Egyptian Riots 02/01/2011Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Freedom, Government, Obama.
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For more than a week, the people of Egypt have been rioting against an oppressive government of 30 years.
“Decades of frustration, borne out of police brutality, systematic corruption and desperate poverty, exploded into revolutionary anger overnight. And the bad news for Mubarak is that this anger shows no sign of abating” (Bradley, Daily Mail).
And Mubarak is refusing to step down, despite the pleas of the people. Instead, the police and military have been mobilized against the protesters, and the death toll is already above 100.
And throughout these riots, the White House has claimed its neutrality, a shocking contrast to the America of the past where freedom from dictatorships was who we were. We believed in freedom.
Thus far, Americans have not been targeted as part of the protest, but it will not be long before the Egyptian people, and perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood will use this to their advantage, realize that a main reason Mubarak and his government have remained in power so long is support from the United States. As we do so often in our recent history, the United States has backed yet another dictator over the freedom of its people. Other examples in the Middle East are the Shah of Iran after the CIA/MI6 overthrow of the Iranian democratic leader and (ironically) Saddam Hussein. America’s more recent track record doesn’t bode well.
With America being such a great ally of Egypt, one must wonder who America is friends with – the hated dictator or the people of Egypt?
America was founded on an uprising against a King and Parliament who overtaxed and treated the colonies like a group of second-class citizens.
The people of Egypt have been the victims of brutality (example: a 13 year old boy beaten and raped by police for suspicion of stealing tea), vast corruption, and censorship. Egypt has out up with more than our Founding Fathers did before they chose to retake their freedom. And yet the President of the United States will not choose to support the protesters and the freedom of the Egyptian people because of political bounds to the dictatorial government of Egypt? What happened, America?
Why has President Obama said that protesters have the responsibility to “express themselves peacefully”? Think about it. Expressing yourself peacefully in a regime that throttles the press, arrests and beats citizens without cause, and Obama would have them express themselves peacefully? President Mubarak has already closed all routes of effective expression of opposing views peacefully.
And as history should teach us, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” (JFK).
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The sheer arrogance and greed of the US federal government continues to shock and astound me and, I’m not hesitant to admit, anger me greatly.
Even the imperial British government did not withhold as many rights, take as much hard-earned money, or spy so intently upon the citizens of the colonies.
We broke off from the British Empire because we were not given the full rights as citizens. We now have far fewer freedoms, far less independence, and we pay far too high a cost, all for supposed “security.” Look at our borders. Look at how not even the states themselves are being permitted to protect themselves.
Look at how you can’t properly protect yourself. Look how you don’t really own your own property, nor even the money that you work hard to earn.
Nor even that backyard garden, apparently:
(fortunately, this bill seems to keep getting more and more of it struck out)
Is this what we wanted? Where is our freedom?
May 4th, 1970 – 4 Dead in Ohio 05/07/2010Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Freedom, Government, school, Uncategorized.
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You’ll likely never learn about this event. It’s an embarrassing part of history.
The National Guard shot into a crowd of students at Kent State protesting the Vietnam War and the corrupt government. 4 students were killed and others were gravely injured – some of whom were not even part of the protest.
No one was ever charged.
What is to stop this from happening again?
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Please read this letter and think about it – truly think about it.
If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.
While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.
Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.
And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!
How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.
How did I get here?
My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.
The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.
That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.
Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.
On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.
The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.
In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.
Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.
For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#ConferenceCommitteeReport) regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.shtml).
SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.
(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:
(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.
Â· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.
Â· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.
Â· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.
Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.
During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.
After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.
Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.
Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.
Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.
By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.
To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.
So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.
When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.
This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.
I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.
As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.
I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.
I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
More and More Jobs Saved by Stimulus…Not 01/13/2010Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government.
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787 billion dollars to save/create jobs. That’s $787,000,000,000 of taxpayer money spent, supposedly to help the economy and the people by saving jobs.
The initial number: 640,329 jobs saved or created. However, many errors were discovered, including jobs supposedly created and saved in districts that do not even exist. Try again.
Then, somehow, despite many of the jobs not being real, the number of “saved” and “created” jobs rose to 900,000. Unbelievable.
Now the White House claims that the stimulus package saved 1.5 million to 2 million jobs. Incidentally, they also changed the requirements for counting the jobs. Instead of actually needed to determine whether or not the job would have existed without the money, ANY job that received ANY money from the stimulus package counts as a saved or created job. That includes raises to employees who were in no danger of losing their jobs. Also, double counting is impossible to avoid. Each quarter will include all the same jobs as before, making it appear as though many more jobs have been funded.
Despite these supposed saved/created jobs, unemployment has been rising and is now at 10%. Surely the American people are not dense enough to believe what the White House is claiming.
Health Care Bill Vote to End the Filibuster 11/21/2009Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government, Health Care, Obama.
Tags: Government, health care, poll, Senate
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There are 58 Democrats in the Senate. There are also 2 Independents who tend to vote with the Democrats. 60 votes are needed to end the filibuster, which would lead to a vote for the Health Care Bill to pass it into law.
One of the Independents is certainly voting for the bill. The other Independent and one Democrat are questioning whether or not to vote for ending the filibuster.
The Health Care Bill the Senate is to vote on was only released on Wednesday the 18th. It is 2074 pages long. Who has read it?
Any vote for ending the filibuster is essentially a vote for the Health Care Bill because it continues to push the Bill forward. Thus, the federal government is two votes away from taking over our health care, insurance, and well-being. Do you trust the government with your life? With the lives of your children?
