Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Constitution’

What?! You can’t be serious!!

March 30, 2010

It seems that protesting a particular issue at a military funeral is now the newest fad.

Albert Snyder buried his son, a U.S. Marine, who died while serving in Iraq. Protestors from a Kansas “church” (This not a church. That’s what they call themselves.)  showed up, uninvited, picketing–not the war–but American tolerance of homosexuality. Now, setting my own views on homosexuality aside, what the hell?!?! Do these people have the slightest degree of human decency?!! No parent should have to bury their child, but to have someone turn a heartbreaking moment into a political or social statement is beyond words.

Wait!! It gets worse. Mr. Snyder sued the church for emotional distress and won. The “church” appealed and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the verdict saying protesting homosexuality at a funeral was a protected 1st Amendment right. WHO CARES!!! The family is in mourning and these people have the right to protest AT HIS FUNERAL!! YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!!!

So, the court has now ordered the father of the dead U.S. Marine now has to pay the court costs of the church. This is sheer insanity!!! Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear the case in the next term (October) and will probably rule by the following June.

There’s a time and a place for debate and free speech. Trying to make a political or social statement at someone’s funeral IS NOT THE TIME OR THE PLACE!! Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will restore some sanity to the world and rule in favor of Mr. Snyder.

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An Open Letter to Democrats

March 23, 2010

This is in response to Michael Moore who wrote an open letter to all Republicans.
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There is an old saying: “Three things you should never talk about: Sex, Religion, and Politics.” I would like to announce the demise of true political discourse in this country. It did not go out with a bang or a whimper. It was extinguished by individuals who think they know what is best for you.

To Democrats- liberals in particular:

Bush/Cheney are not in office. They could not have served for third term even if they wanted to do so. So, please do the American public a favor and stop talking about what Bush/Cheney did. They are gone and they are not coming back. This is nothing more than a political smokescreen and enough is enough. Complaining about the war and playing the race card to deflect attention from your real agenda is an old and pathetic manuver.

Next, it’s the economy stupid!!! To paraphrase the “annointed one”, on numerous occasions, “We are in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression.” So, a 3.6 trillion dollar budget does not make sense. Where is the money coming from? Government spends what they take in in taxes. So, this budget must have a corresponding tax increase so it is paid for. Otherwise, the government is increasing the national debt. Do not quote talking points and tell me the money will come from reallocating existing funds and taxing the rich. That still wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the budget.

The president said in another interview, I think with CNBC: “We are out of money.” Fine, so please explain to me why the U.S. is going to reform health care? According to the Democrats, it is going to cost 938 billion. If we are out of money, how is this going to be paid for? The president stated today that this must happen to ensure the stability of families. Hmmm. Part of the way Democrats say this is going to be paid for is with a payroll tax, up to 8% of total payroll, on any small business which does not offer health care to its employees. Small businesses will cut jobs to maintain their financial viability. Please explain how this will maintain family stability if they do not have the means to provide for their day-to-day needs because they lost their job.

Finally, can you please display some honest character? The president, members of Congress, and all federal employees are public servants. This means they are supposed to serve the best interests of the entire public.

The president campaigned on how he would change the culture of Washington. He then went on to appoint in his cabinet either long-standing members of Congress or members of the Clinton administration. Where’s the fresh perspective? He said he would reinvent the image of the U.S. abroad. We are still dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan, but the president added Iran and North Korea to the mix. So much for security. He said he would cut taxes for 95% of Americans and they would all receive a “stimulus” check. I still have not gotten mine, but 10,000 dead people have received theirs. Now, the president is proposing taxes on everything from sodas to health care benefits to energy. So, I can’t have a coke, see the doctor, or watch television. That will do wonders for my “stability.”

The members of the president’s cabinet (and those who withdrew their name) have admitted to or may be convicted of the following: 1) failed to file taxes; 2) worked as a lobbyist for the department they were nominated for; 3) accused of taking kickbacks just to name a few. These are the people the president selected to help him run the country. Then there are the ‘czars.’ What???!!! I won’t even go into detail, but the president has chosen people to oversee areas where they do not have any previous experience. This is the utmost in lunacy.

I almost forgot. DO YOUR JOB!!! In more specific terms, this refers to things such as read the bill before you vote on it. (The entire bill not just the highlights as an Obama adviser said on Fox News about the healthcare bill.) Also, if a bill can not withstand rigorous debate; then it should not become law. The country will not implode if you actually take some time to consider the merit of a bill. And last but not least, the character assassinations or political blackmail you have done on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbuagh show you to have no firm belief in your own ideas. They need to stop before the public turns on you.

This is not politics; this is plain common sense. Actually, do the research for yourself. The information is out there.

Term Limits for Congressmen

March 22, 2010

In recent days, one thing should be apparent. Our “representatives” in Congress are snake-oil salesmen who will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo for them not us. They will attempt to spin everything and anything as being responsive to the needs of their constituents. They simply do this in the hope they can get reelected.

I think that is something we need to change. Roosevelt had been reelected to his fourth term as president when he died. Shortly thereafter, a constitutional amendment was passed which said presidents can only be elected to two terms. The general idea is to prohibit one man, i.e. one party, from holding the reigns of power to long.

