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Star Parker v. Radical, Ethically Challenged Maxine Waters Acolyte in California 37 – Big Government
Posted April 21, 2010on:
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This is an article to make your heart smile! The thugs, liars, cheats and just plain stupid are being challenged by Patriots all over the country. You may recall that Star Parker is the author of “Back on Uncle Sam’s Plantation” where she describes how the welfare state has again made slaves of the Black community. You may also recall that for cheaters and liars there is no one to top Maxine Waters. BB
I am posting this entire article here because we need to better know our Constitution. we the People are calling for going back to the government our Founding Father’s gave us so we need to know what our rights are under that document. then we can argue our points knowledgeably. B
by Josie Wales
[Do not read this article without a copy of the Constitution, and if you do not have one handy, shame on you (link here).]
A line is being drawn in the sand between the statists and Americans, and I use the term American in the grandest sense. The United States of America represents one of the last bastions of traditional liberalism, which is why the Left should no longer be identified as liberal, but rather we should continue to identify its members as progressive statists. The Left believes the precepts of our Constitution have failed society, and thus, we must look towards the “enlightened democracies” of socialized Europe for guidance in the progression of American society.
We hear the mantra of rights professed daily by the progressives: education, work, social security, health care, etc. And since we do not live in a state of nature, the guarantor of those rights must be the government. This is the definition of a statist, and adherence to these beliefs is inherently in opposition to the Constitution. The Founders recognized that government could NEVER be the guarantor of rights which is why so much of the Constitution is written in terms of limiting powers conferred upon the government.
Take for example Article I § 1:
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives (emphasis added).
Congress has no power outside the enumerated powers identified in the Constitution, and furthermore, Congress may not exercise any power that is not inherently legislative in nature. Article I § 9 lists specific power limitations upon Congress, and Article I § 10 lists legislative power limitations upon the States. Article III identifies the judicial power of the United States and limits it in much the same manner as in Article I.
Article II is a little different, but can only be understood in the context of the framing of the Constitution. Article II § 1 begins:
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.
On its face, Article II seems to grant rather broad powers to the President. One of the main reasons the Constitution was created was because of the impotence of the Articles of Confederation without a federal executive. But even the President is confined to the boundaries identified in the Constitution through his Constitutional Oath as written in Article II § 1 cl. 8:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (emphasis added).
All other Constitutional officers are “bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution,” in Article VI cl. 3, but the President is beholden to specific duties.
The only time “right” is mentioned in the original articles of the Constitution is in Congress’s duty to promote the ownership of Authors and Inventors to their respective creations (Article I § 8 cl. 8), but even that was only to be secured for a limited time. The Bill of Rights is written in negative terms to prevent the government from infringing upon certain recognized rights of the people. The only positive rights are identified in the 6th Amendment, but should really be read in the negative since the government prosecutes for alleged crimes committed. In fact, the entire Constitution, articles and amendments, is written in terms of limiting government infringement upon existing rights, not creating rights. For a discussion of this you must check out Federalist No. 84. Furthermore, many of the amendments to the Constitution forbade government infringement upon the people’s rights (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th).
Some would argue that “privileges and immunities,” as discussed in Article IV § 2, indicates positive rights, but rights are not privileges because privileges may be revoked. Article I § 9 cl. 2 recognizes the “privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus,” but also recognizes that it may be revoked under certain circumstances. Privileges are allowances granted to specified individuals in areas where government power prevails, which is limited to the powers granted by the Constitution.
Let us turn our attention to the most under-utilized provision of the Constitution as it exists today; the 9th Amendment:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people (emphasis added).
Essentially, any right not identified by the Constitution is retained by the people, not the government (state or national). This is where progressive statists run astray of the Constitution. Government cannot grant us the “right” to work or receive health care because government does not have that power, nor the power to force us to exercise any right (imagine the outcry if the government forced every person to exercise their 2nd Amendment right). And the government does not equal “the people” because our government is only representative of an illusory majority.
Herein lays the danger of the progressive statist utopia. It envisions a permanent government entity, exemplified in the bureaucracy. People may come and go, but the government will always remain. And our rights are beholden to that permanent entity.
Americans recognize that government is only an extension of the individuals that comprise it, and thus ethereal. Bureaucracies are invasive upon the rights of the people. And unless the people are vigilant in protecting their rights, all governments will attempt to seize them.
The United States of America was the first country to create a government wholly in terms of limitation. This is what makes it the first and last bastion of traditional liberalism. We often identify ourselves as conservatives or libertarians, but we are only as much because we understand the context of the Constitution striving to create a liberal utopia within the boundaries of our nation. We understand and have fought against the horrors of the statist utopia, so we must not allow the progressive statists to hide behind concepts like liberalism.
