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The Anti-Federalists and the Tenth Amendment

October 4, 2009

Why the 10th Amendment was necessary:

“This government is to possess absolute and uncontroulable power, legislative, executive and judicial, with respect to every object to which it extends, for by the last clause of section 8th, article 1st, it is declared “that the Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution, in the government of the United States; or in any department or office thereof.”

A power to make all laws, which shall be necessary and proper; for carrying into execution, all powers vested by the constitution in the government of the United States, or any department or officer thereof, is a power very comprehensive and definite, and may, for ought I know, be exercised in such manner as entirely to abolish the state legislatures.”

Brutus, October 1787, Anti-Federalists Papers

 

Why the Tenth Amendment is flawed:

“To their credit, the Federalist-dominated first Congress did add a reserved powers clause to the Constitution – the Tenth Amendment.  However, this amendment contains a notable omission, which can be seen when it is compared with the similar Article II of the Articles of Confederation:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.

A proposal to insert the word “expressly” in the Tenth Amendment was defeated by both houses of Congress in 1789. Although the omission of this one word does not seem too significant, it would later prove to be another fatal flaw in the Constitution.”

A very interesting video about the increasing Moslem population.

October 4, 2009

Taking Back The Oklahoma Republican Party

October 4, 2009

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In 1964 Barry Goldwater started a movement to return the Republican party to its roots, paving the way for the Regan revolution in 1980.

Unfortunately, George Herbert Walker Bush squandered the momentum, as did Newt Gingrich when he failed to follow up on the Contract With America.

Currently the Republican party is being controlled by liberal Republicans and that must be changed. Here in Oklahoma, starting a third party is nearly impossible ballot restrictions. Therefore, we have three choices, reform the Republican party, reform the Democratic party, or ram through ballot laws that open up Oklahoma to a viable third party.

The Democratic party is most likely too far away from us in political theory and practice and changing ballot laws is a task for a well developed political machine. That leaves us with reforming the Republican party out of necessity.

The idea of re taking the Republican party is spreading. At this website, they discuss exactly what can be gained, how precarious the establishments hold on power truly is and what it takes to get there.

Re Taking The Republican Party

We are lucky to be living in Oklahoma, the reddest of the red states, but we need to improve upon our position by helping conservative Republicans to take control of their party. This will require us to register as Republicans, then spend a few hours for a few days attending Republican precinct events.

What is to be gained is largely symbolic yet there are practical gains, the power to endorse Republican candidates, the power to educate future and present Republican party members, and most importantly, a very public bloody nose to the present Republican party leadership.

We have attended tea parties and made it clear that we have had enough, it is time to show the public that we intend to act on this. On the 10th of October, the Sooner Tea Party is hosting a statewide meeting of patriot and libertarian groups to begin to work together on projects.

One of the projects to be discussed is retaking the Republican party.  Janruary 27th is the date of the first Republican precinct election, if you miss that election, you won’t likely be able to vote in the next ones.  Some counties might have different dates for the initial precinct election so the first thing is to locate your county chairman and get in touch with your precinct captain to get the latest information.

The Country’s Problems

October 4, 2009

The American Thinker has a great article regarding a common-sense approach to getting America right.

Feds sued to keep out of states gun affairs.

October 4, 2009

Here is another outrageous article about the Fed attempting to pre-empt states rights.

What Were Those Things Called Again? — Jobs?

October 3, 2009

Ah, let’s begin by discussing this disasterous economy in the wake of the housing crisis.

Why did we have a mortgage crisis? Because we had a “housing boom” caused by loose credit. But why was credit loose, bundled and sold upstream with nothing to back it except the over-priced houses of a bubble market Because every banker has to invest in something to make money off of your money. It’s reminiscent of the oil bust of the 80’s.

