Question: Can a policy of the United States Senate violate the Constitution?
The Progressive 17th Amendment states:
“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
“When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
“This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html.
So what does this mean? This means that Senators represent the voices of their Constituents in their State. I repeat: Senators represent the voices of their Constituents in their State.
The First Amendment is rather certain in stating how Congress (both Houses) cannot abridge the Freedom of Speech of an American:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html.
For Harry Reid to change a rule after 200 years, after being the sole tyrant to decide what bills passed by the House will reach the Senate floor (2010 partial list of House Bills Despot Senator Harry Reid ignored, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.189, and one bill he took up when it was politically favorable, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.190.), is for Harry Reid to reserve the sole right of filibuster to himself, as his actions are to filibuster for partisan purposes the 2010 election, and, in so doing, to silence the voices of the American People. Senator Reid doesn't have this right, and, to be sure Harry Reid is the epitome of “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In a court room he'd be an exemplar of the meaning of this phrase. I hope the new dictionaries take up this idea and post his picture next to “corruption,” as a defining image, the icon of it.
Steamed? Yes I am, because the Progressives wanted the States to give up their original right to appoint State Senators and they did, ratifying the 17th Amendment so we have 2 popularly elected Houses of Congress (which makes no sense) and the State governments lose their representation in the National Government (which assures the People can't use the National Government to destroy the states). But, now that this popularly elected body isn't functioning as it did when Harry Reid had 60 votes to pass whatever he wanted, while the House was the same, in a grasp for unending power, Harry Reid puts forth a policy change to the Senate Floor to remove the voices of the American People who voted in the minority party in the Senate.
Liberal, Independent, Conservative, Democrat, Republican, etc., I do not care what affiliation you have, there is no excuse for one person to assume and assert this much power, especially when it is not granted to them by the Constitution. May we all finally recognize the dangers of centralized power in reviewing Harry Reid, that we cannot trust people to be reasonable, Honorable, and act with integrity when it comes to the powers they were given by the Constitution, for they will seek to claim that these powers are far more encompassing than they actually are, relying on our laziness and being uninformed as pavement to be walked on in their Progressive path to Tyranny.
Thank you for reading and sharing this, and may we cease being footstools to these presumptively powerful and act to enforce our written Constitution,
I have 20 minutes to write and post this, probably won't make the deadline before the House vote but I have to to try.
The title says it all doesn't it? I mean, the GOP and Republicans frustrated with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee over the idea “there is no endgame” of de-funding Obamacare decided to abuse them directly about it, which translates: “You are sacrificing the party for principle? Are you crazy? Listening to the People is a bad idea! We aren't supposed to uphold our campaign promises and Oath. Who do you Freshman Senators think you are challenging us senior statesman? We're gonna take you down now,” as they speed dial Karl Rove to get together a strategy of surrender, the American People are appreciating the 21 hour filibuster that said, “I am upholding my campaign promises and my Oath of Office, Party be damned.”
This is, at least to this writer, what appears to have happened, for the GOP and Senate Republicans made no effort to take advantage of the goodwill Senator Cruz's filibuster brought. No, nothing. Nada! Zip!
The so-called “Conservative” party failed to embrace nor use Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee's putting their politics aside for principle, the GOP failing to come to terms with the fact the People of the United States of America want honest, objective, and Honorable representatives, and not politicians scrounging for their cut of the American Taxpayer pie (with ice cream, whip cream, and a cherry on top).
The travesty isn't that Washington D.C. did this, but is instead how their actions show they don't care about their Oath or the Constitution it is intended to assure they preserve and protect, and isn't this mirrored by the very situation with the World War II Veterans' Memorial and failing to pay death benefit based on some legal interpretation of a law authorizing it, or any of the other myriad political stunts to emphasize a shut down when the political result will be yielded in spite of the actual pain caused to Americans? And consider these stunts were done to those of our U.S. Military and their families whose loved ones all took an Oath of their office as Soldiers to do the very same thing as every member of our government!
Rest assured the “Affordable Care Act,” Obamacare, was never intended to work, never intended to achieve anything but what the Progressive movement has been doing with vigor for the last 5 years with a Partisan President in the White House: 1) marginalizing Constitutional requirement for our laws http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.121, 2) assuring acceptance of “Faith and Credit” Taxation, http://www.allbusiness.com/glossaries/full-faith-credit/4951086-1.html as a tool of destruction, and 3) to destroy private American Wealth by government waste that is ignored, for example, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/09/26/gm-general-motors-shares-treasury-taxpayers/2875781/ and http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/obama-fundraises-with-players-in-solyndra-scandal/.
Thus, the more absolute tragedy in all of this: The American People don't even realize that the Progressive agenda of destroying America by destroying our private wealth is all that Obamacare serves!
May we come to terms with our error and take up the mantle of Our Founders, to be the Posterity they envisioned, one of Free People in self-government with objective, Honorable, representative servants, and not a people destined to embrace subject servitude to self-proclaimed “leaders” from on high and their protection.
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P.S. Apologize in advance for errors, omissions, typos, etc., for this wasn't edited at all.
First, we must open with Obama's views on military spending:
“I am the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning [Iraq War] and as President I will end it.
“2nd, I will Cut 10s of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize Space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. And I will institute an independent Defense Priorities Board to insure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.
“3rd, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material, and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off Hair-trigger Alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals. -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=fU4sVQV3Lhk.
What must be said: The Iraq War ended according to George Bush's arrangements via a Strategic Framework Agreement in 2008 that was brought about due to Iraq expressing to the U.N. in 2007 their desire to have the annual extensions to U.N. Resolution 1511 to 2008 be the last time (http://www.cfr.org/iraq/us-security-agreements-iraq/p16448)
And, no, I am not going to go over the entire video as the 2nd point made by Obama is the one of import to Americans during the Progressive Shutdown (suggests Twitter hashtag “#ProgressiveShutDown”).
I'd imagine this chart of the budget for the Missile Defense Agency when reviewed for the years Obama has been President, the top row the President's annual budget “requests,” will best illustrate Obama's Hypocrisy, http://www.mda.mil/global/documents/pdf/histfunds.pdf. I'll simplify however by summing the total, which is $41.9 billion. Now remember, Obama said “I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.” Obama's 1st year in office he allocated $9.3 billion to an agency explaining itself as follows:
“The Missile Defense Agency
“The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Our workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. We are focused on retaining and recruiting a dedicated workforce interested in supporting our national security.
“As we develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the Combatant Commanders (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.) who will rely on the system to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. We work with the Combatant Commanders to ensure that we develop a robust BMDS technology and development program to address the challenges of an evolving threat. We are also steadily increasing our international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.mda.mil/about/about.html.
I emphasized that text to correlate the hypocrisy of what Obama said to the American People, to illustrate Obama's bald-faced lie as a matter of fact, and this is just one scintilla of what can be found if We the People look for the information. You see I have no trouble with what the MDA does, nor that President Obama has chosen as President of the United States to assure they have a budget of, on average, $8 Billion per year for Ballistic Missile Systems Development. But, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama sold the American people with an appearance of conviction and sincerity in touting a lie to gain the anti-war vote and exploit our tiring of the Iraq War, and it appears this was solely for those political points and purposes, nothing more, not one scintilla of actual conviction in practice to his 2nd point in the video above.
Which takes us to the government shutdown and telling the American People it's those Republicans who are at fault, which, to say accurately would be said something like this, “Those Republicans and Tea Party Conservatives who pass bills to fund the rest of the government, including the Veterans, that I, Barack Obama, as President of the United States, will not negotiate with, those people passing those bills are the ones obstructing government and putting the Faith and Credit of the United States in jeopardy, not me and my not negotiating with them, don't blame me for what I do, or in this case don't do, it's always someone else at fault.” Words have meanings and “not negotiate” is directly correlative to “obstructing” as an act of obstruction. Passing bills to appropriate funding where they deem fit is the Constitutional Right and Power of the People's House as the lower chamber of Congress to do according to the Constitution, and cannot be viewed in any way as an obstruction because they don't appropriate for something they didn't deem fit. Thus, it appears blindingly obvious that the rhetoric spoken by our President is just another campaign to promote another lie for the continuing saga of political purposes in the Narcissistic Adventures of Barack Obama.
