• Federal Law Nullification: 10th Amendment States Right?

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    Burning the Constitution
    The Constitution is going down in flames.

    The enormous size of the federal government is not very popular either. A Gallup poll conducted last September found that more than half of Americans believe that “the federal government has too much power.” Unpopularity aside, keep in mind that history has well established that government cannot grow without a corresponding decline in the economy, peace, and the rule of law. One need look no further than past empires to see what fate awaits a citizenry that concentrates all its power in one central government. How is it then that the U.S. government has morphed from a limited Republic designed by the Constitution to a virtually all-powerful behemoth? How did the Constitution, which was designed to carefully define and limit the powers of the national government, become an open-ended grant of power to that very same government? Perhaps an answer can be found in the U.S. Supreme Court, the entity “conventional wisdom” believes is entrusted with the sole power to interpret the Constitution.

    A federal government website, “Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government,” contains a cartoon version of Ben Franklin explaining how our current system of government works. The site includes the following proclamation: “One of the Supreme Court’s most important responsibilities is to decide cases that raise questions of constitutional interpretation. The Court decides if a law or government action violates the Constitution.… Since the Supreme Court stands as the ultimate authority in constitutional interpretation, its decisions can be changed only by another Supreme Court decision or by a constitutional amendment.” (Emphasis added.)

    What’s wrong with this you might ask? New York Times best-selling author and historian Thomas Woods provided the answer clearly and concisely at the Campaign for Liberty’s January 15 regional meeting when he discussed the views of Thomas Jefferson: “Jefferson’s concern was that if we say the federal government has a monopoly on interpreting the Constitution, what do you think is going to happen? This is not brain surgery. If they have a monopoly on interpreting the Constitution, they’re going to interpret it in their own favor. Surprise! Then we all scratch our heads and wonder, ‘Why has the government gotten so completely out of control?’” Woods hammered home how completely preposterous it is for the Supreme Court to have the sole and final say on the extent of federal power with the following analogy: “If you enter into a contract with somebody, never, ever would you say that the other party in the contract can exclusively interpret what it means…. Obviously, if only one party in a contract can interpret it, it’s going to interpret it in its own favor!” Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • The Declaration of Independence – An Update

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    The Declaration of Independence For Secessionists
    July 3, 2011

    By Thomas Jefferson and Russell D. Longcore

    (Editor’s Note: First posted in 2009, this article is one of my most requested articles.)

    I recently began contemplating the imminent collapse of the US Federal Government. In light of the insane, unconstitutional spending of the Congress and Presidents (Bush and Obama will spend the same ways), the recession/depression that the nation is presently experiencing, and the simultaneous devaluation and inflation of the nation’s currency, collapse is the only consequence that makes sense.

    Ask the Soviet Union. Oh…excuse me…they’re gone! The USSR collapsed from identical causes in 1991, and the Soviet states once again became sovereign nations.

    So, what will individuals and states do? Will they preemptively forsake the Union, or wait to react once the Federal Government collapses? Common sense should dictate the serious debate of secession prior to collapse. However, I do remember that the legislatures of the States are filled with politicians. Reaction seems more likely than forward planning, especially from those who have long suckled at the Federal teat.

    I took the original Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, and added wording to customize it for the present day. Please read it carefully and contemplate its meaning and its ramifications. My new version still needs more work, but it is a place to start.

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    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the political and governmental institutions under which they have governed themselves, and institute new government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the institution of the new form of government.

    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. 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 liberty, safety and happiness. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • About the Militarization of the Police: From The Oath Keepers

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    SWAT
    The blurring of the missions, military or police?
    To any Constitutionalist who knows about the Constitution’s references to standing armies, there would be no authority for the standing army to involve itself with police work within any of the several sovereign States.

    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/05/16/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-one
    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/06/21/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-two/
    Part Three to follow

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  • Another senseless “gang related” (SWAT no-knock gang) death

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    Police: Man Killed by Police During Paramilitary Drug Raid Shows Dangers of Paramilitary Drug Raids the Dangers Police Must Face Every Day
    Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

    Stasi - The Ministry for State Security
    Another week, another man shot dead during a drug raid. William Cooper, 69, of Hampton, Virginia, was killed over the weekend after an informant told local police that he was selling prescription painkillers. Cooper apparently fired at the police as they came into his home.

    There’s nothing in the articles linked above, or this one, indicating that police found anything incriminating in Cooper’s home. Maybe that information will come out later. But generally speaking, when police do find evidence of criminal activity after a raid, that information is quickly handed over to the press, particularly in raids that end in violence.

    Instead, we get to read about the service records of the cops who killed Cooper, how this example of police killing a man is just more proof of the dangers of police work, how thankful the Hampton Police department is “that the officers are OK and safe and were not injured,” and how sorry we should feel for the officers who killed Cooper because “their lives will never be the same.”

    More at: The Agitator

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  • American Denial

    Posted on by LJ

    denial of the truth
    When your head is buried, don't forget what position your butt is in.
    It is of little personal sacrifice to espouse Marxist/socialist theory while doing so in a comfortable environment provided by the entrepreneurship and wealth creation of others. But the key to this mindset is the deep-seated belief that there is no end to the prosperity the United States creates, regardless of the increasingly heavy hand of government. It is only a matter of allocation, and more importantly to the Left, the authority over society that predetermined re-distribution brings about.

