An Open Letter To My Senators

Patriots,
Why is interim Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) still voting on legislation? Even if the Senator Elect Scott Brown has not been seated, shouldn’t the voice of the citizens and the Constitutional Rights of American’s in the State of Massachusetts be heeded? Where are the other Republican Senators and why haven’t they been up in arms about this blatant disregard for the Constitution? According to Senate rules and precedent, Kirk’s term expired on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 upon the election of Scott Brown. Brown meets the age, citizenship, and residency requirements in the Constitution to qualify for the Senate. “Qualification” does not require state “certification.”

Besides precedent, we have this little old piece of paper,
The United States Constitution – Amendment 17 – Senators Elected by Popular Vote. Ratified 4/8/1913.
“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. ‘

And also this, from Massachusetts own state laws, (source – http://www.mass.gov) Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2009 – AN ACT RELATIVE TO FILLING A TEMPORARY VACANCY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. – Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 140 of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:–
(f) Upon failure to choose a senator in congress or upon a vacancy in that office, the governor shall make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy; provided, however, that the person so appointed shall serve until the election and qualification of the person duly elected to fill the vacancy pursuant to subsection (a) or (c). – Approved September 24, 2009.

In an October 15, 1918 ruling by Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall (March 14, 1854 – June 1, 1925. served as the 28th Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1921.), Marshall concluded that regardless of the fact that Senators-elect must “run the gambit of executive, administrative, judicial and senatorial investigation before they are entitled to qualify and take their seats as Members of the United States Senate,” the terms of their appointed predecessors nonetheless expire on the day of election. While the Vice President noted that “equitably, it would seem that the present incumbents ought to be permitted to hold until their successors elected on the 5th of November have been sworn in as Senators, but such . . . is not the law.”

The Senate has voted on three pieces of legislation that required 60 votes–to raise the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, to reduce the deficit by establishing five-year discretionary spending caps, and Ben Bernanke’s confirmation–all of which interim Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) has voted on. In addition, there have been other Senate votes since Scott Brown was elected as Massachusetts senator that Kirk cast a vote;
From the record of The U.S. Senate:
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 2nd Session (2010)
Vote Date Issue Question Result Description
00016
28-Jan PN959 On the Nomination Confirmed Confirmation Ben S. Bernanke To Be Chairman Of The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
00015
28-Jan PN959 On the Cloture Motion Agreed to Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Ben S. Bernanke, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
00014
28-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Joint Resolution Agreed to H. J. Res. 45 As Amended; A joint resolution increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.
00013
28-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3299
Agreed to Reid Amdt. No. 3299 As Amended; In the nature of a substitute.
00012
28-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3305
Agreed to Reid Amdt. No. 3305; To reimpose statutory pay-as-you-go.
00011
28-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3308
Rejected Sessions Amdt. No. 3308; To reduce the deficit by establishing 5-year discretionary spending caps.
00010
28-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3309
Rejected Brownback Amdt. No. 3309; To establish a Commission on Congressional Budgetary Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies.
00009
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303
Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division IV; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.
00008
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303
Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division III; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.
00007
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303
Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division II; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.
00006
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303
Agreed to Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division I; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.
00005
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3302
Rejected Conrad Amdt. No. 3302; To establish a Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and to expand future prosperity and growth for all Americans.
00004
26-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3300
Agreed to Baucus Amdt. No. 3300 as Modified; To protect Social Security.
00003
25-Jan PN1077 On the Nomination Confirmed Confirmation Rosanna Malouf Peterson, of Washington, to be U.S. District Judge
00002
21-Jan H.J.Res. 45
On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3301
Rejected Thune Amdt. No. 3301; To terminate authority under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes.
00001
20-Jan PN635 On the Nomination Confirmed Confirmation Beverly Baldwin Martin, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge

I think the answer is that they just don’t care. Why should they, Republicans will have the seat when it comes to things they need to get reelected on and that is, after all, the only thing they care about, isn’t it.

For all of the Republican hot air over the Health Care take over, we all know that it was only about reelection and nothing else. The usual RINO subjects continue to play their games, thinking that we don’t pay attention, can’t understand or are just plain too stupid to know the difference. I think it is the later.

I know that we can’t always have the perfect candidates, and I also know that in the liberal states, most of the time we are better off having a RINO as opposed to a Jackass. That is the facts of life. We have to live with it, even if we don’t like it. BUT, and this is a big but, similar in size to an elephants butt, we can still expect our RINO’s to vote with the Republican’s, cant we?

Senators, protect your office. That is one of your jobs, not ours. If you won’t stand up to a Bolshevik coup d’etat, why do we need you there?

