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  • Disappointed? Here's What You Can Do

    05/04/2016 4:02:59 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 4th 2016 | COS
    Presidential politics is a fickle business. On the heels of a decisive victory in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz lost his next major contest in Indiana, prompting the Texas Senator to suspend his campaign. As when any candidate drops out of the race, Cruz’s decision left thousands of Americans concerned for the future of their country. Those who believed Cruz was the election’s only true conservative (or had the best shot of beating Hillary Clinton) are now wondering what the country will look like under the next president. They see their nation slipping away, and they feel powerless to stop it. And...
  • Wading Into Left-Speak: The Closing of the American Mind

    05/02/2016 12:35:38 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    I don’t know how I managed for so long to put off reading Allan Bloom’s 1986 The Closing of the American Mind.. I’m only through the Preface and Introduction, and the condition of American higher education he described thirty years ago is chilling. I might not read any further. The young people of that era are now the heads of various university departments and occupy high positions in government including the presidency. Today, the students of Bloom’s book coddle all the dangerous nonsense we’ve recently seen in the form of moral relativism, Black Lives Matter, White Privilege, LGBT baloney, and...
  • Convention of States - Indiana

    05/02/2016 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle for first place in Indiana’s heated presidential primary, many don’t realize that the Indiana state legislature has already taken steps to ensure freedom and prosperity for generations to come. Earlier this year, The Hoosier State voted to pass the Convention of States resolution, which calls for an Article V Amendments Convention for the purpose of limiting the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. Presidential contenders can talk about shrinking government and eliminating the debt, but only a Convention of States can actually reverse 100 years of activist Supreme Court decisions and...
  • Our Noble Constitution

    05/01/2016 1:32:20 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    The triumph of the federal convention of 1787 is that in raising a standard to which the wise and honest could repair, it also raised one that met the threefold test of legitimacy, popularity, and viability.* One reason the federal convention was able to strike the right balance between the urge to lead the people and the need to obey them, and between the urge to be noble and the need to be practical, was the disposition of most delegates to be “whole men” on stern principles and “halfway men” on negotiable details. Another was the way in which it...
  • Men of Little Faith: Anti-Federalists and Article V Opponents

    04/29/2016 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    There is a parallel conservatism shared by the framing era Anti-Federalists and today’s Article V opponents. Conservativism in this sense is the tendency to hold on to what is known and to resist change. We take it for granted, but thirteen heterogeneous societies joining in common defense was not inevitable. By 1787, both Federalists and Anti-Federalists foresaw approaching dissolution of the union under the Articles of Confederation (AC). A decade of experience with state constitutions had revealed their defects or weaknesses, and induced among many Americans an inclination toward change. Either the independent republics must join in a more perfect...
  • To Retrieve Free Government, Part II

    04/27/2016 1:48:01 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    From yesterday’s post regarding thoroughly corrupted republics, Machiavelli* found that even when a few wise laws are passed, corrupt institutions in society and government will turn the law away from their intended, good purposes. To possibly recover, one of two things must happen. Either prudent men along the way step in to introduce reforms as incremental corruption is detected, or a large single stroke of reform is necessary when the debasement of society and government is evident to all. Since the republic in his discussion is already thoroughly corrupt, it would appear that the first of his possible solutions has...
  • To Retrieve Free Government, Part I.

    04/26/2016 1:41:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Can free government be reestablished in a corrupt republic? Is there enough virtue remaining in America 2016 for renewal? For insight, I can’t help but return to a favorite read, Niccolò Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy.* In this discussion, Machiavelli assumed the republic in question was extremely corrupt, due to either a lack of laws or institutions sufficient to check universal corruption. While he doesn’t explain exactly what he means by institutions, it is clear from context here and the rest of his work that the term encompasses the totality of society and government. In modern parlance, institutions include academe, government,...
  • Our Noble Declaration of Independence

    04/24/2016 1:36:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Among the reasons I enjoy Independence Day is that it makes Leftists squirm. They despise the American Revolution. If they could, their scotus judges would gut the Declaration as thoroughly as they have the Constitution. To them, our Noble Declaration, this expression of God-given reason is subversive of social justice; they are right. Since the Declaration is indeed hostile to their moral relativism, the Left has long attempted to minimize our founding to a fuzzy faith in the people. The “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” and “all men are created equal,” translates in their Marxist...
  • A Presumption of Liberty

