The Future of Our Constitutional Republic
Vigilance and Insistence
Issues from Decades of Creeping Socialism and Marxism
Threaten the Future of Our Constitutional Republic
Note: From time to time, other Constitutional issues may be “added to” by our majority membership polling
U.S. Congress–Senate and House of Representatives
1. Never allow “In God We Trust” to be removed from our nation’s currency and public places.
2. Always uphold and ensure that under the U.S. Constitution’s restrictions upon the government and the Bill of Rights provisions protecting individual citizens from tyranny against The People–will not permit government to interfere in State sovereignty and Individual rights, including the protection and prevention of violations of the 2nd Bill of Rights throughout every State of the Union: the right of The People to keep and bear arms.
3. Establish term limits for federal Congressional elected and appointed positions, at 12 years maximum served.
4. Insist that Congress shall not have the authority to give themselves pay raises or any other personal benefits, without being voted on by appropriate local authorities of The People in their States and Districts. Re-define the compensation, benefits and retirement package for the federal politicians. They should be responsible for their own long term well being, just like every other American in the private sector. Originally in America, an elective office did not garner compensation and benefits that would entice individuals to be other than servants of The People. “Career Politicians” are not what The U.S. Founders had in mind.
a. In fact today, evidence is clear that career politicians tend to become bound by cronyism, pressuring other elected officials to go along to get along, preventing them from full service to the people and States they are elected/appointed to represent. Representation OF The People ceased, indeed, on issues pushed forward out of political and personal concerns of elected officials. It has been due largely to the political agendas by those who have been intent on going around U.S. Constitutional Rule despite their Oaths of Office TO the U.S. Constitution.
5. As strict Constitutionalists, it is our belief that the 9th and 10th Amendments have been ignored for far too long.
9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by The People.
10th Amendment: 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.
6. The Federal Government’s only legislative jurisdiction is contained and clearly outlined within the specific enumerated powers listed in the U.S. Constitution. We believe legislators have been making law that is not enumerated in the Constitution and there must be some accountability for this.
a. Before election, we can ask our own candidates for office, to take and pass a timely standard profile test revealing their perspective about the election issues, to be updated for each election.
b. The results should be published on a public report appropriate to federal, State, and/or local election ballot Districts where their names appear: a) U.S. Founding Principles. b) The U.S. Constitution and relevant Amendments Re current issues. c) Pending Legislation and Laws that the candidates would uphold if elected to office.
c. Subsequently, when each politician is sworn into office, promising “To Uphold, Defend, Protect, Preserve–The Constitution“, they must know what they are promising, and also be willing to attend scheduled Town Hall Forums for the explicit purpose of answering questions on actions taken during office, concerning their Constitutional responsibilities as reported by them in weekly newsletters, on media news and/or Internet, to their constituencies back home.
7. Our legislators, must be held accountable to be recalled or for any loss of office in subsequent elections in their respective local Districts and States, for voting in favor of legislation that their constituencies have communicated substantially they considered to be unconstitutional.
a. The legislator should be able to have straightforward conversations on the issues both in writing in weekly Congressional website news/email newsletters, and verbally in Town Hall style discussion meetings. With straight talk, incumbents can explain personally to The People of their Districts, why any proposed/passed legislation is or is not constitutional.
b. In the legislator’s personal weekly newsletter, the report of how he/she voted on recent legislation should be included, along with comments helping The People to understand reasons why.
c. A process should be designed which will ensure that District communication from The People individually and collectively, is received by the incumbent in the spirit of “advise and consent” in effect, placing responsibility for possible re-election upon the incumbent personally. He/she is expected to vote “NO” on unconstitutional legislation, without equivocation.
d. Bring the national Congressional Switchboard and Internet communication systems in Washington D.C. up to date with the current technology and administrative responsibilities, so the American People can get in contact easily and systematically, and feel that they have been able successfully to voice their views to elected/appointed officials when necessary.
e. Further, incumbents should publicly oppose politically designed, unconstitutional process policies by the Majority Leader and Speaker of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and their followers inside the U.S. Congress. In the policies for the process of passing laws for The People of America, the democratic reading of proposed laws, and open/fair debate and voting processes should all take place. The policies must be free of unconstitutional, undemocratic practices. One example: “Who ever heard of voting on legislation without first READING and DEBATING it openly and fairly, for all to hear and be fully informed of all issues involved–especially without being silenced because of political chicanery?”
