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09/26/10

'Pledge to America' - Despicable GOP Ruse

By Devvy
September 23, 2010

The much anticipated 'Pledge to America' was released today amid what can only be called high political theater pandering to desperate Americans.

What despicable "leaders" like House Majority Leader John Boehner (who voted to kill millions of jobs) handed the GOP faithful during their big big photo op is nothing more than clever word smithing. A marketing pitch for the mid-term pretend elections (vote fraud decides who gets elected). That so called pledge is nothing more than a repeat of the same deception pulled by Newt Gingrich and the Contract With America. I'm an old war dog with a long memory. For those of you who might not remember, let's take a walk back into history. Read full article Here ...

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
We love him, because he first loved us. I John 4:19 (KJV)

IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

The President’s UN Iraq gaffe: why doesn’t Obama show pride in America?
http://bit.ly/cwj3eG

Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace
http://bit.ly/caOXMa

New York, Hawaii Top Earners Face Highest Tax Under Obama Plan, Study Says
http://bit.ly/b59FW9

OBAMA CARE

Another Obama (Reid, Pelosi, Democrat) Nightmare
http://bit.ly/cMTHZJ

Federal health care foes plot for state opt-outs
http://bit.ly/b8irJE

Obamacare is even worse than critics thought
http://bit.ly/97rcvH

Double-digit hikes for some Medicare drug plans
http://yhoo.it/aMRGLo

New Health Care Benefits to Started Thursday, Still Embroiled in Political Debate
http://bit.ly/aplhmf

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Dems try to deflect voter anger toward Wall Street
http://yhoo.it/b3ASPq

More in U.S. follow Tea Party news
http://bit.ly/bEOXQX

Liberal media goes on attack against GOP's Boehner
http://bit.ly/cx7GkH

Christine O'Donnell's opponent has another Marxist tie
http://bit.ly/9E2h6W

Ahmadinejad: US "Orchestrated" 9/11 Due To Failing Economy, Israel
http://bit.ly/cYZ2xD

Census Bureau Managers Go To Vegas - Politicians Upset
http://fxn.ws/d64eC1

Conservatives split on GOP's new 'Pledge To America,' unveiled by House Republicans
http://bit.ly/aReWAJ

'Pledge To America' - Despicable GOP Ruse
http://bit.ly/9yZu0j

Sarah Palin, Tea Party favorite: I'd run for president in 2012 if "nobody else wanted to step up"
http://bit.ly/dynWz1

Senate Democrats Refuse To Vote On Tax Cuts Until After Elections
http://bit.ly/bwZ2A3

CIA's Afghan Kill Teams Expand U.S. War in Pakistan
http://bit.ly/9EBZ1V

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

State computer outage cost DMV about $1 million
http://bit.ly/b970JU

10 Ways to Protect Yourself from ID Theft
http://bit.ly/c7QtwB

Proposed upgrades and exemptions for the Electronic Privacy Act of 1974 (EPCA)
http://bit.ly/cOPPuc

POLICE STATE NEWS

To serve and protect: Or, enslave and oppress
http://bit.ly/9ltNwv

ECONOMIC NEWS

Squatters moving into upscale neighborhoods
http://bit.ly/aTlyYh

Who Are the Experts on Gold?
http://bit.ly/biEr19

Lauderdale man's home sold out from under him in foreclosure mistake
http://bit.ly/90KvzH

MORAL DECLINE

Married Long Island traffic court judge canned after date with defendant
http://bit.ly/8XFsYs

Katy Perry's 'Sesame Street' duet with Elmo has been pulled for being too cleavage-filled
http://bit.ly/956pAi

The Collapse Of Western Morality
http://bit.ly/cFVWiw

Woman to stand trial in Pontiac Facebook road rage attack
http://bit.ly/a3n3EX

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Pulpit Freedom Sunday has Christian leaders challenge government censorship
http://bit.ly/9YCWG6

HEALTH NEWS

Cell Phones Cause Superbug Outbreaks In Hospitals
http://bit.ly/aAlsRK

Early Flu Season Start in North America
http://bit.ly/cfu0sh

S199A Emergence and Spread in H3N2 Variants
http://bit.ly/d7W2em

Did drugmaker hide birth control patch risks?
http://on.today.com/atr25q

ABORTION NEWS

Colorado sued over 'lies' in heated abortion battle
http://bit.ly/dozmcc

MASS MEDIA & CONTROL

Is This the Secret Facility Mentioned in the New Movie 'The Event'?
http://bit.ly/d6HEq0

BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN GIVE?