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Dessert or Deceit, 2010

Patriots,

Today is the anniversary of Danish immigrant Christian Kent Nelson, a schoolteacher and candy store owner, receiving the patent for his delicious ice cream invention, “The Eskimo Pie.” I love all kinds of candies, sweets and deserts of all kinds. You don’t get a handsome figure such as mine by eating mundane, everyday veggies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Nelson for his tasty treat. I love Eskimo Pies, and I ain’t lyin”

Which brings me to today’s daily rant. I know that we all tell lies at one time or another. Some big ones, some small ones, some little white ones, some as brag such as fishing stories, some by mistake and some are just out and out blatant acts of deception.

Sometimes we even do to spare others feelings, like when we see an acquaintances new baby and they ask, “Beautiful isn’t she?” We just get that uneasy feeling in our stomach and say something like, “Oh my, yes, that baby is something, well sure she is beautiful, heck, all babies are beautiful.” Or, “Do these jeans make my belly look big?” Usually that is followed by our wives saying, “Ah, no, Honey, you look great.” We even lie to ourselves. Some men, not any of you, but others I know, will look at themselves in the mirror, suck their bellies in and say out load to themselves, “Ya, I do look good.

What do we have to do in this nation to get politicians that don’t lie to us every time they open their mouths? Can it really be that hard to find honest people and send them to Washington, or is it Washington itself that drag’s them into the cesspool that is our nation’s capitol?

Judging from history, it would seem that Franklin Delano Roosevelt lied, just about everything, including hiding his numerous affairs, before and during his time as President. He also hid his actions to specifically entice the Japanese to war.

He took the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States, but had this to say, “Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth… I pledge you, I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people… This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms. ”

He gave our nation some of the heaviest handed government that is with us still today through its wasteful spending, its entitlements and its heavy tax burdens.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Milhous Nixon, “I’m not a crook,” just their names say everything. Bill Clinton and, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton and her dodging gun fire in Bosnia and, “I have no idea how those Rose Law Firm records were lost but showed up on a Whitehouse chair later on, beats me.” John Kerry and his war record. Al Gore, well, Al Gore!!!

Right now we are starting to hear all of their campaign commercials on TV and radio. You hear the same thing over and over from the candidates, “I have always been a conservative,” or “my conservative voting record.”

Do they really think we are all stupid? The days of our heads being stuck in the sand are over. We are taking back our nation, one election at a time from here on out. Republicans tell us they are fiscal and social conservatives all the while spending us into slavery (TARP and Stimulus) and taking away our constitutional rights (McCain – Feingold).

During this primary season, we have got to hold the RINO’s accountable for their betrayals and do our best to get new conservative blood into the party. We need to thank McCain, Hutchison, Collins, Snowe, Graham and others like them for their services, and send them home. FOR GOOD!!! We can then help new, true conservatives to defeat the stateists and progressives in the Democratic Party.

Now, go and enjoy some delicious dessert.

The Manchurian Republican Candidate

Patriots,

Recently, I have been working on a Daily Rant concerning the human death toll brought to the world by communism and dictators in the 20th century. Well, now Glenn is bringing it to us on his show, so I will leave that alone now.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately in general about our freedoms and our country. I have thought even more since Tuesday. I, like I am sure the rest of you have been overjoyed at the defeat of the Democrat’s in Massachusetts. That is still almost unbelievable to me.

I have some apprehensions about the election in Massachusetts. I have an uneasy feeling inside concerning the whole thing. Glenn Beck seems to have that feeling also from his reticence about the Republican winner.

Where is the Obama attack machine? Where is all the left wing state controlled media and their incessant sniping? Sure, we had Keith Oberdumbass on MSNBC, but that is about it. Why has this whole thing came about without the usual cacophony from the idiots on the left? Hummm! Makes me think.

Maybe I have just become too distrustful of the whole process. Maybe I am thinking about it too much. Maybe I just have trouble seeing the silver lining because of fear of getting pounded by rain and hail from said cloud. I don’t think so, but maybe. So far, I like Scott Brown and thank him from the bottom of my heart for defeating the Obama Machine.

During his victory speech Tuesday night, Senator-elect Brown said some good things. “Every day I hold this office, I will give all that is in me to serve you well and make you proud. “ And, “Most of all, I will remember that while the honor is mine, this Senate seat belongs to no one person and no political party — and as I have said before, and you said loud and clear today, it is the people’s seat.” He also said, “When I first started running, I asked for a lot of help, because I knew it was going to be me against the machine. I was wrong, it was all of us against the machine. And after tonight we have shown everyone that – now – you are the machine.” All of this is great, wonderful even if these are his heart felt beliefs.

