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Articles Posted by Jacquerie

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  • Stand up and Assert Sovereignty.

    04/26/2015 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Vanity
    Sovereignty is defined as the source from which all governing authority flows. A visitor to America, say a modern Alexis de Tocqueville, might conclude that America is a despotism. Considering we have presidential elections every four years, our imaginary visitor could refine his observations and determine America 2015 to be an elective despotism. And why not? Obama’s speeches ooze with “I” and “me.” His cabinet secretaries and party have demonstrated loyalty to his person and not the Constitution. Notwithstanding his oath of office, which is a solemn promise to see that the laws be faithfully executed, he pledged to fundamentally...
  • In Praise of the Soviet Constitution.

    04/11/2015 6:23:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 33 replies
    It’s a pity the Russians didn’t enforce the constitution they had. The Soviet Constitution shared more than a few similarities with the US constitution. The rights to property, private correspondence, freedom of religion & conscience, equality before the law, and the right to earn/keep earnings and to leave inheritances are there. All considered, it wasn’t bad for peoples who had only known Mongol hordes and Czars for the past thousand years. Despite these guarantees, the Soviet Union was a slave state from its inception. How could oppression have lived side-by-side recognized assurances of so many personal rights? Slavery was certain...
  • The Proper Pace of Political Change (102nd Anniversary of 17A)

    04/08/2015 11:33:33 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    1913 | Senator Elihu Root
    Some men saw what was coming. Coincident with ratification of the 17th Amendment to the constitution, New York Senator Elihu Root expressed his concerns in a series of lectures at the alma mater of James Madison, 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...
  • A Preface on Government (102nd Anniversary of 17A)

    04/08/2015 12:25:40 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    There is nothing in which the generality of mankind are so much mistaken as when they talk of government. The different effects of it are obvious to everyone, but few can trace its causes. Most men having undigested ideas of the nature of it, and attribute all public miscarriages to the corruption of mankind. They think the whole mass is infected, that it’s impossible to make any reformation, and so submit patiently to their country’s calamities, or else share in the spoil. Whereas complaints of this kind are as old as the world, and every age has thought their own...
  • Eagle Nests And Sheeple Stalls

    04/05/2015 5:28:04 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 31st 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Napoleon had extraordinary political and personal as well as military gifts. His genius was not limited to the ability to read a battlefield and take the right action at the right time. He had a gift for reading people, for knowing what each one most desperately wanted and needed. He then had the ambition and singleness of purpose to decide which people mattered to him, and then to give them what they wanted. As Napoleon rose, he had to judge how to keep people loyal to him. This again required an exquisite sensitivity to what others want. One man can...
  • How the Romans Proceeded in Waging War

    03/15/2015 3:30:15 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 43 replies
    WikiSource ^ | Circa 1517 | Niccolo' Machiavelli
    We've recently been told by Ivy League Idiots from Obama's State Department that the solution to defeating ISIS is to grant them small business start-up loans here in America. I thought Freepers might appreciate some foreign policy clarity. I found some in a five hundred year old Renaissance Italian treatise. The following is Chapter VI of Book II to Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy: Having discussed how the Romans proceeded in their expansion, we will now discuss how they proceeded in making war, and it will be seen with how much prudence they deviated in all the actions from the universal...
  • What If Obama Wants a 3rd Term?

    03/06/2015 4:31:37 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 125 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 6th 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    Let's fast forward to, say, May, June of 2016. Let's say that Mrs. Clinton has withstood all of this e-mail stuff, that Elizabeth Warren has not gotten in the race, that Algore took the temperature and decided not to go, that it's just Mrs. Clinton and Joe Biden. On the other side, the Republican field has a great list of possible candidates, and they will have by that time engaged in a vigorous debate which may have served to educate the country on the foibles and the problems of the past eight years, and the country may be looking forward...
  • When Free Institutions Fail.

