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America is an idea

It is not the land.  It is not even the people.  It is an idea.  That idea is eloquently and concisely articulated in our founding documents.

Anyone who opposes that idea, who thinks it needs to be changed, opposes America.

Anyone who opposes that idea is an enemy of America.

The history of the world is a history of conquest.  It has only one form of government, the domination of the unwashed masses by an elite few.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a monarchy, oligarchy, dictatorship (military or otherwise), theocracy, socialism or communism.  Every single form of government known on planet earth, except America, exemplifies the rule of the few over the many.  Every attempt at democracy has degenerated into tyranny.

Now, we are at a great watershed in America.  The question is, can we retain our republic?

The idea of America is that the unwashed masses are better fit to determine their own destiny than an elite few.

Those who consider themselves among that elite typically oppose America and all that it stands for.  There are many such people in our nation, and even in our government, today who are determined to rob us of our liberty, for our own good.

Are we going to allow it?

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Letter to the Democrat Senators

Dear Senator,

It would appear that the media has done you a disservice in squelching the story of the Tea Parties.  Now the Tea Parties have greater support and credibility than either the Democrat or Republican party.  How much longer before they have more support than both parties combined?  And you really didn’t know it was happening.  We aren’t even warmed up yet.  We are just stretching and flexing our muscles.

What has happened is that indeed a sleeping giant has been awakened.  And, we are not going to rest until all three branches of government are reined back within the confines of the Constitution.  Unlike your own unruly rabble who use violence and threats in barbaric tantrums like those of the SEIU, Code Pink and Acorn, we Tea Party Patriots have been reading the Constitution.  And, unlike many of your erstwhile colleagues, we understand it.  We have been debating, analyzing, researching and drawing and sharing conclusions. 

Within 10 years, I assure you, we will roll back a hundred years of socialist intrusion, corruption and assaults upon our Constitution, our nation and our liberty.  Exactly how, I do not yet know.  There are thousands of groups working on it as we speak.  But all of them have the same goal. 

At this point, I think that passing the Health Care Legislation will release a firestorm of legal activity that would make ACORN and the environmental lobby green with envy.  You see we are not funded by the Republican party, nor any self serving billionaire, we are on our own.  And as such, no one can control us.  No one can restrain us.  We are the people of America and it is our job to restrain you when you prove yourselves incapable of self restraint.  And then, we will replace you.

I am just telling you how it is.  We will not resort to violence, fraud or any of the illegal activity that typifies your party.  Any sham efforts to create such dissention or the illusion of it will be met with ridicule and exposure. 

Read the Declaration of Independence.  Read the Constitution.  We separated our nation from Great Britain because of far less abuse than the federal government has imposed upon us for the last century.  We must restore the Constitution.  Government, all 3 branches, must be reined in.  Your job is to secure our liberties, but for the past 100 years, our federal government has been infringing upon them, deliberately.  We now know there was never any intention of supporting the Constitution or serving the citizens of this great nation.  That genii will never be put back in the bottle. 

But I am not complaining, not really.  Someday when Mr. Obama is sitting in a jail cell for his nefarious activities, and perhaps you will be with him, I will write him a letter thanking him.  Had not these abuses stirred our patriotism and instincts for survival, I would not have met the many Tea Party patriots with whom I am forging lifelong friendships. 

We are now united and when We the People are united, no one can defeat us.  No one ever has and no one ever will.

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Can you hear us now?

Yes, I was there.  Yes, it was amazing.

The most telling sign was the one with a man holding a megaphone shouting “Can you hear us now?”  Since 9/12/2009, the message from the President, from Congress and from the media has been a very resounding “No!”

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As this very wide angle photo of the protest shows, there probably was in excess of 2,000,000 people there.  As a participant, it was not possible, from a person’s eye view to see everyone, to even get a grasp of the magnitude of the protest.  When we saw estimates in the tens of thousands, we knew that was hooey, but 2.7 million, well that sounded like wishful thinking…until I saw this photo.

The interviews that are missing are the interviews of the hotel staffs where many of us spend the night, the restaurant maitre d’s where we went for lunch after the march.  Find out what they think of the tea party patriots.  Do we deserve the vitriol spewed at us?  Are we just a bunch of crankypants, old bigots who are suffering the death throes of our cherished white supremacism?

No, we are the people who fought and died to arrive on these shores.  We are the people who began protesting slavery over 400 years ago when we first learned of it.  We are the people who flooded the shores of Normandy and left a carpet of dead behind us.  We are the people who passed civil rights legislation in opposition to the Democrat party time and time again, only to watch them ignore it and fund the KKK to kill our fellow citizens, black and white.  We are the people who cared for and fed one another during the depression.  We are the people who love this nation for what it was, for what it is and for what it can be.

