The Constitution


or this

or these

or this

have not killed a single person, let alone have committed mass murder.

However this has

(particularly if it is the brain of a mentally deranged or mentally ill person.)

If we keep these

out of the hands of the likes of these

then we don’t seem to have a problem with mass murder perpetrated with firearms.

I hope this helps our liberal friends understand that playing with or truncating the unalienable rights of countless tens or hundreds of millions of law-abiding Americans will not save a single life if a deranged or mentally ill person has the will to obtain a firearm and use it for nefarious purposes. If folks in the Senate were serious about this issue they would do everything possible to insure that folks like in our rogue’s gallery above are identified and prevented from obtaining a gun BEFORE they use it. Violating my rights and those of every other law-abiding citizen in the US will not accomplish that end. It will only serve to make us hate and distrust our already hated and distrusted government even more. Is that really what we all want???

Let’s use the Constitution as our guide for once and punish the guilty instead of the innocent.

Since the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913, American politics has become all about money, money, money…rather than rights, liberties and freedoms. Citizens and their rights have taken a back seat to how much they make and how much they have. We are not individuals any more to our government (except when they want our vote, ha)…we are numbers much larger than one.

If you look at every other provision of the Constitution with the exception of the 16th Amendment, there is a limit to what the government may do, and the individual’s rights are paramount in the discussion. In fact, the federal government has very little power over the individual if one actually follows the authentic words of the Constitution…the federal government is SUPPOSED to be the protector and servant of the States. Not the controller and lord over individual citizens.  The 16th gives the Congress, and thus the government, nearly unlimited power over the income, and thus the property, of an individual. And by extension, unlimited power over the individual. If there were no 16th Amendment, the government would be forced to pay as they go…because there would be no income tax money tree to shake. And there would be no cross-aisle fighting about taxes and spending cuts, etc.

I firmly believe that the 16th Amendment is unconstitutional, because it renders each and every citizen of the US as a bond servant/slave to the government. Couple this with the requirement for automatic payroll deduction of taxes from a worker’s pay, and we have lost our ability to control OUR government through our free-willed actions — like withholding our taxes as a protest, etc. Much like the upcoming gun control debate which is actually an excuse to try and pacify the American populace, the 16th amendment has pacified us in terms of our ability to redress our grievances with our government. Instead, we’re stuck with this corrupt feedback loop in which we have to deal with “representatives” who have the power to tax us, ostensibly in our own best interests. Taxes always seem to go up to appease this special interest group or that one — and these taxes are indeed Progressive according to the provisions of the 16th Amendment. As a result, we’re left with covetousness and class warfare as part of our government…and national debate. And we can see from the last election, this strategy will certainly elect a president if he chooses to take this low road of politics.

If we are to become reasonably debt free and once again a nation of truly free men and women, the 16th HAS TO GO. This single action would make our representatives work for us once again and take the worship of mammon (or the use of it for political gain) from our governance. Remember, if there was no 16th, there would be absolutely no discussion about fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings. Period.

In that one profane tweet all the feelings and the underlying evil core of the agenda of the Democrat Progressives are laid bare for all to see. In the wake of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision last week, DNC executive director Patrick Gaspar summed up the treachery and perfidy of the Democrats vis-a-vis “healthcare” in one 29 character Tweet after the decision was read to the public. Besides being the prime example of classlessness, the words were quite revealing.

They speak of a Party and an ideology more interested and obsessed with “winning”…and ultimately with control of and domination over the individual. A party that has been infected by socialism in all its anti-individualistic forms, and a party that has become essentially blind to fiscal and authentic constitutional reality. See, you can’t chalk up the words in the Tweet as simply the author being overcome by the emotion of the moment. It’s a nice thought, but I would suspect that if Mr. Gaspar and his Progressive cohort were truly, really, actually happy for the American people because an essential piece of legislation was passed, then his Tweet would have been far more G-rated and humble. Instead, we in the opposition get in-your-face denigration and obvious contempt for being opposed to something that we see as the capstone on tyrannical, anti-constitutional legislation.

