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Would somebody please stand up!

Posted by foundersfreedom on June 30, 2010

I was listening to the radio today as Sean Hannity interviewed  Governor Jindal of Louisiana. Governor Jindal is touted to be a rising star in the Republican Party, even presidential material.  What I heard was a man, perhaps rightfully, blaming the current administration for contributing to the destruction of his coastal lands and the fishing areas that provide a living for thousands of residents of the state he governs.  The red tape and permits and approvals have been strangling efforts to stop the approaching mass. “We wanted to do this…”  “We proposed that….”  “Delays for this….”  “Had to have inspections for that.”

What I wanted to hear, and it was difficult for me to listen to the groveling, was that he was doing what was necessary for the people of the state he was elected to protect.  That is what a true statesman does. That is what one who understands states’ rights vs. the rule of the federal government. That is what someone who understands the Tenth amendment does.  Federal regulations, be damned. I heard nothing even approaching that.

Would the administration send troops to arrest or fine a man who was saving jobs, valuable fishing areas and untold tons of fish and shrimp? For today and years to come?  Someone who was actually accomplishing what we thought BP was supposed to be doing? I say they wouldn’t.  And if they did, what would come of it?  He would be the hero of the people of Louisiana and far beyond!

Though state sovereignty and states’ rights have been cast as racist or pro-slavery and an attempt to step back 150 years, it certainly isn’t. That is the progressive modus operandi – slander and lie.  It was fully intended to be the gatekeeper against a power-hungry federal system. The Tenth Amendment states, simply, that

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Those delegated powers were enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the US constitution. Again, stated simply:

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; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

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 exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

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.

Does anyone see a word about interfering with or even assisting with clean-up efforts on an oil spill or anything else?  Does this mean they can’t help in time of crisis? No, not if Congress appropriates the money.  But, is there anything that states the federal government can prevent a state, a once-sovereign entity, from tending to its own business and needs?  Absolutely not! 

I cannot believe where we are as a country.  I’m but a schlep that has finally awakended to the perils we face – from our own government!  If we can’t rely on a “rising star” to do what’s right and necessary, it’s time to find another star.  Or another Party.  All I see is weakness or maybe political opportunism.  This fall we’ll hear that this administration failed to respond and hampered efforts to clean up the mess.  We’ll hear how they stalled and stammered, which may be true, but that’s beside the point. We’ll hear how we must restore sanity to Washington by electing Republicans.

If they have no more clue about the sovereign rights of states than this, we will get nothing in return for giving them the reigns of power again.  They won’t reign in the agencies like the EPA that are wreaking havoc on clean-up efforts. They had their chance in the first 6 years of the Bush era. Nothing.   They punted.  No, we must move on.  There is not enough time to educate them in things they should already know.  We don’t have enough time to reform a party that doesn’t want to be reformed.

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Where do we go from here?

Posted by foundersfreedom on September 24, 2009

At our 912 Project volunteer summit this week I had an interesting, yet somewhat disturbing and enlightening conversation with one of our members.  The gist of it was:

All these committees and activities are futile. We need to start over with a new government.

At first I was a bit put off that he would belittle all the efforts we’ve made to rally the troops to so many protests and rallies.  What had he done to help the cause?  Besides reading  an occasional post on the Meetup, I had no idea who he was.

I countered with a question.  “Are you saying to get our guns out?”  He said that’s not what he meant. We need to create a new government and start fresh. This one’s too far gone to reverse.  In true smart-aleck fashion I replied that I didn’t think those in charge would just pack up their things and leave Washington. He agreed. 

I was encouraged by all the energy and passion in the room coming from people who had never in their lives done anything like we’ve done these past months. Once the meeting was over, it kept recurring in my head what my new acquaintance said. I’m no newbie to the political scene as I’ve been an interested watcher for over 25 years, but I had to admit he was right about the “do over.”

As part of the leadership, it made me pause to question if we are really being fair and honest with our members and with ourselves.  

Tens of thousands, if not more, showed up at town halls.  Tens of thousands showed up at rallies across our state alone.  And over a million of us showed up in Washington to voice our dissatisfaction over the direction we are now rapidly moving. Millions of petitions and signs and letters and phone calls have not compelled those in DC to stop what they’re doing.  We created a speed bump, for which we all should be thankful, but the juggernaut is still on the move.

