Wow: Yesterday I posted a piece entitled The Constutution is Timeless. It explains why our Constitution is as relevant today as it was when it was written and why it will be relevant in the future. Unfortunately, the folks over at “Common Core Central” disagree. The following is from Bryant School District in Arkansas:
Welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an “outdated” document? The worksheet says:
You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and editing the Bill of Rights. .. You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.
“I was contacted tonight by a group of parents wanting answers. This quiz (survey) below was given to Ms. [Megan] Kendrick’s 7th grade Pre-AP Civics class last week at Storm Grove Middle School in Indian River County,” writes Laura Zorc, SE FL State Coordinator for Florida Parents Against Common Core (FPACC).
The What Kind of Party Animal Are You? quiz states: “Take this quiz to get a sense of which party, the Republican or the Democrat, is the better fit for you. Remember, you do not have to pick a party – you may remain Independent. You may also change your party.” Read more at: watchdogwire.com.
MANY THANKS to Candy Parker for chronicling the Tea Party Meeting With Ted Yoho!
Saturday’s Tea Party meeting with our district’s Congressman Ted Yoho was informative, encouraging and motivating. Many thanks to the Gainesville Tea Party, the Gilchrist County Tea Party and the North Central Florida Tea Party for hosting this event. And last, but certainly NOT LEAST, many thanks to Countryside Baptist Church for allowing these patriots to use their church and for the great support given by Countryside’s Pastor Bill Keith.
Congressman Yoho opened with a reminder that he campaigned on the view that people have ‘Had Enough’. He is honored to be in Washington to serve as our vehicle of change.
BIG votes coming next for the House:
The Nutritional portion of the Farm Bill
Continuing Resolution(s) on the debt – aka ‘Band-Aids’.
Charlie Perez of the Gilchrist County Tea Party did a great job of organizing and moderating the questions offered by the crowd of over 200 people present.
**NSA – Rep. Yoho said that the efforts of Rep. Justin Amash came within 7 votes of those needed to “bring down a rule” for consideration of an amendment not favored by Republican leadership. This in itself was a significant victory. Rep. Amash accomplished this even though he was removed from many committees at the start of his second term in the House apparently for no other reason than his determination to stick to
his principles. When Rep. Yoho asked him how he did it, he said “I have a loud voice even in the background”. Rep. Amash’s amendment would have prevented the NSA from storing (for 5 years) the information they are collecting on Americans unless the NSA has probable cause. Rep. Yoho, like so many other Tea Party approved members of the House, believes that our Rights come from Our Creator and not from men. He and 11 other Florida Representatives voted for this amendment.
**IRS – Rep. Yoho feels that this is a very scary situation about which everyone should be very concerned. He said that never before has the IRS been used to target regular Americans. It has been improperly used in the past by political opponents. But the head of the IRS refused to cooperate when President Nixon tried to use it in the same manner.
**FARM BILL – Rep. Yoho described the drama and posturing of both sides and said that these theatrics serve no one. There are NOT 50 million people starving in America (unless it is getting close to breakfast, lunch or dinner…) During the high inflation and high unemployment of the Carter years, Ted Yoho and his wife Carolyn were both between jobs at the same time and used Food Stamps for a month. He believes that Food Stamps should exist as a safety net, but NOT as a life-style. Laurie Newsom, Gainesville Tea Party, later added that charity is the responsibility of individuals, charitable organizations and churches – NOT the government.
**THE FAIR TAX – Rep. Yoho stands for it and promotes it. He believes the House is ready to look at it. The people want it. Interestingly industry hasn’t helped. Corporate America is ready to ‘settle’ for a 25% flat tax. Rep. Yoho recommends we ‘lock in’ a 20% tax. He asked 7 captains of industry (collectively,
employers of a large percentage of Americans) if they had actually studied the Fair Tax for themselves. – They had not – Rep. Yoho encouraged them to look at
it. The problem is most of them are going on what they’ve heard about it therefore it is poorly understood and subject to a lot of misinformation. Rep. Yoho said it would be a ‘great time for us to write’ Rep. Dave Camp, head of the House Ways & Means Committee and ASK HIM TO LOOK AT the Fair Tax. Rep. Camp is signed on as a supporter and now may be a great time for some encouragement.