Bono Charity Spends More On Wages Than Good Causes
http://bit.ly/8X8SDC

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Credit Card Act: Which Stolen Card To Buy, And The Fees That Apply
http://bit.ly/c4fW1E

Is your PC a sitting duck for hackers?
http://bit.ly/bWWi4a

FBI: Houston energy companies targeted by hackers
http://bit.ly/bUUDpZ

Hackers exploit latest Microsoft zero-day bug
http://bit.ly/bDGS2a

8 essential privacy extensions for Firefox
http://bit.ly/bSV1I2

Hackers using more 'sophisticated' methods
http://bit.ly/b6xBiM

No poking allowed: Facebook website goes down across the world
http://bit.ly/8ZAVr6

09/23/10

URGENT: DISCLOSE Act Vote Likely Today

The Senate will likely vote on the DISCLOSE Act again TODAY. That's why we're sending this message earlier than normal. It's urgent that you act quickly.

Incumbents banded together in 2002 to make it effectively a crime, punishable by jail, for a non-profit group like DownsizeDC.org to broadcast issue ads during the final days of an election campaign.

The Supreme Court fixed this problem earlier this year, getting something right for a change. In the Citizens United case they restored the right of non-profit corporations like DownsizeDC.org, Inc., to broadcast issue ads during elections.

The name of the case fits. Non-wealthy CITIZENS are UNITED in organizations: They band together using their First Amendment rights of association and press to publish and broadcast their opinions. Bad laws have forced we citizens into a legal cul de sac, where WE NEED CORPORATIONS LIKE CITIZENS UNITED AND DOWNSIZE DC TO HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF BEING HEARD. But . . .

In this year when most Americans want to fire Congress, the incumbent politicians are making a last ditch effort to protect incumbency -- by chilling dissent. Here's what's at stake . . .

Because DownsizeDC.org is un-willing to expose its list of supporters (your name) to the Federal Election Commission we would be PROHIBITED from running ads exposing a candidate's record.

We explain, in greater detail, how this law would affect the groups you love most at the web page opposing the anti-First Amendment DISCLOSE Act.

To create artificial demand for this terrible bill, numerous politicians, including the President, have lied about the Citizens United decision. It's time to call them on it -- literally.

First, send them a letter RIGHT NOW. Here's what I wrote using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System:

There has been a massive disinformation campaign designed to push through this anti-First Amendment bill.

* Some Representatives and Senators have said that the Citizens United ruling overturned 100 years of law, when it fact it merely overturned a 20-year old decision. http://tinyurl.com/2f9c4qq

* Many of these same incumbent politicians claimed that now major corporations, like BP, would be able to buy our elections (one of your members even said bribery was now legal!).

* Which is richly ironic, because . . .

a) The DISCLOSE Act only restricts regular-sized non-profits while exempting behemoths like the NRA and AARP, and . . . http://tinyurl.com/2vxe23w
b) Major commercial corporations have always held tremendous sway over our government, and any pretense that they don't insults my intelligence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture

Face it: The DISCLOSE Act is about NOTHING MORE THAN CHILLING DISSENT.

And I'm in on the secret.

If you vote for this bill then it means you want to disenfranchise the little guy for the benfit of yourself and big special interests.

There's a better alternative. As James Madison said Federalist No.10, the best way to counter the influence of tremendous wealth, and the concentrated benefits that big corporations seek, is to foster the freedom for many voices to join the political fray. That's why the First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law," that even "abridges" (remotely infringes) on my rights of association and expression -- NO LAW.

I emphatically urge you to work and vote for a filibuster, and failing that, to work as hard as you can to defeat the DISCLOSE Act.

END LETTER

Second, because the vote is occurring today, PLEASE ALSO CALL YOUR SENATORS ON THE PHONE. Their numbers are provided on the same page where you send your letter to Congress, if you're logged-in to your account.

Remember to tell them you're a constituent of theirs, and to be brief, polite, but forceful.