And for those who espouse certain liberal social rights, you will not find salvation within the progressive statist agenda. You will only find regulation and marginalization; at least until the government deems you oppressive to the progress of the state.
The Constitution cannot be a living, breathing document. If it is then government can arbitrarily grant and take-away the people’s rights. If it is then the government can arbitrarily create and seize powers.
Read your Constitution. Study your Constitution. Defend your Constitution.
The Constitution is your only protection from the progressive statist utopia.
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Unions have been at war with the people since the 1960′s when they began to lose their membership and therefore the huge piles of money commonly called Union Dues. Look up the unions and you will find they all have mob connections. First the mobs extorted people and were into every sleazy crime imaginable, then they cleaned up their act and move into gaming big time in the 1940′s and 1950′s taking over Nevada. Not being happy with that huge pot of gold they looked around and saw the perfect take over of all the people: labor unions. Big Labor hasn’t but 5% of the population as members, but 70% of these are service related and government employees. Big trouble for We the People if these government employee unions are not stopped dead in their tracks. Look at California, New York and Greece! Government employee unions have bankrupted these places and they are now coming after the rest of us.
Unions have big money from all these union dues behind them and since they certainly don’t spend this money on the members they can spend it trying to get your vote. Wake up America and don’t swallow the kool aid. You did in 2008 and look what it has gotten you. don’t let it happen again.
How influential are unions? Well Andy Stern it president of the SEIU Service Employees International Union and he is the top visitor to the Obama White House! You want to know who Andy Stern is and what he believes and what he wants to do to this country then just go to YouTube and listen to him. He makes no bones about what he intends for We the people.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting:
The AFL-CIO plans to roll out its biggest political campaign ever, surpassing the $53 million spent in 2008 to help elect President Barack Obama, to try to avert a repeat of the 1994 midterm election when Democrats lost a majority in Congress.
If that sounds a bit aggressive, that’s nothing compared to the powerful head of the AFSCME public employee union, who is saying “The time has come to draw a line in the sand…Regardless of your party affiliation, if you’re not with us, you are against us.”
(We’re pretty sure we’ve seen other people get hammered for using the same language, but we digress…)
It’s certainly interesting that unions are doubling down on their failed bet. But anything can happen when you wish upon a star…
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There has finally been a survey made of Tea Party Patriots themselves asking what changes they want. This needed to be done so the various groups can coordinate their efforts. I am proud to say I am a Tea Party Patriot and for the most part agree with the majority on all the questions asked. BB
by Publius “The Early Adopters” Report uncovers that most oppose a third party, many are new to politics
CHICAGO, — A new study released today reveals that Tea Party activists are motivated by feelings of responsibility to future generations and belief in America’s founding principles, but still struggle with questions of leadership and identity. The study conducted by Sam Adams Alliance, The Early Adopters: Reading the Tea Leaves, also reveals that Tea Party activists are a diverse group trying – often for the first time – to change the political landscape by holding elected officials more accountable. The results of the full report can be found at www.activistinsightsreport.com.
The Sam Adams report offers the first-ever insights into the Tea Party movement that include a survey sample made up entirely of recognized Tea Party activists.
“A lot of surveys have focused on the Tea Party movement, but they’ve been about what others think of them, and don’t reveal the motives of actual Tea Partiers,” said Sam Adams Alliance chairman Eric O’Keefe. “We decided to learn what the Tea Party leaders are up to the old fashioned way: We asked them.”
The findings confirm that a large number of Tea Party activists are politically involved for the first time. 47 percent of activists surveyed said that they were “uninvolved” or “rarely involved” in politics before their participation in Tea Party groups.
Three political issues stood out as being the most important to Tea Party activists. When asked which issues were “very important” to them, 92 percent said “budget,” 85 percent said
“economy,” and 80 percent said “defense.” No respondents listed social issues as an “important direction” for the movement.
Other findings of the study include:
86 percent oppose the formation of a third-party.
36 percent support a 2012 Sarah Palin Presidential candidacy.
81 percent have a website for their organization.
90 percent cited “to stand up for my beliefs” when characterizing their initial reason for involvement.
62 percent identified as Republicans, 28 percent as Independents, 10 percent as “Tea Party”
Full story here.
>>Politicians of both parties need to go. They have all gotten lazy, arrogant and feel entitled to the high life at our expense.