So now, about that $500,000 “death gratuity” being denied 4 Soldiers and 1 Marine's family, http://news.yahoo.com/shutdown-slows-aid-families-u-troops-killed-afghanistan-162048761.html. It comes down to this: It is unbelievable that a President who lied about what he'd do to missile development and convincingly sold the end of a war arranged by his predecessor as his current administration's doing cannot find the means as Commander-In-Chief to make sure the families of our fallen are treated with dignity for the sacrifice of their direct blood and treasure of priceless value. These soldiers and their families are asking a mere pittance for the “credit” they extended us in the life of their loved one, they are a creditor far more worthy than China or anyone else. What greater moral obligation to “our creditors” is there than paying our soldiers according to what we agreed to for them?
But, I guess when you have a President who would lie, cheat, and steal for his “political career” alone you can't expect much of him that isn't an immoral adventure in narcissism, I mean, if paying the families of these dead soldiers could give Barack Obama a boost in the polls he'd surely do it, that if the soldier didn't have to die to pay them $100,000 Barack Obama would be paying it instantly -- exchanging the money for their vote. That's the way of the Welfare system isn't it?
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P.S. Apologies for any difficulties in reading this as I was unable to have it proofread prior to posting.
No, I don't represent America, but if there were ever something that needed a reply it is the current pushback by the Progressives in the Democratic Party (almost all of them) and their multi-front brushstroking.
October 6th, 2013 Special Ops is sent into a foreign country to get the leader of Al Shabab and carrying on some other military operation in as well (didn't get the details), all signed off by the Nobel Peace Prize Winner of 2009 Barack Obama, yet, we were all told we could do nothing to help Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi Libya September 11th, 2012, all the while we had drones overhead videotaping. Hi there, Barack Obama! You didn't think anyone would point out the obvious hypocrisy in this? The obviousness of the political purpose of sending soldiers into harm’s way during a government shut down when the Progressive Democrat “Commander-in-Chief” is having domestic approval troubles and uses the military to raise his approval rating? But, of course, he fails to send out the military when it's a Presidential Re-Election and the campaign rhetoric of that same President regarding his foreign policy and relations would be brought to the forefront of being questioned by the American People. Instead, no one is sent to save American Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide, and the two CIA annex operatives who rushed to help our Ambassador against orders to stand down, placing their entire careers in jeopardy.
Yes, while the DNC wants to claim something to the effect of “Boehner is holding America's debt hostage until defunding of Obamacare and other Tea Party demands are met,” (DNC Response not posted to their website at the time of writing this article) the reality is that the U.S. House, the popularly elected body of the U.S. Government since 1789 Ratification of the Constitution, has had and remains the sole body of right and authority over appropriations, and no, this wasn't affected by the 14th Amendment (See, http://changingwind.org/index/news.php?item.238 and http://changingwind.org/index/news.php?item.239).
Now, I wrote the above paragraphs one after the other on purpose, because if you think there is no relation between the issues, my hope is that you'll see the political angle is all that mattered on both counts, that Barack Obama views the military as a vehicle for political purposes and getting domestic political agendas passed by affecting the popularity ratings polls in his favor. Benghazi, Libya September 11th, 2012 is a travesty that deserves the transparent and “open government” the Democratic Party claims is its hallmark on its own website, http://www.democrats.org/issues/open_government.
Now, since the line of political purpose is obvious, let me share the rest of the obvious debt and debt ceiling lie the Democratic Party is laying out.
First, The House has been passing a budget since 2010 and Senator Harry Reid has failed in his duty to join in and complete one. This means the government doesn't have a set of figures to compare their spending to as an official “budgetary spending limit.” Now the political usefulness of this is that no one can go into the media spotlight and say these magic words, “We spent 68 billion dollars on food stamps last year, that's 50% over budget” or whatever amount it would be over budget IF THE GOVERNMENT HAD A BUDGET!
Next, when the GOP took the House in the 2010 elections Senator Harry Reid began his obstruction of the operation of our government, using his Political seat for his Progressive Democratic agenda and going against American Objective Representative government, causing the United States government to operate almost identically to a Politburo Soviet-style Party government structure, with Harry Reid as Chairman.
This is most notable when you look at what the House passed just for that 2011 year, and how anything that was not available for a political use by Harry Reid and the Democratic Party’s pursuit of their political agenda was not brought to the Senate Floor. Read examples of the actual record of this taking place that has been ignored by everyone, it seems… http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.189 followed by http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.190. One man, one Senator, the “Majority Leader,” has kept bills passed by the House from reaching the Senate Floor, let alone any opportunity for them to reach the President's desk. And it appears this is all done so that President Obama will never be held accountable for his signature or veto, Harry Reid using the Senate as a political bulwark for almost 5 years now to assure President Obama is subject to as little significant and newsworthy political scrutiny as possible, if any.
If a Democrat Congressional Super Majority of 2009-2010 that didn't even read the bill they passed on party lines, going so far as to call the Affordable Care Act a spending bill in order to make it subject to the rules of “Reconciliation,” then has their Majority Leader bring that bill to the Senate floor (with VP and President of the Senate Joe Biden at the ready to overrule the Senate Parliamentarian if the procedure is questioned) their idea of open government is a fraud and a sham, and their Obamacare “law” a fraud that had no business before the U.S. Supreme Court, for the Constitution and procedures of government in support thereof render such a “law” null and void.
This is the truth of Obamacare, this is the reason Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are heroes in enforcing our Constitution. What the Democrats are upset about is that the American People are questioning the Progressive agenda and those who support it as the actual outcomes of their actions are hurting people in their real, not academia imagined, lives. In fact, people are actually questioning the DNC's illustrious Barack Hussein Obama's actions and convenient plausible deniability. The aforementioned military actions signed-off by President Obama affirm this fact. The need for the DNC to pounce on Speaker Boehner's appearance with George Stephanopoulos trying to foment hate and insisting the Tea Party, who isn't even a political party but has supported, at best, 15% of the total Representatives in Congress, are responsible for a shutdown that is entirely due to one man in the Senate, Harry Reid, in his intent to protect one man in the White House, Barack Obama for the last almost 5 years!
The U.S. House has passed bills to fund the entire government but Obamacare, and it is their Constitutional right and role, that apparently “Constitutional Scholar” Barack Obama wasn't aware of or maybe he prefers to ignore:
“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” -- Constitution Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html.
Which, has a prior certainty of the power vested in the House to make sure the Senate and the President know who holds the power of the purse:
“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” -- Constitution Article I, Section 7, Clause 1. Ibid.
Never amended, never changed, never was the U.S. Senate given the right to originate taxes (government “Revenue”) as it did in HR 3590, the Affordable Care Act via Max Baucus and his committee. Never was the President given power to determine the taxes nor national debt of the United States. No, not at any time has the Constitution been amended to strike the sole and exclusive right of The Peoples House as the originator (as an invention is “originated") in the idea of being taxed or spending the money in the U.S. Treasury. This is why the Constitution itself is the express Will of the People, retaining powers to the People that those in government ignore at their political peril, or at least, that should be the outcome.
The Obstructionist Extraordinaire in Washington, D.C. is U.S. Senator Harry Reid, who cannot objectively represent the American People and only sees Party and Political purpose as the reasons to allow the bills passed by the People's House to see the light of the Senate Floor. It is time to remove the longest standing obstacle to objective, reasonable, Honorable, and responsible American government, Harry Reid of Nevada, as Majority Leader while assuring Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is defeated by a primary challenge so we're not stuck with another moderate GOP/Progressive shill.
