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The States Can Do It. They can restore the Constitution
Sterling H. Saunders | May 5, 2009 | Sterling H. Saunders

Posted on 05/06/2009 2:28:07 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The States still have the power and the means to bring the Federal Government into compliance with the intent of the Founders, but to do so they must be willing to kill the Sacred Cow of American politics - democracy.

Mostly unheralded and unknown, the Founding Fathers feared and rejected it.

Examination of Farrand's Records, (The minutes and journal of the 1787 convention) clearly reveals the Founders' intent. For instance:

Gerry, "The evils we experience (in the confederation) flow from an excess of democracy."

Madison describing Randolph: "the General Object (of the Convention) was to find a cure for the evils under which the U.S. laboured; that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy."

Writing in Humanitas, Vol IX, No 2, C. H. Hoebeke, correctly describes the attitude and objective of the delegates as, "Having in the short span of eleven years experienced the violent swing of the political pendulum from abusive monarchy to abusive majoritarianism, and in the process discovered that life, liberty, and property were no more secure under the latter than they had been under the former, the Constitution's framers saw the will of the people as a force to be restrained and refined, not unleashed and encouraged."

Their only concession to election by the people is the House of Representatives.

Election of the President would be by a slate of electors appointed by the State Legislatures, two steps removed from popular election.

The Senate was to be the lynchpin of our protection. The Senators, appointed by the State Legislatures would be a body of deliberative Statesmen, our guardians, immune to the whims of popular causes. In Farrand's Records, we find:

Madison: "It (the Senate) would keep up the balance and restrain, if possible, the fury of Democracy."

Randolph: "The object of this 2nd branch (Senate) is to control the democratic branch of the National Legislature."

In Federalist No. 63, (author unknown) believed to be Hamilton or Madison, in reference to the Senate, wrote, ". . . .there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?"

As perfect as the Constitution was, there was a weak link, the poison pill of democracy lurked in the future. All of the State Legislatures were and still are products of democracy, popular election. This would prove to be our undoing. When the Populists mounted a campaign to undo what the Founding Fathers had done, they exploited this point of vulnerability.

Starting in the 1820s, massive public campaigns convinced the State Legislators, dependent on the people for reelection, to delegate their power to appoint the Presidential electors to popular election by the people. This prompted Alexis de Tocqueville to remark that the "American republics will be obliged more frequently to introduce the plan of election by an elected body into their system of representation, or run the risk of perishing miserably on the shoals of democracy."

Later in the 19th Century, the Populists manipulated the appointment process of Senators into a state of near chaos. In 1913 a new batch of legislators dependent on the people for reelection bowed once again to popular demand and turned the selection of Senators over to popular election when they ratified the 17th Amendment.

It didn't happen instantly, but over the span of a few years the allegiance of the Senators shifted to the Washington power structure and there is where it resides to this day.

The transition was complete. The nation became and still is a democracy, exactly what the Founding Fathers tried to prevent. What we have, the outward cause of the Tea Parties and Sovereignty Resolutions, is exactly what they wanted to thwart and should be proof enough of their wisdom,

The State Legislatures must do three things to turn this around and they are the only ones who can do it.

1. Take back the power to appoint the Presidential electors. A majority vote in the legislature is all it will take to cancel the popular presidential elections, primary and general. It should be done now but with a delayed effective date - no earlier than February 1, 2013 to show it is not directed at the incumbent.

2. The Legislatures must come together as a cohesive unit to draft the amendment necessary to repeal the 17th Amendment. As a united group they send it to Congress with a request to enact and return it to the States for ratification. If Congress fails to or refuses to act, go to court, contending that submittal of an identical amendment by more than three fourths of the States constitutes a de facto ratification. Therefore, the court should order the Archives to accept and process it as such. The Populist lawyers will say this is not possible, because the States will not have standing to support the action. This, however, will not be a problem. Standing is virtually assured.

