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  • WaPo Uses KKK Photo Essay to Slam Trump, Skips Democrat Connection

    04/08/2016 9:25:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 8, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Washington Post today published an interesting photo essay about the small number of people who are still members of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee and Maryland. The photos reveal them to be mostly a bunch of pathetic outcast losers. However, the real reason for this essay wasn't to demonstrate what we already know about the Klan. Just after the introductory paragraph, the true purpose of this entire photo essay was slam Donald Trump.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vox Writer Wants 'Anti-Democratic' U.S. Senate Abolished

    01/03/2015 3:00:56 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 3, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    WAAAAAAH!!! I don't like my Windows 8 so I think I'll dump it! Okay, no big deal. Most of us are not pleased with that operating system. However, Dylan Matthews of General Electric Vox displays the same glibness which, while perhaps appropriate to switching computer operating systems, is completely absurd when wanting to toss over 200 years of constitutional federalism overboard by deciding to abolish the U.S. Senate because he has decided it is "anti-democratic." Here is Dylan making the case that the Founding Fathers were in error:
  • Edward Brooke, first black popularly elected to US Senate

    01/03/2015 2:34:42 PM PST · by Borges · 29 replies
    Strait Times ^ | 1/4/2015
    Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the US Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said. Brooke was Massachusetts attorney-general when he was elected to the US Senate in 1966, at a time when the country was gripped by racial unrest. Before his election, there were two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War. But until early in the 20th century, senators were picked by state legislatures and not by popular vote. In the Senate, Brooke joined a small band of liberal Republicans who...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • The Tragedy of Replacing God with Unchecked Democracy

    12/08/2014 1:31:31 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American Thinkerby Enza Ferreri I'm not sure how conservative Americans will view the recently-published book Democracy as a Neocon Trick (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) by Alexander Boot. It’s a very unusual work, in that, whereas critics of America are generally on the Left end of the political spectrum and those on the Right tend to unquestionably defend the “land of the free”, this is a criticism of the US from a non-Leftist viewpoint, indeed from a traditional, conservative, Christian, pre-Enlightenment viewpoint. I don’t agree with everything the author says about America, but he’s such a brilliant philosopher...
  • 5 Reasons Defunding Obamacare Is Smart Politics

    09/24/2013 4:20:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | September 24, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Defunding Obamacare is a great idea and I'm not just saying that because I was the first one to promote the concept in March of 2010. Back then, the GOP Leadership agreed with me with no arm twisting required. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Cathy McMorris Rodgers all vowed to defund Obamacare if the GOP took back the House. Today, it's finally going to happen, but only because Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have forced the GOP to stand up and fight. That being said, it is admittedly unlikely that Barack Obama will agree to defund Obamacare. To make that...
  • 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...
  • How to Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

    07/07/2013 5:42:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2013 | Theodore Koehl
    Americans may be able to regain control over their federal government by moving their respective individual state legislatures to invalidate the 16th and 17th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Essentially, this is a vote to reverse ratification of an Amendment without a Constitutional Convention. Repeal of the 16th Amendment starves the federal beast by depriving it of its consumption of money from the states and the taxpayers through income. States could exercise better control over how or even if their money is spent. Repeal of the 17th Amendment makes United States senators directly appointed by the state legislatures, as...
  • FASCISM: Mark Levin says a powerful Republican Congressman trying to silence his show

    04/13/2013 2:47:31 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 118 replies
    Mark Levin opened his show tonight saying that a certain Republican Congressman who doesn’t like what he’s saying is trying to get the local affiliate in their district to stop running the Mark Levin Show. And apparently they are trying to do it behind the scenes. But Levin says EVERYTHING gets back to him and he will not tolerate fascism. He gives this unnamed Republican Congressman a warning below noting that if they succeed in getting him silenced, he will expose them: Click excerpt link for audio!
  • The 17th Amendment and Mark Levin

    04/13/2013 9:42:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 61 replies
    April 11th, 2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark is working on another book. Every night it seems, he wants to bust out and talk about it, but his publishers have put the ixnay on too much disclosure. Still, he shows a little leg now and then. That happened in the second hour of his show last Thursday, April 11, 2013. With the help of sixteen rinos, Dingy Harry got 68 votes to proceed with a gun control bill that few, if any Senators had read. After wailing on the lack of process and regular order, Mark focused on the nature of the Senate and how it differed...
  • It's the Constitution that's radicalizing our politicians (Repeal the 17th Amendment!)