It will not be another failed socialist state.  That is not an option.

Since 9/12, Acorn has been defunded and the nationalization of health care has been pretty much derailed.  Both can be resuscitated if we stop watching, and we know it.  We are no less vigilant today than we were on 9/12/2009 or 9/12/2001.  We know when we and our nation are in jeopardy.  And we will not close both eyes simultaneously as long as we are.

Call us whatever names you want.   We were all bullied in school just like everyone else…in fact if you talk to most of the bullies, they thought they were bullied too.  We learned how to deal with it.  We learned that words from someone else’s mouth cannot harm us without our agreement.  We may have cried over it, but we didn’t forfeit our identity over it, and we did not become weak or embittered over it.  So go ahead, spread your vitriol and spew your malice.  We don’t care what you think or say because you have long since forfeited our respect.

As I  posted before, we want a laissez faire government, and we want to go back to our lives, our children our homes, hobbies and dreams.  We won’t do it though, until we know it is safe to do so.  And the longer it takes, the more annoyed we are going to become.  Just because we are not the kind of violent, degraded, debauched people who populate liberal protests, do not think we cannot make our weight felt.  We will find a way, it will be legal, but that doesn’t mean it will be pleasant for the people assaulting our nation and Constitution.

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The Laissez Faire Citizen

Ok, I ‘fess up.  I am not really enjoying all of this unbridled patriotism.

One protest was fun, now I can say that I protested something.  But like all true conservatives, the reason I really like America is that citizenship is not really a heavy duty task. 

The biggest single problem with the Conservative Action Plan is that it would actually work.  Repealing the outrageous spending which threatens to bankrupt our nation, destroy our credit and standing in the world would restore our economy.  The longer project of restoring the republic would correct the despicable tyranny that is fomenting.  Then, it would be back to business as usual.  The drama would all be gone.

If the House of Representatives were really comprised of citizen statesmen and stateswomen who respect and listen to their constituents, it just wouldn’t be all that big of a job.  Nor would being  a Representative.  The entire Constitution is only 4 pages and it is very explicit about what the federal government may and may not do.

It is doing way too much and has been for quite some time.  So now it is incumbent upon We the People to rise up and set things right again.

I want laissez faire government and it’s counterpart, laissez-faire citizenship.  You know,  pay a little attention at election time; debate the hot issues of the day; vote; pay taxes; follow the law.  We should all get involved a little more heavily every now and then, but being a citizen of a free country means that one is free to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  That is the kind of government that I like, one that seeks out and follows the advice and meets the needs and demands of we the people, within the confines of the Constitution.

Texas is the perfect example.  Currently, it is probably the most successful of the United States.  The senior cause is that the job of being a State Legislator is part-time.  Laissez faire government, the less the better.

I understand that my proposed Conservative Action Plan is a significant threat to all of the activist conservatives who are currently enjoying the thrill of the power of the masses.  The thing is that We the People don’t like being the “masses”.  We prefer being individuals.

This game had better get moving.  I mean, there is a pretty high incentive for conservatives to drag it out as long as possible.  But the longer it takes for us to get our government back within the confines of the Constitution, the more our economy, wealth, influence and power will deteriorate.

I really do understand the envy of the liberals who can snap their fingers (and spew out a few million dollars of Mr. Soros’ money, some drugs, rock ‘n roll and sex) and have an instant protest or riot to send the cowering citizenry all atremble and willing to fork over untold tax dollars to quiet down the rioters.  I understand.

Just be warned…it gets old really fast.  We need and want a result.

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Time to Act on the Intolerable Acts

The purpose of limited government is to permit people to live our lives without government interference. That includes the intrusion of requiring all citizens to be heavily involved in politics. The purpose of the lower house, the House of Representatives, is to have a steady turnover of citizen politicians influencing our government. This body of citizen statesmen is the only arm of the government empowered to introduce new legislation to raise revenues.

The Constitution was so designed that all laws are to originate with the people, not the government.

Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch is empowered to introduce new legislation, only Congress. And no legislation can be adoped without the approval of the lower House. And that lower house was to be composed, not of politicians, but of citizens, citizen statesmen.

When the Constitution was written, it stated that there was to be not more than one Representative for every 30,000 citizens, with every state to have a minimum of one Representative. With today’s population of over 300,000,000, that would equate to over 10,000 members in the House of Representatives. Would that be too unwieldy? Perhaps.

