America: Life, Liberty, Happiness

Our U.S. Constitution stems from our Declaration of Independence which references “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The U.S. Constitution was constructed in such a fashion as to have the least amount of law in order to protect ones naturally born individual unalienable rights, maintaining civility within our nation with the least amount of government intrusion.

Individual natural unalienable rights, means no one can take any of those rights away unless the individual(s) agrees to it. We lend not give away some rights to a structured small government to maintain a stable environment for all.

We are not a pure Democracy but a representative Republic, meaning the people have representatives from their cities, towns, state and at federal level to represent the peoples will. To have pure Democracy only leads to mob rule leaving out people who may have their natural rights encroached upon, so we elect representatives to govern. This ensures the greatest opportunity of preserving naturally born rights for everyone.

Our nation is unique from the rest of the world because our framers of the U.S. Constitution, which fought a war with England, threw off an all-powerful centralized government. We left England’s grasp at a heavy cost in lives in order to regain our freedom from centralized tyranny, returning control of our natural rights that was mostly taken away.

Your natural rights of life, liberty and happiness are the baseline by which we all naturally operate from. Understanding these rights we elect representatives to oversee and protect those rights.

Today we are facing the result of 100 years of Progressive centralized over controlling elitists at the federal level that have instituted controls that have degraded too much of our natural rights.

Today there are some who call themselves Nationalists. A Nationalist fixates only at our federal level in our nation as the most powerful and that is not how our U.S. Constitution was constructed or agreed to by the original 13 colonies, Colonies which became our first states of the United States. The federal level is supposed to be limited in power; not so today.

The individual in America must be awake and always engaged in government business at all levels so it does not draw too much power to itself, as it has done so today.

There is a growing danger today by many that do not understand our structure of government which is meant to prevent all power going to a central government. To lean on such centralized power (Nationalist) invites tyranny; remember Nazi Germany?

So how did we get here? Because the people did not understand nor did they have the time to stay focused on people that would abuse their power; busy with common living.

Our Constitution was written in such a skeletal fashion of laws that it demands the American people stay focused on government at all times. The Constitution was built for limited government. Stay focused on your government or it will stay overly focused on you!

Recommend: When Politics tread on Natural law

Honor and Virtue: The keys to good government

It is honor, and virtue that is sorely missing in our nation today, for that matter the entire world. There is a streak of dishonesty that dots the landscape in our nation. We face a leviathan of assaults and threats to our freedoms from men and women that hold power positions that we gave them. The sad part is, many of those men and women took power in government with the express purpose of taking from many while giving it to others and they were open about it. Many of our people could care less where money comes from as long as they are on the receiving end.

Honor and virtue is vacant from our government today all across the nation from the ground up. Good people are needed who have the qualities of honesty and virtue who realize that they serve the people and that the people are their rulers. Good government listens to the people and performs within the bounds of their Charters, State Constitutions and the U.S. Constitution. The people should realize that government is a necessary instrument to ensure civility and that their freedoms are protected. Lawmakers should also realize that it is the people they serve not the other way around.

When honor, and virtue disappear from the landscape, so too will our liberty. The hour is late and I pray the people will “see” their pending doom and turnaround before it’s too late.

Shell of a Republic Totalitarian Rule

The nation is on the edge of complete economic collapse through ideological tinkering by Progressives. The Republic itself is just a shell; a shadow of its former self. Representation is a folly in most respects, controlled by Progressives on both sides of the aisle in both chambers of congress by both parties. The President disdains the Constitution as a stumbling block along with his allies in the Senate, House of Representatives and academia. The Supreme Court is completely unreliable.

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, it was not about providing HealthCare. This law has allowed the federal government to require any citizen to buy anything they deem appropriate or be fined. This bears repeating, to buy anything. In a nutshell: your liberty was usurped the day the ACA was deemed Constitutional by the Supreme Court; nothing could be further from the truth. The day the ruling came down was the day we lost our grip on freedom.