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Bob Beckel, of a FoxNews show called The Five (of October 3rd, 2013), cited polls of 78% of the people of America “who hate Obamacare are opposed to a government shut down.” He, of course, explained that many, many Democrats are in that mix, along with Independents, and Republicans. I care not where the poll is from nor would I think the accuracy invalid to the point of anything near 28 points (i.e. 78 – 28 = 50%).
Additionally, the GOP, those Republicans of the so called “Conservative Party” are meeting together and ganging up on Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee with “what's the end game,” that, “you've made your point about Obamacare, but now what,” and explaining that “we didn't get an answer.”
Here's the answer: Enforcement of the Constitution.
When a law violates the very letter of the Constitution, and the government is unable to carry out its checks and balances, it takes a few good people to stand tall, to stand firm in their convictions to help the government see the error of its ways. Person after person is upset about what is happening in this country, generally for their own personal reasons. But they continue to not understand the relationship of their woes to having a government who acts with impunity to violate the Constitution, how the money in the Treasury belongs to us even after government collects it.
This takes us to the need for people in government who uphold Honor, who appreciate their fiduciary responsibility, both to the money in our Treasury, and the privilege of being trusted to represent every American in their role as a representative, no matter what office they hold.
So I say to you who don't want a government shutdown, even a partial one like we have and think it is too much when compared to letting Obamacare go through, that when laws violate the Constitution, and many have, and we let them go through, those of an unscrupulous character, who didn't keep their campaign promises, who do not answer to the People when asked to do so by our Representatives in Congress, will pass laws of even greater and greater abuse of the limits imposed on government by the Constitution. Obamacare represents more than a mere trespass but an actual leap over every Constitutional safeguard, done for partisanship and as a matter of Party agendas and not with a scintilla of consideration for all Americans, which is obvious by the vote on the Affordable Care Act and the continued efforts to bring it to an end.
Please, I humbly ask you to review how this law was passed, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.121, why those who voted for Obamacare did so, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.155, and ask yourself what is the difference between a Congressman voting for a bill they didn't read and a bank rubber stamping bank loans (Why should you or any other American be held accountable under a law our representatives didn't even read?), http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.210, and then ask yourself if this is Democracy, let alone the Republic that We The People brought into existence by ratifying the Constitution.
My hope is that after you make this review you'll understand that only by brave people such as Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee is our Government brought to question its actions, its motives and purposes; and the Parties brought to recognize their gamesmanship isn't a form of government, that “an end game” is not what they were elected for nor is their party banter. Merely asking this question of these two people who stood up to be counted when the rest of those of their same party are going along to get along is an insult to the American People, and a mockery of our system for their own self-interest. Applause, great big, loud and overbearing applause should be heard throughout this nation for these two men and any that would stand with them to assure Our Constitution is brought to act as the bulwark, as the gatekeeper it is intended to be in stopping government from encroaching on Freedom and ending America's long-standing purpose and intention to have a government operating with absolute and unwavering respect for Individual Liberty.
Thank you for reading,
[My apologies for not having this up earlier as intended. Blog Talk Radio show reading of this article with some discussion, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/toddy-littman/2013/06/22/nsa-an-equal-opportunity-oppressor.]
This is the story from Washington isn't it? The massive collection of records to carry out 300 queries of the database, some 18,000 by request to the FISA “court” (yeah, I am not buying they don't happen otherwise, for I do not see any foolproof and untamperable automated system sending a record to the FISA court when an employee does a query of the database), 11 of which were denied, mostly under the Bush years. I mean, it was Democrat Jimmy Carter, after all, who gave us FISA in 1978, and since they hadn't turned down a warrant before George Bush's DOJ requests… well, some things are just obvious.
Whatever you do, do not consider how the NSA program under the Patriot Act is not the UKUSA program that's been using Signal Intelligence and intelligence sharing agreements to spy on Americans sine the 1940s, http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/declass/ukusa.shtml, creating the modern day NSA in the last disclosure in 1956, http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/_files/ukusa/new_ukusa_agree_10may55.pdf, and that the literalness used by government to alter the affect of their actions by conscious knowledge and willingness to report themselves as querying the database using UKUSA, and therefore not governed by FISA, is a real, a genuine manner by which government employees perform their job so they can remain employed. Even the least reasonable person will arrive at the notion that the access can be a single terminal, but the log-ins to it can be multiple, and under differing programs, merged, or otherwise used together, by the terminal's operator, a Snowden, when in the best interest of government. We are already kind of doing that with NSA right now in relation to domestic uses of these databases… Yes, including those of foreign governments spying on us for our government who is spying on another country, in a circle of nations spying, on the idea that 1) it limits their liability to their own citizens and 2) this means assured integrity of the data or we all spy as enemies (better explained here http://changingwind.org/index/news.php?extend.249.2.) And yes, for those who follow my writings, those first 2 links are a repeat, because this issue is too important to not take the time for reiteration (read on).
Imagine a prosecution going on, say Jodi Arias, just for an example. Sure she's guilty, but many people are guilty, Freedom does naturally assure that some people get away with some crimes, sometimes even murder. To catch every single murderer, every single criminal, is to do away with Freedom for everyone at some level, however, we're not getting into a worthless Obama "balanced approach" discussion hahaha.
I'd figure everyone noticed the "passion" the Prosecutor, Juan Martinez, displayed in the Jodi Arias case. Which, for me, seemed odd when you look at the beginnings of this case, that Arias was willing to plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and this Prosecutor declined to accept that deal to instead pursue a trial to prosecute her. That he, for some reason, felt it most important to get the 1st degree murder conviction. This is peculiar for Law Enforcement to take the "gamble" instead of the "sure thing" unless, of course, Juan Martinez knew it wasn't a gamble, that pursuing 1st degree murder is a sure thing worth the additional financial and media frenzied expense the 2nd degree murder plea would not have cost. Also notable is that the death penalty is the reason the 1st degree murder conviction was pursued.
Maybe it was worth it, maybe it wasn't, that's neither here nor there, but what if Juan Martinez's certainty, his passion and conviction in prosecuting this case, the information he presented at trial, was based on information “secretly” shared to him by an insider at the NSA, from Juan Martinez having a Snowden to query the database without FISA, and without any records of this query even if they are made as the information in the database can be erased and/or modified by those managing it as well. Of course, then again, it may have been the result of a legitimate query, that somehow Jodi Arias had made some communication overseas or in some other way that triggered an NSA query of her records in the database, and the NSA just shared the information with Juan Martinez in order to have a prosecution that would take care of her as a spy but without revealing their program nor revealing her role that might panic Americans. Of course, no one would know if any of this is true or not because the FISA “court” (Where no defendant is present and they are not apprised of their being surveilled, even if an American Citizen. And they say we get due process through FISA issuing a warrant... Ahem!), its records, its testimony, the “hearing” is all behind a vault door and conducted in secret.
These scenarios would have resulted, at one time, in me being called a paranoid, crazy, delusional, wacko for merely suggesting them, but now that the fact of NSA surveillance is out here – and these sigint and intelligence sharing agreement programs have been revealed and aren't part of the Patriot Act but are still used by NSA, where one of these agreements even explains NSA’s formation and designation of their responsibilities, not by acts of Congress but by these agreements alone – and while we do not know how to use the knowledge of the program's existence or what to do about any of this, and that's if the whole thing isn't just completely mind-numbing by just the overwhelming undermining of what we've believed, today I am not considered a paranoid, crazy, delusional, or even wacko. A right-wing wacko sure, but my sanity has been vindicated by the reality that, what was once deemed impossible and insanity to suggest, is actually taking place.