**BENGHAZI – Rep. Yoho feels it is marked by a lack of leadership and misdirection. He asked Hillary’s question: “Why does it matter?” and answered it this way: The integrity and character of the US government is at stake. If the American people aren’t able to trust our government to do the right thing then no one else will either. Our present Administration is not trusted…OR RESPECTED and that’s not good for America (my paraphrase). Rep. Yoho remains confident that Reps. Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz along with others will not let it go.
**MASSIVE AMMUNITION PURCHASES and the Militarization of Police Forces – Rep. Yoho read from an informational letter that these purchases are for continuing target practice and readiness. However, he is supporting an amendment by Rep. Mark Meadows to require a report of how it will be used and why it’s necessary BEFORE funds will be provided for future purchases. (The citizen discussion after Rep. Yoho left reflected the continued doubts of experienced shooters that “hollow point rounds would be used for target practice”).
**War on Hydrocarbons& Fossil Fuels – Rep. Yoho feels that if we don’t give some relief to our economy via the Keystone Pipeline and protections for the Coal Industry we are in for some very bad economic times. He pointed out that the progressives are after Coal Ash now. Coal ash is used in the manufacturing of dry wall and its loss will cause the struggling construction industries even more harm.
**The 10th Amendment – Rep. Yoho stated they are trying to turn the responsibility for more issues back to the States. Rep. Steve King wrote a bill based entirely on the 10th Amendment. Federal Government needs to stay out of Common Core, Egg Production best management practices and an endless array of other things that people want the power of the Federal Government to force on their neighbors or competitors; per Rep. Yoho those are the types of issues we citizens should be taking up with our State legislators.
**The Tea Party – He says we are a force and we are being listened to. The Democrats are committed to having Rep. Pelosi continuing as Speaker of the House. The splintered nature of the Republican Party is hampering the success for stopping that agenda. We need to unite around what we are able to agree on for this battle.
**The Grassly Amendment (Would have prevented Congress from exempting themselves from Obamacare – what applies to the people would apply to Congress.) Rep. Yoho agrees that one of our big problems is that we’ve been ‘taken over’ by agencies like the EPA and are being policed by unelected bureaucrats. He recommended a book by Daniel Hanna, The New Road to Serfdom.
**OBAMACARE – Rep. Yoho stated that it has been deemed a TAX and should be treated as such. Constitutionally, TAXES must originate in the House – not the Senate as the Obama-Tax was. Rep. Yoho supports measures to “make it go away” on Constitutional grounds. He also personally feels that “we will defund it and it will go away.” There are 21 separate taxes in the Obama-TAX. He is supporting Rep. Tom Price’s bill, HR2300, to replace it. Medicine needs to remain between the doctor and the patient, not moderated by IPAB bureaucrats and their statistics. He told a story of a 35 year-old survivor of colon cancer who was a supporter of Obamacare until he pointed out, that if it had been up to the IPAB, she would not have been able to get the colonoscopy at age 35 that saved her life. Her doctor would have been penalized if he had granted her pleas for the test.
**IMMIGRATION – The sentiment in the House is NO forward movement until the border is secure; and, can be independently verified to be secure on an annual basis. He said to assume that they will secure it – after immigration reform is passed -is a joke and an insult to the American people. They have not enforced the laws on the books since the Reagan years so why would they enforce provisions of a new bill that they don’t like? There are four bills in the House now intending to deal with border security, guest worker programs and such. Rep. Yoho stated, “I don’t want them to stop coming; I want them to come legally”. (A single terrorist is known to have brought more than 1,500 other terrorists over the southern border in the last few years.)
**One of the problems faced by the Republicans is the lack of unity amongst the members of the House. That splintering of support for any particular issue makes the very near miss of the Amash amendment even more encouraging by indicating a move towards solidarity.
**What do Congressmen listen to the most? Rep. Yoho says that letters, emails and phone calls are tabulated for them. This gives them an idea of what issues are important to people. There are many issues supported by one member or another, and Rep. Yoho may be in agreement with them, but he finds the issue of Economic Freedom to be more important than many other things that he can spend his time on. His focus is still strongly on the strengths that built this nation: Free Markets and a Constitutionally Limited Government. He also extends much credit to his wife, Carolyn, on whom he continually relies to keep his focus sharp.
Rep. Yoho left to a standing ovation, shaking hands on the way out.
The meeting continued after his departure with a discussion to determine which issues were top priority and all were encouraged to write letters expressing each opinion.
