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AUGUST 4, 2009
- To upset you! To anger you!
- To show you enough of the abuses of liberalism that you will get involved.
- To encourage you to contact your elected representatives and object.
- NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNTIL YOU DO!!!
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"We have long had death and taxes as the two standards of inevitability. But there are those who believe that death is the preferable of the two. At least," as one man said, "there's one advantage about death; it doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." ~ Erwin N. Griswold (1904 1994), Solicitor General of the United States, Dean of Harvard Law School
"By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation." - Edmond Burke
"The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country." Milton Friedman
The people must also be self-assertive. They must have the spirit of the old Revolutionary War flag: "Don't tread on me!" They must be vigilant against those, at home or abroad, in or out of government, who might wish to trample on their rights. They must be courageous and manly, with a sense of honor, so that in hard times they will stand up and fight, and not slink away slavishly so as to avoid trouble and danger.
Thomas G. West and Douglas A. Jeffrey, The Rise & Decline of Constitutional Government in America
The most important moral of all is that excellence is where you find it. I would extend this generalization to cover not just higher education but all education from vocational high school to graduate school. We must learn to honor excellence, indeed to demand it in every socially accepted human activity, however humble that activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. --- John William Gardner (1912 - )
REPEAL THE 17th AMENDMENT?
- G. T. Baker
Originally U.S. Senators were not elected representatives. They were appointed by each states state's legislature. The Senators were responsible for representing their state's interests at the national level.
It was no accident that Our Founding Fathers designed things the way they did because if there was one thing about which they had an understanding it was the oppressiveness and unresponsiveness of a centralized government. They had lived under such a government and were determined to not do so in the future. Their aim was to establish a government with as little power as possible and to that end they gave us the U.S. Constitution which is a document that defines what the federal government is allowed to do. It is a document of specific permissions and it prohibits everything else.
This, of course, was not good enough for the progressives (liberals/socialists). From the beginning the power seekers, as they always do, wanted more power in their hands. Finally, in 1913, the progressives under Democrat Woodrow Wilson managed to get the 17th Amendment to the Constitution passed which changed the US Senators from being appointed by each state's legislature, to being "elected by the people thereof (each state)." This changed the Senators from serving at the pleasure of their state legislatures back home to being answerable only to themselves once they had been elected. The consolidation of power at a centralized location had been realized and the march toward socialism/communism was on in earnest. Today we see the result of that philosophy in the complete ignoring of the public's best interests and so many Congressmen making decisions solely on the basis of what is politically in their own self serving interests.
Perhaps it is time to repeal the 17th Amendment.
BRING THE CONGRESSMEN BACK HOME?
- G. T. Baker
Why do we send our Congressmen to Washington? The answer is that in the 1700's there was no other means of their being able to communicate with each other on a timely basis.
Would they be more responsive to the publics wishes if, once elected, they had to stay in the districts and states from which they were elected? Almost certainly so because as things now stand there are around 400 paid lobbyists in Washington for every Congressman in Congress.
If they had to "stay home" they would be much more accessible to personal access by the voters, and a lot less open to influence by lobbyists. Let the Senators serve from offices in their state capitol cities, and Representatives serve from offices located in cities in their election districts.
But how would they communicate with each other? How would they hold committee meetings? No problem! Believe me that's no problem if we really want to do this.
Consider the fact that we are flying UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in Iraq and Afghanistan, AND, that the pilots controlling the UAVs are located in Nevada (see: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread292665/pg1). For that to happen there must be two way communication between the UAVs and the pilots. The pilots must be able to see what the UAV cameras see, they must be able to control and adjust the flight controls, they must be able to determine the weapons and systems status, and dozens of other things, ALL WITH ABSOLUTE SYSTEM SECURITY. If we can do all that from tens of thousands of miles away then we could certainly set up everything needed for all our Congressmen to perform their required duties from their home states and districts.
It would be one giant step forward on behalf of our citizenry if we could our Congressmen away from Ditzyland on the Potomac and make them more easily accessible to the public in general. All we need is the will to require it to happen.
If you think this would be a good idea then copy and paste this commentary into an email and send it to your friends. Let's get a movement started.
Are you unhappy with the way many things are going in the USA? If you are then let your elected representatives hear from you. Our nation is a "representative republic." In other words a nation where our legislators are supposed to represent your wishes, but, if you don't let them hear from you how are they supposed to know what things concern you? Generally liberals are more group oriented than are conservatives, and tend to be more activist in nature. That's why things in our country have been becoming more and more liberal in nature, even though conservatives outnumber the liberals. Remember, our nation only works as our founders designed it to work if the citizens participate in its operation.
Seems like the Obama Administration doesn't agree with Lincoln.
Rather, they seem to have adopted the philosophy of:
OF THE GOVERNMENT
BY THE GOVERNMENT
FOR THE GOVERNMENT
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