Archive | May, 2009

A litmus test for legislation…

24 May

It seems safe to say that the federal government has far exceeded the size and scope originally intended by the US Constitution, and our job is to let them know.

This might be an effective 1-2 punch:

1. Let state legislators know that we favor a 10th Amendment endorsement by all states to defend and support State Soverienty rights. A number of states have already voted affirmative on measures like this. Taking back that which rightfully belongs to the states is a good idea and should be promoted.

2. Ask our federal legislators to use a litmus test on every single item that comes to a vote in the House and Senate. That litmus test asks one simple question: “Does this measure fall within the guidelines established by the US Constitution?” If it does not, it must be voted against.

Finally, the knock-down punch: As has many an activist done, we must paint those who believe that it is okay to continue growing the federal government in a very negative light as “Anti-Constitutionalists.” The battle now is between “Pro-Constitutionalists and Anti-Constitutionalists.” Choose ye this day…

Time for Constitutionalism…

10 May

The Constitution of the United States of America is that document by which all laws that restrain federal interaction in the lives of its citizens and proscribe the several and separate roles of the three branches of the federal government is based. It is multi-partisan and unifying in nature. In the years since it was ratified, political parties have come and gone; Whigs, Torreys, Democrats, Republicans, Communists, Socialists, Independents, and the list goes on. Political philosophies which include liberalism, progressivism, conservatism, socialism, and communism run throughout the United States citizenry, which is as it should be; we have no rights to limit conscientious thought, nor should we.

However, increasingly society has divided along two lines. Statism, a term ascribed by author and constitutional scholar Mark Levin, can be defined as a belief that the federal government is the solution to all problems, individual or otherwise (Levin, Liberty and Tyranny, 2009). Conservatism, which is the other side of the line, calls for less government intervention in the private sector. In both, however, a reliance on the federal government to set the terms is evident. The conservative movement is as guilty of overstepping the role of the federal government as statists and liberals are. Both demand greater regulation in the affairs of the governed, just in different forms. Amnesty for illegal aliens, which devalues citizenship for those who do it correctly, was a conservative push in the Reagan era. The demand for conscripted higher taxes on the wealthy to provide for the poor is a statist position. Neither are founded in the constitution. In reality, there is little difference in the work done by politicians on both sides of the line. For the most part, what can be done to solidify control and power to the federal government and the governing class is the course of action those in office will undertake, whether their name is followed by a D or an R.

The time has come for the restoration of a philosophy that dates to the founding of this great nation- Constitutionalism. While the concept has been around for generations, never has its importance been greater than it is now. As defined by this author, Constitutionalism is a belief that the federal government must be restored to the original size and scope the Constitution of the United States outlines. Constitutionalism is a position that cannot be argued, unless one believes that an overthrow of our federal government is in order, and the direction our future should take. One cannot have both sides of this issue. Either one supports and defends that Constitution as written and amended from time to time, or one believes it is an outdated document and no longer needed or valid.

If you believe that statism, the absence of a constitutionally based federal government, and a rule of law that is ever changing to satiate the appetites of the governing class is the future you want for your children, then you seek the status quo in Washington. Mind you, the status quo in Washington is constantly changing, an interesting paradox.

On the other hand, if you believe in a solid, unchanging rule of law that restricts government intervention in your life, that puts money back into the hands of the governed by reducing the size of government to the original scope the Constitution establishes, and that removes the impediments of over-regulation, you seek Constitutionalism.

Now is the time to choose; do so wisely.

Campaign for Liberty- Ultimate Astroturfers!

8 May

Little did we know when the MSM was speaking of Astro-turfing the Tea Parties by the Republican party that Ron Paul and his Campaign for Liberty was knocking at the back door, having already laid the sod for a take-over.  With only a few hours digging, I found the following bits of information that strongly suggest that Campaign for Liberty and Ron Paul seek to exercise control over the message that is put out through the Tea Party efforts, and why any true grassroots organization or organizer should exercise extreme caution.
 
In an April 14th, 2009 interview, Montel Williams spoke with Ron Paul, Honorary Chairman of the Campaign for Liberty, “You know, I wanted to ask you what you think about this tea party phenomenon.”  Mr. Paul replied by stating “Yeah. You know, in one way, it’s a mixed blessing because if you start something, you like to see it spreading. You like to see a lot of people join, but if the people who are joining are going to dilute it and change the message, then that wouldn’t be very good. So I think our job is to make sure that the people who are joining now and claiming that they are unhappy with the government, say the right things and do the right things and support the right positions.” [i]
 
On the same day, John Tate, President of Campaign for Liberty, a Ron Paul front group, stated “Thousands of tea parties and protests will take place tomorrow in opposition to the dangerous policies being pursued by the federal government. If you are attending any of these activities, I encourage you to distribute our educational and action-oriented handouts to fellow citizens also disaffected with the current economic situation. Additionally, be sure to read some very helpful advice for effective grassroots activity at these events from our very own Adam de Angeli.
 
It is critical to make those attending the tea parties aware of the culprit behind our country’s economic woes – the Federal Reserve. While the elimination of the income tax is a noble and necessary goal, we must understand that our efforts will be in vain if we do not deal with the silent, destructive tax of monetary inflation. Dr. Paul’s bill, HR 1207, requires a legitimate audit of the Federal Reserve System.” [ii]
 
Then we have the following press release was distributed by Campign for Liberty to be release on April 15, 2009-
 
“For Immediate Release
 
April 15, 2009:
 
ARLINGTON, VA – As activists across the country hold national tea parties, Campaign for Liberty president John Tate issued the following statement:

“The concept of the modern day Tea Party began on December 16, 2007 when supporters of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign came together and raised over $6 million online in one day. The tremendous success of that event led activists in the freedom movement and members of the Campaign for Liberty to begin planning today’s Tax Day Tea Parties.
 
“Success always brings company, and it is very positive that so many conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, constitutionalists and even progressives have come together and joined our efforts. All Americans who are sincere about cutting out of control government spending are welcome to stand with Dr. Paul and the Campaign for Liberty as we fight to take our country back.” [iii] 
 
Referenced above is the State Coordinator for Michigan, Adam de Angeli.  In his powerpoint Creating a Successful Proposal, he lets his constituents know that “…it is a major—not ancillary—goal that this project serve as a recruitment vehicle for the Campaign for Liberty.” [iv]
 
And then there is this, an absolute must read, posted on Campaign for Liberty’s website-

“Success with these new groups, start with how you approach the leaders.  If you have the thought in your head that you are going to take over right from the start you will run into big defensive walls and will outcast yourself rather than make your self a credible leader!  Go to the meetings and start to lay the ground work and show them that you are in this to work hard for the cause, and they will put you in a leadership position.  They will start to respect you and listen to your experiences.  Let them benefit from your experience and then lead them to the Campaign For Liberty.

“My experience thus far has been very rewarding and I’m in my first week working with this “New Blood”.  When you begin to work with them don’t throw the C4L down their throats right from the beginning this is something that will take patience.  You are so excited to tell them what they are looking for is right here, but let them get through their meetings with their agendas throughout the meeting you can through (throw?) little nuggets in the conversations that in your experience over the last few months or years that you have been involved with various other movements.  Let them ask you don’t tell them.  Just give small amounts of information that peaks their interests.

The bottom line is take advantage of this new movement!  They need us and we need them!  If you establish yourself as a true patriot and leader you will have enough influence to direct our new friends towards the C4L and make a larger more successful impact next time you talk with your local politicians.  Good luck and enjoy the new relationships you will create while you involve yourself into their agenda’s.  With a little bit of time you will be helping to create the Agenda!” [v] (posted by Jake Mabus, IL 19th Regional Coordinator, Campaign for Liberty)
 
We must not allow Campaign for Liberty and the Ron Paul organization take control of the Tea Parties or 9-12 events.  Restoring the constitution to its original size and scope must be our goal, and it must be pure and true without intervention by any politician’s organization. Do not be led astray!
 

Kelly Knight
Copyright, 2009

 
[i]  (retrieved 05/08/2009 from http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-04-15/tea-parties-and-the-role-of-government/)
[ii] (John Tate, President, Campaign for Liberty, retrieved on 05/08/2009 from http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=node/27785 )  Please note that the website referenced here has been “suspended.”  However, I found the same quote at http://emsnews.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/gm-going-into-bankruptcy/ You will need to do Ctrl-F and type Angeli to get to the quote; the page is quite long and this is the fastest method.

[iii] (Official Statement from Campaign for Liberty as retrieved on 05/08/2009 from http://joerobertson.com/ron-paul/ron-paul-and-tax-day-tea-parties, with a link to http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view= that requires a membership login to read.)
[iv] (retrieved on 05/08/2009 from http://www.campaignforliberty.com/user/Adam_de_Angeli/successfulproposals.pdf
[v] (retrieved on 05/08/2009 from http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=16803 )

Stimulus Flu?

1 May

We can’t call it the swine flu because that offends the Israelies and Arabs. We can’t call it the Mexican flu because that is racially insensitive. I think we need to call it the WDC flu- the fact of the matter is, what has made Americans sick is not a viral strain from a pig farm in Veracruz, but all the pork that has been foisted upon us by Washington. I mean, I’m just calling it as I see it.