    04/23/2016 1:04:37 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    Should I be charged with a felony, I know that as an American I am presumed innocent. This presumption of innocence means I will remain in possession of my God-given liberty until a jury of my peers finds me guilty, and a judge determines that I shall forfeit an element of my liberty, my freedom to move about in society as I please. In a larger sense encompassing the presumption of innocence, there is the presumption of liberty. Liberty comprises all of the enumerated, unenumerated as well as implied rights and privileges of our Constitution. Until I prove myself unfit...
  • Article V and The Federalist No. 1

    04/22/2016 3:39:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    In my April 20th post, I connected our existing and dire situation with that of 1787. Despite the differences between then and now, there is at least one commonality: the fear that a demagogue, a man who promises to relieve us of our misery, might emerge from the increasing anarchy and social disorders. Alexander Hamilton wrote that men who overturned republics always began their public work by proclaiming their devotion to the people. In words that ring true today, Hamilton’s first Federalist explained the situation that faced America. The young country was at a crossroads; its very existence was in...
  • Progressing the American Republic

    04/21/2016 1:19:46 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    The framing generation of 1787 agonized over how to form free government across an extensive territory that avoided the classic problem of republics: their degeneration into democracies in which various antagonistic, conflicting interest groups were constantly at each other’s throats. As regular visitors to this blog know, the American Republic’s first line of defense was the division of power between state republics and the umbrella government of their creation. Under this framework, as the nation expanded and formed new states, various peoples with differing approaches to freedom could implement their ideas and frame their republican state governments as they saw...
  • If Two States Convened

    04/20/2016 1:57:30 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    What if just two states set a time and place for delegates to discuss amendments to our Constitution? Several states have submitted applications to congress which call for limiting the size and scope of government. Since they have publicly expressed similar concerns over the trajectory of our freedoms, why not? Why should they not convene? Skeptics might point out the states do not have this expressed power in the Constitution. They might further say the states cannot convene unless and until congress calls all the states to convention. Well, that contradicts the retained power concept of our Constitution: that which...
  • Machiavelli on Religion and Republics

    04/18/2016 1:57:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    In his Discourses on Livy, Niccolò Machiavelli devoted several chapters to the importance of religion to the long-lived Roman Republic. There are lessons here for America 2016. Numa Pompilius, successor to Rome’s founder Romulus, was elected king in 716 BC. The tiny and precarious city-state was informally joined in self-defense with the nearby tribe of Sabines, of which Numa was a member. Livy credits Numa with establishing religious institutions that served to bind the Romans and Sabines into one people, a Roman Republic. Through his personal relationship with various gods, Numa built the intellectual supporting framework for various pageants, rites,...
  • On Sterile Politics, Christianity and Liberty

    04/17/2016 1:46:39 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    I was a registered Libertarian for twelve years. While I probably still agree with much of what the party stands for, I left the Libertarians for the same reason I grow weary of the Republican Party: its philosophy, to the extent it has one, is sterile. By sterile, I mean its lack of appeal to higher law and our nobler passions. For instance, the libertarian assertion that my rights only go so far as to not impinge on those of others is all well and good. However, without at least introducing why this is so, that our rights are gifts...
  • James Madison’s Council of Revision and Modern Judicial Review

    04/15/2016 1:58:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    While our Constitution famously set up a government of divided powers, the powers within each branch are not absolute. Each is subject to various checks from the others. Congress is responsible for lawmaking, but the president has a qualified veto over congressional bills. It is not absolute, for congress may override on two-thirds majority vote. As a theoretical check on the judiciary, scotus is subject to Article III congressionally determined “exceptions . . . and regulations.” Scotus has developed a habit of going far beyond its duty to adjudicate between parties and protect the constitutionality of law. Instead, it often...
  • Article I Section 8: Means to Ends