So the truth of what I am describing, using the Jodi Arias trial, is that the scenario is possible, and that this scenario can be true for anyone when government is storing and “controlling” records on everyone. At first blush, the Arias example might seem like a reasonable use, a brilliant way to do away with a spy, let alone a murderer, while not giving up anything regarding our nation's intelligence and security. The trouble is, that the system has been, and can be, wrong, innocently inaccurate, or worse, abused and corrupted, firstly by "the wrong people in charge," per se. But since the entire “apparatus,” the “scheme” is clandestine, since it is protected as a National Secret, since those involved don't want the link of the Patriot Act’s remedies at law to be used in any relation to sigint or intelligence agreements, what is the chance, the likelihood, of abuse and of the abuse becoming the standard, becoming the policy and procedure, to where, secondly the “right people” are in charge but the previous policy remains in place and is viewed as an objective standard of “law and intelligence” that, by actual use, is an equal opportunity of government oppression over all?
This is the trouble with the government just having this information, irrespective of the views of the United States Supreme Court, for the information is a "snapshot" of communications and decisions one has made in their lives, their past actions and thoughts, even emotions and how they express them, all that “can and will be used against you,” if by no other means than "profiling you," to fit people to a crime instead of prove they actually perpetrated the crime. A horrible thought but the heart of the very trouble with this whole scenario.
Thus, when I did a cursory review of the Patriot Act and found the sections for civil and criminal remedy (see http://changingwind.org/index/news.php?extend.249.2) it was immediately obvious to me that people need to know about them, and have some suggestions of what they could do with the Patriot Act to protect themselves. There is too much of a drum beat to get away from a law, the only law that I know of, that we could use to expose not just what NSA has on someone, but how they got it, whether by sigint or through intelligence sharing, and then be able to bring an end to the whole idea that this domestic spying and database storing of information is a good thing instead of as the genuine threat to national security it is by threatening the very Freedom we hold dear; affecting our considerations of what to do and when by our own 2nd guessing of "what will the NSA think if I say that?" or "What will the government think if I do this?" and handing the immoral secular government the chance to be the moral contrast to our thoughts and actions, a coerced (by duress) undermining of the American way and Spirit.
Using Arias again, what if the phone records used were intercepts by China under intelligence sharing? Would you want to be deemed an enemy of the State subject to this kind of trial and prosecution because of records we got from China about you? Would anyone? And is it a check or balance if both governments decide to name innocents -- those droned civilians the left is always propping up in feigned worry about -- and falsify records to have people imprisoned and killed in order to test the trust between their governments so these governments can play the "I duped you" urinating contest of machismo with each other ad infinitum, while we are less than pawns on a chess board to be discarded? All because of a cold institutional view of data that we transfer to an assumption of objective use by those managing the data? Are we truly going to sit back and let the government literally treat us as "just a number?"
Suddenly these things aren't delusions, as they once were when technology wasn't able to achieve what has since happened with the digital age, and everyone's foolish embrace of it as though there are no strings attached. Thus we're all thrust into the midst of the reality prophesied by those we thought to be paranoid -- our summary ostracizing of them our waiver of discussion and solutions -- only now that the prophecy has occurred and been proven true by government's admission do we belatedly ask if this is the reality we want in the future, the one the paranoid mind envisioned and that we now cannot discount with confidence in knowing it's just not possible. Note how government "force" comes in a variety of packages.
This is the proper danger of the answers to questions leading to the next set of questions, that, of course needs to take place. Information technology has quietly evolved in a vacuum created by the commercial possibilities of it, treating it as the unleashing of human potential, irrespective of the myriad misrepresentations made by "science" over other things such as global warming. So, it would seem the time has come for the technology to be taken to task as to its affect on reality, that maybe it is time we established limits to technology's areas of application and objects of its study and use as we did with government. Because the influence of information and how it is managed, presented, and re-presented, the ease with which we assume trust and the assumption of trust in regard to information, and how this is exploited by government using technology for oppressive ends, is just too great.
I can't emphasize enough the import of understanding what it means for government to be Agent “Ralph Edwards” of the NSA, with “This Is Your Life” on a thumb drive.
Thank you for reading,
[Okay, this is long because it has "notation" as this is the read version of what I was going to post as a written blog without the notations. I found I had to make notations in this one because the issue isn't as simple. Here is where I read this out, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/toddy-littman/2013/06/15/patriot-act-nsas-biggest-nightmare. I'll suggest listening to the show while reading the following, as some of the notations didn't make the show and some of what is discussed on the show didn't make it into the notations, thinking aloud. As "scribbled type" notations, the grammar is probably lacking, I ask you pardon those instances, thank you.]
A few times people asked and a few times I offered up what I'm about to go over, eventually it was said, by my good friend @GregWHoward “that this needs more than 140 characters a line,” so here goes...
Unbeknownst to anyone, for the most part, but the intelligence community and member governments, there were a series of what appear to be Executive (Presidential) Agreements done. The NSA title and first paragraphs of their disclosure page are instructive...
“UKUSA Agreement Release
“The tradition of intelligence sharing between NSA and its Second party partners has deep and widespread roots that have been cultivated for almost three quarters of a century. During World War II, the U.S. Army and Navy each developed independent foreign SIGINT [i] relationships with the British and the Dominions of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These relations evolved and continued across the decades. The bonds, forged in the heat of a world war and tempered by decades of trust and teamwork, remain essential to future intelligence successes.
“The March 5, 1946, signing of the BRUSA (now known as UKUSA) Agreement marked the reaffirmation of the vital WWII cooperation between the United Kingdom and United States. Over the next 10 years, appendices to the Agreement, some of which are included with this release to the public, were drafted and revised. These appendices and their annexures provide details of the working relationship between the two partners and also address arrangements with the other Second Parties (Australia, Canada, and New Zealand).” -- Emphases mine, http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/declass/ukusa.shtml
[NOTATION: Put link in chatroom.]
Can I tell you all about this agreement? Obviously not, for even though this all took place some 70 years ago, and was not concluded, apparently portions of it remain secret, kept from the public.
Just for the simplicity of it, anyone can sift through this incomplete group of documents that are part of a public disclosure, via the web obviously, and, as I want to avoid being a “nerd in the weeds,” I ask you to go to what is the last link at the time of writing this blog/article, “New UKUSA Agreement – 10 May 1955” and look at the references to NSA on page 2, note the setting up of NSA, its Director, and their responsibilities are mentioned for discussion there.
I ran across this in looking up information for a couple of other ChangingWind.Org articles, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.142 and http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.143. These articles were more in regard to the politics of having the Tea Party come into Congress and being upset in their not doing something significant in regard to these longstanding clandestine surveillance programs that go against the Limited Government Principles of the Tea Party.
Echelon never was held accountable for its suggestion that “virtually [as in virtual drives perhaps?] 97% of all communications worldwide [in the late 1990s] was monitored, recorded, and held,” government just having an ever-available grip on the hindsight of all communications and those who made them. Duncan Campbell of the Statesman tried to shed a bright light on this, http://www.duncancampbell.org/content/echelon. However, as per usual with the leftwing INTERNATIONAL media, he was silenced by their editorialism, their being “reasonable” in thinking that this is way too much for people to handle, that it will upset people worldwide to know this is going on, and how it works; and also being unreasonable, that the idea of a handful, say 1000 editors whose approval is required and believe in a collectivist order at any cost, would go with other stories – And you thought the Monica Lewinsky “she saved the dress” scandal was just a personal matter, never knowing it was a story spun out of control in media and government frenzy to avoid something much bigger than a Presidency. We almost seem to be in a similar place in media, frenzy, and “crisis not to go to waste” history, a sort of “déjà vu,” only now, the admission is greater, and, the fact is each event, Clinton’s Echelon-to-Lewinsky, and now, Obama's Benghazi-to-NSA, are steps of acceptance by the American public of increments of Socialism, and of global government if we do not call for a halt of the surveillance, which, amazingly would be done by us through the Patriot Act, not by politics.
