordering the US Navy and Marines to go to war against the kingdoms of the Barbary coast in what is now Libya, there would have been opposition from the still-living Framers of the Constitution and authors of the Federalist Papers. Jefferson’s opponents criticized his Louisiana Purchase as exceeding his authority instead.

Although the US has been involved in many conflicts, only five wars have been formally declared. These include the War of 1812, The Mexican War, The Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. That does not mean that all other conflicts were unconstitutional, however.

Congress has authorized the use of military force at least 13 times without declaring war. The first such authorization occurred even before the Barbary wars when Congress authorized John Adams to use military force against France during the Quasi War of 1798-1800. Congress has authorized the president to use military force many times in recent years including in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq. These authorizations could be construed to fill the constitutional role of a declaration of war.

Many conflicts never had congressional approval at all. One of the largest undeclared wars, The Korean War, was never authorized by Congress. Neither was George H. W. Bush’s deployment of troops to Somalia or Bill Clinton’s deployments to Bosnia and Haiti. President Bush’s invasion of Panama received congressional approval only after the fact. President Obama never went to Congress for approval of his intervention in the Libyan civil war.
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Cruise missiles launch from a US Navy destroyer to strike Syria.
An opinion memorandum from the Deputy Counsel to the President from September 2001 quotes the Supreme Court in United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez (1990), “[t]he United States frequently employs Armed Forces outside this country—over 200 times in our history—for the protection of American citizens or national security” and goes on to note, “On at least 125 such occasions, the President acted without prior express authorization from Congress.”

The military actions in Korea, Bosnia and Libya were authorized by the United Nations even though Congress never signed off on them. In some cases, such as the Persian Gulf War, military force was authorized by both Congress and the UN.

In 1973, Congress was concerned enough about the possibility of abuse of presidential war-making authority that it passed the War Powers Act to clarify the constitutional roles of the president and Congress. The WPA requires the president to “consult” with Congress before introducing US troops into hostile or potentially hostile situations. It also requires the president to withdraw American forces after 60 days unless Congress grants approval for continued action.

The requirement to consult with Congress sets a low bar. It allows the president to act quickly and for a short time without a congressional approval. Under both the Constitution and the WPA, there is no specific requirement for the president to seek approval from Congress for a single military strike.

If a sustained campaign against a hostile foe is required, the rules are different. The War Powers Act, but not the Constitution, sets a 60-day time limit for unilateral actions by the president. Even then, neither law requires the president to ask for a formal declaration of war.
Why is Congress granted the power to declare war if such a declaration is not required under the Constitution? A declaration of war has legal implications that an authorization for use of force does not.
“In contrast to an authorization, a declaration of war in itself creates a state of war under international law and legitimates the killing of enemy combatants, the seizure of its property, and the apprehension of enemy aliens,” says the Congressional Research Service. “With respect to domestic law, a declaration of war automatically triggers many standby statutory authorities conferring special powers on the President with respect to the military, foreign trade, transportation, communications, manufacturing, alien enemies, etc.”

Undeclared and unauthorized military actions are still subject to international law. “Perhaps most important,” notes the CRS, “neither a declaration nor an authorization is necessary to trigger application of the laws of war, such as The Hague and Geneva Conventions; for that, the fact of armed conflict is the controlling circumstance.”

The lack of a declaration or authorization does not mean that the president’s actions are illegal under international or domestic law. President Trump’s strike against Syria was well within his role as commander-in-chief of the US military and his power to set foreign policy. A ground invasion and occupation of Syria would trigger different rules, but would still not require a formal declaration of war.

Originally published by The Resurgent





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Why President Trump Won’t Be Impeached




Almost since the election, there have been calls to impeach Donald Trump. The chorus to impeach President Trump follows years of calls to impeach President Obama by conservatives. Barack Obama was not impeached and Donald Trump isn’t likely to be, even if it can be proven that he colluded with the Russians during the election.

The Constitution is very specific about the basis for impeachment. Article II Section 4 states, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

People, both conservative and liberal, who want to impeach a president for policy differences or because they don’t like him are acting outside the bounds of the Constitution. Even a president who commits crimes that do not rise to the standard of “high crimes” may not to be subject to impeachment.

Article III of the Constitution helps to interpret the rules for impeachment. For example, “treason against the United States,” is defined in Section 3 as “only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Section 2 specifies “The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury.” This implies, but does not require, that impeachment would be the result of an indictable offense.

Less clear is the meaning of the phrase, “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Constitutional Rights Foundation notes that this phrase had been common in English law since 1386 and would have been familiar to the Framers, who adopted it with little discussion. At its core, the phrase implies abuse of office and unfitness to serve.

The CRF also points to the Federalist Papers for clarity on impeachment. In Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton wrote that impeachable offenses are “those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

In the case of President Trump’s alleged coordination with the Russians during the campaign, he would likely be safe from impeachment even with incontrovertible proof. In 1872, Schuyler Colfax, vice president to Ulysses Grant, was threatened with impeachment for corruption and bribery. The House Judiciary Committee ultimately decided that Colfax could not be impeached because the alleged bribe occurred before he was elected vice president. The committee believed that the matter should be handled by the courts instead of Congress. Colfax was never indicted or impeached.

Conversely, in 1973, the Office of Legal Counsel wrote that it was unacceptable for a jury of 12 individuals to overturn the will of the nation as expressed in an election. In a memo, the counsel argued that it “is more fittingly handled by the Congress than by a jury, and such congressional power is founded in the Constitution.”

President Trump would have two defenses under these legal theories. First, the actions that might trigger an impeachment, from sexual harassment to Trump University to collusion with the Russians, occurred before he was elected president. Therefore, under the Colfax memorandum, they would not be impeachable offenses.

Second, these actions were also known to the voters during the election. People knew that Trump was a Putin aficionado, they knew about his history with women and they voted for him anyway. It would be problematic for the courts or Congress to overturn the election under those circumstances.

Nevertheless, the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the election has dangerous consequences. If it is proven that Vladimir Putin intervened in the election on Trump’s behalf and that Trump purposely acted in concert with the Russians, it would almost certainly trigger a constitutional crisis over how to handle the matter.

Ultimately, impeachment is a political institution as well as a legal one. The same thing that prevented President Obama’s impeachment may be what stymies attempts to impeach President Trump as well. President Obama may well have been saved by the fact that the Democrats had a majority in at least one house of Congress for most of his term.

Under the Constitution, the House of Representatives votes to impeach the president and the Senate holds a trial to decide whether to remove him from office. Two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached, but neither was removed from office. It is likely that the pattern would have continued if House Republicans had voted to impeach Obama.

From 2010 on, the Republicans held control of the House, but Democrats held the Senate until after the 2014 elections. It would have been pointless to impeach Obama if he could not be removed from office. After 2014, even if serious charges could have been brought against Obama, the result of removing him from office would have been placing Joe Biden into the presidency. As an incumbent, he would have had a large advantage in the 2016 elections and, given the weakness and unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Biden may well have become president.