    But the Left is not alone in its acceptance of never-ending peace and prosperity. Many on the Right also subscribe to this mindset as they, in order to also acquire political power, do not point out the folly of this state of mind and what the Left preaches; but instead choose to proceed on a slower, but ultimately the same track in placating and abetting this belief that has become so ingrained in the American psyche.

    The United States is unique among nations because of its founding principles, geography and mix of cultures and races. Those factors enabled the country to overcome a myriad of tribulations in its early years and develop an atmosphere conducive to an overwhelming barrage of creativity, ingenuity and individual advancement. But those days are rapidly receding into the pages of history as the oppressive hand of government, now encroached into the day-to-day lives of all Americans, has nearly made that nation a relic of the past. Yet among many there is still the belief that regardless of this ever growing intrusion and forced wealth re-distribution America can still accomplish anything at anytime against all odds or competitors.

    More at: American Thinker

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  • “Morality” by decree..aka “Policy”

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    “The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” – Plato

    I believe the time has come to reign in power run wild.

    No knock search warrants for simple misdemeanors? Presuming that a citizen exercising his inherent right is a terrorist. Calling those that believe that the Founding Fathers of our Republic meant exactly what they said “extremists”. Marginalizing citizens that speak out as their First Amendment duty compels them to do. Treating every person that MIGHT have a weapon as a criminal that just has “not yet offended”.

    Simple tyranny … growing from our neglect of our duty to manage the servants closely. Make NO mistake, government employees are “public servants” – the institution of government of a republic is minimal and not pervasive in every facet of the citizens business.

    Special Weapons And Tactics teams have no place in a “standard procedure by policy” scenario of serving a simple search (or arrest) warrant. Non violent “alleged offenders” do NOT need a SWAT team thrust upon them when there is no known threat of violence.

    The time for has come for the citizens to demand that the government revert to common sense instead of “policy” promulgated by bureaucrats to cover their ass. Just as the the government schools have embraced “zero tolerance”  as their creed – so have the bureaucrats embraced policy.

    “Policy” eliminates the need for reason..”policy” substitutes for moral thinking and the associated moral dilemmas… policy and zero tolerance are the cowards way out. “Policies” eliminate personal responsibility for those that point at the “policy” as the source of their actions. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • Quotations – Cultivating Liberty

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    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” –William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783

    “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” –George Washington

    The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”–Patrick Henry

    “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”–Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

    War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.– John Stuart Mill Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • Militarized Police – The Creeping Police State Breaks Into a Trot

    Posted on by LJ

    Have you ever wondered why every  Federal agency now has a SWAT team? How about “local” law enforcement SWAT teams? Nearly every podunk town now has something equivalent to SWAT – whatever they might call it locally.

    S.W.A.T. = Special Weapons And Tactics. aka… Crisis Response Team and several other “nom de guerre” titles. SWAT is a child of the 60’s, first developed to deal with “revolutionary movements” spawned by the left during the Vietnam war.

    Mission creep and the need to justify ever growing budgets is now bringing them to your front door. Federal subsidies for local law enforcement under The Patriot Act – in the guise of fighting terrorism – fuels the massive growth of the Para-Military Police known as SWAT today.

    Have we totally lost the idea of “Peace Officers”? What happened to “Protect And Serve” as a motto for OUR police. When did it become a crime (punishable by summary execution) for a citizen to hold a gun during an invasion of their home by unknown persons? It seems that common sense has gone the way of the leftists… “zero tolerance”…why bother to think or to act morally when we can refer to “policy” and pretend superiority by rote instead of by reason? Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • The Price of Propriety

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    The Price of Propriety

    There comes a time when almost everything that needs to be said has been said. While I am not going to shut down any of these websites, I can say that for my part I have said most of what I have to say. The issues are not changing. The degrees to which liberty is being stolen is only increasing. The ways and instances of unconstitutional actions by the government are multiplying, erasing our rights one by one. No one will stand to defend them.

    I have looked out on the nation, straining my eyes to see the coming wave of patriotic defenders of liberty and am lost in darkness and (mostly) alone. I have called for action into the hollowness and received echoes. I have taken small steps of resistance on my own, but they are a pathetic cry of futility if they are anything at all.

    There are those like Bill Nye who have  put their ass on the line for their beliefs. I have done the same in certain ways, though not as boldly as he has. There are others, who, from within their personal limits, have taken steps toward resistance. All of these things are done from comfort, upholding one principle, but letting others go. There is resistance, but not engagement; there is defiance, but not subversion. Mayberry has, from within his principled limitations, done as much as possible to deny TPTB their coin. I encourage all of these actions, but recognize their ultimate limits.

    More at:  TL in Exile

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  • ArcticPatriot on SWAT & The Citizen

    Posted on by LJ

    From: ArcticPatriot

     

    6.15.2011

    Self-Exoneration and (New?) ROE

    WRSA discusses the self-exoneration of the agency responsible for the government-sponsored hit on Jose Guerena.