However, a little tying pieces together in is in order regarding the “sigint” agreements.
Let's say America spies on Britain, Britain spies on Canada, Canada spies on China, and China spies on America, and then each of these governments share the information they surveilled with the country they spied on. Legally, do you or any one of us have standing to bring a lawsuit against the government of a foreign country for spying on us when we did not know? Do any of the people in these other countries have legal standing? Obviously, no, none of us do – And, it is this limited liability to governments while gaining trustworthy intelligence that gave “sigint” such an appeal. Some might think, “well we have legal standing now because we know about it.” Simply put: We, any single one of us, are not a party to the agreements between these governments. I'll cite a little article about a case brought to challenge the 2008 FISA Court (what the Patriot Act affected, essentially):
“The 9th Circuit noted that this case was similar to another suit before the U.S. Supreme Court, Clapper v. Amnesty Int'l, where government surveillance programs under the 2008 incarnation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were challenged for Fourth Amendment reasons.
“Like the plaintiffs in Clapper, the 9th Circuit demanded proof that the government had surveilled them. Since CCR [center] did not provide that proof, the 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the case.” -- Emphasis mine, this article find care of https://twitter.com/sue51684, article link, http://blogs.findlaw.com/decided/2013/06/nsa-warrantless-wiretapping-lawsuits-dismissal-affirmed.html.
Does anyone else see the trouble with the criteria of “prove that government surveilled you” for a clandestine Executive Agreement program made between governments that requires the highest government clearances in each of them to even know about? -- And people wonder why the anti-federalists thinking the original 13 colonies breaking into 3 or for separate nations was a bad idea!
Now, if this is enough, put this article away with a sticky note for later, but know I am planning not to go too much further, so I'd ask you to indulge me.
I laid this out to you to understand that government surveillance of the American People isn't a new thing, knowing about it is, and that maturity, objectivity, and a sober mind are paramount necessities to assure we do not essentially hand government eventual SCOTUS case precedents to be used to further the masquerade of all of this.
I'll just cite 2 pieces of the original Patriot Act itself so you can understand why this is the agenda of the Obama Administration’s 2nd term, to get rid of the Patriot Act, by Executive fiat (Executive Order) and, if possible, by repeal. The public sentiment hasn't reached an apex that makes maneuvering them significant enough for the House to be overwhelmingly taken by Progressives if the current “GOP controlled” House will not repeal the Patriot Act (and if none of this happens, great, I wanna be wrong! hahaha).
“`Sec. 2712. Civil actions against the United States
“ `(a) IN GENERAL- Any person who is aggrieved by any willful violation of this chapter or of chapter 119 of this title or of sections 106(a), 305(a), or 405(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) may commence an action in United States District Court against the United States to recover money damages. In any such action, if a person who is aggrieved successfully establishes such a violation of this chapter or of chapter 119 of this title or of the above specific provisions of title 50, the Court may assess as damages--
“ `(1) actual damages, but not less than $10,000, whichever amount is greater; and
“ `(2) litigation costs, reasonably incurred.
“ `(b) PROCEDURES- (1) Any action against the United States under this section may be commenced only after a claim is presented to the appropriate department or agency under the procedures of the Federal Tort Claims Act, as set forth in title 28, United States Code.
“ `(2) Any action against the United States under this section shall be forever barred unless it is presented in writing to the appropriate Federal agency within 2 years after such claim accrues or unless action is begun within 6 months after the date of mailing, by certified or registered mail, of notice of final denial of the claim by the agency to which it was presented. The claim shall accrue on the date upon which the claimant first has a reasonable opportunity to discover the violation.” -- Emphasis mine, there's more here, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.R.3162.ENR: just click the link for section 2712.
[NOTATION: i.e. SF 95 & procedure, http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/fas/SF95.pdf]
[NOTATION: Explain how “reasonable opportunity to discover the violation” means that the clock starts from the time the person bringing the lawsuit had actual knowledge of their right to make a claim, that offense done 10 years ago, is not barred if you didn't know until today you had a right to make a claim, that this is when the clock for the 2 years or 6 months starts. You can't be held accountable for what you didn't know, and when asked to prove when you knew, you need to show when without it being able to be considered “unreasonable” though they'll argue that, tell the truth of not knowing and when you did know, and the course of events itself will engender reasonableness.]
[NOTATION: Explain that the Civil Case is a great opportunity for discovery, and that by using it narrow and yet accurately you want to submit those things that will lead to ease in filing a complaint to get a prosecution started, pursuant to the next section, for, as records in a courtroom, whether judgment in your favor or not, they are public records that, if taken in by the court as evidence, are generally irrefutable as submittable as evidence in another case. If you won, it will be easier to get them submitted in a subsequent case brought under the following section.]
“SEC. 329. CRIMINAL PENALTIES.
“ Any person who is an official or employee of any department, agency, bureau, office, commission, or other entity of the Federal Government, and any other person who is acting for or on behalf of any such entity, who, directly or indirectly, in connection with the administration of this title, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity in return for--
“ (1) being influenced in the performance of any official act;
[NOTATION: This could just include a raise or elevation in stature/position]
“ (2) being influenced to commit or aid in the committing, or to collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
[NOTATION”: If someone says there was information gathered about you, but it is false, if you don't know about the information the agency will never know the information isn't true, right?]
“ (3) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official duty of such official or person,
[NOTATION: which obviously would be more than merely influence, more covert/overt, threatening etc.]
“ shall be fined in an amount not more than 3 times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both. A violation of this section shall be subject to chapter 227 of title 18, United States Code, and the provisions of the United States Sentencing Guidelines.” --
Full text of the original Patriot Act as passed same as above, (I strongly suggest using a Mark Levine group, ACLJ or other lawyer, and feel free to share this article with them as well, the depth of what is going on is unfathomable), http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.R.3162.ENR: Just click the link to Section 329. Thomas treats all of these links from the main Patriot Act text as “temporary” searches that expire within 30 minutes or I'd just post a link to the sections directly.
As you can see, there is a means of remedy, both civil and criminal, however, the roadblock of grounds to sue becomes the issue if you follow these paths directly. So, and this is my concluding portion of this article, I suggest your lawyers look closely at the above provisions of the Patriot Act, recognizing the discovery opportunities to establish standing on the basis of the law's self-executing provisions regarding civil/criminal liability, depending on who you are and who your lawyers are, how they practice law, and the type of remedy pursued. The legal specifics must of course be included in the SF-95 (http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/fas/SF95.pdf), and, as you can see in the order of things, the notice and opportunity to the agency to give you a hearing, and deny your claim is required by the law as well. The key to this for us is that it is in the course of this administrative claim process that the waiver of the agency's presumption of sovereign immunity occurs when you get no remedy.
Method, order, and keeping your wits about you, for you and your lawyers, is essential. But while others are screaming as though this is a conspiracy of banks (or lizard people), the reality is that even Prison Camps have been with us since the 1940s, http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/4125 (hit the “notes” tab after the link loads).
Of course, the necessity is to recognize that the only ones upset are those trying to deceive and mislead you, having a political or monetary agenda fed by their sensationalism, or that they truly are panicked, and likely would be best served by your use of seasoned reason and objectivity to help them become a client to your lawyer so we can have myriad individual cases that win, that set hundreds, if not thousands of Supreme Court precedents that end the entire idea of surveillance behind the NSA program.
I'd share more details but at 4 pages in my word processor, I am sure I've outworn my welcome to your eyes, and ears, should I read this on a BTR radio show.
