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  • How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)

    04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman
    With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a...
  • Progressives Don't Grasp the Constitution

    04/18/2014 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 12th, 2014 | George Will
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of...
  • A Frankenstein Constitution

    04/16/2014 2:47:01 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 71 replies
    A common concern among Article V opponents is fear that a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments will result in an oppressive constitution. All we need to do is enforce the constitution we have. Elect the right people to implement our written constitution and all will be well. As logical and appealing as that approach appears to be, it ignores some horrible realities, and actually promotes our headlong dive into tyranny, for the anti-constitution, the unwritten Frankenstein constitution rules. First, aside from the occasional heat politicians take from an outraged populace, our legislative and executive branches in the...
  • The Constitutional Amendment Process

    04/11/2014 3:35:48 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 38 replies
    I post the following to address a common concern of Freepers who oppose an Article V state convention. The authority to amend the Constitution of the United States is derived from Article V of the Constitution. After Congress proposes an amendment, the Archivist of the United States, who heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is charged with responsibility for administering the ratification process under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 106b. The Archivist has delegated many of the ministerial duties associated with this function to the Director of the Federal Register. Neither Article V of the Constitution nor section...
  • The Proper Pace of Political Change.

    04/08/2014 4:17:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    April, 1913 | Senator Elihu Root
    Coincident with ratification of the 1913 amendments to the constitution, New York Senator Elihu Root expressed his concerns in a series of lectures at the alma mater of James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University. He was one of the most respected and influential politicians of the early 20th century. Senator Root spoke freely, without hesitation, the language of our framing generation. As a tidal wave of progressivism swept across America, he clearly feared our overnight transformation from a federal, to a democratic republic. Senator Elihu Root: The Proper Pace of Political Change. (Excerpts): In this country we have set...
  • America Betrays Her Revolution

    04/07/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    To Freepers, our statist government is a daily “fingernails across the chalkboard” experience. Why is Obama able to sweep judicial, and legislative powers into the executive? Why did our national government morph from one designed to protect our freedoms into one of increasing political and social oppression? Why did the federal government generally remain within its Constitutional bounds prior to WWI and not thereafter? Thank the 17th Amendment. Tomorrow is its one hundred and one year anniversary. It fundamentally altered the Constitution; it pulled the keystone from the arch of our Framers’ structure. The structure upon which our freedoms depend...
  • Florida Senate Passes COS Application to State Amendment Convention

    04/03/2014 3:02:31 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which: Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. An identical resolution will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
  • If You Think Presidential Elections Matter

    04/02/2014 6:51:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    Elections matter in republics. I question the practical, modern purpose of American elections. Their traditional purpose was to determine who will represent us in a law-making congress and who the electoral college appoints as President. Subsequently, these people were to promote the general welfare and happiness of a free people. Is that what we have? Is it our recent experience? Does Congress draft, debate and send to the President the rules that govern a free people? Instead of responsible, accountable government, we endure a lawless executive whose perception of constitutional powers is that which he and his handlers believe he...
  • Democrats Oppose Article V State Amendment Convention in FL Senate Rules Committee Vote

    03/20/2014 3:17:52 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 71 replies
    Today, Florida took another step toward reclaiming federal powers foolishly given away in 1913. The Senate Rules Committee passed by 8-5, the following resolution: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States; Applying to Congress to call a convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. Every Republican voted yea, every Democrat nay.
  • Florida Senate Rules Committee: Call to an Article V Amendment Convention.

    03/18/2014 2:32:32 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 80 replies
    The Rules Committee of the Florida Senate will take up SM476 this coming Thursday, March 20th at 10:30 AM. SM476 is an application to Congress for an Article V state amendment convention: Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: (1) That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which: (a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. (b) Limit the power and...
  • Michael Farris and the John Birch Society Square off in Oklahoma (Article V)

    03/17/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    Convention of States ^ | March 17th, 2014 | Jordan Sillars
    If you’re interested in the Convention of States Project and enjoy a good, old-fashioned debate, you’re in for a treat. Convention of States Project director Michael Farris will join Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge on March 19 and 20 to debate leaders of the Oklahoma John Birch Society on the efficacy of calling a Convention of States to stop the abuses of Washington, D.C. Questions have been swirling around the Convention of States issue, and Michael and Rob look forward to answering many of them. A Convention of States is our best chance to stop the overreach of the federal...
  • C-Span to Ignore Lois Lerner Testimony