8. Insist that no member of the U.S. Congress (Senate and House) vote on legislation until they themselves have been allotted the time and opportunity read what is IN the Bills, so that they may recognize whether the legislation is unconstitutional, and also know the details of what their vote will mean to the future life of Americans on every particle and piece of any proposed legislation…”ObamaCare”, the major recent example.
a. Insist that any new legislation being voted on, NEVER contain unrelated so-called bootleg or piggy-back amendments, where entirely unrelated resolutions/laws are activated and/or deactivated, and become in effect when virtually unknown to The People until after the Bill is passed….
b. In writing proposed legislation, the Constitutional protections and provisions of individual citizens must not be violated, nor should taxpayer dollars be required, except as fair and as necessary, and except when proposed laws are first determined to be Constitutional–before it is brought up for a vote. As another example, Congress must now recognize that scientific evidence indicates Global Warming is a man-made phenomena. From this example and for this reason, our legislators must not be making laws of any kind based upon any unproven theory, while also having an undesirable, irrelevant or unrealized political impact or worse for the future of Americans.
c. Any new proposed legislation, must first stand the utmost scrutiny and testing, demonstrating that it has the proper legal standing of Constitutional Authority before it may be further considered, or before it goes to the floor for a vote. This means a bipartisan committee reads the text first, to know and verify the constitutionality of what’s in proposed legislation….
9. Save the current Social Security and Medicare systems from bankruptcy.
a. Allow for new style of Personal Private Retirement Accounts for younger generations in the work force today by giving them a choice for their future.
b. At the same time gradually build the future of the social security system incorporating Personal Private Retirement Accounts for all future generations.
10. We must find legislative and other appropriate means to dilute the lobbyists’ influence upon our legislators by proposing legislation that restricts and/or documents lobbyist communications with all law makers.
U.S. Government Branches: Congress and Executive
11. Remind the federal government that we have three branches of government, with separate but equal powers–none of which, have the Constitutional Authority to establish independent, unelected, and not properly approved and appointed “czars“ within our system of government. This practice must be eliminated.
12. Insist that the current size of the federal government be dramatically reduced in size. Many departments, such as the Department of Energy, must go through a total independent review in order to justify their existence.
13. Any sitting President or Congressional leader shall not be involved or attend political party “fund raising events” more than 5 times while in office.
U.S. Government: Economy and Taxes
14. Acknowledge that our nation’s economy and way of life is driven by capitalism and the free market system. To re-enforce this process, the legislature should be restrained from passing laws that adversely affect the economic law of supply and demand, which is essential for our economy to flourish.
15. Strive for the lowest corporate tax rate as compared with other nations.
16. Allow no tax on capital gains for either businesses or private individuals, as this discourages investments in the private sector, which helps to stabilize and grow the economy. Taxation, on the other hand, only depletes investment resources and investment activity by businesses and individual investors in the private sector.
17. Abolish the death tax forever. When anyone passes away, it is government robbery to tax any portion of what is left behind for their beneficiaries.
18. Ensure that legislative provisions will always guarantee a Balanced Budget requiring regular annual deadlines over a 5-year period. The Congressional oversight of Congress cannot be considered to be accomplished on schedule every year without the inclusion of:
a. A hardline budgetary plan.
b. Regular quarterly reports submitted on schedule, clearly showing where all funding has gone in each report.