Democrats face the same problem today. As long as Republicans control Congress and remain reasonably unified, impeachment is a nonstarter. If Democrats do gain control of Congress and push through an impeachment, President Trump will be replaced by President Pence, who would probably be much more popular and effective. Trump’s impeachment may well prove to be a boon for the Republican Party instead of the Democrats.

The Democrats would also be taking a risk that Trump would be impeached but remain president. Bill Clinton’s popularity soared to record highs after his impeachment. The Clinton impeachment also served to unify Democrats and deepened partisan divisions in Washington. The impeachment of Andrew Johnson for a noncriminal offense also later came to be seen as politically motivated and a partisan error.

The big risk of impeachment for President Trump comes from his actions going forward. If he proves to be corrupt in office, he could turn enough Republicans against him to make impeachment a possibility. Likewise, the originalist interpretation of “high crimes and misdemeanors” could include incompetence and unfitness as a leader. If Trump, who has no experience in government, proves to be such a bad leader that the nation is endangered by his administration, a difficult standard to meet, even a Republican Congress may find itself looking for alternatives.

Originally published on The Resurgent

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The time for choosing


We are at a crossroads in our country; one that will determine the future course of our nation. It’s a time for choosing and the choices could not be more different.
Will you choose freedom, liberty and self-governance or will you choose to descend further into the abyss of socialism and the “nanny state” where big government takes care of everything in your life from the cradle to the grave?
Are you willing to trade your freedom to live the way you want…free of ever-increasing government regulations and more restrictive laws in exchange for free cell phones?…unending unemployment benefits?…and ever-expanding welfare benefits? Most Americans realize the folly of socialism but sadly …half the country is seemingly willing to make this trade.
As American universities churn out more and more young socialists…Americans are in danger of losing increasing freedoms to these ill-informed young people who’ve been brainwashed into thinking socialism is great… not knowing or realizing that socialism has failed every place it has been tried.
Sadly, most people don’t know that socialism was experimented with by our earliest settlers who ended up nearly starving to death…because only a few of them would actually work! But then…why would they? They got fed whether they worked or not! Much the same as what is happening in our country today with a welfare system that enslaves generations.
While socialism was failing in early America… the settlers were starving and dying. With even more settlers arriving soon…they realized something else needed to be done.
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So, they decided to try something different. The land was parceled out according to family size and the people were told they could keep what they produced. It was then they ALL became industrious and the colony started to prosper. Soon…there was an abundance! That was the beginning of capitalism which catapulted America into the greatest, wealthiest nation in the world!
As mentioned in the book, ‘THE 5,000 YEAR LEAP’, America accomplished more in just 200 years than all the previous countries did in the preceding 5,000 years!
Today however, capitalism…the engine that drove America to greatness is under constant attack and entitlement has replaced a work ethic in a population which feels it deserves handouts!
The past 8 years have severely damaged our economy, increased poverty and unemployment to record levels while destroying our rights!
Yes…it’s a time for choosing and the choices could not be more different! So, choose wisely my friends your freedom, liberty and prosperity depends on it!

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Term limits and saving our republic


I had the opportunity to teach a 12th grade history class not long ago. The topic was “limited government.” Naturally, the discussion turned to the Constitution and the powers of government. When we were talking about Article I and Congress, one student asked me why the House of Representatives only were in office for two years. “Because horses are slow,” I answered.
When the Framers designed the Constitution, their primary intent was to construct a federal government that could not expand its power over the people and infringe in our rights. Congress was not only to make laws, but also to provide two separate checks on executive and federal power. That is why there are two houses: The House of Representatives, “The People’s House,” and the Senate, representing the states.
Members of the House have two year terms. Again, because horses are slow. Serving in the house, like all elected service, was originally intended to be almost like jury duty. A citizen is chosen, and they reluctantly leave their farm, their business and family and go, kicking and screaming, to Washington to do the people’s business. At the end of their term, they return home and another citizen legislator is chosen, and so on. The term of service for the House is two years because in 1789 it may take weeks just to get there on horseback or in a carriage. I believe that if the Constitutional Convention were to be held now when we can jump hop a plane or even drive, with the same Framers, the term for service in the House of Representatives may only be one year, or even six months. It was never, ever, ever meant to be a career!
Instead, we have career politicians. Some of these people are in Congress for more than fifty years!
The longest current member of Congress is John Conyers (D-MI) who has been in the House since 1965. No, you read that right. John Conyers has made a fifty-two year career of two-year terms in the House. He has run for reelection and won twenty-six times! We couldn’t have drifted further away from the original intent of “public service” of our Framers or government by the people, for the people and of the people if we tried.
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Rep. John Conyers has been in Congress for 52 years
We simply cannot expect the nature of government, and the definition of governance, to change until we eliminate career politicians. This is the Deep State. This is the Establishment that is destroying America. The irony is that this is the one aspect of government over which We the People have the most control. All of America’s John Conyers can only be in Washington for fifty-two years if he gets elected and then reelected over and over and over again. This is all self-inflicted.
What would change in Washington with Congressional term limits? Everything.
1. The very nature of governing and governance changes. Representatives would do what they thought was right for the country without being consumed with winning their next reelection. The purpose of being in Washington has become staying in Washington. That means buying votes with the public treasury. Bringing home the pork has become synonymous with “getting stuff done” which it isn’t. Of course, equally important to bringing home the pork is the elected official ensuring he or she gets credit for it. For our so called representatives in Washington, it is just as important to get their picture taken in front of the new bridge as it is to get the new bridge at all.
If these people could not legally be reelected, the entire nature of their job changes from raising money and spending money to doing their job. That is what they were elected to do in the first place.
2. Our representatives wouldn’t be so beholden to lobbyists. Corporate lobbyists now spend about $2.6 Billion a year – right, $2,600,000,000.00 – to influence our elected representatives. Why so much? Because they are trying to influence not only the votes on our laws, but the laws themselves.
Bills hitting the floor for a vote in Congress are often well over 1000 or more pages. The final version of Obamacare (aka The Affordable Care Act) was over 2700 pages long. When you start to add in the regulations related to this law, the number of pages becomes astronomical. According to sources in Congress, the stack of rules, regulations, and proposed regulations amounts to somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 pages! That is outrageous!
Bills and our laws are so incomprehensibly long because corporations and special interests, through their lobbyists, all scramble to get their little piece in there that will benefit them. They’re successful. They pay big bucks to be successful. They are successful because our elected representatives are always, ALWAYS concerned with raising money for their next reelection. Take away that pressure by removing any reelection and the choke hold lobbyists have on our legislative process largely will go away.
5. Corruption. As a house of “representatives” the House of Representatives is not. Meaning, the people in there do not represent the folks who elected them. Congress is full of millionaires. By far, most of these people were NOT millionaires when they were first elected. How did they become rich while serving us? I’m not saying they’re up to anything illegal, but again, these folks make the law, so they look out for themselves.
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the wealthiest member of Congress, with a net worth of $254.65 million.
For example, when Congress passed Obamacare, inflicting this monstrosity of an unconstitutional bill onto the American people, they made sure members of Congress were exempted. Did you also know that it is not illegal for members of Congress to profit from trading stock and other securities based on information that is not available to the general public? To the rest of us that is called “insider trading” and is a felony. They take care of themselves and have all sorts of ways to get rich that denied to the serfs.
Multiple reelections leads to complacency. Complacency leads to corruption. Term limits wouldn’t end this outright, but because our representatives would only represent us for a short time, much corruption would go away. So would the “old-boy network” because the same individuals wouldn’t be there long enough to be the “old” anything.
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4. We’d get better people to represent us. Ok, let’s face it. The people we’ve sent to Washington are not the best and brightest. Government “service” does not generally attract the sharpest knives in the drawer. From Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) declaring she wants to impeach Trump because Putin “continues to advance into Korea” or Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) asking a Marine general if he thought Guam would capsize if the USMC put another battalion on the island. Incidentally, Waters has been in the house for twenty-six years.