Please pass this message on to others, removing the information below my signature so no one accidentally unsubscribes you. Also, if you have a blog, please repost this information.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:26 (KJV)

IN THE NEWS
OBAMA NATION

Obama’s Aunt: ‘If I Come Here As An (Illegal) Immigrant, You Have The Obligation To Make Me A Citizen’
http://bit.ly/9vyevj

Key Obama economy adviser to quit
http://bbc.in/afMoVx

'I'm exhausted defending you': Middle-class mother confronts Obama at meet-the-voters event
http://bit.ly/d2ydTK

Campaigning Democrats turn against health care reform and Barack Obama
http://bit.ly/b5gEWN

Shut down! Question about back taxes Press secretary bypasses 2nd-most senior reporter on beat
http://bit.ly/cstdjz

POLICE STATE NEWS

Real-Time Security Cameras Link NYC Subway Hubs
http://bit.ly/99hD53

Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide - Copyright enforcement as censorship
http://bit.ly/8Z7zH3

Database of suspicious activity going live with little attention
http://bit.ly/dd9eY2

Pittsburgh's FBI field office comes under scrutiny
http://bit.ly/9PrZyW

State senator Tom Duane to reintroduce mandatory flu vaccinations for healthcare workers
http://bit.ly/dpULsw

Inspector General clears FBI in Miami protests
http://bit.ly/bhrPlt

Cop breaks neck of 84-year-old WWII vet
http://bit.ly/a4628S

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

3rd woman says 'sexting' Calumet County DA harassed her - Yet he is not being fired
http://bit.ly/c4fMrp

Israeli police storm Jerusalem mosque compound
http://bit.ly/bauwxD

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal goes down in flames
http://bit.ly/c45yUZ

Taxpayers to subsidize referrals to Planned Parenthood
http://bit.ly/dxQESU

Ohio Dem chair drops F-bomb - Tea party 'f---ers'
http://politi.co/aELs5e

Take-action Senate Scheduled to Vote on anti-Free Speech Bill
http://bit.ly/aEMND

Jefferson prosecutor hopeful calls U.S. 'fascist police state' in clip filmed 3 years ago
http://bit.ly/9xzAzW

N.Y. Appellate Court Panel Suspends Lawyer/Law Judge for Ex Parte Contacts
http://bit.ly/a8YfnK

Landmark Day Hailed as More Nations Ban Use of Child Soldiers
http://bit.ly/bOfHge

Howard-Bush defence treaty passes hurdle
http://bit.ly/9ujjul

US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal
http://bit.ly/cHR3dS

Prepare To Be Betrayed
http://bit.ly/cNMAPo

Ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal
http://yhoo.it/cEVXch

University bans political e-mails
http://bit.ly/9cylZJ

ECONOMIC NEWS

Forget $1,300, Gold Is Heading To $11,000 On Dollar Collapse
http://bit.ly/c8wzm7

Homebuilding industry years away from recovery
http://yhoo.it/cJdW1J

21 communities to plan 'Promise Neighborhoods'
http://yhoo.it/9IFnaZ

HEALTH NEWS

Latest Vaccine Propaganda: It Prevents Heart Attacks
http://bit.ly/9ZZNWJ

Unusual illnesses: Curiouser and curiouser
http://bit.ly/a8GnL9

MORAL DECLINE

Cops: Indiana kids died after 10 hours in closet
http://bit.ly/ayXvYk

KFC pays college women for ad space on buns
http://usat.ly/9N0Xxp

CRIME NEWS

Woman in acid-attack hoax charged with theft
http://bit.ly/bfwa6u

2ND AMMENDMENT

5 Wisconsin Carry Members Handcuffed, Detained
http://bit.ly/at8w9F

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Keeping your computer safe from hackers
http://bit.ly/ceflht

Addicts, hackers stealing identifications and more on the internet
http://bit.ly/bDitrI

Planning a holiday? Beware of hackers
http://bit.ly/cirJxn

One in five college and university students have hacked
http://bit.ly/9jeymY

Hackers to Target ATMs in Australia
http://bit.ly/cvjs4I

When alleged 'web hackers' attempt takeover of marketing institute
http://bit.ly/9IrFtv

Twitter worms spread quickly thanks to blatant security flaw
http://bit.ly/cVzPN8

Linux Kernel Exploit Gives Hackers a Back Door
http://bit.ly/9PO0Z4

Hackers Exploit Twitter Security Flaw
http://bit.ly/c6qXDQ

GIVING TO CHARITY

US millionaire leaves $8 Million to Wombat Awareness Organisation
http://bit.ly/aE6LUx

CORPORATE POLICY

Hotel ousts couple after accusing them of writing negative TripAdvisor review
http://usat.ly/bzjAnD

09/20/10

STOP CONGRESS FROM PASSING AMENSTY NOW!