    03/05/2014 4:31:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    I checked today's C-Span 1, 2, 3 and Radio schedules. Lerner's 0930 appearance before Issa's committee will not be carried live. Today's C-Span Washington Journal hostess Greta made no mention of it either. I suppose it figures, since her news sources are limited to the NYT, WaPo and Politico.
  • Answering the John Birch Society Questions about Article V

    02/18/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 60 replies
    Convention of States ^ | Michael Farris, JD, LLM
    The John Birch Society describes itself as a constitutionalist organization, yet it is highly critical of a very important component of the Constitution. The JBS does not like Article V’s provision that allows the States to unilaterally propose and ratify amendments to the Constitution. George Mason demanded that this provision be included in Article V because he correctly forecast the situation we face today. He predicted that Washington, D.C. would violate its constitutional limitations and the States would need to make adjustments to the constitutional text in order to rein in the abuse of power by the federal government. Current...
  • Freedom and the Structure of Government

    02/15/2014 6:09:31 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    In North Korea, an untouchable dictator and tiny cadre of supporters rule every aspect of the lives of tens of millions. In the United States, an untouchable president, and a tiny cadre of cabinet secretaries and federal judges write illegitimate laws that increasingly rule more and more aspects of the lives of hundreds of millions. What happened? Our framing generation knew that undivided power inevitably lead to undivided tyranny. Set aside all the theories of government, and one thing pops out as an historical certainty. The fewer the number of men ruling from one locality, the more oppressive that government...
  • Struggling With Nullification

    02/08/2014 4:37:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 87 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 3rd, 2014 | Rob Natelson
    Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional? This depends largely on how you define “nullification.” It also depends on what you mean by “right” and what kind of document you understand the Constitution to be. IOW, it depends on your premises. Unfortunately, people often discuss/debate, and attack each other over—the merits or demerits of nullification without making their premises clear. The result is quarreling among people who are fundamentally on the same side. The Constitution has been characterized as: * A compact (i.e., contract) to which only the states are parties, by which...
  • Put America’s First Principle Back Into Practice

    02/02/2014 10:09:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 65 replies
    Conservatives believe, as did our founding generation, a fundamental truth, a maxim that early on differentiated the US from other republics. The first principle of American political society is that government exists to secure our unalienable rights. Our Declaration eloquently expressed it as, “That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, . . . “ That straightforward concept begat the question, “How to best secure those rights?” The answer was to be found in some form of republican government. By that, the founding generation meant the peoples’ representatives consent to all laws. That determination was all well and...
  • Article V Convention: Path of Least Resistance

    02/01/2014 3:48:17 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 98 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1st 2014 | Robert Berry
    In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation's first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order. The process, found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, requires the legislatures of at least two thirds (34) of the states to pass resolutions demanding that Congress call a "Convention for Proposing...
  • Georgia on the Brink

    01/23/2014 12:59:18 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 123 replies
    Convention of States ^ | January 23rd, 2014 | COS Project Team
    Attention COS patriots: Georgia needs your help! Tomorrow, January 24, at 9:30am the state senate Rules Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the COS application. This is a huge step towards passing the application in Georgia, and we need to show the committee we mean business. So here’s what you can do: If you live in Georgia, go to the meeting! It will be held at the Georgia State Capitol in hearing room #450. We need to pack the room so the senators know how many Georgians support a Convention of States. If you can’t make it to Atlanta,...
  • Tell Your Congressional Delegation to Boycott the SOTU

    01/17/2014 2:47:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    On last night's show, Mark Levin called for Republican congressmen and senators to boycott Obama’s State of the Union Speech on January 28th. Obama openly despises our constitutional process. At his first SOTU, he mocked the justices of the Supreme Court with whom he disagreed. From his first day in office, he told the world he would rule with or without Congress. That is one promise he has kept. This past week alone, Obama assumed, for practical purposes, the House of Representatives’ power of the purse. Yesterday, the Senate passed the House omnibus budget. Not a single rank and file...
  • The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked. Cato's Letter No. 115