3. Immediately do whatever is necessary within each State to restructure the Legislature to be in line with the original configuration of Congress. House of Representatives? Popular election. The Senates? Each County will have one Senator who is appointed by the County Commission. The purpose of this is three fold.

First: It demonstrates their willingness to do for themselves what they demand of Congress.

Second: It affords their citizens a higher degree of protection from them. Congress does not have an exclusive on legislative tyranny.

Third: It helps prevent the same mistake by future legislators.

This will do it if the State Legislatures have the backbone and determination to see it through. Otherwise, the rocky "shoals of democracy" await us.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 10thamendment; 17thamendment; constitution; counties; democracy; donttreadonme; electoralcollege; federalism; founders; freedom; government; legislatures; liberty; senate; senators; states; tyranny
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1 posted on 05/06/2009 2:28:07 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: All
If anybody wishes to contact the author, his email is Repeal17th@aol.com
2 posted on 05/06/2009 2:29:05 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!

Interesting stuff.


3 posted on 05/06/2009 2:29:49 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Genie of democracy is out of the bottle. The sheeple have already made their three wishes and must suffer the consequences. The republic cannot be restored now except by spilling the blood of tyrants and patriots.


4 posted on 05/06/2009 2:42:20 AM PDT by Godebert
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I agree, but we need people willing to push this in each state. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions come to mind.


5 posted on 05/06/2009 2:57:00 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Godebert

I believe obamarama would order the US Military to confront any state that might seriously challenge his authority. Hopefully our Military leaders would not honor his order.


6 posted on 05/06/2009 2:59:02 AM PDT by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Repeal of the 17th Amendment would be a good start. Have our Senators again represent their State and not the electorate. Of course, there’s little chance of this happening.


7 posted on 05/06/2009 3:03:04 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Godebert
The Genie of democracy is out of the bottle. The sheeple have already made their three wishes and must suffer the consequences. The republic cannot be restored now except by spilling the blood of tyrants and patriots.

how many tyrants and how many patriots?
just do the math

I know where the odds lay and who they are in favor of

8 posted on 05/06/2009 3:06:44 AM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Certainly not the first time this has been been posted, but . . .

Not long ago on FR there was great criticism made by some against others who made the distinction between a democracy and a republic.

Both interesting and important are the distinctions made between a democracy and a republic by the United States War Department (now called the Department of Defense) in 1928, in Training Manual No. 2000-25. This manual was “Prepared under the direction of the Chief of Staff” for military officers on the subject of citizenship. We reproduce the pertinent portion of Training Manual 2000-25 here.

A DEMOCRACY:
: A government of the masses.
: Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of direct expression results in mobocracy.
: Attitude toward property is communistic, negating property rights.
: Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
: Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

A REPUBLIC:
: Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.
: Attitude toward [governance] is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure.
: Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.
: A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.
: Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy.
: Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.

Helping us to more clearly understand the results of democracy, Professor Alexander Tytler penned the following words in America over 230 years ago, when the American colonies where still under the British Crown.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again to bondage.


9 posted on 05/06/2009 3:15:58 AM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BTTT for a later read.


10 posted on 05/06/2009 3:17:42 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BTTT


11 posted on 05/06/2009 3:17:57 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Godebert; All

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. ~ H. L. Mencken


12 posted on 05/06/2009 3:24:47 AM PDT by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Most excellent.


13 posted on 05/06/2009 3:34:27 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is there a link to this authors works?


14 posted on 05/06/2009 3:36:40 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Godebert

“The Genie of democracy is out of the bottle. The sheeple have already made their three wishes and must suffer the consequences. The republic cannot be restored now except by spilling the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

God help us.


15 posted on 05/06/2009 3:57:25 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I agree with this idea... but states could also shrug off federal dominance by rejecting any and all federal money for anything. No federal money means no federal control over said money.


16 posted on 05/06/2009 3:59:38 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BTTT for later


17 posted on 05/06/2009 4:17:07 AM PDT by dfwddr (fubo)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, yeah !