Yes, a do-over will be required.  Let’s take a brief look at what that could mean – big picture – the wayI see things.

That may mean the elimination of the dollar as that is the means that the Federal government and Federal Reserve have enslaved us. Think about that one for a minute living here in the Land of Plenty.  There are lots of people smarter than me that say we’re already well down that road. Think wheelbarrows of cash for a loaf of bread that may or may not be on a shelf somewhere or a total loss of all we’ve worked for.

The elites that have grown accustomed to their power and lifestyle will have to be dethroned. Think about that one in this land of tranquility and peaceful transfer of power after every election for over 200 years.  Kings and queens don’t abdicate their power at the request of the peasants. 

The infrastructure of such a massive government will have to be dismantled.  Think about adding millions of unemployed government workers in an economy with 10% unemployment.

A leader will have to emerge that is willing to make the proper hard choices that the rest of us will have to abide by or risk falling apart completely. Is this country of individuals capable of doing that?

Here are a few questions we need to ask ourselves as this unfolds: 

What price do we put on freedom?  What will the America we leave our children and grandchildren look like?   Are we prepared for if / when tougher times arrive?   What is it we believe about the American way of life?  Will we defend free speech?  Will we defend the right to peaceably assemble?  Will we defend the right to practice our religion?  To the end?  What will “the end” look like?

Yes, these are sobering thoughts that most of us do not want to consider.  Who thought that in America we’d even have to think on these things?  If we don’t, we are destined to continue down the road we’re on.
  
Pray for God’s wisdom and peace and that His mighty hand will see us through whatever lies ahead.  This country was given to us and to the world beyond our borders so He could bless us all.  God’s not wringing His hands and neither should we, though, for me, it’s difficult at times.  We know that He is sovereign, and regardless of the outcome, we are His and He will take care of us. 

Glenn Beck has called for a day of prayer and fasting coming up in October.  That’s the least and yet the most we can do to contribute to the cause of freedom here and for those elsewhere that long to be free. Join us.

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The Tide is turning

Posted by foundersfreedom on August 19, 2009

Wow, I miss pontificating here, but the time spent with the Cincinnati 912 Project and the Tea Party is giving me the hope that we CAN and WILL stop the madness in DC.  All the efforts of Patriots across the US seem to be paying off. 

We may have dodged the immediate bullet on health care “reform” but we will never stop and now we will push back . Those that have so willingly attached themselves to the Obama agenda are very certainly marked people, in the political sense – for you Lefties who take any resistance to your socialist agenda as physically dangerous.

The real America has awakened and we are not only going to work very hard to remove those that hate American principles, but replace them with people that will begin to reverse the process.

Everyone has now seen the real Obama, not the media version of him and most don’t like what we see.  The take-over of private business and this attempt at taking over health care and strapping us with environmental nonsense is being seen for what it is – the beginnings of a totalitarian regime. Under Obama?  Maybe not, but how long until the next “One” comes along?

We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to maintain this last bastion of freedom for our children and grandchildren.  Even for those around the world who have longed to live half as free as we have. 

God continue to show mercy and favor to your people.

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If you must assert your right to die, find the nearest tall bridge…

Posted by foundersfreedom on May 2, 2009

..and leave our doctors out of it.   Can’t we be responsible for anything anymore?

From World Net Daily. Montana judge’s decision may require physicians to kill patients requesting such “services” even if against the Hippocratic oath, their conscience, or their religion.

The arogant and spiteful progressives / “liberals” continue to mock our consciences and our belief in something beyond what we see with our eyes.  Their absolute disdain for people of faith is frightening and they are getting more and more bold.

There are plenty of  evil doctors willing to rip babies apart up to the time of birth, let them do it. To force a dissenting physician is beyond unconscionable.  There is much more to this than the obvious over-stepping of judicial authority. These people are NOT required to stay with any doctor if they aren’t receiving the care they expect. Isn’t that the way it used to be? Univeral health care may just be the “cure” for such poor business practice.  

We are being bombarded with moral relativism, or rather moral equivalence, of every type of behavior.  The desire is to relegate us to our churches or little enclaves and  to keep our views out of public spaces.   