    04/23/2010 11:02:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,146+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 24, 2010 | John W. Truslow, III
    It is likely that conservatives will fail to understand why health care "reform" became law, and they are likely to fail if they start any post-mortem by accepting the conventional wisdom's realist premise:  1) Two election cycles produced a critical mass of radicals in the legislative and executive branches of government.  2) The personalities of those in the elected majority were more dynamic and compelling than those in the minority, and 3) the tactics employed by the majority prevailed over those with less adequate tools at their disposal.  Without challenging the premises, conservative analysis so far has asserted the only...
  • the 17th Amendment

    06/11/2009 5:33:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Constitution of the United States, via FindLaw et al ^ | ratified by the states April 8, 1913 | The Framers et al
    Clause 1. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures. Clause 2. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the...
  • A Magic Bullet Will Be Needed to Kill the 17th Amendment.

    05/01/2009 9:16:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1,090+ views
    Paul MySpace Blog ^ | October 14, 2007 | Paul Hanson
    The U.S Constitution "originally" laid out the separation of powers between the federal government and the State governments in the first paragraph of article 1 section 3. How this paragraph accomplished that goal will become clear later in this article. This paragraph states: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the LEGISLATURE thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote." Then in Article I, section 4 we also find this: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each...
  • The People's Senate

    08/27/2007 12:53:46 PM PDT · by Political Junkie Too · 46 replies · 877+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | 8/27/07 | James Taranto
    The 17th Amendment [provides] for popular election of U.S. senators, and its repeal is just the sort of interesting proposal we like to mull over in a contrarian spirit. But in the end we favor popular election of senators, and we do so in a contrarian spirit.In the original constitutional scheme, the House of Representatives was the only popularly elected part of government. State legislatures chose U.S. senators, and in many states also picked presidential electors. The idea was that the House would represent popular passions while the Senate would act, in a metaphor attributed to George Washington, as a...
  • Ideology and partisanship aren't soulmates

    05/31/2005 4:23:37 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 3 replies · 365+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/31/05 | Bruce Bartlet
    Ideology and partisanship aren't soulmates There is much hand-wringing going on in Washington these days about the inability of Republicans and Democrats to compromise even on seemingly unimportant issues. I think it is the inevitable result of long-term trends 100 years in the making. The movement started in 1913 when the 17th Amendment was added to the Constitution. This is the one that requires senators to be elected by popular vote. Previously, as established by the Founding Fathers, senators had been elected by state legislatures. Before the 17th Amendment, senators represented states as states. This made the states much more...
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    05/30/2005 5:58:31 PM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 142 replies · 3,851+ views
    May 17, 2005 | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment by Thomas J. DiLorenzo May 17, 2005 Every once in a blue moon someone in Congress (usually Congressman Ron Paul of Texas) proposes a law or resolution that would actually improve the prospects for human liberty and prosperity. It’s rare, but not nonexistent. One such case is Senate Joint Resolution 35, introduced into the U.S. Senate on April 28, 2004, which was recently brought to my attention by Laurence Vance. S.J. Res. 35 reads: "Resolved . . . . The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." That’s Section...
  • What would the US Senate look like if the 17th Amendment were to be repealed?

    05/22/2005 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies · 330+ views
    17th Amendment ^ | 05/22/05 | Perdogg
    What would we the US Senate make up be if the 17th Amendment were to be repealed?
  • It's time to restore the United States Senate

    04/15/2005 1:23:39 PM PDT · by Mamie2010 · 23 replies · 893+ views
    March 16, 2005 | an American Patriot
    "There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come." Peter Muhlenberg It's time to restore the United States Senate James Madison explained the importance of the legislature being divided into two chambers in Federalist No. 10: "Before taking effect, legislation would have to be ratified by two independent power sources: the people's representatives in the House and the state legislatures' agents in the Senate." Amendment XXVIII The United States Senate Restoration Act An Act...
  • Supreme Court or Supremacist Court: The Coming Constitutional Crisis

    02/09/2005 7:22:26 AM PST · by ZGuy · 28 replies · 1,318+ views
    George Wythe College ^ | 10/19/04 | Oliver DeMille
    I. The Internal CrisisIn the next two decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will face three constitutional crises: one will be an internal crisis, another will be national, and the third will be global. Each of these has the potential to significantly erode the Constitutional structure established by our American Founding Fathers.The internal crisis is how the entire Judicial Branch—including the Court, lower courts, attorneys, judges, law professors and students, and all legal professionals—sees itself.  The two leading current views are: strict constructionism and judicial activism.Strict constructionists believe that the Court should judge solely on the basis of the words...
  • The Seventeenth Amendment and the Death of Federalism