But beware Mr. Gaspar and command-and-control Democrats, those 29 characters may have awakened and stirred to great ire a sleeping giant…and provided a rallying cry for all those who have compromised their conservative, constitutionalist ideals and ideology for far too long. We’ll see if this is true come November. But in the mean time we who vehemently oppose Obamacare (and in light of this ruling, more properly termed ObamaTax) and all other contemptible legislation forced upon the American people against their will, will not let our anger diminish. We will not shrug and accept what is being told to us is the inevitable. We will not accept the obvious abandonment of the consent of the governed that is epitomized by ObamaTax. So begins our long, hard struggle to take back our ballot boxes and our political process!!

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court did all conservatives in the US a great favor with its decision to uphold ObamaTax as a tax. It slapped us into reality. The reality that the Constitution is no insurance policy and no guarantee. It made a lot of formerly-complacent folks realize that “the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Whereas Progressives have been single-minded, unflinching and persistent in implementing their agenda since the early 1900′s, conservatives have been passive and on the defense — trying to counteract the death-by-1,000 cuts assault on our Constitution AFTER the damage has been done. Of course except when they’re doing their level best to imitate the Progressives with the creation of  “benefits” like the ill-conceived prescription drug benefit (thank you, GWB) or the creation of the Department of Energy (thank you, RMN.) The SCOTUS made us realize that the Tree of Liberty must be constantly nourished not only by blood spilled on the battlefield, but by blood, sweat and tears at the ballot box, and in all other aspects of a vigilant citizen’s daily life. The protection of our liberties MUST be job one, and prioritized by each of us as such.

Unlike past insults to our freedoms and liberties, the ObamaTax situation is different. It is an unambiguous assault on our (heretofore supposed) constitutional rights…and the results of its implementation will certainly chafe against the sensibilities of all Americans who cherish the Constitution not just in word but also in practice. So, in response to Mr. Gaspar and the now-proven untrustworthy, lying bunch of straw-grasping ninnies who now infest the Congress (as well as the White House and SCOTUS) I’ve got just one thing to say to you and your future political plans: I think November 2012 will be instructive as well as entertaining. A textbook case of Civics 101.

“It’s the Will of the People Coming for You. Bitches.”

Apparently our, ahem, Commander-In-Chief doesn’t take his responsibilities quite so seriously. Otherwise, why would he be pushing for such dramatic budget cuts and downsizing of forces in his plan to save money? Could it be that cutting the military is the political equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel? I mean, making hard decisions regarding cutting back social “benefits” and “entitlements” would only serve to inflame the passions, and not in a good way, of his core constituency — the layabouts and goody-grabbers. And in an election year, that’s like taking a big simultaneous gulp of NyQuil, Tylenol and Quaaludes. It just won’t end pretty.

So, our White House-bound Captain Courageous isn’t likely to suggest any cuts in social programs. None at all! It doesn’t fit with his “fundamental transformation” of America from a meritocracy to a cesspool of government-individual co-dependency, so why risk re-election chasing rainbows while all hopped up on phony virtue? But cutting the force size of the military and curtailing military spending — that’s a casual swipe at the ‘Easy Button’ of politics. But it seems that our misguided POTUS, and the Congress if it lets him do this, are shirking the only actual, authentic constitutional prerogatives that they have: The defense of our nation.

Now, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…,” and nothing more regarding his powers is mentioned. There is no ability to cut the size of the force, nor alter the budget of the armed services. Only the Congress may do these things. In fact the majority of the actual, authentic duties and powers of the Congress relate to the military. Article I, Section 8 details these powers: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…To provide and maintain a Navy…To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces…To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

These very limited powers of the presidency and expansive powers of the Congress in regards to the military begs the question: Is Obama overstepping his constitutional authority when he ostensibly makes “cuts” to the military? We don’t need Supreme Court justices to come up with corrupt and contemptible “rulings” based on some specious and politically self-serving interpretation of the Constitution when we can trust our lying eyes having read the passages in question ourselves. We need our elected and appointed representatives to step up to the plate and act in strict accordance with the Constitution as well as in our very best interests.

I propose that gutting our military in favor of preserving the welfare state is not in our best interests. This action will serve to put us in double jeopardy: It will serve to bankrupt us in the long run by preserving programs and benefits that do not contribute to the financial viability of our nation and it causes us to be vulnerable and open to threats from foes worldwide. These two situation do not indicate to me that our president, Mr. Obama, takes his oath of office very seriously: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

If anyone can claim Obama’s faithful execution while holding a straight face, they are quite an actor or actress. I hope and pray that even the most ardent Obama supporters see this folly for what it is — the weakening of the United States and the commencement of our downward slide towards third-world mediocrity. My only hope is that we leave our children something that they can rescue and call a nation themselves, although each passing day I doubt this more and more.