    04/13/2016 10:06:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Our 18th century Framers were precise grammarians. They spent months debating in a stuffy Philadelphia state house to thrash out every concept, idea, detail, clause and yes, punctuation, that ended up in our beloved Constitution. From James Madison’s notes, there is no question that every element had to first pass a committee composed of a few members, and then survive withering examination by a committee of all state delegates. First, take a look at Article I § 8: It is here that the limited legislative powers declared in Section 1 are elaborated. The end, or purpose of the law is...
  • The Destructive Administrative State

    04/12/2016 10:59:37 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee recently took testimony regarding the dangers posed by an ever expanding administrative state, especially in the hands of a ‘pen and phone’ president. Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. from Hillsdale College explained how a slow, evolutionary coup d'état in the form of an administrative state has overthrown free government. This transfer of lawmaking power away from congress to an oligarchy of unelected experts who rule through executive decree and judicial edict over virtually every aspect of our daily lives, under the guise of merely implementing the technical details of law, constitutes nothing less than a...
  • Thoughts on Our Corrupted Presidential Election Process

    04/10/2016 1:41:10 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Did the Framers actually bequeath the circa 2016 Animal House presidential election process? Nothing occupied the Federal Convention of 1787 more than debate involving the executive branch. One man would be responsible for executing the laws passed by a free people and corporate states. More than sixty votes were necessary to define the method of presidential election. From near the beginning of the convention on May 25th and almost to the end, September 17th, the Framers wrestled with presidential powers, the balance of those powers with congress, and how a free people could design an office that precluded the trappings...
  • The 17th Amendment - A Mistake That Keeps on Giving

    04/08/2016 9:19:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Our previously Free Republic continues to reel from a one hundred and three year old mistake: the 17th Amendment. Pardon me if I don’t celebrate today’s anniversary. Republican theory demands the consent of the governed. From ancient Greece, republican Rome, Saxon Germany, and even in the English kingdom from which we declared our Independence, the component members of their societies had a place at the lawmaking table. Greek ecclesia, Roman tribunes and senators, Saxon Micklegemots, English commons, lords and king, encompassed the totality of their societies. By this, the consent of the governed was present in every law. Unlike simpler...
  • Just Enforce the Constitution We Have (?)

    04/06/2016 1:37:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 30 replies
    A contingent among those who oppose an Article V state convention to propose Constitutional amendments declare that all that need be done is just enforce the Constitution we have. Well, we actually have more than one Constitution to consider. There is the written, de jure Constitution that anyone can view through a simple internet search at any time. Its Preamble sets forth, in more particular terms, the broad purpose of having a government in the first place as expressed in our Declaration of Independence. Society came together to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, establish Justice, keep domestic peace, defend...
  • Toward an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention

    04/04/2016 2:30:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    It is through Article V, and not the social justice whims of nine unaccountable lawyers that the Framers envisioned a free people would keep and improve their republic. Enlightenment philosophers and our Framers recognized that whereas power is aggressive, liberty is passive, and unless actively pursued, liberty will always fade in the face of encroaching power. Much of America has come to accept as final the often fanciful mutterings of the scotus. As illustrated in its Roe, Lawrence, and Obergefell opinions, scotus not only supplanted the supreme law of the land, it trashed the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God....
  • Scotus’ Unconstitutional Lawmaking and Article V

    04/03/2016 1:31:08 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    It is no secret that American courts have wandered far outside the business of adjudicating. Every summer, the nation holds its breath in anticipation of the latest batch of scotus opinions. Last June, the questions were: Will homosexual marriage become a right across the land? Is there an unconstitutional penalty within Obamacare, or is it a constitutional tax? Must localities mix Section 8 tenants among their communities to achieve racial balance? Can congress force individuals to purchase a privately provided product such as health insurance? No scotus majority opinion ever declared that it revised or made law. For example, in...
  • Government, Virtue & Education - Part II

    03/31/2016 2:05:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    The Framing generation was realistic about human nature. American constitutional law wasn’t to command the common good, but rather to promote it, which is to lead men gradually toward private and public virtue and subsequent happiness. To this end, the Framers crafted a constitution whose structure and enumerated powers encouraged subsequent congressional statutes that serve the general welfare, the common good. Consider: • The structural division of power, horizontally among the three branches, vertically between the states and the new government, prevented any faction from getting all that it desired. The virtue of moderation was built into the Constitution. •...
  • Government, Virtue & Education