19. Insist the federal government not have the authority to spend money beyond our nation’s budgetary means. Therefore, a top priority must be, to begin a process that will allow general auditing of the Federal Reserve. The People expect our government to abide by good fiscal policy, just as they do in their own personal lives. All annual expenditures that are repeated every year, such as foreign aid, grants, IMF funds, etc., must be halted and re-evaluated for that year, until we can establish a balanced budget and the complete elimination of our nation’s debt.
America’s National Defense
20. Ensure that America has a strong National Defense Strategy from the Executive Branch that will guarantee U.S. citizens the Constitutional provision of Freedom and Protection from intrusion on privacy and tyranny from the government. One of the primary Constitutional goals of the federal government is to protect its citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic. As Ronald Reagan ensured under his administration, “Peace Through Strength” should always be our policy regarding our U.S. National Security.
21. However, the act of Nation Building for foreign countries must be outside the reach of any arbitrary, independent action by the Executive Branch through any foreign policy actions without the proper advance Constitutional advise and consent requirement by The Congress. Foreign aid money especially in recent years, has been going to other nations for unintended, unapproved purposes without Congressional knowledge, advice or consent, because the White House has kept Congress outside the Constitutional decision making process.
a. U.S. tax dollars should not be going outside the United States unlawfully, nor outside any specific Treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate.
b. There must be a Constitutionally proper, predetermined, process also including specific limitations/requirements regarding budgetary ratification, and updated reports of specific spending, prior to any and all new budgetary U.S. foreign funding.
Other Federal Government Policies/Legislation Issues
22. Promote green energy, but never allow the government subsidize it. Green energy must always exist on its own merit in the same way that other private enterprise has succeeded. Political involvement or intrusion by government in the private sector should be avoided completely. When the government is in the business of subsidizing politically selected or “favored” businesses, it is discrimination against other private businesses, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Further, the absence of a separation of powers of the three branches of the federal government in controlling the private, free choices of the independent private sector of business, further upsets the natural balance of the free market in maintaining a stable national economy.
23. Ensure that the government does not re-define marriage, from how it has been viewed by world governments for centuries, perhaps for more millenia historically than most citizens realize.
24. Become energy independent within 8 years by developing the many oil drilling, oil shale, coal and natural gas resources here within our U.S. borders.
25. Increase border security. Continue to improve the border fencing until no unauthorized individuals, including illegal immigrants, are able to penetrate it.
a. Provide the means for a legitimate work program for legal immigrants and approved foreign citizens coming to the U.S. legally to work and live.
b. Continue to deport illegal immigrants and prosecute those businesses hiring them.
26. Restructure the welfare system to be designed only for U.S. Citizens, so that it encourages citizen welfare recipients to get off assistance entirely if possible, and as soon as is reasonable. Continue the welfare work education/training program to develop citizens’ ability to stay off the welfare roles.
27. Repeal the 16th Amendment enacted in 1913, that authorized a federal income tax. This single change would end the costly and intrusive tax code, and also eliminate or minimize the need for the Department of Internal Revenue Service.
28. Replace the income tax with a uniform or flat rate national sales or excise tax (as stated in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution) that would be paid by everyone residing in the country as they consume goods, and would automatically render savings and capital appreciation that would be free of tax. OR, consider replacing the current tax system with a more simplified means of taxing, such as the Fair Tax system (Fair Tax Act-H.R. 25 / S. 296). This would also, end the costly and intrusive tax code, and would eliminate or minimize the need for the Internal Revenue Service.
29. After repealing Obama Care, improve our national health care as a private sector enterprise, and develop it through the free market system. Part of this legislation should include Medical Malpractice Reform, Interstate/Intrastate Competition and Private Medical Accounts.
Politically Elected/Appointed Individuals–“Race Baiting”
30. Continue to wage the war on terror, and call it what it is. Insist that Congress make it a punishable offense in violation of the U.S. Constitution: either to advocate acts of terrorism, or through public statements, even indirectly inciting riots through techniques such as race baiting, where one or more citizens or citizen groups are pitted against others. Especially it is wrong in principle for any government elected official or appointee: to distort news, information, and commentary with the effect of inciting discontent that could lead to riots or violence against other citizens–contrary to their U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. We can not tolerate it as a nation from politicians who have taken the Oath of Office TO the U.S. Constitution, because it is a violation of their Oath….