God bless America. God bless our brave and courageous military. God help us all…

OWS — Obvious Willful Stupidity or Rebels Without a Clue? The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is being put forth as some kind of organic, serious protest over greed in the US and world financial sectors and capitalism in general. Somehow, between a sympathetic MSM and Progressive politicians who find a distracting simpatico with the tent, bongo drum and need-a-bath set, we are led to believe that this is a BIG movement, encompassing many millions of participants. But I’m loathe to count up more than several thousand die hard participants at any of the “events.” One thing is for sure — given that there is no cohesive aim or ambition, and the fact that many of the participants are willing to go on the record with inchoate ramblings — this is a put up rebellion. But put up by whom? And why? And why now? I believe those questions will become clear as time goes on because getting paid to camp out in an ever-increasing-in-filth outdoor venue soon becomes tiresome, and the continued prospect pales in comparison to the fold away bed in mom/dad’s living room. Besides, these fractious neo-hippies are unlikely to garner much support or sympathy from the average working Joe or Jane who has to actually work for a living to, in part, support the right of these selfish nutbars to continue to protest.

Solyndra. I think that the House has finally hit a nerve in the Obama administration with their investigation of the Solyndra scandal. There is something fishy afoot with the incredible sums of money involved in what increasingly appears this green-for-votes/political support scheme. That Solyndra was so very close to bankruptcy/insolvency, teetering on the edge as it were, and the administration saw fit to bankroll this outfit for over half a billion dollars of taxpayer’s money is both troubling and suspicious. I’m convinced that Solyndra represents the pinnacle of crony capitalism that is the hallmark of the corruption of the self-proclaimed “transparent” Obama administration and presidency. We’re being played for fools, and with their rejection of the House subpoena, Obama and his Corruptocrat cronies are thumbing their noses at the law and at us.

GOP Presidential Candidates. I’m presently underwhelmed by the current crop of GOP presidential candidates. Don’t get me wrong, for a staunch Republican and rock-ribbed conservative, there are some jewels in the rough. Like Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Only Mr. Cain has gained any traction among the purported “conservative” candidates. But Newt has seen somewhat of a resurgence, climbing to 3rd place in most of the national polls, after Cain and Romney. And by the way, Mitt Romney needs us more than we need him. It may be “his turn” to be the GOP standard-bearer, but as a nation we don’t need the medicine that he’s offering. I firmly believe that he’s a go-along-to-get-along candidate, who will unfailingly support the tax-and-spend infrastructure…while making ceremonial and for show only cuts here and there. Of all the candidates, Santorum and Gingrich speak for constitutionalists and conservatives. Through past actions as legislators and through their words while on the stump, they have unflaggingly preached the need to tip the status quo on its head — even though it is to their detriment. I sure hope one of these two prevails in the tough slog ahead, but I’m not holding my breath. Now, don’t get me wrong. I really like Herman Cain and I think he’s a smart, experienced and articulate man. If he is the GOP candidate after the primary winnowing process, I will enthusiastically vote for him! What I don’t like is his 9-9-9 plan…

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan. There is so much that troubles me about Herman Cain;s 9-9-9 plan. But my primary objection is that by simply offering this plan, Mr. Cain unwittingly cedes the status quo to the tax-and-spend Progressives who have, for over a century now, conditioned Americans to being unwilling ATM machines for profligate political agendas and programs. See, since the turn of the last century we have become inured to being taxed in an extra-constitutional manner through legislative trickery and political duplicity. And although there is a marginal return on our investment in infrastructure and national security, the majority of our money is used as a votes-for-goodies slush fund by craven, self-serving pols. We don’t need GOP candidates offering up “plans”, like Mr. Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, to help support this profligacy. We need GOP candidates who are willing to play the iconoclast, and propose that before we do anything else, we will cut the federal budget by an ACTUAL 50% — including entitlements. We are taxing and spending our way into oblivion and obscurity as a nation. Restructuring how the government gets its financial fix is akin to debating, just after it struck the iceberg,  whether the Titanic will sink in 5 or 6 minutes. In the end, it doesn’t matter! It’s gonna sink anyway!! A tax and spend “plan” by any presidential candidate, least of all a GOP candidate, puts a willful or worse unwitting fig leaf on the root core problem. And if gives false hope that things will really change with a new administration. We need a candidate and a presidency willing to cut up the roots of the insidious government and make tough but necessary changes to the modus operandi of that government. Any plan that does not include this is really no plan at all.