The only freedom you have now is the liberties the federal government allows you to have. The federal government finished siphoning off what choices you have in your life. The ACA law is only the beginning. What is next on the federal government’s list: is it where to live, what food to buy, what kind of automobile you can have? Remember, they can tax you to buy anything; they have complete control of your life by force of law. As the military is continually hollowed out will a new military be born, then what? Also, the government is collecting all your information through the NSA; we are on the cusp of widespread totalitarian rule by centralized statists.

The only saving grace is for the States themselves to repair the destruction of our liberty and they will have to act in haste, if the Republic is to be saved at all. An Article V Convention of the States must be convened immediately. Article V of the Constitution grants the authority for the States to Amend the Constitution and the federal government cannot stop it, but comply with what the States pass. The Framers placed an out for the people if the federal government ever strayed from the Constitution and strayed it has.

Article V:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

Time is up and the Progressives have laid the ground work over the last 100 years, through education efforts mainly, which has led to Progressive educators, courts and politicians finishing the work that was started so long ago. Time is very short, very short indeed.

Fear is the greatest weapon an adversary can pull from their quiver. It is fear that can stop you from action. You can stand-up be fearful and win. The alternative is to stay down and live in perpetual fear; choose. ~Phillip Davis~

Two Minutes to Absolute Tyranny

What James Madison so succinctly pointed out in Federalist 44 has unfortunately risen to near maturity. Over the past decades the Progressive’s move towards more and more control of the various factions of the Federal government has come almost full circle.

James Madison The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 44
Categories: Separation of Powers
Date: January 25, 1788

What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them . . . the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.

Today as in the past, the three branches of government cannot be relied upon to check the powers of each. With the Legislative, Judiciary, Executive and an un-elected bureaucracy out of control, the Supreme Court basically rubber stamps cases in favor brought before them.

The Federal breaches on the individual and the States liter the landscape of America in almost every aspect of State authority and individual rights. The lines of Separation of Powers has not blurred, but instead have virtually been erased by a Federal power hungry controlling albatross. When the States formed a Federal government the biggest fear was it would pervert its authority and pervert it, it did. The clout of the combined States has long since flipped mostly in favor  to an over controlling Federal government.

Americans have been living under great control by the Federal government for so long that they have barely noticed it, because this control has been growing slowly for the past 100 years through conditioning. Americans are conditioned to a central government, not realizing their loss of numerous liberties. Only on exceptional occasions, such as the favorable Affordable Care Act ruling (Obamacare) by the Supreme Court does most of America raise an eyebrow of concern. Citizens are realizing one by one that this particular Supreme Court ruling is actually not about healthcare at all, just another entry in the long train of abuses of the Federal government usurping State sovereignty and  individual rights.

A government that man establishes is only as good as the people that populate it. Checks and balances between the branches can erode over time if the population does not stay engaged with who they send. The people responded in 2010 and 2012 by sending new law makers, but many of those that were sent to slow or stop abuses of governmental overreach were subverted. We must therefore must continue to send principled Constitutional Representatives and Senators to both the State level and the Federal level.

One can only hope the States will become more involved in protecting its citizens and businesses while resisting what the Federal government mandates to them. Even if the States are taken to court as the Federal government has done so in the past.

Educating and enlightening even more of the citizenry is paramount, now more than ever, if we are to turn this perversion of excessive Federal control around. Only educated and enlightened citizens of our Constitution would have a chance to fix this debacle.

So, we have reached another high point in our short history whereby even more controls are needed to buffer in a greater barrier to Federal overreach. New Constitutional Amendments are needed the type that places more controls over the Federal hierarchy.

There is a well written book, along with recommendations for new Constitutional Amendments that one individual has put forth in an easy to read format. That person is steeped in the meaning of the Constitution as a Constitutional lawyer, his name is Mark Levin.  His book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic gives a historical lead-up to each amendment he proposes along with cites that back up his proposals. The States would meet through a Convention of the States, discuss, debate, propose and pass Amendments which would become part of the Constitution without Federal approval.

We can muster up some solace from our present Federal government. They stepped on the gas pedal just a bit too hard beginning in 2009, greedy for more power. Waking many of us out of a dead sleep, but more must be enlightened or we will eventually lose for all time what was carefully crafted, so long ago.

