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A Line in the Sand

A Line in the Sand
David A. Lombardo 1/11/2016
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Let’s get something straight. The purpose of the United States Constitution is to create a federal government and to severely limit its power. The Constitution is designed to hold government in check-not the populace-as stated in the Tenth Amendment.
Last week the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom broke into Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles from Burn, Oregon, and took up residence. It’s unclear how many people are involved but the most prominent are Ammon & Ryan Bundy, sons of Cliven Bundy of the 2014 standoff against the federal government. According to Ammon Bundy they are prepared to live in the facility until such time as the federal government relinquishes control of the wildlife refuge so “people can reclaim their resources.”
Bundy also cited they want an easier sentence for Dwight Hammond and his son Steven, ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands in Oregon. The Hammonds said they started the 2001 fire on their property to protect it from wildfires and to reduce the growth of invasive plants; controlled burns are a longstanding, common practice, but the fire got out of hand and spread to federal land. The BLM-bureaucrats who don’t have any actual experience at ranching but, because they went to college, they know more about it than the ranchers-claimed the Hammonds started the fire to cover up traces of poaching.
 Whether you agree with the Bundy brothers or not and whether you think this is the time and place to draw a line in the sand or not, there are certain irrefutable facts that need to have a really big spotlight focused on them.
 First of all, Ammon Bundy has been very clear that, while armed, they have no intention to use firearms for hostile purposes beyond being able to defend themselves should it come to that. He was very specific that they chose that location because it is an unoccupied Bureau of Land Management facility in a very rural area, away from the population. In short, the group is trying to make a point without being a physical threat to anyone.
 Contrast that with the rage of liberals who are ranting that the federal government should go in and kill them all through action ranging from sending in Delta Force to literally bombing the facility: no due process, no day in court, and certainly no right to protest the government or exercise civil disobedience. Odd, isn’t it? Where have those sentiments been during the ginned-up, Soros-funded rioting? What more does anyone need to know about liberalism than that?
 Second-and this is the crux of the matter-can anyone show me where the Constitution provides for the Bureau of Land Management as we know it today? Or, to be more specific, where the Constitution provides for the federal government to own land beyond in a very limited way? Article One of the Constitution provides for not more than 10 square miles of land for the District of Columbia and such land as necessary to operate forts and ports and then with the consent of the host state.
Article Four talks about Territory, with a capital T-land government has in trust for a future state. Once a state is formed, it is no longer a Territory, and the federal government no longer has jurisdiction. There are no longer any Territories in the contiguous United States. It’s the Equal Footing doctrine: every new state enters the union as an independent, free and sovereign government, therefore it has the same footing as the original thirteen.
And let’s be clear: Congress does not have the authority to pass laws that change the Constitution except within the confines of Article Five, a daunting task that has not been applied to the issue of land ownership. If Congress lacks that authority, you can bet that the President doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally supersede the Constitution through executive order. Note to this president: it appears to me you were chosen to teach constitutional law in the same way you were chosen to be president, but that’s a topic for another day.
Is it only me or does anyone else smell the stink of federal-testosterone-flexing-muscle to yet again diminish state and individual rights? Who better to decide how best to use the land within a state’s borders than the residents of the state? The Bundy brothers are thoughtfully demonstrating civil disobedience with real concern for the protection of the civilian population in the area. They have taken a stand in a remote, uninhabited area with no looting, no rioting, no burning of buildings and no shooting cops. The Bundy brothers are bringing into sharp focus unconstitutional government land policy that affects the life of John Q. You can throw land management on the trash heap of military preparedness, federal health care, government surveillance, immigration, political correctness, freedom of speech, religious freedom and the Second Amendment.
Love ’em or hate ’em, unlike liberals, the Bundy brothers are willing to put their money where their mouth is and they’re forcing Americans to take a hard look at an out-of-control federal government. What the results of that look will be is anyone’s guess, but I think the time has come to draw the line in the sand and stand up to a government that views its citizens as subjects.

Source: Will County News

S. 2232 FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2015

S. 2232 FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Rand Paul [R, KY]

“The legislation, S.2232, would eliminate restrictions on the U.S. Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandate that the Federal Reserve’s credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight,” according to the sponsor.

 

 

 12.18.15

Sen. Rand Paul Announces Senate “Audit the Fed” Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today announced plans for the Senate to vote in relation to the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as “Audit the Fed,” on January 12, 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to “Audit the Fed” today, setting up the cloture vote when the Senate returns in January.

The legislation, S.2232, would eliminate restrictions on the U.S. Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandate that the Federal Reserve’s credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight.

Sen. Paul originally introduced the legislation for the 114th Congress in January 2015. In November 2015, Sen. Paul invoked Rule XIV, which allowed “Audit the Fed” to be placed directly on the Senate Legislative Calendar so that the legislation can be called up for immediate consideration.

“My legislation to conduct a complete and thorough audit of the Federal Reserve will be voted on in the Senate on January 12, 2016. The Fed operating under a cloak of secrecy has gone on for far too long. The American people have a right to know exactly how Washington is spending their money. The time to act is now,” Sen. Paul said.