31. Making a living at “race baiting” should be frowned upon by the public in general on the basis of Constitutional protections and provisions for all citizens equally. We must always strive for racial equality in all areas of life, as well. Therefore, there should be a legal price to pay, even when elected officials who have sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, are known to use their public podium specifically for the purpose potentially of inciting riots amongst citizens and other people visiting or living in America. Inciting riots, especially using distorted unfounded news and irresponsible reporting of facts for political reasons, is equivalent, at least, to the illegal act of “falsely yelling ‘Fire’ ” in a public theater. Violence and killings have occurred as a result of in effect, “yelling ‘race’ ” in public statements, as well.
We Constitutionalist Conservatives not only cling to our individual, freely chosen sacred scriptures, among various other widespread personal individual religious beliefs throughout America–and, yes, we also cling to our guns under Constitutional Law. Religious, and secular beliefs, as well, are the Constitutional right of every American–so long as personal beliefs do not interfere in the Bill of Rights protections and provisions of other Americans. When anyone’s beliefs take the form of action that violates another’s Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution is Supreme Law of The Land.
Therefore, we Constitutionalist Conservatives–cling to our founding documents, inspired by God through the writing of our Founders. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Equality of all people is at the very root of Constitutionalist Conservatism, and we feel our nation and our government can still do much better. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights makes all U.S. citizens equal under the law, protecting them from discrimination and providing for proper action individually in the event of tyranny by the few, whether in private lives or within the government, in violation of Constitutional restrictions placed upon government. Constitutionalist Conservatives consider that the race problems especially would be dramatically reduced and/or eliminated if:
a. the race baiters and politicians guilty of it,
b. along with some politically active citizens–and
c. members of the mainstream media would refrain from using the race card virtually at every potential opportunity
d. for the purpose of baiting and arousing animosity among different segments of society.
Privacy and Protection: Sacred Vote of Citizens
32. Protect “our right to a secret ballot vote” in the work place. Also, when voting in our State and National elections, we must encourage people to take serious their individual voting responsibilities. They must do their best to educate themselves about each candidate and issue for which they choose to vote. Voting in our nation’s elections is not just a right, but it must be considered a “PRIVILEGE” and “RESPONSIBILITY”.
a. Voter ID Laws should be passed by every sovereign State of the Union, while also preventing the federal government from intruding and interfering with State elections.
b. We must ensure that every member of the military has their CITIZEN ability to cast his/her votes for their candidates and issues of choice in every election cycle, regardless of where they are serving at any time. A priority of the Executive Branch and Department of Defense must be placed on ensuring that military ballots are provided to foreign military locations–in time to arrive back in America, protected for the appropriate precincts, so that they counted in every election.
c. Also, because voting is a primary privilege and responsibility FOR every American citizen, we must ensure that non-citizens must not be given those same privileges.
d. Felons who have failed to demonstrate personal rehabilitation may not be permitted to vote even as U.S. citizens, although State laws many vary.
Returning Veterans Serving in Politics
33. Encourage returning military veterans, to get involved in politics and consider running for Federal, State, Local offices. We need fewer lawyers and more qualified “American Patriots” serving our great country.
34. Never allow community organizations to get monetary support from the federal government, if they are involved in political movements or election registration drives.
35. Public TV and Public Radio must be ideologically neutral in its broadcasting. It may be effective during each election cycle periods especially to encourage/utilize major network discussion forums along with both public broadcasting mediums in order to further the education of citizens concerning the U.S. Constitution, voter responsibilities, and citizen involvement in Congressional and other government issues at all levels.
State Sovereignty RE Federal Separation of Powers
36. Insist that the Constitution’s 10th Amendment phrase “State Sovereignty” be recognized authoritatively by each individual State,
37. Insist that all States must again, play the authoritative dominant role independently of any involvement and interference of the federal government.