    03/04/2015 3:12:51 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 41 replies
    Five hundred years ago, Machiavelli wrote how governing institutions designed for FreeRepublics were not only unsuited for corrupted republics, they eventually served to enforce tyranny. His prescience was on display yesterday in the US Congress. Designed in 1787 as the consensual law making body of a free people and their states, Congress joined in tyrannical partnership with President Obama. Under cover of the reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s fabulous speech against Obama’s nefarious plans for Iran and against peace, the Speaker of the House brought a “clean” DHS funding bill to the floor for a vote. In support of Obama’s lawless...
  • Dictators Necessary to Keep Free Republics.

    03/03/2015 1:47:35 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    First off, a dictator is not a tyrant. Yes, an online dictionary and a thesaurus I know of regard them as fairly synonymous. They are not. Tyrants are outlaws hostile to republican freedom. Tyrants assume, grasp, and otherwise illegally seize powers. They either destroy republican institutions outright, or like Obama, they squeeze the neck of institutions like congress that stand in their way. In time, once free institutions become rubber stamps to the will of the tyrant and sooner or later legitimize his oppression. OTOH, successful dictators are republican saviors. Classic, ancient dictators were freely given enormous authority for a...
  • The Republican Wisdom of Machiavelli

    02/18/2015 3:14:56 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 144 replies
    The accepted dogma among many conservatives is that the way to save what remains of our republic is to vote conservative, constitutionalist, virtuous men and women into office. History shows that to be a blind alley, a dead end that occupies many minds, all the while evil men get away with high crimes. It’s a pity that electoral history going back decades have failed to disprove their belief. Most of the conservative candidates we send to congress go wobbly, rino or worse. Meanwhile, no congressional rats ever turn conservative. Clearly, there is something outside the power of personal character and...
  • Judicial Watch: Potential Violation of Law in President Obama’s Proposed Expansion of DACA

    02/14/2015 3:24:24 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2/12/15 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding potential criminal and civil violations of law in the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions for immigration, which may be in violation of the Antideficiency Act: “Judicial Watch calls upon Congress, to request that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the following issues: “Whether Congress has specifically appropriated the funds or authorized the assessment of fees necessary for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to implement the plans to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and establish Deferred Action to Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...
  • Drive to Limit Washington's Power Wins Support of Tom Coburn

    02/10/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 10th 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The national drive to encourage states to hold a convention to pass constitutional amendments to shut down Washington’s overreach and President Obama’s executive actions picked up the support of another leading conservative Tuesday, retired Sen. Tom Coburn. The Oklahoma Republican said he will be a senior adviser to the Convention of States Project, based in Purcellville, Va. “Our national soul is being corrupted by Washington’s unhindered and unconstitutional overreach,” said Coburn, a champion of efforts to limit Washington. The effort already has the backing of Sarah Palin, radio talk show host Mark Levin, and two presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and...
  • Reliance on the Virtue of Politicians Cannot Restore our Republic.

    02/06/2015 1:16:27 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 85 replies
    A common solution at FreeRepublic for the ills of our nation is to just enforce the constitution we have. Elect enough Tea Party conservatives and freedom will be restored. From the moment of our independence, the first question, as posited by Mercy Warren was “what government consistent with the Declaration of Independence can be designed by men too proud for monarchy, too poor for nobility, and it is to be feared, too selfish and avaricious for a virtuous republic?” Republicanism was in our blood. Despite the efforts of the British Crown, all of the states had evolved from quasi-republican colonies....
  • Public Opinion.