Can’t have all them civilians runnin’ around with no one in charge !!

Tell me: When you pledge allegiance to the flag (assuming you do so), and you stand tall, with your hand over your heart, do you keep your fingers crossed ?


18 posted on 05/06/2009 4:29:32 AM PDT by mrmeangenes
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To: shibumi

pingbump


19 posted on 05/06/2009 4:35:15 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
As to the Third Point, the apportionment of state Senators by County immediately runs foul of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Further, it runs foul of equal protection.

That this makes no sense is beside the point. Obviously the purpose of the Senate of the federal body was not "one-man, one vote." It made the States equal in status, not the people as in the House. Only one state has a unicameral legislature, and no one would prefer that the Senates of the States afford status to the counties. It's an excellent notion. Unfortunately, the strangle hold of lobbyists and the legislative-culture have created fifty little Washingtons, each with its own subculture and language and score cards. Above many of them are the even more invisible lawyers of the Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Justice Department.

The average legislator in the U.S. is a step below a Congressman in attention-span, which is slightly less than that of a circus monkey. The razzle-dazzle of legislative sessions and the jaded Mandarin classes of professional legislative staff would easily block these measures on a legislative level.

I can think of no way to get around this other than for candidates to add these to their platforms while running for office. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but perhaps the only way to combat these Populist subversions is by a kind of populist strategy. Perhaps that's the way it should be.

20 posted on 05/06/2009 4:43:46 AM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: John Leland 1789
Here is a decent video that helps to explain the differences: The American Form of Government
21 posted on 05/06/2009 5:22:36 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Our governor is too busy kissing liberal butts to worry about it now!


22 posted on 05/06/2009 5:29:51 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bookmark. Looks good. Gotta go to work.


23 posted on 05/06/2009 5:30:44 AM PDT by gitmo (History books will read that Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama enslaved the free.)
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To: WesternPacific

“I believe obamarama would order the US Military to confront any state that might seriously challenge his authority. Hopefully our Military leaders would not honor his order.”

Instead, I beleive a strong chance the men in uniform will realize the illegitimacy of the present govt. and could influence any order Zero makes.


24 posted on 05/06/2009 5:39:57 AM PDT by bestintxas (It's great in Texas)
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To: Godebert
Civil uh uh...what's the word I'm lookin for, uh uh Civil, dedgummit, Civil somethin.
25 posted on 05/06/2009 5:46:51 AM PDT by servantboy777
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BFL


26 posted on 05/06/2009 5:49:44 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The State Legislatures must do three things to turn this around and they are the only ones who can do it.

Might happen in a few states, in part, but that's all.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

27 posted on 05/06/2009 6:28:12 AM PDT by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: John Leland 1789
a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship

Well, here we are.

28 posted on 05/06/2009 6:30:14 AM PDT by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Senates? Each County will have one Senator who is appointed by the County Commission. The purpose of this is three fold.
___________________________________________

This is state senate, right ???

In TN we have 33 state senators...

However we have 95 counties....

95 state senators ??? 3 times the cost ???

That would be a hard sell...


29 posted on 05/06/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I agree with the legal and political thoughts in this article. However,....

There are two problems with this proposal. A claim from two-thirds of the states that a request for a particular amendment is the same of a normal proposal of an amendment, is defeated by the express language of the Fifth Amendment. No Court is going to accept that argument. However, the legislatures DO have the power to switch back to direct appointment of Electoral College members. But the big money interests who currently buy and sell US Senators could buy and sell state legislators by the dozen.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "Homeland Security's Unsecure Secretary"

Latest article, "Ben Franklin (Congressman Billybob) at Knoxville Tea Party"

30 posted on 05/06/2009 7:50:12 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Latest book: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: Repeal The 17th

He didn’t supply one. You can send him an email at the address in Reply #2 to see if he has a web page.


31 posted on 05/06/2009 3:08:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

There is also a Yahoo group called Repeal the 17th Amendment if you want to join. That is where the article was submitted in the first place.