Despite the outward appearances to the contrary, the Democrats, Progressives and Liberals (DPLs) are gripped with fear. A glance at the state of our country, society and economy will give you a pretty good impression why.

The big government, nanny state vision of America as espoused by DPLs is imploding right before our eyes. Imploding big time! The mountainous deficits, the ever-increasing joblessness and small societal things like the increasing-in-number violent flash mobs are all the direct result of DPL ideology and government programs. Profligate social spending (regardless of the cries that we spend too much on defense), suffocating government regulations and a pervasive entitlement attitude are at the core of those economic, business and criminal problems.

The DPL folks in Congress know this…they can read the writing, or should I say graffiti, on the wall. Many of the hard-core DPL ideologues are twisting and contorting themselves into logical pretzels in order to explain away or ignore the obvious — that big government, wealth redistribution, welfare state policy and programs have failed spectacularly.

If creating a per-person debt that cannot be paid-off in one’s lifetime was the goal of the New Deal and Great Society…as well as all the other government goody give-away programs, then the DPLs can claim success and plant the flag of victory on Mount Debt. But I think most folks who are concerned, patriotic Americans (at least those concerned about their children’s futures) see things differently. They see racking up more and more and more debt as a crippling legacy that our generation will pass on to the next and the next and the next. Trillions and trillions of dollars spent to, for the most part, insure that scheming, craven politicians enjoyed a life-long lock on their political position. And to provide an elite few with power, both economic and political, that was never intended by the Framers.

But what was done was done without our (the citizen’s) permission and with generous interpretations of the Constitution in favor of almost unlimited congressional power. And although it has been one heck of a ride so far for the DPL folks, and has spawned numerous long-lived political careers (Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd immediately come to mind), it seems that lately the excess and profligacy of the DPL are catching up to them. Our economy and the nation’s fiscal situation are unraveling right before our eyes…debt is mounting and individuals are finally recognizing the trouble that has been caused by those who purportedly preached good times for oh so long.

The Tea Party and many conservative Republicans, Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann to name but two, are now leading the charge to reduce government spending as well as to reduce the size of government. We have come to the point where our government taxation and spending simply cannot be supported by our tenuous GDP. So, we can either cut those programs that are supposed to benefit us all, like the military, or we can cut the military in favor of preserving vote-grabbing social benefits and programs. Doing the latter is so short-sighted as to be ridiculous — and really not a viable option at all in a world where jihadists run free and the Chinese are hurriedly modernizing their military. Therefore, we must reduce social programs and either eliminate them immediately or reform them and then phase them out gradually. Many people recognize this need, and they are increasingly clamoring for such actions to occur.

Which brings us to prominent DPLer’s…up to and including President Barack Obama, and the likes of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. In recent weeks, both these Democrats have made excoriating statements regarding the Tea Party and those in the political opposition who would reduce the size of government.

You can almost smell the fear! As his favorability ratings are shrinking virtually every day, Mr. Obama is desperately searching for some way of reversing that trend. If you don’t believe me, just visit Rasmussen Reports for the bad news delivered on a daily basis. Despite his trying REAL hard, his economic agenda…punctuated by oppressive regulations and a “tax the rich” divisive mantra, is not currying favor with voters who see through this attempt at class warfare. So we have attacks on conservatives and the Tea Party by Obama and his DPL surrogates, like Ms. Jackson Lee.

So, be on the lookout for more of the same. Watch for the gratuitous attacks on “tea baggers” and on GOP presidential candidates — particularly those who deign to speak out about the Ponzi schemes that are Social Security and Medicare. It’s sort of gratifying to watch…the squirming, the fear mongering, the insults and, there’s no other way to put it, the lies.

Honestly, you can almost smell the fear…

July 4th, 1776 was an auspicious day in the history of our nation. It was the day the nascent American Congress declared their displeasure with the suffocating rule of the British crown and their desire for independence from British rule. It marked the beginning of a long and painful process that ultimately led to our formation as a sovereign nation — a nation that cherishes the God-given rights, liberties and freedoms of freeborn men and women.