Cosponsors of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 include: U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and David Vitter (R-L

Link for the entire Bill http://www.paul.senate.gov/files/documents/GRA15012.pdf

Source: Will County News

Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act H.R.3662

The House will vote on a bill that would prevent the Obama administration from lifting sanctions on Iranian banks and government officials until certifications are submitted to Congress — verifying the entities were not involved with nuclear proliferation or terrorist activities.

H.R. 3662 IRAN TERROR FINANCE TRANSPARENCY ACT

Sponsor: Rep. Steven Russell [R, OK-5]

This bill prohibits the President from removing sanctions on foreign financial institutions until the President makes two certifications to Congress: (1) that the institution has not knowingly facilitated transactions or provided significant financial services for or on behalf of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps or any of its agents, a foreign terrorist organization, or a person whose property or property interests are blocked pursuant to the IEEPA in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. (2) that the institution no longer knowingly engages in illicit or deceptive financial transactions or other activities.

Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

This bill prohibits the President from removing certain foreign financial institutions, including an Iranian financial institution, from the list of designated nationals and blocked persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the Treasury until the President makes two certifications to Congress, the first of which is that the institution has not knowingly facilitated a significant transaction or transactions or provided significant financial services for or on behalf of:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps or any of its agents or affiliates whose property or property interests are blocked pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), a foreign terrorist organization for or on behalf of a person whose property or property interests have been blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13224, and a person whose property or property interests are blocked pursuant to the IEEPA in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The second certification shall be that the institution no longer knowingly engages in illicit or deceptive financial transactions or other activities.

The President may not remove specified foreign persons from the list of designated nationals and blocked persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Asset Control until the President certifies to Congress that the person has not knowingly:

assisted in or provided financial, material, or technological support for terrorism or a terrorist organization; and engaged in significant activities or transactions that have materially contributed to Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery. The President may not remove Iran’s designation as a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern unless the President certifies to Congress that Iran is no longer engaged in support for terrorism, pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, and any illicit and deceptive financial activities.

Certain agency rule making regarding Iran is subjected to congressional review requirements.

The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 is amended to prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that facilitates Iran’s support for Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and any affiliates or successors.

Source: Will County News

Support James Marter in effort to defeat Mark Kirk

 

 

James Marter on the issues

  • Repeal Obamacare, more accurately described as the Un-Affordable Care Act.
  • I am Pro-Life. I will vote to defund Planned Parenthood and vote for Pro-Life legislation.
  • On Immigration, stop the influx and enforce the law. No to another Amnesty Program.
  • Balance the Budget. Fix the tax code, make it flat and simple, and slash the size of the IRS. Stop giving our treasury to foreign countries, crony capitalists, and end the “corporate welfare”.
  • 2nd AMENDMENT. I firmly support the right to bear arms as unequivocally stated in the Bill of Rights: “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.”

Homer Funder

 

CHICAGO WARD GOP ORG CENSURES KIRK; ENDORSES GOP CHALLENGER JAMES MARTER                                                           from Illinois Review

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CHICAGO – A Republican organization in Chicago censured incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Tuesday night, and withdrew their support during the upcoming GOP primary, tossing it to Kirk’s challenger, James Marter.

The Chicago’s 11th Ward GOP is the third Republican group to have publicly condemned Kirk’s voting record in the U.S. Senate. Other party groups include the Aurora Township GOP and the Batavia Township GOP.

 

“Any and all forms of support which the 11th Ward Republican Party of Chicago, IL customarily gives Republican candidates, including but not limited to promotion in voter outreach efforts, is now revoked from Senator Mark Kirk and his campaign for the United States Senate. The Senator’s name will be removed, or otherwise redacted from all voting guides and materials that this body’s precinct committee persons distribute to their constituents,” a two-page resolution accepted by the GOP group says.

The 11th Ward criticized Senator Kirk’s recent votes that did not line up with the Illinois Republican Party platform on key issues, including abortion:

Whereas, while entrusted with the office of Senator by the voters of Illinois, Mark Kirk has committed several actions incompatible with the principles of the Illinois Republican Party, among which the following acts are the most recent and egregious offenses upon which this Resolution in Support of Censure is motivated:

1. Voted “nay” on a bill that would restrict-on a federal level- abortion at or past the past the point of fetal viability (assessed at twenty weeks).

2. Voted to defeat the United States Senate effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Senator Kirk was the sole member of the Republican Senate to ally with Senate Democrats in voting to continue tax-payer funding of the aforementioned organization after the appearance of significant evidence that it, as a business, was engaged in the dissection and preparation of fetal bodies for purported “research” and apparent profit.

The resolution is signed by 11th Ward GOP Committeeman Carl Segvich and James M. Komaniecki, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the organization.

Segvich told Illinois Review Wednesday that “our 11th Ward Republican Party will NOT be endorsing Mark Kirk for re-election. We are endorsing James Marter for our United States Senate.”

The resolution:

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Source: Will County News