As a nation, we needed SOMETHING to manufacture in America that couldn’t be imported more cheaply from overseas – and that was houses. Thanks to our environmental policies, our pesky desire for more than a bare existence standard of living, and our blind eye to the unfair trade policies of other countries, we had little else to actually build, to make and sell. So Republicans cried foul over the threat to cut off the housing industry’s source of cheap labor (hint: they came from Mexico), and everyone touted the housing boom as a sign of prosperity rather than a scheme run up on one huge-a$$ unsecured pay-day loan from the Chinese.

So high-up muck-a-mucks of both parties pumped sunshine into the bubble and made as much dough as they could, and bundled the debt and had AIG stamp it with their meaningless insurance guarantee, knowing that eventually you and me, the good ol’ too polite to complain taxpayers, would eventually have to suck it up and foot the bill.

Now the housing bubble has burst and guess what? The manufacturing sector is in the pits, the USA is running up trillions of dollars of debt, and only a few brave conservatives are actually offering solutions for how to revive America’s ability to manufacture – that is, add work to raw materials to create things of value the rest of the world might actually buy. You know – create jobs?

As of today, if laid-off workers who have settled for part-time work or have given up looking for new jobs are included, the unemployment rate rose to 17 percent, the highest on records dating from 1994.

So what to do?

Here are my suggestions:

Ditch the “green economy” and unleash America’s native energy sources. Burn coal, fire up plants, toss aside overpaid union labor, and MAKE THINGS.

Get out of NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO – it’s every country for itself.

Dramatically lower taxes on businesses big AND small.

Don’t import from slave labor countries who pollute to the high heavens and send political dissidents to the firing squads.

Repeal the “stimulus”

Give every American shares of stock for every dollar uncle santa has doled out to a bank, company, etc. WE should own those companies, not “czars.”

Redirect scholarships to the smartest, not the neediest, and to the engineers.

Export illegals en masse.

Get rid of 2/3 of all our darned regulatory rules and agencies and let ingenuity thrive.

Ease patent aplication requirements and get the heck out of the way of folks who can build a better mouse trap.

Cut trial lawyers down to stubble – shrink the culture of “sue sue sue”

limit congress to three months every two year and impose term limits

close the door from representative to lobbyist

school vouchers = competitive education = smarter kids with less indoctrination

FIGHT LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW TO REBUILD OUR MANUFACTURING INFRASTRUCTURE

Ross was prophetic about the “giant sucking sound”.

Reason.tv Interviews Richard Viguerie

September 21, 2009

Al, Christina and I attended Richard Viguerie’s seminar on 9/11 in DC.  He had a lot of good advice for us rabble rousers.  Here is a recent interview of Viguerie where he repeats a few of the things we heard on 9/11.

Are 35% of Democrats Truthers?

September 9, 2009

Jane Hamsher, founder of the wildly popular leftwing blog, Firedoglake, thinks so:

I first met Van Jones when he was honored last year by the Campaign for America’s Future at their gala dinner.  He was being swarmed by all of the liberal institutional elite, who just could not be more full of praise for the impressive environmental leader and prison reform organizer.  Everybody wanted Van Jones on their board.  Everyone wanted him at their fundraisers.  Everyone wanted a piece of his formidable limelight.

Now he’s been thrown under the bus by the White House for signing his name to a petition expressing something that 35% of all Democrats believed as of 2007 — that George Bush knew in advance about the attacks of 9/11.  Well, that and calling Republicans “assholes.”

The really funny part for me is that, of the comments I could actually stand to wade through, most acted as if calling Republicans ‘assholes’ was the main reason Jones felt forced to resign.

Hat tip to Tom Maguire, who calls it No Loony Lefty Left Behind.

David Corn, a left-wing writer, has penned an excellent article for the left on this.  Here’s a taste:

As far as I can tell, the only thing the so-called 9/11 Truth movement has accomplished is this: it’s caused the Obama administration to lose its most prominent expert on green jobs. So well done, Truthers. Thanks to you, the federal government will now be spending about $80 billion on green economy initiatives without the guiding hand of one of the most knowledgeable experts in this field.