    01/13/2014 4:04:56 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Classical Liberal ^ | February 9th, 1723 | John Trenchard
    How did Thomas Jefferson incorporate the theory of England’s seventeenth century John Locke into our Declaration of Independence with such apparent ease? Why were Jefferson’s words, based on Lockean principles and ratified by the Continental Congress, immediately admired and accepted? Were the ideas and conclusions new to the public? No. It wasn’t because the typical colonist in British North America had read Locke’s famous Two Treatises of Government that he understood the prose and purpose of Jefferson’s great work. Books were expensive. To have a home library was a mark of wealth and assumed wisdom. Still, most families had at...
  • Get COS in the News! (Convention of States)

    12/30/2013 11:52:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Convention of States ^ | December 30th, 2013 | Jordan Sillars
    Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to spread the word about the COS Project. These letters are read by hundreds of people, and it doesn't take long to write them up and send them in. If you want to help the COS Project, this is the place to start! Here are a few tips for crafting the perfect letter: A letter to the editor doesn’t make news—it comments on news. Try to craft your letter around a recent event or, better yet, a previous article. Skim the newspaper’s online archives to see...
  • How the States Committed Suicide

    12/18/2013 3:43:30 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | December 13th 2013 | Paul Moreno
    How did the once-sovereign states become wards of Washington? They did it to themselves. State politicians came to recognize that they would benefit from a more powerful national government. As scholars like Michael Greve and Todd Zywicki have shown, state actors helped to break down the original constitutional system of "competitive federalism," which kept government limited as states competed with each other to attract business and labor. In its place they contrived a parasitical "cooperative" or "cartel" federalism, in which states extract wealth from each other through the federal government. The first and most important steps came in 1913, when...
  • Democrats and Democratic Tyranny

    12/11/2013 3:19:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Democrats just love democracy. Who could possibly oppose it? Didn’t progressive icon Woodrow Wilson tell the nation that its purpose was to make the world safe for democracy? What reasonable person could be against all power to the people? I am, and I am in good company. Our Framing generation had a short, yet sufficient experience with overly democratic state governments to figure out that majoritarian abuse of minorities was just as harmful and dangerous to freedom as the executive tyranny of George III. Benjamin Rush famously said that while the constitutions of 1776-1777 barred the front door to executive...
  • Some News From the Mount Vernon Assembly

    12/09/2013 2:52:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Here is a response from Florida State Senator Alan Hays regarding last Saturday's Mount Vernon Assembly. "We discussed the process of bringing the Article V convention into reality and agreed to meet next year at a time yet to be determined due to the need to meet when state legislatures are adjourned or in recess. That will assure more participation. We also discussed a possible resolution to go to each state requesting their legislatures establish a selection process for delegates to be attending an Article V. Convention." "We recognized the need for wide communication to the public of our work....
  • Rep. Jason Spencer to Attend Mount Vernon Assembly (GA)

    11/27/2013 2:30:56 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Pike County Times ^ | November 14th, 2013 | Becky Watts
    ATLANTA - State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will join legislators from across the country to attend the Mount Vernon Assembly meeting on December 7, 2013 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, near Washington D.C. The Assembly is a bipartisan gathering of state legislators whose purpose is to discuss the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution. “The Mount Vernon Assembly is an opportunity where state legislators from around the country can come together to discuss ways the states can limit federal government overreach,” said Rep. Spencer. “It is the responsibility of the states to check all branches of...
  • Convention of States Sample Letter to Your State Delegation

    11/21/2013 1:50:43 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 43 replies
    Here's the least you can do. Take the initiative that occasionally compels you to contact your federal delegation, and direct it toward your state representative and senator. This is a sample letter you can send about the Convention of States Project. Please feel free to personalize it as much as you like! Dear ______, Almost everyone knows our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster. What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to make changes to the federal...
  • My Call to C-Span's Washington Journal

    11/21/2013 5:26:59 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Some True Believer, a rat congressman named Doyle, was just on C-Span. Incredibly, I got through on the first try. My question to him was going to be: "Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said the nation would have to wait until congress voted for Obamacare before we'd find out what was in it. Congressman, do you think it is proper in a representative republic for congressmen to vote for legislation they haven't read?" Halfway through a democrat caller's diatribe, my line went dead.
  • The COS Project Timeline: Phase One (Convention of States)

    11/19/2013 3:28:33 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Convention of States ^ | November 19th 2013 | Anne Reiner
    The Convention of States email account has been flooded with inquiries about our projected timeline: “How many states have applied?” “When will the convention happen?” “We need this now!” We love these questions, but we’d like our volunteers to understand something first: this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. The Convention of States Project is following a carefully planned process, and each step must be given an appropriate amount of attention. The state legislatures have to be in session, our applications needs to be sponsored, and we need volunteer leadership in every key state. This doesn’t mean we’ll sit around spinning...
  • Convention of States Handbook (Handbook Version 2.0 is Here!)

