Missouri taking back state’s rights on gun control

This is somewhat interesting step for states looking to take back powers not prescribed in the US Constitution from the federal government.

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Symptoms of the Disease: LEO salaries and mini-golf direction from federal government

I really should get back to my Symptom of the Disease series. If Jim and I were to write a book, we’ve discussed this as a topic. Kind of a mesh between Mark Levin’s Liberty & Tyranny and Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption. One leads to the other. Anyway…

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States and their fight to get federal funding

It’s all totally unconstitutional, and I’ve found another friend in the fight.

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Mitt Romney’s health care reform presentation

Without a doubt, one of Mitt Romney’s hurdles for conservatives will be his support for a state government health care mandate in Massachusetts. But something immediately caught my eye while reviewing his presentation today. For those of you who read my stuff, can you guess what it is?

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Liberal journalist deems Constitution too damn hard to read – it’s “not a clear document”

Continuing the theme of journalists who just don’t get it and/or always have their head two feet deep in the sand … we’ve got a Washington Post columnist who thinks the United States Constitution is just too damn hard to understand since it was written so long ago. This guy is pathetic.

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Are we in a post-Constitutional America?

That title should send a shiver or two down your spine, but this is a good time in American history to consider if some portions of the United States Constitution are being completely ignored. Do some Americans – do you – think parts of the Constitution does not reflect what America wants anymore?

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Texas Gov. Perry gets it

Yesterday,  Rick Perry (R-Texas), governor of Texas, had a commentary piece at referencing the 10th Amendment. Frequently I note the federal government – for the past 75 years – has hooked states and local municipalities on cold, hard cash, in the form of federal grants.

Over the years, the states and towns have become more and more dependent on these funds and quite honestly, the job description of representatives and senators that head to Washington D.C. to represent us starts off with “bring home the bacon.”

Has the 10th Amendment become passé?

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.

It’s a pretty simple statement, but one that is routinely ignored. Where in The U.S. Constitution does it state that the federal government can provide federal tax dollars to provide cell phones to those on welfare? If you think The Constitution does allow for this type of spending, what would be “over the line” for you?

Perry notes

At a time when the federal government is passing trillion-dollar bailouts, bullying states to increase taxes and bureaucracies, and even taking control of private companies, Americans are increasingly reconnecting with the concept of limited government in that [10th] amendment.

I can’t say I was surprised that critics recast my defense of federalism and fiscal discipline into advocacy for secession from the Union. I have never advocated for secession and never will.

Like the president, members of Congress and every other state governor, I have sworn oaths to our nation and Constitution. My sincere pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution has fueled my concern and my statements about the recent unprecedented expansion of our federal government

For many, federal involvement is required simply because they think income must be redistributed; taken from one and provided directly to another. But Perry – like other states – have proven their system can work.

Those looking for the positive impact of limited government and fiscal conservatism should turn their eyes to Texas. Our Constitution limits our Legislature to 140 days every two years with the bottom line of a balanced budget. Our freedom from an income tax makes Texas attractive to employers and entrepreneurs as do the state’s predictable regulatory climate and fair legal system. Add hard-working Texans to our opportunity-friendly environment, and you start to understand why the state leads the nation in exports, job creation and Fortune 500 companies. Limited government works.

Why do we even bother with an oath of office at the federal level when we know politicians will completely ignore that oath?

Peliosi describes Catholic Church position on when life begins – attempt fails

During the Aug. 24 “Meet the Press” show on NBC, Tom Brokaw asked Nancy Pelosi – the Democrat leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from San Francisco – when life begins. Her answer was political of course, as she tried to cover all bases.

The discussion for conservatives is not necessarily if life begins at conception, but why Roe versus Wade is bad law. Don’t be afraid of the topic; you can be pro-life or pro-abortion and still believe that the Supreme Court got it wrong, and probably should have refused to hear the case. Read more

Hey McDermott – Congress does not have authority to fill gas tanks

Sticking with the you-need-government-to-take-care-of-you theme, Representative Jim McDermott, a congressman from Washington state, has brought fourth legislation to help the hard working people around the United States that are having a tough time paying for gasoline.

That’s right, he wants the federal government to help fill gas tanks. What a tool. Congressman, do you have the guts to let us know what section of the United States Constitution provides Congress with the authority to fill up the gas tanks of its citizens? Read more