We literally could pick citizens out of the phone book, if they still made phone books, and end up with a better informed and more motivated Congress than we have now.
We can fix this! We do not need Congressional approval to throw these people out of office. The Framers in their wisdom put this in the Constitution too. In Article V, there is a provision for We the People to change the Constitution. It is called an Article V Convention to Propose Amendments to the Constitution. The states can convene this convention and amend the Constitution to include a new amendment with Congressional term limits.
There has been a lot of debate on exactly how long Congressional terms should be, but there is no sensible debate on whether or not term limits are needed.
Term limits for Congress would go a LONG way to fixing what is wrong with this country. They need to start printing phone books again.

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The Big Lie of separation of church and state


“Make the lie BIG…keep it SIMPLE…keep SAYING it…and EVENTUALLY people will believe it!”….. Adolf Hitler
According to noted historian, David Barton, the EXTRA-Constitutional phrase “separation of church and state” is found in NONE of our governing documents, despite the current widespread belief to the contrary. The left’s narrative and their use of the principle of the separation of church and state is a big lie.
“This non-constitutional phrase has been infused into our constitutional thinking in recent decades by ACTIVIST courts… which have redefined the word “religion” in the First Amendment.
“The result of this is that the First Amendment is NOW used to prohibit the very activities that the founders themselves once ENCOURAGED under that same amendment.
Actually, the words ”separation”, “church”, or “state” are NOT FOUND in the First Amendment, the Constitution, or in ANY other OFFICIAL founding document.
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“The first clause of this amendment… which is referred to as the ‘ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE’… prohibited the Federal Government from establishing a SINGLE national denomination; the second clause…called the ‘FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE’ … prohibited the Federal Government [from] interfering with the peoples’ public religious expressions and acknowledgements.”
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David Barton further explained that “Significantly, BOTH clauses RESTRICTED the ACTIONS of the Federal Government; NEITHER [clause] RESTRICTED the actions of the citizens.”
Very simply, “the Founding Fathers did not want a single federal denomination to rule America but they DID expect basic Biblical principles and values to be present throughout public life and society.”
David Barton points out that “John Adams was one of only 2 of the founders to sign the Bill of Rights… and thus the First Amendment… and, as a Constitutional expert, he forcefully pronounced that our Constitution would not function properly if separated from religious values and standards.”

Founding Father John Adams explained “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
Founding Father Fisher Ames offered the final wording for the House version of the First Amendment and he, like so many other Framers, was committed to maintaining sound education in America. He noted that “the Bible was the principal source of sound morals in America and therefore must NEVER be separated from the classroom.”
It’s my understanding that the first book printed by Congress was a BIBLE… for use in the schools!
Check this out for yourself. For more information on the First Amendment and what it actually meant, read “Separation of Church and State, What the Founders Meant” by David Barton.

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How Trump’s Election Marks the End of the Second American Era


With the following tweet from PEOTUS DJT, at 7:30 AM 2017, The American Experiment has entered its third phase, and there is no going back.
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The future of American political debate will now be between the two camps of corporatism and socialism, and future historians will make a dividing line between American Eras, marking the beginning of the third with Trump's election.
Furthermore, there is no way to stop this advancement, reverse this trend, or go back. Welcome to our future.

The First Wave of American Freedom

From 1776 to 1861 the world saw the emergence of a bold and exciting political project. The defining feature of which was the affirmation of individual liberty and responsibility against the authoritarianism of churches, states, and corporations. Free enterprise was the driving motor pushing this project forward. Freedom to choose how you worship, where you shop, what you pursue in life; these were the revolutions. Local government was strong and important and Federalism meant a powerful alliance of mostly individual states and local cultures and ways of life coming together for the preservation of freedom. It is here that Christian theologians and political philosophers established the necessary principles of secularism, ensuring that the church would never be poisoned by state endorsement; and the state would not become the strong-arm of forcing others to pretend to believe an approved orthodoxy. Here that the successes of powerful enterprises saw the virtue of not seeking government assistance or endorsement against their rivals, but of proving their superiority through success in an open and free marketplace of competition. It was here that a fledgling and neonatal nation-state emerged with codified protections ensuring the rights of its citizens to protest that very government, coalesce in assemblies to petition that government and seek out redress of grievances, speak freely any criticism imaginable of the individuals and the systems which were just being established to rule over this new brave and free people.
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These are the principles that readers of this website care about. These are the principles they wish to see reestablished in a renaissance of American ideals. The depressing purpose of this paper is to argue that these hopes are all but made in vain.
Hardly were these principles first established on earth than the initiation of their degradation was begun. Looking back on the beginning days of this experiment French philosopher and economist Frederic Bastiat diagnosed an inevitable flaw in the constitution of this greatest of all political projects, predicted the symptoms which would arise as a result of this fatal flaw; and, in 1850, gave us the history of the next 150 years. His powerful and insightful formula, if my memory serves, can be ventriloquized something like this:
  • A free people allowed to engage in enterprise choose to do so and prefer simplistic narratives regarding politics so that they can quickly cast their votes and get on with the project of living.
  • A politician, which Socrates accurately psychologically analyzed as necessarily sick or psychotic, will find that violating the principles which separate the state from the free market in a way which gives a temporary benefit to one corporate agent over his competitors leads naturally to the funds and votes necessary to ensure a reelection victory.
  • Despite the fact that principles like those outlined in the 8th article of the constitution will prohibit these sorts of interventions by the necessary authoritarian body into the free and fair competition of an otherwise free-market; the temptation to ensure preservation of power by individual politicians will necessitate that these principles be violated. There just is not enough of a check to stop this trend codified in the American Constitution.
  • Businessmen will find that bankruptcy always threatens their enterprises, and that they would be able to compete much more effectively if they had some sort of change in the rules which favored them over their competition. Just as inevitable, will be their future attempts to court and lobby politicians to create laws (regarding subjects Congress has no authority to legislate in the first place) which give them this unfair advantage.
  • Once this process is started; which, Bastiat tells us was already in full swing at the time of his writing; it will necessitate that the competitors of this first businessman and his lobbyist get into the same game. The only way to compete is to keep an eye on the rules regarding the public coffer and the regulations invading each industry. This is as inevitable as the rest of what has been observed.
  • As a result of these observations and economic realities, the US government will succeed in doing what all authoritarian systems are inclined to do, that is, encroach upon liberties and become ever larger entities with expanded scopes of influence in the lives of the citizens (who are more and more becoming, "subjects", instead of citizens).
Not bad for 1850!