The Health Care Bill is a serious violation of our rights. The Bill is a huge overstep of the government’s power. Where in the Constitution does it say that the government can control our health care? Where does the Bill of Rights say that humans have an inherent right to health care insurance?
The Health Care Bill is unconstitutional, un-American, and downright wrong. This bill cannot become law. We expressed our displeasure at the townhall meetings. We expressed our desire to be heard at the Tea Parties. We have told them over and over, “You work for us!” We don’t want the Health Care Bill. It is bad for America. The federal government needs to stop treating us as inferior and realize that they are only there because of us. We can take away their power.
We should take away their power.
We have to take away their power.
FBI Using DMV Photos to Search for Criminals 10/13/2009Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government.
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Using a facial recognition program, the FBI has begun to use photos taken for driver’s licenses to look for criminals. When you go to get your license and they take your picture, you are now part of a “virtual line-up.” How do you feel about that? Is this a breach of privacy and abuse of power, or is this a valid way to search for fugitives from the law?
The FBI/government searching through your information without a warrant from a judge is illegal.
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So, the White House is collecting information from Web users without their consent and archiving it under the guise of the Presidential Records Act. Said act states that “presidential records” are defined as “created or received by the president, his immediate staff or a unit or individual of the Executive Office of the President whose function is to advise and assist the president, in the course of conducting activities which relate to or have an effect upon the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President.”
This information they’re collecting? From Facebook. And Twitter. And YouTube. MySpace. Etc.
First off, how much is archiving these comments, pictures, and videos costing taxpayers? The “transparent” White House isn’t exposing that. Also, if the White House is “transparent” as Obama promised, then why aren’t the Web users being informed and asked consent when their comments/pictures/videos are archived in the Presidential Records?
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Um – excuse me? Concerned citizen here. Excuse me, my rights are being destroyed and my government is taking over every aspect of my life, and I don’t want them to…hello?
Every day something new comes up or is brought to my attention that makes me mad. Come on, people, really – control of the Internet? An excerpt released online of the Senate Bill that would make this possible gives the President direct control over private users as well. What happened to freedom of speech?
Oh, right. It’s where the government put the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In the trash.
For an article on the subject of the bill in question, click here
For the excerpt of the bill in question, click here
To read more on why I believe the American government is ignoring (or trashing) the Constitution, click here
“Obama Respects the Constitution” – What?! 08/26/2009Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Freedom, Government.
Tags: Bill of Rights, constitution, Declaration of Independence, first amendment, Government, McCain, obama, second amendment, Tenth Amendment
John McCain held a town hall meeting yesterday. He responded to one of the questions by saying that “He [Obama] respects the Constitution of the United States…I really do [believe he does].”
Here’s the video of this part of the town hall:
I have trouble with McCain. I can’t seem to decide whether I like him or not. I mean, he is respecting the President by saying this, and being nice, which is a good thing. But there’s a problem with him being nice and respectful – it makes him say statements that are downright wrong.
The US government has not shown any respect of the Constitution of late.
I don’t even know where to begin.
Article II, Sec. 1 of the Constitution states (emphasis mine):
Before he [the President] enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
So the President must obey and protect the US Constitution. Is he, and our government, doing such?
Article VI, Sec. 4 of the Constitution states (emphasis mine):
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.
Really? A Republican? Not a Democratic? Hmm. That’s not what I was taught in school. A republican government is one entirely selected by the people it governs, and one that works for the people. Also, the republican state governments are supposed to be – gasp – separate from the federal government.
The federal government is not allowed to impose anything – whether it be laws or taxes – without the states’ consent (unless specified in the Constitution). I think we have that backwards in our current government. It seems to me that the government feels in can impose anything it wants on the states and the people without their consent. Yet, the Declaration of Independence states that:
That to secure these rights [the rights endowed by their Creator], Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Personally, I don’t consent to paying a ridiculous amount of the money I earn in taxes to the government that apparently doesn’t understand what a budget is anyway. (9 trillion dollar DEFICIT? Not even just what they spend? Good God!) Not to mention that I don’t consent to having the government take over health care or spend billions in stimulus packages or pass the cap and trade bill or regulate what light bulbs I can buy.
But I digress.
The Preamble to the Bill of Rights states (emphasis mine):
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
Amendment I of the Bill of Rights:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The government is not allowed to interfere with religion, yet they attack and force the removal of public displays of Christianity, such as the Ten Commandments. The government cannot interfere with free speech, yet the imperial-appointed Head of the White House Information and Regulatory Affairs wants to keep bloggers like me from speaking my mind. Not to mention the constant attacks on those like Rush Limbaugh. Oh, and apparently because I disagree with Obama, I’m a racist.. The people have the right to assemble and protest when the government does something that they don’t approve of, yet those going to town hall meetings are labeled as “Nazis.”
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The government is not allowed to regulate the sale of firearms. Yet Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor has ruled that the states have the right to regulate firearms. Um…fail?
Let’s jump to the big one, the Amendment easily the most broken of them all – Amendment X:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Whoa, there! You mean that the government does not have the right to do anything that isn’t in the Constitution? Everything else is up to the States and the people? Who knew?!
Seriously, folks. The US government has constantly broken the Tenth Amendment. The Health Care Bill, the Cap and Trade Bill, the laws about what light bulbs you can buy, email@example.com, the Czars, the federal taxes on citizens, even Social Security and Medicare – it’s all illegal.
The statement “Obama respects the Constitution” is, judging by his beliefs, who he supports, what he does – is wrong. More than that, the US Government does not respect, support, or protect the Constitution.
This must change.