The progressives / socialists / Marxist s have to eliminate religion from the masses in order for it to be fully implemented. Remember the failed Soviet Union?   Religion was all but non-existent, at least in public.  A minimal search of Marx, Lenin or any other true socialist will give you a good glimpse of where all this is taking us – and by design.  The writing is on the wall (oops – a biblical reference). Are you reading it?

Any bets on who this judge voted for in the last election? 

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Montana’s situation, created late last year in a decision from First District Court Judge Dorothy McCarter in the Baxter et al. v. Montana case, is different. There is no provision for a doctor to refuse such “treatment” for a patient.

Just how did America arrive at a court case ordering doctors to help a suicide? Read it in “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”

In that case, Robert Baxter, 75, a retired truck driver from Billings who suffers from lymphocytic leukemia, filed the lawsuit along with four physicians in the state’s district court system. They were aided in the case by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society.

Baxter told the organization’s magazine that society already provides death when animals are suffering.

“I just feel if we can do it for animals,” Baxter said, “we can do it for human beings.”

The CLS, joined by the Christian Medical Association, yesterday filed briefs asking the state Supreme Court to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.

The groups, representing more than 18,000 Christian medical and legal professions, are urging the court to reverse the district court’s decision and recognize a right not to participate in assisted suicide.

“The trial court’s decision to create a constitutional right to ‘obtain assistance from a medical care provider in the form of obtaining a prescription for lethal drugs’ threatens the rights of healthcare professionals and institutions that hold sincere ethical, moral, and religious objections to participating in the intentional killing of their patients,” Mattox said.

“Medical professionals should not be coerced to violate the Hippocratic Oath in order to practice in Montana,” he said.

If a “right to die” is to be recognized, it should be developed from the people through the legislative process, not imposed by a single judge, the brief also argues.

The district decision, the groups also point out,  would seriously undermine the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients could be uncomfortable knowing their doctor had provided a lethal dose to another patient, and doctors would have concerns about such demands from patients.

“At a time when states are experiencing a healthcare shortage, making Montana the only state in the union to coerce professionals to assist in suicides could jeopardize the state’s healthcare system,” Mattox said.

He told WND that the effort clearly is part of a nationwide agenda to impose and mandate ethical standards on Americans. Similar are the Obama administration’s suggestions that that pharmacists may not have the right to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing medications, and doctors may not have a conscience right to refuse to do abortions, he said.

“I don’t know where it’s coming from, but there is certainly a push from government to tell people to set aside religious or ethical qualms and to abide by whatever the government tells you is appropriate,” he said.

Mattox said the state still has several weeks to file its briefs in the Montana case, and then there will be further arguments on behalf of requiring doctors to provide terminal treatment.

“A mentally competent, terminally ill Montanan should have the right to choose a peaceful death, when confronted by death,” Kathryn Tucker, Compassion & Choices director of legal affairs, told KTVQ-TV, Billings.

But Montana Assistant Attorney General Anthony Johnston disagrees.

Johnston told the television station, “The laws governing the medical profession say the medical profession is to heal, not to kill.”

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Obama’s DHS – “We are all terrorists now.”

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 17, 2009

It’s time to give them something to fear.

As Patrick Henry said, “The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that they preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”  It’s not yet that time, and God help us that we never get to that point, but the wisdom of the founders came from experience.

So there were some objections by civil liberties officials in DHS to the report issued last week placing over half the country on a watchlist.  Of course the report still went out.  I really believe those of us that are on the right need to be the voices of reason and civility, but I’m afraid this will be another rant much like the one last week about the Apologist-in-Chief. 

Most of us are aware of the report issued from Homeleand Security stating that pro-lifers, believers in the Constitution with all its gun ownership, free speech, right to assemble, rights of states OVER the federal govt., etc. , and – most egregiously – veterans who have risked life and limb, should be watched for increased possibility of violent actions against the federal government.

Because of the  outrage from normal citizens who have an opinion contrary to the “enlightened,” President Obama has “distanced himself” from his own department on this report.

Again, Mr. President, you are showing yourself to be inept at making appointments to your cabinet to implement your policies and have no control what your administration does.  Or you don’t have the political will or perceived mandate to stand up and actually say what you believe,  preferring to hide behind those doing your dirty work.  Both apply, but you and your Marxo-Socialist handlers know that if you tell the American people that you hate and distrust half of them, MORE THAN OUR SWORN FOREIGN ENEMIES – judging by your appeasing actions with Castro and Iran and Syria, etc), your meteoric political rise may come to a screeching halt under the boots of the patriots you so despise.

