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Do you believe the Constitution is the rule of law?  Do you believe in the original intent of our founding fathers?  Do you want to reform Congress?  I’m not talking about reforming a Democratic Congress, but Congress.

If your answer is yes, we have to work together to make this happen.  The goal in its entirety is to make all three branches of government respect and abide by the rule of law, know as the Constitution of the United States of America.

The most egregious of offenses against the Constitution is from Congress, so the focus will begin with the Legislative branch.  It requires you to do some homework, because you have to know what you are talking about.

1. “We the people” need to read the Constitution. It is about four thousand, four hundred and forty (4440) words and will take less than an evening to do. Some may have to digest and research to understand what these wise men meant. Please try to understand it. The links below are an online Constitution and a pocket Constitution you can get free from The Heritage Foundation.

http://animal-farm.us/definitions/constitution
http://www.askheritage.org/Premium.aspx

Our main concern will be Article 1, Section 8 and the 10th Amendment.

2. Next, “We the people” must write to each of our Senators and our Representative to tell them that we have read the Constitution and we know what the “Powers of Congress” are and that we want them to abide by the “Powers of Congress” granted by the Constitution, and that anything not listed are reserved for the States and the people as addressed in the 10th Amendment.  If they do not abide by the Constitution, they will be voted out of office.

If they do not know the “Powers of Congress”, a copy is attached, and they might spend some time reading and learning their duties.  Most of these politicians know the Constitution, so this is really a poke at them.

This is to be sent to ALL of your Senators and Representative, Democratic and Republican.  That would be a total of three letters, three emails, three faxes, and three phone calls. I would not suggest to send to politicians out of state, as they will look at addresses and usually only address letters from there district.  That is not to say that if you have an address in another state, not to use it.

3. Below is a letter to send to your Reps and Senators.  It is only an example.

A. Please use the Representatives and Senators name.

B. This is an example letter.  It will be more effective if you rewrite it in your own words.

C. This letter will be more effective if you send it United States Postal Service, and hand written.  At least send it USPS if you don’t hand write it.  I know some of you will not send a snail mail.  Please do, it’s the most effective method.  Please write the letter in your own words, PLEASE. It REALLY makes a difference.

D. Send them an email.  Please send a snail mail AND an email, if possible.  Also send a fax.  Call them, but to read the letter will be too much for an intern to take time for.

Example letter:

<Start Letter>
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Dear [Senator or Representative] [your Senators or Representatives name],

“We the People” are tired of what is going on in Washington D.C. “We the People” would like to see you do your real job in Congress, and not make up jobs to keep yourselves busy and waste our tax money, not to mention making unconstitutional law.

Your job in Congress is established in the Constitution under Article 1, Section 8. There are only 18 items listed. Just in case you didn’t know, or have forgotten they will be listed at the end of this letter.

Where is it in the Constitution that Health Care, and Cap and Trade are mentioned? For that matter, where is Social Security, global-warming research, welfare, mass transit, food stamps, minimum wage, Medicaid, Medicare, and unemployment insurance?

You can point to “general welfare” in Article 1, Section 8, to account for your unlimited power you think you possess, but if you knew your history of the United States and the Constitution, you would know that “general welfare” did not mean the welfare of the people. Here is the 1828 edition of Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, and how the word “welfare” was defined 40 years after it was written in the Constitution:

WEL´FARE, n. [well and fare, a good going; G. wohlfahrt; D. welvaard; Sw. valfart; Dan. velfærd.]
1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applies to states.

Welfare did not have the meaning then as it does today. In the Constitution the word “welfare” is used in the context of states. The “welfare of the United States” does not mean the welfare of individuals, people, or citizens.

Here are a few words from our founding fathers on “general welfare” to set you straight:

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one….” — James Madison

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison

“I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.” — President Grover Cleveland

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison

It is important that you know your history as well as the Constitution.

Please abide by these rules set forth by our Constitution of these Unites States of America or face removal from office next election.

Your Constituent,
[Your name]

P. S.
Here is your list of powers authorized to you by the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, and some more words from our founding fathers.

1. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

2. To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

5. To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

7. To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

8. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

9. To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

11. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

12. To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

13. To provide and maintain a Navy;

14. To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

16. 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;

17. To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

18. To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Under the Tenth 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.

More words from our founding fathers:

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.” — Thomas Paine

“Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Ben Franklin

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” — James Madison

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power not longer susceptible of any definition. — Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.” — James Madison

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<End Letter>

E. Your Representative and Senators can be found at:
http://www.house.gov/
http://www.senate.gov/

Remember:
Snail mail,
Email,
Fax,
Call your Reps and Senators,
And go to town hall meetings and tea parties and bring this up.

4. Make it “viral.”

A. Send this message in it’s entirety in an email to all of your friends and relatives.

B. If you have a blog, post it on your blog and allow other bloggers to copy.

C. Post a link to your blog on all blog posts, forums and bulletin boards concerning the Constitution, inviting these bloggers to copy your post.