    11/13/2013 2:16:09 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 39 replies
    Convention of States ^ | November 13th, 2013 | COS Project Team
    This is not a partisan issue. Washington, D.C., will never voluntarily relinquish meaningful power—no matter who is elected. The only rational conclusion is this: unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past. We believe our strategy gives us an almost-certain chance of success. Two goals separate our...
  • State Legislators Leading the Charge

    11/12/2013 1:29:08 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 28 replies
    Convention of States ^ | November 12th, 2013 | Robert Kelly
    Many of you are aware of the upcoming Mount Vernon Assembly, when a number of state legislators will gather at Mount Vernon to pave the way for a Convention of States. (For background, you can read our earlier post on the Mount Vernon Assembly.) The decision of the Assembly to meet behind closed doors and only include state legislators in its gathering has raised some eyebrows and led to lots of speculation about the purpose of the Assembly. Allow me to dispel some of those concerns. The Mount Vernon Assembly isn't actually calling a convention; it’s just an unofficial meeting...
  • Indiana Statute Governing Delegates to Article V Amendment Convention

    11/07/2013 4:25:27 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    Indiana Senate ^ | July 1st, 2013
    Duties of Article V convention delegates. Describes the duties of delegates and alternate delegates to a convention called under Article V of the Constitution of the United States.Provides that a vote cast by a delegate or an alternate delegate that is outside the scope of the instructions given by the general assembly is void. Provides that a delegate or alternate delegate who votes or attempts to vote outside the scope of the instructions given by the general assembly forfeits the delegate's appointment by virtue of that vote or attempt to vote. Provides that the call by the general assembly for...
  • Indiana Senate Leader Working Toward U.S. Constitutional Convention

    11/07/2013 3:03:07 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 107 replies
    NWI Politics ^ | October 26th, 2013 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS - The leader of the Indiana Senate has invited lawmakers from every state to join him Dec. 7 at Mount Vernon, George Washington's Virginia home, to discuss the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, asks in a letter written to fellow legislative leaders that each state send a bipartisan group of three delegates to the "Mount Vernon Assembly." He said the meeting will lay the groundwork for a Convention of the States that would, when established by Congress, propose amendments to change various provisions of the Constitution. "The authors of...
  • Constitutional Convention vs. a Convention of States

    10/30/2013 10:38:13 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 78 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 30th 2013 | COS Project Team
    Any teacher, lawyer, or politician will tell you that word choice matters. The words we use (and how we use them) can mean the difference between successful communication and horrible misunderstanding. Over the last few months, many folks have asked, “What is the difference between a ‘constitutional convention’ and a Convention of States?” Those who oppose the use of Article V like to use these terms interchangeably. They say that a “con-con” is dangerous and could result in the destruction of the American system of government. Any sane person, they say, wouldn’t dream of pursuing a “con-con.” Well, we agree....
  • Twenty-Six States Pave the Road to Freedom

    10/27/2013 3:07:35 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 82 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 24th 2013 | Laura Fleming
    In early September, the Convention of States Project began searching the country for citizens who recognized the brokenness of D.C. and were ready to be a part of the solution. Since the release of its Volunteer Leadership Application, the Grassroots Team has reviewed hundreds of names. Each application highlights a common desire to serve the nation and defend its freedoms for future generations. We are excited to announce that twenty-six states now have active leadership in place. One recently-appointed leader explained, “I don’t want to take the chance of sitting aside thinking that perhaps someone else will jump in and...
  • Mark Levin: "Do Not Rationalize Soft Tyranny"

    10/24/2013 2:57:14 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 23rd, 2013 | COS Project Team
    Mark Levin spoke out against The Washington Post’s George Will on Monday, saying the call for Tea Party congressmen to compromise is nothing more than a way to “rationalize soft tyranny.” Levin's comment references French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville’s idea of “soft tyranny.” This is a sort of tyranny in which the government does not shatter men's wills but "softens, bends, and guides" them. A people under a soft tyranny run the risk of becoming nothing more than "a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." Levin continued, “The individual is under attack. Private...
  • Federalism: the Best Medicine