"The United States of America is..."

After the Civil War, people no longer used the phrase, "the United States of America are...". It was the rise of a powerful federalist system (which may have been necessary to end the wickedness of slavery at a time when scientific progress made owning slaves economically more valuable in the States than ever before--one of the few times in world history where the clear victory of principle over economic driving factors determined the fate of a nation and its people.) during the civil war that forever changed the way Americans viewed themselves, their nation, and the political project it represented on the earth.
State's rights are still discussed today, in the first few moments of the new third wave of American history; and they will likely still be talked about for some time in the future. State's rights have been discussed throughout our lives, and through the rest of the time of the Second Wave of American history as well. But the term, "State's rights" has meant something much less than it did in the past. There is still a legal and written tradition which gives historical nods to these principles, but there is not, and will not be in the near future, the political capital to care about or defend these principles.
I'll never forget the day Michael Farris, one of the few lawyers who somewhat regularly argues cases in front of the supreme court, a constitutional lawyer and founder of the HSLDA, demonstrated to me the hollowness of the lip-service still paid to these founding principles even by some of the strongest advocates on the right of the political spectrum. Mike Farris has argued and organized push-backs against many of the encroaching governmental power schemes of the left. One of his favorite tactics is to point out that the original intent of the founders when writing the 8th article of the Constitution, which describes the areas of life the founders delineated congress can legally regulate; and specifically the famous clause regarding the "regulation of interstate commerce" was never meant to be interpreted by the courts in the broad way they have. The Supreme court has decided that a legislative bill which has consequences for interstate commerce is, by this clause, constitutional; even if the primary purpose of the law is evidently something far removed from the regulation of trade between the states. The principle he advocates is an accurate one; but he doesn't mean it.
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One, perhaps the greatest, of the virtues of the Donald Trump campaign and upcoming Presidency is its clarifying effects. The Republican Party has been giving lip service to the principles of the American founding all the while doing exactly what any political party might be expected to do... expanding governmental authority at the expense of individual liberty. The left, and the democratic party, has lately been boldly advocating for more governmental intrusion into the lives of what used to be free citizens. In recent history they have been unable to conceal the contempt they have for a free people, and have enacted policies which diminish our power and respect around the world all the while claiming to be the highly-esteemed international figures the world respects.
Donald Trump's response to the creeping socialism of the left is necessary. The education systems in this country have ensured that no people are educated enough to long be free anymore, and the only opposition to the rapid destruction of our country through the implementation of socialist and communist ideologies is the new corporate nationalism of Donald Trump. This is unfortunate, but true nonetheless.

The Redefinition of the Left and the Right in America

The right: Corporatism, American Nationalism, Greatness
Trump will succeed in Making America Great Again, but "America" will mean something entirely new.
The left: socialism, communism, government takeover of industry
The left will advocate for more extremes and will use the inevitable negative consequences of Trump's new right and its corporatism to win elections and push America further down the road to socialism. The worse results of these actions will cause the pendulum to swing back towards the new nationalism of Trump's new right and future "conservatives" will win elections and use their power to give control back to, not the American people, but to specific corporations who will inevitably end up doing a better job than the government but which will represent a system very far removed from the free capitalism of the past.
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Patriots, I pray I am wrong.

If Donald Trump appoints Ron Paul to audit the Fed, if he evinces an understanding of Founding American Principles and uses his powerful persuasive tactics to educate others on these, if we show the same understanding and demand a renaissance, we may get one. But, none of these things seem likely at the moment.
True patriots who believe in the original American Experiment and it's powerful message of liberty will have to wait out this storm. Resist encroachments on your own liberties, become self-sufficient, hoard firearms and books. Eventually things will get bad enough and you will be called upon to lead the bloody revolution to take back power from the government and give it to the people. I predict that day will not come for a long time.
Raise the next generation to be educated in these matters, to understand liberty and personal responsibility. This third wave has only just started, and it will be a century or so until things get bad enough to justify and warrant a revolution. People have the democratic right to sell themselves into slavery, to foolishly give over great power to their government. We, as a people, can work to educate our fellows to resist these trends--trends, which, like the tide, will advance nevertheless, but we do not have the right.
Our fellow countrymen seem content to have their liberties, powers, and rights taken away from them piece by piece, and are even applauding those who propose to make this usurpation even more rapid. We must prepare ourselves for the eventual physical revolution which this foolishness will make necessary, but we have no right to engage in same until our fellows recognize the errors and join us. This will be a long time coming.


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Ground Truth of Infrastructure Projects


“Giving money to government is like give liquor and car keys to 18 year old boys”.
-P.J. O’Rourke
As I write this article, the Mayor of my city, Long Beach California, is in the little park across the street announcing big changes to the neighborhood. The oversized, heavy machines are in place and a slew of workers in hard hats and orange vests stand around waiting to look busy.
Preparations for this moment have been frantic; they forced the residents to move their cars at 7am or face having their vehicles towed away. The tranquility of my morning coffee and cigar was ruined by the sound of bull horns and jackhammers. To have the correct optics for the media, the corners were broken up and hauled away… the ACA compliant corners that were just redone last year are gone, replaced with an impressive series of holes, ready for concrete.
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Standing in a photo friendly semi-circle are the lower dignitaries and toadies, who, like the Mayor, don’t live in this neighborhood. Among the dozen or so sycophants are city council members, Party functionaries, city planners and non-profit workers. Not one of these people has ever taken a civics class, understands economics or held down a real job. This is just one more step in their pursuit of power in an increasingly socialist environment.
As the mayor prattled on about teamwork and partnerships (and a half a dozen other buzz works frauds use to appear to be worthy of public trust), he thanked the people of California and the city of Long Beach for the grant money to “improve our infrastructure”. That’s right; this multi-million dollar debacle has been brought to you by bond measures, and will be counted as infrastructure spending… and he said it with a straight face. The funny thing is the sidewalks and curbs were in great shape and didn’t need replacing; meanwhile many Long Beach district’s streets and walks have been neglected since the late 1980’s… streets they, (of course) have no plans to replace.
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So what are they planning? Bathrooms, new playground equipment, a fitness trail? Yes! They will make this 2 acre park into something THEY can be proud of. Forget the fact that we have two large parks with these amenities within walking distance… Did I mention none of these people live anywhere near this neighborhood?
So what will these “improvements” do for the residents of the Jackson Park district? Nothing good. The bathrooms will bring a flood of homeless, few kids play on the jungle Jim we have, and nobody jogs in a working class neighborhood. The gangs will have an under patrolled park to gather in, the hookers will have a safe place to ply their trade, and the drug addicts will have a new open air market… but at least the Mayor and his cronies got to spend a lot of money and give fat contracts to some of their friends, right?
This “infrastructure project” is by no means unique. There is nothing a Democrat loves more than spending other people’s money for good press and optics. To them it’s not a waste of public money if it furthers their private agenda. Don’t believe me? Just remember this is the same city that knocked down a grand old theater to build the “Michelle Obama Library”… and we still don’t know how much that porker cost the taxpayers.
When a lay-person thinks of infrastructure they see bridges, roads, pipes, cables, rails and ports in their mind. When a socialist thinks infrastructure their mind immediately goes to social engineering, pet projects, land grabs for estuaries and retainer walls to protect an endangered bug. The political left says there are different kinds of infrastructure; this is literally straight out of Marxism. When Marx spoke of infrastructure it included more than roads and pipes…
So when the pseudo-Marxist overlords start stretching the word “infrastructure” to mean ANY social experiment, union giveaway or crackpot idea, we end up with a lot of busy work with nothing to show for it. Take for example “green Infrastructure” that literally means planting trees, and is often synonymous with “carbon credit infrastructure”. There’s also social infrastructure and economic justice projects waiting to qualify, as well as big raises to the workers, payola to the Unions and kick-backs to the power hungry elected officials… your tax dollars at work.
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President Trump has stated he wants to spend a Trillion dollars on infrastructure to help “Make America Great Again”, and although many of us agree our roads and bridges need work, most Americans do not agree we need to waste tax dollars on pet projects of sneering liberals or opportunistic charlatans. If we as a Nation are going to grow the debt by 5%, we need an accounting of what we’re paying for and who does it benefit.
So the next time you hear a politician use the word “Infrastructure”, be sure and ask exactly what they mean by that and how much is it going to cost.
Edwin R. Williams