    03/30/2016 1:57:38 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    We institute government, the Declaration says, to secure our unalienable rights; among them is the pursuit of happiness. Elaborating upon this straightforward idea, the Preamble to the Constitution informs us that our government is to “establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty” So government has a role, a duty to ‘promote the general welfare.’ While there is certainly an element of ambiguity to the term, it cannot be far from the duty of our lawmakers to seek the betterment, the continual improvement of the civil society upon...
  • South Carolina Needs Your Help (Convention of States)

    03/23/2016 1:39:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 36 replies
    Convention of States | 22 March 2016 | Convention of States Action
    An email from COS: We are ever so close to passing our Convention of States Project resolution and having South Carolina become the 7th state to pass this historic Article V application. We have the votes in both chambers to pass the resolution on the chamber floor. Unfortunately we are being held up in both our House and Senate by two individuals. We thought we could get this done on our own, but the time has come to ask our sister states to help us. We need MASSIVE pressure put on the two individuals below for the reasons I will...
  • Solzhenitsyn, Obama and America’s Demise.

    02/16/2016 3:54:33 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Some thirty years ago I picked up Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago. In page after page my mind's eye watched the normalization of evil. After consuming maybe just a quarter of the book, I had to put it aside, for depression was overwhelming me. I don't pretend to Solzhenitsyn scholarship, but I picked up a few of his concepts and believe they apply today. He wrote of burying evil, of keeping it deep within us such that no sign of it appears on the surface. Furthermore, he lamented the lack of punishment for evildoers. When evil isn't punished, such as those responsible...
  • A Squib Regarding Moral Relativism

    01/31/2016 2:07:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    It is natural to compare things in our daily lives, and discriminate between alternatives. When it comes to important matters, decisions are best made on the basis of cool reason. For instance, having decided to separate from Great Britain, our Founders asked mankind to judge the rectitude of their decision. After setting forth a theory of free government and itemizing British violations of it, they submitted their work to a "candid world," out of "respect to the Opinions of Mankind." In order to respect the opinions of others at all, we must assume from the start that their beliefs are...
  • The Shutdown Prevention Act

    10/24/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    October 24th 2015 | Representative Gwen Graham
    Families across North Florida are tired of Washington’s manufactured crises and shutdown threats, that's why I've introduced The Shutdown Prevention Act to take away power from the small minority causing Congressional chaos and put it back in the hands of the moderate majority of Democrats and Republicans who believe government should actually govern. Government shutdowns hurt our military and most vulnerable families harder than anyone else. It’s easy for members to abandon their responsibilities and let the government shutdown. It’s harder to roll up their sleeves and negotiate a budget. I think we were elected to do the hard work,...
  • Congressional Duty vs. Discretion. Article V.

    10/05/2015 7:23:46 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Our Constitution details both duties and discretions to its member states and three branches of government. Duties involve commands that must be obeyed, while the exercise of discretionary power is of course, optional. For instance, Congress has the option to implement enumerated, delegated powers such as those in Article I Section 8. Congress does not have to write statutes involving taxation, commerce, naturalization, post offices & post roads, etc. It may do so as it sees fit. These are specific grants of power from We the People, which when used as intended, facilitate the general welfare and blessings of Liberty....
  • Burning Down our Constitutional House.

    09/29/2015 3:28:39 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 36 replies
    The Constitution was to be our republican house, our shelter from tyranny. Its four load bearing walls were the three federal branches plus the state governments. This structure in turn was protected from the harsh elements of despotism by a roof composed of ten recognized, God-given and societal rights. Various interior design details in the form of enumerated powers and those prohibited to the states, made for prosperous living to a free people. Since 1913 we have largely failed to maintain our home. What began as seemingly minor alterations to the structure, beginning with the 17th Amendment, rot was introduced...
  • How to Prevent an Article V State Amendments Convention . . . Forever

    09/23/2015 1:42:37 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 38 replies
    If I wanted to surreptitiously prevent an Article V State Amendments Convention, I would plant a seed in the media that state legislatures must submit to congress, identical or near identical applications that deal with a particular topic. For instance, should ten states apply to balance the national budget, and another ten applied to enact congressional term limits, while another ten sought repeal of the 17th Amendment, I would inform congress and the media that only ten of the required thirty-four (two-thirds) applications had been presented. Obviously, this is an easy sell to congress; there is little reason for congress...
  • Biblical Scholarship Suggestion.