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO SAID LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT SO WRITE YOURS TODAY!
Activist, tea party friend, and Breitbart contributor Brandon Darby relates his recent experiences on the southern border. Brandon is no stranger to Florida as he has spent time with and spoken to many tea party groups in the state including Gainesville Tea Party. In fact, Rod Gonzalez and I did a long telephone interview with Brandon on the Tom-Hayes Morrison Show last September. Brandon was great:
Breitbart News’ Brandon Darby walks viewers from the Rio Grande River into a U.S. neighborhood, revealing just how unsecured the U.S./Mexico border really is. Darby walks viewers through the unfinished “Border Fence,” which had no gate or security of any kind. The location was west of Penitas, Texas.
Read the full story on Breitbart.com.
The Speech that Rocked Virginia! On may 18th, 2013, EW Jackson inspired Richmond and rocked Virginia! Join the campaign to inspire and unite all Virginians as we rally around our shared values and toward victory in November!
Hat tip: Ron Thornton
The Supreme Court has struck down Arizona’s voter ID law in a victory for the Obama Regime and for voter fraud.
From Fox News:
The Supreme Court says states cannot require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.
The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “Motor Voter” voter registration law.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which doesn’t require such documentation, trumps Arizona’s Proposition 200 passed in 2004. Arizona officials say their law is needed to stop non-Americans from voting in elections, while opponents see it as an attack on minorities, immigrants and the elderly.
Voter ID laws are not an attack on minorities and the only immigrants it hurts are those who are not citizens and therefore not allowed to vote.
The real problem is the Motor Voter Law that was passed under the Clinton Administration with the help of RINO’s who sold out. All Motor Voter did was make it easier for Democrats and other leftists to engage in voter fraud.
How problematic is this?
From the South Bend Tribune:
In a 7-2 vote, the court said the voter registration provision of the 2004 state law, known as Proposition 200, was trumped by a federal law, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.
The federal law requires prospective voters to provide one of several possible forms of identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport, but no proof of citizenship is needed. Would-be voters simply sign a statement saying they are citizens.
Have you ever wondered why the left was so eager to give illegal aliens driver’s licenses? The simple truth is that with a valid driver’s license, the odds of that illegal being able to register and vote are overwhelming.
Joseph Stalin once said, “It’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.” As long as the left can stuff ballot boxes with votes from those who are not eligible to vote, we will continue to lose and the left will continue to destroy America.
Please see related post: Senator Ted Cruz Files Amendment to Immigration Reform Bill; Co-sponsored by Sen. Vitter
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Monday, June 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today filed an amendment to S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill, to close a loophole in the federal “Motor Voter” law that preempts states from enforcing requirements that would ensure those registered to vote are U.S. citizens. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is a co-sponsor.
“The right to vote is a fundamental building block of our nation’s democratic process and it is crucial that we have the measures in place to uphold the integrity of our elections,” said Sen. Cruz. “This amendment ensures that states can enforce the commonsense requirement that those registered to vote must actually be U.S. citizens.”
The Cruz-Vitter amendment states: “Nothing in subsection (a) [42 U.S.C. §1973gg-4(a)] shall be construed to preempt any State law requiring evidence of citizenship in order to complete any requirement to register to vote in elections for Federal office.” This measure simply amends an existing federal statute; it does not require states to adopt certain voting requirements, respecting the interests of federalism.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. that the federal “Motor Voter” law (the National Voter Registration Act of 1993) preempted Arizona’s commonsense requirement that a person must present concrete evidence of citizenship before they are allowed to register to vote.
“Justice Alito said in his dissent, ‘I do not think that this is what Congress intended’ and I agree with him,” the Senator said. “The Court’s ruling leaves a hole in federal law that allows non-citizens to register by using the promulgated federal form without showing proof of citizenship. This encourages voter fraud and we must ensure that our elections are fair and accurately reflect the will of our citizens.”
Click here to see the amendment.
Please see related post: Outrage: Arizona Voter ID Law Struck Down
Last fall, conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for their failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for the records related to Fast and Furious that President Obama used executive privilege to keep from Congress.
According to Judicial Watch, the DOJ has filed a “motion to stay” the lawsuit for the sole reason that there is an identical lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives for the same documents. The DOJ stated the Judicial Watch lawsuit was “ancillary” to the House committee’s suit, and that the Judicial Watch lawsuit might interfere with negotiations in the House lawsuit.