32 posted on 05/06/2009 3:15:33 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Think of Texas: that state has 254 counties. It’s quite possible that Tennessee and Texas could have state Senators appointed some other way. For example, Texas has 20 Councils of (local) Governments, so these councils could appoint 2 Senators apiece, giving Texas 40 Senators instead of 254. Tennessee could do something similar, if it has Councils of Governments.


33 posted on 05/06/2009 6:16:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Tennessee Nana

I looked it up, and discovered that Texas actually has 24 regional Councils of Governments. The idea would be that all the county commissioners of the various counties in each region would get together as one body and appoint their two state Senators. That’s how I imagine it happening, anyhow. So Texas would have 48 state Senators representing the combined county governments of 24 regions.


34 posted on 05/06/2009 7:11:02 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: bestintxas

Hopefully our Military leaders would not honor his order.
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They wouldn’t. Officers are not sworn to obey the CIC. They are sworn to defend the Constitution.


35 posted on 05/06/2009 7:14:10 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Here's a map of what would double as Texas's state Senatorial districts under my scheme:


36 posted on 05/06/2009 7:14:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; 11th Commandment; 17th Miss Regt; 2001convSVT; 2banana; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Some interesting observations in the article and some proposed remedies; not all of which I'm sure I follow, or even agree with. Bottom line, however? I agree The States can get this done. We The People, once again, have to do our part by calling, faxing, emailing, writing and otherwise buttonholing(is that a word?) our State representatives to let them know we're fed up with the feral government and their unconstitutional ways.

Click the 10th Amendment button for articles tagged "10thamendment". A "statesrights" link is atop the forum page.



Please ~ping~ me to articles relating to the 10th Amendment/States Rights so I can engage the pinger.

I've stopped scouring threads and unilaterally adding names to the ping list, so if you want on or off the list just say so.

Additional Resources:

Tenth Amendment Chronicles Thread
Tenth Amendment Center
The Right Side of Life/State Initiatives
Find Law(Brief narrative on 10th Amendment)

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES

37 posted on 05/06/2009 8:20:40 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have two choices and two choices only: SUBMIT or RESIST. Have I missed anything?)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Thank you so much for the ping... They definitely need to make a line in the sand (standing on the 10th Amendment). And THEN they need to pass more “repeal/reinstatement” of rights laws as was just done in Montana.

Another good place to work through is strong legislation or restoration of rights in regards to other items of commerce, and overstepping federal regulations — like agriculture (especially their plans to hurt gardeners, family, hobby and organic farming in this country), and limit food sources of the public by effectively shutting down farmer’s markets and road-side stands due to oppressive unnecessary regulations...

JMHO, on all of this. It’s the best way to reassert some of our power as WE THE PEOPLE of this nation — through our states... Others will follow examples set as well, I am SURE of it due to the sheer number of laws the states “must answer to” in regards to the Federal Gov’t. It’s good “direct action” that can also be supported by the grassroots members of the Tea Party Movement! (Hint, Hint! lOL)


38 posted on 05/06/2009 8:32:24 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

bfl


39 posted on 05/06/2009 8:40:49 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
Look, if Gandhi, Tutu, Parks, King and Havel can secede by peaceful means so can we. Let FedGov start the shooting (Waco, anyone?). They can be the bad guys and we can be the victims (right out of the liberal playbook). First they ignore you, then they mock you (today) then they fight you then you win. (Gandhi) We gohn kick day azzz.
40 posted on 05/06/2009 8:51:15 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well, whatever you do... keep the dog gone government SMALL. Don’t let power go to your head. Remember the painting of Washington returning his commission and going back to Mt. Vernon. Rather free OF government than a part of it. We don't need the next fascist regime competing with the current fascist regime!!!
41 posted on 05/06/2009 8:58:40 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: LibertyRocks
like agriculture (especially their plans to hurt gardeners, family, hobby and organic farming in this country), and limit food sources of the public by effectively shutting down farmer’s markets and road-side stands due to oppressive unnecessary regulations...