This act is a kick in the teeth to all Americans. You must stand up, contact your legislators and call them ten fold the effort you did on the "Heath Care Control Bill"

Below was sent to us by Devvy Kidd a Freedom Loving American.

I know many think it's a waste of time to call the Outlaw Congress, but we have had some major victories.

Our voices have defeated bills before and we can do it again if enough people get on the phone. Spread the word to family and friends. Some things can't be stopped by nullification.

1. The sickening "DREAM ACT" will be voted on tomorrow.

It will reward illegal aliens by giving a "pathway" towards citizenship. HOOEY.

It's "for the children" of illegals. HOOEY.

The Act covers off spring of illegals who have no right to be in this country, much less sucking our educational resources up to the age of 35!

The "reasoning" behind this in your face amnesty is absurd. Since kids of illegals are here illegally, they never had the right to attend our schools and colleges "to lead a better life." They should all have been deported long ago. Their parents are criminals for smuggling themselves into our country and children of illegals share the same status. While unfair, they can blame their parents.

It means instead of deporting illegals holding jobs that belong to Americans, that ACT will make sure millions of illegal aliens keep a job while Americans stand in unemployment lines and living off welfare and food stamps.

The military is desperate for more cannon fodder to fight these immoral and grotesque invasions in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. Part of the ACT requires a two year hitch.

70% of Latinos voted for the Red in the White House. The millions of illegals who will be given a free pass on this ACT --- think they will vote Republican?

I believe most Republicans will vote no, so it's the Democrats that must hear a huge roar from we the people.

Here is the web site for the House of Representatives: www.house.gov

Call as many of the Blue Dog Democrats as you can. Here is a web site with their names and phone numbers. If you can't get through on the DC line because it's, call their district office today. Those district office numbers can be found at house.gov

http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=6644&posts=1

Here are the 30 Democrats who are sponsors of H.R. 4759. Call their offices and tell them to please vote no on the DREAM ACT. What good will it do to repeal NAFTA if millions of jobs are going to be given to illegals?

Go this link. Right under Rep. Taylor's picture it says sponsors - click on that:

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h4759/show

2. Comrade Harry Reid is going for broke with a vote tomorrow on the "don't ask, don't tell" for sexual deviants in the military.

There is no constitutional right to serve in the military.

Sexual deviants knew DOD policy when they enlisted. No one forced them to enlist as this is all voluntary military.

Bowel movement sex practiced by homosexuals is neither natural, normal or healthy. It is a public health issue. We the taxpayers are going to end up footing the bill for their lavender diseases.

Lt. Gen. Bostick: You should get your backside out of uniform. Well, maybe that's his problem and he wants to tell:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/16/new-gay-army/

"Last month, a top military official offered a glimpse of how the military might look should the new policy take effect: Those serving who oppose the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) agenda are no longer welcome.

"Those were the views of Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the Army's deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel matters who spoke about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" before several hundred troops at the European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. "Unfortunately, we have a minority of service members who are still racists and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of them," Lt. Gen. Bostick said. "But these people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can't, they need to get out. No matter how much training and education of those in opposition, you're always going to have those that oppose this on moral and religious grounds just like you still have racists today."

The civil rights argument is bogus and has nothing to do with preferring deviant sex acts.

Our military is not supposed to be a forum for social experimentation.

Here is one of many action pages with talking points and an easy way to click to send your counterfeit U.S. Senator a message:

http://www.capwiz.com/afanet/callalert/index.tt?alertid=17152501

And, just an item you might find of interest:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Terri Hall, Founder/Director, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom
PHONE: (210) 275-0640, EMAIL: terri@TexasTURF.org WEB: www.TexasTURF.org

Staples pushed Trans Texas Corridor, no friend of property rights

(SAN ANTONIO, TX - September 20, 2010) Terri Hall, of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), released the following statement in response to Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples' September 16 press conference on eminent domain reform. Staples is seeking re-election amidst Texans' outrage over the Trans Texas Corridor and the eminent domain abuses it created.

BEGIN STATEMENT: "I find it offensive when politicians use the sacred right of Texans to protect their property from unjust government takings through eminent domain for their own personal and political gain. Enough with election year platitudes, actions speak louder than words. Let's look at Todd Staples' actions. He has FAILED to prevent gas tax theft and properly inspect gas pumps across the state (go here to see recent revelations about rampant gas tax theft due to stations falling through the cracks), and he's only encouraged eminent domain abuse by voting to create the Trans Texas Corridor when he was a legislator.