    02/01/2015 3:35:59 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    teachingamericanhistory.org ^ | December 19th 1791 | James Madison
    Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one. As there are cases where the public opinion must be obeyed by the government; so there are cases, where not being fixed, it may be influenced by the government. This distinction, if kept in view, would prevent or decide many debates on the respect due from the government to the sentiments of the people. In proportion as government is influenced by opinion, it must be so, by whatever influences opinion. This decides the question concerning a Constitutional Declaration of Rights, which requires an influence...
  • Indiana Conservatives Call for Convention of States

    01/29/2015 3:08:19 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Indiana Daily Student ^ | January 27, 2015
    Six months ago, Marty Wood had no interest in politics. His said his 
priorities were elsewhere. But Tuesday night, Wood stood in front of a crowd of his fellow conservatives at the Monroe County Public Library to convince them why the U.S. Constitution needs to be amended. Wood, a graduate of Purdue University, is the director of the Indiana Coalition for the Convention of States Project, a group that is looking to amend the U.S. Constitution. But Wood said he is not proposing any specific amendments, just a 
convention of the states. “This project is not proposing anything,” Wood said....
  • The Fifth Branch of Government.

    01/26/2015 1:39:48 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    For several decades, conservatives have lamented the growth of the administrative state, aka the fourth branch of government. Created by congress, directed by the president, and armed with semi-despotic powers, these administrative agencies, by the number of regulations they issue, are the real lawmakers in the once American republic. On paper, the fourth branch is accountable to the reps of the people, the House and Senate of the United States. Liberals love them, for while these agencies are subject to congressional oversight, they are for practical purposes, extensions of the will of the president and are unaccountable to congress. Consider...
  • Tyranny Isn’t Government

    01/13/2015 2:36:27 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    It is madness to think a government founded on free principles can be supported through tyrannic means. Yet through their actions, that is what the vast majority of Americans think. The foundation of tyranny in all countries is essentially the same; there is too much force in the hands of one man, and in America 2014, that man is Obama. America is in a decades long transition, from republican freedom to tyranny. After the midterm election, the outcome of which President Obama declared he would ignore, he opened our nation to Mexicans and Muslims alike. Congress, the lawmaking body of...
  • Florida Supreme Court Named Nation's 4th Worst 'Judicial Hellhole'

    01/09/2015 4:14:05 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    The controversial Florida Supreme Court managed to score fourth on the American Tort Reform Foundation's 2014-2015 list of "Judicial Hellholes" -- putting it among the nation’s “most unfair” courts in the handling of civil litigation. The report lists these Florida Supreme Court actions since 2000 as egregious: Exposed supermarkets and retailers to liability for slip-and-falls even when they were not aware of hazards that allegedly caused falls and could not have reasonably found and addressed them. Placed broad new liability on streetlight maintenance companies when anyone is hurt in an accident while a streetlight is out. Allowed manipulative plaintiffs’ lawyers...
  • Let’s Abolish West Point

    01/08/2015 4:07:53 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | January 5th, 2015 | Bruce Fleming
    The service academies are all Potemkin villages, facades with nothing behind them: they don’t teach morals, they don’t make better officers, and they cost you a bundle. Most fundamentally, they combine two incompatible goals: military obedience and the freedom to question offered by knowledge. This is a combustible mixture as students ask why things are as they are and are told sharply that this is the way things are, and are punished if they insist. One day the lid is going to blow. A confession: I believe in their mission, and so I am a disillusioned former True Believer, as...
  • States, The Natural Second Party.

    01/06/2015 11:16:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 85 replies
    Vanity
    Today’s reelection of John Boehner proves there is but one party, the Uniparty. Political parties represent the common interests of their members, and to this end the two wings of the Uniparty have far more in common than differences. Their rhetoric often contrasts, but their mutual interests are on display. Witness the fifth year of Obamacare, out of control spending, executive and judicial tyranny. Both wings despise the Tea Party more than each other. The framers’ constitution wisely divided power and provided checks that reached across the branches. Congress can deny appropriations, congress can override presidential vetoes, the senate can...
  • Republican Liberty

    01/04/2015 8:49:13 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    To quote from the Declaration of Independence anymore at FreeRepublic is to be regarded as something of a dullard. The timeless maxims of our revolution no longer seem to ring true, for if they did, there would be far more discussion at this forum on how to implement these truths in a nation that has largely forgotten them. As we lurch from one election cycle to another, and speculate two years out whether the GOP presidential nominee will be a conservative or rino, it is worthwhile to step back from politics for a moment, and consider government. By that, I...
  • What is Republican Government?