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Democrat rule……A California nightmare!


The State of California, which was once very prosperous and had the 5th largest economy in the world, is being completely destroyed under the chokehold of total Democrat rule!
Northern California has been particularly hard hit and we are also suffering from TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION a clear violation of the Constitution! This is why 21 Northern California Counties are desperately trying to separate from Southern California in order to form a NEW STATE.
Out of the 58 counties in the State of California…the 21 northern counties must SHARE 3 STATE SENATORS and must SHARE 3 ASSEMBLYMEN! But, Los Angeles County ALONE has 24 State Senators & 37 State Assemblymen!
Now…let that sink in….The ENTIRE 21 northern counties of California must SHARE 6 state representatives. WHEREAS Southern California has a TOTAL of 114 state representatives!
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Anti-Trump protesters in California
Besides lack of representation in state government…SACRAMENTO also regulates every facet of our lives…taxes us to death…TAKES our WATER…and REFUSES to let us harvest our bountiful timber! In fact, the California DEMOCRATS with the help of the EPA have destroyed the once thriving timber industry in Northern California and consequently destroyed the economies in those 21 northern counties along with the livelihood of thousands… preferring INSTEAD to see the FORESTS BURN!
On top of that…because of California’s regulatory strangleholds…countless businesses continue fleeing the state in record numbers as California ranks at the very bottom of the list as states being most unfriendly to businesses!
While the remaining taxpayers are rapidly fleeing the state…Democrats welcome in all illegal aliens…who pay NO taxes and who are promptly put on welfare…which is over-burdening an already huge deficit numbering in the TRILLIONS.

In addition to all that…Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Democrat cohorts misappropriated all the money allocated for our state water project like the OROVILLE DAM repairs. They took all that money and spent it on their numerous programs for the Illegals! We now all know what a disaster that turned out to be!
In Democrat controlled California it’s Illegal aliens FIRST and to hell with our American citizens! Proof of that is their intent to now declare California a SANCTUARY STATE!
NOW…to add insult to injury…Sacramento DEMOCRATS want to secede from the UNITED STATES! But shortly after saying that. .. Gov. Jerry Brown…turned around and had the nerve to ask for Federal Aid!
WOE to CALIFORNIA! IT’S TIME FOR THE STATE OF “JEFFERSON“!
Carol Byers

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Why everything is so screwed up!


Let me explain something about why our government is so screwed up. The founders of our country intended for each of the States to manage its own affairs, to regulate its own commerce, and to do all that the citizens of it demanded of it. They intended for government to remain as local as possible because that’s how the local people get what they want. They did not intend for all of America to suffer with ‘one size fits all’ solutions.
But over many generations the Federal Government gradually gathered power to itself, first through giving itself the ability to tax us (before 1919 there was no IRS, no Federal Income Tax). And after that the Federal Reserve was created and the Federal Government then began creating all sorts of agencies to manage affairs on a national level. The EPA, the BLM, and more than 260 agencies have now been created to manage business that was given to the States by our Constitution. (This is all being done under the Constitution’s provision for the Federal Government to regulate commerce between the States but this was a manipulation of that clause to give power to the Fed Gov that the founders certainly did not intend for it.)
As power in the Fed Gov grew so did the budget and so the Fed Gov then began creating all sorts of other excuses to be involved in American’s affairs through creating things like the National Endowment for the Arts, and providing funds for ridiculous science projects and all sorts of crazy things that many Americans do not support. The Federal Government became Big Brother through our permission… because some wanted all the stuff it could provide through taxpayer money.
And through all those payouts the Government kept becoming more and more powerful until now everyone thinks the Federal Government is doing exactly what the Founders intended.
Now what’s happening in the war between Republicans and Democrats is a war for control of the purse. They fight to be in power… not to represent.. not to ensure the American People get what they want (which is not even their job to provide in the first place about all that matters in our daily lives, that is for the States) but to make sure that the purse gets divided among all those they want to provide for.. those that helped them with their campaigns, etc. We are not represented in our government because we have permitted power to be centralized in the Federal Government.
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The political theater that’s going on.. this fight over Trump and what he’s doing.. it’s all about power. Permitting the Federal Government to be the Big Daddy means all attention is focused on it. All the players are ‘big stars’ and the American News Media has become a stage where those theatrics are directed. Trump is fighting the Status Quo from within. And that means he’s at a disadvantage. WE elected Trump because WE want massive reform in our governments. But what is the reform we want?
Many say ‘immigration reform’ and some say ‘reform in the news media’ and some say reform in our schools, etc. Really, reforming all these things means more than just reforming them… but reforming the whole picture of our government. As long as the Federal Government is in the position its in now being the central authority for everything American there will be no end to the corruption. It’s a gigantic bureaucracy trying to do an impossible job… one that was never intended for it. And that is why everything is so screwed up.
By Michael Hutton

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Silence leads to freedom’s demise


