How do you Know Something is True? Use Constants.

While on vacation in a neighboring state helping my son-in-law build a second bathroom for his soon to be family of six, I noticed more fully what I have always known; if your base is wrong so is everything else. Nothing was square, plumb or level. Things fit, and almost fall into place as if by design, when the base is right. When the foundation is level and when studs are vertically placed 16 inches on center 4 by 8 sheets of sheetrock fit perfectly, as does every thing else. If, as in my case, there are no true reference points, or constants, nothing is right, nothing fits. I had to begin anew with a rectangle room without a single wall from which to get a true bearing. Getting back to the basics that I new to be true, was painful and many times harder, but it had to be done.

In construction, as in all areas of endeavor, there are tools to get us back to proven constants such as a squares, chalk lines, or levels. In other fields it may be a ruler, compass, or a Bible. Ancient mariners used the North Star as a constant. Math, algebra, geometry are based upon constants. In chemistry water is always, and forever will be, H2O and freezes at 32 degrees. In government the constant should be the Constitution. My point. What are your constants? What do you use to decide if something is true?

Are there constants in all fields of study—even in political science? When I find another out of harmony with myself, I want to know his/her constants. What do you read or watch? What is your base? I am unimpressed when I hear the labels republican, democrat, liberal or conservative as these change—thus are not constants. John F. Kennedy, a liberal and a democrat, would make George W. Bush, a conservative and a republican, look very liberal. These terms are not trustworthy over time.

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The Taxation That Our Founders Hated

In light of all the distortions and half-truths that are constantly repeated, let’s be clear –what sparked the ire of our founders was not taxes; it was tyranny.  Their theme was not simply Taxed Enough Already – it was Tyrannized Enough Already.  Their tolerance for tyranny was taxed to the max – that’s the taxation the founders could no longer take.

The original tea party was not just about money and the driving force toward American independence was not simply taxation. At the crux of the matter were the PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT that created the taxation – taxation WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.  It was about government eliminating the common rights of the people.  The motivation behind the tea party event was Great Britain’s attempt to remove the people’s right to electively engage in trade, by mandating purchases only from the government…

But if our Trade is to be curtailed in its most profitable Branches, & Burdens beyond all possible Bearing, laid upon that which is suffered to remain, we shall be so far from being able to take off the manufactures of Great Britain, that it will be scarce possible for us to earn our Bread…?  [Samuel Adams, May 15, 1764, Boston Record Commissioners' Report, vol. 16, pp. 120-122]

Sam Adams went onto explain that the act of arbitrary taxation makes slaves out of a free people:

For if our Trade may be taxed why not our Lands? Why not the Produce of our Lands & every thing [sic] we possess or make use of? This we apprehend annihilates our Charter Right to govern & tax ourselves–It strikes at our British Privileges, which as we have never forfeited them, we hold in common with our Fellow Subjects who are Natives of Britain: If Taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal Representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the Character of free Subjects to the miserable State of tributary Slaves?  [Samuel Adams, May 15, 1764, Boston Record Commissioners' Report, vol. 16, pp. 120-122, emphasis added]

Sam Adams saw the big picture. He knew that if the king assumed the power to lay taxes contrary to the common rights of the colonists, without giving the people any voice, there would be no limit to the power of this government.

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Georgia Legislature, Governor Deal: Nullify Obamacare!

Comments From the Tenth Amendment Center on the initiative to resist the implementation of Obamacare by the simple act of the sovereign state just saying NO!Please sign the petition and share with everyone you know in Georgia who is concerned with the usurpation of powers not delegated to the general government by DC. We need to get at least 1000 signatures and there is much work to do. yet. Please show the nation that Georgia citizens are not willing to buckle to demands of a runaway federal government, and we will not stand for DC usurping power which inalienably belongs to the state!

Comments from the Georgia TAC:

Going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal government isn’t just a bad idea – it doesn’t work!

As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised – when the federal government violates the constitution, it’s up to US – in our states – to stand up and say NO.

To the Affordable Care Act – we say Nullify It!

“Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers…..a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” That’s Thomas Jefferson’s message for unconstitutional acts like the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. James Madison told us that the states are “duty bound to interpose…to arrest the progress of evil….”

Today, we see undelegated powers – and the progression of evil. In response, our state needs to stand up and say NO. Please introduce, consider, and pass the “Federal Health Care Nullification Act” – as included in this petition. This bill will make clear that the state considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional – and will take all measures necessary to prevent its enforcement.

Only when enough people and enough states stand up to say NO! – can the Constitution reign supreme. The time for us to act is now.

Governor Nathan Deal has made his thoughts plain on Obamacare’s effect on the economy and the quality of healthcare here in Georgia: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Against Obamacare

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