    01/03/2015 6:57:17 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    Back to basics. Is the US government republican? If not, what is it? What is the purpose of government? What should be done? What made our plan of government unique? What is the purpose of elections in our existing system? Which body should decide the constitutionality of law? Can the two-party system lead to restoration of liberty?
  • 1944 Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf

    12/21/2014 3:06:05 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 54 replies
    C-Span ^ | October 1st 2014 | James Hornfischer
    James Hornfischer talked about the role of Commander Ernest Evans and his destroyer, the USS Johnston, during the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf. The ship was sunk during the battle, and Commander Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress. In October, 1944, U.S. and Australian forces faced the Japanese Navy in the Philippine Sea. The four day Battle of Leyte Gulf was considered one of the largest naval conflicts of World War II.
  • Undivided Power, Undivided Tyranny

    12/10/2014 7:00:01 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    “No nation ever continued happy, whose chief magistrate was its absolute master; and no nation miserable, whose supreme power was properly checked and divided.” These words were written by Thomas Gordon in 1722. Perhaps he picked them up from John Locke’s 1689 Two Treatises of Government. In any event, our framing generation certainly understood what to do with power in a republic, for their design “properly checked and divided” powers. They first divided it vertically between member republics and the government created by those republics. Second, authority was carefully parceled out horizontally among three branches. This past month, depending on...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions: Immigration and the Rule of Law (Live Thread)

    12/08/2014 11:06:29 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it will host a presentation by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL): “Immigration and the Rule of Law.” Special introduction will be given by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Senator Sessions will discuss the impacts of illegal immigration and the impacts of President Obama’s unilateral “executive action” on illegal immigration. Senator Sessions is a well-known leader advocate for better enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
  • Pearl Harbor Countdown, Admiral James O. Richardson

    12/06/2014 4:51:05 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 70 replies
    Amazon ^ | June 25th 2008 | Skipper Steely
    Adm. James Richardson strongly disagreed about permanently docking navy ships in Pearl Harbor, believing that the Japanese would feel threatened by the proximity of America's Pacific fleet and organize a preemptory attack. With their exposed and isolated location, the ships would be vulnerable to any such aggression. He also recognized that the navy did not have the manpower to fight a war in the Pacific in 1940. He relayed these concerns to all who would listen and protested the decision to politicians in Washington. In response, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt relieved Richardson of his command. This biography covers Richardson's life...
  • Mark Levin Urges States to 'Take Back Your Power' From 'runaway' Obama

    12/04/2014 11:43:32 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 5th 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The building national movement for a constitutional convention to block President Obama’s executive orders got a huge boost Thursday when leading advocate Mark Levin urged state lawmakers to throttle all of Washington, including Republicans. He described a nation that is morphing into a “post-constitutional” crisis where state legislatures are “irrelevant,” and the president and Congress do whatever they want, and nobody in Washington provides checks and balances. “We have a president of the United States who says, ‘Hey, Congress won’t act. I will.’ Excuse me? Well what’s that? Sounds like a runaway convention to me,” he said. Ditto for Republicans....
  • Congress’ Failure to Call an Amendments Convention. (Part VI)

    12/04/2014 5:28:38 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 46 replies
    At this moment, Mark Levin is speaking to a breakfast gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Afterward, at 9:30 AM, he will join a Convention of the States Policy Workshop. On his radio show, he has been openly critical of state legislators for not doing their duty, to demand an amendments convention. I can only assume that videos will be available in the near future. The question of the desirability of a convention, so often expressed at FreeRepublic, is entirely separate from the legal issue of congress’ obligations under Article V*. More than two-thirds of the states have made...
  • Feel the Fetters.