In 1911, House membership was capped at 435. Since that time, per capita representation has been steadily decreasing, until today when we have less than 1 legislator for every half million people. Is it possible for one Representative to actually be in communication with and able to honestly represent that many people? Apparently not.

Recently, a number of Intolerable Acts, including the Stimulus Package, Omnibus Spending Bill and Budget, have been introduced and passed by a Congress, upon the demand of the Executive Branch, which is prohibited from introducing legislation for very good reason. Our government no longer represents the wisdom and common sense of the citizens of the United States of America.

It is upon the limitation of government, and the ability of the citizens to focus the vast majority of their time and attention on living their lives, rearing children, building careers, pursuing the arts and sciences, glee clubs and football, that the great engine of the American economy rests. At this moment, more citizens are focused heavily on government for the very reason that it is betraying them and abusing its responsibilities.

Americans that should be engaging in entrepreneurial enterprises, investing in everything from fashion to invention, from entertainment to home improvements to literature and travel are instead sitting on their funds, watching government, writing letters to Congress, the President and the Judiciary. They are organizing and holding tea parties. And while their attention is diverted, the economic engine that drives the world economy is stalled.

We are alarmed that our government is no longer predictable, is no longer functioning rationally and requires our interference.

The economy cannot and will not recover without the vigorous re-engagement of these people with the society, the economy and their lives. It will continue to stagnate as long as we the people are pre-occupied with government.

The only way to restore the economy is to restore the balance of government, to allow the people to disengage from the government and return to their very productive lives. This requires repealing the Intolerable Acts.

The members of the ruling elite, no longer governing, no longer public servants, but ruling elite, do not want to obey the will of the people. It is incumbent upon the people of the United States of America to compel the government to bend to their will.

The best way to influence the government is by the very source of our strength and value, our wallets.

We must embark on a series of tests of the underground conservative network with 48-hour spending freezes.

The problem with the government is that it has spent far and beyond its ability to pay. All of that spending must be rescinded. We must demonstrate for Congress what “not spending” is, until they learn from observation and whatever other pressures ensue.

Starting with the 48 hours following the July 4 Tea Party, July 5 and 6, all Americans are requested to impose a 100% spending freeze. This 2-day spending freeze will be repeated once per month until enough people are participating to have a negative impact on the economy that the government notices. At that time, we will proceed to phase 2, a long-term freeze on all discretionary spending. Any spending not necessary to survive, work, and feed one’s family will be restrained.

This spending freeze will continue until the government gets the message that we mean business, and rescinds the Intolerable Acts.

Publius

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Tea Anyone?

I have suggested here and there that the most succinct solution to the current problems with our government is repealing the 16th Amendment, which allows the federal government to tax income. From the bailouts to the intrusions into education, banking, business and health care, not one of these could be implemented by the federal government without control over your money. Your government is using your money to subdue you. Your government is using you as collateral for loans.

The proposal to repeal an amendment to the Constitution generates more concern than the tax abuses. That surprised me, so I started doing some research to find out what all of those people know that I didn’t know by reading Article V. of the Constitution. It appears this issue must be addressed before we can engage in sincere debate of the merits of repealing the 16th Amendment.

There is quite a back story dating back to the 1980’s when an amendment to require a balanced budget was under consideration. All amendments to the Constitution so far have been by Congressional action. The other means of amending the Constitution is the “convention” or “conference of states” method, by which 2/3 of the states (34) would pass resolutions calling for a convention to propose amendments. From the earlier balanced budget initiative, it appears that we are only a few states shy of the necessary number of states with active resolutions to convene a conference of the States.

The alarm over the convention method of amending the Constitution appears to come from the idea that once a constitutional convention is convened, the delegates are at complete liberty to re-write the entire document. The concern has some merit. The last time such a convention was called was in the 1780’s and sure enough, the Articles of Confederation were scrapped entirely and the Constitution produced.

Ratifying any amendment requires the approval of ¾ of the States. It is my opinion that is an adequate safeguard against convention delegates getting too slap happy with their text editors. The Constitutional Convention is the sole mechanism that we, the people, have to exert our authority over Congress. Who would want to stop us from using it and why?

In 1911 the number of Representatives in the House was limited to 435. Two years later, the 16th Amendment granted the Federal Government the right to tax “income” (though the exact definition of “income” remains in some dispute).

These two events created two corresponding statistics, one going up and one going down, that have reached critical mass in their relationship. The two statistics are:

1. Per capita representation in Congress which is going down. At present, with a population of over 306,000,000 and approximately 535 members of Congress, we have 1 legislator for every 570,000 people. When the Constitution was written, it stated “The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative;”

2. Federal revenues from income tax are going steadily up. The liberal desire to “spread the wealth” may have some merit. We currently have, by one revenue chart, as much as 40% of the GDP of our entire nation under the incontestable and un-monitored control of 535 people who are more answerable to campaign contributors and lobbyists than to their constituents.