38. Insist that through State and local governments, the avoidance of unconstitutional intrusion, interference, or tyranny at any level from the Federal and State governments:
a. including the quality of the education curriculum of our children, with a proper mechanisim for parental involvement/approval in the process;
b. including State, local and national elections;
c. and in all other areas and issues concerning policy and law making in States and local districts, as intended constitutionally to protect and defend citizens.
39. The States must reclaim and reinforce their sovereign authority, because the more localized the government is, the better control the State citizens have concerning State laws and regulations affecting their lives. The better the local/state control over the regulation, the more freedom and independence, and the more protection the American People would have against potential tyranny by any Federal source.
40. Insist that the Department of Education in Washington DC must be dramatically reduced in size or eliminated. After the re-evaluation of the DOE, if determined necessary to exist at all, it must function in a purely secondary roll to the individual State Departments of Education. The curriculum particularly of U.S. Early American History, U.S. Government and Civics, Constitutional Law, in addition other social science instruction must be returned to local oversight and control. State and local Governments and parents of our children, must have independent joint-responsibility for their school curriculum and policies.
a. Improve our nation’s public educational program by returning responsibility for public education back to the States and local authorities, with a mechanism for parental involvement/approval in the process.
b. It is common knowledge today that since the 1970s after the federal Department of Education was established by President James Carter; however, preliminary groundwork was made by actions taken earlier by President Lyndon B. Johnson. By the 1970s, children in public schools were not instructed especially in the traditional Early American social science subjects. The subjects were not provided at the same quality standards of citizen adult preparation as were the Post WWII Baby Boomer generation, their parents and earlier students of the 20th Century.
41. At the same time, there must be choices available in education where parents may decide where and who will teach their children, through vouchers or through home schooling systems of instruction.
42. As soon as possible, have State and local Departments of Education thoroughly review for accuracy all public school text books, especially in the social sciences that are currently being used in the public school system. Include parental representation in the decision making process in choosing/approving new textbooks, as well. This review has become necessary, because so many children’s textbooks since the 1970s especially, appear to have been found to have been intentionally written, with inappropriately liberal or even foreign points of view. Such textbooks have been studied independently by adults, and have found that they tend to skew the historical facts–without providing a balanced American Constitutionalist point of view, regardless of religious or social beliefs educating our children.
43. Support only judges in State and local elections, who recognize and have demonstrated that they understand that their job is to interpret, not legislate, from the bench.
U.S. International Involvement
44. Insist that America’s role in the United Nations be completely re-evaluated in terms of our tax dollars going to fund it. Our Constitutional system of personal freedom and independence as a nation, are unimportant or irrelevant within many member nations co-existing within that organization.
45. Consider chartering a new organizational alliance of nations that are or desire to be “Free Republics“ ONLY. This kind of alliance would promote our universal principles of liberty and freedom for other countries around the world.
46. Establish English as our national language, and encourage immigrants to learn the English language, in order to completely assimilate into our Constitutional system of government.
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The underlying universal principles of the simple text in the U.S. Constitution came from some of the ancient philosophers as well as the greatest philosophers of 17th C. Europe and the American colonies. Cartesians of Des Cartes, Spinoza and other great thinkers also included especially John Locke (1632-1704) of England. “John Locke FRS, widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries.” –Wikipedia
One brief overview of American colonial and revolutionary history, indicating primary sources of the U.S. Constitution’s principles, is here, and everyone is encouraged to do further personal research. The Internet is filled with it, but be careful to vet your sources: http://www.ushistory.org/gov/2.asp
To all of you Patriots, who still believe in our highly educated and God inspired Founders of the Constitutional Republic they gave us, we must never give up hope.
If we all come together under ONE United Front, we will PEACEFULLY defeat the 20th-21st Century Progressive Regressive Movement by way of education, and by getting our Constitutionalist citizens to their private, personal Voting Booth!