But July 4th, 2011 marks a date unlike no other in American history. This Independence Day, or more rightly termed In Dependence Day, in 2011 finds the United States and its citizens at a critical crossroads and we are faced with a grave choice of how we are going to proceed in the future as a nation. And this choice…as well as the paths to be taken couldn’t be clearer or more contrasting in their actions and consequences. Do we embrace the present profligacy and the political, moral and social degeneration that we have encountered and endured since the 1960′s or do we reject the ever increasing spending and every onerous assault on our rights and liberties through an almost institutional, constitutional perversion?

Regardless of how it seems, it is OUR choice…that of the American citizens, and not that of our elected “representatives” and “leaders.” The current crop of liberal/Progressive equivalent of political snake oil salesmen to hold office only have sway over us, and are able to roll out their destructive ideology, if WE let them. And we let them do this if we cast our precious votes for them and become their enablers. Sure, it’s tempting and seductive to vote for someone who promises you this or that, and wraps those promises in “entitlements” and other “free” government-provided goodies. But it should eventually occur to even the most selfish and greedy among us that a free ride can only last so long before the money runs out and the game is over. July 4, 2011 is just as good a date as any to signify that realization and that end date.

If it were up to me, I would declare this July 4th as a date of personal introspection and as a day where each citizen is asked to reinvigorate their commitment to constitutional principles of government. We need such bold actions if we are to exist for much longer as a prosperous, viable nation. But unfortunately, such actions are only my dream given the rigid, destructive ideology of those, from top to bottom, who control the levers of power in our government.

I can, however, use the words of a young and vigorous 20th-century president, John F. Kennedy, a Democrat mind you, whose time in office came and went far too quickly because of an assassin’s bullet, to implore my co-inhabitants of this land to strive to change our present national circumstance:

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

We have either consciously decided to turn our backs on the thrift, honor and virtue that was the hallmark and strength of our Founders, or we have decided, as freeborn men and women, to loot the largess and capital of our good nation in order to satisfy purely selfish motivations. And our actions, and inactions as well, have led us to this place of spiritual, moral and financial turpitude this July 4th holiday.

Is it too late for us to be saved as a nation? That question is unanswerable without the concerted effort of the majority of the American people. It can only occur if we break the bonds that bind us to the government…and demand that that government shrinks in power and size from its present state of being. It can only occur if we change our expectations to from within to from without. It can only change if we return to an embrace of and strict fealty to the Constitution. It can only change if we as individual Americans want it to change.

Human nature being what it is makes our challenge difficult, and perhaps impossible. Our experience tells us that the lesser angels of man’s nature are very powerful indeed. But mankind has encountered, endured and successfully fought off far worse scourges than those presently afflicting our nation. It took willpower, intense sacrifice and great upheaval to do so, but time and time again these lesser angels were indeed vanquished or sufficiently beaten back. The only things separating modern-day Americans from undertaking this challenge are the strength of character and the force of will to do them. Otherwise, we will succumb to the present malaise in virtue, morals and values and break, like no other American generation in history has broken, our inter-generational trust with our children and heirs. Will we be the first generation in American history that will leave our children and heirs poorer and more in debt than our forebears left us?

So let us take up President Kennedy’s challenge this July 4th and beyond — one that rejects a harmful individual-government co-dependency in favor of a return to self-reliance and citizen-centric government. And that means a government for ALL citizens, and not just for special interests and certain favored groups. We need to reject the sinful pull of profligacy, of ever-expanding government and of individual-government co-dependency. We need to go home once and for all, back to the Constitution and all that it, in it’s original form, means to each of us.

Really, it’s no big deal, after all the only thing riding on our success is the future viability and existence of our nation.

America has an education crisis. Scores in math and the sciences are at almost all-time lows. When you converse with the random person on the street…or exchange an e-mail with a stranger, you find that English and grammar skills are dreadful in most cases. But the worst crisis in education is in regards to the average citizen’s understanding of the Constitution and how the document relates to them. And obviously this constitutional ignorance extends from top-to-bottom and left-to-right in our society and in our political universe.