This blows my mind. I can't believe the Birkenstock crowd is going for this! Just shows how much of a mental illness Liberalism is!

42 posted on 05/06/2009 9:01:00 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Senate was to be the lynchpin of our protection. The Senators, appointed by the State Legislatures would be a body of deliberative Statesmen, our guardians, immune to the whims of popular causes.

Oh, F*ck! Pardon my French...

43 posted on 05/06/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington

Actually, some of them are as tee’d off as we are. I looked at some liberal “organic”/”Green” website forums when I heard of these regulations, and on this issue they sounded much like some of our threads did. Citing the same problems...

Of course, our media won’t report that — just like they won’t report that the Montana governor who just passed the “Gun Right Restoration”-type law and challenged Obama is a Democrat, either. Too embarrassing for them to cover it... Better to call everyone (even “bi-partisan” so to speak oppositions as “fringe” — just like they did to the various grassroots and independents who attended the tea parties. Putting everyone who disagrees in a tidy little box... Just like a good dictator with an “agendized” press.).

BTW: That’s another reason I thought it was a good issue for states to pick to assert their states’ rights claims into. It would receive a WIDE range of public support from MANY, MANY people on “both sides”. [And maybe, just maybe, help to “cure” some of the smarter liberals from their misconceptions as well...].


44 posted on 05/06/2009 9:10:13 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: LibertyRocks
It’s good “direct action” that can also be supported by the grassroots members of the Tea Party Movement! (Hint, Hint! lOL)

Heh. I understand there's another round of TEA Parties planned for the 4th of July -- Independence Day! I agree the TEA Parties would be better served by enlarging their tent to include the 10th Amendment and other State initiatives in their cause. This whole movement really is more about individual and State sovereignty than it is about taxes per se.

45 posted on 05/06/2009 9:32:25 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have two choices and two choices only: SUBMIT or RESIST. Have I missed anything?)
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To: ForGod'sSake

There are already hundreds of Tea Parties planned for July 4th:

http://teapartypatriots.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=eventlist&Itemid=2

http://www.teapartyday.com/Locations.aspx - 609 cities with July 4th Tea Parties

http://www.teapartyrevolution.com/#schedule - another list of Tea Parties

http://www.reteaparty.com/teaparties/ - another list of tea parties


46 posted on 05/06/2009 9:34:05 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Country and the Tea Party! Take America Back!)
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To: April Lexington

I say we lay seige to the metro areas to see how long they can hold out. Things might become very interesting in a hurry ;^)


47 posted on 05/06/2009 9:37:24 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have two choices and two choices only: SUBMIT or RESIST. Have I missed anything?)
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To: Congressman Billybob
A claim from two-thirds of the states that a request for a particular amendment is the same of a normal proposal of an amendment, is defeated by the express language of the Fifth Amendment.

As best I can tell, this proposal follows the process laid out in Article 5. Why is it not a normal process, and how does the Fifth Amendment defeat it?

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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Article 5

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of it's equal Suffrage in the Senate.

48 posted on 05/06/2009 10:02:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: SeattleBruce

VERY good information! Thanks.


49 posted on 05/06/2009 10:21:14 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have two choices and two choices only: SUBMIT or RESIST. Have I missed anything?)
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To: All; ForGod'sSake; kristinn; Jim Robinson

CC: Jim Robinson & Kristinn — Apologies for the ping, I just don’t know who would be best to forward some of these ideas to here at FR, and if you DO happen to think them to be good ideas feel free to forward them or something! :)

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The argument that the Tea Party Movement is all about Taxes, Healthcare, and Social Security is Obama, his minions, and the “agenda-ized” media’s attempt at defining the issues (common political strategy to minimize opponents strength and steer the debate).