Four Branches: Legislative Executive Judicial and Bureaucratic?

The Framers of the U.S. Constitution split the federal government into three distinct but equal segments. The reason was to provide checks and balances so as to prevent all powers from centralizing into one segment, to keep a central government from overshadowing states authority and rights. A built-in protection mechanism to keep government from becoming all powerful over the people it was established to serve.

The colonies, having barely extracted themselves from English rule years earlier, realized that history was littered with abuses from an all-powerful central government, so their plan seemed sound.  However, starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s Administration a new course was about to take root:

Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence . . . . The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day. It is of no consequence to us. [Progressive]

All that progressives ask or desire is permission—in an era when ‘development,’ ‘evolution,’ is the scientific word—to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine. [Progressive]

This new course, of a growing overreaching government got an enormous boost when FDR, through Supreme Court Appointments, perverted the Commerce clause in the Constitution. The Commerce clause was inserted into the Constitution originally to ensure free interstate trade among the states by not stopping the flow in or out. But FDR finally got his ruling from the court citing that Interstate Commerce also included Intrastate, regulating every aspect of commerce among individuals and businesses within state boundaries.

Regulating intrastate commerce requires a larger bureaucracy and it has long since blossomed into a leviathan of a governing body, a machine that regulates our lives with hundreds of thousands of rules and regulations. Regulations that no one knows just how many there are. These governmental agencies write their way into your daily life and have been doing so bit by bit for decades. Even the employees of this insane bureaucracy receive pay and benefits which on average far outweigh most private citizen’s wages. What the Framers feared from a centralized power in a government has come to an unsettling reality.

Congress has done little to nothing to stop this massive all-powerful governmental body from its growth and reach. Instead, congress has virtually passed on most of its legislative authority to govern, giving it instead to unelected bureaucrats that have no business being in your business or the states. Enter the fourth branch of government!

The outcome of over-regulation is felt even more so today, with all the meddling of the economy inside of state’s borders where the federal government’s reach does not belong. Even the states are no stranger to bloated bureaucracies.

The federal bureaucracy is grossly out of bounds and has been slowly killing off jobs for years, while congress is all too willing to raise your taxes to feed the monster.

In the end it’s mostly about power and money and less about good government you pay for.

 

What defines a Constitutional Conservative

There have been articles written that define a Constitutional Conservative.  Are they a basic Conservative or an Independent, maybe Libertarian, some other label? What positions define a Constitutional Conservative’s core beliefs? Maybe the Declaration of Independence will reveal a clue?

As part of the Declaration of Independence of July 1776 proclaimed:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

When reading the Declaration of Independence, one could reasonably come away with an overall impression of what a Constitutional Conservative is. The Declaration of Independence is a resolution of past abuses by a tyrannical government from abroad. A government that has controlled mistreated and encroached on the lives, liberties and happiness of its people. The Declaration of Independence outlines that everyone has the basic right to Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

After winning our independence from England, we decided to establish a new Constitution. This Constitution was a compact between the people, written in such a way as to limit the powers of a newly formed government over a people. Powers that would be limited in scope, so as to ensure our natural rights to existence and independence while pursuing what makes us content.

Surely every good person can agree that an individual has the basic right to their life and certainly their freedom while pursuing a course to their own happiness. In doing so, we expect the least amount of intrusion from a governing power.

The Declaration of Independence is the corner stone, the premise of our natural rights we are born with and the driving force behind the construction of our U.S. Constitution we have today.

Defining a Constitutional Conservative should be simple and based on one’s natural born rights. These natural rights are the driver for our Constitution, a U.S. Constitution that ensures those rights. Therefore, a Constitutional Conservative should be one who supports our U.S. Constitution because it’s constructed in such a fashion as to ensure our natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the core of our position.

Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

The Seventeenth Amendment was passed by congress on May 13, 1912 and ratified on April 8, 1913. This amendment modified Article I, section 3, of the Constitution by allowing voters to cast direct votes for U.S. Senators. Prior to its passage, senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Nothing can be more of an example of a federal government gone wild than when 27 states filed a lawsuit against the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) known as Obamacare; they failed. Citizens from all across America voiced their concerns in vain to congress to stop this new healthcare law which encroaches over their private healthcare choices; they failed also. If the states had chosen the senators for congress this healthcare law may have been stopped in the senate and never passed. In Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic  he used this example of the PPACA law and why it is paramount to repeal the 17th Amendment and return the appointment of state senators to the state legislatures.

One example of usurping the state legislature’s authority is where an individual moves to a state that they never lived or voted in, establish residency and run for the U.S. Senate. One case would be Hillary Clinton, moving to New York for the express purpose of running for U.S. Senator; she won. This practice of relocating to win an elected office has been done in other states as well.

Senators as well as House Members are constantly subjected to outside interest groups who may or may not represent the Will of the people from a particular state; influencing their representative or senator’s positions. The people have recourse in the House every two years to vote in or out their particular representative; six years for senators. The House belongs to the people and this is where the power of the purse is held for good reason; it’s the people’s money. But, when the people vote for senators this effectively blocks the state government’s power against an ever growing unconstitutional government we have today. Remember those 27 states that failed to stop Obamacare?

Blocking state governments (like Colonies) from making their own appointments for senators dilutes the powers of the states which make up the Union. States were never meant to be completely subservient to the federal government (like England). However, as time marched on from the implementation of the 17th Amendment, there is very little power left of the combined states. Lest we forget, it was the states that formed the federal government not the other way around

We have forgotten the lessons of the past and allowed power hungry people to infiltrate and change the Constitution by adding the 17th Amendment. The people today suffer from massive centralized federal government power. A government that has written laws and regulations that controls almost every aspect of our lives.

We have lived with a federal bureaucracy (4th branch of government instead of three) interfering with commerce and placing onerous expensive regulations on businesses, in effect making laws without legislative powers. Men and women bent on amassing power in one place and keeping it there until it siphons the last vestige of liberty we have left.

To paraphrase Mark Levin, as he pointed out in his book, he recommended the repeal of the 17th Amendment. That the state legislatures should once again appoint U.S. Senators, because it is they that provide a firewall against the federal government from amassing too much power.

Damage to State Sovereignty and Individual Liberty

For the last 100 years Progressives have grown the federal government in size and power causing damage to individual State sovereignty. Beginning in President Wilson’s administration and then swinging the doors wide open during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (FDR) term. Today there is even a Progressive Caucus made up of congressmen in Washington.

On June 28th 2012 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court cast the final vote for the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice Roberts rewrote the argument from the Justice Department to make it work. Then John Roberts proclaimed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) constitutional as a tax. Roberts made new law instead of upholding the Constitution.

As of today it appears the House will not de-fund the PPACA from a Continuing Resolution (CR) while funding other portions of the government. This healthcare law will cause grave financial harm to Americans beginning in 2014.

There are many examples in the past of federal government overreach and power grabs, whether it is thousands of pages for a new law or thousands of laws that have been passed over the years. With thousands of regulations that have been written by a massive federal bureaucracy, that no one knows if they have ever violated them; many with stiff penalties and prison time.

For decades politicians have been elected and only small successes have been realized, but then only to fall by the wayside the next go-around of elections. Still the federal government grew in size and reach while both political parties had a hand in its growth.

When the current President, Barrack Obama took office back in 2008 and again in 2012 it was with a promise of change, and he meant it. In 2010 and 2012 common everyday Americans were feed up with the federal government and sent a new cadre of constitutional based conservatives to the House and Senate, only to learn a number of them caved to the career political elite.

The founders of this nation never intended for a federal government to have so much power, the powers granted were limited via enumeration in the Constitution. In fact the founders were very skeptical of having a federal government since they had so much trouble with the King of England interfering in every aspect of their lives.

A new course is spreading today, a bold new venture to halt the federal government from its reach and power it should have never had, to rein in a soft tyranny from massive regulation and laws. As it stands today the States are beholding to the federal government’s whim and it appears the Supreme Court can rule in unconstitutional ways when one least expects it.