Let’s walk through some of the reasons the 9/11 theory is out of sync with reality.

They’re Not That Evil. Okay, this may be hard for some Bush and Cheney critics to swallow. But are these guys so diabolical that they would actually kill thousands of their fellow citizens, just eight months after taking office, to consolidate their political power? …

They’re Not That Ballsy. Anyone who tried to pull off such a caper would realize that exposure was a possibility. Not matter how hard you might try to keep this a secret, you’d have to recognize there was a chance that somehow the public would find out. …

They’re Not That Competent. It’s far easier to imagine a government conspiracy than to organize one. Coordinating various agencies and branches of the military for a specific mission–particularly one that has to remain secret and that entails the murder of thousands of Americans–is not simple. …

When I pointed all this out years ago, I discovered that 9/11 Truthers were not capable of being convinced they had gone off the rails. I received angry emails. I was accosted at public events. I was accused of being a CIA operative. There was just no stopping this train.

That’s beautiful.

Then, John McWhorter, a lefty writer, claims Trutherism is just fine*:

After all, we are faced here not with serious charges. There are no modern-day Whittaker Chambers in this crowd. The Republican smears against Obama of late are nonsense, pure and simple.

Jones was wrong, actually, in disavowing his support for 9/11 conspiracy theory. He signed the document, which can only mean that he supports the idea that 9/11 was planned, or that the Bushies knew something more than they have said, or at least that the charge is plausible enough to require investigation.

But support for that idea is hardly unknown among people of the left – and often gestural in its own way; look one of these types in the eye and ask “Do you really think George Bush and his cabinet engineered the murder of thousands and have kept the secret for eight years?” and watch the nervous pause and the look off into the distance. Speculations in this vein hardly meant that Jones was not sincerely committed to working within the government to do good.

Just how far does this paranoid mindset go in the left?

(Hat tip for the McWhorter article to Jonah Goldberg.)

*Update: I had forgotten to insert the link earlier.

Obama Making Same Mistakes as Depression-era Govt?

September 8, 2009

The Telegraph reports a new study claiming the Obama administration is making the same mistakes the US government made that led us into the Depression:

Rowley says: “It is also not impossible that the US will experience the kind of economic collapse from first to Third World status experienced by Argentina under the national-socialist governance of Juan Peron.”

The paper, which recommends that the US return to a more laissez-faire economic system rather than intervening further in activity, has been endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan, who said: “We have learned some things from comparable experiences of the 1930s’ Great Depression, perhaps enough to reduce the severity of the current contraction. But we have made no progress toward putting limits on political leaders, who act out their natural proclivities without any basic understanding of what makes capitalism work.”

One of the report’s authors, Charles K. Rowley, Duncan Black Professor of Economics at George Mason University and general director of The Locke Institute, claims:

In 2019, the national debt will represent 76.5pc of the US national economy, the highest proportion since just after the Second World War. In such circumstances, the international reserve status of the US dollar will not survive. As it fades, so interest rates on government securities will rise and the real burden of servicing the debt will increase. In such circumstances, the US economy will teeter on the edge of a black hole.

Here is the Locke Institute’s description of the 145-page report.

Big Numbers at Tea Parties East

September 7, 2009

The Tea Party Express has a report of some 10,000 at a New Lenox / Joliet, IL, tea party.  The photos are inspiring!

Morristown, NJ, brings in 2,000:

Despite a hot and sunny break from weeks of rain, angry taxpayers skipped the beaches and crammed onto the Morristown Green — a historical site of revolutionary activity during the Revolutionary War — to express their frustration with increasing taxes and call for smaller government.

Though the tea party movement has focused on taxation, today’s event felt more like an old-fashioned free-speech protest, with flag-waving protesters carrying signs that read “America’s no longer free” and “Save our constitution!”

Update: 18,000 estimated at West Chester, OH, rally.


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