    10/19/2013 2:07:16 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 18th, 2013 | Jordan Sillars
    Frustration with the federal government is nationwide. From Maine to California, folks are fed up with Washington’s health care “reform,” immigration “reform,” financial “reform,” and countless other missteps. But these issues are mere symptoms. The disease runs much deeper, right to the heart of the American system of government. The shutdown, for example, was the result of an issue much larger than the health care debate. As Colorado State Senator Kevin Lundberg explains, the shutdown was caused by a disregard for one of the most important concepts in American government: federalism. Federalism is a political structure in which power is...
  • Undivided Power Begets Undivided Tyranny. Always.

    10/18/2013 1:53:17 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 43 replies
    The solution to America’s political problems reside within the American tradition. The answer is right in front of our noses. First, if one thinks, as the dimwitted commentariat does, that the problem is bickering between the two parties, the answer is simple. Eliminate political opposition. Destroy one of the belligerents, and the party left standing will rule without discord. That is Obama’s operandi, and he is well on his way to establishing de facto one party rule. OTOH, patriotic Americans see the problem as an undivided government in Washington DC rapidly eroding freedom. Our Fabulous Framers knew that who one...
  • Notes From The Annals and Histories

    10/16/2013 6:26:07 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    The Annals and The Histories | Circa 112 AD | P. CorneliusTacitus
    On the evening the Senate of the United States voted to effectively assign its power of the purse to President Obama, I thought it appropriate to call up an earlier age. Throughout the imperial period, the Roman emperors kept up the façade of republicanism. They pretended to consult the Senate and be guided by its votes. The Senate in turn, pretended it had a will of its own. Tacitus: Tiberius, in the meantime, while securing to himself the substance of imperial power, allowed the Senate some shadow of its old constitution. So corrupted indeed and debased was that age by...
  • If Your State is a Mess . . .

    10/12/2013 4:18:05 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    As opposed to what the Left believes, the purpose of government is not to impose social justice. As often happens, that was forgotten in Scotus’ 1964 Reynolds v. Sims ruling. Citing a non-existent “one man one vote” principle, eight Warren Court black-robes ruled that state legislative districts must be of approximately equal populations. Through a rogue interpretation of the equal protection clause, these masterminds imposed a democratic republic form of government on all fifty states! Never mind the constitution simply guaranteed a republican form of government, Scotus illegally overruled centuries of wisdom and imposed democracy. Republics demand consent of the...
  • Water War Goes to High Court as Seafood Industry Suffers (FL)

    10/02/2013 3:23:03 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | October 2nd, 2013 | Margie Menzel News Service of Florida
    Florida filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running battle with Georgia over water withdrawals that have damaged Apalachicola Bay, but it may be too late to help the Franklin County seafood workers who were already struggling to survive. The lawsuit is the latest skirmish in a 23-year dispute among Florida, Georgia and Alabama about the water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin. Since 1990, Florida has argued that water use at the top of the system, in the metro Atlanta area, has cut the flow of fresh water downstream to Apalachicola Bay, which generations of oystermen...
  • Patrick Henry, Meet Ted Cruz

    10/01/2013 1:44:44 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 27 replies
    The solution to America's problems reside within the American tradition. Our latest problem, the unasked-for Obamacare, is centered around new onerous fines/taxes. Obamacare is the result of an imposed ideology that is incompatible with the American experience. Its social justice progressivism is irrelevant, hostile, and has no legitimate place here. We long ago faced a similar situation in which a foreign ideology meant taxes that couldn’t be avoided. In 1765, Parliament imposed the Stamp Act. The tax had a logical basis. Great Britain spent enormous sums to kick France out of much of North America, and a tax on those...
  • Gator Nation Set to Expand with Full Online Degree

    09/29/2013 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 27th, 2013 | Allison Nielsen
    First-time college students who want to attend the University of Florida but can't make the move to Gainesville won't have to anymore, thanks to a new UF online bachelor's degree program. The Board of Governors Friday voted to approve the business plan for the online bachelor's program. The business plan contained an 82-page summary of courses and degree programs, student services, tuition and fees, budget, admissions and enrollment projections. Tuition for in-state students at UF Online will cost 75 percent of the price of on-campus classes, while out-of-state students will pay market rates. UF Online students will also be exempt...
  • Why Rat Senators Kept Obamacare