When our Founding Fathers first came together, their goal was to form a Government which was by the people and for the people, meaning that we all have a voice. The Declaration of Independence was their first official JOURNAL declaring their willingness to fight against a tyrannical government. The United States Constitution being their second JOURNAL, to lead and guide all future generations on the path of achieving and maintaining true Freedom and Liberty. Although this was not an easy task to accomplish, it was accomplished because of not only the Black robe regiment, ( the clergy who preached for the cause of Freedom), but by the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, John Adams and George Washington, just to name a few. Their words were fearless and for all who heard them, helped give birth to a fledgling nation. There is no other reason why the right to free speech was listed as the first item in the Bill of Rights and the right to keep and bear arms was listed as the second, in order to protect the first.
Now, over the course of time, main stream journalism has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise, where those who simply read the narration and talking points given to them by the government, on the nightly news, seek to squelch the voices of the citizen journalists, through regulation and the push for political correctness. They have left most Americans with the feeling that they are being lied to on a daily basis,(which most of the time, they are). It was nice to see that citizen journalists, via Stars and Stripes magazine, held NBC anchor Brian Williams’ feet to the fire about the BIG lie that he told about his trip to Iraq. The main stream media has omitted any and all TRUTH about Barack Hussein Obama, where he came from and where he is leading America. It will be up to the citizen journalists to do the research, and present the FACTS.
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My point is this, our Founding Fathers guaranteed each and every one of us a voice in the execution of our government. For us to remain silent will only lead to our own demise as a free people. Tyranny is achieved when good people do nothing. Take a good look around you my fellow Americans. Are we still living in the country that our Founders envisioned? We must find our still small voice and exercise it LOUDLY if we are ever to get America back onto the path of righteousness. One great nation, one loud voice! The time is now to call out and stand in one accord against all un-righteousness and together, we will guarantee Freedom and Liberty for generations to come.
As always fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

Like it or not, Trump’s ban is legal and Constitutional


Like it or not, President Trump’s immigration ban is perfectly legal and Constitutional. This despite the activist U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle’s attempt to legislate from the bench. On Friday Robart issued a nationwide restraining order temporarily blocking the travel ban put in place by President Trump last week. In fact the judge somehow determined that the two state who filed the suit, Washington and Minnesota, would suffer “irreparable injury” from not allowing unfettered immigration from terrorists countries and that his restraining order is in “public interest.”
How he may have come to that conclusion based on law and the Constitution is anyone’s guess. How Robart even came to the conclusion that the states have enough standing to file the suit at all is also anyone’s guess.
According to the US Constitution, immigration and naturalization law is exclusively the jurisdiction of the federal government:
US Constitution Article I, Section 8: The Congress shall have Power To… 4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.
This is even further codified in federal law. Democrat President Harry Truman signed the Suspension of Entry or Imposition of Restrictions Act into law after it was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress:
8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens – Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President:
Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
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But wait, there’s more…
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter restricted travel to the US on anyone from Iran. This was following the storming of the US embassy and hostages seized in Tehran and the overthrow of the Shah. No lawsuits. No protests.
Then President Obama placed further restrictions. The ban and the countries included in the ban are based on a law that Obama signed in December 2015. Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act which restricted travel from predominantly Muslim countries. This Obama law prohibited visas from people if they had visited Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.
In February 2016, Obama expanded the list of prohibited countries to include Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited. So, in a nutshell, Obama restricted visa waivers for those seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — and now, Trump is looking to bar immigration and visitors from the same list of countries.
When Obama did it, there were no protests or riots. Hollywood stars didn’t come out wanting to blow up the White House. No one was dragged from their car and beaten unconscious in Berkeley. There wasn’t a peep of protest from the leftist main stream media and states didn’t file suit in federal court. If it was legal for Obama to do it, how did the same action, based on a law Obama signed and another law that is now sixty-five years old, suddenly become illegal and unconstitutional?
It isn’t. Trump’s action is completely legal and Constitutional.
In response to the judge’s ruling, Trump tweeted “”The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump said on Twitter early on Saturday. Trump has said “extreme vetting” of refugees and immigrants is needed to prevent terrorist attacks.” All true, but he, and the Republican-controlled Senate should have gone further. Robart should be investigated for impeachment.
According to the Constitution, the US Congress the power to impeach ANY federal official, including a U.S. District Judge. Given that Trump’s executive order is based on legal precedent, prior actions by the Obama administration, standing law and the US Constitution, and the states filing the original suit will not be irreparably damaged and have no standing, Robart is clearly an activist judge legislating from the bench and should be removed.
I can hear the outcry already. “You can’t just oust a judge because you don’t like the ruling!!” Correct. I would never support removing any judge for an unpopular ruling. However, this is more. This is an outright liberal snubbing of the law and the Constitution. For that, yes, a judge should be removed, especially if said ruling could put American lives at risk.

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What Trump vows to do for gun rights


In one of the first pro-gun actions of his administration, President Donald Trump is expected to shortly move to revoke Barack Obama’s illegal actions to effectively outlaw gun collecting.
Obama’s anti-gun “executive action” was announced on January 6, 2016 — in the wake of Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to scapegoat law-abiding gun owners for the actions of a Muslim terrorist in San Bernardino. Obama’s action was implemented as a “clarification” because he knew that his lawless moves could never pass muster under the rule-making procedures of the Administrative Procedures Act.
Under Obama’s now-moribund “clarification,” a gun owner could have been imprisoned for up to five years and fined $250,000 for “only one or two [firearms] transactions,” according to a White House fact sheet.
Note that, under Clinton, tens of thousands of licensees lost their licenses because they didn’t have “brick-or-mortar” stores. Now, in a Clinton/Obama Mutt-and-Jeff routine, Obama proposed to imprison hobbyists who didn’t have licenses because the government refused to issue licenses to them.
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Hence, a hobbyist who bought a firearm one day and sold it the next day at a profit could go to prison for five years. Obviously, the intent was to create such a cloud of ambiguity that gun owners would refrain from constitutionally protected activity (private firearms sales), for fear that they would run afoul of Obama’s amorphous rules.
Tragically, in some cases, Obama’s unlawful actions had exactly the intended effect. But, thanks to President Donald Trump, Obama’s unlawful action will soon be repealed — as one of the priority actions of the incoming administration. Gun Owners of America is optimistic that this is only the first in a series of Trump actions overturning illegal Obama actions. We are also asking for Trump administration action:
– Removing the U.S. from the Anti-Gun UN Arms Trade Treaty;
– Repealing bullet and gun import bans going from Obama back to George H. W. Bush’s semi-auto import ban;
– Repealing the suspension of health privacy laws with respect to gun owners;
– Repealing executive actions encouraging doctors to inquire about gun ownership and to enter this information into a federal health database;
– Restoring gun rights for 257,000 law-abiding veterans;
– Repealing Obama’s efforts to strip Social Security recipients of their guns, merely because a guardian processes their checks.
See Donald Trump’s entire speech to the National Rifle Association here:

The work of restoring the Second Amendment to its God-given status has only just begun.
By Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

Frankly Speaking: Christmas Education


“Frankly Speaking: Christmas Education”
The final installment of the Dr. Frank Crane Essays
Season’s Greetings, Patriots! In this last look at Dr. Crane’s wisdom, While education is the focus of all I write, I’m adding a bit of Christmas as well. Why? To make a point. Joy and wisdom are educational protectors.
If you’ve not read the other 3 installments in this series, here are the links.
Frankly Speaking: Meddling Government

Christmas Cheer:
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In the above screen shot, (click to enlarge), the good doctor wrote that Christmas is the protest of the human race against gloom. Christmas means the supreme fact about life, namely: that it is joyful. He also goes on to say that the ultimate victory of mankind is the ability to laugh and play.
I most heartily agree. This is why I fight so hard against the federal overreach in American education. It is not filled with laughter and play. It does not celebrate joy very much. It does, especially through the twists and turns of the Congressional moves and private funds, multiply depression and gloom, as well as put commonality above personality.