Just a few things give me pause. He said this later in the speech, “When in Washington, I will work in the Senate with Democrats and Republicans to reform health care in an open and honest way. No more closed-door meetings or back room deals by an out of touch party leadership. No more hiding costs, concealing taxes, collaborating with special interests, and leaving more trillions in debt for our children to pay. In health care, we need to start fresh, work together, and do the job right. Once again, we can do better.”

How about no health care takeover at all? How about not worrying about reaching across the isle, and instead, how about beating them into submission. Does Senator Brown really need to buddy up with John McCain? Instead, maybe Mr. Smith (Brown) Goes to Washington. Elephants, not RINO’s are our preferred animals of choice please.

I am still royally pissed at McCain for all of his liberal, progressive stands on things. McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions anyone?

United States Senate Oath of Office says this;

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

I hope Scott Brown is a Massachusetts Sarah Palin, I truly do and not a Manchurian Republican Candidate. But, I can’t help this feeling that instead of being the man that started the dismantling of the Obama Machine and its attack on America, he may just be another cog in the Washington Political Machine. Romney-Brown 2012 maybe?

The Beginning?

Lifes Lessons in Our Pets

Patriots,

Here at my home in Texas, we have 3 pets, one cat and two dogs. I am not exactly sure how we ended up with so many living in the house with us. I think it was accomplished through attrition.

I had another dog for 12 years, Sam, a golden retriever/collie mix. He was the sweetest and most loving dog that has ever lived. I say dog but Sammy Boy transcended being a canine. His favorite thing to do was be close and be there for you incase you needed to pet him. Sweet he was.

As a matter of fact, he didn’t do anything like a normal dog. He didn’t fetch, didn’t chase cars, hated a dog house and for the first 5 to 7 years, I never heard him bark. The first time he did, he was asleep. Frightened the tar out of both us. He set up quickly and gave me a look like, “Hey! Somebody hear a dog bark?”

He died four years ago on January 13th around 3:30 in the afternoon. I still haven’t gotten over his passing.

That brings me to the three that cohabitate with us now. We have Sly, the cat (looks like Sylvester from the cartoons), Mabel the Yellow Lab and Diesel, the English Bull Dog.

Sly is nine years old now, and I think he is a “RINO”, Republican In Name Only. I know for sure that he is a Baptist because when we pray at meal time, he likes to stand beside one of our chairs, raise a paw in the air and meow an “Amen”.

He, being a cat, uses a cat box. Like a RINO and a lot of Baptists I knew in church, he tries not to let you see him in the box. You know does those things but it is hard to catch him at it. If you do see him, he pretends that he hasn’t been in the box at all. Sly the Cat is in it for himself, and he will con you into letting him on your lap when he needs you. Then he’ll just ignore you till he needs something else from you.

Mabel is nine or ten. My brother and his wife raise English Show Labradors in New Mexico. When we would visit, Mabel was always sweet. Mabel, although beautiful to look at, didn’t like being in the show ring. She has been a great dog to help raise our son. She even sleeps with him. Pals.

Mabel, I think is an old FDR Democrat, but she would have voted for Reagan. I say this because she is such a sweet and caring animal, like most of our grandmothers. She just wants to take care of everybody and wants things steady. She is also kind of neurotic. She always has a stuffed animal in her mouth. She gets nervous when the boy is late or out with his friends. Like FDR Democrats, she can only see the best in people and thinks that the old ways are the best ways.

That brings me to Diesel, the 4 year old English Bull Dog. He is a complete Knucklehead and an Independent/Libertarian. He is in it for the fun of it. If he finds one of Mabel’s toys and wants to bite the head off, he does. He will run in circles around the living room, because he likes to. He plays ball by himself. He has even, by himself mind you, taken a ball up the stairs, kick it down the stairs and chase it. Repeatedly.

I say he is an Independent/Libertarian because he loves getting into the cat box. He just doesn’t seem to be able to control himself. He tries to play it off like he didn’t do something wrong, but there is gray cat litter all over his face. He knows that he has screwed up when he sees you. He’ll set there with an “I’m sorry, I’ll do better next time,” look on his face. He’ll forget soon and we go through it again later. He doesn’t seem to learn that there are always consequences to his decisions.

We all know people out there like these three. We need to do everything we can between now and the elections to steer them in the right direction. We need to take back the Republican Party, redeem it from the inside. Make it the conservative stronghold it should be.

We need to get candidates that think like we do on their own, when their not campaigning. No more RINO’s like Sly. We need to show those out there that still think the Democrats are really interested in making our lives better, the truth and get them away from being FDR Democrats like Mabel. Then we will have to do our best to corral up the Diesels out there that aren’t thinking of the importance of every vote against the Democrats. Remember what Perot did for our country.

No offence intended to the Baptists out there. I was raised one.

