I Have Had It!

OK, that’s it.  I’m officially over the edge now, and like Howard Beale in Network “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!!!!”

Three things today have just pushed all my buttons.

#1:  A Federal Court ruled that the Government has the Constitutional right to force you to buy health insurance.
#2:  The Pentagon released a “poll” stating that 2/3 of active duty servicemen “have not problem” with allowing gays to openly serve.
#3:  The FCC is going forward with this so-called “net neutrality” – basically telling us what we can and cannot do on the Internet.

I’m openly calling for a Constitutional Convention to help save the Republic.

In an email to many of you a few months ago I advanced the idea of a limited convention to consider some “fixes” to our Constitution where I proposed, among other things, changes to the 14th Amendment, repealing the 16th Amendment and enacting the “Fair tax”, repealing the 17th Amendment, possibly changing the Commerce clause of the Constitution, and enacting a new amendment that requires the Congress to live under the same rules the rest of us do.  I still advocate those, but now I think we have to go further.

I am not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV, but I believe the states could call a convention for the limited purpose of passing amendments that would reign in the children-of-unwed-parents in Washington (you may substitute the “B” word here if you wish).  There has been so much abuse of the years that a lot needs to be fixed.  There are a number of actions that need to be taken, and all are consistent with the intent of the Founders.  Most of these return us to the original intent of the founders, with a few fixes of abuses that have arisen since then, and include:

* Start with the items above – the repeal of the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments, enact the “28th” amendment that requires the Congress to live under the same laws as the rest of us.  Additionally, in concert  with the repeal fo the 16th amendment (and the elimination of the IRS), enact the “Fair Tax” bill as the primary means of funding the Federal Government.

* A new amendment requiring the Courts to make all rulings conform to the original intent of the Founders, to utilize only U.S. law in making their rulings, and prohibiting the Courts from “finding” rights that aren’t explicitly stated in the Constitution.

* An amendment requiring the re-ratification of Justices at the appellate level and above every 6 years, and enacting a term limit on Supreme Court Justices of 15 years.  I’m a little shaky on this one, but the Courts have been a real problem over the years, and they’re getting worse.  We’ve got to get these guys under control!

* An amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman, and defining life as beginning at conception.  This one is such a no-brainer that I can’t believe there’s opposition among moral average-intelligence people.

* An amendment mandating English as the official language of the United States.

* An amendment along the lines of the following:

o “Members of Congress shall receive compensation at the same rate as the median salary of the military officer corps plus 10% of the median salary of the military non-commissioned officer corps.  Additionally, members of Congress may receive a housing allowance of no more than 10% of their annual salary.”  You want a pay raise?  Take care of those who take care of us!

* An amendment (and this one has probably the most potential to change the attitude in Washington, but the least possibility of passing, though just its proposal would have an enormous effect) that reconstitutes the Congress by:

o Terminating all current members of the House and Senate
o Prohibiting any current or previous member of Congress from ever holding the office of Senator or Representative in the future.
o Requiring the states to appoint new senators and representatives similar to the way they were first appointed when the Constitution was originally enacted.

* An amendment that limits the term of Congress to 3 terms for House members, and 2 terms for Senators, and that prohibits former members from being involved in government service, other than military, and including such activities as lobbying the Congress, for a period of 5 years following leaving the Congress.  Hey, serve in Congress, then go get a real job – or better yet, go back to the real job you had before your election or appointment!

* An amendment that requires all regulations proposed by Federal agencies to be approved by the Senate.  This gives the Senate the option of stopping harmful regulations before they do harm, and holds the Senate accountable for what happens once legislation passes.  It also puts the brakes on massive regulations coming from the bureaucrats.

* An amendment the line-item veto to the President on all non-military spending.

* An amendment changing Article 1, Section 8.3 of the Constitution that changes the word “regulate” to “facilitate” where it applies to commerce between the states.  This would effectively kill not only Obamacare, but other stupid incursions into our lives by the Congress.

* An amendment that limits the size of the non-military portion of the Federal Government to 1/10 of GDP, requires the Congress to place any and all expenditures in a single budget (no more of this “off budget” crap), and requires the Congress to balance the budget.  If the repeal of the 16th Amendment passes, and the Fair Tax is enacted in its place, this will require Congress to raise the national sales tax to cover expenditures.  In other than wartime, that should be all but impossible politically.  It also requires us to commit to a war in a tangible way!

* An amendment that prohibits Congress from being in session more than 160 days per year except in wartime, or when called into special session by the President.  This would also require modification of the so-called “pocket veto” provision in the Constitution, but the fact is that the less these idiots are in the same room, the more secure our freedoms.

* An amendment requiring that any bill passed by Congress must have all sections and amendments relate to the stated purpose of the bill, and that each bill must be proposed for a single purpose (none of this “…and for other purposes” garbage).  This stops this “piggybacking” of non-related amendments on bills that might contain otherwise necessary legislation (such as military appropriations).  When utilized with the line-item veto discussed above, the President can stop stupid spending, or at least make the Congress override his veto.

This is a long list, again showing just how much the Constitution has been abused by the idiots we’ve elected over the years.

If any of you that receive mail on this list wants to criticize these proposals, I’ll post your comments and my reply to the list for others to see (and I’ll only use your initials unless you instruct me otherwise).  People, it’s time to get even more serious.  The Republic is in jeopardy, and all we did 4 weeks ago was rearrange the deck chairs on our Titanic unless we put more muscle behind it.  Nothing is impossible if people get angry enough, and we have enough reason for righteous anger similar to that which occurred on December 8, 1941.

So, from hereon out, I’ll refer to this as my “December8” project.

Yep – I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!!!!!

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