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Bush and Obama have different flavors. But both are crony capitalists. Bush was the Republican version, Obama is the Democrat version. Both have sought to more closely link business and government, to expand the presidency and bureaucracy, and to reduce the inherent freedoms of the American people.
They both like power. They both (I believe anyway) see the Constitution as something to get around, not something to celebrate. Both have taken this country down a very dangerous path.
(From Real Clear Politics)
The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.
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By Rick Wells
Abolish The IRS and End Income Tax Legislation Introduced in Congress
Three American Congressman are taking a stand for the citizens of this nation and leading an effort to steer us back in line with the Constitutional government as it was given to us by our founders. It is a large step but one that is sorely needed if we are to ever free ourselves from the shackles of our global government protagonists.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine, R-OK, along with Reps. Ron DeSantis, R-FL., and Thomas Massie, R-KY., has introduced House Joint Resolution 104, “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the 16th article of Amendment.”
Among the arguments made in favor of this legislation is a resolution to the conflict which exists between the 16th amendment and the 4th Amendment protections to be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. Bridenstine’s contention is that the methodology of IRS seizures and IRS data-mining in the form of intrusive mandatory tax form submissions violate the fourth amendment protections.
Repealing the 16th Amendment would eliminate the personal and corporate income taxes, the estate and gift taxes and the taxes on investment earnings at the federal level.
The process is not difficult but does require some time and the involvement of the states and citizens. There is a simple three-fourths of the states approval threshold which must be met in order to repeal an amendment.
After ratification, there would be a two-year period which is more than enough time in which to determine a replacement revenue system.
Judge Napolitano to Juan Williams: “You’ve Abandoned The Notion That The Constitution Means What It Says” (Video)2
Judge Napolitano to Juan Williams: “You’ve Abandoned The Notion That The Constitution Means What It Says” (Video)
The Constitution is a tool by which we the people can fight the expansion of the system of crony capitalism which infects this country currently. A restoration of the rule of law, of the Constitution (what a concept), is key to reigning in the corporate/crony state. The first step would be revisiting the modern interpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause. That’s where we begin.
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About Nick Sorrentino
Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
Politicians Say The Darndest Things
Yesterday, Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn signed same-sex marriage into law. Illinois politicians all patted themselves on the back, and the Governor declared it an “epic victory”.
We’ll put aside the fact that government has no business whatsoever being involved in marriages. It’s just one more area where they spread their slimy tentacles.
But we’ll put that aside, and focus on the party.
During the jubilation, Representative Greg Harris was so overjoyed that he decided to drop some history:
“When our constitution was written, those who wrote it understood that liberty and equality are not destinations, but they’re journeys …”
Wow! Yay Constitution!
What are the odds that someone there would pull up the Constitution to check these claims? If you guessed zero, you’re probably correct. Harris could have said the Constitution was typed up on an iMac, and no one would’ve second-guessed it.
What are the odds that this libertarian writer would pull up the Constitution to check these claims?…100%.
Here are the findings:
The U.S. Constitution mentions the word “Liberty” only once (in the Preamble). It’s mentioned very generically. No specifics.
The word “Equality” does not appear at all in the U.S. Constitution…Zero…Zilch…Nada.
The word “Journey” is also nowhere to be found.
What about the word “Power”?…Oh that’s in there for sure: 16 times.
But who am I to ruin a good party?
Yay Constitution!…rah! rah! rah!
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A Caesar In Our Future?
What Happens If The Shutdown Causes The Treasury To Run Out Of Money
In a speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, November 23, 2010, Peter Dale Scott gave a history of the various directives concerned with government continuity during a state of emergency. He showed that these directives could be used to supersede the Constitution. http://www.globalresearch.ca/continuity-of-government-is-the-state-of-emergency-superseding-our-constitution/22089
The ease with which both the Bush and Obama regimes were able to set aside the due process protections of the Constitution that prohibit indefinite detention and execution without conviction in a trial indicate that Professor Scott’s concern is justified that these directives could result in executive branch rule.
Scott describes how the executive branch efforts to provide government continuity in the aftermath of a nuclear attack dating from the Eisenhower administration were gradually converted into executive or national security (later Homeland Security) orders that confer secret powers to the White House for any event that the executive branch considers to be an emergency.
Generally these various executive orders and directives refer to “national emergencies,” or “national disasters.” However, President Bush’s National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20 issued on
May 9, 2007 use the term “Catastrophic Emergency.” http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html
The directives speak of “enduring constitutional government” which the president maintains by coordinating “as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches,” but it is up to the president and his advisor, the National Continuity Coordinator, to decide what constitutes constitutional government during a catastrophic emergency.
What comprises a catastrophic emergency? It is reasonable for a president to regard a government shutdown, which can threaten everything from national security to default and economic collapse, as a catastrophic emergency, and to take such steps as are necessary to prevent it, such as raising the debt ceiling, on his own authority.
The Federal Reserve also has the power to prevent a government shutdown. If banks are too big to fail, so is the federal government. If the Federal Reserve on its own authority can issue more than $16 trillion in loans to US and European banks in order to prevent their failure, the Federal Reserve can issue a loan to the US government.