"So Staples' new-found zeal for protecting property rights is not exactly sincere. During his entire tenure in the legislature, he did not author or pass one single piece of legislation to protect property or landowners from eminent domain abuses. He voted for the legislation authorizing the Trans Texas Corridor and sponsored legislation preventing landowners from negotiating directly with the toll operators along the path of the Trans Texas Corridor to develop businesses along the corridor. However, he allowed the state to lease a private citizens' condemned land to private companies. This same bill, HB 2702, also severely limited the rights of property owners whose land was to be bisected by the corridor.

“In addition to all of this, Staples essentially served as the official spokesperson for a major effort by the political action committee of an insurance company to encourage Texans to pass a fundamentally flawed constitutional amendment, Prop 11, that did little to really protect Texans from eminent domain takings, but instead gave voters a false sense of security.

"For Todd Staples to stand up this week and say Texas needs stronger laws to protect citizens from eminent domain takings is comical. It is an admission to the voters of this state that he sold them a flawed constitutional amendment to further his own political career.

"His record on transportation isn't any better. Staples authored legislation to make EVERY Texas taxpayer subsidize loser toll projects that can't pay for themselves. ‘Staples’ bill removes an $800 million-a-year lid on tax subsidies of toll roads…’ [SOURCE: Austin American Statesman, May 12, 2005].

“Todd Staples has also taken thousands of dollars from Zachry Construction, its executives, and its PAC. Zachry is the San Antonio-based company that along with two Spanish-based companies, CINTRA and ACS, won the development rights to two TTC corridors, TTC-35 and TTC-69.”

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalms 31:3(KJV)


IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

URGENT Alert - Stop The Illegal Alien 'Dream Act'
http://bit.ly/aMRKzE

NY Times edits Tea Party article after White House complains
http://bit.ly/cDC0gb

Obama's planned assault on the Tea Party smacks of desperation
http://bit.ly/ctQKWh

Obama Energy Czar To Decide What Household Appliances Americans Are Allowed To Own
http://bit.ly/9FQSRX

Obama, Wake Up!
http://bit.ly/9HouIL

Obama's Yucca Mountain decision is a blow to US nuclear power
http://bit.ly/cLJn46

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Will the Tea Party movement be willing to support libertarian-leaning candidates?
http://bit.ly/da04Ko

Clegg tax war on the middle class: Families could face ‘lie detector tests’
http://bit.ly/cFxSqZ

Government Prepares To Seize Paychecks As Statist Cancer Explodes
http://bit.ly/9HASYD

Christine O'Donnell Disaster In Delaware Is Not A Win
http://bit.ly/a9ciij

What in God’s Name are Conservatives Supporting Christine O’Donnell For?
http://bit.ly/9HcAAs

POLICE STATE NEWS

Pastor who threatened to burn Korans told to pay police bill
http://bit.ly/de7b0d

Refusing Full Body X-Ray Scans at the Airport
http://bit.ly/bfhHkg

Police state America
http://bit.ly/aiLuYU

Police state watch? - Vancouver Sun Community of Interest
http://bit.ly/ajNGB0

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Cointelpro 101 and "Improper" FBI probes
http://bit.ly/a9xOks

FBI probes were improper, Justice says
http://bit.ly/cRFOzF

ECONOMIC NEWS

Even the Little Guy Now Realizes that the Stock Market is Gamed, And Many Are Pulling Out Entirely
http://bit.ly/9sxEVF

US economy fears as consumer confidence plunges
http://bit.ly/aCLaR6

HEALTH NEWS

Childhood Obesity Linked to Strain of Virus
http://bit.ly/b54V72

YouTube - Energy Efficient Light Bulbs are poisoning us
http://bit.ly/9O3oGR

Diagnosis positive: Tick disease is here
http://bit.ly/awQTZ5

GLOBAL WARMING

Obama’s Plan May Be on Hold, But Cap-and-Trade is Still Advancing in the States
http://bit.ly/cphXuJ

Global Warming Alarmist Calls For Eco-Gulags To Re-Educate Climate Deniers
http://bit.ly/99E24N

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Anti-Facebook Diaspora Faces Security Criticisms
http://bit.ly/bLGavL

Hackers find new ways to steal your identity
http://bit.ly/9WJWif

Internet Security, Netgear, The FBI says online fraud is doubling year on year
http://bit.ly/cfQFWk