    09/23/2015 11:28:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    A common post to FR involves the question, “Is America a Christian nation?” It’s a bit vague, but if the question is refined to “Is our form of government based on Biblical principles,” the answer has to be a resounding YES. I base my response largely on my continuing study of Algernon Sidney, a late 17th century English statesman, soldier, author, polemicist. His manuscript, Discourses Concerning Government (published 1698) relied on Scripture to dispute the Divine Right of Kings and absolute government in any form. Without exactly saying so, he argued that republican, free government was the only form that...
  • The Triumph of the Constitution

    09/17/2015 1:17:02 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    1966 | Clinton Rossiter
    The triumph of the Convention of 1787 is that in raising a standard to which the wise and honest could repair, it also raised one that met the threefold test of legitimacy, popularity, and viability. One reason the Convention was able to strike the right balance between the urge to lead the people and the need to obey them, and between the urge to be noble and the need to be practical, was the disposition of most delegates to be “whole men” on stern principles and “halfway men” on negotiable details. Another was the way in which it worked with...
  • Kim Davis and Passive Obedience.

    09/16/2015 11:54:05 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    The recent jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals harkens back to another time of societal upheaval. After a bloody civil war and a brief military dictatorship, latter 17th Century England also dealt with fundamental questions involving governmental power and religious freedom. The core of the controversy was the extent of the divine right of English kings. To a thoroughly religious people steeped in Scripture as history and a guide to everyday life, the extent of kingly prerogatives was no small matter. If the Bible determined the word of kings to...
  • Toward a Standing Article V Convention (Part II)

    09/15/2015 2:06:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Conservative media frequently features post mortems on the American Republic, why the greatest experiment in free government failed. Our demise is attributed to various causes, but the most common accusation centers on our collective failure to keep the republic. Part I established why the states should immediately gather in an Article V amendments convention to restore the American Republic. The convention could remain a permanent institutional feature of the American governing scene by never adjourning sine die, and resolve to meet, for instance, on a particular day the following year. We have little choice but to press our states to...
  • Why an Article V State Convention is “Safer” Than Uniparty Tyranny.

    09/12/2015 11:41:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    American style hard tyranny isn't conjecture; it is here and will get worse if we do not reclaim powers stolen from, and rights denied to us by the Uniparty apparatus. Our highest institutions, including the electoral process, have been corrupted to the point they serve ends opposite to those intended, and are therefore incapable of restoring freedom. The question to be answered is, “How shall we reclaim liberty?” We must appeal to first principles, to eternal truths that span time from the Creation to this very moment. One of those truths is that the only legitimate powers of government are...
  • Obama is Not Incompetent.

    I am not incompetent. I am destroying America faster than anyone thought possible. I am not in-over-my-head. I am advancing totalitarianism right under your noses. I am not stupid. The stupid are those who fail to see the danger I bring. I am not failing. I am succeeding at every goal I have set. I am embracing your enemies and rejecting your friends. I am acting lawlessly and unconstitutionally. I am ignoring your Constitution. I am disobeying your laws. Your media is abetting me. Your Congress is not stopping me. Those sworn to defend the Constitution are not removing me....
  • You Say You Want a Revolution.

    09/09/2015 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 50 replies
    Vanity (A good one)
    Our governing system no longer serves its intended purpose, to secure the blessings of liberty. Any casual read of the Constitution reveals our government’s wholesale departure from it. Congress gaffs off or assigns its duties to craft legislation, determine spending, ratify treaties, oversee the executive branch, and regulate the judicial branch. Not being content with rewriting statutes, Scotus increasingly elevates itself above God; its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling is only the latest outrage among many. Executive branch agencies reflect the will of one man, Obama, and not congressional statutes. In response, there is a small but growing minority of Americans...
  • Homosexual Marriage vs. Public Servant Ministers of God.