    10/06/2003 5:21:23 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 22 replies · 2,925+ views
    Fall Regional Meeting of the Philadelphia Society ^ | October 3-4, 2003 | Ralph A. Rossum
    The Seventeenth Amendment and the Death of Federalism Ralph A. Rossum Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism Claremont McKenna College Claremont, California Prepared for Delivery at the Panel on "Republicanism, Federalism, and the Constitution" of the 2003 Fall Regional Meeting of the Philadelphia Society Williamsburg Woodlands Williamsburg, Virginia October 3-4, 2003 My comments today are based largely on a book I recently completed for Lexington Books that explores the Seventeenth Amendment and the death of federalism.[i] Entitled Federalism, the Supreme Court and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy, it is also a critical commentary on the spate of controversial...
  • A To-Do List

    09/05/2003 5:50:26 PM PDT · by aynfan · 20 replies · 415+ views
    Author | 09-05-03 | Robert Wolf
    A To-Do List By Robert Wolf There is much consternation to the effect that politics has become a full body contact sport. Many are dismayed because all that is important is winning. Pubs and Dems will say anything and do anything to win, but the end of world is not at hand, not if we are up to the challenge. Libertarians think Republicans are Clinton Lite. Conservatives are depressed because congressional spending continues unabated. Conservatives and Libertarians are, both, ready ‘to give up the ghost’, ‘shed that mortal coil’ and ‘head for the hills’, perhaps for good reason; watching the...
  • Chocolate Mountain.. The DiFi - Davi$ & more connection - The Great Gold Heist

    07/30/2003 7:06:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4,722+ views
    Yahoo! Search ^ | 7/30/03 | Karen Lee Bixman
    Originally published June 15,2001 THE GREAT GOLD HEISTThe Desert Wilderness Protection Act by Karen Lee Bixman Published in: Media ByPass Magazine (1-800-4-bypass) Senator Diane Feinstein: "The Modern Jesse James" Congress should be convening a criminal investigation. On October 8, 1994, the biggest gold heist in history occurred, but this theft lacked the melodrama of a Jesse James' holdup or the excitement of a Brink's truck robbery. Nary a word was reported by the media even though this thievery was committed in the light of day. The citizens that were being robbed tried to cry out for help but the lawmen...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment - Campaign finance reform?

    07/29/2003 9:11:39 PM PDT · by I_dmc · 5 replies · 305+ views ^ | 02/22/03 | John MacMullin
    REPEAL THE 17TH AMENDMENT ByJohn MacMullinAfter the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the federal government announced that it would preempt all state jurisdiction over airport security.  The federal government preempted state powers without regard to balancing federal and state responsibilities so that these responsibilities, and related costs, could be distributed across federal, state, and local governments.  To carry out this preemption, the federal government recently reported that it will employ more than 47,000 federal recruits in the fight against terrorism as newly trained security screeners.  They are to begin working at 424 airports nationwide. These developments, and numerous others in the...
  • INVITATION TO: repeal17 - A New Senate for America

    05/25/2003 6:14:46 PM PDT · by Xthe17th · 84 replies · 680+ views Discussion Group "Repeal17" ^ | Jan 4, 2002 | Category: Federal Politics
    repeal17 · A New Senate for America Repeal 17 is an online group dedicated to legally repealing the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which began the direct election of the Senate. Here, we will discuss the benefits of a Senate that is once again appointed by the state legislatures or by some other means that will take the money and corruption out of that august and once-revered body and return balance to the nation's political system. The purpose of the Repeal 17 Yahoo! group is to seek constructive feedback from those interested in repealing the 17th Amendment by Constitutional...
  • The Senate, the President, and Judges (Seventeenth Amendment, nation hostage to despotic rule)

    02/15/2003 6:31:11 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 39 replies · 482+ views
    conservativeviewsandforum ^ | 6/20/01 | conservativeviewsandforum
    The Senate, the President, and Judges The Seventeenth Amendment in giving Senators the power to by- pass state interests and pander to citizen constituency interests only heightens and hastens the march to socialism. Our nation has different interests as has been explained previously and to remain a republic we must have separate powers looking after those interests. Essentially our type of rule is three governments in one consisting of three branches, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, each with different responsibilities. To suppose equality between them, each having the same equal powers is no truer than the so-called equality of people working...
  • Corp. U.S. - the Columbia Organic Act of 1871

    12/29/2002 10:49:44 AM PST · by RFP · 9 replies · 1,763+ views
    Team Law ^ |
    HISTORICAL FACTS from Team Law The following 15 points are based upon factual historical evidence: 1st: In 1863, Lincoln instituted martial law. He ordered that the states (people) either conscribe troops and provide money in support of the North or be recognized as an enemy of the nation. This martial law Act of Congress is still in effect today - what it means is that the President has dictatorial authority to do anything that can be done by the government in accord with the Constitution of the United States of America. This is the foundation of Presidential Executive Orders. 2nd:...