    12/01/2014 2:12:04 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    No topic beats the frequency of politics at Free Republic. Since the national government has become ubiquitous in our lives from beginning to end, it follows we should pay attention to what our masters are doing. Yes, masters. On November 20th, 2014, Obama made clear the midterm trouncing of Hisself and his party would have no effect on his approach to governing. Nearly as disappointing, but not shocking was the limp GOPE response to Obama’s declaration. In a speech designed for all North America, (minus Canadians and Americans) Barack Hussein Obama crossed America’s Rubicon and decreed his lawmaking powers. Dressed...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part V)

    11/29/2014 1:54:39 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M. Boughey
    Under pressure from the base, republicans in congress are scrambling to deal with Obama’s latest high crime. Rest assured whatever the GOP does will be designed to minimize electoral threats to their reelection in 2016, and ignore the well-being of our republic. Perhaps they will cut funding to that which they never appropriated funds in the first place. How about a lawsuit? Impeach? Forget it. Whatever they do will not deal with the tyranny, the precedent of executive law making that will endure after 2016 for the next president to exploit. The framers gave us legal, constitutional means to deal...
  • If Not Now, When?

    11/28/2014 3:03:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    Conservatives are not split as to whether or not Obama and his ministers have committed high crimes. We are split over what to do about it. There is no question Obama has gathered arbitrary powers within the executive branch to make, ignore, modify congressional statutes at his whim. His administrative agencies, a shadow army of lawgivers whose identities (sans Gruber) are kept quiet and out of public view, issue dozens of unconstitutional and imperial diktats every year. OTOH, what is certain is that impeachment of American presidents is unfortunately an historic rarity. Taken all together, impeachment is largely viewed as...
  • When the Republic Isn’t Worth Defending

    11/26/2014 6:57:34 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    I vaguely recall from Gibbon, or maybe it was from a high school class, that the Roman Empire didn’t go out with a bang. With a nod to Alaric and his Visigoths of 410 AD, there really isn’t a singular event to mark the beginning of the long slide. In broad strokes it is fair to say that Roman society declined together, simultaneously with government. For centuries, Roman citizenship was a precious possession, a jewel of unsurpassed value. As such it was held closely and kept in short supply, for among other privileges, the Roman citizen wasn’t taxed. He was...
  • Remove the Tyrant. Reverse the Tyranny.

    11/24/2014 11:20:37 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Vanity
    Elections no longer serve their intended purpose, to temporarily empower others to make law on our behalf, subject to constitutional limitations. Obama plainly said last week that the outcome of the midterms meant the exact opposite of its results. He will issue diktats on behalf of those who didn’t vote! His first act was to lead a barbarian invasion across our southern border. A last ditch defense of our republic demands two actions. First, the virus that afflicts our governing body, Barack Obama, must be excised. If not, he will continue his scorched earth demonic march through our God given...
  • Just Enforce the Constitution We Have

    11/22/2014 4:56:00 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 29 replies
    As our once republic swirls down the drain of despotism, a common call at FR to restore freedom is to “just enforce the constitution we have.” In a perfect world of cuddly puppies and chocolate rivers, we could live in unspoiled freedom and happiness if we only enforced the written constitution. The problem is that no nation ever was, nor will ever be, composed of saints. If men were saints, government wouldn’t be necessary. If that sounds familiar, it should. After years of study on the nature of government in general, and republics in particular, James Madison and other framers...
  • Obama Puts The Republic Out Of Its Misery

    11/21/2014 4:03:18 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 21 2014 | David Harsanyi
    All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress – unless the President says otherwise. “This is how democracy works,” Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you. Obama acknowledges his overreach openly every time he argues that he intends to do the job of an obstinate Republican congress. In his speech, Obama scolded those who question whether he has the authority to change the legal status of...
  • The Legal Risk of Implementing Illegal Amnesty

    11/20/2014 5:08:53 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Obama will not implement his unconstitutional amnesty alone. For one, the director of DHS Jeh Johnson will violate immigration law when he orders his underlings to carry out Obama’s diktats. So, my question is to what extent can Obama’s administrative foot soldiers be held legally responsible for their deeds? Do executive orders protect them? If so, it means the cabinet secretaries hold Obama’s orders as the supreme law of the land, and not the constitution they swore to uphold. Of course the loathsome Eric Holder or his replacement will do nothing. I’m speaking of the next administration, when perhaps men...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part IV)

