Wednesday May 25, 2016
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Hey Tom... I've looked everywhere and I cannot find any option to be notified by eMail if and when posts are made to this blog, which is a pretty standard feature these days. Am I missing something, or are we really that far behind the times?
An article by Richard Rahn in yesterday’s Washington Times informs us that federal over-regulation is killing the economy… as if anyone who owns or works for a small business didn’t know that already. In typical fashion, most of the comments following the article take turns taking shots at and defending corporations which must operate under these regulatory burdens.
The point should not be whether corporations will act more or less responsibly with or without government regulation... the point should be the Constitution. The last time I read Article I, Section 8, it specified that "Congress shall have the power to... make all laws which shall be necessary and proper..."
Once again, that’s Congress… not a quarter-million nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats grinding out tens of thousands of rules and regulations every year, each with the force of law. Of all the things our elected officials involve themselves in these days, writing the law is one of only a very few enumerated powers that they now seem to want to avoid, abdicating that responsibility by illegally assigning their duties to unaccountable agencies of the Executive Branch, in flagrant violation of the intent of the Founders.
The remedy for this breach of obligation will not be found in Congress, nor in the myriad regulatory agencies, but in the states. Another mostly ignored passage of the Constitution, Article V, assigns to the states the power to propose an amendment to the constitution, any such proposal then needing the ratification of 3/4 of the states, and all done independently, without interference from Congress. One such proposal might be an amendment to limit the use of Executive Orders and Federal Regulations that make or enact rules, policies and procedures with the force of law, since the Constitution states clearly that Congress is supposed to be the exclusive agency to enact all laws.
This has never been done in our nation’s history, but neither have we reached this level of sheer disregard for the Supreme Law of the Land. If there ever was a time when national leadership at the state level was needed, that time has come… the time is now. Thousands of state legislators across the country are joining together to address this and several other issues critical to the survival of the Republic by drafting legislation in support of a Convention of States pursuant to Article V to Propose Amendments to the Constitution. Finally… a solution as big as the problem.
I agree with Jeffrey... we're most likely going to run out of water WAY before we run out of fossil fuels. A responsible government would focus energy and resources on something we actually can control, water management, not climate change.
Great... that's all we need in Washington... another go-along-to-get-along career politician.
No thanks, Reverend... it's not always just about "getting things done"... it's about getting the RIGHT things done. Sometimes, doing nothing is better.
If money were the solution to education, this country would have the market cornered on Einsteins. #ResultsMatter
Art... you know you've won the argument when they start calling you names.
Although not in Payson, the Strawberry WeatherCam has just come back online this week... http://www.rimcountry.com/
I'll not argue with anything said by anyone with regard to the lack of a high-profile leader in the country today, other than to suggest that what one does not look for, one will not find.
I spent too many years to count reeling in shock and disbelief at what I was seeing happen to the country around me. I cannot overstate how impressed I am and how optimistic I've become since my involvement with this movement. Instead of wallowing in unfathomable problems, we're actually working with constitutional solutions.
In two short years, I have been exposed to strong, constitutional conservatives all across the country, many of them duly-elected state officials, and all determined to live up to the high-minded expectations of our nation's Founders.
As I said, I'll not argue the point, but I will offer a well-intentioned warning... don't be surprised when the leaders you don't see turn out to be your state senators, your state representatives, and your neighbors.
Well, Tom, just when you think things couldn't possibly get any worse, along comes Paul Ryan, the new face of Counterfeit Conservatism, and in his first budget deal with the Democrats in Congress, gives Obama everything he could every dream of, and then some.
Actually, I'm not surprised by this at all. What DOES surprise me is how numb we are as a people. What is it going to take before we realize that they are ALL in on it?
We no longer have a two-party system... other than a handful of conservatives relegated to obscurity, there are virtually no Republicans left, other than in name only, and there haven't been any true Democrats since Clinton's failed impeachment. What we have now is a UniParty, an absolute, top-down Central Government run exclusively by the ruling class, unrestrained by the irrelevant will of the people.
We have a Legislative branch that has conceded its congressional authority and responsibilities to an Executive branch which is now free to rule by fiat with a phone, a pen, and with unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in so many alphabet agencies that no one truly knows how many there are, nor how many rules, regulations and policies they've written, all aided and abetted by a rubber-stamp Judicial branch that looks the other way while rejecting legitimate appeals for fairness and justice by the people in the states.
Our form of government is now literally no different than the old Soviet Politburo, with only one priority - the acquisition and preservation of power.
The Framers of the Constitution actually predicted that this day would come, when the federal government , in its drive to amass unlimited centralized power, would eventually place itself beyond the reach of the states. You won't find that prediction in the Constitution, but you will find the remedy. Thankfully, they provided Article V - to be used by the state legislatures to cure any defects identified during the course of self-governance. It gives state legislatures the power and the responsibility to remind the federal government that it is a creation of the states, that its powers emanate entirely from the states, that its legitimacy and its ultimate existence rely wholly on the consent of the governed.
We the People have the power. We have the right and the authority to close the "loopholes" in the language that the Courts use to gradually strip us of our liberties. Article V of the Constitution not only gives us the right, but the responsibility to remedy these defects. To do anything less, to ignore the creeping, soft-tyranny of incremental subversion of the Republic is to deny the legacy of our Founding Fathers. They gave us Article V as a weapon against such contingencies… all we need now is the courage to use it.
Learn all about it here ==> http://www.ConventionOfStates.com/
From the article: "“The material that is needed for the truck escape ramp is extremely specialized and has been unavailable... these rounded rocks... force a runaway vehicle to sink, acting sort of like a box of marbles.”
So, why not use marbles?
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