I don’t expect either of these two possibilities to come into play. A shutdown and default of US debt obligations would terminate the US as a superpower and dethrone the dollar as world reserve currency. Neither Congress nor President Obama desire such an outcome. Also, Congress would not want a presidential directive to be implemented that subordinates their position and possibly eliminates their meaningful participation in governance. Therefore, I expect a resolution of the current standoff prior to the Treasury running out of money.
I did interviews on this subject with King World News and with Greg Hunter. The interviews are played to the sensational side, but I do not expect it to go that far. However, it could.
My interview with King World News is relatively short, but Eric King knows how to bring it to the most controversial point. What everyone should wonder is, “How did we, a free people protected by the US Constitution, become one step away from rule by Caesar?
My interview with Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog is, in my opinion, one of my best. The interview covers a broad range of issues or possibilities and makes it unnecessary for me to write a column about the government shutdown and its implications and possible consequences. http://usawatchdog.com/paul-craig-roberts-obama-could-govern-as-a-dictator/
Reprinted with permission from www.paulcraigroberts.org
About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
Veterans Arrested at Vietnam Memorial in NYC
The following is a powerful, touching and very well done video that includes veterans of various wars, ranging from World War II to Vietnam as well as some of our recent imperial adventures. It is entirely clear that this is no stunt, but rather a heartfelt and genuine expression of grief and disillusionment from Americans who have seen the pain and suffering of war up close, and who clearly continue to experience much sadness many years later.
As expected, Mayor Bloomberg’s storm-troopers did as told and arrested these folks (many of whom are elderly) shortly after the 10pm curfew.
No Victim. No Crime. This is fucking ridiculous.
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California Student Banned from Handing Out Constitutions on Campus
While this story is a few days old, I didn’t have a chance to watch the video until last night. It is pretty disturbing. First of all, this student merely wanted to hand out copies of the Constitution to fellow students on Constitution Day, on public grounds at a public university in which he is enrolled. The most ridiculous part of the saga emerges when he engages in a conversation with an administrator at the Office of Student Development and Campus Life. Here the lady instructs him that he “needs to represented by a club” to hand things out. Then she informs him of a “free speech area,” which is preposterous to begin with, but it gets worse. This is what the “free speech area” looks like (the orange circle):
Not only that, but apparently you need to fill out an application to be permitted to engage in free speech within the free speech area itself! She informed him of some available dates.
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Judge Napolitano: Syria Resolution Intentionally Vague So Obama Can Put Boots On The Ground
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: It’s a tremendous amount of wiggle room for a couple of reasons. As a practical matter, as your previous guest Aaron just said, when you send missiles into a country, you need boots on the ground to guide the missiles where they’re going to land. So Secretary Kerry may very well shrewdly have been mincing words. The government considers military troops out of uniform, out of uniform, or CIA in their nonuniform garb not to be ‘boots on the ground.’
So I would have asked Secretary Kerry, will the American military or will American intelligence agents be on the ground, whether you consider them boots or not? It’s inconceivable that we can send the type of missiles over there that the president and his Republican allies in Congress now contemplate, Sen. McCain leading the charge, without some American human beings, whether they’re wearing boots or not, to be on the ground. So, Secretary Kerry, in my view, was misleading the Congress.
Now here’s the Constitutional issue. The Constitution says only the Congress can declare war but the president wages it. The president can’t declare war and Congress can’t wage it. What does that mean? That means that once the Congress gives authorization for the president to bring down either the chemical weaponry of the Assad regime, or as Senator McCain wants, the Assad regime itself, the Congress can’t pull the president back. The Congress can’t tell the president how to wage war.
NAPOLITANO: Our conversation now is largely hypothetical. No judge is going to say, ‘oh, the president violated this resolution; I’m going to sign a piece of paper enjoining the president.’ No American judge will do that. But the president, once unleashed by Congress will be free to put all the boots on the ground he wants no matter what the resolution says. John McCain knows that, John Kerry knows that, and the president knows. The American people need to know it.
Sharing a fun and heartwarming post found on Policymic giving a birthday wish to Ron Paul on number 78. I can say over the numerous debates and campaigns the Dr. Paul has been involved in, with media coverage appearing across the globe, Policymic has posted most articles regarding Ron Paul in what I consider a fair manner and an agenda free platform.
78 Reasons Every American Should Wish Ron Paul a Happy Birthday
Tuesday is Ron Paul’s 78th birthday. The former Texas congressman has had a long career as America’s most ideologically consistent politician. Love him or hate him, he always speaks his mind, and refuses to pander to the crowd. To celebrate his birthday, here are 78 reasons why Ron Paul kicks ass.
FULL STORY (enjoy, I did!)
New Interview with SGT Report with Michael Krieger: The Great Awakening
Michael Krieger: It’s been a little while since my last interview with SGT Report, so I’m really pleased to be able release the recording of a chat we had last weekend. I was in an area with spotty internet connection, so you will notice some bad audio quality in the beginning, but I promise it gets better from there. It’s actually mind-boggling to think about all the topics we covered, so brace yourselves for a 27 minute political hurricane. Enjoy!