Thank you for reading and/or listening, God Bless,
Yes, it is “dis-integration.” I'll say I was wrong about not getting rid of the IRS, though they've given me ample reason to be suspicious of getting rid of them, specifically, when the IRS is arguing the tax code is too complex, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/08_tas_arc_msp_1.pdf.
However, in my efforts to be a reasonable person, I think I've come up with a proposal to “dis-integrate” the IRS from American government, revoking the burden of the income tax, and, essentially, doing what we did with Prohibition when we realized it was a mistake:
“Proposed 28th Amendment
“We the People, in finding that the 14th Amendment was broadly applied to Article I, Section 2, do hereby prescribe the following wording be unstruck, 'Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers,' and;
“That by reinstating to the Constitution for the United States of America this method of taxation derived by Our Founders the legal reason for the continuance of the 16th Amendment no longer exists, and that this Amendment is rescinded.
“That any and all agencies created to enforce the 16th Amendment will be liquidated, and all proceeds, accounts and amount(s) related to such agencies shall be returned to the United States Treasury, subject to immediate payment of any amounts awarded by court judgment (all paid in full within 30 days from ratification of this amendment), the remainder to be treated as due to Americans from the preceding and final tax filing year, with all remaining amounts, if any, to remain in the United States Treasury as earmarked for payment to late filers, for a period of two years, and then all amounts left over, if any, to be earmarked for payment to the creditors of the government of the United States.
“That all statutes and other legislation caused to exist in relation to the 16th Amendment shall be repealed by Congress no less than 30 days after ratification of this 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
“That every court including the United States Supreme Court will no longer apply any law relating to the 16th Amendment, with exception of review in favor of those known as 'taxpayers.'”
“That in using the original Founders taxing system under Article I, Section 2, We the People, by this 28th Amendment to the Constitution for the United States, do hereby impose upon the current budget of the United States Government a 10% reduction in total amount spent per year for the next five years (30% flat reduction in spending), with each succeeding fiscal year using the previous fiscal year's total amount after reduction as their baseline to calculate the 10% reduction for the following fiscal year that shall be retroactively applied to the beginning of the fiscal year when this Amendment is ratified.”
My change of heart is simple. I thought out further just how much of a chilling effect the IRS has on everything and everyone, that it has an overbroad power due to its scope via the 16th Amendment from which the IRS derives its authority. There is more than a high (if not extreme) probability that everyone who is questioning the IRS will be subjected to this agency's wrath, be it audits or whatever else they can impose, as the agency employees have proven they don't have any due respect for We the People despite their servant status. This type of intrusive, oppressive, and downright mean power, that has been and therefore can be wielded arbitrarily as retribution upon any American, whether in government or a private citizen, is a grave power, a power that has no place in a free country, to which Thomas Jefferson once bragged in praise over our lack of not having a taxman, (see fifth paragraph of Jefferson Second Inaugural Address, http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres17.html).
Now, the reasons the left would be opposed to ending the IRS' existence is, for starters, it would end...Wait for it... The Progressive Income Tax, a tax that escalates based on a table indexed to how much one makes, that then increases the percentage of tax based on your ambition and doing what comes naturally: being more successful. This Progressive tax treats, and has treated since the 1930's, success as something to be punished, a wrong to the extreme as there is no greater burden upon government or society from one’s success, and therefore no justification for this increase in tax burden percentage. Instead the Progressive Income Tax is in fact that “taking of private property for public purposes without just compensation” part of the 5th Amendment, an unlawful act of the United States Government no matter how many procedures (legality & bureaucracy) are involved, (Amendment V here, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html).
No more IRS also means no more “[Place name of any GOP nominee for President here] is in the 1%” arguments can be made; no more Harry Reid saying, from the Senate Floor where such statements by a Senator are immune from question and lawsuit, that same GOP nominee didn't pay their income taxes; and thus, no more “99% are suffering” gobbledegook for Progressives to disparage their opponents with, as though there is a limited amount of money possible in a nation where only 7% of all inventions actually reach market, demonstrating that our current economy is based on the productive use of only 7% (at most 10%) of the possible things that can be produced to generate wealth – just imagine if we merely doubled this percentage.
Now, I know that those who spend their time working on ways to ridicule success, promoting socialism and universal Utopia with laws mandating everyone has a right to a unicorn, have a lot on their plate in being insulting, demeaning, and promoting government oppression of private enterprise by Americans exercising their Individual Liberty... But, it must be pointed out that all of that mental gyration of hate has kept these “great Progressive minds” of “such incredible intellect” so busy that they can't be inventive, creative, or ingenious in devising greater and greater ways to aid society in generating wealth by inventions that actually make life easier – And you thought those 40-year-olds living in Mom's basement playing video games as a livelihood were a bad thing! No, these elitists can't be burdened with actually being beneficial to life and society when Global Warming is on the horizon and their ability to exploit that as a means of increasing government power is their top priority – Do you see how their focus and obsession with these things that destroy America, even if only a circular logistic of neverending mental activities of oblivious yet touchy-feely sensitives of no consequence, has removed them from any hope of being productive members of American Society? Their complaint is fed by their incessant focus in a vicious cycle that by operation will not help American achievement continue, undermining the process of invention, production, marketing and reinvestment by their choice of stagnating stagnation – They're stifled like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. Enough time has been wasted on these time wasters!
So let us move toward the American system of taxation that once existed, prior to an overzealous use of the Constitution language-striking pen, used by whosoever applied 14th Amendment section 2 to U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, as then we will have a more free and prosperous America with a government that comprehends that the difference between expense and extravagance is their limited income, limiting their power naturally. Government spending will therefore be directly related to a purpose articulated by Our Written Constitution. You see Our Founders, when granting a power purposefully stated it in a manner that the power is a limit unto itself – pure genius!
Please know that I am sure a more well thought out and educated person could add to this Proposed 28th Amendment, and strike what may be harmful as well. However, the main point of this Amendment is to correct the portion of the Constitution that was erroneously struck out, that the 14th Amendment didn't even suggest to strike, which, as amended, is a record of what We the People have done, both directly and through representation in assertion of self-government; the record of our efforts to have a nation and government that is by our direction and Consent, to have a government that consistently places We the People paramount in their consideration as each representative's conscious purpose of Honorable action, of good government intended to act on behalf of all the people in fact, not by assumption, presumption, or in relation to political ideologies & parties. This is the American ideology as a matter of fact, set forth by the Constitution itself, using the express phrase “We the People”... three little words that assure an immediate knowledge to any reader of our Constitution of who is telling others what to do, dictating boundaries, and is the final decider of what is right for America. Not by elections and polls, but by our own voice via Amendments we promote to add to the Constitution, is there a voice given to the Posterity, and the voice of Right that we, as Americans alone bear as “Constituents,” our birthright to be the Masters over our servant government.
I thank you for reading, and God Bless,
Toddy LittmanP.S. I read this out aloud and discuss other issues (since it read really easy) here, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/toddy-littman/2013/06/08/the-irs-socialism-dis-integration-amendment.
I started working on this on September 18, 2011, and see it more necessary now than ever before, in light of Benghazi, IRS, and the DOJ AP and FoxNews James Rosen scandals....
Remember this (posted by the White House April 11, 2012)?