It seems that America needs two fronts to stop federal overreach, the continuation of electing solid constitutionally based politicians. And by empowering the states to take the power back from the federal government where it rightly and constitutionally belongs; with the states and the people who reside within them.

A nationally known radio talk show host known as Mark Levin has written a book entitled, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic”.  Mark Levin served in the Reagan Administration under Attorney General Edwin Meese III. He is also President of Landmark Legal Foundation; no ordinary radio host. The purpose of Mark’s book is to start the conversation which can lead to action for the states to come together and make and pass constitutional amendments.

As an American and citizen of this great nation, I have started my action yesterday on August 22, 2013 by sending an email to two Governors, one Lt. Governor, two state House Speakers and one State Representative.

The Email:

Subject: Assembling a Convention of the States for U.S. Constitutional change

Esteemed Governors, Lt. Governor and Legislators

I’m asking for the sake of our nation’s survival, for you to consider within your legislatures, working with other state legislatures to form a Convention of the States. A convention for the sole purpose of offering up amendments to the U.S. Constitution that could rail back the federal government’s bloated power structure to within the limits of the Constitution. Article V gives the states the authority without congress to offer up Amendments and vote them up or down. It would take 2/3 of the States to call a convention with 3/4 of the States required for passage to become law.

Granted, this would be a long and arduous process to add to or change the existing U.S. Constitution, however we must begin somewhere or in my estimation, all is lost.

Article V: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

I would recommend a primer for you to read, written by Mark Levin, who served in the Reagan Administration under Attorney General Edwin Meese III. In his book he outlines various proposed Amendments. 

The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

In Liberty,

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You may think you are totally free, but we have become accustomed (nudged) to overbearing laws and burdensome regulations which only leads to an inevitable end; absolute tyranny.

The Radical Left Recognizes Your Needs

One of the greatest tools that the Left knows about you is your “Needs”. The Radical Left most likely teaches this concept to its people as they engage in propaganda of how they know best to supply those needs. There are many people who do not understand that the Left cannot supply all of your needs.

Abraham Maslow had a theory on how we as humans meet our needs and he classified them in order from bottom to top in a pyramid fashion.

As you can see from the chart as we meet the bottom needs we climb up the pyramid to satisfy higher need(s). Even climbing up the pyramid we have to revisit a lower need, such as food. Because without satisfying a lower need we cannot climb to or stay with a higher need.

The Marxist (the Left) experts are very aware how to appeal to our needs as the ones who can supply them. Those in the federal government and those who advise them have been bombarding Americans with their help, such as an expansive 99 weeks of unemployment checks (we care) or by forcing businesses to lay off its employees thereby causing a massive increase in food stamp recipients. This strategy of causing unemployment is played out by applying pressure on businesses with massive regulation compliance and programs such as Obamacare, causing you to rely on government help. Basically, they are forcing you into accepting their assistance for a “Physiological Need” (Food Stamps/Welfare) and in some cases even “Safety Needs” (government section 8 housing).

What the government cannot do is meet all of your needs. These needs are built-in to each of us and this is why forced government systems such as Socialism and Communism ultimately collapse as a replacement for Capitalism with widespread poverty. This is also why those countries that subscribe to Socialism or Communism have never matched the United States in power and wealth. However, the United States has fallen quite a bit down the ladder of wealth and personal freedoms due to the federal government overreach of power and expansive social programs.

The government has no business meddling with the economy on such a wide scale, either through high taxation, massive regulation or expansive welfare programs. The Left has control of the federal government, as many know. All you have to do is look around at the destruction of the economy and the increase of people on the government dole; all done on purpose. Those in the government live a far better life financially than most Americans do today; meeting their “higher needs”.

By understanding how you “tick” on the level of “Needs” you can combat the Left and ferret out their propaganda machine. You will realize why they are destroying the economy bit by bit in order to force a remake of our system of government from a republic to possibly a tyrannical form where you “depend on them for your needs”.

A society with limited government involvement in their lives will afford them the greatest opportunity to meet all of their needs by freeing Americans to climb that “natural human ladder” to success and fulfillment.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Class is in session