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Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders


A Most Solemn Trust

Depending upon what the voting public does, Tuesday’s election could be a watershed event in American history, or it could be one more lost opportunity — and maybe the last opportunity.

If voters elect enough Constitutionally-minded candidates the political establishment will be turned upside down. Be sure you know who they are. As Samuel Adams said, "The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”

There are a few that stand out: Senate candidates Rand Paul in Kentucky, Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware; and there are some good ones running for House seats as well. The Gubernatorial elections this year are likewise important, particularly if you value the 10th Amendment.

Continue reading to learn how Samuel Adams viewed the responsibility of voting…

A Wise And Frugal Government

As September ended Congress scurried out of town hoping they had time to convince enough voters to support them during the mid-term election Nov. 2. In doing so they left the specter of the largest tax hike in history hitting a fragile U.S. economy on Jan. 1, 2011.

Unable to agree on which Americans should receive how much, the Democrat majority punted, leaving President Barack Obama to defend his notion of redistributing the wealth of those he considers rich — that is anyone making $250,000 or more a year.

In addition to taxing the “rich,” Obama wants to practice a little social engineering. He’s advocating tax incentives for businesses that hire and inserting other benefits and penalties for certain behaviors, rather than trusting businesses to act in their own best interests and hire when it’s economically feasible.

How did Thomas Jefferson sum up good government? Keep reading… 

Unequal Taxes

President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to foster class envy with their pledge to extend President George W. Bush-era tax cuts for one group of people and allow them to expire for another.

You have probably heard that if Congress doesn’t act, taxes will increase substantially on everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2011. That’s because, in order to get Democrat consent to pass a series of tax cuts in 2001 and 2005, an expiration date on the tax cuts had to be included in the bill.

That day is fast approaching and Congress is set to adjourn very soon without considering the tax issue.

Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) say they want to extend the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000. But since they consider anyone making $250,000 or more to be rich, Obama and his Marxist cohorts want those people to pay higher taxes. It’s all about the rich “paying their fair share” and Obama, Pelosi and Reid think they know what fair is.

Continue reading to learn James Madison’s thoughts on fairness. 

Setting Brushfires Of Freedom

The Tea Parties have rocked the establishment and the elected class and nattering nabobs that infest Washington, D.C., are at a loss to understand it.

Republican strategist and Fox News talking head Karl Rove expressed the dismay of the establishment intellectualism when — after Christine O’Donnell’s surprising win over “chosen” Republican-In-Name-Only Mike Castle — he proceeded to spew invective O’Donnell’s way and sound notes of gloom and doom for the Republican Party’s hopes of taking the United States Senate in November.

How would Samuel Adams respond to the Tea Partiers? Keep reading… 

Free Exercise Of Industry And Its Fruits

Barring legislative action before the end of the year the Federal estate tax — also known as the death tax — will return on Jan. 1, 2011. That means the Feds will steal 55 percent of the estates valued at more than $1 million of people who die after Jan. 1.

Elected elites and their media lapdogs have successfully sold the argument that only the rich pay estate taxes and therefore those taxes are justified. But add the value of a home, a retirement account (such as a 401k) and a little bit of savings and other real property and it doesn’t take long to pass the $1 million threshold.

Thomas Jefferson expressed his own views of the “death tax.” 

Misusing The Commerce Clause

When questioned about the authority of the onerous, overreaching laws they’ve passed — laws like Obamacare, Wall Street reform and bank bailouts — members of Congress have cited the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

That clause, found in Article 1, Section 8, reads:

The Congress shall have Power… To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes…

From our country’s founding into the 1930s, courts ruled that the Commerce Clause limited the ability of the Federal government to hinder the freedom of individuals, according to Andrew P. Napolitano, in his book, The Constitution in Exile. But that changed in 1937 as Congress continued to push New Deal legislation that increased the power of government and “(The U.S. Supreme Court) simply abrogated its role and stopped enforcing the Constitution’s limits on federal power.”

Continue reading to learn how James Madison defined the commerce clause. 

Despotism Of An Oligarchy

Regardless of where you come down on the gay marriage issue, that a single unelected Federal judge would overrule the wishes of the majority of Californians should frighten you.

Proposition 8 was put on the California ballot in the November 2008 election, five months after the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

Almost 80 percent of the California electorate voted and the measure—which provided that only marriage between a man a woman is valid or recognized in California—passed with 52.24 percent of the vote. It passed by about 600,000 of the 13.4 million votes cast. And it came in an election year that saw Democrat Barack Obama garner 61 percent of the vote, or more than 8.27 million votes in California.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the gay marriage ban violates the Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses while failing “to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.”

Thomas Jefferson was very outspoken on his views of the Federal courts. Read this article to learn more… 

Obama Is No Statesman

America’s Southern border continues under attack and there is no evidence the administration of President Barack Obama even cares.

Two American ranches in Laredo, Texas were seized by the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas on July 23, according to the Laredo Police Department. The ranch owners escaped.

Laredo police have asked for help from the Federal government to regain control of the ranches.

Continue reading to learn how America’s 2nd president defined the responsibilities of a statesman…

They Saw The Enemy And It Is Government

Healthcare bills, energy bills, rules on how much water toilets can use, regulations on acceptable light bulbs, education bills and most every topic Congress discusses these days go far beyond what the Founding Fathers envisioned as the role of government.

As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 14, “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.”

And what are those enumerated powers? Read the rest of this article to find out…

Shutting Up The Press

Four days after issuing a memo saying it was blocking certain websites from the agency’s computers—including sites that contained “controversial opinion”—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has “clarified” that order saying contrary opinion won’t be banned.

CBS News reported the ban Tuesday after the TSA released a memo that it was blocking certain websites from the Federal agency’s computers, including halting access by staffers to any internet pages that contain controversial opinion.

While it’s good news that the TSA changed its tune after receiving flak from employees and supporters of the 1st Amendment, that the agency would consider such a ban in the first place begs the question: What is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano—who oversees the TSA—afraid of?

Continue reading to learn Thomas Jefferson’s opinion on the importance of a free press. 

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