We need to somehow get out in front of that attempt, and QUICKLY, and IMHO the best way to do that would be to start supporting all various laws and such that use the Constitution as the backbone of its arguments. {Like the 10th Amendment Efforts, Montana’s New Gun “Repeal/Reinstatement”-like law, Texas’ and Oklahoma’s efforts as well as other state efforts to assert their rights, and draw that line in the stand.

Because truly that IS the backbone of our anger, frustration, and complaints with our governments (yes, states included!) — they have ignored the Chains of the Constitution, and seek more power on a daily basis using the “claimed” power of the Federal Government as the basis of their actions. These actions are NOT sanctioned by our Constitution.

The people in charge of the Federal Government (Obama and his peeps) are completely against the concept of states’ rights — something our forefathers found CRITICAL to address in the framing of this Republic. They will use every excuse to limit the power of the people and the States, however, within the states is where we can still assert our rights as a group of people, and several states as an even stronger base of support.

I don’t know how to go about getting out in “front” of the issue definers given our present state of dealing with a totally biased media, but somehow it must be done, ASAP. The planned tea parties on July 4th may definitely underscore the issue, but there needs to be some type of media presence between now and then. We need to somehow be recognized in nearly EVERY news cycle at least SOMEWHERE within the country...

Whether this means small groups organizing locally on their own in the meantime perhaps underscoring that “we’re still here”, and better define the “movement” so to speak. Or maybe, letters to the editor and such, will help to keep this subject in the “citizens’ conscience” so to speak... Some more conservative or more ethical papers may even award a page on the issue or more coverage if they receive a lot of letters on a given issue.

Another idea would be to write to your state representatives, and see which ones are on “our side” regarding these issues. Support them and help them get the support they need to feel strong enough to introduce these types of laws in YOUR states. Start talking about issues like the agriculture issue I mentioned, or gun rights... You can still mention the other three issues, but these things, IMHO, should be spoken of in a Constitutional framework so as to minimize the left’s ability to counter-attack our positions.

Individuals need to study the Constitution, and also learn how the Federal Government has used certain clauses to claim power it really doesn’t have in many areas. If we establish our States’ Rights, it will severely limit the Federal Government’s power to go ahead with its planned Fascist/Authoritarian plans. And it will also put us in a great position to field candidates (even INDEPENDENT Conservatives — like the farmers, and “regular folk” who our forefathers believed in — who could have name recognition in their communities) to replace our leaders in DC come 2010...

Taking back the House of Representatives would be something that would fit well with this plan as Representatives are from smaller geographic areas, and it would be easier to support a contender in that way...

If there is one thing I’m pretty sure ALL Tea Party supporters can support and agree completely on, it’s that our Constitution is the HIGHEST law in the land, provides us the basis for knowing we have that leg to stand on, so to speak. It is what guarantees us the RIGHT, and responsibility to throw off the chains of oppression and kick out of office anyone who doesn’t follow our Constitutionally based laws, period.

If we all followed that line of unified voice — it’s short enough, easiest to understand, and easiest to impart in the era of sound-bites as well. That is my heartfelt opinion on how best the TEA party participants can come together to show a united front against tyranny of government. Adherence to the Constitution will address ALL issues they will attempt to throw at us, and as the Highest law in the land, again we will ALWAYS have the “upper-hand” in public discourse so to speak.

When we start speaking as our forefathers spoke to some extent (though modernized, but not complicated), people will know the truth of what they hear. Our educational system isn’t COMPLETELY overrun yet. AND, the Communists/Fascist/Dictators haven’t been “clean” of transgression long enough, and indeed there are still examples today that the majority of the world’s society does remember the oppression and evil.

An entire generation of kids like myself grew up at the end of the USSR, we saw it at its worst, and we saw what happened when people gained freedom. And our numbers are great. And, more and more younger generation members are waking up to what a joke Obama is as well...

I don’t truly believe the Democrats have support among the people as they think. They may be in DC, but they are totally out of touch with the “mood on the street” against DC’s actions, IMHO.

Just my opinion...


50 posted on 05/06/2009 11:06:23 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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