Sunday July 24, 2016
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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?
Frankly, I don't think he went far enough. We don't have the advantages that President Wilson had when he halted immigration from Germany during WWI, or that FDR had after Pearl Harbor when he closed the borders to all Japanese, German and Italian immigrants. Or those of Jimmy Carter when he stopped all immigration from Iran.
Because we cannot point to a single nation as the source of this evil, we should close the borders entirely until this scourge is defeated. If that upsets the immigration quotas of other "allied" nations, then they need to get on the flippin' bandwagon and help rid the earth of this pestilence.
Then we'll re-open the borders... when WE decide to.
Thanks, as always, for the thoughtful reply, Tom, and I apologize for the delayed response… it’s that time of the year!
I’m no lawyer, but I did sleep in a Motel 6 once… maybe twice. So, with the clear head one enjoys after a good night’s sleep, to address federal meddling in educational affairs (among MANY others), I’d suggest an amendment that would mandate the doctrine of Exclusive Jurisdiction. Under such a rule, only one level of government – either state or federal, but not both - would have exclusive “subject matter jurisdiction” over an issue, a program or a policy, eliminating overlapping, redundant and conflicting regulations, many of which run counter to the sensitivities of the local constituency.
Our republican form of self-governance is based on the premise that unless the Constitution specifically says otherwise, and unless the states are incompetent to decide an issue for themselves, the federal government should have no say in any matter over which the states would have natural jurisdiction.
I’m not sure, either, how such an amendment should be worded, but I’m certain that once the general concept were accepted by the legislator / delegates to an amendments convention, the words would just naturally follow.
Isn't it funny how, for some, the metric for education is measured in dollars?
'Tis the nature of the beast, Tom... it was 12 years between revolution and ratification, and those gentlemen were relatively single-minded! Although expediency would be nice, no one is in a hurry... this needs to be done right. As for the seeming disinterest of the average Joe, remember Niemöller's "First they came..."
I read an article this weekend in the online edition of the Washington Examiner entitled, "National debt spikes $578 billion in three weeks." It describes how Congress has colluded with the Executive Branch to give the president virtually unlimited spending authority through and beyond this election cycle. It's brief, to the point and well-sourced. It's also maddening to see the extremes that our federal government will embrace to avoid acting responsibly.
The solution to our billowing national debt is simple... the states, not Congress, can propose, debate and ratify an amendment to the Constitution that mandates a formula for balancing the federal budget, but that still allows and sets strict guidelines for emergency expenditures ONLY if approved by 2/3 of the STATE legislatures, since we are the poor slobs who will eventually have to pay down the debt.
And because our current crop of career politicians has a dim record when it comes to adhering to the spirit AND the letter of the law, the amendment should end with some very explicit language in the form of an "or else" clause, so to speak, prescribing immediate, broad, mandatory and nonjusticiable penalties for any official refusing or failing to comply!
Jail-time for breaking federal law should be universal... like health care.
The states have the authority to do this without interference from Congress - it’s in Article V of our Constitution. It's legal, it's peaceful, and it returns power back to the people and the States.
See online at ConventionOfStates.com
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