FCC Town Hall Hearing in Minneapolis

On Thursday, August 19th, 2010, a town hall meeting was held in Minneapolis and involved FCC commissioners Cobbs and Clyburn along with Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who had to leave early because his mother-in-law was in town.:)

Senator Franken and the FCC commissioners spoke about how important it would be to install more government regulation.  This time it would be the Internet.  They called it “Save the Internet” or they also referred to it as “Net Neutrality”

Senator Franken mentioned that the large corporations like Comcast, Google, Verizon will install their own framework and platforms that would benefit their bottom line and make it more difficult for Americans to afford what they referred to as the “tier” platform.  They are concerned that poorer class people could only afford a basic speed Internet, while the more affluent people would have access to a faster speed Internet.  They want all people to have access to the same speed.

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Obama Has Solidified the Bush Police State

On virtually all the major civil liberties issues of the Bush era, the Obama administration has followed its predecessor’s example. Detention without trial has continued. Torturers will not be investigated. Warrantless surveillance of the citizenry goes on uninterrupted. What’s more, by vindicating these policies as a left-liberal Democrat, Obama has solidified them in American political…

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California Ranks Fourth Lowest In Liberty

California: #47 in Freedom Index A study entitled “Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom” placed California as one of the least free states in the union with only three states Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York less free.  William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens published the non-partisan study published…

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Uncle Sam Claims the Power to Arrange Marriages?

In the video above, when discussing the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the speaker pointed out that the “Individual Mandate” is a requirement, by the federal government, that an individual enter into a contract with an insurance company. The advocates claim that this can be justified under the Interstate Commerce Clause or under the power to tax for the “General Welfare”.

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Federal Government Out of Control

Here in Montana we continue to wonder where the tyranny will stop. We continue to get snubbed by our elected officials at all levels of government with arrogance leading the way. Recently Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester worked overtime to undermine our sovereignty.

They are both part of the eco~tyranny locking up our resources making closed door deals with not only the United States Eco~extremists, but with foreign governments without the approval of the people. Working behind closed doors with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer they have effectivly bypassed the 1872 mining act providing for the exploration and development of minerals.

The Health Care regulatory takings law is just now starting to show the tyranny that will undue the repbulic of America from the inside. Forcing citizens to purchase into the health care plan will undermine the individual liberties of every American citizen.

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Federal funding – a powerful lever

The Commonwealth of Kentucky suffers from an addiction.

Over the years, the state has relied more and more heavily on federal money to plug budget holes. In 1985, federal funding made up 25 percent of the state’s revenues. In 2004, that figure had increased to 33 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. With more than $3 billion in federal stimulus money flowing into the Bluegrass State, the addict has plenty of cash to continue feeding its hunger.

Perhaps the time has come for an intervention.

We can talk about state sovereignty, states rights and nullification until we become blue in the face, but until state legislators make a concerted effort to pull the Commonwealth away from the federal feeding trough, the state will remain a slave to federal power. Washington can easily force Frankfort to acquiesce to its wills and whims, simply through the threat of withholding the addict’s drug – federal funds.

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The Big Laws

Joe Blow down the street doesn’t pay his taxes and he gets fined. Tim Geithner (or pick from an array of politicians or bureaucrats)
doesn’t pay his taxes and he becomes the U.S. Treasury Secretary.

Get it? If you’re an Ivy Leaguer (preferably Harvard or Yale), and if you have the right connections, as Obama’s mother had with Geithner’s father, and if you are a politician or high-ranking bureaucrat on the federal level, you can often operate above the law, with little or no fear of being prosecuted, much less fined, even if you get caught.

You can skirt not only the little laws that everyone else has to obey, but also the big laws, as spelled out in the Constitution..

But for lowly Joe Blow, ignorance is no excuse.

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Servants or Masters?

I am an American.  I am a disabled Vietnam veteran.  I mention that for a couple of reasons.  Being a veteran has deeply magnified my appreciation to live in the greatest country in the world.  As a veteran I did take an oath to serve and protect the Constitution of the greatest country in the world and as such, I find it unacceptable to expect anything less from any elected representative that also takes an oath to serve and protect the Constitution.

In the beginning almighty God created the heavens and the earth.  After a break he created the People.  The People eventually created the 13 original colonies that became States.  The States then created the Federal government and gave it specific enumerated powers to serve the People and protect their freedom.

You may ask, where does our freedom come from?  Well if you were Thomas Jefferson you would answer…”Our freedom comes from our humanity.  In that we are created in the image and likeness of God, who is perfectly free, so then are we to be perfectly free.”

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The Political Inquisition Begins

If this article doesn’t frighten you, it’s probably because you aren’t doing anything that really threatens to limit big government. As I read this article, a sinking feeling started to develop in the pit of my stomach. Is this what happens when patriotic citizens and state legislators begin to actually challenge entrenched RINOs and upset the statist quo? Frankly, it’s more than a little scary.

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Contempt for Constitutional Limitations on the Federal Government

The following is from Tom Woods fabulous book:
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

“The controversy over health care reflects a much broader and deeper constitutional void in American life.  Some fifteen years ago, a Supreme Court Justice asked the United States Solicitor General ( the government’s lawyer for Supreme Court cases ) if he could name an activity or program that, in his view, would fall outside the bounds of what the Constitution authorized the federal government to do.  He could not.

This contempt for constitutional limitations on the federal government is bipartisan and long-standing.  Unsurprisingly, when the Constitution is thought of not as the strict limitation on government that its original supporters sold it as, but as something so completely broad as almost to defy limitation, government will continue to grow.  Some federal activities have begun to alarm even those who have historically cheered government growth as a progressive force.  Yet nothing has been able to stop it.  Even Ronald Reagan, for all his charisma and rhetorical prowess, was able only to slow the growth of certain categories of federal spending.  In 1994, the Republican Party won control of both house of Congress in a historic off-year election victory.  Government would at last be shrunk, politicians assured us.

Sure it would!

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