Christmas Jeer:
Common Core is no present. It’s been stated that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) becoming a federal law was a tremendous Christmas present to our nation. ESSA brings us the same ‘gift’, it’s just been re-branded as “College and Career Readiness” or “Challenging State Academic Standards”. Think of Scrooge’s stingy behavior and you have a great image for how‘successful’ American education has become.
I am vehemently in opposition of the federal overreach in education. Why? It is full of deceit. ESSA does not return education to the States (as is rightfully theirs per our U.S. Constitution). However, we can discuss this juggernaut in 2017, after our Congress begins the new year. We can also pick up our discussion of how ANY education reform closely or loosely related to Common Core is also no gift to our nation.
In the vein of Dr. Crane’s wisdom and words, I’d rather spend our Christmas wisdom on WHAT REALLY MATTERS in education: people.
Christmas Joy:
Patriots, take the time, this Christmas to laugh, to play. Be sure to gather those you love and hug them a bit tighter. Sing together, even if it’s off-key or you miss a word or two. Unplug from the news channels (even if it’s just for a few hours) and tune in to each other. Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Read Dr. Crane’s original Christmas works and talk about how the times haven’t changed so much.
In the new year, we will have plenty of Patriot time to fight this War Against Common Core. For just a little while, we have our children at home. Cherish them as they are. Love them completely. Give each other the gift of unity, no matter what’s in store.
Building up each other to experience a joy that isn’t ruined by a false education? That’s a tremendous gift we can give each other!
For Dr. Crane’s first Christmas essay:
Indestructibility of Joy
For his second one (the one featured in the first screen shot):
Dr. Frank Crane’s Christmas Essay
Patriots, have a tremendous season! Happy wishes to all.


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Nullification: A Right, A Power, and a Duty of States


“It is the law of the land.” This is the excuse that you hear many who oppose Obamacare…or claim to oppose it…use to stop fighting. It is the same argument that the “conservative” Idaho State Legislature used to pass a state healthcare exchange. They kept claiming that they had two choices, a state run exchange or a federally run exchange. That argument is bad enough because experience with the “state-run” Medicare and food stamp programs should have given them the wisdom to realize that a federally micromanaged, “state-run” program gives the state absolutely no authority. The only thing that the state gained from either of those two programs was blame any time things go wrong. For the Idaho legislators to claim that a state exchange would keep the power with the state was nothing more than hope triumphing over experience.
The bigger issue is that state legislators absolutely refuse to study and learn the truth. They had a third option. They said, over and over, “It is the law of the land,” and “The Supreme Court ruled…” Once again, they spit out what is spoon fed to them. The Supreme Court did NOT rule that Obamacare was legal. The actual ruling had a few parts:
They ruled that citizens cannot be mandated to purchase anything with threat of a fine.
They ruled that Obamacare was not legal under the Interstate Commerce Clause because that would be the mandate/fine scenario.
They ruled that the federal government could not force states to expand Medicare or cut current funding.
They ruled that the federal government could only use taxing power for such programs.
So the Obama Administration moved forward by calling the fine a tax, without changing anything. There is no Constitutional way for Obamacare to go forward without going through Congress again. Here are some reasons:
If the penalty is a tax, then this is a revenue bill and all revenue bills must start in the House. This version started in the Senate and never even was voted on by the House, it was “deemed” to have been passed in the House.
This created an obscene number of new taxes. New taxes must be passed by Congress.
So, Obamacare is NOT the law of the land. It is not even law. It is still a bill.

HOWEVER, there is a simple option left to the states. Nullification. Obamacare should never have been heard by the courts. It is not the Supreme Court that the Constitution left to determine the Constitutionality of a law passed by Congress, (judicial review). I realize that is what most readers were taught…I was taught that. It is not true. But hey, do not take my word for it. In Marbury v. Madison 1803, the US Supreme Court said the same thing. The unanimous decision was that the Constitution did NOT grant the power of judicial review to the US Supreme Court. In the same ruling, they took an unconstitutional turn. They claimed power that they do not have. They claimed that they had the power of judicial review because they SHOULD have it. They stated that interpreting law is a matter for the courts, so it rested with the court.
Well, the Constitution did clearly spell out where that power rests. In the 10th Amendment, it states that any powers not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the states, rests with the states and the people. The power of judicial review was not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the states, so it rests with the states.
Logic also rests here as the people created the states and through representation the federal government was created by the states. It is absurd to think that a branch of the created (Supreme Court) gets to dictate to the creators (sovereign states), what powers the federal government and the states have.
Thomas Jefferson spelled out how this works in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1799. He said that if an elected person is acting outside of his authority, then it is the right of the people to remove that person. If the federal government was acting beyond its authority, then it is the states who had the right to stop that abuse of power. The rightful remedy for this was nullification.
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The states determine the power of the federal government, and when the federal government is growing beyond its Constitutional limit, it is the right, the power, and the duty of the state to nullify any such abuse. It has happened in the past, even the recent past. The Real ID Act of 2003 was effectively nullified when 14 states said that they would not do it. That number is now around 30 states.
Our state legislatures have let us down. They have succumbed to bullying by the federal government. They believe that the federal government has more power than do the states. It is time to educate ourselves, educate our elected officials, and take our country back.
If you want to know more about nullification, abuses by the federal government and how to take it back, contact me jon@YourVN.net or get my book on Amazon.com. It is titled “I Want My Country Back” It blows the doors off of the indoctrination of public education.
Also check out National Vote Out Incumbents. United, we CAN take this country back.
You took the time to read this article. For that I thank you.
I would appreciate if you would take the time to leave a comment before you go.
~ By Jon Colson

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America’s 100 year road to oblivion