The question one must ask is why isn’t this same principle applied to members of Congress. Joe Biden was a senator for over 30 years before he became vice-president. John McCain, who just ran for president, has also been a senator for 22 years. Strom Thurmond served as a senator for South Carolina until he was 100 years old. I even took a political science class in college from a professor who was a former nine-term representative.

Does anyone think Thurmond was really doing senatorial work for his last term? I didn’t think so. So, why did he continue to run for relection? Simple, he wanted to continue to enjoy the power he had accumulated over the years, as well as untold benefits and perks that came with his political position. Also, to say that he was the only one who did so would be simply ludicrous.

Representatives are supposed to work on the behalf of the people they represent. So, we need to change the rules so those who run for Congress remember that very point. If service is limited to twelve years, only altruistic and idealistic individuals would seek to serve.

As the old saying goes: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Term limits would diminsh the corruption within the political system. Influence peddling would not work because politicians would be forced to retire before they could wreak too much havoc on the country, if they were inclined to do so. It would also severly limit, if not eliminate, the influence of lobbyist and special interests groups.

Reform the system. We need to install term limits for all members of Congress.

A Second American Revolution

March 22, 2010

Democracy by its very nature involves dissent. The government has to be held accountable for their actions. This used to be done by the media which would habitually scrutinize every action taken by a politician. Sometimes, the average citizen would also take it upon themselves to question the government.

The Declaration states: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — This simply means that any government which is established is granted its power and authority by the people which they govern.

“whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government” — This means that it is the right of the people to change government if it abuses its power and becomes self-serving or destructive.

These are statements found in one of this country’s foundational documents which gives every American the right to voice their opinion and for it to be heard by the government. The Declaration also states that every American has the responsibility to oppose a government that repeatedly abuses its power.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

I bring this up for one reason. We are currently dealing with a government that has repeatedly attempted to abuse its power. As Jefferson so eloquently stated, here is the beginning of the long train of abuses:

1) Government takeover of industry (I’ll focus on health care for now.)

The government is attempting to take over the health care industry which comprises approximately 20% of the nation’s economy. The idea is to force all Americans into a single-payer plan which the government controls and penalize those who don’t through fines. If this succeeds, there is no free enterprise, no personal liberty, and some almost Hollywood-like scenarios which could possibly play out in the real world. (Let your imagination run wild with this one.)

If you want proof, google Obama + SEIU + healthcare under Videos  and see what comes up.

2) Elimination of a Free Press

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The idea is that without a free press to hold the government accountable; the government would inevitably abuse its own power. Rosa Brooks, a former prominent reporter for the L.A. Times, proposed the idea of the government subsidizing the newspaper industry. She did this right before taking a job with the federal government. This idea would be the beginning of state-run media in the United States which would violate our First Amendment rights.

Again, google it!! 

Another example is the incredible amount of positive news coverage the president has received. Most major news outlets have simply chosen not to air any story that is derogatory about the president. Instead, they have chosen to unabashedly assassinate the motives, character, and intentions of anyone who has the audacity to criticize, much less oppose, any proposal made by the president.

Here are some examples: 

CNN reporter, Susan Roesgen, chose not report the news during the first Tea Party, but instead, chose to inject her own political opinion into the conversation. Her journalistic integrity be damned. Another example is when Chris Matthews of MSNBC describes how listening to Obama makes him feel. (Remember his tingling leg.) He also has stated that his “job is to make this new presidency work.” Is he still a journalist or did he go to work for the president? 

Again, google it! I dare you! The final point I’ll make in this post is this:

3) The silencing of dissent

There has been a growing movement of opposition to the president’s policies with each passing day. First, there were the tea parties on April 15 and July 4 in opposition to excessive spending, among other reasons, by the government. The “free press” went out of their way to ostracize this opposition as a fringe group of extremists who should not be listened to by anyone.

When that did not work, character assassination and humiliation became par for the course. Here are examples:

Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) made crude sexual references on live television. The idea would be that they would humiliate the opposition into silence. The “free press” was soon joined by members of Congress. Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House) tried to link people who opposed the health care plan to the Nazis. (I am speechless.) Barbara Boxer (U.S. Senator from California) said the opposition to the president is fake because they are well-dressed. (Huh?)

However, when that did not work, the White House stepped into the fray.

A new position was created for Linda Douglas to monitor disinformation which was circulated about the president’s health care plan. The White House even went a step further. They made a public request on the White House blog for the public to send “fishy” information about health care reform to flag@whitehouse.gov. This move is clearly Orwellian in purpose. The government is attempting to silence all dissent by requesting the public to report any “disinformation” to them.

This madness must end!!

The “Slaughter” Rule

March 17, 2010

One could only wish this was a reference to the wrestler known as Sgt. Slaughter. Unfortunately, it is not.

What this really is is an end-run around constitutional requirements that both houses of Congress actually “pass” a bill before sending it to the president. No where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that either house can “deem” a bill to be passed without actually voting on it.

So Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the Democrats didn’t read the bill and now they won’t even vote on it. Since they don’t want to do their job; then they should be removed from their job.