Is it coincidence that this report came out right before the Tea Parties? Your mind-numbed sycophants and groupies may believe it coincidence, but we ain’t buyin’ that any more than anything else that comes from this administration.  Your Marxist Mentor Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals says the end justifies the means – truth be damned. 

I’m sure you made it a point to avoid any sight of the tea parties for fear of making your knees quake, but if you have ANY thoughts on a positive legacy, you would be wise to look out the window and see the 50+ million potential terrorists that surround you and your minions.  Your complicit media friends don’t have the luxury of hiding behind others as you do. They have fully vested themselves in your success, and we know they sense the real possibility of your administration’s collapse and have  had to ramp up the propaganda. Their readership / viewership is falling and failing at a disastrous clip and they can’t figure out why.  Demeaning and slandering well over half your potential customers doesn’t seem like much of a business plan.  But then again, the behemoth that is our government will not let their propaganda arm fail (see my post recent post here

We know you don’t pull the strings, but you are the face of the monster and you are growing uglier with the passing of each day. 

Come on, America! This is our country and we have every right to take it back from the bastardizing politicians that have run rough-shod over one of the greatest documents ever written, the US Constitution.  This has been occurring for decades and our time is now!

Who should join the fight?
1.  Anyone who believes the Constitution is our basis for governance.
2. Anyone who goes to church since most churches, at least any worth their salt, are vehemently opposed to the killing of human babies.
3. Veterans of any or even no conflict, and their family members.
4. Democrats – see above
5. Republicans – see above
6. Living, breathing humans
7. Those who enjoy freedom in the greatest country on Earth.
If this list doesn’t constitute a huge majority, the battle is already lost. 

What will YOU do about the daily,  incessant attacks on our freedoms?
The Tea Parties have to be the beginning and we have to stay “in it to win it.”
The Left is laughing at us – who will have the last laugh?

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The American (citizen) Way – take back what is ours. Is there a lesson here?

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 8, 2009

From everywhere in the news today, but in print here at Fox New

While the administration was contorting and figuring out how to blame the US for the hijacking of one of our own ships, or at least to not offend the Muslim sensitivities of the pirates,  the crew took the ship back, has one Barbarian in custody and some are “in the water.” I don’t think they meant in a boat.

Could this be a harbinger of things to come?  Allow me to stretch a little (actually a lot,  but it is MY blog), but I’m looking for encouragement wherever I can find it.

The President was unable to issue a statement other than that the situation was being closely monitored. A President incapable of handling any situation with a strong response, leads to…

The unarmed crew somehow overtaking the pirates who were certainly armed.  Pure will and determination to not be held prisoner for long…

This is the first time I remember a ship being retaken since becoming a frequent news item. When was the last time – a COUPLE HUNDRED years ago when our Navy, under the legitimate command of Thomas Jefferson fought these same Muslim robbers?

This was an American-flagged ship.  Huge ransoms have been paid in previous hijackings of ships from other countries, but NOT THIS ONE…

The criminals were thrown overboard or held in custody.  Two implications here – 1.TEA PARTIES (get to one next week) and 2. the removal and/or incarceration of the criminals in Washington that are doing their best to hijack our country and hold us captive.

Yes, this was a stretch, but it was kinda fun!  Humor me, we all know it’s been a rough ride over the las few months.
Please, please get to a Tea Party next week.  Yes, it’s symbolic, but it’s a necessary first step.

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The perfect short story to illustrate the pitfall of socialism – learn it, love it and spread it!

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 7, 2009

Got this from my friends at offmyfrontporch.  Steve said I could borrow it.  Click the link for the whole story, but here’s what caught my eye.  Socialism made simple.

 

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
 
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.
 
The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.
 
Could not be any simpler than that….

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Obama legal nominee fan of international ‘consensus’

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 31, 2009

From JihadWatch  and the New York Post – covered also by Mike at offmyfrontporch.  Emphasis mine.

The radical Marxist Obama appoints a radical activist to be counsel to the State Dept.; a department already deemed by me to be a subversive agency.  US sovereingty is the enemy to those that want to level the playing field world-wide (read: take America off her pedestal. See my post here on that goal ) let alone here in the US. This guy appears to expose that quite well, but is anybody listening?