Judicial Watch issued a press release on Thursday saying they filed a “brief” with the court opposing the DOJ’s motion to stay: “Judicial Watch counters that FOIA demands a response and that its lawsuit is more straightforward than the House lawsuit and ripe for consideration on its merits.” Continue reading at bizpacreview.com.
The start of 2013 has already been a shaky one with the painful fiscal-cliff negotiations and the unfortunate outcome that continued Washington’s bad habit of increasing taxes without addressing their outrageous spending habits, all while pandering to a few favored constituents with messages of success. Well Floridians need to get ready because Washington is trying to push their spending habits on our legislature, and if they succeed we will be footing the bill.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, says he wishes Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was armed with an M-4 assault rifle when she confronted Adam Lanza, the shooter who killed 20 children.
“I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office locked up so when she heard gunfire she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” Gohmert said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” More at: thehill.com.
“Within the 2500 pages of the comically-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is cached the 2014 establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Nominated exclusively by the president, the 15 members of the Board will ostensibly be tasked with “…prevent[ing] per-enrollee Medicare spending from growing faster than a specified target rate.”
How is all of this possible? According to the Cato Institute, “…by carving out a discrete list of limitations on the Board’s delegated powers, the [Affordable Care] Act implicitly gives IPAB otherwise unlimited power to exercise any enumerated congressional power with respect to any governmental body, industry, property, product, person, service or activity.” And just like Congress, the IPAB has been given the authority to appropriate federal funds and impose conditions for their receipt. This means “the Board could propose…to require states to implement federal laws or to enact new state laws in order to receive federal funding.”
Incredibly, Congress does not have the authority to do away with the IPAB until 2017, when a 3/5 vote by both Houses must accompany the signature of the President! Clearly, Barack Obama and the radically leftist, 2008 congress went to extraordinary lengths to shelter their conspiratorial overthrow of our constitutional Republic from standard methods of repeal.”
Over the next several months you will hear more about States’ rights, the 10th Ammendment and the option of States Nullifying certain Federal laws. In anticipation of that and more on Obamacare, please click the link below for an article in the Washington Times by Brett Decker.
This is a real campaign ad for Texas Railroad Commissioner!
Hat tip: EPAabuse.com
Related post: EPA Official Resigns Over ‘Crucify’ Remarks
A compelling letter from Senator Marco Rubio to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
“Dear Secretary Duncan:
As you may know, a rising number of parents, teachers and administrators from across our nation have expressed concerns regarding the Department of Education’s recent announcements relating to the issuance of waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB); particularly the stipulations expected to be attached to those waivers. The issuance of conditional waivers is detrimental to our country’s shared goal of educational success for every student.”
For full text of the letter go to http://www.educationnews.org/education-policy-and-politics/rubio-to-duncan-administration-cant-force-states-to-comply/
From THE PARTY NETWORK-
GROUNDBREAKING U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THE TENTH AMENDMENT
June 17, 2011
Supreme Court of the United States
BOND v. UNITED STATES
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of the best and most important decisions ever on federalism. The Court unanimously held that not just states but individuals have standing to challenge federal laws as violations of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. This decision is as radical in the direction of liberty as the New Deal was radical in the direction of socialism. Click here to read the decision http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-1227.pdf
In short, freedom advocates like us just got a green light from the USSC to bring more cases under the 10th Amendment. This will have huge—positive—implications for freedom so long as the current constitution of the court holds.
Here is our favorite passage: “Federalism secures the freedom of the individual. It allows States to respond, through the enactment of positive law, to the initiative of those who seek a voice in shaping the destiny of their own times without having to rely solely upon the political processes that control a remote central power.” We will put this precedent to work immediately when we file our opening brief in the Obamacare lawsuit Monday, and also in our defense of Save Our Secret Ballot against the NLRB challenge, and many more cases to come.
One other important note: Sometimes little cases make big constitutional law. This case involved a woman who was prosecuted under federal law for harassing her husband’s girlfriend—not the set of facts ordinarily creating an important precedent. Some of our cases, too, are seemingly “little” but with big principles at stake.
Freedom is making strides in the courtroom, and we’ll do our best to keep that momentum going. Thank you for your support that makes it possible.
President & CEO
Goldwater Institute | www.GoldwaterInstitute.org