Well Mr. President, what about those in government who aren't “doing their fair share” and “playing by the same set of rules” according to law and the Constitution, those getting bonuses, benefits, and job security in excess of Warren Buffett's secretary like Lois Lerner (and many others) on paid administrative leave? Warren Buffett's secretary would not be on administrative leave if she targeted a group who spoke up because Mr. Buffett, unlike the government, would be sued and lose millions due to his secretary's actions. These government employees don't deserve bonuses – the Honor of serving the American People and being trusted to do so should be enough – though some union, whose trustees like managing hundreds of billions of dollars on the stock market, may have made sure this provision was in a union contract to help gain that pension to manage by unionizing a particular group of government employees, irrespective of the fact it isn't their contract right when they violated the terms of their office, a breach of contract! Lois Lerner and every similarly situated “government employee” is the subject here, Mr. President, they do not deserve ANY of these benefits, and your Buffett rule IS redistribution of wealth TO THE GOVERNMENT to afford the Lois Lerners! It is this ever spend-happy attitude of government that has caused all Americans to see “their security erode over the last few decades.” (See “Bill Gates hits 100 Billion Dollar Mark, More or Less, published July 17, 1999, http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/17/ and compare to today named “Richest Man in the World” 2013 with 72 billion dollars, http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/, adjusted for inflation, Bill Gates networth should be 139 billion, meaning” Bill Gates and those horrible “rich people” lost 50% of their networth since 1999 solely due to inflation and loss of purchasing power. Try this with $100 to see for yourself http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/.)
Thus, to and for We, the American People, I give, Mr. President, Speaker Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “The Lerner Rule, The Bureaucrat Accountability & Responsibility Act”:
“Whereas the funds in the U.S. Treasury continue to belong to the People after collected;
“Whereas there is an unrebuttable presumption that government has not always spent this money wisely;
“Whereas the elected members of Government serve at the pleasure of the people;
“Whereas bureaucrats and other administrative personnel, or entities composed of the same, are appointed by elected members of Government and charged with a function of government from time to time;
“Whereas these bureaucrats are in all cases, that among these are: Government, non-Government, pseudo-government, Quasi-Government, and/or Non-Government(al) Organization, operating in a form of legal government agency whether an agency with funding subject to legislative provision, and appropriation, executive budget, or otherwise;
“Whereas, numerous examples demonstrate a need for accountability and responsibility on the part of public works and their workers who are members of a Public Worker Union acting in such agency, that according to the records of use of public funding 1) Department of Energy failed to stop Solyndra, a solar panel maker from losing $535,000,000; 2) the IRS sent tax refunds to dead people; and 3) the Department of Justice oversaw a program where weapons were purchased by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms with U.S. Treasury funds and these weapons were then given to Mexican drug cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms who lost track of them; and 4) that FannieMae & FreddieMac, acting in a “Quasi-Government” capacity placed trillions of dollars in jeopardy through Mortgage Backed Securities, that could still default, in an amount in excess of $500,000,000,000,000; and,
“Whereas bureaucratic agency, established by public funding, provides no greater power than those powers granted to members of the elected Government Representative individual and/or body;
“And, further, We the People do hereby find that the death of an American Ambassador, his aide, and 2 former members of the United States military, in and of itself as an event is significant; that administrative systems put in place by the State Department failed to assure the lives of Americans put in harm's way by the President of the United States and resulting failure of most of this administration to come forward immediately with true, correct, and complete information that would help explain this event has created another significant event, one of incompetence that liquefies all authority of government in this specific area, and generally has resulted in questioning government use and management of information, both on the night of the horrific Benghazi Attack and failed Department of State Policy and the mis-use of information after the fact that was presented as explanation for the direct assault on our diplomats, their aides, and any who helped them, even if they put their job on the line, for We the People do hereby Proclaim that it is significant, that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were on the ground and were murdered along with Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith on September 11, 2012, acted against orders to stand down and not interfere, that these actions are testimony to the absolute contrary of what the American People were told happened and was the cause of the Benghazi Attack, and this is what difference it makes, that We the People demand this testimony be considered and denounce in whole the actions of an administration, a branch of government and its bureaucracy whose communications demonstrate they were more concerned about appearances of the situation in the Press in the days following Benghazi than the gravity of there being American deaths, and the gravity of the actions of those who died;
“We the People find that the following events affected and continue to affect the body politic, both in immediately recognizing our unalienable Right to Freedom of Expression and how those in government by all forms of agency view and treat We the People if we happen to disagree with government's direction and assert our Freedom of Expression:
“1) The IRS targeting Americans exemplifies when an agency has devolved, by bureaucratic routine, into a culture of assumed color of authority with a presumption overall, and whose agents assume they are protected and cannot be fired, that We the People find is due to the aforementioned administrative agency insulation of bureaucrats and their bureaucracy, evidenced by the mere notion that any would think to take up the task to identify Americans in an arbitrary and capricious manner that defines them as political opponents to the policies of the President of the United States and then to act upon this definition in abuse of a presumption of sole authority over those who've placed trust in them; that this act is a heinous assault on the limits placed on Congress by the First Amendment under the idea of origination and use of laws as a power to silence dissent to the actions of the National Government;
“2) The Department of Justice confiscating 2 months of phone logs of members of the Institutional American Press known as the Associated Press and also found to have issued a search warrant some 2 years ago to confiscate information from James Rosen, a Fox News Washington, D.C. Reporter, that was named as a co-conspirator where the warrant was signed by the Attorney General of the United States, both of which were never notified they were being investigated by the government, and that this event continues to reveal further intrusions into the Press, that We the People find is due to the aforementioned administrative agency insulation of bureaucrats and their bureaucracy, evidenced by the mere notion that anyone in the Department of Justice would name a member of the Press as a co-conspirator to leaking government information in applying for a search warrant. The Press is not employed by the government and is charged with the job of dissemination of information by its mere existence as a private entity, their duty if they wish to claim protection under the limits imposed by the First Amendment, is to disseminate information whether or not it is consistent with what the National Government wants We the People of the nation to have an opportunity to become knowledgeable of, and it is this objectivity that is intended to assure the Press is a watchdog over government in all its forms in America;
“Whereas We the People come to the conclusion that in both the financial and First Amendment abuses herein stated that in all cases it is as though the bureaucrat is acting with an air of being protected and immune from any accountability for their actions, as it is matter of fact that regulation and authority of agency, jointly and severally, derive from Legislation passed by Congress, or regulatory authority that was granted to the President of the United States by Congress, and signed into law by the President of the United States, and that there is an unrebuttable presumption that any agent(s) of any agency who carry out any scheme whatsoever, whether jointly, separately, and/or in concert with others anywhere in the world, is a wrongful act to represent the authority of government in such agency at any and all times of doing so, that these people are not acting as extensions of representative government but instead are knowingly making a direct assault upon the very foundation of our Republic as their actions represent a foreign erroneous government interest in counter-distinction to those that American government is representing, these bureaucrats are asserting the presumption of an inherent government interest not to be limited over and above the American government principle of the Will of the People limiting government, as though the Constitution doesn't exist, an instrument opening with and ratified by the right of the People, whose productivity happens to be paying the bureaucrat's annually increasing paycheck, their benefits, bonuses, and retirement plan – the debt that ever-growing government bureaucracy has accumulated and calls the United States Treasury. Our “limit” is the very Constitutional bar, a standard that, when crossed, results in accountability of government to us that We the People hereby demand in the form of loss of compensation to the bureaucrat in direct proportion to severity of violation of trust using a presumption of gross negligence tantamount-to-fraud standard that is in an amount no less than 3 times the amount of all sums paid to such bureaucrat and 10 years in prison for each incident;
“We the People find that it is this erroneous principle of government acting for its interest and no other that has resulted in a government of bureaucrats with a blatant disregard for the American People irrespective of us as a whole being the entire authority upon which all representatives at all levels of government are to act, their entire authority deriving from the idea they represent us. And We the People hereby find that those who act in such agency or promote that they hold an authoritative administrative capacity that is over the People and denies recourse by legal means and/or representative government process have been wrongfully insulated by Congress, the President and the United States Supreme Court from being subject to the actual liability for their actions to the very people who they affect and that this results in an assumed authority to affect commerce by their actions without the responsibility that comes with making a decision that affects other People's money and unalienable Right of, and over, their own Lives; that those people hired who become employees of government, as described above, has resulted in a government filled with employees who have no respect for who is paying their paycheck, their boss, We the People; and,
“Therefore, We, The People, do hereby submit “The Lerner Rule: The Bureaucrat Accountability & Responsibility Act” for immediate ratification by the House and Senate, and signed shortly thereafter (not to exceed 10 days) by the President of the United States, in an effort to reinstate accountable government for the “consent of the governed” will no longer be ignored as the requisite standard of legitimacy for American Government, a standard established by the Declaration of Independence.