    09/02/2015 2:11:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    No legitimate statute or court decision can violate God’s Law, regardless if the matter is within or without government. In a country once hailed for its respect of Natural Rights, a judge prepares to possibly fine or imprison a KY county clerk who refuses to provide marriage licenses to homosexuals. Others face sanctions for refusing to bake specialty cakes for homosexual weddings. The following is adapted from an Enlightenment writer and republican martyr, Algernon Sidney, who brought the Scriptural term, “Minister of God,” and its importance to my attention. Various historians have described the writings of Sidney in his circa...
  • Divide Power to Restore Liberty

    07/12/2015 2:38:25 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    It has become something of a yawner at FreeRepublic to read the endless, “Let’s enforce the constitution we have.” Couple that bumper sticker admonition with “kick out the rinos,” and one can understand Einstein’s definition of insanity. The fact is that Obama has swept legislative and judicial powers into the executive branch. DO YOU GET IT? Do you understand that Obama is a tyrant? To what purpose do elections serve arbitrary power?
  • In Defense of Rinos.

    06/26/2015 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 99 replies
    How often at your workplace have you held your tongue out of fear of saying something that could get you fired? Are you willing to put your principles ahead of your income or pension or do you regularly “suck it up,” and save your muttering until you get home? Everyone looks out for their interests. Read that again. You and I and everyone else naturally try to do that which best serves ourselves and families. It is called human nature and it has served mankind well since the Creation. Our politicians are no different. They can’t be different, for as...
  • Last chance in Kansas! (Article V)

    05/21/2015 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 20th 2015 | David Schneider
    Kansas’s Convention of States application is hanging in the wind as the session is wrapping up. We have identified individuals that are actively trying to stop HCR5010 from coming to a vote prior to the legislature convening. These individuals have bought into the fear of somehow our Founding Fathers put a device in our Constitution that is never to be used. They believe the fear mongers that somehow despite the words in the Constitution that gives an Article V Convention only one power (to propose amendments), that somehow this state run body will rewrite the entire constitution and we will...
  • To Renew the Republic

    05/14/2015 2:38:40 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    We send good conservative people to Washington, DC. Most go wobbly, rino or worse. Oppression is on the rise. Institutions that worked so well to keep us free for so long are powerless to stop a rampaging executive branch. What happened? We stopped maintaining our republic. There isn’t a worldly creation that doesn’t need continual upkeep and renewal. Without regular maintenance to our marriages, autos, homes, bodies and souls, they will degrade and eventually cease to operate, or will ill-serve their intended purposes. Everything not consciously maintained and reinvigorated will degrade and spoil. The ancients were aware of this as...
  • Gov. Rick Scott Files Injunction Over 'Unconstitutional' Health-Care Threats. (FL)

    05/08/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | May 7th 2015 | Nancy Smith
    It took Rick Scott less than 24 hours since coming away empty from a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to take legal action against the federal government. The Florida governor filed a motion for preliminary injunction Thursday to immediately prohibit the Obama administration from using "the same coercive threats that the Supreme Court has already held unconstitutional." The 35-page motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Pensacola by plaintiffs Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state Agency for Health Care Administration, regales a story of coercion by an administration exceeding its authority...
  • Elderly Black Woman Shreds Democrats on C-Span.

    05/03/2015 1:25:51 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 42 replies
    Start the video at 28:29. This woman blames Baltimore riots entirely on decades of rats and the fatherless homes they caused.
  • To Those Who Fear A Runaway Article V State Amendments Convention.

    05/02/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 273 replies
    Vanity (A good one)
    A couple of prominent conservatives have expressed concern over the possibility of a ‘runaway’ Article V state amendments convention. Such is their anxiety that runaway tyranny from Rome-on-the-Potomac pales in comparison to the possible horrors of the states getting together to relieve their people from oppression. Are these concerns fact based or irrational or somewhere in between? An important, and likewise extra-congressional vestige of the federal system of 1787, and quite similar to an Article V state amendments convention in its constitutional foundation remains in force today. It is the familiar Electoral College (EC). Like the state amendments convention, the...
  • Stand up and Assert Sovereignty.

    04/26/2015 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    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...