“During This Crises, I Will Do This…As The President”

Patriots,

A lot of huff and puff has been made lately about this administrations ability to fight the war on terror. Or better said as, their unwillingness to call it a war, or terror, or terrorists, or Muslim terrorist, or Muslim extremists, or radical Islam. We all know their approach to it. Don’t look for things to really change from these people. It is as far down their list of priorities as global warming is for you and me. They are only using it right now to distract you and me from their real plans. Fundamental change.

I don’t think they are hoping for a terrorist attack. I certainly do not think they are plotting one, (that was for all you 911 truthers out there, Van Jones, You listening?) But, with this being said, a major attack might be something they would try and use to their advantage. “Never let a good crises go to waste.”

The City of New Orleans and its Mayor decided to disarm their citizens during the Katrina debacle. They took citizens ability to defend themselves during a time when they most needed that ability. I personally saw news footage of an Oklahoma National Guardsman saying,” I hope it doen’t come down to shooting an American…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm5PC7z79-8

Protecting oneself is a right given to us by God himself, not this government, not any government. The government cared nothing of these citizens 2nd Amendment rights or their safety. Nothing, a lesson for us all to learn.

Presidential Proclamation 2537 was issued on January 14, 1942, requiring aliens to report any change of address, employment or name to the FBI. Enemy aliens were not allowed to enter restricted areas. Violators of these regulations were subject to “arrest, detention and internment for the duration of the war.” Those that were as little as 1/16th Japanese could be placed in internment camps. Korean-Americans, considered to have Japanese nationality (since Korea was occupied by Japan during World War II), were also included.

February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066. Approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese residing in the United States were sent to camps called “War Relocation Camps,” The executive order allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones,” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps.

The Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the United States Congress during World War I. President Woodrow Wilson was concerned that dissent, in time of war, was a significant threat to morale. The passing of this act forbade Americans to use “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, flag, or armed forces during war. The act also allowed the Postmaster General to deny mail delivery to dissenters of government policy during wartime. Is it just me or does this sound remarkably similar to “Local programming rules and The Fairness Doctrine?

Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919), was a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Espionage Act of 1917. Eugene V. Debs was an American labor and political leader and five-time Socialist Party of America candidate for the American Presidency. On June 16, 1918 Debs made an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio, protesting US involvement in World War I, and he was subsequently arrested under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was convicted and sentenced to serve ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life.

The Espionage Act made it a crime to help enemies of the United States, but the Sedition Act made it a crime to utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the United States’ form of government.

Hundreds if not thousands of U.S. citizens, including members of the Industrial Workers of the World union, were also imprisoned during World War I for their anti-war dissent under the provisions of the Sedition Act. Anti-war protesters were arrested by the hundreds as speaking out against the draft and the war became illegal under this law.

Freedom of speech in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution;
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.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.

In the 80 days that elapsed between President Abraham Lincoln’s April 1861 call for troops–the beginning of the Civil War–and the official convening of Congress in special session on July 4, 1861, Lincoln performed a whole series of important acts by Presidential usurpation. Lincoln called forth the militia to “suppress said combinations,” which he ordered “to disperse and retire peacefully” to their homes. He increased the size of the Army and Navy, expended funds for the purchase of weapons, instituted a blockade–an act of war–and suspended the precious writ of habeas corpus, all without congressional approval.

Lincoln determined that these actions were not the declaration of “civil war,” but rather the suppression of rebellion. Only Congress is constitutionally empowered to declare war; Article I – The Legislative Branch, Section 8 – Powers of Congress, To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; – To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; but suppression of rebellion has been recognized as an executive function, for which the prerogative of setting aside civil procedures has been placed in the President’s hands. (This sounds bad to me, what about you?)

Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, (habeas corpus n. Law A writ issued to bring a party before a court to prevent unlawful restraint. [<Med. Lat., you should have the body] The basic premise behind habeas corpus is that you cannot be held against your will without just cause. In other words, you cannot be jailed if there are no charges against you. If you are being held, and you demand it, the courts must issue a writ of habeas corpus, which forces those holding you to answer as to why you are being held. If there is no good or compelling reason, the court must set you free. If you will notice, of all the civil liberties we take for granted today as a part of the Bill of Rights, the importance of habeas corpus is illustrated by the fact that it was the sole liberty the Founding Fathers thought important enough to be included in the original text of the Constitution Article I – The Legislative Branch – Section 9 – Limits on Congress – The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

What about the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863? Although with this one, I am in total agreement, but it might set precedent for a future President. Nothing in the Constitution authorized the Congress or the President to confiscate property without compensation. Lincoln said in giving the proclamation, “I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do…Order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be free”