There are two premiere examples of this ignorance, willful or otherwise, that appear in today’s top news stories. The first involves an absolutely ignorant statement by an absolutely ignorant liberal bloviator, Sen. Richard (Dick) Durbin (D-IL). From Real Clear Politics — Durbin: Illegal Alien Could Be Our Future President. According to Sen. Durbin:

“When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.” [emphasis added]

Uh, no Sen. Durbin…you pinhead! What is truly frightening is this ridiculous statement comes from an experienced legislator who we would expect to be well-versed in constitutional law…since I think we should expect our legislators to enact laws that are in strict conformance with the Constitution. But maybe that’s just me and my foolish expectations!?!

Well, Sen. Durbin…just for you…today’s edition of Constitution 101, or as we like to put it here at The Sky’s The Limit, The Constitution for Complete Imbeciles:

Article II, Section 1: The President
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

I suppose that a person who was a strong supporter of Obamacare and it’s patently unconstitutional individual mandate requirement might have some trouble understanding the words contained in AII, S1. The good people of Illinois have the remedy to this problem, and I hope that they choose to remove this useless man from office at their first opportunity. But I fear that they see usefulness in his Liberal/Progressive ideology and his goody-getting for the state of Illinois — and this outweighs the man’s utter inanity.

Consider, please, if this statement were made by Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, the MSM would be all over them like fleas on a bloodhound. But because Durbin is an outspoken “critic” of the GOP, he get’s yet another Mulligan…a hall pass.

All the previous constitutional ignorance leads me to my second example of utter constitutional ignorance — the recent decision by a three judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare Obamacare is constitutional. A two judge majority declared that Congress indeed has the authority to require American citizens to purchase health insurance under the Commerce Clause in the Constitution.

Okay, let’s go once again to The Constitution for Complete Imbeciles for the august judges who cogitated this decision:

Article I, Section 8: Powers of Congress
…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes…

Now, Congress has the actual constitutional authority to regulate Commerce among the several States — as in interstate Comerce, but I fail to see where they have the authority to regulate Commerce among individuals and private businesses (of which health insurance companies are a subset.) The good judges, and apparently most of our misguided Congress — at least those on the Progressive/Liberal side of the political aisle — mistake the Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce with absolute power over dictating the behaviors of the citizens of the US.

Fellow citizens, we are on the precipice of a dark abyss. For the past century or so we citizens have ceded our Constitution and it’s care and feeding to the political elites. We have collectively forgotten that the Constitution belongs to each and every one of us. The Congress, supported by complicit courts or the SCOTUS, cannot push the proverbial “Easy Button” and conjure up work-arounds and abridgements for their actual, codified constitutional powers and authorities.

The actions of Durbin and the majority of that three justice panel on the 6th US Circuit Court makes me think that to them, the political elites, giving Congress new constitutional powers is no big deal. It indicates to me that they are in the end stages of wresting the control of the Constitution from us to them.

With all their unconstitutional claptrap and actions, apparently in the minds of the elites and the single-minded Progressives, the US would be a GREAT place if it weren’t for those pesky, empowered, freeborn citizens. Their plans for complete control of the country would certainly be a lot smoother without us.

God bless Texas! Amid the constitutional chaos in the rest of our once great nation we can count on Texas to show us the way to our original constitutional rights and liberties as intended by the Framers. In a recent decision overturning a previous ruling by a U.S. district judge, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a ban on prayers in Texas schools. The ban had been put in place by previously by Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery because of a suit brought by the atheist parents of a graduating student in the Medina Valley Independent School District. The parents claimed that planned religious expression during the graduation ceremony at the school would cause “irreparable harm” to their son.

As a result of the initial finding, Judge Biery banned the following “religious” phrases: “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer” at the graduation ceremony. He also ordered the school district to remove the terms “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program, in favor of “opening remarks” and “closing remarks.

Biery’s decision is just the latest in a long and insane list of assaults on our personal religious freedoms. Saying a prayer at a public event on government or municipal property does not go against the 1st Amendment prohibitions regarding religion. In order to see this for ourselves, a little review of the 1st Amendment is required:

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.

