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While Americans are returning to their normal routine after the holidays, Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) slipped in an eye-opening resolution.  Thankfully, it has been sent to committee for discussion and review and not acted upon without our knowledge.

Who can say C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y????
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From THOMAS: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:10:./temp/~bd8Uej::|/bss/|

113th CONGRESS, 1st Session

H. J. RES. 15

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 2013

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

‘Article–

‘The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.’.

You are reading the latest text of the resolution. The text of a resolution may change in committee or through the amendment process.

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When I think about the men that founded this great experiment called The United States of America, lofty words always come to mind.  Words like visionary, titan, ingenious, dreamer…   While all of these words are certainly appropriate adjectives to characterize our Founding Fathers, it dawned on me that there are other more mundane descriptions that are just as important, possibly more important.  I believe words like hard, determined, committed and dedicated better describe the condition of these extraordinary men and their ideals.

First Continental Congress portrayed

Let’s look back 250 years and consider how these more common, simple words fit into the narrative of our Founding Fathers; how do these common words affect their legacies and the way that we should remember them.

250 years ago, there was no air travel.  There were no limousine services.  No paved roads, no roadside motels, no rest stops.  Think about it.  Men and women in that era lived hard lives, even in the best of circumstances.

In an era of primitive transportation, no plumbing, no running water, no electricity, no concrete, no telephones, no internet, the people of this era built an infrastructure that allowed for the interaction of the colonies, commerce, education, and the arts to take root and flourish.

To me, that defines the word Hard.

In our era, our elected officials jump on a plane (at our expense) and fly to Washington and back, sometimes on a weekly basis.  Would these same men and women undertake this journey 250 years ago?  I think not.  The distance between Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA at that time was about 750 miles.  When riding hard, a man could cover 20-30 miles a day, assuming the trails upon which they rode were in decent shape.  To travel these 750 miles would take a man 25 days to make the trip.  You really have to want to go somewhere when you sleep nightly by an open fire, care for your horse and feed yourself for almost a month in the heat, the cold, the wind, rain and snow.

Headed to Philadelphia for Continental Congress (depicted by a reenactor)

Can you imagine your senator or congressman traveling 25 days in those conditions just for the opportunity to represent YOU?  Not mine, no way, no how.

This is the very definition of Dedication.

These people hitched up their horses or mules when they needed to travel on muddy trails that served as roads and traveled for hours to go what takes us minutes in our society.  To our forefathers, adversity was just a typical day.

These men, between planting and harvesting crops by hand; between driving wagons to and from distant markets; between conducting their business even between the shores of the Atlantic, found the time to think about a better way to govern.  They found the time to find each other and outline a destiny for themselves and their children.  They found the time to come together and forge a Constitution and Bill of Rights into existence.  They found the time to rebel and they found the time to win our independence.

That is Commitment.

Merriam Webster defines Dedication as: “an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use”.

What true American can dispute that The United States of America is anything but sacred and was created for any other purpose than to provide freedom and independence to its people for the betterment of themselves and their posterity?  I suppose, it is possible that some men and women who helped to found our country did not initially have such a grandiose goal in mind.  However, it is crystal clear that over the course of our nation’s genesis this principal of sacred freedom was foremost in their minds.  All you have to do is read the documents they penned, study their faith and perseverance through their hard-fought battles, and appreciate their sacrifices as they buried their sons, husbands, fathers who died in order to attain their dream of a land where men could live according to their own beliefs and hard work to see success, rather than be born into a position of favor.

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Do I not deserve men such as our forefathers to represent me?
  • Do I not work hard for what I have?
  • Do I not deserve the fruits of my labor?
  • Do I not rate the same level of respect that our forefathers bestowed to every American 250 years ago?

To this I say YES, YES and YES!

We have an upcoming election that is primarily focused on the Presidential race, but it is more than just an election for President.  It is also an election for U.S. Congress and Senate positions, as well as state and local representation.

The election of good, trustworthy men and women that are hard, determined, committed and dedicated is completely up to you as a voting citizen of The United States of America.

  • You must educate yourself on the scope and limits of government that our forefathers established based on extensive study of world history and governance.  Our Founding Fathers risked their lives and fortunes by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence, then our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • You must know and understand meaning of our Declaration of Independence and the reasons why America exists in the first place.
  • You have to educate yourself on the issues affecting our country.
  • But more importantly, you must educate yourself in regard to the people running for these positions.  You must know their character and qualifications and their reasons for wishing to represent you.

Only people with YOUR best interests at heart, the desire to serve and then leave, and the character to do what is right rather than what is popular or tows the party line, deserve your consideration for these jobs.  Our Federal Government was instituted to work for US, the people…NOT the other way around.

If the current politicos that make up our governing bodies do not believe these three basic tenets, they are NOT the people that deserve to represent YOU.

Keep this in mind as you check the box, pull the lever or press the button.  It starts with you and ends with you.  Make the right decision for you, your family and your country.   Take time to Decode the Political Chatter…

GBB

The United States House of Representatives have elected Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker of the House for the 112 Congress.  A grateful nation says thank you to the Republicans in the House and to the 19 Democrats who fired Nancy Pelosi. 

Boehner takes over House gavel

Gun Owners of America, a pro-gun lobby group, have put together a petition to urge Congress to Read The Constitution before they begin a new session.  Below is the press release from GOA:

 Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 321-8585; www.gunowners.org

December 3, 2010

 Gun Owners of America has embarked on a petition http://www.readtheusconstitution.org  drive to get the Congress to read the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights out loud in the House and Senate following the January swearing-in ceremonies.

“The people have spoken loud and clear in the elections of 2010 that the Constitution is relevant in the 21st Century,” said John Velleco, GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs. “But this document, which each and every member of the Congress swears an oath to uphold and defend, is largely ignored by the politicians after they’re elected.

“Before Congress wastes countless hours naming post offices and congratulating the winner of the World Series—not to mention all of the unconstitutional bills that chip away at the peoples’ liberty—it should take about an hour to read the most important document of the founding era.

“Of course, it will not guarantee that they’ll follow the Constitution, but it should at least be read in both the House and Senate so that the politicians could be reminded of the real contract with America.”

GOA is urging hundreds of thousands of Americans to sign the petition, which also asks that the Congress read Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution—which outlines the powers specifically delegated to the Congress—monthly during the 112th Congress.

The petition Gun Owners of America is circulating can be found at http://readtheusconstitution.org/petition

*Note that Gun Owners of America is a grassroots lobbying organization with over 300,000 members nationwide.

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Today was supposed to be the start of the ethics committee deliberations regarding the misconduct of 80 year-old Congressman, Charles Rangel of New York’s Harlem district.  

"...and that's all I have to say..."

As you might suspect, there is always drama when talking of Representative Rangel and today proved no different as he abruptly announced that after 2 1/2 years of investigation he was “not prepared” to address the panel, had no legal representation and no money to hire counsel (hard to imagine with all of the real estate he could put as collateral); then he simply gathered his belongings and walked out of the meeting. 

[Poignant side note:  Rangel’s constituents in Harlem apparently don’t care about his misconduct, as they re-elected him to Congress for a 21st term with an 80% margin of the vote.]

The panel members, composed of 4 Dems and 4 GOPs were not impressed with Rangel’s wrangling and began their deliberations without the Congressman. 

That’s a really slick trick of just walking out.  No answering questions, no having to provide proof, nothing.  Not a good defense, but an interesting tactic.  I wonder if the average American could just walk out on a trial or Congressional hearing; my guess…not a chance in hell.  Any one of us would have been arrested for being in contempt, but as of this posting, no action has been taken on Congressman Rangel. 

The Drudge Report cites an AP report by Larry Margasak, stating “If the panel members decide Rangel violated any House rules, the full committee will hold a hearing on how he should be punished. The most likely sanction would be a House vote deploring his conduct.” 

Shame on YOU

 

Whoa! Scare me!  That’s punishment?  Even an old fashion flogging would be better than a wagging finger! 

Margasak continues his report stating, “Key charges portray Rangel as a veteran congressman who thought he could ignore rules on disclosing his assets, and improperly used official resources to raise money for a college center that was a monument to his career.  Another allegation that caught the public’s eye was his failure to declare rental income to the IRS from a resort unit he owned in the Dominican Republic.”

So, now America waits to see if Rangel will be punished or if he will wrangle his way out of this mess.

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Even after Tuesday’s election, Americans cannot breathe a sigh of relief.  The historic gain of Republican seats in both houses of Congress and in governorships across the country is a truer picture of the will and values of the American people.  Granted, it may be all but impossible to achieve any positive legislation or repeal the ludicrous laws previously passed – even with this new Congress.  But, at least we may have a legislative “stay” option in regard to the Socialist agenda on the Hill.   [See map below courtesy of FoxNews]

from FoxNews: 2010 Election Results for House of Representatives

The danger we face now is DARKNESS…not being able to see the continuing press of the Progressive/Socialist movement which will be achieved through regulations in the departments and at the agency levels. 

We have already seen bits of new regulations at various departments, such as the Dept of Education, where we learned that specific lessons which contained blatantly incorrect information were forced upon teachers to deliver to their students.  We have seen massive regulations in both the energy and banking sectors.  And, of course, the proposed new regulations of  Obamacare. 

The American people, as well as the new Congress, must make an aggressive movement to force transparency in each federal agency and department to new or altered regulations in order to stop the continuation of an agenda that aims to cripple our nation. 

Yes, this conspiracy sounds so outrageous that it could be a movie.  But it is not.  It has been building for a century and is at a point of culmination if not stopped.  I urge you readers to educate yourselves on the truth of the situation and the true history of our nation’s past.  When the pieces are placed together, the puzzle becomes a clear picture of a methodically planned movement to gain control of America in order to place her into a one world government.  Read your history.  It will surprise you…and that’s Why It Matters.

With a narrow margin of only five votes, the United States House of Representatives has passed the health care reform bill with the final tally of 220-215.  No Republicans voted for the bill; and several Democrats voted against the bill. 

Tonight, our nation has crossed the Rubicon on its way toward Socialism. 

The take-over of the health care system – representing a 6th of our entire economy – was the key step in shackling our people.  These Socialists/Marxists that are controlling our government are now in position to dictate who lives and who dies.  They have placed the chains of dependent enslavement on our people under the disguise of “doing good.” 

Speaker Pelosi said tonight that, “…access to health care is a right, not a privilege…”  What grandiose words to use while speaking lies.  For the uneducated, undereducated, or simply uninformed in our population, this is a sound bite that is acceptable to our naïve ears.  It sounds great, kind, honorable – yet it is a bald face lie…and those at the helm know it. 

Rep. Hoyer stated that this legislation is the actualization of “what Presidents over 100 years have tried to do.”  He’s right.  It has been 100 years since Woodrow Wilson set the groundwork for the gradual transformation of our form of government from a Republic to Socialist dictatorship. 

The American people have roared against this bill, yet were ignored by our elected officials.  It is time, my fellow patriots, to roar with force.

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For a full history of Progressivism – history that we were never taught in public school – check out  American Progressivism , by Ronald J. Pestritto.  Pestritto exposes the Progressives, Communists and Socialists that have been behind the scenes in our government and how their acts with the appearance of “good intention” have paved the way toward a one world government.