    “Reasonable and Justified”.

    You didn’t expect anything else, did you?  Really?  From Dupnik’s AO, the “sheriff” who has stated, on record, that he would only enforce the law “if forced to do so”?  Perhaps there was some vitriolic right-wing rhetoric that provoked the Guerena shooting?  Is he sure his officers aren’t racists?

    Key phrase here:

    “They needed to take immediate action to stop the deadly threat against them.”

    Seems the only deadly threat were the clumsily stacked LEOs firing blindly into the Guerena house, with a lousy hit rate, and sending rounds throughout the neighborhood.  (I’m just an idiot ex-NCO, but even I could run a better stack / entry than that bit of tomfoolery).

    More at:  http://arcticpatriot.blogspot.com/2011/06/self-exoneration-and-new-roe_15.html#links

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  • Where do our convictions and our courage meet?

    Posted on by LJ
    Samurai contemplates honor and courage.
    A samurai contemplates honor and courage.

    From The Hagakure:

    Although it stands to reason that a samurai should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, “What is the true meaning of the Way of the Samurai?” the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one’s mind beforehand. From this, one’s unmindfulness of the Way can be known.

    Negligence is an extreme thing.

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  • Memorial Day 2011 – An American hero

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    Jose Guerena – does the name ring a bell with you? It should. A former marine, a hard working American… dead at the hands of a SWAT team in Arizona.

    Michael Storie, the attorney for the Arizona police union, acknowledged in the Daily Star that had the SWAT team entered Guerena’s home peacefully, they wouldn’t have made an arrest. The “no knock” raid was executed as a part of a “marijuana investigation” but yielded nothing in Guerena’s home. Now the story has changed a bit from the Sheriffs Department – they are trying to link Jose Guerena to a “home invasion crew” on the basis that a former Marine had guns, body armor and GASP..a Border Patrol cap in his home. Not ONE of these items are illegal to own, and a Border Patrol cap can be bought from many vendors.

    After firing more than 70 rounds at an innocent man woken from his sleep after an all night shift at the copper mine he worked in, and hitting him 60 times (edit 5-31-2011: latest reports indicate Mr Guerena was hit 22 times), the SWAT team let him bleed out for more than an hour and a half – without any access to medical care – insuring his death. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • Quotations:

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    We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.  ~Felix Frankfurter

    Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.  ~Mark Twain

    When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.  ~Adlai Stevenson

    The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. ~Samuel Adams

    When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. ~Thomas Paine

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  • Have you ever wondered?

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    Have you ever wondered just what is going on in “These United States” today? I say “These United States” for a reason. The original intent of the Constitution that the  People of this republic ratified, was to have a small and limited Federal government that would serve to ease the natural friction of a union of states.

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    That is right, we are a union of states, not a central government divided into states. The individual states brought into being a central government to promote their common interests, to simplify trade between the states and to facilitate unified commerce and policy with foreign governments. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • Where do you stand in the herd?

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    I find myself searching for the reasons why standing up and making my voice heard has become so urgent for me. Middle age might be a factor in this; my “mark on the world” seems to be missing, to me anyway. I find myself watching my children and wondering what legacy I am leaving for them.

    Apathy is a human disease of the spirit. Our lives get so filled with minutia that we forget the big things. Where do we draw the line of what we will accept and what we cannot in good conscience leave alone. It is a tribal (or herd) mentality..go along to get along. Blend in and and the personal risk is minimized; it is a game of numbers. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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  • Federalist Paper #49 – February 5, 1788

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    An Excerpt From The Federalist Paper #49:

    Method of Guarding Against the Encroachments of Any One Department of Government by Appealing  to the People Through a Convention

    From the New York Packet.
    Tuesday, February 5, 1788
    Alexander Hamilton / James Madison

    As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory, to recur to the same original authority, not only whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of the government, but also whenever any one of the departments may commit encroachments on the chartered authorities of the others. The several departments being perfectly co-ordinate by the terms of their common commission, none of them, it is evident, can pretend to an exclusive or superior right of settling the boundaries between their respective powers; and how are the encroachments of the stronger to be prevented, or the wrongs of the weaker to be redressed, without an appeal to the people themselves, who, as the grantors of the commissions, can alone declare its true meaning, and enforce its observance?


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  • Freedom doesn’t just happen.

    Posted on by LJ

    “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” –George Bernard Shaw

    It’s a long strange path that “We the People” are traveling. From the dank dark woods of thinly disguised feudalism to the freedom of the newly planted fields of the republic; back to the brush and thickets of dismay. What is next? The stark reality of serfdom, or the lush green pastures cleared and planted by our forefather’s  courage?

    It is far too easy to be complacent in the world we know today.  The vast majority of American citizens do not know the struggle of day to day living. Toiling in the hot sun to eke out a bare existence is just a fairy tale to most of us. The world of the office.of the job,or the career, of just living from day to day, insulates us from the ugly realities of life. I believe that the ease of simply existing brings about a laziness of the spirit. Continue reading  Post ID 195

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