I have seen many people ask this question: “What has happened to our nation, were we not at one time the most respected nation in the world? “Social Enablers” being in the early 1900’s have been slowly selling “We The People” into slavery and it has and was still being done in a very purposed way until one Barack Hussein Obama was selected and then elected, twice in fact. It took too many people too long to wake up and really look at their loss of liberty.. Obamacare turned out to be too big of a bite of liberty and freedom that they were willing to accept. As one who, unlike the majority of the Democrats in Congress who voted to pass this albatross into law, read the whole act before I wrote any commentary about it.
The more I researched and written about the problems with Congress and the President, the more I am getting a clearer picture of the problems we are facing. The journey, to where we are today, began it the early 1900’s. In 1900 ninety four percent of Americans were self employed. They paid their own taxes and were well aware of how much of their hard earned income was required to pay the taxes of the day. Today, only about five percent of Americans are self employed. The worst year for the individual liberty and independence of ALL American citizens and the advancement of socialism, the darling of those who yearn for a centralized big government was 1913. Our Constitution to that point was a roadblock to socialism on its own. The source of the majority of taxation needed to be given to the federal government. The States stake in controlling the reach and scope of the federal government needed to be neutered and a central monetary system needed to be created from the private sector with some federal government control.
In 1913 we saw the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment which allowed for the creation of income tax withholding and thus the birth of the IRS. This was a necessary step in the ideal of transitioning our nation from one of self employed independence to a nation of individuals who would become dependent on an employer with a set paycheck for a set amount of money for their labors. This accomplished two things. It conditioned people to allow an employer to take control of their duty to pay the majority of their taxes for them. Over time, people ceased ceased budgeting their expenses from their gross income with the acute awareness of how much of it was taken in taxes. It was the first step in the transition form individual independence to an individual dependence on an employer.
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The creation of the Federal Reserve Bank, which far too many people, because of its name and the lack of education about it, think that it is a department of our government. It is a privately owned institution with some direct government oversight.. It really was the consolidation of the big moneyed people in our nation who to that point had openly vied each other in the finance of our national debts as the needs arose. It is in effect was an action that was set in motion for a consolidation of their influence and thus control of OUR federal government. This was the beginning of big money lobbyists wresting control of government from the people. The attempt at creating a national bank with these very powers and controls was tried once before. Our seventh president Andrew Jackson stood steadfastly against it creation as an affront on both the rights of the people and of the states. Unfortunately in 1913 we did not have a president who stood solidly behind the power and authority of the people and the states over the federal government
There was one more major hurdle to overcome in the quest to insure the success of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve Bank. The states control of the US Senate had to be removed. The Senate was comprised of ninety six senators who were duly appointed by forty eight legislatures. The full control of the federal government required the ability to pander and influence Congress without the interference of forty eight state legislatures and their governors. The Seventeenth Amendment solved that problem and also paved the way for the usurpation of states rights at the federal level. The founders of the Federal Reserve Bank well knew it would be much easier to curry the favor from just the President and Congress by removing the states from the appointment of their US Senators. They were called “Statesman” because their primary duty was both constrain the overreach of the federal government and temper the desires of the House of Representatives and the federal government bureaucracy from infringing on both the rights and duties of the states.
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In 1959 President Dwight D Eisenhower warned Congress and the nation about the dangers of the burgeoning military industrial complex. These manufacturers had become intoxicated with the profits that were gained during the war years of WWII. Much of the money behind it is the same money that supplies and controls the Federal Reserve. He also warned us of the increasing pressure being placed upon Congress for our nation taking on the role of international policing. He was more correct than he was ever given credit for and he was also well ignored. The influence of lobbyist money was already well entrenched in Congress.
President Johnson, a long term legislator in both the House and the Senate was under the control of the “Fed” as they have become to known by. He did two things that I believe Kennedy who have opposed. He escalated our presence in Vietnam and nearly simultaneously shoved the social programs under guise of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 into law. This law is very similar to Obamacare in many ways. It created unconstitutional power and authority over the states under the guise of civil rights and equality. It ushered in a huge myriad of taxation with fees and withholding added to existing taxation. It opened the door for federal control of every industry in the US. These all are clear and patent violations of Our Constitution.
Every sitting administration since President Lyndon Johnson has incrementally added to the usurpation of states powers and rights under the control of the federal government who were by then well under the control of the Federal Reserve. Reagan may have slowed it to a degree but he really did not do much to stem or reverse the trend.
That brings us to President Obama, a man with an over inflated ego. A man who learned at an early age to play half of his heritage for his own gain. A man who is clearly devoid of any moral character. A man who has had his past well hidden by those who thought he could play his black identity in the well designed PC world to complete the capture of and indenture of the whole American nation. His training in Chicago style community organizing, which is little more than the tactics used to bring communism to Russia and the ensuing Soviet Union, was skill set they needed.
Obamacare no matter how you slice it up and dissect it has very little to do with health care and has everything to do with citizen control was crammed and forced through the House and was easily run through the Senate, signed into law and then unconstitutionally upheld by Supreme Court (they have no authority in the constitution to adjudicate it and if they did it clearly flies in the face of the limited enumerated powers of the federal government). I assert that I have a right to comment on the act because unlike Congress when they passed it, I read the act before commenting on it. Instinctively I knew it was very bad legislation.
In 2010 a group rose to some prominence when they were able to get a few people elected to Congress who were not the party anointed. The Tea Party is a game changer and they big money has put up $50 million to defeat them in the primary elections for the Republican Party. If they succeed the dozen or so who were elected in 2010 will get no reinforcements and therefore they will have to continue to swim up stream. If you are a freedom loving American or you are a citizen waking up because of the recent assaults on liberty that have now touched your lives, you must believe that your vote has more value than $50 million or they would not have put up the money. Top down candidates are already in the fold and they will side with the money over the people.
In 2014, “We The People” voted in Republican control of Congress with a mandate to STOP OBAMACARE, which they all campaigned on to have Boehner and McConnell fail. They refused to bring the repeal to a vote, claiming that it would only be vetoed by Obama and be a waste of time. The House had a remedy and refused to exercise it, the power of the purse. There is however an unwritten rule between the two parties, you don’t use the power of the purse to each other’s legislation.
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This past election, we as a nation rejected Hillary Clinton along with her coattails of corruption and carelessness with national secrets that put many lives at risk. Donald Trump ran on a campaign to “Drain The Swamp,” immediately repeal and replace Obamacare, build the wall and pursue criminal charges for Hillary and anyone else found to have violated their oaths and terms of service to our nation. He is already walking them back. This proves what I have said before and since the creation of National Vote Out Incumbents and our recent association with the Patriot Institute patriotinstitute.org, that we CANNOT depend on one man to get the corruption cleaned out of DC. It will require at least the majority of our citizens to be fully educated in our Constitution, the restrictions placed upon ALL THREE branches of our government. The Constitution constrains the power and authority of government and protects the protects the authority of the people from it. Today we have allowed our authority to be wielded by a reckless federal government and constrained by all the branches especially the judicial branch.
Our society has become one of great dysfunction, it has been done by design. We have made the transition save a small percentage from independence from government and big business to dependence on government and big business. Either way we are on the verge of becoming fully indentured. The line from an old song says it very well “I sold my soul to the company store.” We have been made into enablers by our government to this dependency. The media is filling the airways telling us we need to send the same people back to Congress who have all but stolen our liberty and freedom. The dysfunctional will do their duty. I am appealing to those who were raised to be self sufficient and those beginning to feel the yearn to be self sufficient.
Our form of government CAN and only will function for the people if the people we elect are the ones of OUR choosing, those we know and trust to be our servants and NOT our slave masters. The Next Primaries in 2018 are the key. If you love liberty and freedom, you can no longer sit on the sidelines!
You MUST stand up, you MUST step out and you MUST act with intent and purpose. We at the Patriot Institute patriotinstitute.org and National Vote Out Incumbents are already standing in the gap for you. Join US and empower yourselves with education and much more. Together we can and God willing, we will bring back sanity and reason to our nation and once again fully embrace the values that undeniably have our nation great. The freedom and liberty to seek and solve the problems and needs on our own and where appropriate allow government to assist US where needed.