So, now that these words are fresh in our minds, where are the now trite and oft cited words “separation of Church and State” in that paragraph? if you answered “nowhere, ” then ding, ding, ding…you win today’s prize of a pat on the back and the title “good citizen.” Biery’s ruling in Texas was made possible because we’ve allowed doctrinaire Progressive jurists the latitude to interpret our Constitution in such a wrongheaded and perverse manner. See, Congress has NEVER passed a law regarding a national religion — a religion of state as it were. Although we were founded under Judeo-Christian moral precepts, we are still a secular nation. But this does not mean that we must be a faithless nation when it comes to government events. Right there in the first amendment the Framers made sure that Congress (or any other part of our government could not prohibit our God-given right to freely exercise our religion. This doesn’t mean just a church or in the privacy of our own home. It means everywhere.

Bierly and his ilk ignore the prohibition of free exercise clause, giving it little weight in comparison to their skewed interpretations of the establishment clause, which is assigned maximum legal weight. Why? Because they are using the establishment clause as a social bludgeon to insure that the anti-religious, atheists and agnostics are not “offended” at public ceremonies. Because a few are not religious, then all must not be religious. In effect, these justices are employing a tyranny of the minority in order to insure that no offense is put upon the small minority of those who object to a prayer, blessing or religious language used at a public ceremony.

But these rulings abolishing religion or religious expression in relationship to schools, which do show ultimate respect for the feelings and wishes of the minority, offend and curtail the precious constitutional rights of the majority. See, the rights of the non-religious haven’t been trampled if someone says a prayer at a graduation ceremony or other public event. The Congress hasn’t made a law that establishes a state religion. Simply praying or saying God’s name at a public event doesn’t establish any religion as the religion of state. It is simply the free expression of freeborn citizens according to their constitutional rights. If someone is offended, well that is unfortunate but a fact of life in our Republic. The ability to be offended or affronted isn’t a right. It is a personal choice.

The courts in our land have no place adjudicating on feelings. Feelings are important, but they cannot be accounted for in our grand social compact also known as the U.S. Constitution. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals realized this simple fact, and reversed a great wrong that had been done to the Medina Valley Independent School District by Judge Biery’s initial ruling.

What we need is for judges to stay out of our personal affairs, leave feelings out of the equation and deal strictly in the law. It was obvious to even laymen and women that Judge Biery had grossly overstepped his judicial authority with his ruling and prohibition. Luckily, the U.S. 5th isn’t swayed by specious, patently unconstitutional rulings and findings.

We either have a Constitution that is immutable and that maintains the spirit and the letter of the Framer’s intent, or we have a “living” document that judges like Fred Biery can contort to their liking and to the sensibilities of the time. If we, the citizens and owners of the Constitution, let this happen, then we will find it nearly impossible to capture back the rights and liberties that have been voided by such judicial activism. It has happened to us time and time again, in a death by a thousand cuts manner. But if we are to remain free, with the liberties assured to us in the Constitution, we must remain ever-vigilant and willing to shout out when such egregious offenses are forced upon us.

God bless the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and God bless Texas!

Yesterday, March 22, 2011, we celebrated an inauspicious anniversary in the United States. Unfortunately, yesterday was the first anniversary of the passage of Obamacare.

Obamacare represents the pinnacle of what a detached, megalomaniac legislature can do with unchecked power to a unengaged citizenry. It is possibly the worse contortion and distortion of the Constitution that has been or ever will be enacted as a law. We knew we were in trouble when the almost-lifelike Nancy Pelosi told us that the Congress would need to pass Obamacare before we could see what was in it.

Well, from all the bribes required to attain it’s passage to all the “Easter Eggs” hidden within its voluminous pages, we are indeed in trouble. And we won’t know how much trouble we’re in until the entire law is rolled out over the next few years. See, the tax levies begin NOW…but the real goodies don’t become available until 2015 and beyond. This staggering of taxes and “benefits” was a clever ploy by greedy Democrats to make the cost of Obamacare appear smaller than it actually was. And by delaying the roll out of this program with time, the damaging features of the bill could be ameliorated by the “good” being done for targeted special interest groups and minorities.

Hopefully the present Congress won’t take its eyes off the prize — the de-funding and eventual repeal of Obamacare — for a single moment. There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that is more important to occupy their collective endeavors. Without Obamacare our country is in deep fiscal trouble. With Obamacare, our descent into the abyss of insolvency is accelerated at a much greater rate.

We certainly don’t need another Obamacare anniversary visited upon us. We need to replace this event with another more beneficial remembrance…the day Obamacare was torn up roots and all and then deposited in the trash bin of history.

Now that would be a day to celebrate!

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