Hackers steal Interpol chief's Facebook identity
http://bit.ly/bOuyNT

Second Qualys annual report shows increasing hacker sophistication
http://bit.ly/9a9GzC

Hackers hit Hollywood's piracy watchdog
http://bit.ly/9tggNp

Japan Suspects Chinese Hackers Attacked Its Official Websites
http://bit.ly/dujcz7

French foreign affairs ministry falls prey to Twitter hacker
http://bit.ly/9ti1Og

Hackers steal credit card numbers from restaurant computers
http://bit.ly/dwNoOv

Hackers Change Local Man's Sexual Preference on Facebook
http://bit.ly/9MmHqT

09/17/10

Choose Freedom: Ignore DC

by Michael Boldin

There’s plenty of federal holidays for Americans to celebrate. On July 4th, there’s independence from King George’s England. On the first Monday in September, a holiday was dedicated to the “social and economic achievements of American workers.” Other days throughout the year celebrate autumn harvest, soldiers who died in the civil war and even a person who sailed to this continent nearly three centuries before the country was “founded.”

When there’s no federally-sanctioned holiday to call upon, protesters and activists across the political spectrum often pick “important” dates to schedule events to bring attention to their cause. We’ve seen protests on Tax Day, Independence Day, May Day, Earth Day, and more. And, in the past few weeks we saw great importance placed on days that doesn’t even have a letter in their name, 8/28 and 9/12.

But nowhere to be found on these great lists of “federal holidays” or “protest days” is a celebration of the document that defined the principles of liberty that this country was supposedly founded upon – the Constitution.

LIMITING POWER

The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and every year that date passes by with hardly a sound. Sure, now that it’s considered a day of “federal observance” you’ll find government schools around the country including it in their lesson plans. But these discussions generally focus on “Constitution Trivia” instead of what’s really important. While it may be good to educate our young on how many years a Senator serves, or how Supreme Court justices are appointed, it’s not enough. Seriously lacking in the public discourse is the actual purpose of the Constitution – its underlying principles.

When the Constitution was being considered for ratification, there was strong opposition from famous American figures that included George Mason and Patrick Henry. One major reason for this was a fear of too much power. The founding generation spent their lives toiling under a tyranny – a government without limits. But, when the Constitution was written, it was done to codify in law that the powers of government would be limited to those which had been delegated to it – and nothing more.

The entire system was created under the principle of popular sovereignty – that ‘We the People of the Several States’ created the government, and all powers not delegated to it, were retained. But that’s not something you’re likely to hear from politicians in Washington DC, political pundits, schools, or just about anywhere else. It’s generally not in their interest, either.

If politicians and their backers were promoting such crazy ideas as “originalism” and “limited government” they’d never be able to convince you that they have the power to tell you what kind of health care plan you’ll be getting, how big your toilet can be, what kind of plants you’re allowed to grow, where you’re allowed to exercise your “right” to free speech, whom you can buy and sell from, and even when you must send your children to die for them.

MORE OF THE SAME

Throughout history, even kings and queens have often failed to survive such acts of hubris; but, in “free” America, the major parties that produce all the presidents continue to receive approval through tens of millions of votes. And where has that gotten people?

Well, let’s take a look at some major issues.

  • If you were opposed to war in the Bush administration, you’ve still got the same wars and threats of wars under Obama.
  • If you were opposed to national health care under Clinton, you got a massive expansion of government health care under George Bush, which laid the groundwork for an even bigger expansion under Obama.
  • If you didn’t like the federal government passing the Patriot Act without even reading it, you’re still getting the same (or worse) failure to read legislation today.
  • On the other hand, if you liked the Bush bailouts, you’ve gotta love the ones that Obama has given you!

No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, the federal government is not your friend. It’s not a friend to the Constitution, and it’s certainly no friend to your liberty. For years and years…and years, people have yelled “vote the bums out!” “Call Congress now!” “March on DC!” But, in the long run, little to none of this actually works.

If you oppose this national health care plan, they’ll give you that one. If you oppose one war, you’ll get another one. If you oppose today’s bailout, they’ll find a different one tomorrow. Decade in and decade out, the government keeps growing, and your liberty keeps shrinking. And it doesn’t matter if the person in charge is named Obama, or Bush, or Reagan, or Clinton.