“Additionally, our act, in order to help stem the abuses of Public Employee Union Pension Pools, proposes that the retirement funds of the financially deepest pocket Public Employee Union, who oversees an administrative and negotiating capacity affecting the bureaucrat, be subject to lien, levy and/or whatever means necessary to effectuate full collection of moneys lost when a public employee member of their union, has affected, influenced, or otherwise been involved in any way to affect or influence a decision, that led to a loss of funds and caused the United States Government to be liable for their fiduciary obligations in managing the United States Treasure in a manner consistent with the Public Good for We the People.
“This Act is authorized under the “general Welfare” clause, in assuring the people of the United States of America hold their government in high esteem.”
Thank you for endeavoring to read this, God Bless you,
Envision how horrific it would be for a plane coming into the airport, to begin landing with the engines at full throttle and never decelerating. Then, as the plane touches down, the pilot fails to apply the brakes. The plane, as it uses up all the runway and approaches a building is steered by the pilot to impact broadside, and rolling the cockpit, the pilot ejected, and is the sole survivor able to walk away. That pilot is none other than Barack Hussein Obama.
When interviewed afterward, he tells us I don't know what happened. When the NTSB looks into the cause of the crash, somehow the input to the blackboxes had been tampered with. All we have is the word of the pilot for what happened, leaving no simple means to verify any theory ascertainable by forensics from the wreckage, and all of which will be deflected, pointing at the pilot with nothing more to say than, “I don't know.”
This is the state of American Government in relation to the people today. The blackboxes are our media, either unplugged, out of presumption of trust in a President who they believe agrees with their ideology, or, now, those in media who don't share that ideology (and therefore look to government with the critical eye expected of the free press) and are put under scrutiny by the government…and yes it's the first time that the First Amendment limits on government have been put to an Executive Branch test to end the Free Press.
Let's look at the First Amendment to understand this narrow area of Constitutional Law that President Obama's White House is pursuing under the idea of “balance”:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html.
The inclusion of the word “Congress” here is to make it very clear what branch, the Legislative branch, is prohibited from the activities described in the First Amendment. This could be construed to mean that other branches could have mechanisms, institutions, etc., if they have lawful authority to do so, to carry on activities in the “establishment of religion,” or that could prohibit “the free exercise thereof,” or activities to abridge “freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”
However, this view is one that is very narrow, but, of course, yours truly has mentioned it on more than one occasion because it is this narrow view at one point in time that Progressive Government in Washington D.C. will eventually have us believing is the principle view, the intentional and purposeful view intended by Our Founders.
The refutation of this view quickly derives from the body of the Constitution itself at Article I, Section 7, in pertinent part:
“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
“Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html.
Our Founders, in their great wisdom caused the Limits of the First Amendment to apply to the President of the United States by the operation of a bill becoming a law in the course of the administrative mechanism of American polity prescribed by the Constitution in the first place! Congress cannot make a law without presentation to the President, with exception of achieving a 2/3 vote in both houses of Congress when the President objects to a bill. This is a hurdle for the Congress, put in the Constitution before the Congress' “enumerated” and not general powers are stated in Article I, Section 8, enumerated to assure that only those specific objects are to be contemplated by the national Government to the exclusion of all others.
Now, I must confess I can argue both sides of this narrow view of the First Amendment, and I make this confession to illustrate the fluidity of our Constitution as our tool to use on errant and overzealous government!
The idea of the Constitution as “a living document” has no place as a belief of the government it is constituting, establishing the rules of government legitimacy and authority for. However, this belief does have a very well established place in the heart of the living breathing American.
The ideals of Our Founders are kept alive by We the People, who aren't dead entities created by sheafs of paper but born alive, and whose ability to enforce the principles of self-government, that “Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness” stuff, are the ones who breathe life into the purpose, meaning, and intention of the Constitution as an instrument of the Will of the People. Only by a living being can a group of principles and ideas foster a will, to live, to be free, to enjoy our lives, a will that is kept alive from generation to generation.
The “balance” that President Obama speaks of is a balance where government is beneficiary of our efforts, the thief of our Freedom, and destroyer of Individual Liberty (one moving without the restrictions of government) because his balance is the assertion of government assuming a life of its own, his balance is the act of imposing government's life upon us, making every effort to force recognition of government's life as being more important than our own. President Obama's version of an imbalance is a person operating of their own free will, and apparently he feels the same about the Press.
It was reported Tuesday that The Senate and House are each working on their own legislation to protect reporters. I am not sure if this effort began with the Associated Press story of the Obama Department of Justice's blatant disregard for First Amendment limits on the Constitution in confiscating 2 months of phone records; or if this started since 1 Fox News reporter, James Rosen, has been, for what appears to be the first time in history, accused of a crime in receiving classified information and reporting it, alleged as a reporter to be a co-conspirator to leak classified information by the FBI; or if this started with the investigation of leaks regarding “Fast & Furious” where 2 Fox News reporters were again investigated. In each instance it appears there was no notice from the government and worse: the government violating the computer systems of the businesses these reporters work for (hacking them) to get the personal emails of at least some of these reporters.
And, of course, per the news report, President “Balance” Obama has said he'll sign “whatever bill achieves the balance I want.”
Do you see what Obama is doing? He's forcing Congress to violate the First Amendment prohibitions or find a way to achieve the 2/3 they need to override his veto if they wish to assure the Press is protected from the Executive Branch – DICTATORSHIP ALERT! ANY ALARMS GOING OFF IN YOUR HEAD YET?
I urge you to please share this with your Congressman and Senators, that party affinity must be set aside in order for them to not allow the President of the United States, the Executive Branch, to dictate to the Congress, the Legislative Branch, to violate the most cherished principle of the Bill of Rights, one that assures each and every American has a right to be heard, even when disagreeing with Government, a principle derived from the idea that our Free Speech can force those in government, at least those with a conscience, to be reminded of who they represent and work for: We the People.
I thank you for reading this longer than expected article, and close with an excerpt from Citizens United:
“...The regulatory scheme at issue may not be a prior restraint in the strict sense. However, given its complexity and the deference courts show to administrative determinations, a speaker wishing to avoid criminal liability threats and the heavy cost of defending against FEC enforcement must ask a governmental agency for prior permission to speak. The restrictions thus function as the equivalent of a prior restraint, giving the FEC power analogous to the type of government practices that the First Amendment was drawn to prohibit. The ongoing chill on speech makes it necessary to invoke the earlier precedents that a statute that chills speech can and must be invalidated where its facial invalidity has been demonstrated” -- Emphasis mine, http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf.
SARCASTIC DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance of the bold emphasis line above to the violation of probation of the “anti-Muslim” Coptic Christian film maker wrongfully blamed for what happened in Benghazi; or the targeting of Conservative groups by the IRS – the lack of a 501 (c) (4) to “function as the equivalent of a prior constraint” tantamount to “ask[ing] a governmental agency for prior permission to speak”; or the AP story where 2 months of records are confiscated on the idea they'd put American lives at risk if the “press leaked the information” – note that the Press is supposed to disseminate information, that is their job, but apparently now they need the government's permission – is merely your imagination running wild.
I am glad the numerous reporters being singled out at FoxNews, like the singled out Conservative groups by the IRS, didn't suppress their speech, their expression, for that is the very point of this kind of intimidation by tyrannical despotic socialist dictators -- Particularly in going after opposing views with 2 different government agencies, the IRS and DOJ:
Again, thank you for reading & God Bless,