Koh was Dean of Yale Law School, one of the most prestigious institutions in American academia.  Over the last 4 decades the liberals have bunkered into academia since they know that under the guise of free-thinking and group think they can remove the anchoring values that their students were raised on.  Those also happen to be the foundations this country was built on.  Change one and the other will fall.  Total success in destroying the foundations is within reach.

The article states that it will only take one Republican vote to approve this appointment. Sadly it’s assumed that the Democrats are already on board. Speaks volumes about how far we’ve come when we can count on the entirety of  the majority party in Congress to vote to weaken their own country.

Here’s the whole article.

JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations’ legal “norms.” Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an “axis of disobedience” along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.

Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government’s top lawyers: Harold Koh.

President Obama has nominated Koh — until last week the dean of Yale Law School — to be the State Department’s legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.

It’s a job where you want a strong defender of America’s sovereignty. But that’s not Koh. He’s a fan of “transnational legal process,” arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish.

What would this look like in a practical sense? Well, California voters have overruled their courts, which had imposed same-sex marriage on the state. Koh would like to see such matters go up the chain through federal courts — which, in turn, should look to the rest of the world. If Canada, the European Human Rights Commission and the United Nations all say gay marriage should be legal — well, then, it should be legal in California too, regardless of what the state’s voters and elected representatives might say.

He even believes judges should use this “logic” to strike down the death penalty, which is clearly permitted in the US Constitution.

The primacy of international legal “norms” applies even to treaties we reject. For example, Koh believes that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child — a problematic document that we haven’t ratified — should dictate the age at which individual US states can execute criminals. Got that? On issues ranging from affirmative action to the interrogation of terrorists, what the rest of the world says, goes.

Including, apparently, the world of radical imams. A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that “in an appropriate case, he didn’t see any reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.”

A spokeswoman for Koh said she couldn’t confirm the incident, responding: “I had heard that some guy . . . had asked a question about sharia law, and that Dean Koh had said something about that while there are obvious differences among the many different legal systems, they also share some common legal concepts.”

Score one for America’s enemies and hostile international bureaucrats, zero for American democracy.

Koh has called America’s focus on the War on Terror “obsessive.” In 2004, he listed countries that flagrantly disregard international law — “most prominently, North Korea, Iraq, and our own country, the United States of America,” which he branded “the axis of disobedience.”

He has also accused President George Bush of abusing international law to justify the invasion of Iraq, comparing his “advocacy of unfettered presidential power” to President Richard Nixon’s. And that was the first Bush — Koh was attacking the 1991 operation to liberate Kuwait, four days after fighting began in Operation Desert Storm.

Koh has also praised the Nicaraguan Sandinistas’ use in the 1980s of the International Court of Justice to get Congress to stop funding the Contras. Imagine such international lawyering by rogue nations like Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela today, and you can see the danger in Koh’s theories.

Koh, a self-described “activist,” would plainly promote his views aggressively once at State. He’s not likely to feel limited by the letter of the law — in 1994, he told The New Republic: “I’d rather have [former Supreme Court Justice Harry] Blackmun, who uses the wrong reasoning in Roe [v. Wade] to get the right results, and let other people figure out the right reasoning.”

Worse, the State job might be a launching pad for a Supreme Court nomination. (He’s on many liberals’ short lists for the high court.) Since this job requires Senate confirmation, it’s certainly a useful trial run.

What happens to Koh in the Senate will send an important signal. If he sails through to State, he’s a far better bet to make it onto the Supreme Court. So Senate Republicans have a duty to expose and confront his radical views.

Even though he’s up for a State Department job, Koh is a key test case in the “judicial wars.” If he makes it through (which he will if he gets even a single GOP vote) the message to the Obama team will be: You can pick ’em as radical as you like.

Meghan Clyne is a DC-based writer.

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It’s all about 545 People – a must read

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 25, 2009

From Campaign for Liberty.  Wish I could take credit for this.  No commentary is needed.

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

 545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-pickingthing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party.

She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it………. Is up to you.

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Coming soon: Pay-as-you-breathe tax.

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 24, 2009

We will be free to choose whether we pay this tax or not.  However, the method of  avoidance isn’t very appealing.  But then again, less people means a healthier Earth, right?  Also fewer of us rabble-rousers to control.  