Posted February 26, 2010on:
We the People have our jobs cut out for us starting right now and preparing for a take over of both parties in the November elections. No matter if you are a Republican or Democrat your elected officials are NOT looking out for your interests. Every last incumbant in Washington needs to go as they have all become infected with the Washington Elititus. Washington Elititus: Diseases which have one or more of the following characteristics: they are permanent, leave residual disability, are caused by non-reversible pathological alteration. The alteration is from humanity to humanoid. Most often referred to as Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic classification system used in the United States, as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.” The narcissist is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, and prestige.Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to self-centeredness.” (wikipedia)
This same disease can be found in all walks of life and all professions, but is most destructive to the welfare of others when found in politicians as they use your tax dollars to feed their needs. It is unfortunate that all but a very small handful of our elected officials has surcumed to this disease. It is also rampant among non-elected officials in Washington also. some estimate that as many as 70% of government employees suffer from excessive beliefs and behaviors of Washington Elititus. The only cure is the drastic action of cutting the diseased one from the population and returning them to an atmosphere where they are soon divested of the means to indulge themselves.
Nancy Matthis explains in the following post what the effects of Washington Elititus are and how We the People must treat it. BB
By Nancy Matthis | Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 5:02 am
Both major US political parties are self-perpetuating power brokers, long divorced from the welfare of citizens. While ordinary folk struggle to make ends meet in a failing economy totally created by these same self-serving politicians, they live high on the hog.
You will recall the trip a bevy of Democrats made to the January climate conference in Copenhagen. Nancy Pelosi shepherded a large group abroad in private jets, where they stayed in five-star hotels eating caviar and lobster and riding in limousines. This luxury living was all at the taxpayers expense, of course.
Now we learn that the Republicans are also living large. Citizens who wanted to end the Democratic profligacy of the incumbents filled the Republican party coffers with political donations. In January the Republican National Committee took in about $10 million, which donors no doubt hoped would fuel victories in the mid-term elections. But the RNC spent most of the money holding their regular winter meeting in Hawaii, a conference that had previously been held in Washington DC where all the pols were already.
From Politico — Michael Steele’s spending spree angers donors:
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.
Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s local crew to cater the RNC’s Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.
For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer….
The idea that they are somehow different from — read “better than” — the rest of us seems to be a disease that overtakes politicians after a few weeks in office or in the corridors of political party power. One can only hope that the developing force of the Tea Party movement will counterbalance the elitism of the two established political parties. An article in The American Interest expresses the potential:
When the system seems stuck or dysfunctional and the pressure builds up for change, this is when populists rise up against elites and the suspicion of elites and government that seems to be part of America’s DNA comes to the fore.
See Also: from American Thinker Worse than Awful
Hot Air — Michael Steele: My critics are racist
Los Angeles Times — Could living large hurt GOP chances in November?
>> A No-Cost Stimulus That Can Create Real Jobs for the American People | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.
Posted February 19, 2010on:
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If deficit spending were the path to real-world economic growth, then the Greek economy would be booming. It’s not. There is an alternative. There are some no-cost measures our federal government could take that could create the space for American entrepreneurship and private investment, resulting in real long-term job growth. Heritage fellow James Sherk identifies eight such measures, including:
- Freezing all proposed tax hikes and costly regulations at least until unemployment falls below 7 percent;
- Freezing spending and rescinding unspent stimulus funds;
- Reforming regulations to reduce unnecessary business costs, such as repealing Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act;
- Reforming the tort system to lower costs and uncertainty facing businesses;
- Removing barriers to domestic energy production;
- Suspending the job-killing Davis-Bacon Act (DBA);
- Passing pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama; and
- Reducing taxes on companies’ foreign earnings if they bring those earnings home.
The Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts or federally assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area. The prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits are determined by the Secretary of Labor for inclusion in covered contracts.
In addition to the Davis Bacon Act itself, Congress added Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 laws—”related Acts”—under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. (Examples of the related Acts are the Federal-Aid Highway Acts, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.) Generally, the application of prevailing wage requirements to projects receiving federal assistance under any particular “related” Act depends on the provisions of that law.
Yesterday, I joined a broad coalition of conservative leaders representing a wide spectrum of the movement including fiscal, social, cultural and national security conservatives, to sign The Mount Vernon Statement. In light of the challenges facing the country and the need for clarity, we needed to produce this defining statement of conservative beliefs, values and principles. It is the culmination of a thoughtful deliberation about our nation’s principles. I was proud to participate in that discussion, and to chair the committee that drafted the statement.
Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.
These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.
Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?
The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.
The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.
* It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.
* It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.
* It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
* It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.
* It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.
We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.
The Heritage Foundation was founded to uphold the very principles articulated in this document. Our mission statement reads: “To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.” Our vision statement is “to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.” That is the same mission, the same vision embraced by the founders and articulated in the Mount Vernon Statement. We’ve been bound, voluntarily and enthusiastically, to those ideals since Heritage’s founding in 1973. I hope you share these principles, and join me in supporting this framework and signing your name here.
By Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation