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‘The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.’.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

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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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In the ongoing debates about a national Health Care program, I though it would be extremely important and appropriate to specify the powers granted to our federal government by our Constitution; and, moreover, to  expose “perceived powers” that are not provided at the federal level.  

 

Constitution of

United States of America

Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • The Constitution does NOT GUARANTEE “general Welfare”, nor does it call for provision of health care for all citizens.  It simply advises that the federal government should promote “general Welfare”. 
    • The word “Welfare” in this context and specifically in this document, does not refer to the welfare/government assistance programs that were devised in the 20th century. 
    • Rather the context of “general Welfare” in our Constitution refers to our ability to live free and pursue own our course in life; the national government’s role according to the Preamble is to provide defense, so that America’s citizens are safe and can prosper given their own hard work and determination. 
  • The “Welfare” reference does NOT imply that the citizens of the United States are guaranteed health care; NOR does the Constitution provide for national taxation (of any group) to fund a health care program for all citizens. 
    • Health Care, the access to health care, the affordability of health care is NOT A RIGHT, NOR A GUARANTEE for American citizens.  Moreover, our Constitution certainly does not provide nor imply the right to health care/coverage for legal aliens, illegal aliens, prisoners of war, etc.

I encourage you to read the Constitution and its Amendments so that you will know your rights, and be able to recognize the freedoms being taken from you, the unconstitutional taxations imposed upon you and the purposeful manipulation of the Constitution’s text that has been “re-interpreted by elite, socialist scholars and legal minds” in order to validate their end goals.  

You may find the full text of the Constitution and Amendments at this link.
http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A1Sec8

It’s our freedom at stake.  And that is…Why It Matters.

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