    11/19/2014 3:47:33 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M. Boughey
    Full title: Lawful and Peaceful Revolution: Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention for Proposing Amendments. Now more than ever, it is time for the people via their states to stop the runaway train of tyranny. Despite a landslide midterm win, the GOP is emotionally and institutionally incapable of defending congressional prerogatives against a lawless president. It is past time to reassert our right, both constitutionally and God given, to free government. This fourth in a series of excerpts from the Hamline Law review is designed to arm freepers with the intellectual ammo to convince their state reps and senators...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part III)

    11/16/2014 9:44:12 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M. Boughey
    Full title: Lawful and Peaceful Revolution: Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention for Proposing Amendments. Article V figured prominently in the public debate on the constitution, which began immediately after adjournment of the federal convention on September 17th 1787. 30. James Madison praised the proper balance between ease and difficulty in amending the constitution. From Federalist 43 of January 23rd 1788, “(Article V) guards equally against that extreme facility, which would render the constitution too mutable, and that extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults.” IOW, setting the bar at two thirds to call amendment conventions was not...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part II)

    11/14/2014 1:13:13 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 20 replies
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M. Boughey
    Full title: Lawful and Peaceful Revolution: Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention for Proposing Amendments. The means to peacefully amend our form of government is unique to American constitutions, as evidenced in the early state constitutions immediately after independence and the 1777 Articles of Confederation. In an odd twist, it was the amending Article, number XIII of the confederation that sowed the seed of its own destruction. While acknowledging that government must be amenable to change determined by its member states, it required unanimous consent of all states. In theory the Articles of Union were amendable, in practice they...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part I)

    11/12/2014 10:42:50 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M Boughey
    Full title: Lawful and Peaceful Revolution: Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention for Proposing Amendments. The solution to America’s problems is to be found within the American tradition. Fabian socialism, fascism, islam are foreign imports. As varieties of Utopian statism, they not only offer no reasonable solutions, they are hostile to our cultural DNA. They ignore four hundred years of customs, beliefs, and replace them with oppressive forms unfit for free society and contradictory to free government. This 1990 treatise examines the history of Article V from its conceptual beginning in the Articles of Confederation through the 1787 Federal...
  • Matthews: Obama Surrounded By ‘Sycophants’ Who Say ‘You’re Always Right’ [VIDEO]

    11/08/2014 1:21:29 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 5th 2014
    After President Obama’s post-shellacking press conference, MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on “Now w/Alex Wagner” that the President’s problem was that he only took advice from yes-men and always thought he was right about everything. “The fact that this President is getting advice from people that say, ‘You’re always right,’ is the problem,” Matthews opined. “He’s got too many sycophants around him telling him, ‘All you have to keep doing is what you’re doing.’”
  • Article V Now

    11/06/2014 10:22:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 60 replies
    With sixty-six of ninety-nine state houses in GOP hands, the prospect for a successful state convention to propose amendments has never been, and likely never will be, better. After all the back and forth at FR, one aspect of Article V hasn't been discussed very much. Although major elements of the national, central government predictably thinks otherwise, the language of Article V doesn't require the states to make identical applications to Congress. There is nothing to remotely infer the states must make identical applications. From Federalist 85, just two thirds of them need to apply and Congress must call a...
  • Of Right and Capacity to Judge Government.

    11/06/2014 2:16:53 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Cato's Letters ^ | July 22nd, 1721 | Thomas Gordon
    In most parts of the earth there is neither light nor liberty; and even in the best parts of it they are but little encouraged, and coldly maintained; there being, in all places, many engaged, through interest, in a perpetual conspiracy against them. They are the two greatest civil blessings, inseparable in their interests, and the mutual support of each other; and whoever would destroy one of them, must destroy both. Hence it is, that we every where find tyranny and imposture, ignorance and slavery, joined together; and oppressors and deceivers mutually aiding and paying constant court to each other....
  • Habit and Voting.