This is a recipe for tyranny. Whether it results in an oligarchy that engages in socialism, communism or any other ism is immaterial. Losing our right to control our individual and national destiny is a problem that warrants some attention, even some action.

Here is the text from Article V. of the:

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.

A little research on the internet unearthed an interesting article from the Heritage Foundation that is a little kinder to my very sincere proposal:

“Amending the Constitution by the Convention Method”, March 8, 1988 by James L. Gattuso http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/bg637.cfm

This article, makes a very interesting statement:

“While Congress may in most cases be counted upon to propose constitutional amendments when needed or desired by the American people, the framers knew that Congress would be reluctant to do so if that would lead to a reduction in its own powers. The convention method thus provides a “safety valve” to propose needed amendments in cases where federal lawmakers might ‘impede needed reform.”

We are in a condition where federal lawmakers are impeding needed reform. It is our Constitution. An amendment ratified 100 years ago has granted our government unanticipated authority over many more aspects of our lives than the framers ever envisioned and more than we should tolerate. It is not only our responsibility but our duty to do what is necessary to restore the proper balance of government.

If we are going to allow the Judiciary to “interpret” the Constitution, rendering decisions in clear violation of the Constitution and it’s own limits;

If we are going to allow Congress to escalate taxes to confiscatory levels that can then be used to indebt our entire nation for generations and erode personal property and liberty alike;

If we are not going to hold our President accountable to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’ in his dealings with foreign nations;

Exactly what good is the Constitution? If we are not going to abide by it, nor demand that our judges, legislators and executives abide by it, what does it matter if it is “altered”? Our rights are not resident in that document. Our rights are not bestowed upon us by our government. Our rights are inalienable and endowed by our Creator.

If we are so afraid of breaking our Constitution that we refuse to use it, it has become nothing more than a pretty piece of literature, an historical curiosity.

It is our constitution folks, are we going to take it out for a spin or let it dry rot in the garage while our government reduces us to serfdom?

Publius

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Mobilizing Conservatives

Welcome to my backyard fence.  It’s time for us to have a chat.

Liberals and Democrats have been applying the Saul Alinsky principles of community organizing to their constituents.  Per Mr. Alinsky himself, the fundamental principle is

“Rules for Radicals”, Forward, p. xix

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people.  They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.

This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system

If we examine the themes of liberal campaigns and the behavior of Congress and the current administration, it is clear that the primary effort has been to utterly demoralize the American people, to turn us into pliable, unquestioning and unchallenging people.  We must be defeated.

Most Americans have not read Mr. Alinsky’s book, but President Obama has.  Secretary of State Clinton has.  Mr. Alinsky was the subject matter of Ms. Clinton’s senior thesis in college.

After decades of pandering to the lowest echelons of society, and working vigorously to keep those people oppressed and out of the working and middle classes, they have assembled legions of unemployed and undereducated people who are essentially professional victims.  These people will riot and commit violent and criminal activities at the drop of a hat.

Often our conservative leaders look on that hammer with a bit of envy

Conservatives cannot be so mobilized.  If anyone ordered you to protest and riot, you would ask why?  What is to be accomplished?  Are there any better ways to achieve the same ends?  By the time all of the questions and debates were addressed, the moment for a riot would have passed.

Conservatives are just not susceptible to that type of control.

The national Tea Party movement is a direct response of independent thinking people to the attempts to subordinate our free will.

We will have more protests.  But what else will we be doing?  Conservatives do not engage in protests easily or often.  We expect a result.  To date, there is no result, so he protests will escalate and new activities will be identified and implemented.

Like me, many, many conservatives have been writing to our Senators and Representatives to block the excessive and abusive spending.  Despite calls of 100:1 against the Stimulus package, Congress passed it.  So, we escalated our activities to the Tea Parties.

The spending has not been rescinded.  More protests will occur.  But that is not enough.  It is time to use the boycott.  What we have that the unemployed do not is income.  The way we spend our money is our hammer.

My first suggestion is to boycott all liberal products en masse, starting with the movies, television and news media.  Write to the advertisers and tell them you are boycotting their products and why.  Write to the studios and tell them you are boycotting their products and why.

Do you have recommended lists of liberal organizations that are supporting the excessive spending?  Do you have other recommendations of what else we can do to make our voices not only heard, but respected?

Publius

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