    09/28/2013 5:48:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    In 2010, the damage Obamacare would do to our society and economy was theoretical. Drafted by undisclosed Leftists, its contents were not known before the world’s most deliberative body passed it on a strictly party-line vote. Earlier this past week, Senator Ted Cruz eloquently dissected Obamacare. In over twenty hours, and with the help of long dead but esteemed philosophers, he explicated its assault on our most cherished freedoms. He brought their theories home to the present, and itemized the effect Obamacare has had on employment, poverty, business growth, and religious freedom. Throw in the cries for exemptions by all...
  • America’s Cup 2013: A Real Shame

    09/25/2013 3:13:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 59 replies
    September 24th, 2013 | Bill Cushing
    It is Tuesday evening, September 24, 2013, and earlier today the United States representative, Oracle Team USA, tied the New Zealand team in the America’s Cup to create a tiebreaker scenario for whomever will be the 35th victor in the ultimate sailing competition. And one aspect of this cup series has become glaringly evident: members of the United States sports media should be ashamed of themselves due to their lack of coverage of this event (and I am speaking directly to the major players in that profession such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN—both electronic and print, AP, and Yahoo). If weather...
  • Obama & George III, the Family Resemblance

    09/24/2013 2:34:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Before the Left came to dominate K-12, I learned in high school social studies that patriots risked their lives and property for eight years to avoid the expense of a few percent in stamp, sugar, or tea taxes. What rubbish. Review our Declaration of Independence. It complains of George III’s abuses, usurpations, despotic and tyrannical intents, veto of our laws, suspension of our assemblies, appointment of judges loyal to him alone, and creating multitudes of offices to control us. In the decade beginning with victory over the French and Indians, George III was determined to influence thirteen colonial legislatures as...
  • Pester Your State Assemblyman to Restore Federalism

    09/04/2013 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    Like a modern day Patrick Henry, Mark Levin may have sparked a revolutionary train of events. The Liberty Amendments rationally examine where we are, where we are headed, and what must be done to restore our once federal republic. Fussing and fuming at FR, demanding the political head of Boehner, electing conservatives, etc., are all necessary but demonstrably insufficient to check our death spiral into despotism. Those who profit so well from the system they corrupted have no interest in reform. The key to restoration resides with us, the sovereign American people. What follows is a letter I sent in...
  • A Summary of Mark Levin’s Proposed Amendments

    08/25/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 143 replies
    Amendment to establish congressional term limits. No more than twelve total years combined in house and senate. Amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment. Governors may fill vacancies to fill out remainder of terms. Upon two thirds vote, state legislatures may remove their senators. Amendment to establish twelve year term limits on scotus. On three-fifths vote, and within twenty four months of a ruling, congress or the states may override scotus decisions. These overrides are not subject to judicial review. Congress shall submit preliminary budget to president by first Monday in May for the next fiscal year. Should congress/president not adopt...
  • Toward An Article V Amendment Convention

    08/24/2013 3:38:50 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 93 replies
    Take a look ahead. Despite our nation’s free fall into totalitarianism, congress recoils from using its power of the purse and impeachment. Only a small cadre of conservatives call for a state amendment convention to go around congress, and defeat the eighty year assault on liberty called progressivism. Obamacare, Benghazi, F&F, illegal appointments, open borders, use of executive agencies to silence political opponents, suspension of the laws, fag marriage, a foreign born president . . . are insufficient to cause serious resistance. While Obama is the face of those recent assaults on our freedoms, he had plenty of help from...
  • Loud Mime Talk Radio

    08/20/2013 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Tune in to Steve Maikoski's show, The Constitutional Corner at 3:00 PM EST. Channel One at LA Talk Radio
  • An Infuriating Email From My Congressman

    08/20/2013 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    August 15th, 2013 | Congressman Steve Southerland
    Dear Mr. (Jacquerie), Thank you for contacting . . . I value your input . . . Throughout America's history, our nation has continually exhibited dignity and fierce resolve in the face of grave adversity. Similarly, as our nation strives to emerge from the worst recession in a generation, I am confident in the resiliency of the American people. There is no question the Obama Administration's failed policies of unrestrained spending, higher taxes, and increased regulation have served to increase unemployment, burden small businesses, contribute to our skyrocketing national debt, and damage our nation's morale. There is not, however, any...