    09/30/2014 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    We do most things in our lives out of habit. Each of us has various routines that outline our day, family and lives. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t step back now and then to consider change for the sake of improvement, for we should, yet just as the sun follows a predictable yearly path, man has a natural tendency to favor the familiar and regular. So, out of habit I will vote in the mid-term election. Aside from local and state officers, my representative Steve Southerland (FL-2) is in a tight race against a legacy candidate, the daughter of...
  • Not Progressive, But Rather Retrograde Government.

    09/29/2014 7:45:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    As we get worked up over the November mid-term elections, it is worthwhile to step back a moment from politics and take a look at an important facet of our current (as opposed to constitutional) government. The Constitution of 1787 provided Congress with plenty of authority to deal with the likes of a power grabbing FDR, LBJ or Obama. Make no mistake, Obama has UNITARY authority over the executive branch. Every freedom absorbing regulation or crime committed by the EPA, IRS, HHS etc. is his responsibility. The EPA shuts down coal fired electric plants, the IRS shuts down political opposition,...
  • Why the Framers Relied on Constitutional Structure

    09/24/2014 6:14:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    A common refrain from Article V state amendment convention opponents is that all we need to do is follow the constitution we have. For the constitution to be implemented as it should ideally be, i.e. as our supreme law, we must send honorable, virtuous men and women to Washington DC to fulfill its purpose and tenets. Unfortunately, this belief falls into the same dangerous solution as offered by Socialists, who tell us socialism will finally work once the “right men and women” assume the reins of power. The reality is that the people we send to DC are like the...
  • Treason Outside the Constitution.

    09/21/2014 3:00:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    For the purpose of felony offense, treason in America is famously defined in our constitution. No longer may political opponents be brought before the equivalent of King’s judges and face charges for real or imagined insults or crimes. No, constitutional treason consists of making war against the United States or assisting its enemies. Oh, and unless the traitor confesses, two witnesses must observe the treasonous act. Put aside for a moment the constitutional definition and hurdles to be surmounted in order to obtain a felony conviction. Consider the broad, historic and popular concept of treason, the betrayal of one’s country....
  • By Virtue of Their Silence

    09/16/2014 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 32 replies
    As the November elections approach, we’ve heard nothing but deafening silence from the GOP as to why the electorate should put Congress in its hands. Now, I have nothing against the ages-old stratagem of not interrupting an enemy in the process of making enormous mistakes. But, we’re not simply considering a ‘my team good’ vs. ‘their team bad’ situation, as if the outcome was nothing more than a sporting event to be remembered until the next big game. Some fundamental American freedoms have been under assault for decades, and Obama and his party have accelerated the trend. Where is the...
  • Executive Powers, Barack Obama v. Charles I of England

    09/04/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    The Framers of our Constitution were well versed in the lessons of the mid-17th century English Civil War. It was in revolution that Parliamentary forces denied certain powers to Charles I. Obama, the pretend President of a formerly Free Republic, has claimed powers denied to an English king 370 years ago. During negotiations between royalist and parliamentary forces in 1643, Charles I itemized his demands and authority: 1. Charles I proclaimed to be limited by law and parliament. From his past actions, parliament knew this was a specious, dishonest assertion. Obama often recites his fealty to the law. Not even...
  • No One Voted

    08/29/2014 3:13:35 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Everyone has wondered if his vote would be the one that put a candidate president, senator, . . . county commissioner over the top. We vote more out of habit and tradition, rather than a conviction that “our guy” will work toward restoration of the American republic. Can the November election reverse Obama’s law making, treaty making, his control over spending, and oppression of conservative groups? Who can name the powers Obama does not have? Of course, my title implies something that could never happen. Not a chance. But what if wide swaths of the American people become so disgusted...