D. When you go to tea parties and town hall meeting, bring copies of the Constitution Project to pass out with your blog URL so they may copy it easily.

You can download a clean copy of the Constitution Project at:
http://animal-farm.us/holder/constitutionproject.txt

Please take the liberty to make changes if you can make this idea work better because this idea is not about me, but about the United States and our Constitution.

A great site for the Declaration of Independence in its unbiased entirety is http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm
Please read it!  Become familiar with why the framers became upset with King Charles and his ‘usurptations’ of power.  Do you find any similarities with today’s political machinations of Congress and the President???  If so, then perhaps it is time to throw off the mantle of despotism and create a new, less rapacious and more obedient form of government that will secure our unalienable rights!

I was asked how can we get our Representatives and Senators to abide by the Constitution.  This is one way.  Have Tea Parties, and Town Hall meetings.  We have to keep after these politicians and let them know we know what the law is.  The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and we will make them abide by it.  If not, we will vote them out, whether they are Democratic or Republican.  It is up to us to save our Constitution and these United States.  For if we do not, we are responsible for the slavery of our children and grandchildren.  The best way to lead a nation astray of its values is to keep it ignorant of its history.

I am in the middle of transferring this blog to http://getdclu.com.  Please check back often between the two sites, thank you!!!


One of the absolute BEST sites for Understanding the Constitution, is Publius-Huldah’s Blog

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5 Comments »

  1. Dear Lisa,
    Thank you for your kind comments. I like your site, but it keeps “jumping” at the bottom!

    Re Harry Reid’s attempt to make obamacare permanent: Be assured, he can NOT stop any future congress from repealing everything this congress does. This congress has the votes to pass a pretended law requiring the sun to rise in the West and set in the East! But is God bound by it? No, of course not! This congress can not bind God, and it can not bind any future congress. When we take over control of both houses, we can repeal everything reid & pelosi did. In the meantime, we just refuse to go along with unconstitutional laws.

    Comment by Publius/Huldah | December 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Excellent thought – to refuse to go along with unconstitutional laws – yet how do we get our local “farm team” lawmakers to go along with our wishes??? I realize they cannot incarcerate ALL of us, yet there must remain a more alluring kind of pressure we can assert…

      Comment by Lisa | December 28, 2009 | Reply

      • Hello, Lisa, dear,
        Well, your site is not “jumping” at the bottom this time. But, it is snowing! You are one clever girl with the computer. We are struggling to figure out wordpress.

        About what we can do: Are you a member of any groups such as Smart Girl Politics, Tea Party Nation, etc.? And what State are you in? I’m in Tennessee, and some of our representatives to the State Legislature are working on sovereignty resolutions, etc. – the idea being that if health scare passes, Tennessee is NOT participating. Let me know what, if any, internet grass roots groups you are in and let’s find out what the people in your State are up to!

        But in the final analysis, and no matter what we call it (sovereignty resolutions, 10th amendment resolutions, nullification by States, interposition, jury nullification, etc.), it all boils down to a free people and a free State saying, “Hell, NO! I’m not going along with it.”

        I remember well, the civil rights movements of the 1960’s. The Legislatures of Southern States had passed all kinds of humiliating laws enforcing segregation: separate water fountains, separate park benches, separate rest rooms, blacks couldn’t eat at lunch counters or at most restaurants, couldn’t use many filling stations and could NOT use the bathrooms, etc. But the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (a black minister) put on his clerical collar and led peaceful non-violent protests and civil disobedience. And his moral authority was so great that it could not be resisted. He won, and the State Legislatures repealed all their laws enforcing segregation. This was an illustration of a peaceful group with Right on their side just saying, “NO! We will not go along with this any more.” They won, and very little blood was shed. I think we should use Dr. King as our example and model.

        Comment by Publius/Huldah | December 28, 2009 | Reply

        • Using Dr. King as our example and model is always a good practice. The problem I see is that today’s generation is spiked with anger and a kind of totalitarian fear that I’m not privy to compare to the 1960’s black families’ fear. My contention is that it is the kind that is completely consuming so that one’s back is up against the wall and one fights for one’s children — that’s when it no longer matters about who lives and who dies, but that the principle of Freedom lives on. The govt will use force because it knows no other way. And I see the Tree of Liberty will become well watered that day and several will understand Patrick Henry’s final words of regret…

          Comment by Lisa | December 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Lisa,

    I commend you for your overall goal, but I don’t think that your proposal of trying to influence the members of Congress will work. That’s what we have had throughout the 1900s, and in looking back, we can see that it doesn’t work to stop the unrestrained growth of government.

    I developed a theory of commerce and government that reveals that the fundamental problem is a structural deficiency in government. Fix the deficiency, and the problem will be solved.

    You can find out more about this idea on my website.

    Keep up the good work reading, analyzing, and proposing solutions!

    Philip

    Comment by Philip Bitar | September 10, 2009 | Reply


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