I just got a great idea.  Since Obama, Pelosi and the other liberals are so fearful of the future of the Earth, perhaps they will do the right thing and lead by example.  They should immediately make a pact to stop producing toxic CO2 (i.e. breathing – for you typical Obama voter ).  That’s the sign of true leadership. Change we CAN believe in! 

From the AP  Any emphasisis mine.

WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing a proposed finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare.

What a coincidence!  Just in time for the Prez’s cap and tax initiative.

Such a declaration would be the first step to regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and could have broad economic and environmental ramifications. It also would likely spur action by Congress to address climate change more broadly.

The White House acknowledged Monday that the EPA had transmitted its proposed finding on global warming to the Office of Management and Budget, but provided no details. It also cautioned that the Obama administration, which sees responding to climate change a top priority, nevertheless is ready to move cautiously when it comes to actually regulating greenhouse gases, preferring to have Congress act on the matter.

Government agencies don’t move cautiously. They run until they hit the inevitable wall.

The Supreme Court two years ago directed the EPA to decide whether greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, pose a threat public health and welfare because they are warming the earth. If such a finding is made, these emissions are required to be regulated under the Clean Air Act, the court said.

“I think this is just the step in that process,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, noting the Supreme Court ruling. Another White House official, speaking anonymously in deference to Gibbs, predicted “a long process” before any rules would be expected to be issued on heat-trapping emissions.

But several congressional officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft declaration had not been made public, said the transmission makes clear the EPA is moving to declare carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare and views them as ripe for regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Such a finding “will officially end the era of denial on global warming,” said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., whose Energy and Commerce subcommittee is crafting global warming legislation. He said such an endangerment finding is long overdue because of the Bush administration’s refusal to address the issue.

By fiat – not science.  But liberals NEVER let facts get in the way of their assaults on common sense.

The EPA action “signals that the days of ignoring this pressing issue are over,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., whose Senate committee is working on a climate bill.

No, just the days of logical and thoughtful dissent are over.  The juggernaut is in charge now.

Many business leaders argue, as did President Bush, that the Clean Air Act is ill suited to deal with climate change and that regulating carbon dioxide would hamstring economic growth.

“It will require a huge cascade of (new clean air) permits” and halt a wide array of projects, from building coal plants to highway construction, including many at the heart of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, said Bill Kovacs, a vice president for environmental and technology issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Abigail Dillen, an attorney for the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice, which is involved in a number of lawsuits challenging permits for new coal plants, dismissed the dire economic warnings from business groups about carbon dioxide regulation.

“It’s to their interest to say the sky is falling, but it’s not. … The truth is we’ve never had to sacrifice air quality to maintain a healthy economy. The EPA has discretion to do this in a reasonable way.”

An internal EPA planning document that surfaced recently suggests the agency would like to have a final endangerment finding by mid-April. But officials have made clear actual regulations are unlikely to come immediately and involve a lengthy process with public comment.

Gibbs, when asked about the EPA document Monday, emphasized that “the president has made quite clear” that he prefers to have the climate issue addressed by Congress as part of a broad, mandatory limit on heat-trapping emissions.

But environmentalists said the significance of moving forward with the long-delayed endangerment issue should not be understated.

“This is historic news,” said Frank O’Donnell who heads Clean Air Watch, an advocacy group. “It will set the stage for the first-ever national limits on global warming pollution and is likely to help light a fire under Congress to get moving.”

Hopefully that’s not the only fire that gets lit.  A fire needs to be lit under the reps that claim to represent us.

BO has seen that this has to get done now.  As the number of us “deniers” grows day by day, the window of opportunity is closing.  Despite several studies showing that the Earth may actually be cooling and has been for a few years, this insidious plan will be approved unless We the People generate our own amount of heat toward these arrogant hypocrites.  They live like royalty off our backs, flying around in their own self-importance  in their chartered or private jets, while passing laws that restrict everything the unwashed masses do. 

The insulation around Washington has to be ripped off and shredded.  As the economy worsens, and many much more knowledgeable than I say it will get much worse, how long can the American people tolerate the inevitable increases in their energy costs?  People are sharpening their pitchforks and everyday we see more and more reason to do so.  What are YOU doing about it?

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