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MARCH 30, 2009


“That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment, to use arms in defence of so valuable a blessing (as liberty), on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion. Yet arms, I would beg leave to add, should be the last resource.” --  George Washington (1732–1799), To George Mason, April 5, 1769

(The reason behind the 2nd Amendment)

QUESTION!  Has a Congressman violated his/her oath of office when he/she votes to have the government take an action which is clearly an action prohibited by our Constitution?  Our Constitution prohibits "Bills of Attainder."  Yet, that is precisely what most Congressmen voted to do when they voted to recapture the AIG bonuses, and when they voted to impose a 90% tax on the bonuses.

What is a Bill of Attainder?:
  http://www.techlawjournal.com/glossary/legal/attainder.htm

THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE:

US Senate version:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

US House of Representatives version:

"I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

There is currently considerable discussion on the internet concerning whether or not many Congressmen have violated their oaths of office.  Here are some of those thoughts and discussions:
>>> http://www.resistnet.com/forum/topics/violations-of-oaths-of-office
>>> http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/sparkadelic/gGxsLJ
>>> http://foavc.org/file.php/1/Articles/Violation%20of%20Oath%20of%20Office%20and%20Walker%20v%20Members%20of%20Congress.htm

SOME INTERESTING AND APPLICABLE TIDBITS:

Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137
“The Constitution of these United States is the supreme law of the land.  Any law that is repugnant to the Constitution is null and void of law.”

Owen v. Independence, 100 S.C.T. 1398, 445 US 622
“Officers of the court have no immunity, when violating a Constitutional right, from liability.  For they are deemed to know the law.”

Boyd v. U.S., 116 U.S. 616
“The court is to protect against any encroachment of Constitutionally secured liberties.”

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436
“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation, which would abrogate them.”

Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425
“An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”

Miller v. U.S., 230 F.2d. 486, 489
“The claim and exercise of a Constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.”

Cooper v. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1, 78 S.Ct. 1401 (1958).
“No state legislator or executive or judicial officer can war against the Constitution without violating his undertaking to support it.”

“A bill of attainder is defined to be ‘a legislative Act which inflects punishment without judicial trial’”
“...where the legislative body exercises the office of judge, and assumes judicial magistracy, and pronounces on the guilt of a party without any of the forms or safeguards of a trial, and fixes the punishment.”
In re De Giacomo, (1874) 12 Blatchf. (U.S.) 391, 7 Fed. Cas No. 3,747, citing Cummings v. Missouri, (1866) 4 Wall, (U.S.) 323.

Mattox v. U.S., 156 US 237, 243.
“We are bound to interpret the Constitution in the light of the law as it existed at the time it was adopted.”

S. Carolina v. U.S., 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
“The Constitution is a written instrument.  As such, its meaning does not alter.  That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.”

-LINKS

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION - The Red Envelope Project:  http://www.redenvelopeproject.org/

Mr Jefferson (video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUBIJCXz9M8

And you did nothing (video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA

The 5000 year leap (video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrwJMMsF110&feature=player_embedded

Reagan Obama debate (video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6DmjBneGBc&feature=player_embedded

A Letter to the President and Congress (video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TF6HMrOlic

You and your family owe $455,000 to the government:  http://briansullivan.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2008/08/27/americas-massive-iou/

"Adhering to immigration law is unAmerican" - Nancy Pelosi:  http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/18/pelosi-enforcing-american-immigration-law-is-un-american/

In other words those things are more expensive than our current energy sources:
>>> http://usclimatenetwork.org/news-room/articles/shell-drops-wind-solar-and-hydro-focuses-on-biofuels-and-ccs
>>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/mar/17/royaldutchshell-energy

France gets 75-80% of its energy from nuclear power plants.  Even sells its excess to Germany:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16554514/

A THOUGHT IN PASSING - Liberals routinely criticize the "trickle down" economic model as not being good for everyone.  Sure wish anyone who criticizes this idea would take the time to explain how a "trickle up" economy would work.

ACORN and OFA see the use of violence in their future:  http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/03/in-their-own-words-ofa-and-acorn-may.html

Liberal Alan Colmes want Conservatives to stop criticizing Obama:  http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/03/29/colmes_obama/

Socialism has never been the answer:  http://torchlight.typepad.com/torchlight/2009/03/socialism-is-not-the-answer-it-has-always-been-the-problem.html

Obama inserting himself into private business contracts:  http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/03/29/obama_told_bankers_bonuses_not_acceptable/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Latest+news

Questioners at Obama's Townhall TV appearance were not from the media at large, they were Obama Administration operatives:  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/03/27/obama_town_hall_questioners_we.html?hpid=topnews

International Boogey Men are testing our new President..... and he is failing:
>>> http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/autocodes/countries/north-korea/us-can-do-nothing-about-north-korean-missile-test-$1284042.htm
>>> http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-03-29-voa20.cfm

Geithner says government is the answer to our financial problems.... and the market reacts by going down even further:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/29/geithner-government-answer-solve-financial-crisis/

The UN describes its own proposed 'climate change' program as, "a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes -- all under the supervision of the world body.":  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510937,00.html

How to drive away those who are productive:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510937,00.html

What we really need is being opposed by the Dems:  http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjBlNjQyNzYzNzk2YjBhNjg4NDM2Y2I5MjJkMDYzNjQ=

Obama is going to Europe for the G20 conference.  Guess how many bureaucrats he is taking with him:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/29/obama-london-visit-uk-g20

Obama promises us 'green' jobs.  Here's what happened when Spain did that:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2PHwqAs7BS0

Administration plans decreasing tax deductions for private charitable giving:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2PHwqAs7BS0

It's dust, not CO2:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/27/atlantic_dust_temp_hurricane_study/

No more Hummers?: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/29/fate-of-hummer-brand-to-be-decided-by-tuesday/

Power companies see no drop in usage during 'earth hour:"  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/03/no_drop_in_elecricity_usage_in.html


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