The bottom line? Looking to the federal government – whether it’s though elections, or protests, or lawsuits, or rallies – is a failed strategy. So how about trying something new?

A DIFFERENT PATH: NULLIFICATION

People around the country are recognizing that there is a different path, and one that has a chance of working on a big scale, too. Already nearly a dozen states have passed 10th amendment resolutions reaffirming the proper role of government under the Constitution. 25 states have stopped the real id act dead in its tracks in most of the country. 8 states have passed firearms freedom acts – to nullify some federal gun laws and regulations in their state. 5 states have already passed laws to nullify federal health care mandates – with more on the way. And, fourteen states now have medical marijuana laws in direct opposition to federal laws..

In Jeffersonian-speak, this all falls under the banner of “nullification.” When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as that state is concerned.

While some in government and the media would like to paint this essential tool for resisting federal tyranny as solely aligned with the South in the War Between the States – and nothing more, they’re missing some essential history. It’s been used in efforts to advance free speech, help runaway slaves, resist high taxes and more.

And recently, the Bush-Era Real ID Act is now virtually dead in the water, not due to elections or rallies, or calls to Congress – but instead, due to state-level resistance. In the past three-plus years, approximately two dozen states simply refused to implement the law. The result? The law is still on the books in Congress. It’s never been overturned by a federal court. But yet – in most of the country – it’s virtually null and void.

Even better, this is no single-issue movement. Legislators in over 20 states are considering legislation to nullify some federal gun laws, and another 20 are looking at ways to nullify national health care. 15 states are weighing legislation or ballot initiatives that could turn them into medical marijuana states by next year, and activists in over a dozen states have been pushing for legislation that would require their governors to bring national guard troops home from Iraq and elsewhere. On top of it, a national tour has been launched in support of these efforts – something that may have been impossible just a few years ago

LIBERTY BEGINS WITH YOU

Issue by issue, law by law, the best way to change the federal government is by refusing to comply with it on a state and individual level. Withdrawing our consent for unconstitutional “laws,” acts, regulations….and mandates…has a much better effect than begging or demanding that DC limit its own power.

Over the years, wise men and women warned us that the Constitution would never enforce itself. I believe it’s time for people to recognize this as fact, and bring that enforcement closer to home.

Whether you’re on the left, or on the right, or even somewhere in the middle, the path to freedom, the path to your political goals lies not in Washington D.C. Instead, it lies in Madison, and Jefferson (City)…and other state capitols around the country.

So this Constitution Day take a new pledge. Ignore and nullify the federal government. When it refuses to follow the Constitution year in and year out, it becomes as worthless as it is dangerous.

Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center.

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GODS WORD FOR TODAY
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16 (KJV)


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09/16/10

Fight to repeal the 1099 Tsunami

Quote of the Day: "The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority." -- Will Durant

Instead of asking, "Would you like paper or plastic?" the checkout clerk may soon ask, "Do you need our form W-9?"

A W-9 is the IRS's "Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification." Because of the new healthcare law . . .

If you spend as little as $55 at the local Office Shack each month, you'll exceed $600 for the year. That means you'll need to file a 1099 with the IRS for Office Shack. You'll also need to get a W-9 from Office Shack so that you can have their tax id number handy when the time comes to fill out the 1099.

It used to be that businesses only had to file 1099s for unincorporated, independent contractors (with some exceptions). But now a 1099 will be required every time a business spends more than $600 with any entity. Multiply this requirement across the entire economy and it amounts to a tsunami of hundreds of millions of additional tax form filings.

This is what happens when we let politicians pass un-read bills containing thousands of pages!

Not surprisingly, a revolt is building against this requirement, but it will be a lot easier to repeal this 1099 requirement now, before the election, when the politicians are paying more attention to public opinion, than it will be after the election. So take action now!

Please send Congress a letter asking them to repeal the 099 Tsunami. We have a NEW CAMPAIGN for this purpose.

This one is simple. There's no need to write personal comments unless you have something extra to say. The hardwired message we provide reads . . .

There's a coming 1099 tsunami. Stealth language in the 2,400-page health legislation requires millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It's a cumbersome and expensive, anti-business measure, during a time of unemployment. Please repeal this provision now!

You can send your letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

Please send your letter today. There are only a few weeks left before the Election. Now is the time to get this terrible provision repealed.

And be sure to tell your friends. Here is a handy link to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites: http://bit.ly/9Bvx28

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. Proverbs 12:13 (KJV)

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