Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bill O'Reilly, Did You Really Mean What You Said?

Bill, You really screwed up with this one:

I anticipate a lot of blow-back on this from Tea Partiers, Conservatives, and Second Amendment supporters.

The real negative aspect of Bill's remarks, is that now many of his viewers, including me, will wonder about other things he says, including even those that are true. I hope the feedback he is definatly to receive, will humble him a little.

Monday, February 15, 2010

So You Want to Take Your Country Back!

Part Two: Term Limits

For years, many American citizens have become angry at the members of congress and senators who have been in congress for 30 to 40 years, who have developed loyal backers who keep them there election after election. These backers represent special interests, many which many or most citizens do not support.

Historically, term limits have figured most prominently in the executive branch of the U.S. government. While the Constitution did not originally mandate limits for the office of the presidency, George Washington, the first president (1789-1797), started the tradition of self-imposed limits by serving only two terms.[1] The precedent was followed for 144 years, until President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for and won a third term in 1940 (he would eventually win a fourth).[2] In 1951, Congress passed and 41 states ratified the Twenty-Second Amendment, which forbade any citizen from being elected president more than twice (or once if he/she had previously served more than 2 years of another presidential term).[3]
1. ? Martin Kelly. "George Washington - First President of the United States,"
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Source.
3. ? "U.S. Constitution," FindLaw.

Many members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, have been in congress over many presidential administrations. Some have built dynasties such at the Adams, Tafts, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Byrds, Dodds, Pryors, Bayhs, Bennetts, Bushes, and others. Some ascended to the ‘throne’ years after their fathers departed. Others immediately.

Senators and members of congress gain too much power and influence as their years of service add up. Special interest groups attach themselves to various ones and support them with political donations during local elections. We the taxpayers pay for their ‘earmarks, support of groups such as Planned Parenthood, Acorn, the unions, Gay and Lesbian groups, and favors to industries in their own states.

The Constitution did not specify term limits for publically elected officials. This was debated when the document was being debated. However, no limits were mandated. The Constitution does specify that senators would be selected by their respective state legislatures for six years, changed by the Seventeenth Amendment, which I will cover in the next part of this series. Members of congress would serve two years and would have to run for re-election every two years.

In the elections of 1994, part of the Republican platform was to pass legislation setting term limits in Congress. After winning the majority, they brought a constitutional amendment to the House floor.

It limited members of the Senate to two six-year terms and members of the House to six two-year terms. Because the Republicans held 230 seats in the House, they were able to get a simple majority. However, constitutional amendments require a two-thirds majority, or 290 votes, and the votes to restrict term limits in Congress fell short of that number. Source.

The above suggestions would limit all members of congress to 12 years service. This is enough for each house of congress to recognize those they want to elect to committee chair positions, but will limit influence in supporting special interests. As it is difficult, at the wikipedia article states, it to get enough votes to pass a term limits amendment to the constitution. The solution is to hold our candidates to national public office to promise to work toward developing and passing such an amendment.

The next step is up to us between now and November 2010.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kansas Firearms Freedom Act



Kansas State Rifle Association Crafted
Kansas Firearms Freedom Act
Introduced Today

TOPEKA, Kansas (February 3, 2010) - The Kansas Firearms Freedom Act, House Bill 2620, crafted by The Kansas State Rifle Association was introduced this morning in the Kansas House of Representatives by Representative Ray Merrick and several other co-sponsors.

The Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is principally a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the "commerce clause," with firearms as the object - it is a state's rights exercise. Originally introduced and passed in Montana, the FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state is beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states.

"The FFA may affect congressional authority other than for firearms." said Patricia Stoneking, President of the Kansas State Rifle Association. "This legislation is actually about reducing excessive Federal regulation in areas such as education and intrastate trade."

Proponents contend that the commerce clause was amended, by the Tenth Amendment, and that the Tenth Amendment, being the most recent expression of the enacting authority, must prevail over an unlimited interpretation of commerce clause authority to regulate firearms made and retained in a state.

The Montana Shooting Sports Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed a lawsuit in federal court to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The renewed debate over states rights and the pending litigation over the FFA have set the stage for re-examination of the scope of federal commerce clause authority. While it is still unclear exactly where this re-examination will end up, the outcome could drastically change application of federal authority.

"The Firearms Freedom Act has been enacted by two states, Montana and Tennessee." said Stoneking. "Kansas makes the twenty-first additional state to introduce this bill and five other states have expressed their intentions to introduce this legislation at this time."


Patricia Stoneking, President
Kansas State Rifle Association
P. O. Box 117
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
(913) 667-3044


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Monday, February 8, 2010

So You Want To Take Your Country Back!

Do we really have what it takes to return to a Constitutional government?

How often have you heard this question lately? Especially during 2009? You’ve probably lost track of how many. If you’re reading this, the probability is you have said it yourself. Yes, I have also heard it many time and have also said it myself.

So, I decided to find out how we got this way. We now owe 12 trillion, 382 billion, 984 million, and some odd thousands---increasing so rapidly, I could not keep up with it---as of 4:40 pm, this afternoon, the 8th of February, 2010. This is $40,000 per person; $113,000 per taxpayer. Check for yourself. It will be even higher when you do. Click here: US Debt Clock.Org.

The promise that our taxes will not go up, ring hollow, as we know differently. I received my new co-pay schedule for my advantage program under Medicare, and they have gone up drastically. I am 78, and already, my medical teams are scheduling me for less follow-up visits for my cancer, as they will be paid less for my care. How many other seniors have found out the bad news about their care? And I will not get an increase in my social security for the next two years, at least. However, the government will take out more part B as a ‘premium’ on my advantage health program.

The printing of money by the Fed will cause inflation within, probably during the last part of this year, and will increase each year during the next few years. Inflation is a ‘hidden’ tax on everything that rises due to inflation.

Yes, I want to take my country back, and I have reviewed history of laws and events related to the constitution from its ratification until today. On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. Beginning on December 7, five states--Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut--ratified it in quick succession.

The ratification required 9 of the then 13 states. New Hampshire, The ninth state ratified the constitution on March 4, 1789, the beginning date for our government to begin operation (Source).

Interspersed among other posts on current news as it happens involving our government and the constitution, I will post a series of articles denoting the things I feel we must do to replace our present government, a government of the special interests, by those whose incumbency was paid for by special interests, and for the special interests with a government truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. There is a cost to taking our government back. It will be a long and difficult journey, as those currently in power will not want to leave! They will do everything, legal and illegal, to maintain all that the progressives have achieved. We have to be steadfast and make up our minds not to falter in the process.

I hope we are up to it. God bless our wonderful country.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Switzerland's Version of the US Second Amendment

Why No One Invades Switzerland

Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Our Second Amendment prevented the Japanese from invading the United States after they bombed Pearl Harbor: "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." This was a statement made by Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Great Quotations)

Switzerland's example is similar to what the founding fathers intended when they inserted the Second Amendment into the Constitution. Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. George Washington, First President of the United States.

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … Thomas Jefferson, letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them. George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788. Source.

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ---Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776. Source.

By and large, the states followed the intent of the Second Amendment by establishing their own militias under the governor's office. Both North and South fought the War Between the States with their militias. The Second Amendment was designed to protect each state from abuse from the federal government and other states.

This Amendment is the one which protects our First Amendment rights of free speech. If we lose it, we lose both.