My Prepared Testimony in Favor of the Oregon Firearms Freedoms Act

Here is the Testimony I am sending to the House Judiciary committee, I would encourage you all to send similar testimony to the same.  The email addresses are annola.dejong@state.or.us, as well as all the addresses in this piece I put out earlier http://oregon.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/02/hb2796-oregon-firearms-freedoms-act-to-do-list-revised/ .  Remember the members on this committee should be hearing from us often.  Once you have sent testimony, send emails, and call as well.

Distinguished Sirs/Madams,

I am writing to you in the hopes that you will pass the Oregon Firearms Freedoms Act.  The Federal govt. only has the authority contained in the text of the U.S. Constitution.  This plain fact is affirmed not only by the text of the document, but also by the quotes of the Founders at the ratifying conventions.  The fact that other versions (the “Virginia” Plan) or amendments (proposed by Madison),  which would have enlarged those powers, were specifically rejected.  The Tenth Amendment caps the powers of Congress, as those powers delegated – and reserves all powers not delegated  to the Federal govt., nor forbidden to the states, to the states (or to the people).

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Invasions to nowhere: Gingrich, the sequel, starring himself

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bernie Quigley will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! New Hampshire. Get tickets and info here – http://www.nullifynow.com/newhampshire/ – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

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The Hill’s observations on the Republican line up reveals inherent weakness in the Republican position going into 2012. It goes from damaged goods (Newt Gingrich) to a “blank slate” (Tim Pawlenty). But time is on their side. One would never guess that the country is actually experiencing a renaissance of creative governance with Bob McDonnell in Virginia, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Rick Perry in Texas and even Nikki Haley in South Carolina. Two issues: First, in politics, dinosaurs rule and The Tea Party has been commandeered by the likes of Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich, refried agent provocateurs from the Clinton age (visualize that: before Pokémon, before Kurt Cobain, before Y2K, 9/11 and the 21st century) – it will be nothing but a red neck howl if it continues following that cue and in short order will be “. . . in with the dust and gone with the wind.” The anti-government tenor in Congress today resonates much like the old Gingrich; Gingrich, the sequel, starring himself. At the time it seemed inspired essentially as personal invective against a President who lived below the usual threshold of adulthood. But Gingrich has outdone him. Worth repeating is the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass’s comment on Gingrich: “Is that the Constitution in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

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Did the Republic end in 1913?

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”      ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Did you know that you live in a nation that’s approaching it’s death-rattle-centennial? I bet you probably didn’t. Right in front of our very eyes the Republic was sold into the hands of the banking elites. Right underneath our noses our birthright was stolen. You might be asking yourself: “Ryan, what is so important about 1913?

First, one must examine Alexis de Tocqueville’s comment in reference to the death of the Republic. When de Tocqueville came to America, being privy to the politics and social conditions of his homeland of France, he wished to see what made America so special. His findings, after coming to America and examining our social and political lives, were recorded in his most famous writing: Democracy in America. In it, de Tocqueville discovered that Americans tended to be a very free people, a religious people and a people who were drawn to being in groups… or alliances. But his most dire findings were associated with our political system. He knew that America would perish if the politicians began to bribe the people with their own money. This was impossible until 1913.

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